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Baby, teens saved from watery wreck Danielle Danford | Staff writer APPLE RIVER - A baby boy, a 19-yearold woman and 16-year-old girl were saved from their vehicle after it crashed and overturned in the Apple River on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The accident happened on CTH H when Nycole Stream, 19, of Amery, lost control of the 2001 Toyota Tundra she was driving northbound near the Apple River, in the Town of Apple River. The vehicle, also carrying 5-month-old Ayidden Stream and 16-year-old Krystyna Walenczak, left the road at a steep embankment and entered the river, breaking through a thin layer of ice. Passersby Terry and Pamela Blegen, Balsam Lake, saw the accident and found WKH SLFNXS Ă RDWLQJ XSVLGH GRZQ LQ WKH river. Terry attempted to free the people trapped inside as Pamela called 911. While Pamela was on the phone with 911, the truck began to sink deeper into the water but it revealed that the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side passenger window had been broken out during the crash. At this time another passerby, Thomas Cole, St. Croix Falls, and Shawn Spafford, Amery, came onto the accident scene. Together they joined Terry Blegen in the water and were able to rescue the 19-year-

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St. Paul, Minn. According to Stream, her son is OK and now at home. No serious injuries were suffered by anyone in the vehicle. Assisting the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department at the scene were the Apple River Fire Department, Apple River First Responders and Amery Ambulance Service.

Gary King | Editor FREDERIC - Dr. Andrew Mayo announced this week that St. Croix Hospice will be soon establishing a full-time RIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQWKHEXLOGLQJIRUPHUO\RFFXSLHG by the St. Croix Regional Medical Center clinic. ,WZLOOEHWKHWKRIĂ&#x20AC;FHHVWDEOLVKHGLQ Wisconsin by St. Croix Hospice, which also has 8 locations in Minnesota and others in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. The business is not affiliated with SCRMC, said Mayo, who served the community as a physician with SCRMC for 17 years and is now the chief medical RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUIRU6W&URL[+RVSLFH Mayo purchased the building from the village of Frederic approximately 15 y ears ago. The village operated a municipal-owned nursing home at the location for years. The building was vacated this past year when SCRMC built a new clinic in downtown Frederic. 0D\RVDLGĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJWKHYDFDQF\ZLWKDQother medical-related business is a good Ă&#x20AC;W â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always viewed the building as sort of a medical service type of building and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud to bring hospice to this community and to serve pretty much all of northwest Wisconsin,â&#x20AC;? Mayo said. St. Croix Hospice has been providing services to the area for the past few \HDUVDQGWKLVQHZORFDWLRQ´VROLGLĂ&#x20AC;HVÂľ its presence in the area, he added. St. Croix Hospice offers services that allow patients to live to their fullest in the time they have left, Mayo said, and offers not only basic hospice care but chaplain services, music and massage therapy and more. Most of its employees will be local residents. An open house is planned within the next month or so, pending state approval. More information about St. Croix Hospice can be obtained by visiting stcroixhospice.com on the Web.

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Village nominating caucuses in early January Citizens will chose candidates for the April 5 ballot Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Most local villages and a few towns will hold nominating caucuses in January to decide who will the candidates on the April 5, 2016 election ballot. Villages elect three of the six trustees on the village council. The Towns of Alden, Clayton and St. Croix Falls will elect two supervisors. Villages and cities not listed use

nominating papers in December to select candidates. That nominating period ends Tuesday, Jan. 5. Listed are the dates of the caucuses and WKH QDPHV RI WKH SUHVHQW YLOODJH RIĂ&#x20AC;FH holders whose seats are up in April. Caucuses are usually held in the evening or on Saturday (only Siren holds a weekday daytime caucus). &DOO\RXUWRZQFOHUNRUYLOODJHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHIRU time and location.

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Grantsburg- Jan. 11 - Trustees Gregory Peer, Rayna Surdey and Scott DeRocker.

Siren â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 7 (daytime caucus) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees David Doty Sr., Phyllis Kopecky and Rudolf Mothes. Webster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Kelsey Gustafson, Sarah Casady and Greg Widiker.

Frederic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Brad Harlander, Terry Siebenthal and Greg Heine. Luck â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Ross Anderson, Alan Tomlinson and Rebecca Rowe. Milltown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Larry Kuske, Joe Castellano and Les Sloper.

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Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Caroline Rediske, Glen Jones and Jeff Reed. Centuria â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Eugene Ludack, Tom Boettcher and Kevin Kamish. Clayton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Doug Anderson, Jonathan Bartz and Scott Donath.

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Alden Jan. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Barry Ausen and Gary Dado. Clayton Jan. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Roger Olson and Tom Nonemacher. St. Croix Falls Jan. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gary Koecher and Frank Behning.

A citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to nominating caucuses Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES - Residents in most villages and three towns will soon get to decide who will run for their boards in the April election. Candidates for half of the six trustee seats on each village council will be nominated by caucuses during January. In addition, WKHWRZQVZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YHPHPEHUERDUGVZLOO Ă&#x20AC;OOQRPLQDWHFDQGLGDWHVIRUWZRVXSHUYLsor seats. (See other stories for the caucus date for the villages and towns.) Caucuses are grassroots democracy. Every voter living in a village or town can take part in the caucus, but many caucuses have a low turnout. In some cases, less than a full slate of candidates

is nominated. Caucuses must be held between the Ă&#x20AC;UVWDQGODVW7XHVGD\LQ-DQXDU\,Q caucuses may be held from Jan. 5 through Jan. 26. Citizens gather at a designated time, choose a chairperson for the meeting, and nominate people to be placed on the April ballot. Villages have six trustees who serve a two-year term, so half the trustees are elected each year. The Towns of Alden, Clayton and St. &URL[ )DOOV LQ 3RON &RXQW\ KDYH Ă&#x20AC;YH member boards and elect two supervisors in 2016. They will also serve two-year terms. Nominations take place in two ways. A

common method is to use paper ballots to place a name in nomination. An alternate method is spoken nominations. Nominees present can remove their names from consideration. A person does not need to be present to be nominated. Two candidates can be nominated for each position. If the nomination process produces the number of candidates allowed for the ballot, for example six names for three trustee seats, a motion can be made to acFHSWWKHQRPLQDWLRQOLVWDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOOLVW When more than the maximum number of candidates are nominated, a vote is held to narrow the list to the allowed number. In villages, three seats are open, so

six candidates can be nominated by the caucus. If more than six people are nominated, a ballot is taken. Each person present votes for three nominees, and the six people with the most votes win a place on the April 1 spring election ballot. People do not need to be present to be nominated, but all nominees must accept WKHQRPLQDWLRQZLWKLQĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\VRIQRWLĂ&#x20AC;cation of the caucus results. If a candidate declines the nomination, the ballot spot remains empty. Cities and some villages use nomination papers to select candidates. CandiGDWHVLQWKRVHSODFHVKDYHEHHQĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJIRU RIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ'HFHPEHU$OLVWRIWKRVHQRPLnees will be reported in early January.


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Trial date set in highway hit-and-run

Star Prairie woman faces two felonies and a misdemeanor charge

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A tentative trial date has been set for a 22-year-old Star Prairie woman who is facing two felony charges and a misdemeanor from an alleged hitand-run that occurred after the woman is accused of not stopping after she struck a pedestrian with her car on Aug. 8 while traveling at highway speeds south of Osceola. Katrina Willey, 22, has pleaded not guilty to the three charges after she was bound over for trial on Aug. 13 in Polk County Circuit Court. She has been free on a $500 cash bond since shortly after she was arrested and subsequently charged with felony hit-and-run - causing injury; felony reckless driving - causing great bodily harm, as well as a misdemeanor charge of obstruction after she allegedly drove into and struck a man who was walking along Hwy. 35 near 55th Street, south of Osceola, on a Saturday evening in early August. The strike was apparently at highway speeds and sent the man to the hospital with multiple broken bones, lacerations and cervical spine injuries. During several subsequent hearings,

Willey and her attorney, Bruce P. Anderson, have been unable to reach a plea agreement with county prosecutors, and while a plea to avoid a trial is still possible, the parties had a hearing .DWULQD:LOOH\ before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Friday, Dec 18, where they set a tentative trial date of April 21. The victim of the hit-and-run continues to recover from injuries suffered in the incident, but his identity will not be revealed by the Leader, unless he approves.

%DFNJURXQG According to the probable cause report Ă&#x20AC;OHGE\WKH3RON&RXQW\6KHULII¡V'HSDUWment, the incident occurred just after 10 p.m. on Aug. 8, after two men were walking on the shoulder along Hwy. 35, south of Osceola near 55th Street, and one was struck by a passing car. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two people were walking along the highway, when the car passed, it struck the one man so hard it knocked him into the other man and into the ditch,â&#x20AC;? Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department Capt. Steve Smith said.

Smith said the injuries to the one man were immediately obvious to the other pedestrian, who was uninjured and called 911 immediately. The driver did not stop and continued on down the road to the south, andthe witness had little information, due to darkness and being pushed into the ditch. However, the impact was powerful enough that it left auto parts on the scene, including a broken passenger-side car mirror. Quick research by a PCSD deputy showed the mirror was originally from a late-model Chevrolet Lumina or Equinox. A short time later, a man called police to say his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car had been struck while parked at the Osceola Medical Center. $ SROLFH RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU IURP 2VFHROD ZHQW WR the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in Star Prairie to see if the car had really been struck or if it was the suspected vehicle from the hit-andrun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They found the car was consistent with parts found on the scene (of the hit-and-run),â&#x20AC;? Smith said shortly after the incident, noting that it was indeed a Chevrolet Equinox. He said they not only found damage consistent with the strike, but also found blood on the headlight assembly, and said the parts found on the scene were also consistent with the strike. The missing mirror was also a match. Once confronted, Willey had â&#x20AC;&#x153;varying accounts of the events ... and went back

on her story,â&#x20AC;? PCSD Sgt. Dale Hall said at the preliminary hearing, held a few days after Willeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest. Hall said Willey later admitted that she had struck â&#x20AC;&#x153;something,â&#x20AC;? and had not been struck in the parking lot. She also FODULĂ&#x20AC;HGZK\VKHOHIWWKHVFHQH â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said she thought she had hit a parked car,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. After police confronted her on the details, Willey was placed under arrest for hit-and-run and for obstruction. She was also charged with the felony reckless driving charge. During the preliminary hearing, Willeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense attorney did try to clarify whether the two men had been walking on the highway shoulder or on the roadway itself, in the dark. +DOOFODULĂ&#x20AC;HGWKDWLWGLGQRWVHHPOLNH the driver had swerved off the road to strike the pedestrians, possibly raising questions on the reckless driving aspect of the charges. Police have not suggested, nor have they found any signs of Willey being inWR[LFDWHG RU XQGHU WKH LQĂ XHQFH DW WKH time of the incident, and she did submit to evidentiary breath and blood tests shortly after being arrested. Look to the Leader for continuing coverage of future court proceedings.

Siren School Board committees busy Becky Strabel | Staff Writer SIREN - The regular monthly school board meeting was short and sweet but did have some meat on its plate. Six different policies were on the agenda with DGPLQLVWUDWLYHUHSRUWVWKDWĂ&#x20AC;OOHGWKHEHWter part of the hour-long meeting held in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boardroom on Monday, Dec. 21. All but one of the policies were read IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPH7KH6SHFLDO(GXFDWLRQ Open Enrollment Policy No. 808 needed revision to mirror current state policies. Districts cannot refuse the enrollment of a special education student based on the cost to the district. The Sick Leave Bank Policy No. 608 was drafted by district Administrator Dr. Kevin Shetler and will go to the policy committee for additional ZRUNEHIRUHEHLQJRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\SUHVHQWHGWR the full board. First readings were approved on the following policies: School District Volunteer Policy No. 904, Distribution of Nonschool Materials Policy 1R LHĂ \HUVQRWHVVHQWKRPHHWF  District Use of Social Media Policy No. 553 and Procedures for Reporting Sexual Harassment Policy No. 105.2 Administrative reports included updates on state-level legislation from Shet-

ler. Carrie Herman, elementary principal, told about the collaborative efforts of the veggie-of-the-month education series. Julie Yezek, the nutrition educator from WKH8:%XUQHWW&RXQW\([WHQVLRQ2IĂ&#x20AC;FH will present a new veggie to students in the elementary to try. Fourwinds Market will then have the vegetable in-stock and on sale through the month to encourage families to try it at home. High school Principal Jason Hinze was happy to report that Brad Morris, high school science teacher, applied for and received a Wisconsin Environmental Education Board grant in the amount of $5,000 for the school forest management programming that is being developed. Hinze also told the board about the minisessions that are occurring before the Christmas break. A few of them include a community service component. Special education teacher Jill Anderson highOLJKWHGKHUFODVVZKHUHQRVHZĂ HHFHWLH blankets are being made. The class recognizes that there is a need for many of the younger students to have a warm blanket. Over 20 names were randomly selected from participants of the weekend backpack program and blankets will be sent home over the extended break. Anderson

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was able to purchase the material needed for less than $3 a blanket. The special education director, Denise Johnston, reported that the 11th-grade special education students applied and received approval for accommodations during their ACT testing. Johnston also contacted area universities regarding the vacancy of the teacher position that has been open. She is hoping to attract new graduates and have a larger pool of applicants. Eleven youths attended the Trails Conference in Hertel according to the Native American Home/School coordinator, Tara Voss. The attendees were excited to hear Native American hip-hop artist and MC Tall Paul, Paul Wenell Jr. Wenellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motivational address was relatable yet inspirational. The conference included a college fair that showcased supports that are available to the Native American population. The board accepted donations from Fishbowl Insurance Agency. The company owned by Siren alumni donated a bulletin board for use in the commons and several three-ring binders. State 5HS$GDP-DUFKRZ¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHGRQDWHGVHYeral Blue Books which were distributed

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2WKHUEXVLQHVV Other business included renewal of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liability insurance at a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good rate.â&#x20AC;? Peggy Moore, board president, noted that they do receive a dividend from the company and it was approximately 30 percent of the premium in the SDVW7KHUHVWLOOQHHGVWREHVRPHFODULĂ&#x20AC;FDtion made in the contract with Siren Bus Service that is being revised for the 201617 school year. During the open session that reconvened following closed session, Jill Anderson and Nicole Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jock were hired as co-advisers for the high school dance team, and the volunteer coaches list was approved by the board. Januaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting schedule: Policy, planning, and curriculum will meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m. On WednesGD\ -DQ  EXGJHW DQG Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH DW  p.m.; building and grounds, 6:15 p.m.; followed by personnel and negotiations at 7:15 p.m. The regular school board meeting will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.

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Christmas evening DUI ends in the ditch

Driver also faces felony meth possession and bail jumping

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A local woman is facing a felony charge of methamphetamine possession, as well as felony bail jumping, on top of a charge of operating while intoxicated after Christmas evening partying led to her driving into the ditch north of St. Croix Falls.

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Tammy R. Wells, 39, St. Croix Falls, was found walking on the roadway after she had apparently driven her car into the ditch early on Saturday morning, Dec. 26. The deputy who stopped her immediately no-

ticed the odor of intoxicants, and Wells admitted she had been drinking, leading WRDFKDUJHRI'8,Ă&#x20AC;UVWDQGDFLWDWLRQIRU failure to keep control of her vehicle. However, as Wells was taken into custody at the Polk County Jail, she became increasingly agitated with staff, and as jailers searched her purse, they found what turned out to be methamphetamine and paraphernalia, as well as several narcotics which were not registered in her name. Wells currently has an open felony case

IURP FKDUJHV Ă&#x20AC;OHG LQ 0DUFK ZKHUH VKH was charged with possession of meth and paraphernalia. She was supposed to have a hearing on that pending case two days after her arrest. Under her previous bond, she was released on a $2,500 bond, with conditions of not using alcohol or drugs, which brought the bond jumping charge. Wells has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday, Jan. 7, before Judge Jeffery Anderson, where he will decide if enough evidence exists to move her case ahead to trial.

Taylors Falls pursues unique grant

outbuildings and garages in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic districts. Under the changes, the HPC guideline manual will offer alternative design ideas and options for owners of homes in the affected areas, and allows for outbuildings Greg Marsten | Staff writer WKDWUHĂ HFWHLWKHUWKHHUDRUFRPSOLPHQW the historic structureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original design, TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Taylors showing several examples. Falls City Council moved to seek up to â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are just recommendations,â&#x20AC;? $200,000 in special transportation grant Buchite stressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monies, requiring the city to spend up to possible (to have a new garage or out$40,000 as their matching of a grant from building) in a historic district.â&#x20AC;? the Minnesota Department of Transportaâ&#x20AC;˘ The council delayed any action on a tion, meant to address a variety of unique, proposal by the Festival Theatre Compedestrian-related upgrades. pany to rent the community center/ The plan emerged at the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regudepot for a two-month period of 2016 for lar council meeting on Monday, Dec. 28, the production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clue: The Musical,â&#x20AC;? as and included details from the city zoning they are without a permanent home for administrator/coordinator, Adam Berkthe next year-plus, due to Civic Auditolund, who has been attending a series of meetings with the East Regional Devel0HPEHUVRIWKH7D\ORUV)DOOV&LW\&RXQFLOVSHQWSDUWRIWKHLU0RQGD\'HFUHJXODUPHHWLQJ rium rehabilitation in St. Croix Falls. However, there were concerns about opment Commission to determine proj- UHYLHZLQJVHYHUDOSRVVLEOHSURMHFWRSWLRQVWRSXUVXHXQGHUDWUDQVSRUWDWLRQJUDQWWKDWPLJKWDOORZ ects that might qualify for grants under IRUVHYHUDOGUDPDWLFFLW\XSJUDGHVLIDSSURYHG3LFWXUHG /WR5 &RXQFLOPHPEHU5RVV5LYDUG possibly limiting alternative rentals for weddings or other events, as well as posthe agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Alternatives 0D\RU0LNH%XFKLWHDQGFRXQFLOPHPEHU-RKQ7DQJHQ3KRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ GVF  sibly losing the current semi-regular tenProgram. The rehabilitation would be for vintage death at the last council meeting,â&#x20AC;? Buchite ants, such as the Log Jammers Monday The grants require a 20-percent local match, with an overall $200,000 limit, tin ceilings and not vinyl reproductions, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had zero comments or musical events, cloggers and yoga classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smack dab in the middle of wedclarifying that if accepted, the city may be totaling approximately $9,000 in materials input from the public.â&#x20AC;? Buchite said the city tax rates have been ding season,â&#x20AC;? Berklund noted. on the hook for up to a $40,000 matching and another $18,000 in labor, meaning apâ&#x20AC;&#x153;slowly sliding downâ&#x20AC;? over the last 13 7KHGHWDLOVZLOOEHFODULĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWKHFRPobligation. The grant cycle has a Jan. 8, proximately a $5,400 city match. Also considered was a proposal to in- years, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in spite of doing more and more ing weeks, so they can make a more in2016, deadline for application. formed decision at their next council Berklund relayed possible projects stall a rest room or rest rooms at Heri- projects.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ The council approved paying up to meeting. that included a retaining wall and new tage Park, which Berklund said they had ´,IWKH\FRXOGEHDOLWWOHPRUHĂ H[LEOH sidewalk between West Government already discussed in the past, and had $1,200 for playground equipment repair Street and the Chisago House restaurant rough estimates of over $29,000. They at the Tot Lot playground at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maybe we could revisit this,â&#x20AC;? council member Mary Jo Murphy said. downtown, beside the parking lot. The have estimates of approximately $41,000 Pumphouse Playground on West Street. Some of the play seats have started to Berklund said they had at least half a sidewalk would be 166 feet long, with an total for a single unisex bathroom, which fall apart, due to heavy usage. They are dozen wedding receptions over the same 8-foot-tall retaining wall and a railing, to- would be handicapped accessible. The council was in agreement that it out of warranty, but as council member period in 2015, and they would be paying taling approximately $25,000, with $5,000 would take the park to a higher level, /DUU\-XOLN+HLQHQRWHGWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UPWKDW the higher rate, since the Festival Theatre as a city match. Another proposal was for several and even suggested that it might be bet- EXLOWWKHHTXLSPHQWWKHFLW\ZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW &RPSDQ\LVDQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQDQG crosswalk improvements at Bench Street, ter to seek separate menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to step up and purchase the tot-based would rent at the rate of $50/day. â&#x20AC;˘ Buchite noted the swirl of activity surincluding Walk and Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Walk lights, rest rooms, instead of the Hwy. 8 railing playground equipment back in 2009, and thus was hoping for special consideration rounding solar-power farms or gardens V\QFHG WR WKH WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F VHPDSKRUH OLJKWV proposal. Buchite noted that the two-rest-room on replacement. in Chisago County, which the city has Also mentioned was the possibility of The equipment was originally pur- agreed to support. He said the proposals new railings at the Hwy. 8 overlook pull- proposal might push the city toward the off area, where the more than 330 feet of $200,000 grant maximum, but Berklund chased from the Xccent Company of Wy- are for approximately 1,000 acres of solar oming, and they agreed to give them the farming in Chisago County alone, which split-rail fencing will need replacement, said they would be able to reapply later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heritage Park is always busy,â&#x20AC;? Buchite replacements at half price. is more than the rest of the state of Minbut that idea was met with trepidation by noted with his support. â&#x20AC;˘ The council approved a change to the nesota combined. the council. The council was unanimous in their de- Taylors Falls Historic Preservation Comâ&#x20AC;&#x153;There are several steps to go still,â&#x20AC;? Buâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real good way to spend the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money,â&#x20AC;? stated council cision to pursue the grant, save the rail- mission bylaws, changing the wording of chite said. Berklund said the city has already remember Ross Rivard, who had agreement ings, with a maximum of $200,000 total for member requirements, which require a from council members Mary Jo Murphy all the projects, meaning the city would be business owner and a member from the ceived applications for two solar-array Chisago County Historical Society, as gardens, each just under 30 acres. Those and John Tangen, who hoped to work responsible for up to $40,000 total. The council also approved two resolu- well as demonstrated interest in a vari- proposals are undergoing legal comments out a deal with the state to better address tions that would guarantee the city would ety of areas, ranging from architecture to and county approval, as well as applicalong-term maintenance for the railings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe we could do the railings later,â&#x20AC;? pay for their share, as well as another res- archaeology, real estate, planning, law or tion to Xcel Energy before a site contract olution agreeing to maintain the proposed many other areas. is drafted. Mayor Mike Buchite suggested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s becoming harder to cover all the The two proposals could go before the Other possible projects included re- projects, should they be approved, which placement of the ceiling in the historic will include rest-room maintenance and bases,â&#x20AC;? council member John Tangen full council as early as February. There is another proposed solar garden Taylors Falls Memorial Community Cen- upkeep, as it will be a holding tank rest noted. The change was simply to have word- just outside the city limits in Shafer Townter which Berklund said would qualify for room, too far away from city plumbing. ing requirements go from â&#x20AC;&#x153;shallâ&#x20AC;? to ship, as well. upgrades, as part of the qualifying criteria â&#x20AC;&#x153;should,â&#x20AC;? opening the door to new memâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe we can start to call this Sunny of the grant is to historic preservation and ,QRWKHUFLW\FRXQFLODFWLRQ â&#x20AC;˘ The council unanimously approved bers who may not have met the require- Valley!â&#x20AC;? Murphy joked. rehabilitation of historic transportation the 2016 budget, totaling $625,417. The ments prior. facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like a reasonable request,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since it was formerly a (railroad ) Ă&#x20AC;QDO QXPEHU LV GRZQ VOLJKWO\ DSSUR[Ldepot, it would qualify,â&#x20AC;? Berklund said. PDWHO\  OHVV WKDQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO  Buchite said. â&#x20AC;˘ The council also approved a sweepâ&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking into replacing budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We beat it (the proposed budget) to ing change to the HPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidelines for the ceiling.â&#x20AC;?

Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DUI over four times legal limit

Registers blood alcohol level at .344 percent

22, when a caller noted an erratic driver leaving a St. Croix Falls tavern. Greg Marsten | Staff writer A PCSD depBALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; According to a probuty found the car DEOHFDXVHUHSRUWĂ&#x20AC;OHGE\WKH3RON&RXQW\ in Balsam Lake Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, a woman arrested a few minutes for suspected driving while intoxicated later, as the driver had a blood alcohol level of .344 percent, pulled into the over four times the legal limit of .08-perparking lot of ancent blood alcohol content. $QJHOD&DPSHDX other tavern. She The incident that led to the arrest of had pulled up to Angela Campeau, 37, Balsam Lake, occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. the front door and parked in the middle

of the lot. As the deputy approached the woman, she seemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;very confusedâ&#x20AC;? and unable WRRSHUDWHKHUYHKLFOHDQGKDGGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\ putting the vehicle in park. Her eyes were bloodshot, glassy and she smelled of intoxicants and had slurred speech. She could not recite the alphabet or pass Ă&#x20AC;HOGVREULHW\WHVWVOHWDORQHGULYHKHUFDU She registered a BAC of .344, which is considered highly impaired. She was taken to a local medical center, due to that high alcohol level, before she was cleared to be taken into custody at the Polk County Jail. Records indicate that Campeau has a

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Giving gifts of kindness Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nell Polzineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade classroom looked much like the other Grantsburg Elementary classrooms do in December, with one noticeable exception. Along with the colorfully adorned tree shining brightly in one corner and festive decorations made by the class hanging about the room, prominently displayed on a bulletin board was a tree made out of paper-covered drinking cups. Above the tree were the words, The Giving Tree. The paper covering some of the cups had been punched out, with those still intact showing a number. Pointing to the cups making up the giving tree, one of Polzineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students, Piper Olson, happily explained the numbers were a countdown of the days leading up to Christmas. Each morning Polzine and her students punched out the paper covering the cup with that dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s date, revealing a note with a random act of kindness for the class to perform. Students Micah Sagle and Stephanie Kanke said it was exciting to open each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup to see what kindness the class would be doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One day the note said we should put candy canes on all the staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cars,â&#x20AC;? giggled Sagle.

eager to receive their gifts at Christmastime, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to watch the ripple effect in their thinking as you hear them talking about the smile they saw when someone read the joke they shared in the hallway.â&#x20AC;?

,QVSLUDWLRQIRU3RO]LQHVJLYLQJSURMHFWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started teaching seven years ago and, as the holiday season approached, I began to think about the traditional classmate gift exchange and wanted to come up with an alternative. I knew students love to give gifts, as well as get them, but in our community an extra $5 gift per child in school can be a stretch in a season that can already be a burden for many, and sometimes the gift exchange just capitalizes on the less fortunate,â&#x20AC;? recalled Polzine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I would propose the option of donating to others who need help over the season versus adding a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tinkertoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes,â&#x20AC;? said Polzine, who since each year presents the option of donating to the local food shelf over a classmate gift exchange and then lets the class vote.

6WXGHQWVRSWIRUJLYLQJUDWKHUWKDQJHWWLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now for second-graders, it is a big deal to give up the gift that they would be getting, but I have had every class vote to donate. This is not to say my presentation of the options arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bit biased,â&#x20AC;? added Polzine with a smile. ,QVSLUDWLRQIRUWKHJLYLQJWUHHSURMHFW Polzine said after the students voted to donate to the The idea for this variation of an Advent calendar was food shelf instead of giving each other gifts, the real 6WDQGLQJE\WKHJLYLQJWUHHRQHRI3RO]LQHVVWXGHQWV3LSHU work begins. a more recent addition to several giving-instead-of-get2OVRQKDSSLO\H[SODLQVWKHQXPEHUVRQWKHSDSHUFRYHUHGFXSV ting Christmas projects Polzineâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s students have been inâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents are encouraged to take their child shopping DUHDFRXQWGRZQWRWKHGD\VOHDGLQJXSWR&KULVWPDV3KRWR] with the $5 they would have spent on a gift and see how volved in throughout December. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Giving Tree project came about when I was try- E\3ULVFLOOD%DXHU much food they can buy for that amount,â&#x20AC;? explained PolLQJ WR Ă&#x20AC;JXUH RXW D IXQ $GYHQW FDOHQGDU LGHD IRU P\ zine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students also invited the school to help with daughter,â&#x20AC;? said Polzine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came across the idea on Pin- then re-created on posters to hang in the hallway, to as their donations and the other grades are always willing terest of using cups attached to foam board and then generous as the gift of warmth by making a tie blanket to to chip in with a few donations here and there.â&#x20AC;? Ă&#x20AC;OOLQJWKHPZLWKOLWWOHJLIWVIRU\RXUFKLOGWRRSHQHDFK donate for those who need one, four of which we made day. I used that concept and changed it into the giving and donated to the local hospital.â&#x20AC;? %HVWSDUWRIJLYLQJJLJJOHVVPLOHVDQGUHZDUGLQJIHHOLQJ tree where we used it to count down the school days of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delivery of the food to the food shelf is the best part â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope was rather than focusing on getting through'HFHPEHUDQG,Ă&#x20AC;OOHGHDFKFXSZLWKDVOLSRISDSHUWKDW out the holiday season, we could focus on giving. of the project,â&#x20AC;? said Polzine, a sentiment echoed by her had a random act of kindness on it.â&#x20AC;? students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;This is the best day ever!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; students have said Polzine said some of the 16 random acts of kindness 7KH*LYLQJ7UHHSURMHFWEULQJVDERXWDULSSOLQJHIIHFW had a monetary value, but many were as simple, as she â&#x20AC;&#x153;My students loved doing the giving tree, and so did SXWLWDV´Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJWKHWLPHWRPDNHVRPHRQH¡VGD\LQWHQI,â&#x20AC;? offered Polzine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They do not let me forget about tionally a little brighter such as giving the gift of laughter RSHQLQJWKHGD\¡VFXSDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJRXWZKDWLWLVZHJHW 6HHGivingQH[WSDJH by sharing a holiday joke the class had looked up and to do that day.â&#x20AC;? As true 7- and 8-year-olds, they are still

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86GHEW There is always debt discussion when there is a Democratic president. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at debt percentage, and why. The more debt one has without increases in revenues, i.e. taxes, the larger the debt will be. After World War II, Republican President Eisenhower raised taxes as high as 90 percent on the wealthy and they continued to stay wealthy and even got wealthier. When you have money it is easier to make more money. The Ă&#x20AC;UVW %XVK +: %XVK UHDOL]HG WKDW increased taxes on the top 1 percent were needed to reduce President Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt and counter Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax cuts. Under Reagan, the debt increased by 186 percent, under G.W. Bush the debt increased by 105 percent. Under Obama, debt increased 70 percent. Figures for Obama are as of two months ago. Note: Under Obama the Republicans blocked all efforts to raise taxes on the top 2 percent. Bush started the Iraq War along with the Republican control of Congress, all the while lowering the taxes for wealthy and big corporations. Congress has the power to declare war but also has the responsibility to fund any wars that it authorizes. (The economy tanked under G.W. Bush and the Republicans). From 1952-2009, no Republican president has ever reduced the debt. One historian wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bush tax cuts in the time of war was the biggest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich in the history of the United States.â&#x20AC;? Summary: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better inform yourself on what is really going on, because as the wealth gap grows it always ends badly, the conservative radio, television, incendiary rhetoric, patriotism/nationalism, religion, race and all are used to control power and wealth. That is how Hitler/Nazi Germany came to power and millions of people paid dearly, especially the Jews and the German citizens. Dennis Klinkhamer Clear Lake

-R\IXOH[SHULHQFH I would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all the people who celebrated part of their Christmas season by attending Burnett County Historical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas at The Forts

at Forts Folle Avoine. I hope it was a joyful experience and festive start for your holidays. I also want to extend my deepest appreciation to the 165 volunteers who gave their time, talents and energies in helping to make Christmas at the Forts another successful reality. Extra gratitude to Jim and Marie Andreas (Mr. and Mrs. Claus) for spending three days giving joy, wonder and warm memories to the hundreds of children who shared their wishes with them. All the best for a happy new year. Nancy Meindel Webster

6WRS-DUFKRZ Rep. Adam Jarchow has blown up decades-old shoreland protection rules developed collectively by local counties, lake associations and communities and left weaker statewide standards in his wake. In an apparent rush to respond to some disgruntled lakeshore property owners, Jarchow resorted to smoky backroom hijinks at the Capitol and shut out any proper input from community members who actually know best how to keep their lakes pristine and regulate responsible shoreline development. It seems that Jarchow neglected to gather the input from Polk and Burnett County Boards, unanimously opposed, the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Wisconsin County Code Administrators, Wisconsin county planning and zoning administrators and a number of environmental groups. All are against his top-down, state-controlled approach to shoreland protection and zoning. Based on the widespread bipartisan backlash, it is clear that Jarchow is not working for us as he was elected to do. If Jarchow had any real desire to represent his constituents, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d step up, apologize and repeal his law. Unfortunately, Jarchow isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listening to our concerns and has introduced additional legislation that strips more local authority and puts our wonderful lakes and rivers at risk. As the Wisconsin Lakes Association notes, his new proposals (AB582, AB600 and AB603) cut further into local control, strip some waters from protection under the

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public trust, give away state-owned lake beds and allow annual dredging by waterfront property owners to the tune of several dump trucks. Hearings on some of these new shortsighted and misguided proposals are VFKHGXOHGIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZHHNRI-DQXary. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make sure that by the time our local lakes thaw out in the spring, we have regained local control of how they are managed and not lost even more ground. Maybe you could ask him to stop what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing? Contact him at Rep.Jarchow@legis.wisconsin. gov. John Bailey Grantsburg

6WUHVVDQGWREDFFRXVH Holiday classics often mention peace, joy and comfort, but the sad truth is that this season can also be a very stressful time. Whether it is holiday shopping, travel or cooking, stressors can sometimes get the best of us and even keep us from making healthy changes like quitting cigarettes or tobacco. While using tobacco products might make users feel better about stress levels in the short term, the stress usually comes back quickly afterward and often at a higher level since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined with nicotine withdrawal. However, stress is just the tip of the iceberg compared to tobacco-use consequences like higher risk of developing cancers, stroke and diabetes. :KLOHTXLWWLQJPLJKWEHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWDW Ă&#x20AC;UVWWKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVUHDOO\SD\RIIGRZQ WKHURDG6KRUWWHUPEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVLQFOXGH things like lower blood pressure and increased lung function, while the ORQJWHUP EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV LQFOXGH D JUHDWO\ decreased risk of cancers, heart disease and stroke. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do it alone. Free help is available through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT NOW or wiquitline.org. Contact the Quit Line today and make your plan for a tobacco-free holiday season. For more on local tobacco prevention control efforts, visit the Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living website, W3TFL.org, or like us on Facebook, facebook.com/W3TFL. Elizabeth Hagen Polk County Health Department Balsam Lake

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A year in sports, looking back at 2015 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The year in sports for 2015 was another memorable one and with so many quality memories the Leader will be taking this issue and the next to share some of the best moments that took place for area athletes and their fans. From a Level 4 playoff appearance WR TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV DW WKH VWDWH WUDFN PHHW WKH Leader will share 10 of those moments in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper and another 10 memorable moments next week to ring in another year, maybe an even more memorable 2016. 3LUDWHVWR/HYHOSOD\RIIV Grantsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbeaten streak came to a screeching halt Saturday, Nov. 14, in the WIAA Division 6 Level 4 playoff game DW '& (YHUHVW LQ 6FKRĂ&#x20AC;HOG EXW LW ZDV only a blemish compared an otherwise outstanding season for the Pirates football team. The Pirates undefeated season may have ended against a very good St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Springs Academy team but the Pirates did something very few area teams have been able to do in recent history or any Pirate football teams had done in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long football history. The Pirates EHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPWRUHDFKPRUHWKDQ 11 wins in a season. In 2004, Grantsburg Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGRYHUDOO For the Pirates, reaching the Level 4 playoff is something that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done in Grantsburg since the late 1970s. Inter-County Leader sports writer Scott Hoffman was on the teams that played in WKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVLQDQG$WWKDW time, teams were divided into classes AA, A, B and C. Grantsburg was included in Class C, and in 1977 the Pirates lost to eventual state champion Osseo-Fairchild by a 21-14 score. The following year, footEDOO WHDPV ZHUH GLYLGHG LQWR Ă&#x20AC;YH GLYLsions, with the Pirates playing in Division *UDQWVEXUJORVWWKHVWDWHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDO by an 8-7 score to Westby, who went on to win the state title over Denmark, 41-19. Being able to set new school records and reach a new level of competition is

cided to make it to state,â&#x20AC;? said LFG coach Chris Bartlett. Grantsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Britton became just the third wrestler in Grantsburg school KLVWRU\ WR PDNH LW WR WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDOV DW VWDWH The last time was in 1980, according to Bartlett, and to this day nobody has won a state title, but Britton came about as FORVHDVDZUHVWOHUFDQJHWĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJVHFond overall at 170 pounds, making it to WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVEXWORVLQJDYHU\FORVHPDWFK %ULWWRQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKLVZUHVWOLQJFDUHHUZLWK a record of 137-35. In his third trip to the state wrestling tournament senior Tristan %UHZHUZDVDEOHWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKKLVFDUHHUZLWK DĂ&#x20AC;IWKSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKDQGHDUQDVSRWRQWKH podium at 160 pounds. At the 220-pound weight class Josh Glover, 38-8, was just one win shy of his 100th career victory entering the state tournament, and was able to get his win despite an interesting tournament run for the senior, who weighed just over 185 pounds. Junior Cole Britton, 38-10, took sixth at the state tournament to make the podium in the 113-pound weight class, getting off to a great start. St. Croix Falls also had a memorable 2015, getting eight wrestlers to the sectional tourament, but only one made the trip to the state tournament in Madison. )RU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH LQ KLV FDUHHU VHQLRU Kyle Bastin competed after taking second place at the 285-pound weight class. His journey ended at the state tournament in KLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWPDWFK%DVWLQIDFHG-DUUHWW 7KH*UDQWVEXUJIRRWEDOOWHDPZDVRQHRIWKHPRVWVXFFHVVIXOWHDPVRIDVWKH\HDUQHG Hiller, 27-17, of Random Lake, at the 285DVSRWLQWKH/HYHOSOD\RIIVDQGVHWPDQ\VFKRROUHFRUGVDORQJWKHZD\z/HDGHUILOHSKRWRV pound weight class, but was pinned in the third period. a big step for the Grantsburg football ZKLFK LQFOXGHG Ă&#x20AC;YH FRQIHUHQFH FKDPSenior Kyle Koshiol, 24-10, was the only program, and there will be a lot to look pions and plenty of postseason success. other Saints wrestler to place at sectionforward to in 2016. The Pirates will be Four wrestlers represented LFG at sec- als. The third Saint senior to compete at looking to return most of their starters in tionals and all four earned trips to state, sectionals was Dan Hendrickson at 220. 2016. which was the most the LFG wrestling 7KH RWKHU Ă&#x20AC;YH ZUHVWOHUV ZKR FRPSHWHG program had ever sent to state. for the Saints were eliminated early in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a coach you always tell the kids VHFWLRQDOEXWDOOĂ&#x20AC;YHZHUHIUHVKPHQLQ:UHVWOLQJWHDPVDWKOHWHVVHH they have just as good a chance as any cluding Clay Carney, Luke Clark, Garrett PXFKVXFFHVV The Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wres- other kid there to make it to state. This Bergmann, Noah Horn and Joe Macken tling team saw plenty of success in 2015, year they took that advice and they all de-

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â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Sunday, Jan. 3, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers football game is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, as well as 105.7 FM, starting at 6:30 p.m. 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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Year in review/Continued berg. The Division 3 sectional wrestling tournament got off to a great start for the three Unity wrestlers competing in Osseo-Fairchild Saturday, Feb. 21. All three ZRQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXQGPDWFKHVLQFOXGLQJ Tevin Anderson, who headed to state at 170 pounds for the second year in a row. Anderson ended up sixth at state and a career record of 115-48. At 113 pounds, junior Derek Johnson, 23-16, took fourth overall at sectionals. Junior Jarett Davison, 14-11, was unable to make it to the podium at 145 pounds.

-HVVHH/HUXGODQGVWKLUGWULSWRVWDWH Grantsburg junior Jessee Lerud completed another memorable trip to the state gymnastics meet in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, March 7, and for the third straight season, placed second in the all-around event among Division 2 competitors. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP DOOVWDWH VHOHFWLRQ VFRUHG a total of 36.617 points, not far behind senior Lauren Faust of Mount Horeb, who scored a 36.933 for the all-around title. Along with taking second in the allDURXQG/HUXGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVWURQJLQYDXOWLQJ with a second-place score of 9.450. Lerud took fourth on the uneven bars ZLWK D VFRUH RI  VL[WK RQ Ă RRU H[ercise with 9.367, and ninth on balance beam with 8.483. Grantsburg/Luck/Unity gymnasts wrapped up the season with high honors. Morgan Pfaff earned an all-state honor-

coach Troy Wink said after the game that WKLVLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSRLQWVFRUHUWKDWKH has coached. He added later that Harlander was brought up as a freshman and had 70 points that season, averaging 12 points as a sophomore and 18 as a junior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ironically the game that got her going as a freshman was her third game, when she scored 14 versus Luck and now got her 1,000th versus them as well,â&#x20AC;? Wink said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very determined on the court. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s improved her defense, which has allowed her to get points off of steals. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played with some pretty good teammates. This group plays well together and that helps too,â&#x20AC;? Wink said.

%HODQJHUFHOHEUDWHV\HDUV Frederic football coach Ken Belanger hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed an opening day of football practice for 58 straight years. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of football for someone who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that thrilled about the game until about the eighth grade. Belanger celebrated his 50th year of coaching in 2015 and was honored Friday, Sept. 25, for his 50 years prior to the Vikings game against Clayton. The homecoming game drew a large home crowd as well as former players who were coached by Belanger, including those from Zumbrota, Minn., where Belanger was head coach for 35 years. Along with football, Belanger played basketball, baseball and competed at the state track meet every year during high school. He played football at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and ran track all four years before landing a job as a teacher at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School in Minnesota, as head football coach and &RDFK.HQ%HODQJHUFHOHEUDWHGKLVWK\HDURIFRDFKLQJKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOz/HDGHUILOH math teacher. He coached two teams to SKRWRV the state championship game where they Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGDVUXQQHUXSDQGZDVLQGXFWHG DEOHPHQWLRQRQĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQG+ROO\ great things on the court. Much of the Vi- into the Minnesota Football Coaches AsFiedler was an all-state honorable men- kings success came from their core group sociation Hall of Fame in 2001. During his tion in the all-around. Several gymnasts of starters that included their only senior, tenure in Zumbrota, Belanger had a No. won academic all-state honors, includ- 1,000-point scorer Lara Harlander, and 1 assistant that was with him for all 35 ing Lerud, Pfaff, Fiedler, Heidi Schoettle, juniors Ann Chenal, Taylor Alseth, Emily years. His B-squad coach was with him for 32 years, and another eighth-grade Alina Bak, Danielle Bertelsen, Erica Sim- Amundson and Nicole Nelson. coach, 33 years. mons, Brittanie Blume, Rachel Glover, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing we were together all of Lindsay Mattson, Alaina Oachs and +DUODQGHUEDQNV Kelsey Paulson. As she had done so many times before those years,â&#x20AC;? Belanger said. over the years, Frederic senior Lara Har/DG\9LNLQJVZLQFRQIHUHQFHWLWOH lander took a fast break to the basket for &RDFKLQJFKDQJHV The Luck High School sports programs The last time a Frederic girls basketball an easy two points. Needing 19 points, team was able to defeat the Siren Dragons Harlander surpassed the 1,000th-point VDZ VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW FKDQJHV WR WKH FRDFKLQJ was in 2000, during coach Troy Winkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milestone against the Luck Cardinals ranks that include Chelsey Foeller as the Ă&#x20AC;UVWVHDVRQDVKHDGFRDFK2Q7KXUVGD\ Tuesday, Jan. 27, becoming the third Vi- new Luck volleyball coach and Chad Eley Feb. 12, that streak came to an end as the NLQJWRGRVRDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWVLQFHZKHQ assuming the head coaching duties of the Vikings defeated the Dragons in a thriller, Cassie (Lundquist) McKenzie reached her boys basketball program. Former vol46-41, to guarantee them at least a share of PLOHVWRQH DQG Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK D FDUHHU RI leyball coach Jen Nelson and basketball the West Lakeland Conference title. The over 1,100 points. Sister Amy (Lundquist) coach Rick Giller had successful winning Vikings eventually went on to win their Fossum reached the milestone in 1992, tenures with the Cardinals, as did head Ă&#x20AC;QDOJDPHRIWKH\HDUDJDLQVW8QLW\DQG DQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKRYHUFDUHHUSRLQWV girls basketball coach Marty Messar, who win the title outright. It was something for the Vikings. Both McKenzie and Fos- resigned in April after 39 seasons at the that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done in Frederic since sum also helped coach Harlander during helm. Messar coached 830 Luck High the 1991-92 season. her days as a youth basketball player, and School girls basketball games since 1976, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long road in some sense, McKenzie helped coach last season as an which is likely the second or third most games ever coached in Wisconsin girls but very rewarding,â&#x20AC;? said Wink after the assistant. Siren game. Harlander hit her milestone with 6:05 basketball history. Messar is also quick to The Vikings would move on to play VWLOOWRSOD\LQWKHIRXUWKTXDUWHUDQGĂ&#x20AC;Q- point out that in that time span, his overSiren for a third time of the year during ished with 20 points on the night. The Vi- all record indicates 430 wins, to go along WKHUHJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDODQGZRQKDQGLO\ kings leading scorer had been averaging with 400 losses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that I was a losing coach on -HVVHH/HUXGRI*UDQWVEXUJHDUQHGKHUWKLUG but fell the next night to a tough North- just over 19 points per game in the season FRQVHFXWLYHWULSWRWKHVWDWHJ\PQDVWLFVPHHW wood squad in the regional champion- and had steadily improved over the past See Year in Review/Next page ship to end a year in which they did many three seasons as a Vikings starter. Vikings

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Year in review/Continued 400 occasions also puts me at the very top of the all-time losingest list, but no, it was a great run, and I really love the sport of basketball and very grateful to the kids that played for me, the parents that supported me, and the school board that allowed me to continue coaching after I had retired from the classroom,â&#x20AC;? said Messar, who added that retiring wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an easy decision, but once he evaluated everything, he felt comfortable with the thought of moving on to other things. Britta Petersen took over as head girls basketball coach in place of Messar. Along with a state tournament apSHDUDQFHLQGXULQJKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUDV head coach, Messar was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He won eight conference titles and four regional championship games, while coaching three WBCA all-star games, as assistant in 1990 and 2003, and head coach in 1997. With 39 years coaching Luck High School girls basketball, Messar may very well hold the all-time record for coaching in one district. Messar brought up another factoid relating to longtime Luck coach Andy Dolny, who also mentored Messar when KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFDPHWRWKH/XFN6FKRRO'LVWLFW Since 1951, there has been a Dolney or a Messar coaching Luck basketball. A new era begins this winter as Petersen begins her coaching career. Other coaching changes in 2015 included the resignation of Unity boys basketball coach Shaun Fisher, who became the Frederic High School principal in 2015. Other coaching changes in the spring of 2015 included the resignation of successful St. Croix Falls baseball coach Brian Jacobson, as well as Siren head volleyball coach Caryn Stanford.

7KH6LUHQ'UDJRQVYROOH\EDOOWHDPZRQWKHLUVHFRQGVWUDLJKWUHJLRQDOWLWOHLQz/HDGHUILOHSKRWRV school record for the fourth time this season and became the third Blugold indoor shot put national champion in school history, joining John Schuna, 2002, and John Mago, 1986. Steen was asked by Norm Zylstra of throwholics.com about how he made his record throw: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing, the throw was good right from the circle. It felt all connected and I was patient with my hip at the Ă&#x20AC;QLVK 7KH FRPSHWLWLRQ ZDV DQ DPD]ing experience! Colt (Feltes from Wartburg College) started it all, throwing great RXWRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ LJKWDQGVHWWKHWRQHZLWK his 18.44m fourth round 60 feet, 6 for the lead. But what really got me excited and pumped today was my teammate Alex 0HVVZKRWKUHZDĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXQGP feet 10-1/4 inches, today to take third. I was excited for him; but in the back of my head I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let him beat me. I do love him to death but I know he would bring it up for the rest of the year and whenever I came back to throw. So this was my big motivation,â&#x20AC;? he added. This was the funnest competition that I have ever been a part of. Then my coach, Paul Conlin, knows what buttons to push to get the best throws out of both Alex and I. Thank you for taking some time to ask about the throw. It really means a lot.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from blugolds.com and throwholics.com

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bird perched without fear on his arrow. Dan decided at that moment that if this bird was going to ruin his hunt by getting him â&#x20AC;&#x153;bustedâ&#x20AC;? by a deer, he was going to have the bird for dinner. Fortunately, Buster never did bust the hunt and continued to greet the Bygd family throughout the bow and gun season. As recent as last week, Buster was still in the same general area, befriending any visitor who entered the area. Incidents like these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely new and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve run into similar stories in the past, especially in northern Minnesota. I can recall at least two times when grouse almost refused to leave a log they were intent on drumming from during the spring mating season. Once in Canada, and another moment while turkey hunting in the spring. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met a bird quite like Buster. Stories of ruffed grouse landing on hunters arrows, four-wheelers or simply following them around like lost puppies have happened before, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique experience for anyone who has had the delight of experiencing it in the wild, as is the case with the Bygd family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was over there last week and took another 15 pictures of him,â&#x20AC;? said Orland Bygd, father of Dan and well-known, retired auctioneer. When relaying the interesting experiences with Buster, Orland chuckles at each one in amazement, quite simply, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something grouse typically do. Orland and others FDQ¡W VHHP WR Ă&#x20AC;JXUH RXW ZK\ WKH ELUG displays this type of behavior, but it certainly makes for good storytelling and photo opportunities. Prior to the gun deer season, Orlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other son, Kevin, was out hanging stands and Buster followed him around while he rode the four-wheeler. During the gun season, Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Maddy, took position on a stand and Buster perched up on one of the railings, then onto her shoulder and then on her head. Orland later determined that the bird is a young male, and after contacting the DNR for some general information, it was suggested the bird may have been raised close to humans, yet the bird lives LQ RQH VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F FOHDUFXW DUHD RQ SURSerty well off the beaten path, away from buildings or human intrusion, other than through hunting. In Orlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent visit he brought a little food along that included cracked corn and some crab apples, yet the bird isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in eating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so tame. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite touch him, but awful close. But the last couple of WLPHV , KDG WKH FDPRXĂ DJH KDW RQ KH

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Volunteers help turtles safely cross to other side of the road MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thanks to volunteers work in 2015, Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endangered turtles and other wildlife will be a little safer next season as they cross roads to reach nesting areas and other important habitat. Information submitted by volunteers involved in the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program in 2015 has provided updates to Wisconsin maps showing the road crossings most deadly to turtles. Such reports help conservation and transSRUWDWLRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVEHWWHUWDUJHWZKHUHWR pursue turtle conservation efforts. The map has been updated with 63 towns added in 2015. Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are sharing the 2015 information with state and local road RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV,QSDVW\HDUVVXFKLQIRUPDWLRQ has helped spur projects to reduce turtle mortality in areas where there have been past problems, says Andrew Badje, a conservation biologist with the DNR Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want volunteers to know we very much appreciate their efforts and that the LQIRUPDWLRQ LV EHLQJ HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWO\ XVHG WR help conserve Wisconsin turtles,â&#x20AC;? Badje says. Volunteer submissions from past yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in addition to concerned citizens contactLQJ WKHLU ORFDO RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV UHVXOWHG LQ VDIHU crossings for turtles in 2015, and Badje expects the same will happen with this most recent information. For example, Waukesha County stenciled signs on roadways to alert motorists to slow down where volunteers reported turtle mortality to be a problem. And a road resurfacing project in Stevens Point, set to begin in 2016, will allow turtles to cross underneath the road through a combination of fences and a specially designed culvert. Supplementary research on this project will determine whether turtles and other wildlife utilize this culvert, or if it instead acts as a barrier to movement, Badje says. Turtles are considered the most threatened of vertebrate species in the world;

the International Union for Conservation of Nature 2011 Red List estimates that 45 percent of all turtle species in the world are threatened and 30 percent are endangered or critically endangered. Of the 11 turtle species in Wisconsin, one is endangered (ornate box turtle), one is threatened (wood turtle), and three are â&#x20AC;&#x153;of special concernâ&#x20AC;? (Blandingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turtle, smooth softshell and false map turtle) because of low or declining populations. Most turtles breed in the spring after they emerge from hibernation, or during August. All Wisconsin turtles lay their eggs in nests in uplands, and turtles getting killed by cars while trying to cross to nesting areas are considered one of the leading causes of declining turtle numbers in Wisconsin, along with loss of suitable habitat. The loss of even one adult female turtle can have a large effect on future population numbers, especially in isolated populations or in species like the wood turtle that can take from 12 to 20 years to reach

reproductive age, Badje says. In addition, research has shown that as reproductive females gain experience through age, they become more successful in hatching higher percentages of young. Actions that prioritize the conservation of older adults, especially females, are an important step in sustaining turtle populations throughout Wisconsin. Badje says that volunteer reports of deadly turtle crossings promotes further collaborations with the DNR and citizens, municipalities, universities and road agencies to achieve a sustainable transportation system that proactively protects people, turtles and other wildlife. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program website, wiatri.net/Inventory/WiTurtles/. Volunteers can also submit turtle sightings and road crossing reports through this website. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dnr.wi.gov


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Young said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointed with the mayor. She said that groups were planQLQJ WR VKXW GRZQ FLW\ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV 0RQGD\ Dec. 28, and boycott city events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people of this community have a Danielle Kaeding | WPR News SUPERIOR - Superiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor is not voice too, that this was not acceptable,â&#x20AC;? backing away from controversial com- she said. Young said the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments are ments he made about President Barack 2EDPDDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWODG\RQKLVSHUVRQDO damaging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Has he involved us now to Facebook page last week, even as a num- the point where we will be seeing an escaber of groups are planning protests and a lated amount of violence and Islamophocity councilor moves to censure the city bia in this community?â&#x20AC;? she said. Hagen released a statement Wednesleader. Under a Facebook photo of Michelle day, Dec. 23, saying he is not a racist and Obama, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen offered no apology. He wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My choice wrote that she and the president have of words in responding to, what I believe â&#x20AC;&#x153;destroyed the fabric of democracy,â&#x20AC;? to be insulting to me, may not have been and described the president as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mus- versed well or to the liking of some. Howlim.â&#x20AC;? Amid the subsequent public outcry, ever, I, like any other citizen or public ofHagen said he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resign, citing his Ă&#x20AC;FLDOKDYHWKHXQDOLHQDEOHULJKWWRVSHDN and represent my beliefs through the First right to free speech. Twin Ports human rights activist Kym Amendment.â&#x20AC;?

He added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing to repair any damages â&#x20AC;&#x153;directly and openly.â&#x20AC;? Said Young in response to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He might think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done talking about it â&#x20AC;Ś but we will be seeking a redress for his actions.â&#x20AC;? A press conference was planned by groups like the Superior African Heritage Community and Justice City Coalition at Superiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government center Monday morning, Dec. 28. Nick Alexander, Superiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police chief, issued a press release about Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gathering, noting that obstructing any entries or exits to the government center is against the law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;City employees should have the peace of mind that they can come and go from work and be safe,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Alexander said that he was reaching out to organizers of the shutdown to DYRLG´XQQHFHVVDU\FRQĂ LFWÂľ 0HDQZKLOHFRXQFLORU*UDKDP*DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG

said he planned to put a motion before the city council to censure Hagen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A motion to censure would be very appropriate, whereby we formally condemn his actions and put it on the record that he behaved inappropriately as a mayor,â&#x20AC;? VDLG*DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG *DUĂ&#x20AC;HOGVDLGKHIHHOVWKHPD\RUZLOOEH forced to resign and possibly face a recall election next spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Due to the fact that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose to apologize and that he kind of tried to take this route that it was his right to make these comments, I feel that there really is no course for him but to resign or step GRZQDWWKLVSRLQWÂľVDLG*DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG The councilor said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely an emergency city council meeting will be called after the holidays.

The 10 biggest Wisconsin political stories of 2015

WPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shawn Johnson reflects on a momentous year

whelmingly unpopular among voters, as the Bucks owners were largely perceived DVEHLQJDEOHWRĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHWKHQHZDUHQDHQtirely themselves. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, he said, Democrats played a role in helping the bill pass the Senate, which would have ODFNHGVXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWYRWHVRWKHUZLVH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democrats ... could have let Republicans squirm on this if they wanted to,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said.

Christie Taylor | WPR news Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state government reporter and Capitol bureau chief, has picked his top 10 political stories of 2015. Looking back at the year in political news, Johnson said he tried to assess stories by taking a long view. He asked himself: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What historically would we look back at as something big that happened that year, instead of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What did I cover the most that year?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his list, starting with number 10:

:LVFRQVLQ6XSUHPH&RXUWJHWVQHZFKLHI MXVWLFH 7KHSDVVDJHRIDUHIHUHQGXPLQ$SULOĂ&#x20AC;nalized a constitutional amendment reworking how the Supreme Court selects its chief justice: Instead of seniority dictating who is chief, the justices would now elect their leader. The move resulted in the ouster of liberal-leaning Shirley Abrahamson from the leadership role, and the of conservative-leaning Patience Roggensack. The court notably saw other changes in 2015: Justice Patrick Crooks died unexpectedly while at work in the Capitol, leading Gov. Scott Walker to appoint appeals court judge Rebecca Bradley as an interim justice until next Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election. 5HSXEOLFDQVYRWHWRJXWRSHQUHFRUGVODZ WKHQEDFNGRZQ A proposal to limit access to legislatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; emails and bill drafting documents under the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open records laws was removed shortly after it became public knowledge, but Johnson said the conversation over open records and restricting information has been an ongoing story in state government. For example, the Walker administration has recently argued against text messages being â&#x20AC;&#x153;recordsâ&#x20AC;? under the law. According to Johnson, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a pattern of trying to push more and more types of information out of public view. :('&VHHVURFN\\HDU 2015 saw several bumps in the road for the agency that Walker created to replace

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/HJLVODWXUHDSSURYHVGHDOJLYLQJSXEOLF ILQDQFLQJWRQHZ0LOZDXNHH%XFNVDUHQD A bill providing about $250 million in taxpayer dollars for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena passed the Legislature this summer, with bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly. Johnson said the deal was noteworthy for being over-

6WDWHFXWVEXGJHWHYHQDVHFRQRP\ JURZV The 2015-16 state budget slashed tax revenue support for state parks, eliminated dozens of jobs at the Department of Natural Resources, and cut K-12 funding, among other things. Johnson said that while budget cuts happen many years, this year was noteworthy because the state has seen economic growth in the last two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy is still growing here. Tax revenue is still growing,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not typically the time when you see budget cuts.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, said Johnson, the budget included cuts that were in and of themVHOYHVWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKELJJHVWVWRU\RIWKH\HDU %XGJHWFDXVHVWXPXOWIRUXQLYHUVLW\RI :LVFRQVLQ6\VWHP Thanks to the state budget, the UW System lost $250 million, experienced another tuition freeze, and lost state protections for tenure. Add to that the albeit-brief removal of the Wisconsin Idea from state law and a raging debate over whether the university system should value job skills over â&#x20AC;&#x153;sifting and winnowing,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said, and the UW is on a path toward â&#x20AC;&#x153;becoming a different institution than it was.â&#x20AC;?

tics than just about anyone in Wisconsin, basically.â&#x20AC;?

-RKQ'RHHQGVVSDUNVEDFNODVKLQWKH /HJLVODWXUH A John Doe investigation related to Gov. Walker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this one investigating whether his recall campaign coordinated illegally with conservative groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was shut down by the state Supreme Court earlier this year. The court ruled that such coordination was legal. Republicans in the Legislature then introduced and passed a bill ending the Government Accountability Board, a state agency involved in the probe, along with measures loosening campaign finance laws and limiting the scope of future John Doe investigations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think 10 years from now it will be crystal clear that was all a reaction to that case,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. 5HSXEOLFDQVSDVVULJKWWRZRUNOHJLVODWLRQ Labor union protests returned to the Capitol in 2015 after Republicans introduced a bill to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation. The fast-tracked legislation banning companies from requiring workers to pay union dues passed the Senate less than a week after Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced he would introduce it. The Assembly sent the bill to the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk in early March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right to work is something Gov. Walker said wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to happen on his watch,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly it did.â&#x20AC;?

6FRWW:DONHUUXQVIRUSUHVLGHQW Though Gov. Scott Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign for the White House lasted a mere 70 days, Johnson said it had been part of state politics for a much longer period of 5\DQEHFRPHVVSHDNHURIWKH+RXVH After John Boehner announced he time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been talking about would resign as the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in October, the last four years or so sort of felt like it pressure quickly mounted for Rep. came to a head with the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camPaul Ryan to replace him in the leader- paign for president,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a way ship role. Despite his initial reluctance, it was all leading up to that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it was Ryan eventually agreed to run and was not met well on the national stage.â&#x20AC;? While the campaign left Walker elected in late October, making him the Ă&#x20AC;UVW :LVFRQVLQLWH WR EHFRPH VSHDNHU LQ with all-time low approval ratings on his return to Wisconsin, Johnson said U.S. history. Johnson said Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous politi- he thinks he has plenty of time to repair cal achievements as a representative and his image if, as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hinted he might, he chair of the House Ways and Means com- chooses to run for governor again. mittee make him one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most DFFRPSOLVKHG SROLWLFDO Ă&#x20AC;JXUHV ´+H KDV attained a higher level in American poli-

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(Dec.  23,  30,  Jan.  6) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY American  Portfolio  Mortgage   Corporation Plaintiff vs. LOREN  R.  BECKER,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:  15  CV  167 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   July   17,   2015,   in   the   amount   of   $162,190.98,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:   January   19,   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   money   order   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   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. If  the  sale  is  set  aside  for  any   reason,   the   Purchaser   at   the   sale  shall  be  entitled  only  to  a   return  of  the  deposit  paid.  The   Purchaser   shall   have   no   fur-­ ther   recourse   against   the   Mortgagor,   the   Mortgagee   or   the  Mortgageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attorney. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,  Balsam  Lake,  Wis. DESCRIPTION:  The  East  1/2  of   the   following-­described   real   estate:   a   parcel   of   land   in   the   Southwest   corner   of   the   Southeast   1/4   of   Southwest 1/4,  Section  36-­33-­15,  which  is   660   feet   North   and   South   and   396   feet   East   and   West,   AND   A   parcel   of   land   in   the   South-­ east   1/4   of   Southwest   1/4,   Section   36-­33-­15,   described   as   follows:   beginning   396   feet   East   of   the   Southwest   corner   of   said   Southeast   1/4   of   Southwest   1/4;Íž   thence   North   parallel   to   the   West   section   line  660  feet;Íž  thence  East  par-­ allel   to   the   South   section   line   264  feet;Íž  thence  South  parallel   to   the   West   section   line   660   feet;Íž   thence   West   to   the   point   of   beginning   of   parcel   being   conveyed.   Said   land   being   in   the   Town   of   Clayton,   Polk   County,  Wisconsin.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   67   60th  Ave.,  Clayton,  WI  54004. TAX  KEY  NO.:  016-­00895-­0000   &  016-­00893-­0000. Dated  this  19th  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   attorney   and   is   attempting   to   collect  a  debt  on  its  behalf.  Any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose. 639816 WNAXLP

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VILLAGE  OF  SIREN NOTICE  OF  PUBLIC  HEARING Public  notice  is  hereby  given  to  all  persons  in  the  Village  of   Siren,   Wisconsin,   that   a   public   hearing   will   be   held   on   Wednesday,  January  13,  at  10  a.m.  at  the  Village  Hall,  24049   First  Avenue,  Village  of  Siren,  Wisconsin,  relative  to  an  appli-­ cation   for   a   Variance   to   the   Village   of   Siren   Land   Use   Ordinance  as  follows: A  variance  to  allow  reduced  rear-­yard  setback  to  twenty  feet   from  the  required  twenty-­five  feet  along  property  line  bordering   23781   Third   Avenue.   Variance   is   being   applied   for   by   Siren   Fire   Association.   (PIDS:   07-­181-­2-­38-­16-­17-­3   01-­000-­014000   and  07-­181-­2-­38-­16-­17-­3  01-­000-­01550). All  persons  interested  are  invited  to  attend  said  hearing  and   be   heard.   Information   on   the   proposal   is   available   at   the   Village  Office  at  24049  First  Avenue. Ann  L.  Peterson  3 >5(?37 Village  Clerk/Treasurer

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WANTED - SPECIALTY MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS Burnett Dairy Co-op is currently accepting applications for Specialty Maintenance Technicians. This position performs general maintenance for the cheese factory buildings, equipment and some grounds work. Main responsibilities will involve electrical and/or fabrication work both at the Burnett Dairy location and at times, the Cady Cheese location. Qualified applicants will have electrical and/ or fabrication experience, moderate mechanical knowledge, a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, the ability to troubleshoot and work independently in a fast-paced work environment. Preferred applicants will have maintenance experience in a food manufacturing facility. Physical requirements: Must be able to climb ladders, lift up to 60 lbs. and be able to spend long hours on feet. This position is full time with a competitive wage and excellent benefits including 401(k), profit sharing, health/ dental/flexible spending and employer-paid life insurance/ long-term disability and vacation time. Applications are available at www.burnettdairy.com/employment or you can apply for this position at the Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840.

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Health  Division  Director/Health  Officer 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   devel-­ opment,   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   community   partners.   Protects   the   heath   of   the   community,   through   the   enforcement   of   public   health   laws   and   facilitation   of   prepar-­ edness   planning   with   community   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  posi-­ tion  description  on  our  website  for  complete  details  regarding  the  minimum   requirements.   Deadline  to  apply:  January  5,  2016 Deputy  Sheriff $26.20/hr. Responsible   for   preventing,   detecting   and   investigating   crimes,   appre-­ hending  criminals  and  other  violators.  Responding  to  emergencies  and  all   other  calls  for  Law  Enforcement  services.  Requires  current  certification  as   a  law  enforcement  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

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NIGHT PACKAGING POSITION FULL TIME Burnett Dairy Co-op Cheese Division is currently accepting applications for the position of Night Packager. This is a full-time position that offers an excellent benefits package and a very competitive wage. This position is responsible for boxing/weighing/ stacking/palletizing cheese, monitoring the machinery and ensuring quality of the product and setting up/ breaking down machines daily. This job requires steady standing, lifting and stretching. It also requires frequent lifting and carrying of 50 lbs. Employee must be able to work as part of a team in a very fast-paced work environment, be 18 years of age or older and be available to work during the week and weekend. This shift starts at 8 p.m. and goes until the work is completed, usually about 8 hours. Applications are available at www.burnettdairy.com/employment or you can apply for this position at the Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840.

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The Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. in the Government Center (County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following district change and other agenda items: JON & SUSAN EVERSON: Agricultural to Commercial located at: 1984 35th Ave., part of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Sec. 14/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden, 2.64 acres.   3>5(?37

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(Dec.  23,  30,  Jan.  6) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY RURAL  AMERICAN  BANK-­ LUCK Plaintiff vs. DONALD  C.  STOCKER, and EDWARD  A.  NEUMANN  JOINT   REVOCABLE  TRUST, and NANCY  P.  STOCKER, and PATRICK  McCORMICK, and HARLAN  J.  WIENKE, and CENTURYTEL, and POLK-­BURNETT  SECURITY   SERVICES, and THE  RECOVAR  GROUP, and U-­HAUL  COMPANY  OF   WESTERN  WISCONSIN, and PAM  OIL, and VENEMAN  DENTAL  CARE, and ANCHORBANK  f/k/a  S  &  C   BANK, Defendants Case  No.  10  CV  170 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE By  virtue  of  and  pursuant  to  a   Judgment   of   Foreclosure   entered   in   the   above-­entitled   action  on  September  2,  2010,  in   the   amount   of   $43,015.42,   I   will   sell   the   described   premises   at   public  auction  at  the  Main  Front   Entrance   of   the   Polk   County   Justice  Center,  1005  West  Main   Street,   in   the   Village   of   Balsam   Lake,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   on   Tuesday,   January   19,   2016,   at  10:00  oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock  a.m. TERMS 1.   10%   down   in   cash   or   cer-­ tified   funds   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will   result   in   forfeiture   of   deposit  to  plaintiff. 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. DESCRIPTION: Lot  Two  (2)  of  Certified  Survey   Map   No.   100   recorded   in   Vol-­ ume   1   of   Certified   Survey   Maps   on   Page   101,   as   Docu-­ ment   No.   330417,   being   part   of  Outlot  158  of  the  Outlot  Plat   of  the  Village  of  Osceola  a/k/a   the   Assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Plat   of   the   Village   of   Osceola,   Polk   County,  Wisconsin;Íž  AND Part  of  Outlot  158  of  the  Outlot   Plat   of   the   Village   of   Osceola   a/k/a   the   Assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Plat   of   the  Village  of  Osceola,  located   in  the  Northwest  Quarter  of  the   Southwest   Quarter   (NW1/4   of   the   SW1/4),   of   Section   Twen-­ ty-­seven   (27),   Township   Thir-­ ty-­three   (33)   North,   Range   Nineteen   (19)   West,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   described   as   follows:   Beginning   at   the   Southeast   corner   of   said NW1/4   of   the   SW/14;Íž   thence   North   214   feet;Íž   thence   North   Ă&#x203A;Âś:HVWIHHWWKHQFH South   214   feet   to   a   point   due   West  of  the  point  of  beginning;Íž   thence   East   150   feet   to   the   point  of  beginning. PIN:  165-­00577-­0000. Dated   at   Balsam   Lake,   Wis-­ consin,   this   7th   day   of   Decem-­ ber,  2015. Peter  M.  Johnson,  Sheriff Polk  County,  Wisconsin

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APPLICATION  FOR   LICENSE To   the   Town   Board,   Town   of   Swiss,   Burnett   County,   Wiscon-­ sin,   the   undersigned   hereby   applies   for   a   license   to   be   used   from   January   12,   2016,   to   June   30,  2016: Retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Class  Aâ&#x20AC;?  Liquor   License Log  Cabin  Store  &  Eatery  Co. 30217  State  Highway  35  &  77 Danbury The   Town   Board   will   consider   th  application  January  12,  2016,   at  their  regular  meeting. Dated  December  26,  2015. 3 Judith  Dykstra,  Clerk >5(?37 Town  of  Swiss

BEFORE  THE  STATE  OF   WISCONSIN   DEPARTMENT  OF   NATURAL  RESOURCES In  the  Matter  of  the  Sale  of 5.40  Acres  of  Land  Located  in   the  Governor  Knowles  State   Forest,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin,   to  Joan  Anderson NOTICE  OF  HEARING Pursuant  s.  28.02(4)(b)4  and  6.,   Stats.,   the   Wisconsin   Depart-­ ment   of   Natural   Resources   pro-­ poses   to   sell   the   following   described   5.40   acres   of   land   in   the   Governor   Knowles   State   Forest,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   to  Joan  Anderson: A   parcel   of   land   located   in   the   Northeast   Quarter   of   the   North-­ west   Quarter   and   in   the   South-­ east   Quarter   of   the   Northwest   Quarter,  Section  4,  Township  35   North,  Range  19  West,  Town  of   Eureka,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin,   described  as  follows: Commencing  at  the  North  Quar-­ ter   Corner   of   said   Section   4;Íž   WKHQFH1Ă&#x203A;Âś´:DORQJWKH north  line  of  the  Northeast  1/4  of   the   Northwest   1/4   of   said   Sec-­ tion   4,   1,319.46   feet   to   the   Northwest  Corner  of  said  North-­ east   1/4   of   the   Northwest   1/4;Íž   WKHQFH6Ă&#x203A;Âś´:DORQJWKH west  line  of  said  Northeast  1/4  of   the  Northwest  1/4,  698.42  feet  to   the   point   of   beginning;Íž   thence   FRQWLQXLQJ 6Ă&#x203A;Âś´: DORQJ said  west  line,  403.00  feet  to  the   Northwest   Corner   of   the   South-­ east  1/4  of  the  Northwest  1/4  of   said   Section   4;Íž   thence   6Ă&#x203A;Âś´(  IHHW WR the   south   line   of   said   Southeast   1/4  of  the  Northwest  1/4;Íž  thence   VĂ&#x203A;Âś´( DORQJ VDLG VRXWK OLQH  IHHW WKHQFH 1Ă&#x203A;Âś´:  IHHW WKHQFH 1Ă&#x203A;Âś´(  IHHW WKHQFH 6Ă&#x203A;Âś´( 100.00   feet;Íž   thence   1Ă&#x203A;Âś´(  IHHW WKHQFH 1Ă&#x203A;Âś´:  feet   to   the   west   line   of   the   Northeast   1/4   of   the   Northwest   1/4   of   said   Section   4   and   the   point  of  beginning. Containing  5.40  acres. The   above-­described   land   is   being  transferred  to  an  adjoining   land   owner   and   is   exempt   from   the   Polk   County   Subdivision   Ordinance   under   Section   18.05(A)(3). Notice   is   hereby   given   that   the   Wisconsin  Department  of  Natur-­ al  Resources  will  hold  a  hearing   on   the   proposed   sale   in   Room   200  of  the  Polk  County  Govern-­ ment   Center,   100   Polk   County   Plaza,  Balsam  Lake,  Wisconsin,   DW  DP RQ WKH WK GD\ RI January,  2016. Dated   at   Madison,   Wisconsin,   this   18th   day   of   December,   2015. State  of  Wisconsin Department  of  Natural   Resources Richard  Henneger,  Attorney    3>5(?37

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(Dec.  30,  Jan.  6,  13) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   ESTATE  OF LOYD  L.  PILGRIM Order  Setting  Time  to  Hear   Petition  for  Administration  and   Deadline  for  Filing  Claims (Formal  Administration) Case  No.  15  PR  98 A   petition   for   formal   admini-­ stration  was  filed. THE  COURT  FINDS: 1.   The   decedent,   with   date   of   birth   July   20,   1959,   and   date   of   death   December   8,   2015,   was   domiciled   in   Polk   County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   with   a   mailing   address   of   576   200th   Street,   Osceola,  WI  54020. THE  COURT  ORDERS: 1.  The  petition  be  heard  at  the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Balsam   Lake,   Wisconsin,   Br.   2,   before   Circuit   Court   Judge   Jeffery   Anderson,   on   January   22,  2016,  at  3:15  p.m. You   do   not   need   to   appear   unless   you   object.   The   petition   may   be   granted   if   there   is   no   objection. 2.   The   deadline   for   filing   a   claim   against   the   decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   estate  is  April  1,  2016. 3.   A   claim   may   be   filed   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Balsam   Lake,   Wisconsin,   Room   500. 4.   Heirship   will   be   determined   at   the   hearing   on   petition   for   final  judgment. 5.   Publication   of   this   notice   is   notice   to   any   persons   whose   names   or   addresses   are   unknown. BY  THE  COURT: Hon.  Jeffery  L.  Anderson Circuit  Court  Judge December  23,  2015 Ann  E.  Brose P.O.  Box  388 New  Richmond,  WI  54017 715-­246-­2211 Bar  No.:  1019597 >5(?37

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Notices (Dec.  30,  Jan.  6,  13) (Dec.  16,  23,  30) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY POLK  COUNTY HSBC  Mortgage  Services  Inc., MICHAEL  RAMMER Plaintiff Plaintiff, vs. vs. TAMMY  JOSEPHSON Dale  Nienhaus, Defendant. Kathleen  Nienhaus, FORECLOSURE  OF   Discover  Bank, MORTGAGE Harvest  Credit  Management  VII,   LCC, PUBLICATION  SUMMONS  &   Defendants NOTICE Case  No.  15  CV  104 Case  No.  15  CV  404 FORECLOSURE  OF   To  the  person  named  above  as   MORTGAGE  30404 defendant: You   are   being   sued   by   the   NOTICE  OF person   named   above   as   Plain-­ FORECLOSURE  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   tiff.   You   are   hereby   notified   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ the   Plaintiff   has   filed   a   Sum-­ closure   in   the   amount   of   mons   and   Complaint   in   this   ac-­ $147,302.07,   entered   by   the   tion,   copies   of   both   have   been   court   on   June   15,   2015,   the   provided   to   you   by   mail   at   your   undersigned   Sheriff   of   Polk   home   address   as   stated   in   the   County,   Wisconsin,   will   sell   the   caption  above.  Any  response  on   following  described  real  estate. your   part   must   be   filed   on   or   Lot   52,   First   Addition   to   before   January   5,   2016.   The   Montriol   Estates,   City   of   St.   response  must  be  sent  or  deliv-­ ered   to   this   court   and   the   plain-­ Croix   Falls,   Polk   County,   tiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   attorney   whose   addresses   Wisconsin. are  as  follows: TAX  KEY  NO.  281-­01361-­0000. Clerk  of  Circuit  Court STREET   ADDRESS:   811   Ore-­ Polk  County  Justice  Center gon   Street,   Saint   Croix   Falls,   1005  W.  Main  Street,  #300 WI  54024. Balsam  Lake,  WI  54810 PLACE  OF  SALE:  Front  lobby  of   715-­485-­9299 the   Polk   County   Justice   Nicholas  V.  Davis Center,   1005   W.   Main   St.,   The  Law  Firm  of  Williams  &   Balsam  Lake,  WI. Davis DATE   &   TIME   OF   SALE:   Janu-­ 314  Keller  Avenue  North ary  26,  2016,  at  10:00  a.m. Amery,  WI  54001 TERMS  OF  SALE: You   may   have   an   attorney   1.   Property   is   sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   help  or  represent  you. subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   If  you  do  not  file  an  answer  to   encumbrances,   including   but   the   complaint   within   twenty   (20)   not   limited   unpaid   and   days,   the   court   may   grant   a   accrued   real   estate   taxes,   judgment   against   you   for   the   special   assessments   and   award   of   money   or   other   legal   other   governmental   charges,   action   requested   in   the   com-­ plus  interest  and  penalties,  if   plaint,   and   you   may   lose   your   any. right  to  object  to  anything  that  is   2.   A   bid   deposit   of   not   less   or   may   be   incorrect   in   the   com-­ than  ten  percent  (10%)  of  the   plaint.   A   judgment   may   be   en-­ bid   amount   shall   be   due   in   forced   as   provided   by   law.   A   the   form   of   cash,   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   judgment   awarding   money   may   check   or   certified   funds   at   become   a   lien   against   any   real   the  time  of  sale. estate   you   own   now   or   in   the   3.  Successful  bidder  to  pay  the   future,   and   may   also   be   en-­ entire   unpaid   balance   of   bid   forced   by   garnishment   or   sei-­ within  ten  (10)  days  following   zure  of  property. confirmation   of   the   sale   by   The   original   complaint   in   the   the   court   plus   buyer   to   pay   above-­entitled  action  is  on  file  in   for   buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   title   insurance,   the   office   of   the   Clerk   of   Circuit   document  recording  fees  and   Court   for   Polk   County,   Wiscon-­ Wisconsin   Real   Estate   sin,   and   said   action   is   being   brought   for   the   purpose   of   fore-­ Transfer  Tax. 4.   Failure   to   make   timely   pay-­ closure  of  mortgage. ment   following   confirmation   Dated  this  14th  day  of  Decem-­ of  sale  will  result  in  forfeiture   ber,  2015. of  bid  deposit. The  Law  Firm  of  Williams  &   Davis Peter  M.  Johnson,  Sheriff Attorney  for  the  Plaintiff Polk  County By: Nicholas  V.  Davis Law  Offices  of  James  E.     >5(?37 #1078967 Huismann,  S.C. N14  W23777  Stone  Ridge  Dr. Suite  120 Waukesha,  Wisconsin  54188 262-­523-­6400  >5(?37

(Dec.  16,  23,  30) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Central  Bank 2104  Hastings  Avenue Newport,  MN  55055 Plaintiff, vs. Mary  Jo  Hinz 1579  State  Hwy.  35 Centuria,  WI  54824, Bryan  R.  Harrison 1579  State  Hwy.  35 Centuria,  WI  54824 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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Crash fatal for Chetek woman CHETEK - A Chetek woman lost her life after a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday, Dec. 19, at about 9:18 a.m. The vehicle Janette Schaff, 76, Chetek, was driving went off the road and hit a driveway at CTH M near 11-3/4 Avenue in the Town of Chetek. Schaaf was flown from the Chetek Airport to Luther Hospital with serious injuries. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department along with the Chetek ambulance, police, fire and first responders and a LifeLink helicopter responded to the crash. In an updated news release from Barron County, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald stated that Schaaf had passed away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not sure at this time if the accident was a contributing factor and my deputies are working on it,â&#x20AC;? said Fitzgerald. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Danielle Danford with information from the Barron County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department


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Celebrating 10 years of Holiday Indulgence Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; More than 450 people came to indulge in WKHĂ&#x20AC;QHDQGIHVWLYHKROLGD\FKHHU presented and served up by the Grantsburg High School band on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. This was the 10th year of the very popular Holiday Indulgence dinner and concert held on two evenings in the colorfully lit and decorated high school gymnasium. Guests enjoyed dinner followed by musical selections from the choir and band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We served over 450 people on the two nights,â&#x20AC;? commented high school choir director Linda Benge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone loved the concert and the festive decorations.â&#x20AC;?

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BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The pages of this newspaper represented an extreme variety of news in 2015, from what most of us rural dwellers would consider â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crime - homicide and murder plots - to bowling scores and the approval of a new ordinance addressing the freezing of city water lines. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;hyper-localâ&#x20AC;? news of 2015 included a reunion of those who used to work at the legendary Duncan Yo-Yo factory in Luck a half century ago, the search for a couple of missing Icelandic sheep, the celebration of the legend of a record white-tailed buck shot 100 years ago near Danbury and coverage of the monthly Matchbox/Hot Wheel car races at the Yellow Lake Golf Course. 0RUHKLJKSURĂ&#x20AC;OHQHZVLQFOXGHGWKH charges of OWI against a deputy and district attorney in Polk County and the sentencing of a jailer from the same county who took advantage of female inmates, a stabbing death at Interstate 3DUN LQ 6W &URL[ )DOOV DQG WKH WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F related death of a 16-year-old foreign exchange student at Frederic and the community response. Community was again the key word in 2015, in each of the communities we serve and collectively. There were fundraisers for those in need and in memory of those who had passed. In Siren, a man was humbled by the outpouring of support he and his family received when his wife suffered an aneurysm at a basketball game. The community, he said, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbelievable.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to thank the world,â&#x20AC;? he told the Leader. Following are highlights from well over 2,000 pages we published this past year, bringing you the news we assemble each week, always in appreciation of our loyal readers. - Gary King, editor

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â&#x20AC;˘Ron Wilhelm was sworn in as the new sheriff of Burnett County on Jan. 5. He replaced Dean Roland, who was sheriff for 12 years. The sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s badge was handed over at a changing of the guard ceremony at the government center in Siren on Dec. 30, 2014. â&#x20AC;˘New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s babies of Burnett and Polk counties came pretty early in the year. Jesse Turner and Renae McKenzie, of Centuria, had a son, John Raymond Turner, born on Jan. 2, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Jeremiah James Grass was born Jan. 4 at Burnett Medical Center, to Jake and Lindsay Grass, of Pine City, Minn. â&#x20AC;˘Several dozen people packed the room for the regular monthly meeting of the Dresser Village Board, on Jan. 5, wanting to express their opinions, mostly opposing, about the proposed Blue Rock Quarry. â&#x20AC;˘The Salvation Army in Polk and Burnett counties announced their Red Kettle Campaign had raised $116,550.65. This WRWDOIRUERWKFRXQWLHVUHĂ HFWHGDVOLJKW shortage for Polk County from the goal that had been set, and a slightly higherthan-goal total for Burnett County. â&#x20AC;˘Several dozen students and parents attended an SCF School Board meeting to express their desire for a school-sponsored soccer program, but the board did not make a motion in support, so the proposal was dropped for the second year in a row. Â&#x2021;&DXFXVHVDQGFDQGLGDWHVĂ&#x20AC;OLQJQRPLQDWLQJ SDSHUV UHĂ HFWHG DQ XSWLFN RI interest in local politics, with many candidates for village and town boards and school boards. â&#x20AC;˘Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herb Howe was slated to be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of

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February

â&#x20AC;˘Jaime Nelson, of Siren, suffered a brain aneurysm while cheering on her daughters at a basketball game in Spooner on Jan. 24. In the crowd at the game were a registered nurse and offGXW\GHSXWLHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHVSRQGHUV1HOson was at the Spooner hospital within minutes and loaded onto an air ambulance to Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, where she was making a remarkable recovery. Students and local businesses sponsored several fundraisers for her medical expenses. â&#x20AC;˘After being canceled two years in a row because of lack of snow or too-cold weather, the Wisconsin Special Olympics Winter Games were held at Rib Mountain State Park Jan. 24-25. Among the medal winners were Chris Richter, Frederic; Randy Anderson, Amery; Jesse Sanchez, Frederic; Devin Orton, Eureka; Shelly Swanson, St. Croix Falls; Crystal-

ynn Fougner, Amery; and Heather Erickson, Frederic. â&#x20AC;˘Kristin Boland, of Luck, was able to track down and recover her two new Icelandic sheep, who had taken off for parts unknown on Jan. 29, with the help of spotters using social media, Jaymie Johnson and her sheepdogs, and dogcatcher Curtis Schmid. They were caught on Feb. 1, 15 miles from home. â&#x20AC;˘Floyd Drohman presented a plan to the Grantsburg School Board to start a student clay-target shooting club, with 23 students having indicated interest in a survey he had circulated, coaches lined up, businesses willing to offer discounts on guns and ammo, and more, and the board approved it unanimously. â&#x20AC;˘Exchange student Tim Bekshentayev, 16, from Kazakhstan, was killed on Feb. 3 when the pickup in which he ZDVDSDVVHQJHUĂ&#x20AC;VKWDLOHGRQWKHVQRZ\ roadway and struck a tree. He was attending Frederic High School and play-

ing hockey with the Blizzard hockey team. His brother, Rafael, was able to travel from his home in South Korea and attended a celebration of Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life at the high school, where he vowed to raise money to build an indoor sports complex back in their hometown of Oskemen, in honor of Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of skateboarding and BMX biking. â&#x20AC;˘The Luck Winter Carnival took place Feb. 12-15, and drew more-than-local attention, as it was featured on WCCOTV. Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello covered the lighting ceremony for the ice castle and featured many items of local interest, including maple syrup, ice Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ FURVVFRXQWU\ VNLLQJ DQG ORFDO taverns, as part of the WCCO News â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the (Frozen) Lakeâ&#x20AC;? series. Bob Dueholm was the grand marshal of the Winter Carnival parade, and Logan Grey was crowned Miss Luck. Shannon Petersen and Bill Williamson won $100 IRUĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJWKH:LQWHU&DUQLYDOPHGDOlion. â&#x20AC;˘Judge Ken Kutz ordered former bookkeeper Michelle Blake, 35, Webster, to repay $126,960.49 in unauthorized checks she had embezzled from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, A & H, $11,465.95 for the parishesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney fees and $380,881.47 in exemplary damages to punish her for her actions. â&#x20AC;˘Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goiffon family, breeders and showers of Australian terriers, had one of their dogs win best of breed and another win grand champion select in the terrior category at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. Â&#x2021;3ULPDU\HOHFWLRQVQDUURZHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG for Frederic and Siren school board spots. In Frederic, Matt Ennis, Dave Chell, Troy Engen and Shari Matz were the top vote-getters, with Earl Lee and Jim Tinman not making the ballot. In Siren, Georgia Cederberg, Susie Imme, James Koop Kopecky, Wendy Kosloski, Tiffany Meyer and Dave McGrane made the ballot, with Micah Flodin, Jeff Howe and Dayton Daniels eliminated. â&#x20AC;˘Trapper Tomesh, 24, Spooner, was killed when his vehicle slid out of control on wintery roads and was struck by another vehicle. He left behind a wife and a little daughter. â&#x20AC;˘The Vikings girls basketball team was in celebration mode after they defeated the Siren Dragons on Feb. 12. It ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH LQ  \HDUV WKDW WKH Frederic girls had beaten the Dragons. The score was 46-41. â&#x20AC;˘The Luck Winter Carnival alumni 6HHYear in reviewSDJH


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bling. Add beef back to wok, and add 1/2 cup of oyster sauce immediately. Keep stirring till all ingredients are coated with sauce. The steamed rice, which sets patiently all this time, is ready to be served. Before you serve your food, make sure that you have tasted them and personDOO\DUHSOHDVHGZLWKWKHSURĂ&#x20AC;OH'RQRW serve your guests something that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not proud of. Now, picture this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; brownish meat, green broccoli, yellow baby corn, grayish straw mushroom and orange carrots; coated with a light brown sauce on top of steamy white rice. Add to it the aroma from the garlic, ginger and black bean sauce still lingering in the kitchen. Need I say more? I like something dry and sharp with this dish â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pinot Grigio or Gerwurtztremeiner. Enjoy! P.S. not enough room this week, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do Hawaiian Chicken next week. You can reach the author at wokandroll@leadernewsroom.com

Both Frederic ski trails are open FREDERIC - The snow that arrived last week has set the stage for a great Nordic skiing season in western Wisconsin. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW  LQFKHV RI QHZ VQRZ WKDW came in just after Christmas was groomed immediately, and there is enough base to open the trails. The Coon Lake and the Trade River trails need a bit more snow to allow tracks to be set for classic skiing, but there is enough snow packed for skate or untracked classic skiing. Until there is more of a base, rock skis are recommended, for now. With more snow predicted for early in

the week, skiing should be good for the upcoming long New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend. Volunteers from the Viking Ski Club were rested and ready when the snow fell and immediately began rolling a base that set up nicely with the following cooler weather. The Coon Lake Trail, just east of Coon Lake on Ash Street, has a little over 4 kilometers of groomed trail and the Trade River Trail, 1-1/2 miles south of Frederic on 150th Avenue, has grown to about 8 kilometers. Both trails are groomed for classic and skating, with tracks set when

DVXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWEDVHLVSUHVHQW Grooming is done by local volunteers, and donation boxes are provided at both locations. There is no charge to ski or park, but donations are appreciated to help with the cost of grooming and maintaining the trails. Volunteers put in many hours during the year to clear brush, mow, grub out exposed roots and rocks from the trails, plus the grooming to maintain a smooth and safe skiing surface that needs to be redone often to compact new snow and remove wear patterns from skiers.

Winter street access to Coon Lake is provided on the north side from Elm Street. For more information on local cross country trails, call 800-222-POLK or 715485-4294 or visit polkcountytourism.com. For information on area or regional crosscounty skiing trails, events, and the latest trail conditions, visit norwiski.com or skinnyski.com. - from the Viking Ski Club -Frederic

Cross-country skiing and bonfire at the Forts DANBURY - Classic skiers, skate skiers and everyone interested in learning about cross-country skiing are invited to attend a cross-country ski event at Forts

Folle Avoine Historical Park, Sunday, Jan. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. The trails will be groomed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; provided, of course, that there is enough snow to hold the event.

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My fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife by Robin Maercklein clung to the remaining cable as I inched my way across the dilapidated bridge. The small suspension crossing consisted of two not-so-stout beams on either side with planking on top and a cable on each side that doubled as a railing. The upstream cable was mostly gone and the beam was rotted and broken in the middle, threatening to spill its occupants into the river several feet below. The bridge looked like a wide ribbon stretched across the river with the upstream side drooping down nearly into the water. At the middle of the bridge, grasping the cable was the only way to keep from sliding down the planks and into the drink. The Baptism River here at the headwaters during spring melt was a cascade of boiling whitewater that would sweep away anything that landed in it. We had crossed the bridge earlier that day to hike the trail on the other side of the river through Finland State Forest. Our return crossing would take us back to our campsite at a favorite backpack-

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port the sale in three steps through Seller Notify. This online tool also enables the seller to print a receipt, email a copy or save the recorded information for their records. Sellers can also report the sale by completing and submitting a WisDMV form, MV 2870, by mail or at a local DMV Service Center. The Seller Notify system was designed to be compatible with mobile devices and desktop computers. Sellers can use their preferred platform, including phones and tablets, to submit sale data directly to age 49, Dad did not have a lot of possessions to pass on to my brothers and me. Peter, the oldest and the only hunter among us three, received his collection of guns. David got his carpentry tools, not knowing he would spend two summers during college as a carpenter. 0H,ORYHGWRĂ&#x20AC;VKDQG,JRWDOOKLV Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJHTXLSPHQWEXW,DOVRJRWWZR hunting knives. They were identical and one came with an embossed leather sheath. One knife was long lost, having been discarded when the leather washers that made up the handle fell off leaving a bare steel shank. Mom always said I had my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands and holding the remaining knife it was easy to imagine Dad using his knife on hunting trips. But that knife was now on the bottom of the Baptism River. Made by Shrade-Walden, it was 9-3/4 inches in length with a 5-inch carbon steel blade. Nearly identical to knives they manufactured for the military during World War II, the knives became familiar and popular. Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife was manufactured sometime between 1946 and 1958 in Walden, N.Y. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know ZKHQP\IDWKHUDFTXLUHGWKLVNQLIHEXW with the initials â&#x20AC;&#x153;G E J. K.â&#x20AC;? carved on the sheath it was clear Dad was not the Ă&#x20AC;UVWRZQHU7KHKDQGOHFRQVLVWHGRID steel core wrapped with 26 leather oval washers, contoured and wider in the PLGGOHWRĂ&#x20AC;WFRPIRUWDEO\LQP\KDQG

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The leather handle was capped at each end by a brown Bakelite washer with an aluminum guard at the bladeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s base and an aluminum cap at the butt of the handle. I had carried and used this knife on every one of my camping trips and now it was gone. Or was it? Headwater streams so YLROHQWGXULQJVSULQJĂ RRGVFDQDOPRVW disappear in just a few weeks and this was a favored backpacking site for us, especially for Peter. That autumn Peter presented me with the knife I inherited from my father. He had gone back for fall color photography and the river was now just a trickle compared to its former rage. There, lying among dry rocks exactly where it had dropped and lightly tinged with rust spots, was my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife.

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&KURQLFOHV Woodswhimsy the gnome on goodly amounts of imbibing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; then again, there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t football or video games or the other modern hullabaloos HLWKHU7KHUHOLJLRXVVLGHZDVTXLWHSULvate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many of the French-Canadians having grown up Catholic, the English/ Scots/Yankees Protestant, and of course they were resident in a majority population of Natives who did not observe any of the Christian trappings but still observed the seasonal celebrations. Over the years many of the traders and voyageurs adopted this outlook as well. Regardless, what we can garner from traders journals of the time indicates that on both Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, early in the morning voyageurs called on their trading post bosses to formally salute them. This was often done via a YROOH\RIPXVNHWĂ&#x20AC;UHDQGLQUHWXUQWKH bourgeois or clerk in charge of the post would dole out a ration of spirits. Often a party would ensue, featuring the PXVLFRIĂ&#x20AC;GGOHDQG,QGLDQGUXPDQG a dance would wind up the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s observances. One visitor to one of these JDODVVD\VWKDWWKHFDELQZDV´Ă&#x20AC;OOHG by the gaily dressed guests â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Indians, whose chief ornament consisted in the paint on their faces, voyageurs with bright sashes and neatly ornamented moccasins, half-breeds glittering in every ornament they could lay their hands on, all were laughing, and jabbering in as many different languages as there were styles of dress.â&#x20AC;? A similar holiday dance was described at Rainy Lake in 1817: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had WZRH[FHOOHQWĂ&#x20AC;GGOHUVDQGRXUEDOOLQ which the exhilarating amusement of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;light fantastic toeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was kept up to a late hour in the morning. We walked through no lazy minuets; we had no VLPSHULQJTXDGULOOHVQRODQJXLVKLQJ half-dying waltzes; no â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ours was the exercise of health, the light liverly reel,

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these â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sorry, Santa, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get your own stories until much later. In North America, the voyageurs made the story XQLTXHO\WKHLUVFRPELQLQJWKLVKRPHspun legend with an Indian tale about DĂ \LQJFDQRH,QWKHLUUHQGLWLRQVWKH voyageurs make a pact with the devil WRĂ \DFDQRHWKURXJKWKHQLJKWRQ1HZ Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve and visit their families back in Quebec. A great time is had, but on the return trip the inebriated crew crash into trees, hit church steeples, and plow into snowbanks, sometimes never making it back, and/or at least having a miserable go at their sky-voyaging exploits. The moral of the tale? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell out to the devil, or something like it â&#x20AC;Ś there are dozens of variants to the story, and of course the teller was free to embellish whenever/however he liked; I suppose you could call it tell-a-vision. Signed, Woodswhimsy ÂŤ$QLQGHSHQGHQWZULWHUQRWDIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHG with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park

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50 years ago A permanent structure to control the level of Spirit Lake in Burnett County was completed by the Allen Selander Construction crew with help from Marvin Reese and Melvin Wicklund. Plans were designed with assistance from the U.S. Conservation Service.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mrs. Freeman Johnson, from Grantsburg, was treated for shock but no injuries after a vehicle mishap. She was driving on Hwy. 48 west of Trade Lake when she hit an icy patch and her 1961 Falcon swung around and overturned without leaving the roadway. The car had no appreciable damage.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Frederic High School teacher Edwin Pedersen, also a board member of West Denmark Lutheran Church, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Commissaryman 3rd Class Tom C. Amey, from Siren, was serving aboard the destroyer USS Higbee, operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Gary Schauls, from Frederic, completed basic training and was transferred to Forbes Air Force Base, Kan.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mrs. George Anderson, Clam Falls, landed a 38inch, 15-pound northern and a 4-1/2-pound bass, both on the same day, and got her picture in the paper.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Top winners in the Frederic coloring contest were Connie +RVWUXS Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH IRU GUDZLQJ 0DU\ 6LPRQVRQ VHFRQGDQG/LQGD%HQJWVRQWKLUG)RUFRORULQJĂ&#x20AC;UVW place went to Ray Amundson, second, Kathy Amundson and third, Becky Bergstrom.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Charlotte Jensen, a senior at Frederic High School, won a set of Rogers silverware from the Pure Oil Co. for being the winner of the state 4-H speaking contest.

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Restaurant & The Woodshed

World-class cuisine without the high prices. Come enjoy unique, delicious cooking in a warm and casual environment. HAPPY HOUR: Mon. - Fri. 4 - 6 p.m. House Wines $3 â&#x20AC;˘ Tap Beer $3 â&#x20AC;˘ Rail Drinks $2

Gary Kaefer, D.D.S. Family Dentistry Webster Office

Signature Dishes by Chef Jon Dykeman

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SIREN DENTAL CLINIC

Available Daily From 4 - 6 p.m.

~ ~ ~ ENTREES $10 ~ ~ ~

Jon E. Cruz, DDS 24164 State Road 35 Siren, Wis.

(All entrees include a choice of potato and vegetable)

Spinach & Prosciutto-Stuffed Meat Loaf w/Burgundy Gravy Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Artichoke Tartar Dijon Breast of Chicken Honey/Maple-Glazed Pork Chop

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23985 State Road 35 â&#x20AC;˘ 715-349-7878 Located in The Northwoods Crossing Event Center at the stoplights in Siren, WI

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<HDULQUHYLHZIURPSDJH basketball tourney resulted in a championship for the six-player team of Kody Erickson, Britta Petersen, Christa Petersen, Brady Klatt, Cody Richert and Chad Gilhoi, who also acted as coach. â&#x20AC;˘Larry Fisk was named Barbershopper of the Year by the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus. â&#x20AC;˘The Unity School District offered the opportunity for Luck students to attend Unity summer school, and the school board took them up on it, saying it would give the students a lot of opportunities and possibly be Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\SURĂ&#x20AC;WDEOHIRU/XFNLQWKHORQJUXQ â&#x20AC;˘Luck Village treasurer/deputy clerk Kevin Kress tendered his resignation to take a job as city administrator at Clearwater, Minn. â&#x20AC;˘The SCF School Board voted to cancel their cooperative agreement with the Blizzard girls hockey program in favor of the Somerset/New Richmond cooperative program. â&#x20AC;˘Luck basketball coach Rick Giller was suspended from coaching the boys varsity basketball team midseason, on Feb. 5, and a large group of parents and students attended the next school board meeting to ask for his reinstatement, which would not happen without a grievance process. â&#x20AC;˘Over 30 Polk and Burnett residents were among the Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHUVDWWKHQG$PHULFDQ%LUNHEHLQHU6NL5DFHLQ Hayward on Feb. 21, which involved more than 5,000 contestants. â&#x20AC;˘Ten Grantsburg families hosted nine students and two teachers from China for a weeklong cultural exchange coordinated through the Sino-American Youth Ambassadors program, part of the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation. â&#x20AC;˘Among the winners at the Central Burnett County )DLUVSRQVRUHGLFHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJFRQWHVWRQ<HOORZ/DNHZHUH %URFN&KHUQH\ZKRZRQIRUWKHODUJHVWVXQĂ&#x20AC;VK and 8-year-old Devin Stuart, who won an ice auger for catching a 12.34-pound northern. Other winners were Alisha Lamb, largest crappie, and Mycal Larson, biggest walleye.

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-DQXDU\WR-XQH Scout, then went on to earn 15 more merit badges, earning the bronze, gold and silver palms. His Eagle project was building two wheelchair-accessible hunting blinds. Â&#x2021;3LHUFH&RXQW\DXWKRULWLHVĂ&#x20AC;OHGWKUHHFKDUJHVRIKRmicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle against Kari Jo Milberg, Milltown. She was seriously injured and her daughter, Lydia, and nieces, Laynie and Clara, were killed in an accident in December 2013. Four months after the accident, Milbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cell phone was found near the scene, revealing she had been chatting on Facebook while driving at the time of the accident. â&#x20AC;˘The Luck High School Physics Club participated in the PlungeMN, Anoka County, jumping into the frigid water as Team Luckie Duckie, and raising almost $1,000 for Special Olympics. â&#x20AC;˘A fundraiser was held at Wilkins Bar and Resort on Bone Lake for Ashley Johnson, a Unity graduate and UW-La Crosse student majoring in marketing and minoring in organizational and professional communication. She was hoping to raise $7,000 to spend a 12-week internship in South Africa in the summer, working with African Impact, in a variety of activities including HIV/AIDS awareness, child education projects, clean water projects, and analyzing the marketing strategies of the organization and developing new ones. â&#x20AC;˘St. Croix Falls Elementary Principal Jeff Benoy had to kiss a goat when the students, who paid $1 for each vote, picked the goat over a hedgehog as the object of his affection. It was all part of a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. With other activities also involved, the students raised $2,052.08. â&#x20AC;˘The daughter of Frederic resident Orv Volkmann, Karen Clark, of Buffalo, Minn., was inducted into the Pinto Professional Horsewoman of the Year Hall of Fame. â&#x20AC;˘Winners at the Siren Lions Whopper Ice-Fishing

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included Matt Ennis and David Chell to the Frederic School Board; Todd Roehm on the Luck School Board; Faye Brittan to the Balsam Lake Village Board; Dave Rasmussen as village president in Luck; Ben Kotval and Glenn Owen, Milltown â&#x20AC;˘The Albert Victor Ravenholt Fund Village Board; and Jim Meyer, president, awarded $10,000 to Kinship of Polk and George Hansford and Greg Heine County to support their Character on the Frederic Village Board. Counts! program. â&#x20AC;˘A Habitat for Humanity home built â&#x20AC;˘Vera Amundsen, lifelong Frederic in Centuria was dedicated on April 11 resident, turned 100 and celebrated with and the new owners, Matthew and Kaytwo parties. An active woman, she said, lah Martin, and their children, Levi and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to get old,â&#x20AC;? and that God â&#x20AC;&#x153;still Brianna, were able to move in. has a purpose for me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘Traditions of Frederic Assisted Livâ&#x20AC;˘Grantsburg resident Audrey Ed- ing held a senior prom for residents and PXQGVZDVSURĂ&#x20AC;OHGLQWKLVSDSHUDVVKH guests. had written a book about her wrongful â&#x20AC;˘The Webster High School choir and conviction and imprisonment after a band performed at and enjoyed Walt child in her care died, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Happened to Disney World in Florida over spring Audrey, It Could Happen to You.â&#x20AC;? break. Â&#x2021;)UHGHULF (OHPHQWDU\ VWXGHQWV Ă&#x20AC;Qâ&#x20AC;˘Frederic Village Administrator Dave ished their thematic learning unit on Wondra resigned effective March 30. He space with a trip for everyone to the Sci- had served in that position for 11 years. ence Museum of Minnesota. â&#x20AC;˘Polk County jailer and Amery Fire â&#x20AC;˘On April 7, voters in Osceola ap- Chief Darryl Christensen resigned his SURYHGDPLOOLRQTXHVWLRQUHJDUG- posts after charges of sexual assault ing the Discovery Center project. Unity ZHUHĂ&#x20AC;OHGDJDLQVWKLPE\IRUPHUIHPDOH voters said no to an $18 million build- inmates of the jail. ing project to update and add on to the â&#x20AC;˘Taylors Falls, Minn., Mayor Mike school. Siren and SCF school referen- Buchite credited emergency responddums also failed. ers with saving his life when his heart â&#x20AC;˘Newcomers in local elected positions stopped several times due to a blocked

April

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play was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drama Camp.â&#x20AC;? Unity Middle School students produced â&#x20AC;&#x153;Westward, Whoa!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘The Grantsburg Library had an open house to celebrate their new building addition, the learning center. â&#x20AC;˘Milltownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allan DeWolf was recognized for 60 years of membership with the American Legion. â&#x20AC;˘An altercation at Interstate Park led to the stabbing death of Peter Kelly, 34, a dedicated volunteer wrestling coach from St. Croix Falls. Levi Acre-Kendall, 19, claimed self-defense. Â&#x2021;7KH+1VWUDLQRIDYLDQLQĂ XHQ]D ELUGĂ XZDVVSUHDGLQJLQVHYHUDOVWDWHV including Wisconsin, leading to the euthanization of millions of birds. â&#x20AC;˘Siren students Rylee Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and (PLO\6WLHPDQQTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRUWKH)&&/$ national competition in Washington, D.C., with the projects they created. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reversible Go Green game gear bag was made out of an old Siren Dragons sweatshirt and T-shirt. Stiemann created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;red-carpet-readyâ&#x20AC;? red dress. â&#x20AC;˘About 625 local volunteers gathered at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Osceola, to pack 140,000 meal packs for Feed My Starving Children. Â&#x2021;4XDUWHU0RRQ$FUHVDQHTXLQHWKHU6HHYear in reviewQH[WSDJH


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Three Benitez brothers, taught high school Spanish in Webster was the top team money raiser, and top two from Amery and one from Turtle and Solon Springs, died after being individual was Patti Fredericks, raising Lake, were arrested. struck by a car in Brooklyn, N.Y., while â&#x20AC;˘Grantsburg high school art students visiting her daughter, son-in-law and $4,271. The Luck walk/run also raised over $30,000, with top fundraising team WXUQHG  Ă&#x20AC;UH K\GUDQWV LQ *UDQWVEXUJ baby granddaughter. being Sandy and the Gang, $6,509, and into works of art, all different, and were â&#x20AC;˘Siren pre-K through eighth-grade top individual fundraiser Margie Nel- hoping to have up to 30 done in time for Principal Sarah Darwin resigned after son, $4,033. Both events had over 150 *UDQWVEXUJ¡V VHVTXLFHQWHQQLDO FHOHEUD- one year to take a job with CESA 12 as tion in the fall. participants. an educational consultant. â&#x20AC;˘Big Gust Days in Grantsburg inâ&#x20AC;˘Luck student Tanner Nielsen was â&#x20AC;˘Controversy was increasing in granted a $100,000 music scholarship to FOXGHG D SDQFDNH EUHDNIDVW DW WKH Ă&#x20AC;UH Spooner over the school situation. A Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. station, motorcycle and tractor shows, group called Friends of Spooner Schools â&#x20AC;˘The Frederic Chamber of Commerce and the 10th-annual Carlyle Sherstad placed an ad thanking teachers who rehonored Citizens of the Year Jim and Run/Walk, with 5K winners Jacob Ohn- tired, resigned or whose contracts were Phyllis Meyer, Business of the Year stad and Jenna Ruiz, and 10K winners not renewed, noting the school was losowner Butch Hacker, and Volunteer of Brendan Kutz and Carrie Myers. ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;over 10 centuries of experience.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘A new logging museum opened at WKH<HDU-XOLH0DUWLQDWWKHLUEDQTXHWRQ Â&#x2021;-HQQD /DTXD EHFDPH WKH QHZ 0LVV Forts Folle Avoine, Danbury, built from Frederic, with First Princess Emily May 8. â&#x20AC;˘The Main Store in Webb Lake re- logs milled from trees that fell in the July Amundson and Little Miss Frederic opened in May, after it burned down 1, 2011, windstorm that struck the area. Gabby Denver. â&#x20AC;˘Frederic music teacher Pat Anderson the previous November, with a grand â&#x20AC;˘An open house for the new Frederic retired after 40 years with the district. Clinic was held on June 20 during Famreopening planned for June. â&#x20AC;˘The new Grantsburg Fire Hall was The 2015 yearbook was dedicated to her ily Days. dedicated on May 15 with an open at a special assembly in her honor, and a â&#x20AC;˘The inaugural Another Kilometer tree presented which would be planted for Anna race was run during Frederic house. â&#x20AC;˘ Janet Fairbrother, Laurie Warndahl, on school grounds. Family Days, raising $3,500 for a scholâ&#x20AC;˘About 50 Spooner students staged a arship fund. Steve Warndahl and Susan Warndahl Harlander accepted a long-delayed demonstration protesting the treatment â&#x20AC;˘The Siren Ag Association Dairy Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Prisoner of school staff members by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breakfast took place at the Dodds farm, of War Medal on behalf of their father, administration. Win-De Acres, outside of Frederic. Â&#x2021;$ QHZ Ă DJSROH DW WKH QHZ 'DQLHOV Robert Warndahl, who served 5-1/2 â&#x20AC;˘Burnett Dairy served free samples years in the Army starting in WWII, at Town Hall was dedicated to the mem- of their cheeses and over 4,000 free icea Memorial Day ceremony in Milltown. ory of decorated Navy veteran David cream cones during their Dairy Days â&#x20AC;˘Grantsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steve Dahl, Jim Sun- Wayne Hilger, who died in 2012 in a celebration. 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Public meeting will address current status of Totogatic State Wildlife Area flowage and dam HAYWARD - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. WRVKDUHWKHFXUUHQWVWDWXVRIWKHĂ RZDJHDQGGDPDW the Totogatic State Wildlife Area near Wozny Road. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Hayward High School auditorium, 10320 N. Greenwood Lane, Hayward. $VDUHVXOWRIGDPVDIHW\FRQFHUQVWKHĂ RZDJHKDV been drawn down approximately 2 feet to alleviate pressure on the dam. Based on the damâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current condition, it must be removed and reconstructed or abandoned. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is currently in the planning process of rerouting Wozny Road, which travels over the dam. A new route to the north would create a new bridge downstream. Background information regarding the Totogatic State Wildlife AreaDQGLWVĂ RZDJHFDQEHIRXQGRQWKH DNR website. Additional public meetings and opportunities in 2016 will gather additional public input. 7KH Ă RZDJH RQ 7RWRJDWLF 6WDWH :LOGOLIH $UHD LV DQ impoundment of the Totogatic River, which is directly downstream of the Nelson Lake dam and overlaps Sawyer and Washburn counties. Prior to drawdown, the

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Roger E. Vink Roger Eugene Vink, 83, of Balsam Lake, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at the Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Amery with his loving family at his side. Roger was born in the Town of Beaver in his parents farmhouse on May 5, 1932. He attended school at Happy Hollow School in Range/Turtle Lake, Wis. He married Lucille â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucyâ&#x20AC;? Roehl on May    +H HQMR\HG KXQWLQJ Ă&#x20AC;VKing, camping and working on classic cars. He served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family will greet visitors from 9:3010:30 a.m. at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest following the service at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis., at 2:30 p.m. with full military honors. Roger leaves to celebrate his memory his wife, Lucille â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucyâ&#x20AC;? Vink; children, Marshall (Joan) Vink, Michael Vink, Roger (Arlene) Vink, Lucinda Vink, Thomas (Linda) Vink and Timothy (Voni) Vink; grandchildren, Joshua (Rita) Vink, Jessica (Richard) Chamberlin, Jason (Leslie) Halliday, Janeah (Dustin) Weaver, Adam Vink, Ryan (Alyssa) Vink, Samantha Vink, Morgan (Troy) Dowell, 1LFROH9LQN$EE\9LQN=DFKDU\9LQNDQG:\DWW9LQN 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dolores Chartrand and Marcella Kalning; and nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ottilia Vink; sisters, Dorothy Dumas, Catherine Spencer and Elsie Christensen; and brothers, Earl, James, Joseph and Daniel Vink. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Steven J. Derrick Steven Joseph Derrick, 64, passed away at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born in Grand Forks, N.D., on July 22, 1951, to parents Richard and Jeanne (Voiss) Derrick. When he was a year old he went to live with this grandmother, Gertrude Derrick, and her husband, Albin LaGoo. They lived in Cambridge, Minn., before moving to the St. Croix Falls, Wis., area. Steve graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in 1969. After graduation he attended vocational school in Eau Claire to get KLV FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ LQ KHDWLQJ DQG FRROing. On June 10, 1972, he was united in marriage to Hollis Jean Greenlee at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Centuria. They made their home in St. Croix Falls. In 1981, they moved to Amery where they owned and operated Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe and Camelot Supper Club until 1996. Steve was then employed by Amery Housing Authority as a maintenance supervisor; he was well-loved by the residents. He was involved in Amery Youth Hockey for several years as a coach and referee. Steve enjoyed the RXWGRRUVDQGWKHKXQWLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJLWRIIHUHG+HZDV a self-taught carpenter and electrician and enjoyed construction and remodeling projects. Steve struggled with health issues since 2002, when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mark and Orv; and sister, Gail. Surviving family members include his wife, Holly; sons, Adam Derrick, Tony -HQQLIHU 'HUULFNDQG%HQ Ă&#x20AC;DQFHH&KULVW\*DWHV 'HUrick; grandchildren, Sadie, Ruby and Karina; brothers, Darrell (Rhonda) Boyle, Robert (Chris) Derrick, James (Dana) Derrick and Randy (Maryann) Derrick; sisters, Richyne (Frank) Meyer, Donna (Aaron) Curan Henderson, Dee (Robert) Derrick-Knight and Renae Bennett; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amery on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at 11 a.m. There will be visitation at the church for the hour prior to the service. You may sign an online guest book and view a video tribute at williamsonwhite.com. The WilliamsonWhite Funeral Home and Cremation Services provided assistance to the family.

Roger A. Danielson Roger Axel Danielson, 86, of the Town of Trade Lake, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 26, 2015. Visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg on Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m., followed by a lunch. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, rowefh.com, 715-327-4475.


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Leslie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lesâ&#x20AC;? Allen Clausen, 65, was received into heaven Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Les was taken far too soon by complications of heart failure. Les was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 28, 1949. He was raised in the Siren area of Wisconsin. In May of 1970, Les was drafted into the United States Army where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Armed )RUFHV([SHGLWLRQDU\0HGDODQGZDVTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVW class gunner and sharpshooter. Les was honorably discharged in 1972. After the Army, Les met the absolute love of his life, Diane Colburn. They were married in 1974 and had two children. Les was a very hardworking man who devoted his life WRSURYLGLQJIRUKLVIDPLO\+HHQMR\HGKXQWLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKing, instilling his love of the outdoors to both his girls. He loved spending time with his four grandchildren, teachLQJWKHPWRĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGHQMR\LQJWKHLUWLPHWRJHWKHU+HZLOO be dearly missed by his family and friends. Les was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Jeanette Clausen; and his wife, Diane Clausen. Les is survived by his daughters, Christie Clausen and Brandi Harder; and his grandchildren, Brandon Clausen, Haley Anderson, Riley Harder and Garrett Harder. Memorial services will be held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck, Wis., on Jan. 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. with a onehour visitation prior to the service. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh.com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

James Joseph Engelhart of Frederic, Wis., passed away Dec. 19, 2015, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab facility. Jim was born on June 22, 1935, in Trade Lake to Joseph and Viola Engelhart. Jim graduated from the Frederic High School in 1953 and then attended barber college in Eau Claire where he also met the love of his life, Lavonne. They were married in August 1955 in Bloomer, Wis., and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer. Jim held many jobs in his life. He owned and operated a barbershop in Cushing for six years, and then he and Lavonne moved to Lewis in 1965 and purchased the Lewis Bar. Jim later opened a new barbershop there. After they sold the bar, Jim sold real estate and Prudential and Bankerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life insurances. He drove school bus for the Frederic School District until his retirement. Jim was a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church for close to 50 years. He served on the Daniels Town Board, the Burnett County Board of Supervisors and the Frederic Rural Fire Department Board for many years. Jim and Lavonne purchased a donut wagon in retirement and enjoyed their summers traveling to area community events. They made many new friends along the way. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lavonne; parents, Joseph and Viola Engelhart; in-laws, Leonard and Lucille Siverling; sisters, Joan Chelmo and Betty Tromberg; sister-in-law, Diane Engelhart; and brothersin-law, Tom Chelmo and Lloyd Siverling. Jim leaves behind his children, Greg (Barb) Engelhart, Tammy (Bruce) Chell and Jackie (John) Kurkowski; grandchildren, Joe Engelhart, Josh (Heidi) Chell, Amanda (William) Shafer, Melissa (Vince) Hull, Jeremy Chell and friend Jennifer, Ashley (Jayce) den Hoed and Austin Kurkowski; great-grandchildren, Mason Chell, Brennan, Skyler and Brayden Shafer, McKenna and Declan Hull and Samantha and Dylan Oman; brother, Robert Engelhart; sisters, Ruth Ann (Roger) Young, Jean (Joe) Pellegrino and Fern Brunclik; sister-in-law, Judy Siverling; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Memorial services were held at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with the Rev. 3DXO3HWHUVRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ0XVLFZDVSURYLGHGE\RUJDQLVW0DU\/RX'DHIĂ HUDQGYRFDOLVW(OQD'RRUQLQN You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh.com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-3274475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Jennie E. Nelson, of Wolf Creek, Wis., died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center at the age of 98. Jennie was born Dec. 31, 1916, in Osceola, Wis., to William and Harriet Iverson. She married Emil Nelson. Jennie enjoyed crocheting, and was known for crocheting the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prayer that is displayed at the Good Samaritan Center; she also liked sewing, cooking, driving for others and being with her family. Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emil; and her siblings. She is survived by her sons, John Nelson of Wolf Creek and Mickey (Bea) Nelson of Dresser, Wis.; grandchildren, Lacey Nelson, Tony Nelson and Terry Nelson; great-grandchildren, Emily, Phoenix and Dominic; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 28, at Wolf Creek United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Wolf Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edling Chapel, grandstrandfh. com.

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Frances Elaine Krause, 85, a resident of rural Webster, died Dec. 27, 2015, at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner. Frances â&#x20AC;&#x153;Franâ&#x20AC;? was born on Oct. 10, 1930, to Frank and Eleanor Arndt, who farmed in Pierce County, Wis. Elizabeth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bettyâ&#x20AC;? Lorraine Hull Peterson, 90, died Dec. Fran and her brother, Gerald, at20, 2015, at Amery Memory Care in tended Herbert School for seven Amery, Wis., with her family at her years and Conroy School for one year. side. Fran graduated from Ellsworth High Betty was born Jan. 8, 1925, to Roy School in 1948. M. and Roberta M. (Boschert) Hull in Fran was united in marriage to Eugene Krause on Oct. Burlington, N.D. She attended grade 30, 1954. Three children were born to this union, Karen, school and high school in Burlington Mark and Kent. where she had an attendance record Fran always had a great love for teaching children and that was almost perfect. In the sumcountry schools. She attended UW-River Falls and remer months in the early 1940s, she ceived a two-year rural teaching degree. She taught four would come up to Range, Wis., to visit her aunt, Olive years in a one-room school in Pierce County from 1950 Colburn, and Cousin Leota. Here she met the love of her to 1954. After moving to the Orange community in 1954, life, Melvin A. Peterson, of Turtle Lake, Wis., in the Town VKHWDXJKWĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKURXJKVL[WKJUDGHVDW/RQH3LQH6FKRRO of Beaver. Betty and Melvin were married June 30, 1943, for one year and she did a lot of substitute teaching for at the Catholic church in Turtle Lake. After their marthe Webster School District while raising her young chilriage they moved to the family farm north of Range. Here dren. Fran continued taking college classes and received the couple made their home with Bettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father-in-law, her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from UW-Superior. She taught uncle-in-law, two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law. second grade at Webster Elementary School from 1972 To this union Betty and Melvin had four children. Betty through 1993. than took lessons and joined the Elim Lutheran Church Frances was very involved in community and church in Range where her husband was a member. There she activities. In August 2013, Fran was recognized for her became an active member of the ladies aid and was a 50th year as a 4-H leader, starting a 4-H club in Pierce Sunday school superintendent for a few years. She was Julie Marie Richter, 48, of Luck, Wis., walked into the County, but spending most of these years working active in two 500 card clubs. She loved to play 500. She with local youth in the Orange community and Burnett belonged to the North Range Homemakers Club. In 1992 loving arms of her Lord and Savior County. She was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall Betty moved to the Turtle lake Apartments. She lived Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, 2015. of Fame in 2014. Fran was also active at the club, county there until she could no longer care for herself. In NoShe was born on Feb. 26 in St. Croix and district levels of the Burnett County Association of vember of 2015 she moved to the memory care unit in Falls, Wis., to Jonnie and Evangeline Home and Community Education for more than 50 years Amery where she lived until her passing. Schadow. At a young age, Julie met as a member and leader in the Harmony Homemaker Betty leaves behind to remember and love her two her husband-to-be, David Richter, at Club. Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren was her church children and spouses, Ivah (Russ) Cockerham of Luck, the First Free Evangelical Church in and she was involved in choir, Sunday school, Women :LVDQG1DQF\ %UXFH 2HIĂ HURI7XUWOH/DNHVRQLQ Frederic, Wis. She graduated from RI WKH (/&$ ZRPHQ¡V FLUFOH DQG WKH TXLOWLQJ JURXS law, Daniel Gustafson of Frederic, Wis.; a daughter-in- Grantsburg High School in 1985 and Other community volunteer efforts include 40 years as law, Bonnie Alcorn of Turtle Lake; a brother, Duane Hull married David a month later on June of Arizona; grandchildren, Bruce Gustafson of Frederic, 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWHLJKW\HDUVRIWKHLUOLIHWRJHWKHU-XOLHFDUHG treasurer of the Orange Community Center, Friends of Mari Rush of Turtle Lake, Jody (Travis) Walker of Mary- for many children, pouring herself into their lives by en- WKH /LEUDU\ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU %XUQHWW &RXQW\ +LVWRULFDO 6RFLHW\ land, Tamara (Mark) Beaudry of Luck, David Cockerham suring they felt loved and noticed through her heart to )RUWV )ROOH $YRLQH PHPEHU 2UDQJH &HPHWHU\ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU of Minneapolis, Sherry (Eric) Duren of Eau Claire, Wis.; listen, a legacy she would later bless her own children Habitat for Humanity family selection committee and Karen (Clint) Kohel of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 11 great- with. David and Julie fostered an atmosphere of love and mentor, Webster Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dollars for Scholars supporter grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; many laughter in their home and shared that joy with family and a Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group member. She was also nieces and nephews as well as friends. Betty joins her and friends as the Lord began to bless them with chil- proud of hosting the Burnett County Dairy Breakfast husband, Melvin; daughter, Jeanette; son, Larry; her par- dren. This love was empowered by the love of Christ twice at the Krause Farm, a Century/fourth-generation ents; three brothers and two grandchildren. who Julie came to believe in and follow at a young age. Farm, operated by her son, Kent. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4, Julie loved babies, motherhood, hunting with David, her Her children and grandchildren were the highlights at Elim Lutheran Church in Range, with Pastor Matt Saa- brothers and Dad, but her greatest love was for Jesus. of her life. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, UHPRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ9LVLWDWLRQZLOOEHKHOGIURPWRSP +LVFRPSDVVLRQWHQGHUKHDUWHGQHVVDQGVHOĂ HVVDFWVRI sewing, traveling and cheering on the Webster Tigers, Sunday, Jan. 3, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home, VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHZHUHHYHUSUHVHQWLQ-XOLH¡VOLIHDQGDUHH[HPSOL- Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin 222 Harriman Ave. North, Amery, WI 54001, and one Ă&#x20AC;HGWKURXJKKHUFKLOGUHQ2QHQHYHUOHIW-XOLH¡VSUHVHQFH Badgers. She went to Europe seven times, toured Alaska, hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at the without having touched the hand of Jesus. Hawaii and a lot of the USA. Elim Lutheran Cemetery. To view an online guest book She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Gerald) Hintz; Julie was preceded in death by her father, Jonnie and video tribute please visit williamsonwhite.com. two sons, Mark (Deanna) and Kent (Nancy) Krause; Schadow. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White grandchildren, Allyson Krause, Cassie (Greg) Gast, David; nine children, Chloe, 22, Margo, 18, Grant, 16, Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Halli, 14, Abeni, 12, Brina, 10, Taden, 7, Jonah, 5, and Kathryn Krause, Bryan Krause, Karl Hintz and Bradley Kamry, 2; mother, Evangeline Schadow; brothers, Roger Krause; one great-granddaughter, Adelaide Gast; sisters (Rose) and Randy (Gail); sister, Kim; and many nieces in-law, Janet Arndt and Barbara (Norman) Pautz; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. and nephews. Fran is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, in Funeral services will be held at East Balsam Baptist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 30, with visitation at noon, 1980; brother, Gerald; parents, Frank and Eleanor; mother in-law, Kathryn (Cassie) Krause; and father in-law, Reufollowed by the service at 1 p.m. Your One Stop Shop For all Your ben Krause. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com. ArElectronic Needs Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 5-8 rangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in p.m. at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Frederic, 715-327-4475. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10- 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. Burial will be at Orange Cemetery. PallCareyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Communications Careyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Franklin bearers are Bryan Krause, Bradley Krause, Randy Hed160 Evergreen Square SW 24461 St. Rd. 35/70 & Pine City, MN 55063 Siren, WI 54872 rick, Dean Peterson, Karl Hintz and Cassie Gast. 320-629-6808 715-349-5057 Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com. Memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church or Webster Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dollars for Scholars.

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Marriage mentors model ideal relationships for newlyweds Q: I recently got married and my new husband and I are feeling a little overwhelmed. Even in just a few short weeks, life together isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite measuring up to what we anticipated. Is this normal? We both really want to make this relationship work. Jim: Being a newlywed can be scary. No matter how strong your relationship with your spouse, the lofty expectations you had before the wedding rarely match reality after you say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do.â&#x20AC;? My wife, Jean, and I had a rough time early in our marriage. I had come from a broken home with no male role models, and Jean was dealing with depression. If not for counseling, prayer and help from our friends, we might have withered on the vine. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important for young couples to have â&#x20AC;&#x153;marriage mentorsâ&#x20AC;? in their lives. Quite simply, these are older couples with years of experience under their belts. They can offer wise counsel to young couples who might be feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. Some newlyweds come from stable

The good news is that we can redeem our failed resolutions. Remember the old S&H Green Stamps? With every purchase at certain stores, we received so many stamps which, when collected, could be redeemed, or traded, for houseware products. Without realizing our cost, we cashed them in for something of value. It seemed like a Christ-

mas gift! God is in the business of redeeming our failures and sins. We can cash into his forgiveness any time we choose. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to commiserate over our past mistakes or make new goals, knowing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to fail. He â&#x20AC;&#x153;gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for himself his own special people ... â&#x20AC;? (Titus 2:14) 7KH2OG7HVWDPHQWLVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKVWRries of how God redeemed his people over and over, ever-patient, ever-merciful, when they turned against him. Yes, at times he disciplined them harshly but always loved them, wooing them to himself. He does the same for us, even promising double or more blessings in

families, and might see their own parents as potential marriage mentors. However, parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have the objectivity to offer unbiased advice. According to relationship counselors Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, a marriage mentor is not a mother or a father or a close friend. Marriage mentors are not â&#x20AC;&#x153;on callâ&#x20AC;? for every crisis, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have perfect marriages themselves, and they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know-it-alls. 5DWKHU WKH\¡UH IULHQGO\ DFTXDLQWDQFHV who can model a healthy relationship and offer insights when needed. As a newly married couple, I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the time to seek out marriage mentors. And a word to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;old prosâ&#x20AC;? reading this, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth seeking out a younger couple with whom you can share openly about the joys and challenges of a lifelong commitment. You just might learn something in the process. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Q: Do you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea for our son to wait a year after graduating from high school before enrolling at the university? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very responsible in a number of ways: Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the National +RQRU 6RFLHW\ DQG KDV YHU\ VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F plans for his studies and the future, but he says he wants to take some time off. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about him losing momentum. What should we do?

to him without a college degree. Again, in light of what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said about your sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record to this point, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too concerned about his plans to take a year off. There are many successful people in the world who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to college right out of high Jim Daly school. The most important thing at this Greg Smalley, vice president, Family point is to uphold your son with love, Ministries: Apparently youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a support and gentle guidance in whatever great job of raising your son. He sounds he decides to do. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ like a thoughtful, intelligent, goal-oriJim Daly is a husband and father, an auented young man. Given what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said about his level of maturity and keen thor, president of Focus on the Family and sense of personal responsibility, I see no host of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus on the Familyâ&#x20AC;? radio proreason to be concerned about his desire gram. Catch up with him at jimdalyblog.com or at facebook.com/DalyFocus. Copyright to take a year off from school. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d even suggest that there are a num- 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, ber of constructive ways he can use the CO 80995. International copyright secured. time. He can work in order to earn a por- All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal tion of his college tuition. He can expand Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO and build upon his formal education by 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not traveling or getting involved with com- be reproduced or distributed electronically, in munity service. He can think about life print or otherwise, without written permisDQGSRQGHUKLVJRDOVDQGĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWZKDW sion of Focus on the Family. he wants to study in college. All of this can be an important part of growing up Brought to you by: and becoming the person he was created to be. As for â&#x20AC;&#x153;losing momentum,â&#x20AC;? chances are that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be even more motivated to dive into his studies after a year(Formerly Frederic Evangelical Free Church) long break, especially when he realizes Frederic that many career choices wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be open

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return. What a mighty, loving God we have! We can be assured that as we confess our failures and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Return to the Lord your God â&#x20AC;Ś He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.â&#x20AC;? (Joel 2:13) Lord, thank you for your redeeming power that sets us free from our past failures and sins. Only you know how much more time we have on earth. As we look to the new year, give us the grace and wisdom to use your gift of time wisely â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with love for you, for ourselves, and for others. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@ gmail.com.

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

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x201C; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Dart & beanbag tourney at Cricketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Sign-up 6 p.m., 715-268-6262. â&#x20AC;˘ Book sale at the library, 4-7 p.m., 715-268-9340.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gooniesâ&#x20AC;? movie at the library, 1 p.m., 715-3274979.

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Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Older Wiser Learning Series at Crex Meadows, 1011 a.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

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

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

Luck

JANUARY

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

Falun

â&#x20AC;˘ Author Carol Ann Bartz book signing at the library, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2DC;

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Grantsburg

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

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x161;

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Amery

â&#x20AC;˘ Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275, amerych.com.

â&#x20AC;˘ Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-9340.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;

Danbury 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.

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Free seminar on care of pets in winter at the community center, 9 a.m., 715-268-6605. â&#x20AC;˘ Diabetes support group meeting at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-8000.

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

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett Washburn Amateur Radio Association meeting at the government center, 9 a.m.

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

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x2022;

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

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Chili cook-off at Blacksmith Shop. Entries before noon kickoff, 715-825-5679.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at Home & Away Ministries. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $20 donation. Distribution noon-1 p.m., 715472-2535.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ RSVP deadline for weight loss seminar at Seventhday Adventist Church beginning Jan. 6, 715-222-7195.

Osceola

St. Croix Falls

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

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

Webster

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x2013;

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the community center, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., redcrossblood.org.

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 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. â&#x20AC;˘ Our Self-Healing Bodies seminar at the medical center, 6:30 p.m., 715-294-4936 or MyOMC.org to register.

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FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x161; Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244, 715-825-5357.

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

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Snowshoe trek at Crex Meadows, 8-10 a.m., 715-4632739, crexmeadows.org.

Frederic

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.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313. â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

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

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

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2019; Danbury

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

Grantsburg

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Frederic

Amery

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

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Annual meeting of the Indianhead IATA Chapter at Interstate State Park Ice Age Interpretive Center, 9:30 a.m., 715-472-2248.

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brideâ&#x20AC;? movie at the museum, 7 p.m., 715-4722030.

â&#x20AC;˘ Cross-country ski event at Forts Folle Avoine, noon3 p.m., theforts.org.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201C; Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ American Legion Post 185 meeting, 7 p.m.

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x203A;&Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2019; Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Snowmobile/ATV Safety Class DWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHKDOOSUHUHJister to areed010@gmail.com.

Amery

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting, 5:30 p.m., 715-4853215. â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the Georgetown Lutheran Church, 12:306:30 p.m., redcrossblood.org.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Poverty task force meeting at the government center, Room 615, 1 p.m.

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201C; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233.

Webster

TUESDY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201D;

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

Webster

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201D;

â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 9:30 a.m., 715-259-3219.

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022;

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x203A;

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019;

Frederic

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

Grantsburg

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.

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Snowshoe trek at Crex Meadows, 8-10 a.m., 715-4632739, crexmeadows.org.

Grantsburg

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2013;

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2022;&Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2013;

â&#x20AC;˘ Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. â&#x20AC;˘ Snowmobile ride at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

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

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Women over 18 focus group at the hospital, 8-9 a.m. RSVP at 715-268-0365.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Adult moccasin workshop at Crex Meadows, 8 a.m.noon. Preregister at 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

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

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