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• WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 22 • 2 SECTIONS

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),5675($' MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling issued a warning this past week, reminding people that the lottery is a form of gambling and may prove too tempting for some, especially in light of tonight’s drawing for the record-setting $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. The chance of winning the grand prize is about 1 in 292 million. Rose Gruber, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, cautioned people to pay attention to what they, and their family members, are spending on tickets. “If you’ve always bet on the lottery once a week and buy $2 of tickets, then all of a sudden some weeks you’re buying 20 because you know the lottery’s up there, you want to pay attention to that,â€? *UXEHUVDLG´%HFDXVHZKHQ\RXVWDUWEHWWLQJPRUHPRQH\WKDW¡VWKHĂ€UVWVLJQ something might be changing.â€? In the past with big jackpots, she said her group has heard from people who get in too deep with losing tickets. “People literally wiping out their savings accounts, several thousands of dollars, thinking, ‘I’m going to buy all these tickets and it increases my odds,’â€? said Gruber. “Bottom line is, a ticket is a ticket.â€? - with information from Wisconsin Public Radio

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Few contests in area spring elections Filings close for most nominations

counties, there are only two February primary contests. Candidates are still being selected in the 14 municipalities that make nominations at caucuses in January. The 2016 election is for all county board Gregg Westigard | Staff writer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The seats, a third of the seats on school boards VSULQJ HOHFWLRQ Ă&#x20AC;OLQJ SHULRG IRU QRPL- and positions on village and city counnation papers for the Tuesday, April 5, cils plus four town boards. There are 57 spring election ended Tuesday, Jan. 5. A FRXQW\ERDUGVHDWVEHLQJĂ&#x20AC;OOHGDQGRQO\ general observation across the elections 10 of those races are contested. Areawide, for county boards, school boards and only four school boards out of 19 districts some of the municipalities in Burnett, serving the area have contested elections. Polk and Washburn counties is how few Nine cities and villages use nomination elections will be contested. In race after papers to place candidates on the ballot, race, incumbents are not being chal- and only three of the nine places will have lenged, and open seats have drawn only contests. Across much of the three-county a single candidate. In seven contests, no area, the only contest on April 5 will be FDQGLGDWH Ă&#x20AC;OHG DQG ZULWHLQ FDQGLGDWHV the Wisconsin Supreme Court race. Most county board supervisors, 37 ZLOOĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHSRVLWLRQV$QGDFURVVWKHWKUHH

of the 57, are running unopposed for re-election, including nine of 21 in Washburn County, nine of 15 in Polk County, and 19 of 21 in Burnett County. There are eight candidates running without opposition for open seats where the incumbents are retiring. And in Washburn County, there are two districts with no names on the ballot. The only school board contests in the area are in Clear Lake, Unity, Webster, Spooner and Birchwood. The Spooner election involves a February primary. ,Q FRQWUDVW WR WKRVH Ă&#x20AC;YH FRQWHVWV WKUHH area districts, St. Croix Falls, Luck and Rice Lake, have blank ballot spots WKDWZLOOEHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGE\ZULWHLQV The only contested municipal elections so far are in St. Croix Falls and Dresser

in Polk County and Shell Lake in Washburn County. The 14 January caucuses could add more contested elections.

The exception to the norm The city of Shell Lake in Washburn County is the exception to the quiet election story. Shell Lake residents will have a write-in contest in one ward where DVLQJOHFDQGLGDWHĂ&#x20AC;OHGIRUWKHWZRRSHQ seats and a primary in the other ward ZKHUH Ă&#x20AC;YH FDQGLGDWHV Ă&#x20AC;OHG IRU WKH WZR seats. In addition, the mayor is facing a challenger who is also on the ballot for one of the council seats. There is at least one story for the spring election.

Law enforcement roundtable to address misunderstandings Burnett County sheriff raises concern of micromanagement E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - In an effort to address a historically fractious relationship among law enforcement agencies in Burnett County, a roundtable discussion is being organized by county Administrator Nate Ehalt that will bring law enforcement chiefs from all villages and the St. Croix Tribe to the county public safety committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;to discuss priorities of each jurisdiction and how our sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department can support the various jurisdictions from a policy standpoint,â&#x20AC;? Ehalt announced at the public safety committee meeting held Thursday, Jan. 7. The proposed discussion is being planned for the February meeting of the committee and will be moderated by Ehalt and county emergency management director Rhonda Reynolds. Police chiefs from local villages and the St. Croix Tribe have expressed concerns that the Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department is uncooperative in sharing law enforcement data and related matters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never closed my door to any

If someone else wants to run this department then they need to run for sheriff.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect some positives out of this,â&#x20AC;? said District 20 supervisor and committee Chairman Gerald Pardun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am concerned that you see this as micromanagement,â&#x20AC;? Pardun said, addressing Wilhelm. â&#x20AC;&#x153; The committee is concerned about miscommunications. The roundtable is an effort by committee members to do our job, to resolve this misunderstanding. This will be a positive,â&#x20AC;? Pardun said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope it is,â&#x20AC;? Wilhelm responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these issues I inherited. My predecessor wanted to shut local law enforcement down.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand a lot of these issues are ones you inherited,â&#x20AC;? Pardun replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the roundtable will be a good 6KHULII5RQ:LOKHOPDGGUHVVHVWKH%XUQHWW way of taking these issues off the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s &RXQW\ 3XEOLF 6DIHW\ &RPPLWWHH PHHWLQJ RQ shoulders and result in more open and 7KXUVGD\-DQH[SUHVVLQJFRQFHUQVWKDWD comfortable law enforcement relationODZ HQIRUFHPHQW URXQG WDEOH PD\ EH PLFUR ships in our county,â&#x20AC;? Pardun said. PDQDJLQJKLVGHSDUWPHQW3KRWRE\(5R\DO â&#x20AC;&#x153;The round table is not a forum to beat (PHUVRQ anyone up,â&#x20AC;? Ehalt stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not a gotRI WKHVH DJHQFLHV  P\ RIĂ&#x20AC;FH SURYLGHV cha or going against each other. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not assistance wherever we can,â&#x20AC;? said Bur- about a clash of personalities. The intent nett County Sheriff Ron Wilhelm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The is to build partnerships and better suptwo chiefs that have expressed the most port and build upon those.â&#x20AC;? Wilhelm stated that he was to hold a concerns are those who ran against me meeting with other county law enforcefor sheriff. I see this roundtable as micromanagement that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appreciate. ment chiefs the day of the Jan. 7 commit-

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tee meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope they all show up,â&#x20AC;? Wilhelm said, referring to both the roundtable forum and his law enforcement meeting scheduled on Jan. 7. Crime statistics As part of his monthly report to the committee Wilhelm provided cumulative crime statistics through November of 2015 showing the department has made 924 arrests and has worked on 1,743 cases. The report shows crime statistic comparisons going back to 2006. The good news in the report shows the number of sex crimes reported in 2015 is the lowest since 2006, with 14 such cases in 2015, compared to a high of 51 sex crimes reported in each of 2006 and 2010. The amount of citations issued in 2015, 614, has been reduced by more than half from its historic high of 1,609 citations issued in 2006. Traditionally citations are more than 1,000 per year. The sheriff also announced the department has a Facebook page â&#x20AC;&#x153;up and runningâ&#x20AC;? that is proving to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good public information forum.â&#x20AC;? The department has Ă&#x20AC;OOHG WZR YDFDQW VKHULII¡V GHSXW\ SRVLtions and is advertising for a new jailer/ dispatch position.

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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new village clerk has been full time on the job now for more than two weeks. As a Frederic Siren school board will native, her face is familiar to many. Janice (Nordquist) Schott is a Frederic Ă&#x20AC;OOIXOOWLPHSRVLWLRQ native who returned to the Frederic area with her husBecky Strabel | Staff writer band 11 years SIREN - The Siren Board of Education ago to raise held a special board meeting on Montheir children day, Jan. 11, to plan its next steps. After in the commuthe abrupt resignation in July by former nity. Between administrator Scott Johnson, the board high school chose to hire an interim instead of rushing graduation and the search process for the 2015-16 school moving back to year. Frederic, Schott By waiting until now, the board will graduated from have a larger pool from which to choose. UW-Stout and &XUUHQWO\'U.HYLQ6KHWOHULVĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJWKH then lived and position and is in a one-year non-renewworked in Min- -DQLFH6FKRWWLVWKHQHZ ing contract with the district. The board nesota. She has FOHUNIRUWKHYLOODJHRI)UHG met with Roger Foegen, a consultant most recently HULF{3KRWRE\0DU\6WLUUDW from the Wisconsin Association of School been working %RDUGVKHZLOOEHKHOSLQJWKHGLVWULFWĂ&#x20AC;QG on the administrative end of things for a permanent full-time administrator. The Acorn Pantry in Siren. position was posted today, Wednesday, 5RJHU)RHJHQ:$6%VHDUFKVHUYLFHVFRQVXOWDQWIURP2QDODVND:LVSURYLGHGDVVLVWDQFH Her background includes a great deal Jan. 13, with applications available on the WRWKH6LUHQ6FKRRO%RDUGRI(GXFDWLRQDWDVSHFLDOERDUGPHHWLQJKHOG0RQGD\-DQ%RDUG RIDFFRXQWLQJSD\UROODQGJHQHUDORIĂ&#x20AC;FH WASB website and a contract could be ofPHPEHUV6XVLH,PPHDQG'XDQH(PHU\DUHVKRZQLQWKHEDFNJURXQG3KRWRE\%HFN\6WUDEHO experience, and Schott said she is anxious fered as early as late March. to use her skills to serve the village where 7KHDSSOLFDWLRQSURFHVVLQĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJWKH next leader of the Siren School is a two- erendums, and how they plan on invest- site in the beginning of February. Also, she grew up. DQ\RQHLQWHUHVWHGLQPHHWLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Frederic,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I think stage process. First, Foegen helps the ing in the community. The local board of education sees the can come to a public forum and is invited itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great being able to work for the vilGLVWULFWFRPSOHWHDQRQOLQHSURĂ&#x20AC;OHEDVHG on information in nine categories. This applications of all interested candidates; WR Ă&#x20AC;OO RXW FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWLDO FRPPHQW VKHHWV lage. This is a great community.â&#x20AC;? Schott started at the village hall Moninformation is gathered from the board EXWWKHSURĂ&#x20AC;OHFRPSDULVRQVFDQEHXVHG that will be read to the board for considand focus groups. Potential applicants as a guide, much like a dating service, to eration. The forum is open to all people day, Dec. 28. Her appointment by village DOVR FRPSOHWH D SHUVRQDO SURĂ&#x20AC;OH DQG D narrow the pool. This service allows the living in the school district. Save the date President Jim Meyer was approved at the general application. Comparisons are district to also expand its search region- of Wednesday, March 16, and watch for Monday, Jan. 11, meeting of the village made in four key areas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; expertise, leader- ally and nationally as needed. The pool more information in a future edition of board, where Meyer said he was glad to have the opportunity to appoint her as ship style, specialized skills and personal of applicants is then narrowed down to the Inter-County Leader. Other items regarding the search: The village clerk. characteristics. The second stage of the a half-dozen to be interviewed by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great addition to our village DSSOLFDWLRQSURFHVVLVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWRWKHGLV- ERDUG DQG HYHQWXDOO\ WKUHH Ă&#x20AC;QDOLVWV DUH maximum cost of this service provided by trict and includes an essay. Questions that chosen for second interviews and to meet WASB is to not exceed $8,000, and Shetler team,â&#x20AC;? added village treasurer Jen Phersubmitted a letter of intent to apply for netton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited.â&#x20AC;? the Siren Board of Education would like the public. The board intends to keep the public the posted superintendent position. She and her husband, Jim, have two answered relate to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diversity, children. Caleb is a sophomore at FredVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\WKHKLJKSRSXODWLRQRI1DWLYH informed throughout the hiring process. eric High School, and Hannah is a freshAmerican and special needs students in Community members are needed to serve in one of several focus groups. An online man. WKHGLVWULFWH[SHULHQFHZLWKĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHVUHIsurvey will be posted on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web-


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$SULOPXQLFLSDOHOHFWLRQVLQ6W&URL[)DOOV'UHVVHU Most village races decided in coming caucuses Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There will be election contests Tuesday, April 5, in two of the six Polk County municipalities that use nominating papers to select candidates for the ballot. The city of St. Croix Falls has a race for one council seat and Dresser has four candidates for three trustee positions. There are no races in Amery, Clear Lake, Osceola and Turtle Lake. The other villages are FKRRVLQJFDQGLGDWHVDWFDXFXVHVLQ-DQXDU\7KHĂ&#x20AC;OLQJ period for nomination papers ended Tuesday, Jan. 5. The St. Croix Falls contest is for Wards 2 and 3 where one-term Alderperson Jeff Huenink is not seeking an-

other term. Al Kruger and Arnie Carlson are running for the open position. The other incumbents are running unopposed for re-election. In Dresser, three incumbents, Darron Nelson, Elina Kuusisto and Catherine Frandsen, are joined on the ballot by Jeff Gutzmer. Frandsen was appointed to the board last summer when Trustee James Rochford Jr. resigned.

Polk municipal candidates where nomination papers are used Amery: Mayor - Kay Erickson (I). Alderpersons, fouryear term - District 1, Rick Van Blaricom (I); District 2, Tim Strohbusch (I); at large, Kristen Vicker. St. Croix Falls: Mayor - Brian Blesi (I). Alderpersons, two-year term - District 1, Jerry Berger (I); District 2, Jeff

Huenink not running - Al Kruger and Arnie Carlson. Judge - David Danielson (I).

Villages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three trustees each 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. Osceola: Rodney Turner (I), Roger Kumlien (I) and Debra Rose (I). Turtle Lake: Ruth Morton (I), Pat Mc Cready (I) and Jeff Outcalt (I).

%XUQHWW&RXQW\%RDUGHOHFWLRQ One contest, one retirement Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nineteen Burnett County supervisors out of 21 are running unopposed for re-election to the county board on the Tuesday, April 5, ballot. One incumbent has an opponent. One new candidate is running unopposed for an open seat. Filings closed Tuesday, Jan. 5, for the spring election. The only contest is for the District 17 seat, the Towns of Roosevelt and Dewey, where incumbent Phillip Lindeman is opposed by Duane Johnson. Maury Miller is not running for another term in District 19, the Town of Jackson. Craig Conroy is running

unopposed for the open seat. All the other 19 incumbents have no opposition in April.

The Burnett County Board candidates District 1 - Brent Blomberg (I) District 2 - Dale Dresel (I) District 3 - Gene McLain (I) District 4 - Jeremy Gronski (I) District 5 - Dorothy H. Richard (I) District 6 - Donald Chell (I) District 7 - Gene E. Olson (I) District 8 - Charles Awe (I) District 9 - Chuck Anderson (I)

District 10 - Ed Peterson (I) District 11 - Norman Bickford (I) District 12 - Christopher Sybers (I) District 13 - Bert E. Lund, Jr. (I) District 14 - Emmett Byrne (I) District 15 - Richard I. Anderson (I) District 16 - Gary Lundberg (I) District 17 - Philip Lindeman (I) and Duane Johnson District 18 - Don Taylor (I) District 19 - Craig Conroy (Maury Miller not running) District 20 - Gerald G. Pardun (I) District 21 - Clifford Larry Main (I)

%XUQHWWVFKRROERDUGHOHFWLRQVDFWLRQLQWKUHHGLVWULFWV Webster contest, Spooner primary, Grantsburg short-term race

ber Rick Estridge is not seeking another term. Longtime board member Mark Elliott is running for re-election and is joined on the ballot by Katie Smith and Michelle Geisler Messer. In the Spooner District, Robert Hoellen is stepping Gregg Westigard | Staff writer %851(77&2817<²7KUHHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;YHPDLQVFKRRO down after one term and Kyle Pierce is running for a districts serving Burnett County will have some election second term. The election will also select a third board action at the spring election Tuesday, April 5. Webster member for the one year remaining on the term of forwill have a contest with three people running for two mer board member Randy McQuade. Ten candidates seats. Spooner has 10 candidates running for three posi- Ă&#x20AC;OHGIRUWKHWKUHHVHDWV7KH)HESULPDU\ZLOOUHGXFH tions and will hold a primary election Tuesday, Feb. 16. WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGWRVL[QDPHV7KHSHUVRQZKRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVWKLUGLQ Grantsburg has four people running for four positions, April will take a one-year term. The Towns of Scott and with the lowest vote getting a one-year term. There are Rusk plus part of Dewey are in the Spooner District. The Grantsburg contest is only to see who gets the no contested races for the Siren and Shell Lake boards. Parts of the Frederic and Cumberland districts are also in short term. There are four open seats and four candiBurnett County but those districts also have no contests. dates. Russ Erickson, David Dahlberg, Dan Ohnstad 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OLQJSHULRGIRUWKHVSULQJHOHFWLRQHQGHG7XHVGD\ and Josh Prusinski are all incumbents. Prusinski was appointed to the board after the death of David Ahlquist. Jan. 5. Webster has two open seats. One-term board mem- 7KHSHUVRQZKRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVIRXUWKZLOOVHUYHXQWLO

The Burnett school board candidates, I indicates incumbent: Grantsburg: Three seats plus one-year term, fourth place serves one year - Russ Erickson (I), David Dahlberg (I), Dan Ohnstad (I) and Josh Prusinski (I). Siren: Two seats - Duane Emery (I) and Rhonda Highstrom (I). Webster: Two seats, Rick Estridge retires - Mark Elliott (I), Katie Smith and Michelle Geisler Messer. Shell Lake: Two seats - Stuart Olson (I) and Scott Smith (I). Spooner: Primary election Tuesday, Feb. 16. Two seats plus one-year term, Robert Hoellen retires, one seat vacant - Kyle Pierce (I), Tom Clark, Tim Davis, Jim Dienstl, Chad Gibson, Kevin King, Miles Macone, Nathaniel Melton, Bill Skidmore and Karen Sorenson. Frederic and Cumberland: see Polk County.

)HZ3RON&RXQW\VFKRROERDUGHOHFWLRQV Contests at Unity, Clear Lake Write-ins at Luck, St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls also has a blank spot on the ballot as Sheri Norgard is retiring after two terms, resulting in a write-in contest. Steven Bont is running for re-election for the other open seat. He was elected to the board in 2013 after previously serving from 2005 to 2008. In Clear Lake, Thomas Levendowski is seeking a second term and is being challenged by Nettie Bergmann-Groat for the single open seat. At Unity, incumbents James Beistle, David Moore and Patricia Kastens are joined on the ballot by Jerry Larsen for the three open seats. Beistle and Moore have each served on the Unity board since the 1990s. Kasten is comSOHWLQJKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKUHH\HDUWHUP/DUVHQDOVRUDQIRUWKH Unity board in 2014.

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Tuesday, April 5, school board elections will be quiet in the 10 school districts serving Polk County. There will be contested elections in Clear Lake and Unity. Luck and St. Croix Falls did not draw enough candidates and will have write-in contests. Incumbents and one new candidate are running unopposed in the remaining six districts. Fillings for the spring election ended Tuesday, Jan. 5. In Luck, LeRoy Buck is not running for another term DQGQRRQHĂ&#x20AC;OHGIRUWKHYDFDQF\,QFXPEHQW.XUW6WRQHsifer is running for a second term but the other position Polk County school board candidates, I indicates ZLOOEHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGE\DZULWHLQYRWH%XFNZDVDSSRLQWHGWR incumbent: the Luck board in 2006 and elected to three terms in 2007, Amery: Two seats - Dale A. Johnson (I) and Chelsea 2010 and 2013. A. Whitley (I).

Clayton: One seat - Alisha Anderson (I). Clear Lake: One seat - Thomas Levendowski (I) and Nettie Bergmann-Groat. Cumberland: Two seats - Kristin Olson (I) and Eric Stone (I). Frederic: Two seats - Scott Nelson (I) and Becky Amundson (I). Luck: Two seats, LeRoy Buck retires - Kurt Stonesifer (I) and write-in. Osceola: Two seats - Timm Johnson (I) and Peter Kammerud (I). St. Croix Falls: Two seats, Sheri Norgard retires - Steven S. Bont (I) and write-in. Turtle Lake: One seat, Scott Westlund retires - Kevin Jansen. Unity: Three seats - James H. Beistle (I), David Moore (I), Patricia C. Kastens (I) and Jerry Larsen.

6XSUHPH&RXUWSULPDU\LQ)HEUXDU\ Only contested judicial contest in 2016 Gregg Westigard | Staff writer STATEWIDE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The only contested judicial contest in 2016 is the election of a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court but that race will involve an areawide primary election Tuesday, Feb. 16. The only other contests in our area on that February date are primaries for the Shell Lake City Council and the Spooner School Board. There is an uncontested election for the District 3 Court of Ap-

peals and several municipal judges are up for election. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OLQJSHULRGIRUWKHVWDWHFRQWHVWVHQGHG7XHVGD\ Jan. 5. Three candidates are running for the Supreme Court seat, Rebecca Bradley, Joe Donald and Joanne Kloppenburg. The three had announced for the race last fall in the anticipation that Justice Patrick Crooks would retire. Crooks died last fall while still on the court and Gov. Scott Walker appointed Bradley to the vacant position. 7KH)HEUXDU\SULPDU\ZLOOUHGXFHWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGWRWZRQDPHV for the Tuesday, April 5, ballot. Thomas Hruz is running unopposed for the court of

appeals seat he was appointed to in 2014. There is a municipal judge contest for the court that serves Amery and the town and village of Clear Lake. Jerome Wittstock is not seeking another term on that court and Chelsea Whitley is the only candidate for the position. Three other municipal judges serving single municipalities are also up for election this spring. They are Andrew Lawton, Spooner; Brian Spears, Webster; and David Danielson, St. Croix Falls.


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Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A former Clear Lake man serving a lengthy state prison sentence after a 2014 conviction on four felony counts is seeking a new or adjusted sentence, in part because he is claiming his attorney was â&#x20AC;&#x153;unpreparedâ&#x20AC;? and did not advise him correctly on the effects of a plea agreement during his three-day jury trial in late 2014, where he accepted a last-minute plea agreement to avoid a jury considering 15 felony counts against him. Steven Greeley, 39, appeared before Polk County Circuit Judge Jeffery Anderson on Thursday, Jan. 7, making his case for a motion to reconsider his sentence on that plea agreement. Greeley is claiming some of the methamphetamine production waste and tools were not his, but were instead his late roommateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Eric J. Frisle, with whom he shared a previous St. Croix County conviction. Frisle, of New Auburn, was 35 years old when he died on March 15, 2014,from injuries he suffered while working on a vehicle. Greeley was represented at trial in October 2014 by the late attorney Owen R. Williams, 77, Amery, who died accidentally on Aug. 17, 2015, at his home. Greeley claimed that Williams was â&#x20AC;&#x153;unpreparedâ&#x20AC;? at trial, and that he did not adequately inform him of the consequences of his last-minute plea bargain. He also claimed that Williams had not even listened 6WHYHQ*UHHOH\ to taped audio evidence played before the jury at his Polk County trial. Greeley had cut short his trial in October 2014 after three days, several days short of his case going to a jury. He accepted a plea agreement to reduce his 15-count list of felonies down to just four felonies: substantial battery, false imprisonment, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of DĂ&#x20AC;UHDUPE\DIHORQZLWKQXPHURXVRWKHU charges dismissed but read-in for sentencing, on top of enhancements for being a repeater. Even after that last-minute plea agreement, Greeley still faced a potential of up to \HDUVLQSULVRQDQGRYHULQĂ&#x20AC;QHV After an emotional sentencing hearing one year ago, Anderson sentenced Greeley to serve at least 15 years in prison, with strict supervision for another dozen years upon his release. The latest motion hearing Greeley appeared before Anderson again on Thursday, Jan. 7, where his new attorney, Martha Askins, presented arguments on a motion for post-conviction relief, essentially seeking a chance to withdraw that plea agreement and/or have his sentence adjusted, due to what Greeley claimed was essentially uniformed advice from his trial attorney, the late Owen Williams. Greeley is also seeking a reduced sentence, due to the judge factoring in to that sentence meth-making materials that were not his, implying that a so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;tote boxâ&#x20AC;? with meth-making equipment, tools and waste were not his, but instead belonged to his late roommate, Eric Frisle. Greeley was convicted in St. Croix County in 2012 on a guilty verdict at trial for meth and paraphernalia possession. Frisle had avoided a trial with a February 2013 plea agreement, leading to a two-year-long probationary sentence. Greeley has pursued an appeal on that case with his new attorney, Askins, who also represented him at the latest motion hearing in Polk County. Part of Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasons for a sentence PRGLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ LV EHFDXVH RI HYLGHQFH SUHsented at his Polk trial, including that box of meth waste, which Williams had argued at trial was not Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but instead was Frisleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. That line of defense was suggested and attempted during the trial, but was denied at the time. However, Askins renewed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mineâ&#x20AC;? approach again, and even put Greeley on the witness stand to make his case. While Greeley admitted to using meth, he denied ever having manufactured the drug, and again claimed the meth tote box was his late roommateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. *UHHOH\VDLG:LOOLDPVZDVJRLQJWRĂ&#x20AC;OH an appeal on the same issues, prior to his death, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the chance. However, his appeal rights are limited after accepting a plea deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have (agreed to the plea) if I knew I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appeal!â&#x20AC;? Greeley exclaimed.

7KLVILOHSKRWRRI6WHYHQ*UHHOH\ OHIW VKRZVKRZKHDSSHDUHGDWKLV3RON&RXQW\WULDOLQODWH +HLVVHDWHGEHVLGHKLVODWHDWWRUQH\2ZHQ:LOOLDPV%HKLQGWKHPLVIRUPHUMDLOHU'DUU\O &KULVWHQVHQZKRKDVVLQFHEHHQFRQYLFWHGRIQXPHURXVVH[XDODVVDXOWFKDUJHV3KRWRE\*UHJ 0DUVWHQ Askins claimed Williams gave her client erroneous advice on the plea, and Greeley told the court that he - Dan Steffen â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in onâ&#x20AC;? the negotiation, which was d i s p u t e d credibility as a witness now,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said at loudly by Polk the motion hearing. Greeley even had another former roomCounty District Attorney Dan Steffen. mate testify that he was simply reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open- from Frisleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laptop, and that the tote box ing up a whole was also Frisleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and not Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. She 7KH ODWH 2ZHQ :LO new can of worms also claimed that she never saw Greeley OLDPV *UHHOH\V DWWRU here, judge,â&#x20AC;? Stef- ever make meth, and even suggested that QH\DWWKHWLPH*UHHOH\ fen countered. at least one of the items found in the meth LV FODLPLQJ WKDW KH UH â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Frisle) is de- tote box, the Red Devil lye, was what she FHLYHG HUURQHRXV DG ceased, and this is used to clean drains. YLFHIURP:LOOLDPVDQG a ridiculous conWKXV LV VHHNLQJ D VHQ spiracy theory.â&#x20AC;? In the end WHQFHDGMXVWPHQWLIQRW Greeley and After more than an hour of back-andDQ RXWULJKW ZLWKGUDZDO Steffen went back forth discussion and cited case law as precRI KLV SOHD DJUHHPHQW and forth for some edent, Askins wrapped up her case, with  3KRWR IURP :LOOLDPV time, with Askins 6WHIIHQFRXQWHULQJWKDW*UHHOH\ZDV´GHĂ&#x20AC;pointing to Gree- nitely involvedâ&#x20AC;? in conversations about the RELWXDU\ leyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of appel- plea potential and what was acceptable, as late rights as well well as implying that the hearing was anas the meth tote as reasons to reconsider other way of Greeley avoiding responsibility for his own actions. the sentence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Greeley) never once objected to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The defendant has to understand the consequences of that plea,â&#x20AC;? Askins said, sentencing or the plea at any time,â&#x20AC;? Steffen adding that Williams offered â&#x20AC;&#x153;erroneous said with a sigh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Williams has passed counselâ&#x20AC;? and that Greeley did not under- away, otherwise he would be called (as a stand that the tote box would be used in his witness).â&#x20AC;? Anderson will give an oral ruling on sentencing, as would his â&#x20AC;&#x153;read-inâ&#x20AC;? charges the motions on March 9, although Greeley that were dismissed. will not be in attendance. He is currently serving that 15-year sentence at the Dodge The â&#x20AC;&#x153;shake-and-bakeâ&#x20AC;? audio tape Another factor Askins disputed was how Correctional Institution, and will appear by Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentence was based, in part, on an phone for the ruling. audio tape played for the jury, where Greeley is heard stating or reading a â&#x20AC;&#x153;recipeâ&#x20AC;? Charging background Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charges came about after a disabout how to use the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;shake-andbake methodâ&#x20AC;? of meth making. That tape turbing domestic abuse incident in rural included Greeley exclaiming emotionally, Clear Lake on the morning of Dec. 14, 2013, ´'RQ¡WOHDYHĂ&#x20AC;QJHUSULQWVXVH\RXUKHDGÂľ where a 911 call came in, asking for help, And references getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;the highest highâ&#x20AC;? west of Clear Lake near the intersection of and passionately described the meth being CTH A and 85th Street. The call came from made - referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the dopeâ&#x20AC;? - while it DZRPDQZKRZRXOGODWHUEHLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDV drips down the tubing as â&#x20AC;&#x153;such a beautiful both the victim and also as Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend and one of the mothers of his chilsight!â&#x20AC;? The audio tape was discovered during an dren. When police arrived on the scene, they investigative sweep of his home and was found on an audio recorder, under Gree- found an abandoned van with the passenger side window blown out and signs of a leyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own wallet. However, at the motion hearing, he struggle. A short time later, a nearby caller claimed that he was simply reading a docu- reported a completely nude woman trying ment off Frisleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laptop computer and was to get into their home, with a man chasing her. The caller said the man dragged the somehow recored without his knowledge. Askins vehemently supported that the- woman into his home nearby on CTH A. Deputies knocked repeatedly on the door ory, noting that she had her own doubts, until she went on the Internet and found the of the home, but received no answer. They ´YHU\VDPHVFULSWÂľDVRQHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKLQJV tried to enter through both the front and that came up when she searched â&#x20AC;&#x153;shake- EDFN GRRUV EXW IRXQG WKH\ ZHUH IRUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG with pipes, ratchet straps and chains. The and-bake methamphetamine making.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed to me that the Court (Judge ZLQGRZV ZHUH DOVR IRUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG EXW WKH RIĂ&#x20AC;Anderson) believed Mr. Greeley was using cer was able to gain entry through a side his own words,â&#x20AC;? Askins stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My sense window, where he observed an elaborate is that nobody realized this was a word- security monitoring system for the exterior for-word (recipe) ... easily available on the of the home. That was when Greeley came down the Net.â&#x20AC;? Steffen countered by stating it â&#x20AC;&#x153;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stairs, wearing a blood-covered shirt. Once matterâ&#x20AC;? whether he was reading or using he was secured, the victim began to cry out for help from the upstairs loft, still nude his own words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no dispute itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his voice,â&#x20AC;? Steffen and covered in blood, limping and showing said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It simply went to supplement a con- noticeable scrapes and bruising. She had blood coming from her mouth, legs, one ear viction on manufacturing.â&#x20AC;? Greeley claimed that Williams had never and face and she was missing a tooth. When confronted by police, Greeley even heard the tape, and that he had used an expletive to him privately when it was seemed puzzled, asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you mean?â&#x20AC;? The victim was so traumatized, she played at trial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owen (Williams) had no idea what that began to cry out hysterically when the deprecording said!â&#x20AC;? Greeley stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do uty left the room and tried to open the door I defend myself when my attorney wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t IRURWKHURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVDQGSHUVRQQHOWRHQWHU even prepared!â&#x20AC;? During the trial, Steffen disputed that his The incident explained The victim said that the incident began RIĂ&#x20AC;FH KDG ´VXUSULVHGÂľ :LOOLDPV ZLWK WKH tape, noting he â&#x20AC;&#x153;had it for monthsâ&#x20AC;? prior when the duo had been driving toward Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in separate vehicles, and he to the trial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judge, this really goes to his (Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) had stopped her van, threatened her and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opening up a whole new can of worms here, judge.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have (agreed to the plea) if I knew I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appeal!â&#x20AC;? - Steven Greeley

shot the van window out with a handgun, forcing her to strip naked as he brought her WRWKHKRPH7KHZRPDQZDVEULHĂ \DEOHWR leave Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grasp, long enough to run to the neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, where Greeley followed her and pulled her away. The woman held on to the neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deck railing so hard that she ripped it away from the house as Greeley yanked her back to his home. Greeley then apparently strangled the woman to the point that she nearly passed out, and that she recalled very little else after that. The report noted that Greeley had wounds on his hand, consistent with repeatedly punching a person. The vicim was taken to the Amery Hospital for treatment, where they noted she had a variety of bruises, multiple cuts, scrapes and even showed early signs of frostbite on her feet from being shoeless in the snow. She also had a concussion, broken tooth, bite marks and other injuries, consistent with an assault.

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Authorities searched Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and that was when they found evidence of methamphetamine and that plastic tub full of waste and items consistent with what is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one potâ&#x20AC;? meth lab. They also GLVFRYHUHGDVDZHGRIIFDOLEHUULĂ HEHtween Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mattress and box spring, and a variety of weaponry on the wall of his home, as well. Greeley was out on bail at the time after a 2013 incident in Osceola. In that case he was facing four felony charges and two misdePHDQRUV DIWHU D WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F VWRS ZKHUH SROLFH found meth and paraphernalia, as Greeley claimed to be someone else, to avoid bail jumping charges. At that time, he was out of jail on probation for a previous 2012 conviction for meth and paraphernalia possession in St. Croix County. The Clear Lake incident led to an original tally of 17 charges, including 16 felonies, later brought down to 15 charges, which Greeley took to jury trial last October. But after three days of state testimony, Greeley and attorney Williams seemingly saw that the writing was on the wall they were facing, and he agreed to a plea bargain midstream, just as the prosecution presented their last witness, forgoing at least two more days of testimony and possibly even more for jury deliberation. Greeley was sentenced last Feb. 3 on the four felony plea counts, with the remaining dismissed 11 counts being used as read-ins for that sentencing. The original charges against Greeley that were dismissed but read-in for sentencing included felony counts of kidnapping, substantial battery, suffocation and strangulation, possession of meth waste, possession of meth making paraphernalia, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, second-degree reckless endangerment, PDLQWDLQLQJ D GUXJWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FNLQJ SODFH DQG multiple charges of felony bail jumping.


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Board approves Safe Routes to School plan

Police chief asks people to put up house numbers Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Since last October, a handful of residents representing the Frederic School District, the village of Frederic, and the Town of West Sweden have been meeting with a planner from West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to develop safer ways for students to get to school. The village board, at its Monday, Jan. 11, meeting, gave approval to the Safe Routes to School Plan that the group put together. The school board has already approved the plan, and the town board is expected to do so at its Tuesday, Jan. 19, meeting. By having a formally adopted and endorsed plan, the Safe Routes to School task force will be able to apply for grants and start implementing steps outlined in the plan. These range from things as simple as painting lines, putting up signs and bringing in speakers to promote walking and biking, to the addition of bike paths and sidewalks. The plan includes funding possibilities as well as other resources that can be used to implement the plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safe Routes to School,â&#x20AC;? states the plan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is an international movement that promotes walking and biking to school.â&#x20AC;? It began in Denmark in the 1970s and was Ă&#x20AC;UVWEURXJKWWRWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVLQ when it was implemented in the Bronx to reduce the number of student injuries and fatalities that occurred due to car crashes around the schools. The program is federally funded, with money allocated to all 50 states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The major goals,â&#x20AC;? according to the plan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;are to make the school trip safe for walking and biking and to encourage children to walk and bike to school

7KH)UHGHULF9LOODJH%RDUGFRQGXFWHGLWVUHJXODUPRQWKO\PHHWLQJ0RQGD\QLJKW-DQ and home.â&#x20AC;? This will reduce congestion around the school, improve the health of students, reduce fuel consumption and enhance community accessibility, among other things. Included in the planning process was the collection of information on the current conditions of the existing routes to VFKRRO7KH´NH\Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJVÂľIURPWKLVLQclude the fact that the two schools are not adequately connected for pedestrian and ELNHWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FWKDW+Z\VDQGDUHEDUriers that students need to cross, and that the village and town have limited sidewalk infrastructure, crosswalk paint and signage along the important routes to the school. The group also found that there is a great working relationship between the village, school and town. The next step, said William Johnson IV, who represents the village on the task IRUFHLVWRSODQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FSURMHFWVWRPDNH it safer to walk or bike to school, and to come up with ways to fund these proj-

ects. The school will be surveying parents to determine priorities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are infrastructure grants,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but they are quite competitive.â&#x20AC;?

House numbers Village ordinances, according to police Chief Dale Johnson, require homes in the village to have a house number posted where it can be seen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of houses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have them,â&#x20AC;? he told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary for emergency services.â&#x20AC;? He asked that residents make sure that they have house numbers up and visible from the road. Other business â&#x20AC;˘ Public works director Ken Hackett said that so far the ice has not been thick enough to allow access to Coon Lake. He will be checking again Tuesday, and signs will be put out when the ice is safe. â&#x20AC;˘ Library director Chris Byerly re-

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Grantsburg looks at future of river property, airport and junk cars Four running for village board Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG - The riverfront in *UDQWVEXUJEHKLQGWKHSRVWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHLVQRZ cleared. The demolition of the hazardous Kozak building is complete, and the village is looking ahead to how to put the prime property to best use. That discussion was a major theme of the monthly meeting of the Grantsburg Village Board Monday, Jan. 11. Also on the agenda was WDONDERXWMXQNYHKLFOHVĂ&#x20AC;UHDVVRFLDWLRQ funding and the airport. The caucus has held with a handful of residents present. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must be careful with how we develop this excellent resource,â&#x20AC;? village President Glenn Rolloff said. Rolloff was leading the discussion on how the village will proceed with putting the two-plus acres of property back on the tax rolls for WKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WRIWKHFRPPXQLW\7KHYLOODJH had the tax-forfeited land cleared after years of indecision on how to proceed, with the cleanup coming in under budget. Rolloff said the village needs a good plan for the location, one that will see the land developed in a tasteful way. That process will get under way on Monday, Feb. 8, when the planning committee will meet with Burnett County Administrator Nate Ehalt to get his advice. Rolloff said that Ehalt had extensive development experience in the Twin Cities before being hired by the county. The village must take a long look at the site, Rolloff said, and look at its best development, not settling for a quick cash offer for the land that could leave the property unused. While the village is clearing its derelict buildings one by one, with the Blue Box by the lake, an abandoned building on Oak Street and an old church welcomLQJWKH.R]DNEXLOGLQJDWWKHODQGĂ&#x20AC;OOLW is continuing to look at its annual spring cleanup and how to rid properties of junk

Wood River, Trustee Diane Barton reported. The town feels the long-term funding of new large equipment expenses should be divided equally among the six municipalities in the Grantsburg Fire AsVRFLDWLRQ7KHSUHVHQWIXQGLQJRIĂ&#x20AC;UHDVsociation expenses is based on property valuations, with Wood River and Trade Lake paying a higher share of the expenses while towns such as West Marshland and Anderson pay less than the 16.6 percent that would be an equal division RIĂ&#x20AC;UHDVVRFLDWLRQFRVWV5ROORIIQRWHGWKDW the village now pays about 17 percent of the costs and would not be affected by the change, saying the village is in the middle of the issue between the towns. Wood River Town Chair Joel Anderson told the Leader in a phone call that the town feels that all these long-term expenses, includLQJ WKH FRVW RI WKH QHZ Ă&#x20AC;UH KDOO VKRXOG be split equally. He said that the expenses will be paid back over the next 30 years )RXUWUXVWHHFDQGLGDWHV /WR5 *UHJ3HHU5D\QD6XUGH\-RKQ'LFNLQVRQDQG6FRWW'H5RFNHU or more. ZHUHQRPLQDWHGIRUWKH$SULOHOHFWLRQDWWKH*UDQWVEXUJ9LOODJHFDXFXV3KRWRE\*UHJJ:HVW There was other business. Schinzing LJDUG said he has worked the late-night shift a vehicles and appliances. The ordinance is /RVVRIFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQZRXOGOHDGWRDORVV few times to get a better feel of the job. clear on what can be stored outside on vil- of future funds. Zeiler also said that some He said that the police departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serlage property. Police Chief Jeff Schinzing 20 residents signed a petition presented vice to the public includes visibility at VDLG WKH GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\ LV HQIRUFLQJ WKH RUGL- to the board calling for the closure of the night and that deterrence is a major part nances. He said the goal is to get people DLUSRUWFLWLQJSUHVHQWDQGIXWXUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO of the police departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job. Village to move their junk, but he has no author- issues. The airport committee has called a treasurer Sheila Meyer reported that the ity to remove the things without a judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, with the Ă&#x20AC;QDO\HDUHQGDGMXVWPHQWVKDYHQRWEHHQ order, and it can take up to 90 days to get airport users to discuss the future of the made, but the village may end the year that permission, after which the village is DLUĂ&#x20AC;HOG $58,000 under budget. Rolloff thanked still faced with the cost of removing the The village nominating caucus drew Kathryn Curtin, a junior at Grantsburg noncompliance vehicles and junk. Rolloff possibly four people in addition to the High School, for a very informational letsaid the board will look at ways to tighten village board members and staff, and ter on swimming pool issues and said her the regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our message will be: We three of those four were there for other concerns would be looked into. Library will enforce our ordinance,â&#x20AC;? he said. reasons. Nevertheless, the caucus nomi- director Kristina Kelley-Johnson said the There are still not enough airplanes nated four candidates to run for the three library is expanding its open time to 44 based at the Grantsburg Municipal Air- open trustee positions on the April 5 elec- hours a week. She thanked the commuport, village clerk Jennifer Zeiler reported tion ballot. The candidates are incumbent nity for its support and invited the village after a conference call with aviation board members Gregory Peer, Rayna board to hold its Monday, Feb. 8, meeting RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV RQ -DQ  7KHUH PXVW EH QLQH Surdey and Scott DeRocker plus John at the library, an invitation that the board planes based at the airport or it could be Dickinson. All four accepted the nomina- DFFHSWHG$QGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDODUULYDORIZLQWHU GURSSHGWRDQXQFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;HGVWDWXVE\WKH tions. in the village led to complaints about FAA. There are now seven aircraft that &ORVLQJWKHSDSHUZRUNRQWKHQHZĂ&#x20AC;UH snow removal and explanations about meet requirements based at the airport. station is being delayed by the Town of equipment problems.

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Incumbents only nominated at Milltown Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballot for the Milltown Village Board will have only the names of the three incumbents whose seats are up for election. The village caucus, held Monday, Jan. 11, drew three residents in addition to YLOODJHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV1RPLQDWHGIRUWKH7XHVday, April 5, ballot were Joe Castellano, Larry Kuske and Les Sloper.

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Board works with business owners on parking issue Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Milltown Village Board made short work of the agenda for its regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 11. The only nonroutine item on the agenda was the appearance of Tom Rusk, owner of The Good Old Days Auctions operating in the former grocery store on Hwy. 35. Rusk spoke with the board regarding concerns about encroachment on his parking lot and the liability issues that could arise. According to discussion at the meeting, Rusk rents both the building and the parking lot. As improvements have been made to the former Shaferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ, to reopen as Lumberjackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon Pizzeria this coming March, a dumpster has been located in the parking lot, taking up two parking spaces. The former owners had placed the dumpster out the back door in what will now be an outdoor seating area. In addition, said Rusk, Lumberjackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Kevin Irwin plans to put a stairway from the parking lot down to the alley at the back of the building, for access to the outdoor seating area and to the backdoor into the bar and restaurant. This will also impact a parking space, he said. Rusk noted that one of Lumberjackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest times will be Sunday, when auctions are held and all the parking spaces are needed. However, he said, his biggest concern is the liability issue if someone is injured in the parking lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the insurance thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest thing,â&#x20AC;? he said.

7RP5XVNRZQHURI7KH*RRG2OG'D\V$XF WLRQVUDLVHVFRQFHUQVDERXWHQFURDFKPHQWRQ KLVSDUNLQJORW Rusk said that he has invited Irwin to place the dumpster alongside the auction house, where two other businesses along with Rusk keep their dumpsters. Village President LuAnn White told Rusk she had not thought of the liability LVVXHVRUWKHFRQĂ LFWLQJQHHGIRUSDUNLQJ spaces when she spoke with Irwin last fall. Back in September, the village board approved Irwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request to place his dumpster in the parking lot, and board members agreed they had not realized all the implications. White said she would talk with Irwin to discuss removing the dumpster from the parking lot. The stairs from the lot to the

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Library business Library director Lisa Murphy reported that an average of 93 items were circulated per day in December. Attendance at programs in 2015 reached 1,677. The adult winter reading program has started, but interested individuals can join at any time. Participants earn prizes by reading books in a mix of broad categories, said Murphy, and a drawing for a grand prize will be held at the end of the program in March. Plans are already under way for the

2016 summer reading program, said Murphy, with youth services librarian Sara Christopherson ironing out details with the Balsam Lake Library for a joint program. The two libraries worked together last year, said Murphy, with good results. Murphy also announced to the board that she has resigned from her position. The application deadline for the position was Tuesday, Jan. 12, and the library board was reviewing resumes that evening. Six applications had come in as of Monday evening.

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Letter  from  the  editor Judgmental to graceful, this past yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local headlines dared readers to keep reading

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ews from what we often think is our own secluded piece of the world crossed over into the realm of mass media in 2015, giving our backyard an exposure to the world that perhaps most of us here would rather not be a part of. Much of it was simply tragic, sometimes carrying with it an element of surprise that begs for the DGDJH´7UXWKLVVWUDQJHUWKDQĂ&#x20AC;Ftion.â&#x20AC;? More than ever in recent history, stories occurring locally and reported in the Leader â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and beyond â&#x20AC;&#x201C; created a local network buzzing with opinions, sometimes via a Facebook frenzy, sometimes involvLQJRIĂ&#x20AC;FHGHEDWHVDQGPRVWOLNHO\ part of the commentary at downtown diners and coffeehouses. This past year saw many of us taking sides on issues of self-defense, texting while driving, how we treat our animals, what you should or shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t name your business and what kind of punishPHQWLVĂ&#x20AC;WIRUDOHFKHURXVFRXQW\ jailer. Nationally, dash and cell cameras and claims by eyewitnesses exposed us to questionable behavior by VRPHODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVLQcluding fatal shootings. Across the state, Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bookend, Manitowoc County, was forced to hire extra help recently to Ă&#x20AC;HOGDJURZLQJQXPEHURISKRQH calls and emails protesting the EHKDYLRURIVRPHRIWKHLURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV DVH[SRVHGLQWKH1HWĂ L[VHULHV ´0DNLQJD0XUGHUHUÂľZKLFKĂ&#x20AC;UVW aired in 2015. The documentary, its producers say, is a commentary on our legal system in general. Among other things it has resulted in the Manitowoc Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page being lit up with scathing comments and sardonic humor. All thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missing is a soundtrack. Perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,â&#x20AC;? would be appropriate. While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not saying similar allegations and/or malfeasance could never or has never happened here, our local news didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite rise to that level of drama in 2015, although there was disparaging news LQYROYLQJSXEOLFRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV7KH\ included separate OWI charges against a deputy and a district attorney, not to mention second-degree sexual assault charges against

5DIDHO%HNVKHQWD\HY a Polk County jailer, who ended the year by entering a guilty plea to amended charges with little public notice. What lessons we might take away from such discouraging news is individual in nature. It might be the end of innocence for some while others collectively dismiss the stories as rare examples, holding on to blind faith rivaling hero worship. Yet others empathize in general, noting we are all very human, capable of everything from heroism to simple mistakes to pure evil. In any case, headlines gave us an opportunity to do what humans often do best - judge. With that in mind we offer the traditional, although somewhat belated, look at the top - or perhaps PRVWLQĂ XHQWLDOORFDOVWRULHVRIWKH past year. They are fewer in number this year and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start out with more disconcerting news - poverty and animal abuse. Although courtroom dramas may have provided shock and entertainment, our longtime nemesis, poverty, was again a huge story locally, whether it was community efforts to provide meals, clothing and toys for those in need or promoting awareness. In November the director of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department of health and human services, Katherine Peterson, informed 21 Burnett County supervisors that referrals to child protective services have more than tripled in the past three years and that one out of four county residents is receiving subsidized medical care and food assistance. Mental-health-crisis calls are on the rise and adult protection services are â&#x20AC;&#x153;going through the roofâ&#x20AC;? as the number of those addicted to drugs rises. Poverty is, unfortunately, a continuing story for 2016. Charges of animal abuse against a local ranch owner made for dis-

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/(77(5632/,&< tasteful reading but reminded us all there are laws against being inhumane. There simply is not much more to say here. If readers dared not to read some stories, hopefully they were eager to see more uplifting stories published in the 4,000-plus pages of the Leader in 2015. They included the saving of an infant from freezing river water along a Polk County water and a community outpouring of love and support for the family of Sgt. Carson Holmquist, a Grantsburg graduate turned Marine who lost his life at a shooting at a recruitment center in Tennessee in July. There were new beginnings - a new Burnett County sheriff, the rebuilding of a store in Webb Lake, the planning for renovation of a historic theater in St. Croix Falls and a new clinic on Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street. Good or bad, we realized weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting older in general as more than 20 people 100 years old or older were honored at the Polk County Fair - some of them present - most of them still living. But it was the grace from the older brother of a young exchange student in Frederic who lost his life in a car accident a year ago, that left us - or should have left us - in awe and with gratitude. Rafael Bekshentayev, who grew up in the town of Oskemen in the Republic of Kazakhstan with his younger brother, Tim, and their SDUHQWVVWHSSHGRIIDĂ LJKWIURP South Korea, where he worked, and went straight to a special service in honor of his brother at a hockey game at Grantsburg. He spoke very little there but later, at a memorial service at Frederic High School, using his best English, he helped a community Ă&#x20AC;QGOHVVRQVRIOLIHDQGORYHZKLOH remembering his brother. Differences in culture and government and religion really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that much in the end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are people - I think we are humanity - we love each other thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most important thing,â&#x20AC;? he said. 8QGHUH[WUHPHO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWFLUcumstances he gave us an example of humanity we should all aspire to and that was the most learning moment of our corner of the world last year. It may be weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only hit the snooze button on 2015 and more tragic and uplifting stories are in store for 2016. And, of course, more judging. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be as graceful as possible. Gary King

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C  O   N   V  E  R  S  A  T  I  O  N  S /HDGHUV This is a very important year for electing leaders who will serve all citizens responsibly and earnestly. We need a president who has experience as a team builder, working with Congress to get the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work done in a timely manner following our Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principles. Presidential candidates and Congress, you need to list our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 10 problems with your goals and time lines, and get about solving them. Working together is called compromise. Internationally, no more hawks, we need a dove with an eagle as backup. Remember the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 7UHDGRQ0H¾à DJLV\HOORZZLWKDVQDNH on it, ready to strike our enemies. Report to us quarterly, on how you are progressing with those top 10 problems. Show us your resolutions. Senators and representatives, work with our residents to solve our top 10 problems and keep in mind the state you represent and not party loyalties. Remember, you were elected to serve us, the American voters. If we are to get involved LQDQ\PRUHFRQĂ LFWVDURXQGWKHZRUOG sponsor a bill and vote on it. Implement a national sales tax to pay for it. You need to focus on rebuilding the USA yesterday. How about you get moving. Our national debt is $58,000 per citizen or $158,000 per taxpayer and still growing. Please get these bricks off of our backs. Rich Hess Trade Lake

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tentious that decent ideas for solving social problems are immediately trashed by the opposition. Political campaigns are so expensive, politicians become indebted to the millionaires and billionaires who fund their election campaigns, the wealthy who get richer every year while the rest of us havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a pay raise for years. Guess whose interests are listened to. Can you say â&#x20AC;&#x153;plutocracy,â&#x20AC;? government by the wealthy? So how can we take back our government? Vote. Yes, vote! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only power a middle-class citizen has. A few citizens can make a difference, especially when they pay attention to their interests and vote for those who support them regardless of political party. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vote, you are giving your government to the wealthy. What interests will you vote for? A living wage so workers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in poverty? Tuition-free job training? Safe roads and bridges? Affordable health care for all? Clean air and water? A healthy planet for our grandchildren? Fair taxation of the 1 percent? Norman Jensen Siren and Madison

2SHQOHWWHUWRWKH'15 To equalize the present mid-September ERZ KXQWHUV DQG 1RY  ULĂ H KXQWHUV give bow hunters their present mid-September opener, then close it on Oct. 31, beginning of the rut. This gives them 1-1/2 months of hunting. Reopen it on Nov. 30, giving them another month to hunt. 5LĂ H KXQWHUV FRXOG KXQW WKHLU XVXDO season, around Nov. 21-29. This would UHVXOWLQERWKJURXSVPLVVLQJWKHUXWĂ&#x20AC;nally equalizing the present disparity of

bow hunters harvesting the big-antlered EXFNVDQGOHDYLQJOLWWOHIRUWKHULĂ HKXQWers. Make no mistake, the bow has become DVGHDGO\DVWKHULĂ HDQGIRUPXFKWRR long, this lengthy bow season has basiFDOO\SXWWKHWUDGLWLRQDOULĂ HVHDVRQLQWKH backseat. I challenge the DNR to return the traditional gun season back to where it once was, giving young hunters the opportunity to once again start seeing bucks and reliving the deer camp experience with friends and family. I encourage hunters to put pressure on the DNR, and the time is now. In your wildest dreams, they would never put this new strategy in place, but if we conWLQXH WR KROG WKHLU IHHW LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UH WKH\ may be forced to eventually make a change. To repair the damage you have done to deer numbers, you offer a bucks-only change, too little too late. After giving away the bank with those obscene doe tags, your 2015 bucks only still has attached a large number of doe tags with even more eradication as your goal. Meanwhile, switching to electronic registration means nothing. You are slowly destroying our deer hunting. Talk to guys like me â&#x20AC;Ś 68 openers in Polk County â&#x20AC;Ś I know every wrong thing that you have ever done. This letter is from a guy who has hunted Burnett County, then lived in Polk County since 1948. To have a conversation about this, contact me on my cell phone at 612-816-8788 or send mail to Mike Murray, P.O. Box 45, New Richmond, WI 54017. I shall do everything in my power to facilitate change.

(QIRUFHWKHFXUUHQWODZV I beg your pardon, America, but terrorism is on the rise, nuclear bomb threats are clear from a boastful North Korea and soon Iran will have that capability, security in our communities and life in general seems quite an uneasy quality, yet gun deaths have dropped from 20,000 in about 1990 to 15,000. So we need a few commonsense applications. Parents in schools want safe zones for their children. I assume two policemen on duty each morning would bring great peace of mind. Also, there are far too many unstable, even mentally ill, people who overreact but seem to fall through the cracks. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agree to start there. Emotional illnesses can be detected, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be more proactive when it surfaces. But I, for one, do not agree with some extreme emotional cries for new gun laws. We have a basic very recent Supreme Court ruling that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a right to bear armsâ&#x20AC;? and be secure is a natural right, a protector of the citizens and a deterrent. It is the foundation of freedom, yea, all of our freedoms. It was declared a preconstitutional freedom. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enforce the laws we have. Public TV recently commented that if all the present laws were just enforced over the past 25 years, crime would be lower. Good observation! Do you know that a huge crime wave occurred in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;20s, of course, by gangsters? Crime was two to three times what it is today. An alert citizenry and police force curbed that wild era. People did their part. Dr. L. A. Smetak Balsam Lake

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State dominion over Wisconsin lakes near complete State Rep. Adam Jarchowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new property rights bills to compel counties to cede regulatory authority of Wisconsin lakes to the state E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Land Use Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, seemed resigned to ceding its lakeshore management authority to the state, as State Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, has introduced three additional property rights bills that will expand and solidify state oversight of Wisconsin lakes and shoreland development, previously secured with passage of the Jarchow-sponsored Act 55. Cumulatively, the three bills, known as AB582, AB600 and AB603, would do the following: 6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\SURKLELWDFRXQW\IURPHQacting a development moratorium. Allow for replacement or remodel of existing structures, such as homes or cabins, closer to the lake than setback requirements of NR115. Most of the structures were built prior to enactment of NR115 but were grandfathered in as â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonconforming structuresâ&#x20AC;? with prohibitions against major remodeling or replacement. Under the new rules a property owner could replace or remodel such structures so long as they are within the buildings existing footprint. Prohibit the DNR or county from regXODWLQJODNHVKRUHERDWKRXVHVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ WKHXVHRIĂ DWURRIVDVDGHFN

Require a court to resolve any ambiguity involving shoreland zoning in favor of the free use of private property. Shorten the list of waters protected by the public trust doctrine and limit areas of VKRUHOLQHWKDWPD\EHGHHPHGRIVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWVFLHQWLĂ&#x20AC;FYDOXH Reduce DNR or county oversight of riprap, rock walls and piers. Allow a property owner to dredge a limited amount of lake bed each year. Allow certain discharges into wetland areas. Public hearings on the three bills were held recently in Madison. In a telephone interview Jarchow â&#x20AC;&#x153;felt pretty goodâ&#x20AC;? about the bills reception and thought they had â&#x20AC;&#x153;a reasonable chanceâ&#x20AC;? for passage by the Legislature later this year. Act 55, passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2015, trumped local authority over lakes and shores by requiring all counties to comply with uniform standards set by the DNR in a regulation known as Natural Resources 115. For many decades Wisconsin counties could enforce standards stronger than NR 115, such as building setbacks from the water and lakeshore vegetation. Under Act 55, any county standard that exceeds NR115 must now be repealed or otherwise not enforced. Until the implementation of Act 55, 30 counties, including Burnett and Polk, had stricter than the minimum standards of NR115.

back in November, as the committee discussed intricacies of the law and various interpretations. It now appears the county is prepared to cede its authority over lakes and shoreland to the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right or wrong, what they are doing is removing authority from local units of government and giving it to the state,â&#x20AC;? Miller said at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the people and voters seem to be supporting. As long as the town can maintain control of zoning we can regulate. But it looks to me like local zoning control is being scaled back and handed to the state.â&#x20AC;? Jason Towne, county zoning administrator, is facing the prospect of having to approve certain shoreline activities previously prohibited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If dredging happens we can kiss it all goodbye. If people are allowed to restructure their shoreline itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be awful,â&#x20AC;? Towne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could end up here having very little green space. We need to start doing some long-tern planning and take a look at how we can keep some of the things we have. How do we preserve our lakes and green space?â&#x20AC;&#x153; county supervisor and land use committee member Phil Lindeman asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring in a backhoe and create a 100foot sand beach for the grandkids! I personally think this has everything to do with Balsam Lake and Twin Cities developers,â&#x20AC;? Miller said.

Drowning in interpretation For a number of months the Burnett County Land Use Committee has struggled to ascertain how existing county standards must be adjusted in order to comply with state mandates under Act 55. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all just lawyering at the edges,â&#x20AC;? committee Chairman Maury Miller said

Jarchow makes a statement Jarchow, who has taken the leadership role initiating state legislative changes to lakes and shoreland management, released a statement that is posted on his website. The statement, titled Jarchow Supports Private Property Rights, reads in part: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private property rights are a bedrock

concept of our republic. No local government owns your land, no community group owns your land and the DNR sure as heck does not own your land. You own your land.â&#x20AC;? Jarchow explains his efforts to change oversight of lakes and shoreland â&#x20AC;&#x153;reins in the excesses and abuses that we have seen at the hands of the DNR and counties over the years. I have borne witness to the agony and terror that property owners go through when government tells them WKH\FDQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;[WKHLUKRPH²WKH\PXVWWHDU it down and move it back ... I have seen the irritation when property owners have been told they must tear out their lawn and replace it with plants chosen by a government bureaucrat. And my answer is simple. Enough is enough.â&#x20AC;? Jarchowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement concludes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I understand that there are some who prefer a top down, command and control approach to shoreland zoning, I prefer an approach that protects fundamental property rights, while encouraging people to comply with the rules (because the rules will now be workable, uniform, understandable and fair). This will result in much better compliance, more people applying for permits (instead of skirting the rules) and a larger tax base. I believe we can do two things at once â&#x20AC;&#x201C; protect lakes and rivers and protect property rights.â&#x20AC;? The land use committee agreed to mainWDLQLWVYDULRXVFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQVRIWKH lakes in the county, even though its oversight of lakes in the county, regardless of FODVVLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ LV EHFRPLQJ LQFUHDVLQJO\ limited. In order to fully comply with Act 55, and potentially other changes to shoreland zoning authority, the county will have to eventually rewrite those portions of its zoning ordinance that are now LQFRQĂ LFWZLWKWKHVWDWHHGLFW


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Long-term capital improvement approved Greg Marsten | Staff writer

ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls Board of Education had a rare disagreement over a school promenade transportation issue at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12. At issue was whether to require that all high school students must use school-provided buses to attend their junior prom this coming April 30 in Stillwater, Minn. District Administrator Mark Burandt spoke to the bus issues at the meeting, stating his support for either using school-sponsored charter buses or district-owned school buses. ´,Ă&#x20AC;UPO\EHOLHYHZHQHHGWRSURYLGHDVDIHWUDQVSRUWDtion to the event,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control what other people do (on the roads).â&#x20AC;? High school Principal Peggy Ryan said the district might need to spend approximately $800 per charter bus to transport students, weighed against the cost difference between using school buses and the charter buses, that students would need to cover that difference, possibly costing between $5 and $10 each. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I completely agree with Mark (Burandt),â&#x20AC;? board member Dr. Steven Bont said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also agree, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safety thing,â&#x20AC;? added board member Sheri Norgard. But not everyone was on board the bus requirement, and board members Brent McCurdy and Patricia Mitchell both stated their lack of support for requiring they use a bus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really not in favor of mandating they use it (a bus),â&#x20AC;? McCurdy stated just before a vote. McCurdy said some parents might want to personally transport their children to the event, and they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be forced to just the one option. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m agreeing with Brent,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support this.â&#x20AC;? Several board members and Burandt pointed to how several local school districts require attendees to use school-provided transportation, for similar reasons. Parking is repeatedly noted as another issue in Stillwater, and while that was not the only reason for the proposal, it was one supported by several board members and meeting attendees. Other reasons cited by some board members included the social expectations of either renting a limousine and driver or other alternative methods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There could be big social pressures (to rent a limousine),â&#x20AC;? stated board President Roni Schuler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (potential for) some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;have and have notâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; issues.â&#x20AC;? There was some debate on the issue, but the board voted 3-2 in favor of requiring they use the provided buses. McCurdy suggested they might have extenuating circumstances that could allow parents to bypass the bus reTXLUHPHQWDOWKRXJKWKDWZDVQRWPDGHFOHDULQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO vote.

6W&URL[)DOOV6FKRRO'LVWULFW$GPLQLVWUDWRU0DUN%XUDQGW SUHVHQWHGDUWWHDFKHU6X]DQQH,PKRIIZLWKDQDZDUGIRUKHU UHFHQWO\DFKLHYLQJDUDUHQDWLRQDOERDUGFHUWLILFDWLRQ3KRWR E\*UHJ0DUVWHQ Final details on whether they use hired charter buses or district-owned buses will be decided at a later date, after further research by Ryan. In other board action: â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the creation of a 10-year capital improvement plan, as a way to begin planning for a wide variety of infrastructure, building improvements and maintenance, at an estimated cost of $5.2 million over that span of time, although those costs are pure estimates, WKH\DUHQHFHVVDU\WRFUHDWHWKHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FEXGJHWIXQGWR address those projects. Burandt presented the plan to the board, although the actual spreadsheet of the plan was not available at press time, but Burandt did state that the plan includes sections RIURRĂ&#x20AC;QJRQWKHGLVWULFW¡VPXOWLSOHEXLOGLQJVDVZHOODV things like sidewalks, parking lot resurfacing, HVAC maintenance, and other building maintenance items like SOXPELQJDQGHOHFWULFDOV\VWHPVFDUSHWLQJDQGĂ RRULQJ high school lockers, athletic facilities, interior and exterior lighting, and much more. Burandt said he was using current cost estimates, with DQDGMXVWHGLQĂ DWLRQUDWHRISHUFHQWRYHUWKHGHFDGH DKHDGWRDUULYHDWWKHPLOOLRQĂ&#x20AC;JXUH â&#x20AC;&#x153;That bottom line seems large, but .... these are things we wish we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about. But all things like buildings have a useful life,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said. Burandt said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want district members to think the school district was â&#x20AC;&#x153;letting things fall apartâ&#x20AC;? or that they needed to replace everything exactly in the order they were noted, but that it was required by the state, if WKH\ZDQWHGWRFUHDWHDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FEXGJHWOLQHLWHPIRUVXFK capital maintenance. ´2Q WKH Ă LS VLGH IRU D GLVWULFW WKLV VL]H LW¡V WKH  million estimate) really not bad,â&#x20AC;? Burandt added. The district would be allowed to levy for those costs under state law, without going to taxpayers for approval,

but Burandt said they can offset that by budgeting up to $527,000 annually, depending on how they end up at the end of their budget cycle, each year. The board approved the plan unanimously and also approved starting a so-called Fund 46 to establish a savings account for the plan, per state guidelines. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved having Burandt pursue possible partnering for service sharing with the Osceola School District for a special education pupil services director, on a likely 60-40 split, with Osceola being the lead agency. Burandt said the possible employee sharing might cost slightly more than the $49,000 the district currently spends through CESA. He estimated it would cost between $53,000 - $57,000 under the Osceola plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with greatly increased services,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said, noting that they currently receive 67 days of service annually with their contracted director, who actually serves a total of four districts though CESA. The Osceola sharing option could bring that number of days up to 104 days annually, which he said could also be useful if legislative action forces increased pupil services in special education. Â&#x2021; %XUDQGW VDLG WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO VFKRRO GLVWULFW DXGLW UHVXOWV were â&#x20AC;&#x153;very, very good,â&#x20AC;? and that there were no unusual LVVXHVQRWHGLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOUHSRUW â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a policy to limit open enrollment numbers, related to class sizes and special education, as well as grades 5-12, after little debate. The issue must be decided by Feb. 1 and relates to student-teacher ratios in lower grades, as well as their available special education teachers and aids. â&#x20AC;˘ Burandt also introduced recognition and commendation awards for two district employees, Rob Lubben and Suzanne Imhoff, for efforts they have made going above and beyond their job duties. Lubben is a district bus driver, but was not available to receive his award. Burandt praised him for a recent effort he made to provide his student riders with restaurant gift FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHVWRHQKDQFHIDPLO\WLPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always tell people about the good things we do,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was far above and beyond (job expectations).â&#x20AC;? The other recognition went to art teacher Imhoff, who UHFHQWO\HDUQHGKHUQDWLRQDOERDUGFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQDIWHUDQ extensive, yearlong effort of classes, presentations, essays and more on her teaching style and methods. The effort included student involvement to tape her lesson presentaWLRQVDQGFULWLFDOUHYLHZRIKHUPHWKRGV7KHFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ goes far beyond state borders and is a rare achievement. In a subsequent interview with the Leader, Imhoff credited her husband and family, as well as her students, for making it possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I absolutely couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been able to do it without all of them!â&#x20AC;? she said. The program is above and beyond a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and is now a three-year program, instead of the one year WKDW ,PKRII KDG WR DFKLHYH WKH FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ ,PKRII KDV been with the district since 1999, teaching at Siren for several years prior.

Property purchase completes Unity campus District audit indicates school is financially strong Mary Stirrat | Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A recent property purchase by the Unity School District completes the southwest corner of the campus, district Administrator Brandon Robinson told the school board at its Tuesday, Jan. 12, meeting. The purchase has been in the works for several months and was closed Dec. 31. The 1.8-acre parcel is at the corner of Hwy. 46 and 190th Avenue. It was purchased for $140,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its purchase ensures that Unityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus has space necessary for its future,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said in his report, addLQJWKDWLWZLOODOORZIRUĂ H[LELOLW\LQORQJWHUPSODQQLQJ 1RGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHSODQVKDYHEHHQPDGHIRUWKHSURSHUW\DQG the board of education will be considering its usage as the design phase continues for the current building and site renovation project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us another southern access,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provides so many opportunities. It was important for us to acquire that.â&#x20AC;? Money from the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund balance was used to purchase the land.

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Design teams working on different aspects of the $17.5 million referendum project have been meeting with the project architect, Robinson told the board, and will continue to do so through January. The meetings, he said, have been â&#x20AC;&#x153;very fruitful.â&#x20AC;? As they continue to work on designs, some of the groups will visit other facilities to determine what might be the EHVWĂ&#x20AC;WIRU8QLW\)RUH[DPSOHVDLG5RELQVRQRQHJURXS will be visiting schools in Northwest Wisconsin that have an auditorium to see which design elements might be included at Unity. 7KHVFKRROERDUGZLOOKDYHĂ&#x20AC;QDODSSURYDORIWKHRYHUDOO design, after which time the bidding process will begin. Kraus Anderson is the construction manager and will deVLJQELGVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQVKHVDLGDQGELGGLQJVKRXOGEHJLQ in February. Construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer, with the major components completed by fall of 2017. Construction will be in two phases, and the school will be used during the construction process, said Robinson. DSGW has been selected as project architect, and Karg-

&DURO.OLQHDQG&UDLJ=LSSHUHUFRDFKHVRIWKH8QLW\6W&URL[ )DOOVVRFFHUFOXEJDYHWKHVFKRROERDUGDQXSGDWHRIWKHFOXEV VHDVRQ HV)DXOFRQEULGJH,QFLVWKHPHFKDQLFDOHQJLQHHULQJĂ&#x20AC;UP &HGDU&RUSLVWKHFLYLOHQJLQHHULQJĂ&#x20AC;UP District audit 7KH8QLW\6FKRRO'LVWULFWLVLQJRRGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVKDSHDQG LWVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOUHFRUGVDUHZHOOPDLQWDLQHGDFFRUGLQJWRWKH 2015 audit report presented to the board by Brock Geyen of CliftonLarsonAllen. The general fund had an unassigned fund balance of PLOOLRQDWWKHHQGRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;VFDO\HDU-XQH7KLV represents 28 percent of annual general fund expendiWXUHVZKLFKLVĂ&#x20AC;VFDOO\VRXQGDQGPHHWVWKHGLVWULFW¡VSROicy, said Geyen. The average fund balance of the 30 school districts that CliftonLarsonAllen works with, he said, is 26.4 percent. The special revenue funds, such as food service, drivers education, the pool, the after-school program, and adult recreation and education, all remain stable. Long-term debt is down from the previous year, at $2.6 million compared with $3.3 million. This is 2.7 percent of the debt obligation that the district can legally take on. Soccer club The Unity/St. Croix Falls soccer club now has a season under its belt, and that season was successful in a number of ways, coach Carol Kline reported to the school board. Members had a lot of play, she said, they were competitive with many of the teams they played, and the program garnered strong support from families, players and school administration. Along with assistant coach Craig Zipperer, Kline put WRJHWKHUWKHFOXEWHDPWRĂ&#x20AC;OODJDSIRUVWXGHQWVZDQWLQJWR play soccer. A total of 25 players joined the club, nine of

which were from Unity and 16 from St. Croix Falls. They played a total of 16 games, facing teams from Osceola, Amery, Somerset and Cumberland, to name a few. They also went up against Valley Christian School and Chisago Lakes Baptist. Looking to the future, Kline said that the club will JUDGXDWHĂ&#x20AC;YHVHQLRUV7KH\H[SHFWĂ&#x20AC;YHWRVHYHQLQFRPing freshmen to join. She also hopes to add some home games. All games this past season were away, she said, EHFDXVH8QLW\¡VĂ&#x20AC;HOGZDVQRWUHDG\DQGWKH\ZHUHODFNLQJ a pool of referees. To attract referees and get needed equipment, fees may have to be raised, said Kline. This past year each participant paid $140. Other business â&#x20AC;˘ The open enrollment application period for the 201617 school year begins Feb. 1 and closes April 29. Information can be found on the Unity website or on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website. The district is currently at capacity for special education students, but will open slots as they become available. â&#x20AC;˘ The board voted to approve continuation of the current athletic cooperative agreements with the exception of the cross-country cooperative with Luck. Luck, said Robinson, is looking to co-op with Frederic for that sport. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the hiring of Heather Hill as midGOHVFKRROVHFUHWDU\DWĂ&#x20AC;YHKRXUVDGD\

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Daniels buries 1,000th point against Grantsburg BecomessixthLady DragonsinceĹ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019;Ĺ&#x2019;Ĺ&#x2019;to reachmilestone Marty Seeger|Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caitlynn Daniels needed just three points during the Dragons game at Grantsburg Thursday, Jan. 7, to reach her 1,000-point milestone. She did it with a free throw early in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOIWREHFRPHWKHVL[WKJLUOWRUHDFK that mark since 2000. Others include Abby Johnson (Coyour), Caitlin Christ (Flanigan), Janey Emery, Carley Emery and Ashley Guevara. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each of these girls and many others have worked extremely hard to make Siren girls basketball a winning program. That makes my job as a coach a very rewarding one,â&#x20AC;? said coach Ryan Karsten. While reaching the 1,000-point mark is impressive for any player, the senior reached the mark in a way many others havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Karsten says in her four years playing with the Dragons sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit fewer than 10 three-pointers, and many of the points have been created with her equally impressive play on defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caitlynn has a great ability to read the Ă RRUDQGNQRZZKHUHWKHEDOOLVJRLQJ She has averaged over 100 steals a year on varsity. That is the thing I will remember her most for. I bet 500 of her 1,000 points are on passes she has stolen and turned into a fast break layup. She is the best girl at that, I have ever seen,â&#x20AC;? Karsten said. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, Karsten said Dan-

/()76LUHQV&DLWO\QQ'DQLHOVUHOHDVHVKHUWKSRLQWDJDLQVW*UDQWVEXUJRQ)ULGD\-DQLQ*UDQWVEXUJ5,*+7&DLWO\QQ'DQLHOV1R VKDUHVDKXPEOHVPLOHDIWHUDELJPLOHVWRQHZLWKWHDPPDWHV$OOLH:HEVWHU1R6DUDK6FKDIIHU1RDQG$VKOHH5LJKWPDQ1Rz3KRWRV E\6FRWW+RIIPDQ iels isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your typical 1,000-point scorer as example, not with her voice. She goes out many are the taller post players or shoot- and works hard on the court and at pracing guards that can generally hit from tice. I am very honored to have been able â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ anywhere on the court. to coach Caitlynn while she was at Siren,â&#x20AC;? TURTLE LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Turtle Lake senior â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has done it the old-fashioned way, said Karsten. Taylor Schneider continues to put up with defense and driving the ball to the Along with being a great basketball big numbers for the Lakers girls basKRRS&DLWO\QQĂ&#x20AC;QGVDZD\WRJHWWRWKH player Daniels is a model student who ketball team. The University of Minnehoop and score. As I always tell her, just excels in the classroom and on the court. sota-Duluth recruit has had 47 points go do what you do. She is also a different She plans to attend UMD in the fall. earlier in the year and racked up 42 in type of leader for our team. She leads by a win over Prairie Farm more recently. She is currently averaging close to 30 points per game and will be bringing her talents to Frederic Tuesday, Jan. 19, to take on the Vikings. That game begins at 5:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Friday, Jan. 15, Frederic at Luck girls and boys basketball games are being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Friday, Jan. 22, St. Croix Falls at Luck girls and boys basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Amery at Baldwin-Woodville boys basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Amery *UDQWVEXUJV &DVVLG\ at Somerset girls basketball game is /HHJRHVXSRYHU&DLWO\QQ on 1260 AM, on Friday, Jan. 15, start'DQLHOVRI6LUHQIRUWZRRI ing at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at New KHU  SRLQWV )ULGD\ -DQ Richmond boys basketball game DW*UDQWVEXUJz3KRWRE\ on Tuesday, Jan. 19, is on 1260 AM, 6FRWW+RIIPDQ starting at 7:30 p.m. All high school

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Siren holds off upset minded Pirates LeeĂ&#x2022;sĹ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x2014;points sparksecondĹ&#x2018;half runforGrantsburg Siren 60, Grantsburg 53 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Caitlynn Daniels held center stage with a free throw that bounced high off the rim, nearly rolling off, then falling sweetly through the hoop for her 1,000th career point. Daniels and the Siren Dragons needed every one of her 18 points as Grantsburg stormed back to draw within a point at 50-51 beIRUHUXQQLQJRXWRIWLPH3LUDWHVĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDU head coach Penny Curtin and her Lady Pirates had to play catch-up during the conference game Friday, Jan. 8, in Grantsburg. The Pirate comeback was led by junior Cassidy Lee, whose biggest threats were her deadly 3-pointers. Teammate senior Violet Ohnstad did most of the dirty work inside and eventually fouled out but was a force to be reckoned with.

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Taylor Alseth comes down with 500th rebound ButFredericfalls inconferenceclash withUnity Unity 53, Frederic 45 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frederic Vikings senior Taylor Alseth recorded her 500th rebound against Unity on Friday, Jan. 8, but the Eagles stole the show during the game, KDQGLQJ WKH 9LNLQJV WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW FRQIHUence loss of the season. It was a big win for Unity as they improved to 2-3 in the conference and 5-5 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part of our game on Friday is that we were able to win. We had several turnovers and made critical errors WKDW ZH PXVW Ă&#x20AC;[ LQ RUGHU WR LPSURYH Frederic plays very hard and some of the turnovers were due to Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pressure defense,â&#x20AC;? said Unity coach Rory Paulsen. The game was tied 9-9 with under nine PLQXWHVUHPDLQLQJLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIEHIRUH WKH(DJOHVZHQWRQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWUXQRIWKH game. With a Raelin Sorensen three the Eagles extended a 16-11 lead to force a Frederic time-out. Unity stretched their lead to 20-11 at one point before Alseth hit a two-and-one opportunity, and Nicole Nelson buried a long-range shot to )UHGHULFVHQLRU7D\ORU$OVHWKIDUULJKWUHDFKHGDPLOHVWRQH)ULGD\-DQZLWKKHUWK put the Vikings back on track offensively. UHERXQG7KH8QLW\(DJOHVPDQDJHGWRFRPHDZD\ZLWKDELJZLQ$OVRSLFWXUHGDUH(PLO\$PXQG VRQIDUOHIWDQG8QLW\V*DEULHOOH)RHOOHUz3KRWRVE\0DUW\6HHJHU :LWKXQGHUWZRPLQXWHVWRJRLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half Frederic tied it back up 20-20, and grabbed a 23-22 lead at the break. Frederic went on an early run in the second half and led 30-24 before Unity stormed right back and tied the game 30-30 with 12 minutes left to play. The Eagles went on to score the next seven points but allowed the Vikings to come right back into it. With just over six minutes left the Vikings trailed by one point but the Eagles seemed to remain one step ahead, hitting timely shots along the way. Briana Peterson hit two threes in the second half including one that helped give the Eagles a 42-36 lead with under four minutes to go. Sorensen, Emma Moore

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and Gabrielle Foeller also came up with big baskets late in the game and the team hit free throws when they needed them in WKHHQGWRKHOSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWKHJDPH â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought our rebounding improved and we made free throws at the end of the game that were necessary in solidifying the win. We improved in rebounding and free-throw shooting but must continue to improve in those areas if we are to be successful,â&#x20AC;? Paulsen said. For the Vikings it was a solid effort but WKH VKRWV MXVW ZHUHQ¡W IDOOLQJ 7KH\ Ă&#x20AC;Qished 12 of 26 from the free-throw line as a team and had 36 turnovers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tough loss, but we got the shots we wanted for the most part, just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get our shots to go in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming into the season I felt Unity would be the team to beat for the conference title as they returned everyone in their top eight rotation. Their record is a bit deceiving, having lost a lot of close JDPHV :H MXVW QHHG WR Ă&#x20AC;QHWXQH D IHZ things and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still be in the mix this year for the conference title,â&#x20AC;? said Vikings

%ULDQD3HWHUVRQRI8QLW\KDGDELJJDPHRI IHQVLYHO\DJDLQVW)UHGHULF coach Troy Wink. )RUWKH9LNLQJV(PLO\$PXQGVRQĂ&#x20AC;Qished with 12 points, nine rebounds, Nelson and Shelbi Root each had 11 points and Alseth had nine points, but added 17 more rebounds to her impressive total of career rebounds. She needed 12 to reach the 500-rebound milestone and scrapped for every one against the Eagles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite an accomplishment!â&#x20AC;? Wink said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you think of that number of rebounds you think of tall, post players, but Taylor is our point guard and reads the ball well off the rim and has a knack for getting the ball. Very happy for her to get it. She deserves it. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be near the top of our overall list when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all said and done.â&#x20AC;? Two other Vikings players, Ann Chenal and Amundson, have a shot at reaching 500 career rebounds as well this year.

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6LUHQIDQVFHOHEUDWH&DLWO\QQ'DQLHOVWKSRLQWz3KRWRVE\6FRWW+RIIPDQ Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coach Ryan Karsten wanted to slow things down to limit the scoring opportunities for the Pirates by running time off the clock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are tough because they are very physical and aggressive. They are wellcoached and their kids play hard. The Lee

girl is tough as nails and one of the best players in the conference,â&#x20AC;? said Karsten. ´:H SOD\HG 2. LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI WR KDYH a six-point lead. In the second half we extended the lead to 17 points and then, decided to quit playing. Grantsburg cut the lead to one at 51-50 and then we made

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Blizzard boys staying busy on the ice StartĹ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019;Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2DC;with Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x201C;record Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Blizzard boys hockey team had a busy end to 2015 and split a win and loss to start the new year. The Blizzard closed out the 2015 portion of the season with three games in three days, starting Dec. 28, with a 3-2 win over the Northwest Icemen. Bryce Roufs, Brady Mangen and Andrew Ruiz each scored goals in the win, but the Blizzard fell the next day to Sauk Prairie, who had an empty netter according to coach Andy Richardson. The Blizzard closed out the year with a 4-2 loss against La Crosse Logan/Central. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really well on Monday in the win and Wednesday against La Crosse was a good game as well,â&#x20AC;? Richardson said, admitting the Tuesday game was a bit of a letdown. But the Blizzard ERXQFHGEDFNLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHRI beating Moose Lake 5-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Austin Bowman had a pair of goals in the Blizzard win over Moose Lake including a goal early in the second period to help put the Blizzard up 3-0. Moose Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone goal came in the second period as well, but Kyle Hicks and Jordy Larson both scored goals in the third period to help solidify the Blizzard win. Roufs also scored in the game on assist from Bowman, who had two assists in the game. The JV also won a 6-0 game against

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Moose Lake to complete a successful sweep for the night. In the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent game, Thursday, Jan. 7, the Blizzard lost a home game against Regis/Altoona/McDonell, 5-1. In that loss the Blizzard mustered just 18 shots on goal compared to Regis/Al-

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Webster beats SCF in conference matchup Luckwins thirdstraight Webster 49, St. Croix Falls 46 Marty Seeger|Staff writer WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Webster girls basketball team won a close game against a tough Saints team Friday, Jan. 8. It was WKH7LJHUVĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRQIHUHQFHZLQRIWKHVHDson and a big one against a Saints team contending for a conference title. St. Croix Falls was entering Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game on a two-game winning streak and had only one conference loss. The Saints were also LQFRQWUROLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIOHDGLQJWKH7LJHUVDWKDOIWLPH(DUO\RQLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW half the Saints held a 13-3 advantage but the Tigers clawed their way back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great win against a tough SCF team,â&#x20AC;? said Webster coach Matt Wood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Coach) Angie (Maternowsky) really has those girls playing well. They are a young and athletic team that they will be extremely tough in the upcoming years. But our girls played their hearts out and never gave up.â&#x20AC;? Along with having to battle back in a Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI GHĂ&#x20AC;FLW WKH 7LJHUV WUDLOHG E\ DV much as 38-28 in the second half before mounting another comeback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be prouder of this team with their attitude towards always improving, and always working hard,â&#x20AC;? Wood said. Kaitlin Moser had a big night leading Webster with 26 points and shot 10 of 13 IURPWKHIUHHWKURZOLQH6KHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHU double-double with 12 rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has really developed this year, it is nice to see her having individual recognition, as she has worked hard throughout her high school career to get here,â&#x20AC;? Wood said. Lydia Wilson was also productive on offense with 18 points and hit 8 of 8 from the charity stripe. Fourteen of her points came in the second half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She did a great job handling the pressure and facilitating the offense. Lydia and Kaitlin work extremely well together,â&#x20AC;? said Wood. As a team the Tigers were 19 of 25 from the free-throw line, which was a key element to the win according to Wood. Other scorers included Allison Mulroy with four points, and Julia Gavin with one. Gavinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free throw late in the game

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and battle back. It was pretty close down the stretch but we stepped up to the free throw line and knocked them down.â&#x20AC;? Petersen said Kyla Melin was able to hit two key shots with 20 seconds remaining in the game to help put the Cardinals up by three. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clear Lake got a contested shot off at the buzzer but my kids held on and again, these kids did what they needed to do to Luck 45, Clear Lake 42 WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Lady Cardinals rallied get the win,â&#x20AC;? Petersen said. The Cardinals were led by Paige Runto another close win in a nonconference game against Clear Lake Friday, Jan. 8. nels with 12 points followed by Melin, 10, ,WZDV/XFN¡VWKLUGVWUDLJKWZLQDQGĂ&#x20AC;IWK Tiffany Brown and Emma Pedersen each overall after the team got off to a 0-4 start had seven, Olivia Nielsen, four, Brittany to the season. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a pretty win Donald, three, and Isabelle Jensen, two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paige Runnels had a nice game in according to Luck coach Britta Petersen. It was another ugly win but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the post cleaning up some boards for LWÂľ VDLG 3HWHUVHQ ´:H FDPH RXW DV Ă DW put-backs and Kyla Melin had some big as a pancake and just did not look very buckets for us,â&#x20AC;? Petersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it was good. We struggled scoring and had a another very evenly scoring game, really, tough time defending their dribble drives. and all the kids that went in contributed However, we came out in the second half somehow, whether with a couple of scores and really were aggressive both ways or some steals ... it was a nice team win.â&#x20AC;? and forced some turnovers that we were able to convert on. We did get down by a couple though and so had to be tough

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Unity holds off Frederic for big win SaintsĆ&#x201A;CardsĆ&#x201A;Pirates winFridaygames Unity 65, Frederic 40 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Unity wasted little time H[WHQGLQJ WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI OHDG RYHU WKH Frederic Viking boys basketball team Friday, Jan. 8, and the Eagles won big for the ninth time this season to remain unbeaten. Unity had a 9-4 lead with just XQGHUPLQXWHVWRSOD\LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI EXW LQ DERXW Ă&#x20AC;YH PLQXWHV EXLOW D  lead and never looked back in the conference win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had another solid effort against a good Frederic team. Everyone gave positive minutes. It was a total team effort,â&#x20AC;? said Eagles coach Chad Stenberg. By halftime Unity led 37-19, and utilized a deep and talented bench to put up a well-balanced attack offensively. Nathan Heimstead and Erik Peterson each led the Eagles with 12 points, followed by Wyatt Stenberg, six, Brett Nelson and /RJDQ%DGHUHDFKKDGĂ&#x20AC;YH1DWKDQ%UDGley, four, Austin Donahue, Zack Wagner and Logan Hendrickson each had three, and Dylan Stenberg and Cody Ince each had one. For the Vikings Roman Poirier had 17 followed by Jonah Tinman, Colton den Hoed and Austin Ennis each with six, Caleb Schott, four, and Kyle Olson, one.

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Luck 64, Clear Lake 60 CLEAR LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck boys basketball team pulled out a close win over Clear Lake Friday, Jan. 8, with four Cardinals scoring in double digits in the nonconference test. 1RDK 0RUWHO Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK  SRLQWV followed by Taylor Hawkins, 17, Casey Ogilvie, 12, Nick Mattson, 10, and Austin +DPDFNKDGĂ&#x20AC;YH St. Croix Falls 56, Webster 42 WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Saints boys basketball WHDPSXOOHGRXWWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRQIHUHQFHZLQ of the year against Webster on Friday, Jan. 8, as Alex Johnson led the team with 24 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. The Saints led by six points at the break and were able to hold off the Tigers, ZKRDUHVWLOOORRNLQJIRUWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLQRI the season in the West Lakeland Conference. Other scorers from the Saints included Jake Johnson with 12, followed by John 3HWKHUEULGJH QLQH %UDG\ /HDK\ Ă&#x20AC;YH Jameson Kahl, three, and Tyler Henk, two. Petherbridge, Jake Johnson and Kevin Koshiol each had five rebounds, and Leahy led with six assists.

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Saints survive LFGS in wrestling dual St. Croix Falls 39, LFGS 33 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren wrestling team had a strong night against St. Croix Falls in a dual match held in St. Croix Falls Thursday, Jan. 7, but LFGS forfeits ultimately handed them the loss despite winning four of the three actual matches. LFGS had a 33-30 lead over SCF headLQJLQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOPDWFKDWSRXQGVEHtween Spencer Langer, of St. Croix Falls, and Adam Menke of LFGS. The match was close the entire way, with Langer holding a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. With just 20 seconds remaining Langer had a 4-2 lead when Menke quickly tied the match 4-4 with eight seconds and counting. With the crowd roaring in anticipation of the outcome, Langer ZDVDEOHWRHDUQDQHVFDSHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOWZR seconds to win, 5-4, leaving no time left on the clock. Much to the dismay of the LFGS coaching staff and fans, who were hoping for overtime, the Saints were able to walk off the mat with a win as Clay Carney reFRUGHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVL[SRLQWVIRUWKH6DLQWV by forfeit. St. Croix Falls would score a

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Logan Yira by tech fall, 20-5, and Cole Britton pinned Shawn Lumsden of St. Croix Falls in 1:03, at 113. LFGS won the next match by forfeit at 120 pounds courtesy of Merlin Hibbs, and Saints wrestlers Dalton Langer, Josey Wilson and Austin Cummings each won by forfeit at 126, 132 and 138 respectively. LFGS continued to wrestle strong in the next bout at 145 as Saints sophomore Garrett Bergmann faced Peter Lund. Bergmann had a 6-0 shutout going and added another two in the third period, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the pin. Lund ended up JHWWLQJDUHYHUVDOLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVHFRQGVWR %UDQGRQ%DVWLQRI6W&URL[)DOOVZRQD hold Bergmann to an 8-2 win, and three GHFLVLRQRYHU%URFN3KHUQHWWRQRI/)*6DW points for the Saints. SRXQGV

Saints wrestling team takes third at Ogilvie placed in the tournament including three champions. Josey Wilson won the title at 132 pounds, Clay Carney at 152, and Luke Clark at 160. Spencer Langer also made Marty Seeger|Staff writer WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDWDQGSODFHGVHFRQGRYHUOGILVIE, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Both St. Croix Falls all. Others placing were Dalton Langer and Unity wrestling programs competed taking fourth place at 126, Garrett Bergat the 10-team 36th-annual Ogilvie Lion mann took third at 138, Luke Lindahl Invitational in Ogilvie, Minn., Saturday, was sixth at 170, and Brandon Bastin and -DQ  7KH 6DLQWV Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG WKLUG LQ WKH +XQWHU +DQVRQ HDFK WRRN Ă&#x20AC;IWK SODFH DW overall standings behind second-place 182 and 220 respectively. Zimmerman, Minn., and Glencoe-Silver â&#x20AC;&#x153;Highlight for the weekend was getLake/Lester Prairie. WLQJWZRIUHVKPHQLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDQGKDYSt. Croix Falls had nine wrestlers who ing Josey Wilson win it as a freshman.

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Northern pike are waiting as ice-fishing season ramps up with free fishing weekend DNRexpertsurge extremecaution asiceconditions varygreatly 0$',621²:KLOHWKHLFHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJVHDson is off to a slower than usual start this year, anglers can be sure of one thing: :KHQWKHLFHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\FRRSHUDWHVWKHQRUWKern pike will be waiting. In many areas of the state, a recent blast of arctic air has arrived just in time to set FRQGLWLRQV XS IRU IUHH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ ZHHNHQG which this year runs on Saturday and 6XQGD\ -DQ  DQG DOORZV Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ anywhere in Wisconsin without a license RUWURXWVWDPS%HQ+HXVVQHUDĂ&#x20AC;VKHULHV biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said those who deFLGHWRJLYHLFHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJDWU\WKLVZHHNHQG will be in for the experience of a lifetime LIWKH\Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHPVHOYHVZLWKDQRUWKHUQRQ the other end of the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a seasoned angler or a novice, feeling a northern pike strip the line away under the ice can be an exhilarating experience,â&#x20AC;? Heussner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite nicknames for northern pike include â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;water wolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because they truly describe the demeanor of this aggressive predator.â&#x20AC;? As a cool-water species, northern pike remain active throughout the winter seaVRQDQGUHSRUWVIURPDQJOHUVDQGĂ&#x20AC;VKHUies biologists statewide indicate northern pike are now producing more action than ZDOOH\HRUSDQĂ&#x20AC;VKLQPDQ\DUHDVZKHUH LFH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ KDV JRWWHQ XQGHU ZD\ +HXssner said he recommends using heavy 20-lb. monofilament when fishing for northern pike because of their sharp teeth; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also helpful to keep a jaw spreader and set of needle-nose pliers handy to remove the hook. Northern pike abundance is widespread throughout the state with most lakes in the southern part of the state south of Highway 10 offering a minimum length limit of 26 inches and a daily bag limit of two. In the north, many lakes carry no minimum length limit and offer DGDLO\EDJOLPLWRIĂ&#x20AC;YHQRUWKHUQSLNH$Qglers are encouraged to check the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations 2015-2016 to be sure of local size

and bag limits. :KLOH SLNH DUH NQRZQ IRU WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;JKW WKH\ DOVR SURGXFH Ă DYRUIXO Ă&#x20AC;OOHWV +HXssner said one helpful technique to avoid the â&#x20AC;&#x153;yâ&#x20AC;? bones that run along the spine LQYROYHVEUHDNLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;VKGRZQLQWRĂ&#x20AC;YH VHSDUDWHĂ&#x20AC;OOHWVRQHDERYHWKHWRSRIWKH VSLQH WZR Ă DQN Ă&#x20AC;OOHWV RQ HLWKHU VLGH RI WKHULEERQHVDQGWZRĂ&#x20AC;OOHWVIURPHLWKHU VLGHRI WKH Ă&#x20AC;VK IURP WKH GRUVDO Ă&#x20AC;Q EDFN to the tail. With respect to other species, DNR fisheries biologist and sturgeon team leader Ryan Koenigs said he anticipates 2016 will produce another strong class of Ă&#x20AC;VKIRUVWXUJHRQVSHDULQJVHDVRQZKLFK opens Feb. 13 and runs either 16 days or until this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increased harvest caps are met. A more detailed outlook on spearing season will be provided in the coming weeks for the Lake Winnebago system. Elsewhere, panfish are the quarry of choice on Otter Lake, a 602-acre impoundment in eastern Chippewa County that is a popular destination for anglers year-round, said Joseph Gerbyshak, DNR Ă&#x20AC;VKHULHVELRORJLVWLQWKHUHJLRQ$UHFHQW Ă&#x20AC;VKHU\VXUYH\SXWQHDUO\SHUFHQWRIWKH bluegill over 7 inches - a great size for the pan. The lake also provides a quality wallH\HĂ&#x20AC;VKHU\ZLWKSHUFHQWRIWKHZDOOH\H captured in the 2014 survey at over 15 inches. In the central part of the state, DNR Ă&#x20AC;VKHULHVELRORJLVWDQGSLNHWHDPFROHDGHU Jennifer Bergman anticipates there will be great opportunities in the days ahead on 1HSFR/DNHLQ:RRG&RXQW\IRUSDQĂ&#x20AC;VK northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye. The Eagles Nest Flowage in Juneau County should produce a strong crop of SDQĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGODUJHPRXWKEDVVZKLOH3HWHQwell Lake in Adams and Juneau counties VKRXOGRIIHUXSVRPHQLFHZDOOH\HFDWĂ&#x20AC;VK DQGSDQĂ&#x20AC;VKRQFHWKHLFHWDNHVKROG 6WLOO HYHQ LQ WKH QRUWK '15 Ă&#x20AC;VKHULHV biologist John Kubisiak urges anglers to exercise great care in picking their spots. Many of the larger, deeper lakes only recently iced over and will not support foot WUDIĂ&#x20AC;FPXFKOHVVDYHKLFOH+RZHYHUWKH single-digit temperatures should help FRQGLWLRQV Ă&#x20AC;UP XS DQG RQ VRPH RI WKH smaller lakes of 200 acres or so in size, anglers have been reporting nice catches of perch and northerns.

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out on the ice to check in with local bait VKRSV Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ FOXEV DQG UHVRUWV 7KHVH groups serve winter anglers every day and often have the most up-to-date information on how thick the ice is on local lakes and rivers, as well as areas that are especially dangerous.

Other ice safety tips include: â&#x20AC;˘ Dress warm and wear layers of clothing. â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return; carry a cell phone. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t travel on ice in areas you are not familiar with and use extreme caution when traveling at night or during reduced visibility. â&#x20AC;˘ Avoid inlets, outlets or narrows of waterways as they may have current that can thin the ice. â&#x20AC;˘ In additional to carrying ice claws or picks, wear or have available a life jacket or a floatation garment that provides buoyancy. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dnr.wi.gov

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Most snowmobile trails remain closed in Polk County Majorityoftrailsin BurnettCountyopen POLK/BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Snowmobile trails in Polk County still remain closed as of Tuesday, Jan. 12, with exception to the Gandy Dancer Trail and the Cattail trail located east of Amery, according to the Polk County ATV and Snowmobile Council. The council released a statement regarding the snowmobile trails on Monday, Jan. 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Polk-County ATV and Snowmobile Council appreciates your patience and cooperation. We just need a few more inches to have a good base on the trails. 0DQ\RIRXUWUDLOVFURVVIDUPĂ&#x20AC;HOGVDQG the council wants to make sure we have an adequate snow base to not cause damage. Due to our wet fall, many swamps are very wet along with many trails through the woods. You will see some side trails that have had snowmobiles riding on them. These are club members that

have been out packing these wet areas to get them to freeze, so that when trails open we will have less issueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grooming. Thank you for your cooperation, and remember to ride safe and please join your local club.â&#x20AC;?

Burnett County The latest updates in Burnett County according to burnettcounty.com, indicated on Tuesday that the majority of the state-funded winter use trails are now open. Trail 119, remains closed, according to the information on the website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Club trails will be open on a case-bycase basis dependent on ice conditions. Please contact individual clubs regarding the open status of their trails.â&#x20AC;? There are six different individual clubs in Burnett County. The burnettcounty. com website includes a link to all six of the snowmobile clubs, where contact information can be found. The website also states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be sure to use caution as lakes and swamps may not yet be frozen. Groomers

will get to the trails as soon as conditions allow. When trails are open you may ride your ATV/UTV on state-funded winteruse ATV trails. Winter-use ATV trails in Burnett County are marked with blue blazers. Snowmobile trails are marked with orange blazers. You may ride your ATV/UTV on the Gandy Dancer Trail from Tewalt Road, which is just south of Siren, and continue north in Burnett County during this time of year. Snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs must be registered or licensed in order to ride. Please note: There were changes to the snowmobile registration and trail pass fees July 1, 2015. Please follow this link for rules, maps and licensing information.

Rules and regulations to follow: Some town ordinances allow for ATV/ UTV use of the town roads and others do not allow it. It is the riderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to contact the town in which you plan to ride in and get the current rules pertain-

ing to ATVs/UTVs and the town roads. Please follow this link for contact information. It is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are on. If you are unsure of where Burnett County forestland is located, please refer to a Burnett County Plat Book, or you may check the website under maps/GIS. Caution: Groomers and trail maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time. Please be careful, be respectful to other trail users and ride safely. Be sure to check back for trail updates.

Contact information: If you need any maps other than what is available on this website, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 800-788-3164 or feel free to email them at Bctour@sirentel. net. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from burnettcounty.com with information from Polk County ATV and Snowmobile Council


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Reps. Brooks, Quinn and Tranel spearhead Rural Wisconsin Initiative Seven bills included in initial plan; website launched to gather public feedback MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Recently, a group of Republican legislators hailing from rural areas across the state came together to announce the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, an initial package of seven pieces of legislation that they hope will jumpstart a conversation on opportunities in rural Wisconsin. The group is led by Reps. Ed Brooks, Reedsburg; Romaine Quinn, Rice Lake; and Travis Tranel, Cuba City. The plan includes bills that will boost funding for broadband expansion grants, increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants and tuition reimbursement grants for apprenticeships, create rural opportunity zones, expand a student loan repayment program for rural teachers, encourage expanded STEM education programs, and bolster funding for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for rural Wisconsinites to speak with one voice in Madison,â&#x20AC;? said Quinn, who contributed legislation to the plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rural Wisconsin Initiative will serve as an umbrella to galvanize rural

legislators to bring our issues to the Capitol and ensure that the issues that affect us every day are addressed. We have so much of the same talent and potential: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that rural Wisconsin children had the same opportunities as kids in Milwaukee or Madison.â&#x20AC;? Several legislators have joined Brooks, Quinn and Tranel in supporting the plan, including Reps. Joan Ballweg, Markesan; Kathy Bernier, Chippewa Falls; Mary Czaja, Irma; James Edming, Glen Flora; Joel Kitchens, Sturgeon Bay; Scott Krug, Nekoosa; Bob Kulp, Stratford; Tom Larson, Colfax; Jeff Mursau, Crivitz; John Murtha, Baldwin; Lee Nerison, Westby; Todd Novak, Dodgeville; Warren Petryk, Eleva; Keith Ripp, Lodi; John Spiros, Marshfield; Rob Swearingen, Rhinelander; Gary Tauchen, Bonduel; and Nancy VanderMeer, Tomah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important part of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative is public involvement,â&#x20AC;? continued Quinn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to work with people to develop legislation to build our future in rural Wisconsin.â&#x20AC;? To view the plan or offer suggestions, please visit RuralWisconsinInitiative. com. ²IURPWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHRI5HS4XLQQ

Walker rolls out college affordability legislation Package includes changes to student loan interest, more aid for tech-school students

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Chuck Quirmbach | WPR News STATEWIDE - Gov. Scott Walker is endorsing a package of measures that he says will make college more affordable. At a press event Monday, Jan. 11, Walker announced heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting behind measures that would eliminate a cap on state tax deductions for student loan interest. He would also boost need-based grants to Wisconsin technical colleges and emergency grants for University of Wisconsin students, as well as LQFUHDVHSURJUDPVIRUĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO literacy and internships. He said the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated $136 million surplus would supply the funds or absorb the lost revenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not proposing to use all of that now. We want to be *RY6FRWW:DONHULVZRUNLQJRQOHJLVODWLRQWRPDNHFRO prepared for the next budget, OHJH PRUH DIIRUGDEOH z 3KRWR FRXUWHV\ *DWHZD\ 7HFKQLFDO but some of that would come &ROOHJH out of this,â&#x20AC;? Walker said.

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(Jan.  6,  13,  20) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   ESTATE  OF Merle  Leonard  Swenson a/k/a  Merle  L.  Swenson Notice  Setting  Time  to  Hear   Application  and  Deadline  for   Filing  Claims (Informal  Administration) Case  No.  15  PR  99 PLEASE  TAKE  NOTICE: 1.   An   application   for   informal   administration  was  filed. 2.   The   decedent,   with   date   of   birth   March   22,   1945,   and   date   of   death   August   30,   2015,   was   domiciled   in   Polk   County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   with   a   mailing   address   of   339   202nd   Street,   Alden   Township,   Osceola,   WI   54020 3.   The   Application   will   be   heard   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Balsam   Lake,   Wisconsin,   Room   500,   before   Jenell   L.   Anderson,   Probate   Registrar,   on   February   1,   2016,   at  9:00  a.m. You   do   not   need   to   appear   unless   you   object.   The   appli-­ cation  may  be  granted  if  there  is   no  objection. 4.   The   deadline   for   filing   a   claim   against   the   decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   estate  is  April  10,  2016. 5.   A   claim   may   be   filed   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Bal-­ sam  Lake,  Wis.,  Room  500. 6.   This   publication   is   notice   to   any   persons   whose   names   or   addresses  are  unknown. Jenell  L. Anderson Probate  Registrar December  28,  2015 Karen  Ciegler  Hansen,  Winthrop   &  Weinstine,  P.A. 225  South  Sixth  Street Suite  3500 Minneapolis,  MN  55402 612-­604-­6670  Bar  No.:  1017741 >5(?37


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VILLAGE  OF  LUCK  -­  REQUEST  FOR  PROPOSAL BUILDING  INSPECTION  SERVICES

The  Village  of  Luck  is  issuing  a  Request  for  Proposal  (RFP)   for  building  inspection  services,  including  but  not  limited  to  plan   review,   residential   inspections   and   occasional   meeting   atten-­ dance  when  requested. Proposals  will  be  accepted  at  the  Village  Hall,  401  Main  St.,   Luck,   WI   54853,   until   4   p.m.   on   January   26,   2016.   Copies   of   the  RFP  specifications  are  on  file  at  the  Village  Office  and  may   be  obtained  without  charge. The  Village  of  Luck  reserves  the  right  severally  or  together  to   reject  any  and  all  submittals,  waive  any  irregularities,  reissue  all   or   part   of   this   Request   for   Proposal,   and   not   award   any   con-­ 3 tract,  all  at  their  discretion  and  without  penalty. >5(?37

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Burnett Dairy Cooperative is looking for a customer-service superstar to join our Bistro crew. Primary position objective is to provide outstanding customer service. Must be prompt, efficient and courteous to all customers. Must be able to take and make orders for the following: cheese trays, pizzas, sandwiches, cheese curds and all other food preparation as needed. Stock, keep seating area clean and maintain products sold in the Bistro area. Qualifications: Demonstrates excellent customer-service skills and has the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Similar kitchen experience preferred. This position has a competitive wage and comprehensive benefits package. The schedule varies including weekday and weekend hours. Weekends are required. This position requires steady standing and some lifting.

Applications are available at www.burnettdairy.com/employment Applying for the position: You can apply for this position at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840, or send your resume and application to jobs@burnettdairy.com

NOTICE  OF  PUBLIC  HEARING   VILLAGE  OF  LUCK

PUBLIC  NOTICE  is  given  to  all  persons  in  the  Village  of  Luck   that   the   Luck   Plan   Commission   will   hold   a   public   hearing   on   January  27,  at  6:30  p.m.  at  the  Luck  Village  Hall,  401  Main  St.,   at  which  time  a  request  for  rezoning  and  a  request  for  a  con-­ ditional  use  permit  will  be  heard  as  follows;͞ 1. Dollar  General,  Inc.  requests  that  700  S.  STH  35  be  re-­ zoned   from   I-­1   Light   Industrial   District   to   C-­1   Neigh-­ borhood  Shopping  District. 2. Dollar  General,  Inc.  requests  a  conditional  use  permit  to   allow   a   retail   store   with   a   primary   floor   area   larger   than   1,500   square   feet   in   the   C-­1   Neighborhood   Shopping   District.   The   proposed   size   of   the   building   is   9,465   square  feet.  The  property  is  located  at  700  S.  STH  35.   All   persons   interested   are   invited   to   attend   this   hearing   and   be  heard.  Written  comments  may  be  submitted  to:  Luck  Zoning   3 Administrator,  P.O.  Box  315,  Luck,  WI  54853 >5(?37

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The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view sites and reconvene at 1:15 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 1:15 p.m. when the Board reconenes at the Government Center.) LBL PROPERTIES LLC request a special exception to Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a tourist rooming house. Property affected is: 2019 12th St., Lot 5, CSM #3608, Vol. 16/Pg. 121, Sec. 23/T35N/ R15W, Town of Johnstown, Long Lake (class 2), Parcel #02800581-0500. LAURITSEN FIREWOOD & RENTAL INC. requests a special exception to Article 8D8 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance for a gravel pit. Property affected is: Part of NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Sec. 26/T36N/R19W, Town of Sterling, pond, Parcel #046-00644-0000. MIKE TRAYNOR requests a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 & 12B2(e) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have retaining walls within 75â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the ordinary highwater mark and walkway greater than 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in width. Property affected is: 1859 136th St., Lot 4, Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park, Sec. 35/T35N/R17W, Town of Milltown, Balsam Lake (class 1), Parcel #040-1541-0000. KYLE & KAYLI SCHOUNARD requests a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have a garage less than 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from side property lines. Property affected is: 1927 35th Ave., Lot 14, CSM #4412, Vol. 19/Pg. 193, Sec. 14/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden, pond, Parcel #002-01302-1400. 3>5(?37

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Health  Division  Director/ DOQ  ($70,000  -­  $83,720) Health  Officer Full-­time  -­  Exempt  (Salaried)  Position Professional   position   provides   leadership,   vision   and   strategic   direction   for   Polk  Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Public  Health  programs  and  services.  Directs  the  development,   planning,  management,  coordination,  evaluation  and  delivery  of  public  health   programs  and  promotes  population  health  through  ongoing  community  health   assessment   and   improvement   planning   in   collaboration   with   diverse   com-­ munity  partners.  Protects  the  health  of  the  community,  through  the  enforce-­ ment  of  public  health  laws  and  facilitation  of  preparedness  planning  with  com-­ munity   partners   in   a   manner   consistent   with   statutory   authority   and   County   policy.   Minimum   requirements   of   Local   Health   Officer   as   outlines   in   WI   Statute  251.06.  Masters  degree  in  related  field  and  three  (3)  years  of  full-­time   experience  in  a  pubic  health  agency  or  in  the  performance  of  closely  related   duties  preferred,  please  see  the  position  description  on  our  website  for  com-­ plete  details  regarding  the  minimum  requirements. EXTENDED  Deadline  to  apply:  January  19,  2016 Business  And  Operations  Manager  -­ Community  Services DOQ Full-­time  -­  Exempt  (Salaried)  Position Position  is  responsible  to  provide  strategic  management  and  leadership  of  the   overall  business  operations  of  the  Community  Services  Division.  This  position   assists   the   Community   Services   Director   in   developing   and   implementing   sound   fiscal   policy,   coordinating   division   technology   services   and   assuring   overall   coordination   and   progressive   service   delivery   for   Division   business   and  office  operations.  The  goal  of  the  position  is  to  ensure  the  business  and   operational  aspects  of  the  Community  Services  division  run  efficiently  while   the  needs  of  stakeholders  and  clients  are  managed  effectively. Deadline  to  apply:  January  25,  2016 Social  Worker  -­   Mental  Health  Community  Services $23.80/hour Full-­time  -­  Nonexempt  (Hourly)  Position Position  is  responsible  for  providing  a  variety  of  direct  and  indirect  services  to   clients   with   mental   illness   and/or   substance   abuse   concerns.   These   clients   may   be   under   mental   health   or   drug   commitments   and   either   living   in   or   returning  to  the  community.  Involves  working  with  service  providers,  including   various  community  agencies,  ensuring  appropriate  level,  intensity  and  effec-­ tiveness  of  services,  while  serving  as  the  communication  liaison  between  the   client   and   all   other   involved   parties.   Candidates   must   be   a   certified   Social   Worker   by   the   State   of   Wisconsin   or   eligible   for   certification   and   certified   within  two  years  of  employment. Deadline  to  apply:  January  27,2  016 Full-­time   positions   offer   a   comprehensive   benefit   package,   including   partici-­ pating  in  the  Wisconsin  Retirement  program  for  government  employees  and   optional  health,  dental  and  vision  insurance.  Polk  County  promotes  the  health   and  well-­being  of  their  employees  with  opportunities  to  support  your  level  of   involvement  in  a  Worksite  Wellness  Program.

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Gandy Dancer Trail may have winter ATVs Questions raised on Horseshoe Lake District Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ATVs may be allowed for winter use on the Gandy Dancer Trail. Some residents feel that there was a lack of communication on the proposal to create the Horseshoe Lake Protection District. The two different issues discussed at the monthly meeting of the conservation committee of the Polk County Board Wednesday, Jan. 6, are examples of the range of issues the committee handles. The committee, whose actual title is the Conservation, Development, Recreation and Education Committee, has been the most active of the four county governing committees, meeting at least twice a month for much of 2014 and 2015 as it developed the new county zoning and shoreland protection ordinance. Gandy Dancer Trail Winter use of ATVs on the Gandy Dancer Trail will be allowed in a revised master plan for the Polk County segment of the Gandy Dancer Trail. There would be no more summer antique car and veterans ATV rides after 2016. These are two of the changes included in the proposed plan for the Gandy Dancer which were approved at the meeting and sent to the county board for the purpose of calling

a public hearing on the plan. Approval of the proposed revised plan, which is based on the plan for the Burnett County segment of the trail, came after several months of committee consideration. It would replace the current master plan adopted in 1990. If the section on winter ATV use is approved, the county would still need to change a 1981 county ordinance on motorized use on county trails, according to corporation counsel Jeff Fuge. The summer-use issue involves issuing special use permits for motorized events during the months when the Gandy Dancer Trail is open for nonmotorized use. The DNR has been issuing the special permits for the two events on a limited basis. Committee member Jim Edgell said that permitting the veterans ride in Polk County in 2016 would be meaningless if Burnett County continues its policy of denying the ride in the coming year. Committee Chair Kim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell said a purpose of the master plan revision is to permit common use of the entire trail in Polk and Burnett counties. The committee approved moving the proposal forward as presented, leaving the discussion of the ATV and summer-use issues for the public hearings.

The Horseshoe Lake District Last October a group of residents living on Horseshoe Lake in Beaver came to the conservation committee with a petition to

establish a protection district for the lake. Lake districts are a formal government unit that allows residents in the district to tax themselves for purposes such as control of invasive species. Lake associations are voluntary groups without taxing authority. The petition included the signatures of 267 of the 392 Horseshoe Lake property owners. The county proceeded to review the petitions and prepare for the next step of taking the establishment of the district to the county board. Some opposition surfaced when the Horseshoe Lake District issue came back to the committee. Beaver Town Chair Glen Wright told the committee that the town board was never involved in the establishment of the district or told about it. He said the town board only learned about the proposal after the fact. He said there was no transparency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that many residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue that this will cost them money,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they signed.â&#x20AC;? Two lake residents, Mark and Larry Henck, said they felt that intimidation was used to get residents to sign the petitions. They said that some people were told â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sign the petition or we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut the weeds in the lake in front of your place.â&#x20AC;? One issue before the conservation committee was who to nominate for appointment to the initial District Board of Commissioners. That board would include three owners of property within

the district, one person appointed by the county board and one person appointed by the town board where the lake is located. Four names were submitted to the committee, Joe Waldo, Craig Nackerud, Pamela Nelson and Brian Bjerke. Bjerke came to the meeting to decline his nomination. He said he was disappointed that someone from the county board would not be appointed to the fourth or county seat. Bjerke said he wants balance and oversight. The conservation committee approved the nominations of Waldo, Nacherud and Nelson. It added the name of Paul Falb as the county representative in place of Bjerke. It then sent the resolution on establishing the Horseshoe Lake Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District to the county board for action at its Tuesday, Jan. 19, meeting.

More committee topics There were more items on the conservation committee agenda during its threehour meeting. It reviewed an application to change the zoning on a property in Alden from agricultural to commercial so the owners could use their barn as a venue for wedding receptions. It set the crop prices to reimburse farmers for bear, deer and geese damage to their crops, under the Wisconsin Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claim Program. And it UHYLHZHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDOHVUHVXOWVRIWKHODWest county property auction.

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Marty Seeger|Staff writer CENTURIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Centuria Village Board held its nominating caucus Monday, Jan. 11, which decided who will be on the ballot for the election in early April. There are three seats open in Centuria including those currently held by Eugene Ludack, Tom Boettcher and Kevin Kamish. As many as six candidates can be nominated by the caucus, and after the vote, the full ballot includes Kamish, Boettcher, Katie Bestland, Jeremiah Lunsmann, Steve Sylvester and Brian Kammerud. Phil Nehring was the seventh candidate nominated at the caucus, but only six candidates can be placed on the ballot. Nehring received the lowest amount of votes by the caucus. Village board meeting

The Centuria Village Board meeting followed the nomination caucus Monday, Jan. 11, lasting just over 15 minutes. 7KHERDUGRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\DSSURYHGWKHKLULQJ of Brad Eley for a public works position. Eley is a recent Unity High School graduate who has been working part time for the Town of St. Croix Falls. He is a current resident of Centuria. The board approved a start date of Monday, Jan. 18. The board was looking to bring a fulltime position to handle the bulk of the ZDWHUDQGVHZHUGXWLHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHQHHG for another employee on staff to be licensed for water and sewer. Currently public works director Tony Weinzirl is the only employee with the seven different licenses that are needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing against Tony, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be here forever,â&#x20AC;? said board member Stan Swiontek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a backup in case something happens or %UDG (OH\ ZDV LQWURGXFHG WR WKH &HQWXULD Tony does decide to retire. Hopefully that 9LOODJH%RDUG0RQGD\-DQ(OH\ZDVKLUHG doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen any time soon.â&#x20AC;? The full-time public works position also WRDIXOOWLPHSXEOLFZRUNVSRVLWLRQz3KRWRE\ absorbed the duties of the part-time parks 0DUW\6HHJHU position, which basically eliminated the

need of a part-time parks position. Swiontek noted that there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a park employee for the better part of a year, possibly two years. In mid-December the personnel committee met with six different applicants for the public works position and decided on Eley. The bulk of his wages will come from the utility. Swiontek said the committee worked hard when creating the budget to ensure there was no burden to the village budget, and that everything, including education for licensing, would come from the utlity. Eley had already accepted the offer from the village and was on hand at the meeting, stating that it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great honor to workâ&#x20AC;? for the village.

Other business â&#x20AC;˘ Village Police Chief Dan Clement presented the monthly police report, which stated there were 35 cases in the month of December, and 592 for 2015. The report also included mileage, fuel and maintenance costs for 2015.

Third-annual Osceola Firefighters Ball set for Feb. 13 Tickets available beginning this week to Osceola residents OSCEOLA - Back by popular demand, Big Bob and the High Rollers will once again be playing at the Osceola )LUHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUV%DOOWKLVZLQWHU On Saturday, Feb. 13, members of the Osceola Fire Department and the Osceola Lions Club are teaming up to host the third-annual fundraiser for the Friends of Osceola Fire and Rescue. Sponsored by Rick and Kathy Cottor, of Cottor Farms, the rock-n-roll band Big Bob and the High Rollers will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Custom Fire hangar at L.O. Simenstad Airport, 509 68th Ave., in Osceola. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for sale at the event.

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Family-owned operation hopes 1940s-era cabins available for rental in spring E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer HERTEL - Adjacent to the St. Croix Tribe community of Sand Lake, and down a narrow road from the tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s casino and headquarters at Hertel, is a 1940s classic North :RRGVUHVRUWORQJFORVHGZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YHVPDOOSLQHLQWHULRUFDELQVWXFNHGLQFORVHWRWKH lake and nestled in a grove of towering white pine and gnarled oak. At the roadside entrance to the resort is an old lodge with a Leinenkugelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sign out front. Mark Nelson and his family appeared before the Burnett County Land Use Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 5, where they successfully secured a conditional use permit allowing for the reopening of the resort. Nelson, who lives with his family in a lakehome on-site, inherited the resort from his parents, Don and Cora, who purchased the property, known as Bir Oaks Resort, in 1993. The history of the resort goes back to just after World War II. Ray and Clarine Mortlock owned and operated the resort for 50 years before selling to the Nelson family. As a boy, Mark Nelson would spend summers at the resort, working in housekeeping and maintenance. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;YHFDELQVDWWKHUHVRUWLQFOXGHWKUHHWZREHGURRPDQGWZRVPDOOHUXQLWV7KUHH of the cabins have lake frontage, within 50 feet of the shoreline. Nelson hopes to have the cabins ready for rental in spring. He also hopes to reopen the lodge as a small bait shop, convenience store and restaurant, selling wine and beer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really after opening a bar. We are after a resort-type lodge with the emphasis on cabin people and lake folks. We hope to keep it as an old-style lodge. Keep it a quiet environment.â&#x20AC;? Nelson said

%LU2DNVWKHRQO\UHVRUWRQ%LJ6DQG/DNH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Sand Lake is the second biggest lake in Burnett County. It has a very nice boat landing, which makes it a great lake for residents and nonresidents to frequent, knowing it will be easy to get a boat in and out of the lake,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan Benson, an attorney representing the Nelsons, in a written statement provided to the committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Big Sand Lake does not have is any type of enterprise for frequenters of the lake to obtain bait, supplies or other necessities. All the former resorts have been sold off. A bait shop, FRQYHQLHQFHVWRUHDQGUHVWDXUDQWZRXOGSURYLGHDVXEVWDQWLDOEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQKDYLQJDORcation one can quick shop at while on the lake. In addition, it would allow residents of the lake a place to meet. Despite the size and quality of Big Sand Lake, I am surprised E\KRZOLWWOHERDWWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FWKHUHLV$OORZLQJWKHUHRSHQLQJRI%LU2DNV5HVRUWLQP\ opinion, would in no way adversely affect the quality of the lake. .HHSLQJWKDWROG:LVFRQVLQUHVRUWWUDGLWLRQ For Nelson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;retaining our quiet surroundingsâ&#x20AC;? is essential to successfully reopening the Bir Oaks Resort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have worked for years to better the resort, and my personal goal is not only to build a business but also continue to improve the infrastructure of the property and to operate with no impact on the lake,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will strive to have this be a cutting-edge operation while keeping the old Wisconsin resort feeling that most of us remember growing up!â&#x20AC;? Nelson grew up at the Bir Oaks Resort. Prior to his family purchasing the operation they would spend summers at the resort. Keeping that old Wisconsin resort tradition

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with cornstarch mix if it is too thin and runny. You can use the sauce as dipping sauce for both the crab Rangoon and the Hawaiian chicken. Heat up your frying pan, and add 2â&#x20AC;? of oil. When oil is hot (sprinkle a drop of wine into oil, it splashes), then add crab Rangoon to oil, six to eight at a time. Take them out with strainer and put on a plate with paper towel to absorb the grease. Put them on a decorative plate +DZDLLDQFKLFNHQ IRUIRXU  with a bowl for sauce. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 lb. chicken, boneless After crab Rangoon, cook the chicken WKLJKFRUQVWDUFKĂ RXUHJJZDVK and brown both sides. When cooked, panko (Japanese bread crumbs). two to three minutes, strain them out Sauces: Crushed pineapple (small and put on a piece of paper towel. Put can), marmalade, vinegar, sugar, wine on a decorative plate, and pour sauces and ketchup (optional). on top, or mix them in a large bowl Methods: Cut chicken into bite size and then put on the platter. Garnish (2â&#x20AC;? x 1/2â&#x20AC;?) and season with salt and the plate with halved pineapple rings pepper. Dust chicken generously with Ă RXUFRUQVWDUFKPL[SXWFKLFNHQLQHJJ around (with a halved cherry on each piece), and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the hero! wash, and then coat with panko (or regEnjoy your festive New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner! ular bread crumbs). Set aside. I would recommend something dry Sauces: Heat up 2 cups of wine, and and spicy as the Hawaiian dish is a bit add 1/2 can crushed pineapple; add sweet. Try sauvignon blanc or gewurz1/2 cup marmalade. Mix well. Add 1/4 traminer. Enjoy! cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of sugar to taste (adjust to your liking). Thicken

Animal welfare workshop to be held ST. CROIX FALLS - An inaugural meetand-greet workshop for animal welfare advocates servicing Polk and St. Croix counties will meet Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1-3 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Public Library, 230 S. Washington St., St. Croix Falls. Animal welfare organizations with varied missions who communicate and

collaborate are able to provide greater resources to prevent companion animal suffering. To better serve the owned and homeless animals in Polk and St. Croix counties, educational and workshop opportunities will be presented by the Shelter Community Action Team throughout 2016. Citizens of the community are encouraged to participate.

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Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or FDOOLQJ5('&5266   Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their predonation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home

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or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A decline in the blood supply after the winter holidays is not uncommon, but it can be replenished when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,â&#x20AC;? said Sue Thesenga, communications manager for the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood.â&#x20AC;?

January is National Blood Donor Month, which has been observed since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations during the winter, one of the PRVWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWLPHVRIWKH\HDUWRFROOHFW enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and VHDVRQDOLOOQHVVHVOLNHWKHĂ XPD\FDXVH donors to be temporarily unable to give. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate for patients like Pyper Young, now 7 years old. The chemotherapy that treated Pyperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain cancer also caused her to need emergency transfusions to increase her blood levels. The Red Cross

About the writer: Bob Boyd and his wife, Lorraine, live on Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bone Lake. Bob has a byline in a Minnesota outdoors newspaper and his writing focus has been on short stories about his encounters and adventures. His stories have also appeared in Wisconsin publications and outdoor news websites. Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Write Right Now, WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.

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&DURXVHO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where did you go?â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to see if I could shoot another squirrel.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just stick with this one,â&#x20AC;? I replied. After skinning and cleaning the squirrel, it was time to look up some recipes for cooking squirrel. One website had 56 recipes. Yikes! I guess squirrel is a popular food item: Cajun squirrel, country squirrel, squirrel alfredo, squirrel kabobs and Belgium squirrel to name a few. Grandma suggested that we get Squirrel Helper. We chose oven-fried VTXLUUHO  HJJ Ă RXU DQG bread crumbs, then brown the meat. Joey browned the squirrel on the stove for 20 minutes, we then put it in the oven next to the pork chops Grandma was baking. 375 degrees for an hour, the recipe read. Nothing like the smell of squirrel and pork chops cooking in the oven to get a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appetite going. Sitting in a plate on

must collect about 14,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients like Pyper. An upcoming opportunity to give blood in Burnett County will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Webster Community Center, 7421 Main St. W. In Polk County, opportunities will be available Friday, Jan. 15, from 1- 7 p.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 415 Bridge Ave., in Star Prairie; and Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at the *HRUJHWRZQ/XWKHUDQ&KXUFKWK Ave./CTH G, in Balsam Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from American Red Cross

the countertop were the results of all our hard work: Tasty-looking squirrel meat. Time to dig in. I knew we were in trouble when, with JUHDWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW\,WULHGWRSHHOVRPHRIWKH meat off a hindquarter. Joey and I each tried some small, chipped-off fragments of squirrel meat. Not bad, huh? OK, I guess we overcooked it just a little bit. Uncle Dave, who was standing nearby, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bet you could pound nails with that thing.â&#x20AC;? Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pork chops sure tasted good though. Geezer Bob


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7KHYLHZ IURPKHUH Steve Pearson enforcement to the local news media is implicated in what the creators seem to believe is a case of justice gone wrong. Recordings of Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone calls from prison overlay scenes of the Avery homestead and surrounding areas throughout the series. Avery retains a remarkable stoicism, both in these recordings and at his trial, though at different junctures, he suggests heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contemplating suicide if found guilty. But as you watch his trial unfold, misconduct on the part of the authorities and a glaring lack of evidence make it increasingly hard to see how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be convicted. For starters, after the Manitowoc County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department is told to stay away from the case, two of their detectives end up doing searches of the SURSHUW\DQGMXVWKDSSHQWRĂ&#x20AC;QGFUXFLDO pieces of evidence. Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyers dress the two down in cross-examination, and you have to think the jury will question the legitimacy of their discoveries. And then there is the total lack of physical evidence - no blood and no DNA in Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trailer despite the early assertion by the prosecutor, dramatically presented at a press conference, that the young woman was raped and her throat slashed in Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom. The bone fragments that are found in a burn pit behind Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage are also found in two other places on the property, but again there is no trail of blood leading to these areas. And the squashed bullet found in the garage by the Manitowoc detective who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to be

there is the only evidence to support the prosecutorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revised contention that the murder occurred in that garage - no blood spatters of any kind anywhere. Numerous other troubling circumstances give jurors plenty to ponder, but in the end, Avery is found guilty of two of the original six counts including Ă&#x20AC;UVWGHJUHHKRPLFLGH$MXURUZKRLV excused after deliberations have begun but before a verdict is reached reveals that the original vote was 7 to 3 for a not-guilty verdict (with two undecided), and he implies that vote trading and LQWLPLGDWLRQDIIHFWHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDORXWFRPH so even the behavior of the jury is called into question. The last three episodes of the series recount the trial of Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nephew, Brendan Dassey, who has an IQ of 70 and an air of innocence that belies the gruesomeness of the crimes he allegedly helped commit. You watch actual footage of investigators extracting a confession from Dassey, who is more concerned with missing Wrestlemania and turning in his school project due that day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart-wrenching to see the interrogators poke and prod the overmatched youngster until they get the confession they want. Dasseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original court-appointed lawyer, Len Kachinsky of Appleton, a smiley-faced, inept, vacuous sort of fellow, is clearly convinced his client is guilty and tries to steer him toward a plea agreement. Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kelly, Kachinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigator, strings Dassey along with the promise of release if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just confess. Kachinsky is removed from the case by the judge after failing to be present when his client was interrogated, Ă&#x20AC;UVWE\2¡.HOO\DQGWKHQE\GHWHFWLYHV from Manitowoc County. His next court-appointed lawyer brings in a peer with experience in homicide cases, but the two seem to lack passion and the defense they mount is lukeZDUPDWEHVW,WSURYHVWREHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWR

overcome two video-taped confessions, coerced or not, and in the end, Dassey is found guilty of murder, sexual assault and mutilating a corpse, and is currently serving a life sentence with no possibilLW\RISDUROHXQWLOZKHQKH¡OOEH Avery was no Boy Scout in his youth, and the prosecution uses his reputation in the community to their advantage. $WKHSOHDGVJXLOW\WREXUJODUL]LQJ a bar, and two years later, he sets a cat RQĂ&#x20AC;UHGRLQJMDLOWLPHIRUERWK%XWD defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past transgressions canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be considered in new cases unless they call into question his credibility. Still, it appears Avery was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion long before his case ever came to trial. If there was ever a case in need of a change of venue, this is it. As of Jan. 10, almost 400,000 signatures had been collected at change.org calling for the pardon of Avery. And a petition at whitehouse.gov quickly collected over 100,000 signatures, surpassing the threshold needed for a response by the president, who noted last week that the crimes Avery was convicted of are state offenses and therefore not pardonable by him. Gov. Walker commented the next day, saying he had no plans for a pardon, and that Avery could seek redress in a higher court, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to review either manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, meaning that their options for appeal have been exhausted unless new evidence turns up that PLJKWKDYHLPSDFWHGWKHFDVHVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;cantly. Time will tell if the interest generated by this series leads to new possibilities for the two men. A Chicago lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, announced ODWHODVWZHHNWKDWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UPKDGDJUHHG to represent Avery in future legal action along with Tricia Bushnell, legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project, so stay tuned.

Prepare Series continues FREDERIC - The Wilderness Fellowship Ministries is excited to continue its Prepare Series in 2016. Attorney Jason Brown will guide participants through the estate planning and probate process. Estate planning is one of the most important things you can do

to protect the people you love. Without a properly executed plan, you have no control over what will happen after you die or become incapacitated. The public is invited to hear Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a lively discussion con-

cerning wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and probate avoidance. This session is free, but a freewill offering will be received to cover expenses. Registration is required as seating is limited. When making a reservation, say

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\HDUVDJR A four-car accident happened on Christmas Eve on Hwy. 70. It started when Melvin Buskirk, from Siren, inadvertently pulled onto the highway into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was being followed by his wife in her car. She stopped when she saw the accident, and then was rear-ended by another car. All four vehicles had considerable damage, but no one was seriously injured.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mona Johnson, 22, from Chicago, died when a pistol accidentally discharged on Christmas Eve at the home of Joseph Zappa near Hertel.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;A reprinted item in Clyde Kunzeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sportscope column claimed Minnesota had a better deer management system, saying Minnesota had an average 42-percent success rate for hunters bagging a deer during the previous four years, comSDUHGZLWK:LVFRQVLQ¡VSHUFHQWDQG0LFKLJDQ¡V percent. The main differences were that Minnesota allowed hunters to shoot any deer instead of only bucks, and was doing a better job of preserving winter habitat for deer.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Frederic Theatre showed the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worldâ&#x20AC;? during the week that included New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The ad said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been funny is in it.â&#x20AC;? That included Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, and more.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Walter Bille, son of John Bille, Luck, was promoted to claims supervisor and transferred from Superior to Terre Haute, Ind., working for the Social Security Administration.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Albert Lade, Luck, and Harold Graber, Turtle Lake, won the frozen pig from Milltown Co-op by submitting the same guess as to the weight, which was off by only 2 ounces. They were going to split the pig.

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/LEUDU\/RYHV<RX0RQWK We at the library are immensely thankful to our community for their ongoing support. We want to give a little something back to our neighbors during Cupidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s month. In honor of the Grantsburg community we will be celebrating â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Library Loves You Monthâ&#x20AC;? in February. Each day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be offering a different gift to the community!

(YHQWGDWHV Â&#x2021;0RQGD\)HEWKURXJK)ULGD\)HE 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blind Date with a Book Week â&#x20AC;˘ Monday, Feb. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Read off your Fines Day â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, Feb. 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free 30 minutes of technology assistance â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, Feb. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free book for )UHHWD[DVVLVWDQFH kids at preschool story time Schedule an appointment to meet with Â&#x2021;7KXUVGD\)HE²)UHHVFKRROHDUvolunteers from the AARP tax prepara- ly-release program tion program. Upcoming appointment â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, Feb. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free card replaceopenings are offered the mornings of Feb. ment day 4, 5, 11 and 12. Call the library to schedâ&#x20AC;˘ Saturday, Feb. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free donut mornXOHDQDSSRLQWPHQWDQGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWLI\RX ing qualify for the program, 715-463-2244. â&#x20AC;˘ Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. program. Many great volunteers are already signed up to read one-on-one with 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Waldo Week area youth for the after-school reading %RDUGDWWKHOLEUDU\ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to the good old days on Mon- 9ROXQWHHUVQHHGIRUDIWHUVFKRROUHDG program, but we still need more volunteers. This is a growing program! Call the days at 1 p.m. Bring out your deck of LQJSURJUDP cards or an old-fashioned board game. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and library if you are interested, 715-463-2244. The libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning center will be re- Thursdays for the after-school reading served for people who want to play board +RWUHDGVIRUFROGQLJKWV While away the winter days with the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adult reading program. Each time you read a library book, complete an entry form for your chance to win prizes. This program runs Jan. 4-29.

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We started on Wednesday and there were three people. We are hoping that more will be interested in our new activity at the library, open for all to enjoy. It is not a tournament - just some fun playing ping-pong no matter what your skill level. Please join us at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in January - we may need to adjust the time in February due to the AARP tax preparation schedule.

$GXOWERRNFOXE The title for our January book club discussion is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accidental Empressâ&#x20AC;? by Allison Pataki. We meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month except December in the Nexen Room. Everyone is welcome, even if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had time to read the book. Books are available )ULHQGVRIWKH/LEUDU\ at the circulation desk - just call the liThe Friends of the Library wild rice brary to reserve your copy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New York cookbooks are on sale at the library and Times best-seller, the love story of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sisi,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the coffee shop for $12. Hungarian Empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;captivating, absorbing, 3UHVFKRROVWRU\WLPH ,VODPVSHFLDOVWXGLHV Please join us every Wednesday morn- and beautifully told.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Kathleen Grissom). Larsen Family Public Library in Webster will be offering a special series of ing at 10:30 a.m. for stories, snacks, activi- 7KH\HDULVDQGWKH+DEVEXUJVDUH studies dealing with Islam during Jan- ties and socialization (for the children and Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most powerful ruling family. uary and February 2016. Topics will in- the adults!) Everyone is welcome - we With his empire stretching from Austria clude The Five Pillars of Islam; and Islam love to see new faces. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emand Jesus; Islam and Jews and Chris- our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten pro- peror Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisatians; Islam and charity; Islam and vio- gram - babies love to hear your voice! beth, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sisi,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Duchess of Bavaria, travels to OHQFH ,VODP DQG Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH ,VODP DQG WKH the Habsburg Court with her older sister, Islamic State. The intent of these studies 'HEWUHGXFWLRQFDPSDLJQ is to share factual information about this We have reached the $50,000 mark. who is betrothed to the young emperor. world religion in order to help people cre- Thanks to all the people who have so But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi ate a well-informed response to Islam and generously donated to our libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt Ă&#x20AC;QGVKHUVHOILQDQXQH[SHFWHGGLOHPPD she has inadvertently fallen for and won Muslims. The studies will be sponsored reduction fund. the heart of her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groom. Franz Joby area congregations of the Evangelical seph reneges on his earlier proposal and Lutheran Church in America, and will be $$53WD[KHOS led by the Rev. Carl Heidel, former assisAARP offers free tax help to low- and declares his intention to marry Sisi intant professor at Spring Arbor University moderate-income taxpayers, especially stead. Thrust onto the throne of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Michigan where he taught World Reli- those 60 and older. AARP will be here at most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upgions. Study sessions will meet Jan. 15, the library to help you with your taxes sets political and familial loyalties in her 22 and 29, and Feb. 5, in the community starting in February. We have the sign-up quest to win, and keep, the love of her room of the library from 10:30 a.m. until sheets now. Help will be available on emperor, her people, and of the world. noon. There is no charge for this pro- Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays With Patakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich period detail and cast gram, but registration is required. To reg- WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGWKLUGZHHNVRI)HEUXDU\DQG of complex, bewitching characters, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The LVWHUFDOORUHPDLOOLEUDULDQ 0DUFKDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRZHHNVRI$SULO Accidental Empressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;another abPatti Meyer at pmeyer@webster.wislib. 3OHDVHFDOOWKHOLEUDU\DWWR solutely compelling storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Mary Higgins Clark) with this glimpse into one of histoorg if you are interested in attending. make an appointment.

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7D[IRUPV The IRS will not be sending tax instructions to the library this year, just the forms, so this is just a reminder to order your tax instructions early from the IRS. We will have a small choice of forms here. Here is the Internet link to order from the Federal IRS: irs.gov/formspubs. You can DOVR WHOHSKRQH \RXU UHTXHVW WR  3676. We ordered forms and instructions from the Wisconsin IRS - Tax Form 1, 1A and WI-Z and Homestead Tax. This is the Wisconsin tax website URL: revenue. wi.gov/individuals/, and this is their SKRQHQXPEHU 1HZO\DFTXLUHGPDWHULDOV -XYHQLOH â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Share a Bearâ&#x20AC;? by Eric Pinder â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water is Waterâ&#x20AC;? by Miranda Paul â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly Awayâ&#x20AC;? by Patricia MacLachlan +RXUVDQGLQIRUPDWLRQ Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. 1 p.m. For more information, contact the OLEUDU\DWZHEVLWHZHEVWHU wislib.org. Online catalog: merlin.nwls. lib.wi.us/search.

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Kinship featured match: Rachel and Becky POLK COUNTY - Often the thing in life that produces the most trepidation, causing XVWRSDXVHIURPWDNLQJWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWVWHSIRUZDUGWRZDUGDQHZFDUHHUDQHZIULHQGVKLS or even a kind act, is simply the unknown. Will I succeed? How will others perceive me? Will I be enough? However, the converse is also true. Many joyous chapters have been written, horizons expanded and hearts touched as a result of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courage, perhaps your own. Becky Kjeseth did just that. Amid her own concerns that she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough, or offer enough fun, she decided to step forward and mentor a spunky young girl named Rachel. Three years later, this delightful pair is a hoot. They enjoy going to movies together, walking Kjesethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog, Sophie, playing catch or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mermaidâ&#x20AC;? house or baking. However, by far, Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite thing is just going to Kjesethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, no matter the DFWLYLW\.MHVHWKĂ&#x20AC;JXUHVLWLVEHFDXVH5DFKHOHQMR\VKDYLQJWKHDWWHQWLRQRIEHLQJDQ only child. She often feels like she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But,â&#x20AC;? she added, a little surprised, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rachel doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care.â&#x20AC;? Even after they have gone out to eat or to the movies, Rachel always wants to go to her house to simply spend time with Kjeseth. At Kjesethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, Rachel has found a treasure of support, fun and another loving adult telling her that she is a fantastic young lady and, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you are marvelous!â&#x20AC;? What more important message could a young girl hear? â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing I have discovered,â&#x20AC;? Kjeseth said in parting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about being there.â&#x20AC;? Indeed. .LQVKLSRI3RON&RXQW\LVDQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WPHQWRULQJRUJDQL]DWLRQWKDWZRUNVWRLPSURYH the quality of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life by establishing a relationship with a caring volunteer for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community. If you know of D\RXQJSHUVRQZKRFRXOGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WIURPWKHVXSSRUWRIDPHQWRURULI\RXRUVRPHRQH \RXNQRZFRXOGSURYLGHD\RXQJSHUVRQZLWKVXSSRUWSOHDVHFRQWDFWWKHLURIĂ&#x20AC;FHIRU 5DFKHOOHIWHQMR\VVSHQGLQJWLPHZLWKKHU3RON&RXQW\.LQVKLSPHQWRU%HFN\.MHVHWKz3KRWR PRUHLQIRUPDWLRQ7RFRQWDFWWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHFDOOHPDLOPHQWRULQJ#SRONNLQ- VXEPLWWHG ship.org or visit their website at polkkinship.org. - from Polk County Kinship

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%HUQDUG - -DFTXH  RI 7KRUS :LV SDVVHG DZD\ RQ)ULGD\-DQDW2DNEURRN+HDOWK 5HKDELQ Thorp. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at St. Bernard - St. Hedwigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Thorp. 7KH 5HY -DQXV] .RZDOVNL RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWHG and burial will be at St. Bernardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Pallbearers were Harvey Rossman, Jerry Brenner, Lawrence Walteraitis, Jeff Schesel, Farron Schesel and Mitch Jacque. Honorary pallbearer was Cliff Schmidt. Visitation was held at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Bernie was born Jan. 10, 1927, in the Town of Reseburg, rural Thorp, to Henry (Hans) and Justina (Wink) Jacque. After completing his education, Bernie took over his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm, before purchasing his own farm about two miles away. Bernie was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Schommer on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Frederic, Wis. He enjoyed family gatherings, eating and cooking, SODQWLQJĂ RZHUVDQGWHQGLQJWRKLVJDUGHQĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJSOD\ing cards, riding horses, raising animals, but especially enjoyed spending time with his 10 grandchildren and watching them grow. Bernie is survived by his three sons, all of Thorp, Joseph (Sheri) Jacque and their children, Ben, Sam and Max; David â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaverâ&#x20AC;? (Diane) Jacque and their children, Ashley, Brooklyn and Bailey; Michael (Debra) Jacque and their children, Mitchell, Abigail, Chloey and Paige Patricia; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patsy; one brother, Anton Jacque; and one sister, Lucy Brenner. The family would like to thank the staff at Oakbrook Allen Keith Ormson passed away peacefully on Jan. Health & Rehab, and the Ministry Hospice staff, for the 9, 2016, in Luck, Wis., at the United Pioneer Home. He care and support they gave to Bernie. lived 77 wonderful years. Online condolences may be directed to cuddiefh.com. He is remembered as a cherished Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arhusband, father, grandfather, brother rangements. and friend. Al left this world a better place because he was a part of it. His career path in education was inspirational and varied. Upon graduation from UW-River Falls in 1963, he became a teacher/coach in the Durand, Wis., school system. Highlights of that time included two trips to the ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The public is invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;You state basketball tournament in 1969 and 1970. He com- Can!!!â&#x20AC;? luncheon, sponsored by River Valley Christian pleted his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree at Winona State University, :RPHQ¡V&RQQHFWLRQDWDPRQ0RQGD\-DQ then became superintendent of schools at Weyerhaeuser, This month the group will meet at the Alliance Church :LVLQ/XFNEHFDPHWKH2UPVRQV¡KRPHLQ of the Valley, 1259 Hwy. 35, St. Croix Falls. Jean Peterson where Al was the superintendent until his retirement in will speak on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Oneâ&#x20AC;? and will also provide the music. The special feature will be Robin Herr, dieti $O ZDV DQ DYLG RXWGRRUVPDQ DV D KXQWHU Ă&#x20AC;VKHUPDQ cian from St. Croix Regional Medical Center, who will and lover of nature. He enjoyed an occasional round of talk about how to read food labels. Participants are asked golf with friends, but never took the game too seriously! to bring a canned good for the local food shelves. Come for the food prepared by Jon Ekstrom, caterer, He spent many hours in his beautiful gardens where produce of every kind was abundant. Music was so import- and meet some new friends. First-timers are most welant in his life, he loved to sing, but most of all he was a come as this is not a club but an opportunity to be todancer. He and his wife, Mary Ann, traveled the world gether with other women. Come each month or as often with friends and family, enjoying trips to Budapest, to as you can. Reservations and cancellations are necessary by Bucerias and points beyond, as well as times at Birch contacting Betty at 651-592-7416 or Mary at 715-554Lakes, the Iron River and the Blue Hills of Wisconsin. Al was a man who had the courage of his convictions, 2330. The cost is $10 inclusive for the luncheon with SURJUDP)RUVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FTXHVWLRQVRUFRQVLGHUDWLRQV'HQD and his integrity was an example to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann; son, can be reached prior to the luncheon at 715-755-2463. David (Sandy) Ormson; daughter, Krista (Darren) Varley; submitted grandchildren (who were his heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delight), Sarah Ormson and Ryan Ormson; sisters, Shirley Hover and Char (Bill) Bohmer; brother, Duane (Judy) Ormson; brothersin-law, Dick McGough and Paul (Kathy) McGough; sisters-in-law, Pat Nulman, Liz Jones, Mary McGough and Kathy (Jim) Batstone; many nieces and nephews and a The family of Julie Richter would like to thank host of special friends. everyone for the love, support and prayers Al was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and given to us during this time. The cards and Grace Ormson; son, Jon Ormson; brother, Dean Ormson; flowers have brought us daily joy and comfort. brothers-in-law, Allen Hover, John McGough and Fen Julie is deeply missed, but her memories will be Jones; and sister-in-law, Karen McGough.  kept alive in our hearts and home forever. Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family would like to thank the Luck community 3W With love, The Richter Family for their support during this journey, as well as the entire staff of the United Pioneer Home for their care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cry because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, smile because it happened.â&#x20AC;? - Dr. Seuss Memorial services will be held at the Luck Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 16. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at noon. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, rowefh.com, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest WisWe have such gratitude for our awesome famconsin Cremation Center, wicremationcenter.com. ily, friends and community at large. Luck, Wisconsin, is a great place to live. While mourning the loss of a loved one, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an even better place to live. We would like to extend a warm thank-you to all who have supported us during this difficult time. The prayers, calls, texts, cards, Thank you to everyone who was at the plants, gifts, kind words, hugs, meals and time funeral service for Beatrice Lee. spent with us at the funeral/visitation; we have There were cards and gifts given with no felt the love and support and our hearts are address left with names. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to thank grateful. Thank you. 5RQDOG/HH&DUOVRQRI&HQWXULD:LVSDVVHGDZD\ )ULGD\-DQDWKLVKRPHZLWKKLVORYLQJIDPLO\DW his side. Ron was born April 16, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Gunnard and Evelyn (Granso) Carlson. Ron was retired from the Polk County Highway Department where he worked for 26 years. He was an DYLG Ă&#x20AC;VKHUPDQ DQG KXQWHU VSHQGLQJ much of his time on the lakes or in the woods. He also served his country in the United States Navy from November 1955 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NovemEHURQWKH866-RVHSK3.HQQHG\-U''DQG LQKHPDUULHG&DURO0DULH-RKQVRQ Ron leaves to celebrate his memory his children, Steve (Robbie) Carlson, Osceola, Wis.; Shirley (Clarion) Lane, Luck, Wis.; Ron (Brenda) Carlson Jr., Milltown, Wis.; Tammy (Ron) Beckwith, Centuria; Theresa (Keith) Hinrichs, Menomonie, Wis.; grandchildren, Alec, Shannon, Heather, Matthew, Travis, Ron, Tony, Krystal, Ricky, Brittany, Cody, Tosha, Nathan, Nick, Nick, Alysse and Chris; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gunnard and Evelyn Carlson; one brother; and one sister. He was also preceded in death by granddaughter Megan Carlson in infancy. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria. Ronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family will greet guests at the funeral home beginning at 6 p.m. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

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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) www.bethesdalutheran.ws 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 bllc@lakeland.ws 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.; christlutheranpipelake.com 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 faithlutheran@lakeland.ws 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 myfaithlutheran.org 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; tflutheran.org Sun. Worship 9 a.m. (Memorial Day - Labor Day) FIRST LUTHERAN - CUSHING Pastor Marilyn Crossfield, cushingparish.org 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) serving@georgetownlutheran.net 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, cushingparish.org Sun. Wor. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:45 a.m. LUCK LUTHERAN Pastor Ralph Thompson - 715-977-0694 Office 715-472-2605; lucklutheran.org 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 newhopelutheranchurch.org 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gâ&#x20AC;? 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 plcdresser.org 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. pilgrimlutheranfrederic.org 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. JOHNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. ST. PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 www.trinity.osceola.com 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, yellowlakelutheranchurch.org 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.

PRESBYTERIAN

PRESBYTERIAN

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

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 htslumc@gmail.com 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 osceolaunitedmethodistchurch@gmail.com 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freddieâ&#x20AC;? 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

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

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

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

EVANGELICAL

EVANGELICAL

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. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

BAPTIST

EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. 1816 108th St., CTH I Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411 eastbalsam.org 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; fbcamery.org; Email: churchoffice@fbcamery.org 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cure for the Common Churchâ&#x20AC;? 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; info@gracechurchosceola.com Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.; tradelakebaptistchurch.org

CHURCH OF CHRIST

CHURCH OF CHRIST

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

WESLEYAN

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

FULL GOSPEL

FULL GOSPEL

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.

CHRISTIAN CENTER

CHRISTIAN CENTER

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

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN

CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX

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; holyx.net Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE

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.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

ST. CROIX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 715-483-1113 201 N. Adams, St. Croix Falls

NONDENOMINATIONAL

NONDENOMINATIONAL

CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 28509 CTH H, 1/8 mi. north of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad 715-635-4816 crossroadschurch@gmail.com Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 MyOmc.org/specialtyserv 1chapel.php Chapel open daily for meditation.

INTERDENOMINATIONAL

INTERDENOMINATIONAL

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 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. ST. PETERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMMUNITY CHURCH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith on Purposeâ&#x20AC;? (Love God, Love People...period) faithonpurpose.org CTH F, Dresser, 715-553-1800, Pastor Rick VanGundy Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x2013; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Women over 18 focus group at the hospital, 8-9 a.m. RSVP at 715-268-0365.

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

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Cumberland â&#x20AC;˘ The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease program at Cumberland Healthcare, 4-5:30 p.m., 800-272-3900, alz.org/gwwi.

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

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â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Descendants,â&#x20AC;? rated G, showing at the library, 4:30 p.m., 715-485-3215.

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

Milltown

Danbury

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Ladies Night Out at Voyager Village, 5-9 p.m., 715-2593910.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Older Wiser Learning Series at Crex Meadows, 1011 a.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett Garden Club meeting at the high school, 6:30 p.m., Burnettgardenclub.blogspot.com.

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

Milltown

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

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

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Siren

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

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

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Falun

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

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

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â&#x20AC;˘ Meet-and-greet workshop for animal welfare advocates serving Polk and St. Croix counties at the library, 1-3 p.m., 715-501-8488, tanyaborg@hotmail.com.

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Volunteer fair at Unity School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-4859280, 715-497-5824. â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee and Crayons at the library, 10:30 a.m., 715-4853215.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2014; Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Organizational meeting for Family Days volunteers at Frederic Art Center, facebook.com/fredericareachamber, 7 p.m.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Amish pancake breakfast at Hackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 7-10 a.m., 715327-9969. â&#x20AC;˘ Estate planning seminar by Jason Brown at Wilderness Fellowship. Register ASAP. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-3278564.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m., 715-472-2030.

Grantsburg

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

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett County Republican Party meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-349-2859.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Chicken fry at the VFW, 4:30-7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

Webb Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.

â&#x20AC;˘ Ice ball at Oak Ridge Inn, oakridgecampground.com, 715-259-3346.

Webster

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x161; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275, amerych.com.

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St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ River Valley Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection program & lunch at Alliance Church, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to 715-5542330.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Food and Friends Community Dinner at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5 p.m.

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Rice Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Farm show at Cedar Mall, exhibits, displays, etc., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., northcountryenterprises.com.

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

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Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Friends meeting at the library, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-4979, fredericlibrary.org.

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

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ History of Maple Syrup Making at the Luck Museum, 7 p.m.

Milltown

Clam Falls

Luck

â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233. â&#x20AC;˘ ,QIRUPDOĂ&#x20AC;EHUDUWVJURXSat the library. Bring a project, 1-3 p.m.

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Canoeist Natalie Warren to speak at the library, 7 p.m., 715-483-1777.

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

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

St. Croix Falls

Osceola

Webster

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

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the community center, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., redcrossblood.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Monthly meeting at the senior center, 12:30 p.m.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support meeting at the library, 2 p.m., 715-220-3193. â&#x20AC;˘ Lake Country Pedalers Bicycle Club meeting at Cog & Sprocket bike shop, 5:30 p.m., facebook.com/lakecountrypedalers.

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Leader | Jan 13 | 2015