Page 1


New Miss Luck crowned

Polk County court notes “miracle”



A century of Luck



CURRENTS FEATURE Readership 13,000



School board members request resignation of fellow member After member refuses, board votes to censure him PAGE 3




A duplicate of this paper online. • Save a tree • Every page in color • Printable • Downloadable • Searchable Subscribe today by going to:

Land swap denied Committee chair’s artful leadership defuses tension in room PAGE 5

Federal criteria delays Burnett projects Miss Maddie sports one of the cutest helmets at the Kids’ Pro Ice Racing Northern Nationals Championships. Siren was home of many snowmobile enthusiasts this past weekend since the 3rd-annual Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling sports show, banquet and VIP ride were also held this past weekend. More photos on back page. - Photo by Becky Strabel

FIRST READ MADISON - In a rush of end-of-session lawmaking, the Wisconsin Assembly passed bills Tuesday, Feb. 15, to tighten laws for child car seats and drunken driving. The car seat bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate. AB400 would require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old. Current state law requires children to ride in rear-facing seats if they are younger than 1 year or weigh less than 20 pounds. The bill’s authors, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), say that both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend keeping children in rear-facing seats until they’re 2. In other action, the Assembly passed on a voice vote AB352, which would require first-offense drunken drivers to appear in court before a judge in all cases. Currently, first-time offenders are required to make a court appearance in some parts of the state but not others. - from Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel ••• MADISON - Bipartisan legislation introduced by Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs Nick Milroy, D-South Range, and Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, to allow gun deer hunters to wear blaze-pink hunting apparel was signed into law earlier this month. Milroy joined Gov. Scott Walker and others at a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Madison. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature on bipartisan votes, will make Wisconsin the first state in the country to give hunters the option of wearing bright, fluorescent, blaze pink. Additionally, it was learned blaze pink is actually more difficult for deer to see than blaze orange.- with information from the office of Rep. Milroy ••• STATEWIDE - The Costco in Pleasant Prairie had the lowest gas price for regular unleaded on Tuesday of this week, at $1.34 a gallon. A station in Frederic offered gas for $1.45 as recent as this past weekend but prices have been jumping back up to the $1.60 range in the past few days. The average price statewide Tuesday was $1.52. Drivers in Houghton Lake, Mich. paid 47 cents to fill up and lines stretched down the street due to a price war between three stations. But a Wisconsin state law makes it unlikely that those types of bargains will ever happen here. AAA Wisconsin says prices are low in our state, too, but not to expect a price war here because of something called the Minimum Markup Law. “It prevents or sets a minimum amount stations can charge based on what they pay wholesale,” said AAA Wisconsin director of public affairs Nick Jarmusz. - with information from AAA

Consideration of price not in the public’s best interest, federal guidelines state PAGE 4

Woman accused of attempting to run man over Same person named in pending mail-theft charges PAGE 3

• Play @ St. Croix Falls • Fish fry @ Milltown • Indooor Rendezvous trade fair @ Danbury • Candlelight hike @ Balsam Lake • Ice-fishing contests @ Clam Falls, Luck • Snowmobile ride @ Grantsburg • Showshoe hike @ Grantsburg • Ice-bowling tourney @ Webb Lake See Coming Events for details

Arlene L. Jensen Sandra L. Hibbs William Edward “Bill” Sargent Jeann Laurel (Holmes) Fagerberg Richard John Heutmaker Theodore E. “Ted” Freymiller Johnny Robert Anderson Douglas Andrew Anderson Isaac “Ike” Joles James M. Delany Ruby Andrina Cook



Another area athlete hits 1,000 See front page of

Copy must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Mondays to be considered for publication in that week’s Leader. Thank you.




Chilly debut The new Luck Winter Carnival royalty made their first public appearance aside from the pageant at the always brisk LWC parade, held Saturday evening, Feb. 13. Subzero temperatures did not overcome the festive mood. Shown (L to R), front row: Princess Kerissa Minor, Little Princess Mariah Olson, Princess Tasian Arjes, Little Miss Luck Jada Nick and First Princess Isabelle Jensen. Back row: 2016 Miss Luck Annaleise Greener. - Photo by Jessica Minor

A cooperative-owned newspaper Board of directors:

Manager: Doug Panek

Charles Johnson, chair Ann Fawver Merlin Johnson Janet Oachs Richard Erickson

Editor: Gary King

Ad manager: Rick Malecha

Reporters Greg Marsten

Marty Seeger

Priscilla Bauer

Carl Heidel


BBQ and bluegrass

Mary Stirrat

• National Newspaper Association

• Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Production Raelynn Hunter production@

Gregg Westigard E. Royal Emerson

Scott Hoffman

Becky Strabel


The Cat’s Pajamas to perform at SCFalls

Enrichment Through Culture, Cumberland’s arts council, will be warming up the downtown arts center on a cold winter night with some hot food and hot music. After filling the house last February for this event, ETC, in conjunction with The Stringsmiths, will be presenting a dinner concert called Barbecue & Bluegrass. The Saturday, Feb. 27, event will include a pulled-pork dinner served by Vickie Komarek of Peter & Annie’s World Market. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Peter & Annie’s in downtown Cumberland. You can reserve tickets by calling the store at 715-822-9959. The Stringsmiths, a local bluegrass band, have performed frequently at ETC and at venues throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The band is headed by banjo player Chris Landstrom. The Cumberland Arts Center is located at 1595 2nd Ave. For more information, contact Larry Werner at 612-743-5117 or — Photo submitted

The Cat’s Pajamas - Vocal Band, a high-energy male a cappella group based out of Branson, Mo., will be performing at St. Croix Falls Elementary School on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m., as part of their ninth-annual Music in Schools tour. This tour brings student choral clinics, school assemblies and evening shows to communities across the nation in an effort to raise money for school music programs. To date, The Cat’s Pajamas have raised over $80,000 for music education. In the evening, the Cat’s Pajamas puts on a world-class show for the entire community, and they will donate a portion of those profits directly to St. Croix Falls School’s music program. The Cat’s Pajamas recently received national acclaim on NBC’s hit show, “The Sing-Off: Season 3.” More information is available at For ticket purchases, call SCF HS band director, Christopher Bergh, at 715-483-9823, ext. 1217, or ask any SCF High School music student! Price: $5 for children, students and senior citizens, $7 for adults. - Photo submitted

Web page: Email: Subscription concerns: Advertisements:

AD DEADLINE: 10 a.m. Tuesdays COPY DEADLINE: 4:30 p.m. Mondays

OFFICES Frederic • 715-327-4236 P.O. Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837 (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Fax - 715-327-4117 (news copy) Fax - 715-327-4870 (ad copy) Siren • 715-349-2560 24154 State Road 35, Siren, WI 54872 (M-W, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. T-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Fax - 715-349-7442 St. Croix Falls • 715-483-9008 Box 338, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 (M-W, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. T-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Fax - 715-483-1420



The Inter-County Leader [ISS No. 8750-9091] is published weekly. Subscription prices are $39/yr. in Polk and Burnett counties; $43/yr. in Barron, Washburn, St. Croix counties; $46/ yr. anywhere in the United States $27/yr. for servicemen or women; $27/yr. for students or schools (9 months). Payment is needed before we can start the subscription. No refunds on subscriptions. Persons may subscribe online at, write us at Inter-County Leader, Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837, or stop by one of our three offices.

“Ole and Lena Win a Cruise” On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, you are invited to “Ole and Lena Win a Cruise” at the Scandia Community Center. This hilarious duo returns with laughs to warm your heart through the rest of the winter. Mike and Julie Bateson have been acting together for many years. They have created the Ole and Lena characters from audience comments based on other characters they have created. “Everyone knows an Ole and Lena joke, and we enjoy bringing them to life for audiences large and small.” There are only two shows, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. Reduced ticket prices are available in advance, or full price at the door, and can be purchased online at, or by phone at 715-483-3387 during box office hours Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door the day of the show. This show is being presented by Festival Theatre at the Scandia Community and Senior Center, 14727 209th St. N., Scandia, MN 55073. - Photo submitted


Persons may subscribe online to our e-edition - a facsimile of our print version in electronic form, at Click on “subscribe” on the Leader’s home page.


CO2 awareness Burnett County health specialist Brittany Fry was at the Siren-Grantsburg basketball game last Friday, Feb. 12, as part of a public awareness effort regarding the dangers of carbon monoxide. CO2 detectors were available, along with information about the gas that cannot be seen or smelled and is the most common cause of fatal poisonings. - Photo by Becky Strabel

The Inter-County Leader is a qualified newspaper for the publication of legal notices, meeting the requirements as set forth in Chapter 985.03 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Every government official or board that handles public money should publish at regular intervals an accounting of it, showing where and how each dollar is spent. We hold this to be a fundamental principle of democratic government. Publisher reserves right to reject any advertisement or news release or letter of opinion at any time.

A cooperative-owned newspaper, the Inter-County Leader is published every Wednesday by the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837. Second Class postage paid at Frederic, WI 54837.


School board members request resignation of fellow member Member refuses to resign, board then votes to censure him Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - Five school board members voted last week to request the resignation of a sixth member and when that member declined to resign, they voted to censure him. A special board meeting held Wednesday, Feb. 10, by the Siren School Board of Education had a posted agenda that indicated it was going straight to closed session. School board President Peggy Moore called the meeting to order Jim Kopecky and read Wisconsin State Statute 1985(1)(f), which states that a confidential matter would be discussed and that if discussed in public, it would likely have an

adverse effect on people involved. After about 20 minutes of closed session, the meeting was opened. Board member Mark Pettis immediately made a motion to ask for the formal resignation of fellow board member Jim Kopecky. The motion was seconded by Duane Emery. It is unclear exactly how many allegations are against Kopecky but it may be close to nine. Emery stated, “A couple of the allegations are pretty serious allegations, and they affect all of us. If something is going to affect me I would like to know what someone is doing so I can prepare. Now, I don’t think that was right. You (Kopecky) were voted on this board to be a board.” Kopecky asked him which two allegations he was referring to. Emery replied, “The file and following investigation are serious allegations.” Pettis asked Moore to read the direction that the school board’s attorney gave. While looking up the statement, Kopecky commented, “This is a discussion. There is no way you are going to get a resignation.” The attorney’s direction to the board was that taking an action is an important means of distancing the board from the “counterproductive behavior. Silence in

cases can be interpreted as an endorsement and may give the accusation that it is a conspiracy and that can hold the rest of the board and the organization liable for any actions.” The vote on the motion following discussion was six to one, with Kopecky voting not in favor.

Vote to censure With Kopecky not resigning, Pettis and Emery made and seconded a new motion for the board to censure Kopecky. Censuring is a public declaration that the board doesn’t approve of his actions and is not a part of his activities. However, that cannot prevent Kopecky from public comment since he is an elected official. Again, the vote was six to one, with Kopecky voting no. Following the meeting, Kopecky indicated that he was unaware of the intent of the meeting and would have appreciated knowing that he was the topic of discussion. In a statement issued this week, Kopecky said, in part, “I cannot mention any of the allegations because the meeting was held in closed session, but I will say that the allegations were either trivial, untrue or about me asking questions that

Woman accused of attempting to run man over Same person named in pending mail-theft charges Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Charges are pending against a 29-year-old Dresser woman who stands accused of attempting to run a man over with her car in an apparent domestic incident that may have been triggered by use of a cell phone. According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Jim Kopecky the incident took place on the evening of Monday, Feb. 8, in Dresser when

Meeting was not venue to discuss issue, says superintendent BALSAM LAKE - Last week’s story on parent accusations that educator bullying led to the suicide of a Unity student contained an error in the statement given by Unity School Administrator Brandon Robinson. The second sentence of the statement should have read, “Unfortunately, the Board meeting was not the venue or forum to discuss the issues.” We apologize for the error. In the same story, Robinson stated that parent Ted Michaelson declined to meet with board president Debbie Ince-Peterson at a different date and time to discuss the issues outside the time constraints of school board policy. Michaelson did meet Thursday morning, Feb. 11, with President Ince-Peterson, school board member Kelly Bakke, and James Ward, the school district’s attorney from Weld Riley. The concerns raised by Michaelson and others at the Feb. 9 meeting of the school board will be discussed at a special meeting of the school board set for Tuesday evening, Feb. 16. Two items are on the meeting agenda, both to be discussed in closed session. The first agenda item reads, “To consider performance concerns that have been raised by outside parties in regard to certain professional staff members, as well as the manner in which those concerns are to be investigated.” The other item on the agenda is an expulsion hearing.

Marlaina Tibbetts, 29, Dresser, is alleged to have confronted her estranged spouse and asked to use his cell phone. The victim reportedly said that was fine but that Tibbetts needed to use it in the home only, and not go outside, apparently over concerns she might keep it. Tibbetts became upset and left, but the victim apparently went outside to have a cigarette a short time later, which is when Tibbetts is alleged to have attempted to run him over with her 1993 Buick LeSabre. The victim told police he was able to move out of the way before getting hit, but said that he “feared for his life” in the incident. Tibbetts was tracked down later in Milltown, and while she admitted there was an altercation between the two, indeed over a cell phone, she denied trying to run the man over but refused to make a statement as such. PCSD officials took Tibbetts into custody and have initially charged her with domestic disorderly conduct and bail jumping, as she has a variety of open criminal cases, at the moment. Official charges from the Polk County District Attorney’s office were not filed at press time.

Other changes she faces Tibbetts was recently implicated in a variety of rural mail thefts after an intensive, multiagency investigation that has led Polk County prosecutors to consider the depth of pending charges against her. Tibbetts has reportedly admitted to stealing and tampering with mailboxes since late 2015. She was apprehended after investigators connected a variety of mail thefts to her and found unwanted, discarded mail near Milltown. In the probable cause report filed last month by the PCSD, she told police she

was searching for loose cash. Multiple reports of Tibbetts car in the area of the mail thefts led police to her. Those mail-theft tips stemmed from reports of her Buick LeSabre named in the latest allegation of attempting to run the man over with a car. Tibbetts has yet to be officially charged in the mail thefts, but the latest bail-jumping charges stem from unrelated misdemeanor theft from business charges that were filed against her on Jan. 22 involving allegations that she had been skimming cash from her St. Croix Falls restaurant employer over several months. Video security evidence allegedly confirmed that she would pocket cash from transactions and then void the subsequent register sale. She is scheduled to have an initial appearance before a judge on that charge next Monday, Feb. 22. At the time the theft from business charges were filed, Tibbetts was already out of custody on a $250 cash bond. That bond was due to unrelated charges last fall, alleging that she stole a purse and cash at a Dresser-area church. She also faces a misdemeanor obstruction charge for how she responded when confronted about the church thefts. She is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing on the church thefts before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Friday, March 4. Tibbetts has a lengthy criminal history including a 2006 felony forgery conviction that led to jail time, as well as a 2010 disorderly conduct conviction that actually was amended down from two felony substantial battery charges. She also had several individual criminal conduct incidents in 2013, all of which have been either amended down, dismissed or have deferred judgements after guilty pleas.

the board doesn’t want asked.” His full statement is published in a letter to the editor on page 8. When asked if the school board had a comment, Moore replied, “It would be inappropriate to comment on what happened in a closed session. At the advice of the school attorney, we have no statement.” School Administrator Dr. Kevin Shetler.

Spanel announces candidacy for Polk County register of deeds POLK COUNTY - Sally (Westlund) Spanel recently announced her candidacy for the position of Polk County register of deeds. Spanel is a member of the Democrat Party. “I believe this position will be best served by a person with a strong real estate background,” states Sally (Westlund) Spanel Spanel, “I have a very diverse real estate background. My history includes being employed by attorney Peter Nelton for 10 years, during which time I prepared documentation for various types of real estate transactions. Following my employment for Nelton Law Office, I worked for Polk County Abstract Company for 10 years. There I gained an understanding of the title industry where my responsibilities included searching, title insurance, abstracting and real estate closings. I was also a licensed real estate broker during this time. For the past six and a half years I have attained experience working with the public sector as the administrative assistant to the Polk County treasurer, where I work with the register of deeds office on a daily basis. “The register of deeds is responsible for filing, recording and maintaining land records, as well as issuance of birth, death and marriage records, among other duties. I am a very organized and detail-oriented person, which I believe is vital to running an efficient office and being successful in this position. “The current staff is extremely knowledgeable with a combined 37 years of experience, and I look forward to working with them when elected.” Spanel lives in the village of Osceola with her husband, Gary. She was born and raised in St. Croix Falls, and has lived almost all of her life in Polk County. Spanel looks forward to serving the citizens of Polk County. - submitted

Free-soap scam may have come to Polk County POLK COUNTY - Authorities have no evidence of criminal conduct but are interested in identifying someone who has been approaching residents in the St. Croix Falls area, offering free Dawn dish soap and raising suspicions in general. Facebook chatter indicates the person(s) selling the soap are eager to get into the home to talk with homeowners. A news report from WNDU TV in South

Bend, Ind., where a similar “soap scam” has surfaced, says a Proctor and Gamble spokesperson stated their company does not offer free soap and that “nobody should open their door to anybody holding a bottle of Dawn dishwashing soap.” Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson said his department was able to get a Minnesota license plate number from a van involved in the alleged scam. “I don’t have

specific information they are harassing people but they certainly are suspicious and we would like to ID them,” he said. He asked residents to report any information about this to the sheriff’s office, either 911 or 715-485-8300. Identification of a license plate and last known direction of travel are helpful. - Gary King with information from Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Please send news tips and comments to



Child abuse and neglect cases growing at a staggering rate E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Sitting in meeting room No. 165 in the Burnett County Government Center, listening to the proceedings of the county health and human services committee, it is apparent that something has gone seriously wrong with a growing number of families in Burnett County. The Burnett County HHS is facing a staggering increase in the number of child abuse and neglect cases. The rate of increase for such caseloads is almost unimaginable. The number of child protective service referrals has increased from 129 cases in 2011 to 462 cases in 2015, an increase of 358 percent over a four-year period. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, there are 2,760 children under the age of 18 living in Burnett County. Assuming there were no repeat child referrals, the 2015 caseload at HHS is equivalent to nearly 17 percent of all children in Burnett County.

No end in sight ”We can’t seem to get a handle on child protective service referrals,” said Katherine Peterson, director of HHS, as she spoke before committee members at their regular

No end in sight

meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Peterson provided committee members with a graph prepared by children and families unit supervisor Allison Fern. The graph shows a yearly, almost Mount Everest-like climb, in the number of child referrals. “There’s no end in sight,” Peterson said, displaying the graph before committee members. “It’s not unusual to have five or six referrals each day.” The HHS has established a campaign in the local schools to encourage students to report instances of abuse or neglect. The campaign, “If you see something, say something,” may be a contributing factor to the growing caseload. “ ‘If you see something, say something,’ seems to be working,” Peterson said. “Reporting instances to teachers is a common situation. Kids are reporting that something is going on in the home.”

Cases run the gamut “The type of cases we are seeing run the gamut,” Peterson said, explaining the wounds suffered by a child often at the hands of their parent. “It all seems to revolve around drugs – domestic violence, unexplained injuries, neglect and parents leaving children in unprotected circumstances.” When a child protective service referral is made, by law enforcement, school or other contact, the HHS is required to “screen-out” or “screen-in” such cases. “Screened-in cases require a 60-day investigation,”

Peterson explained. Many allegations of neglect require a heightened response where the social worker must assess a child’s safety within 24-48 hours. “We know these kids are in very difficult situations. They have unexplained injuries. We know something is going on. We try to get a firm grip on what is happening.” There are currently 15 children that have been removed from their home and placed in nonpermanent guardianship. It takes years, in many cases, to find permanent, nonparent guardianship, for abused and neglected children.

On the front line The 11 female social workers, bound by law to make in-home investigations of child neglect cases, seem hunkered down to the realization that circumstances are getting worse as resources become limited. “It seems like we’re caught between an increase in the number of cases and limited funding,” said county board Supervisor and committee member Chuck Awe. “I’m not sure when we’re going to get more money, if ever,” Peterson said. “With our caseloads we have to figure out how to be more effective and efficient.” Meanwhile, the number of wounded children and addicted parents continues to grow. If Room 165 is the front line in the local war on poverty, there is a Vietnam-like doubt now settling in.

Federal criteria delays county construction projects Consideration of price not in the public’s best interest, federal guidelines state E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Attending the Burnett County Infrastructure Committee meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, one could have felt as if they had entered a strange matrix, having been transported back to some local politburo in the old Soviet Union. The committee was discussing the need to replace a structurally deficient bridge on Bakker Road in the Town of Roosevelt. Federal funds for the project have been secured through the state Department of Transportation. Local funds have been budgeted. Burnett County Highway Commissioner Michael Hoefs provided committee members with a memo explaining delays for the Bakker Road bridge project and another federally funded project to improve a four-mile stretch of CTH H, also in the Town of Roosevelt. The projects are being delayed, Hoefs wrote, “to account for the complex process of funneling the federal dollars through the state to the county.” Federal dollars for both the Bakker Road and CTH H projects were first authorized in 2013 as part of the 20132018 program cycle. “The design process is far from simple,” Hoefs wrote. “Each step takes a lot of time to traverse through such that a project that would normally take three months to design will take 12 months ... the bidding and contracting process is equally cumbersome and will add more time.”

Consideration of price not in public’s best interest Part of the federal process the county must traverse is abiding by federal dictates of The Brooks Act, which details a mandated consultant selection process the county must adhere to in order to secure the federally distributed dollars.

A one-page federal advisory of “The Brooks Act Consultant Selection Process” was provided to committee members. “What the heck is this?” asked committee member and county board Supervisor Richard Anderson, as he read from the Brooks Act advisory. The act prohibits the county from selecting a consultant, such as an engineering firm, based on low-bid selection criteria. “The intent of the Brooks Act is that consideration of price within the selection process is not in the public’s best interest,” the federal advisory reads. “Can you believe this?” Anderson asked incredulously. “It’s a wonder that anything gets done anymore in this country.” Anderson continued to read from the advisory. There was an item in bold and capitalized letters. “DO NOT DISCUSS FEES OR COSTS. This may jeopardize federal funding. DOT will negotiate contract once selection is made.” Essentially, the Brooks Act requires the county to select an engineer for the local road and bridge projects without knowing how much said work is to cost. “The DOT will begin scoping and negotiation of three-party contract with selected consultant,” the advisory reads.

Still inside the matrix County Administrator Nate Ehalt explained to committee members that the county is experiencing some delays in moving forward with construction of its new highway facility. “We ran into some issues with the DNR,” Ehalt said. “They are thinking the storm water pond we have onsite may be classified as navigable waters.” Committee members laughed in frustration, shaking their heads. Waters classified by the DNR as navigable come under state jurisdiction and oversight. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Ehalt said. “They must be making their decision by looking at aerial photos. They see water and immediately classify it as navigable.”

Through the roundabout Leaving the government center one must traverse through a DOT-designed roundabout that divides Hwy. 35 and Hwy. 70. The roundabout took many years to construct and at considerable cost. The project is not yet complete. Contractors have to return this spring to grade the fill area on the adjacent airport lands. This will be the third regrading for the roundabout project. State-commissioned engineers initially designed the project in a faulty manner, having graded the site so that a large pond pools at the airport’s edge. This pond of water, instead of draining to the designated storm drain, attracts ducks and geese on their flyby elsewhere. The congregating ducks and geese present a hazard to incoming and outgoing aircraft. The county is also concerned that if the pond remains, it too will be classified as navigable waters, potentially jeopardizing continued operation of the airport. The grading and regrading of the site has added $400,000 to project costs. The additional costs for the hoped-for final regrading this spring is still to be negotiated. Paved with good intention The road to in-transient bureaucracy is usually paved with good intentions. The Brooks Act and other Soviet-style central planning of the federal government were undoubtedly enacted with sound reasoning. Far from acting as a stimulus, bureaucratic strings attached to federal largess of local projects have become a hindrance to committee members. The county infrastructure projects have been shovel-ready for three years. It is uncertain if the Bakker Road Bridge and CTH H projects will commence yet this year. It is hoped they can be completed before the 2018 program cycle expires. Once the bureaucracy became so entrenched that local progress and decision-making became near impossible, the Soviet government collapsed. Such is the nature of the matrix, we move forward until we go backward again.

Webster plans for centennial celebration

Nuisance ordinance enacted

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer WEBSTER - The village of Webster was incorporated the day after Christmas in 1916. The settlement began in 1880 when John Chelmo built the first home and business on the high ground between the Clam and Yellow rivers. The village itself was built atop an old tamarack swamp and cranberry marsh. These are just some of the interesting tidbits to share as Webster Village prepares to celebrate its centennial. The Webster Village Board, meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, received an update from Patrice Bjorklund, village clerk-treasurer, on activities of the centennial celebration planning committee. The village plans to celebrate 100 years of incorporation the weekend of Aug. 12-13, to coincide with its Gandy Dancer Days festivities. Some of the early ideas being discussed by the centennial celebration planning committee include commemorative postcards of early settlement days, a research project with the cemetery, telling the stories of the ancestral settlers buried there, and having a local artist design commemorative coins. Activities planned for the Aug. 12-13 celebration include a coffee klatch at the Webster Community Center during the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 13, allowing residents to share memorabilia and stories. Compiling a book of such memorabilia is also being explored. Having a band perform Friday evening at the Zia Louisa’s pavil-

lice department can order a forced eviction of tenants, preferably with the homeowner’s cooperation. Spafford indicated that, upon the ordinance adoption, he would make a “courtesy call” to owners of rental property. For those property owners who live outside the area, a contact person within 60 miles must be provided to the police department. This “key holder” contact would allow the police department to act swiftly to address other nuisances, such as barking dogs or dilapidated property. The ordinance was approved without objection. In other business, the village is moving forward with upgrades to its wastewater lift stations. MSA Engineering will engineer the sewer improvements with A1 Excavating the general contractor. Construction is expected to begin in spring. Police Chief Mike Spafford and Webster public works director Jay Heyer attended the Feb. 10 board meeting. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson ion is also being discussed. Finally, the Cog and Sprocket bike shop, located in downtown Webster, is likely planning bike activities to coincide with Gandy Dancer Days and the Gandy Dancer Trail. Nuisance ordinance approved Police Chief Mike Spafford introduced the final draft of a village ordinance designed to address nuisance rental properties. If three police calls are received from the same rental property over a one-year period, the po-

A final history tidbit One final interesting tidbit on the history of the village of Webster: In 1885, Webster pioneer J.D. Rice petitioned for a post office. Congressman John Jenkins sent the petition back as they neglected to designate a name for the town. Rice wrote back, “The father of the American Dictionary is good enough for us.” And thus the village of Webster became named. Perhaps a spelling bee would be an interesting activity to honor the centennial celebration of Webster? Those who are interested in helping to plan the centennial celebration may contact village clerk-treasurer Patrice Bjorklund at 715-866-4211.


Clam River land swap denied

Committee chair’s leadership defuses tension in the room

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The tension before the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, Feb. 11, could have easily grown into a tumult, as the meeting went on for over an hour before addressing the agenda item that attracted 20 citizens to fill the committee meeting room. Jarrod Washburn, a prominent local citizen and legendary former major league baseball pitcher, sat with his supporters on one side of the room, while those who had come to oppose his proposed land swap, to acquire 57 acres of county-owned Clam River lands, sat on the opposite side of the room. With Washburn in the room, using a baseball analogy to describe the slow build of tension seems fitting. It is the bottom of the ninth inning. The score is tied and the bases are loaded. There are two outs. The pitcher is on the mound, staring down the batter, just before he winds up for the decisive 3-2 pitch. Finally, when the moment of decision arrived, the tension in the room dissipated under the artful leadership of committee chairman and long-standing county board Supervisor Ed Peterson. “OK,” Peterson said, as he looked out at a packed meeting room of anxious citizens. “We are at the point on the agenda where the committee needs to decide if we are to move forward with the next steps on the proposed Washburn land trade, or if there is additional information to pursue.” Washburn is the owner of a 200-acre, fenced-in deer hunting preserve in the Town of Lincoln. It borders a portion of county-owned land that includes an oxbow bend of the Clam River. Washburn had proposed swapping an 80-acre parcel of land near Sand Lake for the 57-acre parcel of county-owned land on the Clam River. Securing the county-owned land would allow Washburn sufficient acreage

Jarrod Washburn sat with his supporters during the meeting of the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee last Thursday, Feb. 11. Washburn’s request to trade an 80-acre parcel of land near Sand Lake for a 57-acre parcel of county-owned land on the Clam River was denied. - Photos by E. Royal Emerson to operate his Clam River Whitetails Preserve as a certified commercial operation.

100 pages of public comment Residents who neighbor Washburn’s preserve appeared before the natural resources committee in January. At that time, committee Chair Peterson announced a public comment period until Feb. 1. The committee received nearly 100 pages of written comment from dozens of diverse residents. “It took me about 2-1/2 hours to read through all the public comments we have received,” Peterson said. “Now, does anyone have additional comments they’d like to make?” A number of hands were immediately raised. “Comments,” Peterson said, looking sternly down the rim of his glasses,” that are new and not covered by the written comments.”

Interfaith Caregivers cut wood for needy families E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - On the Saturday of Valentine’s weekend, 20 souls braved below-zero temperatures to cut, split and stack a dozen cords of wood. Interfaith Caregivers has partnered with local churches in Burnett County for the past 15 years, providing heating wood to poor or disabled families. A total of 123 trailer-loads of wood have been delivered to needy families this winter. The group of volunteer woodcutters gathered in the parking lot at Zion Lutheran Church, near the ancient crossroads of Four Corners. Large 8-foot oak logs which have been sitting outside seasoning for over a year, were being cut by a handful of men working chain saws. The cutting was slowed when the mechanical wood splitter broke down, necessitating splitting the logs by hand ax. A bucket-truck delivered the fresh-split logs to an assembly site, where a woman and a few older guys stacked the logs into cords. The volunteers included parishioners of Zion Lutheran of Trade Lake and Grace Lutheran of West Sweden churches. Darren Mott, of Zion Lutheran, is lead organizer of the woodcutting. His church provides wood to 38 families. They have been participating in the Interfaith Project the past five years. “The families we provide wood to run a wide range, from older folks on fixed income to young families struggling with cancer. We provide heating wood to anyone in need,” Mott said.

The wood thief Sadly, someone has been stealing wood from the loading site. Over the past months, three to four cords have been stolen. This led Mott to place a sign on the woodpile, hoping to stir the culprit’s conscience. “Really? Stealing wood from a church? How low can you go?” The group will be setting up trail cameras and taking other measures to catch the culprit. Keeping an eye out for the wood thief is all the rage on Facebook.

Bob Baker, representing Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association, read a prepared statement. The land trade, Baker said, “would cause irreparable harm to the Clam River.” The land consists of poorly drained soils, mostly river channel and bottoms. With these soil conditions, a deer preserve would cause “serious damage to game fish in the river. The Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association urges the committee to deny this request and help protect a beautiful piece of land,” Baker concluded Deb Ryan, director of the St. Croix River Association, described her experience recently walking the Clam River lands. “It is just an incredible parcel. To take it out of public hands is just plain wrong. Protection of the Clam River is a huge public service,” Ryan said. One gentleman stood up after the litany of public comments were exhausted, and only after Peterson asked if there were additional comments. “To provide vision and stewardship is the motto of Burnett County,” the man said. “Making this land swap is not providing vision or stewardship.” Washburn, sitting in the back of the room, accompanied by three friends and his land surveyor, remained silent, seemingly taking it all in stride.

Stay in the public trust With public comments having been concluded, committee member and county Supervisor Gene Olson urged committee members to make a decision resolving the land trade proposal. “If we pass the buck on making a decision for another month or so, it’s going to mean more expense for the county and landowners. Let’s have a vote up or down on this land trade. I don’t want to extend this out any further,” Olson said. “We have always tried to obtain land along our rivers,” Peterson said. “I don’t like to take river lands out of public use for private use. This river property should stay in the public trust.” Olson made the motion to reject the proposed land trade. Committee member and county supervisor Brent Blomberg seconded the motion. “I share the concern

Deb Ryan, director of the St. Croix River Association, attended the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee meeting to speak in favor of preserving county-owned Clam River lands. of the Lakes and Rivers Association and the St. Croix River Association. I oppose this land swap,” Blomberg said. The motion to deny the land trade passed with no members voting in favor. After Washburn and the general public left the meeting room, Jake Nichols, administrator of forestry and parks, addressed the committee. “We’ve had a pretty tough meeting today,” Nichols said, turning to Peterson. “I want to thank the committee for running this meeting in such a way that it did not get heated. There was a lot of good discussion. You could have made a decision either side.” “I commend you and your staff for the input,” Peterson replied. “You gave the committee a whole lot of information.”

A labor of love

Members of Interfaith Caregivers cut, split and stack a dozen cords of wood in near-zero temperature Saturday, Feb. 13, at Zion Lutheran Church in Trade Lake, to help families in need. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson I discussed the wood thief with a man who was stacking wood. “Stealing wood from needy families,” the man said, rubbing his gloved hands together for warmth. “I mean, that’s just unforgivable.” I thought about some poor bent old man, dependent upon Interfaith Caregivers for wood, layered up and struggling to keep warm, having to ration out his wood supply. I looked around at the group of volunteer woodcutters, working hard in subzero temperature. “Yeah,” I replied, “It’s truly a disgraceful act. It’s like the mortal sin of the North Woods.”

out at the bank indicated it had warmed to 2 degrees. I returned to the woodcutters an 1.5 hours later. They were still hard at it. A half dozen guys continued to split wood by ax, although their swings were becoming labored. The group had been working in the cold for more than four hours. It looked as if they had another couple of hours yet to go. Folks were clustered in groups of three to five, cutting, splitting or stacking wood. Everyone seemed to be smiling. There is a joy in what they do. It is a labor of love.

A labor of love Leaving the woodcutters I drove into Grantsburg to run some errands. The temperature on the digital read-

Email news tips to


Motion filed to dismiss river stabbing “tweet” case

Lack of intent cited in bail jumping charges, photo changes not addressed  

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Expect an array of interesting arguments at an upcoming court hearing about whether to dismiss felony bail jumping charges against Levi Acre-Kendall, the Minnesota man who was found not guilty at trial last December on homicide charges in the stabbing death of Peter Kelly at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls last April. While Acre-Kendall, 20, Cambridge, Minn., was freed from jail hours after his trial, the bail jumping charges remained in effect, and the court still has $20,000 of bond on the active case file. While it hasn’t been addressed in court for some time, the bail jumping case has already had heated and in-depth disagreement between the prosecution and defense in Judge Molly GaleWyrick’s Branch 1 Polk County courtroom. But the charges were set to the side for several months as Acre-Kendall’s homicide trial proceeded last fall, culminating in a weeklong jury trial that resulted in a notguilty verdict in December. Trial attorney Eric Nelson still represents Acre-Kendall, and filed a motion on Thursday, Feb. 11, to dismiss the two remaining felony bail jumping charges. In the motion, he suggests there is statutory requirement of “intentional” contact, and contends that by sending his message out to all of his “followers,” Acre-Kendall was only having incidental contact with the two witnesses. They suggested at a previous hearing that he paid little or no attention to who was following him. “Any ‘contact’ with (the two witnesses) was both indirect and accidental and had no impact on the testimony given ... at trial,” Nelson states in the motion, adding that posting an undesignated tweet does not amount to intentionally contacting (the witnesses), as he cites a 1999 Wisconsin court case, State v. Taylor, where he noted that the defendant in that case did not know that his actions went against bond provisions. That “intent” argument has already

hearing last May. “He knows this was contact.” The prosecutor also stressed Acre-Kendall’s photo profile change as another indication that he was trying to get a message out to the other witnesses, “To keep their story straight,” he said. The Nelson motion to dismiss does not directly address the photo change allegation, which Steffen had argued was even more of a violation than the comments. Steffen’s office had not filed a response to the dismissal motion at press time, and the hearing date has yet to be set.

Levi Acre-Kendall been addressed by Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen, who stated at the case’s preliminary hearing last year that Acre-Kendall knew exactly what he was doing with the comments, which he had posted within hours of his bail release on the homicide charges: “If you are praying for me, please keep the Kelly family in mind as well, I never intended for this to happen and I wish it never did.” Steffen has previously noted that the post went to all of Acre-Kendall’s followers, which totaled well over 400 people, including at least two of the other men on the scene when the Kelly stabbing occurred. Acre-Kendall also referenced his time in jail with another comment, that he was “... going to Chipotle (restaurant) to gain back the 15 pounds I lost.” While Acre-Kendall’s attorneys have consistently tried to paint the posts as “something the world can see,” and therefore not specific to the two witnesses, Steffen was adamant that Acre-Kendall knew exactly who was following him, and pointed to a PCSD investigator who set up a similar account and asked to “follow” the defendant, who originally accepted the request, but then “blocked” the investigator an hour or so later, once he realized who it was. “He had multiple attorneys explaining it (no contact) to him,” Steffen said at the

Background on the charges While Acre-Kendall was found not guilty on all felony homicide counts after a weeklong jury trial in December 2015, a pair of felony bail jumping charges remain on the books and need to be addressed by the court. Those charges were also noteworthy in how they involved allegations that Acre-Kendall was accused of trying to influence or contact two other witnesses in that homicide case, via social media. Acre-Kendall had been freed from jail on a $75,000 cash bond on May 7, 2015, while he was awaiting trial on the Kelly homicide. GaleWyrick had reduced the required bond amount down by $50,000 from $125,000 to allow the release. The initial terms of his release were extensive, including electronic monitoring, strict no-contact orders for all the other witnesses, a 9 p.m. curfew, no travel outside Minnesota and presigned extradition papers, on top of other rules. In spite of the judicial warnings, Acre-Kendall made the case comments on social media just a few hours after his release. As noted earlier, he also changed his profile photo from a mountain scene to an older photo of himself fishing with two of the other witnesses, whom he was not supposed to contact. The photo change was also noted as possibly being a way to “signal” those other witnesses. Polk County authorities were made aware of the posts several days after they occurred, and after an investigation, charged him with an additional two counts of felony bail jumping, on top of the homicide charges he was preparing to fight at trial. Acre-Kendall was taken into

“Any ‘contact’ with (the two witnesses) was both indirect and accidental and had no impact on the testimony given ... at trial.” - Defense attorney Eric Nelson (in a court motion filed last week)

custody in Isanti County, Minn., on May 15, and was extradited back to Wisconsin to face the alleged bond violations, each of which carries a potential sentence of six years in jail and up to or including a $10,000 fine. After an April 28, 2015, preliminary hearing on the charges, where the state presented some of their evidence on the matter, he was bound over for trial, but the case had languished in the background, of sorts, as the homicide trial proceeded last December. While there was little in the way of official action on the case since Acre-Kendall was found not guilty, there was a scheduling conference over motions, but other than that closed-door hearing on motions, the case has had little court time since. In fact, GaleWyrick’s closing statement at the preliminary hearing last May is one of the last actions on the matter: “There are generational differences about social media,” GaleWyrick stated as she weighed the evidence against him. “But even putting that behavior in the context of the modern era ... there is sufficient evidence to bind over for trial.” Acre-Kendall has been under a court order not to use social media since the trial. He remains free on the $20,000 cash bond. The next court hearing had not been scheduled at press time. Some of Acre-Kendalls’ social media activities were noted at his trial, including the fact that he owned a white Ford Bronco, which he used as his “profile picture.” But some of the specific Twitter account posts and changes he made were not officially addressed. It is those social media posts and changes that led to the bail jumping charges that still remain.

DOT roadblocks Siren Fire Association

Site plans denied

TOWN OF SIREN - With the Siren Fire Association soon starting the bidding process for the new fire hall project, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has halted momentum. Cedar Corp., the architectural firm issuing the site plans, submitted their application to the DOT for approval and were denied. Members of the Siren Fire Associaton participated in a conference call and met in person with Jeffery Emerson, DOT’s northwest regional planning supervisor, during a meeting at the Daniels Town Hall west of Siren on Monday, Feb. 15. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf was instrumental in getting the meeting with Emerson. The DOT refused the application based on the location of the planned driveway on Hwy. 35. The DOT stated that it is too close in proximity to Tower Road. The intersections would have too much nonemergency traffic within a driver’s comprehensive area and could con-

Jeffery Emerson, a planning supervisor from the DOT, explains potential complications of the planned Hwy. 35 entrance of the new Siren fire station. Association Chair Darwyn Brown looks on. - Photo by Becky Strabel

fuse drivers. After much discussion and compromise, the association and the DOT came to an agreement. The driveway would have appropriate signage that limits the entrance to emergency exit only. Nonemergency vehicles would use one of two other drives, and fire trucks would return to the station coming in on Tower Road. The warning lights on Hwy. 35 may also be installed to alert traffic of entering emergency vehicles. As of later Tuesday, the DOT needs to determine if a culvert needs to be installed prior to approving the application. The DNR’s environmental review is also still pending. Once all approvals are in, the association will start accepting bids. The bid packets will include several alternate plans to help the association maintain their budget and highlight costs. Public notice will be published in both county newspapers around the end of February. The project is set to be completed by Nov. 18, and public bid opening will be on Thursday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at the Daniels Town Hall.

Coon Lake ski trail closing for timber-improvement harvest FREDERIC - The Coon Lake ski trail will be closed for the rest of the 2016 winter ski season to allow a much-needed timber improvement harvest to take place. The ski trail will be open for skiing in December 2016 for the 2017 winter season. The property is located on the east and northeast sides of Coon Lake in Frederic. During the timber harvest, only logging company employees and village employees will be allowed on the east side of Coon Lake for safety and liability reasons. Work was expected to start the week of Feb. 15, and into the week of Feb. 22. Coon Lake’s east side parking lot will be

unavailable during the logging operation. Once the project starts, it should be done in a couple of weeks, weather conditions permitting. Because of wetlands and possible erosion conditions, this is being done in a frozen ground timeframe, and an active eagle nest in the area requires special consideration as nesting time approaches. Back in the early 1900s, when a lumber mill was located on Coon Lake, this property was clear cut and has not been touched since. Over the past 10 years, the Frederic Park Board has been looking at having a timber-improvement harvest done to follow the best forest-manage-

ment practices. The village of Frederic has had an ongoing effort to control the non-native invasive buckthorn that has established itself on this park property, as well as adjacent private lands. Private and DNR foresters have inventoried the standing timber and determined how to best manage the forest. This improvement harvest was set up by a DNR forester. Several years ago this property was designated as a school and community forest by the DNR. The park board is currently working on a plan to finish the hiking trail around Coon Lake and, after the timber harvest is

complete, that process will continue. Cross-country skiing will still be available for the remaining 2016 winter season just south of Frederic at the Trade River Trail, parking and trail access is from 150th Avenue. The Coon Lake ski trail was developed as part of a DNR grant program, completed in the 1990s, that did a lot of developing in the park areas on both sides of Coon Lake. For the latest area cross-country ski trail reports visit, skinnyski. com, or call 800-222-POLK or the Frederic Village Office, 715-327-4294. – from Frederic Village Board


Baker Orchard shares plans to improve Centuria farm property

Owners explain details to Centuria Village Board at monthly meeting

Marty Seeger|Staff writer CENTURIA – The property known as the “Kobs farm,” located just south of Centuria, will be seeing new signs of life this spring according to owners of Baker Orchard, who shared their plans for the property with village board members at the monthly meeting in Centuria on Monday, Feb. 8. Baker Orchard, owned by husband and wife John and Jodi Baker, and John’s dad Dan Baker, is located south of Centuria. Just over two years ago, Baker Orchard purchased the old Kobs farm and a short time later purchased a 10-acre field just to the south of the farmstead, which was being used as a hay field and overflow parking for Baker Orchard. Both the farm and 10 acres are within village limits, while Baker Orchard is located just outside the village limits, and adjacent to the 10-acre lot. Baker Orchard owners John and Jodi Baker were present at the meeting, along with their niece Tamara (Baker) Johnson, and her husband Chris Johnson. Their purpose in speaking to board members was purely informational, while expressing their plans of restoring the property and reintroducing farming and farm animals to the area. The proposed agriculture uses a grazing management approach for sustainable agriculture. “We’re looking at that property as possible growth. It’s unclear what that growth means right now. We know that we want to plant some additional apple trees, but when you talk about planting trees, and planting a windbreak, you’re talking really kind of long-term growth … 10 years before something like that has a positive economic (effect),” said John

The Centuria Village Board listened to and discussed future plans with the old Kobs farm, located south of Centuria and purchased by Baker Orchard.

John Baker, part owner of Baker Orchard, located south of Centuria, discusses plans for property the orchard purchased two years ago, with the Centuria Village Board Monday, Feb. 8. His wife, Judi Baker, is shown in the background. – Photos by Marty Seeger Baker. As soon as early spring, however, the run-down farm will undergo changes. “It’s run down right now … has a fence that needs to be repaired, but it has a house, the house is structurally sound, the barn is structurally sound. It looks … in my mind it’s a fine candidate for what we’re presenting to the board today,” Baker added. The Johnsons currently own Johnson Family Pastures in Dodge County, near Milwaukee, and have plans to relocate to the Centuria farmstead, and partner with Baker Orchard to sustainably graze livestock for the small commercial production of local, farm-fresh meat and eggs, according to a letter drafted by the

Plans to reintroduce farming and farm animals to the old “Kobs farm,” south of Centuria, will take place this spring, along with the restoration of the farmhouse and buildings as early as this spring. Baker Orchard, located nearby, purchased the property, which will be used to sustainably graze livestock for small commercial production of local, farm-fresh meat and eggs. Also, a new young family, relatives of the owners of Baker Orchard, will be moving to the farm as well. Pictured (L to R): Tamara (Baker) Johnson, and husband Chris Johnson, and Baker Orchard owners John and Jodi Baker. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Bakers, which was distributed to board members. It also included a map of the property, and a letter from neighboring landowners Jamin and Stephanie Linski. The Linskis expressed their support for the plan. “As neighbors of Baker Orchard, we have enjoyed their apples and cider for many years,” the letter stated. We have also come to know John, Jodi and Dan Baker better as our daughter Brook has been an employee of Baker Orchard since 2012. We trust the Bakers and appreciate that they took it upon themselves to include us in the process. We were excited about the possibilities when the Bakers bought the properties. We now look forward to having a young family as new neighbors and watching the farm come back to life.” John Baker reiterated his excitement for having his niece and her husband move back to the area and be closer to family members they both have in the Twin Cities. He’s also looking forward to teaching them about running the orchard, which they are both interested in doing. “And it’s kind of fun to have that next generation have an active interest in farming and in that property,” said Baker. Another reason the Bakers brought their plans to the board was because the property is visible from the road, and neighbors might soon be asking what is going on at the the farm. “The neighbors are going to ask … and ask the board members what’s happening. Want everybody present to hear firsthand what the plans will be,” Baker said, adding that they’ve been brainstorming other ideas for the growth of the property, which might include a farmers market, small bakery to bake apple pies from the orchard, a cider house or even a hard-cider operation. “We can think big, but of course some of the ideas hinge on me winning the lottery,” Baker said. Either way, the board was pleased Baker Orchard would be restoring the property and welcomed a new young couple to the area. “Hopefully everybody can see the positive impact almost immediately. The plan that we’re presenting today is fairly aggressive. We will see farming activities there in the spring, so a lot will be happening over there in the next couple of months and we’re excited about it,” said Baker.

Other business: • Public works director Tony Weinzirl presented the board with a packet of information regarding the safe routes program, which highlights ways for kids to get to school by walking or bicycling more safely and more efficiently. The packet was a final draft of information and a resolution will need to be approved by the village board. The item wasn’t on the agenda but Weinzirl wanted the board to see it so it can be discussed at the next meeting. “I didn’t get a chance to read this so I didn’t feel comfortable with you guys approving a resolution without me reading it and going over it,” Weinzirl said. The board took no action and will go over the information in preparation for the next meeting. It was also noted by Weinzirl that Eric Anderson of the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission could potentially speak to the board if needed. • The board acted unanimously in approval to deregulate the sewer utility, as requested by the water and sewer board. Village clerk Judi Jepsen told the board that the assessor had noted that the village is one of three sewer utilities in the state of Wisconsin that is still regulated by the public service commission. • The board approved unanimously to approve a Class B beer and liquor license for 5J’s new agent Deborah Johnson. They also approved an operators license for Craig Johnson. • In other new business, Weinzirl asked the board to consider rolling over the balance of around $7,000 for improvements to the police garage. The money is what was left over from the equipment account. “We did budget money for that but not having done this before, I’m not for sure what the final cost is going to be with demolition and restoring the land. That $7,000 gives us a little extra cushion for the project as a whole, whereas we’re still looking at getting the electric all sorted out over there, electric in garage taken care of,” Weinzirl said. He also added that they did budget money for it, and it is also an operational account. “It’s not robbing any other accounts to do that. The way the accounting system is set up, if we don’t do this with the money, it goes back into the general fund. This just earmarks that $7,000 for this project.”

Missing Spooner woman found deceased Danielle Danford |Staff writer SPOONER - A Spooner woman reported missing on Monday, Feb. 15, was found deceased near her residence in the city of Spooner later that day, according to the Spooner Police Department.

The names of the woman and her daughter, who reported her mother as missing, are being withheld by authorities pending notification of family. The daughter reported her mother as missing on Monday, Feb. 15, and told of-

Midwinter Sports Day party to be held at Memory Lake GRANTSBURG - The Grantsburg Chamber of Commerce, Grantsburg American Legion and Roubinek Motors Repair of Pine City, Minn., are sponsoring the second-annual Midwinter Sports Day party Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6-9 p.m. at Memory Lake Campground in Grants-

burg. The public is invited to snowshoe, cross-country ski or hike the candlelit trails. There will be treats and hot chocolate to share around the campfires. Bring the family and plan to spend a fun-filled evening in Grantsburg. – with submitted information

ficers that she was last seen Sunday, Feb. 14. With this information, a Spooner police officer conducted a search of the area near the woman’s residence and located the missing woman. The woman was pronounced deceased

by responding EMTs. The incident remains under investigation by the Spooner Police Department pending results from a medical autopsy, but no foul circumstances are suspected in the woman’s death.

Correction In the recent article Campground expansion denied, we erroneously reported that the campground was located in the Town of Webb Lake when it is actually lo-

cated in the Town of Scott. We apologize for the error. •••

Got a news tip? Opinion? Event? Send your information to



Since 1933


Accusations trivial and untrue On Wednesday, Feb. 10, I was censured by the Siren School Board. Being censured means that the majority members of the board disapprove of my conduct as a board member; in this case, I wear it as a badge of honor. I cannot mention any of the allegations because the meeting was held in closed session, but I will say that the allegations were either trivial, untrue or about me asking questions that the board doesn’t want asked. The meeting was being arranged on Feb. 1, yet I was not informed that it was about me until we were in closed session; I was told it was about personnel. They had to get me into closed session, discuss the allegations with me present, and therefore lock up all the issues so that I can never ask questions about those issues again. All school boards use closed sessions for bad or good. They are in-

Changing the system Republicans have changed Wis-

consin’s 110-year-old civil service law, allowing for faster hiring and firing of state employees. Gone are exams to test the ability of candidates who apply for state jobs. The Department of Administration, the arm of government closest to the governor’s office, will be in charge of the hiring process. Job seekers will file resumes as they seek state positions. Gone are seniority bumping rights which have protected longtime workers from losing their jobs in tough economic times. State agencies will decide on who gets the layoff notices. Employers can save more money if they lay off longtime workers because those workers usually have higher salaries than employees hired more recently. The new law says the layoffs will be based on “performance” rather than seniority. The changes will help recruit and retain the ‘’best and brightest,’’ Gov. Scott Walker said at the bill signing. There were both skeptics and critics of the new law. Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson said he was ‘’reserving judgment’’ on its provisions. ‘’It’s very important for the state to let a nonpartisan or bipartisan group hire people,’’ he said in a newspaper interview while the bill was being debated in the Legislature. Thompson, who served as gover-

structed to by their lawyers in order to protect themselves from lawsuits. Justice, truth, even safety, all come second to the policies and rules of protecting a school board from lawsuits; school boards are truly dysfunctional in the way they investigate and handle some incidents. But state law about the conduct of school board members, and common sense, seems to contradict the policies and rules the lawyers tell school board members. Members are, instead of listening to the public one on one, to instruct the public to speak with the superintendent. Members are told to know nothing about any issue brought before them until they are in a meeting and listening to whatever facts are presented as if they are in a jury, sequestered before an issue is even known by investigators. If state legislators operated this way, nothing could be accomplished, except by the lobbyists. I have always and will always follow the intent of the law to the best of my

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer nor for more than 12 years and was known for maintaining open communications with state employee unions, said he, too, has been critical of the time involved in the hiring process under the old law. The old civil service law did a good job of protecting state workers, he said. This has given them “a degree of security and comfort.’’ Another skeptic is Dennis Dresang, professor emeritus of public affairs and political science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Dresang, who led a lengthy bipartisan study of the civil service system in the 1970s, is critical of the new emphasis on resumes in the hiring process. ‘’People lie on their resumes,’’ he said. ‘’If we’re going to rely on resumes, either we’re going to be dealing with a considerable amount of dishonesty or we’re going to have to hire a lot of people to check those resumes and make sure what people say is actually the case,’’ Dresang told a Madison newspaper.

abilities. As an elected official, I am here to help my constituents; and I need to be informed so that I can vote appropriately. If I have to seek justice, truth and safety through state agencies and the courts, I will. The public can contact me, Jim Kopecky, (I will honor whatever confidentiality each person wants), at Box 105, Siren, WI 54872. My school email is, but I cannot guarantee confidentiality there, unless it goes to closed session to be lost in secrecy. I will do what I believe is right. On another note, I would like to mention that the Siren School climate is vastly improved since the last election, that the school board is mostly working together to help improve the schools and being successful, and that I feel positive that we will achieve even greater success in the near future. Siren Schools, finally, are headed in the right direction. Jim Kopecky Siren

Among the critics is Rick Badger, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union. ‘’State jobs are far less attractive than they were five years ago,” he said, a reference to the time before Walker became governor. There have been widespread retirements, he noted. ‘’Today the Department of Corrections is clearly close to melting down, but the trouble doesn’t end there,’’ Badger said. Staffing levels and overtime assignment issues have roiled the state prison system in recent years. The day Walker signed the civil service change law it was announced the FBI was investigating alleged abuses at the state prison for juveniles in northern Wisconsin. The head of the state prison system submitted his resignation, and Jon Litscher, who served the Thompson administration both as secretary of the former Department of Employment Relations and then Corrections, was called back to state government to serve again as corrections secretary. Democrats have been critical of the civil service changes, saying they suspect it will lead to a growth in patronage positions in Wisconsin state government. They fear references on resumes will be more important than skills and experiences.

The Inter-County Leader was established in 1933 by the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association. Read about the cooperative’s history at

WHERE TO WRITE President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707 Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 PH: 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin 1 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5653 FAX: 202-25-6942 Rep. Adam Jarchow (28th District) Room 19 North, State Capitol. P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Romaine Quinn (75th District) Room 7 West, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323 Sen. Janet Bewely (25th District) Room 126 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 608-266-3510 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-7745 • 715-232-1390 Toll-free - 800-862-1092 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 8 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708

The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper


Informing more than 16,000 readers each week in print and online •



Email letters to


We are not being heard I know most people don’t really want to pay close attention to the “sausage-making” that goes on in Madison when it comes to passing bills into law, but this is really important. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, since 2011, Assembly Republicans like Romaine Quinn, Adam Jarchow, Dean Knudson and John Murtha have supported more than 100 pieces of legislation that are unfunded mandates or restrict local authority over local issues. Sen. Harsdorf has helped get these bad bills passed so Gov. Walker could quickly sign them into law. All because they have to get back to their districts to smooth things over with the voters so they can be re-elected for the purpose of keeping us on this destructive path. We elect people within our district to speak for us in Madison and work to pass laws that serve the people. With total Republican control of our Assembly and Senate, our elected officials went to Madison and got to work on the issues for special interest groups. Large corporations and organizations like ALEC, a Tea Party think tank, now suggest language for bills. Those bills get rushed through public hearings to meet legal requirements or are amended at the last minute and discussed in session in the middle of the night – all because they know that, if most people understood what they were doing, there is no way they’d be re-elected. Right now, the Republicans in the Assembly and Senate are working on changes in laws that will disrupt services to seniors and people with disabilities, remove shoreland zoning from local authorities and interfere with local school board elections. How does this serve the people? It does not. It only serves special interest groups who want to bilk Wisconsin taxpayers. We must pay attention and ask our elected officials why they say they support local control, like zoning, and then go back to Madison and put an important local control issue, like shoreland zoning, into the control of Madison. Or, why are they arguing so vehemently to make it easier for a private company to own our public water, claiming it is giving us more local control. I know the answer. It’s because they are serving a special interest group, not the people who live in this state. We’ve been lied to and it is time to stand up and fight for our rights to clean air, water and land. This is not a Democratic, Republican or Independent issue. This is an American issue. If we want our democracy to work again, we, the people, must have a voice through our representatives and right now, we do not. We must hold our

elected officials accountable and we must elect people who will truly represent all of us. Carol Johnson Deer Park

“Song dog” needs protection Animal protection in Wisconsin has hit the bottom tier according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund 2015 U.S. rankings report. Wisconsin has dropped from 36th to 44th. Animal cruelty is hidden in every corner of Wisconsin: research animals, farmed animals, companion animals and wildlife. Of all wildlife in Wisconsin, coyotes are arguably the most persecuted. Coyotes are brutally terrorized all year long; mercilessly killed by hound dogs, hound hunters, bow hunters, hunters with high-powered equipment, trapped and killed for profit or live-trapped to be used in captive training pens. Some are illegally moved across state lines for use as live bait. Coyote killing contests are rampant throughout the state during winter months as well. Some coyotes are gutshot: a slow, painful death. They are an unprotected species and the state agency has no idea how many are killed each year. Coyote killing is a recreational activity as no science supports it as a management tool. Research demonstrates that female coyotes produce smaller litters with a higher density of coyotes. Regulations state that hound dogs are not allowed to come into contact with wild animals but in reality packs of unleashed hound dogs get to the coyote before hunters as they are often miles away. Canid-against-canid fighting occurs. Since this recreation is unregulated it is difficult to estimate how many coyotes are outright killed by the hound dogs alone. Many photos of dead coyotes with wet and mangled necks indicate that packs of hound dogs have attacked and killed the coyote. Compassionate, caring communities must stop the recreational killing of coyotes. Coyotes fill a valuable niche in our ecosystem and deserve respect and admiration for this alone. They control rodents and insects, and remove carrion, thereby eliminating disease. Coyotes mate for life and lovingly rear their young together in families. I live in rural Wisconsin and cherish hearing the “song dog” yip, howl and sing in the night, both pups and parents communicating from different pockets of the woods. It has been two years since I last heard those joyous sounds. Melanie Weberg Polk County

Candidate’s actions raises eyebrows The campaign of Democrat Assembly candidate Jeff Peterson seems to be off to a rocky start. Recently, he sent campaign materials to municipal clerks and asked them to distribute those materials. Obviously, asking municipal clerks to distribute campaign materials on government time, using government resources, raised some eyebrows. An inquiry was made to the Government Accountability Board regarding the propriety of this action. The municipal clerks were told in no uncertain terms that distributing Peterson’s campaign materials would violate the law. The Polk County clerk, Ms. Wondra, even took the rather extraordinary step of emailing all municipal clerks in Polk County advising that they should not distribute Peterson’s campaign materials. Peterson’s actions call into questions his judgment. It would seem to be pretty obvious to most people that campaigning on government time with government resources is illegal. But in Peterson’s haste to continue his nasty, lie-filled, smear campaign against our current representative, Adam Jarchow, he apparently decided the law should not apply to him. If this is the best the local Democrats can do for a candidate, I can rest easy knowing that the voters will reject Peterson’s extreme and vitriolic politics and will return Jarchow to office. Richard Hartung Dresser Editor’s note: Adam Harvell, campaign finance auditor and ethics specialist for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Ethics Division, responded to the Town of Balsam Lake that while it may not be illegal for candidates or other political committees to contact a municipal official, that official should not pass on any campaign material as that would qualify as “use of public resources or use of office for campaign purposes.” The Leader contacted candidate Peterson for a response to the allegations outlined in the letter above. Peterson requested equal time in this issue to address the matter and his letter is below.

Candidate’s response Former county Republican Party Chair Richard Hartung is distributing a letter in which he makes the sensational claim that I asked town clerks to break the law by distributing campaign material. Here’s what actually happened. Facing growing criticism over his attacks on local control, incumbent Rep. Adam Jarchow sent a self-promoting letter to county clerk Carole Wondra, and possibly other clerks as well, requesting

on the cover page that it be distributed to “all board or council members.” The inside address indicated that the letter was intended to be shared with “28th Assembly District County, Village, and Town Board & City Council Members.” By way of response, I sent a copy of a press release I had drafted for local papers to a number of town clerks. In that press release I countered many of the claims Jarchow made in his letter. If my press release is considered by Mr. Hartung to be “campaign material,” then so was the Jarchow letter. I didn’t do anything that he hadn’t already done. If I had it to do over again I probably would not have put town clerks in an awkward situation. But I do feel strongly that local elected officials should understand that Jarchow is not on their side. Jeff Peterson Luck

Take the first step Two years ago when Adam Jarchow was part of a group that tried to buy our county board elections, many of us wondered if there was any Koch Brothers money involved. The name of the local group, Operation Prosperity, sounded a lot like Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-funded group that pushes an anti-environmental agenda across the country. We could never prove that the two groups were linked, though many of us suspected they were. We still can’t prove the link between Jarchow and the Kochs, but a recent press release from AFP-Wisconsin indicates that they’re very grateful to Jarchow for all the work he’s done rolling back Wisconsin’s environmental regulations. The press release, dated Feb. 10, lauds the passage of Jarchow’s two-piece “property rights” package — AB 582 and AB 600, saying it protects property owners from being fined for “taking care of their own land.” Of course, AFP’s definition of taking care of land is a rather strange one, and one that is opposed by every conservation group in the state. Thankfully the Assembly will soon be out of session, so won’t be able to do more damage. But it will take years to undo the damage that’s already been done since Republicans took total control of state government. The first step will be voting for Democrats like Jeff Peterson this Nov. 8. Loreen J. Clayton-Morrell St. Croix Falls

Heroes not so hard to find in northern Wisconsin I

’ll bet you know someone like Dolores Brandt, the recently retired chief of the Spider Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Or a couple like Betty Jo and Bob Brown, who served as emergency fire wardens for Washburn County for over 61 years. You probably know quite a few people like them, people who go out of their way to make their community a better place. For over 30 years, Brandt generously gave her time and energy to her community. After serving in the United States Army, she volunteered not only with the fire department, but also with local organizations such as the Jaycettes, Spider Lake Improvement Association, Hayward Lakes Association, Girl Scouts, Sno-Mads Snowmobile Club and Natureland Homemakers. I was honored to be able to attend her retirement party at the Spider Lake Town Hall on a recent Sunday afternoon. Retiring from the fire department will give Dolores more time to add to her impressive total of over 100 legal muskies caught, but she doesn’t have any intention of giving up volunteering. Dolores plans to continue serving as a volunteer for Fishing Has No Boundaries Inc. both at the national level and with the local Hayward chapter. Individuals like Brandt can be found throughout northern Wisconsin. As someone said to me recently, we in the north are doubly blessed, we live in the most

State Senate 25th District Janet Bewley beautiful part of the state, and we have neighbors who truly take care of each other. As the state cuts back on its commitment to helping local governments fund the services their residents depend on, communities have to rely more and more on volunteers, especially when it comes to fire departments and emergency medical transportation and first responders. These people literally lay their lives on the line for their neighbors. And sometimes they aren’t as fortunate as Brandt and others who live to enjoy their retirements. Last year, a dedicated EMT for the Shore South Ambulance Service died trying to save his 95-year-old mother who also perished in the fire that took his life.

Dennis Swenson left behind an abundance of family and friends; he did not leave behind a family who depended on him for financial support. Unfortunately, other public servants who lose their lives in the line of duty do leave behind spouses and children who depend on their incomes and benefits. In 2009 the Legislature passed a law that required municipalities to pay health insurance premiums for the survivors of a firefighter who dies in the line of duty. For some reason, the law did not extend the same benefit to the surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, rangers, foresters and other who lose their lives while on duty protecting the public. I am happy to report that the Senate has passed a bill I co-authored with one of my colleagues, Rep. State Senator Van Wanggaard, a retired Racine police officer, to fix this oversight. The bill will extend health insurance coverage for spouses and children of law enforcement officers, DNR firefighters, correctional officers and EMTs who are killed in the line of duty. There isn’t a lot of time left in the legislative session, but I hope my colleagues in the state Assembly will step up and take care of the surviving families of the people who take care of theirs by passing Senate Bill 192.

Find breaking local news and more at


Students highlighted at Webster School Board meeting

Becky Strabel | Staff writer WEBSTER - The monthly board meeting of the Webster School Board featured student accomplishments in the fine arts. At the Monday, Feb. 15, meeting, Julia Summer and choir director Rachel Lee reported on their trip to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Summer and three other upperclassmen joined 1,100 vocalists from the Midwest for the Dorian Vocal Festival held in January. Other than the mass choir practice, they each received a 15-minute vocal lesson by the professors. Band director Julie Strang said students recently competed in the middle school solo and ensemble held in Frederic. Strang reported that the students did well with the pieces that they performed. The board recognized Connor Raschke, the recipient of the 2016 Technical Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship amounts to $2,250 and is renewable for two years. The scholarship has been available to students for two years now. Other teachers on the agenda included Jim Sorenson, a high school math teacher. Sorenson reported on the early math placement test, which is the same test used for placement at colleges in the UW system. It allows students to see what additional math classes they should take. “Studies have indicated that seniors should be taking math classes, and that those that do perform better in college in general,” stated Sorenson, “The test provides the answers immediately, and students can see what math class they would be eligible for at the college of their choice.” The early math placement test is free to the district and provides insight to students and staff along with information on how much more math is required for various majors. The elementary principal filled the board in on staff in-service days. They are planning a Writers Showcase Family Night in March. There was also a presentation by the Children’s Hospital to the fourth-grade classrooms and staff, regarding cancer. Many parents also attended. On Friday, Feb. 18, Title 1 and After 3 will be hosting Minneapolis author Lisa Bullard. There will be a free dinner for families, a presentation and book signing

peted recently in their final competition, and all received a blue ribbon. There is a list of potential high school names along with a list of middle school students that could benefit from a lunch buddy mentorship program. Staff members are in the process of matching students and establishing a schedule. Note: National Junior Honor Society student applications are due this Friday, Feb. 19. In the high school, all juniors will be participating in the ACT Plus Writing Assessment and the ACT WorkKeys assessment at the beginning of March and at the end of February students will be scheduling classes for the 2016-17 school year.

Julia Summer was one of three Webster choral members that attended the 66th -annual Dorian Vocal Festival in January at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Over 1,100 students were part of the grand concert. “It was magical. There were more kids singing one song than there are in the whole town of Webster,” commented Summers. Choir director Rachel Lee showed the board a video of one of the original songs performed. - Photos by Becky Strabel beginning at 6 p.m. “This event is funded by a grant received from the Webster Education Foundation,” said principal Martha Anderson. Middle school Principal Diana Lesneski’s report centered around celebrations and rewards that were earned by her students. Students who showed growth in either reading or math on the district STAR assessment were able to participate in a root-beer-float party. A total of 70 of the 86 honor roll students celebrated their achievement at the second-annual honor roll breakfast celebration. Finally, students who showed positive behavior or academic success received a trip to Trollhaugen to go tubing. The school is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week. The middle school forensics team com-

Baseball team to Mauston The high school baseball team, which is no longer co-oped with Siren, will be taking an overnight trip to Mauston at the beginning of April to play two doubleheaders. The opportunity will provide the students with valuable playing time at the Woodside Sports Complex. “I hope that we will have an edge over other local teams by getting in this playing time when most of our games get canceled early on,” commented varsity coach Jarrod Washburn. Many parents have expressed an interest in chaperoning. The baseball program will pay the trip costs. Audit report Administrator Jim Erickson reported on the school district’s audit report, “I am very pleased with the results. There are just a few recommendations from the auditors and relatively simple to repair. Nothing major considering it is a $10 million budget.The audit took three days, and hats off to the people that staff my office.” The board received numerous resignations for approval. They were Kimberly DePover, After 3 program coordinator; Debra Heinz, school psychologist; Mathew Wood, middle school football coach; and Ashley Close, middle school softball coach. Three of the four resignations are from staff members that want to focus on other obligations that they have with the district. Five policies went to the full board for their first reading. They included: The re-

Percussionists Daniel Ingalls and Zachary Zelinski played a duet on the snare drums for the Webster School Board at their monthly meeting. The duo was unable to participate in the middle school solo and ensemble due to a scheduling conflict that was created by the weather at the beginning of the month. quirement to have all employees pass a physical and TB test before being hired, the creation of a stipend payment for teaching staff that informs the district before April 1 of their intent to leave and notifying retiring staff that they will be required to provide private insurance upon retirement and not stay on the district plan. Other policies were an updated version for teacher evaluation and policy regarding the state’s civics exam requirement. The personnel committee has been working on potential staffing assignments for the next year and reviewing the superintendent’s contract. They also had a brief discussion regarding Consumer Price Index, which they want to take a closer look before negotiations in the next fall. The 2016-17 school calendar was approved. Students report to class beginning Sept. 1, with their last day being June 1.

Pennies for Patients campaign under way

Twentieth year of students efforts to address leukemia and lymphoma

Greg Marsten | Staff writer OSCEOLA - For the 20th time, students and staff at the Osceola Elementary and Middle Schools are again participating in the Pennies for Patients campaign, where they have raised over $50,000 to help fight lymphoma and leukemia since they first started the efforts back in 1995. In the Pennies for Patients program, students use the months of February or

March to collect and donate as many pennies as possible to help fight the disease, with that money going to the national organizations for research and treatment. Longtime elementary school teacher Barbara Jorgenson has led the charge at Osceola since 1995 after several brushes with leukemia and lymphoma, most notably with her brother, Mark, who was diagnosed and succumbed to the disease two years later. In an often-noted twist, Jorgenson also has had several students diagnosed and treated, all of them successfully. Some of those cancer-affected former students have since continued their efforts to ad-

dress the disease through the Pennies ... program, as they get into higher grades in the Osceola school system. During the Pennies for Patients campaign, students raise funds in their classes by bringing in and seeking donations of pennies and more, competing for bragging rights on which class raised the most for the campaign during February. Jorgenson calls the effort “near and dear to her heart,” and has been a major advocate and spokesperson for the campaigns. Individuals are also encouraged to donate to the cause, which funds extensive research into blood cancers of all kinds.

According to the national campaign officials, the Pennies for Patients program has raised well over $200 million in the past two decades, all through donations of pocket change. “We are saving lives, not someday but today,” Jorgenson said last year. To make a cash donation to the Pennies for Patients campaign, mail a donation to Pennies for Patients, C/O Barbara Jorgenson, Osceola Elementary School, 250 10th Ave. East, Osceola, WI, 54020. All money raised in February goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Wisconsin Chapter.

CUB SCOUTS RECEIVE HIGHEST AWARD Cub Scout Pack 160 of St. Croix Falls held its annual Blue and Gold banquet at Dresser Hall on Thursday, Feb. 11. Six Webelo IIs received Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, at a ceremony during the banquet. The boys then participated in a crossing-over ceremony joining Boy Scout Troop 160, also of St. Croix Falls. Front row: Tanner Scherer. Back (L to R): Aiden Bockman, Adam Briggs, Grant Kuenkel, Adam Drazek and John Costello. – Photo submitted


Polk County court notes “miracle” Wayne Anderson | Special to the Leader POLK COUNTY - In an era of partisan hypersensitivity to the idea of separation of church and state, a miracle was acknowledged in a Wisconsin state court on Monday, Feb. 8. In the case of the People of Wisconsin v. Christopher Lyman, a judge in Polk County proudly took judicial note of something quite out of the ordinary, a miracle in someone’s life. This something extraordinary began back in 2010 when Judge Molly GaleWyrick sentenced Chris Lyman to a year in jail and extensive driving restrictions for his part in a vehicular death. Lyman was driving intoxicated and another young man was speeding down Hwy. 65 on his motorcycle. The ensuing crash that occurred ended that young life and devastated Lyman. But out of the ashes of that tragic afternoon, a new man was born – literally born again. Broken and suicidal, Lyman turned to God and turned his life in an amazing new direction, the court noted. He served his jail time so faithfully it even astonished the jailers. With God’s love and Lyman’s natural humor and new purpose, he gave the inmates a flicker of hope that restoration in life is real, and it’s more than a word. Once released, he got deeply involved in the jail ministry and is now taking classes online to become a chaplain. He volunteers with Restorative Justice of

State denies approval for highway access Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — The Luck village board at its Feb. 10 meeting last week gave approval to rezone property to allow the building of a Dollar General in Luck, but the project has been put on the back burner because of concerns by the state regarding access off Hwy. 35. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has denied approval for an ac-

Chris Lyman humbly greets Judge Molly GaleWyrick after a motion hearing where she noted a “miracle change” in Lyman’s life. Lyman spoke of his appreciation to God and GaleWyrick for forgiveness and a chance. - Photo by Jordan Mederich Northwest Wisconsin, serving on the impact victim panel. A local boys club and Salvation Army benefit from his service. He is a leader at his church, Osceola Community Church. And many lives troubled through hunger and natural disasters in places like South Carolina and South Dakota have felt the touch of his tireless

handiwork. This week Lyman again stood before GaleWyrick on a motion to modify his sentence. And on this day it was not business as usual in the courtroom. Every day the judge sits on the bench and tries to bring offenders to some sense of rehabilitation. The recidivism rate

Glitch for Dollar General cess off the highway, which would have been located just south of the intersection with Butternut Ave. “We were quite surprised that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation formally denied our access permit application on Hwy. 35,” said Todd Platt, developer for Dollar General. The DOT based its denial on the fact that the property has an “alternative access to East Butternut Ave.,” Platt quoted the denial letter. The site plan has been revised to show an access on East Butternut rather than Hwy. 35, which will be submitted to the

village plan commission March 7. The board went ahead to approve the rezone to make it consistent with the village comprehensive plan, which calls for that parcel to be zoned commercial. Approval of the change was recommended by the planning commission. The property had been zoned light industrial.

Other business • John Morley of Morley’s Maple Syrup will again be working with the school to tap maple trees on Park Ave. and at Triangle Park. The village board gave the nod

shows the court system can only do so much. But then a shining example like Lyman appears and the courtroom is filled with a light of what “God can do for those willing,” Lyman said. In this sense, that one’s life can change, there is no separation between the spirit and the state. Lyman’s life is so turned around and such a stellar example that GaleWyrick said others can take courage and say to themselves, “If Chris Lyman can do it ... then I can do it!” The motion was granted and the miracle of Lyman’s life acknowledged and, with that, the judge descended from the bench and embraced the new man before her. Tears of happiness filled the courtroom. And the camera caught that unique moment. Local filmmaker Jordan Mederich is producing a documentary of Lyman’s transformation, as well as others, in his film “Church of Felons,” to be released this spring, As for Judge GaleWyrick, her review was immediately released. “I appreciate her wisdom and heart for the people,” Lyman said. “It is the bold step she took in giving me a chance. I will honor her ruling and forgiveness. I want to get the message out she is fair and an optimist, and she is awesome!” Lyman can be reached for ministry help at 715-554-3598 or or chrislyman1970@

to the project as long as property owners give approval. Last year the school made $190 collecting and selling sap to Morley’s. This year, said Morley, rather than buying the sap from the school, he may give the finished syrup back to the school to sell. • At the recommendation of the planning commission, the board hired John Mattson as the new building inspector for the village of Luck.

Do you use well water? An introduction to testing Kevin Masarik | UW-Extension STATEWIDE - As the groundwater education specialist for the Center for Watershed Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, I get a lot of questions from Wisconsin residents about their well water and how to go about testing its safety. Often, I find the people I talk with end up being reassured that their well is producing quality water. But there are a few basic questions I regularly encounter. What are drinking water standards? Water test results don’t mean much without standards for comparison. Quality standards used by public utilities provide a maximum allowable level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water. Primary standards provide reasonable assurances for drinking water safety (health), and secondary standards are aimed at overall aesthetic quality (taste, color and odor). Water is considered acceptable for drinking and cooking if the concentration of a contaminant measured in water is less than the maximum allowable level. Although private well owners are not required to ensure their wells meet drinking water minimums, the primary standards serve as good guidelines for determining whether their water is safe for drinking. Meanwhile, secondary drinking water standards can help well owners understand what might be responsible for taste, color, staining or odor issues associated with their water. How do I know which test to perform? Some basic tests are recommended for all private wells due to potential health concerns. Other tests cover overall water quality and are useful to conduct. Some laboratories may have packages that make it easy for homeowners to select the most commonly recommended tests. When it comes to health-related contaminants, the two most common important tests for well owners to consider perform-

ing routinely are for bacteria and nitrate. Bacteria testing measures whether a well is producing sanitary water. Positive coliform bacteria tests often indicate a potential defect with the construction of the well; in some parts of Wisconsin, bacKevin Masarik teria may indicate aquifers are recharged by unfiltered surface water. Coliform bacteria are indicator organisms not generally thought to cause health problems, but they highlight a potential pathway for other harmful organisms to enter the water supply. If the sample is positive for coliform bacteria, the lab will check to see if E. coli are also present; the presence of these bacteria confirms the source of contamination is human or animal waste. If E. coli are ever detected, the water should not be used for drinking and cooking until the source of contamination is eliminated and a test confirms the well is bacteria free. Nitrate testing helps indicate whether land use is influencing well water quality. If nitrate is above natural levels, this test can provide insight into other contaminants that could be present. If a nitrate test shows elevated levels and indicates the contaminant may be from nearby agricultural activity, then that well should also be tested for pesticides. Changes in nitrate concentration over time can also help well owners better understand how year-to-year changes in land use from may affect their water supply. Every well owner should consider testing for arsenic at least once and more often if an initial test indicates the presence of this contaminant. Recent changes to state code now require an arsenic test to be completed after

a licensed professional works on a well. Lead and copper are other potential contaminants recommended for testing. The source is usually a structure’s plumbing system, with corrosive water making it more likely that these contaminants could mix with the water and be found at levels of concern. Studies show that water sitting in a plumbing system for extended periods of time is most likely to contain elevated levels of these contaminants. Letting tap water run for two to three minutes is generally sufficient to reduce to safe levels. Other tests may be recommended depending on where in Wisconsin your well is located. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources guide “Tests for Drinking Water from Private Wells” provides a good overview of which additional tests to consider and how often wells should be checked. How can I get help interpreting my water test results? Most laboratories will include interpretive information with water test results and will generally highlight any result above levels of concern for health. If the information isn’t clear or your questions aren’t answered, though, well owners should feel comfortable calling the lab for assistance. In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services maintains a good online guide with links to up-to-date information on specific health-related contaminants. Local health departments are also good at fielding specific questions about water quality and health. If my well is contaminated, what happens? This may come as a surprise, but generally nothing happens unless a well owner decides to take additional measures. It’s in a well owner’s best interest to find longterm solutions to situations involving contaminated water. Specific approaches will vary depending on the type and amount of

contaminants found in well water. For bacteria problems, it may be as simple as replacing an old well cap and having the water properly disinfected. For older wells in which construction has been compromised, well replacement may be the best solution. In cases where the well is structurally sound, water treatment may be an option. Every situation is different; however, it’s important to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions before deciding which one to choose. Why should I consider having a well inspection/water test performed when purchasing a new property with a well? A well represents a significant portion of monetary investment in a new home or property. While some government loans require water tests prior to approval, many private lenders may not have them as an actual requirement. It is up to the buyer to verify that the well is in good working order and the water quality meets expectations. Problems with the integrity of the well water system or water quality can be determined during a well inspection, and appropriate actions can be negotiated at that time. However, well inspections are not included with typical home inspections and must be requested separately. Well inspections can be performed by licensed well driller or pump installers. Do you use well water and have any questions about it? Have you encountered any change in its smell or taste, or do you have questions about their construction or testing that I haven’t addressed? Please submit them, and I will try to answer some that cover common issues that well owners encounter. Questions about drinking water and potential contaminants can be submitted via the form at


Grantsburg native receives Young Professional Award

MADISON - Grantsburg native Shannon Full, president/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, recently received the 2016 Young Professional Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Association. The award recognizes an individual based on their use of creativity, leadership, effort and investment or other attributes which further economic development goals and objectives within the state of Wisconsin. The award was presented by Gov. Scott Walker. Full shared comments on how her early experiences in Grantsburg helped her to become the woman she is today. “I have been fortunate enough to have led economic development and chamber organizations for 16 years now. I have a true passion for helping businesses and communities grow and prosper. As I look back, I know that this interest was developed early in me as I was growing up in Grantsburg. “I was born in Grantsburg in 1975. I have a very large extended family in Grantsburg native Shannon Full is the 2016 Grantsburg, so I grew up with many people familiar with the Meyer name. My recipient of the Young Professional Award from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently presented the 2016 Young Professional Award to Shanparents, Duane and Beth Meyer, worked the Wisconsin Economic Development Associnon Full, president/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Full is a native of Grantsburg. ation. tirelessly every day to raise me, my sister, Devin, and brother, Damion, with strong values and morals. We were taught at a oftentimes can still hear Pastor Myron Carlson’s voice in wanting to do more, plus I wanted to try to start supvery young age to work hard, believe in ourselves and my head. He taught me the importance of choosing faith porting myself. I got a job at Applebee’s, and throughout make a difference in the lives of others. You see, some over fear and trusting in God. Another huge influence my time in college I worked my way up from a server believe that you need a lot of money or material items in my life were the numerous, devoted educators that to a corporate trainer/manager. I was also coaching a to be successful, but my success has come because my found their inspiration in teaching children like me. I traveling volleyball team and finding great joy in motiparents invested everything they had to raise us with still find myself thinking back and, although it was many vating young people. My first official job out of college these three main values. I have taken the advice of my years ago, I still remember certain lessons that I learned was a manager for a restaurant and volleyball complex parents and truly tried to live it, and now that I have two from kindergarten all the way through high school. All in the Twin Cities. This is where I first learned about the children of my own, I can only hope to inspire them as of my teachers have played a role in shaping my life, but chamber of commerce. I volunteered at the chamber to much as my parents have inspired me. My grandparents, a few that have made significant impact include Helen promote our company, but I was really intrigued by the Willard and Dorothy Meyer and George and Donna Eng, Baker, Sharon Samuelson, Mark Schmidt, Bill Morrin work of helping businesses succeed. I was lucky enough were also a huge part of my life growing up. I still re- and Stan Marczak. I also had the opportunity to work to have the leadership and guidance of the president of member going to work with Grandpa Meyer in the wood while I went to high school at the Grantsburg Clinic, the chamber who mentored me and essentially helped factory in Siren or with Grandma Meyer to one of her where my mom worked. This experience also demon- me get her job when she resigned. At the age of 24, I got many catering jobs, or working in the machine shop with strated the importance of working hard, acting profes- my first president/CEO job in a chamber of commerce. my grandpa at a very young age. I would have never sionally and embracing responsibility. When I graduated I had no idea what I was doing and it truly was baptism thought at the time, that I would be remembering lessons in 1993, I was excited to be moving on to UW-Eau Claire by fire. However, I found my passion. I am still running learned from those experiences. I am blessed to still have for college, but I knew I would never forget the com- a chamber of commerce. Grandpa George and now Grandma Sandy supporting munity members, teachers and friends that I had in that “So this award is very humbling and a significant my every effort. Grandpa George, now 85 years old, wonderful little hometown. honor, but I could never have received it without the joked with me when I told him of my award, ‘Well, you “I attended UW-Eau Claire as a mass communications support from so many people in my hometown of got all your smarts and good looks from me, you know.’ major and a theater minor. I learned quickly that I loved Grantsburg.” – with submitted information “I have also been extremely fortunate to have others the field of communications, especially giving presentafrom our community believe in me at a very young age. tions and working with other people. Although studies We grew up as part of the Faith Lutheran Church, and I were challenging and time consuming, I found myself

LEUKEMIA FUNDRAISER CORRECTION The wrong photo ran with the following caption in last week’s Leader with Priscilla Bauer’s story titled “Coining Positive Change.” The Leader apologizes for the error. Grantsburg High School student Sawyer Coy, right, who is now in remission from Burkitt’s lymphoma, and his mother, Stacy, talked with GES classes about his cancer experience, giving a local connection to students fundraising efforts. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

UPH VALENTINE’S DAY ROYALTY CHOSEN The United Pioneer Home held their Valentine’s Day party on Friday, Feb. 12. The UPH auxiliary served strawberry sundaes. Musical entertainment was provided by Kordi Kurkowski and Betty Amundson. Edith and David Peterson were crowned queen and king of hearts. Be sure to look for them next summer to be riding in the Lucky Days parade with their entire court. – Photo submitted


Osceola man bound over for trial on attempted homicide Paul Krueger pleads not guilty as new details emerge Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Several new details emerged at the preliminary hearing for Paul W. Krueger, the Osceola man accused of attempted second-degree homicide for a Feb. 1 beating that left a local man with life-threatening injuries. That Friday, Feb. 12, hearing convinced Judge Jeffery Anderson that the state has enough evidence to move the case against Krueger ahead to trial. The Polk County District Attorney’s Office has filed multiple felony charges against Krueger, 24, Osceola, who is facing a charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide, as well as felony aggravated battery, felony marijuana dealing and a misdemeanor obstruction charges after the incident. Osceola Police Chief Ron Pedrys appeared as the only witness at the preliminary hearing, where he summarized and reiterated several details of the case. The chief also testified about several previously unreleased aspects of the incident, including that the victim was considered “near death” when police were finally able to get at the victim in Krueger’s apartment that night. Pedrys noted how the authorities were called when neighbors heard two men fighting just after midnight on Monday, Feb. 1, in Osceola, at Krueger’s apartment. Those witnesses reported hearing loud calls of a man exclaiming, “Ow, stop hurting me,” and “Why are you hurting me?” as well as one of the men yelling “I will wreck you!” The yelling and disagreements went on for approximately 45 minutes before they called 911. They said the fighting seemed to stop once an Osceola Police cruiser rolled into the parking lot. When that officer tried to enter the apartment in question, Krueger opened the door slightly but refused to allow police to enter, loudly yelling he knew his rights. Other law officers arrived a short time later, and after consulting with the reporting parties, Pedrys said they were concerned over the welfare of a possible victim. Pedrys said a deputy from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department also attempted entry into the apartment, but Krueger again only opened the door slightly before the deputies forced it open. Once inside, the deputies and officer immediately attempted to assess the scene, and found the victim on the floor. “He (the victim) was unconscious and had a significant head injury or was near

“They pulled out another wad of blood-soaked paper towels from his airway ... It would’ve prevented him from making any sounds.” - Osceola Police Chief Ron Pedrys

Paul Krueger appeared in Polk County Court last Friday, Feb. 12, at a preliminary hearing on felony charges of attempted homicide, aggravated battery, drug dealing and obstruction. He is see here consulting with his attorney, Kate Murtaugh. - Photo by Greg Marsten death,” Pedrys stated. Pedrys said the police placed Krueger in handcuffs and placed him under arrest, but that he continued to resist, and was “escorted to the floor” in the hallway. During the efforts to enter the apartment, Pedrys stated that Krueger had repeatedly tried to shield the police from the blood-covered scene, and had apparently attempted to clean some of the blood up, and even covered a large blood pool with a baby blanket. “It appeared some cleanup had gone on,” Pedrys said, “And some bloodsoaked clothes had been cut off the victim.” Krueger was covered in blood, but had no apparent injuries. They also found wads of blood-soaked paper towels around the victim and in his clothing. Pedrys said the victim also lived at the same building and is a male in his mid30s. He had labored breathing and a significant head injury, leading them to immediately call for an ambulance. While Pedrys referenced several photos police took of the scene, and even of the victim as they waited for the ambulance, they were not shown to the courtroom gallery. As was noted in previous accounts of the incident, the victim was taken to the Osceola Medical Center for initial treatment, it was when he was there that the emergency room personnel discovered why the victim’s breathing was so labored. “They pulled out another wad of blood-

soaked paper towels from his airway,” Pedrys stated. “It would’ve prevented him from making any sounds.” The victim was supposed to be airlifted to Regions Medical Center in St. Paul, Minn., for further treatment, but fog forced them to transport him by ground ambulance instead. He is expected to make a recovery. Pedrys said that once he was questioned about the incident, Krueger “was all over the board” with his answers. “He said (the victim) had an attitude ... and then he said he (the victim) arrived at the residence in that condition,” Pedrys said, which the blood splatters disputed. “There was no blood on the exterior (of the apartment) but there were blood splatters all over (Krueger’s) apartment.” Pedrys noted the extent of the victim’s injuries, which included a serious head injury, the obstructed airway and how he had a broken orbital eye socket, bruising on his body and more. He said it took 17 staples on the back of his head to close up his head injuries, and said the victim also had serious bleeding on the brain from the beating. Pedrys said police also found an apparently uninjured male, Joshua Rader, 26, Osceola, passed out or asleep on the living room couch. He was intoxicated, but did provide a few details about the events earlier in the night, prior to the fighting. Rader has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of failure to render aid to another person at the apartment. “He (Rader) said they came back (to

the apartment) ... had a couple of beers, watched TV and talked. He said that all three returned at the same time,” Pedrys said, noting that Rader also mentioned something about Krueger after the interview, involving drug dealing. Authorities later used a search warrant to look for more evidence in Krueger’s apartment, which is when they discovered a black duffle bag with marijuana, a digital scale and “vaping” E-cigarette packs, and they also discovered over $1,200 in cash in Krueger’s wallet, stuffed between his mattresses. Those finds led to the felony drug charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, on top of the felony attempted homicide, aggravated battery and misdemeanor obstruction charge. Anderson bound Krueger over on all four charges. Krueger faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison on the attempted-homicide charge. His charge of felony aggravated battery carries a maximum prison term of up to 15 years, and/or up to $50,000 in fines. The felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell means the potential of another $10,000 fine and/ or 3.5 years in prison. His misdemeanor obstructing an officer charge also carries a potential $10,000 fine and nine months in jail, as well. Overall, Krueger could face almost 50 years in prison and over $70,000 in fines. In a subsequent arraignment, Krueger pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Anderson set the next court hearing for April 8, where they will likely set a trial date. Krueger remains in custody on a $50,000 cash bond. Krueger does have an open court case in St. Croix County, which includes two misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. He is free on a $1,000 signature bond, and set to appear before a judge in March. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges. The “sleeping man on the couch,” Rader, is scheduled to appear before a judge on his misdemeanor charge on Feb. 29, facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to render aid/report a crime, as a repeater. He is free on a $5,000 signature bond.


Local Council 12609 of the Knights of Columbus member Mike Bauer, left, presents a $50 check to Interfaith Caregivers board member Marilyn Berg. The Interfaith Caregivers organization is a nonprofit organization that assists people in their ability to live on their own and maintain their independence.

Local Council 12609 of the Knights of Columbus member Mike Bauer, right, presents a $50 check to Amy Danielson of Polk County Kinship. The Kinship program provides mentoring to the youth of Polk County through the pairing up of children with adult volunteers. – Photos submitted


First-annual “It Takes A Village” fundraiser

The first two men to complete the course were Siren resident Jared Stewart, who came in second and first-place finisher Nick Swanson of Prescott, Wis. Swanson was up for the weekend to their cabin and thought to stop in and join the event. Jared, who was also celebrating a birthday on Saturday, Feb. 13, had this to say about the race conditions: “It wasn’t too bad, but combat boots aren’t made for running in the snow.”

Misty Heier and Kathy Bower, employee from the Siren High School Special Education Department, bought raffle tickets for chances to win one of several enjoyable prizes from area businesses during the first-annual “It Takes A Village” fundraiser, held Saturday, Feb. 6, with proceeds going to benefit the Siren Schools special education department.

Gyspy Wagyn provided music following the Siren special education fundraiser. The duo is from Grantsburg but had just returned from a 100-degree difference in temperatures. They were finishing a West Coast tour before heading to Kris’ Pheasant Inn. Jensen Anderson accepts a donation of $1,000 from St. Croix Casinos. Natasha Root presented the donation at the beginning of the first-annual “It Takes A Village” fundraiser. The proceeds will be donated to the Siren Schools’ special education department.

Photos by Becky Strabel

RIGHT: “Racers” walk/run around the block. Participants receive a free T-shirt and food plus the chance to complete the inaugural race.


Opera for the Young presents out of this world performance Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – To some Grantsburg Elementary School students listening to an opera would be something totally alien to them. So when The Opera for the Young troupe, which travels to Midwest schools to introduce students the world of opera, arrived at the school to present classic opera in a new, unusual and interesting way, the students found themselves thoroughly entertained by the performance. This year’s performance on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Grantsburg Elementary School gym, was no exception when students and staff were treated to Mozart’s 1791 masterpiece of “The Magic Flute,” re-invented and relocated to none other than outer space. Along with the professional cast, a group of 16 first- through third-grade students were chosen to play parts in the chorus as space creatures and an enormous dragon. The students sat entranced, transported to another time in the space-age adaptation as they listened to the beautiful music and comedic and dramatic action on stage.

Grantsburg Elementary student Samantha Kramer was thrilled to play one third of the threeheaded King Sarasto.

The Three-Headed Lady, assistant to the Evil Queen of the Night, was quite a presence on stage.

Grantsburg first- through third-grade students made their entrance on stage to perform as a chorus of space creatures.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg students, along with K-3 physical education instructor Andy Richardson, took on the role of the dragon in “The Magic Flute.”

Alison Wahl, who portrayed Princess Pamina in “The Magic Flute,” talked with Grantsburg students about opera before the performance.

Gillian Hollis, as the Queen of the Night, sang to King Sarastro, played by Megan Harmon, Selah Prusinski and Samantha Kramer, of how the flute’s magic had changed her. RIGHT: Nathaniel Hill, as Papageno, crouched behind Princess Pamina, played by Alison Wahl, in fear of the evil Queen of the Night, played by Gillian Hollis.

The cast of “The Magic Flute” posed for a group photo after the performance.

Prince Tamino, played by Anthony Heinemann, sang of his love for Princess Pamina.

Snowmobiler’s weekend at Siren


Ben Bergey, a 20-year DNR agency veteran, was recently appointed director of the Wisconsin State Parks Program. He made the trek to Siren for the VIP ride that went north to the St. Croix Casino Danbury. Riders enjoyed the landscape along the way and dinner once at the casino.

Around 150 people attended the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs banquet on Sunday night, Feb. 14. The banquet was catered by Adventures Restaurant.

Dave Alden, village of Siren board of trustees president, welcomed people from around the state to the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs banquet.

Vintage sleds and groomer equipment were on display outside of the Lodge at Crooked Lake. The temperature on Sunday reached 20 above but the wind was swift.

DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski didn’t wear too much red but did pull out his Kromer cap in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The Governor’s Snowmobile Recreation Council met Sunday morning, Feb. 14, at The Lodge at Crooked Lake. Cathy Burrow, DNR community financial assistance specialist was on hand taking notes and providing assistance during the several meetings that were held. LEFT: Don Taylor, Burnett County Board of Supervisors board chairman, welcomed people from around the state to the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs banquet.

The Main Store in Webb Lake had products on display and prizes to be won. The booth was manned by employee Laura Jack.

Square One Foods’ Larry Salley sampled snack meats that are available at their store west of Siren. Many flavors were available and all were tasty.

Photos by Becky Stabel

2015 Miss Snowflake Callie Brice of Manitowoc poses with Burnett County Tourism Coalition members Harriet Rice, left, and Marilyn Chesnik.




Siren’s Aaron Ruud solidifies his 1,000th point spent more time shooting on a rebounder every morning,” said Ruud. Their game against Grantsburg didn’t perhaps go as well as the team had hoped, as the Dragons lost 70-34. It was the one blemish on an otherwise special night for Aaron Ruud and his family. “It would be little better had we won, but it’s still good,” said Aaron after the game. “I was more worried about just playing well.” The senior said he knew he might be close but wasn’t sure if he’d reach it after starting the season averaging 10 points per game. “I didn’t even expect to get it, honestly. At the beginning of this year, they said that maybe I would get it … in the playoffs … maybe,” he said. But with 20 points to go he was informed that the

Second Dragon to hit the mark this season Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN – With only one point to go before hitting his 1,000th point, it seemed only fitting that Aaron Ruud would take a step beyond the arc, and hit his grand in style with a 3-pointer. In his fourth year as starting point guard Ruud has led the team in 3-pointers in each of his first three seasons and is on pace to set the single-season school record for 3-pointers made. He has also led the team in freethrow percentage in each of his first three seasons, is currently shooting 84 percent from the line, and averages 15 points per game. That’s according to coach and father John Ruud, who had an emotional speech for his son during the time-out after hitting his 1,000th-point milestone. “It has been a fun ride, watching him develop as a player, both from a coaching standpoint and as a father. It seems like just the other day that we played Unity and Luck in a third-grade tournament in Luck,” said Ruud, explaining to the crowd how Siren lost both of those games by scores of 48-4 and 54-4. Although no score was being taken, a parent had been keeping track, but Aaron Ruud believed they had won, stating how excited he was to be 2-0 on the season, with big victories over both teams. “In third grade, he had a hard time getting the ball over the rim, and that was if he was standing right by the basket! In middle school, he really starting to work on his game, and spent just about every morning at open gym, working on his shot. Outside of Jimmy Flannigan and Caitlynn Flannigan, nobody in Siren has

See 1,000 points/Next page

Extra Points

Siren’s Aaron Ruud hits a 3-pointer against the Pirates on Friday, Feb. 12, and in the process reaches his 1,000-point milestone. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Aaron Ruud of Siren celebrated his 1,000th point with young fans Friday, Feb. 12, in Siren.

••• LEADER LAND – The Friday, Feb. 19, Siren at Luck girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Amery at New Richmond girls basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 18, can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Baldwin-Woodville at Amery boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 19, is being broadcast on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The New Richmond at Amery boys basketball game is on 1260 AM on Monday, Feb. 22, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Tuesday, Feb. 23, WIAA girls playoff basketball game, Chequamegon at Unity, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7 p.m. The Spooner at Amery girls basketball playoff basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 23, is on 1260 AM, starting at 7 p.m. The WIAA wrestling sectionals from both Division 2 and Division 3 tournaments, Osseo-Fairchild and Osceola, will begin broadcasting updates on 1260 AM, starting at 10 a.m. All high school sporting events on the radio are also streamed online and can be found at ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

SPORTS RESULTS DEADLINES: WEDNESDAY - MONDAY: 1 p.m. the following business day. TUESDAY: 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Missed deadlines mean no coverage that week! SPORTS NEWS OR SCORES TO REPORT? • PHONE: 715-327-4236 • FAX: 715-327-4117 • EMAIL:

641942 27L





Gymnasts set sights on sectionals sonal best with an 8.9 placing third, and Jessee Lerud had a season high with a 9.35 placing second. “On floor Gracie Gerber placed fifth with an 8.15 and Jessee Lerud won the event with an 8.75. “On vault Morgan and Gracie tied for fourth with an 8.5 and Jessee placed second with a 9.3. “The team finished strong on bars with Morgan placing fifth with an 8.15, Gracie placing second with an 8.8 and Jessee placing first with a new school record of 9.525. Jessee Lerud was the all-around champion with a 36.925, Gracie Gerber placed fourth with a 33.200 and Morgan Pfaff took fifth with a 33.05. “We now have two weeks to gear up for sectionals, which will be held at River Falls on Saturday, Feb. 27. This will be a nice break to work on all the little deductions that eat away our scores, like the landings with extra steps.” – with information from Kathy Lund

Win home meet, set records at Ashland GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg/ Luck gymnastics team wrapped up a successful week of competition and ended their regular-season schedule, which began with a home victory over visiting Superior on Thursday, Feb. 11. The final score was 133.00-111.475. “This was an exciting night for our Grantsburg/Luck gymnasts. It was Parents Night and our last meet for the junior varsity team. Tonight we also recognized and honored our senior Jessee Lerud, who has been a tremendous leader to our program. Tonight was Jessee’s 30th high school meet, breaking the 1,000-point mark with 1,024.618 points,” coach Kathy Lund said. “We had a total of 16 season highs and four stuck beam routines! This is great

The Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team finished strong at a meet in Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 13, setting a new school record score of 134.725, and bringing home 14 medals. – Photos by Josh Riewestahl momentum as we head toward sectionals. Belle Ress took the lead for JV scoring a 27.70 in the all-around. Sticking beam routines were Jessee Lerud, Morgan Pfaff, Gracie Gerber and Alethea Simmons.”

Gymnast Alethea Simmons competes on the balance beam in Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Gymnasts take Ashland by storm GRANTSBURG – The long journey paid off for Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics as they won the Ashland Valentine’s Invite, which featured four other teams. The Pirates finished with a school record score of 134.725, followed by Ashland, 132.95, Lakeland, 118.05, Chequamegon, 108.45, and Superior, 83.475. Jessee Lerud also hit high marks with a new school record on the uneven bars with a score of 9.525, and the team came home with a total of 14 medals. “This was a great meet. They stayed focus and kept the momentum going,” said coach Kathy Lund. “We had a great start on the Balance Beam with Holly Fiedler, Morgan Pfaff and Jessee Lerud having ‘stick routines.’ This event is not the easiest to start on; Brittanie (Blume) had a season high with a 6.7, Belle Ress had a season high with a 7.4, Holly had a personal best with an 8.6 placing fourth, Morgan Pfaff had a per-

Grantsburg/Luck gymnast Jessee Lerud had a memorable week of competition, setting a new school points record and celebrating her 30th high school meet. She reached a milestone of 1,024.618 points and led the team to victory at Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 13. At right, she competes on the uneven bars at Ashland, where she set a school record of 9.525. The team took first and brought home 14 medals.

1,000 points /Continued milestone was within reach, and got it against Grantsburg on Friday, Feb. 12. Ruud finished with a team-leading 18 points, slightly above average, but a surprise to noone who has watched him play over the years. Much of that, Aaron owes to his dad and coach. “It’s tough at times, especially during my freshman year, like he said, he was really hard on me, but it’s also been really nice because I’ve been close to the game and I really like it a lot. He’s pushed me. He’s probably the reason I’m as good as I am at shooting and being a leader on the court,” Aaron said, admitting it can be a challenge as one of the coaches’ kids, but worth all of the effort and pressure in the end. “After a loss ... He kind of likes to talk about it after we lose and I’m the type of person that likes to be quiet. It gets annoying but he’s a great coach and I love him.” “Aaron has worked very hard for me and he works just as hard in the classroom,” coach Ruud said. “I have really enjoyed the last four years, and like any father, wish the season would never end, but Aaron has given me a lifetime of memories. I am very lucky to have had the chance to coach him.” Ruud also added that in his 17th season as a head coach at Siren in both girls and boys teams, there have been nine 1,000point scorers. The most recent Dragon to reach 1,000 points was Caitlyn Daniels on the girls basketball team, which hap-

Aaron Ruud, along with his coach, and dad, John Ruud share a proud moment during a time-out to recognize Aaron’s 1000th point.– Photos by Marty Seeger pened last month. David St. John was the most recent boys player to do it. “All of those kids were extremely competitive, and had the drive to be great.

I have been very lucky to have had a chance to coach all of these great kids!” Ruud said.

Siren seniors Aaron Ruud and Caitlyn Daniels both hit their 1,000th point milestone this year.





Six Saints heading to sectional wrestling Four earn regional titles in Cumberland Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND - The Saints wrestling team has six athletes heading to the Division 3 sectional at Osseo-Fairchild this Saturday, Feb. 20, for a shot at making a trip to the Kohl Center in Madison. One senior, three sophomores and two freshmen are headed to sectionals after finishing in the top two at regionals last week in Cumberland, Saturday, Feb. 13. As a team, the Saints finished second behind first-place Cumberland. Taking third was Unity, followed by Shell Lake, Cameron, Turtle Lake/Clayton and Northwood/ Solon Springs. “We wrestled well, and I thought all of our kids had their best day,” said Saints coach Dan Clark. Of the six headed to sectionals, four earned regional championships in Cumberland last Saturday including sophomore Garrett Bergmann at 138 pounds. Bergmann won both of his matches starting with pin in 41 seconds over Darrin Lewallen of Cameron in the semifinals, and a pin in 51 seconds over Shell Lake’s Bob Bontekoe in the championship. At 145, sophomore Clay Carney took first place with a 21-6 tech fall against Bo Nelson of Cumberland, and close 4-2 decision in the finals against Dominic Hopke of Shell Lake. Freshman Spencer Langer took the regional championship at 152, winning a 6-4 decision against Carter Lawrence of Shell Lake in the semifinals and pinned Morgan Vennie of Turtle Lake/Clayton in 4:29. Sophomore Luke Clark is heading to sectionals at 160 after winning by fall over Vinnie Carlson of Unity in 4:50, and winning a nail-biter in the finals against Cumberland’s Trystin Adams, by a 5-4 decision. The match was tied in the third period when Clark made his move with a reversal to take a 5-3 lead with under a minute to go. Other wrestlers heading to sectionals include Dalton Langer at 126. Langer was pinned in his first match of the day but got the wrestle back and defeated Unity’s Derek Johnson by a 9-3 decision for second place. Josey Wilson also took second at 132. He pinned Jack Skluzacek of Shell Lake but lost in the finals by 8-3 decision to Isaiah Skidmore of Cumberland. “I look forward to sectionals next

Saints freshman Spencer Langer pinned Morgan Vennie of Turtle Lake/Clayton in the finals match for the championship at 152 pounds at the Division 3 regional tournament in Cumberland on Saturday, Feb. 13. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Clay Carney was the regional champion at 145 pounds with a 4-2 win against Shell Lake’s Dominic Hopke. week,” Clark said. “We are going there to advance to state. We have six wrestlers that have worked extremely hard for a long time for this. We will continue to work hard this week to get ready.” Other wrestlers who finished their seasons included senior Hunter Hansen at 220. Hansen lost both of his matches, including a close 1-0 decision in the semifinals, but he left a lasting mark on the Saints wrestling program. “I am grateful to Hunter Hansen who finished fourth at 220. He is a senior that has given a lot of time and effort over the last four years, and I am very proud of the wrestler and person he has become,” said Clark. At 106, freshman Shawn Lumsden took fifth, and freshman Logan Yira was fourth at 113. Freshman Teo Urbaniak took third at 120, sophomore Luke Lindahl was fourth at 170, sophomore Brandon Bastin was third at 182, and Trevor Warner took third at 195 as a sophomore. The first round at the Division 3 sectional at Osseo-Fairchild will begin at 10 a.m.

Luke Clark wrestles Trystin Adams of Cumberland for the championship at 160 pounds.

Garrett Bergmann rolls Bob Bontekoe of Shell Lake on his back for the pin in the finals match at 138 pounds.

Dalton Langer of St. Croix Falls finished in second place after a tough finals match against Drew Rihn of Cumberland.

Saints senior Hunter Hansen finished his wrestling career at the regional in Cumberland.

Josey Wilson took second place at the regional in Cumberland and will get a shot at the state tournament if he can finish in the top three at sectionals this weekend.





LFGS sending three wrestlers to D2 sectional Marty Seeger|Staff writer AMERY - Of the nine Luck/Frederic/ Grantsburg/Siren wrestlers competing at the Division 2 regional wrestling tournament in Amery on Saturday, Feb. 13, three are heading to the sectional tournament in Osceola this weekend. The top team at the regional was Amery, followed by St. Croix Central, Osceola, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm, Somerset and LFGS. “The three kids going on are excited and are going to give it their all,” said coach Chris Bartlett. “I hope all three wrestle well and don’t have any regrets.” At 106 pounds, freshman Colin Jeske is making his first trip to sectionals after winning his semifinal match against Nick Kearns of Somerset, by 11-2 major decision. He lost by pin against Amery’s Mike Smith in the championship round, but won in his third match of the day with a pin against Andrew Olson of Osceola in 4:42. “He showed a lot of heart. Dealing with an injury, but came out and wrestled hard,” said Bartlett. Senior Cole Britton is heading back to the sectional meet and will have a chance to earn his third trip to the state tournament, but will need to finish in the top three at sectionals. Britton was the only LFGS wrestler with a regional championship after pinning Jude Ingham of Amery in 2:21, and winning a 17-0 tech fall in the finals against Josh Maack of Somerset. “He wrestled well again. He knows how to turn on the switch. Hope we have a good week of practice and we go to sectionals with a mission,” Bartlett said. At 285, Parker Steen took second place at regionals in Amery, after winning his semifinal match against Jordan Winegar of St. Croix Central by pin in 2:22. In the championship round, Steen lost a tough 7-5 overtime match against Elijah Whit-

Three wrestlers from the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren wrestling team are heading to sectionals this Saturday, Feb. 20. Pictured are (L to R): Colin Jeske at 106 pounds, Parker Steen, 285, and Cole Britton, 113. – Photos courtesy of Kelly Steen man of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm, but pinned Osceola’s Adam Evans in 3:12 for second place. “This year, heavyweight is wide open. It is anyone’s for the taking,” Bartlett said. After losing to Whitman 7-1 earlier this year, Steen improved, yet couldn’t get past the overtime round. “He knew he could do better. He had a couple of nice takedowns, and one time took him to his back, but he was out of bounds. He gave up a couple of free points in the final period and the match went into overtime. He just missed his takedown,” Bartlett said. Not all wrestlers get the opportunity to move on to the next level, as seven wrestlers ended seasons, and some careers, at Amery. At 120, Merlin Hibbs was fourth

overall, but Bartlett said he was wrestling with a heavy heart after his grandmother passed away. Bartlett said Hibbs will be a wrestler to watch in the coming years, and wrestled hard like he always does. At 145, Adam Menke finished fifth, but has several years ahead of him as he finished up his freshman year. “He is going to be good. He was harder on himself than any of us could have been,” Bartlett said. Peter Lund lost his first match of the regional at 152 in an overtime match. “It was a thriller for the fans, but a heartbreaker for him,” Bartlett said. At 160, Steven Holdt finished his wrestling career by taking fourth overall. “It wasn’t the ending to his wrestling career he was looking for. He is one of

those kids who loves wrestling. He was dealing with an injured shoulder and tried to fight through it. I could see it was limiting what he could do. He was entertaining to have in the room,” Bartlett said. Brock Phernetton wrestled his best all season and finished third. Bartlett said Phernetton knew it would be a tough shot making it to sectionals but earned a wrestle back and was later pinned in the third-place match. “It didn’t work out, but he was happy. Good motivation for next year,” said Bartlett. The final LFGS wrestler, Matthew Louis, finished the year in fourth place at 220, but will be back to give it another shot next season. “He is getting sneaky good and could have a good year next year,” Bartlett said. The sectional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 20, will begin the first round at 10:30 a.m., in Osceola.

Parker Steen goes for the pin at the regional tournament held in Amery on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Four Eagle wrestlers earn spots at sectionals Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND – The Unity wrestling team placed third at the Division 3 regional tournament in Cumberland on Saturday, Feb. 13, with four earning the chance to compete at the next level. Coach Shawn Perkins was pleased with the results but had high hopes for his athletes, seeing the possibility of getting as many as eight to sectionals. While that didn’t happen, four was a solid number. “Getting four through was good,” Perkins said. After finishing fourth at the conference tournament a week earlier, freshman Blane Tendrup avenged an earlier loss and won the regional title at 106 pounds. He had to get through three matches on the day starting with a pin against Shawn Lumsden of St. Croix Falls in 1:41, and a 7-1 decision against Chandler Galatowitsch of Turtle Lake/Clayton in the semifinals. In the finals, Tendrup won a 14-4 major decision against Logan Steglich of Cumberland, who entered the tournament with a 30-11 record. “He wrestled really well, and I was impressed with his efforts and looking for-

Unity freshman Blane Tendrup took the 106-pound regional title at Cumberland Saturday, Feb. 13. – Photos by Marty Seeger ward to sectionals, he’s got a good spot there,” Perkins said. “Anything’s possible now, so good for him to get that far as a freshman.” There were only three wrestlers at 120, but A.J. Bearhart came out on the right

side of the three, taking second place. Only the top two wrestlers earn the right to move to sectionals. Bearhart pinned Teo Urbanik of St. Croix Falls in 43 seconds but was pinned by Reid Olson of Cumberland, who had a 32-9 record en-

tering the regional. Tony Carlson is also heading to sectionals after his second-place finish at regionals. Carlson pinned Luke Lindahl of St. Croix Falls in 43 seconds and lost a 9-3 decision in the finals to Tyrell Hoisington of Cumberland. “He’s really a takedown guy. But got caught in a match where they were going throw-for-throw and we kind of came out on the bottom end of those throws,” Perkins said. Carlson finished the tournament in the second-place match with a pin against Marty Anderson of Shell Lake in 1:42. The fourth Eagle headed to sectionals was Dylan Peper at 195. Peper pinned Trevor Warner of St. Croix Falls in the semifinals but was pinned in 5:28 against Cumberland’s Kole Adams in the finals. There was no wrestle back at 195. “In finals he had the Cumberland kid on his back the whole period, just couldn’t get the pin, and then kind of got out of position in the next period, got caught and

See Unity wrestling/Page 25

Dylan Peper earned a spot at sectionals with his second-place finish at regionals in Cumberland. – Photos by Marty Seeger

A.J. Bearhart took second place at the regional tournament in Cumberland at 120 pounds.

Tony Carlson fights his way through the finals match at 170 pounds.





Girls basketball teams set for playoffs next week who are in the midst of a busy week of basketball with three games on the schedule, including their final conference game of the regular season against Webster Friday, Feb. 19. The Vikings were led by Nicole Nelson with 15 points, followed by Emily Amundson with 10, Taylor Alseth, nine, Ann Chenal, six, Shelbi Root, four, and Sydney Domagala, two. Alseth also had 19 rebounds, seven assists. “To their credit they made the plays down the stretch they needed to make. We look forward to this week and trying to still clinch the conference on Friday at a very tough place to play, in St. Croix Falls,” Wink said.

Frederic holds No. 1 seed Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – The girls basketball WIAA playoff brackets are set and teams will begin tournament action starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. After a disappointing loss to Unity on Friday, Feb. 12, the Frederic Viking girls hung on to their No. 1 seed in the playoffs and received a first-round bye. They are the only team from the West Lakeland with a first-round bye, and will face the winner between Washburn, a No. 9 seed, and No. 8 Mercer Friday, Feb. 26, in Frederic. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Siren Dragons will host No. 14 Mellen. The Dragons have the No. 3 seed, and No. 6 seeded Luck is also hosting an opening-round playoff game against No. 11 Butternut Tuesday, Feb. 23. St. Croix Falls has a No. 9 seed and will travel to No. 8 Grantsburg on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Division 4. The winner of that game will travel to Phillips, a No. 1 seed, on Friday, Feb. 26. Also in Division 4, Unity has a No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Chequamegon on Tuesday, Feb. 23, and No. 11 Webster is heading to Ladysmith to take on the No. 6 seeded Lumberjills. Unity 48, Frederic 46 FREDERIC – The Unity Eagles battled back from more than a 10-point deficit on Friday, Feb. 12, with about six minutes to go, and eventually won the game at the buzzer Friday, Feb. 12, at Unity. The Vikings loss pushed them into a tie with Siren at the top of the West Lakeland, with both teams sporting 9-2 records heading into their final conference matchups at the end of the season. Frederic still has St. Croix Falls to play and Siren has Luck left on the regular-season schedule. “It was a good game back and forth all night, we’d go on a run and then they went on a run. We had a good lead with six minutes left and they went on their last run and, unfortunately for us, they were able to hit a shot at the buzzer to

Siren 60, Grantsburg 49 SIREN – The Siren Dragons got off to a great start against Grantsburg on Friday, Feb. 12, and were able to maintain their lead throughout the rest of the game on solid defense. With 10 minutes still to play in the first half, the Dragons were in control, holding a 26-7 lead, and a comfortable 34-14 halftime lead. The Pirates managed to chisel away at the Dragons big lead in the second half but were unable to erase the big first half lead by Siren. Haley Peterson had a big night for Siren, leading the team with 19 points, while Ashlee Rightman added 16, Caitlynn Daniels, 13, Laurel Kannenberg, nine, Allie Webster, two, and Abby Kosloski, one.

Frederic’s Shelbi Root tries to escape pressure from the Unity defense on Friday, Feb. 12, at Unity, where the Eagles won on a buzzer beater from a shot by Jasmine Lowe. – Photos by Becky Amundson unless otherwise noted beat us,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “I thought we did a good job at the end of pressuring (Raelin) Sorensen so she didn’t get the shot, but she was able to

pass it across court to their post and she got the shot to fall for her.” Junior Jasmine Lowe was able to knock down the winning shot for the Eagles

Haley Peterson of Siren had a big night for the Dragons with a team-leading 19 points against the Pirates. – Photo Caitlyn Daniels gets run down by Olivia Tucker of Grantsburg during by Marty Seeger a conference matchup in Siren Friday, Feb. 12. – Photo by Marty Seeger

St. Croix Falls 54, Webster 24 ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls limited Webster to just five second-half points enroute to a big win at home Thursday, Feb. 11. Webster’s main offensive players, Lydia Wilson and Kaitlyn Moser, were limited to 12 points, and seven points, respectively, in the Tigers loss. For the Saints it was a well-balanced scoring attack with Addie McCurdy leading with 21, followed by Katie Kopp, 11, Adrienne Stoffel, nine, Ruthie Stewart, eight, Rebecca Nelson, three, and Kristin Petherbridge, two.

Ann Chenal of Frederic tries to escape defensive pressure from Unity’s Jessica Grams, No. 13, and Emma Moore.





Pirates prove too much for Dragons Frederic gives Unity a battle, but Eagles lock conference title Grantsburg 70, Siren 34 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN – Grantsburg was tough for Siren to stop on Friday, Feb. 12, in Siren, as the Pirates shot out to a big early lead and never looked back in their fifth straight win, and ninth overall win in the West Lakeland. By the 12-minute mark the Pirates were in control, 15-3, before a barrage of 3-pointers from Aaron Ruud, who had four threes in the first half, helped bring Siren back into contention. Siren was able to climb back to within nine points later in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Pirates. “Offensively, we did a lot of things well. On the defensive side of the ball, we could’ve had more intensity at times in the first half, but came out of halftime ready to put it all together,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. Jordan Knutson had a team-leading 23 points while John Chenal added 22, followed by Jaeger Staeven, 10, Gauge Premo-Blume, four, Leo Chenal, Jackson Gerber and Joseph Ohnstad each had three, and Majel Schmaltz added two. The Dragons were led by Aaron Ruud with 18 points, while Neil Oustigoff added nine. Unity 48, Frederic 46 BALSAM LAKE – The Vikings took advantage of the absence of Unity’s leading scorer, Logan Bader on Friday, Feb. 12, but Unity managed to hang on in a close game, and lock sole possession of the West Lakeland Conference title. “Was a tough game, our fourth game that week,” said Unity coach Chad Stenberg. Despite Bader’s absence, the Unity seniors stepped up with Erik Peterson leading with 19 points and Wyatt Stenberg adding 11. Other scorers included Dylan Stenberg with six, followed by Brett Nelson and Logan Hendrickson each with five, and Nathan Heimstead, Jesse Vlasnik and Cody Ince each had four.

Grantsburg’s Leo Chenal draws a foul by Siren’s Neil Oustigoff.

Siren’s Max Lindquist gets a hand on the ball as Grantsburg junior Austin Olson heads up for a layup at Siren on Friday, Feb. 12. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted Frederic trailed 31-16 at halftime but scored 29 points in the second half to mount a comeback. Roman Poirier led with 16 points, followed by Jonah Tinman, 11, Austin Ennis, nine, Kyle Olson, Mason Gustafson and Caleb Schott each had two, and Ethan Schmidt added one.

Unity 56, Amery 42 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles picked up a nonconference win during a busy week

of basketball at home against Division 3 Amery on Thursday, Feb. 11. Amery was able to keep the game close in the first half, trailing 27-22, before the Eagles consistency kept the game out of reach for the Warriors. Three Eagles scored double-digit figures including Nathan Heimstead with 19, Logan Bader added 18, and Erik Peterson had 12. Heimstead was hot from the outside with six threes.

St. Croix Falls 72, Webster 61 ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls outpaced the Webster Tigers on Friday, Feb. 12, in St. Croix Falls for their fourth win of the season and second conference victory. It was the second time the Saints were able to defeat the Tigers. Osceola 70, St. Croix Falls 43 OSCEOLA – The Saints have just two nonconference games on the schedule left as the season begins to wind down, after a loss against Osceola on Friday, Feb. 12. St. Croix Falls has a game at Spooner and another at Barron, before closing out the regular season at home against Grantsburg on Thursday, Feb. 25. They also have a game against Frederic on Friday, Feb. 19.

Webster’s Jack Washburn heads in for a layup against Saints senior Brady Leahy on Friday, Feb. 12. – Photo by Greg Marsten

Jordan Knutson makes contact with Max Lindquist on the way to the basket on Friday, Feb. 12.





Frederic KOC Council 6370 hosts free-throw contest SIREN - The Frederic Knights of Columbus Council 6370, hosted a free-throw contest in Siren on Saturday, Feb. 6. The winners will move on to the district competition at Frederic this Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Frederic High School. The winning athletes were presented with a medal by the Grand Knight of Council 6370, John Scheidt. – Marty Seeger

Alexander Kammeyer of Grantsburg finished first place among those age 10.

Siren’s Hannah Lemieux took first in the 13-year-old category.

Maddy Nichols of Siren, left, was in second place among age 14, and Ellen Lindquist of Siren took first place.

Hailey Ridgeway (left) of Frederic was second and Megan Schafer of Grantsburg took first place in the age 9 division of the Knights of Columbus Council 6370 free-throw contest Saturday, Feb. 6, in Siren. – Photos submitted

Mckahla Blume of Grantsburg, (left) took second in the 12-year-old category, and Karlie Alexander of Frederic was the first-place winner.

Rachel Bugella of Frederic was the first-place finisher among age 11 competitors.

From (L to R): Fletcher Christianson of Siren took second and Siren’s Ethan Ruud was the first-place winner among age 9. Justus Christianson of Siren was first among age 11. Logan Lillehaug of Frederic was first among 14-year-olds. Not pictured were firstplace winners Nick Webster age 10, Brady Kosloski, age 13, and Russ Kook of Siren, age 13.

Blizzard boys advance in WIAA playoffs Onalaska hands Blizzard girls loss in final regular season game Blizzard 4, River Falls 1 Marty Seeger|Staff writer RIVER FALLS – A 4-1 win over the River Falls Wildcats allowed the Blizzard boys a chance to advance in the WIAA playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 16. With the win, the Blizzard will now head to Hudson to take on the No. 1 seeded raiders at the Hudson Civic Center this Thursday, Feb. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. See for more information as it becomes available. Hayward 4, Blizzard 0 HAYWARD – The Blizzard boys were shut out by Hayward in their final game

of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 13. Taran Wols saved 26 shots in the loss and Hayward scored two goals in the first period and added two in the second. It was a penalty-riddled game as the Hurricanes had five of their nine penalties in the first period, while the Blizzard had seven penalties. The Blizzard finished with 17 shots on goal.

Onalaska 4, Blizzard 0 HAYWARD – The Onalaska Hilltoppers girls hockey team defeated the Blizzard girls on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Blizzard’s final game of the regular season. Mackenna Johnson had 43 saves in the loss and the Blizzard had 15 shots on goal. The Blizzard face a tough task ahead of them this week. Thursday, Feb. 18, they travel to Hayward to take on the No. 1 seeded Hurricanes in the first round of the WIAA playoffs, starting at 5 p.m. The Blizzard are the No. 8 seed.

The Blizzard boys extended their season another game with a 4-1 win over River Falls on Tuesday, Feb. 16. They play at Hudson this Thursday, Feb. 18. – Leader file photo by Marty Seeger





Emily Amundson brings down 500th rebound

Emily Amundson celebrated with family after reaching her 500th rebound milestone last Tuesday, Feb. 8, against Shell Lake. Pictured are Amundson’s mom Becky, sister Megan Amundson, and dad Doug. – Photos courtesy of Becky Amundson

Frederic 80, Shell Lake 42 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – Frederic senior Emily Amundson became the second Viking to bring down her 500th career rebound during a blowout win over Shell Lake Tuesday, Feb. 9. Amundson needed seven rebounds and finished with eight rebounds. “Emily has had to work very hard for everything she’s done. She shows up to practices and games and gives it her all. She gets on the floor and hustles for the ball at all times. Her accomplishment of

getting 500 rebounds has been very much a product of positioning and blocking out. She is a post that plays taller than she’s listed,” said coach Troy Wink. Along with her eight rebounds, Amundson had a big night offensively with 16 points and two assists, along with two steals. “Her work ethic is second to none and is a big reason we are as successful as we’ve been the last three years,” Wink said. “Emily basically got all of her rebounds from her 10th- through 12th-grade years, as she only played a couple of games as a ninth-grader.”

Emily Amundson rips down her 500th rebound against the Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 8. It was also a night the Vikings boasted their best field-goal percentage of the season according to Wink. “Hopefully we can keep our offense going strong and do better with our defense,” Wink said. Other scorers included Taylor Alseth with 19, followed by Nicole Nelson, 18,

Ann Chenal, 14, Kalyn Miller, five, and Jenny Hill and Shelbi Root each had four. Alseth also had a triple double with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Alseth was the first Viking this season to get her 500th career rebound.

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Strikers 18, Huskies 14, Wolves 11, Pins 5. Boys games: Jonathan Skow (S) 149, Richard Bugella (H) 139, Isaiah Otto (H) 122. Boys series: Jonathan Skow (S) 416, Richard Bugella (H) 381, Mitch Paquette (S) 317. Girls games: Rachael Bugella (W) 134, Paulina Peterson (W) 128, Madeline Kuesel (W) 104. Girls series: Rachael Bugella (W) 360, Paulina Peterson (W) 313, Madeline Kuesel (W) 277. Team games: Huskies 261, Pins 258, Strikers 249. Team series: Strikers 733, Pins 718, Huskies 674. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Badgers 15, Bears 14, Swans 14, Vultures 12, Hummingbirds 12, Eagles 10, Mallards 10, Night Hawks 9. Men’s games: Lee Mangelsen 209, Jim Merritt 208, Lloyd Swanson 201. Men’s series: Lee Mangelsen 527, Jim Merritt 521, Butch Sahr & Jack Buecksler 515. Women’s games: Lila Larson 204, Mary Young 191, Marge Traun 190. Women’s series: Mary Young 527, Lila Larson 504, Sandy Bannie 490. Team games: Swans 717, Vultures 690, Eagles 664. Team series: Swans 1911, Vultures 1906, Eagles 1838. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 18, Hansen Farms 15, Skol Bar 14, Cummings Lumber 13, Luck Laundry 12, Stotz & Co. 12, Cifaldi Motors 12, Bye 0. Individual games: Brett Daeffler (SB) 257, Jason Richter (CM) 256, Mark Bohn (SB) 254. Individual series: Mark Bohn (SB) 649, Brett Daeffler (SB) 644, Jeremy Anderson (SB) 633. Team games: Skol Bar 1093 & 958, Cifaldi Motors 937. Team series: Skol Bar 2968, Hansen Farms 2614, Cifaldi Motors 2550. Friday Night Standings: The Leader 21, Junque Art 19, Frederic Design & Promotion 18, Pin Heads 12. Individual games: Karen Carlson 190, Cindy Denn 188, Margie Traun 178. Individual series: Karen Carlson 508, Cindy Denn 491, Margie Traun 476.

Team games: The Leader 798, Pin Heads 777, Junque Art 774. Team series: The Leader 2328, Pin Heads 2262, Junque Art 2250. Splits converted: 5-10: Cindy Denn. Saturday Night Standings: Expendables 44, Lakers 43, Lane Kings 42, Bye Team 41, Pin Choppers 35, Lucky Ducks 35, B-52s 35, Rebel Alliance 33. Women’s games: Rita Bohn 235, Tracy Gaspar 203 & 201. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 596, Tracy Gaspar 576, Linda Giller 562. Men’s games: Moose Wilson 226, Rodger Wroge 225, Jeff Roedl 221. Men’s series: Rodger Wroge 620, Moose Wilson 619, Jeremy Anderson 575. Team games: Lane Kings 981, Lucky Ducks 977, B-52s 950. Team series: Lucky Ducks 2797, B-52s 2749, Lane Kings 2657.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 26, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 19, Sam’s Carpentry 17, Guterbugs 14.5, McKenzie Lanes 13, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 12.5. Individual games: Patti Katzmark 220, Cindy Castellano 201, Linda Giller 195. Individual series: Cindy Castellano 522, Patti Katzmark 493, Linda Giller 489. Team games: Edina Divas 875. Team series: Edina Divas 2398. Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 44, Mishaps 40, Kemps Quality Siding 30, Eagle Lounge 26, Alleycats 26, Bewitched 26. Individual games: Lorrie Beyl 200, Debbie Swanson 190, Debra Mattson 186. Individual series: Heidi Carey 530, Lorrie Beyl 509, Shirley Wiswell 493. Team games: Mishaps 664, Alleycats 631. Team series: Alleycats 1810, Bon Ton 1789. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Edina Realty 70, Hack’s Pub 67, Steve’s Appliance Plus 63, The Dugout 60, The Cobbler Shop 59.5, Logoton P.C. 56.5, G.A. Screenprinting 54, Bye 0. Individual games: Tony Fitzgerald 277, Craig Willert 254, Rick Katzmark 246. Individual series: Tony Fitzgerald 730, Gene Braund 704, Craig Willert 670. Team games: Hack’s Pub 1174. Team series: Hack’s Pub 3345. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 82.5, Jeff’s Small Engine 74.5, Gutter Dusters

Pro 18.5, TL Enterprise 18.5, Soul Sisters 16, Eagle Valley Bank 11.5, JJ’s 11.5. Individual games: Kathy McKenzie 232, Lana McKenzie 207, Anita Bont 195. Individual series: Anita Bont 541, Louise Cole 531, Kathy McKenzie 530. Team games: Soul Sisters 714, Cutting Edge Pro 707, Hack’s Pub 589. Team series: Soul Sisters 1952, Cutting Edge Pro 1877, Hack’s Pub 1680.

Black & Orange

73, Custom Outfitter 67.5, Split Happens 67, Main Street Café 64.5, Kassel Tap 62, Hauge Dental 52. Individual games: Patti Katzmark 208, Patty Walker 201, Jan Kruse 193. Individual series: Patti Katzmark 555, Lois Swenson 493, Sandy Bannie 487. Team games: Jeff’s Small Engine 828, Tomlinson Insurance 824, Split Happens 813. Team series: Custom Outfitter 2384, Tomlinson Insurance 2373, Split Happens 2297. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 46, Loveless Lake Bar 38, Thirsty Otter 36, Maxwell Heating & Air 30, Suzie Q’s 30, Adamark Repair 28, McKenzie Lanes 26, 5 J’s Sports Bar 22. Men’s games: Mike Welling 279, Jeff Lehmann 250, Tim Aronson 246. Men’s series: Mike Welling 745, Mark Kamish 695, Mark Anderson 643. Women’s games: Pamela Knoche 217, Patsy Hansen 178, Jeanne Kizer 162. Women’s series: Pamela Knoche 555, Patsy Hansen 500, Jeanne Kizer 469. Team games: Loveless Lake Bar 742. Team series: Loveless Lake Bar 2161. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Fox Ridge Farm 46, Jeff’s Small Engine 44, Tiger Express 34, Captain’s Bar & Grill 29, McKenzie Lanes 22, 5 J’s Sports Bar 19, Hanjo Farms 13, Dalles Electrician 9. Individual games: Gordy Johnson 267, Tyler Hall 264, Andy Kruse 257. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 729, Carl Hetfeld 726, Gordy Johnson 703. Team games: Tiger Express 1129, McKenzie Lanes 1034. Team series: Tiger Express 3207, McKenzie Lanes 2934. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Central Bank 20.5, Hauge Dental 20, Hack’s Pub 19.5, Cutting Edge

Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 25-7, Zia Louisa’s 18-14, The Tap 17-15, Black & Orange 4-28. Individual games: Mary Eifler (GDS) 180, Linda Strong (ZL) 175, Linda Schmidt (GDS) 174. Individual series: Linda Strong (ZL) 439, Claudia Peterson (T) 431, Salley Casey (ZL) 426. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 935, The Tap 881, Zia Louisa’s 862. Team series: The Tap 2585, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2580, Zia Louisa’s 2496. Games 50 or more above avg.: Linda Schmidt 174 (+58). Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 16-4, Yellow River Saloon 12-8, Larry’s LP 6-14, Black & Orange 6-14. Individual games: Josh Johnson (L) 242, Neil Huppert (YRS) 222, Lloyd Katusky (BO) 221. Individual series: CJ (BO) 595, Joshn Johnson (L) 593, Hank Holmstrom (YRS) 585. Team games: Larry’s LP 1116, Yellow River Saloon 1114, Black & Orange 1042. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 3112, Larry’s LP 3064, Black & Orange 3003. Games 50 or more above avg.: Tristen Kingbird 171 (+20); Breck Eytcheson 216 (+54); Josh Johnson 242 (+65); Matt Strese 202 (+60). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, A&H Country Market, Gob’s Gals, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Laura Main (TS) 171, Vivian Marx (GG) 168 & 161. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 472, Laura Main (TS) 452, Helen Messt (GG) 418. Team games: Gob’s Gals 569 & 545, The Shop 532. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1627, The Shop 1584, A&H Country Market 1546.

TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 21-3, Flower Power 16-8, Larry’s LP 10-14, Vacant 1-23. Individual games: Mary Ellen Smith (NL) 185, Sandy Buhil (NL) & Mary Reese (FP) 168, Vicki Tollander (NL) 157. Individual series: Mary Ellen Smith (NL) 508, Mary Reese (FP) 463, Sandy Buhill (BL) 433. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 879, Flower Power 852, Larry’s LP 818. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 2506, Flower Power 2403, Larry’s LP 2302. Games 50 or more above avg.: Mary Ellen Smith 185 (+51). Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 16.5-3.5, Northwoods Lumber 13-7, Lions 5.5-14.5, Black & Orange 5-15. Individual games: Fred Zajac (NL) 234, Neil Huppert (BL) 223, Jim Buhil (L) 221. Individual series: Neil Huppert (BL) 639, Fred Zajac (NL) 612, Gene Ackland (BL) 611. Team games: Bump’s Lakeside 1076, Northwoods Lumber 1022, Black & Orange 998. Team series: Bump’s Lakeside 3142, Northwoods Lumber 2952, Lions 2808. Early Risers Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 21-11, 10th Hole 18-14, The Granary 15-17, Black & Orange 10-22. Individual games: Evie Engebretson (TG) 167, Pam Dildine (10th) 163, Donna Crain (GDS) 160. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 448, Donna Crain (GDS) 437, Joan Java Hahr (10th) 424. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 769, 10th Hole 697, The Granary 688. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2131, 10th Hole 2015, The Granary 2007.

Perfect game TURTLE LAKE – Oliver Baillargeon, of Luck, rolled a perfect 300 game on Thursday, Feb. 11, during league play at Spare Time Bowl, Bar and Grill in Turtle Lake. It was also a USBC sanctioned league, and Baillargeon’s first perfect game. “It’s pretty nerve-wracking actually,” said Baillargeon, who is also part of the Wednesday night bowling league at Hacker’s Lanes in Frederic. – Marty Seeger





Webster’s Paul Sargent pushes toward the basket during a conference game against St. Croix Falls on Friday, Feb. 12. – Photo by Greg Marsten



West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 11-0 Grantsburg Pirates 9-2 Luck Cardinals 6-4 Frederic Vikings 4-6 Siren Dragons 3-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-8 Webster Tigers 1-9

Overall 19-1 14-4 13-6 8-11 11-9 4-14 7-12


Thursday, Feb. 18 7:15 p.m. Drummond at Frederic (DH) Friday, Feb. 19 7:15 p.m. Siren at Luck (DH) Frederic at St. Croix Falls (DH) Unity at Webster (DH) Monday, Feb. 22 7:15 p.m. Unity at Boyceville Glenwood City at Grantsburg Webster at New Auburn Tuesday, Feb. 23 7:15 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Barron

BOYS HOCKEY Overall 9-13-1

Scores Saturday, Feb. 13 Hayward 4, Blizzard 0 Tuesday, Feb. 16 (WIAA Playoffs) Blizzard 4, River Falls 1 Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 18 (WIAA Regionals) 7 p.m. Blizzard at Hudson

On our website: Tuesday night sports coverage


Wyatt Stenberg of Unity hits a layup as Frederic’s Austin Ennis looks on in the background. The Eagles won a close game 48-46, on Friday, Feb. 12. – Photo by Becky Amundson

Unity wrestling/Continued pinned himself,” said Perkins. For the other six Unity wrestlers their seasons came to an end in Cumberland. Injured senior Jarett Davison battled an injury suffered during the conference meet and finished fourth at 145. “I am so proud of that kid for trying to go out there and wrestle on a bum knee that was literally swollen up the size of a volleyball,” Perkins said. At 126, senior Derek Johnson had some close matches but was pinned in the semifinals in 5:02. After a bye in the third-place match, Johnson got a shot for second place but couldn’t overcome Dalton Langer of St. Croix Falls in the 9-3 loss. “Derek Johnson at 126 had a tough weight class and just couldn’t dig one out and get that close win that he needed,” Perkins said.

Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 18 5:45 p.m. Drummond at Frederic (DH) 7:15 p.m. Pepin/Alma at Unity Webster at Hinckley/Finlayson Friday, Feb. 19 5:45 p.m. Siren at Luck (DH) Frederic at St. Croix Falls (DH) Unity at Webster (DH) 7:15 p.m. Grantsburg at Clayton Tuesday, Feb. 23 (WIAA Regionals) 7 p.m. Mellen at Siren Butternut at Luck St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Chequamegon at Unity Webster at Ladysmith


Standings Conference 2-8

Overall 15-5 17-4 12-5 10-10 8-11 10-11 5-14

Scores Thursday, Feb. 11 St. Croix Falls 54, Webster 24 Friday, Feb. 12 Siren 60, Grantsburg 49 Unity 48, Frederic 46 Tuesday, Feb. 16 Unity 51, Lake Holcombe 33 Siren 63, Cornell 26 Turtle Lake at Grantsburg Prairie Farm 53, Luck 41 Webster 55, Shell Lake 42 St. Croix Falls 55, Ellsworth 42

Thursday, Feb. 11 St. Croix Falls 72, Webster 61 Unity 56, Amery 42 Friday, Feb. 12 Grantsburg 70, Siren 34 Unity 58, Frederic 45 Osceola 70, St. Croix Falls 43 Tuesday, Feb. 16 Webster 57, Shell Lake 48 Cameron 90, Luck 57 Unity 77, Lake Holcombe 53 Siren 73, Cornell 59 St. Croix Falls 60, Spooner 45

Team Blizzard

West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Frederic Vikings 9-2 Siren Dragons 9-2 Unity Eagles 7-4 St. Croix Falls Saints 5-6 Grantsburg Pirates 5-7 Luck Cardinals 3-8 Webster Tigers 1-10

Conference champion Sam Haider also fell short of the sectional tournament at 152, getting caught in a pin in the semifinals. He placed third but won the final match of the tournament by an 8-6 decision over Shell Lake’s Carter Lawrence. “As a sophomore hopefully he sees it as a motivating factor for the future,” Perkins said. At 132, Julien Tillery finished in fifth place after falling by pin in the first match of the day, and Vinnie Carlson was a third-place finisher at 160. Patric Tillery finished fourth at 182. “I thought he was one that maybe we could knock through too, but that’s the way it goes,” said Perkins. The Division 3 sectional tournament at Osseo-Fairchild on Thursday, Feb. 20, will begin the first round of competition at 10 a.m.

WRESTLING Upcoming Saturday, Feb. 20 10:30 a.m. Division 2 sectionals at Amery (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren) 10 a.m. Division 3 sectionals at Osseo-Fairchild (St. Croix Falls, Unity)

GYMNASTICS Upcoming Saturday, Feb. 27 (WIAA Sectionals) 11 a.m. Grantsburg at River Falls

GIRLS HOCKEY Team Blizzard

Standings Conference 0-6 Scores

Thursday, Feb. 11 Onalaska 4, Blizzard 0 Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 18 (WIAA Regionals) 5 p.m. Blizzard at Hayward

Overall 0-15

A 7-1 record last week raised The Prediction King’s mark to 83-18. “That’s an 82-percent success rate,” he said with a prideful grin. “Like a good basketball team, I hope to improve through the season and peak at tournament time,” he said while laying out his apparel in preparation for this weekend’s Slumberland American Birkebeiner.

This week’s games: Girls Siren 44, Luck 37 Unity 48, Webster 32 Frederic 57, St. Croix Falls 49 St. Croix Falls 54, Grantsburg 51



Boys Unity 61, Webster 34 Grantsburg 65, Clayton 63 Luck 68, Siren 43 Frederic 68, St. Croix Falls 63 The Swami continues to graciously and promptly answer all emails and can be reached at




Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas seeks more volunteers for largest bird survey in state history ASHLAND – With Wisconsin’s earliest nesting birds already tending to nests, organizers of a statewide breeding bird survey are looking to recruit new birders to their volunteer corps, gathering information that will guide bird conservation efforts for the next generation. They’re inviting birders to report the activities of great horned owls, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, common ravens and other early nesting species, and to register now for the April 1-3 conference near Wausau that will kick off the second year of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. “We’ve had tremendous volunteer response to the project in the first year, but with four years of field work remaining there is still much to be done. We need the help of all Wisconsin birders, whether far afield or in their own backyards” says Ryan Brady, science coordinator for the atlas survey and research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. More than 700 volunteers documented over 1.8 million birds of 229 species in

the first year of the five-year survey to document breeding bird distribution and abundance. Brady and other organizers hope to grow their volunteer base to more than 1,000 participants in 2016. “Our April kickoff meeting is a great way to learn more if you are new to the atlas and a great way to get questions answered if you have already participated,” says William Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, one of the groups leading the atlas effort. “People will be able to fine-tune their knowledge in preparation for our second year of the survey.”

All birders welcome to participate “Birders of all skill levels can participate in the atlas,” says Nick Anich, lead coordinator of the atlas survey and conservation biologist with DNR. “To make sure everyone is up to speed, we offer online and live training sessions for birders new to the project, as well as field trip opportunities and symposium-style events

like our upcoming season two kickoff conference.” Even veteran birders see tremendous growth in their birding through participation in the survey, with many reporting the atlas helped them “slow down” while birding and led to an increased awareness of bird behavior, song and habitat, Anich says. Survey participants collect data by observing birds, noting the date and location, and entering their sightings online into an eBird database specially developed for the project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The records are then checked by a team of professional and volunteer ornithologists. When the project is completed the data will be published in a hard-copy book and online, and the dataset will be available for use by researchers, land managers, and others working to conserve birds and their habitats.

Attend the season 2 kickoff April 1-3 All new and returning atlas contrib-

utors are encouraged to attend the season 2 kickoff taking place April 1-3 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild, Wis. The weekend event will feature field trips, specialized training geared to both first-time and returning atlas contributors, tips from the experts, eBird workshops and more. Advance registration is $25 and includes snacks and Saturday lunch, plus a complimentary atlas travel mug or bottle. Advance registration must be completed by March 12, though walk-ins are welcome to attend the event for $35. For a complete list of events and speakers, and full registration details, visit To learn more about how you can support or participate in the survey, visit Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II is led by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, and DNR. – from

A trio of northern cardinals pick through sunflower seeds under a feeder in Polk County. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Kids snowshoe hike and guest speaker at Crex GRANTSBURG – Winter is definitely for kids. There is something about snow that brings out the inner child. Fresh tracks and snow-covered banks seem to beckon children of all ages to explore the outdoors. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and run wild with outdoor games and fun. Learn to read animal tracks and signs, and then hike to see what the animals have been doing at Crex this winter. Afterward,

warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, make a tasty wildlife snack and play Track Bingo. The program will occur Saturday, Feb. 20, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear insulated boots. Snowshoes available on a first come, first serve basis or bring your own. Even with little to no snow, they will still have the hike. Program geared for kids ages 6–15. Wildlife rehabilitator Tammi Larson

will be presenting about the dangers wild animals face in an increasingly human-dominated landscape on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Live animals, storytelling and wildlife artifacts will be used to teach children and others to keep wildlife wild. For more information, contact Kristi Pupak, DNR wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex

Ave., Grantsburg. Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex. For more information, visit crexmeadows. org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Please report your Crex wildlife observations via email: – submitted

40 elk captured in second year of elk translocation project MADISON – The second year of Wisconsin’s elk reintroduction effort is now complete for the 2016 season, and 40 elk currently await transport to their new home in Jackson County. The elk are currently being held in a pen in Kentucky, where they receive daily care and monitoring. They will undergo a stringent quarantine and health testing period of at least 120 days, including an acclimation period in Wisconsin, before their release into the area in and around the Black River State Forest of Jackson County. The goal of the reintroduction project is to establish a second elk herd in central Wisconsin, similar to the existing herd in northern Wisconsin, which wildlife biologists hope to bolster with future reintroduction efforts.

“With two elk herds now on the landscape, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and our partners will continue efforts to bring more elk to Wisconsin, and in the process, give the people of Wisconsin yet another reason to head into the outdoors and explore everything Wisconsin has to offer,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. In year two, DNR and partner staff spent roughly five weeks capturing elk in eastern Kentucky, working cooperatively with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff. An earlier start, access to lands with good elk numbers, and good weather conditions resulted in a higher capture success than the 26 elk transported to Wisconsin in 2015. “We are very happy with how things went in the second year of this project,”

said Tom Hauge, DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management director. “The majority of this year’s class are females, including many adult cows that are likely carrying calves – this should bode well for herd growth during the early years of the project. Both Wisconsin and Kentucky’s wildlife professionals worked extremely hard with safety of the elk and staff as the top priority during the trapping effort.” Jackson County elk herd In year one of the translocation project, 23 elk were released in eastern Jackson County. Fifteen of the original Jackson County herd remain, with eight elk lost to vehicle accidents and predation since their release in August 2015. Wisconsin’s elk reintroduction is a –multiyear effort with an overall goal of

bringing up to 150 elk from Kentucky. The 2016 trapped elk will again be released in Jackson County, while the remaining years of the project will focus on adding up to 75 elk to the Clam Lake elk herd that was established in 1995. The Clam Lake herd began with 25 animals and has grown to approximately 155 elk. To receive email updates regarding current translocation efforts, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled “subscribe for updates for DNR topics,” then follow the prompts and select the “elk in Wisconsin” and wildlife projects distribution lists. For more information regarding elk in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword elk. – from


Five Jarchow bills pass Assembly MADISON – Last week, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed five pieces of legislation authored by Rep. Adam Jarchow. The Assembly passed AB 433 – The Right to Hunt Act. This bill is designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s hunter harassment law. Jarchow said, “Earlier this year, a number of hunters made me aware of a disturbing pattern of anti-hunting extremists harassing hunters. As an avid hunter myself, I was disgusted by what I heard. Hopefully this bill will end the ha-

rassment.” The Right to Hunt Act passed both the Senate and Assembly with bipartisan support. It will now head to Gov. Walker’s desk for his signature. Also, the Assembly passed three of Jarchow’s property rights bills – ABs 582, 600 and 603. Jarchow said, “Combined, these bills will restore the balance of power between property owners and government. Importantly, these bills provide these property owner protections, while respecting local control. AB 600 is sup-

ported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association. AB 603 is supported by the Wisconsin Counties Association. None of these bills are opposed by any of the statewide municipal groups. We look forward to the Senate taking these bills up soon.” Finally, SB 463/AB 596 also passed the Assembly. This bill expands the Skier Safety Act to include alpine biking. Jarchow commented, “This will allow ski hills to grow a new, emerging industry

of alpine biking which will serve as an additional revenue stream for ski areas in the warmer months. SB 463 could increase tourism spending across Wisconsin and the 28th Assembly District in particular. Both the Senate and Assembly passed SB 463 on a voice vote will now head to Walker’s desk to be signed into law. - from the office of Rep. Jarchow

Bradley, Kloppenburg advance in Supreme Court race

Joe Donald has been eliminated

Erik Lorenzsonn | WPR News STATEWIDE - The Associated Press has declared that Rebecca Bradley and JoAnne Kloppenburg will be the two candidates in April’s Supreme Court election. As of 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, with almost 70 percent of precincts reporting, Bradley - a Supreme Court justice running to reclaim her seat - had 48 percent of the vote, while Kloppenburg - an appeals court judge - had about 39 percent. The third candidate, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald, has been eliminated from the race. As of 9:30 p.m., he had 13 percent of the vote. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Rebecca Bradley to the court following the Sep-

tember death of N. Patrick Crooks. Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Joe Donald were challenging Bradley for a spot on the court. All three candidates had said their impartiality makes them uniquely suited for the job. Donald had cast Kloppenburg as the choice of liberals, even after winning the endorsement of some Democratic politicians. The incumbent Bradley was the conservatives pick.

Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley (left) and Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg giving victory speeches. - Photos by Gilman Halsted/Shamane Mills/WPR

23rd-annual Grantsburg American Legion fishing contest

Grantsburg American Legion Post 185 held their 23rd-annual ice-fishing contest Saturday Feb. 13, on Big Wood Lake. While the temps were extreme the fishing seemed to be good, at least for a few of the fishermen.

ABOVE AND LOWER RIGHT: They’re back! Neither rain, snow, sleet or 20 below weather can stop the Girl Scouts and their cookies. Haley Carlson and her cousin, Josie Erickson, were selling cookies door-to-door, even fish house doors, at the Grantsburg American Legion ice-fishing contest with the help of Josie’s brothers, Johnny and Aiden Erickson. Customer Gene Hansen was happy to help the cause.

Photos by Scott Hoffman

Fishing wasn’t the only sport of the day. Kids braved the cold by enjoying activities on shore during the 23rd-annual Grantsburg American Legion ice-fishing contest held Saturday, Feb. 13, on Big Wood Lake near Grantsburg.


Unity tech ed celebrates CTE Month

Austin Donahue, left, was checking out what Eli Baerg was welding in Unity’s tech ed department. Baerg is designing and building a new bumper for his truck. - Photos submitted

BALSAM LAKE - To celebrate Career and Technical Education month, technology and engineering educator Neil Larson shared some of the projects being worked on in the Unity High School technology and engineering classes. Small engines classes from last semester had multiple riding lawn mowers brought in along with an old Ski-Doo snowmobile. Students worked on everything from electrical issues to tearing them all the way down and replacing parts and gaskets. Woods from last semester turned out shelves, stools, gun racks and wooden bowls. This semester in the metals classes students will be working on oxyfuel welding and cutting along with shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding. “We will work in a little sheet metal work and some work on the metal lathe and mill,” Larson noted. “The CAD, or computer aided design, class will be learning how to design projects on the computer and then print them out in two-dimensional drawings that could be used out in the shop. They will also learn how to export their files so they can set them up to print on the 3D printer.” Larson noted he has a few independent study students who are taking on some larger tasks. Walter Lenk is working on building a cedar strip canoe while Eli Baerg is designing and building a new bumper for his truck. Josh Dahlberg is looking to get into building skateboards and snowboards. He is working on building his own form and a few boards this semester. “There are a ton of fun and exciting projects happening here in the Unity High School Shop,” Larson said. “If you would like to stop in and see any of them please give me a call and we can work something out.” - with submitted information

More photos on next page

Carter Hanson brought in his lawn mower for the Small Engines class to work on so it is ready for spring.

Students gain 21st century skills through CTSOs Unity’s CTE programs support skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership through CTSOs BALSAM LAKE - February is Career and Technical Education Month and Unity School’s business department has been growing and very busy since the fall of 2015, working toward its school district’s goal of increasing college and career readiness among its students as well as improving community business relations. Career and technical student organizations like FBLA and community business leaders like RCU are helping them reach that goal. “We have invited several community business members into the classroom to talk to the students about their careers and the path they took to get there,” noted Mariette Hoefler, the new business education teacher at Unity. “We also have offered formal instruction from Mary Ginder of RCU Credit Union on careers in finance and personal finance subjects like consumer credit and budgeting.” Next fall Hoefler hopes to introduce a middle school program called Focus. It will meet after school for six consecutive weeks, teaching the students about entrepreneurship, and the professionals from the credit union will help mentor students in creating resumes and business plans of their own. Future Business Leaders of America has grown from a few students to 35 students at Unity High School under the supervision Hoefler. Several of the students attended FBLA leadership labs in both Eau Claire and Madison this past fall, and 10 of them have competed at regionals. Bringing home medals were Andrew Hoehne, in computer applications, and Asher Cress, who took sixth in business math. The students either sent their work in online or went to Chequamegon High School to compete in job interview, hospitality management, entrepreneurship, cyber security, computer applications and sports management and entertainment. In the spring, three of the students, Gavin Olsen, Dawson Flaherty and Jake Kelch, will submit their own video game/computer simulation to compete at state competition in La Crosse. Yearbook class is very busy preparing to submit its final

pages to print the 2016 book. The yearbook students have had a tremendous amount of learning around teamwork, collaborating and communication. This is the first year they are looking for both businesses and parents to be sponsors of the yearbook by taking out an ad with an advertisement or an encouraging word to the students. The money made from the sale of these ads will allow more students, who otherwise could not afford a copy, to receive a yearbook. The deadline on advertising is Tuesday, March 15. The business department is also looking for ways to bring real life into the classroom with speakers in graphic design, accounting, personal finance and entrepreneurship. If you or someone you know would be willing to take out an ad in the 2016 yearbook, Andrew Hoehne placed fourth at Region host a tour or event for FBLA students to see 1 FBLA competition in computer application local business or speak in class about your caat Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. reer, please email Hoefler at mhoefler@unity. or call 651-492-1408. Classes currently being offered in Unity’s business department include keyboarding, fifth grade; intro to business career clusters, sixth grade; and intro to business, ninth through 12 grades. Courses in accounting 1, personal finance, yearbook, Microsoft certification and transcript courses with WITC are coming in this fall. – with submitted information

RIGHT: Unity students took part in the Bringing Business Together Connect Future Business Leaders of America leadAndrew Hoehne, Allison Colbert and Asher Cress, Unity FBLA mem- ership lab in Eau Claire recently. Shown (L to R) back row: Hunter Pederson, Logan Hendrickson, Nathan Bradley, Andrew bers, competed in the Region 1 competition recently. Hoehne and Landon Hendrickson. Middle: Gavin Olsen, Allison Colbert, Cole Ratajczak and Asher Cress. Front: Anna Bradley, Paige Hovey, Evan Countryman, Alex Matsyshyn, Jeffery Otis and Yaroslav Kuzo. - Photos submitted


Unity tech ed/contined LEFT: Walter Lenk, senior at Unity High School, is working on building a cedar strip canoe in independent study tech education. - Photos submitted


Brand-new, 1-BR unit




All utilities included except phone & electric. Lawn care/snow removal included. Located one block off Main St. Close to library, clinic & shopping. 641947 27Ltfc 17a,dtfc

South First Street, Luck, WI

Call Kyle At 715-566-3432


Training provided if not WI CBRF certified. Full-time nights, 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Includes every other weekend.

Request or pick up an application at: 623 S. 2nd Street., Luck, WI 54853

715-472-2164 EOE

641966 27-28L 17a,c,d

United Pioneer Home

Students in the Unity Tech Ed CAD class learn to design projects on the computer and then print them out in two dimensional drawings, then learn how to export their files to the 3D printer. Some of the students include (L to R): Alex Manfredini, Steven Simon, Vinnie Carlson and Cody Wendt.

Join our nonprofit, community-based hospice and palliative care team. We are seeking RN staff for part-time casual position to serve patients and families with a life-limiting illness in their home setting. Candidates must have strong clinical and patient/family relationship skills, willing to travel and provide care to patients in our Spooner/ Grantsburg service area. Benefits include flexible scheduling, paid time off, annuity, travel time and mileage.

To truly make a different in people’s lives, send your resume to:

1913 Beaser Avenue Ashland, WI 54806 Application deadline is February 26, 2016.

641663 26-27r,L 16-17a,b,c



A HUGE EDINA REALTY THANK-YOU! We want to thank Duane Wisse, for all his years of service to our company, customers and clients! Duane has been our #1 Edina Realty agent in the Frederic area for over 20 years and has decided to retire, with plans to do a little traveling, play a lot more golf and spend time with his wife and his family. We wish him the absolute best of health and happiness and hope he continues to do his fabulous “PR Work”! Duane can still be reached on his cell phone at 715-491-5200 and can recommend one of our other Edina Realty agents to serve your real estate needs in the Frederic area! He would love to hear from you!

Thank you, Duane!! You will be greatly missed!


Brett Nelson is making a baseball bat on the wood lathe that he hopes to use this spring in baseball at Unity.

Follow the Leader.

Nexen is a leading manufacturer of industrial clutches and brakes, precision linear and rotary motion control devices and control systems. Responsibilities will include maintaining product forecast, responsible business system metrics and parameters, along with planning and controlling material scheduling activities, while balancing targeted inventory levels and ensuring customer on-time delivery objectives are met. Reviews priorities, reports problem areas and takes or recommends appropriate action. Answer inquiries concerning production work status and material availability. Lead daily production meeting and communicate status or changes of material plans, forecast, work in process and customer requirements to appropriate departments and management. Qualified candidates will have a minimum BA/BS degree - Business or Technical. Four or more years’ experience in a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing environment preferred, along with at least two years in a materials management position. Strong understanding of Process Management and Lean Principles. APICS and ISM certifications are preferred. Should be a self-starter, organized and analytical with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to work in a team environment and always maintain a professional demeanor. Strong computer skills including, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Must also have strong problem solving, analytical and interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. If you are interested in joining a dynamic and forward-looking company, and have a positive and enthusiastic approach to work, fax or send a resume to:


Human Resources 26837 Industrial Avenue • Webster, WI 54893 Fax 715-866-6350 641724 Equal Opportunity Employer

26L 16-17a,b,c 27-28r

641996 27L

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


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


Part-time night shift. Every other weekend rotation.

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus Available

641837 16-17a,c,d 27-28L

641831 16a 27L

Please send resume to Jamie Paro Or if you just can’t wait, stop in at the United Pioneer Home to pick up an application and request an interview.

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




On-call position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715349-2181, ext. #6. Application deadline: 4:30 p.m. Friday, 641721 26-27L 16a,b,c February 19, 2016. E.O.E.

WE HAVE THE PERFECT JOB FOR YOU! Closing Shift: Work late afternoon to closing. You must be at least 18 years old.

• Flexible employment to fit your lifestyle. • We offer competitive wages and benefits. • Unlimited advancement opportunities. • Free uniforms, meal benefits and MORE!!! McDonald’s of St. Croix Falls

Archways to Opportunities


We match up to $10,000 in tuition costs!

641531 15-16d 26-17L

Day Shift: Work Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 4 p.m.; with no night or weekend hours.

700 - $1,050 for tuition costs.




Full-time – Exempt (Salaried) Position Polk County is seeking experienced law enforcement professionals as candidates for the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff. This position is responsible to provide strategic management and leadership of the overall four divisions of the Sheriff’s Department:�Field Service, Jail, Emergency Management and Communication.�Must be an experienced law enforcement professional and proven leader, committed to the professional development of the department. The candidate will be an exceptional communicator, able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the department and Polk County, be politically astute and committed to a positive working environment in the delivery of services. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field with executive management certificates including the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety or other similar state and/or national programs desirable. The candidate will have at least five years of related experience in a law enforcement leadership position and the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of the position. Candidates must be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Administrative Certificate within a reasonable period of time following appointment.� Submit resume, cover letter and contact information with 5 professional references by February 28, 2016, to Joseph De Lopez or Paul Harlow at: Electronic submissions are required. Telephone inquiries: 847-380-3240. Polk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AA/EEOC 641997 27L

Highway Commissioner


Full-time - Exempt (Salaried) Position The Highway commissioner provides department leadership vision and strategic direction, directs the development, planning, management, coordination, delivery and evaluation of programs related to the construction and maintenance of the county highways, infrastructure and related public areas. The Highway Commissioner is responsible for ensuring these programs are in compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulation. Qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in GIS, planning, or related field and five (5) years’ recent work experience in an administrative or management position in a highway department with oversight of infrastructure and related program planning, administration and budgetary experience, or in the performance of closely related duties; combination of work experience and education may be considered. Deadline to apply: February 29, 2016

Network Specialist


Full-time - Nonexempt (Hourly) Position Provide assistance, solutions and guidance in maintaining, implementing and developing network and technical operations through technical, operational and administrative support. Manages the provisioning and maintenance of network systems in cooperation with end users and providers. This position serves as a liaison between the department and networkers users and other stakeholders by providing ongoing current and accurate information and assistance. Qualifications include an Associate degree from an accredited institution in information technology or closely related field, and 2 years of related experience including troubleshooting experience in common network appliances - a combination of work experience and education may be considered. Deadline to apply: February 29, 2016 YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For complete job description, position requirements, application and details, please visit our website at, 641998 27L Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC

OVERNIGHT CARE STAFF IMMEDIATE OPENING for part-time Overnight Care Staff at our Frederic, Wisconsin, program. Paid hourly and regular schedule that is Friday, Saturday and Sunday overnights 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. All applicants are subject to criminal history background checks. Responsibilities include supervision and regular checks of program residents, understand and follow agency policies, completion of nightly documentation, keep a clean/safe environment, communicate and follow through of program goals, positive role modeling and additional duties as needed. Please see our website for additional information on our programming. To apply, please send a resume to

Northwest Passage is an equal opportunity employer.

641990 27L

OVERNIGHT CARE STAFF IMMEDIATE OPENING for a full-time Overnight Care Staff which is split between our Spooner, WI, Lakeshore program, which is located on beautiful Rooney Lake (A & H area, close to Voyager Village) and at Passage Riverside in Webster, WI. Paid hourly and regular schedule is 11 p.m. - 9 a.m. Thurs. - Sat. All applicants are subject to criminal history background checks. Responsibilities include supervision and regular checks of program residents, understand and follow agency policies, completion of nightly documentation, keep a clean/safe environment, communicate and follow through of program goals, positive role modeling and additional duties as needed. Please see our website,, for additional information on our programming. Position includes competitive wages, health/life insurance, paid Holidays and PTO as well as optional dental and Aflac options. To apply, please submit a resume to

Northwest Passage is an equal opportunity employer.

641989 27L

ORDINANCE 1-2016 AN ORDINANCE CREATING CHAPTER 204 OF THE GENERAL ORDINANCES FOR THE VILLAGE OF WEBSTER, BURNETT COUNTY, WISCONSIN, PERTAINING TO NUISANCES The Village of Webster Board for the Village of Webster, Burnett County, Wisconsin, does ordain as follows: WHEREAS, the Village Board for the Village of Webster has determined that in conformity with other relevant sections of the Municipal Code; for the orderly operation and development of the Village; and to protect the health, safety, and well-being of its citizens, that it is an appropriate exercise of its authority and power to amend, create and recreate its municipal ordinances so as to implement rules, policies and regulations pertaining to the orderly operation of the Village; NOW, THEREFORE, the Village Board for the Village of Webster does hereby approve, amend and/or create Chapter 204-1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10; of the Municipal Code for the Village of Webster, Wisconsin, regarding Nuisances requirements regulated within the municipal limits for the Village of Webster according to the following provisions, to-wit: § 204-1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 Nuisances. The full ordinance can be viewed at the clerk’s office located at the Village of Webster, 7505 Main Street West, Webster, and Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Respectfully Submitted, Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk 641927 27L Village of Webster WNAXLP

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED AMENDED POLK COUNTY TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS, ANTENNAS, AND RELATED FACILITIES ORDINANCE On March 2, 2016. the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee will hold a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. in the Polk County Government Center at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on the proposed Amended Polk County Telecommunication Towers, Antennas and Related Facilities Ordinance.The proposed amendment concerns substantial revisions to the Polk County Telecommunication Towers, Antennas and Related Facilities Ordinance, enacted August 20, 2013, to bring said ordinance into compliance with Wisconsin Statute Section 66.0404.The lands affected by the proposed amendment are any lands within the unincorporated areas of Polk County. A copy of the existing Telecommunication Towers, Antennas, and Related Facilities Ordinance, proposed Amended Telecommunication Towers, Antennas, and Related Facilities Ordinance, and map of the property affected by the amendment are accessible in the office of County Clerk, 100 Polk County Plaza Suite 110, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and on the County website at: 641958 27-28L WNAXLP

1-BR Apartment In Frederic



Utilities included. No smoking/no pets.


641705 26-27Lp 16ap



TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, At 7 p.m., At The Cushing Community Center. Agenda: Clerk’s report, treasurer’s report, open forum, road report, pay bills and review correspondence. Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk 641976 27L (Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, as successor in interest to The RiverBank, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, MN 55055, Plaintiff, vs. Joel G. Germain 1449 90th Avenue Amery, WI 54001-4824 United States Department of The Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20220, Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 410 Corporate Blvd. Assignee of Citibank/Sears Norfolk, VA 23502 Defendants Case No. 15-CV-108 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $10,000 NOTICE OF SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 18, 2015, in the amount of $134,704.50, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 8, 2016, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of the confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: The front lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 3353 recorded in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps on page 120 as Document No. 611777 located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4), Section Fifteen (15), Township Thirty-three (33) North of Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00283-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1449 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001 Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI PAIEMENT LAW OFFICE, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 221 East Mrytle Street Stillwater, MN 55082 651-967-5050 Paiement Law Office, LLC, is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 641254 WNAXLP

PLANNING A GARAGE SALE? Place an ad this size for $17.00 in the


Frederic, Wis.


Deadline is 10 a.m. on Tuesday!


Notice Is Hereby Given That The Balsam Lake Town Meeting Will Be Held On Feb. 22, 2016, At 7 p.m. At The Town Hall

The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects and other misc. updates. 641950 Brian R. Masters, Clerk 27L 17d

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1800-927-9275. 445101 8a-etfcp 19Ltfc

(Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LESLIE A. CLAUSEN Deceased Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR -1 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth December 28, 1949, and date of death December 21, 2015, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2719 150th St., Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 18, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2016 Brandi Harder, Personal Representative 2547 Round Lake Road Luck, WI 54853 715-419-2739 641158 WNAXLP


SCF Dollars for Scholars cook-off

Event raises money for seniors and alumni

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – It was a full house, and plenty of full stomachs, at the St. Croix Falls High School Commons on Thursday, Feb. 11, for the annual Dollars for Scholars Chili/Soup cook-off. The event is meant to raise money for scholarships, and even Saints’ alumnus are eligible to apply for the scholarships. There were over 15 entries in the contest, which pitted established restaurants and bars against a variety of local service groups, even a theater company, a local Ice Age Trail chapter, an ice cream shop and even a bakery, as well as several local cooks. The dozens of soup and chili recipes made the school commons an olfactory variety store, and the final tallies made for a close contest, with Eric Anderson’s chicken gumbo winning top honors, followed by Betty Miller’s chili recipe. Also earning honors were the Valley Sweets Candy & Ice Cream team, as did Coach Grant Belisle receive an award for his entry. There is a traveling trophy awarded to the top honors. Final numbers on how much money the event raised were not available at press time.

The new Miss Pre-Teen Wisconsin USA is St. Croix Falls sixth-grader Annabel McManus, who enjoyed all the variety in the cook-off.

LEFT: The contest also gave the cooks a chance to endorse their recipe.

Members of the Cushing 4-H gave the contest a shot, and were one team of many, as can be seen down the line.

Photos submitted


Todd Bjorlin of Luck found the Luck Winter Carnival medallion this year, winning $100 for his efforts. He found the medallion Saturday evening after 7 p.m., behind the brick building by the skating rink at Duncan Street and 3rd Avenue. RIGHT: These three youngsters won the Luck Winter Carnival Snowman Contest Saturday, Feb. 14. Shown are Caleb and Adam Nick and Ella Grey. — Photos submitted.


And they’re off! Many laps were made over the two-day race on Crooked Lake Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14. The awards banquet was held Sunday evening at Tesora. The Kids Pro Ice Racing circuit held its two-day Northern Nationals Championships on Crooked Lake in Siren. The nonprofit organization has racers that range from 4 to 14 years old. - Photos by Becky Strabel

Kids Pro Ice comes to Siren

SIREN - Kids Pro Ice Racing chose Crooked Lake to hold its Northern Nationals Championships last Saturday, Feb. 11. The event was sponsored by the village of Siren and local businesses and snowmobile clubs. Racing families from all over the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, ranging from Duluth to Red Wing, Minn. took part, with the goal of teaching kids safe driving and racing practices as well as good sportsmanship and friendship. First-place finishers on Saturday were Aubri Hanson, Gavin Peterson, Ashton Christensen, Elizabeth Betterman, Tyler Jorgenson, Mason Wille, Jake Jorgenson, Justice Gutting, Connor McPhee, Peyton Emerson, A.J. Engnes, Laike Solomonson and Mason Bettrand. Complete results can be found at - with submitted information

LEFT: A racer leans into a curve during the Kids’ Pro Ice races on Crooked Lake in Siren on Saturday, Feb. 11.


Ellis Avenue, Siren, WI 54872

Plastic Injection Molding Full-time, long-term, production workers for our 2nd and 3rd shifts. $9.50 starting wage. Benefits offered by North States Industries include: • Clean & safe work environment • Paid vacation after 1 year • Dental insurance • Health insurance • Life insurance • 401(k) • Paid holidays including your birthday • Excellent retirement with Employee Stock Ownership Plan • Discretionary year-end bonus depending on business climate. ($1,500 average bonus over the past 4 years)

Contact and/or send resume to Mark Foote 715-349-5591 • TAKE PRIDE IN MANUFACTURING LOCAL PRODUCTS IN A WORLD-RENOWNED MARKET. WE HOPE TO MAKE YOU A PART OF OUR TEAM! North States Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer

640567 22Ltfc 12a,b,c,dtfc

641691 27-28L


Currents Northern

Stories from the NW Wisconsin community

mony. Luck Lutheran was bigger, she said, and could hold the crowd gathered for the wedding. During their early years of marriage, Edna and Bud lived in a house just off Hwy. 48 Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — One hundred years ago, in 1916, a pound of sugar cost just 4 cents. Coffee in Luck. In a swap, they acquired a larger store in exchange for their grocery store and was 15 cents a pound. The average worker in the United States made between $200 and the house. That new store is now Natural Alternative Food Cooperative. One Halloween night, $400 a year, and only 8 percent of homes had a telephone. after the store closed, Edna and Bud and others filled grocery carts with the inventory The year 1916 is also the year that Edna (Johansen) Lawson was born. She has seen the invention of the electric iron, the Band-Aid, sunglasses, loudspeakers, canned beer and pushed it down the street to the new store. They reopened in their new location the next day, living in the apartment above the store. and frozen food. There were four grocery stores in town at that time, said Edna, and all four were able And she has seen it all from her hometown of Luck. to support the owners and their families. There were also two car dealers and four gas Sitting at Edna’s kitchen table as she reminisced about growing up, marrying, workstations. ing and raising a family in Luck, her clear memory and gracious Edna and Bud raised three children, Sandra, Terry and hospitality are greatly in evidence. James. All three attended and graduated from Luck School. Although she doesn’t feel that much should be made of her Her life changed dramatically with the death of her husband 100th birthday, she was willing to share her memories. She found in 1968, after 30 years of marriage. He had his first heart attack it ironic that she was living on Johansen Avenue, when her maiden when he was 36 years old, and Edna nursed him on a cot in their name was Johansen, and can look out her window at the Lawson living room. House, where her husband was born and where the Alan TomlinEdna had helped out in the grocery business all during their son family now lives. marriage, but had also taken a nurse’s aid course. She worked at ••• the nursing home and hospital in Frederic for five years. Edna was born Feb. 24, 1916, the third of five children born to In 1966, after taking accounting courses at WITC, she began Nels Christian Johansen and Helga Miller Johansen. The other working at United Pioneer Home. They first asked her to come four children were all boys, including a set of twins. in and work in the office, but the advent of Medicare created the The family had a farm about three miles northeast of the village, need for a nursing home administrator. near where her father’s parents had settled when they came from She attended classes in Rice Lake and Eau Claire for a year to Denmark in 1880. obtain her administrator’s license, and became the administra“We were poor but we didn’t know it, because we had plenty tor at United Pioneer Home in 1966. She held this position until to eat,” said Edna. 1986 when she retired at the age of 71. When Edna was 5 years old she started school, attending first ••• grade at Lincoln School. By Christmas she had been passed to There have been many changes through the years, Edna said. third grade and when she graduated from high school at age 16, Some have been far harder than others, she admits. Losing she was valedictorian. She graduated with a class of 27 students. her husband after 30 years of marriage and burying her son, There were no snow days, said Edna, and she would often go Terry, in 2007, are among the most painful times of her life. to school through the woods on skis. Some days her dad would Others, though, made life easier and more enjoyable. hitch up the horse and sleigh to get her to school. Edna Lawson of Luck celebrates her 100th “Of course we thought we had died and gone to heaven when During her senior year, Edna and a friend lived in town, rent- birthday Feb. 24. There will be a party in her ing a room from a widow. “We did our own cooking,” she re- honor at Luck Lutheran Church Sunday after- we got an electric iron and a machine for washing clothes,” she said. called. “My mom would send food for the week, and Fern’s mom noon, Feb. 28. — Photo by Mary Stirrat She remembers when they got their first battery-operated radio would do the same.” and she could listen to “Ma Perkins” as she peeled As a child, Edna would have the pleasure of ridpotatoes. ing in the sleigh when her father would make his Family times together are prominent among the trips into town. memories that Edna has of her growing-up years. “He would buy me an O’Henry bar,” she said. “I Sunday dinners were an event, with every famwould take one bite a day and make it last a whole ily member who could make it over for chicken week.” dinner. Often the meat was canned. Edna recalls Once a year, at the church picnic, she would get a butchering as many as 25 chickens in a morning 5-cent bottle of Orange Crush. and helping to can it all. The family attended church at St. Peter’s LuBy the Fourth of July, she said, the fryers were theran Church, just north of Luck. just the right size to be butchered. The famEdna began working in her early teens, and after ily would enjoy fried chicken and a big dish of graduating from high school she wanted to go on creamed potatoes, carrots and peas. to become a nurse. She was too young, however, Her dad would butcher a cow and a pig at and when she was offered a job as a nanny to five Christmastime, said Edna, and there would children on Half Moon Lake, she decided to take it. be meat all winter. They would make sausage, She moved to Balsam Lake when she was offered hand-stuffing the meat into the intestines used for a job with the county agent’s office, working on casings. feed and seed loans, and then at the county welfare Edna was in her teens when the family got its office as a bookkeeper. She stayed there until she Edna graduated from high school in 1932 at age 16 (pictured left). She was first car. She remembers that it had side curtains married. valedictorian for the class of 27 students. A wedding photo of Edna (Johansen) “Married women didn’t work,” she commented. Lawson and Meredith “Bud” Lawson (right), married July 31, 1938.— Photos cour- that could be snapped up to keep out the cold or rain. There was no heater, and the car couldn’t be ••• tesy of Sandy Solheim used in winter. Edna had known her future husband, Meredith She always kept active through the years, Edna “Bud” Lawson, and his family for years. They owned one of the four grocery stores in town, the one located where the hardware store said, which she believes has contributed to her continued good health. She volunteered at St. Croix Regional Medical Center for 21 years, earning the Health Advocate Award. is on Main Street. For their first date, Bud asked if she wanted to go with him to do his paper route one She has traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Right now she has a large extended family that she continues to be involved with. Sunday morning, bright and early. She was ready at 4:30 a.m., wearing a dress, hat and Her daughter, Sandy, and family live in Wausau, and her son, Jim, lives in Bozeman, wool coat with an ermine collar. The roads were glare ice, she recalled, and the route was 100 miles long. Bud drove Mont., with his family. All together, she has 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two a coupe, with the backseat removed to make room for the newspapers. Coincidentally, great-great-grandchildren. Edna’s father was the first paper carrier in Luck, earning $1 per year for every sub“Oh, to be 90 again,” she joked, as she was thinking of all the things she would like scriber. to do with her family. The couple dated for five years and married at St. Peter’s in 1938. Her parents home ••• did not have running water, so the night before her wedding Edna went to her aunt and Edna’s centennial birthday will be celebrated at Luck Lutheran Church Sunday, Feb. uncle’s to have a bath. It was 104 degrees on her wedding day, Edna remembers. Beef roast, mashed pota- 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to come and share their memories and well-wishes with Edna. toes and candlestick salad were served at the dinner at Luck Lutheran after the cere-

Edna Lawson celebrates 100 years with a Feb. 28 party

641978 27L


Area communities make Team Georgia strong

Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - When one of their own is facing a challenge, small communities unite. Georgia Cederberg, Siren resident, school board member and chamber volunteer, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in October 2015. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction held Friday, Feb. 12, at Siren Schools showed this unity. Over 250 people joined the Cederberg family for supper. Volunteers helped serve the spaghetti dinner. A total of 330 Team Georgia T-shirts were sold to show support for her fight. The event, held in conjunction with the con-

ference doubleheader basketball games against Grantsburg, had players and coaches from both sides donning the black and hot pink shirts. A large silent auction and bake sale, with donated items from area businesses and community members, created many bidding wars to help drive up the dollar amounts. St. Croix Casinos made a donation of $1,500. Dino Oustigoff, CEO of St. Croix Casinos - Turtle Lake, and Duane Emery, St. Croix Tribe planner and fellow school board member, presented Cederberg with a donation. Siren High School’s National Honor Society also gave a gas card to help cover travel expenses to Ceder-

School administrators, family and friends help serve over 250 people that came to have a spaghetti dinner with Georgia Cederberg and her family. The event was deemed a great success.

Georgia Cederberg’s oldest brother, Bob Harrell, came to show support and appreciation. He donned an Angels in the Woods cap that allows the wearer to sport a ponytail and tendrils. The hat also supports cancer research.

berg’s treatments. Cederberg expressed gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of support that they showed her and was amazed to have everyone in the Team Georgia T-shirts. The families of Brandy Horstman, Candy Johnson and Ryan Karsten organized the event and extended gratitude to all who came and joined Team Georgia. “I am so blessed to be a part of this community. Thank you all!” commented Cederberg, “I am so thankful for the school’s support of the event from the students, teachers, staff and school board.”

Nick Webster and Lucas D’Jock give a double thumbs-up to the camera as they pose for a quick photo after looking at possible purchases. Both are students at Siren Elementary School.

Dino Oustigoff and Duane Emery, representing the St. Croix Casinos and St. Croix Tribe, offer Cederberg a check for $1,500.

Event organizers Candy Johnson and Brandy Horstman take a break to pose with friend and beneficiary Georgia Cederberg.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Rhonda Highstrom and Lil Pinero check out donations that were up for bid on the silent auction held to benefit Georgia Cederberg at a benefit last Friday, Feb. 12.

Lizzie Stanford, Siren High School’s NHS treasurer, presented a gift card for Holiday to help cover Georgia Cederberg’s travel expenses for treatment.

Many school groups held special fundraisers for Georgia Cederberg. Here members of the Siren ice- fishing team sold 50/50 tickets during the event and at basketball games. Over $400 was raised for the family’s expenses.

“Knowledge is power” has become one of Georgia Cederberg’s mantras. A table with numerous brochures greeted community members as they entered the Siren Schools on Friday, Feb. 12. The hats that sport a faux ponytail are a joint effort of Siren’s LaVonne Carlson and Cederberg. The Angels in the Woods hats will be sold with a portion of the proceeds going to the buyer’s cancer research center of their choice.

All members of the JV and varsity boys and girls basketball teams from Siren and Grantsburg wore Team Georgia shirts to show their support for Siren School Board member Georgia Cederberg, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.


App review: Wattpad


like reading. Whenever I read it feels like I am in a different world. I am in the book, watching from the sidelines, listening to the conversations. I also enjoy writing. Someday I want to be a journalist, but I also like writing fiction. I can achieve all of these things on an app called Wattpad. Purpose: Wattpad is a reading and writing app. Over 40 million people have a Wattpad account. There are more than 150 million stories uploaded, so you’re bound to find the perfect book for you. The amazing thing about this app is that it’s completely free. Genres: Imagine a story in your head. Do you have one in mind? I bet you could find a similar book on Wattpad. That just shows how many different kinds of stories there are already written and published on this app. The story categories on Wattpad include

Wok and rolling with the best fried rice


ithout a doubt, fried rice is my very favorite comfort food. It is easy to make, tasty and inexpensive (the magic word; my budget for food and beverage during college days was $5 a week. Guess how much was for food and how much was for “beverage.”) However, I ate well and stayed healthy, thank goodness for my PaoPao’s (grandma’s) fried rice recipe. To have the best fried rice, we have to start with a perfect batch of cooked rice. A lot of folks ask me just how to cook rice. Being Chinese, I shiver looking at boxes of Uncle Ben’s “parboiled” rice in the market. Just what is parboiled rice? I’ve never tried it and have no intention to (sorry, Uncle Ben). I got my secret recipe from my PaoPao, and I am going to share that with you all here. Follow these simple steps. I never use any measuring cups but, somehow, the rice comes out perfect each and every time. If you are not the adventurous type, invest $20 and get an electric rice cooker. So, here it goes: Pick the right size pot with tight-fit-

Random landslide Carter Hilde romance, fantasy, paranormal, horror, historical fiction, short story, spiritual and many more! Have you ever read fanfiction? The definition of fanfic is fiction written by fans of a TV series, movie, etc., using existing characters and situations to develop new plots. Wattpad is well known for its large amount of fanfiction stories. I have never written any fanfiction, but would like to in the future. Trending fanfics right now include Star Wars, Supernatural and Harry Potter. I have uploaded my own book on

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong ting lid. Put one handful of rice for each guest in the pot. If you have four people eating, put in four handfuls of rice. Always add one more handful for the house, just in case someone has a bigger appetite. Rinse the rice with cold running water to wash out the dust and dirt. Put the pot on the stove, add water. How much water? Well, here is the trick – take your second finger, let the tip just touch the rice, and add water so the water level reaches the first joint. That’s all the water you will need. Pretty scientific, eh? Oh, if you would like your rice to glisten and shine, add one-fourth cup of oil to the water. Heat up the stove and bring water to a boil. When the water starts bubbling, turn heat down to simmer. Cover with lid. Set it and forget it. The rice is usually cooked after 15

Wattpad. My book consisted of pictures of my art and original creations. There was not a story being told, but instead I was showing off my drawings. I uploaded 42 chapters and completed my art book. In total, my book received 195 votes, 54 comments, and 1.54K views! Audience: The majority of Wattpad’s following is young female readers. This is a very popular site for ages 13-18. However, around 35 percent includes 18- to 35-year-olds. The United Kingdom, United States and Canada are the most common countries that Wattpad is being used in. Pros: People on Wattpad seem to be friendly and kind in general. In response to my art book, I found that everyone’s comments were nice. I was given constructive criticism and compliments on my artwork. There are a lot of books like mine, art books, on this app/website. Features: If you are writing your own book, you can change your fonts

and attach pictures or videos with each chapter. This is very useful if you want to show your readers what each character might look like. Books I’ve read have included video attachments to help readers get a feel for what each character voice sounds like. Wattpad also coordinates “The Wattys” which is the world’s largest online writing contest. There are 13 different categories you could win. My favorite category is the #JustWriteIt Award. This is actually more of a challenge. You write a story in just 30 days! Another category is the Beginner’s Luck Award. You win by writing the best book within six months of your joining of Wattpad. Whether you want to take a trip into another dimension or you are interested in creating new stories for the world, Wattpad is a great outlet for you.

to 20 minutes, but simmering on low heat is fine for at least one-half hour or more. So, you have perfect steamed rice, now what? Every time I make rice, I cook more than I need and use the leftovers for fried rice later. Leave the leftover rice in the refrigerator overnight for best results. Now, ready for the best fried rice ever? Get all the ingredients you need first, and set them on the counter. The worst part of cooking is when you have to scrounge for products that you need right in the middle of cooking. So here is the list (or mise en place, remember?) A nonstick wok, two spatulas, oil, salt and pepper, eggs, frozen peas and carrots, and your choice of meats. Take the rice out from the refrigerator and break it down by rubbing them gently so they won’t stick together. Heat up the wok, scramble the eggs. Add a tablespoon of oil in heated wok and pour egg batter in. Use the spatula to break the eggs in smaller pieces and set aside. Heat up wok again, then add rice. Gently stir rice around, making sure that they don’t stick to the wok. Add a little oil if you prefer, but it is not necessary with a nonstick wok.

While the rice is getting heated up, add salt and pepper to taste. While most restaurant use soya sauce for color and flavor, I prefer oyster sauce. I like the distinctive taste and that it adds a darker color to the rice. Keep turning the rice with your spatulas and adjust the seasoning to taste. When the rice is hot to touch, add frozen peas, carrots and choice of precooked meat. I personally love to put whatever leftovers I have from the night before, just make sure that they are diced up in smaller pieces. Add the cooked eggs right before serving and sprinkle with shredded scallions on top for extra color and flavors. There you have it. My favorite meats are the tasty leftovers, such as diced ham, turkey, pork chops, etc. Nothing goes to waste. You can also make a combo fried rice with shrimp, barbecue pork, eggs and whatever else you like. We have a fancy name for that, “yang chow fried rice.” You can serve that by itself or in banquet style, with Hawaiian chicken and Szechuan beef. And bless your foods with a glass of Gewurztraminer. Oh, life is good, enjoy!

Amery philanthropists give back to their community Olson brothers leave more than $1 million to community AMERY - Donald LeRoy Olson and his brother, Eddie Howard Olson, were born and raised on their family’s farm in the Town of Alden, Polk County, in 1920 and 1918, respectively. Never married, they formed a farming partnership that lasted many years. While both of them were active in their church and Eddie was active with the Deer Park American Legion Post 213, the Olson brothers were known to have kind

A winter wonder amid the winter snow wind cold icicles … one looks for wonder … look beyond the winter obvious … you will see the wonders of winter … snow transforms from sublime white … into glorious

hearts for their neighbors and anyone in need. They made scholarships available to Amery High School students for 27 years. Eddie Olson died in September 2008. His younger brother, Donald, died on Jan. 16, 2016. But they left behind a legacy of over $1 million that will benefit their community forever. In 2008, with Eddie’s passing, Donald set up two endowed funds with the Amery Area Community Foundation, one to give scholarships to four Amery High School seniors, and a designated fund to make annual gifts to Jorgenson Field, the Town of Alden’s charitable fund and to


Carousel brilliant hues of blues, violets and sparkling diamonds … wind creates sculpture masterpieces from banks of snow ... graceful flowing lines of smooth beauty ...

the United Way. Upon Donald’s recent death, he also bequeathed part of his large estate to these funds. A one-time gift is going to their long-standing faith home, East Immanuel Lutheran Church. And a new designee has been added to the designated fund, which is the Amery Chapter of Future Farmers of America. His bequest also left funds to the Amery Area Community Foundation for grant making. The scholarship fund, the designated fund and the fund for AACF are all endowed, which means they will continue to grow forever, ensuring that the organizations and proj-

cold accentuates the sound of lake ice singing … of children young and old sledding a hill shrieking in delight … icicles form as singular drips of melting snow catch cold and reform into radiant stalactites reaching for the ground … these are the

ects the Olson brothers cared about most will continue to be supported in perpetuity. These bequests are being held by the Amery Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation. AACF, managed by a local group of Amery area citizens, was established in 1984. They became affiliated with the St. Croix Valley Foundation in 2008. AACF makes grants to charitable organizations, projects and causes twice each year. For more information see their link on the website - submitted

artists of winter … creating the natural beauty that is winter wonder. About the writer: Mike Fralick is retired and lives with his three cats and three dogs overlooking Antler Lake in the Town of Milltown. He has been writing poetry and short stories for around 30 years. His wonderment with writing is where the words come from, but he is glad they pass through his fingers. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


Birkie fever ne thing for sure: The AmeriO can Birkebeiner ski race is like no other sporting event on the planet.

Last year’s participants in the Birkie, as it’s affectionately known, and its shorter companion race, the Kortelopet, ranged in age from 13 to 86, and came from 47 states and 20 countries. This year, 200 skiers will come from Europe alone. The Birkie has inspired no less than seven songs - you can hear them all this Friday night on WOJB, 88.9 FM

The view from here Steve Pearson - including “Birkie Fever” and “Birkebeiner Rag,” both guaranteed earworm material. Best of all, this world-class event happens right here in our part of the world, starting at the Cable Airport and ending on Main Street in downtown Hayward. At exactly 8 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 20, the first of 10,000 skiers will begin the marathon journey from Cable to Hayward, a distance of 55 kilometers, 34 miles, if you’re striding, and 51 kilometers, 32 miles, for those skate-skiing. Over the next hour and a half, 10 waves of approximately 1,000 skiers each will leave the start area. Along the way, they’ll pass thousands of cheering spectators, drum groups, scores of brightly festooned men and women doing all manner of things, snowmobilers waiting to rate their falls at Bobblehead Hill and eight aid stations staffed entirely by volunteers who give up their Saturday to keep the skiers nourished and hydrated. They’ll climb hills that look like mountains from their approach and zip down long inclines, some with sharp turns, in close proximity to other skiers of varying abilities. In short, they’ll have an unforgettable winter experience in the woods of northern Wisconsin. This 43rd-annual American Birkebeiner originated back in 1973 when Tony Wise, owner of Telemark Lodge, a downhill ski resort outside of Cable, was seeking to expand the range and appeal of his business. He drew 54 skiers to Telemark that first year, including Jackie Lindskoog, the only female participant, and Ernie St. Germaine, the only person to ski every single Birkie. Both will be back to ski this year’s race along with 13,000 skiers in 10 events over four days, and up to 20,000 spectators, many joining the throngs along Hayward’s Main Street where they’ll stand three and four deep to cheer on the finishers this Saturday. But the numbers only tell part of the story. While each participant has their own unique experience, there is a shared narrative as well, one with its own common language and imagery. It’s a tale of adventure, joy and pain and, in the end, a feeling of accomplishment shared with other skiers and, later, family and friends who may themselves decide to take up the challenge one day. It all begins with training, and that can start before the snow flies, but it’s imperative that you get some snow time as well, preferably a couple of months’ worth, before the big day. Of course, that’s subject to the whims of weather, something that has become less and less predictable in recent years. Last year, the ski season began in November but a meltdown in early December suspended it until mid-January, when a 6-inch snowfall made it possible to train outdoors again. For local Birkie skiers, the year 2000 was a heartbreaker; ample snow throughout the season gave way to temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and heavy rains the week of the race, devouring 18 inches of snow in five days, forced the cancellation of the Birkie for the first and only time. If you’ve gotten in adequate training,

Where it all begins - at the Cable Airport near Mount Telemark.

which usually means you’re skiing for an hour or more at least a couple of times a week in the month leading up to the race, Birkie week is an exciting time. Ideally, you’ve gotten over to the Birkie trail and skied all or part of it at least once, so you can picture the course in your mind and begin to prepare a strategy for race day. You’re pumped, and you’ve been infected with a massive case of Birkie fever, but it must be contained. A good plan means resisting the urge to start out too fast, staying “within yourself” and skiing your own race despite what others around you might be doing. Just as important is getting good sleep that last week, and being wellprepped the night before, skis waxed, clothes laid out, so you can wake up race morning with just one thing in mind: getting to the start line on time. That can be tricky since you can’t drive directly to the start; you’ll need to catch a bus at one of several locations around Hayward and Cable which will transport you the last few miles to the start area. It can be hectic and draining, something you don’t need on race morning, so getting up plenty early is imperative. Before Telemark closed two years ago, we’d do it the easy way, driving to Telemark the night before the race and “setting up camp” - either in the back of the car, or in a tent, right there within a five-minute walk to the start. In the morning, we’d awaken at first light, dress for the day, and walk into the lodge to join the hordes of skiers who had arrived by bus and were staying warm before taking the short walk to the start area. We’d eat a hot breakfast at the lodge restaurant and then take a casual stroll to the starting line just in time for blastoff. It took all the early-morning anxiety out of the equation, but with the closure of the resort, that’s no longer possible. So you’ve made it to the start, you’ve shed that warm winter coat, and it’s crunch time. You’re bending and stretching to loosen up and maintain body heat those last few minutes, waiting for the big boom and then you’re off, double-poling (planting both poles simultaneously) the first half a kilometer because there’s no room to ski until the field spreads out. The first couple of kilometers are fairly level, the only flat stretch before you reach Lake Hayward at the end of the race, leaving you with enough wind for brief conversations with your fellow skiers. But at the 2K mark, you reach the first of several climbs in what is known as “the powerlines.” You’re actually skiing in a power-line right of way, and it’s quickly become quite hilly. A few big ups and downs remind you that this is a course with a lot of topography. At the 5K mark, you make a turn to the left and you’re suddenly in the big

The end is near - the International Birkie Bridge over Hwy. 63. - Special photos

woods, and for the next five kilometers, it’s mostly climbing, working your way up to the continental divide, a place known to skiers as Fire Tower Hill, the highest point on the course. North of here, water flows to Lake Superior, while south of the summit, it all runs to the Gulf of Mexico. A significant point geographically, for skiers it means it’s all downhill from here. Theoretically, that is. At the peak of Fire Tower Hill, you begin a long descent, then you do a series of ups and downs until a climb at the 15K mark gets your attention. It’s a long beast, and there’s a camber to it, meaning you’re leaning left for much of the climb, which makes it doubly difficult. You repeat that at 18K with another climb that basically mimics the last one, but this time when you reach the top, you’re done with the big climbs for a while. Very soon after that challenging ascent, you begin to see the first big crowds of people along the sides of the course. You’re approaching CTH OO, known to skiers as “double O,” and you know you’re nearing the halfway point of the race. It feels good to have folks cheering you on, and you get a little burst of adrenaline. If you’re feeling your oats here, you might blow right through the aid station. Big mistake. Back in 2006, I didn’t think I needed replenishment at this point, so I skipped the 30-second stop for a quick energy drink. It was the wrong decision. The 10 kilometers to the next aid station, the longest food desert on the course, quickly became grin-and-bear-it time as I “bonked” (became hypoglycemic, blood sugar plummeting), and it was all I could do to get to the Gravel Pit aid station, staffed by the smiling faces of Frederic’s William Johnson and his merry band of volunteers, a welcome sight to my weakened body. I gorged on banana slices and sucked down some high-energy gel and was on my way again feeling fortified and grateful. The long climb out of the gravel pit, a double hill with a false summit, can be taxing, but the rolling terrain that follows is among the most enjoyable

stretches of the course. The momentum of the downhills is usually enough to propel you up the next hill and in no time, you’re at the Mosquito Brook aid station, 35 of the 51 kilometers behind you. The long, gradual climb out of Mosquito Brook gives way to another series of small ups and downs and then, just after the 39K marker, there it is looming in front of you like some unwelcome apparition, and you just want to shout it out, let loose with some whining and complaining. It’s B** Hill, and it’s big and bad. But just when you need it most, there’s some comic relief in the form of a few falsely endowed, heavily made-up women wearing their Mardi Gras beads, encouraging you to get up that hill and get on with it. And you do because they’ve lightened your load a bit with their good humor. At the summit, you’re sucking wind but feeling good at the same time; the worst of the climbs is behind you. After a long descent and some more rolling terrain, you reach Hwy. 77. From there, it’s another long, gradual climb leading to the best vista on the whole course: a view of Lake Hayward and, beyond that, the town itself. Down you go, all the way to the lake, and now it’s three kilometers to downtown Hayward, all level. Should be easy, you’re thinking. But a northwest wind can make it a long slog across a frozen tundra, and it’s not uncommon to see skiers off to the side, bent over, trying to summon that last bit of energy to take them home. Once you’re up and off the lake, you’re skiing along a corridor with cheering crowds on either side, and Main Street beckons. A right turn and you’re coming up on the newest feature of the course, the International Birkie Bridge, an amazing wooden structure that takes you up over Hwy. 63 and shoots you down the other side onto Main Street where the sound and fury push you along to the finish even if you feel like you’re totally spent. It’s a wonderful place to be, the finish area of the American Birkebeiner. I’ve known many people over the years who never thought they’d find themselves there, never dreamed they had 32 miles of skiing in them, only to find out one winter’s day in February that they were made of sterner stuff than they knew. And for the curious, Main Street Hayward is the place to be this Saturday, where you’ll see the world come to northern Wisconsin on skis. A forecast high in the 30s will make it spectator-friendly. I’ll be helping with the live broadcast of the race on WOJB, which begins at 6 a.m. and runs until the last skier crosses the finish line.


Do you remember?

Trying again - two special Forts Folle Avoine events

Folle Avoine



istoric sites can conjure up a lot of “old” stuff, for sure. There are old happenings, old ways, old folks, old codgers and ... old adages. You know, those sayings that don’t say much, except they say a lot. As in, “If at first you don’t/can’t/couldn’t succeed, try again,” or, “If it was OK, try to build on what you did do, and take it from there.” I’m reminded of those old “try it again” adages given the news of two events coming up shortly at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. The first, the Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair, sounds a tad mysterious at first, but it’s the second rollout of an event tried last February, so following the old adage, “let’s give it another go,” that’s exactly what will occur in the Folle Avoine visitors center on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21. Let’s unravel the details a bit, but leave enough mystery to ponder, as winter seems to be a good time for pondering. Ready. Set. Ponder. Some of you know about, and may even have visited, the Great Forts Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous held each July, where folks gather to trade, swap, learn and experience all things concerning fur trade history. Participants dress historically (hysterically?), and in the midst of having a hootin’ good time, also entertain the visitors. Scale it way back in size and that’s what will be the focus of the Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair, with free admission and the chance to kibitz with historic re-enactors as if they’re old chums—be warned, some talk endlessly. You might even figure out what drives their nutty passion for old things; so you end up with a mini carnival even in Lent (shhhh!). Only instead of riotous frolics it’ll feature more subdued fun, like looking at lots of old stuff these guys and gals collect for their history hobby. Similar to train buffs, I ‘suppose, except they’re fur trade fans, so that’s the kind of stuff they’ll display. A special old-time goodie will be a program at

The old adage of “try again” perhaps inspired two late-February events scheduled for Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, the site’s visitors center will host the Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair, and from noon to 3 on Sunday, Feb. 28, the site will host a cross-country ski event for experienced and novice ski fans alike. Both events are free. – Photo submitted

Woodswhimsy the gnome noon on Saturday, Feb. 20. Jim Swanson, probably Wisconsin’s foremost muzzle-loading gun expert, will share his knowledge and expertise, and advise on how to conduct a good, safe hunt with old-fashioned flair using old-style guns. Rumor has it you don’t even need to be old yourself to participate, so even if you’re not an old geezer, no need to worry. Could be fun, and I’m assured gnome hunting will not be on the agenda. Well, let’s see; maybe there will be something different, if not better, coming up on the site grounds the following Sunday, Feb. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. This one’s a little trickier to pull off, as it requires snow but not bone-numbing cold. The event? With the fancy name of “cross-country ski event,” hey, what could be more earth-shaking? But not to worry, the word is that a fearsome group of people known as “experts” will be around the joint to explain the ins and outs of all those types of skiing that can be undertaken across Forts Folle Avoine’s woods and fields. These fearsome ski geezers, I’m told, demonstrate and share their knowledge of the modern whooshing sport and its associated styles, techniques and even suitable clothing. This is totally new, as the old voyageurs used only snowshoes to slush around back in their day. Still, the old-adage tag applies, as this event follows one that was canceled in early January during one of those 77-below days when the only “old” might well have turned out to be ye olde frostbite. Solution? Try again, of course. Both events will also have refreshments available, but how old they are has not been divulged. I’m guessing the historical society wouldn’t dare to trot out 200-year-old pemmican, but you never know. The site’s own gift shop will also be open so you can try the sport of shopping, again. Meanwhile, the site’s research library is open Wednesdays only, if you’re into that old hobby. The site is located on CTH U in Burnett County’s Yellow Lake region, three miles west of the Hwy. 35 intersection with CTH U between Webster and Danbury. My source, the Old Recluse, said you might want more info on this and to preregister for the ski event ... you can ring the forts people at 715-866-8890 or surveying that newfangled web thingie by going to theforts. org. Signed, Woodswhimsy … an independent writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park.

Enjoy cross-country skiing and bonfire at the Forts DANBURY - Classic skiers, skate skiers and everyone interested in learning about cross-country skiing are invited to attend a cross-country ski event at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Sunday, Feb. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. The trails are groomed and in great shape. Experienced skiers will be available to answer ques-

Whether it’s a skirmish or breaking news at home, you can count on us to bring you the latest local and statewide news. Find out about yesterday’s high school basketball game, county news, town talk, church news, births and academic achievements. Whatever news you need, we’re sure to have it. Call us at 715-327-4236 and start your subscription today.

tions about skiing techniques, equipment and appropriate clothing. Relax by the bonfire after you ski. Hot chocolate will be available for purchase. The visitors center and gift shop will also be open. There is no charge for this event. – from Burnett County Historical Society

Compiled by Sue Renno

50 years ago The Siren School District was offering four night classes for adults. Registration was $1 and the classes were art, shop, sewing and estate planning.–Three area young people placed in the Area 1 speaking contest at Spooner. They were competing with other winners from 11 soil and water conservation districts in northern Wisconsin. Lucille Mangelsen, Burnett County, took first place in the junior division. David Stephansen, Polk County, placed second in the college division, with Diane Poeschl, Burnett County, taking third in that division.–Kathy Fox was selected as DAR Good Citizen of the Year at Unity School.–Gene Knutson, from Clam Falls, entered the Air Force Oct. 27, 1965, and was training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, to be a turbo prop mechanic.–Gerald Garbe, from Danbury, was serving with the 20th Transportation Company at Fort Campbell, Ky., and had been promoted to specialist fourth class.–Thomas England, from Siren, was promoted to specialist four while serving in the Army in Vietnam with the 3rd Radio Research Unit as an aircraft mechanic.–With the headline Lions and Tigers to Tangle, the Cushing Tigers had challenged the St. Croix Lions to a donkey basketball matchup. Riders/ players would be Buzz Carlson, Jim Engelhart, John Johnson, Loren Nelson, Gordy Gibbs, Lester Kurtz, Stanley Grove and Emery Jones for the Tigers, and John Edling, Pinky Eibs, Pat Marren, Dr. Fred Riegel, Jim Thompson, Dr. Lloyd Olson and Dr. Glen Koepke for the Lions.

40 years ago The theme for the Luck Winter Carnival was Get the Spirit of ‘76. The grand marshal was Howard Jorgenson, and Debby Randall was the new queen. Princesses were JoAnn Hendricks and Wendy Nelson.–Lloyd “Pete” Erickson sold his Lloyd’s Antiques store in Grantsburg to Dennis Swenson, who would run it with his wife, Susan, as a sporting goods store.– Airman Timothy O’Malley, from Danbury, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.–Wrestling all-conference selections were Bob Erickson, Bill Erickson and Andy Johnson, Grantsburg; Steve Martell, John Steffen, Jeff Danielowski and Mark Silbernagel, Osceola; Al Major, Dean Belisle, Tom Kjeseth and Shawn Cain, Amery; and Mark Anderson, Unity.–Airman James Lund, from St. Croix Falls, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and was selected for technical training in the munitions and weapons maintenance field at Lowry AFB, Colo.–Students on the dean’s list at University of Wisconsin Center - Barron County included Teddi Anderson, Sherri Kreutzian and Emily Steen, all of Luck, and Joseph Hanson, St. Croix Falls.–Luck Winter Carnival prizewinners were announced. First place in a drawing was Dennis Downs, of Centuria. He won a trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland. Herman Hansen, Frederic, won second prize, $100. Medallion hunt winners were Rona Holdt in the children’s contest and Donna Stoklasa in the adult contest. The Sylvan Erickson family won the snow sculpture contest with their portrayal of Mount Rushmore.

20 years ago Leader writer Nancy Jappe reported the cold weather in January 1996 was rivaling the winters of 1936 and 1965. She went on to describe many hardships during the 1936 cold spell, and said in 1965 the March 10 Leader was the first since November with no below-zero temperatures listed.–The grand marshal of the Luck Winter Carnival would be Robert Carpenter.–A St. Croix Falls teenager died in the garage of a classmate. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner, Dr. John Simenstad.–Howard Jorgensen, 85, Luck, a retired schoolteacher, went outside to fill his bird feeders on a frigid evening and slipped and fell, hitting his head. When he regained consciousness, he was so cold he could barely move, and inched his way back inside over the course of four hours, using a board for leverage. He didn’t suffer any frostbite, but had acquired an alert system so he could push a button for help if he needed it again.–Joshua Imme, Siren, received congressional nominations from U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and U.S. Rep. David Obey, and an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.–Area students earning spots on the dean’s lists at area colleges and universities included Amy Johnson, Frederic; Tina Legler, Luck; Lori Ward, Siren; Asheton Brown, Webster; Jenniver Larson, Frederic; Mark Buley, Frederic; JoAnn Chapman, Webster; Paula Chell, Jennifer Fossum and Brett Simenson Utley, all of Frederic; Corena Trumble, Cushing; Jacob Thompson, Luck; Joshua Benson, Siren; Satoshi Kinoshita, Frederic; Sara Erickson, Luck; Hilde Surbaugh, Frederic; and Kaylee Hansen, St. Croix Falls.

Brought to you by: Frederic........................715-327-4236 Siren.............................715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls .............715-483-9008


A cooperative-owned newspaper


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, There was a whirlwind of activity at the shelter this week. The animals must have spring fever as we had four stray dogs, one stray puppy and one stray cat arrive. The first dog was found just south of Webster and the second came from the village of Siren. Dogs three and four came in together from the Town of Trade Lake. Fortunately, all four dogs were reclaimed by their owners. The stray puppy, a 7-week-old with a brindle coat, was found between Danbury and Hinckley, Minn., on Hwy. 77. We named him Cupid. The stray cat, a 2-year-old, black and white male, was found in the village of Grantsburg. We named him Baxter. The shelter got even more full with the addition of six surrender animals. Four Siberian husky puppies, one bluetick hound and a portly beagle, all came in to fill more spots. Blitzen, the adopted cat from last week, rounded out the week as a return. His owner was unhappy to find out that he was allergic to the friendly feline. Bobb At least Blitzen got a



Humane Society of Burnett County weeklong vacation away from the shelter. Adoptions were two-fold with big black cat Captain and Mastiff-mix dog Paco both getting new homes. I have good new and bad news to report on the two sick and abandoned cats that came in last week. In spite of all that was done to save the siamese named Sally, she didn’t make it. It was very disheartening. The good news is that her sibling Molly, a lovely dilute calico, won the battle and is recovering nicely. She still has to finish another week of medication and put on some weight, but she is doing much better. Not only that, she is a very sweet and loving cat. Our featured dog is Homer, the surrender hound. Actually, Homer is a purebred bluetick coonhound, 6 years old and 71 pounds. Homer was given to the shelter because his owner likes to hunt and Homer really doesn’t. Homer is destined to be a buddy dog. He doesn’t care if he goes to a home with a single person, a family with children or as a

St. Croix Valley Senior Center The Valentine’s Day party was great, there was good food, good company and cards. What more could we need? We have fun plans for March, too. Mark your calendars, Thursday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day and we will celebrate the Irish with corned beef and

cabbage. If you are wondering what to do on Wednesdays this winter, remember there is snack lunch served and 500 cards played at Cushing Community Center. Our Tuesday, Feb. 9, Hand and Foot winners

Grantsburg Senior Center Hope you didn’t forget your Valentine on Sunday. Some of us celebrated all weekend, from receiving cards, little cakes, flowers, candy, dining out, or maybe attending the American Legion ice-fishing contest. All of those things help us endure the cold of winter by warming our hearts. Even heard there were a few ladies wearing rose-colored heartshaped glasses. Please keep in mind that we have our board

Dewey-LaFollette Nina and Donna Hines, Lida Nordquist, Sharon Syverson, Diana and Karen Mangelsen and Pat Bahrke were guests of Marlene Swearingen Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards. Hank and Karen Mangelsen were lunch guests of Gerry and Donna Hines Thursday.

Our featured cat is Bobb. Bobb came in as a stray on Thursday, Feb. 4, and wasn’t reclaimed. I just love Bobb. When I entered his converted dog kennel, Bobb came right up to greet me. He let me pick him up without protest and rubbed his cheek against my face. When I first saw Bobb, he personified the look of a tomcat. He has a very big, round head set on a rather large, but proportioned, body. I was told he weighs in at 12 pounds, but I think our scale is a bit off by a few. I would have sworn he weighed at least 14 pounds. While he is no longer a tomcat, if you know what I mean, he is a big sweetheart, extremely gentle, loving and calm. He is also a very nice-looking cat with his deep orange colored fur and white paws. If you are looking for a super nice cat, stop on in and meet him for yourself. He is sure to win your heart. There are only a few days left until our chili/soup cook-off fundraiser. Come join in the fun this Saturday, Feb. 20, from 3-6 p.m. at Clover Meadow Winery. All proceeds go to support the shelter animals. We hope to see you there. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license no. 26335-DS. Check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

Pat Willits were Russ Adams and Pat Jenson. Our 500 winners were Ray Nelson and Norma Lundgren, the nine bid went to Ray Nelson and Rich. The Thursday, Feb. 11, 500 winners were Betty Wilson, BrenNel Ward and Dareld Lundgren, the nine bid went to Elroy Petzel and David Thelen

The Sunday, Feb. 14, 500 winners were Audrey McNurlin, Elroy Petzel and Pat Willits, and the nine bid went to Ray and Rich. The senior center is located downtown St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.

Patzy Wenthe

meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. This is open to anyone who may be interested in the center and its activities. We’re looking for new faces and new ideas. Also, the historical society will be meeting here on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. We had a few names added to the list interested in Cribbage, the boards are on the tables. Come

on in! Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe at 715-222-6400, or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions on the center ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at Coming events:

• Business meeting the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. • Bingo the second Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1-$2 wrapped gift. • Historical society, Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. • Medica workshop on Tuesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. • Rummage sale on Saturday, April 2. • Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

Mangelsen Saturday afternoon. Lida Nordquist and Marlene Swearingen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Saturday afternoon. Lida stayed overnight. Dixie, Chuck and Samantha Andrea, and Donna

Hines and Karen Mangelsen attended the Valentine Vignette Sunday afternoon at the Spooner Wesleyan Church. The music and variety show took in over $4,000 in a freewill offering and silent auction for Washburn County Faith in Action.

Karen Mangelsen Karen and Hank Mangelsen joined nephew Mike Romsos, sister-in-law Carol Romsos, and Carol’s sister, Linda, for lunch in Barron Friday. They celebrated Mike’s 50th birthday. Saturday visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines were Mark, Barry and Josh Hines. Bob and Pam Bentz called on Hank and Karen

Academic news LA CROSSE - The following students completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in December. The 51st-annual midyear commencement was held at the La Crosse Center Sunday, Dec. 20. Students earning degrees in December included: Amery Landen Rimestad, Bachelor of Science, recreation management major; and Balsam Lake Dylan Hendricks, Bachelor of Science, biology major. - submitted ••• PLATTEVILLE – The University of Wisconsin Platteville announces its dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester. To earn academic honors, full-time students must obtain at least a 3.75 grade-point average in the College of Liberal Arts and Education and the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and at least a 3.5 grade-point average in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Osceola Erin Geddes, chemistry; St. Croix Falls Ryan Nussbaum, elementary education. - submitted ••• KENT, Ohio – Melissa Butler, Dresser, graduated from Kent State University with a master of library and information science from the College of Communication and Information. Butler is among nearly 2,800 students who received bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, associate and educational specialist degrees during Kent State’s 2015 fall commencement ceremony.- submitted ••• NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The following local students have been named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester. The dean’s list recognizes students with a semes-

friend and companion to another dog, Homer likes them all. Homer also likes activity. On our walk I was expecting a tug of war but instead got a perfect walking and running companion. He is attentive and keeps pace very well. In the play yard, Homer Homer morphed into a big playful puppy. He surprised me by instigating a very fun game of Catch Me If You Can. When playtime was over he very obediently came to my side when called like a perfect gentleman. Looks-wise, he is a very handsome dog with his shiny tricolored coat and lean, athletic build. I found Homer to be a very sweet, gentle, smart and happy fellow. Having lived most of his life outside, Homer was a bit timid when brought into the office for a visit, but with a little encouragement, we know that he will adapt quickly to new environments. Homer lives to please and is going to make a wonderful addition to most any home.

ter grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition. St. Olaf provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in our changing world. St. Croix Falls Evan Gorres, son of Brett and Angela Gorres. submitted ••• POTSDAM, N.Y. – Brian S. Billings, Webster, a sophomore majoring in aeronautical engineering, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at Clarkson University. Dean’s list students must achieve a minimum 3.25-grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours. ••• OSHKOSH – University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh officials have announced the names of students who qualified for the university’s dean’s list and honor roll in the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. To qualify for the honor roll, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a gradepoint average of at least 3.3, out of a possible 4.0, or all A’s. Those with a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher qualify for the dean’s list. Frederic Jeremy Kwolek, dean’s list. - submitted ••• LINCOLN, Neb. – Harriet Zadina, of Siren, has been named to the dean’s list/Explore Center list of distinguished students at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. Zadina, a sophomore with a prehealth major, was named to the list of distinguished students for the Explore Center. – from readMedia

Siren news

Bev Beckmark 715-349-2964

On Sunday, Feb. 7, it looked like we were in for a repeat of that foul weather Old Man Winter threw at us on Wednesday, Feb. 3. As we drove home from church, we were hit with rain, snow and even some mixed precipitation. It seems like this year he takes great pleasure in making our winter weather frustrating. This past week, if you looked out the window, you saw some beautiful sunny days; however, if you stepped outside, you were hit by a sharp reminder, a blast of cold wind that almost took your breath away. The older I get, the more I’m beginning to believe those big black buggers are smart. When the weather gets cold just sleep through it, and wake up when it gets warm again. It sounds, to me, like a great way to solve the problem. On Thursday when hubby walked down to get our mail, he said there were some tracks in the snow by the end of our driveway that looked like our gray fox just might be back in the area. Let’s hope so, as I have been watching for him all winter. Several of the tree rats have now figured out that if they lift one end of the 5-foot PVC pipe, they may get a black walnut. They have moved that pipe all over the bird yard while trying to get what they want. Don’t tell me animals are not smart. They solve many problems in order to get what they want. Sympathy is extended to the family of Jeann

(Holmes) Fagerberg, who passed away Feb. 7. Sympathy is extended to the family of Robert “Bob” Ramstrom, who passed away Feb. 7. Sympathy is extended to the family of William “Bill” Sargent, who passed away Feb. 10. For those of you who knit or crochet throughout the year for the Siren Lioness mitten tree at the Siren U.S. Bank, stop in; there is a new supply of yarn for your projects. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 27. That’s when the Siren Lions will be putting on their 18th-annual whopper ice-fishing contest at the Clam Lake Narrows from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots of great prizes. For more information, call 715-3492400. Congratulations to Riley Anderson for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence. You go, girl. Congratulations to elementary student Frankie Bildeau Jr., middle schooler Hannah Lemieux and high schooler Riley Anderson for being chosen Siren schools students of the week. Great job. Keep up the great work. You’ll go far. Many of the Siren United Methodist Church members enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner on Sunday, Feb. 14. Gratitude is extended to those who cooked and served a fabulous dinner.

Frederic Senior Center Even though we had some cold days, our weather remains nice with warmer weather forecasted for this week. The winners for Spades were Jim Anderson, Marlyce Borchert, Roger Greely and Arnie Borchert. The winners for 500 were Dave Peterson, Rita Bennett and Keith Bennett. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1

Dave Peterson

p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We still have openings for income tax help on Thursday, March 17. Call the center at 715-3278623 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:3011:30 a.m. to make an appointment. Enjoy our late-winter weather. We hope to see you at the center.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Marble is a daredevil tomboy; she enjoys hanging out with the guys, chasing wood shavings in the workroom, sharing sardines from the can and her favorite card game, Catch the Mouse. Just like a tomboy, Marble isn’t much for physical contact. She enjoys her personal space and decides the appropriate time for a nap in a lap. This 10-monthold brown tabby with auburn highlights is a cat to watch. She entertains herself and is never bored. You have to appreciate her self-assured attitude. If you are looking for more than a lap cat, Marble is the cat for you. Six cats and two dogs went home last week. All-white, longhair Dickens went home to a senior couple from the Twin Cities. They have always had a white cat and when they saw Dickens’ photo on Petfinder, they fell in love. Now Dickens is their new, 9-year-old white cat. Garth used his incredible charm to win a home. He is, no doubt, curled up in bed with her every

night and soaking up the attention. Boo joined her shelter roommate Burt, who was adopted last week, in a pet-loving heaven. Chi Chi, May and Fozzy were chosen for their individual brand of feline affection. No two are exactly alike. Speckles, the sensitive miniature heeler mix, found the perfect home with a gentle, older couple that thought she was just right for them. Jag, the professionally trained German shorthair, will be hunting and skijoring (a sport in which a dog assists a cross-country skier with additional power, running and pulling) with his new young family in northern Wisconsin. We celebrate all of our adoptions and want the same for those that remain at the shelter. We know there is someone out there for each one of them. Emma is a lovely, beautifully marked, bluetick coonhound. She is quiet and loves attention. Emma was raised as an inside dog and uses her inside bark as any dog would and no more. She

Happy Tails


Arnell Humane Society of Polk County loves to learn and work for treats. She walks nicely on leash with a gentle leader and enjoys a comfy bed to rest her head. Buddy is a red, medium-sized adult dog. His breed is not exactly known though he is the size and shape of a blue heeler. Buddy’s coat is all rust red with wavy, wiry curls. He is middle aged and would make a great outdoor companion with indoor privileges. He would be happy to sound the alarm when a stranger comes into the yard and extra happy to earn a biscuit or two for his good deeds. Grizzley is a 5-year-old Maltese-poodle. He is

9 pounds of white poodle curls. Grizz came to the shelter knowing how to sit, dance, speak, shake, lie down and walk on leash. He likes to be gently cuddled on the couch and pampered a bit. GrizzMarble ley is not a dog for small children and would do best in a home with an adult couple. He is wary of strangers, but once trust is established he is a willing companion. Visit Grizz and all of our adoptable pets. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715-268-7387 or online at arnellhumane. org and on Facebook.

Community education trips POLK/BURNETT COUNTIES - The Community Education departments of Luck, Grantsburg, Unity and Frederic have organized a variety of spring and summer excursions and have teamed up to help each other promote the bus trips. Contact the sponsoring community education department named at the end of each trip to sign up before the registration deadline. It doesn’t matter what school district you live in, register for any of the trips listed and make some great memories. A lot of these trips fill up fast, so don’t delay.

Leinenkugel’s Brewery and Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Thursday, March 10, in Chippewa Falls and Menomonie. Register by Monday, Feb. 29, $35 includes transportation and tours. Contact Luck Community Ed.

Riverdance Saturday, March 26, 10:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., in Minneapolis. Register by Friday, March 4, $72.50 includes transportation and ticket. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.

“Country Roads: The Music of John Denver” Thursday, March 31, at Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, Minn. Register by Friday, March 4, $39 includes transportation and ticket. Contact Luck Community Ed.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m. matinee show at Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 17. $75 includes main-floor seating and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Mall of America

Minnesota State Fair

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, April 15, $20 for transportation, children 10 and under are free. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.

Monday, Aug. 29, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, Aug. 12, $30 includes transportation and ticket, $10 children age 5-10, free for 4 and under. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed. Contact the sponsoring community education director to reserve your spot on these trips ASAP. Luck School District, Amy Aguado, 715-4722152, ext. 103, or

Diva Days Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Anoka, Minn. Register by Friday, April 22, $10 for transportation. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.

Duluth history and brew tour Saturday, May 7, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., $65-75 includes transportation, tour and brewery samples. Contact Frederic Community Ed.

Logging era learn and lunch Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. at Polk County Museum, Balsam Lake. Register by Friday, April 29, $15 includes lunch. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Saturday, May 14, 8:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., with 11 a.m. meal and 1 p.m. show, at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Register by Friday, April 15, $95 includes meal, server gratuity, show ticket and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Twins versus Blue Jays game Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, May 6, $30 includes transportation and ticket. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tuesday, June 7, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a 10:30 a.m. garden tour, in Chaska, Minn. Register by Tuesday, May 31, $45 includes tour and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Grantsburg School District, Rebekah Stavne, 715-463-4701, or Unity School District, Deb Paulsen, 715-8252101, ext. 1560, or Frederic School District, Mary Miller, 715-3274868, ext. 1117, or

Siren Senior Center Dates to remember: Feb. 16 – Election. Feb. 18 – Annual meeting. Feb. 28 - Cancer Bingo at Tesora – Doors open at 12 – Bingo starts at 1 p.m. We have set a date for our seventh-annual card party. We will be having the party on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. We will be having silent auction, prizes, cards, lunch and a fun time. Mark the date on your calendars. Snowbirds – plan to come home so you can be here on the 30th. If anyone would like to donate any door prizes or items we can use for the silent auction, please drop them off at the center with my name on it. Thank

Nona Severson

you for any donations. We are sorry we lost one of our card players. Arlene Jensen passed away this last week. Arlene was Butch Connor’s sister. Funeral arrangements are being planned for this spring. Our 500 winners were Marilyn Colvin, Steve Wenthe, Darwin Niles, John LaFond and Lorna Erickson. Sue Newberger got the nine bid. Spade winners were Barb Geske, John LaFond, Marilyn Niles and Marie VanGuilder. Dwaine Bentley and Gerry Vogel shared the nine bid. Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day.

Births Born at Burnett Medical Center: A boy, Ashton Christopher Eugene Bubendorf, born Feb. 8, 2016, to Devon Nelson and Devin Bubendorf of Luck. Ashton weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. Sibling is Emma. Grandparents are Rian and Lisa Stevens of Luck, Ken and Terry Nelson of East Farmington and Gwen and Ross Anderson of Luck.

••• A girl, Khloe Ann Hubbell, born Feb. 15, 2016, to Daphne Hubbell of Spooner. Khloe weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. Sibling is Nyomie Belisle. Grandparents are Debbie Osborn of Spooner and Dave Hubbell of Hertel. Great-grandparents are Ann Hubbell of Hertel and Alvina Osborn of Spooner.

Remarkable Red Wing! Thursday, April 7, in Red Wing, Minn. Register by Monday, March 28, $39 includes transportation, tour and all-inclusive lunch. Contact Luck Community Ed.

“Country Roads: The Music of John Denver” Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. show at Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, Minn. Register by Friday, March 4, $49 includes ticket and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Nifty Thrifty Saturday, April 23, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., shopping and lunch. Register by Friday, April 15, $20 for transportation, children 10 and under are free. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.


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


Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Some Fridays

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a new electric toothbrush for your child! An electric toothbrush keeps your teeth, gums and tongue cleaner than a manual toothbrush. They are also a great way to fight gingivitis and gum disease. These electric toothbrushes are only $6.00 while supplies last!


2 Styles to Choose From. While Supplies Last.

Wilson Jones Columnar Pads Each • Styles & Size Vary By Store

Pack of 12 • UNV-35617 Each • IVR-37608

At Siren Dental we offer the latest technology available for Crowns, Bridges and Implants using digital dentistry. What does this mean for you? • Only one appointment needed for crowns. • Impressions are taken digitally, not with tray materials which cause gagging. • No more sensitive temporaries.

641936 27L

NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! “Strengthening Our Community’s Health”


Box of 100 • UNV-72220 Prices Good Through February 26, 2016



24154 State Rd. 35N Siren, Wis.


107 N. Washington St. St. Croix Falls, Wis.


11 West 5th Ave. - Lake Mall Shell Lake, Wis.



LIBRARY CORNER Centuria Public Library Good books for preschool and kindergarten Recently, I was asked by a storyteller for recommendations for good books for preschoolers and kindergarteners. I compiled the following list with my recommendations. These books share a good story and message along with very good illustrations that appeal to young children and are all available at the Centuria Public Library. Visit the library and see for yourself. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. “Theodore: The Adventures of a Smudgy Bear” by Edward Ormondroyd. “Don’t Wake Up the Bear!” by Marjorie Dennis Murray. “Playground Day!” by Jennifer J. Merz. “A Tale of Two Beasts” by Fiona Robertson. “Hooray for Reading Day!” by Margery Cuyler. “Hide and Seek Birthday Treat” by Linda Jennings. “The Most Perfect Spot” by Diane Goode. “Teacher’s Pets” by Dayle Ann Dodds. “I’m A Dirty Dinosaur” by Janeen Brian and Ann James. “The Web Files” by Margie Palatini.

“Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?” by Norma Fox Mazer. “Library Mouse” by Daniel Kirk. “The Lemonade Club” by Patricia Polacco.

one who has the need to use a computer. Library staff is available to assist anyone with their computer needs.

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

Wi-Fi hot spot

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

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

The library has free Wi-Fi for public use. Bring your devices to the library and connect to the Internet to search the Web or connect with Facebook. The library has four public-use computers available for any-

St. Croix Falls Public Library Story Time University Six weeks of fun learning for preschool families including singing, games, stories, crafts and snacks. Brought to you by Northern Waters Learning and the St. Croix Falls Public Library. Fridays, Feb. 5 – March 25, 10:30 a.m.

COMPAS Animated Short Films Compas animated short films with teaching artist Kelley Meister. Free. Middle school age and older (adults welcome). The class is offered two times: Wednesdays, Feb. 17 or March 8, 4-6 p.m. Please register on the library website or call 715-483-1777.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m., Alzheimer’s Association.

Lunch and learn

Meet the new youth services librarian

Social media with Kirk will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m.

Computer cafe A menu of topics is available for one-on-one instruction or gather your friends and come as a group. The computer cafe is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Please call or email to reserve a time.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Stop in and meet the new youth services librarian, Martha Kaempffer. Watch for changes in the youth programs and services beginning in March.

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

Giving young children the tools to become successful readers, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a research-based early literacy program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Milltown Public Library Upcoming events

Morning story time

Order Schwan’s online

The Milltown Public Library’s Adult Winter Reading Challenge will run through March 18. Participants earn prizes by reading books in a mix of broad categories. A drawing will be held for a grand prize at the end of the challenge. Visit our website or stop by the library to register. Currently there are 30 participants and 12 prizes have been given out.

Morning story time is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join the group for a half-hour of stories, singing and fun. Designed for toddlers and preschool-age children.

You can support the building project by placing your Schwan’s order online using this link: A portion of your order will be gifted to the library.

Ongoing events Fiber arts group Next fiber arts group for adults will be on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m. If you knit, crochet, quilt, sew or engage in any of the fiber arts, bring your current project to the Milltown Library for a casual gathering with other like-minded folks. We’ll work on our projects together as we share tips and chat. No registration required.

Computer basics Open lab for beginners is available on Mondays at 1 and 2 p.m. Sign up for an hour-long session at the circulation desk or call 715825-2313.

Create and Connect This program is an all-ages art and social night and is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. This is a great night for the whole family to choose stories together and to exercise creative energies.

Bee-A-Reader Bee-A-Reader and complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a literacy program, offered at all three Unity area libraries, designed to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten. Children ages birth to 5 can sign up and start or continue reading.

Building project information If you would like to volunteer or donate, please email mplbuilding. or call the library.

Hours and information Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Email Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day. Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio and even e-books and e-audiobooks.

Join the Friends of the Milltown Public Library The next meeting is Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. Anyone can be a member and can help in many ways.

Frederic Public Library We’re celebrating our 80th birthday!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Free wireless at the library

The Frederic Public Library first opened its doors Feb. 18, 1936, and the original library building is now located at the Frederic Depot Museum. Stop in during open hours on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for refreshments, door prizes and special activities. Help us begin a yearlong celebration of 80 years of library service to the community.

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

Spend an evening with a good book and great conversation

Basic Wisconsin tax forms and booklets including 1, 1A, WI-Z and Wisconsin Homestead Credit are now available. Federal forms can be downloaded from the Internet until we receive the basic forms. We will not have federal instruction booklets this year. Let us help you download the forms you need.

Coloring for adults Join the hottest trend in activities, coloring for adults, at the Frederic Library Tuesday, March 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own materials, or use the colored pencils and pages provided by the library. Invite your friends to come along and you can color your stress away. Preregistration is requested for this free program.

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

For All Your Computer Needs 641782 16-17ap 27-28Lp

David Ritchey Siren, WI 54872


Keep in touch Like us on Facebook at Frederic Public Library. Our website is Email us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West. 715-327-4979. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Jerry Prokop ~ Funeral Home Associate Reenie Kolstad ~ Office Manager Tom Kolstad ~ Funeral Director


308 1st St. S., Luck


Dr. Dann Rowe, DDS

576006 21Ltfc

The evening book group will meet Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “The Great Railway Bazaar: by Train through Asia.” First published more than 30 years ago, author Paul Theroux’s railway odyssey on Asia’s fabled trains including the Orient Express is a modern classic of travel literature. Copies are available at the library, and new book group members are always welcome.

Tax forms are here

Wireless is available 24/7 inside (and outside) of the library.

Appointment information call 715-472-2211

Serving Your Family with Professional, Courteous and Caring Service. Traditional Funerals, Cremation Services, Cemetery Memorials, No Cost Consultation and Prearrangements Handicapped accessible.

641977 27L


Free public showings of “Merchants of Doubt” RICE LAKE - Despite widespread scientific consensus that human activity is causing dangerous global warming, the public is largely confused and unaware. “Merchants of Doubt,” a 2014 documentary exposes the elaborate, and wellfunded, campaigns being used to spread doubt and confuse the public on the sci-

ence of climate change and delay action. It also documents how these same tactics were used to confuse the public for decades about the hazards of tobacco smoke and flame-retardant toxicity and other issues of public health and the environment. Learn how to cut through the PR smoke

screen and how you can take concrete action to build public and political will for fighting climate change. Sponsored by the Birchwood/Rice Lake chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Rice Lake Unitarian Universalist Church and UWBC One World International Club, two showings will be held on Monday,

Feb. 22. The first showing is at 4:30 p.m. and the second is at 7 p.m., at UW-Barron County Campus Blue Hills Lecture Hall. Please enter through Meggers Hall. It is free admission with a short discussion to follow the film. — submitted

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity seeking qualified applicants P O L K / B U R N E T T / WA S H B U R N COUNTIES - Habitat for Humanity has two donated lots in Washburn County, one in Minong and the other in Birchwood. Do you fall into the guidelines to qualify for a Habitat home? Are you willing to partner with Habitat to better your living conditions? Are you looking for a “hand up, not a hand out”? If you or someone you know would like to apply to be the 2017 homeowner who lives in Washburn County, applications can be picked up at the Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity office at 2201 Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, 54024, or by calling 715-4832700, ext. 10, or by emailing to and asking for a Home Owner Application. Habitat for Humanity seeks to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families by enabling them access to simple, decent and affordable housing. Habitat chooses partner families with incomes between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. That amounts to incomes of approximately $19,000 to $36,000 in 2015 dollars. Homeowners then invest between 200 and 500 “sweat equity” hours working alongside Habitat volunteers and staff to build a new home, which they purchase with a zero- to low-interest mortgage. The time frame from filling out an application till the family qualifies for homeownership takes approximately 15 months. The applicant must have sufficient monthly

income to pay the mortgage, taxes and insurance without becoming debt-burdened. Monthly payments do not exceed more than 30 percent of the family’s income. In a 2015 Wilder Research Study it was shown that overall 92 percent of Habitat homeowners said their lives were better since moving into their new home. Of those 92 percent who said their lives were better, 89 percent said they attributed that positive change either “completely” or “a lot” to Habitat. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. They encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. For more information contact Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity.

chapter has completed 43 homes and has served many other families through its A Brush with Kindness home repair and painting program. About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity ReStores The St. Croix Falls and Spooner ReStores sell new and gently used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories,

building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to help build and renovate homes in Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties. There are currently 22 ReStores in Wisconsin, and nearly 850 throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and is located in St. Croix Falls. WRHFH serves Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn counties by raising funds and securing donated building materials to help low-income families. Habitat selects a family, organizes volunteers, and builds homes throughout all four counties. The

GHS recognizes Academic Decathlon team

Wild Rivers Habitat is seeking qualified applicants to apply for a new home to be built in 2017. Pictured above and below are homes built in 2015. - Photos submitted

A Butler Builder® can bring your vision to life.

The Grantsburg High School Academic Decathlon team consists of front row (L to R): Briena Jensen and Cassidy Quimby. Middle: Hunter Jensen, Joshua Curtin and Joel DeRocker. Back: Mr. Johnson, Chase Covey, Jaeger Staeven and Colt Lien. – Photo submitted This year’s team finished in fifth place out of the 10 teams at the regional competition, which included schools like Durand, New Richmond, Eau Claire North, Barron, Menomonie and Elk Mound. The top three point-earners for Grantsburg were Staeven with 4,796 points, Lauer with 4,926 points and Hunter Jensen with 5,166 points. Students also competed individually at regionals against other teams in the region and did well, taking home 10 ribbons including five second-place ribbons and five third-place ribbons. Each student was competing against 35 other students in their academic division. In the honors division, Covey took third place in interview. In the scholastic division, Lauer took second place in literature, Staeven took second place in mathematics and third place in social science and Lien took third place in interview. In the varsity division, Hunter Jensen took second place in art, third place in speech, third place in social science and second place in music, and DeRocker took second place in interview. – submitted

©2012 BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. All rights reserved. Butler Manufacturing™ is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.

Wishes to thank

Barron County

for their loyalty and effort in supporting local contractors for their construction project.

641624 26-27Lp

641906 27-28Lp

GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg High School would like to recognize this year’s Academic Decathlon team. This year’s team consisted of Chase Covey, Joshua Curtin, Joel DeRocker, Briena Jensen, Hunter Jensen, Audrey Lauer, Colt Lien, Cassidy Quimby and Jaeger Staeven. Academic Decathlon is a national competition that tests students knowledge in a variety of subject areas including art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science with a focus on a different topic each year. The team is made up of nine students with a limit of three students with an A gradepoint average and three students with a B grade-point average. These students were nominated by the high school staff at the start of the school year. They started preparing for the local competition in October by reading “Nectar in a Sieve” and studying other materials related to this year’s theme, India. They scored well at the local competition in November and started preparing for the regional competition in January which includes writing an essay and preparing for a speech and an interview.


February: Library Lovers Month OSCEOLA - Shhh … don’t tell Grandma, but the library she remembers has changed. Dramatically. And in exciting ways. If it has been awhile since you stepped into the Osceola Public Library, you would be surprised to see the bustle. Certainly there are books, lots of them. But there are also sounds of laughter and learning as kids of all ages – up to and including seniors – take part in programs designed to engage, teach and stimulate in ways that mesh with 21st century lifestyles. There’s Coding & Cookies, a class for school-age children to learn to code and practice their skills. There’s Crafting the Day Away, a Saturday afternoon crafting class for adults. There’s the Youth Advisory Council’s Library After Hours jam session where community youth can hang out and socialize in safe and secure surroundings. There are animation workshops, Nighty Night Storytime for working parents, a Cooking for Kids program and Strategy Game Night. OPL also extends beyond its physical walls to inspire, teach and energize the community. Staffer Kay Fitzgerald teaches weekly tech classes at Christian Community Homes. Mobile Discovery STREAM, a portable “makerspace,” hits the road to partner with other community events. The library initiated and hosts the popular Rhubarb Days and Movies Under the Stars. As library board member Mike Salewski puts it, “The library is a hub for adults and youth programs that cover a wide range of interests. And it’s important to our community because it allows access to information for all.” Which brings us back to books and basics. OPL staffers continually evaluate on-site collections and materials, responding to popular trends in adult, young adult and children’s materials. Children and their parents will find a great collection including the newest titles. There is a growing number of large print books. Audiobooks and DVD sections are very popular for daily commutes

and relaxing weekends. The Lucky Day collection, introduced last year, features high-demand titles that previously meant long waits for patrons. Amazingly, all these materials and activities are squeezed into the library’s current cramped and outdated quarters at 102 Chieftain St. The OPL staff and their director, Kelly McBride, have managed to efficiently, effectively and creatively make the most of what they have to work with, always with good cheer and helpfulness. Despite the many things OPL does for the community, there are limitations to what can be done to meet the changing information and structural needs of today. With only four computers and slow Internet access, there are no tools or adequate training help for those who do not have access to technology of their own. Job seekers, teen users and adults who need and want to be connected to the global economy have limited technical support for their needs. There isn’t adequate space or meeting rooms for the community to come together to learn and interact. The current building is not handicapped-accessible, nor does it accommodate those with other special needs. Mill Pond Learning Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of village and library board members and other community leaders, came together in mid-2014 with a vision to raise funds for a new facility to replace the current library and address the changing needs of the community. The Discovery Center, a unique public-private partnership, received an early boost last April when villagers showed resounding support for the project by voting in favor of a $2.4 million village bond referendum. The vote kick-started MPLF’s private fundraising efforts under the direction of campaign Chair Mark Kravik and MGI consultant John Martin. Thanks to generous support from foundations, businesses and philanthropic

Xcel Energy’s new community relations manager begins job AMERY – Larry Loverude recently began his new role as community relations manager for Xcel Energy’s north-central Wisconsin service area, which includes Barron and Rusk counties and a portion of Washburn County. Loverude comes to this position with 36 years of experience with Xcel Energy where he has held various positions in leadership roles in field operations, marketing, strategic sales, key account management and most recently project management. In his new position, Loverude will work closely with community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and economic development organizations in the three-county region. Outside of Xcel Energy, Loverude has served in a variety of community leadership roles including: president and ambassador of Amery Community Club, Amery School District long-range planning committee chairman, Polk County 4-H project leader, youth athletics

coach, Amery Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and president of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He is an alumnus of UW-Barron County and UW-River Falls where he received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and technology. Loverude lives near Amery with his wife, Cathy, an educator with the Amery School District. They have two adult children. “We are pleased to have Larry move into this role at Xcel Energy,” said David Donovan, general manager, customer and community service. “As a longtime resident of western Wisconsin, he has a strong commitment and understanding of the communities we serve and brings a wealth of knowledge to the region and utility industry.” - submitted


The middle school and high school youth of Bone Lake Lutheran Church had a silly supper in January. They had a great time putting it together and hope everyone enjoyed it. There were costumes, jokes, laughter and a real-live tornado. They entertained and served dinner to about 80 guests. The money that was raised will help send 14 youth and four adults to the Youth Encounter Quake/Zone in early April. – Photo submitted

Find us on Facebook: intercountyleader

families, private fundraising momentum is building and it’s full speed ahead for 2016. Located at Chieftain Street and Fourth Avenue, the Discovery Center will be the physical and active “heart” of the community: an all-in-one building combining village hall, library and community spaces to maximize construction dollars. “The increased space and enhanced facilities in the new Discovery Center will allow the Osceola Public Library to better meet the unique needs of our local community for years to come. It will provide a more accessible, comfortable and welcoming space for all of our patrons, and give them the resources that they need to learn, grow and succeed together,” said library board President Stephen Bjork. Bjork, along with MPLF and library board members, did their due diligence over the course of a year as they researched and toured dozens of libraries, both locally and nationally, at their own expense, to glean the latest thinking about how people use and access information today. Their findings, along with input from community leaders, are being incorporated into the design of the center. Key needs that stand out are: advanced technology and high-speed Internet; large and small meeting rooms for businesses and organizations; a Fab Lab environment with tech gear and tools such as a laser engraver, 3-D printer and other digital tools; space for hands-on activities and crafts; a central gathering space for community interaction, youth groups, seniors and others; a place that’s accessible and secure for all ages and abilities. The new Discovery Center promises to be a beautiful blend of 21st century tools and technology with the very personal touch rarely found these days, but which OPL staffers can offer in large supply. All things Grandma – and others – will love. - from OPL

Wilderness Fellowship to present “Love and Respect” videos FREDERIC - Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Wilderness Fellowship Ministries will present “Love and Respect,” a video presentation. The presentation promises “A better marriage and deeper understanding of your spouse and others in only six hours.” These presentations are “beneficial for those who are married, engaged or simply want to understand interpersonal relationships better. This is a step-by-step marriage event that is guaranteed to get you where you need to go. By the time you’re done, you’ll be motivating your spouse better than ever before, resolving conflict faster, and discovering a new hope and strength in your relationships.” This event is free but a freewill offering will be received to cover expenses. When making a reservation, indicate whether you would like a lunch at $5 per person. Please register ASAP by calling 715-327-8564 or by emailing - submitted

Lenten services Balsam Lake – Holy Trinity United Methodist Church will have a free light supper of soup and sandwiches while discussing Lenten-related Bible verses at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 18 through March 17. The church is located at 1606 165th Ave., between Balsam Lake and Centuria on CTH I. Faith Lutheran Church will hold an Ash Wednesday worship service on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 305 First Ave. E. ••• Clam Falls – Clam Falls Lutheran Church will host soup supper Lenten services on Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through March 16. The supper will be served at 5 p.m. with the service following at 6 p.m. ••• Dresser – Peace Lutheran Church will hold an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 10 at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through March 16, they will have a soup lunch at 11:30 a.m. and noon service or a soup supper at 5:45 p.m., with a service at 6:45 p.m. Bethesda Lutheran Church – LCMC will hold Lenten drama services on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. during Lent. ••• Luck – Bone Lake Lutheran Church will begin holding Lenten services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, with a soup supper at 6 p.m. and Holden evening prayer service at 6:45 p.m. This schedule will continue on Wednesdays through March 16. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold their Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. ••• St. Croix Falls – First Presbyterian Church will have a light supper at 6 p.m., with Lenten services following the supper, on Tuesdays, Feb. 16 through March 15. The church is located at 719 Nevada St. - submitted


Countless ways to celebrate 100 days of school Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Elementary School students and staff found countless ways to celebrate the 100th day of school on Thursday, Feb. 11. Students at both schools made colorful hats and eyeglasses to wear for the celebration. Some of the fun activities students enjoyed on the milestone school day included shaking dice 100 times, giving lollipops 100 licks, making snacks to form the number 100, writing 100 words and using an iPad app to show how they would look when they were 100 years old.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer unless otherwise noted Sporting her colorful glasses and hat, Naomi Ciotta, a student in Mrs. Vilstrup’s Kindergarten class, showed off the snack made to form the number 100. - Special photo

Eric Patterson looked smart in his “100 Days Smarter” hat.

Abby Rombach gave a grin after coloring her 100 gumballs machine.

Grantsburg third-grader Whitney Myers was happy to show she was on the way to writing 100 words.

Third-grader Isaiah Engstrand was caught coloring his 100 Days of School poster.

Dennis Goepfert got ready to eat the 100-shaped snack he and his third-grade class made using pretzel sticks and donuts.

Josie Richards beamed after receiving her certificate for completing 100 days of school.

Avery Brown proudly held up the 100 Days poster he was coloring as part of the school’s 100-day celebration.

Ethan Gorkiewicz had a delicious time taking 100 licks of his lollipop. Kyle Patterson and Brady Gross spend some time in their third-grade classroom shaking dice to 100.

Mrs. Vilstrup’s kindergarten class posed for a photo with their crisp, new, $100 bills. - Special photo.


Annaleise Wright crowned Miss Luck LEFT: New Miss Luck Annaleise Wright bends down to allow outgoing Miss Luck Logan Grey put the new crown on her head. Shown (L to R) are Kerissa Minor, Grey, Wright and Tasian Arjes. The pageant took place Friday evening, Feb. 12, as part of the 2016 Luck Winter Carnival festivities. RIGHT: New Miss Luck Annaleise Wright takes her first walk down the runway as queen.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Larissa Succo (pictured behind) crowns Isabelle Jensen as the new Luck First Princess.

At the pageant Friday eveing, Feb. 12, Jada Nick (right) was chosen as the new Little Miss Luck, with Mariah Olson selected as the new Luck Little Miss Princess.

Outgoing Miss Luck Logan Grey gave one last wave to the crowd, later passing her crown on to the new, 2016 queen.

Annaleise Wright performed a jazz/tap dance number as her talent, here going out onto the runway that jutted into the crowd. Wright won the talent portion of the program, and would later go on to win the title of Miss Luck.

Tasian Arjes sang and played piano for her talent, and would later win Miss Congeniality honors.

Contestant Isabelle Jensen sang a song as her talent. She was later chosen as the new Luck first princess.

Dancers from Steps Studio gave a rousing dance performance during the Miss Luck pageant.

The outgoing 2015 royalty posed with the new 2016 Luck royals, right after the pageant on Friday, Feb. 12. Shown (L to R): Larissa Succo, Mariah Olson,Tasian Arjes, Kally Svoboda, Annaleise Wright, Raegan Davis, Logan Grey, Jada Nick, Isabelle Jensen, Kerissa Minor and Amelia Hacker.


Luck Winter Carnival 2016 - Snapshots

Subzero temps and high winds on Saturday morning, Feb. 13, in Luck didn’t stop these youngsters from searching through the sawdust pile for some cool coinage at the Luck Winter Carnival festivities.

LEFT: There were dancers, cheerleaders and even royalty in the kitchen at the Lions/DBS Hall on Saturday, Feb. 13, volunteering to help keep people fed.

Some of the Luck Historical Museum displays were right in line with the Luck Winter Carnival.

Photos by Greg Marsten

Medallion hunt clues were posted in the Lions/ DBS Hall all day on Saturday.

The Lion/ DBS Hall Bingo gaming was popular for all ages on Saturday, and was a great escape from the cold.

The Luck Library book sale on Saturday provided some great deals.

The Luck Alumni Basketball Tournament proved to have some solid play by players past and way past.

The Luck Library was popular for people looking for literary bargains.

The alumni basketball tourney had all kinds of volunteer help, including Brooklyn Petersen (left) and new Luck First Princess Isabelle Jensen. The duo were some of the scorekeepers helping out on Saturday, Feb. 13, during Luck Winter Carnival.


BMC Valentine’s Dinner

Rita Chute recently retired from the Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center after 39 years. CEO Gordy Lewis commented on the many ways that Chute has helped the residents throughout the years. RIGHT: Grant Dawson has provided entertainment in past years for the annual event. Dawson said he was pleased to be here again this year. Members of Grantsburg High School’s National Honor Society volunteered to man the coat check during the annual Burnett Medical Center Valentine’s Dinner, held Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. Shown (L to R) are Emily Schlecht, Meg Rod, Jordyn Phillips and Mark Riewestahl.

Erin Odegard Spohn is a Grantsburg native who entertained the audience following a short program on Saturday evening. The program included updates on the Burnett Medical Center Foundation’s activities and fundraising efforts. Supplemental funding was also applied for from the Polk-Burnett chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Photos by Becky Strabel

BMC’s chief nursing officer Paulette Groshens, presented roses to retiring registered nurse Bonnie Olson. Olson has been with BMC for nearly 47 years, most recently working in surgical services. CEO Gordy Lewis quipped, “Bonnie knows everybody and is related to three-quarters of them.” Bonnie did confirm that statement and thanked her husband, Donald, for his support throughout the years. Fellow nurse Liz Tyberg is also retiring, after 45 years. Tyberg did not attend the event.

Eric and Anne Anderson look over the silent auction items available at the seventh-annual Burnett Medical Center Foundation’s Valentine’s Dinner that was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lakeview Event Center in Siren. Numerous silent auction items were donated by local and regional supporters of the medical center.

BMC Foundation President Jim Olson thanked Alyssa Rumpel, marketing director, for all that she had done to organize the event. Olson also bid her farewell as she will soon be leaving BMC.

Faith McNally enjoys time visiting with other attendees at the Valentine’s dinner. More than 250 people enjoyed a heart-healthy meal provided by Adventures Restaurant of Siren.


SCF students appear in 2016 YAM state exhibition and regional show ST. CROIX FALLS - Three lucky students from the St. Croix Falls School District have been fortunate to have artwork submitted by their teacher, Jennifer Clemins, to appear in the Youth Art Month state exhibition in Madison. These students works will be on display alongside that of other talented K-12 students artwork from across the state. This year’s state participants are Lydia Petersen, third grade; Gretchen Schaffer, third grade; and Sadie Olson, sixth grade. The exhibition, which is to appear in the Capitol’s rotunda, will be held Feb. 27 – March 11. Each school that participates in the state YAM show is allowed only three entries. These works are matted and sent by the teacher to a regional show for display before the state exhibition. The teacher must be an official member of the Wisconsin Art Education Association. This is the eighth year that St. Croix Falls has had students’ art showing at the state level.

Youth Art Month is a special observance in February/ March that was created to promote the visual arts and arts education in schools. It is a national observance, which was set up by the National Art Education Association in March of 1969. Besides the state exhibition, there also is a regional show. This has been held for over 40 years at WITC in New Richmond and this is the 10th year that St. Croix Falls has participated in it. The opening ceremony was held Sunday, Feb. 7, and the show will run through Thursday, Feb. 18. This year’s regional participants are: kindergarteners Brooke Talmadge, Chloe Brunclik and Morgan Hoverman; first-graders Isabella Wilson, Olivia Shimon, Cierra Chaffee and Kendra Lehman; second-graders Kylie Thompson, Anne Stenberg, Justin Wynne and Austin Johnson; third-graders Eli Bevens, Alexis van der Paardt and Kiera Kemp; fourth-graders Kasey Johnson and Loganne Marks; fifth-graders Avery Krystofiak, Paige Perlock-Campeau, Sydnei Larson, Josie

“Snowman Caught in the Wind,” by Lydia Petersen, third grade.

Johnson, Krysta Cole, Brianna McCurdy, Miles Wilson, Alexis Chaffee, Brock Sawicki and Madelyn Bevens; and sixth-graders Jack Skallet, Missy Jones, Austin Opel, Christopher Dietrich, Lauren Olson, Natalie Ryan, Courtney Young, Bryce Haaf, Adonis Stepp and Kaylee Miron. “I am so very proud of my talented students who are showing at the regional exhibit as well as those who are showing at state,” said Clemins. “As an art teacher, I feel it is extremely important to recognize the hard work and creativity my students put into their artwork. This is why I put in the extra hours outside the normal workday, preparing my students work for both the regional show and the state exhibit. Too many times, the arts are pushed aside and overlooked. I want my students to realize that the visual arts are a valuable and an important part of our society. I am teaching them lifelong skills I hope they can continue to pursue and enjoy in the future.” – submitted

These Dresser Elementary students works are appearing in a regional art show at WITC in New Richmond.

Photos submitted

“Pumpkins with Value,” by Gretchen Schaffer, thirdgrader. These St. Croix Falls elementary students, in first through fourth grade, have their art appearing in the regional show.

These St. Croix Falls Middle School students, fifth- and sixth-graders, are artists whose artwork is on display through Feb. 18 at WITC in New Richmond for the regional show.

“Radial Design with Metal Tooling & Print” is by sixth-grader Sadie Olson.


Six local schools are Title 1 Schools of Recognition Danielle Danford | Staff writer POLK-BURNETT COUNTIES – Six local schools have something things in common with 163 other Wisconsin public schools, they have been named a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year. Those schools are St. Croix Falls Elementary, Frederic Elementary, Grantsburg Elementary, Siren High School, Webster Elementary and Webster Middle School. “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready,” said state Superintendent Tony Evers. To be eligible for recognition, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to a large quantity of economically disadvantaged children and meet specific achievement criteria. One of the local schools, St. Croix Falls Elementary, is one of 26 high-progress schools. To be named high progress a school must:

• Fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students. Or fall within the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates. • Have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps. The other five schools were named as beating-the-odds schools. They are Frederic Elementary, Grantsburg Elementary, Siren High School, Webster Elementary and Webster Middle School. To be named as beating the odds a school must: • Be in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state. • Have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels. Schools meeting criteria in one or more of the three recognition areas, high achieving, high progress or beating the odds, will receive a plaque at a March 14 ceremony at the state Capitol.

Find us on Facebook: intercountyleader

641890 27L

Frederic Area ACS Sole Burner set for May 7 FREDERIC - The Frederic Area American Cancer Society 21st-annual Sole Burner Walk/Run will be held Saturday, May 7. This is an opportunity for everyone to join in the fight against cancer, so save the date. Watch the Inter-County Leader for further information on the Sole Burner event in coming weeks. The ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as

a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing the suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit their website at or call Elvira Schmidt at 715-653-2684 or Amanda Pilger at 800-582-5152. – submitted

Look to the sports section for your school's sports schedules, game recaps, weekly highlights and more!

Frederic • 715-327-4236 Siren • 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls 715-483-9008


Reducing material consumption Materialism has become a central value in modern America. By materialism, I mean that we increasingly identify ourselves by what we own. Material accumulation is valued as a means to happiness and even implies a moral obligation to the economy itself. However, has this focus on material accumulation made us happier or more fulfilled? My answer to that is, “No!” I have compiled a list of some easy things to consider when cutting down on our material consumption: • Avoid using carryout containers, particularly those that are made of plastic foam. In restaurants, ask for aluminum foil or cardboard, or bring your own container from home. I have never considered this before, but why not bring your own container from home? At times, I will overstuff myself when eating out just so I don’t have to acquire the dreaded plastic foam carryout container. There are no recycling options available for this material in our area, even though you will sometimes see the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom. • Use reusable containers to store food if feasible. This is one I feel strongly about, or, when packing lunches for kids, ask them to not throw away the plastic baggies and leave them in their lunch box. Wash and dry and you’re ready for another cold lunch.

• Use durable plates, tableware, glasses and cups rather than disposables. Do people actually use disposable utensils still? Of course there are times when it is unavoidable, however you can still wash them up and reuse them again and again. Using things more than once – many times, if possible – wastes fewer natural resources and saves transportation costs and fuel. Being frugal feels good, too! • Use sponges and cleaning rags rather than paper towels. We all know a cloth towel isn’t as easy as a paper towel, and I am not saying to never use paper towels, but try to cut back. We have all been there; you are out of paper towels, and are forced to find alternative methods. Why not limit yourself, say to one roll a month and see how you do. At the very least you will find yourself conserving the ones you have. • Give and/or buy used clothing, furniture, books, equipment, etc., from secondhand, consignment, antique stores, classified ads, garage sales, charities, used-equipment dealers, friends or neighbors. • Compost vegetable scraps, but not meat and dairy products, with yard waste for great organic compost, at least in the summer months. • Buy reusable and refillable items, such as coffee filters and razors. Pur-

Earth Notes Jen Barton

chase and use a reusable coffee filter rather than disposable paper filters. • Use the small plastic bags your newspaper comes in as gloves for cleaning up after your dog when you walk him/her. • Reuse bread bags and grocery store produce bags to store food and other items at home or as pet waste bags. • Save coat hangers and return them to the cleaners, or donate to secondhand stores. • Use both sides of paper. Set your printer to print on both sides, all the time! • Buy products that are packaged in containers that are locally recyclable. For example, buy canned soup rather than instant, which is often overpackaged in nonrecyclable materials. • Use durable shopping bags or reuse bags when shopping. Do you have other ideas? Let me know by contacting Jen at jbarton@, or 715-635-2197.

OBITUARIES Jeann Laurel (Holmes) Fagerberg Jeann Laurel (Holmes) Fagerberg, 70, of the Town of Sand Lake, Burnett County, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2016. Jeann was born Sept. 13, 1945, the daughter of Pastor Frank and Fern (Comerstead) Holmes. She grew up in the Falun, Wis., area, attending schools in Siren, Wis. Jeann was united in marriage to Avery L. Fagerberg on Sept. 15, 1962, at First Baptist Church of Falun. Because of Avery’s job responsibilities, they have lived in several cities in the United States over the years. For the past 15 years, Jeann and Avery have resided in the Town of Sand Lake. She had worked at various jobs wherever they lived. Her last position was with Walmart in Pine City, Minn., as a customer service representative. Jean retired in 2012, after working there for over 20 years. Jean was a very extraordinary, selfless woman. She was protective of her family, as they were her No. 1 priority. She was a wonderful loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed tremendously. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Holmes; and a son, Jonathan Fagerberg. Jeann is survived by her husband, Avery; five children, Tammy Fagerberg, Kim (Rick) Frazier, Melissa Lewis (Matthias Stenberg) and Avery Fagerberg Jr. (Leida Goyeneche); 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The memorial service honoring Jeann’s life was conducted Thursday, Feb. 11, at First Baptist Church of Falun with Pastor Mike Kleven officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Webster honor roll A honor roll Seniors Alec Ralph, Annika Hendrickson, Cassidy Formanek, Tate Fohrenkamm, Katelyn Cairns-Pardun, Grant Preston, Jenny Birkeland, Nicole Moretter, Samantha Culver, Daniel Okes, Darrick Nelson, Raelyn Phelps and Connor Raschke.

Juniors David Greiff, Sadie Koelz, Synclare Stubbe, Sunny Cone, Emma Rachner, Andrew Ruiz, Victoria Tyndall, Savannah Varner and Sophie Phernetton.

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

Freshmen Jamin Wilson, Maiya Fuller, Trevor Gustafson, Joshua Moretter, Ashley Morseth, Matthew Buffington, Carter Doriott, Jack Washburn, Hunter Erickson, Kennadi Walker, Anson Gustafson, Bradley Sigfrids and Kerik Stubbe.

Eighth-graders Jenna Gomulak, Ali Moritz, Tanner Pardun, Tallon Parent, Amanda Preston, Jenna Ruiz, Katelyn Tegarden, Christopher Knight, Keith

Glienke, Makena Buffington, Jeni Petersen, Daisy Dorn, Daniel Ingalls, Coleton Peterson, Sydney Pavlicek and Morgan Mulroy.



Jazmine Mangelsen, Morgan Anderson, Brett Johnson, Austin Spafford, Hailey Hunter, Madisen Freymiller and Molly Robinson.

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

Sixth-graders Auston Sigfrids, Dane Tollander, Josephine Johnson, Alfred Flatten and Arwen Gustafson.

Fifth-graders Cash Johnson, Felicity Lamb, Ashton Erickson, Gavin Preston, Ava Washburn, Ian Zelinski, Hayden Halonie, Brandon Emerson, Liesl Olson, Joseph Kitchenmaster, Dahlia Dorn, Ava Matrious, Madison Chenal, Justin Johnson, Ariel Lowell and Jayden Matrious.

Freshmen Richard Stahl, Grace Studeman, Samantha Nelson, Brendon Bray, Julia Gavin, Ethan Tighe and Maxwell Cone.

Eighth-graders Elizabeth Robinson, Savanna Bearhart, Taylor Fiddle-Bremer, Jake Pavlicek and Kaitlyn Lee.

Seventh-graders Destiny Wuorinen, Faith Wuorinen, Kaytlyn Anderson, Aliyah Daniels, Marcus Maxwell, Jacqueline Royce, Tyler Holmquist, Seth Haaf and Isabella Moen.


B honor roll Seniors

Hunter Peterson, Evan Sikorski, Nolan Stadler, Julisa Bearhart, Kailee Wieser, Madelyn Kunshier, Jade Krear, Sydney Campion, Gage Rossow, Chase Cadotte, Miya Goebel and Winter Messer.

Taran Wols, Emma Olsen, Kaylee Olson, Nicole Hursh, Kaitlyn Moser, Lydia Wilson, Paul Sargent, Alabama Matrious, Tyler Marty, Max Norman, Elizabeth Freymiller and Autumn Blaisdell.



Brianna Tew, Jackson Rand, Kaycee Marsh, Symantha Blake, Makayla Butler, John Green, Brandon Petersen, Jolie Bremer and Caitance Richards.

Jonah Mosher, Allison Mulroy, Carolina Calixto Rosas, Elissa Hendrickson, Felix Guddat, Aeva Heier, Santhia Weber and Hailey Hollis.

Unity honor roll Seniors


Sutton, Hope Tendrup and Nathan Wester.

Gabrielle Foeller, Cole Garvey, Joshua Gorne, Allison Gross, Nathan Heimstead, Olivia Jensen, Derek Johnson, Walter Lenk, Carlie Merrill, Emma Moore, Kyle Paulson, Matthew Peterson, Valentin Radet, Whitney Rock, Emerson Rollings-DeHaven, Alex Schlechter, Raelin Sorensen, Wyatt Stenberg, Freyja Van Der Paardt and Debra Whitlock.

Kendra Bramsen, Evan Countryman, Austin Donahue, Samantha Ferguson, Allison Huehn, Raeanna Johnston, Anna Larsen, Zachary Rau, Chuenkamon Saephung and Sydney Volgren.


Sophomores Allison Colbert, Asher Cress, Ciara DeLozier, Daniel Ebensperger, Lauren Frokjer, Cody Ince, Dylan Kern, Alex Matsyshyn, Zenia Moore, Stella Nelson, Kevin Paulson, Samuel Rollings-DeHaven, Jeremiah

Natalie Albrecht, Hallie Allen, Keegan Bakke, Margaret Butler, Isabella Cash, Amie Costello, Logan Dunsmoor, Carter Hanson, Michaela Hol, Mary Johnson, Madelyn Kemis, Chase Kern, James Mullin, Hunter Qualle, Hunter Robinson and Alexandra Walton.

Frederic honor roll A honor roll Seniors Taylor Alseth, Emily Amundson, Kendra Erickson, Melanie Jacobsen, Christopher Kuechenmeister, Jenna Laqua, Kinzie Matz, Marissa Nelson, Nicole Nelson, Samantha Penberthy and Sarah Wells.

Sixth-graders Rachael Bugella, Ellie Eklof and Madeline Kuesel.

B honor roll Seniors


Cole Britton, Julia Buck, Ann Chenal, Jonathan Erickson, Hannah Marsh and Charles Norenberg.

Madeline Ammend, Brittany Dohm, Kaila Jeske, Harli Kelton, Peter Lund, Kyle Olson, Brock Phernetton, Brooke Rosenau and Stacy Tido.


Sophomores Sarah Backlin, Alexis McLeod, Shelbi Root, Chonlada Saengthaweep, Caleb Schott, Derek Steele and Heath Tietz.

Freshmen Sydney Domagala, Shannan Erickson, Sophia Fredericks, Kali Laqua and Tori Rosenau.

Eighth-graders Richard Bugella, Kincade Engen, Brian Erickson, Elaine Lahti, Logan Lillehaug, Teresa Neely, Tate Ovik and Megan Williamson.

Seventh-graders Karlie Alexander, Oscar Lahti, Grace Otto and Tysen Wink.

Jori Braden, Shylie Burleson-King, Mason Gustafson, Andrew Hochstetler, Bailey Hufstedler, Tyler Nelson, Ben Phernetton, Mark Siebenthal and Alex Vossen.

Sophomores Jennifer Hill, Trent Kuechenmeister, Emilia Morales, Taylor Myers-Zenzen and Brenton Nelson.

Freshmen Mariah Coen, Abrianna Marsh, Emily McKenzie, Kylie Meister, Kalyn Miller, Hannah Schott and Casey Thaemert.

Eighth-graders Kaitlin Bartlett, Calvin Brewster, Adam Dreier, Kathlyn Frank, Landyn Johnson, Hannah Schmidt and Andrew Tinman.

Seventh-graders Dennis Cherreguine, Tessa Domagala, Christopher Hill, Annalise Keezer and Karigan Root.

Sixth-graders Hurun Ahmed, Makenna Engen, Austin Foltz, Richard Frank, Gavin Fredericks, Athena Hill, Logan Hopkins, Aidan Ovik and Grace Wondra.



640517 22-33L 12-22a


OBITUARIES Sandra L. Hibbs

William Edward “Bill” Sargent

Ruby Andrina Cook

Sandra “Sandy” Lea Hibbs, 71, was born on July 7, 1944, in Benson, Minn., to Oliver and Rosella (Svor) Hendricks. Sandra passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sandy grew up on the family farm on Pine Lake in Polk County. She attended LaFollette country school and graduated from Luck High School in 1962. During her youth she was active in Luther League, 4-H and Farmers Union. Sandy and her twin sister, Cheryl, sang in a trio all over the area. She attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, sang in the concert choir and received an associate degree in business. She married Gordy Hibbs on Nov. 7, 1964. Sandy and Gordy purchased a farm near her parents home, where they milked Holstein cows for many years. They raised four children, Tatia, Nathan and twins, Jordon and Jone. They were foster parents to more than 65 children. She had a fondness in her heart for children and people in general. Sandy was very active in the community, working as a bookkeeper at the Luck Cooperative for many years and serving on several boards including Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake, Zion Cemetery Association of Bone Lake, Luck School Board, McKinley Town Board treasurer and the National Vaseline Glass Collectors Inc. Sandy was the church organist for Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake for 50 years and for Clam Falls Lutheran Church. Her greatest joy was serving the Lord. She welcomed everyone into her home, family, friends, neighbors and the occasional lost stranger. You could always count on a cup of coffee, sweets or a family meal. Sandy was an excellent cook, often using her freshly canned goods from her enormous garden. She always had a hug, a smile or tear, a prayer or some friendly advice. Family and friends could always learn from Sandy as she was always open to helping and teaching. Her heart reached out to all. Sandy’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and grandchildren. The grandchildren could always count on their grandma’s listening ear, hugs and ice cream. She thoroughly enjoyed attending their athletic and musical events and watching them show cattle at the fair. The Hibbs family enjoyed horseback riding in Medora, canoeing down the Namekagon River where, sometimes Gordy would tip them over, dining out with friends and traveling around the country visiting museums, antique shops and, of course, visiting friends. She loved making jewelry, collecting Vaseline glass, flower arranging, gardening, and playing and singing music. She sang at many weddings and funerals. Sandy and Gordy attended most Luck girls and boys basketball games. They were great supporters of the Luck girls basketball program, giving a Miss Hustle scholarship award each year to the most improved player in memory of their daughter, Tatia. Sandra is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gordy; children, Nathan (Gail) Hibbs of Dickinson, N.D., Jone (Marvin) Jonas of St. Cloud, Minn., and Jordon (Kelly) Hibbs of Frederic, Wis.; grandchildren, Tatia, Logan, Jeret, and Mason and Merlin and Britta Hibbs; and grandchildren of her heart, Tahlia, Sienah and Chayse Peper and Audrey Amos; twin sister, Cheryl (Russ) Fredlund; sister, Julie Eckels; brother Bruce (June) Hendricks; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tatia Rayanne Hibbs; brother, Jeffrey Scott; and parents, Oliver and Rosella Hendricks; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. Sandy’s family has requested memorials be designated to Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake. Visitation was held at the Hibbs farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, and the funeral was held on Monday, Feb. 15, at Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake, her home church. The family would like to extend gratitude to Lucy Basler of Sacred Ceremonies for her assistance and especially to Adoray Home Health and Hospice.

William Edward “Bill” Sargent, also fondly known as “Sarge” and “Coach,” age 74, of Siren, Wis., previously of Hurley, Wis., passed away peacefully with family by his side, on Feb. 10, 2016, at the Burnett Medical Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Bill was born May 27, 1941, in Mercer, Wis., a son of the late William and Virginia (Frigo) Sargent. He was raised in Hurley with his six siblings, and graduated from Hurley High School in 1960. Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 20, 1963, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 21, 1966. He then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin in Superior, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Bill was united in marriage to Karen Lundgren on July 19, 1969, in Ironwood, Mich. Shortly after their union, Bill and Karen moved to the Siren area. Together, they adopted and raised three children: Denise in 1972, and siblings, Sharon and Donald, in 1977. Bill began his teaching and coaching career in 1969 in Siren Schools where he taught health and physical education. Over the years, Bill coached football, basketball, track and umpired for baseball. He also was a coach for the swimming and football teams in Frederic for a few years. Bill loved all sports, but he was very passionate about football. Even after his retirement, Bill continued to volunteer coach for football in Siren. He enjoyed golfing, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Judy Lundgren; and brother-in-law, Toby Hantula. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Karen Sargent; children, Denise Sargent, Sharon (Rick) McCollom and Donald (Patti) Sargent; grandchildren, Shelly (Andrew), Jordan, A.J., Brandon, Taylor, James and Tristen; and a great-grandson, Damion. He is also survived by a brother, Raymark (Lynn) Sargent; sisters, Karen Hantula, Mary Louise (Joe) Armata and Patricia Sargent; and many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The memorial service for Bill will be conducted at 3:30 p.m., with visitation from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 19, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Siren, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor. com. In lieu of sending flowers or plants, memorials to the family are appreciated.

Ruby Andrina Cook, 96, died Feb. 11, 2016, surrounded by her children. Ruby was born March 7, 1919, to Stanley and Ida (Amundson) Clementson in Branstad, Wis. She was baptized and confirmed in Bethany Lutheran Church. After graduating from Grantsburg High School, Ruby attended Polk County Normal School. She went on to teach in Burnett County schools for several years. In 1946, she married William James Cook. They moved to a farm in Atlas, Wis., which was to be her home for the rest of her life. To this union, eight children were born, four boys and four girls. She transferred to Laketown Lutheran Church and remained a faithful, active member until her death. Throughout the years, Ruby served as Sunday school superintendent, taught both Sunday school and Bible school, sang in the choir and held several offices in the WELCA. Ruby loved her church family and was the oldest member of Laketown Church, only missing when she was too sick to attend. When you would come to Ruby’s home, you would always be welcomed with good strong coffee, a warm gentle smile and a heart ready to listen. You never left hungry and always left feeling better than when you came. Ruby, a proud Norwegian, loved and enjoyed people, often saying, “I learn something from everyone I meet.” Her sense of humor, curiosity and enthusiasm for life never wavered. She wanted to know everything that was going on with her family, in the community and in the world. Ruby appreciated the wonder of nature, loving flowers, birds, wildlife and her garden. She loved to sit on the deck and listen to the birds as she watched for wildlife. Ruby said, “I want to live every day I can, if for no other reason than just to see the seasons come and go.” She was kind and caring to everyone she encountered and extended that compassion to all living creatures. Ruby was an avid reader, reading several books a week. She played the piano, wrote heartfelt letters and even an award-winning story published in “Hobos and Swimming Holes.” Although she was the one who was 96, it was her children and grandchildren that would be asking Ruby specific details about names and dates; her memory never failed. When she was terribly sick, in the last days of her life, she still found the strength to make sure her valentines got mailed to the great-grandchildren and that some treats got to her sister in a nursing home. She questioned if all her children were well and if they were finding something to eat. Ruby found great joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved when all her family got together on special occasions, which they regularly did. Ruby didn’t care much for travel, finding perfect contentment in being at home, but she did go to Canada, Alaska twice and to several other states. With indescribable courage she faced many challenges, from open-heart surgery at age 89, to the greatest tragedy, the loss of her son Kevin. Never taking time for self-pity, she was right back to the business of living. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; parents, Stanley and Ida Clementson; son, Kevin; son-in-law, Charlie Anderson; and sisters, Velva Bauer and Betty Skinner. Ruby is survived by children, Scott Cook, Melody (Tom) Hutton and Crystal (Ozzie) Berntson; daughtersin-law, Jill Cook, Claire (Chris) Chinander, Kerry Cook, Rockne Cook and Marigen (the Rev. Roger) Kastelle; grandchildren, Torey (Holly) Hutton, Trinity (Tory) Greenquist, Gabriel and Dominic Berntson, Kirt Cook, Ben (Sarah) Cook, Bjorn, Trygve and Leif Chinander, and Ethan and Mckenna Cook; great-grandchildren, Declan and Selah Greenquist, Savannah, Amelia, Carolyn and Bennett Berntson, and Ella, Molly and Liam Cook. She is also survived by sisters, Dolores Johnson, Elayne Johnson, Marjorie Robinson, Deborah (Pepper) Clementson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. We thank God for Ruby’s life, our greatest blessing. Memorial services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Cushing, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 20, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. followed by the service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Marilyn Crossfield will be officiating, and music will be provided by organist Margie Nelson and vocalist Shawn Gudmunsen. An online guest book is available at or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

James M. Delany James M. Delany, 47, of Luck, Wis., passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at Regions Hospital. Memorial services will be held at Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 20, with Pastor Paul Green officiating. Visitation will begin at church at 11 a.m. followed by the service at 1 p.m. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Isaac “Ike” Joles Jr. Isaac “Ike” Joles Jr., 91, of Luck, Wis., and formerly of Chippewa Falls, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2016, at The Dove Healthcare Rutledge Home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He was born on Feb. 24, 1924, in Centaur Station, Mo., to Isaac Sr. and Mary Joles. Ike served in the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. Shortly after his discharge from WWII on Feb. 11, 1946, Isaac married Florence, “the love of his life.” They celebrated their 70th anniversary a few days before his passing. Ike and Flo raised two children, Paul and Jack. Isaac always wanted to see what was around the next corner. This desire always kept them on the road traveling and camping along the way. Isaac held many jobs, one of his most memorable was managing Whispering Pines United Methodist Camp. Isaac was also a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a square-dance caller and spent about 30 years calling for numerous area square-dance clubs. Ike is survived by his wife, Florence; two sons, Paul (Mary) of Pardeeville and Jack (Vicky) of Chippewa Falls; eight grandchildren, Chris, Jon, Troy, Chad, Sara Kuhfuss, Josh, Ian and Kimberly; and nine great-grandchildren, Hazel, Lilly, Asa, Henry, Keiran, Levi, Jaydin, Jerney and Vivian. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Leonard, Louise Hoehn and Phamey Heidman. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour before the service at Frederic Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic, Wis. Pastor Greg Lund will be officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

The Inter-County Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper.

Thank You

We would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this heartbreaking time: Burnett Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Grace Lutheran Church, Pastor Tom, Sandy and Andrea Lundquist, the ladies that prepared and served food and Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home. Thank you Frank for all your help. Everyone who donated online your generosity is greatly appreciated. To our relatives, friends and everyone who have shown so many acts of kindness, our sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of you. 641970 27Lp

The Family Of Wyatt Marek


OBITUARIES Douglas Andrew Anderson

Johnny Robert Anderson

Johnny Robert Anderson, 63, was born Sept. 7 (a date he shared with his Aunt Elnora), 1952, to Robert J. and Esther A. (Cooan) Anderson in Frederic, Wis. He attended Indian Creek Grade School and graduated from Frederic High School, Class of 1970. He was the last Vietnam War draftee from Polk County, serving in the U. S. Army. John loved animals and worked hard on the farm from an early age, forming Anderson’s Denny Lake Farm Inc. with his parents and brother, Daryl. His attention to detail helped build up the herd with registered Holsteins. Deciding to spread his wings, he would go on to be caretaker for CG Rien Company and food service for Sheraton Midway, St. Paul. Missing his animals, he started Shire Ridge Stable in Balsam Lake, Wis., with a friend, breeding Shire draft horses and Lassie collies, and giving sleigh rides. At the same time he worked at Jerome Foods in Barron. He also worked for Dragon Art Glass, Minneapolis, and Gordy’s IGA, Chippewa Falls, Wis. His passion in life was establishing and recording purple martin colonies in the area and helping his mother maintain a bluebird trail on the farm. He loved to visit and phone his older family members and enjoyed a good game of 500 cards. He rarely missed family reunions and special occasions. He was a member of Grover Root American Legion, Indian Creek, Purple Martin Conservation Association and All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church. After a diagnosis of HIV in 1985 he made a special effort to keep in good physical shape by going to the YMCA, running marathons and biking for his favorite causes. Along this 30-year battle he met many friends through The Aliveness Project that kept him well fed, Minnesota Aids Project that gave him support and the veterans hospital that kept him alive. He was preceded in death by his parents and most of his aunts and uncles. He is survived by his siblings, Teressa (Dale) Jensen, Dennis (Penny) Anderson, Roberta (Steven) Hansen, James (Nancy) Anderson, Daryl (Sharon) Anderson and Jeanette Anderson; 18 nieces and nephews; uncle, Donald Anderson; and aunts, Grace Imme and Mary Peterson; and many friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at All God’s Robert Gene “Bob” Ramstrom, 86, of Webster, Wis., Children Metropolitan Community Church, 3100 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407 with Pastor DeWayne passed away at his home on Sunday Davis officiating. Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 15, at evening, Feb. 7, 2016. the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, Wis., and Robert was born in Wolf Creek, Wis., for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will on Nov. 22, 1929, a son of the late Axel be at the Lorain-Union Cemetery in the Town of Lorain E. and Anna (Johnson) Ramstrom. He where military honors will be accorded. served in the U.S. Marine Corps during To sign an online guest book and view an online video the Korean War from April 22, 1948, tribute please visit until being honorably discharged on Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White April 21, 1952, with the rank of serFuneral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman geant. On Aug. 16, 1952, Robert was united in marriage to Ave. North, Amery, Wis., 54001. Mary Jane Christensen in Pine City, Minn. They raised three children and have lived in the Webster area over 60 years. In 1952, Bob purchased a milk truck that he used to haul milk from Frederic-area farmers to the Frederic creamery. In 1953, they purchased and operated Richard John Heutmaker, 90, of Balsam Lake, Wis., a farm near Webster. In 1958, Bob began working as a passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the Amery Reheavy-equipment operator in bridge and highway con- gional Medical Center. struction in various locations in the United States. He Richard was born on Sept. 12, 1925, retired in 1990. He was a member of the International in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Lambert Union of Operating Engineers, local 49. and Mary (Mass) Heutmaker. He was a longtime, faithful member of Our Redeemer Richard was raised in St. Paul and Lutheran Church in Webster, and was also a member of resided in St. Paul and Woodbury, the American Legion Otis Taylor Post 96. Bob enjoyed Minn. He married Beverly Chapdeoperating his Bobcat and collecting older machinery. He laine in 1951, and they continued to also enjoyed building small craft objects, and reading live in the Twin Cities area until his reFarm & Ranch and Farm Show magazines. tirement from Young Motors in 1985. Bob was a fun-loving person and liked to make and see After his retirement they moved to people laugh. He loved to hug family and friends. He their lake home in Amery, Wis. In 1997, they purchased was a hard worker and loved working in his shop and a home in Balsam Lake. After his wife, Beverly, died in teaching his children and grandchildren how to repair and make things. Bob had an analytical mind and was 1998, Richard married Katherine Rundhaug in 2004 and always drawing plans on paper to create things to make. resided at the home in Balsam Lake. Richard was a United States Army veteran serving in He was preceded in death by his parents, Axel and the National Guard from 1947-1949 and then active duty Anna Ramstrom; a son, Steve Ramstrom; brothers, Lindy and Ellsworth Ramstrom; a sister, Arbutus Keyser; and from August 1950 until being honorably discharged in October 1952 and then serving the United States Army other relatives. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Reserve from 1952-1976. Richard leaves to celebrate his memory his wife, Jane; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott G. and Nadean Ramstrom; a daughter, Sandra L. Ramstrom; four grand- Katherine Heutmaker; children, Sue (Craig) Isles, Michildren, Matthew Ramstrom (fiancee Erica Taylor), chael (Bonnie) Braun, Cheryl (Doug) Rymerson, RichAmanda Ramstrom (Travis Scharschmidt), Croix Swan- ard Heutmaker Jr. and Kenneth (Beverly) Heutmaker; son and Ilie Horvath; two great-grandchildren, twins grandchildren, Richard Rymerson, Nancie Kaye, Mi- Mason and Damien Ramstrom; as well as nieces and chelle Rymerson, Robert Rymerson, Jessica Heutmaker, Jenny Rebecca Rice, Brooke Heutmaker and Matthew nephews and their families. Visitation was held at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Heutmaker; many other grandchildren and great-grandin Webster on Thursday, Feb. 11. The funeral service was children; stepchildren, Sever (Judy) Rundhaug, Bruce held Friday, Feb. 12, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, (Wendy) Rundhaug, Wendy (Dennis) Vollrath and Webster, with his pastor, the Rev. Jody Walter, officiating. Brad (Kay) Rundhaug; many step-grandchildren and Full military honors followed as well as a fellowship lun- step-great-grandchildren and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his cheon. Interment will be in Lakeside Orange Cemetery Pallbearers were Matthew Ramstrom, Croix Swan- wife, Beverly Heutmaker; brothers, Bob and Art; and his son, David “Pete” Olson, Ed Christensen, Joe Keyser sister, Dorothy. A memorial Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Our and Brenda Llambes. Honorary pallbearers were Allen Frigen, Norbert Behringer, Roger Tollander, Lloyd Tal- Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. madge, Anton Peterson, Mike Drimmel, Chad Currie, Richard was laid to rest at Fort Snelling National CemRonald Pagenkopf and Martin Zelinski. etery on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Arrangements have been entrusted with SwedThe Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has berg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences been entrusted with arrangements. kolstadfamilyfunermay be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 26681 Lakeland Ave. N., Webster, WI 54893. Douglas Andrew Anderson, 80, died at home, Feb. 13, 2016. Doug was born to Andrew and Ruby (Nelson) Anderson in Bone Lake, Wis., and attended school in Frederic, Wis. Doug worked for various farming businesses in Wisconsin until he moved to Anoka, Minn. There he managed Stone’s Turkey Farm, worked for Federal Cartridge, was the manager of two service stations and managed Minnesota Utility Contractors. In 1985 he moved back to Wisconsin, finding 20 acres of wooded land south of Balsam Lake. His greatest joy was deer hunting on his own property and fishing the many lakes in the area. He had many adventures night hunting for raccoon, and often for his dogs after the fact. Even more than the hunting and fishing, Doug enjoyed the company of friends at Angler’s Inn in Balsam Lake. He kept up on all the local news through his many friends. Doug enjoyed people! Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ruby Anderson; brothers, Donald, Arvid and Roger Anderson; sisters, Marian Lundquist and Audrey Branstad; and brother-in-law, Rolland Lundquist. Doug is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cheryl; children, Kevin (Sue) Anderson, Bruce (Carol) Anderson, Rick Anderson, Pam Davey, Lisa Anderson, Jan (Joe) Sands and David (Deb) Peterson; 20 wonderful grandchildren and four rambunctious great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Lois (Chuck) D’Jock, Norma (Ken) Zittleman and Sandra (Dennis) McKee; sisters-inlaw, Joan Anderson and Pat Anderson; brother-in-law, Bevan Branstad; and many nieces and nephews. A private family service is planned for this spring. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Robert Gene “Bob” Ramstrom

Richard John Heutmaker

Theodore E. “Ted” Freymiller Theodore E. “Ted” Freymiller, Coach Fry, of Webster, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the young age of 92. Ted was residing at the Continuing Care Center in the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg, Wis. Ted was born Aug. 6, 1923, to Ernest and Erna (Franke) Freymiller in Cloverton, Minn., where Ted’s father was a doctor. From Cloverton the family moved to Boscobel, Wis., where Ted and his sister, Barbara, grew up. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 21, 1945, and spent time in West Germany and fought in World War II. After his time in the service, Ted returned to Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin - Superior. There he met Nancy Cornwall, who became his wife, and where he started a family. After Ted received a bachelor’s degree in education, the family moved to Michigan. He initially was a teacher in Ortonville. They then moved to Oxford, Mich., where Ted taught in the public schools for over 30 years, and was known as “Coach Fry.” He was well-known and loved by his students, parents and co-workers. In 2015, Oxford Community Schools honored Ted by inducting him into the Oxford High School Athletic Hall of Fame, placing his name on the Hall of Fame wall, and presenting Coach Fry with a plaque that recognized his efforts and achievements. After retiring, Ted and part of his family moved to the family cabin in the northern part of Wisconsin where he lived for a long time. He later moved to Webster and then to Grantsburg. While residing in the Danbury/Dairyland area, Ted would attend the various Lutheran churches. He also liked to go watch his grandchildren play in sports when it was possible. Ted is survived by his five daughters, Chris Huebner of Webster, Kim Freymiller of Webster, Pamela Franklin of Holly, Mich., Susan Freymiller (David Glienke) of Danbury, Wis., and Michelle Freymiller (Steve Holmstrom) of Danbury; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Tom Black; his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy; son-in-law, Dallas Franklin; great-granddaughter, Gracie Mae Huebner; and we cannot forget Hector, his beloved German shepherd. Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. with visitation 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS, in Webster, with the church pastor, the Rev. Jody R. Walter, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Blaine, followed by full military honors. Pallbearers are Charles Freymiller, Matthew Freymiller, Eric Franklin, Austin Smiley, Theodore Huebner and Keith Glienke. Honorary pallbearers are Brandon Smiley, Robert Smiley, Thomas Black, Ashton Freymiller, Robert Edwards, Dakota Franklin and Daniel Hemphill. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Arlene L. Jensen Arlene L. Jensen, 81, a resident of the Town of Oakland, Wis., passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Edward Connor and Duane Connor. She is survived by four children, John Jensen, Jody (Ed) Seck, Jeffery (Teri) Jensen and Jessica (Brent) Jensen Olson; grandchildren, Shannon (Nick) Seck-Route, Jennifer Seck, Ryan Jensen, Trevor Olson, Nathan Jensen, Makinzy Olson, Sophia Jensen and Zoe Jensen; and a great-grandchild, Addison Route. She is also survived by her brother, Butch Connor. A service is planned for summer, 2016. A full obituary will be published with service information prior to then. The family wanted the following poem (below) to be shared with those who knew her. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at


CHURCH NEWS He who is first


ne winter when I put corn out for the deer each day, I would wait to see who came first. Usually it was a huge doe with last spring’s fawn. They ate leisurely, unless the “three sisters” came to feed, then Mama would stomp her front feet or kick her back legs or shove the sisters away, fighting for the right of her baby and herself to finish eating. It usually took some time, as the three deer persisted in trying to jockey into first position before running into the woods to wait until Mama and Baby were finished. Later, after the three took their turn, a lone doe or young buck would show up to eat. Occasionally a large, older buck appeared, causing all others to scatter.

Fathers can affirm sons’ many strengths through play Q: What’s the relationship between fatherlessness and violent behavior among adolescent boys? I’m wondering about this because statistics show that an increasing number of children are growing up in homes where no father is present. Jim: As the president of a large family-help organization, and as a boy who grew up without a dad, I can testify that these two phenomena are closely related. There are many factors and dynamics, but one of them has to do with the specifically masculine way in which men tend to play with their kids. As you’re probably aware, moms and dads play differently. Boys have an inborn need to engage in rough-and-tumble activity from an early age. It’s one of the ways they gain self-confidence and learn to gauge their own strength. Dad is the one who can help them in this area. Mom may worry that “someone will get hurt” when father and son start wrestling on the floor, but there’s an important sense in which that’s precisely the point. A friendly scuffle with Dad – in a safe and controlled environment – goes a long way toward teaching kids about

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair Following the deer were red squirrels, which chased the blue jays away. But the smaller critters even tried to horn in around the hooves of the deer when they could get by with it. I enjoyed watching this scenario play out, because the antics of wild critters mirror those of us humans sometimes— always trying to be first or best or prettiest, always trying to get the most. Jesus, aware of this human character appropriate boundaries in play. And in the process, fathers are afforded a great opportunity to affirm their sons’ strength and skill. So what happens when a boy grows up without this kind of interaction with his dad? This is where the connection between fatherlessness and teen violence rears its ugly head. If a boy doesn’t learn about appropriate boundaries in physical activity, and if he doesn’t get the masculine affirmation he needs from his father, he may feel driven to “prove” himself somehow. He’ll enter the adolescent years with a deep-seated need to let others know that he’s a person who deserves respect. And he may end up demanding it in some pretty unhealthy ways. ••• Q: I realize that I need to “be the parent” when it comes to setting boundaries for my kids’ media and entertainment consumption. I’m guessing that they won’t be overjoyed with having rules and guidelines, but is there a strategy or an approach I can take that is more likely to be effective in getting them to buy in? Bob Waliszewski, director, Plugged-In: When establishing media standards, one point that’s particularly helpful for kids to understand is that they’re not alone in

flaw, tried to teach his disciples lessons about being the last instead of the first, showing humility and unselfishness. Jesus’ example of washing the disciples’ feet is one of the best illustrations of humility and service. Other examples include Jesus’ commands about going the extra mile for someone in need, loving our enemies, and blessing our persecutors. One day his disciples had a dispute over which one would be the greatest in God’s kingdom. Jesus set a little child next to him and told the disciples, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:48) In God’s kingdom we don’t have to

Focus on the family Jim Daly needing to have boundaries in their lives. Discipline in all areas of life is healthy and necessary. In fact, when it comes to labeling entertainment as “acceptable” or “out of bounds,” almost all of us do it to varying degrees. With movies for instance, millions use the MPAA ratings as their film-viewing boundary marker. Others may contend that they have no boundaries at all, but the truth is, even these individuals have their limits. Once your children realize that establishing boundaries is healthy and universal, then the natural question and discussion ensues of determining where to draw that line. I’m not a fan of relying on gut feelings, Uncle Joe or ratings, as they are often misleading and untrustworthy from a discernment perspective. Better questions to ask are, “Will I become a better person if I play this video game, listen to this song or watch this TV show or movie?” or, “Will it inspire me? Will it encourage me to a life of greater

jockey for first position, like the wild critters do, because even the “least” of his followers is great by God’s kingdom standards. That means someone who is unkempt in appearance, poor in material wealth, or different in behavior is as important to God as anyone else. Now, that’s a sobering thought we should consider every time we’re tempted to think too highly of ourselves or to judge others. Lord, may I never jockey for an exalted position in your kingdom, in this life or in the next. In the name of Jesus, our humble king, Amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

virtue, sacrifice and service of others?” or, “Will it be of benefit to my inner self, my thoughts and my decision making?” If the answer is no, then help your kids learn that this is where to set the boundary. Fortunately, with a bit of research (see, there are a lot of media products that fall within the acceptable and healthy consumption category. ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

Brought to you by:

Luck Lutheran Church

Church listings sponsored by the following area businesses: BASS LAKE LUMBER


• Complete Line of Building Supplies & Lumber • Cabot’s Stains Grantsburg, Wis. 715-488-2471 or 715-327-8766

Printers & Publishers • Office Supplies



CUSHING COOPERATIVE SOCIETY Feed Mill - Grain Dept. Cushing, Wis. 715-648-5215

FREDERIC BREMER BANK, N.A. Full-Service Banking Member FDIC Frederic - Danbury - Siren

DAEFFLER’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

Corey T. Arnold, Agent Frederic, Wis. Phone 715-327-8076








Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making • 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

SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131

Churches 8/10


Hwys. 35 & 48, Downtown Frederic Phone 715-327-5513


“Your Electric Servant” Serving Polk & Burnett Counties “Use Energy Wisely”


Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4475

Any area business wishing to help sponsor the church listings should contact the Leader at 715-327-4236.



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


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



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


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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


CENTURIA ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Don Wiltshire, 715-640-6400 Centuria - Phone 715-646-2172 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. OSCEOLA COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 2492 Education Drive Saturday Serv. 6:30 p.m.; Sunday Serv. - 10 a.m. Child care offered at both services SIREN ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Andrew Bollant Morn. Serv. - 9:30 a.m.; Supervised Nursery; Wed. Evening Youth



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

church directory



Local classifieds ELIMINATE HIGH HEATING COSTS: Central Boiler’s all-new Classic Edge outdoor wood furnace. Call today! Northwest Wisconsin Ent. 715-520-7477 or 715635-3511. 26-28Lc


MISCELLANEOUS ADVERTISE HERE! Advertise your product or recruit an applicant in over 178 Wisconsin newspapers across the state! Only $300/week. That’s $1.68 per paper! Call this paper or 800-227-7636 www.cnaads. com (CNOW) Switch to DIRECTV and get a FREE Whole-Home Genie HD/DVR upgrade. Starting at $19.99/mo. FREE 3 months of HBO, SHOWTIME &STARZ. New Customers Only. Don’t settle for cable. Call Now 1-800872-9113 (CNOW) SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. Unable to work? Denied benefits? We Can Help! WIN or Pay Nothing! Contact Bill Gordon & Associates at 1-800-719-9958 to start your application today! (CNOW)


Whether you are

Celebrating 100 Years! Please join us to celebrate

Edna Lawson’s 100th Birthday Sunday, February 28, 2016

keeping up with the latest local news or

Mother will be honored at Luck Lutheran Church 10:30 a.m. Worship Service An Open House And Reception Will Follow In The Church Hall, 2 - 4 p.m. No Gifts Sandy & John, Jim & Patty Please RSVP 715-359-6412 - Sandy Solheim

641889 27-28Lp

NOW HIRING company OTR drivers. $2,000 sign on bonus, flexible home time, extensive benefits. Call now! Hibb’s & Co. 763/389-0610 (CNOW) Marten Transport. NOW HIRING DRIVERS FOR DEDICATED & REGIONAL RUNS! Dedicated Fleet, Top Pay, New Assigned Equipment, Monthly Bonuses. WEEKLY HOMETIME! CDL-A, 6mos. OTR exp Req’d EEOE/AAP LIMITED POSITIONS! APPLY TODAY! 866-370-4476. (CNOW) REGIONAL RUNS AVAILABLE. CHOOSE the TOTAL PACKAGE; AUTO DETENTION PAY AFTER 1 HR! Regular, Frequent HOME TIME, TOP PAY, BENEFITS; Mthly BONUSES & more! CDL-A, 6 mos. Exp Req’d EEOE/AAP 866-322-4039 www. (CNOW)

2004 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER: V6, 4X2, third seat, moonroof, undercoated, excellent condition, 164K miles, $8,400. 715-554-2971. 27Lp 2007 ARCTIC CAT: VL, Jaguar, 4-cycle, 4,385 miles, $3,500. 715-554-2971. 27Lp

STEEL BUILDINGS - Diamond Steel StructuresFactory Direct Pricing-Preseason $1000 discount if ordered before April 1 - Call 844.297.8335. (CNOW)


Place an ad this size for $17.00 in the


641934 27L 17a

Want A Brighter Smile? Receive a FREE Electric Toothbrush! New Patients 10 Years Of Age & Up, At Their New Patient Appointment Which Includes: • Examination • Cleaning • X-rays New Patients Welcome! Crowns • Bridges Will receive a FREE Partials • Dentures Electric Toothbrush! Fillings • Extractions We now have DIGITAL Root Canals X-RAYS (very low exposure to X-Ray & no waiting for developing) OPEN EVERY OTHER Emergency patients call before MONDAY ‘TIL 8 P.M. 10 a.m. for same day appointment

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

Grantsburg Office

715-866-4204 715-463-2882 15-20a,b 641322 26-31r,L

Family Eye Clinic 304 1st St. So. Luck, Wis.

Eye health exams, glaucoma checks, foreign body removal, full line of street wear, safety and sport wear, contact lenses


Christopherson Eye Clinic

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

Dr. T.L. Christopherson Dr. B.A. Christopherson

Visit The Leader’s Website:

Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone (715) 472-2121


341 Keller Ave. N. Amery, Wis.

Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Distinctive Funeral Service”


Phone 715-268-2020

Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wisconsin




Deadline is 10 a.m. on Tuesday!


30.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 100.00



$ 10x10.............. $ 10x16.............. $ 10x20.............. $ 10x24.............. $ 10x40..........

Call 1-800-919-1195 or 715-825-2335 We accept used oil


Call 715-866-7261


Frederic 715-327-4236 Siren AT THE LODGE 24226 1st Ave. No. Siren, WI 715-349-2560 Local Movie Line 715-349-8888 St. Croix Falls 715-483-9008 SHOW TIMES FOR FRI., FEB. 19 THRU THURS., FEB. 25

KUNG FU PANDA 3 Rated PG, 95 Minutes Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun.: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.


Rated R, 110 Minutes Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun.: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.


Rated PG-13, 102 Minutes Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun.: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 & 7:30 p.m.


Rated R, 108 Minutes Fri.-Sat.: 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun.: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs.: 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. All shows and show times before 6 p.m. $5.50. Shows and show times subject to change. For the most up-to-date show times, visit our website: Show times listed on any other website may not be accurate.


Dr. Daniel C. Satterlund

• Commercial Printing • Office Supplies • Daily UPS Pickup • Fax & Copy Service See us for all your printing needs.


Like us on Facebook

“Like us on Facebook for upcoming deals.”

641656 16a,d 27L

Romantic, Rustic, Classic, Elegant Whatever your theme we can help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

19TH-ANNUAL BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE Saturday, February 27, 1 - 4 p.m.

• Flowers • Reception Decor • Tuxedo & Linen Rental • Event Coordinating Sign up your tuxedo party by March 1, receive 2 FREE Tuxedo Rentals with 5 paid. See store for details.

THE ROSE GARDEN Floral & Greenhouse 308 Wis. Ave. S., Frederic, WI

715-327-4281 • 1-800-676-4281

Sally Rose Miller “The Professional Florist with the Personal Touch”

641506 26-27L 16a

Carey’s Ben Franklin

24461 St. Rd. 35/70 • Siren, WI 54872

Call to start your subscription today!

27L 17a



607469 32a,dtfc 43Ltfc

Carey’s Communications

160 Evergreen Square SW • Pine City, MN 55063

641653 16a 27L


just taking a break, the Leader is a great tool for everyday use.


Students of the Week Frederic

Samantha Nelson has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Samantha is in second grade and the daughter of Tim and Stephanie Nelson. She is friendly, a hard worker and participates in class discussions. She is helpful in the classroom and works well with her classmates. Her favorite thing to do is play sports. Her favorite subject at school is math. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

Maddie Kuesel has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Maddie is in sixth grade and the daughter of Dan and Tina Kuesel. She enjoys bowling, biking, Ice Age Trail hiking, reading, writing and painting. She does great work and her grades reflect that. She is a hard worker and a leader in her class. She plans to attend college and become a photojournalist and world traveler.


Alysha Stokes has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Alysha is in first grade and the daughter of Jason and Tanya Stokes. She is an eager student who tackles even the toughest assignments with enthusiasm and perseverance. She is a willing worker in the classroom, always ready to lend a helping hand to students and teachers alike. Outside of school, she enjoys karate, riding bike and bear hunting.

McKenna Delany has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. McKenna is in eighth grade and the daughter of James and Tamara Delany. She is a student who in the face of difficult circumstances has remained extremely strong in the classroom, being attentive and responsible. She is a great student who goes out of her way to help others. She is involved in PFCT, church youth group, FFA, FCCLA, basketball, track and tennis.


Chonlada Saengthaweep has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Chonlada is a sophomore and the daughter of Nalin Farrell. She is involved in spectrum club, NHS and student council. She challenges herself to better understand difficult topics and earns good grades in her classes. She has a pleasant personality and is willing to help others. When she is not in school, she likes to cook. She plans to attend college and study medicine.

Colton Quimby has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Colton is in second grade and the son of Dennis and Jody Quimby. He is a leader in his classroom, is always responsible and is friendly and helpful to everyone. He loves phy ed and strives to work hard in class. He lives on a farm and helps with the cows every day. He loves pizza, country music and football. He is talented at all sports but likes football the best. He has a dog and about 12 farm cats, plus chickens and cows.

Jordan Java is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Jordan is in fourth grade and the daughter of Kari and Hank Java. She is a wonderful role model for her fellow fourth-grade students. She is always helpful and kind. She is a tremendous worker. She always strives to do her best in all academic classes. Her favorite class is math. She is active in phy ed and loves to play volleyball.

Madeline Joy has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Madeline is a senior and the daughter of Ray and Angie Joy. She is a pleasant student who works hard in class, is responsible, dependable and always willing to lend a hand. She is involved in NHS, FCCLA, Spanish club, golf, track and works at the pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, fishing and reading. She plans to attend UW-La Crosse and major in international business.

Aubrianna Gray has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Aubrianna is in second grade and has settled into Siren very well after coming here from Arizona. She is a very bright and conscientious student who is always polite and smiling. She is reliable and dependable and is a joy to teach.

James Krenzke has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. James is in seventh grade and the son of Brian and Maria Krenzke. He produces quality work by putting a lot of thought into his assignments. He is always willing to help out classmates with their work as well. His favorite classes are science and gym. He played middle school football last year. When not at school, he likes to hang out with his dog and two cats and he likes to go hunting with his dad.

Dominic Dugger is Siren High School’s student of the week. Dominic is a sophomore and the son of Brent and Kristina Dugger. He is a serene, laid-back person who likes to help others. His favorite class is English and he jokes that he excels in lunch. He is involved with the library club and the pep band and participates in the school musicals. His hobbies are video gaming, music and taking care of his dog, Echo and cat, Baghera. His future goal is to be involved in the music industry.

Erika Tiedemann has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Erika is in fifth grade and the daughter of David and Heather Tiedemann. She was chosen because she has such a positive attitude. She is helpful to her teachers and classmates and always works hard.

Hope Tendrup has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Hope is a sophomore and the daughter of Eldon and Tanya Tendrup. She is an outstanding student and her favorite subject is AP biology. Her hobbies include running labs in AP biology, hunting, fishing and anything with animal care.


St. Croix Falls

Adrian Anderson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Adrian is in kindergarten and the son of Jeff and Dessy Anderson. He also has a brother, Andre, and a dog named Lacy. At school, his favorite activity is playing on the sledding hill during recess. At home, he enjoys playing football with his brother. When he grows up, he would like to do many jobs, but most of all be a discoverer of dinosaur fossils. He is a helpful and polite student.

Angel Sommer has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Angel is in seventh grade and the daughter of Domminic and Michelle Sommer. Her siblings are Cale, Easton and twins, Marley and Lainey. Her pets are three cats, Luna, Gus and Little Kitty; one dog, Vittles; a snake named Maddie; and fish. She is involved in volleyball and she also enjoys cooking and drawing. She also is a very hard worker who always does a good job on assignments.


Jesse Flom has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Jesse is in second grade and the son of Kristina Hobbs and Tony Flom. He has been working super hard on his academic subjects and this has resulted in huge gains for him. He has an infectious giggle that cheers up the entire room. He likes to help other people and often volunteers to do so. He enjoys playing soccer and football at recess.

Proudly Supporting Our Students

Webster Electricity • Propane 1-800-421-0283

Drew Smith has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Andy and Katie Smith. Drew loves coming to school to see his cousins and friends. He works very hard and always does his best work. Drew enjoys math and liked learning about money. He is always kind and a good friend. When not at school, Drew enjoys eating dinner and playing games with his family. When he grows up, he would like to be a police officer.

Ava Matrious has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in fifth grade. Her mother is Michelle Engebretson and her father is Richard Matrious. Ava always comes to school with a positive attitude and is eager to learn and do her best. She is very kind to others and always helpful in the classroom. When not in school, she enjoys drawing, four-wheeling and spending time with her friends.

Emily Livingston is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Jillian Hanson and Robert Livingston. Emily is a responsible and engaged student who is focused in class and puts a full effort into her work. She engages in thoughtful discussions in class, has a very positive attitude and easily works with any of her classmates. She works part time at Kozy Kitchen. She likes to read, write, play piano and watch movies. She would like to attend college in Washington.

Poom Sukkasemhathai has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Poom is a foreign exchange student from Thailand. He is a sophomore and his host parents are Kelsey and Erica Gustafson. wPoom is learning the percussion instruments in band, but he is a violin player at home. He is always polite and happy, and he has very good grades. He is also involved in choir, cross country and track. He enjoys music and reading.

Supporting our area students and their accomplishments.

Stop In or Call Us Today

2547 State Road 35, Luck, Wis. (in the Evergreen Plaza)

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



FEBRUARY THURSDAY/18 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Polk-Burnett Bee Assoc. meeting at the justice center community room, 7 p.m., 715-554-1020.

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

Events Coming


Frederic • Open house at the library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 715-3274979.



• Grantsburg Area Historical Society member and public meeting at the senior center. Potluck 5:30 p.m., followed by meeting.

New Richmond • Silent Messengers dinner-theater-style performance at Ready Randy’s to support Serenity Home and Grace Place, 11 a.m. or 4 p.m., 715-246-1222.

MONDAY/22 Grantsburg • Free hip & knee pain seminar at the medical center, 4-6 p.m. RSVP at 715-463-7285.

Luck • Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m., 715-472-2030.

Rice Lake • Free “Merchants of Doubt” documentary showing at UWBC, enter at Meggers Hall, 4:30-7 p.m.

TUESDAY/23 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640



• Burnett County Republican Party meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-349-2859.

• American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls


• Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100. • Lunch and Learn: Social Media, at the library, 12:30 p.m., 715-483-1777,

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



• Food and Friends community dinner at Grace Methodist Church, 5 p.m.

• Woodland Owners Forum, oak wilt, ash borers, etc., at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.


St. Croix Falls • Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging at the library, 10 a.m., 715-483-1777,

Alpha • Beekeeping seminar at Burnett Dairy’s General Store, 6-8:30 p.m., 715-689-1037.

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

Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.


Balsam Lake • AARP Tax Aides at ADRC in government center, 9 a.m.noon. Call for appointment, 715-485-8449.

St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s “Fully Committed” at Franklin Square. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

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

FRIDAY/19 Balsam Lake


• Brian Briski speaking on cover crops at the government center, 1:30 p.m., 715-485-8600.

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



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

• Women of the 1890s presentation at the Luck Museum, 7 p.m.




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

• Fish fry at the VFW. • Brian Briski speaking on cover crops at the ag station, 10 a.m., 715-653-3506.


SAT. & SUN./20 & 21 Danbury • Indoor Rendezvous trade fair at the Forts, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.; muzzle-loading presentation midday Sat.

Scandia, Minn. • Festival Theatre’s “Ole & Lena Win a Cruise” at the community center. Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-4833387,

This lonely snowman keeps watch from the middle of Dunham Lake west of Siren. - Photo by Becky Strabel

FRIDAY/26 Falun


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

SATURDAY/27 Cumberland


• Dinner concert, barbecue & bluegrass at the arts center. Dinner 6 p.m., show 7 p.m., 715-822-9959.

Balsam Lake


• Tech time, all about apps, at the library, 10:30 a.m.noon, 715-485-3215. • Candlelight hike on Unity School nature trail, 5-8 p.m., 715-825-2101.

• Amish haystack dinner at Hacker’s, 4-7 p.m.

Siren • Whopper ice-fishing contest at Clam Lake Narrows, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-349-2400.

Clam Falls • South Fork’s ice-fishing contest on Clam Falls Flowage, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky, 10 a.m., 715-483-3387, • Free CPR class at the medical center, 9 a.m.-noon. RSVP required at 715-483-0431.

Frederic • “Love and Respect” video presentation at The Wilderness Fellowship, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. RSVP ASAP, 715-327-8564



• Vintage snowmobile show, chicken feed & medallion hunt at Whitetail Wilderness, 715-866-8276. • Winter Nationals Lawn Mower Drags at 10th Hole Yellow Lake Golf. Check in 11 a.m., races 1 p.m. • Deering/Gandy Dancer fishing contest on Devils Lake, 715-866-9977.

• Snowmobile ride at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Animal detectives snowshoe hike at Crex, 3-4 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Snowshoe hike at Crex, 6-8 p.m.,, 715-463-2739. • Author Sue Segelstrom book signing at the library, 10-11:30 a.m., 715-463-2244.

West Denmark • Nordic Fiddlers Bloc performance at the parish hall, 7 p.m.,



• Bon Ton ice-fishing contest on Little Butternut. 8:30 a.m. register, 9 a.m. contest, 715-472-2959.


Shell Lake

• Cross-country ski event at Forts Folle Avoine, noon3 p.m.,, 715-866-8890.

• Chili/soup cook-off at Clover Meadow Winery for Burnett humane society, 3-6 p.m., 715-866-4096.


Webb Lake

• Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser at Tesora. Open at noon; starts at 1 p.m., 715-327-4431.

• Ice Bowling tourney at Oak Ridge Inn, 715-259-3346,




Grantsburg • Wildlife rehab program at Crex Meadows, 1-2 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Macalester College Pipe Band concert at the high school, 2 p.m.,

• Managed Forest Law - Is It for You, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.

• Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre “Cinderella” at the elem. school, 3:30-8 p.m., 715-327-4868.

This snow-covered bird nest near Siren looks like it will survive the winter of 2015-16, none the worse for wear, and should be ready for occupancy in a few months. - Photo by Mary Lesniak

Send event information (include contact information) to

Leader | Feb 17 | 2016  
Leader | Feb 17 | 2016