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Frost clings to a branch that gracefully arches upward during a period of warmer tempeatures this past week, following a cold spell that saw temperatures dip to well below zero. Temperatures rose into the 30s this week with the promise of a January thaw. - Photo submitted

FIRST READ WEBSTER - Larsen Family Public Library in Webster is offering a special series of studies dealing with Islam. Topics include The Five Pillars of Islam; Islam and Jesus; Islam and Jews and Christians; Islam and charity; Islam and violence; Islam and finance; Islam and the Islamic State. The intent of these studies is to share factual information about this world religion in order to help people create a well-informed response to Islam and Muslims. The studies will be sponsored by area congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and are being led by the Rev. Carl Heidel, former assistant professor at Spring Arbor University in Michigan where he taught world religions. Two study sessions remain - Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 in the community room of the library from 10:30 a.m. until noon. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required. To register call 715-8667697 or email the librarian, Patti Meyer, at if you are interested in attending. - with submitted information

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WITC engine repair students ace national exams When it comes to diagnosing and repairing engines, students in WITC’s Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Product Technician program are at the top of the class. Only halfway through the nine-month program, this year’s students took the Equipment and Engine Training Council’s national certification exams and every student passed handily. Instructor Dave Brown says the EETC administrator was impressed, saying that while WITC students always do well, this group was notable. “I’m really proud of these guys,” Brown says. “It’s an important certification to get and they’ve worked hard to achieve this goal.” The EETC is a national certification for power sports equipment equivalent to the Automobile Service Excellence certification. Students pay to take the exams to receive the respected certification. WITC-New Richmond students receiving the EETC designation are Colin Schulte, Hammond; Dustin Krueger, St. Croix Falls; Jason Haferbecker, Grantsburg; Mike Cook, Cumberland; and Tim Kuschel, St. Paul. Students learn to troubleshoot, service and repair recreational and lawn equipment. For more information about the program, which is now accepting fall applications, visit Shown (L to R) are Krueger, Schulte, instructor Brown, Haferbecker and Cook. Not pictured: Kuschel. - Photo submitted

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Shell Lake Arts Center Art of Film series continues on Saturday, Jan. 30, with the viewing of the American film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” hosted by Justin Peck. This film is rated R for language and some sexual references. Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. On Saturday, Feb. 6, a Swedish film, “Force Majeure,” will be hosted by Dan Anderson. This film is rated R for some language and brief nudity. On Saturday, Feb. 13, is a collection of short films hosted by Kevin Obsatz. Obsatz, who runs Cellular Cinema screening series in Minneapolis, will present some historical examples from the history of experimental film, followed by contemporary short works from Minnesota-based artists and filmmakers. Films are projected on a 9’x16’ screen, starting at 7 p.m. in the center’s cafeteria/conference room, and there is plenty of seating. Audience members are also welcome to bring their own comfortable, folding chairs if they prefer. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available. Admission is by freewill donation with a suggested donation of $7 a person. The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation. The arts center is located at 802 First St. in Shell Lake, two blocks off Hwy. 63. The south doors that face First Street are the entry doors for the film series. For more information go to, the Shell Lake Arts Center Facebook page, or call 715-468-2414. — from SLAC

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Benefit planned for Georgia Cederberg; Siren’s Chamber’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year needs community support LEFT: The Cederbergs enjoyed a family wedding in October before finding out that Georgia has stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized throughout her body. A benefit is planned for her at Siren School on Friday, Feb. 12. Her family is shown (L to R): Raymond, Georgia, Dave, Gayle, 9, Alicia, Julia, 14, and husband Mike. – Photo submitted A spaghetti dinner, silent auction, bake sale and T-shirt fundraiser are being planned for Friday, Feb. 12, at the Siren School. The benefit is the same night that Siren battles Grantsburg in a doubleheader basketball game. This is not the only battle taking place. Siren School Board member and Siren royalty program chair, Georgia Cederberg, is fighting her battle. Cederberg was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in October 2015. She has already had 10 days of brain radiation and an additional 10 days on her hip and spine. Cederberg recently had surgery to remove her ovaries. The next round of treatment includes following up with a brain MRI and new drug regimen.The Cederberg family is fairly new to the community but has blended seamlessly into the fabric of Siren. Her husband, Mike, has his own trucking business and their two children attend Siren Schools. Just before her diagnosis, the Cederbergs welcomed Alicia Johnson, daughter of Frederic natives Billy and Lynn Johnson, into their family through the marriage of Mike’s son, Dave. The freewill dinner starts at 5 p.m. with basketball games at 5:45 p.m. The silent auction and bake sale will continue throughout the evening. Special Team Georgia T-shirts are available by preordering through Ryan Karsten at Siren School. To request an order form, email All orders must be in by Friday, Feb. 5. All money raised will help the family with medical bills and related expenses. If you are interested in donating to the silent auction or need additional details, contact Candy Johnson at 715-222-6541 or Brandy Horstman at Monetary donations can be sent to U.S. Bank, Attn: Georgia Cederberg, P.O. Box 502, Siren, WI 54872 Please join the Cederberg family for dinner and show your support in their battle. - Becky Strabel | Staff writer

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CAP focuses on long-term strategy Citizens Against Poverty seeks holistic, long-term strategy to address issues related to poverty E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - On the same day that world leaders, financiers and controllers of Earth’s natural resources met in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Summit, a handful of citizens gathered in the Burnett County Government Center to discuss poverty and other societal impacts of globalization and a changing economic order. Carl Heidel and Patti Hurd are leaders of a local organization called Citizens Against Poverty, whose guiding principal is to examine poverty at a holistic level, hoping to craft viable solutions to stem the tide of poverty in Burnett County. CAP began in spring of 2012, as an offshoot of a food-security group that Heidel organized while serving as pastor of a local church. The idea for CAP emerged upon the realization that providing emergency food services to needy citizens failed to address poverty in a comprehensive manner.

Holistic approach CAP met on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Burnett County Government Center in Siren to begin the process of developing a long-term strategy to combat poverty in Burnett County. CAP works with local health providers and social service agencies “to identify evidence-based models that encourage best practices for addressing the root causes of poverty without duplicating services,” according to information supplied by CAP. “How are the economic needs of different population groups in our community being met? Are they economically secure? What can we do so that people have economic opportunity?” asked Patti Hurd, whose background is in social services, having previously worked as director of refugee employment services with a Lutheran social service agency. Hurd also did a stint with the Peace Corps, working at a refugee camp in Thailand. She moved to Burnett County in 2009. Three areas of focus CAP has identified three focus areas to enable residents experiencing poverty to better their economic condition. These

other activities. In the evenings the young people are offered classes in resume building and basic adult education.

Long-term strategy “What we need is a long-term strategy, very carefully articulated,” said Heidel, as the CAP group discussed with Huggenvik development of a regional plan to drive workforce and economic development. Ideas discussed include establishing a local job center, improving the soft skills of job applicants and developing a cultural infrastructure for Burnett County. “Citizens Against Poverty members understand that long-term solutions to tackling poverty will take time and patience but in the long run it is comprehensive solutions that will create real change,” a statement provided by CAP states. Residents interested in working with CAP are welcome to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, or may call Patti Hurd at 715-349-7880.

Patti Hurd and Carl Heidel of Citizens Against Poverty meet to discuss long-term strategies to combat poverty in Burnett County. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson include: providing affordable transportation services that will enable low-income residents who may not have a car to get to jobs, medical appointments and shopping; improving communication between social service agencies and act as a clearinghouse to connect residents to available services.

Improving economic opportunities. Among CAP’s early successes are the establishment of a ride share program and developing a partnership with the Polk-Burnett Transportation Coordination Committee. Healthy Burnett One of the agencies CAP has partnered with is Healthy Burnett, which was formed in 2013 in response to a community health needs assessment conducted by Burnett Medical Center, Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services-public health, and the St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic. Addressing mental health issues was determined to be Healthy Burnett’s single most significant area of focus. Toward this end, they work with Northwest

Passage on its I am Stronger campaign in local schools, among other activities.

Workforce Investment Board CAP meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Burnett County Government Center, Room 165. The guest speaker for January was Andrea Huggenvik, industry sector coordinator with Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board. The investment board is a federal Department of Labor initiative that operates One-Stop Career Centers and employment training services. One initiative of local interest undertaken by the Workforce Investment Board is the Crex Meadows Youth Conservation Camp. Established in 1996, the camp works with high school kids who are deemed at-risk and economically disadvantaged. The camp offers an overnight camping experience, allowing kids to get in touch with nature, while teaching life and work skills. The students work with Habitat for Humanity, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other regional organizations, building homes and trails, among

Local man sentenced to 60 months federal prison Pleads guilty to role in meth conspiracy MADISON – A 25-year-old Webster man has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Adam Evans was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 26, by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson. Evans sentence is to be followed by three years of supervised release. Evans had previously pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy with Jerry Vang to distribute methamphetamine in Northwest Wisconsin in early 2015. In 2012, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the FBI and comprised of federal, state and local investigators began investigating the importation and distribution of methamphetamine

Correction In the story titled Dominion over Wisconsin Lakes near complete, in our Jan. 13 issue, a quote “If dredging happens we can kiss it all goodbye - if people are allowed to restructure their shoreline it’ll be awful,” was incorrectly attributed to Burnett County Zoning Administrator Jason Towne. The statement was made by committee member Phil Lindeman. We apologize for the error.

in Burnett and Polk counties. According to a news release issued by John W. Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Vang’s vehicle was stopped by law enforcement Adam Evans on March 30, 2015, and Evans was with Vang in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a baggie containing approximately 13 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging material consistent with drug distribution, digital scales and firearms. Vang was sentenced to 120 months in

federal prison on Oct. 19, 2015. He pleaded guilty to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil praised the outstanding cooperation among all law enforcement agencies involved in addressing the problem of methamphetamine use in Northwest Wisconsin. In addition to the FBI, the task force included the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Polk, Burnett and Washburn County Sheriff’s Departments; the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force; and the St. Croix Tribal Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Anderson. - Gary King with information from the office of U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil

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Peterson announces Assembly bid NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Jeff Peterson of rural Luck has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 28th Assembly District seat. The 28th District includes most of Polk County, southern and western portions of Burnett County, and the Town of Somerset in St. Croix County. Peterson will oppose first-term Rep. Adam Jarchow in next November’s general election. “Republicans in Madison, including Representative Jarchow, have failed to act on the things that matter most to the people of northwestern Wisconsin,” said Peterson. “I want to help redirect the Legislature’s attention to focus on things that matter most to the people of Jeff Peterson the 28th District – healthy local economies, fully funded public schools and government that is clean and open with its citizens.” Peterson said he is especially concerned with the Walker administration’s attacks on the ability of local units of government to enact zoning and land use regulations tailored to their own needs. “Republicans once championed the idea of local control,” he said. “Now they act as if Madison knows best. That needs to change.” Peterson, 64, retired after a 23-year teaching career at Unity Schools in Balsam Lake. As a Polk County supervisor, Peterson was a leader in the effort to save the Golden Age Manor nursing home in Amery. As a director at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, he supported efforts to create more accountability to members. His strong interest in renewable energy led Peterson to chair Polk County’s Renewable Energy Committee and become executive director of the Polk County Energy Fair. He has also served on the Polk County Board of Adjustment. Born in La Crosse, Peterson grew up in the small town of Butterfield, Minn. He and his wife, Nancy Stewart, live in the Town of Georgetown in a century-old farmhouse they bought in 1984. They have one adult daughter, Arianne, who lives in Barron County. This is Peterson’s second run for the 28th Assembly seat; in 1994 he ran as an independent in a four-way contest that resulted in the election of Democrat Bob Dueholm. Peterson will run as a Democrat this year. His campaign contact information is as follows: votejeffpeterson. com;; 715-5571127. - submitted


A full house and full agenda at Siren’s board of education meeting

Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - The regular monthly board meeting of the Siren School Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 25, was extensive and had a captive audience. During public comment, Diane Lund wanted to thank the Siren Lions Club for their donation. “Each year since the tornado, they have provided $5 credit for all students in elementary school to be able to choose a book at the annual book fair,” she noted. Accepting of the donation occurred in new business. During the superintendent’s report, Dr. Kevin Shetler informed the board that the school is in compliance with its required posting of educational options and that he attended the Wisconsin School Board Convention, where there was much discussion on legal updates. “Bills are pending action in the state legislation regarding mental-health funding to provide schools with support for its students. AB41, a bill about school referendums, would require a waiting period between voting opportunities this could affect our district. Control of transgender policies would remain at a local level. There is no state action at this time. There is talk about having the state superintendent appointed and not elected. Also, school crime reporting needs refinement, currently it is very vague,” noted Shetler. In principal reports, elementary Principal Carrie Herman stated, “The students are working on their positive behaviors following the long break, and staff is working on their literature initiatives.” High school Principal Jason Hinze was not in attendance, but Dawn Schultz presented art projects completed by her students and thanked Adventures Restaurant, Siren, for holding a fundraiser for the art program. The event collected $250 and art supplies for the district. The Kannenbergs, owners of Adventures, would like to repeat the brunch and

With 80 percent of students being visual learners, it is important to have vision screenings performed. Judy Rowe, from the Lioness Club, told the board of education that she and other club members were trained by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and could provide screenings to children ages 3-6 for free. The board approved this action with Polly Imme serving as a liaison between the two groups and Susie Imme, board member, volunteering to help as needed.

This painting was created by using spray paint only. Art teacher Dawn Schultz told the board that this is Hannah Dugan’s second painting done in this method. “I send her to Mr. B’s tech ed department and I never know what she will bring back,” commented Schultz. - Photos by Becky Strabel silent auction at another time. “I would like the students to have items for the silent auction,” mentioned Schultz. Special education director Denise Johnston is still looking for a teacher for the second semester. This position has been open for some time and is needed. Johnston reported later in the meeting that spots in her programs for open enrollment students are full or overextended in many areas. Tara Voss, Native American home/school coordinator, reported that the youth drum group will be starting practice; because of this, tutoring is at the school versus the tribal center. She is also looking at setting goals for grant funds on a four-year cycle. “This will help us to track progress toward goals,” commented Voss. Three members of the school board and Shetler attended the state convention. Each attended different sessions and brought back ideas and resources for the administrative team and staff. They also were able to meet privately with Gov. Scott Walker. Mark Pettis would like the district to create a resolution that would be lobbied to fix impact aid. The basis is that the federal government is to provide funds to offset the lack of property tax on federal land within a district. Currently, Siren is entitled to nearly $600,000 and only receiving about 27 percent, plus the federal government is behind in payments. Pettis would like the government to rework the levy tax credit. “This credit should be for the resident landowners, and the credit given to nonresidents should go to the school districts,” he suggests.

Agenda items Agenda items accepted without delay included donations from the Walter and Mary Ann Jensen Foundation of $3,000; $500 from an anonymous source and over $1,200 from the Siren Lions Club. The auditor’s report was approved, permission for the girls and boys basketball teams to attend state finals as a field trip. Eight policies were on the agenda with four having their second reading. Some items needed action but were for state compliance - achievement gap reduction, which replaces SAGE programming, will be used in the same respect and administration outlined open enrollment limits for regular education and special education.

The board had budgeted for the biannual community musical, so Bryn Anderson and Therese Muus presented their plans for the March production of “The Little Mermaid.” Auditions will be Wednesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Anderson and Muus are pleased to include Siren alumni to the directing team. Emily Muus as the general director and Nicole D’Jock as the technical director. Performances are March 18 - 20. Judy Rowe from the Lioness Club would like to provide vision screening for all students ages 3 through 6 for free to the district. Polly Imme volunteered to be the liaison for the Siren District and the Lionesses. Board member Susie Imme is willing to help also. During the open session that reconvened following closed session, the board approved the resignation of Donna Barber as part-time cook’s helper, hired Amanda Jobe as the school nurse, authorized Rich Tims as a potential buyer for the Siren Bus Service, per the transportation contract and approved volunteer coaching positions for football. The board tabled administration contracts for 2016-17 until a later date. The following committees are scheduled to meet on Monday, Feb. 8 - budget and finance/personnel and negotiations, meeting jointly, at 6 p.m. The policy, planning and curriculum committee will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. followed by building and grounds at 7 p.m. Also, the regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.

Each month a teacher is selected to present before the board. Dawn Schultz, art instructor, showed the board two paintings done by Johnathan Doric. Doric chooses to use the same landscape in each of his paintings. Schultz also expressed appreciation for Adventures Restaurant for holding a fundraiser in December to support the art program.

Ballots set for area villages

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC — The ballots are set for village board elections in Frederic, Luck, Milltown and Balsam Lake. Caucuses were held in those villages earlier this month, giving residents the opportunity to nominate candidates. Nominees then had five days in which to sign papers saying they would run for a seat on their respective village board. In Frederic, the ballot will consist of the names of Todd Miller, Allan Lahti, William Johnson IV, incumbent Brad Harlander and Richard Heltemes. There are three seats

up for election. Incumbents Terry Siebenthal and Greg Heine both declined to be nominated. Carey Lillehaug was nominated at the caucus but declined to file papers to be included on the ballot. Only incumbents were nominated in Luck and Milltown, and they have all signed the papers to seek re-election. In Milltown, however, Sam Owen has filed papers as a registered write-in candidate, although his name will not be listed on the ballot. On the ballot will be incumbents Les Sloper, Joe Castellano and Larry Kuske. Unless a write-in campaign is mounted, Luck incum-

bents Becky Rowe, Alan Tomlinson and Ross Anderson will each serve another term. In Balsam Lake, voters will be choosing three out of four candidates to serve on the board. Names on the ballot will be incumbents Jeff Reed and Caroline Rediske, along with Guy Williams and Steve Biza. Joey Peper and incumbent Glen Jones were also nominated but declined to file the papers necessary to be on the ballot.

Dresser woman facing mail theft charges and more

Church, restaurant also victims of her theft spree

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County authorities have implicated a 29-year-old Dresser woman in a series of recent mail thefts in and around the Dresser and Osceola area, which may have also stretched as far north as rural Milltown or Balsam Lake. While the mail theft charges are still pending and have not been filed at press time, the Polk County District Attorney’s Office confirms that charges are being drafted against Marlaina Tibbetts, 29, Dresser, after an investigation yielded evidence Marlaina Tibbetts that she is behind the mail thefts

that have been noted repeatedly in the press after being brought to the public’s attention by Dresser Police. While Tibbetts has yet to be officially charged in the mail thefts, the district attorney’s office did file misdemeanor theft from business charges against her on Friday, Jan. 22, involving allegations that she had been skimming cash from her St. Croix Falls restaurant employer, Subway, for several months. A video security system pointed to Tibbetts allegedly stealing cash and then voiding subsequent register sales. She is scheduled to appear before a judge on Feb. 22 to face that charge. Tibbetts is already out on a $250 cash bond for charges last fall that she allegedly stole a purse and cash from a Dresser-Area church. She also faces a misdemeanor obstruction charge for how she responded when confronted about the church thefts. She is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing on the church thefts before Judge Jeffery Anderson on Friday, March 4. As to the mail theft issue, Tibbetts had been under investigation for some time when undercover officers no-

ticed her vehicle at a Frederic-area storage unit. When she left the scene, police noticed several pieces of discarded mail. When stopped and confronted on the matter a short time later, Tibbetts reportedly admitted to stealing and tampering with mailboxes since December 2015, including outside the Dresser area, in and around areas north of Balsam Lake off Hwy. 46. She said unwanted mail would then be discarded somewhere near Milltown. She reportedly told police she was searching for loose cash. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is recommending charges of theft and possession of or receiving stolen property, although the district attorney’s office is looking deeper at the mail thefts, which may have stretched as far south as Osceola and as far west as Taylors Falls, Minn. She remains free on bond. If convicted on each of the theft or obstruction charges she faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine for each conviction.


Class size limits in place at Luck

Board and staff considering move to paid time off

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Changes in the Wisconsin laws regarding open enrollment mean that school boards are now required to designate the number of students the school can accommodate in both regular and special-education classes. To meet the new regulations, the Luck School Board on Monday night, Jan. 25, approved an administrative regulation setting caps for each grade level in prekindergarten through sixth grade and for specific classes for seventh through 12 grades. Limits were also approved for special-education services. The changes state that a district can no longer deny enrollment to special-education pupils based on the cost of providing services to those students. The district receiving the student will receive $12,000 from the resident district, even though the cost of providing needed services can be much higher and is primarily funded through tax dollars. An application to open enroll a special-needs child can now only be denied if space or required services are not available. Therefore, districts are now required to state how many spaces are available for both regular and special-education students. Any student living in the district, whether or not they require special-education services, must be allowed to attend Luck School even if the caps have been reached. The caps apply only to open-enrollment students. Elementary Principal Ann Goldbach, working with other staff, developed the caps. Saying she already added on more students to each of her original limits, Goldbach said she felt the numbers were as high as they can be while providing the level of excellence that is needed in instruction. Elementary numbers are very similar to what they have always run, with a limit of 17 per section in kindergarten and first grade, 18 in second and third grade and 22 in fourth through sixth grade. Limits for high school were set in art, 14; ag welding, 10; ag/family and consumer sciences, 24; and math, science and

Kindergarten teacher Lori Denny and math/physics teacher Dean Roush talk about possible changes in staff time off. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

English, 26. No limits were set for music and physical education, but all other subjects were set at 30. Special-education services were set at 24 to 32 “weighted” students, which takes into consideration the level of aid that is needed. Occupational and physical therapy are closed to open enrollment. The board voted unanimously to accept the limits but only after board member Todd Roehm argued for higher caps. “I really want Luck to be the school everyone wants to come to,” he said, adding that turning people away could create bad public relations and would create the impression that they shouldn’t even try to open enroll into the district. “I feel we should stretch as far as we can and then add one more,” Roehm said. Goldbach pointed out that 17 kindergartners was a far different situation than 17 high school students. The range of abilities in kindergarten, where students are anywhere from barely 5 to barely 6, is immense, she said. “You have to keep in mind what’s best for the kids and where you’re most effective,” she said. The administrative regulation includes a clause that allows students who are already open enrolled into the district to continue to attend. It also allows for the creation of a wait list, in the event of openings or the addition of another section due to high demand.

Paid time off Staff members Lori Denny and Dean Roush reported on conversations initiated by Superintendent Chris Schultz regarding time off. Discussions are still very preliminary, they said, and any proposal is still in rough-draft form. Teachers currently have 10 sick days, five emergency days and three personal days each year, said Denny. They are required to pay a substitute teacher $100 per day or $50 per half-day out of their own pocket for the first two personal days used. Denny and Roush are working with other staff to develop a paid-time-off policy instead. Although at this preliminary stage they are looking at only 10 days off per year, all three said it would allow more flexibility. Because sickness would not be the only reason for a day off, staff could use paid time off without compromising their integrity by saying they were sick. Days off would need to be planned so that a limited number of staff are gone on any given day, noted Schultz. The preliminary draft also includes changes in the number of sick days that can be banked, reducing that number in some situations but providing a higher rate of reimbursement for those days. “We will lose some days,” Roush admitted, “but now we would have days to use as we need.”

The staff, noted Denny and Roush, are highly committed and honest. “We want to be here,” said Denny. “I don’t want other people (teaching) in my classroom. If there’s an incentive to bank (time off), we would like that.” In response to a question from board member Kurt Stonesifer on whether teachers would likely be gone more or less under a PTO situation, Roush responded, “I just cannot foresee anyone who is a professional in the building (abusing it).” There have been no formal discussions with the staff yet regarding the idea, said Denny and Roush, but the idea is to give the staff incentives to stay while not increasing the cost to the district.

Other business • A detailed, four-page job description for the position of elementary school principal was approved. The current principal, Goldbach, is retiring at the end of the school year, and school officials said they plan to advertise and take applications until the position can be filled with a qualified candidate. • The board approved the hiring of Karen Cogswell as the district’s finance manager. Fifteen applications were received, said Schultz, three of whom dropped out after receiving a paper interview. The top three candidates were initially closely grouped, he said, but the interview panel unanimously selected Cogswell. She will come to the district with 35 years’ experience in management and human relations. • Schultz reviewed the district’s inclement weather policy, saying he was open to revision if the board deems it necessary. He said that student and staff safety, busing, activities and the learning program, as well as the school calendar, factor into the decision to close school. Guidelines in use are minus20 temperature or minus 5 wind chill, which Schultz said is “in the middle of the National Weather Service band for 30 minutes to frostbite on exposed skin.” Schultz said he has heard concerns from a few parents and staff regarding holding school when the temperatures are so low.

Raising A Thinking Child workshops set to begin

Incentives offered to parents of children ages 4 to 7

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer GRANTSBURG - Parents of children ages 4 to 7 are invited to attend a series of free workshops in Grantsburg designed to improve a child’s problem-solving skills and enhance the relationship of par-

ent to child. The deadline to sign up for the eightweek program is Monday, Feb. 1. Parents who wish to attend the workshops with their children are asked to call Beth Rank at 715-349-2151. Rank is the family development educator with the Burnett County University Extension Services. Raising a Thinking Child is a nationally recognized program that teaches children critical thinking skills. The

program is limited to the first 10 families who sign up. However, future workshops are also being planned.

Incentives offered The workshops will be offered once a week for an eight-week period. Incentives are also being offered. Parents and children who attend at least four of the weeks will receive a framed family portrait. Families who attend six

weeks of workshops will receive a brain development board. Those who attend all eight weeks will receive a $100 gift card. The workshops will be held in the evening, and a free meal and childcare is also provided. If you, or someone you know, have children 4 to 7 years of age you may also contact Rank by email. Her address is -with submitted information

Health-care coverage deadlines loom; feds urge Wisconsinites to enroll now Open enrollment ends Jan. 31 STEVENS POINT – Leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services today urged rural uninsured Wisconsinites to enroll in health-care coverage before the Health Insurance Marketplace closes on Sunday, Jan. 31. The next open enrollment period will not be until the end of the year. “As an infrastructure provider, Rural Development has invested heavily in health-care facilities in rural Wisconsin. But that is only half of the equation. Without health insurance, too many people were not getting the care they need. The

Affordable Care Act changes that … providing people sign up and take advantage of the benefits the law offers,” said USDA Rural Development Wisconsin state director Stan Gruszynski during a media call. “The Affordable Care Act ensures a healthy tomorrow for rural Wisconsin.” The need for health insurance for rural consumers is very real. Rural Americans suffer from higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure than those living in urban areas. Additionally, prior to the inception of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, on average, rural families paid nearly 50 percent of health-care costs out of pocket, and one in five farmers was in debt because of medical bills. In 2015, Wisconsin

enrolled 50 percent of those eligible in rural communities; neighboring Michigan enrolled 53 percent. “Marketplace enrollment in Wisconsin is strong with about 224,719 already enrolling,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 5 Director Kathleen Falk. “But we know there are many more still without coverage, including many in rural communities, which is why we are so grateful for the leadership and efforts of our colleagues at the USDA.” The good news is rural residents have affordable options available to them. About seven in 10 Wisconsin enrollees are eligible for plans costing $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits, and

about eight in 10 already-enrolled Wisconsinites who return to shop the marketplace could save an average of $828 annually in premiums, before tax credits, with a plan offering the same level of coverage. Those who can afford to purchase health insurance this year, but choose not to, may face a fine of $695 or more. For instance, a family of four with an income of $70,000 will pay a fine of about $2,085 for 2016, based on the most recent IRS data. Individuals with questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to visit or call 800-318-2596. – from USDA

Wisconsin farm named as 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker congratulated Holsum Dairies of Hilbert for being named the 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Today magazine. “Agriculture is a major economic engine for Wisconsin, and dairy production is a vital component to our state’s economy, contributing $43.4 billion every year,” Walker said during a ceremony

held Monday, Jan. 25. “Our congratulations to Holsum Dairies of Hilbert. It is great to have farms from America’s Dairyland receive national recognition for their innovation and success.” The Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of dairy farmers. The nominated farms are judged on how farms are improving on-farm efficiency through innovative management practices, pro-

duction technologies and marketing approaches. “Holsum Dairies exemplifies the qualities of a forward-thinking and exceptional dairy farm,” said Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel. “It is fitting that Holsum Dairies has been recognized by the IDFA for its advanced farm management, production methods and valuable industry leadership.”

Holsum Dairies milks dairy cows at two locations in northeast Wisconsin. Between the two locations, they employ about 90 people and stimulate the local economy with $24 million annually. Holsum Dairies produces enough electricity to meet its own electricity needs, as well as that of 825 average Wisconsin homes, with the use of a manure digester. - from the office of Gov. Walker


Financing option chosen for Luck referendum project

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Last fall voters in the Luck School District approved the 2015-16 budget that included a $2.3 million referendum project focused on energy efficiency, and the time has come to finance that project. Monday night, Jan. 25, after looking at four options, the school board chose a financing plan and will move forward with selling general obligation bonds. Before making a decision, the board and Lisa Voisin, public finance director with Baird & Associates, discussed the impact of each option. These options were a 10-year, 15-year, 20-year and 14-year amortization. To keep payments from fluctuating too much, to avoid additional interest costs, and keep things flexible to address future operating costs, the board voted to go with the 14-year amortization. This option keeps the annual debt payments similar to this year, at about $235,000, for the next three years, then reduces them by about $100,000 annually. A projected interest rate of 3.17 percent was used in the calculations, which Voisin called “conservative.” In addition, the district has been approved for an interest-free $500,000 qualified zone academy bond loan. This $500,000 will be included in the $2.3 million bond sale, but will be paid off last since there is no interest accruing. It will save the district between $150,000 and $200,000 in interest, Voisin said.

Lisa Voisin, of Baird and Associates, standing, presented the Luck School Board with options for financing the $2.3 referendum project Monday, Jan. 25. She is shown with school board President Jake Jensen and board treasurer Amy Dueholm. — Photo by Mary Stirrat A big drawback of going with anything over 10 years is that local banks are unable to bid on the loans. In addition, local banks allow penalty-free prepayment, which is not possible when bonds are sold.

Saying that there was much discussion on keeping the sale open for local banks, board President Jake Jensen noted that the board felt it best to take the 14-year option.

School Improvement plan The long-awaited school improvement plan, a result of data accumulated via standardized testing, was presented to the school board with little fanfare. According to school Superintendent Chris Schultz, the results are usually available within four to six weeks, but these results are from tests taken last spring. The usual delay gives schools a chance to explore the results and see if any errors have been made. This time, however, the results were “embargoed” from public release for far longer. Discussion at the meeting indicated that it could be because they were not acceptable, and “the powers that be” were deciding how to handle the outcomes. Now, said Schultz, a new test has been developed for use this year. The results show a continued weakness in math, and the school improvement plan is designed to address that weakness. The plan focused on schoolwide professional development in math instruction, possibly adding more math time in the middle school, adding math coaches and starting an after-school program for students that need it. Much of what the district is already doing is focused on strengthening math, said high school Principal Brad Werner, so the district is already heading in the right direction.

Focusing on SCF public works Equipment inventory, monthly updates and long-range plans

“Some of the (extra) stuff just needs to go away.”

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – City of St. Croix Falls Public Works Director Matt Larson was front and center for the St. Croix Falls Common Council at their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. Larson presented the first of what will now be monthly updates from the city department, much like the library or fire and police department, or any other committee update. It was also a chance for Larson to present his summary on the city’s public works fleet, from tractors to pickups to snowplows and heavy equipment used for sewer or excavation work, it also included a report on the kind of work the department handles or allocates each month. “It’s almost like a capital improvement plan,” noted Alderman Bob Kazmierski, who appreciated the replacement schedules, recommendations to sell or trade. The report also outlined how often the city uses the everything from their several mowing tractors, heavy trucks, air compressor, street sweeper, even their mobile welding rig, with background on the functions of each piece, such as the New Holland skid steer the city contracts with Baribeau Implement every year, calling it the “Swiss Army knife” of their department. The council was also able to view the city’s newest purchase, a 2005 Freightliner “hook truck,” a customized heavy-diesel truck the city has just started using to haul sewer sludge from their new, hightech wastewater treatment plant to an offsite holding tank; the hook system allows them to quickly change out the sludge

slowly replace or repurpose several current vehicles, with some upgrades and replacements, such as the hook-lift truck, which also replaces a now unused 1998 Ford dump truck. Larson is encouraging the city to purchase a valve exercising unit, so the city can more easily and safely “exercise” city water line valves, which can break if they are not run out and in on a regular basis. The report also detailed several future purchases or replacements the city should consider in the coming years, including a new water jetter/vacuum for hydro-excavating and clearing areas during water or sewer line work, as well as a replacement 3/4-ton service truck and a new UTV for plowing, salting, plant watering and other tasks. Larson is also recommending the city plan for a complete overhaul of their street sweeper in the coming two years, as well as budgeting for other major and minor purchases. The public works report was also a chance for the council to hear how the projects are going at the city shop, where they are finishing a second employee bathroom, creating a bay for a pressure washing unit, and upgrading the break and lunchroom. Larson also answered question on snowplowing policy, and he said they officially treat sidewalks at 1 inch, while they haul with trucks downtown when it gets over 3 inches. “But it does depend on the temperature, on the hills and the like,” Larson said. “They (the hills) can be dangerous (even with small amounts).”

- Mayor Brian Blesi

This is the new St. Croix Falls hook-lift truck, which is based on a customized 2005 Freightliner diesel chassis. The set up allows the city to use the truck for both hauling snow and brush or quickly changing it over to haul sludge from their new wastewater treatment plant to their holding tanks, several miles north of the city. On occasion, that sludge is spread as a fertilizer on local farm fields. - Photo by Greg Marsten tank with an 18-foot utility box for snow or brush hauling. The truck uses a cradle system commonly seen for off loading dumpsters or other large utility items with just one vehicle. “We can dump the (sewer) tank and hook up the snow box in five minutes,” Larson said, adding that the new truck allows weekly costs savings in not paying to have an outside hauling firm do the job, saving the city approximately $500 a week. “Plus, we don’t have to work around his (hauling) schedule.” The report also outlined some of the city’s basic service volumes, that they pumped 7.181 million gallons of fresh well water in December, while also treating 7.576 million gallons of effluent, discharged into the St. Croix River. That

disparity was troubling for Mayor Brian Blesi. “We should have less (effluent) coming in,” Blesi stated. “We’ve got some infiltration.” In essence, it means the city is paying to treat groundwater, springs or rain water as it seeps into the sewer system. The public works report also outlines the daily and weekly tasks, as well as how the new WWTP has changed their tasks, and how the city’s upgrades are creating new or different needs down the road, allowing for them to drastically reduce their fleet or equipment on hand. “Some of the (extra) stuff just needs to go away,” Blesi said, as the council seemed to support the proposal to sell off at least two public works trucks, and

Attorney General Schimel endorses sexual assault amnesty bill MADISON – Attorney General Brad Schimel joined Rep. Joan Ballweg on Monday, Jan. 25, for the introduction of the Sexual Assault Amnesty Bill, which will prevent law enforcement from issuing a citation to a victim of sexual assault when he or she seeks the assistance of emergency medical personnel. This law also will apply to a person who is present with the crime victim at the time of or immediately following the alleged assault. “Victims of sex crimes already have a

tough decision to make when deciding whether or not to involve law enforcement,” said Schimel. “This commonsense bill breaks down another barrier to deciding to report to law enforcement and seeking medical attention when an underage person falls victim to sexual assault or assists a friend who has been assaulted. I thank Rep. Ballweg and Senator Petrowski for making the Sexual Assault Amnesty Bill a priority during this legislative session.”

Also showing their support for the Sexual Assault Amnesty Bill at Monday’s news conference were University of Wisconsin - Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin - Madison Assistant Police Chief Kari Sasso and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Director of Prevention Kelly Moe Litke. Schimel has been fighting for crime victims since the start of his prosecutorial career 26 years ago. He was recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Victim

and Witness Professionals as Wisconsin Professional of the Year for his work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault. Currently, Schimel leads Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Response Team, which recently finished creating a rape kit test protocol and is now coordinating campus sexual assault efforts in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, education, victim witness and legal professionals. - from the office of Attorney General Brad Schimel


Luck actively pursues grants to augment budget Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Luck School District is pursuing grants like never before, and for one main reason. “We need somebody else to pay our bills,” school Superintendent Chris Schultz told the school board at its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting. “We’re going to keep looking for opportunities.” The grants that have recently been received or that are in process range from $2,000 to $25,000 for everything from winter clothes and food for needy students to staff development. Successful grant applications include a recent award of $3,137 for new brass instruments, written by Jennifer Gilhoi, and $2,000 for clothes, food, school supplies and other items to help students in need. The $2,000 is coming from the Helping Kids program administered by the School Superintendents Association and the National Joint Powers Alliance. Schultz wrote the application and indicated he would work with Principals Brad Werner and Ann Goldbach to determine “both the kids who could benefit and the means by which we best help kids become personally responsible.” In addition, Rachel Berg successfully applied for a $10,000 grant for an ITV cart that will aid in the teaching of ITV classes at Luck. Other grant applications that have been submitted include $13,000 to the USDA for kitchen equipment and $14,000 to the Otto Bremer Foundation for Cardinal Caravan. The food service director wrote the application to the USDA, said Schultz, in hopes of replacing the 40-year-old oven and refrigerator. “It shouldn’t be running,” he said of the fridge. “It’s holding together with chewing gum.”

Money is out there

to the DPI, through Paradigm Partners, for staff development and mentoring. Finally, 7-12 Principal Brad Werner and Chuck Hollicky are working on a grant from the JJ Watt foundation to support middle school activities. Writing and obtaining grants, said Schultz, is one of the things that happen at the school that often go unseen, and he wanted to make a point of bringing it to the board’s attention. “We will continue to seek opportunities for support from caring, invested individuals, businesses and organizations committed to schools and students,” he said in his report to the board. “Money is out there. It goes to whatever district applies first or best.”

Luck School District Superintendent Chris Schultz. — Photos by Mary Stirrat Cardinal Caravan is a new reward program that will start next quarter. Each quarter, according to the grant application, staff will nominate students for actions that positively impact other students, their school or the community. The nominees will be selected for a surprise home visit, with prior parental approval, by a group of school administrators, counselors and teachers. The students will be presented with a variety of rewards, such as gift certificates, school supplies, a Cardinal Caravan shirt or hat, a plaque with a statement from the person who nominated the student and a Chromebook or other significant item of technology. “The overall intent of the program,” the applications states, “is to provide broadly inclusive recognition that expands a culture of excellence in community service and educational encouragement.” In process is a $25,000 grant application

Other business • The board approved cooperative agreements with Frederic and Unity for girls golf and with Frederic for boys and girls cross country. Unity has been part of the cross-country agreement in the past but now has the numbers for its own program. Luck and Unity already have a co-op agreement in place for tennis. • Elementary Principal Ann Goldbach reported that the elementary school is finished aligning its science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards. Existing science curriculum and science being covered in other classes were reviewed, and units will be ordered for any gaps that exist. This way, said Goldbach, it will be unnecessary to purchase an entirely new curriculum. • Werner reported that he is looking at modifying attendance procedures. Rather than asking parents to notify the school of an absence, an absent student with no parental notification will be coded unexcused. The code would be changed upon proper notification by parents by phone or written note. The change would save a lot of time in trying to get parental notification regarding absences, he said.

Senior Emma Pedersen is the student representative to the Luck School Board of Education. • Goldbach updated the board on teacher effectiveness visits to the classroom. On a rotating basis, principals make the rounds of all the classrooms, spending 30 to 45 minutes in each to observe the teachers. “I have seen tremendous growth in the classroom instruction since I started here seven years ago,” she said. She also has completed a round of walk-through visits to each classroom. These are unannounced visits that last about 20 minutes. “Evaluating instruction is one of the most important parts of my job,” she said, “and I do take it very seriously.” • The board will be holding a special meeting Monday, Feb. 8, as a work session to discuss goals and strategic planning. The next regular monthly board meeting was changed to Tuesday, March 1, to hopefully get better bids on financing for the referendum project.

Students learn responsibility by caring for critters Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK — Several Luck sixth-graders were called into a meeting of the school board Monday night, Jan. 25, and it wasn’t because they had been causing trouble. The students are in Carolyn Peterson’s class and have been learning responsibility, research skills and much more through Peterson’s Critter Care program. Coming in to show their pets and talk about they have learned were Maddy Becker, Taylor Talmadge, Michael Wright, Wyatt Jensen and Gavyn Ellefson. Now in its ninth year at Luck, Critter Care pairs students with a pet that they care for and learn about during school. After 15 days, the pet is available for adoption by the student, as long as the student has completed the necessary schoolwork, including a report on the animal. He or she must also show himself or herself to be responsible and must have the permission of their parents in order to adopt the animal. Peterson modeled her program after that of her nephew, Adam Peterson, who was a middle school science teacher in Athens. A Unity graduate, Peterson died

Gavyn Ellefson talks about what he has learned by caring for McDreamy, a male guinea pig.

Luck sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Peterson started Critter Care with her students nine years ago, giving them the opportunity to care for, learn about and possibly take home a new pet. She is holding a black mini rex.

unexpectedly in January 2007 at age 25 of diabetes-related illness. The program is funded through donations and Peterson’s own pocket. She said later that many generous donations, from a few dollars to bedding, to cages and animals, have all been received. “All have been greatly appreciated,” she said. Peterson has had the opportunity to see the long-term impact that Critter Care has had on her students. “Former students will stop by my room and say, ‘Hey, remember Gizmo?’ or ‘Hey, I showed my rabbit at the fair this year,’” she said. “I just love hearing their stories. “Most importantly, I love seeing this program have an impact on their lives when it comes to being more responsible.” Right now, she has four guinea pigs, two gerbils, three hamsters and two rabbits in her classroom.

Jerry the dwarf hamster has been cared for by Taylor Talmadge for the past couple of weeks.

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Holding Claire, a black bear hamster, is Maddy Becker. — Photos by Mary Stirrat

Nature story time Join naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. on Thursdays through March 24 for a story and activity at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story’s nature-related theme. Nature story time is for preschool children and their parents; the program will generally last from 30-60 minutes. Participants may spend time outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly. Candlelight Night at the Park The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6-9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. If snow cover permits, cross-country ski on the Skyline Ski Trail, intermediate level, or snowshoe on the Ojibwa Trail. Snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up. Both

trails begin at the Ice Age Center. Hike beside the St. Croix River beginning at the Camp Interstate shelter. There will be warming fires at the trailheads and live music, food and refreshments available at the Ice Age Center, served by the Friends of Interstate Park. There will be hiking opportunities no matter the snow conditions. Plan to attend Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 13. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2016 are $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $8 for residents or $11 for nonresidents. For more information about an event call 715-483-3747, visit or become a friend on Facebook at Friends of WI Interstate State Park.



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Treating fish farms like factory farms is bad for the health of our water Wisconsin state legislators have proposed Senate Bill 493 and its companion, Assembly Bill 640, a law that would exempt the aquaculture industry’s requirement to follow laws that protect our water. In part, the proposal uses the guise of agriculture to give a pass to dangerous pollution. Do we really want to expand exemptions from clean water laws to another industrial agriculture sector? As a veterinarian I know something about animal-based agriculture. I know that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Natural Resources shared oversight of industrial livestock facilities has not prevented contamination of drinking water wells in Kewaunee County with e-coli and other dangerous bacteria. Nor has it prevented unsafe levels of nitrates or poisons like atrazine in water wells

Out of the nest? The late H. Edwin Young, the

University of Wisconsin - Madison chancellor who led the campus during the turbulent Vietnam War years, would quip there are unexpected “dangers” lurking in going to college. It’s more than just your child’s tuition payment. Your son or daughter might just fall in love and get married to another student who also has a large tuition loan, explained Young, who later served as president of the University of Wisconsin System. It was Young’s way of trying to focus attention on the students financial plight as tuition and collegiate living costs rose rapidly. The problem continues to grow. A national report showed that those who got a college degree in 2014 have an average student-loan indebtedness of nearly $29,000. Nationally, student-loan indebtedness is now put at $1.3 trillion. Unlike some other kinds of debt, bankruptcy won’t eliminate repaying the money. The graduates debt load has become a major issue in Wisconsin’s state government. Republicans and Democrats are proposing different kinds of answers to the issue. Republicans, led by Gov. Scott Walker, want to modify Wisconsin’s personal income tax laws to allow a total deduction for annual interest payments made on the out-

across Wisconsin. An excellent series on the state of our drinking water by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism,, highlighted alarming statistics on the extent of private wells with water unsafe for human consumption. At a time when we continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to restore our degraded public waters from polluted runoff, invasive species and wetland loss, our Legislature shouldn’t be promoting additional industrial pollution by giving a pass to an industry with a terrible track record for harming native fish populations through disease and nutrient pollution. As a lifelong angler, I’m deeply concerned about the growing dead zone in Green Bay, formerly one of the most productive fisheries in the world. Both SB 493 and AB 640 put those of us who spend time on our public waters at risk by exempting structures supporting industrial aquaculture from liability should we be harmed. The special interests that benefit from weakening science-based stan-

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer standing student debt. Fiscal experts put the cost to the state treasury at $5.2 million annually. Walker said those with annual incomes between $30,000 and $70,000 would be the major beneficiaries. Among other items in the Republican approach is a $500,000 package for technical school grants, efforts to promote internships, and requiring colleges during the first semester of enrollment to provide full financial information about the overall costs to families. Walker is asking for a program of emergency grants to help students complete their degree. It would provide $130,000 for the UW System and $300,000 for technical schools. The focus on technical colleges reflects Republican efforts to help train a Wisconsin workforce. The governor has said there are thousands of unfilled jobs in the state because of the lack of trained, qualified personnel for technical jobs. Democrats are focusing on allowing the student borrowers to refi-

dards put clean water and public health at risk. These are the same interests that influenced the drastic cuts to DNR science staff and hobbled remaining staff by limiting their autonomy to make decisions based in science and law. None of us alone have the capacity for science needed to manage our natural heritage with future generations interests in mind. Wisconsin needs an effective and responsive government to ensure our grandchildren have clean water, essential to both their health and economic opportunities. I urge people who care about our public waters to contact their state legislators to let them know you want them to vote for water and public rights. Dave Clausen Amery Editor’s note: The author is the former chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board and current member of Midwest Environmental Advocates.

nance their loans at lower interest rates. That would impact the lenders but not the state treasury. State Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, notes that three states including Minnesota are opting for the refinance approach to the issue. Hansen says 60 percent of those with outstanding student loans in Wisconsin are over the age of 30. Minnesota officials suggest that a person with a $40,000 loan at 8 percent might save between $200 and $300 in monthly payments with refinancing. Hansen suggests the savings in refinancing might push Wisconsin residents to move to Minnesota and worsen a “brain drain.” Some solutions to the loan crisis are outside the role of government. Students can reduce the overall costs of a higher education if they take the first two years of school at one of the UW Colleges two-year campuses while living at home. They could then transfer to a fouryear institution if they were to seek a bachelor’s degree. But there is the backside of that approach – graduates actually returning to live with their parents, ostensibly while they work and pay off their student debt. However, returning to the family nest isn’t new. It was widely used in the Great Depression of the 1930s by those who would become known as the “Greatest Generation” of Americans.

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Rep. Quinn is bad for Wisconsin Rep. Quinn says on his fundraising page that “local control means local control all of the time” and that he’s working “hard to put our communities on a path of independence from state and federal influences.” Why then, did he support the shoreland zoning changes championed by his fellow GOP Rep. Adam Jarchow? He must think voters in his district are not smart enough to figure out that the state taking over shoreland zoning isn’t a direct attack on our rights to control local issues. Well he’s wrong. We are paying attention, and we can clearly see he’s only been pulling fast ones on the people of his district. The shoreland zoning legislation took away our rights to protect our local bodies of water and our ability to work with locally elected officials for the good of our communities. You should know that the state GOP majority is currently doubling down on ripping away your rights to local control with SB464 and AB582, which is expected to pass in this GOP majority state government. This legislation will take away the ability of our locally elected officials to make sure our rights to clean water, air and land are pro-

tected. While elected officials like Quinn say they support local control and complain that the state has too much power, they propose and support legislation that does just the opposite. Clearly, Quinn is not being honest with the people in his district. We have a perfect example in Flint, Mich., as to what happens when local government controls are taken over by the state. They now have a mess that will take years to clean up and kids that may forever be brain damaged from drinking water poisoned with lead. We need a representative in the Assembly who really cares about our state and the people in District 75. We need someone to step up and challenge Quinn in this year’s election. Someone who is serious about governing and listening to “We, the People,” instead of throwing big giveaways to corporations and industries that are more than willing to sacrifice our natural resources for the sake of their profits. Carol Johnson Deer Park

Roundabout Hwy. 35/70 North I would like to express my gratitude to each and every person who had a hand

in making the 35/70 North roundabout. I use it several times a week and I think it is fantastic! From the beginning of construction to its completion it was organized, clean and speedy. It far exceeded my expectations. Jody Pearson Siren

Waste of time and money I see in the local papers that Polk County is still talking about a new highway campus. I guess an 80-percent disapproval rate by the taxpayers on the referendum was a waste of time and money. I still have the paperwork from the referendum. Part A says if they stayed in the old campus less than one year, they would have to spend $402,500 on repairs. One to three years would cost another $246,000. If they stayed three to five years, it will cost an additional $1,480,000 for a total of $3,237,000. It has been over five years so we must have put $3,237,000 into the old campus. After spending that much, it should be in pretty good shape.

Sing a little louder An old man who lived in Germany during the Nazi holocaust told of a Sunday morning in a church that had a railroad track behind it. The parish attenders became disturbed when one Sunday they heard cries of the Jews that the train was carrying to their death. Every Sunday the parishioners would be tormented by their cries and their screams. So they would sing a little louder. They knew by the sound of the train’s whistle when to raise their voice so loud as not to hear. Now here we are in 2016 and it has happened all over again in America, the silent screams of approximately 58 million babies, and counting, killed by the barbaric procedure of abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade. Friday, Jan. 22, marked 43 years of the silent screams. So how many of us so-called Christians will have to answer to God because we don’t hear the screams, but if we did would we also sing a little louder? Tanya Carlson Amery

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Bipartisanship in Madison


o need to clean your glasses – you read that headline correctly. Not everything that happens in the Wisconsin State Capitol is a party line vote. In fact, contrary to the media narrative, the overwhelming majority of legislation, over 90 percent, passes with bipartisan support. It really is the case that Republicans and Democrats often work together to create good public policy that everyone can rally around. A few items we are working on now really make that point: HOPE Agenda. On Jan. 12, the Assembly passed three pieces of legislation that made up the HOPE Agenda. Hope stands for Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education. Passed easily in both houses of the Legislature, these bills represent an effort to combat Wisconsin’s heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic. AB 364 and AB 365 mandate that prescribers of narcotics must use the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data for enforcement and education. To improve

28th Assembly District Adam Jarchow PDMP data quality, prescribers will work with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. High risk prescribers will be investigated by licensing boards for health professions and law enforcement as a result of these bills. AB 366 will require DHS oversight of pain management clinics to ensure that prescription drugs are not being abused as a result of overprescribing. I am hopeful that these pieces of legislation are a step in the right direction as we try to stop heroin and prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin. Alzheimer’s and dementia. Just this

week, after months of hard work the bipartisan Alzheimer’s and Dementia Task Force culminated in the introduction of a series of bills called the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Legislative Package to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia and help those who deal with it on a daily basis. These bills are a result of the bipartisan task force called Wisconsin Cares. I have already co-sponsored a number of these bills and look forward to working on getting them passed and signed into law. LRB 4459 requires DHS to prepare a report describing where individuals with dementia are currently placed in crisis situations. It would also require DHS to propose a pilot program for two or more counties to create dementia crisis units. LRB 3800 requests the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require attorneys who practice elder law or trusts and estates law to complete certain continuing legal education requirements. It also requires the court to do the same for justices relating to elder law and trusts

and estates law. I believe these bills will aid in strengthening our system to protect those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Rural initiative. Another proposal is the rural initiative, spearheaded by Rep. Quinn, R-Chetek. One part of the rural initiative will allow rural teachers to take advantage of an existing student loan forgiveness program administered by the Higher Educational Aids Board. This program is currently only offered to teachers in Milwaukee and is not fully utilized. Allowing rural teachers to also benefit from this program will help our rural schools and teachers. This is just a small snapshot of some of the recent bipartisan initiatives and achievements. Please feel free to reach out to my office and let me know what you think. I am always looking for constituent feedback.

Wildlife group blasts northern Wisconsin coyote hunt Animal rights group calls legal predator hunting contest ‘bloodlust’ Chuck Quirmbach | WPR News NORTHERN WISCONSIN - Animal protection groups are raising concerns about what was called a “predator hunt” last Saturday, Jan. 23, in northern Wisconsin. Pro-hunting groups near Argonne in Forest County have organized a coyote-killing contest. It’s a legal event for anyone with a small game hunting license. But Melissa Smith, of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife, said the contest is a show of bloodlust. “These wildlife-killing contests, they’re not about respecting coyotes or respecting wildlife. Is there anything out there that doesn’t deserve respect?” she said. Smith said she fears hunting dogs will be allowed to fight coyotes, and that gray wolves, which are once again an endangered species, may be harmed, too. The Department of Natural Resources said similar events have been held over the years. The agency said it will have its usual number of wardens in the area and will check some hunting licenses. Fines are possible for anyone who shoots a wolf or allows a dog to kill a hunted animal.

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Room tax collections rise


unicipalities may collect a room tax of up to 8 percent from visitors staying at temporary lodging establishments. Although collections faltered in 2009 due to the recession, they have since rebounded. In 2013, 274 municipalities collected the tax, drawing in $83.4 million, or 5.8 percent more than the previous year, $78.8 million. State law requires at least 70 percent of revenue go to tourism promotion and development. Pro-hunting groups near Argonne in Forest County have organized a coyote-killing contest. - Photo by John Flannery


SCF mini-roundabout gains support but set aside

Vincent Street proposal may limit grant eligibility

Greg Marsten |Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – A recently proposed mini-roundabout on Vincent Street off Hwy. 8 in St. Croix Falls earned an overwhelming number of positive remarks as a traffic-calming measure, but it will not be part of the latest design options to be crafted by MSA Engineering, after it was learned that it may adversely affect the city’s eligibility on certain grants to complete the extensive road project. “Frankly, I was surprised,” stated MSA engineer Jon Herdegan, who made a presentation to the St. Croix Falls Common Council on Monday, Jan. 25. Herdegan gave an update on those traffic-calming options and other updates on the Vincent and Maple streets project, after a recent public hearing held several weeks ago. “I’m glad the community was open (to the idea) of a roundabout,” Herdegan said. “But it may put (a certain grant) in jeopardy.” The grant in question potentially could yield up to $300,000 for the Vincent/ Maple streets project, as determined by the local road improvement board. The decision on the eligibility will be made in late February, with allocations at the end of March. Herdegan thinks they can make the application without the mini-roundabout, and if they are denied, they can adjust the final plans to include the mini-roundabout later. “We would not have to make a major changeover,” Herdegan said, noting that the mini-roundabout would cost approximately $165,000, although that may be deceiving, as it would include roadwork

St. Croix Falls Mayor Brian Blesi shows a design rendering of a possible mini-roundabout proposal at Vincent and Maple streets. While the proposal was popular with residents at a recent public hearing, it turns out that the mini-roundabout may negatively affect one of the grant applications for the project. - Photo by Greg Marsten

that would need to be done, regardless of whether it is a roundabout or not. Herdegan said that while several of the traffic-calming ideas presented proved quite popular, such as the mini-roundabout, the group was not a fan of a central median strip. He said they will incorporate the ideas into the final design, which the council approved having MSA draft for $7,810. Mayor Brian Blesi encouraged MSA to work with several local groups on the road project, such as the historic preservation committee and the St. Croix Falls

School District and St. Croix Falls Booster Club, as they are working to do repairs on the rock walls and features at the historically significant football field, which Herdegan said they are incorporating into the final road design. “We’ll tie into the rock wall at the football field,” Herdegan said. Blesi also hopes to have the engineers work with the St. Croix Falls Arts Advisory Board, which he said “... has been trying to get a monument sign into St. Croix Falls for years,” but has run into a “stone wall” from the Wisconsin Depart-

“I’m glad the community was open (to the idea) of a roundabout ... But it may put (a certain grant) in jeopardy.” - Jon Herdegan

ment of Transportation about easements and placement on Washington Street/ Hwy. 87 downtown. “This (Vincent Street) may be the place,” Blesi said. “It’s not where they hoped, but maybe this is the place ( for a monument sign).”

In other council action: The council approved hiring an auditing firm to review past payroll accounts, after discrepancies were found and addressed in closed session, prior to the open council meeting. The council also approved contracting with the same firm, CliftonLarsonAllen, for city auditing services, totaling approximately $22,500. The council approved setting a public hearing date of March 14 for the latest requests to vacate a portion of undeveloped streets along the riverway, specifically portions of Franklin Street, where the adjacent property owners are working with Xcel Energy to purchase several riverfront lots. The vacation requests are part of the process to allow the purchases, as the roads or alleys currently separate those lots and parcels.

United Cooperative offers $40,000 in scholarship funds BEAVER DAM – United Cooperative, based in Beaver Dam with locations throughout Wisconsin, is pleased to offer 40 $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing agricultural or nonagricultural majors. At least seven of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in an

agricultural field, and at least three will be awarded to students attending a short course or technical school. The remainder is available to all majors, i.e., nursing, accounting, premedicine, etc. The scholarship application deadline is March 3. Applicants will be judged on their leadership skills, scholastic achievement,


Luck band students Tim Thompson, Nick Aguado and Alex Warren pose with three new euphoniums. Luck band director Jennifer Gilhoi recently wrote and received a grant, made available through the St. Croix Valley Foundation, to purchase three new euphoniums for the Luck band department. “This grant allows me to replace three very old baritones with three beautiful new euphoniums for the students to play. I’m so grateful for this grant and for the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s generosity,” said Gilhoi. – Photo submitted

extracurricular activities, motivation, academic and personal goals. To be eligible, the student or the parent must be an active patron member of United Cooperative; the student must attend an accredited college, university or technical school; and the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

The scholarships will be paid upon receipt of transcript showing completion of the first semester and proof of registration for the second semester. Visit to download the scholarship application. – from United Cooperative


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Through the efforts of the St. Croix Falls School District, the St. Croix Falls Student Council was able to collect 193 gifts for Operation Christmas. The high school alone collected $371, with the proceeds going to the purchase of gifts for high-school-age students. They were also able to collect 1,053 food items during their holiday food drive. A total of 479 items were gathered on Halloween night when the student council members went door to door asking for donations. Another 574 food items were gathered throughout the school district in a districtwide food drive. – Photo submitted




Noah Mortel hits 1,000th point in win over Saints Only scored 41 points as a freshman Luck 73, St. Croix Falls 48 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LUCK – Few Luck boys or girls basketball athletes have been fortunate enough to sink a career mark of 1,000 points. The most recent boys player was 2008 Luck graduate Brennan Olson. But on Friday, Jan. 22, Noah Mortel was able to look up and watch his 1,000th point fall, under a minute into the second half against St. Croix Falls. Mortel needed 16 points and got exactly that against the Saints as the Cardinals built a commanding 38-19 lead and never looked back. Mortel said he actually knew he was close during their previous game against Winter, where he needed 28 points against a team that has been struggling all year. Mortel fouled out of the game after scoring 12 points, so on Friday against St. Croix Falls the pressure was built up a bit more. “I was actually a little nervous because the coach printed the date on the ball and put some pressure on me, so I knew I had to get it tonight. The pressure was real in the first half,” Mortel said.

Noah Mortel, center, shares a moment after the game with his brothers Cole, far left, and Alec Mortel. Noah said his brothers, who were also Luck basketball standouts, helped push him to be a better athlete. – Photos by Marty Seeger As a freshman, Mortel, said scoring 1,000 points wasn’t something he was gunning for, especially since he didn’t play a whole lot and only scored 41 points that whole season. Even after Friday’s game and accomplishing the career milestone, Mortel remained humble at the thought. “I didn’t ever really think that it was

a realistic goal, but it happened, I guess. Just kept working hard,” said Mortel. The 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound forward may also reach another milestone this season with 700 career rebounds. And while Mortel is an outstanding basketball talent, he’s not considering the game of basketball after high school. That’s because he’s accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 football at the University of North Dakota next fall as a left tackle, something that happened with a lot of hard work and time in the weight room. He’ll be signing his national letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Even fewer Luck athletes have moved on to play Division 1 athletics. The most recent was

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Along with a great offensive career, Noah Mortel of Luck was also tough on the boards. He has more than 600 career rebounds and is on pace to reach 700 before the end of the year.

Luck junior Casey Ogilvie puts up a shot over the Saints during a Cardinals win Friday, Jan. 22.

A commemorative ball was handed to Noah Mortel for reaching his 1,000-point milestone and 500 rebounds.

Luck’s Noah Mortel looks up to see his 1,000th career point fall against the Saints on Friday, Jan. 22.

Extra Points

••• LEADER LAND – The Friday, Jan. 29, Luck at Unity boys and girls basketball games can be heard on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Cameron at St. Croix Falls girls basketball game on Monday, Feb. 1, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7:15 p.m. The Webster at Luck girls and boys basketball games Tuesday, Feb. 2, are on 104.9 FM, starting at 5:45 p.m. The Tuesday, Feb. 2, St. Croix Falls at Amery girls basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Ellsworth girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 29, can be heard on 1260 AM, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All high school games can also be found online at ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Eagles second-half surge lifts Unity over Pirates Bader helps Eagles remain undefeated Unity 58, Grantsburg 48 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Unity Eagles came in to Pirate country and showed exactly why they are undefeated, playing against a good Grantsburg squad. The Eagles thoroughly dominated in the paint Friday, Jan. 22, led by Logan Bader, who is on his way to the next level and already signed with Bemidji State University. If it weren’t for Grantsburg’s Jackson Gerber and Jordan Knutson raining 3-point shots, the Pirates would have found themselves in trouble much earlier. Gerber hit two clutch 3-pointers to tie the game at 24 just prior to the halftime

Unity’s Logan Bader rejects a shot by Pirate John Chenal, Friday, Jan. 22. – Photo by Scott Hoffman knew they would have their work cut out for them going into the Pirates home court. “Our kids played hard against a tough Grantsburg team. I was really proud of them. Anytime you leave Grantsburg with a win it’s a bonus, it’s a tough place to play and a proud program.” Grantsburg was led in scoring by Knutson with 16, followed Gerber with 12. “There is a lot of season left and I feel like this group of kids is determined to get better every night and be at our very best in March,” Hallberg continued.

Eagle Logan Bader rises over teammate Jesse Vlasnik and Grantsburg’s Austin Olson for a rebound on Friday, Jan. 22. – Photo by Scott Hoffman

Frederic sophomore Caleb Schott gets a block against Webster Friday, Jan. 22, in Frederic. – Photo by Becky Amundson

buzzer, really getting the hometown fans on their feet. Grantsburg’s John and Leo Chenal did their best to work inside on the Eagles, but several times they were collapsed upon and surrounded by Unity’s big lineup. Pirate coach Nick Hallberg knew they had to play a near-perfect game. “It was a good effort by our guys. I just explained to them that when two good

teams play, one good team has to lose and tonight that was us. If we get the bounces on one or two possessions on each end, instead of them, we win.” Unity came out of the half and started to pull away, with Wyatt Stenberg carrying the ball down court dishing off to Eric Peterson, who scored 15 points, 13 in the second half, and Nate Heimstead added 12 points. Unity’s coach Chad Stenberg

Frederic 66, Webster 41 FREDERIC– Frederic dominated the Tigers on Friday, Jan. 22, to erase a threegame losing streak and improve to 5-9 on the year, while handing Webster their first loss after a two-game winning streak. Frederic senior Roman Poirier led the Vikings on a big night with 34 points while hitting seven 3-pointers. Ethan Schmidt and Jonah Tinman each had five, while Ben Phernetton, Caleb Schott, Mason Gustafson and Kyle Olson each had four,

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1,000 points/Continued Avery Steen, who is still playing women’s golf at the University of Green Bay. After hitting his 1,000th shot, with 17:33 still to play in the second half, Mortel was honored briefly during a timeout. He received a hug from his brother and current JV coach Cole Mortel, and was handed a stamped basketball acknowledging his 1,000 points and another milestone of 500 rebounds. Former Luck basketball coach Rick Giller also had some words at the break, and after the game. “One of the easiest guys to coach because he’s coachable,” Giller said. “If he’s being double-teamed there’s somebody open. (He’s) always looking for his teammates.” Giller also commented on Mortel’s character off the court. “You see him walking down the halls in school and by size you’d say he’s an athlete. But he’s a humble kid, never talks about his accomplishments. Just has great character. One that I think a lot of kids growing up … if they want to emulate somebody, he would be the guy,” Giller said, adding that Mortel’s parents, as well as brothers Cole and Alec, influenced him as well. “Just a great kid. Never negative. He always owns up if something goes wrong and says coach, that was my fault. Doesn’t put any blame or try to hide it.” Longtime Luck assistant coach and current head coach Chad Eley echoed Giller’s thoughts on Mortel. “Just a great kid. Easy to coach and obviously, his basketball skills make

Luck seniors helped Noah Mortel celebrate his 1,000th point, including (L to R): Taylor Hawkins, Jared Hunter, Mortel and Nick Mattson. – Photos by Marty Seeger him even easier to coach. Works hard in practice every day. On and off the court, great kid. He’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Eley said. As for the game, Luck maintained their lead in the second half and came away with a 73-48 win. The Saints did manage to go on a small run in the second half,

but were unable to overcome Luck’s big first-half lead. “We got the lead there and we wanted to keep pushing at it. They’re a young team, streaky team,” said Eley. “We didn’t want to give them any confidence to get back in the game.”

Luck sophomore Mike Delany goes up for a layup against the Saints.





Blizzard girls score four goals against Stars Bayzhia Taylor had 32 saves in the game and the Blizzard had 23 shots on goal. The Blizzard girls are nearing the final games of the regular season starting with a home game against Middleton at Grantsburg beginning at noon on Saturday, Jan. 30. Their first of three final regular season games begins with a game against the Hayward Co-op on Tuesday, Feb. 2, starting at 7 p.m. Their final two regular season games are on the road at Superior, Feb. 9, and Onalaska, Feb. 11.

Mykayla Anderson scores hat trick Stars 7, Blizzard 4 Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND – The Blizzard girls gave the Western Wisconsin Stars a fight Thursday, Jan. 21, but their four goals weren’t enough as the Stars went on a 4-0 rally that started in the second period. The Stars took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but the Blizzard tied it right back at 1-1 when Jayden Denotter scored an even-strength goal on assist by Dani Erickson. With a 1-1 tie going into the second period, Mykayla Anderson scored her first of three goals on her way to the Blizzard’s first hat trick of the season. Just over a minute into the the second period the Blizzard held a 2-1 edge, which lasted until the final two minutes when the Stars scored an even-strength goal to tie the game 2-2. The Stars would go on to score the next three goals early in the third period, but the Blizzard didn’t give up. Anderson scored her next two goals only 20 seconds apart halfway through

The Blizzard girls hockey team scored four goals in a loss to the Western Wisconsin Stars recently. – Leader file photo by Becky Strabel the second period on assists by Olivia Hall and Denotter. The two goals brought the Blizzard to within one but it only lasted just over a minute as the Stars extended their lead by two goals and hang on for the 7-4 win. For the Blizzard, Bayzhia Taylor stopped 59 shots against the Stars while

the Blizzard had 18 shots on goal. Lakeland 5, Blizzard 1 LAKELAND – Mackenzie Johnson scored an early second-period goal for the Blizzard on Saturday, Jan. 23, but the Lakeland Thunderbirds had already built a three-goal lead en route to what would eventually be a 5-1 victory.

Blizzard boys lose at Big Lake PRINCETON, Minn. – The Becker/ Big Lake, Minn., Eagles beat the Blizzard boys hockey team 4-2 on Saturday, Jan. 23.Taran Wols finished with 26 saves and the Blizzard managed 37 shots on goal. It was a wild first period as the Eagles scored a pair of goals late in the first period, but the Blizzard stormed back with David Doty and Brady Mangen scoring goals to tie the game heading into the second period. Mangen was assisted by Max Norman and Austin Aleshire and Doty was assisted by Logan Meagher. Those were the only two goals the Blizzard would get, however, in the nonconference game.

Blizzard peewees take third Tournament and tailgate party this weekend in Siren SIREN – Ashland was the winner of the 2016 Blizzard Peewee Invitational with a 4-3 win in overtime over Moose Lake with a minute left in the overtime period Jan. 22-24, at Siren’s Lodge Center Arena. The Blizzard defeated Amery in the first round and lost 5-4 to Moose Lake, Minn., in overtime during their two-round game, which bumped them to the thirdplace game. In that game the Blizzard took third with a 4-2 win over White Bear Lake, Minn. It was a great weekend for Blizzard hockey. The peewees will now start preparing for playdowns, which begin Feb. 13-14.

The Squirts also ended up winning both their games. Huge day of hockey this Saturday, Jan. 30, with games starting at 9 a.m. The tournament will lead into a high school varsity doubleheader tailgate party starting at 2 p.m. Games start at 3 p.m. Join the Blizzard hockey programs for the games, or open skate at 7 p.m. – with submitted information The Blizzard peewees took third at a tournament held in Siren Jan. 22-24. Pictured back row, (L to R): Ross Anderson, Trent Zenzen, Dalton Chapman, Kylie Broten, Chance Lessard, Logan Hopkins, Carter Johnson, Gage Hall, Trevor Adolphson and Noah Kapp. Middle row: Phil Doty, Dominik Spohn, Caleb Smith, William Gerber, Dane Tollander, Ben Ones, Blake Ulmaniec, Gretchen Lee and Riley Jones. Front row: Chase Cadotte and Cashton Kapp. – Photo by Renee Ones

Boys basketball/Continued Austin Ennis and Andrew Hochstetler each had three. Webster’s leading scorer was Tate Fohrenkamm with 11, and Paul Sargent had 10. The Vikings have two road games before bringing it back home against Siren on Friday, Feb. 5. – Marty Seeger

Roman Poirier of Frederic makes a great save on the ball before it goes out of bounds against Webster Friday, Jan. 22. The Vikings won big 66-41, and Poirier led with 34 points. – Photo by Becky Amundson

Siren 70, Clear Lake 64 CLEAR LAKE – Siren’s third straight win was another close one at Clear Lake on Monday, Jan. 25, but Neil Oustigoff lifted the Dragons offensively with 28 points, while Aaron Ruud hit four threes to score his total of 14 points. The Dragons led 33-32 at the half and were hot from the outside as they buried a total of 11 3-pointers and were 7 for 11 from the free-throw line. Zander Pinero, Kanaan Christianson and Tanner Lee each had eight points and Dolan Highstrom added four. Clear Lake was led by Calvin Rosen with 17, Jordan Ramis added 14 and Bailey Blanchard added 11. – Marty Seeger Siren 52, Northwood 49 MINONG – The Siren Dragons snuck out a win over Northwood on Thursday, Jan. 21, during a nonconference game. It was Siren’s second straight win as they improved to 5-9 overall. Northwood held a 27-23 halftime lead but the Dragons 29 points in the second half helped them overcome the Evergreens. No stats were available at press time for Siren. Northwood was led in scoring by Matt Benson with 11, and Randy Fosberg with 10. Ryan Hill had 11 rebounds. – Marty Seeger





Frederic wins steady over Webster Eagles, Saints win conference games Friday Frederic 55, Webster 44 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – The Frederic Vikings improved to 7-1 in the conference after a win over Webster Friday, Jan. 22, to remain in first place. “We played a fairly steady game,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “Third game in the week. It was good to get the win, especially since it’s a conference game.” Frederic led 25-19 at the half and had three girls with double-digit scoring including Taylor Alseth, Emily Amundson and Nicole Nelson with 20, 15 and 11 respectively. Shelbi Root added six and Ann Chenal had three. “Taylor is stepping up her shot attempts and it’s paying dividends in her scoring,” Wink noted. Alseth led the team in rebounds with 11 and Amundson added 10 to their double-doubles. Amundson also had six steals, while Alseth and Chenal each had four. Wink was also pleased with the play of sophomore Alexi McLeod. She had two steals. “I thought Alexi McLeod played a very good defensive game for us when we had some foul issues,” Wink said. Unity 46, Grantsburg 36 GRANTSBURG – The Unity girls had a great night defensively on Friday, Jan. 22, shutting down the Grantsburg offense, and they were able to keep Pirates leading scorer, Cassidy Lee to 13 points. But even then, the Pirates were hanging close with

Frederic sophomore Shelbi Root puts pressure on the Tigers Friday, Jan. 22, in Frederic. – Photo by Becky Amundson the Eagles at the half. Unity coach Rory Paulson knew they were going to be in a scrap. ”Our game with Grantsburg was a highly contested one. Both teams played very hard on the defensive end as the 46-36 score shows. We were fortunate that we were able to make defensive stops at critical times to give ourselves a chance to win. I was most pleased with

Saints players Katie Kopp and Ruthie Stewart collapse on Luck’s Emma Pedersen Friday, Jan. 22. The Cardinals were held to four points in the first half. – Photo by Marty Seeger

our effort. Our effort was the one thing we could control and I feel all gave a great effort throughout this contest.” With Unity pushing the ball downcourt, Grantsburg found themselves unable to keep pace, and then started to foul just to try to catch up. With several girls already in foul trouble, this made things even tougher for the hometown Pirates. Coach Penny Curtin commented on a tough loss for the up-and-coming program. “We struggled offensively … they played really tough-man defense and doubled and tripled Cassidy Lee when she got the ball … she still scored 13. We slowed down the inside game with their bigs, only scoring eight apiece We didn’t want them to beat us inside. Number 43 scored 22 from the outside. They went to the line 32 times to our 15 … the foul count seemed a bit out of proportion.” – Scott Hoffman

St. Croix Falls 43, Luck 25 LUCK – The Saints first-half surge was enough to overcome a struggling Luck team Friday, Jan. 22, that was trying to find an offensive rhythm. The Cardinals scored just four points in the first half, due in part to the Saints pressure defense. By the end of the first half St. Croix Falls was in control 28-4 and never looked back. Luck’s offense played better in the second half, putting up 21 points and limiting the Saints to 15, but the damage was done. Saints junior Ruthie Stewart led the team with 14 points, followed by Adrienne Stoffel, eight, Katie Kopp, seven,

Webster’s Julia Gavin grapples for a ball with Frederic senior Emily Amundson. – Photo by Becky Amundson Addie McCurdy and Annalise Parks each had six, and Becca Nelson added two. Luck was led by Kyla Melin and Paige Runnels who each had six.

Siren 64, Braham, Minn., 48 SIREN – A solid first half by the Siren girls basketball team and 29-14 lead at halftime helped the Dragons win over Braham, Minn., Monday, Jan. 25. Four players put up double digits for the Dragons including Caitlynn Daniels with 19, followed by Ashlee Rightman 14, Laurel Kannenberg, 13, and Haley Peterson, 10. Sarah Shaffer added eight points to the totals, as Siren cruised to their seventh-straight win as they get set to play at home against St. Croix Falls Friday, Jan. 29. It will be Siren’s fourth home game before going back on the road for their next two games against Unity, and Frederic. Siren 64, Solon Springs 42 SIREN – The Dragons got off to a fast start against Solon Springs on Thursday, Jan. 21, and never looked back as they led 41-15 at halftime. Caitlyn Daniels led the Dragons once again in points with 18, followed by Ashlee Rightman, 12, Laurel Kannenberg, nine, Haley Peterson, six, Sarah Shaffer and Abby Kosloski each had four, Elle Emery and Riley Anderson each had three, Jade Horstman and Allie Webster had two apiece and Alexa Buskirk had one.

Unity’s Emma Moore looks for an opening through Grantsburg’s Janessa Bonneville and Jordyn McKenzie on Friday, Jan. 22, at Grantsburg. – Photo by Scott Hoffman

Siren’s defense puts pressure on a Braham, Minn. player during a nonconference game at Siren Monday, Jan. 25. – Photo by Becky Strabel





Saints take 12th at challenging home tourney Conference title match at Clear Lake this Thursday Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix Falls played host to a 20-team tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23, and ended up taking 12th overall among some pretty tough competition. “Probably the toughest tournament in the state after Christmas. There were over 50 wrestlers competing that were rated in the state,” said Saints coach Dan Clark. The Hudson Raiders topped all 20 teams at the Classic followed by Amery, Boyceville, River Falls, Spencer, Chisago Lakes, Totino Grace, Cumberland, Princeton, Northwestern, Pine City, St. Croix Falls, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm, Ladysmith, Cornell, North Branch, Flambeau, Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/ Siren, Ogilvie and Cameron. The Saints had several competing in both varsity and JV levels. Among the varsity they had six wrestlers in the top eight, including Clay Carney, who was the overall champion at 152 pounds. He won four matches on the day with a first-round pin followed by a 6-1 decision against Alex Tompsen of Amery, a 7-3 decision over Will Savre of Totino-Grace and a 2-1 decision over Cody Frederick of Boyceville in the championship match. Also making the finals was Luke Clark at 160. Clark had a bye in the first round and defeated Chance Kamrowski of River Falls by tech fall. He won a major decision over Josh Lange of Pine City, but fell to Hudson’s Ryan McDevitt in the championship round by a 5-2 decision. Other wrestlers finishing strong included Dalton Langer, who took third

Clay Carney was the Saints lone champion at the St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 152 pounds. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted

Spencer Langer gets a pin at 145 pounds. place at 132 pounds. Josey Wilson was seventh at 132, Garrett Bergmann took eighth at 138 and Spencer Langer took eighth at 145. Logan Yira won one match at 106 pounds along with Brandon Bastin at 182. “I was extremely pleased with the way the kids competed against the higher level of competition. Our more experienced kids needed that competition this time of year. Individually we now start to prepare for regionals and sectionals,” coach Clark said. This week the Saints will get an opportunity as a team to hoist the conference championship, but will need to do so against Clear Lake this Thursday, Jan. 28, at Clear Lake. The dual match begins at 7 p.m. Dalton Langer gets Dustin Roach of Ladysmith on his back at 126 pounds. Langer finished third overall.

Luke Clark made the finals at a tough tournament. Clark took second at 160 pounds. – Photo courtesy of Sharon Koshiol

Brandon Bastin wrestled at 182 pounds in St. Croix Falls with a large crowd in attendance, Saturday, Jan. 23. tling Classic held in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, Jan. 23. Steen won three of his matches and lost two. He had two pins and a major decision, but it was a tough day overall for LFGS, who filled just six weight classes at the varsity level. Peter Lund was the only other LFGS wrestler to pick up a win at 152.

St. Croix Falls 53, Turtle Lake 15 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints hosted Turtle Lake/Clayton in a dual match Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. Croix Falls. Five Saints won matches on the night includ-

ing Garrett Bergmann at 138 pounds, over Brandon Hanson by pin in 1:09. At 145, Spencer Langer defeated Thomas Hoffman by pin in 5:01, and Luke Clark defeated Morgan Vennie by a 21-5 tech fall, in 3:57. Brandon Bastin also won his match at 195, over Brendan Swagger by pin in 4:52. At heavyweight, Hunter Hansen got the win over Jordan Rouzer by a 6-0 decision.

Steen takes seventh at St. Croix Falls ST. CROIX FALLS – Luck/Frederic/ Grantsburg/Siren wrestler Parker Steen took seventh at the St. Croix Falls Wres-

Parker Steen of Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren took seventh place at St. Croix Falls, at 285.

Pictured back row, (L to R), are former head wrestling coach Keith O’Donnell, Marc Anderson, Scott Marko, current head coach Dan Clark, and Shane Hansen. These men wrestled for O’Donnell during their high school years. In the front row are their boys who carry on the rich wrestling tradition in their schools. Marko’s son, Hunter Marko, wrestled Anderson’s son, Jacob, in the finals. Hunter came away with the win for Amery. Marc Anderson’s other son, Mitchell, placed second at 106 pounds. Luke Clark was a second-place finisher as well. Hunter Hansen continues to work hard for St. Croix Falls. Not pictured are Jim and Josey Wilson and Mike and Logan Yira. – Photo by Sarah Campbell of Reflective Images with permission





Chili supper to support Luck all-stars LUCK – There will be a chili supper on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to support four Luck football players who will be playing in the all-star game this summer. The supper will be held in the Luck High School Commons from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Luck basketball team will be playing the Webster Tigers that evening, with the girls varsity starting at 5:45 p.m., and the boys varsity starting at 7:15 p.m. The players are asking for freewill donations for the supper. Players include Jared Hunter, Parker Steen, Noah Mortel and Chris Pouliot. They will be playing in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Charity Football Game on Saturday, July 16, at Titan Stadium at UW-Oshkosh. They will play on the eight-man North team and play against the South team. All funds raised will go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. – submitted A chili supper will be held at the Luck High School Commons on Tuesday, Feb. 2, as a fundraiser for Luck football players who will play in the all-star football game this summer. Pictured (L to R): Jared Hunter, Parker Steen, Noah Mortel and Chris Pouliot. – Photo submitted

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Huskies 8, Wolves 7, Strikers 7, Pins 2. Boys games: Jonathan Skow (S) 196, Richard Bugella (H) 171, Keenan Hacker (P) 118. Boys series: Richard Bugella (H) 431, Jonathan Skow (S) 430, Isaiah Otto 295. Girls games: Rachael Bugella (W) 156, Paulina Peterson (W) 134. Girls series: Rachael Bugella (W) 422, Paulina Peterson (W) 347. Team games: Wolves 290, Strikers 281, Huskies 279. Team series: Wolves 769, Huskies 726, Pins 725. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Badgers 9, Swans 8, Bears 8, Swans 7, Eagles 5, Mallards 5, Hummingbirds 4, Night Hawks 2. Men’s games: Lee Mangelsen 244, Lloyd Swanson 227, Jim Merritt 207. Men’s series: Lloyd Swanson 610, Lee Mangelsen 572, Jim Merritt 547. Women’s games: Nancy Anderson 189, Sandy Bannie 178, Kim Owens 177. Women’s series: Sandy Bannie 511, Nancy Anderson 481, Pat Bresina 478. Team games: Swans 719, Vultures 678, Mallards 639. Team series: Swans 2006, Vultures 1933, Eagles 1786. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 30, Maurer Power 23, Pioneer Bar 20.5, S&G 18, House of Wood 17.5. Individual games: Don Swenson 268, Dale Frandsen 248, Tony Wilson 247. Individual series: Tony Wilson 664, Dale Frandsen 655, Bruce Teigen & Ed Bitler 637. Team games: Maurer Power 669, Yellow Lake Lodge 653, House of Wood 648. Team series: Maurer Power 1824, Yellow Lake Lodge 1820, S&G 1759. Consecutive strikes: Don Swenson 268 (8x), Bruce Teigen 240 (7x), Dale Frandsen 248 (6x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Don Swenson 268 (+94); Dale Frandsen 248 (+62); Tony Wilson 247 (+54); Bruce Teigen 240 (+54). Splits converted: 3-10: David Hall. 6-710: Curtis Renfroe. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 9, Cummings Lumber 8, Hansen Farms 7, Stotz & Co. 7, Skol Bar 6, Cifaldi Motors 6, Luck Laundry 5, Bye 0. Individual games: Chuck Kruse (CL) 244, Brett Daeffler (SB) 236, Dale Rowell (PB) 230. Individual series: Dale Peterson (LL) 610, Dale Rowell (PB) 607, Moose Wil-

son (SB) 606. Team games: Skol Bar 998, Pioneer Bar 974, Skol Bar 954. Team series: Skol Bar 2871, Pioneer Bar 2773, Luck Laundry 2644. Thursday Early Standings: Backwoods Beer & Bait 18.5, LakeLand Communications 15, Wikstrom Construction 14, Red Iron Studios 12.5, Hell Raisers 12, Fab Four 11, American Family Siren 10.5, Grindell Law Offices 10.5. Individual games: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 266, Don McKinney (FF) 237, Edward Bitler (RIS) 224. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 687, Edward Bitler (RIS) 605, Don Swenson (WC) 572. Team games: LakeLand Communications 588, Grindell Law Offices 586, Fab Four 585. Team series: LakeLand Communications 1618, Wikstrom Construction 1590, Red Iron Studios 1586. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Curtis Renfroe 266 (6x), Edward Bitler 224 (5x), Don McKinney 237 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Carl Carpenter 187 (+60); Dave Grindell 222 (+52); Dennis Lieder 214 (+57); Don McKinney 237 (+57); Curtis Renfroe 266 (+95). Series 150 pins over series: Curtis Renfroe 687 (+174). Splits converted: 2-7: Brandon Dahl (LC). 2-4-6: Kennan Hackett (LC). Friday Night Mixed Standings: Frederic Design & Promotions 10, Junque Art 7, Pin Heads 6, The Leader 5. Individual games: Pat Traun 192, Jen Ellefson 191, Karen Carlson 182. Individual series: Pat Traun 560, Karen Carlson 512, Cindy Denn 489. Team games: The Leader 846, Pin Heads 837, Junque Art 794. Team series: The Leader 2419, Pin Heads 2411, Frederic Design & Promotions 2313. Games 50 or more above avg.: Becky Frandsen. Splits converted: 3-10: Jen Ellefson. 2-7: Tammy Lindberg. McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 100, Sam’s Carpentry 95, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 71, McKenzie Lanes 68, Gutterbugs 67, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 58. Individual games: Helen Leggitt 211, Pattie Johnson 192, Susan Meyers 180. Individual series: Helen Leggitt 529, Pattie Johnson 512, Cindy Castellano 486.

Team games: Sam’s Carpentry 810. Team series: Sam’s Carpentry 2396. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 30, Bon Ton 28, Eagle Lounge 18, Kemps Quality Siding 18, Alleycats 16, Bewitched 10. Individual games: Lois Murphy 197, Lorrie Beyl 187, Kelley Hill & Debbie Swanson 181. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 487, Sue Wonka 483, Kelley Hill 481. Team games: Mishaps 687, Bon Ton 619. Team series: Mishaps 1820, Bon Ton 1744. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 33, Logoton P.C. 32, Edina Realty 31, The Cobbler Shop 30.5, G.A. Screenprinting 28.5, The Dugout 28, Steve’s Appliance Plus 28, Bye 0. Individual games: Jesse Schultz 279, Tim Turk 279, Doug Oryan 269. Individual series: Jesse Schultz 663, Don Kamish 654, Gene Braund 648. Team games: Hack’s Pub 1261. Team series: Hack’s Pub 3436. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 53, Gutter Dusters 48, Jeff’s Small Engine 46.5, Split Happens 45.5, Custom Outfitter 44.5, Main Street Cafe 36.5, Kassel Tap 35, Hauge Dental 30. Individual games: Shirley Wiswell 202, Toni Sloper 196, Audrey Ruck 192. Individual series: Shirley Wiswell 509, Sudrey Ruck 506, Jane Smith 497. Team games: Hauge Dental 829, Gutter Dusters 813, Kassel Tap 807. Team series: Jeff’s Small Engine 2358, Hauge Dental 2351, Kassel Tap 2326. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 32, Thirsty Otter 24, Loveless Lake Bar 22, Adamark Repair 20, Maxwell Heating & Air 20, McKenzie Lanes 18, Suzie Q’s 16, 5 J’s Sports Bar 8. Men’s games: Jeff Lhemann 252, Mike Welling 228, Eric Hoffman & Mark Kamish 225. Men’s series: Mike Welling and Mark Kamish 618, Mark Anderson 610.

Women’s games: Pamela Knoche 211, Jeanne Kizer 153, Dixie Runberg 151. Women’s series: Pamela Knoche 560, Jeanne Kizer 446, Dixie Runberg 425. Team games: 5 J’s Sports Bar 760. Team series: Gehrman Auto Body 2084. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 23, Fox Ridge Farm 23, Jeff’s Small Engine 19, Captain’s Bar & Grill 16, McKenzie Lanes 11, Dalles Electric 7, 5 J’s Sports Bar 5, Hanjo Farms 4. Individual games: Jason Steffen 300, Darren McKenzie 268, Jeff Lehmann 257. Individual series: Jesse Schultz 702, Rick Katzmark 679, Darren McKenzie 676. Team games: McKenzie Lanes 1169, Tiger Express 1129. Team series: Fox Ridge Farm 3163, Tiger Express 3115. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Soul Sisters 82.5, Hauge Dental 82.5, Central Bank 81.5, TL Enterprise 70, Hack’s Pub 69.5, JJ’s 61.5, Cutting Edge Pro 53, Eagle Valley Bank 43.5. Individual games: Jennifer Whelan 225, Dawn High 210, Alisa Lamb 200. Individual series: Jennifer Whelan 533, Dawn High 520, Alisa Lamb 507. Team games: Soul Sisters 663, Cutting Edge Pro 623, Hack’s Pub 621. Team series: Soul Sisters 1905, Hack’s Pub 1782, Hauge Dental 1685. Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 18-2, Zia Louisa’s 14-6, The Tap 7-13, Black & Orange 1-19. Individual games: Linda Strong (ZL) 206, Sally Casey (ZL) 176, Mary Eifler (GDS) 170. Individual series: Linda Strong (ZL) 519, Sally Casey (ZL) 465, Claudia Peterson (T) 454. Team games: Zia Louisa’s 928, The Tap 913, Gandy Dancer Saloon 901. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 2743, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2626, The Tap 2584. Games 50 or more above avg.: Linda Strong 206 (+66). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, Gob’s Gals, A&H Country Market, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Vivian Marx (GG) 192, Jan Budge (TS) 185, Vivian Marx (GG) 179. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 540, Jan Budge (TS) 470, Cindy Hesik (GG) 404. Team games: Gob’s Gals 599 & 571, The Shop 567. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1695, The Shop

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





Grantsburg/Luck takes seventh at Rice Lake Marty Seeger|Staff writer RICE LAKE – The Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team took seventh place at the Rice Lake Invitational held on Saturday, Jan. 23, with a score of 124.725. “We started strong on vault with a team score of 33.50 with Gracie Gerber leading the team with an 8.85, placing fifth,” said coach Kathy Lund. Jessee Lerud was the overall winner on the uneven bars with a score of 8.75, and Gerber took sixth with 7.875. On the balance beam Lerud took fourth with a score of 8.675, and both Morgan Pfaff and Holly Fiedler stuck their beam routines according to Lund. The allaround event featured Pfaff in eighth place with a score of 32.05, and Brittanie Blume had a season-high score on the floor exercise with 7.35. The gymnasts will now have a short break in the competition before they host their next home meet at the Grantsburg Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 11, against Superior. It is also Parents Night. North Branch, Minn., meet GRANTSBURG – A home meet was held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Grantsburg Community Center with the Grantsburg/ Luck gymnastics team competing against

North Branch, Minn. North Branch came out ahead with a score of 142.65, while the Grantsburg/ Luck team finished with a score of 131.4. Jessee Lerud finished in first place in two of the three events she competed in, including the bars with a score of 9.5, and beam with a score of 9.1. She also was second in the floor exercise by a close score of 9.5, while a North Branch gymnast scored a 9.6. Pfaff finished fourth overall in the allaround with a total score of 34, and Gracie Gerber finished fifth overall in the all-around with 31.6. With a score of 8.4, Pfaff placed fourth in the vault, and fifth on the beam with 8.0. She was also fifth on floor exercise with a score of 9.0.

Holly Fiedler competes on the uneven bars at the Rice Lake Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23. – Photos by Josh Riewestahl



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

Overall 12-1 9-4 11-3 5-9 4-8 5-9 2-10


Upcoming Thursday, Jan. 28 7:15 p.m. Siren at Drummond Friday, Jan. 29 7:15 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Siren (DH) Luck at Unity (DH) Grantsburg at Webster (DH) Saturday, Jan. 30 5 p.m. Elmwood/PC vs. Frederic at UW-Stout Monday, Feb. 1 7:15 p.m. Webster at Cumberland (DH) Cameron at St. Croix Falls Tuesday, Feb. 2 5:45 p.m. Frederic at Grantsburg (DH) 7:15 p.m. Webster at Luck (DH) Siren at Unity (DH)

Upcoming Thursday, Jan. 28 7:15 p.m. Solon Springs at Luck Friday, Jan. 29 5:45 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Siren (DH) Luck at Unity (DH) Grantsburg at Webster (DH) Saturday, Jan. 30 5:45 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Siren (DH) Monday, Feb. 1 5:45 p.m. Webster at Cumberland (DH) Tuesday, Feb. 2 5:45 p.m. Webster at Luck (DH) Siren at Unity (DH) 7:15 p.m. Frederic at Grantsburg (DH) 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Amery

BOYS HOCKEY Standings Conference 2-6

Overall 12-4 12-3 7-4 7-8 5-9 7-8 4-9

Scores Thursday, Jan. 21 Siren 64, Solon Springs 42 Friday, Jan. 22 Frederic 55, Webster 44 Unity 46, Grantsburg 36 St. Croix Falls 43, Luck 25 Monday, Jan. 25 St. Croix Falls 66, Cumberland 34 Siren 64, Braham, Minn., 48 Tuesday, Jan. 26 Luck 46, Birchwood 37 Webster 80, Spooner 62 Rush City, Minn. 57, Frederic 53

Thursday, Jan. 21 Siren 52, Northwood 49 Friday, Jan. 22 Frederic 66, Webster 41 Unity 58, Grantsburg 48 Luck 73, St. Croix Falls 48 Monday, Jan. 25 Siren 70, Clear Lake 64 Tuesday, Jan. 26 Cameron 52, Unity 30 Amery 71, St. Croix Falls 53

Team Blizzard

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

Overall 6-8-1

Scores Saturday, Jan. 23 Becker, Minn., 4, Blizzard 2 Tuesday, Jan. 26 Blizzard 7, Amery 0

Morgan Pfaff, above, and Jessee Lerud, right, of the Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team compete on the uneven bars at the Rice Lake Invitational. Pfaff was a fourth place finisher in the all-around, and Lerud placed first on the bars.

WRESTLING Upcoming Thursday, Jan. 28 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake LFGS at Turtle Lake


Thursday, Jan. 28 7 p.m. New Richmond vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg Saturday, Jan. 30 3 p.m. Chequamegon vs. Blizzard at Siren Tuesday, Feb. 2 7 p.m. Pine City, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg

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

GIRLS HOCKEY Team Blizzard

Standings Conference 0-6

Scores Thursday, Jan. 21 Western Wisconsin Stars 7, Blizzard 4 Saturday, Jan. 23 Lakeland Union 5, Blizzard 1 Upcoming Saturday, Jan. 30 Noon Middleton vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg Tuesday, Feb. 2 7 p.m. Blizzard vs. Hayward Co-op at Siren

Overall 0-12

The Prediction King was 8-1 last week. His season record is now 6114, which raised his success rate to 81 percent. “I hit several games with nearly pinpoint accuracy,” he said with a wide grin. “Obviously I was most proud of my Unity-Grantsburg THE SWAMI boys prediction, but I was nearly spot-on in several other games as well. This proves I’m not just a one-trick-pony,” he added.

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This week’s games: Boys Grantsburg 70, Webster 43 St. Croix Falls 60, Siren 53 PC-E 68, Frederic 55 Unity 59, Luck 50 Girls Grantsburg 51, Webster 40 St. Croix Falls 49, Siren 48 Unity 45, Luck 34 Frederic 55, Grantsburg 53 The Swami continues to graciously and promptly answer all emails and can be reached at




Webster hosts high school ice-fishing tourney A break in the extreme cold weather helps turnout Scott Hoffman|Staff writer CLAM LAKE – Webster has been enjoying a boon of interest in their ice-fishing team. It has been showing in both their participating numbers and turnout from other schools at their home tourney at Clam lake just east of Siren. This was the second year at Clam Lake, after the first year when Yellow lake was home ice. Coach Bill Schrooten was excited for the turnout and the fun had by all. “We had a really good turnout for our tournament today on Clam Lake. We had a total of 13 schools, with 20 teams, totaling 159 kids.” The local businesses saw a big spike in sales of minnows, munchies and equipment as thousands of holes where cut in the 1,300-acre lake. Unity Team 1 had a great day on the ice, taking home a huge trophy with 249.5 points. Each 10-student team was able to measure, release and register 10 fish, with a point for each inch of fish caught, gaining a 10-point bonus for each species caught. By using this system it encourages release of all fish and promotes teamwork.

Clam Lake ice-fishing results Standings 1. Unity Team 1, 249.5 2 Osceola, 238.8 3. Barron 1, 228.75 4. Prescott 1, 222 5. New Richmond Orange, 206.25 6. Luck, 180.5 7. Grantsburg, 175.5 8. Shell Lake 172.25 9. Barron 2, 156.25 10. Webster, 154.50 11. Siren 1, 149.75 12. Prescott 2, 141.50 13. Prairie Farm Green, 141 14. Prairie Farm Black, 113.25 15. North Red, 105.50 16. Unity 2, 90.50 17. North Blue, 87.50 18. Siren 2 19. New Richmond Black 20. Amery

Unity Team 1, high-school ice-fishing team, brought home the first-place trophy during a contest held on Clam Lake east of Siren on Saturday, Jan. 23. Nearly 160 high school students competed in the contest. – Photos by Scott Hoffman

Blake Jensen holds out a 26-inch pike he caught at Clam Lake on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Largest-fish category winners Northern pike: Barron, Austin Coleman, 30 inches Largest walleye: Barron, Dana Hilbert, 17.25 inches Largest bass: Unity, Dan Hasselquist, 18.50 inches Largest crappie: Barron, Noah Massie, 13.50 inches Largest perch: New Richmond, Dawson Minke, 11-inches Largest sunfish: Grantsburg, Brock Anderson, 10 inches

Webster’s Bill Schrooten prepares to hand out the hardware to the winning high school ice-fishing teams.

Public comment sought, meetings set on 10-year panfish management plan MADISON – A new, 10-year panfish plan that focuses on habitat improvements, predator management and revised bag limits to boost panfish management across Wisconsin is up for public comment and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has set three meetings statewide in early February to encourage feedback. Panfish are the target of more anglers in Wisconsin than any other group of fish. The 10-year management plan aims to improve panfish opportunities for anglers including restoring size structure on lakes where smaller fish have become more prevalent in recent years, improving habitat, engaging anglers and supporting research on panfish. The draft 10-Year Strategic Plan for Managing Wisconsin’s

Panfish was developed with extensive public input, data analysis and review of existing literature and is now up for a final round of feedback before being implemented, said Max Wolter, a DNR fisheries biologist and panfish team leader. “We’ve received substantial input from anglers and listened to their concerns ranging from the role of predators to fishing pressure to habitat changes on some lakes,” Wolter said. “To make sure we’re addressing anglers’ concerns in the plan, we’re scheduling a final comment period and series of public meetings for Hayward, Waukesha and Waupaca.” To date, the draft plan has been shaped by more than 3,500 responses to surveys, more than 30 public meetings and multiple questions on two spring hearing ques-

tionnaires for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Wolter said the panfish team focused on meshing the technical side of panfish management with common themes that emerged during the public input process. “Ultimately, we produced a plan that blends background, technical information, and a strategic framework for better managing panfish over the next 10 years,” he said. The plan pays extra attention to improving and protecting habitat and discusses the use of predators in managing panfish, two areas anglers consistently supported. Support for statewide regulation changes drew mixed responses from the public but most anglers supported using regulations to improve underachieving lakes, a

strategy that is laid out in the plan. Given the timing of the regulation cycle and support for improving underachieving lakes, a set of experimental regulations on 94 lakes was proposed on the 2014 spring hearings and supported. These regulation changes will go into effect April 1. For a complete list of lakes that will be governed by the experimental regulations, check out the factsheet. The experimental regulations will be evaluated over the next five years. One of the three meetings is set for Hayward on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6-9 p.m., at the Hayward Veteran’s Center, 10534 S. Main St., Hayward, 54843. – from dnr.


Sway at roundabout leads to third DUI

Amery man faces charges after alleged drunk driving

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department placed a 26-yearold Amery man under arrest for his third charge of driving while intoxicated, after he was seen driving erratically near the Hwy. 8 roundabout at Hwy. 46, shortly

Kody M. Koch

after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 23. Kody M. Koch, 26, Amery, is facing a misdemeanor DUI, third offense, charge for the incident, after a PCSD deputy noticed his driving was erratic at the roundabout, making wide

turns, striking the curb and other actions. The deputy also noticed a passenger had tossed a full can of beer from the car as they passed. Koch reportedly had slurred speech and smelled of intoxicants and admitted to having just left a rural Amery-area tavern with his passenger. Koch refused to take a field sobriety test, and after several queries, he told the deputy to “just arrest me,” and he was

taken to the Amery Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. Those results were not available at press time. He does have two prior DUI convictions in Wisconsin, one in 2008 and another in 2010.

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Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Polk County prosecutors continue to move forward with two felony charges against Levi Acre-Kendall, 20, the Cambridge, Minn., man freed last month after he was found not guilty at trial in the stabbing death of Peter Kelly at Interstate Park. Acre-Kendall is facing two felony charges of bail jumping after he was released on bond and then accused of trying to influence other witnesses in the homicide case through social media posts. Reportedly, Polk County prosecutor Dan Steffen met with Acre-Kendall’s attorneys and Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Monday, Jan. 25, to schedule a hard date for motions to be filed in the case, although those dates were not made public as of press time. Steffen confirmed that motion dates have been set, and while the status of the charges remains unclear, the essence of the allegations remain technically unaffected by the not-guilty verdict in December. Acre-Kendall remains free on a $20,000 cash bond for the bond-jumping charges. Background Acre-Kendall was charged with first-degree homicide in mid-April 2015 for Kelly’s stabbing death after an escalated argument across the St. Croix River turned violent, with Acre-Kendall admitting he stabbed Kelly in the chest in self-defense. Kelly died a short time later from his stab wound to the heart. Prosecutors would later add a lesser charge option for the jury to consider at trial. After more than a week of testimony and most of a weekend of deliberations, he was found not guilty on a both homicide charges last December. Acre-Kendall was originally held in custody on a $125,000 cash bond for

the original homicide charge. However, after a motion to reduce his bond amount, GaleWyrick reduced the requ ired b ond amount down by $50,000 to allow the release, meaning Levi Acre-Kendall his family put up a $75,000 cash bond on May 7 to free Acre-Kendall while he awaited trial on the homicide charge. The terms of that bond release were extensive and included electronic monitoring, a 9 p.m. curfew, no travel outside Minnesota and presigned extradition papers, on top of other strict stipulations of no-contact orders with the other witnesses in the case. However, within hours of his release, Acre-Kendall was commenting on the case on a Twitter social media account, as well as changing his profile photo from a previous mountain scene to an older photo of him fishing with two of the other witnesses to the stabbing, whom he was not supposed to contact. Polk County authorities were made aware of the posts several days later and, after an investigation, charged Acre-Kendall with an additional two counts of felony bail jumping on top of the homicide charges. He was taken back into custody on May 15 and extradited back to Wisconsin to return to jail. In spite of the not-guilty verdict on the homicide charges, Acre-Kendall’s two felony bond-jumping charges remain, each of which carries a potential sentence of six years in jail and up to or including a $10,000 fine.

Social media on trial? At the preliminary hearing on the bond-jumping charges a short time later, Steffen pointed to a specific post Acre-Kendall made within hours of his release that day on his Twitter account,


“If you are praying for me, please keep the Kelly family in mind as well, I never intended for this to happen and I wish it never did.” Steffen said that the post went to all of Acre-Kendalls’ Twitter account followers, which included over 450 people and included at least two of the other men on the scene when the stabbing occurred. He later wrote a message that he was “... going to Chipotle (restaurant) to gain back the 15 pounds I lost.” While Acre-Kendall’s attorneys tried to paint the posts as something “the world can see,” and therefore not specific to the two witnesses, Steffen was adamant that Acre-Kendall knew exactly who was following him, and pointed to a PCSD investigator who set up a similar account and asked to “follow” the defendant, who originally accepted the request, but then “blocked” the investigator an hour or so later. “He had multiple attorneys explaining it (no contact) to him,” Steffen said. “He knows this was contact.” Steffen also stressed the photo profile change as another indication that he was trying to get a message out to the other witnesses “to keep their story straight,” he said. That profile photo Acre-Kendall changed to use for his account showed him and two of the other stabbing witnesses when they were children, fishing on a boat. Steffen said that the PCSD investigators interviewed both of the men pictured, and they both admitted to having seen the posts and the photo. They also said Acre-Kendall later blocked them from further account access, but they were not sure when he set that blocking action. Steffen said the posts, photo change and subsequent investigator being blocked meant Acre-Kendall was “very aware of his account,” and pointed to his extensive Twitter activity, which included over 14,000 previous posts by the defendant. “This is a different age, an age of social media, and the ability to contact is much different now, as you can contact someone in the blink of an eye,” Steffen said during that hearing.

In Acre-Kendall’s defense At the same preliminary hearing last year, Acre-Kendall’s attorney, Eric Nelson, painted the Twitter posts as a sort of

“generational commonality,” a new reality of modern social media and about as nonspecific as could be imagined. “He (Acre-Kendall) was simply relieved to be released from jail,” Nelson said, “so he sends a message anyone in the world can see. This is not passing a note in class.” Nelson suggested that the posts were “incidental contact” that his client had no intent to influence the case or try to get a message to his friends, who happened to be witnesses. “You have to look at the context of the modern era,” Nelson said, noting how his client had followed all of the other rules of his release up until that point. Nelson also pointed to other possible interpretations of no-contact violations, suggesting the Twitter posts were akin to his client doing a TV interview that the other witnesses could watch. “It’s not some sort of ‘secret message,’ it’s not a ‘hey, buddy, let’s keep our story straight.’” Nelson said that adding the fishing photo change was also “an innocent act ... These were simply the people who were important in his life.” Nelson also suggested that even blocking the two witnesses could be construed as a no-contact violation, as they would be notified of their being blocked. He cited several legal precedents on noted no-contact violations and how they have changed over the years, as technology and social norms also change. “This is a questionable breach with questionable intent,” Nelson added. “There are generational differences about social media,” GaleWyrick admitted as she considered whether the state had enough evidence for a trial to go ahead. “But even putting that behavior in the context of the modern era ... there is sufficient evidence to bind over for trial.” Acre-Kendall’s release from jail after his not-guilty verdict was accompanied by court actions meant to keep his privacy, including redacting and sealing his address from all public court files, reportedly due to perceived threats and media queries. The Leader will continue to follow all action on the Acre-Kendall bail-jumping case.

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The Polk County Special Olympics snowshoe team recently competed in the state snowshoe competition at Nine Mile Forest south of Wausau. Pictured (L to R) are: Coach Pat Meier, athletes Shelly Anderson, St. Croix Falls; Devin Orton, Town of Eureka; Jason Neidermire, Osceola; Chris Richter, Frederic; Crystal Fougner, Amery; and Jordan Anderson, Clayton. The 4x200-meter relay team consisting of Neidermire, Fougner, Jordan Anderson and Richter, along with alternates Shelly Anderson and Orton, won first-place gold medals for the Polk County relay team, Storm. Other awards earned were: Shelly Anderson, Division 5, 50 meters, gold medal, and Division 4, 100 meters, gold medal; Orton, Division 8, 50 meters, fourth-place ribbon, and Division 9, 100 meters, gold medal; Neidermire, Division 14, 100 meters, fourth-place ribbon, and Division 5, 200 meters, bronze medal; Richter, Division 14, 100 meters, silver medal, and Division 6, 200 meters, silver medal; Fougner, Division 11, 100 meters, gold medal, and Division 4, 200 meters, silver medal; and Jordan Anderson, Division 11, 100 meters, silver medal, and Division 3, 200 meters, bronze medal. – Photo submitted

Rich Kremer | WPR News EAU CLAIRE - An Eau Claire County official is seeking to amend the state Constitution to make county treasurers an appointed position, following a major embezzlement case involving a former treasurer. Eau Claire County Board Supervisor Jean Schlieve said she’ll introduce a resolution in February calling on lawmakers to vote for such an amendment. Currently, county treasurers are an elected position. Schlieve said that when Wisconsin became a state in 1848, the position was not

as specialized as it is now. She said counties need a better vetting process. “We need to have someone with some expertise,” she said. “The way it is now, anybody can be elected.” Last May, the Eau Claire County treasurer and his assistant were arrested for stealing more than $600,000 from taxpayers. Schlieve said the case should add momentum to her proposal. “The problem with it before was people said, ‘Well, yeah that’s a good idea. But we’ve got other things to do.’ And now we don’t. We have to do this,” said Schlieve. The Wisconsin Counties Association said the idea of changing the way treasurers are selected isn’t new, but there isn’t a lot of support elsewhere in the state for a change.


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Polk County deaths Lydia M. Bozych, 91, Centuria, died Jan. 12, 2016. Jon C. Fredrickson, 52, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 14, 2016. Bernice F. Hardina, 92, Amery, died Jan. 14, 2016. Barbara J. Montgomery, 90, Osceola, died Jan. 15, 2016. (Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. CHER M. BRADT, et al. Defendants Case No. 15 CV 0300 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 27, 2015, in the amount of $107,471.38, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: February 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes by purchaser. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 4, Block 6, Original Plat of Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 506 River Street, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO: 165-00025-000. Dated this 20th day of January 2016. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 7071 South 13th Street Suite #100 Oak Creek, WI 53154 640987 414-761-1700 WNAXLP

Donald L. Olson, 95, Amery, died Jan. 16, 2016. John R. Letch, 83, Osceola, died Jan. 17, 2016. Marguerite C. Walsten, 93, Luck, died Jan. 17, 2016. Dorothy M. Edgell, 101, St. Croix Falls, died Jan. 19, 2016. David E. Ruhsam, 90, Osceola, died Jan. 19, 2016. Terry E. Newman, 63, Woodbury, Minn., died Jan. 20, 2016.

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

(Jan. 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ALLY FINANCIAL INC. Post Office Box 13024 Roseville, MN 55113 Plaintiff(s) vs. GARETT W. PETERSON 155 U.S. Highway 63 Clear Lake, WI 54005 AND TIMERA PETERSON 334 1st Avenue West Clear Lake, WI 54005 Defendant(s). Small Claims Publication Summons And Notice Case No. 15SC892 Publication Summons And Notice of Filing TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Polk County Courthouse, 715485-9299, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on the following date and time: February 29, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. If you do not file an answer, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to Answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the Clerk of Court before the court date. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the Clerk of Court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call: 715-485-9299. Michael C. Koehn, S.C., Attorney 131 South Barstow St., Ste. 600 Eau Claire, WI 54701 715-832-5074 January 13, 2016 State Bar No.: 1006590 640983 WNAXLP

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

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

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The Next Meeting Of The Meenon Town Board Will Be Held On Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 7 p.m. At The Meenon Town Hall Agenda items to include: Clerk; treasurer, chairman, supervisor and road reports; discussion on new equipment for possible purchase; approval of any operator licenses; discussion on town employee position; items for the March, 2016 meeting and payment of bills. 641091 24L 14a Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk



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


Regular Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

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TOWN OF BONE LAKE ORDINANCE 1-2016 On January 14, 2016, the Bone Lake Town Board, at a duly noticed meeting, unanimously adopted Ordinance 1-2016. This ordinance would allow ATV traffic on a one-half-mile portion of State Highway 48, from 95th Street easterly one half mile to 90th Street. This ordinance becomes effective upon the approval of the Bureau of Highway Maintenance of the WI DOT and the WI DNR. If approval is allowed, it shall remain in effect until the Town Board deems it necessary to rescind the ordinance. The entire text of the ordinance can be obtained from the Town Clerk at 715-472-8212. Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk 641073 24L WNAXLP



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1. President Mrs. Amundson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in the District Boardroom. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Ennis and Mr. Chell. Administration present: Mr. Robinson and Mr. Fisher. 2. Motion Nelson/Chell to approve the consent agenda items, including the agenda as presented, minutes of the 11/18/15 regular and 11/18/ 15 closed meeting, invoices and receipts, budget, contracts (Matt Ennis as High School boys basketball volunteer and Cassie McKenzie as High School girls basketball volunteer) as presented. Motion carried 4-0. 3. Persons Requesting an Audience with the Board: a. None. 4. Board member Reports/Governance: a. None. 5. Reports of the Administration: a. Mr. Robinson presented the District Administrator report. b. Mr. Fisher presented the 6-12 school report. 6. Motion Nelson/Chell to approve the 700 Series: Support Services and 453.3 Communicable Diseases. Motion carried: 5-0. 7. Action Items: a. Motion Chell/Ennis to approve the District Audit Report as presented by Larry Stotz. Motion carried: 5-0 b. Mrs. Tietz and students Chris Kuechenmeister and Jon Erickson presented on the Frederic Business program, FBLA and opportunities for our students and community. 8. Closed Session Meeting: Mrs. Amundson announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of Personnel Discussion. Mrs. Amundson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by Wisconsin Statutes: 19.85 (1) (c) in considering employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility,(f) in considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person. Motion Holicky/Chell to convene to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 5-0. Time 8:11 p.m. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Ennis and Mr. Chell. Administration present: Mr. Robinson and Mr. Fisher. Motion Chell/Nelson to adjourn to closed session and return to open session. Motion carried 5-0. Time 8:50 p.m. 9. No business as a result of closed session. 10. Motion Holicky/Nelson to adjourn, carried 5-0. Time 8:51 p.m. Libby Cheever, Recording Secretary 640978 24L Next regular board meeting: Wednesday January 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

VILLAGE OF SIREN Effective February 1, 2016 The Siren Village Clerk’s Office 640979 24L Hours Will Be: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NOTICE OF POSITION OPENING Elementary School Long-term Substitute Teacher

Position: Long-term substitute position serving the Elementary School. Qualifications Necessary: Qualified applicants of high character should possess a high level of content knowledge; believe all students can learn and that teachers play an active role in the learning process; display strong communication, leadership and organizational skills; enjoy working with elementary school-age children; be willing to collaborate with colleagues and be dedicated individuals who exhibit a strong desire to improve student learning. Requirements: Applicants must have appropriate DPI licensure or be eligible for such licensure. How to Apply: Qualified, interested persons should apply by sending a letter of application, District application (available at, resume, copy of license or evidence of license eligibility, transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation to: Brandon W. Robinson, District Administrator Unity School District 1908 150th Street/Hwy. 46 North Balsam Lake, WI 54810-7267 Deadline: February 5, 2016 641020 24-25L 14a,d EOE Unity School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.



Full-time – Exempt (Salaried) Position Polk County is seeking experienced law enforcement professionals as candidates for the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff. This position is responsible to provide strategic management and leadership of the overall four divisions of the Sheriff’s Department: Field Service, Jail, Emergency Management and Communication. Must be an experienced law enforcement professional and proven leader, committed to the professional development of the department. The candidate will be an exceptional communicator, able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the department and Polk County, be politically astute and committed to a positive working environment in the delivery of services. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field with executive management certificates including the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety or other similar state and/or national programs desirable. The candidate will have at least five years of related experience in a law enforcement leadership position and the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of the position. Candidates must be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Administrative Certificate within a reasonable period of time following appointment. Submit resume, cover letter and contact information with 5 professional references by February 28, 2016, to Joseph De Lopez or Paul Harlow at: Electronic submissions are required. Telephone inquiries: 847-380-3240. Polk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AA/EEOC 641118 24L


The gentle hand of justice

Burnett County Drug Court offers recovery options for drug addicts

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Judge Kenneth Kutz, his white hair and disarmingly warm smile a sharp contrast to his black robe and the cold interior of the courtroom, presided over the Burnett County Drug Court on Thursday, Jan. 21. The judge extended the gentle hand of justice to six adults who appeared one by one before him to give testimony to their struggle in overcoming the demon grip of drug addiction. The six adults are at various stages of an intensive yearlong, judicially supervised drug addiction recovery program. Most of them are struggling through multiyear addiction to drugs such as methamphetamine, opiates or cocaine. Many of them, while in the throes of their addiction, have engaged in some form of criminal behavior. With years of prison time, or other criminal justice punishments looming before them, the drug and alcohol court allows an alternative to a criminal record or cell bars by offering a unique drug treatment program notable for its effectiveness. The drug and alcohol court is managed by Tessa Anderson, who coordinates a variety of treatment services out of a small storefront office in downtown Siren. The intensive yearlong treatment program offers a Circle Talk, where the drug addicted talk through their issues with adults who have successfully completed the recovery program. Anderson also oversees professionally guided workshops on topics such as cognitive thinking and mindfulness. All elements of the program are designed to empower the drug addicted with the inner fortitude necessary to resist the pull of drugs and re-enter the community as sober and productive citizens. Individuals in the program are subjected to regular drug testing and staying sober is a requirement. Each participant has a community sponsor and must perform community service. The program also offers job placement.

Testimony before the judge Outside the courtroom, before the court is to begin, the six adults discuss among themselves the number of days each has been sober. Some members are deep into the program while others are relatively new. They vary in age from early 20s to mid-30s. A clerk opens the door and they enter the courtroom greeted by Anderson and other members of the drug court team. As the judge enters they all rise. “Please be seated,” the judge says, smiling to the group. He calls each one up to the prosecutor’s table by name. One man in his mid-30s, his head shaved, approaches the table and sits down. The man is entering stage three of the recovery process. The judge warmly greets the

A young woman made her first appearance before the judge. She has been in the drug court program for one month. “When I first started I didn’t want to be here,” the woman said. “I thought it would be a setup for failure. It’s not what I thought it would be. I’m very thankful to be in the program. The mindfulness group has been helpful.” “The drug court program is only as good as what the participant puts into it,” the judge told her. “You have got to want to succeed.”

Judge Kenneth Kutz presents Lyle Lozier with a certificate of completion. Lozier completed the intensive yearlong substance abuse program offered by the Burnett County Drug Court program. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson man, congratulating him on his progress to date. “How are you coming along in the recovery process?” the judge asked. The man leaned back in his chair. “Let me tell you, judge, I’m enjoying the changes in my life. It feels good.” The man has been sober now for more than 200 days. He has been job placed with a drug treatment and recovery agency. “But it’s hard,” the man said, sighing deeply as he addressed the judge. “Recently I had to use the tools I learned in cognitive thinking. If something in my schedule changes it nearly throws me off. I have my routine, every morning I wake up and make my child something to eat and get her on the school bus. I go to work, pick my daughter up and we go home, eat our meal together and go to sleep. But on Martin Luther King Day she didn’t have school and I didn’t have to work and right off the bat my thinking starts to go off. Right away things started going negative.” “And how did you handle that?” the judge asked. “I went outside and sat in my yard,” the man said. “I put my tobacco down and prayed to the Creator. The Creator keeps me sober.” The judge addressed the man in a dignified manner, acknowledging the man’s struggles and encouraging his perseverance. “Many people in the recovery community look to you as an example. They know that if you can overcome addiction, so can they. The drug court is really satisfied with the progress you have made.” The judge presented the man with a certificate acknowledging his completion of the second phase of the recovery program, welcoming him into his third, and final phase, of the drug court treatment process.

Shackled in handcuffs Another man, not yet 30, sat in the courtroom, shackled in handcuffs and wearing the humiliating orange-striped prison garb of the incarcerated. He had been picked up on a warrant after abandoning the drug court treatment process. He had fled knowing that his two most recent drug tests would come back positive for methamphetamine. He has been sitting in the county jail the past seven days. “Why did you flee? Why did you drop out from the recovery program?” the judge asked. “I knew I was digging myself in a deeper hole,” the man said. “I knew the tests would come back positive and I didn’t want to go back to prison.” The man is facing a three-year prison term. His prison time is suspended provided he can complete the yearlong treatment process. He had entered the recovery program on Nov. 25. “We hope for perfection but don’t necessarily expect it,” Kutz said. “We are willing to work with you, if you are willing to work with us.” The judge asked the man if he desired to become free of drug addiction. “I do,” the man said. “I truly do.” The judge explained that the man would have to sit in jail a couple of more days until a probation hold could be lifted. Upon release he’d be given another opportunity to complete the drug recovery program. Just hold on and get through The court concluded on a positive note with the graduation of Lyle Lozier, who said he felt “awesome” to have completed the yearlong recovery process. Lozier was addicted to methamphetamine for 14 years. Being sober now for one year has made him feel “better and healthier.” The judge presented Lozier with a certificate of completion. “We’re not strangers,” the judge told him. “I live in this community too. I often see you out and about with your family. I’m really happy for you.” Lozier exudes the quiet confidence of one who has found the inner strength to persevere. When asked what advice he has for others in the program he replied: “Just hold on and get through.”

Burnett County tourism is taking off Burnett County updated on new Web page and activity guide E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Tourism Coalition has made great strides of late, establishing a new tourism website and securing a small grant for its administration, among other activities. “Spirited Waters, Inspiring Wildlife” is the new slogan of the recently released 2016 Burnett County Visitor and Activity Guide. The guide, developed by Nancy Herman, who served as president of the Burnett Tourism Coalition, is a professionally designed and well-written brochure that does a spectacular job of highlighting the resources of Burnett County. The brochure describes Burnett County as “a landscape of winding rivers, soaring pines and incredible wetlands” and “the perfect place for families to reconnect with nature and one another.” The natural resources of Burnett County are a major tourism draw including: • Over 50,000 acres of wildlife area including Crex Meadows. • 508 pristine lakes and more miles of the federally protected St. Croix National Scenic Riverway than any other county. • 100,000 acres of state and county forestry land. • 300 miles of snowmobile trails. • 75 miles of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails. County board Supervisor Larry Main, who resumed the presidency of the tourism coalition a few months ago, highlighted the coalition’s recent tourism activities at the Burnett County Board of Supervisors meeting held Thursday, Jan. 21. A new website has been established that allows orga-

An ice auger and other door prizes will be handed out. Tickets can be purchased at the Oak Ridge Inn at Webb Lake or the FishBowl Bar in Danbury. Folks can also sign up the day of the event. A fundraising dinner will be held on April 5 at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg. The comedian Mary Mack will be the entertainment. Please check out the new website for additional information.

“Spirited Waters, Inspiring Wildlife” is the new slogan of the recently released 2016 Burnett County Visitor and Activity Guide and a website that can be found at burnettcountyfun. com. - Special photo nizations to post events and activities free of charge. The address is The tourism coalition has secured an $800 grant from the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative that will help in hiring an intern to professionally manage and regularly update the site. “We’re just a group of individuals who got together to try and do something to promote tourism in Burnett County,” Main said in a recent telephone interview. “Our tourism efforts are really taking off. We have a good group of people. It’s enjoyable. We’re getting something done,” Main said.

Fundraisers planned The tourism coalition has two fundraisers planned. An ice-fishing contest will be held at Webb Lake on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held on Lower Webb Lake. A $5 entry fee is being asked.

Sheriff department job posting changes The Burnett County Board of Supervisors also approved changes to the sheriff’s department union contract, specifically as it relates to job postings, transfers and promotions within the department. The changes require that a vacancy or new position be posted within 45 days and sets a deadline of 30 days after said posting for the position to be filled. The sheriff’s department has been down four positions and has recently received criticism from supervisors for being lax in promptly filling such vacancies. Specifically, supervisors are concerned that the recreation officer position, the officer who oversees parks, trails and lakes, has been slow to be filled. Other changes to the job-posting policy include the creation of a five-member panel to interview and fill vacancies within the sheriff’s department. The panel will include the county administrator and a law enforcement officer from the county not affiliated with the sheriff’s department. In other business, county supervisor packets contained copies of the three property rights bills sponsored by state Rep. Adam Jarchow that would require counties to cede regulatory authority of lakes and rivers to the state. “I’m all in favor of private property rights, but perhaps Jarchow’s bills are going too far,” county board Chairman Don Taylor said. Action on the conditional use permit for Bir Oaks Resort, approved at the committee level, was not on the agenda for formal approval.


PBEC’s Operation Round-Up donates $16,050 to local programs CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $16,050 to 18 community organizations at its Wednesday, Jan. 6, meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial donations awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve our local quality of life. Community support is a core value of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for winter 2016 are: 1. Amery Women’s Club, $750, to present a Women in History Month program. 2. Webster School District, $1,000, to supply weekly food backpacks for students at Webster Schools. 3. Siren Police Department, $1,000, to purchase a computer for a squad car. 4. Amery Area Food Pantry, $1,000, to purchase food and household supplies for local families.

5. United Pioneer Home Auxiliary, $1,000, to purchase two vital signs monitors. 6. Friends of the Frederic Public Library, $1,000, to offer programming that promotes the library and literacy for the library’s 80th anniversary. 7. Options for Women Tri-County, Osceola, $750, to improve their waiting area for children and families. 8. Polk County Emergency Management, $750, to recruit volunteers who can help with disaster response and recovery. 9. Domestic Animal Wellness Center and Wildlife Rescue, $1,000, to purchase bulk medicines that can be offered at low cost or no cost. 10. Family Pathways, St. Croix Falls and Frederic, Food Shelves, $2,000, to purchase food and household supplies for local families, $1,000 for each community. 11. Milltown Public Library, $750, to support summer reading program for youth. 12. STAR Education Foundation, $1,000, to supply weekly food backpacks for students at St. Croix Falls Schools. 13. Siren Girls Basketball, $450, to help pay for uniforms, equipment and officials.

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up presented $1,000 to the STAR Education Foundation on Friday, Jan. 22. Grant funds will support the food backpack program for students in St. Croix Falls Schools. Shown (L to R) are Polk-Burnett employees Joan O’Fallon and Lori Snyder, Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane, Operation Round-Up director Kris McCormack and STAR Education Foundation members Rebecca Berg, Maria Gjovig, Melissa Ward and John Gyllen. 14. Siren Basketball Association, $500, to help pay for uniforms for students in third through eighth grades. 15. Burnett County Tourism Coalition, $800, to help maintain tourism website. 16. Osceola Rivertown Trails Coalition, $1,000, to build a trailhead for the local trail system and encourage use of trails to promote healthy lifestyles and attract visitors. 17. Frederic Community Education, $300, to host Prairie Fire Children’s The-

atre. 18. Home and Away Ministries Center, $1,000, to purchase medical equipment and supplies for the Luck facility. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round-Up may contact 800-421-0283 or The next application deadline is March 1. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative


RIGHT: Family Pathways received a $2,000 grant from Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up on Thursday, Jan. 21. Funds will purchase food and household supplies for local families. Each month, Family Pathways assists 200 families at its Frederic location and 300 families at its St. Croix Falls location. Shown (L to R) are Operation Round-Up directors Elvira Schmidt and Alma Karels, Polk-Burnett employees Joe Ramsdell, Lisa Nick and Ed Johansen, Family Pathways lead coordinator Robin Loken and Family Pathways volunteer Jeanette Laqua.- Photos submitted


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While we often lament winter’s sometimes brutal side effects, there is no denying it can produce some of the more beautiful scenes in Northwest Wisconsin. This Polk County bridge was framed in white by a recent snowfall. - Photo by Melissa Ward


Currents Northern

Stories from the NW Wisconsin community

Citizens report injured swan to DNR, resulting in a happy ending Joanne M. Haas | DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement CUMBERLAND - When the citizens of Cumberland first spotted the large bird just standing on the ice, they knew who to call - DNR Conservation Warden Phil Dorn. Dorn, on the job in Wisconsin’s northwest area since 1992, says some of the citizens concerned about the injured bird thought it was a goose. Out on calls already that January day, he kept his eyes peeled for a goose. Then, he saw it. Yes, it was big, but it wasn’t a goose. “I found it standing on the ice on the little lake in downtown Cumberland,” Dorn said of the highly unusual sight of a trumpeter swan parked on the ice the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 8. What it was doing there was anybody’s guess at this point. Dorn had his. “This bird may have just kept swimming down the chain of lakes until he got to Beaver Dam Lake - the last lake to freeze over in Barron County.” Whatever the reason, Dorn knew he had to do his best swan shuffle to get to it, so he could help it. Thinking ahead of the worst possible scenario – as if running on ice in work boots is not bad enough – Dorn got the assistance of a Cumberland police officer and asked him to be positioned on the road nearby. That was in case the bird opted for a sudden directional change, resulting in a mad dash into traffic. “But, I got it to run the other way,” Dorn said, meaning away from the road. That also meant Dorn utilized his 100-yard-dash running skills for a couple of hundred yards across the ice. The bird attempted to fly but it just couldn’t lift itself. “It just got tired right away. It likely wasn’t getting great nutrition and it was cold.” Dorn was able to gently grab the big bird, described by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a majestic bird known as the largest swan in the world and the largest waterfowl in North America. Dorn figures the swan

weighed about 15 pounds. A local volunteer offered to drive the injured swan to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The center last year cared for a record of nearly 12,000 birds, reptiles and mammals from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Communications director Tami Vogel says that’s a leap of 30 percent from 2014 for the center, which operates on private funds and donations. The swan rescued in Cumberland joined six other such majestic swans in this animal hospital in Minnesota. Once in the care of these wildlife experts, the swan was examined and the veterinarians and rehabilitators learned why this bird hadn’t left beautiful Cumberland long ago. “It’s the primary feathers that are in such bad shape,” Vogel said. And that’s why it couldn’t fly. Plus, the bird has open wounds and frostbite on its feet. As the swan heals, the veterinarians will determine the best treatment to get this swan back doing swanlike things in the wild. For now, Vogel reports the swan is healing, thanks to concerned citizens, Dorn and the pros at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. Dorn says the citizens did the right thing by contacting the DNR about the bird. Contacting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator is another good idea if citizens are concerned an animal needs assistance. Wild animals are valued by many and it’s important to observe them at a respectful distance to keep them wild and allow for their life in the wild to continue. Or, in this case, alert the professionals to go and observe the animal from a distance and decide the best course of action. The jump in the Minnesota center’s patient load reflects more and more people concerned about wildlife. And for Dorn, citizens concern about their wildlife neighbors is business as usual in northern Wisconsin. “I get a lot of calls about wildlife,” Dorn says. “I think every warden does.” And that’s no swan song. DNR Warden Phil Dorn holds the injured trumpeter swan found in Cumberland. — Photo submitted

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Celebrate Wisconsin snowmobiling

Third-annual AWSC event hosted in Siren SIREN - The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invites you to celebrate Wisconsin snowmobiling at their third-annual event in Siren. Snowmobile enthusiasts, club volunteers, state officials and even the AWSC Miss Snowflake 2015-16, Callie Brice, will be gathering at The Lodge at Crooked Lake on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan on an entire day of fun. Meet Siren’s own Herb Howe, winner of the first-ever 1966 Winnipeg-to-St. Paul International 500 Cross-Country Race and 2015 Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductee. Browse the vintage snowmobile and clothing displays. Visit the snowmobile-related vendors and displays. Stop by the Wisconsin DNR and Department of Tourism booths. View the racing snowmobiles on display and take a selfie. Learn about local snowmobile clubs and see their groomer equipment exhibit. Ham it up at the Deja Booth photo booth with Missy and great outdoor/snowmobile gear. Shop the clothing and equipment sales. Sign up for door prizes and a vacation package drawing at the Siren welcome booth. And be sure to allow time for a ride on Jim Edming’s 1918 Model T Ford Snowcoach. The Kids Pro Ice Racing championships are also being held on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, on Crooked Lake. Cheer on your favorite young racer to victory just across the street from the sport show. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to stop by and experience it all. This event is being held in conjunction with the third-annual AWSC Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling VIP ride and is hosted by AWSC, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Siren Chamber of Commerce, Siren Tourism Commission, Burnett County and the sponsors. The event will bring snowmobile enthusiasts and leaders together for an enjoyable event and ride to celebrate the sport of snowmobiling.

For more information on the sport show or to reserve a booth, please contact the Siren/Burnett County Tourism Information Center, 800-788-3164, or Siren Chamber of Commerce, 715-349-8399, or view details online at and – from Siren Chamber of Commerce

Ev Nyberg, The Lodge at Crooked Lake, and Jim Edming, 1918 Model T Ford Snowcoach owner, invite you to take a ride at the AWSC Sport Show on Sunday, Feb. 14.

In 2015, VIPs and invited guests experienced the fun of snowmobiling through Sawyer County. - Photos submitted.

Deja Booth and Trustworthy Music are Siren Chamber’s newest members SIREN – Welcomed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 21, Deja Booth and Trustworthy Music are the Siren Chamber of Commerce’s newest members. Personally meet both Missy Marazzo of Deja Booth and Joe Cremin of Trustworthy Music at the Siren Destination Wedding Fair this coming Sunday, Jan. 31.

Deja Booth offers fun entertainment services for any event “The idea for Deja Booth came to me after I had attended a handful of local weddings and none of them had a photo booth,” tells Marazzo. She remembered how much fun she had at a wedding with a photo booth but, when searching throughout Burnett County and surrounding areas, could not find any. “I’m looking forward to bringing a fun photo booth service to the area!” Deja Booth offers photo-booth services for all sorts of events such as weddings, reunions, birthday parties, school dances, fundraisers and corporate functions. “A photo booth is a fun way to take pictures with goofy props, and your photos are immediately printed onto a strip so you can take them home.” The photo-booth concept with curtains

first appeared in 1925 on Broadway in New York City. For 25 cents the booth took, developed and printed photos, a process taking roughly 10 minutes. “Our modern photo booth can print high-quality, full-color strips in about 10 seconds.” “While photo booths are pretty common in the Cities, they are just starting to gain popularity in this area,” notes Marazzo. “Now that Deja Booth is available, I’m hoping to help show people how a photo booth can bring tons of fun and entertainment to their events. I’m looking forward to growing my business and eventually adding additional booths and services in the future.” Marazzo was born and raised in Burnett County and has lived here most of her life. “When I am not working on the photo booth or at events, I have two kids that keep me busy, Oliver, 3, and Vince, 8.” For more information about Deja Booth or to book an event, contact Marazzo by emailing, calling 715869-1000, or visiting “We are based right here in Burnett County.”

and Steve Macke, Trustworthy Music was formed in 2003. “We each have many years of training and experience to provide clients with the best service possible,” say Cremin and Macke. Trustworthy Music provides professional disc jockey services for weddings and other events at a reasonable price, as well as sound systems and music for wedding ceremonies. “We try to be the best value in the area by keeping our prices low while also keeping our quality high. We don’t buy cheap equipment.” Not wanting to be the center of attention, Cremin and Macke focus on providing great-sounding music with a fun selection of songs tailored to each event so people keep dancing and enjoying themselves. Since Cremin and Macke have been DJs for many years, Cremin since middle school for sock hops, they both bring a lot of experience to each event. Macke

is a master at interacting with the crowd and Cremin is an audio engineer, ensuring that everyone is entertained with the best-quality sound system. Trustworthy Music is based in Siren and Farmington, Minn., allowing them to serve the entire northwestern Wisconsin region along with the Twin Cities market and surrounding areas. “Visit our website at, give us a call at 612-987-2608 or look us up on Facebook.” Both Deja Booth and Trustworthy Music will be at the Siren Destination Wedding Fair on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Lakeview Event Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Trustworthy Music will be providing the music for the event. “Please come see our booths. We’d love to talk to you. We look forward to providing your photo booth and DJ services at your wedding.”from Siren Chamber of Commerce

Trustworthy Music offers “best value in the area” Co-owned and operated by Joe Cremin

Missy Marazzo, owner of Deja Booth, cuts the ceremonial ribbon as Siren Chamber Board members try out her fun photo-booth props.

Siren Chamber Board members welcome Trustworthy Music owner Joe Cremin. Not shown, Trustworthy Music owner Steve Macke. – Photos submitted


Wok and roll with hot pot


ot pot dinner is one of my most favorite. Now that the weather is getting cold(er), it is time! What makes cooking hot pot exciting is not just about the gathering and feasting, but it is an event indeed: • Who shall we invite? Anyone who loves company and enjoys fun conversations and great food. • How much food do we need? More than needed, as always. In general, one can consume 36 oz. of food and beverage (of course, there are exceptions). The leftover stock makes the best soups for days to come. • How to accommodate the settings with plates and plates of food? Prepare everything beforehand and stack them in the refrigerator. Then bring them out to the counter, and then to the table two to three platters at a time. With the hot pot in the middle and all the settings and dipping sauces, the space is quite limited. There is a strategy to the madness in how to orchestrate the “flow” of colors, flavors and aromas. In general, meat goes first, then vegetables, then seafood, and then noodles and tofu ... etc., etc. You’re the master of the ceremony. Fan everything nicely on the plat-

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong ter. The eyes will be feasting first. Everyone has his own setup - a sauce dish, soup spoon, pair of chopsticks, and a small wire basket with long handle to cook stuff that can easily slip away. And everyone creates his own dipping sauce - a blend of soy sauce, chili paste, sesame oil, chili oil, add minced garlic or shredded ginger and scallions. Make sure that all the foods are sliced into very thin bite-size pieces, 1-1/2” long by 1/4” thick, so they will be cooked within seconds in the hot pot. • Sliced meats: beef, chicken, pork, lamb, liver, etc. • Seafood: shrimp, crab claws, oysters, clams, fish fillets, etc. • Appetizers: fish balls, beef balls, beef tendon balls, fried and fresh tofu. • Vegetables: napa cabbage, spinach, scallions, chives, oyster mushrooms, etc. • Others: noodles, rice sticks, vermicelli, udon (Japanese noodles), etc.

In hot pot dinner, there is no etiquette to observe, just enjoy the fun and the company. You should have a little respect for others, such as never picking up any food that you did not drop in the pot. If you find a piece of “hidden treasure” floating around, ask before you consume it. Remember the “mis en place” (list of ingredients)? Take out your pad and pencil, and let’s walk through the whole process: • The cooking pot. Actually we just need a burner and a boiling pot of soup (use chicken consume). Do not use a pot that is too deep, as your food will sink to the bottom and disappear fast. There are many kinds of burners: • Electric: that’s the easy one, just plug it in. • Gas burner: uses small can of butane, very efficient. • The authentic brass boiler: featured only in movies and expensive restaurants. Has a tall chimney in the center with a trough around to hold the soup. Uses real wood, do not never use charcoal. It is deadly! • Chairs are optional: it is comfortable, yet after a while, you would be eating standing up. • Food goes down faster.

• It is easier to watch for your food that you drop in the pot, making sure that no one “borrowed” them by mistake. • The food: as mentioned earlier, most folks can consume 36 oz. of food and beverage. So, if you have 4 oz. each of nine items that you’ll be serving, the guests will be full. If you have eight guests, I would purchase 32 oz. (8 x 4 oz.), or 2 lbs. of each kind of meat. And same formula with other ingredients. And folks can also eat more, as the dinner can stretch out to three to four hours. • Any kind of beers and wines will be great. Make sure you stock plenty. And for the nonalcohol drinkers, jasmine tea is a must. Don’t forget to stage your dinner in courses - put the meat in the soup first, then vegetables, meatballs and last - all the noodles to soak up the flavors. Eat slowly and take your time between courses. Make sure you have extra soup prepped, as you might have to keep adding more soup to the pot while it keeps boiling. So, it might be minus 15 F outside, but no one would ever notice! Trust me on that. Enjoy!

Auditions set for Siren school/community musical SIREN - Auditions for the Siren school/ community musical are set to take place at the Siren School auditorium tonight Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6-8 p.m., as well

as Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6-8 p.m. Participants must come with a prepared vocal solo and should be ready to read dialog from a script. The musical this year will

be “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Performance dates are March 18, 19 and 20. Auditions are open to ages eighth grade through adult. Volunteer help for cos-

tuming, set building, advertising, etc., are also needed and appreciated. - submitted

Free tax assistance available POLK COUNTY – The American Association of Retired Persons Tax-Aide Program will begin in Polk County in February. This is a free, nationwide, confidential service in which trained volunteers assist middle- and lower-income people, especially those 60 and over, with their tax returns and Wisconsin Homestead Credit requests. Younger people with lower incomes are also welcome to use the service. People using this free tax opportunity are asked to bring with them all W-2 and 1099 forms, plus property tax bills or rent

certificates and last year’s returns. A Social Security card and identification are also required. Tax returns will be electronically filed. Bring your checking or savings account numbers if you wish to have expected refunds speedily deposited to your bank account. Tax-Aide volunteers will be available to give tax assistance at several Polk County sites. The hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins who can wait for an opening will be accepted. Appointments can be made by calling the phone numbers

listed at the following locations. In several locations, the appointment number is not at the tax-preparation site. The sites are: St. Croix Falls Public Library, Thursdays, Feb. 4, March 10 and 31, call St. Croix Valley Senior Center at 715-4831901; Golden Oaks Apartments in Frederic, 104 3rd Ave. S., Thursdays, Feb. 11 and March 17, call the Frederic Senior Center at 715-327-8623; Luck Public Library, Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and March 23, 715-472-2770; Polk County Aging and Disability Re-

source Center at the government center in Balsam Lake, Thursday, Feb. 25, 715-4858449; Millside Apartments in Osceola, 403, 2nd Ave. E., Thursday, March 3, 715-2944243; and Amery Public Library, 225 Scholl Court, every Tuesday from Feb. 2 through April 5 plus Thursday, April 7, 715-268-6640. Please do not call the library or the senior center. To ask questions about the program, call Marvin Nevala at 715-268-7884. – submitted

Ice-fishing contest set at Lower Webb Lake WEBB LAKE - If ice-fishing contests are your thing, the Burnett County Tourism Coalition has one for you at Lower Webb Lake on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contest headquarters will be at the Oak Ridge Inn on N. Webb Lake Drive north of Hwy. 77. The event is open to all ages with a $5 adult entry fee. Children

aged 10 and under enter free. Prizes valued up to $100 will be awarded in each of four categories: northern, bass, crappie and panfish. Door prizes will also be awarded every 15 minutes during the contest. The grand prize is an 8-inch electric ice auger valued at $500. Raffle tickets are on sale at local outlets

until Thursday, Feb. 4, and will be on sale at the lake at $5 each or a book of five tickets for $20. The BCTC, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, is sponsoring this contest as a fundraiser. Monies are invested in marketing activities that grow tourism in Burnett County, such as the bur- tourism website and advertising in large urban markets like Eau Claire and the Twin Cities. For additional information, contact Larry Main, 715-791-1952. - submitted

Annual SCF chili/soup cook-off set for Feb. 11 ST. CROIX FALLS - The 10th-annual chili/soup cook-off and silent auction will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School. Come early to eat and vote for your favorite chili/soup. Then enjoy the doubleheader basketball game between the St. Croix Falls Saints and the Webster Tigers.



dversity is no more than a chance, to look back and reflect on happenstance. It’s not about what’s lost or what’s been gained, or whether there’s been sunshine or it’s rained. The sum of all you are you freely share, has not been spent but dwells in hearts that care.

The boys varsity game starts at 5:45 p.m. and the girls varsity game starts at 7:15 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the SCF Dollars for Scholars scholarship program. Dollars for Scholars chapters help hometown students achieve their educational goals. Scholarships are awarded to grad-


The echoes that come calling back are real, the ripples that your words have left you feel. Echoes reach other ears, are just as clear,

that draws me down the hill.


The wind is silent, my breath, spirals toward the stars.

ripples reach distant shores as well as near.

Lying on my back, cradled in the comfort of the snow, I gaze above the curtained night. Frost flakes drift downward, delicious and cold upon my tongue.

Past and present intersect and break the spell, renew your value and self-worth as well. Denis Simonsen

uating SCF High School seniors and SCF alumni continuing their education. All donations are tax deductible. Do you like to cook? All cooks are invited to prepare their favorite pot of chili or soup for this event. The ballots will be counted and the grand-prize winner will have a scholarship in their name

Shout into hidden valleys far beyond, cast words into the still and silent pond.

Time Travel The moon is blue and full, reflecting a shivering frozen trail,

Time unwinds into the past. Back in the warmth of home, I shake the white frosty night from my jacket, “Did you slip and fall?” she asks. No, I just slid downhill into a memory, I wish I would have known you then. About the writer: Encouragement by his parents to become an avid reader at an early age fostered Denis Simonsen’s love

given to a graduating senior. This will be presented in May at the SCF Dollars for Scholars awards banquet. If interested, contact Shelley Skemp at the SCF High School, 715-483-2507, ext. 1300. – submitted

for books and an appreciation for both prose and poetry. He has always enjoyed creative writing but after retiring he expanded his horizons by joining other writers and sharing his sense of creativity. Poetry is his passion, but he enjoys occasionally composing a short story or recalling, on paper, events that have occurred in his past. Whatever he writes, he tends to emphasize feelings and emotions that go along with experiences and places. The two poems he shares here are from his recently published book, “Patchwork Poetry.” Simonsen lives near Siren with his wife, Liz. He has two grown children and two grandchildren. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now, WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


Deja vu all over again


ack in 2010, then-candidate for governor Scott Walker had a big idea: “I’ll make public employees, including teachers, pay more for their health insurance and kick in more toward their retirement,” he thought to himself, “And then, to top it off, I’ll take away their collective bargaining rights and limit future raises to cost-of-living increases. I’ll call all these things ‘tools’ that I’m giving local governments to make up for the budget shortfalls that will result from my cuts in funding for public education.” This secret plan, never revealed in his campaign, came to be known as Act 10, a controversial, far-reaching proposal that divided our state as it’s never been divided before. Its passage in 2011 was a sea change for Wisconsin. Instead of lifting all boats, it “cut one group down to size” in the eyes of the governor. What it really meant was a 22-yearold teacher, just starting out in his or her field, would never make more in real dollars than they did in their first year of teaching. For those who had been in the profession the longest, it amounted to a 12-percent pay cut. No other profession had ever been reduced in that way in Wisconsin. Gov. Walker was balancing the budget on the backs of a relatively small slice of the electorate. His most ardent supporters loved it. But not local superintendents and school boards. You might think giving them these “tools,” effectively paving the way for them to pay out less in salaries and benefits, would have made them happy - real happy. But the reverse proved to be true. Now these local folks, your neighbors and mine, were being asked to take money away from the teachers in their communities, who up until that point had been some of the most widely respected people around. They found themselves in the unenviable position of cutting positions and freezing teacher salaries to try to

The view from here Steve Pearson make up for cuts in state aid. And that was a hard thing to do to their friends and neighbors. So they appealed to the governor and the Legislature en masse, writing a letter back in the 2014 budget season asking for changes in the way schools are funded. On top of that, Walker’s loose talk about teachers unions and teachers themselves had vilified these folks during those turbulent times back in 2011, creating a climate where teacher-bashing became widespread, and suddenly it didn’t seem that bad to take something away from this group. Loribeth Chenault, an English teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, told Urban Milwaukee News that she’s seen a dramatic change in the public’s perception of teachers since Act 10 was passed. “It’s all become rather hostile,” observed Chenault. “It is almost like anyone who finds you’re a teacher suddenly feels obligated to comment on your work ethic. I’ve become a scapegoat for students who don’t do well for a myriad of reasons,” she continued, “and my pay and benefits are less than they were, for a job that is harder to do with fewer resources.” And then there are the unintended consequences. At the UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education, enrollment is down 23 percent from 2010 to 2015. And figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show a corresponding drop in students statewide who have completed a teacher education program, from almost 4,300 to 3,965 in just one year alone. Simply put, we have all the makings of a looming teacher shortage. To deal with this potentially serious

problem, Republicans slipped a provision into last year’s state budget in the wee hours of the morning, 1:30 a.m. to be exact, that would have allowed anyone with a bachelor’s degree to teach sixth- through 12th-grade core curriculum subjects. Goodbye methods classes, so long teacher training and student teaching, welcome to the amateur hour. Even more galling, individuals who never earned a bachelor’s degree, or even a high school diploma, we used to call them dropouts, would have been able to teach in non-core-curriculum areas if the district deemed them proficient. This is how you destroy a profession. Faced with the criticism that our public schools are underfunded and potentially staffed with underqualified teachers, the governor needed a new big idea. If you listened to his State of the State speech last week, you probably noticed it was short on new proposals and lacking in specifics. Once again, structural deficits are looming. Large sums of money were doled out to small groups of people in the last budget, most notably some rich basketball players and their wealthy owners, by picking the pockets of the university system. Highway projects were put on hold. School funding was decreased again. Walker was facing criticism for continued cuts in K-12 education funding, and coupled with an approval rating in the 30s, bold action was called for. A new set of tools, a new way to balance the ledger. The fall-back position. Those beleaguered state employees were an easy target last time. Why not hit them up again? The new proposal, unveiled in last week’s speech, calls for a “self-insurance” model for state employees, something many are calling another “divide and conquer tactic.” Walker says he’ll use the “savings” to put more funding into education. Not surprisingly, state workers, already a demoralized bunch, haven’t been included in any talk about changes that will once again affect them directly.

Predictably, the state’s largest public sector union, AFSCME, reacted with dismay. “Our union is not against having discussions about how to make things work better, but that’s not the direction this governor wants to go,” said Susan McMurray, a political and legislative representative for the union. “His plan is to take more out of the pockets of state workers.” What is surprising this time around is the reaction of Walker’s own party to his latest proposals. “We’ve asked public employees to sacrifice quite a bit over the course of the last few years to get our budget in order, so I just want to make sure that we’re not substantially changing their benefits,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, a Republican from Kaukauna. And the chair of the Joint Finance Committee, Rep. John Nygren of Marinette, also expressed skepticism, saying the committee needed more information before proceeding. Of course, in the end, it’s still oneparty rule here in Wisconsin, and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. Public employees are an easy target, largely because of the misperceptions of the people they serve and statements from public officials back in 2011 calling them “fat cats” and other pejoratives. One teacher I know well, who had earned a bachelor’s degree in education and gone on to graduate school back in the 1970s, worked for 36 years before retiring in 2013. Her situation is quite typical for teachers in small districts across northern Wisconsin. Her starting salary back in 1976 was under $10,000. She made just over $50,000 in her last year of teaching … $50,000 after 36 years in her field. Her pension worked out to less than half that amount, $22,800, well below a living wage, and she had money deducted from every single paycheck for that pension over the years. Her years of 60-hour workweeks behind her, she’s one lean fat cat.

Burnett County plat books available BURNETT COUNTY - Are you curious about the location of Burnett County’s public land or who owns Old Man Johnson’s 80 acres? Maybe your last plat book is from the past century or you aren’t that tech savvy to look online. The Burnett 4-H Leaders Association has recently released its 2016 triennial Burnett County plat book. All profits support the county’s 4-H youth programs and have been a primary fundraiser for the organization since 1968. This 154-page spiral-bound book fea-

tures several types of maps: road, land ownership and aerial; as well as towns and range maps of Burnett County. Other resources include school districts, voting districts, public areas, postal districts and a cemetery map. Municipal maps of Danbury, Grantsburg, Siren and Webster are handy additions as well as lake and trail maps. To purchase a plat book, contact the University of Wisconsin - Extension office, Burnett County Government Center, 7410

CTH K, No. 107, Siren, WI 54872. They sell for $32 which includes tax. Wisconsin postage is an additional $6 if not picked up in person. The plat book is available at these area businesses (prices may vary): Big Mike’s, Siren; Log Cabin Store, Danbury; Burnett County Sentinel, Grantsburg; and Inter-County Leader, Siren and Frederic. For out-of-state and tax exempt information, contact the Extension office at 715-349-2151, ext. 5. Need a digital version of the Burnett

County plat book? Two forms are available. The SmartMap allows you to view your location on the map and track real-time movement with the device’s GPS. You can measure distances and areas, label points of interest and positions and upload photos for reference. The second option is the Burnett County eBook Plat Book, which is a PDF version. For a digital release, please contact for more information. - submitted

Polk County FSA offers low-interest commodity loans BALSAM LAKE – The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers that nine-month low-interest commodity loans are available. Commodity loans are a valuable marketing tool by providing operating capital at competitive rates and offering flexible repayment at the time a commodity is sold or marketed. The commodity loan program provides interim financing to producers for agricultural commodities stored after harvest and then sold throughout the year. The nine-month low-interest loans are a

valuable marketing tool by providing operating capital at competitive rates and offering flexible repayment at the time the commodity is sold, marketed or fed. Recent interest rates have been as low as 1.625 percent for all commodity loans. Producers may obtain a low-interest loan on commodities stored on the farm in an eligible structure stored on the farm or at a public warehouse. The grain must be stored in a facility that is safe and accessible and must be repaid before it is fed or sold. Producers with grain under loan

that will be sold can request a marketing authorization which gives them permission to sell the mortgaged collateral to a designated buyer before the loan is repaid. Silos and oxygen-limited structures are also eligible storage facilities. Commodity loans will be adjusted for excess moisture. The final day to request a 2015 smallgrain commodity, wheat, barley or oats, is Thursday, March 31. The last day to request a 2015 corn or soybean loan is May 31.


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irst of all, gratitude is extended to all of the vendors and attendees who participated in our Arctic Blast Vendor Expo last Saturday, and a very special thank-you to Brenda Olson of Adornable-U who so kindly ran this event and did an incredible job! It pays to be a member of the Amery Community Center - get ready for some fun events and free prizes in 2016. Some of our events and activities will feature door prizes and drawings ranging anywhere from gift certificates from local merchants to large prizes such as TVs! If you bring a guest to these events you get an extra chance and, if they join, even more chances. Just a friendly reminder that dues were due Jan. 1. We try to offer a lot with those $20 dues but your support means more to us than anything. The more people who join means the more people to enjoy our building and the activities we have. Come join us on Thursday, Feb. 11, at noon to celebrate our Valentine’s Day-themed party for the January and February birthdays. However, it does not have to be your birthday to attend. Jim Armstrong will provide the music and there will be prize drawings for those of you who wear something red. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for guests. Contact 715268-6605 by Monday, Feb. 8, to make your reservations. On Friday, Feb. 12, we will hold our next potluck and Bingo day. Potluck starts at noon and Bingo at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to pass. The center will provide plates, cups, coffee and utensils.

Do you remember? Amery Area

Community Center Need a place to rent? How about considering Amery Area Community Center for that birthday party, anniversary celebration or wedding reception? We can help! We also work with profit and not-forprofit organizations to help with the perfect meeting place. The winners of Tuesday pool were Paul Seidel in first place, Jerry Fisher in second, Val Hansen took third and Carl Johnson placed fourth. Thursday pool winners were Mary Fisher in first, Jerry Fisher in second and Paul Seidel took third place. Wii bowling winners were Mary Fisher in first place, Paul Seidel took second and Milt Johnson came in third. The Wednesday Bridge winners were Pete Humlie in first, Paula Schmid placed second and Evie Porter took third place. Congratulations to all! Have a safe and wonderful week.

Red Cross has emergency need for blood and platelet donations Donors needed now after severe winter weather forces blood drive cancellations ST. PAUL, Minn. – The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross blood donor app, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). “Blood products are being delivered to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in,” said Sue Thesenga, communications manager of the North Central Blood Services. “Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help ensure

blood products are available for patients locally, and across the country, including areas severely impacted by winter weather.” Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 2-year-old Charlie Stephens. Charlie has received both blood and platelets during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her mother, Michelle Stephens, donates blood regularly. “I want to help supply blood for someone else because others have provided for my family,” she said. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. – from American Red Cross

Turn Around concert to benefit Feed My Starving Children DRESSER - A unique two-stage musical event for all ages, featuring a wide range of local musical talent, will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 6, at Peace Lutheran Church in their fellowship hall. The event will feature Voices of the Valley, Linda & John, Lee Elmer (“The Singing Cowboy”), Bethesda Praise Band, “Elvis” as expressed by Joe Sir, the talented

OHS musicians and others. Proceeds from the event will go to Feed My Starving Children. For ticket and other information call 715-7552515 or email Children under 5 may attend free of charge. - with submitted information

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50 years ago Local news correspondent Ethel Oleson had been writing the Frederic news since 1951 and informed the Leader she would no longer take on this responsibility. Pearl Burnett would be taking her place, and requested Frederic residents to advise her of special events.–A son was born at the Frederic hospital on Jan. 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Malinovsky, Clam Falls.–Army Pfc. Randy Swift, a Grantsburg grad, participated in a fiveday air-mobility training exercise in Germany as a cannoneer in Battery C of the 8th Infantry Division’s 81st Artillery.–Promoters of Siren’s Vinter Lek Day, which would be Jan. 22, expected to “thrill spectators” with skating, skiing, a snowmobile race and a curling exhibition. A Polaris Colt Sno-Traveler would be won in a raffle drawing. Specials were being offered at many Siren businesses.–Eighty fishermen registered for the Clam Lake ice-fishing contest. Al Stone, Webster, won a Johnson outboard motor, and also had the winning number for an ice auger, but declined that prize. Prizes for biggest fish went to Ray Rundblade, Grantsburg; Harold Haff, Webster; Earl Engalls, Minneapolis; and Tom Swenson, Grantsburg.–Lorraine Greinke wrote a column while Bernice Asper was in the hospital. She called it the Feminine Angle, and talked about living on a lake. She said their dog and cat had become ice fishermen, with the dog visiting all comers, and the cat hanging nearer to shore, eating small fish or bait the ice anglers had rejected. They also enjoyed watching beavers, but didn’t have any near them at the moment due to trappers or the DNR. Trips to the mailbox included berry picking and watching out for bears.

40 years ago The fourth-annual Klondike Derby would be hosted by the Siren Boy Scouts, for the Lake Winochi District. The boys would compete in log sawing, first aid, map and compass, rope lashing, rope rescue, axemanship and fire building, during which time they would build a 6-foot sled from wood and rope, then participate in a race.–John Malone, a high school football standout from Webster, transferred from UW-Eau Claire after two years on their team, to UW-Superior.–Airman 1st Class John McCain, from Frederic, graduated from the security policeman course conducted by the Air Training Command at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.–Miss Frederic Alice Schmidt would be one of 50 visiting queens to take part in the St. Paul Winter Carnival.– Duane Wisse, who was working as a speech therapist for Luck and Grantsburg school districts and involved with the athletics program at Frederic, was introduced as an addition to the sales staff at Lakes Realty, Siren.– Diane Hoefs and David Engstrand were married at First Baptist Church of Falun on Oct. 18, 1975.–Traffic accidents the end of January included two with unusual circumstances. In one, a trailer and hitch came loose from a vehicle and crossed into the opposite lane of traffic. It was then struck by Scott Hackett, Frederic. In Balsam Lake, Ernest DeCourcy accidentally put his car in reverse instead of park when he exited the vehicle, which then rolled down Main Street and struck the Jim Laabs Music store, doing “considerable damage” to the building but not to the car.

20 years ago


Connections Olivia Kopecky

4-H alumni can do anything they want with their careers as they grow up. Earlier this month I traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend a Public Leadership Education Network seminar titled Women in Public Policy. This women’s conference included professional panels highlighting careers in public policy, networking receptions, a site visit to Politico and advocacy training on Capitol Hill. I even scheduled meetings with two U.S. senators’ offices and one U.S. representative to perform my duties as a constituent. As a young 4-H’er, I developed soft and hard skills that helped me grow into the confident and motivated leader I am today, and more kids in Burnett County can, too! Connect to the clover to start your journey toward your amazing future.

Sisters Peggy Rodacker and Tammy Wolff were the new owners of The Narrows, a restaurant between Upper and Lower Clam lakes, and renamed it SOS, Sisters on the Shore.–Unity kindergarten teacher Gina Sarrow had a Pet Partner in her class, Murphy the golden retriever, who Sarrow owned and trained.–The issue of showing “Schindler’s List” and “JFK,” both rated R, in a history class, drew lots of letters to the editor, mostly in support of teacher Phil Schneider, with some support for the parent who objected.–Jeff and Cheri Moats, from Ray’s Firestone, Frederic, won a trip to Greece and Turkey from Yamaha, and pictures and excerpts from the journal of their trip appeared in this paper.–Burnett-Polk Youth Ministry director Diane Brask was suspended from her position with pay after months of controversy, investigation and an “intervention” carried out at her home had not resolved issues surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct, appearing to arise from Brask’s practice, several years earlier, of initiating skinny-dipping with groups of females as part of youth ministry activities. In Brask’s defense, friend and roommate Cheryl Anderson said, “Diane is the most pure person I know.”–Jenelle Ellis and Kent Lindquist were married Oct. 7 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren.–Grantsburg/Frederic gymnast Nikki Kingston took first place in all four events at a meet with North Branch, Minn.–Karen Peterson took first place for residential and Stusek Plumbing for commercial in the Webster Christmas lighting contest.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, We had a very successful week at the shelter with three cats and two dogs going to new homes. Two of the adopted cats were our lovely siamese girls, Darla and Sophie. Tiny kitten Madison was the final cat to leave. I met her very nice family, a mom and dad with two young kids. I think the parents were just as excited as the kids to get the lively little kitten. Howard, our dachshund, and Lil Red, last week’s featured canine, didn’t have far to travel to their new abodes, as one went to Danbury and the other, Webster. We had one surrender dog come in, a springer-spaniel mix named Daisy. Only two strays were brought to the shelter. The first, a black Lab mix that was found west of Hertel, and next, a black and white, 4-month-old kitten that was found on Hwy. 70, east of Siren. We named the dog Annie and the kitten Tulip. They have yet to be reclaimed. Our featured dog is this week’s surrendered dog, Daisy. Daisy was Cattleya given to the shelter



Humane Society of Burnett County because her owner didn’t have time to care for her properly. I would wager a bet that getting her enough exercise was at the top of the list because being a 9-month-old springer-spaniel mix, she has an abundance of energy to burn off. Daisy is a very pretty dog with a bright white coat and black spots scattered willy-nilly over her body. She is a slender, medium-sized gal who weighs in at around 45 pounds. Our walk together was a bit of a challenge because I have a feeling she had never been on a leash before. Thus, she was a bit of a clown and an acrobat rolled into one. In the play yard she sprinted from one end to the other, loving her freedom. When matched up with resident dog Lily she did quite well, so another dog to play with may be a good option. She does have a habit of jumping up and puppy mouthing, so we are suggesting no small children. Daisy appears to be very intelligent so with proper training, lots of exercise and a patient handler, she should blossom into a very nice

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Well, we’re closing in on January. Don’t forget, February is a whole day longer as this is a leap year. There is also a fifth Friday in January, so we are doing Bingo for the third time this month. Five Sundays means this is Hymn Sunday at Taylors Falls Methodist Church too. We’ll be singing loud and strong up on Angel Hill! There will be a potluck lunch at the senior center

on Sunday followed by 500 card games. You’re welcome to join in the fun. I made a mistake last week which I hope didn’t upset too many plans for last Thursday evening. Our annual hamburger with all the trimmings is this Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Sorry about that, but it will be just as good this week! If you have any questions or have a suggestion

Grantsburg Senior Center Can you believe that it’s already the last week of January? We have had the nicest winter so far, maybe we have had a couple of subzero days, but we love the warm-ups. Donuts! Friday was donut day. What’s donut day? Let me tell you; some of us at the center pooled our dollars for a chance at the big money when the Powerball pot was in the billions, with a condition that if

Sympathy is extended to Mary Dunn and family members due to the death of Mary’s brother, Byron Baker. He was 95. Gerry and Donna Hines returned Tuesday after spending several days in Vadnais Heights, Minn. They stayed with Brenda and Tim Sweet. All of Brenda’s family visited them during that time, including the newest addition, Gerry and Donna’s

great-grandson, Brooks Holman. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Lida Nordquist on Wednesday afternoon. Donna Hines and Karen Mangelsen called on Mary Dunn on Thursday morning. Nina and Lawrence Hines were Friday visitors of Lida Nordquist. Lida Nordquist stopped by to visit Gerry and

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Jan. 31 – Destination Wedding Fair at Lakeview Event Center. Feb. 10 – Ash Wednesday. Feb. 13 and 14 – Sport show and snowmobile races. Feb. 16 – Election. Feb. 17 – Potluck at 11:30 a.m. Note change of date to third Wednesday instead of second Wednesday. Feb. 18 – Annual meeting. Feb. 28 – Longaberger Basket Bingo cancer fundraiser at Tesora. Doors open at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. We had a good time with Wii bowling. Rose Miller had a score of 206 and I had my first 200 game with a 234. Maybe there is hope for me to learn this game yet. We would love to have more players. We play at 9 a.m. every Tuesday. Our 500 winners were Gerry Vogel, Pat Bresina, Doug Harlander and Steve Wenthe. Our Spades winners were Nona Severson, Darwin Niles, Barb Geske, Keith Bennett and Dwaine Bentley.

Webster Senior Center It’s hard to believe January is almost over. Time sure flies when you are having fun. Once again we had a great group for Dime Bingo and all enjoyed the treats furnished by Nancy. We do appreciate all who come to play. There is always room for more. We play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. No need to call, just come in. Thursday there were five players for pool, with Dave being the big winner. Six came for Dominoes and Judy B. was the winner. Come and join the fun. Friday brought another exciting Wii bowling day. Pat had the high individual game at 279 and high individual series with 515. The Vikings had the high

Pat Willits or event that you would like to see happen or to use the senior center for your own event, stop in on a Tuesday morning and talk to the hostess that day. The Tuesday, Jan. 19, 500 winners were Ray Nelson and Audrey, tie, and Elroy Petzel. The ninebid winner was BrenNel Ward. The Thursday, Jan. 21, 500 winners were Roger Greely, Elroy Petzel and Jerry Willits. The nine-bid

winners were Ray Nelson and BrenNel Ward. The Sunday, Jan. 24, 500 winners were Arnie Borchert and Jean Viebrock. The nine-bid winners were Ray Nelson and Jo Gehrman. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls. The phone number is 715-483-1901. Have a great week!

ested in playing Cribbage, so stop in and sign up! Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook or maybe you can find something on the thrifty nifty table. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe at 715-222-6400 or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions on the center ask for Patzy or Wally.

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Donna Hines on Saturday morning. Karen and Hank Mangelsen joined Gene, Carlotta, and Carol Romsos, and Ron and Juliann Jensen for dinner at the home of Wayne and Marie Romsos on Saturday. After the meal, they enjoyed a time of visiting and playing games. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Saturday evening and attended the Bur-

nett County 4-H Music Contest. Granddaughters Patty and Mandy Close participated in the Wood Creek Club group number, and they also sang a duet. Phil and Matthew Detenger visited Lawrence and Nina Hines on Sunday evening.

Coming events: • Business meeting the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. • Bingo the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Bring a $1-$2 wrapped gift. • Rummage sale in April. • Fun with friends, every day! Wi-Fi available.

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Siren Senior Center We had our monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21. A speaker from Burnett County Public Health talked about carbon monoxide monitors. Burnett County received some type of grant, so the speaker was able to give a free monitor to each family. We really appreciated receiving the monitors and hearing about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Last Saturday, several of the seniors went to the Luck nursing home to help Dorothy Cronquist celebrate her 100th birthday. Dorothy is Sue Newberger’s mother. She was a regular card player before she went into the nursing home. She is very sharp but has some vision and hearing difficulties. We have decided not to have a Good Friday breakfast this year. We will serve hot dogs and brats at some of the farmers market days. Some dates to remember: Jan. 29 – The ADRC is going to present information on scams at 10:30 a.m. This will be interesting and very informative. If you plan to stay for lunch, you must make reservations 48 hours ahead. Call 715-349-2845. Stay after lunch and join us for Spades.

a cheerleader at a game. Cattleya is a true feline with other cats and dogs alike. She likes some and wants to be friends, she tolerates some, and to others, she is either indifferent or she dislikes. It’s anyone’s guess. She does love every person she meets and we at the shelter are all very fond of her, too. We are so hopeful that soon someone will fall for this fun and quirky cat so she can relinquish her title of longest resident. If you are looking for something fun to do on Friday nights, stop in at the Gandy Dancer Saloon at 5:30 p.m. for their meat raffle. Proceeds from the raffles in January and February are being earmarked for the shelter. It’s a fun way to support the shelter animals. Another upcoming event is the chili/soup cook-off that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 3 - 6 p.m. at Clover Meadow Winery. Bring your favorite chili or soup in a slow cooker to serve from. There is no fee to enter your soup or chili, but the cost to enjoy them is $8 per person with proceeds going to support the shelter animals. Two great options to help with that cabin fever. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can check us out and like us on Facebook, too. Have a great week.

Patzy Wenthe

we didn’t make over a certain amount of winnings, we buy donuts! Yes, you guessed it - we didn’t have big winnings. Mmm, those donuts were good. With February just around the corner, we’re gearing up for the Chinese New Year by celebrating the year of the monkey on Feb. 8 with some goodies. So be sure and stop in and find what’s happening. We’re still looking for more people who are inter-


and lovely adult dog. Our featured cat, Cattleya, has been featured before, but since she is our longest-term cat, I thought I would mention her again. If you recall, Cattleya is the cat that was dumped at our Daisy gate this summer in a closed suitcase with her tiny kittens. Her kittens left the shelter quite a while ago, but Cattleya is still waiting for her special someone. She is a very pretty cat with her shiny black coat, white markings and green eyes. Cattleya is an adult cat at almost 2 years old. She has quite the personality, she’s a life-of-theparty kind of feline. When she is in the office, she is the official greeter, no one escapes her attentions. When she is out in her condo she won’t let you pass her by without trying to get your attention by stretching a couple of paws out as far as she can, striving to touch her intended target. If the paws don’t work her vocals might, she will meow her greeting like

Bernie Bolter

team game and series with 787 and 1,560. Bernie picked up the 4-5-7 split, Gladys the 4-5-10 and Fred the 2-7-8. Great job by all. The new lunch menus are out. Be sure to stop by and pick one up and sign up for your favorites. Remember the indoor flea market and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. We are planning a potluck and horse race day the latter part of February. I will have more details later. The richest people in the world are those rich in friends, and where better to meet old and make new than the senior center. See you at the center.

Frederic Senior Center Now that the really cold weather has stopped, it’s pretty nice again. The winners for Spades were Doug Harlander, Roger Greenly, Jim Anderson and Rich Hustad. The eight bid went to Lorna Erickson and Arnie Borchert. The winners for 500 were Arnie Borchert, Steve Wenthe, Brittani Hughes and Marlyce Borchert. The

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nine bid went to Keith Bennett. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Our center is available to rent for parties and meetings. Stay warm and think spring. We hope to see you at the center.

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In tree rat hollow, the backyard bird yard, there has been a flurry of activity these days as those black walnuts keep showing up all over the ground. The word must be out, as the tree rat population is up almost every day. I had a nice surprise the other day while watering my plants in the living room. I looked out the window at the front yard to see about 10 or 12 turkeys crossing the driveway, heading into the woods. They might be some of the large flock we had on several occasions picking acorns in the yard. That flock had over 25 in it. I saw that great horned owl again early Thursday morning about 6:30, sitting in the same large oak tree as he did last spring. Maybe they have decided to stay in the area and raise another brood this spring. I wonder if the tree rats are aware that they are in the area … but then in the animal kingdom, they seem to be aware of things much faster than we humans are. So much for calling them dumb animals. Sympathy is extended to the family of Thomas Stusek, who passed away Jan. 16. Sympathy is extended to the family of John “Butch” Fallstrom, who passed away Jan. 21. I talked to my nephew Craig’s wife, Linda Anderson, of Monroe, N.C., on Facebook Thursday and was told they hadn’t gotten any snow so far, but they

had gotten some ice. She told me they were prepared for the coming snowstorm. She had stocked up on things they needed, so they were hunkering down at home and waiting it out. Don’t forget, if you are planning a wedding this year, you really don’t want to miss the Siren Destination Wedding Fair coming up on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Lakeview Event Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event could have just the ideas you might need to make your wedding one to remember. While there, don’t forget to sign up for the prizes. This event is sponsored by the Siren Chamber of Commerce. The annual Marine Corps fishing contest is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 6, on Clear Lake, south of Siren on Hwy. 35. The contest is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All you gun enthusiasts, the annual gun show is coming to Siren on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Lakeview Event Center. For more information, call 715653-2271 or 715-327-8951. Congratulations to Kodi Anderson for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence. You rock! Congratulations to elementary student Emma Swanson, middle schooler Reed Ritchey and high schooler Allie Webster for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Great job.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Ellen wants a cat-size version of the American Dream. Her dream come true would be to have a quiet, loving companion who enjoys a cat in their lap. Ellen is not comfortable in the spotlight with a crowd. She understands the quiet communication of a one-on-one conversation, preferably while someone is rubbing her ears. Ellen is all for a deep, caring relationship with her caregiver, but will probably hide from the grandkids. She is 3 years old, spayed and declawed. She wears a short tortiepoint siamese coat and light blue eyes. Ellen will idolize her caregiver and make you feel special that she has chosen you to be her friend. She is the cat-size dream of a cat-loving caregiver. Our adoptable cat rooms runneth over with wonderful cats. If you are looking for playful and quirky, we have that; their names are Marble, Katie, Janice and Clementine. All of these girls are spayed and ready to go home. Marble is shorthair tabby with highlights, Katie is shorthair with black and white fur, Janice is a sleek shorthair with tortoiseshell coloring, and Clementine is a shorthair light orange

tabby. If a cat with a luxurious long coat is what you desire, step right this way. Neutered males Irv and Sebastian have lovely long coats; Irv is brown tabby and white, and Sebastian is buff and white. Nyssa has a beautiful longhair calico coat of bluegray, peach and white. These three tolerate a good brushing with good humor. They appreciate your help in keeping them looking their absolute best. All three came to our shelter as strays. Declawed cats make great indoor companions for an apartment or a house. In addition to Ellen, declawed cats available for adoption are Paula, a shorthair gray and peach tortoiseshell; Boo, a shorthair with black and white fur; and Burt, an all-black shorthair male. This trio is different in personality, one to the other, but all are friendly and easygoing. They all promise to use the litter box faithfully and never throw a wild party when you are away. Joshua, Collin, Fozzy, Chad, Garth and Chi-Chi are all cats of different colors. All have shorthair, are altered and are anxious to go home. They

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County are cats of personality, in good standing with their peers and visitors. They are cuddly cats with love to share. View our available cats on our website and visit them at the shelter. With so many to choose from, you are sure to meet the cat of your dreams. If you are looking for an exercise outlet, we have just the workout for you. Our shelter dogs need to get their daily exercise with volunteers. They enjoy chasing a ball in our outdoor exercise pens and sniffing the maintained hospital trail along the Apple River. This task is a great way to help our shelter provide quality care for our shelter dogs, relieving their kennel routine boredom and teaching

them skills that will impress an adopter and find them a home. If you have the time to spare in the afternoons, Monday through Saturday, it would be most welcomed. You choose your Ellen schedule. A commitment of once a week, or every other week would be helpful. Call the shelter to make arrangements or stop in to discuss your participation in this volunteer opportunity for the animals. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online at and Facebook.

St. Croix Middle School Happenings

Sixth-grade students from St. Croix Falls recently placed third at the semiannual Osceola Math Meet. - Photo submitted

Academic news ST. PETER, Minn. - The fall semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College has been released. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade-point average, based on a scale in which 4.0 equals A, or higher for the semester ending in December 2015. The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College: Melissa Dahl, Grantsburg, and Olivia Ward, Osceola. – submitted ••• HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Technological University has released the dean’s list for the 2015 fall semester. Of the 7,100 students enrolled for the fall Semester, 1,541 achieved dean’s list status. To qualify for the dean’s list a student must take 12 or more grade-point credits and achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Asterisks indicate those earning straight-A averages of 4.0.

Grantsburg Brent Myers, biomedical engineering, Grantsburg High School; and Connor Myers*, finance, Grantsburg High School. – submitted ••• AMES, Iowa – More than 8,370 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2015 fall semester dean’s list. Students named to the dean’s list must have earned a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

Students listed below who qualified for the dean’s list are from your area.

Osceola Cody J. Brunclik, senior, athletic training; and Mykayla A. Getschel, sophomore, agricultural business. – submitted ••• ROCHESTER, Minn. – Kendra Petersen, of Grantsburg, was among more than 1,100 students from Rochester Community and Technical College who made the dean’s list for fall semester ending in December 2015. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must successfully complete 12 or more letter-graded credits, in the same semester, and achieve a grade-point average between 3.0 and 4.0. – submitted ••• MADISON - The University of Wisconsin - Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean of their school or college at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction. Most refer to the honor as the dean’s list, but some grant the dean’s honor list and dean’s high honor list. Students on the dean’s list from this area include:



Joshua Bensen, College of Engineering, honor list; Ashley Doroff, College of Letters and Science; Jacob Hendrickson, College of Engineering, honor list; Florent Ilazi, College of Engineering, honor list; Talmage Kegley, College of Engineering, honor list; Garrett Meagher, College of Engineering, honor list; Stephen Monette, College of Engineering, honor list; Lauren Saleh, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Samuel Schieffer, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Marko Uzeirovic, College of Letters and Science; Connor Wears, College of Letters and Science; and Tanner Wears, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences;

Amanda Becker, College of Engineering, honor list; Asher Elmquist, College of Engineering, honor list; Cody Getschel, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Hannah Hazzard, School of Business; and Taylor Turner, School of Human Ecology, honor list;

Centuria Emily Petzel, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences;

Clear Lake Anthony Bothman, College of Engineering, honor list;

Danbury Megan Hophan, College of Letters and Science;

Dresser Meagan Doll, College of Letters and Science;

Frederic Benjamin Kurkowski, School of Education; and Mark Olson, College of Letters and Science;


St. Croix Falls Mitchel Berg, College of Engineering, honor list; and Lauren Koschmeder, School of Human Ecology, honor list;

Siren Nathan Martin, College of Engineering, honor list; and Richard Schneider, College of Engineering, honor list; and

Unity Theresa Rueth, School of Human Ecology, honor list; and Nathaniel Underwood, College of Letters and Science. – from Link News •••

SUPERIOR – The University of Wisconsin – Superior has named Jaimee Buck, of Luck, and Kayla Hatfield, of Webster, to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2015 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Hatfield has made the dean’s list for the third semester in a row. – submitted

Jes Pedersen, College of Engineering, honor list; and Mckenna Splett, School of Education;

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A girl, Alayna Kay Snider, born Dec. 28, 2015, to DeeJ and Aubre Snider of Luck. Alayna weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. •••


Born at Osceola Medical Center:


A girl, Viola Grace Marie Montanye, born Jan. 20, 2016, to Charlene Montanye of St. Croix Falls. Viola weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

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

A boy, Eli George Surdey, born Jan. 22, 2016, to Mary Surdey of Grantsburg. Eli weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz. Siblings are Bailey and Sadie. Grandparents are Sheila and Randy Todd of Grantsburg. Great-grandparent is Margaret Anderson of Grantsburg. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: Twins, a boy, Lucas Alexander Davis, and a girl, Carly Adelle Davis, born Jan. 14, 2016, to Lorelei Hougdahl and Adrian Davis of Milltown. Lucas weighed 6 lbs. Carly weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Elizabeth Marie Woller, born Jan. 15, 2016, to Michelle Ritchey and Joshua Woller of Webster. Elizabeth weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Hayden Floyd Christenson, born Jan. 17, 2016, to Cara Peasley and Nick Christenson of Grantsburg. Hayden weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz.


LIBRARY CORNER Grantsburg Library news More hours beginning April 11 Our library hours are growing. Beginning the week of April 11 the library will be open from 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Free tax assistance Schedule an appointment to meet with volunteers from the AARP tax preparation program. Upcoming appointment openings are offered the mornings of Feb. 4, 5, 11 and 12. Call the library to schedule an appointment and to find out if you qualify for the program, 715-463-2244.

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

Book club Join a lively discussion of literary fiction! Two book clubs meet at the library; one on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. The other group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. Their February book selections are “The Color of Water,” by James McBride and “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery. Stop by the library to pick up a copy.

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

Preschool story hour

fun program on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. Kathy will provide interactive activities with readaloud stories.

Library Loves You Month

Join one of the Grantsburg Library’s book clubs. You’ll discover new perspectives, meet great people and have something interesting to say. – Photo submitted

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 Cupid’s month. In honor of the Grantsburg community we will be celebrating The Library Loves You Month in February. Each day we’ll be offering a different gift to the community!

LLYM Events • Monday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 12 – Blind Date with a Book week • Monday, Feb. 15 – Read Off Your Fines Day • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Free 30 minutes of technology assistance • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Free book for kids at preschool storytime • Thursday, Feb. 18 – Free school-early-release program • Friday, Feb. 19 – Free card replacement day • Saturday, Feb. 20 – Free donut morning • Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26 – Where’s Waldo Week

Volunteers needed for after-school reading program Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays for the after-school reading program. Many great volunteers are already signed up to read one-onone with area youth for the after-school reading program, but we still need more volunteers. This is a growing program! Call the library if you are interested, 715-463-2244.

Coming soon Books

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy Josephson of Grantsburg Schools for a

“Protocol Zero” by James Abel “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch

Albom “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer “The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery” by Kyril Bonfiglioli “All Men Fear Me” by Donis Case “The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska” by Eileen Curtrigh “Beautiful Storm” by Barbara Freethy “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner “The Edge of Lost” by Kristina McMorris “The Doll Maker” by Richard Montanari “Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesbo “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Audio books “Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesbo

“NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb “Blue” by Danielle Steel

DVDs “Goosebumps” “Pan” “The Martian” “Ant-Man”

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

Larsen Family Public Library news Severe weather

AARP tax help

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

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

Please join the Friends at their Second Saturday used book sale on Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers $1, plastic bag of books $4 and a paper bag of books $5. Our wild rice cookbooks are on sale at the library and the coffee shop for $12.

Table tennis (pingpong) Please join us at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays for table tennis - we may need to adjust the time in February due to the AARP tax preparation schedule. It is not a tournament - just some fun playing pingpong no matter what your skill level.

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

Debt reduction campaign We have reached the $50,000 mark! Thanks to all the people who have so generously donated to our library’s debt reduction fund.

PICTO Join us the first Friday of every month, for fish fry, 5 p.m., and Picto, 7 p.m., at Whitetail Wilderness on Hwy. 35. The next event will take place on Friday, Feb. 5. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Larsen Family Public Library.

Adult book club The title for our February Book Club discussion is “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. We meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month except December in the Nexen Room. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t had time to read the book. Books are available at the circulation desk — just call he library to reserve your copy. “Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.” (Review taken from

Tax forms The Wisconsin tax forms are here: Tax Form 1, 1A and WI-Z and Homestead Tax and the instruction booklets. We also have rent certificates, Schedule WD and instructions, form 1NPR and instructions. If you need forms that we don’t have, you can phone


God bless you, Dan & Marilene Jensen

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We’re at a loss for words to express how much we appreciated all who helped in any way during and after our barn fire – from the fire departments of Cushing, Luck, Milltown and Frederic – to the rest of you who helped that day and since. Plus, all the phone calls, prayers, offers of help, visits, concern and support. Thank you all!

• “Here Comes Valentine Cat” by Deborah Underwood • “Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box” by David McPhail • “Two White Rabbits” by Jairo Buitrago • “Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love” by Kimberly and James Dean • “Animalympics: Animal Strengths and Combat Sports” by Isabel Thomas • “Animalympics: Animal Swimming and Diving” by Isabel Thomas • “Animalympics: Animal Gymnastics” by Isabel Thomas • “Animalympics: Animal Athletics” by Isabel Thomas

Adult • “A Worthy Heart” by Susan Anne Mason • “Blue” by Danielle Steel • “The Forgotten Room” by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig • “Scandalous Behavior” by Stuart Woods • “The Sisters of Versailles” by Sally Christie • “The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian • “The Bitter Season” by Tami Hoag • “A Sparrow in Terezin” by Kristy Cambron • “The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by Natasha Solomon • “Hannah’s Choice” by Jan Drexler

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• “Beyond the Silence” by Tracie Peterson • “Precious Gifts” by Danielle Steel • “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson

Large print • “The Vanishing Woman” by Doug Peterson • “Whispers in the Reading Room” by Shelley Gray


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• “Ant-Man” • “Paper Towns” • “Falling Skies” • “The Martian” • “Vikings: The Complete Third Season”

Audio CD • “House of the Rising Sun” by James Lee Burke

Adult nonfiction • “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson • “Windows 10 for Dummies” by Anthony Rathbone • “Chi-mewinzha: Ojibwe Stories from Leech Lake” by Dorothy Dorn Whipple • “Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask” by Mary Siisip Geniusz

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Australian Adventure kicks off at Frederic Elementary Students have opportunity to adopt an animal in support of zoo at Mall of America Marty Seeger| Staff writer FREDERIC – Frederic Elementary students were full of energy Tuesday, Jan. 26, as they began their Australian Adventure kickoff. Jan. 26 also happens to be the official National Day of Australia, similar to the Fourth of July holiday celebrated in the United States. Along with a green-screen production produced by Frederic Elementary teachers, students were treated to special guest, Bob Pilz of Sustainable Safari. Pilz is from the Scandia, Minn., area, and brought along a young red kangaroo, known as the world’s largest marsupial. The young kangaroo, known as a joey, was brought by Pilz along with a ringtail lemur and an alligator. Pilz explained to students that they would need to pretend that the alligator was actually a crocodile, since alligators aren’t found to live in Australia. Along with learning about Australia over the next few weeks, students will participate in a fundraiser in which they will be able to adopt one, all three or more animals,

which will help support a zoo that is being planned for the Mall of America, which will be the first of its kind in the world. Students will get to participate in several contests to help raise money including a surfboard contest, adopt-an-animal quarter drop and much more. T-shirts and hats are available to students for a fee to support the fundraiser. The adoption fee is $59 for each animal, and included is a certificate of support, plush toy, animal fun deck of cards and the joy of knowing you’re helping care for the animals. Pilz said that the area in the Mall of America where the zoo will be located is as large as the inside of the Frederic Elementary gym, and will hold many different smaller species of animals. Pilz will be visiting the students on three other occasions over the next few weeks, and hopes to bring back his red kangaroo, lemurs and possibly a 5-foot-long crocodile. Students will also get to have their photos taken with some of the animals.

More on page 12 A sign reading Happy Australia Day welcomes Frederic Elementary students as they start their Australian Adventure kickoff.

Students were eager to ask questions about the critters brought in to their Australian Adventure kickoff.

Hats and T-shirts were purchased by Frederic Elementary students as part of a fundraiser and to celebrate their Australian Adventure kickoff.

Frederic Elementary teachers created a video and had some pretty impressive dance moves that students enjoyed during the Australian Adventure kickoff Tuesday, Jan. 26.

A young joey, red kangaroo, is held by Bob Pilz, of Sustainable Safari in Scandia, Minn. The kangaroo’s name is Simon.

Photos by Marty Seeger

Simon the kangaroo didn’t seem to mind being the center of attention for Frederic Elementary students.

Frederic Elementary teachers Dawn Harlander and Elizabeth Weiss lead students with an Aussie Aussie Oi chant.

Frederic Elmentary School teachers lead students in a fun Australian song at the beginning of the program.


Highlighting talent and providing opportunities Burnett County 4-H Music Contest showcases youth talent BURNETT COUNTY - The annual 4-H music contest has been a long-standing tradition showcasing local talent in Burnett County for decades. The event this past Saturday evening, Jan. 23, at the Siren School, was no exception. There may be only four clubs in the county, but they are not lacking in stage presence. The goals of the music contest are more than providing an evening of free entertainment for the area or earning some prize money for the members. Other than the obvious reasons of gaining experience, confidence and musical accomplishment, the contest selects youth to represent Burnett County at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis during August. Judges, Cora Sower of Siren and Tim Kern of Spooner, chose three selections for state fair competition: Wood Creek 4-H large group with their original melody titled “All About 4-H,” Renee Tooze’s junior division vocal performance “Over the Rainbow,” and the mixed age group performance of “Do You Want to Join 4-H?” featuring Alexis Slater, Renee Tooze, Grace Lahners and Gabby Stahl. Alternates selected were Alexis Slater with a vocal plus rendition of “Rainbow Connection” and the senior division vocal piece “Imagine” performed by Emily Stiemann, Alexi Gloodt and Allie Webster.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Alexis Slater had a costume and props for her solo, “Rainbow Connection,” as a vocal plus performance. Slater is an alternate for state fair competition.

Oliver Getts of the Wood Creek 4-H Club lets loose on stage and busts a move ... some of his own moves, during the club’s performance on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Siren School.

Selected for state competition at the Wisconsin State Fair are Grantsburg’s Wood River Beavers Club members Alexis Slater, Renee Tooze, Grace Lahners and Gaby Stahl. They sang, “Do You Want to Join 4-H?” to the tune of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s “Frozen.”

Wood Creek 4-H Club members add some sass to their selection titled, “All About 4-H.” The club was selected to represent Burnett County at the Wisconsin State Fair competition in August.

Selections from musicals were a popular choice for the contest. Shown (photo at left) are the members of the Orange 4-H Club who are pretending not to be in 4-H, singing the sadder, lonely songs in their “Flying Medley” while the other members of the Orange 4-H Club (photo above) sing songs of fun like “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins.


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RIGHT: Cloverbud members are the youngest members in the 4-H organization. Josie Erickson sings “The More We Get Together” as part of the vocal competition.

Elizabeth Treague finds the height of the bench on the grand piano a bit too low and chooses to stand while playing “Away in the Manger.” She was one of three pianists in the Cloverbud, kindergarten-second grade category.

Arwen Gustafson, of Webster, performs “Krazy Klock” on her saxophone as part of the Burnett County 4-H Music Contest.

The Jolly H’s 4-H Club of Grantsburg performed “Do Re Mi” from “The Sound of Music” at the Burnett County 4-H Music Contest held in Siren on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Photos by Becky Strabel

LEFT: Madison Thiex’s and Abby Hayman’s clarinet-trumpet duet, “Amazing Grace,” was one of many performances that represented the talents of four 4-H clubs of Burnett County. Sisters Patty and Mandy Close perform a duet by Green Day titled “Good Riddance.”

Siren seniors Emily Stienmann, Alexi Gloodt and Allie Webster caused some tears as they sang the last performance of the evening. This trio has performed many times since kindergarten, but this will be the last song of their 4-H career to be sung on the stage at Siren School. Webster was also the emcee for the evening.

Junior division vocalists Kylie Blakeslee, Ayla Luedtke-Meyer and Haley Glover entertain the audience with “Over the Rainbow.”


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ABOVE AND LEFT: Frederic elementary school Principal Kelly Steen was allowed to hold Simon, a red kangaroo, while Bob Pilz presented two other critters he brought to show students.

Many Frederic Elementary students were excited to see the animals brought in by Bob Pilz. Students will get another opportunity over the next couple of weeks to get their photos taken and hold them as well, as part of their Australian Adventure and fundraiser.

Photos by Marty Seeger

ABOVE AND RIGHT: Along with a red kangaroo and an alligator, Frederic Elementary students also got to see two ringtail lemurs, found only in Madagascar.

Students react with different expressions to one of three animals brought by Bob Pilz, of Sustainable Safari. One of those animals was thought to be a snake, but later turned out to be a young kangaroo, or joey.

Bob Pilz, of Sustainable Safari, brings out a pouch with a secret animal for elementary students.

Part of the presentation at Frederic Elementary included a fundraising opportunity for students to adopt one or more animals for a future zoo planned at the Mall of America. Teacher Melinda Sorensen, above, addresses the students about the opportunity.


Mercury, a rising problem

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o you know the hazards that broken fluorescent bulbs pose? Are you one of those people that is skeptical of how harmful this toxin really is? Why not read on for the answers. Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs, and high-intensity discharge lamps typically contain mercury. When these bulbs are broken, most of the mercury vapor turns from a gas into a liquid because the pressure is released. Some of the vaporized mercury may be released into the atmosphere. This could be a health risk to people and the environment. Mercury is a poison that affects the central nervous system and may cause dermatitis, tremors and mental disturbances. Mercury is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those who are pregnant. There are fish consumption advisories in over 350 bodies of water in Wisconsin due to mercury contamination. Although some human exposure to mer-

Jen Barton cury occurs by inhalation of toxic elemental mercury fumes which is acute exposure, most exposure occurs through regular consumption of fish contaminated with methylmercury, chronic exposure. There are few studies that have looked at the health effects from chronic exposure to mercury, but acute exposures have indicated that the following health effects can occur from mercury poisoning. In adults:

• Headache • Memory, hearing, and vision loss • Slurred speech • Impaired muscular coordination and spasms • Loss of sensation in fingers and toes • Numbness around mouth • Reproductive problems • Paralysis In children whose mothers consumed mercury during pregnancy: • Mental retardation • Loss of coordination • Visual problems • Cerebral palsy Dispose of mercury-containing items such as fluorescent bulbs, fever thermometers and thermostats at one of Northwest Cleansweep’s household hazardous waste collection events held throughout the summer months. Contact Jen with any questions regarding household hazardous waste at or 715-635-2197.

Frederic Community Education Clogging: Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., elementary school. Zumba toning: Every Sunday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym. Zumba: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m., elementary school gym. After-school knitting club: Thursdays, Jan. 21 - Feb. 11, 3:154:30 p.m., elementary school. Cross-country skiing workshops: Saturdays, Jan. 30 - Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your own skis and poles. Classical skiing and skate skiing classes. Contact community education for more info. Candlelight snowshoe and ski on Coon Lake trails: Saturday, Jan. 30, 5:30-8 p.m. Lighted one-mile trail, hot chocolate and cider. Mosaic Sampler class: Mondays, Feb. 1 and 8, 6-8 p.m., ele-

mentary school art room. Beginning Word: Wednesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, 6-8:30 p.m., high school lab. Kids mosaic class - coffee coasters or picture frames, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 23 and 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m., ages 6-13, elementary school art room. Prairie Fire Theatre presents “Cinderella”: Sunday-Saturday, Feb. 28 - March 5, 3:30-8 p.m. Auditions Monday, Feb. 29. Performances Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 6:30 p.m. Trips Ski and snowboard at Trollhaugen: Monday, Feb. 15. “Gypsy” at the Pantages Theatre: Saturday, Feb. 27. Bus de-

parts Frederic at noon and returns at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $60 includes show ticket and coach transportation. If you would like to register for a class or need more information, please contact Mary at 715-327-4868, ext. 1117, or email millerm@ Registration forms and other helpful information can also be found on the website,

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Pinterest Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Class fee: $21.50/senior $13. You must have an email or Facebook account to register for a Pinterest account. Preregister by Thursday, Jan. 28.

Introduction to Facebook Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Class fee: $21.50/senior $13. Bring a photo on a flash drive or email it to yourself. An email address is required to open a Facebook account. Bring your passwords to your email if you already have a Facebook account. Preregister by Thursday, Feb. 4.

Blogging Thursdays, April 7 and 14, 6-8:30 p.m. You must have an email address and the ability to log on from class. Class fee: $30/senior $17.25. Preregister by Thursday, March 31.

Beginning Word Tuesdays, March 1 and 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Class fee: $30/senior $17.25. Preregister by Tuesday, Feb. 23.

PowerPoint Tuesday and Thursday, May 10 and 12, 6-8:30 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation will be created in class. You may bring a presentation to class that you are working on. Class fee: $30/senior $17.25. Preregister by Tuesday, May 3.

Social media for business Thursdays, March 3 and 10, 6-8:30 p.m. Class fee: $30/senior $17.25. Preregister by Thursday, Feb. 25.


Spreadsheet Basics using Excel Tuesdays, April 5 and 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Class fee: $30/senior $17.25. Preregister by Tuesday, March 29.

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A nice variety of computer-related classes have been scheduled this winter and spring through Luck Community Education. Sign up for as many as you like to improve your skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, or learn more about Pinterest, Facebook and blogging for either personal or business use. All the classes will be taught by Amy Klous, marketing adviser and founder of The Amylia Group. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing starting from the ground up, working with people at their comfort level by explaining techniques in an easy-to-understand manner. Basic computer skills are required for all classes. Preregistration is required at least one week prior to the start of each class and can be done by contacting Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or

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OBITUARIES Harold “Hud” Gelein Jr.

Leonard J. Erickson

Diane Frances (DeDe) Moran

Harold “Hud” Gelein Jr. aka “Lefty” hung up his glove forever on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, leaving behind a battle with cancer and dementia. While he was on this earth, Hud made good use of his time following in his renowned father’s footsteps to become a super athlete, teacher and coach. He earned his second nickname, “Lefty,” hurling fastballs from Little League through high school, ultimately earning a spot on the Braves roster. He loved baseball but he was an all-around great athlete, excelling in everything he did. Hud wasn’t just an athlete; he also inherited his beloved mother Merle’s love of art and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from St. Cloud University. He went on to teach art at Cherokee Middle School in Madison, Wis., and his paintings adorn the walls in his family’s homes. Hud was a devoted family man with two children, Mike and Marit, from his first marriage to Pamela Becker and two stepdaughters, Gina and Jacqui. He is survived by his wife, Anne; all four children; his daughter-in-law, Wendy; and six grandchildren, Barak, Parker, McKinley, Cole, Mariana and Gabriella; his sister, Pat; and many nieces and nephews. Hud joined his parents, Hud Sr. and Merle; his brother, Bob; and sister, Betty, in their heavenly home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Lakeside Lutheran Church in Webster, Wis., and a Celebration of Life is being planned for Saturday, June 4, in Eau Claire. Anyone whose life has been touched by this wonderful man is invited to join in the celebration. The exact time and location will be announced. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Leonard J. Erickson, 92, of Milltown, Wis., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center due to complications from a stroke. Leonard was born March 17, 1923, in Kenmare, N.D., the son of Erick and Ida (Hansen) Erickson. He was the youngest of eight children. He married Rucille Bengtson on April 15, 1944. They spent their married lives in Milltown. Leonard farmed and milked cows for many years. While farming he drove school bus and also trucked cattle into South St. Paul. After they sold their farm, they moved into town where they operated the Milltown Laundromat and he drove gas truck for Skelgas. Leonard leaves to celebrate his memory, daughters, Nancy (John) Nielsen, Eau Claire, Wis., and Lynne (George) McLeod, Eau Claire; son-in-law, Mike (Julie) Ubbelohde; grandchildren, Kristine Brooks, Kathy Hutton, Erika Koenig, Greta Homme and Greg and David Ubbelohde; nine great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rucille in 2001; parents, Erick and Ida; two daughters, Susan Peper and Julie Ubbelohde; two great-grandsons, Tom and Paul Brooks; two brothers, Lawrence and Earl; and five sisters, Alice, Agnes, Gladys, Lillian and Mildred. A memorial service for Leonard was held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Milltown Lutheran Church. Leonard will be laid to rest beside his wife, Rucille, in the spring at the Milltown Cemetery. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Diane Frances (DeDe) Moran, 70, of Balsam Lake, Wis., died peacefully on Jan. 13, 2016, at United Hospital in St. Paul of heart complications. Diane was born Feb. 16, 1945, in La Crosse, Wis. In 1966, Diane married William Moran and had two children. The family moved to Balsam Lake in 1974. She was active in community affairs, and owned and operated Eagle Industries for 25-plus years. She is survived by husband, William (Mr. Bill) Moran; son, Eric (Velia) Moran; daughter, Erin (Bryan) Nielsen; granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha Nielsen; sisters, Rachel Wason, Sally Schumacher and Peggy (Robert) Halmrast; sister-inlaw, Beverly Sacia; and the best dog in the world, Harley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethan and Lenora Sacia; sister, Gloria Elkins; brother, Fred Sacia; and sister, Carol Corcoran. A memorial service will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Friday, Jan. 29, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. Pastor Arveda (Freddie) Kirk will be officiating. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-4722444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Mildred L. Jarolimek Mildred L. Jarolimek, 94, longtime resident of Bothell, Wash., passed away gracefully on Jan. 9, 2016, at the Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Center. Mildred was born May 22, 1921, in Bruce, Wis., to Walter and Elizabeth Fleming and was the second of seven children. She graduated from the State Teacher’s College at River Falls, Wis., where she met her lifetime soul mate, John Jarolimek. They married in 1943 at the Marine base in Quantico, Va. She worked as an English teacher in the Wisconsin public schools until she became a mother, and then later worked assisting John with writing and editing his textbooks and professional articles. Mildred was a genuinely kind, thoughtful, loving person. The family will miss her warm smile and gentle spirit. Her accomplishments were many. She was fortunate to enjoy many friends and live a wonderful, healthy

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and long life. She and John especially looked forward to their gatherings on the coast with the Ocean Shores group. Four years ago she and John moved to Brittany Park in Woodinville, Wash., where they felt fortunate to spend their last years together, making new friends in a happy, supportive environment. For over 50 years, Mildred was a parishioner of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church. She was a longtime active member of the Mary Ann Bothell Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Mildred was preceded in death by John, her husband of 71 years. She is survived by her two sons, John Jr. (Laurie) of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Joel (Pam) of Ketchum, Idaho; and grandchildren, Chenoa Jarolimek, Colin Jarolimek, Spencer Frary (Debby) and Andrew Nelson. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Bothell, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Mildred’s name to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Todd Eric Erickson Todd Eric Erickson, 48, of Naples, Fla., passed away Jan. 16, 2016. He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 30, 1967. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in business. He worked at Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis, Minn., taught math for the Naples Public Schools and worked for Media One in the business division. Todd had a lifetime of dedicated volunteer community service. He volunteered at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis as a tutor, he was a guardian ad litem for children for the Collier County Social Services for many years and was founder and past president of the Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc., a mission to improve lives of special needs children and adults through therapeutic riding. In 2004 Todd was awarded the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award for working diligently for the Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc., program. Todd was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Erickson. He is survived by his father, Bruce Erickson; and brothers Mark, Brent and Scott. Memorial services will be held in the spring in his hometown of Grantsburg, Wis.

Swedish club meeting set AMERY - The Swedish Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Deronda Street in Amery. The program features excerpts from the popular Swedish reality show, “The Great Swedish Adventure,” which brings Swedish-Americans to Sweden to connect with their heritage. Refreshments include Swedish semlor buns, a pastry that hails the upcoming Fat Tuesday and beginning of Lent. The public is welcome. For more information, call 715268-6134. – submitted



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OBITUARIES Morton A. Aggerholm Morton A. Aggerholm passed away Jan. 16, 2016, at the age of 92 at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab Care Center. Morton was born to Martin and Marie Aggerholm in Luck, Wis., on March 29, 1923. He attended the Pioneer School in Bone Lake through the eighth grade. He then went out to the Dakotas to work for a while, coming back to farm and cut wood to sell for a living. He also worked at Stokely’s. He left the farm and moved into the Maple View apartments in Luck for a few years and has resided at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab Care Center since 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Andrew, Gary, Oscar, Gunnar and Albert; and sisters, Dagmar, Sabalke, Agnes and Christine Aggerholm; and many nieces and nephews. The family wants to give special thanks to the staff at Frederic Nursing and Rehab for their kindness and care to Morton. Burial will be at a later date. An online guest book is available at or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Heather Lynn Stettler Heather Lynn Stettler, (nee Tobias), passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the age of 45. Resident of Shorewood, Wis. Beloved wife for 16 years and best friend of Sean J. Stettler. Loving daughter of Don and Sharon Tobias. Cherished sister of Tim (Jenny) Tobias. Aunt and godmother of Garrett Tobias. Dear daughter-in-law of Carole (the late Kenneth) Stettler. Brothers-in-law, Kevin, Jim (Koko), Eric (Theresa), Tracy (Renee), Chris (Jessica). Further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends. Heather was a loving and devoted wife, daughter and sister, she will be deeply missed by her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Family will greet friends on Friday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Feerick Funeral Home. A memorial service honoring Heather’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan 30, at 11 a.m. at Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 East Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay, Wis., followed by a reception at the church. There will also be a celebration of Heather’s life this summer. Interment will be private for the family. Memorials in Heather’s name may be made to Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Cancer Research Fund, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226. Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, is serving the family.

Barbara J. Montgomery Lang Barbara J. Montgomery Lang, 90, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola, Wis. Barbara was born June 9, 1925, at Trade River to John and Jennie Ecklund. She graduated from high school in 1944. On July 27, 1946, she married Erwin Montgomery. For 25 years she owned and operated Barb’s Fashions in St. Croix Falls and Amery. After Erwin’s death in 1992, she married Frank Lang in 1998. In her free time she enjoyed fishing, card games and spending time with kids. She was a very generous person. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents John and Jennie; first husband, Erwin Montgomery; sisters, Crystal, Lois and Ruby; and brothers, Dale and Jim. She is survived by her second husband, Frank Lang; daughters, Wendy Bergstrand, Arkansaw, and Pam Smith of California; son, Tom of Minnesota; five granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Martinson; and sister-inlaw, Beulah Ecklund. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2016. Arrangements by the Grandstand Funeral Home – Edling Chapel.

Dale Karl Petersen Dale Karl Petersen, 70, of Washburn, Wis., passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at his residence with his wife, Carol, at his side. He was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Luck, Wis., to Karl C. and Ingrid E. (Nielsen) Petersen. He graduated from Luck High School and was a dairy farmer all his life in Luck. Dale had three children, Pete, Melissa and Benjamin, with his wife, Susan Arlene Petersen. After Dale retired from farming he met and married Carol Ann Luoma, they resided in Washburn, Wis. Dale is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Petersen, of Washburn; three children, Pete Dale Petersen of Cameron, Wis., Melissa Ruth Weiten of Dallas, Wis., and Benjamin Karl Petersen of Rice Lake; stepdaughter, Amanda Ann Mishler, of Franklin, Texas; and seven grandchildren, Mikle, Gerrett, Brett, Holly Ann, William, Ella and Logan. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Darrell Leroy Petersen. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Herbster Cemetery in Clover, Wis. To view this obituary online, sign the guest book or express online condolences, visit

Emily Margaret (Daniel) Drohman Randolph Emily Margaret (Daniel) Drohman Randolph, 98, of Grantsburg, Wis., passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2016, at the Continuing Care Center of Burnett Medical Center. Emily was born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Nov. 10, 1917, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Pearle G. (Fassett) Daniel. She moved with her family to the Grantsburg area when she was 3 years old and helped her parents on Daniel Seed Farm. She attended local public schools and was a 1935 graduate of Grantsburg High School. On Nov. 18, 1938, Emily was united in marriage to Floyd Melvin Drohman in Grantsburg. Shortly after, they purchased Cloverdale Farm, which she continued to operate following Floyd’s death on Nov. 16, 1958. She married James J. Randolph on Dec. 7, 1959. He passed away Aug, 29, 1991. In 1969, Emily graduated from nursing school in Superior, Wis. She was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the Continuing Care Center of Burnett Medical Center well into her 70s, where she felt her patients were like family, as well as the staff. Emily was a lifetime, active member of the Central United Methodist Church in Grantsburg which was originally known as Central Methodist Episcopal Church. She had been a member of the church choir for many years and taught Sunday school. She served on various committees over the years and was a dedicated member and past president of the United Methodist Women. During the years her children were growing up, Emily was quite active in the 4-H. Later she gave of her time at the local food bank, served as an election judge at the local polling place and was very involved with the Grantsburg Senior Center. Emily was quite musically inclined. She played the guitar and harmonica, and had the unique ability to play the piano by ear, without written sheet music. Emily continued to play the piano at the Continuing Care Center into her 95th year. She was very artistic as well, producing beautiful embroidery and creating scenes and pictures using colored pencils. Emily also had a great passion and talent for gardening, and was a great cook and seamstress. Emily loved spending time visiting with family, friends and acquaintances. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and could be spunky and playful. She had a wise, loving and caring demeanor, and always demonstrated a very positive outlook on life. During the times when everything was wonderful, as well as during the times her faith was being challenged, Emily sustained herself through inner strength and inner peace received from God. Preceding her in death were her parents, Grover and Pearle Daniel; her husbands, Floyd Drohman and James Randolph; a sister, Minerva L. (Glen) Drohman; two brothers, Orville H. “Dan” (Theresa) Daniel and Louis M. Daniel; brother-in-law, Raymond Buggert; and grandson, Glen McCann. Emily is survived by five children, Gary E. (Mary) Drohman of Manitowoc, Wis., Judith A. McCann of Grantsburg, Floyd E. (Carol) Drohman of Grantsburg, Susan P. Knutson (Larry Rodbard) of Owings Mills, Md., and Katherine E. “Karen” Christal of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister, Mildred E. Buggert of Grantsburg; and sister-inlaw, Patricia “Gigi” Daniel of Naples, Fla. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. The funeral service for Emily Drohman Randolph was conducted at Saturday, Jan. 23, at Central United Methodist Church, Grantsburg, with Pastor Kris Johnson officiating. Music was provided by Linda Benge, Jeana Quimby and Pastor Mike Brubaker, and praise and worship dance by Jenny Christal. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery next to her husband, Floyd Drohman. Pallbearers were sons, Gary Drohman and Floyd Drohman; and grandsons, Dan Drohman, Jeff Drohman, Rob Drohman and Erik Knutson; and honorary pallbearer, Glen McCann. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Central United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 128, Grantsburg, WI 54840, or to Grantsburg Dollars for Scholars® (nursing education fund), P.O. Box 566, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at

Dorothy M. Edgell Dorothy M. Edgell, 101, was born March 7, 1914, to Andrew and Clara Hansen in St. Paul, Minn. She died on Jan. 19, 2016. Dorothy had one sister, Leone. They grew up in the Cushing, Wis., area. She married Fred Edgell on June 5, 1937, in Northwood, Iowa. Fred and Dorothy raised five children. Dorothy attended St. Croix Falls High School, Polk County Normal School, and received a bachelor’s degree in teaching from River Falls. She taught in many area schools for 30-plus years retiring in 1967. Dorothy lived in Centuria for 60 years. She enjoyed good health until recently. Dorothy remained a well-informed conversationalist who enjoyed talking about everything including politics. Her hobbies included handwork of all kinds - embroidery, knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed reading and in the last few years she was listening to audiotapes. In February 2006, Dorothy moved to Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls. She is survived by her children, Jim (Beverly) of Centuria, Doug (Michelle) of Powell, Wyo., Susan Clausen (Gary) of Krum, Texas, Tom of Greybull, Wyo., and Andy of Pine City, Minn., as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and four grandchildren. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church (CTH I, east of Centuria) with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m., with lunch and burial to follow at St. Croix Falls Cemetery.

John “Butch” Allen Fallstrom

John “Butch” Allen Fallstrom, 76, passed away on Jan. 21, 2016, with his family by his side in Grantsburg, Wis., after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Grantsburg on April 15, 1939, to Johnny and Esther (Helland) Fallstrom, Butch grew up in Falun, Wis., and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1957. After graduating he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Brunswick, Ga. Butch married Janice Soderbeck on Dec. 7, 1957, at the First Baptist Church in Falun. Butch’s trucking career started very early, before he even had his driver’s license, at age 14, for Falun Lumber. He drove until the business moved to Grantsburg where he owned and operated his own trucking company, Grantsburg - Falun Lumber. He worked there until he retired in 2000. After he retired he enjoyed frequent trips on the train traveling all over the United States and Canada. In 2012, Butch decided he needed a new hobby to keep busy, so he bought a sawmill at the age of 72 and worked at his mill until recently. He had many hobbies including hunting and fishing, which were two of his favorites throughout his life. Butch took many trips to Canada to fish for walleye, it’s also where he got his first full set of teeth. Butch is survived by his wife, Janice; brother, Curt (Sue) Fallstrom; son, Jeff (Penny) Fallstrom; daughters, Janyl (Richard) Friese and Jodi (Don) Whalen; grandchildren, Krista, Marissa, Kaelyn, John, Keith, Ashley, Nikki, Lindsey and Robert; and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Alexis, Mason and Ellie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Esther Fallstrom; and great-grandson, Jameson Gordon. A celebration of Butch’s life was held at the First Baptist Church of Falun on Saturday, Jan. 23, with Pastor Mike Kleven officiating, assisted by Associate Pastor Steve Ward. Full military honors concluded the service. Interment will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis., at a later date. Honorary pallbearers were John Dahlberg, Joe Yira, Mikal Helland, James Helland, Mike Parker, John Fallstrom, Keith Friese and Robert Whalen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Falun, 23661 Range Line Road, Siren, WI 54872. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Grantsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at Patricia Ann “Patsy” Bartlett, 77, of Apache Junction, Family, Fishing and Trucking best described Butch’s Ariz., formerly Patsy Kurschinski and life. formerly Patsy Tarter, went to be with Jesus on Oct. 25, 2015. Patsy was a joy and a delight and could light up a room just by entering it. She loved much and was much Wilbur Thoreson, 97, passed away peacefully on Jan. loved. During her life, she also lived 25, 2016, at the Frederic Nursing Home. Arrangements multiple years in Illinois, Minnesota, have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Wisconsin and briefly in New Mexico. She is survived by husband, Lenden in Grantsburg. Please refer to the funeral home website Bartlett; son, Patrick Tarter; stepson, Todd (Dawn) Kur- for funeral service information, schinski; sister, Mary Jo (Rick) Bierman; and other family. A Celebration of Life is set for Monday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Rec Building at Road Haven RV Resort, 1000 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

Patricia Ann Bartlett (nee Noe)

Wilbur Thoreson


CHURCH NEWS A straight path


hen my husband took walks in the woods to check out the trees for future firewood, he always walked a straight path. For him, the shallow ponds, puddles, shrubs and downed trees meant wearing waterproof boots. He ignored any obstacles he encountered on his search for the right trees. Centuries ago, when a king or ruler planned a trip to check on his kingdom, workers made sure the highway on which he rode could be traveled with ease. They cleared the path of obstacles and made the road as level as possible. God’s word speaks of a spiritual highway. “The voice of one crying in the

A sense of humor key to a long-lasting marriage Q: My husband and I have been married nearly 20 years, and frankly, the relationship has become somewhat stale and even boring. It seems like we’re basically just going through the motions. We don’t want a long checklist, but do you have one suggestion for something we can do to help? Jim: I once asked author Ted Cunningham, “What’s the best advice you ever got on marriage?” His reply was short and to the point: “That’s easy - lighten up and laugh!” Why do you suppose Ted’s thoughts jumped immediately to the importance of humor and lightheartedness? It’s because life in this world can be a grind. Our daily routines are rarely easy and, at times, they’re even marked by tragedy. All of us need opportunities to stop for rest and refreshment along the way. Retreats and oases are absolutely indispensable to life’s journey. And I firmly believe that marriage ought to be one of them. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking at this point: “My marriage? An oasis?” But this is precisely what it can be if you take the time to grease the

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair wilderness: prepare the way of the lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3) The analogy refers to John the Baptist, the desert dweller, who prepared the way for Jesus by calling the people to repentance and baptism. Prepare means to clear away the obstacles. The meaning of straight in Isaiah implies level, while the word highway skids with healthy doses of laughter. A couple’s role is not to squash all the good moments, but to share them with each other. Remember, the two of you got married because once upon a time you actually looked forward to being together. So if you feel like you’ve lost that spark, make an effort to recapture it. Fan the flames again. If you can do that - if you can lighten up, laugh and enjoy the journey together -- you’re halfway toward achieving genuine marital success. And, in the process, I predict you’ll eliminate much of the monotony and boredom that have characterized your daily grind in the first place. ••• Q: A friend of mine regularly takes her young children with her when she attends PG-13 and R-rated movies. She doesn’t seem to think twice about it. Do you think that’s wise? Bob Waliszewski, director, Plugged In: One of the most baffling things to me about parenting in this day and age is the fact that many moms and dads who would take a bullet for their children don’t think twice about “abusing” their kids when it comes to entertainment. I put “abusing” in quotes because culturally we don’t consider it child cruelty. But I do. More specifically, I’m talking

represents the hearts of those who must be spiritually prepared by repentance for God’s glory to be revealed on earth. In other words, we must clear away any obstacles within our hearts that keep us from true repentance. We cannot accomplish this by ourselves. God’s spirit draws us to Jesus for salvation. He gives us the power, wisdom and strength to clear those obstacles. “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:13) When we find our hands useless and our knees shaky and weak as we try on our own to follow God’s word, we need only ask for his healing and strength.

Focus on the family Jim Daly about parents who, like your friend, take their young kids to movies that could cause serious emotional and spiritual damage, and influence their children in untold negative ways. At a recent screening of a film that I knew was going to push the envelope, I actually asked the mom next to me something along these lines, “Since you haven’t seen this film, do you worry that the content will be detrimental to your child?” Her response was telling. Instead of saying, “Oh, yes. I’m very concerned about how the messages and visuals in films might affect my child. I’m just pretty sure this isn’t one of those types of movies,” what I got was something very different. The mother motioned with her hand in a sweeping gesture and said, “Look at all the children here at this movie.” In other words, her justification had nothing to do with the welfare of her

A prayer of repentance and submission will allow God to work wonders in restoring our heart to him. And when we find our feet moving outside his straight, level path of obedience and service, we need only ask him to clear away all obstacles for our own walk and for the journey we take to draw others to him. Is your spiritual walk straight and level, or filled with obstacles? Lord, thank you for promising healing and strength as we humbly seek to keep all obstacles free from our path as we serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

child, but simply the fact that she wasn’t alone in her decision. I believe responsible parenting involves being informed about what your kids might be exposed to before it happens. That’s why our team at PluggedIn. com works so hard to do what we do - provide the detailed information parents need to make entertainment choices based on what’s best for their children. ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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



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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Students of the Week Frederic

Hailey Ridgeway has been chosen Frederic Elementary School student of the week. Hailey is in fourth grade and the daughter of Jacob and Hilary Ridgeway. She has a brother, Carter. She is involved in basketball. Her favorite school subjects are art, phy ed and social studies. She likes to swim, ice fish, hunt, walk, inline skate and play board games. When she grows up she would like to be an artist.

Rachel Bugella has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Rachel is in sixth grade and the daughter of Craig and Sharon Bugella. She is a great student who earns excellent grades. She is very polite and is a super-hard worker. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. She enjoys hunting, playing with her dog in the woods and farming. She would like to be in the USMC.


Cole Hohlfeld has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and loves all the learning. He is becoming a great reader. Cole loves playing Legos with his friends during center time. His favorite special is physical education. He would like to be a race car driver when he grows up.

Rebecca White has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Chad and Melissa White. She is a student who brings a cheerful and attentive tone to class. She is creative, engaged and works hard. She is involved in band, choir and track. She enjoys spending time with family, hunting, drawing, painting and playing her flute.


Shylie King has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Shylie is a junior and the daughter of Beth King and Shawn King. She works at Quiznos and is involved with Spectrum Club, yearbook and the prom committee. She likes to write stories and poems. She always does her best. She adds a new perspective to any discussion. She brings out the best in others and works very well with anyone. She plans to become a teacher.

Anna Christensen has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Jon and Julie Christensen. She is always smiling and willing to help teachers when asked. She is involved in FCCLA, FFA, 4-H, student council, teacher’s aide, nursing assistant program, softball and dance. She enjoys crocheting, watching movies, working on the farm with her dad. She plans to attend CVTC to be an ultrasound tech.

Kacey Rombach has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Kacey is in first grade and the daughter of Nick and Kelly Rombach. She is a very kind and respectful leader in her classroom. She is a hard worker and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Kacey is an excellent reader. Her favorite sport is basketball and she enjoys playing on the girls basketball team. When she is not at school, she likes to play with her sisters, Hailey and Abby.

Nevaeh Reynolds has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. Nevaeh is in fifth grade and the daughter of Amanda Dietrich and Brent Reynolds. She works hard in school and is always willing to help her teachers and classmates. She is a kind and considerate young lady. She plays clarinet in the fifthgrade band and is active in volleyball, basketball and softball. She enjoys reading and coloring.

Janelle Burton is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Janelle is in fourth grade and is the daughter of Ashley and James Burton. She is such a sweet and caring fourth-grader. She is a very hard worker. She loves to help her peers with any subject. She always adds to the discussions in class. She is always kind. She likes art, coloring and making fun, crafty things. She loves to read.


Justine Phernetton has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Scott and Kim Phernetton. She has a great sense of humor and brightens everyone’s day with her smile. She enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with friends and jingle dancing at powwows. In the future, she plans to be a pediatric nurse.

Colby Hutton has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Colby is in eighth grade and the son of Betsy Anderson and Justin Hutton. He has a sister named Laura. He has two cats, Duke and Daisy. His favorite subject is phy ed because he likes moving around and having fun without having to go outside. Colby is a great kid and is a joy to have in class.


Jeremiah Peer has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Jeremiah is a junior and the son of Terry and Diane Peer. He is involved in band, jazz band, forensics, student council and CLC. He has developed into a strong leader in band. He is always pushing himself to become a better musician and remains approachable and helpful to his fellow classmates. He is a credit to this school both in and out of the classroom.

Evan Johnson has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Evan is in third grade and the son of Sherri and James Johnson. He is very kind in words and actions and constantly encourages his classmates. He demonstrates a high level of responsibility each day, not only in the classroom but outside the classroom. He always strives to give his best effort and helps those around him be their best.

Sam Ross has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Sam is in fifth grade and the son of Lisa Ross and Joe Ross. Sam was chosen because he is a fun and kind young man. He is energetic and shows interest in class and has a positive attitude. He has a great smile, his participation is top-notch. He has a lighthearted attitude and is always ready to learn.

MaKena Buffington has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. MaKena is in eighth grade and the daughter of Amy Bengtson, David Logan and Troy Buffington. She is a very nice, sweet and polite young lady. She is a very good student who cares about her schoolwork. She is quiet, but proves to be a leader in her class. She is involved in band, basketball, volleyball and softball.

Zachary Rau has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Zachary is a junior and the son of Mel Rau and Julie Brenden. His favorite subject is U.S. history. His hobbies include 4-H, choir, band, running and acting.

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Elizabeth Milliman has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Elizabeth is in fourth grade and the daughter of Dalaine Milliman. Besides working hard to develop her academic skills, Lizzie is currently rehearsing to be in the school play, “Seussical the Musical.” She also plays on the girls fourth-grade basketball team and will be competing in the district spelling bee later this week.

Emily Stiemann is Siren High School’s student of the week. Emily is a senior and the daughter of Phil and Sheryl Stiemann. She enjoys volleyball, track, band, choir and 4-H. She represented the local FCCLA chapter last summer at the National Leadership Competition in Washington, D.C. She is active in National Honor Society, student council and AODA. She has applied to a number of universities and has yet to make her final decision.


St. Croix Falls

Lamont Williams has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Lamont is a second-grader. He lives at home with his grandma, mom and two sisters. At home, they like to play games like hide and seek. At school, he really likes to play outside at recess and he loves math class. He is proud of his hard work. When he grows up, he would like to be an auto mechanic because he likes to fix cars with his dad.

Hannah Haley is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Hannah is a senior and the daughter of Debbie and Brent Haley. She has been doing extra work for the school by painting benches and pictures in the girls locker room. She always has a smile on her face. She is a waitress at Tobie’s. She enjoys weightlifting, art, snowboarding and hockey. She would like to attend UW-Superior and study physical therapy.

Rachel Sperry has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Michael and Judy Sperry. Rachel has a very inquisitive curiosity that goes to greater depths than the typical learner. She seeks knowledge because she genuinely wants to understand for herself. She always completes her assignments and has a positive attitude. She is in choir, volleyball and track. Her hobbies include being outside with nature, reading, art and music.

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NOW THRU SAT., JAN. 30 Amery • “Warmth” nature photography by youth at artZ. Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-268-8600,

WED.-THURS./27-28 Siren • Auditions for school/community musical, “The Little Mermaid,” for 8th grade - adult, at the school, 6-8 p.m.


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

• Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233. • Informal fiber arts group at the library. Bring a project, 1-3 p.m.

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


St. Croix Falls

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

• Canoeist Natalie Warren to speak at the library, 7 p.m., 715-483-1777. • Hamburger night at the senior center, 5:30 p.m., 715483-1901.



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

• Parkinson’s support meeting at the library, 2 p.m., 715-220-3193. • Lake Country Pedalers Bicycle Club meeting at Cog & Sprocket bike shop, 5:30 p.m.,

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



Balsam Lake

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

• Tailgate dinner, 5-7 p.m. and basketball’s Cancer Night, raffle, chains of hope, etc., at the school,

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



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

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



• Presentation on scams and identify theft at the senior center, 10:30 a.m. RSVP if staying for lunch: 715-3492845, by Jan. 27. • RSVP deadline for Burnett Medical Center’s Valentine’s Day dinner at Lakeview Event Center, Sat., Feb. 13, 715-463-7285.

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

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



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

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

SATURDAY/30 Atlas/Long Trade Lake • Ice-fishing contest, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Check-in at Suzy Q’s starts at 7 a.m. RSVP food count by Jan. 25, 715-6485223.

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

Danbury • Ice-fishing contest on Burlingame Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.



Luck Trade Lake • “Woodlawn” movie and popcorn at Trade Lake Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY/31 Amery • St. Joseph Church’s ice-fishing contest on North Twin Lake, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Siren • Destination Wedding Fair at Lakeview Event Center, 11 a.m .-3 p.m., 715-349-8399,


MON.-WED./1-3 Webster • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-866-7697 for appointment.

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

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

• History of Maple Syrup Making at the Luck Museum, 7 p.m.

• Tree-tapping seminar at the Lions Hall, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-554-2301.




• Park ranger program and snowshoeing at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m. RSVP, 715-349-2922,

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

St. Croix Falls

• Friends meeting at the library, 6 p.m., 715-327-4979,


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

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

• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

• Winter Expo arts & crafts & garage sale at the elementary school, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-566-0371, aschartrand@ • Candlelight snowshoe and ski on Coon Lake trails, 5:30-8 p.m., 715-327-4868, ext. 1117. • Fishing contest, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; medallion hunt, 11 a.m.; vintage snowmobile show, register 11 a.m. on Coon Lake, 715-529-0913.

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

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

Frost on branches envelopes oak leaves. Temperatures rose from below zero into the 30s this past week, giving area residents respite from a brutal cold snap. - Photo submitted

MONDAY/1 Balsam Lake • RSVP deadline for bus trip to Orpheum Theatre, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” on Sun., April 3, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560, • RSVP deadline for bus trip to Plymouth Playhouse, “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver,” on Fri., April 22, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560,

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

Osceola • Blood drive at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 12:306:30 p.m.,, 800-733-2767.

TUESDAY/2 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640 • Swedish Club meeting at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715 -268-6134.

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

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

Osceola • Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557.

WEDNESDAY/3 Amery • Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the community center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.

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

THURS. & FRI./4 & 5 Grantsburg

SUNDAY/7 St. Croix Falls • “Israel Standing Alone” DVD at the library, 6:308 p.m., 515-708-2120.

MONDAY/8 Amery • RSVP deadline for Valentine’s party at the community center on Feb. 11 at noon, 715-268-6605.

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

THURS. & FRI./11 & 12 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

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

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Leader | Jan 7 | 2016