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Jailer earns stiff prison sentence Inmate sex assaults lead to 30 years of incarceration, far beyond prosecutors’ suggestion PAGE 3

Milltown man bound over on child torture charges Virgil Hansen waives right to preliminary hearing, pleads not guilty PAGE 5

Dollar General makes its way to Luck Pending zoning and conditional use permits PAGE 4

Maced and assaulted in car Riley Hochstetler holds on tight to a panfish caught at the annual Coon Lake Classic in Frederic on Saturday, Jan. 30. More photos in Currents section. - Photo submitted

FIRST READ EAU CLAIRE - Former Luck Schools Administrator Mark Gobler, now president of Regis Catholic School, will be the guest of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side,” on Monday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. The topic will be the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, otherwise known as the statewide voucher program. Host Rich Kremer will interview Gobler and Rich Spindler, school board president of the Eau Claire Area School District. The program will examine the reallocation of some state aid from public schools to private schools in the region. The show can be heard on 88.3 or 88.7 FM. - with information from WPR ••• NATIONWIDE - Prices at the gas pump remain low this week, well under $2 a gallon and the U.S. government has said that cheaper gas has put an extra $100 billion into the wallets of drivers. According to an economist with the U.S. Energy Informaton Administration, however, cheap gas might be bad for America due to the the impact it is having on the oil industry, including the truck drivers and businesses supplying the oilfields and hotels and restaurants that have set up shop to serve oil workers. “The benefits to consumers could be around $140 billion from gasoline savings,” says Vipin Arora. “But the losses on the other side due to lower production, less investment, less build-out of infrastruture could be around that amount. So we’re kind of at a wash.” Meanwhile, analysis by the research firm Moody’s Analytics finds that cheap oil and gas are still a net positive. The photo shows the price of gas at a Frederic station this week. - with information from National Public Radio, photo by Gary King

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In just over two weeks, the Winter Olympics will come to Wisconsin in the form of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon, the largest ski race in the United States, on Saturday, Feb. 20. Celebrating 43 years of bringing skiers from all over the world to ski 52 kilometers from Cable to Hayward, the Birkie offers a unique opportunity to see Olympic-class athletes competing in the area. Athletes and members of international skiing teams, who compete for their countries in Olympic years, will travel to Northwest Wisconsin to ski the Birkie this year. Several million dollars are pumped into Northwest Wisconsin’s economy each year by the Birkie, and people stay as far away from Hayward as Siren to be part of the event. Over 12,000 skiers are registered to take part in Birkebeiner events that are held around the Hayward area Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 18-21. Over 2,000 volunteers are needed each year to provide liquids and on-course nutrition to the skiers during the race. There are nine food stations on the race route spaced over the 52 kilometers, and race organizers are in need of volunteers every year to provide this support. This can be used as a community service project for most students. Volunteers receive Birkie hats and event pins, lunch and a volunteer party invitation with a chance to win door prizes. If you would like to be part of this rich history of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon and would consider helping for a few hours on Saturday, Feb. 20, call the local Birkebeiner race chief of the Gravel Pit Food Station, William Johnson, at 715-327-4158 for more information. New in 2016 is the option of registering to volunteer online. Just go to and click through the steps under volunteering, and choose the Gravel Pit Food Station from the list of options. Every year there are skiers from almost all 50 states and as many as 20 countries competing at the Birkie. This is a chance to show off the best of our country to the world. For more information on the race and its unique place in Wisconsin history visit - Photo submitted

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Music of John Denver offered by community ed Choose one of two dates to enjoy a memorable musical debut at Plymouth Playhouse for a tribute to one of America’s favorite folk singers. Headlined by Dennis Curley and an incomparable six-piece band, the performance is interspersed with personal recollections amid songs that include “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “Rocky Mountain High.” These sweet, simple nostalgic tunes are sure to fill up your senses and have you singing along. Both the Luck and Unity Community Education departments have scheduled bus trips to the Plymouth Playhouse. Luck Community Ed will attend the 1 p.m. show on Thursday, March 31. The bus will depart Luck at 9:30 a.m. and pick up in Centuria and St. Croix Falls. Participants will have time for lunch at the Green Mill Restaurant adjacent to Plymouth Playhouse. The $39 cost includes the motorcoach and ticket. A minimum of 35 people are needed to make this event run, with a maximum limit of 45. Register with Luck Community Ed for this day trip no later than Friday, March 4, by contacting Amy Aguado at 715-472-2152 ext. 103 or Unity Community Ed will attend the 7:30 p.m. show Friday, April 22. The bus will depart Unity School at 5:15 p.m. and participants are welcome to bring food and beverages on the coach bus. The $49 cost includes the ticket and transportation. A minimum of 30 people are needed to make this event run. Register with Unity Community Ed for this day trip no later than Friday, March 4, by contacting Debra Paulsen at 715-824-2101 ext. 1560 or Plymouth Playhouse is an intimate 211-seat theater. All performers have individual microphones so hearing is not a problem. Assisted-listening devices are also available at the concessions stand for no additional charge. The show lasts approximately two hours. — Photo courtesy of Laura Walus

Luck’s first-ever Kids Pro Ice Racing event will be held on Big Butternut Lake this Saturday, Feb. 6. The racing oval is located just east of the public landing, the event is free and open to the public. Racing begins at 8 a.m. Girls and boys from ages 4-14 will race in 14 racing classes, ranging from Amateur Kitty Cat to junior novice. Participants go on to race in the ORA, USSA and TLR Cup Series. Kids Pro Ice Racing is a nonprofit youth racing association based in the Twin Cities region. Its goal is to promote safe driving and racing practices while building good sportsmanship and friendship. For more information call 715-225-0604. — Photo/information submitted

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Molly and The Danger Band will return to The Park this Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a free-will donation to the center. The Danger Band started in 2006 when Molly Otis crawled onto a 3-foot wide ledge, hovering 8 feet above a glass top bar at the Pavilion in downtown Hayward. The ledge has been called many things through the years, but came to be known as the Danger Stage, which is where the band got its name. Many have heard or seen Otis as the front person for Warner recording artists Molly & the Heymakers. She is a powerful vocalist and plays multiple instruments including fiddle, mandolin and guitar. She has also been known to sit behind a drum kit from time to time. Otis pours a lot of energy into her playing and is always entertaining. Sometimes that means turning the fog machine on the drummer until he disappears or singing the theme songs from every TV show from the ‘70s. The Danger Band will be joined by musician Bruce Bowers. Sean and Ian Okamoto host First Thursdays. - Special photo

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Jailer earns stiff prison sentence Inmate sex assaults lead to 30 years of incarceration, far beyond prosecutor’s suggestion Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Barring some sort of post-conviction relief, former Polk County jailer Darryl Christensen, 49, Amery, will be almost 80 years old when he is finally released from prison, after he was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 1, in Polk County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting five female inmates. Christensen avoided a trial two months ago with a surprise guilty plea to five felony charges of second-degree sexual assault by a corrections officer, just a few weeks before he was scheduled for a twoweek-long jury trial. Prosecutor Robert J. Kaiser Jr., an assistant attorney general from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, had filed amended charges against Christensen just prior to that planned trial, upping the potential sentence for each count up from 25 years and $100,000 in fines up to 40 years and $100,000, meaning he faced the potential of up to a 200-year sentence and half a million dollars in fines upon conviction. Kaiser and Christensen’s defense attorney, Aaron A. Nelson, had brokered the plea deal to avoid trial and agreed on a recommended 8.5 years in prison time, which did not sit well with presiding Judge Eugene Harrington of Washburn County, who quizzed the two attorneys at length on how they reached that 8.5year number, and neither could seem to give a real reason. “It’s a number we reached during negotiations,” Kaiser said. “He started with a number and I started with a number ... that was where we ended up.” Citing a standard-bearing case on sentence explanation, State v. Curtis Gallion, Kaiser noted a variety of factors in the case, from Christensen’s lack of a criminal record, behavioral history, personality and nature of the crime. Kaiser noted that according to the state’s investigation, there was the potential for them to charge the former jailer with even more than the five charges leveled against him. “There was more than one act per victim,” Kaiser said. “(We found) 36 potential acts against these victims.” As he went on with his “reasons” for the 8.5-year recommendation, Harrington seemed confused, as it painted the jailer’s crimes as more serious than the sentence recommendation would support. “But how did you come up with eightand-a-half years? It seems to unduly depreciate (the nature of the crime)” the judge replied. “We reached a number ... after lots of negotiations,” Kaiser stated again, less than confidently. Nelson also had trouble explaining the “magic number,” and admitted “It’s not that simple ... we need to look at this as a global (sentence) ... but it’s clearly a prison case.” Nelson pointed to Christensen’s age, his children’s age and how the sentence was “something to give him hope.” “Until things went off (the rails) for him, he (Christensen) was a very good man,” Nelson said. “Darryl is not evil.” Nelson even said that he has seen a “remarkable change” in the defendant in the 64 days since he was incarcerated after the plea hearing. “He is remorseful ... and while he may disagree with some of the details (in the criminal complaint) he admits that he did these things and that they were wrong,” Nelson said. “Eight-and-a-half years for a former corrections officer in the state prison system is a long time ... We thought eight-and-a-half years was a fair and appropriate sentence.”

The jailer speaks Christensen used his right of allocution to express his remorse, and behind a flood of tears, he apologized to the victims, the public, his family and his co-workers

Christensen consults with his attorney prior to the sentencing.

“(Christensen) deprived these women of the only dignity that they have (while incarcerated).” - Judge Harrington

Christensen addressed his family as he was led out of the courtroom after his sentence on Monday, Feb. 1. - Photos by Greg Marsten

“I can assure you, I will never be that person again.” - Darryl Christensen “... for the pain and embarrassment he caused them all.” “I can assure you, I will never be that person again,” Christensen said, as he referenced the 8.5-year sentence recommendation as a way for him to “to see his (youngest) daughter graduate from high school.” That reference set off a lightbulb for the judge, who suddenly calculated the reason for the sentence recommendation. “That’s it, isn’t it? That’s where the eight-and-a-half years came from, isn’t it?” Harrington opined, almost with a chortle, with Nelson agreeing sullenly and Kaiser bowing his head. “Now I get it.”

The judge chastises After a brief recess, Harrington addressed the court, specifically the five victims, several of whom were in the gallery at the hearing. “You didn’t do anything wrong. Nothing!” Harrington said, standing at the bench and in essence, apologizing to the victims and their families. “Mr. Christensen was entrusted to take care of you. He violated that trust ... in the worst ways.” Adding that he “cannot fix their pain” or make it all right with his sentence, he said the case was about those victims, and not about the defendant. Harrington then pointed to the potential sentences if any of the victims had punched or fought back, leaving definitive evidence on the jailer, as he sexually assaulted them, and how they would be faced with the likely denial by the jailer that he had raped them. “If one of them hit him or harmed him (Christensen) during (one of his sexual assaults) ... it would be battery to a (corrections) officer,” Harrington said. “That would be up to six years in prison (for the sexual-assault victim).” Harrington called the jailer assault case among the most serious crimes he had ever presided over in almost two decades on the bench, short of several homicides. “The defendants couldn’t resist ... he had the power to direct their every activity in that jail,” Harrington said, furrowing his brow and addressing both attorneys, as if their sentence recommendation failed to address the severity of the crime. “ ... (Christensen) deprived these women of the only dignity that have (while incarcerated).” Harrington set the table for his sen-

tence by concentrating on the second count, where he sexually assaulted one of the victims while she was in transport to a court hearing, literally shackled and chained in a staging room outside the very courtroom where the judge was presiding. “I don’t know if there’s enough money in the Polk County insurance companies for the (mental-health treatment) these ladies (require),” Harrington said, noting that while all the victim were in jail for various crimes, and two of the victims still under incarceration. “Their crimes pale in comparison to the crimes Mr. Christensen made on these women.”

The judge refutes the attorneys Harrington said he doubted Christensen’s level of remorse, pointing to quotes in his presentence investigation where he suggested he was suffering from a sex addiction, depression and other mental-health issues as the reasons for the assaults. He also suggested that he hoped for a sentence of one year for each count, due to his lack of a criminal record and other factors.

“The defendant suggested (the victims) seduced him. He didn’t say that, but he suggested it,” Harrington said. “He even suggested one (victim) was an exhibitionist!” He then cited the PSI, where Christensen opined about how one of the victims “was the raunchiest of the girls” and how he couldn’t resist their provocations. “His job was not to cross over that line,” Harrington said. “He preys on the vulnerable.” Harrington said that while Christensen will never be a jailer or in law enforcement ever again, there are plenty of jobs where he might have similar controls over vulnerable women. Calling him “a careful enough criminal ... a predator,” and pointing to how he carefully planned his assaults out of video camera sight, so as not to be caught, it was another reason he suggested a more fitting sentence. “Society needs to be protected from Mr. Christensen’s criminal ... behavior,” Harrington said. “I don’t believe the eight-and-a-half years (sentence) is ap-

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These young men basked in the warmth of a January thaw sun at the Youth Fishing Fun Day on Crooked Lake this past Saturday, Jan. 30, with temperatures in the high 30s. More photos of the event in Currents section. - Photo submitted


Dollar General makes its way to Luck

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — The odds are high that Luck will soon have a Dollar General store, and that it will be located on Hwy. 35 south across Butternut Avenue from Wayne’s Foods Plus. Both a change of zoning and a conditional use permit are necessary before Dollar General will finalize purchase of the property. Last Wednesday, Jan. 27, following a public hearing, the village planning commission voted to recommend that the village board approve both. The board will discuss and vote on the zoning change and conditional use permit at its Wednesday, Feb. 10, meeting. If these and other necessary state approvals are obtained, said developer Todd Platt, the property will be purchased and construction would begin this spring, to be completed in early July 2016. Platt is president of Platt Development Corporation, Public works director which builds Seth Petersen outlined the all of the Dollar reasons a conditional use General Stores. permit is needed, providing He was presa copy of Dollar General’s ent at Wednesapplication for the permit. day’s public hearing and meeting to answer any questions. The property is currently owned by Martin Dikkers and is zoned light industrial. If the village board follows the recommendation of the planning commission, the zoning designation will be changed to “neighborhood shopping district.” Light industrial provides for manufacturing, industrial and related uses of a limited nature and size. Neighborhood shopping district is intended for individual and small groups of retail and customer service establishments. At 9,465 square feet, the proposed building far exceeds the 1,500-square-foot limit allowed in neighborhood shopping

districts, creating the need for a conditional use permit. The permit application requires detailed information to show that allowing the larger building will not be detrimental to the area or the village. One of the main items of discussion at the Jan. 27 meeting was the appearance of the building. The original design showed a corner entrance, which will be located at the northwest corner of the building facing the intersection of Hwy. 35 and Butternut Avenue. Both the north side of the building and the northern half of the west side of the building would be covered in brick from the ground about halfway up, with steel siding from there to the roof. The other two sides would be entirely sheet metal. Because this building would be one of the first to greet visitors coming to Luck from the south, discussion revolved around making the visible areas of the building more attractive than what could be provided by sheet metal. Besides, said public works director Seth Petersen, the comprehensive plan recommends that high-quality materials such as wood, masonry and stucco be used for building exteriors. “This is one of the first things you see as you enter the village,” Petersen said. “We just wanted to recommend that this follow the comprehensive plan.” From the audience, village Trustee Sean Kinney asked what would happen if the village wanted Dollar General to come to Luck but would like to see some changes in building design. “It would basically be a deal-killer,” said Platt. “That has happened in a few places in the state.” Dollar General has its set designs, he said, and as a developer he cannot deviate from those designs. In the end, however, Platt said it would be no big deal to have brick halfway up the entire west side of the building, and include landscaping to spruce up the appearance from the highway side. Another question concerned access to the property. Platt stated that the only access would be from Hwy. 35, south of where the current access is located. There will be no entrance/exit from Butternut Avenue, which pleased the commission since the corner is already congested. Dollar General will be working with the Department of Transportation to get the exact location of the access. In addition,

Developer Todd Platt, right, whose company builds the stores for Dollar General, discusses details with village President Dave Rasmussen. the Department of Natural Resources will be involved in developing the plan to deal with storm-water runoff. Bob Determan, general manager at Wayne’s Foods Plus, asked whether Dollar General studies the socioeconomic impact of new stores. Platt said that local businesses often feel that bringing a Dollar General to the community will mean more competition and loss of business, but data shows that this is not the case. “We feel we don’t compete directly with local businesses,” he said, adding that Dollar General’s offerings are too limited. Rather, he said, stores are built with the

surrounding area in mind. “It does have a way of bringing people into the community,” Platt said. When asked about having a Dollar General within six miles, in Frederic, he said that Dollar General would not be considering a Luck location if they felt it would “cannibalize” an existing store. “They know their market,” he said. Several other questions were raised by the plan commission and members of the audience including whether the proposed Dollar General would eventually apply for a liquor license. Platt responded that the stores do carry beer and wine, so an application will be filed for a license to sell those items. Also discussed was the fact that the village zoning regulations require 40 parking spaces for a building the size of what is proposed, but Dollar General is designing a parking lot with only 27 spaces. “This is pretty typical of us,” said Platt regarding the number of parking spaces. “It’s not a huge traffic-generator,” he added, noting that the stores are open 14 hours a day and average about 14 cars per hour. There are more than 60 Dollar General stores in Wisconsin, he said, and more than 12,000 in the United States. The company plans to open 900 new stores this year, including the one at Luck, and each building is valued at about $750,000. The store in Frederic currently has four full-time and two part-time employees.

This is the site of the proposed Dollar General store in Luck, at the corner of Hwy. 35 and Butternut Avenue. State and local approval is still needed before sale of the property can be finalized and construction started. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Luck’s planning commission held a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 27, on the proposed Dollar General store coming into the village. The commission voted to recommend village board approval of a zoning change and conditional use permit to allow the store to be built. From left are Ross Anderson, Ed Seck, Chris Peterson, village clerk Lori Pardun, Dave Rasmussen, Don Clarke and John Klatt. Absent from the meeting was Alan Tomlinson.

Voter ID law will be back in effect for this month’s election Elections board is reaching out to public to remind them about policy Shamane Mills | WPR News STATEWIDE - Wisconsin voters will have to show a photo ID when they go to the polls for the spring primary in about two weeks on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The voter ID law was passed in 2011, but was only in effect for low-turnout elections because of court challenges. The executive director of the Government Accountability Board, Kevin Kennedy, said most people have a driver’s license they can use now that voter ID is required. Others, however, do not. “We just know that there are groups of individuals – elderly, poor, minority, students – who are going to have a harder time being prepared,” said Kennedy. “And we want to make sure we do this kind of outreach so that that they do bring the ap-

propriate ID.” The GAB, soon to be replaced by the Elections Commission and Ethics Commission, has created a website to remind people about photo ID and produced a series of public service announcements called Bring it to the Ballot. Kennedy said in 2011, the GAB spent about $700,000 on brochures, radio and TV advertising to educate voters about photo ID. He said some voters were showing photo ID even when the law was on hold by the court. Since May of last year, Kennedy said Wisconsin has had 29 special elections with the photo ID requirement, and that the GAB has learned from those contests. “They’ve been relatively low turnout,” he said. “We’ve had very few provisional ballots, by very few, under 10 total where people did not have their ID at the time.” In that case, voters fill out a provisional ballot and return it with their photo ID later to have their vote count.

Milwaukee residents voting in the Wisconsin fall 2014 election. - AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger


Milltown man bound over for trial on child torture charges Virgil Hansen waives right to preliminary hearing, pleads not guilty Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The rural Milltown man charged with seven felony counts alleging torturous sexual abuse of a child appeared in court on Thursday, Jan. 28, where he was bound over for trial and arraigned on those charges, pleading not guilty before Judge Molly GaleWyrick. Virgil Hansen, 65, chose to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, where the prosecution must present enough evidence to move the case ahead to trial. With that waiver, GaleWyrick said she had sufficient evidence that a felony was committed, based on the criminal complaint filed by sheriff’s department investigators. Hansen appeared in a subsequent arraignment, where he entered the not-guilty plea, with his next court appearance scheduled for May 15, which is set as the final pretrial hearing, although no trial date has been set. Hansen remains free on a $50,000 signature bond, with a $5,000 cash component. He cannot have any contact with the victim or solo with any minors, age 17 or under. He is being represented by local attorney and court commissioner Bruce P. Anderson, who has until Wednesday, Feb. 17, to file a motion seeking judicial substitution in the case.

Background After a lengthy investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the Polk County District Attorney’s Office filed seven felony charges against Hansen

investigators finding deleted cell phone text messages between the victim and Hansen, supporting the victim’s abuse claims and supposed “payoffs.”

Virgil Hansen (right) appeared with his attorney, Bruce P. Anderson, at a court hearing on Thursday, Jan. 28. Hansen waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges related to child abuse and sexual assault. His next court appearance is set for mid-May. - Photo by Greg Marsten on Nov. 5, 2015, alleging multiple incidents of torturous sexual abuse involving a teenage victim. The charges cover alleged acts from August 2013 to March 2015 and detail multiple, often bizarre, incidents of tortuous child sex assault against the same victim. Hansen faces a potential sentence of over 200 years in prison if convicted on all seven felony charges: repeated sexual assault of a child; trafficking of a child; child sexual exploitation; child enticement; soliciting a child for prostitution; causing mental harm to a child; and child abuse - recklessly causing harm. Hansen is a well-known local farmer, accountant and tax preparer. He is known for being behind fundraisers, softball tournaments and other events. He is also an emergency medical technician and a longtime member of the Milltown Rural Fire Association.

Troubling allegations The criminal complaint details allegations of tortuous “slavery games,” with Hansen tying up and assaulting the young male over a series of different scenarios at his rural Milltown farm. In some of the narrative, Hansen is alleged to have strung the victim up by his feet into the rafters of a farm outbuilding, he is also accused of forcing the victim to take scalding hot showers while Hansen taunted and assaulted him. There were allegations of him blindfolding and then tying the victim to a bed or a workbench and even outdoors, while Hansen sexually assaulted or humiliated the child. The complaint alleges that Hansen routinely paid the victim off to maintain his silence, and said that incidents of abuse may have occurred over 100 times, all at various locations on the farm, both indoors and outdoors. The allegations are supported by PCSD

The narrative In the complaint narrative, Hansen reportedly admits to at least some of the activities, alleging it was part of a game. He also struggled with some questions such as when asked if he ever tied the victim’s feet, Hansen replied, “Mostly no.” Hansen suggested that the victim would “pretend” to be tied up, so he could (be rewarded) by driving Hansen’s truck. He has also admitted to taking photos of the victim, possibly some while nude, but saying the incidents were just “horsing around.” He also references using wrist guards on the victim, since the twine and rope were leaving too many marks. The victim had noted the wrist guards repeatedly. Denying many of the allegations, Hansen reportedly said that he thought it was all “... a mutual game that they were playing,” and insisted the victim was always able to get free, if he wanted. But Hansen implied that he was being blackmailed, of sorts, saying the victim warned that he would turn him in, with a baffled Hansen saying he “... couldn’t understand why he (the victim) was coming up with stories like this.” He also points to how much money the victim was demanding, apparently to stay silent. While the complaint noted that he was asked about other potential victims, to which Hansen reportedly said he “... couldn’t think of anyone (else).” So far, no other alleged victims have emerged.

Little action in Burnett villages spring election

Contest in Grantsburg, blank spot on Siren ballot

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY – The nominating caucuses are completed for the three

villages in Burnett County and there appears to be very little action anticipated on the Tuesday, April 5, election day. Grantsburg has a contest, Webster has no contest, and Siren does not have a complete slate of candidates on the ballot. Each village has three trustee seats open. Grantsburg has three incumbent

trustees on the ballot, Greg Peer, Rayna Surdey and Scott DeRocker, plus firsttime candidate John Dickinson. Only two current trustees, David G. Doty Sr. and Rudolf Mothes, were nominated in Siren. A write-in candidate will need to fill the third seat to replace the other incumbent, Phyllis Kopecky, who

is not seeking another term. Webster has even less of a story. All three present trustees, Sarah Casady, Kelsey Gustafson and Greg Widiker, are running unopposed for re-election.

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The sentence surprise Harrington again stressed the gravity of the offenses, specifically how the second count assault was while the victim was shackled as the reason for the stiffest penalty, he handed down a sentence that sends Christensen to the Dodge Correctional Facility for a total of 30 years, with another 30 years of extended supervision. Breaking that sentence down by each count, he leveled a 10-year incarceration/10-year extended supervision sentence on just the second count, with subsequent five-year incarceration/fiveyear supervision sentences on each of the remaining four counts, all being served consecutive to each other, totaling 30 years in prison and another 30 years of extended supervision upon release, when Christensen is just short of his 80th birthday. “This (sentence) approximates the maximum penalty of any one of the offenses ... and that’s appropriate, given the gravity of the offenses and all the factors of this case,” Harrington said in closing. What is next? Neither the prosecution nor the defense attorneys would comment on the sentence or the 8.5-year recommendation. While he would not confirm nor deny an appeal to the stiffer sentence, it would seem likely that Nelson would file a motion for post-conviction relief. Christensen also faces a future restitution hearing, for everything from court, alternative PSI and attorney costs, as well as victim treatment and counseling reimbursements, although several of the victims have also filed civil court cases, seeking damages outside the criminal conviction.

As the judge noted during the hearing, Christensen underwent recent counseling for attempts on his own life, and while he is likely to receive mental-health treatment of all sorts in prison, he is not eligible for any of the programs allowing an early release and all his wages earned in prison will go toward his restitution. The civil case against Christensen is moving forward and would seem almost surely to use the criminal convictions and guilty pleas to set the table on monetary damages. Christensen had been in custody at the Eau Claire County Jail since his guilty plea in November, but has now been moved to the state correctional facility in Waupun to serve his sentence. Again, barring any type of post-conviction relief, Christensen will be released from prison in late 2045, with his extended supervision running until 2075, when he is 109 years old.

The case against the jailer Charges against Christensen were first filed on April 13, 2015, after a several-month-long investigation into allegations of multiple cases of sexual assault by the jailer, specifically against five female inmates, all of whom had claimed an assault by the jailer while they were incarcerated at the Polk County Jail, where he had been a corrections officer since 1995. The allegations first surfaced in the fall of 2014, and due to potential conflicts of interest, the case against the longtime jailer Christensen has been handled by the Washburn County judge, as the investigation and charging were handled by the Wisconsin DOJ, after a several-month-long investigation. The Wisconsin DOJ conducted multiple interviews and background investigations into the charges, which included

Former Polk County Jailer Darryl Christensen, seen during a court hearing in 2014. - File photo by Greg Marsten numerous and repeated allegations of groping, assault and sexual intercourse with the five victims over approximately a three-year period, all taking place in areas of the jail where security cameras do not cover. The criminal complaint detailed the extensive nature of the charges and the assaults, including graphic descriptions of inappropriate contact, groping, penetration and sexual assault that went back as far as November 2011, and occurred as recently as the fall of 2014. The DOJ preliminary investigation resulted in officials confronting the jailer on the allegations in late 2014, where he immediately resigned his position without comment. He also resigned his position

as the Amery fire chief a short time later. As the prosecutor noted in a 2015 court motion, when confronted on the allegations, Christensen’s original statements were perceived as “far less than cooperative” as he dealt with the investigation, with Kaiser noting how the former jailer had “opened his wallet and gave them his attorney’s card,” (to DOJ officials) when confronted. In total, the DOJ spent over four months investigating the allegations, prior to filing the five felony charges of second-degree sexual assault by corrections staff. One of the victims said the assaults occurred at multiple levels of frequency over an extended period of time, possibly up to 100 different times. However, the DOJ decided to charge Christensen with just one felony count for each victim, in spite of the severity, frequency or number of times they were assaulted. As noted, the case against Christensen also led to at least two of the alleged victims filing a federal suit, alleging civil rights violations, as well. That case is technically not affected by Christensen’s guilty plea or sentencing, although it may give their claims more legal merit. The Leader will follow any subsequent appellate motions and the civil case(s), as they occur, as well as any changes, actions or relevant policy changes the case has or will bring about at the jail. During the court proceedings, county and law enforcement officials have refused comment on the case or the allegations, upon advice of their attorney, but sheriff’s officials have repeatedly insisted that they had no knowledge of Christensen’s actions. “This is not who we are,” Sheriff Peter Johnson said last fall. “His actions do not reflect (the actions) of the (jail) staff.”


Festival Theatre opens “Fully Committed” in new Franklin Square Black Box ST. CROIX FALLS - After weeks of preparations, Festival Theatre is proud to open “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode in their new Franklin Square Black Box location, across the street from Tangen Drug Store. The show features Chloe Armao, a Festival Theatre favorite, playing 40 different characters throughout the show. This show is the first in the 2016 theater series, under the direction of interim artistic director Andrew Bradford Benson. “I have not laughed this much in a long time,” Benson said. “Working on this show and discovering these characters with Chloe leaves my stomach hurting from all the fun we’re having. Every day Chloe finds new ways to make me laugh.” Armao plays Sam Peliczowski, an outof-work actor who mans the reservation line at Manhattan’s No. 1 restaurant while struggling to jump-start her career and fulfill family obligations. Stopping at nothing to land a reservation, Sam deals with callers who resort to coercion, threats, bribes and histrionics. A graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Armao performed in “Crazy For You” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Festival in 2013. Last year she performed

Chloe Armao returns to Festival to perform in “Fully Committed,” which opens this Friday, Feb. 5. - Special photo as Abigail in “The Crucible” at the Guthrie Theatre. She’s thrilled to return to the Festival stage. “I’m grateful to the community of St. Croix for the opportunity to tackle


The Edman brothers logging crew in Clam Falls around 1900. Charlie and John Edmans were brothers from Balsam Lake. Charlie was known to have hands “as big as hams, but beautiful handwriting.” For historical photos of Polk County, go to the Polk County Again website on Facebook. – Special photo

Citizens with 65-plus years can now get nonexpiring IDs New online service streamlines process

STATEWIDE - Wisconsin now allows its residents who are U.S. citizens age 65 and over to obtain an ID card that never needs to be renewed. The new nonexpiring ID card carries the same appearance and security features as traditional eightyear cards, with the word “nonexpiring” appearing in place of the typical expiration date. “This new feature is a great option for any senior adults who no longer wish to drive or who already hold a Wisconsin ID card. Once they obtain the nonexpiring card, they’ll never need to return to a DMV service center,” said Corey Kleist, qualifications and issuance section chief. The ID card is free if used for voting purposes and, once issued, the card never needs to be renewed. While there is no such thing as a voter ID, many Wisconsin residents present their DMV-issued driver’s license or ID card as their form of identification. Senior drivers who wish to obtain this nonexpiring ID card must surrender their license and driving privileges. An individual cannot hold both an ID and a driver’s license. Note, surrendering of a driver’s license will make the individual ineligible to operate a motor vehicle in any state. In support of this new feature, Wiscon-

sin DMV will now permit individuals who are eligible for this card to exchange their existing ID card or surrender their driver’s license for the nonexpiring ID card without visiting a DMV service center. To take advantage of this option, visit, then go to Online ID Card Application. For individuals using this new online service, the most current photo on file will be used on the ID and the final product will be mailed. Customers whose driver’s license or ID card has been expired for more than two years, who have never held a Wisconsin DL/ID, or who wish to have a new photo taken, must visit a DMV service center to obtain this new ID product. Individuals holding a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID must surrender that feature from their card. REAL ID- compliant cards will continue to follow the eight-year renewal cycle, which requires a visit to the DMV to renew and update the individual’s photo. For more information on regular and nonexpiring ID cards, please visit As a reminder, when accessing transportation-related forms, only websites with the .gov extension are from official state websites. Others with .org and .com are not official and may have extra charges for forms or list information that is outdated or incorrect. — from WisDOT

such an exciting and challenging show,” Armao said. “I’ve had a blast creating all of these characters to share with you, and I hope that you enjoy!” “It is so much fun to watch Chloe

transform into 40 completely different characters over the course of an hour and a half,” said Elizabeth Albers, who has been the stage manager throughout the rehearsal process, “Her knack for accents and eccentric characters is so impressive. The show is an absolute riot!” This show is the first chance for audiences to see Festival Theatre’s new Franklin Square Black Box in action. With the city of St. Croix Falls planning renovations on the Civic Auditorium in 2016, Festival is taking shows to new locations throughout the St. Croix Valley, with “Ole and Lena Win a Cruise” playing at the Scandia, Minn., Community Center Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21. The opening weekend of “Fully Committed” starts Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., with a show on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue until Feb. 21. Flex passes and group tickets are available and can be used throughout 2016. For more information check out, email festivaltheatreboxoffice@ or call 715-483-3387, Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour before shows. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls at the Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St. - from Festival Theatre


Festival Theatre’s expansive 2016 season is about to begin and they are proud to announce the cast of “Treasure Island,” opening March 11 in the new Franklin Square Black Box performance space. After one of the biggest youth auditions in Festival’s history, Festival wishes to thank everyone who auditioned for the show. The show was adapted by Joseph George Caruso from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Interim artistic director Andrew Bradford Benson will direct this year’s first Youth and Family Series show. The cast includes 11 local youth actors, both new and some returning to Festival’s stage. Four of the youth hail from St. Croix Falls, Cade and Ella Anderson, Jerry Eisen and Brecken Styles are returning youth artists. Olivia Dodge of Osceola, North Hinze of Siren and Morgan Johnson of Osceola will lend their talents in this adventure tale. Filling out the youth cast are Viktor Knigge of Cushing, Journie Rosenow of Dresser, Gideon Schmidt of Milltown and Alexis Slater of Grantsburg. The youth are joined by Abi Leveille, one of Festival’s guest artists, as Auntie Nan. Preview night is Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at, emailing or by calling the box office at 715-483-3387. Student matinees are filling up fast and are available and can be reserved by calling the box office. Festival Theatre has been transplanted to the Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, across the street from Tangen Drug Store. - Photo submitted

Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election approaches Wisconsin’s first Supreme Court justices served six-year terms. An 1877 amendment increased that to the current 10-year terms, at the completion of which justices can run for re-election in nonpartisan spring elections held on the first Tuesday in April. If more than two candidates run, a primary election is held on the third Tuesday in February. Elections are staggered so that no

two justices face re-election in the same year. Incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley, who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker after the death of Justice N. Patrick Crooks last September, will run against Judge Joe Donald and Judge Joanne Kloppenburg in a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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Luck’s grand marshal a lifelong resident of the community Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Lois Johansen, a lifelong resident of Luck, said she felt honored to be asked to represent Luck as its 2016 grand marshal. Her official duties begin with the Luck Winter Carnival Feb. 12-14. “It’s an honor,” Johansen said. “It’s not something I ever thought I would be doing this year.” Johansen’s husband, Gus, passed away last November. He was the one, said Johansen, who would have been thrilled to be grand marshal. “That’s another reason I wanted to do this,” she said. Johansen has a long history with the Luck Winter Carnival, particularly with the queen pageant. In 1995, after serving on the Winter Carnival committee through the 1980s, Johansen watched her daughter, Angie, be crowned Miss Luck. Fifteen years later, Angie’s daughter, Emily, was crowned Little Miss Luck. Both Lois and Gus were born and raised in Luck. In fact, Lois’ brothers both worked at the Duncan Yo-yo plant when they were young, and her mom did piecework for the yo-yo factory. For the first 10 years of her life, before moving into the village, Johansen lived

Lois Johansen, a lifelong resident of Luck, is representing Luck as its 2016 grand marshal. Her official duties begin with the Luck Winter Carnival Feb. 12-14. - Special photo about five miles north of town. Gus lived in the West Denmark community.

The couple knew each other basically their entire lives, because Gus was friends with Lois’ brothers, Harry and Larry. They married in 1974 and have four grown children. Early in their marriage, Gus worked in Luck and Dresser in the banking industry. He later worked as a branch manager in Taylors Falls, Minn., where he had the opportunity to take positions that would have taken the couple to the Twin Cities area, but the Johansens wanted to raise their family here. “Neither of us wanted to move,” said Johansen. In 1979, they purchased Northside Auto Clinic, a new and used car dealership, which became a family enterprise. “All three of the boys worked there,” she said. “It provided jobs for the family and it gave all four kids a good work ethic.” Johansen was able to stay home to raise her family, while working part time with the family business, and said she felt very fortunate to be able to do so. “That’s really one of the most important jobs,” she said of raising a family. Besides working in the community, most recently at Luck Pharmacy since 2008, Johansen has also served on the

church council at Luck Lutheran Church, including a year as president. “It’s such a nice community,” she said. “If anybody needs help, or someone is sick, everyone is always happy to help.” The love that the Johansens have had for Luck, she said, came from their parents. It is such a part of who they are that they have passed it on to their own children. Their family is one of the things that Johansen most loves about Luck. Three of her four children live here with their spouses — Ryan and Camilla, Kyle and Heather, and Angela and Aaron. Thirteen of their 16 grandchildren, a 17th was stillborn, are also in Luck. Son Kris lives with his wife and daughter in Alma, and two grown grandchildren live out of state. Johansen will be in attendance at the 2016 Luck Winter Carnival Queen Pageant and Coronation Friday night, Feb. 12, starting at 7 p.m. in the Luck School auditorium. She is also hosting the Winter Carnival grand marshal reception at the Luck Senior Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, just prior to the torchlight parade. She invites the public to attend the event.

Luck Winter Carnival Feb. 12 - 14 LUCK — Next weekend, Feb. 12-14, marks the annual Luck Winter Carnival, with winter fun for all ages. Two previously scheduled events, Thursday’s ice-castle lighting ceremony and Saturday’s radar run on Big Butternut Lake, have been canceled due to insufficient safe ice. The weekend officially begins with the 57th queen pageant and coronation Friday night at the school, starting at 7

p.m. Four Luck High School sophomores will be competing for the title of Miss Luck. A Little Miss Luck will be chosen as well. Cafe Wren will be hosting a trivia night that same evening. Saturday events start with the Luck Lions annual breakfast at Luck School, from which you can head to Fort Luck for the kiddie snowman contest, to the library for the book sale or stay at the school for the alumni basketball tournament.

Bingo begins at the Lions Hall at 10 a.m., when the first clue for the medallion hunt will be posted. Clues for the $100 medallion will be posted hourly at the Lions Hall. Kids can dig for coins in the sawdust pile at Fort Luck at 10:30 a.m. The grand marshal reception, hosted by Grand Marshal Lois Johansen, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Luck Senior Center. Everyone is invited to attend this event, and can then head to Main Street

for the 19th-annual torchlight parade starting at 7 p.m. Sunday features the Northland Ambulance ice-fishing contest at Big Butternut Lake from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at the landing starting at 8 a.m. Concessions on the ice will start with breakfast at 8 a.m., and there will be door prizes and 50/50 raffles all day. — Mary Stirrat with information from the Luck Winter Carnival Committee

April election contests in half of Polk municipalities Ballots now final for spring election Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY – The spring election candidates are now known for the 15 cities, villages and towns in Polk County that will hold municipal elections Tuesday, April 5. There will be contests in the city of St. Croix Falls, the villages of Balsam Lake, Centuria, Dresser, Frederic and Milltown, and the Towns of Alden and Clayton. The nomination process ended Monday, Jan. 25, when the last caucus nominees in Balsam Lake and Frederic turned in their candidacy papers. Candidates for the spring election get on the ballot by filling nomination papers in December or by being nominated at caucuses in January. The villages, three trustee seats in each Balsam Lake has four candidates for three seats, incumbents Jeff Reed and Caroline Rediske, plus Guy Williams and Steve Biza. Incumbent Glen Jones is not running for re-election. Joey Peper was nominated at the caucus but did not accept the nomination. Centuria has five candidates on the

ballot, incumbents Tom Boettcher and Kevin Kamish, plus Jeremiah Lunsmann, Steven Sylvester and Katie Peterson. The third incumbent, Eugene Ludack, was not nominated at the caucus. The Dresser candidates got on the ballot by filing nomination papers in December. Three incumbents, Catherine Frandsen, Darron Nelson and Elina Kuusisto, are on the ballot with Jeff Gutzmar. Two Frederic trustees, Terry Siebenthal and Greg Heine, are not running for re-election. Incumbent Brad Harlander is joined on the April ballot by Todd Miller, William Johnson IV and Rick Heltemes. Carey Lillehaug declined a caucus nomination. Milltown now has a registered write-in candidate, Sam Owens, and a contest. The three incumbents, Larry Kuske, Les Sloper and Joe Castellano were the only people nominated at the caucus. There are no village board contests in Clayton, Clear Lake, Luck, Osceola and Turtle Lake.

The towns, two supervisors in each Only three of the 24 towns in Polk County have five-member towns boards, with half the seats up each year, and two of the three have contested elections in April. The Town of St. Croix Falls

has no contest. In Alden, Lucus Evenson is on the ballot with incumbents Gary Dado and Barry Ausen. Clayton has four candidates for two town board seats, incumbents Roger Olson and Tom Nonemacher plus Scott Gilbertson and Jake Balog.

The cities St. Croix Falls has one contested race. Al Kruger and Arnie Carlson are running for the open District 2 alderperson seat to replace Jeff Huenink. All the Polk County municipal candidates: Cities Amery: Mayor - Kay Erickson (I); Alderpersons (four-year term) - District 1, Rick Van Blaricom (I); District 2, Tim Strohbusch (I); and At Large, Kristen Vicker. St. Croix Falls: Mayor - Brian Blesi (I); Alderpersons – District 1, Jerry Berger (I); District 2 (Jeff Huenink not running), Al Kruger and Arnie Carlson; and Judge, David Danielson (I). Villages, three trustees each Balsam Lake (Glen Jones not running) Jeff Reed (I), Caroline A. Rediske (I), Guy Williams and Steve Biza.

Centuria (Eugene Ludack not nominated) - Tom Boettcher (I), Kevin Kamish (I), Jeremiah Lunsmann, Steven Sylvester and Katie Peterson. Clayton - Doug Anderson (I), Scott Donath (I) and Jonathan Bartz (I). Clear Lake - Lori Martin (I), Vern Engebretson (I) and Marie Bannink (I). Dresser - Catherine Frandsen (I), Darron Nelson (I), Elina Kuusisto (I) and Jeff Gutzmer. Frederic (Terry Siebenthal, Greg Heine not running) - Brad Harlander (I), Todd Miller, William Johnson IV and Rick Heltemes. Luck - Ross Anderson (I), Alan Tomlinson (I) and Rebecca Rowe (I). Milltown - Larry Kuske (I), Les Sloper (I), Joe Castellano (I) and Sam Owens (write-in). Osceola - Rodney Turner (I), Roger Kumlien (I) and Debra Rose (I). Turtle Lake - Ruth Morton (I), Pat McCready (I) and Jeff Outcalt (I).

Towns. two supervisors each Alden - Gary Dado (I), Barry Ausen (I) and Lucus Evenson. Clayton - Tom Nonemacher (I), Roger Olson (I), Scott Gilbertson and Jake Balog. St. Croix Falls - Frank Behning (I) and Gary Keocher (I).

Warm your toes and tummies at the torchlight parade open house LUCK - A pre- and post-torchlight parade open house will be held at Home and Away Ministry Center Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5-8 p.m. The ministry building will be open for your enjoyment and comfort. Come and warm your toes and tummies. Hot cocoa, coffee, bottled water, cookies and bars will be served, and program staff will be there to answer any questions you may have about ministry programs

and the building’s availability for community or private events. Meet Dr. Denny Deziel, director of the health and wellness free clinic. And, if you are uninsured or underinsured and have a medical concern, you can make a clinic appointment for an exam and treatment. Ruby’s Pantry, the area’s local food distribution, will have staff there to explain the food distribution and answer any

questions you may have. The Home and Away Ministry Center building is an active and busy place. Remodeling and upgrading is ongoing. Improvements include a complete and licensed commercial kitchen and sleeping suites and rooms for conferences and events, not to mention painting, a new roof and carpeting in sleeping rooms and hallways. The free dental clinic, as well as other

health/wellness-related services, is also in the works to serve the community. Check out the free, full-service beauty salon, a service for those in need of assistance. The Home and Away Ministry Center is looking forward to seeing you there and sharing their cocoa and cookies with you. – submitted

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Let’s keep control of who owns our water When is this destructive legislative session going to end? In the past few weeks the Wisconsin Legislature has passed bills that greatly reduce the power of local governments to make zoning regulations that protect our lakes and rivers. The latest assault on citizen participation in decision making comes in the form of AB 554 and SB 432 that concern the sale of municipal water systems to private

companies. Under current law, if a municipality wishes to sell its water system it must pass an ordinance and then submit said proposal to a public referendum. Rates and terms are set by the PUC. Under bills AB 554 and SB 432, a public referendum is no longer required for the sale of publicly owned water systems, just a council-passed ordinance. If citizens wish to hold a referendum, petitioners will have to secure signatures of 10 percent of the number of people who voted in the last governor’s election, only then can a referendum take place. This bill was backed by

ALEC and a private water company, Aqua America of Pennsylvania. Aqua America spent $36,500 lobbying for this bill. Why? How did our legislators, Adam Jarchow and Sheila Harsdorf, vote on this important issue? All of us need clean water to live. Let’s keep control of who owns our water close to home and accountable to the people who use it. Remember Flint, Mich. Gail Lando Grantsburg

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Insurance change? Gov. Scott Walker is tip-toeing

through a political mine field as he floats the idea of changing the health insurance program for state employees. State workers now select from several insurance options, many of them connected with regional Health Maintenance Organizations that include hospitals and groups of physicians. State workers and their family members, some 250,000 persons, obtain health care through the program. They are among the 1.5 million Wisconsin residents covered by the 18 regional plans. That approach has been used for three decades in Wisconsin. It was started with the hope that price competition would curb medical costs while providing more preventive care for workers and their families. Walker now suggests the state consider moving to the HMO regional system to one in which the state assumes the financial risks or benefits by providing and managing the insurance itself. Consultants have provided different views on the fiscal impact of such a change. Walker notes that one consultant suggests the state might save $40 million. On the other hand, consultants warn that it could increase costs by $100 million. Walker already is promising that any savings would be redirected to “public education.”

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer The Wisconsin Association of Health Plans suggests the governor should slow down. Phil Dougherty, senior executive officer, sent that warning shortly after Walker’s State of the State speech which included the idea. “We are concerned the governor is getting ahead of himself by banking on ‘savings’ from self-funding the State Group Health Program,” said Dougherty. “It’s premature to start spending savings from self-funding when the state’s request for bids is not even in draft form,” he continued. He hints that some of the current plans would be squeezed by the impact of self-insurance and that would not be in the best interest of the state. “Taking some of the best players off the field will increase the state’s costs, lower quality health care and have consequences for Wisconsin’s private insurance market and taxpayers,” Dougherty said. Obviously the impact goes far beyond just state workers and their families. It could impact medical providers, HMOs and the insurance industry.

Republican legislative leaders have adopted a cautious approach to the governor’s health insurance suggestion. The governor isn’t on this year’s ballot, but most of the legislators will be seeking additional terms in the November voting. Republicans usually favor economic competition, such as the HMOs provide, rather than bigger roles for government itself. Veteran politicians are reluctant to have potentially controversial ideas bounce to the front in an election year. It’s unlikely the issue will be resolved before 2017. The loudest voices in dealing with this issue wouldn’t be the state workers. That role may be reserved for those employed in the insurance industry or physicians and hospital administrators. Dealing with health insurance issues might be good training for state elected officials because of what could happen at the federal level. Republicans have vowed to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) as soon as they win the White House and keep control of the Congress. But what would replace it? In the past House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has championed the concept of providing block grants to each of the 50 states and allowing the governors and legislatures to decide how to provide care for the poor. The answer to the state employee issue may provide a hint of the future.

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Is it something in the water? Have you wondered if the poisoned water of Flint, Mich., could happen here? Gaylord Nelson land, clean air, clean water - these are givens, right? Then, again, this isn’t your mom’s Wisconsin. What is it about the GOP and water? In 2009, bipartisan lawmakers studied the research about water quality in Wisconsin. Results showed the correlation between viruses in groundwater supplies and respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in children and adults. Lawmakers acted responsibly and enacted legislation, In anti-government fervor of 2010, a young doctor was elected our representative. Dismissing the published virus research, Dr. Erik Severson authored the amendment to remove legislation requiring all municipalities to disinfect drinking water. Defending his work on WPR, he claimed people should have a “choice,” that the law was a financial burden on communities. Personally, I agreed with the listener who phoned in saying, “I want to choose between Pepsi and Coke, not clean and dirty water.” Raise your hand if you believe that a medical doctor originated this disastrous idea. Nope? Me neither. It smells of the GOP rule book by way of ALEC, the corporate think tank that writes bills for GOP legislators to “tweak.” No taxes. Save money. No regulations no matter the consequences. Follow the money/time line for Flint, Mich., and compare to Polk County today. Rep. Severson’s work was done. Adam Jarchow moved in fully prepared to take anti-government excesses lower. His name is infamous among citizens who value natural resources and who believe in local government. In area papers, his smiling face appears as he works with “just folks” like me. In Madison, he wears another face and works for someone else. Partial summaries of the bill he sponsors, AB 600, described by conservationists as a Polluter Grab Bag include: • Allow developers to build on lake beds. Give that public land to them free and restrict the public’s access to the lake. • Remove protections for the 20 percent of wetlands that aren’t federally protected, allowing for more development on wetland-rich properties. • Allows each person who owns property on a lake to dredge up to three dump truck loads of lake-bed sediment every

year, destroying fish and other wildlife habitat. In Gov. Walker’s world, it’s not if this bill is passed into law, but when. Thanks to our representatives, we can expect filled-in wetlands, dirtier rivers and streams, more development around lakes and less public access to the waters that are supposed to belong to all of us. Oh, yes ... pollution also leads to contaminated drinking water in places like Polk County. Remember the Flint time line? Knowing the deliberate harm already done by Severson and Jarchow, I encourage you to support and vote for Jeff Peterson who will work for the common good of all of us. Water quality has been his passion for years. I know I can count on Peterson to make it safe to get a drink of water from the faucet. Marilyn Brissett-Kruger St. Croix Falls

Washburn land trade proposal With the acceptance of public comments expiring on Feb. 1, I will make what I hope will be my final argument in opposition of the Washburn Land Trade Proposal currently before the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee and to be considered at the Feb. 11 committee meeting. Focusing on fact and pertinent details, I will state that this is only a proposal and nothing more. At this time there is nothing concrete beyond the proposal itself. The Washburn Land Trade Proposal, however, is seriously faulted and cannot stand or advance. I will point out three main points that should halt this proposal. • Last resort: The proposed acquisition of Burnett County forestlands for the purpose of establishing a private commercial shooting preserve for his own personal and financial gain is definitely not Washburn’s last resort. Realistically, it may represent his cheapest option at this time, but it is certainly not his last resort. Washburn clearly has the option and opportunity to openly negotiate the market purchase of privately owned real estate that is located elsewhere and directly adjacent to his current parcel located along Olinger Road. Washburn need not seize Burnett County forestland, held in the public trust, in order to accomplish his own personal and professional goals. • Withdrawal: Should this proposal advance beyond the county’s natural resources committee, it requires the application for withdrawal of Burnett County

forestland, held in the public trust. Much more than just a land swap, this is no small feat and will require involvement of the entire Burnett County Board, increased public involvement and participation of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To quote Mr. Joseph Schwantes, WDNR county forest specialist, with whom I have been in contact regarding this matter “… regarding the potential withdrawal from the Burnett County forest, which the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee will be considering in February. To date, no application for withdrawal has been submitted to the DNR. The DNR’s responsibilities related to county forest withdrawals are outlined in section 28.11(11) Wisconsin statutes and chapter NR 48 Wisconsin Admin Code. Additional information on the process can also be found in section 420 of the Burnett County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The DNR’s role in a proposed county forest withdrawal is to provide feedback as requested or needed to the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee related to a proposed withdrawal. The committee would then need to recommend via a resolution to the full Burnett County Board. The full county board would then need to approve by a two-thirds majority vote the submission of an application for withdrawal to DNR. At that point DNR would evaluate the application in accordance with chapter NR 48 Wisconsin Admin Code, and based upon that evaluation would either approve or deny the application, giving consideration to whether the withdrawal would result in a “higher and better use.” Among the many responsibilities of the committee, the Burnett County Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2006-2020, regarding county forestland withdrawals, also requires that: “Applications for the purchase of these lands by the private sector will be discouraged by the committee.” • Higher and better use: This is the death knell for the Washburn Land Trade proposal. Although relying on the opinion of the WDNR when considering a potential application for withdrawal of Burnett County forestland, anyone with a lick of common sense will see that this proposal absolutely cannot result in a higher and better use of the parcel in question. The impact, should Washburn be successful in a withdrawal of this county forestland, would be the continuation of his 8-foot high fence around the entire parcel comprising portions of the Clam River corridor including prime terrain of high banks, river frontage and river bottoms. This 8-foot high fence

completely eliminates public access and enjoyment from that particular parcel. The fence also completely removes the habitat benefits of that prime parcel from any native large wildlife currently calling it home. It is impossible to consider the high fencing for a personal, private commercial shooting preserve a higher and better use of county forestlands held in the public trust. Finally, to address the elephant in the room, it is well known that Washburn is somewhat of a local celebrity with close personal connections and family ties among members of the committee. The committee cannot allow preferential treatment to enter into, nor influence, sound and objective decision making when the fate of this proposal is determined on Feb. 11. Dan Bullis Madison/Town of Lincoln

No factual data On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Barron News-Shield reported that at a town hall meeting Rep. Sean Duffy was asked about impeaching President Obama. The congressman said that it would be a waste of time and effort during the last year of Obama’s second term. I called the congressman’s office and talked to a staffer about the NewsShield article and Duffy’s response and asked why Congress wouldn’t impeach Obama for the crimes he has committed. The staffer asked me what those crimes were. I asked for him to tell me, because I would like to know as well. But, I said, you have just answered my question, because if you don’t know then apparently there aren’t any crimes. I told the staffer that Duffy’s response led the audience to believe that the president had committed an impeachable offense. Duffy could have been honest and said that while he and others disagree with the policies of the president, Congress didn’t have the evidence to support impeachment. But he knew that was not what people wanted to hear. There are plenty of accusations, but what is lacking, to the disappointment of people who dislike Obama, is so far there is no factual data to support impeachment. If there were, a House and Senate controlled by Republicans would have voted to impeach a long time ago. Mark Pedersen Barron

Harsdorf to hold listening sessions BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, has announced upcoming listening sessions for residents of the 10th Senate District. Listening sessions provide citizens throughout the district with the opportunity to talk with Harsdorf about issues of interest to them, to ask questions and to share their ideas and concerns. “As we continue our work in the

Legislature, the input I receive in the listening sessions is invaluable in identifying the priorities of area residents. I appreciate the input and personal interaction with those who attend and share their thoughts,” said Harsdorf. “Given that many of the bills I introduce come directly from suggestions brought to me by constituents, the feedback on how state government can be improved or

reformed is critical in shaping my legislative agenda.” Listening sessions have been scheduled around the 10th Senate District, which is comprised of parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. In Burnett County, a listening session is scheduled in Siren for Friday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to noon at the government center, 7410 CTH K, in the county

boardroom. In Polk County, a session will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Amery City Hall, 118 Center St. W. Area residents are encouraged to attend. If you would like more information, please feel free to call Harsdorf’s office at 608-266-7745 or 800-862-1092 or email - from the office of Sen. Harsdorf

Assembly candidate Jeff Peterson calls on Adam Jarchow to stop misleading local officials BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – 28th Assembly candidate Jeff Peterson is calling a letter distributed by Rep. Adam Jarchow to local elected officials misleading. The letter, dated Jan. 21, provides an overview of four controversial bills that Jarchow either authored or sponsored, along with a brief description of each. “Representative Jarchow’s attempt to portray himself as a friend of local government is disingenuous,” Peterson said in a press release. “From his very first day in office, he has taken every opportunity to elevate his distorted view of private property rights above the rights of com-

munities and neighbors to enact commonsense regulations.” Jarchow drew the ire of the Wisconsin Counties Association and other organizations during the 2015 budget process when an amendment he drafted was slipped into the budget bill after the public comment period had expired. The amendment, known as Motion 520, stripped counties of their ability to enact or enforce shoreland zoning provisions stricter than state minimums. The Polk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to call for the repeal of Motion 520.

In another example, Peterson said Jarchow toned down the language in one of his most controversial bills, AB 582, only after a strongly worded letter from the Town of Osceola was made public. “The way the bill was first written, once any permit for a new project was applied for, local government would have lost all ability to impose additional protections,” said Peterson. “This local oversight loophole is just the kind of foot-in-the-door advantage that mining companies and polluting industries are looking for.” One provision that has remained in AB 582 is a prohibition against counties en-

acting moratoriums on new development. While not a frequent occurrence, Peterson called it an important tool for counties to have at their disposal. “Counties can’t anticipate every proposed development,” he said. “Sometimes they need time to make sure their ordinances provide adequate protection for the safety, health and property values of their citizens.” Peterson said that two recently enacted ordinances in Bayfield County designed to safely manage manure from a proposed 25,000-animal hog farm would not have been possible had AB 582 been in effect. from the campaign of Jeff Peterson


Drunk couple makes 9-year-old drive truck home

Mother accused of assaulting police and EMTs

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A Glenwood City woman and her boyfriend are facing multiple felony charges for an incident that began where the duo was apparently too drunk to drive home, so they had her 9-year-old daughter drive their truck on Hwy. 46, in southern Polk County. She also had another child with at the time. Once arrested, the woman is alleged to have repeatedly assaulted an officer and medical workers on the scene, who were treating her for serious hand injuries that occurred prior to the incident. Amanda Eggert, 32, and Jason Roth, 36, both of Glenwood City, are facing a variety of charges for the incident, which allegedly took place on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 31, near the area of Polk CTH

Bizarre incident leaves many questions Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County authorities have charged three male teens and a juvenile with misdemeanor battery charges after a bizarre incident that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 26, near 115th Avenue and 40th Street in southern Polk County. According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, they received a 911 call that two cars were stuck on the side of the road with five subjects who had been assaulted and sprayed with pepper spray or mace in their car, apparently after a failed narcotics deal, although the details remain

CC and 110th Street, where the duo was confronted by police after a report of an erratic driver - the 9-year-old child. When police arrived on the scene, police noticed that Eggert had suffered a seAmanda Eggert rious hand injury, which the officer said she hardly seemed to notice, due to her level of intoxication. She was taken into an ambulance for treatment, when she suddenly started swinging at the EMTs and the deputy. She continued to swear at and assault the people involved, enough so that the ambulance stopped down the road from

that location, after she attempted to grab the EMT’s throat. Eggert was then placed under arrest and restrained, with the deputy noting that she had to be held against his squad car hood and shackled behind her back to be transported to the hospital, where she continued to resist and had to be restrained. During the exchanges, Eggert continually asked what she did wrong, stating that “in the 1950s” people used to have their kids drive their cars all the time. Both the 9-year-old and the infant were uninjured in the incident and were placed in protective custody, and were later taken in by a local relative. Both Roth and Eggert appeared in Polk County Court on Monday, Feb. 1, before Judge Jeffery Anderson, where Eggert faces four felony counts, including two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two charges of attempted

battery to a law officer and an emergency worker. She also faces three misdemeanor counts, including one for disorderly conduct and two counts of child neglect. If convicted on all counts, she faces up to almost 28 years in prison and/or up to more than $80,000 in fines. Roth faces similar dual charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, as well as the two misdemeanor child neglect charges. His maximum penalty could be over 20 years and/or up to $70,000 in fines. The judge placed a bond amounts of $3,500 cash on both Roth and Eggert, with a preliminary hearing set for this coming Friday, Feb. 5, where the judge will determine if enough evidence exists to move their cases ahead to trial.

Maced and assaulted in the car

Dylan Homme

Jordan Feyen

sketchy. In the narrative, they describe following a car for the drug sale, and but being “pinned-in” by the other vehicle on the roadway, getting stuck on the shoulder. They stated that multiple males then got out of the car and sprayed mace into the

car, then as they got out of the toxic environment in the car, several of the males assaulted the victims outside the vehicle. One of the victims had to be transported to the hospital for treatTristan Denver ment. During the investigation, another PCSD officer found the suspected vehicle nearby and confronted the alleged defendants. PCSD officials named several defendants in the probable cause report, where they are recommending charges agasint Dylan Homme, 17, Barron; Jordan Feyen,

18, Amery; Tristan Denver, 19, Hillsdale, and an unnamed 16-year-old male. They face potential misdemeanor battery charges, although the district attorney’s office had not filed charges at press time. Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson said one person was still being sought in the case, and details of the reasons they met up with the teens remains unclear. Although a drug sale was mentioned, no narcotics were found in either car, according to Johnson. He said it seemed possible that the suspects were trying to steal any possible drug money from the victims, but that it was speculation at this point. The Leader will continue to follow any and all charges that are filed, as well as any subsequent court appearances on the matter.

Father and son work together … at meth dealing

Son and father face drug delivery charges

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A father and a son are facing multiple felony charges in Polk County Circuit Court after they were busted at the son’s Amery home on the evening of Friday, Jan. 29. The bust came about after executing a search warrant on narcotics-related tips. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office, the search for drugs led to a yield of between 3-10 grams of meth, as well as paraphernalia, evidence of dealing and trafficking, as well as marijuana and

Christopher M. Hawley

Jason T. Hawley

other items at the home of Christopher M. Hawley, 20, Amery. He was charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor from the arrest, including maintaining a drug-trafficking

Winton seeks Washburn County District Attorney seat W A S H B U R N traffic offenses to serious COUNTY – Angeline felonies. Winton has also Winton, of Springbrook, successfully prosecuted is announcing her cannumerous cases in the didacy and intention to Wisconsin Court of Aprun in the fall 2016 elecpeals. tion for the office of the In addition to her role Washburn County disas Washburn County’s trict attorney. assistant prosecutor, Born in Spooner, WinWinton has also served ton earned her underfor the last seven years graduate degree from as Burnett County asthe University of Wissistant district attorney, consin - Eau Claire and while also maintaining graduated with honors a private law practice in from William Mitchell Hayward with her father, College of Law in St. Angeline Winton - Photo by Lisa Ward Wm. Winton, spePaul, Minn. After being cializing in family law, Ann Molitor ( admitted to the State Bar real estate, estate planof Wisconsin, Winton ning, probate and workreturned and built a home in Washburn ing as a municipal attorney for various County. towns and villages. In January of 2009, she accepted the Winton is eager to continue to serve position of Washburn County assistant her community and looks forward to district attorney and has been honored to doing so in the future as Washburn represent her community in that capac- County district attorney. — from the office ity ever since, successfully prosecuting a of Angeline Winton variety of matters ranging from simple

place, meth possession, meth possession with intent to distribute between 3 and 10 grams, as party to a crime. It also includes an enhancer of being the second and subsequent offense; meth possession, with the same subsequent enhancer; marijuana possession and three felony bail jumping charges for violating conditions of his open cases. He also faces a misdemeanor paraphernalia possession charge. Hawley was already on probation for several other open cases, including a previous meth possession and bail jumping violations, with two other open felony cases already set for pretrial hearings on Friday, Feb. 19. But it wasn’t just Christopher Hawley who was arrested, as his father, Jason T.

‘‘TOO TALL IKE” Siren welcomed David “Too Tall Ike” Isaacson of Mounds View, Minn., to the Lodge Center Arena on Saturday, Jan. 30. Isaacson came on the ice between periods of the Blizzard/Chequamegon game. He stands 10 feet tall while skating on stilts and performs around the country. – Photo by Becky Strabel

Hawley, 41, of West St. Paul, Minn., was also arrested in the bust and now faces four charges, including two felonies, for both possession of meth and possession of between 3 and 10 grams, with intent to distribute - as a party to a crime. Both Hawleys appeared before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Monday, Feb. 1, where he set their bonds, including a $1,500 cash bond for the father, Jason, and a $5,000 cash bond for the son, Christopher, because of his multiple felony bond jumping charges. Their next hearings are set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, where the prosecution will present evidence for the judge to decide if there is enough to move the cases ahead to trial.

Newer space


With a debut this weekend, the new Festival Theatre Company location is coming along Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Festival Theatre Company is moving forward with their new home(s) for the coming yearplus, while their usual residence, the historic 1917 Civic Auditorium, undergoes a restoration rehabilitation, the extent of which is yet to be determined, let alone the time needed for the work. While the company will be performing at and holding classes at a variety of locations around the St. Croix Valley, from Taylors Falls, Minn. to Scandia, Minn. and more, their new home base and primary theater is about to be revealed at Franklin Square at 125 Washington St. in downtown St. Croix Falls. “We call it the Franklin Black Box,” stated General Manager Pam Vlasnik, who has been working with a variety of staff and volunteers to transform the approximately 3,000-square foot empty space into a sound proofed theater, streetside box office, entry area/cafe, cast dressing room, prop and costume area and oh yeah, room for 70 patrons. The company is preparing The Box for its debut this coming Friday, with the production of “Fully Committed,” set to show through Sunday, Feb. 21. The full theater will have plenty of work left, but the stage, seating and theater areas will be ready for a show. “We’ve got plenty left to do ... before and after (the debut),” Vlasnik stated, pointing to the flooring in the seating area, backstage walls and window covering, as well as a soon-to-come box office/ ticket window, business office, dressing rooms and the like, all coming soon and utilizing every square foot of the space. The tour was also a chance for an introduction to new Festival Arts education coordinator Elizabeth Albers, who has acted with the company in the past but now takes over for Kimberly Braun, who has moved to New York. Albers was proud of the fact that they had over 50 youth auditions for upcoming performances of “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Treasure Island,” set of the coming months. Albers is working with the final 18 actors of those auditions for the variety of

“We wanted it (the Franklin Square location) to be something so different, so new and modern ... I just love this space!” - Festival manager Pam Vlasnik

The interior marquis will detail the upcoming season and locations for off-site shows. Artwork by Elizabeth Albers. roles. Vlasnik said the young actors came from as far away as Siren, Chisago City, Minn., Milltown, Grantsburg and even from Forest Lake, Minn. The new location will not be the only spot the company uses for performances in the coming year, with the elaborate production of “Clue” taking place at the historic Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center, which will be set up like the mansion in the famous board game for the show. “Every show will be have a different ending,” Vlasnik said. “It’s going to be so fun.” They also are noting the upcoming Sunday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day “Hopelessly Romantic” production. “It will have cabaret, poetry, improv and music!” Albers said. “I think it’s going to be great for everyone.” But the new space will also serve as a transitionary home and office for the whole company, and it is far different than the Civic Auditorium they have called home for a quarter century. “We wanted it (the Franklin Square location) to be something so different, so new and modern,” Vlasnik said. “I just love this space!”

The new Festival Theatre space is getting close. Pictured (L to R) at the new space is the theater’s new arts education coordinator, Elizabeth Albers, General Manager Pam Vlasnik and development director Andrew Bradford Benson. - Photos by Greg Marsten.

Elizabeth Albers, Andrew Bradford Benson and Pam Vlasnik are part of the Festival team transforming the previously empty Franklin Square space into a “semi-temporary” theater company home, while their “usual” home, the historic 1917 Civic Auditorium, undergoes various levels of restoration and enhancements over the next 1-1/2 years.

Festival staff at the new Franklin Black Box in downtown St. Croix Falls stand on what will soon be a stage. The soon-to-be-floored area in the foreground is where they will seat approximately 70 patrons. The new space is located in Franklin Square at 125 Washington St. Locals can get a close-up look at the new space later this week, when the company presents the production of “Fully Committed,” which opens this Friday, Feb. 5.

Soon enough, this will be an office, dressing room and costuming area. The new stage is to the left in this photo.


Wisconsin National Guard answered Desert Storm call 25 years ago STATEWIDE - More than 1,400 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen in nine different units were activated for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 - the first presidential call-up of reserve component troops in more than two decades. Retired Lt. Col. Norm Johnson knew immediately he wanted his three-man 132nd Military History Detachment to be part of the U.S. response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The 132nd MHD had just completed two weeks of desert training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., a few days before the invasion. “That’s why we train,” Johnson said. “The motto on our guidon was ‘First Plane In.’ You don’t do everything that we did just to sit back home.” Despite the unit’s motto, the 132nd MHD would not depart for Saudi Arabia - where U.S. and coalition troops were staging in preparation for combat with what was then the fourth-largest Army in the world - until Christmas Day 1990. The 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee had as many as 70 members volunteer to fly refueling missions out of Mitchell Field from the early days of the U.S. response. The Air Force tasked the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to provide refuelers, airlift support and airlift control element augmentation beginning Aug. 6, 1990, four days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. A large portion of the 128th was activated Dec. 20, 1990, along with 12 other Air National Guard KC-135 tanker units and deployed to Cairo, Egypt, a week later to support air refueling efforts there as part of the 1706th Provisional Air Refueling Wing. Additional 128th airmen were mobilized to backfill positions across the U.S. or overseas. Collectively, the Air National Guard aerial tankers pumped more than 250 million pounds of jet fuel into more than 18,000 aircraft. Lt. Gen. John Conaway, at that time the chief of the National Guard Bureau, called the tanker support a success story. “The Navy and Marines will tell you,” Conaway said in a 2010 National Guard Bureau interview. “Air Guard tankers went up over Baghdad. They were right there when (a fighter) was in trouble.” An Aug. 22, 1990, executive order authorized the defense secretary to call up reservists, and the 107th Maintenance Company, located in Sparta and Viroqua, was alerted in the first wave of reserve component units Aug. 24, 1990, reporting to Fort McCoy for mobilization training a month later. The 107th could repair light and heavy vehicles, as well as communications and electrical equipment. “We can fix everything from canvas to steel,” said Capt. Pat Ruble, 107th company commander, in a 1990 issue of At Ease. While the 107th would deploy to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 8, the first Wisconsin Army National Guard unit to arrive in Saudi was the 1122nd Transportation Detachment, a four-member unit based in Madison, which left Wisconsin Oct. 1. The 1122nd coordinated convoys essentially serving as traffic control for ground vehicles. First Lt. Leslie Achterberg, commander of the 1122nd Detachment, penned this description of the austere environment in the Saudi desert for a 1990 issue of At Ease: “Imagine sitting inside an oven set on high, sifting flour in front of a fan, and add a few thousand flies.” November would see three additional Wisconsin Army National Guard units called up - the Monroe-based 1158th Transportation Company, the 390-member 13th Evacuation Hospital, and the three-man 132nd Military History Detachment. The 1158th reported for active duty Nov. 20, followed by the 13th Evac Nov. 26 and the 132nd Dec. 6.

More than 1,400 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen in nine different units were activated for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. - Photo submitted

The commander of the 13th Evac, Col. Lewis Harned, was already a veteran of two wars when his unit was called to duty. He served as a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service for the 8th British Army during World War II, and also served as an Air Force surgeon during the Korean War. He joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1986, and less than five years later found himself selecting the location for a 400-bed field hospital in the sands of Saudi Arabia approximately 20 kilometers from the Iraqi border. The 13th Evac was fully functional 11 days before the ground war began on Feb. 24, 1991. Many of the casualties treated there were Iraqi prisoners of war. “They didn’t want to leave because we had been so kind to them,” Suzanne Mousel, a member of the 13th Evac during Desert Storm, told WEAU-TV in a story that aired Jan. 17, 2011. “And that was probably one of the neatest parts of it, was that they just discovered that we weren’t these animals that were going to do terrible things to them.” Three more Wisconsin Army National Guard units were called up in December 1990 - the 229th Engineer Company, 1157th Transportation Company and the 32nd Military Police Company. The 1157th would deploy Jan. 8, 1991, and the 229th and 32nd arrived in theater after the air campaign began Jan. 16, 1991. The 229th was quickly put to work repairing roads, fortifying Patriot battery sites, constructing fuel pipelines from the Gulf to the allied front, building earthen berms for temporary enemy prisoner of war facilities, repairing a badly worn stretch of road known as Main Supply Route Dodge, and helping erect the U.S. military field base Log Base Bastogne. “Our mission on this supply route is very important to the effectiveness of convoys hauling material to the front lines,” Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Brown said in a 1991 issue of At Ease. “Our work on this road is part of Operation Desert Storm history.” Documenting history was the job of the 132nd Military History Detachment, which was assigned to VII Corps. The unit conducted interviews and took photographs of individuals and units during and after Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Two-thirds of the unit was deployed forward with VII Corps Rear on the second day of the ground war. But the fast pace of the ground war, combined with the rapid withdrawal of combat units after the fighting ended, made collecting historical information

in a timely fashion difficult. Johnson recalled that famed World War II historian S.L.A. Marshall had weeks to spend interviewing troops when they rotated out of the front lines. “He had that time to do all that detailed work,” Johnson said. “For us, the war started and the war was over, and you were trying to (document) as much of it as you can. I figured if we could give some future historian the proverbial ball of yarn, they could pull from the end and get something.” These federal activations marked the first such mobilization of Wisconsin Army National Guard units since the 1961 Berlin Crisis, and it provided an

opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities to the active-duty military and the public. “We can be extremely proud of the way our people have responded to this mobilization,” Maj. Gen. Jerald Slack, the adjutant general of Wisconsin during Desert Shield, said at the time. “They have been ready when they were needed.” This sentiment was echoed by Stephen Duncan, the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, in a 1991 report. “Subsequent to the adoption of the Total Force Policy in 1973 and until 22 August 1990, no unit or individual of either the Selected Reserve or the Individual Ready Reserve had been involuntarily called to active duty,” Duncan wrote. “The responsiveness to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by American reserve forces and their performance, in what has been described as ‘the largest, fastest mobilization since World War II,’ was remarkably successful by any standard.” Members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing were the first to depart the Middle East, with the first contingent of airmen arriving in Milwaukee March 28, 1991 and the remainder of the deployed members back in Wisconsin by midApril. The 128th was followed within days by the 13th Evac Hospital, 32nd Military Police Company and the 229th Engineer Company. The 132nd Military History Detachment departed Saudi Arabia May 15, followed by the first iteration of the 107th Maintenance Company - a volunteer replacement company deployed in June 1991, allowing the 107th to redeploy home - the 1157th Transportation Company and the 1122nd Transportation Detachment. The replacement 107th Maintenance Company left Saudi Arabia on Oct. 31, 1991. — from WCVSO


Open skating at the Lodge Arena in Siren is very popular for kids of all ages. This young skater practices his moves while using a variety of safety gear. Open skating is held on most Saturdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Photo by Becky Strabel


DaVita dialysis center providing life-giving treatments Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer SIREN – DaVita is an Italian word meaning “giving life” and since opening in December 2015, the Siren DaVita Dialysis Center has been providing life-giving treatments to patients with kidney disease. When kidneys, responsible for purifying blood by removing waste and excess fluid from the body, don’t work properly, a dialysis machine is used to perform the function by keeping the body in balance. Dialysis has been used since the 1940s to treat people with kidney problems. The Siren DaVita Center, located in the Southwinds Plaza, currently cares for patients Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but is set up to accommodate up to 48 patients on a six-day-a-week schedule. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care operates or provides administrative services at 2,225 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States, serving approximately 177,000 patients. The company also operates 104 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 coun-

tries outside the United States. Other DaVita treatment facilities operating within a 35-mile radius of the Siren center are located in St. Croix Falls, Amery, Pine City, Minn., and Wyoming, Minn. A complete list of all the DaVita centers nationwide can be found at The Siren center has 10 staff members, three RNs, one in each modality, an LPN, a technician, a facility administrator, an administrative assistant, a dietician, a social worker and a biomedical technician. The staff physicians visit once or twice per month, with the social worker and dietician visiting the center once per month, and all are available via phone if needed at anytime. “In all of our clinics, we believe our name reflects our purpose,” commented Melissa Berglund, Siren center administrator. The center has the capacity to serve 48 in-center patients as well as unlimited patients in the home dialysis programs. The Siren DaVita Dialysis Center staff greeted visitors to the center’s open house on January 26. Shown (L to R) Laura Elm, LPN, Christi Jensen, patient care tech, Amanda Myers, administrative assistant, Melissa Berglund, facility administrator, Kim Thompson, RN, Michelle Webb, registered dietician. - Special photo

Siren facility administrator Melissa Berglund, (photo at left) gave tours of the new dialysis center located in the Southwinds Plaza. - Special photos

NEW SCHOOL SIGN Workers installed a new sign at Frederic High School this past week, a project made possible in part by funds raised by the school’s booster club. Located at the southwest corner of the campus, at the corner of Benson Street and Clam Falls Drive, the sign will promote school events and more. - Photo at left submitted, photo at right by Gary King


Polk County was well represented this year at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Royalty from local communities participated in festivities from Jan. 28-31, including the Winter Carnival coronation, introduction and appearance of the Vulcans, packing boxes for Feed My Starving Children and, of course, the annual Winter Carnival Parade. Royalty included Logan Grey, Luck Winter Carnival queen; Jenna Laqua, Miss Frederic; Sophie Gutzmer, Miss St. Croix Falls; Kaysha Vizant, Miss Clear Lake; RaeAnna Johnston, Miss Milltown; Amanda Mattson, Miss Balsam Lake; Kendra Bramsen, Miss Centuria; Polk County Fairest of the Fair Emily Gross; Danielle Tinney, Miss Osceola; and Bella Byrnes, Miss Amery (missing from picture). - Photo submitted




Logan Bader buries his career grand Becomes third boys player in school history to reach 1,000 points

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Unity 55, Luck 52 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The West Lakeland’s most recent 1,000-point scorers met Friday, Jan. 29, for a tough conference matchup that went down to the wire. Luck’s Noah Mortel had a career night of 36 points and despite a slow start, Unity’s Logan Bader led the Eagles with 18 points and celebrated his 1,000-point milestone early in the game with fans and coaches alike. “Noah Mortel had a huge night against us; we had no answer for him. It was just his night. But the guys had a lot of heart and battled to the end, willing themselves to victory,” said Eagles coach Chad Stenberg. After scoring his fourth point of the game early in the first half, the game was paused to honor Bader’s career milestone. Along with a standing ovation from both teams, Bader was greeted with a signed basketball at midcourt by Brady Flaherty, who was the second boys player in school history with a career of more than 1,000 points, a mark Flaherty set as a senior in 2011. Hitting 1,000 points was something Bader says he was looking forward to and it was a goal he set out to do before he started playing high school basketball. But Bader said what he looks forward to more is playing good team basketball. “That’s what we look forward to here,

Unity’s Logan Bader, left, became just the third boys basketball player in school history to hit 1,000 points. He was presented a basketball to remember the milestone by Brady Flaherty, who hit his 1,000th point as a Unity Eagle in 2011. – Photos by Marty Seeger is team basketball,” Bader said. Hitting 1,000 points was a bit of a surprise for the senior, who knew he was likely close but hadn’t thought about it much. After the time-out in the first half to get his recognition, Bader went into the stands to hug family members, but got right back into the action as Luck wasn’t about to let the Eagles go away with a win quietly. After the game went back and forth

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Logan Bader of Unity and Noah Mortel of Luck shake hands prior to Friday’s matchup at Unity on Jan. 29. Both players hit their 1,000-point milestone less than a week apart.

••• STEVENS POINT – The WIAA Board of Control voted to approve several fall sport coaches recommendations in football, soccer, cross country, tennis and volleyball, and acted on three conference realignment plans at its Wednesday, Jan. 27 meeting. Those affecting some schools in the Leader Land area included the lone football recommendation to receive board approval, which establishes a tournament series for eight-player football to replace the eight-team jamboree beginning in 2018. The eight-player tournament will be re-evaluated after two years. The board also approved a crosscountry recommendation that establishes a six-year divisional and gender rotation for the state meet race schedule. Details of the six-year rotation will be identified in each respective season’s regulations and tournament procedures. The lone volleyball recommendation received approval, granting an increase of the bench limits from 20 to 22 while retaining the maximum of 15 players in uniform. – from WIAA press release ••• LEADER LAND – The Friday, Feb. 5, Unity at St. Croix Falls girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM, with tip-off set for 5:45 p.m. The Turtle Lake at Luck girls and boys basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 9, can be heard on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Thursday, Feb. 4, Osceola at Amery girls basketball game is on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at St. Croix Central boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 5, is being broadcast on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Ellsworth at Amery boys basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 9, can be found on 1260 AM, with a 7:30 p.m. game start. All high school sporting events on the radio are also streamed online and can be found at ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

Along with a team-leading 18 points on Friday, Jan. 29, Logan Bader played solid defense. In the photo above, he gets a block against Luck’s Noah Mortel, who was rarely stopped Friday with his 36-point effort.

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Siren boys defeat SCF for season sweep Siren 73, St. Croix Falls 63 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN – The Siren Dragons won their fifth straight game on Friday, Jan. 29, and for the second time this season came away with a win over St. Croix Falls. Both games came by 10-point victories for the Dragons, who still have seven games left in the the regular season. This was the Saints sixth-straight loss as they get prepared for another tough conference test at home against Unity this Friday, Feb. 5. Siren 59, Drummond 46 DRUMMOND – The Siren Dragons used 11 threes to help defeat Drummond on the road Thursday, Jan. 28, which included five from Neil Oustigoff and four from Kanaan Christianson in the first half. Oustigoff led the Dragons with 24 points and Siren led 32-20 at the break. Christianson and Aaron Ruud finished with 14 points apiece, followed by Tanner Lee, four, Dolan Highstrom, two, and Xander Pinero, one. The Dragons shot 12 of 18 from the free-throw line.

Saints junior Kevin Koshiol heads up for a shot as Siren’s Neil Oustigoff and Xander Pinero go up to defend on Friday, Jan. 29, in Siren. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Aaron Ruud of Siren handles pressure from Saints freshman Daniel Crandall.

Cameron 94, St. Croix Falls 42 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Cameron Comets continued their undefeated season with a big win over St. Croix Falls Monday, Feb. 1, leading 57-23 at the half and never looking back.

Peyton Dibble, Max Verdegan and Josh Koenecke led the Comets with 23, 16 and 15 points respectively in the victory. Neil Oustigoff of Siren gets off a shot against the Saints.

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early in the first half, Luck’s Nick Mattson hit a big three and Mortel hit a pair to bring the Cardinals out in front 13-8. Unity came right back to within one and a Jesse Vlasnik long-range shot got Unity back on top 19-17. With under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Brett Nelson of Unity hit a big three to put Unity up five points, but Mortel was proving too tough to stop all night long. He finished with 21 points in the first half and helped give the Cardinals a 28-22 lead at the break. After being held to four first-half points, Bader got things going early in the second half and re-energized the crowd with a commanding dunk that led to a two-andone opportunity. Bader hit a 3-pointer moments later and the Eagles grabbed a 31-30 lead that was short-lived, as Luck continued to answer. As many as seven lead changes took place in the second half. With just under nine minutes remaining, the Eagles were leading by five points before Luck sophomore Mike Delaney hit a three along with Austin Hamack. It helped bring Luck back into the lead and the momentum began to shift in Luck’s favor. The Cardinals drew a charge in the next possession and a Unity turnover along with a Hamack steal led to a layup by Mortel to give Luck a 46-41 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game. But it was plenty of time for the Eagles to get back into a groove, as Bader, Erik Peterson and Wyatt Stenberg hit key baskets and Unity went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead with 2:45 to go, and the eventual win despite Luck’s willingness to fight to the end. Luck only trailed by three points with under a minute remaining but the Eagles took it to the free-throw line to help seal the win. Luck also hit a three at the buzzer to bring the score a bit closer. “I am very proud of my seniors, they

Luck’s Noah Mortel had a career night with 36 points against the Eagles. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Nathan Heimstead of Unity launches a shot from the corner as Luck senior Nick Mattson tries to defend on Friday, Jan. 29.

led us the whole night, coming up with big baskets to keep it close and finally coming through at the end,” Stenberg said. Seniors Peterson had 12 points, followed by Vlasnik, nine, Nate Heimstead, seven, Wyatt Stenberg, six, and Brett Nelson, three. “It was a team effort all the way around,” Stenberg added, and for Bader, it was a memorable night by achieving his grand, as well as to get the win over a difficult West Lakeland opponent.

“Logan has been a big reason we have been so successful the last few years. He has been voted a team captain the last two years,” Stenberg said. “His work ethic on and off the court is second to none. He is not only a great basketball player but a great student and young man. But I know he would be the first to say if it wasn’t for his teammates none of the success the team or he has had would have been possible. I have been very fortunate to coach such great group of young men.”





Boys hockey wins two out of three New Richmond, who still remains in a three-way tie for the top spot in the Middle Border Conference. After the loss however, the Blizzard boys bounced back on Saturday, Jan. 30, and came away with a 7-0 win over Chequamegon/Phillips. Ruiz and Norman each scored a pair of goals in the win, and Tanner Buck scored his first varsity goal. VanMeter and Roufs also found the back of the net.

Girls fall 4-1 against Middleton Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN – The Blizzard boys hockey team has won two of their last three games starting with a 7-0 shutout against Amery on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In that game the Blizzard scored six of their seven goals in the first period that started with a David Doty goal followed by a goal from Brenton Nelson. Doty scored his second goal of the game after that and Tanner VanMeter scored on assist from Bryce Roufs and Jared Lee. Logan Meagher scored the fifth goal of the first period and Roufs scored the final shorthanded goal of the first period on assist by Max Norman and Andrew Ruiz. After a scoreless second period Max Norman scored the lone goal in the third on assist by Tanner Buck. Just two days after their win over Amery the Blizzard were shut out 6-0 by

Middleton 4, Blizzard 1 SIREN – The Blizzard girls hockey team battled Middleton on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Siren during a hockey doubleheader, but lost 4-1. The Blizzard had 22 shots on goal while Bayzhia Taylor had 33 saves. The Blizzard girls are closing in on their final games of the regular season. They have three to go but will need to find a makeup date for their Tuesday, Feb. 2, game against Hayward, which was canceled due to inclement weather. Brady Mangen chases down a puck against Amery on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Blizzard player Andrew Ruiz passes the puck against the Warriors.

David Doty gets control of the puck against Chequamegon/Phillips on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Siren. The Blizzard won 7-0.

Kyle Hicks brings the puck down the ice as Blizzard teammates look on against Amery Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Taren Wols makes a save against Chequamegon/Phillips Saturday, Jan. 30.

LEFT: Goalie Bayzhia Taylor of the Blizzard girls hockey team defends the net on Saturday, Jan. 30, against Middleton. RIGHT: Blizzard forward Heather Struck skates against Middleton. – Photos by Becky Strabel





Eagles hang on against Cardinals since we are pretty small but my kids battled through it and kept after it all the way until the end. We wouldn’t have needed to push it to the end if we’d made a couple more free throws, but we’ll keep working on it,” Petersen said. Along with 21 points from Runnels, Olivia Nielsen and Melin each finished with eight, and Emma Pedersen added two. For Unity, Foeller finished with 16, followed by Sorensen, nine, Briana Peterson, five, Jasmine Lowe, four, and Emma Moore and Maddie Ramich each had two.

Siren pulls out close win over Saints Unity 41, Luck 39 Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND – Luck had a chance to tie and send the the game into overtime against Unity on Friday, Jan. 29, but the shot didn’t fall and the Eagles escaped with a tough win over the Cardinals. “We were very fortunate to win this game. Luck outplayed us in the second half both offensively and defensively. They are a very improved team and are coming on,” said Unity coach Rory Paulsen. Unity took control of the game midway through the first half after a handful of lead changes, and the Eagles led 18-14 at the end of a quick first half that saw few fouls or turnovers by either team. In the second half Unity still managed to add to their lead, going up by as much as 11 points before Luck stepped up the pressure both on offense and defense. Much of Luck’s offense came from Paige Runnels, who finished with 21 points, and 15 in the second half. “Paige Runnels played exceptional for Luck on both sides of the ball,” Paulsen said, but added that Jessica Grams and Raelin Sorensen came up big as well,

Luck’s Paige Runnels, No. 15, and teammate Olivia Nielsen pressure Briana Peterson of Unity in a close game Friday, Jan. 29. Runnels had a big night for the Cards with 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to upset the Eagles. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Unity’s Emma Moore drives the lane against the Cardinals.

from the field and the free-throw line. “Gabrielle Foeller also again was big for us with her presence in the post,” said Paulsen. Unity still led the game 38-31 with just over five minutes to play but Luck continued to inch their way back, thanks to a couple of costly Unity turnovers and defense. Luck went on a 6-0 run as a result and with under three minutes to play Brittany Donald came up with a big steal, which led to a layup from Luck’s Kyla Melin and suddenly the Cardinals led by one point. “I am so very proud of my kids for how hard they played and once again I’m so impressed with the improvement our team has made since the last time we played. We lost by 20 the first time so to lose by only two is a credit to how hard my players are working and trying to get better,” said Luck coach Britta Petersen. Luck trailed by just one point in the final minute of the game before Grams hit one of two free-throw opportunities. Luck had the ball in the final 20 seconds of the game and got off one shot before the final buzzer. Unity managed to grab the rebound and head back to the freethrow line. Despite the missed free throw they didn’t need it as time expired shortly after the shot. “Those Unity players are tough and their height was definitely hard for us

Laurel Kannenberg of Siren collides with Saints players Ruthie Stewart and Addie McCurdy. The Dragons won a close one in the final second of the game.

Siren’s Caitlyn Daniels lays it up against the Saints on Friday, Jan. 29. – Photo by Becky Strabel

Siren 52, St. Croix Falls 49 SIREN – Siren hung on at home against St. Croix Falls on Friday, Jan. 29, erasing a five-point halftime deficit and hitting enough free throws in the end to secure the win. It was the second time the teams played this season and final time they’ll see each other this year. The first time the two teams met was back in early December where the Dragons won by four points. This time was another close one, with Siren leading only 50-49 in the final 13 seconds of the game. Dragons senior Caitlyn Daniels shot 10 of 15 from the freethrow line including 7 of 9 in the second half. She finished with 24 points, and as a team Siren shot 23 of 39 from the line. Other Dragon scorers included Ashlee Rightman and Haley Peterson each with nine, Laurel Kannenberg and Allie Webster each had three, and Jade Horstman and Sarah Shaffer each had two. The Saints shot 12 of 21 from the freethrow line and were led by Addie McCurdy with 19 points, followed by Katie Kopp, 14, Adrienne Stoffel, 10, Annalise Parks, three, Ruthie Stewart, two, and C.J. Basacker, one.

Jasmine Lowe tries in vain to get off a shot as the Luck Cardinals defense swarms around her in the second half.





Saints bid for title thwarted by Warriors Lakeland Conference wrestlers to clash at Cameron this Saturday Clear Lake 45, St. Croix Falls 29 Marty Seeger|Staff writer CLEAR LAKE – The Saints wrestling team got a shot at taking the West Lakeland Conference dual meet championship title from the Clear Lake Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 28. The night featured only two forfeits with the Saints grabbing six points at 170 pounds and Clear Lake taking the other forfeit at 182. The night got off to a good start for the Saints, who won the first two contests, including a 6-0 decision by freshman Spencer Langer at 152, and a pin by Clay Carney at 160. After the pair of forfeits and a 6-0 win by Brandon Bastin at 195, the Saints held a 19-6 lead, but the Warriors stormed back. Saints sophomore Trevor Warner hung on at 220 through the third period but ended up getting pinned along with Saints wrestlers Hunter Hansen and Logan Yira. Freshman Teo Urbaniak also tried avoiding a pin and managed to hold on late in the third period before Clear Lake got the pin, giving Clear Lake a commanding 36-19 lead. Dalton Langer would get the Saints back on the winning track with a 9-1 decision at 132, but Clear Lake bounced back, getting a much-needed pin against Saints freshman Josey Wilson. The match was led by Wilson 3-2 after the first period and 5-4 heading into the fourth, before Gabe Colbeth pulled out the win by pin. It was the Warriors sixth pin of the night. “Boys wrestled well,” said Saints coach Dan Clark. “We gave up too many pins and could not get those points back. We will continue to work to see if we can beat them this weekend at the conference tournament. Continue to prepare for region-

At 126 pounds Dalton Langer won a 9-1 decision over the Warriors.

Saints wrestler Austin Cummings tries for an escape during the final match of the evening in Clear Lake Thursday, Jan. 28, at 145 pounds. Clear Lake came out victorious during the Lakeland Conference dual meet championship. – Photos by Marty Seeger als in two weeks.” The final two matches of the evening were at 138, where Garrett Bergmann won by pin for the Saints, and Austin Cummings lost a 13-6 decision at 145. The Lakeland Conference tournament is being held at Cameron once again this

year on Saturday, Feb. 6. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.

LFGS 42, TL/C 6 TURTLE LAKE – The Luck/Frederic/ Grantsburg/Siren wrestlers finished their final dual match of the season with a big

Saints wrestler Spencer Langer goes to work in the first match of the evening in Clear Lake on Thursday, Jan. 28. Langer won the match 8-0. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Saints freshman Shawn Lumsden, left, gives it his best effort at 106, while sophomore Garrett Bergmann, right, is rewarded with a pin at 160 pounds.

win over Turtle Lake/Clayton Thursday, Jan. 28. No LFGS wrestler lost a single match. The Cardinals had six pins that included one by Matthew Louis at 220, Parker Steen, 285, Cole Britton, 113, Adam Menke, 145, Steven Holdt, 170, and Brock Phernetton, 195. Other LFGS wrestlers picking up wins included Merlin Hibbs with a 9-5 decision at 120, and Peter Lund with a 6-4 win at 152. Coach Chris Bartlett said there were some good matches on the night and the kids wrestled well. The two best matches of the evening were Hibbs defeating Tyler Quade at 120, and Lund’s win at 152. “Merlin was a takedown machine and had two in the third period to seal the victory. Peter, at 152, went back and forth before getting a near fall in the third period to get the 6-4 victory after a late reversal by Turtle Lake,” Bartlett said. “The kids were pretty pumped about not losing a single match and only points given up were a forfeit at 138 where we haven’t had a wrestler all season. The kids looked good and hopefully it carries over to tournament time. It is time to get serious.”

Brandon Bastin won his match at 195 pounds at Clear Lake Thursday, Jan. 28.





Frederic boys pick up win at UW-Stout Frederic 58, Elmwood/PC 53 Marty Seeger|Staff writer MENOMONIE – The Frederic Vikings played a nonconference game at UW-Stout in Menomonie on Saturday, Jan. 30, and came away with a win over Elmwood/Plum City. The Vikings led 24-23 at halftime and held on in the second half for the win over the Wolves, who are part of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Leading the Vikings in scoring was Roman Poirier with 18, followed by Jonah Tinman, 13, Austin Ennis, 11, Mason Gustafson, 10, Caleb Schott, four, and Kyle Olson, two.

Frederic’s boys basketball team played a game at UW-Stout in Menomonie on Saturday, Jan. 30, and came away with a 58-53 nonconference win over Elmwood/Plum City. – Photo submitted

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Huskies 8, Wolves 7, Strikers 7, Pins 2. Boys games: Jonathan Skow (S) 196, Richard Bugella (H) 171, Keenan Hacker (P) 118. Boys series: Richard Bugella (H) 431, Jonathan Skow (S) 430, Isaiah Otto 295. Girls games: Rachael Bugella (W) 156, Paulina Peterson (W) 134. Girls series: Rachael Bugella (W) 422, Paulina Peterson (W) 347. Team games: Wolves 290, Strikers 281, Huskies 279. Team series: Wolves 769, Huskies 726, Pins 725. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Badgers 9, Swans 8, Bears 8, Swans 7, Eagles 5, Mallards 5, Hummingbirds 4, Night Hawks 2. Men’s games: Lee Mangelsen 244, Lloyd Swanson 227, Jim Merritt 207. Men’s series: Lloyd Swanson 610, Lee Mangelsen 572, Jim Merritt 547. Women’s games: Nancy Anderson 189, Sandy Bannie 178, Kim Owens 177. Women’s series: Sandy Bannie 511, Nancy Anderson 481, Pat Bresina 478. Team games: Swans 719, Vultures 678, Mallards 639. Team series: Swans 2006, Vultures 1933, Eagles 1786. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 30, Maurer Power 23, Pioneer Bar 20.5, S&G 18, House of Wood 17.5. Individual games: Don Swenson 268, Dale Frandsen 248, Tony Wilson 247. Individual series: Tony Wilson 664, Dale Frandsen 655, Bruce Teigen & Ed Bitler 637. Team games: Maurer Power 669, Yellow Lake Lodge 653, House of Wood 648. Team series: Maurer Power 1824, Yellow Lake Lodge 1820, S&G 1759. Consecutive strikes: Don Swenson 268 (8x), Bruce Teigen 240 (7x), Dale Frandsen 248 (6x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Don Swenson 268 (+94); Dale Frandsen 248 (+62); Tony Wilson 247 (+54); Bruce Teigen 240 (+54). Splits converted: 3-10: David Hall. 6-710: Curtis Renfroe. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 9, Cummings Lumber 8, Hansen Farms 7, Stotz & Co. 7, Skol Bar 6, Cifaldi Motors 6, Luck Laundry 5, Bye 0. Individual games: Chuck Kruse (CL) 244, Brett Daeffler (SB) 236, Dale Rowell (PB) 230.

Individual series: Dale Peterson (LL) 610, Dale Roswell (PB) 607, Moose Wilson (SB) 606. Team games: Skol Bar 998, Pioneer Bar 974, Skol Bar 954. Team series: Skol Bar 2871, Pioneer Bar 2773, Luck Laundry 2644. Thursday Early Standings: Backwoods Beer & Bait 18.5, LakeLand Communications 15, Wikstrom Construction 14, Red Iron Studios 12.5, Hell Raisers 12, Fab Four 11, American Family Siren 10.5, Grindell Law Offices 10.5. Individual games: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 266, Don McKinney (FF) 237, Edward Bitler (RIS) 224. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 687, Edward Bitler (RIS) 605, Don Swenson (WC) 572. Team games: LakeLand Communications 588, Grindell Law Offices 586, Fab Four 585. Team series: LakeLand Communications 1618, Wikstrom Construction 1590, Red Iron Studios 1586. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Curtis Renfroe 266 (6x), Edward Bitler 224 (5x), Don McKinney 237 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Carl Carpenter 187 (+60); Dave Grindell 222 (+52); Dennis Lieder 214 (+57); Don McKinney 237 (+57); Curtis Renfroe 266 (+95). Series 150 pins over series: Curtis Renfroe 687 (+174). Splits converted: 2-7: Brandon Dahl (LC). 2-4-6: Kennan Hackett (LC). Friday Night Mixed Standings: Frederic Design & Promotions 10, Junque Art 7, Pin Heads 6, The Leader 5. Individual games: Pat Traun 192, Jen Ellefson 191, Karen Carlson 182. Individual series: Pat Traun 560, Karen Carlson 512, Cindy Denn 489. Team games: The Leader 846, Pin Heads 837, Junque Art 794. Team series: The Leader 2419, Pin Heads 2411, Frederic Design & Promotions 2313. Games 50 or more above avg.: Becky Frandsen. Splits converted: 3-10: Jen Ellefson. 2-7: Tammy Lindberg.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 100, Sam’s Carpentry 95, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 71, McKenzie Lanes 68, Gutterbugs 67, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 58. Individual games: Helen Leggitt 211, Pattie Johnson 192, Susan Meyers 180.

Individual series: Helen Leggitt 529, Pattie Johnson 512, Cindy Castellano 486. Team games: Sam’s Carpentry 810. Team series: Sam’s Carpentry 2396. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 30, Bon Ton 28, Eagle Lounge 18, Kemps Quality Siding 18, Alleycats 16, Bewitched 10. Individual games: Lois Murphy 197, Lorrie Beyl 187, Kelley Hill & Debbie Swanson 181. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 487, Sue Wonka 483, Kelley Hill 481. Team games: Mishaps 687, Bon Ton 619. Team series: Mishaps 1820, Bon Ton 1744. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 33, Logoton P.C. 32, Edina Realty 31, The Cobbler Shop 30.5, G.A. Screenprinting 28.5, The Dugout 28, Steve’s Appliance Plus 28, Bye 0. Individual games: Jesse Schultz 279, Tim Turk 279, Doug Oryan 269. Individual series: Jesse Schultz 663, Don Kamish 654, Gene Braund 648. Team games: Hack’s Pub 1261. Team series: Hack’s Pub 3436. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 53, Gutter Dusters 48, Jeff’s Small Engine 46.5, Split Happens 45.5, Custom Outfitter 44.5, Main Street Cafe 36.5, Kassel Tap 35, Hauge Dental 30. Individual games: Shirley Wiswell 202, Toni Sloper 196, Audrey Ruck 192. Individual series: Shirley Wiswell 509, Sudrey Ruck 506, Jane Smith 497. Team games: Hauge Dental 829, Gutter Dusters 813, Kassel Tap 807. Team series: Jeff’s Small Engine 2358, Hauge Dental 2351, Kassel Tap 2326. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 32, Thirsty Otter 24, Loveless Lake Bar 22, Adamark Repair 20, Maxwell Heating & Air 20, McKenzie Lanes 18, Suzie Q’s

16, 5 J’s Sports Bar 8. Men’s games: Jeff Lhemann 252, Mike Welling 228, Eric Hoffman & Mark Kamish 225. Men’s series: Mike Welling and Mark Kamish 618, Mark Anderson 610. Women’s games: Pamela Knoche 211, Jeanne Kizer 153, Dixie Runberg 151. Women’s series: Pamela Knoche 560, Jeanne Kizer 446, Dixie Runberg 425. Team games: 5 J’s Sports Bar 760. Team series: Gehrman Auto Body 2084. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 23, Fox Ridge Farm 23, Jeff’s Small Engine 19, Captain’s Bar & Grill 16, McKenzie Lanes 11, Dalles Electric 7, 5 J’s Sports Bar 5, Hanjo Farms 4. Individual games: Jason Steffen 300, Darren McKenzie 268, Jeff Lehmann 257. Individual series: Jesse Schultz 702, Rick Katzmark 679, Darren McKenzie 676. Team games: McKenzie Lanes 1169, Tiger Express 1129. Team series: Fox Ridge Farm 3163, Tiger Express 3115. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Soul Sisters 82.5, Hauge Dental 82.5, Central Bank 81.5, TL Enterprise 70, Hack’s Pub 69.5, JJ’s 61.5, Cutting Edge Pro 53, Eagle Valley Bank 43.5. Individual games: Jennifer Whelan 225, Dawn High 210, Alisa Lamb 200. Individual series: Jennifer Whelan 533, Dawn High 520, Alisa Lamb 507. Team games: Soul Sisters 663, Cutting Edge Pro 623, Hack’s Pub 621. Team series: Soul Sisters 1905, Hack’s Pub 1782, Hauge Dental 1685.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 18-2, Zia Louisa’s 14-6, The Tap 7-13, Black & Orange 1-19. Individual games: Linda Strong (ZL) 206, Sally Casey (ZL) 176, Mary Eifler (GDS) 170. Individual series: Linda Strong (ZL) 519, Sally Casey (ZL) 465, Claudia Peterson (T) 454. Team games: Zia Louisa’s 928, The Tap 913, Gandy Dancer Saloon 901. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 2743, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2626, The Tap 2584. Games 50 or more above avg.: Linda Strong 206 (+66). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, Gob’s Gals, A&H Country Market, West Point Lodge.

Individual games: Vivian Marx (GG) 192, Jan Budge (TS) 185, Vivian Marx (GG) 179. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 540, Jan Budge (TS) 470, Cindy Hesik (GG) 404. Team games: Gob’s Gals 599 & 571, The Shop 567. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1695, The Shop 1600, A&H country Market 1380. Games 50 or more above avg.: Jan Budge. Splits converted: 5-7: Cici Abbott. 2-510: Laura Main. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 10-2, Flower Power 9-3, Larry’s LP 5-7, Vacant 0-12. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 187, Sandy Buhil (NL) 180, Cheryl Scallon (NL) 171, Individual series: Sandy Buhil (NL) 517, Jennifer Kern (L) 488, Cheryl Scallon (NL) 470. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 867, Larry’s LP 828, Flower Power 823. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 2556, Flower Power 2435, Larry’s LP 2360. Games 50 or more above avg.: Sandy Buhil 180 (+51). Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 6.5-1.5, Northwoods Lumber 6-2, Black & Orange 2-6, Lions 1.5-6.5. Individual games: Curt Phelps & Ed Phelps (BL) 216, Monte Rinnman (NL) 212, Josh Johnson 207. Individual series: Monte Rinnman & Fred Zajac (NL) 588, Curt Phelps (BL) 573, Larry Johnson (L) 569. Team games: Bump’s Lakeside 1076, Northwoods Lumber 1046, Lions 1035. Team series: Bump’s Lakeside 3065, Lions 2982, Northwoods Lumber 2940. Games 50 or more above avg.: Ed Phelps 216 (+50). Early Risers Standings: 10th Hole 13-7, Gandy Dancer Saloon 13-7, The Granary 1010, Black & Orange 4-16. Individual games: Mary Reese (TG) 186, Claudia Peterson (GDS) 181, Pam Dildine (10th) 160. Individual series: Claudia Peterson (GDS) 488, Pam Dildine (10th) 443, Evie Engebretson & Mary Reese (TG) 437. Team games: The Granary 715, Gandy Dancer Saloon 714, 10th Hole 711. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2068, The Granary 2062, 10th Hole 2053.





Lady Pirates outlast Tigers Webster falls victim to clock, turnovers, but shows signs of improvement Grantsburg 56, Webster 51 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer WEBSTER – Grantsburg’s girls basketball team held on for a victory over the Webster Tigers Friday night, Jan. 29. Webster’s Lydia Wilson took the honors of the leading scorer, hitting 22, followed by Allison Mulroy with 11 points, and Kaitlin Moser with nine. The Pirates had an interesting night, with their leading scorer, Cassidy Lee, getting a few early fouls and taking a seat to watch most of the first-half action. The Tigers held a slim first-half lead 30-28. In the second half, Lee went down hard with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. After being helped off the court and to the locker room, she returned with a large bag of ice on her knee. The game seemed to slow down with several turnovers. After that point, Grantsburg took control, taking the lead and the momentum.

Webster’s Allison Mulroy shoots for two of her 11 points over Grantsburg’s Livi Tucker on Friday, Jan. 29, at Webster. – Photos by Scott Hoffman

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL Overall 13-1 10-4 11-4 7-9 6-9 5-9 2-12

Scores Thursday, Jan. 28 Siren 59, Drummond 46 Friday, Jan. 29 Siren 73, St. Croix Falls 63 Unity 55, Luck 52 Grantsburg 58, Webster 29 Saturday, Jan. 30 Frederic 58, Elmwood/Plum City 53 Monday, Feb. 1 Webster 65, Cumberland 46 Cameron 94, St. Croix Falls 42 Tuesday, Feb. 2 Frederic at Grantsburg (Canceled) Webster at Luck (Canceled) Siren at Unity (Canceled)

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

Overall 12-4 13-3 8-4 7-9 6-9 8-9 4-11

Scores Thursday, Jan. 28 Luck 63, Solon Springs 50 Friday, Jan. 29 Siren 52, St. Croix Falls 49 Unity 41, Luck 39 Grantsburg 56, Webster 51 Monday, Feb. 1 Cumberland 41, Webster 32 Tuesday, Feb. 2 Webster at Luck (Canceled) Siren at Unity (Canceled) Frederic at Grantsburg (Canceled) St. Croix Falls at Amery (Canceled) Upcoming Friday, Feb. 5 5:45 p.m. Siren at Frederic (DH) Luck at Grantsburg (DH) Unity at St. Croix Falls (DH) Webster at Turtle Lake (DH) Tuesday, Feb. 9 5:45 p.m. Shell Lake at Frederic (DH) Turtle Lake at Luck(DH) Winter at Webster (DH Bruce at Unity 7:15 p.m. Osceola at St. Croix Falls Flambeau at Siren 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Spooner

Upcoming Friday, Feb. 5 7:15 p.m. Siren at Frederic (DH) Luck at Grantsburg (DH) Unity at St. Croix Falls (DH) Webster at Turtle Lake (DH) Tuesday, Feb. 9 7:15 p.m. Shell Lake at Frederic (DH) Turtle Lake at Luck (DH) Winter at Webster DH) Siren at Birchwood Grantsburg at Clear Lake St. Croix Falls at Cumberland Clayton at Unity

What looked to be a rugby scrum broke out in the second half of a Grantsburg versus Webster West Lakeland Conference battle Friday, Jan. 29. – Photos by Scott Hoffman

Grantsburg makes Webster their 10th victim


BOYS HOCKEY Standings Conference 2-7

Pirates skin Tigers


West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 8-0 Grantsburg Pirates 6-2 Luck Cardinals 5-3 Siren Dragons 3-4 Frederic Vikings 3-4 Webster Tigers 1-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 1-7

Team Blizzard

Livi Tucker had a great night, scoring 18 points for the Pirates, and was complimented by Pirate coach Penny Curtin with a “great game offensively. Violet Ohnstad added seven points and worked tough inside to shut down their inside game. Webster is a much-improved team and we were happy to come away with a win.” During the last few minutes, the Pirates played keepaway and the Webster girls couldn’t seem to buy a foul. Webster head coach Matt Wood was happy to see improvement even in a losing effort. “I was extremely satisfied with how we played against Grantsburg. They beat us by 37 points last time, so it just shows how much we have improved as a basketball team. Unfortunately, we could not get some bounces at the end of the game to pull it off. Lydia, Allison and Kaitlin did a great job of taking care of the basketball and putting up points. We also got great contributions defensively from Mahi Mosher and Sam Nelson; it was their job to shut down Lee and they did it pretty dang well. Grantsburg is a really tough team, Cassidy Lee is a remarkable player and our girls did a great job limiting her scoring opportunities. They will be tough to beat come tournament time!”

Overall 7-9-1

Scores Thursday, Jan. 28 New Richmond 6, Blizzard 0 Saturday, Jan. 30 Blizzard 7, Chequamegon/Phillips 0 Tuesday, Feb. 2 Pine City, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg (Canceled) Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 4 7 p.m. Blizzard vs. Regis at Hobbs Ice Arena, Eau Claire Saturday, Feb. 6 3 p.m. Blizzard vs. Ashland at Siren Tuesday, Feb. 9 7 p.m. Blizzard at Rice Lake

Upcoming Saturday, Feb. 6 10 a.m. Lakeland Conference tournament at Cameron (LFGS, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Saturday, Feb. 13 10:30 a.m. Division 2 regionals at Amery (Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren) 10:30 a.m. Division 3 regionals at Cumberland (St. Croix Falls, Unity)

GYMNASTICS Upcoming Thursday, Feb. 11 6:30 a.m. Grantsburg vs. Superior at Grantsburg (Grantsburg Community Center)

GIRLS HOCKEY Team Blizzard

Standings Conference 0-6

Scores Saturday, Jan. 30 Middleton 4, Blizzard 1 Tuesday, Feb. 2 Blizzard vs. Hayward at Siren (Canceled) Upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 9 7 p.m. Blizzard at Superior Thursday, Feb. 11 6 p.m. Blizzard at Onalaska

Overall 0-13

Grantsburg 58, Webster 29 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer WEBSTER – Webster’s youthful enthusiasm showed against Grantsburg Friday, Jan. 29, with Trevor Gustafson, 10 points, and Jack Washburn’s eight points, but the Grantsburg Pirate boys came out hitting on all cylinders. Jordan Knutson hit from downtown and Pirates freshman Leo Chenal hit from the inside. Chenal had a career night with 18 points, and was a force to be reckoned with. Webster finally came to life with about five minutes left in the first half, bringing it to within a few buckets with a couple of 3-pointers. One pretty play was Grantsburg’s Majel Schmaltz, leaping up out of bounds intercepting a pass and throwing it to a teammate before landing out of bounds. Jack Washburn goes up to the hoop while being defended by Grantsburg’s Austin Olson and Jordan Kuntson.




No grouse breast with tortellini cream sauce dinner for this hunter My shooting skills were poor at best last week, downright despicable and quite frankly, embarrassing as I canvassed my family’s property in Barron County in search of just one Marty ruffed grouse before the season closed, SunSeeger day, Jan. 31. I’d spent every spare moment of free time that I could The find to hike around the Bottom woods, which totaled about eight hours in Line three different days of hunting. That’s about what it took to poke around the areas I knew held grouse this past fall or in previous years. About two years ago I purchased a new shotgun that I could use for hunting more than one species, including grouse, turkey and ducks or geese, should I ever find time to put that on the schedule. It’s nothing fancy, and I’m still in what I’d consider the break-in period, but it was clear by the end of the day on Saturday that I desperately need to spend a lot more time at the range, honing my shooting skills. At one point I literally questioned whether or not any pellets were coming out of the barrel. It wasn’t until about my third miss that I realized there were indeed pellets flying out of the barrel, as indicated on the freshly

shot prickly ash and alder branches in front of me. It was that bad, and on my next outing I switched choke tubes and did a little research only to have similar results. Perhaps this gun will be used solely for turkeys or geese from now on. Maybe I’ll research for another shotgun more specific for grouse. Always fun to add another gun to the mix. To my credit, most of the grouse that flushed ahead of me were well out of range or the brush was just too thick to really get off a decent shot. It’s one of the many challenges of grouse hunting, especially without the aid of a good bird dog to alert you ahead of time that a grouse was near. On one of the windier days, birds were already gone before I could shoulder the gun for a shot. Oh well. The ruffed grouse population in my area seemed to be better than good this year, and a big part of that is the result of habitat improvements made on the property about five to six years ago, via DNR landowner incentive program. The initial logging and clear-cutting of a big swath of the property was certainly an eye-opener at first. Areas that hadn’t been exposed to the sun in years were suddenly naked and void of all but a couple of lonely white pines and young oak trees. But in just a couple of years aspen and popple quickly took over, and currently, the more than 15-foot saplings offer little to no visibility to see through and are tough to walk in. It’s perfect grouse habitat and offers quality deer bedding and browsing areas and helps to benefit numerous other wildlife. After several loops around the property a week earlier and seeing, shooting and missing a handful of grouse, I entered another part of the property that had been logged off and was occupied by numerous signs of deer in early fall. But with the snowfall and limited

nearby food sources, deer signs were nearly nonexistent and only a pair of coyote and fisher tracks were visible in the snow. I moved further into the river bottom, ducking low beneath the brush and occasionally scooping my stocking cap off the ground as it caught on prickly ash. At one moment I was nearly on my knees, funneling through the brush when a spot on the snow, barely larger than a half dollar shone through the snow. I knew instantly it was a shed antler but had no idea how nice it was when I ripped it out from under the snow. It was pure luck that I had stumbled upon such a thing, as I’ve spent many years and hours of shed hunting only to find one side a tiny fork horn or smaller during most years. I have yet to find a match after all those years, and this antler had been lying under the snow for some time. My guess was that it had been dropped, or cast as they say, in early January when there was little to no snow on the ground. I’ve canvassed the area and visited it twice since then looking for the matching side without any luck, but after the big snowfall early this week it might not be until spring that I’ll get an opportunity to search again. And judging by the damage done to the antler by mice and squirrels, I may not ever find the other side, yet knowing this caliber of buck is still likely wandering around in the area is enough to get excited for the fall hunting season. Even more exciting, is that this is a different buck than one I had been after all last fall, so there’s a chance both will still be in the area next fall. This is also a buck nobody in my family had on a trail camera, which is pretty amazing given all of the photos over the past several months. This was never meant to be a shed-hunting excursion, but it turned out to be one after a largely unsuccessful grouse hunt if you define success as

The author stumbled upon a lucky find while grouse hunting recently. – Photos by Marty Seeger actually bringing something home from the woods to eat. It’s going to be a long wait before I’ll get to go after grouse again next fall. It will feel even longer before I’ll get to try the grouse breast with tortellini cream sauce recipe I’d hoped to create for a nice family dinner. There’s always chicken, of course, but it’s never the same as something from the wild.

131,402 permits issued for 2016 spring turkey hunt 109,367 remaining permits available beginning mid-March MADISON – The 2016 spring turkey permit drawing has ended, and 131,402 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits. A total of 240,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2016 turkey season. Postcard notifications have been mailed to successful applicants - hunters can also monitor permit status online through the Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center or via the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-936-7463. Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale starting March 21 with Zone 1 The 109,367 leftover permits for the 2016 spring turkey hunting season will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day. Each zone will have a designated sales date and will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Extra turkey tags can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone and time period sells out or the season closes. Scheduled sales dates for zones have leftover permits, and are as follows: • Zone 1 - Monday, March 21; • Zone 2 - Tuesday, March 22; • Zone 3 - Wednesday, March 23; • Zone 4 - Thursday, March 24; and • Zones 5, 6 and 7 - Friday, March 25 (due to the low number of permits left

in these units, sales have been combined into one day). After zone-only sales days, all remaining turkey tags will be made available for purchase Saturday, March 26. Hunters are encouraged to check the turkey zone map to verify where they would like to hunt and use the department’s turkey permit availability page to see if permits are available for the period and zone in which they wish to hunt. Leftover turkey permits will cost $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents - each will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. All hunters will be required to purchase a spring turkey license and 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp or are a 2016 Conservation Patron License holder. Leftover permit purchases will not affect preference point status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

Go Wild This year’s over-the-counter spring turkey permit sales will be one of the first opportunities for hunters to Go Wild. This new system allows customers to purchase licenses and renew recreational vehicles all in one stop. Leftover spring turkey permits can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center, licensing agents and DNR servicing centers. Please note that telephone sales are no longer available. Hunters with any questions regarding permits can contact the DNR Customer

Call Center, open 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-936-7463. For more information regarding Go Wild, visit

Spring turkey periods run for seven days In 2016, the spring turkey season will run from April 13 through May 24, with six seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. A total of seven zones and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting. Hunters are reminded that spring turkey permits are no longer available in any of the previous state park hunting zones following a 2014 rule change. While these permits have been eliminated, state parks will remain open for spring turkey hunting during the first-three time periods only, and have been absorbed into surrounding turkey management zones. For example, a hunter wishing to hunt within Governor Dodge State Park, previously Zone 1A, may still do so with a Zone 1 permit. For more information regarding hunting within state parks, visit dnr. and search keywords state park hunting. Hunters are reminded that the Fort McCoy spring turkey hunting season is managed separately from the state of Wisconsin spring turkey hunt. Hunters who do not receive an approval to hunt turkeys through the state drawing in a Wisconsin turkey hunting zone for the 2016 spring season are eligible to apply for a spring permit at Fort McCoy. Applications can be obtained from Fort McCoy

by calling 608-388-3337 or visiting mccoy.

Youth turkey hunt set for April 9-10 Youth ages 12-15 who have completed hunter education may hunt during the youth hunt on April 9 and 10 while accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. In addition, thanks to the Mentored Hunting Program, turkey hunters ages 10 and 11 may also participate in the 2016 youth turkey hunt without first having completed hunter education, as long as they do so with a qualified adult mentor and follow program rules. Each youth hunter must have a valid spring 2016 turkey harvest permit, license and Wild Turkey Stamp, and may hunt in the turkey management zone for which their permit is valid, regardless of the time period for which their permit is issued. Youth hunters may harvest only one male or bearded turkey during the two-day hunt. Youth who do not successfully harvest a turkey during the youth hunt may use their unfilled permit during the time period and in the zone for which the permit was issued. All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply. A limited number of turkey hunter education clinics are being offered this spring in southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, search keywords turkey clinics. For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword turkey. – from



Resolutions and Ordinances: Chairman Johnson relinquished the chair to Vice Chairman Jepsen for the purpose of addressing Resolutions 02-16 & 03-16. Acting as Chair, Vice Chairman assumed the chair to preside over the meeting.



RESOLUTION CALLING FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDED GANDY DANCER TRAIL - POLK COUNTY SEGMENT MASTER PLAN TO THE HONORABLE SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF THE COUNTY OF POLK: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution 20-15, the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee has developed and submitted a proposed amendment to the 1990 Gandy Dancer Trail Master Plan Polk County Segment; and WHEREAS, the proposed amendment, Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan, updates the 1990 plan in its entirety and provides for limited motorized use consistent with intent of the Polk County Board of Supervisors; and WHEREAS, due to the substantive changes contained in the Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan, the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee has recommended that the Polk County Board of Supervisors approve the proposed plan amendment for purposes of a public hearing to be held by the Committee. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors approves the Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan, as attached hereto and incorporated herein, for purpose of conducting a public hearing. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee is directed to call and hold a public hearing on the Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that following said public hearing, the Committee is directed to forward its final recommendations to Polk County Board of Supervisors, including those which may require final approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or the State of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation as to Appropriation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: January 19, 2016. Submitted by: Kim A. O’Connell. Reviewed by: Andrea Jerrick for Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 02-16: Resolution Calling For Public Hearing On Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan as follows: as amended: Adopted by simple majority of the Board of Supervisors by a vote of 8 in favor and 1 against. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Acting Chairman Jepsen called to the floor, Resolution 02-16, Resolution calling for Public Hearing on Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan. Motion (Edgell/Moriak) to approve Resolution 02-16. Supervisor O’Connell and Corporation Counsel addressed the resolution. Motion (Edgell/Hallberg) to amend Resolution No. 02-16. The amendment would strike wording from Page 7 of the proposed Gandy Dancer Trail Polk County Segment Master Plan as follows: Page 7, Paragraph 5, No. 2. Only two designated Special Use motorized events will be authorized for year 2016 and they must occur before the Saturday following Labor Day. Those events are the existing Veterans ATV ride and the Antique Car Ride. No Special Use motorized events will be permitted starting in the year 2017. Motion to amend Resolution 02-16 carried by voice vote, 1 opposed. Motion (Johnson) to further amend Resolution 02-16 failed to receive a second. No further action taken. Motion (Johnson/O’Connell) to further amend Resolution 02-16 by adding under paragraph 5, No. 2, the following: “Two Special Use Events will be allowed for nonmotorized events to occur during the motorized time of trail operation.” Motion to amend, carried by unanimous voice vote. Acting Chairman Jepsen called for a vote on Resolution 02-16, as amended. Motion to approve Resolution 02-16 as amended, carried by voice vote, 1 opposed. Resolution Adopted. A complete copy of the proposed plan is available for viewing in the County Clerk’s office and on the county website.

JANUARY 19, 2016 - 6 p.m.

Chairman Johnson called the regular January 19, 2016, meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 p.m. Chairman Johnson recognized the County Clerk for purposes of receiving evidence of proper notice. The County Clerk stated that the notice of meeting was properly posted in three public buildings, distributed to all media and posted on the county website on January 8, 2016. In addition, the Office of the County Clerk distributed on January 8, 2016, copies of such notice of meeting and proposed resolutions to supervisors in accordance with Article 3, section 2 of the County Board Rules of Order. The County Board received the verbal opinion of Corporation Counsel that the initial advance written meeting notice, posted and distributed, as described by the County Clerk, satisfied the applicable provisions of Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Corporation Counsel further clarified that the lack of publication was inconsistent with Article 3, paragraph 3 of the Polk County Board Rules of Order. The inconsistency did not constitute a violation of law, but that it would be necessary to suspend the Polk County Board Rules of Order in order to consider the matters noticed on the agenda. Chairman Johnson recognized the County Clerk for purposes of taking roll call. Chairman Johnson informed the board, 6 members were excused from the meeting. Roll call was taken with 9 members present. Those members excused were: Supervisors Johansen, Sample, Caspersen, Luke, Nelson and Bonneprise. Chairman Johnson declared the presence of a quorum. Chairman Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman Johnson asked for a volunteer for a Time of Reflection. None offered. Chairman called for a motion to approve the agenda. Chairman Johnson called for a motion to suspend the Rules as recommended by counsel before taking up the motion to approve the agenda. Motion (Jepsen/Moriak) to suspend the Polk County Board Rules of Order to conduct the business matters contained on the meeting notice. Motion to Suspend the Rules, carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson called for a motion to approve the agenda as noticed. Motion (Schmidt/Edgell) to approve the agenda as noticed. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.


RESOLUTION TO GRANT A ZONING DISTRICT CHANGE & TO AMEND ZONING DISTRICT MAP FOR TOWN OF ALDEN TO THE HONORABLE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF POLK, WISCONSIN: WHEREAS, Jon & Susan Everson has petitioned the Polk County Board of Supervisors requesting that a parcel of real estate be rezoned Commercial District, thereby removing said parcel from the Agricultural District; and WHEREAS, the Town Board of Alden has not objected to said District Change; and WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. at the Polk County Government Center by the Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee of the Polk County Board of Supervisors as required by the provisions of Wisconsin Statute Section 59.69 (5) (e) regarding said District Change; and WHEREAS, at said public hearing objections were filed with regard to said proposed Zoning District Change; and WHEREAS, the Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee of the Polk County Board of Supervisors has reviewed said proposed Zoning District Change, and has recommended that the Polk County Board of Supervisors grant said proposed change. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors grants the proposed zoning change. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.69(5)(e), the Polk County Board of Supervisors does hereby amend the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to provide that the following described parcel of real estate be removed from the Agricultural District and be rezoned to the Commercial District: Commencing at the southwest comer of Section 14/T32N/R18W due North along section line 2,640’ to north line of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 thence East 950’ along north line of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 to the Point of Beginning, thence south 692’ parallel to the west section line of Section 14, thence 215’ due East, thence North 470’ parallel to said section line, thence 150’ due west, thence North 222’ parallel to said section line, thence West 65’ along north line of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 to the POB, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin, (approximately 2.64 acres). BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said district change to be recorded on the Zoning District map of the Town of Alden, which is on file in the office of the Polk County Zoning Administrator pursuant to Section II (2) of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance. Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Finance Committee Recommendation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage and Publication. Submitted and sponsored by the Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee: Warren Nelson, Kim A. O’Connell, James S. Edgell, Craig Moriak and Dale Wood. Reviewed by: Andrea Jerrick for Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted the above-entitled resolution, Resolution 01-16: Resolution To Grant A Zoning District Change And To Amend Zoning District Map For Town Of Alden by a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Chairman Johnson called for a motion to approve items b and c of the Consent Agenda. Motion (O’Connell/Edgell) to approve items b and c, containing the minutes of the December 15, 2015, County Board Meeting and Resolution 01-16, Resolution To Grant A Zoning District Change And To Amend Zoning District Map For Town of Alden. Motion to approve the December 15, 2015, minutes and approve Resolution 01-16, carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution Adopted. Time was given for public comment. None offered. Chairman Johnson introduced Law Enforcement Officer Jeff Hahn for a presentation on the Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) now in use by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The County Board received said presentation. Time was given for Receipt and Discussion of Committee Reports. Chairman’s Report was received as presented by Chairman Johnson Chairman Johnson recognized Administrator Frey for the purposes of receiving the Administrator’s Report. The County Board received the Administrator’s Report. Chairman Johnson recognized Administrator Frey for the purpose of the Board to receive the Administrator’s appointments. The County Board received the Administrator’s appointments of Mark Kopp to the Polk County Housing Authority and Sue Duerkop to the Indianhead Federated Library System (FLS). Chairman Johnson called for a motion to approve Administrator’s appointments of Mark Kopp to the Polk County Housing Authority and Sue Duerkop to the Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS). Motion (Edgell/Hallberg) to confirm the Administrator’s appointments of Mark Kopp and Sue Duerkop as received. Motion to confirm Administrator’s appointments, carried by unanimous voice vote.


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RESOLUTION TO DELEGATE POWER TO ALLOW FOR PAYMENT PER DIEM CLAIMS OF PERSONS APPOINTED TO PUBLIC INLAND LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 01-15, providing for certain per diem compensation to those citizens whose appointment as commissioners to the boards of public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts are confirmed by the Polk County Board of Supervisors; and WHEREAS, Corporation Counsel has advised that such per diem claims require consideration by the Polk County Board of Supervisors pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.52(12) because Resolution 01-15 lacks language that would otherwise determine the manner in which per diems claimed by such persons are to be approved or allowed for payment; and WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the County to delegate such authority to provide for timely and cost-effectively processing of per diem claims consistent with the intent of the Polk County Board of Supervisors as expressed in Resolution 01-15. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors delegates to the County Finance Manager the power to allow for payment consistent with Resolution 01-15 those per diem claims submitted by persons whose appointment as commissioners to the boards of public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts are confirmed by the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Finance Committee Appropriation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted To County Board: January 19, 2016. Submitted and sponsored by: William Johnson. Reviewed by: Andrea Jerrick for Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 03-16: Resolution To Delegate Power To Allow For Payment Per Diem Claims Of Persons Appointed To Public Inland Lake Protection And Rehabilitation District Board Of Commissioners, as follows as amended: adopted by a unanimous vote. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk


6. The petition is verified by one of the petitioners and accompanied by a map, which is attached to and incorporated in the petition that indicates the approximate area and boundaries of the proposed district. 7. Based upon tax roll information supplied by Polk and Barron counties, the proposed district is comprised of 279 real properties. 8. The petition contains the signatures of persons owning 169 real properties that are within the proposed district. 9. The petition contains the requisite number of signatures of owners of lands within the proposed district. The petition contains signatures of owners of 60.57% of the lands within the district, exceeding the statutory threshold that the petition contain the signature of owners of 51% of the lands within the proposed district. 10. The petition contains signatures of 278 persons who are owners, property owners or landowners as such terms are defined by Wisconsin Statute Section 33.01(9)(am). 11. The proposed district as petitioned is necessary for the protection and rehabilitation of Horseshoe Lake. 12. The public health, comfort, convenience, necessity or public welfare will be promoted by the establishment of the district, and that the properties identified in the petition as the properties to be included in the district will be benefited by the establishment of the proposed district through studies that define the present and anticipated problems of Horseshoe Lake, identify their causes and by the implementation of remedial measures and activities which protect the Horseshoe Lake fishery, maintain appropriate lake levels, reduce sedimentation, control invasive species and promote the harmonious usage of the lake’s surface. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.26(3), the Polk County Board of Supervisors declares organized the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, which shall have the corporate name and be known as “Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.” BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Sections 33.26(3) and 33.37, the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the boundaries of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District to be any real property having lake frontage on Horseshoe Lake and lying within district boundaries, as follows: Polk County Wisconsin Section 01 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lot 8; Section 12 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, 4; Section 13 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2; Section 14 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, Plat Morning Side Park; Section 13 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, Plat Lake View Park, Plat Wycoff Sandy Point Park; Section 12 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lot 5;

Acting Chairman Jepsen, called to the floor, Resolution 03-16, Resolution To Allow Per Diem Claims Of Persons Appointed To Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Board of Commissioners. Motion (Johnson/Arcand) to approve Resolution 03-16. Motion (Arcand/Johnson) to amend Resolution 03-16, to insert following Line 17, as follows: “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors does authorize that persons appointed and confirmed pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.28(2)(a) shall receive compensation as identified in Resolution 38-13 and Resolution 46-15, without a meeting limitation as provided for in Resolution 01-15. “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the provisions of Resolution 01-15 not affected by Resolution 03-16 shall remain in effect and continue unchanged.” Acting Chair Jepsen called for the vote on the motion to amend Resolution 03-16. Motion to amend Resolution 03-16 carried by unanimous voice vote. Acting Chair Jepsen called for a vote on Resolution 03-16 as amended. Motion to approve Resolution 03-16, as amended, carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution Adopted. Acting Chair Jepsen relinquished the chair for the purpose of Chairman Johnson resuming the chair. Chairman Johnson assumed the chair and called for a 15-minute break, 7:15 p.m. Chairman Johnson called the meeting back in session, 7:30 p.m.


RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PETITION TO ESTABLISH THE HORSESHOE LAKE PUBLIC INLAND LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WHEREAS, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.25(1) the County Clerk did receive on September 14, 2015, a petition requesting the establishment of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District; and WHEREAS, after due and sufficient public notice, the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee did, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.26(1), on October 7, 2015, conduct a public hearing on said petition wherein the committee received public testimony in support of said petition; objections, criticisms or suggestions as to the necessity of the proposed district as outlined in the petition; comments to the question of whether the properties within the proposed district would benefit by the establishment of the proposed district; and information from the County Clerk that no objections to the formation of such district were filed with the County Clerk; and WHEREAS, in addition to a review of the petition and receipt of public testimony concerning the petition, the committee has received tax parcel information from Polk County and Barron County with regard to the lands within the proposed district; and WHEREAS, on December 2, 2015, the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee recommended that the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution that grants the petition consistent with the findings, district boundaries, district name and confirms the appointment of initial district board of commissioners as set forth herein; and WHEREAS, having the assigned function of serving as the land conservation committee, the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee has nominated for appointment four (4) persons for the initial district board of commissioners, which shall be composed of five (5) persons, including the three (3) owners of property within the district, including at least one of whom is a resident of the district, and one (1) person whose appointment shall be made by the town board of the town having the largest portion by valuation within the petitioned district; and WHEREAS, the four (4) persons nominated by the Committee for appointment to the initial board of commissioners are, consistent with Resolution 0115, as much as practicable, persons who are not seated on the Polk County Board of Supervisors or the Committee. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Sections 33.25(1); 33.26(1) and 33.37, the Polk County Board of Supervisors finds, as follows:

Barron County Wisconsin Section 06 Town 34N Range 14W, SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4; Section 07 Town 34N Range 14W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Plat Nessen Park, Plat North Nessen Park. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Sections 33.27 (1), the Polk County Board of Supervisors does confirm the appointment of four (4) owners of property within the district to serve as commissioners of the initial board of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District until the first annual meeting of said district, as follows: 1. Joe Waldo, resident property owner; 2. Craig Nackerud, district property owner and nonresident; 3. Pamela Nelson, resident property owner; and 4. Paul Falb, resident property owner, who shall serve as the Committee designee pursuant to Sections 33.27(1) and 33.28(2). BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the per diem provisions of Resolution 01-15 shall first apply to the meetings of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Board held after the first annual meeting of the district is be held pursuant to Section 33.30. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs the County Clerk to cause to be served a certified copy of this resolution with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Barron County Clerk. Funding amount: N/A. Funding source: N/A. Date Reviewed as to Appropriations: N/A. Committee Recommendation as to Appropriation: N/A. Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted To County Board: January 19, 2016. Submitted and sponsored by the Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee: Kim A. O’Connell. Reviewed by: Andrea Jerrick for Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 04-16: Resolution Concerning The Petition To Establish The Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection And Rehabilitation District, as follows: adopted by a unanimous vote. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk Chairman Johnson called to the floor, Resolution 04-16, Resolution Concerning The Petition To Establish The Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Protection And Rehabilitation District. Motion (Edgell/Jepsen) to approve Resolution 0416. Supervisor O’Connell and Corporation Counsel addressed the resolution. Chairman Johnson recognized Administrator Frey for purposes of the County Board to receive the confirmation of the Administrator’s appointment of persons to serve as commissioners on the initial board of the proposed district. Administrator Frey confirmed to the County Board that the Administrator’s appointments to the initial board of the district concurred with nominations made by the CDRE Committee as reflected in the resolution. Motion to approve Resolution 04-16 carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution Adopted. Time was given for Supervisor reports. None offered. Motion (Demulling/Hallberg) to adjourn. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson declared meeting adjourned 7:38 p.m.

1. On September 14, 2015, there was filed in the office of Polk County Clerk a petition for the establishment of a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.25. 2. Said petition satisfies the requisites of contents set forth in Section 33.25(2)(a)-(d), as follows: a. The petition proposed the name of the district of the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. b. The petition set forth the necessity to establish the proposed district to define the present and anticipated problems of Horseshoe Lake; to identify their causes and to implement remedial measures to deal with such problems; and to undertake activities for the protection of the lake fishery, maintenance of appropriate lake levels, reduction of sedimentation, control of invasive species and promote harmonious usage of the lake’s surface. c. The petition stated that public health, comfort, convenience, necessity or public welfare will be promoted by the establishment of the district and that the lands to be included therein will be benefited by the establishment of the petitioned for district. d. The petition identified the lands and territory to be in the proposed district and benefitted by the establishment of the proposed district are as follows: “Any parcel having lake-frontage boundaries on Horseshoe Lake and lying within: Polk County, Wisconsin Section 01 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lot 8; Section 12 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, 4; Section 13 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2; Section 14 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, Plat Morning Side Park; Section 13 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, Plat Lake View Park, Plat Wycoff Sandy Point Park; Section 12 Township 34N Range 15W Government Lot 5; Barron County, Wisconsin Section 06 Town 34N Range 14W, SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4; Section 07 Town 34N Range 14W Government Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Plat Nessen Park, Plat North Nessen Park.” 3. The proposed district is in the counties of Polk and Barron. 4. The largest portion, by valuation, of the proposed district lies within Polk County. 5. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 33.27, it is appropriate for the Polk County Board of Supervisors to have jurisdiction over the petition.


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I, Carole T. Wondra, County Clerk for Polk County, do hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the County Board Proceedings of the Polk County Board of Supervisors Session held on January 19, 2016. Carole T. Wondra Polk County Clerk


W3TFL completes tobacco-compliance checks

WESTERN WISCONSIN - Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living congratulates all the tobacco retailers that were checked in 2015 and did not sell tobacco to minors during the Wisconsin Wins tobacco-compliance checks. The rate of retailers that sold across the state in 2015 is 6.8 percent, meaning 93.2 percent of the tobacco retailers across the state are in compliance with the law. Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living completed the compliance checks in Burnett, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties. Overall between the

five counties, 23 retailers sold to minors during their checks last year, which means 89.5 percent of the establishments checked within the five counties were in compliance with the law that prohibits sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 18. • Burnett County had zero sales to minors, 100 percent compliant. • Pierce County had 10 sales to minors, 73 percent compliant. • Polk County had five sales to minors, 91.3 percent compliant.

• Rusk County had one sale to a minor, 92.3 percent compliant. • St. Croix County had seven sales to minors, 90.8 percent compliant. For more on local tobacco-prevention control efforts, visit the W3TFL website at or like them on Facebook, For more information on stopping the sale of tobacco to youth, visit – from W3TFL

Historical energy-related items sought for exhibit

by humanity, using local examples when possible. Starting with the Big Bang and continuing through our history, it will also take a look into the future and describe some of the options which may be available. They expect the exhibit to be displayed first at LAHS and later at other interested sites, whether schools, libraries, other museums or community centers. Please Monthly Town Board consider whether you have Meeting Will Be Held something which might be useful for this exhibit. – Mon., Feb. 8, At 7 p.m. At submitted The Town Hall, 612 Hwy. 8.


NOTICES/EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Notice is hereby given that the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls. 641361 25L Janet Krueger, Clerk, Town of St. Croix Falls WNAXLP


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9 TAX DEED PARCELS ARE LISTED FOR SALE AT THE WISCONSIN SURPLUS ONLINE AUCTION WEBSITE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AT You can also access information about the parcels including their newly reduced minimum bid prices at


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used at the February 16, 2016, Spring Primary, will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, at the West Sweden Town Hall. This test is open to the general public. Phyllis Wilder, Clerk 641431 25L WNAXLP


The Monthly Board Meeting For The Town Of LaFollette Will Be Held At The LaFollette Town Hall On Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, At 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Verification of posting; clerk’s minutes; treasurer’s report; resident issues; road items; Siren Fire Department; Spring Primary Feb. 16, 2016; pay bills and look at correspondence. Next meeting March 14, 2016. 641387 Linda Terrian, Clerk 25L 15a


The Town Of McKinley Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tues., Feb. 9, 2016, At 6 p.m. At The McKinley Town Hall Agenda will be posted. Town of McKinley Anna M. Weaver, Clerk

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NOTICE TOWN OF APPLE RIVER PUBLIC TEST OF ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM TOWN HALL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016, 1 P.M. Notice is given that a public test of the Edge Voting machine will be conducted at the Town Hall located at 612 U.S. Highway 8 at the date, location and time specified above. Lisa Carlson, Town Clerk - 715-768-5002 641306 25L WNAXLP

TOWN OF STERLING ELECTRONIC VOTING EQUIPMENT TESTING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of electronic equipment to be used at the February 16, 2016, Election, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at the Cushing Community Center. Julie Peterson, 641370 25L WNAXLP Town of Sterling Clerk

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The regular Monthly Village Board Meeting will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W. Agenda will be posted at the Village Hall. Janice Schott Clerk 641200 25L

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photos and artifacts, but they are seeking more options, the better to provide some hands-on learning opportunities for the History of Energy exhibit. So if you or a family member or friend you know have some items that they might consider loaning for the exhibit, please call or email Jon Shafer, curator of the exhibit and vice president of the LAHS board, to describe what you have. If the item might be suitable for the exhibit, they will provide you with a receipt and documentation of the loan, as well as credit if the artifact is used in the exhibit. You can reach Shafer at 715-733-0480, 715-8665016, or by emailing him at Alternatively, you might call the LAHS Museum at 715-472-2030 and leave a message. They expect the energy exhibit to contain 12 panels providing an overview of the history of energy usage


LUCK - Do you have photos of the old electricity generator you had before REA brought electricity to the country? How about pictures of the springhouse your family used to keep milk and meat cool? Or a mill wheel or an old steam engine used to power threshing machines at harvesttime? The Luck Area Historical Society has received grants from Operation Roundup of the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and from the Friends of the Luck Library to create a History of Energy exhibit. While they are still seeking some additional assistance to complete funding of the exhibit, work is starting on the gathering or borrowing of artifacts to provide local examples of how local water mills, electrical generators or other early energy-related devices were used to heat, cool, harvest or energize machines. The Luck and other local museums have some


NOTICE OF POSITION OPENING Elementary School Long-term Substitute Teacher

Position: Long-term substitute position serving the Elementary School. Qualifications Necessary: Qualified applicants of high character should possess a high level of content knowledge; believe all students can learn and that teachers play an active role in the learning process; display strong communication, leadership and organizational skills; enjoy working with elementary school-age children; be willing to collaborate with colleagues and be dedicated individuals who exhibit a strong desire to improve student learning. Requirements: Applicants must have appropriate DPI licensure or be eligible for such licensure. How to Apply: Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application, District application (available at, resume, copy of license or evidence of license eligibility, transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation to: Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th Street/Hwy. 46 North Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267 Deadline: February 5, 2016 641021 24-25L 14a,d EOE 641362 25L 15a-e

Unity School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

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


A public test of the Village of Frederic’s Sequoia Voting System will be held at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Rd. W., on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. Janice Schott, Village Clerk 641386 25L WNAXLP

TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wis. PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING February 15, 2016 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 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. Todd Fulton requests an amendment to his current special exception for a marine supply retail store to also sell firearms and other sporting goods, plus other assorted retail items, at 2091 U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. The property is located in Section 27, T34 N, R 18W. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 641398 25-26L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED AMENDED POLK COUNTY SHORELAND PROTECTION ZONING ORDINANCE On February 17, 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 Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. The proposed amendment concerns substantial revisions to the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance, enacted April 1, 2010, to bring said ordinance into compliance with Wisconsin Statute Section 59.692, as amended by 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, and Wisconsin Administrative Code, s. NR.  115.05. The lands affected by the proposed amendment are any lands within Polk County that are within 1,000 feet of the ordinary high-water mark, any pond, lake or flowage and any lands within Polk County that are within 300 feet from the ordinary high-water mark of any river or stream or the landward side of the floodplain as provided by 641286 25-26L WNAXLP Wisconsin Statute Section 59.692(1)(b).    A copy of the existing Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance, proposed Amended Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning 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:


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Monday, February 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to order; approval of the agenda, Jacob Jensen 2. Citizen request to address the board a. Citizens who have signed up prior to the meeting; 3-minute limit. 3. New Business a. Approve contract for new finance manager. b. Approve the first read of Policy 672.1 purchasing guidelines. c. Discussion about meals and expenses at Ed. Convention. d. Conference Takeaways: Discussion about ideas that stood out for each Board Member/Superintendent. e. Discussion of strategic plan process, including vision/mission process. f. Discussion and possible approval to hire outside facilitator for strategic plan process. 4. Motion to convene into executive session per Wisconsin statute 19.85(1). 5. Reconvene to open session with possible action on executive session items. 641436 25L 6. Motion to adjourn.

TOWN OF LORAIN BOARD MEETING Thursday, February 11, 2016, At Lorain Town Hall At 7:30 p.m.

Agenda: Call meeting to order. Verify publication of meeting/roll call. Approve minutes of previous meetings. Approve treasurer reports. Motion by Board to pay bills. Old Business: New Business: Reports: Comprehensive commission, Fire Dept., Ambulance, Cemetery - possible board action by board on one 2015 personal property bill. Additional items for future meeting. Motion to adjourn. Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 641255 25L 15a



palletize boxes, operate packaging equipment and cut large blocks of cheese into saleable sizes for our cheese store. 6 a.m. work is complete, Mon. - Fri. with occasional Saturday. • Makeroom Operator - Full Time - 1st Shift: Assists the Cheesemakers in producing the highest quality mozzarella, provolone and other varieties. Three 12-hour shifts/week + one 8hour shift every other week. • Cheese Store Clerks & Bistro Staff - Part Time: Assists customers with their purchases and provides excellent customer service. 4 days a week, shift between 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Competitive wages and excellent benefits including 401(k) and profit sharing for all employees, health/dental/flexible spending and employer-paid life insurance/long-term disability and vacation for full-time employees. 641421 25-26L 15-16a,d,e


Grantsburg Public Library is seeking applicants for a parttime Library Assistant. Library Assistants play an important role as front-line customer-service staff in our growing library. The position is for 15 hours per week, Thursdays and Fridays, including evenings and rotating Saturdays (9:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.). The ideal candidate has extraordinary people skills, a passion for literacy and community engagement, is detailoriented, enjoys working with technology and strives to provide high-quality service. Beginning wage is $11.50 per hour, plus some benefits. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Computer experience required. Must be able to lift 30 lbs., bend to reach lower library shelves, be willing to drive to training and library service meetings at various locations in Northern Wisconsin. Complete job description available at Submit resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on February 29, 2016, to: or mail to: Grantsburg Public Library, 415 S. Robert Street, Grantsburg, 641208 25-26L Wisconsin 54840.

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The St. Croix Falls School District is located approximately 60 miles northeast of the Twin Cities Metro Area, in the beautiful St. Croix Falls River Valley. The St. Croix Falls School District is accepting applications for a physical education/health teacher. This is a longterm substitute position with the potential to go to a full-time position. Applicants must have or be eligible to obtain a Wisconsin DPI license to teach physical education and health in grades 6 through 12. Applicants possessing certification in adaptive physical education as well as those willing to coach or being an adviser are preferred. The St. Croix Falls High School is comprised of approximately 340 students. Please submit an application that can be found at and send it along with your cover letter addressed to Peggy Ryan, High School Principal, including your resume, copy of teaching license, transcripts and three letters of reference dated within the last two years. Submit all information through WECAN. 641070 24-25L 14-15a,d Position will be posted until filled. The School District of St. Croix Falls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, emotional or learning disability.


Notice is hereby given that the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Eureka Town Hall located at 2395 210th Avenue, St. Croix Falls. Deb Dibble, Clerk Town of Eureka 641430 25L WNAXLP


Come Join The Team At Burnett Dairy Cooperative!

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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 641438 25L

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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.

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NOTICE - SIREN SANITARY DISTRICT TOWN OF SIREN BOARD MEETINGS The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting, the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 641292 25L WNAXLP


(Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. BANK National Association as Trustee for CFMSI REMIC Series 2004-01 - REMIC Pass-Through Certificates Series 2004-01 c/o CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS R. ENGSTROM and UNKNOWN SPOUSE of Thomas R. Engstrom and MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. and OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC and PALISADES COLLECTIONS, L.L.C., and GMAC LLC and IDT CARMEL, INC and UNIFUND CCR PARTNERS Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 15-CV-331 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $10,000.00 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 4, 2015, in the amount of $90,982.41, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 16, 2016, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 25 and N 1/2 of Lot 26, Block 52 Plat of FIRST ADDITION to the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 410 North Washington Street, City of St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00073-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. 640601 WNAXLP

(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff vs. JEFFREY A. OSTMAN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 15 CV 190 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 20, 2015, in the amount of $92,977.64, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The following described real estate in Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Commencing at the Northwest corner of the NE1/4 of NE1/4, Section 3-35-18, thence East a distance of 930 feet, thence South a distance of 500 feet: thence West a distance of 444 feet; thence South a distance of 820 feet; thence West a distance of 486 feet; thence North a distance of 1,320 feet to the point of beginning, excluding all easements granted for highway purposes, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2016 240th Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00043-0000. Dated this 10th day of December, 2015. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Jordan C. Staleos J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. State Bar No.: 1085629 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to www.jpeterman to obtain the bid for this sale. J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 640990 WNAXLP

February 18, 2016

Meeting Will Be Held At The Village Of Webster Office On Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016, At 6:00 p.m. Roll Call; Review and approval of minutes of last meeting; Review and approval of treasurer report; Cemetery maintenance person wage discussion; Tree removal update; Perpetual care definitions discussion; Public comments; Announcements and set future meeting date; Adjourn. Jeff Roberts, Board President Patrice Bjorklund, Secretary-Treasurer Oak Grove Cemetery P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211

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TOWN OF LUCK BOARD MEETING Feb. 9, 2016, 7 p.m. Town Hall

Agenda 1. Reading Of The Minutes 2. Treasurer’s Report 3. Review And Pay Bills 4. Patrolman’s Report Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s Office. 641397 25L Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

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Under Wisconsin State Statute 5.84(1), public tests of the electronic ballot tabulation system will be held to ascertain that the equipment will correctly count the February 16, 2016, Spring Primary votes cast for all offices and on all measures. All tests are open to the public. Town of Anderson, Feb. 8, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. Town Hall - 13808 Anderson Road, Jessica Johnson, Clerk, 715-472-4753. Town of Blaine, Feb. 9, 2016, at 9 a.m. Northland Community Center - 1232 East School Road, Stephanie Askin, Clerk, 715-244-3179. Town of Daniels, Feb. 10, 2016, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 9602 Daniels 70 Road, Liz Simonsen, Clerk, 715-349-2291. Town of Dewey, Feb. 8, 2016, at 7 p.m. Town Hall - 24433 Town Hall Road, Pamela Brown, Clerk, 715-468-7111. Town of Grantsburg, Feb. 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. Town Office - 118 E. Madison Avenue, Romey Nelson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-463-5600. Town of Jackson, Feb. 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. Town Hall - 4599 County Road A, Lorraine Radke, Clerk, 715-866-8412. Town of LaFollette, Feb. 8, 2016, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 24184 Malone Road, Linda Terrian, Clerk, 715-349-2531. Town of Lincoln, Feb. 8, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 25603 Icehouse Bridge Road, Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk, 715-866-4201. Town of Meenon, Feb. 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 7396 Kruger Road, Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk, 715-866-4893. Town of Oakland, Feb. 8, 2016, at 6 p.m. Town Office - 7426 West Main Street, Deanna Krause, Clerk, 715-866-8213. Town of Roosevelt, Feb. 6, 2016, at 1 p.m. Clerk’s Office - 2997 County Road EE, Patricia Hayden, Clerk, 715-468-2468. Town of Rusk, Feb. 8, 2016, at 10 a.m. Clerk’s Home - 26985 East Benoit Road, Bonnie Harder, Clerk, 715-635-4723. Town of Sand Lake, Feb. 8, 2016, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 5364 County Road X, Peggy Tolbert, Clerk, 715-222-9375. Town of Scott, Feb. 8, 2016, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 28390 County Road H, Karen Wiggins, Clerk, 715-635-2308. Town of Siren, Feb. 6, 2016, at 8 p.m. Town Hall - 7240 S. Long Lake Road, Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119. Town of Swiss, Feb. 8, 2016, at 5 p.m. Town Hall - 7551 Main Street, Judy Dykstra Clerk, 715-656-3030. Town of Trade Lake, Feb. 6, 2016, at 1 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 13361 State Road 48, Deborah Christian, Clerk, 715-488-2600. Town of Union, Feb. 9, 2016, at 1 p.m. Town Hall - 9015 County Road F, Mary Eifler, Deputy Clerk, 715-866-4547. Town of Webb Lake, Feb. 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Town Hall - 31000 Namekagon Trail, Gail Keup, Clerk, 715-259-3439. Town of West Marshland, Feb. 9, 2016, at 5 p.m. Town Hall - 12259 County Road F, Kerri Harter, Clerk, 715-463-2461. Town of Wood River, Feb. 8, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Town Hall - 11610 State Road 70, Raylene Swanson, Clerk, 715-689-2318. Village of Grantsburg, Feb. 8, 2016, at 9 a.m. Village Hall - 316 South Brad Street, Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk, 715-463-2405. 641407 Village of Siren, Feb. 8, 2016, at 9 a.m. WNAXLP 25L Village Hall - 24049 First Avenue North, Ann Peterson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-349-2273. Village of Webster, Feb. 9, 2016, at 1 p.m. Village Hall - 7505 Main Street West, Patty Bjorklund, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-866-4211.

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

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(Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JEFFREY TODD TIMMONS Deceased Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 07 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth June 23, 1950, and date of death October 15, 2015, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1290 100th Street, Amery, WI 54001. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 29, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar 715-485-9238 January 15, 2016 Joseph P. Earley (Attorney) 539 South Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 715-246-7555 640928 WNAXLP Bar No.: 1026211 (Feb. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LESLIE A. CLAUSEN Deceased Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR -1 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth December 28, 1949, and date of death December 21, 2015, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2719 150th St., Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 18, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2016 Brandi Harder, Personal Representative 2547 Round Lake Road Luck, WI 54853 715-419-2739 641158 WNAXLP


Great weather and ideas at Siren Wedding Fair Couples welcomed by area bridal merchants SIREN - The 2016 Siren Destination Wedding Fair was held Sunday, Jan. 31, at Lakeview Event Center. The weather was perfect and the many couples attending the fair received great ideas from the bridal merchants at the show. Over 60 bride and groom couples registered representing Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Approximately 250 people attended this year’s event. With 30 vendor booths to peruse, merchants included venues, caterers, photographers, videographers, photo booths, DJs/music, invitations, florist, cake, cosmetics/

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Graphic designer Michelle Flaherty represented the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association. She showed local bride-to-be Jessica Peterson samples of wedding invitations that are custom made and printed at the co-op’s plant in Frederic.

Manager Kim Jewell and Acorn Pantry owner Jacob Mangelsen, Siren, pose behind items that make great gifts for a wedding registry.

Roosevelt Hills is a restored schoolhouse in Burnett County’s southeast corner and provides a private location for a wedding. Employees of the venue took time to pose for a photo.

Rebecca Walstead of Tellastory Photography of Osceola shared information about her company’s services.

Village Floral brightened the Lakeview Event Center with fresh-cut flowers. Brides received welcome bags that included a vendor passport with space for notes and contacts.

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Four sophomores seek Miss Luck title Studio. She also loves drawing and photography. She and another candidate, Annaleise Wright, choreographed the dance number that was performed by the Little Miss Milltown candidates last year. Following graduation from high school, Kerissa plans to attend UM-Duluth to study athletic training. She also plans to have a dance studio of her own. The words that best describe Kerissa, according to the other three candidates, are trustworthy, compassionate and outgoing.

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — One of four young women seeking the title of Miss Luck will be crowned Friday night, Feb. 12, to kick off the 2016 Luck Winter Carnival. The queen pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, and the new Miss Luck will be the 57th to wear the crown. Seeking to represent Luck over the next year are Tasian Arjes, Isabelle Jensen, Kerissa Minor and Annaleise Wright. All four are sophomores at Luck High School, and all have lived in Luck their entire lives. Below is information about each of the candidates. Tasian Arjes Tasian Arjes is the daughter of Aaron and Jeni Arjes. She has one brother, ChanSeeking the title of Miss Luck are (L to R) Tasian Arjes, Annaleise Wright, Isabelle Jensen and dler. When asked why she would like to Kerissa Minor. The pageant is Friday night, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. in the Luck School Auditorium. — Photo be crowned Miss Luck, Tasian answered, by Mary Stirrat “It would be great to represent the town After graduation Tasian plans to attend the title of Miss Luck, Isabelle said, “I reof Luck, since it’s a great community, and college and become a pediatric oncolo- ally love Luck and I would like to repreto get closer to everyone in the town.” For the talent portion of the pageant, gist, combining her love of children with sent this town for a year.” Her entry in the talent portion of the Tasian will be singing and playing the her desire to help people with cancer. She piano. Her song will be “If I Could Fly” said she was in sixth grade when she first pageant will be singing “Yours” by Ella by One Direction. Her sponsors are knew she wanted to become a pediatric Henderson. Isabelle’s sponsors are Bella oncologist. Salon and Jensen Furniture. Frandsen Bank and Stop-a-Sec. Each of the other candidates were asked In school, Isabelle is involved in volTasian’s school activities include FCCLA, show choir, National Honor to choose a word that describes Tasian, leyball, basketball, show choir, FCCLA, Society, volleyball, basketball, softball, and the words they chose were caring, softball, forensics and drama club. Outhonest and loyal. side of school she plays club volleyball, Spanish Club, drama club and forensics. helps with Sunday school and vacation Outside of school she participates in Bible school at her church and is involved club volleyball, helps with Sunday school Isabelle Jensen and vacation Bible school at her church Isabelle Jensen is the daughter of Jake in her senior high youth group at church. and takes piano lessons. She also volun- and Sonja Jensen. She has two younger She also works at Luck Pharmacy and Jensen Furniture. teers at United Pioneer Home during the brothers, Levi and Wyatt. Isabelle’s future plans include going to summer. When asked why she decided to seek college to major in elementary education with a minor in coaching. The words her fellow queen contestants chose to describe Isabelle are honest, caring and energetic. Kerissa Minor Kerissa Minor is the only daughter of Jessica and Shawn Minor. She is sponsored by Steps Studio and Firefly Plumbing. She will be presenting a lyrical dance number for the talent portion of the contest. When asked why she was running for the title of Miss Luck, Kerissa said, “I would like to represent my community and I really like to volunteer.” Kerissa has logged more than 500 hours as a volunteer at St. Croix Regional Medical Center and she hopes to double that by the time she graduates from high One of these little girls will be named Little Miss Luck at the Luck Winter Carnival Queen Pag- school. Along with volunteering, Kerissa eant and Coronation Friday night, Feb. 12. Not in order are Mariah Olson, Danielle Shelby, Court- is involved in dance line, does hair and ney Kist, Rylee Stokes, Amelia Kelch, Jada Nick, Haley Nick, Aurora Anderson, McKenna Duke makeup for the drama club, is in Spanish club and is in competitive dance at Steps and Isavella Sedillo. — Photo submitted

Annaleise Wright Annaleise Wright is the daughter of Heidi and Larry Wright and Jamie Greener. She has four younger siblings, one sister and three brothers, ranging in age from 9 to 14. Annaleise will be performing a pointe ballet for her entry in the talent portion of the pageant. She will be dancing a piece she choreographed herself to a song called “Thunder.” Her sponsors are Steps Studio and Wright Dairy Farm. When asked why she would like to represent the village as Miss Luck, Annaleise said that her mom helped with the pageant when Annaleise was little. “When I was younger,” she said, “I really loved watching the pageant.” She loved coming along with her mom, watching the practices and seeing the high school girls in their beautiful dresses. Annaleise said she would also like to help represent the community, because Luck would be such a nice community to represent. In school Annaleise is involved in dance line, forensics, FFA, Spanish club, and does hair and makeup for drama club. She is also in competition dance at Steps Studio, is involved in 4-H and volunteers at the Almelund Threshing Show. With candidate Kerissa Minor, Annaleise choreographed the dance number performed by the Little Miss Milltown candidates at last year’s Milltown Fishermen’s Party. She has also organized fundraisers for the special education class to obtain technology for students, helping her younger brother who is autistic. Annaleise also shows dairy animals and has other entries at the Polk County Fair, and works on the family dairy farm. After graduation Annaleise plans to attend WITC to pursue a career in cosmetology. She also plans to continue dancing. Words that the other three candidates said best describe Annaleise are inspirational, helpful and loving.

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round our place in the winter, everything points toward February. By mid-February first daylight appears in the east around 6:30 a.m., and there’s still light in the western sky 12 hours later. The sun is warm enough to melt snow and ice on the pavement, even on cold days. Average highs are in the mid- to upper-20s, ideal for outdoor winter activities. Plus, it’s the month of ski races, time to find out if those hours spent on the trails in December and January were enough to get you to the finish line. Here in central Burnett County, we’re situated halfway between two long-running, highly popular cross country ski races. The Mora Vasaloppet, held in Kanabec County, Minn., is 50 miles to the west, and the American Steve Pearson Birkebeiner which starts The author’s wife is pictured skiing the Vasaloppet in Minnesota. - Photos submitted in Cable and ends in Hayward, is 50 miles east of here. I’ve done both many times over the years and each has its own special magic. My wife has always been partial The Vasaloppet is actually four different events, ansnow, both resulting in more work for the skier. For to the small-town, friendly feel of the Vasaloppet while chored by the 58-km (36 miles) and 35-km (22 miles) skate-skiers, it’s all about glide. The ski is waxed from I get juiced by the international vibe and excitement freestyle races. In addition, there is a 42-km (26 miles) tip to tail according to the snow temperature, which surrounding the Birkie, as the race is known to all who classic race and, finally, a 13-km (eight miles) freestyle usually lags a bit behind the air temperature. Getting it ski it. event that starts later in the day and tends to attract right means a day of good glide, as close as you can get Both races are really better thought of as events or a younger crowd. The freestyle races allow skiers to to flying, while missing it can feel like skiing on sand, happenings. There are skiers of all sizes, shapes and choose between the classic or traditional style of skiing twice the effort for half the glide. ability levels. Most of us out there aren’t vying for in double tracks, sometimes referred to as diagonal Then there’s the weather. I’ve raced in everything spots on the podium although the first question my striding, and skate-skiing, which looks like it sounds, from a blinding snowstorm where 6 inches accumufourth-graders asked every year after the Birkie was, with skiers using their skis more like ice skates with lated on the trail during the course of the race (my first yup, you guessed it, “Did you win?” No, I would say, no set tracks. The 42-km classic race means that skiers Birkie back in 1991), to windy, subzero cold (the 2008 but a) I did better than last year or b) I did better than using the traditional style don’t have to compete with Vasaloppet began with an air temperature of minus 15 I’ve ever done before or c) it sure was fun (though that skate-skiers who are typically faster. and a windchill of minus 45, warming all the way up to would be stretching the truth some years). What the Skiing the Vasaloppet is an adventure with unpredictminus 4 by the time I finished). It’s all part of the adraces are for most people is a celebration of winter and able and ever-changing variables. The 58and 35-km venture, and second to getting the wax right is dressing a chance to share an experience with a whole lot of likeraces, which I’m most familiar with, begin in a large properly for the weather. Too many layers and you’re minded folks who have a passion for gliding across the field just outside of Warman, along Hwy. 65. It’s a mass going to sweat, which is undesirable, but underdressing snow. start, self-seeded, with up to 2,500 skiers taking off at can be downright scary as I found out in the 2013 Birkie Remarkably, both the Birkie and the Vasaloppet the sound of a cannon. A couple of kilometers into when a forecasted high of 20 never materialized; by began the same year, 1973, when interest and particithe race, paths diverge with the 58-km skiers heading midrace, a little patch of frostbite had developed on the pation in cross-country skiing was ramping up in this north, while the 35’ers turn south, winding their way to end of my nose, and I was having trouble keeping my country. Both races actually originated in Scandinavia, the finish. hands warm. the Birkie in Norway where it got its start in 1932 to Wax is everything in skiing, and in the first moments But these are the extremes, few and far between, and commemorate a trek by ski to protect an infant prince of a race, you know if you got it right. For the classic or with the years hopefully we get better at preparing for in the 13th century, and the Vasaloppet in Sweden traditional style, that means having the right kick-wax all possibilities. When it’s good out on the race course, which began in 1922 in recognition of a journey made in the 16-inch kick zone under your foot. Missing it it’s really good. There’s the shared camaraderie and by the Swedish king in the 16th century. The American means a day of slipping and sliding or sticking to the that wonderful feeling of gliding along on a ribbon of versions of both races make a point to remind snow through deep pine forests, over frozen skiers of their origins. Deep roots. wetlands and across dormant fields waiting The Vasaloppet typically happens on the secfor spring. As you approach the finish at ond weekend in February with up to 3,000 parMora, you hear the big bell ringing in the old ticipants in a good year. This year’s Vasaloppet bell tower on the west end of Lake Mora. If takes place on Saturday, Feb. 13, and registration you’re near exhaustion, tears well up, tears of is still open online at The switch gratitude for a high-quality race put on by lefrom Sunday to Saturday was long in coming, gions of volunteers and tears of happiness for finally happening last year after four decades the opportunity to share in this once-a-year of Sunday races. It makes the race more usexperience with your fellow skiers. er-friendly for working folks who have a day I love skiing, whether it be following the to recuperate, but a little harder on volunteers, winding Tamarack River with my friend who have to get everything set up during the Marty, a new adventure around every bend, workweek before the race. or taking a mystical ride through the forest The race starts in tiny Warman, Minn., and under the light of a full moon. In my early winds its way south to Mora, where it ends on days of skiing, I spurned the thought of racthe Main Street downtown. It’s an exciting funing. But beware - it gets in your blood, and nel of sound coming down that last stretch, with it gives winter, which can be the longest of cheering crowds and the ubiquitous handbells seasons, focus and meaning, depth and texringing. An announcer calls out the names of ture. In two weeks, I’ll be back with a report the skiers and their hometowns as they cross the on the Vasaloppet and we’ll preview the Big finish line, adding to the excitement, and secDog, the 43rd-annual American Birkebeiner, onds later, a kranskulla (literally “wreath girl” the largest cross-country ski race in North in Swedish) puts a medal around each finishAmerica. er’s neck, welcoming them home. The folks in Steve Pearson and his wife are shown skiing the St. Croix River at State Line RapMora really do know how to put on a ski race. ids north of Danbury, 36 years ago.

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Youth Fishing Fun Day 2016 SIREN - Nearly 100 area youth participated in the 10th-annual Youth Fishing Fun Day last Sunday, Jan. 31, in the midst of a January thaw that saw temperatures well above freezing. Held on Crooked Lake, hosted by Cub Scout Pack 564 and sponsored by several area businesses and individuals, the event offers free fishing gear and lures for every participant, along with free hot dogs and hot chocolate. Kids also had fun shooting off Estes rockets from the ice and taking part in sled races, noted Cubmaster Bill Lindberg.

Results Northern: 1. Maci Hubble, 3 lbs., 10 oz. 2. Bradon Peterson, 2 lbs., 12 oz. 3. Julie Cederberg, 2 lbs., 9 oz. Bass: 1. Derek Highstrom, 4 lbs., 10 oz., 2. Maci Hubble, 4 lbs., 3 oz., 3. Carter Nerby, 3 lbs., 7 oz. Crappie: 1. Maci Hubble, 1 lb., 9 oz., 15 inches, 2. Paul RIghtman, 1 lb., 8 oz. 14 inches, 3. Bradon Nutter, 1 lbs., 2 oz., 12 inches. Sunfish: 1. Jada Huser, 5.9 oz., 2. Charlie Evans, 4.2 oz., 3 Carter Nerby, 3.7 oz. Perch: 1. Hunter Sanford, 24 grams.

Cassie Maslow landed a 1-lb., 9 oz., 15-inch crappie to win first place in that division. - Photo submitted

While taking a break from fishing and a pickup football game, Nolan, 6, and Abby, 13, both of Siren, enjoy the unseasonably warm weather by sliding around on the ice on Crooked Lake.

Pack 564 Cubmaster Bill Lindberg hands out prizes to participants in the Youth Fishing Fun Day. - Photo submitted

Hunter Sanford was the only contestant to land a perch, winning an ice-fishing pole and gear. His perch weighed 24 grams. - Photo submitted Dominic St. John, 11, caught two Northern Pikes while his buddy Dawson Gardner, 11, caught three. Dawson chose to be photographed with his Bullhead that he also caught at the Boy Scout ice-fishing contest. Both boys are from Grantsburg.

Ace Graves, 8, from Grantsburg chose to relax and enjoy the weather at the ice-fishing contest held Sunday, Jan. 31, on Crooked Lake in Siren.

Members of the sled-racing team Golden Bananas won first place, with each member receiving a new sled as their prize. Photo submitted

Kids took part in sled races during the Youth Fishing Fun Day held last Sunday, Jan. 31, on Crooked Lake.

Youth of all ages caught a variety of fish on Crooked Lake in Siren Sunday, Jan. 31. Webster’s 9-year-old Josh and 8-year-old Bradon show off their northern and crappie catches.

The winners of the biggest bass category were (L to R) Carter Nerby, Maci Hubble and Derek Highstrom. - Photo submitted

Photos by Becky Strabel unless otherwise noted


A total of 92 area youth took part in the 2016 Youth Fishing Fun Day held on Crooked Lake in Siren last Sunday, Jan. 31. - Photo submitted

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ome of you might not know that the Chinese New Year is coming up soon, next week on Monday, Feb. 8, to be exact. This is going to be the Year of the Monkey; there are 12 animals in the Zodiac calendar and it rotates every 12 years. So, next time the year of the monkey comes around will be in year 2028. While the Western calendar is based on the movement of the sun, the Chinese lunar calendar is based on the movement of the moon. Where the West has their monthly Zodiac symbols, the Pisces, the Aquarius, the Libra, etc., the East has its own, too, but it goes by annually. Each year is designated to an animal, so if you were born in the Year of the Monkey (1956, ‘68, ‘80, ‘92 and 2004), you are supposed to possess some of the characteristics or traits of a monkey - smart and intelligent, creative and inventive, but have little patience and can be easily discouraged. Good companions are those born in the Year of the Dragon, but avoid the tiger! Well, I

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Peter H. Kwong am a tiger and I am supposed to be aggressive and courageous, yet stubborn with a fighting spirit and never give up easily. A horse or dog will make a good companion, but avoid the monkey. Interesting facts, indeed, but let’s talk about the events in Chinese New Year. Growing up in Hong Kong, Chinese New Year was the biggest event of the whole year, and the fun lasted for weeks! As New Year is approaching, the “New” applies to everything; it is a new beginning, a new fresh start and everyone prays that it will bring peace, joy, health and prosperity to self, friends and families. Before the official New Year Day comes, families will spend days cleaning and tidying up their homes. Fresh flowers would be displayed everywhere. Family mem-



hy do we trust a groundhog to tell us when spring will come? The Stormfax Almanac’s data shows us that Punxsutawney Phil is correct only 39 percent of the time. You could flip a coin and have better results than this woodchuck. We often only hear of Phil’s predictions. However, there are over 30 other woodchucks that also foresee spring’s arrival. These animals are often named after the town they live in. For example, a groundhog from Wiarton, Ontario, was named Wiarton Willie. There is also Staten Island Chuck, Balzac Billy and Queen Charlotte from Charlotte, N.C.

landslide Carter Hilde How does Punxsutawney Phil live so long? On average, groundhogs live about eight years. Punxsutawney’s groundhog has been predicting spring’s arrival for over 125 years. There is a rumor that has been spreading for quite some time now. Phil has been drinking a magic potion that gives him seven more years of life. I guess this means that Pennsylvania has discovered the Foun-

bers who have been away for school or business would return to their homes to have the family gathering meal in welcoming the new year. I remember fondly that: We will have new shoes and clothing to start the year. My mother, my aunts and Pao Pao (grandma) would spend days cooking a bunch of fun foods, foods that rhyme with the Chinese words for “good fortune,” for us to munch on. We would have banquets after banquets to welcome the new year, serving foods that also symbolized good fortune. Firecrackers would be setting off before sunrise. They are banned these days as a lot of young kids set them off carelessly and caused many unnecessary accidents. Hearing them cracking in the loudspeakers just isn’t the same. tain of Youth. I do not believe in that specific rumor. Rather than partake in silly talk of magic potions, I choose to believe that those in Pennsylvania have been switching their woodchucks out. Isn’t this the most logical explanation? Or Phil is not a groundhog at all, but instead an alien. That also makes sense. Groundhog Day originates in Germany where they celebrated a holiday known as Candlemas Day. On Candlemas Day, some Germans would watch a hedgehog come out of hibernation to predict the start of spring. When German immigrants came to Pennsylvania, they couldn’t find any hedgehogs so they used a groundhog as a substitute. All this time we’ve been calling it Groundhog Day when it should be

This is the time to pay respect to the elders. The streets would be filled with families visiting their elders to wish them the best. Taxis would triple their normal fares but no one complained. My all-time favorite was pocket money stuffed in a red envelope. Elders are supposed to give pocket money to the young ones as they pay respect. After a day of visiting elderly uncles and aunts, I would have enough “loot” to play with for weeks. Red and gold are lucky colors and banners with the lucky colors would be displayed everywhere – in shops, markets, homes, town halls, restaurants and even in churches. Greet each other with “Kung hey fat choy” (Wish you become prosperous) every place you go. Or these days, in Mandarin, “Kung xi far chai.” All those have become fond memories. I don’t really see any festive displays here unless I am in Chinatown in California or Toronto. Regardless, kung hey fat choy, my dear friends - happy Year of the Monkey. Wish you all stay healthy, wealthy, and may all your troubles and worries be left behind. Hedgehog Day. There are some strange, but exciting, traditions that take place on Groundhog Day. There is a gathering/party in Quarryville, Pa., at which you aren’t allowed to speak English. This party takes place on Feb. 2. If you attend this gathering and speak English, you will be charged with a fine of 5, 10 or 25 cents per word. states that the main languages that are spoken at this event are Pennsylvania Dutch and German. I think that Frederic should have its own groundhog. We could name it Kip or Frederic Franco. I also like the name Davy and Puff the Magic Woodchuck. What are your ideas for our woodchuck’s name?

Unity School launches health-based fundraising effort Students to get fit, then douse themselves in color BALSAM LAKE - The students of Unity High School will walk, jog and run their way toward a healthier life while raising funds for the Class of 2018. At the completion of the training period, the school will celebrate with a color run where participants will be doused in colored celebra-

tion powder. The My School Color Run program aims to go beyond traditional fundraising. Rather than sell goods, this program aims to engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to instill a lifelong healthy way of living. “We’re extremely excited about the launch of the My School Color Run program at our school,” said Brian Collins,

a science teacher at Unity. “We’re looking forward to involving our entire student body and faculty in a fun and healthy program. We want to engage the entire community and encourage local businesses and individual community members to get involved.” Besides individual student pledges, the school will accept business pledges. Additionally, the final color celebration run

will be open to the public. Interested participants can register for the run by visiting or by completing a paper registration form prior to the event. Anyone interested in more information or a copy of the paper registration form can contact Collins at 715-825-2131, ext. 1180, or email bcollins@ – submitted

Winterfest at Balsam Lake this weekend Ice drag races, snowshoe races and fire and ice plunge among events to enjoy BALSAM LAKE — Balsam Lake celebrates its annual Winterfest this weekend, Feb. 5-7, with food and drink specials in the village starting with breakfast at Main

The Tooth Fairy The child startled her mom awake. “The tooth fairy forgot my tooth!” The little one darted out of the room sobbing. The mom bolted upright in bed thinking, What went wrong? Losing teeth to kindergartners was a big deal, a really big deal! The class had a large bulletin board devoted to Colleen Foxwell the process of loss of teeth. Mrs. Ostreem had said “Let’s not be scared by this process; there will be some blood but it will be OK. You take your tooth home, tell your parents and then the tooth fairy will come. In our class we will put your name on the bulletin board with the number of teeth you’ve lost.” Six-year-old Michelle had come running home, bringing outside fresh-

Street Café. Saturday’s outdoor events include 4x4 truck drag races on the ice, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and racing at noon. A 5K snowshoe race will be held at Pine Park at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m., and a snowshoe run/walk will start at 11 a.m. An annual highlight is the fire department’s fire and ice plunge. Registration


Carousel ness to fill the stuffy air of the room. Clutched in her hand was a small bloodstained tissue which held her first lost tooth. “It was just hanging in my mouth and Mrs. Ostreem helped me save it for the tooth fairy.” “What do we do with it now?” her mother asked. “Mom, don’t you know about the tooth fairy? She comes flying in our house and takes the tooth and gives us money. We talked all about it on recess today. Monika got a whole $5, but Jenny’s tooth fairy was cheap and she only got $1. I’m going to clean it off and find a special glass to set by my bed, so she is sure to find it.”

is at 9 a.m., at $50 for adults and $25 for students. A flat-screen TV will be given to the person with the largest donation. For those who want to remain indoors, a family-friendly movie will be shown at the library at 11 a.m., and local food and drink establishments are offering specials and music. Captain’s Bar and Grill is sponsoring a kids arcade from 1 to 3 p.m. The 28th-annual ice-fishing contest will The evening routine was set into motion as supper was eaten, baths taken and stories read. Michelle searched in the cupboard for a special glass for her tooth. Certainly if she had it in a Tinker Bell glass the tooth fairy would not miss it. She filled the glass with water, dropped the tooth in and marched up the steep stairs into the bedroom she shared with her older sister. After the girls were in bed, Mother got busy with the household chores, then went to bed herself. She would have to remember the tooth fairy as Bob was working the graveyard shift tonight. Next thing she knew, she was awakened from a deep slumber by the 6-yearold. “Look – my tooth is still in the glass! The tooth fairy forgot me!” Wiping tears from her daughter’s face, Mother composed herself. “I know what happened! “She couldn’t find the front door! We need to draw her a map and write her a

be held Sunday, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The medallion hunt will start at 11 a.m., with clues posted at Main Street Café, and the shaved ice open lawn mower races will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Local food and drink establishments will again be offering specials. Find out more on the Balsam Lake Chamber of Commerce website at new letter. Michelle, you get the paper and pencil.” Lying back against her soft pillow, Tooth Fairy thought: “Note to self, Do not forget again!” About the writer: Colleen Gifford Foxwell moved to Polk County in 2002 to become the director of the Polk County Library Federation. She has worked as a home economics teacher, the director of Square Meal - Child Care Food Program, public school librarian, children’s librarian and currently is the director of the Polk County Information Center. She lives with her husband, Allan Foxwell, and their cat, Bessie, and enjoys knitting, quilting, reading, biking, cross-country skiing, walking and writing. She has been enrolled in Dr. Wedin’s classes since 2007. 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.


Tales, wares and hunting (the old way)


orts Folle Avoine Historical Park will be hosting a unique Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair over the weekend of Feb. 20-21. Free and open to all, the event is a scaled-down version of its popular summer rendezvous affair, which draws in over 300 re-enactor voyageur/history buffs from across North America for camping, frolics, demos and more, done fur trade style. Held in the heated comfort of the site’s visitors center, the upcoming February gathering is akin to a collectors swap meet, highlighted by fur trade buffs who love to tell tales, display their wares, and of course trade and purchase items to add to their own varied assortments of historic gear. These include authentically styled clothing, beads, iron goods, canoe paddles and “stuff” unique to fur trade times. It’s like a specialized flea market. They trade with each other, for sure - but items are also available for the visiting public. The fair is a unique and low-key way to visit with people who love to share their tales and wares of the past with modern folks. Saturday’s doings will feature a midday program by Jim Swanson, a prominent Wisconsin muzzle-loading firearms expert. Muzzleloaders of all types will be featured in his program called “Muzzle Loading from Ducks to Deer.” Swanson says he will be demonstrating “how to hunt with everything from muzzle-loading shotguns to deer guns. My program will cover accuracy, reliability, techniques, and accoutrements. While I have an illustrated format, the bulk of the program is built around audience questions and feedback.” He dates his intrigue back to his youthful days. “I started in 1991,” he recalls, “and have been upgrading my collection ever since. Over the years I’ve harvested at least 35 deer this way, often wearing fur trade attire while hunting. I pretty much exclusively use muzzleloaders in all my hunting nowadays, plus I’ve won lots of shooting contests over the years. While I started out with commercially made items, in later years I’ve upped the ante, so to speak, and gone to using custom-built trade replicas based on what the fur traders used. It’s always a quest to improve, so besides hunting, I attend many fur trade

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Chronicles Woodswhimsy the gnome rendezvous events to swap and learn more info from my fellow hunters and those fascinated with the old ways.” Swanson’s always up for a story, and recalled a recent outing. “In early October, I put on my period clothing, charged up my flintlock trade gun, and headed for the bluff country near the Mississippi. Leaving the parking lot, I flushed a grouse, dropped it, then climbed up a hill. En route, I encountered five squirrels, three of whom got off before I was able to shoot. One dove out of a branch as I shot, causing me to miss. The fifth squirrel hid on the top of a large branch, so all I could see was his ears. I finally took a shot, but only managed to knock some bark off the tree while the squirrel lit out for parts unknown.” Well, OK, you win some/lose some, right? But there’s a “rest of the story” in this case. As Swanson tells it, “Having been totally outwitted by the squirrels, I sat on a downed tree to eat some homemade jerky and dried apples. As I was heartily chewing on my tasty treat, I heard a flock of turkeys. Not having time to hide, I just sat still until they meandered to within the 20-yard range of my trade gun; so instead of just a squirrel or two, I ended up with a nice 18-pound gobbler.” While that foray ended nicely, it’s more just the challenge than what he takes that gives Swanson the biggest kick out of hunting the “old” way. As he puts it, “You need to accept that the gun may not work right or even go off if not loaded or taken care of properly. The range of these is less than modern firearms, so one needs to get close. These aren’t repeating guns either, so one shot may be all you get. Ninety percent of the deer I’ve harvested have been garnered at a range of 25 yards or less. It’s this challenge plus the intrigue of hunting this way that I like to get across in my presentations.” Swanson’s talk/demo is scheduled for midday Saturday, but the indoor rendezvous/trade fair runs 10 a.m. – 5

Fur trade firearms expert Jim Swanson will present his program, “Muzzle Loading from Ducks to Deer,” midday Saturday, Feb. 20, at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. His show is a part of the site’s free Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair on Feb. 20-21. - Photo submitted p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission, and I’m told there should be light refreshments available, plus the site’s gift shop will also be open so you can find me a suitable present for all my wisdom. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located three miles west of the Hwy. 35/ CTH U intersection in Burnett County’s Yellow Lakes region. The site’s historical research library opens for visitors on

Wednesdays; other info can be found by visiting website or calling 715-866-8890. Signed, Woodswhimsy - an independent writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park.

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ST. CROIX FALLS – The River Valley Christian Women’s Connection luncheon will be held Monday, Feb. 15, at the Alliance Church of the Valley, 1259 Hwy. 35 in St. Croix Falls at 11:30 a.m. The theme for the event is Who Has Your Heart? The $10 inclusive luncheon with program is catered by Jon Ekstrom. Speaker Michelle Oie will give a talk titled “Have you found your passion for life?” Linda Iwaszko will provide the music. Reservations and cancellations are needed. Please contact Betty at 651-592-7416 or Mary at 715-5542330 by Tuesday, Feb. 9. All women, especially first-timers, are invited. Christian Women’s Connection meets each month at six different locations. CWC is part of Stonecroft Ministries. – submitted


Incorporate cover crops into your operation NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Cover crops and soil health have emerged as “buzzwords” in the agriculture community in recent times. Brian Briski of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will share farmer experiences using rye, clovers, radishes, turnips and other crops in various cropping systems across Wisconsin and the Midwest. He will discuss some practical options in selecting, planting and managing cover crops in our northern region. This seminar will provide you with the tools and information to decide how cover crops can fit into a grain crop, hay or pasture and market garden systems. Soil-health principles will be discussed and illustrated through hands-on demonstrations. The sessions, sponsored by UW-Extension and NRCS, last about two hours and are part of the 31st-annual Northern Safari of Agriculture Specialists. They are free of charge and will take place in four locations across Northwest Wisconsin. Call the UW-Extension numbers below for more information. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Bayfield Courthouse, Washburn, Matt Cogger, 715-373-6104, ext. 246.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Maple Town Hall, Jane Anklam, 715-395-1515. Friday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m., Spooner Ag Research Station, Otto Wiegand, 715-635-3506. Friday, Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m., Polk County Government Center, Balsam Lake, Don Dipprey, 715-485-8600. Briski has worked in many regions of Wisconsin for NRCS over 15 years as a soil conservationist, district conservationist and, currently, area resource conservationist in Altoona. He is one of the leading NRCS cover-crop professionals in Wisconsin. As part of the Wisconsin NRCS soil health team, Briski has taken the opportunity to mingle, listen and learn from some of the leading resource professionals in the nation, including Ray Archuleta, the NRCS soils guru. In addition, Briski has firsthand knowledge from National Soil Health Profile farmers including Gabe Brown, Dave Brandt, Dwayne Beck, Dan DeSutter and many others. For more information on soil health, visit – from UW-Extension

Applications being accepted for 2016 co-op board election CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative is seeking candidates for its 2016 board election in Districts 4, 5 and 6. Applications are now being accepted from co-op members. The deadline to apply is March 18. District 4 includes the Towns of Balsam Lake, Apple River, Beaver and Almena. The incumbent director is Marlyn Bottolfson of Amery. District 5 includes the Towns of McKinley, Maple Plain, Georgetown, Johnstown and Crystal Lake. The incumbent director is Jeff Traynor of Balsam Lake. District 6 includes the Towns of LaFollette, Dewey, West Sweden, Lorain, Roosevelt, Luck, Clam Falls and Bone Lake. The incumbent director was Bob Thorsbakken of Frederic, who passed away in December. As a cooperative, Polk-Burnett is owned by its members and governed by a board of directors elected from its membership. Board directors serve a three-year term and attend monthly meetings to guide policy and budget decisions for Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

All co-op members in Districts 4, 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to cast their vote in the 2016 Polk-Burnett Board election. Ballots will be mailed in early May and election results will be announced at the co-op’s annual meeting in June. New director terms begin in June. “Members of Polk-Burnett have the opportunity to make their voice heard and represent their neighbors by taking an active role in cooperative governance,” said Steve Stroshane, general manager. “Democratic member participation is one of the great advantages of a cooperative. I encourage you to consider participating in the co-op 2016 board election.” Co-op members interested in running for a board position to represent District 4, 5 or 6 may contact the general manager’s office at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 800-421-0283, ext. 313, for an application. Learn more about Polk-Burnett’s board of directors and see a map of co-op districts on from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative


Do you remember? Compiled by Sue Renno

50 years ago Dr. Josef Preizler, from the state board of health, reported that 1965 was the first polio-free year for Wisconsin, mentioning that it was also the 10th anniversary of the worst polio year in the state’s history.– Jan. 1 marked the day that every package of cigarettes would be required to carry a warning that “smoking may be hazardous to your health.”–“Old Yeller” was playing at the Frederic Theatre.–Carol Jarvis was the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Frederic High School.–Grace Lutheran Church, West Sweden, was planning an “old-fashioned family day,” with an old-fashioned Sunday worship service, Sunday school, potluck, and an afternoon of outdoor – and indoor – activities. Attendees were encouraged to bring sleds and toboggans, and family pictures and slides.–In News of Frederic Scouts: Daniel Johnson, Douglas Clausen and Jack Route completed the third of a series of five-mile hikes.–Retired 2nd Lt. Robert Pease, Webster, received, after a 21-year delay, a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He had been in the U.S. Air Corps serving in the Philippines during WWII and was captured by the Japanese, escaping after a year and a half. The presentation was made at Duluth Air Base.–Spc. 4th Class Charles Janke was killed Nov. 12, 1965, by hostile fire. His Purple Heart was presented to his mother, Mrs. Elsie Janke, Grantsburg, on Jan. 23.–Siren’s Vinter Lek Day was proclaimed a “huge success.” John Fallstrom Jr., Falun, won the 18-mile snowmobile cross-country race. Mrs. Harley (Doris) Hansen, of Milltown, won the Polaris snowmobile. Cindy Ellefson, Grantsburg, took first in the skating race for ages 8 and younger, Chuck Perlick, Minneapolis, for ages 9-12 and for 13to 16-year-olds, Susan Rydberg, Pine City, Minn.

40 years ago The offices of Impact Seven Community Development Corp., Turtle Lake, were destroyed by fire and the 20-member staff had taken up residence in the Turtle Lake American Legion Hall until the new building, which was already being built before the fire, was finished.–Greg Ryan was the General Mills Family Leader of Tomorrow at Frederic High School.–The bicentennial concert performed at Frederic High School, with the high school and junior high choirs, featured an organ solo by John Harlander and vocal soloists including Jon Early, Jolayne Good, Gene Zuniga and Brenda Daeffler. The gym was decorated with flags and banners. The program received a standing ovation from a full house.–A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Carlson, Frederic, on Jan. 27.–Willard West, 81, reminisced about Frederic history to a Leader reporter in light of the year’s historical significance for the village and the country. He had been a rural mail carrier since 1919, starting when the mail was delivered via horse and buggy, and retiring at 67 in 1962, after 43 years.–Julie Gravesen, 1975 Miss Wisconsin Teenager, from Webster, would emcee the Luck Winter Carnival queen pageant.–Mildred “Milly” Selin was honored with a retirement dinner at Perry’s Supper Club after 14 years as a schoolteacher and then 32 years as a child welfare worker for Burnett County Social Services.

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The Osceola dance team called the Chieftainettes took fourth place in pom and second place in kick at the western regional on Saturday, Jan. 30, at New Richmond High School. They will be performing both pom and kick dance routines for the state competition at the convention center in La Crosse on Saturday, Feb. 6. Shown front row (L to R): Hannah Salami, Natalie Benoy, Madalyn Wellumson and Taylor Weber. Back: Kaylie Kammerud, Leah Gunderson, coach Christy Johnson, Heather Slechta, Destiny Lieder and Sam Ritcey. – Photo submitted


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Sally Bair, Frederic, included a quote from Edward Wallis Hock in her letter to the editor. “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us to talk about the rest of us.” Still a good thought for all of us.–The Webster School Board agreed to accept the Siren School Board’s invitation to start talking about consolidation of the two school districts.–Since Burnett County citizens had had access to the Internet since 1994, John Preissing, UW-Extension community resource development agent, said, “It’s time to take Burnett County to the Net.” A Burnett Regional website had been established, and could be accessed through Netscape.–Queen candidates for the Luck Winter Carnival were Susan LoRusso, Alysse Nockels, Kari Petersen and Rachel Petersen. There were 32 candidates for Little Miss Luck.–Webster High School students Melissa Leef and Amy Wahl were awarded a $100 and $50 savings bond, respectively, by the VFW for first and second place in the district Voice of Democracy scriptwriting contest.–Births included Joseph Alexander Dumas, born Jan. 5 to Heidi and Mark Dumas, Grantsburg; Cory Jacob Haasnoot Jr., born Jan. 9 to Heather and Cory Haasnoot Sr., St. Croix Falls; Jessica Jean Strabel, born Jan. 8 to Becky and Dan Strabel, Siren; Collin Scott Schladweiler, born Jan. 8 to Roxanne and Yuri Schladweiler, Milltown; and Heidi Jo Horky, born Jan. 8 to Tammi and Scott Horky, Grantsburg.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, The shelter was a pretty calm and quiet place this week. For once we didn’t have any strays come in; the pet population must have been behaving themselves for a change. We did have one surrender cat brought in. Nick is a very handsome orange and white feline who apparently didn’t get on with the other pets in the home. Maybe he just wants to be king of his castle. Betsy is the name of the only other cat to arrive, she is a return. Betsy was adopted out as a kitten from our shelter a couple of years ago but was returned to us because her family is moving and can’t take her with. Betsy is also orange in color but has a longer length coat. The lone adoption of the week was last week’s featured dog, Daisy. Daisy now has a sibling in her new home to play with and burn off some of that young springer enGrayson ergy.



Humane Society of Burnett County Our featured cat is a 4-1/2-month-old kitten named Tulip. Tulip is yet another tuxedo cat, our third currently residing at the shelter. Tulip came to the shelter on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as a stray on Hwy. 70. She is simply a wonderful kitten. She is cute, friendly, playful and loving. Tulip starts to purr the minute one reaches to pick her up. She was paired up with adult cat Cattleya in the office during last weeks shelter meeting. I really had trouble focusing on the business at hand as I was distracted by Tulip as she stalked the much-older and bigger cat. Cattleya responded with a combination of curiosity, enjoyment and annoyance. There were moments of hissing and a couple of good-natured swats back and forth, but it was all in good fun. It was all highly entertaining. Tulip likes both cats and dogs alike, and loves people, she will be an easy fit

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Everyone knows that this is the sweetheart month - Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, Feb. 14. The valley seniors will be having Sunday cards at 1 p.m. as usual, but this will be followed by our pork ribs and kraut supper which will be served from 4-6 p.m. Treat your sweetie! Dessert will be something cherry. Think about coming, we would love to see you. We had over 20 people of all ages for lunch and cards last Sunday, Jan. 31, and it was a good time.

All usual activities are scheduled. On Friday, Bridge is from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., bring a friend and join the group. Currently, Roger has been the only male representative, he could use a little help. On the first and third Friday of the month, from 1 a.m. - 3 p.m., we play Bingo and on the the second and fourth Friday we play Pokeno at 12:30 p.m. On Thursdays it’s Cribbage at 4:30 p.m. and then 500 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays we play Hand and Foot and 500

Grantsburg Senior Center Hope many of you were able to get out and about this weekend to enjoy these “spring days”? We’re about ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year on the Feb. 8, so be sure and stop in and see what’s happening. The Grantsburg Senior Center is very sad at the leaving of Lori Grey, one of our nutritional cooks. Good luck in her future venture and maybe we will see her again one day. Speaking of loss, we want

Sympathy is extended to Deb and Curt Ziemer and family due to the death of Deb’s sister, Jeanne Adams, of Goodhue, Minn. She passed away suddenly Dec. 29 while shoveling snow. Deb and Curt’s son, Jeremiah, led the funeral service. Jeanne was 61. Sympathy is also extended to Sue and Danny Sutton and family because of the death of Sue’s brother, Jerry Besse. He had battled cancer for several years. Word has been received of the death of Donald

Grunnes of Minneapolis, Minn. He and his wife, Eleanor (Huls), both grew up in this area, and they still own a home in the Town of Dewey. Sympathy is extended to Eleanor and family. Wednesday visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines were Gerry and Donna Hines and Hank and Karen Mangelsen. Curt Ziemer is feeling some better, so he and Deb have been enjoying going on Saturdays to watch granddaughter Hailey Ziemer play basketball. The season will be concluded on Feb. 6 with the last

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nett County Sheriff’s Office give a presentation on scams. This was very informative and nicely given. There are basically four types of scams: computer, phone, mail and face to face. If you get a chance to go a scams meeting, I would suggest you attend, as you can learn a lot. We have set a date for our seventh-annual card party. We will be having the party on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. We will be having a silent auction, prizes, cards, lunch and a fun time. Mark the date on your calendars. Snowbirds, plan to come home so you can be here for the party. If anyone would care to donate any door prizes or items we can use for the silent auction, please drop them off at the center with my name on them. Thank you for any donations. Our Spades winners were Darwin Niles, Arnie Borchert, Marlyce Borchert, Doug Harlander and Gerry Vogel. The 500 list was not left at the center for me.

Webster Senior Center It sure is nice to see the sun, although I guess we are going to get more snow. Oh well, it is winter in the Midwest. Had a nice group again for Dime Bingo and we all enjoyed the treats furnished by Peggy. We play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Come join the fun. The winner at pool on Thursday was Pat O. Nikki was the winner at Dominoes. They play on Thursday at 1 p.m., and always room for more. Wii bowling was, of course, exciting. Pat N. had high individual game with 248 and high individual series with 406. The Vikings had high team game with 751 and the Happy Strikers had high team se-

Pat Willits at 12:30 p.m. until about 4 p.m. The third Tuesday of the month, Feb. 16, is our monthly meeting which is followed by regular cards of the day. No other activities are planned as of today. Our Tuesday, Jan. 26, 500 winners were Paul Strassert and Audrey McMurlin, the nine-bid winner was BrenNel Ward, and the Hand and Foot winners were Bill McGroty and Pat Jenson. Our Thursday, Jan. 28, 500 winners were Paul

Strassert, Roger Greely, Chuck Magnuson and Ray Nelson, the nine-bid winners were Audrey McMurlin and Bruce Medchill. Our Sunday, Jan. 31, 500 winners were Pat Willits, Elroy Petzel, Bob Norlander, and Roger Greely and Jo German both took fourth place. The nine-bid winners were Pat Willits and Bob Norlander. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.

Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook, or maybe you can find something on the thrifty nifty table. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe at 715-222-6400 or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions on the center, ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at

Coming events: * Business meeting the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. * Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. * Rummage sale on April 2. * Chinese New Year on Feb. 8. * Fun with friends, every day. Wi-Fi available.

tournament in Shell Lake. Lawrence and Nina Hines went to Eden Prairie, Minn., Thursday and visited Nancy and Steve Hagen. They enjoyed seeing great-grandchildren Noah and Evie who were there also. Donna Hines called on Marlene Swearingen on Friday. Karen and Hank Mangelsen and Nina and Lawrence Hines were Friday afternoon visitors of John and Diana Mangelsen. Jake, Holly, Hannah, and Grace Mangelsen and Grace’s friend, Alana, all came to visit Hank and Karen Mangelsen on Saturday.

Gerry and Donna Hines were supper guests of Mark and Sue Hines and family at their cabin Saturday evening. Alannah Mary Gillis and Gunner Michael Gillis received the sacrament of holy baptism at Lakeview UM Church Sunday morning. Their parents are Steve Gillis and Angie Peterson. A large number of family members attended the service to celebrate the occasion. Harvey and Bertha Asmus and Jerry and Rose Sexton visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen on Sunday afternoon.

Karen Mangelsen

Siren Senior Center We have decided not to have a Good Friday breakfast this year. We will serve hot dogs and brats at some of the farmers market days. We are going to have a potluck meal in February. This will be Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m. I was given the wrong information last week. We had something else scheduled, but now we are able to have the potluck meal. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Some dates to remember: Feb. 10 – Ash Wednesday. Potluck meal at 11:30 a.m. Stay for 500. Feb. 13 and 14 – Sport show and snowmobile races. Feb. 16 – Election. Feb. 18 – Annual meeting. Feb. 28 – Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser at Tesora. Doors open at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. On Friday we had Detective Wiltrout from the Bur-

for most any home environment. I have featured dog Grayson before, but he deserves a second mention. Grayson is a 73-pound, 4-year-old Lab/shepherd mix. He came to the shelter on Nov. 7 as a stray from the village of Siren. It was discovered at that time that he had heartworm and needed to go through lengthy, exhausting treatment to cure it. Grayson was a trooper through it all and, now that his treatment is nearly at an end, he is more anxious than ever to get a home of his own. Grayson is a handsome and friendly dog who

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to share our support in the loss of several locals this past month, Emily Randolph, John “Butch” Fallstrom and Wilbur Thoreson. We are still looking for more people who are interested in playing Cribbage, stop in and sign up. Well, maybe we’ll have to start a dancing afternoon; we received a phonograph and a few records this week. Some of us even took a couple of twirls around the floor. Are you interested? Polka, waltz, anyone?



loves his walks and enjoys a good game of fetch. He is choosy with having other dogs as friends, but we haven’t found a person he doesn’t love. We at the shelter are all very fond of him and are really hopeful that he catches someone’s eye, and heart, very soon. If you are looking for a way to warm up this winter, come to our next fundraising event. The chili/ soup cook-off will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 3-6 p.m. at the Clover Meadow Winery. Bring your favorite chili or soup in a slow cooker to serve from. We are suggesting around five quarts so everyone will have a chance to sample it. There is no fee to enter your soup or chili, but the cost to enjoy them is $8 per person, with proceeds going to support the shelter animals. There will be prizes for first, second and third place. We hope you can join us for this fun and tasty event. 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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ries with 1428. Fred picked up the 3-7-10 split, Millie the 4-7-10, and Gordy the 4-10. There were several 200 games. Another good job by all. We send our best wishes to Butch Weiss who had major surgery at Mayo Clinic recently and is now at River Falls for rehab. Get well fast, Butch, and hope to see you back soon. Remember our flea market and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. Lots of goodies. Check it out. Smile at everyone you meet. You will feel good and they will wonder what you are up to. See you at the center.

Academic news SUPERIOR – The University of Wisconsin – Superior has named Michael Jenssen, of Frederic, to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2015 semester. To be named to the dean’s list,

Siren news

students must have achieved at least a 3.5 gradepoint average on a 4.0 scale. – from UW-Superior •••

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They must be back to stay in the area again. The two great horned owls have been coming to sit in the same oak tree they did last year for about a week. Maybe that’s the reason the tree rats have started to come in around 9 a.m. and stay most of the day but clear out around 3-4 p.m. The snow in bear country has really settled down this past week. Let’s hope the warmer weather continues. Bear country really doesn’t see many exciting things during the winter. I have watched almost every day for a sighting of the pair of gray foxes we have seen almost every week for nothing. Maybe they moved into a new area. Hubby was saying over coffee the other day, with the weather warming up, we just might be seeing those big black buggers earlier than usual. If the weather stays on the warmer side much longer, the new feeders will come in and the old ones will go out. With the warm weather, this old gal has started looking at the many garden and seed catalogs that have graced our mailbox this past month. I am beginning to get the itch to get back to the soil. There’s an old saying, “Once a farmer’s daughter, always

a farmer’s daughter.” We love working in the soil. Sympathy is extended to the family of Hazel Oman, who passed away on Jan. 26. Her Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church of Falun at 2 p.m., with visitation from 1-2 p.m. The AWSC snowmobiling sport show is coming Sunday, Feb. 14, to the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you love to snowmobile, don’t miss it. There will be lots of booths, and prizes will be given away. Bring the family and enjoy the day. It’s free admission. Bear country enjoyed the visit of my brother, Bob Martin, from the Duluth area, on Sunday. We tried to get him to stay over, but he was worried about the storm. I told him we aren’t supposed to get hit, but he said you just never know where it will go for sure. Congratulations to Derek Highstrom for being chosen Siren’s student of excellence for the week. Great job. Congratulations to elementary student Nevaeh Reynolds, middle schooler Justine Phernetton and high schooler Emily Stiemann for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. You gals rock. Keep it up.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Janice has been waiting for a home at our shelter since October. She came to us as a stray with a litter of kittens. Her kittens were adopted easily as kittens are cute and cuddly, adult cats like Janice require a special someone to appreciate their fully developed and unique charm. Janice has a short tortoiseshell coat, the tip of one of her ears was lost to frostbite. Janice is friendly and also independent. She is a cat to watch for all the feline traits of a hunting, pouncing, focused cat. Janice is playful and athletic, she is an agile cat, enjoying all of the lofty perches in our cat room. Janice likes to stay busy. She will bring a unique feline perspective to any home she joins. Her adoption fee is $30, and she has been spayed and feline leukemia tested. Spaying or neutering household pets reduces pet overpopulation and helps to ensure that every

pet has a family to love them. The inability to afford this life-saving surgery is the most common reason given for not getting a pet spayed or neutered. As part of our community outreach, Arnell Humane Society created the Arnell SNAP program to offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to low-income households. This low-cost spay/neuter program offers affordable vouchers that are redeemed at participating veterinary clinics. The cost of a voucher for a cat surgery is $20 and $40 for a dog surgery, an additional charge of $5 is added for each pet in need of a rabies vaccination. Information and applications for qualifying households are available at the Arnell shelter and on our website. Preventing litters is the most humane and cost-effective solution to pet overpopulation. If you are caring for a community of unaltered outdoor cats and are in need of a solution to multiplying fe-

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County lines, call the shelter to discuss a plan to get your cat community spayed and neutered. Our cat adoption kennels remain full despite the adoptions of longtime residents Joshua and Ellen. We have a number of declawed cats that came to our shelter from a household with too many cats. Also available are longhair and short, orange and buff, brown tabby, black and calico. Each of our cats comes with a purring motor and years of unconditional love.

Five dogs were adopted last week. Stop by and meet Emma, a soft-spoken bluetick hound; Bridger, an athletic, playful and handsome German shepherd mix; Grady, an active red and white Jack Russell terrier Janice mix; and Buddy, an Australian cattle dog/retriever mix. They look forward to meeting you. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715 268-7387 (PETS) and online at

St. Croix Middle School Happenings Mrs. Scharfenberg’s class is working on a variety of math and art projects. They are learning about geometry, angles and measurement by doing string art projects. – Photos submitted

Our weather was very nice for the weekend. Lots of the snow melted, a sign that spring is coming. The winners for Spades were Arnie Borchert, Marlyce Borchert, Doug Harlander and Darwin Niles. The winners for 500 were Rich Hustad, Dave Peterson, Arnie Borchert and Tim Abrahamzon. The nine bid went to Bob Holms. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at

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1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome for our games. The AARP people will be doing taxes again on Thursday, March 17. Call the center on Monday, Tuesday or Friday mornings between 8:30 and 11:30. The taxes are done at the Golden Oaks Apartments. Enjoy our nice weather. We hope to see you at the center.

News from the service FORT JACKSON, S.C. - U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Ezra J. Kossel has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and cer-

emony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field-training exercises. Kossel is the son of Karen J. and James R. Kossel of Weston. He is a 2014 graduate of Insight School of Wisconsin, Grantsburg. – from Hometown News

Births Born at Amery Hospital and Clinic: A girl, Wynter Marie Tyler, born Dec. 29, 2015, to Leigha VanSickle and Jason Tyler of Frederic. Wynter weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Neko Amado Marquez, born Jan. 1, 2016, to Alexandra Simon and Carlos Marquez of Balsam Lake. Neko weighed 8 lbs., 6.5 oz. ••• A boy, Eldon David Hoffman, born Jan. 4, 2016, to Amber Janson and Eric Hoffman of Glenwood City. Eldon weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Louie Robert Lindus, born Jan. 10, 2016, to Katie and Brent Lindus of New Richmond. Louie weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A girl, Aurora Grace Ramsdell, born Jan. 10, 2016, to Bailey Bernitt and Basil Ramsdell of Luck. Aurora weighed 5 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, Paxton Ryan Krohn, born Jan. 12, 2016, to Jennifer and Ryan Krohn of Clayton. Paxton weighed 7 lbs., 14.9 oz. ••• A girl, Hattie Ray Henningsgard, born Jan. 14, 2016, to Molly and Eric Henningsgard of Amery. Hattie weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Addisyn Kay Schramski, born Jan. 15, 2016, to Schantele Schramski and Blake Thompson of Clear Lake. Addisyn weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A girl, Arlana Lillian Winchell, born Jan. 18, 2016, to Jennifer Winchell of Clear Lake. Arlana weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.

Interstate Park Live music and candlelight at the park

one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The events are free Don’t miss Candlelight Night at Wisconsin Inter- of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2016 state Park on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6-9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as are $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresihundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snow- dents. Daily passes are $8 for residents or $11 for shoers and hikers on separate trails. If snow cover nonresidents. For more information about an event call 715permits, cross-country ski on the Skyline Ski Trail, intermediate level, or snowshoe on the Ojibwa Trail. 483-3747, visit or become a friend on Both trails begin at the Ice Age Center. There will be Facebook at Friends of WI Interstate State Park. hiking opportunities no matter the snow conditions. Beginning at the Camp Interstate shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads. At the Ice Age Center, listen to live music provided by The Geezers while enjoying food and refreshments served by the Friends of Interstate Park. Receive a FREE Electric Toothbrush! Music, food, fun! This is an New Patients 10 Years Of Age & event you won’t want to miss. Up, At Their New Patient Plan to attend Candlelight Night Appointment Which Includes: at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 13. • Examination • Cleaning • X-rays New Patients Welcome!

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Nature story time A boy, Holden James Shafer, born Jan. 20, 2016, to Amanda Sears and James Shafer of Clayton. Holden weighed 10 lbs. ••• A girl, Haddie Jo Amundsen, born Jan. 20, 2016, to Krista and Andrew Amundsen of Clear Lake. Haddie weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A girl, Lana Lynn Skye, born Jan. 21, 2106, to Bobbie Skye and Brad Lamphere of Turtle Lake. Lana weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A girl, Haylee Kae Moltzer, born Jan. 22, 2016, to Tori Wright and Dylan Moltzer of Almena. Haylee weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. Born at Burnett Medical Center: A boy, Maddox Michael Carey, born Jan. 26, 2016, to Beau and Kelsey Carey of Grantsburg. Maddox weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. Sibling is Amzi. Grandparents are Sharry and David Swenson of Luck and Heidi and Randy Carey of Grantsburg. A boy, Jaxon Douglas Mosher, born Jan. 29, 2016, to Jessica Mosher and Douglas Poole of Webster. Jaxon weighed 8 lbs. Grandparents are Jonathan and Linda Mosher of Webster and Rick and Margaret Willinski of Palm Desert, Calif. Great-grandparent is Beverly Mosher of Webster. Born at Osceola Medical Center: A girl, Jordynn Avery Shea, born Jan. 26, 2016, to Cassie and Robert Shea Jr. of Osceola. Jordynn weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Wyat Quinn Minke, born Jan. 30, 2016, to Brittany Minke and Jessica Stoeklen of Luck. Wyat weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz.

Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March 24 for a story and activity at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Nature story time is for preschool children and their parents. Participants may spend time outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just

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LIBRARY CORNER Centuria Public Library Good books for preschool and kindergarten

excellent recommendations.

Many times, a parent will visit the library and will not know where to begin to look for books that will interest their child in reading or listening to a story. In a library, books for young children are easy to find as they are often located in a special part of the library called the children’s section. The books are picture books and are easy to locate on the shelves because they have a large E and the first letters of the author’s last name marked on the spine of the book. When visiting the library, it is recommended that you look for books that are written by wellknown, award-winning authors. A few recommended authors are Jan Brett, Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, Louis Ehlert, Don Freeman, Kevin Henkes, Laura Numeroff, Bill Martin Jr., Judith Viorst, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, P.D. Eastman, Dr. Seuss, Rosemary Wells, Vera B. Williams, Karma Wilson and Jane Yolen. If you are looking for any books by these authors, please ask the librarians on duty to help you find something by the above authors. In addition, there are many more books for young children in the library, and the librarians can make

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

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

New materials to support reading

Wi-Fi hot spot

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

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

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


St. Croix Falls Public Library Story Time University

Lunch and Learn


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

Social Media with Kirk will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room at SCFPL.

Arts and crafts for enthusiastic makers are held the second Thursday of the month at 3:45 p.m. Supply donations, project ideas and guest hosts are welcome.

COMPAS animated short films class COMPAS will offer a class on creating animated short films with teaching artist Kelley Meister. Free for middle school age and older (adults welcome), the class is offered two times: Wednesday, Feb. 17 or Tuesday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. Please register on the library website,, or call 715-483-1777. See for more info.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

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

Pokemon club

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

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

Pokeman club is for kids and families. Bring your own cards or use some of ours on the third Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. All ages welcome.


Balsam Lake Public Library by calling, emailing or simply stop in. Barb Krueger from Krueger Solutions is also available for personal appointments, contact her directly for more information at 651-343-5078 or email: kruegersolutions@

Book Club

“Eight Below,” PG, will be shown Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. Get off the ice and warm up with a movie at the library.

For kids and families: Movie Day

Coffee and Crayons

Thursday, Feb. 4, “Jem and the Holograms,” PG, and Thursday, Feb. 11, “Pixies,” PG. Movies will be shown at 4:30 p.m.

Anytime, Anywhere is a completely online book club for adults. We will be reading one book a month, and hope to cover a wide variety of genres. It’s all online, so you can join the discussion whenever you have time. For more information visit the book club page on Facebook,

New in 2016 Cribbage at the library will be held on Wednesay afternoons, beginning at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Winterfest movie

Friday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m., for adults. Relax and enjoy coffee while coloring pages. A fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. All coloring supplies will be provided.

Tech time Tech time with Barbara Krueger will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m., for open tech time. On Saturday, Feb. 20, it’s all about apps. How do you know which ones to use or which ones are best? Barb will show you some of the best apps, in a variety of categories, and show you how you can evaluate an app to see if it is right for you. Register

Story time Story time is for children 18 months to 5 years and is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with stories and activities.

Tween Time Tween Time programs begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Ride bus No. 304 after school and get dropped off right here at the library. Thursday, Feb. 18, is Lego Club, and Thursday, Feb. 25 is abstract art.

Book Etc. meets in the community room at the library, every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

Anytime, Anywhere Book Club

Hours and contact info Check out our website, We offer free Wi-Fi, public computers, faxing and copying, free coffee and an inviting atmosphere. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For the most updated information, like us on Facebook or email us at library@ Our phone number is 715-485-3215.

Frederic Public Library Huge sale and low, low prices Mark your calendars for the Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13, book sale during open hours on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is accepting donations of gently used books, movies, music CDs and audiobooks. Drop off items during regular open hours and ask for a donation receipt. This is one of two Friends of the Library fundraiser book sales held each year, and your support is appreciated.

Express, the Trans-Siberian Express – is a modern classic of travel literature. Copies are available at the library, and new book group members are always welcome.

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

We’re celebrating our 80th birthday!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

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

Spend an evening with a good book and great conversation

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

The evening book group will meet Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “The Great Railway Bazaar: by Train through Asia.” First published more than 30 years ago, author Paul Theroux’s railway odyssey on Asia’s fabled trains - the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay


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

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

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38th-annual Danbury Lions and Frederic Masons ice-fishing contest

Three-year-old Carson Skinner was up from Lino Lakes, Minn., to enjoy his family’s cabin in Danbury this past weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 30, Carson fished for hours and was very good at clearing the slush from his fishing hole on Burlingame Lake.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Braelyn Doriott was not afraid to show off the northern pike that her fishing buddies caught, while Brylee Curtis, 6, was proud of the group’s bass. Braelyn and Brylee are both from Webster and enjoyed the warmer weather this weekend.

The crowd was buzzing when they saw a drone flying over Burlingame Lake. The drone was attached to a camera and captured a view seldom seen.

RIGHT: Retired Siren schoolteachers Arnie Holcomb and DuWayne Wiberg share a shack and few stories while enjoying the ice-fishing contest on Burlingame Lake.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Lion Klaus Nieder emceed at the 38th-annual Danbury Lions Club/ Frederic Masonic Lodge’s ice-fishing contest held Saturday, Jan. 30, on Burlingame Lake east of Danbury. The funds raised support club missions and high school scholarships.

RIGHT: Northerns were the catch of the day during the Danbury Lions Club/Frederic Masonic Lodge ice fishing contest on Saturday, Jan. 30, near Danbury. This group includes a mini fish that is either bait or an entry for the smallest fish category. The contest offered cash prizes and many raffle items from local businesses.

Even with the unseasonably warm weather, many chose to drive out onto Burlingame Lake for the ice-fishing contest. Signs were posted stating they did so at their own risk.


Coon Lake Classic celebrates 10 years Nearly $20,000 raised by event for Frederic Schools

Metal artists Jack and Mike Route of Frederic created and donated the Coon Lake Classic medallion. - Photo submitted

FREDERIC - Beginning as a small softball fundraiser, the Coon Lake Classic has grown to be a well-known, anticipated event in Frederic. Over the years, the event has supported the Luck/Frederic softball programs, from third grade to varsity, providing the new spring co-op with common uniforms and equipment. In recent years, the Classic has become so successful, it has been able to donate additional funds, supporting other Frederic organizations such as the track program, junior class prom and Summer Saunters, a youth backpacking program coordinated by Frederic art teacher Carrie Peterson. “As a thank-you for 10 years of devoted support by our community members and businesses, we decided to celebrate a decade of success with a bang!” noted organizer Erin Hansford. “A $1,000 medallion hunt was organized and the excitement and anticipation was contagious! People of all ages participated in the hunt prompted by six clues posted every half-hour on the ice. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! We are so thankful to be a part of such an amazing event!” Over the past 10 years the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the Frederic Schools.

Fishing contest winners Northern: First - Ben Anderson, 13.65 lbs.; Second - James Miller, 11.44 lbs.; Third - Andrew Lemieux, 9.9 lbs. Crappies: First - Nolan Hanson, .88 lb.; Second - Trevor Thompson, .71 lb.; Third

- Leanne Nasman, .49 lb. Sunnies: First - Austin Kurkowski, .47 lb.; Second (tie)- Joe Engelhart, .45 lb. and Derek Hetering, .45 lb.; Third - Todd Ferguson, .42 lb.

10-year anniversary bonus drawing winners First - Underwater fish camera, donated by Monty’s Sportman’s Haven and NWE - Ricky Eichten. Second - Craftsman tool kit, donated by ACE Hardware - Logan Taylor. Coon Lake Classic raffle First - Gas ice auger - Michelle Schmidt. Second - $100 gift certificate to Fur, Fins and Feathers - Mike Cederberg. Third - $100 gift certificate to Daeffler’s Quality Meats - Zach Anderson. Fourth - $100 gift certificate to Van Meter’s Meats - Nick Phernetton. Fifth - $100 gift certificate to Frederic Grocery - Mark Jensen. Sixth - $100 gift certificate to Wayne’s Foods Plus - Scott Domagala. Seventh - $50 gift certificate to Frederic Liquor - Maria Ammend. Eighth - $50 gift certificate to Bottle Shop - Lisa Jensen 50/50 cash drawing, $300 - Ray Kurkowski Jr.

Ray Kurkowski Jr. of Frederic was the winner of the Frederic Medallion Hunt last Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of a winter fun day event, which included ice-fishing on Coon Lake, a vintage snowmobile show and more. Kurkowski won $1,000 for finding the medallion on the east side of Coon Lake. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Event sponsors this year were the village of Frederic, Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce, Frederic Lions Club, State Farm Insurance (Corey Arnold), Daeffler’s Quality Meats and Frederic Grocery. - with submitted information

Clues were posted every half-hour in the Frederic Medallion Hunt. The medallion was found by the last pine tree on the left side of the trail heading north past the boat landing on the east side of Coon Lake near an eagle’s nest. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Joel Wells was one of the dozens of ice anglers who gathered at Coon Lake on Saturday, Jan. 30, to take part in the Coon Lake Classic ice-fishing tournament - Photo submitted

Adam Eichten found success at the fishing contest on Coon Lake, landing this large northern. - Photo submitted

Searching for the medallion, with $1,000 at stake, had people racing through the woods and park on the east side of Coon Lake last Saturday, Jan. 30, as clues eventually led to its discovery. - Photo by Becky Amundson

Ben Anderson won first place in the northern category with this near 14-pounder he caught during the Coon Lake Classic. - Photo submitted

James Miller holds up a northern he caught at the Coon Lake Classic ice-fishing contest, weighing in at 11.44 pounds, good enough for second place. - Photo submitted



A sign of caution on Coon Lake in Frederic warned of 10 inches of ice last Saturday, Jan. 30, during the annual day of winter fun in the village. The safest mode of travel across the lake was by foot, as the young women below chose to do. Saturday’s events included an ice-fishing contest, a classic snowmobile show, a medallion hunt, a candlelight snowshoe and ski event and an arts and crafts and garage sale at the elementary school.

Jack claimed this mountain of snow at the edge of the parking lot of Coon Lake Park during the winter fun day at Frederic last Saturday, Jan. 30.

Photos by Gary King Maria Coen and Kylie Meister warmed up near the fire pit on Coon Lake during last Saturday’s activities on Coon Lake.

RIGHT AND BELOW: Jacob Ridgeway provided fun for several youngsters, giving rides on his ATV and sled during the ice-fishing contest and other activities on Coon Lake in Frederic last Saturday, Jan. 30.

A number of outdoor activities drew a crowd to frozen Coon Lake last Saturday, Jan. 30. - Photo submitted

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Frederic Craft and Vendor Expo and garage sale - 2016 LEFT: Christina White, of Frederic, displayed her Premier Designs jewelry at the craft and vendor expo last Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Frederic Elementary School. Her display was next to her husband Nathan’s display, Mohnsen Creek Antlercraft, which offers for sale “quality craftsmanship from real, naturally shed antlers.”

Photos by Gary King

A variety of used clothing and goods were on display at the Frederic Elementary School gymnasium as part of the annual garage sale. The Renno table was a joint effort, with baked goods and beaded jewelry by Sue and Naomi, and paracord bracelets by Naomi’s son, Coby, and Lego creations by her other son, Hurun. ABOVE: Sue Renno searched for the right color of paracord for a custom bracelet request.

RIGHT: This year’s craft and vendor expo at the elementary school in Frederic drew 16 vendors, including Amish baked goods, Stampin’ Up, silk flower arrangements, Thirty-One, jewelry and wood crafts. The event was sponsored by the Frederic PTO. Shown here are Leader reporter Mary Stirrat, right, with products made by women rescued from sex trafficking, and Kerri Koski, who had her homemade natural soaps available for purchase.

Snowmobile classics on display at Frederic RIGHT: These vintage snowmobiles drew onlookers last Saturday at Coon Lake in Frederic. The display sparked some conversations of some of the golden years of snowmobiling - the ‘60s and ‘70s - and which brands of machine were the best and which are now history.

Photos by Gary King Dale Scott took a vintage Ski-Daddler snowmobile for a ride on Coon Lake during the festivities last Saturday, Jan. 30, which included a vintage snowmobile show, medallion hunt and ice-fishing contest. Ski-Daddlers were made from 1966 to 1972 by AMF.

The legendary Hamm’s Bear, which gained notoriety in TV and other commercials for Hamm’s beer, primarily in the 1950s and ‘60s, was comfy in this 1972 Rupp cutter owned by Jim Raymond. The sleigh, manufactured by a boat company in Michigan, was a “barn find” and required some cleaning and polish to make it look this new. The bear was added later. The sleigh was connected to a 1973 Yamaha, owned by Lori Raymond. Advertising Age magazine called the Hamm’s Bear, “The key element of one of the best ad campaigns in the last 100 years.”

One of snowmobiling’s legends, Herb Howe of Siren, was at the vintage snowmobile show at Frederic last Saturday, Jan. 30, with the 1966 Polaris Colt snowmobile he rode in the first-ever Winnipeg to St. Paul International 500 Snowmobile Race in 1966, taking first place. Howe braved 45-below temperatures in the race - and his first-place finish got him a large trophy and $500 in cash. His story has been published in the Leader and other publications over the years.


Everything you need to know about used batteries

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eople are always asking me about single-use (alkaline) batteries, and they are shocked to hear that they are to be disposed of in your regular garbage. Keep reading to find out why that is.

Why do we advise people to throw away alkaline/single-use batteries? The state of California is the only state in which it is illegal to throw any type of battery, including single-use/alkaline, in the trash. This is partly due to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 that phased out the use of mercury in alkaline batteries, making them less of an issue when disposed of in landfills. Alkaline/single-use batteries do not contain heavy metals, which drastically limits their recycling market. Drop-off recycling for these kinds of batteries is nearly nonexistent. You generally have to mail in your batteries to recycle them and more information about that can be found online. What about small round button cell batteries? These batteries are typically found in watches or hearing aids and are accepted through the household hazardous waste collection program or at the Spooner

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Are lithium, nickel-cadmium (NiCd), silver-oxide, zinc-carbon, zinc-chloride, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), nickel-zinc (NiZn), or lithium-ion batteries recyclable? Yes, all of these are recyclable through the HHW program and at the Spooner Recycling Site. What are zinc-air batteries? Zinc-air batteries are single-use batteries that often come in button form. They are used in such applications as hearing aids and are accepted for recycling. What about rechargeable alkaline batteries, are they recyclable as well? Yes, if it says rechargeable, we will accept it for recycling.

How about other batteries, such as vehicle, or rechargeable tools with batteries? All vehicle batteries and tool batteries such as those found in power drills are accepted. Also, vehicle batteries are accepted at all locations that sell them and the business will usually give you money for them. In summary, due to alkaline batteries no longer containing mercury and because of the small amount of recoverable metals in them, they are not typically recycled. Rechargeable batteries can contain mercury, cadmium, lead and lithium, but many rechargeable batteries do end up being tossed into the regular trash by people who are either unaware that they should be recycled, or feel it is just too much trouble to do so. Alkaline batteries do not contain as many toxic components as many people think. They do, however, contain metals like nickel, cobalt, zinc, manganese and silver. At this time there are no real cost-effective methods available to recover these metals. Also, many claims are made that these common metals pose no environmental threat when disposed of with normal household trash. I think it might take a while for some people to get used to this reality. Now you can feel less guilty when tossing out expended alkaline batteries in trash which goes to a landfill. If you have any questions regarding any type of recycling or hazardous waste disposal please contact me atjbarton@nwrpc. com, or 715-635-2197.

St. Croix Falls Middle School honor roll 4.0 honor roll Eighth-graders Hope Anderson, Jordan Braund, Andrew Opel, Jessica Peterson, Colten Snyder and Claire Wallace.

Seventh-graders Grace Bergstrom, Layton Borst, Ellen Brice, Payton Christenson, Abigail Jensen and Emily McCurdy.

Sixth-graders Addie Koenig, Kaylee Miron and Courtney Young.

Brown, Hannah Cross, Samuel Dreger, Jenna Driscoll, Azalea Edwards, Boden Enochs, Derek Fisk, Declan Greenquist, Jakob Hansen, Riley Henk, Carly Herrick, Riley Holsclaw, Sidney Hoverman, Carver Hoverman, Colby Hutton, Madisen Jensen, Noah Kazmierski, Jack Kessler, Trevor LaMirande, Isabella Langer, Brooke Larson, Emily Launderville, Alexis Miller, Frances Miller, Alex Mysicka, Kullan Parks, Connor Pruden, Mara Riley, Aryn Rode, Nick Sedok, Mitchell Steele, Madison Stensven, Luke Thaemert, David Tompsett, Alyssa Tran, Clayton VanBuskirk, John Wiehl, Anthony Will and Beth Wittmann.


Fifth-graders Cade Anderson, Brady Belisle, Azalea Frokjer, Nolan Imhoff and Aleah Jensen.

3.5 and above honor roll Eighth-graders Andrew Anderberg, Christina Anderson, Nickolas Betterley, Garett

Maya Appel, Ella Bobzin, Emma Cooper, Joseph DeLuca, Olivia Durushia, Tanner Gaffey, Seth Gudmunsen, Callie Halstrom, Morgan Hildreth, Haidyn Larson, Emma Mandera, Olivia Miron, Nathan Murtaugh, Ann Nelson, Lucia Neuman, Tyler Park, Evelyn Parson, Mason Peer, Samantha Potvin, Kyrsten Rehberg, Gwyneth Schaffer, MaKenna Shannon, Sienna Shoop, Andrew Simpkins, Angel Sommer, Reyna Stenberg, Samuel Wilson and Ellinora Wondra.

Sixth-graders Sidrah Edwards, Minna Flom, Natalie Gorres, Lauren Hoverman, Melissa Jones, Julia Kloos, Lindsey Koch, Jordan Lee, Owen McDonough, Annabel, McManus, Avery Mysicka, Lauren Olson, Hayden Prokop, Cole Rutledge, Natalie Ryan, Oliver Schmidt, Tobias Sotis, Adonis Stepp, Ella Waterworth and Alise Wiehl.

Fifth-graders Adam Briggs, Elle Brown, Tristan Caroon, Alexis Chaffee, Kaden Clark, Bryn Connors, Mykala Eighmy, Emma Fischer, Evan Gudmunsen, Emily Hahn, Laura Hutton, Josie Johnson, Katelyn Kozak, Avery Krzystofiak, Grant Kuenkel, Sydnei Larson, Jacob Launderville, Drew Lessman, Madison Lucas, Joseph Marshall, Brianna McCurdy, Bryce McCurdy, Maureen Miller, Joseph Murtaugh, Kaleb Palmer, Paige Perlock-Campeau, Ciara Roberson, Brockston Sawicki, Michael Shannon, Dylan Smith, Miles Wilson and Abigail Wynee.

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noon. Bring your own skis and poles. Classical skiing and skate skiing classes. Contact community education for more info. High-energy workout, buns and guns: Tuesdays, Feb. 16 - March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., elementary school cafeteria. Beginning Word: Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, 6-8:30 p.m., high school lab. Boot camp, full-body workout: Thursdays, Feb. 18 - March 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., elementary school cafeteria. Kids mosaic class, coffee coasters or picture frames: Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 23 and 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m., ages 6-13, elementary school art room. Prairie Fire Theatre presents “Cinderella”: Monday-Saturday, Feb. 29 - March 5, 3:30-8 p.m. Auditions Monday, Feb. 29. Performances Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 6:30 p.m. 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. Blogging: Tuesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, 6-8:30 p.m., high school. Social media for businesses: Wednesdays, April 6 and 13, 5:308:30 p.m., high school. 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.


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Ongoing Zumba: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym. Zumba toning: Every Sunday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym. Clogging: Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., elementary school.

Trips Ski and snowboard at Trollhaugen: Monday, Feb. 15. “Gypsy” at the Pantages Theatre: Saturday, Feb. 27. Bus departs Frederic at noon and returns at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $48 includes show ticket and coach transportation. If you would like to register for a class or need more information, please contact Mary at 715-327-4868, ext. 1117, or email millerm@ Registration forms and other helpful information can also be found on the website,

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CHURCH NEWS Cushing Lutheran children have “fun with faith”

(L to R): Sydney Smith, Ruth Dikkers, Emily Crossfield, Whitney Lundgren and Hailey Lundgren, from First Lutheran Church of Cushing, enjoy playing in the jump houses set up at the Cushing Community Center. – Photos submitted

Evelyn M. Johansen Evelyn M. Johansen, 92, of Luck, Wis., passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the United Pioneer Home. An online guest book is available at or Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550, are handling the arrangements.

Royal Edward Bearheart, Miskwaanakwad “Red Cloud” Royal Edward Bearheart, Miskwaanakwad “Red Cloud,” the son of Johnathon Bearheart and Kiana-Mae Reynolds, passed away Jan. 29, 2016. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Roberta Bearheart and George Reynolds; paternal grandparents, Dawn Emery and Bradley Bearheart Jr.; along with aunts, uncles and several other relatives. Funeral services for Royal were held Monday, Feb. 1, at the St. Croix Tribal Center, Hertel, with Vince Merrill officiating. Royal will be laid to rest by his great-grandmother, Valerie (Gummar) Emery, at the Sand Lake Cemetery in the Town of LaFollette. Honorary pallbearers will be Nathaniel Reynolds, Jordan Decorah and Theron-John Reynolds. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at

Lenten services set DRESSER – Peace Lutheran Church will hold an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 10 at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through March 16, they will have a soup lunch at 11:30 a.m. and noon service or a soup supper at 5:45 p.m., with a service at 6:45 p.m. LUCK – Bone Lake Lutheran Church will begin holding Lenten services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, with a soup supper at 6 p.m. and Holden evening prayer service at 6:45 p.m. This schedule will continue on Wednesdays through March 16. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold their Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

TF church to present “American Heritage Series”

(L to R): Carter Talmadge, Drake Petersen, Brock Sladky, Kyra Cox and Brett Sladky, from First Lutheran Church of Cushing, play in one of the jump houses set up at the Cushing Community Center as part of their “fun with faith” event.

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - You hear people say we need to get back to our foundation as a nation. What is meant by foundation? First Baptist Church of Taylors Falls will be presenting “The American Heritage Series,” a DVD series by David Barton of WallBuilders. com, as he explores and explains America’s founding principles. The series will be presented on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 7. You are also invited to join them for worship at 10:30 a.m. and a light lunch at 11:45 a.m. before the study. The church is located at 691 West St. in Taylors Falls. Everyone is welcome. – from First Baptist Church


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OBITUARIES Donald C. Grunnes

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Gloriann Jones, 85, hummed her last tune alongside Donald C. Grunnes, 85, of Northeast Minneapolis, Minn., was graciously taken home to heaven by the Lord loved ones on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. She threaded her way though life, beginning in Fredon Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. eric, Wis., where she stitched together many patchworks He was born May 24, 1930, in Doran, that would shape her spirit. She was Wis. He attended Shell Lake High cut from a fully Swedish cloth and School and then graduated from Webwove a certain thriftiness into her days; ster High School in 1948. He worked waving off challenges and gathering on a farm in North Dakota after high life’s notions with a genuinely compasschool and then enlisted in the Air sionate spirit. Force during the Korean conflict. FolGloriann was renowned in the lowing his service, he went on to meet church and community for her neehis wife, Eleanor Huls. They were married on July 14, 1956, in Coomer, Wis. While attending the dlework and donated countless hours University of Minnesota, he competed nationally judging creating articles for her congregation’s dairy products. He finished the competition first in butter enrichment. She was a superior seamstress and created all and fourth in ice cream. After graduating in 1959 with a of her daughters wedding dresses. She married her husBachelor of Science degree, he became employed at Na- band of nearly 50 years at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, and tional Butter in St. Paul for 2-1/2 years. For the next 34 they set out for a life together, settling in Cottage Grove, years he worked for Germantown Manufacturing of Phil- Minn., to raise their four children. Gloriann lived life on adelphia. He enjoyed 20 years of retirement, spending the bias, fully devoted to her family, and particularly numerous winters in Scottsdale, Ariz. He would always enjoyed teaching Sunday school for decades, coaching her girls softball teams and her role as Girl Scout leader. visit Texas friends on his way down. Don enjoyed hunting, golfing, socializing with friends Gloriann worked with her hands, religiously baking the and family, and seniors dining in Fridley. For the past few much-loved buns, wove many a rug and always overlaid years he has chronicled his friends, people he met and life her work by humming or singing a tune. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; experiences through his drawings. Don is survived by his wife of 59-1/2 years, Eleanor; and daughter, Stephenie Jones of Montana. She is sursons, Don (Deborah) and Dale; grandchildren, Derek and vived by her daughters, Teresa Jones of Wisconsin and JoAnna; sisters, Bethel Lammert and Anna Mae (Philip) Jeanna Basch of California; son, Douglas Jones of Mississippi; and her six grandchildren and great-grandson. Gerber; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his sis- In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. A celebration of her life was held ter, Ellen. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, Tuesday, Feb. 2, at All Saints Church in Cottage Grove. 2016, with visitation one hour prior at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3014 McKinley St., NE Minneapolis, Minn. Interment at a later date at Lorain Union Cemetery, Indian Creek, Wis. Arrangements by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, washburn-mcreavy. Wilbur Arleigh Thoreson passed away Jan. 25, 2016, at com, 612-781-6628. the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation Community at age 97. Wilbur was born April 8, 1918, to Ed and Jennie Thoreson. He was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, confirmed at the Swedish Lutheran Hazel Viola Oman, formerly of Falun, Wis., passed Church and was a lifelong member of away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2016, at the home of her son the English Lutheran and later Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. He and his wife, Dennis and Betty Oman, attended several schools, graduating of Kipling, Mich., at the age of 94 years. from grade school at Falun, Wis., and Hazel was born the second daughter Grantsburg High School in 1937. of John and Marie (Karlsson) Beck on Wilbur drove truck for the Burnett Nov. 14, 1921, in the Town of Laketown, County Highway Department and George Norine TruckPolk County, Wis. She was baptized ing and later worked as a substitute clerk at the Grantsand confirmed in the Lutheran faith burg Post Office. and remained a strong Christian all her Wilbur married Elizabeth (Betty) Olson in 1942. They life. She attended grade school at East had three children. He was inducted into the Army and Laketown and high school at Luck before moving to Falun in 1937. She graduated, with hon- served training combat infantry replacements at several bases in the southern states. He was discharged a first ors, from Grantsburg High School in 1939. Hazel married the love of her life, George Oman, on lieutenant in 1945, then served as Burnett County RegisJuly 18, 1943, while George was on furlough before ship- ter of Deeds. Wilbur joined the American Legion Post 185 ping overseas with the U.S. Army during WWII. On his in Grantsburg and had 70 years of continuous memberreturn from service, George and Hazel built a home in ship, serving as commander in 1955, sergeant-at-arms for Falun where they raised three children. She had resided 22 years and directing the military escort. He, along with there for 64 years until moving to live in Michigan with Marlin Sundquist (Mr. American Legion), organized the first Legion ice-fishing contests. her son in July of 2014. Wilbur was a rural mail carrier for 31 years, retiring in Hazel worked at Carlson and Johnson store in Falun after her children started attending school, and then at 1981. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family North States Industries for 20 years where she made and friends, golf, bowling, cheering for the Minnesota Twins and traveling with Betty, his wonderful wife of 64 many lifelong friends. Hazel enjoyed embroidery, knitting, crocheting and years, and his family. Preceding Wilbur in death were his parents; brothers, crafts and gifted many with her beautiful handmade creations of baby blankets, booties and doilies. She loved Maurice Thoreson and Maynard Thoreson; and wife, digging in her garden and flower beds, and she loved Betty; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Miller and Lindsi watching and “talking” to the wild birds at her feeders. Wallin. He is survived by his daughter, Karen (Leon) Miller of She treasured and deeply loved her friends, whom she considered to be her greatest gifts. But, she said, Grantsburg; sons, Steve Thoreson of Webster, Wis., and “My most precious gifts of all are my family. My hus- Eric (Mary) Thoreson of Rice Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, band, my children, the grandchildren and my precious Jeff Miller, Kevin Miller, Jennifer Wallin and Emily Thoreson; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchilgreat-grandchildren.” She leaves behind a son, Dennis (Betty) Oman of dren; nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and his black Kipling Mich.; and a daughter, Kris (Matt) Anderson of Labrador, Duke. He will be greatly missed by his loving Siloam Springs Ark.; her grandchildren, Heather Oman family and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Faith Beedy of St. Paul, Minn., Daisy Oman Mott of Frederic, Wis., Emily Anderson of Three Lakes, Wis., Leah Ander- Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. Pastor Sandy Hutchens son of Siloam Springs and Karl Anderson of Oklahoma will officiate. Interment with full military honors will be City, Okla.; her great-grandchildren: Samantha Oman of held at Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike ThoreSaginaw, Minn., Dylan Oman of Grantsburg and Colton son, Ron Thoreson, Jeff Miller, Kevin Miller, Eric Wallin Beedy and Logan Beedy of St. Paul; and one nephew, and Matt Miller. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dick (Marilyn) Thompson of Duluth, Minn. She also Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Online leaves behind “adopted” grandchildren, Laurie Chell, condolences may be expressed at Mari Johnson Parrow and Bud Johnson; and a host of friends. Preceding Hazel in death were her parents; sister, Edith; husband, George; son, David; and grandson, Bradley. Constance Sue Bowar, 69, of the Town of Oakland, Wis., Although we’ll miss her greatly, we are comforted in passed away Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2016. Arrangeknowing she is at home with her Lord and Savior and ments are pending. Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and experiencing his presence and all the wonders of heaven. Cremation Services, Webster, Wis., is assisting the family. The memorial service for Hazel Oman will be con- Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-tayducted at 2 p.m. with visitation 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. A full obituary will follow. 13, at First Baptist Church of Falun, 23661 Range Line Road, Siren, WI 54872. Pastor Mike Kleven will officiate the service, assisted by Associate Pastor Steve Ward. Arrangements are entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Arthur Russell (Russ) Bader Arthur Russell (Russ) Bader, 85, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and formerly of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Dresser, Wis., passed away peacefully, surrounded by much of his family, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Russ was a loved and loving husband to Joanne, celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary 13 days earlier with all six children and their spouses present and together for the first time in 18 years. Russ was the proud father to Pam (Jim) Groth of New Richmond, Wis., Cathy (Craig) Gray of St. Croix Falls, Jeff (Tressa) Bader of Folsom, Calif., Dave (Jan) Bader of McFarland, Wis., Tom (Meg) Bader of Stillwater, Minn., and Lynne (Omar) Mickens of Keller, Texas. He was busy early and hence, has left a legacy of love through 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Russ has a brother, Greg (Elizabeth) Bader and was preceded in death by his brother, Wendell, age 13; father, Art; and mother, Alice. Never one to sit still, Russ packed a lot into his time here. Born in New Richmond and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, he grew up farming in St. Croix and Polk counties with his family, finally settling down with his parents on their farm by Sand Lake near Dresser. There, the family joined Bethesda Lutheran Church on Sand Lake. Russ and Joanne met at the Ubet, Wis., school during a basket social; he bought her basket, in 1947. We are not sure if it was the goodlooking basket or pretty girl that caught his attention. After graduating high school from St. Croix Falls, he attended Dunwoody Institute to follow his passion for cars and became a mechanic with a desire for racing. Following Dunwoody he worked as a mechanic at a few dealerships including Minar & Minar Ford in St. Croix Falls and eventually moved to Osseo Motors in Osseo, Minn., as a mechanic with his new family. Having a young family early dampened some of Russ’ desire for speed, but he moved on by leaving Osseo, buying a home in Dresser and starting his own dealership and automotive shop there – Valley Motors. Following that adventure he became a salesman for his old employer, Osseo Motors (Iten Chevrolet) in Brooklyn Center, Minn., for 25 years, where he was a perennial top performer specializing in trucks. Russ and Joanne relocated to Lake Havasu City in 1986 and spent 26 years working and playing before returning to St. Croix Falls four years ago. For fun, Russ was a volunteer firefighter for Dresser, started the Dresser Driftbusters Snowmobile Club, raced snowmobiles all over Minnesota and Wisconsin under the Flintstone Flyer banner along with his SkiDoo buddies from Scandia, Minn., received his private pilot’s license and picked up a 1958 Piper Comanche to soar the skies, was a charter member of the Mousketeer (now Wild River) Flying Club in Osceola, Wis., and a president of Relics & Rods Car Club in Lake Havasu City. Over the years, he was an avid Vikings fan, dog lover, snowmobile crazy man, gentleman farmer, pilot and total gear head. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service in honor of Russ was held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. Memorials are suggested to the Arnell Humane Society in Amery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home,

Irene L. Richter Irene L. Richter, 87, of Luck, Wis. passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Sophie’s Manor in Centuria, Wis. Irene Lysdahl was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Svening and Mildred (Hjort) Lysdahl. She grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. She married Ellis E. Richter on Feb. 9, 1946, in Minneapolis. After their marriage they moved to a farm near Luck, Wis. Irene had worked at the yo-yo factory in Luck, MPM Plastics, Frederic, Wis., the Frederic and Luck nursing homes and also on the family farm. Irene leaves to celebrate her memory children, Leslie (Gloria) Richter, Luck, Eugene (Leanne) Richter, Frederic, and Patti Jo (Tom) Hanson, Grantsburg, Wis; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Beverly and Lois Lysdahl; and many other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis; parents, Svening and Mildred; brothers, Milton and Wayne Lysdahl; sister, Shirley Tollifson; and her granddaughter, Irene E. Richter. Visitation for Irene will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Faith Fellowship Church, 2497 Hwy. 35, Luck, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Luck Senior Citizens Center, 31 Second Ave. West, Luck, at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Following the service the family would like to invite their guests to join them for lunch and fellowship in the senior center. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Richter, Ben Richter, Tom Hanson, Chris Richter, Les Richter Jr., Charlie Lindberg and David Lindberg. Irene will be laid to rest to her husband Ellis’ side in the spring at Lakeview Cemetery in Siren. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home, Centuria, has been entrusted with arrangements.


CHURCH NEWS Checking the forecast


y husband and I took a small float plane from Kodiak, Alaska, to a tiny village on the island’s south side where we would visit my son at his fish camp. The flight across the dense forest started out well until a fog bank approached and the pilot was forced to fly closer to the trees than comfortable. When we landed, he said, “Sorry, folks, I gotta get outta here before the weather closes in.” He hurried us outside into the drizzle and tossed our backpacks to the ground before roaring away from the harbor. Since I enjoy watching adventure reality shows, I often think about our

Sharing money is part of sharing life for couples Q: My fiance and I are getting married this spring and we’ve run into a conflict concerning finances. Should we have joint or separate checking accounts after we’re married? What are your thoughts? Jim: Opinions on this question vary, but as I see it, a “yours and mine” mentality is not conducive to a healthy, happy marriage. A husband and wife are not two people who happen to sleep in the same bed but lead separate and independent lives. On the contrary, marriage is best and most fulfilling when both spouses are “all in” and cast their lot together, for better or worse. The sharing of your financial assets is an important part of sharing life as a whole. And this includes the establishment of joint accounts. In some cases, special circumstances may necessitate opening separate accounts for separate things – a personal business venture, for instance. But for the most part, it’s best to handle your finances as a team. If both of you will be working outside the home, you can put all of your earnings into one account and then agree that each of you will receive an equal share of a monthly “allowance.”

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair experience and the risks bush pilots take because of sudden weather changes in the far northwest. Although checking the forecast is crucial, it’s not always dependable. Flight conditions can change instantly. In the Bible, Jesus said the Pharisees and Sadducees knew how to predict weather, but they could not discern the spiritual signs of the times. Perhaps many of us are like them. Perhaps That’s the simplest way to keep yourselves accountable to one another. If you’re uneasy with this arrangement, you need to determine why. You’ve given us few details about your relationship with your fiance, so we really aren’t in a position to comment on this aspect of your question. We can only tell you that if two people don’t feel they can trust or ought to be accountable to one another, they would be well-advised to re-evaluate their marriage plans, or at least get some serious premarital counseling. It’s best to resolve issues of this nature before tying the knot. ••• Q: When should we talk with our son about what it means to be a responsible husband and father? He’s still pretty young – not even in his teens yet. Should we wait until after puberty? Or would it be better to hold off even longer? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: That’s a good question that deserves careful consideration for many reasons. Perhaps the most significant is the tendency for today’s couples to marry later in life than in the past. As a result, young adults are entering into marriage with a stronger sense of individualism and personal independence than previous generations. While a cer-

we see and read about evil, but believe nothing bad will happen to us and we think all we have to do is be cautious. The spiritual climate during Paul’s day is the same climate we Christians soon may face in our country, that of suffering and persecution for the sake of Christ. In his letters to fellow worker Timothy, Paul predicts the spiritual weather of the last days as being perilous, a time when people will have no self-control, loving themselves and pleasure more than God. Paul encourages Timothy to “Be ready in season and out of season … For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for

Focus on the family Jim Daly tain level of this can be healthy, it can also present challenges for a marriage relationship. Oftentimes the more “set” two people have become – the more time they’ve had to “harden” their personal routines – the more difficult it can be for them to merge and meld in marriage. Why mention this? Because, from a certain perspective, it underscores the need to start preparing our boys to understand the responsibilities involved with marriage and family life as early as possible. Good husbands and fathers don’t just happen. We have to create them. And we create them, at least in part, by teaching and modeling for them beforehand that good marriages and strong families are built on a foundation of love, and that love often means putting aside self-interests and learning to make sacrifices for others. With that in mind, it’s wise to start talking to your son about what it means to be a good husband and father now

themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:24) Sounds like today, doesn’t it? Paul’s words are meant for us, too. Jesus commands us to share the good news of salvation while there is still time. Understanding the spiritual weather conditions helps us share it with love, patience and humility. Lord, thank you for wisdom in understanding the spiritual weather conditions around us. Through your spirit, guide us as we serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

– before he’s had a chance to form too many self-centered, potentially relationship-damaging habits. A good man anticipates what lies ahead on the journey and prepares for it. I’d encourage you to help your son get moving in that direction as soon as you can. ••• 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


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Students of the Week Frederic

KaeAnn Gingras has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. KaeAnn is in kindergarten and the daughter of Travis and Kathy Gingras. She works very hard all day and loves to write at school. She is a very caring and thoughtful young lady. She gets along with her peers and helps them if they need anything. She enjoys playing with her brother and family. When she grows up, she wants to be an art teacher.

Athena Hill has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Athena is in sixth grade and the daughter of Jamie and Theresa Hill. She earns awesome grades, is extremely polite and puts a lot of effort into her schoolwork. She enjoys playing on her phone and swimming.


Kali Laqua has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Kali is a freshman and is the daughter of Lori and Jeff Laqua and Matt Pickard. She is involved in volleyball, track, bell choir, band, choir, student council and is a class officer. She earns very good grades, has a good attitude and is willing to help others. She likes to play piano and practice volleyball. She plans to be a veterinary technician.


Anika Wicklund has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Anika is in third grade and the daughter of Karl and Amanda Wicklund. Her favorite subjects are spelling and music. She is a very hard worker and is kind and respectful to her teachers and classmates. Outside of school, she enjoys doing homework and playing Monopoly with her family.

Luca Nieman has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Jolene and Brent Nieman. He is a nice, friendly person. He is also attentive in class and is always willing to put in the effort needed to do well. In his spare time, he enjoys video games and anything computer related.

Jonah Tretsven has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Monte and Debbie Tretsven. He is a student who is always positive and does what he is supposed to do. He encourages others in class and is a great role model and leader in class. He is involved in FFA and football. He enjoys hunting and fishing.

Ace Graves has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Ace is in second grade and the son of Shawn and Csilla Graves. He is always respectful, follows the rules and is considerate of others. He is energetic and gives a great effort in phy ed. His favorite parts of the school day are recess, lunch and phy ed. Some of his favorite animals are turtles, scorpions and beetles. He is a talented soccer player and is really good at chess.

Paul Rightman has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Paul is in third grade and the son of Carol and Matthew Rightman. He always has his work done and is very polite. He’s a hard worker in reading and puts forth great effort. He is a great illustrator for his friends’ books and loves to read in weird, scary voices. His favorite school lunch is pizza. He loves semitrucks and riding with his dad when he gets the chance.

Lucy Dahlberg is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Lucy is in fourth grade and the daughter of Dan and Bev Dahlberg. She is an academic all-star. She excels in all subjects and loves reading. She is a great writer, too. Her teacher thoroughly enjoys reading her reader’s response each week where she shares her love of many wonderful books. Her favorite class is writing. After school, she participates in art, choir, volleyball, graphic design and piano.

Daniel Gorkiewicz is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Daniel is the son of Robyn Gorkiewicz. He is kind, considerate and friendly. He is always willing to help others and is very pleasant. He always looks for the positive in someone. He tapes the basketball games for the boys JV and varsity games. The best parts of his day include the moments when he can relieve people of their stress and make them smile, even if that includes saying or doing things that are out of the realm of normal.

Austin Hursh has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Andy and Rachel Hursh. He has one brother and one sister. He likes spending time with his family, swimming, playing soccer, basketball, riding his caster board and sledding. He seems to enjoy middle school and is well disciplined when it comes to his schoolwork. He is willing to help out students when needed.

Greta Johnson is Siren High School’s student of the week. Greta is a sophomore and the daughter of Dale and Sue Johnson. She is involved in dance team, FCCLA, library club and forensics. She is always willing to lend a hand to her classmates. She is polite and always focused on her studies and class projects. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, dancing, singing and watching TV. When she graduates, she wants to become an elementary teacher.

Reagan Sorensen has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Reagan is in seventh grade and the daughter of Jim and Melinda Sorensen. She was chosen because she is a hard worker with a great attitude and shows great classroom leadership.

Josh Gorne has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Josh is a senior and the son of Paul and Maria Gorne. He is an outstanding student. His favorite subjects are biology/wildlife management and technology. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and playing hockey. He enjoys the outdoors.



St. Croix Falls

Ella Johnson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Ella is in third grade and has two houses, one with her dad and one with her mom. Her family likes board games and playing with their pets. She has seven brothers and sisters. She really likes to read. She especially likes the “Dork Diary” series. She also likes to write. She is not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she says, “Probably a vet or something with animals.

Madison Lucas has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Madison is in fifth grade and her dad is Ron Lucas. She is involved in basketball, softball and volleyball. She also enjoys reading, badminton, knitting and fishing. Language arts is her favorite subject because she loves to read and enjoys all the projects. She belongs to 36ers basketball team. Madison is a wonderful student who is always smiling. She is fantastic to have in class.

Victoria Anderberg has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Victoria is a senior and the daughter of Jon and Vanessa Anderberg. She is very busy preparing for college. She is very artistically talented, if you go to the art room she is in there. She is a very good student and is always willing to give someone a helping hand.

Jacob Holdt has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Jacob is in pre-K and the son of Ryan and Monica Holdt. He is a very hardworking and kind little boy. He always has a smile on his face and a sincere compliment to give. He loves school, playing with his friends, going to the farm and winking at the teachers.


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Konner Glienke has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Konner is in fourth grade and the son of Brad Glienke. He likes soccer and football. He would like to be a football player when he grows up. Math and reading are his favorite classes. His reading has greatly improved this year and he reports that he likes to read now. He is a good friend, always willing to help and always strives to do his best on all his assignments.

Breena Dorn has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Breena is in seventh grade and the daughter of Christine and Craig Dorn. She is very friendly and positive and is not afraid to try to make someone’s day a little bit brighter. She is a hard worker with a great attitude. She is very respectful to her teachers and her peers. She is involved in volleyball and track. Her hobbies include swimming, shopping, watching movies and board games.

Joshua Moretter has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Joshua is a sophomore and the son of Sharon Moretter. He is an awesome band student. He is eager to learn and eager to improve. He works hard to do his best in the classroom and is always wanting to make sure he is doing things correctly. He is very respectful. Besides his involvement in band, he enjoys hunting and archery.

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THURS. & FRI./4 & 5 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

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

Balsam Lake • “Jem and the Holograms,” PG, at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715-485-3215.


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Siren • Northwoods Flyers Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Club meets at the government center, Rm. 165, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls • Dollars for Scholars chili/soup cook-off at SCF school, 5-7:30 p.m. & silent auction, 715-483-2507, ext. 1300.

FRI. & SAT./12 & 13 St. Croix Falls • “Fully Committed” at Festival Theatre. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

Webster • Flea market & bake sale at the senior center, 9 a.m.3 p.m., 715-866-4517.

FRI.-SUN./12-14 Luck

• 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.

• Luck Winter Carnival, pageant, Bingo, parade, B-ball tourney,

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• Potluck and Bingo at the community center, noon meal, 1 p.m. Bingo, 715-268-6605.

• Ask the Cardiologist seminar at the medical center, 6:30 p.m. RSVP at 715-294-4936,

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• Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244, 715-825-5357.

• CAFO workshop at WITC for farmers, consultants, etc. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reg. 9:30 a.m., 715-537-6250.


St. Croix Falls

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

• AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-483-1901.



• Head injury support group at the library, 2 p.m.

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

Luck • Trivia contest at Cafe Wren, 7 p.m. Prereg. or walk in, 715-472-4700.



Balsam Lake

• Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Georgia Cederberg during basketball game at the school, 715-222-6541.

• Winterfest: Pub crawl; truck ice drag races, snowshoe run/walk, Sat.; ice-fishing contest Sun.; etc.,

SAT. & SUN./13 & 14

St. Croix Falls


• “Fully Committed” at Festival Theatre. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

• Kids Pro Ice Racing on Crooked Lake,, 715-225-0604.





• Sen. Harsdorf listening session at city hall, 1:302:30 p.m., 800-862-1092.

• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390. • Valentine Treasure Time & membership drive at the library, 10 a.m.-noon. • Sonny Winberg to perform at Balsam Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-9291.

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



• RSVP deadline for bus trip, “Gypsy” on Sat., Feb. 27. RSVP at 715-327-4868, ext. 1117. • Primetimers potluck at Crosswalk Community Church, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

• Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. • Ice-fishing contest on Big Wood Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



• VFW Post 10232 meeting at the hall, 11 a.m.

• “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” movie at the museum, 2-4 p.m.



• Sen. Harsdorf listening session at the government center, 11 a.m.-noon, 800-862-1092.

• Dinner/dance fundraiser at the community center. Social 4-6 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m.; dance 7-10 p.m. • Cancer aid & research 500 card party at VFW 6856, 2 p.m.

Webster • Islam special studies at the library, 10:30 a.m.-noon. RSVP required, 715-866-7697,

Osceola • Firefighters Ball at the airport, Doors Custom hangar, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, 920-248-9279.



Amery • Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Movie at the library, “Eight Below,” PG, 11 a.m., 715485-3215. • Ice drags at the landing. Register 10-11:30 a.m., starts at noon, 715-557-0211, 715-205-3940.

Burnett and Polk counties received a new coating of snow on Tuesday, Feb. 2, when a storm system moved across central and northern Wisconsin. This angel’s smile, meanwhile, stays the same, regardless of the weather. - Photo by Gary King

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.

• “American Heritage Series” begins at First Baptist Church. 10:30 a.m. service; 11:45 a.m. light lunch; 2:30 p.m. series.




• Turn Around concert at Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Grantsburg • Candlelight snowshoe hike at Crex, 6-8 p.m.,, 715-463-2739.

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

Amery • RSVP deadline for Valentine’s party at the community center on Feb. 11 at noon, 715-268-6605.

Grantsburg • American Legion Post 185 meeting, 7 p.m.



• Football program fundraiser ice-fishing contest on Bone Lake, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-472-2152, ext. 164. • Kids Pro Ice race on Big Butternut Lake, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,, 715-225-0604.

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

Siren • Marine Corps ice-fishing contest on Clear Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., enter at Little Mexico. • South Fork gun show at Lakeview Event Center, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-653-2271, 715-327-8951.

Webb Lake • Ice-fishing tourney on Lower Webb Lake, 10 a.m.3 p.m., 715-791-1952.


Amery St. Croix Falls • RSVP deadline for Mon., Feb. 15, River Valley Christian Women’s Luncheon at Alliance Church of the Valley, 11:30 a.m., 715-554-2330.


THURS.-SAT./11-13 Frederic • Book sale at the library, Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,, 715-327-4979.

THURSDAY/11 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake • Movie “Pixies,” PG, at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715-4853215.


Spooner • Deadline to register for Heart of the Farm: Women in Agriculture workshop at Spooner Ag Station, Feb. 13, 715-635-3506.

Webster • Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697.

SUNDAY/14 Balsam Lake • Sportsmen’s Club booya, Bingo & raffle at Legion Post 278, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Siren • Sport show at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, 10 a.m.4 p.m., 715-656-3855,

St. Croix Falls





St. Croix Falls • “The Golden Eagle Project” presentation at river assoc. office, 10 a.m. RSVP to 715-483-3300, • Candlelight Night at Interstate Park, 6-9 p.m., 715-4833747,

• Open song circle at the library, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 715501-4487.



Shell Lake • Love for Lozandier fundraiser at the community centert, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, Crafts, vendors, goodies.

• SCRMC alumni meeting at Dresser Pizzeria, 11 a.m. lunch, 651-465-5023. • AARP Tax Aides at Golden Oaks, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-327-8623.

• Frederic/Luck soccer registration at the elementary school, 5-7 p.m., 715-501-4517.

• “Israel Standing Alone” DVD at the library, 6:308 p.m., 515-708-2120.

Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

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

• AWF - Tiger Takedown at the school, open 6 p.m., start 7 p.m.,

St. Croix Falls

THURS. & FRI./11 & 12

• 0.14K Walk/Run at Kris’ Pheasant Inn, school special ed fundraiser, 1-3 p.m., 715-349-5755.

• 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.

Webster • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-866-7697 for appointment.

MONDAY/15 Amery • Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275, • Blood drive at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10 a.m.3 p.m.,, 800-733-2767.

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