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• WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 17 • 2 SECTIONS

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7ZHOYH%RRNVRI&KULVWPDV MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces its annual 12 Books of Christmas list, beginning with a star-studded book thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiring stargazers and big dreamers everywhere - â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods,â&#x20AC;? by Ron Legro and Avi /DQN7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWERRNRQWKH Books of Christmas 2015 list introduces readers to mild-mannered astronomy enthusiast Frank Kovac Jr., whose creativity, ingenuity, fervor and endurance realized a dream of galactic proportions. Inspired by a childhood drive to reach the stars, Kovac did more than look at the Northern Lights, he built a 22-foot rotating globe planetarium in his backyard so he could show them to everyone. Despite failures and collapses, the amateur astronomer single-handedly built the planetarium and painted its more than 5,000 stars, dot by dot, by hand in glowing paint. Today, Kovac and his unique planetarium, near Rhinelander, take visitors to the stars every day. To purchase a copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Painted the Universe,â&#x20AC;? visit your favorite bookstore or online retailer, or order through the Wisconsin Historical Museum, shop.wisconsinhistory.org, or by phone at 888-999-1669. An e-book version is also available. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the Wisconsin Historical Society

7UDLOSDVVHVDYDLODEOHIRUKROLGD\JLIWV POLK COUNTY - Looking for that last-minute gift for the bicycle riders, skiers or equestrian enthusiasts on your list? 2016 state annual passes are available for holiday shopping at the Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls, and in Amery, at the Countryside Cooperative Convenience Store (Cenex), Ellieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream and Coffee, Amery City Hall and from the Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes Trail. State trail passes are required in Polk County for bikers on the Gandy Dancer Trail, bikers and skiers on the Stower Seven Lakes Trail and riders on the Trade River Horse Trail in the Town of Sterling, for those 16 years of age and older. An annual state pass opens up the whole network of Wisconsin state trails that require passes. Annual passes are priced at $25 and are good for calendar year 2016. Trail pass sales generate around $10,000 a year for Polk County that is used for trail maintenance and that helps offset the tax levy to lower your taxes. So, if you are planning to use any of the Wisconsin state recreational trails in 2016 that require passes, it pays to buy your pass at home in Polk County. Polk County now has two bike trails and one Nordic ski trail that require a state pass. The Gandy Dancer Trail has

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Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most complicated, controversial and tragic court cases has started. The case involving the April 14 stabbing death of Peter Kelly of St. Croix Falls went to trial on Monday, Dec. 7, before Polk County Judge Molly GaleWyrick. Kelly was stabbed by Levi Acre-Kendall of Cambridge, Minn., in a confusing, crossriver dispute while Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ ODVW VSULQJ DW Interstate Park. The case was so locally charged, the judge 3HWHU.HOO\ ruled they should use a sequestered jury from Chippewa County to hear the case and determine Acre-Kendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fate. The jury has two alternates and is comSULVHGRIQLQHZRPHQDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHPHQ7KH jury was chosen last week after an extensive voir dire process and questioning, with all 14 jurors prepared to hear testimony for up to two weeks, including testimony this coming Saturday, in a way to keep their time away from home to a minimum. At the end of the testimony, likely late next week, that jury will decide if AcreKendall is guilty of homicide, either Ă&#x20AC;UVWGHJUHHUHFNOHVVKRPLFLGHRUVHFRQG degree intentional homicide. The second-degree charge was added recently by local prosecutor Dan Steffen, in response to defense attorney plans to present Acre-Kendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side as self-defense, using the umbrella protection of the so-called Castle Doctrine to justify Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stabbing in or near a car at the park that night. Acre-Kendall, 20, faces up to 60 years in state prison if convicted on either charge.

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The prosecution opens Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen and assistant prosecutor Ken Sortedahl are leading the prosecution, and Steffen gave the jury praise for their commitment to hear the case, noting how unusual it is in many ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This case is different,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really put your lives on hold.â&#x20AC;? Using a â&#x20AC;&#x153;puzzleâ&#x20AC;? analogy, Steffen previewed several witnesses he said will prove his case, that while â&#x20AC;&#x153;several pieces of that puzzle may be missing,â&#x20AC;? he said that in the end it will give a clear picture that shows Acre-Kendall guilty of homicide in the death of Kelly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a beautiful day â&#x20AC;Ś in a beautiful area,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at some point in time, there is an exchange, a verbal dispute ... despite some dispute about that initial confrontation ... at some point in time, Levi Acre-Kendall stabbed Peter Kelly in the heart. He stabbed him and killed him.â&#x20AC;? Steffen praised the â&#x20AC;&#x153;good old-fashioned police workâ&#x20AC;? that not only led authorities to the stabber, but created a detailed explanation of the events of that night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost unbelievable the way they (police investigators) located Levi AcreKendall and his friends,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said. He also pointed to the various accounts of the events, how Acre-Kendall had three friends with him that will give their take on not only what led to the stabbing, but how it occurred that dark evening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though they are very good friends of the defendant, things they tell

'HIHQVHDWWRUQH\(ULF-1HOVRQGHOLYHUHGKLVRSHQLQJVWDWHPHQWVDV-XGJH0ROO\*DOH:\ULFN ORRNVRQIURPWKHOHIW you will help (prove our case),â&#x20AC;? he said. He also pointed out the difference in the charges, how the one includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;intent,â&#x20AC;? which he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;can be formed just prior to the action,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said, adding that the reason for the two charges is because even he was unsure how some of WKHWHVWLPRQ\ZRXOGDIIHFWWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOSLFture in the end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be a lot of discussion about self-defense,â&#x20AC;? he said in closing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But one person you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear from is Peter Kelly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a missing piece of the puzzle.â&#x20AC;?

Defense opening Acre-Kendall is being represented by attorneys Eric J. Nelson and Douglas Hazelton, with Nelson doing the defense

Board chair files for noncandidacy   William F. Johnson IV steps aside as a longtime local politico

Frederic Village Board, where he has also served as village president. He is also involved in a variety of local boards and councils, including the Polk County Tourism Council, Frederic Area Historical Society and has led or been involved in numerous volunteer events and Greg Marsten | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk County Board Chair- promotions, including involvement in ski, PDQ :LOOLDP ) -RKQVRQ ,9 FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG bike and running races, leading a conthat he is not running for a return to the tingency of locals to volunteer for skier board he has been on for over two de- support at the famous Birkebeiner crosscountry ski race each year in the Hayward cades, many of which as board chair. ´5XPRUFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHGÂľ-RKQVRQVWDWHGRQ area. He is also known for a love of vinFriday, Dec. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty years straight as tage snowmobiles and even grooms local DQHOHFWHGRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDO)RXU \HDUV RIIWKH snowmobile trails with a vintage sled. Johnson has been one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s county board.â&#x20AC;? -RKQVRQUHFHQWO\Ă&#x20AC;OHGKLVQRWLFHRIQRQ- most visible and active advocates in the candidacy for his District 1 supervisory last two decades, regularly attending poseat, which takes in northeastern Polk litical conferences, meetings and tourismCounty and includes all or a portion of related shows, mostly on his own time, the village of Frederic and towns of West promoting the region, county and the Sweden, Clam Falls, Lorain and McKin- Frederic area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time for a different view of the world,â&#x20AC;? ley. Johnson stated. Johnson is a Frederic native and has also served extensively in other capacities of local government, including on the

opening statement. Nelson also praised the juryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to justice but painted a different picture of that April 14 evening, stating the whole dispute was a one-sided misunderstanding, that Kelly and his friend thought the teens laughter and chortles were leveled at them, instead of from the YLGHRVWKH\ZHUHZDWFKLQJDVWKH\Ă&#x20AC;VKHG He noted the threats, discussions of marijuana smoking and general implications of â&#x20AC;&#x153;disrespectâ&#x20AC;? that Kelly and Lechman had from across the river, leading to their threats to come over to that side of the river, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to put them to sleep.â&#x20AC;? He said the duo thought the teens were â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruining the park,â&#x20AC;? and that they needed WR´VKRZDOLWWOHUHVSHFWÂľWRWKHRWKHUĂ&#x20AC;VKermen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This conduct bothered them, but they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call the police or stop at the entrance (to the Wisconsin side of the park),â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead they went down a long, winding road â&#x20AC;Ś parked about 200 yards away, walked quietly and stood beside a tree, trying to see how many guys there were.â&#x20AC;? He said the duo was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispering ... when they surprised the guys ... and singled out Mr. Acre-Kendall ... and threw him to the groundâ&#x20AC;? before he drew the ´Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJNQLIHÂľDQGWROGWKHPKHGLGQRW ZDQWWRĂ&#x20AC;JKW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no dispute that Mr. Acre-Kendall had a knife,â&#x20AC;? Nelson added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But he was trying to leave (the scene).â&#x20AC;? Nelson said it was Kelly and Lechman who advanced the dispute, and said that the teens were trying to leave when Kelly tried to drag the defendant from the passenger side of the car when he stabbed Kelly, implying self-defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Kelly lunged at and started to wrestle (Acre-Kendall) out of the car,â&#x20AC;? 6HH6WDEELQJWULDOSDJH

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7KHILUVWWHVWLPRQ\ 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGD\RIWHVWLPRQ\ZUDSSHGXS with testimony that detailed some of the EDFNJURXQGRQWKHLQFLGHQWIURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW SHUVRQRQWKHVFHQH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU'DQ3HWHUVRI the St. Croix Falls Police Department, as well as the testimony of deputy medical examiner Russ Grimsby, who declared Kelly dead shortly after he arrived at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson EULHĂ \ WHVWLĂ&#x20AC;HG DERXW WKH VHDUFK HIIRUWV DQG SUHVV UHOHDVHV KH LVVXHG WR Ă&#x20AC;QG WKH people involved, as well as some of the process behind soliciting the media for help in tracking the defendant and his friends down. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGD\RIWHVWLPRQ\ZUDSSHGXS with emotional testimony from Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EHVWIULHQGDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJSDUWQHUWKDWQLJKW Ross Lechman, who tearfully gave his account of what had led to the dispute, as well as his take on the stabbing and what occurred after. Lechman admitted the two had conVXPHG IRXU DSSOHĂ DYRUHG PDOW EHYHUages at the park over the several hours WKDWZHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJDQGODWHUVDLGKHZDV â&#x20AC;&#x153;embarrassedâ&#x20AC;? by his behavior that night, stating that he was the one who had pushed Acre-Kendall once they went to the other side of the river to confront the teens. Lechman tearfully described his take on the incident, but also sobbed when he described what happened after Kelly was stabbed, how he heard â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most awful soundâ&#x20AC;? of air leaving his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lungs, DVKHWULHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHFDUNH\VWRJHWKLV cell phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I put my hand on his chest ... to hold the blood in,â&#x20AC;? Lechman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it just kept spurting out.â&#x20AC;? He said that he was trying to talk with his friend, but he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand him, and how eventually the bleeding slowed, just before police arrived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then his eyes rolled back and he passed away,â&#x20AC;? Lechman stated between sobs, stating that he tried to revive him with CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get him back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kept telling him, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon Pete, hang in there!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? His account of the incident, as well as the testimony of the others on the scene, will be detailed next week in a complete trial summary.

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The argument escalated later into the evening, and after dark Kelly and Lechman left the Minnesota side of the park and drove to the other side of the river, where they parked away from the other group and waited for them to pack up their gear. According to the criminal complaint, that was when Kelly and Lechman confronted Acre-Kendall and the others, and they all became engaged in a heated confrontation, when one of the other men stepped in and told them to cool down. However, accounts of what happened next are varied, as they have several possible scenarios that led to Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being stabbed as the two either fought beside the car, with Acre-Kendall pulling out a knife and stabbing Kelly, or where Kelly tried to drag Acre-Kendall from the car as he retreated into the passenger seat, which was when he was stabbed. It is that question about possible selfdefense that will come into play during trial, and leaves the jury deciding whether the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle Doctrine applies to the situation for Acre-Kendall, allowing his use of deadly force in self-defense, in the car, where he retreated as a last line of defense. The defense has implied that Kelly tried to drag Acre-Kendall from the car in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shoulder lock,â&#x20AC;? as Kelly was a wrestling coach, which was when he was stabbed. Regardless of how it occurred, after he was stabbed, Kelly quickly buckled over and told Lechman he had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;poked,â&#x20AC;? and headed toward his car, parked onetenth of a mile away. Kelly stumbled and 7KHFKDUJHVDJDLQVW$FUH.HQGDOO According to the criminal complaint, fell in the dark, bleeding profusely. Lechthe case against Acre-Kendall began manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone was in Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locked car. early on the evening of Tuesday, April 14, Lechman had to break a car window with when Peter Kelly and a friend, Ross Lech- a handicapped-parking sign to get at his PDQZHQWĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJRQWKH0LQQHVRWDVLGH cell phone and call police. Lechmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 911 call came in at 9:47 of Interstate Park. That was when they SP ZLWK SROLFH RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV DQG (07V UHgot into an argument with Acre-Kendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JURXSRIIULHQGVZKRZHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJRQWKH sponding quickly to the scene. Kelly was transported to St. Croix Regional MediWisconsin side of the park.

cal Center just a short distance away, but the heavy bleeding from the deep chest wound proved too damaging. Unable to save his life, they pronounced Kelly dead at 10:35 p.m. After the confrontation, Acre-Kendall DQGVHYHUDORIKLVIULHQGVĂ HGWKHVFHQHLQ two vehicles, with police initially asking IRUWKHSXEOLF¡VKHOSWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHVXVSHFWV However, Polk County authorities had garnered quite a bit of evidence about the identities of the parties, partly through litter and receipts the teens left on the scene, leading to surveillance video evidence from at least two local stores and more. While authorities were closing in on Acre-Kendall, several of the other teens on the scene had called a lawyer to seek legal advice, and others who recognized the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description contacted authorities in Isanti County, Minn. to identify the teens and Acre-Kendall. It was a short time later that authorities traced the stabbing back to AcreKendall, who turned himself in to police the day after authorities confronted him at his Cambridge, Minn., home. He had EULHĂ \RIIHUHGVRPHRIKLVWDNHRQZKDW happened before declaring his desire to consult an attorney. He did turn over some evidence from the scene, including the knife. Police had already impounded the two vehicles and other evidence for forensic examination, including the clothing Acre-Kendall was wearing at the time. As mentioned earlier, Acre-Kendall faces the potential of up to 60 years in SULVRQRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGHJUHHUHFNOHVVKRPLcide charge, with the potential of up to another 10 years each in two bail jumping FKDUJHVWKDWZHUHĂ&#x20AC;OHGWKLVVXPPHUZKHQ he was released on bail and commented on the case in social media, landing him back in jail with a renewed bond. 6WHIIHQ¡VDGGLWLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;OLQJRIDVHFRQG degree intentional homicide charge was Ă&#x20AC;OHG LQ UHIHUHQFH WR WKH GHIHQVH SODQ WR follow a Castle Doctrine defense. That

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a key piece of infrastructure to grow jobs and income. We are also very supportive of a local provider that understands the needs of our community,â&#x20AC;? the statement UHDG,QFUHDVHGWRXULVPZDVDOVRLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDVDVHFRQGDU\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WRILQFUHDVHGEURDGEDQG

6LUHQ7HOHSKRQH$OHDGHULQLQQRYDWLRQ Siren Telephone is an independently owned telecommunication company that began offering service from a farmhouse on Hwy. 70 near Viola Lake in 1910. By 1957, Siren Telephone was serving 387 patrons in the village of Siren. It was incorporated in 1958. Sid and Karen Sherstad took charge of the company in 1989. In 2007, Siren Telephone was the second independent phone company in the state to offer FTTH. Siren Telephone is one of just eight Wisconsin independents designated a gigabit provider of services, having invested in and provided services at the 1 Gbps level. It has recently expanded service into the Big Sand Lake area and is a member of the Wisconsin Independent NetZRUN ² DQ LQGHSHQGHQWO\ RZQHG VWDWHRIWKHDUW Ă&#x20AC;EHU optic network and data center that serves over 200,000 customers. The company has built out 94 percent of its own regulated service area with FTTH broadband service and is on its way to 100 percent.

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - For Sid Sherstad, the third generation of original owners of the Siren Telephone Co., receiving a JUDQWWRH[SDQGXQGHUJURXQGĂ&#x20AC;EHURSWLFOLQHV to businesses and homes in the village of Webster, is afĂ&#x20AC;UPDWLRQRIKLVFRPSDQ\¡VIRXQGLQJSKLORVRSK\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;You put the money in the barn, not in the house. Instead of investing in buildings, we invest in infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? said Sherstad, as he stood before a map showing Siren Telephoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expanding service area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Governor Walker had a nice get-together just Tuesday (Dec. 1), up in Trego,â&#x20AC;? Sherstad said, referring to the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit, where expanding broadband high-speed InterQHWDFFHVVZDVLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDVDFULWLFDOFRPSRQHQWWRWKH governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development strategy for northern Wisconsin.

)LEHUWR:HEVWHUDQGEH\RQG 7KHJUDQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\DZDUGHGWR6LUHQ7HOHphone by the Public Service Commission, will enable the H[SDQVLRQRIĂ&#x20AC;EHUWRWKHKRPHEURDGEDQGWRWKHYLOODJH of Webster, providing high-speed Internet access to 310 homes and assorted businesses. The project will also provide service to Webster elementary, middle and high school, the local library and village hall. 7RWDOSURMHFWFRVWVDUHDQGLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSKDVHRI a project designed to provide FTTH to over 1,000 homes and small businesses in Burnett County. ´7KHSULPDU\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHKLJKVSHHGEURDGband to this community will be seen in added employment opportunity, better student resources and as a catalyst to increasing population and home values,â&#x20AC;? Sherstad wrote in the grant application. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The village of Webster lies within a region of over 400 lakes and has become a magnet for recreational and seasonal living. +DYLQJDFFHVVWRĂ&#x20AC;EHUEDVHGKLJKVSHHGEURDGEDQGZLOO allow it to better compete for new residents and growing business. Increased, less seasonal employment is the PDLQEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWRWKHORFDOFRPPXQLW\Âľ (FRQRPLFGHYHORSPHQW Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit, where the grant to Siren Telephone was officially awarded, identified increasing broadband

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$GYDQWDJHVRIEXULHGILEHU Siren Telephone Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s network uses a GENBAND Gateway system that is capable of providing the latest in state-of-the-art gigabit broadband speeds as they become available. ´:LWKĂ&#x20AC;EHURSWLFZHKDYHWKHDELOLW\WRGHOLYHUSUDFWLcally unlimited broadband speeds,â&#x20AC;? Sherstad said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project will be good for the village of Webster, good for its homes and businesses. They will have service faster than the Twin Cities. When we say weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving you unlimited broadband speed, it really is unlimited,â&#x20AC;? Sherstad said. ´:LWKEXULHGĂ&#x20AC;EHURSWLF\RXKDYHQRGHOD\FRPPXQLcation is not bouncing off a satellite, not bouncing off a microwave dish. Due to our rolling hills and pine forests, current residential service is limited and less dependDEOHÂľ6KHUVWDGVDLG´%XULHGĂ&#x20AC;EHURSHUDWHVZLWKRXWUHgard to wind, weather or signal absorption by hills or forest.â&#x20AC;? Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in May 2016 and should be completed in fall. Upgrading IURPH[LVWLQJVHUYLFHWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;EHURSWLFLVDWFXVWRPHUGLVcretion.

One out of three children in Burnett County on child support Growing divorce and out-of-wedlock births straining local agency E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Fifty years on in the War on Poverty, the dream of â&#x20AC;&#x153;ending poverty as we know itâ&#x20AC;? seems, in hindsight, more a utopian illusion than a practical approach to modern reality, as poverty and its related effects, both locally and nationally, continue to grow rather than dissipate. One out of three children in Burnett County live with only one biological parent in the home and receive courtordered or other child support payments, according to information provided by Shelly Hatch, administrator of the Burnett County Child Support Agency, as she presented her year-end report to the public safety committee on Thursday, Dec. 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With divorce and unwed birth rates increasing in number, the need for the services that our program provides has expanded greatly,â&#x20AC;? said Hatch, who has 11 years with the agency and has served as administrator for the past two years. Child support includes the garnishment of wages from an absent parent, usually the father, and the transfer of those monies to the parent, usually the mother, who is designated as the primary caregiver of the child. The local agency has 978 cases of active child support enforcement with an additional 195 cases that require no court enforcement but only agency oversight of wage withholding, for a total caseload of 1,173. There are 2,760 children under the age of 18 living in Burnett County as of 2014, according to Burnett County Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau. Allowing for local wage garnishment for children who may not live in the county, (20 percent), the agency caseload indicates that more than one out of every three children in Burnett County, 33.98 percent, are in the system and receiving child support. All single-parent families who receive public assistance are automatically referred to the child support agency. Single parents not on public assistance can apply to the agency to seek such enforcement. As noted above, 20 percent of the caseload is cross-jurisdiction.

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The child support program was established in 1976 as part of a federal mandate requiring states to establish and enforce child support orders for all families receiving public assistance. The hope was that the money collected would help single-parent families to become self-reliant and thus no longer be dependent upon public dollars. The program also sought to establish paternity for children born out of wedlock. Despite its good intentions, the child support program has grown considerably over the past four decades, as the breakdown of the traditional family has led to increasing divorce and out-of-wedlock births, and the number of families dependent upon public assistance, and costs for administrating the program, continues to expand. The Burnett County Child Support Agency has four full-time employees with an annual operating budget of $300,000. In 2014 it collected $1,712,324 on behalf of custodial parents.

(QIRUFHPHQW Besides overseeing income withholding, the agency also collects child support through the interception of tax refunds, insurance settlements and tribal per capita payments. Income withholding through employment makes up more than 75 percent of the child support collected. Other actions include seizing bank accounts, removal RIKXQWLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJOLFHQVHVDQGOLHQVRQUHDODQGSHUsonal property. When certain criteria are met in nonpayment cases, the agency may refer the case to the district attorney for criminal prosecution. A conviction on a criminal charge could ultimately result in incarceration in a state prison. Nonpayers can also be denied their passport and student loans. The agency seeks to avoid criminal cases wherever possible. *URZLQJPDQGDWHV The growth in divorce and out-of-wedlock births are not the only factors contributing to the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourdecades expansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The requirements and mandates that we have to follow have also expanded,â&#x20AC;? said Hatch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This includes enforcing orders to provide health insurance on both parents, and gathering that health insurance information and entering it into our cases.â&#x20AC;? The implementation of Obamacare has added a layer

of complication to the agency. Prior to Obamacare the father was primarily responsible for providing health care to the child, often through his employer. Now, so long as the mother claims the child as a tax exemption, she is penalized if that child does not have health coverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Federal funding to grow the program has been reduced despite these growing mandates and requirements put on the program. Many federal programs have passed costs down to states and states to counties, Because of these struggles many programs have been forced to reduce staff resulting in lowered performance. The Burnett County Child Support Agency has continued to excel in performance standards despite cutbacks,â&#x20AC;? Hatch said in her report. The Burnett County Child Support Agency was one of 14 counties in Wisconsin to earn an award of excellence for meeting all its mandated performance measures. It has secured additional state funding by exceeding the performance measures in support collections and cases with arrears collection.

/RVLQJWKHZDU The Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services also recently presented a stark report where referrals to child protective services have more than tripled in the past three years and where one of four county residents is receiving government-subsidized medical care and food assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these kids need better family upbringing. They are not prepared for life. And then they are having children,â&#x20AC;? Katherine Peterson, director of HHS, said on Nov. 10 when presenting her year-end report to the board of supervisors. Poverty statistics for Burnett County, where 18.6 percent of residents live below the federal poverty threshold, are alarming; but such a rate of poverty serves as a microcosm of low-income suffering happening in rural and urban communities across America. Facts, they say, are stubborn things. If there is a War on Poverty still being fought, the statistics seem to indicate that war is being lost.


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Restorative Justice seeks to repair the harm of crime and addiction E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - A motivational poster on the wall of the Restorative Justice Center reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give.â&#x20AC;? For Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, healing the wounds of crime and repairing the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction is a criminal justice approach designed to better communities in the long term. An open house was held at the facility, located in a small storefront at 24064 Hwys. 35/70 in Siren, on Friday, Dec. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restorative Justice is a communitybased response to crime that looks at criminal justice in a different way,â&#x20AC;? said Tammy Hopke, program coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bring together the victim of the crime and the offender and seek ways to repair the harm, so the victim can heal from the trauma of crime, and the offender understands the full impact of his actions. Restorative Justice is about healing for the victims and accountability for the offenders.â&#x20AC;? 5HVWRUDWLYH-XVWLFHDQGLWVQRQDIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHG in-house organizations, work to reduce crime and strengthen communities by not only holding the offender accountable but

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7KHEDVLFSUHPLVHRIWKHLURSHUDWLRQLV â&#x20AC;˘ People can change their behavior if they have the motivation and tools, and â&#x20AC;˘ Offenders are responsible for the choices they make. Tessa Anderson is the drug court coordinator, a program separate from Restorative Justice but operating from the same facility. The mission of the Bur-

nett County Drug and Alcohol Court is to reduce substance abuse and criminal behavior through an intensive yearlong, judicially supervised program. Becky Swenson is a former substance abuser and graduate of the drug court program. She now volunteers with the drug court and chairs three recovery groups each week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Becky is a force in the recovery community,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. Swenson, a determined and committed mother, works with substance abusers to address positive/negative behaviors and

guides them through the drug treatment and rehabilitation process. Lillian Pinero is program coordinator RI WKH 'UXJ )UHH &RPPXQLW\ DIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHG with Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition. She seeks to educate parents and teens on issues related to substance abuse, prescription drug misuse, underage drinking and marijuana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We seek to change the culture, change bad habits,â&#x20AC;? Pinero said. One of Pineroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities is sending underage minors to taverns and gas stations to purchase alcohol. Sixteen of the 19 establishments recently visited served the minors. The staff members who lead the variRXV SURJUDPV KRXVHG RXW RI WKH RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV of Restorative Justice are energetic and almost infectious in their commitment to improve the lives of victims, offenders and the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When a crime is committed itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just against the victim but also the community,â&#x20AC;? said Hopke, who operates Restorative Justice along with Brandi Horstman, executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have the same goal,â&#x20AC;? Pinero said, explaining the various organizations housed at Restorative Justice. â&#x20AC;?We all want this community to be the best it can be.â&#x20AC;?

Burnett County seeks to regulate pawnshops District attorney implores VWDWHIRUDGGLWLRQDOVWDIĂ&#x20AC;QJ E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department has proposed an ordinance to regulate pawnshops by requiring dealers of secondhand goods to obtain a license and keep a detailed record of all transactions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are one of a few jurisdictions in the area that does not have an ordinance like this,â&#x20AC;? said Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deputy Jameson Wiltrout as he introduced the ordinance to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public safety committee on Thursday, Dec. 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to become an oasis for these types of businesses. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care if they come to Burnett County, but this ordinance will ensure they are law-abiding businesses,â&#x20AC;? Wiltrout said. The ordinance will require pawnbrokers to record all transactions, including VHOOHU LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ DQG D GHWDLOHG GHscription of the property being pawned. Reportable transactions must be provided

to the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department by transferring such information to law enforcement via computer modem. The ordinance suggests that proprietors of pawnshops photograph all merchandise purchased. If the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department believes any item to be stolen they may place a hold upon the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for anything stolen,â&#x20AC;? Wiltrout said, explaining that some items, such as compact disc movies, may be difĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR WUDFH ´$OWKRXJK LI VRPHRQH comes in to sell 50 movies and they are identical in title to those recently stolen, then that should be enough to establish reasonable suspicion warranting further investigation.â&#x20AC;? The ordinance, if enacted, would be in effect for all unincorporated towns in Burnett County unless the town is covered by its own ordinance. The intent of the ordinance is to prevent the fencing of stolen goods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just stealing guns and cars, they are stealing household goods; they are stealing venison out of the freezers.â&#x20AC;? Wiltrout said.

The committee forwarded the ordinance to the board of supervisors for formal consideration.

funding to facilitate a full-time assistant district attorney in Burnett County.â&#x20AC;? A recent visit to the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVRQWKHVHFRQGĂ RRURIWKH%XUQHWW County Government Center showed a 'LVWULFWDWWRUQH\VHHNVDGGLWLRQDOVWDIILQJ In a related matter, District Attorney staff struggling to keep up with a growing William L. Norine presented a resolu- caseload, with one staff member inputtion to the committee requesting the state WLQJGDWDIURPDVWDFNRIFDVHĂ&#x20AC;OHVSLOHG provide additional funding to Burnett foot high upon her desk. Norine mentioned that while some state County so that it can hire a full-time asGLVWULFW DWWRUQH\¡V RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV DUH FRQVLGHUHG sistant district attorney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In recent years, the state of Wisconsin overstaffed, others, including Burnett has seen ever-increasing criminal statutes County, face severe challenges of undesigned to hold offenders accountable GHUVWDIĂ&#x20AC;QJ 1RULQH DGYRFDWHG WKDW VWDWH for criminal behavior,â&#x20AC;? the resolution funds should be distributed to counties states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time, however, as EDVHGXSRQVWDIĂ&#x20AC;QJQHHGVDVRSSRVHGWR these new mandates have and continue to a per capita distribution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, that would be logical,â&#x20AC;? said pubplace additional burdens upon the prosecutorial community, there has been little lic safety committee Chair Gerald Pardun, or no increase in the personnel support â&#x20AC;&#x153;but if you think about it, logic and govnecessary for the optimum functioning of ernment are not often compatible.â&#x20AC;? The committee forwarded the resoluWKHSURVHFXWRU¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHÂľ The Burnett County District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tion to the board of supervisors for action 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHKDVDVWDIIRIVL[ZLWK1RULQHEHLQJ at its regular meeting later this month. the only full-time prosecutor. The resoluWLRQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\´LPSORUHVWKH:LVFRQVLQ Department of Administration to provide

St. Croix Chippewa sign memorandum of understanding Burnett County emergency communication system now complete

at Webb Lake. AT&T built the tower with a conditional use permit that was granted in exchange for the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to mount equipment on it. When AT&T sold the tower to American Tower CorSRUDWLRQWKHEX\HUZDVQRWQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGRIWKH BURNETT COUNTY - The St. Croix agreement with the county and felt no obChippewa Indians of Wisconsin have ligation to honor it. This resulted in legal agreed to allow for placement of a Bur- proceedings. nett County emergency communication In October of 2013, members of the St. antenna atop their water tower on tribal Croix Chippewaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental and lands in Hertel, ending a near decadelong Natural Resources Department turned struggle for the county in meeting the away workers who arrived on tribal lands federal mandate that all emergency com- in Danbury and Hertel without providmunication transmissions be narrowband LQJSURSHUQRWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQRUVHFXULQJWULEDO compliant. agreement, to begin installation of preliminary communication equipment. +LVWRU\RISURMHFW A changeover in county administration Back in 1995, the FCC ordered that also complicated compliance efforts. all emergency communications, such as The federal government required counSROLFHĂ&#x20AC;UHDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHVSRQGHUDJHQFLHV ties to be in compliance by Jan. 1, 2013. switch to a narrowband radio transmis- The county obtained an extension until sion to allow for a national link between Jan. 1, 2014. A further extension was seemergency personnel and improve mo- cured until September of 2014. The potenbile and portable radio coverage. WLDOĂ&#x20AC;QHIRUQRQFRPSOLDQFHLVSHU Burnett County suffered through many GD\7KHĂ&#x20AC;QHVZHUHZDLYHGDVZDVIDLOXUH delays, including at least two extensions to comply with the September 2014 deadof the federal compliance deadline, as it line, as the county was making good-faith sought to implement a $4.5 million com- efforts to comply. munication project involving nine towers. The Hertel water tower site is the last of Among the complications was a tower nine communication towers to be secured

and is critical to covering a major part of the county.

0HPRUDQGXPRIXQGHUVWDQGLQJ The MOU was formally agreed to by the St. Croix Chippewa in November and is now readied for action by the Burnett County Board of Supervisors. Supervisors will meet on Thursday, Dec. 17. The agreement allows the county to mount a microwave antenna atop the water tower and to construct a 12- by 18-foot equipment storage shed, generator and propane tank on the water tower property. The MOU is perpetual with no set termination date. Both parties may terminate the agreement with a 90-day written notice. Burnett County agrees to indemnify the St. Croix Chippewa against all liability and shall provide space for tribal police radio communications at both the water tower site and one at Barronett Dairyland. Additionally, ownership of the shelter is being transferred to the St. Croix Chippewa in exchange for the lease and to avoid county ownership in tribal lands. Emergency management Director Rhonda Reynolds provided an update on the communications project to the county

Public Safety Committee on Thursday, Dec. 3. She seemed relieved that this years-long project seems coming to a close. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a big deal for the county,â&#x20AC;? said Nate Ehalt, county administrator.

&RXQW\WULEDOODZHQIRUFHPHQWSURJUDPJUDQW In a related matter, the committee authorized a resolution to enter into a cooperative agreement for the Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department to provide law enforcement services on St. Croix Tribal reservation lands within the county. The state of Wisconsin provides grant funding for the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department to SURYLGH D OLDLVRQ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU 7KH UHVROXWLRQ authorized the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department and county administration to jointly develop and maintain the program in cooperation with the St. Croix Tribe. 7KH OLDLVRQ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU SURJUDP JUDQW KDV been in operation for a number of years. The cooperation agreement with the St. Croix Chippewa will reauthorize the program and clarify responsibilities. - E. Royal Emerson with information from former staff writer Jean Koelz


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Village board approves study on Silver Ridge flooding

Dresser addresses water issue

The rates will begin to go up in late December, which is when the village is going to a monthly billing cycle, instead of the current quarterly billing. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the adjusted village mill rate at .007661744. Village resiGreg Marsten | Staff writer dents will see an increase on their taxes DRESSER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dresser Village Board after adjusted school mill rates and deapproved a proposal by engineers at creased property values. The difference Cedar Corp. to evaluate and craft a plan amounts to approximately $101 on a WRDGGUHVVGUDLQDJHDQGĂ RRGLQJLVVXHV $100,000 home. near the Silver Ridge development in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note that the mill rate village. over the years is now coming in line with The board entertained a presentation where it was in 2006,â&#x20AC;? stated village Presiby engineers Leonard Schreiber and Isaac dent Bryan Beseler. Steinmeyer at their regular monthly meetâ&#x20AC;˘ The board approved measures to ing, Monday, Dec. 7. carry forward unspent 2015 funds, as The engineers noted several possible is&HGDU&RUSHQJLQHHUV,VDDF6WHLQPH\HU OHIW DQG/HRQDUG6FKUHLEHUJDYHWKH'UHVVHU9LOODJH well as to apply any unpaid or outstandVXHVWKDWPD\EHEHKLQGWKHĂ RRGLQJLQ- %RDUGDSUHVHQWDWLRQRQZDWHUGUDLQDJHSUREOHPVLQWKH6LOYHU5LGJHGHYHORSPHQWDUHD0RQGD\ ing utility bills on the 2015 tax roll. That cluding that some of the drains go from 'HF7KHERDUGDSSURYHGWKHLUSURSRVDOWRVWXG\DQGPDNHDSURSRVDOWRVROYHWKHLVVXH3KRWR amounts to approximately $17,389. large 21-inch piping, down to 18-inch and E\*UHJ0DUVWHQ â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved their hire of electhen 15-inch drainage piping. tion workers for a two-year term. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got bigger pipes going in than proved at a cost of $3,450, and will ana- came along and a lot of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans â&#x20AC;˘ After some debate and a close vote, going out, which could be a problem,â&#x20AC;? lyze and propose alternative actions to changed.â&#x20AC;? the board approved upping their full- and Schreiber said. address the long-term water concerns. The analysis is expected to be com- part-time employee holiday bonuses up The area in question is east of Roosevelt The water issue has been addressed pri- SOHWHGE\0DUFKZLWKDQ\Ă&#x20AC;QDOFRQVWUXF- to $150, up from $125 each. The village Drive, to the southwest of the intersection vately with berms and other means, but tion plans available for the early spring, has three part-time employees and four of South Street and East Avenue South, KHDY\UDLQVKDYHVWLOOOHGWRĂ RRGLQJIRUDW so they can be bid out. full-time employees, meaning the change near the Silver Ridge development. The least one area home, leading to a liability will cost an additional $175. engineers said the area in question actu- dispute with the village. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved placing adver,QRWKHUERDUGDFWLRQ ally drains a large area of land, possibly tisements for a replacement cleaner at the It was believed that some of the water â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a pay request to up to 40 acres, although much of that land issue may come from the fact that the SilLametti & Sons for sewer lining on West Dresser Community Hall, as well as an ad is undeveloped and drains through the ver Ridge development was never fully Avenue, in the amount of $22,960. The IRUDSDUWWLPHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDVVLVWDQW7KH\DOVR soil. completed, meaning some of the engi- project apparently went off without a approved drafting an ad for a new buildSteinmeyer said they could possibly neering infrastructure may not have been KLWFKDFFRUGLQJWRSXEOLFZRUNVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV ing inspector, after inspector Brian Wert come up with a way to use existing ease- completed, after the 2008 housing market â&#x20AC;˘ The board looked over a note for the announced his resignation. ments to expand or create larger drainage, collapse and subsequent recession. Â&#x2021;/DXUD5RFKIRUGZDVDSSURYHGWRĂ&#x20AC;OOD village about their recent water-rate inmaybe even dovetailing that expansion â&#x20AC;&#x153;This (drainage) plan may have been creases, which were approved last month Dresser Library Board vacancy. with another project next spring. part of that (original Silver Ridge) plan, by the Wisconsin Public Service CommisThe Cedar Corp. proposal was ap- city attorney Tim Laux said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But 2008 sion.

Good year for ICCPA, publisher of Leader and Register

Readers-owners gather for cooperativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very nice yearâ&#x20AC;? Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\ IRU WKH ,QWHU&RXQW\ &RRSerative Publishing Association, Margo Rosen told the shareholders gathered for the 82nd-annual meeting of the cooperative Thursday, Dec. 3. The co-op members gathered at Hackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lanes, Frederic, to receive a report on the activities of ICCPA, elect members of the co-opâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board, share thoughts and have a meal. ICCPA is the publisher of the Inter-County Leader, the :DVKEXUQ&RXQW\5HJLVWHUDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH$Gvertisers, the Yellow Papers. It is owned by subscribers who buy a share in the cooperative. ICCPA is a very strong company, Rosen, auditor with Carlson Highland, said. It is remarkable that the business has no debt other than current liabilities, she added. She reported that total sales were up for the year and expenses were constant, resulting in a $75,514 net margin or income after a year with $4,967,550 in total sales. That increased the assets of the ICCPA to $2,805,737, almost all in reserves

Johnson, Sample retiring from county board Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk County Board of Supervisors members William Johnson and Ken Sample are not running for reelection to the Polk County Board in the April 2016 election. Seven of the 15 board members had registered their re-election bids as of Tuesday, Dec. 8. Filing for the county board seats ends Tuesday, Jan. 5.

conservative news sources and opinion writers. Walker, chair of the Polk County Republican Party, said that some of the letters that had been submitted had not been published. They said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;equal treatmentâ&#x20AC;? was their goal. The members re-elected Janet Oachs and Merlin Johnson to three-year terms on the ICCPA Board, where they will continue to serve with Dick Erickson, Ann Fawver and Johnson. Steve Schaefer and Bill Pullin were the other nominees presented for the two open board spots. Doug Panek, ICCPA manager, reviewed the operations for the year. He said that new equipment purchases, in'RXJ3DQHN,&&3$PDQDJHUDQGERDUGPHPEHUV-DQHW2DFKV$QQ)DZYHU&KDUOHV-RKQVRQ cluding a press, were made without in'LFN(ULFNVRQDQG0HUOLQ-RKQVRQ3KRWRE\*UHJJ:HVWLJDUG curring debt. Panek said that patronage refunds of $62,000 were paid out to cusand member equity, Rosen said. She con- had been addressed over the past year. tomers who did $1,000 in business over cluded her report by saying ICCPA had He added that the board is made up of WKHĂ&#x20AC;VFDO\HDU+HSRLQWHGRXWWKDW,&&3$ its best year since the recession and shows people with a political diversity. Johnson generates income from commercial printgood signs that the business has evolved. said that the board feels that the Leader LQJ DGYHUWLVLQJ LQFOXGLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;YH DUHD â&#x20AC;&#x153;The board will not tell the editor has the best editor since 1934 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;we do $GYHUWLVHUV DQG VDOHV RI RIĂ&#x20AC;FH VXSSOLHV at four locations, in addition to publishwhat to do,â&#x20AC;? Charles Johnson, president not interfere.â&#x20AC;? of ICCPA board told the members. His Anderson and Walker were express- ing the two newspapers. Johnson concluded the business meetcomments came during the new business ing concerns that the Leader was not as portion of the meeting. He was respond- balanced in presenting what they called ing by stating that the cooperative model ing to statements made by Wayne Ander- conservative views as it had been in the has served the members and the comson, Frederic, and Alan Walker, Amery. past. Anderson said that some 100 people munity well for over 80 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are Johnson said that the board was aware of had signed a petition asking for â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair and unique,â&#x20AC;? he said. Then it was time for dinner. their issues and feels that their concerns balanced news coverageâ&#x20AC;? that included

Polk County spring election update

Johnson is one of the longest-serving county board members and is the county ERDUGFKDLU+HZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWHOHFWHGLQ and served since then except for a twoterm gap from 2006 to 2010. His District 1 includes the towns of West Sweden, Clam Falls, Lorain and McKinley, and the village of Frederic. Sample served on the board from 2008 to 2012 and returned to the board in 2014. His District 6 includes the towns of Balsam Lake and Apple River plus part of Georgetown.

The seven supervisors who have registered their election bids so far are Patricia Schmidt, District 2, Craig Moriak, District 5, James Edgell, District 8, Kim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, District 9, Larry Jepsen, District 10, Jay Luke, District 11, and Joe Demulling, District 15. Candidates for the county board should complete a campaign registration statement, form GAB-1, before they circulate their nomination papers for signatures. At least 20 signatures of voters in their district are required. Maps of the county

board districts can be found on the Polk County website.

'UHVVHUFRUUHFWLRQ The list of Dresser Village trustees up for election in April missed one incumbentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. Catherine Frandsen was appointed to the village board in July after James Rochford Jr. resigned. She is running for a full term. Dresser is one of the few villages that uses nomination papers rather than caucuses to gain ballot access.

Minong man set home on fire, dies in blaze

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; An incident that EHJDQZLWKDVKRWVĂ&#x20AC;UHGFDOOLQWKH7RZQ RI0LQRQJHQGHGZKHQWKHPDQVHWĂ&#x20AC;UH to a residence and then lost his life in the blaze. According to a news release from the :DVKEXUQ &RXQW\ 6KHULII¡V 2IĂ&#x20AC;FH WKH incident occurred at 11:26 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, when local law enforcement responded to the call at a residence in the Town of Minong. Once on scene, law en-

IRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVKHDUGDGGLWLRQDOJXQshots and observed a male individual breaking out windows and brandishing a knife. 7KHPDQKDVEHHQLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDV*HUROG B. Featherly, 37, Minong. 7ZRXQLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGIHPDOHVĂ HGIURPWKH house and advised that Featherly was the only person in the house and that he was VHWWLQJWKHEXLOGLQJRQĂ&#x20AC;UH Law enforcement ordered Featherly out of the building, but Featherly continued

WRVHWPXOWLSOHĂ&#x20AC;UHVLQVLGHWKHKRXVH The Minong Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene and began to put RXWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UH2QFHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHZDVVXSSUHVVHG Ă&#x20AC;UHGHSDUWPHQWSHUVRQQHOORFDWHG)HDWKerly inside the house, but he was already deceased. 7KH:DVKEXUQ&RXQW\6KHULII¡V2IĂ&#x20AC;FH has stated that Featherlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cause of death is pending an autopsy. The identities of the two females are being withheld because they are consid-

ered to be witnesses. Chief Deputy Mike Richter, of the Washburn County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUHSRUWHGWKDWWKHWZRZRPHQDUH believed to be at least acquaintances, but not relatives of Featherly. Richter also stated that the incident was not believed to be a home invasion. The incident remains under investigation by the Washburn County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2IĂ&#x20AC;FH


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6WRSZDVWLQJWLPHZLWK WKHGHEDWHWKHUHLVD SUREOHP Some 40,000 people from across the planet attended the Paris climate talks, but around here it seems that people wonder what all the fuss is about. After the great weather weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had recently, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably understandable. Some people are convinced that climate change is a farce meant to promote some job-killing liberal agenda or at best an unavoidable demonstration of natural cycles. Around here we have closely linked climate change belief to political afĂ&#x20AC;OLDWLRQ It is happening though, even here where the effects at present seem to be limited to a shortened maple syrup season and changes in the usual patterns of bird migration. The Department of Defense now says that climate change is getting a lot worse and adds great risk to national security. The

Pothole woes A good friend who lives in suburban Milwaukee recently reported there were potholes on her neighborhood streets. She added that she blamed President Obama for the situation. Cynics might blame conservative talk-radio personalities. They regularly lay the blame for American problems, both real and perceived, on the White House doorstep. Or perhaps her local government ofĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDUHXVLQJ2EDPD¡VQDPHWR soothe annoyed residents in the Milwaukee suburb. The suburb returns strong Republican pluralities at each election. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame her. Republicans have no other choice than to blame Obama. He is the only major DemoFUDWLFRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOLQVLJKW5HSXEOLFDQV have majorities in both houses of Congress and both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. The governor is a Republican and conservatives even control the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to understand why a solid Republican would surely think the problem resides with Obama. The truth is, we are the problem. We want good roads, highways and bridges. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather not pay any more to accomplish those goals. Accounting shifts and borrowing are widely used when it comes to road issues, including the local governPHQWUROHLQĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJSRWKROHV In October, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities called on Gov. -2(+(//(5

DOD warns of mass migrations from new areas of severe heat drought and from land areas subject to rising seas. Less of the globe will be inhabitable very soon, and those people will be on the move. The irony is that the most effective solution to the climate threat is coming from conservative political thought. It uses a free-market approach that has actually been demonstrated to work in British Columbia: carbon fee and dividend. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on government regulation or â&#x20AC;&#x153;letting government pick winners and losers,â&#x20AC;? a major problem for Republicans. It will be more effective overall than power-plant regulations as President Obama has ordered. It can be applied globally and to be effective must be. Look up Citizens Climate Lobby to get the details on how carbon fee and dividend works, and how it accomplishes massive carbon reduction without increasing government size or regulation. There are also plenty of articles online about Republican so-

6WDWH &DSLWRO 1HZVOHWWHU 0DWW3RPPHU Scott Walker and the Legislature â&#x20AC;&#x153;to enact an adequate, equitable and sustainable transportation funding systemâ&#x20AC;? that met both state and local needs. Republican legislative leaders have prodded and implored Walker to present a solution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beyond just borrowing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to meet transportation needs. The Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution cited a report by the Local Government Institute that the Wisconsin system of roads and bridges is below average. Less than half the pavement is rated â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodâ&#x20AC;? in terms of smoothQHVV7KLUW\Ă&#x20AC;YHVWDWHVLQFOXGLQJ three neighboring states, have roads and bridges in better condition than Wisconsin. ´7KHVLWXDWLRQLVVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ worse in Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 urbanized areas, where only 15 percent of urban streets are rated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; while just half are considered â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;acceptable,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the League said in its resolution calling for help. Local governments, the people in FKDUJHRIĂ&#x20AC;[LQJPRVWVWUHHWSRWKROHV UHO\VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\RQVWDWHDVVLVWDQFH â&#x20AC;&#x153;The percentage of local government related costs that the state reimburses municipalities has steadily declined, shifting ever more of the

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lutions for climate change, many appearing in the last few months. As these conservative solutions to climate change become better known, Republican voters will be increasingly willing to acknowledge their concern. It is already happening. A University of Texas poll shows that 59 percent of Republicans worry that climate change is occurring. Concern is even higher among younger Republicans. Politicians are listening. This year 12 Republican House members signed on to the Gibson resolution to move Congress to act. Politically we have plenty of polarizing issues. Now that there are reasonable solutions from both right and left, we should stop wasting time debating whether there is a climate problem. There is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical, and we need to move the debate to the best ways to solve it. Gerry Lisi Rice Lake

cost onto property taxpayers,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the League noted. Critics have suggested the state has focused on major highway projHFWVDWWKHH[SHQVHRIKHOSIRUĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJ neighborhood potholes. While Wisconsin awaits Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, attention will be focused on the QHZĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUELOOLRQIHGHUDO transportation budget which was hammered out after Thanksgiving by congressional conferees. The document runs more than 1,300 pages so it will take some time for individual states to grasp. A spokesman for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, a trade association, said the new U.S. budget plan will provide PRUHĂ H[LELOLW\IRUVWDWHVWRFRQVLGHU implementing tolls on interstate highways that have been partially built with federal assistance. Public opinion polls regularly VKRZVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWVXSSRUWIRULPSRVing tolls on major roads and bridges. 7KDWPD\UHĂ HFWWKDWPRVWSHRSOHGR their driving on local streets going to work or getting children to school. The over-the-road trips that could involve toll roads may be popular for various holidays, but the mileage for most would be less than the daily driving. Early in December gasoline was priced below $2 in some Wisconsin localities. That might seem an opening for a gas tax increase to help pay for things like aid to local governments to repair potholes.

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&RQWUDVWLQORFDOSROLWLFDO JURXSV The column in the Nov. 25 Leader by E. Royal Emerson documenting his attendance and reception by the Burnett County Democratic Party was revealing. According to the column, Leader writer Emerson found Burnett County Democrats gathered for a meeting and after taking a picture was informed by a lady in attendance that she does not want her picture to be in the paper because she â&#x20AC;&#x153;holds another position in the community that is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nonpartisan.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? I suspect being nonpartisan assumes one would not allow their partisan views to interfere with treating everyone fairly in their â&#x20AC;&#x153;other position in the community.â&#x20AC;? Apparently thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough of a problem for this lady that she wishes to remain XQLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HG  2QH KDV WR ZRQGHU LI DV the newly elected Burnett County DemoFUDWLF3DUW\WUHDVXUHUVKHZLOOĂ&#x20AC;OHDFFXrate reports in a timely manner as the law requires or if she will do as the Obama/ Clinton administration does and ignore the laws to protect her secrets.. ,WZDVDOVRLQWHUHVWLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKDWWK Congressional District Democratic Party Co-chair Paul Johnson made comments that suggest that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is so devoid of candidates that WKH\DUHQ¡WHYHQDWWHPSWLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGFDQGLdates in many areas of the district. What a fascinating admission of party failure. Of more serious concern is the Burnett County Democratic Party leadership demanding that the reporter not reveal the SDUW\¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOSRVLWLRQLQWKHQHZVSDper. We are left to wonder whether the amount was embarrassingly small or embarrassingly large. Political organizaWLRQVKDYHWRUHSRUWWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVWDWXV periodically to various state monitoring agencies and the amount is public record. Apparently the national Democratic Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contempt for the rule of law has â&#x20AC;&#x153;trickled downâ&#x20AC;? to Burnett County. Shame on the Burnett County Democratic Party leadership. Contrast that with the article in the Dec. 2 Leader on the meeting of the Burnett County Republicans, accompanied by a picture of those in attendance DQGGLVFORVXUHRIWKHLUFXUUHQWĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO status. Brent Blomberg is the Burnett County Republican Party treasurer and also holds a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonpartisan position in the communityâ&#x20AC;? as an elected county board member (county board seats are legally GHĂ&#x20AC;QHG DV QRQSDUWLVDQ  8QOLNH %ORPbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counterpart in the Burnett County Democratic Party, he apparently is comfortable with his ability to separate his partisan activities in the Burnett County Republican Party from his nonpartisan responsibilities on the Burnett County Board and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to hide who he is from the public by refusing to allow his picture in the local paper. I, however, live in Polk County, where our political entertainment is provided by our Democratic district attorney who managed to earn a DWI in a county-

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his week I introduced two property rights bills. The central idea behind both bills is the same - you own your property, not the government. As we have seen government grow, it has gradually crept into every corner of our lives. And, it is not just the federal government - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state and local government as well. Therefore, I have introduced these bills in an attempt to rebalance that relationship in favor of the property owner. Property rights are important for three distinct, but equally important, reasons. First, there is a principle at stake of which we should never lose sight. The

owned vehicle near Fond du Lac. Apparently Democratic Party membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; contempt for the law shows up wherever they hide. Bob Blake Frederic

*DJZULWHU" I have seen some strange items published in your paper over the years, but the article titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rutting with the Democratsâ&#x20AC;? was just plain weird! I love a good metaphor, but comparing covering the Burnett Democrats annual membership meeting to mating with a deer in a family newspaper blows my mind. Is the reporter perhaps a gag writer from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Prairie Home Companionâ&#x20AC;? writing a Guy Noir skit? After listening to the treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, is he really concerned that this group of senior citizens is into money laundering or secret campaign contributions? I can hardly wait to see what he writes about the Republicans. RINOs, Republicans in Name Only, can be dangerous during election season! Gail Lando Grantsburg

.HHS\RXUKROLGD\VVDIH The holiday season is a time for family, friends and celebrations. But between Thanksgiving and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, there is a tragic jump in the number of alcoholrelated injuries and deaths due to falls DQGWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FDFFLGHQWV+HUHDUHVRPHWLSV for an alcohol strategy to keep your holidays safe. If you catch a buzz, catch a ride. An automobile is a dangerous weapon in the hands of an impaired driver, killing one person in the U.S. every hour. About three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair our reaction time and ability to make good decisions. The month of December is Alcohol-Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and state and local police are increasing their efforts to reduce drunk and drugged driving. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t risk an OWI arrest, injury or death. Call a friend, take a cab or sleep it off. Tips for hosting safe holiday parties: â&#x20AC;˘ Have plenty of alcohol-free beverages available. â&#x20AC;˘ Provide small cups for alcoholic beverages. Portion size makes a difference. â&#x20AC;˘ Instead of offering DIY mixed drinks, make a batch of eggnog or punch in advance with a moderate amount of alcohol. â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure everyone leaves with a sober driver. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overlook drinking in older adults. As we age, our ability to break down alcohol slows. In addition, older adults are more likely to take medications that interact with alcohol.

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-DUFKRZ 28th Assembly District government is subservient to the citizen, not the other way around. In other words, the government exists solely with the consent of the governed. Allowing the government to impinge on our fundamental property rights puts this basic principle and our liberties as free people at risk. Second, by far and away, the greatest showcase of success and prosperity ever known to man, is what we, as citizens, have in our property. Of course,

Remember that falls can be fatal. In Wisconsin, alcohol-related falls kill twice as many people as impaired driving. Falls can occur inside as well as on an icy sidewalk. Walk impaired friends and older adults into their homes and turn on the lights before leaving. With a little planning, we can all ring in 2016 safely. Happy holidays, Gretchen Sampson Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Services Division director Balsam Lake

/HWWKHUHEH&KULVWPDV Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Christmas season, a time for celebration and music. Voices of the Valley and the St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir are looking forward to sharing some beautiful music of the season. The choir has been very blessed this year to have each of their concerts be designated as fundraisers for wonderful FDXVHV2XUĂ&#x20AC;UVWLVSDVW'HFRXUFRQcert was at Home and Away ministries in Luck. Home and Away hosts Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry, and is raising funds to offer medical and dental care to those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it. Our second concert is being held Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls. Donations will be given to the Serenity Home in Balsam Lake, which provides emergency housing for Polk County residents in need of shelter. Cap off your Sunday by coming to Osceola for the Voices of the Valley Christmas concert at Osceola Community Church at 6:30 p.m. Voices is a choir comprised of adults with special needs. This FRQFHUWZLOOĂ&#x20AC;OO\RXUKHDUWVDQG\RXJHW to enjoy a sing-along of favorite Christmas songs. 2XUĂ&#x20AC;QDOFRQFHUWZLOOEHKHOG6XQGD\ Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., at Osceola Community Church. Several area churches work together to bring a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack to our community where thousands of bags of food get packed for shipment. Donations received will be contributed to Feed My Starving Children. Our concert this year is titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let There Be Christmas.â&#x20AC;? In spite of stress, FRQĂ LFWWURXEOHVVDGQHVVÂŤZHVWLOOFHOebrate Christmas. We hope that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a little time to come to our concerts. The music is exceptional - so beautifully arranged and beautifully sung by what could accurately be described as a choir of angels. Enjoy fellowship after the concerts and donate what you can to help those who are hungry and homeless. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Let there be love, let there be hope, let there be music â&#x20AC;Ś Let there be Christmas! Linda Iwaszko, director St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir St. Croix Falls

that prosperity derived from property ownership has fundamentally changed history. Until relatively recently, wealth and privilege were reserved for a select few. Over the past two centuries, the wide dispersion of property ownership has allowed people to start at the bottom of the economic ladder and move up many rungs over the course of their lifetimes. How many people have Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHGWKHLUFKLOGUHQ¡VHGXFDWLRQRU have started a business by mortgaging their home? Third, Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy is incredibly dependent on property-intensive industries. Think of farming, manufacturing, mining and even tourism. For the SDVWĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVZHKDYHSUHVVHGWKHLGHD that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wisconsin is Open for Business.â&#x20AC;? In its most basic sense, this means that Gov.

6KHULIISROLFHFKLHIVUHPLQG GULYHUVWR'ULYH6REHURU*HW 3XOOHG2YHU Deaths and injuries from drunken driving crashes devastate individuals, families and entire communities any time of year. But during the holiday season, these crashes can cause even more overwhelming misery. To get drunken drivers off our roads, the Burnett County law enforcement ofĂ&#x20AC;FHUV ZLOO MRLQ RWKHU ODZ HQIRUFHPHQW agencies throughout Wisconsin in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. 2XURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVDUHZHOOWUDLQHGLQLGHQtifying the signs of impaired driving and they know where and when to look for drunken drivers. So while celebrating the holidays, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re faced with the choice of getting behind the wheel while impaired versus giving up your car keys, please consider the following: â&#x20AC;˘ A drunken driving arrest can cause major embarrassment, expensive penalties, suspension or revocation of your driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicles. â&#x20AC;˘ If you injure or kill someone while driving drunk you will face a jail sentence. Â&#x2021;,QDGGLWLRQWRVHYHUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODQG legal penalties, you will suffer a lifetime of guilt if you injure or kill an innocent victim. â&#x20AC;˘ Because of its serious consequences, driving drunk likely will be a decision youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll regret the rest of your life. Because drunken driving is entirely preventable, we are serious when we say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;drive sober or get pulled over.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all work together to have a safe holiday season. Sheriff Ron Wilhelm - Burnett County Chief Jeff Schinzing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Village of Grantsburg Chief Chris Sybers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Village of Siren Chief Mike Spafford â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Village of Webster

+LVWRU\UHSHDWVLWVHOI Years ago we made certain everyone checked their guns when they came to town. They got them back when they left. This was back in the days of the cattle drives, if you remember. Some things never change. Do we need to revert back to that extreme measure to get our safety back? Guns donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kill - people do! Simple solution: donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give guns to people, this will stop most of the killing. Too simple? Yes it could be. Sometimes the solution to a problem is right before our eyes. Eldon Freese Grantsburg

Walker and Legislative Republicans are committed to getting government out of the way so business owners can do what they do - create jobs and grow the economy. Unfortunately, one area to which we have not paid nearly enough attention are laws, rules, and regulations related to property use. Wisconsin LVKRPHWRDPLVKPDVKRIFRQĂ LFWLQJ overlapping, confusing, ambiguous, and at times, downright ridiculous, rules and UHJXODWLRQV2XUOHJLVODWLRQDLPVWRĂ&#x20AC;[ this. In short, it is time to put power back in the hands of the people. Our property rights bills are a small, but necessary, step in that direction. We hope you will support our efforts.

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are less likely to harm themselves or others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our students do feel really connected with our staff,â&#x20AC;? she said. The survey idenWLĂ&#x20AC;HG WKRVH ZKR GR QRW IHHO FRQQHFWHG Mary Stirrat | Staff writer she said, and the staff is working to draw LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Luck Schools have stepped those students in. into the next phase of preparing staff and Lumley also asked what types of things students to respond in the event of an are in place to address bullying. Berg armed intruder, holding a parent meetnoted that bullying is addressed at all ing Monday evening, Dec. 7, at the school. ages, and the district website even has Luck staff members Rachel Berg, Caroan online reporting process that goes to lyn Peterson and Joe Bartylla outlined her, Longhenry and high school Principal the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ALICE emergency plan, Brad Werner. answering questions and providing Peterson added that there are peer mesamples of curriculum that will be used diators on the playground, who seem to to inform and train students. The next be kept busy all the time. These mediastep, expected to begin in January, is to tors work with Longhenry to address buluse age-appropriate materials and drills to increase student awareness of options /XFN6FKRROVFULVLVWHDPPHPEHUV /WR5 &DURO\Q3HWHUVRQ5DFKHO%HUJDQG-RH%DUW\OOD lying issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does it still go on?â&#x20AC;? Peterson DQGJLYHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHWRXVHWKRVHRSWLRQV SUHVHQWHGWKHGLVWULFWV$/,&(SODQWRSDUHQWV0RQGD\QLJKWz3KRWRVE\0DU\6WLUUDW asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;? she answered. She also should a crisis event occur. noted that staff are not privy to any cyber In the past, Berg told the audience, schools would lock down during a crisis, information is key to making single or soon be receiving age-appropriate train- bullying that occurs, and both Peterson which meant that doors would be locked, collective decisions as to the best option ing. Each classroom at the lower grade and Berg commented on the importance lights turned off and students and staff for survival,â&#x20AC;? she said. The more infor- levels will receive individual information, of reporting those incidents. mation put out by staff and students, the she said, since each grade and class have Teachers on recess duty, said Peterson, moved to a far corner of the room. differing abilities than any other. School usually work by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 rule,â&#x20AC;? intentionEver-increasing school violence and better. Information will be put out on the PA counselor Vern Longhenry and the teach- ally talking to 50 students while at recess. shootings have given rise to additional, system, to which several staff in different ers will be presenting the information, Parent Lisa Hunter questioned whether more proactive methods of response, and many schools across the nation are join- parts of the building have access. Each which includes books and other curricu- the rally point should be made public, to lum that focus on stranger danger rather which Bartylla said that the staff has been ing governmental agencies, businesses teacher has an outside phone line. In the past, she said, the philosophy than violence and shooters. discussing that question. The sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and organizations in implementing these has been to make sure the phone lines are ,Q Ă&#x20AC;IWK WKURXJK VHYHQWK JUDGHV VKH department will know the rally point, he methods. The acronym ALICE provides the kept open. Now, anyone with the ability said, the curriculum changes from how VDLGDQGZLOOKDYHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVRQKDQGWKHUH framework for this new philosophy, to communicate with the outside is en- students react to strangers to using the ex- before students and staff even arrive. Disperiences and abilities they have. This is trict Superintendent Chris Schultz added which utilizes technology and informa- couraged to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more information the police have the age group where ways of distracting that having more than one rally point can tion to make informed decisions during a crisis situation. These decisions allow as for helping in a situation,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the an intruder will be discussed, with each confuse any accomplices, should there be teacher using his or her awareness of their more than one perpetrator involved. many people as possible to be removed better.â&#x20AC;? Part of the training for C, counter, will studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities. Parent and school board member Todd from the situation, while the training There will also be several nonviolent Roehm asked whether Luck, like some gives those involved the best chance of EHWRJLYHVWXGHQWVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHWKDWWKH\ can survive contact with an armed in- practice drills throughout the year. These other school districts, has considered havsurviving. ´,W¡V YHU\ Ă XLGÂľ %HUJ VDLG RI WKH Ă&#x20AC;YH truder. It is a last resort, and it was noted will include lockdown with barricades, LQJDSROLFHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHULQVLGHWKHEXLOGLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our local police are pretty responaspects of ALICE, emphasizing that it is that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad guysâ&#x20AC;? in these situations are working with blocked exits that make students think on their feet, evacuating out sive,â&#x20AC;? Schultz responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know not a sequential process but each decision usually not skilled shooters. Most important for elementary stu- the windows and getting used to what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always welcome here.â&#x20AC;? is based on the current situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things dents, said Berg, is to make a lot of noise might come over the PA system. It is not unusual for the police chief to change at any given moment.â&#x20AC;? to distract and confuse the attacker. If At the same time, said Berg, parents stroll through the building, said Peterson, they are running, they will learn to avoid have an important role in helping their and the students are always excited and ALICE running in a straight line and will zigzag children feel safe and capable in the event happy to see him. The three staff members explained instead. of a crisis. By helping their children unHunter also asked about door security, what each letter of the ALICE acronym For his high school students, said Bar- derstand that there are many solutions noting that sometimes an outside door stands for and what it might look like. tylla, countering could mean trying to and options to any problem, and helping is propped open after school hours and The A, said Peterson, is for alert. Be- stop the assailant. them identify possible crisis situations this makes her uncomfortable. Schultz cause information is key to making good The E is for evacuate, and Berg reiter- and practice dealing with them, they will pointed out that school security, includdecisions, as much detailed informa- ated that information is key to making de- be more prepared to make good decition as possible will be given to every- cisions. Only 2 percent of violent intruder sions. It is also important that they un- ing access, will be strongly addressed one. Anyone, staff or student, can report events involve more than one perpetrator, derstand they must follow the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as part of the upcoming school building project. an alert, and the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PA system and said Berg, so if the location of the perpe- directions without hesitation. Next year, he said, due to the changes all types of social media will be used to trator is known throughout the school, that will be made, no one will be able to disseminate the information. the teachers will know whether their stu- Audience questions enter the building without entering the â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want people to know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hap- dents can be safely evacuated. Several questions were asked by mem- GLVWULFWRIĂ&#x20AC;FH pening,â&#x20AC;? said Peterson. The information Rally points are being established for $ Ă&#x20AC;QDO TXHVWLRQ FDPH IURP 6WHSKDwill not be graphic, to avoid paralyzing UHXQLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQRIVWXGHQWVVWDIIDQGIDPL- bers of the audience and answered by school staff. nie Johnson, who asked if the younger fear, but enough so that students and staff lies. Parent Tara Lumley noted that there students will be shown all the exits and will know what areas of the building are DSSHDUVWREHD´SURĂ&#x20AC;OHÂľIRUVFKRROVKRRW- possible hiding places. Older students impacted. ers, and asked what is in place at Luck for are more familiar with the building, she Lockdown, the L, will still be used :KDW¡VQH[W" The next job, Peterson told the group, is students who are struggling with mental- pointed out, but the little ones may not when appropriate, said Bartylla, but exknow more than the entrance they always perience shows that additional steps need to plan and to practice. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cri- health issues. sis committee has been through several Bartylla and Berg responded that the use. to be taken for added safety. 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Saints tie for second at season opener in Cumberland Young group has plenty of potential Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Saints wrestling team competed in a dual meet in Cumberland Friday, Dec. 4. The Saints defeated Hayward and Baldwin-Woodville and lost to Cumberland and River Falls. They Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG WLHG IRU VHFRQG SODFH 6HYHUDO PHPEHUVZRQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWYDUVLW\PDWFKHV including freshmen Logan Yira and Josey Wilson. The team wrestled with only two seniors, while the rest of the team was made up of sophomores and freshmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a group of young kids like that I thought they wrestled well,â&#x20AC;? said coach Dan Clark. Other highlights included a pin by Brandon Bastin at 195 pounds, which KHOSHGWKH6DLQWVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKZLWKWKHZLQRYHU Hayward. Finishing undefeated on the day with a 4-0 record were Luke Clark at 160, Garrett Bergmann at 138 and Clay &DUQH\  $W  'DOWRQ /DQJHU Ă&#x20AC;Qished 3-1 and had a good day according to Clark. The Saints didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a full team on Friday, but Clark expects them to have a full team by Christmas when he feels some of the team members will be ready to go or make weight. Along with the two VHQLRUVVWDUWHUVLQFOXGHĂ&#x20AC;YHVRSKRPRUHV and six freshmen, but most have had lots of experience on the mat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good group. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working closely with these kids since they were SUREDEO\\HDUVROGRUVRLW¡VIXQWRĂ&#x20AC;nally have them all at the high school age. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seasoned in what they know, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to move along a little quicker in practice than in most years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to seeing how good they can get,â&#x20AC;? Clark said. Last season the Saints sent eight wrestlers to the sectional meet, but only one went through to the state tournament. Of WKRVH HLJKW WKUHH ZHUH VHQLRUV \HW Ă&#x20AC;YH ZHUHIUHVKPHQ7KRVHĂ&#x20AC;YHDUHQRZVRSKomores and hoping to make it to the next level, but Clark says they still have a lot to learn and work on to get there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gotta hold our expectations down a little bit because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still 14- and 15-yearolds going up against 18-year-olds, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to what we can do.â&#x20AC;? Much of the team has been wrestling since they were old enough to wrestle and continue to practice hard in the weight room and on the mat at least twice each week during the offseason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done the work to get themselves to where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at, so now we just have to get them a little older and get them a little better,â&#x20AC;? said Clark. As far as the conference is concerned, Clark said Clear Lake will once again be the team to beat and feels LFG and Unity have a handful of good talent. Over the past 10-12 years Clear Lake and St. Croix Falls have been at the top trying to secure a conference title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re this young, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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Wisconsin Dells at the annual Dells Dual Classic at Chula Vista starting Friday, Dec. 11.

â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ WENHAM, Mass. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Former St. Croix Falls athlete Alex King is a freshman this year on the Gordon College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WUDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWHDP*RUGRQ&ROOHJH is a liberal arts institution located in Wenham, Mass. King recently set a new school record in the pole vault for the Fighting Scots of Gordon College, in his opening debut, clearing 12-05.50 feet. He beat the previous record of 12 feet, which was set in 2010 at the Division 3 NCAA college. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from gordon.edu â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ WINONA, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University Cardinal womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team is off to a 4-1-1 overall start to the season and 3-1-1 record in the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. In the Cardinals more recent win, former Grantsburg athlete Kassie Lien scored Kassie Lien an unassisted goal to help St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get a 4-2 win over Concordia College. The junior forward KDVWZRJRDOVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVVLVWVRQWKH year and has been a starter in all nine games played so far. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from saintmaryssports.com â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Grantsburg at Frederic girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM, beginning at 5:45 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 11. The Tuesday, Dec. 15, Cumberland at Luck girls basketball game can be heard on 104.9 FM, starting at 7:15 p.m. The Friday, Dec. 11, Amery at Prescott boys basketball game is being broadcast on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Grantsburg at Amery girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 14, can be heard on 1260 AM. The St. Croix Central at Amery boys basketball game will be on 1260 AM, Tuesday, Dec. 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. All high school games above can also be heard online at msbnsports.net. The Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals game on Thursday, Dec. 10, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers game is on 105.7 FM, at 3:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13. 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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Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg set for a successful year unteer assistant for 20 or more years. The team also has Ryan Strenke helping with the bigger wrestlers and two new volunteers, Jake Nichols and Rick Bergland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is nice to have help with the kids. It Marty Seeger|Staff writer allows a coach to pull a kid aside and do RUSH CITY, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck/Fredsome one-on-one teaching when needed,â&#x20AC;? eric/Grantsburg wrestling team got their Bartlett said. season underway with a tournament in :LWK WKHLU WKLUGSODFH Ă&#x20AC;QLVK DW 5XVK Rush City, Minn., Saturday, Dec. 5, takCity, the wrestling team is off to a good ing third place in the overall standings VWDUW7KHIRXUZUHVWOHUVZKRSODFHGĂ&#x20AC;UVW with just nine wrestlers competing. Of overall included Britton at 120 pounds. WKRVH QLQH IRXU WRRN Ă&#x20AC;UVW SODFH DQG LQ He won by pin in all three matches, while his 10th year as head coach, Chris Bartlett 6FKXOW] ZDV Ă&#x20AC;UVW RYHUDOO DW  DQG  has quite a few new faces to work with. in matches. At 182, Holdt wrestled up a Last spring there were four athletes who ZHLJKWDQGVWLOOWRRNĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW graduated and three had nearly a lifetime career tournament victory. Steen was a of experience on the mat. Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHUDWKHDY\ZHLJKW â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of new faces in the room â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powered his way through the tournathis year. It will be somewhat of a transiment. I can see him having a good year,â&#x20AC;? tion from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. said Bartlett. It will be fun to watch these kids improve At 106 pounds, Jason Peterson took secas the year goes on. They are working RQGLQKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWYDUVLW\PDWFKHVJRLQJ hard and are getting anxious to get on the on the day. Colin Jeske also wrestled his mat,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said, adding that there are Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDWWKHYDUVLW\OHYHODQG%DUWOHWW many levels of experience among his rosfelt he was in one of the best weight ter of about 17 athletes. FODVVHVDW-HVNHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRYHUDOO One athlete returning is state quali/XFN)UHGHULF*UDQWVEXUJZUHVWOHU&ROH%ULWWRQLVEDFNZLWKWKHWHDPDJDLQWKLV\HDUDQGORRN $GDP 0HQNH DOVR H[SHULHQFHG KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW Ă&#x20AC;HU&ROH%ULWWRQZKRZLOOEHH\HLQJKLV varsity matches at 160 and went 3-2 overthird career trip, and Dakota Schultz is a LQJIRUKLVWKLUGWULSWRWKHVWDWHWRXUQDPHQWz/HDGHUILOHSKRWR DOOZLWKDIRXUWKSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVK returning all-conference wrestler. After being out of wrestling for the past â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steven Holdt and Parker Steen are seThe teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success this season will be FODVVHVZHFDQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;OODQGLIVRPHRQHJHWV WZR\HDUV0HUOLQ+LEEVWRRNĂ&#x20AC;IWKSODFHDW niors and they could have good years,â&#x20AC;? determined by how much effort the ath- sick or hurt we may have more. Giving 126, and Matthew Louis is looking good said Bartlett, but admits itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still too early letes put in the practice room according free points to the other team never helps so far this season according to Bartlett. He to tell who will step up and have a great to Bartlett. your chances of winning.â&#x20AC;? ZHQWRQWKHGD\DQGWRRNĂ&#x20AC;IWKDW year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they work hard and push each other %XW%DUWOHWWGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\KDVWKHFRDFKLQJ The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next tournament will take â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some freshmen on the team we could have a pretty good season. Of staff to get them going in the right direcplace at Barron on Saturday, Dec. 12. that have wrestling experience and could course a big thing too is if we can stay tion. Trevor Brewer is the assistant coach make some noise this year,â&#x20AC;? said Bartlett. healthy. We already have some weight again and Larry Wright Sr. has been a vol-

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Eagle wrestlers fall to top-ranked Spring Valley/Elmwood Young Unity team hopes to improve as season progresses Spring Valley/Elmwood 65, Unity 9 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Unity wrestling team faced the tough task of competing ZLWK6SULQJ9DOOH\(OPZRRGLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW dual of the season at home Thursday, Dec. 3. Spring Valley/Elmwood had the Division 3 state team champion in 2015 and brought back several talented members of the team again this year. They currently have as many as seven wrestlers who are ranked among the top 10 wrestlers in the state in Division 3, and handed Unity a lopsided 65-9 loss Thursday. Winning matches for the Eagles were Blaine Tendrup at 113 pounds, who pinned Luke Deppa, and the Eagles other three points came by a Jarett Davison win 8QLW\VHQLRU-DUHWW'DYLVRQZRQDGHFLVLRQRYHU&RRSHU6WHYHQVRI6SULQJ9DOOH\(OPZRRG over Cooper Stevens by a 13-6 decision. Despite the slow start, sixth-year head DWSRXQGVRQ7KXUVGD\'HFz3KRWRVE\0DUW\6HHJHU coach Shawn Perkins is hopeful his young team will be able to improve as the end of the season nears and the playoff tournaments begin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a pretty young team. If we continue to work hard and improve throughout the season, we could have a great Ă&#x20AC;QLVKWRWKHVHDVRQÂľ3HUNLQVVDLGZKRLV being assisted by coach Dan Peper again this season, his sixth season also. Perkins said the team will have trouble Ă&#x20AC;OOLQJ DOO  VSRWV RQ WKH YDUVLW\ URVWHU but is hoping to get close to it by the end RIWKH\HDU+HH[SHFWVKLVWHDPWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVK among the top three teams in the conference. Along with Davison, who was a state TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUWZR\HDUVDJRWKH(DJOHVEULQJ back Derek Johnson, a senior who took fourth at sectionals last year. Other seniors who will be providing leadership on the team are Marcus Qualle who is listed at 160 pounds, and Josh Dahlberg at heavyweight. Sticking together as a team will be one of the keys to success this season according to Perkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They believe the season is a marathon 8QLW\V3DWULF7LOOHU\KDQJVRQGXULQJDPDWFKDJDLQVW6SULQJ9DOOH\(OPZRRGDWSRXQGV and not a sprint â&#x20AC;Ś and the kids are ready

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(OOVZRUWKWRXUQDPHQW ELLSWORTH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After opening the season with their home dual meet against Spring Valley/Elmwood, the Eagles wrestling team traveled to Ellsworth the IROORZLQJ6DWXUGD\'HFIRUWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW tournament of the year, where Ellsworth RQFH DJDLQ GRPLQDWHG WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG RI HLJKW other teams. Spring Valley/Elmwood was second followed by Dover-Eyota, Sparta, Ellsworth White, Cadott, Prescott, Lake City and Unity. At 113 pounds Blaine Tendrup took sixth overall, Derek Johnson was third at -DUHWW'DYLVRQWRRNĂ&#x20AC;IWKDW-RH\ Schmitz placed eighth at 152 and Tony Carlson was seventh at 170. Patric Tillery WRRNĂ&#x20AC;IWKDWDQG'\ODQ3HSHUSODFHG seventh at 195.


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Blizzard boys open season, girls start 0-4 Boys fall to BaldwinĹ&#x2018;Woodvillein season opener Baldwin-Woodville 7, Blizzard 3 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALDWIN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Blizzard boys hockey team opened the season with a Middle Border Conference loss to BaldwinWoodville Thursday, Dec. 3, but have a good shot at remaining competitive in the Middle Border among teams including New Richmond, Baldwin-Woodville, Somerset, Regis/Altoona/McDonell and Amery. Third-year head coach Andy Richardson is excited with the team he has this season, although depth is one of the main weaknesses. But Richardson says he has a group of guys with good leadership, good attitudes and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all ready to work hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very young this year but I think we will be able to compete very well this year if we put the work in,â&#x20AC;? Richardson said. The numbers for the Blizzard boys are good this year, with 20 skaters and three goalies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are playing both JV and varsity games on a lot of nights. When we do that we have 9-10 skaters for JV. It would be nice to have a few more bodies but I think it is really good for the guys to get game action,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of the key components of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is their senior goalie Taran Wols, who is in his third season as Blizzard tender. Against Baldwin-Woodville he had 50 saves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is going to have to be big for us and KHDOUHDG\ZDVLQRXUĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHÂľ5LFKardson said. The Blizzard success depends on playing smart hockey and taking advantage of their opportunities according to Richardson, who mentioned the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main strengths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good work ethic and good attitudes about practice and games. Those two things can go a long way.â&#x20AC;? The Middle Border Conference is only one game into the season so far and New Richmond, Baldwin-Woodville and Somerset are all off to a 1-0 start, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long season and the Blizzard expect to be competitive every night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some very strong teams in our conference but hopefully we will play well and be able to compete with them. I

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%OL]]DUGJLUOVVWDUW SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Blizzard girls hockey team is off to a 0-4 start to the season after consecutive losses against St. Croix Valley, Sun Prairie Co-op, Eau Claire-Altoona and their most recent 6-1 loss against North Shore Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blizzard girls are working with another small roster this season. There are 14 on the varsity roster, drawn from a co-op of seven schools including Cumberland, Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, Siren, Unity and Webster. Last season was a rough one for the Blizzard as they ended the year without a win or a goal. This season, MyKayla Anderson of Cumberland leads the team with two goals and Mackenzie Johnson, also of Cumberland, has scored one goal. Aubriannah Larson of Siren, Anderson and Johnson lead the team with two points apiece. Mackenna Johnson of Grantsburg has spent much of her time as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goalie. She has been peppered with 102 shots on goal and has 88 saves on the season. Teammate Bayzhia Taylor, of Siren, has 43 saves. The Blizzard girls next contest will be against Chippewa Falls/ Menomonie at Siren Lodge Ice Arena this Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 6 p.m.

Eagle boys start season 1-0 in win over Grantsburg LuckĆ&#x201A;Fredericstart conference play with a win Unity 75, Grantsburg 65 Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long season, but the Eagles basketball team started the year off on the right path with a home win over Grantsburg in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference opener Friday, Dec. 4. For both teams it ZDVWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHVRIWKHVHDVRQDQGD big one, as both teams have potential to Ă&#x20AC;QLVKQHDUWKHWRSRIWKH:HVW/DNHODQG Unity took advantage of a poor start by the Pirates, who dug a 10-0 hole and were XQDEOHWRVFRUHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWQLQHPLQXWHV of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start a game the way we did and expect to win,â&#x20AC;? said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids were disappointed that we came out the way we did, and know they can play better than what we showed.â&#x20AC;? Led by a balanced scoring attack by Unity, the Eagles were ahead by as much DVSRLQWVLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI$XVWLQ'Rnahue and Logan Bader each had seven

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Frederic finds a way against gritty Webster team PiratesĆ&#x201A;Saintswin conference battles )UHGHULF:HEVWHU Marty Seeger|Staff writer WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frederic Viking girls basketball team improved to 2-0 in the conference with a win over Webster Friday, Dec. 4, but the Tigers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just hand the game over despite the Vikings 64-47 win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a battle of a game, one that we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put them away â&#x20AC;Ś really all night,â&#x20AC;? said Vikings coach Troy Wink. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We built the lead up to 20-plus points on a couple of occasions, only to see them cut it down. Webster is a gritty team with a couple strong players, in (Kaitlyn) Moser, (Allison) Mulroy and (Lydia) Wilson. 0RVHU Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK  SRLQWV 0XOUR\ KDG  DQG :LOVRQ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK HLJKW But Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offensive output was better. Ann Chenal led the Vikings with 18 points, Emily Amundson had 16, followed by Nicole Nelson, 14, Taylor Alseth, 11, Sydney Domagala and Shelbi Root each had two and Kalyn Miller added one. Alseth led with eight assists. Amundson had a big night defensively with 10 steals while Nelson had eight and Chenal and Alseth each had six. The Vikings defense pressured the Tigers to 48 turnovers. Amundson and Alseth also led with 11 rebounds and Chenal had nine. )UHGHULFV$QQ&KHQDOUHDFKHVXSIRUDSDVVDJDLQVW:HEVWHURQ)ULGD\'HFLQ:HEVWHUz â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us we had good point production 3KRWRE\%HFN\$PXQGVRQ from our seniors again. Our shooting per-

centage continues to struggle though both IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQGIUHHWKURZOLQHÂľ:LQN said, adding that he was pleased with the good minutes from Domagala, along with strong defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Key will be moving forward this season with the younger girls being able to consistently contribute quality minutes,â&#x20AC;? Wink added.

*UDQWVEXUJ8QLW\ BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grantsburg junior Cassidy Lee hit some key shots from the perimeter against the Unity Eagles Friday, Dec. 4, in a conference clash. She Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHQLJKWZLWKSRLQWVWROHDG the Pirates in the win. The shots were timely, but Unity also shot the ball well. The Eagles fell behind early, and were down by as many as 10 points to start the Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI%XW8QLW\PDQDJHGWRFODZWKHLU ZD\ EDFN WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI ZLWK WKH 3LUDWHV holding the 27-22 advantage at the break. 7KH 3LUDWHV JRW WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW FRQIHUHQFH win of the year after falling just two points shy of St. Croix Falls earlier in the week, but the Pirates proved in both games that they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a pushover this season, and neither will Unity. The Eagles had their own success Friday night against the Pirates as junior Jessica Grams proved she can be a long-range threat. She started the second half with a 3-pointer only to be answered by Pirate junior Jordyn McKenzie. With a layup by Unityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gabrielle Foeller the Eagles were within three points at the start of the second half but the Pirates kept pushing back.

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Boys basketball/Continued Luck Tuesday, Dec. 8, while the Pirates hosted Webster on Tuesday. See leadernewsroom.com for updates on all Tuesday night events.

McDonell Central 81, Grantsburg 73 CHIPPEWA FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a tough night on the court against a solid Unity team the Grantsburg boys basketball team played the next night, Saturday, Dec. 5, against another tough opponent, McDonell Central. The Pirates may have ORVWWKHJDPHEXWWKH\SXWXSDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;JKW against a very good Macks team according to coach Nick Hallberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were more focused tonight than we were last night against Unity, but a loss is a loss. There were many opportunities for us to win this game, but McDonell made one or two more plays than us the last few minutes and made their free throws to seal it,â&#x20AC;? Hallberg said. Jordan Knutson led the Pirates offense with 26 points and Grantsburg trailed only 35-32 at halftime. Jaeger Staeven added 17 points, followed by Jackson *UDQWVEXUJV-DHJHU6WDHYHQDQG8QLW\V%UHWW1HOVRQVFUDSIRUDORRVHEDOO)ULGD\'HFDW Gerber, 12, Joseph Ohnstad and John 8QLW\7KH(DJOHVZRQz3KRWRE\0DUW\6HHJHU Chenal each had six, Austin Olson, four, and Majel Schmaltz added two. Frankie Deblase each added six, Dylan â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the type of team we like to play .HJHO KDG Ă&#x20AC;YH DQG 7UHYRU *XVWDIVRQ outside of conference play,â&#x20AC;? said Halladded two. Gustafson also had four steals berg of the McDonell Central Macks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I and four assists. wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised to see this team make a run at the state tournament in /XFN6W&URL[)DOOV March.â&#x20AC;? ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck Cardinals got off to a 2-0 start with a crushing win Frederic 70, Webster 58 over St. Croix Falls on the road Friday, WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frederic Viking boys Dec. 4. The Cardinals offense was clickSLFNHGXSWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLQRIWKH\HDUXQGHU ing as Noah Mortel led with 35 points, new head coach Ethan Bergstrom Friday, while Taylor Hawkins added 24 and Dec. 4, against Webster. The Vikings got Casey Ogilvie added 13. Austin Hamack all they could handle against what is a and Bryce Hacker each had seven, while stronger Webster team this season, which -DFN-RKDQVHQDGGHGĂ&#x20AC;YHDQG1LFN0DWWled the game 25-20 at the half, but the Vison had four. NLQJVRIIHQVHFDPHRXWĂ&#x20AC;ULQJLQWKHVHFThe Cardinals led 55-28 at the half, ond half for the 12-point victory. burying seven 3-pointers, shot 6 of 8 from Frederic senior Roman Poirier had a the free-throw line and never look back. career night, scoring 35 points with four For the Saints, Wyatt Bergmann led VWHDOV WKUHH DVVLVWV DQG Ă&#x20AC;YH UHERXQGV with 11 points, Daniel Crandall added 10, Austin Ennis had 12 points, followed by followed by Jameson Kahl, eight, Brady Mason Gustafson, 10, Colton den Hoed, /HDK\ VL[ -RKQ 3HWKHUEULGJH Ă&#x20AC;YH DQG eight, Jonah Tinman and Andrew HochTyler Henk and Alex Johnson each had stetler each had two, and Kyle Olson two. added one. For the Tigers, Tate Fohrenkamm had a :HEVWHUV )UDQNLH 'H%ODVH WDNHV D VKRW big night with 31 points and 12 rebounds DJDLQVW)UHGHULFLQ:HEVWHU)ULGD\'HFz for the double-double. Jack Washburn 3KRWRE\%HFN\$PXQGVRQ had eight points, Brad Sigfrids and

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Girls basketball/Continued It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until Grams buried her third 3-pointer of the game with just over 11 minutes left that the Eagles were able to tie the game 37-37, but Unity was never able to regain a lead, as the Pirates defense, depth and offensive performance kept Unity from gaining the momentum WKH\ ZHUH ORRNLQJ IRU GRZQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO stretch. Late in the game the Pirates were able to build a nine-point lead and were able to hold off a late comeback by Unity. *UDPV Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK IRXU WKUHHV LQ WKH second half and led the Eagles with 15 SRLQWV)RHOOHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKHLJKWSRLQWV With under 20 seconds to go, Grams hit her fourth long range shot that brought the Eagles within three points, but the Pirates hung on for the six-point victory.

6W&URL[)DOOV/XFN ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Lady Saints built a commanding 34-15 halftime lead over Luck Friday, Dec. 4, on their home Ă RRUDQGQHYHUDOORZHGWKH&DUGLQDOVWR get any closer in a big conference win. It was the Saints second conference win as they improved to 2-0 on the year in conference play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those SCF girls are sure tough!â&#x20AC;? said Luck coach Britta Petersen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big and strong and know how to play ... and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt that they can shoot! We just had a hard time handling their pressure in the half court and so we panicked

and rushed shots and passes. And again we had a almost nonexistent rebounding effort even though we worked on it for 2 days! But at times we had good defense and came up with some stops and when they could calm down and make passes offensively, they made some nice plays.â&#x20AC;? Adrienne Stoffel had 11 points in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDQGWHDPPDWH.DWLH.RSSDGGHG  LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI .RSS Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK 20 points on the night followed by Stoffel with 15, Addie McCurdy, 10, Ruthie Stewart, eight, Rebecca Nelson, six, and .ULVWLQ3HWKHUEULGJHĂ&#x20AC;YH Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kyla Melin finished with 14 points, followed by Olivia Nielsen and Paige Runnels each with seven, and Isabelle Jensen and Tiffany Brown each added two points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all the right pieces there but our kids are still inexperienced enough that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite got it together yet,â&#x20AC;? Petersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully we can get a couple wins soon and it will get us on the right track. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just going to keep trying to get better one game at a time and one practice at a time.â&#x20AC;?

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Strong season ahead for Grantsburg/Luck/Unity gymnasts season, learned new skills and are starting off with higher start values,â&#x20AC;? Lund said. This year is also different in that the sectionals will no longer include Rice Lake/ Cumberland, a team that took second at sectionals and edged out GLU by nearly six points to earn a trip to state. Tomah has been added to the sectional in place of Rice Lake/Cumberland. Last year, GLU was third overall, and only the top two teams earn a spot at state. There are fewer numbers on the team this year with nine athletes, but all the gymnasts can work all-around according to Lund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even with this small number we will have a tough decision on who competes in each event from meet to meet,â&#x20AC;? she said. Key returning players include three WLPH VWDWH TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HU DQG VWDWH FKDPSLRQ Jessee Lerud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a tremendous leader!â&#x20AC;? Lund said. Other returning varsity gymnasts include Morgan Pfaff, Holly Fiedler, Erica Simmons and Brittanie Blume, who were all strong competitors last year. They also added sophomore Belle Ress and freshman Gracie Gerber to the varsity squad. Lund says the keys to success this season will be staying healthy and strong, as well as the versatility of the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team strength is we have great options in every event. Vault will be our highest scoring event, bars being our most GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLQPHHWLQJHYHQWUHTXLUHPHQWVÂľ Lund said.

Smallteambig on talent Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The skills of the Grantsburg/Luck/Unity gymnastics team will be put to the test this weekend GXULQJWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQYLWDWLRQDORIWKHVHDson at Chippewa Falls Saturday, Dec. 12. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reason for excitement this year too, as the team brings back a handful of gymnasts who have the chance to score big, and even the potential to get the team to the state tournament in March. In her 18th season as head coach, and sixth year with assistant coach Lara Lerud, Kathy Lund says this team has a lot of potential. Team is a very talented, they work extremely well together,â&#x20AC;? Lund said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to watching the growth of individuals and the impact of having tighter scores. We have the potential to score in the 130s!â&#x20AC;? Lund says the team has already started WKLVVHDVRQVWURQJHUWKDQWKH\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGDW the end of last year, and as a coach, she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for much more than that, which is due in part to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong work ethic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the girls worked out in the off-HVVHH/HUXGRI*UDQWVEXUJLVRQHRIVHY HUDO VWURQJ J\PQDVWV WKLV VHDVRQ IRU WKH *UDQWVEXUJ/XFN8QLW\WHDPZKLFKKDVSOHQW\ RI SRWHQWLDO /HUXG LV D VWDWH FKDPSLRQ DQG WKUHHWLPHVWDWHTXDOLILHUz/HDGHUILOHSKRWR

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Deadline to apply for black bear and spring wild turkey hunting permits is Dec. 10 MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business Thursday, Dec. 10 to submit an application for 2016 hunting season permits.

%ODFNEHDU Bear hunters are reminded that harvest permits, Class A licenses, are issued via drawing, and hunters must apply for several years in some management zones before they receive a permit. Harvest numbers from the 2015 black EHDU VHDVRQ DUH QRW \HW Ă&#x20AC;QDOL]HG EXW preliminary estimates show that hunters harvested close to 4,200 bears. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Bear Advisory Committee are currently in the process of determining 2016 harvest quotas. Bear hunters are reminded that they can apply for a permit or purchase a preference point for future years. In order for bear permit applicants to retain their accumulated preference points, they must apply at least once during any period of three consecutive years or all previously accumulated preference points will be lost. If a bear management zone is selected at the time of purchase and the hunter is selected in the February drawing, their preference points will be reset to zero, even if they do not purchase the harvest permit. It is the applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to know their drawing status. Those seOHFWHGLQWKHGUDZLQJZLOOEHQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HGE\ mail shortly after the drawing and may purchase their 2016 Class A bear license beginning in March 2016. Applicants may

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7KHVHDVRQVWUXFWXUHIRUWKHEHDUKXQW LVDVIROORZV â&#x20AC;˘ Zone C, dogs not permitted: â&#x20AC;˘ Sept. 7 - Oct. 11 - with aid of bait and all other legal methods not using dogs. â&#x20AC;˘ All other zones, use of dogs permitted: â&#x20AC;˘ Sept. 7-13 - with aid of bait and all other legal methods not using dogs; â&#x20AC;˘ Sept. 14 - Oct. 4 - with aid of bait, dogs and all other legal methods; and â&#x20AC;˘ Oct. 5-11 - with aid of dogs only. For more information, visit the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search keyword bear. 6SULQJWXUNH\VHDVRQ The 2016 spring turkey season will begin April 9 with the annual spring youth turkey hunt. The regular turkey season will begin the following Wednesday, April 13, and will consist of six VHYHQGD\ WLPH SHULRGV ZLWK WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO period closing May 24. A permit drawing will take place in late December. Successful permit applicants will receive a postcard by late January 2016. Applicants may also check their drawing status online through the online licensing center beginning in late January. Permit winners may purchase their required 2016 Spring Turkey License, $15 for Wisconsin residents and $60 for nonresidents, and 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp, $5.25, in early March. Each permit, also

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known as a carcass tag, will be printed at the time of purchase. Conservation Patrons and Senior Citizen Recreation cardholders are required to purchase a turkey license or stamp when they pick up their permit. Leftover permits following the initial drawing for 2016 spring turkey season will be available for purchase in late March. Turkey hunters are reminded that Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state park turkey management zones were eliminated Sept. 1, 2014. However, state parks remain open for hunting. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords hunting state parks. Harvested turkeys must be registered by 5 p.m. on the day following harvest. In-person registration stations are no longer available, and hunters can use the call-in registration hotline at 888-HUNTWIS or the online registration webpage, keywords turkey registration.

<RXWKWXUNH\KXQW The eighth-annual spring turkey youth hunt will be held prior to the opening of the regular spring turkey season April 9-10. In conjunction with the Mentored Hunting Program, the spring turkey youth hunt will be open to resident and nonresident youth hunters ages 10-15. A Hunter (GXFDWLRQ&HUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHRI$FFRPSOLVKPHQW is not required for spring turkey youth hunt participants. Special rules and regulations apply to those who choose to participate in the Mentored Hunting Program, and interested hunters should carefully review these rules prior to enterLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG A spring turkey license, stamp and valid permit/carcass tag is required to participate in the youth hunt. All other existing turkey hunting rules and regulations apply. Youth hunters who do not harvest a turkey dur-

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United Way helps West CAP address homeless needs GLENWOOD CITY - Homelessness continues to increase in western Wisconsin. According to the 2014 State of Homelessness in Wisconsin, Institute for Community Alliances 2015, the West CAP service area has a rate of homelessness of 48 per 10,000 people. This translates to approximately 1,472 people experiencing homelessness every year, 818 of whom live in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. Nationally, the rate of homelessness in rural areas is 14 per 10,000 people. The main reasons for homelessness are similar for rural and urban areas: lack of affordable housing and inadequate income. However, one factor has a much larger impact in rural areas than in urban

areas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; access to services. With state and federal funding often directed to urban areas, rural areas lack the ability to provide comprehensive services to quickly address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. West CAP is fortunate to receive funding from St. Croix Valley United Way to assist in addressing these needs. West CAP focuses on helping individuals and families experiencing homelessQHVV Ă&#x20AC;QG KRXVLQJ SD\ IRU KRXVLQJ DQG stay in housing. Case managers help people identify and overcome potential barriers to obtaining housing with a goal of getting people housed within 30 days or less. West CAP assists with security

deposit and moving expenses, as well as paying a rent subsidy while individuals and families are participating in one of their programs. Case managers help people stay housed by connecting them to community resources and supports, as well as helping to resolve issues that may threaten housing stability, including issues with landlords. West CAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homeless Prevention Program has always received more requests for assistance than there has been funding to serve. Since Jan. 1, 2015, the West CAP RIĂ&#x20AC;FHKDVUHFHLYHGRYHUUHTXHVWVIRU housing assistance from St. Croix, Polk and Pierce County residents. Of those households, 156 were able to receive ser-

vices to obtain or maintain safe, affordable housing. The funding that West CAP receives from the St. Croix Valley United Way enables them to house more individuals and families that are homeless in Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties. :HVW &$3 D F QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W HVWDEOLVKHGLQZDVRQHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRPmunity action agencies in the United States. Located in Glenwood City, West CAP works to promote the sustainability of low-income families and communities in west central Wisconsin. For more information on the Homeless Prevention Program or other West CAP programs, please call 715-265-4271 or go to westcap. org. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from West CAP

Representatives attend the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Economic Development Summit TREGO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Economic Development Summit, Sharing Success and Learning Together, was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Heartwood Conference Center, Trego. A contingent of participants from Polk County were in attendance to engage with Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership team in community and economic development. The theme of the event was how Northern Wisconsin can build on success and maximize its assets in collaboration with state government resources to fuel economic development for today and tomorrow. Highlights included visits from Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca .OHHĂ&#x20AC;VFKFRQYHUVDWLRQZLWKWKHLUFKRLFH of a cabinet secretary; break-out sessions on workforce tools, access to capital, broadband expansion and recreational trail development; and cabinet secretary panels focused on exchanging ideas about success, as well as new programs and development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development tools. For more information about economic Corp., 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.

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Youth conference and powwow coming to tribal center Carl Heidel | Staff writer HERTEL - The St. Croix Tribal gymnasium in Hertel will be the scene of two important Ojibway cultural events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12. On Friday, the 32nd-annual St. Croix TRAILS youth conference will take place, followed by a powwow on Saturday. Mark Soulier, coordinator and organizer of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, explained that the conference on Friday will provide both educational and motivational events for more than 100 young people from many neighboring tribes from Northwest Wisconsin. The powwow on the following day will be built around traditional

dancing and singing with authentic Native foods to feed hungry appetites. According to Soulier, the conference will offer opportunities for the youth to learn traditional ways, wild ricing, netting, spearing, hunting, collecting maple syrup and seasonal harvesting, techniques considered life skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They need to learn how to sustain themselves,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a crisis situation, they would have the basic life skills to survive.â&#x20AC;? Several presenters, young and old, will address the youth to help them understand truths passed on through oral tradition. Included in the list of topics addressed by these presenters will be thinking seven generations ahead, acting with

respect, speaking the truth and learning their traditional language. Included in these learning experiences will be information about attending a college. Tall Paul, a singer and motivational speaker, will be among the keynote speakers. He is known for his song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prayer in a Song,â&#x20AC;? an Ojibway language rap song. Elder Dennis White will be a second speaker, and a third speaker is still to be announced. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powwow will be a family event and celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a traditional powwow that we hold every year in honor of our youth,â&#x20AC;? said Soulier. As part of the event a new TRAILS princess and brave will be crowned. There will also be

a traditional St. Croix tribal descendants royalty contest. Grand entrances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The powwow Saturday is open to the public. Powwow donation buttons will be $3 with elders and children under 5 admitted free. A traditional feast will be provided at 5 p.m., free to all. The conference on Friday begins at 9 a.m., and Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events begin at 1 p.m. Both daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events will take place at the St. Croix Tribal Center on Hwy. 70 in Hertel. For more information contact Soulier, 800-236-2195, ext. 5310. - with submitted information

Balsam Lake caucus set for Jan. 18 Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Balsam Lake Village Board had another 15-minute meeting Monday night, Dec. 7, making short work of primarily routine items. Items of business included setting the 2016 caucus for Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 6

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BISTRO HELP PART-TIME POSITION Burnett Dairy Cooperative is looking for part-time help to work in our Bistro. Primary position objective is to provide outstanding customer service. Must be prompt, efficient and courteous to all customers. Must be able to take and make orders for the following: Cheese trays, pizzas, sandwiches, cheese curds and all other food preparation as needed. Stock, keep seating area clean and maintain products sold in the Bistro area. Qualifications: Demonstrates excellent customer service skills and has the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Similar kitchen experience preferred. Must be able to work as part of a team in an active work environment. Position requires steady standing and some lifting. Schedule: Part-time varied hours throughout the week, evenings and weekend. Must be able to work weekends.

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

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

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(Dec.  9,  16,  23) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY In  The  Matter  Of  The  Name   Change  Of Michael  Howard  Haaf By:  (Petitioner): Michael  Howard  Haaf Notice  and  Order  for  Name   Change  Hearings Case  No.  15CV417 NOTICE  IS  GIVEN: A   petition   was   filed   asking   to   change   the   name   of   the   person   listed  above: From:  Michael  Howard  Haaf To:  Michael  Howard  Haaf-­ Alseth Birth  Certificate:  Michael   Howard  Haaf IT  IS  ORDERED: This   petition   will   be   heard   in   the  Circuit  Court  of  Polk  County,   State  of  Wisconsin:  Judge  Molly   E.  GaleWyrick,  1005  West  Main   St.,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810,   January  8,  2016,  1:15  p.m. If   you   required   reasonable   accommodations   due   to   a   dis-­ ability   to   participate   in   the   court   process,   please   call   715-­485-­ 9299   at   least   ten   (10)   working   days   prior   to   the   scheduled   court   date.   Please   note   that   the   court  does  not  provide  transpor-­ tation. BY  THE  COURT: Molly  E.  GaleWyrick Circuit  Court  Judge   November  30,  2015 >5(?37

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NOTICE  OF  MEETING Village  of  Frederic The   regular   Monthly   Village   Board   Meeting   will   be   held on   Monday,   December   14,   2015,   at   7   p.m.,   at   the   Village   Hall,   107   Hope   Road   W.   Agenda   will   be   posted   at   the   Village  Hall.  3 Jennifer  Phernetton Village  Treasurer/Deputy  Clerk

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

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(Dec.  9) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Central  Bank, a  Minnesota  banking   corporation, 2104  Hastings  Avenue Newport,  Minnesota  55055, Plaintiff, vs. Thomas  J.  Peterson, a/k/a  Thomas  Peterson 2104  230th  Street St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024 Erin  A.  Peterson, a/k/a  Erin  Peterson 208  E.  Alabama  Street,  Apt.  2 St.  Croix  Falls,  WI  54024 Arlen  R.  Peterson, a/k/a  Arlen  Peterson 2300  Sandwood  Drive  #101 Lake  Havasu  City,  AZ  86403 Wisconsin  Department  of   Children  and  Families,   a  Wisconsin  state  agency, 201  East  Washington  Avenue,   Second  Floor P.O.  Box  8916 Madison,  Wisconsin  53708, John  Doe,  Mary  Roe,   and  XYZ  corporation Defendants. Case  Type:  30404 Case  No.  14CV329 NOTICE  OF  POSTPONEMENT   OF  FORECLOSURE  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE,   that   the   Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   sale   scheduled   for   November   24,   2015,   at   10:00   a.m.,   by   virtue   of   that   certain   Amended  Findings  of  Fact,  Con-­ clusions  of  Law,  Order  for  Judg-­ ment   and   Decision   entered   on   September   23,   2015,   and   filed   on   September   28,   2015,   effec-­ tive   nunc   pro   tunc   to   December   15,   2014,   has   been   postponed   and   the   Sheriff   of   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,  will  sell  the  following   described  real  property  at  public   auction  as  follows: DATE/TIME:   December   15,   2015,  at  10:00  a.m. TERMS:   10%   of   successful   bid   must  be  paid  to  Sheriff  at  sale   in  certified  funds,  with  the  bal-­ ance   due   and   owing   on   the   date  of  confirmation  of  the  sale   by  the  Court. PLACE:   Lobby   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center.   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,  WI  54810. LEGAL   DESCRIPTION:   The West  Twelve  (12)  Rods  of  the South   Forty   (40)   Rods   of   the   Southwest   Quarter   of   the   Southwest  Quarter  (SW  1/4  of SW  1/4)  of  Section  Seventeen (17),   Township   Thirty-­five   (35)   North,   Range   Eighteen   (18)   West,  Polk  County,  Wisconsin. (FOR  INFORMATIONAL  PUR-­ POSES   ONLY:   Plaintiff   be-­ lieves   that   the   property   ad-­ dress  is  2104  230th  Street,  St.   Croix  Falls,  Wisconsin). Dated:  December  3,  2015. Peter  Johnson Sheriff  of  Polk  County,   Wisconsin THIS  INSTRUMENT  WAS   DRAFTED  BY: ANASTASI  JELLUM,  P.A. 14985  60th  Street  North Stillwater,  MN  55082 (651)  439-­2951 Garth  G.  Gavenda/#16432  >5(?37

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

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


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Christmas/Advent church services

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At this season of Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for all the love, thoughtfulness, hugs and prayers in these last earthly days for Patrick R. Johnson. We truly have been comforted by your support in this difficult time. We know many of you worked very hard for his benefit, for which we are forever grateful, and he enjoyed the pictures we shared with him. Unfortunately he had become too ill to attend. His time was limited. Thank you to Spooner Regional Hospice, his daughter Jen, son Jeff, and beloved wife Mary who all stayed by his side. We thank the Immaculate Catholic Church and Father Tom Thakadipuram, Ken Kutz, the Catholic Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group, the American Legion Post #185, the Honor Guard, the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, all our family and friends, and all that sent flowers, cards and memorials. The Family of Patrick R. Johnson Mary, Jen & Jeff Johnson His Mother Mary Alma Johnson & Siblings

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The Ellis Erickson family wishes to express their deep appreciation to those who have offered support and messages of sympathy and comfort during our loss. We especially wish to thank Dr. Lingen and staff at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital, the Amery Behavioral Health Center, the staff at Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Rowe Funeral Home, the Rose Garden, Pastor Andrea Bobowski, Kordi Kurkowski and Betty Amundson, the ladies at St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Methodist Church for the delicious meal, and for the love of our family and friends.   3W

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DAEFFLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S QUALITY MEATS, INC. Wholesale & Retail Meats Custom Butchering & Processing Phone 715-327-4456

Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4236 Shell Lake, Wis. - 715-468-2314 Siren, Wis. - 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-9008

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Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making â&#x20AC;˘ Ham & Bacon Cured & Smoked Sides and Quarters of Beef and Pork Available Old-fashioned Fresh Meat Counter Tim Van Meter and Ross Anderson, Owners Luck, WI 54853 Plant 715-472-2141

10022 Elbow Lake Road Siren, Wis. 54872 715-689-2539

Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

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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.

THURSĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2019;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022; St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

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Dresser

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

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

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2122;

Frederic

Amery

â&#x20AC;˘ 4th- & 5rd-grade holiday program at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m., frederic.k12.wi.us.

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

Balsam Lake

Grantsburg

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Middle school band/choir holiday concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounds of the Season,â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m., gk12.net.

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

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

Grantsburg

FRIĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022;

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

Shell Lake

Siren

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree Lotâ&#x20AC;? at Theatre in the Woods, titw.org, 715468-4387.

â&#x20AC;˘ K thru 5th-grade winter program at the school, 2 p.m., siren.k12.wi.us.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201C;

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

Balsam Lake

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

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Entry day for gingerbread house contest at the library, 715-327-4979. â&#x20AC;˘ Head injury support group at the library, 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Northwest Wisconsin Regional Writers annual Christmas meeting at the Ridge Eatery, at noon.

Grantsburg

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x161; â&#x20AC;˘ Unity 3rd-grade program, 2:30 p.m., unity.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ 3RON&RXQW\+HDOWK'HSWĂ XFOLQLF1-4 p.m., 715-4858500, polkcountyhealthdept.org.

â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday sale at the library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., FacebookMilltownpl.

â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas carol sing-along, 8:20 a.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Christmasâ&#x20AC;? childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, 8:30 a.m., brunch fundraiser after, Bethany Lutheran Church, 715-340-5280.

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

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Song Circle at Festival Theatre, 4:30 p.m., 715-4833387, festivaltheatre.org. â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix Valley Ecumenical Choir presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let There Be Christmasâ&#x20AC;? at First Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m., 715-483-3550.

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

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2013;

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Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Holly Jolly Howl-iday at Domestic Animal Wellness Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., visitsiren.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday Traditions at The Shops at the Lodge, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., visitsiren.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Free community Christmas dinner at the school, noon-2 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ Nelson School Christmas program, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., gk12.net.

St. Croix Falls

Trade Lake

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201D;&Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022; St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Fawn-Doe-Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santa Paw Days 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-483-3772.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x201D; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 7:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390. â&#x20AC;˘ Jul Fest Scandinavian bazaar at Our Saviorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m.

Cushing â&#x20AC;˘ Santa at the community center & games, 9 a.m.-noon.

Danbury â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas at the Forts at Forts Folle Avoine, 11 a.m.6 p.m., theforts.org, 715-866-8890.

Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Cookie walk at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9-11 a.m. or until sold out.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Better Way Imports presentation 1 p.m. and sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Oak Forest Center, 715-472-4246, betterwayimports.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Primetimers North Heights bus trip at Crosswalk Community Church, 11:30 a.m.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Carnivore tracking workshop at Crex. RSVP. 9 a.m.3 p.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

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

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday craft expo 10 a.m.-4 p.m., pictures with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 35, Facebook: JJsClub 35. â&#x20AC;˘ Free lunch for ladies over 65 at the senior center. Sign up at 715-431-1899.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Day at the community center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715472-2273.

Balsam Lake

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Fish fry at the American Legion, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Auxiliary craft and bake sale 5-8 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Farm, Feral & Stray â&#x20AC;&#x153;spayghetti,â&#x20AC;? dinner at the senior center, 7 p.m., 715-501-8488.

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Baldwin

Dresser

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 12:30-2 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

Siren

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

â&#x20AC;˘ %DFRQUDIĂ HVXSSRUWLQJ$UQHOO+XPDQH6RFLHW\ at Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-7387.

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting, 5:30 p.m., 715-4853215. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minionsâ&#x20AC;? movie at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715-4853215.

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

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244, 715-825-5357. â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee and Crayons for adults at the library, 10:30 a.m., 715-485-3215. â&#x20AC;˘ 3RON&RXQW\+HDOWK'HSWĂ XFOLQLF9 a.m. - noon, 715485-8500, polkcountyhealthdept.org.

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2DC;

â&#x20AC;˘ Cookie walk, craft & bake sale at Trade Lake Baptist Church, 9 a.m.-noon.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas cookie walk at Grace United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697. â&#x20AC;˘ Family Fun Day with Santa at Fresh Start Coffee Roasters, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Bake sale & Christmas decorations sale at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas bake sale at Lakeside Community Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-noon.

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2022; Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Martin Lutherâ&#x20AC;? musical presentation at Faith Lutheran Church, 9:30 a.m.

Centuria â&#x20AC;˘ Family carol sing-along at Holy Trinity Methodist Church, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ High school holiday program at the high school, 2 p.m., frederic.k12.wi.us.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Wolf Ecology workshop at Crex. RSVP. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Grantsburg Community Chorale Christmas concert at the high school, 2:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Osteoporosis Educational Seminar by Lori Fitton at New Hope Lutheran Church, 11:15 a.m.

Hertel â&#x20AC;˘ St. Nick at Hertel Express, noon-3 p.m., kids activities & drawings, 715-349-5658.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Benson Family Singers perform at Milltown Lutheran Church, 2 p.m.

Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ Voices of the Valley Christmas concert and singalong at Osceola Community Church, 6:30 p.m.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Siren School art dept. fundraiser buffet at Adventures, 715-349-8500, visitsiren.com.

Balsam Lake

Falun St. Croix Falls

Grantsburg

â&#x20AC;˘ Unity High School program, 7 p.m., unity.k12.wi.us. â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 12:30-6:30 p.m., 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday Indulgence Christmas concert/dinner at the high school. RSVP. Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., 715-4635165, ext. 202.

Frederic

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A;

â&#x20AC;˘ 6th- thru 8th-grade holiday program at the high school, 7 p.m., frederic.k12.wi.us.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ American Legion Post 185 meeting, at the Legion, 7 p.m., 715-463-5724. â&#x20AC;˘ Diabetes support group at the medical center, 5 p.m., 715-463-5353, burnettmedicalcenter.com.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ 6th- to 8th-grade holiday concert at the school, 7 p.m., 715-472-2152, lucksd.k12.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Middle/high school holiday concert at the school, 7 p.m., siren.k12.wi.us.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ 5th- thru 12th-grades band/choir winter concert, 7 p.m., scf.k12.wi.us.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ 7-12 Christmas program at the school. 5 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. concert, 715-866-4281.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2014; Clam Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019; Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir at Osceola Community Church, 7 p.m.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Merry X-Moose party at the Moose Lodge, 1-3 p.m.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201C; Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday bazaar & lunch at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Luck

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2022;

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.

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

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

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assoc. meeting, topic is understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, at the library, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.

Balsam Lake

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

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2014; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas dinner at the community center, 11:30 a.m., RSVP at 715-268-6605.

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Leader | Dec 9 | 2015