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School retains law firm to investigate allegations Allegations of adult-educator bullying were raised at meeting of Unity School Board earlier this month PAGE 3

Civic rehab cost numbers are set Historic theater project will soon go to bidding PAGE 3

Electronic Armegeddon Brendan Kutz showed his first-place medal for finishing the Frigid Five race with a time of 17:41 minutes last Satuday morning, Feb. 20, in Grantsburg. More photos in Currents section. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer

FIRST READ STATEWIDE - The number of Wisconsin farms decreased slightly in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. State officials say these numbers reflect a broader trend in agriculture. The state lost 100 farms and 100,000 acres of farmed land last year, a decline of less than 1 percent. Greg Bussler, the USDA’s state statistician in Wisconsin, said it’s hard to draw conclusions from a single year’s data. But he said last year’s high yields combined with low prices for both dairy and crops hurt producers that rely directly on farm income. “I think that kind of hurt some of the middle-sized farmers because they receive less prices but their input costs were higher,” he said. Wisconsin is following a national trend in agriculture, Bussler added, with small farms becoming more popular and large producers expanding even more, making it harder for mid sized operations to compete. Bussler said several factors affect the number of farms and amount of acres farmed each year. “You have to look at kind of what’s going on as far as production yields,” he said. “And also what the farm income is, the (amount) farmers are receiving, and then you can kind of see trends.” Bussler said urban sprawl and converting farmland to conservation areas can also affect each year’s numbers. - Hope Kirwan | WPR News ••• MADISON - A controversial plan that would have made it harder for school districts to ask voters to raise property taxes has failed in the state Legislature. The bill would require school districts to hold property tax referendums on regularly scheduled election days only, rather than calling for special elections. It would also require school districts to wait a year before retrying a referendum that failed. After drawing heated testimony at public hearings in December and January, the bill failed to be called for a vote before Assembly lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session last week. Alma Superintendent Steven Sedlmayr said he’s relieved by the news. “They dropped that bill because of pressure from people across the state,” said Sedlmayr. “And it does make you feel pretty good that the message got out about what this bill would do.” In December, Sedlmayr testified that state funding for schools is no longer certain, and referendums allow for communities to decide whether they want to spend more or not. Proponents said the bill would have encouraged higher voter turnout and more awareness of referendums. In January, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he supports schools’ ability to ask voters to raise taxes, but added that referendums should be “regularly scheduled so there aren’t any additional costs for taxpayers if there’s no need.” The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Michael Schraa, R-Oshkosh, was unavailable for comment. - Laurel White |WPR News

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STATIONED ON USS RONALD REAGAN Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Nicholas Holwerda, from Grantsburg, dismantles a jet-engine trailer aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, CVN 76. The Ronald Reagan provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. – Photo by mass communication specialist Seaman James Ku

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MAPLE SYRUP MAKING A variety of enrichment courses will begin in March at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Maple syrup making is a two-part class that will meet on Wednesdays, March 2 and March 9. The first session will meet at UW-BC in Room 237 Ritzinger Hall. Participants will learn what trees to tap, tapping and sap collection, cooking the syrup, and grading and packaging the finished product. The second class will meet at Anderson’s Maple Syrup facility in Cumberland where participants will learn about maple equipment, the supplies that are used, and how they bottle syrup on a large scale. Registration fee is $39 and course instructor is longtime syrup maker Ted Simpson. Popular instrument lessons for Beginners will run on Monday evenings, March 7 - April 25 and will meet in the Cedarside Conference Room in the student center. Beginning guitar will run from 5:30-6 p.m., beginning ukulele will meet from 6-6:30 p.m., beginning mandolin will run from 6:30-7 p.m. and beginning banjo will meet from 7-7:30 p.m. Roger Harrison is the instructor of the courses. Harrison is a seasoned and versatile musician. He joined the Musicians’ Union at the age of 13 and has performed as the opening act for Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams Jr., among others. The registration fee for each course is $129 plus $19 for book and audio track. For complete class descriptions and further details or to register online go to or call Doug Edwardsen in the UWBC continuing education department. – Special photo

“SIGHT AND SOUND MEDITATIONS” Musician Manfred Schonauer of the Pipe Dream Center has announced his fourth season of “Sight and Sound Meditations with Manfred.” This is an opportunity to decompress and relax through Schonauer’s music therapy. “Sight and Sound Meditations with Manfred” consists of live, original, instrumental keyboard music with carefully selected tempos, sounds and improvisations set to visuals projected on a 20- by 12foot screen. Each visual and sound is designed to soothe the mind and body. “Sight and Sound” will be held every Tuesday in March, starting at 7 p.m., at Pipe Dream Center, which is located in the old Pipe Lake Public School at the corner of CTH T and CTH G in Polk County, approximately 20 miles east of Luck. Donations are accepted at the door. For more information, call 715-822-8401. — Mary Stirrat with information from Manfred Schonauer

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ATTICUS FINCH COMES TO LUCK MUSEUM The March Free First Friday Flick at Luck Museum will be “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck, John Megna and Frank Overton. The movie will be shown Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. It is the winner of three Academy Awards. Based on the novel by Harper Lee, with the screenplay by Horton Foote, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is directed by Robert Mulligan. Come and enjoy a free Friday matinee, a comfy chair, a classic on the big screen and free popcorn. – Photo submitted

CABARET SET The Shell Lake High School music department will present their annual Cabaret on Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m., at the Shell Lake Arts Center. The music event will feature the Shell Lake jazz ensembles and Tonal Recall vocal ensemble. An evening of relaxing community fellowship with hors d’oeuvres served and prizes raffled off is planned. Shown is music director Ben Kunselman at last year’s performance. — File photo

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Local woman faces federal charges of fraud and tax crimes

Former bookkeeper for Frederic business allegedly filed false tax returns

FREDERIC - A 48-year-old Luck woman faces 13 federal charges of fraud that resulted in a Frederic company she worked for losing approximately $136,886. Lisa Buchholz was charged by a federal grand jury with six counts of wire fraud, four counts of failing to file income tax returns and three counts of assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return for another individual. Buchholz was bookkeeper for Four Seasons Wood Products from May 2008 until June 2012. The indictment alleges that as part of the scheme to defraud FSWP, Buchholz: Used the FSWP accounting system to make payroll payments to two family

members who were not employed by FSWP. Used the FSWP accounting system to make payments to pay her mortgage. Used the FSWP accounting system to make payments to herself and a family member in the name of others. Created false W-2s for herself that did not report the embezzled payments made to her or to others on her behalf. Failed to remit to the federal government any of the FSWP employee W-2s, including her own, for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. Intercepted checks payable to FSWP from the incoming mail, endorsed them and deposited them into her personal checking account, using the proceeds to purchase a vehicle, pay property taxes on her home and withdraw cash; Made false statements to the FSWP banker. Told the FWSP owner that her com-

puter had crashed and the accounting records were lost. In addition, the indictment charges that Buchholz attempted to evade taxes due on her income by failing to file an individual income tax return with the IRS for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and that she engaged in acts of evasion by making false statements to an IRS criminal investigator during an interview in 2013, and by misusing FSWP’s accounting and payroll systems to conceal her receipt of embezzled income. The indictment also charges Buchholz with three counts of assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for an individual identified as R.B. in the indictment. It is alleged that these returns falsely represented that the taxpayer R.B. was entitled to claim head of household filing status and an earned income credit. If convicted, Buchholz faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison

Luck man sentenced on preteen sex assault

Summer of 2013 assault took place after a day at the beach Greg Marsten | Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE - A 46-year-old Luck man who faced up to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a preteen was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court for felony and misdemeanor sexual assault, after a late January plea agreement, avoiding a Daniel A. Shelby trial. Daniel A. Shelby, 46, Luck, was first charged with two counts of felony first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13, and second-degree sexual assault back in August 2013, for an incident that allegedly occurred a month prior at Shelby’s Luck home. After negotiations and multiple court hearings, Judge Jeffery Anderson accepted

Shelby’s guilty plea to lesser charges of misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and a lone felony first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13. Shelby was originally set to go to trial several weeks ago and faced up to 40 years of incarceration and up to or including a $100,000 fine if convicted on the original charges, which involved allegations that he fondled a preteen female who stayed at his home after a day of drinking at the beach. His recent plea agreement allowed the prosecutor to amend the original charges down, eliminating two of the felony counts and adding the fourth-degree charge for sentencing. Anderson took the case over for Judge Molly GaleWyrick in early 2014, and the case continued to languish in the courts until Shelby’s plea agreement on Jan. 27, where he pleaded guilty to the amended, reduced charges. Shelby received a sentence of 90 days of conditional jail time with two years of probation, as well as 15 years of sex offender registration. The criminal complaint outlined charges against Shelby from July 2013 at his Luck

home. According to the complaint, Shelby had been to the beach with several young children earlier in the day and had been drinking beer prior to the incident. The child victim was asleep beside other children at Shelby’s home that night when he snuck into the children’s room and began to fondle the victim’s chest, both under and over her shirt. According to the complaint narrative, the child woke up to find Shelby on top of her, and told investigators that he had asked her to do something else, but she didn’t understand what he’d said and instead told him to stop, which he did. The child went home a short time later and told her parents, who later called police. After an investigation into the allegation, charges were filed a few weeks later, and a no-contact-with-minors order has been in effect since his first court hearing. Under the Anderson sentence, Shelby will serve three months in jail with two years of probation, plus he must pay restitution and court costs and will be a registered sex offender until at least 2031.

on each wire fraud count and five years on each tax count. The charges against her are the result of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rita M. Rumbelow and Daniel J. Graber. - Gary King with information from the office of U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil, Western District of Wisconsin

Unity retains law firm to investigate allegations Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - The Unity School Board of Education has hired an outside law firm to investigate allegations of adult-educator bullying that were raised at the Tuesday, Feb. 9, meeting of the school board. Unity School Board President Debbie Peterson issued the following statement regarding the board’s handling of the issue: “Regarding the allegations presented in a written letter to the Unity Board of Education during the last regular board meeting, the board has retained an outside law firm to conduct an in-depth investigation into the allegations presented. As a board, we are confident in our selection of Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet LCC to be an unbiased and very well-qualified legal team leading this effort. Since this review is currently active, we do not have additional details to share at this time.”

Correction A production error resulted in us placing the wrong name beneath a photo on page 3 last week. The photo with the “Woman accused” story should have been identified as Marlaina Tibbets. We apologize to Ms. Tibbets and to Jim Kopecky for the error.

Civic rehab cost numbers are set Historic theater project will soon go to bidding Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – After months of waiting for ballpark figures, the St. Croix Falls Community Development Authority was able to weigh in on the projected cost estimates to rehabilitate and expand the historic Civic Auditorium downtown, after the plug was pulled on a proposed boutique hotel project next door. The CDA held their first meeting of 2016 on Monday, Feb. 22, where they accepted the schematic designs and also approved a hard limit of $4.2 million on the project, with a variety of contingencies, but with a few items left out. The bulk of the project would be paid for through a variety of funding sources, but mainly through proceeds of the city’s very successful tax increment district, projected TID revenue, grants and private fundraising, although the ballpark estimates leave the city about $500,000 short, which they will need to make up in that private funding. Mayor Brian Blesi, who also serves on the CDA, noted how the city would likely need to issue municipal bonds to cover some of the initial cash outlays on the project, so it can be completed by April 2017. “We can follow the costs along the way,” Blesi said. “But we’ll need to do this (bond to cover the initial costs) to have it open by April of next year.” In a presentation that went over two hours, lead architect Denita Lemmon, of Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, outlined a variety of proposed changes, improvements and deficiencies for the old theater that the rehabilitation is meant to address, with a goal to keep the figure at or around $4 million, with an “a la carte style” list of possible additions to the plan, should the

funding come in higher than expected. “In reality, there is a very aggressive construction climate right now,” Lemmon noted on how the final cost estimates were adjusted upward, just in case the bids come in higher than expected. Lemmon went over many of the proposed changes, which includes a twostory addition to the theater’s south side, where an elevator, dressing rooms and rest rooms would be added, as would additional event space. It would also add to the backstage area and include a loading lift for equipment, as well as new seating. Left off Lemmon’s base bid estimate is restoring the old balcony, which would add approximately $117,000 to the final bill, and would require expanding the elevator service to the top of the building, outside the addition. Lemmon said the balcony could add 64 seats to the final count, but would likely require elevator access under state codes. Other items left off the base bid included extensive renovation of the so-called “multipurpose room,” on the lowest level, and had been used as a smaller performance space by the resident Festival Theatre Company, referred to as the Elbow Room. Adding that would add nearly half a million dollars to the final total. The plan does keep the seating capacity approximately where it is currently, at about 236. Lemmon has a proposed stage modification that would raise that number to 278, without wheelchairs, but it would shrink the stage and make it square, which the Festival crew was against. Also not on the base bid are restoring the vintage, 6- by 12-foot windows on both the north and south sides of the exterior. Restoring those windows would add $46,000. Lemmon also pointed to the specific contingency funding she is recommending, which includes a $2.955 million cost for basic construction, with a $295,000 design

“In reality, there is a very aggressive construction climate right now.” - architect Denita Lemmon contingency and a possible cost escalation of 5 percent through the midpoint of construction, adding another $163,000. Lemmon’s concerns about “things we may uncover” during the construction phase led her to urge a 10-percent construction contingency on top of that, adding another $341,000. Adding the design fees and miscellaneous testing adds another $434,000 to the final bill, coming to $4.188 million. The CDA is hoping that Lemmon’s design contingencies and possible cost escalations are conservative, so that maybe some of the possible a la carte improvements can also be added. “I’d really like to see us doing it right the first time,” CSA member Woody McBride said, referring specifically to his hope of doing the added seating in the balcony. “That could make all the difference (on bringing in larger acts).” While Blesi admitted the city would need to front at least some of the money, the CDA also recommended a proposal to make up that $500,000 projected shortfall with a long-term “facility charge” on each ticket sold, possibly up to $5 each, which could raise more than enough of the shortfall. “But in order to completely fund the project, we need to aggressively continue our fundraising,” Blesi said. “But at this point, we’re at the go/no-go design phase.” “I’m really in favor of it,” CDSA member Arnie Carlson said. “But I do think we need to do it with the bare bones (plan).”

Other CDA members were in favor of the plan, and approved the $4.2 million project cap, but later decision drew some indecision, and the CDA denied part of a request to fund the Festival Theatre’s relocation while the theater is renovated, totaling $54,000. That bill includes $38,000 of rent for their new space rental at Franklin Square, as well as renovations to that rental space for shows. The CDA approved the renovation costs, but balked at the rental request, citing how the company essentially has the Civic rentfree during normal times. Relocation cost reimbursements are allowed under TIF law, and the city had budgeted $54,000 for just such a move, but the rental request did not sit well with some CDA members. “Isn’t the city the landlord, and aren’t we kicking them out (for this reconstruction)?” asked Carlson. Festival Theatre director Pam Fuchs noted how the company “was offered space for free ... but wanted to keep as much as possible in town,” which is why they rented the Franklin Square spot, and hence the rental cost request. “What you’re also not seeing is the loss in revenue (by not being in the muchlarger Civic space),” Fuch’s added, noting how they have reduced their staff to prepare for the reduced revenues, which she said was going to be $140,000 less for the season. But in the end, the CDA denied the Franklin Square portion of the reimbursement, and approved the $16,000 buildout expense. The next steps in the project will be to finalize some of the soil tests, and set the projects to go out for bids, with a ground breaking in the spring and final completion in just over a year, in time for the Civic’s centennial celebration.


Burnett County adopts outdoor recreation plan

Recreation officer and implications of Act 55 also discussed

Phil Lindeman said. Ed Peterson, vice chair of the board of supervisors, expressed frustration with the lack of progress in filing the position. “We have repeatedly expressed our concern to the sheriff that we have a full-time recreation officer. We have fully funded the position and it hasn’t been filled. Maybe we should pull funding from the recreation officer and partner with Douglas County. I’m just sick of this,” Peterson said.

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Board of Supervisors approved the 2016-2020 Burnett County Outdoor Recreation Plan at its regular board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18. The plan, prepared by forest recreation coordinator Susan Ingalls, is a comprehensive outline of the many recreational opportunities available in Burnett County. “It is a very extensive plan. Very well done,” said county Supervisor Emmitt Byrne, giving kudos to Ingalls for a professionally developed document. Ingalls was born and raised in Webster and has been employed with the county forestry and parks department for seven years. Jason “Jake” Nichols, administrator of the Burnett County Forestry and Parks Department, A leader in stewardship and conserand Susan Ingalls, forest recreation coordinator, present the 2016-2020 county outdoor recreation vation plan to the board of supervisors. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson The motto of Burnett County is “to provide vision and stewardship.” Nowhere else is this better exemplified than in its ious conservation projects. Local lake as- sheriff’s department. The officer would forestry and parks department. The out- sociations also work in partnership with be dedicated to patrolling the county’s door recreation plan outlines the county’s staff at the forestry and parks department recreational areas, including ATV, snowconservation and sustainable manage- and university extension to preserve mobile and on-the-water patrols. Even though the county has budgeted ment plan for its lake and forestry lands. water quality. funds for a full-time recreational officer, To say that Burnett County has abundant the sheriff’s department has experienced natural resources is an understatement. Big Bear Lake One example of such collaborations, difficulty keeping such an officer emConsider the following information as as highlighted in the outdoor recreation ployed. With spring coming, the county provided in the outdoor recreation plan: • 28.3 percent of Burnett County land is plan, is the county partnership with the has expressed increased urgency to have Big Bear Lake Association. In 2005, the the sheriff promptly fill the position. in public ownership. Throughout the years such officers • A total of 170,000 acres of publicly Big Bear Lake Association presented a have been limited-term employees who, proposal for the development of a nature owned land is open for hunting. after a short stint serving as the outdoor trail on Burnett County forestland in the • There are 12 state natural areas and Town of Webb Lake. Their objective was recreational officer, bump up to full-time seven public beaches. • Camping is allowed on all county for- to create an opportunity throughout the deputies performing other duties within estry land and in designated areas of the year for visitors to observe, appreciate the sheriff’s department. This has resulted and learn about wildlife and vegetation in a lack of continuity. St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. The sheriff has dedicated Sgt. Ryan • Bicycling is available on the Gandy in that area of the forest. Bybee to assume some recreational offiThe Burnett County Forestry CommitDancer bike trail with the county explortee approved the association’s plan, and a cer responsibilities, while also performing mountain bike trails. • There are 40 miles of horseback trails memorandum of understanding between ing other departmental duties. Bybee the county and association was written. attended the recent natural resources in the Governor Knowles State Forest. • There are 8.5 miles of cross-country The association has developed three dif- committee meeting. County supervisors advocated for a ferent trail loops totaling approximately skiing trails at Brant Pines natural area. • There are 120 miles of snowmobile 2.1 miles. The county provides guidance full-time officer dedicated to outdoor trails and 50 miles of summer ATV trails. to the Big Bear Lake Association and recreation. Such an officer could build • There are 508 lakes, 242 of which are works cooperatively with them on for- relationships with the various lake assofishable and 42 that are over 200 acres in estry management. There is a trailhead ciations and snowmobile clubs and serve and parking lot located on Bear Lake as a sort of ambassador at the many outsize. • There are 358 lineal miles of fishable Road just north of the intersection with door activity events. Douglas County was cited as an example of such an outdoor streams, including 85 miles where brook Lake 26 Road. recreational officer position. and brown trout are present. “The recreation officer position really Outdoor recreation officer concerns Much of the county outdoor lands are In related business, the county board works when you have a full-time posipreserved in partnership with local organizations, with snowmobile groups, gun continued to express frustration with its tion. It is supposed to be more than just clubs and hunting groups taking on var- apparent inability to secure a full-time writing tickets – but also there is an eduoutdoor recreational officer within the cational component,” county Supervisor

Boathouse regulations The board also heard a report from Supervisor Maury Miller on issues of shoreland zoning, specifically the state dictate under Act 55 that boathouse construction must now be allowed along lakes in the county. Act 55 is state legislation authored by local state Rep. Adam Jarchow that invalidates many lakeshore protection ordinances of the county. Miller serves as chairman of the county land use and information committee. The committee is working with county zoning Administrator Jason Towne to craft rules that comply with Act 55, while seeking to ensure basic lakeshore protections remain. The county board seemed united in support of land-use committee efforts to draft boathouse regulations that are purposely onerous and “on the bottom end of what is reasonable” as a means to preserve lake shoreland while still complying with the new state regulation allowing for boathouse construction. One issue raised at the county board meeting is if town zoning still applies under Act 55. If a town has existing zoning laws more stringent than the state allows, such as lot width or lakeshore setbacks, would such town rules trump the state? This was a question that Vice Chair Peterson asked at a recent state conference held in Madison. “They all just looked at me,” Peterson said, “wondering what is that redneck from up in northern Wisconsin trying to get at?” The land-use committee will hold a public hearing on its proposed boathouse regulations at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 1. The jabbing with state government was a predominant theme of the county board meeting. County board Chairman Don Taylor gave a report on a conference he recently attended. “Governor Walker was there,” Taylor reported. “Quite frankly, I can’t remember a thing that he said.”

Local tourism grants awarded Initiative seeks to “create a viable and growing future” for Burnett County E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Tourism Coalition position statement reads as follows: “To people looking for a nearby North Woods experience, Burnett County is your affordable, family-friendly, North Woods getaway which showcases premier water and wildlife, being home to unique natural scenic riverways, 500 pristine lakes, and stellar, incomparable state wildlife areas.” The coalition is the driving force behind a well-organized, coordinated and growing tourism promotion effort in Burnett County. Through promotion of Burnett County’s natural resources and offering tourists a unique North Woods experience, the coalition sees tourism as a main engine in overall economic development efforts. Back in November the Burnett County Board of Supervisors approved $15,000 for incentive grants to local organizations in an effort to spur tourism initiatives under a unified promotional banner. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the first-ever

Local Tourism Grant Awards were approved by the county’s natural resources committee. Mike Kornmann, community development agent with UW-Extension, coordinated the local tourism grant process. All grant recipients must provide matching funds.

Local grant awards The fourth-annual Adventure Triathlon to be held on Saturday, May 14, was awarded $1,500 to aid promotion efforts. Sponsored by the Grantsburg Village Improvement Program, the event begins at Memory Lake Park in downtown Grantsburg. The triathlon consists of a 19-mile bike trek through Crex Meadows, followed by a two-mile paddle in Phantom Lake and concludes with an eight-mile run back to Memory Lake Park. Northwest Passage was awarded $2,000 for its Taste of the Trail event. The second-annual event will be held at the In a New Light Gallery on Aug. 13, to coincide with Gandy Dancer Days and the Webster Centennial celebrations. The event includes a gallery open house, local food and beverages and music in the “backyard.” Northwest Passage is one of the Midwest’s elite mental-health centers. In a New Light Gallery, located on Hwy. 35, just south of Webster, features inspiring

art from the children and teenagers who utilize their mental health services. Northwest Passage has served Burnett County since 1978. With 190 employees, it is one of the county’s largest employers. The Grantsburg Revitalization Operation was awarded $3,000 for informational kiosks to promote Grantsburg and “highlight the primary recreational hot spots in the Grantsburg area, including the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Governor Knowles State Forest, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Fish Lake Wildlife Area and Memory Lake Park.” The Grantsburg Revitalization Operation was formed in 2014 as part of the Grantsburg Visioning Process. A total of $3,000 was awarded to the Siren Chamber of Commerce for the creation of a tour map that “features amenities and small tour suggestions that traverse all quadrants of Burnett County.” A total of 10,000 tour maps will be printed. The Gandy Dancer Fly-In was awarded $3,000 to promote the air show, 5K race and car show event to be held on July 23 at the Burnett County Airport in Siren. This will be the third year for the fly-in. The Burnett County Tourism Coalition was awarded $3,000 for its Burnett County Destination Marketing Initiative. The Burnett County Tourism Coalition is

made up of businesses and community members with a collective goal to “grow tourism in Burnett County.” The coalition initiatives “are focused on providing our impoverished county with a strong source of tax revenue as well as increased traffic for our small businesses.” The grant will “enhance countywide digital marketing initiatives” by helping to fund an intern position to administer the website. Specific outcomes of the grant will include, “strengthening the Burnett County Facebook presence, creating new social media accounts to reach a wider demographic and administering a countywide event calendar.”

A viable and growing future “Tourism has a 6:1 return on investment,” reads the project narrative of the Burnett County Tourism Coalition’s grant application, “and isn’t simply about putting more money into the pockets of our small-business owners. More tourism means more dollars flowing through the county, greater opportunities for business retention and expansion and more jobs and amenities for people who live in Burnett County. All together, the local tourism grants will result in creating a viable and growing future.”


Opposition and curiosity bring people out Becky Strabel | Staff writer TOWN OF SIREN - Many town meetings occur with just the board present and maybe one or two others. The Town of Siren’s Thursday, Feb. 11, meetings were an exception. The town hall was full and additional chairs were set up. Each month the meetings begin with the Siren Sanitation District agenda. Recently, past-due balances owed to the district were placed on owners property tax statements in accordance to board procedure. It appears that didn’t sit well with everyone. David and Penny McCann asked to be added to the agenda to discuss a past-due balance that they have been disputing. The McCanns questioned why $240 was placed on their tax bill even though they have been trying to contact the district since August 2015 to figure out the meter discrepancy. After a lengthy conversation, it seems that there was a miscommunication between the board and the McCanns and more information would be needed. As reported in previous months, Burnett County still owes the district more than $20,000 for the extension of the sanitation district installed during the Hwy. 35/70 roundabout construction. A new bill will be resubmitted since it still hasn’t been paid. Chairman DuWayne Wiberg reminded residents that if there is an issue with their meter to call the town hall, and Scott Abbott, the town employee, will get in contact with them. The town hall number is 715-349-7677 and the sanitary district meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall located east of Siren just off of CTH B. Tribe’s project Following the monthly sanitary district meeting is the regular town board meeting. This meeting starts with the normal business of approving reports and is then open for public comment. Tim D’jock started the comment portion by introducing Derek Buck, a planner for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, and Keith O’Brien, newly hired representative for the St. Croix Tribal Council who will oversee their new fiveyear economic plan. O’Brien continued to introduce the site plan that was recently approved by the tribal council. The plan includes a new grocery store, bottle shop,

Full house at town meeting

west side of the highway without releasing much more information. The February meeting delivered some answers. With a proposed car wash planned, the property needs to determine how the system will handle the added wastewater. There are seven 1,000-gal. holding tanks currently buried on the property from the previous owners that may have potential to be used. The tribal council also stated, through O’Brien, that they have approved an engineer, plan on holding a job fair, and will be only hiring Wisconsin contractors to work on the project.

The St. Croix Tribe is proposing to build a multimillion dollar complex north of Siren. Planners representing the tribe were at the Thursday, Feb. 11, Town of Siren meeting. Shown left to right are Derek Buck, Keith O’Brien, Tim D’Jock, DuWayne Wiberg, Philip Stiemann and town employee Scott Abbott. - Photo by Becky Strabel c-store, fast-food restaurant, truck stop and a car wash. “We are asking for the town to write a letter to the Department of Transportation to allow for the township road that crosses by Victory Fireworks to be reverted back to the way it was pre-roundabout,” stated O’Brien. “Who is going to pay for that?” asked Mary Hunter, town clerk. According to D’Jock, the county administrator said that if the Town of Siren put in a TIF district that would be one way to pay for it. “What if we don’t do the TIF program?” asked town Supervisor Phil Stiemann. D’Jock replied, “Then we would have to work with the county.” O’Brien also commented that if the DOT was aware of the planned development, or if it was already established, the roundabout plans would have been different. The tribe is currently doing a traffic study for the site south of Airport Road and west of Hwy. 35 across from their South Winds Plaza. The DOT has admitted that they are having some issues with traffic cutting in on Lind Road and that the revision would help this. Also, the DOT needs to repair the standing water at the roundabout. O’Brien commented that “we (the tribe) aren’t asking

for you to pay for it now.” “The big picture here is the economy impact and jobs that this project will create,” D’Jock summarized. O’Brien added, “The tribe will be investing $35 million into Burnett County this year, and they are the county’s largest employer. They feel that that should count for something.” Wiberg asked about the future of the downtown grocery store. O’Brien said that it would not remain a grocery store, but would be repurposed. “The tribe is looking into what would be the best use for it.” With the location of the current store and the people that walk there being discussed, O’Brien said, “It is an issue.” D’Jock deflected the course of the conversation by commenting that the tribe is considering a smaller version, “They are still considering that.” O’Brien finished with, “A free shuttle could be an option. There are many options. We are looking at all of them. We have no answers right now.” With that the town voted to write a letter to the DOT stating that they would be open to changing the town road.

Sanitation system At previous sanitation district meetings, D’Jock has asked numerous questions about the sanitation system on the

Opposition With all that said, there was some opposition to the multimillion dollar plan. The agenda item titled “Liquor license/ Tobacco request, St. Croix Tribe” had Joe Yourchuck, owner of Yourchuck’s, question why the town would be willing to issue two new liquor licenses within a short distance from each other. Yourchuck currently has an off-sale and on-sale license for his two businesses. The tribe is requesting two off-sale licenses: one for the planned liquor and tobacco shop that will be in the Southwinds Plaza, next to the Panda Inn Chinese restaurant, and the other on the newly released site plan discussed earlier. The site that does not have a building cannot have a liquor license. D’Jock asked if a provisional license could be issued. The town will speak with legal counsel and hold action at a later date, however, the board had no legal reason to not issue the license for the Southwinds Plaza location. Supervisors Bert Lund and Stiemann moved to approve the request contingent on them receiving a copy of the sellers permit that the state issues. Other business Other agenda items were quickly attended to. The town board’s comprehensive planning committee suggested that the town does not establish their own sign ordinance since it would be too hard to patrol. “Could a buffer zone be established by the county along the Hwy. 35/70 corridor that could be stricter than the village and more lax than the county?” wondered Wiberg. The committee also needs to replace former member Judy Johnson. Abbott reported that there weren’t any road problems. The only other business was to pay bills.

Residents in Lorain and Clam Falls want Internet access “Service couldn’t get worse,” Polk committee told

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The residents in the Towns of Clam Falls and Lorain, in the far northeast corner of Polk County, would like the same Internet access as other residents of the area, Clam Falls Town Board member Brad Olson told the Polk County Conservation Committee. The service could improve if a local company is permitted to expand its towers into the two towns. That expansion was discussed in detail at the committee meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17. Last October, the Polk County zoning administrators received a complaint that a tower had been built in Lewis, a community in Clam Falls. An investigation

found that no permit had been applied for, and the new tower did not meet zoning and tower regulations. Jason Kjeseth, county zoning administrator, told the tower builder that the tower was not incompliance and started actions to correct the issue. The tower, in a field at 1180 Main Avenue just west of Hwy. 35 in Lewis, was built by Starwire Technologies, an Internet service company located in Siren. Statements from Kjeseth and Olson say that the tower is a proposed first step to bring high-speed Internet service to the area. And while the tower is now illegal, according to Jeff Fuge, Polk County Corporation Counsel, there is a desire from many of those involved to find a way to bring the tower and its service into compliance. For starters, the town boards of Lorain and Clam Falls have submitted letters to the committee requesting that the county

waive or reduce all fees and other ordinance restrictions for Starwire. The towns would say they want the present tower retained and a second tower built on the eastern edge of Clam Falls so the two towns could receive Internet service. “At present, (service) is so poor it couldn’t get worse,” Olson said. “Now it takes an hour and a half to download a short video. Many people in our area could work from home with better Internet service. Starwire would give us the service others in the county now have.” Olson went on to say that other providers in the area are not able to expand into Lorain and Clam Falls. He said the town residents want access to online learning and telecommuting opportunities and have health concerns for people who require the health/safety and telemedicine communication tools that Internet services can provide. The committee agreed to look at the is-

sues involved in allowing the towers, including the cost of permits, bonding and engineering studies. Since there has been no application for a permit, the county could start the process of revising the regulation before a completed application is submitted, Fuge said. “Is there a way the county can help the residents get some Internet service out there?” committee member Dean Johansen asked. “The tower is there because there is a need. What can we do in the future?” Sara McLain from Starwire said the company is looking at what is feasible for Starwire Technologies. The committee asked the zoning department to look at options for solving the problem and bring a report to a future meeting. Meanwhile, the tower stands and the residents of Lorain and Clam Falls are hoping for Internet access.

Rep. Quinn hails advances on Rural Wisconsin Initiative MADISON - On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Reps. Romaine Quinn, Rice Lake, Ed Brooks, Reedsburg, and Travis Tranel, Cuba City, launched the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of bills aimed at improving educational, workforce, healthcare and technological opportunities. Last week, the first two bills in the package, Assembly Bills 820 and 793, passed the state Assembly with broad bipartisan support.

AB 820 establishes the Broadband Forward! community certification. This is a certification that municipalities can voluntarily choose to pursue that signifies the community will abide by certain time frames and fee structures when it comes to expanding broadband. The resulting certainty is positive for municipalities and telecommunications companies and smooths the expansion process. AB 793 expands the state’s teacher loan

program. Under the current program, teachers who meet certain criteria are eligible for up to $10,000 in loans for three years, with 25 percent of those loans being forgiven if the teacher continues to teach in Milwaukee and receives a teacher rating of proficient or distinguished. Passage of this bill expands the program to include teachers in rural areas. “I am very proud to have been able to work on advancing the cause of rural Wis-

consin,” said Quinn. “With the support of my rural colleagues, we have made real progress in improving opportunities for rural residents in education and Internet access. I look forward to making continued progress on this initiative when the Legislature returns to session.” Both bills are now on their way to the Senate. – from the office of Rep. Quinn

Frederic school may develop child-care facility


District looks to the future for students and staff

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer FREDERIC - The Frederic School District may develop a before- and after-school child-care facility, including care for preschool-age children. Erin Hansford, the 4-year-old kindergarten teacher, presented the concept to the Frederic School Board at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17. She said that area families have expressed a growing need for such services, and there is a shortage of child-care facilities in the Frederic area to meet that need. Hansford’s presentation was part of a board meeting which looked ahead to future opportunities for the district’s students and staff. Hansford said that the district has a growing number of commuting families who are seeking supervised programs for their children while the parents are working. She said a Frederic program to meet these parents needs could keep these children within the district. The model she presented could provide child care for three age groups, birth to age 2, 2 to 2-1/2 years and 3 to 4. The program could include before- and after-school care, summer care and snow-day care. The initial

Teacher Erin Hansford, the 4-year-old kindergarten teacher at Frederic, suggests that the school district could create a school child-care facility. – Photos by Gregg Westigard

Teacher Lynn Schauls, a member of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, shares ideas of how to honor Frederic’s veterans at the Wednesday, Feb. 17, school board meeting. program would be designed to care for 40 children in the three age groups. “Parents want a secure place for their children while they are at work,” Hansford said. “There are not enough local day-care providers. Day care is our responsibility. If the option is not provided here, they will leave. Some have already left.” District Administrator Josh Robinson said Frederic is positioned very well for the service. He said a package program like this would serve the whole family and help build the district’s enrollment. Frederic now has a half-day 4K program and a before-school program that has over 60 children registered, with 15 to 20 children attending daily, Hansford said. The new child-care programs would expand on that. The idea will be discussed more at the Wednesday, March 9, board meeting.

Other topics We need to be “intentional” with our efforts, especially in skill development, Robinson said as he reported on the ideas he brought back from the National Education Convention he had just attended.

Frederic School Board members Scott Nelson and Chuck Holicky are recognized by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards for their years of service to the group. He said that means both looking at what a graduate should look like in five and 10 years and how to do professional development well to create personal learning opportunities for the educational staff. Robinson said there are new careers today that were unknown five years ago, and the district must keep its mission statement current. He said that new opportunities will come as school districts are presented with more options. That might include new ways to use summer school to keep kids more involved while improving the district’s finances. Robinson mentioned that one district is offering six days of summer school before the start of the new school year in September. The district must keep the door open for new ideas, Robinson said. Frederic third-graders are reaching out to the district’s veterans as part of their community service learning, third-grade teacher Lynn Schauls reported to the

board. She said the students are expanding their project of sending handwritten letters to the veterans. The students are learning the meaning of Memorial Day and what people in the military do to serve the country. This will lead up to a meet-and-greet event at the elementary school on Saturday, March 5, from 1-3 p.m., when veterans and the community are invited to come and share with the students. Schauls was at the board meeting as a member of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary Paul G. Johnson Post 249. She said the post has two more projects coming. They want to host an honors banquet at this spring’s graduation to recognize the Frederic students who are going into the military this year. And they have a long-term goal of creating a Wall of Honor at the school with the names of all Frederic area graduates who have served in the military.

A little time can save a lot of money

Volunteering at Luck Schools means interest-free loan

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - People living in the Luck School District can actually have a hand in helping to lower their school property taxes. The school will soon be finalizing its borrowing for the $2.3 million referendum project approved last fall and has the opportunity to tap into a $500,000 in-

terest-free loan that would save taxpayers an estimated $100,000. Eligibility for the $500,000 qualified zone academy bond is based on the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch as well as the creation of programs to enhance graduation rates and employment opportunities. Another eligibility requirement is that the district must come up with a 10-percent match, either in volunteer time or donated funds and materials. For Luck to receive the loan, the school must have

$50,000 in committed match, which must be documented to meet federal requirements. The commitment to volunteer or donate must be made by mid-April, and can be made by contacting elementary Principal Ann Goldbach, high school Principal Brad Werner, community education director Amy Aguado or athletic director Chuck Holicky. While volunteer commitment must be made by mid-April, the volunteer hours can be completed over the next five years.

Volunteer opportunities include tutoring in reading, math or other subjects, technical assistance in staff training or curriculum development, mentoring, coaching, advising or fundraising for extracurricular activities, transporting students for school functions or extracurricular activities, providing office support and providing supervision in a variety of ways. Anyone interested in helping to reach the $50,000 match should contact one of the above-named individuals at the school.

Habitual burglar gets three years in prison Judge cites repeated offenses in prison sentence Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 33-year-old Amery man, Jeffrey P. Kobs, will spend at least the next three years in state prison, after he was sentenced last week on a previous felony burglary conviction from an incident five years ago, on top of numerous convictions and violations since. Jeffrey Kobs Kobs had two sentencing hearings last week, the last being on Friday, Feb. 19, by Judge Michael Waterman. Kobs had originally been charged with felony burglary from a January 2011 incident where he broke into a family friend’s farm. His record added “repeater” enhancements to almost all of his charges. “That was the worst part, he not only knew (the victim), he was a person who was trying to help (Kobs) out,” stated

Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen. Among the items Kobs reportedly stole and scrapped or sold included a rare vintage airplane propeller. “I don’t believe they ever recovered it,” Steffen said, noting at the sentencing hearing that Kobs still owes the victim several thousands of dollars in restitution, which Waterman later made part of his sentence, meaning that once he is out of prison, his extended supervision must include the restitution. Kobs was also sentenced two days prior in Polk County Court by Judge Kenneth Kutz on a similar sentencing on a revocation for seven, unrelated charges. That referenced case originally included a felony bail jumping, on top of multiple misdemeanors for disorderly conduct, bail jumping and multiple read-in charges from a variety of previous convictions or deferred sentencing cases, going all the way back to 2004. Kobs faced the potential of up to 12-1/2 years in prison, just on the felony burglary, but the joint recommendation from both the prosecution and even the defense was for exactly what Waterman handed down, but without credit for time already served.

“We’ve tried everything else, Your Honor,” Steffen said during the sentencing with a sigh, noting no less than nine previous convictions and separate cases. His latest bond was revoked last November, after he had several bond violations. It triggered the two sentencing hearings on the revocations, both of which were handled by judges from outside Polk County. Waterman’s sentence on Friday was for the previously deferred felony burglary conviction, two days after Kutz’s order of three years of incarceration with two years of extended supervision. Kobs did address the court during his right of allocution, prior to Waterman’s decision, and he sobbed hard as he apologized to several people, and then admitted a jail sentence might be appropriate. “It was probably what I needed,” Kobs told the judge on his last six months, sitting in jail. “I’ve missed holidays, my son’s 11th birthday ... been digging a hole, I’ll admit ... I can choose to be bitter or better. I’m choosing better.” While Waterman gave him credit for admitting to his mistakes and his statement, he also said his past variety of crimes, which included drug, theft, disorderly conduct, domestic abuse and multi-

“I can choose to be bitter or better ... I’m choosing better.” - Jeffrey Kobs

ple bail jumping charges, all played into his sentence for burglary, which he said was more than just stealing from someone. “In my opinion, burglary is a violent crime,” Waterman said. “These days, more and more people have weapons ... you’re lucky he didn’t use one on you!” Waterman also cited Kobs’ “... criminal history going back to 2001,” which included numerous programs and opportunities for redemption, including drug court, none of which seemed to keep him out of trouble. “(Your history) leaves the justice system fewer options,” Waterman said as handed down his sentence of the three years of incarceration, on top of the three years of extended supervision with restitution order. The Waterman sentence will run concurrent to the Kutz-imposed sentence.


Strangling, beating leads to prison time

Judge cites “chilling” audio tape of Paul Villella’s temper, triples sentencing recommendations

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A rural Frederic man who was convicted at trial last fall of attempted strangulation/suffocation, and substantial battery will do at least a year-and-a-half in prison, with another five years of extended supervision after a sentencing in Polk County Circuit Court late last week. Paul Villella, 50, Frederic, was sentenced on the conviction last Friday, Feb. 19, by Judge Michael Waterman, who had presided over Villella’s trial last November. The judge weighed testimony by the prosecutor, defense, two of his victims and even from Villella himself before he went beyond the sentencing recommendations of the Department of Corrections, beyond even that of the county prosecutor, in handing down a sentence that will keep Villella incarcerated for at least another year and a half, on top of his time already served. He faced the potential of over six years in prison under state guidelines. Citing Villella’s own words from a presentence investigation, as well as testimony and evidence he heard at trial, some of which Waterman called “chilling,” all of it led to the final sentence, which was three times as much as the DOC had recommended. They recommended six months of incarceration, which Villella had served by the time he was sentenced. But some of Villella’s own words came back to haunt him at the sentencing hearing, as Waterman noted several times. “(We) never know when the next small thing will set you off,” Waterman stated, calling him “primitive” in his drunken reactions to seemingly tiny issues. Waterman is a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge, but presided over the Villella case in Polk County, as all other local judges had conflicts of interest or

Paul Villella at his initial court appearance last year. - File photo by Greg Marsten had been sued in the past by Villella, who has a noted history of “anti-government” actions, even telling officials once that he had renounced his U.S. citizenship and burned his Social Security card. As the judge cited, Villella also has unusual attitudes about women, seemingly citing fundamental beliefs about their role as subservient to the husband, which the judge noted at the sentencing as “antiquated ... evil perhaps ...” But according to the judge, Villella’s philosophy and attitudes took second chair compared to an audio recording of a previous incident, played at trial for the jury, which affected the judge enough to affect his sentencing. “That audio recording (at trial) was downright bone chilling,” Waterman said as he stared directly at Villella. “All over a cracked plate.” That “chilling” audio recording was secretly recorded by his victim during a previous encounter between Villella and her. She called it clear evidence of the type of rage she and other victims have faced, and it vividly recorded Villella repeatedly threatening and screaming expletives at her, over and over repeating how she was “lucky to have a roof over her head!”

The victim had secretly recorded the incident on her cell phone, using a special domestic abuse phone application, in part due to Villella’s history of violence. The rage the jury heard on the recording apparently began when he had received a dinner plate with a hairline crack. On the recording, Villella was clearly heard repeating over and over: “Are you tempting me to kill you? Are you?” That tape, as well as other evidence, led a Polk County jury to deliver a verdict in less than an hour of deliberation to convict Villella on the two felony counts of strangulation/suffocation and reckless endangerment. The jury also heard wildly emotional testimony alleging a history of violent domestic abuse, specifically on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 16, at the family’s rural Frederic home, where Paul Villella had reportedly struck and kicked his spouse with pointed cowboy boots, so bad that she still suffers internal bleeding, and how he later attempted to strangle her with a throat hold “not meant to leave marks” according to the victim, who testified on the stand against Villella. “I thought I was going to die that day,” she had told the jury, adding how she still had kidney damage from his violent kicks with pointed boots. “He was choking me with his one hand ... and kicking me with his foot.” She had also testified about how he had yelled at her to shut up and then “boxed (punched)” (puncturing the eardrum) her on the side of the head, leaving her unconscious. “I was knocked out,” she said. “I woke up with him dragging me out of the house.” Her testimony detailed how she was trying to call the police when she woke, and was eventually able to dial 911 with a freehand as he choked her, but that she was not calling for her own protection. “I hit ‘send’ before it slid under the bed,” she said of the cell phone. “I knew someone would come, even if I was dead, I knew at least my kids would be protected.” It was testimony like that that also influenced the judge in his sentencing.

“People treat property better than how you treated (your spouse).” - Judge Michael Waterman

“What I heard on that (audio) tape made me feel uncomfortable just listening to it,” Waterman said with a sigh. “I can’t imagine what it was like for your children ... What I heard was a man out of control.” Trial testimony from sheriff’s deputies also echoed some of the temper and violence on the audio tape, as deputies noted Villella’s behavior upon their arrival that afternoon, how he had wanted his spouse and child removed for trespassing, as he had also called 911, but for a different reason: He told the dispatcher that his spouse was “Grabbing his property” and that he wanted her arrested, as he “Had every right to protect his property.” “People treat property better than how you treated (your spouse),” Waterman stated, later calling her beating “savage” and “an eruption.” However, as the judge was looking down at his trial notes, Villella repeatedly shook his head in denial. Waterman also said Villella’s rage was “disturbing on occasion,” and cited how the victim and his family deserve to be protected from him, “They are entitled to be safe,” Waterman said as he handed down his sentence. “I am reasonably certain that if you were placed on probation today, the rage you have ... will be taken out again. (I think) that is almost a practical certainty.” Villella will serve one-and-a-half years of incarceration on both convictions, with three years of extended supervision on the strangulation conviction, and two years extended supervision on the substantial battery with intent to harm conviction, both felony sentencing of a year and a half each, running concurrently.

SCF Council reviews street projects

Vincent/Maple Street plan reviewed, set for bids

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Common Council reviewed costs and several issues to consider before they authorized an engineering firm to proceed with advertising for bids on the extensive Vincent and Maple street rehabilitation project. The review of the project took place at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, with Lucas Jones of MSA Engineering outlining some of the areas of concern, such as how to deal with properties that do not currently have city water and sewer services, but are within the 300-foot limit set under city code to force them to use city services. Several of the affected residents have requested at least some of the services, but the city may follow general policy that is also supported by the state DNR on requiring city sewer service, at least, although billing may be difficult, as it is usually based on water use. “With DNR (regulations) I think we should look into that (having them connected),” Mayor Brian Blesi said, implying that the city should follow through and force those affected to be connected. According to Jones, the overall project cost estimates came in at approximately $2.4 million, with $1.8 million of that being construction costs. The project would include major renovation of not just the streets, but also the underlying infrastructure of water and sewer liens, increased in size to modern standards, as well as eliminating a lift station. Not in the estimate is a very popular mini-roundabout proposal, which the neighbors liked, but may jeopardize certain grant funding the city is relying on to

“The mini-roundabout is on hold or dead.” - MSA engineer Lucas Jones

St. Croix Falls High School musicians Katie Kopp and Joseph Ward showed the city’s common council a banner the school received for their music department excellence. – Photo by Greg Marsten pay the final bill. “The mini-roundabout is on hold or dead,” Jones said, although previous discussions noted that the project would not be off the table in the future. After some discussion, the council approved the MSA estimates and approved having the firm advertise for bids, pend-

ing DNR approval.

In other council action: • A plan to seek bids or purchase a utility department water jetter/vacuum trailer was approved, at an estimated cost of $106,000. The machine would allow for safer and quicker excavation, waterline

repair and freeze-up work, as well as an included “strong arm” to safely exercise city water valves, which has been discussed at length in the past. The trailer would be purchased as part of the city’s Clean Water Fund loan, which they have utilized for the recent wastewater treatment plant reconstruction, at a low-interest rate over two decades. • The council tabled a decision on hiring a new building inspector, out of concerns over his proposed rate structure that he presented. • The council entertained a presentation by the St. Croix Falls High School music department, which detailed a recent award they received, and displayed a banner they earned. • The council opened the meeting with an appointment to the city’s Community Development Authority, replacing current Alderman Jerry Berger with Lori Erickson, due to work restraints. •Alderman Jerry Berger noted that he is listed as the only person on the April election ballot, but those aforementioned work changes mean he will need to resign, once elected. He is seeking to have a write-in candidate come forward, to make it so the council can avoid an appointment after his likely resignation. “I hate to do it, but I’m not sure what other options we have,” Berger said after the meeting.



It’s fun, legendary ... and important Although it’s not part of our reg-

ular coverage area, northern Sawyer County demands attention from all media this time of year with the annual running of the Birkebeiner, the cross-country ski event dreamed up by the late entrepreneur Tony Wise back in the early 1970s. Wise has a museum dedicated to his memory and ambitions. This gentleman established Telemark Lodge in the 1940s and was a tireless promoter for Northwest Wisconsin - and not only in the name of skiing. In the 1960s he once managed to book the legendary Duke Ellington to bring his band to Hayward and perform his music in a tent. Wise was involved in many projects but his legacy is the American Birkebeiner. If you didn’t make this year’s Birkie you could have watched the action from start to finish, along with more than 7,000 others, via a live webcast on It included incredible shots from the back of a snowmobile of lead skiers, complete with commentary, all courtesy of the American Birkebeiner and their main

Wrong emphasis?


isconsin is among seven states that saw their economies contract during the last three months of 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Five of the states – North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alaska – were hurt by plunging oil and natural gas prices. Statistics for Wisconsin and Illinois were impacted by a sluggish manufacturing sector, according to reports. Hours worked in manufacturing and employment levels are two of the factors in the study. The Fed’s findings are not a surprise to Wisconsin officials. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently reported that tax collections were running below levels developed earlier for the state’s biennial budget. In the wake of those numbers, Gov. Scott Walker has limited new legislative spending. Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry is warning that the numbers might get worse. Wisconsin’s economy has long been tied to manufacturing. Some studies have indicated we have had the fourth-highest manufacturing levels among the 50 states. The Walker administration has focused on helping the manufacturing sector with tax credits that dramatically lower how much large manufacturing firms are required to pay

sponsor, Slumberland. The website also invited viewers to “follow your favorite skier.” Aunt Janice in Idaho could kick back at the kitchen table with her iPad, monitoring the progress of her niece. Nice touch. That technology isn’t new, but for this venue it found its purpose with near perfection. There was also running commentary from viewers, some snarky in nature, but mostly appreciative. “This is great! Thank you for doing this!” one observer wrote. And why not? This is the Birkie, a legendary event that draws competitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It deserves to not only promote itself shamelessly but to offer the best in coverage, attention that comes from a variety of sources, including the local radio stations and newspapers. And there was a very familiar feel to the local coverage. There was one of our former reporters - now editor of a local paper in Hayward - taking photos at the finish line alongside one of our current columnists, a longtime Birkie competitor, who provided some expert color commentary for a local radio station. A Leader reporter was among several Frederic residents manning the Gravel Pit food stop, handing out bananas and energy drinks to skiers, at one point greet-

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer in corporate taxes. The governor also has sought to convince firms to move into Wisconsin. The personal income tax, something that impacts corporate leaders, has been reduced and the old alternative minimum tax has been scrapped. But a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is asking whether the focus on reducing income taxes or trying to lure firms to the state is the correct approach for state governments. Its authors, Michael Mazerov and Michael Leachman, suggest another alternative. It cites new Census and Labor Department studies. “States should focus on producing more homegrown entrepreneurs and on helping start-up and young, fast-growing firms already located in the state, not in cutting (income) taxes and trying to lure businesses from other states,” they wrote. The new firms are more likely to produce jobs than older mature companies. Those starting new businesses are more concerned about property

ing another former Leader reporter who was among the 6,000-plus skiers making the 31-mile trek from Cable to Hayward. And there were - as every year - several local competitors from Burnett and Polk counties - Webster, Danbury, Cumberland, Luck, Shell Lake, Amery and Grantsburg - alongside skiers from Finland, Iceland, Hungary and beyond. Stories generated and focused on by local media included an impromptu video interview with Ernie St. Germaine, who has skied every Birkie since the first in 1973 and a young couple from Superior who got engaged during this year’s opening festivities, him unveiling an ice sculpture with the words, “Will you marry me?”carved in it. The Birkie isn’t only fun to take part in and watch and report, it’s also important, generating millions of dollars for the local economy - and it would be fair to say some of that spending spills in to Burnett, Washburn and Polk counties, if only by virtue of all those Twin Cities skiers who opt to travel to Hayward via Hwy. 35. Kudos to the coverage, to the 6,000 participants and 2,000 volunteers and to the memory of Mr. Wise, whose vision led to something very special for the North Woods of Wisconsin and beyond. - Gary King

taxes than income taxes, they suggested. “Older firms actually lost jobs on average,” they wrote. “Any new jobs they created were more than offset by jobs they eliminated or closures.” Cutting corporate and top personal income taxes has little impact on the fast-growing start-up companies “because they generally have little taxable income.” State income tax reductions have other impacts. They take money away from schools, universities and other public investments essential to producing the talented workforce that entrepreneurs require, wrote Leachman and Mazerov. Policymakers should reject major income tax cuts and new corporation relocation subsidies, according to the authors. Public investment to build a skilled workforce is the better approach, they asserted. They cited an Inc. magazine study of the 150 fastest growing companies in the country. That study showed that leaders of those firms had focused on the availability of an educated workforce and quality-of-life factors in deciding where to locate. Schools, parks, roads and public safety are among the quality-of-life factors that are studied in making those decisions. Walker is promising the new biennial state budget will provide more funds for “public education.” He has not defined where the money would go.

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Be honest about the issues Along with the Obama administration tradition of not having a Social Security cost-of-living increase, not a single “approved” television network mentioned that the Medicare premiums were increased 18 percent. All politicians, regardless of party affiliations, couldn’t care less about the elderly. They are all far too busy meeting the demands of all of the minorities. They all just wish that the elderly die an early death so they can have more to spend on “pork barrel” politics. I have written our Republican representative and have received no reply on this issue. I guess his minions of staff are too busy with important issues. The truth about Medicare is this: All the news media state that Medicare covers 80 percent of medical bills. Not entirely true. They cover 80 percent of the costs that the politicians have deemed reasonable. My firsthand experience was that my 7-1/2hour surgery required an anesthesiologist to be present. Her bill was $1,750. Medicare decided that her time was only worth $210 so they paid $168 which equates to $22.40 per hour, 80 percent of $210. I needed to be transported to St. Paul for the emergency surgery. The ambulance bill was $3,600. I was transported from St. Croix Regional Medical Center to the University of Minnesota Hospital with two men on the ambulance. Total time, portal to portal, was over three hours. Medicare politicians decided that the service was only worth $180. That is what they paid. The list goes on and on with hospital bed charges, surgery charges, medicinal charges, etc. It is true that they pay up to 80 percent of their predetermined flat-rate charges. Had I not had a supplemental policy, I would be responsible for all costs billed that were over and above the political worth of medical care for the elderly. Having been an EMT for 13 years as a volunteer ambulance attendant, I know what the cost of an ambulance is, around $300,000, the mileage the vehicle gets, around eight miles per gallon, and then the EMT hourly rates. You can see that at the time gas was $2.89 per gallon, the vehicle consumed $32.50 just in gas. The Medicare drug coverages change each year. When a drug such as an asthma inhaler, all brands and types, are no longer covered, my supplemental insurance, Humana, also no longer covers this type of drug. I guess the elderly don’t need the medication. When I did some digging online, I found out that Medicare evalu-

ates each drug for quantity consumed by the elderly and the cost of the drug. If the cost goes up, they classify it as a Tier 4 and no longer cover it. I found that when Medicare drops coverage, supplemental insurance companies also drop coverage. However, this same drug is covered if you are on welfare or a state program. In December the drug cost was $26 with Medicare and supplemental insurance. I now have been advised that the cost is $1,059. That is full pharmaceutical cost. I just wish the politicians would be straightforward and honest about issues. I guess we all know the truth: A politician is lying only when their lips are moving. I am sure that if a real politician reads what I have written they would come out with a 15- to 20-minute diatribe about how much they care. Then, it’s back to pork-barrel politics and re-election activities regardless of party. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Add another defeat to his resume Apparently we are all supposed to feel sorry for Jeff Peterson again. He accused Richard Hartung of sending out a letter “that makes the outrageous claim that I asked town clerks to break the law by distributing campaign material.” News flash for Jeff, you did ask elected officials to break the law by distributing your campaign garbage. Obviously, in spite of all the elections Peterson has lost over the years, he still doesn’t have any appreciation for state campaign laws that apply to candidates. Jarchow, as an elected member of the state Assembly, not only has the right, but also the responsibility to inform his constituents about what is being proposed and what has been passed by the Legislature. He has every legal right to forward that information to local officials so they can help distribute information that affects them. Candidates for public office who are not incumbents have no such privilege and with good reason. The incumbent is making decisions that actually affect people’s lives and the candidates are making proposals attempting to get political support. Peterson is free to continue his never-ending whining but now that he is a candidate he cannot ask elected officials to help him spread his campaign literature.

One would think it sufficient that the Leader extends such unusual courtesies to Peterson such as calling to inform him of critical letters to the editor so he can respond to criticism in the same issue of the Leader. I know of no one else who has been extended that “courtesy.” I certainly haven’t. “Press releases” from Peterson are printed in the Leader while the rest of us have to buy ads to get our message out. And now he expects elected officials to help him campaign? Peterson claims that he’s performing a public service by telling local officials that Jarchow is not on their side. What a crock. In a debate over government regulation, I believe Adam Jarchow will come down on the side of individual freedom and personal liberty. The only local officials who should be opposed to Jarchow are those like Peterson who believe that there is no tax too high, no government too big, and no regulation too intrusive. They are socialist who believe in bigger all-powerful government. Adam Jarchow believes in individuals. Let’s add another defeat to Jeff Peterson’s election resume. Bob Blake Frederic Editor’s note: Just a few observations are in order. We published a statement last week by an official from the state’s Government Accountability Board who stated no law was broken in this instance. Also, when someone is accused in a letter to the editor of breaking the law and no criminal charge has been filed, we attempt to share that accusation with the person being accused to allow them an opportunity to respond in the same issue as the allegations are printed and not a week after the accusation is published.

Lyme disease’s perfect storm A cold winter with a good snow cover provides perfect places for ticks to hibernate and the following summer is a perfect time to be infected. It’s a perfect time for everyone who has plans to be outdoors this summer to become informed. We need to know about the strong possibility of tick bites here in the St. Croix Valley of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our local libraries are a perfect resource. While many of us are still hibernating ourselves, why not take time to learn about the effects of Lyme disease or how to protect yourself when enjoying outdoor activities and, if bitten, what you

should do. Knowing what could happen if you are not treated correctly, and in a timely manner, is extremely important. The long-term effects can be devastating. The Amery Public Library is a wonderful resource for everyone. All libraries in our area should be able to access Amery’s books and provide them for your reading. It would behoove you to look into this and to become more knowledgeable, not only about Lyme disease, but also the many co-infections that often times can be transmitted as well. We are fortunate to have a Lyme Disease Education and Support Group that meets in Amery the fourth Thursday of every month. We now meet from April through October at 7 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on CTH F. More information will be shared in next month’s letter to the editor. Ann Krisik Amery Editor’s note: Krisik is a member of the Amery Lyme Support Group.

A balanced trail system Here in Polk County there is a system of four rail trails that are managed by the county. Despite their obvious similarities these rail trails can be divided into two very distinct categories: The Gandy Dancer and the Stower 7 Lakes State Trails each have a hard, limestone surface that is easy to negotiate by foot, bicycle or wheelchair. These trails cut through wetlands and woods, and some small towns. They are unique amenities and we’re lucky to have them. The Cattail and the Clear Lake/Clayton trails also twist through some scenic country, but their surfaces are generally loose dirt and rock. These last two trails are open to ATVs which have left their mark both on and off the trail. Today ATVers want access to all of the local rail trails in one form or another even though there exists a respectable balance within the trail system that accommodates everyone. Brook Waalen Luck

Old fire towers could help broadband expansion

DNR, local communities exploring how to use decommissioned structures

Danielle Kaeding | WPR News STATEWIDE - Some Wisconsin cities and counties are considering whether they can use decommissioned fire towers to increase broadband coverage. The state may turn over some of its decommissioned structures to local governments. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources northern region director John Gozdzialski said they’re looking at whether their 90 outdated fire towers could be repurposed for the 21st century. “We’re working with local government

Personal property tax collections rise and fall


hile homeowners in Wisconsin receive one property tax bill, many business owners receive two: one for their building and land, and a second tax bill for the business’ personal property, such as office chairs, desks, tools and many other items. Unknown to most citizens, the personal property

to see if any of those towers might be a potential site for a telecom,” said Gozdzialski. Iron County is looking at two towers in the Towns of Oma and Sherman that may be used to improve wireless service. Zoning Administrator Tom Bergman said some areas are still using dial-up to get online. “There was just a huge opportunity to try to bring broadband here or adequate service to those people for potential of increase in businesses and attract entrepreneurs,” he said. Bergman said 167 property owners in Iron County who responded to a broadband survey said they would work remotely or start a business if the county had adequate service.

tax is a shell of its original, following decades of exempting both household and business property. As personal property became a smaller share of taxable property over the past 40 years, collections from the tax on that property have declined. In 1971, they were more than $1 billion (in inflation-adjusted dollars) but have since dropped by about three-quarters to $287 million in 2015.

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Students and adults come before Siren School Board


Wayne Koball. Koball had thrown his hat in the ring following the last-minute resignation of Scott Johnson. Koball applauded the board for its foresight in seeing that Shetler was a good fit for not only the school but the community, too.

Becky Strabel | Staff writer

SIREN - Many students and adults attended the Siren School Board of Education meeting held Monday evening, Feb. 22, in the Siren School District office. Public comments included a report from Polly Imme, who worked with the Siren Lioness Club to provide free vision screenings for all students ages 3 through 6. The testing didn’t take long to complete, and results were sent home. Teachers will follow up at parent-teacher conferences on the status of those students whose test showed concern. Imme was pleased to see a couple of youths with glasses following the testing. “I was unaware that they had already seen an eye doctor before the screening, but it confirmed that the test is viable. I want to thank board member Susie Imme for also helping with the testing.” Corey Bauer, Class of 2014 graduate and National Guard member, proposed to the board the possibility of the Guard helping to construct a new football field during the summer. The current field was cleared in the 1970s and has a huge sinkhole that needs to be continually repaired. “There could be around 70 troop members that come and bring their construction equipment. The recruiter would set up a tent with information for the public,” summarized Bauer. Donations of over $2,500 were accepted by the board. The first came from Jensen Anderson for $2,400. The money was raised at the first-annual It Takes A Village .14K event held at Kris’ Pheasant Inn on Saturday, Feb. 13. The funds are to be used in the special education department for their community involvement curriculum. This makes their field trips self-supported and allows students to practice social skills outside of the classroom. The remaining funds came from the Burnett County VFW Post 1256. The post donated $145 to the high school ice-fishing team for their state fishing tournament held this past weekend. The board thanks both parties for their donations. Siren’s FCCLA chapter made a special appearance at the monthly board meeting. Chapter President Emily Stiemann asked the board to consider covering the cost of the hotel and state leadership conference fees. The chapter is in its third year and has grown from three members and five members attending the state competition in the past to 12 members eligible this year. The chapter researched alternative lodging to the event’s host site, the Kalahari, to conserve district money. Also, they are fundraising to help members pay for food while attending the conference. The amount they are asking for would be an additional $300 over what was paid last year. The board recognized the Class of 2016 valedictorian Hannah Skold and salutatorian Aubri Larson. High school Principal Jason Hinze stated that this is a very competitive academic class, and that 25 percent will be recognized as honor students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. Skold is undecided in her major but is considering an English major and may attend either the University of Chicago or Northwestern University. Larson plans on attending Iowa State University and majoring in biology/premed. Administrative reports came from Superintendent Dr. Kevin Shetler, Hinze and Carrie Herman. Shetler updated the board on Assembly Bills 545 and 517 that were approved by both sides of the legislation. AB 545 would begin in the 2017-18 school year, and requires school boards to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and car-

Superintendent search

The Siren School is currently looking to hire a new superintendent since Dr. Kevin Shetler is currently employed as an interim. The last-minute departure of Scott Johnson left the board scrambling weeks before classes were to start at the beginning of the school year. Board Chair Peggy Moore read a lengthy letter from Wayne Koball, high school math and science teacher and past district administrator applicant, who is endorsing Shetler. Shetler indicated at a past meeting his intent to apply for the full-time position. dio-cerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades seven to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades seven to 12. AB517 will also begin in the 2017-18 school year, and requires public and private high schools participating in a parental choice program to collect statistics on specific crimes and safety-related incidents reported to a principal, school security or local law enforcement that occur on school property, on transportation provided by the school or at a school sanctioned event. The bill requires that the statistics be reported to the Department of Public Instruction and included on the annual school and school district accountability report. The bill clarifies that the DPI may not consider crimes statistics for purposes of determining a school or school district’s performance on the accountability report. Shetler congratulated the high school staff on their Title I recognition. Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts with high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. School staff and administration members along with school board member Duane Emery will attend the awards ceremony at the state Capitol on March 14.

Busy month

Hinze reported that it had been a very busy month. The high school just finished Winter Fest, which was a great week with lots of outdoor activities, and concluded with a win at the Luck basketball game and a lock-in. The win helped the team secure the conference title. The boys team seeded fourth in the tournament bracket and will have a few more home games along with the girls who seeded third. Hinze wants to recognize the coaches and volunteers that make the program a success. A baseball team is being planned for this spring. There are currently 14 students with interest. Moore asked Hinze if there are uniforms from before the Siren/Web-

Siren’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter is only in its third year at Siren School. Each year, state FCCLA STAR competitions have selected Siren students to compete at the national level. The club hopes that this year is no exception. Twelve members of the middle school and high school FCCLA are eligible to compete at the state competition in April in Wisconsin Dells. FCCLA President Emily Stiemann presented the board with a summary of their competition plans. Pictured (L to R) are Noah Koball, Rylee O’Brien, Madisyn Jones, Macy Bently, Bailey Mangen, Emily Stiemann and adviser Heather O’Brien. - Photos by Becky Strabel

2014 Siren High School graduate and National Guard member Corey Bauer attended the board of education meeting to make a proposal. He had heard through the community grapevine that the school may be rebuilding or moving the current football field. He has been in contact with his chain of command to see if the Guard would be available to assist with the build during an annual training this summer. More information is needed from the school before Bauer could send it through the ranks, but the school board was very excited about the possibility. ster co-op or if there is equipment from the co-op for the program to use. Other items Hinze mentioned included the school calendar for 2016-17 and the master class schedule. Both are nearing completion. Hinze is also considering a grab-and-go breakfast option for the high school students to keep the kids energized and working hard. “Graduation is almost here,” commented Hinze, “and the high school students are required to complete 10 hours of community service per year to graduate. The high school population has close to 1,000 hours already completed.” Each week we get requests from the community for volunteers. Hinze is also the chair of the Wall of Honor committee which meets in March to decide if they will be nominating someone for recognition at graduation. Hinze is an advocate for creating a positive school atmosphere and promoting communication. Currently, a bulletin board called “The Hub” and a TV are in the commons for people to see a variety of community and school announcements. Inspiring quotes are also being placed around the school. The first quote is just outside the district office. Herman reported that ACT testing will begin next week for the junior class. The University of Wisconsin - Extension ag agents will be coming to the school in late March to talk to the pre-K through fifth grade about agriculture and farming. Wednesday, Feb. 24, the elementary will begin the reading incentive for March by participating in the “Idita-Read” in conjunction with the Iditarod. A speaker who was a former musher will be bringing in sled dogs for a demonstration and question-and-answer period to kick off the month. Following the principals reports, board member Georgia Cederberg had a comment for each of them. “Ms. Herman, my youngest daughter, recognized a rutabaga at the grocery store from the UW nutritionist’s presentations, and Mr. Hinze, I love the idea of a grab-and-go breakfast. It is hard to get my high school daughter to eat before leaving the house.” Tara Voss, Native American Home/ School coordinator, reported that the youth drum group has been practicing, tutoring is going well, and four students have started beading projects as a cultural language/beading night. Ojibwa language classes will be offered through the ITV lab for the high school with LCO Community College professors teaching. The college is also offering scholarships for all freshmen that would want to take the class, and the St. Croix Tribal Education Department will pick up the cost for interested sophomores. Youth options are still available for upperclassmen. “This is an opportunity for the school to offer an additional foreign language class at no cost to the district. This is a huge saving for the district,” commented Voss. Moore read some correspondence that she received on behalf of the board. The first was a letter endorsing the hiring of Shetler from high school math and science teacher, parent, resident and taxpayer

Next item addressed was regarding the hiring process and applicant search for the full-time superintendent. Roger Foegen, WASB Search Services consultant, received six applications. This number will reduce the cost and time that the board and agency will need to meet. On Wednesday, March 16, there will be a public meet and greet with a question-and-answer period of the potential candidates. All residents are encouraged to attend. Time and location within the school will be announced at a later time.

Open records request

The final correspondence was an open records request from the Inter-County Leader regarding the February meetings about board member James Kopecky. Moore called the school district’s legal representation to find out how to proceed. There are very specific time lines that all parties must adhere to by the law.

Other business

In other business, Sherrill Summer, from the Communities United in Education Advisory Council, informed the board that the current director who has been here for five years hasn’t received a raise in the last four years. Summer would like to meet on the committee level to establish guidelines and start a conversation between the three groups - the council, and both the Webster and Siren boards of education. The position is shared between the two districts. The board is looking into switching property insurance companies which would save the district over $8,000 yearly. They also considered changing the deductible from $15,000 to $25,000, but the savings didn’t warrant the up-front cost. The fire that occurred in the small gym a few years ago caused the premium jump. The board voted to enter a contract with the St. Croix Head Start. This is a win-win situation for the district and allows for the integration of two programs. The headstart children would be transitioned into the “big school” during the last two to three weeks of the Siren school year. The students would get a feel for the new program and meet future classmates. It would level the playing field for the students and help the staff get a feel for the upcoming year. Polly Imme commended the headstart program with its strong curriculum, and cultural and character-building lessons it offers. The Monday night meeting included the Indian Education Public Hearing that is required for grant fulfillment. Goals that the program has are to increase school attendance, Native American history and current events education. They would like to increase Ojibwa language lessons. A parent committee meeting is held the second Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Native American office. Parents are encouraged to attend. The board authorized the repair of the HVAC unit with $30,000 in funds that had been earmarked in the maintenance budget last year. The additional $2,000 will be covered by funds from this year’s budget. During the open session that reconvened following closed session, the board approved the resignation of paraprofessional Jessica Lindberg effective Feb. 24 and cook’s helper Faith Billings. The staff will receive a 1-percent salary increase with the exception of the district secretary. The board is also limiting the free meals that are provided to substitutes to only short-term subs. The board also approved the resignation of special education teacher Kathy Bowers effective March 4.

Upcoming meetings

The following committees are scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14 - budget and finance at 5:15 p.m., followed by building and grounds at 6:15 p.m. Personnel and negotiations will end the evening with a meeting at 7:15 p.m. The policy, planning and curriculum committee will meet the next evening on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. Also, the regular monthly school board meeting will be held on Monday, March 28, at 6 p.m.

“Electronic Armageddon”


Time to prepare for electromagnetic pulse attack, county board chairman says.

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Living as we do, in such a plugged-in, turned-on culture, what is our plan for when the lights go out? That was the essential question before the Burnett County Administration Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 16, as Chairman Don Taylor advocated for the development of a county preparedness plan in the event of an electromagnetic pulse attack upon the United States. “After North Korea sent a ballistic missile over the United States, I thought it is time for the county to do some planning,” Taylor said to committee members. “While an electromagnetic pulse attack is a low-likelihood event, if it occurs it would have devastating results. It is not harmful to humans, but would take out the electric grid.”

Electronic Armageddon An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is detonated high in the atmosphere. Such an event would send an electromagnetic charge, similar to a massive solar flare, which would short out all electrical systems. A recent Congressional EMP commission described such an event as electronic Armageddon. Such an event would produce almost unimaginable devastation, the 2015 commission report states. Communications would collapse and transportation would be severely compromised, as electric power would simply be nonexistent. It would take a decade, perhaps, to restore a functioning electric grid. Are you prepared? Close your eyes and imagine your life without electricity. There is no phone. There is no Internet or television. You would have no access to money. The pump on your water well would not work. Your furnace would not ignite. It would be a total system collapse. Are you prepared? “The best time to plan for something like this is when we presume it probably will not happen,” Taylor said. “We really should have a county plan in place to prepare for such a situation – even if some people might think we’re crackpots for doing it.” If an EMP attack were to occur, “Fifteen percent of vehicles would not function. But it really doesn’t matter. Even if your car is still working you’d be trying to figure out how to get gas out of a pump without electricity,” Taylor explained.

Don Taylor, chairman of Burnett County Board of Supervisors (center), Supervisor Ed Peterson and Nate Ehalt, county administrator, discuss the possibility of an “electronic Armageddon” before the county administration committee. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson “I’m not talking about spending thousands of dollars. I’m not talking about spending any money,” Taylor said. “I’m talking about a county-level, in-house planning process so each department is aware of the dangers and has a plan in place as to how we would handle it. I just think it’s ridiculous to know about a threat and not do anything to plan and deal with it.” According to Taylor, the county preparedness plan should focus on three categories: Awareness and preparedness, safety of citizens and health care.

Complete chaos “If you turn off the electric grid, even for two weeks, you’d have complete chaos,” said committee member and Supervisor Maury Miller. “We’d see an influx of people coming here from the Twin Cities. We are only a three-day walk from Minneapolis,” Taylor said. “In a major disaster, if you live in Minneapolis and you have a cabin in Burnett County, you’ll probably head up here. Supermarkets only have food for three days. Fortunately, we have an abundance of fish and wildlife, if you know how to harvest it,” Taylor said. Planning for an EMP attack, or other disaster situation, “is such a way-out thing,” longtime supervisor and administration committee member Ed Peterson said. “And people think you’re a darn kook if you believe in it. But we need to recognize that it is a possibility that needs to be planned for.” “If you don’t prepare and something happens, you’re

out of luck,” Taylor said. “A lot of people don’t want to acknowledge that something might happen and so they pooh-pooh it,” Peterson said. “It’s incredible how dependent we are on electricity,” said committee member and Supervisor Gerald Pardun.

Not such a way-out thing An EMP attack is not an “over the horizon” scenario, according to the Congressional EMP Commission. “Certain types of relatively low-yield nuclear weapons can be employed to generate potentially catastrophic EMP effects over a wide geographical area, and designs for variants of such weapons may have been illicitly trafficked for a quarter-century,” the report reads. In 1999, at a high-level meeting in Vienna, a U.S. Congressional delegation met with senior members of the Russian government. Vladimir Lukin, chairman of the Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, angry with United States policy, issued the following threat: “If we really wanted to hurt you with no fear of retaliation, we would launch a submarine-based ballistic missile and detonate a nuclear weapon high above your country and shut down your power grid.” The administration committee supported the initiation of an EMP planning process. It is anticipated that such scenarios will be adopted into the county’s emergency management process.

Jarchow property rights bills pass state Legislature Dredging and filling of lake beds removed from final bill E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer MADISON - State Rep. Adam Jarchow said he is “thrilled” to have his property rights bills pass the state Legislature. All three of Jarchow’s bills that enhance state domain over Wisconsin lakes and shoreland passed the Legislature and now await the governor’s signature. The Senate passed the bills on Thursday, Feb. 18, by a vote of 19-13. Several controversial provisions, namely allowing dredging of lake shoreland and filing of old lakebeds, were removed from the final bill. The vote was approved on a mostly party-line vote, with state Democrats voting against the measure.

“I am just thrilled to have all three of the property rights bills pass the Legislature,” Jarchow said in a telephone interview. “It feels great! One of the things that happened during this process is we’ve received support from town and municipal groups who dropped their earlier opposition. It was a really great process.” The bills, once they officially become law with Gov. Walker’s signature, would do the following: • Specifically prohibit a county from enacting a development moratorium. • Allow for replacement or remodel of nonconforming structures, such as cabins, resorts or homes that are closer to the lakeshore than those setback requirements set under state provisions known as NR115. • Allow for decks on the flat roofs of boathouses. • Require a court to resolve any ambiguity involving

shoreland zoning in favor of the free use of private property. County governments will now be required to incorporate the above provisions into their code of ordinances. “I feel really good,” Jarchow said. “Usually a freshman Assembly person may get one or two bills passed. I’ve had nine bills pass this legislative session.” “It’s been an interesting first session,” Jarchow said when asked if he plans to run for a second term in office. “If I make the decision to run for a second term, which I’m leaning toward, we’ll make the announcement. But the session has just ended and I’m going to take some time to get together with my family and see which direction we wish to go.”

New food stamp standards could boost access to healthier foods

Some store officials say they may have problems stocking better food

Shamane Mills | Staff writer NATIONWIDE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules to increase access to healthy food for those using food stamps, but convenience store officials said the move may result in fewer locations participating in the program. The proposal requires retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to stock a wider variety of healthy food. USDA officials said the majority of people using SNAP benefits go to a supermarket or big-box store, but many can’t get to traditional grocery stores. Amber Canto, coordinator of the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, said the effort aims to allow greater access to healthy food choices. “Healthy food choices may be limited for households residing in lower-income communities, communities of color or rural areas, and so limited access to stores that carry healthy foods can actually contribute to — at least in some part — disparities we see in diet and health,” said Canto. However, the National Association of Convenience Stores opposes the stricter regulations under consid-

eration. They would require retailers to stock three different varieties in basic food in four categories: fruits and vegetables; meat, poultry or fish; bread or cereal; and dairy. Anna Ready, of the association, also claims other proposed changes go beyond what’s called for in the 2014 Farm Bill. For instance, macaroni and cheese or cold pizza wouldn’t be counted as a staple food because both have multiple ingredients. So retailers could no longer count mac and cheese in the breads and cereals category. Canto said the USDA changes are designed to encourage people to buy healthier food. Research hasn’t determined whether availability matters. “Whether that’s actually consumed or not is another body of literature and we’ve got some mixed results on that end. But growing evidence that seems to suggest that is positively influencing in that regard,” Canto said. New food stamp standards could boost access to healthier foods. – Photo by The proposal doesn’t further limit how Ellie LoNardo SNAP benefits can be used; they could still be used to purchase junk food.


Man who murdered parents won’t see parole hearing until 2020

Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER - Over 27 years ago, a 17-year-old killed his parents in their Spooner home. Since then, Todd York, now 45, has been serving a life sentence for two counts of first-degree murder of his parents, William and Wanda York. Earlier this month the parole commission had a hearing to determine York’s parole eligibility. Since 2012, York has been held at Fox Lake Correctional Institution, Todd York, formerly a medium-secuof Spooner, has been inrity facility for adult offenders, carcerated since age 17, located about an serving a life sentence hour south of Os- for the murder of his hkosh. On Mon- parents in 1988. — Photo day, Feb. 8, York courtesy of the Department had his initial pa- of Corrections

role hearing to determine if he would be released on parole. The parole commission deferred York’s parole eligibility date to March 23, 2020. A parole eligibility date is the earliest date for when an inmate can appear before the parole commission to determine if they will be allowed parole, or conditional release from incarceration. In light of this information, the Register sought the opinion of Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden. Dryden told the Register that, “I still don’t think it’s enough time. I’d just as soon he stay in prison the rest of his life, but that’s not my call obviously.” Dryden explained that he doesn’t think York has served enough time for the crime, and he doesn’t think York is remorse ful for the act. The parole commission gave five reasons for deferring York’s parole eligibility date by four years. Those reasons are: that York has not served sufficient time for punishment, his institutional conduct has been satisfactory, his program participation has been satisfactory, he has developed an adequate parole plan and that

his release at this time would involve an unreasonable risk to the public. “You accept full responsibility for your offending, offering no excuses, but describe your actions and behavior without showing any significant emotion. Your crimes and recollection of same are chilling, to state it mildly. Although you were just 17 years of age at the time of your offending, the fact that you were capable of murdering your own parents is beyond comprehension,” reads a portion of the parole commission’s comments. Court documents state that between the time York killed his parents with a rifle and when authorities took him into custody, he had taken checks belonging to his parents, which he forged and cashed. York then held parties at the residence until law enforcement came looking for William and Wanda, who had been reported missing. Officers entered the residence after smelling the odor of a decomposing body and found the couple’s bodies. While awaiting trial in 1989, York escaped from the Washburn County Jail but was apprehended a couple of days later.

The commission noted that York’s conduct during incarceration has been satisfactory with six offenses since entering incarceration, the most recent occurring in 2012. The commission also noted that York has completed everything that was recommended and more including domestic violence counseling, anger management and vocational education. Parole commission documents state that York’s parole plan is to reside with a cousin in Kendall, Wis., upon release. The commission received multiple letters from family and friends offering their support in his case. The commission also received statements in opposition to York’s release. The commission concluded that the combination of additional time, continued good conduct, continued positive involvement in available program and institution job opportunities, an eventual transition through reduced security with a positive adjustment along the way and eventually an approved parole plan will all be necessary in reducing York’s risk to a more reasonable level.

Spooner School Board adopts new graduation requirement Teacher speaks to resignation in public comment Danielle Danford |Staff writer SPOONER - The Spooner School Board adopted a new policy involving a new requirement for graduation, heard comments from a middle school teacher regarding her resignation and accepted several personnel recommendations during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 15. New policy adopted The board heard details about a policy that requires students pass a civics test before voting on its adoption. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, students, starting with the class of 2017, must correctly answer at least 60 of 100 questions identical to the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate from a Wisconsin public, charter or private school participating in a parental choice program. “The great news about this is Spooner has actually already been requiring this

as part of our coursework so we just need to make it part of our printed handbook as far as what is required for graduation,” said school Superintendent Michelle Schwab. The board approved the policy on a unanimous voice vote. The DPI reports that there are no state funds to administer this test and that the DPI is not involved in the procurement, grading or gathering of test scores for this test. Districts are responsible to give the test, score it and keep records of student scores. Student transcripts should indicate students passed the civics test requirement. DPI stipulated that students with individualized education plans must complete the test, but do not have to pass it in order to graduate. Students identified as limited English proficiency may take the test in their language of choice. It is up to the school/district what format to use and when in the school year to administer the test.

Teacher speaks in public comment Jody Gibson, Spooner Middle School science teacher, spoke during public comment expressing her concerns about not being sent to training, as in years past,

and the administration’s lack of explanation as to why she hasn’t been sent to training this school year. “In a little bit you will be asked to accept my resignation. I wish there was a loophole, or even for you to deny it because I don’t want to go, but I know I can’t stay,” said Gibson. Upon completing her comments community members attending the meeting applauded. All three school principals and the superintendent were present at the meeting. School board Chair John Hedlund was absent.

Personnel recommendations Superintendent Schwab explained that contracted employees are required to inform the district of their intentions in January for the following school year to give the district time to fill those positions. There were three retirements and one resignation from contracted employees. Those were Larry Flynn, high school science teacher; Harry Hughes, high school math teacher; and Timothy Kern, elementary school music teacher. Gibson also resigned. One hourly employee hiring was for William Maas as a middle school parttime custodian. Hourly employee resignations included Chuck Turpin as high

school cross-country coach, and Shannon Hubbard and Becky Eckstrom, both longterm substitute teachers. Athletic department requests for hiring included Turpin as interim head track coach, Josh Villella as head baseball coach, Kathy Gaffer and Paige Nemec as co-head softball coaches and Hughes as assistant softball coach. The personnel recommendations were approved on a unanimous voice vote. Board member Christina Martin abstained from the vote. Martin explained to the Register that, “Although I didn’t need to abstain from voting from personnel recommendations last night, I chose to because I didn’t want to portray any perception of conflict of interest. I’m related by marriage to two people on the recommendation list. I do not have any financial interest with them, but felt for public perception it was best to abstain.” Sometime after the personnel recommendations were approved Robert Hoellen, board member, requested the board acknowledge the years of service by those staff. Hoellen’s comments were followed by the board and audience applauding.

Police release name of woman Danielle Danford |Staff writer SPOONER - The Spooner Police Department has released the identity of the Spooner woman that was reported missing on Monday, Feb. 15, and who was

found deceased near her residence in the city of Spooner later that day. Mary Jo Taylor, 55, Spooner, was reported missing by her family on Monday, Feb. 15, and was last seen on Sunday,

Feb. 14. Taylor was found after a search of the wooded area near her residence was conducted. The woman was pronounced deceased by responding EMTs. The incident re-

mains under investigation by the Spooner Police Department pending results from a medical autopsy. No foul play is suspected in the woman’s death.

Unanimous approval for resolution opposing UW-Extension restructuring Danielle Danford |Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Washburn County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution in opposition to the proposed restructuring of the University of Wisconsin county extension offices at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The restructuring of the UW-Extension is an impact from a $3.6 million cut to the Cooperative Extension’s annual budget, the ripple effect of funding reductions to the University of Wisconsin System in the 2015-17 biennial budget. In Washburn County, the UW-Extension office brings programs like women in agriculture, 4-H youth development and

valuable information about local natural resources. In the current model, Washburn County’s UW-Extension office would be part of a multicounty area that includes Barron, Burnett, Rusk and Sawyer counties. In this proposal there would be one area leader managing all extension offices within their multicounty area. The restructuring also involves a cut of an estimated 80 jobs, about 10 percent of the UW-Extension workforce, starting late this year or in early 2017. In Washburn County the six-person extension office could be reduced to two staff members. Part of the approved resolution states that: “Washburn County advocates that

each county in the newly proposed unit should participate equally in funding to provide services as needed and established” “Our small county gives more of its levy to UW-Extension than any of the others; that includes Barron County, which is three times our size,” said David Haessig, District 14 supervisor. Haessig said that there needs to be more equity in the areas of cooperation and that Washburn County needs agents helping people, not administrators. Anna Demers, Washburn County Extension agent, told the board that a new plan had been released which states that the university would ensure financial

proportionality between counties within a multicounty area. Haessig stated that according to those in the UW System he had spoken to, there was no process set up yet to guarantee that and the narrow window to implement the restructuring could leave some parts of the plan by the wayside. The resolution was approved on a unanimous voice vote. A copy of the resolution will be sent to the UW-Extension dean, the UW chancellor, Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Counties Association, local legislators and all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Washburn County K-9 dies Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office reports that the department’s recently retired German shepherd K-9 officer died on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The department retired the K-9 officer called Vador a few months ago after many years of service. Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden stated that Vador died of medical complications.

“Vador served you well. Never complained about long hours, always ready to jump in the squad any time of day to go to work with (Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy) Brendan (Harrington). He

will be missed,” Dryden said. In January the department announced its new K-9 officer named Onyx, who is a 1-1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Onyx is planned to begin service this June.


A perfect winter day in the woods 5,822 finish the Birkie, locals ski and care for the skiers Gregg Westigard | Staff writer HAYWARD – The Birkie came off in great shape last Saturday, and 55 local volunteers were once again at the Gravel Pit food stop to feed and assist the 5,822 skiers who finished the ski race. Weather conditions turned out to be great, despite mid-week fears of a warming spell and rain. The 43rd American Birkebeiner is now completed, skiers are heading back to their homes around the world, and people are thinking ahead to 2017. It was 1994 when four Frederic residents, William and

Daniel Johnson, Roxanne White and Art Martin, volunteered to help at the Birkie. In the coming years they were put in charge of the Gravel Pit food station at the 32 kilometer point on the 51K trail. Daniel passed on last summer but William Johnson, Roxanne White and Art Martin were joined once again by their many friends as they support the skiers. The Birkie trail winds through deep woods from Cable to Hayward and Gravel Pit is the first time the skiers have seen noncompetitors since they left the OO stop nine kilometers back. The volunteers greet the skiers with warm welcomes, bananas and orange slices, energy drinks and thanks all around. The Birkie Gravel Pit day has become an annual high point for the many volunteers who answer the call of William Johnson. Each year new faces join those return-

ing from previous years. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 is already marked off in many calendars.

Some Birkie notes There are two Birkebeiner ski races over the trail. The classics race, the traditional skiing with your skis parallel, is 55 kilometers long or 33 miles. The newer skate skiing course is 51 kilometers, 30.6 miles. The two races follow the same track for the last half of the race. Skiers must be 18 or older to ski the Birkie. There is no upper limit on age. This year four women in their 70s finished the race. There were 83 men age 70 and above who skied the entire course, including three in their 80s. The oldest finisher this year is 85 years old.

The Gravel Pit food station volunteers. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

The top male skiers at 31 kilometers of the 51K race.

This was the first Birkie for marathon runner Tammi Braund, Cushing.

Dr. Arne Lagus, 77, has skied 37 Birkies.

Art Martin has greeted the skiers since 1994.




Grantsburg’s Knutson reaches 1,000th point Becomes third boy in school history to achieve milestone Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – In just three short years, Grantsburg senior Jordan Knutson did something only two other Pirate boys basketball players have been able to do in school history. On Monday, Feb. 22, Knutson watched his 1,000th career point fall during a game against Glenwood City early in the second half. He became the fifth 1,000-point scorer, fourth boy, among the players in the West Lakeland Conference. Knutson needed 12 points and finished the night with 17, as the Pirates wrapped up their final home game of the regular season, and won handily over the Hilltoppers, 76-35. Cheers from the crowd grew louder with every shot Knutson took on Monday, and even the handful of missed shots drew cheers of support from the crowd, as they counted down to the magic number. But the pressure to hit 1,000 points didn’t come from the crowd so much as it did from a large contingent of family members who came from near and far to celebrate with him as he reached his career milestone. “Yeah there was a little bit of pressure, but mainly because all of my family was here. A lot of them. It’s cool that they were,” Knutson said, later admitting he was glad he was able to do it on a Monday to save his family a trip back to another game. Along with being a standout basketball player for the Pirates, he’s also one of the top high school golfers in the area, and a 2014 state golf qualifier. He loves both sports and dedicates himself as much as possible when the time comes. “It’s pretty seasonal. Fall time, I start getting the itch to play basketball and clubs kind of go away, and then in the spring I get the itch to play golf, so it’s pretty seasonal, but I like them both a lot,” he said. With being a humble, hardworking and unselfish athlete, it’s no surprise Knutson never thought much on reaching 1,000 points. He’s quick to pin his success on those around him. He noted his teammates and coaches have been big in helping him reach it. But he’s also excited, as any player would, and should be. As a sophomore I guess, it wasn’t really even a thought. It’s a cool accomplishment and I’m glad I have it,” he said. “I don’t know the other two (from Grantsburg) that have done it personally, so it’s all new, it’s all a new experience, and having that many people here, it was really cool.” Knutson has already left a his mark on the all-time statistics list for Grantsburg boys basketball. Last season he tied with four other players for most points scored

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Jordan Knutson hits his 1,000th point in Grantsburg on Monday, Feb. 22, to become only the third boy in Pirates school history to do so. – Photos by Marty Seeger

••• LEADER LAND – Rosters for the 2016 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games were announced last week. Among the 46 players chosen to play on the North small squad included Unity senior Jesse Vlasnik, listed to play defensive back. Also included in the all-star game events will be the eight-man all-star game. Both games are scheduled to be played Saturday, July 16, at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. Among the area athletes playing for the North eight-man all-star squad are Jared Hunter, Noah Mortel, Chris Pouliot and Parker Steen of Luck, and Siren’s Neil Oustigoff and Josiah Wegner. Luck coaches Don Kendzior, Ryan Humpal and Matt Dunlap are also expected to coach the team. – Marty Seeger ••• SUPERIOR – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced its weekly awards and chose Zach Schradle of Clayton, a UW-Superior senior, who helped the Yellowjackets men’s basketball team earn a berth in the UMAC tournament. He had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the win over Northwestern. He also surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career during the game. On Monday, Feb. 22, the Yellowjackets fell 83-80 to Minnesota Morris to end their season. In that game, Yellowjackets senior Brian Lindblom of Spooner also reached his 1,000-point milestone. He finished with 20 points in the game. – with information from ••• LEADER LAND – The Thursday, Feb. 25, Luck at Frederic boys basketball game is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7:15 p.m. Girls basketball playoffs will also be broadcast on 104.9 FM on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27. The Winter at Luck boys basketball playoff can be heard on 104.9 FM, at 7 p.m. WIAA state wrestling tournament updates on Thursday, Feb. 25, can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 3 p.m. Wrestling updates on Friday, Feb. 26, will begin at 10 a.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27 announcements can be heard at 11 a.m. All high school games can be found online 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, or could be mentioned again, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

Jordan Knutson, center, shares a moment after the game on Monday, Feb. 22, with a couple of the other seniors on the team including Jackson Gerber, left, and Jaeger Staeven.

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Lady Pirates fall to Saints in Tuesday playoff Pirates blow 14-point halftime lead St. Croix Falls 50, Grantsburg 44 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The WIAA basketball playoffs for the ladies started Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a local regional matchup between the eighth-ranked Grantsburg Pirates hosting the St. Croix Falls Saints,

who are ranked No. 9. Grantsburg was able to defeat the Saints in an earlier conference matchup in Grantsburg 57-37. With the winner moving on to Phillips on Friday Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., both teams knew that their season could be over. It was almost like a tale of two halves with what the Saints struggled with in the first half, with sloppy ball handling and cold shooting. The Pirates seemed to catch the same virus, blowing a 14-point halftime lead and having their season ended by the

Saint Katie Kopp struggles with Grantsburg’s Violet Ohnstad in a wild second half of the opening round of regional action Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Grantsburg. – Photos by Scott Hoffman

lower ranked Saints. Grantsburg took the lead with seven minutes left in the first half on a free throw by Jordan McKenzie, making it 13-12. The Pirates closed out the half with a big 13-0 run, leading 27-13. The Saints came roaring back in the second half and pulled within five, trailing 40-35 with 5:42 left in the game. The Saints put the heat on the Pirates, picking off the ball and getting turnovers while pulling up and evening the score at 42, with 2:30 to go. The Saints then increased the lead 48-44 with 51 seconds left, with

St. Croix’s Ruthie Stewart putting in two huge baskets, fighting off the desperate Pirates to put the Saints up by four. Pirates coach Penny Curtin’s only comment was, “We self-destructed in the second half.” Grantsburg’s Cassidy Lee led all scoring with 23. The Saints were led by Stewart with 14 and McCurdy with 11. Adrienne Stoffel had 10, and all came in the second half.

Grantsburg’s Cassidy Lee is surrounded by Saints.

1,000 points /Continued in a game with 33. Bryan Jensen, who played in the late 1950s, holds the record for most points in a season with 1,362, and holds the top two spots for most points in a game with 41 and 37. Knutson holds the record for most 3-pointers in a game with nine, which he set during the 2014-15 season, and is tied with Korky Morrin for the most threes in a season with 56. Besides Knutson and Jensen, the only other boy to have more than 1,000 points is Noah Shadis with 1,009 points. “I’m proud of Jordan. I’d like to say he deserves it, but that wouldn’t be fair to him, as he’s been committed to this program and has earned it,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. “To score 1,000 points in your career is quite the accomplishment. Jordan isn’t the biggest of kids, so that alone makes his situation unique. We’re also a team that values balance on offense and we consistently play one of the toughest schedules around. He’s overcame all of that, stayed healthy and achieved this milestone in just three years as a varsity player. I couldn’t be happier for him.” Hallberg went on the say that since he’s been coaching in Grantsburg, Knutson has been a part of the basketball program. “I remember him as an aggressive, little first-grader with potential. It’s been fun to see him mature as a player and a leader in our program. He was a manager on our 2011 state runner-up team and on the playoff roster for the 2013 team that won conference. He will leave Grantsburg basketball having had many experiences some kids dream of, hopefully, there’s more to come. Scoring 1,000 points is now a part of that list.”

A boisterous Grantsburg student section reacts with loud cheers just moments after Jordan Knutson connected with his 1,000th career point Monday, Feb. 22. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg 76, Glenwood City GRANTSBURG – With nearly a weeklong break from competition, the Pirates didn’t appear to miss a step Monday, Feb. 22, during their nonconference game against Glenwood City. Grantsburg played their final home game of the regular season and will wrap up conference play at St. Croix Falls this Thursday, Feb. 25, followed by the WIAA playoffs. It was a lopsided victory for Grantsburg, but a big night for several players including John Chenal, who led the team with 26 points, followed by Jordan Knutson with 17, Jackson Gerber, 14, Jaeger

Staeven, 10, Leo Chenal, six, and Austin Olson, three. “After not playing at all last week, it was nice to get back out there tonight,” said coach Nick Hallberg. “We played well offensively and made the big runs to put the game away.” The Hilltoppers hung around for the first four to five minutes of the game, but before long the Pirates went on a big scoring run, leading by as much as 28-18 with more than seven minutes to go in the first half. Gerber was hot from the outside with three 3-pointers in the first half, and John Chenal had 18 first-half points.

Grantsburg senior Jaeger Staeven goes in for a hard layup against the Hilltoppers. The Pirates won handily, 76-35. Knutson also celebrated his 1,000th point milestone with fans and family. “Fun night surrounding Jordan and his quest for 1,000 points,” Hallberg added.





Saints sending two wrestlers to state Clark, Carney both win sectional titles Marty Seeger|Staff writer OSSEO - The Saints wrestling team was well-represented at the sectional wrestling meet at Osseo-Fairchild Saturday, Feb. 20. As a team the Saints finished fourth among 24 other teams. With six wrestlers competing there were two who finished the tournament as sectional champions including Luke Clark at 160 pounds, and Clay Carney at 145. Both earned the right to compete at the state individual championships that begin this Thursday, Feb. 25, but with both winning the title at their respective weight classes, they’ll begin their first round on Friday, Feb. 26, at around 11:15 a.m. “We had a good Saturday,” said coach Dan Clark. “Both wrestlers had exceptional days and won very tough weight classes. It is nice to see their years of hard work paying off. It is always nice to get underclassmen down to Madison. Both kids are good enough to go down and compete to win a state title. Our goal is to win and not just be happy to be there.” Luke Clark won all three of his matches at sectionals which included a pin in 3:22 over Justin Malean of Boyceville in the quarterfinals. He pinned Dawson Weik of Chequamegon in 1:27 in the semifinals, and had a rematch with Trystin Adams of Cumberland in the finals, where he earned another pin in 5:26. For Carney the quarterfinal match was a close one against Austin Bown of Arcadia. Carney won the match 3-2, and defeated Cody Frederick of Boyceville 3-1, before taking the finals match with an 8-5 decision over Josh Conrad of Independence/Gilmanton. Carney will enter the state tournament with a 37-3 record as a sophomore, and Clark, also a sophomore,

Senior Dalton Langer of St. Croix Falls completed his final wrestling tournament at 126 pounds, just missing state with fourth place. Saints sophomore Luke Clark pinned all three opponents he faced at the Division 3 sectional championship in Osseo-Fairchild, including Justin Malean of Boyceville in the photo above. Clark was the champion at 160 pounds and is heading to the Kohl Center in Madison this weekend. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Spencer Langer was defeated in the quarterfinals match by a score of 6-3. As a freshman, Langer will get another shot at state next season. Clay Carney is heading to the state wrestling meet at 145 pounds after taking the sectional championship in Osseo-Fairchild Saturday, Feb. 20.

Garrett Bergmann picked up a win at sectionals at 138 pounds, but fell just short of state in fourth place.

is 38-2. Two Saints wrestlers finished just one spot away from the state tournament with fourth place finishes, including Dalton Langer at 126. He had three matches on the day and lost the first round by pin, but won a 2-1 decision against Dustin Roach of Ladysmith. He lost the third-place match by pin to Drew Rihn of Cumberland. It was the senior’s final match of his high-school career. “He has been an exceptional leader for

us and has meant a lot for us over the last four years. He ended his career with around 100 victories,” said Clark. Also in fourth place was sophomore Garrett Bergmann at 138. Bergmann lost by pin in the first round but won an 8-3 decision against Josiah Cook of Bayfield/ Washburn for a shot at third place, where he lost by tech fall against Makenze Schuh of Durand. At 132, freshman Josey Wilson, and freshman Spencer Langer, at 152, both

lost their opening matches at sectionals and were unable to get the wrestle back. But the future still looks very bright for the Saints as several underclassmen will be back again next season. “Josey Wilson, Spencer Langer and Garrett Bergmann all had great seasons. They are young and will be back next year. I look forward to seeing how good they can become if they continue to work hard,” said Clark.

Unity’s wrestling season ends at sectionals Marty Seeger|Staff writer OSSEO - It was a tough day for Unity Eagle wrestlers competing at the Division 3 sectional tournament in Osseo on Saturday, Feb. 20, as all four wrestlers were unable to move on to the state tournament. Starting at 106 pounds, Blane Tendrup lost a close match in the opening round by a 9-6 decision against Tristan Haque of Cochrane-Fountain City. At 120 pounds A.J. Bearhart got a shot at going to state but missed by one spot as he placed fourth overall. Bearhart had three matches and lost the opening round by pin, but pinned Seth Peterson of Chequamegon in the consolation semifinals in 3:54. In the match for third place, Bearhart fell by major decision to Dyllon Johnson of Boyceville. Tony Carlson lost his opening match of the sectional tournament at 170, getting pinned by Josh Nitek of Blair-Taylor. At 195, Dylan Peper got two matches but was pinned in both to end his season.

Dylan Peper finished the season at the sectional in Osseo-Fairchild at 195 pounds. He had two matches on the day including the one above against Clear Lake’s Noah Wieczorek. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Tony Carlson of Unity competed at the sectional tournament at 170 pounds, but lost by pin in the quarterfinals, ending his tournament run.

Adrian Bearhart was able to get a pin over Seth Peterson of Chequamegon but fell just short of state with fourth place at 120 pounds.





Movin’ on Feb. 23. Luck’s offense clicked early to take care of a Butternut team, who hung around early on in the game before the Cardinals quickly pulled away. Luck has the No. 6 seed and will travel to Siren, who they will meet for the third time this season. The No. 3 seeded Dragons have defeated the Cardinals both times, by scores of 46-26, and 41-24 more recently on Friday, Feb. 19.

Five West Lakeland girls basketball teams playing in regional semifinals Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – Five West Lakeland girls basketball teams will be playing in the regional semifinal games this Friday, Feb. 26. Many of those teams snuck out with easy wins on Tuesday, Feb. 23, during the first round of the WIAA regionals, including Luck, Unity and Siren. The Grantsburg Pirates lost a tough one to St. Croix Falls. (See story page 15). The No. 9 seeded Saints will travel to No. 1 seeded Phillips on Friday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. The Frederic Vikings got the first-round bye and will be hosting Mercer this Friday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Mercer is a No. 8 seed and coming off a 60-42 Tuesday playoff win over No. 9 Washburn.

Siren 65, Mellen 20 SIREN – The Lady Dragons moved on easily to the regional semifinal after a big win over Mellen on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Siren held a 40-7 lead at halftime and never looked back. They had a well-balanced night of scoring with Caitlyn Daniels leading with 13, followed by Sara

See Girls playoffs/Page 24 Luck senior Brittany Donald lines up a shot against Butternut on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Luck, during the opening round of regionals. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Luck 71, Butternut 35 LUCK – The Lady Cardinals won their first playoff game under the direction of head coach Britta Petersen Tuesday,

Cole Britton earns third trip to state Two LFGS wrestlers end season at sectionals Marty Seeger|Staff writer OSCEOLA - Cole Britton of the Luck/ Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren wrestling team is heading to the Kohl Center in Madison for the WIAA state individual championships in Division 2, after placing second at sectionals in Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 20. The senior had three matches on the day at 113 pounds and won the quarterfinal match with a pin in 5:21 over Eric Gerovac of Ashland. He also won the semifinal match by a 3-0 decision against Sawyer Strom of Ellsworth, but was eventually pinned in the finals by Quincy Stephens of Barron in 4:28. Britton enters the state tournament with a 29-2 record and will face sophomore Caleb Radtke of River Valley, 36-14, on Thursday, Feb. 25, starting at around 7:15 p.m. Others competing at the sectional in Osceola included Colin Jeske at 106. He lost his first-round quarterfinal match to Matthew Peterson of Ellsworth by a 13-0 major decision, before winning by injury default against Mack George of Ashland. In the third-place match, Jeske lost by pin to Tanner Booth of Baldwin-Woodville. At heavyweight, Parker Steen’s season came to an end with a close openinground loss to Noah LeBlanc by a 3-2 decision.

Cole Britton is heading to his third state tournament this weekend, after placing second at the sectional in Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 20. – Photos by Larry Samson

Senior Parker Steen ended his season at the sectional tournament in Osceola on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 285 pounds. He lost a tough 3-2 match against Hayward’s Noah LeBlanc.

Collin Jeske of the LFGS wrestling team took fourth place at the Osceola sectional, just missing state by one place.

Hudson ends Blizzard boys season Blizzard girls fall in first round to Hayward Hudson 6, Blizzard 0 Marty Seeger|Staff writer HUDSON - The Blizzard boys hockey season came to an end during the second round of the WIAA playoffs Thursday, Feb. 18. Hudson is a No. 1 seeded team

and proved to be too much for the Blizzard, but they managed to play tough throughout the game according to coach Andy Richardson. “I thought the boys played really hard and competed with Hudson. They are a very fast and very skilled team, but the boys didn’t back down and gave it their all,” Richardson said. “Even though our win/loss record wasn’t great, I was really pleased with the group this year. I feel like we got better as the season progressed and also did a

great job coming together as a team.” After losing five straight games before entering the playoffs, the Blizzard managed to pick up a big 4-1 win on the road at River Falls during the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 16. It was a great start to the playoffs as they had to get set for a stacked Hudson team two days later. “Tuesday’s win was an awesome game. I was really happy for our team and especially the seniors to be able to get that win,” Richardson said.

Hayward 11, Blizzard 0 HAYWARD - The Hayward Hurricanes blanked the Blizzard girls hockey team in the opening round of the WIAA playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 18. It was the Blizzard’s final game of the season, and their second consecutive season without a win. Blizzard goalie Mackenna Johnson had 39 saves on the night while the Blizzard had just nine shots on goal.





With Frederic’s loss to SCF, Siren wins West title Webster upsets Unity in final game of the regular season St. Croix Falls 56, Frederic 53 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Lady Saints got some much-needed momentum heading into the WIAA playoffs after an upset over Frederic Friday, Feb. 19, and in doing so, helped Siren win the West Lakeland Conference title. Siren’s 41-24 win over Luck on the same night gave the Dragons a 10-2 conference record, while Frederc finished 9-3. “Obviously disappointed that we lost the game and a chance to win conference, but not disappointed with our effort and what we’ve done the last couple of years,” said Frederic coach Troy Wink. “Just like every conference game this year, it was a close battle back and forth. Foul trouble caught up with us on this night, and we didn’t get our balanced scoring we usually get.” It was a fight to the finish much of the night with Frederic taking its biggest lead near the end of the first half, holding a 28-22 lead. St. Croix Falls closed the gap quickly, however, as Ruthie Stewart came out fighting, converting a two-and-one opportunity and scoring another bucket at the buzzer to bring the Saints within one at halftime. Stewart had nine of her 11 points in the first half. In the second half the Saints gained a one-point lead, and Viking senior Emily Amundson landed her fourth foul. The lead remained 29-28 in favor of St. Croix Falls through the first four minutes of play in the second half, followed by five different lead changes in the following five minutes before the Saints 40-37 lead. The Vikings managed to tie the game 40-40 when Ann Chenal converted a twoand-one opportunity, but the Saints rode out the remaining five minutes of play despite all the Vikings efforts. Frederic was within one point with under four minutes to go, but the Saints continued to answer each of the Vikings offensive possessions. St. Croix Falls stretched their lead to as much as five points with under two minutes to go, but Frederic was never out of it until the final

Sydney Domagala dribbles by Saints junior Adrienne Stoffel on Friday, Feb. 19, at St. Croix Falls. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Katie Kopp led the Saints with 18 points against Frederic on Friday, Feb. 19, and St. Croix Falls upset the Vikings. With Siren’s win over Luck on the same night, Siren won the West Lakeland Conference. second. Even with a five-point Saints lead with 17 seconds remaining, Taylor Alseth of Frederic hit a 3-pointer to bring the Vikings within two points. After fouling and sending Addie McCurdy to the line for a pair of free throws, she hit 1 of 2, and the Vikings regained possession. The final shot missed, however, and the Saints hung on in the upset. Katie Kopp led the Saints with 18 points, followed by Adrienne Stoffel with 12, Stewart and McCurdy each had 11, and Kristin Petherbridge had four. Alseth had a big night for the Vikings with 26 points, followed by Chenal with 14, Nicole Nelson, 10, Shelbi Root, two, and Sydney Domagala, one.

Frederic 73, Drummond 26 FREDERIC – On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Lady Vikings hosted Drummond, and watched a school record fall as senior Nicole Nelson set the all-time record for most 3-pointers in a season. The old record stood at 40, and after their win over Drummond, and more recently Siren, Nelson has 44 on the year. According to coach Troy Wink, the record goes back to the 2000-01 season, as 3-pointers weren’t tracked prior to that. “She went from making seven as a junior to 44, huge jump, very fortunate to have her making some of those,” Wink noted. Several Vikings got into the scoring mix against Drummond, starting with Ann Chenal with 14, followed by Taylor Alseth, 13, Kalyn Miller, 11, Nelson, 10, Emily Amundson, eight, Shelbi Root, Sydney Domagala and Tori Rosenau each had four, Jennifer Hill, three, and Shannan Erickson had two.

Nicole Nelson of Frederic set a school record on Thursday, Feb. 18, during a nonconference game against Drummond. She set the mark for the most 3-pointers in school history. The previous mark was 40, and she currently has 44 entering playoffs. – Photo by Becky Amundson

Siren 41, Luck 24 LUCK – The defensive-minded Lady Dragons held the Luck Cardinals to 24 points on Friday, Feb. 19, and with the win, laid claim to sole possession of the West Lakeland Conference title. Luck began the game on a 4-0 run but were held scoreless for as many as 15 minutes in the first half, and couldn’t overcome the solid Siren defense. Siren too, had trouble offensively, being held scoreless through the first eight minutes of the game. It was both teams’ final games of the regular season as they began tourna-

ment play on Tuesday, Feb. 23. For the Dragons, Ashlee Rightman led with 16 points, followed by Caitlynn Daniels, 13, Laurel Kannenberg, eight, and Abby Kosloski and Sarah Shaffer each had two. Emma Pedersen had 12 points for Luck, and Kyla Melin and Olivia Nielsen each had six. See leadernewsroom. com for more information and comments on the game.

Lowe scored 10, and Emma Moore had eight. Clayton 55, Grantsburg 35 CLAYTON – The Pirates finished with a road loss in their final game of the regular season at Clayton on Friday, Feb. 19. Three Bears scored in double digits with Alison Leslie hitting 17, Kailey Ketz added 13 and Mackinzie Fall finished with 11.

Webster 53, Unity 51 WEBSTER – Unity’s four-game winning streak was snapped in their regular-season finale at Webster on Friday, Feb. 19. It was only the Tigers second conference win of the season. The Tigers led 24-17 at halftime and had big nights offensively from Lydia Wilson, who had 17 points, followed by Allison Mulroy, 16, Kaitlyn Moser, 15, and Julia Gavin, five. Unity 55, Pepin-Alma 33 BALSAM LAKE – In their final nonconference game of the regular season, the Unity Eagle girls basketball team picked up a nice win Thursday, Feb. 18. “This was another good effort for our kids,” said coach Rory Paulsen. “One of the areas we need to improve upon is the foul count. We put them on the line far too often in this game which starts with our defense. We will work during practice to keep the ball in front of us on defense and hopefully transfer that work to a game situation. Gabrielle Foeller finished with 16 points, Raelin Sorensen had 11, Jasmine

Unity’s Briana Peterson finds a narrow lane to drive to the hoop as Webster Tigers defend the basket. – Photo by Becky Strabel

Webster’s Kaitlyn Moser reaches for a rebound against Unity Friday, Feb. 19. The Tigers got the upset win over the Eagles in the team’s final conference game. – Photo by Becky Strabel





Frederic boys survive against St. Croix Falls Siren upsets Luck as end of regular season nears

Unity 51, Webster 27 WEBSTER – The Unity boys held Webster to just nine first-half points in their win over the Tigers Friday, Feb. 19. Unity’s Erik Peterson led with 13 points and Logan Bader finished with eight. Cody Ince had seven, and Nate Heimstead added six in the win. The Tigers were led by Jack Washburn with 11 points, and Tate Fohrenkamm added seven.

Frederic 76, St. Croix Falls 74 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Frederic boys basketball team escaped with a 76-74 win over St. Croix Falls on Friday, Feb. 19. The back-and-forth battle rarely saw either team going up by more than four points. The Saints held the lead for much of the first half with their largest lead at five points. Both teams combined for eight threes in the first half and settled on a 39-39 tie at the break. In the second half the scoring barrage continued and the Saints continued to keep pace ahead of Frederic, leading by as many as seven points with nine minutes left in the game. Frederic brought the score back within reach, to within three points, with five minutes to play, and a Roman Poirier three helped tie the game 65-65 with with just over three minutes to play. Frederic took a brief lead but the Saints tied it again 71-71 with 1:30 remaining. Frederic held a 75-74 lead with one minute to go and St. Croix Falls had a chance to tie or take the lead from the free-throw line, but a pair of misses gave the ball back to Frederic, and Austin Ennis was quickly fouled. He hit one of two free throws and the Saints called time-out. With only one shot left and little time, a Saints heave from halfcourt went wide and Frederic came away with the narrow win. Frederic 47, Drummond 39 FREDERIC – Roman Poirier had 20 points and Jonah Tinman had 15 in the Vikings win over Drummond on Thursday, Feb. 18. Tinman led the team with seven rebounds, and Austin Ennis had six rebounds in the win along with four steals.

Siren 60, Luck 57 LUCK – The Siren Dragon boys basketball team picked up an upset win at Luck on Friday, Feb. 19. Luck will end the regular season at Frederic on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Siren hosts Webster in their final game of the regular season. Unity 66, Boyceville 24 BOYCEVILLE – The Eagle boys grabbed a big conference win over Boyceville Monday, Feb. 22, with another solid defensive effort, holding the Bulldogs to just 11 points in the first half. The Eagles three top scorers included Cody Ince and Erik Peterson with 14 points apiece, and Logan Bader had 11. New Auburn 66, Webster 54 NEW AUBURN – New Auburn’s Kaleb Butterfield and Quintin Patz finished with 20 points, and 18 points respectively in the Trojans win over Webster on Monday, Feb. 22. It was the Tigers final nonconference game of the regular season as they prepare for the final conference game at Siren Thursday, Feb. 25.

Caleb Schott heads up for an open layup against the Saints late in the game Friday, Feb. 19, during a close game at St. Croix Falls. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Tate Fohrenkamm of Webster heads up for a shot as Unity deEthan Schmidt does everything he can to defend against Drummond on Webster’s Frankie DeBlase gets some air time Thursday, Feb. 18, at Frederic. – Photo by Becky Amundson against the Eagles Friday, Feb. 19. – Photo by Becky fenders put on some pressure at Webster Friday, Feb. 19. – Photo by Becky Strabel Strabel

Boys basketball playoffs set to start Tuesday, March 1 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND – The WIAA boys basketball playoffs begin on Tuesday, March 1, with Unity drawing the only bye among teams in the West Lakeland. Division 4 Unity has the No. 2 seed and will face the

winner between No. 7 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and No. 10 seeded St. Croix Falls. The Saints are at Chetek for that game on March 1, and the winner will play at Unity on Thursday, March 3. Also in Division 4, No. 4 seeded Grants-

burg will host No. 13 seeded Cumberland in the opening round of regionals on Tuesday, March 1. Webster has the No. 12 seed and will face the long road to Abbotsford, also on March 1. In Division 5, Frederic has a No. 5 seed

and hosts No. 12 seed Bayfield on Tuesday, March 1. Also on March 1, No. 4 seeded Siren will host No. 13 Butternut, and No. 3 seeded Luck will host No. 14 Winter.





Siren fifth-graders compete at state tournament

Siren seventh-graders to play state invite championship tourney

The Siren fifth-grade girls basketball team played in the Division 4-5 state tournament in the Appleton/ Little Chute area last weekend. In their pool play, they defeated Alma Center 37-13, Albany 56-30, Oakfield 58-44, and Poynette, 37-10, in the round of the top 16 teams. In the top eight, they beat St. Croix 37-15, lost to Oneida Nation 39-36 in the semifinals, and defeated Iola-Scandinavia, 38-35, in the third-place game. The girls placed third out of a pool of the top Division 4 and 5 teams in the state. – Photo submitted

Siren’s seventh-grade boys Great Northwest Basketball League team has been invited to the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament on April 2-3 in La Crosse. They finished the season with a 13-2 record, with only six boys. Pictured back row (L to R): McCoy Maslow, Jeremy Liljenberg, Nathan Curry and Brady Kosloski. Front row: Zayden Anderson and Casey Corenson. They are coached by Rick Kosloski and Betsy Liljenberg. – Photo submitted

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Strikers 22, Huskies 17, Wolves 12, Pins 5. Boys games: Richard Bugella (H) 135, Jonathan Skow (S) 131, Isaiah Otto (H) 111. Boys series: Richard Bugella (H) 355, Jonathan Skow (S) 350, Isaiah Otto (H) 291. Girls games: Paulina Peterson (W) 112, Rachael Bugella (W) 107. Girls series: Paulina Peterson (W) 309, Rachael Bugella (W) 304. Team games: Huskies 246, Pins 223, Strikers 220. Team series: Pins 660, Huskies 646, Strikers 617. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Bears 16, Vultures 16, Swans 15, Badgers 15, Hummingbirds 15, Mallards 13, Night Hawks 11, Eagles 11. Men’s games: Dick Coen 214, Butch Sahr 191, Ron Noble 188. Men’s series: Dick Coen 546, Dale Johnson 533, Lloyd Swanson 526. Women’s games: Marge Traun 224, Mona Renfroe 198, Pat Bresina 197. Women’s series: Marge Traun 521, Mary Young 508, Mona Renfroe 500. Team games: Bears 737, Vultures 659, Night Hawks 652. Team series: Bears 1962, Vultures 1934, Night Hawks 1884. Tuesday Classic Standings: Maurer Power 65, Yellow Lake Lodge 63.5, S&G 45, House of Wood 44.5, Pioneer Bar 32. Individual games: Roger Tollander 279, Brett Daeffler & Tony Wilson 258. Individual series: Brett Daeffler 708, Tony Wilson 690, Josh Henry 673. Team games: Maurer Power 698, Yellow Lake Lodge 686, House of Wood 668. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1931, Maurer Power 1917, House of Wood 1913. Consecutive strikes: Roger Tollander 279 (9x), Tony Wilson 258 (6x), Brett Daeffler 258 (6x), Daryl Bazey 234 (6x), Gene Ackland 245 (7x), Curtis Renfroe 232 (5x). Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Roger Tollander 279 (+104); Don Swenson 243 (+68); Josh Henry 227 (+67). Series 100 pins or more above avg.: Josh Henry 673 (+193); Daryl Bazey 624 (+102); Roger Tollander 626 (+101). Splits converted: 3-4-6-7-10: Ed Bitler. 3-9-10: David Hall. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 22, Skol Bar 17, Hansen Farms 16, Luck Laundry 15, Stotz & Co. 15, Cummings Lumber 13, Cifaldi Motors 13, Bye 1. Individual games: Buck Hanson (PB) 268, Craig Adair (SC) 252, Moose Wilson (SB) 248. Individual series: Moose Wilson (SB) 665, Buck Hanson (PB) 639, Dave Gabrielson (LL) 614. Team games: Skol Bar 996, Luck Laundry 966, Skol Bar 956.

Team series: Skol Bar 2831, Luck Laundry 2728, Hansen Farms 2654. Thursday Early Standings: LakeLand Communications 45, Backwoods Beer & Bait 45, Wikstrom Construction 43, American Family Siren 38.5, Grindell Law Offices 37, Red Iron Studios 35, Hell Raisers 34.5, Fab Four 34. Individual games: Joshua Henry (AFS) 246, Mark Bohn (FF) & Curtis Renfroe (LC) 234. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 660, Edward Bitler (RIS) 655, Joshua Henry (AFS) 641. Team games: LakeLand Communications 616, Fab Four 608, American Family Siren 584. Team series: LakeLand Communications 1743, American Family Siren 1625, Fab Four 1598. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Lydell Larson 233 (6x); Josh Henry 246 (5x); Edward Bitler 214 (5x); Curtis Renfroe 234 (5x); Derek Ayd 233 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Derek Ayd 233 (+76), Josh Henry 246 (+84), Lydell Larson 233 (+59), Tim Pederson 210 (+54), Curtis Renfroe 234 (+58). Splits converted: 2-7: Derek Ayd (LC). 2-4-8-10: Jim Wikstrom (WC). 2-7-8: Karen Carlson (BBB). 3-10: Austin Otis (BBB), Lydell Larson (AFS), Bert Meyer, Mike Route, Derek Ayd (LC). 5-7: Bruce Wikstrom (WC). 5-10: Gloria Meyer (HR). Friday Night Standings: The Leader 26, Frederic Design & Promotion 23, Junque Art 21, Pin Heads 14. Individual games: Karen Carlson 234, Sheila Hansen 182, Pat Traun 181. Individual series: Karen Carlson 544, Sheila Hansen 520, Cindy Denn 507. Team games: Junque Art 822, The Leader 818, Pin Heads 804. Team series: Frederic Design & Promotion 2378, The Leader 2374, Pin Heads 2307. Consecutive strikes: Karen Carlson (6x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Karen Carlson. Splits converted: 5-7: Judy Mravik.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 40, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 29, Sam’s Carpentry 24, McKenzie Lanes 23, Gutterbugs 21.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 15.5. Individual games: Mary Sue Morris 198, Kathy McKenzie 193, Toni Sloper 189. Individual series: Toni Sloper 511, Cindy Castellano 499, Kathy McKenzie 489. Team games: McKenzie Lanes 799. Team series: Jensen Sundquist Insurance 2316. Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 46, Mishaps 44, Kemps Quality Siding 34, Eagle Lounge 32, Bewitched 32, Alleycats 28. Individual games: Pam Alleva & Jessica

Haverland 174, Debbie Swanson 173. Individual series: Kelley Hall 491, Jessica Haverland 484, Shirley Wiswell & Debbie Swanson 468. Team games: Mishaps 606, Bewitched 605. Team series: Bewitched 1737, Eagle Lounge 1715. 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 PC 56.5, GA Screenprinting 54, Bye 0. Individual games: Tony Fitzgerald 277, Craig Willert 254, Rick Katzmark & Gene Braund 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 95.5, Jeff’s Small Engine 80, Split Happens 79.5, Kassel Tap 76, Gutter Dusters 76, Main Street Cafe 76, Custom Outfitter 71.5, Hauge Dental 56.5. Individual games: Shirley Wiswell 210, Jan Kruse 194, Shirley Wilson 193. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 527, Toni Sloper 508, Shirley Wiswell 506. Team games: Kassel Tap 845, Main Street Cafe 834, Hauge Dental 804. Team series: Kassel Tap 2443, Main Street Cafe 2410, Gutter Dusters 2356. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 48, Loveless Lake Bar 44, Thirsty Otter 38, Suzie Q’s 36, Adamark Repair 34, Maxwell Heating & Air 32, McKenzie Lanes 32, 5 J’s Sports Bar 24. Men’s games: Mark Kamish 248, Tim Shalander 243, Mark Anderson 234. Men’s series: Mark Kamish 701, Mike Welling 659, Jeff Lehmann 615. Women’s games: Pamela Knoche 209, Jeanne Kizer 200, Dixie Runberg 164. Women’s series: Jeanne Kizer 561, Pamela Knoche 525, Patsy Hansen 444. Team games: Loveless Lake Bar 760. Team series: Adamark Repair 2096. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Jeff’s Small Engine 53, Fox Ridge Farm 53, Tiger Express 41, McKenzie Lanes 29, Captain’s Bar & Grill 29, 5

J’s Sports Bar 21, Hanjo Farms 15, Dalles Electrician 11. Individual games: Jason Steffen 279, Jesse Schultz 259, Rick Fox 258. Individual series: Jason Steffen 773, Rick Fox 681, Jesse Schultz 654. Team games: Jeff’s Small Engine 1101, Tiger Express 1096. Team series: Tiger Express 3109, Jeff’s Small Engine 3025. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: TL Enterprise 28.5, Hack’s Pub 27.5, Hauge Dental 27, Central Bank 26.5, Soul Sisters 26, Cutting Edge Pro 25.5, JJ’s 22.5, Eagle Valley Bank 20.5. Individual games: Dawn High 222, Debbie Korsan 190, Dawn Larson 188. Individual series: Dawn High 585, Debbie Korsan 531, Lonnie Stowell 512. Team games: Soul Sisters 677, Hauge Dental 643, Hack’s Pub 639. Team series: Soul Sisters 1898, Hauge Dental 1879, Eagle Valley Bank 1774. Saturday Night Standings: The In-laws 45, Roller Coasters 44, B&K Cousins 37, Misfits 34, New Team 30, Cutting Edge Pro 29, Here for the Beer 27, Rumbeers 24. Men’s games: Chuck Kruse & Mark Turner 236, Rick Katzmark 235. Men’s series: Rick Katzmark 680, Gene Braund 672, Mark Turner 639. Women’s games: Patti Katzmark 203, Sharon Berg 184, Toni Sloper 174. Women’s series: Patti Katzmark 559, Sharon Berg 454, Toni Sloper 443. Team games: The In-laws 971, Roller Coasters 907, B&K Cousins 878. Team series: The In-laws 2663, Roller Coasters 2625, B&K Cousins 2474.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 28-8, Zia Louisa’s 19-17, The Tap 19-17, Black & Orange 6-30. Individual games: Linda Strong (ZL) 214, Donna Crain (B&O) 187, Sally Casey (ZL) 185. Individual series: Linda Strong (ZL) 491, Mary Eifler (GDS) 482, Donna Crain (B&O) 472. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 944, The Tap 894, Zia Louisa’s 889. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2667, The Tap 2571, Black & Orange 2569. Games 50 or more above avg.: Donna Crain 187 (+53); Linda Strong 214 (+71). Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 19-5, Yellow River Saloon 15-9, Larry’s LP 7-17, Black & Orange 7-17. Individual games: Chris Johnson (B&O) 280, Lloyd Katusky (B&O) 231, Neil Huppert (YRS) 226. Individual series: Chris Johnson (B&O) 696, Lloyd Katusky (B&O) 657, Tony Wilson (BA) 630. Team games: Black & Orange 1127, Yel-

low River Saloon 1120, Bruce’s Auto 1052. Team series: Bruce’s Auto 3126, Yellow River Saloon 3104, Black & Orange 3102. Games 50 or more above avg.: Chris Johnson 280 (+93); Tristin Kingbird 168 (+56); Neil Huppert 226 (+50); Lloyd Katusky 226 (+56). Series 100 or more above avg.: Chris Johnson 696 (+135). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, A&H Country Market, Gob’s Gals, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Nancy Growe (TS) 187, Laura Main (TS) 178, Vivian Marx (GG) 167. Individual series: Nancy Growe (TS) 485, Laura Main (TS) 439, Vivian Marx (GG) 438. Team games: The Shop 568 & 565, A&H Country Market 531. Team series: The Shop 2192, West Point Lodge 2162, A&H Country Market 2136. Games 50 or more above avg.: Nancy Growe. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 24-4, Flower Power 16-12, Larry’s LP 14-14, Vacant 2-26. Individual games: Sandy Buhil (NL) 184, Becky Reynolds (L) 179, Evie Engebretson (FP) 172. Individual series: Cheryl Scallon (NL) 480, Becky Reynolds (L) & Mary Reese (FP) 464, Sandy Buhil (NL) 447. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 908, Larry’s LP 900, Flower Power 817. Team series: Larry’s LP 2553, Northwoods Lumber 2509, Flower Power 2388. Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 19.5-4.5, Northwoods Lumber 14-10, Lions 9.5-14.5, Black & Orange 5-19. Individual games: Lloyd Katusky (L) 233, Josh Johnson (L) 226, Curt Phelps (BL) 214. Individual series: Lloyd Katusky (L) 645, Josh Johnson (L) 633, Fred Zajac (NL) 585. Team games: Lions 1033, Bump’s Lakeside 1030, Black & Orange 1006. Team series: Lions 3058, Bump’s Lakeside 2887, Northwoods Lumber 2779. Splits converted: 4-7-10: Lloyd Katusky. 4-6-7: Mike Anesi. Early Risers Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 24-12, 10th Hole 21-15, The Granary 16-20, Black & Orange 11-25. Individual games: Judy Olson (B&O) 189, Pam Dildine (10th) 185, Joan Java-Hahr (10th) 179. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 471, Judy Olson (B&O) 465, Lylah Nelson (B&O) 456. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 769, The Granary & Black & Orange 760, 10th Hole 734. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2151, 10th Hole 2118, Black & Orange 2091. Games 50 or more above avg.: Millie Hansen 170 (+50).





Girls playoffs/Continued Schaffer, 11, Allie Webster, eight, Laurel Kannenberg, seven, Haley Peterson, six, Ashlee Rightman, five, Cassie Maslow and and Abby Kosloski each had four, Alayna Johnson, Riley Anderson, and Jade Horstman each had two, and Kayla Eideh added one. “It was a great team effort,” said coach Ryan Karsten. “I thought Allie Webster and Sarah Shaffer had good nights for us offensively. Now on to Luck for the rematch from last Friday. It is tough to play a team three times in the same year.” The Dragons are the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 seeded Luck this Friday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23. With a 35-12 halftime lead Unity had little trouble on Tuesday, and will host another home playoff game on Friday, Feb. 26, as they host No. 5 seeded Hurley.

Ladysmith 70, Webster 26 LADYSMITH – The Webster Tiger girls basketball team finished their season with a loss on the road against Ladysmith on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Tigers finished the season with a 2-10 conference record 7-16 overall.

Siren’s defense puts pressure on a Mellen player Tuesday, Feb. 23.– Photo by Becky Strabel

Unity 63, Chequamegon 37 BALSAM LAKE – The Unity girls basketball team finished off Chequamegon in the first round of the WIAA regionals

District 87 free-throw shooters advance Unity senior Markell Ramich runs the Eagles offense against Chequamegon on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Eagles will host Hurley this Friday, Feb. 26, in the regional semifinal. – Photo by Marty Seeger



West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 12-0 Grantsburg Pirates 9-2 Luck Cardinals 6-5 Frederic Vikings 5-6 Siren Dragons 4-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-8 Webster Tigers 1-10

Overall 21-1 15-4 13-7 10-11 12-9 4-14 7-14

Scores Thursday, Feb. 18 Frederic 47, Drummond 39 Friday, Feb. 19 Siren 60, Luck 57 Frederic 76, St. Croix Falls 74 Unity 51, Webster 27 Monday, Feb. 22 Unity 66, Boyceville 24 Grantsburg 76, Glenwood City 35 New Auburn 66, Webster 54 Tuesday, Feb. 23 St. Croix Falls at Barron (No score available) Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 25 7:15 p.m. Luck at Frederic Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls Webster at Siren Tuesday, March 1 (WIAA Regionals) 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls (10) at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (7) Bayfield (12) at Frederic (5) Cumberland (13) at Grantsburg (4) Winter (14) at Luck (3) Butternut (13) at Siren (4) Webster (12) at Abbotsford (5) Standings Conference 2-8

Overall 19-4 16-6 14-6 12-10 8-13 11-12 7-16

Scores Thursday, Feb. 18 Frederic 73, Drummond 26 Unity 55, Pepin/Alma 33 Hinckley/Finlayson 49, Webster 38 Friday, Feb. 19 Siren 41, Luck 24 St. Croix Falls 56, Frederic 53 Webster 53, Unity 51 Clayton 55, Grantsburg 35 Tuesday, Feb. 23 (WIAA Regionals) Siren 65, Mellen 20 Luck 71, Butternut 35 St. Croix Falls 50, Grantsburg 44 Unity 63, Chequamegon 37 Ladysmith 70, Webster 26 Upcoming (WIAA Regionals) Friday, Feb. 26 7 p.m. Mercer (8) at Frederic (1) Luck (6) at Siren (3) St. Croix Falls (9) at Phillips (1) Hurley (5) at Unity (4)


Overall 9-13-1

Scores Thursday, Feb. 18 (WIAA Regionals) Hudson 6, Blizzard 0

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B r a d y Kosloski, left, of Siren won the age 12 category, Logan Lillehauge, right, of Frederic won in age 14 and Russell Cook, center, of Siren was first place in age 13.

Among the age 9 girls winners were Megan Schafer, of Grantsburg. Rachael Bugella of Frederic, took first among 11-year-olds and Alexandra Kammeyer of Grantsburg took first among 10-year-olds.

Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 27 TBD State individual wrestling championships

BOYS HOCKEY Team Blizzard

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

The District 87 Knights of Columbus free-throw contest was held in Frederic on Saturday, Feb. 20. Winners will advance to the next level held in Ladysmith on Saturday, March 5, for ages 9-14. Pictured at left are Ethan Ruud of Siren, who won the age 9 category, Nick Webster of Siren, center, won in age 10, and Justus Christianson, right, of Siren, won in age 11. – Photos submitted

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. 18 (WIAA Regionals) Hayward 11, Blizzard 0

Overall 0-16

Karlie Alexander of Frederic won the age 12 category among girls and Ellen Lindquist of Siren was first among 14-yearolds. Hannah Lemieux, of Siren, took first among those age 13.




Hunters and anglers boosted support for wildlife habitat management in 2015 Donations to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund increased 7 percent through license sales STATEWIDE – Hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts said “yes” to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund in 2015, donating more than $93,200 for habitat management in the state when buying hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports licenses. This marks a 7-percent increase in donations in the fund’s second full year compared to its first in 2014. “More and more hunters and anglers are hearing about the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund and are recognizing it as an opportunity to make a big difference for Wisconsin,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “Hunters and anglers have a deep connection with nature and understand what’s at stake if we don’t invest in our public lands for future generations.” When hunters and anglers buy their licenses through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources licensing system, they have the option to donate $2 to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund. Of all of the vendors, Mills Fleet Farm in Germantown collected the most money in donations during the 2015 license year at $3,700. “Considering we are an outdoors sporting headquarters, big supporters of the Department of Natural Resources and advocates for fishing and hunting, we are diligent about asking the Cherish Wis-

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. This year marks the foundation’s 30th year of boosting private sector support for Wisconsin’s public lands, waters and wildlife. Learn more at – Photo by Michelle Milford

consin donation question,” said Ken Fry, Mills Fleet Farm director of operations. “Mills Fleet Farm feels strongly about protecting the public lands our customers use.” Although donations through the DNR license system are usually $2, two customers donated $200 each, and seven customers donated $100 each in 2015. Wisconsin residents are not alone in their love for the state – donations came in from residents of many other states. Starting in March of 2016, hunters and anglers will continue to have the opportunity to make a donation to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund through the DNR’s new Go Wild licensing system. The popular camping reservation website Reserve America also collects donations for the fund. In addition, direct donations can be made at “The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources appreciates these generous donations from hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts through the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “The funds help support habitat management for our state parks, natural areas, wildlife areas and fishery areas. These are gifts that will last more than a lifetime and ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our waters and lands.” The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund was created through unanimous bipartisan legislation to “support habitat management activities” on state-owned or managed lands. In a unique public-private partnership, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin holds and manages the fund as an endowment. – from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Anglers urged to pull ice-fishing shelters before deadlines - or ice gives way! MADISON - As winter starts its decline marked by thinning ice, state recreational safety specialists are encouraging anglers to remove their ice-fishing shelters prior to deadline. The first of a number of deadlines for ice anglers to remove ice-fishing shelters from inland and boundary waters was Feb. 20 - the date for the Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters, affecting the Mississippi River south of the Minnesota-Iowa border. This date corresponded with Iowa regulations.

Other fast-approaching deadlines to remove all fishing shelters from the ice are: • Tuesday, March 1, for the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters • Tuesday, March 15, for Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.

Inland Wisconsin waters deadlines and Fox River reminder For inland Wisconsin waters, ice-fishing shelters must be removed daily and when not occupied after the first Sunday following March 1 for waters south of Hwy. 64 and after the first Sunday following March 12 for waters north of Hwy. 64. For 2016, those dates are: • Sunday, March 6, for waters south of Hwy. 64 • Sunday, March 13, for waters north

of Hwy. 64 - including the Great Lakes of Michigan and Superior, along with Green Bay and inland waters. • One exception to this rule is that on the Fox River downstream from the DePere dam in Brown County, ice-fishing shelters must always be removed from the ice daily and when not in use. But this year, with poor ice conditions on many lakes, safety specialists say anglers may not want to wait until the deadlines. Open water has been appearing on an increasing number of southern lakes, and many shorelines have thin ice, making access for removing shelters treacherous. DNR recommends anglers start assessing their shelter-removal situation early and make arrangements as necessary with local vendors, friends or others to help them meet the removal deadlines. Failure to remove a shanty or ice-fishing shelter by these deadlines could result in a forfei-

ture of $263.10. Additional costs may be incurred if the DNR must arrange to have the shanty removed or if the shanty or ice-fishing shelter breaks through the ice and must be recovered and disposed of. After these dates for removing ice-fishing

shelters from a frozen lake or river, an angler may continue to use a portable shelter but must remove it daily and when it is not occupied or actively being used. – from the DNR

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Burnett County Supervisor Emmitt Byrne hoists up a 40-plus pound perch he caught while on a recent trip to the Nile River in Africa. Byrne spent time with his extended family in Africa. – Photo submitted


Wisconsin airmen fueling the flight over Southwest Asia SOUTHWEST Asia - The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing is hard at work fueling - or, in this case, refueling - the nation’s war effort in the skies over the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Airmen and KC-135 refueling tankers from the Milwaukee-based wing have spent the past four months fulfilling their federal mission as the nation’s combat reserve, serving as the backbone of the air campaign supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel in Southwest Asia. This deployment is part of the Wisconsin National Guard’s federal role as a primary combat reserve asset. The KC-135 has provided this core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force over the past five decades, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing currently has five KC-135s supporting the operations. In addition to this critical aircraft, more than 140 airmen from the 128th will deploy over the course of the wing’s rotations into the region. The first rotation left Milwaukee in late September 2015 and have since returned. The deployment length varies per individual based on responsibilities, but rotations are expected to continue at least through June. During the deployment, the unit has played a key role in the combined effort that has on average off-loaded 39 million pounds of fuel per month to coalition aircraft over the past four months. The 128th Air Refueling Wing alone flies four to five sorties per day. As of late December 2015, 128th aircrews had flown more than 440 sorties and off-loaded nearly 20 million pounds of fuel, or 3 million gallons, to approximately 1,500 receiving aircraft since deploying to the region in early October. In that time, they amassed more than 3,100 flight hours and refueled aircraft such as the F-15, F-16, A-10, C-130, B-1, C-17, joint and coalition aircraft. Col. Daniel Yenchesky, the commander

A fighter jet is refueled in midair. – Photo submitted of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, is extremely proud of the critical role his airmen have played since deployed. “To put that amount of jet fuel into perspective, an Olympic swimming pool 25 meters wide, 50 meters long and 2 meters deep holds 660,000 gallons,” he said. “Our Wisconsin airmen delivered over 4-1/2 Olympic pools’ worth of jet fuel, in the air, during combat operations. It is just an extraordinary achievement.” Yenchesky also pointed out the efforts of the wing’s maintenance team, who

work tirelessly to ensure the unit’s jets are ready for combat when they arrive in theater. “This takes a significant maintenance scheduling and preparation effort for months in advance of the deployment,” he said. “When a Milwaukee jet shows up in desert, they put it to work.” “It is a testament to the skill, dedication and readiness of our airmen and the quality of our aircraft that they can maintain that brisk operations tempo and do it safely,” he added. “The Wisconsin Air

National Guard’s contribution to Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel is something we can all be proud of.” Generally the rotations for airmen from the 128th range anywhere from 30 to 120 days, depending on their individual mission set. Their efforts, and those of the aircraft they refuel, are supporting the U.S. campaigns in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Yemen, and keeping American and Allied aircraft in the skies. Staff Sgt. Elvis Alvarado, a 128th boom operator, was proud to play such a critical role in the round-the-clock campaign to keep America’s combat and support aircraft flying nonstop. As a boom operator, Alvarado guides the KC-135’s fuel boom as it connects to the refueling aircraft. “I feel a sense of pride and excitement every time we go out to fly,” he said. “I am proud to be part of the mission in such a big way. My job is never mundane, and it requires patience and precision. A job like that is fulfilling to the core.” Master Sgt. Eric Dorn, the lead technician on an aerospace propulsion crew, said his recent 60-day tour to the region was a success. Dorn and his team worked 12-hour shifts each day, and they were one of the four aerospace propulsion crews at his location. Despite the fact that they all came from different service components, he said, the crews built cohesion and worked together effectively. “My unit was made up of Guard, Reserve and Active Duty,” he said. “But we created a good continuity. We worked really well together.” In addition to the 128th Air Refueling Wing airmen, the Wisconsin National Guard has just under 100 soldiers deployed to locations around the world; the remaining nearly 9,000 members stand ready to answer the call as the state’s first military responder or in their capacity as the nation’s combat reserve. — from WCVSO

COUNCIL WEIGHS IN ON RENOVATION PROPOSAL The St. Croix Falls Community Development Authority weighed in on the revised cost estimates to renovate and improve the old Civic Auditorium at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 22. See story on page 3. - Photo by Greg Marsten.

FIRST PLACE Belle Foeller and Markie Ramich took first place at the Unity FFA Alumni Ice-Fishing Contest held Saturday, Feb. 13, with this 11 pound northern. Their Unity team also went on to take first place in the school team division. - Photo by Jeanne Alling


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(Feb. 24) NOTICE IN REPLEVIN STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Case Code 31003 Case No. 16-SC-57 To: ANGELA C. JOHNSON You are hereby notified that a summons and complaint has been issued to recover possession of the following described goods and chattels, to-wit: 2015 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE ID# 1GNKVGKD8FJ269196 of which I, the plaintiff am entitled to the possession, and which you have unjustly taken and unlawfully detain from me. NOW THEREFORE, unless you shall File an Answer in the Circuit Court of Polk County, located in the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, State of Wisconsin, on March 14, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. before the calendar judge or any other judge of said court to whom the said action may be assigned for trial, judgment will be rendered against you for the delivery of said property to the plaintiff and for damages for the detention thereof and for costs. Dated at Milwaukee, WI, this 17th day of February, 2016. ACAR Leasing Ltd., dba GM Financial Leasing Plaintiff


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(Feb. 24) ST. CROIX TRIBAL COURT In the interest of: E.B.JR, child. DOB: January 2, 1999 Case No.: 10-CW-04 SUMMONS (BY PUBLICATION) PETITION FOR PERMANENT GUARDIANSHIP HEARING To: Mother/Father Roxanna St. John 24609 St. Croix St. Webster, WI 54893 OR 308 Water Lily Dr. Hinckley, MN Elijah Benjamin Sr. P.O. Box 143 Danbury, WI 54830 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the hearing on this Petition to appoint a Guardian will be held as follows: DATE: Tues., March 8, 2016. TIME: 9:00 a.m. PLACE: St. Croix Tribal Court, St. Croix Tribal Center, Hertel, Wisconsin. At the hearing, the petitioner will ask the Court to enter an order granting appointment of Temporary Guardianship. You have the right to be represented by legal counsel at your own expense. You must also submit documentation of prior custodial placement. Failure to respond or appear at this hearing may result in the petitioner’s obtaining the relief requested. Dated: February 16, 2016. Hazel Hindsley Address and phone number of Petitioner or legal representative: St. Croix Indian Child Welfare Department Tribal Attorney Tammy Swanson Hazel Hindsley, Director of St. Croix Indian Child Welfare Department 24663 Angeline Ave. 642072 Webster, WI 54893 WNAXLP

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EMPLOYMENT / NOTICES / REAL ESTATE APPLICATION FOR LICENSE To the Village Board, Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, the undersigned: CAP Operations, Inc. DBA Holiday #78 Kathleen Kreier, Agent 410 Wisconsin Ave. Frederic, Wisconsin 54837 Hereby applies for a “Class A” Fermented License to be used from March 2 through June 30, 2016. The Village Board will consider this application on March 2, 2016, at a Special Board Meeting. Dated: February 17, 2016. Janice Schott, Clerk Village of Frederic 642157 28L WNAXLP



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Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Constance S. Bowar, 69, Town of Oakland, died Feb. 1, 2016. James L. Turner, 63, village of Webster, died Feb. 1, 2016. William E. Sargent, 74, village of Grantsburg, died Feb. 10, 2016. Robert G. Ramstrom, 86, Town of Meenon, died Feb. 7, 2016.

Polk County Arthur R. Bader, 85, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 26, 2016. Gloriann P. Jones, 84, Frederic, died Jan. 28, 2016. Ella M. Valentine, 88, Luck, died Jan. 28, 2016. Dorothy L. Peterson , 101, Luck, died Jan. 30, 2016. Irene L. Richter, 87, Luck, died Jan. 30, 2016. Daniel C. Rothbauer Sr. , 63, Balsam Lake, died Jan. 31, 2016.

Evelyn M. Johansen, 92, Luck, died Feb. 1, 2016. Elvera J. Amundsen, 100, Frederic, died Feb. 2, 2016. Lyle G. Phillips, 83, Town of Lincoln, died Feb. 3, 2016. Carole L. Hagstrom, 71, St. Croix Falls, died Feb. 4, 2016. Helen E. Norgard, 88, Luck, died Feb. 5, 2016. Darrell G. Berg, 73, Town of Alden, died Feb. 6, 2016. Martha J. St. Amand, 60, Luck, died Feb. 6, 2016. Kathryn A. Nelson, 64, Osceola, died Feb. 6, 2016. Harold J. Ward, 90, Osceola, died Feb. 6, 2016. Curtis A. Waalen, 83, Town of Alden, died Feb. 7, 2016. Douglas J. Beauvais, 65, Osceola, died Feb. 8, 2016. William S. Zitelman, 60, Taylors Falls, Minn., died Feb. 1, 2016.

Vernon B. Reiter, 77, Town of Bone Lake, died Feb. 2, 2016. Dennis W. Anderson, 67, Burnsville, Minn., died Feb. 3, 2016. Donald E. Olufson, 79, Amery, died Feb. 5, 2016. Dorothy M. Roskos, 81, Frederic, died Feb. 7, 2016. Richard J. Heutmaker, 90, Amery, died Feb. 11, 2016. Sandra L. Hibbs, 71, Town of McKinley, died Feb. 11, 2016. Bruce A. Gustafson, 55, Town of Alden, died Feb. 12, 2016. Douglas A. Anderson, 80, Town of Balsam Lake, died Feb. 13, 2016. Mary L. Amundson, 79, Scandia, Minn., died Feb. 15, 2016. Monna K. Leggett, 64, Amery, died Feb. 15, 2016.



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL ZONING USE VARIANCE VILLAGE OF WEBSTER TAKE NOTICE THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE, 7505 MAIN ST., WEBSTER, WIS., ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, AT 5:45 P.M. For the purpose of the consideration of a conditional zoning use variance for Bradley and Linda Spafford, for property they are purchasing located at 26583 and 26579 (Future Fire Numbers) White Pine Avenue North, Webster, Wisconsin, Parcel #s: 07-191-2-39-16-08-5 15-719-017000 & 01-191-2-39-16-085 15-719-018000. The properties are zoned R1, Residential District. The request is to combine both lots after purchase of the property and to build a home and larger garage. The Board will hear all interested persons, or their agents or attorneys, and thereafter will make a decision on the request. For additional information please contact: Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk 7505 Main Street West Webster, WI 54893 642159 28L Phone: 715-866-4211 WNAXLP


If you have a child in our district that will be four years old by September 1, 2016, and have not had any communication from the district, please call to add your child to our mailing list. They are eligible for our 4-year-old Little Pirate program. If you have a child in our district that will be five by September 1, 2016, who is not a part of our Little Pirate program, please call the elementary school to get them on the mailing list. They are eligible for kindergarten. The Grantsburg Elementary offices phone number is 715-463-2320. Thank you. Elizabeth Olson 642221 28L Grantsburg Schools, Elementary Principal 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



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 642286 28L

Public notice is given to all persons in the Village of Luck that the Luck Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on March 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Luck Village Hall, 401 Main St., to solicit comments on a proposed change to Luck Ordinance 620-75 B(1)(b) and (d). The proposed ordinance change would allow for a detached accessory building up to 1,000 square feet and not allow detached accessory buildings within 5 ft. of a property line. The proposed change is available for public inspection at the Luck Village Hall 401 Main Street between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Luck Zoning Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. 642229 28-29L WNAXLP


Northwest Passage is a nonprofit private organization providing residential treatment and comprehensive diagnostic services in three distinct program sites in Frederic, Spooner and Webster, Wisconsin. The Northwest Passage Assessment Center located in Frederic provides a nationally recognized 30-day mental health evaluation for male and female children ages 6 to 17. Duties include: • Performing comprehensive clinical assessments for school-age youth and their families. • Integrate professional treatment and behavioral strategies within a multidisciplinary team of professionals including full-time pediatrician, neuropsychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, special education staff and direct-care professionals. • Communicate effectively regarding treatment planning and intervention strategies for children and families and enjoy a variety of challenges within a mental-health organization committed to service quality within a context of openness and support. Desired Skills • Possess an affinity for viewing the whole child and assessing how systemic issues impact a child. • Planning, implementing and adjusting a course of treatment as required. • Capable of holding appropriate boundaries with clients and their parents, have the ability to assess and interpret youth’s behavior and the ability to make critical decisions based on input from multiple sources. Salary range from $40,000+/-, other benefits include but are not limited to health/life insurance and opportunity for eligibility in federal student loan repayment program. For more information on our programming, please see our website To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Deb Watson, HR Manager,


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Siren Fire Station will be received by the Siren Fire Association, Daniels Town Hall, 9697 Daniels 70, P.O. Box 190, Siren, WI, by 3:00 p.m. local time, March 17, 2016, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The work, in general, will include the following schedule of work: A single lump sum contract for the construction of a fire station and related site development consisting of Division 02 10, 12, 13, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31-33. Project includes site development of 1.2 acres and the construction of a new 10,160 sq. ft. pre-engineered metal building fire station. Plans and specification will be available on March 1. The proposals shall be submitted on the forms furnished with the specifications. Each proposal shall be accompanied by a certified check payable to the owner equal to five percent (5%) of the proposal or a bid bond of a bonding company duly authorized to do business in the State of Wisconsin in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the proposal. This proposal guarantee shall be subject to forfeiture as provided by law. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 (Quest eBidDoc #4232523). Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of project documents is also available from Docunet Corporation. Contact Docunet at 763475-9600 for pricing and instructions to obtain a paper copy. Please make your check payable to Docunet Corporation and send it to 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441. This project is funded in part with a federal Community Development Block Grant. Pursuant to Section 66.0903 Wis. Statutes, Section 103.49 Wis. Statutes, and Chapter DWD 290 Wis. Admin. Code, where applicable, the minimum wage rate to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State Wage Rates. Federal wage rates are applicable to this project per Federal Labor Provisions (4010). Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to condition of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. We encourage MBEs, DBEs and WBEs to submit bid proposals. The solicitation of subcontractors must evidence a good-faith effort to obtain bids from MBEs, DBEs and WBEs, such efforts to be documented. Proposals shall not be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the date of opening. The Siren Fire Association reserves the right to reject any or all of the proposals and to waive any informalities therein. Dates of Publication: February 24, March 1, and March 8 By Authority of: Town of Daniels and Siren Fire Association 642261 28-30L WNAXLP


The Grantsburg School District invites bidders to submit bids to furnish the following: VCT tile and carpet replacement in Nelson Primary classrooms. Contract will be March 14 through June 1, 2016. A walk-through of the project site will be by appointment only. Please call the Elementary School at 715-463-2320 to set up and appointment. Bids will be received by the Principal of Grantsburg Elementary School at 475 E. James Avenue up until 4 p.m. CST, bid close date: March 4, at which time and place bids received will be logged for evaluation. Late bids will not be accepted. The bid will be awarded to the most responsive and responsible vendor with the lowest price. Questions: Contact Bob Rauchbauer by phone, 715-4632320, or email to 642216 28L WNAXLP

VILLAGE OF LUCK ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING AND MEETING MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 5 P.M. VILLAGE HALL 401 MAIN STREET, LUCK, WI 54853 The Luck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Luck Municipal Building, 401 Main St., at which time a request for variance will be heard as follows: Dollar General requests a variance from Section 620-59 B and G of the Zoning Code, Village of Luck, WI. This variance is requested so that the applicant may build a parking lot with parking spaces smaller than allowed and fewer parking spaces than allowed by code. The affected property is described as that part of the NW quarter of the NW quarter of section 33, Township 36N, Range 17W as particularly described in Volume 166 Deeds, page 367, Document No. 242403 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, WI. Village of Luck, Polk County, WI (Parcel No. 146-00593-000). All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Luck Zoning 642263 28-29L Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. WNAXLP


Regular Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. 1. President Mrs. Amundson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in the District Boardroom. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Chell. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Fisher. 2. Motion Nelson/Chell to approve the consent agenda items, including the agenda as presented, minutes of the 12/9/15 regular and 12/9/15 closed meeting, invoices and receipts and budget as presented. Motion carried 4-0. 3. Persons Requesting an Audience with the Board: a. None. 4. Board member Reports/Governance: a. 2016 School Board Election: Becky Amundson and Scott Nelson will run unopposed for the two open seats. b. Discussion on participation in a WASB/School Perceptions development tool. c. Scott Nelson, Dave Chell, Matt Ennis and Mr. Robinson will be attending the State Education Convention January 19 - 22. Quorum will be properly noticed. 5. Reports of the Administration: a. Mr. Robinson presented the District Administrator report. b. Mr. Fisher presented the 6-12 school report. c. Mrs. Steen presented the Elementary school report. 6. Motion Chell/Holicky to approve the policy 423 Full-Time Public School Open Enrollment and 423-Rule. Motion carried: 4-0. 7. Action Items: a. Motion Holicky/Nelson to approve establishing open enrollment seats to not limit seats for the 2016-17 school year as presented by Mr. Robinson. Motion carried: 4-0 b. Motion Chell/Nelson to approve 2016-17 Athletic Co-op with Luck for Cross Country and Girls Golf. Motion carried 4-0. c. Motion Chell/Holicky to adopt resolution to recognize and endorse the Safe Routes to School Plan. Motion carried 4-0. d. Recognition that the School Board members will be attending the State Education Convention in Milwaukee January 19 - 22, 2016. No motion needed. e. Approval of February board meeting date change from February 10 to February 17, 2016. 8. Closed Session Meeting: Mrs. Amundson announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of Personnel Discussion. Mrs. Amundson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by Wisconsin Statutes: 19.85 (1) (c) in considering employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility, (f) in considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person. Motion Nelson/Chell to convene to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 4-0. Time 8:06 p.m. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Ennis and Mr. Chell. Administration present: Mr. Robinson. Motion Holicky/Chell to adjourn closed session and return to open session. Motion carried 4-0. Time 8:50 p.m. 9. No business as a result of closed session. 10. Motion Holicky/Chell to adjourn, carried 4-0. Time 8:50 p.m. Libby Cheever, Recording Secretary 642167 28L Next regular board meeting: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.




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Please take notice that the Town Board of the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, enacted Ordinance No. 16-01 amending the Town of St. Croix Falls Stop Sign Placement Ordinance to include Stop Sign placement on private roads at the intersection of town roads. The full text of Ordinance 16-01 is available at the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024, as well as on the Town’s website, For more information, please contact the town clerk at 715-483-1851. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk 642298 28L WNAXLP



Burnett Dairy Cooperative is currently accepting applications for the position of Night-Shift Intake Operator (full time, 3 shifts/week, 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.). The right person for this position is someone who works well with little supervision, is self-motivated and is very detail oriented. This person will be responsible for loading/ unloading and washing trucks, testing milk for antibiotics and quality, managing silos, monitoring and adjusting different equipment and general sanitation. Previous dairy experience is preferred, but not required. Must have good written/verbal communication skills and basic computer knowledge. Competitive wages and excellent benefits including 401(k) health/dental/flexible spending, and employerpaid life insurance/long-term disability and vacation. Please apply in person at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Applications are also available at 642074 17-18a,d,e 28-29L

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...


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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.

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.

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First Baptist Church Of Webster Is Seeking To Fill A

30-Hour-A-Week Youth Pastor Position

First Baptist is a vibrant, healthy congregation with an excellent AWANA program and youth ministry. Job description: The youth pastor will be responsible for the development and oversight of all church ministries related to junior high and senior high with the goal of our youth becoming devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Qualifications and Position Requirements (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9) √ One who loves Jesus with all of his heart. √ One who possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, experience in senior high youth ministry, basic administrative and leadership skills and a personal spiritual life congruent with biblical mandates for leaders. √ One who is gifted and is called to youth ministry, loves young people and has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level. √ An engaging teacher, with a strong Biblical and theological background, who is in agreement with the church’s statement of faith. √ One who is passionate about discipleship.

If you are interested in this position, please send your 642111 resume to Pastor Tim Quinn at 17-18a 28-29L

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Item: 2000 Bluebird School Bus - 72 Passenger Description: 124,100 miles, 24-valve Cummins 5.9 liter, Allison 2000 transmission. Bus has not been in service for the last year and a half, needs transmission. Selling as is. Minimum bid $1,000. Bus is available for on-site inspection at address below. How to Bid: Accepting sealed bids on the above bus; include name and phone number. Clearly mark envelope “Sealed Bid - Bus.” Bids must be sealed and may be dropped off at the District Office by noon on Friday, March 18, 2016. Contact: Send bids to address below. Call to ask questions or schedule an inspection:

Larry Olson - Facility Director Luck High School • 810 S. 7th Street • Luck, WI 54853 715-472-2152, Ext. 111 642288 28-29L


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TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wis. PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING March 9, 2016 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Rhett Werner and John Werner request a rezone. The parcel identification number is 044-00618-0000 and it is located in Section 25. The portion of the parcel to be rezoned has a legal description of: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 25; thence N.89˚32’ 37”E., along the north line of said Section 25, 2,631.95 feet to the North 1/4 Corner of said Section 25; thence S.00˚09’25”W., along the east line of said Government Lot 3, 1,229.91 feet to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1, C.S.M. No. 1446, Vol. 7, Pg. 23; thence N.89˚33’34”W., along the north line of said Lot 1, 183.49 feet to the point of beginning; thence continue, N.89˚33’34”W., 383.55 feet; thence N.07˚00’27”E., 359.64 feet; thence N.23˚54’57”E., 309.07 feet; thence S.24˚17’26”E., 78.95 feet; thence S.33˚35’55”E., 197.09 feet; thence S.14˚43’41”E., 327.05 feet; thence S.06˚32’16”W., 90.60 feet to the point of beginning. The above-described parcel of land contains 163,319 square feet (3.75 acres.) The property is currently zoned transitional with the request to change it to residential. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 642278 28-29L WNAXLP

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call To Order; Approval of the Agenda, Jacob Jensen 2. Review and Approval of 25 January Meeting Minutes, LeRoy Buck 3. Review and Approval of 8 February Meeting Minutes, Chris Schultz 4. Presentation of Vouchers, Amy Dueholm 5. Treasurer’s Report, Amy Dueholm 6. Citizen Request to Address The Board a. Citizens who have signed up prior to the meeting; 3minute limit b. Other/preapproved 7. Reports a. Student Representative, Emma Pedersen b. Superintendent, Chris Schultz c. Elementary Principal, Ann Goldbach d. High School Principal, Brad Werner e. Department/Program Reports - (beginning 28 March) f. Other Board Member Reports 8. New Business a. Introduction of our new Finance Manager, Karen Cogswell b. Hayward presentation on Strategic Plan, Craig Olson c. Approval of final ramp option for main entrance, Paige Spirk d. Approval of Resolution Awarding the Sale of $1,590,000 General Obligation School Improvement Bonds e. Approval of Youth Options Request, Brad Werner f. Approve Elementary School Principal Hiring Process g. Approve Policy 672.1 Purchasing Guidelines h. Approve ES Standards-Based Report Cards, Ann Goldbach i. Approve ES Trimester Schedule, Ann Goldbach j. Discussion of ES Spanish Language Instruction, Ann Goldbach k. Discussion of Targeted Intervention Program Requiring Student Participation l. Other Business Allowed by Wisconsin Statutes 9. Motion to Convene into Executive Session per Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1) 10. Reconvene to Open Session with Possible Action on Executive Session Items 11. Motion to Adjourn 642283 28L


The School District of Siren has opened up a search for a paraprofessional to work with students with disabilities. The position will be part time at 5.5 hours per day. Preferred candidates will have experience working with students with disabilities and possess or have the ability to obtain a paraprofessional license through the Department of Public Instruction. Candidates need to possess excellent time management skills, be able to communicate effectively with school staff and students and be flexible during the school day. Application materials (including cover letter and resume) can be submitted to:

Denise Johnston, Director of Special Education Siren School District 24022 4th Ave. Siren, WI 54872

Application review will begin on March 1 with interviews to fol642250 28L low shortly.

Highway Commissioner


Full-time - Exempt (Salary) 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


Health Division Director/Health Officer

DOQ ($70,000 - $83,720)

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

Full-time - Exempt (Salaried) Position Professional position provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for Polk County’s Public Health programs and services. Directs the development, planning, management, coordination, evaluation and delivery of public health programs, and promotes population health through ongoing community health assessment and improvement planning in collaboration with diverse community partners. Protects the health of the community through the enforcement of public health laws, and facilitation of preparedness planning with community partners in a manner consistent with statutory authority and County policy. Minimum requirements of Local Health Officer as outlined in WI Statute 251.06. Master’s degree in related field and three (3) years of full-time experience in a public health agency or in the performance of closely related duties preferred, please see the position description on our website for complete details regarding the minimum requirements. Deadline to apply: March 8, 2016 YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For complete job description, position requirements, application and details, please visit our website at, 642285 28L Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC


Sharing the bounty Natural Alternative looks to expand offerings, helping more local producers

class on gluten-free cooking. These will all be at Luck High School, through community education.” Classes offered at the store include an Eggs 101: Purchasing and Cooking, when a local farmer and former manager of a farmer’s cooperative will explain how all eggs are not the same, and SanFilippo will demonstrate some different ways of cooking Mary Stirrat | Staff writer them. Another new class is how-to on easy-to-make hiking and camping foods, which LUCK — Natural Alternative Food Cooperative in Luck has undergone a number is especially exciting to SanFilippo as she considers that the Gandy Dancer Trail is right of changes in the past year, including an extensive remodel of the store and the hiring next door to the co-op. of a new manager. Natural Alternative’s website, at, has a short questionnaire where Some things haven’t changed, though, including the idea that the store is a “private anyone who wants to can indicate additional products they would like to see in the club” only open to members, said manager Nico SanFilippo. store or classes they would like to see offered. She is hoping to change that perception. Those You can also stop by the store to share your who are unfamiliar with the store can be intimiideas or input. dated by the idea of “natural” and “organic” or “We are really trying to find out what the shopping bulk foods, she said, but she and the community wants to see at the co-op,” Sanstaff are more than happy to get people started. Filippo said. “The co-op is here because there “Anyone can shop here,” said SanFilippo, “but is a need and a want for it. you can also be part owner. You can own a share “We are small. We are local. We’re here beof a grocery store. How cool is that?” cause people want us here. We want to better Becoming an owner — also called a member — know our owners and community, and serve is easy and comes with special discounts as well them better. That’s what we’re here for.” as a say in how the cooperative is run. A lifetime SanFilippo said she feels excitement building membership is $100, which can be paid in four for the co-op and the four-month membership monthly installments of $25 each. drive, as the store strives to make itself available On March 1, Natural Alternative is kicking off to everybody. a four-month membership drive with the goal of “We’re making it a comfortable environment gaining 100 new owners. for everyone,” she said. “We want everyone “This is a good time to showcase the remodel to come in and share in the exciting things we we did last year,” she said. “We’re modernizing, have to offer the community.” we have new bargains and we have competitive The store will be rolling out new branding, prices.” including a new logo and discount program, as One beauty of a growing cooperative, said Santhe membership campaign progresses. Filippo, is that it benefits local farmers and CSAs, Judy Alverson and Joel Chavez show off the new sign promoting Natural AlterNatural Alternative has a quarterly “owner or community supported agriculture. As the de- native’s campaign to gain 100 new member/owners between March 1 and June 30. appreciation” event, and the next one is schedmand for fresh produce and other items grows, — Photo submitted uled for March 11. There will be discounts the market for local producers also grows. throughout the entire day, and demonstraIn fact, one of SanFilippo’s goals for the co-op tions from local vendors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year is to increase the amount of local produce Demonstrations will include one on lotions, by Gypsy Moon, and one on mixing herbal sold at the store by 25 percent. “We are committed to supporting our community 25 teas by Megan Pierce. This is a time when anyone from the area can stop in and learn percent more this year,” she said. She is also encouraging local producers to contact about the store. her if they have items that can be sold through Natural Alternative. In addition, National Alternative will conclude its four-month membership cam“It’s better that we support our own community and our neighbors before we sup- paign with a block party June 25. This one-day event will be open to everybody and port some farm out in California,” she said. will include live music, a meet-and-greet time with local producers, and showcasing Natural Alternative has been offering a variety of classes, and this will continue of local products and food. throughout the four months of the member/owner drive. Some of the classes will be “I think it’s a really good way to end our campaign,” said SanFilippo. free to owners with a small fee for nonowners, some will be held at Natural Alternative She urges the public to stop in and check out the store, located on Luck’s Main Street. and some will be held at the school. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to “I’m excited about the new classes we’ll be offering,” SanFilippo said. “We’ll be 4 p.m. having a knife skills class — both a beginners class and an advanced class — and a

Nico SanFilippo, second from right, is the manager at Natural Alternative Food Cooperative in Luck. With her, from left, are Kristine Lindgren, Lydia Rennicke, Stephanie Jones and Joel Chavez.

Photos by Mary Stirrat unless otherwise noted Along with grocery items ranging from chips and salsa to coconut oil to cookies, Natural Alternative also has a large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy items. One of the goals for 2016, said general manager Nico SanFilippo, is to increase the amount of local produce, cheese, meat and other items by 25 percent.

Natural Alternative offers a large variety of bulk grains, nuts, seeds, snacks and more. Each month owners enjoy special offers on specific items. The co-op has been “offering wholesome, responsibly produced food and health and beauty products to Luck and the surrounding communities since 1974,” according to the website.


Renowned fiddle artists perform Saturday Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK – West Denmark Lutheran Church is offering the public a rare opportunity to see a trio of Scandinavian fiddlers this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc will be performing at the church, one of only three places they will be playing on their United States tour. Each member hails from a different part of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway and the Shetland Islands – and each brings elements of folk music from their own area using the fiddle, the viola, the octave fiddle and the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. Their music ranges from reels to waltzes, slow pieces to spirited dance numbers, blending traditional Nordic folk music with a contemporary voice. “In the hands of the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc,” states the group’s website, “the fiddles and Hardanger bridge nearly four centuries of Nordic musical tradition to the 21st century, leaving the audience feeling as if they’ve experienced something distinctively old in a distinctively new way.” The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc will be in the United States for nine days, with concerts at West Denmark, at Wisconsin’s Area Community Center in Barron and at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. They are also doing a fiddle workshop Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27, at First Lutheran Church in Barron, and outreach programs at libraries and schools in the Rochester area.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (L to R) are Anders Hall of Sweden, Kevin Henderson of the Shetland Islands and Olav Luksengard Mjelva of Norway. — Photo courtesy The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Tickets will be available at the door for the Saturday evening concert. Information is available at Bringing the award-winning musicians to West Denmark is former Luck resident Mark Pedersen. Now a resident of Barron, Pedersen continues to have what he describes as a great interest in the history and culture of West Denmark. “West Denmark was my home church,” he said. “My great grandfather was the pastor there in the early 1900s and all my relatives, going back to when they first came from Denmark, were a part of West Denmark.” Pedersen is a member of West Denmark’s family camp planning committee, where he works to carry on the Danish

tradition of folk schools. Having an interest in bringing artists into the area, he saw the potential of West Denmark as a venue for such events. “West Denmark is the perfect place for concerts, lectures and other activities,” he said, “especially Nordic music.” Of particular interest at the time was the idea of hosting a fiddle school with renowned Danish musician Harald Haugaard As a vehicle to sponsor these kinds of events, said Pedersen, the nonprofit West Denmark Heritage Council was formed. “All this is in the early stages of planning,” he said, “but in addition to the fiddle school and concerts, we hope to be able to sponsor a variety of workshops and camps to further artistic development

West Denmark Lutheran Church on 170th Street in Luck is hosting The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc this Saturday evening, Feb. 27. — Photo courtesy West Denmark Lutheran Church particularly related to not only Danish heritage but the heritage of people who live in West Denmark and the surrounding area.” The West Denmark community just west of Luck has at its core the West Denmark Lutheran Church, founded in 1873 to serve Danish families who were holding worship services in their homes. In its early decades, the church community attempted to establish a folk high school, but distances were too great for those who might attend. The country’s first Danish seminary was founded there, operating from the mid-1880s until 1892. Throughout the years and the generations, noted Pedersen, West Denmark has carried on many of the traditions of the original settlers.


Skiers of the 43rd-annual American Birkebeiner maneuver up the last climb - up and over the International Birkie Bridge (photo at right) - before heading to the finish line on Hayward’s Main Street (above). - Photos by Steve Pearson


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FREDERIC – An earthen dam in Frederic that has helped protect a downstream road and support a 120acre waterfowl habitat since 1968 could be demolished this fall under the authority of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Still, the owners of the Risvold Dam permit are grateful for extended time permitted by the WDNR to save the landmark before it’s too late.

Stories from the NW Wisconsin community

was born in Risvold to increase road safety on 140th Street, gain access to his landlocked farm acreage and possibly nurture a home for waterfowl which were losing habitat worldwide. Risvold was certain his idea required permission from a newly formed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, because his idea included rebuilding the washed-out farm road crossing the Wood Creek, installing a culvert and spillway on that road to ensure uninterrupted flow of the creek and adding a second culvert under 140th Street to temporarily divert water through Aspen and Hickory lakes, which drain into Wood Creek

downstream, to spare the farm and town road in the event of drastic floods. So, in April 1968, Risvold presented his idea to the acting chief of land and water use for a newly formed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and his idea was approved.

Why rehabilitate? “People often ask us why Risvold Dam needs to be rehabilitated, since it has stood the test of so many floods over time,” said Kordi Kurkowski, Risvold Dam permit holder and granddaughter of the late Halward Risvold. “I felt the same way when a WDNR employee wrote to my father in 2006, calling the dam an unauthorized structure. However, since learning more from that WDNR official and others at the WDNR, I understand that Risvold Dam has eroded to a state where it is twice as tall as it is wide. This, among other factors, presents a safety problem and a river issue that can be solved through a design that was researched and developed by the certified engineers at Cedar Corporation in Menomonie. My late grandfather and late father would want us to fix the dam and keep it here for the good of people and wildlife so, since my father’s death in 2009, we’ve been buying the property from my siblings while moving forward, albeit more slowly than we would like, on the Risvold Dam Project. Both endeavors have been both an emotional and financial strain, and emotional and financial privileges.”

Have you heard of Risvold Dam? Halward Ingwald Risvold, aka “H.I.” or “Ing,” was 71 years of age on May 28, 1966, when he purchased Wood River Farm. A graduate of St. Croix Falls High School, he had served in the U.S. Navy, helped survey some of the southern and western United States for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and worked the automobile assembly lines for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Mich. He also studied philosophy and the Scandinavian languages at the University of Minnesota and violin at McPhail School of Violin in Minneapolis, Minn., where he met his wife, Leta (Moorehead) Risvold. Together they owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store and a flying circus that toured the southwestern United States. Later, H.I. owned a shoelace company and enjoyed an interest in gold mining during his retirement in Wisconsin. In 1966, when Risvold purchased Wood River Farm, spring floods sometimes caused the town road which ran through his neighborhood to overtop and wash out; 140th Street was a school bus route, as it is today, and a gravel road at that time. The eastern end of Risvold’s The Risvold Dam, located on Wood River Farm near Frederic, is in need of rehabilitation. This aerial photograph of property was landlocked due to a washed-out farm road that Risvold Dam from a southeasterly perspective was taken in a plane piloted by Pam Freese. – Photo by Kathryn DesForge crossed Wood Creek. An idea

Halward Risvold purchased Wood River Farm in 1966, including an old farm road crossing Wood Creek. The current owners of the farm are seeking help to save the dam. The permit has been extended to Nov. 1.

How much does a small dam cost? The estimated cost in 2013 to rehabilitate Risvold Dam was $135,000. Since it is located on private property, the financial responsibility rests solely with the landowners. Since Alan Risvold’s death, the Kurkowskis have invested $56,000 toward the contract for Photos submitted unless otherwise noted deed from the Risvold estate and approximately $32,000 toward the Risvold Dam Rehabilitation Project. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet,” said Kurkowski, “and we’ve had to admit to ourselves that we can’t finish both jobs all by ourselves.” Last May the Kurkowskis launched a website documenting the history of Risvold Dam and now a campaign to save the dam. Dubbed 50/50/50, the goal of the campaign is to discover 50 or more men and women from each of the 50 United States who believe Risvold Dam is worth saving, and who officially befriend the project via the website by Earth Day, April 22. People can register on the website and make a donation of $50 or any amount starting at $1. Contributions also can be mailed to The Risvold Dam Rehabilitation Fund, 3386 140th St., Frederic, WI 54837, and contributors will be registered as official friends of Risvold Dam. “Every friend, regardless of donation The common snapping turtle is a large, freshwater turtle whose range extends throughout most, if not all, of the United States. Some have made Risvold Dam amount, is important because not only their home. See Risvold, page 2

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Big Lake ice-fishing contest

Blake Kammerud, of Somerset, won the adult northern division with a 7 pound, 8 ounce pike at the Big Lake ice-fishing tournament held Saturday, Feb. 20.

Zach Austin won first-, second- and third-place prizes in the adult panfish division at the Big Lake ice-fishing contest with this bucket full of slab crappies all weighing around one pound each. RIGHT: Brayden Pierson, 5, of New Richmond entered a bluegill with the assistance of John Shoop, of Dresser, at the 2016 Big Lake ice-fishing tournament. - Photos submitted.

Anna Lund, of Osceola, was the grand prize drawing winner at the Big Lake ice-fishing tournament. Lund won a fully stocked two-person ice shelter donated by Osceola Auto Body.

Risvold/from page 1 will any amount help make this rehabilitation possible, but also because we believe 50 friends from each of our 50 states will help affirm the WDNR in its decision to grant this third extension of our 2010 permit. We want Wood River Farm to remain a place were we grow habitat. Tell your friends and, God willing, we’ll be inviting friends of Risvold Dam to a ribbon-cutting celebration in October.” If you would like to see the documented history about Risvold Dam and additional photos, or learn the progress of the Kurkowskis 50/50/50 campaign, go to – with informaton from Kordi Kurkowski

RIGHT: Trumpeter swan P85, with its mate and three cygnets, swam upstream of Risvold Dam in 2011. These birds were on the threatened list in Wisconsin until recent years. – Photos submitted.

LEFT: White-tailed deer are often seen at Risvold Dam. They are native to the United States, Canada, Mexico, central America and South America as far south as Peru and Bolivia. – Photos submitted.


Wok & Roll in beverage pairing


knew nothing about wines till I became a waiter at a steak house in my senior year in college. The first thing I learned about wines was – there are red wines, white wines and rose (or blush wine). You serve red wines with red meat (steaks, pork or lamb chops) and white wines with white meat (such as fish and chicken); and rose can be served with red or white meat. The wine list was filled with names I couldn’t even pronounce. Try “Chateauneuf du Pape” and repeat it three times. It was very intimidating at first, but knowing that my tuition came from my tips, I had to make it my business to be comfortable with those wines so I could sell them. I read a lot, and I experimented a lot too. There is no other way, you have to actually taste it and feel it so you can relate those sensations to your guests. Instead of saying, “Oh, I don’t know, never tried it,” I would say, “For your filet mignon, sir, I would recommend either a glass of Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. Shiraz is quite fruity and hearty, with a hint of spice. Cabernet, on the other hand, is full bodied, bold and rich at the same time.” I did manage to pay off my tuition with the extra tips I made off wine sales. Know your wines, and the pairing will come easy. Let’s start from the reds: Malbec (mal-beck) – introduced to the

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong States from the southern continents – Chile, Argentina and Australia. It is an easy drinking wine, very mellow and smooth, with a hint of fruits and spice. Try that with spicy Mexican or Cajun foods. Merlot (mer-lo) – another easy drinking wine, popular worldwide. With a “round” texture, it is a great wine for new wine drinkers. And it goes with most any food. Cabernet Sauvignon (ca-ber-nay sovin-yon) – my all-time favorite! Rich and full bodied, with a hint of dark fruit. Goes with all red meat. Shiraz/Syrah (shi-raz or sa-rah) – it is hearty and fruity, also with a hint of dark fruits. Great with stews, steaks and wild games. Pinot Noir (pee-no na-wah) – it is light and fresh, and quite aromatic. It is not as popular as the other wines as it is quite temperamental; all elements – temperature, sunshine, rain and soil - have to be in perfect condition for growth. But harvest is most worth waiting for. Great with grilled salmon (yes, fish), chicken, lamb and even Japanese cuisine. Zinfandel (zin-fan-dell) – it is the

“heaviest” of all red wines, with a zesty flavor. It originates in Italy, but nowadays most popular in California. Great with pasta and pizzas, especially BBQs. And let’s go with the whites: Chardonnay (shar-don-nay) – the most popular white wine. Very easygoing, lightly sweet, with a hint of citrus fruits. Great with chicken and seafood. Riesling (rees-ling) – sweeter in Germany where it originated than those produced in California. It is lighter then Chardonnay, with a hint of fresh fruit and aroma from apples. Great with chicken, seafood, pork dishes and spicy Oriental foods. Pinot Grigio (pee-no gree-gi-o) – also known as Pinot Gris. It is a bit dry with a nice fruity flavor and aroma. Goes great with seafood and chicken. Gewurtraminer (ger-wurtz-trameener) – slightly sweet with a hint of spice, a good sipping wine. Great with spicy Asian foods. Moscato (mos-ca-to) – sweet and fruity, with a distinctive aroma. Also, a good sipping wine that goes great with dessert. Sauvignon Blanc (so-vin-yon blanc) – a dryer wine with flavors from green fruits – apples, pears and gooseberries; and aroma from a freshly mowed lawn. Great with seafood, salads and chicken dishes. As for the blushes: We had Mateus and Lancers from Portugal and Spain in the old days. But I can’t find them in the market anymore. Rather, the most popular ones are:

White Zinfandel – lightly sweet and aromatic. Even the color is romantic. Pretty much goes great with salads and poultry or fish. Blush or rose – same. Of course, there are champagne/bubbling wines and many other varieties of wines, but let’s just keep it simple for now. Even with the same kind of grapes, the taste is a bit different depending on where they are grown, and what year they were harvested. Rain, sunshine and the condition of the soil all contribute to the final texture of the wine. And wine with a higher price tag does not necessary mean that it tastes better than the wines that are cheaper. It is your own preference that counts. To learn more about wines, I would recommend starting your own wine-tasting club. Pick a wine, red or white, but at a certain price range, say under $20. Select a group of friends (around six) and have each one bring a bottle from a different region with a different vintage year. And have a grading sheet to record the wine according to color, aroma, flavor, texture and the “feel” in your mouth. Serve the wines with cheese and fruits. And then afterward, discuss what you think about each wine. It is fun and educational, and is the best way to experience different wines without spending a fortune. We can talk about wines for weeks and months. But one step at a time. So here, my dear friends, salute, and have fun!

St. Croix Falls Elementary receives multiple awards ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls Elementary School has received many awards in recent years. For one, they have been named as a 2016 Title I School of Recognition. Since 2003, the Department of Public Instruction has recognized Title I-eligible schools which have, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, met the following criteria: are in the top quartile of the state for the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch; have above-average student academic performance on state test scores in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools; fall into one of the top three Account-

ability Index categories on the School Report Card; and meet the state’s test-participation, attendance and dropout goals. The elementary school library has won two Standing Up for Rural Schools Awards from the Wisconsin State Department of Education. The first, in 2014, was for collaboration with the St. Croix Falls Public Library and the second, in 2015, for collaboration with the volunteer group Reading Friends and Northern Waters Learning. This award was given for the work done to raise reading achievement during and beyond the school year.

One of the teachers, Rita Platt, was honored with a Kohl Fellowship for teaching excellence in 2015. This award came with a cash prize which was used to fund professional development for St. Croix Falls teachers. Additionally, the school has earned two national grants. One was from the National Education Association for $5,500 to fund teacher education in best practices in teaching reading. The other was from author James Patterson and Scholastic Books. The amount of $3,000 was given to keep the free bookstore in the back of the library open so that the school can continue to fill home li-

braries. Also, the school has been represented in two national journals in education. Principal Jeff Benoy and librarian Platt co-authored an article in Educational Leadership. The collaborative project with Reading Friends was a featured article in the School Library Journal. St. Croix Falls Elementary School has also been represented at several local and national conferences. Their educators have spoken at the Wisconsin Reading Association Conference, the Minnesota Department of Education Conference, WEMTA and many others. – submitted

Museum plans June wedding exhibit LUCK — June is traditionally the wedding month, and The Luck Area Historical Society is planning to open a new bridal exhibit that month. Museum director Rachel Starbuck is looking for wedding garments, acces-

The bobsled


he scent of turkey and all its fixings lingers in the air as the children restlessly finish their feast. Even their parents find it hard to be patient for their traditional Christmas bobsled ride, leaving the pumpkin pie and sweet goodies for Sherilyn Litzkow later. Dressing in all their warmest attire, they cannot move fast enough to reach the door that opens to another world of a bygone era. Snow is beginning to blanket the frozen earth as the air grows crisp. The horses canter in the pasture as the flakes turn from puffs to discernible shapes, almost giving a sense of fogging the countryside at dusk. The horses know soon they will be pulling the bobsled through the whitecoated woods. Their hooves thunder as though a hundred horses are seeking the light of the barn. The horseman reaches into the barrel to gather a can of grain. The running horses’ ears perk up as the rumble of the doors sliding open reveals the yellow glow inside. Each horse scrambles for first as the smell of molasses opens nostrils. They slow to find their respective stalls and begin eating grain to warm them so they are able to carry the bobsled through the moonlit woods.

sories and photos of the 1910s through 1940s for the upcoming display. “We are looking to borrow wedding dresses, accessories and pictures as well as the stories to go with it all,” she said. “We would like to know when, who

and how they fell in love. We would be happy to scan your pictures so you can keep the originals.” Starbuck said they hope to have five to six gowns to display. Information can be emailed to lahsmu- or people can stop in the museum Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — submitted


Carousel Only two are chosen to pull the sled. Who will it be today? Full and warmed with energy, Star and Freedom are chosen. As the two stand stoically between the ties in the alleyway, their leather harnesses are placed, making each ready to be hitched to the bobsled. The horseman loosens the ties and grabs the reins that lead the standardbreds out to the bobsled smelling of sweet hay. The silence is broken as children come running, squealing with excitement. Hoisted up, they cover themselves with the cozy blankets as the rest join them. The anticipation of a journey through the sparkling snow with just the light of the winter moon peeking through the leafless trees brings excitement as new snow wets their faces and eyelashes. The bobsled jolts as the team begins moving. The trail takes a deep dip off the driveway into the dark woods. How exciting to venture into the nocturnal world, like entering a snow globe! Down the ravine and up again, the horses give an extra thrust to pull the loaded bobsled up and up the steep incline. Sharp corners hurl the joyous cargo side to side as they hang on to

each other. They laugh with uncertain sounds of fear – maybe they will be thrown to the snow-covered floor of the woods! Then as the terrain flattens, only the swish of the sled runners captures their ears. They slow to a stop to hear the rustle of the last attached leaves in the ever-so-slight breeze. The snow tickles their faces. Suddenly the path in front comes alive. White tails signal danger as deer head down their own beaten trails. The horses lurch and want to take off as the horseman hangs on tightly. Finally, giving permission he snaps the reins and off Star and Freedom go at a racing pace. “Oh what fun it is,” the stunned riders laugh! Soon the horses slow their pace and head for the lights of the barn. Jumping off the bobsled some riders pack snow and lob balls at one another.

Others watch the unharnessing and thank Star and Freedom for the adventurous ride. Soon the horses are tucked into their stalls with their Christmas grain and hay. They dream of the next ride that makes time go away. About the writer: Sherilyn Litzkow joined the Frederic Write Right Now group last year. She mostly journaled until then but wanted to take her writing a step further to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing. She has been writing about childhood and family memories, in essays, poems and children’s stories. She presently works as a hairdresser at St. Croix Barbers and resides with her husband in the St. Croix Valley area. 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.


It’s magic

The view


ow many teachers does it take to change a lightbulb? In my case, apparently more than one. Four years ago, I was attempting to replace a compact fluorescent bulb in the fixture over the dining room table. The darn thing wouldn’t turn at first, so I applied more force thinking I must have cross-threaded it when I put it in. I was directly beneath that CFL, about a foot away, when it broke off in my hand, the contents showering my face. I knew CFLs contained mercury, so I made a dash for the bathroom and splashed water on my face for a full minute, unsure what else to do. In my mind, I saw an equation, “mercury = bad,” but I couldn’t remember the specifics. A Google search of “compact fluorescents” was inconclusive, leaving me to contemplate what kind of long-term damage I might have done. Here’s the rub: four years later, how would I know? You can’t remember what you’ve forgotten, right? What I do know is that mercury is a neurotoxin, but the amount in one CFL is minuscule, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Still, probably not a good idea to break a bulb over your face. Suddenly the compact fluorescent bulb had lost some of its luster and that got me thinking about the good old incandescent bulb. Grossly inefficient, sure, but not a hazardous waste problem like the CFL bulb, which required a very precise seven-step cleanup procedure (use a broom, not a vacuum cleaner!) and couldn’t be legally thrown in the garbage. I love the energy efficiency, but the trade-off seemed harsh, though I did read somewhere that you ingest more mercury eating a tuna fish sandwich than I got from my little CFL shower. And then I met my first light emitting

from here Steve Pearson diode bulb, and it was love at first light. Actually, I’d been reading about LED bulbs and their great promise, but the bottom line is they were just too darn expensive at several dollars a pop. But by every other measure, they’re superior to both CFL and incandescent bulbs. Life span, no contest: 50,000 hours versus 8,000 for the CFL and 1,200 or so for the incandescent, and they’re true energy misers; an 8-watt LED puts out as much white light as a 60-watt incandescent. They contain no neurotoxins, and they power up at full brightness as soon as you flip the switch, unlike CFLs. And best of all, they contribute less than half the carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that a CFL does and about one-tenth the amount of an incandescent. So just what are LEDs and how do they work? (If this is a little too wonky for you, skip the next few paragraphs and jump down to all the money you’ll be saving with LEDs.) First, let’s look at what they’re not. The incandescent bulb changed life in a way that no other invention before it had. It gave birth to something called nightlife. An incandescent works in the same way a toaster or electric heat does, by using an element, tungsten in this case, that creates resistance to the flow of electricity. Resistance, as with putting the brakes on a car, creates friction and friction produces heat. At a high enough temperature, that heat becomes light, though 90 percent of the energy used to produce that light is wasted. For that reason, a phaseout of incandescent lightbulbs was included in the

2007 Energy Independence and Security Act signed into law by President Bush. Jan. 1, 2012, saw the end of production of 100-watt incandescents. A year later, the 75-watt bulb went by the wayside, and on Jan. 1 of 2014, the 40-watt bulb was phased out. Many retail outlets stockpiled these relics of a wasteful past, and you can still find them in some stores along with three-way bulbs, appliance lamps, colored bulbs and other specialty incandescents whose manufacture is still legal. That phaseout resulted in a boom in the CFL business and a resulting sharp decrease in price. And it’s mercury, that troublesome metallic element, that’s the catalyst for the light emitted by CFLs. When the electric current running between the two poles at the base of the bulb sets the mercury molecules to dancing, they produce an ultraviolet light which in turn stimulates the fluorescent coating painted on the inside of that spiral-shaped tube, emitting white light. A clever design, for sure, but we finally get the mercury out of batteries only to have it show up in a new generation of lightbulbs. But we’re not stuck with an imperfect solution. Move over, CFLs, and make way for the LED bulb. LED light has been around for over 50 years, a serendipitous discovery by a scientist who was trying to create a laser by using known technology where electric current running through a semiconductor gives off infrared light, the energy produced by electrons switching orbits, which is how a TV remote works. The scientist, a fellow named Nick Holonyak Jr., discovered that he could produce visible light using the same process. His fellow researchers at GE called it “magic,” and it was in a sense, producing light without producing heat or inducing a chemical reaction. No resistance, no harmful chemicals. The first LED lights sold for $260,

and as recently as 10 years ago, prices remained high and sales low. So you can imagine my excitement at finding $2 dimmable LED bulbs, no bigger than an incandescent, at the local Ace Hardware in Webster a few months back. I removed the four incandescents serviced by dimmer switches in our house without incident and replaced them with LEDs. That’s the ticket, I thought, a gradual replacement program, starting with the high-use bulbs first. By my calculations, those four new bulbs, all in high-use fixtures, would save me somewhere around $32 in the first year alone. I’ve been on a bit of an LED rampage around here since then. Out went the old Christmas tree lights, replaced with a 50-foot string of LED lights that consumed a tenth of the electricity and put out zero heat, unlike the incandescents that always left little brown scorch marks on the balsam needles they touched. LEDs in the fixture above the front door and on the front of the garage meant no more one- or two-minute warm-up on cold nights like the CFLs required to reach full power. Love those LEDs! And they will keep getting cheaper as economies of scale drive down the price just as they did with CFLs. Of course, that’s contingent on demand, and that means every time you or I replace an old bulb with an LED, we’re pushing that price point down. People who attempt to quantify this sort of thing say that the LED market will grow by 45 percent per year over the next four years, becoming a $63 billion industry by 2020, when LEDs will achieve price parity with compact fluorescents. That’s the same year the Paris Climate Agreement takes effect, and LED lighting will make a major contribution to meeting the ambitious goals agreed on by the 196 countries that approved the historic accord.

Einberger and Watson win Siren wedding fair grand prize SIREN - The 2016 Siren Destination Wedding Fair’s grand-prize basket was presented to winners Greg Einberger and Jill Watson on Feb. 15. As part of the basket, Einberger and Watson received $250 in Siren Chamber Buck gift certificates plus gifts from the

other participating wedding merchants: Acorn Pantry, J Nack Photography, Lilac Village Bed & Breakfast, Peggy’s Fashion Rack & Gifts, Rodan + Fields and The Lodge at Crooked Lake. Einberger and Watson both attended Grantsburg High School. Following grad-

uation, they each moved away but recently reconnected just a few years ago. Einberger is an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, while Watson enjoys reading a good book. Current plans are for a June wedding this year. Ideas seen at the wedding fair

will help as they finalize their special-day details. The Siren Destination Wedding Fair is sponsored by the Siren Chamber of Commerce and is held annually on the last Sunday in January. - from Siren Chamber of Commerce

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Interfaith Caregivers 20th-anniversary celebration a success Michele Gullickson | ICPC development coordinator POLK COUNTY - “I marvel how much Interfaith Caregivers has grown. When I started in 2004, we were assisting about 60 people. Last year, we helped 508 seniors and disabled stay at home. We arranged for 178 volunteers to give 4,961 rides and 2,338 other services, like visits, chores and errands. That’s pretty amazing!” said Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County Program Director Karen Krupa. A 20th-anniversary celebration and open house in honor of Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County was held at their new office space at 133 Eider St. in Milltown, on Monday, Feb. 15. Their annual meeting followed. Former ICPC directors Carol Medchill and Shirley Johnson joined Karen Krupa in welcoming volunteers, donors and community supporters from all over Polk County to celebrate 20 years of success. Over 75 people were in attendance, enjoying hors d’oeuvres, good conversations and great memories. During the annual meeting, Wilma Gray of Luck and Kathy Kienholz of Milltown were awarded the Don Getschel Volunteer Driver of the Year Award for 2015. The award was created in memory of Getschel, who was one of Interfaith’s long-driving volunteers. It rewards two volunteers each year who drove and donated the most miles during that year. Between them, Gray and Kienholz drove nearly 4,100 miles for Interfaith in 2015. Past awardees include Sue Kellogg, David Anderson, Sheila Berklund, David Michaelson and more. Gray has been a volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers for six years. She drives an Osceola father and son, who both live with disabilities. Being a resident of Luck, Gray hikes it down to Osceola twice a week to take them to Wild River Fitness. She frequently takes the son to work at the St Croix Falls Library. Once in a while, Gray will take a couple of weeks off for a vacation. Because she was their regular driver, the staff at Interfaith had to find a replacement for her. But, when Gray returned, the transportation coordinator shared the news with the father that Gray would be driving them. “She’s back? Already?” said the son. “I can’t wait

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of Polk County Michele Gillickson

The Interfaith Caregivers 20th-anniversary celebration was held Monday, Feb. 15. to see her!” Kienholz began her volunteering with Interfaith Caregivers in 2014. One of her first clients loved to tell “salty” jokes – not offensive, mind you, just a bit off-color. When this client passed, this propensity for naughtiness suddenly made sense to Kienholz – the client had been an exotic dancer in her youth. According to Krupa, “Interfaith Caregivers connects volunteers, who want to help with neighbors, who need a little help, to stay independent. We are part of that rural tradition where neighbors help their neighbors. Our program is 20 years old and going strong thanks to our caring volunteers and generous donors. And we need more of each as our county’s population continues to age.” Contact Krupa or Michele Gullickson at Interfaith Caregivers at 715-825-9500 if you want to help or need some help. More information may be obtained by visiting Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County’s website: or by emailing info@interfaithpolk. org.

Don Getschel Volunteer Driver of the Year Award winners Past program directors Carol Medchill and Shirley Johnson Kathy Kienholz, left, and Wilma Gray, right, with ICPC Board with present program director Karen Krupa. - Photos submitted Chair Pete Raye.


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50 years ago Marnie Johansen won the title in the Luck Winter Carnival queen pageant, with Renee Olson as second runner-up and Mary Dolny as first runner-up.–Eight teachers were hired to work with students in the Frederic School District on reading and arithmetic. Funds to pay the additional teachers, who would all start on Feb. 14, came from a Title I grant of $25,000. Some of the students would get their instruction in a classroom at St. Luke Methodist Church, across from the Frederic Grade School. The teachers were Dorothea Beecroft, Marjorie Liljeberg, Lorraine Hoefs, Emma Kolander, Gudrun Johnson, Joyce Liesch, Audrey Reichstadt and June Fossum.–Mr. and Mrs. Harry Farr celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house and a program at their home in Lewis.–Several hundred people attended the Frederic Boy Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet, held in the high school cafeteria. Retiring Scoutmaster Henry Ogren was the master of ceremonies. Susan Byerly was one of the winners in the talent show after the meal, with a drama presentation about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and the briar patch. The Melody Maids were also winners, singing “My Favorite Things.”–Mary Ann Danielson, from Webster, and Harold Bouton, Cameron, were married Jan. 1 at the Rice Lake Wesleyan Methodist Church.–Wendy Nelson, Dairyland, was the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow from Webster High School.–Queen candidates for Grantsburg’s Mid-Winter Sports Day were Ilene Evenson, Peggy Paquette, Sally Jensen, Judy Branstad and Linda Dale.

40 years ago Airman Jeffrey Anderson, from Cushing, graduated at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., from the aircraft support equipment course conducted by the Air Training Command and was assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., for duty with a unit of the Strategic Air Command.–Sharon Schroeder was Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow at Siren High School.–The Dresser Patrol, from Boy Scout Troop 372, won the general competition in the Klondike Derby, hosted by Siren Troop 561, at Crooked Lake Park.–Vivian Werner retired as Polk County public health nurse and her replacement was Yvonne Tandberg.–Nancy Hvambsal was the new director of nursing at the Frederic hospital.–Pastor Charles Briggs would be leaving Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic at the end of February to accept a two-point parish, Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran at Sayner, both near Eagle River.–The Frederic Vikings boys basketball team beat St. Croix Falls 92-67 and the River Falls Wildcats 77-40 in two consecutive home games. Leading scorers were Brett Southard, Jeff Holmberg, Greg Ryan and Rod Carlson.–William F. Johnson IV, from Frederic, graduated cum laude from UW-Stout on Dec. 13, majoring in industrial education.–Eric Simonson, from Frederic, was on the dean’s list at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.–Carl Hansen, Milltown, was a committeeman and state director for the American Dairy Association of Wisconsin District 9.–Brenda Larsen, Webster High School, won the honor of Betty Crocker Family Leader of Tomorrow.

20 years ago Frederic sophomore Lisa Brendel won first place in the district competition of the American Legion Oratorical Contest and would compete in the state contest in Stetsonville.–Leona Cummings, Frederic, was profiled in this paper. She described herself as a storyteller with things for show and tell, and was excited about the Frederic Depot Museum, planning to donate much of her collection of historical items. Some of her storytelling involved assuming other identities, including Betsy Ross, Johnny Appleseed, some Bible characters and her own Swedish mother.–Harold and Virginia Rassett, a Danbury couple in their 70s, spent the night at Burnett Medical Center after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning from their woodstove.–Property tax protester Paul Ekblad wrote a letter from the minimum security prison at Oregon, Wis., where he was serving a 10-year sentence for refusing to cooperate with a probation officer after being convicted of filing false liens against real estate belonging to county board members. He wrote to answer questions from a Leader reporter. Among other things, he said he was leading a weekly Bible study, the prison was very nice but overcrowded, and that he considered himself a political prisoner.–Ardyce O’Konski, Danbury, was an official observer for the National Weather Service. She said, “I think the coldest temperature I ever recorded here was just the other day,” 43 below zero on Feb. 1.

Brought to you by: The Frederic Elementary thematic celebration is coming to an end this week. On Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m., there will be an Australian fair with lots of animals, face painting and students displays of learning. Then at 1 p.m. there will be a finale program with student songs, chants, jokes, poems and much more. There will also be a presentation to Bob Pilz, announcing the animals adopted through the school’s quarter-drop fundraiser. The public is invited to attend both the Australian fair and the finale program. It should be a g’day! - Photo submitted

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, So we have had yet another influx of dogs with spring fever as a total of six strays were brought in this week. The first stray, a walker hound, was found on Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Town of Scott by CTH A and H. The second one in was a 2-monthold, black and tan coonhound puppy that was found in Grantsburg. We named her Freya. Next in the door was a Lhasa apso that was found in Siren, he was reclaimed within the first hour of arrival. The fourth offender, a 1-year-old yellow Lab, was found by the roundabout north of Siren. We christened him Marley. Numbers five and six both came in on Saturday afternoon. The goldencolored Lab was picked up on CTH D and Old 35 in the Town of Meenon, and the pointer was found not far from the shelter on the highway. The latter dog was reclaimed by his reCupid



Humane Society of Burnett County lieved owner. What do the majority of these strays have in common? Most of them were unneutered males. Moving on to adoptions, Gypsy, the portly beagle, was the adoption of the week. Hopefully she will have a svelte figure in the near future. I know she got many a walk while at the shelter, let’s hope her new owner can keep up the routine. This week’s featured dog is a 2-month-old boxer/ terrier-mix puppy named Cupid. Cupid came in as a stray on Feb. 11. This little fellow is as sweet and loving as his name implies. Cupid sports a brown and black brindle coat on a round little body. He reminds us all of a little brown bear cub. Getting a picture of the active little guy was quite a challenge until he spotted friendly hound Homer through the fence. Cupid stopped his movement and tried to touch noses with the big dog. Cupid wanted to play

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Spring is coming and I’ll be thinking of you folks as I travel southwest to Arizona. This month the senior center will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a boil dinner and cards. If you have any questions,

please call us on Tuesday to inquire. The Tuesday, Feb. 16, 500 winners were Rich Hustad and Elroy Petzel, the nine bid went to David Thelen and Rich.

went to David Thelen. The senior center is located downtown St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.

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 center ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at

Coming Events: • Business meeting the third Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. • Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. • Medica workshop, March 22, 2 p.m. • Rummage sale, Saturday, April 2. • Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

gelsen who turned 15 on Feb. 19, and Noah Burnett, who turned 19 on Feb. 18. Several other family members and friends were there also. Dixie and Chuck Andrea, Karen and Hank Mangelsen, and Lawrence and Nina Hines were among a large number of people who attended open mic night at Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren

on Saturday. Larry Mangelsen was a Sunday afternoon visitor of Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Lida Nordquist visited Nina and Lawrence Hines and Gerry Hines on Sunday.

Birthday wishes also to Mary Thompson, Rod Hopkins, Donna Lehman and to all others celebrating their special day in February. There was no pool or Dominoes on Thursday as we were setting up for the sale. Wii bowling was, as usual, fun and competitive. Fred had the high individual game with a score of 232, Harry had the high individual series with 399.

The King Pins had the high team game with 766 and team series at 1,429. There were several 200 games including Millie 208, Gordy 200, Harry 223, Harvey 211 and Lou 220. Marlene picked up the 4-5-7 split, Harry the 6-7-10 and Judy the 4-5-7. Another great job by all. We are having a potluck on Saturday, Feb 27. Setup is at 11:30 a.m., eating at noon and Horse

Race following the meal. We will be having Horse Race the second Saturday of each month beginning March 12 at 1 p.m. Life isn’t measured by the breaths you take but by the things that take your breath away. See you at the center.

area have received the University of Wisconsin Stout Chancellor’s Award for the fall 2015 semester. The award is presented to students who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

ber. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 359 undergraduates while 47 students received master’s degrees. Area students are listed below by hometown, degree, major and honors.


Karen Mangelsen were Dave and Pam Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Karen Mangelsen and Donna Hines. They helped Mary celebrate her 92nd birthday. Nina and Lawrence Hines and Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to Siren on Thursday evening and attended a birthday party at Northwoods Crossing Event Center. It was a surprise for Hannah Man-

Webster Senior Center We send our gratitude to all who braved the cold and attended the flea market and bake sale. Also our appreciation to those who donated baked goods and to the volunteers who helped make it a success. We had a small but fun group for Dime Bingo. It was just too cold. Kudos to all who came. We had birthday cake for Peggy Lawless, who celebrated being 91 years young.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the 500 winners were David Thelen, Ray Nelson and Charlie Mevissen. The Sunday, Feb. 21, 500 winners were BrenNel Ward, Rich Hustad and Betty Wilson, the nine bid

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Curtin, and her court: first princess is Kayla Glover and second princess is Tymber King. Little Miss Grantsburg is Megan Harmon, her first princess is Josie Erickson and second princess is Kate Peterson. We’ve been busy going from red to green at the center, with St. Paddy’s Day decorations that is. We had a few names added to the list interested in Cribbage, the boards are on the tables. Come on in.

Dewey-LaFollette Sympathy is extended to Joe and Barb Durand and other family members due to the death of Joe’s father, Ed Durand. He had celebrated his 100th birthday in January of this year. Karen Mangelsen called on Gerry and Donna Hines on Wednesday evening. Visitors of Mary Dunn on Thursday afternoon

warning paw. As a cat lover I get a big kick out of her behavior, but not everyone would be a fan of it. We have a feeling though, that if she went to a quiet home away from the noise and commotion of the shelter, that she would do just fine and would be a very nice pet. I have to admit to thinking she is most likely the prettiest cat we have at the shelter right now. Betsy would maybe allow another quiet cat or dog to share her new space, but an annoying small dog or pesky kitten may disappear mysteriously or have an “unfortunate accident” in her presence. I’m just saying ... don’t say you weren’t warned! Other than Betsy, we have many other very nice cats to chose from. Mistletoe, Blitzen, Bobb, Nick and Molly are all very sweet and loving. Tulip and Cattleya are playful and fun. Baxter is a talker and very handsome. All different ages, personalities and looks to choose from, so stop on in and meet them all. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

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Grantsburg Senior Center This weekend the weather helped make the Midwinter Sports Day and weekend events a success. From the Fridgid Five race or fishing contests on local lakes, like Bethany Lutheran did, everything was so much fun. The evening continued with the candlelight hike/snowshoe and goodies at Memory Lake and the Miss Grantsburg Pageant. Speaking of the pageant, congratulations to the new Miss Grantsburg/Miss Congeniality, Kathryn

with Homer and I could see from Homer’s play stance that the feeling was mutual. This sweet puppy would be an easy fit for most any home environment. Our featured cat is quite the opposite. Betsy is a very beautiful with her muted Betsy golden-colored coat, tawny eyes and longhaired tail that looks like a feather plume. Looks aside, this gal has cat-a-tude. I can’t really blame her, she was adopted from our shelter as a kitten and ruled her kingdom alone for two years before being returned to us when her family moved and couldn’t take her with. Betsy was not happy about this turn of events in her life, and she has let all of us know about her displeasure. Betsy will stroll around the office like the queen she is and if any of her lowly servants try to pet her, she will sometimes allow it, but at other times she hisses and raises a

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Academic news MADISON - An estimated 1,169 students at all levels, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional, participated in the University of Wisconsin Madison’s winter commencement ceremony held on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at the Kohl Center. Zoe Timms, founder of the Women’s Education Project, delivered the charge to the graduates. A history major who graduated from UW-Madison in 1997, Timms’ work with the WEP’s three centers in South India has helped hundreds of young women complete their education and enjoy professional, fulfilling careers. Local degree recipients include:

Amery Stephen Monette, College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering; and Lauren Saleh, College of Ag and Life Science, Bachelor of Science in biological systems engineering;

Osceola Ariel Johnson, College of Ag and Life Science, Bachelor of Science in biology;

St. Croix Falls Mary Chernyaev, College of Ag and Life Science, Bachelor of Science in agricultural and applied economics; and Elliott Frokjer, College of Letters and Science, Bachelor of Arts in German, international studies, graduated with distinction; and

Unity Theresa Rueth, School of Human Ecology, Bachelor of Science in personal finance. – from Link News ••• MENOMONIE - The following students from the

Cushing Heidi Horky, Bachelor of Science in business administration;

Frederic Michael Tesch, Bachelor of Science in packaging;

Luck Douglas Merrill, Bachelor of Science in management; Whitney Petersen, Bachelor of Science in packaging; and Angela Vadner, Bachelor of Science in applied science; and

Webster Chelsea Larson, Bachelor of Science in hotel, restaurant and tourism; and Nicholas Lesneski, Bachelor of Science in business administration. – from Link News ••• MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - Tanner Nielsen of Luck was one of over 200 Cornell College students named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester. Nielsen earned high honors. Honors signifies a semester grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.79, high honors signifies an average of 3.8 to 3.99 and highest honors signifies a 4.0 grade-point average. – from readMedia ••• RIVER FALLS - The following local residents were among 406 students to receive degrees from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in Decem-

Amery Danelle Nadeau, Bachelor of Science, accounting; Emilee Van Blaricom, Bachelor of Science, broad field social studies, cum laude;

Balsam Lake Erin Williams, Bachelor of Science, marketing communications;

Dresser Kara Smith, Bachelor of Science, elementary education;

Frederic Joseph Draxler, Bachelor of Science, political science; Samantha Thorson, Bachelor of Science, crop and soil science;

Michelle Esher, Bachelor of Science, biology;

St. Croix Falls Bradley Harrison, Master of Business Administration; Rebecca Wampfler, Bachelor of Science, elementary education, magna cum laude; and

Siren Bethany Tjader, Bachelor of Science, business administration. – from Link News ••• BEMIDJI, Minn. - Anthony Peterson from Frederic and Courtney Clark from Clear Lake earned dean’s list honors from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., at the conclusion of the fall 2015 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 grade-point average during the semester. A total of 1,161 students earned fall 2015 dean’s list honors from the university. – from Link News •••

Frederic Senior Center Our weather remains very nice, with lots of snow melting as spring gets nearer. The winners for Spades were Darwin Niles, Margaret Ulick, Roger Greenly and Doug Harlander. The winners for 500 were Tim Abrahamzon, Darwin Niles, Dave Peterson and Micky Kilmer. The nine bid went to Keith Bennett and John La Fond. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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There are still a few openings for AARP tax help on Thursday, March 17. Call the center at 715-3278623 on Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Our center is available to rent for graduations, etc. Get out and enjoy the nice weather. We hope to see you at the center.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Grady is a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix. He has a short, red and white coat with a white zigzag stripe between his eyes. He is a handsome young fellow with energy to burn. Grady can be a prankster, chasing tennis balls and playing keep away. He enjoys the game, “Look at me, aren’t I clever.” He can melt into a massage like any other dog, but Grady is a pup on the go. He wants to be in on the action or scaring some up. Doesn’t he just sound like a Jack Russell terrier? Clever and cute. Many dogs arrive at the shelter, strays and surrendered pets, with painful ear infections. Because a dog’s ear canals plunge downward, it is difficult for caught debris or water to be released, making canines especially susceptible to ear infections. Ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies and allergies can all be contributing factors in the development of an ear infection. Dogs with ears that lie flat against their head are predisposed to developing ear infections. The conformation of their ears doesn’t allow for air to circulate and

creates a moist incubator for bacteria and yeast to grow. Dogs with excessive hair growth in the ear canal may also be more susceptible to ear infections. Dogs who swim regularly or are bathed frequently are also candidates for recurring ear infections. Your dog’s grooming routine should include regular ear inspection and care. The inner ear flap should be soft and pliable. If your dog’s inner ears appear dirty, you can clean them at home with a cotton ball or piece of gauze dampened with hydrogen peroxide or an over-the-counter liquid ear cleaner specially formulated for this purpose. Fold your dog’s ear back gently and wipe away any debris or ear wax that you can see on the underside of his ear. Be sure to lift away the dirt and wax rather than rubbing it into the ear. Do not use a Q-tip to probe into the ear canal. This will only push the dirt further into the ear and has the potential to damage the ear canal.

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Your dog may have an ear infection if the ear shows signs of a brown, yellow or bloody discharge, appears red or bright pink and/or has an odor. Outward symptoms of an ear infection are: the dog is shaking his head a lot, scratching his ears, wiping his ears on the floor or furniture, or hair loss around the ear. Dogs suffering from an ear infection may have a loss of balance, unusual eye movements, walk in circles and may lose their hearing. A dog showing any of these symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian for diagnosis and an effective treatment. Prevention is the best remedy. For dogs with

allergies, a diet change to a grainfree kibble, can help to alleviate the trauma of a recurring ear infection. Keeping an eye on your dog’s ears and behavior will alert you to a possible problem. Knowing Grady what to look for and guard against will keep your dog’s ears healthy and infection free. Gratitude is extended to the Friendly Bar in Star Prairie and PY’s in Osceola for hosting successful meat raffle fundraisers for the animals at Arnell. We appreciate all who attend to support and celebrate our work caring for stray and homeless pets. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715 268-7387, or online at and on Facebook.

St. Croix Middle School Happenings The sixth-grade students in Mrs. Clemins’ third-quarter art class are currently working on an abstract clay-slab vessel. Pictured here are students rolling out slabs of clay and cutting out geometric and organic shapes to decorate their vessels. These students will eventually need to construct a 7-inch-tall vessel form with texture and negative space as well as use an underglazing technique to add color to their sculptures. The entire process will take nearly two weeks to complete. – Photos submitted

Have you seen it? Mother Nature seems to be knocking at our door and telling Old Man Winter his time is up. Last week’s weather was a dream, at least for us old folks, not too cold. I’m not so sure, however, that those who like to snowmobile or ski like the idea of the snow disappearing so early. I guess they will have to head farther north for their fun. With our crazy weather this year, I hope my perennials make it through. I didn’t have much of a show on the tulips last spring. If they don’t do better this year, out they come. I can always try some different plants in that area. We had a regular three-ring circus in the bird yard on Wednesday. One tree rat grabbed a walnut and headed up a tree with another right on its tail. Well, he got about halfway up the tree and dropped it. Another tree rat on the ground grabbed it and headed into the woods, leaving two of them surprised. The PVC pipe gets a walnut or two on each end every day. The rats work it until they manage to get their prize. We even had one tree rat on one end lifting it up while there was one on the other end doing the same. They finally both gave up. Have you noticed the goldfinches seem to be changing their clothes a little early? Maybe spring is

just around the corner. Several of the males at the feeders have quite a bit of yellow, and their perky black caps are showing. If you love to read, why not stop in at the Holiday South in Siren and pick up a book at the Lions Little Free Library next to the Redbox. It’s a great way to enjoy many books at no expense to you. Don’t forget, the Siren Lions 18th-annual whopper ice-fishing contest takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Clam Lake Narrows from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a lot to do on the ice. You do not need to be present to win prizes. Tickets are $10 each. Please be extra careful this year as many lakes just might not have safe ice. Congratulations to Dominic Dugger for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence this week. This guy is a go-getter. Congratulations to elementary student Aubrianna Gray, middle schooler James Krenzke and high schooler Dominic Dugger for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Way to go. You will go far. Guess what. I got to see my little gray fox on Sunday morning in the backyard. He wasn’t alone, so maybe some little fox kits will be seen this summer.

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Births Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A girl, Kiley May Irvin, born Feb. 1, 2016, to Denise Zelinski and Branden Irvin of Turtle Lake. Kiley weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz. A boy, Caden Edwin Patterson, born Feb. 1, 2016, to Melissa and David Patterson of Centuria. Caden weighed 9 lbs., 13 oz.


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LIBRARY CORNER Grantsburg Library news More library hours

Preschool story hour

The Grantsburg Public Library announced that it is dramatically increasing hours – including evening hours. The library will increase from 32.5 hours open per week to 44 hours a week beginning the week of April 11. Our new hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Beth Rank of 4-H Youth and Family Development for a fun program on Wednesday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. Beth will provide interactive activities with read-aloud stories.

Free tax assistance Schedule an appointment to meet with volunteers from the AARP Tax preparation program. Upcoming appointment openings are offered the mornings of March 3, 4, 10 and 11. Call the library to schedule an appointment and to find out if you qualify for the program, 715-463-2244

Tax forms Paper copies of IRS forms 1040, Instruction 1040, Publication 17, Publication 4604 (EN-SP) and Wisconsin tax forms 1A, 1NPR, Schedule WD, Rent Certificates and instruction booklets are now available at the Grantsburg Library.

Board at the library Board at the library is held Mondays at 1 p.m. It’s back to the good old days. Bring out your deck of cards or an old-fashioned board game. The library’s learning center will be reserved for people who want to play board games, card games and socialize.

Library hours and information Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesays, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon. Phone number: 715-463-2244. Website: To find out about the latest library events, follow us on Facebook.

Sixty-four kids attended the library’s early-release afternoon event on Thursday, Feb. 18. Kids enjoyed playing dog-themed games and watching the movie “Max,” the story of a dog that helped U.S. Marines. – Photo submitted

Larsen Family Public Library news Severe weather

ness on Hwy. 35. The next event will take place on Friday, Feb. 5. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Larsen Family Public Library.

reader to the far reaches of human experience and the depths of the human heart.” (review taken from

• “Abracadabra, It’s Spring” by Anne Sibley O’Brien • “When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes

AARP tax help

Tax forms

Summer reading program books

Our wild rice cookbooks are on sale at the library and the coffee shop for $12. Second Saturday Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paperbacks, 50 cents; hard covers, $1; plastic bag of books, $4; paper bags of books, $5.

AARP offers free tax help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. We have the sign-up sheets now. Help will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the first and third weeks of March and the first two weeks of April. Please call the library at 715-8667697 to make an appointment.

• “Science Behind Sports: Yoga” by Barbara Sheen • “Science Behind Sports: Bowling” by Melissa Abramovitz

Table tennis (pingpong)

Adult book club

In March, we will meet on Wednesdys, March 9, 23 and 30, 1 p.m. When AARP tax prepartion is over, the hours will become more regular. This is not a tourament – just some fun playing pingpong no matter what your skill level.

The title for our March Book Club discussion is “The Bohemian Flats” by Mary Relindes Ellis. We meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month except December in the Nexen Room. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t had time to read the book. Books are available at the circulation desk, just call he library to reserve your copy. “In ‘The Bohemian Flats,’ Ellis’ rich, imaginative gift carries us from the bourgeois world of fin de siecle Germany to a vibrant immigrant enclave in the heart of the Midwest and to the killing fields of World War I. ‘The Bohemian Flats’ conjures both the sweep of irresistible history and the intimate reality of a man, and a family, caught up in it. From a 19th century German farm to the thriving, wildly diverse immigrant village below Minneapolis on the Mississippi to the European front in World War I, and returning to 20th century America—this is a story that takes a

The Wisconsin tax forms are here: Tax Form 1, 1A and WI-Z and Homestead Tax and the instruction booklets. We also have rent certificates, Schedule WD and instructions, form 1NPR and instructions. If you need forms that we don’t have, you can phone them at 608-266-2486 or go to the Wisconsin tax website at The IRS will not be sending tax instructions to the library this year, just the forms, so this is just a reminder to order your tax instructions early from the IRS. Here is the Internet link to order from the Federal IRS, You can also telephone your request to 800-829-3676.

Newly acquired materials Juvenile


The library’s policy on closing the library in severe weather follows the Webster School District’s closings - if the schools are closed due to severe weather, the library will be closed as well.

Friends of the Library

Preschool story time Please join us every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for stories, snacks, activities and socialization, for the children and the adults. Everyone is welcome - we love to see new faces. And don’t forget our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program - babies love to hear your voice when reading to them.

PICTO Join us the first Friday of every month, for fish fry, 5 p.m., and PICTO, 7 p.m., at Whitetail Wilder-

• “Lea Dives In,” American Girl, by Lisa Yee • “The Sneaky Snow Fox” by Patricia Reilly Giff • “Disney Pixar: Inside and Out: Seek and Find” • “Sprout Street: Neighbors: A new Arrival” by Anna Alter • “That’s Not Bunny!” by Chris Barton • “The Plan” by Alison Paul • “Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late?” by Crockett Johnson • “Everything You Need to Know About Birds” by DK

Adult • “Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesbo

Adult nonfiction • “Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide” by Teresa Marrone

Large print • “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham • “Longmire: The Complete First Season” • “Longmire: The Complete Second Season” • “Longmire: The Complete Third Season” • “Infinitely Polar Bear” • “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

Hours and information Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 715-866-7697, website: Online catalog: merlin.

Luck Middle School solo and ensemble students perform at district contest FREDERIC - Middle school students from Luck recently put their musical talents to the test when they performed in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s district solo and ensemble contest/festival at Frederic. The festival program for which the WSMA is most well-known, solo and ensemble, draws in more than 100,000 students each year, representing every county in the state of Wisconsin. “Through the solo and ensemble experience, students learn the discipline of rehearsal, are challenged to advance their musical skills, perform in front of an audience and adjudicator and receive feedback on their performance. Most students begin competing at the Class C level and, as they become more proficient, they move to the more difficult Class B and eventually Class A levels. In Class B, the following Luck students earned a first-place rating: saxophone solo earning a Best in Site Award, Grace Thoreson; flute solo, Haley Hermansen; clarinet solo, Tasha Adams; flute solo, McKenna Delany; alto saxophone solo, Britta Hibbs; French horn solo, Luca Nieman; percussion duet, Ben Smith and Bennett Jensen; trumpet duet, Amy Gilhoi and Levi Jensen; vocal duet, Gilhoi and Hermansen; and vocal solos by Hibbs and Delany. Those earning a second-place rating included: piano duet, Gilhoi and Hibbs; vocal duet, Hibbs and Gabby Engstrand; and a vocal ensemble, Gilhoi, Delany, Adams, Rebecca White, Brenna Olson, Kasidy Gehrke, Julia Olien, Thoreson, Rose King, Ryley Hutton, Hermansen and Lily Hacker. In Class C, the following students earned a first-place rating: baritone saxophone solo earning a Best in Site Award,

Luck Middle School solo and ensemble participants shown front row (L to R): Jared Hutton, Mckenzie Christian, Jade Swanson, Josh Swanson, Rebecca White, Alex Bergeron, Anastasia Adams, Rose King and Tamari Lindner. Second: Juliana Olave, Adeline Thompson, Haley Anderson, Carson Eley, Gabrielle Engstrand, Amy Gilhoi, Ryley Hutton, Sommer Asper, Grace Jensen and Alexis Kelch. Third: Peyton Benny, Lily Hacker, Kelsey Harvey, Kiran Ogilvie, Joe Lueck, Jaeven Duke, Brenna Olson, Hunter Sellent, Britta Hibbs, Kayli Cook and Julia Olien. Back: Mckenna Delany, Kasidy Gehrke, Bennett Jensen, Levi Jensen, Ben Smith, Riley Runnels, Luca Nieman, Tim Thompson, Gage Johansen and Katia Marcellus. Missing from photo: Grace Thoreson, Sam King, Robin Brown and Haley Hermansen. – Photo submitted Alex Bergeron; clarinet solo, Kelsey Harvey; percussion solo, King; clarinet solo, Haley Anderson; tuba solo, Hunter Sellent; trombone solo, Riley Runnels; French horn solo, Katia Marcellus; tenor saxophone duet, Carsen Eley and Thoreson; clarinet duet, Addie Thompson and McKenzie Christian; flute duet, Juliana Olave and Alexis Kelch; alto saxophone duet, Gage Johansen and Hibbs; trumpet trio, Sam King, Peyton Benny and Josh Swanson; and vocal solo, Jade Swanson.

Those earning a second-place rating included: euphonium solo, Tim Thompson; flute duet, Julia Olien and Grace Jensen; trumpet duet, Kiran Ogilvie and Tamari Lindner; vocal solos, Tasha Adams and Brenna Olson; vocal duet, Grace Jensen and Sommer Asper; vocal ensemble, Tim Thompson, Luca Nieman, Joe Lueck and Sellent; vocal ensemble, Kayli Cook, Robin Brown and Marcellus; vocal ensemble, Olave, Harvey, Anderson and Kelch; vocal ensemble, Grace Thoreson, Rebecca

White, King and Hacker; vocal trio, McKenna Delany, Hacker and Levi Jensen; and a vocal ensemble, Jared Hutton, Grace Jensen, Engstrand, Asper, Hibbs and Jaeven Duke. Kasidy Gehrke, Olien and Ryley Hutton’s vocal ensemble earned a third-place rating. These students are developing their musical abilities under the direction of instrumental teacher Jennifer Gilhoi and vocal teacher Jennifer Werner. – submitted


Enrichment classes offered at UWBC RICE LAKE - A variety of enrichment courses will begin in March at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Maple Syrup Making is a two-part class that will meet on Wednesdays, March 2 and March 9. The first session will meet at UWBC in Room 237, Ritzinger Hall. Participants will learn what trees to tap, tapping and sap collection, cooking the syrup, and grading and packaging the finished product. The second class will meet

at the Anderson’s Maple Syrup facility in Cumberland where participants will learn about maple syruping equipment, the supplies that are used, and how they bottle syrup on a large scale. Registration fee is $39 and course instructor is longtime syrup maker Ted Simpson. Popular Instrument Lessons for Beginners will run on Monday evenings, March 7–April 25, and will meet in the Cedarside Conference Room in the student center.

Beginning guitar will run from 5:30-6 p.m., beginning ukulele will meet from 6-6:30 p.m., beginning mandolin will run from 6:30-7 p.m. and beginning banjo will meet from 7-7:30 p.m. Roger Harrison is the instructor of the courses. Harrison is a seasoned and versatile musician. He joined the Musicians’ Union at the age of 13 and has performed as the opening act for Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams Jr., among others. The reg-

istration fee for each course is $129 plus $19 for book and audio track. For complete class descriptions and further details or to register online go to or call Doug Edwardsen in the UWBC continuing education department at 715-234-8176, ext. 5403, or email —from UWBC

Organizers of local cancer fundraisers give donations GRANTSBURG - Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser coordinator Sandy Eng recently accepted donations from the organizers of two other local cancer fundraisers, the Tractor Drive for Cancer and the American Legion Motorcycle and Hot Rod River Run for Cancer. The Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser raises funds

and accepts donations, which are then distributed to American Cancer Society Polk-Burnett Relay for Life and most importantly to those affected by cancer in our local communities. A big 10th-anniversary celebration is planned for this year’s Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser. Bingo players and guests can expect special treats, surprises, DJ entertainment

Scott DeRocker, left, and Clayton Jorgensen, right, two of the Tractor Drive for Cancer organizers, present Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser coordinator Sandy Eng with a donation from money raised at their summer event. Not pictured: Tractor Drive for Cancer organizer Harold Hall. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer (L to R): Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser coordinator Sandy Eng accepts a donation from the American Legion Motorcycle and Hot Rod River Run for Cancer fundraiser organizers, Larry Kruger, Scott DeRocker and Lynette Wesenberg.

and, of course, many great raffle prizes. The Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser will be held at the Northwoods Crossing Events Center

in Siren on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1-5 p.m. For more information or to make a donation, contact Eng at 715-327-4431. – submitted

Intro to banjo: Saturday, April 9, 1-4 p.m., high school band room. Fly tying: Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., high school. Learn Mahjong: Wednesdays, April 20 - May 25, 2 p.m., Frederic Public Library.

Zumba toning: Every Sunday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym. Clogging: Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., elementary school. If you would like to register for a class or need more information, please contact Mary at 715-3274868, ext. 1117, or email millerm@frederic.k12. Registration forms and other helpful information can also be found on the website, frederic.

Frederic Community Education High-energy workout, buns and guns: Tuesdays through March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., elementary school cafeteria. Boot camp, full-body workout: Thursdays through March 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., elementary school cafeteria. Prairie Fire Theatre presents “Cinderella”: Audition Monday, Feb. 29, performances Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 6:30 p.m., elementary school.

PowerPoint for beginners: Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, 6-8:30 p.m., high school lab. Baby-sitting: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 14, 15 and 17, 3:15-5:15 p.m., elementary school. Pinterest: Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m., high school lab. Social media for businesses: Wednesdays, April 6 and 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., high school.

Ongoing Zumba: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym.

Luck FFA members participate in speaking contest LUCK – Three Luck FFA members have chosen to participate in the 2016 speaking contest. The district contest was held Monday, Feb. 8, in Spooner. Senior Nicole Dittbrenner participated in job interview, freshman Shayla Hulett chose to be in creed speaking and senior Derek Rennicke wrote and presented a five- to eight-minute prepared speech discussing the impact on agriculture of an issue of national importance. Rennicke placed second and will advance to the sectional completion with his speech on the topic of

illegal immigration’s effect on the agriculture industry. The sectional contest will be held Wednesday, March 9, in Clear Lake. Only the top two participants advance to the sectional and then state competitions. The FFA presents the opportunity for Wisconsin FFA members to participate in a speech contest designed to develop individual and team communication skills as well as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Participants in the speaking contest compete in one of seven categories. These competitions in-

Luck FFA speaking contest participants Nicole Dittbrenner, Shayla Hulett and Derek Rennicke pose with Section 1 state FFA officer and FFA state secretary Maddie Colbeth. – Photo submitted.

clude creed speaking, prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, parliamentary procedure, discussion meet, quiz bowl and job interview. Each chapter can have students compete in any or all of these categories first at the school level. Competitors then compete at one of the 30 district contests which are held across the state. The top two finishers in each district contest advance to one of the 10 sectional competitions. The top finisher at the sectional level advances to the state contest and could eventually compete at the National FFA Convention. The National FFA Organization is dedicated to organizing experiences that will meet the future needs of students while accomplishing the current purposes of agricultural education. The primary goal of career-development events is to develop individual responsibilities, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. The activities in each career-development event include problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills, where appropriate. They encourage appreciation for diversity by reducing barriers to participation among members while developing general leadership, recognizing individual and team achievement, and promoting a concentrated focus on future needs of members and society. Agriculture is a highly technical and ever-changing industry upon which everyone is dependent. In order to maintain agriculture as the nation’s No. 1 industry, it is crucial to understand the importance

Derek Rennicke will advance to the sectional FFA speaking contest with his prepared speech on the topic of illegal immigration’s effect on the agriculture industry. of agrisciences, marketing strategies, safe food production and continuous research. Strong, relevant agriscience programs are one way to maintain the nation’s agricultural edge. – submitted


SCF Elementary announces Battle of the Books champions ST. CROIX FALLS - A total of 35 fourthgrade students in six teams recently participated in the Battle of the Books competition at St. Croix Falls Elementary School. Battle of the Books is a statewide competition designed to encourage students to read quality literature from carefully selected books including classics, award winners and new favorites. Participants selected their own five-person team and each team was required to read 20 selections in a two-month period. Teams were pitted against each other in double-elimination “mini battles,” answering random questions from all 20 books. The last two remaining teams competed in the final battle in the SCF gymnasium on Monday, Feb. 22. The members of the winning team are Katelyn Knapp, Kenneth Miner, Connor Dyzak, Ashlin Waltz and alternate Lucas Lunsman. This team, plus Lucy Belisle, will represent St. Croix Falls Elementary School as they compete in the state online “battle” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, with other teams from Wisconsin. The Battle of the Books program has grown into a popular and educational endeavor for fourth-grade students at St. Croix Falls Elementary School. The Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association selects the books for the program each year. These books then become part of the English language arts curriculum in fourth grade. – submitted

Several St. Croix Falls fourth-grade students recently competed in Battle of the Books, a statewide competition designed to encourage students to read quality literature. Pictured are (L to R): Kenneth Miner, Ella Stenberg, Lucus Lunsman, Kelsey Cooper, Mrs. Platt, Ashlin Waltz, Alex Naimon, Katelyn Knapp, Yezibel Stepp, Mr. Benoy and Connor Dyzak. – Photo submitted

Wild mushroom classes with Luck Community Education LUCK - With the hint of spring in the air, many people get the itch to hunt for wild mushrooms. Luck Community Education has lined up three different classes to help, whether you’re a beginner or need a refresher course on identifying mushrooms. All the classes will be taught by Tavis Lynch, a 30-year veteran who’s certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He also owns Tavis’ Mushrooms, an exotic mushroom farm near Cumberland. Wild Mushrooms 101 is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, March 1 and 3, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is a classroom session covering the “three rules plus one” and the “safe six,” morels, shaggy manes, hen of the woods, chicken mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and puffballs. Topics include tree identification, ethics, safety, storage and preparation. Poisonous mushrooms will also be discussed. Preregister by Monday, Feb. 29. The class fee is $23.76, and $4.50 for seniors. The Wild Mushrooms: Spring Edibles class on Mondays, March 14 and 21, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. will focus on spring edibles. Learn to identify, harvest and prepare wild morel mushrooms. Students will learn to identify all forms of true and false morels, as well as how to prepare them for the table. Oyster mushrooms, pheasant’s back mushrooms and

Participants who’ve taken a wild mushroom class or two with community education were also able to go on a foraging hike with Tavis Lynch in the Straight Lake Park area last year. They were able to locate several varieties of mushrooms in the woods to strengthen their knowledge. – Photo submitted several edible spring plants will also be discussed. Emphasis will be put on safety

and ethical harvest. Preregister by Monday, March 7. The class fee is $23.76, and

$4.50 for seniors. Wild Mushrooms 301: The genus Russula class is one night only, on Monday, April 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The genus Russula includes some very beautiful and interesting species of forest mushrooms, and many are very hard to distinguish. Because russulas are typically fairly large, and because they are often brightly colored, amateur mushroomers are frequently interested in identifying them. Class members will learn about the edible and toxic species and also look at closely related and similar-looking mushrooms. Relationships with trees and other plants and fungi will also be discussed. As a follow-up to the 101 class, participants can start narrowing identification searches down as they become familiar with this common group of mushrooms. Preregister by Monday, March 28. The class fee is $17.34, and $4.50 for seniors. Preregistration is required for all the classes listed above. Contact Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or amya@lucksd. to secure your spot on the roster and for room directions. If the listed dates don’t work on your calendar, please check out the WITC website at for additional class locations and dates. – from Luck Community Education

SCF PARTICIPATES IN POWERADE 4 SCHOOLS PROGRAM St. Croix Falls High School students (L to R) Becca Nelson and Jameson Kahl are shown receiving a check in the amount of $931.99 from Viking Coca-Cola representative Marvin Berghammer for the school’s participation in Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s Powerade 4 Schools program. Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is directing a portion of its sales of Powerade and Powerade Zero back to participating area high schools under this program. Money is collected on all Powerade and Powerade Zero products sold throughout the Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. territory and then divided to high schools based on a percentage of purchased beverages. The program’s goal is to encourage active lifestyles through the support of school athletic programs within the Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. franchise territory. Other participating area high schools include Barron High School, Turtle Lake High School, Spooner High School, Chisago Lakes High School, Birchwood High School and Rice Lake High School. For more information, visit the Viking Coca-Cola Co. website at – Photo submitted


Kathryn Curtin crowned Miss Grantsburg 2016

Kathryn Curtin was crowned Miss Grantsburg 2016 at the pageant held Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Grantsburg High School auditorium as fellow contestants looked on. Curtin also received the Miss Congeniality award.

Newly crowned Miss Grantsburg 2016 Kathryn Curtin (center) posed with her court, First and Second Princesses, Kayla Glover (left) and Tymber King at the close of the pageant held the evening of Saturday, Feb. 20, in the high school auditorium. - Photos submitted.

Ella Kammeyer showed a smile as she and other Little Miss Grantsburg candidates performed the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” dressed in their cutest PJs. The new Little Miss Grantsburg, Megan Harmon, and First and Second Princesses Josie Erickson and Katherine Peterson posed for a regal photo after being chosen as the 2016 royalty. Kathryn Curtin sang and played guitar to “A Tribute Medley of Free Bird and Heaven’s Door.”

Kayla Glover sang “May It Be” in the talent portion of the pageant.

Tymber King sang and played guitar to the tune “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” Carissa Skifstad reprised her comic portrayal as an aging yet energetic former Miss Grantsburg, much to the delight of the audience.

RIGHT: Grace Gaffney performed her original composition, “A Sound of Grace,” on the piano.

Melanie Paquette’s imaginative routine with cups showed off her talent.

Little Miss Grantsburg candidates showed off their style as they danced in their formal wear to “Let It Go.”

Grantsburg’s outgoing royalty waved a final farewell to audience members.


Frederic students observe Career and Tech Ed Month

Earl Lee and Duane Krueger have kept the FFA alive at Frederic, allowing students agricultural experiences they would otherwise not receive. Recently a group went to the rodeo in the Twin Cities and some of the students were lucky enough to meet country singer Granger Smith and get his autograph. Trent Kuechenmeister, Heath Tietz, Austin Ennis and Ted Tietz pose with their autographed hats and phone.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, students from Frederic FBLA competed in accounting, public speaking and agribusiness at the Region 1 level held in Park Falls. Pictured (L to R) are: Chris Kuechenmeister, Trent Kuechenmeister, Heath Tietz and Kendra Erickson.

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and Heath Tietz. Front: Jenna Laqua, Sarah Wells, Mrs. Tietz, Trent Kuechenmeister and Natalia Morales.

Kendra Erickson counts money raised at the Miracle Moment sponsored by the Frederic FBLA. They collected spare change from basketball fans attending the Siren/Frederic game to send to the March of Dimes to end premature births. That night they collected nearly $250.

FBLA encourages students in education, leadership and service. The Frederic chapter recently attended the Wisconsin Leadership Lab held in Madison. The students toured many sites like the Monona Terrace featured in these pictures (above and at right).


Career and Tech Ed Month/cont’d

Using several manufacturing processes, Johannah Erickson, Brenton Nelson, Nate Denkmann and Carter Simon make Viking game passes for all teachers.

Photos by Duane Krueger unless otherwise noted

February is Career and Technical Education Month. Frederic student Derek Steele welds on a trailer that is being rebuilt. – Photo by Jori Braeden

Welding is not just for the boys. Stacy Tido and Johanna Survila are learning how to TIG weld.

The Frederic High School technology and natural resources class visits Daeffler’s Quality Meats to learn how to cut up a deer. Students are exposed to a wide variety of careers through visits from technical schools, guest speakers, business visits and career research.

Construction students Peter Lund, Austin Ennis, Danny Richter and Cody Menke use what they have learned in class to build 8- by 12-foot storage shed. Technical education courses offered at Frederic are CAD, manufacturing, welding, construction, power, small engines, woods, home and auto, photography, and technology and natural resources. Students learning is mostly hands-on problem solving, though some book work is involved also. Frederic students also do several projects each year for the community; it is their way of giving back. The technology education instructor is Duane Krueger.

Woods students Ethan Schmidt, Jon Erickson and Cole Britton use the table saw and radial arm saw for building their cabinets.


Not so frigid day for the Frigid Five Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The mild Saturday morning temp had Mid-Winter Sports Day Frigid Five Race/ Walk participants smiling and not shivering as they took off down Main Street of Grantsburg, Feb. 20. Frigid Five organizer Marie Ohnstad thanked Grantsburg’s village crew for sanding slippery spots, due to melting and refreezing, making the route going north through town then back around Memory Lake to the finish line much safer for racers and walkers.

Friends Jordan Janes, Dominik Spohn, Donevan Benson and Logan Smestad goofed for the camera before the Frigid Five Run/ Walk held Saturday, Feb. 20, in Grantsburg.

Hannah Landberg and Lori McNally posed for a prerace daughter/mother photo.

Hannah Landberg and Tom Hinrichs headed out of town and north on their not-so-frigid Frigid Five Race/Walk.

Frigid Five organizer Marie Ohnstad thanked the businesses and organizations for their support including the Grantsburg village crew for sanding slippery spots along the race route.

Sporting matching race wear, the Lee family was ready for a fun Frigid Five run together.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg Middle School Principal Bill Morrin brought a friend along for his run. Money raised from this year’s Frigid Five race will help with expenses for the middle school eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., this spring.

The Frigid Five has always been a race for friends and family to get together for some fun with this year no except as seen by the smiles on these women’s faces.

Frigid Five Race/Walk participants took off down Grantsburg’s Main Street for the annual Mid-Winter Sports Day event on Saturday, Feb. 20.


Frederic’s emergency responders honored FREDERIC - Frederic area emergency responders were honored last week with a recognition banquet and awards presentation at Oak Forest Center, sponsored and organized by Crosswalk Community Church, Mark and Anita Baker, with help from Thrivent, on behalf of the community. Greg Lund, pastor at Crosswalk, and village President Jim Meyer thanked the group for their dedication to serving and protecting the people of the Frederic area.

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LEFT: Accepting a plaque of appreciation from village president Jim Meyer is Vern Knauber, head of the ambulance crew in Frederic.

Frederic Fire Chief Brian Daeffler receives a plaque given as a token of appreciation for the work he and his department do in serving the village and surrounding area. Frederic Village President Jim Meyer presented the plaque.

Dale Johnson, left, police chief for the village of Frederic, accepts a plaque of recognition and appreciation for his service to the people of the community. Presenting the plaque is village President Jim Meyer, right, and Crosswalk Community Church Pastor Greg Lund.

LEFT: Frederic area emergency responders watch and listen as fellow responders are recognized for their work in the community.

Frederic area emergency responders fill plates at a dinner held in their honor. Crosswalk Community Church sponsored the event on behalf of the Frederic community.

RIGHT: Recognized for their service to the Frederic area were emergency responders (L to R) front row: Ryan Strenke, Chris Bartlett and Jason Frenette. In back are Jerome Lindahl, Jason Richter, Chuck Proctor, Hans Everson, Corey Laqua, Jeff Cummings, Ken Hackett, Vern Knauber, Brian Daeffler and Bob Jorgensen.



EVERY MON. Amery Area Community Center

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


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

EVERY WED. • Bridge, 1 p.m.

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

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


• Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m.

Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.


Grantsburg Senior Center

• Cribbage, 1 p.m.

Luck Senior Center

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

• Free Coffee Wednesday Mornings • 500 Cards, 1 p.m. • Monthly Potluck 2nd Wednesdays, 3rd Wednesday in Feb., 11:30 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center

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

• Mahjong, noon.

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

• Cribbage, 4:30 p.m. • Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon • Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m.

Webster Senior Center

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.

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

• Cards, Dominos and Pool, 1 p.m.

• Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

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

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

• Bingo, 2nd Wed., 1 p.m. • Monthly Meeting, 3rd Thurs., 11 a.m. • Evening Meal, 3rd Thurs., 5 p.m.

715-463-2940 715-472-8285

Siren Senior Center

• Mahjong, 1 p.m.


715-483-1901 715-866-5300

Food Shelf

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

VFW Aux./Legion Aux./ Burnett County Moose Lodge




• Bingo At Siren Moose Lodge, 7 p.m.


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

Meat Raffles/Bingo


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


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

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


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


• Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. EVERY FRI. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m. • PICTO, Whitetail Wilderness, Webster, 6:30 p.m. • H.S. Fishing Team, Crow Bar, 6 p.m. • Sharon’s Webb Lake Charity, at Cabaret, 7 p.m.

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


• Spades, 1 p.m.


• Pokeno, 2nd & 4th Fri., 12:30 p.m. • Potluck Lunch, Every Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon


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


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


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


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


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You Talk, We Listen grassroots public listening session scheduled HAYWARD – The public and media representatives are welcome to attend a five-hour session titled You Talk, We Listen scheduled for Saturday, March 12, at the Lac Courte Oreilles Casino Lodge & Convention Center’s Bingo hall. The event will run from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Northland Grassroots Public Listening Session, a nonpartisan event, is being sponsored by a coalition of local nonprofits, political groups, businesses and the LCO Ojibwe Tribe and is meant to allow citizens to sound off about many issues impacting local communities in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Invited to listen and confirming their attendance are Tammy Baldwin, D, United States senator, represented by Kelly Westlund; Rusty Barber, vice chairman, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians; Janet Bewley, D, Wisconsin state senator from the 25th District; David Bowen, D, Wisconsin representative, 10th District; James Edming, R, Wisconsin representative, 87th

District; Jon Greendeer, former Ho Chunk Nation president; Winona LaDuke, Harvard-trained economist and executive director of Honor The Earth; Beth Meyers, D, Wisconsin representative, 74th District; Nick Milroy, D, Wisconsin representative, 73rd District; Mark Trahant, independent political journalist and professor of journalism, UND.; and Yee Leng Xiong, school board member, DC Everest School District, Weston. Several elected officials within the 7th Congressional District both Republican and Democratic either declined or did not respond to an invitation to be seated. The session will have six major topic areas with one lead-out presenter for each section and follow-up by citizen presenters of three to five minutes. Starting at 11 a.m.: Specific groups/issues: Affordable Health Care Act, elderly, women’s health and reproductive rights, domestic abuse, poverty rates, veterans, Tribes, Hmong, Hispanics. Leading out

this topic will be Yee Leng Xiong, followed by additional presentations of no more than five minutes. Noon: Education: Private schools, public schools, vouchers, charter schools, college and technical college tuition, UW-Superior status. Leading out this topic will be led out by Mary Jarvis, retired schoolteacher. 1 p.m.: Voting issues: Photo ID, automated voter registration, Citizens United, Move to Amend. Leading out this topic will be Rita Pachal, Wisconsin Move to Amend. 2 p.m.: Sustainability issues: Family farms, cooperatives, small and family business, water, soil, forestry, living wages, employment and labor. Leading out this topic by recorded video will be Tony Schultz of Stony Acres Farms, Medford. 3 p.m.: Local control issues: Shoreline ordinances, water quality, CAFOs, pipeline safety, infrastructure, transportation,

high-speed Internet, counties and municipalities. Leading out this topic will be Carl Whiting, Ph.D., co-founder of Wisconsin Safe Energy Alliance. 4 p.m.: Environmental justice: Northern Wisconsin’s Mining District, use of natural resources, water usage and quality, soil conservation, sand mining, pipeline safety. Leading out this topic will be Mike Wiggins, former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. WOJB will broadcast the listening session live from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. will broadcast the event live from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will follow in the LCO Casino Lounge with Menominee Nation guitarist Wade Fernandez from 5-7 p.m. There is no charge for attending the event. For more information, contact Paul DeMain at 715-634-5226, ext. 1. — submitted


World Day of Prayer services announced BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 4. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. WDP was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s realm. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year a different country’s committee serves as writ-

ers of the WDP worship service. This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Cuba call participants into worship considering the words “Receive children, receive me.” With these words as backdrop, all are invited to learn about Cuba’s history and rich cultural diversity. To learn more about World Day of Prayer, visit their website at Some of the local services are listed here: Lewis - Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 1 p.m., a light snack will follow the service. Milltown - North Valley Lutheran Church, 3-1/2 miles west of Milltown on CTH G, 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow. Call Pastor Maggie Isaacson at 715-825-3559, or Jan Kruse at 715-825-4399 for more information. Siren - Bethany Lutheran Church, coffee at 9 a.m., service at 10 a.m. Call 715-3495280 for more information. – submitted

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. through March 17. The church is located at 1606 165th Ave., between Balsam Lake and Centuria on CTH I. ••• 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 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. ••• Frederic – Immanuel Lutheran – Good Friday, March 25, service, 1 p.m. Easter service, Sunday, March 27, 10:45 a.m. ••• 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. Croix Falls – First Presbyterian Church will have a light supper at 6 p.m., with Lenten services following the supper, on Tuesdays through March 15. The church is located at 719 Nevada St. ••• Webster – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church – Soup supper, Wednesdays through March 16, 6 p.m.; services at 7 p.m.; Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday service 7 p.m.; Easter service at 9 a.m. - submitted

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OBITUARIES James M. Delany, 47, of Luck, Wis., died Feb. 14, 2016. He was born Sept. 21, 1968. Jim will be forever defined by his love of Jesus and his love for his family. They were the two constants that intertwined and motivated everything else he involved himself within his lifetime. The strong faith that carried him through his life and this fight against lymphoma began somewhere between Woodville and Hudson, Wis., on I-94 in the fall of 1996 during an inadvertent listening of KTIS 98.5 FM while on the way to work. He had been under the pressures of life and was looking to find some hope and relief for how heavy everything felt to him at the time. While listening, Jim realized he was at the spot in life where he acknowledged he had always known about God, recognized God personally, yet didn’t have God the way he had noticed others experiencing God in their lives, and he wanted that - he needed that, so when the radio host offered how to make a decision to invite Jesus to take up that residence within (and all that was going on in it) he took it: diving in headfirst. He further asked God to take over the direction of his life, whatever form that may take, for each day. He didn’t want religion. He wanted change. Building on his faith-filled upbringing from his home church in Ashwaubenon, Wis., the change he sought in that morning moment began and was apparent to all who were close to him. It became a part of how he did things, said things and lived out every day. It was integral for him. His faith became unflinching under the transformation of his continual developing devotion, love and trust in the God he had now come to know so personally. Some of the biggest obstacles in his life came under God’s love, grace and forgiveness, and that began to build into Jim that God could do it all as it paved the way for him to always, always, say “God’s got this,” in every situation and especially during the last two years. Thus, cancer was never a source of anxiety for him. He knew his life was in God’s hands and he rested in knowing God would be with him always with his promises being his shield and protection. This was especially evident on the day he was welcomed to his new cancer-free reality: his last day on this earth. Jim knew how to love and he embraced life and its challenges without fear, something only a few of us can accomplish while here. He met and married Tamara Griffin after five years of meeting her his first day on the campus of UW-River Falls. Tamara was working the residence hall check-in table for preseason football and Jim was there to play as a freshman. Over a course of chance meetings, spanning five years, they began to date in January of 1990, became engaged Jan. 31, 1991, and married Aug. 3 of the same year. They became the couple that most people said, “you are the perfect couple,” and “you are the most fun to be around.” They would equally share wide grins, lots of laughter and witty humor often using movie line quotes for intonation i.e., “have fun storming the castle,” when walking out the door for work. Jim loved to write notes and hide them around the house for Tam to find, and he loved her till she was convinced of it through and through, and then loved her more, something she had never experienced in any other relationship. His children always knew that even though marriage had its ups and downs ... the love and commitment always became deeper as a result of them. He loved his children, Mike and McKenna, with every fiber of his being even when they were just the hopes and dreams of a guy who had just become married. He valued the idea of family so much so he wanted honeymoon babies. He used to say nothing compared to the days they were born. They gave him such contentment and he was so immensely proud of who they were choosing to be while growing up that he would rearrange the universe (literally) to be at any event they were involved in, yet he equally took time to just be with them in the quiet ordinary times in the pulse of everyday family togetherness. His favorite family times included times outside together, fishing was tops, or seeing McKenna and Mike play in music concerts, sports or school plays - really anything that they enjoyed. He enjoyed watching home

movies of when they were babies, traveling in the car to an endpoint of fun and family amusement (lots of these), being with friends, day trips to Lake Superior/Duluth on the shoreline flying stunt kites or berry picking, telling his own growing-up stories while playing board games around the dining room table. Woodworking and playing guitar were mental getaways for him after a long week, but he never excluded anyone who wanted to join in, especially Mike or McKenna. He loved to curl up on the couch and just hang out with them listening to them tell what they had to share: nonsense to importance and everything in between. He was a hands-on dad from the second they were born and felt it was his job to make sure they felt encouraged and deeply loved with everything they did regardless of their personal outcomes. His career in flexible packaging allowed him to travel outside the country to Australia, Italy, Japan and China, among other destinations. Co-workers would say Jim had the cooperative ability to support and ease any situation. He carried the attitude that “the potential” was always a possibility. If he could provide anything to help someone, he would offer. No work was too basic, too complex or unapproachable by him. Nothing was ever too big or small to find his attention. It was second nature for him to back those around him to find the success needed for the moment. He was a natural in the field and quickly and easily picked up the technology and processes and became a wheelhouse of knowledge for the many he worked alongside. Jim enjoyed what he did for a living so much so he didn’t like to call it work. Choosing to live life was something he did with immense passion. He loved life. His genuineness drew people instantly. He honestly would light up a room, any room; no matter what he was experiencing in his own life. His smile was the most infectious thing next to his generous and deeply anchored personality, which we saw daily, regardless that his fight with cancer was the toughest and most aggressive some medically had ever seen. His heart was always filled with a glass-half-full perception. He would inspire those around him through love and understanding that would lead to the kindheartedness that was his signature mark. He loved music, all music. It was a breathing space to him. He could sing the lyrics to just about any song in the last 40 years of any genre, but Christian and Country topped the charts, and some select 1980s tunes would slip through too. He was Superman to his daughter (and he wore Superman lounge pants to prove it) and through God’s exemplary grace and love, Jim strived to be the model for the kind of person he hoped his son could become, exchanging in life opportunities to stand in this world resilient and not stooping in his personal values; the values he so deeply desired for his family. He was the man of steel to his wife: strong physically, emotionally and most of all spiritually and he was her everything. Words will always fail to describe what they shared. She knew he would make her smile … every day … and he did. He was her protector and her provider of all that was good. He believed in her and she felt understood by him when others didn’t and she loved him profoundly. Her heart is crushed without him. He is greatly missed and yet has barely been gone. Their hearts are in a pain they didn’t even know existed. He will live on through his children and family and the mark he left with each of us because we knew him and because he gave so freely of himself. To read about his journey visit, Jim Delany. Jim is survived by his wife, Tamara; his children, Mike and McKenna; his parents, Charles and Jeanette; his brothers, Steven and Jon and their families; father-inlaw, Jim Griffin (wife Roxanne); sister-in-law, Constance Ohlsen and family; brother-in-law, David Griffin and family. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Pamela Griffin. Memorial services were held at Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic on Saturday, Feb. 20, with Pastor Paul Green officiating. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-4722444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Daniel C. Rothbauer Sr. and Rosemary Rothbauer Memorial services for Daniel C. Rothbauer Sr., 63, and his mother, Rosemary Rothbauer, 81, both of Balsam Lake, Wis., will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home, 206 Second Ave. E., Luck, WI 54853, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Diane Norstad will be officiating. Eulogy will be given by Rosemary’s granddaughters, Deanna DeMay and Shannon Schuweiler. Full military honors will be presented for Daniel following the service. An online guest book is available at Arrangements for Daniel are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

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OBITUARIES Monna Kaye Leggett

Edward “Ed” Elzer Durand

Monte Scaff

Monna Kaye Leggett, 64, passed away at her home on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. She was born on Oct. 8, 1951, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Eugene James and Joan Marie (Ford) Anderson. She attended school in Circle Pines, Minn., and at the age of 9 moved to Deronda, Wis., with her family where she attended school. The family then made their home in Amery, and Monna Kaye graduated from Amery High School in 1969. After graduation, she married George Leggett on Oct. 18, 1969, and they made their home in Centuria, Wis., where their son Chad was born. The family then moved to Amery and sons Tyler and Ryan were born. They then moved to Wanderoos, Wis., and in the mid-1980s, George and Monna Kaye divorced. After her divorce, Monna Kaye continued to live in the Polk County area and worked for Polaris in Osceola, Wis. During this time, she met Gary Vadner who eventually became her fiancé. Gary passed away in an automobile accident in 1998 before they were able to be wed. Monna Kaye enjoyed visiting with and going out with friends and being involved with social media. She also liked to read and do puzzles. The past five years Monna Kaye has lived in Amery to be close to her son as she struggled with many health issues. Monna Kaye was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Joan. She is survived by her sons, Chad, Tyler and Ryan (Andrea) Leggett; six grandchildren; sisters, Val (Ken) Schermerhorn and Kris (Dan) Anderson; brothers, Scott (Jenell) Anderson and Marty (Kim) Anderson; as well as other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home Chapel, Amery, Wis. A private family interment will take place at a later date at the Sand Lake Cemetery. To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute, visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.

Edward “Ed” Elzer Durand, 100, of Spooner, Wis., died Feb. 18, 2016, at Country Terrace in Spooner. He was born Dec. 22, 1915, in the Town of Scott, Wis., to Napolean and Louise (Tetrault) Durand. Ed attended Scott school in the Town of Scott and was in the CC Camp. In later years, he became a farmer and logger, which he continued to do for most of his life. Ed was married in Frederic, Wis., on Aug.12, 1937, to Lucille Meyer who preceded him in death on June 26, 2006. He was a family man who loved to go dancing with his wife and spend time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Ed is survived by his sons, Richard (Mary Lou) Durand of Dresser, Wis., Joseph (Barbara) Durand of Frederic, Ronald (Barbara) Durand of Cook, Minn., Kenneth (Sharon) Durand of Cape Coral, Fla., and Bruce (Sherri) Durand of Hailey, Idaho; daughters, Catherine Maki of Embarrass, Minn., Barbara (Don) Pabst of New Richmond, Wis. and Bonnie Jean (David) Lowrie of Red Wing, Minn.; 26 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great grandchildren; and sisters, Elsie Stellrecht of Shell Lake, Wis., Bernadine Harris of New Brighton, Minn., and Irene Harris of Hastings, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by grandsons, David Kehn and James Durand; brother, Wilfred; and sisters, Clemency Pratt, Gertrude Quirk, Lucille Peck, Rachael Stellrecht and Dorothy Chamberland. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shell Lake, with Father Bala officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Shell Lake. Pallbearers are Harlan Durand, David Durand, Joseph Durand, Richard Neuttila, Scott Durand and Jeremy Lowrie. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the church. Funeral arrangements were handled by Skinner Funeral Home of Shell Lake.

Monte Scaff, 74, passed away on Feb. 17, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 7, 1941. Monte, a California native, proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a welder by trade, though his passion was working with troubled youth, a career he retired from after 20 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, cycle and stay physically fit. Monte had a great sense of humor, and was known for goofy jokes and an ear-to-ear grin which was contagious. He loved his family and never met a stranger. His life was dedicated to the service of others, consistently offering a helping hand to those who needed it. Whether the need was a mentoring conversation, a good laugh or offering a place under his roof, Monte never turned anyone away. He spent the last two years of his life at the Veterans Medical Center in Claremore, Okla. His final days were spent at St. Francis Hospital, where he received exceptional care by the ICU and hospice staff, for which his family is extremely grateful. He is survived by his wife, Marion, of 39 years, four daughters and two sons, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and many, many friends. Monte was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Ila M. Ludden Ila M. Ludden, 86, of Luck, Wis, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the United Pioneer Home. Ila was born on March 16, 1929, in Garrison, Iowa, to Clarence and Hazel Sauer. While in Iowa she managed a number of mobile home parks. In her free time, she enjoyed ceramics and needlework. She liked to be around people and was known to be at many auctions. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; brother Carlos; and sister Charlotte. Ila will be sadly missed by her children, Lanny Ludden, Nancy (Brian) Sundby and Del (Paula) Ludden; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg with Pastor Marlon Mielke officiating. Interment was at Anscarius Cemetery. Pallbearers were Russ Coen, Del Ludden, Lane Coen, Shannon Ludden, Scott Ludden, Ken Roettger, Paul Sundby and Corrie Sundby. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Online condolences can be made at

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We would like to express our sincere thanks to our family and friends, near and far, for your prayers, cards, phone calls, food, flowers, memorial gifts, comforting words and hugs, during this time of grief due to the loss of our loved one, Bob. The Burnett Medical Center - CCC staff for their fine, loving care for Bob during his stay; Andrea Pigman from Lean On Me Home Care, for her excellent caregiving; the emergency team who responded the night of Bob’s death. Pastor Jody Walter, Margel and Stephen for the comforting funeral service; the pallbearers, the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard, the Siren VFW, the American Legion Otis Post 96 and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 96; the Our Redeemer ladies for preparing and serving a nice lunch; Austin Lake Greenhouse and SwedbergTaylor Funeral Home for the arrangements. God bless you! 642236 28Lp

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Daunne LaVonne Muehlhauser Newman Murphy Daunne LaVonne Muehlhauser Newman Murphy, 68, got her angel wings on Feb. 20, 2016, after a long and gracious battle with multiple sclerosis. She was born Daunne LaVonne Muehlhauser on Oct. 13, 1947, in Grantsburg, Wis. She was the seventh of nine children born to Lester and Verona Muehlhauser. Daunne moved to Montana with the family in 1956. The family first lived in Whitefish, then Eureka and finally Deer Lodge, Mont. She attended Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, graduating in 1965. Daunne married Edward Newman and from that union was born Chad Robert Newman and Tanna Verone Newman. Later Daunne married Dr. Philip Murphy and from that union was born Autumn Elaine Murphy Hobley. Daunne was preceded in death by parents, Lester and Verona; niece, Sammi Lynn Wilson; grand-niece, Salina Muehlhauser; three brothers-in-law; numerous aunts and uncles; and special friends, Bob Cowan and Deb Leitzo Jette. Daunne is survived by her children and their families, Chad R. and Hae Ok Newman, and children, Jade, Summer and Zayne; daughter, Tanna Newman, and children, Tera and Patrick Pomeroy; Patrick’s wife, Leanne, and children, Brody and Estella; and daughter, Autumn Elaine Murphy Hobley, husband, Sam, and children, Weston and Ainsley. Daunne is also survived by two brothers and six sisters, Zoe Dittman of Green Bay, Wis., Bruce and Ione Muehlhauser of Grantsburg, Wis., Gayle Rosensteel of Greensburg, Pa., Kay and David Kallman of Grantsburg, Jan Henry and Carol Muehlhauser of St. Croix Falls, Wis., Jill DeSpain of Portland, Ore., Lynn and William Higley of Bellvue Colo., Sue and Herb Warford of Florence, Mont.; and many, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and friends. Daunne cowgirled for area ranchers for years and participated in the Boots & Lace drill team. Daunne was active in the community and involved with the fair, 4-H and horse shows until declining health would no longer allow. She could sew like a tailor, cook like a chef, deliver calves and buck bales with the best of them. The family would like to thank the staff at the Deer Lodge Rehabilitation Center for their phenomenal care. Daunne had become an advocate for residents and staff at the center during her stay and the mutual caring benefited all. The family requests that gifts in Daunne’s memory be directed to: The National MS Foundation, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163, 800-344-4867, website, There will be a celebration of Daunne on Friday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church 140 Sam Beck Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.

Phyllis Ione Christensen Phyllis Ione Christensen, 94, was born Jan. 13, 1922, at her farm home near Leal, N.D., to Hugh and Amelia (Rehse) Myers, the ninth and youngest child of this union. She passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Feb. 18, 2016. She attended 12 years at Leal Public School, graduating in 1940. That fall she enrolled and attended Valley City State Teachers College, for a two-year certificate in elementary education, graduating in 1942. She accepted a teaching position at Ashtabula School for its final year before the area was flooded to create a lake and resort area. In 1941, she met the love of her life, Irvin Christensen. They were married July 23, 1942. She then taught school in Leal until Irvin was medically discharged from the U.S. Army. Their oldest son, Raymond, was born in 1944, in Valley City, N.D. In 1945, they moved to Wisconsin to help Irvin’s elderly parents. They lived in the Lamar area near Centuria, Wis. Their second son, Terry, was born in 1946, and daughter, Bonnie, in 1950. In 1953, they moved to Irvin’s parents home farm where Phyllis resided until death. Son, Bruce was born in 1954, daughter, Pamela, in 1960, and son, Charles, in 1963. Irvin passed away Oct. 26, 2001. Also preceding Phyllis in death were Irvin’s parents, Henry and Inger; and her own parents; as well as her seven brothers and one sister; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild and one great-grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was an active member of North Valley Lutheran Church for 35 years, teaching Sunday school, Ladies Aid, etc. She was a member of West Denmark Lutheran Church for 20 years. Recently she has been a member of Milltown Lutheran Church. She worked on the Town of Milltown election board for many years. She was an active member of the Danish Brotherhood Society until it disbanded. She was still an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Adolph Timm Post 346, Centuria. Phyllis loved gardening, canning and baking for her family and members of the community. She loved hunting for agates, caring for her chickens, feeding the birds and everything about the great outdoors. She worked very hard on the family farm. She enjoyed music and played the piano, violin and trumpet by ear. Most of all she loved her family and her many dear friends. Her love of God and nature was with her all her life, and she passed it on to her children to be blessed, as she has been. She is survived by her six children, Raymond (Joan Johnson) Christensen, Terry (Naomi) Christensen, Bonnie (Gary) Hagen, Bruce (Sandy) Christensen, Pam (Jerry) Livingston and Charles (Kelley Whalen) Christensen; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Visitation was held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The funeral service was held at Milltown Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the Rev. Maggie Isaacson officiating. Bonnie Clasen was accompanist. Phyllis was laid to rest next to Irvin at Milltown Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers were Mark Christensen, Eric Krisling, Joe Sattre, Michael Hagen, Joe Christensen, Brandon Bock, Dan Livingston, Alex Livingston and Mike Christensen. Honorary pallbearers are all other grandchildren, Don Prose, Kevin Thaemert, Hartvig Mortensen, Donna Mortenson, Florence Hoefs, Kenny Hoefs, Donna Berg, Violet Milligan, Sig Bredlie and Charlie Livingston. An online guest book is available at Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.




he beach path became more narrow with each step until I encountered a huge rock blocking my way. I couldn’t go around by way of the deep water and I couldn’t get past the steep hillside of heavy brush on the other side. I couldn’t go forward. I had to turn back. Stones often present interesting pictures of our lives. We walk, or perhaps run, through life with few cares until a big stone stops us cold. It may be the bank’s rejection of a loan, loss of a spouse’s love or loss of a secure job, it could be a sudden crisis, such as an illness or the death of a loved one. The stone may be intense frustration about a

Fathers have an important role instilling modesty Q: How can fathers help their girls learn about modesty? I want my daughter to get a handle on this concept before she becomes a teen, but I feel awkward addressing this subject with her. What’s my role here? Jim: For a girl, Dad is usually the first man in her life. How he treats her will affect her relationship with other men throughout her teenage years and adulthood. He also has a huge influence in terms of the way he shows his appreciation for his daughter’s femininity and in how he encourages her to express it. When it comes to teaching girls the basics of appropriate attire, it’s Mom who should, whenever possible, exercise the heavy hand on occasions when boundaries need to be enforced. By way of contrast, Dad needs to affirm his daughter, show her that he’s there for her, and help her understand the rationale behind the rules. In short, a girl needs to know that her father cares about her. She needs to be convinced that he’s acting out of a desire to protect her and isn’t just cramping her style. This means that Dad should watch

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair teenager’s bad behavior or resentment over someone’s unkind words or actions. Stones have a way of keeping us from moving forward. When we come up against them, we may begin to doubt God’s promises. Where is he when I need him? Why hasn’t he answered my prayers? How can he say he loves me when I’ve reached the end of my endur-

for those occasions when his daughter does it right. If she comes downstairs in a becoming, appropriate outfit, he needs to make a big deal of it. Equally important is to affirm her beauty in natural and everyday settings. On the other hand, when your daughter gets it wrong, you have the opportunity to come alongside her and ask, “Why did you choose to wear that? What do you think it says about you and how you view your own femininity?” Use the occasion to talk about respect between the sexes and the kind of clothes and behavior that can nurture or destroy it. You can turn the world into a classroom to teach your daughter what it means to respect herself and to communicate that respect to others through the way she dresses. ••• Q: When should my husband and I stop showering with our toddler-age children and changing clothes in front of them? Can you give us some guidelines for modesty in the home? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: There really isn’t a hard and fast rule for dealing with this issue. Most pediatricians and child development experts agree that when a child begins to express a desire for privacy when naked

ance? Perhaps Mary Magdalene and other women experienced some of the same thoughts when they went to anoint Jesus’ body that lay in the tomb. No longer able to depend on him for anything, they may have felt rejection and doubt. Then to find the tomb’s stone rolled away, how distressing to think someone had stolen his body. “Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, ‘Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away … And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long

Focus on the family Jim Daly or using the bathroom, that’s the time parents should begin to express more personal modesty. This typically occurs around the age of 3 or 4. For some kids, it may be a little later. What’s most important is that you begin to instill an understanding of healthy sexuality in your children from an early age. You should start when they’re toddlers, using age-appropriate concepts and language. For example, when a young child asks questions about where babies come from, answer in a positive, straightforward manner. You might say something like “God made a special way for mommies and daddies to have babies. He uses a tiny little seed from Daddy and a tiny little egg from Mommy. The seed and the egg come together inside Mommy’s tummy, and then God does a miracle and makes a new baby.” This kind of explanation is typically sufficient for

white robe … ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen!’” (Mark 16: 2-6) Oh, what joy when they learned their Lord had risen from the dead. The darkness of the tomb became glorious light that changed their lives forever after. Jesus’ resurrection can change your life forever, too. You can count on him to roll the stones away. They’ll no longer stop you. Lord, thank you for our risen Savior! Through Your love, wisdom and holy spirit, roll away the heavy stones so we can see and walk in your perfect path. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

most younger kids. You don’t need to go into a detailed description of human physiology. Most experts also recommend using accurate names for male and female genitalia. Cutesy names or code words can be confusing to a child, and can unintentionally lead to shame and embarrassment down the road, especially with other children. ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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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


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Northwoods Crossing Event Center 23985 Hwy. 35, Siren 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator Ron Johnson 642128 17-18a 28-29r,L

Tickets available at the door, day of the event. Must play regular games to be eligible for special games

Sunday, March 6, 2016

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Packets $20 • Special Bingos & Raffle Extra 20 Regular Games • 5 Special Bingos


Students of the Week Frederic

Faith Hazen has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Faith is in fifth grade and the daughter of John and Alisha Schoengarth. Her favorite subject is social studies, and she enjoys reading the “Little House” books. She has continued to improve and work hard to do well in school. She has been a great helper in the classroom. She would like to be an NFL football player, or play professional softball or baseball.

Brian Erickson has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Brian is in eighth grade and the son of Lonnie and Jeanne Erickson. He is involved in soccer and basketball. His hobbies include fishing, snowmobiling, playing video games and shooting a bow. He does very well in school, earning excellent grades. He is quiet, but driven to accomplish his goals. He plans to go to college and become a mechanical engineer.


Yesenia Morales has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Yesenia is a junior and the daughter of Nicole Morales. She works at the Frederic Nursing Home. She likes to go shopping, travel and visit family. She is studious and earns good grades. She is a quiet and mild-mannered young lady. She plans to attend college and study to be a veterinarian.


Danielle Shelby has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Dani, as she likes to be called by her friends, is in third grade. She is a quiet, hard worker who loves to read. She also enjoys writing creative stories. Her classmates think she is kind and smart.

Grace Thoreson has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Grace is in eighth grade and the daughter of Amy and Ron Thoreson. She is a student who brings a calm and collected personality to the school. She works hard, maintains her grades and is an excellent role model for other students. She is involved in band, choir, volleyball, basketball, track and soccer. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, reading and kayaking.

Jacob Aguado has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Jacob is a junior and the son of Aleck and Amy Aguado. He is always willing to help others out. He is able to help other students understand by using language that pertains directly to each individual. He always has great questions and is always looking to dig deeper into material. He is involved in band, VAC, drama club, Boy Scouts and NHS. He plans to attend college for engineering.

Justin Campeau has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Justin is in first grade and the son of Chad Campeau, Samantha Hess and Carl Juleen. He is inquisitive and finds joy and excitement in learning. He works hard in school and gives everything 101 percent effort. He also approaches everything with a spirit of teamwork and will help any student that needs an extra hand. He is extremely dependable. He is good at problem solving in math. He lives in a close family with his little sister and his two dogs.

Landyn Randt has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Landyn is in third grade and the son of Matt and Stephanie Randt. He is an awesome student and an absolute math whiz. He is very responsible and respectful. He is also quite an athlete. He participates in football, basketball, and hockey. He enjoys playing football every day at recess.

Dillyn Hennessey is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Dillyn is in seventh grade and the daughter of Shane and Ryan Hennessey. She is a very consistent student. Her assignments are always done well and to the very best of her ability. She stays on task and doesn’t let anything interfere with her doing her personal best. Yet, she can also be helpful to those around her who struggle. Her favorite class is art. She also loves to learn world languages.


Jordan Webster has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Jordan is the son of Brian and Shannon Webster. He is a great student that works hard inside and outside of the classroom. His teachers and coaches say he is a natural leader. He has many interests. He plays football, basketball and baseball for the Dragons and also sings in the middle school choir and plays trombone in the band.

Brady Belisle has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Brady is in fifth grade and the son of Grant and Stephanie Belisle. His siblings are Lucy and Griffin. He has a cat named Peanut and a dog named Tika. He is involved in basketball, baseball, football, wrestling, cross country, and track and field. His favorite pastimes are playing football and hanging out with friends. Brady is a hardworking individual who always puts his best foot forward. He is a joy to have in class.

Katie Herrick has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Katie is very active in student council, forensics, volunteers with the CLC program and on the Spirit of Excellence Committee. She is a student who steps up to help others whenever possible. She is a delight to have as a student.

Brooke Todd has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Brooke is in first grade and the daughter of Melissa Miller and Chris Todd. She is a kind friend with a heart of gold. Her hard work and effort are seen on a daily basis. Her positivity and willingness to try new experiences are uplifting.

Rosemari Urbaniak has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Rosemari is in eighth grade and the daughter of Celina Roberson. Rosie was chosen for her emerging leadership skills and insight in class discussion. She is an inspiration to others and has a bright smile that lightens the room.


Auston Sigfrids has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Auston is in sixth grade and the son of Jason and Lisa Sigfrids. He is a very positive and pleasant person. He tries his best to learn and participate in class. He likes to share his deep love for baseball with stories and facts. He is involved in Students Supporting Students, baseball and basketball. His hobbies include wiffleball, riding snowmobiles, hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers.

Danielle Ahlm has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Danielle is a senior and the daughter of Debra Woitas and Jeff Ahlm. Her favorite subject is music. Her hobbies include band, photography, reading and being outdoors.

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Jocelyn Thunder has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Jocelyn is the daughter of Katrina Decorah and Josiah Thunder. She loves to read and color. Her favorite book is “Green Eggs and Ham.” She is an excellent student who always does her best and is kind to all.

Derek Highstrom is Siren High School’s student of the week. Derek is a freshman and is the son of Rhonda and Craig Highstrom. Derek maintains an impressive grade-point average and has a unique talent of successfully completing his schoolwork while entertaining his classmates. Outside of school, he enjoys ice fishing, video games and camping.


St. Croix Falls

Micah Nwachukwu has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Micah is in first grade and lives at home with his mom, dad, two sisters, and his new sister, a foreign exchange student from Japan. At school, he likes phy ed and reading. At home, he and his family enjoy playing games like hide and seek. When he grows up, he wants to be a soldier so he can protect America.

Jordon Knutson is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Jordon is a senior and the son of Erik and Alicia Knutson. He is willing to help set up before basketball games and is going to take some time and help put up the greenhouse. He is a born leader. He is a true leader on and off the basketball court. He is involved in basketball and golf and works at the Grantsburg Golf Course in the summer. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and sports. He plans to attend a four-year college and major in biology.

Kennadi Walker has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Kennadi is a freshman and the daughter of Heather and Scott Goucher. She gets right to her work and doesn’t waste time. She is very smart, very quiet and a hardworking student. She is a very modest person. She is involved in basketball. Her hobbies include shopping and swimming.

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.




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

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.

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

Grantsburg • Parkinson’s support meeting at the medical center, 2:30 p.m., 715-220-3193.

Events Coming


Northwest Passage “In a New Light” featured photo


Leader Land • RSVP deadline for bus trip to “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver,” on Thurs., March 31, 715-4722152 or Fri., April 22, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560. • RSVP deadline for Riverdance in Minneapolis on Thurs., March 31, 715-463-4701.

Lewis • World Day of Prayer service at Lewis Methodist Church, 1 p.m.

Luck • “To Kill a Mockingbird” movie at the library, 2 p.m.

Milltown • World Day of Prayer service at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1:30 p.m., 715-825-3559.

Minong • Registration deadline for New Ventures Garden Seminar at Northwood School on Mar. 19, 715-466-2297,

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



• World Day of Prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church. Coffee 9 a.m., service 10 a.m., 715-349-5280.

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

• RSVP deadline for bus trip to “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver,” on Fri., April 22, 715-824-2101 ext. 1560.




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



• A Young Performer’s Concert at Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811. • Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-9340.

Rice Lake • “Schoolhouse Rock” at Northern Star Theatre. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-736-4444.

Danbury • Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m. • Cozy Corner Trail booya at Hillside Inn, noon till gone,

FRIDAY/26 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic • American Legion & Auxiliary meet & greet at the elementary school library, 1-3 p.m., 715-327-4532.

Frederic • Australian fair 9 a.m. and program 1 p.m. for finale of Australia thematic unit, at the elementary school.

Grantsburg • Mammal workshop at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP required, 715-463-2739,

Milltown • Grace Fund meat raffle fundraiser at Hack’s Pub, 5 p.m.

Hayward • NW Wis. Graziers conference at LCO College. Reg. by Mar. 1 for lower fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-635-3506, 715520-2112.

SATURDAY/27 Cumberland


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

• Gospel music at Lewis Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.



• Ice-fishing contest on Big Butternut, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Amish haystack dinner & bake sale at Hacker’s, 47 p.m.


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

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.

Webster • 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. • Potluck at the senior center. Setup 11:30 a.m., eat noon, 715-866-5300.

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

Wolf Creek • POCO Winter Olympics at Wolf Creek Bar, 11:30 a.m. start, 715-483-9255.

SUNDAY/28 Danbury • Cross-country ski event at Forts Folle Avoine, noon3 p.m.,, 715-866-8890.

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

McKinley “I can’t follow the signs for the signs give me no direction. Can’t follow the road for the road gives me too much satisfaction. Can’t follow the crowds for the crowds lead me the wrong way. Pushing me to do the wrong things, trying to make me sway. Can’t follow the sky for the sky gets too cloudy at times. Pouring too much rain down my eyes. Can’t follow the North Star for the North Star only leads me to one place. Can’t follow the birds for the birds don’t stay very long. “For when winter blows in, they must migrate. Can’t follow the bear into her den. For that would surely be my end. I think I’ll follow my feet for my feet will not deceive me. One step at a time, one moment in life.” In a New Light is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more photos by the kids, visit the gallery, one mile south of Webster, or the website

MON., FEB. 29 WED., MAR. 2 Webster • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-866-7697 for appointment.


TUESDAY/1 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

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



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



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

Grantsburg • RSVP deadline for Friends of Crex Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner March 12,, 715-4632739.

Leader Land • RSVP deadline for day trip to Leinenkugel’s Brewery & Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts March 10, 715-4722152, ext. 103.

St. Croix Falls • The Cat’s Pajamas - Vocal Band to perform at the elementary school, 7 p.m., 7156-483-9823, ext. 1217.

• Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557. • Free sleep apnea seminar at the medical center, 6:30 p.m. RSVP at 715-294-4936.

WEDNESDAY/2 Amery • Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the community center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.

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

THURS. & FRI./3 & 4 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

THURSDAY/3 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. • Book sale at the library, 4-7 p.m., 715-268-9340.

• Palt dinner at Trinity Lutheran, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Siren • Lincoln Day Dinner at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner.

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

TUESDAY/8 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

St. Croix Falls


• COMPAS class on animated short films at the library, 4-6 p.m., 715-483-1777,

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

• Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 9:30 a.m., 715-259-3219.

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

Osceola • AARP Tax Aides at Millside Apts., 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-294-4243.

Spooner • How to Invite Wildlife to Your Woodland, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.

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

FRI. & SAT./4 & 5 Frederic • PFCT’s “Cinderella” at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-4868,

FRIDAY/4 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic • Primetimers 4th-anniversary party at Crosswalk Church, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


THURS. & FRI./10 & 11 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

THURSDAY/10 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Baldwin • St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 6 p.m.,

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

Grantsburg • Older Wiser Learning Series at Crex Meadows, 1011 a.m., 715-463-2739,

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

Siren • Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m. • Timber Sales Tips for Woodland Owners, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.

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