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• WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 36 • 2 SECTIONS

Dancing through the decades

Showcasing student talent at Webster




The song circle





Bomb threat suspect turns himself in On the lam after St. Paul medical treatment, suspect surrenders PAGE 3

Community organizers confront meth Law enforcement and social service leaders plan community forum this spring PAGE 4

Jarchow announces re-election bid A Cooper’s hawk surveys the countryside in rural Polk County. The hawk, also known as a big blue darter, flying cross, quail hawk and swift hawk, was first described by naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1828, and named after naturalist William Cooper, one of the founders of the New York Lyceum of Natural History in New York.  - Photo submitted

Grantsburg grad recounts being caught in Japan’s earthquakes Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Twenty-six-yearold Zach Corbin was relaxing in his apartment in the city of Kumamoto, Japan, late in the evening of Thursday, April 14, when the first of two strong earthquakes hit the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan. After the second, even stronger, 7.2 quake hit, Corbin, an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America missionary, in conjunction with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, who is teaching English as a second language at Luther Senior High School in Kumamoto, sent

out the following message to friends and family: “Greetings from ground zero, “First I’d like to say I’m fine. My building is standing, I have electricity, water isn’t running, but hopefully will be back in a couple days. “If you haven’t heard, there were two earthquakes in the past couple days. One was a 6.5 on the Richter scale and two nights later we had a 7.2. “The support system here is great;

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Zach Corbin, an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America missionary, in conjunction with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church) and an English as a second language teacher is shown working with one of his students at Luther Senior High School in Kumamoto, Japan, prior to the April 16 earthquakes that hit the city. Special photo


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Zac Corbin took these photos of collapsed buildings and homes near his apartment building in the city of Kumamoto after two earthquakes hit on April 16. Corbin was unhurt and able to return to his apartment after spending several days in a shelter.

A country familiar with earthquakes Sitting along the so-called Ring of Fire, Japan is unfortunately all too familiar with earthquakes. The Ring of Fire, located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, is a horseshoe-shaped 25,000-mile area with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes, more than 75 percent of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes. Ninety percent of the world’s earthquakes and 81 percent of the world’s largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. In another email a few days after the quakes, Corbin voiced how impressed he was with the people’s response to the disaster. “I also want to point out how calm and unpanicked Japan is in this situation,” noted Corbin. “I’m amazed at the positivity of the people. There are always some that are crazy but, as a whole when compared to other places with the same size earthquakes, the way Japan is handling it is amazingly calm and organized.” Corbin and others waited to return to their homes in the local community center where they sought shelter after the quakes. They were lucky to have electricity but there was no water. According to Corbin, Japan’s military self-defense forces were quick to respond in helping with collapsed homes and buildings. Corbin said there are also food and sleeping shelters set up all over the city, even at his school. Corbin noted the main issues facing Kumamoto residents are initially food and water. “Water is being restored to people slowly, but there are places to go to get water if yours isn’t on yet and, at present, food is available. Supermarkets that are open still have food.” Corbin added that, while on a food run to a local grocery store, he found the scene, in his words, to be “one of Armageddon but very organized and unpanicked-like.” By Tuesday, Corbin was able to return to his apartment with water in his building restored. He said he thought water for the entire city would be turned back on within a day or two unless their pipes had been damaged. Corbin said getting around in the area is difficult, as some local trains, as well as the area’s high-speed trains, are down. The local airport was also damaged in the quake, and Corbin

KINDERGARTEN CIRCUS THIS THURSDAY The Frederic Kindergarten Circus ringmasters, Estelle, right, and Noah, would like to invite ladies and gentlemen and boys and girls to the Kindergarten Circus on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the gymnasium at the Frederic Elementary School. There will be thrills and chills for young and old. You will be in awe from the merry-go-roundup to the funny tricks of the clowns. Estelle and Noah hope to see everyone there. - Photo submitted

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Grantsburg grad/from page 1 when things were bad, I had a place to go. If food and water is difficult, I have places to get it. The school has set up an emergency center with water and food. And the (Lutheran) pastors in the area also have offered me food and water. “Even though I am doing quite fine with food, water and a place to sleep, I can’t say the same for the rest of the city or the island. As a whole I think the city is OK, but there are definitely places like the epicenters with buildings collapsed and people dead. The last report I heard around 45 people have perished, and many many more have been evacuated and are in hospitals. “The school I work at (Kyushu Gakuin High School) has minor damage, so because of relief efforts and trying to account for students, school is canceled for the next week. “All together the calm that the Japanese have to get through this kind of disaster is very amazing. I will be fine; I just thought I’d let you know that from me. “Please pray for everyone that has either lost their home or a loved one, and all the police and defense force personnel that are helping with the relief efforts. “Grace and peace, Zach C.”

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had no information as to when it would reopen. Corbin’s parents were understandably anxious when they received a 2:30 a.m. phone call with the news earthquakes had occurred in the city where their son was in living and working. “Speaking for myself, I continue to feel many emotions, relief and gratefulness for Zach’s safety, anxiety for not knowing more about the situation, heartache for those losing their homes or loved ones. I can only imagine the time, energy and costs involved in recovering from a disaster of this scale,” commented Corbin’s mother, Kim, from the Corbins’ home in Grantsburg. “It has been a stark reminder to me that the world is large. The devastation in Kumamoto has a tiny impact on our daily life here. Our family connection to Kumamoto has made me more acutely aware of the large number of natural disasters affecting people all the time. I am also following the news about the earthquake in Ecuador. It’s tragic.” Speaking by phone from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where he is serving as pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Corbin’s father, Craig, said he was reassured at knowing Zach had a good support system to help him through what are certain to be some difficult days ahead. “First, we were anxious for Zach as we had very limited contact. We knew he was OK, but knew nothing of his situation, said Corbin. “Now we are less anxious. The pastors, long-term missionaries and teachers at the schools are caring and engaged with Zach and the other short-term missionaries.” As to how people here can help the people of Kumamoto, Craig said donations could be made through various organizations. notes that to help those affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, Lutheran Disaster Response is gathering information from ELCA companion churches and partners and will provide assistance to those in need. “There is always prayer,” Craig added.

Earthquake tolls The latest causality and injured numbers from the powerful earthquakes and a series of aftershocks on the Japanese island of Kyushu on April 14 are at 47 people killed and 2243 people injured. 32 deaths were confirmed as of Saturday, April 16 in Kumamoto Prefecture where Zac Corbin is living and working. On April 16, a massive and deadly 7.8 M earthquake hit offshore of the west coast of Northern Ecuador resulting in a human toll of 443 fatalities, 4027 injured and 231 people missing.

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Bomb threat suspect turns himself in, bound over for trial

On the lam after St. Paul medical treatment, suspect surrenders

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The rural Luck man suspected of being behind a Polk County government bomb scare in recent weeks is back in custody, after turning himself in to authorities on Thursday, April 14. He was on the lam for several days, after being released from a St. Paul hospital, without law enforcement’s knowledge. David A. Strenke, 27, Luck, was already facing two felony charges stemming from a March 22 bomb scare incident, where he is alleged to have called in to 911, threatening to blow up government buildings “in one hour” unless an incarcerated man Alleged bomb threat suspect David Strenke is back in custody, after being on the lam for at least was released from the Polk County Jail. Police believed the threat real enough three days last week, after he was released from a Twin Cities medical facility, without notifying to sweep all county-owned Balsam Lake Polk County law enforcement officials. Strenke was bound over for trial at a Tuesday, April 18, buildings, and then evacuated them hearing before Judge Jeffery Anderson. - File photo by Greg Marsten ahead of the caller’s deadline. Strenke was the suspect identified cess, but a Polk County Jail nurse called on the Strenke release incident, and said through an extensive and immediate in- Regions and was told he had already been they would review accounts of the case vestigation, fighting several dead ends discharged. As noted earlier, Strenke did before commenting on it. that included the caller’s use of a so-called not return to the jail, even though his pre“I can say we (Regions) deal with law unidentified “burner phone” number, vious $10,000 cash bond was still in effect enforcement all the time, and do our best the Polk County Sheriff’s Department but had not been paid. He missed a court to work with them,” Beedy stated, withpursued a variety of secondhand ac- hearing on Wednesday, April 13, which holding specific comment on the Strenke quaintances, references and other details led to Judge Anderson issuing a body- case. to identify Strenke, and by the evening only warrant for his capture. Beedy said they would respond in the of the bomb scare, his identity was conHowever, one of Strenke’s family mem- coming days to Leader queries on the Stfirmed by family members. bers reportedly contacted the PCSD and renke case, and how they deal with seStrenke turned himself in to authorities said they would return him to custody, curity issues and “in custody” policies, on March 24, and was in custody until which they did, three days after his Re- including on the potentially tricky case April 5, which is when the latest chapter gions Hospital release. where a person may be there for an exin his case opens, as he was in the hospital tended period of time, and how they exfor almost a week, and then was released The court response pect law enforcement to deal with their on his own recognizance April 11, but did Because of his original nonreturn to jail, treatment, whether they require literally not return to jail. Strenke now faces an additional felony posting around-the-clock-security deAfter extensive queries and news media charge of attempted escape, which carries tails to ensure law enforcement was not reports, Strenke did turn himself in to au- a potential penalty of six years in prison only aware of when a subject would be thorities again, this time on Thursday, and/or $10,000 in fines, if convicted. released, but would be able to take that April 14, and is now back in custody on Strenke’s April 18 court appearance person back into official custody. a $10,000 cash bond. He appeared before was also a preliminary hearing on his Sheriffs officials have noted that such a Judge Jeffery Anderson on Monday, April original charge, and gave authorities a security policy would be cost prohibitive, 18, where he faced a new charge from the chance to present some of the evidence having 24/7 security details, 60 miles hospital incident, on top of the previous they have against him, meant to persuade from Polk County, possibly for weeks at bomb scare and escape attempt charge. the judge to allow the case to move ahead a time. Strenke is also believed to be under in- to trial. This is admittedly not the first time vestigation by the FBI for possible federal Strenke and his defense attorney, Kate local authorities have registered comdomestic terrorism charges from the al- Murtaugh, waived their right to a pre- plaints on how Twin Cities medical faleged bomb threat, which may be pend- liminary hearing, and the judge bound cilities deal with transported inmates or ing. him over for a jury trial, which is now set others who may be suspects in criminal for July 14. Strenke was subsequently ar- cases or vehicle crashes, where they reThe complaint raigned, where he pleaded not guilty to quire medical treatment beyond the caAccording to a criminal complaint the bomb scare and escape charges, de- pacity of local medical facilities. They filed by the Polk County District Attor- manding a speedy trial. His next court have also cited at least one case in 2013 ney’s Office, detailing the reason behind hearing is in June. where a criminal traffic incident suspect Strenke’s additional charge of felony atThe judge did agree to combine the died during medical treatment and law tempted escape, he spent at least three $10,000 bond amount to cover both cases, officials were never notified, only finding days on the lam before he turned himself although at press time, Strenke remained out when there were repeated media quein. The latest charge, also filed on April in custody. ries on a suspect’s condition and charges. 18, outlines some of the background beIf convicted on the original felony bomb hind the incident. It also created a few scare count and another felony charge The privacy rule questions about general policy regarding of attempted escape - party to a crime, Generally, medical facility privacy conhow medical facilities deal with individ- (referencing his alleged reason for the cerns are cited under so-called HIPAA uals “in custody” who may require ex- bomb threat was to have a jail prisoner regulations. The 1996 Health Insurance tended periods of treatment. released), Strenke faces up to 6.5 years Portability and Accountability Act has It was shortly after midnight on Tues- in prison and up to/or including $15,000 lengthy but very specific “privacy rule” day, April 5, that Strenke was taken to in fines. His new charge adds a potential regulations, detailed by the federal U.S. St. Croix Regional Medical Center with six years and another potential $10,000 in Health and Human Services guidelines unspecified medical issues. Three hours fines. as to who or what agencies may release later, the PCSD was informed that he private medical information, and they required more extensive treatment than The hospital queries cite several specific reasons for such a SCRMC was able to provide, and Strenke The Leader contacted Regions Hospital release of info under so-called “Law Enwas transferred to Regions Hospital in St. in St. Paul for comment on the Strenke forcement Purposes.” Paul a short time later. Under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, there case and his April 11 release, reportedly Strenke was then treated until Mon- without contacting the PCSD. Regions are six specific instances where medical day, April 11, when he was apparently Hospital communication specialist Scott entities may disclose protected health released on his own recognizance. The Beedy would not comment specifically information to officials for law enforcecomplaint does not detail the release pro-

ment purposes, although even then, specific conditions may apply. Those circumstances include “... court orders, court-ordered warrants, subpoenas and administrative requests,” as well as “ identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person;” or “... in response to a law enforcement official’s request for information about a victim or suspected victim of a crime.” Other reasons the privacy rule may be breached deal with incidents where a suspect might die during medical treatment or if they suspect that criminal activity caused the death; or when “... protected health information is evidence of a crime that occurred on its premises.” The final law enforcement privacy rule release guideline is one that may have applied to the Strenke incident, where HHS cites a “... in a medical emergency not occurring on its premises, when necessary to inform law enforcement about the commission and nature of a crime, the location of the crime or crime victims, and the perpetrator of the crime.” In general, HIPAA Privacy Rule issues have changed entirely how medical facilities deal with public or media queries on specific individuals being treated, and even if they are at that facility, let alone their medical condition. Law enforcement is apparently not immune to at least some of that privacy, at times, and the Leader continues to look into that alleged “disconnect” on information sharing between law enforcement, prosecutors and primarily Twin Cities medical facilities.

25th anniversary of Webster shooting WEBSTER - Tuesday, April 18, marked the 25th anniversary of a shooting in the village of Webster which resulted in the death of a Burnett County deputy and serious injuries to a Polk County deputy. Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Allen Albee was shot and killed while trying to arrest a subject wanted for a shooting in Minnesota the previAllen Albee ous day. The subject’s car was located near Webster Elementary School, in Burnett County. Deputy Mike Seversen, of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene when the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office requested additional assistance for Albee. Several deputies, including Seversen and Albee, were approaching the subject near the school when the man opened fire with a .32-caliber handgun. Albee was killed and Seversen suffered a wound to his spinal cord, causing him to become paralyzed from the neck down. Other deputies returned fire and killed the subject. Seversen died two years ago after living 23 years as a quadriplegic - years many said were spent serving as an inspiration to those who knew him. - Gary King

State Rep. Jarchow announces re-election bid

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - State Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) announced last Thursday, April 14, that he would seek re-election to the State Assembly. He made his announcement via a video which was shared on his website,, by email and on social media. “Adam’s message of optimism and restoring our belief in the American Dream has animated Adam’s first term in office, during which he worked with you and for you,” said a statement on “Since being inaugurated in January, 2015, Adam has spent a day each month working a full shift at a small business in the area. He calls these

days ‘Working with You’ Days. From farmer, to beer delivery driver, to waiter, to garbage hauler, Adam has invested over 100 hours working side by side with the hard-working men and women of this area. “ Adam Jarchow Jarchow said it helps him understand what his constituents want him to be doing while he’s in Madison working for them. “The job of a state representative is

to learn about the hopes and dreams of the people he or she represents and then work on policy that will help make those hopes and dreams a reality,” he said. The website statement also said: “During his first term, Adam was able to get a number of important pieces of legislation through the legislature. From protecting hunters, to property rights, to enhancing opportunities to grow the emerging sport of alpine-biking at area ski hills, Adam’s legislative victories are already helping people. Many people are now fixing, repairing and improving their homes, when before, unreasonable rules stifled them. Hunters are able to enjoy their pastime free of harassment. Taxes are down. Businesses are growing. Jobs

and wages are up. Local governments and schools will see millions in savings from our repeal of the prevailing wage law. And we have passed a number of bills to address the heroin epidemic, Alzheimer’s and dementia and college debt.” “But there is much work to be done. Jarchow commented, “Even though we have accomplished much, we still have much to accomplish. So in 2016, I’m in. I’m excited to keep working with you and for you. I ask for your support in this important campaign.” ‘You can view the campaign kickoff video and learn more about Adam by visiting his website, - from


Community organizers to confront meth

Law enforcement and social service leaders plan community forum this spring E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Eighteen people gathered recently in the small storefront offices of the Restorative Justice Center in Siren, with the goal of formulating a comprehensive community response to the growing scourge of methamphetamine addiction. The group included law enforcement and social service leaders in Burnett County, including Sheriff Ron Wilhelm, St. Croix Tribal Police Chief Frank Taylor, Siren Police Chief Christopher Sybers, and law enforcement representatives from Webster and Grantsburg. Also attending the forum were Judge Kenneth Kutz, county mental health director Byron Hopke and District Attorney William Norine. The panel also included a former meth user and a representative of Aurora Community Counseling. Aurora operates a drug-treatment

program. The goal of the group is to organize on a local basis, reaching out to parents, teachers and pastors, to educate and empower the community to stem the tide of methamphetamine and other drug addictions.

ited with making significant meth and other drug busts.

Community forum planned Tammy Hopke, program coordinator with restorative justice, explained that the goal of the group is to sponsor a community town A different animal entirely hall meeting on meth in June. The commu“From a recovery and treatment standnitywide forum, whose date has not yet been point, methamphetamine addiction is a difset, will be held at the Siren High School. ferent animal entirely,” said Darren Cox, “The town hall will be our start,” Hopke an AODA and mental health therapist with said. “We are also going to be doing education in the schools and reaching out to the Aurora. “When people become addicted to community in general. We hope to have the methamphetamine, too often it is a road from county board proclaim June as Meth Awarewhich they don’t recover. The short-term Tammy Hopke ness Month.” bursts of treatment currently being offered, In an effort to aid the educational efforts 21 to 28 days, do not show much positive impact.” on the impacts of methamphetamine addic“I’ve known people who have been five years clean tion in our communities, the Leader will do a series of and still think about going back to meth,” said Taylor. weekly stories on methamphetamine leading up to the The St. Croix Tribal Police have a drug-sniffing dog cred- June town hall meeting.

What is meth? E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. It is a derivative of amphetamine. Over-the-counter drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine are mixed with a wide variety of “fillers.” It comes in a variety of forms and can be snorted, swallowed, injected or smoked. Methamphetamine is a powerful drug. It acts by altering the neurotransmitters in the brain. The brain has many different neurotransmitters, but the one that is most affected by methamphetamine is dopamine. One hit of meth triggers a dopamine surge into the frontal cortex, that area of the brain that seeks pleasure and an infantile want for immediate gratification. It pro-

duces a state of euphoria that includes a stimulation of the adrenal glands and physiological reactions. An initial, intense rush lasts from five to 30 minutes. While the effects of methamphetamine can last up to eight hours, it is similar to cocaine, where users engage in a “binge and crash” pattern, taking more and more of the drug to chase the initial high.

Dependence is almost simultaneous Methamphetamine alters the chemistry in the brain. Eventually the dopamine rush that causes the user to feel an extra sense of pleasure will stop. The brain becomes altered to such an extent that users will have a difficult time feeling pleasure from anything.

Methamphetamine is considered a neurotoxin, and extended use can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system and to the chemistry of the brain. Brain scan imaging shows that even three years after longtime users had quit using the drug, their dopamine neurons were still damaged. Long-term effects of methamphetamine include mental impairment, weight loss, anxiety, insomnia and violent mood swings. Changes to dopamine neurons may also cause paranoia. Methamphetamine causes increases in blood pressure that may lead to strokes.

TIMBER! A total of 12 tracks of county-owned timberland were auctioned off before the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, April 14. Members of the Parks and Forestry Department are shown opening the bids. All plots put out for bid had multiple bidders. The total dollar amount of the timber sales came in at $681,780. The county sustainably manages nearly 100,000 acres of forestry land. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson

Webster centennial celebration moving forward Grant for old schoolhouse demolition approved E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer WEBSTER - If organization means anything, the Webster centennial celebration, planned for later this summer, is shaping up to be a rather big shindig. Representatives of the celebration gave an update and written report to the Webster Village Board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 13. The celebration is to take place on Aug. 12-14 as part of the annual Gandy Dancer Days. Music for the weekend seems to be secured, with the folk band Wildflowers to perform on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Larsen Family Public Library parking lot. InaNewLight Art Gallery will also be having a band on Saturday afternoon. Zia Louisa’s will host the band Geneva on both Friday and Saturday nights. The board approved funds to secure a lumberjack show on Saturday, Aug. 13. The Lumberjack Log Rollers will perform on Musky Avenue North, which will be closed off for the day. Other events being planned include an antique car show, a taste of the trail bike ride, a pancake breakfast, a volleyball tournament and a build a fish art project. “The idea is to get people to town. These events will do it,” said village President Jeff Roberts. In other business, the village took the necessary steps to apply for $500,000 in federal dollars for the demolition of the old schoolhouse. The village hopes to secure the CDBG grant and demolish the old monolith to make way for a medical clinic. Chuck Awe, representing the Northern Star Boy Scout pack, secured approval to hold monthly Scout meetings

“So help me God.” Members of the Webster Village Board are sworn in to serve another term as Village trustees. All members shown ran unopposed for the April 5 election. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson in the village community center. The village waived the $25 rental fee, allowing the pack to meet for one year. The pack has grown from 20 kids to 62 kids. “Our money is going toward growing and supporting the pack,” said Awe. “The $25 fee is a lot of money to us. We are asking that you waive the fee so that we can funnel it back into our kids.” Construction on lift stations 1, 2 and 3 is set to begin in May. The total project cost is $576,750. Police Chief Mike Spafford had a list of approximately 20 junk cars that he will soon order be removed. One

yard in particular drew the chief’s ire. “It’s more than a junkyard. It’s pert near the worst yard I’ve ever seen. It’s not just an eyesore, it’s a health hazard,” Spafford said. Village board member Kelsey Gufstafson reported that $5,000 in local road improvement funds have been secured to overlay 2,534 feet of Bass Avenue this summer. Total cost of the overlay is $60,000. Village board members Gustafson, Greg Widiker and Sarah Casady, all recently re-elected, took their oath of office, starting their new term as trustees.


Safety issues addressed at Luck ball field

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - A rural Luck man has offered to head up a project to make the ball field by the golf course safer for children and spectators. Al Aguado met with the Luck Village Board Wednesday, April 13, to propose putting up netting to prevent balls along the first baseline from getting out into the road. Kids, he said, are paid to get the balls, and they sometimes run out into the road to earn some money. Another danger zone that Aguado hopes to address is the canopy that covers the bleachers. The canopy was an Eagle Scout project of Aguado’s son. An unforeseen problem, he said, is that foul balls go over the fence and hit the lip of the canopy, sometimes shooting into the bleachers below. A 20- by 5-foot piece of netting could be installed there, said Al Aguado will be heading up a project to adAguado, to alleviate that problem. dress safety issues at the Luck ball field. If approved, he said, he would work with the Lions Club, Boy Scouts and other organizations to help cover the cost Anderson noted that the fast-pitch team and provide labor. Village Trustee Ross also uses the field, which belongs to the

Netting will be put up to prevent foul balls from going into the road or into the stands under the canopy at the Luck ball field. — Photos by Mary Stirrat village. Seth Petersen, director of public works and public services for the village, said that his department is short on labor right now but that he could provide a little help

and the man lift. The board approved the project, asking that the other entities also contribute. The public services committee will help iron out the details.

Adventures Rollin’ Foods returns to Luck

Minit Mart seeks liquor license

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - Feeling that other businesses in town should have advance notice before the board votes on issuing another liquor license, the Luck Village Board last week tabled a request from a local convenience store wishing to sell liquor as well as wine and beer. The board also felt that a representative from the business should be in the discussion to answer questions. TA Operating LLC, doing business as Minit Mart, submitted the application for consideration at the board’s Wednesday, April 13, meeting. Minit Mart is the former Stop-a-Sec gas station and convenience store on Hwy. 35 on the north side of Luck. “I guess I would like someone from Travel America LLC, or at least the store manager, to come in and talk to us about it,” said village President Dave Rasmussen. Unlike on-sale liquor licenses, where alcohol is sold for on-site consumption, there is no limit on the number of off-sale licenses that the village can issue. If issued, the license would be valid until June 30, when all beer and liquor li-

on the board is Wednesday, April 20, reminded the board of the precedent set when Wayne’s Foods Plus applied for a license to sell liquor. Other business owners and village residents came to the village board to give their opinion on the request. “Once it’s done, it’s done,” said Anderson. “It’s pretty hard to go back.” He also said that there are a number of unknowns, such as whether or not the liquor will be in a separate area of the store. The application was tabled, and the board will see if a representative from Minit Mart can come to the next meeting, and so others in the village can attend and comment if they desire. Police Chief Monte Tretsven said he had no problem with issuing the license.

Luck Trustee Ross Anderson took part in his final village board meeting Wednesday, April 13. His name was on the April ballot for re-election after he inadvertently failed to file for noncandidacy. — Photo by Mary Stirrat censes need to be renewed. “Is every place going to sell booze?” asked Trustee Becky Rowe. “We don’t need to decide tonight. There’s still time.” Trustee Ross Anderson, whose last day

Adventures A special event vendor license was again issued to Adventures Rollin’ Foods so that the lunch truck can come into Luck one day a week. The permit allows Adventures Rollin’ Foods to park on Main Street, anywhere between Hwy. 48 and Butternut Avenue, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the permit is $10 a year, but the owners have indicated that they are willing to pay the same amount they pay in other communities, which is $100.

Rasmussen recommended that the board approve the $10 permit, then eventually consider establishing a transient merchant permit. The special event vendor license was approved, contingent upon payment of $10.

Other business • Rasmussen thanked treasurer Laurie Cook and other election workers for a job well done at the Tuesday, April 5, election. “It was busy,” said Cook. “There was a good turnout, and it was fun.” • The board approved purchase of a new squad car, at $26,910 including delivery. Purchase and installation of the cage, light bar and other equipment will be another $3,000 to $4,000, said Tretsven. The money is in the budget, but the purchase is being made six to eight months early due to transmission problems with the current squad. • Street projects for 2016 were approved by the board, with bids on chip sealing and crack filling coming in almost $20,000 under budget. About half of the savings, or an estimated $10,000, will be used to repair frost heaves. • The board approved the hiring of Dennis Nelson as a seasonal parks and recreation employee and Amber Cook as additional office help for this month.

Wheelchair-bound man dies in fire POLK COUNTY - A wheelchair-bound man lost his life in a house fire in rural Milltown last Friday, April 15. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department, in a statement Monday afternoon, April 18, identifed the man as Theodore “Teddy” Hughes, 66, of Milltown. Also injured in the fire were Hughes’ son, Tracy, 44, and Jolene Brewster, 37. Both lived at the residence.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at 11:24 a.m. Friday, notifying them of a structure fire with occupants still inside in the 2200 block of 120th Street in the Town of Milltown. A passerby told authorities that she saw a female with obvious burn injuries to her hands running toward her vehicle as she was driving north on 120th. The female stated their home was on fire and that

there was still an elderly man who was wheelchair bound inside the residence. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to gain entry to the residence but the fire was too intense. Tracy Hughes and Brewster were taken to Amery Hospital for treatment of their burns. The Wisconsin Department of Justice was contacted and the assistance of

the state fire marshal was requested to aid in the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The Polk County medical examiner was also notified of the situation and was requested at the scene. - Gary King with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Event center to become Community Resource and Learning Center

Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - Christina Phernetton announced Friday, April 15, on Facebook, that she and her husband, Dean, are purchasing the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. They plan on changing more than just the name; they have plans to remodel the space as well. The Community Resource and Learning Center will be a combination of their early head start, childcare, preschool and school-age services of Kid Country, Kid City and Kid Camp. The new location will serve children ages 2 weeks through 12 years and have expanded hours. The facility will be open from 5:30 a.m – 12:30 a.m. and open seven days a week. “We are very excited that we will now be able to serve both Webster and Siren school districts with these expanded hours! Both Webster and Siren school districts are in full support of our move and will transport school-age children to and from our new facility. We are also excited to announce that through a sup-

ment for use in our new space.” The community resource portion of the facility refers to many services that will be sharing the space. The Burnett County Family Resource Center and Home Visiting Program, Community Referral Agency and Early Head Start Family Resource Providers and Education Specialists will be moving after the renovation. Phernetton states that by bringing these agencies to one location, as opposed to keeping them being spread throughout our community, it will give the families a sense of unity. Having a community resource center along with a learning center will create an atmosphere where families feel welcome to bring their child for education and also share experiences as a family through community events held at the center, she noted. The Phernettons expect to have the Dean and Christina Phernetton are purchasing the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. - Photo by  space completed and open by the beginBecky Strabel ning of 2017.

plemental grant in our early head start partnership, we will be able to purchase

a large number of furnishings, toys, and materials along with playground equip-


Town board confronted on liquor license guidelines

Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - After the March Town of Siren Board meeting that resulted in the St. Croix Tribe receiving one of two Class A liquor licenses, the small town hall was standing room only on Thursday, April 14. Joe Yourchuck, owner of Yourchuck’s hardware/grocery/liquor store on Hwy. 35, addressed the board and asked if they would consider putting a freeze on the number of alcohol-related licenses they offer. He said he is basing his claim on the declining population in the town and that there are three within one mile of Hwy. 35. Board discussion pointed out that the board can’t make a policy unless “all licenses have been approved or denied.”

As long as someone is in the process of applying, the board can not make a policy change that would be considered discrimination. “So, I was discriminated for eight years while I was told that you weren’t going to issue more?” asked Yourchuck. The Tribe was quick to reapply for a second Class A liquor license that the board denied previously. The application would prevent the Town of Siren from passing an ordinance to limit the count. It would need to be published at least 15 days before the next month’s meeting.

Other business • The Burnett County Department of Health is willing to step in and coordinate cleaning a property that is deemed

unsafe. The estimated cost of the clean sweep is between $6,500 to $8,000. The county will bill the owner and start cleaning if the owner doesn’t do so within 20 days of notice. If the bill is unpaid, it will be added to the property tax roll and paid over time. • The town will be switching propane companies to keep the account local. They approved using Polk-Burnett over Superior Propane, who recently purchased Hedlund Gas. • The St. Croix Tribe is seeking four driveways for the planned development on Airport Road by the roundabout. • The town approved the purchase of a 4-year-old heat insert for the blacktop truck from the county. The insert will allow for an earlier and later patching

season. • New fire number signs should arrive soon for installation in the town.

County bill is paid Durning the sanitary district meeting held prior to the regular meeting, it was noted that the Burnett County Government Center paid the $20,000 bill from the expansion that was installed during the roundabout construction. The meeting was routine and completed promptly. Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Town of Siren annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the hall and the town road tour will start at 12:30 p.m on Saturday, April 23.

Flexibility in learning highlighted Becky Strabel | Staff writer WEBSTER - Teacher Lisa Richison and some members of her class gave a presentation on the personalized learning that Richison is implementing after 18 years of teaching. The presentation was part of regular monthly meeting of the Webster School Board, held Monday, April 18. Richison has removed all of the desks from her room (including her own) and uses a large variety of seating options for students to choose. The children also receive a daily agenda and are allowed to choose when they are going to complete tasks. The personalized and flexible plan helps students problem solve and manage time. “It is what is best for my students to learn,” stated Richison. Katie Smith and Mark Elliott, the elected board members, were sworn in and congratulations was extended to Rick Estridge for his years of service on the board. Estridge chose to not to seek re-election but applauded the board and the district. He stated that he had enjoyed his time on the board. High school Principal Josh Hefted introduced the Class of 2016’s top 10 students, including valedictorian Alec Ralph and salutatorian Annika Hendrickson. The board accepted the resignation of

Lisa Richison and members of her class reported on the flexible learning environment that Richison has created. The classroom features no desks and the students have more control over how they learn. high school English teacher Jovin Kroll. Kroll has been with the district for nine years, and “some pieces fell into place” for his family to move closer to relatives and where he and his wife grew up. Kroll was also the high school head football coach and assistant baseball coach. A reorganization meeting on Monday, April 25, is planned in the administration

building. The May board meeting is also rescheduled to May 23 at 6 p.m. After a closed session, the board reconvened to open session and approved the

Katie Smith and Mark Elliott read the oath of office as the recently elected school board members at Monday night’s meeting in the Webster High School library. superintendent’s contract making all of the contracts for the district employees settled for the current year.

Shell Lake graduate killed in pedestrian accident

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE—The Rice Lake Police Department reports that on Saturday, April 16, a 38-year-old woman succumbed to injuries suffered after being hit by a vehicle in the city of Rice Lake. The woman has since been identified as Misty K. Wickware, 38, Sarona, a 1996 graduate Shell Lake High School. The accident occurred at around 9 p.m. when Rice Lake Police Department and an ambulance were dispatched to the area of Allen Street and Main Street for the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. When officers arrived they found Wickware unconscious, lying on the sidewalk. Wickware was transported to a local medical facility where she succumbed from injuries ssuffered in the accident.

A police report states that the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with law enforcement. The crash remains under investigation by the Rice Lake Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Misty K. Wickware Rice Lake Fire Department and Barron County Sheriff’s Department assisted in response to the accident.

“The boys’ club”

Women off Polk County Board after 26 years

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – “The boys club” is William Johnson’s name for the new Polk County Board. For the first time since the 1988-1990 term, no women are serving on the county board, a fact that caught the attention of the retiring county board chair. The presence of women on the Polk County Board goes back even farther than that, back to 1974 when Elsie Chell joined the board. She served until 1982 and was soon joined by Regina Miller who served from 1976 until 1988. Add those seven terms and the Polk County Board had female members for 40 of the last 42 years.

Grace Bloom was the first woman elected to the Polk County Board. She served from 1928 to 1930. It took 44 years to elect the next female member. Since 1974 there have been 18 women on the board. The 2010 election placed six women on the board out of 23 members, the highest number. The following women have served on the Polk County Board (listed in order of when they started their term). Grace Bloom, Elsie Chell, Regina Miller, Bernice Asper, Violet Wright, Ruby Kettula, Ruby Hansen, Yvonne Frederick, Gail Flom, Patricia Schmidt, Gail Tessman, Diane Stoneking, Duana Bremer, Joan Peterson, Kathryn Kienholz, Wendy Rattel, Patricia Messicci, Kristine Kremer-Hartung and Gerianne Christensen.

Rich Estridge receives a plaque and gift from the Webster School board for his years of service. Estridge chose to not run for re-election this year.

Grantsburg Library Gala to feature Twin Cities author Tom Combs GRANTSBURG – Twin Cities author and physician Tom Combs will be the guest speaker at the Grantsburg Library’s Friends of the Library 12th-annual spring gala on Saturday, April 30. An emergency room physician for 25 years, Combs, draws on those ER experiences to craft the characters and plots of his stories, including his first novel, the

thriller “Nerve Damage.” The gala begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. followed by Combs’ presentation. Tickets for the event are still available at the Grantsburg Library or call 715-463-2244. - submitted

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Boundary Committee hears quarry concerns

If not a quarry, is a housing development possible?

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The on-going crafting of a possible cooperative boundary agreement between the Town of Osceola and Village of Dresser continued on Monday, April 18 in Dresser, where the committee continued to create and draft their own version of a possible boundary development agreement, based on or mirroring portions of a state-approved joint agreement between the Town of Salem and the Village of Paddock Lake, which set future boundaries and outlined plans of basic services as the village grew into the town. The committee continued to clarify their own version of an agreement, as they prepare to make a recommendation to their respective elected bodies for possible consideration and future public hearings, before state consideration. Composed of two representatives from each municipality, the Boundary Committee also spent one half-hour at the start of their meeting entertaining a presentation and queries by several of the co-owners of the proposed Blue Rock Quarry, which lies just outside current Dresser boundaries within the town, which has rejected its development as a quarry, under county land-use issues. The Blue Rock group has pursued other options in recent years, including discussions of annexation into the village, which has an operating quarry. The boundary committee was created, seemingly in response to issues raised by the proposed quarry, although the Blue Rock group did not make a promotional pitch to the committee, co-owner Michael Loescher read a prepared statement from the quarry group that primarily dealt with questions and issues they believe the Boundary Committee “must address ... to be successful.” Loescher asked a variety of questions, but primarily began with having the committee better define their goals from an agreement, based on the two “blueprint” plans the committee is using for their draft, were, as well as plans to force a mutual approval for annexation requests for a large part of the boundary between the two municipalities. “What is in it for the Village of Dresser?” Loescher asked, citing the current state

“I’m confused, we heard about a mine (quarry) and now we’re hearing about a housing development?” - Betty Miller

who would pay potential legal fees that may surface from the agreement, and whether they could stop the plan development, before it goes any further. “We’re not in a position to stop it,” Gustafson clarified. “That would have to be at the board level.” There was also some public comment on several issues from outside the quarry group, as about two dozen people attended the meeting. “I’m confused, we heard about a mine Blue Rock Quarry co-owner Michael Loescher (standing) addressed the Cooperative Boundary Agreement Committee (at the right) in Dresser on Monday, April 18, asking about certain aspects (quarry) and now we’re hearing about a of the proposed agreement between the Town of Osceola and the Village of Dresser. – Photo by  housing development?” asked resident Betty Miller. Greg Marsten Several other public comments suggested the possible agreement could add standards which does not require town Loescher also asked about having a approval for annexation. “Where do the hearing on the plan, during the meeting stability to development, and how an landowners come in?” stages, which Gustafson quickly ques- agreement was meant to make lawsuits unnecessary, as part of its very nature Committee chair Neil Gustafson said tioned. “Are we (potentially) holding a public under state statute. the landowner input would come after The committee continues to work on the draft plan is presented to their respec- hearing before we hold a public hearing?” tive boards for consideration. Gustafson asked on a question of inviting the agreement, and is planning at least one more meeting before submitting their “Landowners can be heard also during landowners to the discussions. public comment periods,” stated commitThe committee also addressed Blue final draft to their town boards for contee member Mike Wallis. Rock concerns about legal reviews, using sideration. According to source material from the “But from a township standpoint, there an engineering firm to craft the final draft, Blue Rock Quarry group, they are pursuis no control over annexation ... if the vil- and concerns over other possible, nonlage wants to annex parcels of property,” quarry uses for some of the Blue Rock ing the extraction of trap rock from priGustafson said. “We’re trying to work groups; six landowners’ property. Past vate property between Polk County Road with the village to make sense of the proposals have suggested up to 200 acres F and MM. The property is locally owned by three families, the Loeschers, Rochgrowth.” of their land might be used for a quarry. “Where do landowners right to annex One of those co-owners, Jeanne Roch- fords and Thormans. “... The land originally was quarried by come in?” Loescher clarified. “Are we tak- ford, asked about her family’s ability to the Scarlet Stone Company, in the 1920’s. ing choices away from landowners?” possibly develop some or all of the curGustafson said the joint approval re- rent Trollhaugen campground, which is Scarlet Stone was interested in red trap rock and when the red color ran out, the quirement is still being considered, and only used seasonally. would likely not apply to the so-called “Fourteen years is a long time,” Roch- process stopped. Blue Rock plans to begin “growth areas” where certain town hous- ford stated, citing how difficult it was extracting rock where Scarlet Stone left ing and industrial development seems to annually pay “$75,000 in taxes (to the off,” the company has stated, adding that they want to make the quarry “very slow likely to morph into the village. Town of Osceola) for vacant land.” “Landowners can petition for annexShe suggested that the joint approval growing ... meaning one acre per year for ation ... in this plan,” Wallis stated. “That issue and other limitations might do more each of the next 50-60 years.” The boundary agreement would affect is still landowner driven.” damage than good, and works against the all Town of Osceola land that adjoins There was also further clarification that village’s best interests. the plan would likely be in effect for up “Dresser is really limiting itself,” Roch- the village, but has primarily addressed to 14 years, until 2030, and how that plan ford added. “This is the non-quarry how to deal with two suggested “growth might deal with annexation requests, as area I’m talking about. To develop it areas,” with other parcels, such as the well as how no “islands” of village or we’re going to have to jump through 800 proposed quarry lands, being addressed in less specific detail, so far. town land can be created, that adjacency hoops!” The Blue Rock group also asked about must be adhered to.

Another 55 people face layoff in frac sand industry in western Wisconsin

Frac sand demand has been cut in half, analyst says

Rich Kremer | WPR News STATEWIDE - A longtime Wisconsin frac sand producer has announced it will lay off 55 employees at three facilities across the state. Officials with Fairmont Santrol said the layoffs will come from the company’s mining facilities in Hagar City, Maiden Rock and Menomonie. The company cited a downturn in the U.S. oil and gas industry as the main cause for the job re-

ductions. It’s the latest in a string of layoffs and shutdowns across western Wisconsin. Samir Nangia, an oilfield services analyst for consulting firm PacWest, said while demand for frac sand has been cut in half, it’s the cost of shipping across the country that’s hitting producers. “I think for Wisconsin, specifically, it is the cost of rail that is really hurting the sand mining industry there,” he said. Nangia said other factors mean the downturn is hitting Wisconsin harder than other regions. “The reason that the mines are shutting

down in Wisconsin, but perhaps not in other parts of the country is simply because there’s a lot less demand for sand, is one thing, but then the extra money that they have to pay to rail it to Texas and perhaps to a smaller extent to Oklahoma,” he said. Nangia said the frac sand market isn’t expected to begin recovering until next year. Other national frac sand suppliers laying off workers and shutting plants in Wisconsin include U.S. Silica, Hi-Crush Proppants, Superior Silica Sands and Unimin.

While oil prices have risen slightly, they’re still around half of what they were in 2014. Despite that, Nangia said he believes the market hasn’t bottomed out yet. “So, everyone is waiting for capitulation, which basically means that they want to see the absolute bottom and they want all activity to stop. When all activity stops, oil prices will go up, or so they hope, and then that’ll drive investment back into the sector,” he said. Nangia and a handful of frac sand company executives have said they expect oil prices and demand for Wisconsin sand to start bouncing back in 2017.

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Time for some common sense At 240 years old, we are a fairly new country. We’ve learned a few things and I’m sure we have plenty more to learn. In the last 40 years our economy has been based on the theory of “trickle-down” economics. We’ve learned that trickle-down economics, which assumes more money amassed by the wealthiest will benefit the middle class, doesn’t work. It is time to replace a broken theory with proven strategies that will create wealth for the middle class. We’ve been kneeling at the trickle-down altar for 40 years and we’re still losing good-paying, family-supporting jobs. Wages have been stagnant and poverty is gobbling up the middle class. Economists have been sounding the alarm for the last several years that the widening gap between the haves and the havenots will have devastating impacts on our economy as a whole. While people who get up and go to work every day in low-paying jobs face the reality that, for them, the Amer-

Ryan’s issues


.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville is being touted as the likely Republican presidential nominee amid signs it might take multiple ballots at a contested national convention. That would please the traditional Republican establishment which has been stunned by early voter support across the nation for businessman Donald Trump. Ryan was the vice presidential nominee four years ago, giving him national recognition. He has been a budget guru in the House of Representatives. The politicians and lobbyists can work with a President Ryan, the pundits suggest. On the other hand, Ryan is recognized as a major congressional figure. Public opinion polls show Congress gets very poor grades from voters. Outsiders have been popular this year in presidential primaries and caucuses. Regardless of who will emerge as the party choice for the presidency, issues like trade agreements, health care, abortion, terrorists and immigration will get attention. But if Ryan is the GOP nominee, other issues could appear. His selection could make Social Security and Medicare significant issues in the campaign. Ryan has long championed partial privatizations for Social Security and Medicare. Actuarial reports suggest

ican dream is not working out so well, the wealthy continue to see their wealth grow. We don’t need to keep proving that trickle-down economics doesn’t work. The middle class that built this country is disappearing. When the middle class has no money, people don’t buy things from the companies that make things, people lose their jobs, companies lose profit share and we all spiral down. It is time for some common sense to enter into our economic policies. Bring good-paying jobs to our middle-class working families, a decent wage for a day’s work, and a fair tax policy that allows the economy to expand, creating access to wealth for more people by investing in education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and an energy policy that supports clean air and water and promotes energy independence. Carol Johnson Deer Park

Honor your planet Fellow citizens of this beautiful state of Wisconsin, more specifically

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer changes might be needed if higher revenues are not collected. Partial privatization would have future generations getting grants to help them select from a variety of health insurance plans in their senior-citizen years. A favorite argument is that competition would hold down overall health costs. Proponents also suggest private citizens could do better than Social Security if they were making some investment decisions on their own. That would be a boon to the investment adviser industry. President George W. Bush had floated privatization ideas, but they died in the Congress. Bush didn’t push the ideas, but a President Ryan might. Ryan could provide some clarity to the debate over Obamacare. Every Republican candidate has promised to repeal it and provide an alternative. As is usually the case, the devil is in the details, but there aren’t any details. One approach has been to try to “kick the policy can down the street,” dumping alternative solu-

Polk and Burnett counties, in a few days we will be celebrating Earth Day. Earth Day was established in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson from the state of Wisconsin. Earth Day was a way to raise awareness about our impact on this planet. By 1990 the world came to recognize and celebrate Earth Day as well. In honor of this day people need to take time to clean up the ditches and fields of the garbage and rubbish that is so carelessly tossed out the windows of our vehicles. Now is the time to get out there with family and friends before the vegetation grows and covers up all the trash found in the ditches and fields. Farmers, homeowners, renters and students need to learn to protect and respect this beautiful land we have chosen to call home. Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and I urge everyone to honor your planet and take a few hours to set an example by cleaning up your neighborhoods. And remember you can recycle all the plastic and beer cans that are so abundant in our ditches. Cheryl Whitman Luck

tions into the laps of officials in the 50 states. But the key domestic issue in the national elections this fall will be the future of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is now divided with four conservative and four liberal justices. Republicans, who have a Senate majority, have vowed to block a vote on any nominee of President Obama. The decision on the court appointment should be made by the new president, say Republicans. Selection of Ryan would be appropriate because it was Wisconsin voters who rejected Trump, giving U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas most of the state’s delegates to the GOP convention. Support from the radio talk shows has become a central element to the power of Republicans in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker is a frequent visitor to those shows. A reporter for the New York Times asked Charlie Sykes, perhaps the best-known radio personality in Milwaukee, and possibly the state, about their importance. ‘’Can someone win without talk radio? Yes, theoretically,” Sykes replied. “Except no one has.” Ryan would surely have that support if he became the nominee. The content in this column does not reflect the views or opinions of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association or its member newspapers.

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SCF Plan Commission gives nod to dog park

Passes draft outdoor recreation plan on to full council

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city known for its large volume of parks and open spaces is one step closer to having the first dedicated “dog park” in Polk County, as the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission gave their thumbs up on a proposal to use Park Rosemarie, just east of the Polk County Fairgrounds, for a fenced in, public dog park. The commission first heard the dog park proposal in recent months and several of the local people involved in the proposal filled in many of the missing pieces at the commissions’ regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 18. The dog park update was a good dovetail for the commissions’ primary focus for the evening, the finalized draft of the city’s Outdoor Recreational Plan, which has been in the works for approximately two years by the St. Croix Falls Parks and Recreations Committee. Several issues have surfaced about the dog park possibility, including the likely need to have the Park Rosemarie property surveyed, and who would pay that cost, as well as where users would park, as current options for a parking lot on-site might be limited. Dog park proposal representative Rosalie Kittleson said she has met with stakeholders in the plan, including representatives of the Polk County Fair Board, who own and control adjacent lands, apparently along with the FFA, and they have suggested that berms near the park should not be disturbed, for water run-off reasons. Kittleson suggested they could use the current Ice Age Trail parking across Fairgrounds Road, but that is a very limited

“This is a living document ...conditions can change and (the plan) can change” - commission member and city Alderman Bob Kazmierski

It was a first for a St. Croix Falls Plan Commission meeting on Monday, April 18, when members had several interested parties supporting a city-sponsored dog park, near the county fairgrounds property. These puppies are part of a local training program and were brought to the meeting to help volunteers make their case for the park, which would be the first of its kind in Polk County. – Photo by Greg Marsten space, and can only accommodate a few cars, at most, in its current state. “It may need to be enlarged,” Kittleson stated, suggesting that an expansion should possibly be part of any future budgetary plans on the park options. “Just planning ahead.” Mayor Brian Blesi suggested the dog park group should create a projected budget for the project overall, as well as any proposed city costs, for presentation



Honor a veteran

The Frederic American Legion Auxiliary Post 249 is alive and well, according to auxiliary President Lynn Schauls. The auxiliary will be out in the village of Frederic with their poppy posters and poppies, soon, asking you for a small monetary donation to their annual poppy sales project. Wear a poppy and honor a veteran. Each nine-piece flower is painstakingly handcrafted by a veteran in Legion Auxil-

iary-sponsored poppy shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. The support of this annual project, by our community, will be our way of saying thank you to our veterans and their families. Sylvia Hansen Frederic American Legion Auxiliary

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Polk Sheriff’s Department honors Isanti County investigator

ISANTI COUNTY, Minn. - An Isanti County sheriff’s investigator was recently honored by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for his part in an investigation from 2015. Robert Bowker was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Polk County during an Isanti County Board meeting held Wednesday, April 6. Bowker was contacted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department after a stabbing occurred at Wisconsin Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. Suspects had fled but a receipt for a fishing license was discovered. The man who purchased the license at Walmart in St. Croix Falls, was from Isanti. That’s when Bowker was called. Working with the name from the receipt and limited eyewitness descriptions, Bowker quickly began putting together a list of suspects and, within just a few hours, he was able to create a list of

this coming fall during 2017 budget discussions. The commission also dealt in depth with the outdoor rec. plan, and cited several areas where they think they might need to make adjustments, including how to deal with existing maintenance and plans for Jerusalem Pond, the possible purchase of current Xcel Energy riverfront property the city is pursuing for wetland preservation and to alleviate ac-

cess issues. “This is a living document,” stated commission member and city alderman Bob Kazmierski, who crafted the draft plan. “Conditions can change and (the plan) can change.” He also stressed the importance of having an approved plan when it comes to grant writing, and included possible improvements, development and maintenance issues at many of the city’s recreational areas, which occupies over 700 acres of city property. Several of the commission members and Blesi stated how they want to stress park maintenance as a focus of the five years of the plan, more so than expansion or improvement. The commission debated several minor aspects of the plan, but in general gave their “thumbs up” to the final draft, which will now go to the full common council and the state for final approval. “We want to finalize this, (plan)” Blesi said. “There are some grant deadlines coming up.” The dog park is now part of the outdoor rec. plan draft, and the group behind the proposal will create an estimated budget, both for them and the city, as the proposal will also need to go to the full council for approval. “(The commission) has voted that a dog park is an acceptable use for a park asset,” Blesi said. “I’m not sure what the (common) council will do with the recommendation.”

the four suspects who were involved. By the afternoon of the next day, Bowker had already met with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to brief investigators on the suspects. Bowker personally assisted Polk County officers in locating the suspects and bringing them in for questioning. Upon searching one of the suspect’s vehicles, police located a knife that was used at the scene. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office noted the case would not have been able to run as efficiently had it not been for Bowker. Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk said he is proud of Bowker and how his office responded to Polk County’s request. According to Caulk, even the best in law enforcement cannot do it without help. “We couldn’t do it alone,” Caulk said. “This really is not a solo career.” - Gary King with information from

The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to their annual Spring Gathering of Friends on Tuesday evening, April 26, at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. Local author Phil Peterson Sr. will present an interactive program for children, ages 6 to 16, about his book, “Six Knots for Everyday Life,” from 6-6:30 p.m. It’s educational, fun and enlightening. Parents are invited, too. Free refreshments follow provided by the Friends of Interstate Park. At 7 p.m., Peterson and his wife, Joanne, will give a presentation about their last 15-day kayak trip, paddling Prince William Sound, Alaska, presented in the Ice Age Center auditorium. “Chasing glaciers, up close and personal, is a great experience, especially amongst Alaskan wildlife of both sea and land offered in these Alaskan waters,” says Peterson. They will even show you a video of encouraging bear from their campsite. This is the third time the Friends of Interstate Park have asked the Petersons back with different topics. The presentations are free of charge and fun for all ages. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 715-483-3747, or become a friend on Facebook at Friends of WI Interstate State Park. – with submitted information 

“THE PHILADELPHIA STORY” TO BE SHOWN AT LUCK MUSEUM The First Friday Free Flick at the Luck Museum to be shown Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. is “The Philadelphia Story.” This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must decide who she truly loves. – Photo  submitted


Dean Johansen new Polk County Board chair

Standing committee members chosen

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Dean Johansen was elected chair of the Polk County Board during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday, April 19. The fifteen members, including five newly elected supervisors, also selected members of the five standing committees of the board and revised and adopted the Rules of Order the board under which they operate. The organizing meeting was concluded in four hours. Johansen was elected to head the board on the first ballot, receiving eight votes out of 15. Larry Jepsen received four votes and Brian Masters had three. Jay Luke was elected first vice chair with nine votes to Jepsen’s five. Johansen did not cast his vote. Craig Moriak was elected second vice chair, again on a vote of nine to Jepsen’s six. The county’s rules for selecting committee say that present committee members automatically continue on the committee. During discussion it was stated that this rule was adopted after long committee selection votes at previous board organizations. James Edgell said it took three days to organize last time and Joe Demulling said the board wanted to keep continuity. Newly elected member Chris Nelson said that it seems that new members are not equal but he understood the reason for the rule. Johansen said that in some counties the board chair makes the appointments.

Jorgensen announces for Polk County clerk position POLK COUNTY - Sharon Jorgenson recently announced her candidacy for the position of county clerk in Polk County on the Republican ticket. Jorgenson and her husband, Steve, have resided in Polk County all their lives, raising a son and daughter to adulthood. Sharon was raised on her family’s farm near the North Valley Lutheran Church in the Sharon Jorgenson Town of Eureka. Jorgenson attended Unity High School, graduating as salutatorian. When layoffs of longterm Polk-Burnett Electric employees resulted due to the recession, Jorgenson said she turned her layoff into newfound opportunity, completing an associate degree in accounting from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in May 2014. Her work background includes six years of banking experience, 23 years of service with Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, including security and propane, working with billing and payables at CWS Security, and currently, three-plus years’ experience in a variety of tasks and accounting functions in the clerk of court’s office at the Polk County Government Center. Experience and key skills include a rich background of customer service, proficiency in accounting, financial aptitude and attention to detail, superior organization and dedication to doing the job right. “In my current position, I increased the use of tax intercept which greatly improved collections on outstanding amounts owed. Other efforts to streamline processes and improve efficiency in my position are currently being employed as well,” she said. “I have a great deal of experience working with customers, and am well qualified for the county clerk position,” Jorgensen added. “My work ethic, dedication to excellence, and desire to serve the public in a positive, welcoming manner will benefit both Polk County and its residents.” - submitted

New Polk County Board Chair Dean Johansen (left) shakes hands with retiring board chair William Johnson. - Photo by Gregg Westward First up was the newly named Environmental Services Committee, formerly the Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education (CDRE) Committee. Four of the present members chose to continue, James Edgell, Kim O’Connell, Craig Moriak, and Warren Nelson. Johansen

Hacker announces candidacy for Polk County Clerk POLK COUNTY - Mary Jo Hacker has announced her candidacy as a Democratic candidate for Polk County Clerk. She released the following statement this week: “Hello, my name is Mary Jo Hacker and I am announcing my candidacy for the position of Polk County Clerk. “I am a member of the Democratic Party and live in the Village of Milltown with my husband, Brad. I was born in MinMary Jo Hacker nesota but have been a Wisconsin resident since 1984. We have two wonderful children attending college and have lived in the Milltown community for the past 32 years. I’m active in our church, school and community. “I have been employed with Polk County for the last 24 years. I started out part-time working in Parks, Building and Solid Waste as the office manager, along with working part-time in the county clerk’s office, so I am familiar with duties of county clerk. “I currently hold a position in the Polk County Community Service Division in economic support. Within this position, I work with implementing applications for Wisconsin State Department of Workforce Development and Department of Health and Family Services following established policies, regulations, methods and techniques as standard practice in the determination of eligibility and issuance of public assistance benefits, through confidential administrative case management. “With my years of service, I have gained great knowledge of a wide variety of public information and services available in Polk County, along with administrative duties. With this experience I feel that I have the qualifications to carry on the duties of county clerk. “I am a responsible, dependable person with excellent organization skills. I strive to deliver efficient and effective services in my work and to the resident of Polk County in my daily duties and would continue to do so serving as your county clerk.” - submitted

stepped down from the committee. Brad Olson, Doug Routeand Michael Prichard were nominated for the fifth position with Olson elected on the second ballot by a vote of nine to six for Prichard. The Public Safety and Highway Committee had three continuing members, Jepsen, Luke and John Bonneprise. Route was elected to the fourth seat with none votes and Demulling took the fifth seat. The Health and Human Services Committee took three ballots to fill three positions. Prichard took position three, Edgell took position four and Route took the fifth seat, joining the continuing members Bonneprise and Demulling. Last up has the General Government Committee with two continuing members, Russ Arcand and Jepsen. The three supervisors without other committee assignments, Brian Masters, Chris Nelson

and Johansen were appointed to the committee by consensus. With that, five of the fifteen supervisors, Route, Edgell, Jepsen, Bonneprise and Demulling will serve on two of the four governing committees. There is a fifth committee, the Executive Committee, that meets irregularly to mediate conflicts among other committees (a situation that has never happened according to outgoing board chair William Johnson). It also does the annual performance review of the County Administrator. The committee is composed of the three officers, Johansen, Luke and Moriak plus two elected supervisors. Bonneprise took the fourth position and Chris Nelson was elected to the fifth seat. There were several changes to the Rules of Order. A new rule states that no county related meetings will be held after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Edgell in making the motion to add the rule, said that Wednesday is church night. The rule was adopted by unanimous voice vote. County board members, as well as the public, shall refrain from unnecessary conversations and cell phone usage while the board is in session. Arcand made the motion to include the supervisors in the rule which previously had applied only to the public. The rule change was adopted by a unanimous roll call vote.

The new Polk County Board standing committees Environmental Services: James Edgell, Kim O’Connell, Craig Moriak, Warren Nelson, Brad Olson plus Farm Services Agency chairperson Public Safety & Highway: Larry Jepsen, Jay Luke, John Bonneprise, Doug Route, Joe Demulling Health & Human Services: Joe Demulling, John Bonneprise, Michael Prichard, James Edgell, Doug Route General Government: Larry Jepsen, Russ Arcand, Chris Nelson, Brian Masters, Dean Johansen Executive: Dean Johansen, Jay Luke, Craig Moriak, Chris Nelson, John Bonneprise.

Munson Hybrids adds Glenn Meier as Wisconsin sales representative GALESBURG, Ill. – Munson Hybrids added Glenn Meier, Frederic, to its sales representative network. Munson Hybrids has been selling in Wisconsin since 2009, and its product line is consistently performing in the top of state trials. Meier will help address the growth in demand for Munson corn, soybean and silage products due to strong year-after-year performance of its hybrids and varieties in state, third party and company plots. “My wife, Barb, and I have farmed in this area for 37 years, plus my years of working at the bank means I have seen personally and heard from business associates how crucial selecting the right seed

is to the success of a farm. People who know me know that numbers are important to me, and I did the research before I signed on. Munson Hybrids corn and soybean seed consistently has been in the top third of UW-Extension trials,” said Meier. “Wisconsin is an important and growing market for us. Finding strong sales representatives to help us promote and sell our seed in Wisconsin is critical to Munson,” said Craig Allaman, sales director, Munson Hybrids. “Glenn has the experience, knowledge base and customer-focused approach that Munson looks for in a sales representative. He will make sure his customers have the best seed for their operation and goals.” – submitted

WITC fills worker shortage in clinics NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Local medical clinics are actively seeking medical administrative specialists and medical office specialists. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College refocused program offerings to suit those specific needs of area clinics. WITC graduates anticipate almost unlimited career opportunities both close to home and in locations and facilities worldwide. WITC’s medical administrative specialist associate degree prepares graduates to perform a variety of tasks to support the administrative needs of medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, health insurance companies, long-term and assisted-living facilities, research facilities and health departments. Graduates use their knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy along with upto-date computer and technology skills to excel in careers in medical records, medical reception, medical transcription, medical billing and coding and medical financial services. “WITC has offered the medical admin-

istrative specialist degree for 20 years and, because of our stellar reputation, employers want our graduates!” said Stephanie Erdmann, divisional dean, business, academic affairs. The medical office specialist technical diploma combines medical office skills with computer skills to prepare graduates for employment on the administrative side of health care working in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other health organizations. Bunnie Katich, manager of central billing office, St. Luke’s Clinic, Duluth, Minn., said WITC’s willingness to refocus programs says a lot about the college. “Your instructors do a very fine job in educating your students and giving them a wellrounded basic education that is actually needed in the industry in these positions.“ WITC offers flexible learning options. Interested students can take the majority of their classes through WITC Flex or online. Visit for more information about this program. - from WITC




Luck/Frederic golfers look to lead West Lakeland competition is stiff right now among several players. “Now it’s just a matter of, how much can we improve in one month and then how much time are they going to spend in the summer, because that’s when golfers are really developed,” Stencil said. St. Croix Falls too, is on an uptick this spring according to coach Shawn Gudmunsen. Although he and the West Lakeland coaches agreed that scores are down a bit from previous years, the Saints will

Siren/Webster, Clear Lake teams added to Lakeland Conference Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND – The West Lakeland boys golf conference has expanded to include six teams this spring with the combination of Siren/Webster and Clear Lake. Siren has had a team for several years now and Webster had a team for several years before cutting the program after the 2011 season. Matt Wood, who is also the Webster girls basketball coach, will be head coach of the Siren/Webster golf team this season. Golfers have been enjoying a bit of an earlier start than in the previous few years when many areas were snow-covered into April. The teams wrapped up their first conference meet in Clear Lake on Thursday, April 14, which will give coaches and fans a glimpse of what’s ahead. With Unity and Grantsburg leading the West Lakeland in recent years, it appears that Luck/Frederic could be the team to beat as they won the first match of the season, but the rest of the competition wasn’t separated by many strokes. Luck/Frederic finished with a total of 195, followed by Siren/Webster 206, Grantsburg 208, Unity 213, SCF 213 and Clear Lake, 219. Luck/Frederic coach Rick Giller is excited for the future of Luck/Frederic’s team as he has several returning players, including a pair of freshmen golfers who are excelling early. The have a total of 14 golfers out and only one senior. Out of 16 teams at a tournament held on the Barron Golf Course, the team took fifth.

Tate Fohrenkamm of the Siren/Webster golf team chips from the ruff. Fohrenkamm is part of the newly formed Siren/Webster co-op. Webster hasn’t had golf since 2011.

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Chase Rowe of the Luck/Frederic golf team takes aim in the tee box at the Barron Invitational. Rowe and the rest of the Luck/Frederic golf team are expected to be at the top of the West Lakeland Conference, but five other teams will be hoping to be in the mix. – Photos submitted “We are still a young team with most of the golfers freshmen or sophomores,” Giller noted, adding that the key core of golfers includes Chase Rowe, Austin Rowe and Brant Rowe, along with Luke Woltz and Derek Steele. They also have some junior varsity golfers itching to compete at a high level. Tanner Van Meter shot a 44 at the conference match at Clear Lake and Ethan Alexander shot a 46. Giller noted that the key to success this year will be their short game. “Getting the players to understand that the key to golf is from 100 yards and in. Each player knowing how far each club goes, getting up and down from close to the green, and getting one putts and avoiding the three putts.” With Luck/Frederic as the likely favorite it will still be a dogfight to see who makes it to the top in the West Lakeland. Despite only having five players, Siren/ Webster is starting out strong and Grantsburg has an ace in the hole with senior Jordan Knutson, who already won an invitational at Barron and was the medalist at the Clear Lake match with a score of 36. His nearest competitor was Tate Fohren-

kamm of Webster, who shot a 41. “Jordan is a premier player in the area,” said Unity coach Larry Stencil, noting that his Eagles team is retooling after losing four lettermen to graduation after last year. “We’re very young. And we have to get ourselves to figure out the game. Get our skills to where they belong, put in enough time on the course and learn course management,” Stencil said. The Eagles still have a lot of potential to be strong again this year. They have one returning lettter winner with Marcus Qualle, and a freshman, Hunter Robinson, who is their No. 2 golfer. They have two seniors, Mitchell Morse and Gavin Ouellette. Sophomore Aaron Nyberg has recently jumped to the No. 3 spot, and played at sectionals with the Eagles last year. They also have five freshmen itching to get on the varsity squad. “They really want to excel and so far have been putting in the extra time and it’s good to see them putting in the extra time,” said Stencil. From the Eagles No. 3 golfer, through their eighth or ninth golfer, there’s only a separation of four or five strokes, so the

••• LA CROSSE – Former Grantsburg standout Wendy Roberts is making big contributions this spring for the Bethel University softball team. The sophomore infielder went 3 for 7 during a two-game sweep on the road over Saint Benedict Sunday, April 17, and scored a run. Roberts leads all hitters for BU so far with a .333 batting average. Roberts is not only a Wendy Roberts standout already on the softball team, but played in 25 games last fall for the BU hockey team as a quality defenseman. – with information from athletics.bethel. edu ••• RIVER FALLS – The UW-River Falls men’s track team competed at multiple meets recently. On Thursday, April 14, eight members of the men’s team competed at St. Thomas and on Saturday, April 16, the team competed at Concordia in St. Paul. At the Tom Cat Twilight Thursday, A.J. Walsh-Brenizer, from Luck, took second in the open javelin with a distance of 162’6”, which ranks him sixth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On Saturday, Colton Sorensen, Unity grad, matched his school record in the pole vault with a height of 15’7”. Walsh-Brenizer finished sixth in the open pole vault with a height of 15’1”. – with information from ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, or could be mentioned again, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Golf/Continued be looking to be more competitive than they have been. “The most exciting thing about SCF golf this year, is that we have established (finally) a consistent effort to want to improve in golf to be competitive,” Gudmunsen said. Obvious improvements for the Saints are on the scorecard, as the team has already beaten their average from previous years, but depth will still be an issue, so developing the younger players will be a key to their continued success for the future. Gudmunsen did say however, that the quality of golfers has improved where quantity is lacking. “Our players are a supportive group of one another this year. It’s exciting to see the experienced golfers helping out the others, and all of these kids this year are quite coachable,” said Gudmunsen. Luck/Frederic golfer Derek Steele chips the ball onto the green.

St. Croix Falls is set on improving a talented and young golf team this season. Joe Ward, above, is one of the experienced seniors on the team.

Grantsburg senior Jordan Knutson is one of the premier high school boys golfers in northwestern Wisconsin. He was the overall medalist at the Barron Invitational as well as the Clear Lake conference match on Thursday, April 14. – Photos submitted

Brant Rowe, one of three Rowe triplets, will be one of the several talented golfers on the Luck/Frederic golf team this spring.

Pirates softball continues winning ways

Grantsburg’s Claire Palmquist slides home safely against Shell Lake on Thursday, April 14, helping the Pirates to a 10-0 victory. – Photos by Larry Samson

Grantsburg 10, Shell Lake 0 Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg softball continued to dominate both conference and nonconference tests this week, starting with a win over Shell Lake on Thursday, April 14, producing 10 runs on 10 hits while backed by Olivia Tucker’s performance on the rubber. Tucker was also 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, with

other multiple hitters getting two hits including Megan Miller and junior Britta Roufs, who scored twice while hitting a triple during a four-run second inning. The Pirates added another two runs in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and another run in the sixth inning to end the game by the 10-run rule in the sixth, off a single from Roufs.

Grantsburg head coach Don Bjelland counsels players in between innings against Shell Lake.

Grantsburg 15, Osceola 0 GRANTSBURG – The Pirates played their second game of the week on Friday, April 15, against the Osceola Chieftains, who were held hitless by Olivia Tucker and freshman Rylee Hoffman. Tucker had eight strikeouts through four innings with two walks, while Hoffman retired the first batter she faced on a throw to first and struck out the final two batters to end the game in five innings.

The Pirates offense exploded for 15 runs on 12 hits, while drawing seven walks. Tucker was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, Cassidy Quimby was 2 for 4 and scored twice, and Jordyn McKenzie, Megan Miller, Claire Palmquist, MacKenna Johnson, Maddie Duncan and Rhiana Pochman each had a hit in the win.





Frederic/Luck softball hammers out win over Unity Falls against Saints on Monday Luck/Frederic 15, Unity 0 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – From the top to the bottom of the order the Frederic/Luck softball team’s offense couldn’t be stopped on Thursday, April 14, as they scored 15 runs on 16 hits to take care of Unity in five innings. Sydney Domagala led Frederic/ Luck in the hit column going 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tasian Arjes was 2 for 4 in the leadoff spot followed by Kyla Melin, Isabelle Jensen, Sophie Fredericks and Brooklyn Petersen who each had a pair of hits. Emily Amundson and Melin each scored three times and Amundson was 1 for 2, while walking twice. Addie Musial and Kalyn Miller each had hits, and Frederic/Luck struck out just once. Fredericks was the winning pitcher for F/L, needing just four innings while allowing four hits. Courtney Vallesky, Sam Fergusson, Ashley Bloom and Courtney Allison each had one of the Eagles four hits in the loss. St. Croix Falls 12, Frederic/Luck 2 FREDERIC – Frederic/Luck managed to take a 1-0 lead over St. Croix Falls on Monday, April 18, which lasted through the top of the third inning when St. Croix Falls tied the game back up 1-1. In the fourth inning however, the St. Croix Falls bats came alive and the offense never allowed Frederic/Luck the momentum to get back into the game. “The girls turned it on,” said Saints coach Clayton Hanson. “It took us a couple of innings to get L/F pitcher timed up, but we did, and we started hitting like I knew we could.” The Saints finished with eight hits on the night and Katie Kopp had the hot bat, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. Annalise Parks was 2 for 3 with three

Frederic/Luck’s Kyla Melin dives back safely to first base against Unity.

Ciara DeLozier throws a pitch against Frederic/Luck.

Emily Amundson gets set to dive home on a headfirst slide against Unity on Thursday, April 14. – Photos by Becky Amundson RBIs, while Sam Mackenberg, Sarah Rude and Lilly Dillman each had a hit in the game. Kopp also finished with eight strikeouts and no walks. “Sophie Aguilar had a good game at third, they pulled a lot her way. Katie and Annalise did excellent in the three and four slot in the batting order. We now have to focus on the next two games in front of us, Shell Lake and Turtle Lake/ Clayton,” Hanson said.

Somerset 8, St. Croix Falls 4 SOMERSET – The Saints softball team faced Somerset in a nonconference game on Friday, April 15, but the game got away from St. Croix Falls in the late innings. “We played well at Somerset, but just had a bad inning. It was Annalise Park’s first game back. It was great to have her back out at short this season. Katie (Kopp) pitched a great game and Bridgett Bergmann caught great,” said Saints coach Clayton Hanson. After four innings the Saints were leading 3-2, but the Spartans tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, before breaking the game open in the sixth with five runs.

day with a 7-6 win over Cumberland and a 12-5 loss to Boyceville. “Playing two games back to back is hard, especially when we have warm weather for the first time this season,” Saints skipper Clayton Hanson said, but beating Cumberland was huge according to Hanson, especially for the ending. “Again, Katie (Kopp) pitched a

great game, Maddie Snyder put down some great bunts and Sarah Rude had a clutch hit to win the game for us,” Hanson said. The Saints got two runs in the seventh inning to help give them the 7-6 victory, and despite the loss against Boyceville, there were some positives. Elsie Flom got her first start at the varsity level on the rubber and played aggressive. “She came out right away and went after their batters. We may have lost against Boyceville, but the girls showed me that every single one of them can step in at any time and step up for their teammates,” Hanson said.

Emily Chivers of Frederic/Luck got home safely despite a close throw to home plate during the junior varsity game that followed the varsity game on Thursday, April 21.

Boyceville 12, St. Croix Falls 5 St. Croix Falls 7, Cumberland 6 BOYCEVILLE – After a hard-fought game against Somerset a day earlier, the Saints softball team once again hit the road on Saturday, April 16, to Boyceville for two games. St. Croix Falls split the

Sydney Domagala of Frederic/Luck makes the catch against St. Croix Falls on Monday, April 18.

A St. Croix Falls base runner gets safely to second base during a win over Frederic/Luck on Monday, April 18.





Webster tops Pirates to improve 2-1 in conference Pirates hit threegame losing skid Webster 7, Grantsburg 4 Marty Seeger|Staff writer WEBSTER – The Webster Tigers handed Grantsburg their third straight loss in five days with a 7-4 victory in Webster Monday, April 18. Webster trailed 3-0 after four innings but rallied in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on five hits. Those five hits came with two outs, and the Tigers continued to produce when faced with the two outs. “Good game between two pretty even teams,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. “The difference was that Webster came up with the clutch hits, getting all of their runs with two outs.” Johnson was pleased with the bat of Austin Casey, who went 2 for 3 in the game with two RBIs, but the Pirates mustered only three total hits in the game, the only other coming from Austin Bowman, who scored three times, including on an error in the top of the sixth. Tiger pitchers included starter Jordan Larson, who went three innings and allowed one hit, three earned runs and had five walks with two strikeouts. Paul Sargent finished the final four innings for Webster with five strikeouts, two hits and no earned runs. Webster was also productive offensively with nine hits. Jack Washburn went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Taran Wols was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Other hitters included Austin Spafford, Trenton Wols, Sargent and Caleb Pardun. Sargent also drove in a run in the win for Webster as they improved to 5-2 overall. Cumberland 14, Grantsburg 4 CUMBERLAND – A good start quickly went sour for the Grantsburg Pirates during a road game at Cumberland Friday, April 15. “A nice start for us to get two in the top of the first, but then came the gut punch of giving up eight in the bottom of the first,” said coach Pete Johnson. “The old Metrodome scoreboard used to say, ‘Walks Will Haunt’... our game was haunted.” Between three pitchers the Pirates walked seven batters, but hit the ball well, collecting 11 hits, but had trouble scoring. “(Zach) Tebow was on fire tonight going 3 for 3 with a couple of doubles,” Johnson added. Austin Bowman and Jacob Barnard each had a pair of hits.

Caleb Pardun of Webster connects with a hit with two outs during a four-run fifth inning against Grantsburg on Monday, April 18. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted

Taran Wols of Webster connected with a pair of hits against the Pirates and drove in a run during a big conference victory for Webster.

Shell Lake 12, Grantsburg 3 GRANTSBURG – Defense did the Pirates in on Thursday, April 14, as they hosted the Shell Lake Lakers and lost 12-3. “We were awful on defense tonight,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. “Jackson (Gerber) did well with his bat. He needed a home run to hit for the cycle, but Babe Ruth would have struggled to hit one out in tonight’s wind.” The game was tied after an inning of play but in the top of the third Shell Lake scored six times, and never looked back. Grantsburg finished with six hits. Gerber finished 3 for 4 at the plate. Webster 15, Siren 1 SIREN – The Webster Tigers won handily over Siren Thursday, April 14, with 15 runs on 11 hits through five innings. Jack Washburn and Brad Sigfrids each had a pair of hits in the win, while several others in the lineup were able to connect with at least one hit, including Austin Spafford, Paul Sargent, Jordan Larson, Taran Wols, Tyler Grey, Caleb Pardun and Trenton

Trenton Wols smacked a two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning during the Tigers three-run sixth inning. Wols. Washburn led the Tigers on the mound with eight strikeouts, two walks and no earned runs on two hits. Siren’s two hits came from Aaron Ruud and Bailey Mangen.

Spooner Webster Sire SPOONER – A nine-run third inning from the Spooner Rails helped dismantle Webster in a nonconference game at Spooner on Friday, April 15. Webster had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third, but Spooner’s nine runs on seven hits gave the Rails the cushion they needed to cruise to the win. Webster had seven hits on the night as Taran Wols went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Brad Sigfrids knocked in a run and was 1 for 3 at the plate.

Grantsburg’s Zach Tebow tosses a pitch to home against Shell Lake on Thursday, April 14. – Photo by Larry  Samson

The Pirates baseball team produced six hits against Shell Lake in a loss Thursday, April 14. – Photo by Larry Samson





Pitching carries Eagles over Luck/Frederic Hunter Pederson throws perfect game through four innings Unity 6, Luck/Frederic 2 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LUCK – Unity left-handed pitcher Hunter Pederson led Unity to victory over Luck/Frederic Thursday, April 14, allowing just four hits, no earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Pederson had a perfect game going through four innings but Luck/Frederic senior Parker Steen singled in the bottom of the fifth. It didn’t tarnish Pederson’s dominance on the mound or Unity’s defensive efforts, but the Eagles had a bit of trouble getting going offensively. Luck/Frederic’s Austin Hamack held Unity to just four hits and had five strikeouts, but the Eagles patience at the plate paid off as they were able to draw eight walks. A walk and a fielder’s choice in the top of the second inning helped move a runner into scoring position and Unity’s Austin Donahue hit an RBI single to give Joey Schmitz of Unity tries to avoid a collision with Luck/Frederic shortstop Roman Poirier on a ground ball. Hunter Pederson of Unity had a great night on the mound, holding Luck/Frederic hitless through four innings on Thursday, April 14. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Unity center fielder Phillip Sorensen charges a fly ball and makes the basket catch against Luck/Frederic on Thursday, April 14.

the Eagles a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth Unity stretched their lead to 4-0, as Cody Ince hit an RBI single and reached third on an errant throw from center field. He later scored on a fielder’s choice, and with another run later in the inning and Pederson’s continued solid performance on the mound, Luck/Frederic was unable to get much going offensively, until the bottom of the fifth, starting with Steen’s single. Mason Gustafson also singled in the inning but a pair of pop outs quickly ended the threat. The Eagles took a 5-0 lead into the top of the six and scored one more on an error. Luck/Frederic managed to score their only two runs of the game with help from a Derek Rennicke RBI single and a steal home by Ethan Schmidt, but a pop out helped end the Luck/Frederic rally. Unity’s Joey Schmitz slides safely into second on a close play as Luck/Frederic second baseman Payton Ellefson covers the bag.

Eagles earn sweep at Amery tournament Unity 7, Glenwood City 0 Unity 14, Amery 4 Marty Seeger|Staff writer AMERY – The Unity baseball team swept a two-game tournament in Amery on Saturday, April 16. It was the first time the Eagles have been able to win both games at the tournament in Amery since 2009. Against Glenwood City, Logan Bader held the Hilltoppers to no runs on just two hits through seven innings, with four

walks and seven strikeouts. Bader was also backed by some quality defense. “I was really proud of all our guys defensively,” said Eagles coach Matt Humpal. “We had some players playing some different positions and our defense didn’t miss a beat. Dylan Stenberg started the great defensive play by starting a double play on a ground ball up the middle in the first.” Unity had eight hits in the win with each coming from a different athlete. Stenberg, Cody Ince, Bader and Nathan

Heimstead each knocked in a run. Brett Nelson, Wyatt Stenberg, Logan Hendrickson, Dylan Stenberg and Logan Hendrickson each had hits. In the final game of the day Unity crushed the ball with 18 hits on the way to a 14-4 rout of Amery. “Hopefully the warmer weather brings our bats to life. We scored more runs in these two games than we had in the previous four games combined,” Humpal said. Nelson, Austin Donahue, Hendrickson

and Heimstead each had two hits, while Hunter Pedersen was 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Donahue had three RBIs, and Bader finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs. “I knew that the boys played hard because their uniforms were filthy by the end of the day. That look makes me happy as a coach. But I am not the one doing their laundry! Thank you moms!” Humpal added.

Saints win again over Luck/Frederic St. Croix Falls 5, Luck/Frederic 2 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LUCK – St. Croix Falls and Luck/Frederic faced off for the second time in less than a week, with the first meeting ending in a 19-1 demolishing by St. Croix Falls on Tuesday, April 12. Conditions were less than perfect as temperatures hovered in the low 30s, but Saints coach Mark Gjovig said it felt more like the teens. On Monday, April 18, the teams met with more favorable conditions in Luck, and once again the Saints came away with the win, but it was much closer for this game, as the game was tied 1-1 after three innings. The Saints managed to pick up a pair of runs in the top of the fourth and another run in each of the fifth and sixth

innings for the win. The Saints totaled eight hits with Jameson Kahl and Jacob Murphy both going 2 for 3. Josh Skallet went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Jake Johnson got the start for St. Croix Falls on the mound and went six innings with nine strikeouts, four hits and two runs allowed with three walks. Kahl finished the final frame with one strikeout, one walk and no hits. Luck/Frederic was held to four hits, with Derek Rennicke knocking in one run on a hit. Austin Hamack, Ethan Schmidt and Payton Ellefson also had hits for Luck/Frederic. Roman Poirer had seven strikeouts through six innings pitched, with only one walk, four earned runs and six hits

allowed. Hamack pitched the final inning for L/F with two hits, two strikeouts, no runs and no walks.

Luck/Frederic first baseman Parker Steen makes the catch at first base for the out. – Photo  by  Marty Seeger





Track season off to a good start for area athletes Next large invite at Frederic this Thursday, April 21 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – It’s been a better start this spring for area track teams yet many have still had to contend with inclement weather and canceled events. Despite the expected changes, many athletes have been able to enjoy competition outside much earlier this season and track fans and athletes will get a good indication of where area teams stand this Thursday, April 21. More than 10 teams are expected to compete including the Lakeland Conference teams and the weather is expected to be cool, yet dry, which should make for a competitive and fun meet for athletes and fans. Despite warm temperatures earlier in the day on Monday, April 18, clouds and wind whipped into the Clear Lake Invitational, which hosted seven area teams. The Amery Warriors were winners in both the boys and girls standings. Amery girls were followed by Frederic/Luck, Webster, Clear Lake, Siren, Turtle Lake/ Clayton and Prairie Farm. Boys secondplace finishers were Clear Lake, followed by Webster, Frederic/Luck, Turtle Lake/ Clayton, Prairie Farm and Siren. The Frederic/Luck girls were led by Nicole Nelson who took first in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Jasmine Morales finished fifth in the 400meter dash, Brooke Rosenau took second in the 800-meter run, and the 1,600-meter run. Emma Pedersen finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and Frederic/

Despite a few track meets producing unfavorable conditions with high winds, rain and even snow, area track teams have managed to get off to a better start than in recent years where the weather was a lot worse. Perhaps the days of snow and cold are behind us, but no matter what happens, athletes are ready to compete. The above meet was an invitational at Webster on Tuesday, April 12. – Photos by Becky Strabel unless otherwise noted Luck’s 4x200-meter relay team took first place with Maddie Ammend, Lindsay Mattson, Katie Christensen and Nelson posting a time of 1:56.11. Ammend also competed in the long jump and took first overall, and was second in triple jump, while Mattson was third in the triple jump. Maddie Joy took fourth in the girls shot put, and was first place in the discus throw, indicating what could be a strong Frederic/Luck team this season.

The Webster girls are also strong this season and set several personal records at Clear Lake despite the gusty winds. The top four throwers each had personal records according to coach Roy Ward. The event was won by Kaitlyn Moser with a throw of 34 feet. She also had a personal best throw in the discus and took second. The most improved throw went to Tir

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Sadie Koelz of Webster gets a big lead among other competitors during the 400-meter dash preliminaries at an Invitational held in Clear Lake on Monday, April 19. Koelz ended up fourth in the event, but made more noise in the high jump and pole vault, taking first in both events. – Photo by  Marty Seeger

Noah Koball throws the discus at Webster.

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 136.5, Maurer Power 131.5, House of Wood 119, S&G 98.5, Pioneer Bar 57.5. Individual games: Don Swenson 300, Jon Anderson 280, Tony Wilson 258. Individual series: Jon Anderson 692, Don Swenson 659, Dale Gregory 655. 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. Consecutive strikes: Don Swenson 300 (12x), Jon Anderson 280 (10x), Curtis Renfroe 257 (7x), Jeremy Anderson 247 (5x). Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Don Swenson 300 (+120), Jon Anderson 280 (+112), Curtis Renfroe 257 (+71). Series 100 pins or more above avg.: Jon Anderson 692 (+188), Don Swenson 659 (+119). Splits converted: 3-10: Bruce Teigen. 2-78: Jeremy Anderson. 2-7: Bruce Norstrem. Honorable mention: First career 300: Don Swenson. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Hansen Farms 41, Skol Bar 38, Pioneer Bar 37, Cifaldi Motors 33,

Cummings Lumber 31, Luck Laundry 31, Stotz & Co. 28, Bye 1. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (SB) 279, Mark Bohn (SB) 249, Moose Wilson (SB) 235. Individual series: Brett Daeffler (SB) 672, Mark Bohn (SB) 664, Moose Wilson (SB) 627. Team games: Skol Bar 1077, 1020 & 1010. Team series: Skol Bar 3107, Luck Laundry 2679, Hansen Farms 2632. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 67.5, American Family Siren 50.5, Red Iron Studios 48, Grindell Law Offices 45.5, LakeLand Communications 44.5, Hell Raisers 38.5, Backwoods Beer & Bait 36, Wikstrom Construction 33.5. Individual games: Anthony Wilson (GLO) 258, Don McKinney (FF) 257, Mark Bohn (FF) 248. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 645, Anthony Wilson (GLO) 638, Mark Bohn (FF) 631. Team games: Fab Four 660, Grindell Law Offices 594, American Family Siren 535. Team series: Fab Four 1768, Grindell Law Offices 1681, Red Iron Studios 1542. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Don

Swenson rolls perfect game

McKinney 235 (5x), Mark Bohn 248 (5x), Dave Grindell 246 (5x), Anthony “Moose” Wilson 258 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Dave Grindell 246 (+69), Carl Carpenter 195 (+64), Bruce Wikstrom 212 (+51), Tim Pederson 210 (+51), Don McKinney (+72), Anthony “Moose” Wilson 258 (+64). Splits converted: 2-7: Mike Route (RIS), Brandon Dahl (LC). 3-6-7-8-10: Kanan Hackett (HR). 3-4-6-7-9-10: Corey Laqua (WC). 3-10: Jim Wikstrom (WC), Gilbert Meyer (RIS). 5-7: Duane Wisse (GLO). 5-10: Gloria Meyer (HR).

Don Swenson was successful in bowling a perfect 300 game at Hacker’s Lanes in Frederic on Tuesday, April 12. – Photo submitted





Track/Continued ingo Mosher in the shot put. Sadie Koelz had a big night winning the high jump with a personal best of 4-10 and was first in the pole vault with a height of 8-06. Skyler Winkler set a personal record in the long jump, as well as the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Santhia Weber had a personal best in the 100-meter dash and Sam Nelson was a first-place winner in both the 400- and 800-meter run as a freshman. The Siren Dragon girls are lower in numbers this spring but still had some quality performances in Clear Lake. Alexa Buskirk took fourth in the 100-meter dash and helped Jade Horstman, Kayla Eideh and Julia Cederberg take third in the 4x100-meter relay. Buskirk, Cederberg, Horstman and Ashlee Rightman also placed second in the 4x200-meter relay. Rightman placed second in the high jump, second in the long jump and also took first place in the triple jump. Buskirk took third in the long jump and Cederberg was second in the discus.

Boys highlights The Webster boys’ third-place performance had several highlights in the discus and shot put. Grant Preston took second in the shot put and Ross Daniels was eighth with both having personal best throws. Tyler Marty also had a personal best in the shot, but it was Preston’s performance in the discus that drew the most attention. Preston extended his personal best by 24 feet to win the event with a throw of 140-09. “I was told the tailwind can knock down the disc, but it didn’t seem to be the case on this throw. I hope there are more throws where that came from,” said coach Ward. Kerik Stubbe had a personal record in the triple jump, extending his personal best by 4 feet and into a headwind. Dustin Kern earned a personal best in the long jump

hurdles as a personal best. The Frederic/Luck boys finished fourth with Chris Pouliot taking third in the 100-meter dash. He was also third in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump and took third in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Zach Peterson took second in the 300-meter hurdles and Pouliot, Petersen, Adam Menke and Mitchell Paquette took third in the 4x100-meter relay. Junior Peter Lund took first place in the pole vault, and Paquette was third in the triple jump. Jordan Jones was fifth in the discus and Nate Denkmann was sixth in the discus. For the Siren boys Keenan Cook, Dolan Highstrom, Eric Bruss and Derek Highstrom placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay, and Cook, Derek Highstrom, Dolan Highstrom and Neil Oustigoff took third in the 4x200-meter relay. Cook, Josiah Wegner, Oustigoff and Dolan Highstrom took second in the 4x400-meter relay, and Oustigoff was fourth in the high jump. Tanner Lee took third in the shot put for the Siren boys and was second in the discus.

Nicole Nelson of the Frederic/Luck track team is off to a great start to the season. She took first place in both the 100- and 200-meter dash on Monday, April 18, in Clear Lake. – Photos by  Marty Seeger The 4x800-meter relay team took second with Andrew Ruiz, Hunter Erickson, Mason Schaaf and Joey Formanek. Schaaf was fourth in the 400-meter dash, and Formanek took first in the 800-meter run while Schaaf was third. Ruiz won both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run and Kern took third in the 300-meter

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BASEBALL Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. St. Croix Falls 3-0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 1-0 Shell Lake 2-0 Webster 2-1 Unity 1-1 Grantsburg 1-2 Luck/Frederic 0-3 Siren 0-2

SOFTBALL Overall 5-1 1-0 2-0 5-2 3-1-2 1-3 1-4 0-2

Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. Cameron 3-0 Grantsburg 3-0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 1-0 Frederic/Luck 2-1 St. Croix Falls 2-1 Shell Lake 0-1 Unity 0-3 Webster/Siren 0-2

Scores Thursday, April 14 Unity 6, Luck/Frederic 2 Shell Lake 12, Grantsburg 3 Webster 15, Siren 1 Friday, April 15 Spooner 12, Webster 5 Cumberland 14, Grantsburg 4 Saturday, April 16 Unity 14, Amery 4 Unity 7, Glenwood City 0 Monday, April 18 St. Croix Falls 5, Luck/Frederic 2 Unity at Siren (Canceled) Webster 7, Grantsburg 4 Tuesday, April 19 Prairie Farm 12, Luck/Frederic 5

Scores Thursday, April 14 Cameron 10, Webster/Siren 0 Frederic/Luck 15, Unity 0 Grantsburg 10, Shell Lake 0 Friday, April 15 Grantsburg 15, Osceola 0 Somerset 8, St. Croix Falls 4 Saturday, April 16 Boyceville 12, St. Croix Falls 5 St. Croix Falls 7, Cumberland 6 Monday, April 18 St. Croix Falls 12, Frederic 2 Cameron 24, Unity 1 Tuesday, April 19 Frederic/Luck at Birchwood Superior 2, Grantsburg 1 (Eight innings)

Upcoming Thursday, April 21 5 p.m. Siren at Clayton Luck/Frederic at Grantsburg Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls Webster at Unity Friday, April 22 5 p.m. Rush City, Minn., at Grantsburg St. Croix Falls at Turtle Lake Osceola at Unity Solon Springs at Webster Monday, April 25 5 p.m. Turtle Lake/Clayton at Grantsburg Siren at St. Croix Falls Shell Lake at Unity Luck/Frederic at Webster Tuesday, April 26 5 p.m. Drummond at Webster

Upcoming Thursday, April 21 5 p.m. Frederic/Luck at Grantsburg Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls Siren/Webster at Unity Friday, April 22 5 p.m. Glenwood City at Grantsburg Solon Springs at Webster Monday, April 25 5 p.m. Turtle Lake/Clayton at Grantsburg Cameron at St. Croix Falls Shell Lake at Unity Frederic/Luck at Webster

BOYS GOLF Upcoming Thursday, April 21 4 p.m. Meet at Webster, (Voyager Villlage) (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Tuesday, April 26 4:30 p.m. Meet at Luck Golf Course (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity)

Overall 5-0 5-1 2-0 3-3 3-3 0-1 0-3 0-2

Siren brothers Dolan and Derek Highstrom hand off the baton during the Clear Lake Invitational on Monday, April 18. – Photos by Marty Seeger

TRACK & FIELD Upcoming Thursday, April 21 4:15 p.m. Varsity invitational at Frederic (Siren, Grantsburg, Unity, Frederic/Luck, Webster, St. Croix Falls) Tuesday, April 26 3:45 p.m. Chisago Lakes, Minn., Invitational (Frederic/Luck) 4 p.m. Shell Lake Invitational (Grantsburg, Siren) 4:30 p.m. Varsity invitational at Chetek (Unity)

The Frederic/Luck boys track team placed fourth at the Clear Lake Invitational on Monday, April 18.




Wisconsin conservationists push for double-fencing of deer farms 14 County WCC delegations pass resolutions to require more fencing Danielle Kaeding|WPR news STATEWIDE - A higher rate of chronic wasting disease among Wisconsin deer is prompting state lawmakers and citizens to call for more aggressive action to prevent the disease’s spread. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and 14 county delegations of Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress have passed resolutions to require double-fencing of captive deer farms. Eight counties passed resolutions to ban them entirely. Alan Horvath proposed resolutions to ban game farms or require double-fencing in Douglas County, he said he knows a game farm ban is a long shot with state lawmakers. “A double fence would be a very minor step, but an important step in preventing the fences from being breeched or animal-to-animal contact,” said Horvath. George Meyer, executive director for the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, said a similar resolution to require double-fencing passed unanimously at the group’s annual meeting on April 9. Meyer agreed he’d like the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to do more oversight of fencing in the state’s efforts to control the spread of CWD. “DNR looks at them once every 10 years, which is just not effective regulation,” said Meyer. But, DNR officials oversee fencing certificates for the state’s whitetail deer farms only. Officials with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection oversees the state’s 413 deer farms. Dr. Paul McGraw, state veterinarian, said fencing for exotic species, including elk, are regulated by local ordinance. Regardless, McGraw said testing and monitoring of deer farms show they’re at very low risk of having the disease. “There’s a false sense of security that if we say that we’re going to put a double fence around every deer farm that we’re

no longer going to have CWD in Wisconsin,” said McGraw, adding that the disease can move across the landscape in a variety of ways. About half the state’s deer farms also take part in the CWD herd status program, which tests 100 percent of all deer that are moved, killed, slaughtered or die. “There’s a very high level of surveillance on farm-raised deer that would lead to us detecting CWD very early on,” he said. But, Horvath expressed concern over a DNR emergency rule in December that relaxed requirements for deer farmers seeking a fencing certificate. Prior to the rule, farmers had to enroll in the CWD herd status program to obtain a certificate, but that’s no longer the case. Fencing requirements haven’t changed, according to Pete Dunn, DNR captive wildlife administrative warden. He said he couldn’t comment on whether double-fencing reduced the likelihood of spreading the disease. “To speculate which fence is better … we’ve had escapes out of both fences,” he said. But, Meyer argued double-fencing adds another barrier between captive deer and the wild herd. In addition to requiring double-fencing, he said the DNR should conduct annual fence inspections, require deer farm owners to check fences after storms and install devices to detect open gates. Rick Vojtik, president of Whitetails of Wisconsin Association, said deer farmers are doing their part to comply with state regulations on CWD testing, as well as fencing. “If we’re showing those places that are double-fenced get it just as well as those places that are single-fenced, they should at least do the research to show that it’s going to help,” said Vojtik. Vojtik is also the owner of Fairchild Whitetails, which was depopulated by the state last fall after testing positive for CWD. “The game farms are being used … because it’s the only place CWD is being tested for at a decent rate,” he said. “It’s where you’re going to find it and it’s going to show where CWD is spreading

through the environment.” However, Dave Clausen, retired vet and former Natural Resources Board chairman, said double-fencing would make a difference in preventing CWD’s spread. U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations require double-fencing for deer farms taking part in its CWD herd certification program where the disease has been found, according to Clausen. “When you have a single fence, it’s nose-to-nose contact,” he said. “Noseto-nose contact is a way of spreading the disease.” But, Vojtik contended the disease can be transmitted a number of ways, including potentially feed sources. He added double-fencing would be a significant cost to farmers.

“I don’t know if everyone could afford to do it,” he said. But, Clausen said the state can’t afford not to with the state’s billion-dollar wild deer herd industry at stake.

County delegations that passed resolutions to require double-fencing: Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Jackson, Marquette, Outagamie, Rock, Sauk, Sawyer, Shawano, Winnebago, Wood. County delegations that passed resolutions to ban game farms: Chippewa, Douglas, Marquette, Monroe, Shawano, Outagamie, Sawyer, Winnebago.

Teigen takes a tom

Bruce Teigen of Grantsburg was successful on the first Wednesday of turkey hunting, April 13, shooting a tom at 6:30 a.m. The bird weighed 23 pounds and had a 7-inch beard. –  Photo submitted

Polk County Deer Advisory Council to meet to determine final recommendations for the 2016 deer season BALSAM LAKE - The public has a final opportunity to provide comments on antlerless deer harvest quota, permit levels and season structure recommendations for Polk County. The council will hold its final spring meeting on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m., at county boardroom, Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, in Balsam Lake. At this meeting, the council will receive additional public comments prior to developing final recommendations. The council’s preliminary recommendations, formed during its March

meeting, are available for review at dnr., keyword CDAC, by clicking Find and selecting Polk County. Councils considered scientific data and public opinion when developing their preliminary recommendations. The council has recommended a harvest quota of 7,000, with 3,100 private land and zero public land antlerless permits available to hunters. The council also recommends offering one county-specific farmland zone antlerless permit with each license. These recommendations are expected to maintain the county’s deer herd.

To develop its final recommendations, the council will consider online input and other public comments along with professional assessments from Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists, foresters and law enforcement. The public may also comment at any time before April 17 by contacting a CDAC member (a list is available on the CDAC Web page at, keyword CDAC) or by emailing Polk County’s final quota, permit level and season structure recommendations will be presented to the DNR following

the April meeting, and will then advance to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. Once approved, the recommendations will take effect for the 2016 deer hunting season. Additional information on CDAC recommendations, agendas and membership is available at, keyword CDAC or email DNRCDACWebMail@ with any questions. – submitted

Angler Education Instructor Certification Class offered in Spooner SPOONER – Friends Into Spooner Hatchery and Namekagon River Partnership are sponsoring an Angler Ed Instructor Certification Class, 7-9 p.m., on Thursday, April 28, at the DNR headquarters, in Spooner. The class is

free and open to anyone over the age of 18 that would like to share their skills and love of angling with others. Schoolteachers, scoutmasters, rod and gun club members and anyone interested in promoting learn-to-fish classes and events are en-

couraged to attend. Class instructor will be Frank Pratt, a retired DNR fish biologist from Hayward. Space is limited, so contact Larry Damman 715-468-7059 or to secure a spot.

FISH is the only friends group for a Wisconsin hatchery and is dedicated to conservation awareness and outdoor education. Learn more at spoonerhatchery. com. – submitted


School libraries to share $37.7 million from Common School Fund June 30 for the purchase of print, digital and technology resources that are housed with the school library program and accessible to all students in the school. “Common School Fund aid is a major source, and sometimes the only source, of revenue for library services in our public schools,” said state Superintendent Tony Evers. “We depend on Wisconsin’s teacher librarians to advocate for strong public school library programs that can offer a broad range of resources to support student learning. We want our kids to be college and career ready, and strong school libraries contribute to that effort.” Area schools receiving aid include Amery, $62,957;

Local “ friends of public education” group formed

Clear Lake, $27,363; Cumberland, $34,545; Frederic, $22,564; Grantsburg, $31,494; Luck, $20,022; Osceola, $74,270; St. Croix Falls, $43,539; Shell Lake, $24,312; Siren, $18,719; Spooner, $62,416; Unity, $39,312; and Webster, $26,441. – from Wisconsin DPI

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Polk County deaths Polk County

Angela J. Chelmo, 50, Frederic, died March 31, 2016. Kathryn E. Fox, 91, Osceola, died April 4, 2016. Lillian E. Roberts, 87, Amery, died April 6, 2016.

Tom McCarthy of the state Department of Public Instruction made a presentation on funding and poverty challenges school districts face statewide. The presentation was the first of its kind sponsored by the newly formed St. Croix Valley Friends of Public Education. The meeting was held in Osceola on Tuesday, April 19. – Photo by Greg Marsten

State Department of Public Instruction official outlines challenges of education Greg Marsten | Staff writer OSCEOLA – An effort to bring a unique group to life in support of public education has resulted in a plan to have several relevant forums, debates or presentations in the future, and was kicked off with a presentation on Tuesday, April 19, in Osceola at their intermediate school by a state Department of Public Instruction official. The St. Croix Valley Friends of Public Education is a nonpartisan citizens’ group meant to promote policies and resources toward public education, by informing local residents about proposed state and local issues and legislation that may affect those educational efforts. The SCVFPE group was formed in January, and is primarily based in the Osceola, St. Croix Falls and Somerset school districts, and according to its founders, they are hoping to add candidate debates and educational forums to their offerings in the coming months. The first such offering was from Tom McCarthy of the DPI, who gave a presentation on the state’s approach to concerns with funding, poverty and declining enrollment. “The vast majority of districts with declining enrollment (have) budgets based on enrollment,” McCarthy said. “It means you have to make changes.” McCarthy said there is a direct correlation between poverty rates and reduced student testing performance, which seems to be increasing in many areas. “Poverty has grown dramatically over the last two decades,” McCarthy said. “And it’s not necessarily unique to one part of the state.” He showed several graphs and detailed charts showing the effects of poverty on performance, as he also noted the variety of ways school districts have attempted to address their own budget concerns and revenue limits, when applied to state equalized aids and how they have seen the volume and approval of referendums rise. “There is an increased reliance on referenda,” McCarthy stated, citing how there have been about 3,000 referendum ballot questions in the state’s history, and they have traditionally passed at about a 53-percent rate, but they have seen that number rise in recent years, as budgets “have become more complex.” “In the last four years, there has been a higher percentage of success, and until 1998, the majority were for

building projects,” McCarthy clarified. “Now, a lot more are for operating referendums ... and the passage rate is going up.” McCarthy also noted that approximately 83 percent of children are educated at traditional brick-and-mortar public schools, with about 12 percent in private schools and about 4 percent at charter schools which are under the umbrella of public school districts. He noted issues of private, religious schools being allowed to participate in the state voucher program, which is the largest in the nation, out of about 12 states that have similar ways to address under-performing schools or districts. “The big question is, when do they cease to be private schools?” McCarthy asked, noting how about 80 percent of all students at Milwaukee private schools are funded through the state voucher program. “It’s a give and take and finite funding and a finite number of schools,” he added, stating that about $212 million of state money goes toward the voucher program now. While much of the discussion was financial in nature, he also suggested that one way to help your district is to “be obnoxiously positive,” and how that is one common denominator, of sorts, of a districts’ success. “You’d be surprised about it,” McCarthy said. “You need to tell people about what is great in your school district.” McCarthy also discussed open enrollment challenges, how districts are essentially “competing” with their neighboring district in every way, including for their funding. “There are no simple, silver bullets on school district funding or how to address declining enrollment,” McCarthy said, adding that consolidation of neighboring districts may solve some financial concerns but creates a whole variety of new issues. “There are hundreds of levers at play, but the complexity is in open enrollment.” The presentation also included brief talks by district administrators from both the Osceola and St. Croix Falls school districts, with brief comments by state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who noted the difficulties the legislature faces in school funding. “The challenge we all face is managing the funding ... and maintaining the quality of education,” Harsdorf stated. Details on future presentations or events by the “Friends...” group can be found on their Facebook site, which can be found by searching SCVFPE.

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(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


Notice is hereby given, to each and every person who owns, occupies or controls land in the Village of Siren, County of Burnett, State of Wisconsin, to destroy all noxious weeds: Canada Thistle, Leafy Spurge and Field Bindweed (Creeping Jenny). The term destroy means the complete killing of weed plants above the surface of the ground by the use of chemicals, cutting, tillage, cropping system or any or all of these in effective combination, at a time and in a manner as will effectually prevent the weed plants from maturing to the bloom or flower stage as required by Wisconsin §66.0407. Ann L. Peterson 644919 36-37L WNAXLP Clerk/Treasurer


Jim Meyer, Village President, declares that first week of May 2016 to be the


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MADISON - Public school districts throughout the state will share $37.7 million in library aid, which will be paid Monday, April 25, from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each of the state’s 424 school districts. This year’s school library aid payment will be $31.78 per child for 1,186,272 children counted in the 2014-15 school census. Funding is up $2.2 million from last year. The per-child payment represents an increase of about $2.72 per child from the 2014-15 school year. Districts must use Common School Fund library aid by



Regular Meeting Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 2, 2016 7 p.m. Sand Lake Town Hall Pat Tjader, Sec. 644911 36-37Lp 26-27ap

LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION Application for Retail Class “B” License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the town board of the Town of Jackson, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Sean Holwell hereby makes application for Retail Class “B” Intoxicating Liquors and Fermented Malt Beverages for “Patty Ann’s Crow Bar, LLC,” located at 5046 County Road A, Webster, WI 54893. S1/2-SE1/4Section 20-T.40N-R.15W for a period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. Lorrain Radke, Clerk Town of Jackson Dated April 20, 2016 645143 36L 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




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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

Notice is hereby given, that the following application has been received by the undersigned Village Clerk for the Liquor License for the ensuing year ending June 30, 2016. TA Operating LLC d/b/a Minit Mart for Combination Class “A” Beer License and “Class A” Intoxicating Liquor License at their place of business known as Minit Mart located at 106 State Road 35 in Luck, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that the Village Board, Village of Luck, will meet in session on April 13, 2016, to act on the above application. Lori Pardun 645228 36L Village Clerk 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


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


1. President Mrs. Amundson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in the District Boardroom. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Chell and Mr. Ennis. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Fisher. 2. Motion Ennis/Nelson to approve the consent agenda items, including the agenda as presented, minutes of the 2/17/16 regular with corrections and 2/17/16 closed meeting, invoices and receipts and budget as presented. Motion carried 5-0. 3. Persons Requesting an Audience with the Board: None. 4. Board member Reports/Governance: a. CESA Community Leadership meeting was attended by Mr. Holicky. Great dialogue. b. Dave discussed learning finance from the WASB convention, longrange planning, sharing and a great convention. 5. Reports of the Administration: a. Mr. Robinson presented the District Administrator report including vans, bus, tech/vocational licensure. b. Mr. Fisher presented the 6-12 school report. c. Mrs. Steen presented the Elementary school report. 6. Policies: Motion Chell/Nelson to approve 300 Series (policies 320-362) as presented. Motion carried 5-0. 7. Action Items: a. Motion Chell/Ennis to approve moving forward with implementation of a Student Centered Manufacturing Business. The community members reinforce importance and excitement of this program with large concern about getting good employees. Motion carried 5-0. b. Motion Holicky/Nelson to approve the implementation of extended day opportunities as presented. Motion carried 5-0. c. Discussion regarding the feasibility of a pool. No action taken. d. Motion Chell/Ennis to approve 2016-17 school calendar as presented. Motion carried 5-0. e. Motion Nelson/Ennis to approve Fund 46 Ten-Year Long-term Capital Improvement Plan. Motion carried 5-0. f. Motion Nelson/Holicky to approve establishment of a Fund 46 Capital Projects Fund. Motion carried 5-0. g. Motion Holicky/Ennis to approve a 2% wage increase for the 20152016 support staff as presented. Motion carried 5-0. h. Motion Nelson/Chell to accept the 2016-2017 CESA Shared Services contract as presented. Motion carried 5-0. i. The board will be holding a planning meeting for the board members at a date to be determined. 8. Closed Session Meeting: Mrs. Amundson announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of Personnel Discussion. Mrs. Amundson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by Wisconsin Statutes: 19.85 (1) (c) in considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility, (f) in considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person. Motion Nelson/Ennis to convene to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time 8:51 p.m. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Chell and Mr. Ennis. Administration present: Mr. Robinson. Motion Holicky/Nelson to adjourn to closed session and return to open session. Motion carried 5-0. Time 9:48 p.m. 9. No business as a result of closed session. 10. Motion Holicky/Amundson to adjourn, carried 5-0. Time 9:48 p.m. Chuck Holicky, Clerk 645163 36L Next regular board meeting: Wednesday April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.


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NOTICE OF SPRING CLEANUP The Town of Swiss will be conducting its spring cleanup of both the Danbury and Swiss Cemeteries on or about the 1st of May. We will be removing faded/dried-up decorations as to prepare for Memorial Day Weekend. Should you desire to save items, please have decorations removed by the above date. 644913 36L Swiss Town Board

(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

(Apr. 20, 27, May 4) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT Polk COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association successor by merger to U.S. Bank National Association ND, Plaintiff, vs. Lyle M. Johnson, et al. Defendants. Case Classification: 30404 SUMMONS (For Publication) Case No. 16 CV 80 Hon. Jeffery L. Anderson THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to Defendant Unknown Spouse of Lyle M. Johnson: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. This is a real estate foreclosure action. Therefore, within 40 days after April 20, 2016, (60 days as to the United States of America), you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Kristine K. Nogosek, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 332 Minnesota Street, Suite W-1650, St. Paul, MN 55101. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days (60 days as to the United States of America), the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage recorded with the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, on May 16, 2003. as Document No. 657285. Volume 930 Page 760. Date: April 8, 2016 STEIN & MOORE, P.A. By: /s/Kristine K. Nogosek Kristine K. Nogosek I.D. #1076967 Attorneys for Plaintiff 332 Minnesota Street Suite W-1650 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-224-9683 645077 WNAXLP



The Town of Bone Lake is seeking sealed bids for the regrinding of existing pavement and relaying hot mix blacktop for 2,006’ or 1/3 mile, 22’ wide, 2-1/2” compacted to 2”, for 280th Ave., from 80th Street east 2,006’ or 1/3 mile to Jenssen Road. Sealed bids will be opened at the May 12, 2016, Town Board Meeting. Send bids to Darrell Frandsen at 954 280th Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. Phone 715-472-8212. For more information, contact Chairman Andy Brown at 715-501-9824. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Darrell Frandsen, Clerk 645144 36-37L WNAXLP

TOWN OF SWISS NOTICE OF OPEN BOOK Pursuant to s. 70.45, Wis. Stats., the Town of Swiss assessment roll for the year 2016 assessment will be open for examination on May 7, 2016, at the Swiss Town Hall, 7551 Main Street, Danbury, from 3 to 5 p.m. Instructional material about the assessment, how to file an objection and board of review procedures under Wisconsin law will be available at that time. Notice is hereby given this 20th day of April, 2016, by Judith Dykstra, Town Clerk

TOWN OF SWISS NOTICE OF MEETING OF BOARD OF REVIEW Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Swiss, Burnett County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on May 16, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Swiss Town Hall, 7551 Main Street, Danbury, Wisconsin. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board: 1. No person will be allowed to appear before the board of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view the property. 2. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or provide information to a member of the board about the person’s objection, except at a session of the board. 3. The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting. 4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board. 5. When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. 6. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the assessor’s manual under s. 73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The Town of Swiss has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. stats. 7. The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement. 8. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take. Notice is hereby given this 20th day of April, 2016, by Judith Dykstra, Town Clerk 644915 36L WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given that the Village of Siren Open Book will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Siren Village Hall. The purpose of Open Book is to allow property owners the opportunity to review assessment records. At Open Book, property owners who feel that their 2016 assessment does not reflect current market value may give the Assessor written evidence of the current market value. The assessor will be available for assessment review. Please contact Siren Village Hall at 715-349-2273 to schedule an appointment. Objection forms requesting a Board of Review hearing will be available for property owners to complete. Objections must be filed with the Village Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the Board of Review on Friday, May 25, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m. Notice is hereby given this 20th day of April, 2016, by Ann L. Peterson, Clerk 644917 36L WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view sites and reconvene at 1:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 1:00 p.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) JAMES & NANCY BRATULICH request a variance to Article 11C, table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to replace/expand deck less than 75’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: 1655 Little Butternut Lake Ln., Lot 12, Little Butternut Park, Sec. 32/ T36N/R17W, Town of Luck, Little Butternut Lake, Parcel #03600925-0000. DOUGLAS THOMAS GRIEP requests a variance to Article 8C4, 11C Table 1, 11E3 & 11F2 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have deck addition(s) to boathouse and cabin. Property affected is: 1881C 60th Ave. County Rd. K, Lot 2, CSM #5602, Sec. 1/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden, Big Lake, Parcel #002-01992-0000. SAMUEL BORNTREGER requests a variance to Article 8C3(b) & 8C5(b) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to exceed the limit of 2 accessory buildings for a farm building, to be located less than 100’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: 3416 115th St., SW1/4 of the SE1/4, Sec. 7/T37N/R16W, Town of Clam Falls, ponds, Parcel #014-00185-0000. ROBERT EASTLING & PAULINE BIEDERMAN request a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 & 11F2 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance for dwelling addition less than 75’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: 2751 Jenssen Rd., Lot 26, Ward Lake Shores Sec. 14/ T36N/R16W, Town of Bone Lake, Ward Lake, Parcel #01200994-0000. 645208 36-37L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF MEETING OF BOARD OF REVIEW VILLAGE OF LUCK OPEN BOOK will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m., and Public Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review will meet at the Luck Village Hall, 401 Main Street, on 9th day of June, 2016, beginning at 3 to 5 p.m., for the purpose of reviewing and examining the assessment roll of real and personal property in said Village and all sworn statements and valuations of real and personal property therein, and of correcting all errors in said roll, whether in description of property or otherwise, and to perform such other duties imposed by law. Taxpayers may appear at this meeting and examine the assessment roll, sworn statement and valuations. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact or provide information to a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of the assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under Sub.(3)(a), that person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under Sub.(6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land of the improvements that are subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or income method; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under s. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of the court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s.19.35(1). Dated this 18th day of April, 2016. Lori Pardun, Village Clerk 645166 36L WNAXLP Any questions regarding Open Book or Board of Review, contact Associated Appraisers at 800-721-4157.

TOWN OF SIREN - ANNUAL ROAD INSPECTION The Annual Road Inspection for the Town of Siren will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Inspection will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Siren Town Hall. The Board will go on-site to inspect the roads and will adjourn back at the Siren Town Hall. Mary Hunter, Clerk 645165 36L WNAXLP


Notice is hereby given that the first meeting of the Board of Review will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. at the Anderson Town Hall for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session during the thirty-day period beginning on the second Monday in May, pursuant to Sec. 70.47(1) of Wis. Statutes. Due to the fact that the assessment roll is not completed at this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will adjourn until June 14, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. Notice is hereby given this 15th day of April, 2016. Patsy Tucker 645207 36L 26a Clerk, Town of Anderson

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Village of Frederic Village Hall - 107 Hope Road W. May 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m. The Village Board of the Village of Frederic will conduct a public hearing regarding its proposed application for Community Development Block Grant - Planning Program (CDBG-PLNG) funds. The proposal is an update to the Village Comprehensive Plan. The public is invited to attend to learn about the CDBG program, to help identify additional community development needs, and to comment on the activities proposed to be included in the CDBG application. The agenda for the public hearing is: 1. Identification of total potential funds 2. Eligible CDBG activities 3. Presentation of identified community development needs 4. Identification of any community development needs by public 5. Presentation of activities proposed for CDBG application, including potential residential displacement. 6. Citizen input regarding proposed and other CDBG activities Residents of the Village of Frederic are encouraged to attend, especially residents with low to moderate incomes. The meeting room is handicapped accessible. Persons needing additional accommodations should contact Jennifer Phernetton via telephone at 715-327-4294, or via email: 645179 36L WNAXLP

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK BOARD MEETING Monday, April 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to Order, Approval of the Agenda, Jacob Jensen 2. Review and Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes, LeRoy Buck 3. Presentation of Vouchers, Amy Dueholm 4. March Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 5. April Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 6. Citizen Request to Address The Board a. Citizens who have signed up prior to the meeting; 3-minute limit b. Other/preapproved 7. Reports a. Student Representative, Emma Pedersen b. Superintendent, Chris Schultz c. Elementary Principal, Ann Goldbach d. High School Principal, Brad Werner e. Board Member Reports f. Maintenance Department Report, Larry Olson g. Targeted Intervention Report, Ann Goldbach, Brad Werner 8. New Business a. Swearing in of Board Members, Jake Jensen b. Election of Board Officers, Jake Jensen c. Presentation/Feedback from students on Core Values and Vision, Brad Werner d. Approve District Non-negotiable guiding principles; its Core Values e. Approve District Vision f. Approval of Resolution Awarding The Sale of $500,000 Taxable General Obligation Promissory Note (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds - Tax Credit), Renee Gavinski g. Presentation of 2016 Summer School Plan, Renee Gavinski h. Approval of 2016 - 17 School Year Calendar i. Approval of 2016 - 17 Board Meeting Calendar j. Approval and acceptance of Donation of Wrestling Mat k. Approval of Contract for New Elementary Principal l. Discussion of Strategic Planning Process, Next Steps m. Approval of First Read of Policy 540.4, Job Description for Director of curriculum and Instruction n. Accept Resignation of Band Teacher o. Approval of Elementary Secretary Job Description p. Approval of Secondary Secretary Job Description q. Approval of District Office Secretary Job Description r. Request to modify graduation requirements for a student, executive session s. Other Business Allowed by Wisconsin Statutes 9. Motion to Convene into Executive Session per Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1) 10. Reconvene to Open Session with Possible Action on Executive Session Items 11. Motion to Adjourn 645181 36L




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Bella Salon and Day Spa is seeking a Cosmetologist to join our staff. Positions available at both our Grantsburg and Luck locations. Please send or stop in with your resume: Bella Salon and Day Spa Attn.: Jenna, P.O. Box 317, Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4222

NOTICE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Grantsburg School District April 4, 2016

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DO YOU BELIEVE THE BEST IS YET TO COME? DO YOU HAVE THE PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES? If the answer is “yes,” then we should talk about your future at United Pioneer Home. The following important positions are open...


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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

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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


TJs Marine welcomed to the Siren Chamber SIREN - On Friday, April 15, the Siren Chamber of Commerce welcomed their newest member, TJs Marine, and new owners Chris Kuehn and Mary Smoliak. About 15 years ago, TJ Swanson started TJs Marine. When he decided it was time to retire, Kuehn and Smoliak purchased the business and began operation on March 1. Kuehn is a U.S. Navy veteran and has traveled around the world. “I’ve landed and catapulted on and off of 14 different U.S. aircraft carriers.” He is an avid fisherman and has been actively involved in the acquisition and sales of marine-based products for over 12 years. Before buying TJs Marine, he spent 18 years in the technology industry and has also owned a restaurant/supper club in the past. Smoliak has been in technology and project management for over 20 years. “I started fishing with my dad when I was a little girl and love being on the water.” She has shared this love with her daughter, who is graduating from high school this spring. Smoliak also loves motorcycles, old muscle cars and four-legged creatures and believes that Sasquatch lives in the Siren area by the shop. TJs Marine sells boats, pontoons,

Hewitt Roll-a-Dock and boat lifts, Triton trailers, swim platforms, boat accessories and a lot of fun water toys. They also offer consignments, boat repairs, maintenance, winterization, shrink-wrapping and storage. They want their customers to know, “If we don’t have it, we will get it for you fast and at a great price,” for any boat- or marine-related parts. Kuehn and Smoliak’s business vision is “to be the community leader in providing the most reliable, affordable and effective marine-based products and services to allow our customers to get the most from their outdoor recreations.” They cordially invite everyone to their open house this summer. They will have free food/soda and giveaways. Please visit their website for more information Siren Chamber board members Ranae Beers and Bluette Puchner, on left, and Joan O’Fallon and Rich Tims, on right, welcome new TJs Marine owners Mary Smoliak and Chris Kuehn. - Photo to come. TJs Marine is located at 25208 Hwy. 35 submitted in north Siren. Kuehn and Smoliak may be reached via phone at 715-866-7850 or email at Current inventory, specials and new product details may be found on their website, tjsmarine. com. - from Siren Chamber of Commerce

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Plastic Injection Molding Full-time, long-term, production workers for our 3rd shift. $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)

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Spring blooming at local greenhouse Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Gardeners eager to start planting found spring at Wood River Garden Center’s Saturday, April 16, opening. The warm and sunny day was just fine for folks finding lots of hot new flower, veggie, plant and tree varieties during a walking tour of the greenhouses. The store’s friendly staff was ready to answer questions, give planting tips and offer ideas for growing great gardens. Growers are invited to Wood River’s annual open house April 30 and May 1 to take seminars and find special offers. Check on upcoming gardening seminars at

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RIGHT: These cool chickens were some of the many lawn and garden decor items offered to garden center shoppers.

LEFT AND BELOW: Bright, blooming flowers could be found in every greenhouse at Wood River Garden Center.

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Wood River Garden Store owner Dean Faullhaber greeted visitors to the center’s opening on Saturday, April 16.

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Shoppers visiting Wood River Garden Center’s opening last weekend found tables filled with veggies of all kinds.


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Stories from the NW Wisconsin community

Kathleen Melin | Special to the Leader ST. CROIX FALLS - For six years, the Community Song Circle has been joyfully singing songs that bring people together. “I’m delighted that there have been enough people to keep it going this many years,” says founder Lia Falls. Everyone from babes-in-arms to elders have participated. Though the song circle has changed homes a few times, it has been consistent on its date – the second Sunday of every month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At present the Song Circle is hosted by the St. Croix Falls Public Library and is free but donations to the library are appreciated. “The St. Croix Falls Song Circle is such a gem in our community,” says Tanna Worrell, a longtime community coordinator and song circle participant. Like music itself, there’s a shape to the song circle. At the beginning, people sing or speak their names into the circle, followed by a warm-up with the shruti box. The shruti box, from India, has a bellows and provides a note or chord through the entire piece similar to other familiar instruments with a drone - the Scottish bagpipe and organ. After warming up, participants launch into a variety of songs that are simple and can be learned by oral tradition. The songs are usually connected to the seasons, or a holiday such as Mother’s Day. The song circle ends with a familiar and uplifting song to send people on their way. “I bring the songs, some experience and focus but the circle creates what happens,” says Falls. “People are free to try low parts or high parts, and move around. We sit down, stand up and sometimes walk around while singing.” Falls acknowledges that for some, two hours is along time to sing. “A person could just come and listen. People aren’t required to sing every single song. You might think it’s so beautiful that you have to just listen,” she laughs. Songs come from around the United States and around the world. The emphasis is on songs that are universally loved and offer common ground. They include rounds, chants and original songs. Many of the songs are connected to nature, the cycles of the year, the seasons and also connect people to universal meaning and value. Ann Halla from Luck is a regular participant. Says Halla, “I remember driving home after my first song circle filled with a deep sense of joy I had not felt for many years. I continue to feel that sweetness every time I’m in the circle.” It’s really important to bring a kind of natural and unself-conscious singing back into our culture,” says Falls. “Most people sing in church and if they don’t go to church, they don’t sing with other people. With the advent of recorded music, the point of view is that you have to be a professional to sing. That’s a new idea. The older idea is that we sang together to knit people together.” Falls and her family have been living in the Dresser area since 2008. “I think of myself as a community singer rather than a performer,” says Falls, who grew up in a musical family. “My sister and I sang so much that our parents made rules such as ‘no singing at the dinner table,’” Lia laughs. Her father, who studied music and composition, played the piano daily. “There was always music in our home,” says Falls. She also had some famous folksinging cousins - George and Gerry Armstrong – known in Chicago folksinging circles and for their radio show. “Every three years or so we’d spend a chunk of time singing with this folksinging family,” she recalls. In spite of her early experiences, Falls was frightened to sing as an adult. “My level of fear was so high that if I was going to open my mouth and let anything out, I would cry. I can relate to someone who’s terrified,” she

ABOVE: Shruti box - an instrument from India. LEFT: Lia Falls “seeds” a song by singing the individual parts until everyone joins in. RIGHT: Singers of all ages enjoy the Community Song Circle at the St. Croix Falls Library the second Sunday of every month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

says. That fear diminished when Falls studied with Barbara McAfee in Minneapolis and became licensed as a full voice coach. She also graduated from yoga of the voice training developed by international educator Silvia Nakkach. Says Falls, “Part of my mission in life is to help people let their voices come out whether they’re rusty or cobwebby or not. The song circle is one of the ways that I can offer that.” For those who don’t feel they can sing, Falls says: “Come to the song circle and dip in one toe. If you come enough, you’ll start to be able to carry a tune.” Falls recalls a song circle one gray Sunday in February when she started a song from Brazil with a samba rhythm. Says Falls, “The tropical sun infused the notes, and all of a sudden, everyone was rosy and standing up. The song took us there. That can happen in song circle because it’s about the song and the moment that we’re in. We don’t have to make it perfect. But we do enjoy making it as beautiful as we can.” Falls is a vocal coach for one-on-one sessions and also teaches yoga of the voice. She’s taught at the Compass Center in Stillwater, around the Twin Cities and through Unity Community Education.

Upcoming The Song Circle will be part of the Earth Day activities at the St. Croix Falls Library on Friday, April 22, at 5:45 p.m. Falls will also be offering a vocal sounding session as part of the Metaphysical Retreat for women at the Eye Atelier in Taylors Falls, Minn., on May 21. For the third year in a row, she’ll be leading song circles at Village Fire in Decorah, Iowa, from June 8-12. LEFT: Lia Falls, founder of the Community Song Circle at St. Croix Falls, holds a shruti box, an instrument from India which has a bellows and provides a note or chord through the entire piece, similar to other familiar instruments with a drone - the Scottish bagpipe and organ. - Photos by Kathleen Melin


Dancing through the decades

Photos by Lisa Jensen

RIGHT: Charley Jensen plays “We Will Rock You” at the Frederic first- through third-grade program Thursday, April 14.

Taylor Hansford shows off her best twist moves as Frederic Elementary students danced through the decades.

Jonathon Junglen, Natalie Schommer and Lily Hansford provide the welcome for the Frederic Elementary School first- through third-grade spring program Thursday, April 14.

Aubri Popham and classmates dance to “The Loco-Motion.” Kelsey Belisle dances the twist.

Nels Sederlund really gets into playing “We Will Rock You.”

Logan Williamson plays Dick Clark at the Frederic Elementary first- through thirdgrade program on Thursday, April 14, titled “Dancing Through the Decades.”

Kyla Foltz, Zoe Schoengarth and Adrianna Hochstetler look for Casey Kasem on the radio.


Foods that dare you to try


rowing up in Hong Kong, I ate many things that were common in the daily diet but are considered barbaric here in the States. However, after studying about foods that folks eat from different parts of the world, I find out that we are all from the same pot. Some people eat whatever just to survive while others eat bizarre foods just to be adventurous. Living in the 21st century in America, we are indeed spoiled. The older generations still remember eating all parts of an animal after you slaughtered it at the farm. But the only way our younger generation sees an animal organ these days is probably at the laboratory at school. There are four must-have delicacies at any Chinese banquet: abalone, sea cucumber, fish stomach and shark’s fin. A few centuries ago, during the Qing Dynasty, other delicacies included camel’s hump, bear’s paw and monkey’s brain. It is something like the scene from “Indiana Jones,” but the monkey was alive! I don’t want to go into details, but eating something that is still alive revolts me, even if it is considered a delicacy. I love seafood. In Korea and Japan, they have a dish called sannakji, which is a sashimi, raw fish, made with live octopus. They pick out the octopus from the tank, cut off its tentacles and clean it out while you are watching. After they add some sesame oil and seasoning,

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong they serve you the plate with the tentacles still moving. Folks are warned to chew their food properly, as the “live” tentacles can get stuck at your throat and literally choke you to death. Oh, poetic justice! Another one is called ikizukuri, which is another sashimi dish that some Western countries have banned. The chef would take a live fish from the tank and carefully slice off the meat, piece by piece, while the fish is still alive. Then, after the plate is beautifully decorated and served, the chef puts the skeleton back into the tank. Not knowing that it is without any flesh left, the fish actually swims around for another three to four minutes. I do not have the nerve to watch the video again. While I admire chef Andy Zimmern, or known as Zimmerman in some shows, who dares to eat anything in any country he travels to, there is one thing that he admits that he can’t eat. That’s stinky tofu. It is soybean cake, tofu, that has been fermented for two to three weeks and then deep-fried. Whenever the vendor showed up in my neighborhood with his stalls, the whole street smelled like a sewer overflow. But folks

would line up to get their share, actually happily paying for them. Another stinky fruit that is banned from hotels and airlines is durian. Though many adore it and claim that it is indeed “the king of all fruits,” most others would hold their nose and quicken their steps when noticing a durian is being cracked open nearby. My mother loves the thousand-yearold egg, but I have never developed an appetite for it. These duck eggs are covered in clay that is mixed with ash, salt, quicklime and rice hull, and buried. When they are unearthed, the whites have turned into a grayish gel, and the yolk is solid black. My mother would slice them lengthwise and eat them with pickled ginger slices. Ugh! And how about balut, a favorite in southeast Asia and in some parts of China. It is the embryo of chicken before it is hatched. You can still see the form of the chicken, with beak and all, and you just steam them and then eat them or cook them with wine. Supposedly great for women after childbirth. Double ugh! While I heard of Rocky Mountain oysters, or prairie oysters, I never knew that they are bull testicles. But in China, ox penis is indeed a delicacy. I have seen a picture of a chef holding the dish, a large dish indeed. All I can say is, “Oh my goodness.” Guess I have been in America too long. And just how do you eat the darn thing? A lot of countries treat insects as a delicacy, tarantulas, locusts and grasshop-

pers. I did try some water cockroaches in Hong Kong. They were black, shiny and oily, and smelly too. You peel off the wings, which were the tough part, and you suck out the soft innards and chew on those tiny hairy legs. Don’t remember how old I was then. I guess you are entitled to do dumb things when you are young. While the Russians have their caviar, fish eggs, the Mexicans have their escamoles, ant larvae from the agave plants. Agave is what they use to make tequila. I was told that the larvae are quite delicious, have yet to try ... someday soon, with a lot of tequila as chaser, of course. Then, when in Hong Kong, I did try some rice worms that were steamed with eggs. They were found in rice stalks amongst the rice fields. If I recall, I did have more than one helping. They were banned in Hong Kong, but my father had some special connection with the owner. I did like to munch on the fish eyeballs when I was a kid, but seeing how the Japanese eat the tuna eyeball makes me think twice. They were sold in the market in small packages. They stare at you like a huge camera lens. Don’t know where to start if I have to eat one. Just when I thought I have tried everything, I have encountered lutefisk here in northwestern Wisconsin. Maybe we should talk about that some other time.

Adopt a highway ’Tis the season for highway cleanup STATEWIDE - Over 200 tons of trash and recyclables are cleaned up on average in a typical Adopt-A-Highway season which saves taxpayers money and keeps the state’s roadsides looking good for res-

idents and visitors alike. There are still over 25 percent of Wisconsin state roads to be adopted by volunteers. Roadway segments vary from one to two miles and groups are asked to clean up their portion at least three times per year between April 1 and Nov. 1. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the county’s highway department furnish

everything that is needed and even picks up the collected debris. Signage can be placed to give recognition for your efforts on your segment of road. Each group must provide supervision for youth in sixth grade and up, but recently police departments are asking that adults do the pickup, due to an abundance of drug-related trash. If a crew

comes across suspicious items, the group should contact local law enforcement. For more information, contact Sara Flagstad, the Northwest Region AdoptA-Highway coordinator, at 715-392-7930 or by email, submitted

Harlander talks teamwork Frederic FBLA holds first-annual banquet FREDERIC - The Frederic Future Business Leaders of America has been reborn. Dr. Brad Harlander, Frederic FBLA alumnus, spoke to current members and their

families at the recent first-annual FBLA banquet held at The Ridge Eatery on Saturday, April 9. Harlander spoke of the importance of teamwork and building relationships with others interested in business. Jenna Laqua, Taylor Alseth, Trent Kuechenmeister, Anthony Luehring, Rudy Le-

mieux and Heath Tietz were recognized for active participation in the operation of the Viking Lodge, the FBLA school store. Officers Jon Erickson, Ann Chenal, Christopher Kuechenmeister, Laqua, Alseth and Kendra Erickson were recognized for their outstanding leadership and enthusiasm.

Two students participated in the Region I FBLA business skills contest, Christopher Kuechenmeister and Tietz. – submitted

“THE GRAPES OF WRATH” FINAL PERFORMANCES There are only four chances left to catch Festival Theatre’s “The Grapes of Wrath” by Frank Galati from the original novel by John Steinbeck. The play follows the story of the Joad family as they are forced from their family farm in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and migrate to California in search of work, sustenance and a means of survival. Numerous shows have performed for soldout audiences, who have found the show “incredibly powerful.” Brita Gallagher saw the show opening weekend, “‘The Grapes of Wrath’ had the most raw, real and passionate acting that I’ve seen in a long time. It draws you into the story as soon as the lights come up, and won’t let you go until it’s over.” The Franklin Square Black Box brings the audience closer to the action than they have experienced in other Festival Theatre productions. “I enjoy a production which asks an audience wholeheartedly to join us in the storytelling, to contribute, to become a part of the story,” shared Jaclyn June Johnson, the director of the production. The play is produced in conjunction with The Big Read program and is in part funded by a grant awarded to ArtReach St. Croix from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This year, programming will focus on themes related to the Steinbeck classic. “The Grapes of Wrath” will be presented Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. and close with a performance on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. Performances are at the Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls. Tickets may be purchased online at or by contacting the box office at 715-483-3387. The Unity Area FFA Alumni are the supporting sponsors of “The Grapes of Wrath.” - Photo submitted

The Road… by Mike Fralick Driven it a thousand times, probably more.



Both ways. Never tire of the view. It changes every day, every hour. It is the light that does it. Sun light. Moon light. No light. A few times, at night, I have turned off my headlights and let my eyes get accus-

tomed to the darkness. For, even in darkness, there is light as faint as it may be. I just sit there, waiting. Waiting for the moment my eyes adjust to the dark light. There. There it is. I put the car into gear and slowly inch my way forward. I look

for the telltale signs of familiarity. The certain tree. The abandoned farmhouse. The empty cornfield. The gentle curve of the road. All there. All showing me the way. The way where? Home, I think to myself. Home. That is why I am on this road. To go home. To what I know. What is safe. What is warm. Familiar. And yet, I wonder. Wonder. Why not just keep driving in the dark? Why not indeed.

About the writer: Mike Fralick is retired and lives with his three cats and three dogs overlooking Antler Lake in the Town of Milltown. He has been writing poetry and short stories for around 30 years. His wonderment with writing is where the words come from, but he is glad they pass through his fingers. 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.




arth Day. It comes and it goes. The media pays attention for a day, references are made to founder Gaylord Nelson, folks pick up some garbage along the road, and then it’s over until next year. So it goes this week when on Friday the 22nd, we once again celebrate Earth Day. An argument can be made that Earth Day does more harm than good. All the focus on doing the right thing for a day absolves us of any responsibility the rest of the year, so the logic goes. And I suppose there’s some truth in that. My mother once said long ago, “Maybe it should be Mother’s Day every day!” Some have said the same of Earth Day. It’s easy to push it aside, this idea of caring for the Earth. It’s a big place, and the footprints we leave seem so small and inconsequential. Concerns of daily life keep our minds occupied much of the time, leaving little energy for consideration of the big picture. And while we can see the impact that our individual actions have on our immediate environment, it’s harder to see how we collectively affect the Earth and its ecosystems. There’s the rub: you can’t make people care about the Earth. The urge to preserve isn’t something you’re born with, more like something you have the luxury of because of your life circumstances. If your life is a day-to-day struggle to survive, you’re not likely to give much thought to the continuation of the species. Paradoxically, we who have been given so much can lead the way by showing how we might live with less.

The view from here Steve Pearson The simple truth is the Earth isn’t imperiled, we are. This isn’t some deep spiritual truth, but a scientific one. Fact is, the Earth will endure even if humans perish. Some have imagined what that might look like. “Life After People” was a TV series that premiered in 2008 with a pilot documentary on the History Channel, followed by 20 episodes over two seasons. All are available on Netflix. The narrator begins the first episode with the words “Welcome to Earth population zero.” No reason is given for the disappearance of humans. From there, the show examines, using scientific knowledge, how quickly all the works of humanity would deteriorate and return to the Earth, and it’s precisely there that it derives its power. It’s humbling and troubling at the same time to see just how quickly all we’ve built together over the eons would be reduced to rubble and dust, overgrown by the natural world. Of course, it’s more likely that we’ll do a slow fade than a quick burn. An earthquake here, a tidal wave there, rising sea levels wiping out coastal areas – where 44 percent of the Earth’s population lives – floods and droughts making ever-greater portions of the Earth uninhabitable, yadda, yadda, yadda. One thing for sure, by the end of this century, climate refugees will be a

Understanding child abuse and neglect

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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.

Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being harmed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement. A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone. Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members. Mandated reporting is a federal and statutory requirement for specific professionals and service providers, including but not limited to schools, medical staff, law enforcement and social workers, who are legally bound to make a report when maltreatment or threatened harm to a child is suspected or confirmed. Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment. The law is very clear;

reports should also be made when abuse or neglect is suspected or where there is a threat that maltreatment may occur unless action is taken. (section 48.981(3), Wisconsin Statutes) Child abuse is sometimes visible, such as physical abuse that results in bruising or broken bones. Neglect may be evident when a vulnerable child is left unsupervised or when a parent has mental health or substance abuse issues that render him or her incapable of basic parenting. Other types of abuse such as emotional and sexual abuse are not as easily detected. All types of child abuse leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier children receive help, the greater chance they have to heal. A report from a caring and concerned citizen or professional is often the first step in helping to protect a child and assist a family in need. When parents or other caregivers are unable or unwilling to protect their children, Wisconsin county and tribal agencies can step in and provide a full spectrum of services. First and foremost, child safety is assessed and managed. A team of caring and skilled professionals will work closely with the family to assess their strengths and needs. The family is connected to services and resources, with the team supporting them every step along the way.

reality. And America will once again be faced with how much we’re willing to give to those in desperate need. So ultimately this is a spiritual question. And religions have begun to respond to it, sometimes in unlikely places. In his 192-page encyclical released last June, Pope Francis called for an “ecological conversion” among Catholics. He called climate change “a global problem with grave implications,” citing the role of “huge consumption on the part of rich countries” that has had “repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming.” He called on individuals to act by taking public transit, carpooling, planting trees, turning off lights and recycling. Pope Francis, who took his name from the patron saint of the environment, says Francis of Assisi taught “profound respect for the environment, which all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one another’s detriment.” Kathryn Hayhoe, a climate scientist who is also an evangelical Christian, is puzzled by some evangelicals objections to climate science. For her, the unequivocal nature of the evidence is a call to care for “God’s creation.” One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2014, Hayhoe writes extensively about a faith-based approach to climate change in her book, “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.” Hayhoe isn’t alone as an evangelical calling for action on climate change. Back in 2006, 86 Christian evangelical leaders signed on to a pledge to fight global warming with a specific plan to

do so. They included megachurch Pastor Rick Warren and Focus on the Family’s James Dobson as well as prominent black and Hispanic church leaders. They ran television spots with a specifically Christian message emphasizing the need to “love our neighbors and to be stewards of God’s creation.” Of course, a spiritual approach to caring for the Earth needn’t be religious. Living with less, scaling back our desires and considering the impact of our actions on future generations are spiritual practices that aren’t tied to any one religion. They require a discipline that runs counter to the prevailing ethos of conspicuous consumption that is so evident in our culture. The drive to have that latest gadget or gizmo can crowd out everything else, the natural world included. Technology that purports to bring us together can leave us isolated, alone in a crowd staring at small screens, missing the beauty all around us. If Earth Day leads us to step back and contemplate what’s really important, what we want to endure for future generations, maybe it’s served its purpose. This last week has been a little bit of heaven on Earth after the delayed spring. Out on the deck this morning, there’s the sound of peepers peeping, the robins singing their spring song and, in the distance, the croaking of sandhill cranes and the distinctive tremolo of a loon. A gentle breeze whispers through the pines, and sunlight glints off the water on the pond below. I’m filled with gratitude for this beautiful place, this beautiful Earth, and one more revolution around the sun. Happy Earth Day.

If you are concerned about a child’s safety, please contact the local county child protective services or law enforcement agency. In Polk County, call 715-485-8400. Contact information for Wisconsin child protective services is available online at children/CPS/cpswimap.HTM. 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, preventchildabusewi. org; Department of Children and Families,; and Child

Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board,

Blue Sunday day of prayer Blue Sunday is a day when churches throughout Polk County are joining over 7 million people worldwide who will be praying on Sunday, April 24, for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. • Over 1,600 children die annually from child abuse. • Most are victims of neglect. • Most are boys. • Most deaths are caused by family members. • Six million children become victims of abuse annually. • Two-thirds of those in drug treatment reported being abused as a child. Let’s pray, educate ourselves, and volunteer for the children of our nation until black and blue are just colors in their crayon box. For more information, go to STOP child abuse! Together, we can make sure it doesn’t hurt to be a child.

Small-container gardening class offered HUDSON - Even if you don’t have space to grow an in-ground garden, you can still enjoy fresh, nutritious homegrown vegetables this summer. All you need is a sunny deck or patio and a few of the other basics that plants need. UW-Extension horticulture educator Diana Alfuth is offering a class to get you started and help you be successful grow-

ing vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, squash and more. This class will cover container choice, soil mix, trellising, crop choices, general care and disease and insect management. And, if you do have a little space for an in-ground or raised-bed garden, the class will talk about ways to optimize that space for maximum production. If all

you have is a sunny window, microgreens may be your best option to grow something edible, and this class will show you how. The class will be held on Monday, May 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Street, Hudson. There’s nothing like fresh-picked,

homegrown produce for freshness, taste and quality, so come and learn how to garden in a small space. The class is free, but seating is limited so preregistration is requested. To reserve a spot, or for questions, call the Pierce County UW-Extension Office at 715-273-6781. – from Diana Alfuth, UW-Extension horticulture educator

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St. Croix Tribal police offers prescription drug drop box HERTEL - The St. Croix Tribal Police Department, in an effort to rid people of unwanted and unused prescription medications, is inviting people to take advantage of their drug drop box, which is located at the police department. The drug drop box is located in the entryway at the police department and is accessible 24/7. “A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to receive this drug drop box at no charge. It was given to us through the Native American Drug and Gang Initiative, a task force comprised of tribal law enforcement officers from across the state of Wisconsin. The drug box is available to anyone wanting to drop off old prescription medications,” stated police Chief Frank Taylor. “This is a no-questions-asked drop-off site. Our goal isn’t to interrogate or seek out the people who use the site. Our goal is to make sure that they have a safe place to dispose of their prescription medications and to help make their homes safe by not having this stuff sitting around in the medicine cabinets, where misuse and abuse could occur,” Taylor said. The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring a National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The upcoming National Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to dispose of your unused medication, ointments and lotions. We do not accept needles, thermometers, IV bags, personal care products, aerosol cans or liquid waste,” said Taylor. In a recent cleanout of the drug box, over 30 pounds of prescription pills were recovered and will be sent to the

Unwanted and unused prescription medications are being collected at the St. Croix Tribal Police Department in Hertel, with a drop box located at the entryway to the police department. Photo submitted incinerator for destruction. - from St. Croix Tribal Police Department

Why support the Frederic Area ACS Sole Burner? FREDERIC - There are many reasons to take up the fight against cancer. Cancer strikes one out of two men and one out of three women. You or someone you know or love will fight cancer in their lifetime. Over 100 years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight against cancer. On Saturday, May 7, you can join millions of others who are committed to end cancer. Your support saves lives in this country and around the world. The American Cancer Society Sole Burner provides funds for research, education, advocacy and services in the fight against cancer. The walk is being held in Frederic with registration at the Birch Street Elementary School on Saturday, May 7. There is still time to register as an individual, form a team, make a contribution to a walker or purchase a tribute flag in honor or memory of someone who has had cancer. Money raised by the walk is carefully spent. A donation of $25 helps to provide information and support for two people facing cancer, $50 could provide free lodging for a patient at Hope Lodge, $75 helps give three people rides to and from cancer treatment and $100 helps guide four people facing cancer through every step of their journey. Since 1946, the ACS has invested $4 billion in cancer research. The research has increased treatment and survival rates. Sixty-eight percent of cancer patients survive this disease as opposed to one in five in 1939 and one in four in 1949. According to the ACS, an estimated 14.5 million Americans alive today have a history of cancer. This compares to 9.8 million in 2001 and just 3 million in 1971. ACS-funded researchers have developed many methods of detecting cancer such as Pap and PSA tests, and mammography to screen for breast cancer. Numerous techniques for treating cancer were discovered by ACS

researchers. Researchers funded by ACS have won 46 Nobel Prizes. An important cancer drug called Gleevec has been a tremendous breakthrough treatment for people with chronic myloid leukemia. Gleevec was developed through ACS cancer research grants. The Hope Lodge in Marshfield has been open for 13 years and is available to cancer treatment patients who must travel for treatment in Marshfield. The Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility designed to offer nocost housing, emotional and practical support and referral services free to any cancer patient receiving outpatient oncology treatment. There is also a Hope Lodge near the University of Minnesota hospitals and in Rochester, Minn., that may be used by cancer patient families from our area. The ACS is working to educate Americans about the importance of living healthy lifestyles in order to lower the risk of certain cancers. Proper diet, maintaining a normal weight, exercising on a regular basis, not using tobacco products, staying out of the sun, using sunscreens, not using tanning beds, having regular checkups and screening tests are some of the ways the risk for cancer may be reduced. The ACS is dedicated to continuing the fight until cancer is no longer a health problem. Join in this fight by participating in the Frederic Area Sole Burner on Saturday, May 7. Registration can be made online at Paper registration and tribute flag forms are available at U.S. and Bremer banks, the Frederic Pharmacy and Larsen Auto Center. For more information on how to form a team, be an individual walker or make a contribution, call Elvira Schmidt at Frederic, 715-653-2684. – submitted

For April’s Cloverbud meeting, kindergarteners through second-graders, Maiya Fuller, center, worked with the group to build some kites. 4-H is open to everyone of all ages and with all talents. Learning by doing is our slogan. You can do a lot by connecting yourself to the clover. – Photo submitted


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Do you remember? Compiled by Sue Renno

50 years ago The Wisconsin Conservation Department’s Vacation and Travel Service was placing ads inviting people to visit Wisconsin in 22 national magazines and 23 daily newspapers. The ads would run in papers throughout the Midwest and in New York City, and in several mass-circulation magazines and specialized publications like fishing and camping magazines.–Radio and TV sports announcer Halsey Hall was slated to be the guest speaker at the Frederic High School athletic banquet.–Robert Berquist was newly elected to the Frederic Village Council.–The Frederic junior class play would be “The Mouse That Roared,” a comedy directed by Mr. Pedersen and student director Annette LaDoucer.–Thieves broke into the Coast-to-Coast store, Hagberg’s department store and Olsen & Son Drugs, all in Frederic, all in one night.–Betty Jo Keppen, from Siren, was named to the dean’s scholastic honor list at Stout State University.–Marie Hersant reported the total from the March of Dimes campaign in Webster, $208.97, which included $131 from a bowling tournament.–The Branstad Store, which had been owned for 17 years by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wedell, was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Swanson.–Dair Stewart, Percy Mortenson and Kenneth Johnson were elected to the Siren Village Board.–From Do you remember from 1946: Merle Slaikeu opened a sporting goods store in Luck just north of the bakery. Also, Mrs. Aaron Dahlberg and her children donated a plot of land on Wood Lake for a Lutheran Bible camp.

40 years ago Students receiving the Chancellor’s Award for academic honors at UW-Stout included Karen Krause and Dianne Gravesen, Webster; Brian Rogers, Frederic; and David Johnson, Grantsburg.–A farewell party was held for Pastor and Mrs. John Norland and daughter Kristen at the Siren Covenant Church. Pastor Norland had accepted a call to churches in LaBolt and Stockholm, S.D. Jerald Blair would take over as pastor in Siren.–Local Jehovah’s Witnesses were engaging in an all-out letter-writing campaign to officials in Malawi, Africa, where Malawian Jehovah’s Witnesses were being horribly persecuted by the government.–Air Force Col. Glenn Nordin, son of Mrs. Fred Nordin of Siren, was decorated with the Legion of Merit for outstanding service, which he earned while serving in Japan and Korea.–Annie Johnson, who was living with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hill, Lorain, celebrated her birthday with a large family gathering at the Hill home. She was 102.–Five members of the Edwin Kaatz family, Frederic, and David Ekblad, Luck, members of the Indianhead Rabbit Breeders Association, attended the Rabbit Day seminar at the University of Minnesota – St. Paul campus. They learned about breeding rabbits for “meat, laboratory and show” and heard from Burkley Earles of Iowa, a judge at shows, who kept a “herd” of 1,500 guinea pig “sows,” mostly for labs.–Births included Anthony John, born March 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bowe, Siren; and Jeannie Joy, born March 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Funk, Frederic.

20 years ago Wisconsin Act 71 went into effect April 1. It prohibited anyone who has had a domestic abuse restraining order issued against them from buying, using or possessing a firearm. Law enforcement officers in the area were concerned about the potential danger of confiscating guns from new domestic offenders who already owned guns, but saw the value in protecting the victims.–An explosion destroyed a home on Big Blake Lake and injured the five members of the Mahr family from Minnesota when Daniel Mahr, 39, attempted to light the furnace in the home, which was owned by a friend of the family, Mark Lendway. The Mahrs were visiting for the weekend. Mr. Mahr was taken to the burn unit at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital.–Unity Middle School Principal Monti Hallberg submitted his resignation, effective after the school year ended, to accept a position at a private American school in Pakistan. His wife, Julie, would be a physical education teacher and athletic director at the same school.–Leif Bjornson, St. Croix Falls potter, was the subject of a feature story by Angela Johansen. Bjornson began selling his pottery as a 15-year-old student in St. Paul, and besides doing pottery, he had learned glassblowing in Sweden.–The Main Street Cafe in Siren, owned by Conny Daeffler, was featured on “Discover Wisconsin Radio,” with hosts Rick Rose and Stephanie Klett, who had visited the cafe and recommended it to their listeners.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, We had a very quiet week at the shelter. There was only one stray dog brought in and no stray cats. The dog is a very cute little thing, he looks like a white and orange speckled fox. We named him Eddie. Eddie was found on CTH D, just about a mile off of Hwy. 35 in the Town of Meenon. There were no cat adoptions, but German shepherd-mix dog Bronx found a new home near Grantsburg. That adoption brings our dog numbers down to only four. Our cat supply is still ample Lila



Humane Society of Burnett County though, with nine cats ready and willing to go to new homes. Our first featured cat is a very pretty 3-year-old female named Lila. Lila came in as a stray on April 6, from the Frederic area. She has a brown, black and white tiger-striped coat and vibrant green eyes. Her first visit to the shelter office yielded a mixture of reactions from her. Lila explored all around keeping a low profile, appearing a bit tentative about her surroundings. When resident dog Lily approached Lila to say hi, Lila responded with a low warning growl and a bit of raised fur. Lily took the cat’s cue

Frederic Senior Center We went from spring temperatures right into summer. Rain is in the forecast. The winners for Spades were Sandy Hickey, Jim Anderson, Marlyce Borchert and Marilyn Niles.

new life. Lionel is personality plus, a gentle, sweet, easygoing fellow. As looks go, he could be a sibling to cat Lila, same coloring and markings. I could see him being a real nice lap warmer and friend to most anyone that takes a fancy to him. He is just a very nice cat. If you would like the matched pair of Lila and Lionel, just ask the shelter manager if a discount could be arranged. It never hurts to ask. Just a reminder of our upcoming fundraisers, the annual spaghetti supper, raffle and silent auction is coming up on Saturday, April 30, at the Webster Community Center, and the annual plant sale is on Saturday, May 28, in the shelter parking lot. We hope to see you at both events. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can see all of our adoptable animals on our website. Check us out and like us on Facebook, too. Have a great week.

Dave Peterson

The winners for 500 were Phyllis Peterson, Laryn Larson, Marilyn Niles and Lydell Larson. The nine bid went to John LaFond. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at

Grantsburg Senior Center Attention! Our evening dining starts Thursday at 5 p.m. I apparently stated the wrong time last week. Call for your spot today, we hope you’re able to join us. Then to finish the evening while you’re out and about, make a stop in at the Crex Convention Wildlife Educational Center for the annual historical Society Membership Event. There’s a lot of local historical pictures and articles with the theme “the Rolite Trailers.” Maybe you remember and have something to share.

and retreated back for the time being. She has dealt with anxious cats before. Even though she was a bit worked up, Lila still allowed me to pick her up and carry her back to her condo where Lionel she felt secure again. Overall, Lila is a very attractive and friendly cat, we are sure she will make a very wonderful companion. Our second featured cat has a story to tell. Lionel was brought into the shelter on March 22, as a stray from the area of Grantsburg. It was determined that he had suffered a wild animal attack that had left him with open wounds. A visit to Dr. Tom got him on the road to recovery, and he is now healthy and healed up and ready to begin his

Wednesday afternoon’s Bingo big winners were Betty Hanson and Darlene Sherstad. Way to go gals. Thursday morning the walls were buzzing with the Grantsburg Senior Men’s Golf League kickoff meeting. It was a packed house as greetings, handshakes and hugs were given to welcome many of the snowbirds back. We had our own Gene Gronlund attend the Flight of Honor that transports America’s veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials ded-

1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, and you don’t have to be a member for our games. Our center is available to rent for graduations,

birthdays, etc. Enjoy our nice spring weather. We hope to see you at the center.

Patzy Wenthe icated to honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans. He was escorted by his daughter, Janet. Gene said that he has never been thanked by so many people for his service before. Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook. For meal reservations call 715463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe at 715-222-6400 or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions on the center ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at

Coming Events: Business meeting the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. Bingo the second Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1-$2 wrapped gift. Ladies tea day on Friday, April 29, from 9 - 11 a.m. Fall rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 1. Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits

Webster Senior Center

It will soon be time to get the lawn mower out; spring has really sprung. It is spring at the senior center, too. Our regular third Tuesday of the month meeting was held as usual. Anyone interested in the center is invited to attend the monthly meetings. We have a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting and then cards. Mark the date on your calendar. This is the place and time to bring any requests for other activities to be discussed. We are always looking for new ideas or helpful suggestions. We can always find room for more Hand and Foot players on Tuesday afternoons, Bridge players on Friday mornings, Mahjong on Wednesdays at noon and Pokeno the second and fourth Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Bingo is played on the other Fridays at 1 p.m. If you have questions, please call the center on Tuesdays or come to the Tuesday meetings.

I hope everyone has had a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having. Our appreciation to all who came to play Bingo. We all enjoyed the delicious treats furnished by Pat and Harry. Come in and join the fun. Seven players came for Dominoes and the winner was Linda. There were four pool players and Pat was the winner. Friday was the last team bowling for the season. Pat had high individual game and series with 234 and 467. The Vikings had high team game and series with 778 and 1480. The 200 club included Mary

Siren news

Wild rice chicken casserole will be served Thursday, April 28, at 5 p.m., for $8. All are welcome to attend. The 500 winners for Tuesday, April 12, were Ray Nelson and Marlyce Borchert. The nine bid went to Arnie Borchert and Audrey McNurlin. The Hand and Foot winners were Bill McGrorty and Gladis Weikert. The 500 winners for Thursday, April 14, were Bruce Medchill, Ray Nelson, Arlene Wendt and Elroy Petzel. The nine bid went to Ray Nelson and Pat Willits. The Sunday, April 17, 500 winners were Jo Gehrman and Arnie Borchert. The nine bid went to David Thelen and Ray Nelson. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.

Bev Beckmark 715-349-2964

Oh happy day. It looks like spring has finally sprung. Lots of beautiful sunny, warm days and the grass is getting green. Let’s hope Old Man Winter has finally taken a hike for the rest of the year. Well, maybe at least until November. Remember, those deer hunters have to have snow for deer season. So it starts. I told you about the little black bugger and how he had two seemingly bad strikes with the disc blade and my metal apple feeder. Well, come last Friday morning, we woke up to a real mess in the bird yard. The disc blade feeder was on the ground, but the real mess was the back deck. This big bugger decided to get the feeder hanging on the deck one way or another. He didn’t just climb up on the deck, oh no, he tore the 4-inch by 4-inch post out of the corner. Hubby spent almost the whole day repairing the deck at about $50. The phoebes are back, but there is still no sign of my bluebirds. This is strange, as they are usually here by now. If the weather stays this warm, maybe the orioles and my prize birds, the hummingbirds, may be early. Let’s hope so. The tomatoes have been basking in the sun on the deck earlier than usual to harden them so they

Dewey-LaFollette Donna Hines visited Marlene and Bruce Swearingen on Tuesday morning. Karen Mangelsen called on them Tuesday evening. Mary Dunn, Lorri McQuade, Lida Nordquist, Donna Hines, and Diana, Carol and Karen Mangelsen were guests of Nina Hines on Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Lawrence, Nina and Brian Hines visited Lida Nordquist on Friday. Dixie Andrea, Judy Leonard, Pam and Bob Bentz, Nina and Lawrence Hines, Hank and Karen Man-

can be planted. It sure would be nice to be able to enjoy the homegrown ones earlier than usual. My three sweet potato plants are going to be nice this year, also. Sympathy is extended to the family of James Dake, who passed away April 13. I know the weather is not cold, but the need for warm hats, mittens, scarves and slippers for the little ones in the area is always there. It won’t be long before the weather is cold again. The Siren Lionesses have an ample supply of yarn at the U.S. Bank for those of you who knit or crochet these items for the annual mitten tree. The kids will be so thankful. After the Sunday service at the Siren United Methodist Church, the members enjoyed a potato bake lunch put on by the youth group. Congratulations to Triston Ortez for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence for the week. Way to go, Triston. Congratulations to elementary student Wyatt Anton, middle schooler Kylie Buck and high schooler Triston Ortez for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. This is one rocking trio.

Karen Mangelsen gelsen, and Lida Nordquist were among a number of people who enjoyed the music at open mic at Tesora Event Center on Friday evening. Gerry and Donna Hines and Karen and Hank Mangelsen were Sunday visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Barry and Olivia Hines came to visit Donna and Gerry Hines on Sunday afternoon. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Marie and Wayne Romsos on Sunday afternoon. They helped Marie celebrate her birthday.

B. 203, Bill B. 233, Pat 233, and Dana 202. Many splits were picked up: Mary 5-10, Darrold 4-5-7, Harvey 5-6, Pat 5-7-9, Bernie 4-5-7, Bill B. 5-7-9, Fred 7-10, Gladys 3-9-10 and Dana 5-7. Next week we have our fun week, the gals against the guys. Need I mention that last year the gals won. We will see what this year brings. Don’t forget to stop in and pick up a menu and sign up for your favorites. Life is like a bowl of cherries, we just run into a few pits now and then. See you at the center.

Siren Senior Center We had a training meeting this week to learn how to use the defibrillator. Carl, an ambulance driver, gave us a good class and we all learned so much from him. We were able to ask questions and he answered every one. 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. Some info regarding our card party. The door to the center will be open at noon so you can come early and put in your bids. Bidding will stop at 1 p.m. when we start playing cards. We will only have

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even tables with four people at a table. We will not have any two or three tables. Our 500 winners were Marilyn Colvin, Doris Schauer, Sue Newberger, Marie Bentley and Lorna Erickson. Spade winners were Tony Rutter, Arnie Borchert, Dwaine Bentley, Barb Geske and Phyllis Peterson. Enjoy this nice weather and see you at the center.

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

Birth announcement Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A girl, Hazel Mae Nelson, born March 27, 2016, to Travis Nelson and Britta Turner of Luck. Hazel weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Theodore Jackson Fischer, born March 30, 2016, to Ariel and Daniel Fischer of Siren. Theodore weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A boy, Eastden Jo Hare, born March 31, 2016, to Jenna and Joshua Hare of Clayton. Eastden weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, Jaxon George McKenzie, born April 2, 2016, to Kelly Greene and Ryan McKenzie of Cushing. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Levi Nolan Kaiser, born April 4, 2016, to Danielle and Craig Kaiser of Lindstrom, Minn. Levi weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz.

••• A girl, Delilah Nicole Hall, born April 6, 2016, to Samantha Grange and Charles Hall of Milltown. Delilah weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A boy, Gavin Scott Harris, born April 7, 2016, to Bailey Brookman and Todd Harris of Turtle Lake. Gavin weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center: A girl, Lacey Jo Derosier, born April 12, 2016, to Jarid and Lisa Derosier of Clear Lake. Lacey weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Jason Levi Andrew Moore, born April 14, 2016, to Jessica Thompson and Jason Moore of Luck. Jason weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. •••

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Huey loves to play ball. This 1-year-old black Lab/Newfoundland mix loves to play fetch. Lab lovers everywhere recognize this overzealous fascination with a tennis ball and use it to their advantage. In Huey’s case, a tennis ball is a great way to get his attention and keep it. No need to feel one-upped by a tennis ball; Huey will love you for throwing it. At 115 pounds, you will be glad to have this tool in your kit. Huey is a large lad. He plays fetch like a pro but will need the consistent reminders of obedience training. He is so enthusiastic that he sometimes forgets everything else. The perfect home for Huey will be experienced with extra-large dogs and take this in stride, happily. Huey arrived with the tip of a rear toe sliced off. The injury doesn’t seem to bother him and it has healed some during his time Huey at the shelter. But

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County because the injury is to the bone, the toe will eventually need to be amputated. We are looking for an adoptive home for Huey that is able to provide recovery care after his surgery. The Arnell shelter will cover the cost of the surgery. Huey’s adopter will accept the task of his recovery care and many years of complete devotion and companionship in an extra-large way. Come to meet Huey at the shelter if that person is you, he wants to play ball with you. Relaxing with a friend after the long workweek is a great way to support the animals at Arnell Humane Society. It’s as easy as that! Join us at the Cedar Creek Inn on CTH H just east of Star Prairie on Friday, April 22. While you catch up with

your friend over a crisp, cool, frosty one, you will enjoy the excitement of a shelter-supporting meat raffle. Win generous cuts of totally grillable meat for the upcoming BBQ season. Everyone wins; your friendship, your freezer and the animals. It’s a no-brainer. The meat raffle starts at 6:30 p.m., we hope to see you there. If your Friday night calendar is already filled, you might be interested in the communitywide Day of Giving, on Tuesday, April 26. This one day of online giving is your chance to donate to any of the deserving local nonprofit organizations that reach out to help in your community. Don’t miss this chance to put your money where your heart is. GiveBIG St. Croix Valley is a once-a-year, 24hour, online fundraising extravaganza. Your donation to Arnell Humane Society will help us provide shelter and a second chance for homeless dogs and cats, reunite lost pets with their owners and provide care for pets in need like Huey. Visit the online Arnell Razoo giveBIG page at giveSCV. The official 24-hour fundraiser through Razoo. com, begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends at midnight on

April 26. Select Arnell from any of the three communities to make your donation. AMHS has a $500 matching grant from Nestle-Purina, followed by a $2,500 matching grant from Arnell Board members. Help us use every cent of these generous contributions. If you would like to give online before April 26, select one time when making your donation. Your contribution will be processed immediately but will be included in the grand total for the giveBig event. If you would like to help us further, click the donation booster button and help cover the processing fees associated with online donations. Last year we raised over $7,000 on this one day. We are hoping to reach $10,000 this year. Spread the word. Help the animals in your community. Ask your friends and family to consider giving on that day. All donations to Arnell go directly to caring for stray, surrendered and abandoned pets in Polk County and the St. Croix Valley. Give Big to the animals at Arnell Memorial Humane Society at

Webster honor roll A honor roll Seniors Alec Ralph, Samantha Culver, Tate Fohrenkamm, Jenny Birkeland, Daniel Okes, Grant Preston, Annika Hendrickson, Cassidy Formanek, Katelyn Cairns-Pardun, Nicole Moretter, Max Norman, Emma Olsen and Nicole Hursh.

Mulroy, Keith Glienke, Daniel Ingalls, Makena Buffington, Christopher Knight, Kaitlyn Lee, Coleton Peterson, Sydney Pavlicek and Elizabeth Robinson.

Juniors Jonah Mosher, Tailor Larson, Elissa Hendrickson, Sophie Phernetton and Alison Mulroy.


Sophomores Austin Spafford, Madisen Freymiller, Brianna Bray, Chelsea Fisher, Hailey Hunter and Austin Moser.

David Greiff, Sadie Koelz, Sunny Cone, Andrew Ruiz, Emma Rachner, Synclare Stubbe, Hailey Hollis, Savannah Varner, Victoria Tyndall and Santhia Weber.

Emily Doriott, Mason Gustafson, Gabby Hughes, Hannah Janssen, Hannah McDowell, Owen Washburn, Faith Wuorinen, Zachary Zelinski, Emelyn Zmuda, Brooke Hetfeld, Vincent Belland, Breena Dorn, Serena Peck, Camron Tomaszewski, Summer Winkler, Tristan Benjamin, Sidney Simon, Torrance Wols, Kaytlyn Anderson, Jacqueline Royce, Jona Matrious and Samuel Smith.




Sydney Raschke, Mason Schaaf, Simeon Wilson, Troy Woodman, Magdalena Wright, Brett Johnson, Joseph Formanek, Alexis Symond, Mikayla Walker, Emily Stewart, Taylor Howe, Caleb Pardun, Skyler Winkler, Melodi Liljenberg, Rachel Sperry, Jazmine Mangelsen, Jayden Eckstrom, Morgan Anderson, Dustin Kern and Poom Sukkasemhathai.

Freshmen Maiya Fuller, Trevor Gustafson, Jamin Wilson, Joshua Moretter, Ashley Morseth, Carter Doriott, Jack Washburn, Matthew Buffington, Julia Gavin, Hunter Erickson, Kennadi Walker, Kerik Stubbe, Grace Studeman and Mahileet Mosher.

Eighth-graders Jenna Gomulak, Ali Moritz, Tanner Pardun, Tallon Parent, Jeni Petersen, Amanda Preston, Jenna Ruiz, Katelyn Tegarden, Morgan

Freshmen Brendon Bray, Anson Gustafson, Bradley Sigfrids, Richard Stahl, Samantha Nelson, Ciah Rand, Dylan Lippert and Ross Daniels.


Josephine Johnson, Julisa Bearhart, Dane Tollander, Auston Sigfrids, Arwen Gustafson, Alfred Flatten, Winter Messer and Kailee Wieser.

Taylor Fiddle-Bremer, Daisy Dorn, Jake Pavlicek and Savanna Bearhart.


Blake Espeseth, Tyler Holmquist, Evan McKee, Mercedes Thompson, Aliyah Daniels, Ian Sax, Destiny Wuorinen and Timothy Fornengo.

Felicity Lamb, Gavin Preston, Ian Zelinski, Jackson Rand, Ava Washburn, Liesl Olson, Cash Johnson, Hayden Halonie, Dahlia Dorn, Talen Connor, Brandon Emerson and Ashton Erickson.

B honor roll Seniors Kyle Matrious, Elizabeth Freymiller, Jacqueline Weber, Taran Wols, Kaylee Olson, Lydia Wilson, Connor Raschke, Tyler Marty, Jacob Smith, Raelyn Phelps, Kaitlyn Moser and Paul Sargent.


Sixth-graders Jade Krear, Hunter Peterson, Sydney Campion, Malaky Olson, Evan Sikorski, Miya Goebel, Gage Rossow, Hunter Stuart, Chase Cadotte, Lilly Chenal and Mia Madsen.

Fifth-graders Ava Matrious, Justin Johnson, Tristan Maurer, Lyric Hess, Joseph Kitchenmaster, Kaycee Marsh, Jayden Matrious, John Green, Symantha Blake, Chelsea Johnson, Madison Chenal and Brianna Tew.

Siren honor roll A honor roll Seniors Caitlynn Daniels, Aubriannah Larson, Birttany Merrill, Aaron Ruud, Elizabeth Stanford, Emily Stiemann and Josiah Wegner.

Juniors Riley Anderson, Patricia Close and Autumn Tinman.

Sophomores Amanda Close, Dolan Highstrom, Noah Koball, Benjamin Lemieux, Dugan Mattson, Sarah Shaffer and Amy Stanford.

Freshmen Alayna Johnson.

Eighth-graders Elizabeth Carroll, Russell Cook Jr., Cordell Fischer, North Hinze, Madalyn Nichols, Rylee O’Brien, Shawnee Phernetton, Zachariah Richter, Jacob Ritchey, Reed Ritchey, Adam Ruud, Grace Schultz, Trevor Stanford, Karlee Sybers and Jordan Webster.


ell, Nyomi Kegel, James Krenzke, Hannah Lemieux, Jalynn Nelson and Madison Thiex.

Sixth-graders Chase Anderson, Macy Bentley, Kylie Buck, Logan Graf, Gage Hall, Lake Hinze, Chase Horstman, Austin Hursh, Isaiah Lindquist, Rylee Nelson, Taedon Nichols and Macy Tollander.

B honor roll Seniors Madeline Doty, Alexi Gloodt, Amber Hanson, Madisyn Jones, Neil Oustigoff, Kody Pettis, Ashlee Rightman, Danyel Visger and Alexandra Webster.

Juniors Seth Guertin, Tanner Lee, Bailey Mangen, Brady Mangen, Kaylin Ritchey, Heather Struck and Cassandra Wentland.

Sophomores Chelsea Brown, Greta Johnson, Abby Kosloski, Josephine Taylor and Austin Tinman.

Freshmen Tanner Buck, Julia Cederberg, Kanaan Christianson, Cody Gerhardson, Madalyn Hall, Olivia Hall, Casey Halverson, Derek Highstrom, Jade Horstman, Brennan Koball, Cassandra Maslow, Timothy Miller, Peter Mulroy III and Jason Peterson.

Eighth-graders Mollie Anderson, Gavyn Anton, Adrian Belisle, Riley Churchill, Mitchell Daniels, Andrew Gorr, Gage Holmes, Ellyn Lindquist, Breck Mangen, Jordan Miller, Sage Ortez, Cazbian Rush, Lillian Schmidt, Kathryn Taylor, Jordyn Thiex and Aurora Vanderhoof.

Seventh-graders Jaslin Kegel, Dylan Keim, Brady Kosloski, Jeramiah Liljenberg, McCoy Maslow, Vinni Rightman and Hunter Sanford.

Sixth-graders Emma Aubert, Dante Baker, Alexandra Bassett, Dillon Buskirk, Justus Christianson, Cameron Decorah, Ethan Eideh, Stephanie Gerhardson, Josie Hagert, Hannah Huntley, Chance Lessard, Elizebeth Rust and Neleh Vander Velden.

Brach Christianson, Casey Goranson, Abigail Hayman, Jaidyn Jew-

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Eighth grade

Anna Christensen, Nicole Dittbrenner, Brittany Donald, Devyn Ellefson, Nicola Ghiani, Taylor Hawkins, Steven Holdt, Jared Hunter, Madeline Joy, Alaura Lemieux, Samantha Lindberg, Markus Linski, Nick Mattson, Emma Pedersen, Christopher Pouliot and Brianna Thompson.

Tasian Arjes, Cashton Ellefson, Alyssa Foeller, Austin High, Chase James, John Johansen, Heather Lane, Matthew Lane, Shannon Lane, Lindsay Mattson, Kyla Melin, Jennifer Olson, Kelsey Paulson, Brooklyn Petersen and Meredith Thompson.

Anastasia Adams, Dominic Caroon, Mckenna Delany, Kasidy Gehrke, Amy Gilhoi, Lilyan Hacker, Haley Hermansen, Bennett Jensen, Levi Jensen, Gage Johansen, Rose King, Luca Nieman, Brenna Olson, Riley Runnels, Benjamin Smith, Timothy Thompson, Grace Thoreson and Rebecca White.


Beau Brenizer, Dennis Brule, Emily Chivers, Katie Christensen, Ryley Fosberg, Dakota Gillitzer, Bryce Hacker, Merlin Hibbs, Shayla Hulett, Elizabeth Johnson, Alayah Jones, Katie Mattson, Addie-Mae Musial, Nancy Olave, Julianna Thompson and Sierra Zuniga.

Jacob Aguado, Delaney Dau, Erin Engstrand, Preston Lane, Olivia Nielsen, Morgan Pfaff and Paige Runnels.


Seventh grade Sommer Asper, Peyton Benny, Mckenzie Christian, Kayli Cook, Gabrielle Engstrand, Kelsey Harvey, Britta Hibbs, Grace Jensen, Alexis Kelch, Katia Marcellus, Kiran Ogilvie, Juliana Olave, Adeline Thompson and Dawson Van Meter.

Siren Elementary perfect attendance Kindergarteners



Parker Fingerson, Tucker Kolecki, Dane LeClair, Danica Lipe, Claire Meyer, Riley Sanford and Kaleb Schmidt.

Aubrianna Gray, Faith Harrison, Landon Herwick, Kiersen Oustigoff, Rylie Schmidt and Jayden Vander Velden.

Jonathan Dugger, Levi Hayman, Derrick Helene, Kateri St. John and Katherine Tandberg.

First-graders Owen Douglas, Mitchell Hobbie, Dayne McKnight and Lucy Peterson.

Third-graders Samantha Andrea, Brooklyn Diver, Kelsey Douglas, Mikayla Johnson, Jerome McGeshick, Emma Peterson, Paul Rightman, Cameryn Ritchey, Joseph Wiltrout and Taylor Winberg.

Fifth-graders Wyatt Anton, Rebekah Dugger, Mackenzie Hicks, Lilly Johnson, Kylee Lindquist, Ally Morse, Anna Schultz, Derek Thiex and Nicholas Webster.


LIBRARY CORNER Grantsburg Library news Spring gala The Friends of the Library annual spring gala will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. This year the guest speaker will be author Tom Combs. Combs had a career as an emergency room physician that now provides the foundation for his riveting medical mystery plots. A dinner will also be served. Ticket information at the library or by calling 715463-2244.

Star Wars Week Come to the library May 2 – 6 to celebrate the unofficial Star Wars holiday on Wednesday, May 4. You’ll be able to play a Star Wars themed game and make a Star Wars themed craft.

Board at the library Board at the Library is held Mondays at 1 p.m. It’s back to the good old days. Bring out your deck of cards or an old-fashioned board game. The library’s learning center will be reserved for people who want to play board games, card games and socialize.

Book club Join a lively discussion of literary fiction. Two book clubs meet at the library, one on the third

Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. The other group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Thursday’s group is reading “Those Who Save Us,” by Jenna Blum, and Tuesday’s group will be reading “Out Stealing Horses,” by Per Petterson. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of these book selections.

Library hours and information Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesays, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon. Phone number: 715-463-2244. Website: To find out about the latest library events, follow us on Facebook.

Grantsburg Library Board members, supported by the Grantsburg Village Board, were instrumental in expanding the library’s hours from 32 hours a week to 46 hours a week. Please thank the board members for their service. Pictured back row (R to L): Pam Davies, Rod Kleiss, Ken Kutz and LuAnn Ebersold. Front (L to R): Lisa Danielson, Heidi Jensen and Carissa Kammeyer.

Larsen Family Public Library news Saturday library hours Starting on Saturday, May 7, there will be new hours - the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pat Soderbeck donated another Great Masters course DVD to our library’s collection. All of our Great Courses DVDs are available for checkout.


Table tennis (pingpong)

Now that income tax preparation season is over, I would like to extend gratitude to all of the dedicated AARP tax specialists that helped innumerable people with their taxes this year.

We will meet in April on Wednesday April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is not a tournament - just some fun playing pingpong no matter what your skill level. Everyone is welcome.

New Artist’s Critique Circle

Another opportunity for story time

A new Artist’s Critique Circle is forming in the Burnett County area meeting the fourth Tuesday of every month in the library’s Nexen Room from 5 to 6 p.m., longer if needed. Bring artwork for helpful feedback. Network with other artists. Call 715-566-2224 for more information. Inspire others – be inspired. Next meeting Tuesday, April 26.

Annette will be back reading for story time on the third Saturday of each month. Bring children to the library on May 21 at 11 a.m. to share wonderful stories, snacks and a chance to socialize with other children. Sponsored by Burnett County Family Literacy.

National Library Week We had a great turnout for Kathryn Schiedermayer’s Master Gardener program on container gardening and really appreciate her sharing her knowledge with us. And thanks to Jim Anderson for his book discussion on his book “Discovering America One Marathon at a Time.”

e-Book help During National Library, we helped many people learn how to download free e-books from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium to their devices. If you have an e-book reader and would like help learning how to download free books to your reader, please call Patti to make an appointment.

Friends of the Library Our wild rice cookbooks are on sale at the library and the coffee shop for $12.

The Great Courses

Preschool story time Please join us every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for stories, snacks, activities and socialization, for the children and the adults. Everyone is welcome - we love to see new faces. And don’t forget our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program - babies love to hear your reading to them.

Newly acquired materials Juvenile • “Touchdown Triumph” by Jake Maddox • “Sports Dream” by Paul Orshoski • “On a Mission for Good Nutrition” by Rebecca Sjonger • “How to Choose Food Your Body Will Use” by Rebecca Sjonger • “Hop, Throw and Play: Build Your Skills Every Day” by Rebecca Sjonger • “Do Your Bit to be Physically Fit!” by Rebecca Sjonger • “The Extra Yard” by Mike Lupica

• “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” by Emily Pearson • “Make a Meal Plan: Smart Food Shopping” by Susan Temple Kesselring • “Food as Fuel: Nutrition for Athletes” by Kristin Petrie • “Goodnight iPad” by Ann Droyd • “Otters Love to Play” by Jonathan London • “Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts” by Tom Watson • “Glimmer Girls: London Art Chase” by Natalie Grant • “Glimmer Girls: A Dolphin Wish” by Natalie Grant • “Indoor Gardening: Growing Air Plants, Terrariums & More” by Lisa J. Amstutz • “Enchanted Gardening: Growing Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens and More” by Lisa J. Amstutz • “ Edible Gardening: Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits and More” by Lisa J. Amstutz • “Creative Gardening: Growing Plants Upside Down, in Water and More” by Lisa J. Amstutz • “Weekends with Max and His Dad” by Linda Urban • “Little One” by Jo Weaver • “How to Find Gold” by Viviane Schwarz • “Float” by Daniel Miyares

Adult • “The Accidental Empress” by Allison Pataki

• “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay • “Search the Dark” by Marta Perry • “The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs • “Willow Brook Road” by Sherryl Woods

DVD • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” • “Inside Out (Disney Pixar)” • The Great Courses: “Great Masters: Liszt - His Life and Music”

Adult nonfiction • “Say Goodnight to Insomnia” by Gregg D. Jacobs • “The Joy of Signing” by Lottie Riekehof • “Cooperative Games and Sports” by Terry Orlick • “Feeding the Young Athlete” by Cynthia Lair • “Hand, Heart and Mind: The Story of the Education of America’s Deaf People” by Lou Ann Walker • “Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe” by Anton Treuer

Young adult • “Summerlost” by Ally Condie • “Sword and Verse” by Kathy MacMillan

Audio CD book • “Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” by Michael Punke • “After She’s Gone” by Lisa Jackson

Hours and information

Large print • “A Fool and His Monet” by Sandra Orchard • “Dressed for Death” by Julianna Deering • “The Secret to Hummingbird Cake” by Celeste McHale • “Thief of Glory” by Sigmund Brouwer • “An Old Betrayal” by Charles Finch • “Seagrass Pier” By Colleen Coble

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

Grantsburg honor roll A honor roll

Sophomores Seniors

Brett Anderson, Chase Covey, Joshua Curtin, Anna Erickson, Andrew Hartshorn, Briena Jensen, Delia Labatt, Jessee Lerud, Spencer Louis, Drew McNally, Megan Miller, JohnnieMae Moritz, Violet Ohnstad, Cassidy Quimby, Zachary Tebow and Olivia Tucker.

Juniors Danielle Bertelsen, Kathryn Curtin, Madeline Duncan, Genna Erickson, Avery Fagerberg III, Holly Fiedler, Hallie Jensen, Nicholas Larsen, Jordyn McKenzie, Austin Olson, Claire Palmquist, Mathew Peasley, Tyler Peterson, Jordyn Phillips, Rhiana Pochman, Cody Poeschl, Mark Riewestahl, Britta Roufs, Autumn Stinnett and Alyssa Swenson.

Brittanie Blume, Janessa Bonneville-Lozie, Thorne Carter, John Chenal, Rebecca Drohman, Rachel Glover, Christopher Hermann, Ella Lindau, Emily Livingston, Jami Michel, Alaina Oachs, Olivia Oachs, Joseph Ohnstad, Melanie Paquette, Cole Reichstadt, Trevor Vollendorf and Kalvin Watt.

Freshmen Luke Anderson, Ashley Bistram, Olivia Brock, Leopold Chenal, Joseph Duncan, Grace Gerber, Mikala Hammer, Linda Harmon, Jada Hecht, Lane Johnson, Jared Lee, David MacKean, Jenna McNally, Kaitlin Olson, Susan Roberts, Bryce Roufs, Seth Schlecht, Charli Siebenthal, Wyatt Swanson, Elliot Swenson and Rachel Tooze.

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Sophomores Seniors

Lindsy Chute, Joel DeRocker, Jackson Gerber, Hannah Haley, Wallace Hillman, King Hoffman, Hannah Jones, Jordan Knutson, Colt Lien, Anthony Otis, Amber Pedersen, Megan Rod, Adam Smestad, Dylan Surdey, Shane Tooze, Kevin Vollendorf and Marissa Walker.

Juniors Jacob Barnard, Matteo Cisternino, Rasmus Engel, Whitney Gaffney, Eleanor Goiffon, Anne (Liza) Hartshorn, William Johnson, Tymber King, Matthew Louis, Carolina Lowenstein, Kajsa Luedtke, Paul MacKean, Olivia Markgraf, Kaylea Nelson, Garrett Olson, Emily Schlecht, Dakota Schultz, Erica Simmons and Makinzie Southern.


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Brock Anderson, Spencer Bunting, Trey Carrell, Cassidy Chenal, Corrie Davis, Caleb Dumas, Benjamin Edwards, Danielle Erickson, Blake Jensen, Mackenna Johnson, Sven Johnson and Theodore Vitale.

Freshmen Tyrell Brande, Reis Covey, Alicia Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Grace Lehne, Nathanael McKinley, Justin Patterson, Noah Peters, McKenzie Rombach, Anthony Schmidt, Randi Siebenthal, Alethea Simmons, Madison St. Germain and Luke Trittelwitz.

MEET YOUR NEXT ASSEMBLYMAN Share your concerns about your State Government with

Jeff Peterson, Candidate, Assembly District 28 Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. Larsen Family Public Library, Conference Room 7401 Main St. W., Webster Refreshments & snacks provided.

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Luck School District accepting nominations for teacher recognition scholarship LUCK - In partnership with the Luck County Inn, the Luck School District is pleased to continue the Lucky to Have You teacher recognition program for a second year. Shahid Mian, of the Luck Country Inn Hotel, has graciously donated funds to recognize an outstanding Luck School educator, with the intention that the $500 scholarship will be awarded annually. Students in elementary and high school, parents and school district residents are all able to nominate teachers.

Luck School is fortunate to employ many teachers who are exemplary educators, and the $500 scholarship is a tangible and timely reward for teachers who go beyond their duties and invest their personal time and money to benefit their students. Initiated by Shahid Mian in 2015, this scholarship is a catalyst in the community to acknowledge their outstanding K-12 educators. Luck School District welcomes additional donors to step forward

to create an additional $500 scholarship to award this spring, whether it’s funded by one person or multiple people. The online application is clear and concise: name the teacher and the grades and subjects they teach, then explain in 100 words or less why you are nominating the teacher. Please limit one teacher nomination per person. The online application is accessible on both the Luck School District website at and Facebook page at Luck Public Schools. Paper

applications are available at the district/ high school office. Nominations will be open for the entire month of April. A panel will review the nominations and select a recipient who will be named and acknowledged at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22. Please contact the Luck School District office with any questions at 715-472-2152. – submitted

Luck students talk their way to gold, silver and bronze medals MADISON - The state high school forensics speech contest was held at UW-Madison on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16. Students from schools across the state competed in a wide variety of activities. Thirty students from Luck in 10 separate entries were among those students. Luck’s forensics squad left the city with 17 perfect scores and 17 gold medals. Twelve students earned silver medals and one earned a bronze medal. Coach Karl Wicklund declared, “Put another good year for forensics down in the books!” He added, “The kids’ attitude and behavior was a credit to our community.” Erin Engstrand, Amanda Pitts, Logan Grey, Austin Hamack and Michael Delany presented the group interpretation piece “Jack Handey’s Deep Thoughts” and earned gold medals. Also earning gold medals in group interpretation were Kerrigan Ekholm, Maddie Joy, Emma Pedersen, Jordan Jones and Chris Pouliot with “Welcome to Night Vale” and Rose Crowe, Erin Frank, Jacob Aguado, Alex Korzenowski and Billy Lipoff for “The Youth in Asia.” Amy Hacker earned a gold medal for her oratory speech on the need for blood donation as did John Dikkers for his prose reading, “The Legend of Me.” Derek Rennicke’s oratory speech concerning Iran’s nuclear deal earned him a silver medal as did the poetry reading that Jasmine Morales performed about bullying. Annaleise Greener’s poetry reading about war earned a bronze medal. Paige Runnels, Morgan Pfaff, Tasian Arjes,

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Luck’s state forensics participants who competed Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at UW-Madison included front row (L to R): Amelia Hacker, John Dikkers, Christopher Pouliot, Austin Hamack, Alex Korzenowski, Mike Delaney, Jake Aguado, Matt Lane, Austin High and Billy Lipoff. Middle: Alyssa Foeller, Morgan Pfaff, Brooklyn Petersen, Maddie Joy, Kerrigan Ekholm, Marissa Lundquist, Erin Frank, Jasmine Morales, Laura Bartylla, Jenny Olson, Annaleise Greener and Logan Grey. Back: Amanda Pitts, Paige Runnels, Erin Engstrand, Rose Crow, Emma Pedersen, Jordan Jones, Derek Rennicke and Tasian Arjes. Missing from the photo is coach Karl Wicklund. – Photo submitted

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Luck students participate in state Visual Arts Classic MADISON - The 2016 state Visual Arts Classic competition took place at Edgewood College in Madison on Friday, April 8. Prior to the state competition, students from 50 schools across the state of Wisconsin took part in individual and team events, using their artistic skills to creatively solve the prompts that were given to them. About 300 students competed at the state competition level as individuals with on-site, short-term and long-term projects and possibly also as members of teams. Luck students competed as a team and also as individuals. For the first time, the Luck team took first place in the art history quiz bowl. The team placed third in critical thinking, and took second place in the overall competition. The Visual Arts Classic is open to all schools. Luck’s team was coached by art teacher Kyle Clemins. The Wisconsin Art Education Association’s mission is to promote excellence in visual art and design education for all students and art educators. The Visual Arts Classic competition was designed to meet the organization’s goal of incorporating technology, research and writing into the visual arts classroom. According to the organization’s website, “This year’s VAC competition was successful because of the many judges from across the state that volunteered their time to critique the on-site and long-term projects, the coaches who put in endless hours preparing their students for the regional and state events, all of the colleges and univer-

Luck’s Rachel Sanford, kneeling, Makayla McCoy, Amanda Pitts, Jacob Aguado, Meredith Thompson, Isabella Rose Crowe, Alex Smith, Heather Lane, Jasmine Morales, Katherine Cherveny, Derek Rennicke and Jenny Olson pose with some of their projects at the state Visual Arts Classic competition held at Edgewood College in Madison on Friday, April 8. – Photo submitted sities that hosted the eight VAC regionals, the organization and dedication of the regional and state VAC chairs, the school districts that recognize the importance of allowing their students to compete in VAC and, most importantly, the students

who brought their energy and enthusiasm for art. Together, everyone helped make this event a positive experience for Wisconsin’s aspiring artists.” In addition to working as a team, each Luck student also competed as an individ-

ual. Jake Aguado’s print making earned first place in short-term and long-term projects. Katherine Cherveny earned third place in short term and an honorable mention in long term for her ceramics projects. Rose Crowe earned a first place in short term and second place in long term for her art history project. Heather Lane’s painting took first in short-term and long-term projects. Makayla McCoy’s ceramics creations earned her a second in short-term and third in long-term projects. Jasmine Morales earned third place in short term and second place in long term for her drawings. Jenny Olson was awarded second place in short term and long term for her paintings. Amanda Pitts competed in the personal adornment category and took third place for her short-term and long-term projects. Derek Rennicke’s sculptures earned him a third place in short-term and first in long-term projects. Meredith Thompson earned second in short term and long term for her personal adornment projects. Alex Smith competed in digital photography and earned second place in short term and an honorable mention in long term. Rachel Sanford was awarded first place in short term and long term for her graphic designs. According to Clemins, “The best part of the day was seeing the amazing works that the students came up with in both their long-term and on-site events.” – submitted

IATA spring bird hike is May 15 RURAL FREDERIC - Are you interested in putting a name to that birdsong or that flash of color in the trees? Join the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a spring birding hike on the trail on Sunday, May 15. This year’s spring hike will begin promptly at 7 a.m. and last about two hours. It will leave from the Lundberg pole barn, at 2918 140th St., outside of Frederic. That is about three-quarters of a mile south of CTH W, or about one-half mile south of the trail parking lot off 140th. Look for the yellow Ice Age Trail event signs. Field biologist Robin Maercklein will lead the easypaced look at birds of our area. A lifelong birder and

biologist, Maercklein has been studying birds in Wisconsin since 1968. He has conducted bird surveys for the University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR and others including over 20 years with the National Park Service. He currently serves as Polk County coordinator for Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas and is an eBird reviewer for five Northwest Wisconsin counties. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird is the world’s largest wildlife database. The Lundberg property is awaiting final state approval for acquisition by the DNR. The 250-plus-acre property includes headwaters of the Trade River and adjoins

WEF event is this Saturday WEBSTER - The Webster Education Foundation will be hosting a new event for 2016. On Saturday, April 23, they will with a taco feed from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and then Bingo starting at 6:30. The event will take place in the Webster Middle/High School cafeteria. There will be many prizes and raffles throughout the


evening with prizes, including a 32-inch TV, Brewers tickets, bikes, paddleboard and many others. For more information, please check out the Facebook page, Webster Education Foundation. - from WEF


Straight Lake State Park. Bring water, comfortable hiking boots or shoes, insect repellent and an appetite to learn about the bird life of Polk County. For more information, call Steve Brandt at 612-2015953. - submitted

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Authors and artists galore! WEBSTER - On Thursday, April 7, Webster Elementary School hosted an Author and Artist Showcase. The focus at the elementary school this year has been on writing skills. Teachers started the year with professional development, focusing on the work of Katie Wood Ray. Lessons learned were then instituted in the classroom. The students have been working on both fiction and nonfiction stories all year. This was their night to showcase all their hard work. The evening started with a free dinner for all families. Families then went on a gallery walk to view student artwork. Families visited the displays, laying out the volumes of student work. Several students volunteered to participate as showcase readers. These students read their own works to an audience of family and friends. The night was considered a huge success with over 270 people in attendance. - with submitted information

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RIGHT: Will Estridge shows off his work to his father, Bill and brother, Carter, at the Webster Author and Artist Showcase. The event was held to show off the school’s emphasis on increased writing skills.


Empty Bowls project raises money to fight hunger

Empty Bowls is an international project to help fight hunter, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. It was founded in 1991 in Michigan by Lisa Blackburn and art teacher John Hartom.

Craig Zipperer, Unity fine arts instructor, provided over 100 bowls from Unity for the Empty Bowls project in Amery on Thursday, April 7. The event raised money for the Amery and Unity backpack programs, with the Salvation Army providing weekend food for foodinsecure families. in backpacks sent home with schoolchildren on Fridays. Hundreds of bowls were on display. - Photos submitted

Amery had community members of all ages come in to help make bowls and glaze the bowls. Final tally was $9,700 collected for the Amery and Unity backpack programs to help kids who are food insecure. Wooden bowls were a part of the silent auction at the Empty Bowls fundraiser in Amery on April 7.

Many area churches and businesses contributed a variety of soups, from creamy chicken wild rice soup to cheeseburger soup.

The Amery/Unity Empty Bowls program was a collaborative project between the two communities coming together for a common cause - feeding our hungry.


Unity Class of 2018 hosts Color Run LEFT: Tyler, Brittany and Claire Johnson took part in the Unity Class of 2018 Color Run on Saturday, April 9. Approximately 150 people participated in the event, held at the Milltown Community Center.

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RIGHT: Nina Hutton, Mikayla Allison and Ashlee Hoffman were among those enjoying the color run at Milltown.

Brandon Juleen, Aaron Nyberg, Nathan Wester and Brian Locke shake off the color dust at the annual color run at Milltown.

Colors fly at the Unity Class of 2018 Color Run held at Milltown on Saturday, April 9.

This is a postevent photo of participants Rachel Benny, Coli Schmid, Cindy Kreft, Shannon Kelch and Rachael Schmid.

Color run participants Laurie Paulsen, Wendy Springer, Ally Motz and Karry Motz pose for a photo after the event.

Color run participants Carly and Tammy Ince.

Approximately 150 people took part in the Unity Class of 2018 Color Run.


2016 prom candidates announced GRANTSBURG The Grantsburg prom will be held this Saturday evening, April 23, at the high school. Court candidates are (L to R) front row: Hallie Jensen, Ellie Goiffon, Rhiana Pochman, Maddie Duncan and Claire Palmquist. Back: Walker Louis, Jalon Sventek, Austin Olson, Avery Fagerberg and Dakota Schultz. Not shown: Jordyn Phillips and Matteo Cisternino. - Photo courtesy Grantsburg High School

SIREN The Siren High School prom is set for Saturday, April 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lakeview Event Center. This year’s theme is A Night Under the Stars. The grand march will be held at 8:45 p.m. and coronation will follow at approximately 9 p.m. Prom candidates are (L to R) back row: Bailey Mangen, Garret Hunter, Brady Mangen, Max Lindquist, Sampson Richter and Tanner Lee. Front: Kaylin Ritchey, Makayla Staples, Cassandra Wentland, Riley Anderson, Kayla Eideh and Heather Struck. - Photo courtesy Siren Schools

UNITY The Unity prom will be held this Saturday, April 23, with the announcement of king and queen and the grand march at approximately 7 p.m. Prom court candidates shown are (L to R) back row: Nathan Bradley, Logan Jensen, Austin Donahue and Alex Binfet. Front: Courtney Allison, Ashley Bloom, Samantha Ferguson and Jessica Grams. - Photo courtesy Unity Schools

WEBSTER The Webster prom will be held Saturday, April 30, with coronation at 10:30 p.m. at the Voyager Stables. Prom court candidates are (L to R) front row: David Greiff, Jameson Matrious, Felix Guddal and Jordan Larson. Back row: Savannah Varner, Elissa Hendrickson, Emma Rachner, Hailey Hollis and Kassidy Benjamin. Not shown is Frankie DeBlase. - Photo courtesy Webster High School




Siren Lions Club was recently inducted into the Pine Technical and Community College Foundation’s Presidents Circle. The Lions Club gained membership by donating in excess of $10,000 since 2002. The foundation awards scholarships to students attending PTCC. Pictured is Joe Mulford, president of Pine Technical and Community College; Kyle Lindquist, Siren Lions Club president; and Blake Seas, director of manufacturing at Nexen Co. in Webster. - Photo by Becky Strabel

OWNER OF SIREN BUS SERVICE RETIRES Terry Connel retired from delivering students safely to Siren School after 39 years. Connel purchased the Siren Bus Service from Whitey Johnson after working for him for a few months. Connel’s service was celebrated at Northwoods Crossing in Siren on Saturday, April 16. Connel announced the sale of the garage to the Rich Tims family of Shell Lake at the February school board meeting. When asked for a comment, Connel quipped, “I enjoyed hauling the kids around.” - Photo submitted

Baby Isaac Jensen begins the fifth generation for this family. He is shown, front to back, with his mother, Brittany Hanson, great-great grandmother Betty Bohn, grandmother Kelly Jensen and great-grandmother Sue Jensen. – Photo submitted



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arth Day is this Friday, April 22. We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Last week we learned about the founder of Earth Day and this week will pose a few options for you to explore: a simple option such as planting a tree, and a larger commitment to incorporate renewable energy into your home which we will be exploring more in depth in a later article. And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day, April 22. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand. This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant trees for the Earth. Let’s rid ourselves of fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy. Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, planting trees will be the first of five major goals I want you to undertake in honor of the five-year countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniver-

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ulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. Trees help communities. They help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income. Renewable energy in Wisconsin? Yes! Solar, wind and more can be explored through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer. They have an annual fair coming up as well. Buy tickets early to receive discounted rates, available through June 5. You can also join as an MREA member or sign up to volunteer and get free admission. Youth 12 and under get in free, as well as dads with child(ren) on Father’s Day. Dates for the energy fair are Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19, at Midwest Renewable Energy Association located at 7558 Deer Road, Custer. This Friday, whatever you do, do something, pick up some litter, plant a tree or research renewable energy options. The Earth needs you and you need the Earth – let’s do this.


Harper Rose Neumann was baptized at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Luck, on Sunday, April 3, by Pastor Roger Kastelle. Harper was accompanied by her parents, Nolan and Samantha Neumann, and sponsors Tonya Holm and Ben Neumann. – Photo submitted

CONCERT THIS SATURDAY AT LUCK Bill and Kate Isles will perform at the West Denmark Parish Hall on 170th Street in rural Luck this Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic singer/songwriter duo, based in Duluth, uses a wide variety of musical styles and their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small-town family stories and zany comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students and will be available for sale at the door. For more information call 715-472-2383 or visit - Photo submitted

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OBITUARIES Clarence “Clancy” F. Prokop Clarence “Clancy” Francis Prokop, 92, St. Croix Falls, Wis., passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, with his family by his side. Clancy was born June 7, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Frances and Jerry Prokop. As an infant he lived in Milwaukee and later moved to Cicero, Ill. Due to the Depression, at the age of 9, he and his parents moved to a farm on Bone Lake, Wis., where they farmed, logged and built resort cottages. After graduating from Milltown High School, he met the love of his life, Esther Edith Kamholz, at the Eat Shop in Luck. In January 1943 he entered the U.S. Army and served in Iraq and Iran and was honorably discharged Dec. 30, 1945. He was a member of the St. Croix Falls American Legion Post 143. Clancy was very proud of his service for his country in WWII. Clancy and Esther were united in marriage on May 18, 1946, at Luck Lutheran Church. They lived in Minneapolis and later moved to the Bone Lake farm to help out Clancy’s ailing father. In 1952 they purchased the 120-acre Tip Top Farm near Centuria, Wis. In 1962 they sold the farm animals and obtained jobs in the Twin Cities. Clancy worked as a paint technician at Control Data Corporation until his retirement in 1985. In 1972 they sold the farm and built their home in St. Croix Falls, enjoying time with family and friends. They learned to square dance and were among the founding members of the Friendly Twirlers square-dance club which is still active today. They also took ballroom and round-dance lessons with Clancy calling and teaching them, as well. Their love of dancing brought them to many national dance conventions. Upon retirement in 1985 they decided to make Mission, Texas, their winter home. In 2002 they sold their Texas home. In May 2013, Esther passed away. Clancy continued to live their St. Croix Falls home until his time of death. Clancy enjoyed many hobbies including HO scale

model railroads, acrylic painting, woodcarving, flower gardening, playing accordion and keyboard, traveling, camping and sailing. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their activities. Many were amazed by his keen memory and intellectual interest in geography, World War II history, Chicago history and family genealogy. This past year he was proud to be able to resume his love of dancing, teaching a special friend to dance and attending weekly old-time dances. Clancy will be dearly missed by his children, Jerry (Stella) Prokop of Centuria, James (Jenny) Prokop of Superior, Wis., Judy (Don) Wolf of Eau Claire, Wis., and Janise (Dale) Skow of Milltown, Wis.; grandchildren, Jason (Anne) Prokop, Nathan (Cindy) Prokop, Jamie Booth, Brian (Denisa Xhani) Prokop, Brenda Prokop, John Wolf, Jeff (Heather) Wolf, Andrew (Kelsey) Wolf, Kristan (James) Huenink and Kayla (Jared) Woody; and 12 great-grandchildren. Clancy is also survived by his sister-in-law, Doris Martinson; nieces; nephews; cousins; Army buddy, Peter Scianna Jr.; his McDonald’s coffee group; and many other special friends. Clancy was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents, Frances and Jerry Prokop; and many special friends. Funeral services will be held at Fristad Lutheran Church in Centuria on Friday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Pastor Mel Rau will officiate. Clancy’s family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, and again at the church on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Clancy will be laid to rest at the Milltown Cemetery will full military honors. Following the cemetery services, a lunch and fellowship will be held at the church. Pallbearers will be Jason Prokop, Nathan Prokop, Andrew Wolf, Brian Prokop, Brenda Prokop and Kayla Woody. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Scianna Jr., Peter Scianna and the McDonald’s coffee group. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Nancy Bottke Hvambsal Morten Devoted mother, wife, caregiver and friend Nancy Bottke Hvambsal Morten, 77, died Friday, April 1, 2016, at her Trade Lake home with her family by her side. Nancy was born Oct. 26, 1938, in Morristown, Minn., to Edward and Elsie Bottke. She grew up on a small farm with four brothers and one sister. In 1959 she graduated from St. Barnabas Nursing School in Minneapolis, which started a 50-year career in nursing and the health-care field. She also held her bachelor’s degree in patient care administration from the University of Minnesota. During her career, Nancy held a variety of positions which included staff nurse, director of nursing, teacher and hospice nurse. In her off time, Nancy continued to promote health-care programs by volunteer teaching CPR and working with Frederic’s Town and Country Ambulance Service. While her career was a constant in her life, family, friends and having fun was her passion. Nancy loved to golf, fish, bowl, play cards, craft, garden and host gatherings. She was always up for a new adventure. She nurtured this adventurous spirit and has passed it onto her children and grandchildren and is something they celebrate most about her life.

Nancy was preceded in death by her first husband, Burns Erling “Bumps” Hvambsal, whom she married on Oct. 31, 1959, and four children were born. Nancy is survived by her second husband, Jim Morten; siblings, Gladys (Don) Longpre, Wayne (Shirley) Bottke and Marvin Bottke (Carole); children, Blake (Cathy) Hvambsal, Blaine (Nancy) Hvambsal, Beth (Dan) Rosema and Brenda Hvambsal-Lake (Dave Lake); seven grandchildren; three stepchildren, Barry Morten, Danette Olsen and Rene Morten; 12 step-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, Wis., on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Lunch will be served following the service. Visitation will also be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Friday, April 22, from 4-7 p.m. Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers. Organizations that were special to Nancy included Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Frederic Lioness Club, Maple Grove Cemetery and Regional Hospice Services. The Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic is assisting the family with arrangements. Feel free to sign the guest book online at, 715-327-4475.

James Harrison “Jim” Dake James Harrison “Jim” Dake, 51, Siren, Wis., passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 12, 2016, at Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg, Wis., following a brief battle with cancer. James was born in Hudson, Wis., on Dec. 20, 1964, to Norma Jean (Richison) and Walter Oscar Dake. He attended public schools in Baldwin and was a 1984 graduate of Baldwin–Woodville Area High School. Jim served over 14 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. On March 3, 2003, he was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving primarily with the 724th Engineer Battalion in Iraq. Jim was awarded the following: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal (second award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device. Jim attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College for two years, receiving training in the residential construction and cabinetry program. Until he became ill in November 2015, Jim was employed as a woodworker. He worked in Osceola, Luck, St. Croix Falls and in Dresser. Jim was a member of the Siren United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 255, Victor, in Luck. He was a collector of antique toy models of tractors and farm equipment which he would purchase and sell at flea markets, swap meets or other bazaars. Jim enjoyed watching science-fiction shows and movies, and was especially fond of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” He also enjoyed watching Westerns. Jim was a sensitive, kind and caring individual. He had a strong intellect, was contemplative, detail oriented and had a special sense of humor. Surviving are his mother, Norma Dake; two sisters, Lori Dake and Susan (Robert) DeMarre; aunts and uncles; cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter, in October 2015. The funeral service for Jim Dake was held Monday, April 18, at Siren United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Crise officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Lakeview Cemetery, Siren. Pallbearers were Roger Hillman, Dale Strength, Rick Bierman, Jim Richison, Mike Hillman and Harold Larson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at

Raymond L. Christensen Raymond Lee Christensen, 84, Centuria, Wis., passed away at his home Monday, April 18, 2016, with his family at his side. A full obituary will be in a future edition of the Leader. Please visit for updated information. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

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CHURCH NEWS Siren Bethany Lutheran begins 96th year SIREN - On April 9, 1921, a small group of devout Christians attended an organizational meeting in Siren’s Swedish Mission Church. After singing Swedish Psalms, joining in prayer and the reading of Scripture, 21 men and women and 22 children indicated a willingness to begin a new church, Bethany Lutheran of Siren. Fastforward to Sunday, April 10, 2016, when one of those “children,” now 98 years old, led the current Bethany congregation in the Lord’s Prayer during a special service marking the date of Bethany’s origin. Bethany is truly blessed to have Violet (Bloom) Beckmark, one of the charter members of the church, still worshiping at Bethany. Beckmark brings a lifetime of memories that, along with original documents dating back to 1921, help bring Bethany’s rich history to life. During the April 10 service, Wanda Flannigan shared many of Beckmark’s memories with the congregation. The original church building was rented for $1 a month in 1923 and then purchased in 1928 for $1,065. Bethany’s first pastor was paid $12 per month for conducting two services per month. The ladies aid was always very active at Bethany and often took in more money than the congregation. As a result, the ladies aid often paid the pastor’s salary and contributed to many early purchases such as a piano and hymnals. To

Former Bethany Lutheran Pastor Diane Blahauvietz, left, is shown with charter Bethany member Violet Beckmark enjoying the cake and coffee reception following the Sunday, April 10, service. – Photo submitted put this in context, a gallon of gas cost 10 cents a gallon in 1921. Beckmark recalls that Bethany always had funds

designated for a Sunday school. One of the early Sunday school superintendents was Mr. Tjomsland. His daughter, Corrine Root, is still a very active member of Bethany. Another longtime Bethany member, Beckmark’s cousin, Eldora Brown, also attended the April 10 service. Pastor Paul Peterson led the congregation in the singing of favorite hymns and the Bethany children’s bell choir performed. Janet Matson, on behalf of Bethany quilters, presented Beckmark with a handmade prayer shawl. During the April 10 sermon, Peterson reflected on the Gospel of John 21, verses 1-19, and reminded the congregation that when they find themselves at a crossroads, they too can follow Christ’s lead. Peterson concluded the service with the traditional “Go in peace, serve the Lord,” which was enthusiastically met with the congregation responding, “Thanks be to God!” Thanks, indeed, was in order for the vision of those founding members back in 1921 which led to over 95 years of faithful commitment to Bethany with the promise of even greater things to come. Peterson and the members of Bethany welcome you to join them Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for worship, followed by Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for children pre-K through sixth grade. For additional info, please call church office at 715-349-5280. – submitted


OBITUARIES Carmen Luella (Wenstad) Skifstad Carmen Luella (Wenstad) Skifstad, 86, of New Richmond, Wis., went home to be with her Lord on April 15, 2016, at Westfield Hospital in New Richmond. Carmen was born May 25, 1929, in the Town of Alden, Wis., to Alvin T. and Mabel (Johnson) Wenstad. She attended Cedar Lake School and then graduated from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. She continued her education for two years at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn. She was united in marriage Dec. 30, 1950, to Stanley C. Skifstad at the Star Prairie Covenant Church. To this union, four children were born. Carmen served the Lord at her church as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and organist. She also was involved in the American Sunday School Union camp at Wascott, Wis., as a teacher, counselor and pianist. She and Stanley lived on and worked a farm just north of Star Prairie, Wis., for 27 years. In 1977, they sold the farm and moved into New Richmond. Carmen worked at the New Richmond Public Library for a number of years before retiring, but continued as a volunteer for a while. In Carmen’s recent years, she was a devoted caregiver to her husband. Her hobbies and interests included genealogy, reading, quilting and making holiday and birthday cards for family members. The No. 1 goal in Carmen’s life was to glorify God in all she said and did. She had a servant’s heart and was a prayer warrior, praying for her family, her church and many missionaries on a daily basis. She desired that her grandkids and their children grow in their Christian faith and to keep their eyes on Jesus. Carmen is survived by her husband of 65 years, Stanley, New Richmond; children, Glen (Terri) Skifstad, Grantsburg; Galen (Marianne) Skifstad, New Richmond; and Jeannice (Robert) Dunlap, Waterloo, Iowa.; grandchildren, Leah (Zach) Lade, Grantsburg; Cari Skifstad, Rice Lake; Laura Skifstad Meyer, Grantsburg; and Carissa Skifstad, Superior, Minn.; Joel Dunlap, Louisville, Ky.; Eric Dunlap, Ames, Iowa, and Bethany Dunlap, Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Ellie and Eva Lade; and Morgan Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Susan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Navigators ministry or SEND International Missions. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at First Baptist Church in New Richmond, with Pastor Kevin Morris officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the memorial service. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment will take place at a later date.

Patsy A. (Young) Anderson Patsy Ann (Young) Anderson, 79, of Stillwater, Minn., formerly North Branch, Minn., died April 14, 2016, at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minn. Patsy was born to Noble and Maxine (Ruhn) Young in Frederic, Wis. She attended Frederic High School and Hamline University and received a degree in education. During her college years she worked at the Frederic Dairy Queen. While attending Dairy Queen training, she met the love of her life, Jerald C. Anderson. They were married on June 30, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in Frederic. She taught school at Hancock and North Branch Elementary, eventually installing the Right to Read program at the North Branch Elementary School. A proud member of the American Association of University Women, or AAUW, initially in Cambridge, Minn., she eventually started the North Branch chapter and served as an officer in both chapters. Patsy was active in the North Branch Girl Scout program as a chairperson as well as a summer camp coordinator. She proudly marched the troop in the local parades during her tenure. Patsy started the American Field Service program at North Branch and hosted the initial foreign student for the inaugural year. Along with her husband, Jerald, she retired to Sun City West, Ariz., in 1993 and spent many of the summers at the beloved family cabin on Big Sand Lake near Siren, Wis. They enjoyed traveling the world and participating in the local Vasa chapter, various alumni associations and the Red Hat Society. She was a two-time cancer survivor. The family wishes to thank the staff at Boutwells Landing and the many friends who offered their support and care to Patsy over the past months. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Janie), Brent (Carin) and Patrick (Angie); grandchildren, Nathaniel, Eli, Owen, Emily and Matthew; brothers, Rodney, Gary (Julie) and Steve (Jeanne); along with many nieces, nephews and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Ronald (Mary), also known as Duke. Visitation will be Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bradshaw Funeral Home, located at 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater, Minn. Funeral services will be held at the Bradshaw Funeral Home following the visitation. Interment will be held at the Sunrise Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, April 22. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Ancel M. Highstrom

Margaret L. Simon

Ancel Merle Highstrom, of New Richmond, Wis., passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the age of 96. Ancel was born in Gloster, Miss, to Alex and Agnes Highstrom in 1919. Soon after, the family moved north, first settling in New London, Minn, where Ancel spent several years. When Ancel was 9 they moved to Burnett County, Wis. There the two parents and eight children, struggling through the Depression, lived in a variety of houses around Siren. In June of 1943, Ancel married a neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Ruth Tjader. He was home on an eight-day leave from the Army before shipping out to Italy. Ancel was in the 5th Army 91st Infantry Division in the Italian campaigns, 3rd Mort. Squadron, 3rd Platoon Co. M. Fighting in Italy over the next two years he saw heavy action, was wounded three times and his WWII experiences would shape his personality for the rest of his life. Postwar, Ancel and Ruth began a life together, having children and trying to make a living. He formed a business partnership with his childhood buddy, Gordon Tjader, who happened to be the brother of his wife, Ruth. Gordy was married to Ancel’s sister, Della. The business, Tjader and Highstrom, formed by two Tjaders and two Highstroms, would prosper over the years, first as a tree-trimming company and eventually as a construction firm that buried underground cable. Today it centers out of New Richmond and operates all around western Wisconsin. Ancel was a spiritual man whose deep faith influenced all he ever did or said. His life passions were numerous: his wife and kids, his friends, travel, his business, his lake home in Siren, his love of birds and flowers and yardwork, playing harmonica, his Swedish relatives, his war buddies, the deer shack, his cars, First Baptist Church, playing games, climbing trees, his bond with beloved daughter Kay, and especially doing things with his grandchildren. Ancel was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; and siblings, Myrtle, Ray, Vi, Murlin, Waldo and Virgil. He is survived by his five children, Rick (Joyce) Highstrom of Siren, Lynn (Bump) Peterson of New Richmond, Mark of Napa Cal, Lori (Don) Stephens of Hudson, Wis., and Kay of Hudson. Surviving also are his sister, Della Tjader of New Richmond; and sister-in-law, Gerlyn Erichsen of Siren. He has 12 grandchildren scattered about the country, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Services for Ancel will be held Thursday, April 21, at the First Baptist Church in New Richmond. The service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch. There will be two visitations, both at the church, on Wednesday, April 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. and also on Thursday, one hour prior to the service. Following the lunch there will be an interment at the Lakeview Mudhen Lake cemetery at 3 p.m. The cemetery is six miles west of Siren, Wis., on Hwy. 70. There he will be interred next to Ruth, his wife of 60 years.

Margaret Louise Simon, 79, of Grantsburg/Webster, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Burnett Medical Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Margaret was born Feb. 8, 1937, in Superior, Wis., to parents Vernon and Ann (Merrit) Spaulding. Margaret was the fourth child born to Vernon and Ann out of six. She spent her life growing up in Burnett County. She attended and graduated from the Karlsborg Schoolhouse in Webster and then went on to attend nursing school. While in nursing school, Margaret would occasionally sing classic country songs on the WCMP radio station. On July 5, 1955, Margaret was united in marriage to George Simon in Cambridge, Minn. Together they raised their 13 children on the family farm just outside of Grantsburg. Margaret was a homemaker for her family for most of her life. Once her children were grown, she was employed by Stokely’s bean factory in Frederic, Wis., and also assisted with local home health care. In life, Margaret enjoyed polka dancing, listening to classic country-western music, tending to her garden and houseplants, baking and cooking, and bird-watching at Crex Meadows. But above all else, Margaret loved to spend time with her family. She will always be remembered as a true friend and wife, devoted mother and loving grandmother. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Jordan Simon and Ernie Simon; three sisters; and one brother. Margaret is survived by her lifelong companion, George Simon; children, Timothy Simon, Andrew (Dolly) Simon, Joseph (Lisa) Simon, Terri (Sam) Rixman, Valerie (Jim) Buskirk, Lorenzo (Sheila) Simon, Kennedy (Maria) Simon, Orval Simon, Peggy (Jim) Simon, Shelly (Jason) Hayes and Jolly (Amber) Simon; grandchildren, Candie, Mandie, Angelic, Alesha, Audra, Larissa, Nikki, Brandon, Ricky, Dillon, Trevor, Sidney, Jaydon, Amber, Katie, Nicole, Janet, Amie, Cindie, Trisha, Douglas, Jeremy, Justin, Corey, Matthew, Ashley, Steven and Jennifer; many great-grandchildren; sister, Verna Lindstrom; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Pastor Brian Pardun officiated the service. Pallbearers were Joe Simon, Ken Simon, Jolly Simon, Loren Simon, Tim Simon, Orval Simon and Andy Simon. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Simon, Ricky VanderVelden, Dillon VanderVelden, Trevor Simon, Jaydon Simon, Douglas Simon, Jeremy Simon, Justin Simon, Corey Erickson, Steven Simon and Brandon Smith. Interment immediately followed the service at Freya Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Patricia A. Walburn

Esther “Chi-wugg-iid” Martin, 79, Webster, passed away on April 16, 2016. Esther was born Dec. 26, 1936, to Harry and Maggie (Sutton) Taylor in Hertel, Wis. Esther enjoyed playing Bingo, going for rides, shopping and fishing. Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Maggie; sisters, Gladys and Ruby; first husband, John Oiyotte; second husband, Robert Martin; brothers, Joe, Robert, Chester, Frank and William; daughter, Marylou; sons, Robert Jr. and Thomas; and grandchildren, David, Jessica and Robert II. She is survived by her children, LaVerne Oiyotte, Ruth (Jose) Chavarria, Cheryl Oiyotte, Robert Oiyotte, Linda Lightfeather, Diana (Myron) Belisle, Roberta Martin, Richard Martin, Jeremy Martin, Shannon Martin and William Martin; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, April 20, with Larry “Amik” Smallwood officiating, and burial taking place at the Lake Lena Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ben Kegg, Perry Staples, Greg Snyder, Timothy Benjamin, Elijah Benjamin and Mike Belisle Sr. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Patricia Ann Walburn, 70, of Spooner, Wis., passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at her residence, Northwood TLC Services, Adult Family Home in rural Spooner. Patricia was born Feb. 4, 1946, in Osceola, Wis., the daughter of Levi William and Gay Fern (Keegan) Walburn. Patricia leaves to celebrate her memory her sisters, Esther (Marvin) Johnson and Annabelle Hoag; and many nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her roommates, Mary Florer and Angie Jaeger; her caregivers, Terese Taylor, Beth Balser, Molly Christianson, Lyric Olivia Hunt and Sue Ann Radke, which she considered to be her family; as well as her co-workers and staff at Ventures Unlimited. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Buster Scheuer; and brother-in-law, Robert Hoag. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Crossroads Christian Church, 28509 CTH H, Webster, Wis., on Wednesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Guests are invited to stay for lunch and fellowship following the service. She will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Dresser, Wis. Memorials may be donated in her name to the Regional Hospice in Spooner and Ventures Unlimited in Shell Lake, Wis. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Roger V. Hess Roger Valentine Hess, 66, Siren, Wis., passed away April 15, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg, Wis., on Thursday, April 28, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the veterans cemetery in Spooner, Wis. Full obituary will follow. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg, Wis. Online condolences can be made at

Esther “Chi-wugg-iid” Martin

Beverley G. Daniels Beverley G. Daniels, Dresser, Wis., formerly of Frederic, Wis., passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck. The memorial service for Bev will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis., on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. with a one-hour visitation at the church prior to the service. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown.


CHURCH NEWS Called to be …


ith the snow gone, farmers and gardeners are working their fields for planting. Their days are long as they strain toward a fruitful harvest. Farmers aren’t the only ones consistent in meeting their goals. The Apostle Paul used several metaphors, imaginative phrases that stand for something else, in his letters to Timothy on how Christians should live. After Paul left for other mission fields and was ultimately imprisoned, he wrote two letters to Timothy, a helper in Paul’s work, to encourage him in his faith and his ministry to the new believers. His metaphor about a farmer shows how conscientious, hard labor is necessary before a farmer can enjoy a bountiful harvest. Laziness must not be a trait

Don’t fall too hard for Internet relationship Q: I’ve connected with a young woman from another state on the Internet. We’ve talked a lot on the phone and are interested in exploring our relationship further, but so far we’ve never met in person. Do you have any advice as to how we should proceed? Jim: I’d encourage you to set up a faceto-face meeting as soon as possible. Bring a list of questions for each other and maximize your time together by making an intentional effort to get to know each other better. This may seem a bit strained and awkward, operating in “agenda mode.” But it’s really the best way to get from where you are to where you want to be. Whatever you do, avoid muddling around in cyberspace. Why do we say this? Because while online dating can be a useful tool for initiating contact with another person, the Internet is not the place to develop meaningful and lasting relationships. For that, you need lots of time and plenty of face-to-face interaction. In view of this, I’d recommend allowing at least a year to develop and deepen your relationship should you both decide to pursue things further. You may be

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair of faithful Christians. “The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.” (2 Timothy 2:6) Another metaphor Paul used is that of a soldier. “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:34) The Christian walk is often presented as spiritual warfare. Effective service

tempted to believe that technology will enable you to cut corners, but it simply isn’t true. Insist on reality and accept no substitutes. A word about trust and trustworthiness as you embark upon this journey: In the beginning, it’s important to guard your heart and resist the temptation to trust the other person too easily. Instead, work on becoming trustworthy yourself. Rather than “selling” yourself, make up your mind to be a man of integrity, honest, upright and forthcoming in all your dealings with people. If you can do this, you’ll be laying a solid foundation for the kind of love that can last a lifetime. ••• Q: What are some reasonable financial goals for newlyweds? My husband is already talking about buying a house and new car. Meanwhile, I’m concerned about paying rent and buying groceries. Dr. Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: Finances are an important part of the marriage relationship, and working together to establish healthy financial goals and attitudes before the wedding is a wise move. Equally critical, however, is the need to concentrate on getting to know each other and strengthening the bonds of intimacy. This being the case, I’d encourage you to not get ahead of, and overextend,

calls for singleness of purpose as we respond to orders from our commanding officer. Paul also spoke of athletes, who must endure strict training to win a prize. He wrote that a Christian must be like an athlete, “… not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5) In Paul’s day, the Greek games were important. A competitor had to follow the rules to win a victor’s wreath. Like athletes, Christians will receive a victor’s crown, too, when their spiritual race is conducted within the directives of biblical faith and doctrine. Laborers, too, must work hard toward their goal of providing for themselves and their families. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2

Focus on the family Jim Daly yourselves financially. It’s easy for young couples to assume that getting married means diving into the “adult world” as they’ve observed it at home, complete with all the possessions and pleasures of their parents’ current lifestyle. But this is a serious mistake. For one thing, it’s unrealistic. For another, it’s a dangerous diversion from more important priorities. Here are a few tips that can help you get started on the road to financial security and marital intimacy. • Think in terms of “we,” not “me.” This means abandoning selfish attitudes and sharing all of your resources, whether spiritual, emotional or material. • Live within your means and practice self-discipline. If you can’t afford something, don’t buy it. • Be intentional about creating a workable financial plan, giving generously and strategically building your financial resources step by step. • Don’t make major financial decisions

Timothy 2:15) Finally, Paul reminds Timothy that Christians must take care to keep themselves pure, like valuable vessels. “In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay … if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the master, prepared for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2: 20-21) These metaphors are as worthy of our meditation as they were for Timothy. Whether we fit into one category or another, we can learn and be inspired by them. Lord, thank you for showing us in imaginative ways how to better serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@ without talking them over thoroughly. • Sit down together at least once a month and create a spending plan. This will enhance your communication and encourage healthy decision-making in all aspects of your marriage. If finances are becoming a bone of contention, I invite you to call us at 855-7714357 for a referral to a trained counselor who can help you examine your relationship and determine which areas need to be shored up. ••• 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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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.



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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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at KJ’s Eureka Bar • Saturday, April 23, 3-11 p.m. Zack was involved in a severe car accident on September 26, just south of Cushing on Hwy. 87. He fell asleep at the wheel. He suffered multiple injuries. Four back fractures, broken left femur, shattered right ankle and foot. He spent two weeks in the trauma center at Regions Hospital. He has had multiple surgeries. He spent months in a wheelchair and hospital bed. He is now walking. We are having this benefit to raise money to cover expenses. There will be food, live acoustic music and many great door prizes including a gun raffle. Tickets are available at KJ’s bar, Suzy Q’s and L&C Autoworks. We are still accepting donations and they can be dropped off at L&C Autoworks in SCF or call 715-557-1748. There is an account set up at RCU called the Zack Blume Fund, for people who can’t make it there. Please come and enjoy. Thank you!

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Students of the Week Frederic

Earlene Otto has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Earlene is in fourth grade and the daughter of Heather and Trevor Otto. She has one sister, Grace, and one brother, Isaiah, three dogs, Mop, Annie and Gunner, and one cat, Clarence. She enjoys art and reading “Cupcake Cousins.” She enjoys knitting and playing outside. Her favorite sport is basketball. She wants to be a chef and make her favorite food, tacos.

Lars Erickson has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Lars is in sixth grade and the son of Rex and Heidi Erickson. He is involved in football, basketball and track. He has earned very good grades in his classes this year and is very polite and very well liked by his classmates. When not in school, he enjoys riding his bike and going to the park. When he grows up, he would like to become a teacher.

Carson Engstrand has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Carson is a very good student who always wants to do his best. He is very helpful to the students in the class. . He is a leader in the classroom. The other students really look up to him. He is always focused on his schoolwork. He enjoys playing with his friends and being with his family. He loves sports and being outdoors.

Alexis Kelch has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Alexis is in seventh grade and the daughter of Josh and Shannon Kelch. She is a quiet student with a superior work ethic. She takes criticism well and continually produces quality work. She is involved in 4-H, FFA, choir, band, confirmation and volleyball. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horse, riding bike, reading, swimming, and arts and crafts.



Landon Smestad has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Landon is in second grade and the son of Corey and Janelle Smestad. He is a hardworking student, who can always be counted on to follow directions and treat others with kindness. He comes to school each day excited to learn. He likes PE class, and he also enjoys working on math. He also likes to play hockey and ride horses. He has an older brother, Logan, and an older sister, Hannah.

Grace Lahners is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Grace is in fourth grade and the daughter of Sally and Kent Lahners. She is a great helper in the classroom and loves to help her friends. She is a very hard worker and solves math problems like a pro. She never gives up. Her favorite class is reading. She is active in sports, 4-H and choir.

Michael Delany has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Michael is a sophomore and the son of Tamara and Jim Delany. He goes out of his way to help his classmates. In the face of difficult circumstances, he has remained strong in the classroom. He is involved in forensics, NHS, plays, youth group, football, basketball and golf. He enjoys video games, listening to music and being active. He plans to attend college to become a software engineer.

Alex Pierce has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Alex is in fourth grade and the son of Jason Pierce. He take his schoolwork very seriously, with math being his favorite subject. He is well behaved in the classroom, the hallways, the lunchroom, on the playground and on the bus. His favorite food is pizza. He’s not quite sure yet what he wants to be when he grows up.

Adam Ruud has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Adam is a very respectful student who always participates in discussions during class. He always comes to class prepared and gets along well with everyone. He participates in band, choir, FCCLA, football, baseball, track and basketball. He says his favorite class is band because he enjoys playing the trumpet. Outside of school, some of his favorite activities are reading, swimming and camping.

St. Croix Falls

Tyler Tourville has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Tyler is in fourth grade and he lives at home with his mom, dad, baby sister, little brother, and twin brother. At home, they like to go fishing and play catch. At school, he loves to play football at recess and learn about reading.

Tucker Riemenschneider has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Tucker is in fifth grade and the son of Amy and Phillip Riemenschneider. His siblings are Bryce, Anthony and Hannah. He has three dogs and five cats. He enjoys playing outside and phy ed because they go outside to play games. He loves to make people laugh. A teacher commented, “Tucker is a goofball that works very hard.”


Anna Klein has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Anna is a freshman and the daughter of Dr. Kevin and Amy Klein. She has one brother and two sisters. She is a very involved student. She is in band, choir, a talented art student, quiz bowl, forensics, student council, yearbook staff, Clowns, cross country and track. She is a very dedicated, hardworking student with a great personality.


Kasyn Fisher has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Kasyn is in second grade and the son of Shaun and Alysia Fisher. He is a wonderful student who continues to grow in all areas of learning. He is kind and very helpful and works hard each and every day. His love for reading is very contagious and his teacher is very proud of him!

Autumn Lowe has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Autumn is in seventh grade and the daughter of Steven and Elizabeth Lowe. She was chosen because she is a hard worker with a very positive attitude. She has a great sense of humor and always brings a big smile on her face with her to class.

Hallie Allen has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Hallie is a freshman and the daughter of Tammy and Bryan Allen. She is an outstanding student. Her favorite subject is geometry. Her hobbies include volleyball, art, biking, hiking, reading, playing the guitar, pep band and community service.

Proudly Supporting Our Students

Jackson Rand has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Jackson is in fifth grade and the son of Cary and Melissa Rand. He is a very good student and puts a lot of effort into his schoolwork. He is willing to work hard to make sure he keeps his grades up and do well in school. He always comes to school with a positive attitude and is friendly to his classmates. He enjoys playing football, basketball, baseball, soccer and spending time with his family.

Mandy Close is Siren High School’s student of the week. Mandy is a sophomore and the daughter April and Dave Close. She has an outstanding classroom demeanor and leadership skills. In her spare time, she enjoys acting, painting, jumping on trampolines, hanging out with friends and juggling. She is currently learning how to walk on stilts and hopes to work in a circus some day. She plans on attending a four-year university.


Electricity • Propane 1-800-421-0283 Julian Krear has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Julian is in second grade and the son of Jere and Sarah Krear. His favorite food is soup. He likes to play outdoors in his free time. He is a great role model in the classroom. He works hard and is very respectful. He wants to be a chef when he grows up.

Anthony Schmidt is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Anthony is a freshman and the son of Richard and Kara. He has really excelled in CAD class. He is very proficient with SolidWorks. He works hard and takes pride in what he does. He is respectful, helpful, well spoken and has a great work ethic. He is involved in trap and youth group. His hobbies include restoring old military guns, tractors and working on his car. He plans to attend college and work part time as a gunsmith.

Mariah Coen has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Mariah is a freshman and the daughter of Kristi Hutton and Dan Coen. She has grown by leaps and bounds academically. She pays attention to details and tries her best. She is kind, helpful, honest and loyal. Her hobbies include reading and watching Netflix. She plans to attend college and study in the field of medicine, possibly becoming a veterinarian.

Jacob Smith has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Jake is a senior and the son of Gary Smith and Pamela Smith. He is a team player. If something needs to get done, you can always count on Jake. He has a great personality and is very kind and friendly. He is a happy-golucky and comical person, which makes him fun to have in class. He is involved in football, hockey and baseball. His hobbies include four-wheeling and snowmobiling.

Supporting our area students and their accomplishments.

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Helping young people reach towards their goals and promote kindness in a world that sometimes doesn't remember the significance of it. Helping people find their way in back in life.




NOW THRU TUES., MAY 31 Amery • “Love of the Land” art show at Amery Community Food Hub. 715-268-4500.

WEDNESDAY/20 Siren • Women of the Moose salad luncheon fundraiser at the Moose Lodge, 11 a.m., 715-349-2355.

NOW-FRI.22 St. Croix Falls • Free document shredding at MidWestOne Bank, 715483-9800.

Events Coming


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by Libby, 16

ThURS., FRI. & SUN./ 21, 22 & 24

WEDNESDAY/27 Amery • Computer and cell phone recycling event at the community center, noon-3 p.m.,

Frederic • Open house for 4-year-old kindergarten at the elementary school, 5-7 p.m., 715-327-4221.

Webster • Fall prevention workshop at Grace United Methodist, 9-11 a.m., 877-485-2372, Carrie. • Meet assemblyman candidate Jeff Peterson at the library, 6:30 p.m.

ThURS. & FRI./28 & 29 Siren • Garage sale Siren Covenant Church, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

ThURSDAY/28 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. • Lyme disease education and support at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-857-5933,

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,

Balsam Lake • Tweens jewelry making at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715485-3215.

ThURS. & FRI./21 & 22

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

Balsam Lake • Birth to 4 years Child Development Days at Unity School, 715-825-2101, ext. 3500.



• Grades 4-5 spring program at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m.,



• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

• Parkinson’s support meeting at the medical center, 2 p.m., 715-220-3193.

Balsam Lake


• Deer advisory council meeting for public comments at the government center, 6 p.m. • Polk/Burnett Beekeepers Assoc. meeting at the justice center community room, 7 p.m.


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

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

• “Quilts from 1850-1960,” Bev Proulx presentation at the museum, 7 p.m.


• Burnett County Citizen Patrol meeting at the government center, jury room, 7 p.m.



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

Grantsburg • Seasonal evening dinner at the senior center, 5 p.m. Please sign up, Patzy, 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.


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


• 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.


Spooner “When I was younger, my family would go up to my grandma’s cabin every summer. Grandma Elsie would take us out on pontoon rides, and if it was sunny out, she would always point out how the sun reflected off the water. She called them ‘water diamonds’ or sometimes ‘sun diamonds,’ and when I looked over my photos and found this one, I could almost smell the sandy beach and the slightly musky smell of Grandma Elsie’s cabin. Even though I haven’t been there since I was 6 or 7 years old, all my memories associated with the cabin are still as vivid as ever.” 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 visit the website,

Burnett County


• Sucker contest, any lake/river in county, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sign up at Wild Bill’s or Big Mike’s. Weigh-in Wild Bill’s 3 p.m.

• League of Women Voters of the Upper St. Croix Valley annual meeting at Cafe Wrén, 3-5 p.m.

• Benefit for Zack Blume at KJ’s, 3-11 p.m., 715-5571748.




• Amish chicken dinner fundraiser for Mattie Lambright at Hacker’s, 4-8 p.m.


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

• Fruit/vegetable gardening seminar at Wood River Garden Store, noon, 715-463-2426.



Dresser • Spaghetti supper & silent auction at Peace Lutheran Church, 6-7:30 p.m. • The Science Museum of Minn. presents Solids, Liquids & Gas! For grades 3-5, 1 p.m., at the village hall, 715-483-1777.


• Party for a Lifetime cancer walk fundraiser at Sundown Saloon. Bingo, auction, raffle, etc., 2-8 p.m.

Luck • Vocal duo Bill & Kate Isles performs at West Denmark parish hall, 7:30 p.m., 715-472-2383. • Meatball supper and raffle. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 5-7 p.m.


MON. & TUES./25 & 26 • Blood drive at Our Savior Lutheran, noon-6 p.m., 800RED CROSS,

MON.-SAT./25-30 Grantsburg • Hunters safety class at Crex. M-F 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sat. 9-11 a.m. RSVP at 715-463-2739.

MONDAY/25 Luck • Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m., 715-472-2030. • AARP Driver Safety Class at the senior center, 12:154:30 p.m., 715-472-2152.


• 18 & over Angler Education Instructor Certification Class at the DNR headquarters, 7-9 p.m., 715-468-7059 to register.

FRI. & SAT./29 & 30 Luck • Cash for Cancer garage sale at Home & Away Ministries. Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Trade Lake • Rummage & bake sale at Trade Lake Baptist Church. Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. • Garage sale at Zion Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-2 p.m..

FRIDAY/29 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Grantsburg • Ladies tea at senior center, 9-11 a.m., 715-463-2940.

Laketown • Pancake supper at Laketown Lutheran, on 220th St., Atlas/Cushing, 4:30-7 p.m.

Leader Land • RSVP deadline for logging era learn & lunch at the museum, Fri., May 13, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560.

Osceola • Blood drive at the Wild River Fitness Center, 1-7 p.m., 800-733-2767, • Blood drive at the medical center, 1-7 p.m., 800-RED CROSS,

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

• Healthy Heart 5K Run/Walk at the high school. Register 7 a.m., start 8:30 a.m.,, 715-294-2111.

• Northland Beekeepers monthly meeting at the government center, Room 16, 7 p.m.





• Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the senior center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-349-2155,

• 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.

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

St. Croix Falls • Earth Day events start at 3 p.m. at the library, drumming, sing-along, film,

SAT. & SUN./23 & 24 Amery • “A Northern Lakes Theatre Guild Performance” at the arts center, 7:30 p.m.,, 715268-6811.

Cumberland • “Ole and Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal” at ETC Arts Center. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. opt. meal before, 715-822-9959.

SATURDAY/23 Balsam Lake • AARP Driver Safety Class at the Unity school library, 1:155:30 p.m., 715-825-2239.

• Hospice Spring Fling Gala at Tesora Northwoods Crossing. 5 p.m. social, 7 p.m. entertainment, 8 p.m. grand prize. RSVP at 715-635-9077. • 4-H Cultural Arts Contest. Open to the public, free, 1 p.m., 715-349-2151. • Drop-off day for Lions yard sale at Lions building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

Spooner • Grape pruning workshop at the ag research station, 1-3:30 p.m., 800-528-1914,

St. Croix Falls • “Holding Fast to a Dream: Life Lessons from Sigurd F. Olson” presentation at river assoc. office, 10 a.m. RSVP to 715-483-3300. • Festival Theatre’s The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky, 10 a.m., 715-483-3387, • The Bazaar shopping party at Dancing Dragonfly Winery, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-483-9463.

Webster • Education foundation fundraiser taco dinner, 4:306 p.m.; Bingo 6:30-8 p.m. at the school. 715-866-4391,

SUNDAY/24 Amery • Spelmanslag, Swedish fiddlers at Amery High School auditorium, 2 p.m.,, 715-268-6134.

Balsam Lake • Short service, 5 p.m. & community potluck supper, 5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity UMC, then to Interstate Park, 7 p.m. for presentation of Alaskan kayaking adventure.

Frederic • “Temple Grandin” movie - autism awareness at the elementary school - free, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-4868.

Polk County • giveBIG St. Croix Valley, online community fundraiser.


• Burnett County Republican Party meeting at the Pour House, 6 p.m. dinner off the menu, 7 p.m. meeting, 715349-2859. • Food & Friends community dinner at Siren Methodist Church, 5 p.m. • Encore: Celebration of the Arts. Student projects and performances at the school, 6 p.m., 715-349-2277.

St. Croix Falls • Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100. • Spring Gathering of Friends at Ice Age Center, Interstate Park, 6 p.m., 715-483-3747.

Webster • Artist’s critique circle at the library, 5-6 pm., 715-5662224.

A&H Burnett County • Crappie contest, any lake/river in county, 8 a.m.3 p.m. Sign up at Wild Bill’s or Big Mike’s. Weigh-in Big Mike’s 3 p.m.


• Wildlife painting class at Crex Meadows, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP required, 715-463-2739, • Fairy garden workshop at Village Floral, 2 p.m., 715463-5695 to register. • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the village hall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-349-2155, • Friends of the Library Gala Event at Crex Convention Center, 6 p.m., 715-463-2244.

Hertel • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the tribal police department, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-349-2155,

Siren • 500 card party, silent auction and lunch at the senior center, 1 p.m., 715-349-7810. • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the sheriff’s department, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-349-2155,

St. Croix Falls • Bird hike, Interstate Park 7 a.m. Kids bird hike, Blanding Woods, 10 a.m. Kids animal show, library, noon. Preride the Woolly at the high school, 1 & 4 p.m., & Facebook

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