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• WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 37 • 2 SECTIONS

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65-year-old Webster woman airlifted after being assaulted by grandson Rep. Milroy: Dems discuss solutions to CWD

TIME TO TAKE A STAND It’s been said that finding a cedar waxwing in your binocular or camera’s viewfield is a treat and this photograph backs up that saying. Waxwings gather by the hundreds to eat berries and fill the air with their high, think, whistles. - Photo by John Reed

FIRST READ BURNETT COUNTY - As musical history goes, Burnett County has found its place in the footnotes as offering a camp experience for youth who would go on to change the musical landscape in America and the world. Last week KSTP interviewed Art Erickson, founder and director of Studio 180, who spent time with Prince when Prince was a child living in south Minneapolis. At the time Erickson was a youth director with Park Avenue Methodist Church there. Erickson said he was overseeing a work crew at a camp near Siren and Prince, a seventh-grader at the time, opened up to him as they drove in to Siren to get some food. “I said, ‘Prince, what’s your story?’” Erickson told reporter Brandi Powell. “He said, ‘My mom divorced my dad, and the guy who is living with us now locked me in my room for six weeks this summer.’ I said, ‘What did you do?’ He said, ‘I could go out to go to the bathroom, then the food was in there, and he’d lock the door, and I was in there for six weeks.’ I said, ‘What did you do?’ He said, ‘There was a piano in there and I learned to play the piano.’” Prince isn’t the only musical legend associated with youth camps in Burnett County. Bob Dylan sang around the campfires at Herzl Camp north of Webster in the 1950s. - Gary King with information from ••• AMERY – Polk County’s oldest citizen died peacefully last Friday, April 22, at his home in Amery. George Doll was 103-1/2 years old. Doll, who outlived most of his family and friends, was born in 1912, a year when Woodrow Wilson was elected president and the Titanic struck an iceberg. Doll would become a radio operator in World War II in the European Theatre, being captured by the German SS and earning the Bronze Star after impelling his fellow soldiers to stop firing and capture the soldiers who captured him. A complete obituary can be found in this issue of the Leader. - Gary King

A series on meth addiction and its impact on families and communities.

“Time for the community to take a stand” Impact of methamphetamine addiction is staggering for law enforcement and social service agencies E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - There are those among us who feel so distraught and beaten down that they seek any high for an escape, even partaking in a drug they know will lead to a lifetime of misery and addiction. The members of our society so afflicted are growing, with the consequences now reverberating throughout our communities, overwhelming social services and law enforcement agencies. “Methamphetamine addiction in our communities is more alarming than I ever thought possible in regard to how it impacts our families and children. It destroys communities and affects every service provider we

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Purple Heart awarded to Sgt. Carson Holmquist

Danielle Danford | Staff writer GRANTSBURG/CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The family of Sgt. Carson Holmquist was presented with his Purple Heart Medal on Wednesday, April 20, alongside the families of three other Marines who were killed last summer by a lone gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. Carson Holmquist, 25, Grantsburg, was born in St. Croix Falls and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 2008. Holmquist enlisted in the Marines right out of high school. Sgt. Carson Throughout high Holmquist school he worked on a farm in Grantsburg. In 2012, he married Jasmine Jones and together they had a son, Wyatt Allen. Holmquist served a deployment in Okinawa, Japan, and one to Afghanistan, as a diesel mechanic specialist. He earned several medals and honors, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and two Sea Service Deployment ribbons. On April 5, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill naming Wisconsin Hwy. 87 as the Carson Holmquist Memorial Highway. At the ceremony held in Chattanooga, Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian, head of Marine Corps Forces Reserve, conferred the

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Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Maj. Christopher Cotton, inspector-instructor, Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve, prepare to present the Purple Heart to the families of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Lance Cpl. Squire Wells at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn., April 20. The Marines were honored for giving their lives to protect others when they were attacked by a gunman at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. - Photo from four Purple Heart Medals to the families of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Holmquist and Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells. “Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us, but what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us, is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us,” said McMillian. The investigation into the shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center found that the 24-year-old shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was inspired by a

foreign terrorist group making the Marines eligible for the Purple Heart. “They were my brothers. I can never thank them enough, I can never thank you enough for what they did,” said Maj. Christopher Cotton, Mike Battery inspector-instructor. In the July 16 attack, Abdulazeez was shot and killed by responding law enforcement, after firing dozens of rounds into a recruiting center, killing four Marines, a sailor and wounding one Marine. — with information from the Marine Times and Navy Times

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON FOR LEADER, REGISTER The Inter-County Leader and Washburn County Register newspapers are combining their websites. Readers of the sites and e-editions for both papers will be able to access the site using each site’s current addresses, or The new site will provide for a broader range of news from Northwest Wisconsin and a user-friendly interface for subscribers and e-edition readers. It will also provide an opportunity for advertisers wishing to reach one of the area’s largest online audiences. Those interested in advertising on the site may go to our current sites (wcregisteronline. com or and click on the “New website” story or email us at Smaller ads are temporarily being offered free for the first 30 days. The new site is expected to launch sometime in early May. - Gary King

SUPPER CLUB DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN Several area restaurants, including Turk’s, Club 77 and the Fireside, are featured in the film documentary “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club,” being shown at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at The Park Center, 15791 Hwy. 63, downtown Hayward. Tickets are available in advance at Redberry Books, Art Beat of Hayward or at Supper club restaurants were the hot dining trend in the mid20th century. They provided a place for people to spend their evenings enjoying cocktails, home-cooked, high-quality food and entertainment. The supper club scene slowly faded from the rest of the country but kept a stronghold in Wisconsin due to a culture that allowed it to thrive. Around for decades, supper clubs in Wisconsin have been able to hold their own style and traditions. While chain restaurants continue to expand and threaten their future, supper clubs are fighting to survive while continuing to offer the same exceptional dining experience and a personal touch that is not seen in the modern lifestyle of dine and dash. “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” takes you into this uniquely Wisconsin institution. The film director, Holly L. De Ruyter, will be at the Hayward premier and available for questions and answers after the film. DVD copies of the film will be for sale. On Saturday, May 7, the author, Mary Bergin, will be signing books and reading at Redberry Books, Cable, at 10:30 a.m., and at the Weiss Community Library, Hayward, at 2 p.m. She will sign and sell her books in the lobby at The Park Center on Saturday night. – from

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Sheriff’s department investigates shooting death Few details available yet as to how shooting happened BURNETT COUNTY - A shooting which claimed the life of a 25-year-old man at a residence in the village of Danbury early Monday morning, April 25, is under investigation. Jake Holmes lost his life after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are questioning several people who were in the home at the time of the shooting but no arrests were made as of Tuesday morning, according to Burnett County Sheriff Ron Wilhelm. A Burnett County Sheriff’s statement

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issued Monday did not indicate how the death occurred but noted EMS personnel were called to a residence at 3rd Avenue in the village at 1:45 a.m. The victim was located in the kitchen of the home. The victim was taken by ambulance to Burnett Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. “There is no danger to the community relating to this incident,” the sheriff’s statement said. Burnett County Medical Examiner Michael Maloney said an autopsy was completed at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn., on Tuesday and that results from toxicology tests would take four to six weeks to be completed. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted in this investigation by the St. Croix Tribal Police Department and the Burnett County

medical examiner. No further information is being released at this time. Funeral services for Holmes will be held Friday, April 29, at the Danbury Tribal Hall. See more information in the obituary section of this issue. Watch for updates on this story. This story appeared on our website on Tuesday, April 26. Gary King with information from Burnett County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Man loses life in farm accident TOWN OF MILLTOWN - A 51-yearold St. Paul man died Saturday evening, April 23, following a farm implement accident. Robert D. Pooler was working as an employee of a farm in the 2300 block of

190th Street in Milltown when he was run over by a tractor he was attempting to start by crossing the terminals of the solenoid. Once the tractor started, it was in gear and immediately ran Pooler over.

Pooler was pronounced dead at the scene by the Polk County medical examiner. Polk County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of the accident which was reported to the sheriff at 8:40

p.m. This story appeared on our website on Monday, April 25. - Gary King with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Harsdorf identifies jobs, tax relief for pocketbook issue campaign State senator formally announces re-election bid WESTERN WISCONSIN - State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf announced the kickoff to her re-election campaign last week while traveling across the 10th Senate District. Citing her focus on kitchen table issues affecting working families, Sen. Harsdorf expressed her eagerness to continue supporting job growth, economic development and tax relief. “Since the change of leadership in Madison in 2010 our state has seen a remarkable rebound,” said Harsdorf. “Our state’s unemployment rate has been cut in nearly half, we have one of the highest workforce participation rates in the nation and fiscal sanity has returned

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to state government.” Harsdorf stated that her campaign will be focused on pocketbook issues critical to working families and on responding to the needs of our communities in western Wisconsin. Additional funding for skills training, controlling property taxes and providing tools to treat mental health and substance abuse are key platforms of Harsdorf’s campaign. More information on Harsdorf’s policy positions will be made available online at” “I am proud to have helped lead the way to lower property taxes, responsible budgeting and government reforms in the state Senate,” Harsdorf continued. “Additionally, I am honored to advance the ideas and suggestions I receive from ordinary citizens seeking to address chal-

lenges in their communities, such as the HOPE Agenda to reduce heroin overdoses and improve treatment.” “I look forward to moving forward on our growth and prosperity agenda,” stated Harsdorf. “Now is not the time to return to the big spending ways of the past that led to billions in higher taxes on citizens and massive budget deficits. By putting working families and taxpayers first we will be successful in fighting for family-supporting jobs and a lower tax burden.” - from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

There were 42 child protection service referrals in the month of February. In January, there were 38. The total of 80 child referrals in the first two months indicate that the alarming climb in child abuse and neglect cases is continuing. Before the climb, in 2011, there was a total of 129 abuse and neglect cases for the entire year. In 2015, the total was more than 500 such cases. So far this year, there have been 17 Burnett County children removed from their homes and an additional 11 children placed with relatives other than their parents through court order or legal guardianship.

ing problem in our communities,” said Katherine Peterson, director of Burnett County HHS. “This drug is getting out of control. The town hall is just the first small step toward getting the community and parents involved. We are at the point where it is time for the community to take a stand. If not, we are going to have so many kids in treatment and being taken out of the home that we, as a community, will not be able to afford it.”

Time to take a stand/from page 1 have,” said Byron Hopke, director of the behavioral health unit with the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services. Hopke sounded his alarm about methamphetamine addiction as part of his departmental report to the HHS committee meeting on Tuesday, April 12. Hopke deals with the back end of addiction, when residents of the county fall into such great despair that they require emergency transportation to psychiatric centers for assessment and review. There are currently 12 residents of Burnett County being held as mental health commitments. At the current pace, Hopke’s unit will have 50 emergency detentions in 2016. The average yearly emergency detentions for 2014 and 2015 are 30 individuals. “In tracking both crises contacts and emergency detentions, a large percentage identify substance abuse as being part of the issue,” Hopke reported.

Numbers staggering Burnett County is a rural community of only 15,000 people. Its largest town is slightly more than 1,000 in population. There are only two stoplights in the county. Outside of government and hospitals, employment is predominantly confined to the hospitality industry. With 500 lakes and over 100,000 acres in county forestland, it is easy for one to become isolated and withdrawn. Whatever the underlying cause behind one’s drug addiction, it is becoming self-evident to law enforcement and social service workers that something is going seriously wrong. While societal issues related to drug addiction are widespread, Burnett

County, with its small population and isolated nature, serves as a microcosm to the impacts of methamphetamine on small, rural communities throughout the nation. The numbers associated with the impact of methamphetamine and other addiction in Burnett County are staggering. The situation is becoming so concerning that law enforcement and social services are sounding an unprecedented alarm, making a siren call out to the community to take action.

Consider the following: The number of child abuse and neglect cases in Burnett County has increased by 358 percent since 2011. Last year, the number of child neglect and abuse cases equaled 17 percent of all children in Burnett County. That means that nearly 1 in 5 children live in a home environment deemed so unstable that government intervention is warranted. According to the most recent federal government statistics, 11.7 percent of all births in Burnett County are drug-addicted babies who suffer from, and must be treated for, neonatal abstinence syndrome. This is the fifth highest rate for all counties in Wisconsin. The sheriff’s department recently reported that $300,000 in property was stolen in 2015 by methamphetamine users. Currently, the children and families unit at HHS has three cases where pregnant mothers are using methamphetamine. So far this year, the HHS department has already surpassed substance-abuse-placement numbers for all of 2015.

Meth town hall Hopke and other staff at HHS are helping to organize a meth town hall to be held in June at the Siren High School. “To effectively combat methamphetamine addiction in our communities, we have to educate parents and guardians to know what to look for and what to talk about, and we have to establish a diversion program to see if we can make some progress on the back end,” Hopke said at a recent town hall planning meeting. The meth town hall is being organized through the Restorative Justice Center in Siren. Participants in the planning include Sheriff Ron Wilhelm and police chiefs of all villages and the St. Croix Tribe. 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. “What we are recognizing is that methamphetamine addiction is a grow-

The alarm has been sounded The situation, according to law enforcement and social service agencies, is critical. The alarm has been sounded and the call out to the community to take action is unprecedented. There are members of our society so far gone into addiction that they will abandon their children in order to chase the phantom dragon of a temporary high. We see them out there, those afflicted and led astray. For many years now we have turned to look away. But those caught in the grip of addiction are not just passing strangers on the street. They are our acquaintances and comrades. They are members of our families. And unless something is done soon, local organizers say, our communities will become ravished to the point beyond repair. This is the first of a five-part series on methamphetamine addiction and the impact it has on our communities. To find out more about the meth town hall and how you can help to stem the tide of drug addiction, you may contact Restorative Justice of Wisconsin at 715-349-2117.

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Five running for Polk County clerk

Primaries in August; No contest for three offices

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY – Five candidates have now announced that they are running for Polk County clerk in the November election. Their candidacy will result in primary elections in both parties in August. The fall election season is under way with the start of the filing period on April 15. In all, four county positions will be on the November ballot in Polk County. The five candidates who registered with

the county clerk are Sharon Jorgenson, Michelle Gullickson, Deanna Boettcher, Mary Jo Hacker and Tracy LaBlanc. Jorgenson works in the county clerk of courts office, Gullickson is development coordinator for Interfaith Caregivers, Boettcher now works in the county’s jail division, Hacker works in the county’s community service division, and LaBlanc is the clerk for the Town of Clayton. Full details on each candidate can be found in their announcements in the Leader last week and this week. The first three, Jorgenson, Gullickson and Boettcher, are running as Republi-

cans. Hacker and LaBlanc are running as Democrats. The partisan primary Tuesday, Aug. 9, will reduce the field to one candidate from each party, with those winners facing each other in November. They are running to replace present county clerk Carole Wondra, who is retiring in January. There are single candidates for the other three offices. Incumbent District Attorney Daniel Steffen has told the Leader that he is running again but had not registered as of press time. County treasurer Amanda Nissen is running for re-election. And Sally Spanel has announced that she

is running for register of deeds, seeking to replace the retiring Laurie Anderson. Steffen, Nissen and Spanel are all running as Democrats. The candidates are currently circulating their nomination papers, gathering the 200 to 400 signatures they need to get on the ballot. Those nomination papers must be submitted by June 1. Below are profiles of three of the five candidates. Profiles of Sharon Jorgenson and Mary Jo Hacker were published in last week’s Leader.

legislators explain the purpose of various statutes, elected officials calm the fears of citizens they represent, judges explain consequences of not settling their case, all the while taking the minutes of the meeting and keeping track of decisions and agreements. “Another skill set this work has given me is the ability to see all sides of an issue - neutrality. I am running as a Republican, but I tend to seek to understand issues from all perspectives before making my own determination. I think being neutral (regardless of your political leanings) is a must for the position of county clerk. “I’ve worn many hats in the past two decades: CEO, executive director, development coordinator, supervisor, man-

ager, chair, committee chair/member, facilitator and mediator. Serving as a mediator for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, a committee member for the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture’s Marketing and Bargaining Task Force, a member on the Minnesota Rule 114 committee and as a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee, I have experience with transforming legalese into wording that’s easier to understand and helping formulate clear messages to the public. “The whole time I was away from home, I’d hear how beautiful and friendly Polk County is – and I felt (and feel) proud to be from this special place. It is my sincere wish to serve the people of Polk County as their new county clerk.” - submitted

working, motivated, and creative. “In my current position as Town of Clayton clerk, I have received a combination of formal and ‘hands-on’ training and experiences equivalent to the county clerk office. I am involved and experienced in preparing and publishing agendas and meeting notices, taking board minutes and annual meeting minutes, preparation of resolutions, ordinances, policies, validate official contracts and documents, issue licenses and permits, handle public inquiries, record requests, file numerous State & local forms, read and address emails, as well as manage a website. I am experienced and involved in the election

administration preparing and publishing notices, creating ballots, issuing absentee ballots, testing of tabulation machines, issuing certificates of election and administering oaths, I am in charge of the budget process, payroll and disbursements, and property tax preparation. I am also a bonded notary public. I feel these qualifications make me an excellent candidate for the Polk County Clerk position. Your vote for me in the Polk County primary election on Aug. 9 will be greatly appreciated.” - submitted

raising my family here in Polk County has given me the greatest opportunity to get to know the stakeholders and countless members in our community. “I am seeking the election for county clerk because I appreciate helping others. I am prompt and will provide courteous attention to our community members. I have the drive and the passion to handle a wide variety of details of public information and services. “I have the experience, training and

knowledge of carrying out departments administrative rules and am confident that I can perform the duties of the Polk County Board and the Wisconsin State Statutes. I have years of experience and am diligent in record keeping, documenting and coordinating functions in a timely manner. Please consider casting your vote for me in the next election.” - submitted

Michele Gullickson | Polk County Clerk candidate POLK COUNTY - Michele Gullickson has announced she is running for the position as Polk County Clerk on the Republican ballot. She released the following statement: “I was raised in the Town of Garfield along with three brothers and two very hardworking parents. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire, I moved to the Twin Michelle Gullickson Cities to find work – ultimately ending up working in nonprofits specializing in con-

flict resolution. It took two decades, but I finally got tired of the multitudes and moved back home. And by home, I mean less than a half-mile from my folks! “My primary purpose for moving back (besides preserving my sanity) was to give back to the community I grew up in and to apply my skills where they would do the most good. Of course, I headed straight for work that helped the public. Which is what draws me to this new possibility – I want to serve the public. “I specialize in work that brings all people together in processes that allow them to make good decisions. I facilitate large group discussions about land use, smart growth, etc. In this work, I help politicians communicate with constituents, lawyers talk to angry neighborhoods,

Tracy Lablanc | Polk County Clerk candidate POLK COUNTY - Tracy LaBlanc has announced her candidacy for the position of Polk County Clerk on the Democratic ballot. She released the following statement this week: “I am currently the clerk for the Town Tracy LaBlanc of Clayton and the treasurer for both the Polk County Fair Society and Marsh Lake Cemetery Association. I was born and

raised in Polk County, and currently reside in Clayton with my husband, Randy and daughter, Kaylee. “Throughout my career, I have demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills with analytical abilities. Some of my strengths include customer service, sound decision making and interacting with others. I always exhibit professionalism and courtesy to the public and elected officials and possess the ability to work collaboratively in a county office environment. If elected, I will demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, flexibility and a willingness to learn. Lastly, I am also very organized, hard-

Deanna Boettcher | Polk County Clerk candidate POLK COUNTY Deanna Boettcher has announced she is a candidate for the position of Polk County clerk. She released the following statement this week: “In 1996 I made Polk County my home. I raised my two

Deanna Boettcher

beautiful daughters here. I have 20 years’ experience where I worked as a probation parole agent with the Department of Corrections. I retired that position in July of 2015 and now am employed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in the jail division. I have been actively involved with the Salvation Army, Criminal Justice Collaboration Program and opening up the Serenity House in Balsam Lake. My employment experience, involvement in various community outreach programs and

School to end early for Siren students Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN – On Monday, April 15, the Siren Board of Education approved a change to the June 2016 calendar. This will please students and staff alike. While extra time is always scheduled for a long and cold winter, the lack of snow days allows the students to be released from school after a full day on Friday, June 3. The district received a $40,000 settlement from a 2012 Wisconsin Education Association Trust class action lawsuit. More than 141 school districts were apart of the lawsuit that claimed the insurer intentionally withheld millions in federal funding from school districts that had switched from WEA Trust to competing insurance providers. The funding came from the $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, a federal reimbursement program which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Duane Emery and Rhonda Highstrom, re-elected board members, were sworn in. Elections for officers were held and remain the same: Peggy Moore, president; Mark Pettis, vice president; Duane Emery,

clerk; and Georgia Cederberg, treasurer. “I would like to thank the voters, the community that supports our district, and I’m proud to be part of the Dragon Nation,” said Emery, proud parent of nine Dragons. “It is an honor to be voted onto the school board. I would hope that I can exceed the expectations that our communities set forth of their elected officials. I feel that we as a board have some financial challenges as all our districts here in the northwest part of the state have, but working together we can make a difference. Once again I thank you.” Highstrom replied, “Thank you to those who voted in the Siren School Board elections. I appreciate your confidence in me to do what is in the best interest of the school district, the students and staff with the resources provided. Together we can continue to contribute and reach the excellence in our kids as they are the future of our community.” More meeting information will be printed in next week’s Leader.


Just because you are in the hospital doesn’t mean you can’t go to prom. Maureen Johnston, the head of Childlife Division at the Shriners Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities, is shown with two-dozen-plus prom dresses presented by the officers of the Order of the Eastern Star to the Shriners Hospital. The colorful dresses were gathered by Brenda Gaulke, of River Falls, and delivered to the hospital by Bob Hering of Roberts, the Zor Shrine membership chairman. Gaulke is an officer of the Grand Chapter of the Wisconsin Order of the Eastern Star. Every year young ladies who are patients at the Shriners Hospital can experience going to their annual spring-in-hospital prom thanks to work of the dedicated members of the Eastern Star. Maureen Johnston is shown with a few of the many dresses provided the hospital by the Eastern Star. – Photo submitted


Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT/POLK/WASHBURN COUNTIES – One vote matters. In the Tuesday, April 5, election, a person won an election by receiving a total of two votes. Several elections were decided by six or fewer votes. And in two contests, there was a tie, with the winner decided by a coin toss. Across Washburn, Polk and Burnett counties on election day, one vote mattered in many contests. The closest contest was for a Washburn County Board seat. In District 12, there were 290 votes cast. David Masterjohn and Dean Brayton each received 145 votes. The tie was broken by drawing names, and Masterjohn was returned to the board. There was also a tie for a seat on the

One vote matters

Shell Lake City Council, but in this case there was a write-in contest in a race where there was no name on the ballot. Chad Shelton and Sarah McCumber each received two votes for the Ward 1 seat. Shelton won the coin toss and returns to the seat that he failed to apply for during the December filing period. Shell Lake had another close contest in Ward 2 where Terry Leckel Jr. continues serving on the council after winning a one-year term with a three-vote margin, 111-108, over Tammy Hopke. Three votes also won Steve “Fluffy” Sather another term on the Washburn County Board in District 19. Sather had declined to run for re-election back in December, and no write-in candidates came forward during the following four

months leading up to the April election. Sather’s three write-in votes gave him a victory over 15 people who each received a single vote. Siren Village also had a close write-in election. Marvin Halverson was elected to the third seat on the village board with 14 votes, defeating Steve Young, who received 11 write-in votes. There were another 11 scattered votes in Siren. There was a one-vote victory in Frederic Village, where Richard Heltemes took the third council seat with 133 votes to Allan Lahti’s 132 votes. The Spooner City Council has a new member in Ward 4 where write-in candidate Tim Donovan received six votes to win an open seat with no name on the ballot.

Write-in candidates can register before election day and several “official” registered write-ins were elected to positions on April 5 with significant numbers of votes. Matt Brice won a write-in contest for the St. Croix Falls School Board with 177 votes. Rick Palmer was elected to the Luck School Board with 137 write-in votes. The last contest was for another seat on the Washburn County Board. Micheal Bobin did not file his papers for re-election to the board back in December. He then registered as a write-in for his District 1 seat and was re-elected with 35 votes.

Supervisors approve new highway facility

Authorization for drug-sniffing dog also given

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - On a somber day that marked the 25th anniversary of the shooting death of Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Albee and the wounding and ultimate death of Deputy Mike Severson, former Burnett County Sheriff and current Chair of the Burnett County Supervisors Don Taylor called to order the annual meeting of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 19. Taylor stood to lead the group of supervisors in prayer, marking the anniversary of the shooting and death of the sheriff’s deputies and calling for a unity of purpose among supervisors in the coming year. The supervisors quickly got down to business, giving the go-head for the sheriff’s department to acquire and train a K-9

drug-sniffing dog. “Basically, what our decision today will do is give the sheriff’s department the ability to start fundraising,” Taylor said. The sheriff’s department projects initial drug-dog startup costs of $20,000 and an annual operating cost of $10,000. Sheriff Ron Wilhelm has given assurances that such funds will be raised locally and not become a budgeted taxpayer expense. “Recognizing the drug problem is as bad as it is and the effect it is having on our residents, this dog is a valuable tool. The public has indicated support and interest. My position is that we go ahead,” said Supervisor Richard Anderson, making the motion for approval. The motion authorizing the drug-sniffing dog was approved without objection. Supervisors also approved financing for the $5 million new highway and forestry building. The new facility will be built at the current highway yard on Hwy. 70 west of Siren. Construction on the facility is set to begin in late spring and will take one year to complete.


The county approved borrowing $5 million from Bremer Bank. Terms of the loan will be for 10 years with an interest rate of 2.12 percent. “Obviously, borrowing $5 million is not a trivial thing,” Taylor said. “Judging the reports on our deteriorating facilities, our highway and forestry buildings, it is clearly a necessary thing.” Taylor was re-elected as chairman of the board with Ed Peterson re-elected as vice chair. Taylor made a series of supervisory appointments to some 22 committees that serve the county. In other business, Michael Decorah, senior intergovernmental affairs specialist with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, spoke to the board of supervisors, echoing Taylor’s earlier call for a unity of purpose. “Our voices separately make it hard for Madison or Washington, D.C., to hear us, but collectively we have a stronger voice,” Decorah said. Decorah invited the board of supervisors to a lunch and tour of the tribe’s fish hatchery facilities in Danbury. The

New elementary principal hired at Luck

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — A familiar face in the Osceola School District will now belong at Luck, with the hiring of an Osceola staff member as the new Luck Elementary School principal. Jason Harelson has been hired to fill the position of retiring Principal Ann Goldbach. He was chosen out of a field of 38 candidates, and his hiring was approved by the Luck School Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday, April 25. Harelson is currently an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Osceola, teaching American history. His first official day at Luck will be Friday, July 1, but he plans on working with Goldbach between now and then. Goldbach has been with the district for seven years. The contract approved for Harelson is for 210 days a year at $340 daily, or $71,400 per year. Kurt Stonesifer, left, and Rick Palmer take the oath of office for the Luck School Board of Education. Stonesifer is starting his second three-year term on the board and Palmer his first. Palmer, a write-in candidate in the April 5 election, won the seat previously held by LeRoy Buck. Buck chose not to seek re-election. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

$1.3 million bid awarded for new fire hall Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - While bids for the Siren Fire Association’s new fire hall were open in March, some problems arose that caused the association to not accept the lowest qualified bid until its Tuesday, April 19, meeting. The lowest bid came from Millennium Construction of Appleton. The owner found an error of $62,000. The association obtained legal counsel on how to proceed. After review, Ryan Benson, of Benson Law Office in Siren, advised the board to part ways. Therefore, the next lowest bid,

Berghammer Buildings Inc., of Clayton, was awarded the contract. Berghammer’s total bid amounted to $1,315,797. The two lowest qualified bids were just over $13,000 apart. The project comes in over the projected estimate of $1.2 million, but funds obtained from Community Development Block Grant and an Otto Bremer grant will offset the increase. Additional grants are being applied for. A ground-breaking ceremony is tentatively planned for mid to late May with the project completed by the same time in November.

gathering was to be held on Friday, April 22, with most supervisors indicating they would be attending. Decorah explained it is the goal of the tribe to work cooperatively with the county on issues of common interest. One interest he talked about is the growing drug problem. “The tribe agrees we have a drug problem in our area,” Decorah said. Methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse is a real problem. It’s turning good people into criminals. We’re losing the war on drugs because a lot of resources are being expended on minor offenses.” Decorah mentioned the tribe is working on a drug treatment and diversion strategy that would be “a gateway to hope” for those suffering with drug addiction. In other business, county Administrator Nate Ehalt announced that he is working with department heads on budget guidelines for next year, hoping to reduce the tax levy by 1 or 2 percent. The budget guidelines are the first of many steps toward adoption of the budget in November.

Jason Harelson, currently an eighth-grade history teacher at Osceola, has been hired as the new elementary principal for the Luck School District. With Harelson is retiring Principal Ann Goldbach. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

Benefit set for Michael Coen-Nelson CUSHING – National Mutual Benefit Branch 828 is sponsoring a benefit for Michael Coen-Nelson Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Cushing Community Center. A pancake breakfast will be served for a freewill donation. There will also be a silent auction from 8:30-11:30 a.m. In November 2015, Michael was seriously injured in a hunting accident. He

has had many surgeries and will need more during the course of his recovery. All funds raised at this event will be used to offset his medical expenses. National Mutual Benefit will match funds raised up to $1,000. For more information, contact Sue at 715-554-2121 or Jenny at 715-554-0155. – submitted

Frederic to honor citizens FREDERIC - The annual Citizen/Volunteer/Business of the Year banquet honoring Brian and Enid Johnson, Chris Byerly and Kevin Duncan will be held Sunday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 and are available at U.S.

Bank, Bremer Bank, the library and Red Iron. You can also call Mike to reserve tickets at 715-371-0034. Checks can be made out to Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce. – submitted


First plea deal from alleged cockfight ring

One of three suspects avoids trial ... and jail time, so far

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – One of the three Polk County brothers accused of 20 charges of animal fighting for an alleged cockfighting operation has agree to plead guilty to lesser charges, thereby avoiding a trial. Two of his brothers have penciled-in trial dates and have yet to finalize a similar deal. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Polk County District AtIdelio Benitez torney’s Office, the local allegations first surfaced early last year after a cockfighting ring was broken up in St. Croix County. That bust led to investigators from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department solic-

Police budget re-evaluated, as past errors are addressed Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Common Council welcomed a new face, sort of, at their regular meeting on Monday, April 25. Newly sworn-in Alderman Arnie Carlson made his first council appearance since being elected to the seat earlier in April. Carlson defeated fellow challenger Al Kruger to replace retiring Alderman Jeff Huenink. While Carlson is newly elected, he is a former council member, and is currently a longtime member of the city’s plan commission, allowing him a quick “catch up” with some of the city issues the council addressed at their latest regular meeting. The council went deep into the evening as they spent the better part of an hour reviewing the reality and discrepancies within various parts of their budget, payroll and other financial outlets. They focused quite a bit on their public safety budget, as the city’s accountant, Brock Geyen, of the accounting firm CliftonAllenLarson LLP, explained his firm’s review, and Police Chief Erin Murphy explained some of the discrepancies. “A number of things flushed out,” Geyen said as he reviewed a vast difference between the city’s recent PD budgets, and the reality of their actual spending in recent years. He also reviewed several aspects of the city’s past employee issues, from an accidental overpayment to a vacation pay dispute and even how one council member had been underpaid by a few cents. “The goal was to find if there was any systematic errors in how we process payroll,” Mayor Brian Blesi stated. “Which there weren’t.” Geyen also addressed some budgetary discrepancies, going back almost 15 years in some cases. “Without a city administrator, we asked for a review of some of our policies,” Blesi told the council, as he explained how the city had “made an error in budgeting” in how they addressed the past retirement of their police chief, paying out his accrued benefits, yet still going without a police chief, budgetwise, for over half a year. In spite of the unique situation, they used that budget year as a sort of “benchmark” for their police budgets since, including the current budgets. Geyen explained, in detail, how the city then used that reduced police budget as its base, while also failing to include the impact of an across-the-board, 5-percent pay raise this year for the city’s law officers. “It was an interesting finding,” Blesi admitted, stating he hoped the CLA review will allow for “a more real actual (law enforcement) budget,” while also addressing growing reliance on part-time officers, versus added overtime for the city’s five officers.

Agustin Benitez

Ernesto Benitez

iting help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who assisted in the investigations, research, disposition and in some cases, euthanizing some of the birds. The investigation took several weeks, and focused on three properties, located near Amery and Turtle Lake. Three brothers were charged equally and were arrested in a sweeping, simultaneous search warrant execution on June 2, 2015, at three Polk County properties, mobilized to break or investigate their alleged involvement in cockfighting. The three arrested men each face 20 charges, including 10 felonies, for the

charges, filed last June against Idelio Benitez, 58, Amery; Agustin Benitez, 57, Turtle Lake; and Ernesto Benitez, 49, Amery. The cases have moved ahead separately, and both Agustin and Ernesto have yet to settle, and both men have prepared for separate jury trials in late October and early November. They both face up to 35 years in prison and over $100,00 in fines, if convicted on all counts. Conducting a cockfight in Wisconsin, as well as possession of birds used for fighting, are both felonies, and can lead to prison terms of up to 3-1/2 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. The 10 misdemeanor charges each carry potential nine-month prison terms, as well. While at the trio’s preliminary hearing last year, Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen said, “It’s the same argument at all three locations,” he also admitted that there was “overwhelming evidence of cockfighting at two of the three sites,” and it is assumed that the brother who settled was the one charged at the site with the less compelling evidence. However, at a hearing last week before Judge Molly GaleWyrick, co-defendant Idelio Benitez agreed to a plea bargain, avoiding a trial, which included amended

charges, reducing three of the felonies to misdemeanors, while dismissing but reading in 17 of the dismissed counts for sentencing consideration. At the Tuesday, April 19, hearing, Idelio Benitez pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including two counts of instigating an animal fight - as a spectator, on top of a lone count of bail jumping. He still faced up to 27 months in jail, on top or including fines. Because the felonies had been eliminated, GaleWyrick was able to sentence Benitez on the spot, without a presentence investigation. In the end, she withheld the bulk of the sentence, imposing 18 months of probation, and banking three months of county jail time for use by parole agents. He was also fined just under $1,000 for court costs and surcharges. All three Benitez brothers also faced civil suits filed against them by the county and state, meant to address the disposition of the birds, although Idelio Benitez’ civil suit was dismissed with his plea bargain last week. The other brothers’ civil cases remain, and the judge has said in the past that she would address the civil charges “at a later date.”

SCF city weighs cost of safety “The goal was to find if there was any systematic errors in how we process payroll ... Which there weren’t.” - Mayor Brian Blesi

The St. Croix Falls Common Council welcomed back former Alderman Arnie Carlson (left), at their regular meeting on Monday, April 25. Also pictured are re-elected incumbent Alderman Jerry Berger (center) and re-elected Mayor Brian Blesi. - Photo by Greg Marsten. The discussion then morphed into a deep discussion on how the city not only budgets for 24-hour law enforcement, but the reality of costs to taxpayers for things like the hospital, mental health calls, assists with other agencies and the county as well as retail theft issues at the city’s large retail stores. “Maybe pass some of those costs on?” Alderperson Lori Erickson asked, as Murphy noted that many of the responsibilities and costs are statutory and beyond his control. Murphy did say that the St. Croix Regional Medical Center has just added security details, possibly reducing the need for the city officers to spend such an extended time at an incident or as security during a procedure. He said there are always going to be issues with mental health calls, and that they are once, again, “statutorily committed” to a deeper level of time commitments, once they step in. “Once an officer is involved, they can’t leave until that issue is resolved,” Murphy said, noting that some mental health cases can lead to not just dealing with possible medical time or jail time, but then may require an over five-hour, oneway drive to a suitable treatment facility, with all costs incurred by the city. Murphy said they may try to use a lower cost part-time officer for such a transport, but admitted it ties up a squad

car, regardless of who is behind the wheel. “It’s been tough to find qualified parttime officers,” Murphy also pointed out, noting how the city lost several part-time officers who had effectively “interned” with the city as part of their certification requirements, adding to their costs, but then taking jobs in other municipalities, due to higher pay offers and high demand. “Sometimes I have no choice but to use full-time officers in overtime,” Murphy said with a shrug, as the council suggested possibly considering adding a full-time officer, to reduce or eliminate the need for any part-timers. “But with that (full-time hire) comes added costs (for benefits),” Blesi stated, as he reminded the council that the discussion was “just an exercise” to get a better handle on future budgets. The council took no action, but Murphy did say he will bring better, more indepth breakdowns on actual costs in the future.

In other council business: • The council approved the purchase of a jetter trailer apparatus for use on sewer blockages, freezes, soil excavation and water main valve exercising, at a cost of $123,724. The purchase was a budgeted part of their sewer and water fund enter-

prise account, and the trailer is financed through the recent wastewater treatment plant upgrades, under the Clean Water Fund state loan program. It will also replace several pieces of aging equipment, which will all be sold. • The council approved starting the process of addressing a valve leak at the Day Road reservoir, leading to underground saturation that has killed trees and likely cost the city around-the-clock for leaky water. “I’m afraid to find out how bad it is,” stated Matt Larson, the city’s public utility manager, who was authorized to spend over $5,000 on excavation costs to Paragon Excavating, which will need to do an extensive job of earth moving to address the leak(s). On top of that, Larson said the plans and specifications for the reservoir have been lost, possibly in a fire the city had. “We really don’t know what’s down there,” he admitted, as the council approved the plan. • The council quickly approved the city’s outdoor recreation plan, after recent review and updating over a two-year review. The plan is necessary for some grant eligibility and addresses the city’s recreational property and parklands, as well as suggestions on maintenance or improvements on some of the properties. “It’s a large bit of space the city has,” stated Alderman and final plan drafter Bob Kazmierski. “But it needs to be maintained.” • The council approved several license applications, as well as temporary signage and a change of their property insurance carrier to the local Central Insurance/EMC, after voting last meeting to leave the state-sponsored insurance fund.

Middle-income filers claim majority of income, taxes


isconsin income tax filers reported $157.8 billion in adjusted gross income and, after accounting for refundable credits, paid $6.6 billion in net state income taxes in 2014. Those with incomes under $50,000 accounted for twothirds of returns and 23 percent of Wisconsin adjusted gross income, but paid 9.4 percent of taxes. In other words, more than 90 percent of net taxes were paid by the third of filers with incomes over $50,000. Filers with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 comprised just under one-third of filers. However, they claimed a majority of both income, 52.2 percent, and taxes, 56.7 per-

cent. High-income filers represented a small fraction, 2.5 percent of taxpayers. However, they reported one-quarter of Wisconsin income and paid more than one-third of state income taxes. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization dedicated to good government through citizen education since 1932.


Luck approves district vision, guiding principles Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Luck School District has a new vision statement, approved by the school board at its Monday, April 25, meeting. Developing this vision, along with core values and goals, are all part of the district’s strategic planning initiative begun this past winter. The vision reads, “Luck; built on respect, integrity and excellence.” Both the vision and five core, non-negotiable guiding principles are the result of discussions held between school staff, board and administration along with community members and students. They were honed at a Monday, April 11, special meeting of the board with school staff and community members in attendance. Identified as the five core values are community, respect, integrity, excellence and perseverance. These core values are being called the “pillars” that will support the mission and vision of the district and will be used as reference points for decision making. Seeking student input, particularly to determine what the vision meant to them and whether the students would support it, comments from a team of seventh- through 10th-graders were reviewed by the board. High school teacher Judy Wicklund facilitated the work of the group and compiled their comments. Wicklund provided students with the vision, Luck is built on respect, integrity and excellence, as well as a proposed school motto, We’re in this together. In general, according to Wicklund, students liked the vision, which they felt encompassed the community as well as the school. They felt it sounded “dignified” and “official,” she said. The motto was not as well-received, as students felt it sounded like a struggle and they didn’t know what they were “in” together. Others disliked it because it is a catchphrase from “High School Musical.”

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — The Luck School Board of Education at its Monday, April 25, meeting learned of an opportunity that could give students more course options while drawing additional students into the district. This opportunity is a technology-based program that would provide online school to current and potential students. It is being proposed by VLN Partners, a Pennsylvania company that is expanding into Wisconsin. Sales representative Matt Brown discussed the proposal with the school board, which will explore its possible benefits to the district. One of the biggest benefits is that students enrolling in a VLN school at Luck would become enrollees of the district, adding to the state aid that the district receives. It would be open to students currently living in the district who do not attend the brick-and-mortar facility, such as those who are ill, injured, expelled, suspended or home-schooled. It would also be open to students outside the district who could open enroll into the virtual academy. VLN does all the promotion to draw in students, said Brown, using direct mail and social media. Students who would do the virtual academy from home would be provided with “cyber school in a box,” complete with computer, texts and other needed materials. The only thing not provided, Brown said, is Internet. The company has a complete library of courses, but will use Luck’s curriculum to build five Luck classes per year that

Larry Olson, director of custodial maintenance and vehicle maintenance at Luck Schools, introduced himself to the school board.

Members of the Luck School Board of Education posed for a photo during their Monday, April 25, meeting. In back (L to R) are Vice President Kurt Stonesifer, President Jake Jensen, treasurer Amy Dueholm and CESA 11 liaison Todd Roehm. In front are student representative Emma Pedersen and board clerk Rick Palmer. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

As students discussed the motto, one suggested We fly together, which proved to be popular. “It references cardinals,” Wicklund said in her report, “It doesn’t sound like we are struggling, and it is short.” Students as well as the board commented that the point is to live up to both the vision and the motto. The next step will be to develop a mission that outlines how the vision will be met, and to identify areas for goal setting. District Superintendent Chris Schultz noted that input and feedback from the staff and community will again be important. A meeting was set for Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. Once a mission and areas of goal setting are identified, the next step will be to develop goals.

Other business • Larry Olson, hired last fall as the director of custodial maintenance and vehicle maintenance, introduced himself to the board. He shared some of the challenges he has faced and areas where he has been able to save the district some money, and discussed some future plans including the upcoming building project. He said he has been able to save $2,000 in lawn care while requesting that no harmful herbicides or pesticides be used. • Elementary Principal Ann Goldbach, who is also the director of curriculum development, presented science textbooks for board approval. Approved were books for middle school science, prechemistry, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, biology and psychology. Goldbach said they are still looking for an

AP physics book. • High school Principal Brad Werner reported that the second-annual Best of the Nest volleyball tournament held Saturday, April 23, raised about $1,000 for the After-school All-Stars program. The event was organized by physical education teacher Jacki Zwiefelhofer. • The upgrade to the high school computer lab is almost complete, with IT director Aaron Arjes and library media specialist Lori Nelson working together to find more than $3,000 in library funding to pay for the project. The average computer startup time has been reduced from 3:49 minutes to 33 seconds.

Virtual school considered at Luck

Matt Brown, sales representative for VLN Partners, presented information on virtual school possibilities at Luck. — Photo by Mary Stirrat would be added into the system for Luck students. Students who are attending at Luck can also take advantage of the courses offered by VLN, which would expand the number of offerings at the school and possibly reduce the need for students to seek classes at the tech school or college. The contract with VLN would allow for 25 students to access VLN courses, with a $100-per-year fee for each additional student.

According to Brown, many students involved in other virtual schools are attracted to VLN’s model because it provides a sense of community. These students become part of the Luck School District, with access to guidance counseling, sports and other extracurricular activity. He said that students enrolled in the virtual school are required to check in during a set homeroom period. They must show their work, which is checked by either Luck teachers or by VLN teachers, whichever the district wants. VLN teachers are Wisconsin certified as well as virtual school certified, he said, adding, “It gives you all the flexibility you need based on your resources.” VLN charges an annual membership fee of $9,375. In addition, the district would pay $4,500 per year for each full-enrolled virtual student. State aid, however, is roughly $9,000 per student, so having two students enrolled in the virtual academy would mean a break-even situation. If, for some reason, the district would not have two students enroll in the program, VLN will waive the membership fee for the second year. Luck is currently utilizing a different online system that costs $2,500 per year, which would be dropped if the board votes to go with VLN. Board member Todd Roehm said he felt the idea had merit, while board President Jake Jensen admitted that he tended to think that things that seem too good to be true generally are too good to be true. However, the board agreed that looking after the best interests of the students

is most important, and VLN’s proposal will be explored for further discussion at a future meeting.

Other business • The resignation of 5-12 band director Jennifer Gilhoi was accepted with thanks for a job well-done. Gilhoi has been with Luck School District for 20 years. “I think our kids will miss her greatly,” said Superintendent Chris Schultz. “With a sense of sadness, I would recommend the board accept the resignation.” • Letters of intent to renew contracts for 39 certified staff were approved by the board. Compensation and benefit packages are not finalized, but the contracts were approved with the condition that if duties are comparable to last year, compensation will be at the same rate or higher. Teachers have until Wednesday, June 15, to sign and return a written notice of acceptance. • The board approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the final $500,000 in general obligation bonds to fund the referendum projects. This is a no-interest loan, saving the district in excess of $100,000. It was awarded to the Bank of Alma. • The 2016-17 school district calendar was approved. The new Cardinal Academy summer school will kick off the school year Tuesday, Aug. 30, with the first day of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 1. Graduation will be Sunday, May 21, with the final day of school for other students on June 7.

SCRA speaker to discuss alternative oil pipeline routes STILLWATER, Minn. - The St. Croix River Association’s annual meeting will be held Friday, May 6, at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the official SCRA business meeting for members, dinner and program to include the presentation of St. Croix stewardship awards and a talk by Richard Hamilton Smith on oil pipeline safety. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the

dinner and program. Smith is a spokesperson for Friends of the Headwaters, a citizens group formed to oppose the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper oil pipeline route that would carry oil from Canada and North Dakota across pristine Minnesota lakes, wetlands and the headwaters region of the Mississippi river. Friends of the Headwaters has provided the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission with four routes that avoid the Mississippi

Headwaters and the lake country of the region. Smith’s presentation will illustrate these alternatives with his stunning photos, maps and solid reasons for moving these pipelines away from precious water resources. Smith’s award-winning photographs have been featured in Audubon, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and other publications. With six books of nature and

location photography, Smith works on commercial assignments worldwide. His home is a small farm in the lake country of northern Minnesota. More information and registration for the annual meeting is available on the SCRA website at stcroixriverassociation. org. – with submitted information



Since 1933


Brian The first time I was exposed to Brian Rogers was at a Northland Ambulance meeting, when I was there to ask the association if they would accept Trade Lake as a customer. This garage was cold and poorly lit, and in came a guy with ski poles, wagging war with its user. I had a high school flashback. The inner city high school I attended had four floors and the only elevator of eight schools in the city. I had the privilege to go to class with handy capable teachers and students. Jimmy Stiener had no forearms and we ended up best friends. I thought this was Stiener. Once the meeting started I heard a compassionate, articulating Rogers express his concerns. Who is this guy? I found out he had an office in the local library with coffee, cookies and his own designated place. Rogers was a supreme advocate for the less-fortunate people. That was our common bond. He taught me never to use the word handicapped. He

High court issues


he Wisconsin Supreme Court is certain to uphold the new right-to-work law passed last year by the Republican-dominated Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker, also a Republican. The law prohibits union-shop contracts under which employees must pay dues or “fair share” payments to the union. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust has agreed with a union argument that requiring services to be provided to those not making payments was an illegal ‘’taking.’’ He struck down the law. Republicans were confident his decision would be overturned on appeal. It certainly would be if it were to get the whole way to the state Supreme Court. Walker cheerfully calls it a “freedom to work” law that helps workers. In truth it is a law that weakens unions and provides a measure of “freedom” for employers. The seven-member state Supreme Court has five conservatives. Business interests have contributed heavily toward their election. Editorial writers correctly describe it as a “highly politicized” Supreme Court. It’s hard to imagine the conservative court striking down any significant legislation drafted by the Republican Legislature and Republican governor. The right-to-work struggle has

was also my eagle identifier. Eagles look out for fellow people. Over the years we had many a discussion on the bench, waiting for the library to open. I found out about his special home and the annual deer hunt he had for the deer hunters. I shared with Rogers that we have apple trees and, when the apples hit the ground, we give them to deer hunters or horse owners. For many years we would motorcycle out to his hideaway to drop off bags of apples. One of the last times we visited him we found him on his entrance road near the gate with no shirt on, his ATV nearby, and hanging on his hip was the biggest pistol I had ever seen. “What do you have that for? We are your friends!” “Hey Rich and Nancy, I cannot run and this is bear country.” We had a good laugh together. About a year later we met him across from his office. I shared with him my comments about what I would say at his memorial service. I shared with him, “Brian, we are

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer grabbed headlines as spring unfolded in Wisconsin. But a much more important case for Wisconsin politics, and indeed the whole nation, is in federal court. At issue are the John Doe investigations into campaign ties between conservative donors and the governor. The head of the Government Accountability Board has said that Walker was the primary target of the second John Doe probe. The state Supreme Court ended the John Doe investigation saying the probe had been based on an invalid legal theory. It ruled without hearing oral arguments on the issues. In that stunning decision, the state high court allowed unregulated coordination between private interest groups and candidates, citing the First Amendment. Wisconsin law had long barred cooperation between candidates and private groups that pay for radio and television ads in the weeks and months leading up to election. U.S. Judge Lynn Adelman, who

asked to care for the least of our brothers and sisters, and you have mastered that. So thank you for all your efforts and know you are truly loved by many people, including us. Very well done, faithful servant.” We all left with swollen eyes. About a year later, coming back from Arizona, Rogers spotted my jean jacket with patches and bling on it. I told him Nancy customizes her clothes and some of mine. He asked Nancy to do it to one of his ‘60s jackets and, after she did, he offered a great smile. About six months before he left earth, he shared how tired he was becoming and that apartment living was tough on him. On the way going home I shared with Nancy that I thought he was telling us goodbye. No memorial service. We are glad we told him our feelings about him while we had him here with us. Now he is soaring with eagles! Rich and Nancy Hess Town of Trade Lake

is presiding over the John Doe review, noted that the state high court decision was the first to hold the First Amendment protected coordination. Adelman noted the state decision is much broader than the U.S. Supreme Court’s view of campaign activities and coordination. “Is that a new federalist court we now have?” asked Adelman. Among the issues at the federal court is what to do with the evidence collected in the second John Doe investigation. The state high court ordered that all evidence collected by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm be turned over to it. Lawyers for Chisholm said that evidence might be destroyed if turned over to the court. There obviously are details like control of evidence to be handled. But the overriding issue is whether the First Amendment effectively allows unregulated coordination between candidates and their backers. In future years it could end up being an important First Amendment issue before the U.S. Supreme Court. This “Wisconsin Case” might be a vehicle to look at all of America’s campaign finance issues. It could be more important than the right-to-work law. 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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Taking the oath to serve on Grantsburg School Board Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – School board clerk Cindy Jensen administered the oath of office to newly elected school board members David Dahlberg, Josh Prusinski and Russ Erickson at the start of the board’s Monday, April 25, meeting. Newly elected member Dan Ohnstad was not present at the meeting. Board reorganization when officers will be elected is scheduled for the Monday, May 9, meeting. Facility projects update Superintendent Joni Burgin gave school board members a progress report on several district improvements currently under construction or in the works. Bids for the football field soil and crown restoration and eight-lane track will be awarded on May 9 with construction proceeding from May to August. Several things can be done, which will not impede track activities, to get the field ready for first season top-dressing. The tile and irrigation is set for completion June 20 with an additional $1,700 in design fees. Hardscape construction, asphalt, fence and bleachers, completion deadline is Aug. 1. And the deadline for track surfacing and stripes will be in September, four weeks after asphalt. A bid for the high school’s new boiler was awarded to Climate Makers for $179,900 on April 11. Exterior brick repair at Grantsburg Middle School is progressing by American Masonry Restoration Company. The company is doing onside waterproofing of the blocks above the doors and windows. New exterior doors, coordinated along with brick restoration, have been installed. The tech ed department equipment upgrade of the fabrication lab is on hold awaiting the arrival of equipment. Inter-

Grantsburg School Board clerk Cindy Jensen administered the oath of office to newly elected school board member, David Dahlberg, Josh Prusinski and Russ Erickson at the start of the board’s Monday, April 25, meeting. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer views for a new tech ed instructor are in progress. The installation of a greenhouse at the high school is progressing with everything set to be enclosed by April 28. If it’s not feasible to run a water line from the football irrigation system, another method of going under the blacktop, with an estimate cost of $5,000, will be looked into. In the meantime, hoses will be used. The new Hwy. 70 school sign committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday, April 26, at the village office to review three sign design images. The committee will select their favorite design, and after completion of the final sign specifications and a general budget with 3-D drawings for fundraising, the district will send out an invitation for bids. Bids will be award at the May 23 board meeting. Manufacture and installation of the sign will take 10 weeks.

Bids approved The board approved bids from Direct Technology Group for security camera re-

placements and additions, network infrastructure equipment, new laptops at the high school for incoming ninth-graders, upgrading of high school laptops with more memory and solid-state drives to extend lifetime of units, and new Chromebooks for incoming seventh-graders.

Northern Lights Distance Learning The board heard the distance learning report. Rural communities in Northwest Wisconsin have access to educational opportunities for their schools and community over the instructional television network. The Northern Lights Network uses digital fiber IP technology allowing for full-motion video and audio transmissions to be possible. “We pursue the distant learning program pretty aggressively with five cameras available for courses, field trips and meetings,” Burgin told the board. “As a small, rural school we can only provide a finite amount of courses due to staffing limits, but when we connect with other

schools, colleges and tech schools we can provide many more learning options. Combined with iForward online learning courses, our students have a plethora of courses and opportunities! “Our teachers really take advantage of the program,” added Burgin. “To pipe our third-graders into NASA, how cool is that.” Burgin also noted the distance learning network can be of service for community education and to local businesses for large group meetings. “The budget is $16,000 through CESA,” said Burgin. “It’s a value added program.”

Staffing update The board approved the resignation of middle school counselor Cara Waters. At the time of the meeting interviews for the tech ed teacher position had not been completed, so no board action was taken. The EBD teacher position has been filled. Stephanie Berkholtz replaces Janice Luepke who resigned. The 50-percent school psychologist position, a CESA 11 shared service contract, will be filled by Caitlin Bloyer. In other board business: • Grantsburg School Board approved issuing of letters of intent to renew teaching contracts for the 2016-2017 school year. • Wisconsin school boards are required by statute to enter into written employment contracts with teachers. School boards must contract individually with each teacher each year. • According to Burgin, the contracts will be the same as last year for brickand-mortar teachers with contracts for the district’s iForward teachers coming to the board at a later date.

SCF School Board welcomes write-in members

Matthew Brice sworn-in, music teachers honored

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Board of Education swore in their new member, written-in by district voters two weeks ago, as well as welcomed back an incumbent board member at their regular meeting on Monday, April 25. Matthew Brice was sworn in by board President Roni Schuler, after he garnered a significant number of write-in votes in the early April election that had an empty spot on the district ballots, as former board member Sheri Norgard chose not to seek re-election and nobody threw their hat in the ring by the time ballots were printed. “We appreciate your stepping up,” stated Schuler, a sentiment echoed by Administrator Mark Burandt. Incumbent board member Dr. Steve Bont was also sworn back in after his re-election, as he was unchallenged. The board also renewed their current positions, with Schuler maintaining her board presidency, and other titles staying as before with Brent McCurdy re-elected as board vice president, Bont returned as clerk and Patricia Mitchell is again the treasurer. Burandt took time to honor the district’s music department, and four teachers who were complimented for their achievements in coordinating the various music departments to such success. “I absolutely have to note the efforts of our music department,” Burandt said as he recognized Shawn Gudmunsen, Chris Burgh, Alex Miller and Caitlyn Pronley collectively for combining not just all ages of program, but also all vocal and instrumental efforts, and consistently being honored for their outstanding musical efforts, adding credits for grants and the “Lennon Bus” effort the district had recently, as well as an award for being a best community for education. “We are one of 17 districts awarded,” Burandt said. “It’s an impressive list of districts ... but none are more impressive than us.” In other board business: • The board heard high school principal Peggy Ryan give an update on the analysis of year two of three for the so-

New St. Croix Falls School Board member Matthew Brice was a write-in victor at the recent board election, and thus was sworn in on April 25 by board President Roni Schuler, who also swore in Dr. Steven Bont (pictured at right) after his re-election. called “junior seminar” program, which uses a sort of college-model for teaching certain subjects to the junior class, as part of an experimental program. “It is functioning at least as well, if not better than we expected,” Ryan stated. “Last year, we had a bit of a backlash from some kids ... this year we’ve seen a significant uptick in willingness of students to participate.” Ryan suggested there have been several successes in the program, from how students use technology and develop websites, programs and other tasks, to including a possible tie that has advanced ACT test scores, which were embargoed at press time. “We’ve seen incredible growth in pretest to actual (ACT) scores,” Ryan said, adding that the district has had two years in a row of their entire junior class taking the ACT test, which is rare for the region. While she admitted that there is still a “slice” of the student body that is not “engaged,” and need a way to be reached. “One area that some kids are still struggling in ... is their inability to look at a big project ahead of them ... and decide how to tackle it,” Ryan said. “We’re still looking for ways to engage them ... more

St. Croix Falls music department teachers were honored by district administrator Mark Burandt (center) during the school board’s regular meeting on April 25. Pictured (L to R): Chris Burgh, Caitlyn Pronley, Burandt, Alex Miller and Shawn Gudmunsen. – Photos by Greg Marsten often.” Ryan will develop several parameters and metrics for the board to weigh the junior seminar program later this year, as they need to make a decision on renewal by this fall, for staff planning and class offering development. • The board approved a so-called “Saturday school” option for high school students who may be failing a class, but are within sight of a passing grade. The offering will allow them to seek teacher approval for special tutoring and time on one of two Saturdays during the school year, next fall. “More than 50 percent of the ‘F’s’ are above fifty percent (in grading),” Ryan said. “They could all be eligible to get that grade up.” • The board also approved a number of calendar issues and meeting dates, while also discussing the 10-year buildings and ground committee process, which Burandt said has had their first meeting. “There are about 20 members,” Burandt said, calling it a diverse group that takes their task very seriously, while he also clarified their reason for meeting. “They are an advisory committee, to give recommendations to the school board.” • Burandt also briefed the board on the ongoing negotiations with the city of

St. Croix Falls on the issue of ownership and historic designation at the city’s 1939 WPA-constructed football field, which the district has used since then and has negotiated on plans to build a new concession stand and rest room facility, under adjusted plans to better compliment the stone stadium. “I met with the mayor again,” Burandt said. “I renewed the view that the (school) board doesn’t have a lot of interest in owning (the stadium) if it is designated a historic site.” Burandt said they may look at other options, such as “adjusting the lease” or building in a clause that the district would own it as long as it was not designated historic. “At best, the issue is in limbo,” Burandt admitted, cryptically suggesting the district may not be committed to play at the facility, if the historic designation comes to fruition. “There is a little bit of frustration of the unknown ... if the designation comes to place ... it will guide our thinking.” The board voted not to renew their tie-in with Festival Theatre group on their annual musical production, choosing to do a home-based production instead.


Prince, in the end, little more than shuck and jive

A critical take on the music legend

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer ith all the accolades being written upon the death of Prince, it is incumbent to resurrect the role of the critic, that is, to look at his legacy with a critical eye, else we fall into the danger of idolizing a cult of personality, elevating Prince to a status unwarranted by his flaws and shortcomings. The music of Prince is a sound track that greatly influenced my formative years. After watching “Purple Rain,” I took to wearing a coat similar to his purple frock, although mine was made of wool and much more practical. For a time I even mimicked his teasing grin, but soon abandoned such affectations as being inauthentic. After 1987, the idealization of Prince and I had parted ways. There can be no doubt that Prince was born with an especial gift. At least according to myth, he had a Mozart-like genius, a prodigy for music, able to pick up an instrument and, with little instruction, play it like few before him. The danger of being blessed with an


especial gift is the culture tends to create around it a myth and legend, with the artist falling into the delusion of ego and persona. And, make no mistake, Prince believed himself to be a musical genius and a rock legend. When he began to believe his myth, his originality and creativity began their long decline. After 1987, he grew not as an artist. The legacy of Prince, like Little Richard before him, will ultimately be one of arrested development, incapable of transcending the raunchy rock of his adolescence. Prince had an amazingly gifted 10year creative period, from 1978-1987. His rock anthems will live on, at least until the last of the baby boomers pass away. He wrote a few beautiful ballads, “Nothing Compares To You” being most prominent. But the bulk of his catalog is tied to the sensual braggadocio of youth. And he never grew beyond it. Even in his final years he sang about being a lover of international proportion. While such braggadocio may have been charming for Prince in his 20s, when rhapsodized by a 5-foot-2-inch man in his late 40s and 50s, it becomes nothing but sad. Like Mick Jagger, another rock leg-

end who, at age 70, still can’t get no satisfaction, beyond Prince’s lust for all things sensual, he had little to say. Despite the multiple tracks meticulously laid down in studio, there was no depth there. As a lyricist, he was no poet. From his music we know not of his foibles or struggles, a la John Lennon. Politically, he was no Bob Marley. Even as a raw sensualist, a hip-shaking Elvis Presley eclipses him. And as for being a homegrown Minnesota talent, catalog to catalog, history will rank him far below Bob Dylan. History may not be kind to Prince. It is not hard to imagine a mockery akin to Eddie Murphy playing James Brown tiptoeing into a hot tub on “Saturday Night Live.” Prince’s amazingly gifted ability to play musical instruments will rank his musical legacy above Michael Jackson, another tortured soul whose myth became persona, but whose story will be encapsulated in history only as an example of the extreme freakazoid nature of late Babylonian-like American culture. Prince’s legacy will come to rest alongside his cultural cohort, Madonna – one-name icons of the 1980s, embrac-

ing the delusion of ego and sensualism, ultimately becoming caricatures of self, consumed in propagating their media-created myth and legend. They both lived their life playing to the screen. Every gift requires a bowing down to give thanks. Blessed with profound gifts and a captivated audience, Prince had no deep message, no truth to share. Imprisoned by the want of the body, he could never get outside of his head. The music he put out the past 30 years was mostly unremarkable. In the end, it became little more than shuck and jive. One wonders what would have become of the man if only he could have walked away from the myth of his legend? The “Let’s Go Crazy” anthem of Prince’s heyday perhaps contains the most prophetic of lyrics: “You better live now before the grim reaper comes knocking at your door/ and if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy! Punch a higher floor.” Prince died in an elevator, at home, alone, going down, to the bottom floor.

Gov. Walker cracks down on drunk drivers MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law making the fourth drunk driving offense a felony, regardless of when it was committed, and increasing penalties for repeat drunk drivers. Senate Bill 455, now Act 371, was authored by Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon. “This law is being signed to honor the lives of Jennifer, Courtney and Sophia,” Walker said. “Eight years ago today, the lives of their families changed forever when a repeat drunk driver decided to get behind the wheel.” More than 200 people are killed each year on Wisconsin’s roads and, prior to 1990, operating while intoxicated convictions were based on the number of times the offender had been convicted in the five-year period preceding arrest. The new law eliminates the fourth offense look-back period and increases penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders.

“Penalties in Wisconsin for repeat drunk drivers are less severe than neighboring states,” added Walker. “It is time to match the severity of our penalties to this crime, regardless of when it occurs.” – from the office of Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker signs legislation cracking down on repeat drunk drivers on the anniversary of the tragic loss of three young lives. – Photo submitted


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Rare bird Local harvests rare color-phased wild turkey Marty Seeger|Staff writer WEBSTER – Dustin Gabrielson has seen and harvested his fair share of turkeys. The Burnett County conservation warden and Frederic native was successful in completing a turkey hunting grand slam in high school. A grand slam is harvesting all four subspecies of wild turkey including the Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and Merriam’s. It’s no surprise then, that Gabrielson has continued his passion for turkey hunting, and shares his passion for the outdoors with wife Kelly, and now a newborn son, Brock, who was born last December. Despite experiencing a lot of interesting things in the outdoors while turkey hunting or being a conservation warden, Gabrielson had never seen a turkey quite like the one Kelly harvested last Saturday, near their home west of Webster. Dustin first spotted the reddish-colored tom with white highlighted plumage in the spring of 2015, but it wasn’t until the winter that he’d see it again. For most turkey hunters, even seeing a bird of this color is rare. Dustin said that for gobblers, it’s one in 300,000. In a 2011 StarTribune article written by Bill Marchel, the wild turkey has four distinct color variations. It stated: “They are the smoke phase, the erythritic or red phase, the melanistic or black phase, and the true albinos, which are pure white with pink eyes.” The bird Dustin had been seeing, was clearly in the “erythritic, or red phase,” as described in the StarTribune article. Kelly had yet to lay eyes on the bird. “She’d never seen it before and was questioning if it was real,” said Dustin, adding that his mom had also seen it the previous summer and on the four or five times he saw the bird later in the year,

Kelly Gabrielson, holding son Brock, is all smiles after harvesting a rare wild turkey Saturday, April 23, while hunting with husband Dustin Gabrielson. The rare tom is a one in 300,000 opportunity according to Dustin. – Photo submitted it was wintering about a mile from their home. Dustin largely kept his sightings of the bird quiet. “I never talked about it, I kept it quiet but then after we killed it, I heard that there was three or four other guys that had hunted it.” During the first week of turkey hunting,

October deer hunt for hunters with disabilities provides invaluable opportunity MADISON – Wisconsin landowners are reminded of an excellent opportunity to help other hunters enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors and sponsor a deer hunt for hunters with disabilities. The deadline for sponsor applications is June 1. Spending time with family and friends in the outdoors is an important pastime in Wisconsin, but pursuing a deer may seem difficult or unrealistic for some hunters. Each year, this special hunt gives hundreds of hunters an opportunity to take part in this time-honored tradition. Potential sponsors must have at least 60 acres of land available, and are required to allow access for at least three hunters if they are contacted. In 2016, the disabled hunt will be held Oct. 1-9. In 2015, nearly 90 sponsors made roughly 100,000 acres available, and close to 400 disabled hunters were given an opportunity to experience the October hunt. Special hunts for disabled hunters began in 1990, with six properties enrolled. “The disabled deer hunt is an amazing opportunity for those with disabilities to participate in a fall deer hunt,” said Mary Annala, DNR assistant big game ecologist. “Department staff are grateful for the sponsors and volunteers who help make this hunt happen each year.” A complete list of sponsors will be available on the DNR website at disabled deer hunt after the June 1 deadline. Sponsors are required to submit a list of participants online or via mail no later than Sept. 1. To complete an online application and learn more about this hunt, search the DNR website,, for keywords disabled deer hunt. Interested landowners without access to the online application can contact Mary Annala, DNR assistant big game ecologist, at 608-261-7588 or via email at Mary.Annala@ – from

Dustin had his chance and was actually close to harvesting the bird. It was within 25 yards of his setup but he couldn’t get a decent shot so passed it up. His neighbor had also seen the bird in the area and on the roost, prompting a phone call to ask if it was legal to shoot a bird with this type of plumage. Dustin explained that color phased turkeys, and even albinos are not

protected. The only albino species that are protected include white-tailed deer. It wasn’t until Saturday, April 23, that Dustin and Kelly would get back into the woods. It was their only chance they’d be able to get out and hunt due to work obligations, but this time it was Kelly’s turn to hunt. “We heard birds gobbling in there in the morning. My wife was like, ‘I’m pretty sure a neighbor is in there hunting,’” Dustin described, so they headed a mile down the road, and the reddish-white gobbler just happened to be there too. The hunt had already been shaping up to be a good one. Just after 6 a.m., a normal-looking tom came running toward their calling, but Kelly had to reposition the gun, and the gobbler spooked. That turned out to be a positive outcome, as moments later, the rare bird appeared. “If we had set up pointed a few inches in the other direction, we would have shot a regular-looking tom before that one came in,” Dustin said, adding that the reddish-white tom came in shortly after, gobbling and strutting the entire way. “It put on a full show for us, and it was only her second turkey. She was very excited,” Dustin explained. The turkey is already heading to the taxidermist for a full mount and is a trophy even without unique colors, with a beard measuring 8-1/2 inches, and weighing just under 20 pounds. Dustin estimated the bird to be 3 years old or more, but has spurs that are more similar to that of a 2-year-old tom. “Almost like a 2-year-old tom’s spurs but very sharp.” Dustin has questioned local taxidermists and even other wardens about the bird. Few have ever seen one quite like it, although one warden had a photo of a color-phased hen that had been hit by a car near Oshkosh.

Success for granddaughter and grandpa

Julia McIntire shot her first turkey during the youth hunt on April 8. The bird weighed 24 pounds and had two 9-1/2inch beards. McIntire was hunting with her dad, Karl. She is the granddaughter of Walt and Mary Schommer. Walt Schommer was also successful in shooting a bird Monday, April 25. It weighed 21 pounds with a 9-inch beard. – Photos submitted




Saints girls, Unity boys show strengths at Frederic invite Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC - The Saints girls and Unity boys dominated the Frederic track invite on Thursday, April 21, with both teams taking first place among the 10 other competing teams. It was an afternoon of inclement weather as some competitors were forced to run in the rain or events such as the girls pole vault were postponed for short periods due to rainfall. For the girls the Saints led the way followed by several top finishes from the Grantsburg girls, who placed second, while Amery took third, Frederic/Luck, fourth, Shell Lake, fifth, Unity, sixth, Webster, seventh, Siren, eighth, Turtle Lake/Clayton, ninth, and Prairie Farm, 10th. Grantsburg’s Delia Labatt led nearly 30 runners competing in the 100-meter dash with a first-place time of 13.63 seconds. Labatt also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.49. In the 400-meter dash, Saints senior Sophie Klein finished first with a time of 1:02.80, and freshman Anna Klein of St. Croix Falls won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36.59. Amery’s Liz Monette won the 1,600meter run with a time of 5:47.82, followed by Grantsburg freshman Ericka Erickson with a time of 6:07.48. Grantsburg junior Hallie Jensen took first place in the 3,200-meter run, but official times were were unavailable for this event. Lauren Borst, a freshman from St. Croix Falls, finished first in the 100-meter hurdles with 18.63. Mary Hoffman of Turtle Lake/Clayton took first in the 300-meter hurdles followed by Kara Standaert of Amery in second. Addie McCurdy of St. Croix Falls was third with 54.74. The St. Croix Falls 4x100-meter relay

Lauren Borst of St. Croix Falls and Emma Pedersen, Frederic/Luck, compete in the 100-meter hurdles at Frederic Thursday, April 21. Borst finished first with a time of 18.63 seconds and Pedersen’s time was 18.70 seconds. – Photos by Marty Seeger team took third as Aly Frey, Bille Webb, Anja Erickson and MacKenzie Barstow finished with a time of 56.48. Frederic/Luck’s 4x200-meter relay team was first overall as Maddie Ammend, Katie Christensen, Lindsay Mattson and Nicole Nelson led with a

time of 1:52.42. The Saints girls 4x400-meter relay team was first with a time of 4:27.02, which includes McCurdy, Anna Klein, Grace Klein and Sophie Klein. Grantsburg’s 4x800-meter relay team finished first with Hallie Jensen, Violet Ohnstad, Gracie Gerber and Brittanie Blume completing a time of 10:39.90. Unity’s Raelin Sorensen and Siren’s Ashlee Rightman each earned nine team points with their finish in the high jump, with both reaching a height of 5 feet. The girls pole vault was won by Sadie Koelz with a height of 9 feet, and Shell Lake’s Lindsey Martin took first in the long jump with 15-10, followed by Ammend of Frederic/Luck with 14-10. The triple jump featured Saints senior Sophie Klein with a distance of 31-09.75. Sorensen of Unity was a close second with 31-08.75. In the shot put, Kaitlyn Moser was first with a throw of 32-11.50. Her nearest competitor was Shell Lake’s Ashlea Meister with 29-07.75. Frederic/Luck’s Maddie Joy took first in the discus with a throw of 110-00.

Boys results The Unity boys scored 187.5 points to Unity junior Dylan Nyholm competes in the high jump for the Eagles.

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••• LA CROSSE – On Saturday, April 23, the UW-Superior Yellowjackets softball team swept a doubleheader against Bethany Lutheran College by scores of 17-4 and 8-0. Yellowjackets sophomore Macy Hanson of Grantsburg went from the pitching rubber to playing right field in both wins. She also batted and went 1 for 3 and scored a run. Teammate Brittany Thomfohrda of Unity was a leadoff hitter in both games and went 1 for 2 in the 17-4 win, while scoring twice and playing second base both games. – with information from athletics.bethel. edu ••• ORLANDO, Fla. – Junior Avery Steen remained consistent for the Division 1, UW-Green Bay women’s golf team in Orlando, Fla., as the Phoenix wrapped up tournament play in the Horizon League Championships Sunday, April 24. The Luck native entered the final round in a tie for 24th place, and stayed put on the leaderboard after shooting a final-round 83. – with information from

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Track/Continued lead the 10 other teams Thursday in Frederic, and Amery was a close second with 170 points, followed by Webster, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls, Siren, Frederic/Luck, Turtle Lake/Clayton, Prairie Farm and Shell Lake. The 100-meter dash was led by Amery’s Matt Goodrum with 11.85, Jordan Thompson of Prairie Farm finished second with 11.99 and Max Goulet of Amery was third with 12.10. Frederic/Luck’s Chris Pouliot was fourth with 12.14. Unity’s Jesse Vlasnik led the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.54, and won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.12. He placed first in the long jump with a distance of 19-02.50 and also took second in the triple jump with a leap of 39-07.25. Chris Pouliot of Frederic/Luck was second in the long jump with 18-07.75. Junior Logan Jensen of Unity placed first in the 800-meter run with 2:10.95, and Webster’s Andrew Ruiz won the 1,600meter run with a time of 4:48.17. Unity’s Alex Binfet was second with a time of 4:55.20, but Binfet came out on top in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:53.63, followed by Ryan Heiss of Amery with a time of 11:28.68. Amery’s Brett Schulte won the 110meter hurdles with a time of 16.38, while Jarett Davison of Unity was second with 17.98, and Zach Petersen of Frederic/ Luck followed in third with 18.12. Amery took the top two spots in the 300-meter hurdles while Dustin Kern of Webster was third with a time of 45.85. Amery’s 4x100-meter relay team took first followed by Unity’s A.J. Bearhart, Patric Tillery, Hunter Houde and Dylan Slanina, who took second with a time of

Frederic/Luck sophomore Nate Denkmann finished with a throw of 32-00.75 in the shot put.

Saints sophomore hurdler Bille Webb gets a slight lead in the 100-meter hurdles at Frederic on Thursday, April 21. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Grace Klein of St. Croix Falls competes in the long jump at Frederic.

48.55. Amery’s time was 45.30. Amery again proved strong in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:32.94, and Unity’s Tillery, Evan Countryman, Josh Moe and Dylan Nyholm finished second with 1:41. The boys 4x400-meter relay was led by Amery again with a time of 3:44.16, while Unity’s Nathan Cousins, Nathan Bradley, Soren Vos BenKowski and Logan Jensen were a close second with 3:45.62. The Eagles 4x800-meter relay team took first place with Matt Peterson, Binfet, Eli Vos BenKowski and Jensen finishing with a time of 8:41.99. In the boys high jump, Siren’s Neil Oustigoff was third with a height of 6 feet. He tied with Amery’s Matt Goodrum, while Erik Bauer of Turtle Lake/Clayton took first with 6-03. Frederic/Luck’s Peter Lund finished first in the pole vault along with Unity’s Derek Johnson with vaults of 11 feet. A.J. Bearhart of Unity was third with 10-00. In the boys shot put Amery’s Elijah Newton was first with 44-11, followed by Webster’s Grant Preston, 41-05, and Tanner Lee of Siren, 40-06.75. Newton also won the discus with 142-04, while Lee was second with 133, and Preston was third with 123-08.

Ali Kreft of Unity clears the bar in the pole vault. She finished sixth overall.

Nate McKinley of Grantsburg competes in the high jump.

Athletes at the Frederic Invitational had to contend with a little bit of rainfall but managed to complete the contest without too much interruption.

Ross Daniels of Webster hit a mark of 3405.50 in shot at Frederic on Thursday, April 21.





Eagles complete exciting week of baseball Senior Brett Nelson launches walk-off homer against Webster Unity 2, Webster 1 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Unity Eagles baseball team capped off an exciting week of baseball with a pair of wins, starting with a walk-off thriller against Webster on Thursday, April 21. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh and faced with two outs and one man on, Unity senior Brett Nelson hit a walk-off home run to effectively end what was already an exciting battle between two teams clawing for a spot near the top of the West Lakeland. “The great thing about baseball is the clock never runs out. We battled down to the last out of the game and came away with a pretty memorable win,” said Unity coach Matt Humpal. “I couldn’t be happier for a kid like Brett Nelson to hit a walk-off home run for the win. He has put in the time over the years and rewarded all of us with a highlight win.” The Eagles had just four hits against the Tigers, with two coming in the bottom of the seventh starting with a two-out single by Nathan Heimstead. Austin Donahue and Cody Ince had the other two hits for the Eagles, who faced Jack Washburn through five innings. Washburn finished with six strikeouts, five walks and allowed two hits. Paul Sargent pitched the final frames and struck out the first two batters he faced in the seventh. He had three total strikeouts with no walks. The Eagles also had solid pitching once again from Hunter Pederson, who allowed just one hit through seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. “Pedersen was very efficient on the mound, throwing just 77 pitches in the complete game one-hitter,” Humpal said. Unity 6, Osceola 2 BALSAM LAKE – After an exciting win over Webster the Eagles continued to play well in a nonconference game against Osceola on Friday, April 22. Nathan Heimstead got the start on the mound and got some run support in the bottom of the second when the Eagles took a 4-0 lead. Unity was able to hold that lead the rest of the way and had a 6-0 lead heading into

Unity second baseman Brett Nelson fields a ball against Osceola on Friday, April 22. Nelson had a memorable week with not only getting a team victory over Osceola, but hitting a walk-off home run against Webster the night before in the bottom of the seventh. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted the seventh before Osceola scored a pair of runs. “Austin Donahue was outstanding behind the plate tonight working with Nate Heimstead. A couple of blocks saved runs, which are as good as RBI,” said coach Matt Humpal. Heimstead worked six innings and allowed five hits, one earned run with four strikeouts and three walks. Logan Bader allowed one hit pitching the final frame with a walk. The Eagles pitchers were also backed by some quality defense, again, which included another amazing catch from center fielder Phillip Sorensen. “Phillip Sorensen had another highlight reel catch in center. I should really keep a camera on him at all times because he would end up on “SportsCenter” for sure,” said Humpal. Heimstead and Austin Donahue led the Eagles offense with two hits apiece and Donahue scored twice. Hunter Pederson, Logan Hendrickson and Brett Nelson each had hits. Wyatt Stenberg, Nelson and Donahue each had an RBI.

Austin Donahue of Unity was tagged out on a close play at third base.

Logan Bader of Unity turns a double play against Osceola.

Webster 11, Solon Springs 5 WEBSTER – The Tigers bounced back from a loss against Unity and defeated Solon Springs Friday, April 22. The game was tied 2-2 through three innings but the Tigers offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning, which featured a three- run triple by Trenton Wols and RBI singles from Jack Washburn and Paul Sargent in the five-run inning. Webster added another four runs on three hits in the fifth inning with Austin Spafford hitting a single to get things going. Taran Wols also singled and Trenton Wols brought a run in after getting hit by a pitch. Paul Sargent drove in two runs on a single and Brad Sigfrids also had an RBI single. The Tigers totaled eight hits and used three pitchers to keep Solon Springs at bay. Trevor Gustafson got the start on the mound and went four innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts. Sigfrids pitched two innings with three strikeouts and one walk with one hit allowed, and Caleb Pardun shut the door for good with one inning pitched with two strikeouts, two walks and one hit. Offensively Washburn was 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored. Sargent was 2 for 3. Trenton Wols finished 1 for 3, scored twice and drove in four runs. Sigfrids finished with two RBIs.

Webster sophomore Trenton Wols drove in four runs against Solon Springs during the Tigers 11-5 win over Solon Springs Friday, April 22. It included a three-run triple in the fourth inning. – Leader file photo by Becky Strabel

Unity senior Phillip Sorensen tracked a long fly ball deep to center field and managed to make a great catch to end the inning against Osceola Friday, April 22.





Grantsburg baseball gets back in the win-column Saints continue winning ways over TL/C Grantsburg 9, Luck/Frederic 2 Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Pirates baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a much-needed conference win over Luck/Frederic Thursday, April 21. Grantsburg starting pitcher Jacob Barnard got some early run support as the Pirates jumped out to a 5-1 lead at the end of two innings. The Pirates also got some defensive help from center fielder Majel Schmaltz. “Majel played center field like SpiderMan tonight,” said Grantsburg coach Pete Johnson. “He made two diving catches and ran down a long fly to end the game.” The Pirates took advantage of some early walks to help score runs but were held to five hits by Luck/Frederic pitcher Austin Hamack. Zach Tebow led the Pirates at the plate, going 2 for 2 and scoring twice. Jackson Gerber, Barnard and

Roman Poirier of Frederic/Luck slides safely into second against Grantsburg on Thursday, April 21. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted Schmaltz each had a hit. Barnard pitched six innings allowing five hits, with five strikeouts, two walks, and one earned run. Chase Quimby came in to pitch for the Pirates in the seventh allowing no runs, no hits, with one walk. “As we continue to put new faces in new places, we will figure out which lineup will work best,” Johnson said. Luck/Frederic’s Devyn Ellefson had two hits in the game and Payton Ellefson singled along with Parker Steen. Roman Poirier tripled and later scored in the sixth inning.

Austin Hamack pitches toward home against the Pirates.

Grantsburg 7, Rush City 0 GRANTSBURG – Jackson Gerber came close to throwing a perfect game during the Pirates 7-0 win over Rush City, Minn., Friday, April 22. Gerber kept Rush City hitless through five innings before a single in the sixth ended a great pitching performance by the senior. “Jackson pitched a gem,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson. Gerber allowed just two hits through seven innings and had three strikeouts and zero walks. Defensively, Austin Casey and Luke Anderson kept Rush City off the base paths. “They kept hitting ground balls to the left side and Casey and Luke just kept making plays,” Johnson said.

Offensively Zach Tebow hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning for the first run of the game. Brett Anderson hit an RBI double in the same inning. The Pirates scored twice more in the third with an RBI single by Tebow and an RBI double by Austin Bowman. “Tebow hit his first dinger tonight. He’s been swinging pretty decent the last week and a half,” said Johnson. Majel Schmaltz was also successful at the plate, going 2 for 2 with a run scored.

St. Croix Falls 9, TL/C 2 CLAYTON – St. Croix Falls handed Turtle Lake/Clayton their first loss of the season to remain on the top of the West Lakeland Conference Friday, April 22. It was a night of offensive power for St. Croix Falls. “Our bats definitely came alive with several hard line-drive base hits,” said Saints coach Mark Gjovig. “Every player in the lineup produced at least one hit during the game, with Jake Johnson providing a long line-drive double to left center field.” The Saints fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but got back on top in the second with a pair or runs. Turtle Lake/Clayton tied it back up in the third but the Saints pulled away in the fourth with four runs

The St. Croix Falls baseball team notched a big conference win over Turtle Lake/ Clayton on Friday, April 22. Brady Leahy, right, won his fourth game of the year allowing just two hits. At left, Saints senior Jake Johnson fields a ground ball during an earlier contest this season. The Saints improved to 4-0 in the conference and are 6-1 overall. – File photos by Marty Seeger

Frederic/Luck gets the out in the outfield against Grantsburg. on five singles. Brady Leahy, Jacob Murphy and Josh Skallet each had a pair of hits while Tyler Henk, Jake Johnson, Alex Johnson, Jameson Kahl, Spencer Langer and John Petherbridge each recorded a hit. Six different Saints drove in a run and Leahy pitched a solid seven innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run, with five strikeouts and one walk. It was his fourth win of the year so far. “Tyler Henk had a good night on the field with four putouts and turning a double play while Josh Skallet and Spencer Langer also had strong defensive efforts. I am proud of our entire team’s efforts in this conference battle and 8-2 victory,” said Gjovig.





Frederic/Luck falls at Grantsburg Pirates bounce back from loss at Superior Grantsburg 10, Frederic/Luck 2 Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – After a 2-1 loss in extra innings against Superior two nights prior, the Grantsburg softball team bounced back for a 10-2 conference win over Frederic/Luck on Thursday, April 21. Grantsburg drew eight walks in the win and finished with 10 runs on nine hits, while holding Frederic/Luck to two runs on just one hit. Olivia Tucker finished with 15 strikeouts and four walks. The Pirates got hitting from the top to the bottom of the order as Tucker finished with two hits, an RBI and she scored three times. With the eight walks through the first two innings, Grantsburg was able to score six runs without a hit until the third inning when Tucker got the offense going on a single. Frederic/Luck’s two runs came late in the game. In the fifth inning Sydney Domagala reached on a walk and got to third on a pair of passed balls. She scored on a slow-roller to first. In the sixth Emily Amundson hit a two-out triple and later scored on a wild pitch. Grantsburg 18, Glenwood City 1 GRANTSBURG – After a big conference win over Frederic/Luck a night earlier, the Grantsburg softball team rolled

Sydney Domagala makes a nice stop at third base for Frederic/Luck during their game against Grantsburg. A Grantsburg base runner gets back to second safely on Thursday, April 21, in Grantsburg. The Pirates won 10-2. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted over Glenwood City the following Friday, April 22, with 18 runs on 12 hits. Senior Megan Miller connected three times at the plate, including a double, and drove in four runs. Jordyn McKenzie, Briena Jensen and Rhiana Pochman each had a pair of hits and drove in a combined four runs for the Pirates, who also drew nine walks in the win.

Emily Amundson of Frederic/ Luck connects with a triple in what would be Frederic/Luck’s lone hit against the Pirates Thursday, April 21.

The Webster/Siren Storm are still searching for their first win of the season. They fell at Cameron in the photo at left on Thursday, April 14, but scored five runs more recently against Unity Thursday, April 21. – Photo courtesy of Mark Bell/Barron NewsShield

Turtle Lake/Clayton 8, St. Croix Falls 6 TURTLE LAKE – St. Croix Falls gave Turtle Lake/Clayton everything they had in a conference game Friday, April 22, but fell short. The Saints had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning when the TL/C offense started to gets some base runners and gained a 4-3 lead. “We played good, but they just outhit us,” said Saints coach Clayton Hanson. Annalise Parks connected with her first home run of the season in the first inning, but Turtle Lake/Clayton held the edge offensively and regained a 4-3 lead after three innings. The Saints tied the game 4-4 in the top of the fourth, but TL/C followed through with another solid showing on offense in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs. “They found the gaps and strung together a bunch of hits at the right time. I am really proud of how the girls played on Friday, never giving up. We have a couple of big games this week with Grantsburg on Thursday and Glenwood City on Friday,” Hanson said. Sam Mackenburg scored three times for the Saints in the leadoff spot, and Parks scored twice batting cleanup. Katie Kopp also scored a run in the loss. Unity 16, Siren/Webster 5 WEBSTER – The Siren/Webster Storm softball team was able to get a jump on Unity Thursday, April 21, taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning before the Eagles stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the second to gain the lead. The Eagles held that lead moving forward, getting good production from their offense, which finished with 12 hits. Unity’s Hannah Wagner had a big night at the plate going 4 for 4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Courtney Vallesky, Sam Ferguson and Erika Priebe each had a hit and drove in two runs apiece in the Eagles win, and Ashley Bloom went 2 for 2 at the plate, drove in a run and scored twice. Jessica Grams also singled and drove in a run. The Storm finished with five hits from five athletes including Allie Webster, Madisen Freymiller, Paige Bird, Sarah Shaf-

A Frederic/Luck outfielder tracks a ball hit hard by Grantsburg’s Olivia Tucker that nearly went out of the park, hitting the top of the fence. fer and Alayna Johnson. Ciara DeLozier pitched through seven innings for the Eagles with seven strikeouts, six walks and three earned runs. Webster pitched for the Storm and had three strikeouts and seven walks.

Solon Springs 16, Webster/Siren 0 WEBSTER – The Siren/Webster softball team lost at home against Solon Springs on Friday, April 22, and are still searching out their first win of the season. Siren/ Webster batters were retired in order through the first three innings, but Paige Bird singled in the fourth inning to break the Solon Springs no-hitter.

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Wednesday Night Early Standings: Hansen Farms 44, Skol Bar 39, Pioneer Bar 38, Cifaldi Motors 36, Cummings Lumber 34, Luck Laundry 32, Stotz & Co. 32, Bye 1. Individual games: Gene Wynn Jr. (HF) 246, Moose Wilson (SB) 232 & 227. Individual series: Moose Wilson (SB) 648,

Oliver Baillargeon (HF) 638, Dale Frandsen (SC) 607. Team games: Skol Bar 1036 & 980, Hansen Farms 958. Team series: Skol Bar 2958, Hansen Farms 2740, Stotz & Co. 2672. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 78.5, Red Iron Studios 56, American Family Siren 52.5, Grindell Law Offices 50.5, LakeLand Communications 49, Hell Raisers 47,

Backwoods Beer & Bait 46, Wikstrom Construction 36.5. Individual games: Mike Renfroe (RIS) 237, Don McKinney (FF) 230, Dave Hall (HR) 215. Individual series: Don McKinney (FF) 668, Mike Route (RIS) 622, Dave Hall (HR) 597. Team games: Fab Four 638, Red Iron Studios 611, LakeLand Communications 571. Team series: Fab Four 1801, Red Iron

Studios 1636, Grindell Law Offices 1555. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Don McKinney 230 (5x), Gilbert Meyer 206 (6x), Mike Route 237 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Derek Ayd 211 (+51), Gilbert Meyer 206 (+53), Mike Route 237 (+68). Splits converted: 2-4-5-8: Mike Route (RIS). 3-10: Dave Grindell (GLO), Karen Carlson (BBB).





Luck/Frederic golfers coast to win at Voyager Village Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg’s Jordan Knutson was the overall medalist at Webster’s Voyager Village Golf Course on Thursday, April 21. Golfers battled rain at times but were left with decent weather toward the end of the competition and little to no breeze. Knutson and teammate Jared Lee took the top two spots overall among the eight West Lakeland Conference teams, with Knutson shooting a 37 and Lee posting a score of 39. Luck/Frederic had the overall best team score with 185, followed by Unity, 192, Siren/Webster, 199, Grantsburg, 203, St. Croix Falls 203 and Clear Lake 214. L/F was led by Brant Rowe with a score of 44, followed by Austin Rowe, 45, Ethan Alexander and Beau Brenizer each scored 48, and Chase Rowe finished with 50. Unity’s Marcus Qualle led the team with 45, Hunter Robinson, 46, Mitchell Morse, 48, Aaron Nyberg, 53, and Emerson DeHaven shot 67. Siren/Webster’s Tate Fohrenkamm shot a 41, Alec Ralph, 49, Brett Johnson, 50, Alex Strang, 59 and Connor Rashke, 62. Along with Knutson and Lee’s scores for Grantsburg, Joey Duncan had 55, Luke Trittelwitz, 72, and Shane Tooze, 73. St. Croix Falls was led by Joe Ward, 44, Reagan Hoverman, 46, Chance Belisle, 56, Coby Halstrom, 57, and Wyatt Kuenkel, 58. The next conference match is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, at the Frederic Golf Course. Luck/Frederic golfer Brant Rowe chips from the sand trap at Voyager Village Golf Course in Webster on Thursday, April 21. Rowe led the team with a score of 44. – Photos submitted


Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. St. Croix Falls 4-0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 2-1 Shell Lake 2-1 Webster 2-2 Unity 2-1 Grantsburg 2-3 Luck/Frederic 0-4 Siren 0-2

Sophomore Brett Johnson of Webster putts the ball during a light rain shower at Voyager Village


Overall 6-1 2-1 5-1 6-3 5-1-2 3-4 1-5 0-2

Scores Thursday, April 21 Siren at Clayton (No score available) Grantsburg 9, Luck/Frederic 2 Unity 2, Webster 1 Friday, April 22 Grantsburg 7, Rush City 0 St. Croix Falls 8, Turtle Lake/Clayton 2 Unity 6, Osceola 2 Webster 11, Solon Springs 5 Monday, April 25 Turtle Lake/Clayton at Grantsburg (Moved to Tuesday) Siren at St. Croix Falls (Canceled) Shell Lake at Unity (Canceled) Tuesday, April 26 Turtle Lake/Clayton 13, Grantsburg 2 Drummond at Webster (Canceled) Upcoming Thursday, April 28 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Luck/Frederic at Siren Unity at Turtle Lake Shell Lake at Webster Friday, April 29 4 p.m. Luck/Frederic at Webster 5 p.m. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at Grantsburg Prairie Farm at Unity Saturday, April 30 11 a.m. Webster at St. Croix Central Monday, May 2 5 p.m. Shell Lake at Luck Grantsburg at Siren St. Croix Falls at Unity Turtle Lake/Clayton at Webster Tuesday, May 3 5 p.m. Luck/Frederic at Clayton Siren at Clear Lake

BOYS GOLF Upcoming Thursday, April 28 4 p.m. Varsity match at Frederic Golf Course (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity, Siren/Webster) Friday, April 29 12:15 p.m. Invitational at Hayward (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Monday, May 2 1 p.m. Luck/Frederic at Marathon, Pine Valley Golf Course Tuesday, May 3 4 p.m. Varsity match at St. Croix Valley Golf Course (Grantsburg, Luck/Frederic, St. Croix Falls, Unity, Siren/Webster)

Lakeland-West Standings Team Conf. Cameron 3-0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 3-0 Grantsburg 4-1 Frederic/Luck 2-2 St. Croix Falls 2-1 Shell Lake 0-2 Unity 1-3 Webster/Siren 0-3

Overall 5-0 4-0 7-2 3-5 3-3 3-3 1-3 0-4

Scores Thursday, April 21 Grantsburg 10, Frederic/Luck 2 Unity 16, Siren/Webster 5 Friday, April 22 Grantsburg 18, Glenwood City 1 Solon Springs 16, Webster/Siren 0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 8, St. Croix Falls 6 Monday, April 25 Turtle Lake/Clayton at Grantsburg (Moved to Tuesday) Cameron at St. Croix Falls (Canceled) Shell Lake at Unity (Canceled) Tuesday, April 26 Turtle Lake/Clayton 8, Grantsburg 2 Upcoming Thursday, April 28 5 p.m. Frederic/Luck at Cameron St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Unity at Turtle Lake Shell Lake at Webster Friday, April 29 5 p.m. New Richmond at Grantsburg Glenwood City at St. Croix Falls Saturday, April 30 9 a.m. Grantsburg at Baldwin-Woodville 11 a.m. Grantsburg vs. Elmwood at Baldwin-Woodville Monday, May 2 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Cameron Shell Lake at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Unity Turtle Lake/Clayton at Webster Tuesday, May 3 5 p.m. Frederic/Luck at Turtle Lake

TRACK & FIELD Upcoming Thursday, April 28 4:15 p.m. Varsity invitational at St. Croix Falls (Siren, Grantsburg, Unity, Frederic/Luck, Webster, St. Croix Falls) Monday, May 2 4 p.m. Varsity invitational at Unity (Siren, Grantsburg, Unity, Frederic/Luck, Webster, St. Croix Falls) Tuesday, May 3 4 p.m. Varsity invitational at Amery (St. Croix Falls)

Unity’s Mitchell Morse fires the ball down the fairway Thursday, April 21, at Webster. Alex Strang of Webster holds the follow-through after a shot. Strang finished with a 59.

Austin Rowe of Luck/Frederic makes a nice putt at Voyager Village.


Making a stronger community

Frederic seniors focus on ideas to keep their hometown a vital place to return to FREDERIC - Frederic High School guidance counselor Juli Montgomery asked members of the senior class to write scholarship essays with the focus on ideas to make the Frederic area a stronger community and perhaps a place where graduating seniors will stay and/or return to. Following is a sample of essays submitted: Kinzie Matz In small-town Wisconsin, many individuals are deprived of having easy access to large-scale supermarkets or even fast food. The nearest Walmart is 30 minutes away, and Taco Bell is 45. So many job opportunities are available within the large corporations, and it’s very hard as a teenager to find a job at one of the local businesses, simply because we are not available often enough or do not have enough experience. Supporting local businesses supports members of the community; however, by introducing industry, more citizens would be drawn to the village of Frederic and more business would be created. Industry is a very important component of developing a strong community. Currently, the village of Frederic and the surrounding area are fortunate enough to be host to many local businesses. Buying local products keeps money in the community and supports those business owners, employees and their families; however, a downfall of local businesses is the lack of stable jobs with a livable income that accompany larger businesses. I believe that to improve the village of Frederic, larger-scale industry could be introduced. Although keeping local businesses is important, bringing in outside businesses will create more jobs, and therefore Frederic and the surrounding area would notice an influx of residents and workers. Large-scale industry offers many more employment opportunities for a larger range of citizens, including the youth who are deprived of many job opportunities due to lack of experience. Employees also have families; stable jobs are a building block to starting a family, and once families move into the area, there will be more children entering the school district, which is also a benefit of introducing larger businesses; those children will grow up and are likely to come back to Frederic and the surrounding area to begin their own families. As more families come to work in the larger businesses, there will be more consumers buying products from local businesses as well as the large-scale industries, helping out more individuals within the community. Industry is one of the easiest ways of creating jobs, and in a small town, that is essential to bringing in new residents. These new residents can bring their own ideas and might even start their own local business. Many local business owners are worried about the corporations taking all of their customers, but I believe that local and large scale can coincide in a mutually beneficial community relationship. Julia Buck How many of you have children or grandchildren? When I was younger, my favorite part about coming into town during the summer was being able to go swimming in the pool. It gave me the fun option of spending the day outside and being active with my friends. Today, during the summer there are a countless number of children staying inside, playing video games and watching movies instead of exercising and getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. According to the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey of 1,200 parents, in 2015, about 64 percent of their kids spend three or more hours a day online, playing video games or watching TV during the summer. If there is one change I could make to improve the livelihood of all community members, I would add a recreational center with a pool. I feel the park area would be a great place to put a new pool. If someone did not want to swim, they could play on the playground, the baseball field, the volleyball court, the basketball court or fish in the lake instead. Putting the pool inside a building would allow access to swimming on a yearround basis. The Frederic Rec Center would allow people to “rent” basketballs, volleyballs, baseballs, gloves, baseball bats, fishing poles, etc., so they could use them and then return them. Not only would this allow multiple children to exercise, it would allow high school students to have a summer job. I feel the Frederic community would benefit from having a recreational center in the area; it would be wonderful for all ages to have a place to be active.

Kendra Erickson The small town of Frederic can be found within the state of Wisconsin, up north in the county of Polk. With the population of 1,137 Frederic may be small, but the people living there love it. There are three gas stations, two hair salons, three bars, a grocery store, a Dollar General, the library, the high school and elementary school, the bakery and a few other businesses within this town. The town may be small in size and numbers, but the hearts and feelings of family shine bright. This wonderful town can get better though. If the town of Frederic were to have a program that encouraged the young members of the population to get to know the older generation living in Frederic, the overall community would benefit by closing the generation gap and improving the atmosphere. To get the children and teens of Frederic sitting down and learning from the elderly would improve Frederic because the generations wouldn’t be split by miscommunication or misunderstanding. The elderly could teach the younger generation about face-to-face communication and the things they have learned in their lifetime, while the children could show the adults all the things about social media and help them stay connected with their families. This would make both generations closer. Another thing this program would help to improve Frederic is that the older generation would not feel lonely anymore. Nursing home professionals say that 85 percent of all nursing home residents don’t get regular visitors. A program like this would mean that once a week or every other week they would have a companion, a child or teen, there to talk to them. That would give the adults a reason for their spirits to be up. Starting up a program like this would benefit Frederic by improving the community, and the generations would be closer than ever. The program would start around fourth grade. At this age the children would go and read to the adults and in the nursing homes. After that, once the children are in middle school, they would be encouraged to do a little more, learn a game the adult did at their age or show the adult a new card game they could play each time they meet. Then once the child enters high school they can really start to communicate with the adult. Start learning more about the person. The school could even require seniors to be able to write a biography on their mentor or adult. Implementing this program would take some planning and funding. Transportation would need to be figured out for the younger group, but this program would be worth it. With this program, Frederic would be improving the generation gap and the overall atmosphere of the town, making it a truly wonderful and unique place to be. Sarah Wells Sarah Dessen writes in her novel, “What Happened to Goodbye,” “Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people you loved were, whenever you were together.” My hometown of Frederic is well-loved, from the kind people to the hospitality of the businesses, to the beautiful nature that is both in and around the town. One thing that would improve the town, however, is having a community recreation center. Adding a community recreation center would be beneficial for Frederic’s citizens by improving economic growth, having needed exercise opportunities for people of all ages and providing a sense of community. With adding a community recreation center in town, there would be jobs available for both teenagers and adults. There’s not a whole lot of businesses in town, and having the center would add another business, helping to support economic growth. The center could also have community service projects for students, helping them get their needed service hours. Having a community recreation center would help Frederic’s economy grow by creating jobs for Frederic’s citizens. The community recreation center would have the ability to have needed exercise opportunities for people of all ages. Obesity and overweight rates in America were 68.6 percent for adults in 2012, and for high school students it was 13.7 percent in 2013, Both adults and kids suffer from a lack of opportunity for exercising with Frederic not having a gym, the winter season and not having a pool. When subzero temperatures come around, it’s hard to get outside and be active. If we had a recreational center, people could go to the center and be able to be active there. Frederic suffered when it lost its pool. The center could bring back a pool to the community providing much-needed exercise opportunities for people of all ages.

Having a community recreation center in Frederic would also provide a sense of community. Frederic’s citizens would come together for recreation. Frederic, although small, has quite a range of ages. Senior citizens need to be less neglected and children should interact with them more. Even though there’s a gap in age, there shouldn’t be a gap in the relationships between the elderly and the youth. The opportunities the center could offer can provide shared interest among both the youth and elderly. Having a community recreation center would bring many together. My hometown of Frederic is a wonderful place to live in. Having a community recreation center would help improve the lives of Frederic’s citizens. It would create job openings, have needed opportunities for people of all ages and provide a sense of community. Like Sarah Dessen said, “Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people you loved were, whenever you were together.” The center would also bring people together, creating a home for many. Hannah Marsh The village of Frederic, my hometown, could be improved by developing something that the whole community could benefit from as an outlet for recreational activities. Currently, our town lacks resources for recreational outlets for people in our community, but that is something that we can easily improve. Building an open archery range park could be what our community needs to stimulate recreational development in our town. As we live in a predominantly hunting and sports-oriented community, the interest for a facility like an archery range is already established. An archery park could draw in youth and adults alike from our community to a place where they could develop their archery skills, compete in local contests and have a place to gather with others from surrounding areas. An archery range park would benefit our community in many ways. An archery park would draw people into our community, and events like archery competitions would generate revenue to continue developing and maintaining the facility. It would generate revenue in our community. Resources needed for building the archery range are minimal, given that it would be predominantly outdoors. The economic impact would be positive for our community, as well as being something that will encourage youth in our community to be active and spend time outside. People in our community would have an outlet for their interest in outdoor activities. An attraction like an archery range would draw in other people from surrounding areas to our town. Case studies have been done on towns that have developed archery range parks. We could follow a similar business model to fit the specifications of our town. According to the case studies done, no injuries have occurred within the parks. Most parks have indoor and outdoor ranges, as well as lessons offered to children and adults. The village of Frederic can continue to develop over the years as the archery park gains more interest. Our community can come together around the development of this archery range to volunteer, donate and support the efforts of our town in this improvement. An archery range would be beneficial to our community. Aside from strengthening community connections, health benefits and revenue generated, an archery park would also increase recreational attraction in our town. I would enjoy going to a place of recreation such as this with my family or friends to practice or compete in competitions. I can see this as being a place of recreation where there is lacking in our town. Building an open outdoor archery range could be what our community needs to stimulate recreational development in our town. I believe Frederic can be improved by adding an archery range that is open for people in the community and surrounding areas to utilize and enjoy. Marissa Nelson Improving a hometown or community can have a large impact on a single person or a large group of people. If someone adds a park bench to a local sidewalk, they are inviting people to sit down and enjoy the views of their beautiful community. If a homeless shelter was built, it shows current and surrounding community members that this town cares about the people who live in it which welcomes new members to come in. If I could choose one way to improve my hometown, I would build a child-care center that is both inviting and affordable. I recently had my first child, and if I did not have my mother to help me watch my daughter, Evelyn, I would not be able to make it to school and work every day. I am

blessed that I have a family willing to help me because most people are not so fortunate. If a child-care center was made available to both new and experienced parents within this community, I guarantee that more people would be looking for jobs and more people would not be hesitant to take a job. You could probably ask yourself, “Why can’t parents just find a babysitter?” Well, with becoming a mother myself, I now know that question is not so easily answered. As a parent you have a list of qualifications that one must meet before you leave them alone with your child. That person must be responsible, fun, nice, caring, alert, calm, the list goes on. The fact of the matter is that parents are stuck looking to high school students and elderly neighbors to watch their children while at work during the day or night. When in reality those babysitters are not meeting all of the required qualifications you as a parent have when looking at someone to care for your child. Working odd hours also makes it difficult for someone seeking child care. Putting a child-care facility in this community will help every parent. They will know their child is safe and well taken care of. Also parents will know that their child or children are positively influenced by the well-trained staff and their teachings. How would it feel to know that you will always have a safe place to bring your child when you need a care provider? If a child-care facility was added to my hometown, every parent will have that feeling of security. By adding child care today, we are improving our community for tomorrow and the years that follow. Ann Chenal As a child, I had the opportunity to experience many different town settings. I moved from school to school, from urban to rural areas. Previous to moving to Frederic, I lived in the city of Eau Claire. As a city of over 60,000 people, it provided unlimited activities and stores to go to. One thing that stuck out to me, however, was the local YMCA. Anyone could get a membership with just a small sum of money. There were racquetball courts, a pool, exercise rooms and even free child care. Parents could exercise while their children played. A workout facility such as this, on a smaller scale, would benefit Frederic through motivation increase, health benefits and community involvement. It would be increasingly beneficial to bring even a workout facility to Frederic. Some may lack motivation or even money to provide child care while they go work out. This is why the facility would provide personal trainers and free child-care service included in the monthly fee. Along with workout equipment, the facility would contain spaces for community classes, such as Zumba, or even health and wellness classes. It will also contain an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. One of the many problems facing our youth, as well as some of our older generations, is that there isn’t motivation. This, however, could be solved with communication between trainer and trainee and results seen from others. Not only will the workout facility improve motivation among its members, it will provide a number of other life-changing health benefits. Exercise boosts energy, promotes a healthy heart, reduces stress, improves mood and also helps the immune system. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, physiological needs are necessary to be met before self-actualization can be fulfilled. Satisfied at a physiological level, members of the facility will not only be better in body, but in mind as well. This will provide for better employees in our community and happier homes for children. In addition to health benefits, creating a workout facility in Frederic would unite the generations and create a sense of community involvement. We have a growing number of elderly in Frederic. To involve them it would have water aerobics, yoga and other classes that would be available that would include both the young and old. The workout facility would also include a sauna and hot tub for all to relax in after workouts. Swimming lessons will be available to children as well. This involvement will create a bond between the generations, one that will benefit our town as a whole. Lastly, creating a workout facility in Frederic may be difficult to create and expensive, but consider the benefits that it will make for our community and the job opportunities it will create. A workout facility would benefit Frederic through motivation increase, community involvement and health benefits. These components are valuable and crucial for the growth of our community in Frederic.


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The family that eats together Bingos together, too. This table is just one of many that was surrounded by family and friends that gathered on Saturday, April 23, at the Webster High School to help raise money for the Webster Education Foundation and hopefully win one of the many prizes.

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The Webster Education Foundation sponsored a fun family event on Saturday, April 23, at the high school. Many prizes were donated to the first large-scale event, Taco and Bingo Night. Elementary classrooms, group organizations and area businesses helped to make the event a success.

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Debbie Maloney and Robyn Formanek greet guests and sell Bingo game cards and daubers to those that attended the Webster Education Foundation event that raises money to supplement and support the school district’s teachers and students.

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Blake Seas of Nexen Group presents a $10,000 check to Webster Education Foundation representative Dawn Sargent. Nexen is in its third year of matching dollar-for-dollar the money raised by the organization. WEF offers scholarships and supportive programs for the students and staff.

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(Apr. 27, May 4, 11) 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. Brent A. Troff 1461A 90th Avenue Amery, Wisconsin 54001, Carleen J. Troff, f/k/a Carleen J. Warren 888 179th Street Dresser, Wisconsin 54009, AnchorBank, fsb, a federal savings bank, f/k/a S & C Bank 25 West Main Street Madison, Wisconsin 53703, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV303 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 on December 13, 2015, and filed on December 14, 2015, effective nunc pro tunc to November 30, 2015, in the above-entitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 31, 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: Parcel 1: Lot Six (6) of Certified Survey Map No. 3632 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps, page 145, Document No. 629341 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE 1/4 SW 1/4), Section Fifteen (15), Township Thirtythree (33) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: Together with and subject to a 15 foot easement for ingress and egress from the property to the public road which lies along the Eastern Edge of Lot Five (5) of Certified Survey map No. 3352 recorded in Volume 15, page 119, located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE 1/4 SW 1/4) of Section 15, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, said easement to be over and across the existing driveway. Including the following manufactured housing unit (Skyline Lexington, Model B214 28 x 56) HUD Nos. ULI539090 & ULI539091. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 1461A 90th Avenue, Amery, Wisconsin). Dated: April 14, 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/#18104 645540 WNAXLP


NOTICES NOTICE - SIREN SANITARY DISTRICT TOWN OF SIREN BOARD MEETINGS The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting, the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 645584 37-38L WNAXLP

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Job Title: Middle School Counselor Job Description: This person will assist students at Grantsburg Middle School, support classroom instruction. Help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. 7054 Certification. Hours: Full-time 1.0FTE. Qualifications: State certification as a Middle-Level Counselor.\ Rate of Pay: Per Contract Schedule. Requirements Qualified candidates should possess: • Ability to be student centered; • Passion in working with middle-school-aged students; • Ability to support all students toward academic, social, behavioral and emotional success; • Ability to communicate with students, parents and staff; • Trained and have demonstrated proficiency in the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model • Knowledge of individual learning plans; • Knowledge of special education process and procedures; • Special consideration given to applicants that have experience with childhood/adolescent mental health; Experience with implementing data-based behavioral system; Rtl • Knowledge of culturally responsive practices • Passion to work with a diverse population • Willingness to work with students and families in small and large group settings How to Apply: Submit a letter of application, resume, credentials and a copy of license to the address below. Please include an email address and current references in your application materials. Position will close when filled. Contact: Bill Morrin Grantsburg Middle School 500 East James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 645541 37-38L 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.


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Pursuant to s. 70.45 Wis. stats., the Town of Apple River assessment roll for the year 2016 assessment will be open for examination on the 7th day of May, 2016, at the Apple River Town Hall, 612 U.S. Hwy. 8, Range, WI, from 9 to 11 a.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 25th day of April, 2016. Lisa Carlson 645582 37L WNAXLP Town Clerk, Town of Apple River

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VILLAGE OF FREDERIC OFFICIAL NOTICE OF OPEN BOOK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 70.45 of Wis. Statutes, the Assessment Roll of the Village of Frederic will be completed and open for public examination from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W., Frederic, Wisconsin. The assessor will be present and available to answer questions regarding property assessments. In addition, instructional information and objection forms will be available during this time. These documents will assist property owners in the event they find it necessary to schedule a hearing before the Board of Review. Janice Schott, Village Clerk 645562 37L WNAXLP


The Town of Bone Lake Board of Supervisors has adopted Resolution 2016-2 and Resolution 2016-3, as of April 14, 2016. Resolution 2016-2 creates a town website, whereas all meeting notices, agendas, locations and town official contact information will be posted. The registered name of the website will be Resolution 2016-3 regards the additional method for publication of certain legal notices which was created by 2015 Wisconsin Act 79. This allows towns to post notices in one physical location, which will be located at the Ward Lake Public Access on 80th Street, and an Internet site maintained by the municipality. These new methods of publication of notices will become effective upon publication of this notice. Meeting notices will still be published for the month of May, but beginning in June the method of one posting and the website will become the means of noticing meetings and agendas to the public. Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk 645463 37L 27a WNAXLP

REQUESTING BIDS FOR 2016 ROADWORK TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Notice is hereby given that the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, is accepting bids for roadwork for the 2016 road maintenance season as follows: Paving & Pulverizing Spray Patching Chip Sealing Crack Sealing Wedging & Patching Bid packets will be available at the Town Hall. For specific details on the above projects, contact Joe Hein, Public Works, at 715-338-6433 or Town Hall at 715-483-1851. Bids to be considered must be sealed and received by the Town at the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street prior to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. and may possibly be awarded at the Town Board meeting on May 18, 2016. The Town Board reserves the right to accept or reject any, any part of, and/or all bids, and to waive irregularities and information therein and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interest of the Town of St. Croix Falls. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk 645472 37L WNAXLP

TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wis. PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING May 11, 2016 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Rob Carlson requests a special exception for an ATV-UTV moto plex with racetrack at parcel identification numbers 04400933-0000 and 044-00921-0000, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. The property is located in Section 34, T34N, R18W. Rob Carlson requests a special exception for selling used service trucks in the Commercial District. The parcel identification number is 044-00921-0000 and the property is located in Section 34, T34N, R18W. John and Rhett Werner request a minor subdivision of parcel identification number 044-00618-0000. Two additional parcels will be created with the two new parcels totaling 3.75 acres. The property is located in Section 25, T34N, R18W. Julia Amrich requests a special exception to run a drive-up kiosk selling coffee and baked goods at 2028 U.S. Highway 8. The parcel identification number is 044-00923-0000 and the property is located in Section 34, T34N, R18W. Steven Kotilinek requests a rezone of 2 parcels from Agricultural to Transitional. The two parcel identification numbers are 044-00740-0000 and 044-00741-0000, both parcels are located in Section 27, T34N, R18W. The Town of St. Croix Falls will be holding a public hearing to discuss potential amendments to the Town Driveway and Public Access ordinance. Copies of the proposed amendments are available at the Town Hall. The Town of St. Croix Falls will be holding a public hearing to discuss potential amendments to the Town Zoning Ordinance. Copies of the amendments are available at the Town Hall. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 645616 37-38L WNAXLP

Agenda: Board to meet at the town hall; proceed to drive the township roads; return to the town hall to complete their review process. Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 645513 37L 27a

(April 27, May 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, Minnesota 55055, Plaintiff, vs. Tyrel D. Sackett 21 210th Avenue West Comstock, Wisconsin 54826, United States of America, Department of Housing and Urban Development c/o United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin 222 West Washington Avenue, Suite 700 Madison, Wisconsin 53703, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV26 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 May 22, 2015, in the above-entitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 31, 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: LOT 2 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAP NO. 3178, RECORDED IN VOLUME 14 ON PAGE 200, AS DOCUMENT NO. 602647, BEING LOCATED IN PART OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER, AND IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER, SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 15 WEST, TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN. SAID SUBJECT PREMISIS WAS FORMERLY DESCRIBED AS: THE WEST HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 15 WEST (IN THE TOWNSHIP OF JOHNSTOWN, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN). (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 21 210th Avenue, Comstock, Wisconsin). Dated: April 14, 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 Joshua D. Christensen/#17458 645539 WNAXLP

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Tues., May 3, 2016, At 5 p.m.

Annual Meeting Of The Lakeview Cemetery Association On Mon., May 9, 2016, At 5 p.m. At The Siren Village Hall Vicky Drohman Secretary/Treasurer Lakeview Cemetery Assocation


Atlas Cooperative

Thurs., April. 28, 2016 11 a.m. at the Co-op Agenda: • Call to order • 2015 financial report • Any other business to lawfully come before the board • Directors elections Lunch served Noon to 5 p.m. 645396 26a,d 37L

ANNUAL MEETING Viola Lake Cemetery

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


The Board members of the Town of West Sweden will be conducting a road inspection Tues., May 3, 2016, at 9 a.m., beginning at the West Sweden Town Hall, 3147 3rd Avenue North, Frederic, WI. 645602 37L

Respectfully Submitted, Phyllis Wilder Municipal Clerk


TOWN OF LAKETOWN BURNING BAN No burning allowed until after 6 p.m. from April 1 until June 1, 2016. Patsy Gustafson Town Clerk

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On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors granted the following district change: MICHAEL & REBECCA MUMM: Agricultural to Commercial located at: 944 40TH St., Lot 1 CSM #5548 V25 Pg. 25, Sec. 16/T33N/R15W, Town of Clayton, 10 acres. 645471 37L WNAXLP


NEW HOME CEMETERY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING Monday, May 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. Eureka Town Hall 2395 210th Ave. St. Croix Falls, WI

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APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for retail sale of Class A License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI Chairman, Lewis Taylor Vice Chair, Crystal Peterson Agent, Carmen Bugg Southwinds Plaza 24670 State Road 35/70 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class A Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, at the place of business located at: Southwinds Liquor and Tobacco 24670 State Toad 35/70 Suite 1100 and 1200 Siren, WI 54872 Dated April 18, 2016 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 645586 37L WNAXLP

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for retail sale of Class A License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages to the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: St. Croix Properties Inc. Fourwinds Chairman, Lewis Taylor Vice Chairman, Crystal Peterson Agent, Jack Sando 7389 Airport Road Liquor store to be built on the property located on PRPID #33834 PID 07-030-2-38-1605-505001-011100 or PRPID #33835 PID 07-030-2-38-16-05-505001-012100 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class A Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor License to be used from date of approval to June 30, 2016, at the place of business located at: Fourwinds 7389 Airport Road Hwy. 35/70 North of Siren Exact location yet to be determined Dated April 18, 2016 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 645585 37L 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

TOWN OF GEORGETOWN - BID NOTICE The Town of Georgetown is seeking bids to maintain (mow and trim) the Georgetown Cemetery. Bids must be submitted to: Georgetown Clerk, 1847 100th St., Balsam Lake, WI, and must be received by May 10, 2016, to be considered. Proof of insurance must also be submitted to the Town of Georgetown for the bid to be considered by the board. For further information please contact Kristine Lindgren, Georgetown Clerk, at 715-857-5788. 645561 37L WNAXLP

(Apr. 27, May 4, 11) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CLARENCE W. GOULD Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 32 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 12, 1926, and date of death December 18, 2013, was domiciled in Anoka County, State of Minnesota, with a mailing address of 3603 Interlachen Drive NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is July 20, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Office of Register in Probate, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar April 14, 2016 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar No.: 1003029 645466 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


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

TOWN of ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin NOTICE OF OPEN BOOK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 70.45 the assessment roll for the 2016 assessment year will be open for examination on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street. This session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor and look over their property assessments.

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of St. Croix Falls of Polk County shall hold its first meeting on the 25th day of May, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. The Board or 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 the 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 session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the Board of Review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting. 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 then of the final day of 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. Person who owns 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 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. 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. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under Sec. 73.03 (2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the Assessor requests. The Town of St. Croix Falls 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 office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35 (1) of Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone unless the Board, in it’s discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement. 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 Sec. 70.47 (3) (a), Wis. Statutes, 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. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk 645461 37L WNAXLP


Village of Frederic

SPRING CLEANUP WEEK May 9 - 13, 2016

$20 per cubic yard, does not include: Tires - $5 each Appliances - $20 each TV’s and Computers - $10 Mattresses - $20 each piece There will be a $10 minimum charge

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Call 327-4294 or email to schedule a pickup NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE TOWN OF APPLE RIVER STATE OF WISCONSIN TOWN OF APPLE RIVER, POLK COUNTY Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on Wednesday May 11, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Apple River Town Hall, 612 U.S. Hwy. 8 Range, WI. 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 48-hour 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 Apple River 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. 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 25th day of April, 2016. Lisa Carlson Town Clerk, Town of Apple River 645581 37L 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


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 OPEN BOOK TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN Notice is hereby given that Open Book for the Town of West Sweden will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Sweden Town Hall, 3147 3rd Avenue N, Frederic WI. This session gives the property owner an opportunity to meet with the assessor, ask questions of the assessor, and look over their property assessments.

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of West Sweden, Polk County, will follow the Open Book on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of The Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to the valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec.73.03 (2a) that the Assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of WI Statues. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully Submitted Town of West Sweden 645601 37-38L WNAXLP Phyllis Wilder, Clerk Notice is hereby given this 27th day of April, 2016.


Governor touts private property rights at Osceola event

Signs bills into law at landscaping firm, addressing supporters

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Citing the Founding Fathers’ stressing of private property rights in the nation’s establishing documents, Gov. Scott Walker appeared in Osceola on Tuesday, April 26, where he signed several pieces of legislation, including a much-discussed bill authored by local Assemblyman Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, regarding the rights of property owners, clarifying zoning regulations and putting limits on local laws going further than the state. The appearance took place at J & S Contracting in Osceola, a local landscaping firm that is the type possibly benefiting from Act 391’s signing. “This bill is important to us,” stated J & S co-owner Steve Mueller, noting how he has had to work with Jarchow in the past on disputes over things like concrete pouring where the customer likes the change “... and the other person (neighbors) hates it.” Bill co-sponsor Jarchow said the law was part of the governor’s general plan and is meant to expand private property rights. “That’s really what this bill is about, growing small businesses, growing the economy ... and growing the tax base,” Jarchow said, touting the governor for past actions and reforms amid a large garage full of supporters. Speaking beside a coiled, 27-ton Caterpillar 320 E excavator, Walker spoke briefly on several things he was proud of, including how the state had over 3 million people employed for the first time, and noted the state’s drop in unemployment to 4.5 percent, adding that “... 36 states now have worse rates than Wisconsin.” Walker cited several other things he said showed the state was on the right path, many of which were echoed from his presidential run last year, which he did not reference. He cited several years of tuition freezes at UW schools, while also placing a large part of the blame for growing student debt on secondary education’s rise in tuition rates over the decade prior to his term, stating “they went up 118 percent.” “I want to chip away at it even more,” he said on tuition rates, adding that his reforms “... have put the power back in the hands of the people.” But the bulk of the governor’s speech addressed the property rights bill, with him touting the bill’s effect on landowners’ construction “dreams of improvement to their homes,” while also pointing to the importance of clear, less confusing rules, specifically keeping control in Madison, and not in local government units, which have often placed more strict requirements or limits on things like setbacks and mitigation, as well as how it includes the ability to rebuild a boathouse, “including the foundation.” “This is about the ability to own property and do the kinds of things (you want)

The J & S Contracting garage in Osceola was filled with Gov. Walker supporters on Tuesday, April 26, for a ceremonial bill signing. with your property,” Walker exclaimed. “And getting red tape out of the way.” Walker told the crowd he did not agree “with critics who say you cannot have ... a sustainable economy with a sustainable environment,” and he stressed the importance of clarity and uniformity, across the state, when it comes to applicable (zoning) laws. Later, in a subsequent private interview, Walker did admit there are legitimate concerns over drawing the line between local control, especially in a state known for its “home rule” tradition of optional local control, while also clarifying several aspects of the Jarchow bill. “I’ll admit, it’s a delicate balance,” Walker stated on opponents’ and environmental group concerns addressing the bill’s effect. He also admitted that while Act 391 action does “address local controls,” it is “... meant to tie into all their other efforts with economic development.” “But it’s also meant to address predictability ... especially (for landowners) near a water base, either a river or a lake,” Walker said in private. “It’s about still protecting the water and providing public access to the water, but making sure that something as simple as a boathouse ... can be rebuilt.” Many of the shoreland restrictions the law overturns go back decades, in the name of water quality concern, and addressed strict rules on shoreland buildings, often more regulated, to the point that maintenance was discouraged, as every dollar in improvement or maintenance was supposed to be strictly limited, based on often decades-old value assessments, and how they often limited riparian landowners’ ability to rebuild those structures, such as boathouses, as a way of sort of forcing the structure into eventually being razed or falling into serious disrepair. “Also, this bill assures that (owners) can take care of their property without restrictions from local government, that can make it almost impossible,” he added. He said many of the environmental concerns raised by critics “have been addressed,” by a variety of groups, and said the legislation is “meant to be based on reasonable standards,” while also clarify-

The governor made a brief speech about the state’s economy, jobs forecast, student ACT scores and private property rights, while poised in front of a 27-ton excavator at J & S Contracting in Osceola this week.

ing an aspect of Act 391. “Municipalities in Wisconsin must notify (citizens) if there is a zoning change that is going to affect the use of their property,” Walker said. “This bill clarifies zoning regulations and makes additional changes to protect property owners.” According to the governor’s office, Assembly Bill 582, now Act 391, “Prohibits local governments from requiring a person to take certain actions regarding real property to pay a related fee before purchasing, taking title to or occupying the property.” The bill was authored by Jarchow and Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere. There are also new restrictions on local cities, villages, towns and counties, forbidding them from “... prohibiting or unreasonably restricting the sale or transfer of title to any interest in real property.” The bill also “... requires political subdivisions to provide a method for landowners to receive written notice of potential action that may affect the allowable use of the landowner’s property.” Act 391 clarifies “... that a setback line from the ordinary high-water mark established by a professional land surveyor may be legally relied upon for the purposes of development near a water body,” while the law also “makes changes to shoreland zoning laws related to runoff control structures and utility equipment.” The governor’s office also noted that the new law requires an economic impact analysis of a proposed administrative rule “... to include an analysis of the ways in which and the extent to which the proposed rule would place any limitations on the free use of private property.” “This legislation not only protects Wisconsin property owners ... it also helps create an environment where people want to live and raise a family, which ultimately bolsters our economy and job creation,” Walker said in closing. The governor also signed a recycling bill into law at the J & S event, meant to increase funding for recycling grants to local governments. Act 392 increases recycling grant funding provided to the DNR to distribute $3 million to local government units for fiscal year 2015-16. The governor’s media spokesperson said the recycling law is “... meant to pos-

itively impact the day-to-day operations of local government recycling programs.” Walker did not address that bill at the J & S event on Tuesday. In a lighter moment with the Leader, Walker addressed the current presidential race, and admitted that the Republican field of candidates “was too full” and that the national media has “an obsession with personality as opposed to policy.” Walker was candid in his wish that the presidential discord since his leaving the race had “become better focused on issues” and less on personal attacks and personalities. “I really wish they had more discussion involving things like the national debt, the deficit, the economy and security, but we’re not getting that out of the national press,” Walker said with a shrug. He did not address his recent support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was competing in half a dozen primary races as the governor spoke. “But I’m glad to be back on the road in Wisconsin ... and I love being governor,” he said fervently, stopping short of revealing any re-election intent. Later, Walker also noted the recent death of Twin Cities’ renowned musician Prince, pointing out how he had placed photos of several of his favorite album covers by the artist on his social media account, saying he had quoted his favorite Prince song, “Lets go crazy,” often in the last few days. “I always liked how it (the song) starts with this sort of funeral organ ... and ends with a celebration ... about getting through ‘this thing called life,’” Walker said with a nod, pointing to the artist as one of many musical icons of his generation. “It’s a sad thing when someone like that goes so young.”

Gov. Scott Walker, speaking at an event to sign several pieces of legislation at an Osceola landscaping firm. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Gov. Scott Walker holds up the signed bill that addresses private property rights, specifically near water, loosening some restrictions on landowner abilities to maintain or improve structures, such as boathouses. “Now it’s a law!” he exclaimed as he held the new law up, while seated before the bill’s co-author, Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake.




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Early ‘90s, a skinny, long-haired me, hanging outside the Loon Cafe ... sleeves rolled way up, smoking Camels as cool as possible, beside a strange purple-hued Lincoln limo - with a subwoofer that interrupted heart rates - on the off chance it was “You Know Who.’” - Greg Marsten

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Greg Marsten | Staff writer LUCK – I understand that many people don’t get it, but as a Minneapolis boy, Prince’s passing hit home pretty hard. So here I sit in my home office, listening to Prince all day, sipping coffee from a vintage Paisley Park mug as I recall his influence on me and my friends. That mug is one of two I received decades ago from one of Paisley Park’s recording engineers, who told stories of The Purple One’s ways during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when his career began to go nuclear. Like many kids my age growing up in south Minneapolis in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Prince had a broad, sweeping, pre-purple-era influence. I am excited to admit that Minneapolis), sleeves rolled way up, smoking Camels as cool as possible, beside a I hung around with some of those folks who were in close orbit around him and strange purple-hued Lincoln limo - with a subwoofer that interrupted heart rates would forever be touched by his talent and quirkiness. on the off chance it was “You Know Who.” (It was him, but where he was partying Prince’s longtime (then future) bass player, Mark Brown - later known as “Brown Mark” - grew up just a few blocks away from me, and while he was a few years older stayed a security secret.) I have heard lots of heartfelt tales from his past sidemen and women and many than us, he was nice enough to occasionally drive one of my buddies to high school, cool stories from his former chief engineer - who recalled being called in to work on flashy as possible in his jacked-up, loud Chevelle that was so good at smoky burnouts. Mark is a longtime social media friend, and his former boss’s passing was “dev- tracks and overdubs all night one Christmas Eve in the early ‘90s, only to have Prince disappear quietly at dawn without a word, mysterious as always. astating beyond words” for him. Engineer Mike was then stopped on his way out by security, cryptically forced to I get it. I was admittedly an early-early Prince fan, buying his first album, “For drive around back to the Paisley Park loading dock, only to find that Prince had a You,” on vinyl at the late Oar Folkjokepus music store, because Target “Never heard truckful of state-of-the-art goodies for him: brand-new big-screen TV and full home of him ... are you sure that his band isn’t called something else, young man? Maybe entertainment system, as “A little Thank U!” The tales of his generosity are not un‘the princes of something,’ you know, hmmm?” usual. I had many friends in bands who worshipped his bass lines, futuristic style, infecI’ll admit my first, and probably the only time, I forayed into makeup use was tious melodies, heartfelt and even dirty lyrics and his tepid general funkiness. “Conwhen I helped decorate, dress and paint my li’l brother, Nate, as Prince for Hallowtroversy” and “1999” were often played start-to-end at many of my and my friends’ een in the late ‘70s, from the “Controversy” album cover. Junior high Nate looked parties, and even now, I hear things I didn’t notice back just like him, and was about as tall! then. I believe Prince’s passing is both the worst Then in the late ‘80s, I moved into the heart of the and best thing to happen to my former homemusic scene in Uptown Minneapolis, renting the main town and birth state, as Paisley Park becomes floor of a three-story, purple Victorian home on Gara new Graceland, and his name will forever be field. (Vikings or Prince? Not sure.) There was always a even more synonymous with all things Minnelate-night party in that hood, and it wasn’t a bash until sota and purple. I hope his legendary musical somebody played a Prince EP, “import” or a remix, loud innovation becomes part of that lasting legand proud. acy, more than the quirkiness and the bizarre That quirky neighborhood produced dozens of influfashions. But, yeah, it was all pretty darn cool ential musicians, from Bob Mould to Grant Hart and and so ahead of the times; the “Minneapolis others, often seen slipping into Muddy Waters coffee Sound” was more than a just a driving bass shop, long before coffee shops were everywhere. beat and slick Hammond organ riffs. It was Prince’s grooves drew a party crowd like dropping fresh, real, sexy, emotional, raunchy, cool, cacash from the sky, and it was sort of an unwritten rule sual and meant to celebrate what we all can be, that his catalog was allowed at all hours on a Friday if turned loose and not restricted by the rules or Saturday night-into-morning, so deal with it. The This pair of vintage Paisley Park coffee mugs was a gift from one of or convention. bass line for “DMSR” (Dance Music Sex Romance) was Prince’s sound engineers decade ago, and they remain one of the auIt was black, white, male, female, straight, gay, often the highlight, and met with predicted chortles of thor’smost cherished, if not valuable, collectibles. - Photo by Greg Marsten. rich, poor, and all so, so cool, often seeming too “Yeah!” “Woooo!” and clapping in perfect rhythm. weird for right now, and even baffling or chalThrough deep-rooted, caveman-esque attrition, Prince lenging some of his fans. The fact that it came taught thousands of people to dance like everyone was from this quiet, quirky little fella in a purple thong made it even more bizarre. watching, and he even convinced many strong leading men that singing in falsetto True, his acting was mediocre, at best, and he was notorious for flirting with - and was OK, at times, if you matched it with a little husky Corvette baritone on occasion. usually getting - every woman in the room. He was a total ham on stage and screen, I have fond memories of a group of some of my old Uptown neighbors, pickled, and a quirky, tiny, cape-wielding, sunglasses-wearing, single-sentence-response “unisweaty, sort of drunk and tired, just giddy that a 1988/89 local after-show just might corn” of sorts in public, never staying too long in one place, as to draw a crowd and morph into one of his legendary all-night jams. I lived in the purple home for a make other people uncomfortable. couple of years, and one of my housemates was a lead Paisley Park soundstage carWatch as the Prince Effect continues; there are amphitheaters to be built, movies penter, which meant plenty of stories of Prince’s little foibles, quirks, perfectionism, and musicals to be written and scored, dedication albums to be produced, books to video vision and demands, with tales of stunning dancers, around-the-clock work be written; pets, babies and streets (First Avenue, maybe I-35W?) to be renamed and schedules and yes, occasionally over-the-top generosity, possibly to amend for some painted purple; there are statues to be cast, tattoos to be inked, young artists that of the difficulties of working for/with him. New York critics might briefly speculate to be “the new Prince” and documentaries Carpenter Gary, my neighbor, wouldn’t come right out and admit it, but his girlof his life, music and genius to be produced. friend let it slip once that Prince basically “secured the financing” on his new li’l Prince impersonators will be the new normal, and there will be oh-so-many white Ford Ranger, later nicknamed “Dexy (the Sexy)” after Gary’s rusty old truck dances, parties, raves and remixes in his honor, all in celebration, which is amazing to (with the supernoisy fan belt) died in the Paisley Park parking lot one day, forcing see, share and embrace. Celebrating something good and almost perfect by one perthe set builder to wait around and secure a ride with his tools. Prince had one of “his son is a rarity in these days of insults, sound bites and political division. people” take Gary home, which my intrigued roomie confirmed, watching as a mess And yes, as former engineer Mike confirmed to me over two decades ago (!) there of tools and a sawdust-covered Gary emerged from a very shiny limo in the alley. truly is a vault of hundreds of unused tracks, songs, riffs, melodies and more just “He probably would’ve given it (the Ranger truck) to me, if I could put up with waiting to be released or catalogued for study and enjoyment. Mike said Prince never that (expletive deleted) purple!” Gary joked one night over Pabsts and hot dogs in released any of those aforementioned Christmas Eve recordings, admitting it was our Uptown “backyard,” which was the size of that Ranger. Gary later joked that he odd to work so hard on something “that nobody ever heard.” had built Prince’s “TAFKAP symbol” so often out of plywood, he could draw it from For me, given the attention to his death, it’s tough not considering selling that set memory! of rare, vintage gray Paisley Park coffee mugs I use so often, given to me years ago Being in the media and having several friends in the local music industry meant by engineer Mike, as part of a Prince “employee recognition phase.” But who knows, we all had Prince stories of a sort; seeing him in the corner bobbing his head at the maybe with the right “Purple Fan” on eBay, I can buy my daughter a killer new Fine Line Music Cafe, sitting off to the side (in a production meeting?) at the old LivFender axe ... purple, of course. ing Room Lounge - pausing sweetly to field fan gushes. Early ‘90s, a skinny, longhaired me, hanging outside the Loon Cafe (in downtown


48th year for Frederic Kindergarten Circus

William White is one of the popcorn vendors handing out popcorn to the crowd at the Thursday evening, April 21, Frederic Kindergarten Circus.

Lion tamer Lucas Hughes commands his lion, Parker Nelson, to roar.

Payson Mara is the strongest woman in the world.

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Jezzica Clark leads other kindergarteners in the intermission dance.

Bears Maliyah Hannah and Taden Popham, along with monkey Nehemiah Hannah, perform for the crowd at the Frederic Kindergarten Circus Thursday, April 21.

Welcoming everyone to the 48th-annual Kindergarten Circus at Frederic Elementary School Thursday, April 21, are ringmasters Daniel Fultz and Estelle Chenal.

RIGHT: Anna King is one of the world’s best tightrope walkers performing at the Frederic Kindergarten Circus Thursday, April 21.

Baton twirlers Casiella King and Destiney Pederson lead in the intermission dance.

Monkey Nehemiah Hannah shows off his sliding skills.



esides cooking, I enjoy singing. I love cooking because it gives me the opportunity to be creative and it gives me such joy and pleasure when my guests enjoy every bite. I was testing my new recipe of General Tso’s chicken a few weeks ago and I asked my neighbors and friends to be my guinea pigs (literally). The neighbors brought their 4-year-old and 10-year-old grandkids along. Watching the young ones finish their plates and ask for more was priceless. I was in heaven! My wife and I used to sing in the nursing homes in Milwaukee, and again, it was such a joy entertaining the seniors. A lot of them were in wheelchairs; however, they would be tapping their toes or moving their fingers to the rhythm of our songs. Oh, we could sing to them forever. My first encounter with barbershop singing was when I was a kid in Hong Kong. There was this promotion video that all theaters used when Disneyland first opened in Southern California, showing the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matterhorn Ride, and the Jungle River Ride. Somehow I was more intrigued by the barbershop quartet singers performing on the Main Street. Four different guys singing four different parts, yet together, they formed such a beautiful harmony. How was that possible? I didn’t remember Mickey Mouse or Snow White, but the image of those four guys just would not go away. And, by chance, I joined the Big Chicken Chorus when we lived in Atlanta, Ga. I kept with the barbershop singing while living in Milwaukee, and finally, I joined the Indianhead Chorus here. I’ve been singing barbershop on-andoff for almost 20 years. Yes, it is a hobby all right but so is stamp collecting. Where else can you find 20 to 30 guys who share the same interest as you, show up week after week, and spend a

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong few hours learning and practicing great songs together? No, we do not get paid for what we do - we do it because we all enjoy the camaraderie and the harmony we create. There are four parts to the chorus, the lead, the bass, the tenor and the baritone. The lead sings the melody, the bass sings the low parts and the tenor sings the high notes. The baritone picks up notes that nobody carries and those notes sound strange and odd indeed by themselves. Hence, the baritones are always the butt of all jokes that they can’t carry a tune. But in reality, without those baritone brothers, we’ll all be flat. Get it? B flat? We were taught to excel and exceed in whatever we do to become successful in life. Yet, barbershop teaches me that the best results come not from just one person’s effort, but the whole chorus performing together, with each person carrying his part to become one voice. Starting out in 1938 in America, now the society has turned global. I was in Toronto attending a wedding, and the groom’s family was from England. The groom’s father and I were having a friendly conversation during the rehearsal reception. I was trying hard to keep up with my long-lost British accent (I was born in Hong Kong, a British colony then). I found out that he also sings barbershop. So, we sang a couple of Pole Cat songs, which are songs that all barbershop singers learn before they can become an official member. The guests were mesmerized. How could two strangers who have never met

The members of the Indianhead Chorus come from Burnett, Polk, Barron and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin, and a few come from Minnesota. Members come from many backgrounds and all drawn together by a love of singing and fellowship. - Special photo make music together? It was a magical moment indeed. Everything is magical in barbershop. It is fun, educational, entertaining and most rewarding. Yes, it is free, but it also comes with a price – your passion, your dedication, and your drive to give the best of what you can for yourself, and for others. There would be 30 singers singing, yet you only hear one voice. Most amazing indeed. And here is more information about our chorus from our marketing director, Ken: The Indianhead Barbershop Chorus started making music over 58 years ago. It is a fraternity of about 30 men drawn together by a love of singing four-part acapella harmony music. The chorus is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The members come from Burnett, Polk, Barron and St Croix counties in Wisconsin, and a few come from Minnesota. Members come from many backgrounds and are all drawn together by a love of singing and

fellowship. There is a lot of opportunity to perform. The highlight this year is the 58th-annual Harvest of Harmony, held Oct. 8, 2016, at 2 and 7 p.m., at Amery High School. Our guest quartets are Chord Smash and Vocal Spectrum. We sing at Music in the Park, churches, and various community festivals. Many of our guys regularly sing out as members of quartets. The chorus director is Steve Swenson and Karl Wicklund is his assistant. Loren Nelson, our director emeritus, was a driving force in the early years. The chorus practices every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the old courthouse on the NE corner of CTH I and Hwy. 46 in Balsam Lake. All men who love to sing are encouraged to come and join us in “the hobby that lasts a lifetime.” For more information write Ken Mettler at kbmett@ or call 715-483-9292.

Organize a team for the Frederic Area ACS Sole Burner FREDERIC - There is still plenty of time to organize a team to participate in the 21st-annual Frederic Area American Cancer Society Sole Burner on Saturday, May 7. There is no minimum number of members a team must have. You may also walk as an individual. Registration takes place from 8-8:45 a.m. at the Birch Street Elementary School. Team pictures will also be taken during this time and must be completed by 9 a.m.

More Bleats Rosemary Hatcher You’d Have To Read The Book (dedicated to Marie Kondo) “It will change your life forever,” Says the author of the book That promises to tidy up my house. I follow her directions and I strip the closet bare, Placing all my clothing on the bedroom floor. Then I gently lift each garment As I softly pose the question: “Does this dress or skirt or jacket bring me joy?” Only if the answer’s “yes” Do I drape it on a hanger And place it neatly on the closet rod. If, instead, the answer’s “no” Then I have a choice of boxes Either “charity” or “put it in the trash.” I labored and I questioned and I listened to the answers, And I separated out the wheat from chaff. And now my life is simpler When I open up the closet To survey a tidy rank Of empty hangers.

Registration and tribute flag forms are available at the U.S. and Bremer banks, Frederic Pharmacy and Larsen Auto Center. Send your completed forms to Kay Thorsbakken at Box 221, Frederic, WI 54837. Tribute flags are $5 each and may be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones or friends. Preregistration is $10 and registration the day of the walk is $15. Teams and individuals can also register online at

The Green Bay Packers have donated an autographed football that is on display at the Bremer Bank and is offered as a silent auction item. Stop in at the bank and make a bid. The winning bidder will be announced at 9:15 a.m. the day of the walk. The Frederic Golf course is offering a buy one and get a round of golf free opportunity for every run/walk participant. There will be a 50/50 drawing. Tickets

Pop’s Not Always Corn


Carousel Prescription Having trouble sleeping? Lie awake to toss and turn? Need some calming medication? Get a cat. Rosemary Hatcher

What’s Cooking? I’m a voracious reader And among my favorite reads Are cookbooks. Although, to tell the truth, It’s not so much the reading; It’s the pictures. The colors bold and glistening; The slices pure perfection, The presentation absolutely flawless. I’d have to call it culinary porn. It makes me lust for emulation. Too bad that I don’t like to cook.

My pop-up toaster is a great convenience It keeps the bread from burning. My pop-up car locks are convenient, too. I activate them with my key-fob. I’ve even heard of pop-up tents That make it so much pleasanter to camp. Sometimes a thought will pop into my head And I will entertain it for a while. But pop-up ads on my computer Just make me want to pop the plug.

O Tempora, O Mores “ Beautiful eyes,” is what they said But that was long ago. They look at me today and say: “Cute glasses.”

Be Still My Heart I watched for him all through the morning; I so longed to hear what he’d say. My eyes ached from watching past noontime Till dusk took the daylight away. I wept and I wailed and I pouted. But the repairman’s not coming today.

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Calisthenics 2016 In February we spent a whole day Leaping But just an hour in March to Spring Ahead. In April we’d a day to Fool around. And now, new month, new question Could Maypole vaulting be in the Olympics?

Use of the Subjunctive I sometimes wish that I were taller, but There’s nothing to be done. Wish my eyes were brown instead of blue. There’s nothing to be done. I wish that I were younger. There’s nothing to be done. But should I wish that I were shorter All I have to do is wait. About the author: Rosemary Hatcher retired to Wisconsin where she keeps her mind active in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now class. She has invented a new genre of rhythmic writing she has titled “Bleats” after the sound a sheep will make if you twist its tail. Her writing has a twist at the tail or the end. 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.


A deadly wandering


ack in 2006, a 19-year old Utah man named Reggie Shaw crossed the centerline in his Chevy SUV on his drive to work and clipped an oncoming car, a 1999 Saturn sedan carrying two scientists who were also husbands and fathers. The impact sent their car careening sideways into the path of a truck driven by a man named John Kaiserman. Kaiserman was driving an F-250 and pulling a trailer with over two tons of equipment that he used in his farrier business. His truck hit the Saturn broadside, killing the driver and his passenger instantly. Shaw, who was uninjured, told the investigating officer, state Trooper Bart Rindlisbacher, that he couldn’t remember what had happened. He would later admit that he had been texting while driving that morning, and a search of phone records revealed that, in fact, he had texted 11 times in the moments surrounding the crash. He eventually was convicted of negligent homicide, but spent just 30 days in jail followed by community service. Since that time, Shaw has made it his mission to spread the word on the dangers of distracted driving to state Legislatures around the country and anyone willing to hear his message. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matt Richter tells Shaw’s story in his book “A Deadly Wandering,” published in 2014. Richter, himself, has become something of a crusader on the evils of distracted driving, and a Google search will turn up numerous interesting interviews with the author. In his book, he recounts the events of the morning of the accident, the subsequent investigation and the brain science behind distractible driving. It’s a fascinating read, a cautionary tale that we ignore at our peril. There is plenty of data on the dangers of texting while driving. Research shows that you’re 23 times more likely to get into an accident while texting. A

History is her story How sweet it is

The view from here Steve Pearson National Safety Council study concluded that texting played a part in 1 out of 4, or 280,000, accidents last year and was the cause of an average of eight traffic deaths per day. Texting while driving is more dangerous than drunken driving, the equivalent of driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in your blood. And most of us already know this or at least have some sense of it; a recent survey found that 94 percent of Americans said texting while driving is “totally unacceptable.” But here’s the kicker: despite acknowledgement of the dangers, 35 percent said they’d read a text or email while driving in the last 30 days, and 27 percent admitted to sending one. So why do we do it? Richter contends that it’s a combination of hubris and addictive behavior. Many people simply believe that all those statistics don’t apply to them. It’s the same misjudgment that leads some to get behind the wheel after a few drinks … “I can manage it, I’m not really all that impaired.” But texting is even more insidious, and if we get away with it enough, say 100 times without crashing, we begin to believe in our invincibility. But brain science points up the error in that thinking. First, it’s important to understand that we can’t focus on two things at once. “Multitasking” is a fallacy; the research proves that while we can jump back and forth between two tasks quickly, it’s neurologically impossible to concentrate on both simultaneously. Yet it’s precisely a belief in the opposite that makes some people believe they can text while driving.

Folle Avoine

ust as the spring winds speak of Chronicles J changes to come, so too does the outlook for the Burnett County Historical Society, whose activities include oversight of the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park property. This year the newness will include fresh leadership via Barb Sweet, newly elected as the historical society’s president by its board of directors. Like many, Barb and hubbie Richard’s intro to the site stems from their natural curiosity about the area’s attractions when they moved to these parts around 1990. As she recalls, “We were very surprised to find this fantastic place to visit. It’s also natural to figure out a way to fit into one’s new community in a meaningful way, so once we found that the site relies on a healthy volunteer corps to keep things running, we knew we’d found a second home; and we wanted to contribute where we could to this interesting place.” Contributing “where we could” has led to participating in a variety of roles for Barb and a similar round of activities for Richard. Their helping hand has been felt in several aspects, from help with specific events like the summer rendezvous doings to the Christmas event and lots of other often behindthe-scenes places. Richard, for instance, early on joined in with a group of fel-

Woodswhimsy the gnome lows self-styled as “the Monday Boys,” who combine skills to assist site director Steve Wierschem with whatever maintenance tasks might be needed around the grounds. Barb figures that history is a natural yen for Richard, given that his background includes a degree in anthropology/history. And, as Barb puts it, “He comes from a family of eggheads.” Hmm ... whatever that means. While Barb had no formal training in history, her interest in native historical topics was tweaked by studying Native American cultures and attending powwows as an outgrowth of her involvement with Girl Scouts in her native Milwaukee. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and chemistry, then adding a Master of Science in social work to the mix, Barb’s work involved stints in Arizona and Hawaii in academic and military settings, plus setting up her own private psychological practice. Her experience in Hawaii especially furthered her interests in native history and culture, so

In fact, the most recent studies show that if you’ve texted within the last minute but aren’t texting currently, you’re still “distracted” from a brain science perspective. When you text, you overtake the executive control function of your brain, and it takes a moment to reorient following the text. There’s a “switching cost,” and research shows that during that time, you’re essentially blind to what’s happening on the road. Once you get past the belief that you’re invincible, there’s still the addictive aspect of texting to consider. And if you’re a texter and you’re carrying your phone in the car with you, you’re vulnerable to its addictive nature. To begin with, texting works on what behavioral scientists call a variable ratio or intermittent reinforcement schedule. While some texts we receive are unimportant to us or are just outright spam, the possibility of missing the occasional important one is what keeps us checking. And that kind of reward schedule is more powerful than any other. As Richter says, it’s what makes slot machines hard to walk away from. Applying this to driving, that little ping you hear from your phone has become a conditioned stimulus that activates the reward center of your brain, displacing the prefrontal cortex, the task-oriented portion of the brain, that was keeping you concentrated on the road ahead. This reward center is the oldest, deepest part of the brain, the “fight-or-flight” portion. That little ping tells the brain, “I may have a social opportunity or I may have a threat for you, but in either case, you’d better look.” Biochemically speaking, dopamine is released in the brain, a rush of adrenaline. Richter asserts we’ve never had anything quite like this in our cars before. Researchers, he says, will tell you that at the very least, it’s habituating, and it has all the hallmarks of addictive behavior. You can see it in the blank face of that person approaching you on the

it was rather natural for her and Richard to gravitate towards the Forts Folle Avoine activities when they moved here. And now, after several stints on the Burnett County Historical Society board, she welcomes the opportunity to further her involvement as the group’s president. She looks forward to Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park serving as a catalyst for furthering the organization’s educational mission to interpret the history of the fur trade as preserved at the original fur trade site. Another goal is to develop complementary programming designed to enhance that mission, building on successes but also being open to new possibilities that suit the park’s purpose. Reflecting on some of those new horizons, she explains, “We are reorganizing the board of directors to function more efficiently. Vice President Tom Satterlund has created a bigger and much better website so that even old fuds like me can find their way around and discover what’s going on over at the site, plus some pointers on how to join in the fun, volunteer, donate, etc. We’ve already got a super-duper bunch of people but want and welcome newcomers to join us as we seek to more fully showcase what is a community gem sitting out in the backwoods.” Asked for a particularly sweet memory, Barb smiled and remembered her family’s involvement with the summer rendezvous fun at the site. As she

sidewalk, staring at their phone, oblivious to all around them as you step out of their way. If deprived of that addictive device, we feel bored, restless or, more alarmingly, we experience withdrawal symptoms. We wonder how we were ever happy before that stimulation entered our lives, and we can’t imagine life without it. Because of the strong pull of this addiction, Richter advises putting your phone in the trunk when you drive. Richter asserts that there are sociological forces at work, too. Advertising for tech tools and toys is ubiquitous these days, and much of it glorifies the “always-on, always-connected” culture. It’s the new machismo, Richter says. But it has a definite downside. “The more bits of information you are churning on, the less able you are to use your mind in creative ways. Simply put, if our minds are filled with junk, there’s no room for creativity.” Distraction in the car is nothing new. What is new is the “systemic nature, the interactive nature, the beckoning nature of the new devices,” says Richter. “And it’s an order of magnitude difference.” States have been scrambling to keep up with the rush of data about distracted driving. Forty-six states now have laws outlawing texting while driving, including Utah, where the efforts of Shaw led to one of the most stringent in the country. Drivers overwhelmingly support the new laws. But it may take some time for their behavior to catch up; witness the gap between how people say they feel about texting while driving and what they actually do. Some say that gap will persist as long as people carry phones in their cars. Or until the laws can be strictly enforced, which may become easier once a Virginia company, ComSonics, begins marketing their new radar gun that can detect the radio frequencies of texting drivers to law enforcement agencies.

retells it ...”Richard and I both love camping but being a bit older, we had a ‘tin tipi’ instead of a tent. We introduced our grandson Jake, also known as ‘Soggy Bottom,’ to the rendezvous fun when he was 9. He was always taking pictures and not paying attention to where he pitched his tent so when it rained, he came back with a soggy bedroll ... well, a soggy everything! So he earned the ‘Soggy Bottoms’ name naturally. In college he became highly intrigued with photojournalism and once even based a project of his around some rendezvous events which were published. Nowadays he has a job in the field of photojournalism, based in Marshfield. But it was the Forts that helped stimulate that interest, soggy bottoms and all. Who knows what being involved with Forts Folle Avoine might lead to!” Meanwhile, though the site tours will not run regularly until Memorial Day weekend, a few school groups have already visited. The site’s research library is open each Wednesday and the site office/museum is also available. Further info can always be accessed via website and/or by phoning the site at 715-866-8890. Signed, Woodswhimsy independent writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park.

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How child abuse affects Polk County Child abuse, neglect and domestic violence There is a significant overlap between abuse of women and children. One study estimated that 30-40 percent of women who are abused have children who are abused. Domestic violence is the single major precursor to child deaths in the U.S. It is estimated that 70 percent of cases in which an abused child dies, their mother has been the victim of domestic violence. It is believed that child abuse is 15 times more likely when there is domestic violence in the home. When child abuse is substantiated, 42 percent of those children lived in homes where there was domestic violence. Living in an abusive home puts children in greater risk of being hurt as they may be the target of displaced anger or frustration of either parent - abused mothers are eight times more likely to abuse children when they are battered than when they are safe; try to protect their parent and in the process be injured; or be hurt accidentally if they get in the way. Effects of domestic violence on children Children who witness domestic violence at home display emotional and behavioral disturbances such as withdrawal, low self-esteem, nightmares, self-blame and aggression toward peers, family members and property. Thirty percent of children who witness domestic violence go on to become perpetrators of violence compared to 2-4 percent of people in the general population. When boys are exposed to severe domestic violence they are 10 times more likely as adults to be violent toward their partner. Child abuse/neglect and alcoholism/drug abuse Alcohol and other drug abuse affects children both emotionally and physically. In their preoccupation with alcohol, parents may neglect their children’s needs. Children’s self-esteem may suffer as parents might call them names or embarrass them in front of others. Possible contributing factors to abuse/neglect by someone abusing alcohol/drugs include: The drinking parent ‘’loses control’’ and uses alcohol as an excuse; the nondrinking parent takes his or her resentment of the drinking parent out on the child. Either parent has unrealistic ideas about what to expect from a child at a certain age. Alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions and so they may take risks and make decisions that could harm someone. The use of alcohol is often linked with incidents of child sexual abuse. Caretakers who drink may neglect their child because they are too involved with alcohol to be aware of

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Campaign the child. A nondrinking parent may be too burdened by his or her spouse’s demands to care for the child.

Child abuse, neglect and poverty Families who live in poverty are subject to constant stress. Poverty is often accompanied by the stress of unemployment and inadequate housing. In addition, there may be other problems such as mental illness and substance abuse. Living in poverty puts children at greater risk for maltreatment as they live under these stressful and often unsafe conditions. Parents may lose hope and lack the energy to overcome any additional stress. To cope with their stress, parents may withdraw or lash out at their children. The Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect found that children from families with annual incomes below $15,000 were over 22 times more likely to experience maltreatment than children from families whose incomes exceeded $30,000. These children were also 18 times more likely to be sexually abused, almost 56 times more likely to be educationally neglected and over 22 times more likely to be seriously injured. Other research has found that young children living in poverty are more likely to be born at a low birth weight, receive lower quality medical care, experience hunger and malnutrition, experience high levels of interpersonal conflict in their homes and be exposed to violence and environmental toxins in their neighborhoods, all of which place children at greater risk for maltreatment or harm. In addition, research has found that children who live in poverty are more likely to experience delays in their physical, cognitive, language and emotional development which, in turn, affect their readiness for school; be hospitalized during childhood; and die in infancy or early childhood. Throughout the month of April, the Polk County Citizen Review Panel will be promoting a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign through various activities. You may notice blue ribbon yard signs and parenting information throughout the communities; hear information over the radio; see articles in the paper; and talk to your kids about what they heard at school. Say Something, Do Something for Kids is an initiative of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin, a program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. To learn more about child-abuse prevention and for more ideas how to become involved, visit Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin,; Department of Children and Families, dcf.wisconsin. gov; and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board,

Habitat for Humanity named Brand of the Year NATIONWIDE - Habitat for Humanity has been named Brand of the Year in the social services nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend Equity Score. This is the second consecutive year the global nonprofit has been recognized for its strength in brand equity. In addition, Habitat for Humanity earned the distinction of being named the most-loved and most-trusted brand within its category this year. “We, at Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, are so honored to be involved in being named the 2016 social services nonprofit Brand of the Year by Harris Poll EquiTrend. This is the second year in a row Habitat has received this recognition. To be associated with an organization of this caliber makes our job here helping families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter more manageable,” said President/Executive Director Patricia A. Kytola. For 19 years, Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has partnered with families in Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Through our new builds and home-preservation programs, more than 200 individuals have gained access to decent and affordable housing. The Harris Poll EquiTrend Study is an annual survey

that measures the brand equity of for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the U.S., ranking them on three key factors: familiarity, quality and consideration. “It is truly a blessing for Habitat to be honored by the public in this way for a second year in a row,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Every donation and helping hand Habitat has received over the years made it possible for us to help millions of homeowners worldwide create a place to call home for themselves and their families.” Habitat for Humanity received the highest numerical equity score and the highest numerical score relating to trust and love among social service nonprofit brands included in the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, which is based on opinions of 97,120 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between Dec. 22, 2015, and Feb. 1, 2016. Your opinion may differ. Highest ranked was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of social service nonprofit brands. To learn more about the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, visit To volunteer, donate or just get more information with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, visit, 715-483-2700, ext. 10. – from WRHFH

Herbalist to speak at the Natural Alternative in Luck LUCK - Dr. Kelly Hagenbuch, a well-respected and known herbalist and chiropractor from the St. Croix Falls area, will be speaking to people about Lyme disease at the Natural Alternative food co-op during their owner-appreciation day on Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. This event is free to the public. Join Hagenbuch for a frank discussion of Lyme disease

and its many symptoms and treatments. This hour-long class will focus on natural methods and herbal support to deal with chronic or lasting symptoms and a discussion of some different protocols that have been recommended by experts. For more information about Hagenbuch, visit her website at – submitted

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50 years ago Frederic students Charlotte Jensen, Nancy Orgeman, John Boe, Sylvia O’Donnell and Diane Martin won A ratings at the district forensics contest at Amery and qualified for the state tournament in Madison.–Jim Ryan, Frederic, won a giant stuffed toy Easter Bunny, almost 6 feet tall, from Hagberg’s department store, just in time for the first birthday of his twins, Jeff and Joel, on April 7.–Margaret Overby, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Overby, Milltown, won the Big Bunny drawing at Jensen Furniture in Luck. The drawing was done during a phone call with WCMP Radio and announced immediately over the radio.– The Palmer Brothers of Milltown and Wausau purchase “the old woolen mill” in Frederic and planned to convert it to seven apartments, to be known as Lakeside Apartments. It was first used as a village hall and for storage of firefighting equipment, then sold to Nels Wicklund for a woolen mill, producing wool batting, yarns and knit sweaters, socks and undergarments.– An open house was planned at Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Balsam Lake for the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sheehan.–Michael Tjader and Ronald Yourchuck, both from Siren, were called for induction into the armed forces by the Selective Service Board.–Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun held a dedication for their new education addition on April 17.–The junior class play at Webster was “Exit the Body,” a mystery-comedy.

40 years ago Webster freshman Theresa McCann qualified for the state forensics tournament in Madison with her speech, “Let’s Ban the Steel Jaw Trap,” which had won A ratings in Siren and Hudson.–Burnett County resident Warren Melin, 54, announced his candidacy for the state Assembly, 28th District.–Beckie Taylor and George Buskirk, both Siren residents, were married March 27 in Webster, S.D.–Inger Anne Johnson died at the age of 102 years, 2 days.–LaVerne Friberg, a 1967 Frederic grad, earned his Ph.D. in geology at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and joined the faculty of the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, in the geology department.–The Frederic High School swing choir would be going to Eau Claire to compete after getting an A rating at the competition at Unity High School.–Marshall Ryan took his fourth consecutive championship and was named Outstanding Wrestler among the 365 junior high wrestlers at the Lakeland Invitational Grade School Tournament in Minoqua. His brother Matt was champion in his division and was named Outstanding Wrestler among the 285 third- and fourth-graders. The boys were from Grantsburg.–John Simon, Milltown, won a new Kawasaki motorcycle at Triple Z. He and Doug Panek made the same guess, only 7 ounces off from exact, as to the owner/dealer’s, Reid Hardenbergh’s, weight, and Simon’s name was then drawn from a hat to break the tie.–Carleen Matosky, Centuria and a freshman at Unity, was part of a group of about 150 students and counselors who took a 16-day trip to France sponsored by Intercultural Students Experiences, Excelsior, Minn.

20 years ago Six-year-old Jena Coyour, from Siren, got to meet her pen pal, Bianca Denton, Foley, Ala., when her parents, Doug and Laura Coyour, vacationed in New Orleans and visited Jena’s grandparents, Gene and Pat Olson, “snowbirding” in Orange Beach, Ala., and took her to the Foley Elementary School. Mrs. Olson was a friend of Bianca’s teacher, Mrs. Beverly (Yourchuck) McNair, from Siren.–The newly rebuilt Spooner fish hatchery was preparing for a grand opening on May 3, with Gov. Tommy Thompson as the guest speaker. The hatchery manager was John Peterson, who took Leader reporter Neil Henriksen on a tour of the facilities.–Romain Brandt, who was a former editor of the Inter-County Leader, died in River Falls at the age of 78.–Sylvia Hansen, Frederic, was inducted into the American Cancer Society’s Order of the Sword, the second highest awarded by the organization.–The winners of the district Cub Scout Pinewood Derby were Matt Houle, Chisago City, Minn., first; Corey Hoyt, also Chisago City, second; and Jamie Olson, Siren, third. In the Frederic Pack 128 competition, Scotty Hill had the fastest car, Cullen Wondra, second, and Joey Nelson, third. Chad Brown won best use of color, Marty Niles won for most original car, and Shane Beecroft won for best design.–Candidates for prom royalty at Frederic were Jason Pearson, Nate Panek, Ben Nelson, Kurt DeMoe, Staci Cummings, Staci Lemiex, Meghan Grindell and Sarah Swenson.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, The best news of the week is that our sweet and gentle dog Sadie was finally adopted on Saturday. She had been at the shelter for two months patiently waiting for the right person to come along, and she did. Also adopted were cats Peaches and Cream, and Darla. Darla’s new home is just out of Siren, and Peaches’ new home is in Spooner. Early in the week, two stray dogs were brought in. They were found trying to further their education at the Webster High School parkJasmine ing lot. The aspiring students were quickly reclaimed by their owner. Also coming in together were a pair of sibling puppies we named Jasmine and Juniper. They were surrendered by their owner because of landlord issues. Our featured dogs are the duo of Jasmine and Juniper, this week’s surrendered siblings. The girls are 4 months old, around 35 pounds and German shepherd mixes. Jasmine sports a lovely brindle coat while Juniper’s is tan with black markings. While both puppies did well on leash, Juniper was definitely more excited and tended to jump up on me a bit. Basic leash training and maturing will eas-



Humane Society of Burnett County ily fix that issue. In the play yard they both chased the ball when I threw it, but they were a bit lax on the retrieving part. They have typical puppy energy and play pretty rough and tumble together. Jasmine and Juniper are both attractive and smart puppies and, with a little love and training, they are likely to be wonderful pets and companions. Gratitude is extended to the Burnett County 4-H Junior Leaders who collected and brought in a load of donations including bleach, laundry soap, treats and more. The animals thank you. We would also like to give a big shoutout to a very generous young birthday girl, Olivia. For her birthday, instead of getting presents, she collected donations from her family to give to the shelter. More muchneeded bleach, laundry soap, paper Juniper towels, etc., were

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits This Sunday is May Day! My, how time flies. You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers, and it seems that most folks have started the mowing season by now. Summer will surely follow this little cold spell. The valley seniors are hoping that the city council will extend the closing date of our present building at least through the summer and perhaps pursue other options for the building besides demolition. The valley seniors would like to remain downtown where we can continue to be part of the city functions such as the parades, Christmas in July, Wannigan Days, October Fest, etc. Our monthly Thursday supper is tonight, only $8 for a great chicken rice casserole with salad, dessert and the usual condiments. Everyone is welcome. Friday is Bridge day at the senior center, from 10 a.m. until noon, and Bingo on the fifth Friday at 1 p.m., please call to confirm. Sunday will be our usual potluck dinner with 500 cards to follow. If you need a place for your meeting or have a program you would like to introduce to the seniors, please call. Tuesday is the best day to call or stop in. Better yet, you can come to our monthly meeting

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on the third Tuesday of each month which starts at noon. This week s winners at cards: Our Tuesday, April 19, 500 winners were Lloyd Knutson and Ray Nelson, they ended in a tie. The nine-bid went to BrenNel Ward and Ray Nelson. The Hand and Foot winners were Russ Adams and Bill McGrorty. Our Thursday, April 21, 500 winners were Elroy Petzel, Dareld Lundgren and David Thelen, the nine-bid went to Izzy Magneson. The Sunday, April 24, 500 winners were Arnie Borchert and Pat Willits, the nine-bid went to BrenNel Ward and Rich Hustad. We thank everyone for their continued support of the Valley Seniors from both sides of the river. The senior center is available for graduation parties or any spring time gathering. Call Joyce Nelson for rental information at 715-483-3466. The building is a very pleasant place for a party! The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls. Phone 715-483-1901.

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We had lots of wet, dreary days for at least part of the week, but that has greened up the grass and trees. My perennials in the raised beds have started to pop out of the ground. So far it looks like they all made it over the winter. The daffodils are blooming and soon the tulips. I talked to my friend, Nancy Taminga, and was told her daffodils are also blooming and her lilies are up. My tomatoes and peppers sure do enjoy the rain showers and getting their sun attention. I’m hoping to set them out earlier this year and have homegrown tomatoes most of the summer. Yum, I can’t wait as there’s nothing better. Hubby’s friend returned Wednesday evening, pulled the shepherd’s hook down to the ground and left him a present to clean up. Let me tell you, hubby is now on the warpath. This bugger is pretty slick, as he only comes in under the cover of darkness after the house lights are off. There’s a new bird in bear country. I can’t tell you yet what it is, since I heard it at about 11:30 one evening. I’m guessing it is a night hawk or some kind of owl. I know it isn’t the great horned owl, as I have heard them both on several occasions. The flickers are back. They have been checking out the holes in some of our big oaks. Two years

ago they chose the one next to our bedroom window, but the hairy woodpeckers chased them away. Sympathy is extended to the family of Roger Hess, who passed away April 15. Sympathy is extended to the family of Ancel Highstrom, who passed away April 16. Sympathy is extended to the family of Wayne Johnson, who passed away April 22. Our good friend Marvin Halverson stopped in at bear country last Saturday afternoon for a visit. It’s always nice to see him. Jim Williamson also visited us and brought a pail of smelt. Don’t forget, readers, the Siren Lions still have their Little Free Library at the Holiday South, right next to the Redbox. It’s a great deal for you readers. Drop off a book you have read and pick up a new one. Congratulations to Mandy Close for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence for the week. Way to go, girl. Congratulations to elementary student Alex Pierce, middle schooler Adam Ruud and high schooler Mandy Close for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Keep up the great work. It will pay off.

Frederic Senior Center Our weather remains fairly nice, but it sounds like a lot of rain is expected this week. The winners for Spades were Sandy Hickey, Marlyce Borchert, Marilyn Niles and Nona Severson. The winners for 500 were Darwin Niles, Laryn Larson, Phyllis Peterson and Doug Harlander. The

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nine bid went to Steve Wenthe and Dave Peterson. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Our center is available to rent for any kind of party. Enjoy spring. We hope to see you at the center.

The Burnett County 4-H Junior Leaders brought in supplies they had collected for the shelter. – Photo submitted brought in. She also gave a monetary donation of $100. Olivia’s family should be very proud of her. Just a quick reminder that our annual fundraiser, the spaghetti dinner, raffle and silent auction is almost here. It is to be held at the Webster Community Center this Saturday, April 30, from 4 - 7

p.m. We hope to see you there. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

Dewey-LaFollette Karen Mangelsen visited Lois Snyder early Monday afternoon, April 18. Later Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Donna and Gerry Hines. Lida Nordquist was an overnight guest of Nina and Lawrence Hines on Monday, April 18. Other visitors of Lawrence and Nina during the week were Gerry and Donna Hines and Karen and Hank Mangelsen. Hank and Karen Mangelsen had lunch with Wayne and Marie Romsos in Siren on Wednesday, April 20, to celebrate Marie’s birthday. Karen Mangelsen visited Marlene and Bruce Swearingen Thursday morning, April 21. Donna and Gerry Hines went to the Twin Cities on Friday, April 22, to visit Ted and Joanne Hines. Then they stayed with Brian and Jane Hines over the weekend. On the way home Sunday, they stopped by to see Brenda and Tim Sweet.

Karen Mangelsen Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Saturday morning. First they watched granddaughter Mandy Close perform in a play, “The Old Farmer and the Turnip”’ for the Burnett County 4-H Cultural Arts Contest. Later they attended several volleyball games to see granddaughter Grace Mangelsen play with her fourth-grade classmates. A number of people attended the surprise birthday party for Darwyn Brown on Saturday afternoon and evening. It was held at Coyland Creek. Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen on Saturday. Billie LaBumbard was the guest speaker at Lakeview UM Church Sunday morning. Her message highlighted some of the accomplishments of the United Methodist Church in various relief programs around the world.

Grantsburg Senior Center Congratulations to the new reigning Grantsburg prom royalty, King Walker Louis and Queen Jordyn Phillips! We experienced a most delicious meal on Thursday at our first evening dining of the season. It was a full house with over 60 in attendance. Which we ended on a sweet note by being serenaded by a duet between Peter Johnson and Gene Gronlund. Unfortunately, they only rehearsed one song. Maybe next month we can get two. Many also took advantage of the annual historical society membership event on Thursday evening, at the Crex Wildlife Education Center. We gained knowledge about the sandhill cranes with a presentation by Lauren Finch. Then we learned a bit about the former Rolite business, and watched short filmstrip about the manufacturing of a Rolite trailer, which was filmed by Paul Norenberg in 1966. We then ended the evening with goodies. Others took advantage of a presentation by Todd Anderson on estate planning at the Grantsburg High School library, also on Thursday evening.

Friday morning we’re hosting Ladies Day, our pre-Mother’s Day celebration. Bring your favorite cup and saucer, wear your bonnet or hat and gloves (we’ll have few on hand), and enjoy some goodies with your cup of coffee or tea. 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 Coming events: Business meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. and evening dining. Bingo on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1-$2 wrapped gift. May 17: Medica workshop at 2 p.m. April 19: Ladies Tea day from 9 - 11 a.m. October 1: Fall rummage sale Fun with friends, every day! Wi-Fi available.

Siren Senior Center Our 500 card party has arrived. On April 30, our doors will open at noon which will give everyone a chance to make their bids on the silent auction. Bidding will stop at 1 p.m. and then we will play 500. Stop in to the center and check out the items, anyone can come and bid on the auction items. 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 of us helped Doris Schauer celebrate her 98th birthday. Her daughter, Jeanne was home from California to make the birthday an extra special day. Our deepest sympathy to Wayne Johnson family. Wayne passed away on Friday, April 22. No arrangements have been made at this time. Wayne was married to Judy, our senior center treasurer, for years. Our 500 winners were Pat Bresina, Doug Har-

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lander, Tony Rutter and Nona Severson. The Spade winners were Sue Newberger, Tony Rutter, Sandy Hickey, Dwaine Bentley and Candace Doriott. Have a great week, we hope to see you at the 500 party. Dates to remember April 30: 500 card party at 1 p.m. with silent auction, door prizes and lunch May 4: Evening meal at 4:45 p.m., with turkey on menu May 8: Mother’s Day May 11: Potluck at 11:30 a.m. May 19: Monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 28: Farmer’s market starts, the seniors will be serving brats June 2: Music in the park will start again June 10: The foot lady coming on Friday this time


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Tango is a 1-year-old black domestic shorthair with a velvet soft coat. He has chubby cheeks and a great personality. His purr is a rolling singsong with his thrumming purr interrupted by a soft chirping. Tango is playful and enjoys the company of other cats, he is a young man in his prime with much to offer. Tango is a sweet, gentle stray cat who was saved from the streets and is now looking for a home. Arnell Humane Society has taken in and cared for 12,000 animals since our doors opened to the public. Our shelter offers an array of services to the animals and their caregivers with the goal of making life better for them both.

individual kennels. Pet owners are able to view a list and photos of stray animals brought to our shelter, on our website, The shelter also coordinates and maintains a file of pets lost and those found in our area and is able to reunite owners with a lost pet through its use.

Lost and found

Animal care and adoption

As the designated animal shelter for Polk County, Arnell Humane Society is the central location a local officer, veterinarian, town official or sheriff’s department would direct an owner to look for a lost pet. Stray pets are reclaimed from the safety of the shelter, where they Tango are housed in clean,

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In addition to providing a central holding facility for owners to find and reclaim their lost pets, Arnell provides those stray, unwanted and abandoned animals a second chance of finding a loving home. Often this service for the animals requires medical and behavioral rehabilitation. All animals are vaccinated, wormed, spayed or neutered, and given a clean bill of health before being offered for adoption. Others may need housetraining, leash manners, socialization or medical attention to assure that their adoption will be a success. With licensed veterinary inspections and advice, our trained staff

tends to the numerous medical conditions that arrive with each new animal. Volunteers provide exercise and socialization for these shelter pets through dog walking, cat cuddling and shelter dog training programs. Over 90% of adoptable animals find homes through our programs.

caring for stray cats that come and stay, it is important that they spay and neuter to keep the numbers of the colony from growing. Caregivers will have access to live-trap capture and reduced surgery costs through the Arnell Community Cat SNAP program.

Pet surrender

Basic obedience classes for dogs

Pet owners who are unable to care for a pet any longer can turn to Arnell for assistance. Arnell understands that lives change and when those changes require a rehoming of a loved pet, it is a difficult and emotional decision. Arnell accepts these adoptable pets and finds them loving homes. Our goal is to match the pet with a household that will ensure a successful and happy outcome.

For owners of pets looking for real world solutions to living with a pet and solutions to correct less than desirable behaviors, Arnell offers a basic obedience class for dogs and puppies. These classes are invaluable to those who want to learn to live in harmony with a pet. Information is available for cat owners to better understand the behavior of their feline companions and provide the care that will facilitate a warm and lasting relationship. Creating an environment for success and understanding between you and your pet is the foundation for the human animal. As a 501c nonprofit shelter providing a safe haven for animals and outreach to caregivers, Arnell is here to care for pets and assist their owners. We are open six days a week, Monday - Friday from noon - 5 p.m. and on Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Contact us at 715-268-7387 or online at

Spay and Neuter Programs In an effort to reach out to our community and combat pet overpopulation in our area, Arnell provides a low-income spay neuter program. This program offers reduced-rate spay and neuter surgeries to low-income households. The Arnell SNAP Spay Neuter Program allows low-income households to purchase a $20 voucher for a cat surgery and a $40 voucher for a dog surgery. A new Community Cat SNAP program is being offered to caregivers in Polk County with outdoor cat communities. For those individuals who are

SCF Middle School Happenings

ABOVE AND RIGHT: Students in Mr. Gilbert’s sixth-grade robotics class are getting exposure to programming and logic processes through the use of Lego NXT robots. This STEM-focused explore class is nine weeks long where students learn to build, program and troubleshoot robots using Legos. As part of the class, Sierra, Natalie and Connor are shown here learning to program movement into the robot. As students develop interest in the STEM subjects through the explore classes, they can then take advantage of extracurricular opportunities, like FIRST Lego League, that the St. Croix Falls Middle School offers. – Photos submitted

Webster Senior Center It was nice to get a little rain to lower the fire danger and wash away some of the pollen. Thirteen came to play dime Bingo and enjoy the treats furnished by Jane Wardean. Come join the fun every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. There were five players for Dominoes with Nancy being the winner. There were six pool players with a four-way tie for first place: Ken, Pat, Rod and Dave. They play every Thursday at 1 p.m. No need to call, just come on in. Our Wii bowling fun day was a huge success. The guys won over the girls with scores of 1,512 to 1,316. We will all miss the weekly team bowling but

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we are going to have open bowling the third Saturday of the month for anyone who is interested, beginning Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. Our next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, at 12:30 p.m. Please plan to attend, we can always use some new ideas for activities. The next Horse Race game will be Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. We will be hosting an open house during Gandy Dancer Days. More information to follow. A smile on your face and a song in your heart makes even the cloudiest days brighter. See you at the center.

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LIBRARY CORNER Centuria Public Library Good books for first and second grade – Chapter books There are many chapter books that are high interest for boys. In addition to chapter books, the library has as a part of their collection many other types of books that would be a great read for boys. Such books as the following are highly recommended for boys to read and practice their reading skills. “Monster Tractors,” by Chris Bowman “Monster Bulldozers,” by Chris Bowman “Monster Ships,” by Chris Bowman “Monster Airplanes,” by Chris Bowman “Supercross,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke “Rally Cars,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke “Concept Cars,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke

“Motorcycle Road Racing,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke “Stock Cars,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke “Sports Car Racing,” by Jeffrey Zuehlke

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

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

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

St. Croix Falls Public Library This weekend, April 30, is Spring Awakenings in St. Croix Falls. Here’s what’s happening at the library:

and third Thursdays, Minecrafters Guild second and fourth Thursdays – stop by and grab a calendar, or print one off the Web.

11 a.m. Family Art Project, making birdhouses from old books. 2 p.m. Join paddler and author extraordinaire, Sue Leaf, on a tour of little-known waterways from America’s arid west to Canada’s provincial parks. Part travelogue, part natural and cultural history, Sue’s presentation will share knowledge gained from 40 years of paddling North American waters. Presented by the Friends of the SCFPL and the St. Croix River Association. Check our website for more details on these and other events.

Card club every other Monday at 10 a.m.; strategy games every other Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.; adult coloring every Wednesday 1 – 2 p.m.; open art time Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Classic Movie Mondays, the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. Have a favorite classic movie suggestion? Let us know! Stop in and grab a calendar and tell all your friends.

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

Youth programming We have youth programming every Monday through Thursday after school – baking, coloring, gardening, maple syrup and more – check it out on our website! Media Lab every Wednesday, Pokemon Club first

Adult activities

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

Computer cafe

your friends and come as a group. The computer cafe is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Please call or email to reserve a time. Giving young children the tools to become successful readers, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a research-based early literacy program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.


A menu of topics is available for one-on-one instruction or gather

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The National Library Week drawing winners were $50 winner: Heidi Stenberg, $25 winner: Sheila Albrecht and the Ledger subscription winner was Teri Wagner.

Upcoming programming

Book club

Check our website and Facebook for the most current activities.

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

Summer reading events have been planned. The kickoff party is on Friday, June 10, from 2-4 p.m., at the Balsam Lake beach. Once again this year summer reading is a collaborative effort between Balsam Lake, Milltown and Centuria libraries and Unity School. We are looking forward to an exciting, fun-filled summer!


Tech time

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

Sign up for a 30-minute session and get your technology questions answered on Friday, May 6. Space is limited. For more specific times or to sign up, call or email us. Barb Krueger from Krueger Solutions is also available for personal appointments, contact her directly for more information at 651-343-5078 or email

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

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

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

Hours and contact info

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Cribbage Play Cribbage at the library Wednesday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. For all ages.

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

Frederic Public Library Wacky Wednesday morning fun

Board of trustees meeting

Technology help

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

The Frederic Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library Monday, June 9, at 5 p.m.

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

Play Dough Club

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is for children who have not started 5-year-old kindergarten. Keep track of the books read to your children, and for every 100 books the kids get stickers and record their progress on a wall mural at the library. Register soon and join the fun.

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

Mahjong Club

Neighbors helping neighbors

Come join the fun and learn to play mahjong on Wednesdays starting at 2 p.m. All ages and abilities are welcome.

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

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Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up donates $13,700 to local programs CENTURIA - Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $13,700 to 18 community organizations at its Wednesday, April 6, meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial donations awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve our local quality of life. Community support is a core value of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for spring 2016 are: 1. Car Care, $1,000, to repair cars for people in need. 2. Yellow Lake Food Distribution, $1,000, to buy food for monthly distribution in Webster to local families. 3. Frederic Elementary School, $500, to offer theme study unit on Australia. 4. Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, $1,000, to support Victim Impact Panels that connect offenders and victims of crime. 5. Community Referral Agency, $1,000, to fund activities for children at the shelter. 6. Osceola Community Health Foundation, $200, to support marketing efforts for giveBIG St. Croix Valley. 7. Luck School District, $500, to help buy a new stove and refrigerator for the family and consumer science room. 8. St. Croix Falls School District Community Learning Center, $500, to purchase healthy snacks for students in the after-school program. 9. St. Croix Falls Food Shelf, $1,000, to buy food for distribution to local families

Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op awarded a $1,000 Operation Round-Up grant to Polk County Home and Community Education in April. Funds will be used to purchase books for children in Polk County Head Start. (L to R): Polk County HCE treasurer Kate Kellerman, Vice President Bonnie Timm and President Carol Medchill accept a check from Polk-Burnett operations coordinator Sally Wulf and Operation Round-Up Director Merle Bergren and President Gary Ganje. – Photos submitted in need. 10. St. Croix Falls School District, $500, to help build concession area and rest room at the football field. 11. Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, $1,000, to subscribe to a new, Web-based donor management program. 12. Polk County Home & Community Education, $1,000, to purchase books for children in Polk County Head Start. 13. Clear Lake Park Board, $500, to help build a handicap accessible dock at the

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Luck musicians hit all the right notes LUCK – A total of 32 students from Luck participated in the district solo and ensemble competition at Unity School on Tuesday, April 5. They sang and played in a total of 42 separate entries, 34 entries were Class A and nine were in Class B. Class A entries are more difficult and students performing these musical selections are eligible to advance to the state solo and ensemble competition in May. Seventeen Luck students earned the opportunity to advance to state in a total of 13 entries. Three entries were awarded as best in site by their individual judges. Luck’s performers are guided by instrumental music teacher Jennifer Gilhoi and vocal music teacher Jennifer Werner. Luck’s students earned the following results:

Class A starred first, advancing to state Eli Dikkers, trumpet solo and best in site; Amy Gilhoi, trumpet solo and best in site; Amy Gilhoi, piano solo and best in site; Erin Frank, alto saxophone solo; Jenny Olson, trumpet solo; Meredith Thompson, tenor saxophone solo; Steven Holdt, alto saxophone solo; Alexis Laboda, clarinet solo; Billy Lipoff, alto saxophone solo; Billy Lipoff and Meredith Thompson, alto saxophone duet; Eli Dikkers, Jenny Olson and Amy Gilhoi, trumpet trio; Billy Lipoff, Erin Frank

Students from Luck who participated in the district solo and ensemble competition held at Unity School on Tuesday, April 5, include front row (L to R): Marissa Lundquist, Kelsey Paulson, Sydney Paulson, Brooklyn Petersen, Kyla Melin, Addie-Mae Musial, Meredith Thompson and Amy Gilhoi. Middle: Sophie Hendricks-Loehr, Isabelle Jensen, Lindsay Mattson, Courtney Stevens, Shannon Lane, Erin Frank and Tasian Arjes. Back: Steven Holdt, Matthew Lane, Logan Nieman, Austin High, Nick Aguado, Jacob Aguado, Billy Lipoff and Eli Dikkers. Missing: Alyssa Foeller, Alexis Laboda, Jenny Olson, John Dikkers, Rose Crowe, Jessica Mattson, Katie Christiansen, Jordan Jones and Katie Mattson. and Meredith Thompson, alto saxophone trio; and Isabelle Jensen, Brooklyn Petersen, Sophie Hendricks-Loehr, Lind-

say Mattson, Katie Christiansen, Katie Mattson, Kyla Melin, Alyssa Foeller and Addie Musial, vocal triple trio.

Class A first Shannon Lane, clarinet solo; Nick Aguado, euphonium solo; Jacob Aguado, trombone solo; Tasian Arjes, piano solo; Erin Frank, vocal solos; Kelsey Paulson, vocal solo; Sydney Paulson, vocal solo; Jordan Jones, vocal solo; Austin High, vocal solo; Steven Holdt, vocal solo; Tasian Arjes, vocal solo; Jacob Aguado and Nick Aguado, trombone and euphonium duet; and Jordan Jones, John Dikkers, Eli Dikkers and Logan Nieman, vocal quartet.

Students from Luck who will be participating in the state solo and ensemble competition in May include front row (L to R): Brooklyn Petersen, Kyla Melin, Addie-Mae Musial, Meredith Thompson and Amy Gilhoi. Middle: Sophie Hendricks-Loehr, Isabelle Jensen, Lindsay Mattson and Erin Frank. Back: Steven Holdt, Billy Lipoff and Eli Dikkers. Missing: Jenny Olson, Katie Christiansen, Alexis Laboda, Alyssa Foeller and Katie Mattson. – Photos by Lori Nelson

Class A second Kelsey Paulson, vocal solo; Tasian Arjes, vocal solo; Courtney Stevens, vocal solo; Sydney Paulson, vocal solo; Kelsey Paulson and Jordan Jones, vocal duet; and Sydney Paulson and Steven Holdt, vocal duet.

Class A third Courtney Stevens, Sydney Paulson, Jenny Olson, Tasian Arjes, Meredith Thompson, Kelsey Paulson, Erin Frank and Jessica Mattson, vocal triple trio. Class B first Isabella Rose Crowe, flute solo; Matthew Lane, baritone saxophone solo; and Addie Musial and Katie Mattson, vocal duet. Class B second Jessica Mattson, flute solo; Matthew Lane, vocal solo; Katie Mattson, Lindsay Mattson and Alyssa Mattson, vocal trio; and Matthew Lane and Courtney Stevens, vocal duet. Class B critique only Addie Musial, piano solo. – submitted

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FREDERIC - It is time once again to design the annual Family Days button. This year the theme is American Hero. Use your imagination. Please remember to include the words Frederic Family Days and 2016 somewhere in your design. There will be two age categories, children 12 and under and adults 13 and older. You can pick up the design contest form at the Frederic Public Library or Red Iron Studio. First prize for adults is $50 and second prize is $25. First prize for the children is an unlimited wristband for the inflatables in Coon Lake Park on Family Days weekend. Second prize is a pizza lunch for the winner and immediate family. Please turn in your completed design to the Frederic Public Library or Red Iron Studio by Sunday, May 15. – submitted



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Members of the sixth-grade band play “The Thunderer” at the Luck fourth- through sixth-grade spring concert Thursday, April 21. Captain Lewis, Gavyn Ellefson, and Captain Clark, Zander Marz, prepare to head west from St. Louis.

The fourth-graders sing “As American as Apple Pie.”

Members of Luck’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes sing “The Ballad of Lewis and Clark.”

Narrators Broc Carter, Ethan Allen and Landon Evenson provide information about heroes of the Revolutionary War.

Sacajawea, Ruth Dikkers, sings a solo during “Wayfarin’ Stranger.”

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LEFT: Members of Luck’s fourth-, fifthand sixth-grade classes sing “A Lot of Tall Tales” at their spring concert Thursday, April 21.


Grantsburg picks “Great Gatsby” tune as theme for prom Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Students stepped onto the stage decorated in a Roaring 20s theme, for the school’s prom grand march in the Grantsburg High School auditorium on Saturday, April 23. The junior class chose the tune “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” recorded by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock from the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby,” an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, as their prom theme. Students decked out in formal attire promenaded for proud family and friends before the coronation of the 2016 prom king and queen, Walker Louis and Jordyn Phillips.

Newly crowned prom Queen Jordyn Phillips shared her surprise with 2015 Queen Cassidy Quimby.

Newly crowned 2016 Grantsburg Prom King and Queen Walker Louis and Jordyn Phillips smiled for their first photo as a royal couple.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer unless otherwise noted

The 2016 junior royalty attendants Archer Hale and Lauren Hallberg posed for a cutest couple photo before the prom grand march. Archer is the son of Adam and Amy Hale and Lauren is the daughter of Nick and Kim Hallberg.

RIGHT: Nick Larsen and Brittanie Blume reached for each other’s hand to take a grand walk together.

Josh Curtin and Delia Labatt sang a tune together at the prom dance. - Photo submitted

Ja’lon Sventek lent a hand to help his prom date, Alyssa Swenson, navigate the stage steps. Grantsburg prom girls gave a “Great Gatsby”-themed pose at the dance. PIctured (L to R) are: Danielle Bertelsen, Holly Fiedler, Hallie Jensen, Alyssa Swenson and Maddie Duncan. - Photo submitted

The 2016 Grantsburg prom court posed for a royal post-grand-march picture.

RIGHT: Prom junior royalty attendant Lauren Hallberg showed a little shoe before stepping on the stage for the grand march.

Chaz Norenberg and Drew McNally were all too happy to pose for a pre-grand-march photo.


Grantsburg teacher takes on the Boston Marathon Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – When Andrea Nightengale came back to her teaching position at Grantsburg Elementary School two days after finishing the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, she was greeted by a huge congratulations banner hanging in the school’s hallway. Nightengale, a first-grade teacher in her second year at GES, said she had great support from the school staff and students. “My students and the elementary school staff were super excited about the marathon. They all tracked me and welcomed me back with a banner, cake and excitement. My students have been pumped about running!” Though Nightengale said she usually does her training – running about 40 miles a week, weightlifting and spinning – alone, family and friends have been very supportive in her running endeavors. “I have a couple of friends who I’d complain to and share my anxieties with! My family has also been very supportive and comes to my marathons.” Nightengale said she didn’t start running until the summer of 2011 when a friend asked her to run the Freedom 5K in Siren. Since then Nightengale has run in six marathons, Grandma’s in Duluth three times, and three more in Chicago, Las Vegas and the Twin Cities. Boston was her seventh marathon. “Boston is something to work for,” explained Nightengale as to why she decided to take on the historic race. “You always want to work toward your Boston qualifying time.” After the race Nightengale had time to reflect on her experience.

“The most memorable time for me was turning left onto Boylston Street. There was about half a mile left in the race. You see thousands of people, flags from every country, and in the distance you see the finish line.” Nightengale said at that point she wasn’t even feeling the pain in her legs anymore but was thinking how her experience was almost over. And as she headed for the finish, Nightengale remembered thinking about the double bombings that happened near the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon. That terrorist attack killed three people and injured at least 264. “I was thinking about all the amazing people who had worked so hard to run this race and what an important part of history the Boston Marathon is,” recalled Nightengale. “I also saw my parents at mile 20,” added Nightengale. “I was very tired at that point, and I was so excited for that extra motivation! I experienced tons of emotions during the race; it was amazing!” Though Nightengale admitted this wasn’t her best race, she found running the Boston Marathon a great experience. “The race in itself wasn’t too great. It was hot, and at mile eight I knew it wasn’t going to be a record race for me.” “My personal record time was 3:28, so it was 10 minutes slower than my PR. I was OK with that because I was there to enjoy the experience of running Boston.” Nightengale said she plans to run some half-marathons and smaller races this summer with her next full marathon, Grandma’s Marathon, in Duluth in June.

About the Boston Marathon BOSTON - Among the nation’s oldest athletic clubs, the Boston Athletic Association was established in 1887 and, in 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic Team at the first modern games was composed of BAA club members. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon, which culminated the BAA games on April 19, 1897. John J. McDermott emerged from a 15-member starting field to complete the course, then 24.5 miles, in a winning time of 2:55:10. The Boston Marathon has since become the world’s oldest annually contested marathon. The addition of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services in 1986 has solidified the event’s success over the past 30 years and ensures it well into the future. The 2016 and 120th Boston Marathon had 30,000 runners. - submitted

Andrea Nightengale (center) said she had great support from her family. Her parents and sister traveled from the Twin Cities area to cheer her on at the Boston Marathon.

Andrea Nightengale (at right) posed for a photo with two racers, one from Canada and one from London, who she met at the start of the race. “You see thousands of people, flags from every country, and in the distance you see the finish line.”said Nightengale of her experience. - Photos submitted Andrea Nightengale showed off her official race number for RIGHT: Andrea Nightengale posed in front of the Boston Marthe Boston Marathon, which she ran on Saturday, April 18. athon logo before the race.

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2016 prom candidates announced LUCK Luck’s Harry Potter-inspired Yule Ball prom will be on Saturday, April 30. The grand march and coronation will be in the Luck School Commons at 4 p.m. Students will then board a bus and travel in style to the Stillwater harbor. They will spend the evening dining and dancing while cruising on the St. Croix River. They will return to the school by 11:45 p.m. Luck’s post-prom celebration will be held at McKenzie Lanes beginning at 11:50 p.m. and ending at 3:30 a.m. The prom court includes front row (L to R): Sydney Paulson, Courtney Stevens, Rachel Sanford, Morgan Pfaff, Erin Frank and Erin Engstrand. Middle: Ben Broten, Austin Hamack, Graham Hershfield, Jacob Aguado, Casey Ogilvie and Alex Smith. Back: Senior Queen Maddie Joy and senior King Taylor Hawkins. – Photo submitted

ST. CROIX FALLS The St. Croix Falls prom will be held Saturday, April 30. The grand march begins at 5 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School. The prom court includes front row (L to R): Riley Peltz, Taylor Jacobson, Chynalee Basacker, Leah Lyman and Kristin Petherbridge. Back: Dusty Langeberg, Jeremiah Peer, Maxwell Stanze, Barkley Bernitt and Jacob Murphy. – Photo submitted

FREDERIC The Frederic High School prom is being held Saturday, April 30, with a theme titled Night Under the Stars. Prom begins at 6:30 p.m. in the performance center, with the grand march beginning at 7 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to watch the grand march for a fee of $3. This year, photos will be taken of the grand march participants and during the event, and will be offered to families on a flash drive for a fee of $15. The 2016 Frederic prom court is pictured (L to R) at left: Shannon Austinson, Stacy Tido, Shylie Burleson-King, Jori Braden, Mason Gustafson, Mark Siebenthal and Brock Phernetton. – Photo by Marty Seeger

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C.I.A. cards awarded at Luck High School

LUCK – The Cardinal Intelligence Agency was created at Luck High School 24 years ago as a program to recognize and reward academic excellence and student achievement. Its concept is to recognize students with short-term, tangible incentives, just as is done in the world of business with employees. The incentives are earned on a quarterly basis. Depending upon a student’s grades from the previous grading period and his/ her behavior during those nine weeks, the student who has chosen to be a part of this program may be enrolled as members at one of four levels. According to the district motto, Luck Schools prepare lifelong learners and responsible citizens. The Cardinal Intelligence Agency attempts to promote this goal by recognizing students’ perfect attendance and by requiring that positive behavior be one of the cornerstones of the C.I.A. program. An asterisk indicates the first time at this level. A double asterisk indicates the 10th red or gold card earned. Gold card Luck High School students who earn a grade-point average of 3.51 for three consecutive quarters are awarded academic letters. Seniors The first-time academic letter earners include front row (L to R): Katie Christensen, Ryley Fosberg, Shayla Hulett, Julianna ThompAnna Christensen*, Nicole Dittbrenner, Brittany Don- son, Addie-Mae Musial, Katie Mattson, Sierra Zuniga and Dakota Gillitzer. Back: Nicole Dittbrenner, Samantha Lindberg, Brianna ald, Nicola Ghiani*, Jared Hunter, Maddie Joy, Emma Thompson, Beau Brenizer, Jared Hunter, Preston Lane, Nicola Ghiani and Merlin Hibbs. Pedersen, Chris Pouliot and Brianna Thompson**.

Juniors Jake Aguado**, Preston Lane*, Morgan Pfaff** and Paige Runnels**. Sophomores Heather Lane, Shannon Lane, Lindsay Mattson and Jenny Olson. Freshmen* Beau Brenizer*, Ryley Fosberg, Merlin Hibbs, Alayah Jones* and Addie-Mae Musial. Red card Seniors Kerrigan Ekholm, Devyn Ellefson**, Taylor Hawkins, Sheridan Hulett, Samantha Lindberg**, Nick Mattson, Parker Steen and Isaac Williams. Juniors Tiffany Brown**, Morgan Buskirk, Delaney Dau, Erin Engstrand, Logan Grey, Amy Hacker, Austin Hamack, The 10th-time red or gold card earners include front row (L to R): Sydney Paulson and Brianna Thompson. Back: Jessica Mattson, Autumn Hermansen, Graham Hershfield, Aviana Hulett, Olivia Nielsen, Rachel Sanford, Tiffany Brown, Paige Runnels, Morgan Pfaff and Samantha Lindberg. Missing: Courtney Stevens, Alexis Laboda, Jessica Mattson**, Olivia Nielsen**, Casey Jake Aguado and Devyn Ellefson. Ogilvie, Sydney Paulson**, Rachel Sanford**, Alex Smith and Courtney Stevens**. Sophomores Tasian Arjes, Laura Bartylla, Gabriel Deziel, Alyssa Foeller, Annaleise Greener, Sophia Hendricks-Loehr, Jack Johansen, Billy Lipoff and Kelsey Paulson. Perfect seniors have earned Freshmen* some type of Cardinal IntelDennis Brule, Emily Chivers, Derek Hendrickson, ligence Agency card during Shayla Hulett*, Andrea Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, each of the 15 quarters that Katie Mattson, Jasmine Morales, Nancy Olave, Julianna they have been in high school. Thompson and Sierra Zuniga. They include (L to R): Brittany Cardinal card Donald, Maddie Joy, Emma This was the first card for all of the freshmen: Pedersen and Taylor Hawkins. Missing: Parker Steen and KerSeniors rigan Ekholm. Jordan Erickson and Jacob Groszewski. Juniors Ben Broten, Katherine Cherveny, Lane Coen and Ivy Dyer. Sophomores Travis Lane and Makayla McCoy. Freshmen* Raven Carlson-Brown, Madison Fonda and Spencer Marz. Perfect attendance Seniors Nicola Ghiani, Jared Hunter and Chris Pouliot. Juniors Jacob Aguado, Amy Hacker and Sydney Paulson. Book Signing Sophomores Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nick Aguado, Laura Bartylla, Annaleise Greener, Isabelle Jensen, Heather Lane, Kyla Melin and Alex Warren. Freshmen Dennis Brule, Katie Christensen, Ryley Fosberg, Derek Author Colleen Baldrica Hendrickson, Elizabeth Johnson, Alayah Jones, Nancy * Her book has received FIVE STARS Olave, Jon Skow and Isaac Todd. from the Midwest Book Review. Perfect seniors Colleen’s book feeds one’s soul and *Regular Prices Excludes Tuxedoes and Peggy’s Upstairs invites the reader to look into a Perfect seniors have earned some type of CIA card mirror of personal reflection. This delightful book, with simple during each of the 15 quarters that they have been in truths, friendships and wisdom flowing through its pages, will high school. Brittany Donald, Kerrigan Ekholm, Taylor linger with you for days and months to come. Hawkins, Maddie Joy, Emma Pedersen and Parker Steen. - submitted


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Five Siren FCCLA students qualify for nationals SIREN - The Siren Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students competed at the state leadership conference in Wisconsin Dells Monday through Wednesday, April 18-20. At the conference students competed in Students Taking Action with Recognition events, which are events based on the family and consumer education program. Siren had 12 students compete at the conference this year and they were able to take home two bronze, three silver and seven gold medals overall. This was the first year for seven of the students to compete in STAR events, which makes it an even bigger accomplishment. In addition to qualifying for nationals, three students received top gold in their respective categories: Madisyn Jones, Emily Stiemann and Rylee O’Brien. Jones and Stiemann also received $4,000 scholarships from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif. In order to compete at the state competition, members had to first compete at the regional level and qualify for state.

Siren FCCLA students who competed at the state level recently include front row (L to R): Macy Bentley, Rylee O’Brien, Maddy Nichols and Brach Christianson; Back: Bailey Mangen, Noah Koball, Allie Webster, Emily Stiemann, Madisyn Jones, Trevor Stanford, Karlee Sybers, Abby Kosloski and FCCLA adviser Heather O’Brien. – Photos submitted

Siren FCCLA students who will be competing at the national competition in San Diego, Calif., this summer include Rylee O’Brien, Emily Stiemann, Trevor Stanford, Allie Webster and and Madisyn Jones.

Macy Bentley competed in focus on children, where she helped young students become active. Maddy Nichols competed in the culinary creations category, where she showed her skill of decorating cupcakes. Brach Christianson, Karlee Sybers, Bailey Mangen and Noah Koball all competed in the illustrated talk category. These two teams both concentrated their projects around distracted driving and the importance of educating students on this issue. Trevor Stanford competed in the nutrition and wellness event where he created a portfolio detailing his personal nutrition and wellness plans. O’Brien, Allie Webster and Jones each competed in recycle and redesign. They each took their own recycled products and transformed them into something new. Abby Koslo-

ski and Stiemann each competed in the fashion construction category. They both constructed garments and developed new sewing techniques. Jones, Webster, O’Brien, Stiemann and Stanford qualified to compete at the FCCLA national leadership conference in San Diego, Calif., this summer, July 3-7. Congratulations to all 12 participants on doing such an outstanding job competing in the FCCLA STAR events. Good luck to these qualifiers at the FCCLA national competition in San Diego. – submitted

Luck FCCLA members “EmPowered” LUCK - Six students from Luck recently accompanied family and consumer education teacher Renee Gavinski to the FCCLA state leadership conference in Wisconsin Dells. Nicole Dittbrenner, Alaura Lemieux, Julia Campion, Jenny Olson, Isabella Rose Crowe and Laura Bartylla attended the FCCLA EmPower / MePower conference Monday through Wednesday, April 18-20. The students spent three days discovering new ways to empower themselves and those in their FCCLA chapters. They participated in breakout sessions in a variety of categories that were designed to interest and empower students of all ages. Participants were able to learn something new and bring that new information back to their chapters in the development of leadership activities for individuals, families and communities. Dr. Tony Evers, state superintendent of education, was a featured speaker at the conference. The breakout sessions included The Art of Fashion Illustration: Fashion Design; Aware and Ready: Self-Defense; Behind the Design: Careers in the Apparel Industry; Cake Decorating; College 101 Choosing Your Path After High School; Electronic Etiquette: Good Manners Never Go Out of Style; The Future is Now: Social, Digital and New Media Marketing; Protein for Performance Athletes; Teen Driving Safety; and Say Yes to Family and Consumer Sciences and why to become a FCS teacher. Another special focal point of the conference was the Students Taking Action with Recognition events. STAR events are competitive events in which members are rec-

Luck’s FCCLA state leadership conference participants included front row (L to R): Isabella Rose Crowe, Laura Bartylla, Nicole Dittbrenner, Alaura Lemieux, Julia Campion and Jenny Olson. Back: Adviser Renee Gavinski. – Photo by Lori Nelson ognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Students competing in STAR events at the leadership conference had to first compete in regional contests where they had to earn the appropriate number of points to be able to advance. Luck’s students competed in several categories.

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Isabella Rose Crowe and Jenny Olson each prepared cranberry orange almond streusel cakes and each earned a silver award in pastries and baked goods. Laura Bartylla teamed up with two students from other schools in the culinary arts category. They prepared a garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, classic steak Diane, green beans and mushrooms and for dessert classic French crepes with berries and cream. They were each awarded silver medals. Julia Campion received a silver medal in the recycle and redesign contest. She created a purse made of recycled paper and duct tape. Alaura Lemieux received a silver medal in culinary arts, where she teamed up with two students in the culinary arts category and they prepared the same menu as Bartylla. This was Lemieux’s fourth year competing at the state level. She earned the second highest score in the state and received a $1,500 scholarship from the Culinary Institute of America During her second year competing at state, senior Nicole Dittbrenner received a gold medal in the basic food production, math, tools and terminology contest. She took a 100-question test and scored 94 out of 100, which was the top score in the state. Adviser Renee Gavinski said, “They did a great job and I am so proud of them!” The FCCLA provides great opportunities for students to gain recognition for individual, team and chapter activities. This conference was designed to expand the 21st century and technical skills of its participants. Breakout sessions and presentations provided expanded opportunities for personal growth, practical knowledge and career development. – submitted



St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Luck, held a meatball supper Saturday, April 23. It was enjoyed by many attendees. – Photo submitted

St. Croix River Association announces three-day option on weeklong Namekagon Adventure Enjoy canoeing or kayaking one of the nation’s most pristine wild and scenic rivers ST. CROIX FALLS – It’s not too late to join the June 11-17, six-day river adventure floating 92 miles of the Namekagon River, from Cable to Danbury, a part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park. “Expect to unplug and reconnect with the natural world,” says Deb Ryun, executive director of the St. Croix River Association. “We do the organizing – all you have to do is show up with your gear and some food and have fun. You’ll challenge yourself, build lasting relationships, see an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery, and learn more about this wild and scenic river.”

For those who cannot commit to a full week on the river, the St. Croix River Association is offering a threeday option, available only on June 12-15, joining the group Sunday evening, June 12. The registration fee for this shorter trip option is $200 which covers shuttle, transportation of gear along the route, three nights of camping, all programs and four meals. The deadline to register is May 15. “The 2015 paddle down the Namekagon was a truly amazing, relaxing and healing experience for me,” stated a participant from last year. “It gave me a unique opportunity to view some of the most beautiful scenery on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, all while meeting new people in a safe and organized outing.” The 2016 paddle will be the sixth of a tradition started in 2011, when paddlers traveled 17 days down the length of the St. Croix to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the St. Croix River Association, a nonprofit

whose mission is to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed. More information and registration is available on the SCRA Paddles website at, including a daily itinerary, a map of the route and lodging options. Local sponsors who help make the trip possible include Xcel Energy, 45 Degrees, the St. Croix Casino, the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, the village of Seeley, Wis., Comfort Suites Hayward, Camp Namekagon, Log Cabin Resort in Trego and the National Park Service. - submitted

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EVERY MON. Amery Area Community Center

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


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

EVERY WED. • Bridge, 1 p.m.

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

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


• Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.


Grantsburg Senior Center

• Bingo, 2nd Wed., 2:30 p.m.

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

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

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

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Canasta 1st & 3rd Thurs. • Dining at 5, Every 1st Wednesday • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Thurs., 9:30 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center

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

• Mahjong, noon.

Webster Senior Center

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.


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Siren Senior Center

• Mahjong, 1 p.m.



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

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

• Potluck Lunch, 12:30 p.m.

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

• Cards, Dominos and Pool, 1 p.m.

• Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

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

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

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon

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

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

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

• Siren Moose Lodge Fish Fry, 7:30 p.m.


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• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SCF, noon-5 p.m., 715-483-2920

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

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

• Bingo At Siren Moose Lodge, 7 p.m.


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

• Spades, 1 p.m.

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


• Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. EVERY FRI. • Memory Days, Harvest Moon, 7 p.m. • Lake Country Snowmobile Riders At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 6:30 p.m. • Fish Fry at Siren Moose Lodge, 5-7:30 p.m.


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






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


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


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


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


OBITUARIES Beverley G. Daniels

Cleven Duncan

Edna M. Bremer

Beverley G. Daniels, 81, Dresser, Wis., formerly of Frederic, Wis., passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Bev was born May 18, 1934, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Reeve and Florence Ellison. She attended Bruce High School where she began her appreciation for music by singing in the choir and playing the bass drum in the marching band. It is because of music that she met Dean, the love of her life. She graduated from Bruce, Wis., High School on her golden birthday. She would later marry Dean on Sept. 6, 1952, on Dean’s first furlough from the U.S. Army. Shortly following Dean’s discharge from the Army, they took over the family farm where she managed the household and worked outside of the home at the bank in Bruce. This marriage was soon blessed with four children, David, Lisa, Andrea and Tanya. Bev took care of the children, helped around the farm and kept things running smoothly while Dean went to college at age 37. He still attributes much of his success in college to Bev’s typing of his papers, etc. The family moved to Clayton in 1975 where she worked as a secretary at a local insurance agency. In 1977, the family relocated to Frederic. Bev worked at the Inter-County Leader for several years before working as a legal secretary for Grindell Law Offices where she would retire in 1993. Bev continued her love for music with her participation in the local chapter of the Sweet Adelines. She also enjoyed her work with the local and county chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary. In 2007, Dean and Bev sold their home in Frederic and decided to relocate to St. Croix Falls since most of the children and grandchildren were located there. They called this home for several years until deciding to sell and rent a town home in Dresser. Throughout her lifetime, the couple was always active in the church and church choir in whatever community they lived. On Monday nights, Bev’s family and closest friends knew not to call her. After all, she would be busy watching and tracking the scores for “Dancing With The Stars.” Bev also had an insurmountable passion for trains and collected anything to do with them. Her father and grandfather were both conductors for the Soo Line Railroad. She was thrilled to live in Dresser which was one of the main stops on their line back in the day. Bev was probably known most for her loving and caring heart. She was indeed a friend to anyone and everyone and always put others before herself. She loved her husband, Dean, and was so proud of their 63-year marriage. When asked for marital advice by her grandchildren, she would simply respond with “communication.” In her later years, Bev began volunteering at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. She took her job very seriously and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people, greeting patients and having lunch with her girls. Most of the staff at SCRMC sincerely refer to her as “Mom” and always looked forward to her hugs and smiles. But above anything else, Bev was always happiest around family. She is survived by her husband, Dean; children, David Daniels and wife Lu, Lisa Daniels and fiance John Tangen, Andrea Daniels and husband Bryan Allen, and Tanya Mortel; six grandchildren, Tony DiVenturi (Sara), Sabyre Daniels, Jasmine Holmquist, Rachel Rush (Mitchel), Randy Mortel and Jerrica Jones; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Holmquist and Wrylin Holmquist; sisters, Caryl Johnson and Donna Jasicki; and several nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reeve and Florence Ellison; her brother, Malcolm Ellison; her grandson-in-law, Sgt. Carson Holmquist; and is joined by brother-in-law, James Johnson. Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck. A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis., on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. You are invited to sign an online guest book and leave a memory. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck,, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, 715-825-5550.

Devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Cleven Duncan, age 88, resided in Milltown, Wis. He fell asleep in death on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Cleven was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Liberty, Miss., to Robert and Lula Duncan. He grew up on a small farm with his parents and three younger siblings. Throughout his life, Cleven’s strong desire to work with his hands led him to take the initiative to learn various skills including auto mechanics, auto body repair, carpentry and welding to name just a few. Cleven was a devoted family man. He loved music, gardening, animals, cooking and barbequing, fishing, hunting and he enjoyed traveling. He had a jovial personality and an undeniable sense of humor that brought joy and laughter to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Cleven was joined in marriage to his wife, Linda, on Jan. 26, 1974, in Long Beach, Calif. After asserting much sincere time and effort in the study of the Holy Scripture, in November of 2006, Cleven became dedicated and baptized as a member of the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Milltown. He looked forward to the promises of God and enjoying the hope for the future as recorded in Revelations 21: 3-5 which reads, “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Cleven was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lula Duncan; two brothers, Simon and Carl Evan; and his son, Mannix. Cleven is survived by his wife, Linda Duncan; sister, Virginia Patterson; children, Maryann Ramsey, Cleven Duncan Jr. (Lindsay), Roy Duncan (Lynn), Mickie Blackmon (Steven), Jimmy Studie, Chiree Mielke (Nathan), and Elizabeth Duncan; grandchildren, Trenesi Ramsey, Denisa Isaac, Brandi Pittman, Bryce Duncan, Simeon Duncan, Kodi Duncan, Lexin Duncan, Brittany Duncan, Sevoy Duncan, Jory Duncan, Mannix Duncan Jr., Reignie Jahnke (Charles), Tayler Turner, Teahra Turner, Bailey Adams (Jason), Amber Studie, Faith Christensen, Katie Gray, Dakota Wheeler, Tehya Studie, Aiyanna Vondelinde, Shawnee Mielke, Johnathan Mielke and Elijah Duncan; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; loving caregiver, Teresa Studie-Goulet; many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Milltown, 228 1st Ave. East, with lunch and fellowship to immediately follow at the Milltown Community Center. The Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis., is assisting the family with final arrangements. Please feel free to visit their website, and sign the online guest book to leave memories and photos, 715-472-2444.

Edna Mae Bremer, 94, formerly of Webster, Wis., passed away Friday morning, April 22, 2016, in Bloomer, Wis. Born Jan. 19, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn., Edna was a daughter of the late Adolph and Lovina (Murphy) Olson. Her early years were spent in the Cities where she attended public elementary school. At age 9, her family moved to Webster. She attended public schools there and was a 1939 graduate of Webster High School. On June 22, 1940, Edna was united in marriage to Lawrence M. Bremer at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster. They resided in Webster for 44 years, moving to Bloomer in 1984. They raised 10 children, of which nine are surviving. Lawrence passed away Sept. 3, 2011. Edna was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster and also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an outstanding homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed life to its fullest. Edna was a good cook and loved baking. She liked to sew and crochet and also enjoyed traveling, camping and snowmobiling. She received great joy and pleasure hosting family gatherings and visiting with family, relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her father, Adolph Olson; her mother, Lovina Daniels; her stepfather, Jim Daniels; her husband, Lawrence Bremer; a sister and brother-inlaw, Ruth (Ronnie) Smith; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki (Steve) Hanson; grandsons, Roderick Alonzo Spafford and Barry Pratt; and a great-grandson, Brent Coward Jr. Edna is survived by nine children and their spouses, Loreli Stone, Val (Wayne) Knipfer, Jan Hornewer, Connie (“Sonny”) Spafford, Bonnie (Ed) Bruss, LaVonne Mason, Patsy (Dale) Lokker, Geri (Joe) Zacharias and George Bremer; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by special friend, Barb Spafford; and special sister-in-law, Marie Bremer. A memorial service honoring the life of Edna Bremer will be conducted at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10-11 a.m., on Saturday, May 7, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, Wis., with Father Michael J. Tupa officiating. Following the service, a fellowship luncheon will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster. She will be laid to rest by her husband at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, Wis. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jake W. Holmes Jake W. Holmes, 25, Danbury, Wis., passed away April 25, 2016. Friends may call after 7 p.m. on April 28, at the Danbury Tribal Center. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 29, starting at 11 a.m., at the Danbury Tribal Center with Francis Songetay officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Shelby Benjamin Shelby Benjamin, 24, of Webster, Wis., passed away April 26, 2016. Arrangements are pending at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Alvin “Al” Lloyd Greener Alvin “Al” Lloyd Greener, 70, of Clam Falls, Wis., passed away on April 20, 2016. Al was born on May 16, 1945, in Clam Falls to parents Robert and Corinne (Ebner) Greener. Al spent his life growing up in Clam Falls. He attended and graduated from Frederic public schools in 1963. After graduation, Al farmed for his mother on their small family dairy farm. Al spent a great portion of his life proudly serving his country in various branches of the military. He enlisted in United States Marines Reserves in 1967, the United States Navy in 1991, the Air National Guard in 1986 and the United States Air Force in 1973, until his honorable discharge and retirement in 2003. On July 20, 1968, Al was united in marriage to Joyce (Lang) at the St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Frederic. Together, they raised five children. Al will always be remembered as being a “talker.” He loved visiting and spending time with family and friends. Over the years, Al was known to grow a variety of plants and crops, including strawberries, potatoes, sweet corn and apple trees. He enjoyed being outdoors, deer hunting, bird-watching, playing cards, trips to the casino and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Preceding Al in death were his parents; grandson, Curtis; siblings, Ardell, Kenny, Wanda, Claire and Gloria; and his companion, Dippy, the chocolate Lab. Al is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce Greener; children, Vincent (Tonia) Greener, Charlie (Lora) Greener, Audry Greener, Tony Greener and Andy Greener; grandchildren, Brittany, Raven, Oliver, Henry, Ethan, Lexi and Chet; and siblings, Marvin, Rayola, Bob, Bonnie and Glen. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. with visitation from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic with Pastor Freddie Kirk officiating. Full military honors will immediately follow the service. Interment will be held on Monday, April 25, at 11 a.m., at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online Condolences may be expressed at


OBITUARIES Kathleen Kortness

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Kathleen Kortness, 77, Spooner, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Allina United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., due to a massive stroke. She was born Jan. 26, 1939, in Eau Claire, Wis. She is the daughter of Edward Francis and Margery Geraldine (Neururer) McMahon. On Jan. 7, 1961, she was united in marriage to her husband of almost 54 years, Gerald “Jerry” Kortness, in Eau Claire. Kathleen and Jerry then moved to Champagne-Urbana, Ill., where Jerry attended the University of Illinois. Kathleen worked for AT&T during that time. After Jerry’s graduation, they moved back to Eau Claire where they started their family. After Craig and Paul were born, they decided to make their permanent home in Spooner. Jerry started his own business, GW Kortness Associates Inc., and Kathleen stayed at home to take care of Craig, Paul and soon Kris. Kathleen eventually returned to the workplace. She worked for the Fox’s turkey farm picking eggs, the Spooner Library, the Washburn County clerk’s office, a couple of different real estate offices and, finally, Strickland Chiropractic where she eventually retired from. Kathleen spent her life taking care of her husband, Jerry, her children and eventually her grandchildren. Her greatest devotion was to God. She attended Mass almost daily and tried to share her faith with others. Kathleen enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and family. She would often attend her grandchildren’s sporting events but would get so nervous that she would need to go for a walk to calm down. She enjoyed going out on the pontoon boat when family was around and visiting. She will be forever known as the best pie baker around. It was often joked about that she should start her own pie business, Kathy’s Pies. Kathleen is survived by her children, Craig (Eva) Kortness of Phillips, Wis., and Kristen (Joe) Pavlicek of Webster, Wis.; her daughter-in-law, Leslie Kortness of White House, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Kerri, Samantha, Mikayla, Michael (Dresden), Tara, Teagan, Andrew, Jake and Sydney; four great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Brayden, Tristan and Abigail; and many other family and friends. In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jerry; their son, Paul Bryan; her brother, John; sister, Judy; and sister-in-law, Janice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the St. Francis de Sales Church with Father Bala as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the hour of Mass at the church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. For additional information, please call Scalzo-Taylor Chapel in Spooner at 715-635-8919 or online condolences may be left at

George Doll, 103, of Amery, Wis., died peacefully at his own home on April 22, 2016. He was Polk County’s oldest citizen at 103-1/2. To call George unique is too easy, no one of us lives the same life, and this was never better exemplified than looking at George’s time with us. George was uninhibited in expressing his joy in living. He seized the moment and as often as they came along helped others appreciate the humor and wonder of that moment. He was extremely literate and well-read, musically gifted, athletically gifted and was simultaneously conservative and generous. He was also not above diving headfirst into a dumpster after buried treasure and had an interesting and unusual collection of items at his house. He was a good husband and father, and a good friend to many through his years. George served in the Army during WWII as a radio operator in Sicily, Italy, and Germany, and survived some of the hardest-fought battles of WWII, one being the Battle of Monte Cassino. In a separate incident he was captured by the German SS and later during an Allied push, impelled his fellow soldiers to stop firing and capture his capturers. For this he was awarded a Bronze Star. George returned home from the war to his wife, Joyce, of Osceola, and worked at the Osceola Sun newspaper before their move to Amery where George worked on Main Street at the Amery Free Press for 25 years as a linotype operator and pressman. He has also been down Main Street countless times in parades playing the clarinet with the Interstate Band and once in a one-unit parade that involved helping move a piano through town in a homemade trailer with George playing and loudly singing all the way from the north side of town to the east side for the enjoyment of Amery’s downtown Saturday morning shoppers. George also worked part time for Thompson Machine for the entire time that business was in Amery. George was born in Perham, Minn., on Oct. 8, 1912, to mother, Mary, homemaker, and father, Philip, musician, who played in a circus band. Brothers, Eugene, Louis and James are all deceased. He is survived by his children, Mary Doll of Amery and Charles Doll of Ketchikan, Alaska; grandchildren, Catherine Kasberg and Christian and Cassidy Sather; and great-grandchildren, Hudson and Ivar Kasberg. When you live to be 103 years old, most of your family and friends have left this mortal coil ahead of you, but there are still a few of us that will miss sharing our time with this truly unique and wonderful man who has enriched and enlightened and helped so many to appreciate the gift of life. So long George Doll, and thank you. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery. There will be visitation at the church for the hour prior to the service. You may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at The WilWayne K. Johnson, 78, Siren, passed away on Friday, liamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in April 22, 2016, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Amery assisted the family. Wayne was born March 28, 1938, in Wauwautosa, Wis., to Martha (Savall) Brickl and was adopted at 3 months of age by Roy and Violet Johnson of Frederic. Wayne graduated from William “Bill” Tuynman, 73, departed the physical Frederic High School in 1956. He then world April 12, 2016, at his home in Houston, Texas. moved to the Twin Cities for a short He is survived by his wife of 44 years, time to work and later returned to the Barbara Tuynman; his daughters, Holly area and married Judith Nyberg on (and husband, Jason) Franco, Heather May 9, 1959, and settled in Siren to (and husband, Nathan) Hennigan and work and raise a family. Heidi Tuynman; grandchildren, AshThroughout the years he was involved in various community organizations which in- ton Lovell, Ruger and Finley Richman, cluded the Siren Fire Department, Siren Lions Club, ATV Isaac and William Franco and Liam Club and Burnett County ROTC program. His hobbies he Hennigan; sisters, Addie (and husloved throughout the years were model trains, car racing, band, Dale) Mattson and Esther (and snowmobiling, ATVs, collecting John Deere toy tractors, husband, Richard) Allen; and many old cars, painting crafts and puzzles. In his earlier years other relatives and friends. he was a very avid bowler, bowling on several leagues a He was preceded in death by parents, William Hazlitt Tuynman and Ruth (Johnson) Tuynman; and siblings, week. Wayne worked at a few different jobs, Rolite and then Bobbie and Bonnie. the Ford garage in Grantsburg and Doerr Electric in Siren Bill was born March 1, 1943, in Leavenworth, Kan., but before switching to his passion of law enforcement where always called Wisconsin home. Growing up in the closehe worked for the village of Siren as a part-time officer knit farming community of Lewis, Wis., created wonderand later was hired as the chief of police and worked for ful memories and he always reflected fondly on those 20-plus years along with assisting at the Burnett County innocent boyhood times of hunting, fishing and working Sheriff’s Department. He then worked at North States the farm. Industries and semiretired to drive bus for Diversified He later joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served during the Vietnam War. He attended the University of Services. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Judith; par- Minnesota and earned an electrical engineering degree, ents, Roy and Violet Johnson; and birth mother, Martha which ultimately brought him to Houston in 1978. He worked for various subcontractors on-site at NASA until Brickl. Wayne is survived by a son, Todd (Cheryl) Johnson; his retirement in 2010. daughter, Kim (Glen) Talmadge; grandchildren, Matthew Bill loved the outdoors. He would rather sleep on the (Jenna) Talmadge, Jacob Talmadge, David Johnson, Cara ground under the stars than in a bed. His interests over Johnson and Jeremy Johnson; sister, Jeanine (Bob) Whit- the years included skydiving, skiing, canoeing, camping, wam; nephews, Randy and Scott Hoover; niece Lynn hunting, hiking, flying, running and rock climbing. A memorial service will be held June 18, at 11 a.m., at (Jon) Blomstrand; and many cousins and friends. A memorial service honoring Wayne’s life will be con- Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 3482 115th ducted Saturday, May 7, at Siren Covenant Church in St., Frederic, WI 54837. Siren, Wis., at 2 p.m., with visitation from 1-2 p.m. Pas- He will be laid to rest June 18 at Riverside Cemetery in tor Steve Ward will be officiating. Arrangements are en- Grantsburg, Wis. trusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, Wis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Star of Hope Online condolences may be made at swedberg-taylor. Mission, P.O. Box 1505, Houston, TX 77251-1505, or the charity of your choice. com.

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Raymond Lee Christensen Raymond Lee Christensen, 83, of Centuria, Wis., passed away April 18, 2016, at his home with his family at his side. Ray was born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Harvey and Clara (Stotts) Christensen. As a young man Ray enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country on active duty from 19511954, and in the Reserves from 19541977. Ray was a Korean War veteran and served on the USS Dixie. He married Barb Durow on April 10, 1954, in Centuria at St. John’s Lutheran Church and to this union three children were born. Ray and Barb lived in Minnesota where he drove for the Red Owl stores and later moved to Centuria in 1978 where they enjoyed retirement. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Centuria American Legion and the United VFW of Milltown. Ray enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed. Ray leaves to celebrate his memory, wife, Barb Christensen, Centuria; daughters, Nancy Williams, Centuria and Connie Stone, Largo, Fla.; son, Glen (Dagmar) Christensen, St. Paul, Minn.; granddaughter, Christine (Jeffrey) Affleck, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada; great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Andi Affleck; brother, Gene (Nancy) Christensen, White Bear Lake, Minn.; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Clara Christensen. The funeral service for Ray was held on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Centuria. Ray was laid to rest at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery with full military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Douglas L. Frank Douglas L. Frank, 68, of Stillwater, Minn., Danbury, Wis., and Arizona, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, while enjoying his retirement with his wife. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Cheryl Frank; children, Brian Frank and Ginelle (Ty) Uhlenkamp; grandchildren, Hunter Frank, and Gavin and Carson Uhlenkamp; brothers, Kregg Frank of Lake View, Iowa, and Denes (Sue Anne) Frank of Wall Lake, Iowa; and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Betty Frank; in-laws, Russell Hall and Onalee Hall (Wagner). He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish, but spending time with his family and the cabin were his true enjoyments. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m., at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church, 7615 CTH U, Danbury, 715-866-8281. Memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. for close family and friends. Memorials preferred to Yellow Lake Lutheran Church or Inver Hills Foundation: Cheryl Frank Leadership Scholarship.

Gilman Theodore Johnson Gilman Theodore Johnson, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West, Ariz., on April 9, 2016. Gilman, the only child of Ted and Myrtle Johnson, grew up on a charming farm on Little Wood Lake outside Grantsburg, Wis. A little stream ran through the Johnsons’ yard, and Gilman’s mother was known far and wide for her cooking and baking. He graduated from Grantsburg High School in the Class of 1949 after being active in band, mixed chorus, FFA, basketball and baseball. One of his classmates remembers that he was the only one with a car, so others would chip in for gas if he would give them rides. The annual yearbook called him a “country gentleman,” and gentleman he remained throughout his life, country and city. Gilman served in the United States military, stationed at Fort Churchill, Canada, in northern Manitoba, on the west shore of Hudson Bay, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. He worked for the Caterpillar Company for 30 years prior to his retirement and was a member of the Sun City West Metal Club for a number of years, with participants doing hobby work in sheet metal and welding. Gilman was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Ted Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Brian and wife, Heidi Johnson, of Waddell, Ariz.; daughter, Michelle Johnson, Avondale, Ariz.; and granddaughters, Aimee Johnson and Emily Cox (Joseph James), both in Tempe, Ariz. He is also survived by stepson, Tracy Hayes (Nancy), El Mirage, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Jeanne Foster (Bill), Conway, Ariz.; step-grandchildren, Tina Johnson, Goodyear, Ariz., Tim Hayes, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tara Gabel, Smyrna, Tenn., and 10 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services in Arizona will be private. Memorials to Gilman should be given to a cause of one’s choice.


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ild animals are not couch potatoes. They may look comfortable when lying still in their chosen nest, but they know it’s only for a time. After a needed rest, they must get up and search for their next meal. We humans usually know enough to get up after a night’s sleep or nap so we can go back to work, school or whatever task calls to us. At least we should know enough. Sometimes we don’t. A couch potato life can be tempting. No worries, no discomfort, no hardships. However, no progress in bettering our lives, either. Living an existence of ease threatens our progress much more than does hardship. But leaving our comfort zone may not be easy. Not knowing what lies

Curious family considers adoption Q: I’ve heard that your organization supports foster care and adoption. I’m somewhat curious, but also a bit hesitant – and our family already has a lot on our plate. Should we get involved? Jim: Both of my parents died by the time I was 12; I was an orphan in elementary school. So my heart goes out to the 143 million children worldwide who hunger for the chance to call someone “Mom” and “Dad.” I know what it feels like to drift through life without the anchor of a parent’s love. That’s why Focus on the Family began the “Wait No More” campaign. When we think of orphans, we often picture poor kids in Third World slums. That’s certainly a serious global issue that deserves more attention. But there are more than 100,000 orphaned children in the American foster care system. They go to sleep at night dreaming of real homes full of hugs and laughter. They long to be accepted. Our American culture embraces a “me first” attitude that rejects the idea of self-sacrifice. We’re faced with endless opportunities to entertain ourselves with

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair ahead can cause anxiety and fear at the thought of losing our sense of security. We may ask: Am I really qualified for that job? Will I be able to find my way? Will someone hurt me, reject me or ignore me? The trouble with staying in our comfort zone is that we rob ourselves of wonderful, unexpected blessings and memories. We rob ourselves of meeting new people, learning new skills and finding new ways to enjoy life.

sports, movies, hobbies and possessions. Those things aren’t inherently wrong. But when we pursue them so much that we fail to love and care for those among us who are hurting, we need to rethink our priorities. Adoption certainly isn’t for every family. But I’m guessing there are many couples who might find room in their hearts for a child who doesn’t have a place to call home. And there are numerous ways that families who don’t adopt can help those who do. For more information, contact your local social services department or visit Focus on the Family’s special website, ••• Q: How can we get our finicky 4-yearold to eat what we give her? Her selective eating habits are driving us crazy. I see this as disobedience, but my spouse fears that making an issue of it will lead to eating disorders later. Help! Danny Huerta, executive director, Parenting: First, make sure that you and your spouse are on the same page and can work as a united team to map out and follow a plan of action. And rest easy; responding to mealtime willfulness with appropriate consequences will not cause an eating disorder later in life. Begin by setting firm guidelines as to

Abraham must have been comfortable living with his family in Ur of the Chaldeans. The city was believed to be located beside the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, an area of lush abundance. Who wouldn’t like to live forever in a place of natural beauty, a place where nature provided everything one might desire? Abraham could have stayed in Ur. But being a God-fearing man, he listened when God spoke. “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2) Abraham was 75 years old and comfortable within his extended family unit. He could have refused God’s command because of possible hardships

Focus on the family Jim Daly what she eats, how she eats it and how long it takes to finish a meal. Make it clear that you expect her to eat what you prepare. You can offer a choice between two equally nutritious options – say, broccoli or beans as the vegetable – but don’t allow her to pick between beans and crackers. Most importantly, don’t turn meals into power struggles. Just give clear, simple instructions about your expectations and then move forward with your normal mealtime routine. If you provide a wholesome selection of foods and she isn’t interested, don’t fight or force her to sit for hours at the table until she eats it. Give her a reasonable amount of time to finish her food, then put it in the refrigerator until she’s hungry. Don’t allow her to become stuck in a rut of three or four foods that are “the only things she ever eats.” She won’t starve if you hold your ground.

that might appear on his long journey. His uncharted trip could have been hot, miserable, long and fraught with dangers on all sides. The threat of wild animals, desolation and lack of food or water would stop many of us in our tracks. But Abraham, believing God’s promise, felt compelled to obey God despite probable discomfort ahead and despite lack of a plan. His risk was great; his rewards greater. Ours can be, too. Lord, thank you for promising blessings from obedience. Reveal to us any comfort zones that keep us from following you, even through unknown territory. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

Note: Be aware if she’s responding to certain textures – some children can be more reactive than others in their sensory world, including food. Remember, Mom and Dad must agree on how to respond to this issue, and each of you needs to stick with the plan and follow through on it. Otherwise, the problem will persist and your mutual frustration level will only increase. ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST - FREDERIC 605 Benson Road; Pastor John Redlich Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE


ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY 1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Senior Pastor Gary Russell Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 a.m.



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


BALSAM LUTHERAN CHURCH 1115 Mains Crossing, Amery 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St. Sun. Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:45 a.m. BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR LUTHERAN (WELS) Gene E. Jahnke, Pastor, 715-635-7672, Hm. 715-354-7787, Hwy. 70 at 53, Spooner Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School & Bible Classes For All - 10:45 a.m. BETHANY LUTHERAN - BRANSTAD Pastor Jay Ticknor, 715-463-5746 3 miles So. of Grantsburg on Hwy. 87 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. BETHANY LUTHERAN - SIREN Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor Paul Peterson, Cell # 715-566-3758 Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:45 a.m. BETHESDA LUTHERAN - DRESSER (LCMC) Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Blended contemp./traditional serv. 9 a.m.; Education hour and fellowship 10:15 a.m. BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Ann Fenlason, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535; Pastor - 715-472-8153, 9 a.m. Sun. Schl., Adult Bible Study & Middle Schl cafe; 9:15 a.m. SHY; 10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion 1st & 3rd Sun. Of The Month; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship CHRIST LUTHERAN (LCMS) Pipe Lake CTH G & T, 715-822-3096 Pastor Steve Miller Sun. Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. during schl. yr.; CLAM FALLS LUTHERAN (AALC) Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt, 218-371-1335 715-327-4461 Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:40 a.m. FAITH LUTHERAN - GRANTSBURG Rev. Sandra Hutchens; 715-463-5388 Sunday Worship with Communion 9:30 a.m.; Sun. service radio broadcast 100.9 FM FIRST EVAN. LUTHERAN 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN, 651-465-5265; Sun. Worship 9 a.m. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) FIRST LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Marilyn Crossfield, 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m. FRISTAD LUTHERAN - CENTURIA ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Worship 9 a.m. GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN - ELCA 877 190th Ave., CTH G, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Interim Pastor Paul Settergren; Parish Office - 715-857-5580 Wor. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m. GRACE LUTHERAN - WEST SWEDEN Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 260-336-5974, Pastor Thomas McShannock Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter Office: 715-866-7191; Parsonage: 715-866-4622 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:45 a.m. LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791, Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Wor. w/Comm. 10 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m. LAKETOWN LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Marilyn Crossfield, Sun. Wor. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:45 a.m. LUCK LUTHERAN Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-977-0694 Office 715-472-2605; Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m. (Sept. 13 - May 29); Sun. Schl. 9-10:30 a.m. (Sept. 27 - May 8) MILLTOWN LUTHERAN Vicar Angie Kutney, Pastors Mel Rau & Maggie Isaacson; 113 W. Main St.. W., 715-825-2453 9:30 a.m. Sunday Schl.; 10:30 Worship Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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



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


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School - 10:30 a.m. EUREKA BAPTIST 2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls 715-483-9464 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Adult Sun. Schl. - 10 a.m. FAITH FELLOWSHIP Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m. FIRST BAPTIST - AMERY 131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; Email: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sun. Serv.: 9 - 10:15 a.m.; All ages Sun. Schl. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Nursery available FIRST BAPTIST - FALUN 715-689-2125 or 715-689-2156 Mike Kleven, Lead Pastor Steve Ward, Assoc. Pastor of Visitation Sun. School (all ages) 9:30 a.m.; Church Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided FIRST BAPTIST - MILLTOWN Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Assoc. Pastor Dan Mielke Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST - TAYLORS FALLS, MN Located across from elemen. school on West St., Pastor, Dr. Kevin Schumann; 651-465-7171 Sun. Morn. - Sun. School for all ages - 9 a.m. Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided. FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery provided) GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church” 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m. GRACE BAPTIST - GRANTSBURG 716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore George Selbher, Assoc. Pastor Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. LIVING HOPE CHURCH Pastor Doug McConnell Youth Pastor Chris Radtke At Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5794 Sun. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. TRADE LAKE BAPTIST Pastor David Prince, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;



CHURCH OF CHRIST - WEBSTER Minister Garret Derouin, 715-866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. - noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST - FREDERIC Minister Guy McCarty Frederic Senior Citizen Building Robert Rutherford, 715-327-8387 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. WESLEYAN


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



WOOD RIVER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m. HOPE FELLOWSHIP OF SOMERSET 231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. DWELLING POINT Timbers Theatre in Siren, 912-424-5993 Pastors Bryan and Rebekah Davis Sunday Worship 10 a.m.



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Students of the Week Frederic


Alex Vossen has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Alex is a junior and the son of Kristi Swanson. He is engaged in classroom activities and has great participation. He is respectful, friendly, helpful and hardworking. He is involved in football. His hobby is weightlifting. He plans to attend college to become an electrician.

Ember Roseneau has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Ember is in fifth grade and the daughter of Tina and David Roseneau. She keeps the classroom library books organized and is always willing to recommend a good book to others. She is a well-deserving student of the week as her kindness and willingness to work hard shine through daily. She also likes watching “Pan” and “Planet Earth.”

Aidan Ovik has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Aidan is in sixth grade and the son of Mickey and Emily Ovik. He is a good student and earns very good grades in his classes, he is funny and good at making people laugh. He is involved in football, basketball, baseball and soccer, and enjoys hunting and trapping. He plans to attend college.

Molly Cook has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Molly is in second grade and the daughter of Ben and Sarah Cook. She is an excellent student who works hard on all she does. She likes physical education, art class and drawing. Outside of school some of her favorite things are playing with her dog and playing outside with her cousins, brother and sister.

Haley Hermansen has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Haley is in the eighth grade and the daughter of Jeff and Tina Hermansen. She actively participates in class discussion, is helpful, and always does her best. She participates in band, choir, and track and field. She enjoys being involved in 4-H and working on the farm. Her hobbies are arts and crafts, singing, playing with her animals and showing at the fair.

Heather Lane has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Heather is a sophomore and the daughter of Shirley and Clarion Lane. She is a student who has goals for her future and is willing to work hard to accomplish those goals. She is involved in art club, VAC and the dance line. Her hobbies are drawing, writing, reading, listening to music and taking walks. She plans to attend college to become an illustrator and author.

Carly Herrick has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Carly is in eighth grade and the daughter of Ted and Julie Herrick. Her sisters are Katie and Amy. She is involved in forensics and also enjoys reading, swimming, writing and drawing. Her favorite subject is language arts. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2014 and it has had a large impact on her life. A teacher commented, “She’s a great girl and a hard worker.”

Adam Vossen has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Adam is a freshman and the son of Carla Vossen. He is in the choir and SOS. He is hardworking and an academically successful student. He is always so nice to everyone.


Sidney Gronski has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Sidney is in fourth grade and the daughter of Nicky and Jeremy Gronski. She is a tremendously hard worker and shows with her excellence in math and reading. She has a supersweet personality and she is a positive role model to other fourth-graders. Sidney is one of a kind. She loves math because it teaches you a lot. She likes sports and is active in after-school programs.

Braedon Thiex has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Braedon is in early childhood and St. Croix Tribal Headstart. He is 5 years old and the son of Kimberly and Trevor Thiex. He has worked very hard to master the skills he will need to be successful in kindergarten. He is a good helper and a good friend to other students in the classroom. He likes to make books and practice reading. When he grows up he wants to be a cop like his dad.

Jaslin Kegel has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Jaslin is in the seventh grade She is a hard worker, is willing to help out in class and has a good sense of humor. Her friends say she is funny, smart and observant. She enjoys photography, writing and volleyball. Her future plans are to be a tour manager or author.


St. Croix Falls

Autumn Steffen has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Autumn is in first grade and she lives at home with her mom, dad, brothers and pet dogs. She likes to learn about math. She likes to pet the dogs and go places with her mom. When she grows up she hopes to be a mom.

Auvianna Berg has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Auvianna is in kindergarten and the daughter of Jinessa and Dwight Berg. She is a consistent hard worker in physical education class and has made great strides to improve her swimming capability. Her pleasant demeanor and engaging attitude are always something to look forward to when working with her.

Colleen Claude has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Colleen is in sixth grade and the daughter of Larry and Susan Claude. She is hardworking and shows pride in handing in quality work. She shows great leadership and is always willing to help her teachers and her peers.

Amie Costello has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Amie is a freshman and the daughter of Dawn and John Costello. She is an outstanding student. She like science. Her hobbies are reading, basketball and music.

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Dusty Miller has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Dusty is in eighth grade and the son of Terra Wakefield and Tim Miller. He is hardworking, friendly and respectful. He strives to do his best and continues to grow. He is a great friend to his peers and is a nice student to have in class. He is considerate, follows expectations and has a positive attitude. He enjoys football. His hobbies are being outside, working on projects and hanging with friends.

Jacob Rust is Siren High School’s student of the week. Jacob is a freshman and his guardian is Valerie Huntington. He loves to play football and be outdoors. His favorite food is tacos. He likes to hunt and fish. He wants to work for the DNR someday. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, a super kind kid.



Jessamae Seaman has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Jessamae is in the third grade and the daughter of Quinn and Lisa Seaman. She is responsible, hardworking, kind and a great friend to others. She enjoys reading and writing. Her favorite classes are art, music, library and gym. She likes playing games with her family and friends.

Cody Poeschl has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Cody is a junior and the son of Doug and Wendy Poeschl. He is a hard worker, adds important information to class discussions and treats others with respect. He is on the honor roll for the third term. He is involved in track, shot put and discus. His interests are woodworking and playing games with friends. He admires his brother who always does the right thing. He plans to join the Navy or attend school for engineering.

Colten Kuhn has been chosen Grantsburg Grade School’s student of the week. Colten is in first grade and the son of Philip and Amber Kuhn. He is a joy in class and always does his best work and is great at participating and being a team player. He sets a great example of the Pirate Way. He is respectful, responsible, safe and ready to learn. He enjoys completing challenging math problems. Math is his favorite subject. In his free time he likes to play and spend time with his friends and family.

Anson Gustafson has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Anson is a freshman and the son of Richard and Bernadine Gustafson. He is a hard worker and adds an interesting dynamic to classroom discussions. He is an avid reader, very articulate and a bit of a perfectionist. He likes to understand things perfectly before moving on to another problem or subject. He likes choir. His hobbies are politics, biking, writing, reading and baking.

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

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

THURS.-SAT./28-30 Fox Creek • Garage sale Thurs.-Sat. & bake sale Fri. & Sat. at Georgetown Lutheran Church, Thurs. 4-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon.

Events Coming


Northwest Passages InANewLight featured photo


by Brandon, 13


Bone Lake


FRIDAY/6 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

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

Frederic • Primetimers pie & ice-cream social at Crosswalk Community Church, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

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

Grantsburg • Outdoor Skills Cordage Workshop at Crex Meadows, ages 6-plus, 4-5 p.m. RSVP required, 715-463-2739,

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

Jackson • Fish and smelt fry at the town hall, 5 p.m. until gone.

Leader Land


• RSVP deadline for Twins vs. Blue Jays game on Sat., May 21, 715-327-4868, ext. 1117.

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


Siren “On our trip that day, I went down to the beach and found a cool walking stick. I went by the water and found some cool rocks and set them up on the log and took some pictures. It was cool.” InaNewLight is a therapeutic nature photography program at Northwest Passage. The program emphasizes skilled expressive arts training and nature immersion. It is about hope. It is about strength and it is about empowering youth to discover potential within themselves that they could never have dreamed possible. To see more of the kids photos, visit the gallery one mile south of Webster or visit the website,

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..

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



• 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,

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

St. Croix Falls

FRIDAY/29 Grantsburg • Ladies tea at senior center, 9-11 a.m., 715-463-2940. • Crex Bird Club meeting at the visitors center, 8-10 a.m, 715-463-2739, • Star Party with Mike Lynch at Crex Meadows. Orientation 7:30 p.m. Sign up at 715-463-2739

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

• Bird hike, Interstate Park 7 a.m. Kids bird hike, Blanding Woods, 10 a.m. Art project, library, 11 a.m. Kids animal show, library, noon. Preride the Woolly at the high school, 1 & 4 p.m. Author Sue Leaf at the library, 2 p.m., & Facebook.

Webster • Humane society spaghetti dinner supper & silent auction fundraiser at the community center, 47 p.m., 715-866-4096.

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




Leader Land

• Blood drive at the Wild River Fitness Center, 1-7 p.m., 800-733-2767,

• Q and A session at Wood River Garden Store, 1:30 p.m., 715-463-2426.



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

Amery • Drug Take-Back Day at the police department, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,

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.

Grantsburg • 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. • Bird tour at Crex Meadows, 8-10 a.m. Sign up, limited space, 715-463-2739,

• Free movie at the museum, “The Philadelphia Story,” 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls • The Falls Sampler at the fairgrounds, 5-8:30 p.m.,

SAT. & SUn./7 & 8 Upper St. Croix Valley • Earth Arts Spring Art Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., earthartswi. org.

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

Siren • Burnett County National Day of Prayer service at the government center, Room 165, 7-8:30 a.m., 715-3498005.

• Spring sale & lunch at Zion Lutheran Church. Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon.

• GriefShare, support group for those grieving a death, at New Life Christian Community in Dresser, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-557-1431.

FRI. & SAT./29 & 30

Milltown • Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313. • Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

FRI. & SAT./6 & 7

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

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

Grantsburg • Container garden workshop at Wood River Garden Store, 6 p.m., 715-463-2426 to register.

• Lions & Lioness food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-866-8151.

Balsam Lake


Dresser • GriefShare, support group for those grieving a death, at New Life Christian Community in Dresser, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-557-1431.


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,

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

• Unity 5th- and 6th-grade spring concert, 7 p.m.,

SUnDAY/1 Northwestern Wisconsin • Deadline to register for Namekagon River paddle, Cable to Danbury, June 11-17,

St. Croix Falls • Woolly mountain bike race, register 7:30 a.m., starts 9 a.m. Kids animal show, 11 a.m. Imagination playground, 11 a.m. at the high school, or Facebook.

MOnDAY/2 Clear Lake

TUESDAY/3 Amery • Swedish Club meets at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.,

Balsam Lake • Unity 6th-grade band festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. unity.k12.

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

Lewis • VFW Post 10232 meeting at the hall, 7 p.m.

Luck • Free medical clinic at Home & Away Ministries, 715472-7770 for appointment,

Osceola • Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557. • Achieving healthy skin seminar at the OMC’s Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.,, 715-294-4936.

WEDnESDAY/4 Amery • Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the community center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605. • 6 Wednesdays: Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 10 a.m.-noon, 877485-2372.

Frederic • Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m. • 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.

THURS.-SAT./5-7 Dresser • Areawide garage sales & Lions Club plant sale Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Boyd’s Outdoor Power.

• Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715-263-2739.



• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. • Ladies Night Out, 4:30-7 p.m.,, 715268-7676. • Book sale at the library, 4-7 p.m.,

• Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society meeting at the senior center, 6:30 p.m., 715-497-7517.


Balsam Lake • “Norm of the North” movie, rated G, at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715-485-3215.

SATURDAY/7 Amery • Stower Seven Lakes half-marathon. Register online or 7:30-8:30 a.m., start 9 a.m., • Book sale at the library, 4-7 p.m.,

Danbury • Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.

Duluth, Minn. • History & brew tour, 715-327-4868, ext. 1117.

Frederic • Cancer society’s Sole Burner Walk/Run at the elementary school. Register 8-9 a.m., walk 9:15 a.m., 715653-2684. • Spring pancake breakfast at Landmark Lodge #244 Free and Accepted Masons Of Wisconsin, 7-10:30 a.m., 715-472-8356, 715-244-3403.

Grantsburg • Adults wild edibles luncheon at Crex, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m., 715-468-2739, • Bird tour at Crex Meadows, 8-10 a.m. Sign up, limited space, 715-463-2739,

Lewis • Gospel music at Lewis Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m. • Rummage sale at the Lewis Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Luck • Cancer society’s Sole Burner Walk/Run at the school. Register 8 a.m., start 9 a.m. • AEbleskiver Dinner at West Denmark Hall, 3:30-7 p.m., 715-472-2383. • Spaghetti dinner benefit for Tracy Vail at the Lions (DBS) Hall, 1-6 p.m.

Milltown • River’s Rally 5K & Fun Day at the community center. Register 8 a.m., breakfast, race, etc., 715-553-3490,

Siren • Drop-off day for Lions yard sale at Lions building, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400.

St. Croix Falls • Family wildflower saunter on the Ice Age Trail. Meet at Lions Park, 10 a.m., 715-472-2152, ext. 103.

SUnDAY/8 Siren • The Big Gig Fundraiser concert for the Siren Music Dept. $5/seat, 2 p.m., 715-349-2277.

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