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),5675($' BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The Salvation Army is still in need of bell ringers to help raise funds to help people in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are at $10,762 in Burnett County and $32,014 in Polk,â&#x20AC;? noted Angela Moulton, media and fundraising manager for the Salvation Army in Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are way behind our goal in Polk. We need to raise $100,000.â&#x20AC;? Moulton noted the goal is to raise $32,500 and that there is only two weeks to go in the campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need ringers and obviously donations,â&#x20AC;? she said. In St. Croix County there is an anonymous donor who will match donations up to $20,000 for everyone who donates during Dec. 17 and 18 to a red kettle in that county. People can also donate online at donate.salvationarmyusa.org. The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States, with the mission of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing the Most Good.â&#x20AC;? That includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to careâ&#x20AC;? and to rebuild broken homes and broken lives. Locally it helps provide food for children through the successful backpack program, with help from local schools. Carol Thompson of the Frederic Lioness Club (photo), was ringing a bell at a Salvation Army donation kettle outside the Holiday Store in Frederic last week. The Lionesses, Lions and chamber provided volunteers for the cause. Those wishing to help out should call 715-485-4438. - with information from Salvation Army/photo by Gary King â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ STATEWIDE - The state of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frac sand mining industry will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Sideâ&#x20AC;? on Monday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls in a rebroadcast of a program which originally aired in September. Host Rich Kremer of WPR News is joined by Rich Budinger, past president of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, and Roberta Walls, Industrial Sand Sector Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Kremer and his guests talk about western Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frac sand mining industry and how it has been affected by falling oil prices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Sideâ&#x20AC;? is a call-in program focused on issues speFLĂ&#x20AC;FWRZHVWHUQ:LVFRQVLQ7KHVKRZDLUVRQ0RQGD\VDWDPRQ:+:& FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 800-228-5614. - from WPR

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8QLW\JUDGWRVFUHHQILOP BALSAM LAKE - Unity High School graduate Jahnna Lee 5DQGDOO ZLOO VFUHHQ KHU VKRUW Ă&#x20AC;OP ´/RVW LQ 7LPHÂľ LQ WKH Unity Middle School auditorium on Monday, Dec. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the screening will start at 7:15 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in Timeâ&#x20AC;? is a 30-minute military drama that was completed in October and has been accepted into WKUHHĂ&#x20AC;OPIHVWLYDOVDORQJZLWK Randall winning a best actress award for the role she plays in WKHĂ&#x20AC;OP7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPIRFXVHVRQD woman struggling to keep the seams of her world from unUDYHOLQJ DW KRPH ZKLOH KHU Ă&#x20AC;DQFHĂ&#x20AC;JKWVRYHUVHDV$ORVWGRJ helps her embrace the future. Randall moved to California to reach her dreams of working in -DKQQD/HH5DQGDOO the entertainment industry as an actress. While going to audition after audition and being stuck in Los Angeles traffic, she decided WRVKDSHKHURZQGHVWLQ\E\EHJLQQLQJKHURZQĂ&#x20AC;OPFRPpany, Why Wait Productions, to create opportunities for herself. Her two older brothers were deployed to Iraq in ZKLFKLQVSLUHGKHUWRZULWHWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP:KLOHDWWHQGLQJ 8QLW\VKHVKRZHGKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWYLGHRVKHHYHUHGLWHGGXULQJD talent show. The video was of her brothers leaving for Iraq. So, she thought, 11 years later, it would be sentimental to screen this narrative military drama that she wrote at her old VFKRRO7KLVZLOOEHWKH0LGZHVWSUHPLHUHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPDQGWKH Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHKHUEURWKHU-XVWLQ5DQGDOOZLOOEHVHHLQJLW- with submitted information

&DOOLQJDOO6DQWDV LUCK - If you are looking for last-minute ideas for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go farther than the Luck Area Historical Museum. The museum has a number of book titles for sale including local and state topics as well as authors. Among the titles to look at are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cecilia: The Trials of an Amazing Ojibwa Woman,â&#x20AC;? by the 7KH/XFN0XVHXPKDVERRNVE\ORFDO late Lafayette Connor of DXWKRUVIRUVDOH6SHFLDOSKRWR Webster, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Maple Syrup in the USA Since 1650,â&#x20AC;? by the historical societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Russell Hanson and â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of Half Moon Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Story of Trust,â&#x20AC;? by David J. Butler of the Half Moon Lake Conservancy Inc. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

:+6RIIHUVPRUHJLIWLGHDV MADISON - Watch out for the Hasgaardsreia this Christmas Eve! After dark, these underground mythical beings are VDLGWRJDWKHULQĂ RFNVDQGURDPWKH1RUWK:RRGVPDNLQJ a racket as they wander. This eerie Christmas tale is one of many told in the Wisconsin Historical Society Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new collection of folk stories, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North,â&#x20AC;? the newest addition of the Society Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual 12 Books of Christmas list. From hidden Huldrefolk to the Hexemster next door, myths and OHJHQGVĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDWKHUHGE\)HGHUDO:ULWHUV3URJUDPZRUNers in the 1930s from Wisconsin immigrants, pioneers and Native Americans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are retold in this collection of magical, mysterious and macabre stories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Men and River Monstersâ&#x20AC;? places these intriguing tales alongside stunning artwork collected by the Federal Art Project in Wisconsin, conducted during the same time period in Wisconsin. The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreword is written by Michael Edmonds, deputy director of the Wisconsin Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Library Archives. Edmonds describes the circumstances that created a Public Works project in Wisconsin to create a state travel guide and collect these legends for it. An e-book edition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Men and River Monstersâ&#x20AC;? is also available. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press will be unwrapping its top holiday shopping book picks throughout December, announcing a new book each day leading up to Christmas from its 2015 12 Books of Christmas collection. So far this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Painted the Universe,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Hunt,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin,â&#x20AC;? Jerry Appsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispters and Shadows: A Naturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memoir,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Settlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Year: Pioneer Life

through the Seasons,â&#x20AC;? Jerry Appsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;People of the Big Voice,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sterling North and the Story of Rascal.â&#x20AC;? For more information on these books and many other book gifts, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society press website at wisconsinhistory.org. - from WHS

|$&KULVWPDV&DURO}DQGDIDUHZHOO  ST. CROIX FALLS - â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? by Charles Dickens and adapted by James L. Walker, will continue to run through Sunday, Dec. 27, at Festival Theatre in downtown St. Croix Falls. When Charles Dickens wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? it was an instant and popular success. The struggling writer was only 31 when he produced what has become one of the most recognized names in the holiday season. Having struggled with poverty since his childhood, Dickens was fascinated and motivated to write about economic hardship, inequality, and why, in his opinion, one should seek out opportunities to be sympathetic to the poor. It was 1843 in which Dickens was working to pen a pamphlet tentatively titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Appeal to the People of England, (G 0RHUVIHOGHU SOD\V 6FURRJH LQ on behalf of the Poor WKHFXUUHQWSURGXFWLRQRI|$&KULVWPDV Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child.â&#x20AC;? Although &DURO} DW )HVWLYDO 7KHDWUH LQ 6W &URL[ that essay would not be published, it became the )DOOV6SHFLDOSKRWR VKRUW Ă&#x20AC;FWLRQ ´$ &KULVWmas Carol,â&#x20AC;? and the messages and themes remained intact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on WKLVVKRZ,FRXOGQ¡WKHOSEXWĂ&#x20AC;QG myself feeling quite sentimental,â&#x20AC;? says Jaclyn Johnson, artistic director at Festival Theatre. Johnson will be leaving Festival Theatre, after â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? closes. â&#x20AC;?This time of year, one of giving and joy, good food and even better company, is a wonderful time yet it always makes me think of the years behind us and those before us. And while the visits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come are enough to get me reminiscing, -DFO\Q-RKQVRQ I must also acknowledge the fact that this show marks the last production under my leadership as artistic director. I cannot thank this community enough for treasuring this art form, for embracing our storytelling, for imagining other realities and times, for disappearing into a magic room called a theater for a few hours each month, year or even just once. Obviously Charles Dickens wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind me getting a bit sentimental, as the season does sugJHVWLW¡VMXVWLĂ&#x20AC;HG%XWZLWKKLVRULJLQDOLQWHQWLRQVLQPLQG I offer you this ... As you watch this show, as you celebrate your holidays, as you join hands in song and high spirit, may you recall your own blessings with a thoughtful mind for those who do not share in your own abundance. May you be charitable to those who suffer, and may you treasure each moment with each person you meet as a gift, for we truly are blessed.â&#x20AC;? To reserve your spot for the shows, go to festiYDOWKHDWUHRUJRUFDOOGXULQJER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FHKRXUV Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the box ofĂ&#x20AC;FH WKH GD\ RI WKH VKRZ /HDG VSRQVRUV RI ´$ &KULVWPDV Carol,â&#x20AC;? this year are Thrivent Financial and Amery Hospital and Clinics. Like Festival Theatre on Facebook or visit festivaltheatre.org to sign up to receive Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly emails for up-to-the-minute announcements and promotions. - from Festival Theatre

6DELHQSHUIRUPV6DWXUGD\ HAYWARD - Violinist Randy Sabien is mustering his troops for yet another campaign in the ongoing battle against invasive holiday music. On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at The Park in Hayward, Cmdr. Randy will lead his battalion Sgt. Andy Dee, G.I. Joe Lindzius and 2nd Gunner Ed Willet - into the fray once again in the neverHQGLQJ Ă&#x20AC;JKW IRU IUHHGRP IURP the same old Christmas songs for weeks on end. The night will not be silent as the battle-hardened Christmas commandos crank XS JXLWDUV DQG GUXPV Ă&#x20AC;GGOHV and cellos, keys and voices to VKDJFDUSHWERPEWKHEDWWOHĂ&#x20AC;HOG with twisted lyrics, violent violin riffs and bluesy drones. The only thing that stops a bad Christmas song is an even worse one. 5DQG\6DELHQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on everyone,â&#x20AC;? Cmdr. Sabien barks through clenched jaws as he pulls the pin on a fruitcake grenade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do this!â&#x20AC;? Tickets are available in advance at theparkcenter.com or Art Beat of Hayward. - from theparkcenter.com

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watching a series of comedic social media videos, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deez Nuts,â&#x20AC;? which are short, edited vignettes of the same slurring African-American man with bad teeth, stating the title phrase, ending with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em!â&#x20AC;? usually in a mocking way. The teens were apparently watching D Ă&#x20AC;YHPLQXWHORQJ HGLWHG ´YLQHÂľ RI WKH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deez Nutsâ&#x20AC;? series as Acre-Kendall joked with one of his friends about snack peaQXWVKHZDVHDWLQJDVWKH\Ă&#x20AC;VKHGRQSLFnic tables placed in the water. They were laughing at and repeating the punch line loudly, which Kelly and Lechman apparently thought were barbs aimed at them, over 600 feet across the river in Minnesota. Lechman said he and Kelly thought they were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting heckled by a bunch of young punks,â&#x20AC;? while Acre-Kendall insisted he was genuinely confused about why Kelly and Lechman were yelling at them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody across the river said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you /HYL$FUH.HQGDOOORRNHGGRZQDVVRPHRIWKHWHVWLPRQ\ZHQWDJDLQVWZKDWKHKDGFODLPHGKDG think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny (expletive deleted)?â&#x20AC;? WDNHQSODFH3KRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ Acre-Kendall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just confused.â&#x20AC;? 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The escalated confrontation also was Peter Kelly leaves behind a widow, LQJWREDFFRZKLOHKHĂ&#x20AC;VKHGDQGVDLG´IRU me, those two donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mix well.â&#x20AC;? critical, whether Kelly threatened the &KULVWLHDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH\RXQJFKLOGUHQ He did admit to smoking marijuana young man, who had admittedly taunted dozens, if not hundreds, of times in the the father of five and local wrestling past with those friends, but said it was coach after he came around the river from the duo across the river who escalated Taylors Falls, Minn., to St. Croix Falls to the evening, saying they would â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come confront the teens. over and put me to sleepâ&#x20AC;? as the initial After posing several questions to the confrontation ended. court during their deliberations, includâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a little afraid, but thought they LQJ FODULĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ RQ WKH OHJDOLW\ RI WKH were just joking around,â&#x20AC;? the defendant knife, and transcripts of portions of tessaid, but countered with a smug response timony, the jury became unanimous and that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even tired.â&#x20AC;? delivered not-guilty verdicts to all three Greg Marsten | Staff writer charges. POLK COUNTY - The incident that .HOO\DQG/HFKPDQFURVVRYHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were no winners in this case, It was revealed at trial that Kelly had only survivors,â&#x20AC;? defense attorney Eric led to Peter Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and homicide charges against Levi Acre-Kendall began a long history with the park, even doing Nelson stated after the trial. Prosecutor Dan Steffen had used a early on the evening of Tuesday, April 14, 6HH6WDEELQJSDJH â&#x20AC;&#x153;puzzleâ&#x20AC;? analogy in his closing argu- 2015. Only a few things were completely agreed upon at trial: It all started as a ments, implying that while portions of the overall puzzle were unclear, the picture at beautiful spring day and that the scene the end would clearly show it was Levi where the stabbing occurred was pitch black later on that same, beautiful spring Acre-Kendall who committed homicide. Steffen said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointedâ&#x20AC;? in day into evening. Many of the details in the verdict, and said he had put as much between are far less agreed upon. As Acre-Kendall and several friends HIIRUW LQWR WKH FDVH DV DQ\ KLV RIĂ&#x20AC;FH KDV BURNETT/WASHBURN COUNTIES would routinely do, they headed to the prosecuted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a case that I believed in,â&#x20AC;? Stef- ULYHUWRĂ&#x20AC;VKMXVWDV.HOO\DQGKLVIULHQG A 28-year-old Shell Lake woman was arfen stated, adding later that he was con- 5RVV/HFKPDQGLGRQO\WKH\ZHQWĂ&#x20AC;VK- rested Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 15, after ing on the Minnesota side of Interstate leading police on a high-speed chase that cerned it â&#x20AC;&#x153;sets a real bad precedent.â&#x20AC;? In the end, the jury did not believe the Park. It was later in the evening when reached speeds of 115 mph, during which state proved their case, and Acre-Kendall Kelly and Lechman got into a cross-river, she tossed a .44 magnum handgun out the was released from the Polk County Jail a back-and-forth argument with Acre-Ken- window of the vehicle she was driving. Lois A. Keenan was booked in to the few hours after the verdict, after spending GDOO¡VJURXSRIIULHQGVZKRZHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ Burnett County Jail. the better part of eight months incarcer- on the Wisconsin side of the river. According to a news release from the The source of the argument was reated as he awaited the trial. Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Mike, said the family vealed at trial to be a possible misunder- Wisconsin State Patrol, Keenan was was â&#x20AC;&#x153;crushedâ&#x20AC;? by the jury decision, and standing between Kelly and Acre-Kendall, stopped by a state trooper at approxisuggested that there were issues with where the Minnesota teens had been mately 3 p.m. for an equipment and seat belt violation while driving on CTH J, west of Hwy. 63 in Washburn County. She had an active warrant and her driving status was revoked. While the trooper instructed her to exit the vehicle a handgun was observed along the center console. At this point, Keenan put the car in gear DQGĂ HG The trooper pursued Keenan into Burnett County and eventually turned north onto CTH. H. Keenan was observed tossing the handgun out the window by the trooper. Burnett County deputies joined 7KLV FDU ZDV RQH RI VHYHUDO LQ in the pursuit which crossed Hwy. 70 YROYHGLQDFFLGHQWVRQ0RQGD\'HF and continued north on CTH. H. Burnett GXHWRIUHH]LQJUDLQRQDUHDURDGV County deputies eventually took over the 7KH GULYHU RI WKLV YHKLFOH HVFDSHG pursuit as the trooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vehicle sustained VHULRXVLQMXU\DIWHUWKHYHKLFOHWKH\ DĂ DWWLUHDQGKDGWRGLVHQJDJH ZHUHGULYLQJVSXQRXWRIFRQWURORQ A short time later, Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vehicle +Z\HDVWRI+HUWHODQGIOLSSHGRQ crashed on CTH A near Lipsett Lake LWVWRS3KRWRE\5RE+DUULVRQ 5RDG.HHQDQĂ HGRQIRRWIURPWKHFUDVK scene. 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUV IURP WKH :LVFRQVLQ 6WDWH 3Dtrol, St. Croix Tribal Police Department and Burnett and Washburn County sheriff departments assisted in the search. She was eventually found in a tree and taken into custody. The discarded handgun, a loaded .44 magnum revolver, was later found and secured. - Gary King with information from Wisconsin State Patrol

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Local murder mystery enters fourth decade

The shooting death of Yvonne Menke remains a haunting mystery for family, community Gary King | Editor ST. CROIX FALLS - Where is the gun? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question that has been asked in countless murder investigations, and the local cold case homicide of a mother of four is no different. Yvonne Menke was 45 years old when she was shot three times by someone wielding a .22-caliber pistol on a subzero Thursday morning in December of 1985. She was descending the steps of a covered stairwell leading from her downtown St. Croix Falls apartment to a parking lot to warm up her car. She never made it to the bottom of the stairs. A daughter of Menkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard the gunshots and looked out a window to see VRPHRQHĂ HHLQJWKHDUHDZKHUHKHUPRWKerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car was parked. No evidence exists to paint a clear picture of the getaway or how the murder weapon may have been disposed of. Did the shooter throw the gun in the St. Croix River, just a block west of the crime scene? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of several questions that remains unanswered as the unsolved case enters its fourth decade.

As they developed leads that morning, local and state authorities discovered someone had been making phone calls to her, a woman who had only one thing in common with Menke. They were both very fond of the same man. ,QYHVWLJDWRUVIHOWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVLJQVRISURJress in what they may have viewed, even at that early hour, as a motive for murder.

-RKQ'RHKHDULQJ With the suspect refusing to talk to authorities, the lack of a murder weapon and $SRVWLQJRQWKH3RON&RXQW\6KHULIIVZHEVLWHVWDWHVWKHEDVLFIDFWVNQRZQDERXWWKHFDVH only a vague description of the person seen near the apartment that morning, DVNLQJWKHSXEOLFIRUDQ\LQIRUPDWLRQWKDWPLJKWKHOSWKHLQYHVWLJDWLRQ6SHFLDOSKRWR authorities were left with circumstantial evidence. That included the phone records and interviews, which were felt to establish a motive and pattern of connection between the suspect and victim. And there was the snowmobile boot print. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was probably turned into our biggest piece of evidence,â&#x20AC;? Lindholm said. Authorities had searched the suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house and found a pair of boots â&#x20AC;&#x153;very similarâ&#x20AC;? to the boot print collected at the scene, according to Lindholm. Within a year after the crime, at the government center in Balsam Lake, a secret John Doe hearing was held where the dis2IILFHUVIURPWKH3RON&RXQW\6KHULIIV'H trict attorney presented the evidence to a SDUWPHQWWKHVWDWH'HSDUWPHQWRI-XVWLFHV'L judge. YLVLRQRI&ULPLQDO,QYHVWLJDWLRQDQGFLW\RI6W The suspect was subpoenaed to appear &URL[)DOOVJDWKHUHGDWWKHVFHQHRIWKH'HF but she refused to answer any questions. KRPLFLGHLQGRZQWRZQ6W&URL[)DOOV â&#x20AC;&#x153;She exercised all of her constitu3ULPHVXVSHFW )RUPHU3RON&RXQW\6KHULII3DXO/LQGKROPLV tional rights,â&#x20AC;? Lindholm recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She The children and grandchildren of VKRZQWKLUGIURPULJKW7RP%DUWKPDQIRUPHU wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even acknowledge her name.â&#x20AC;? Menke, along with some other fam6W &URL[ )DOOV SROLFH FKLHI LV VKRZQ VHFRQG ily members, have long believed that a IURPULJKW7KHPDQKROGLQJWKHEULHIFDVHLV3DW &URVVLQJSDWKV local woman is guilty of the murder, not &DKLOOZKRZDVWKHQDQLQYHVWLJDWRUZLWKWKH â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend all of our time develEDVHGRQDQ\RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVWDWHPHQWIURPDX3RON&RXQW\6KHULIIV'HSDUWPHQW7KHRIILFHU oping the case on her,â&#x20AC;? Lindholm said. thorities, but from inside information VKRZQIRXUWKIURPULJKWLV0LNH6HYHUVHQZKR â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked other angles, talking with turned general knowledge that authoriZDVWKHQDSROLFHRIILFHULQ%DUWKPDQVGHSDUW family and close friends and one by one ties were focusing on one person early PHQW)LOHSKRWRVE\*DU\.LQJ $ FULPH VFHQH SKRWR VKRZV WKH WZRVWRU\ ruled basically everybody out of the susin the investigation. A John Doe hearing EULFNEXLOGLQJRQWKHZHVWVLGHRI0DLQ6WUHHW pect picture - and kept going back to her.â&#x20AC;? was eventually held, and despite presentOver the years, Lindholm would end ing convincing circumstantial evidence sary of the violent loss of a loved one they LQ6W&URL[)DOOVVKRZLQJWKHHQFORVHGH[WH ULRUVWDLUFDVHZKHUH<YRQQH0HQNHZDVVKRW up crossing paths with the suspect, who - including records showing phone calls think of daily. The death also haunts those involved in WRGHDWKRQWKHELWWHUO\FROG7KXUVGD\PRUQLQJ remained living in the county following from the suspect to Menke and the fact RI'HF3KRWRFRXUWHV\3RON&RXQW\ the crime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to bite my lip,â&#x20AC;? he said, they were both fond of the same man - trying to solve the crime. 6KHULIIV'HSDUWPHQW noting that he feels sad for what the famâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve thought of this case many times there was not enough to merit a criminal ily has had to endure over the years, likely over the years,â&#x20AC;? said Paul Lindholm, who charge. knowing who the suspect is and facing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;running around the block.â&#x20AC;? was Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sheriff at the time, and The best of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal potential for the same chance encounters. minds were unable to get past the lawyer RQHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRDUULYHDWWKHVFHQHRIWKH He said he hoped at one time the family shooting. Lindholm told the Leader in 7UDJLF\HDU the woman retained immediately upon 2010 that he wishes the case would have Lindholm, who was one of the young- would bring a wrongful death lawsuit being approached by investigators. Silence by the suspect and lack of a gone to trial - for the sake of justice - and est sheriffs in the state at the time, was against the suspect, using the evidence suddenly facing his second homicide case gathered for a potential criminal charge. murder weapon sent the case into a deep members of the Menke family. What clues could be found added up RIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEHLQJWKHLQYHVWLJDWLRQ freeze equal to the air temperature that quickly that morning, he said, and before prosecution and sentencing of Timothy 3RVWVFULSW fateful December morning. Speculation is part of unsolved crime. the day was over a county investigator Carlisle, 39, for the shooting deaths of his Talk about people who may have seen and state homicide detective paid a visit father and another man at a cabin north $JXQVXUIDFHV the suspect but were too intimidated or According to a member of the Menke to the primary suspect at her place of em- of Turtle Lake. One more homicide would occur in scared to talk to authorities has been part family, a gun surfaced several years ago ployment, 20 miles away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She kind of lost her composure and 3RON&RXQW\LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOGD\VRI'HFHP- of this case. As the years go by, more witwhen a dying family member confessed he â&#x20AC;&#x153;had a secretâ&#x20AC;? and needed â&#x20AC;&#x153;something went to pieces for a moment - then got ber, a stabbing death near Frederic, bring- nesses key to the investigation either lose taken care of.â&#x20AC;? He said there was a gun in her composure back and called an attor- ing the number of deaths to four. It made their recollection or die. The prime suspect, now in her 70s, is his freezer. The gun, wrapped in plastic, ney,â&#x20AC;? Lindholm recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never got a for a year of tragic local news, delivering still alive but her permanent address is chance to ask our suspect any questions.â&#x20AC;? the most challenging year of Lindholmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was retrieved from the freezer and turned career as sheriff and shattering a 40-year unknown. over to authorities. The gun appeared to People have presented theories to austreak of murderless crime in the county. match an empty gun box belonging to yet 7KHRQO\ZLWQHVVHV As testimony in the Carlisle sentencing thorities. One man told his therapist that Yvonne Menkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Julie, was another family member. Some members of the Menke family 20 years old at the time of the shooting, was coming to a close, the Menke case oc- he had been the shooter, citing almost reluctantly began speculating on another sharing the apartment with her mother curred, and in a twist of fate the two cases every detail of the crime and later admitand two younger siblings. She heard two overlapped, resulting in what Lindholm ting he was just reciting what he had read possible suspect. But that gun, according to Polk County â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharp cracksâ&#x20AC;? shortly after her mother characterized as a very complete and pro- in the newspapers. As if to magnify how time can make Sheriff Pete Johnson, did not match the went outside to warm up her car. She fessional response by law enforcement to even the most shocking of crimes fade, the scene of the Menke homicide. called police. It was 6:25 a.m. caliber of the murder weapon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two state homicide investigators testi- a database of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 300-plus unFirst on the scene was the late Mike SeYHUVHQZKRZDVWKHQDSDWURORIĂ&#x20AC;FHUIRU fying at the Carlisle trial had been staying solved murders over the past 90 years, 5HYLVLWHG -RKQVRQLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKVKHULIIWRLQKHULWWKH the city of St. Croix Falls. He was off duty at the Dalles House in St. Croix Falls and compiled by the Gannett Wisconsin Media case over the past 30 years, and it happens but arrived within six minutes of the call, ZHUHDPRQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVWRDUULYHDW Investigative Team, failed to list the murWREHRQHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFDVHVKHUHDGZKHQ followed closely by Lindholm and former the scene (of the Menke homicide),â&#x20AC;? Lind- der of Yvonne Menke. The Polk County hired by the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Depart- St. Croix Falls Police Chief Tom Barthman, holm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a wealth of assistance Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, however, includes the ment. He actually took part in some of the who had gone off duty at 4 that morning. to help process the scene and I got to know basic facts about the case posted in hopes someone will still come forward with inLindholm gave the order to get search both of the investigators quite well.â&#x20AC;? interviews in the case. formation. New technology applied to Ducking in and out of a makeshift comdogs on the scene, and soon the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Like the sheriffs before him, he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reOHDVHWKHFDVHUHFRUGVDVLW¡VVWLOOFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;HG 0DLQ6WUHHWZDVEORFNHGRIIFLW\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV PDQG FHQWHU LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UH KDOO QH[W WR WKH cold cases has led to countless successes and the frigid temperatures keeping most crime scene in attempts to keep warm in in bringing justice, if not closure for famias an open investigation. EHORZWHPSHUDWXUHVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVJDWKHUHG lies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have done several interviews with onlookers from staying very long. It may take nothing short of a confesevidence and preserved the scene under Julie told investigators that after hearpeople, some who had been interviewed previously,â&#x20AC;? he noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These mostly oc- ing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharp cracksâ&#x20AC;? that morning she the guidance of the two state homicide de- sion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This case, while cold, will never be curred from 2009 to 2012. We have also looked out the window to see someone tectives. And they waited for the arrival FORVHG XQWLO ZH Ă&#x20AC;QG WKH SHUVRQ UHVSRQof the state crime lab. Ă HHLQJ IURP WKH DOOH\ DUHD ZKHUH KHU resubmitted several pieces of physical evisible,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Menke and her â&#x20AC;&#x153;We combed the area for brass (bullet dence to the crime lab for analysis using motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car was parked. The person was family deserve that.â&#x20AC;? FDVLQJV EXWGLGQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;QGDQ\OHDGLQJXVWR dressed in a three-quarter-length gray current technology.â&#x20AC;? A granddaughter of Yvonne Menke, But, he added, no â&#x20AC;&#x153;bombshellsâ&#x20AC;? have coat with a dark-colored stocking hat, believe it was a handgun revolver, where the brass would remain in the gun,â&#x20AC;? Lind- living a thousand miles away, represents standing under 6 feet tall. been found as of yet. The driver of a Sears delivery truck, holm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found one good boot a new generation seeking answers, justice from Minnesota, said he had witnessed print made by an Arctic Cat snowmobile and closure. 4XLHWDQGZHOOOLNHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone, somewhere, knows someYvonne Menke was described by fam- the same person about two hours earlier, boot.â&#x20AC;? thing,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in an email to the 3DFNHGVQRZPDGHLWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRREWDLQ at 4:30 a.m., while making his daily delivily and friends as quiet and well-liked by ery to the Sears store on the same block as more than that one good print and there Leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping a family close a chapter everyone. in their lives and giving her (Yvonne) jusEach holiday season, surviving family the Menke apartment. He said the per- were no signs or witnesses to indicate tice is so close but yet help is needed. So where the suspect may have parked a veson was across the street from the Menke members longing for closure deal with the someone please speak up.â&#x20AC;? pain of getting through another anniver- apartment running south as if they were hicle.


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6WDEELQJIURPSDJH Scout projects of building birdhouses for the trails and frequently bringing his young children there, as why they did not like the way the teens were acting out loudly and disrespecting them and the park. However, testimony revealed that Kelly and Lechman had been drinking appleĂ DYRUHGPDOWEHYHUDJHVZKLOHWKH\ZHUH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJIRXUHDFKZKLFKWKHGHIHQVHDOVR noted was illegal on the Minnesota side of the park. Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood alcohol level was just over half the legal limit of .08-percent blood alcohol concentration, as noted in his autopsy. As it became dark, Kelly and Lechman left the Minnesota side of the river, and instead of driving to Lechmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dresser home, they went into Interstate Park on the Wisconsin side of the river, over 2.5 miles down to the landing, where the JURXSZDVĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJWRFRQIURQWWKH$FUH Kendall group. Lechman said Kelly thought they should â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably go over to the park and say something to these guys ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a place to do drugs and swear ... I agreed with him.â&#x20AC;? Estimates and testimony made it unFOHDU KRZ ORQJ LW ZDV EHWZHHQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO cross-river verbal exchanges and the actual confrontation where Kelly was stabbed, but the trial suggested it was somewhere between a half hour and a full hour later when Kelly and Lechman confronted Acre-Kendall and his friends Hank Michaels, Steven Phillips and Jacob Mossberg.

,QWKHSLWFKGDUN As noted several times, the park was indeed lightless and pitch dark as Kelly parked his Subaru away from the other group, situated just south of the boat landing, past Lake of the Dalles and far away from any streetlights. Lechman testified that the two had waited in the dark to assess the situation, as they were unclear how many people were in the group, suggesting at trial that XSWRDQRWKHUGR]HQSHRSOHZHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ on the Wisconsin side at times during the cross-river exchanges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stopped at the big tree ... to see how many (people) there were,â&#x20AC;? Lechman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really sure.â&#x20AC;? But as the two waited for Acre-Kendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group to pack up their gear, AcreKendall yelled a parting shot across the river, how the â&#x20AC;&#x153;(expletives) never did show upâ&#x20AC;? as they said, not knowing they were watching them from behind a tree. That was when Mossberg let his dog out of the truck, named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gunnar,â&#x20AC;? which noticed the two approach Acre-Kendall DQG KLV IULHQGV UHVSRQGLQJ WR KLV Ă&#x20AC;QDO â&#x20AC;&#x153;screamâ&#x20AC;? across the river. 7KHHVFDODWLRQ The next few moments are where much of the testimony varied, and while the dark once again played a role in eyewitness accounts of the actual exchanges and engagement between Kelly and AcreKendall grew even more heated, Lechman

/HYL $FUH.HQGDOOV IDWKHU 7UDYLV .HQGDOO GHVFULEHGKLVDFFRXQWRIWZRODWHQLJKWSKRQH FDOOV IURP KLV VRQ LQ WKH PRPHQWV DIWHU WKH $SULOVWDEELQJ said the young man â&#x20AC;&#x153;never quit talkingâ&#x20AC;? and while it was implied that no punches were thrown, the confrontation moved to a new level when Lechman stated at trial that he was the one who physically â&#x20AC;&#x153;pushedâ&#x20AC;? Acre-Kendall. Others varied in how they perceived the â&#x20AC;&#x153;push,â&#x20AC;? one of the others calling it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-on chargeâ&#x20AC;? and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tackleâ&#x20AC;? that knocked both Lechman and Acre-Kendall down, and led to minor abrasions for Acre-Kendall. It was agreed that after Acre-Kendall recovered his balance, he brandished a NQLIHVWDWLQJKHGLGQ¡WZDQWWRĂ&#x20AC;JKWDOthough it did not â&#x20AC;&#x153;de-escalateâ&#x20AC;? the incident, but instead seemed to make Kelly even more upset. Details about the knife were never discussed prior to trial, but as noted, became a hugely controversial subject of sorts behind the scenes.

7KHEODGHFRPHVRXW At trial, the accounts of what happened after Acre-Kendall drew the knife varied, and while it was agreed that his friend, Michaels, had tried to calm them both down and separate the two, they both refused to back down. However, accounts of what happened next are varied, as the defense tried to show that Acre-Kendall was trying to leave the scene but was pulled out of the car by Kelly, dragging the smaller AcreKendall out violently, making him believe his life was in danger. The prosecution implied that Kelly was stabbed intentionally as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;last wordâ&#x20AC;? of sorts, following up his mocking, backand-forth confrontation. Taking the stand in his own defense, Acre-Kendall claimed he â&#x20AC;&#x153;thought he was going to die,â&#x20AC;? and that disputed that it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shoulder lockâ&#x20AC;? between the two, instead stating that he was held down and could only see his and Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet when he reached up and stabbed the man. Self-defense repeatedly came into play during the trial, and seemed to resonate with the jury, in the end. And while the defense tried to get the case dismissed through a so-called Castle Doctrine de-

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$IWHUWKHVWDEELQJ Regardless of how it occurred, after he was stabbed, Kelly quickly buckled over and told Lechman he had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;poked,â&#x20AC;? and headed toward his car, parked onetenth of a mile away. Kelly stumbled and fell in the dark, bleeding profusely. Lechman tried to call police, but his phone was in Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locked car leading him to break a car window with a handicapped parking sign to get at his cell phone and call police. Lechman provided chilling, emotional testimony of his response, asking the teen if he had stabbed his friend, claiming

Acre-Kendall said he had, and starting to leave in a hurray. Lechman described kicking or â&#x20AC;&#x153;markingâ&#x20AC;? Michaelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Toyota Camry before the group zoomed off, running in the dark back to Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subaru, passing his friend, who had fallen, bleeding to death a short way down the road. Lechman went back to attend to Kelly and used the phone light to see the extent of his wound, describing the growing pool of blood and â&#x20AC;&#x153;horribleâ&#x20AC;? sounds of the air leaving his lungs, his inability to speak, and how there was confusion over where they even were in the dark, leading to a delay in an ambulance and police response. Lechmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 911 call came in at 9:47 p.m., ZLWKSROLFHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVDQG(07VUHVSRQGLQJ quickly to the scene, but Lechman broke GRZQ DV KH GHVFULEHG KLV IULHQG¡V Ă&#x20AC;QDO moments, how he â&#x20AC;&#x153;tried to hold the blood 6HH6WDEELQJSDJH

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E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - An open house was held at the Burnett County Highway Department allowing the public an inside look at the existing buildings and to view design plans for a proposed $5 million new facility. The proposed new facility will consolidate the highway and parks and forestry department into one buildLQJ7KHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIGRLQJVRZHUHRXWOLQHGDVIROORZV â&#x20AC;˘ Extends the service life of every vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ Allows trucks to enter, store and exit with plows and wings attached, saving a minimum of 30 minutes of staff time for each snowfall. â&#x20AC;˘ Reduces the possibility of injury and damage to vehicles. â&#x20AC;˘ Creates opportunity for future cost savings through personnel and equipment consolidation. â&#x20AC;˘ Eliminates concerns of the airport regarding use of its hangar by the Parks and Forestry Department. Jeremy Burton has served 11 years as a heavy equipment operator for the county, responsible for plowing state roads in a snowstorm, among other duties. ´:HGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\QHHGDQHZIDFLOLW\Âľ%XUWRQVDLG´5LJKW now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a pain having the plows sitting outside in the snow. A new facility will give us more room to do basic vehicle maintenance and repairs.â&#x20AC;? 7KH FRXQW\ KDV Ă&#x20AC;YH VWDWH SORZ WUXFNV QLQH FRXQW\ plow trucks, two front-end loaders, two backhoes, two

$QDUWLVWVUHQGLWLRQRIWKHSURSRVHGQHZKLJKZD\IDFLOLW\IRU%XUQHWW&RXQW\6SHFLDOSKRWR scrapers, two dozers, four graders, a chip spreader and an excavator, housed in various buildings scattered throughout the highway yard. A new facility will allow all trucks to be housed under one roof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A new facility is very much needed,â&#x20AC;? said county board Chair Don Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keeping the existing facility will mean putting money into major repairs and upJUDGHV 7KH RIĂ&#x20AC;FH LV QRQFRPSOLDQW ZLWK IHGHUDO VWDQdards.â&#x20AC;? The board of supervisors in November agreed to limit borrowing to 10 years as a means to reduce overall costs to the taxpayer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much needed,â&#x20AC;? said Supervisor Brent Blom-

EHUJ´:HZLOOJDLQDFRVWVDYLQJVLQHQHUJ\HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ I very much support the project, especially keeping the borrowing costs to 10 years.â&#x20AC;? There were few members of the general public in attendance and no views in opposition to a new highway facility could be found. The county hopes to approve design plans for the new facility in spring of 2016 with construction proceeding thereafter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There comes a point in a facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life when it just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth the cost to put any more money into it,â&#x20AC;? said Jeremy Gronski, board supervisor, summing up the general sentiment.

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6LUHQ9LOODJH%RDUGJHWVGRZQWREXVLQHVV E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer 6,5(1,QDPRGHORIJRYHUQPHQWHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\WKH6LUHQ Village Board wrapped up its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, in 13 minutes, breezing through its agenda and leaving a holiday gift tray of salami, cheese and crackers, donated by MSA Engineers, largely untouched in the back of the room. The board renewed its contract for building-inspector services with longtime inspector Dennis Quinn of North Lakes Mechanical Consulting Services. Quinn receives QRGLUHFWYLOODJHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJEXWFKDUJHVDIHHIRUVHUYLFH to new construction and remodels. It was announced that board member Phyllis Kopecky will not be running for re-election in April. The date for caucusing of board candidates is set for Thursday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. Shirley Bloom and Grace Sexton were appointed as chief election inspectors, with Jean Marion and Diane Norman approved as the other election inspectors. A McCabe Construction pay request of $49,403.90 was approved, with $1,100 being deducted for hydrant repair and street sweeping associated with the street remodel project.

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dents. A part of that change will be the formation of a behavioral health program to address the mentalhealth needs of county residents. Frey said that the current program within human services is one of the great hidden assets of the county. The change will give Gregg Westigard | Staff writer %$/6$0 /$.( ² $ PDMRU WXUQRYHU LQ VWDIĂ&#x20AC;QJ LV that program better visibility, he said. Frey said that Sampson, the longtime director of the coming to Polk County government, Dana Frey, county administrator, told the supervisors at the county board Health Department, was the right person to set up the meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15, and the county is involved QHZGLYLVLRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQWKHFRXQW\6KHLVDSHUVRQRI in succession planning to assure a smooth transition. national stature, he added. Andrea Jerrick, employee relations director, now has Part of that transition, the promotion of three longtime employees, was approved during the monthly meeting the additional new position of deputy county adminiswhich also included three guest presentations and ap- trator. Frey says Jerrick will have some extra responsibilities but still is the ER head. proval of the annual county forest work plan. $QG0DJJLH:LFNUHWKHORQJVHUYLQJĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHPDQ7KH FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPDWLRQ RI WKH DSSRLQWPHQW RI *UHWFKHQ Sampson to the new position of Community Service ager, now has the title of director of the Department Division director is a formal step in the ongoing pro- RI$GPLQLVWUDWLRQDWLWOHWKDWPRUHUHĂ HFWVWKHDFWXDO cess of reorganizing the Human Services Department duties she has performed. Polk County will see the retirement of a third of and the Health Department, creating a more integrated body that serves the human needs of the county resi- its employees in the near future. In the past year, 58

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,WVDOODERXWWKHFKHHVH Burnett Dairy Cooperative poised for future growth E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer ALPHA â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Burnett Dairy Cooperative, located on Hwy. 70 in Alpha, held its 48th-annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Crex Convention Center, a large EDQTXHWKDOODIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHGZLWK7'DZJV%DU and Grille in Grantsburg. 7KHUHLVSHUKDSVQRHGLĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ1RUWKZHVW:LVFRQVLQWKDWEHWWHUH[HPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HVD sense of place and preservation of local heritage than the Burnett Dairy Cooperative. It is a peculiar characteristic of Wisconsinites, in this era of heightened sensibilities to speech and stereotype, that we do QRWĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHWHUP´FKHHVHKHDGÂľWREHDWDOO derogatory. In fact, we embrace it with affection, for here in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dairyland we know the cow and the products that come from it - butter, cream, milk and cheese - are the legacy of our founding DQG D GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ FKDUDFWHULVWLF RI ZKR ZH are. And in our moments of tipsiness, we WDNHQRXPEUDJHLQGRQQLQJDĂ XRUHVFHQW cheddar foam wedge upon our heads, a crownlike proclamation to our Wisconsin roots and heritage.

(DUO\URRWV The Burnett Dairy Cooperative, best known for its iconic cheese store, has been farmer-owned since 1896, and is testament to the work ethic and savvy of its European immigrant founders who developed a locally owned market for their products. Its roots go back to the Wood River and Branstad creameries, turn of the 19th century butter manufacturing plants, with local dairy producers being the shareholders. The name Alpha, the town where the cooperative is located, is named for a locally invented cream separator. *URZLQJRSHUDWLRQ Cheese is the product that continues to drive the business. Back behind the cheese store, its silos and holding tanks Ă&#x20AC;OOHG ZLWK ORFDOO\ FROOHFWHG PLON LV WKH cheese manufacturing plant. Last year the plant produced 49 million pounds of cheese, including a production record of 130,000 pounds produced in a single day. The cooperative collects nearly 1 million pounds of milk each day from farmers in a 60-mile radius. Originally producing only mozzarella, today the plant also makes provolone, cheddar, Monterey Jack and Colby. In 1988 the cooperative earned the title of World Champion Cheese Maker â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the last American cheese maker to earn such a distinction. In 2012 the cooperative expanded its cheese store by tripling it in size. Besides the cheese production plant and cheese store, the cooperative also op-

year it paid out over $10 million in salaULHVZDJHVDQGIULQJHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVDQGSURvided $50,000 in donations to community groups, food shelves and educational scholarships. Dowling, a serious and businessminded young man steeped in an agricultural background and a business approach, has grown the cooperative since becoming its president and CEO Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDJR â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burnett Dairy has gone through a FKDQJHLQWKHODVWĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDVZHIRFXV on our core assets and move away from nonperforming assets,â&#x20AC;? Dowling said. Dowling has expanded operations into the retail sector, acquiring Cady Cheese and securing product development agreements with Jack Links. The cooperative is creating a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;snack lineâ&#x20AC;? of products, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;a vegetable-infused string cheeseâ&#x20AC;? and a beef stick string cheese %XUQHWW 'DLU\ &RRSHUDWLYH 3UHVLGHQW DQG line. They are securing retail agreements &(2'DQ'RZOLQJDGGUHVVHGWKHFRRSPHP with Costco, Hy-vee, Walmart and BrookEHUVKLS|6RPHWLPHVRXUFRPIRUW]RQHLVRXW shireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Last year the cooperative generVLGH RI ZKHUH WKH PDJLF KDSSHQV} 'RZOLQJ ated $151,190,144 in total sales. Dowling VDLGWRWKHERDUGDQGVKDUHKROGHUVH[SODLQLQJ is looking to expanding operations into %XUQHWW'DLU\&RRSHUDWLYHVYLVLRQIRUWKHIX markets in China, India and Africa. WXUH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes our comfort zone is outside of where the magic happens,â&#x20AC;? Dowlerates a farm supply store providing ani- ing said, as he gave his year-end annual mal feed and energy products. Last year report to the board members and sharethe cooperative sold 2.4 million gallons of holders. propane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change is inevitable, growth is optional. We need to make sure we are bringing value proposition and maintain3RLVHGIRUIXWXUHJURZWK Aptly managed by President and CEO ing long-term viability by adapting to a Dan Dowling and a seven-member board changing marketplace,â&#x20AC;? Dowling said, of directors, the cooperative employs noting the cooperativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive efforts over 250 people, making it one of the top to reach out to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gen Zâ&#x20AC;? and a newer genĂ&#x20AC;YH HPSOR\HUV LQ %XUQHWW &RXQW\ /DVW eration of consumers.

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5DLVLQJ$7KLQNLQJ&KLOG New workshops for parents and children to be offered in Grantsburg, Webster and Siren E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - There is an adage that goes, ´7KH VHFUHW WR VXFFHVV LV VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHÂľ DQG nowhere else does that adage better prove true than in the act of parenthood, where VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHRIVHOIWRFKLOGLVDGDLO\HYHQWDOO in the hope that oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child will be raised up with the foundational values and mores necessary to be a functioning and EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDOPHPEHURIVRFLHW\ Parents of children 4 years of age or older will be able to attend a series of workshops designed to enhance a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem-solving skills and improve the relationship of parent to child. The Raising A Thinking Child workshops will be offered every Monday night beginning in February. The initial workshops will be held in Grantsburg, with hope of expanding the program into Webster and Siren. The workshops are being offered by the Burnett County UWExtension and are free, with meals and child care also being provided at no cost.

%HWK 5DQN LV WKH IDPLO\ GHYHORSPHQW HGX FDWRUZLWKWKH%XUQHWW&RXQW\8:([WHQVLRQ 3KRWRVXEPLWWHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parenting is hard,â&#x20AC;? said Beth Rank, family development educator with the Burnett County UW-Extension. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more arrows in your quiver the more

prepared you are. The more resources at your disposal, the better youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel.â&#x20AC;? The basic premise of the program holds that the teaching of problem-solving skills, and the self-restraint necessary IRU LPSXOVH FRQWURO DQG FRQĂ LFW UHVROXtion, can best be taught early in life by WKHFKLOG¡VPRVWLQĂ XHQWLDOWHDFKHU²WKH parent. Parents and children attending the program will learn: â&#x20AC;˘ How to solve problems and resolve GDLO\FRQĂ LFWV â&#x20AC;˘ How to explore alternative solutions and control anger and frustration. â&#x20AC;˘ To consider consequences of actions and the feelings of others. â&#x20AC;˘Patience to wait for the things you want or feel you need. The skills children learn through the program can prevent or reduce early behaviors that predict later problems such as violence, abuse and depression. By learning to think critically, children build capacity to become productive and responsible later in life. By understanding SDUHQWDOVDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHWRDFKLOGSDUHQWVOHDUQ how to be patient and understanding in the caregiver role. The outcome is the behavioral relationship of parent to child is enhanced and improved.

The program has eight years of proven effectiveness, with studies showing that children who have attended the program also develop â&#x20AC;&#x153;soft skills,â&#x20AC;? such as dependability and the capacity to work with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raising A Thinking Child helps to create the problem-solving adults of the future. It helps to relieve parents from having to constantly monitor their children by teaching kids the skill to solve their own problems,â&#x20AC;? Rank said. The Burnett County Health and Community Services Committee has endorsed the program with a small donation. The long-term hope of the program, expressed at the committee level, is that by teaching parents and children the values of disciSOLQHDQGGHOD\HGJUDWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQWKHGHYastating cycle of teen pregnancy and drug addiction, and their associative issues, can be stemmed. 7KHFODVVLVOLPLWHGWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIDPLlies who commit to attending the series of weekly workshops. If you are interested in the sessions to be offered in Grantsburg, or wish to sign up for the hoped-for classes in Webster or Siren, you are asked to call Beth Rank at 715-349-2151.


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Jobs and salaries Gov. Scott Walker is annoyed with the media. He says reporters and editors are paying too much attention to news of companies closing or laying off workers. Walker wants more people to be talking about the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unemployment rate, now below the national average. There are more than 80,000 job openings in Wisconsin, the governor told a Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reported that Wisconsin trails Minnesota by 8.5 percent in per capita income. By comparison Wisconsin had a 5 percent lead over Minnesota in the period ending 1966, the WTA report said. Wisconsin still has 5.5 percent more tax-filers than Minnesota, but the number of those earning $200,000 or more is 43.6 percent higher in Minnesota. The WTA said one factor is that there are more jobs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area than in the four-county Milwaukee metropolitan area. Minnesota corporate headquarters tend to be in the 14-county metropolitan area, while just half of Wisconsin corporate headquarters are in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Having a larger number of corporate headquarters in an area helps

April, on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m., and we can always use volunteers who can sub on our other shifts. If you can help, please stop by Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Hand Store for a volunteer application. Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Shelf is available to residents in Siren and Webster School Districts, Mondays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. While most of the food we receive is donated by Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry, Fourwinds, Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Costco and many very generous donors helped provide

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C  O   N   V  E  R  S  A  T  I  O  N  S &RQVHTXHQFHV History: Afghanistan. The Russian general stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried to win this war for 10 years and it was not winnable.â&#x20AC;? We, the USA, do not listen! We have 14 years of misery, 2,200-plus killed, countless injured and billions of dollars down the drain, while our infrastructure crumbles at home. Iraq. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to make a democracy out of this Muslim country.â&#x20AC;? Eleven years of misery with over 4,400 killed, countless injured and billions of dollars down the drain, for what? Every day Sunnis and Shiites are killing each other, not only in Iraq but also in other countries. Our so-called Christian nation needs to VWD\RXWRI0XVOLPLQĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJLQDOOFRXQWULHV7KLVLVZKDWLQĂ DPHGELQ/DGHQDQG all his followers, who continue to remind us to stay out of their self-determination process. All nations are sovereign. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s respect the sovereignty of all nations. After thousands of people killed and 14-plus chemical attacks, now we are going to act. World opinion: USA is a bully nation. Occupier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kill the USA,â&#x20AC;? Syria. The Arab League needs to lead. The USA supports the Arab League with minimum people and dollars. We all need to pray for a leader to rise up from the Muslim world in order to unite the Muslims for peaceful coexistence. Our war is with terrorists, who kill innocent people, not nations. For those who vote for a land attack on Syria, you need to recruit a member of your family chain to join our military and risk the contribution of their service to our country. No skin in the game is a

no vote. War is good business. The money is not necessarily going down the drain, a good share of it is going into the pockets of our military industrial complex. Our Founding Fathers advocated nonintervention in foreign affairs. From a fellow veteran. Rich Hess Trade Lake

:LWFKKXQW The Milltown American Legion would like to address the alcohol issue and clear the air. Sometime in July or August, during my weekly check of the bar and pop machines, I discovered a six-pack of partially consumed Grain Belt Nordeast beer in the garbage container in front of the kitchen area. Knowing that we do not sell this product and because there was beer left in some of the bottles, I took it LQWRWKHSROLFHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHZKHUH,IRXQGSRlice Chief Ed Collins at his desk. After a brief discussion, he suggested I make a voluntary police statement. In the statePHQW,ZURWHLQKLVRIĂ&#x20AC;FH,DVNHGIRUKHOS in advising all who use the center to be reminded that carry-ins are not allowed, as this license is held by the American Legion. I felt this was the end of the matter, but I guess I was mistaken. Sometime much later I was informed that things were changing at the community center and that a bar size and area restriction was being placed on the Legion. The license hanging on the wall behind the bar had been changed to include the size restriction, an 11- by 20-foot area. With some investigation, I learned the village president had possibly enlisted

the help of Jim Martin to research the bar license with the state. I asked why she would do that when the village has an attorney. I was then informed that the Scouts and other youth could not be there because of the bar. What is accomplished by reducing the size of the bar? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still there. This is when I was made aware that it was personal on her part. The American Legion contacted an attorney to provide some guidance. The attorney advised us that the League of Municipalities is the governing body for information on alcohol sales and license issues. Our attorney sent a letter to LuAnn White, Amy Albrecht, Collins, Steve Quist, Dan Olson and me informing all that the license restriction was invalid. On Oct. 19, Lester Sloper contacted me, asking to meet to discuss the matter. Sloper, Terry Juleen and I met that evening. Lester informed me that he had learned more during that day. We went over the state statutes that govern the alcohol license issued to us. Statute 125.10 prohibits changing the bar description by the municipality. Statute 125.33 prohibits carry-ins. Statute 125.07 allows the use of the building by minors as long as alcohol is locked up. And, yes, we have an airport/public facilities license. The American Legion is in compliance with local and state regulations. The Legion is also up to date with their annual cost share of the building. These statutes and RXU SD\PHQW UHFRUG FDQ EH YHULĂ&#x20AC;HG E\ the village clerk. The voluntary police report I gave seemed to disappear about the time this all started. I have asked Collins several times for the report, but he claims he canQRW Ă&#x20AC;QG LW ,W LV DOVR P\ XQGHUVWDQGLQJ

that Collins found that six-pack of beer outside the building and that he placed it in the garbage container in the center. If he had told me that, none of this would have taken place. White could have called a meeting regarding the minors in the building and we would have worked to solve the issue together. Since neither of these happened, the so-called bad blood has spilled into the community, but not on the part of the American Legion. We donate a large portion of any proceeds to the community, we pay the annual charter for the Scouts, we sponsor a scholarship and we give to the veterans. This attack is a personal witch-hunt on me, conducted by the village president, but has also involved one of three entities that helped construct this building. Most of you are not aware of the effort, labor, money and pride that we all put into this community center at the time of construction in 1985. I would be happy to share records of Legion donations to the building at any time. The Community Club and the village also shared equally in the effort to make this building a reality. In closing, we ask that the Class B license issued July 1 be restored to its original state, and that the village president stop this aggression toward me and issue an apology to the American Legion. We are open to the future problem solving of any issues that involve us as leasers described in contract. Patrick Hyden Milltown Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: A story on this issue appears on page 22.

/XFNWREHQHILWIURPWZR(DJOH6FRXWSURMHFWV Moment of silence held for recent loss of prominent community members Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The regular monthly meeting of the Luck Village Board, held Wednesday, Dec. 9, began with a moment of silence for the recent loss of two prominent village residents. Village President David Rasmussen asked for the time to recognize Ralph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gusâ&#x20AC;? Johansen and Marsha Jensen, both of whom were longtime business leaders as well as former village board members. Johansen, 69, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis. Jensen died at home Saturday, Nov. 28, at the age of 67. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lost some great people in this community,â&#x20AC;? Rasmussen commented as the moment of silence closed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This community is better off for the contributions they made.â&#x20AC;?

(DJOH6FRXWSURMHFWV Two Boy Scouts of Troop 147 attended the Dec. 9 meeting of the village board, seeking approval for their proposed Eagle Scout projects. *UD\GHQ +HUVKĂ&#x20AC;HOG DQ HLJKWKJUDGHU presented a proposal designed to make Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s access to the Gandy Dancer Trail more bike-friendly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gandy Dancer Trail, a Wisconsin Rails to Trails, runs through Luck,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There currently is a trailhead with a structure for snowmobiles. I would like to add some additional items to the trailhead and make it more usable for people throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? Among the things Grayden would like WRDGGDUHDĂ&#x20AC;[LWVWDWLRQZLWKDQDLUSXPS a water fountain that can be used to drink IURPDQGWRĂ&#x20AC;OOZDWHUERWWOHVDQGDFDQRS\ for shade or in case of rain. The sides of the canopy would have space for informational signs about Luck and the trail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would also like to add a path from the current parking lot to the trail,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adding a bicycle path to the trailhead will make it more usable throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? Grayden explained that the reason he wants to do the project is because learning WRULGHDELNHZDVYHU\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWIRUKLP+H struggled greatly with balance and coordination due to the premature fusing of the

including the opening of Morleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple Syrup. Owner John Morley is planning to hold a seminar Jan. 30 at the Lions hall, focusing on tapping maple trees and making syrup. Ongoing projects include continuing to look for a supper club to move into town or to reopen the Luck-E, moving forward with an outdoor recreation plan, and pursuing a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

7KLV ,QWHUQHW SKRWR VKRZV WKH VW\OH RI EHQFKHV WKDW 1LFN $JXDGR ZLOO SODFH DW WKH SDUNVLQ/XFN 1LFN$JXDGRSUHVHQWHGDSURSRVDOIRUKLV (DJOH6FRXWSURMHFWWRWKH/XFN9LOODJH%RDUG :HGQHVGD\HYHQLQJ'HF{3KRWRVVXEPLW WHG bones of his skull and the surgery that was required. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to ride a bike is one of my greatest physical accomplishments so far,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that he earned his cycling merit badge by riding a total of 150 miles LQVHYHQVHWOHQJWKV+HURGHĂ&#x20AC;YHRIWKHVH seven rides on the Gandy Dancer Trail. The village board approved Graydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, with details yet to be worked out. Village President Dave Rasmussen said that Grayden would need to talk with the county parks director since the county maintains the trail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you, sir,â&#x20AC;? Rasmussen said to Grayden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciate your efforts.â&#x20AC;? A second Eagle Scout project was brought to the board by Luck sophomore Nick Aguado. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to build benches at three of the parks in town,â&#x20AC;? Aguado explained to the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From what I see there are only picnic benches at the parks. There is no place for the parents to sit and watch their kids on the playground or for basketball players to put their bags.â&#x20AC;? The style of benches that Aguado is proposing are called Leopold benches, which would be freestanding but anchored to the ground. This way, he said, they could be

moved for mowing but could not be stolen. The benches would be placed at Fort Luck, the park on Lakeview Avenue, and North Luck Park. Cost per bench would be $30 to $40, Nick told the board. Eight benches would be installed, for a total cost of about $300. He said he would start the project in spring and complete it by July 1. The board approved the project, with Trustee Sean Kinney commenting that benches would be a nice addition to the parks. Rasmussen added that Aguado should work with public works director Seth Petersen on placement of the benches, and said that the project would tie in nicely with a Safe Routes to School grant that the village is working on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really appreciate your contribution,â&#x20AC;? he said.

7RXULVPXSGDWH Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new tourism website, discoverOXFNFRP ZLOO JR OLYH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW RI WKH QHZ year, tourism director April Johnson reported to the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty excited about that,â&#x20AC;? she said. The site will include links to trails, maps, events, restaurant hours, hotel and campground information, and much more. New and updated information will be added regularly. Johnson noted that exciting things are happening to bring more people into town,

8QLRQFRQWUDFW The board approved a 2-percent total wage increase for union employees for 2016, consisting of a 0.73-percent base wage increase and 1.27-percent income equality adjustment compensation. The Teamsters Union representative initially proposed 3 percent, with a 2.27-percent income equality adjustment, but the 2016 budget that was approved last month included a 2-percent total increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I indicated to (the union representative) that we had gone through our budget process,â&#x20AC;? said Rasmussen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I said we had approved a 2-percent increase. That was in the budget, so the income equality adjustment compensation would be 1.27 percent per hour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They asked for 3 percent. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re required to give 0.73-percent, and we approved 2 percent.â&#x20AC;?

2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a resolution allowing employees to purchase additional life insurance at their own expense. â&#x20AC;˘ The board voted to change from the Local Government Property Insurance Co. to Municipal Property Insurance Co. for village property insurance. MPICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid was $11,829, compared with $17,052 from LGPI. â&#x20AC;˘ The village caucus was set for Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7:15 p.m. Seats up for election are those currently held by Becky Rowe, Al Tomlinson and Ross Anderson. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the appointment of Sadia Mohammad to the tourism commissions, replacing Shahid Mian. â&#x20AC;˘ Rasmussen reported that the wastewater treatment project will be bid out in January, with work being done between April and September.


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'UXJDGGLFWHGEDELHVDGGWRZRH Health and human services looks to prevention E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - A new normal of woe has settled into the halls of the Burnett County Government Center as the number of poverty-afflicted residents continue to grow and as staff and HOHFWHGRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVKXQNHUGRZQWRGLVFXVV long-term strategies to combat the everincreasing losing battle in the War on Poverty. The number of Burnett County children in child protective services has increased from 130 in 2011 to nearly 400 as of October of this year. Fifteen percent of all children in Burnett County are now in child protective services, where their home environment is so unstable that government intervention is warranted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we once thought of as unusual is now what we have come to expect. This is the new normal. The numbers are high and they are staying high. It just never ends,â&#x20AC;? Katherine Peterson, director of the department of health and human services, told the Burnett County Health and Community Services Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

of all residents in year 2000 to nearly 19 percent today.

6WDWLVWLFVDODUPLQJ One in four county residents is receiving government-subsidized medical care and food assistance; 15 percent of all children are in the child protective services system; 1 in 3 children live with only one biological parent and receive child support; 11.7 percent of all newborns are addicted to drugs.

3UHYHQWLRQHIIRUWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in front of some of this, the numbers on the back end will conWLQXHWRJURZ,IZHFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGDZD\WRJHW some prevention early on, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where long-term cost savings come,â&#x20AC;? Peterson told committee members as they discussed prevention measures to address the growing effects of poverty and the stress it is placing upon the system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to talk about what causes poverty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is teen pregnancy. That causes 6LUHQ3ROLFH&KLHIDQG%RDUGRI6XSHUYLVRUVPHPEHU&KULVWRSKHU6\EHUVFKDLURIWKH%XUQHWW poverty into the second generation,â&#x20AC;? said committee member and board Supervisor &RXQW\+HDOWKDQG&RPPXQLW\6HUYLFHV&RPPLWWHHDGGUHVVHVSUHYHQWLRQPHDVXUHVRQ7XHVGD\ Chuck Awe, who advocated the commit- 'HFWRFRPEDWHIIHFWVRISRYHUW\|,WDOOFRPHVGRZQWRKDYLQJWKHSHUVRQDGGLFWHGZDQWLQJ tee focus upon â&#x20AC;&#x153;prevention that works KHOS7KH\KDYHWRZDQWWRGRVRPHWKLQJ0DNLQJLWDFULPHGRHVQWPDNHPXFKRIDGLIIHUHQFH,I ZLWKNLGVVRWKH\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKVFKRROWKH\GRQ¡W LWIHHOVJRRGWKH\OOGRLW$QGWKH\DUHGRLQJLWZLWKOLWWOHRUQRFRQFHUQIRUWKHFRQVHTXHQFHV,WV get pregnant and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become ad- LPSXOVLYHQHVVDODFNRIGLVFLSOLQHDQGUHVWUDLQW}3KRWRE\(5R\DO(PHUVRQ dicted to drugs. We need to start young 'UXJDGGLFWHGEDELHV so that when they become adults the Director Peterson provided a map to high-risk behavior isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there.â&#x20AC;? alarming increase in poverty and its re- mittee and has been police chief for the committee members showing that 11.7 lated effects, authorized $20,000 in carry- village of Siren for nearly 20 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They percent of all births in Burnett County suf- 'UXJDQGDOFRKRODEXVH over funds for prevention measures. have to want to do something. It all comes fer from neonatal abstinence syndrome, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prevention requires a commitment for down to making poor choices. Making it a Committee members agreed that foWKH Ă&#x20AC;IWK KLJKHVW UDWH IRU DOO FRXQWLHV LQ cusing prevention efforts at youth in the several years to really see how it works. crime doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make much of a difference. the state of Wisconsin. The northern Wis- schools is a prevention approach that may We need a long-term strategy,â&#x20AC;? argued If it feels good, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it. And they are FRQVLQFRXQWLHVRI%D\Ă&#x20AC;HOG$VKODQGDQG prove effective in breaking the intergen- Supervisor Dorothy Richard. doing it with little or no concern for the 9LODVFRXQWLHVDUHDOVRLQWKHWRSĂ&#x20AC;YHDVLV erational cycle of poverty. The county has a number of preventa- consequences. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make someone Manitowoc County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we go into the school but they go tive services available such as outpatient do something they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neonatal abstinence syndrome is the home and see their parents using drugs treatment and counseling and public impulsiveness, a lack of discipline and term given for a newborn suffering from are we really winning?â&#x20AC;? asked District 17 health services such as the home visiting restraint,â&#x20AC;? Sybers said, reflecting the drug addiction and withdrawal as a re- Supervisor Phil Lindeman. program. None of these are the compre- growing frustration of the committee as sult of the motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dependence on drugs it seeks to apply limited resources to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is one area that overlaps every- hensive approach needed. during pregnancy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is all very laudable,â&#x20AC;? said Lindeman. problem that is overwhelming. thing it is drug and alcohol abuse,â&#x20AC;? PeterDrug-addicted babies are prescribed son said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a serious drug-abuse â&#x20AC;&#x153;The big problem is going to be how we The committee authorized $3,000 to be sedatives or opiate treatments to amelio- issue with pregnant women. When the spend this â&#x20AC;&#x153;vastâ&#x20AC;? amount of money we applied to Raising A Thinking Child, a rate withdrawal symptoms. The goal of parents are using drugs to the point that have. Twenty thousand dollars isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t program offered through University Extreatment is to prescribe the infant a drug they are not capable of taking care of their going to get us very far.â&#x20AC;? tension that seeks to work with young similar to the one the mother used during children, and we transfer care to others in parents to empower children to think and pregnancy and slowly decrease the dose the family, oftentimes they too are using.â&#x20AC;? /DFNLQJGLVFLSOLQHDQGUHVWUDLQW act responsibly, (see related story). over time. Drug and alcohol abuse during The committee will discuss ideas for Underlying the discussion over effecpregnancy can lead to health problems in /LPLWHGUHVRXUFHV tive prevention measures is how to teach how to authorize the remaining $17,000 the baby including later problems with Any prevention measures need to be discipline and restraint as a means to in prevention monies over the coming development and behavior. long term, the committee agreed. How- overcome the impulsiveness of drug ad- months. Meanwhile, the woe associated ever, the nature of the system is to treat GLFWVWRRRIWHQVHHNLQJWKHTXLFNĂ&#x20AC;[RILP- with poverty continues to grow while 1XPEHUVRIWKHQHZQRUPDO resources to combat this new normal apthe symptoms of poverty, intervening PHGLDWHJUDWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ The Great Recession has hit Burnett after the fact, and resources for prevenâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It all comes down to having the person pear limited. County especially hard where the pov- tion are extremely limited. The county addicted wanting help,â&#x20AC;? said Christopher erty rate has increased from 8.8 percent board in November, acknowledging the Sybers, who serves as chair of the com-

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Two new candidates, one contest so far

Ă&#x20AC;OLQJSHULRGIRUWKH$SULOVSULQJ election ends Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. So far there is only one contested seat. The retiring candidates are William Johnson IV, District 1; Josh Hallberg, DisGregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Four Polk County trict 4; Ken Sample, District 6; and Marvin Board members have now announced Caspersen, District 7. So far only one cantheir retirement, two new candidates didate has entered the race for one of the KDYHĂ&#x20AC;OHGIRUWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGRIWKH open seats. Brad Olson, a Clam Falls town supervisors are seeking re-election. The board member, is running in District 1,

which includes the towns of McKinley, Lorain, Clam Falls and West Sweden and the village of Frederic. There are no candidates so far for District 4, the town and village of Milltown and the village of Balsam Lake; District 6, the towns of Balsam Lake, Apple River, and part of Georgetown; and District 7, part of the towns of Eureka and St. Croix Falls and part of the city of St. Croix Falls.

The only contest so far is in District 13, the village and town of Clear Lake and part of Black Brook, where Supervisor Russ Arcand will be challenged by Jared Cockroft, a former supervisor. Supervisor Dean Johansen, District 3, says he has not decided if he will run for another term. The remaining nine board members are running unopposed for reelection at this point.

*UDQWVEXUJDLUSRUWPD\EHVKRUWRISODQHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Closureâ&#x20AC;? clause in hangar lease an issue

needs to be more active in revitalizing Grantsburg. He said the airport is good for Grantsburg, and things can be done WRKHOSPDNHLWDWKULYLQJODQGLQJĂ&#x20AC;HOG Kleiss said Grantsburg has great things Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Grantsburg Mu- to draw businesses and people to the vilnicipal Airport was the main topic of dis- lage and the airport should be maintained cussion at the Grantsburg Village Board and improved to help build that image. meeting Monday, Dec. 14. There has been But, he said, there is a perception that the an ongoing dialogue on the future of the airport is on the chopping block and that airport and how to increase its use. Much perception hurts the growth of the airof the hour-long discussion was about port. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one would build a $50,000 hangar whether a clause on â&#x20AC;&#x153;closureâ&#x20AC;? in the airwith that possibility out there,â&#x20AC;? Kleiss port hangar lease is a protection for the village or a hindrance to growing the said. $VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FSRLQWRIFRQFHUQWKDW.OHLVV airport use. In the background and less GLVFXVVHGLVDFRPLQJFODULĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQRIWKH and airport user Tim Thompson raised is number of airplanes based at the airport. a clause in the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-page hangar That examination is coming in January lease titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;closureâ&#x20AC;? which states that if and the airport might lose its federal clas- the airport is closed the lease contract is VLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQLIWKHSUHVHQWLQYHQWRU\RIEDVHG null and void. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The closure clause drives people aircraft is correct. Village Trustee Rod Kleiss is a vocal ad- away,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is hurting the YRFDWHIRUĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJZD\VWRLQFUHDVHWKHXVH airport. No other airport in the area has of the airport. He said the village board a clause like that. Everyone thinks the

Grantsburg airport will close.â&#x20AC;? Kleiss and Thompson favor removing the clause. William Thiel, the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, feels the clause should be kept and made stronger. He states that language should be included stating that if the airport is closed, all duties of the village to the lease holders would cease.

minimum number of 10 based aircraft. The present inventory at the Grantsburg airport is seven aircraft. The village property committee has recently done on-site inspections of some of the 11 hangars. The village can verify those seven planes with aviation numbers housed in six of the hangars. Village clerk Jennifer Zeiler said that in addition to the seven aircraft with aviation N-Numbers there are three hangars with planes being 7KHQXPEHURISODQHVDWWKHDLUSRUW The Federal Aviation Authority has built that do not have numbers and do IRXUFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQVRIDLUSRUWVZLWKEDVLF not qualify for the inventory. One hangar being the smallest category. An airport has no plane and one is empty. Zeiler says must have at least 10 based aircraft to be that the FAA may allow some time for the LQ WKH EDVLF FODVVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ $ 'HFHPEHU airport to come into compliance if it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 2015 letter from the FAA to the village meet the 10 based aircraft count for the says that an airport that falls below the January report. 10 based aircraft number would become ´XQFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;HGÂľ,WDGGVWKDWEHLQJXQFODVVL- Next step Ă&#x20AC;HGFDQQHJDWLYHO\LPSDFWIHGHUDO$LUSRUW The property committee will hold a Improvement Program funding. meeting on the issue Wednesday, Jan. 13, The FAA letter says that the Grantsburg 2016. All aircraft owners and hangar ownairport will be reviewed in January 2016 ers are invited to that meeting. to see if it meets the requirement for the


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Ace Hardware opens in Frederic Full-service retail store ready to accommodate your needs

ZHQWWRFXOLQDU\VFKRROLQ1HZ<RUN$IWHUVFKRRODQGZRUNLQJIRUDERXWĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUV in high-end restaurants, he moved back to Northwest Wisconsin where he continued employment as executive chef at a handful of popular restaurants, including Canoe Bay in Chetek. But Zac and his wife also wanted to have children, and admitted that being an executive chef isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very good for raising a family, so he took the opportunity Marty Seeger|Staff writer to work for his dad in the hardware business because he knew his dad would want FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Business has been growing every year since the Benson family pur- to retire someday. In the middle of all that, Zac started Fresh Start Coffee Roasters, a chased the Ace Hardware store in Webster in 2002. For that reason, Stefan Benson, popular coffee destination that roasts your coffee to order. Fresh Start Coffee Roasters owner of the Webster store, was in a constant search for ways to grow the business. is located right across the road from their Ace Hardware store in Webster. Zac continâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been looking for probably three or four years at an expansion but nothing ues to handle the accounting and payroll at the coffee shop, but dug into the business ever came about,â&#x20AC;? Benson said, noting that there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much room to expand in side of the hardware store using much of his spare time. He helped improve on the Webster anymore, so the expansion had to come from somewhere else. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until technology at the Webster location and the former Great Northern Outdoors helped improve the shop procedures building at 404 Wisconsin Ave. North and business aspects of that. He spent opened up, that Bensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search for an other moments taking online courses expansion became reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a and â&#x20AC;&#x153;tinkering in the shop.â&#x20AC;? Zac said reason it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out because this KHZLOOVWLOOWU\WRĂ&#x20AC;QGWLPHWRSXUVXH was a better option. Better location, some facets of his culinary talents, better town, better building. Some of such as providing a possible dinner at the other options fell through and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the coffee shop once or twice a month, glad they did,â&#x20AC;? said Benson. but will be the full-time manager at the Early last summer, the family went Frederic Ace Hardware, along with asforward with the purchase of the Fredsistant manager Dan Lane, and Char eric building and within months the Piepo, who was also hired full time at new hardware store was born. Once the Frederic location. All told, there the remodeling was completed on the are six employees in Frederic, and inside it took about three weeks, two they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to serve the needs of WUXFNORDGVRIĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVDQGDQRWKHUWZR the Frederic community and beyond. truckloads of product. Each section â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, I think the biggest perk is within the store has about 20 differthat itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full-service retail. However ent components to it, but turning a you want to think of it, you ask and IRUPHU KXQWLQJĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ VSRUWV VKRS weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do whatever we can to accominto a hardware store was nothing modate your needs,â&#x20AC;? said Zac, adding short of impressive. 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%LOOVDQGFRQWUDFWVDGGUHVVHGE\ERDUG Becky Strabel | Staff writer TOWN OF SIREN - The Town of Siren residents and officials discussed two agendas on Thursday night, Dec. 10. Bills were the main discussion at the Siren Sanitary Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, while liquor licenses, billboards and contracts Ă&#x20AC;OOHGWKH7RZQRI6LUHQ¡VUHJXODUPRQWKO\ meeting. The sanitary district received a chargeback from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for $309. According to Dan Thole, district treasurer, a chargeback occurs when there is an error on the tax roll due to the assessor overassessing or taxing something nonassessable and the property owner is entitled to a refund. Each entity, county/school district, etc., that received a portion of the collected tax will also be billed by the state. With the completion of the Hwy. 35/70 roundabout north of Siren and the addition of sanitary lines, the fees billed for location services were under scrutiny by the board. Who should be paying the location fees of lines in the construction area since WKHUHLVQRĂ RZLQWKHOLQHV"7KHIHHVDUH billed to the district from B & M Utility Services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is best that it still comes to us,â&#x20AC;? suggested Chairman DuWayne Wiberg. The question came about since the line is owned by the Siren Sanitary District even though some of the line is in the Town of Meenon and under contract with the county. B & M Utility Services of Chetek provides location services for diggers on behalf of the district. The extension connects the village of Siren sewer lines to the Burnett County Government Center and Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op. The reconstruction of the intersection

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7UDLQLQJ During the public comments portion of the regular board meeting, Diane Lund thanked the board for making it possible for election workers to attend the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training. Lund summed up the meeting by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The information is overwhelming, but we have resources.â&#x20AC;? /LTXRUOLFHQVH Duane Emery, Tim Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jock and Neil Oustigoff were in attendance to discuss their liquor license. The trio was not on the agenda because the application was received too close to the formation of the agenda. Clerk Mary Hunter noted

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to cover the cost. Wiberg commented that when the old truck sells the town should receive a portion to cover the expense. Also, the association hopes to start construction this spring and will be reviewing bids at its December meeting. Regarding billboards, they have looked over the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordinance to use an example. More information is needed from the zoning ofĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGWKHKLJKZD\GHSDUWPHQWEHIRUH action can be taken. The board wanted it noted that citizens need to remember that 2WKHUEXVLQHVV In other business, Wiberg reported on sandwich boards, marquee boards and the Siren Fire Association meeting. The other signs need to be out of the roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DVVRFLDWLRQ DXWKRUL]HG D QHZ Ă&#x20AC;UH DQG right of way. The board approved the rescue truck. The cost is split between election staff and contracts with town the municipalities. Hunter informed the workers. board that the town didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t budget $13,000

*UDQWVEXUJ6FKRRO%RDUGPDNHVGRQDWLRQWRSXEOLFOLEUDU\ Priscilla Bauer |Staff writer GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg School Board voted unanimously to donate $5,000 to the Grantsburg Public Library during the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday, Dec. 14, meeting. According to the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, Kristina Kelly-Johnson, the funds will be used to purchase audiobooks for families and teens and hardcover books for preschoolers, beginning readers, preteens and teens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the Grantsburg Library weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing a huge increase in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books being checked out,â&#x20AC;? commented KellyJohnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled that, with this gift, our library will soon be able to offer more books for young readers.â&#x20AC;? Kelly-Johnson went on to say she has seen book funds cut over the years as other costs increased. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happens too often, teens come to the library seeking titles the library doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own,â&#x20AC;? noted Kelly-Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New books for kids go out as soon as they hit the shelf.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This gift from Grantsburg Schools

will make a substantial improvement in what we can offer to young people in our community,â&#x20AC;? added â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kelly-Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful! This donation for school-age books and audiobooks helps support and strengthen the partnership between the school district library and the Grantsburg Public Library.â&#x20AC;? ,QRWKHUERDUGEXVLQHVV The board voted to award the engineering and planning contract for football Ă&#x20AC;HOGUHSDLUVDQGWUDFNLPSURYHPHQWVWR Paragon and Associates with the lowest bid for a lump sum fee of $16,800. The board voted to award the engineering bid to HSR Associates with the lowest bid for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;not to exceed feeâ&#x20AC;? of $13,500 for professional engineering fees, construction documents, bidding/construction administration to replace a boiler at GHS. 7KH*UDQWVEXUJ6FKRRO%RDUGYRWHGXQDQLPRXVO\WRGRQDWHWRWKH*UDQWVEXUJ3XEOLF The board voted to award the bid /LEUDU\GXULQJWKHERDUGV0RQGD\'HFPHHWLQJ%RDUG3UHVLGHQW'DYLG'DKOEHUJSUHVHQWHG for asbestos removal on the elementary WKHGRQDWLRQWR*UDQWVEXUJ3XEOLF/LEUDU\GLUHFWRU.ULVWLQD.HOO\-RKQVRQ/LVD'DQLHOVRQGLV VFKRRO J\P Ă RRU DQG DUW URRP Ă RRU WR WULFWOLEUDULDQDQG&DULVVD.DPPH\HU*UDQWVEXUJ3XEOLF/LEUDU\%RDUGPHPEHUZHUHDOVRLQ Brack Thermal with the low bid for a sum DWWHQGDQFHIRUWKHGRQDWLRQSUHVHQWDWLRQ of $10,890. Property Insurance Fund and to autho- Mutual Insurance Company. The board passed the resolution to rize property insurance through Liberty withdraw from the Local Government


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Gymnasts start season at Chippewa Falls Compete among strongDĹ&#x201C;and DĹ&#x201D;teams Marty Seeger|Staff writer CHIPPEWA FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grantsburg/ Luck/Unity gymnasts competed at their Ă&#x20AC;UVW LQYLWDWLRQDO RI WKH VHDVRQ DW &KLSpewa Falls Saturday, Dec. 12, placing ninth among several talented programs from across the state. G/L/U will see two of those teams during the sectional tournament later this season, and both Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQWKHWRSWKUHHLQFOXGLQJ5LYHU )DOOV ZKR WRRN Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH RYHUDOO DQG Onalaska in second place. In third place was G-E-T, followed by Chippewa Falls, Holmen, Platteville, Superior and G/L/U. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First meets are always nice to have them under our belt, and this year we challenged ourselves to push to be ready before January,â&#x20AC;? said coach Kathy Lund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great start on the uneven bars, solid routines, great improvement, scoring 30.225. *UDFLH *HUEHU ZDV WKH WRS Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHU LQ the uneven bars with a sixth-place overall Ă&#x20AC;QLVK6KHPLVVHGPHGDOLQJE\RQHSODFH with a score of 8.225. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our next event, beam, did not go as well. Too many falls, lost connections, points lost from losing event requirements. Beam is a tough event, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 inches wide â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the event that can win and lose a meet and it was just not our day,â&#x20AC;? Lund said. 'HVSLWH D IHZ IDOOV LQ WKH Ă RRU H[HUcise events, the gymnasts scored a strong 31.025 points. Morgan Pfaff led that category and was 13th overall. She was also the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top vaulter with a score of 8.65, and sixth place overall, as well as the top overall performer, placing sixth in the allaround. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total vault score was 32.675, their strongest performance of the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a great meet to start our season, it had a nice mix of D1 and D2 schools,â&#x20AC;? Lund said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to know what we will be up against and what areas we really need to focus on. The judges gave us some pointers, now we need to perfect and build momentum of getting our scores up.â&#x20AC;? The team was also without their senior leader, Jessee Lerud, who is still recovering from a concussion. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meet wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be until Thursday, Jan. 7, at Rush City, Minn.

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â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ DULUTH, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The College of St. Scholastica Saints menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball WHDPLVRQDĂ&#x20AC;YHJDPHZLQQLQJVWUHDN after a 68-66 win over Finlandia, a Division 3 school out of Hancock, Mich. Senior 6-foot, 4-inch forward David Ohnstad of Grantsburg finished with six points in the win Saturday, Dec. 12, along with one steal and five rebounds. The David Ohnstad Saints are currently 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference standings. They are headed to Orlando, Fla., at the end of December, to play in the Land of Magic Classic, before starting conference play once again Saturday, Jan. 2, at Crown College. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from gordon.edu â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls at Unity girls and boys basketball games on Friday, Dec. 18, are being broadcast on 104.9 FM starting at 5:45 p.m. The Clayton at Luck girls and boys basketball games on Tuesday, Dec. 22, can be heard on 104.9 FM starting at 5:30 p.m. The Ellsworth at Amery girls basketball game on 1260 AM begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17. The Amery at Ellsworth boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 18, can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Clear Lake at Amery boys basketball game is on 1260 AM starting at 7:30 p.m. The Spooner at Amery girls basketball game is on 1260 AM, Tuesday, Dec. 22. All high school games are also livestreamed online at msbnsports.net. The Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders football game on Sunday, Dec. 20, is being broadcast on 105.7 FM, starting at 3 p.m. The Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings football game is on 104.9 FM, Sunday, Dec. 20, starting at noon. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2015 who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been mentioned, send us an email or call and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it from there. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger

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Grantsburg 61, Frederic 50 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Roman Poirier scored 24 points for the Frederic Vikings including 17 second-half points but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to overcome Grantsburg Friday, Dec. 11, in Frederic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a good win for us on the road,â&#x20AC;? said Grantsburg coach Nick Hallberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frederic plays solid defense and has two of the better guards in our conference.â&#x20AC;?

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Eagles soar over Siren, remain undefeated Unity 55, Siren 28 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Unity boys basketball team improved to 3-0 and remain on top of the West Lakeland after a big win over Siren Friday, Dec. 11. The Eagles built a JRRGOHDGLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDQGZRUHGRZQ Siren in the second half with another solid defensive performance, leading 25-15 at the break, and allowing just 13 points in the second half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall we played a good defensive game against a solid Siren team,â&#x20AC;? Eagles coach Chad Stenberg said. Unity had a well-balanced scoring attack with Logan Bader leading with 11 points followed by Nathan Heimstead and Erik Peterson each adding 10, Jesse Vlasnik, eight, Nathan Bradley, four, Austin Donahue, Dylan Stenberg and Wyatt Stenberg each had three, Eli Vos Benkowski had two and Zack Wagner added one. Xander Pinero led the Dragons with 12 points.

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Saints win over Ellsworth, fall to Turtle Lake St. Croix Falls 58, Ellsworth 49 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Saints put up WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW YLFWRU\ RI WKH \HDU RYHU (OOVworth in St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Dec. 10, with three players putting up doubledigit scoring including Jameson Kahl, Tyler Henk and Brady Leahy with 16, 15 DQGSRLQWVUHVSHFWLYHO\/HDK\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG with a double-double with 10 rebounds and Jake Johnson led with four assists. Other Saints scorers included Kevin Koshiol with seven, John Petherbridge and :\DWW %HUJPDQQ HDFK DGGHG Ă&#x20AC;YH $OH[ Johnson, four, Tyler Henk, two, and Jameson Kahl, one. Henk, Leahy and Kahl each had two steals in the game. Turtle Lake 64, St. Croix Falls 55 ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Saints fell to a strong Turtle Lake team Friday, Dec. 11. Turtle Lake hails from the Central Lakeland Conference and was able to jump out to an early lead, while holding the Saints players to single-digit scoring, despite a balanced attack by St. Croix Falls. Nine Saints players got into the scoring mix with Brady Leahy hitting nine points, followed by Alex Johnson, Daniel Crandall and Jake Johnson each with eight points, Jameson Kahl had six, Wyatt Bergmann, Ă&#x20AC;YH.HYLQ.RVKLRODQG7\OHU+HQNHDFK

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Webster 63, Birchwood 48 WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Webster boys basketEDOOWHDPSLFNHGXSWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLQRIWKH year against Birchwood Friday, Dec. 11. ,WZDVDFORVHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDFFRUGLQJWR7LJHUV coach Rob Sherrer, but Webster managed to pull away in the second half. ´,W ZDV D WLJKW JDPH WKURXJK WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW half. We did a nice job â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;staying the courseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and doing the things that we are successful at, which is moving the ball, playing good defense with our feet (not our hands). We went on a run in the second half fueled by post play from Tate Fohrenkamm, and slashing to the basket IURPRXUJXDUGVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\3DXO6DUJHQW and Jack Washburn.â&#x20AC;? Fohrenkamm led Webster with 19 points, including 14 in the first half.

Washburn and Sargent each added 12, followed by Trevor Gustafson, seven, Joey Formanek and Brad Sigfrids each added four, Dylan Kegel had three and )UDQN'H%ODVHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKWZR Dylan Zettel was the points leader for Birchwood with 18 and Sam Scott had 14.

Luck 55, Cumberland 35 LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck Cardinals powered their way to a 20-point lead and mainWDLQHGLWWKURXJKRXWPXFKRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQG second half against Cumberland Friday, Dec. 11. The Cardinals improved to 3-1 overall with the nonconference win, leading 34-15 at the half and never looking back. 1RDK 0RUWHO Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK  SRLQWV for Luck and Taylor Hawkins had 18, followed by Mike Delaney, Jack Johansen and Nick Mattson each with three, and Casey Ogilvie, Austin Hamack and GraKDP+HUVKĂ&#x20AC;HOGHDFKKDGWZRSRLQWV

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LFG wrestlers compete in Barron Marty Seeger|Staff writer BARRON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck/Frederic/ Grantsburg wrestling team competed at the Barron Invitational Saturday, Dec. 12, taking ninth among 11 teams that comSHWHGDWWKHYDUVLW\OHYHO%DUURQWRRNĂ&#x20AC;UVW overall followed by Menomonie, Clear Lake, Rice Lake, Lakeland, Osceola, Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, Abbotsford/Colby, LFG, Turtle Lake and Bruce. Cole Britton took second place overall at 120 pounds, and Parker Steen had a good day at heavyweight, going 4-1 on WKH GD\ DQG WDNLQJ Ă&#x20AC;IWK GXH WR D WKUHH way tie in his bracket, and the criteria set

up for a three-way tie. Matthew Louis Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLUGRYHUDOODWKLVKLJKHVW placing yet. $W-DVRQ3HWHUVRQWRRNĂ&#x20AC;IWK0HUOLQ Hibbs was sixth at 126, Peter Lund took seventh at 145, and Adam Menke was sixth at 152. The team was without four wrestlers, who will likely be back again this week as the team gets set for a Thursday dual against Clear Lake at Grantsburg on Dec. 17. They travel to Osceola for a tournament Saturday, Dec. 19.

Saints wrestlers place fourth at Dells Dual Classic Marty Seeger|Staff writer WISCONSIN DELLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls wrestling team competed at the Dells Dual Classic in Wisconsin Dells Friday DQG6DWXUGD\'HF7KH6DLQWVĂ&#x20AC;Qished fourth in their pool against strong WHDPVZLWK3UDLULHGX&KLHQWDNLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVW :LVFRQVLQ'HOOVVHFRQG%URRNĂ&#x20AC;HOG&HQtral third, and Plymouth in fourth place. Luke Clark was the Saints lone wrestler to go undefeated at 4-0. ,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXQGWKH6DLQWVORVWWR3UDLrie du Chien 59-24. Winning matches were Garrett Bergmann at 138, Josey Wilson, 145, Clay Carney, 152, and Clark at

160. The second match was won by the Saints, 52-18. Winning matches for the Saints were Trevor Warner, 195, Hunter Hansen, 285, Logan Yira, 106, Tyler Bushweiler, 126, Dalton Langer, 132, Bergmann, Carney, Clark, Luke Lindahl at 170 and Brandon Bastin at 182. Wisconsin Dells narrowly defeated the Saints in the third dual of the tournament, 34-33. Winning matches were Hansen, Yira, Teo Urbanik at 132, Langer, Carney DQG&ODUN,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXQGIRXUPDWFK the Saints lost 42-36. Winning Saints were Yira, Anderson, Bushweiler, Langer, Wilson, Bergmann and Clark.


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Free throws give Vikes a boost over Pirates Frederic 44, Grantsburg 37 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frederic girls basketball team earned a big conference win over Grantsburg Friday, Dec. 11, to remain undefeated and set up a showdown against the only other undefeated team in the West Lakeland this Friday, Dec. 18, at Siren. 7KH9LNLQJVSOD\HGDVROLGĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDQG led 24-18 at the break, but Grantsburg was in the game until the end as they trailed by as much as 10 points in the second half before climbing back to within two points, 30-28, with only four minutes to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was another close game as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d imagine all of our conference games will be. We DUHVWLOOWU\LQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKDWFRQVLVWHQF\Âľ said Vikings coach Troy Wink. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went through several minutes without scoring â&#x20AC;Ś luckily they did as well, but we need to take advantage of it when that happens.â&#x20AC;? Pirates leading scorer Cassidy Lee drew her fourth foul with under four minutes remaining and the Vikings went to the foul line to try and close the game out for good. With under two minutes remaining, Vikings senior Taylor Alseth hit six key free-throw attempts along with Nicole Nelson who hit a pair of free-throws to help seal the Vikings conference win. Frederic was 14 of 25 from the freethrow line and Alseth shot 6 of 10 and 7D\ORU$OVHWKRI)UHGHULFSXWVSUHVVXUHRQ (PLO\$PXQGVRQRI)UHGHULFUHDFKHVIRUDORRVHEDOODJDLQVW*UDQWVEXUJRQ)ULGD\'HFLQ had 12 total points. Emily Amundson led 2OLYLD 7XFNHU RI *UDQWVEXUJ DV VKH PXVFOHV with 14 points and Ann Chenal added )UHGHULF7KH9LNLQJVZRQz3KRWRVE\%HFN\$PXQGVRQ KHUZD\WRZDUGWKHKRRS 10. Both Amundson and Alseth recorded double-doubles with 10 rebounds apiece, son and Alseth each had four steals. cluded Chenal with four, and Shelbi Root and Alseth led the team with nine assists. Other points totals for Frederic in- and Kalyn Miller each with two. Nelson recorded eight steals and Amund-

Youth Sports Unlimited donates to Blizzard hockey programs SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Sports Unlimited program recently donated funds to the Blizzard youth and varsity programs to help aid in the purchase of new hockey pucks and puck bags for teams to have for practices and games. Through fundraising efforts the kids were able to raise about $3,000 but were short about $1,500. Youth Sports Unlimited helped pick up the rest of the tab. The Blizzard varsity received enough to get the rest of the much-needed money for new white jerseys for both boys and girls teams. A representative from the Blizzard hockey program noted that if it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for organizations like Youth Sports Unlimited and the hard work of the parents and kids, Blizzard Hockey wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to function. The Blizzard hockey organization runs on funds that are either donated or fundraised by its members. 7KDWLQFOXGHVUXQQLQJPHDWUDIĂ HVIRRG booths, the Watercross World Championships in Grantsburg during the offseason, and even their weekly open skates on Saturday nights. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger with submitted information

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Blizzard girls fall to CFM hockey CFM 11, Blizzad 1 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anna Erickson scored a Ă&#x20AC;UVWSHULRGJRDODQGWRRNDOHDG against Chippewa Falls/Menomonie on Saturday, Dec. 12, but it was all CFM hockey from that point on as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d move on to score the next 11 goals and pull out the lopsided victory. The opening goal was assisted by Madalyn Hall, but that was it for the Blizzard as they had just 10 shots on goal while CFM peppered the Blizzard with 46 shots on goal. Mackenna -RKQVRQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKVDYHVIRUWKH Blizzard.


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Second half powers Dragons past Eagles SaintsfallĆ&#x201A;Tigerstake onefromBirchwood Siren 52, Unity 44 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dragons remained undefeated on the season with a win over Unity Friday, Dec. 11. The game was a close one throughout, with Siren leadLQJDWKDOIWLPH7KH\ZHUHXSĂ&#x20AC;YH points with over 10 minutes remaining in the game, but were able to hang onto the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a battle the entire way, as will be every game in the conference this year,â&#x20AC;? said Siren coach Ryan Karsten. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The conference has many equal teams and you are going to have to show up each night or lose. We have played four games so far this season and have played four really SRRUĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOYHV,QWKHODVWWKUHHZHKDYH

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Webster 45, Birchwood 30 WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Double-doubles from Kaitlyn Moser and Lydia Wilson helped lift the Webster Tiger girls basketball team to victory over bout. The Spartans came into the game Birchwood Friday, Dec. unbeaten and proved why against a solid 11. Moser led the team Saints basketball team, who fell behind with 25 points and 12 25-15 with over seven minutes to play in rebounds and Wilson WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI added 13 points with 10 The Saints managed to climb back into rebounds in the nonconthe game on a run started by key baskets ference win. from Adi Stoffel, Addie McCurdy and Allison Mulroy was Katie Kopp. With about three minutes to the only other Tiger JRLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIWKH6SDUWDQVOHG Kaitlyn Moser to score as she added but widened the gap quickly to lead 40-26 at halftime and never allow the Saints to seven points with four rebounds. Mahi Mosher also had four boards and Emma get much closer. Somerset outrebounded the Saints and Rachner and Julia Gavin each had three hit big shots from the perimeter, hitting rebounds in the win. seven from long range, including four IURP MXQLRU 7RUL 0DUWHOO ZKR Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG with 31 points. The Saints were led by McCurdy with

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Sarah Schaffer each adding 11, and Laurel Kannenberg scoring 10, followed by Abby Kosloski and Allie Webster with four apiece, and Jade Horstman, two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still working on our rotation and how to play as a team. We are getting better each game and I hope to be able to compete with the Frederics, Flambeaus, and Brahams of the world in the second half of the season. The season is young yet and there is a lot of basketball to be played, it is not even Christmas yet!â&#x20AC;? Karsten said. The Dragons will be hosting the undefeated Frederic Vikings this Friday, Dec. 18, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

St. Croix Falls 68, Somerset 51 ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Despite the Lady Saints being able to keep it close against the Somerset Spartans through much of WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIRQ)ULGD\'HFWKH6RPerset offense proved too potent for the Saints to stop during a nonconference

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even the four-day antlerless hunt that has come and gone already, you were likely hoping for colder weather and at least a little bit of snow. I know I was, EXWWRRNSDUWEULHĂ \LQWKHPX]]OHORDGHU season during the mid- to late- afternoon hours. During one particular outing, I had the opportunity to take a small doe. It was one of those chip shots, under 50 \DUGVDQG,ZDVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW,ZDVJRLQJ WRĂ&#x20AC;OODQRWKHUWDJ6R,Ă&#x20AC;UHGZDYHGP\ arms to clear the smoke and watched DVWKHZKLWHĂ XII\WDLOFUHVWHGDEUXVK\ hillside and faded into the fog. It was a horrible offhand shot and I probably should have taken my time, but it was DWOHDVWIXQWRĂ&#x20AC;UHWKHLURQVLJKWHGIURQW stuffer at least one time this year. While I was out that day, I also noticed an unusual amount of grouse activity in an area where the land had been clear-cut via the DNR managed forest-land program. It was the most grouse Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen on the property in recent memory so on the very next day, which happened to be the start of the fourday antlerless season, I packed away WKHPX]]OHORDGHUJUDEEHGWKHULĂ HDQG shotgun and headed back to the woods. :LWKWKHULĂ HVOXQJRYHUP\EDFNDQG shotgun in hand, I was back out to the woods, hoping for the opportunity to get at least two grouse for dinner, and possibly another deer. What a story that would make, I thought as I wiped my brow from what felt like a muggy spring afternoon. But after several hours of walking, circling and walking some PRUH,KHDUGRQHĂ XVKEXWQHYHUVDZ

a single bird, or even a deer. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way it goes sometimes, or in my case, most of the time. It may be January before weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able WR VWDUW LFH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ RQ DW OHDVW PRVW RI the area lakes. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually a backZDWHURUED\ZKHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJKDVDOUHDG\ occurred and could occur in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, trout anglers might want to take note of a DNR rule change that will start in early January. 2EYLRXVO\ LQODQG WURXW Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ LVQ¡W on the minds of too many anglers in early January, but according to a report by Paul Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the new DNR rule change will extend the inland catchand-release trout season. The previous season went from early March through the end of April, but beginning at 5 a.m., Jan. 2, 2016, the early catch-andrelease trout season will begin. Traditionally, most of the waters I tend to Ă&#x20AC;VKGXULQJWKHVSULQJDUHFRYHUHGZLWK ice and wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be accessible anyway, but starting in January this might give some anglers another outdoor option to pursue, at least until winter arrives. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report did mention that many, but not all, waWHUVLQWKHVWDWHZLOOEHRSHQWRĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to consult the Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations for more information. The new 2016-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;17 Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJJXLGHZLOOEHUHOHDVHGODWHUWKLV month.

Free lottery helps landowners learn what lives on their land MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Landowners can once again enter a lottery to obtain a free customized report from the Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation program to discover what unique plants and animals may live on their land. This time, people who previously entered the lottery but were not selected in 2014 or 2015 will get preference points that improve their chances of being selected in 2016. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had such a tremendous response from landowners last year that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it again,â&#x20AC;? says Erin Crain, deputy director of the DNR Division of

Fish, Wildlife and Parks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had more than seven times as many entrants last year as we had available slots, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running another lottery to try to meet the demand.â&#x20AC;? The lottery runs from Dec. 15, 2015, until Jan. 15, 2016, and 100 landowners who voluntarily enter their name will be randomly selected to receive the customized report, known as a Landowner Conservation Report. Those landowners whose names are drawn also will have the option of a free site visit from a department biologist. Applicants will receive one point for each year they have entered a landowner

Winter moccasin workshop at Crex GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn techniques for working with leather by creating a pair of traditional deerskin moccasins to take home at a workshop being offered at Crex Meadows. You will learn how to make a pattern customized to your feet. Then you will be guided step by step in the making of your own moccasins. These soft-sole mocs can be very comfortable, help you move more silently through the woods and keep you connected to the Earth. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area will host the two day workshop facilitated by Donna Mienk. Workshop will be held Jan. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon. There is a workshop fee and preregistration is required. Space lim-

ited to 10 adults. Materials and refreshments included. Recommended to bring: fabric scissors and small pliers. To learn more about Crex programs, contact Kristina Pupak, DNR wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg. Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex. For more information, visit crexmeadows.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Please report your Crex wildlife observations via email, information@crexmeadows.org. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

lottery and were not selected. Each point will earn an additional entry into the 2016 lottery. Those previously selected can register again for different properties but will not receive preference points. More than 750 private landowners from almost every county in the state representing more than 66,000 acres entered the 2015 lottery, according to Alex Wenthe, the DNR conservation biologist leading the Landowner Conservation Report program. Of the 100 selected landowners, 88 chose to have a site visit from a department biologist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People love their land and are really interested in learning what plants and animals call it home,â&#x20AC;? Wenthe says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the selected landowners who chose to have a site visit wrote us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was one of the best gifts my land has ever been given.â&#x20AC;? Wenthe says what landowners do with the information from their customized report is up to them but â&#x20AC;&#x153;we hope they will consider ways to maintain and improve habitat for Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare species.â&#x20AC;? With 85 percent of land in Wisconsin privately owned, having good habitat on private land is critical to conserving rare plants and animals, he says. To create the reports, Wenthe reviews various DNR and federal databases containing information about the rare plants and animals found WKURXJK Ă&#x20AC;HOG VXUYH\V RI public lands or nongovernmental organization lands. Normally, Wisconsin law requires DNR to charge for such searches,

but a private donation to the Natural Heritage Conservation program is covering the cost of the searches for the 100 Landowner Conservation Reports. These reports provide landowners information about rare species found in the area, invasive species to be on the lookout for and general information about the soils, geology and hydrogeology in the area. Information collected during the review process will not affect what landowners can subsequently do with their property. The report also contains general recommendations on improving habitat and controlling invasive species, information on where landowners can get technical DQGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOKHOSIRUKDELWDWZRUNDQG a list of private contractors who can help landowners develop detailed conservation plans and assessments. People can learn more about Landowner Conservation Reports and enter the lottery by visiting the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and searching the keyword, LCR. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dnr.wi.gov

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1HZYLOODJHFOHUNKLUHGDW)UHGHULF Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Frederic native has EHHQ KLUHG WR Ă&#x20AC;OO WKH SRVLWLRQ RI YLOODJH clerk at Frederic, having been chosen IURPDĂ&#x20AC;HOGRIDSSOLFDQWV Janice Schott has been offered and has accepted the job and should start within the next three weeks. Her hiring was approved by the Frederic Village following a closed session discussion at the Monday, Dec. 14, meeting. Schott was one of six candidates interviewed for the position. She replaces Kristi Swanson, who was terminated

from the position in early November after four months on paid administrative leave. In other personnel news, village President Jim Meyer renewed the appointment RI-HQ3KHUQHWWRQWRWKHSRVLWLRQRIRIĂ&#x20AC;FH PDQDJHU3KHUQHWWRQZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDSSRLQWHG to the position in early April by former President William Johnson IV.

2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a donation of up to $500 to be used as a prize in the new medallion hunt during the Coon Lake Classic Fishing Contest set for Saturday,

Jan. 30, 2016. The prize will be $1,000 and donations are being sought to cover as much as possible, with the board making up the shortage up to $500. â&#x20AC;˘ The board voted to switch property insurance carriers from the Local Government Property Fund to Municipal Property Insurance Company. The /*3)TXRWHIRUFDPHLQVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ higher than last year, at $10,682, while MPIC came in at $6,272. â&#x20AC;˘ The board voted to continue contracting with Dennis Quinn of North Lakes Mechanical Consulting Services Inc. as

building inspection agency. Fees are the same as last year with the exception of an increase in the state seal from $30 to $33. â&#x20AC;˘ The village caucus was set for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Seats up for election are those held by Brad Harlander, Terry Siebenthal and Greg Heine. â&#x20AC;˘ Village treasurer Jen Phernetton reported that new utility rates will be in place for fourth-quarter billing. The Public Services Commission has increased the rates by about 30 percent.

3UHOLPLQDU\SODQVSUHVHQWHGIRUILUHKDOO Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - Representatives from the Siren Fire Department were pretty conservative in their wants and needs when Cory Scheidler of Cedar Corp. presented building drawings to the Siren Fire Association at the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Dec. 15. 7KH  PLOOLRQ Ă&#x20AC;UH VWDWLRQ ZRQ¡W LQFOXGH DOOJODVV JDUDJH GRRUV RU LQĂ RRU heat in the administrative section of the building, but will include some energyHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW EXLOGLQJ PHWKRGV DQG SOHQW\ of storage space. Bid documents on the 10,000-plus-square-foot building are expected to be available in February. Grants from Bremer Bank and U.S. Bank will be applied for at the start of the new year, DQGWKHPDUNHWDSSUDLVDOIRUWKHROGĂ&#x20AC;UH hall will be completed. 7RQ\ 'DOVYHHQ ZDV VZRUQ LQ DV Ă&#x20AC;UH chief in three of the four towns that the association includes. The association is comprised of representatives from the Siren Fire Department and four area mu7RQ\'DOVYHHQ*HQH/XQGDQG7RP+RZHIURPWKH6LUHQ)LUH'HSDUWPHQWFRQFHQWUDWHRQ nicipalities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the village of Siren and the towns of Daniels, Lafollette and Siren that GHWDLOVSUHVHQWHGDWWKHPRQWKO\6LUHQ)LUH$VVRFLDWLRQPHHWLQJKHOGDWWKH'DQLHOV7RZQ+DOORQ 7XHVGD\'HF DUHVHUYHGE\WKHĂ&#x20AC;UHGHSDUWPHQW

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Services set for Roland C. Boucher Roland C. Boucher, 75, of rural Grantsburg, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Grantsburg, with Father Tom Thakadipuram RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ7KHULWHRIFRPPLWWDOZLOOEH held at Riverside Cemetery, Grantsburg.

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GRANTSBURG - Gov. Scott Walker was at Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg on Monday, Dec. 14, one of two bill-signing ceremonies hosted by western Wisconsin hospitals. Walker signed Assembly Bill 253 into law making Wisconsin the 12th state in the country to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. AB 253, a key legislative priority for the Wisconsin Hospital Association, will help expedite the licensure process IRUTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGSK\VLFLDQVIURPRWKHUVWDWHVZKRZDQW to practice medicine in Wisconsin and begin serving patients more quickly in Wisconsin communities. Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis welcomed the governor and was joined by members from the hospital and foundation boards and senior leadership colleagues from 12 hospitals throughout northwestern Wisconsin. Members of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors, village council members and Wisconsin Hospital Association staff, along with community members and others were on hand for the ceremony. Lewis acknowledged the presence of State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, lead sponsor of the bill, and State Assemblyman Adam Jarchow, a co-sponsor of the legislation in the Assembly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of WHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, staff, and member hospitals, we wish to publically acknowledge how grateful we are for your continued commitment to and recognition of healthcare as an economic driver in Wisconsin,â&#x20AC;? Lewis told the governor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, we celebrate the strong bipartisan legislative support in both chambers, that made passage of this initiative

possible.â&#x20AC;? WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding echoed that sentiment in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bipartisan legislation will streamline the licensure process for many physicians who have been successfully recruited by our members to serve people in communities across Wisconsin,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-value, highquality health care system is well served by the caring professionals who take care of patients each and every day. As hospitals and health systems employ nearly 80 percent of the physicians licensed in Wisconsin, hospitals have a vested interest in ensuring that access to care is not burdened by regulatory red tape and paperwork.â&#x20AC;? For physicians who utilize the expedited compact process to receive a Wisconsin license, it will reduce the time and cost for both the physician and the Department of Safety and Professional Services to apply for and process the physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wisconsin license. Most importantly, it will enable those physicians to begin serving Wisconsin communities more quickly. Physicians who do not utilize the expedited compact process are not affected by the legislation. AB 253 passed both chambers of the legislature with strong, bipartisan votes of 95-1 in the Assembly and 31-1 in the Senate. Mayo Clinic Health System â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Franciscan Healthcare in Sparta and Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg both hosted Governor Walker today for bill-signing ceremonies on AB 253. The bill was signed into law as 2015 Act 116. - Gary King with information from Wisconsin Hospital Association

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0RUHWHQVLRQDERXW/HJLRQOLTXRUOLFHQVH Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Continued tension about the American Legion liquor license in Milltown led to some heated comments and accusations Monday night, Dec. 14, at the regular monthly meeting of the Milltown Village Board. At last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting the board disFXVVHG WKH IDFW WKDW IRU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH D VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F DUHD ZDV GHVLJQDWHG IRU WKH /Hgionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar and alcohol storage area at the community center. State statutes and the Department of Revenue require the designation, said village clerk/treasurer Amy Albrecht and village President LuAnn White, so that the police department and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities in the building can be legal. At that time, Trustee Les Sloper questioned the addition of the designated area to the license application without approval of the Legion, which holds the license. White stated that the Legion is behind in paying the $500 annual contribution to help cover costs at the community center and is in violation of its contract with the village. The 2015 contribution has since been paid. She added that the village is not required to approve the Legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. The discussion last month ended with the board directing Albrecht to write to the Legion asking them to amend the application to include the required measurements. Albrecht did so, adding an apology for not following the applicationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction that the Legion provide their own measurements, and the Legion responded by declining to do so. According to the letter returned to Albrecht, the Legion requested that the license be reverted to its original state without any measurements. It indicated that the Legion might consider the request at a later date. The issue returned at the Dec. 14 meeting of the village board, with Legion Commander Pat Hyden reading a new letter and entering into a discussion with board members. The letter is printed in the Letters to the Editor section of this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leader but is summarized below. Hydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter states that an attorney

It is illegal to bring carry-ins into the community center, so Hyden took it to WKH SROLFH RIĂ&#x20AC;FH ZKHUH SROLFH &KLHI (G Collins suggested that he make a voluntary police statement. That report â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappeared,â&#x20AC;? he alleged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This whole thing started when I made the report,â&#x20AC;? he said. Collins, who was in attendance at the meeting, told Hyden he had probably shredded the voluntary statement and added that Hyden has written out another report. Collins said that Hyden had a copy of the statement, adding that there are a lot 9LOODJH3UHVLGHQW/X$QQ:KLWH{3KRWRVE\ of things reported to the police departPHQWWKDWGRQRWUHTXLUHDFDVHĂ&#x20AC;OHWREH 0DU\6WLUUDW opened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing anything under the for the Legion advised â&#x20AC;&#x153;that the League table in my department to protect anyof Municipalities is the governing body body,â&#x20AC;? said Collins. He later noted that for information on alcohol sales and li- KHRIWHQĂ&#x20AC;QGVRSHQFRQWDLQHUVDURXQGWKH cense issues.â&#x20AC;? As a result, the attorney community center and around the village, VHQWDOHWWHUWRYLOODJHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDVZHOODV and he just dumps them out and throws the police chief and the community club them away. president stating that the license restricWhite took issue with several com0LOOWRZQ3ROLFH&KLHI(G&ROOLQV tion was invalid. ments in Hydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter. Stating that the Using a state statute that focuses on mi- League of Municipalities is not the licensnors being allowed in bar areas, Hydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ing agency for liquor licensing, she pro- the Department of Revenue. Citing a state statute that prohibits a liletter states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Legion is in vided Hyden with contact information for cense from being granted for any premise compliance with local and state regulawhere any other business is conducted, tions.â&#x20AC;? she reiterated that having a designated What Hyden refers to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad bloodâ&#x20AC;? bar area is required by law. that has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;spilled into the commuWith the whole community center desnityâ&#x20AC;? is not coming from the Legion, he ignated on the liquor license, she noted, said, and some of the issues could have the police department is located in a bar. been worked out with a simple meeting. Including the required measurements He stated that the attack is a personal on the application and license, she said, one and accused the village president of changes nothing. conducting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;witch huntâ&#x20AC;? against him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like you any better than you He concluded his letter by asking that the like me,â&#x20AC;? White said to Hyden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you liquor license be restored to the original guys are really making a mountain out of state, with no restrictions, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;that the a molehill. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;witch hunts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The village president stop this aggression tolaw says we have to have a description on ward myself, and issue an apology to the your license.â&#x20AC;? American Legion.â&#x20AC;? If the license doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include a descripHyden told the board that all of the tion, she continued, it is possible that the trouble with the liquor license started license will be revoked or not renewed. after an incident at the community center, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a pretty simple thing,â&#x20AC;? she said, which was outlined earlier in his letter. ´DQGLW¡VDEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWRWKHZKROHFRPPXHe stated that in July or August he found 3DW+\GHQFRPPDQGHURIWKH$PHULFDQ/H nity.â&#x20AC;? a partly consumed six-pack of a beer that JLRQLQ0LOOWRZQ is not sold at the community center.

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As of September 2015, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP. CRP also is protecting more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian forest and grass buffers, enough to go around the world seven times. For an interactive tour of CRP success stories from across the U.S., visit fsa.usda. gov/CRPis30, or follow on Twitter at #CRPis30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchHUVFRQVHUYDWLRQLVWVKXQWHUVĂ&#x20AC;VKHUPHQ and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of the country,â&#x20AC;? said Vilsack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, CRP continues to make major environmental improvements to water and air quality. This is another long-standing example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.â&#x20AC;? Participants in CRP establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as covers) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. At times when commodity prices are low, enrolling sensitive lands in CRP can be especially attractive to farmers and ranchers, as it softens the economic hardship for landowners at the same time WKDWLWSURYLGHVHFRORJLFDOEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV&RQtract duration is between 10 and 15 years. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish native plant species on marginal agricultural lands for the primary purpose of preventing soil erosion and improving water quality and related benHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIUHGXFLQJORVVRIZLOGOLIHKDELWDW Contracts on 1.64 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2016. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP. Since it was established on Dec. 23, 1985, CRP has:

â&#x20AC;˘ Prevented more than 9 billion tons of VRLOIURPHURGLQJHQRXJKVRLOWRĂ&#x20AC;OO million dump trucks; â&#x20AC;˘ Reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to annually tilled cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively; â&#x20AC;˘ Sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million cars off the road. Since 1996, CRP has created nearly 2.7 million acres of restored wetlands. For more information about FSA conservation programs, visit a local FSA ofĂ&#x20AC;FHRUfsa.usda.govFRQVHUYDWLRQ7RĂ&#x20AC;QG \RXU ORFDO )6$ RIĂ&#x20AC;FH YLVLW RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXVGD gov. The Conservation Reserve Program was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since HQDFWPHQW 86'$ KDV PDGH VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit usda.gov/ farmbill. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the USDA

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6WDEELQJIURPSDJH in ... but it just kept spurting out.â&#x20AC;? He said the bleeding eventually slowed as his friend passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His eyes rolled back and he passed away,â&#x20AC;? he said between sobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kept telling him, Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon Pete, hang in there!â&#x20AC;? Kelly was later transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center just a short distance away, but the heavy bleeding from the deep chest wound proved too damaging and Kelly was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m.

)OHHLQJWKHVFHQH The prosecution presented detailed evidence of how the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department quickly engaged a variety of investigatory tools in the hours immediately after Kelly died, trying to track down the unknown assailants with little idea who they were searching for. Authorities garnered a variety of details from Lechman, who was in shock and still covered in his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood. They knew about the dog, Gunnar, a bit of a vehicle description, as well as a few other details, but little else. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the end, it was Gunnar who broke the case,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said during closing, noting how the dog was known by a friend of a friend, and was the key to tying the Cambridge-area teens to the stabbing scene. While Acre-Kendall and his friends had Ă HGWKHVFHQHLQWZRYHKLFOHVSROLFHLQLWLDOO\VRXJKWWKHSXEOLF¡VKHOSWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKH suspects. But authorities had garnered bits of evidence partly through litter and receipts found on the scene, leading to surveillance-video evidence from at least two local stores, and bizarre connections through an acquaintance of Acre-Kendall ZKRDOVRĂ&#x20AC;VKHGDWWKHVDPHVSRWVHYHUDO days prior. While authorities were closing in on Acre-Kendall, several of the other teens on the scene had learned of Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and called a lawyer to seek legal advice. Other people recognized the descriptions and contacted authorities in Isanti County, Minn., to identify the teens and Acre-Kendall. Within mere hours of Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, DXWKRULWLHV KDG FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWO\ WUDFHG WKH stabbing back to Acre-Kendall, and went to his home in Cambridge, Minn., to confront him. They met him the next afternoon as he returned from his job, and retrieved the knife, his clothing and cell phone, as well as taking the two vehicles WKHWHHQVXVHGWRĂ HHWKHVFHQH Acre-Kendall admitted to stabbing Kelly and agreed to avoid extradition proceedings and turned himself in to police the day after authorities confronted him. Police later pieced together some of the missing pieces, as well as noted comments between the teens after the fact, including their concern about how if (Kelly) had died, police would â&#x20AC;&#x153;search the (expletive) woods ... â&#x20AC;&#x153; and how they had all talked in a chat room while playing video games, and had exchanged phone calls about the incident, with Acre-Kendall denying his involvement to one friend. They also pieced together and found other evidence of the quick exit, includLQJ KRZ WKH\ KDG WRVVHG D GXIĂ H EDJ with marijuana, as well as a baggie with a marijuana â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-hitterâ&#x20AC;? pipe noticed on the roadway, three-tenths of a mile from the incident. They also found a wet, undersized, dead but freshly caught walleye on the roadway, later revealed at trial to be an ilOHJDOĂ&#x20AC;VKWKDWRQHRIWKHWHHQV0RVVEHUJ had tossed from his truck as they quickly left. Acre-Kendall also admitted to calling home for advice as they left the scene, DQGKLVIDWKHU7UDYLV.HQGDOOWHVWLĂ&#x20AC;HGWR that effect, admitting he had told his son they would â&#x20AC;&#x153;work it out later,â&#x20AC;? and that KHVKRXOGFRPHKRPHLPPHGLDWHO\WRĂ&#x20AC;Jure out their next action. Kendall implied that he feared for his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety and was concerned about whether they would be followed. $JUDQGFRQVSLUDF\" Steffen implied that the entire group

had conspired to avoid capture, noting how they had concerns over what was left on the scene and how they had passed no less than two Chisago County police cars, one with full lights and sirens responding to the stabbing, as they drove back to Cambridge. He also repeatedly pointed to their not calling 911 about the stabbing as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;conscience of guilt,â&#x20AC;? and also suggested that they worked on their story several times, trying to imply it was Kelly and Lechmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault, and not the actions or challenges by Acre-Kendall that led to Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Steffen noted how Acre-Kendall claimed he was deathly afraid of Kelly, yet continued to taunt him, up to the very moment of the stabbing. He also implied he had essentially â&#x20AC;&#x153;danced on his (Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) graveâ&#x20AC;? by posting the very social media video the next morning, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deez Nutsâ&#x20AC;? vine that started it all, even tagging his three friends to give them notice. Defense attorney Nelson disputed it all, stating repeatedly how â&#x20AC;&#x153;actions speak louder than words,â&#x20AC;? and that his client was surprised and tackled in the dark by the men, and that he was indeed afraid for his life by the bigger, stronger and older men. He noted how Kelly had alOHJHGO\Ă H[HGKLVPXVFOHVDQGFKDOOHQJHG Acre-Kendall to â&#x20AC;&#x153;duke it outâ&#x20AC;? and said the stabbing was a desperate, last resort measure to avoid a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-punchâ&#x20AC;? outcome that might lead to his death. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This incident happened in a matter of moments, minutes,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said, disputing Steffenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take that â&#x20AC;&#x153;intentâ&#x20AC;? can be formed in the moment before the stabbing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Acre-Kendall) was violently ripped from the car,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said, stating that fear could be formed in the same few moments as that intent was formed. He also pointed to Kelly and Lechman coming over and â&#x20AC;&#x153;taking the law into their own hands,â&#x20AC;? and how they went far out of their way to confront the teens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, the state is saying that sometimes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to stay there and take your licks!â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. Steffen seemed angry at the implication, and said that Acre-Kendall was â&#x20AC;&#x153;eye to eyeâ&#x20AC;? with Kelly when he stabbed him, knew where he had stabbed him and knew death was a real possibility. He repeated that in spite of the implied outcome, the stabber had crafted his defense after police found him out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn himself in, he was caught!â&#x20AC;? Steffen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actions plus words equals intent.â&#x20AC;? Both sides admitted that plea negotiations continued right up to the start of the trial, and that the second-degree reckless homicide charge was put on the table for $FUH.HQGDOOEXWWKDWKHZDVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW in his defense to reject a guilty plea and possibly shorter prison term. Nelson thought the turning point in the trial was when Acre-Kendall spoke in his own defense, and while he admitted that there were â&#x20AC;&#x153;a variety of poor decisions that night,â&#x20AC;? he said self-defense was his honest belief, and he also denied that any poor precedent was set with the verdict. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A not-guilty defense is one of the oldest defenses used,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said, shortly after he gave condolences to Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends, repeating it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tragic eventâ&#x20AC;? all around.

,QWKHHQG Acre-Kendall faced the potential of up WR\HDUVLQSULVRQRQERWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGHgree reckless homicide charge, as well as on the amended charge of a second-degree intentional homicide charge, which ZDV Ă&#x20AC;OHG LQ UHVSRQVH WR WKH GHIHQVH HIforts to follow the Castle Doctrine defense, where he would have had to admit intent. Steffenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late change to add a seconddegree reckless homicide charge was added the morning of the closing arguments, apparently as another lesser conviction option for the jury. That charge carried a potential of up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. But the self-defense posture rang clear for the jury, who were apparently in near unanimous agreement from early on in

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Health  Division  Director/ Health  Officer $70,140  Annually  (Or  DOQ) Community  Services Full  Time  -­  Exempt  (Salaried)  Position Professional   position   provides   leadership,   vision   and   strategic   direction   for   Polk  Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Public  Health  programs  and  services.  Directs  the  development,   planning,  management,  coordination,  evaluation  and  delivery  of  public  health   programs  and  promotes  population  health  through  ongoing  community  health   assessment   and   improvement   planning   in   collaboration   with   diverse   com-­ munity  partners.  Protects  the  health  of  the  community,  through  the  enforce-­ ment  of  public  health  laws  and  facilitation  of  preparedness  planning  with  com-­ munity   partners   in   a   manner   consistent   with   statutory   authority   and   County   policy.   Minimum   requirements   of   Local   Health   Officer   as   outlines   in   WI   Statute  251.06.  Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  degree  in  related  field  and  three  (3)  years  of  full-­time   experience  in  a  public  health  agency  or  in  the  performance  of  closely  related   duties  preferred,  please  see  the  position  description  on  our  website  for  com-­ plete  details  regarding  the  minimum  requirements. Deadline  to  apply:  December  22,  2015 Children  And   Family  Service  Director $70,140  Annually  (Or  DOQ) Community  Services Full  Time  -­  Exempt  (Salaried)  Position The  Children  and  Family  Services  Director  is  responsible  for  the  administra-­ tion  of  the  Department  of  Children  and  Families  programs  including  the  inter-­ pretation,  assessment  and  recommendation  of  policies  and  the  supervision  of   assigned  staff.  Performs  complex  professional  work  assuring  compliance  with   federal,   state   and   local   laws   and   regulations;Íž   supervising   and   coordinating   community  service  programs,  services  and  staff  and  oversight  of  specialized   grant  programming. Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   degree   in   social   work,   human   services,   public   administration   or   related   field   and   five   years   of   full-­time   work   experience   in   a   management   level  position  in  a  public  human  services  or  a  comparable  agency  with  sub-­ stantial  administrative  and  supervisory  experience  preferred,  please  see  the   position   description   on   our   website   for   complete   details   regarding   the   mini-­ mum  requirements. Deadline  to  apply:  December  22,  2015

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VILLAGE  OF  DRESSER ACCEPTING  PROPOSALS  FOR  BUILDING   INSPECTION  SERVICES

The  Village   of   Dresser   is   accepting   proposals   for   an   Inde-­ pendent  Contractor  for  Building  Inspection  Services.   Inspector   must   possess   all   Uniform   Dwelling   Code   certifica-­ tions   and   hold   commercial   credentials   in   compliance   with   the   State   of   Wisconsin.   Proposals   should   include:   proof   of   insur-­ ance,   copy   of   State   UDC   and   Commercial   licenses/certifi-­ cations,   current   and   past   municipalities   serving   or   served   and   three  references. Inspector   will   be   expected   to   work   pursuant   to   Municipal   Code,   Chapter   14,   Building   Code.   A   copy   is   available   from   Village  Clerk  or  at  www.villageofdresser.com. Proposals  are  due  in  the  Village  of  Dresser  Municipal  Office by   January   6,   2016.   Proposals   may   be   mailed   to   Village   of   Dresser,   P.O.   Box   547,   Dresser,   WI   54009,   or   emailed   to   vod@centurytel.net.   If   there   are   any   questions,   please   call   1-­ 715-­755-­2940. The  Village  of  Dresser  reserves  the  right  to  reject  any  and  all   proposals. Dated  this  7th  day  of  December  2015. Jodi  A  Gilbert,  Village  Clerk   3>5(?37

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(Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Nationstar  Mortgage,  LLC Plaintiff vs. ROBERTA  M.  HORNING,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:    15  CV  145 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   August   7,   2015,   in   the   amount   of   $81,715.31   the   Sheriff   will   sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  January  5,  2016,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   following  terms: 1.)  10%  down  in  cash  or  mon-­ ey   order   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   fail-­ ure   to   pay   balance   due   will   result   in   forfeit   of   deposit   to   plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   the  property,  either  in  person   or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   the   sheriff   department   in   the   event   that   no   opening   bid   is   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   right   to   request   the   sale   be   declared   as   invalid   as   the   sale  is  fatally  defective. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   Wiscon-­ sin. DESCRIPTION:   Lot   1   and   the   East   1/2   of   Lot   2,   Block   B,   Minnie   Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Corrected   First   Addition   to   the   Village   of   Milltown,   Polk   County,   Wis-­ consin.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   302   West  Main  Street,  Milltown,  WI   54858. TAX  KEY  NO.:  151-­00005-­0000. Dated   this   4th   day   of   Novem-­ ber,  2015. /s/Sheriff  Peter  M.  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff Jordan  C.  Staleos J.  Peterman  Legal  Group  Ltd. State  Bar  No.  1085629 165  Bishops  Way,  Suite  100 Brookfield,  WI  53005 262-­790-­5719 Please   go   to   www.jpeterman legalgroup.com  to  obtain  the  bid   for   this   sale.   J.   Peterman   Legal   Group  Ltd.  is  the  creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attor-­ ney   and   is   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   on   its   behalf.   Any   infor-­ mation  obtained  will  be  used  for   that  purpose.  >5(?37

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Deputy  Sheriff $26.20/hr. Responsible  for  preventing,  detecting  and  investigating  crimes,  apprehending   criminals  and  other  violators.  Responding  to  emergencies  and  all  other  calls   for  law  enforcement  services.  Requires  current  certification  as  a  law  enforce-­ ment   officer   in   the   state   of   Wisconsin   or   licensed/certified   law   enforcement   officer  in  another  state  and  eligible  to  become  certified  in  Wisconsin. Full  Time  -­  Averages  39.73  hours  per  week 1  vacancy  and  create  eligibility  list Deadline  to  apply:  December  28,  2015

Full-­time  positions   offer   a   comprehensive   benefit   package,   including   partici-­ pation  in  the  Wisconsin  Retirement  program  for  government  employees  and   optional  health,  dental  and  vision  insurance.  Polk  County  promotes  the  health   and  well-­being  of  their  employees  with  opportunities  to  support  your  level  of   involvement  in  a  Worksite  Wellness  Program. YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For com-­ plete job description, position requirements, application and details, please visit our website at www.co.polk.wi.us, Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC  3

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Zoning  Specialist DOQ Land  Information Full  Time  -­  Nonexempt  (Hourly)  Position Performs   intermediate   professional   work   administering   land   use   ordinances   and  sanitary  sewer  codes  in  Polk  County  including  (but  not  limited  to):  Issuing   and  inspecting  zoning  and  erosion  control  land  use  permits,  monitoring  com-­ pliance,   investigating   violations;Íž   also   assists   with   enforcing   sanitary   system   ordinances.   Work   is   performed   under   the   limited   supervision   of   the   Zoning   Administrator.   Minimum   requirements   bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   degree   in   land   use   or   related  field  or  associate  degree  in  related  studies  and  two  yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  zoning  and   planning   experience,   or   combination   of   experience   and   education,   see   our   website  for  complete  details  regarding  the  minimum  requirements. Deadline  to  apply:  January  5,  2016

APPLICATION  FOR  LICENSE

Application  for   Retail   Class   A   License   to   sell   intoxicating   liq-­ uors   and   malt   beverages   to   the   Town   Board,   Town   of   Siren,   Burnett   County,   Wisconsin,   the   undersigned: St.  Croix  Tribe 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   date   for   approval   to   June   30,   2016,   at   the   place   of   business  located  at: 24670  State  Road  35/70 Multiple  Suites  on  South  End   of  Plaza Siren,  WI  54872 Dated:  December  3,  2015 Mary  Hunter,  Clerk   H3 Town  of  Siren (Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Gordon  Meland  and   Vida  Meland, Plaintiffs, vs. Robert  D.  Gore  and Capital  One  Bank  USA, Defendants. Case  No.  15-­CV-­282 Code  Nos.  30404 NOTICE  OF FORECLOSURE  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure  entered  on  November  2,   2015,   in   favor   of   Plaintiff,   Gordon   Meland   and   Vida   Meland,   in   the   amount   of   $23,282.21,   the   Sheriff   will   sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  January  5,  2016,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:   Pursuant   to   said   judg-­ ment,   10%   of   the   successful   bid  must  be  paid  to  the  sheriff   at   the   sale   in   cash,   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   check   or   certified   funds,   pay-­ able  to  the  clerk  of  courts  (per-­ sonal   checks   cannot   and   will   not  be  accepted).  The  balance   of   the   successful   bid   must   be   paid   to   the   clerk   of   court   in   cash,   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   check   or   cer-­ tified   funds   no   later   than   ten   days   after   the   courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   confir-­ mation   of   the   sale   or   else   the   10%  down  payment  is  forfeited   to  the  plaintiff.    The  property  is   sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   real   estate   taxes,   specials   assessments,   liens   and   encumbrances. PLACE:  At  the  front  lobby  of  the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,  Wisconsin,  54810. DESCRIPTION:   Part   of   the   Southeast   Quarter   of   the   Southwest   Quarter   (SE   1/4   SW   1/4)   of   Section   17,   Township  36  North,  Range  17   West,   Town   of   Luck,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   described   as  follows: Commencing  at  the  Southeast   corner   of   said   Southeast   Quarter   of   the   Southwest   Quarter   of   Section   17   where   the  North  boundary  line  of  the   Highway   intersects   the   East   line  of  said  Forty;Íž  thence  West   along   said   North   highway   boundary   line   27   rods   to   the   point   of   beginning;Íž   from   said   point   of   beginning   continuing   West  along  the  North  highway   boundary   line   5   rods;Íž   thence   at   right   angles   4-­1/2   rods   North;Íž  thence  at  right  angles  5   rods   East;Íž   thence   at   right   angles  South  4-­1/2  rods  to  the   Point  of  Beginning.     TAX   PARCEL   NO.:   036-­00394-­ 0000. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   1661   270th  Avenue. Dated  this  30th  day  of  Novem-­ ber,  2015. /s/  Peter  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff Benson  Law  Office,  Ltd. Attorneys  for  Plaintiffs P.O.  Box  370 Siren,  WI    54872 639229 WNAXLP 715-­349-­5215  


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Defendants. SUMMONS Case  No.:  15-­CV-­410 Foreclosure  of  Mortgage:  30404 THE  STATE  OF  WISCONSIN: This   summons   is   directed   to   Defendant  Mary  Jo  Hinz: You   are   hereby   notified   that   the   plaintiff   named   above   has   filed   a   lawsuit   or   other   legal   action  against  you. Within   forty   (40)   days   after   December   16,   2015,   you   must   respond   with   a   written   demand   for  a  copy  of  the  Complaint.  The   demand   must   be   sent   or   deliv-­ ered   to   the   Court,   whose   address  is  Clerk  of  Circuit  Court,   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   St.,   Ste.   300,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810,   and   the   plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorney,   whose   address  is  Joseph  M.  Paiement,   Paiement   Law   Office,   LLC,   221   East   Myrtle   Street,   Stillwater,   MN  55082.  You  may  have  attor-­ ney  help  or  represent  you. If   you   do   not   demand   a   copy   of  the  Complaint  within  forty  (40)   days,  the  Court  may  grant  judg-­ ment   against   you   for   the   award   of   money   or   other   legal   action   requested  in  the  Complaint,  and   you   may   lose   your   right   to   ob-­ ject   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   or   may   in   the   future,   and   may   also   be   enforced   by   garnishment   or   seizure   of   prop-­ erty. Dated   this   16th   day   of   December,  2015. Central  Bank,  Plaintiff By: Joseph  M.  Paiement Attorney  for  Plaintiff   >5(?37

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(Dec.  16) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Harbin,  LLC P.O.  Box  70163 Mobile,  AL  36670 Plaintiff(s) vs. Shane  Christian 2007  10th  Avenue Star  Prairie,  WI  54026 Defendant(s). Small  Claims  Publication   Summons  And  Notice Case  No.  2015  SC  000838 Publication  Summons  And   Notice  of  Filing TO  THE  PERSON(S)  NAMED   ABOVE  AS  DEFENDANT(S): You   are   being   sued   by   the   person(s)   named   above   as   Plaintiff(s).   A   copy   of   the   claim   has   been   sent   to   you   at   your   address  as  stated  in  the  caption   above. The  lawsuit  will  be  heard  in  the   following   Small   Claims   Court:   Polk   County   Courthouse,   715-­ 485-­9299,  1005  W.  Main  Street,   Suite   300,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810,  on  the  following  date  and   time:   January   11,   2016,   at   1:30   p.m. If   you   do   not   attend   the   hear-­ ing,  the  court  may  enter  a  judg-­ ment  against  you  in  favor  of  the   person(s)   suing   you.   A   copy   of   the   claim   has   been   sent   to   you   at  your  address  as  stated  in  the   caption   above.   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  sei-­ zure  of  property. You   may   have   the   option   to   Answer   without   appearing   in   court   on   the   court   date   by   fil-­ ing   a   written   Answer   with   the   Clerk  of  Courts  before  the  court   date.   You   must   send   a   copy   of   your   Answer   to   the   Plaintiff(s)   named   above   at   their   address.   You   may   contact   the   Clerk   of   Court   at   the   telephone   number   above   to   determine   if   there   are   other   methods   to   answer   a   Small   Claims   complaint   in   that   county. If  you  need  help  in  this  matter   because   of   a   disability,   please   call:  715-­485-­9299. Date:  December  14,  2015. Dobberstein  Law  Firm,  LLC 225  S.  Executive  Dr.,  Suite  201 Brookfield,  WI  53005 262-­641-­3715   Bar  No.:  1088712 >5(?37

(Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Carrington  Mortgage  Services,   LLC Plaintiff vs. Kyle  J.  Filip, AnchorBank,  FSB Defendant NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE Case  Number:  14CV257 Case  Code:  30404 PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   May   26,   2015,   in   the   amount   of   $115,381.63,   the   Sheriff,   or   Designee,  will  sell  the  described   premises   at   public   auction   as   follows: ORIGINAL   TIME:   January   26,   2016,  at  10:00  a.m. TERMS 1.  10%  down  in  cash  or  money   order  at  the  time  of  sale;Íž  bal-­ ance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to  pay  balance  due  will  result   in   forfeit   of   deposit   to   plain-­ tiff. 2.   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.   Buyer   to   pay   applicable   Wisconsin   Real   Estate   Transfer   Tax   from   the   pro-­ ceeds  of  the  sale. PLACE:   Front   lobby   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,  WI  54810. PROPERTY   DESCRIPTION:   Lot   Three   (3)   of   Certified   Sur-­ vey  Map  No.  5245  recorded  in   Volume  23  of  Certified  Survey   Maps,  page  152  as  Document   No.   720912,   being   part   of   Lot   Two   (2),   Lot   Three   (3)   and   Outlot   One   (1),   of   Certified   Survey  Map  No.  766  recorded   in  volume  4  of  Certified  Survey   Maps,   Page   11,   located   in   Government   Lot   Seven   (7),   Section   Twenty   (20),   Town-­ ship   Thirty-­Five   (35)   North,   Range   Sixteen   (16)   West,   Town   of   Georgetown,   Polk   County,  Wisconsin. TAX  KEY  NO.:  026-­00864-­0000. PROPERTY  ADDRESS:  2084  A   Bone   Lake   Dr.,   Milltown,   WI   54858. Dated   this   3rd   day   of   Decem-­ ber,  2015. Polk  County  Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Office Jack  N.  Zaharopoulos State  Bar  No.  1041503 Attorney  for  Plaintiff 120  North  LaSalle  Street Suite  1140 Chicago,  IL  60602 414-­937-­5992 Pursuant  to  the  Fair  Debt  Col-­ lection   Practices   Act   (15   U.S.C.   Section   1692),   we   are   required   to   state   that   we   are   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   on   our   clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   behalf   and   any   information   we   obtain   will   be   used   for   that   pur-­ pose.  >5(?37

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(Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Royal  Credit  Union, a  Wisconsin  state  chartered   credit  union, 200  Riverfront  Terrace Eau  Claire,  Wisconsin  54703 Plaintiff, vs. Christopher  R.  Dietrich 2189  200th  Street Centuria,  Wisconsin  54824 John  Doe,  Mary  Roe,  and  XYZ   corporation Defendants. Case  Type:  30404 Case  No.  15CV336 PUBLICATION  SUMMONS THE  STATE  OF  WISCONSIN   TO  CHRISTOPHER  R.   DIETRICH: YOU   ARE   HEREBY   NOTI-­ FIED   that   plaintiff,   Royal   Credit   Union,   A   Wisconsin   state   char-­ tered   credit   union,   has   filed   a   lawsuit   or   other   legal   action   against  you. Within   forty   (40)   days   after   December   9,   2015,   you   must   respond   with   a   written   demand   for  a  copy  of  the  Complaint.  The   demand   must   be   sent   or   deliv-­ ered  to  the  Polk  County  Clerk  of   Court,  Polk  County  Justice  Cen-­ ter,   whose   address   is   1005   West   Main   Street,   Suite   300,   Balsam  Lake,  WI  54810,  and  to   Plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorneys,   Anastasi   Jellum,   P.A.,   whose   address   is   14985   60th   Street   North,   Still-­ water,  Minnesota  55082. You   may   have   an   attorney   help  or  represent  you. If   you   do   not   demand   a   copy   of   the   Complaint   withing   forty   (40)   days,   the   Court   may   grant   judgment   against   you   for   the   award   of   money   or   other   legal   action   requested   in   the   Com-­ plaint,   and   you   may   lose   your   right  to  object  to  anything  that  is   or  may  be  incorrect  in  the  Com-­ plaint.   A   judgment   may   be   en-­ forced   as   provided   by   law.   A   judgment   awarding   money   may   become   a   lien   against   any   real   estate   you   own   now   or   may   in   the   future,   and   may   also   be   enforced   or   garnishment   or   sei-­ zure  of  property. Dated:  November  20,  2015. ANASTASI  JELLUM,  P.A. Garth  G.  Gavenda,  #1079588 Joshua  D.  Christensen,   #1089857 14985  60th  Street  North Stillwater,  MN  55082 Telephone:  (651)  439-­2951 Garth@AJ-­Law.com Josh@AJ-­Law.com Attorneys  for  Plaintiff #16502  >5(?37

(Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY In  The  Matter  Of  The  Name   Change  Of Michael  Howard  Haaf By:  (Petitioner): Michael  Howard  Haaf Notice  and  Order  for  Name   Change  Hearings Case  No.  15CV417 NOTICE  IS  GIVEN: A   petition   was   filed   asking   to   change   the   name   of   the   person   listed  above: From:  Michael  Howard  Haaf To:  Michael  Howard  Haaf-­ Alseth Birth  Certificate:  Michael   Howard  Haaf IT  IS  ORDERED: This   petition   will   be   heard   in   the  Circuit  Court  of  Polk  County,   State  of  Wisconsin:  Judge  Molly   E.  GaleWyrick,  1005  West  Main   St.,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810,   January  8,  2016,  1:15  p.m. If   you   required   reasonable   accommodations   due   to   a   dis-­ ability   to   participate   in   the   court   process,   please   call   715-­485-­ 9299   at   least   ten   (10)   working   days   prior   to   the   scheduled   court   date.   Please   note   that   the   court  does  not  provide  transpor-­ tation. BY  THE  COURT: Molly  E.  GaleWyrick Circuit  Court  Judge   November  30,  2015 >5(?37 (Dec.  16,  23,  30) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY MICHAEL  RAMMER Plaintiff vs. TAMMY  JOSEPHSON Defendant. FORECLOSURE  OF   MORTGAGE PUBLICATION  SUMMONS  &   NOTICE Case  No.  15  CV  404 To  the  person  named  above  as   defendant: You   are   being   sued   by   the   person   named   above   as   Plain-­ tiff.   You   are   hereby   notified   that   the   Plaintiff   has   filed   a   Sum-­ mons   and   Complaint   in   this   ac-­ tion,   copies   of   both   have   been   provided   to   you   by   mail   at   your   home   address   as   stated   in   the   caption  above.  Any  response  on   your   part   must   be   filed   on   or   before   January   5,   2016.   The   response  must  be  sent  or  deliv-­ ered   to   this   court   and   the   plain-­ tiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorney   whose   addresses   are  as  follows: Clerk  of  Circuit  Court Polk  County  Justice  Center 1005  W.  Main  Street,  #300 Balsam  Lake,  WI  54810 715-­485-­9299 Nicholas  V.  Davis The  Law  Firm  of  Williams  &   Davis 314  Keller  Avenue  North Amery,  WI  54001 You   may   have   an   attorney   help  or  represent  you. If  you  do  not  file  an  answer  to   the   complaint   within   twenty   (20)   days,   the   court   may   grant   a   judgment   against   you   for   the   award   of   money   or   other   legal   action   requested   in   the   com-­ plaint,   and   you   may   lose   your   right  to  object  to  anything  that  is   or   may   be   incorrect   in   the   com-­ plaint.   A   judgment   may   be   en-­ forced   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   en-­ forced   by   garnishment   or   sei-­ zure  of  property. The   original   complaint   in   the   above-­entitled  action  is  on  file  in   the   office   of   the   Clerk   of   Circuit   Court   for   Polk   County,   Wiscon-­ sin,   and   said   action   is   being   brought   for   the   purpose   of   fore-­ closure  of  mortgage. Dated  this  14th  day  of  Decem-­ ber,  2015. The  Law  Firm  of  Williams  &   Davis Attorney  for  the  Plaintiff By: Nicholas  V.  Davis   >5(?37 #1078967


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NOTICE  OF  VILLAGE  CAUCUS NOTICE   IS   HEREBY   GIVEN   to   the   electors   of   the   Village   of   Webster,   in   the   County   of   Burnett,   State   of   Wisconsin,   that   a   Village  Caucus  for  said  Village  will  be  held  at  the  Village  Office,   7505  Main  Street  West,  in  said  Village,  on  Wednesday,  January   13,  2016,  at  5:45  p.m.  to  nominate  candidates  for  the  different   Village  offices  to  be  voted  for  at  the  Village  Election  to  be  held   on  Tuesday,  April  5,  2016.     Offices  to  be  filled  with  nominations  are: One  Municipal  Court  Judge  to  succeed  Brian  Sears One  Village  Trustee  to  succeed  Sarah  Casady One  Village  Trustee  to  succeed  Kelsey  Gustafson One  Village  Trustee  to  succeed  Greg  Widiker Respectfully  Submitted, Patrice  Bjorklund,  Village  Clerk Village  of  Webster Posted  Dec.  10,  2015 Published  Dec.  16,  2015   639509  18L  WNAXLP

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ORDINANCE  8-­2015 AN  ORDINANCE  CREATING  CHAPTER  250  OF  THE   GENERAL  ORDINANCES  FOR  THE  VILLAGE  OF   WEBSTER,  BURNETT  COUNTY,  WISCONSIN,   PERTAINING  TO  VEHICLES  AND  TRAFFIC The   Village   of   Webster   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster,   Burnett  County,  Wisconsin,  does  ordain  as  follows: WHEREAS,  the  Village  Board  for  the  Village  of  Webster  has   determined   that   in   conformity   with   other   relevant   sections   of   the  Municipal  Code;Íž  for  the  orderly  operation  and  development   of  the  Village;Íž  and  to  protect  the  health,  safety  and  well-­being   of  its  citizens  that  it  is  an  appropriate  exercise  of  its  authority   and   power   to   amend,   create   and   re-­create   its   municipal   ordi-­ nances  so  as  to  implement  rules,  policies  and  regulations  per-­ taining  to  the  orderly  operation  of  the  Village;Íž NOW,   THEREFORE,   the   Village   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster  does  hereby  approve,  amend  and/or  create  Chapter   284-­3,   Section   c;Íž   of   the   Municipal   Code   for   the   Village   of   Webster,  Wisconsin,  regarding  Restrictions  on  parking;Íž  special   limitations   requirements   regulated   within   the   municipal   limits   for   the   Village   of   Webster   according   to   the   following   pro-­ visions,  to-­wit: §  284-­3  Restrictions  on  parking;Íž  special  limitations. The  full  ordinance  can  be  viewed  at  the  clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  office  located   at   the   Village   of   Webster,   7505   Main   Street   West,   Webster,     Monday  through  Friday  from  8  a.m.  -­  4:30  p.m. Respectfully  Submitted,  3 Patrice  Bjorklund,  Clerk  Village  of  Webster >5(?37

HELP WANTED FULL-TIME CUSTODIAN

Burnett Dairy Cooperative is currently accepting applications for the position of full-time custodian. Duties include general plant cleaning and other custodianrelated responsibilities. Qualifications: Must be able to stand on feet the entire shift, be able to bend, squat, kneel, reach and lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. Schedule: 4 10-hour days to include every other weekend, noon - 10 p.m. This position offers a competitive wage and generous benefits package including: health, dental and life insurance, long-term disability, vacation and sick time. 401(k), profit sharing and discounts in all Burnett Dairy Cooperative departments.

Applications are available at www.burnettdairy.com/employment Applying for the position: You can apply for this position at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840 or send your resume to 17-18L 7-8a,d,e 639136 jobs@burnettdairy.com

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The  Village   of   Webster   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster,   Burnett  County,  Wisconsin,  does  ordain  as  follows: WHEREAS,  the  Village  Board  for  the  Village  of  Webster  has   determined   that   in   conformity   with   other   relevant   sections   of   the  Municipal  Code;Íž  for  the  orderly  operation  and  development   of  the  Village;Íž  and  to  protect  the  health,  safety  and  well-­being   of  its  citizens  that  it  is  an  appropriate  exercise  of  its  authority   and   power   to   amend,   create   and   re-­create   its   municipal   ordi-­ nances  so  as  to  implement  rules,  policies  and  regulations  per-­ taining  to  the  orderly  operation  of  the  Village;Íž NOW,   THEREFORE,   the   Village   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster  does  hereby  approve,  amend  and/or  create  Chapter   250,   Section   1-­3;Íž   of   the   Municipal   Code   for   the   Village   of   Webster,   Wisconsin,   regarding   Solid   Fuel-­Fired   Heating   Device  Requirements  regulated  within  the  municipal  limits  for   the   Village   of   Webster   according   to   the   following   provisions,   to-­wit: §  250-­1-­3  Solid  Fuel-­Fired  Heating  Devices. The  full  ordinance  can  be  viewed  at  the  clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  office  located   at   the   Village   of   Webster,   7505   Main   Street   West,   Webster,     Monday  through  Friday  from  8  a.m.  -­  4:30  p.m. Respectfully  Submitted,  3 Patrice  Bjorklund,  Clerk  Village  of  Webster >5(?37

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Village  of   Dresser   is   seeking   a   candidate   for   the   position   of   Part-­Time  Office  Assistant.     Desired   qualifications:   An   associate   degree   in   accounting   or   business   and   a   minimum   of   2   yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   work   experience   in   local   government  and/or  accounting. Candidate   must   be   a   self-­starter   with   strong   work   ethic   and   organizational   skills.   This   position   requires   the   applicant   to   keep   clear,   concise   and   accurate   records.   The   ability   to   work   alone  or  with  minimal  supervision  in  a  small  office  accomplish-­ ing  a  variety  of  tasks  as  directed  by  the  Village  Clerk.     Computer  skills  are  critical  and  must  be  proficient  in  Microsoft   Office.   Position   requires   a   working   knowledge   of   office   pro-­ cedure  and  equipment.  Strong  customer  service  and  excellent   oral  and  written  communication  skills.     20  hours  per  week.  Will  be  eligible  for  Wisconsin  Retirement   Benefits.   Hourly   Wage:   DOQ.   Candidate   must   have   a   valid   driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  license  and  pass  a  drug  test.     Please   submit   cover   letter,   resume   and   employment   appli-­ cation  by  4  p.m.  on  January  6,  2016,  to  the  Village  of  Dresser,   102  W.  Main  Street,  P.O.  Box  547,  Dresser,  WI  54009,  or  via   email   to:   vod@centurytel.net.   Employment   application   can   be   found   online   at   www.villageofdresser.com   or   at   the   Village   of   Dresser   Municipal   Office.   Any   questions,   please   call   715-­755-­ 2940.   Position   open   until   filled.   The   Village   of   Dresser   is   an   equal  opportunity  employer.        3>5(?37

DO YOU BELIEVE THE BEST IS YET TO COME? If the answer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes,â&#x20AC;? then we should talk about your future at United Pioneer Home. The following important positions are open...

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Full-time day shift, full-time and part-time evening shifts. Every other weekend rotation. Flexible scheduling. Benefits available for full-time positions.

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE

Part-time night shift. Every other weekend rotation.

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus Available For These Positions

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ORDINANCE  7-­2015 AN  ORDINANCE  CREATING  CHAPTER  250  OF  THE   GENERAL  ORDINANCES  FOR  THE  VILLAGE  OF   WEBSTER,  BURNETT  COUNTY,  WISCONSIN,   PERTAINING  TO  OUTDOOR  SOLID  FUEL-­FIRED   HEATING  DEVICES

VILLAGE  OF  DRESSER PARTâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;TIME  OFFICE  ASSISTANT

Please send resume to Jamie Paro jparo@unitedpioneerhome.org Or if you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait, stop in at the United Pioneer Home to pick up an application and request an interview. Application available at www.unitedpioneerhome.org

United Pioneer Home 623 S. 2nd St., Luck, WI EOE

ORDINANCE  6-­2015 AN  ORDINANCE  CREATING  CHAPTER  240  OF  THE   GENERAL  ORDINANCES  FOR  THE  VILLAGE  OF   WEBSTER,  BURNETT  COUNTY,  WISCONSIN,   PERTAINING  TO  SEWER  USE  ORDINANCE The   Village   of   Webster   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster,   Burnett  County,  Wisconsin,  does  ordain  as  follows: WHEREAS,   the   Village   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster has   determined   that   in   conformity   with   other   relevant   sec-­ tions   of   the   Municipal   Code;Íž   for   the   orderly   operation   and   development   of   the   Village;Íž   and   to   protect   the   health,   safety   and   well-­being   of   its   citizens   that   it   is   an   appropriate   exer-­ cise   of   its   authority   and   power   to   amend,   create   and   re-­ create  its  municipal  ordinances  so  as  to  implement  rules,  poli-­ cies  and  regulations  pertaining  to  the  orderly  operation  of  the   Village;Íž NOW,   THEREFORE,   the   Village   Board   for   the   Village   of   Webster  does  hereby  approve,  amend  and/or  create  Chapter   240,   Section   1-­10;Íž   of   the   Municipal   Code   for   the   Village   of   Webster,   Wisconsin,   regarding   Sewer   Use   Requirements   regulated  within  the  municipal  limits  for  the  Village  of  Webster   according  to  the  following  provisions,  to-­wit: §  240  Sewer  Use. The  full  ordinance  can  be  viewed  at  the  clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  office  located   at   the   Village   of   Webster,   7505   Main   Street   West,   Webster,     Monday  through  Friday  from  8  a.m.  -­  4:30  p.m. Respectfully  Submitted,  3 Patrice  Bjorklund,  Clerk  Village  of  Webster >5(?37


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7KHYLHZ IURPKHUH Steve Pearson the collective concern for our waterways â&#x20AC;&#x153;puts our liberties as free people at risk.â&#x20AC;? Such talk is reckless at best and sets up a false dichotomy. When local governments, citizens commissions and lakes associations, folks like you and me, band together to preserve a precious, vulnerable resource for perpetuity, they do more than ensure that land values along our waterways will retain their value. They preserve the public trust. And when state government abdicates its responsibility to preserve pristine resources for future generations, legislators must be called to task. If you go to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, \RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGHYLGHQFHRIWKDWREOLJDWLRQ of government in the form of something called The Public Trust Doctrine. And by way of explanation, you will read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wisconsin law recognizes that owners of lands bordering lakes and rivers - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;riparian ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - hold rights in the water next to their property. These riparian rights include use of the shoreline, reasonable use of the water and a right to access the water.â&#x20AC;? No one would dispute this expression of property rights that are assumed when one buys a piece of waterfront property. But the website goes on to cite a pertinent court ruling in the realm of property rights: â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court has ruled WKDWZKHQFRQĂ LFWVRFFXUEHWZHHQWKH rights of riparian owners and public rights, the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights are primary and the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary.â&#x20AC;? The court has further concluded that the DNR must take into consideration the cu-

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law enforcement has always retained the right to intervene where necessary. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right to cook meth, abuse your children or dump raw sewage on your private property, and you are subject to the penalties that ensue from those actions. A recent Leader article told the story of a Frederic man found guilty of domestic abuse who used fatuous property rights claims to WU\WRNHHSFRXQW\DQGVWDWHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV from â&#x20AC;&#x153;trespassingâ&#x20AC;? on his property, claiming he had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;land patentâ&#x20AC;? right WKDWRYHUUXOHGORFDORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV¡DXWKRULW\ People have always hidden behind the mantle of â&#x20AC;&#x153;property rightsâ&#x20AC;? to engage in unwarranted or outrageous behavior. One hundred years ago, our lakes and other waterways here in northwestern Wisconsin were largely wilderness areas. The past 50 years, a mere drop in the ocean of time, have seen rapid, often unregulated, growth along our waterways, sometimes two and three tiers deep. Blue lakes became green lakes, choked with algae by late summer. Local governments responded by implementing science-based â&#x20AC;&#x153;best practicesâ&#x20AC;? in an attempt to remediate these concerns, lakes associations were formed to protect our waters for now and for all time, and citizens were recruited to draw up forward-looking comprehensive plans. Jarchow has already undone much of the work of these good people, and his latest legislation would continue that process. There is still time to let him and Republican leaders know how you feel about that. The state Legislature is back in session on Jan. 5, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t committed to either of Jarchowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest bills, LRB 3936 and LRB 3588, so there may still be WLPHWRLQĂ XHQFHWKHRXWFRPH$QGLI that fails, the representative will face the referendum of the people in less than 11 months, and the people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget.

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company on St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Side nearly a century ago with one truck and a commitment to quality and service.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been with Cemstone for 28 years and it is just MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cemstone is proud a great company to work for,â&#x20AC;? said Dave Cave, Central to announce that the company has received a 2015 Min- Division manager, based out of New Richmond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The nesota Family Business Award from Twin Cities Busi- company culture is based on a very strong work ethic QHVV PDJD]LQH &HPVWRQH LV RQH RI Ă&#x20AC;YH FRPSDQLHV WR and small-town values. The Beckens are dedicated to the receive the award, which honors local family companies communities they do business in.â&#x20AC;? Today, Cemstone owns and operates a network of with a strong record of success, family involvement, community service and philanthropy, multigenerational nearly 90 ready-mix concrete plants and aggregate facilities in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, Iowa and culture and a positive family-business structure. Cemstone is a fourth-generation family-run company South Dakota. The company offers a full line of prefounded by the Becken family in 1927. Cemstone offers mium ready-mixed concrete, decorative concrete, highconcrete and related products for construction, trans- performance concrete, aggregate products, concrete portation and do-it-yourself customers in the Upper masonry units, brick and decorative stone. Cemstone also provides professional-grade supplies and materiMidwest and across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are honored to receive this award and so grate- als through its network of contractor supply stores. To ful to our incredible team of employees who make learn more about Cemstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products and services, Cemstone what it is today,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Becken, CEO of phone 800-CEMSTONE or visit cemstone.com. See the complete story in Twin Cities Business. ²VXECemstone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a privilege to be part of the community for so many years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tribute to my grandfa- mitted ther and founder, Hammon T. Becken, who started the

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Galen Sederlund was named to the Chequamegon Bay Football Honor Roll, and Bob Grindell received honorable mention. Both were Frederic players.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Movies playing at the Frederic Theatre were the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ´+HOSÂľ DQG ´=HEUD LQ WKH .LWFKHQÂľ VWDUULQJ -D\ North, Martin Millner and Andy Devine.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;In news from the service, William McAbee Jr., from Frederic, was serving with the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Ingersoll, in the Vietnam area.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Pvt. Paul Wester, from Dresser, completed a radio course at the Army $UPRU&HQWHU)RUW.QR[.\²$UP\3YW5DQG\6ZLIW from Siren, was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Germany. He was a cannoneer in Battery C of the divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5th Battalion, 81st Artillery, near Wiesbaden.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Seaman Recruit John Hicks, from Siren, was in Navy basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Marie Jensen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Jensen, Balsam Lake, was awarded a trip to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago after being named Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state 4-H achievement winner in baking.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Overby celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house and program at Georgetown Lutheran Church on Oct. 24.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Frederic Boy Scouts were selling Christmas trees at a tree lot set up at Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Firestone, having cut and hauled the trees from the Bohn Tree Farm.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Robert Thompson, business education instructor at Frederic, purchased the assets of the Orgeman Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service from Mrs. Margaret Orgeman and was planning to resign from the school district at the end of the quarter to run the business full time.

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Frederic music teacher Rosemary Bice resigned from her position to move to Indiana, and was replaced by Pat Fleming, from New Richmond, granddaughter of Walter Fleming, of Frederic.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Orange Community Church building in the Town of LaFollette, which had served the community from about 19101970, was sold to the Welcome Inn, a resort on CTH A about half a mile from the church, and moved to LWVQHZVLWHDGMRLQLQJWKHUHVRUW¡VPDLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHEXLOGing, to be used for private purposes.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Elmer Hanson, of %UDQVWDGQHDU*UDQWVEXUJZDVSURĂ&#x20AC;OHGLQWKLVSDSHU by Jean Schmidt. He was still enjoying woodworking at the age of 87, having, over the years, built his house, almost all the furniture in it, many outdoor projects and lastly, 37 grandfather clocks, most of which he sold.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Star Market in Danbury sponsored KRWDLUEDOORRQULGHVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZHHNHQGLQ'HFHPEHU and dropped specially marked paper plates from the balloon which could be redeemed for gift awards at the store. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Berdal of Frederic were among the people who took the balloon ride.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Frederic Fire Chief John Glockzin was re-elected to his position IRUWKHQLQWK\HDU2WKHURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVHOHFWHGZHUH&KDUOLH Hedberg, assistant chief; Vic Weinzierl, captain; Robert Welch, lieutenant; Gordon Rogers, secretary; Roy +DQVHQWUHDVXUHUDQG-RQ+LFNVĂ&#x20AC;UHPDUVKDO²%LUWKV included Diane Lea, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Haaf, Siren, on Nov. 28, Christopher Steven, born to Mr. and 0UV5REHUW.LQJ)UHGHULFRQ'HF7KRPDV$OOHQ Jr., born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cole, Siren, on Dec. 3; and Lisa Marie, born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Allen, Siren, on Dec. 4.

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Lighting a tree decorated with love Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Those in attendance for the Monday, Dec. 7, Love Light treelighting ceremony applauded when the switch was pulled and red and white lights glowed on the tall tree standing in the center of the Grantsburg Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning center. Grantsburg Schools media specialist Lisa Danielson thanked the group for their support of the project. Danielson said this was the second year the Grantsburg High School Library Club has sponsored the Grantsburg Love Light tree. Community members were given the opportunity to donate money to have a light or ribbon placed on the tree in honor or in memory of loved ones. Paper lights and ribbons with the names of loved ones lined the library walls, corresponding with the real white and red lights on the tree placed in memory of and in honor of those loved ones, respectively. Yellow ribbons were placed in honor of those in the military and green ribbons honored those affected by cancer.

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Carols for Christmas Concert Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Grantsburg Chorale presented a selection of beautiful and festive Christmas music in the Grantsburg High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec.13.

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2%,78$5,(6 Patricia Lou Bender Patricia Lou Bender, 72, of Centuria, Wis., passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Amery, Wis., with her loving family at her side. Patricia was born on Aug. 6, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., the daughter of Elizabeth and Peter Volk. Patricia leaves to celebrate her memory her children, Mike J. Bender, Minneapolis, Minn., Raymond A. Bender, Minneapolis, Leisha Rae (LaYHUQH 0F.HQ]LH&HQWXULDJUDQGFKLOdren, Brant (Jasmina) Bender, Garrett %HQGHU7UHQW0F.HQ]LH6HWK $VKOHH  0F.HQ]LH DQG 5HQDH -HVVH  7XUQHU and her great-grandson, John Raymond Turner; also her siblings, Carlene Colburn, Janice Menge, Linda Morrell, .LUN9RON0DU\3LSHUDQG%RQQLH%XUFKDQGRWKHUORYing family and friends. She was preceded in death by husband, Raymond Bender; and her parents, Elizabeth and Peter Volk. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, DWDPDWWKH.ROVWDG)DPLO\)XQHUDO+RPHLQ&HQWXULD3DVWRU0HO5DXZLOORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWH 3DWULFLD¡VIDPLO\ZLOOJUHHWYLVLWRUVDWWKH.ROVWDG)DPily Funeral Home beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. 7KH .ROVWDG )DPLO\ )XQHUDO +RPH RI &HQWXULD KDV been entrusted with arrangements.

Richard James Handrahan Richard James Handrahan, 75, of Danbury, Wis., passed away Dec. 13, 2015. Services are currently being arranged and a full obituary will appear in an upcoming edition. For updated information please see kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com.

William Allen Ingalls William Ingalls, 81, passed on Dec. 8, 2015, at home after a battle with cancer. William Allen was born to William E. and Alma L. Ingalls on May 19, 1934, in Bricelyn, Minn. He and his family moved to the Webster, Wis., area in 1943. He was raised on a dairy farm on the south side of Devils Lake. He attended the Orange Grade School and graduated from the Webster High School in 1952. In 1954, he entered the Army and served two years and was discharged Jan. 6, 1956. In 1957, he married Judith Rasmussen and to this union two sons were born, John and David. After Judith passed DZD\LQ'HFHPEHU:LOOLDPPDUULHG$GHOLQH.RODQder on June 17, 1966. Adeline had three children, Dean, Dale and Susan. Together William and Adeline raised the Ă&#x20AC;YHFKLOGUHQLQDUXUDO:HEVWHUKRPH William worked on the Great Lakes for a few years. In 1963 he started working for Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and continued there until he retired in 1995. +H HQMR\HG KXQWLQJ Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ JROĂ&#x20AC;QJ JDUGHQLQJ DQG playing cards. He has been a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for 72 years. +HZDVSUHFHGHGLQGHDWKE\KLVSDUHQWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLIHDQG nephew, Daniel Ingalls. Surviving are wife, Adeline, of 49 years; children, John (Tammy) Ingalls, David (Lori) Ingalls; stepchildren, 'HDQ 3DWW\ .RODQGHU'DOH -DPLH .RODQGHUDQG6XVDQ %UDG $QĂ&#x20AC;QVRQJUDQGFKLOGUHQDQGVSRXVHVJUHDW grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Vi) Ingalls and Lowell (Janet) Ingalls; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 11, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Funeral services took place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Jody WalWHURIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ%XULDOZDVDW2UDQJH&HPHWHU\SDOOEHDUers were Bradley Ingalls, Marty Ingalls, Danny Ingalls, Matthew Utgard, John Jacobs, Derek Minnema, Douglas Ingalls and Michael Ingalls. Honorary pallbearers were 1LFN.RODQGHU%RE'RULRWW5RQ3URIĂ&#x20AC;W*HQH3HWHUVRQ Roger Tollander, Steve Sylvester, Terry Wilson and Darrell Peterson. Arrangements were entrusted to SwedbergTaylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at swedberg-taylor.com. Memorials may be sent to Regional Hospice Spooner, Wis.

Gladys V. Halvorsen Gladys V. Halvorsen, 88, formerly of Milltown, Wis., passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at the Osceola Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, on Monday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Gladys will be laid to rest next to her husband, Phillip, at Milltown Cemetery following the service. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.

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Joan P. Gerlach, of Dresser, Wis., died Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Osceola Medical Center at the age of 84. Joan was born Feb. 2, 1931, in the Town of Somerset to Carl and Emily Meinke. She was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset, Wis. She attended Apple River Elementary and graduated from Osceola High School. She worked at West Publishing in St. Paul, commuting by train until 1952. On May 17, 1952, she married Marlin Gerk Gerlach. She worked for over 35 years at Trollhaugen until her retirement as banquet coordinator on Nov. 30, 2011. In her free time she enjoyed bowling, playing 500, Euchre, gardening, sewing, quilting, crocheting, reading and most important was spending time with family and friends. She also volunteered at Osceola Medical Center. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerk; brothers, Howard and Norman â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butch,â&#x20AC;?; sisters, Evelyn and Marilyn; and nephew, Terry. She is survived by her son, John (Sue) Gerlach of St. Croix Falls; daughter, Sue (Rick) Yunker of Dresser; and grandchildren, Ryan, Josh, Megan and Matti. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Trollhaugen Convention Center. The family will greet friends beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a reception following. Interment will be at a later date in Oak *URYH&HPHWHU\LQ)DUPLQJWRQ,QOLHXRIĂ RZHUVPHmorials are suggested to Osceola Medical Center or the Dresser Library. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home, grandstrandfh.com.

Floyd Hansen was born March 22, 1921, in Milltown, Wis., to Hans Sofus and Carrie Lettie Hansen, of Milltown. Floyd passed peacefully at The Frederic Nursing and Rehab Community on Dec. 11, 2015. Floyd spent his life in Milltown on the family farm. He attended Sunny View county school for eight grades. He graduated from Milltown Union High School in 1939. Floyd married Ruth Coen on April 3, 1948. From this union they had four children, son, .HQQHWKDQGGDXJKWHUV-XG\0DULHDQG'HEE\ In 1958 Floyd and his brother, Arlee, bought the George 1HOVRQIDUPDQGEHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW)DUP&RUSRUDWHLQWKH state of Wisconsin. With the purchase of this farm, Floyd and his family moved to this, and Arlee and Floyd combined the milk cows to one location. Floyd lived on this farm until 1975 and then moved to his farm on Hwy. 46. After Floyd retired from milking, he and his wife, Ruth, started to travel. They went to 49 states and seven European countries. Ruth died in 2011. He went to the 50th state, Alaska, in 2012. Floyd enjoy working in his shop where he made different work projects. Floyd was a member of the Danish Brotherhood Society. Floyd was the grand marshal for Milltown Fishermenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party in 2007. In 2006, Floyd won the Harley. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Hans Sofus and Carrie Lettie; his wife, Ruth; brothers, Howard, Richard, Lorry, Irvin and Arlee; sister, Doris; and greatgranddaughter, Ava Hutton. )OR\GLVVXUYLYHGE\KLVFKLOGUHQ.HQQHWK-XG\ 7RP  Bainbridge, Marie (Bryon) Freer and Debby (John) Bartz; six grandchildren, Nina (Mike) Hutton, Allan (Leah) Freer, Ann (Mark) Peterson, Bryan (Angie) Bainbridge, Paul (Jobie) Bainbridge and Jason Hansen; 13 greatJUDQGFKLOGUHQ 0LND\OD &RXUWQH\ .DWLH -RVK (YDQ Madison, Aidan, Linnea, Payden, Lydia, Hadley, Mckenna and Cody. Visitation will be held at the Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10-11 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Milltown Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the church. An online guest book is available at rowefh. com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.

Robert R. Thorsbakken, aka â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob Tâ&#x20AC;? Bob was born at Hillsdale, Wis., Sept. 1, 1935, to Martin and Violet Thorsbakken. Bob was baptized and FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG DW )LUVW /XWKHUDQ &KXUFK in Barron, Wis. He graduated in 1953 from Barron High School. He then continued his education at the University of Madison, graduating in 1957. Bob then joined the National Guard. +HPHWWKHORYHRIKLVOLIH.D\%RUgen, of Dallas, Wis. They were married in 1959. Bob began working for Thorp Finance in New Richmond. An opportunity came up in Frederic, Wis., and Bob began his employment with Farmers State Bank/Bremer Bank. He was called up for the Berlin Crisis and stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state. He returned to Farmers State Bank where he worked for 30 years, many spent as the president of the bank. Bob conWLQXHGKLVHGXFDWLRQLQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHDW+DUYDUG8QLYHUVLW\ Bob retired at 55 from the bank and then went a new direction, opening up his own appraisal business which he ran for the next 15 years. Bob has spent many years enjoying his role on the Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op Board. Bob served on many various boards including church, bank and PBEC, which he enjoyed tremendously. %REDQG.D\ZHUHEOHVVHGZLWKWKUHHGDXJKWHUV&DUmen, Sheri and Julie. They brought him great joy along with the wonderful sons-in-law he loved to be around. Bob loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought a smile to his face. He loved playing jokes on friends and family and had a famous cheer he used when the Packers or Badgers had that win or just for the fun of it. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and 9LROHW7KRUVEDNNHQDQG.D\ÂśVSDUHQWV)UDQFLVDQG/Dnita Borgen; son-in-law, Todd Fisher; and brother-in-law, Rollie Gilbertson. %REOHDYHVWRPRXUQKLVZLIH.D\GDXJKWHUV&DUPHQ Fisher, Sheri Thorsbakken (Ed Peterson), Julie (Brad) JerULFN JUDQGFKLOGUHQ $QGUHZ &KULVWD  0DOHFKD .DFLH $DURQ  .RUWKDOV .HYLQ 5REE 'DYLG -HUULFN .DLWO\Q Jerrick; stepgrandchildren, Eddy (Shelly) Peterson and Grant Fisher; great-grandchildren, Jace, Paislie and &HGDU .RUWKDOV *UD\VRQ 5REE DQG ,VDEHOOH 3HWHUVRQ sister, Rose Gilbertson; brothers, Dale (Ardis) Thorsbakken, Arden (Pat) Thorsbakken; brothers-in-law, Bob (Rochelle) Borgen, John (Cheryl) Borgen, Gary (Bev) Borgen; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends. ,QODWHU\HDUV%REDQG.D\HQMR\HGWKHLUZLQWHUWULSV to Arizona where he loved to hike in the desert and enjoyed making pendants from the special rocks he found. %REZDVDQDYLGRXWGRRUVPDQDQGHQMR\HGĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJDQG hunting along with planting a huge garden each year. He was a jokester and a friend to all that met him. He always had a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. We are blessed to know he knew Jesus and had tremendous faith in God. He was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg, Wis. Visitation will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the funeral on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. The Rev. Emory JohnVRQZLOOEHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ%XULDOZLOOEHDWWKH0DSOH*URYH Cemetery in Frederic. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475.

Michael Francis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Sullivan Michael Francis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Sullivan, age 66, of Siren, Wis., passed away Dec. 7, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Mike was born Sept. 22, 1949, in St. Paul, Minn., to parents Clarence and Genevieve (Unger) Sullivan. Mike grew up in St. Paul and graduated from St. Agnes High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attached to the Marines and served as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War. Mike was united in marriage to Cathy Bannie in 1973. 7KH\ ZHUH EOHVVHG ZLWK WKUHH FKLOGUHQ -DVRQ .ROOHHQ and Michele. During that time they raised their family in Cottage Grove, Minn. Mike and Cathy purchased a cabin in Siren and for years the family and friends enjoyed coming up north. The couple retired to Siren and have made many friends in the community. Mike enjoyed spending time with his wife, their winter vacations to Fort Myers, Fla., sitting outside in the summer with family and friends and enjoying a gin and tonic. Mike had a special relationship with his children. Each one was unique, and all brought joy to him. Mike HQMR\HGJROĂ&#x20AC;QJERZOLQJDQGULGLQJKLV$790LNHDQG &DWK\KDYHĂ&#x20AC;YHJUDQGVRQVDQG0LNHORYHGWKDWWKH\VR much enjoyed coming up to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Grandpaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? WRĂ&#x20AC;VKJRLQJRQSRQWRRQDQG$79ULGHVDQGKDQJLQJRXW with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandpa Mike.â&#x20AC;? Mike will remain in the heart of his wife of 42 years, &DWK\FKLOGUHQ-DVRQ (ULFD .ROOHHQ 0D[ *\JLDQG Michele (Scott) Trautner; grandchildren, Austin, Ryan, /LDP-DFNDQG&DOHEEURWKHU%LOO .DWK\ VLVWHULQODZ Theresa; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, ClarHQFHDQG*HQHYLHYHDQGVLEOLQJV-HUU\-RDQQLH.HQDQG Ron. A celebration of Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Siren United Methodist Church, ST. PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 24025 First Ave., Siren. Visitation will be one hour prior LUTHERAN to service. Private interment CHURCH will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at the University of Thurs., Dec. 24, Minnesota Fairview Hospi9:30 p.m. tal. They treated Mike with such respect, kindness and professionalism. Cty. Rd. B/Hwy. Cremation services en35, Luck, WI trusted to the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell Family Funeral Home of  3 Hudson, Wis., 715-386-3725, oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

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perience whatever emotions arise. Another idea is to scale back this Christmas. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grieving, holiday gatherings can be emotionally drainQ: My mother recently passed away, ing. Observing a few traditions can help and the reality that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrating the family maintain some stability, but the Christmas season without her has help one another be realistic about what been more difficult than I couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve everyone needs and feels up for. Finally, Christmas can create opportuimagined. How can I get through this? nities to bless others in need. Consider Jim: My heart goes out to you. As reaching out to another family or giving youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing, Christmastime and other holidays can amplify the pain that to a charity in your loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. comes with losing a loved one. Our fam- Blessing others can often bring joy even ily is grieving with you, having just lost in the midst of grief. When your heart is aching, life can feel a mother and grandmother of our own SUHWW\GDUN)RUDQ\RQHZKRĂ&#x20AC;QGVKLPfour months ago. For those of us struggling with heartache, here are some self or herself in a hard, painful place this thoughts for getting through this holiday Christmas, I invite you to call one of our counselors at 855-771-4357. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be season a bit easier. First, allow yourself to be comfortable privileged to offer you a compassionate, with the idea that emotions will run high listening ear or an encouraging word. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ this Christmas. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy and perfectly Q: Should my husband and I spend acceptable for a family to cry together, HYHQ RQ &KULVWPDV ,QVWHDG RI VWXIĂ&#x20AC;QJ Christmas morning together with the your grief or pretending everything is kids at his parents house, even though Ă&#x20AC;QHLW¡VXVXDOO\KHOSIXOWRDFNQRZOHGJH weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been separated for four months? Although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see my girls open your pain. %XWLW¡VDOVRLPSRUWDQWWREH2.ZLWK their presents, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid this will send celebrating the holiday. Some people them mixed messages about the marimay struggle with guilt if happiness or tal problems they know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experilaughter pops up in the midst of their encing. What do you think is the right grief. Give yourselves permission to ex- choice for my children?

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these circumstances, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very real danger that the celebration your spouse is planning could come across as a bit of insincere play-acting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a phony attempt to assume an appearance of normality. This could prove extremely confusing for the kids. Jim Daly Whatever the situation, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d strongly Greg Smalley, vice president, Fam- encourage you to give our licensed counily Ministries: A great deal depends on selors a call at 855-771-4357. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FFLUFXPVWDQFHVDQGWKHJRDOVDQG privileged to hear more of your story intentions with respect to the future of and offer some helpful direction. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ your marriage. -LP'DO\LVDKXVEDQGDQGIDWKHUDQDXFor instance: Are you actively working on your relationship during this separa- WKRUSUHVLGHQWRI)RFXVRQWKH)DPLO\DQG tion? Have you been seeing a counselor KRVWRIWKH´)RFXVRQWKH)DPLO\ÂľUDGLRSURand taking steps to resolve your differ- JUDP&DWFKXSZLWKKLPDWMLPGDO\EORJFRP ences? Are you trying to put the marriage RU DW IDFHERRNFRP'DO\)RFXV &RS\ULJKW back together? If so, it would probably )RFXVRQWKH)DPLO\&RORUDGR6SULQJV be a good idea to maintain your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s &2,QWHUQDWLRQDOFRS\ULJKWVHFXUHG holiday traditions and keep the celebra- $OOULJKWVUHVHUYHG'LVWULEXWHGE\8QLYHUVDO tion of Christmas as normal as possible. 8FOLFN:DOQXW6W.DQVDV&LW\02 Far from sending mixed messages to 7KLVIHDWXUHPD\QRW your children, this will demonstrate EHUHSURGXFHGRUGLVWULEXWHGHOHFWURQLFDOO\LQ unity and solidarity, showing them that SULQWRURWKHUZLVHZLWKRXWZULWWHQSHUPLVyouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working together to weather the VLRQRI)RFXVRQWKH)DPLO\ storm and giving them hope that the family is going to remain intact. Brought to you by: If, on the other hand, you see little hope for reconciliation at this point, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d advise you to think twice about acceptWebster ing your husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitation. Under

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DECEMBER

NOW THRU MONDAY/JANĆ Ĺ&#x2013; Siren â&#x20AC;˘ The Big Bundle Up winter items drop-off at the Lodge, visitsiren.com.

THURSĆ Ć&#x201A;SATĆ &SUNĆ / Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2122;Ć&#x201A;Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;&Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019; St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Thurs. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2122;

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Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at Luck Lutheran Church, 1-7 p.m., redcrossblood.org.

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x2122; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 6:30-8 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Lions & Lioness food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-866-8151.

Amery

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x161;

â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake

Balsam Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244, 715-825-5357.

â&#x20AC;˘ Unity Middle School program, 7 p.m., unity.k12.wi.us.

Dresser

Falun

â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 6:30-8 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic

Grantsburg

â&#x20AC;˘ Head injury support group at the library, 2 p.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ Elementary grades Christmas program at the high school, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., gk12.net.

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x203A;&Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2019;

Siren

Webster

â&#x20AC;˘ K thru 5th-grade winter program at the school, 2 p.m., siren.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett County Family Resource Center Christmas party at the senior center, 5 p.m. RSVP at 715-349-2922.

â&#x20AC;˘ Snowmobiling/ATV Safety Class DWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHKDOOSUHUHJister to areed010@gmail.com.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x203A;

Webster

Amery

â&#x20AC;˘ Second Harvest food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-866-8151.

â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x161;

Grantsburg

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Unity 3rd-grade program, 2:30 p.m., unity.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ 3RON&RXQW\+HDOWK'HSWĂ XFOLQLF1-4 p.m., 715-4858500, polkcountyhealthdept.org.

Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd-grade winter concert at the elementary school, 1 p.m., scf.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ 4th-grade winter concert at the elementary school, 2 p.m., scf.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ Reel to Real/POV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homegoingsâ&#x20AC;? showing at the library, 10 a.m., 715-483-1777.

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;&Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019; Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday Indulgence Christmas concert/dinner at the high school. RSVP. Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., 715-4635165, ext. 202.

â&#x20AC;˘ Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739.

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Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday bazaar & lunch at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ High school holiday concert at the school, 7 p.m., 715472-2152, lucksd.k12.

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2022; Balsam Lake

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;

â&#x20AC;˘ Unity 4K program at the school, 9 a.m., unity.k12.wi.us.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Santa & sleigh rides at Larsen Auto, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Amish haystack dinner & bake sale at Hackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 47 p.m.

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Pictures with Santa & games at the village hall, 13 p.m.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas Bird Count. Call 715-463-2365 to register, gaylordnelsonaudubon.org.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Solstice Chase 2015 fat bike race at Big Rock Creek Retreat, cyclova.com.

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019;

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2013; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2014;

Luck

Falun

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022;

â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the high school, 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m., redcrossblood.org.

Danbury

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2013;

â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.

Lewis

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Baldwin

â&#x20AC;˘ Gospel music at Lewis Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x2022;

â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., stcroixbeekeepers.org.

Dresser

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2DC;&Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2122;

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x2013;

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky at Festival Theatre, 10-11 a.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

â&#x20AC;˘ Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m.

Siren

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x201C;

Luck

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Grantsburg

Balsam Lake

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ American Legion Post 185 meeting, 7 p.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 6:30-8 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x161;

â&#x20AC;˘ Premiere screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in Time,â&#x20AC;? by Jahnna Lee Randall, at Unity Middle School, 7:15 p.m.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201C;

St. Croix Falls

Osceola

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201C;

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697.

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downton Abbeyâ&#x20AC;? premiere party at the library, 710 p.m.

Amery

â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir at Osceola Community Church, 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Merry X-Moose party at the Moose Lodge, 1-3 p.m.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5376.

â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas dinner at the community center, 11:30 a.m. social, noon dinner. RSVP at 715-268-6605.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2DC;

â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas Bird Count. Call 715-501-0527 to register, gaylordnelsonaudubon.org. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Noel Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? Christmas cantata at Luck Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m., 715-472-2605.

JANUARY

Lewis â&#x20AC;˘ VFW Post 10232 meeting at the hall, 11 a.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve party at 10:30 a.m. at the library, 715463-2244.

Clear Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715-263-2739.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x2014; Clam Falls

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2014; Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.

Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ *UDGXDWH6FKRODUVKLSODVDJQDIXQGUDLVHU UDIĂ H at the school, 5-7 p.m., lucksd.k12.wi.us.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x2DC; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Early-stage Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group at the community center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.

Frederic

Clam Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Caring for the Caregiver support group meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., 715-755-2515.

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.

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Christmas/Advent Church Services %$/6$0/$.(²(DVW%DOVDP%DSWLVW Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The church LVORFDWHGĂ&#x20AC;YHPLOHVHDVWRI%DOVDP/DNH on CTH I. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ DANBURY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yellow Lake Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ DRESSER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Christmas program will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church,

Sand Lake, on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m. On Thursday, Dec. 24, a contemporary Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. and a traditional service will be held at 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ FALUN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Baptist Church Christmas Eve service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crosswalk Community Church will be having a candlelight ser-

vice on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ /8&. ² %RQH /DNH /XWKHUDQ &KXUFK will hold Christmas Eve services at 4 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Thursday, Dec. 24, at 9:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Siren Covenant Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service

at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taylors Falls 1861 United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas candlelight service on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. The River Valley Brass will play prior to the service at 6:30 p.m. The St. Croix Falls United Methodist bell choir will also play for the service. VXEPLWWHG

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