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• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 31 • 2 SECTIONS

Steve Warndahl retires as highway commissioner

St. Patrick’s Day fun at Siren





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Details emerge in violent break-in Balsam Lake man accused of burglary and attempted battery of an elderly woman PAGE 3

Horse ranch owner back in jail Mike Feist placed on probation hold after unspecified weekend incident with deputy PAGE 21

Church treasurer charged with embezzling $80,000 Orv Volkmann and his dog, Wolf, were photographed by his daughter, Jill Ann Freeman, recently, as they walked through the woods near his home, east of Clam Falls. The wagon in the picture was a gift from Freeman to her father on his 87th birthday. Volkmann included a note on the photo, quoting the Scottish naturalist and preservationist John Muir, “Going to the woods is going home.” - Photo by Jill Ann Freeman

FIRST READ NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - This Friday, March 18, marks the 56th anniversary of a campaign swing through Northwest Wisconsin by Democratic candidate for president, John Kennedy. On Friday, March 18, 1960, JFK made a whirlwind tour of the area and his stops included a coffee break at Grandinetti’s Cafe and a speech in front of Trudelle’s Buckhorn Bar (now Big Dick’s Buck Horn Inn), both in downtown Spooner, the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, stops in Rice Lake, Minong (high school), Hayward (high school), Shell Lake (Main Street), Cumberland, Gordon The sign on the men’s room door at Dick’s Buck and finally Superior. Kennedy Horn Inn in downtown Spooner. - Photo from roadmade a speech that evening at the Androy Hotel in Superior before heading to Duluth to catch a flight to Milwaukee around midnight. At Big Dick’s Buck Horn Inn there remains a sign on a rest room door saying “President John F. Kennedy used these facilities on March 18, 1960.” Kennedy was opposed in the April 5 Democratic primary that year by Sen. Hubert Humphrey and Wisconsin played a critical role in the presidential race that year, holding one of the earlier primaries. The turnout across Wisconsin was one of the largest of the postwar years with Kennedy scoring 476,000 votes to Humphrey’s 366,753. Kennedy was trounced in Burnett and Polk counties, however, losing to Humphrey 3,482 to 1,285 in Polk and 1,499 to 562 in Burnett, the only municipalities voting for Kennedy being the village of Balsam Lake in Polk and the Towns of Scott, Union and Webb Lake in Burnett. Kennedy also lost in Washburn County, 1,116 votes to Humphrey’s 1,379. JFK’s brother, Robert, campaigned in Polk County a week later, appearing March 25 at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake, a guest of the Polk County Press Association. If you have memories or photos of that election year or of meeting the candidates, please share them with our readers by emailing the Leader at - Editor

Admits to taking church funds for personal bills, gambling PAGE 3

Siren teacher assaulted by student 13-year-old also punches police chief PAGE 7




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BAAG SCHEDULE SIREN - The Burnett Area Arts Group would like to announce the dates for its 2016 scheduled arts and crafts events to be held at the BAAG Art Center, Hwy. 35 N., in Siren. BAAG’s first event occurs on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, when it participates in the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A total of 13 local artists will be displaying their work at this event. The remaining events include Arts Alive on 35, Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 and Aug. 5-6; Up North Art Sale, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24; Fiber Art Show/Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9; and the Holiday Arts Alive on 35, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19. Each event is scheduled for two days this year and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. BAAG will hold a drawing for an original piece of artwork at each of its six events this year. All artwork is created by a local BAAG member. BAAG is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the economic and social needs of artist and crafters in northwestern Wisconsin. BAAG holds meetings the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. at the BAAG Art Center, Hwy. 35 N., Siren. Interested artists/craftspeople are always welcome. For further information, please contact 715-349-5960. – from BAAG

LEFT: The Burnett Area Arts Group will hold a drawing for an original piece of artwork, created by a local BAAG member, at each of its six events scheduled this year. – Photo submitted

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LIFESTYLE OF THE VIKINGS PROGRAM AT LUCK MUSEUM LUCK - Thursday, March 24, the Luck Museum will be presenting a program on the lifestyle of the Vikings. Dr. Bruce Hanson is the presenter, and his program will begin at 7 p.m. He will cover everything from marriage to the grave, giving insight into why the Vikings went from peaceful farmers and fishermen to ruthless killers. Shipbuilding innovations, artwork and the gods the Vikings worshipped will be discussed. The event is free and all are welcome. – submitted

LUCK - The April 1 Free First Friday Flick at Luck Museum will feature “Moby Dick,” the 1956 film classic of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick.” This classic story revolves around Captain Ahab and his obsession with a huge whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab’s leg years before, leaving Ahab to stomp the boards of his ship on a peg leg. Ahab is so crazed by his desire to kill the whale that he is prepared to sacrifice everything, including his life, the lives of his crew members and even his ship to find and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, Richard Basehart as Ishmael and Leo Genn as Starbuck, the film was directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Huston and Ray Bradbury. The music score was written by Philip Sainton. First Friday Flick is at 7 p.m. at the Luck Museum. The movie and the popcorn are free. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening with friends and a classic on the big screen. – submitted

FREE PUPPET SHOW AND EGG HUNT SET TAYLORS FALLS -Come kids, parents, grandparents and neighbors to a 30-minute musical production of “Son Rise,” performed by Holy Hands Puppeteers. This free event takes place at the United Methodist Church, 290 W. Government St., Taylors Falls, Minn., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. The large puppet theater is easily seen by all, a variety of fun and interesting puppets tell the story and a fine sound system ensures that everyone can hear the music and dialogue. Following the show there will be an Easter egg hunt on the adjoining Folsom House Historic Site lawn, rain or shine. - submitted


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Church treasurer charged with embezzling $80,000

Admits to taking church funds for gambling, personal bills

BURNETT COUNTY - A 61-year-old rural Grantsburg woman has admitted embezzling approximately $80,000 from Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg where she served as treasurer for the past six years and where she has been a member for nearly 17 years. Dorothy Ann White faces three felony charges of theft in a business setting of

money she took went to cover more than $10,000. Each personal bills and then it went count carries a penalty of to cover gambling losses. a $25,000 fine, 10 years in Authorities were alerted to prison, or both. the theft in January when Pastor The church’s pastor, Jay Ticknor told a Burnett County Ticknor, told members of sheriff’s investigator that he had his congregation about the recently noticed some church situation during his Sunday checks that White had written morning service, March 13. to herself without permission. Charges were formally filed An investigation of church reon Monday, March 14. Dorothy Ann White cords showed that the defendant According to a criminal stole $25,692.12 from the church complaint, White told authorities she began taking money in 2013, $46,072.44 in 2014 and from the church’s savings and checking $11,316.22 in 2015. According to the comaccounts, as well as from a mission in- plaint, White would write out checks to vestment fund. At first, she said, the herself from the church checking account

and then cash it at her bank, Woodland’s Bank in Hinckley, Minn. In order to obtain money from the mission investment fund, she had to write a special request to the fund for transfer of funds. Her duties at Bethany Lutheran included paying the bills, payroll and make deposits. White said she gambles at the casino in Hinckley. Her initial court appearance is set for Wednesday, March 23, at 1 p.m. - Gary King - This story appeared on our website on Tuesday, March 15.

Details emerge in violent break-in

Balsam Lake man accused in burglary and attempted battery of an elderly woman

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Disturbing details have emerged in a case involving multiple felony charges against a 29-year-old Balsam Lake man for a Centuria break-in and burglary, as well an alleged attempted assault of an elderly woman, where the police caught him in the act, just as he was about to enter the room of the victim, who was live on the phone with the dispatcher. Michael Yost, 29, is facing three felony charges, including burglary, as well as attempted aggravated battery (of the elderly). He also faces a third felony charge of second-degree reckless endangerment, although it was unclear if that charge may be dismissed by the prosecutor. He is also charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Even without the fourth criminal charge, Yost faces over 16 years in prison and more than $40,000 in fines, if convicted. With the third felony, it brings his potential jail time up over 25 years with up to another $25,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office, the incident took place early in the morning on Tuesday, March 1, in Centuria, as police received a 911 call from an elderly woman in Centuria at just before 7 a.m. The woman said she was lying in bed, listening to the TV when she heard a noise on her deck. She looked out the window and saw a man trying to get into her sliding glass window, already having pulled the screen off, kicking at the door window

glass. She went to a different window and saw him back up to her deck railing to kick the door in. The woman opened a window above and yelled for him to stop and go away. She said Yost even looked up directly at her, but refused to stop his burglary attempt. That led to her call 911, reporting it in progress, while also giving a real-time account Michael Yost of his attempted break-in. She said that Yost kept kicking in her door as she was talking with the Polk County dispatcher, who could reportedly hear the glass break as Yost broke in. The victim was still on with the dispatcher as Yost climbed the stairs and was pushing on her bedroom door to get in, and had just got his foot in as the Polk County Sheriff’s deputy arrived. The deputy’s account noted how he arrived on-scene, seeing a damaged screen door and open entry door on the deck side of the home; he was on the radio with the dispatcher, who was still on the phone with the victim, as Yost was trying to break into her room. The deputy said he also heard the “sound of a scuffle” as he entered the home, and announced himself as he saw Yost at the top of the stairs. He ordered him away from the door he had just broken into and placed him under arrest. Yost was taken into custody, and transported to the Polk County Jail, where he has remained since, initially on a $2,500 cash bond. Yost appeared in court several times

last week, most recently on Wednesday, March 9, at a preliminary hearing before Judge Jeffery Anderson, who said he found enough evidence to bind him over for trial, but noted how the prosecution would dismiss several misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal damage to property. At a subsequent arraignment, Yost pleaded not guilty to all four remaining charges, but demanded a speedy trial, and requested a reduced bond amount, to which the judge agreed, amending the amount down to $1,500 cash. In spite of the reduced amount, he remained in custody at press time, and his next court hearing was yet to be scheduled. It is unclear what was behind Yost’s at-

tempted burglary, or why he continued to break in, and whether it was alcohol- or drug-fueled, although his bond notes that he is not to have alcohol as a condition of freedom, should he make bail. Court records note that Yost has a 2010 conviction for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct in Barron County. His original sentence was primarily for probation, but he apparently violated his parole agreement and was sentenced to serve approximately 10 months of jail time in 2013. It was unclear at press time if his latest Polk County charges will reopen any previously deferred sentencing agreements.


Man involved in Hwy. 8 accident dies ST. PAUL - A 74-year-old man from River Falls who was involved in a two-vehicle accident Saturday, Feb. 20, on Hwy. 8, died March 5, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Curtis R. Vorwald was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., following the accident, which occurred at 10:46 p.m. near Amery. According to the state patrol, Vorwald was driving east on Hwy. 8 when he struck another vehicle which was attempting to make a left turn

on to 120th Street and was yielding to oncoming westbound traffic when the collision occurred. The driver and passenger in that vehicle were not injured. The initial state patrol report stated Vorwald had sustained non-life-threatening injuries. No alcohol was involved in the crash, the report stated. His death brings the Polk County road fatality toll to three for 2016. - Gary King with information from the state patrol and Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Email news tips, opinions and story submissions to You can also submit news via our website @ Correction In the story No summer ATVs on Polk Gandy in last week’s Leader, a quote attributed to Todd Miller should have indicated that vintage cars had more potential to do damage to the trail, not that they did more damage. And there was a typo in the following sentence which should have read, “Miller said that neither special event has been allowed if the trail was soft because of rain.” We apologize for the error.

Klondike Kate takes a quick selfie with another member of the St. Paul Winter Carnival during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Siren last Saturday, March 12. More photos in Currents section. - Photo by Becky Strabel


The pang and urge for meth

Issues related to drug addiction go from bad to worse

ment and education. I just don’t know what else we can do. We just need to keep chipping away,” said county Supervisor Chuck Awe.

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Methamphetamine addiction in Burnett County is adding stress to emergency mental health detentions, according to Byron Hopke, director of the county’s department of health and human services behavioral health unit. “I recently worked with a young woman who was undergoing a 21-day residential treatment program for drug addiction,” Hopke said to members of the Burnett County Health and Human Services Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8. “The day she got out she went back to using meth. She tells us she’s not going to stop.” Hopke described the “mind-boggling high of meth” being a buzz so strong that people who have been off the drug for a decade continue to be tormented by its pull. “I’ve worked with people who have been drug free for years who still have that pang and urge for meth. It’s a very difficult drug to overcome.” Hopke’s behavioral health unit operates a 24-hour mental health crises hotline. In February, they received 31 crisis calls, with three individuals being placed under emergency detention. There are currently 10 Burnett County residents in psychiatric commitment. There are two individuals in a 21-day residential drug treatment facility. There is also a troubling trend in the increase of emergency detention of youths. In the past two months, four Burnett County youth have been hospitalized, and 30 percent of crisis calls of late have involved youth, Hopke reported.

Meth packets found at Siren Holiday gas station As if to underscore the growing pervasiveness of methamphetamine addiction in the county, Sybers reported in a separate interview that two packets of methamphetamine were found on separate days at the Holiday gas station – one on the floor near the cash register and one found near the gas pumps, apparently having fallen out of the pockets of users. “Back when I started in law enforcement in 1991, the biggest drug problems were associated with marijuana. Then it switched to this synthetic stuff and now it’s meth and heroin,” Sybers said. “What is happening with the values in our society that people are making these sorts of choices?”

A strategic breakdown “We talk about these issues every meeting,” said committee member and county Supervisor Phil Lindeman.

Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers displays two packets of methamphetamine found recently at the Siren Holiday gas station. “Something is changing in our society. Something is changing in our values. What is happening to the values in our society that people are making these sorts of choices?” Sybers asked. “We need to think about developing a strategic plan to get ahead of this. What is our thrust? What is our approach? If the trend is going a certain way, we need to sit down and begin to think strategically,” Lindeman said. “We may not be doing as much as we should be,” said Chris Sybers, who has served as police chief for the village of Siren for 15 years and is also a HHS committee member and county supervisor. “But it’s not just here in Burnett County. It all comes down to the choices people are making. Something is changing in our society. Something is changing in our values. People who are addicted to meth don’t care if they survive or not. All they care about is getting that drug.” “We are seeing a strategic breakdown,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of HHS. “It all just goes from bad to worse. Yesterday we had seven child-abuse referrals.” “If we look at prevention, two things pop up – enforce-

RIGHT: Burnett County Supervisor Phil Lindeman attends the county’s health and human services committee meeting. “If the trend is going a certain way we need to sit down and begin to think strategically,” Lindeman said, regarding the meth epidemic in Burnett County. - Photos by E. Royal Emerson

Webster Village moves to demolish old schoolhouse Hospital clinic interested in site E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer WEBSTER - The old schoolhouse, located on the west side of Hwy. 35, adjacent to the Family Dollar Store, stands like a megalith on the edge of town. The village of Webster is seeking grant funding to tear the 79,000-square-foot building down, hoping to make way for a new hospital clinic. The village of Webster, meeting at its regular board meeting on Thursday, March 10, contracted with the MSA engineering firm to make application for $500,000, or more, in Community Development Block Grant funding. The village had previously obtained a cost estimate of $800,000 to tear the old schoolhouse down. The CDBG funds, if secured, will get the wrecking ball rolling, allowing the village to clear the site. The St. Croix Regional Medical Center, of St. Croix Falls, has expressed a desire to construct a satellite clinic on the old schoolhouse site. “I talked to Department of Administration staff about the project, about blight removal and the low- to moderate-income benefit of the project, the communitywide benefit, with the hospital as the enduser,” said Dave Rasmussen, engineer with MSA, as he made his pitch for the grant application contract. Applications for the CDBG funds are due May 27. If approved, the village would receive an award letter sometime in August. Under this time line, it is feasible that come fall of 2017, the site could be readied for redevelopment. “At some point in time, the village has to address the old schoolhouse site,” said village Trustee Tim Maloney. “If we can address removal of the old schoolhouse and provide a health clinic to the community, why wouldn’t we?” “Let’s get the (wrecking) ball rolling,” said village Trustee Sarah Casady, as she made the motion to contract with Rasmussen to make application for the CDBG funds. The motion was approved without objection.

Centennial celebration logo design Plans for the centennial celebration of the village are moving forward. Local

The sunfish seems the species to which Webster links its past to a sustainable future. Webster was founded on the high point between the Clam and Yellow rivers, with Yellow Lake just down the road. The planning committee discussed an idea to work with In a New Light Art Gallery to conceptualize large fish displays throughout the village. The idea in concept form is called Build a Fish. The village plans to celebrate 100 years of incorporation the weekend of Aug. 12-13, to coincide with its annual Gandy Dancer Days festivities.

Kathy Swingle presents her sunfish logo design for the Webster centennial celebration to the Webster Village Board. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson artist Kathy Swingle unveiled the logo design to be used for centennial promotions. The design is of a sunfish, very bright and colorful, set against an aquablue background. It is in reference to an area of town long known as the Fishbowl, and in reference to Webster having once been crowned the Panfish Capital of the World. Village President Jeff Roberts pre-

sented Swingle with a proclamation of appreciation. The sunfish logo will be used on commemorative centennial celebration pins. The centennial planning committee is also looking to have the fish logo on 4- by 6-foot commemorative flags to be displayed along the light poles of Main Street.

Spring cleanup With spring in the air, village Police Chief Mike Spafford is making a list of junk cars in the community. The village has an ordinance in place that empowers the chief to order their removal. “There’s probably about 25 of the old cars sitting around,” said Roberts. “Let’s get rid of ‘em,” replied Maloney. “The reason they’re sitting around is because scrap prices are so low.” Since the downturn of the economy, scrap-metal recycling is a major source of income for many. However, the economy is slowing worldwide, causing a depression in the price of scrap metals. Therefore, many scrappers have old cars and appliances sitting in their yards, waiting for prices to rebound. The village also discussed razing a condemned house in the community. The village has identified as many as eight vacant homes to be demolished. They set aside funding to remove one home each year. In other business, the village approved the combining of two residential lots into one for the construction of a home in the village-owned Smith Pines residential development. “Nobody is beating our doors down to buy these lots,” said Trustee Kelsey Gustafson, as he made the motion authorizing the sale. The village is also exploring changing its water and sewer billing from quarterly to monthly. It is thought that monthly billing may alleviate past-due billing problems.


Three blank spots on area April ballots Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES There are three offices on the April 5 ballots in Polk and Burnett counties where no candidates filed. These positions can be filled by write-in votes on election day. Election laws say that write-in candidates should register. Registration shows that a person is interested in serving if elected

Access unsafe for Dollar General Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - A split decision by the Luck Village Board last Wednesday, March 9, puts an end to plans to bring a Dollar General to the corner of Hwy. 35 and Butternut Avenue. The board voted 3 to 2, with two trustees absent, to not approve a conditional use permit that would allow the store to be built at that location. A conditional use permit is necessary because the proposed building is about 8,000 square feet larger than allowed in its zoning district. Voting to approve the permit were Alan Tomlinson and Ross Anderson, with Becky Rowe, Dave Rasmussen and Sean Kinney opposed. Absent were Mike Broten and Kyle Johansen. The planning commission had recommended approval at its March meeting. The main reason the conditional use permit was denied is the level of traffic and number of accidents that already occur at the intersection. Dollar General’s plan to have its driveway on Butternut Avenue, across from the western driveway into Wayne’s Foods Plus, would add to the already-hazardous area. This was the second site plan proposed by Dollar General. The first had access from Hwy. 35, which was denied by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “I really have some concerns about that revised site plan, from a traffic standpoint,” said village President Dave Rasmussen at the start of the discussion. “I see a lot of traffic issues, especially if cars are coming up Hwy. 35, turning east on Butternut Avenue, and are wanting to turn into Wayne’s. There are already bottlenecks. “It’s just too close to Hwy. 35,” he said. Police Chief Monte Tretsven added that there was recently a three-car accident at the intersection. Cars on Butternut Avenue were backed up nearly to Duncan Street, he said. Tretsven told the group that moving the driveway to the east “would make all the difference.” The property in which Dollar General has been interested is owned by Martin Dikkers, who also owns property to the east of the Dollar General site. The two properties, however, are divided by an easement and a 50-foot strip owned by another individual. When asked if the Dollar General driveway could be combined with Dikkers’ Cardinal Accounting driveway, developer Todd Platt said that the owner of the dividing strip did not wish to sell. Platt is the president of Platt Development Corp., which builds all of the Dollar General Stores in Wisconsin. Also on hand at the meeting was project engineer Jim Lundberg with Point of Beginning Civil Engineers, which is Dollar General’s engineering firm in Wisconsin. Lundberg said he didn’t feel comfortable forcing Dikkers to buy additional property, and that it sounded like Wayne’s driveway was more of a problem than the Dollar General driveway would be. Since the DOT would not allow a highway access, and the corner property could not be expanded, Platt told the board, the Butternut access was the only option. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I don’t like this solution,” said Trustee Sean Kinney, referring to the Butternut Avenue access. Several ideas were discussed but none proved to be viable options. Traffic com-

Write-ins should register and gives the election judges an advanced idea of which names to look for when counting the ballots. In addition, at least one candidate has filed as a write-in in a contest where there was already a full ballot. That race is in Milltown Village. Registering as a write-in involves completing a Campaign Registration Form (GAB-1) and filing the form with the election clerk for the village or school district. The law reads, “New candidates should file a campaign registration statement

as soon as intent is known.” While all write-in votes are counted, registration is an indication that a person is interested in accepting the position if elected. The Leader’s policy is to include registered write-ins as candidates when doing election stories and profiles.

The vacant ballot spots In the village of Siren, only two candidates were nominated for three council seats. Incumbents David Doty Sr. and Rudolf Mothes are on the ballot while

Phyllis Kopecky is retiring. The Luck and St. Croix Falls school districts each have two open positions and only single candidates. In Luck, incumbent Kurt Stonesifer is running and LeRoy Buck is retiring. Steven Bont is running for re-election in St. Croix Falls and Sheri Norgard is not running again. In the village of Milltown, Sam Owens has registered as a write-in candidate for the council on a ballot that includes three incumbents who were nominated at the January caucus.

Corner quandary

Nick Piszczek spoke to the board, saying that the proposed Dollar General does not fit the vilDollar General developer Todd Platt and engineer Jim Lundberg appearned at the Luck Village lage comprehensive plan. Board meeting Wednesday, March 9. — Photos by Mary Stirrat ing out of Dollar General, including delivery trucks, could be encouraged to turn right onto Butternut but could not be made to do so, according to discussion at the meeting. Wayne’s Foods cannot be forced to abandon its western driveway to alleviate the congestion Platt told the board that the building location and its configuration are both narrowly determined by Dollar General headquarters. He said that they have been working on the project for 18 months, and the lease agreement with Dollar General requires that the building be “done and delivered” by the end of July. All state and local approvals are in place with the exception of the conditional use permit. “We’ve spent a great deal of time and money on this,” he said. Trustee Alan Tomlinson pointed out that Platt’s expenses are really not the concern of the village board. However, he added, it is the board’s concern that several local businesses have expressed concern that bringing a Dollar General to town would be to their detriment. On the other hand, said Trustee Ross Anderson, the business would bring in tax dollars and jobs. Rasmussen agreed, saying that the estimated value of the building would be about $600,000. “It’s no doubt they produce some good tax revenue,” he added. Both Kinney and Trustee Becky Rowe indicated they felt they were being forced into accepting the plan with the threat that Dollar General will forgo its plans in Luck. “I’m not willing to be held hostage,” said Rowe. “I feel like I’m being forced into (this),” agreed Kinney. “Like, ‘Hey, we’re going to pack up and go home.’” During the public comments period at the beginning of the meeting resident Nick Piszczek expressed similar concerns. The size and style of Dollar General’s building does not fit the comprehensive plan, he pointed out, and the company does not have enough interest in the village to follow that comprehensive plan. Dollar General should meet the village’s requirements, Piszczek said, rather than the village trying to accommodate Dollar General. He felt that the village could find a better use for the land by seeking local expansion. “We’ve already given up a lot of land lately to 501(c)(3) organizations,” he later said, adding that this limits land for business development. He pointed out sev-

eral nonprofits, such as the ambulance service, Home and Away Ministries and United Pioneer Home that have substantial properties in the village. A motion was made and seconded to table the discussion until the next meeting, but village President Dave Rasmussen said he felt Dollar General deserved an answer. “These people need a decision made,” he said. “Approve or disapprove.” Anderson argued that the safety issue “is being blown out of proportion,” since only 10 to 15 cars per hour would be going in or out of Dollar General. To table the decision “will kill this,” he said. “They’re just going to look somewhere else.” Anderson said he was “95-percent certain” that a different location in a different town will be selected. With Kinney and Rowe in favor, and Anderson, Rasmussen and Tomlinson opposed, the motion to table was defeated. The board then voted 3 to 2 to not approve the conditional use permit.

Northland Ambulance About three years ago the municipalities served by Northland Municipal Ambulance Service agreed to help fund the purchase and renovation of the service’s new facility in the former Hardwood Store in Luck. According to Rasmussen, the ambulance service intended to lease out part of the building and asked the assessor to determine the tax assessment on the leased area. None of the building was ever leased out, however, and the ambulance service is left with a $342 tax bill that they would like the village to refund. The tax assessor, said Rasmussen, told the ambulance service that the taxes must be paid, but that the village board could determine whether or not to refund the money. Taxes could be paid under protest, which is what the ambulance service did. Discussion at the meeting indicated that the ambulance service uses the entire property, and that it is a large commercial property in a prime location. The question was brought up whether the ambulance service should be following the initial agreement with the village and leasing out a portion of the building. The issue was tabled for a month to allow village staff to investigate the situation and for the village president to determine to which committee the request for a

refund should be referred.

Other business • Patricia Schmidt, who represents the village of Luck and surrounding area on the Polk County Board of Supervisors, gave the board a rundown on the county board seats might see a change after the April election. Schmidt has been on the county board since 1997 and is being challenged this year by Doug Route. • The Luck Village Board officially recognized the 100th birthday of Edna Lawson, lifelong resident of the Luck community. “That centennial birthday is one not a lot of people get to enjoy,” said Rasmussen, “and Edna is still going strong.” An early proposal to name the village Lawson City was not accepted, but there is a Lawson addition to the village, and Lawson Manor at United Pioneer Home is named after the family. Lawson’s birthday was Feb. 24, and Rasmussen wished her a belated happy birthday on behalf of the village. • The board approved the 2016 golf course budget, with Kinney opposed and Broten and Johansen absent. Golf course Superintendent Kevin Clunis said that a copy of the budget was left at the village hall last November, but Rasmussen said that Wednesday evening was the first time the board had seen it. Kinney felt that a plan for repayment of $125,000 owed by the golf course to the village should be included in the budget, and Clunis said it would be addressed at the next meeting of the golf commission. • The board approved a resolution changing the size and setback limits of accessory buildings in the village. The size was changed from 24 feet by 28 feet to 1,000 square feet or no more than 30 percent of the rear yard, whichever is more restrictive. They cannot be located within five feet of any other accessory building or the lot line, an increase from three feet. • The board approved the purchase of a Ford F-150 pickup from Ewald Automotive for $23,654. The purchase is included in the 2016 budget. • Following a closed session discussion, the board voted to pay Sampson Concrete $1,147 in lieu of court action, with no admission of guilt. It also voted to offer Marcie Plomski 16 to 24 hours of work per week through Experience Works while the office is shorthanded.


TIF changes discussed at Milltown

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN – Every village and city in Polk and Burnett counties has one or more tax increment financing districts, and Milltown is no exception. Municipalities, with the help of consultants, designate an area within the community that could attract development if funding were available. A TIF district is created, and the municipality begins making improvements to the infrastructure that would help attract new businesses. Meanwhile, the property taxes within the TIF continue to be assessed and collected by the county, the school district, the technical college and the municipality. As improvements are made, however, the tax increase (increment) on those improvements goes solely to the municipality for a period of more than 20 years to cover the costs of the improvements. At the end of the maximum life of the TIF, the entire value of the district, including all the increase, is once again fully divided among all the taxing entities. The deadline is approaching for Milltown’s TIF No. 2, the industrial park. Patrick Beilfuss, the village’s engineer with Cedar Corp., met with the village board Monday night, March 14, to discuss options to get the most from the district before it needs to be closed. According to Beilfuss, the village has only until May 9 to spend money on TIF No. 2 infrastructure, although it has five more years to collect the tax increment. The TIF is full, but the village can consider amending the boundaries or including projects within one-half mile of the district. Other possibilities, said village President LuAnn White, include the acquisition of additional property for industrial park development. Beilfuss told the board that the TIF district is probably going to break even this year. “It’s been a long process,” he said. “I think the district has finally started paying for itself.” Amending the boundaries or expanding the area where projects can be done involves meeting with the other taxing entities, namely the county, school and technical school. A public hearing will also be necessary. The board and Beilfuss discussed the options in closed session, but no action was taken. More information needs to be gathered, White said later. Safe Routes to School The board passed a resolution recognizing and endorsing the Safe Routes to School plan that will help children get to bus stops more safely. The program is federally funded, passing money on to each state. Funds can be used for things as simple

The Milltown Village Board met Monday, March 14. Clockwise from back left are Trustees Ben Kotval and Joe Castellano, village President LuAnn White, clerk/treasurer Amy Albrecht, Trustees Glenn Owen, Erling Voss and Larry Kuske, Cedar Corp. engineer Patrick Beilfuss (with back to camera), police Chief Ed Collins (back to camera) and public works director Mike Nutter. Not shown is Trustee Lester Sloper. – Photo by Mary Stirrat as from painting crosswalk lines and putting up signs to adding bike paths and sidewalks and building bus shelters. Getting children safely to and from the bus is the main goal, said White. The project is a joint venture with Balsam Lake and Centuria, who are also in the Unity School District.

Grant possibility The board and Beilfuss discussed applying for a Community Development Block Grant for public facilities, which would provide half the funding on projects up to $500,000. Items such as road and sidewalk work, slip lining the sanitary sewer at the mobile home park and other projects were offered as possibilities. The village used this program for the water looping and hydrant replacement on 2nd Avenue SW and Tiger Street, said Beilfuss. The total cost for the project was $280,000, and a CDBG-PF paid for half.

Milltown must have at least 51 percent of its population categorized as low or middle income, and Beilfuss said the most recent figures show 52.5 percent fit that category. Beilfuss and public works director Mike Nutter will meet to look at details and make a proposal to the board.

Other business • Chris Nelson, a resident of the Town of Milltown, introduced himself and said that he is running for the Polk County Board of Supervisors. He will be running against former Supervisor Kathryn Kienholz for the seat currently held by Josh Hallberg. • The board authorized purchase of a new box for the one-ton truck, at $7,795 from Monroe Trucking Equipment in Marshfield. A new hoist may also be needed, said Nutter, which would be another $3,349.

Approximately 90,000 new consumers enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace Newly released data also shows active shoppers saved $653 in Wisconsin STATEWIDE – Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up nearly 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third open-enrollment period. In total, about 12.7 million people signed up or automatically renewed their plans for 2016 coverage, of which about 40 percent were new customers. In Wisconsin, approximately 90,000 were new customers to the Marketplace. “Almost 5 million Americans were new to the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015 and about 20 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” said HHS secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “This year’s customers are more engaged, savvier and better informed. New customers came in earlier because they wanted a full year’s coverage, and 70 percent

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Student also punches police chief

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - According to village of Siren Police reports, an “out-of-control” 13-year-old-student, upset that he had to do schoolwork, physically assaulted a female middle school teacher in a hallway inside the school on Thursday, March 3. The student also physically assaulted Siren Police Chief Christopher Sybers, as Sybers tried to restrain him. The middle school teacher was teaching the student when he became upset with having to do assigned schoolwork. The student slammed his book shut and was escorted by the teacher out of the classroom. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. The teacher led the student to an empty classroom that would serve as a sort of quiet, safe space for the student. As the teacher was struggling to find her keys to the classroom the student became upset and kicked the

closed door. “Why the (expletive) don’t you have your keys?” the student yelled. The student then took a swing at the teacher who blocked the blow by holding up a textbook. According to the police report, the student pushed the teacher twice into the door frame. The teacher, who described the look on the student’s face as “intense,” yelled out “Stop! That’s enough!” At this point other teachers arrived to assist the assaulted teacher. The student was escorted into the empty classroom and the police were called. Sybers arrived to find the teacher upset and crying. While considerably shaken, she did not require medical attention. Sybers went into the classroom to interview the student. Sybers instructed the student, who was playing a game on his cell phone, to get up. The student addressed Sybers in an aggressive tone stating, “(Expletive) you, I’m not getting up.” The student eventually complied with Sybers’ orders and, as Sybers attempted to handcuff the youth, the stu-

dent punched Sybers in the stomach. The student was described in the police report as “completely tensed up with his fists clenched.” As Sybers escorted the now-handcuffed student out of the school, the student continued to try and pull away from Sybers. The student was placed in the back of the police squad. Sybers returned to the middle school and was informed by the principal that there was a second incident requiring Sybers’ attention. After dealing with this second incident, Sybers transported the student to the sheriff’s department. Upon arrival at the sheriff’s department, the student was placed with social services. A juvenile referral was made for battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. According to Sybers, the police department is called to deal with law enforcement situations at the Siren School “about three or four times a week.”

Fat-tire bike trail approved for Burnett County Lake Country Pedalers plan Kiezer Lake trail E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Soon, you will be able to add fat-tire bicycling to the list of abundant recreational opportunities in Burnett County. The fat-tire bike trail is an initiative of Bill Summer, owner of Cog & Sprocket bike shop in Webster and Dan Campion of Lake Country Pedalers. Summer and Campion presented their plans before the Burnett County Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, March 10. The proposed 2.3-mile fat-bike trail will traverse through the Kiezer Lake Wildlife Area, just east of Webster. The trailhead will be located off CTH A, with the trail winding northward along Tomue Lake. From Tomue Lake, the trail snakes through a series of meadows. Once through the meadows, the trail would hug Kiezer Lake, utilizing a portion of the existing snowmobile trail. The trail terminates at Banach Lake, where a primitive campsite is planned. “We would maintain the trails and find groomers,” Summer said, explaining that a four-year plan for the trail system is envisioned. “We’d like to add a total of four primitive campsites. We’d like to get to a point in four years to have a self-contained triathlon, meaning we would not have to go on public roads for biking or the run. It would all be self-contained.” “Fat-tire bicycling is becoming quite a big movement,” Campion said, referencing the in-city mountain-bike trails popular in St. Croix Falls and a recent race in Hayward that attracted 800 riders. “We opened Cog & Sprocket last summer,” Summer

Bill Summer, left, of Cog and Sprocket bike shop in Webster, and Dan Campion, Lake Country Pedalers, present plans for a 2.3-mile fat-tire bicycle trail in Burnett County. – Photo by E. Royal Emerson said. “We had people biking through Webster on their way up to Superior. We started taking down names and addresses of the bikers coming through. We have pages and pages of bike contacts.” Committee members inquired as to how the primitive campsites would be maintained. “We’d have to develop some sort of on-site registra-

tion system,” said Jake Nichols, administrator of the county forestry and parks department. The department will develop a maintenance agreement with Lake Country Pedalers, similar to the agreement currently in place with the Big Bear Lake Association, Nichols explained. The Big Bear Lake Association operates hiking trails on county-owned forestry land. The county and lake associations have a memorandum of understanding on trail maintenance and related issues. “There’s a real science to the creation of a mountain-bike trail,” Nichols said. “We’ll work with (Lake Country Pedalers) and have the trails flagged in with a GPS. We’ll evaluate sensitive areas for them to avoid. We’ll take a look at grades and erosion, make sure the trail is done correctly.” Summer and Campion handed out a University Extension study published in January 2014. The case study, titled “The Economic Impacts of Active Silent Sports Enthusiasts,” identified bicycling as a major tourist draw for northern Wisconsin. According to the study, nonresident bicyclists spent approximately $26.4 million in northern Wisconsin in 2012. Summer feels the primitive campsites would enhance the Kiezer Lake Trail as a regional draw. “I think this will go a long way to making Burnett County a destination for bicyclists,” said county Supervisor Brent Blomberg. The committee approved development of the trail system. Lake Country Pedalers will work with forestry and parks over the coming months on trail development. It is anticipated that a memorandum of understanding between the parties will be readied later this summer.

New Community Bank building to be constructed in Siren Village president issues executive order on spring cleanup E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - The intersection of Hwys. 35/70 and CTH B in Siren, known locally as Northwoods Crossing, will soon be home to a new Community Bank building. Community Bank, with offices in Cameron and Grantsburg, is proposing to construct a 2,700-square-foot bank building on the northeast corner of Northwoods Crossing. The new bank will include a remote drive-up window. Ted Gerber, of Community Bank in Cameron, appeared before the Siren Village Board on Thursday, March 10. In order to construct the new facility, the bank needs the village to vacate an old water line easement. The water line was abandoned in place 10 years ago when a new water line was constructed in the CTH B right of way. The canopy of the remote drive-up window will be located in the easement of the old water line. By vacating the old easement, the bank will also have room for future expansion of the bank building. The village granted the old water line easement vacation and welcomed Dave Doty Sr. Siren Village Community Bank’s intrustee, at the Siren village board vestment in the commumeeting held last Thursday, nity. Construction of the March 10. - Photo by E. Royal Em- new bank building will commence this summer. erson

Spring cleanup mea culpa Village President Dave Alden read a written comment from a recent Siren area survey. The survey is a questionnaire and comment sheet provided by the Siren Chamber of Commerce and distributed to area hotels. “I love it in this town,” the comment read. “I love spending time and money here.” The survey solicits ideas on village improvements. “I suggest more trees or flowers and greenery on the boulevards. Try to bring a more natural feel to the town.” A final suggestion is one that moved Alden to action. “A community cleanup in spring could maybe help ... try to encourage people to remove refuse, junk cars and other trash from their yards. Community pride can go a long way.” In making the 2016 budget, the village removed $1,500 in funds for its annual spring cleanup. The plan was to have a spring cleanup every other year. Alden, after reading the survey, suggested that the village had made a wrong decision. “It was a bad decision,” Alden said. “I take full responsibility. We need to have a spring cleanup.” Alden issued a sort of executive order, mandating that the spring cleanup take place this year. “We can still have a spring cleanup. For gosh sakes, we can find a way to come up with $1,500,” said Trustee

Janet Hunter. The spring cleanup will take place in May In other action, the village received an audit report from Brock Green of Clifton, Larson, Allen LLC, “Overall you are doing very good. Your resources are in good shape. Your utility rates are very good. Overall, I don’t see any red flags. Nothing unusual.”

The possessed toilet Peggy Morris of the VFW reported that the VFW hall had a running toilet that apparently could not be fixed. They had called a plumber to fix it, but it would start to run again. The gremlin in the toilet resulted in a water bill for last month of $600. Morris requested the village consider issuance of a rebate. “We’re a nonprofit,” Morris said. “The bill is more than $600 for just this one month. We are here for the community. We work for the good of the community.” “It sounds like you have a possessed toilet,” Trustee Dave Doty said. The village directed village clerk-treasurer Ann Peterson to look into the matter. Village Police Chief Christopher Sybers reported the police department has received three grants of $4,000 each for traffic patrols, OWI enforcement and from Polk Burnett Electric Company.

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One of the most important and powerful tools that citizens have in an organized village structure is the zoning laws. On the whole, zoning laws either promote or prevent land use actions within a community that conversely benefit or detract from the safety, harmony and economics of a local group. Proper utilization of these laws can have profound economic impact on small towns. The denial of Dollar General’s request for a conditional use permit in the village of Luck last Wednesday, March 9, is direct evidence that local zoning laws were represented by Luck’s elected public authority in the manner they were intended:fair, honest and just. A future Dollar General store and its subsequent parking adjacent Wayne’s Foods Plus and on the south side of Hwy. 35 was traffic hazard enough that Wisconsin DOT saw it no other way. They denied Dollar General Hwy. 35 access, thus constraining the Platt Development Corporation into a “last ditch” effort to create a new traffic-entry proposal from the adjacent Butternut Avenue. While safety and serious traffic problems created by Platt Development’s new proposal only exacerbated the problem as testified by the Luck police chief, one would think asking Platt Development to kindly move along would be simple. Amazingly enough, we witnessed developer Todd Platt’s argument for conditional use approval related to the time, energy, permits and gobs of money he spent to get his deal done. Forget the fact that Dollar General, via their development proxy, the Platt Corporation, utterly refused to approach the table regarding the village architectural requirements as laid out in the Luck Comprehensive Plan and adopted by the Luck Board in 2009 (“they’ll plant some flowers”); whereas Platt Development cited the Luck Village requirements as “deal killers.” Forget that Dollar General was demanding an almost 600-percent increase in maximum allowable structural space ... to the tune of close to 10,000 square feet. Forget that Dollar General developers planned to use no local builders, contractors or tradespeople. Disregard Dollar General’s business model; hiring limited staff, offering bottom-feeder wages, while providing deep-discounted kitty litter and paper plates from a machine shed. Overlook the jeopardy to established local business community connections and a local work ethic, providing goods in an already difficult economic climate. The Luck Comprehensive Plan lays out goals and standards that all residents abide by now. It sets a benchmark for the village with the expectation and determination that we can make the village a better place economically and aesthetically for future residents. Whatever the past, present or future is ... it is ours to determine. Zoning laws are real empowerment for local people to stand up to the demands of a $20 billion market capitalized public company and the developers that follow them around like lapdogs. The Luck Village Board recognized a bad deal and witnessed developers who cannot part from the buck no matter the consequence to Luck Village and the loss of already limited land to a business operator of no real economic consequence. There will be another business at that spot that is yet to be determined, it will simply be an arrangement with someone who recognizes the complexities of small-town life and its needs with the honest desire to work within a community and not against it. Hats off to Luck Village for upholding local value and confirming that the Tennessee corporate giant will be building 799 new stores, instead of the planned 800 ... as far as Luck is concerned.

I recently had the privilege to personally meet Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley. Bradley is being opposed in the April 5 election by JoAnne Kloppenburg. Kloppenburg is a presiding judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV and an ultraliberal. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Bradley to the Supreme Court in October 2015, following the death of Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks on Sept. 21, 2015. Crooks was an outstanding jurist dedicated to the law, to truth and to justice. In appointing Bradley to the Supreme Court, Walker said, “I want someone of integrity who understands the law; and most importantly, I want someone who understands that the role of the judiciary is to uphold the Constitution of this country and of this state and those laws duly enacted within.” Bradley is an impartial and independent voice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Bradley believes that a justice is supposed to uphold the law in a fair, impartial and independent way. She has deep respect for separation of powers and the belief that legislators are supposed to make the laws, not judges on the bench. Bradley doesn’t want to legislate from the bench because she believes a judge must be impartial and free of political agendas. She will be tough but fair and make sure people receive the dignity and respect they deserve. With 20 years of experience in the courtroom, she has the experience needed to serve Wisconsin. She has also received endorsements from more than 135 sheriffs, judges, district attorneys and law enforcement organizations across Wisconsin, from people who belong to both political parties. Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson has endorsed Bradley. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who won the 2014 general election on the Democratic ticket with 79 percent of the vote, is a staunch supporter of Bradley because he knows we need her proven experience and impartiality on Wisconsin’s highest court. Bradley received her Doctor of Law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996. In 2012, Bradley was named one of Milwaukee’s leading lawyers in litigation, business law and Internet law by M Magazine. She received the 2010 Women in Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal and was named a Rising Star Attorney on the 2010 and 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Bradley also served as president and on the board of advisors of the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, an organization founded on the principle that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. Please vote for Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley on Tuesday, April 5.

N.J. Piszczek Luck

Alan Walker Amery

Teach a Republican to fish, and he’ll … Richard Hartung has seen the moment of local Republican dominance flicker. He sees Jeff Peterson’s popular grassroots Assembly campaign take root, while his Tea Partiers stand around and bicker – and, in short, he is afraid. So now, in addition to his frantic letters to local papers, Hartung has filed an open records request with Polk County demanding “... all emails, letters, text messages, Facebook messenger messages or other correspondence relating to, discussing, or otherwise in connection with any Polk County business, issue, proposed ordinance or ordinance, budget, vote, proposed resolution or resolution, or other Polk county-related matter, to or from (including copied to) Mr. Jeff Peterson.” Whew! Take a breath, man! And that’s just part of his request, which will consume hours of county employee time to fill. It’s called a “fishing expedition” because he doesn’t really know what he’s looking for, but hopes to

find something he can eventually feed to his propaganda machine. At some point in his political life, someone taught Hartung to fish, and so - bless his heart - the man is fishing. As a teacher, I’ve witnessed this exact tactic by Republicans four times now, the other three were when colleagues of mine ran against established Tea Party incumbents. So I’ve seen firsthand how wasteful it is when school officials are forced to turn their attention from student needs to the requests of panicky political mouthpieces screaming, “Liberals! Socialists! OMG! Run for your lives!” I’m sorry, but wasting already anemic school funds on “fishing expeditions” to feed yipping political propagandists infuriates me. Hasn’t the Republican establishment done enough to weaken Wisconsin schools already? Guess not. Now, to be fair, since Peterson no longer teaches, Hartung’s most recent request is not wasting any education dollars. This time it’s county funds. I thought Republicans were all about saving tax dollars by increasing government efficiencies. Yawn. Political doublespeak. I guess nobody ever accused power-hungry Republicans of being consistent. They’re for open records when it suits them and against open records when it doesn’t; for local control when it suits them and against local control when it doesn’t. For public education when, well ... I take that one back. They never support public education. At least they’re consistent about one thing. They love the poorly educated, too. Chris Wondra St. Croix Falls

Counterproductive My quoted comments last week on the excessive fees that are being charged to the zoning department warrant a follow-up. Currently, a company is attempting to justify building towers in Polk County to provide improved Internet service to the Lewis and Clam Falls areas of northern Polk County. The company has determined that the $2,100 per-tower fee is more than they can pay and still justify their investment. I have also heard a number of stories where people have decided not to add on to or repair their buildings because the county fees are too high. Sometime in the past, the county board decided the zoning department should be fee-funded. This was a policy position taken by the county board that was shortsighted and counterproductive. It has led to an ever-increasing fee structure that has simply gone haywire. Originally, I suspect the fees were an effort to cover the out-of-pocket costs of processing the paperwork. Now that the fees are considered a revenue source, any increase in the cost of operating the department is offset by higher fees. If one asks for a meeting with the CDRE Committee to discuss a zoning district change, an amendment to an ordinance or a subdivision variance, there is a $500 upfront nonrefundable fee just for asking for the meeting. If you wish to discuss a variance, a special exception to the ordinance, or if you wish to file an administrative appeal with the Board of Adjustments, you have to pay a $500 nonrefundable fee just for asking for the meeting. If I were to call Sheriff Johnson and report a break-in to my house, he doesn’t direct me to pay $500 for calling and then apply for a $200 investigation permit. I understand charging fees in some instances. If you are asking for something for your own use that has no direct benefit to the taxpayers, you should be willing to pay the costs. I also agree with fines for violating an ordinance, but by punishing people with ever-increasing taxes (fees are taxes according to the Supreme Court) you discourage people from improving their property, which would increase its value, which would increase the amount of real estate taxes they pay when the work is complete. We should encourage people to maintain and improve their property. There is a direct benefit to tax-

payers that is discouraged by ever-increasing fees. I think the permit fees and the hearing fees should be discontinued. The county budget is in the neighborhood of $60 million with several million dollars of the general fund held as undesignated funds. Using some of that to pay the $300,000 to $400,000 or so that is needed to operate the zoning office should not upset the auditors or the taxpayers at all. It seems to me that punishing people for attempting to increase the size of their real estate tax bill is just a bit counterproductive. Bob Blake Rural Frederic

240 years later John Adams wrote in his “Thoughts on Government” pamphlet in the 1770s something to the effect of: “A single assembly could grow avaricious (greedy), exempt itself from burdens (accountability), become ambitious and after some time vote (gerrymander) itself perpetual.” Here we are, 240 years later. Edd Engstrom Siren

Proud to be an American At one of our Frederic American Legion Auxiliary meetings, it was brought up how very few American flags are up and flying in the village of Frederic and surrounding communities. After much discussion, it was decided to put a push on the community and ask every home/ business in the Frederic School District to get a flag and put it up. Our flag is the symbol of courage and heroism found only in America. Flags can be purchased at the Frederic hardware stores, Menards and Walmart. Be sure to get a light to put on your flag so you don’t have to bring it down at night. Be proud of your flag. Fly it every day. There are so many reasons why we should be having an American flag at our homes and businesses. I, myself, have to be reminded why this is so important. In the weeks following, I will refresh our memories by placing articles about our flag in the Leader. We must keep the spirit of America and patriotism alive. Sylvia Hansen Frederic

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Kloppenburg is best choice Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg is described as fair, impartial, independent, intelligent and a person of integrity in the endorsement from the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Kloppenburg is described this way by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association with 10,000 members, “Judge Kloppenburg’s broad experience, deep understanding of the law and demonstrated ability to be impartial make her the best candidate for our state’s highest court,” in their press release endorsing Kloppenburg for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer stated, “During her interview with our board, Judge Kloppenburg demonstrated an impressive knowledge of the way in which courts analyze the law enforcement actions.” Kloppenburg attended Yale University, Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin. Kloppenburg is currently the presiding judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District 4, with experience in judicial decision making; is a mentor with the Dane County Bar Association and an English as a second language tutor; served the people of Wisconsin for 23 years as an assistant district attorney at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, handling hundreds of cases in courts around the state; clerked for

U. S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb; interned for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson; served in the Peace Corps as the rural development planner in Botswana from 1976-1979, staying an extra year because the government of Botswana asked her to direct rural development for the entire country; and established the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children in upstate New York after serving in the Peace Corps. Kloppenburg is fair, impartial, independent, intelligent and a person of integrity with broad experience, a deep understanding of the law and a demonstrated ability to be impartial. Vote for Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 5. Joyce Luedke Hayward

My colleague, Jeff Peterson I served with Jeff Peterson on the Polk County Board in the years 2006-2008. Recently, the usual suspects have written letters to the editors of local newspapers seeking to impugn his service to the county and demean his values. It is always open season on people seeking political service. Peterson is run-

ning for the 28th District of the Wisconsin Assembly. My experience of Peterson was and continues to be extremely positive. He always did his homework and was well-prepared for meetings of the county. He was thoughtful in deliberations and considered carefully what others had to say. He is intelligent and able to think critically about complex issues. Some would try to paint Peterson as simply a tax-and-spend liberal. Not so. The county is responsible for many duties such as keeping records, providing multiple services, permitting and maintaining roads, to name a few. In those responsibilities, qualified people need to be hired, buildings need to be built and maintained, and equipment needs to be purchased. Peterson was as careful in spending public money as anyone. He voted along with the majority in placing a nonbinding referendum on the ballot regarding the replacement of the highway building during his time on the board, and followed the will of the people. There are those who just want to kill governance at all levels. Peterson’s interest is to make government work better and more efficiently for the good of all. I have known Peterson for 25 years. I have found him to be completely consistent in his values. Peterson has always had a special interest in the environment and the protection of natural resources for all

people and generations to come. Water and its quality is an important Wisconsin asset. I have been saddened, as has Peterson, in the erosion of standards for water quality currently happening in Wisconsin at a state level. Current Rep. Adam Jarchow has helped in that deterioration of standards. Wisconsin water belongs to all people, not just lakeshore owners and special interests to use as they wish. I still own lake property in Wisconsin and appreciated the protections placed on waterfront property benefiting all in the past. The 28th District would do well in electing Peterson. I hope he wins.

Keith Rediske Stillwater, Minn.

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Morning police enforcement making a difference in Centuria Scary bus incident helped facilitate morning patrols Marty Seeger|Staff writer CENTURIA - The Centuria Police Department has seen a difference in traffic citations during the early-morning weekday hours, after a viable public complaint highlighted the need to crack down on speeding, while addressing safety concerns for students while they wait to get on the bus for school. The topic was the main point of discussion during Centuria’s monthly board meeting Monday, March 14. Centuria Police Chief Dan Clement told the board that since adding an early-morning shift, once each week, citations went from 10 stops on the first day, to about one, as people have become more aware of the police presence. They will continue to enforce in the early morning to remind people passing through to slow down. “It’s effective,” Clement said, adding that it was also needed. Clement, along with board member Stan Swiontek shared at least two instances during the meeting in which a motorist traveling at high speeds disregarded a stopped school bus while the lights were flashing and the stop sign was out in plain view. “We got a report that a person blew the school bus stop sign, northbound, when seven children were getting onto the school bus, and those children actually had to back off of the road, for that vehicle to go by. That’s what facilitated all of this, so this was, no pun intended, a vehicle to initiate this.” Swiontek highlighted another scary incident that he witnessed personally from his residence, in which a motorist travel-

ing at a high rate of speed passed a bus while children were waiting to be picked up. The bus driver had to honk the horn to warn the kids while also trying to get the motorist, who Swiontek said was busy looking at their phone, to stop. Swiontek and other board members discussed the possibility of flashing road signs to help slow traffic down, or asking the county to see if it was possible to rent one of their flashing road signs that display your rate of speed. “A good place is way down by Second Street down here, because when they come into town in the morning, you go from 55-35 (mph) and they’re still doing 60 when they go by my house at times,” Swiontek said. The cost for a flashing sign is expensive, but Clement said he was willing to do some research on potential grant money or other signage options available. In the meantime, they will continue to enforce during the early-morning hours when they can. “For the foreseeable future we’re going to keep doing this, at least once a week, an early-morning shift specifically for traffic control in the morning hours,” Clement said.

Other business • In other business the board discussed spring cleanup with Clement, who has been working to inform residents of the need to clean up refuse, as well as vehicles that are inoperable or have expired licenses. “We do have an ordianance violation where on private property, if the vehicle has not moved in more than 72 hours I can cite them for that, but I’m staying away from that,” Clement said.

Centuria Village Board member Stan Swiontek discusses safety and speed limits during the monthly board meeting Monday, March 14. – Photo by Marty Seeger For vehicles so far, Clement has issued 17 verbal or written notices for those with vehicles, while trying to be polite with the issue. “Right now I’m at 17 properties that I’ve give attention to and I’m working on them to help them remedy it,” said Clement. The village may end up having to remove the vehicle or clean up the refuse, in which case, the owner will be charged for the labor and towing costs of the vehicle, but Clement is trying to take a less-invasive approach. “Being real decent to people, really helps. It’s helping a lot,” said Clement.

• The board approved a resolution concerning the Safe Routes to School program, which was discussed briefly at the previous board meeting and reviewed by board members prior to Monday’s meeting. Public works director Tony Weinzirl explained to the board that much of the resolution is for awareness and future planning, if the village plans to add crosswalks or sidewalks or other improvements that might involve getting children to school in a safe manner. “As far as the village goes, most of it is about awareness and for future planning. It doesn’t say we have to do this stuff, but the way it is set up is that we will definitely take into consideration, this Safe Routes to School plan when we do any future plans,” said Weinzirl. • The village auditor made a recommendation to the board regarding the tax increment district, and the current 6-percent interest rate that was set in 2000. The auditor recommended lowering the interest rate to 2 percent, and the board unanimously agreed to move forward with the change. “He said if we keep it at this, (6-percent rate) it’s going to be an awful lot of interest that the TIF would have to pay back to the general (fund),” explained village clerk Judi Jepsen. “As it stands now, our TIF is not making any money. We’re in a deficit. So, once we get to the point where our TIF is no longer in a deficit, then they have to try and pay it back to the general fund, all that money that we loaned the TIF all those years. And we spent that back in 2000 at 6 percent.” The interest-rate change is effective immediately.

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Violent crime up, nonviolent down Violent crimes – murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – in Wisconsin rose during 2000-14, bucking the national trend. In 2000, Wisconsin had 237 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Over the ensuing 14 years, the violent-crime rate climbed 22 percent to 290 per 100,000 residents. Nationally, violent crime fell 28 percent during those years, though Wisconsin’s rate remains significantly below the national rate. Nonviolent crime, e.g., burglary, larceny and vehicle theft, is more common but has been declining. The rate of nonviolent crime fell 30 percent during 2000-14, from 2,972 per 100,000 residents to 2,088.


Judge smacks down “blame it on the dead” claims

Adjusted sentence denied for convict Steven Greeley

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A former Clear Lake man serving a lengthy state prison sentence who claimed at least part of his sentence was wrong due to the actions of his dead roommate, and the ineffectiveness of his dead lawyer, had his arguments systematically and literally dismantled by Polk County Judge Jeffery Anderson at a Wednesday, March 9, oral ruling, denying all motions for reduced sentence, citing multiple precedents about why the arguments were both incredible and very wrong. Steven Greeley, 39, Clear Lake, is currently serving a 15-year state prison sentence, with another dozen years of extended supervision, after a 2014 conviction on four felony counts, reduced down on a midjury trial plea agreement, where he avoided potential conviction on no less than 17 counts. Greeley had filed appellate motions last year for new or reduced sentence on those multiple felonies, claiming, in part, that his sentence was biased or based on the misdeeds of his late, former roommate, as well as a claim that his late attorney, Owen Williams, was ineffective at trial and did not review his evidence during a plea hearing nor make effective arguments on Greeley’s behalf. Greeley’s “misdeeds of the dead” claims garnered a motion hearing to seek a new sentence. The primary evidence Greeley’s latest defense attorney presented last January was based largely on his claim that audio evidence of Greeley reading a veritable play-by-play “recipe” for methamphetamine was him just reading it off an Internet website, and should not have been used against him for sentencing purposes. That argument originally seemed to hold water, at least until Anderson did a literal word-for-word analysis of the disputed audio recording, noting several instances when Greeley was actually commenting between the lines on his own meth-making expertise, and was not just him simply reading someone else’s words. The judge noted an area where Greeley veers from that “Shake and Bake method” script for brewing meth, off a script on “Mr. Greeley is definitely reading from a script,” Anderson stated at first, before clarifying later that Greeley actually does vary from that script, on occasion, even citing his own tips for safer drug degassification methods, specifically referencing a certain style of milk jug, that have formed indents that make it easier to get the correct pressure, as those indents expand. “Those are his own words ... his statements were not identical to the (Internet script) at least when it comes to degassification,” Anderson said to Greeley and his attorney, who joined on the phone.

“Go back and listen to that tape, this didn’t all come from the Internet ... Mr. Greeley’s own words suggest he is a methamphetamine manufacturer.” Greeley’s attorney had also claimed in January that the recording was not Steven Greeley what it seemed, that Greeley was inadvertently or secretly recorded by his late roommate, Eric Frisle, and that the meth-making info was on Frisle’s computer, and more importantly, that a toxic tub of meth-making tools and waste at his home, were also his late roommate’s. However, citing Greeley’s own words from that January hearing, as well as the circumstances of how the evidence was discovered, the judge effectively disputed all of Greeley’s testimony as “absolutely incredible ... and (Greeley) was either lying or significantly untruthful” at that hearing. As to the claim of ineffective counsel, Anderson cited conflicting legal aspects that any attorney would know; how his midtrial plea hearing meant he would not be able to file an appeal, and that there would be no way the late attorney would have told his client he would “immediately file an appeal” for the plea bargain that Greeley had just been involved in crafting. “It simply doesn’t make any sense,” Anderson said on the claim that Greeley was left out of the process, citing the standard, 20-page plea hearing questionnaire Greeley agreed to, that he had “Freely, intelligently, voluntarily and knowingly (agreed to that plea)” that ended his trial. The judge also cited how Williams had actually made several very effective arguments during a break in that trial, showing that two of the original 17 charges against Greeley were without merit, and were dismissed. “Mr. Williams put on a stringent defense (for Greeley),” the judge stated. “I find that Mr. Williams’ conduct was professional ... with no errors. The request to withdraw the plea is denied.” The judge cited no less than two dozen legal case precedents in his motion denials, while also chastising Greeley for his repeated lack of truthfulness on several matters.

Charging background Greeley’s original charges came about after a disturbing domestic abuse incident on the morning of Dec. 14, 2013, where a 911 call came in, asking for help, west of Clear Lake near the intersection of CTH A and 85th Street. The call came from a woman who would later be identified as both the victim and also as Greeley’s girlfriend and the mother of one of his children. When police arrived on the scene, they

found an abandoned van with the passenger side window blown out and signs of a struggle. A short time later, a nearby neighbor called police to report a completely nude woman trying to get into their home, with a man chasing her. The caller said the man dragged the woman into his home nearby. Deputies knocked repeatedly on the door of the home, but received no answer. They tried to enter through both the front and back doors but found they were fortified with pipes, ratchet straps and chains. The windows were also fortified, but the officer was able to gain entry through a side window, where he observed an elaborate security monitoring system for the exterior of the home. That was when Greeley came down the stairs, wearing a blood-covered shirt, seemingly surprised by the officer’s interest and entry. Once Greeley was secured, the victim began to cry out for help from the upstairs loft, still nude and covered in blood, limping and showing noticeable scrapes and bruising. She had blood coming from her mouth, legs, an ear and she was missing a tooth. When confronted by police, Greeley seemed puzzled, asking, “What do you mean?” The victim was so traumatized, she began to cry out hysterically when the deputy left the room and tried to open the door for other officers and personnel to enter.

The bizarre explanations After an initial interview with the victim, she told police that the incident began when the duo had been driving toward Greeley’s home in separate vehicles, and he had stopped her van, threatening her and shooting a van window out with a handgun, forcing the woman to strip naked as he brought her to the home. The victim was briefly able to leave Greeley’s grasp, long enough to run to the neighbors home, prompting the other 911 call, but Greeley had followed her and pulled her away. The victim reportedly was so desperate, that she held on to the neighbor’s deck railing so hard that she ripped it away from the house as Greeley yanked her back to his home. Greeley then apparently strangled the woman to the point that she nearly passed out, and she told police that she recalled very little else after that. The report noted that Greeley had wounds on his hand, consistent with repeatedly punching a person. The vicim was taken to the Amery hospital for treatment, where they noted she had a variety of bruises, multiple cuts, scrapes and even showed early signs of frostbite on her feet from being shoeless in the snow. She also had a concussion, broken tooth, bite marks and other injuries, consistent with an assault. Not just the abuse As authorities searched Greeley’s home, that was when they found evidence of methamphetamine and that plastic tub

full of waste and items consistent with what is called a “Shake and Bake” or “One Pot” meth-making lab. They also discovered a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle between Greeley’s mattress and box spring, and a variety of weaponry on the wall of his home, as well. Greeley was out on bail at the time after a 2013 incident in Osceola, where he was facing four felony charges and two misdemeanors after a traffic stop, where police found meth and paraphernalia, as Greeley claimed to be someone else, to avoid bail jumping charges. At that time, he was out of jail on probation for a previous 2012 conviction for meth and paraphernalia possession in St. Croix County. After a thorough search and investigation into the assault and what was discovered at his home, it led to an original tally of 17 charges, including 16 felonies, later brought down to 15 charges, which Greeley took to a jury trial in October 2014. During that trial, Greeley’s attorney, Owen Williams, had briefly claimed that some of the meth production waste and tools were not his, but were instead his late roommate’s, Eric J. Frisle, with whom he shared a previous St. Croix County conviction. Frisle, of New Auburn, was 35 years old when he died on March 15, 2014, from injuries he received while working on a vehicle. But after three days of evidence and testimony by the state supporting the multiple charges, Greeley agreed to a plea bargain midstream, just as the prosecution rested their case, forgoing at least two more days of testimony and possibly even more for jury deliberation. Anderson sentenced Greeley on Feb. 3, 2015, on the four felony plea counts, with the remaining dismissed 11 counts being used as read-ins for that sentencing. The original charges against Greeley that were dismissed but read-in for sentencing included felony counts of kidnapping, substantial battery, suffocation and strangulation, possession of meth waste, possession of meth-making paraphernalia, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, second-degree reckless endangerment, maintaining a drug-trafficking place and multiple charges of felony bail jumping. At his January 2016 motion to withdraw that plea, Greeley claimed that his attorney, Owen Williams, was essentially “unprepared” at that trial, that he did not adequately inform him of the consequences of his last-minute plea bargain. He also claimed that Williams had not even fully listened to the “Shake and Bake” audio tape played before the jury. Williams died accidentally last August at his home, supposedly as Greeley’s appeal was being formulated. The latest oral ruling means that Greeley will likely stay a resident of the state Dodge Correctional Institution until at least 2029, with another 12 years of extended supervision upon his release.

Man charged with sexual assault of preteen Jury trial planned for man accused of putting his hand into child’s pants Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 42-year-old man living in Osceola has been bound over for trial on allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, leading to a felony second-degree sexual assault of a child charge in Polk County Circuit Court. Pedro Antonio Hernandez-Matul, 42, appeared in court on Thursday, March 9, before Judge Jeffery Anderson at a preliminary hearing, where evidence was presented to bind him over for trial. Hernandez-Matul faces up to 40 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines, if convicted, and he has requested a speedy trial, meaning his next hearing should occur within the next 10 days to two weeks, and a trial may take place a short time later. That trial is expected to last just one day.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred on the evening of Monday, Feb. 29, in Osceola, while Hernandez-Matul was working for Pedro Hernandez-Matul the victim’s parents. He allegedly engaged the preteen, asking her how much she weighed, he then grabbed her by her hips, setting her up and down. A short time later, he was accused of sticking his hands inside the victim’s pants and underwear, touching her, without penetration. The victim escaped the scene by going into a rest room, and then fled to tell her parents, who were nearby. They immediately called 911, and the Osceola Police Department responded within minutes,

where they began forensic investigation and conducted interviews. Based on the information on the scene, Hernandez-Matul was identified as the alleged assailant, arrested and taken into custody. Anderson heard the early evidence from law enforcement officials, and said he believed the assault was sexual in nature. “The court finds probable cause to bind over (for trial),” Anderson said, keeping his bond at $15,000 cash. Hernandez-Matul was arraigned a short time later, where he pleaded not guilty to the second-degree sexual assault of a child. He is represented by a state public defender in the matter. The speedy trial request may be hard to immediately fulfill, as Anderson noted that his court had no less than three such accelerated trial requests just that same day. However, there are also reportedly underlying issues with Hernandez-Matul’s legal status and residency, as he may not be in the country legally, according to

Pedro Hernandez-Matul, left, appeared in Polk County Court on Thursday, March 9, where he was bound over for trial. He is seen here beside his attorney, Dan Firkus. – Photo by Greg Marsten law enforcement officials. He did require a Spanish interpreter during his most recent hearing.


Moe Norby new Polk highway commissioner County Board ends English only, restores Vets Gandy ride Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Emil “Moe” Norby is the new Polk County highway commissioner. The appointment of Norby, currently the deputy commissioner, to replace the retiring Steve Warndahl was approved by the Polk County Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 15. The board also restored the veterans ATV ride on the Gandy Dancer Trail, rescinded the official-English-language rule and set the salaries for three elected county officials. The selection of Norby received praise from Warndahl and County Administrator Dana Frey. Warndahl said he was told this is the first time in 30 years that a Polk highway head has retired. He said the promotion of Norby brings a comfort level among the crew. Frey said Norby was the unanimous recommendation of the interview committee, adding that Polk County has the best highway department in the state.

Vets on the Gandy The board approved allowing two motorized summer events on the Gandy Dancer State Trail as it adopted a revised

large crowd, most of whom spoke in favor of allowing the veterans on the trail. In an hour of testimony, speakers talked about the debt people owe those who served in the military and said one day a year was a small way of giving thanks to them. The master plan now goes to the DNR for approval as part of the over all master plan for the trail. The new version of the plan, which replaces the original 1990 plan for the Polk County segment of trail, retains language allowing ATV use on the trail in the winter.

Moe Norby, the new Polk County highway Commissioner. - Photo by Gregg Westigard master plan for the trail. The events, an ATV ride for veterans and a vintage car ride, had been removed from the proposed plan at the March 2 meeting of the conservation committee. The issue drew a

Official language The motion to rescind the English As The Official Language resolution received some strong opposition. Supervisor Patricia Schmidt said that the county should encourage people to learn English, saying that would help them assimilate earlier. She said that polls show that 85 percent of people support English as the official language. Jeff Fuge, corporation counsel, said that the state does not give counties the authority to adopt such a policy, adding that the resolution has not met state standards since it was adopted in 2004. Frey said the official-English rule, if followed, raised potential liability issues for the county. The motion to rescind the 2004 official-English resolution was passed by a vote of eight to six.

Salaries and other business The people elected as county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds will receive an 8-percent salary increase next January, followed by 2-percent increases in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The salary increases would bring the compensation for these offices in line with neighboring counties, Frey said. Salaries for the elected positions must be established by the county for the entire four years of their terms and must be established before the start of the election period, April 15. The Polk County district attorney drew some strong criticism during the public comment period at the start of the meeting. “What will the county do about the DA and his drunk driving?” a person who identified himself as John from Centuria asked. “How can he get off the books for a DWI, using a county car? What are you going to do about this?”

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Eagle Scout project improves Luck’s FINAL MEETING Gandy Dancer trailhead Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - The Gandy Dancer trailhead in Luck will soon become more user friendly for bicyclers, thanks to Luck eighth-grader Grayden Hershfield. Hershfield presented his Eagle Scout project plans to the Luck Village Board Wednesday, March 9, which were accepted with interest and excitement. The plans include a fix-it station for bikers that, according to the manufacturer’s information, “includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.” Hershfield also plans to install an air pump, a water fountain that can be used to drink from and to fill water

bottles, and a canopy for shade or in case of rain. When he introduced the project to the village board last December, Hershfield said he would also like to add a bicycle path from the parking lot to the trail. Health issues that affected Hershfield’s balance and coordination made it difficult for him to learn to ride a bike, but once he did he became an avid bicyclist. He has ridden extensively on the Gandy Dancer Trail in order to earn his cycling merit badge for Boy Scouts. Hershfield said he has no set timetable for the project but hopes ot have it completed by the end of the summer.

Retiring Frederic Public Library Director Chris Byerly attended her last meeting of the Frederic Village Board Monday night, March 14, where she was presented with a plant and card in appreciation for her years of service to the library and community. She is pictured with Frederic Village President Jim Meyer. Eric Green has been hired as the new library director and will be on the job Monday, March 21. He is a native Wisconsinite who has been working in Louisiana. There is an open house at the library Thursday, March 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. when area residents can wish Byerly well in her retirement and offer Green a welcome. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

Grayden Hershfield shows his Eagle Scout project plans to Luck Village Board President Dave Rasmussen. -Photos by Mary Stirrat

Luck Village Trustee Alan Tomlinson receives information on a bicycle fix-it station that Grayden Hershfield, standing, is planning to do for his Eagle Scout project.

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Best Week of Books Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Elementary School and Nelson School students had a fun time celebrating Book Week March 17-18. Students and staff dressed up for theme days, red, white and black to say Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, athletic and team outfits for Sports Day, costumes to represent a word on Vocabulary Word Day, class colors on Color Day, and favorite PJs on Pajama Day. Students also competed to see which class could rack up the most reading minutes for the week. The week ended with students enjoying the Pancakes with Parents breakfast with their families.

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During the first-grade parade of vocabulary words Gabrielle Crandall wore a bright chick and egg costume to show the meaning of HATCH. - Photo submitted.

First-graders Natalee Carlson and Destiny Roatch couldn’t resist giving the Cat in the Hat a hug.

No one was puzzled as to what vocabulary word second graders Landon and Prestin Java picked to dress as. - Photo submitted.

Graisyn Lee was having a swimmingly good time during the vocabulary parade. - Photo submitted.

Pajama pals Malick Faye and Micah Sagle posed for the camera to show off their favorite PJs.

Second-grader Zoe Taylor donned cap and gown to define her vocabulary word. - Photo submitted.

Students had fun dressing up as a word for Vocabulary Word Day. - Photo submitted.

Second-graders used an iPad app to put a silly photo of themselves on the Cat in the Hat. The students also wrote about their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Gabby Hamlin showed off her cool Grantsburg High School students were guest readers during Cat in the Hat character hat. Book Week at GES.

Grantsburg Elementary Staff posed for a group photo in their best Book Week T-shits. - Photo submitted.




Comets prevail over Eagles in sectional final

The Unity Eagles were treated to a sold out Amery High School gym packed to capacity on Thursday, March 10, for the sectional semifinal against Cameron. The Eagles put up a good fight but fell to a Comets team that will be making their first trip to the state tournament after a win over Regis two nights later. – Photos by Marty Seeger

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Sold out crowd on hand to watch Cameron 55, Unity 45 Marty Seeger|Staff writer AMERY – For the fourth straight year the Unity Eagles faced Cameron in the WIAA playoffs, and in three of those four, the Eagles prevailed, but this year’s Division 4 sectional semifinal belonged to the Comets. The sold-out, and packed Amery High School gym bustled with energy and didn’t disappoint fans fortunate enough to have a ticket in hand. “It was a great game. I have never been part of game with that many people in a gym for a couple of small-town teams like us and Cameron,” said Eagles coach Chad Stenberg. “They said 2,200 people. I don’t know if that is true but it was crazy with excitement.” Unity got off to a great start against the Comets, backed by an unstoppable performance from senior Nathan Heimstead, who had three 3-pointers to start the game along with converting a steal into two points, which helped give the Eagles an early 13-7 lead. With 8:39 still to play in the first half, Unity grabbed a 10-point lead and forced Cameron to take their first time-out of the half. The Eagles biggest lead in the first half was 12 points, but Cameron’s key outside shooting from seniors Peyton Dibble and

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Unity senior Nathan Heimstead, left, had a big first half against the Comets on Thursday, March 10, with three 3-pointers and a total of 11 points in the first four minutes of the game.

••• LEADER LAND – The spring sports season is already under way for some area teams, with track and field’s first day of practice starting last week, Monday, March 7. The girls softball season got under way this week with their first day of practice beginning on Monday, March 14, and baseball’s first day of practice begins Monday, March 21. Area boys golfers will also get going Monday, March 28, for their first day of practice. – Marty Seeger ••• LUCK – A seniors versus faculty basketball game is being held at the Luck High School on Monday, March 21, starting at 2:30 p.m. The public is welcome to watch the event. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, or could be mentioned again, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• 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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Unity basketball/Continued Max Verdegan, who combined for five threes in the first half and helped spark a 12-0 run by the Comets, who capitalized on a handful of late Unity turnovers and the Eagles foul troubles. With 1:30 to play in the first half, Dibble tied the game 23-23 on a 3-pointer, and a Unity turnover led to another Comets score before the buzzer signaled the end of the first half, with Cameron in control, 25-23. “We knew up front we need to play our best game of the season and I believe we did that the first half and most of the second half, we just ran out of gas at the end,” Stenberg said. Neither team shot well from the freethrow line, particularly in the first half.

Cameron was 2 for 8 in the first half and Unity was 0 for 4. In the second half, Cameron continued their hot streak with a 6-0 run and had a 31-23 lead, while the Eagles continued foul troubles. Despite the setback, Unity stormed back. Trailing by nine points with just under 15 minutes to play, Unity chipped its way back with a timely 3-pointer from Heimstead, and key inside play from senior Logan Bader, who led the Eagles with 20 points on the night. Erik Peterson also got into the scoring with just over nine minutes to play, helping tie the game 38-38. Moments later, Peterson drew his fourth foul of the game, and was taken out briefly, but Cody Ince provided big min-

Wyatt Stenberg floats up a shot for two points against Cameron on Thursday, March 10, against Cameron.

The Unity Eagles student section got creative during the introduction of the opposing Cameron Comets team, by reading a newspaper instead of cheering. The large crowd of what was said to be over 2,000 people made for an entertaining and exciting atmosphere for a high school basketball game. – Photos by Marty Seeger

utes late in the game for the Eagles, and had a pair of free-throw opportunities to allow Unity to remain within one point. With 7:37 still to play in the game, Unity only trailed 42-41, but Cameron started pulling away fast, sparked by a Unity turnover and a 3-pointer from Cameron senior Brady Schoenecker. Despite Cameron’s nine-point lead with over three minutes to play, Unity was never fully out of the game. Cameron led 50-45 with 1:30 left, but was able to capitalize from the free-throw line, on Unity’s 10 fouls late in the game as well as a turnover to end another great season for Unity, who finished 23-2. Their only two losses came against Cameron, who ended

up winning their first trip to state two days later, with a 66-57 win over Regis. The undefeated Comets will play the state semifinal game on Thursday, March 17, against Amherst, 25-1, beginning at 8:15 p.m. “I was so proud of my seniors the way they battled against a great Cameron team and all year long. They will be truly missed. I would like to personally thank the whole team and especially those seniors one last time on a great season. Eli Vos Benkowski, Brett Nelson, Nathan Heimstead, Jesse Vlasnik, Erik Peterson. The two captains, Wyatt Stenberg and Logan Bader,” Stenberg said.

Senior Logan Bader hangs in the air under pressure from Comet defenders. The Bemidji State University recruit led the Eagles with 20 points.





Castle Guards end Cardinals season in semifinals tip it to Nick Mattson for the final shot. “The pass veered a little bit toward the sideline so Noah had to ad lib and tip it to him, but he knew where he was supposed to be and he was there and took the shot,” Eley said. It was a heartbreaking way end to the season for the surging Cardinals who were likely playing their best basketball of the season, but mistakes in playoffs are often magnified, especially at the sectional level. “We just didn’t play well enough defensively. Too many second chance points,” Eley said. Mortel ended the night with a team-leading 28 points, but only went to the free-throw line twice. Mattson shot 54 percent from 3-point range and added 12, while Taylor Hawkins added 13. Austin Hamack had five points, and Preston Lane and Casey Ogilvie each had two. “Kids fought hard. In a game like that both teams are going to play hard. They know it could be their last game of the year. They’re going to try and do everything they can do to extend their season. Washburn played tough,” Eley said. “It’s encouraging for next year. I hope some of these kids that have experienced making it to sectionals, it kind of puts a little hunger in their stomach.”

Luck gets last look at the basket but shot doesn’t fall Washburn 63, Luck 62 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SUPERIOR – A late free throw from Washburn’s Brant Schick ended up being the decisive factor in the Luck Cardinal boys loss to Washburn on Thursday, March 10, during the sectional semifinal at Superior. But Luck got the last shot of the night and an opportunity to put the game away in the final 2.4 seconds according to Cardinals coach Chad Eley. “We had a wide-open look at the end for the win,” Eley said. “The kids executed the play very well, exactly what we wanted, but missed the shot.” In the final seconds Eley said Noah Mortel came down with a rebound after a missed shot by Washburn, and while Eley was hoping for a jump ball, Mortel was called for the foul, which led to the free throws for Washburn. With the 2.4 seconds remaining in the game, Luck had to go the entire length of the court. The play was something Eley said they had worked on back in December. It was a catch-and-pass play that went slightly wide, but Mortel was able to catch it and

Luck’s Taylor Hawkins takes a longrange shot against Washburn during the sectional semifinal at Superior on Thursday, March 10. – Photos submitted

LEFT: The Luck Cardinals band played during the sectional in Spooner. RIGHT: Luck’s Jack Johansen plays defense against Washburn.

The Luck students section got into the game with white-out apparel Thursday, March 10. Luck’s Nick Mattson gets a good block against Washburn.





Free-throw contest winners advance LADYSMITH - Local youth athletes competed at the diocesan free-throw contest at Ladysmith Saturday, March 5. The first- and second-place winners earned the chance to participate at the next competition, which will be held at Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, March 19. The thirdplace finishers will get to compete if either the first- or second-place qualifiers cannot go. – with information from

Siren’s Ethan Ruud took first place Siren’s Brady Kosloski, 12, and Russell Cook, 13, both took among 9-year-olds. third place at Ladysmith. – Photos submitted

Rachael Bugella, 12, of Frederic, took third place in Ladysmith Saturday, March 9.

Hannah Lemieux, 13, of Siren, and Ellen Lindquist, 14, of Siren, placed third at the free-throw contest in Ladysmith.

Justus Christianson, age 11, took first place at Ladysmith.

Megan Schafer, 9, of Grantsburg, and Alexandria Kammeyer, of Grantsburg, 10, each took second place at the free-throw contest.

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Vultures 24, Bears 22, Hummingbirds 22, Swans 20, Eagles 19, Mallards 19, Badgers 18, Night Hawks 16. Men’s games: Dennis Bohn 221, Lloyd Swanson 204, Jim Merritt 194. Men’s series: Lloyd Swanson 585, Dennis Bohn 554, Dave Bannie & Dick Coen 502. Ladies games: Mona Renfroe 192, Nancy Anderson 188, Sandy Bannie 182. Ladies series: Mona Renfroe 525, Nancy Anderson 492, Mary Young 461. Team games: Eagles 646, Night Hawks 642, Vultures 637. Team series: Eagles 1907, Night Hawks 1838, Vultures 1798. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 91.5, Maurer Power 89.5, S&G 76.5, House of Wood 62.5, Pioneer Bar 41. Individual games: Dale Fransden 237, Gene Ackland 236, David Hall 233. Individual series: Dale Fransden 631, Gene Ackland 605, Kelsey Carey 603. Team games: S&G 661, House of Wood 643, Yellow Lake Lodge 574. Team series: House of Wood 1857, Yellow Lake Lodge 1703, S&G 1666. Consecutive strikes: Dale Fransden 245 (5x). Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Bill Hacker 221 (+66); David Hall 232 (+61; Dale Fransden 245 (+59). Splits converted: 3-10: Bill Hacker, Butch Hacker Jr., Bruce Teigen. 6-7: Gene Ackland. 2-4-10: Bruce Teigen. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 21, LakeLand Communications 20, Backwoods Beer & Bait 14, American Family Siren 13, Red Iron Studios 13, Grindell Law Offices 12, Hell Raisers 7, Wikstrom Construction 4. Individual games: Mark Bohn (FF) 255, Don McKinney (FF) & Mike Route (RIS) 247. Individual series: Mark Bohn (FF) 681, Dave Grindell (GLO) 670, Curtis Renfroe (LC) 664. Team games: Fab Four 643, LakeLand Communications 618, Grindell Law Offices 578. Team series: Fab Four 1837, LakeLand Communications 1781, Grindell Law Offices 1668. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Mike Route 247 (6x), Curtis Renfroe 245 (5x), Mark Bohn 255 (5x), Don McKinney 247 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Curtis Renfroe 235 (+52); Derek Ayd 224 (+65); Mark Bohn 255 (+55); Dave Grindell 235 (+61); Don McKinney 247 (+64); Dave Grindell 234 (+60); Dennis Lieder 226

(+64); Mike Route 247 (+84); Jesse Swanson 188 (+52). Splits converted: 3-10: Gilbert Meyer (RIS). 5-6: Austin Otis (BBB).

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 77.5, Sam’s Carpentry 53.5, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 53, McKenzie Lanes 50, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 38.5, Gutterbugs 33.5. Individual games: Kathy McKenzie 263, Shirley Wilson 207, Cindy Castellano 190. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 638, Jane Smith & Cindy Castellano 515, Pattie Johnson & Shirley Wilson 503. Team games (Handicap): Edina Divas 876. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 2492. Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 65, Mishaps 56, Kemps Quality Siding 50, Eagle Lounge 43, Alleycats 38, Bewitched 36. Individual games: Debbie Swanson 191, Lorrie Beyl 190, Jessica Haverland 186. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 488, Lorrie Beyl 478, Jessica Haverland 476. Team games (Handicap): Bon Ton 620, Eagle Lounge 616. Team series (Handicap): Eagle Lounge 1797, Bon Ton 1776. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: GA Screenprinting 28.5, Hack’s Pub 27, Steve’s Appliance Plus 23.5, Logoton PC 22.5, The Cobbler Shop 21, Edina Realty 19.5, The Dugout 11, Bye 0. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 268, Rick F. Fox 258, Tony Fitzgerald 255. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 736, Tony Fitzgerald 668, Rick F. Fox 665. Team games (Handicap): G.A. Screenprinting 1239. Team series (Handicap): G.A. Screenprinting 3428. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 117.5, Split Happens 110, Main Street Cafe 110, Gutter Dusters 109, Jeff’s Small Engine 99.5, Kassel Tap 98, Hauge Dental 86, Custom Outfitter 85. Individual games: Linda Giller 223, Shirley Wiswell & Lisa King 205. Individual series: Linda Giller 560, Shirley Wiswell 529, Lisa King 504. Team games (Handicap): Split Happens 839, Gutter Dusters 831, Hauge Dental 820. Team series (Handicap): Split Happens 2415, Main Street Cafe 2413, Hauge Dental 2405.

Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 68, Loveless Lake Bar 54, Suzie Q’s 52, Maxwell Heating & Air 46, Thirsty Otter 42, 5 J’s Sports Bar 42, Adamark Repair 40, McKenzie Lanes 40. Men’s games: Mike Welling 247, John Gehrman 239, Mark Kamish 238. Men’s series: Mike Welling 714, Mark Kamish 644, Dennis Hansen 621. Women’s games: Pamela Knoche 212, Brenda Lehmann 199, Jeanne Kizer 192. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 539, Pamela Knoche 520, Jeanne Kizer 517. Team games (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 778. Team series (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 2181. Wednesday Night Men’s (3/2/16) Standings: McKenzie Lanes 7, 5 J’s Sports Bar 7, Fox Ridge Farm 7, Jeff’s Small Engine 5, Dalles Electric 4, Tiger Express 2, Captain’s Bar & Grill 2, Hanjo Farms 2. Individual games: Jeff Lehmann 278, Jason Loney 266, Jesse Schultz 259. Individual series: Jeff Lehmann 772, Jason Loney & Bob Swanson 682, Rick F. Fox 678. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 1128, 5 J’s Sports Bar 1066. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 3144, Tiger Express 3066. Wednesday Night Men’s (3/9/16) Standings: McKenzie Lanes 14, Jeff’s Small Engine 12, Tiger Express 9, 5 J’s Sports Bar 9, Fox Ridge Farm 9, Dalles Electric 9, Hanjo Farms 6, Captain’s Bar & Grill 4. Individual games: Jesse Schultz 280, Darren McKenzie 259, Jason Schultz 249. Individual series: Jesse Schultz 743, Jason Schultz 679, Daryn Sylvester 656. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 1148, 5 J’s Sports Bar 1117. Team series (Handicap): McKenzie Lanes 3144, Captain’s Bar & Grill 3109.

Thursday Night Ladies (3/3/16) Standings: Soul Sisters 50, Central Bank 48.5, JJ’s 44.5, Hauge Dental 44, TL Enterprise 40.5, Cutting Edge Pro 39.5, Hack’s Pub 37.5, Eagle Valley Bank 35.5. Individual games: Annette Norlander & Anita Bont 199, Norma Hauge 194. Individual series: Jane Smith 547, Annette Norlander 546, Norma Hauge 531. Team games (Handicap): Soul Sisters 871, Hauge Dental 826, Cutting Edge Pro 781. Team series (Handicap): Soul Sisters 2358, Hauge Dental 2249, Cutting Edge Pro 2242. Thursday Night Ladies (3/10/16) Standings: Soul Sisters 61, Central Bank 57, JJ’s 54.5, Hauge Dental 54, TL Enterprise 49, Cutting Edge Pro 46.5, Hack’s Pub 44.5, Eagle Valley Bank 41.5. Individual games: Jennifer Whelan 225, Alisa Lamb 201, Carrie Hutton 196. Individual series: Jennifer Whelan 569, Alisa Lamb 542, Lonnie Stowell 523. Team games (Handicap): TL Enterprise 834, Hack’s Pub 808, JJ’s 803. Team series (Handicap): Central Bank 2292, JJ’s 2288, TL Enterprise 2273.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 33-15, The Tap 28-20, Zia Louisa’s 26-22, Black & Orange 9-39. Individual games: Mary Eifler (GDS) 179, Donna Crain (B&O) 176, Claudia Peterson (T) 164. Individual series: Judy Olson (ZL) 451, Claudia Peterson (T) 439, Sally Casey (ZL) 421. Team games: The Tap 937, Zia Louisa’s 901, Black & Orange 882. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 2600, The Tap 2572, Black & Orange 2551 Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 30-6, Yellow River Saloon 18-18, Black & Orange 12-24, Larry’s LP 12-24. Individual games: Curt Phelps (BA) 279, Josh Johnson (L) 278, Breck Eytcheson (BA) 234. Individual series: Curt Phelps (BA) 677, Breck Eytcheson (BA) 673, Josh Johnson (L) 652. Team games: Bruce’s Auto 1143, Larry’s LP 1083, Yellow River Saloon 1037. Team series: Bruce’s Auto 3317, Larry’s LP 3041,Yellow River Saloon 2974. Games 50 or more above avg.: Curt Phelps 279 (+97); Breck Eytcheson 234 (+71); Josh Johnson 278 (+100). Series 100 or more above avg.: Curt Phelps 677 (+131); Breck Eytcheson 673

(+184); Josh Johnson 652 (+120). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, A&H Country Market, Gob’s Gals, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Shelly McPhillips (A&H) & Vivian Marx (GG) 180, Laura Main (TS) 174, Char Vanous (A&H) 166. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 498, Shelly McPhillips (A&H) 489, Nancy Growe (TS) 450. Team games: Gob’s Gals 607, A&H Country Market 588, The Shop 567. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1695, A&H Country Market 1591, The Shop 1548. Games 50 or more above avg.: Shelly McPhillips. Splits converted: 5-10: Char Vanous. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 35-5, Flower Power 22-18, Larry’s LP 21-19, Vacant 2-38. Individual games: Jennifer Kern (L) 216, Mary Reese (FP) 209, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 161. Individual series: Mary Reese (FP) 505, Jennifer Kern (L) 500, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 405. Team games: Flower Power 847, Larry’s LP 806, Northwoods Lumber 800. Team series: Flower Power 2371, Larry’s LP 2327, Northwoods Lumber 2326. Games 50 or more above avg.: Mary Reese 209 (+63); Jennifer Kern 216 (+55). Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 24.5-11.5, Northwoods Lumber 19-17, Lions 15.520.5, Black & Orange 13-23. Individual games: Neil Huppert (BL) 278, Curt Phelps (BL) 258, Gene Ackland (BL) 229. Individual series: Neil Huppert (BL) 651, Gene Ackland (BL) 630, Mike Zajac (NL) 624. Team games: Bump’s Lakeside 1071, Black & Orange 1042, Lions 1038. Team series: Bump’s Lakeside 3189, Northwoods Lumber 2985, Black & Orange 2958. Games 50 or more above avg.: Curt Phelps 258 (+78); Neil Huppert 278 (+93). Early Risers Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 31-17, 10th Hole 29-19, The Granary 22-26, Black & Orange 14-34. Individual games: Mary Reese (TG) 184, Claudia Peterson (GDS) 171, Pam Dildine (10th) 170. Individual series: Mary Reese (TG) 519, Pam Dildine (10th) 467, Claudia Peterson (GDS) 464. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 720, 10th Hole 711, The Granary 700. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2078, The Granary 2076, 10th Hole 2045.





School pride at sectionals

The Unity student section was prepared to get loud prior to the game between Unity and Cameron on Thursday, March 10, at Amery. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Unity’s high school band played prior to the game between Unity and Cameron.

Club Red volleyball team takes first The Luck Cardinal boys had a good-sized crowd follow them the the sectional semi-final against Washburn, which was held at Superior on Thursday, March 10. – Photo by Lori Nelson


On Saturday, March 12, the Club Red U14 elite volleyball team took first place in the gold bracket at the College of St. Benedict’s Tournament. Pictured back row (L to R) are: Coach Carrie Olson, Sidney Hoverman, Melanie Doll, Olivia Ohnstad, Ellie Duncan, Sophie Reed and assistant coach Angela Gore. Front row: Sydney Bents, Brenna Olson, Carley Nelson and Addi Anderson. – Photo submitted

West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 12-0 Grantsburg Pirates 10-2 Luck Cardinals 7-5 Siren Dragons 5-7 Frederic Vikings 5-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-9 Webster Tigers 1-11 Scores Thursday, March 10 (WIAA sectional semifinals) Washburn 63, Luck 62 Cameron 55, Unity 45

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Another first in my world of trapping With little time left to the trapping season and an otter tag burning a hole in my billfold, it was time to get outside and try to do something about it last week. With the warm weather and more recent heavy Marty rainfall, many area Seeger ponds and some lakes went from ice-covered to open in a The day’s time, and critters are on the move. Bottom With that in mind it Line was time to set a couple of traps in hopes to fill a tag but also to do something I hadn’t been able to do last fall. Fur prices are down this year and some of the trappers I know haven’t been out as much this season, yet those who are, seem to be catching and keeping their furs, as opposed to selling. Otter fur prices are also down from what I’ve been told, and if I’m lucky enough to catch one it will likely hang on the wall at home, but last weekend, I was fortunate to catch a pair of beavers instead. Over the winter, a friend had been trapping the same ponds and was successful in catching two large beavers, but that was it. The lodge in the ponds wasn’t a large one, and perhaps only two had been living there through the winter, but the damage they had done to the surrounding area was tremendous. The trees and saplings that once surrounded the ponds are now gone and it won’t be long before they start searching for new places to feed nearby. With two beavers out of the pond already and nothing more, it was my turn to try and set some of these areas for the otter, which also frequent these

areas and could use the lodge as a potential rest stop. Last weekend however, proved that more beavers were likely moving back in from the nearby river. On the first night of setting the trap, my uncle and I were astounded to find a huge beaver in the 330 conibear trap the following morning. I had a hard time muscling the animal onto the bank and it seemed to grow larger as I pulled it completely from the water. Once I remade the set we headed back to find a scale, which registered the beaver at 54-pounds. It was a bonus catch and one that I was proud to get. The following morning would prove a bit more challenging as I brought both kids along, my 5-year old daughter and 16-month old son. My uncle came again too, and helped keep the kids in a safe area while I dealt with the second beaver in just two days. This one was about half the size of the previous catch, but a worthwhile trip to not only get the kids outside, but to expose them a bit more to the actual process. Our time out there was brief, and my daughter was upset that we left so quickly, but with another beaver to skin there was plenty of work left to do in the day. Skinning doesn’t take too long, but doing it with kids running around the garage can be a challenge in itself. Skinning beavers was a first for me but an enjoyable experience, knowing the pelt would be something my kids and I can enjoy for years to come. It was also an educational experience for everyone involved, and a chance for them to get an up close look at an animal they don’t get to see except in books or on television. It also gave us an opportunity to use the meat that the beaver provided. I have a hard time simply tossing a carcass out without first trying to utilize everything I can on it, and in this case I was fortunate enough to get quite a bit of meat off the carcasses. Although my wife wasn’t entirely thrilled and gave me the “you’re cooking that outside” look, I was enthusiastic. After separating as much of the sinew and fat from the meat as I could, the

appearance was slightly darker, but hardly different from the venison I process every year. The recipe I found, suggested soaking it in salt water first, to draw out some of the blood and gamey flavor. After a soak in salt water overnight I rinsed it off with cold water and placed it in the roaster, keeping the cooking process as simple as possible. With only little bit of water in the pan, I sprinkled the meat with garlic powder, salt, pepper and a little onion powder, and added carrots and onions. I covered the pan with foil and placed it in the oven at 325 degrees. After the first hour I pulled it from the oven, added about a cup of water, along with 1/4cup of brandy, and tossed it back in for another hour. I tend to love wild flavors and the meat from beaver was similar to a beef pot roast, yet still maintained a noticeable difference in taste, slightly sweet and tender. Roasting it low and slow all day would be another option to try, and yield even more tender table fare. Every animal tends to have their own unique flavor, and these particular beavers inhabited a relatively clean water source. Some of these beavers live and travel the nearby river, while the springfed ponds are also lined with rock and sand, which I think contributes to the flavor. My wife, did try it, explaining politely that she thought it was good, yet never had another piece. She claimed she had had a late lunch. My daughter loved it, and my son seemed to enjoy the first few bites before spitting out a larger piece later in the meal. He’s a picky eater anyway, so it’s tough to say what he likes from day to day. After catching the second beaver I was forced to pull my traps for a few days since I wouldn’t be able to meet the requirement of checking them traps on a daily basis, but I’ll hopefully get back out again soon, and look forward to catching another one, not only for another pelt for tanning, but some meat for the freezer.

The author with his two children with a 54pound beaver trapped last weekend. Along with it being an educational experience, the beaver also provided dinner, which was a new experience for all involved. – Photo courtesy of Marty Seeger

With help from Wisconsin’s hunters, sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD in Wisconsin MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sampled more than 3,100 deer for chronic wasting disease statewide in 2015. In all, 290 positive detections were made, primarily within the endemic area in southern Wisconsin. For 2015 sampling and prevalence data and more information regarding chronic wasting disease search the DNR website,, for keyword CWD. “Once again, hunter cooperation has been outstanding. This was our first sampling year under the new electronic deer registration system, and we used this opportunity to try new collection methods,” said Tim Marien, DNR wildlife health biologist. “Although the total number of deer tested decreased from 2014, that was

not unexpected this first year. We learned from the experience and will continue to work closely with hunters to make sample submission convenient and gather more samples.” The department has monitored trends in chronic wasting disease distribution and prevalence within Wisconsin since its discovery in 2002. According to Marien, prevalence continues to increase within the department’s long-term monitoring area in southwest Wisconsin, and remains higher in males than females and higher in adults than yearlings. Monitoring efforts also included ongoing surveillance within a 10-mile radius of each new CWD positive wild deer found

in 2012 in Juneau, Adams and Portage counties in central Wisconsin. Since then, eight additional positives were found in Adams and Portage counties Surveillance was also conducted surrounding CWD-positive captive deer facilities in Marathon and Eau Claire counties, with no wild CWD deer detected. Efforts in 2015-16 marked the fourth year of CWD surveillance in Washburn County, following the 2012 discovery of a CWD-positive adult doe near Shell Lake in Northwest Wisconsin. Following recommendations from a local community action team, local landowners and hunters helped the department sample more than 2,000 deer in the area over the last

four years. No new positives have been detected. Based on four years of sampling, all information has indicated the disease is not widespread in the Washburn area, and may occur at a very low prevalence rate. “On behalf of our whole department, I want to thank hunters for their continued role in providing samples and helping us monitor this disease within Wisconsin,” said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief. – from

New fishing line recycling program under way MILWAUKEE – A new monofilament recovery and recycling program is underway, in Wisconsin to encourage anglers to “reel in and recycle” their used fishing line. Recycling boxes are now in place at nine Department of Natural Resources service centers throughout the state.

These include Milwaukee, Waukesha, Fitchburg, Ashland, Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Rhinelander, and Oshkosh. The Berkley Conservation Institute provides the postage-paid collection boxes at no charge. Full boxes are mailed back to the institute where the line will be melted down into raw plastic pellets

to make new products like tackle boxes, spools for fishing line, toys, and fishing habitat structures. Recycling monofilament fishing line is important, according to state wildlife officials, who say that when disposed of improperly, the line can cause entanglement and ingestion issues for wildlife,

problems for swimmers and divers, boat propellers and the environment. More information about two-year pilot recycling program can be found by searching the DNR website,, for recycling monofilament fishing line. – from dnr.


Flowers, livable rentals, ATVs

Grantsburg Village Board actions Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg will welcome visitors with a more colorful display of plants, renters may get better living conditions, and ATVs will be able to travel through the village. These were some of the items covered at the monthly meeting of the Grantsburg Village Council Monday, March 14. Five of the seven board members, Glenn Rolloff, Scott DeRocker, Larry Ebersold, Rod Kleiss and Greg Peer, were present along with village employees, the press and seven members of the public. Grantsburg has a grand entry sign along the highway, with the image of Crex geese taking to the wing. That entryway will be much brighter this summer, thanks to the work of the Burnett Garden Club volunteers who will plant colorful annuals around the sign. Kris Henning, speaking for the garden club, told the board that the club is switching to annual plants which will be more showy

than the perennials planted in the past. We want to build visibility, Pam Davies said. However, that change will come at a cost, she said. The first year’s expense for the plantings at the sign, the flagpole by the lake and the library will be about $500. The garden club raises it funds from its plant sale in June and asked the board for a donation to help cover some of the costs of planting. “This is for Grantsburg,” Kleiss said. “I know how much work you put into this.” The council approved giving the garden club $300 to help cover the plantings. There is now no oversight of rental units in the village. The village is changing that by initiating a program to license and inspect residential rental spaces. Rolloff said there needs to be minimum standards that a rental unit must provide, a kitchen sink, a bathroom, heat, a roof. He said that these items seem like common sense but apparently need to be spelled out. The village will set those standards, set a licensing fee for rental units and start an inspection program. As part of that inspection, the village approved a new parttime community service officer position. That person will do property inspections

including rental units. Police Chief Jeff Schinzing said this will create more consistent enforcement of property cleanups and will encourage property owners to be more responsible in managing their rental units. The Town of Grantsburg has opened its town roads to ATV use. Now those ATVs will be able to pass through the village. The council approved three ATV entry points into the village and a route connecting them. The entry points are South Russell Road south of Hwy. 70, Benson Road west out of the village and North Russell/Borg Road heading north. They will be connected by a route that follows South Russell to Olson, then east to the park and north over the dam to Park, west on Jackson to North Russell to the connection with Benson and Borg. The ATV speed limit in the village will be 10 mph. DeRocker said ATV users do not like to ride on paved roads and that will limit use. Rolloff said the ATV route is intended to help riders pass through the village and is not intended as a substitute for car use in the village.

The campground on Memory Lake is growing in popularity. Village clerk Jennifer Zeiler said many of the seasonal spots have already been reserved for the 2016 season. There is an increasing request for camping before and after the regular mid-April to mid-October season. To answer that demand, the village will open to off-season campers with a 25-percent discount in rates. It was noted that some campground services might not be available at those times. The Grantsburg Library will be open for more hours starting Monday, April 11, head librarian Kristina Kelly Johnson said. The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The library is offering a large and growing number of events and programs with a full week of activities coming during National Library Week, April 10-16, when the expanded hours will go into effect. News of the library and its activities can be found on the library’s website,, Kelly Johnson said.

Use of timber sale money questioned Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC — A request from the Frederic Park Board that the revenue from timber sales at Coon Lake be put into an account dedicated to park improvements met with some opposition from the village board Monday evening, March 14. Park board President William Johnson told the board that the timber harvest project has been cut back and is expected to generate $6,000 to $8,000 rather than $9,000 to $10,000. Rather than see the revenue go into the village general account, he said, the park board was asking the village to create a restricted account that would be used solely for park improvements such as new roofs or surfacing the basketball courts. Trustee Brad Harlander said that the idea was compatible with the original language used when the park was created, adding that it made sense for the revenue generated from the parks to be reinvested in the parks. Village President Jim Meyer, however, said he would like more information before making a decision and suggested that the issue be tabled. When asked what information he would like Meyer responded, “What are you going to do with it? Is it going to do roofs? Are you going make more bridges?” Responding was Maria Ammend, the village board’s representative to the park board. She said that no decision will be

made until the amount of revenue they have to work with is known. Surfacing the basketball court would be about $3,500, and lights at the ball field about $5,000. Johnson added that it is a matter of prioritizing park projects and making decisions based on the priorities. People have been questioning about cutting the trees, Hansford said, and he would like to be able to tell them what the money is being used for. Harlander said that Hansford could let people know that the county forester recommended the cutting for the health of the property. According to Trustee Terry Siebenthal, the park budget is “already more than we needed,” with $15,000 to $20,000. Plus, he said, the budget included $3,500 for resurfacing the basketball court. Siebenthal made the point that many other things were left out of the budget due to a lack of money. He cited the roof on the depot museum as one example. To Siebenthal’s first comment, that the park budget is higher than before, Harlander said that the budget now reflects more of the park expenses. The expenses are being itemized now, he said, and more accurate information on actual costs for things like electricity are available. Harlander agreed with Meyer’s suggestion that more information, such as budgeted items, projected expenses and needed projects, be collected.

Village treasurer Jen Phernetton was directed to pull the information together, and the board voted to discuss the matter again at a future meeting.

Nuisance ordinance Additions to the public nuisance ordinance that are designed to prevent, reduce and eliminate “blight” were approved by the board, although it was not clear who is responsible for determining that a property is in violation of the ordinance. The changes address abandoned buildings, structures in a state of disrepair or inadequately maintained, property in a dangerous condition, and the parking and storing of construction, commercial or recreational vehicles. Criteria defining these conditions are outlined as well. The village has the right to take action if the owner of a property meeting the criteria does not adequately address the problem. Meyer said that he has been asked by fire Chief Brian Daeffler to look at some of the buildings he needs to inspect for fire hazards, and will bring his findings back to the board. “It’s a difficult situation at best,” said Meyer. Some of the properties are owned by people who live out of town, he said, and some are dangerous. “We’re working on it, slow but sure,” he added.

“This is a good step in the right direction, for sure,” agreed Hansford, who initially asked who would be responsible for enforcement. Police Chief Dale Johnson said that some villages employ an inspector that can declare a building irreparable.

Other business • Hansford said he has received some complaints about horse droppings on the street, in violation of an ordinance approved by the board last October. The ordinance requires that all animal waste on village streets and sidewalks be immediately picked up and disposed of. The board discussed the possibility of installing a hitching post in the village. • The board approved a schedule of fees that combines two lists that were used in the past. Hansford noted that Frederic’s fees are inline with the communities of Siren and Luck with the exception of the Class A Fermented Alcohol license. Frederic’s fee is $100, compared with $200 at Siren and $300 at Luck. “It’s not going to make or break the village,” commented Harlander. No changes were made to the schedule. • Meyer requested the attendance of board members and village employees at a Monday, March 21, emergency management planning meeting that will be held at 6 p.m. at the fire hall.

Minong man’s death ruled suicide Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - The death of a Minong man that occurred in December 2015 and involved a bizarre incident with law enforcement has been ruled a suicide. The incident began on Monday, Dec. 7, at 11:26 p.m., with a shots fired call in the

Town of Minong involving the deceased, Gerold B. Featherly, 37, Minong. Once onscene, law enforcement officers heard additional gunshots and observed a male individual breaking out windows and brandishing a knife. Law enforcement ordered Featherly out

of the building, but Featherly continued to set multiple fires inside the house. The Minong Fire Department and EMS responded to the call and began to put out the fire. Once the fire was suppressed, fire department personnel located Featherly inside the house, but he was deceased

when they found him. Featherly’s official cause of death was ruled asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning. Methamphetamine was also present in his system.

Paternina named WITC student ambassador RICE LAKE - Angie Paternina, Rice Lake, has been appointed WITC-Rice Lake’s 2016 student ambassador. The Wisconsin Technical College System started the student ambassador program more than 20 years ago to recognize outstanding student achievement. The students selected from each campus have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by representing their colleges at campus, district and state events. Paternina has earned an associate degree in supervisory management at WITC and will graduate in May with an additional degree in accounting. She is an active member of Student Senate and the campus chapter of Business Professionals of America. Scott Elza, WITC accounting instructor and BPA adviser, nominated Paternina, saying, “Angie leads her class in GPA, enthusiasm and character. She is the most delightful student I have had the honor

Angie Paternina. — Photo submitted of teaching; her insight in accounting reaches far beyond expectations of the program.” The WITC-Rice Lake BPA team recently attended the BPA state leadership confer-

ence, competing in a variety of competitions against students from many other colleges. Paternina was elated at the team’s performance. “Everyone did great! Every member placed at least in the top five in every competition they entered. It was so exciting hearing our college and our names called over and over at the awards ceremony. I realized that WITC is preparing us well and it really boosted my confidence.” Paternina was also named outstanding chapter member at the conference. She is looking forward to traveling with the team to the national BPA conference in Boston in May. Her future goals are to get a job in accounting while completing a bachelor’s degree, go on to earn a master’s and become a CPA. Paternina is originally from Colombia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in

ecology and worked as a project manager on government ecological studies. After meeting Roger, her husband to be, she joined him in Rice Lake eight years ago and they now have two children, Maria Fe and Jacob. A nationally top-ranked college, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800-243-WITC or visit WITC is an equal opportunity/access/ affirmative action/veterans/disability employer and educator. WITC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. — from WITC


Mike Feist placed on probation hold after unspecified weekend incident with deputy

Horse ranch owner back in jail

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Literally several few days after a Polk County judge adjusted his jail sentence to allow him to work his ranch, rural Milltown ranch owner Mike Feist is back in jail on an alleged probation violation, as of Monday, March 14. “(His arrest is based on) a complaint we received last weekend regarding the horses,” stated Capt. Steve Smith of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. “When the deputy went to check on the complaint, Feist became agitated and disorderly. Probation took him into custody when they met with him on Monday.” Feist, 60, was found guilty at trial last

year on 34 counts of animal abuse, including four felonies, for neglecting his horses at the Otter Creek Ranch. That led to a six-month jail sentence and court-ordered compliance checks and strict herd-size limits. However, even Mike Feist after being sentenced for that conviction, Feist still had a remaining open case, where he faced five total charges, including three for felony bail jumping and two misdemeanor charges, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, stemming from a Dec. 27, 2013, scuffle with a Polk County sheriff’s deputy. That deputy was also doing a court-ordered animal compliance check, although

it should be noted that in that incident, it was not with the usual deputy Feist had been working with on the compliance checks. In that 2013 incident, the deputy allegedly had to use a Taser to fend off aggressive action by a sledgehammer-toting Feist. Details of his latest confrontation were not available at press time, other than the comments by Smith. It is also unclear if it was a different deputy who confronted Feist over the weekend. It is also unclear if the latest charges will nullify a Tuesday, March 8, plea bargain between Feist and prosecutors, where four of those remaining “sledgehammer incident” charges were entered under a so-called deferred judgment of conviction, with just probation on the remaining felony bail jumping. That DJOC means Feist would be cleared of the charges, if he completed three years of probation without any criminal activity. It is possible that the latest charges may

essentially reopen that DJOC case, and may affect recent “sentence staggering” imposed by Judge Molly GaleWyrick, to allow him more time this summer to rejuvenate his ranch business, essentially allowing his release last week to complete the remaining two-thirds of his 180-day jail sentence this coming November, with release by February 2017. In fact, just before adjourning his March 8 plea and sentencing hearing on the “sledgehammer” case, the judge had elicited one final warning about his behavior. “Mr. Feist, you’ve got to be perfect,” GaleWyrick said. “You know you’re going to be under the microscope.” Details on the charges or concerns that led to the latest compliance check, and subsequent probation hold, have not been filed at press time, and Feist remains in custody. No new court dates have been set, as of yet.

TF prepares for a summer of detours

MnDOT outlines Hwy. 8 rehab, roundabout project

Greg Marsten | Staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - Prepare for a summer of detours in Taylors Falls. That was the word before the Taylors Falls City Council, as they entertained a brief presentation by Minnesota Department of Transportation officials at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 14, outlining the pending details of the Hwy. 8 reconstruction between Taylors Falls and the intersection of Hwy. 95 and improvement project were clarified. The Hwy. 8 rehabilitation project will ultimately include a minor re-routing to a soon-to-be constructed roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 95, west of Taylors Falls, at the southern corner of the intersection. That roundabout construction activity will begin shortly, as it is offset from the current route the heavily traveled cliffside highway uses. “It is all slated to be done by the end of the year,” stated Ryan Coddington, a MnDOT engineer for the eastern metro area. Coddington outlined the three stages of the construction, which starts next month with MnDOT officials preparing a detour around the affected areas. The detour will force MnDOT to reconstruct the current intersection downtown between Hwy. 8, Bench Street and First Street, which will be the official detour for everyone except large trucks, which will be rerouted south to the Hwy. 243 bridge in Osceola. MnDOT will also reconstruct and pave Tern Avenue, outside the city, in the township, which will be a critical part of the detour. “The detours won’t go into effect for a while,” Coddington said, noting how they will need to keep access open to Interstate Park, as well as to residents who live along the more than five-mile-long route that will be rehabilitated with new pavement, hillside and cliffside stabilization, reconfigured concrete barriers, and ultimately resulting in a new roundabout intersection between Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 95, beside the Franconia Sculpture Park, at Tern Avenue. Because the new roundabout is “offline” from the current route and intersections,

ter, but thanked Coddington for keeping them informed.

MnDOT engineer Ryan Coddington pointed to detour plans for downtown Taylors Falls, as several citizens look on at the Monday, March 14, Taylors Falls Council meeting. – Photos by Greg Marsten he said the roundabout construction will begin very soon, and will not affect any of the detours. Coddington said the project will start with work downtown to alter the intersection between Bench, Hwy. 8 and First Street, essentially going back “to the way it used to be” for alignment, with a new, temporary traffic signal that is almost sure to lead to long waits and lineups, both up the hill on First Street as well as on Bench Street and on the Hwy. 8 bridge. “It’s going to be a challenge,” Coddington stated. “It is anytime you have two highways coming together.” The three stages of construction will start in April with more than a mile of Tern Avenue paving, as well as the downtown alterations, with the detour likely to begin sometime after May 20. That will trigger reconstruction work on the route from downtown to the “upper” entrance to Interstate Park, up the hill, starting in June and running through August. The final stage of reconstruction will include hillside stabilizing and road rehab from that “upper” park entrance to Hwy. 95, beginning in August and running

through late October, depending on the weather. The new route will then open with the new roundabout, hopefully by Nov. 1. “Much of that (time line) is weather related,” Coddington said. The council did raise a few concerns about possible long delays, business delivery access, as well as emergency service access for both the fire department and for park entrance, but Coddington assured them that there will be “considerable signage” as well as ongoing meetings with local businesses to alleviate any concerns about the project. Coddington admitted that the detour does mean that downtown traffic will be very heavy this summer, and parking will be reduced slightly. That route will also challenge access to several downtown businesses, as traffic runs up and down First Street to Hwy. 8 to Tern Avenue (First Avenue becomes 310th Street just outside city limits) to reconnect with Hwy. 8, west of the city at the Hwy. 95 intersection. The council took no action on the mat-

At their regular meeting on Monday, March 14, the Taylors Falls City Council approved the first sale of a lot in their business park, to a firm currently based across the river near Cushing.

In other council business: • The council approved a purchase agreement and subsequently welcomed their first occupants of the heavily promoted Taylors Falls Business Park, as a current Cushing operation called Hay Chix purchased the first lot for one dollar, with plans to immediately construct a 10,000-square-foot building for their brand of equine feeding products. The two women who own the company will also have right of first refusal for five years on an adjacent lot in the park, for possible future development expansion. The firm is also eligible for a state-sponsored job creation package that includes five years of annual $5,000 reimbursement, to be used toward business costs. The second lot would also qualify for the reimbursement, should they expand. “We’d like to start (construction) tomorrow,” stated Hay Chix co-founder Erin Olson. “Unfortunately, Wisconsin (where they are currently located) was not very helpful for manufacturing ... at least not as good as they promised.” Taylors Falls recently received $100,000 in state incentives to promote the business park, which has led to a bit of cross-border promotion with a campaign that includes a large billboard in the heart of St. Croix Falls businesses, stating how they “want you” with free land incentives. “I see nothing but growth for your business,” council member Larry Julik-Heine said. Olson assured the city that the new structure would be a “pretty building,” and would set a solid example for the rest of the park. • The council approved a paving project that they rebid from last year for West Street, at a cost of $144,671 from Prefer Paving. The project garnered lots of construction interest this time around, after an initial bidding process yielded much higher, and very few bids. “All finished, it’s going to be a great road,” Julik-Heine said. The road project will dovetail with a ravine erosion project the state is assisting with, cost-wise, to the tune of $180,000, with the city contributing $16,000 of the costs. • The council approved replacement of a pump on city well No. 3, which had a pump burn up after over a dozen years of use. • Council member Mary Jo Murphy outlined details of a fire protection contract between the city and Shafer Township, based on estimated market values. Murphy said the negotiations were fair for all sides. The final contract cost was for $16,689, which is slightly lower than the previous year. “To go any lower (in contract costs) means we (Taylors Falls) would be subsidizing (coverage),” Murphy said.



Luck students had to answer several tough questions as they competed in the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 34th-annual regional mathematics meet. While surfing the Internet, several Luck students discovered the Wisconsin Mathematics Council and asked math teacher Chelsey Drohman if the school could form a math team. Team members traveled to Eau Claire where they were split into two squads and given a variety of problems to solve. While they did not bring home any trophies, they enjoyed this challenging experience and look forward to future competitions. The team is shown front row (L to R): Jenny Olson, Shannon Lane, Meredith Thompson and Billy Lipoff. Back: Austin High, Jake Aguado, Isabella Rose Crowe, Kerrigan Ekholm and Matt Lane. Missing from photo: Coach and adviser Chelsey Drohman. – Photo submitted


The Osceola Community Health Foundation recently presented $52,375 to the Osceola Area Ambulance Service. These funds were raised at OCHF’s annual holiday gala to support the purchase of a new ambulance. Dr. Rene Pelletier, OCHF board member, right, presented the check to, from left, Warren Johnson, OAAS board member and chair of the Friends of the OAAS; Robyn Foster, OAAS director, and Dan Birch OAAS board member and vice chair of the Friends of the OAAS. Pelletier stated, “We are fortunate to have such a quality organization serving the emergency needs of our community, and it is our pleasure to support their efforts.” - Photo submitted



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Lawn care meeting scheduled for vendors, 3-22-16 at 4 p.m. Specs will be provided with grounds tour and questions. Bids by 3-29-16 at 4 p.m. Any questions contact Larry Olson, 715-472-2151, Ext. 111 642984 30-31L 20-21a



The Village of Luck is seeking applicants for on-call truck drivers to help with snow removal. Valid Wisconsin driver’s license required with good driving record. CDL experience preferred. Requires flexible schedule, some days, evening and weekends. Wage is $10.00/hour. Applications accepted on a continual basis to be placed on an on-call list. Applications available at Luck 642992 30-31L Village Hall, 401 Main St., M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Village of Luck is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HOME HEALTH AIDE/CAREGIVER TRADITIONS OF FREDERIC is hiring for P.M. & NOC positions! Email resumes to or stop in to fill out an application. 107 East Oak St., Frederic, WI 54837

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Full-time position available with Burnett County in N.W. Wisconsin. for further details or 715-349-2181. Application deadline: Until position is filled. EOE. 642883 30-31L 20a,b,c





Whether you’re looking for a career or part-time job, Menards has a lot to offer! Additional $2.50/hour on the weekend. We Are A Drug-Free Workplace

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Hiring On The Spot!

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Tuesday, March 22, from 1 - 5 p.m. Stop in at the St. Croix Falls store.

The Village of Luck seeks a part-time, seasonal parks and recreation employee. This position reports to the Director of Public Works and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the Village Parks and Building grounds. Minimum requirements: valid driver’s license with good driving record, ability to move/lift 50 lbs. occasionally, basic reading and writing skills familiarity with park maintenance equipment and record keeping skills. Wage is $7.50-$10/hour (depending on experience), approximately 25 hours a week. Applications available at Luck Village Hall, 401 Main St., M-F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 642993 30-31L Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. The Village of Luck is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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• String Operator - Full Time - 1st Shift: Package string cheese, palletize boxes, operate packaging equipment and cut large blocks of cheese into salable sizes for our cheese store. 7 a.m. - work is complete, Mon. - Fri. with an occasional Saturday. • Makeroom Operator - Full Time - 2nd Shift: Assists the Cheesemakers in producing the highest quality mozzarella, provolone and other varieties. Three 12-hour shifts/week + one 8-hour shift every other week. Competitive wages and excellent benefits including health/ dental/flexible spending, 401(k) and employer paid life insurance/long-term disability and vacation. Please apply in person at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Applications are also available at 643349 31L 21a,d,e



WITC NEW RICHMOND CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual to teach Health Sciences at the WITC New Richmond Campus. An instructor’s primary purpose is to design instruction and assessment in an engaging environment to foster learner success. An instructor continually improves the overall quality in the delivery of learning to support the achievement of College outcomes and priorities utilizing evidence to support decisionmaking. Minimum Qualifications include: Master’s degree, one year occupational experience, previous teaching experience and experience with alternative instructional delivery, preferred. Deadline to apply: March 31, 2016 For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at

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FULL-TIME RN RESIDENT CARE MANAGER CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Full- and part-time evening shift (32-80 hours/pay period). Part-time night shift (16 hours/pay period). Every other weekend rotation. Flexible scheduling. Benefits available for full-time positions.


Part-time night shift (24 hours/pay period). Full-time evening shift (64 hours/pay period). Full-time night shift (80 hours/pay period). Every other weekend rotation.

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus Available Please send resume to Jamie Paro Or if you just can’t wait, stop in at the United Pioneer Home to pick up an application and request an interview. 643246 31-32L 21-22a,c,d

WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711

If the answer is “yes,” then we should talk about your future at United Pioneer Home. The following important positions are open...


We are a hardwood manufacturing facility specializing in hardwood drawer parts, glued panels, architectural moldings, gang ripping, edge gluing, lumber sorting and more. Needs are for 1st shift, 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 2nd shift from 3:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday - Thursday, overtime as necessary on Fridays. Knowledge of hardwoods, moulders, chop line, sanding operations a big plus. Pay based on experience. We offer: Life insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending, paid vacations, paid holidays, 401(K) retirement, vision and more. Our company is an equal opportunity employer. We are steadily growing and in need of qualified applicants to fill our first and second-shift needs. Dependability, ability to communicate, lift 50+ lbs., accuracy a must.

Please Apply Within

St. Croix Valley Hardwoods, Inc. 643086 20-21a,d 31-32L

230 Duncan Street Luck, WI 54853

OVERNIGHT CARE STAFF IMMEDIATE OPENINGS for Overnight Care Staff at our Webster Wisconsin program. Part-time and full-time positions available with regular schedules of 11 p.m. - 9 a.m. All applicants are subject to criminal history background checks. Responsibilities include supervision and regular checks of program residents, understand and follow agency policies, completion of nightly documentation, keep a clean/safe environment, communicate and follow through of program goals, positive role modeling and additional duties as needed. Please see our website for additional information on our programming:

To apply, please send a resume to or stop by the program to fill out an application, 7818 Moline Road, Webster, WI 54893. 643047

Northwest Passage is an equal opportunity employer.

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


Shelter Manager Committed To The Field Of Animal Welfare

The manager is responsible for coordinating, planning and supervising the daily operations of staff and volunteers as well as building and grounds maintenance. Other duties include overseeing adoptions, animals’ behavioral and medical evaluations, medical care and overall wellness. Additional responsibilities include customer service and maintaining accurate records. Applicants should have three years of animal welfare education and/or experience working for or with a humane organization including supervisory experience. General knowledge of shelter medicine, sanitation methods as well as dog and cat behavior is required. The ideal candidate will be energetic, enthusiastic, hardworking and will help HSBC maintain a strong community presence and maximize fundraising opportunities. Job requires a valid driver’s license, computer skills, strong leadership and multitasking skills and ability to work weekends and special events. Apply By Sending Your Resume To:

Humane Society of Burnett County, Inc. 7347 Midtown Rd., Siren, WI 54872

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This is a 4-1/2 hour/day school year position

Qualifications: * Possess a high school diploma or equivalent * Excellent work ethic * Pass a cook’s helpers test * Ability to lift 50 pounds * Ability to follow oral and written directives accurately from Food Service Director * Ability to organize and manage your time in an effective & efficient manner * Maintain good standards of personal hygiene and cleanliness * Good human relation skills when working with co-workers, staff and students * Willingness to continue professional development as required Job descriptions: * Understanding and knowing the HACCP requirements and implementing it in food service * Helping prepare and serve meals * Perform cleaning and sanitation of food service area according to schedule * Assist with food deliveries * All other duties assigned by the Food Service Director Send resume to:

March 29, 2016

Siren School District

Attn.: Deborah Jaskolka, Food Service Director 24022 4th Avenue Siren, Wisconsin 54872 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Humane Society Of Burnett County, Inc., In Siren, WI, Is Looking For An Energetic, Hardworking And Experienced

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The Town of Bone Lake adopted ATV Ordinance 2-2016, amending ATV Ordinance 1-2016, on February 18, 2016. The ordinance establishes an ATV traffic route on State Road 48, from Round Lake Road to 90th Street, and removes the previous route laid out in Ordinance 1-2016. The ordinance will become effective if approved by the WI DOT and the Polk County Highway Department. The full text of the ordinance may be obtained from the town clerk’s office at 954 280th Avenue, Frederic, or by phone at 715-472-8212.


The Bone Lake Town Board voted to adopt the Polk County Zoning Ordinance on February 18, 2016. The ordinance will become effective on September 15, 2016. The Bone Lake Planning Commission will begin the task of assigning draft zoning districts to parcels within the town. Darrell Frandsen, Town Clerk 643264 31L WNAXLP


This project will involve the summer cleaning of 19,318 sq. ft. of carpet and the summer and winter cleaning of 43 area rugs in size from 5x8 to 10x12. To obtain a copy of cleaning specifications, contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds, at 715-349-7392, ext. 403. All bids must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on March 25, 2016, in a sealed envelope marked “Carpet Cleaning Bids.” All mailed bids shall be sent to: Attention: Don Fleischhacker, Director of Buildings and Grounds, School District of Siren, Wisconsin, 54872. 642884 30-31L WNAXLP 20-21a The School District of Siren reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.


This project will involve lawn care for the School District of Siren. Area of school grounds to be maintained are approximately 8 acres. For further job specifications, please contact Don Fleischhacker Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor for the School District of Siren at 715-349-7392, ext. 403. All proposal bids to be in the Siren School District Office by March 25, 2016, at 4 p.m., sealed and marked “Lawn Care.” Proposal bids may be mailed to: Siren School District Office, 24022 Fourth Avenue North, Siren, WI 54872. 642886 30-31L WNAXLP 20-21a The Siren Board of Education retains the right to reject any and all proposal bids.

POLK COUNTY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INSURANCE BROKER AND CONSULTANT SERVICES Polk County, Wisconsin, is interested in obtaining the services of a professional, highly qualified benefits broker and consulting firm to provide a full range of services related to the design, implementation, analysis, maintenance, improvement and communication of a moderately complex employee benefits insurance program. Information and statements are provided on website: http://,wi. Proposals must be submitted no later than March 29, 2016, at 4 p.m. to mailing address: Polk County Government Center Andrea Jerrick, Employee Relations Director 100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 229 642938 30-31L Balsam Lake, WI 54810

VILLAGE OF LUCK ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING AND MEETING MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 5:00 P,M. VILLAGE HALL 401 MAIN STREET, LUCK WI 54853 The Luck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Luck Municipal Building, 401 Main St., at which time a request for variance will be heard as follows: Jerry Kruse requests a variance from Section 620-18. R-1 Single-Family Residential District setbacks of the Luck Zoning Code, Village of Luck, WI. This variance is requested so that the applicant may build a building in the front yard setback at 1103 North Shore Drive. The affected property is described as LOT 1 CSM #6511 V29 P175 (833026) OF LOTS 1 & 2 BLK B SCHOW & BUTTS ADDITION & LAKESHORE LOT 12 SCHOW & BUTTS ADDITION. Village of Luck, Polk County, WI (Parcel No. 146-00355-000). All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Luck Zoning Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. 642991 30-31L WNAXLP

(Mar. 16, 23, 30) 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: April 12, 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, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 4, Block 6, Original Plat of Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wis. ADDRESS: 506 River Street, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO: 165-00025-000. Dated this 8th day of March, 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 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditors’ attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 643181 WNAXLP


Notice Is Hereby Given That The Balsam Lake Town Meeting Will Be Held On March 21, 2016, At 7 p.m. At The Town Hall The agenda includes: Public comment, minutes, approval of bills, updates on town road projects Carl Hetfeld to get Town Board approval for check list and misc. updates. 643322 31L 21d Brian R. Masters, Clerk (Mar. 16, 23, 30) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Freyja Anne van der Paardt By: (Petitioner) Freyja Anne van der Paardt Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 16 CV 79 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Freyja Anne van der Paardt To: Freyja Anne Quin Birth Certificate: Freyja Anne van der Paardt IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, May 16, 2016, 12:45 p.m. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge 643262 March 11, 2106 WNAXLP


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

South First Street, Luck, WI

Call Kyle At 715-566-3432

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REQUEST FOR BIDS - VILLAGE OF LUCK Notice is hereby given that bids will be received until 4 p.m. March 31, 2016, at the Luck Village Hall for the painting of parking lines, curb, crosswalks, etc. on Village Streets, mainly in the downtown Main Street area. Project information is available at Luck Village Hall, 401 Main Street, Luck, WI. Please contact Seth Peterson, Director of Public Works with any questions at 715-491-3424. 643182 31L WNAXLP Please include proof of insurance with bids. The Village of Luck reserves the right to refuse or reject any or all bids.

Burnett and Polk County deaths Burnett County Norman R. Manthie, 88, village of Grantsburg, died Feb. 16, 2016. Burdell J. Hodges, 77, Town of Lincoln, died Feb. 18, 2016. (Mar. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a Wisconsin state chartered credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Foley P. Quinn, Jr. 1724 40th Avenue Amery, Wisconsin 54001, Melissa M. Quinn, a/k/a Melissa M. Branch 1724 40th Avenue Amery, Wisconsin 54001, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV255 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment executed on September 25, 2015, and filed on September 28, 2015, in the above-entitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3) and the North Half of Lot Two (2) and the North seven feet of the South Half of Lot Two (2), all in Block Six (6), Olaf Haukom’s Addition to the Village of Deronda, Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 638 130th Street, Amery, Wisconsin). Dated: February 19, 2016. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 642594 (651) 439-2951 WNAXLP Garth G. Gavenda/#18028

Webster Elementary Four-Year-Old Tiny Tiger and Five-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration ATTENTION!

Do you have a child who will be four on or before September 1? If so, it’s time to bring them to our Pre-K Tiny Tiger Registration at Webster School on March 31 & April 1 by Appointment! If you have a child who will be FIVE before Sept. 1 and entering Kindergarten who did not attend the Pre-K Tiny Tiger Program, please call to schedule an appointment. Registration for your child will be with the Kindergarten team on March 31. Come and join the Tiny Tiger and Kindergarten teachers for a fun-filled session! Parents will be registering and children will be having fun at school! Place: Webster Elementary Dates: March 31 & April 1 RSVP: Please call the Elementary Office at 866-8210 to set up your session time!

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Jessie M. Anderson, 80, Town of Daniels, died Feb. 22, 2016. Luella M. Smith, 92, Town of Meenon, died March 2, 2016. Polk County Anne M. Dahl, 56, Town of Black Brook, died Feb. 22, 2016. Laverne L. Cheever, 94, Town of Garfield, died Feb. 27, 2016. Elaine M. Cress, 94, Clear Lake, died Feb. 29, 2016. Richard H. Navarro, 64, Luck, died March 1, 2016. Lisa M. Mactire, 50, St. Croix Falls, died March 9, 2016.

Burnett Co. marriages Edward G. Saum, Grantsburg, and Patricia W. Bates, Grantsburg, issued Jan. 8, 2016. Ronald E. Olsen, Grantsburg, and Jacqueline R. Gerrick, Grantsburg, issued March 7, 2016. Cody M. Janes, Grantsburg, and Salena S. Mason, Grantsburg, issued March 14, 2016.


FOR SUMMER CAMP Now accepting applications for full-/part-time staff for maintenance & cleaning positions starting in April/May. Please call 715-866-8177 or email for an application. Criminal background check required. 643091 20-22ap 31-33Lp


TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Monthly Board Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, March 22, 2016, At 7 p.m., At The Cushing Community Center. Agenda: Clerk’s report; treasurer’s report; set board of review date; open forum; road report; pay bills and review correspondence. Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk 643326 31L

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



The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Monday, March 21, 2016, At The Cushing Community Center At 7:00 p.m.

Agenda: Clerk minutes, Treasurer report, Board decision on dump truck sale, Citizen input, Board to renew town shop and cemetery mowing contract, Approve operator licenses, Road maint. report, Set April agenda, Pay bills and Adjournment. Julie Peterson, Clerk 643244 31L 21a WNAXLP


The Frederic School District is seeking mowing bids for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. Bids are to include mowing, trimming and any chemical applications as needed. Bids are to include grounds located at the elementary and 6-12 sites. The Frederic School District reserves the right to refuse any and all bids. Please submit bids to Josh Robinson, Superinten643171 31-32L 21a WNAXLP dent, by Friday, March 25.

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FINAL NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS Late Fees Assessed After April 1

Pursuant to Section 174.052, Wisconsin Statutes, notice is hereby given to all owners of dogs in Polk County that rabies vaccinations and dog licenses are required under the statutes. Vaccination by a veterinarian against rabies of all dogs is required (Sec.95.21) within 30 days after a dog reaches 5 months of age, and revaccinated before the certificate expires or within three years of the previous vaccination. Notice is hereby further given that evidence that the dog is currently immunized against rabies must be presented before a license can be issued. To qualify for the minimum license fee for neutered males or spayed females, presentation of evidence attesting to same must be presented when applying for the license. PENALTIES A minimum late fee of $5 shall be assessed the owner of each dog 5 months of age or over who fails to obtain a dog license by April 1 of each year, or within 30 days of acquiring ownership on or before the dog reached licensable age. The minimum late fee may be raised by municipal action. Any owner who fails to have a dog vaccinated against rabies as required by statute may be required to forfeit not less than $50 nor more than $100. DON’T DELAY. CONTACT YOUR TOWN, VILLAGE OR CITY TREASURER TO LICENSE YOUR DOG. Polk County Board 643320 31L WNAXLP By: Carole T. Wondra, Polk County Clerk STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLAN AND INTENT TO REISSUE A WISCONSIN POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (WPDES) PERMIT No. WI-0065862-01-0 Permittee: Owens Farms Inc., 315 355th Ave., Frederic, WI 54837. Facility Where Discharge Occurs: Owens Farms Inc, Section 4 T37N R15W, Town of Lorain, Polk County, Wisconsin. Receiving Water and Location: Surface water and groundwater within the North Fork Clam River Watershed. Brief Facility Description: Owens Farms Inc. is a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). Owens Farms Inc is owned and operated by Wilfred Owens. It currently has 1292 animal units. Construction schedules have been included in the operation’s nutrient management plan for issues/structures outlined below. Owens Farms Inc has a total of 1400 acres available for land application of manure and process wastewater. Of the 1447 acres in the NMP, 1164 acres are owned and 283 acres are rented. The Department has tentatively decided that the above specified WPDES permit should be reissued. Permit Drafter: Stacy Martin, DNR, 5301 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, 715-241-7504, Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, the terms of the nutrient management plan, or the application, or to request a public informational hearing may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the Department’s final decision when the permit is reissued. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed permit from anyone, including U.S. EPA, the permit will be reissued as proposed. The Department may schedule a public informational hearing if within 30 days of the public date of this notice, a request for a hearing is filed by any person. The Department shall schedule a public informational hearing if a petition requesting a hearing is received from USEPA or from 5 or more persons or if the Department determines there is significant public interest. Requests for a public informational hearing shall state the following: the name and address of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the interest in the proposed permit of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the reasons for the request; and the issues proposed to be considered at the hearing. Information on file for this permit action, including the draft permit and fact sheet (if required), the operation’s nutrient management plan and application may be inspected and copied at the permit drafter’s office, Monday through Friday (except holidays), between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call the permit drafter for directions to their office location, if necessary. Information on this permit action may also be obtained by calling the permit drafter at 715-241-7504 or by writing to the Department. Reasonable costs (usually 20 cents per page) will be charged for copies of information in the file other than the public notice and fact sheet. Permit information is also available on the Internet at: PublicNotices.html. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be made to qualified individuals upon request. 643261 31Lp WNAXLP


All children that will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, may register to attend 4K for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration day is April 15, at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the SCF Elementary Office if you have not received a registration packet, 715-483-9823 ext. 1100.

Kindergarten Registration

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS VILLAGE OF LUCK POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN The Village of Luck will receive sealed bids at the Village Hall, located at 401 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 315, Luck, Wisconsin 54853 for the construction of Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements until 2:00 p.m., on March 31, 2016. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. The work for which bids are asked includes the following: 1) improvements at the Village of Luck Wastewater Treatment Facility, including wastewater sludge removal/disposal from two aerated lagoons; removal of lagoon aeration equipment and blowers; new lagoon aeration system, air piping and positive displacement blowers; floating curtain baffles and floating insulated covers in two existing aerated lagoons; piping modifications at lagoon flow control structure; moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) tank and equipment including media, aeration system and blowers; MBBR level control structure; construction of a Chemical Building to house chemical feed system and bulk chemical storage tank; new FRP building to house effluent flow meter and sampler; ballasted membrane roof replacement, masonry repairs, vinyl siding and ventilation improvements at existing Blower Building; 2) improvements at the Main Wastewater Lift Station including new FRP building to house influent flow meter, sampler and pump station electrical and control panels; new standby generator and automatic transfer switch, replace one submersible wastewater pump, protective coatings for interior of wet well and valve vault; 3) improvements at the Lake Street Wastewater Lift Station including equipment and piping removals, duplex submersible wastewater pumping system and pump control panel; 4) improvements at the Lake Avenue Wastewater Lift Station including new precast concrete valve manhole and piping; and 5) piping/valves, electrical, instrumentation and control work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility and lift station sites; and site work including surface restoration.

Thanks for your cooperation.

The BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be examined at the offices of MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin; the Village of Luck; the Builder’s Exchange of St. Paul, Minnesota; Duluth Builders Exchange, Duluth, Minnesota; McGraw Hill Dodge Reports, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Minneapolis Builders Exchange, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Northwest Regional Builders Exchange in Altoona (Eau Claire), Wisconsin. Planholders list will be updated interactively on our Web address at under Bidding.


Copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 by inputting Quest eBidDoc #3651058 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with the digital project information.

All children that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016, and are not in the 4K program, must register for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have a child that did not attend the 4K program, please contact the Elementary Office, 715-483-9823 ext. 1100.

Regular Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. 1. President Mrs. Amundson called the regular meeting of the Frederic Board of Education to order at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in the District Boardroom. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Ennis. Administration present: Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Steen and Mr. Fisher. 2. Motion Ennis/Nelson to approve the consent agenda items, including the agenda as presented, minutes of the 1/13/16 regular and 1/13/16 closed meeting, invoices and receipts and budget as presented. Motion carried 4-0. 3. Persons Requesting an Audience with the Board: a. Lynn Schauls spoke on behalf of the Frederic American Legion. There will be a meet and greet at the Frederic Elementary Library on March 5. The Legion would also like to honor the Frederic graduates that have served and plan on serving at graduation and by creating a wall of honor. 4. Board Member Reports/Governance: a. Board members and Mr. Robinson spoke on the experience at the State Education Convention. b. WASB Workshop-Key Work of School Boards: Community Leadership will be February 25 in Turtle Lake at 6 p.m. c. Scott Nelson and Chuck Holicky received WASB Member Recognition Certificates for tenure in participating in the WASB. 5. Reports of the Administration: a. Mr. Robinson presented the District Administrator report. b. Mr. Fisher presented the 6-12 school report. c. Mrs. Steen presented the Elementary school report. 6. Policies: None 7. Action Items: a. Discussion regarding possible extended day care opportunities, to include before- and after-school programming, 4K wraparound and day care, as presented by Ms. Erin. b. Motion Holicky/Nelson to approve the Districtwide keying bid. Motion carried 4-0. c. The consideration of establishing a Fund 46 - Capital Projects Fund was postponed until the March board meeting. d. Motion Holicky/Ennis to approve Wisconsin State Standards as Frederic School District’s Academic Standards. Motion carried 4-0. 8. Closed Session Meeting: Mrs. Amundson announced to the members of the Board that they should consider adjourning to closed session for the purpose of Personnel Discussion. Mrs. Amundson informed the Board the closed session would be proper and is authorized by Wisconsin Statutes: 19.85 (1) (c) in considering employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility, (f) in considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person. Motion Nelson/Ennis to convene to closed session. Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and the motion carried 4-0. Time 8:31 p.m. Board members present: Mrs. Amundson, Mr. Holicky, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Ennis. Administration present: Mr. Robinson and Mr. Fisher. Motion Holicky/Nelson to adjourn closed session and return to open session. Motion carried 4-0. Time 9:36 p.m. 9. No business as a result of closed session. 10. Motion Holicky/Nelson to adjourn, carried 4-0. Time 9:37 p.m. Libby Cheever, Recording Secretary 643202 31L Next regular board meeting: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

No proposal will be accepted unless accompanied by a certified check or bid bond equal to at least 5% of the amount bid, payable to the OWNER as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within 15 days after the award of the contract. The certified check or bid bond will be returned to the bidder as soon as the contract is signed, and if after 15 days the bidder shall fail to do so, the certified check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the OWNER as liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. WAGE RATES Wisconsin State Wage Rates: Pursuant to Section 66.0903, Wisconsin Statutes, the minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State wage rates. Federal Davis Bacon Wage Rates: Federal wage rates can be found at Be aware that project Administrators, Bidders and Contractors are required to use the latest federal wage rate available at the time of bid opening. The minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be the higher of the wage scale established by either the Federal or State wage rates. This project is expected to be funded in part with funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service. Information on applicable federal requirements is contained in the Project Manual. The Offeror’s or Bidder’s attention is called to the “Equal Opportunity Clause” and the “Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction Contract Specification” included in the specifications. The goals and timetables for minority and female participation, expressed in percentage terms for the Contractor’s aggregate workforce in each trade on all construction work in the covered area, are as follows: Goals for minority participation for each trade = 2.2% Goals for female participation in each trade = 6.9% This project anticipates use of Wisconsin DNR Clean Water Fund Program funding. We encourage Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Small Businesses in Rural Areas (SBRAs) to submit bid proposals. A municipality, in awarding prime contracts, and the primary engineer and primary contractor, in awarding subcontractors, are required to make a good faith effort to achieve a combined minimum goal of 15% participation for MBE/WBE utilization in accordance with s.NR 162.09(3), s.NR 166.12(4), and s.NR 167.18(4) Wis. Admin. Code. If a subcontractor awards subcontracts, these requirements shall apply to the subcontractor. This project anticipates the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding. Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Published by the authority of the Village of Luck. CONSULTING ENGINEER: MSA Professional Services, Inc. 1230 South Boulevard Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913 Daniel F. Greve, P.E. (608) 355-8873 Scott R. Chilson, P.E. (608) 355-8868

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NOTICE - TOWN OF DANIELS Please take notice that the Town of Daniels enacted Ordinance 2016-1, establishing All-Terrain Vehicle and UtilityTerrain Vehicle Routes, on March 8, 2016. The ordinance establishes the location of ATV/UTV routes within the Town of Daniels and regulates their use. The full text of Ordinance 2016-1 may be obtained from the Town Clerk at 9697 Daniels 70 or through the Town’s website: For additional information, contact Liz Simonsen, Town Clerk, at 715-349-2291. 643203 31L WNAXLP

REGISTRATION TIME AT SIREN SCHOOL PREKINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS If you have a child that will be four (4) by September 1, 2016, it is time to bring them to our Pre-K Dragonfly registration.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS SANITARY SEWER IMPROVEMENTS VILLAGE OF LUCK POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN The Village of Luck will receive sealed bids at the Village Hall, located at 401 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 315, Luck, Wisconsin 54853, for the construction of Sanitary Sewer Improvements until 2:00 p.m., on March 31, 2016. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. The work for which bids are asked includes the following: 1) removal and replacement of approximately 1,137 L.F. of 8-inch PVC sanitary sewer including all associated turf and roadway restoration; 2) Installation of approximately 10,160 L.F. of 8inch CIPP sewer lining and lateral grouting and reinstatement; 3) Spot repair of 8 sections of 8-inch sanitary sewer pipe including manhole removal and installation and roadway restoration; and 4) installation of approximately 1,175 lineal feet of 6-inch HDPE force main utilizing horizontal directional drilling methods, abandonment of existing force main and connection to an existing lift station. The BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be examined at the offices of MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin; the Village of Luck; the Builder’s Exchange of St. Paul, Minnesota; Duluth Builders Exchange, Duluth, Minnesota; McGraw Hill Dodge Reports, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Minneapolis Builders Exchange, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Northwest Regional Builders Exchange in Altoona (Eau Claire), Wisconsin. Planholders list will be updated interactively on our Web address at under Bidding. Copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20 by inputting Quest eBidDoc #3603470 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with the digital project information. No proposal will be accepted unless accompanied by a certified check or bid bond equal to at least 5% of the amount bid, payable to the OWNER as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within 15 days after the award of the contract. The certified check or bid bond will be returned to the bidder as soon as the contract is signed, and if after 15 days the bidder shall fail to do so, the certified check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the OWNER as liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. Pursuant to Section 66.0903, Wisconsin Statutes, the minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State wage rates. This project is expected to be funded in part with funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service. Information on applicable federal requirements is contained in the Project Manual. The Offeror’s or Bidder’s attention is called to the “Equal Opportunity Clause” and the “Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction Contract Specification” included in the specifications. The goals and timetables for minority and female participation, expressed in percentage terms for the Contractor’s aggregate workforce in each trade on all construction work in the covered area, are as follows: Goals for minority participation for each trade = 2.2% Goals for female participation in each trade = 6.9% OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Published by the authority of the Village of Luck. CONSULTING ENGINEER: MSA Professional Services, Inc. 1230 South Boulevard Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913 Brian Kehrli, P.E. (608) 355-8887


Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.

You Must Make A Request For An Absentee Ballot In Writing

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Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.

Making Application To Receive An Absentee Ballot By Mail

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, March 31, 2016. Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

Voting An Absentee Ballot In Person

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. Town of Anderson Jessica King, Clerk 2773 185th St. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4753 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Blaine Stephanie Askin, Clerk Northland Community Center 1232 E. School Rd. Danbury, WI 54830 715-244-3354/715-244-3179 Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Daniels Liz Simonsen, Clerk 9697 Daniels 70 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2291 Mar. 23 & 30 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR By appointment Town of Dewey Pamela Brown, Clerk Town Hall 24433 Town Hall Road Hertel, WI 54871 715-468-1207 Mar. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 6 - 7 p.m. By appointment only After 5 p.m. call 715-468-7111 Town of Grantsburg Romey Nelson, Clerk-Treasurer 118 E. Madison Ave. P.O. Box 642 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5600 Mar. 21, 22, 27, 28 & 31; Apr. 1 9 a.m. - Noon 1 - 4:30 p.m. Town of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk Town Hall 4599 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8412 - Home 715-866-8412 - Office Mar. 22, 25 & 29; Apr. 1 1 - 6 p.m. In Town Office By appointment only Town of LaFollette Linda Terrian, Clerk 23928 Malone Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2531 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Lincoln Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk 25603 Ice House Bridge Rd. P.O. Box 296 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4201 Mar. 21 - 25 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Meenon Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk Town Hall 7396 Kruger Rd. Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4893 Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30 & 31 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Oakland Deanna Krause, Clerk 7426 W. Main St. P.O. Box 675 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8213 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 6 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Trade Lake Deborah Christian, Clerk 13361 St. Rd. 48 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2600 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment only Town of Union Mary Eifler, Deputy Clerk 8639 County Road U Danbury, WI 54830 715-866-4547 Mar. 22, 25, 28; Apr. 1 1 - 5 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Roosevelt Patricia Hayden, Clerk 2997 County Road EE Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2468 Mar. 21 - 24; Mar. 28 - 31 5:30 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Webb Lake Gail Keup, Clerk Town Hall 2363 Escape Dr. Webb Lake, WI 54830 715-259-3439 Mar. 21 & 28, 9 a.m. - noon Mar. 22 - 25; Mar. 29 - Apr. 1 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Rusk Bonnie Harder, Clerk 26985 E. Benoit Lake Rd. Spooner, WI 54801 715-520-0560 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of West Marshland Kerri Harter, Clerk 26087 Cty. Rd. F Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2461 Mar. 21, 22, 28 & 29 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Sand Lake Peggy Tolbert, Clerk 25862 Normans Landing Rd. P.O. Box 165 Webster, WI 54893 715-222-9375 Mar. 24 & 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Wood River Raylene Swanson, Clerk 24788 Rylander Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-689-2318 Mar. 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 & 31 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Scott Karen Wiggins, Clerk Town Hall 28390 County Rd. H Spooner, WI 54801 Office 715-635-2308 Mar. 21, 23, 25, 28 & 30; Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Town of Siren Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5119 Mar. 21 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Swiss Judith Dykstra, Clerk 7551 Main St. P.O. Box 157 Danbury, WI 54830 715-656-3030 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Village of Grantsburg Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk 316 S. Brad St. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2405 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - Noon 1 - 4:30 p.m. Village of Siren Ann Peterson, Clerk-Treasurer 24049 First Ave. P.O. Box 23 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2273 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Mar. 31 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1 - 4:30 p.m. Apr. 1 by appointment - Call 715520-2689 Village of Webster Patrice Bjorklund, ClerkTreasurer 7505 Main St. W. P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Monday, March 21, 2016. The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Friday, April 1, 2016. No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no 643189 31L WNAXLP later than 4 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

(March 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RUBY A. COOK Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 17 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 7, 1919, and date of death February 11, 2016, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2990 215th Street, Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 3, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the office of the Register in Probate Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar February 25, 2016 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 642811 Bar No.: 1003029 WNAXLP (March 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, Minnesota 55055, Plaintiff, vs. David L. Walburg 18945 Shamrock Lane Shafer, Minnesota 55074-9642, R. Elaine Walburg 18945 Shamrock Lane Shafer, Minnesota 55074-9642, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV81 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment executed on September 18, 2015, and filed on September 21, 2015, in the aboveentitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lots 7 and 8, Block 7, Original Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 206 6th Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin). Dated: February 19, 2016. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 Joshua D. Christensen/#17790 642813 WNAXLP


Polk County highway commissioner ... and public servant Steve Warndahl retires Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Steve Warndahl is retiring as Polk County highway commissioner, a position he has held since February 2006. Retirement is probably not the right term since he will still be leading a very active life full of community engagement. But after over 30 years of early rising, Warndahl says what he might enjoy the most in the future is being able to sleep later. Warndahl met with the Leader last week to talk about the highway department, his career and public service. “I want to treat all people, every citizen, the same,” was the first thing Warndahl brought up. “I did not close my eyes to issues. I was not always popular, but I had no private agenda. I did not play politics. I tried to be neutral and fair with people. “Honesty pays off,” Warndahl said. He takes that approach in dealing with the public and in working with the employees. Warndahl spent much of the conversation talking about the highway department crew and the job they do. He said the crew deserves credit for their dedicated work and the sacrifices they make to keep the roads safe during storms. They will be on call and available as a storm approaches and, once on duty, will work a 16-hour shift, take six hours Polk County Highway Commisoff for sleep and head back out. “I respect sioner Steve Warndahl is retiring each and every one of after serving the county highway them,” Warndahl said. department for 10 years. “The staff is where it’s at.” But part of that respect for the crew comes because Warndahl knows what they do from experience. He said his management style has always been to work with the crew, to be willing to do what they do. That includes getting his boots on and getting in the dirt during construction projects, knowing their jobs, being willing to do the dangerous work if needed. “You need to show that you are willing to be there,” Warndahl said. “You need to be willing to come in at night, to get out on the road ahead of a storm. I put in 250,000 miles of travel. I always got where I was going, in all conditions.” Warndahl says he is leaving the highway department

Retiring Polk County Highway Commissioner Steve Warndahl is looking forward to a slightly less busy life. Warndahl has had a career in public service for around 30 years. in good condition. He says the county has a road construction plan showing projects and costs through 2022. There is a good fund balance and a reserve has been built up for unpredictable costs such as the cost of asphalt. Warndahl said it has been a tough job to build a stable long-term plan and keep it in place. He said county Administrator Dana Frey has been supportive of the plan and good to work with. And while there is a stable construction plan, Warndahl says he is disappointed at the inability to get highway funding to the level it really needs. He said the department can only keep up the roads so long, and stretching the dollars can only go so far. “The $1.7 million a year in funding won’t get us there,” Warndahl said. “We will need bonding for reconstruction. “The biggest disappointment not getting a new (highway) building,” Warndahl said, “not having the ability to make the connection with the public. I did my best but failed to get it done.” Safety is a big issue for Warndahl, and he brought up that issue several times, relating to ATV use and to road construction. “ATVs on the road’s not a good match,” Warndahl said. “Cars travel at 55 miles per hour and come up on them rapidly. The ATVs have no safety features. It is a big deal to a small bunch, but I share law’s opinion that ATVs don’t belong on county roads. I have seen too

many fatalities.” He also said that as roads are repaved over the years they rise over the ditches and create a hazard if a person goes off the road. Warndahl said that road reconstruction lowers the roads and creates ditches that are less steep, ones where a person might be able to avoid a rollover. He knows the details of highway design and cares about it. “I feel like this is a good time to move on,” Warndahl said. “There is a good fund balance. There are no personnel issues. It has been good working with Dana. It has also been good working with the sheriff and the chief deputy. Jeff Fuge (corporation counsel) has kept me legally aligned.” Warndahl was raised in Cushing. After time in the military, he went to Dunwoody in Minneapolis and operated a service station and towing business in the Twin Cities. When his wife died in 1983, he moved back home to Cushing with his two young daughters. Warndahl worked for the city of St. Croix Falls, leaving there as public works director in 1995 to take a job with the Hennepin County Highway Department. He left that management position in 2006 to take the Polk County commissioner job. Retirement might not be the right term for what comes next in Warndahl’s life. He will continue his 30 years as a volunteer with the Cushing Fire Department. He is remodeling a barn into a home on Mud Hen Lake. He will manage his 200-acre forest property and tap 800 maple trees. He will continue to cash crop his farm. He will spend more time on a ranch in Wyoming where he has been going for 28 years. Most of all, he says he will get to spend more time with his grandchildren. “What I might enjoy most is getting up and watching it snow outside my window,” Warndahl said. “It has been 30 years since I was able to do that.” Commissioner Steve Warndahl gives the Polk County Highway Department crew a lot of credit for their hard work and long hours maintaining the roads. – Photos by Gregg Westigard


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Frederic Nursing and Rehab enrolls in Music and Memory program FREDERIC – Frederic Nursing and her where the volume buttons were if she Rehab has recently enrolled in the Wisconneeded them. sin Music and Memory Program. This nonA few minutes later, Mishler was again profit program was first hatched in 2006 walking by her room and heard her say by founder and director Dan Cohen. It resomething. She paused to listen and realally started to take off in 2008 when Cohen ized Christine was singing along to “Deep brought 200 iPods to four long-term-care in the Heart of Texas.” Mishler knocked facilities in New York. and went into her room. She had her eyes The program is designed to help patients closed while she was singing and tapping with Alzheimer’s and dementia by using her feet in her chair. playlists made specifically for the individThe effect this program has made with ual resident. Music has been found to be even this resident, alone, is astounding. It connected directly to the place in the brain really makes a day-and-night difference. that stores long-term memory. By using Now whenever she seems to be anxious, music as a tool to stimulate that part of the they can offer her music to help her relax. brain, there is a noticeable difference in the It’s also a good conversation prompt with behavior and recognition skills of patients her, to discuss music she’s listened to, and with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The goal to ask if there are any more songs she has is to eventually make music a therapeutic thought of that she would like to add to tool in all the nursing homes and longher playlist. Not only is it useful, but it also term-care facilities around the globe and makes her so happy. Every time Mishler reduce the use of anti-psychotic medicagoes to check in on her, she smiles, says evtions for dementia patients. erything is good and goes back to humming Frederic Nursing and Rehab officially along. took on this program in January and, alFrederic Nursing and Rehab has only Christine Baglo listens to music, with the help of Frederic Nursing and Rehab activity aide just begun to really implement all the uses though it hasn’t been long, it has already made a huge impact on the residents. One Shabana Mishler. - Photo submitted of this program, but it’s already making a resident specifically has been tremendously positive impact on their residents. Mishler is Mishler went into her room and talked to her. She asked excited to see how much good this program will do over affected by this new program. Christine Baglo has intense anxiety, sometimes, which if she would like to listen to some music. Christine has time and how many residents this will help. - with subcan make it hard for her to breathe. One day, activity a country playlist that she had listened to before, so mitted information from Shabana Mishler, activity assistant assistant Shabana Mishler walked by her room and could she said yes. Mishler got an iPod and brought it to her hear she was having a difficult time catching her breath. room. She helped her with the headphones and showed

LUCK TEAM PARTICIPATES IN MINNEAPOLIS PLUNGE Team Luckie Duckie, from the Luck High School Physics Club, was in Minnesota to participate in the Minneapolis Polar Plunge Saturday, March 5, at Lake Calhoun, raising more than $750 for Special Olympics. Shown (center) are Chris Pouliot and Maddie Joy from Luck and Mitchell Paquette of Frederic. – Photo submitted


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Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – Brenizer MotorSports, located south of Frederic, offers many items and services, including shrink-wrapping, which is typically seen on boats when people store them away for the winter months. But more recently they took on the challenge of shrink-wrapping an airplane for a customer, something they took on as a unique challenge. ”Brenizer MotorSports is always game to try new things that serve the people of our communities. The guys saw this as a fun and unique challenge,” said Tammy Brenizer. George Jensen, formerly of Frederic, and current resident of Nikiski, Alaska, came up with the request to shrink-wrap his 1941 Interstate Cadet airplane, for the 4,000-mile trek back to his home in Alaska on a fifthwheel trailer, mostly to prevent it from harmful road salt and other conditions that might arise from the long road trip. Brenizer also said employees shrink-wrapped the wings of the plane in an effort to protect it from the elements. The process appears simple on the surface but is tricky and time-consuming. Workers took much of the day on Wednesday preparing the plane for safe travels, using large sheets of white plastic that is taped and eventually shrunk tight to the plane using a heat gun. Insulation is also used underneath in certain areas to protect more fragile parts of the plane. Insulation also resists the heat. Jensen’s plane is unique in the fact that there were only 300 of them produced. He explained that this particular model of plane has historical significance in that it was Lance Brenizer speaks with plane owner George Jensen about securing the propeller of the plane, as Mitch Sandberg looks the first to be fired upon during the Japanese attack on on. - Photo by Marty Seeger Pearl Harbor. His plane was not the one fired upon, but a similar model. kiski is located near the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 miles Jensen said he has owned the plane since 1968, and south of Anchorage by plane, and 200 miles by road. The actually had another single-engine plane that he sold 4,000-mile road trip back will take about one week. Jennot long ago due to health problems with his eyes. But sen says he will use the plane for recreation and travel. after moving back to Alaska, doctors were able to fix the problem. The Interstate Cadet “Now I can see!” Jensen said, and more importantly, According to, “The Interstate Cadet was now he can fly again. So why not fly the plane back to an American two-seat tandem, high wing, single-enAlaska, as he’s done four different times? He already has gine monoplane light aircraft. Around 320 of these airabout 2,000 hours of flying time in it. craft were produced between the years 1941 and 1942 One of the biggest reasons is Canadian freight restric- by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporations, and the weather this time of year can be shaky. He tion based in El Segundo, Calif. The construction techalso had some metal aircraft tubing he used to build the niques employed were a welded steel-tube fuselage, plane he sold, so he was taking that back to Nikiski, as wood (spruce) wing structure with metal ribs and fabric well, where he and his wife had a home built in 2006. Ni- covering, all of which were fairly standard in the 1940s. An Interstate Cadet, flown by aviatrix CorneMitch Sandberg, left, and Lance Brenizer put the finishlia Fort and an unknown ing touches on the 1941 Interstate Cadet owned and flown by student, was one of the George Jensen, preparing it for the 4,000-mile road trip to Nifirst aircraft (if not the kiski, Alaska. – Photo submitted first) to be attacked by Japanese planes en route to the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941.”

RIGHT: Lance Brenizer sizes up the airplane after a heavy sheet of plastic is thrown over the plane in preparation for shrink-wrapping. – Photo submitted Lance Brenizer heats the plastic surrounding the plane in order for it to shrink and tightly wrap the plane from the elements.

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Luck’s Got Talent in 2016 LUCK – Luck students and staff members participated in the third-annual all-school talent show on Friday, March 11. More than 100 students and 20 faculty members sang, danced or played their hearts out for the applause of classmates and staff. Many family members also spent part of their afternoon enjoying the festivities. Some students and staff members entered strictly for the joy of performing, while most were entered into one of the four divisions of the talent contest. Staff members Karen Cogswell and Jenni Arjes joined school board member Amy Dueholm in judging the acts. In the kindergarten through third-grade division, first place went to the entire first-grade class which sang “Respect.” Third-grader Jordan Olson played the piano and earned second place and the second-grade class signed and sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” earning third place. Fifth-graders Sydney Smith, Ella Cook, Abby Thoreson

Fifth-grader Ruth Dikkers sings “Maybe” from the musical Annie during the Luck all-school talent show held Friday, March 11.

and Olivia Walters danced to “Billie Jean” and earned first place in the fourth- through sixth-grade division. Second place went to Ruth Dikkers who sang “Maybe” from the musical “Annie.” A band of sixth-graders including Zander Marz, Santiago Sedillo, Connor Hochstetler and Justin Adams were accompanied by Jennifer Gilhoi as they played “Kumbaya” and earned third place. In the middle school division, first place went to eighth-grader McKenna Delany, who sang, and second place went to a trio of seventh-grade girls including Juliana Olave, Katia Marcellus and Kayli Cook, who also sang. First place in the high school division went to the sophomore Garage Band, Austin High, Billy Lipoff and Logan Nieman. Second place went to senior Alaura Lemieux who danced through an “Evolution of Dance” routine and third place went to senior singer John Dikkers. – submitted

Fourth-graders McKenzie Wright and Lydaya Johnson dance to “Came In Like A Wrecking Ball.”

Photos by Lori Nelson Hailey Bloom and Ellie Shelby (not pictured) were the sixth-grade “Singing Sensations” during Luck’s all-school talent show.

Elementary teachers Meaghan McLoone, Paula Anderson and Tim Smythe sing “Love Shack” during the all-school talent show. LEFT: Not allowing technical difficulties to distract her, McKenna Delany performs during Luck’s allschool talent show. RIGHT: Wearing the remains of a broken drumstick, master of ceremonies (and high school English teacher) Karl Wicklund told jokes and introduced each of the acts.

Senior John Dikkers sings to an enthusiastic audience during the show.

Drummer Logan Nieman provided the beat as the Sophomore Garage Band played their way to first place in the high school division of Luck’s all-school talent show.

Members of the kindergarten class present “Popseco.”


What? Wok and roll with MSG

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es, I know that there’s a connection somewhere, but somehow it irks me when I hear people say, “Oh, I can’t eat Chinese food. It gives me a headache and makes me ill.” Well, as much as I don’t like that statement, there is certainly some truth to it. No, eating Chinese food won’t give you the headache, but it is the MSG that is added to the food that does. Yes, a lot of folks are sensitive to monosodium glutamate, myself included. The Food and Drug Administration has classified MSG as a food ingredient that’s “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label. As a matter of fact, we can find MSG (sold as Accent) in the market place. So, out of curiosity I checked out all the foods in our household; snacks, soups, salad dressings and package seasonings. Lo and behold, there is MSG in each and

Peter H. Kwong every one of them. Then I conclude that MSG, like sugar and salt, is not bad for you when used in the right proportion. However, a lot of restaurants want to reduce their production costs therefore instead of using expensive herbs, spices and extensive cooking procedures to make the food tasty, they just add a spoonful of MSG instead. It is bad business and it is a lose-lose situation, as when guests get sick, they simply won’t return again. MSG is a food enhancer invented by a Japanese food scientist during the WWII era. It is an extract made from seaweed and vegetables. MSG itself has no flavors, but food that is laced with MSG somehow does taste better. It is a trick that MSG plays with our brains. On the

The last of his race

of the Great Spirit’s earth. Such was the Ancient’s conception of the imprint of another culture’s vision called Manifest Destiny. Yesteryear he had witnessed the first rumbling trains. Paul Hansen Ten years ago, across the river and in less time than the days of a chokecherry moon, the western horizon had filled with a city’s construction. Bridges spanned the river. Western Union men had set poles and stretched wires atop. The wires vibrated with unmelodious sound. These encroachments had conspired with his age to bend the ancient Indian’s robe-clad waist and shoulders yet another degree forward as he limped along. Where handclasp encircled his support, the walking stick showed evidence of palm’s friction against wood. The cane’s smooth and shiny section was elongating, slipping ever closer to the ground. He shuffled along the turnpike until he came to a bleached skull. In his youth the road was a pathway frequented by deer and antelope. The

made from corn glucose that is put through the same fermentation process, which is similar to the one used to make yogurt, beer and soya sauce. No, Aji-No-Moto did not pay me to endorse their products (even though they should), but I just want to clear the statement that, “Chinese food gives you headaches and makes you sick.” And even if the chef uses a small amount of MSG to enhance the flavors of their dishes, it is perfectly OK. It’s those places that use tons of MSG to create the flavors that cause all the problems. Come to think of it, how can those buffet restaurants that charge $5.95 to $6.95 for “all you can eat” survive? And the price also includes your beverage and desserts! How do they even make a profit? You get the answers right, buy cheaper products and make them taste great by adding tons of MSG. You pay little and get plenty in return. Everybody is happy! Next time when you open a bag of BBQ-flavored potato chips and find out that the more you eat, the more you want to go for a beer or a soda, think twice, my dear friends.

Gnarly fingers again accepted the cane’s smoothness. He grasped at a hallucination of fragile security with another glance at his pendant and a flimsy hold upon his walking stick. Fleeting comfort came at its most recent section of erosion which was near to his feet when he walked. The Ancient’s hair fell over his shoulders in dirty waves and was tied in back with a red bandana, neither in the tradition of his grandfathers nor in agreement with fashionable people across the bridge. His clothing also violated both cultures. The past was confusing. The Ancient was not sure if it was proper to remember or even to carry a desire of imagining his homeland as it once was, so traumatic and profound were the happenings leading to the present. He noticed a bicycle crossing the river in the distance, had noticed it before, and in fact it was becoming a regular occurrence. He puzzled about it and then

focused his attention on the sacred buffalo skull. The Great Spirit’s creatures had once roamed the same pathway of the approaching rider astride the lifeless horse, as numerous as the blades of sweet grass alongside. Was it all an illusion?


Inspired by the pencil sketch of C. M. Russell, 1899 Part I by Paul Hansen elegraph poles, barbed-wire fences T and factory chimneys amounted to malicious pawing

back of our tongues, there are thousands of pores that let the brain know how the food tastes. When contacted by MSG, all the pores open up and we enjoy the fullest flavors of all five senses – sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. And mmm, everything tastes great. However, when we’re done with the meal, those pores close up, and at the same time withdraw the water content from different tissues around the area; that’s when the troubles begin. First, I’ve got to drink gallons of water (or pots of tea), as my throat just went dry; second, I’ve developed a slight headache; and third, I’ve begun to sweat. But those symptoms happen only when I eat at certain restaurants. For many years, researchers have found very little connection between MSG and the sickness it causes: Headache Sweating Nausea Chest pain The largest MSG manufactures AjiNo-Moto, actually is here in the states. These days, instead of making them from extracts of seaweeds, they are

Carousel Ancient remembered the bygone, the days of his grandfather. Together they had observed the great herds, 100,000 strong. As a youth he had participated in buffalo jumps, slaughtering the beasts on Indian terms. Then came the near extinction onslaught of the buffalo hunter. Later came the bone gatherers, raking bison remains and transporting the skeletons to eastern markets by the trainload. Somehow escaping the tentacles of a faraway fertilizer factory, a bleached buffalo skull alongside a turnpike was all that remained. Morning of September’s last day was approaching the Ancient’s sacred hour and already distances were overwhelmed by factory smoke across the water. Even the great falls of the Missouri River, it seemed, no longer carried their former stentorian roar. The Ancient spread his robe and squatted down, blending into a sparse patch of sweet grass alongside the turnpike and the skull. A labyrinth of complex facial lines gave hope that he had resisted the calling of a misanthrope. On one side of the pendant he fondled were hands crossed in friendship, on the other an imprint of Thomas Jefferson. Yet he spit in a gesture of displeasure, not at the river or the pendant, but across at a faraway chimney’s sooty drift.


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About the author: Paul Hansen farms, reads and writes in rural Luck. He is working on a collection of his stories. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by the participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck. The next six weeks of classes begin Tuesday, March 29, 4-6 p.m. at Frederic High School and Thursday, March 31, 4-6 p.m. at Luck High School. Please contact community education directors for more information.

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Clear as mud on Johnson has a problem. The R incumbent senator has been in office for over five years, yet a large

percentage of voters in a recent poll said they don’t even know him well enough to rate him. Worse yet for Johnson, only 27 percent viewed him favorably in that same poll, lower than Scott Walker’s approval rating. The past month of his sputtering re-election campaign gives a glimpse into why his numbers are so low. Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Sen. Johnson has weighed in several times on the Supreme Court vacancy. Initially, like most Republicans, he issued a somewhat confusing statement that seemed to suggest that voters, rather than the president and the Senate as dictated by the Constitution, should pick the next justice. “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate,” he said in a statement released Sunday, Feb. 14, two days after Scalia’s death. A few days later, he was walking that one back: “I’ve never said that I wouldn’t vote, or that we shouldn’t vote ... By the time I would actually take the vote, if it comes to that, I’ll take the vote,” he said during a radio interview on “The Jerry Bader Show.” Later that week, when radio host John Howell said Republicans might look like “petulant children” if they don’t vote, Johnson responded, “So put it up for a vote and vote an individual down. I don’t think there’s much difference one way or another.” By last weekend, he was back on mes-

The view from here Steve Pearson sage, saying, “Why not let them (voters in the 2016 election) decide the direction of the Supreme Court?” As quoted in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson said the 2016 election is “for all the marbles,” and that he already knew the kind of justice President Obama would nominate. Meanwhile, a poll conducted Feb. 22 and 23 showed that 62 percent of Wisconsin voters said the Supreme Court seat should be filled this year. That couldn’t have been good news for Johnson. In the midst of all this, the senator was scheduled to make an appearance in Siren at the local Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner. Sometimes you get lucky, I thought, so I headed down to Siren that evening, hoping to get a chance to talk directly to Johnson. Holding a sign reminding him that 62 percent of his constituents opposed his stance on filling the Supreme Court vacancy, I stood at the entrance to the parking lot at Tesora’s, where the dinner was being held, hoping that I might catch the senator on his way into the meeting. Five other local residents joined me. Turnout for the dinner was heavy. By 5:30 p.m., the parking lot was filling up, but no Sen. Johnson, unless he’d somehow snuck in the back way. We did have other visitors, though. Adam Jarchow, the freshman representative

Signs urging U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to “Do Your Job,” greeted visitors to the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at Siren on Sunday evening, March 6.

En Derouine - The fur trade “commute”

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h no, not another of those French terms, you shout. Well, put it this way, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is primarily an educational facility. Teaching about the fur trade and its people is paramount in that mission. And, point of fact, the French language, which many of the voyageurs engaged in the fur trade grew up speaking (in Canada), was the primary “working” language of the time. Certain terms, especially descriptive words about certain tasks, became dominant and were used universally, even by English speakers as well as those whose native language was one of the Indian dialects, like Ojibwe. Many words, like portage, are still in use. While the term “en derouine” is no longer in regular use, its original meaning (in older French) was “to go out,” and it was well-known in fur trade times. Most trading parties, rather than hunker down all winter at their trading posts, made regular excursions to and with the Indian parties as they hunted and trapped throughout the area. These trips would be akin to a modern salesman making the rounds of his customers. Actually, in the fur trade, both traders and Indians were customers of the other. The Indians supplied the traders with food, skills (snowshoes, moccasins, etc.) and of course furs, readily given in exchange for the woolens, cloth, beads, iron wares, weaponry and other items brought in the canoes of the traders. While trade was the main motivation for the en derouine journeys, another had to do with the food supplies at the fur posts; by stationing his voyageurs out among the Indian camps, a trader

licans are a downright civil bunch despite all the anger on display at the Trump rallies. But the man who gave the keynote that night, Ron Johnson, has recently hit a rough patch. Already here, there and everywhere on the Supreme Court vacancy issue, Johnson once again found himself in the news this past week, and it wasn’t for a good deed done. In a fit of honesty that he probably regretted later, the senator came clean with the truth, admitting that if a Republican were in the White House, the My sign, which read, “WI POLL - 62 percent say you’re wrong, Senate might consider Ron Johnson. - Photos submitted filling the Supreme Court vacancy. “It’s a different in Assembly District 28, stopped by situation,” Johnson responded to an to talk. Jarchow is an amiable fellow, interviewer’s question. “Generally, and and we had a friendly exchange about this is the way it works out politically, his controversial midnight-hour rule if you’re replacing — if a conservative change that was inserted into the 2015 president’s replacing a conservative jusbudget stripping local governments of tice, there’s a little more accommodation the power to regulate shoreline zoning. to it.” “We’re gonna let people fix their places So it turns out there really wasn’t any up,” he said gleefully. “Think of the higher principal at work all along. I added tax revenues!” We had a good guess we can thank the senator for adlaugh over that one, which ended when mitting to what many already suspected I reminded him how his actions had - that the Republicans are just playing wiped out years of work by local offipolitical games on the “Supremes” cials and private citizens. issue. And Johnson, desperate to imOthers wandered over on their way prove his poll numbers, has been all into the dinner, curious about what we over the map in an effort to hit the right were doing there, including a mothnote. Sad to say, it’s left people asking, er-son duo from just down the road. in the words of that TV show from long We jawed back and forth briefly about ago, “Will the real Ron Johnson please the Supreme Court vacancy and hisstand up?” torical precedents, and talked about We never did get to speak to Johnson Donald Trump’s candidacy, which the that evening. I trust he made it to Siren son supported. After a brief exchange and gave a pitch for his flagging re-elecof opinions and talk about mutual action bid. Later in the week, he uttered quaintances, these friendly folks headed the unfortunate remarks that exposed inside. his hypocrisy regarding the Supreme Another couple stopped by and enCourt vacancy. The following day, his couraged us to come inside with our campaign tried to put a positive spin on signs and talk to the group, which we the senator’s honesty gaffe. “Ron has politely refused. Sen. Sheila Harsdorf been clear from the beginning that we drove by, giving us a wave. Some drove should let the American people decide,” past without giving us a look, while was the word from communications others slowed as they passed us, readdirector Brian Reisinger. Johnson has ing our signs. We weren’t harassed or been a lot of things on this issue, but intimidated, and no one pushed, shoved clear is not one of them. or punched us. Turns out local Repub-

Woodswhimsy the gnome could conserve the precious (and sometimes scanty) food stocks at his trading post. He could also have his men keep an eye on opposition traders, even intercept their rivals via bargaining directly with the Indians at their lodges and camps. In addition, some voyageurs preferred to be out with the hunting parties, especially if their wives were tribal members, as was often the case. It was in this way that cultural values and life ways became quite integrated among traders, voyageurs and Indian tribal people. In addition to the local area, some of these snowshoe and sled journeys went far afield. This was the case, for instance, when sending messages to distant trading posts. It was on Feb. 23 that Folle Avoine XY Company trader Michel Curot jotted this in his journal: “Yesterday the weather was very dark all day, and threatened snow. I am very uneasy about Boisvert and Connor (two of his small voyageur crew). It is now nineteen days since they left for the Fond du Lac (present-day Superior, then often called Ft. St. Louis), expecting that it would take twelve days to make the trip. They carried one fawn-skin of wild rice almost full for provisions. I wish I could find some Indians to send with Smith (another voyageur). I don’t know what to think, whether they are lost either going or returning. The trail ought to be marked by the men who came last autumn to announce to Mr. Sayer (the

Voyageurs often traveled to the Indians hunting camps during the winter, calling these trips “en derouine” (“going out” in Old French). - Special photo North West Co. trader) the death of Mr. Laviolette (Fort St. Louis trader). The former recommended them to make it before sending Mr. Lacroix (Sayer’s chief clerk-assistant), in the course of the winter to take the place of the deceased. He, however, could not go as I have already noted, because of having frozen one foot.” Entries like this continue all winter long, parties continuing to roam hither and yon throughout the area. Another reminiscence, kept in 1803-04 by young XY Co. clerk George Nelson, also referred to being lost, stranded, and/or just gone for days at a time. Then again, there remained a fear of Sioux war parties rumored to be in the vicinity, adding to the tense situation. In late February, Curot reported hearing strange night noises and seeing stranger snowshoe tracks. It’s easy to surmise, however, with over two centuries’ hindsight, that perhaps this was a

case of the North West crew attempting to pull a ruse on their inexperienced opponents, the XY Co. men. Everything is relative, though, in history. After all, doesn’t mushing around the countryside on snowshoes seem quite appealing compared to the modern commutes we hear about in metropolitan areas? Guess it’s all in one’s perspective or, as a favorite saying has it: “The past is a foreign country.” Meanwhile, the historical park’s research library opens for business every Wednesday throughout the winter. Guided tours start again in May. Further info can be found via phone at 715-866-8890 or cruising the Internet at Signed, Woodswhimsy … An independent writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park


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ow, what a winter. It’s been a roller coaster of activity, and ups and downs. Several folks have asked about the caregiving article we published in September called “Discombobulated” and how things have been since. You might remember the description of my grampa’s decline after falling and breaking his hip in February of 2015, as a result of suffering a stroke. At the time the article was published, my 94-yearold grandpa had been admitted to a care facility for physical therapy. When it became clear that the therapy wasn’t helping and that he couldn’t expect any improvement, he was moved to a home with 24-hour staffing and transitioned to hospice care. A lot of people believe hospice means you’ll die tomorrow and they help you die pain free. Well, the last part is true, but there’s a whole lot more to do with it than that. From the Adoray website, “Hospice is a holistic and supportive approach to end-of-life care that emphasizes control of pain and other symptoms, as well as providing emotional, spiritual, and psychological support, so that patients may spend their remaining life in dignity and comfort. Patients live at home or in their place of residence, cared for by family and friends with the assistance of a hospice care team consisting of skilled staff and volunteers.” Hospice allows the patient to come to the end of their life with as much dignity and as comfortably as possible, but it also allows the family members respite from the worrying and wondering if the decisions they’re making are correct and all the other stuff that gets in the way of just being there for the dying person. The kind and gentle hospice people who served Grampa included someone who would just visit and talk and read to him, a massage therapist, a chaplain and several nurses, all of whom made sure we knew what was happening and what concerns he had as he slowly declined. They started a hospice diary that they made entries into each time someone was there, so Mom could keep up with any changes of care and concerns and share hers. Near the end, they made sure we knew there wasn’t much time left and visits from anyone far-flung would be in order. We knew in a matter of days he would require even more medications to keep him comfortable that would cause him to waft in and out of consciousness, which meant he might not know we were there. So use this last cogent time for the important stuff. And then he was given morphine for pain and wasn’t able to communicate well anymore. We visited anyway, just in case we could catch him awake, to be there, and to talk about memories and fears and odds and ends. And so it was, a couple of Saturdays ago. We vis-


nterfaith Caregivers of Burnett County has been driving patients to and from Davita Dialysis in Siren. Most are for treatments three days a week. We have drivers but need more to help out when one of our regulars can’t make it. ADRC doesn’t have enough drivers so we help out. We do not pay our drivers; it is simply on a volunteer basis. This is not a longtime commitment; this is just once in a while. We could use some help. Speaking of help, we are also looking for people to help with spring cleanup. I know, I hate to rake my yard. Actually, Denny does the raking and I just watch to make sure he doesn’t miss anything, but helping someone else doesn’t seem so much like work. That is one thing about volunteering. It is not a chore, it is a joy. Really, visiting someone who is alone, helping someone with a job they can’t do or even being on the other end of the phone just so someone has a person to talk to, makes my heart feel good. Please think about giving of yourself to someone with no one. We have some important things coming up. The 50/50 raffle is starting next week, and Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County and the Webster Lions are having a pancake breakfast at the Webster Community Center on Saturday, April 2, from 8-11 a.m. Come and join us for breakfast. There will also be a bake sale. Gladys Beers is in charge. I hope I called to tell her that, or at least ask if she would take on the

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of Polk County Michele Gillickson ited him for a few hours and went for a quick lunch. I think he knew my mom wouldn’t be able to handle it well if he were to pass when she was there, so he waited till we were gone to lunch. My grandpa won’t have a traditional funeral, all the people we’d want to be there have passed before him, so this spring, once there’s some green to the earth, we’ll bury his and my grandma’s ashes in a joint urn my dad will make, in a plot on a beautiful hill in Chippewa Falls. We will talk about memories and fears and odds and ends, and then go get frozen custard at Olson’s Dairy, because Gramma would have loved that!

Some Interfaith updates: Just when we’ve finished getting all the 2015 financial ducks in a row and end-of-year numbers (508 clients served, 94,973 miles driven, 7,492 volunteer hours donated, etc), we start laying the groundwork for giveBIG St. Croix Valley. So it begins again. giveBIG St. Croix Valley is Tuesday, April 26. One full day of giving to the nonprofits that serve Amery, Osceola, St. Croix Falls and the entirety of Polk County. During that day, we get to see and feel the support of our communities. It’s truly inspiring! Please mark your calendar and know that, if it wasn’t for you and people like you, we couldn’t do what we do – helping folks stay independently living in their own homes. Some of the activities giveBIG helps us do: Did you know that we help deliver library books? Call us if you’re not a client (over 60 or disabled and can’t drive) and we’ll get you into our system. Then call your library and tell them what kinds of books you’d like. One of our volunteers will pick them up and deliver them to your door. Make sure to pay attention to your due dates, because volunteers don’t pay fines. Attention St. Croix Falls residents! We need your help. We have a whole bunch of elderly folks in St. Croix Falls that need to get hither and thither. Would you volunteer? We’d love to have you helping us and it means so much to our clients. And we train you for free. Our address is P.O. Box 65, Milltown, WI 54858, you can email your questions to, or call 715-825-9500.


Caregivers Barb Blodgett project. Does anyone want to bake something? Would love your donation. I have been going through some recipe books online and found some things you don’t always see at bake sales, but really sound good. I am anxious to start baking. I know this is short, but I can actually see the top of my desk and want to file a few things so I don’t get behind again. OK, I admit, there are a few things I just stuffed in a box and I have to go through that but, for the most part, I am pretty organized. I know this really has nothing to do with Interfaith, but I am so excited I just had to tell you. We are going to have a baby. Well, not us, of course, but our granddaughter. This will be our third great-grandchild, and I just could not keep it to myself. Another little one to spoil. I can hardly wait. Have a blessed happy Easter. Barb


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50 years ago The home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lundquist and their three children, Bruce, Bryan and Junellyn, in West Sweden, burned to the ground on March 2. A few personal possessions and furnishings were saved, with the help of neighbor Leroy Schultz, before the smoke got too bad and the fire department arrived. The farm’s outbuildings were not damaged, and they planned to rebuild as soon as possible.–The 16-yearold son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas, of St. Croix Falls, Douglas Thomas, was the first traffic fatality of 1966 in Polk County, when he was struck by a car near Centuria.–Charles Gutzmer completed Navy basic training at San Diego, Calif., and was transferred to Little Creek, Va.–Army Pvt. Gary Hoverman, a Luck graduate, completed a leadership preparation course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in preparation for assuming a junior position of leadership in advanced infantry training.–Dennis Olson, from Cushing, was a member of the Eau Claire University Choir, which would be on tour for a week in March, traveling to North Dakota, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Canada.–Jan Shamblee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lindgren, Luck, was awarded her stewardess wings with Northwest Orient Airlines.–Winners at the Luck School District speaking contest were Gerald Renstrom, first, and Esther Bey, second, in the junior high division, and Faye Jorgensen, first, and Jeanne Pedersen, second, in the intermediate division, fifth and sixth grades.

40 years ago The Frederic men’s gymnastics team won the conference meet, competing against two other teams, Amery and Grantsburg. Top placers at the event were Greg Peer, Grantsburg; Paul Herpst and Jerry Quant, Amery; and Scott Rieck, Lewis Byerly, Don Schmidt, James Bertsch, Jeff Alden, Paul Simonson and Randy Klawitter, all of Frederic. In the girls competition, St. Croix Falls took first, Frederic second, Unity third, Grantsburg fourth, Amery fifth and Osceola sixth. Saints Julie Swenson, Laurie Olsen and Karen Olsen were top scorers, and Vikings Lisa Fruehling and Kathy Barton were standouts for Frederic.–Frederic graduate and second-year nursing student Rebecca Grimh won a $750 scholarship for academic achievement at Mounds-Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn.–Chester Williams, Anchorage, Alaska, was home to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Williams, Frederic. He was a supervisor with the Federal Aviation Administration in Anchorage.–Airman David Skow, from Milltown, graduated from the aircraft fuel systems equipment mechanic course at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois and was assigned to Castle AFB, Calif.–UW-Stevens Point students gaining scholastic honors for the fall semester included Jeanne Rogers and Gwen Nesvold, St. Croix Falls, and Jill M. Anderson, Siren.–Ernest Lessard was hired to be a police officer for the Town of West Sweden.

20 years ago While the committee appointed by the Frederic School Board recommended that history teacher Phil Schneider could show “Schindler’s List,” “Malcolm X” and a scene from “JFK” to his 11th-grade students, the school board later voted to reject the recommendation and not allow any of the movies to be shown.–The Luck Community Graduate Fund, which was established in 1988 to provide a gift of $100 to each Luck graduate who was pursuing postsecondary education, announced that the gifts would begin with the 1996 class.–The frigid weather produced a problem: Participants in the Clam Falls Winter Carnival ice-fishing contest found themselves having to drill through 3 feet of ice to pursue their prey.–Former NFL football linebacker John Campbell was the speaker for a gathering of four area Christian Women’s Clubs. They met at Gin Rickey’s in Grantsburg, with over 150 guests.–Burnett Dairy was employing half a dozen senior citizens in their cheese plant, all retired workers who applied when the dairy advertised for part-time help. The oldest was Ray Growt, 72. Plant manager Dale Olson and supervisor Karen Rand were very happy with their job performance.–There was a spaghetti dinner at St. Luke’s to raise funds for the Frederic Fire Department’s purchase of the “Jaws of Life” set of tools for rescuing people trapped in vehicles.–Gov. Tommy Thompson visited Polk County Feb. 23, but was unable to go snowmobiling on the Gandy Dancer Trail because of warming temps and rain. He visited the Polk County Information Center at St. Croix Falls and toured the Polaris plant in Osceola.–Frederic FHA’ers won three gold medals and a silver at the FHA STAR events at Eau Claire High School. The teams included Erin Peterson, Charity Schwellenbach, Emily Morseth, Chandra Beecroft, Norah Grindell, Anna Nelson, Jamie Worthington, Sarah Swenson and Rose Prust.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, I hope you all enjoyed last week’s nice weather as much as the shelter dogs did. Due to it being so mild out, they enjoyed many nice long walks and extended time in the play yard. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brought out the stray dogs and cats. We had six come in this past week. The first dog to arrive, a springer/beagle mix, was found on March 8, at the intersection of Hwy. 35 and Elbow Lake Road. We named her Queenie. A handsome yellow Lab and a shaggy black Lab mix arrived midweek and were quickly reclaimed by their owners. On Saturday evening at 6 p.m., a friendly black and tan possibly rottie mix was brought in. He was found east of Webster off of CTH X. Goldie



Humane Society of Burnett County We named him Whistler. The first stray cat was a 10-month-old black cat who was found on Fairgrounds Road and CTH FF, west of Webster. The second, a 3-month-old kitten, was found on Hwy. 87, out of Grantsburg. Neither have as of yet been reclaimed. Adoptions included yellow Lab Marley, small dog Lady, and easygoing cat Blitzen. Our featured cats are actually four 1-year-old siblings. None of these four look alike or act alike, but they are all extremely nice cats. Cleveland is a white, black and gray tiger-striped male. He is very friendly and happy. In fact, his little happy paws hardly stopped their kneading the entire time he was in the office for a visit. Peaches and Cream has a muted, soft coat, with a color mix that his

Frederic Senior Center Our weather was sure nice on Saturday, but we do have some colder weather coming. The winners for Spades were Pam Geiger, Dar-

win Niles, Roger Greenly and Arnie Borchert. The nine bid went to Jim Anderson and Nona Severson. The winners for 500 were Steve Wenthe, Lydell

Marlene Swearingen, Lorri McQuade, Pat Bahrke, Karen Mangelsen, Donna and Nina Hines, and Lida Nordquist were guests of Mary Dunn on Tuesday. They enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and playing cards.

Siren news

Hank and Karen Mangelsen were guests of Marie and Wayne Romsos on Thursday for brunch. Wayne’s 70th birthday was celebrated. Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Lawrence and Nina Hines on Thursday afternoon. Chris Harrison and Joshua Kukowski came

mage sale coming up in April. Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe at 715-222-6400 or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions about the center ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at gburg118@gmail. com.

month, 11 a.m. • Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. • Bloodmobile at the community center, Thursday, March 17, noon to 6 p.m. • Medica workshop, Tuesday, March 22, 2 p.m. • Rummage sale, Saturday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Ladies tea day, Friday, April 29, 9-11 a.m. • Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

Coming events: • Business meeting the third Thursday of the

that evening and stayed several days. Wendy Harrison, Heather Kukowski and friend Ryan came on Friday and visited over the weekend. Don and Pat Israel and Larry Mangelsen were Saturday visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen.

Mark and Sue Hines stopped in to see Gerry and Donna Hines on Saturday and Sunday. Barry and Josh Hines were Sunday visitors there. April and Dave Close stopped by to visit Karen and Hank Mangelsen on Sunday afternoon.

cluded Gladys, with a 205, Fred, 221 and 224, and Judy, 212. Bernie picked up the 4-6 and 4-5-7 splits and Deanna the 5-6-10. Ten came to play the Horse Race game on Saturday. A good time was had by all. The next one will be the second Saturday in April. Come in and enjoy some of the lunches that Nikki

prepares. For more information call 715-866-5300. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift which is why we call it the present. Make the most of it. See you at the center.

Bernie Bolter

Quite a few came to play pool and Dominoes on Thursday. Nancy was the winner at Dominoes and Pat the winner at pool. Come and join the fun. Winners at Wii bowling, Pat had high individual game, with a 258, and high individual series, 500. The Fluffy Flakes had high team game, 792, and high team series, 1,529. Others in the 200 club in-

Bev Beckmark 715-349-2964

Last Monday morning started off at just 30 degrees at 5 a.m., it slowly climbed most of the day and ended up not too bad a day at all. Mr. Sun tried to come out several times, but the clouds won and slowly covered him up. It looks like maybe Old Man Winter is on his way out. There is no snow in the area. Let’s hope he stays away until late in the fall. Chipmunks, red tree rats and a red-tailed hawk have been seen here in bear country for over a week now. I guess the warm weather brought them out. The dozens of redpolls we had over the winter have now gone, I guess, to their summer home in the tundra. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we start seeing some of our summer birds return. I talked to my sister, Mary Lou Olson, of St. Cloud, Minn., last week and was told they have had bluebirds and robins in their yard for several weeks. So far, bear country has seen neither of them. The tree rats have really gotten smart over the winter. As I told you, hubby has a piece of PVC pipe he puts walnuts in. Well, they now move it to the retaining wall, walk it down to the other end so the walnuts roll out and they end up with walnuts. There are still no signs of the big black critters here in bear country, but I know they are out. There have been too many sightings in the area. Hubby has now taken all the new birdfeeders down and put them away for the winter. The suet feeder has also

welcome to play. We hope to see you at the center.

Karen Mangelsen

Webster Senior Center The robins are back, the bears are out, spring is in the air. However being that it is still March, we can expect to see some more of the white stuff. The good news is it won’t last long. The Dime Bingo players enjoyed treats furnished by Jane Wardean. We play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Always room for more.

Larson, Paul Strauser and Roger Greenly. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All are

Patzy Wenthe

Age is not a problem unless you are under 18. The Grantsburg Historical Society is meeting on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m., here at the center. There will be a potluck meal. Come and join in. We’ve had some fun at the center with some sharpshooters on the pool table, and our big winner at Bingo this month was Marilyn Mattison, who also just celebrated a birthday a few days before. A few have dropped in to try their hand at the Cribbage table, too. If interested in learning how to play, stop in and ask, we’ll get you started. We’re beginning to receive donations for our rum-


would be an easy fit in most any home environment. If adopted as pairs we are offering these cats at a reduced fee of only $100 for any two. Of course they will all be spayed or neutered, wormed, vaccinated and microchipped as usual before they leave the shelter. FYI: Volunteer Teri has informed me that The Gandy Dancer Saloon is extending their meat raffle, with proceeds to go to the shelter, until the end of March. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. We hope you can make it there. Also worthy of mention is the annual plant sale fundraiser. It will be held in the shelter parking lot on Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The plants are raised locally by volunteers Becky Dickenson and Peggy Tolbert. Annuals, vegetables and perennials will be available and 100 percent of the proceeds go the new shelter building fund. 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.

Dave Peterson

Grantsburg Senior Center Did you remember to set your clocks ahead this past weekend? I don’t know about you, but I’m still adjusting. I sure would like that extra hour in the morning, especially with so many things going on this week. We want to wish everyone happy St. Pat’s Day. We hope you take advantage of the corned-beef lunch at the center on Thursday, too. Just call the center to make your reservation. Just a reminder, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Grantsburg Community Center on Thursday, March 17, St. Pat’s Day, from noon to 6 p.m.

name implies. He is quieter and gentle. Goldie is golden orange with white markings. He loves toys and can entertain himself with just about anything that is put in front of him. He is also very outgoing. Moonlight is the only female. She is strikingly beautiful Moonlight with a lovely black calico coat and piercing eyes. Moonlight is the most reserved of the group, but very curious. She enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny of the office when it was her turn in. She tried to make friends with cat Mistletoe by reaching her paw through the wire bars of the cat condo. Mistletoe was not impressed with the newcomer and showed her annoyance with a warning hiss. All four siblings get along well with other cats and dogs alike. They

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been taken down and cleaned up for next winter. The old, patched feeders are out. Sympathy is extended to the family of Gerald Handlos, who passed away March 4. For those of you who like to participate in the many running and walking events in our area, don’t miss the Shamwalk/Run event on Saturday, March 19. Be at Siren School at 8 a.m. for registration. The event starts at 10 a.m. For those of you who have a child or children who will be 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 1 this year, the time for registration is here. Bring your children to the school Friday, April 1. Call for an appointment, 715-349-2271, ext. 101. Don’t miss the school and community play, “The Little Mermaid,” coming to the Siren School Friday through Sunday, March 18-20. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m. and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Congratulations to Brennan Koball for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence for the week. What a super student. You will go far in life. Congratulations to elementary student Colton Wiltrout, middle schooler Rylee O’Brien and high schooler Kodie Anderson for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. Hip hurrah, these are some great students.

Birth announcement Born at Burnett Medical Center: A boy, Olen Gregory Brewster, born Jan. 18, 2016, to James and Sarah Brewster of Frederic. Olen weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. Siblings are Tanner, Calvin and Walter Brewster. Grandparents are Greg Daniels and Polly Imme of Siren, Bob and

Janet Brewster of Siren and Kathy Daniels of Siren. Great-grandparent is Ethel Daniels of Siren.

Born at Osceola Medical Center: A girl, Veda Marie Williamson, born March 11, 2016, to Angela and Philip Williamson of Centuria. Veda weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz.

Mrs. Maternowsky helps a sixth-grade student perfect her badminton serve. – Photo submitted


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Cats add a dimension to our lives. They have their own behaviors, lifestyle and quirks. That’s what makes having a cat so much fun. Our shelter cat, Katie, sure is a quirky kitty. She is her own special brand of feline, interested in everything, athletic and agile, active and cuddly. Katie is looking for a home that will appreciate her ability to entertain while she goes about her day. Katie is unique; she has more personality than can fit in her petite frame. She is ready to shake up your world. Once a year, MarketPlace Foods in St. Croix Falls organizes and hosts a fundraiser for Arnell Humane Society at their store. Beginning this week, this event donates supplies to our shelter; supplies that keep our shelter clean, animals fed and pampered a little. Brown bags of Arnell Shelter Wish List items are made available to market shoppers near the checkout stands. By adding a brown bag of shelter supplies to your cart, you will be donating kitty litter, dog biscuits, cat toys, paper towels, dish-washing soap, floor cleaner, kitten and cat chow, and more.

Our shelter budget goes so much further when these necessary items are donated. And you will know that you are donating items the shelter needs. MarketPlace Foods collects the donated brown bags Katie and delivers them to Arnell. Making a difference couldn’t be easier. Dog and cat adoptions flew out the door over the weekend. Two dogs and four cats went home, leaving us with a handful of cats and one dog available. Collin and Drake are short-coat buff tabbies,


Arnell Humane Society of Polk County both are handsome and loving. Ernest has an orange tabby and white coat. He is gentle and sweet. Cola is a 1-year-old, black Lab/Chesapeake-mix spayed female. She is ready for fun. With the beginning of kitten season upon us, we will soon need foster homes for nursing mothers and kittens. If you are able to foster shelter cats until they are ready for adoption, please contact the shelter. We will get your contact information with a fostering application and call you when we have animals in need. It appears that spring is making a comeback. Warmer temperatures make us think about getting out of the house and the claustrophobic clutter.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits

Academic news BEMIDJI, Minn. - Kierlyn Ward, a senior from St. Croix Falls, has made the dean’s list at Oak Hills Christian College for the fall 2015 semester. In order to be on the dean’s list, a student must be full time with 12 credits or more of graded classes, have a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or above and must not have a grade below a C or a no pass on their transcript for the semester being calculated. – submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – Olivia Kopecky, a 2012 graduate of Webster High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. The undergraduate day student is a senior at St. Catherine, majoring in communication studies. She is the daughter of Amy and James Kopecky. The St. Catherine University dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a semester grade-point

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And by design, all of this happens just when the shelter is getting ready to host our annual shelter garage sale in early June. If you’re like me, you have items you haven’t used in years but are too good to throw away; items that someone else can put to good use. Gather up all of your lightly used treasures and donate them to Arnell Humane Society. We will sell them to help support the shelter. Our shelter is a nonprofit charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. We collect everything but clothing and put it to work for the animals. Start collecting now. We will begin taking donations at the shelter, May 1. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715 268-7387, online at and on Facebook.

average of 3.667 or higher. – submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – The following students were named to the fall 2015 semester dean’s list at University of Northwestern - St. Paul. The dean’s list includes full-time students with a grade-point average during the semester of 3.65, out of 4.0, or higher. Grantsburg Heidi Schoettle, public relations; St. Croix Falls Alaina Mathias, intercultural studies, Spanish; Jessica Rademacher, finance; and Webster Emma Kelby, elementary education. – from Link News •••

According to those wonderful weather reporters, Wisconsin and Arizona folks reached the same temperature last week. We could have just stayed home and saved the dough. Activities as usual at the center; Thursday, March 17, is the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5 p.m. which is followed by 500 cards this week. Don’t hesitate to call if there are any questions. A memorial for our secretary, Joan Arnold, was held at the center on Sunday afternoon. Family and friends joined together to tell stories of her life and times. Joan would have enjoyed all the fond memories shared, I think it was agreed that Joan “did it her

way.” Joan was a frequent volunteer at the center and her help was appreciated. We love you, Joan, and we will miss you. Tuesday, March 8, 500 winners were BrenNel Ward and Arnie Borchert, the nine-bid went to David Thelen and Pat Jenson. Thursday, March 10, 500 winners were Izzy Magnison, Audrey McNurlin and Leroy Booth, the ninebid went to Donna and Audrey McNurlin There were no card games played on Sunday. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N.Washington, St. Croix Falls, phone 715-4831901.

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Luck Community Education 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 amya@lucksd.k12.

Gluten-free cooking

Knife skills, beginner Monday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Instructor: Nico SanFilippo. Fee: $10, co-op members free. Preregister by Monday, April 4.

Pinterest Monday, March 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Amy Klous. Fee: $21.50/$13 seniors. Basic computer skills are required. You must have an email or a Facebook account to register for a Pinterest account. Preregister by Monday, March 14.

tor: Amy Klous. Fee: $30/$17.25 seniors. Basic computer skills are required and an email address with the ability to log on from class. Preregister by Thursday, March 31.

AARP Safe Driving

Thursday, March 31 or April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Nico SanFilippo. Fee: $20/$30 per couple. Preregister by Thursday, March 24 or April 21.

Wild Mushrooms 301: The genus Russula

Improvisational comedy

Monday, April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Tavis Lynch. Fee: $17.34/$4.50 seniors. Preregister by Monday, March 28.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 7-21, 6-8:00 p.m. Instructor: Dan Mielke. Fee: $37/$25.75 seniors. Preregister by Thursday, March 31.

Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Barb Kass. Fee: $5. Preregister by Tuesday, April 19.

Spreadsheet basics using Excel

Meet the Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesdays, April 5 and 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Amy Klous. Fee: $30/$17.25 seniors. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister by Tuesday, March 29.

Blogging Thursdays, April 7 and 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Instruc

Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. Instructor: Merilee Thorstad. Fee: $10/$17 for two. Class size is limited. Preregister by Tuesday, April 5.

Boosting Habitats: Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Instructor: Fritz Coulter. Fee: $5. Preregister by Thursday, April 7.

Monday, April 25, 12:15-4:30 p.m. Instructor: Mary Nelson. Fee: $15 member/$20 nonmember.

Composting 101

Who me? Yes, you can teach! Do you have a technical or fun skill that you’d like to teach others? We’re always looking for people who’d enjoy sharing what they know. Check out the previous classes list under the community tab on the Luck School website for ideas. We’re scheduling September through December classes now. Call Amy Aguado to talk about the options and decent pay teaching through community education and WITC at 715-472-2152, ext.103.

Unity Community Education Please register for Unity Community Ed classes online at or contact Deb Paulsen by email at or call 715-825-2101, ext. 1560.

Rag time quilt

Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees

Tuesdays, April 5-26, 6-8 p.m., high school, Room 128. Instructor: Karen Paulsen. Cost: $25. Preregister by Tuesday, March 29.

Thursday, April 7, 6:30-8 p.m., high school, Room 103. Instructor: Fritz Coultier. Cost: $5. Preregister by Thursday, March 31.

Intro to Chinese cooking

Aqua Zumba

TRX fitness class

Wednesdays, April 6-27, 6-8 p.m., high school, Room 128. Instructor: Chef Peter Kwong. Cost: $49 payable to community ed, $20 supply fee payable to instructor on first night of class. Preregister by March 30.

Tuesdays for six weeks, beginning April 5 and May 17, 5-5:45 p.m., Unity pool. Instructor: Michelle Flaherty. Cost: six classes $30/$17.25 seniors, payable to WITC.

Mondays, April 11 - June 6, no class May 30; and Wednesdays, April 13 - June 1, 5:45-6:30 p.m., upper gym. Instructor: Amy Williamson. Cost: $40 for each eight-session class, choose Monday or Wednesday, or $72 for all 16 sessions. Space is limited to the first 10 registrants.

21, 5:30-8 p.m., school library. Instructor: Deputy Jeff Hahn. Cost: $10, payable to community ed. Participants must be at least 11 years old, but the certificate earned in class does not become valid until the child reaches 12 years of age. You will need to bring your DNR customer identification number with you to class. If you have not had one assigned yet, contact the Wisconsin DNR at 888-936-7463. Preregister through community ed. Class is limited to the first 30 registrants.

DNR boating safety certification Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, April 18, 19 and

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

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Logging era learn and lunch

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

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

Remarkable Red Wing!

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

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

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

Diva Days

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

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

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

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tuesday, June 7, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a 10:30 a.m. garden tour, in Chaska, Minn. Register by

Tuesday, May 31, $45 includes tour and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Minnesota State Fair Monday, Aug. 29, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, Aug. 12, $30 includes transportation and ticket, $10 children age 5-10, free for 4 and under. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed. Contact the sponsoring community education director to reserve your spot on these trips ASAP. Luck School District, Amy Aguado, 715-4722152, ext. 103, or Grantsburg School District, Rebekah Stavne, 715-463-4701, or Unity School District, Deb Paulsen, 715-8252101, ext. 1560, or Frederic School District, Mary Miller, 715-3274868, ext. 1117, or


LIBRARY CORNER Centuria Public Library Good books for preschool and kindergarten Language development and reading go hand in hand when a child is going to be successful in learning to read. Reading books to young children lead to a strong growth in language development. Concept books, nursery rhymes, rhyming word books and books that teach shapes, colors, numbers and naming words. Great new books at the library that aid in language development are: “Cat and Mouse, Come to my House!” by Stephane Husar “Cat and Mouse, Meet the Animals!” by Stephane Husar “Cat and Mouse, Learn the Colors!” by Stephane Husar “Cat and Mouse, Eat Good Food!” by Stephane Husar “Cat and Mouse, Let’s Go Shopping!” by Stephane Husar “Cat and Mouse, Feelings” by Stephane Husar “Small, Smaller, Smallest” by Rebecca Felix “Big, Bigger, Biggest” by Rebecca Felix “Heavy, Heavier, Heaviest” by Rebecca Felix “Long, Longer, Longest” by Rebecca Felix

Facebook. The library has four public-use computers available for anyone who has the need to use a computer. Library staff is available to assist anyone with their computer needs.

“Short, Shorter, Shortest” by Rebecca Felix “Tall, Taller, Tallest” by Rebecca Felix

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

New materials to support reading

Wi-Fi hot spot

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

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

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


St. Croix Falls Public Library Family dance party The family dance party will be held Friday, March 18, 6-8 p.m. Meet youth services librarian Martha, bid a fond farewell to Cole and dance the Funky Leprechaun.

Family game afternoon Family game afternoon will be held Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring the family and come play some games at the library.

New youth programming Monday through Thursday, baking, coloring, gardening, maple syrup and more, check it out on our website. Media Lab every Wednesday, Pokemon Club is the first and third Thursdays, and Minecrafters Guild is held the second and fourth Thursdays. Stop by and grab a calendar, or print one off the Web!

New adult activities Card club every other Monday beginning March 7, at 10 a.m. Strategy games will be held every other Tuesday beginning March 1 at 5

p.m. Adult coloring is every Wednesday 1-2 p.m. Open art time is held Fridays 10 a.m. to noon.

Classic Movie Mondays Classic Movie Mondays are the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. Have a favorite classic movie suggestion? Let us know. Stop in and grab a calendar and tell all your friends.

Story Time University Fun learning for preschool families including singing, games, stories, crafts and snacks is held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through March 25. Brought to you by Northern Waters Learning and the St Croix Falls Public Library.

AARP Tax help AARP Tax help will be here one last time on March 31, from 9 a.m. until noon. Walk-in appointments taken if time allows. For more information call 715-268-7884.

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

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

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

Balsam Lake Public Library National Library Week April 10-16 is National Library Week, and in celebration we are offering you a chance at great deals and prizes. Just visit any participating Balsam Lake business and show them your library card (any library card from anywhere) and you will be qualified to receive a “deal” at that business. Then visit the library to enter for a cash prize. It’s that easy.

Tech time Tech time with Barbara Krueger is the second Friday and third Saturday of every month, Fridays at 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, 10:30 - noon. Register by calling, emailing or simply stop in. Barb Krueger from Krueger Solutions is also available for personal appointments, contact her directly for more information at 651-343-5078 or email:

Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

For kids and families: Check our website and Facebook for the most current activities.

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

Tween Time On March 24 the Tween Time theme is Puzzles and Games. All programs begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Ride bus 304 after school get dropped off right here at the library.

Cribbage Play Cribbage at the library Wednesday afternoons beginning at 1 p.m. For all ages.

Book club Book Etc. meets in the community room at the library, every third

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

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

Frederic Public Library You are invited to open house March 24 The library board of trustees is hosting an open house Thursday, March 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., to wish Chris well in retirement and to meet new director Eric Green. Join us for refreshments and conversation. Email us at Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West. 715-327-4979. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for

preschoolers is held every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

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

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Become a Friend of the Library The Friends of the Library will meet Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. If you are interested in ways to support the library, we welcome you to see what we’re about.

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The evening book group will meet Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. This Pulitzer Prize novel is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they try to survive the devastation of World War II. Looking ahead, the book group will discuss the classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” April 21. Copies of the books are available at the library, and new book group members are always welcome.



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Skating their last NFSC show Larry Samson | Staff writer RICE LAKE - The Northwoods Figure Skating Club will be presenting their 27th-annual Festival on Ice, Blades on Broadway, on Saturday, March 19, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, at 2 pm. The show will be held in Rice Lake Arena on CTH SS. The arena is next to the Rainbow Home Center on the north end of Rice Lake. There will be 23 skating routines performed by club members as well as two exciting performances from guest skater Madalyn Moree.

Meikah Dado is an Amery High School senior who has been skating with the Northwoods Figure Skating Club for the past four years. She started skating with the former Amery Figure Skating Club at the age of 4. She is the daughter of Rich and Gwen Dado and has had their support over the years. She plans to continue skating while attending UW-Madison this fall as she pursues a degree in life sciences communication and nutritional sciences. — Photos by Larry Samson LEFT: Sheri Clark is a Shell Lake senior and she has had the support of her mother, Rachel Keenan, for the 10 years she has been with the club. ”The opportunity to skate has influenced my life in only positive ways. Skating is my true passion and also my stress relief,” Clark said. ”I would like to thank my mother for her support and encouragement for all these years.” Clark is involved with Shell Lake sports that include basketball, track and volleyball. She is also in the Spooner School of Dance.

Sheila Nelson is a 17-year-old senior at Cumberland High School. She is the daughter of Ray and Laura Nelson. She has had the support of her parents in the eight years of skating with NFSC. Sheila has skated competitively in Duluth, Eau Claire and in the Twin Cities. When Nelson isn’t skating, she is drawing, painting, playing the trumpet, piano, guitar, clarinet and melodica. She is involved with FFA, Whirlygigs Circus Club and the National Honor Society. She attends college at UW-Stout majoring in media arts.

Siren St. Patrick’s Day 2016: Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast open house RIGHT: Flowers and gardens are a big part of the Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast. Soon vases such as this one will be filled with the fragrant lilac that the town is named after. - Photos by Becky Strabel

The Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast held an open house in conjunction with Siren’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 12. This cheery bedroom overlooks many of the gardens on the grounds and is aptly named the Garden Room.

Mary’s Room is the smallest of the three bedrooms available at the bed and breakfast, but it does include a six-jet whirlpool tub.

The bed and breakfast’s current owners, Pattie and Neal Wilson, sit in front of the living room’s fireplace. Their granddaughter joined them in Siren for the open house that featured Irish cake, soda bread and many other sweet and savory treats.

The Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast was originally built by J. B. Hansen in the 1930s to serve as a boarding house for young teachers and railroad men. The home was remodeled in the late 1990s to its Dutch Colonial-style charm. The previous owners, Dean and Shelly Roland, planted many gardens around the property, which are waiting for a few more warm days before filling the yard.

The Lilac Room is the home’s featured bedroom. The room offers a stately four-poster bed, winged-backed chair, air-conditioning and a fireplace. The private bathroom includes a two-person whirlpool tub.


Siren celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

The Siren Band plans on marching each year in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but the weather is always a factor. This year’s unseasonably warm weather allowed for skirts and bare arms for the flag squad. The temperature was recorded with a 69-degree high. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Sisters Rylee and Jalynn Nelson are all smiles as they await the start of Siren’s St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 12.

This mighty tall leprechaun was all decked out for Siren’s 38th-annual St. Rhonda Highstrom, Siren, joins Mark Pettis, Hertel, for a short bike ride during Saturday’s paPatrick’s Day celebration. rade. Pettis owns the bright yellow Victory motorcycle.

Princess Julia Cederberg (left) and Queen Amber Moore (right) are escorted by Alicia Cederberg, all of Siren, during Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. They represent the McKenzie Mustangs Saddle Club from Frederic. The River Road Ramble float represents the oldest road in the area, which is located near Cushing. It followed old Indian Trails and was used as a tote road by loggers. RIGHT: The big Belgian horses owned by the Coens, of rural Luck, are always a kid favorite. This crew looks like a team of woolly mammoths since the horses still have their winter coats to shed. LEFT: The Hertel Mud Bog is held every Labor Day and Memorial Day. Corey Bauer drives the Intergator owned by his grandfather, Mark Pettis. The street legal vehicle is a 1969 International Scout crossbreed with some John Deere Gator features.


Siren celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

The mark of the Vulcan was placed on the cheeks of men and women during the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Siren on Saturday, March 12. This long-standing traditional “V” and the seasonal shamrock were seen throughout the day. Making an appearance at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Siren on Saturday, March 12, were Greg, Tom and Eric Tautges. They were joined by John Schultz and Andy Applequist at the family cabin on Clam Lake. The family has owned their cabin since 1968.

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Sue Hunter and a member of the Vulcan Krewe discuss the particulars of drawing the winners of the raffle. Prizes were awarded by the luck of draw from those that purchased a button.

It might not officially be spring, but if this hot rod and family are any indication, sunny days are ahead. The group enjoyed sitting on a blanket along the curb before the start of the parade in Siren.

Some of Siren’s own royal family wave to those enjoying the holiday’s festivities. Siren has held its St. Patrick’s Day activities the Saturday before March 17 so that St. Paul’s Vulcan Krewe and others from the St. Paul Winter Carnival can enjoy the area.

Trader Bill’s catch phrase is “Prices out of this world” and its alien mascot came alive and passed out treats to youth along the parade route. Trader Bill’s is located on the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 35 in Siren.

The newly crowned Luck royalty was in synch with their princess waves.


Donuts, muffins and pancakes, oh my! Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Elementary School and Nelson School students and their families have had several sweet times together at special breakfasts held during February and March. The annual Donuts with Dads and Muffins with Moms mornings at Nelson School always draw a large attendance, with this year being no exception. Little Pirates and kindergarten students were all smiles as they munched muffins and devoured donuts with parents and other family members. And lines formed early for the Pancakes with Parents breakfast at GES, too, a delicious end to the school’s Book Week celebration. After each of the breakfasts, students and their families shared a reading time together in classrooms. The events are held to encourage students to do more reading, and families to become more involved in school activities. Students at both schools each took home a free book along with happy memories of breakfasts at school with their families.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer Eric and Lars Bergman read together after the Donuts for Dads breakfast.

Nolan Hennessey found being in the middle of his mom and dad, Kelly and John, having breakfast was just the best.

Bill and Dana Morrin stopped in at Nelson School to spend some time reading with grandson Derick Paulson. Alex and Hank Java (left) and Stephanie Ayohua-Hernandez and Luis Ayohua enjoyed reading after their breakfast.

Enjoying breakfast together at the Muffins for Moms morning at Nelson School were Tara and Jaycee Freeze (photo at left) and Jennifer and Parker Doornink.

Students and their parents posing for photos at the Pancakes for Parents breakfast were Aliya and Cassie Henderson (photo at left) and Robert and Jessica Mott .

Olivia Meyer was excited to have breakfast with her family in her favorite pj’s.

Leah and Ellie Lade spent time together reading after having their muffin breakfast.

Ami and Riley Giasullo spent time reading after their breakfast.


Zero waste

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t is hard to imagine, but for a minute close your eyes and think about the phrase “zero waste.” What are you seeing? A world where you have no garbage pickup? I realize it is a hard concept to visualize, however, below I am going to propose a few ideas for you to think about and possibly implement in your own lives. Consider this: The average person generates 4.4 pounds of waste each day. Of that waste, a mere 1.5 pounds is recycled or composted. Nationally, that means that 167 million pounds of waste are disposed of each year. There is a tremendous opportunity here to repurpose, reduce and reuse, and when needed, recycle, much of what is ending up in our landfills. You heard that right, recycling when needed; to consider other options before recycling is better for the environment and in most cases, your wallet, too. There are some inspiring examples of individuals and families that have achieved some dramatic results. Follow these tips for getting started on a zero-waste lifestyle.

Refuse unnecessary items Because we live in a wasteful society, it is easy to bring many unneeded things home. Promotional fliers, junky kids toys, excessive packaging, and product samples are often freely given out. Although some of these things may be useful, many end up gathering dust, break almost immediately, or are quickly disposed of. Avoid bringing unneeded items into your home by refusing them at the source. Embrace the free movement Many items that you do not need may be of value to someone else. Some local towns have embraced the free movement and have systems in place to promote sharing, such as free piles or swaps. A great place to find interesting and useful items may just be at your local transfer station. Those working at transfer stations/dumps are very often the best promoters of reuse as they see on a daily basis how wasteful people really are. The Little Free Library is a movement that encourages neighborhood literacy and resource conservation through free book exchanges. I know there is one of these little boxes outside of the Holiday Gas Station in Grantsburg and I am sure others exist. If you know of others, please consider sending me an email of their location as I would like to include them in a future article. Community groups and churches can have a sharing closet, where people can swap items

To save time, you can merely leave the item in front of your home (most avid Earth Notes readers know I do this all the time) and create a listing with its location and a sign saying it is free. Remember to delete the listing when the item is claimed.

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such as clothing or household items and unclaimed items can then be donated. Many area churches collect new and used winter coats and offer them for free to those in need.

Recycle clothing Did you know that clothing is nearly 100-pecent recyclable? If your clothing is too worn out or stained to be reused, it is a good candidate for recycling. Many thrift shops will recycle clothing items that are not fit for resale, so donate it or make rags from it instead of putting it in the trash. Organize a swap Do you have clothes that no longer fit or have become unappealing? Do you have lots of books or toys that you no longer use? Swaps often work best if they are organized through a group with a common interest, such as children’s playgroup, knitting circle or hiking club, because people will have a shared interest in certain types of things. Promote the event widely to make it more successful. Have tables available for people to organize their items, perhaps by size or subject. Donate all unclaimed items. Use Freecycle or Craigslist Sites like Craigslist, eBay or Facebook are great ways to connect with like-minded people trying to reduce their environmental and waste footprint. I frequently buy items used and then resell them when I no longer need them on Craigslist, eBay or through resale groups on Facebook. It is a good way to save money, while also reducing waste. Listings with pictures typically get a better response, and relist the item if it doesn’t sell within a week or so to keep the listing fresh. Whenever possible, provide detailed information, such as dimensions, brand, or the model number. For lowvalue items, consider listing them as free on Freecycle or Craigslist. Many items that people typically recycle or throw away can be of use, such as cardboard moving boxes, worn-out furniture, or broken items.

Set up a lending network with friends Do you have a group of friends or colleagues that share your passion for saving resources and money? Do you only use your ice skates, tent and rototiller infrequently? You can create listings for what you are willing to share or perhaps rent to people and expectations. You can, for example, request that people return your lawn mower with a full tank of gas or that they wash your sleeping bag after use. Start a work recycling program or compost pile Is everything possible recycled at work? Is there space for a compost pile? Offices and work sites can be a great place to initiate recycling or composting programs. If possible, find a couple of inspired co-workers to join you in the project, helping to spread the word and create and maintain. Go paperless Most banks and companies provide paperless statements and invoices upon request. I receive all of my utility bills, invoices and bank statements digitally. This saves both paper and the energy needed to transport the document to you. It is also a great way to reduce clutter and reduce the need to empty your recycling bin. To ensure that you maintain good records, you can often download statements and save them. To sign up for paperless statements, visit your online profile for a given organization and look for a paperless option, or call the institution by phone. Decline paper catalogs and junk mail Is your mailbox filled with unwanted promotions and catalogs? If so, remove yourself from mailing lists. This not only keeps your recycling bin from filling up so quickly, but also saves clutter and energy. Contact the Direct Marketing Association to register your mail preferences. This allows you to remove your name from many national telemarketing, mail and email lists. Register with the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry’s Opt-Out Program to not receive credit card and insurance offers by calling 888-567-8688 or register online for five years. You can also call the phone number listed on catalogs and asked to be removed from their specific mailing list, or email them. Other ideas? Please share as I would love to hear about them. Contact Jen at or call with any questions at 715-635-2197.

Eighth-annual WITC TOAST set RICE LAKE - The eighth-annual WITC Tastefully Offering Academic Scholarships Together will be held at WITC-Rice Lake’s The HUB, on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the WITC-Rice Lake Foundation as a fund-raiser to provide student scholarships and assistance, the evening features a variety of wine and beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres, Wisconsin cheeses, music, silent auctions and raffles. The silent auctions will feature items donated by community organizations, businesses and individuals, as

well as WITC students and staff. The money raised from items donated by students or staff will go toward scholarships in their specific program. The cost for the WITC TOAST is $35, or buy three tickets and get the fourth free. Only 200 tickets are available and the last two years’ events were sold out early. Tickets can be purchased online at events/ricelake. For more information, call Jeneice Haessig, 715-234-7082, ext. 5250, or email Jeneice.Haessig@

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With Chronic Conditions The WITC-Rice Lake Foundation extends gratitude to all of the sponsors of this fundraiser including Gordy’s Market, Bodis Jewelers, Real Estate Solutions, Barron County Dairy Promoters, Bill’s Distributing, Valkyrie Brewery, Sysco Foods, Cumberland Federal Bank, A1 Homes, Link Ford and RV-Rice Lake, Mosaic Telecom, Four Mile Creek Dairy and Shell Lake State Bank. — from WITC


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Children’s Good Friday minicamp scheduled

DRESSER - How do you approach Good Friday with your children? What do you tell them? Why is this such an important event in the life of each baptized Christian? Children are curious. They want to know what happened on that day. An opportunity for them to hear about the events of Good Friday in a way appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser on Friday, March 25, from 9-11:45 a.m. Pre-K children are invited to attend, but parents are required to accompany them. During the morning, the children will engage in a se-

ries of activities focused on Good Friday themes. The morning concludes with lunch at 11:45 a.m. Children may either head home or attend the noon Good Friday service in the sanctuary with their parents. Registration is required and forms must be turned in by Sunday, March 20. Registration forms are found on the church website,, or call the church office to register, 715-755-2515. The cost is $5 for the morning and lunch. Scholarship money is available. – submitted

Wilderness Fellowship to host gardening program FREDERIC – The Wisconsin Master Gardeners will be presenting a program on garden design, soil testing, companion planting and chemical-free gardening at the Wilderness Fellowship on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardeners will also be demonstrating how to save seeds. The day will end with planting seeds that participants can take home.

This event is free, but a freewill offering will be received to cover expenses. When making your reservation, indicate whether you would like a lunch at $5 per person. Please register by Thursday, March 17, by calling 715327-8564 or sending an email to – submitted

First Presbyterian Church celebrates 150th anniversary ST. CROIX FALLS - First Presbyterian Church will be holding a celebratory service of worship Sunday, April 3, to celebrate the spiritual foundation of their church that began in St. Croix Falls 150 years ago. A special invitation is extended to anyone who has belonged to the church throughout the years. In 1865, a Presbyterian minister, the Rev. John Quincy Hall, age 28, arrived in Taylors Falls, Minn. He was born in Ohio, graduated from Amherst College and Union Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained in 1863. He had served a church in Darlington, in southwestern Wisconsin, from 1863 to 1865 before being assigned to Taylors Falls, Minn., and St. Croix Falls by the St. Paul presbytery. During the 1870s, the St. Croix Falls church, and likely the Taylors Falls church, became inactive. In 1880, the Rev. Joseph Lanman was sent by the synod and presbytery to reactivate them. He was born in Norwich, Conn., graduated from Yale College and Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1868. He had served churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts before coming to Minnesota. In a service conducted by Lanman on Nov. 7, 1880, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Croix Falls was officially reconstituted as it now exists. Some of the members of the earlier church were founding members of the congregation. Members who were in good standing from the former Presbyterian church were considered members of the new. Others who joined in 1880 were Maj. J.S. Baker, Alice Baker, Alexander Ingersoll, Emeline Ingersoll, Amanda Baker, Joseph M. Hawthorne, Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Seeley, Mrs. E.Y. Arnold, Margaret Hawthorne and Mrs. L.J. Hill. The first board of trustees was comprised of William M. Blanding, Mr. Young, T.H. Thompson and Maj. Baker. In 1882, during Lanman’s ministry, a church building

First Presbyterian Church of St. Croix Falls will be celebrating their 150th anniversary during their worship service Sunday, April 3, at 11 a.m. The original church building on E. Kentucky Street, shown here, was destroyed by fire on Jan. 9, 1994. The new church is located at 719 Nevada St. – Photo submitted was constructed under the supervision of noted local builder Thomas Peck with a building budget of $1,700. Lanman served the congregations in St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls until 1883. The Taylors Falls congregationcontinued until 1902. The original home of the First Presbyterian Church was on E. Kentucky Street in St. Croix Falls. On Jan. 9, 1994, the building was destroyed by fire. On Dec. 3, 1995, a cornerstone-laying ceremony was held at the new, and current, location on Nevada Street, now known as the church in the pines because of the thick stand of pine trees on the property. Thanks to church members who were firefighters, all of the stained-glass windows except the one behind the communion table were saved and installed in the new church. The bell was also saved and moved. First Presbyterian Church hopes you can join them in celebrating their 150th anniversary on Sunday, April 3, at the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 719 Nevada St. For more information, call 715-483-3550. – submitted

Holy Week services Centuria – Fristad Lutheran Church will hold a Good Friday service March 25 at 7 p.m. and Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m., followed by brunch. Holy Trinity United Methodist Church has scheduled the following for Holy Week: Palm Sunday, March 20, service of music, 2 p.m.; Maundy Thursday service March 24 at 6 p.m.; Good Friday service March 25 at 6 p.m.; and Easter Sunday breakfast March 27 at 7:30 a.m. and service at 9 a.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold a Maundy Thursday service March 24 with Communion at 7 p.m. ••• Clam Falls - Good Friday services will be held at Clam Falls Lutheran Church on Friday, March 25, at 6 p.m. ••• Dresser – Bethesda Lutheran Church - LCMC will hold a contemporary Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church has scheduled the following for Holy Week: Palm Sunday services with choir cantata March 20 at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.; Maundy Thursday service March 24 at 6:45 p.m.; Good Friday mini camp March 25 from 9-11:45 a.m., service at noon; Easter services Sunday, March 27, at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. ••• Falun – First Baptist Church of Falun will hold a Palm Sunday service March 20 at 10:45 a.m. and Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 10:45 a.m. ••• Frederic – Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold a Good Friday service March 25 at 1 p.m. and Easter service, Sunday, March 27, 10:45 a.m. St. Luke United Methodist Church will hold an Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. The Wilderness Fellowship will hold an Easter sunrise service Sunday, March 27, at 6:30 a.m. on the hill overlooking Spirit Lake. Breakfast will be served in Johnson Hall following the service.

Luck – Luck Lutheran Church has scheduled the following for Holy Week: Maundy Thursday soup and sandwich supper March 24 at 5:30 p.m., service with Holy Communion, 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday service March 25 at 6:30 p.m.; and Easter sunrise service with Holy Communion Sunday, March 27, at 6:30 a.m., breakfast from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and worship service with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold a Good Friday service March 25 at 7 p.m. and an Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m. ••• Milltown – Milltown Lutheran Church will hold a Maundy Thursday service March 24 at 7 p.m. and an Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. North Valley Lutheran Church will hold a Holy Saturday Easter vigil March 26 at 7 p.m. and Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m. ••• St. Croix Falls – First Presbyterian Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with the Lord’s Supper Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.; Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold a Good Friday service March 25 at 7 p.m. ••• Taylors Falls, Minn. – First Baptist Church of Taylors Falls will host a combined Good Friday service along with the congregations of the First Evangelical Lutheran and United Methodist churches of Taylors Falls and Eureka Baptist of St. Croix Falls on March 25 at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church will serve an Easter breakfast Sunday, March 27, from 9:30-10 a.m., worship service at 10 a.m. ••• Webster – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church has scheduled the following for Holy Week: Maundy Thursday service March 24 at 7 p.m.; Good Friday service March 25 at 7 p.m.; Easter service Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

Bethany Lutheran to serve Easter breakfast SIREN - Bethany Lutheran Church invites the public to their Easter breakfast Sunday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Ham, eggs and pancakes will be served. Proceeds will help send their young people to Luther Point Bible Camp this summer. Supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. – submitted

Healing services scheduled SIREN - The Siren Assembly of God Church is sponsoring healing services with Joan Hunter Ministries Thursday - Saturday, April 28-30, at the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. The weekend will open with a miracle service on Thursday at 7 p.m. Healing school and miracle services will be held Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wherever Joan Hunter goes, miracles happen. A woman of great faith, Hunter is a compassionate minister, a dynamic teacher and an anointed healing evangelist. Hunter ministers the Gospel with manifestations of supernatural signs and wonders around the world. She exercises great sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, releasing personal and corporate prophetic ministry. Hunter is a regular television and radio personality, delivering the humor of Carol Burnett and covered in the anointing of Jesus. She is featured often on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural,” “My New Day,” “Extreme Prophetic” with Patricia King and “Today” with Marilyn (Hickey) and Sarah. As the author of more than 14 books, creator of numerous training CDs and DVDs and through 4 Corners Alliance, Hunter’s focus is evident, to see the body of Christ set free in their body, mind, soul, spirit and finances. She is dedicated to take the healing power of Jesus beyond the four walls of the church to the four corners of the Earth. For more information, call 320-242-3147. – submitted


In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother

Vierlyn “Toots” Anderson who passed away 1 yr. ago on March 17, 2015. HER SMILE Though your smile has gone forever and your hand we cannot touch, we still have so many memories of the one we loved so much. Your memory is our keepsake with which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.

We Love You “Mom” Your Family

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Doris (Johnson) Skoog

We proudly honor the life and memory of our sister, Doris (Johnson) Skoog. She shared in the care of us (7) when we were small. She loved to dance and dress so elegantly. She’d entertain us often playing piano and accordion so well. She was organized, caring, helpful, fun and independent. We remember so much of the good.

We love you and miss you Doris. Jonee, Jean & Gordon

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Ronald G. Ritsema

Peter Gaetke Sr.

Carl E. Holmgren Jr.

Peter Gaetke Sr., 66, passed away suddenly on March 11, 2016. He was a proud member of Pipefitters Local 539. He did whatever he wanted including fishing, auctions and collecting. He was loved by all. Peter was preceded in death by his father, Edward; mother, Mary; and his son, Luke. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Paulette; sons, David (Stephanie), Peter Jr. and Max; daughter, Jackie (Mark) Ricci; siblings, Ed, Terry, Patty, Donna and Mary; grandchildren, Tyler, Brittany, Jack, Olivia, Sammi, Audrey, Luke, Faith, Alberic and Brittany; great-grandchildren Roman and Gavin; and many loving friends and family. Services were held Wednesday, March 16, at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater, Minn.

Carl E. Holmgren Jr., 71, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away unexpectedly March 5, 2016, during a snowshoe race in Ogema, Wis. He was born Oct. 21, 1944, in Norfolk, Va., the son of Carl and Genevieve (Birge) Holmgren. Carl graduated from Edison High School in 1962. He served in the United States Navy from Jan. 3, 1963, to Dec. 9, 1966, in Vietnam on the USS Repose Hospital Ship. He worked for the city of Minneapolis for 30 years and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1976. He was a member of the VFW Milltown Post 6856, American Legion Balsam Lake, The 40 & 8 Club, served two terms for the Polk County Board of Supervisors, Balsam Lake Protection Rehabilitation District Board, Northeast Minneapolis Lions Club and the YMCA, a Red Triangle recipient. Carl was in charge of Clean Boats - Clean Waters for Balsam Lake, ran 25 marathons, bicycled the Lewis & Clark Trail in 2003 (4,016 miles) and an MS 150 participant. He also served on Our Lady of the Lakes Finance Committee. Carl and Sheryl have been on Balsam Lake since 1992 and retired to their home on the mill pond Sept. 11, 2001. Carl is survived by his wife, Sheryl; children, Cari Ann (Eric) Muggenburg, Christopher (Sarah Duncan) Holmgren, Cathy Jo Prasnicki, Jonathan Holmgren, John (Sarah) Verplank and Thomas (Heather) Verplank; grandchildren, Paige Prasnicki, Isabella Muggenburg, Warren and Nathan Verplank and Evelyn and Lillian Verplank. Also survived by brothers, Frank (Carol) Holmgren, David (Barbara) Holmgren and Richard (Lynn) Holmgren; brother-in-law, Steve Ditty; and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Trudy; parents; and one sister, Linda Ditty. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 19, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. Visitation will be held 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of your choice on behalf of Carl. Please join the family for lunch and fellowship in the church fellowship hall following the service. Carl’s family wishes to invite their guests to join them for continued fellowship at the Milltown VFW following the church luncheon, 1503 200th Ave./Hwy. 46, Milltown, Wis. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Lisa M. MacTire Lisa M. MacTire, 50, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on March 9, 2016. She was born June 13, 1965, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Mary Parker. After graduating high school, Lisa attained her certified nursing assistant certification. She was married for 25 years to Kevin Backer. She recently was engaged to Shaun Zander. She worked for McGough Construction and found her artistic side in the recent years. Lisa enjoyed crocheting, decorating, reupholstering and antiquing. She made home feel like home. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marion and Steve Pawloski. She is survived by her fiance, Shaun Zander; son, Alex Backer; mother, Mary Parker; stepfather Erv Parker; and granddaughter, Arcadia Masri-Backer. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, Wis., grandstrandfh. com, 715-294-3111.

Louise C. McKinley Louise C. McKinley, 74, of Grantsburg, Wis., passed away March 13, 2016. Visitation will be held Friday, March 18, from 4-8 p.m. at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m., with visitation from 1-2 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home.

Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA Pastor Alan Buresh 2355 Clark Rd., Dresser • 715-755-2515 Join Us For Worship!


Palm Sunday, March 20 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. Worship Services With Choir Cantata Breakfast Served At 7:30 & 9:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday, March 24 Service At 6:45 p.m. Good Friday, March 25 9 - 11:45 a.m. Good Friday Mini Camp Noon - Good Friday Service Easter Sunday, March 27 Services At 6:30, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. 643157 31-32L

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Our family has been overwhelmed by the support received from family, friends, past employees and acquaintances made through sports events. The assistance provided by our neighbors over the past months will always be remembered. Our “Thank You” to Pastor Tom and Phil Hoss for their messages, Grace United Methodist Church and the kitchen staff for graciously allowing the Shutt family to return to their home church for services. To our nephew Steve and his wife Tamie Jensen a special “Thank-You” for your inspirational music. Thank you also to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Austin Lake Greenhouse for their professional support and assistance. Your thoughts, prayers, gifts, flowers and hugs will be cherished memories. In closing, a quote from a card we received: “Memories of Denny will always end in a smile.” We agree.

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Ronald Gerald Ritsema, 86, was born June 27, 1929, at home in rural Whitewater, Wis., and passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He was the sixth child of seven born to Andrew Ritsema and Rosa Marie Fredericka (Heyse) Ritsema. He began his education in a one-room country school, but completed only one year of high school due to being unable to secure transportation to and from town in order to continue. He and his siblings worked long hours assisting their Dutch immigrant father in sharecropping, living on various farms in areas of Cold Spring, Lima Center and Heart Prairie, Wis. After auctioning off all their belongings, his parents moved the family to Whitewater. He worked as a pinsetter at Tommy Leonard’s Bar and Grill, and as a lifeguard at Tripp Lake in Whitewater. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and, after completing basic training, he shipped out from San Francisco to Guam. The troop transport on which he sailed blew an engine which caused the ocean trip to take an extra two weeks, during which time all on board were horribly seasick. Shortly after arriving in Guam, the troops were assembled for inspection and an honor guard was selected from the new arrivals. He was one of those chosen, later also becoming a member of the 59th Military Police Company. During his service he was awarded two Bronze Stars. After serving an additional year as mandated by the president, he was honorably discharged and began working at the Nunn-Bush Shoe Factory in Edgerton, Wis. On the advice of a friend, he applied to and was hired by General Motors in Janesville, Wis., holding various positions including welder, inspector and relief man. His employee identification number was only three digits long. His favorite job was as a relief man, doing other people’s jobs while they took their scheduled breaks because “the line never stops.” For over 40 years Ron worked for General Motors, during which time he had an exemplary attendance record. In 1958, Ron married Gail Marie Cowles, a college student waitressing at Crummy’s Drive-In and Marine, Whitewater. She walked over to take his order, asking, “What’ll you have?” He made her smile with the cheesy reply, “You.” To this union three children were born, Lisa Holly “Lisa Bug” (Ritsema) Nuhring, Ronald Reid “Tiger” Ritsema and Melanie C’Ana Cowles “Fritzi” (Ritsema) Heckel. Ron was happiest when enjoying nature. After their dream house was built, he and Gail moved to the Johnstown area in the mid-1960s and he created numerous paths within their 60 acres of woods and enjoyed keeping them and the lawns immaculate. Throughout his life he nurtured several orphaned baby animals including a flying squirrel, numerous raccoons, gray squirrels and even a skunk. He and Gail also enjoyed polka dancing, particularly if Verne Meisner’s band was playing. Gail and Ron would get dressed to the nines for dancing on New Year’s Eve. Ron was also an avid collector of brass railroad keys, exquisite antique glassware, old marbles and sake cups. He especially enjoyed adding to his extensive collection of rare ammunition cartridges and Native American artifacts and arrowheads. He possessed a great sense of humor and enjoyed growing a variety of lilies, watching old Westerns and the Masters Golf Tournament with his son, Tiger. In his younger days he enjoyed camping in the Kettle Moraine Forest with friends. For many years he sported a perfect crewcut and Old Spice was his cologne of choice. He was a natural athlete and adept at hitting targets with rifles, pistols, knives and much to his kids surprise, he was a crack shot with a slingshot. He loved a good grilled steak from Johnstown Meat Market, his daughter Fritzi’s rhubarb cake and his ever-present glass of ice-cold Sundrop. Ron is survived by his three children, Lisa (Daniel) Nuhring, Grantsburg, Wis., Melanie (Fred) Heckel, Sullivan, Wis., and Ronald Ritsema, Las Vegas, Nev. He is also survived by his beloved granddaughter, Olivia L’Mae Heckel, Milwaukee, Wis. He is further survived by five sisters, Viola Ida (Ritsema) Stoll, Curacao, Netherland Antilles, Virginia Emma (Ritsema) Taber, Roscoe, Ill., Leatrice Lillian (Ritsema) Selnow, Harvard, Ill., Bessie Louise (Ritsema) Moss, Yorkville, Ill., and Nancy Ann (Ritsema) Mason, Roscoe, Ill., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents; his ex-wife, Gail Ritsema; his brother, Clifford Fred Ritsema; his sister-inlaw, Ethel (Schoenneman) Ritsema; and brothers-in-law Herbert Stoll, Eugene Leroy Taber, Henry Floyd Selnow, Paul Francis Moss and Samuel Peterson Mason. Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, Jefferson, Wis., handled the arrangements for cremation. Per Ron’s request, there will be no visitation. A private funeral service will be officiated by the Rev. Matthew Smith-Laubenstein with interment in Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be welcomed by the Wildlife in Need Center, Suite B, W349-S1480 South Waterville Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. They provide hospitalization and rehabilitation for injured wild animals. Visit to leave a condolence or light a candle in his memory.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you from the Shutt family. Mary Lou, Marty, Sandra and families

Diane Dahlgren Bechtel Diane Dahlgren Bechtel, 76, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016, at her home in Webster, Wis. Diane was born March 13, 1939, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Leonard and Anne (Rumel) Frank. She grew up in Superior, Wis., attending Central High School and WITC. Diane had many successful careers throughout her lifetime including nursing, selling Princess House and as a sales representative for several Duluth radio stations. Diane loved and cherished her family, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, puzzles, and making homemade pickles and salsa. She is survived by her husband, Harold Bechtel , Webster; a son, Larry Borg (Doug Georg), Golden Valley, Minn.; a daughter, Ronda Dalbec, Forest Lake, Minn.; four grandsons, Kyle (Kelly) Thompson, Menomonie, Wis., Joel (Johana) Thompson, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Nate Dalbec, Minneapolis and Roberto Dalbec, Forest Lake; one granddaughter, Danielle Thompson, St. Paul; five great-grandsons, Austin, Ethan, Dylan, Jayden and “Baby Boy” Thompson; one brother, David (Jean) Frank; and one sister, Judy (Tom) Jonasen. Diane was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Wende Borg-Thompson; and a niece, Jill Hunker. Visitation was Wednesday, March 16, at Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior, and continued until the 6 p.m. memorial service with the Rev. Fr. Andrew Ricci of Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church officiating. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book, please visit

Thank You

The family of Phyllis Christensen expresses their sincere appreciation to the many friends and family for their visits, flowers, food, phone calls and cards. Thank you to all that attended the visitation and funeral, to Pastors Maggie, Mel and Theresa, and the men and women of Milltown Lutheran for the wonderful meal. Thank you to St. Croix Hospice for their kind care and support, to the staff at Luck Clinic and Amery Hospital and to Rowe Funeral Home for the arrangements. 643211 31Lp 21a,dp


CHURCH NEWS Shifting sand


etween Anchorage and Homer, Alaska, the highway narrows and curves along a stretch of the ocean. Its appropriate name is Turnagain Arm. Its miles-long, sandy beaches are actually mud flats that turn to quicksand when covered with water. Every year tourists are drawn to its deceptive beauty and must be rescued after sinking into the unexpected quicksand. Once the tide comes in, rescue may be too late to help those stuck in the mud, because the water-covered mud hardens like concrete around a person. All of this continues to happen in spite of many warnings and hearing the horrific stories about those who have died.

Don’t forget to have fun with your kids Q: Our family schedule is pretty crazy, and it seems like we’re all just getting busier. We’re trying to make changes, but meanwhile I’m concerned about staying connected with our children in what little “free time” we have. What do you suggest? Jim: Parenting can certainly be challenging, and it’s easy to let the serious business fill every hollow. But sometimes you just have to know when to be playful. I’ll share a personal example. I came home from work one day just as my boys came dragging into the house from the backyard. Troy was limping and Trent had a black and blue mark emerging on his chin. “What happened?” I asked. Troy said, “Don’t jump on the trampoline with Mom. She landed on my ankle.” Then Trent said, “Her knee cracked me right in the jaw.” Obviously, that playtime didn’t go so well, but believe it or not, it did have a positive outcome. First, it was a moment we all still laugh about. But more importantly, Jean’s playfulness drew the boys closer to her. The bum ankle and sore jaw

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair Sand becomes unstable when disturbed. A wave will destroy a child’s sand castle. A shallow, country well can collapse because of unstable underground sand. A house built on sand, rather than stone, concrete or other stable material, will collapse. Jesus once used an analogy about sand versus rock. He compared those who heard his sayings and obeyed them are long forgotten, but my boys will always remember their mom taking time out of her busy schedule to play with them. That’s a great reminder for every parent. The pressures of adult life can make us a little too serious sometimes. Be playful. Play board games, wrestle on the floor, throw the ball around. Find something your children like to do and join them. It’ll deepen your relationship with them, and they’ll see you as more than a disciplinarian or someone who cooks dinner and does the laundry. They’ll see you as someone who really enjoys spending time with them whenever you can. And to a child, that equals feeling loved. ••• Q: Our son is 10 years old. Up to this point, I’ll admit that we didn’t give much thought to entertainment, since he was content with what we gave him. But now he’s starting to develop his own interests and tastes, and we want to establish some reasonable guidelines. What are your thoughts? Bob Waliszewski, director, Plugged-In: The key is to avoid extremes. Many parents take an “all or nothing” approach, rather than teaching and reinforcing values on a case-by-case basis. These moms and dads tend to swing to one extreme

with those who did not. He likened people of obedience to a wise man who built his house on a rock sturdy enough to withstand high winds, rain and floods. By comparison, Jesus said, “But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27) We too may have cracks in our spiritual foundation. Each day we would do well to check for and expose the gaps and pressure points that keep us from following God’s word. Like quicksand, the simplest cracks, such as gossip or

Focus on the family Jim Daly or the other, something that’s easy to do. The first extreme is permissiveness. Some parents seemingly can’t say no to their children. They so much want to be liked by their kids that they seldom risk setting limits. They adopt an “anything goes” philosophy: No boundaries, everything is OK, do what you want. This approach leads to “indecent exposure” as children wander, aimless and wideeyed, through the mire of the entertainment culture. We have to be parents who know how and when to say no. The other extreme is legalism. Parents at this end of the spectrum rarely explain their decisions, but simply respond with a blanket “No.” This type of parenting purports to be about safeguarding. It isn’t. While this approach may simplify entertainment decisions, it also can breed rebellion. Human nature being what it is, at some point kids will want to sample “forbidden fruit” just because “everything” has been refused without context.

anger, doubt or a sense of guilt, can pull us under. When it does, we lose sight of his will. Quicksand is well-named. In the blink of an eye it can suck us in until we’re caught in a dangerous tide. But the moment we find ourselves sinking, we can call on God to save us. His spirit will show us our weaknesses. Better yet, he will be our strength in removing them. Lord, thank you for being our rock. Keep us from the shifting sand of disobedience. Cause us to build our spiritual house on your firm foundation so we can remain faithful to you and so we can draw others to your love, joy and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@ That’s why we also need to be parents who can say yes when it’s warranted. Neither of the extremes works. A discerning middle ground, that not only articulates what (yes or no) but also why, is the most reasonable and protective plan of action. Teaching discernment encourages balance, leads to critical thinking, bonds families and gives tweens and teens life skills they’ll carry throughout adulthood. ••• 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


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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.; Adult Bible Study Thurs. 6:30 p.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.



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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, Rev. Carolyn Saunders Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Fellowship - 11 a.m. Wed. School: Weds. 3:30-5 p.m. Oct.-May ST. CROIX FALLS UNITED METHODIST UPPER ST. CROIX PARISH Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship Serv. - 10 a.m.; Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST - FREDERIC 100 Linden Street, Frederic Pastor “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Wed. Serv. 5:15 p.m. SIREN UNITED METHODIST 24025 1st Ave. So., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Wor. - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available) TAYLORS FALLS UNITED METHODIST 290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m. WOLF CREEK UNITED METHODIST Rev. Kris Johnson; Rev. Mike Brubaker Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT


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


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

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


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Sunday Buffet

11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Adults - $11.99 Children 11 & Under $8.99 3 & Under Free ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT - Full Salad Bar - Baked Chicken - Carved Ham - Meatballs - Mashed Potatoes & Gravy - Vegetable - Baked Beans - German Potato Salad - Bread Pudding & Custard Sauce

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Students of the Week Frederic

Brody Schweitzer has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Brody is in third grade and the son of Danielle and Jeremiah Schweitzer. He is an energetic student who works hard and is very excited to help. He enjoys dancing, singing and playing with his friends. He loves spending time with his family and especially sleepovers with his grandparents. When he grows up, he wants to be a firefighter.

Haley Ennis has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Haley is in eighth grade and the daughter of Matt and Jamie Ennis. She is involved in volleyball and basketball and works with her dad. When not in school, she likes hunting and hanging out with her friends. She is a good, caring student who works well with others. She is a hard worker and a good listener. She plans to attend college.


Taya Madson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Taya is in fifth grade and the daughter of Janis Madson. She is an all-around polite, respectful and witty student. She enjoys reading and drawing pictures of animals. When she is older she would like to travel to Japan.

Kayli Cook has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Kayli is in seventh grade and the daughter of Tracy and Jammie Cook. She is an excellent student who works beyond what is required. She is interested in a wide variety of subjects, always has a smile on her face, asks intelligent and thoughtful questions and has a strong sense of self. She is involved in church, animal care, volleyball and track and field.


Jonathan Erickson has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Jonathan is a senior and the son of David and Kerrie Erickson. He is involved in football, basketball, FFA and FBLA. His hobbies include working on and driving tractors and woodworking. He is a hardworking young man who earns good grades. He is very active in FFA and FBLA. He plans to attend UW-River Falls and study agriculture business.

Erin Engstrand has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Erin is a junior and the daughter of Todd Engstrand and Leah Vanderweit. She is a helpful, friendly student with a pleasant personality. She is involved in NHS, FCCLA, Kinship, drama club, forensics, band, art club, prom committee, Badger Girl representative, volunteers at Wood Lake Bible Camp and works at Northwoods Bakery. She plans to attend college for social work or youth ministry.

Aliya Henderson is Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Aliya is in second grade and the daughter of DJ and Cassie Henderson. She is an excellent role model. Her actions speak louder than her quiet words, as she is sure to follow the rules and helps to make sure others are doing the same. She has been working extra hard in math this year and loves to read and write. She is a talented artist. At home, she enjoys coloring, doing art projects and taking care of her pets.

Jacob Liljenberg has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Fred and Betsy Liljenberg. He tries hard at whatever he does. He has made tremendous gains in reading and math this year. He is compassionate and respectful to his classmates. Whenever there is a mess to clean up, he is there. He likes to play on the computer and monkey bars. He would like to be a teacher when he grows up.

St. Croix Falls

John Batemann has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. John is a fourthgrader and he lives at home with his mom, dad, sister and his dogs, cats and a goat named Harry. At home, they like to read, chillax and play with the animals. At school, he likes art class and math because they challenge him to think. When he grows up, he wants to be a scientist or a mechanic.

Kendall Matteson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Kendall in in sixth grade and the daughter of Stephanie and Tim Matteson. Her siblings are Hannah and Tayler. She has four dogs, Gemma, Jelly, Soloman and Beaner. She is involved in softball and enjoys dog shows. Her favorite subject is language arts because she loves to read and write. She is an incredible writer with an unlimited supply of creativity.

Caitlin Carsley has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Caitlin is a freshman and the daughter of Robert and Lisa Carsley. She is on the volleyball team, student council and the yearbook staff. She is a very hardworking student and a very nice person.

Ben Kahler has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Ben is in third grade and the son of Faith and Quentin Kahler. He has been selected based on his work in the classroom. All of his assignments and projects are very well done and always on time. He is a great reader and writer. His math skills are superior and he has excellent problem-solving skills. He always has a smile on his face and is an enthusiastic student.


Trevor Stanford has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Trevor is in eighth grade and the son of Travis and Caryn Stanford. He is a member of the choir and band where he plays trombone. He received a gold rating for his vocal solo. He is a great student. He was on the football and basketball teams and will be running track and playing soccer. He enjoys writing and is a cast member of the community’s “Disney’s The Little Mermai.”


Leah Schadow has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Leah is in fifth grade and the daughter of Heidi and Jeremy Schadow. She was chosen because she is a super sweet girl with great class participation. She is a hard worker and great class partner.


Jeremy Krear has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Jeremy is in eighth grade and the son of Jere Krear and Sarah Miller. He is a quiet young man with a great sense of humor. His good nature and easygoing style are always a positive influence in class. He is a good friend to those around him and always willing to lend a hand to help out. He is a hard worker and always shares a smile. His hobbies include playing video games and drawing.

Brennan Koball is Siren High School’s student of the week. Brennan is a freshman and the son of Wayne and Kathie Koball. He likes to play sports, swim, hunt, snowmobile and fish. He is a hardworking, conscientious student who leads by example. He played football, was on the ice-fishing team and will participate in track. He is also a percussionist in band and a member of the student council. He plans to own his own business after high school.

Andrea Egge has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Andrea is a junior and the daughter of Shane and Jackie Egge. She is an outstanding student. Her favorite subject is ceramics. Her hobbies include track, basketball, spending time with family and being outside.

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Wyatt Bearhart has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Wyatt is a Tiny Tiger and the son of Rita Bearhart and Ron Garbow. He was chosen because he is always kind and helpful to his classmates and he is a great listener. He loves being a Tiny Tiger, especially when math time involves counting and sorting things like jelly beans. He enjoys playing with the magnetic building toys at playtime. When he grows up, he would like to be an art teacher or a firefighter.

Linda Harmon is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Linda is a freshman and the daughter of Mark and Marivel Harmon. She is diligent in her work and has done an outstanding job in labs and on projects. Her dedication to academic excellence has allowed her to demonstrate her exceptional leadership and cooperation skills. She is involved in volleyball, track, gymnastics during the summer, school play, youth group and weightlifting. She plans to attend UW-Madison.

Ana Trick is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Ana is in fourth grade and the daughter of Randal and Kathy Trick. Ana has a smile on her face all the time. Her humor is contagious. She is an honest person who tries her best in everything she does. Her favorite class is science. She loves to read and play volleyball.

Jenny Birkeland has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Jenny is a senior and her host parents are Matthew and Kathleen Olsen. She is a foreign exchange student from Norway. She is a wonderful student who is smart and very fun. She works on the Bridge paper with a very positive attitude. She is willing to help others and is a huge asset to the classrooms. She is involved in the school play, dance team and track. Her hobbies include drawing and singing.

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NOW-SAT./19 Spooner • “Hello Dolly!” school play at the high school. 7 p.m. Tues., Thurs. thru Sat.; and 1 p.m. Sat., 715-635-0210.

NOW-SUN./20 Siren • Kids thru 8 years old Easter egg & coloring contest at Gary’s Rude Cafe, 715-349-2536.

NOW-THURS./31 Amery • “Wood & Metal” at artZ Art Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 715268-8600,


Events Coming


Northwest Passages “In A New Light” featured photo


by Shye, 13

St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky, 10 a.m., 715-483-3387,

Taylors Falls, Minn. • Puppet show and Easter egg hunt at the Methodist church, 4 p.m.

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




• AARP Tax Aides at Golden Oaks, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-327-8623. • RSVP deadline for Gardening Seminar at Wilderness Fellowship on Sat., Mar. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-3278564.

• Bethany Lutheran Church Easter breakfast, 10 a.m.

MONDAY/28 Leader Land • RSVP deadline for Remarkable Red Wing! on Thurs., April 7, 715-472-2152, ext. 103.

Grantsburg • Historical society’s member/public meeting at the senior center followed by potluck, 5:30 p.m. • Blood drive at the community center, noon-6 p.m.,

Spooner St. Croix Falls • Irish Day at the senior center, dinner at 5 p.m., RSVP at 715-483-1901.

Webster • Second Harvest food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-866-8151. • St. Patrick’s Day parade, assemble noon at Gandy Dancer Saloon, leaves 1 p.m., 715-866-7107.

FRI.-SUN./18-20 Siren • “The Little Mermaid” school and community play at the school. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

Webster • “Seussical the Musical” at the high school. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

FRIDAY/18 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Milltown • Fish fry at the United VFW, 4:30-7 p.m.

Rice Lake • Red Carpet Orientation for vets at the VA Clinic, 2 p.m.

Sarona • Owl hike at Hunt Hill with Chris Cold, 7-8:30 p.m., 715635-6543,

Luck “I took this picture on the lake while ice fishing. When I saw this picture, I was like ‘Wow! It’s beautiful.’ It reminds me of my best friend. He passed away on Dec. 28. It reminds me of him because I know he’s in a better place now, and he’s looking down on me smiling. I want to have a better life for me. Something that he never got the chance to have. I want to conquer life for him.” In a New Light is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more of the kids photos, visit the gallery, one mile south of Webster, or the website,

Cumberland • Red Cedar Symphony concert at Augustana Lutheran, 7 p.m.,

Grantsburg • American Legion’s 97th birthday party dinner at the Legion, 4 p.m. till gone.

Luck • Indianhead Ice Age Trail planning meeting at Cafe Wren, 10 a.m.

Siren • Siren Supercell Series: Shamwalk/Run at the school, register 8-10 a.m., start 10 a.m.,, 715-3492155.

Spooner • Estate and Succession Planning for Woodland Owners, at the ag station, 1-4 p.m. RSVP to 715-635-7406.

St. Croix Falls • “What’s the Buzz About Native Bees” presentation at river assoc. office, 10 a.m. RSVP to 715-483-3300, • American Legion’s 97th birthday party at the Legion. Social 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.

Webb Lake • St. Patrick’s Day parade at 1 p.m.

Wolf Creek • Easter egg hunt for all ages at Wolf Creek Bar, 1 p.m., 715-483-9255.

SUNDAY/20 Dresser • RSVP deadline for Good Friday minicamp for children in kindergarten thru sixth grade at Peace Lutheran Fri. morning, 715-755-2515. • St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir presents “Forever Glorified” at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Fox Creek • Pancake breakfast at Georgetown Lutheran, 8-10 a.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

Rice Lake

• Lions Club ham & turkey Bingo at the community center, 6:30 p.m.

• Red Cedar Symphony concert at UWBC Fine Arts Theatre, 4 p.m.,

Trade Lake • Trade Lake Baptist showing “The Easter Experience,” 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY/19 Amery • “Somethin’ for the wearin’ o’ the Green” at Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811.

Barronett • Timberland snowshoe hike on Leach Lake Road, 9:30 a.m., 715-761-1657.




• Get the Most from Your Woodlands, forum, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.


• Kids Easter egg hunt & treats at the Moose Lodge, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-791-8185.

• Polk/Burnett Beekeepers Assoc. meeting at the justice center community room, 7 p.m.

• St. Paddy’s Day party at the Moose Lodge, 4 p.m.close, 715-791-8185. • Burnett County Democrats meeting at the Pour House, 4 p.m., 715-869-6886.

Dresser • St. Croix Valley Christian Community Choir presents “Forever Glorified” at Peace Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.


Balsam Lake


SAT. & SUN./26 & 27

• Bus trip to “Riverdance.” RSVP at 715-463-4701. • Easter egg hunt at the DBS Hall, 10 a.m.




• Good Friday breakfast at the Moose Lodge, 8-11 a.m., 715-791-8185.


• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. • Polk County Community Conversation, “How healthy are we,” at the hospital/clinic, 4-5 p.m., 715-485-8834.

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

Luck • Grace Fund meat raffle at Bon Ton, 5 p.m., 715-4722959.

• Easter egg hunt at the community hall, 9:30 a.m.



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

• Easter egg hunt at the fire department, 10 a.m.,

• Festival Theatre’s “Treasure Island” at Franklin Square. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

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


St. Croix Falls • Breakfast at Legion Post 243, 8-11 a.m.

MON.-THURS./21-24 Grantsburg • Winter Outdoor Skills Camp, youth 9-15, 9 a.m.-noon at Crex. RSVP required, 715-463-2739,

MONDAY/21 Amery • Suicide survivors support group meeting at the community center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-9275,

TUESDAY/22 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

Comstock • “Sight and Sound Meditations with Manfred” at the Pipe Dream Center, 7 p.m., 715-822-8401.

Grantsburg • Medica workshop at the senior center, 2 p.m. • Anscarius Cemetery Assoc. meeting at the Hansons, 22790 Hanson Point Road, 7 p.m.

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

St. Croix Falls • Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.

Webster • Monthly meeting at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. • Artist’s critique circle at the library, 5-6 pm., 715-5662224.


• AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-472-2770.


• Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m., presentation, Virtual Cemetery, 2 p.m., 715-4722030.


• Auditions for PFCT’s “Robin Hood” at the school, 3:35-9 p.m, 715-349-7392.

TUESDAY/29 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

Comstock • “Sight and Sound Meditations with Manfred” at the Pipe Dream Center, 7 p.m., 715-822-8401.

Webster • Food & Friends community dinner at Webster Baptist Church, 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/30 Frederic • ACS Sole Burner cancer walk/run kickoff breakfast at Hacker’s, 7:30 a.m. Voicemail RSVP to Amanda, 651255-8101.


• Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Center City, MInn. • Free Women’s Health Conference at Hazelden CORK Center 5:30 p.m.,

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

Grantsburg • Bus trip to “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver.” RSVP at 715-472-2152, ext. 103.


Balsam Lake

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

• Polk County Deer Advisory Council public meeting at the government center, 6 p.m., 715-268-2304.

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

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

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

Luck • Lifestyle of the Vikings program at Luck Museum, 7 p.m.


• Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233. • Meat raffle at United VFW 6856, 5 p.m.

Siren • Burnett County Citizen Patrol meeting at the government center, jury room, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

THURS./31 FRI., APRIL 1 Webster • 4-yr.-old Tiny Tiger & 5-year-old kindergarten registration at the school. Call for appoint., 715-866-8210.


FRI. & SAT./1 & 2 Amery • Spring home show at the ice arena. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-268-8101,

Webster • Parkinson’s support meeting at the library, 2:30 p.m., ADRC speaker, 715-220-3193.

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