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Social worker honored Inger LeClair recognized for “outstanding dedication to Wisconsin’s children and families” PAGE 5

Disputed evidence The Wickersham Brothers are three mischievous monkeys who steal Horton’s clover from him and are the henchmen for the Sour Kangaroo in “Seussical the Musical,” presented March 18-20 at Webster Schools. The brothers were played by Talen Conner, Xander Hill and Branden Peterson. More photos inside. - Photo by Becky Strabel

FIRST READ BURNETT COUNTY - A bill to rename Hwy. 87 in memory of Sgt. Carson Holmquist, a 2008 graduate of Grantsburg High School and one of four Marines killed on July 16, 2015, at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., may reach Gov. Walker’s desk for signing in April. More than 3,000 signatures were gathered for a petition to approve the renaming of the stretch of highway from St. Croix Falls to Grantsburg. Both the Senate and Assembly approved the project in February. - Editor

Paul Krueger’s attorney disputes several key pieces of evidence in dismissal motion in Osceola PAGE 25

Nap leads to DUI No. 11 Grantsburg man faces over a dozen years in prison if convicted PAGE 3



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1960: A not-so-forgotten presidential primary It was a year when presidential candidates found us Gary King | Editor NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Using the now symbolic phrase that summed up a presidency might be justified here. It was a “brief and shining moment” in 1960 when Wisconsin voters played a starring role in launching John F. Kennedy on a path to the White House. And never before or since has a presidential campaign brought the front-runners to our sparsely populated doorstep. But there they were in the spring of that year - the Democratic front-runners - traveling the roads we traveled, eating at our favorite diners and puckering up to kiss our babies. Add to the equation that one of the candidates - although a stranger to most local voters at the time - was a young and charismatic senator who was gaining popularity by the hour, a “cross between Elvis and Franklin Roosevelt,” as one, perhaps jealous, politician observed at the time. The open primary election for both Democrats and Republicans on April 5 of 1960 was the second primary held in the nation, putting it in the category of Iowa and New Hampshire primaries today. Kennedy won the contest, although with little help from northern Wisconsin voters, including those in Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties, who favored Hubert Humphrey, a more familiar politician from neighboring Minnesota. A total of 13 Wisconsin presidential primaries have come and gone since that historical showdown but few if any since have put this

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Candidate John F. Kennedy was a man in motion in March of 1960 when he caravaned Northwest Wisconsin during a presidential primary race against opponent Hubert H. Humphrey. - Special photo

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state’s voters in the driver’s seat of selecting a party’s presidential nominee. Last week’s front page included a note of how Friday, March 18, marked the 56th anniversary of an intense daylong campaign blitz by Kennedy through our part of the state.

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1960 primary/from page 1 The item sparked some memories of readers who met Kennedy and his brother, Robert, during those days of presidential candidates blanketing Wisconsin in the winter and spring of 1960.

March 18,1960 JFK began the day with a breakfast at the Open Kitchen restaurant on Spooner’s south side, before visiting the ag research station east of the city and some establishments in downtown Spooner, including the former Buckhorn Tavern, now Big Dick’s Buckhorn Inn. He sipped but politely refused to finish a beer handed to him before excusing himself to use the men’s room, which now bears a sign stating “President Kennedy used these facilities on March 18, 1960,” making it one of Spooner’s more unusual tourist attractions and/or historical markers. Stepping outside to Main Street and sensing a growing crowd, Kennedy climbed to the top of a car and gave a speech. As moments in history go, it doesn’t get much better, and the dozens of onlookers who happened to be there that day have likely enjoyed telling the story many times. Kennedy, accompanied by campaign coordinators and a few who would later be part of his team in the White House - press secretary Pierre Salinger and right-hand man Ken O’Donnell - but minus Jacqueline Kennedy, made stops at Shell Lake, Cumberland, Rice Lake, Hayward and Gordon that day, with speeches at high schools and handshakes wherever they could find idle hands. Kennedy eventually made it to Superior where he addressed a crowd gathered that evening at the Androy Hotel. He focused on three groups he identified as being at the bottom of the “economic pyramid” who had, along with farmers, “suffered the greatest economic hardship, due to lack of leadership in Washington, D.C.,” taking serious aim at the retiring administration of Dwight Eisenhower, who held the presidency for eight years. “Those three groups are the unemployed, the underpaid, and our older citizens,” Kennedy said. “In an age of unparalleled American prosperity – at a time when many Americans are enjoying the greatest material abundance in history – when we have more automobiles and larger television screens than ever before – these three groups form an island of economic distress, of personal hardship, and of government neglect – in the great sea of American plenty.” Unemployment at the time was just over 5 percent. Kennedy noted he had introduced a bill to raise minimum wage from $1 to $1.25 an hour and was fighting for an extension of the Social Security system to provide hospital and medical care for older citizens. He quoted Franklin Roosevelt several times. In an ironic side note, on that very same day President Eisenhower signed a secret executive order to train and equip Cuban exiles to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro, an operation which would become, in 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion, one of the low points in Kennedy’s presidency. Kennedy’s day ended with a flight from Duluth to Milwaukee. Brother comes to Polk County Humphrey’s lament that running against JFK was like a mom and pop grocery store competing against a franchise food chain was not without merit. JFK’s brothers Ted and Bobby and sisters Pat and Eunice were among family members campaigning here. “All the Kennedys, of course, except Joe Kennedy (father) campaigned up here in northwestern Wisconsin,” Peter Dugal, a campaign coordinator stationed in Eau Claire, said in an interview taped for the JFK Library. “The original plan, of course, wasn’t to (campaign there), really - almost to write that area off. It looked as if Jack would be able to take Milwaukee and the southern part of the state ... we thought we might even be able to take the northern part. So they started to put quite a bit of emphasis there.” A week after JFK stumped through Washburn, Sawyer and Douglas counties, Bobby Kennedy arrived in Polk County on Friday, March 25, where local Democratic chair Robert Murphy, at the request of his cousin who was coordinating the 10th Congressional District campaign for Kennedy from Superior, helped organize a hectic schedule of appearances for the candidate’s brother at area high schools and some impromptu gatherings,. Bobby addressed a crowd at Frederic High School that afternoon, and acccording to an article in the Leader, “was a hit with students and adults who went to hear him with his story telling and his Boston accent.” He used the opportunity to lash out at the International Teamsters Union and at one point joked that he was in Wisconsin “selling his book,” and that his brother, Jack, was assisting him. Bobby attended the Polk County Press Association’s monthly meeting at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake that evening. A writer for the Luck Enterprise wrote about the gathering: “In the Kennedy camp, here again the candidate bypassed Polk County but sent in his top hand, brother Bob Kennedy, who stormed the county Friday and Saturday of last week. By the use of high-level tactics, Brother Bob succeeded in affirming the favorable Kennedy impression and the favorable Kennedy personality. With little talk about the issues, Kennedy undoubtedly won as many votes for his brother Jack as Orville (Freeman) did for his buddy Hubert. Whether any great numbers of minds have been changed during the primary campaign is a difficult query.” Prior to the press association meeting, Bobby was invited out to the Murphy farm in Fox Creek. See 1960 primary, page 4

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Carol Shirley McDonough, of Rochester, Minn., was a freshman in college at Eau Claire in 1959 and 60, fresh off the family farm in Bone Lake, when she met JFK at a political gathering where she handed out song sheets and campaign literature. She holds the song sheet signed by Kennedy, along with the name tag she wore that day. Below is a close-up of the song sheet and signature (lower right). Photos submitted

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Justice delayed in child sexual assault

11th-hour reprieve for Robert Holmstrom

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Justice for an alleged sexual assault that occurred on Labor Day weekend of 2014 was delayed, yet again, as the man charged with the offense, appearing in Burnett County Court on Friday, March 18, withdrew his guilty plea. Robert Holmstrom, of rural Grantsburg, was charged on Sept. 1, 2014, with second-degree sexual assault of a child under 16 year of age. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department, Holmstrom placed his hand under the clothing of a 15-year-old girl and then took the girls hand, placing it upon him. The girl withdrew her hand and turned away. Holmstrom initially pleaded not guilty. The case was scheduled for jury trial on Nov. 9, 2015. Moments before the trial was to begin, with the jury seated and 50 members of the community packed into the courtroom, Holmstrom agreed to a plea deal. Under the plea deal, Holmstrom pleaded guilty to a lesser charge

of third-degree sexual assault in a “nonprison disposition.” Holmstrom agreed, under the deal, to be placed on a lifetime sex offender registry. On Friday, March 18, a Robert Holmstrom day originally scheduled as a sentencing hearing, and with the victim and her family in the courtroom, Holmstrom withdrew his guilty plea, claiming the guilty plea “was not knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily entered.” Admitted error At issue is an admitted error of Holmstrom’s attorney, Nicholas Davis, of Williams and Davis law firm in Amery. In explaining the “nonprison disposition,” Davis did not relate to Holmstrom that under the plea deal, the judge could still sentence Holmstrom to time in the Burnett County Jail. “The way I thought I understood it,”

Davis explained to Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Kurtz, “I thought it would be probation and nonincarceration. That’s what I reported to my client. That’s what I believed – no jail time. We were ready to go to trial.” A “nonprison disposition” means the parties agree that under sentencing the convicted would not serve time in federal or state prison. Holmstrom still faced the prospect of serving considerable time in the Burnett County jail. District Attorney William Norine appeared perplexed by the 11th-hour withdrawal of the plea deal. “I have never extended a plea agreement in a child sexual assault that did not require jail time. If there was a provision for no incarceration that would have been clearly stated on the record. The transcript speaks for its self,” Norine said. Norine argued that further delay of justice could be prejudicial to the victim. “This case involves a child juvenile victim,” Norine said. “Jury cases often revolve around the appearance of the victim at trial.” The victim was 15 years old at the time of the offense. It is feasible that, given the delays in rendering justice, she may be an adult at the time a

Parking nap leads to DUI No. 11 Grantsburg man faces over a dozen years in prison, if convicted Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – Daniel Hess, 47, Grantsburg, has been charged with his 11th driving while intoxicated charge, after a policer discovered Hess passed out in his car near Frederic on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, authorities were dispatched to the parking lot of an auto dealer north Daniel Hess of Frederic in the early evening on Thursday, March 17, in reference to a man slumped over at the wheel. However, before he passed out, employees at the business where he was discovered were concerned that as Hess was driving into the parking lot, he was

going too fast and might collide with, or drive right through, the office building. Hess did stop the car in time and then pulled directly in front of the business office, which is where he fell asleep. About 15 minutes later, employees attempted to wake Hess, but he had apparently passed out, unconscious and slumped over, with the car still running and the windshield wipers still going. When authorities arrived, there was initially a concern for his safety, and an ambulance was also called to the scene. It reportedly took some effort to wake Hess up. When they did wake him, his speech was slurred and slow and his story was all over the board, initially telling police that he had been out drinking the evening prior, that his last drink was the previous morning at 1 a.m. and that he was tired from working an 11-hour shift with no sleep. He kept telling the officer several different stories, ranging from one that had him heading home from work and getting lost to that he was heading to work, and another that he was on his way to a friend’s house. The deputy noticed an odor of intoxicants and that he had a lengthy history of DUI convictions, meaning he faced stiffer restrictions than most drivers and was not to have a blood alcohol concentration

over .02 percent, which is well under the national .08 BAC limit to drive. Hess failed every aspect of the field sobriety test and registered a .123 BAC, leading to his latest DUI charge, which is a felony and leaves the potential of up to 12.5 years in prison and over $25,000 in fines, if convicted. Hess’ history of DUI convictions follows him back to 1989 for his first, with subsequent convictions in 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, two in 2000, 2002, 2003 and his most recent in 2009. The state’s sentencing guidelines for felony DUI sentences stop after 10 or more convictions. After his latest arrest, Hess appeared the next day in Polk County Circuit Court, where Judge Molly GaleWyrick set a $5,000 cash bond with absolute sobriety restrictions. His preliminary hearing is slated for later this week when the state will present evidence to bind him over for trial. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, as of late 2012, only 30 drivers in Wisconsin have more than 11 DUI convictions, although no less than 42 drivers have 11 convictions, in total. Two drivers have had 16 convictions.

jury trial is held. Kutz granted the withdrawal of plea “with great reluctance” stating that case law requires such withdrawal “unless the prosecution is substantially prejudiced.” With the withdrawal of plea agreement, a jury trial will be scheduled with the second-degree sexual-assault charges being reinstated. If convicted, Holmstrom could face up to 40 years in prison.

Bomb threat closes Polk County buildings   Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Several Polk County government offices were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, March 22, after an unspecified threat, which employees were told was a bomb threat. “I can’t say much as it is an ongoing investigation, but there was a threat to county property,” stated Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson. “While the threat was considered to have low credibility, several departments within the county were allowed to close for the remainder of the day in the interest of employee and public safety.” The threats did lead to a notable law enforcement search of several county locations, prior to the closures, including the Polk County Government Center, where employees were sent home shortly before 2:30 p.m. Details on the type of threat or how it was brought to light remain unclear at press time, and PCSD officials remained tight-lipped on the background at press time. “The investigation into the person responsible is continuing,” Johnson said. “There is not believed to be an ongoing concern, and county buildings are expected to be open as usual tomorrow (Wednesday, March 23). At this point I can’t get more specific.” The unspecified “government property threat” was possibly compounded by events earlier in the day in Europe, where radical Islamic terrorists exploded three bombs in Brussels, Belgium, just a few hours prior, killing over 30 people and wounding hundreds. The threats are believed to be local, and while such threats are rare, they are taken very seriously in light of past anti-government, domestic terrorism events, such as the most noted bombing Oklahoma City and elsewhere. At press time, no arrests had been made in the local incident.


The photo at left, from the Polk County Again website, is a scene from the stretch of Hwy. 46 along the the west side of Balsam Lake, taken in the early 1900s. The photo at right is the scene today. - Photo at left courtesy Polk County Again website, photo at right by Greg Marsten


1960 primary/from page 2 A real tea party In those days a political tea party was an actual gathering where they served tea and coffee. “My wife and I were newly married at that point,” Murphy, now 84, said in a phone interview. “I had a little slack time and I talked her into having a coffee party (for Kennedy). “It was at 6 o’clock in the evening and most of the farmers were working but their wives came.” Bobby visited with the family, at one point holding the Murphy’s 1-year-old son, Patrick, in his arms. It’s now a cherished moment for the family although at the time, Murphy reiterated, not many people really knew who the future attorney general, senator and presidential candidate was and weren’t very interested in knowing him. “Most of our members were supporting Humphrey,” he said. Murphy recalls Bobby stayed overnight at the Dalles House and the next morning he was driven to the Air Force radar station near Osceola at the urging of one of the colonels there. “We wanted to be sure we had time to make a breakfast with a group of doctors at Amery,” Murphy said. “But the radar station tour took over an hour and Bobby was getting nervous. He was going to receive the Father of the Year Award in Washington, D.C., later that day and as we left the radar station he got cold feet and wanted to head to the airport in Minneapolis.” Campaign coordinator Dugal said Bobby worked “awfully hard” in northern Wisconsin. “He was up at the crack of dawn and we rarely got to bed before 2 in the morning,” he noted. “Some of those trips weren’t too productive - some were. Bobby talked to maybe 10 to 15 groups in a day.” It was a necessity, said Murphy, who had met JFK the previous year in Rice Lake at a strategy meeting at the King Edward Inn and Hotel. “Wisconsin was very much of a swing state,” he said. “He had to take Wisconsin or his campaign would have come to an end.” A brush with history Carol Shirley McDonough, of Rochester, Minn., was a freshman in college at Eau Claire in 1959 and 60, fresh off the family farm in Bone Lake. JFK, accompanied by his wife, Jackie, made a campaign stop at the school in November of 1959 and she was among several girls recruited from the dorms to be a hostess at the campaign gathering. “I do not remember what we specifically did at the gathering but I do remember that JFK talked with each of us and signed our song sheet,” McDonough noted. “He was very cordial while it seemed his wife, Jackie, was very distant.” McDonough has kept her autographed song sheet and hostess name tag. The song sheet contained the lyrics to “High Hopes,” the campaign song adopted by Kennedy and made famous by singer Frank Sinatra: Everyone is voting for Jack Cause he’s got what all the rest lack Everyone wants to back -- Jack Jack is on the right track. ‘Cause he’s got high hopes He’s got high hopes

Robert Murphy, center, at the March 25, 1960, Polk County Press Association meeting at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake, with Vern Jensen of the Luck Enterprise (left) and Robert Kennedy (right) campaigning for his brother, John. - Photo submitted

Nineteen Sixty’s the year for his high hopes. Come on and vote for Kennedy Vote for Kennedy And we’ll come out on top! Oops, there goes the opposition - ker Oops, there goes the opposition - ker Oops, there goes the opposition - KERPLOP!

Political conception Campaigning throughout northern Wisconsin produced many stories along with a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Making of the President, 1960,” by Theodore White, who actually accompanied the Kennedy caravan from Hurley to Ashland and other towns and villages, along with writers and photographers from Life magazine and other media. Kennedy stopped his caravan near Ladysmith one day after seeing a group of nuns walking along the road. He got out and talked with them and they invited him back to the convent, much to the dismay of his campaign handlers who were trying to keep a schedule. However, the incident made for a unique photo for Life magazine. A now legendary tale involved JFK meeting a farmwife on the Main Street of a Wisconsin town and learning she was the mother of 14 children. Kennedy asked one of his aides to track down Jackie and bring her over to the woman. Coming from a large family and wanting a large family of his own, JFK supposedly said, “Jackie, shake hands with her for good luck ... “ It was a short time later the couple learned they would be having a second child. John Jr. was born Nov. 25, 1960.

And the opposition did fall flat. Kennedy won statewide, scoring 476,000 votes to Humphrey’s 366,753. The Kennedy campaign’s appearances regionally apparently didn’t do that much good, however, as local Democrats backed Humphrey - 3,842 to 1,285 in Polk County, 1,499 to 562 in Burnett County and 1,379 to 1,116 in Washburn County.

Great tradition In one of his television commercials, Kennedy spoke highly of the Wisconsin primary system. “The Wisconsin primary has had a great tradition,” Kennedy says early in the spot, “stretching back to the days of Governor La Follette in 1905, who helped design this law in order to permit the peo-

John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, campaigning for president, greeted Ralph Smith of Hertel, chair of the Burnett County Democrats, on the Main Street of Shell Lake on Friday, March 18. - File photo

BMC FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT Burnett Medical Center Foundation received a $15,000 grant from Farmers Independent Telephone Company/ Grantsburg Telcom which was put toward the purchase of two pharmacy hoods at Burnett Medical Center. Pictured (L to R): Mark Anderson, John Segelstrom, Betty Peer, Jim Olson, Todd Anderson and Stan Peer. – Photo submitted

A newspaper clipping from a 1960 Leader tells of Hubert Humphrey’s wife, Muriel, campaigning for her husband in Polk County. - File photo ple of this state, as well as the people of other states, to participate in the selection of their presidential nominee.” That great tradition is coming around again on Tuesday, April 5 - minus, perhaps, the brief, shining moments of attention by candidates to our rural towns and villages. But in the world of politics, as they say, anything can - and will - happen.


Burnett County social worker honored by state Inger LeClair recognized for “outstanding dedication to Wisconsin’s children and families” E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Inger LeClair, a child-abuse investigator with the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services, has been awarded the distinguished Caring for Kids Award. The State Department of Children and Families sponsors the award. LeClair is being honored for her “outstanding dedication to Wisconsin’s children and families,” according to Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The award will be presented to LeClair on Thursday, March 31, in a ceremony at the state Capitol building, inside the Assembly chamber and parlor. LeClair has been with the Burnett County HHS for 14 years. “This is a significant honor for Inger – and a recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the children and families that we serve in Burnett County,” said Katherine Peterson, director of HHS, as she formally recognized LeClair before the Burnett County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 17. “Inger is very deserving of this award and deserving to be recognized for her dedicated service,” Peterson said. “Being a child abuse investigator is a very demanding

job. It is not easy being a child-abuse investigator. Inger has been with us for more than 14 years. The statewide average is about four years. Inger is relied upon for her expertise. She has an incredibly calm demeanor – especially when all hell is breaking loose.” Peterson said. LeClair, who was accompanied to the meeting by two staff members, seemed touched by the recognition. “I’ve been able to do it for so long because of the incredible team we have,” LeClair said. In related business, public health supervisor Jodi Reed has met the three-year public health requirements set out in Wisconsin statutes and has been approved as the health officer for Burnett County. As the local health officer, Reed will administer and enforce the state public health statutes and rules. Reed is a registered nurse.

Inger LeClair, child abuse investigator with Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services, received the Caring for Kids Award in recognition of her “outstanding dedication to Wisconsin’s children and families.” On the left is HHS Director Katherine Peterson. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson

Community health meeting It was announced that Healthy Burnett will be sponsoring a Community Health Forum on Friday, April 15, to be held in the Burnett County Government Center. The community is invited to prioritize the county’s top health issues and identify their root causes. With root causes identified, determining assets and strategies for addressing the health concerns will be formulated. Residents interested in participating may contact Brittany Fry, 715-349-7600, ext.1230, for more information. The meeting is in sponsorship with the Burnett Medical Center.

Bids opened for new highway facility Construction on $6 million project set to begin in summer E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Four bids were received for the construction of a new facility to house the Burnett County Highway and Forestry departments. The new facility is to be constructed at the current highway yard and will consolidate the current mishmash of old, energy inefficient structures. The highway yard is located at 8150 Hwy. 70 in Siren. The construction firms of Bricki Bros, Market & Johnson, V&S and Miron submitted bids with cost estimates ranging from a high of just over $6 million to a low bid at $5,749,900. Market & Johnson were the low bidders. The bids were presented to the board of supervisors at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 17. According to a master plan cost-estimate spreadsheet provided by county Administrator Nate Ehalt, total building costs are projected to be $4.9 million, with $640,000 in site development expenses and $350,000 set aside in contingency. Total project costs will be $5,925,400.

Limit financial burden to taxpayers The supervisors committed to a number of steps designed to limit overall financial costs. Previously, the county committed to limit borrowing for the project to 10 years, in an effort to keep interest expenses down and

limit financial stress to the taxpayer. At its meeting on March 17, supervisors approved a resolution authorizing the borrowing of $1 million from its forestry fund reserves. Under this scenario, the forestry department, who will be housed in the new facility, will provide the monies as an interest-free loan to the county. Funds to repay the loan will come from a 20 percent severance tax on the timber sale revenues coming from county forestlands. “Not having to pay interest on 20-percent of total project costs is sure going to have a beneficial impact of our property owners,” said Supervisor Brent Blomberg at an infrastructure committee meeting held earlier in the week. The county forestry department is currently housed in a converted hangar at the airport. Because they will be moving into the new highway facility, and occupying 20 percent of the space, the county is authorized to utilize forestry funds for a portion of project costs. The forestry department has consistently received more funds in forestry sales than have been budgeted. Last year, the county received $1,463,902 in forestry sales while projecting $875,000 in its budget. There is over 100,000 acres of state and county forestry land. The forestry department manages the county portion under a sustainable harvesting program, with sale proceeds going to offset overall taxpayer expenses. The supervisors also authorized solicitation of bids from local banks for up to $5 million in borrowing, with terms limited to ten years. The hope is that securing fi-

nancing locally, and limiting the term to 10 years, will result in a low interest rate, further reducing financial burdens on the taxpayer. “The facility is within budget. The action today empowers the committee to seek terms of proposals up to $5 million for 10 years with no penalty for prepayment,” Ehalt said. The county hopes to award both the construction bid and the borrowing terms at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19. Construction on the new highway facility is set to begin this summer and could take up to one year to complete. “We had a little bit of an issue pop-up with regards to a wetland on site so we shifted the new building to the north. This will allow for the highway office and shop to remain in place and operational during construction, and we’ll move in to the new facility upon completion,” said Michael Hoefs, new highway commissioner, as he discussed the project before the infrastructure committee on Wednesday, March 9. “Things are coming together. We have a good plan. Everything is looking fairly well. With construction happening over winter, we are planning to work through challenges to ensure winter snow removal operations can proceed without interruption,” Hoefs said. “Just make sure you build it right, because you’re going to be living in the damn thing long after the contractors are gone,” Supervisor Dale Dressel told Hoefs.

Fundraiser planned to promote Burnett County tourism Tourism seen as means to creating a viable and growing future

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Can the many lakes, rivers, forestlands and trails in Burnett County be leveraged as a tool for small-business attraction and a vehicle for economic growth? According to Harriet Rice, secretary with the Burnett County Tourism Coalition, promoting tourism in Burnett County will help to create a viable and growing future and lead to more jobs and amenities. Rice appeared before the Burnett County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 17, to provide an update on BCTC activities. The BCTC was formed in 2013 to prioritize tourism as a vehicle for economic growth and a voice for small businesses on a countywide level. The BCTC is comprised of representatives from local chambers of commerce, rotary and other civic groups, county board members and members of the Burnett County Historical Society, and the Burnett County Resort and Campground Association. The coalition has accomplished much since its formation. They have developed a mission statement, an inventory assessment and byaws. With its organizational foundation established, the BCTC has now set about on an ambitious agenda to promote the county. They have developed a tourism website – - and a Burnett County Face book page – The BCTC has also developed a tourism logo feaHarriet Rice, of the Burnett County turing a sandhill crane gliding over a river valley. Tourism Committee, appeared before Burnett County Board of Supervisors “Spirited waters, inspiring wildlife” is the encapon Thursday, March 17. -- Photo by E. sulating slogan for promoting tourism in Burnett County. Royal Emerson

Fundraiser planned The BCTC is already well on its way toward its top goal of creating a brand for Burnett County. In order to be truly effective, however, it needs a steady source of revenue. Rather than reliance of government funding, the organization seeks a self-reliant approach, organizing fundraisers and securing grants. In the past year, the group has secured two small grants, allowing for the formation of a web page, A recently held ice-fishing contest on Webb Lake netted $2,000. Dinner gala featuring Mary Mack The BCTC is sponsoring a major fundraiser on Tuesday, April 5. The dinner gala event, to be held at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg, will feature a comedy show by well-known comedian Mary Mack, local graduate turned Mary Mack. Mack is a Burnett County native and nationally known comedian, will per- graduate of Webster High School. The April 5 dinner gala begins with a 5 p.m. soform at the Tuesday, April 5, Burnett County Tourism Coalition fundraiser cial and dinner served at 6 p.m. The Mary Mack Comedy Show begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets for the dinner gala. - Photo by Art Altman event are $75 for a single person and $125 for a couple. Tickets are available at the Siren village office, T-Dawgs in Grantsburg or The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. Folks are encouraged to purchase tickets before Sunday, March 27, allowing organizers time to plan for the event. All proceeds will go to benefit the coalition and its mission “to grow tourism in Burnett County.” Additional information can be attained at or by calling 800788-3164.


Contests for everyone April 5 presidential primary for both parties, Wisconsin Supreme Court contest, many local races

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES – There are at least two contests for every area voter at the April 5 election. The presidential primary is still a hot issue for each party. The Republican presidential primary ballot includes 12 names even though the race now seems to have narrowed down to Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump. The other nine names were still considered as possibilities when the ballot order was certified by the state.

The Burnett County deputy county clerk, Judy Dykstra, has announced she will be running as a Republican for county treasurer. The current treasurer, Joanne Pahl, has announced her retirement.

Democrats can choose between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but Martin O’Malley is also on the ballot. There is also a Wisconsin Supreme Court contest between Rebecca Bradley and Joanne Kloppenburg. Polk County has county board contests in four districts. There are municipal races in the city of St. Croix Falls and the villages of Balsam Lake, Centuria, Dresser, Frederic and Milltown. Three towns with five-member boards, Alden, Clayton and Eureka, also have contests.

Wanda Hinrichs, Burnett County clerk, will be running for re-election this fall. She is a Democrat. - Photos by E. Royal Emerson

The school districts of Clear Lake and Unity have contested races while the Luck and St. Croix Falls districts have write-in contests. In Burnett County there is one county board contest. The village of Grantsburg has a contest, and Siren village has a write-in spot on the ballot. There are school board races in Grantsburg, Webster and Spooner.Details on these races will be covered in separate stories.

Jeanine Chell, Burnett County register of deeds, will be running for re-lection this fall. She is a Democrat.

Burnett County officials to run for partisan positions Burnett County clerk, treasurer and register of deeds to be on November ballot E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County positions of county clerk, county treasurer and register of deeds are up for re-election this fall. The county board recently established the annual salaries of the respective elected officials. The four-year terms will pay a starting salary of $56,579. The current county treasurer, Joanne Pahl, has announced she will be retiring at the end of her term. Deputy county clerk Judy Dykstra has announced she will be running for the county treasurer position. Dykstra has

been employed with the county since 1988. She had previously worked as an account clerk in the county treasurer’s office. Dykstra will be running as a republican. Current county clerk Wanda Hinrichs has announced she will be running for re-election. Hinrichs has been county clerk since 2005 and has been with the county clerk’s office for 18 years. She will be running as a Democrat. Jeanine Chell has also announced that she will be running for re-election for register of deeds. Chell has served as the register of deeds since 2001 and has worked in the deeds office since 1997. “I love helping the public and I love my job,” Chell said. She will be running as a Democrat. Election for the three county positions will take place as part of the Nov. 8 general election. Folks interested in running for any of the positions

must submit a declaration of candidacy, a campaign registration statement and nomination papers no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. New candidates should file a campaign registration statement as soon as intent to seek elective office is known and prior to funds being collected or spent. Nomination papers can be circulated beginning April 1. At least 200 signatures are required for a candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot. The county clerk’s office has a ballot access checklist for those interested in being a candidate. If more than two people from the same party are seeking office a primary election will be held on Aug. 9.

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SCF school cuts girls golf, wrestling cheerleading

District prepares for 10-year buildings and grounds plan

Board members toured the Dresser Elementary School several weeks ago, as they were shown some of the upcoming infrastructure and maintenance issues the school district will face over the next decade, as they prepare of a plan to address those needs. – Photo by Greg Marsten

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ST. CROIX FALLS - After a lengthy discussion at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the St. Croix Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to cut their girls golf program, as well as wrestling cheerleading, due to a lack of student interest. “I have to plan for reality,” stated high school Principal Peggy Ryan. “The reality is, there just is not enough interest right now (in both programs).” Athletic director Paul Randolph addressed the issue, noting how both programs future has been discussed before, and that interest in both programs have seen ebbs and flows in recent years. Randolph pointed to participation numbers for both offerings, how the girls golf program has had between three and eight participants since 2011. “We need to have five girls out to score (at tournaments),” Randolph said. “It’s about interest, we just haven’t had the interest to get enough girls out.” Randolph said that while the district’s wrestling program has been hugely successful, the cheerleading aspect of the sport has struggled for several years, as Randolph said they have not had consistent, dedicated cheerleaders, who also maintain their academic eligibility to participate. “I think it’s just time for us to move beyond that program,” Ryan added. Several questions emerged during the discussion, including about possible conflicts with federal Title IX requirements of gender equality, but Randolph said that he has had discussions with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, which have assured him they are in compliance. “It’s not about being equal,” Randolph said. “It’s about need, filling a need.” Ryan said that if a girl does have an interest in the golf program, they do have the option of trying out for the boys team, which has an opposite season than the girls WIAA season. Randolph pointed out that even with interest, they have had a very difficult time finding a conference for their girls golf team, going through several different channels over the years, but lately playing in Middle Border Conference meets, but as a nonscoring team. “We’re not in a conference,” Randolph said. “The Middle Border allowed us a guest member.” The cuts of the both programs are not expected to save all that much money, as district Administrator Mark Burandt estimated it at “the low to mid thousands,” combining transportation, meet entries, coaching and other costs. But board member Patricia Mitchell pointed out that some students and parents have sought to add certain sports in recent years, such as soccer, but the district voted to not add them on. “We have sports people want, but we don’t offer,” Mitchell said. “Can we keep our options open?” Randolph said the schedules are being drafted soon, meaning they need to make a decision soon, one way or another. “But I don’t want that to be the purpose, dropping one sport to add another,” Burandt said. “There are completely separate issues.” While a girl can technically complete on a boys golf team, they would need to play by the male course dis-

tances, which can be a daunting physical challenge for a high school player, according to Jeff Benoy, a past golf coach. “Yeah, that would be a stretch,” Benoy stated. “They would have to play the boys tees. It would be very, very tough.” Burandt noted that the girls playing on a boys team can be considered a “similar opportunity” for females, it might not be realistic. “It’s less of a clear answer,” Burandt admitted. In the end, the board voted unanimously to cut both girls golf and wrestling cheerleading. In other board action: • Burandt proposed a member structure for the much-discussed 10-year building plan, which he thinks is worthy of an extensive advisory committee to give input and priorities on the plan, which is estimated to cost over $5 million between now and 2026. The committee would also give their recommendations on how to finance the plan, either through a referenda, dedicated energy-saving future offset borrowing or dedicated annual budgeting. Burandt is proposing a committee comprised a variety of district officials, teachers, nonteachers and a cross section of approximately 10-12 community members, from parents to professionals to concerned citizens. “I’d like to make sure we have all of our demographics covered,” Burandt said. The committee would be brought up to speed on the issues the district faces over the next decade, which would include tours, presentations and a video of specific concerns. They would also provide feedback on priorities, as well as time lines, financing options and more, over a series of at least three and possibly four meetings in midApril through late May, with a final presentation to the board in early June. There were some issues raised about possible conflicts of interest, such as from construction industry members, who may be eligible for some of the spoils of those projects. “We would need to make very certain of their roll,” Burandt said, adding that the board should consider how to best address the issue. • The board approved the resignations of Dayle Schultz as district payroll coordinator, as well as for Angie Maternowski, who resigned as middle school track coach. They also approved an intergovernmental agreement

“I have to plan for reality. The reality is, there is just not enough interest right now ...”


- high school Principal Peggy Ryan

with the Osceola School District to essentially subcontract with them for certain special education services, at a slightly higher cost than they currently carry, but with “much more service,” according to Burandt. • Burandt and board President Roni Schuler noted the establishment of a citizen group called the St. Croix Valley Friends of Public Education, a nonpartisan volunteer group hoping to get the word out about the needs, benefits and promotion of public education. The group is just starting, and will be doing a kick-off event on Tuesday, April 19, although Burandt had little info at the moment. “We’re trying to get concerned community members involved,” Burandt said. “I’d like us to move on that.” “I agree, I think it’s good for us to get in on the ground floor,” Schuler said. • Burandt gave an update on his appearance at the recent St. Croix Falls Plan Commission, which addressed the issues involving the football field future plans, as the property is owned by the city, but the school district maintains it. The city is considering designating the field, and its noted Works Project Administration stonework, as a historic site, which he said might add to any future costs down the road. Burandt is meeting with Mayor Brian Blesi later this week to discuss the future of the field and historic designation. • Burandt discussed the procedures for filling board vacancies and gave the board a draft policy to consider for the next board meeting. “This may strike us before that,” Burandt said. “We don’t have any write-in candidates yet. A couple of people have requested papers, but none have been turned in yet.” The board has two seats up for grabs, after the retirement of Sheri Norgard, who chose not run again. The other seat position up is Dr. Steve Bont’s, who is running again. • The board approved a new policy on how to address gifts, requests for naming rights, sponsorships and the like for the future, with a general policy requiring the said donation to comprise at least 51 percent of a project cost to consider naming, although the board can make adjustments to that minimum on a case-by-case basis. • Burandt made achievement awards to both Rita Platt and Dan Clark for their extensive efforts of dedication to the district over the years.

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Vote for Kloppenburg Those writing in support of Rebecca Bradley for Wisconsin Supreme Court have failed to mention some very important considerations. Bradley has very little judicial experience, having been appointed to three judgeships in three years by Gov. Walker. This brings up her past highly partisan political activities. As a college student she wrote several commentaries that were very partisan, mean-spirited and borderline hate speech. In 2006, she argued that pharmacists should be able

to discriminate against women by refusing to dispense birth control to them if it went against their religious beliefs. And as recently as 2010, she told a friendly interviewer that her guiding motto was the Tea Party’s “Don’t tread on me.” Her partisanship is not a thing of the past, however, as the Republican Party is openly supporting her, and she has left the bench during oral arguments to attend partisan fundraisers on her behalf. As a lawyer, she also exhibited what many legal scholars consider questionable judgment, when she represented someone she was hav-

ing an affair with in a child custody battle he was having with his wife. All of this strongly suggests she would bring her highly partisan past and questionable judgment to an already fractured, partisan and dysfunctional Supreme Court. We’ve had enough of this and deserve better. Vote for Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who has the experience, judgment and temperament we need in a Supreme Court justice. Bob Wright Dresser

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Hendee’s “Laws” Kirby Hendee always believed

that what happens in the Legislature is more important to average citizens than what happens in Congress. The exceptions are taxes and Social Security, he said. Hendee, who served in the state Senate from 1957 to 1961 and ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Henry Reuss for Congress in 1960, died earlier this month at age 92. A man of high integrity, honesty and wit, Hendee became a prominent lobbyist in Madison years after that defeat. In 1957 he was the youngest Republican in the state Senate, and political insiders whispered he would be a good governor. Also serving in the state Senate was Gaylord Nelson. Although in different political parties, they became friends, enjoying each other’s yarns and stories. “I represented the cause of truth, justice and honor, and Gaylord was a Democrat,” quipped Hendee. In later years he gave speeches on how the Legislature operated, coining the phrase “Hendee’s Laws” about lobbying and making laws. ‘’In the Legislature, logic is your weakest argument,” said Hendee. Getting re-elected is the prime motivation for legislators. “Like all of us, they want to keep their jobs. It’s sometimes called the ‘Capistrano syndrome.’ Like the swallows, they like to come back.” That means voting the way the

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer folks back home feel. And that, Hendee said, “is frequently emotional and only accidentally logical.’’ There is both offensive and defensive lobbying in the state Capitol. Defensive maneuvers including pushing for a study of the impact of a bill. “Beware of the trap of a study. The purpose of a study is rarely to find anything out,” he said. Delay often is the real goal. He was displeased that the media would sometimes portray lobbyists as representing “the special interests” with the inference that there is something evil about anyone who has a ‘’special interest.’’ ‘’The fact is that our society is put together as a bundle of special interests, each vying with the other,” said Hendee. “The result generally comes out with some pretty workable legislation.” Lobbyists are like any good salespeople. “You have to genuinely like the people you are dealing with. Sometimes it is difficult to like legislators,” he would add. Hendee noted there is a widespread disdain for politicians in

general. The current national political campaigns might underscore that view. But Hendee disagreed with the feeling that legislators are “venal, pompous, ambitious and dumb.’’ “There are, of course, some stupid legislators, but there are stupid businessmen, too. They deserve to be represented, and that’s who represents them.” Many people come to the Capitol “with stars in their eyes and good intentions,” believing they know “what is right,” he said. “My friends, nothing ever passes because it is right,” Hendee said. “It passes because someone wanted it to pass badly enough to do the work required to make it pass. “When good bills die, it is usually a result of indifference, but when bad bills pass, it is almost always because some skilled lobbyist knew what buttons to push and he pushed them.” Hendee would say it is illegal to wine and dine legislators. It’s a law rarely enforced, but he offered a warning that once started it’s difficult to stop. “When you get up to dance with a gorilla, you don’t sit down until the gorilla gets tired.” Hendee’s words are worth remembering. The content in this column does not reflect the views or opinions of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association or its member newspapers.

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Facts not checked Two letters that appeared last week in support of Jeff Peterson’s candidacy contain statements that are simply untrue. I can’t imagine how they got by the “fact checkers” at the local newspapers. Wondra’s letter complains of the wasted tax dollars caused by people checking into the past activities of those who chose to be candidates for public office. He says that Mr. Hartung’s Freedom of Information Act request is a huge waste of county tax dollars. Not true at all. Fulfilling Hartung’s requests requires no additional tax dollars or overtime by the staff. A large part of county government exists to provide information to the public. That’s what they do. In fact, one could argue that Hartung’s request actually generates revenue. The county fee schedule says that the county can charge 25 cents for each copy requested. I can’t imagine it costs the county more than a few cents to make a copy. Hartung owes no explanation as to why he might want public information. It seems fair to assess Peterson’s previous activities and commentary in light of his desire to represent us in the Legislature. Or should we quote the current face of the Democrat Party. “What difference does it make now?” FOIA requests are designed to protect the public’s right to know as well as the privacy rights of the person being scrutinized. That’s why Peterson was notified of the request. A simple request for public information would not have required that Peterson be notified. Keith Rediske’s letter also falls short of being factual. There is no “erosion of standards for quality currently happening in Wisconsin” pertaining to lakes and rivers. How is it an erosion of water-quality standards to allow someone to repair their home if they don’t change the footprint of the house? The state, through DNR 115, has long been the legal regulation that is responsible for protecting public water in the state of Wisconsin, not local government. DNR 115 had to be restrictive enough to protect the most vulnerable lakes and rivers in the entire state and then that standard was applied to all state lakes and rivers. The problem with the Rediske/Peterson types is there’s never enough regulation to suit them. How clean should the water be? They can’t answer that. They just want it “cleaner” and are willing to engage in never-ending regulation to solve a problem they can’t even define. Bob Blake Rural Frederic

“I am the American Flag” I am the American flag. I am the visual symbol of freedom, courage and hope. I am the Red, White and Blue, and am often called Old Glory, too. I am the American flag. I am the symbol of you as you are of me. Protect me. I am the banner of liberty, religious freedom and equal opportunity. And our national anthem is a song about me. It’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” by

Francis Scott Key. I am the American flag. Protect me. I am the American flag. And I am the visual symbol of the heroes who gave their lives. And as they died, it was I that carried their caskets with honor, glory and pride. I am the American flag. Protect me. I am the visual symbol of the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution of the United States of America. And yes, the Bill of Rights. I am that star-spangled banner in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I am the American flag. I am the symbol of you as you are of me. Protect me. Poem written by Donald Robert Foisie on July 4, 1990 Sylvia Hansen Frederic

Judge Judy? U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and the rest of the GOP senators are having a hissy fit. President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to appoint a Supreme Court justice following the death of Justice Scalia. The Republican senators are refusing to do their constitutional duty to advise and consent on this qualified nominee. The Republican Senate has enough votes to block this nomination if the candidate is somehow unqualified or not to their liking, but they prefer to be obstructionists by refusing to hold hearings. They say they prefer to wait for a new president. So what are they hoping for? That Donald Trump will be the next president and he will appoint Judge Judy to the highest court in the land? Gail Lando Grantsburg

SOL - “Same Old Leftist” I read with amusement the recent letter to the editor by Chris Wondra concerning the open records request by Dick Hartung for information on Assembly candidate Jeff Peterson. I find it odd that the people on the left who are always yelling about “transparency” hate it when it shows up at their door or school. Peterson served as a member of the Polk County Board of Adjustment for six years. It might be useful to the voting public to see how he ruled or voted in cases that came before that board. In regard to who pays for the cost of gathering the information at the county, the person requesting the information is billed by the county. Wondra states that in the case of a schools the cost would come out of an already anemic school fund. I believe that we in the United States are No. 1 on monies spent for child education in the world, and yet we rank around No. 30 in outcome. I’m not making a blanket statement that it is all the fault of teachers, for I don’t wish to be accused of being a

County jail populations declining In Wisconsin, offenders sentenced to confinement for more than one year are sent to state prison. Those sentenced to lesser terms typically are confined to a county jail. After increasing for decades, Wisconsin’s county jail populations have declined in recent years. In 1990, the

liberal, a leftist or - God forbid - a Democrat by making a blanket statement. It would seem to me that the best way to decide who is better suited to represent us is for Peterson and Assemblyman Jarchow to have a series of debates in front of the public to find out where they stand on the issues. Wondra states that we, as Republicans, never support public education. I beg to differ. I think we, along with are fellow Democrats, both pay taxes. We just disagree on how the monies should be spent. Wondra says we Republicans are consistent about one thing, “we love the poorly educated.” Wondra, we can only work with what you send us from our school systems. Thomas Magnafici Dresser

Sit back and enjoy the ride What an election year we are having. There is a self-proclaimed socialist trying to be president and is winning many votes. There is a former first lady vying for the same position in another party. There is a sitting governor, a sitting senator and a businessman running for president from the other party. The two major parties have been “Trumped” by the businessman. Donald Trump is the antithesis of today’s politician. Both major parties are trying to stop this train running to the White House, but it has already left the station. Why do the Democrats and the Republican establishment want to derail Trump’s campaign? Job security, prestige, great pay, out-of -this-world benefits, unlimited travel and the best health-care tax dollars can buy is all at risk. You see, both the Republican and the Democrat party members want to keep their respective free boat rides sailing. Today’s federal political parties don’t want to fix anything meaningful, if that would happen they would no longer be needed and it would be the end to all the money and benefits they are blessed with. Trump is beholden to no one and is marching to his self-paid drummer and that has both parties on the national level fighting to keep the tab of the taxpayers and lobbyists open. The voters of both political parties have had enough of the empty promises and found someone they think will actually fix our nation’s problems and not just say what they are going to do to keep you voting for them. I am not saying I am a Trump supporter, but it is refreshing to see someone on the presidential stage not needing the job with unlimited benefits paid for by the taxpayer. Sit back and enjoy the ride, amusement, frivolity and empty promises by those who have been “Trumped” in this election year. Mark Pettis Hertel

Proposed gun control bill mirrors Australian law The Madison Democrats are back with gun control. Melissa Agard-Sargent introduced the AB960 gun control bill. The bill, if approved, would introduce a 20-per-

average daily population was 6,278. Over the next 10 years, that figure doubled to 12,547 in 2000. After 2000, county jail populations continued to climb, but at a slower pace, increasing 18.5 percent to 14,863 by 2006. Populations then stagnated over the next two years and have since declined steadily. In 2014, average daily populations were 16 percent below their 2008 peak.

cent tax on guns. According to the bill, the money raised would be used to “buy back” guns and have them destroyed. The Democrats would have you believe that all gangs, drug dealers and criminals will rush to their local police station and turn in their guns. The program is a mirror image of the Australian gun laws. If anyone believes this is a commonsense approach, you need to look at how well gun control is working throughout the nation. Chicago: It is illegal for anyone to sell guns. The continuous murders and shootings continue to go up. New York City: It is illegal for anyone to sell guns. Los Angeles: Handguns are illegal. Now they have legislated “safe cities” in California for known criminals, drug dealers and gangs to walk around with total immunity to any laws. Their shootings and gang activity continue to rise. The Democrats are the same ones that tell everyone that all Muslims are peace loving. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a report which stated that 128 immigrants released since 2010 by the Obama administration have committed 138 murders since. The Democrats also say we have to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons. Yet, a lot of the states allow convicted felons to own guns. All they have to do is write a letter to a judge saying “they have seen the light” after they serve their time, and the normal liberal judges reinstate their rights to own guns. The are also the same people trying to get recreational drugs legal. Yet, the Democrats say that anyone who owns a gun is mentally disturbed, suicidal and a maniac. If it’s just a handful of Muslims creating the problems, why does the entire populous of people who own guns have mental issues? However, when it comes out of Madison, this is what will eventually be the law in Wisconsin. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Important election Elections have consequences. On Tuesday, April 5, it is our duty as citizens to vote for the candidates we would like to run for president. Other states have held primaries and caucuses before Wisconsin, and the slate of candidates has been narrowed without our input. But on that Tuesday, we do get to make a very important decision affecting Wisconsin. We will be choosing a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. Joanne Kloppenberg has experience as a lawyer and a judge. Her record shows that she is fair and impartial. She is a voice of calm and reason that is needed on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dorothy Richard Frederic

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One name on ballot, one write-in for Luck School Board Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - There are two seats up for election on the Luck School Board of Education, but only one name will appear on the ballot. There is, however, an official write-in candidate for the second position. The name of incumbent Kurt Stonesifer will appear alone on the ballot. Board member LeRoy Buck has chosen not to seek re-election, and write-in candidate Rick Palmer is seeking the seat that Buck will leave vacant. Although there is no race for the Luck School Board, the two candidates provided the following information for voters in the Luck School District.

Rick Palmer Former district Administrator Rick Palmer is an official write-in candidate for the school board. Seeing that only one person had filed papers for the two open positions, he said, several individuals asked him to considered running. “I was honored that they thought I should consider it,” he said. “I spoke with several key people and then decided to run. “This community and the school have been very good to me for the last 15 years, so I felt that if I could give something back in a positive way I should.” Palmer said that he truly loves the school


Luck School Board atmosphere. “There is a group of outstanding people who work for the school every day, giving their all to educate the children, and I miss being a part of that.” Palmer served as Luck’s administrator for 15 years before retiring in June 2015. He has been in education for 34 years, and believes that his experience would allow him to contribute to the board and the school. When asked what he feels are the greatest challenges facing the district, Palmer said, “There will be many challenges, and finding the finances to keep offering the many opportunities that Luck currently does will be difficult.” The greatest strength of the school, which Palmer calls a “huge strength” is its human resources. “We have to keep those people supplied with the tools to continue the great job they do,” he said. The biggest asset Palmer believes he will bring to the board is “the whole” of his 34 years in education. “I have pretty much seen it all and done it all from the CEO position,” he said, “and I think I can operate well within the board structure. I worked with many of the current board members for a number of years.” In closing Palmer said, “I feel it would be a

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privilege to be elected to the board of education, and I promise to do the very best I can do to maintain the excellent school that we have.”

Kurt Stonesifer Kurt Stonesifer is completing his first three-year term on the school board. When asked why he is seeking another term, Stonesifer said, “There is a lot going on that is still unfinished, and I feel I can make some good impact on the future of Luck Schools.” Among those things going on at the present time are the hiring of personnel and the energy referendum project. “As always,” Stonesifer added, “we have the balance between helping the students receive the best education while dealing with limited financial resources.” The greatest challenge facing the district,

Stonesifer feels, is how to best educate Luck students while dealing with limited funding. “How do we provide the variety and depth of academic courses they need and also fill their interests with a variety of sports and other extracurricular activities?” he asks as he serves on the board. One of its greatest strengthw lies in the strength of the larger school community. “Luck School has the benefit of being a tightknit school in a very supportive community,” he said. “We have outstanding staff and students.” Stonesifer brings to the board a great deal of experience working with youth, both in and out of the school setting. “As a juvenile court worker, a coach, teacher, Kinship mentor and Boy Scout leader, I‘ve worked closely with youth to help them grow in a positive way,” he said. Along with serving on the school board, Stonesifer has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Kinship. “I’m a hard worker and work well with others,” he said when asked about his strengths. Stonesifer is married and has three adult children who were born and raised in Luck. “They are all happy and successful people who attended Luck School from kindergarten through 12th grade,” he said. “Luck School has been good to my family and I enjoy giving something back.”

No village board race at Luck Citing a desire to spend more time with family, Anderson has indicated that he will resign from his position on the board if re-elected. In the event of a resignation, village President Dave Rasmussen will appoint a replacement. The full village board must approve his appointment. Incumbent Rowe has served on the board since April 2013. Tomlinson has been a trustee since April 2012.


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One incumbent on ballot plans to resign Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - Three seats for village trustee are up for election at Luck, and the ballot will list only the names of the three incumbents. Those incumbents are Ross Anderson, Becky Rowe and Alan Tomlinson.

RIGHT: Becky Rowe and Alan Tomlinson are incumbents seeking re-election to the Luck Village Board. The name of incumbent Ross Anderson will also be on the ballot, but Anderson has said he will resign from the board after the election.

Four candidates, three seats at Milltown Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN - Three seats on the Milltown Village Baord are up for election. Seeking re-election are all three incumbents, and they are being joined on the ballot by a fourth candidate. On the ballot will be incumbents Joe Castellano, Larry Kuske and Lester Sloper, along with former Trustee Sam Owen.

Joe Castellano Incumbent Joe Castellano has served on the Milltown Village Board for about 20 years all together. When asked why he is seeking re-election, he said, “I enjoy being involved in helping run the village.” Castellano currently serves on the finance committee, the public safety committee and the plan commission. “I feel my previous years serving on the board give me a lot of knowledge as to how the village runs,” he said. He considers his two decades of experience to be one of the strongest assets he brings to the board. Right now, said Castellano, expanding the industrial park is one of the most important issues the village is facing. Expansion of the industrial park will allow the village to bring more businesses into town. Among the greatest strengths of the village of Milltown, Castellano believes, is the fact that the ambulance service is located right in town. Another, he said, is the growth on Main Street, with a few new businesses moving in during the recent years. Castellano works for Lakeland Communications in Milltown. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his grandchildren and following sporting events.

Larry Kuske Larry Kuske has been a trustee for the village of Milltown since 2010 and is completing his third consecutive term. He also served a term in the early 1990s. “I believe that in my six years we have moved the village forward in a good direction,” he said regarding his desire to seek another term. “I would like to continue doing so.”

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Kuske feels he brings to the board an un-


Milltown Village Board derstanding of how things work as well as what the village has to work with. “I understand where the village is financially,” he said, “(which helps me) to understand where to put funds in order to best help the village.” Right now, Kuske believes, the biggest issue facing the village is its small tax base. “We are a small village,” he said, “with a small tax base. Our infrastructure is getting old. “We will need to try our best to obtain grants or funds from other resources to help fix our infrastructure.” He sees many strengths in the village. “Some of our greatest strengths is that we have good employees that know and understand what is needed to keep the village running, given the old infrastructure we currently have. “Other strengths are the industries that provide jobs in town and the parks that provide a place for families. “This has created a good place for people to live, work and play,” he said. Kuske has lived in the village of Milltown for 26 years. “My wife and I have raised a family here,” he said. “I think Milltown is a great place to live.”

Sam Owen Sam Owen has served two terms on the Milltown Village Board, choosing not to seek re-election five years ago. He was nominated at the January caucus and decided to become a candidate so that he can have a hand in the continuing improvement of the community and to provide expertise. Owen moved to this area at age 15, and to Milltown in 2003. He lived in the Cushing area for 30 years. Along with serving two terms on the Milltown Village Board, Owen has also served two terms on the Town of Sterling Board. He has 37 years’ experience as a firefighter and

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14 years as a first responder and emergency medical technician. Owen, with an accounting degree from WITC, ran a tax service out of his home for 40 years. He retired, spending some of his winters in New Mexico, but for the past four years has been working at H&R Block in St. Croix Falls and Grantsburg. His past experience with village and town boards, along with his accounting degree and his time as a firefighter and emergency responder, said Owen, all translate to useful knowledge he will use if elected to the village board. In addition, his varied experience has allowed him to work with a wide range of people, and Owen feels that this will also be an asset to the board and the village. He considers himself to be a team player, which is necessary to accomplish anything. The greatest challenges that Milltown is facing at this time, Owen believes, is keeping the infrastructure up to date, bringing in new businesses, and making the village more appealing to new residents. Things are already going in a good direction, he said, with new businesses such as Julia’s Java, Endeavors, Dirk’s Heating, A Touch of Home and an auto parts store coming into the village. Schaffer’s Manufacturing has expanded, and the Mill Inn will soon be reopening as Lumber Jack’s. Along with the new businesses, the village has nice parks that provide a place for children and families to gather. “It’s growing,” he said of the village, “but we have room to expand, too. Some of the

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towns are dying. I hate to see that.” Baby boomers are retiring now, he said, leaving the Twin Cities and moving to this area. “There is a lot we can do here,” said Owen. “The big issues have been handled. It’s time to start working on some of the small ones. “Main Street is really cleaned up, with new storefronts. It’s appealing. But there is work to do on other streets and the sidewalks. Owen has been married for 45 years. He has five children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Most of them are in this area. His brother, Glen, is currently on the Milltown Village Board.

Lester Sloper Lester Sloper has lived in Milltown his entire life, and has been on the village board on and off for about 14 years. He has been in the community club for many years. “I am running for re-election because I like being involved in making the decisions that hopefully make Milltown run smoothly and efficiently,” he said. The main issue for the village right now, Sloper believes, is growth. “There is a new restaurant opening at the end of the month,” he said, “but I would also like to see a bank and grocery store in town.” The greatest strength of the village, he said, is the village employees. “They do their jobs really well,” said Sloper.


Five candidates for three seats at Frederic APRIL 5 ELECTION PROFILES

Frederic Village Board Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC — Five candidates, including one incumbent and one former board member, are competing for three open seats on the Frederic Village Board. On the ballot will be incumbent Brad Harlander and former village President William Johnson IV, along with Richard Heltemes, Allan Lahti and Todd Miller.

with new software that provides detailed financial reports. This will help in making budget decisions, he added. The greatest strength of the village, said Harlander, is its people. “We have a lot of good, sincere, hardworking people who are willing to put their time, energy and talents into making this a better place for us all,” he

proving both the houses and the businesses in the villages. Another thing he would like to see spruced up is the water tower, which is the first thing people see as they come into the village. He would like to paint it a brighter color and possibly add a welcome sign or the school logo. Right now, he said, Frederic is classified as

Brad Harlander Brad Harlander has served on the Frederic Village Board for 12 years. “Many of those years,” he said, “we were working with David Wondra, Kristi Swanson and Joan Sederlund. I appreciate all of their years of dedication and service to the village and wish them the best.” Harlander is also on the Frederic Housing Authority Board, and has been for many years. He and his wife, Rebecca, were involved with the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce for many years. “I carried the title of president,” he said, “but Rebecca did most of the work.” He believes that many others could, and have done, a fine job of serving on the village board. “As far as what I, personally, can add, I would have to say experience,” he said. “There have been a lot of changes in the board and the village office in the last few years, and it helps to have someone with experience to give some historical perspective on issues and even procedures.” Harlander also believes that having been in business in Frederic for 37 years gives him experience that provides a different perspective on the issues the village is facing. A specific project that Harlander would like to keep moving forward is his idea for developing a historical walking tour of Frederic that would highlight the logging history of the village. It ties in with the National Park Service’s St. Croix River heritage initiative and its desire for national recognition as a heritage area. “Many people are familiar with the first logging boom, which was floating pine down the rivers,” said Harlander. “People are not as familiar with the second logging boom which was hauling the hardwoods out on the railroads. “That’s the early history of Frederic, and why Frederic was established in the first place.” He believes that Frederic is “perfectly and uniquely” positioned to tell that story with a walking tour. “Best of all,” he said, “the pieces are already in place. We’ve got the Gandy Dancer Trail, the depot and historical museum, the lake that the loggers made where the sawmill was located, the footbridge on the south side of the lake and the trail through the village woods. We could use existing village streets where the rail spur ran down to the lake to connect the lake park system with the depot and museum.” Grants are most likely available to create and place kiosks along the walking tour that would tell the story in text and photos. One of the greatest challenges facing the village is keeping a viable business community and attracting new business, he said, calling it a “perpetual process.” Harlander appreciates the existing businesses, noting that they all take risks, put in long hours and choose to locate in Frederic. “I hate to single out one business without mentioning all of the others,” he said, “but certainly the new St. Croix Regional Medical Center clinic is a huge asset and will draw many people to Frederic.” He credits former village Administrator Dave Wonder and the planning commissions of the past for their vision in making the clinic a reality. “Another large challenge for municipalities is funding,” Harlander said. State shared revenue has been dropping and a spending cap is in place, and most municipalities around the country share the same issues. “Most municipal managers do not envision this funding increasing in the future,” he said. Looking forward, said Harlander, the ratio of retirees to people in the workforce will be increasing, and “tight funding” is now often referred to as “the new norm.” “Since we’ve been operating on a very tight budget for several years already,” said Harlander, “I believe our departments have been operating very efficiently and appreciate all of the village employees efforts.” Jennifer Phernetton and Janice Schott of the village office have great accounting experience, Harlander said, and are working

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said. “As long as people are willing to do this and willing to work together, we should be able to meet any challenge.” Harlander believes that the growing ratio of retirees to working people works to the advantage of the village. “Since we are a very desirable place to live,” he said, “we are also a desirable place to retire. We should be able to retain a number of retirees that currently live in the area, but also attract retirees from outside the area.” On a final note, Harlander counts his “consultants,” Honey and Copper, among his greatest assets. “Every night that I can,” he said, “I either walk or ski with my consultants, Honey and Copper. “The three of us manage to sort out a lot of problems on our little walks.”

Richard Heltemes Richard Heltemes has been a resident of the village of Frederic since September 2003 and is seeking his first term on the village board. He and his wife, Paulette, lived in St. Croix Falls for 32 years, raising their family there, before moving to Frederic where Paulette’s family has lived for four generations. While in St. Croix Falls, Heltemes served on the planning commission for six years and was active in helping to grow the Hwy. 8 corridor. He served on the city council in the early 1980s, and in the late 1990s worked with the Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of transportation, the DNR, the county and the city to get the sidewalk in from Hwy. 87 to the bridge. Heltemes has worked in plastics since 1967, when he started working in a plant in Colorado. His wife missed Wisconsin, and the couple moved to St. Croix Falls in 1973. As Heltemes was in direct sales for plastics, his wife started her own company. Multi-Tech Products Inc., was founded in 1989, and has become a sales representative company. Heltemes joined her team in 2003. “I’m very passionate about business,” he said, adding he believes that manufacturing is the creator of dollars. He is also passionate about the service sector, or Main Street businesses, because that sector spreads the dollars produced by manufacturing. Heltemes believes that his background and experience would be of support in helping to attract business to Frederic, and he has already brought one company to Frederic. Applied Molding Technologies was looking to locate in St. Croix Falls, but Heltemes introduced the owners to the owners of MPM and the company instead moved to Frederic. Applied Molding is growing and bringing people into town, Heltemes says, and that is his goal. He wants to bring people into town, which will cause the housing market to grow. In particular, said Heltemes, he would like to see companies come in that hire professionals, offering good-paying jobs so people will want to build a home in the community. “I do have concerns about the vacancies here in town,” he said, pointing out that three out of the four corners at the main intersection in town are vacant. “We need to offer hope to young people here,” he said. He said he has heard concerns that board members do not spend their dollars on Main Street, adding, “That’s one thing that won’t be said about me. If people want a thriving community, they need to spend money here.” Heltemes also said that he would like to address the infrastructure in the village, feeling that good standards regarding the maintenance of streets and buildings are needed. Improving those things would go a long way in making visitors feel welcome. If elected, he said, he would like to look into what kinds of grants are available for im-

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challenging years, to do more with less, they have stepped up to work together to find new, more efficient ways to provide village services.” Johnson said that he attended all but two village board meetings since 1995, more than a decade before he was elected to serve on the board. “I have seen the changes and the challenges that have been facing Frederic,” he said. “I have solid institutional knowledge of how Frederic got to where it is today, and recognize how Frederic has changed over the years.” The greatest challenge the village is now facing, Johnson feels, is maintaining the services it is responsible for with limited

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a “pass-through” community and he would like to see the village become a destination. The new clinic, he feels, is a step in taking the village in that direction. Improving the looks of the community and bringing in new business are additional steps. Along with his business experience and passion, Heltemes feels that another of his strengths is being a team player, working with others and not in opposition to others. “I am passionate about growth for the betterment of Frederic,” he said. “I am pro-business and pro-growth.” Heltemes and his wife have three grown children. Bradley is 45 and learning disabled, and works at Endeavors while living at home. He is a brain cancer survivor and has been cancer-free since December 2013. Daughter Erin is a CNA who is married and lives in St. Croix Falls with her husband, and daughter Elizabeth Ann works in human resources for Aveda. “I am proud of my kids,” said Heltemes.

William Johnson IV William Johnson has served as both a trustee and president for the village of Frederic. He was first elected to the board in 2007 and was president from 2011 to 2015. He is a lifetime resident of Frederic and a graduate of Frederic High School. He worked locally in commercial and residential construction. “Like all of the small villages in rural Wisconsin,” said Johnson, “Frederic has been facing some real challenges the last few years, but a lot of positive things have happened. “I served four terms on the village board, and served as village president for two terms until 2015, and it is great to be a part of the decision-making team as those positive things happen.” Many positive things have happened in Frederic over the past few years, said Johnson. The list includes the opening of a new clinic, which is the largest commercial building project since the elementary school campus was built. Dollar General came to the village as the first new retail business in years, on a previously underutilized commercial lot. All buildings in the industrial park are now in use, including an underused building that now has a manufacturer in it. Red Iron Studio and the Beehive have both taken advantage of a façade loan the village has made available and have improved how their businesses look, and Jimmy’s restaurant opened seasonally. The list continues with an expansion of Comforts of Home, and the use of the old Pepsi bottling plant by a new manufacturer, Division 8. Village streets were opened to ATV/UTV use in the winter like snowmobiles have been able to do, and the village partnered with Luck ATV Club to provide a connecting route to get through Frederic to nearby town roads. Updates have been made to the wastewater treatment plant, and plans are under way for privately owned, senior living homes on the west side of town. The greatest assets of the village, Johnson believes, are its volunteers and village employees. “Whether it’s the people who volunteer for Frederic Arts, Friends of the Library or the Frederic Area Historical Society bringing people to town for their programs, people who volunteer to coach or help with school sports events, or the park board volunteers with their garden squares lining Hwy. 35, volunteers helping run the senior center or the farmers market, they make Frederic a great place to live and visit,” he said. Vital services are provided by volunteers working with Northland Ambulance and the Frederic Fire Department. “Frederic Village’s current employees are without equal,” he said. “In the last several

resources and shrinking aid while not raising taxes. “Shared revenue from the state has gone down,” he said. “Transportation aid that helps with street repair has not gone up. The village is restricted by the levy limit set by the state and cannot raise taxes to cover increasing costs of doing business.” Shared revenue may go up slightly, but the levy limits are in place for the foreseeable future. “Taxes can only be raised when covered by an increase in equalized value from new construction,” he said, “and there have only been two new houses built in Frederic in the last five years.” The key to balancing needs with available funds is to prioritize and to determine the level of service to provide. “You can’t fix all the streets at once,” he said, “but you can make sure you keep making repairs to a few areas each year.” One opportunity for saving some money, Johnson thinks, is sharing equipment with neighboring municipalities when possible. “Working with our closest neighbors, West Sweden and the Town of Luck, makes a lot of sense,” he said. While serving as county board supervisor for the district in which Frederic lies, Johnson has attended meetings of the Towns of McKinley, West Sweden, Clam Falls and Lorain. Tourism is very important to the economy of the area, said Johnson. He has served on the county tourism council for almost 20 years, and said that visitors to Polk County spend nearly $80 million a year. “Frederic is very lucky to be positioned to take advantage of that,” he said. “With the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail going through the village, the new Straight Lake State Park and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail a couple of miles away, one of the few remaining Soo Line Depots, plus Frederic’s amazing park system, we have the things that people look for in recreation destinations.” Economic development is also a big issue, said Johnson. He is regularly in touch with Steve Healy, development director with the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, which puts him in contact with a wide variety of resources that can help bring and keep jobs and businesses here. He also works with the UW-Extension Community Resource Development Department, which recently helped start the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation. He has met regularly with the president of WITC to communicate about opportunities for the Frederic community, and is involved in the Manufacturers and Education Advisory Group, which is looking at raising the interest of high school students in local careers in manufacturing. Johnson served as county board supervisor from 1996 to 2006 and as chairman since 2010, choosing not to seek re-election this year. He has served on a number regional boards and committees that all deal with issues facing Frederic and rural Wisconsin. “It is important to be involved in regional organizations,” he said. “More and more, collaboration, cooperation and sharing information will be a part of local government.” Looking to the future, Johnson said he would like to work more closely with the chamber and the school district to help downtown businesses and educators have a hand in shaping Frederic’s future. He currently represents the village on the Safe Routes to School task force. “The school, the village and the Town of West Sweden are part of an initiative working with the West Central Regional Planning Commission to identify safer ways to walk and bike to the school campuses. This project will result in

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Frederic Village Board/continued the networking I do on a county, regional and state level is a real benefit to the village of Frederic.” Along with serving on numerous local, regional and state committees and boards, Johnson volunteers with the Polk County Tourism Council, the Frederic Area Historical Society, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Frederic Ski Trails.

Allan Lahti Allan Lahti is seeking his first term on the village board. He and his wife, Prudence, moved to Frederic 11 years ago to raise their growing family. Frederic is Prudence’s hometown. “We now have four children, ages 8 to 14,” he said. “Many may already know me as an active participant in the Frederic community, most notably through the coaching of youth sports and the Cub Scout program.” He is currently on the Frederic-Luck AYSO youth soccer board, where he has been a member and a coach for five years. “As a board member I collaborate with other members forming organizational and financial decision,” he said. Lahti has been active in the Frederic Cub Scout program since 2009. Six of those years have been spent serving as Cubmaster, treasurer and leading committee meetings. “I have a long-vested interest in the com-

munity and believe my experience will be an asset to the village board,” he said. Lahti, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, has worked at McNally Industries in Grantsburg for 10 years. He is a design engineer who has designed a wide range of products for our armed services. “Through my work experience,” he said, “I have honed a number of skills such as project management that will translate well to serving the community on the village board.” Throughout his involvement with Frederic youth programs, Lahti has experienced numerous occasions when local businesses have been very generous in their support. “As a member of the village board,” he said, “I would like to find a way to return the favor and help our local businesses thrive and create jobs for our community.” Frederic is a great community, said Lahti, with many things going for it. “I have heard many visitors praise our small community, from comments about our precious Coon Lake to our attractive street lamps,” he said. Much of its attractiveness, he added, is due to the job that the village board has been doing. “I am running for Frederic Village Board to be more involved in supporting the greater community,” he said. “I am excited and eager to learn more about how I can be of service to the community and to continue the great work that has already been in place.”

Todd Miller Todd Miller is seeking his first term on the village board. He likes being involved in the community and believes that his past and current experiences will allow him to be an asset to the board and the residents of the village. “In my current job position as a general manager (at Polk-Burnett Propane), I have the experience in working with employees, customers, the public and vendors,” he said. He also works with developing yearly budgets, long-term planning and day-to-day operations, and must carry out his responsibilities in compliance with state, local and federal regulations. His other activities include serving as vice president of the Polk County ATV and Snowmobile Council, vice president of the local snowmobile club, finance chair for his local church and more than 25 years on the Frederic Fire Department. He retired from Northland Ambulance Service after 30 years. Miller has been attending village board meetings over the past year and said, “It appears that things are moving forward.” He said that personnel changes and recent software upgrades have meant that the village office “has had its share of challenges.” One issue that needs to be addressed, Miller said, is that of the position of village administrator.

“One question I have,” he said, “is can the village operate without an administrator? He is concerned that the continuing lack of industry prevents the community from growing. “Somehow,” he said, “we need to develop a plan to entice companies to move their business into the village. We need also to address local business and retail shops. “It would be great to get all our empty existing buildings filled with viable retail shops.” The village needs to move forward with one building on Main Street that needs to be removed, said Miller, and it needs to stay current on ongoing changes in state aid, policies, budget items and similar items to make sure that essential services can continue without creating large increases in property taxes. The village has many positive aspects, Miller believes. “Frederic is a great place to raise a family,” he said. “It offers the advantages of a small town, where almost everyone knows everyone in the village. “It’s a safe town for our children. We have a great park and a lake within the village limits, along with lots of outdoor activity opportunities.” Miller and his wife have lived in the village for two-plus years, said Miller. “I have been a lifelong resident of the Frederic area,” he added. “We have two sons that graduated from Frederic High School.”

Three seats, four candidates for Unity School Board

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Voters in the Unity School District have a slate of four candidates on the ballot for Unity School Board of Education, and will be voting for three of those candidates. On the ballot is one newcomer and three incumbents. Challenger Jerry Larsen is joining incumbents James Beistle, Pat Kastens and David Moore on the ballot. Terms on the school board are three years.

James Beistle James Beistle was first elected to the Unity School Board of Education in 1998 and has served continuously since. He is now completing his sixth term for a total of 18 years. He has lived in the school district since 1968. “That makes it 48 years,” he said, “which is most of my adult life.” He is a former teacher at Unity High School. “In the fall of 1968 I started a 29-year teaching tenure at Unity High School in the area of business and vocational education,” he said. “Prior to coming to Unity I taught six years in the Winter school system.” When asked why he is seeking another term, Beistle responded, “My goal is to work to provide the best education for the students who attend Unity Schools.” Back in 1997, he said, as he contemplated retirement from teaching, members of the staff encouraged him to run for school board. “Certain problems existed which they felt I knew and would work to fix,” he said. “As I mentioned then and do now, I have no hidden agenda or ax to grind. My goal as a Unity board member is to work to make sure Unity continues to be an excellent school leading the way in innovation and technology.” Beistle said there are three things he is particularly proud of that Unity has instituted since he has been on the school board. “One is the trendsetting lead Unity has exhibited in bringing technology in to the educational setting,” he said. “People are amazed at what we have and how our staff is incorporating it into the educational setting.” A second thing is the full-day 4-year-old kindergarten program. “This gives students a head start in their educational career,” said Beistle. Thirdly, he said, is the breakfast program. “So many children come to school hungry as mom and dad were gone to work and were unable to provide a good meal for them,” he explained. Beistle sees two issues that are providing Unity Schools with its greatest challenges. The more pleasant one is internal, he said, and it is the building project approved by voters last fall. The physical work will soon begin. “This project will extend over two academic years and one, maybe two, summer sessions,” said Beistle. However, with the dedicated staff, teaching and support, led by a competent administrative staff, we should be able to get the job done without causing ‘too much gray hair.’ Remember, I have lived through a few of the earlier projects.” The second and more serious challenge is finance and adequate funding. “Getting sufficient resources to continue the excellent

Since retiring, said Kastens, she has continued all the projects she did during her working career. “I still make pajamas for the grandkids, high school and younger. I made 30 pair this Christmas. I still do crafts, genealogy, and I am very involved with the VFW. My calendar fills up so fast with things to do I don’t know how I had time to work, because I did the same things then.”


Unity School Board programs Unity currently has, and to expand its offerings in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, plus revitalizing the vocational offerings, will require wise management and hard decisions. School taxes are already high, even with state-imposed revenue limits, he said, and Unity’s state funding is around 12 percent rather than the 66 percent promised by the state. “What is needed is a change in the school funding formula that recognizes the true ability of the people to pay,” he said, “which would reflect how much the area residents earn. “We are a high property-valued district, but that does not mean we have the incomes to pay higher taxes.” Beistle believes he brings a number of qualifications and experiences to the board that help in addressing these and the other issues the board must act upon. “One is that I have served on the Unity School Board for 18 years, so I am knowledgeable of and understand the operation and functions of the board. Another is that I have spent 35 years in the classroom so am familiar from the teaching angle — how students learn and how to get the best out of each and every student, from the most gifted to those struggling with each step they take in the learning process.” Added to that, he said, is his experience as town clerk and currently as town chairperson which, together with his academic background, gives him the ability to understand budgeting and financial operations of the district. Beistle has been active in the community throughout his 48 years in the Unity District. Not long after he moved to this area, Beistle said he was asked to join the Unity Area Lions Club. He did so, and has served in many leadership roles with the organization. “Since 1991 I have been involved with the Town of St. Croix Falls, serving in various positions,” he added. “I represent Polk and Burnett counties on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Board, and am also active in my church, serving on the parish council and the diocesan pastoral council. “One of my most rewarding involvements was serving as program coordinator for the Ecumenical Choir in its annual performances of the ‘Nine Lessons and Carols.’”

Pat Kastens Pat Kastens is finishing her first three-year term on the school board and is hoping to be re-elected in order to continue serving the students. “When I was initially approached about running for the board,” she said, “it was about the kids. It’s still all about the kids. “If my time on the board has helped just one student, either directly or indirectly, it’s worth all the time, effort and headache.” Being able to work with other board members to make positive changes in the school is very rewarding, she said, but there are, indeed, headaches.

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“Seeing the building project through to the end is also important to me,” she said, “since I was part of the process. Her final reason for seeking re-election: “Unity is a great school.” Kastens believes that her 36 years of employment at Unity, as secretarial support staff to the principals and then to the administrator, has given her a better understanding of the school system. “I was right in the middle of it,” she said. “But I have also learned a lot of new things in the past three years, and I don’t like to think I’m done yet.” Her sense of humor, said Kastens, is also an asset as she serves on the board. “As in any job or responsibility,” she said, “one has to maintain a sense of humor, and I do have that. Just ask the other board members. Or staff for that matter.” School funding is the greatest challenge facing Unity or any other school district at this time, Kastens believes. “When education funding keeps getting cut, but mandates at state and federal level come in with no funds to implement or back them, it’s very tough,” she said. The district’s strengths are many, Kastens said. “We have great students,” she enthusiastically said. “We have a board with a good working relationship, who agree to disagree but can still support the decisions of the entire board without hesitation,” she said. “Because of my many years of employment at Unity, I firmly believe we have an excellent administrative team. The teaching staff is the best and, last but certainly not least, the support staff — what would we do without them?” The entire staff has a good working relationship with the board, said Kastens, and the school has “wonderful” community support. “All that, and keeping our programs, class offerings, technology and so forth the best we can all contribute to the success of our students. And that’s what we’re here for – the success of our students, as they are our future.”

Jerry Larsen is seeking his first term on the Unity School Board of Education. “I believe that Unity School is a great school,” he said, “and there will be a bright future for Unity as well.” He said he felt the school needs a new person on the board “to give a fresh perspective and vision on the challenges facing the school district.” As it should be, he said, the parents and community put a lot of pressure on the school to perform. “The future of our children and the community as a whole is greatly influenced by the school,” said Larsen. I believe I could have a positive influence on the school board. I feel that I have an open door to listen to the people of the district and to represent them so their voice is heard on the board as well.” Larsen feels he would be a good addition to the school board for several reasons. He has lived in the district his entire life and is a 1978 Unity graduate. “Therefore I have a good idea of what the community wants and expects from our school,” he said. He also owns and operates a farm near Centuria and in recent years opened an onfarm retail store. “These two experiences have given me knowledge of operating with budgets and other financial skills,” he said, “which people who have never owned and operated a business have not developed.” Past public service includes serving as an elected delegate for a cooperative and as an officer in various local organizations. “Currently I serve as the treasurer for the Unity Area FFA Alumni Chapter, whose mission is to support the Unity FFA chapter and the Unity agriculture education program,” he said. “I received my state and American FFA degrees as a Unity FFA member, and continue to support youth in local fund raising efforts for them to gain premier leadership, personal growth and career success while in the FFA. “These experiences have helped me work with others to solve problems and accomplish goals for a group.” Larsen believes that the budget is the greatest challenge the district is facing. Trying to balance shrinking state funding and other restrictions with existing and ever-increasing regulations without compromising the quality of education for any of the students is and continues to be challenging. “I feel the greatest strength of the school is the school spirit and pride of the people in the community,” he said. “The support the community has for programming of all kinds, from the arts and sports to career and technical education and STEM, Unity continues to perform at a level of excellence which

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Unity School Board/continued brings great pride back to our community. “My children are the fifth generation of Larsens to attend school in our community, and I am proud to say I am a Unity graduate.” Larsen’s farm, Wis-Lar Farms, Inc., is a fifth-generation family-owned farm. They raise Black Angus beef, some hogs and some goats. “We sell the beef, pork and chevon through our on-farm retail store that I opened four years ago.” He and his wife have three children. Their son, Josh, has worked on the farm since graduating, while son Jon is currently attending UW-Eau Claire. Daughter Anna is a junior in high school. “I believe in the future of Unity School as

we focus on our future,” he said, “and appreciate the passion and efforts made by past board members to bring Unity to where we are today. “I believe that by being progressive in leadership to move our school district forward to even greater levels of success will be a community effort with a community vision driving us forward. “I believe that I can and will hold true to the best traditions of Unity’s past as we focus forward to an even more successful CommUNITY future.”

David Moore Dave Moore has been on the Unity School Board of Education for 24 years and is seek-

ing another three-year term. “Youth is the future of our nation,” he said when asked why he is running for re-election. “The better educated, the brighter the future.” Moore states that he has a great deal of experience with how schools operate. “I’ve participated in quite a number of trainings on education,” he said. “The experience and education helps me make informed decisions when the board sets goals and policy.” One of the biggest concerns the school is facing is funding. “Public schools have been underfunded by the state of Wisconsin the past several years,” said Moore. “It has definitely had a detrimental effect on how public schools operate.”

Continued allocation of education funding to voucher schools is another large and ongoing problem for the school, he said, adding, “Cuts in state aid and the outdated funding formula continue to create difficult choices for the district.” Unity, he believes, has many strengths. “Unity has cutting edge technology. It has the staff to make use of all the teaching advantages that technology provides,” Moore said. “We have experienced and forward-looking leadership in administration, and the citizens have supported the school in providing the best campus and equipment.”

Five candidates at Balsam Lake Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE — There are three trustee seats up for election for the Balsam Lake Village Board. Two incumbents, Caroline Rediske and Jeff Reed, are seeking re-election. They are joined on the ballot by former board president Guy Williams and local business owner Steve Biza. Running as an official write-in candidate is Brandon Scheuer.

Steve Biza Steve Biza is seeking his first term on the Balsam Lake Village Board. “There is a definite need for a fresh set of eyes and ears,” he said as to why he chose to run for the board. “It is time to move past the same people that continually run for village trustee and president. I was nominated at the caucus to bring that fresh positive attitude.” Biza believes that he is a strong team player who with the ability to work with other trustees to move the village forward in a positive direction. “I have started, owned, and operated several businesses simultaneously with up to 35 employees,” he said, “giving me a clear understanding of the interworkings of employee management, contract negotiations, policy and procedures.” He has served the village on both the sign committee and the information technology committee, and has been attending monthly board and other committee meetings over the last 10 years. Biza sees many strengths in Balsam Lake, and the lake itself is one of the biggest. “Using the lake as our anchor the village of Balsam Lake has a great future ahead,” he said. “There are several projects currently to bring new business to the village. “We have a great school district in our backyard, along with being the county seat. Things look bright. “But our strength is in our residents and business owners. I have been a member of the Balsam Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and working with this group I have found that we live our chamber motto: Live and work where you love to play. Both business owners and the residents do just that.” There are challenges that the village is facing, however. “Our village trustees have done a good job working through the recession keeping taxes and infrastructure in check and manageable,” he said, “but we must look at our policies and procedures to make sure that everything is in order. “We have moved past the time where it is acceptable to be run like a ‘good ole boy’s club” and to be brought into the current climate of how municipalities are run today. If I am elected I would request to be put on the public protection committee. In the many discussions with our chief of police Tom Thompson and (trustee) Caroline Rediske, I believe we can create a long-term plan for Balsam Lake police protection by a proper balance of protection to budget ratio.” Biza and his wife, Cori, currently own and operate Main Street Café in Balsam Lake. They have one son, Chadwick. The family came to the village in 2002, when they purchased the Sunset View Cabin Bar and Resort on Balsam Lake. They ran that business until selling it in 2010.

Caroline Rediske Caroline Rediske has served on the board since 2010 and, if re-elected, will be serving her fourth term. Rediske said she is seeking another term in hopes of continuing to work for the benefit of all village residents. “My goals are to keep Balsam Lake fiscally sound and responsible, continue road and infrastructure improvement, promote safety, build business in both the downtown and the business district and address citizen

concerns,” she said. “I continue to commit to “I want to make Balsam Lake great,” he APRIL 5 ELECTION PROFILES the statement ‘Change is inevitable, progress said as his reason for seeking a seat on the is planned.’” board. “We have a beautiful community.” Balsam Lake Village Board Rediske has been very active in improving Scheuer feels that a “new voice” on the and promoting the parks and outdoor activiboard would be beneficial to the community. ties of the village. “We have too many people who have been “I am proud of the things I have accometched into the community for too long,” he plished most recently,” she said, “with the said. “I think we need a fresh voice and fresh procurement of new playground equipment, ideas. I think that will go a long way.” hosting our first Disc Golf Tournament at Scheuer believes that, while the businesses Pine Park, continuing work on our walking in the village are successful, more could be trails, and championing the project of ‘Makdone to promote them. He would like to see ing Balsam Lake Sparkle’ by adding snowmore activity at the industrial park, particflake street decorations and banners.” ularly since many people in the community Rediske has extensive business and comtravel elsewhere for a job. munity experience that she feels is an asset Tourism is the greatest strength of the vilto the village board. lage, he believes. Locals and regular customBrandon Scheuer Caroline Rediske “I believe that my passion, exers “keep the lights on” for local perience and community involvebusinesses, but tourism will help ment as well as my focus, energy those businesses grow and thrive. and willingness to do the necessary More promotion of the annual due diligence is what is needed to events in the village, as well as the continue moving Balsam Lake forcreation of new events on other ward,” she said. holidays, would draw more people “I feel that I bring a knowledgeinto town, Scheuer noted. able background and insightful “Our tourism needs to be a focal perspective to my trustee position, point for our community to move especially with the diverse skills forward,” he said. and experiences I have gained run“It would be nice for us to exning my business for over 20 years pand a little bit. I think everyone Guy Williams Jeff Reed Steve Biza and serving as a village trustee for in town should make money, and three grand-dogs. six years.” being a lake community tourism is “I am sincerely committed to the responsi- the way to do it. Rediske is currently the chair of the village park committee and is a member of both the bilities of the village trustee office, continuous “You can grow without losing what you public protection and smart growth com- improvement, and working collaboratively,” have,” Scheuer believes. mittees. She is active in the Balsam Lake she concluded. “I deeply care about the fuBalsam Lake is the county seat, he points Chamber of Commerce, a member of the ture of Balsam Lake and will continue to do out, and should be the “hub” of the county. home-owners association, a board member my part in making Balsam Lake a great town He feels there are simple ways to help local of the Polk County Historical Society, and in which to live, work and play.” people who are struggling, and would like to a former commissioner of the Balsam Lake see a food shelf in the village. Jeff Reed Protection and Rehabilitation District. Scheuer also believes that it is important to Jeff Reed has been on the Balsam Lake Vil- get young people involved in the community One of the prime issues facing the village, said Rediske, has been and continues to be lage Board for eight years and is seeking his and in the bigger picture of leadership. He is the addition of new businesses and the reten- fifth term. active in the Republican Party and was a 2012 The main reason he is running, said Reed, delegate for Ron Paul. tion of existing businesses. “We need to keep planning for growth in “is that I feel we are on the cusp of some Scheuer graduated from Unity High our tax base, creating an environment that is pretty big things happening in town — School. He has a sister who lives with her inviting to business growth and the creation things I want to see completed for the better- family in Superior, his mom is in Luck, and ment of Balsam Lake.” of jobs,” she said. his grandparents are in Milltown. He has Reed is an owner of Reed’s Sunnyside a 17-year-old daughter, Grace, who lives in The smart growth committee, of which she is a member, is currently working on the Marina, and he believes his business back- Coon Rapids, Minn. downtown redevelopment project/down- ground and his desire to make Balsam Lake town revitalization plan. “We have to con- a better place to live are the strongest assets Guy Williams tinue to look at how we can make Balsam he brings to the board. Guy Williams has had nearly 35 years ex“My approach to the village board is the perience on the Balsam Lake Village Board, Lake better,” she said. This includes looking at what is working, and what is not working. same as in my business,” he said. “Make and is running for the position of trustee after “By being an active participant in the decisions that are best for the business and a three-year absence. He served six years as community,” said Rediske, “I believe I have those stakeholders involved. Then make a trustee and 28 years as village president. countless opportunities to hear and listen to sure we have the money to pay for them. Williams was nominated at the January “Money spent by the village is the voter’s caucus and decided to run to make sure that the needs and concerns of the community. Keeping abreast of situations as they arise money, and I think it is our duty to make the voters of the village had a choice of canhelps me represent us in a resourceful man- sure their hard-earned dollars are being didates. If there were more open seats than spent wisely.” ner. candidates, he noted, the village board apWhen asked what he felt were the biggest points someone to fill the vacancy. “Creating and providing the opportunity for people to voice their needs and concerns challenges or most important issues fac“I wanted the people to choose,” he said, ing the village, Reed said, “Unfortunately, “not the board.” is imperative.” Rediske believes that the people of Balsam some of the biggest issues we face now are Williams moved to Balsam Lake in the Lake are the community’s greatest strength. some of the same ones we have been facing early 1960s, buying the grocery store in town This includes the village employees, the po- for years — developing the industrial park, and running it until 1990. He has seen the lice department and the fire department, who helping Main Street grow, and keeping taxes number of resorts in the area dwindle, and work hard on the upkeep of the village and under control while still moving the village businesses come and go from the village. forward.” to keep it safe. There were at least 20 resorts, he said, and The greatest strengths of the village, Red they have all been sold off as year-round or It also includes the entrepreneurs “who have a dream and choose Balsam Lake to believes, are its location and its residents, vacation homes. make their dreams come true,” and the edu- both voting and nonvoting. “The whole economy has changed a lot,” “Our community is very diverse,” he said, he said. “There was more activity. cational system, churches, clubs and organi“and is made up of those who live here, work zations that bring people together. “I’d like to see the town grow,” he said, “It is all the wonderful people who come here, or just vacation here. We need to keep “but in an orderly fashion. I don’t know how to our beautiful lake in the spring, summer this in mind as we make decisions that affect you’re going to generate it, but it has to be time, fall and winter,” she said. “They shop the future of the village.” something unique.” here, and dine at our local establishments, As evidenced by his long tenure on the which helps to keep our community alive. Brandon Scheuer board, Williams said he has a strong interest Brandon Scheuer was born and raised by in Balsam Lake. It’s all the people of this village and lake coming together to make Balsam Lake a Deer Lake, and moved to Balsam Lake in “I’ve always had interest in what could wonderful place to come to play, work and 2009 after spending a few years in the Hud- be done, what should be done and what son and River Falls area. relax.” shouldn’t be done,” he said. He is running as an official write-in candiRediske has lived in Balsam Lake for 25 “I’ve always liked staying aware of what’s years. She and her husband, Steve, have date, having filed necessary papers with the going on.” three grown children, six grandchildren, and village clerk.


Three candidates for two school board seats at Webster Becky Strabel | Staff writer WEBSTER — The terms of two members of the Webster School Board of Education are expiring, and three names will appear on the April 5 ballot to fill those seats. Mark Elliott, current board president, will seek his seventh term. Also, on the ballot will be Katie Smith and Miki Geisler-Messer. Rick Estridge, board director, has chosen not to run for re-election. Each candidate was asked to answer the following: Why are you running (or running again) for the district of Webster Board of Education? What do you feel are the most important issues for the Webster school and how do you hope to remedy them? What experiences or qualifications in public service do you have that prepare you to be a member of the board? And finally, tell us about yourself (your background, family, etc.) and your connection to the Webster School District. Their replies are as follows.

Katie Smith “I believe that Webster has a very strong school district currently, with all board, administration and staff sharing common goals to give our children all the best that education has to offer. I am very involved with the school through my children and would like to see how the other side of the education process is run. I want to see our children continue to have this wonderful learning environment at their disposal. I think the community here is all invested in the school district and is so supportive of the schools that to be more involved in that process would be an honor. “I think one issue is making sure that Webster can retain the great staff that we have. With so many young teachers that we want to keep here, we need to find a way to do that. I also think that Webster has come a

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Miki Geisler-Messer “My name is Miki (Michelle) Geisler-Messer. I have lived in Webster most of my life, graduating from Webster in 1994. My parents graduated from Webster High as will my daughter Kaitlyn in May. I also have a son, Austin, who is a sophomore and my youngest, Winter a sixth-grader. “I work at the St. Croix Casino in Danbury, as does my husband, Russell. I have been employed there for the last 15-1/2

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years. I started as a blackjack dealer and am currently the table games manager. As manager I am involved in training, hiring, firing, writing and enforcing policies and procedures for the table games department. I feel my background would be very beneficial as a school board member. “I also volunteer to coach both volleyball and basketball for the fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Webster, in addition to coaching junior high volleyball. I love being involved in these programs and watching kids learn and grow. “As a whole, I feel that our district runs very well. We are blessed to be in a district where the administration and staff work hard to make sure our students have the latest and newest technology necessary for them to achieve their goals in the future. After all, our kids are the future! “I am running for the board because I want to make sure our district continues on this positive path. I work with the public on a daily basis, both in my coaching and as an employee of the casino. Often I hear concerns that face both our district and others. I feel as a board member I would be able to utilize my background to help the district make good, sound decisions that will benefit all the children of our district.”

Elliott has been on the board since 1995 and as president 17 years. He serves on the following committees: policy, negotiations/personnel and curriculum. “I have had the privilege of serving on the Webster School Board Miki Geisler-Messer for a number of years and hope to have the opportunity to continue. Being a part of a system that is responsible for developing conscientious citizens to carry us forward is both challenging and exciting. I have always believed that the school is the heart of a community, and for me I will always be connected in some way to the Webster Schools whether through coaching, volunteering or serving on the board. Our school system is in a good place right now, not only relative to other nearby districts but statewide. We have a great staff dedicated to providing innovative, high-quality education. “Serving one’s community has always been an important part of my life and working on the school board has consistently been a rewarding avenue for this. I bring with me a great deal of understanding regarding the diverse needs of students due to my work with youth in mental-health treatment. If I am elected to continue to serve on the board, I will do so with the highest degree of professionalism, ensuring the mission of preparing our kids to not only be excellent students but excellent citizens as well.”

Five seek three open seats at Centuria the grandmother was my baby sitter growing up and my mother’s best friend for 20-plus years,” said Peterson. As an employee in the home-health care field, Peterson said she’s spoken to several residents who are interested in getting a community garden up and running, which would benefit many she says, including children and potentially high school students looking for community service hours. Along with wanting to serve the community, Peterson just hopes that she can spark some changes for the better, and grow with the community. “Every board at some point kind of fizzles out, and I think once you get somebody else in there, you kind of get a little spark going again and that’s what we need.

break, Sylvester is hoping for an opportunity to get back on the Centuria Village Board after serving a three-year term. Sylvester is Centuria Village Board running again because he’s interested in seeing how things have changed since the preing to bring a fresh new face to the all-male vious three years. board and bring what she feels are simple “It was a very unforgettable experience,” changes, which will help bring people to the Sylvester said. community, as well as make the community Along with serving as a village board more attractive to families. member, the retired Polk-Burnett employee “I just kind of got sick of complaining of 36 years, has served on the Centuria MuJeremiah Lunsmann about stuff in town, and I figured that’s the nicipal Electric Board for about 35 years. He With exception to going away for college, problem … is people complain and they just also serves on the Polk County Historical Jeremiah Lunsmann has been a resident of don’t step up and do anything to change anySociety Board, and is a trustee on his church Centuria for much of his life. The 1995 Unity thing,” Peterson said. council. High School graduate is already involved “I just think that we have wonderful poSylvester said traffic control is something with the Centuria sewer and water board for tential to create and build a good community he’d like to see continued in the village and about four months now, and has received for the children and everybody who looks for said the police force has been doing a good encouragement from members of the board a small-town community,” said Peterson. job. He feels they should continue to as well as citizens of Centuria to run offer support to the department for for one of the three open seats on the the spring cleanup procedures with board. Lunsmann has the desire to clearing out vacant cars as well as get on the village board mostly to unsightly refuse from village propget more involved with the inner erties. He also said that keeping a workings of what’s going on in the good relationship with members of village. the community is also an important “Obviously we can’t change a lot issue. He also feels that in order to in the town because we haven’t got do that, a board needs to work toa lot of money, but at least I’ll be ingether. volved with what does go down,” “I feel a board should work toLunsmann said. gether, not against each other,” SylHe also said that because of his Jeremiah Lunsman Katie Peterson Kevin Kamish Steve Sylvester Tom Boettcher vester said. employment with GA screen printing Along with his wife, LeAnn, Sylvester has in Spring Lake Park, Minn., he has the time Peterson said she’s lived in Centuria her Kevin Kamish to get involved since he works four 10-hour entire life but feels they could do more. Kevin Kamish has been on the Centuria three children who live in the area, and five shifts. “Our board has done wonderful things in Village Board for the past four years and is grandchildren. He grew up in Amery before “Then I can help out and do some other the past and I’ve seen wonderful events. Our one of the three incumbents running for one moving to Centuria in 1968, and since 1969, has lived at the same residence in the village. projects around here,” said Lunsmann. police officer threw a bike safety day and I simple reason. This is Lunsmann’s first time entering into would just like to see more of that. More of “I’m running again for a real simple reathe public service realm, but he’s up to the the community gatherings. Milltown, every son, I enjoy serving our community,” Kamish Tom Boettcher challenge. Some of the immediate projects of year, throws a safety night for children, and said. Tom Boettcher is running for his third term importance he sees right now in the village just something. Something to bring peo“If re-elected I would like for the village with the Centuria Village Board, while also include updating the water tower, as well as ple into our town and I think that getting a to continue improving the streets in town as serving on the water and sewer board for as trying to update some of the bad roads in the younger voice in there will help.” needed. Main Street (Fourth Street) and Polk many as 10 years. He’s on the roads and sanvillage. Peterson is very active in her community Avenue in recent years have been repaved. It itation department in town as well. “And, just to get people to maybe clean up and has experience with organizing large would be in my interest to entertain the vil“It’s pretty eye-popping, even in a small their yards a little bit and make it (the vil- events including multiple fundraisers. She lage look into other streets in town that are town, what it all involves,” said Boettcher, lage) a little more presentable, which I know was a first princess on the Centuria royalty due for updating while keeping in mind our who wasn’t sure if he was going to run again they’re kind of involved with doing some of in 2009 and the royalty director for the past budget for projects like this.” this year, given he’s less than a year away that already,” Lunsmann added. two years, while revamping the program. Other projects Kamish feels are of impor- from retirement. He also says that it would be good to get She was also active in redoing the 11-year- tance include updating and maintaining in“I was kind of debating whether I should, some members of a younger generation on old royalty parade float, using only half of frastructures as technology requires, which but a lot of people have come up to me and the board, and feels he could bring some the money budgeted by the Centuria Village he feels are some of the most important asked if I would go one more time because younger views to the village because of his Board. She also played a major role in orga- needs for the village moving forward. I’m less than a year from retirement, so I age. nizing the “Frozen” fundraiser, which helped Kamish has been employed with the Unit- don’t know that I want to serve after I retire.” Along with being a lifelong resident of the raise money for Angels Island Park to honor edHealthCare health insurance company for Since 1976, Boettcher has worked road village of Centuria, Lunsmann is married three little girls who tragically lost their lives the past 15 years. construction and wasn’t sure if he’d ever be with a stepson and daughter. in a traffic accident. It was also where Peter“I’m happily married to my wife of 18 able to serve on the board. The first road conson got engaged to her fiance, Zack Hamm. months, and we are expecting a new addi- struction company he worked for had him on the road and away from home a lot, but the Katie Peterson They are currently planning for a July wed- tion to our family this spring,” Kamish said. company he works for now keeps him closer Katie Peterson is a 2011 Unity High School ding. The “Frozen” fundraiser event sold out to home, and allowed him an opportunity to graduate who said she is excited to run for in less than 48 hours, and drew thousands Steve Sylvester a spot on the village board in Centuria. If of people to Unity High School who helped A resident of Centuria since 1968, Steve serve as a board member. He says some elected, she’d join her father, and current raise $25,000. Sylvester has seen many changes in the vilboard member Rod Peterson. She is hop“That was very dear to my heart because lage over the years, and after a three-year See Centuria, next page Marty Seeger|Staff writer CENTURIA - The Centuria Village Board features a full ballot of five candidates for three open seats up for re-election, with two incumbents including Kevin Kamish and Tom Boettcher. A third incumbent, Eugene Ludack, was not nominated at the caucus. Other candidates include Katie Peterson, Steve Sylvester and Jeremiah Lunsmann.



Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” performed at Siren

Sebastian the crab, played by Tanner Lee, has a hard time directing Triton’s princesses since Ariel is always off exploring. Shown (L to R): Julia Cederberg, Alayna Johnson, Abby Kosloski, Hannah Skold, Allie Webster, Emily Stiemann, Jensen Anderson and Tanner Lee. LEFT: The happy couple sets sail and becomes part of each other’s worlds. The production was directed by Emily Muus, Nicole D’Jock, Bryn Anderson and Therese Muus.

Poor Scuttle tries her best to hear the heartbeat of the washed-ashore prince. Needless to say, she doesn’t hear one, but the lovely voice of Ariel brings Eric back to consciousness. LEFT: Sebastian, Flounder, sea creatures and animals try to convince Ariel that life is much better under the sea. The energetic calypso song is an audience favorite. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Ariel, played by Lizzie Stanford, needs a kiss from Prince Eric, played by Alexi Gloodt, to keep her legs and gain her voice back. The romantic moonlit evening is interrupted by the evil eels.

Siren school and community players “The Little Mermaid” cast gave three performances in front of full houses and received standing ovations after each. The production included many others behind the scenes and was created within two months.

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All-knowing Scuttle, played by Katie Crise, explains what the wonderful human items are that Flounder, played by Riley Anderson, and Ariel, played by Lizzie Stanford, found in the wake of a passing ship.

Programs: Birth - 2 Years 2 - 3 Years 3 - 4 Years 4K 1/2 Day Wraparound Care Before & After School Enrichment Programs Please feel free to join us in learning more about our vision in developing more child care opportunities in our community. We will also begin compiling a list of families who may be interested in enrolling children in our new child care programs this fall. THANKS and hope to see you there! Erin Hansford 715-529-0913



All-Leader Girls


All-Leader First Team

Taylor Alseth Senior, Frederic

Emily Amundson Senior, Frederic

Nicole Nelson Senior, Frederic

Ann Chenal Senior, Frederic

Caitlyn Daniels Senior, Siren

Ashlee Rightman Senior, Siren

Laurel Kannenberg Senior, Siren

Cassidy Lee Junior, Grantsburg

Gabrielle Foeller Senior, Unity

Raelin Sorensen Senior, Unity

All-Leader Second Team

Addie McCurdy Sophomore, SCF

Katie Kopp Junior, SCF

Kaitlyn Moser Senior, Webster

Emma Pedersen Senior, Luck

Lydia Wilson Senior, Webster

Olivia Tucker Senior, Grantsburg

Adrienne Stoffel Junior, SCF

Markell Ramich Senior, Unity

Alexandra Webster Senior, Siren

Emma Moore Senior, Unity

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12th-annual All-Leader basketball teams Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND - It was another banner year to be a West Lakeland Conference basketball fan for both boys and girls basketball teams. With four boys teams competing for a regional championship that says a lot about the programs in the area and their coaching staffs. For the girls it was also a good year, especially for the Frederic girls, who hoisted their first regional championship since 1992. It was also a year of the 1,000-point scorer, with six boys, and one girl reaching the milestone. Three Frederic girls also grabbed their 500th rebound.

West Lakeland All-Conference selections As usual, the list of the 12th-annual first- and second-team All-Leader teams mirrors the 2016 West Lakeland Basketball All-Conference teams, and only a handful of the boys players chosen will be back next year, but there are plenty of other players waiting in the wings to get their shot at playing the varsity level. The girls too, have several seniors on the list this season. West Lakeland All-Conference boys selections include the following players:

Noah Mortel, Luck; Logan Bader, Unity; Jordan Knutson, Grantsburg; Roman Poirier, Frederic; Neil Oustigoff, Siren; John Chenal, Grantsburg; Alex Johnson, St. Croix Falls; Aaron Ruud, Siren; Nathan Heimstead, Unity; Erik Peterson, Unity; Tate Fohrenkamm, Webster; Taylor Hawkins, Luck; and Jaeger Staeven, Grantsburg. Honorable mentions include Austin Ennis of Frederic; Jesse Vlasnik, Unity; and Jackson Gerber, Grantsburg. For the girls, all-conference selections include Caitlyn Daniels, Siren; Ashlee Rightman, Siren; Laurel Kannenberg,

Siren; Taylor Alseth, Frederic; Emily Amundson, Frederic; Ann Chenal, Frederic; Cassidy Lee, Grantsburg; Kaitlyn Moser, Webster; Emma Pedersen, Luck; Addie McCurdy, St. Croix Falls; Gabrielle Foeller, Unity; and Raelin Sorensen, Unity. Honorable mentions include Nicole Nelson, Frederic; Lydia Wilson, Webster; Olivia Tucker, Grantsburg; Katie Kopp, St. Croix Falls; and Adrienne Stoffel, St. Croix Falls.

All-Leader First Team

Logan Bader Senior, Unity

Noah Mortel Senior, Luck

Roman Poirier Senior, Frederic

Erik Peterson Senior, Unity

Taylor Hawkins Senior, Luck

Nathan Heimstead Senior, Unity

Neil Oustigoff Senior, Siren

Aaron Ruud Senior, Siren

John Chenal Soph. Grantsburg

Jordan Knutson Senior, Grantsburg

All-Leader Second Team

Nick Mattson Senior, Luck

Tate Fohrenkamm Senior, Webster

Jaeger Staeven Senior, Grantsburg

Austin Ennis Senior, Frederic

Jesse Vlasnik Senior, Unity

Jackson Gerber, Senior, Grantsburg

Alex Johnson Junior, SCF

Wyatt Stenberg Senior, Unity

Austin Hamack Junior, Luck

Casey Ogilvie Junior, Luck


W I N T E R L E A D E R S P O R T S Unity seventh-grade Youth football camp coming in April girls win state title

Each member of the eight-man North All-Star team is being asked to raise $750 for the Children’s Hospital, and with having as many as four players from each community being asked to raise that amount, it puts a strain on players and coaches. In order to help raise those funds, the players and coaches will be putting on a youth football camp on Saturday, April 30, at Cameron’s new sports facility. The noncontact camp is for third through fifth grades, from 9 to 11 a.m., and sixth through eighth grades from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m. Athletes will learn solid fundamental football skills in a safe and relaxed environment, featuring quarterback skills, running back/wide receiver skills, lineman skills and defensive skills. Contact coach Don Kendzior at the Luck High School for more information, at 715-472-2152. – Photo submitted

Club Red 13 takes first in Duluth

The seventh grade Unity girls basketball team, under coach Joe Tilton, won the 2016 Wisconsin Badgerland State Championship in La Crosse this past weekend, using just seven girls. – Photo submitted

Club Red 13 North volleyball team took first place at the 14s Duluth Tournament on Saturday, March 19. Pictured (L to R): Emma Zmuda, Hannah McDowell, Torrence Wols, Summer Winkler, Gabby Engstrand, Britta Hibbs and Brooke Hetfield. Not pictured is Hannah Janssen. – Photo submitted

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Vultures 28, Bears 24, Swans 23, Hummingbirds 22, Badgers 21, Mallards 21, Eagles 20, Night Hawks 17. Men’s games: Lloyd Swanson 192, Dennis Bohn 187, Dale Johnson 183. Men’s series: Dennis Bohn 547, Dale Johnson 513, Lloyd Swanson 510. Women’s games: Nancy Anderson 191, Mary Young 179, Barbara Austad 178. Women’s series: Nancy Anderson 467, Mona Renfroe 446, Sandy Bannie 443. Team games: Night Hawks 677, Vultures 661, Swans 631. Team series: Vultures 1914, Swans 1785, Night Hawks 1756. Tuesday Classic Standings: Maurer Power 100.5, Yellow Lake Lodge 100.5, House of Wood 80.5, S&G 73.5, Pioneer Bar 43. Individual games: Tony Wilson 279, Dale Gregory 269, Ed Bitler 268. Individual series: Ed Bitler 783, Tony Wilson 773, Dale Gregory 671. Team games: Yellow Lake Lodge 737, Maurer Power 698, House of Wood 668. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1990, Maurer Power 1910, House of Wood 1771. Consecutive strikes: Tony Wilson 279 (11x), Dale Gregory 269 (8x), Ed Bitler 268 (7x). Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Dale Gregory 269 (+89); Tony Wilson 270 (+82); Ed Bitler 268 (+71). Series 100 or more above avg.: Ed Bitler 783 (+192); Tony Wilson 773 (+182); Dale Gregory 671 (+131). Wednesday Night Early (3/9/16) Standings: Pioneer Bar 28, Hansen Farms 25, Cifaldi Motors 24, Skol Bar 23, Cummings Lumber 23, Luck Laundry 18, Stotz & Co. 18, Bye 1. Individual games: Brent Daeffler (SB) 275, Mark Bohn (SB) 253, Jason Richter (CM) 247. Individual series: Brent Daeffler (SB) 702, Mark Bohn (SB) 655, Jason Richter (CM) 642. Team games: Skol Bar 1085, 1019 & 978. Team series: Skol Bar 3082, Luck Laundry 2661, Hansen Farms 2620. Wednesday Night Early (3/16/16) Standings: Pioneer Bar 32, Hansen Farms 28, Skol Bar 26, Cifaldi Motors 25, Cummings Lumber 24, Stotz & Co. 21, Luck Laundry 19, Bye 1. Individual games: Moose Wilson (SB) 258, Dave Romanowski (PB) 235, Mark Bohn (SB) 233. Individual series: Moose Wilson (SB)

660, Gene Wynn Jr. (HF) 648, Dave Romanowski (PB) 624. Team games: Skol Bar 1051, 983 & 949. Team series: Skol Bar 2983, Pioneer Bar 2600, Hansen Farms 2591. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 30, LakeLand Communications 25.5, Grindell Law Offices 24, Red Iron Studios 23, American Family Siren 20.5, Backwoods Beer & Bait 18, Hell Raisers 8, Wikstrom Construction 7. Individual games: Brian McBroom (AFS) 242, Edward Bitler (RIS) 226, John Anderson (GLO) 225. Individual series: Brian McBroom (AFS) 634, Edward Bitler (RIS) 604, John Anderson (GLO) 587. Team games: Red Iron Studios 614, American Family Siren 568, Grindell Law Offices 555. Team series: Red Iron Studios 1639, American Family Siren 1630, Grindell Law Offices 1617. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Edward Bitler 226 (7x), Brian McBroom 242 (7x), John Anderson 225 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: John Anderson 225 (+60); Corey Laqua 193 (+56); Brian McBroom 242 (+71); Jim Wikstrom 214 (+56). Splits converted: 3-6-7: Tim Pederson (FF). 3-10: Gilbert Meyer (RIS), Don McKinney. 4-5-7: Carl Carpenter (BBB). 4-10: Austin Otis (BBB). 5-7: Gloria Meyer (HR). 6-10: Duane Wisse (GLO). Friday Night (3/11/16) Standings: Frederic Design & Promotion 40, The Leader 33, Junque Art 33, Pin Heads 20. Individual games: Sheila Hansen 198, Jen Ellefson 197, Pat Traun 179. Individual series: Jen Ellefson 517, Sheila Hansen 493, Cindy Denn 471. Team games: Pin Heads 626, The Leader 612, Junque Art 596. Team series: The Leader 1756, Junque Art 1726, Frederic Design & Promotion 1718. Splits converted: 4-5: Kim Owens. 5-7: Linda O’Donnell. 3-10: Tammy Lindberg. 7-2: Edla Meyer. Friday Night (3/18/16) Standings: Frederic Design & Promotion 42, The Leader 38, Junque Art 36, Pin Heads 24. Men’s games: Bert Meyer 188. Men’s series: Bert Meyer 509. Women’s games: Jen Ellefson 180, Sheila Hansen 176, Dorothy Barfknecht 167. Women’s series: Jen Ellefson 481, Sheila Hansen 472, Sandy Bannie 452. Team games: Junque Art 606, The Leader

599, Pin Heads 596. Team series: Pin Heads 1729, Junque Art 1721, The Leader 1641. Splits converted: 5-6: Mindy Linke and Judy Mravik. Saturday Night Standings: Lake Kings 59, Expendables 56, Lakers 52, Bye Team 50, Lucky Ducks 49, Rebel Alliance 46, Pin Choppers 42, B-52s 37. Women’s games: Rita Bohn 244 & 190, Tracy Gaspar 212. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 592, Tracy Gaspar 511, Brenda Weirke 466. Men’s games: Jeremy Anderson 246, Mark Bohn 236, Michael Feist 236. Men’s series: Mark Bohn 675, Michael Feist 663, Jeremy Anderson 649. Team games: Expendables 983, Pin Choppers 963, Rebel Alliance 943. Team series: Rebel Alliance 2787, Expendables 2748, Pin Choppers 2618.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 80.5, Sam’s Carpentry 67.5, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 66, McKenzie Lanes 54, Gutterbugs 44.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 44.5. Individual games: Cindy Castellano 194, Linda Giller 188, Helen Leggitt 182. Individual series: Patti Katzmark 508, Cindy Castellano 506, Linda Giller 499. Team games (Handicap): Sam’s Carpentry & Gutterbugs 823. Team series (Handicap): Sam’s Carpentry 2342. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Steve’s Appliance Plus 38, GA Screenprinting 36.5, Logoton PC 34.5, The Cobbler Shop 34.5, Hack’s Pub 33.5, The Dugout 26, Edina Realty 25, Bye 0. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 280,

Mike Oryan 274, Jeff Lehmann 265. Individual series: Tony Fitzgerald 761, Jeff Lehmann 734, John Gerhardt 713. Team games (Handicap): Steve’s Appliance Plus 1219. Team series (Handicap): Steve’s Appliance Plus 3544. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 123.5, Gutter Dusters 122, Split Happens 122, Main Street Cafe 119, Kassel Tap 106, Jeff’s Small Engine 103.5, Hauge Dental 97, Custom Outfitter 90. Individual games: Jane Smith 222, Shirley Wiswell 212, Lonnie Stowell 208. Individual series: Lonnie Stowell 582, Shirley Wiswell 559, Jane Smith 550. Team games (Handicap): Hauge Dental 859, Gutter Dusters 853, Main Street Cafe 841. Team series (Handicap): Hauge Dental 2473, Gutter Dusters 2428, Main Street Cafe 2370. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Jeff’s Small Engine 21, Tiger Express 16, McKenzie Lanes 16, Hanjo Farms 13, Captain’s Bar & Grill 11, Fox Ridge Farm 11, Dalles Electric 11, 5 J’s Sports Bar 9. Individual games: Jason Schultz 279, Daryn Sylvester 267, Derek Swenson 257. Individual series: Jason Schultz 747, Daryn Sylvester & Rick F. Fox 690, Jim Alt 671. Team games (Handicap): Dalles Electric 1162, Captain’s Bar & Grill 1149. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 3241, Captain’s Bar & Grill 3240. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Soul Sisters 71, Hauge Dental 68, Central Bank 64.5, JJ’s 61.5, Hack’s Pub 54, Cutting Edge Pro 53.5, TL Enterprise 52, Eagle Valley Bank 51.5. Individual games: Paula Foerst 194, Annette Norlander 190, Jane Smith 188. Individual series: Anita Bont 527, Lonnie Stowell 517, Jane Smith 514. Team games (Handicap): Soul Sisters 679, Cutting Edge Pro 655, Hauge Dental 649. Team series (Handicap): Soul Sisters 1984, Cutting Edge Pro 1841, Hauge Dental 1816. Saturday Night Mixed Standings: The In-Laws 62.5, Misfits 56, New Team 56, B&K Cousins 55.5, Roller Coasters 50, Here For The Beer 47, Rumbeers 41, Cutting Edge Pro 38. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 279, Rick Katzmark 268, Mike Runberg 262. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 782, Mark Turner 701, Mike Runberg 626.

Women’s games: Toni Sloper 203, Lisa King 199, Lana McKenzie 192. Women’s series: Lisa King 515, Lisa Gadbois 499, Toni Sloper 492. Team games (Handicap): New Team 939, Here For The Beer 900, Rumbeers 892. Team series (Handicap): Here For The Beer 2609, New Team 2574, Cutting Edge Pro 2509.

Black & Orange Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 34-6, Yellow River Saloon 22-18, Larry’s LP 12-28, Black & Orange 12-28. Individual games: Tony Wilson (BA) 245, Curt Phelps (BA) 223, Mark Holmstrom (YRS) 222. Individual series: Tony Wilson (BA) 651, CJ (B&O) & Curt Phelps (BA) 592, Mark Holmstrom (YRS) 581. Team games: Yellow River Saloon 1032, Bruce’s Auto 1004, Larry’s LP 945. Team series: Yellow River Saloon 3003, Bruce’s Auto 2944, Black & Orange 2827. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 38-6, Larry’s LP 25-19, Flower Power 23-21, Vacant 2-42. Individual games: Vicki Tollander (NL) 195, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 181, Jennifer Kern (L) 172. Individual series: Vicki Tollander (NL) 486, Jennifer Kern (L) & Mary Reese (FP) 445, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 431. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 914, Flower Power 816, Larry’s LP 791. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 2479, Flower Power 2395, Larry’s LP 2348. Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 25.5-14.5, Northwoods Lumber 21-19, Lions 17.522.5, Black & Orange 16-24. Individual games: Neil Huppert (BL) 254, Lloyd Katusky (L) 236, Mike Zajac (NL) 224. Individual series: Neil Huppert (BL) 652, Mike Zajac (NL) 608, Lloyd Katusky (L) 595. Team games: Lions 1092, Black & Orange 1031, Northwoods Lumber 1020. Team series: Black & Orange 3036, Lions & Bump’s Lakeside 2988, Northwoods Lumber 2934. Games 50 or more above avg.: Neil Huppert 254 (+67), Jim Nyberg 223 (+58), James Ubl 211 (+57), Lloyd Katusky 236 (+59).




Volunteering has its rewards Volunteering once upon a time didn’t seem appealing to Tim me. I mean, selflessly giving of one’s time Spielman to benefit a greater good? Thankfully, that was years ago and memories away, and for the past several years, I and a few selfless others have been part of a little group we like to call the Crex Meadows Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Of course, we’re just one of many DU chapters across the state and the nation, and, in fact, we’re just one of many conservation-oriented volunteer groups right here in northwestern Wisconsin. And though it’s not said enough, all of them should garner the appreciation of all who call themselves sportsmen or sportswomen. Let’s extend that just a bit. These volunteers, whether their interest represents deer, turkeys, pheasants, grouse, fish or ducks, deserve a pat on the back. To some degree, they all overlap. Their focus is creating places where wildlife can thrive, and even the casual birdwatcher or Joe Tourist coming to Burnett County should be grateful. Volunteering ain’t easy, my friend. It’s a lot of work, and it consumes a lot of valuable time, but let’s be honest: Those who volunteer know – or find out really quickly – what it’s all about. It can be a pretty good time, too. I’m reminded of that often at our meetings; it’s almost frightening the nuances of fellow volunteers one comes to notice over the years. Well, just take our unique collection. Chip is a relatively new member of the Crex chapter. Turns out he’s a whiz at spreadsheets and tracking prizes and, by golly, he knows a thing or two about a firearm. Personally, I think he’s considering a hostile takeover of our chapter presidency. There’s a good chance he’d face little resistance. Similarly, Scott is a gun nut. And not just guns, but ballistics, too. Which isn’t far-fetched, given the place of his employ requires that he know the dimensions of the barrels of particular weaponry that

An annual “meeting on the ice” is part of the Crex Ducks Unlimited chapter’s mode of operation each winter. Here, Scott Johnson, shack owner, attempts to jig up a crappie. – Photo by Tim Spielman dispense various sizes of lead and other metallic-based projectiles. Meetings also have served as good places where I might ask Scott if I can borrow some of his “stuff” in order to build a decent food plot. Seldom does Scott reject my request. Bless him. Note: Scott also appears bent on taking over the presidency. I’m yet to see the appeal. The de facto president being targeted is Mike. He dons varying degrees of facial hair depending on the season, and has the keen ability to hold together a meeting when chaos threatens. That’s usually due to the fact that break-off duos and trios and such have decided matters other than the upcoming banquet – things like the fish bite, the price of furs, and so on – are more important than the meeting agenda. Bruce is a longtimer on the committee who regularly regales the rest of us with tales of big bucks he’s seen, the turkey fight he witnessed and photographed near Lewis, and how he’ll “hit up the

bowlers” to buy tickets to our events. Bruce, too, is adept at finding guns for said events at good prices, and he knows a thing or two about iron (guns). (We sure do have a lot of gun “experts.”) Paul is a somewhat subdued, but highly knowledgeable. A retired “wildlife guy,” he now spends much of his time helping to secure public lands where folks like you and I can hunt. He’s also the builder of high-quality wood duck houses, and is one of our most reliable sources of fishing information. He can be counted on to let you know when the sap’s running, too. Paul also is known in certain circles as the one who leaves peanut shell crumbs in perfect formation around his meeting chair. Don lends a certain air of class to our sometimes unconventional unit. He’s probably the longest-running DU volunteer in our midst, and he knows the organization inside and out. Want to know about sponsorship and other levels of DU support? Ask Don. Want to see a collection of the “pins” we get each year of volunteering? Don probably has about 50 years’ worth. He’s also a frequent donor of merchandise for our events, and sometimes he wears shirts whose quips make us chuckle. Dennis, known affectionately as “Muntz,” is our money guy. Several years ago, he began to attempt to groom me to become the so-called treasurer. All these years later, it’s become apparent that he gave up on that vision. Muntz is the guy who leaves meetings early. His sneezing and sniffling are pretty convincing; he says he’s allergic to the mounted dead animals at the location

where we meet. I think he just grows bored with us. Kyle is another gun lover among us. He has a dream gun he’s long tried to win. Recently, it seems, he’s given up that dream in exchange for a cash outlay for the firearm. I hope he and the X-Bolt are very happy together. Kyle also loves to hunt ducks. And, I hope he forgives me for saying this, but he brings a youthful and energetic spirit to our group. Soon, not many years from now, we will have broken him. Bob is the kind of guy who opens doors. Literally, his connections allow him to allow us to access our meeting hall. It should be noted he also closes doors, in that he locks them when the meeting is over. Bob has great knowledge of ducks and what they need to thrive. And he hunts them intensely. It’s good to have a duck expert in the bunch. Of note, Bob and I often ride-share, though he seldom drives. Which is OK, I’ve never thought much of his driving ability. Me? I’d like to say I’m the brains of the operation, but no one would buy that. I guess I’m just there, doing what I can, and remembering from time to time that volunteering for DU, in this case, isn’t what you get out of it, but what ducks get out of it. That’s easy to do these spring days, as the glory of waterfowl returns, and the wetlands for which we’re collectively responsible, once again come to life. The Crex DU’s annual banquet is April 2 at Hummer’s Rendezvous in Grantsburg. Call Scott for information at 715-431-0362. At least 35 guns will be given away.

A pair of wood ducks share a spot on a local Northwest Wisconsin pond. Wood ducks and even non-waterfowl species benefit from the volunteering efforts of those involved with the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited in Burnett County. – Leader file photo by Marty Seeger

Head to Crex for a number of events this spring GRANTSBURG – Head to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area this spring for a number of fun events, including a night with Wisconsin’s bats and a maple syrup workshop. • A Night with Wisconsin’s Bats, Friday, April 8, 6-7 p.m. - Wisconsin has only seven species of bats, but they each play an important role within the landscape. Join Heather Kaarakka, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biolo-

gist, and learn more about Wisconsin’s bats, how they are studied and the threat of white-nose syndrome. Snacks and beverages will be provided. This event is for those ages 12 and above - preregistration is required. • Maple Syrup Workshop, Saturday, April 9, 1-3 p.m. – There is no better sign that spring is on the way than the annual tapping of sugar maple trees at Crex. A maple syrup program will demonstrate

the process of making maple syrup. Attendees will learn how maple trees are tapped and will receive a sample of some pure maple syrup and treats. Caravan as a group offsite. This event is for those ages 8 and above. Preregistration is required, and space will be limited to 25 participants. For more information, contact Kristi Pupak, DNR wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State

Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg. Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex. For more information, visit crexmeadows. org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Also, be sure to report your Crex wildlife observations via email: information@ – submitted

Winter severity index data shows a mild Wisconsin winter so far MADISON -– With winter coming to a close in Wisconsin, 2015-2016 winter severity index data shows it is shaping up to be considered a mild winter, overall. The winter severity index is a tool used by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to gauge the effects of winter weather on deer survival. The index is calculated by adding the number of days with 18 inches or more of snow on the ground to the number of days when the minimum temperatures were zero degrees Fahrenheit or below. A winter with an index of less than 50 is considered mild, 50 to 79 is moderate, 80

to 99 is severe and over 100 is very severe. In Wisconsin, the average winter severity index through March 2016 was approximately 20. The winter severity index for the record-setting winter of 2013-2014 was 149, and biologists will continue to keep an eye on winter conditions through April. In a deer mortality study, the department found that overwinter mortality is strongly related to winter severity, and that few deaths occur during a mild winter. “Traveling through deep snow really drains deer fat reserves and can weaken

them,” said Daniel Storm, DNR research scientist. “Relatively shallow snow throughout much of the state this winter has been a real benefit to deer.” Each spring, DNR wildlife staff examines deer that have been struck by a vehicle - these general health assessments evaluate fat levels at numerous parts of the body and check for pregnancy. With a goal of 10 assessments per county, the department will use this information in conjunction with winter severity index data to learn more about winter’s effects on Wisconsin wildlife. With help from health assessments,

winter severity index data and other important tools, the department is able to closely monitor and manage Wisconsin’s deer herd. This information is put to good use at county deer advisory council meetings, which resumed in March. To learn more about joining a council, visit dnr. and search keyword CDAC. For more information regarding deer management in Wisconsin or the winter severity index, search keyword deer. – from


Centuria Village Board/continued of the most important aspects right now included keeping a solid bottom line, and continuing to update roads, or fix any problems should they arise. “And you know. You’d like to see the town grow. I think any town would like that, but it’s so hard for a small family to come in and

start something. You work with the county or state to try to recruit more of it, new business, but it’s a slow process.” Since being on the board, Boettcher says they’ve been able to redo Main Street and accomplish other worthy street projects, while also being able to purchase much-needed

new equipment. “The bottom line is we’ve held cost kind of steady. The guys I serve with, they’re good with keeping everything in check as far as money goes,” Boettcher said. Boettcher has lived nearly his entire life in the area, growing up just four miles south of

Centuria, and graduating from St. Croix Falls High School. He has three grown children, including two sons and a daughter, and has a girlfriend of 14 years.

Four contests for Polk County Board

Two new supervisors unopposed, four board members retire

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY – There are four contested seats for the 15-member Polk County Board on Tuesday, April 5. That includes contested races for two incumbents and contests for two open seats. In addition, there are single candidates for two open seats. Nine supervisors are running for re-election unopposed. Four supervisors are retiring. The contests are in District 2, a rematch between incumbent Patricia Schmidt and Doug Route, District 4, an open seat being contested by Kathryn Kienholz and Chris Nelson, District 6, another open seat where Marilyn Nehring and Brian Masters are running and District 13, where Jared Cockroft is challenging incumbent Russ Arcand. Brad Olson is running unopposed for the open District 1 seat, and Mike Prichard is the sole candidate for the open seat in District 7. The retiring board members include William Johnson IV, District 1, who has served eight terms; Marvin Caspersen, District 7, after six terms; Ken Sample, District 6, after three terms; and Josh Hallberg, District 4, who served a single term on the county board. Running unopposed for re-election are Dean Johansen, 3; Craig Moriak, 5; James Edgell, 8; Kim O’Connell, 9; Larry Jepsen, 10; Jay Luke, 11; Warren Nelson, 12; John Bonneprise, 14; and Joe Demulling, 15.

Profiles of the six districts. The profiles are based on in-person visits with the candidates.


Polk County Board well in the county. She says that things change and the county needs to take a look and decide what services to continue. Schmidt says the issue is how to do it and stay within the budget. “Care of our lakes is a top issue,” Schmidt says. “Local control has been removed from the county. Our lakes are important. We need the best possible means to protect them. Lake- property owners pay 60 percent of our real estate taxes. We would all need to pay more if the lakes were not there.” Schmidt says changes are coming in the human services and health department that seem to be for the better. She says the government center is moving to be a more people-serving place, which she says is a fine idea. A study on the highway shop is coming, and she wants the whole board to be a part of that decision. “I make decisions based on facts,” Schmidt says. “I do my research. I want good decisions made and think my experience (with the county) helps me make good decisions. “I enjoy being on the board,” Schmidt says. “I don’t feel threatened by others. I think my past knowledge and communications study help me understand other people’s points and styles.” Schmidt was appointed to the board in August 1997 and is the longest-serving current supervisor. She Chris Nelson has served on many of

term. Chris Nelson and Kathryn Kienholz are running for the open seat.

Chris Nelson “I am for commonsense rules and reforms that are results oriented,” Chris Nelson says. “If it makes sense for everybody, let’s do it.” Nelson says higher education is at the front of his Polk County agenda. He wants to work to get a Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College facility in the county. Nelson says he wants to educate and train young people here, so they do not need to drive to Rice Lake every day. As a supervisor, he wants to play a leadership role in achieving that goal. Mental health is a second concern of Nelson. He says he is aware that many people are having hard times and need help. Nelson is also concerned about the living conditions and quality of life of people with mental-health issues who are living in controlled facilities after being released back into the community. He says he has no answers, but he is willing to talk about an issue that no one wants to discuss. Economic growth is a third issue for Nelson. He has seen Balsam Lake struggle with smart growth and has been asked, “What does the county have to do with the village?”

Brad Olson

Pat Schmidt

District 1 – The Towns of McKinley, Lorain, Clam Falls and West Sweden and the village of Frederic. William Johnson IV is retiring after serving from 1996 to 2006 and from 2010. Brad Olson is the only candidate. Brad Olson “If there are no ideas, no discussion, then nothing happens,” Brad Olson says. “Ideas are good. I don’t have to agree with them all but, if it’s a good idea, I will probably be for it.” Olson likes to talk. He also is willing to bring up new proposals. He cites the recent success in bringing the issue of rural Internet access to the county and the conservation committee. That committee has recommended lowering the fees for cell tower applications, the result of which may be better Internet access for Clam Falls and Lorain. “A committed person can change the county’s mind,” Olson said. “When one person goes in, making a good argument, there is always a chance to make a change. You have to start somewhere. “It is imperative to go in with no agenda,” Olson says. “Ideas must be good for the whole county, not just for District 1. If the southern districts say this is what we need, we must learn about it. We need to work together.” Olson says that change is a constant. He says that, as a farmer, he is used to things changing on the fly. What has happened dictates what you need to do next. Olson says that a person needs to state their view, listen to other views and move forward. Olson has served on the Clam Falls Town Board for seven years and was an active member of the citizens advisory committee that worked on the county’s zoning ordinance revision for three years. He operates a farm in Clam Falls.

District 2 – Part or all of the Towns of Georgetown, Bone Lake and Luck and the village of Luck. Patricia Schmidt was appointed to the board in 1997, served until 2004, and again from 2006. She is being challenged by Doug Route. Patricia Schmidt “The county has done a good job of keeping taxes down,” Pat Schmidt says. “The credit goes to Dana (Frey, county administrator).” Schmidt says that things are going very

Mike Prichard

Marilyn Nehring

the county governing committees and is currently chair of the health and human services committee. She lives on a farm in the Town of Luck.

Doug Route “My wife and I have lived in the Town of Bone Lake for 42 years. I graduated from Luck High School and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. I am a retired rural mail carrier with 30 years of service in the Frederic Post Office, delivering Route 2. “Having delivered those years in parts of West Sweden, Clam Falls, Lorain, Luck, Bone Lake, and McKinley townships is my biggest qualification for the county board. Delivering to over 300 homes daily gives you an insight into the people and issues of Polk County. “I have no specific agenda but to be a voice for the people of the county. I have been attending the meetings lately dealing with the fall veterans ride. I have great respect for our veterans and what they do for our country. Thank you for your service. During the County CDRE committee meeting, after hours of testimony, this one-day ride was voted down 4 to 2. Upon reaching the full county board, and after much passionate testimony by veterans, supporters and our assemblyman, the ride was voted in to take place in 2016. A resolution was passed to study the ride for 2017, working with Burnett and Ashland counties. I say ‘No,’ I am not against a study, but approve the ride for the next five years while doing the study on how to make the ride better for our veterans. Polk County needs to step up and lead the way for veterans everywhere.”

District 4 – The Town of Milltown and the villages of Balsam Lake and Milltown. Josh Hallberg is retiring after serving a single

Kathy Keinholz

Brian Masters

One answer he will work for is bringing a hotel to the site of the county highway building, once a new highway shop is built. “It takes vision,” Nelson says. “We need to ask how we can improve things. We must be willing to move forward, to be creative, to get more jobs. We must prioritize our dollars. Investment pays off.” Nelson owns a construction company and says he thinks “build green” on every project including energy efficiency and natural mitigation of runoff. He says the state went too far on the property zoning issue. He wants to talk to Rep. Adam Jarchow and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and tell them, “You must fight for us.” Nelson says he wants to use leverage by working with them and asking them, “How can you help us?”

Kathryn Kienholz Kathy Kienholz says she got into the contest for the county board, where she had served for three terms, after finding out who was running for the open seat. She says that her opponent would not be good for the county. “Water is the issue,” Kienholz says. “Tourism brings millions to the county. We must have water quality. Half our property tax is lakeshore. We must make our county attractive for people from the Twin Cities. We must offer what they want: clean lakes, entertainment, attractive bike trails.” Kienholz says the county’s role is to be an advocate. Issues include the infrastructure and good roads, better Internet service for rural areas which would allow people to work from home, good schools, affordable housing. She says the county needs development because the economy depends on it. But there needs to be a balance between development and conservation that preserves the beauty of the area. Kienholz says she is opposed to any development that can adversely

Looking back 2014 Polk County Board contest very different Gregg Westigard | Staff writer POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Board election this year is very different from the election two years ago. The county had just decreased its board size from 23 members to 15 districts. That meant that 16 incumbents were put into the eight districts. Four of those incumbents retired, but that left four districts where incumbents faced each other. This was also the election where a citizens group, Operation Prosperity, formed to recruit and back candidates in many districts. The result was contests in 13 of the 15 districts, including a primary in one. Of the 19 supervisors running for re-election, 12 were elected and seven defeated, including two in the primary. The election brought three new members to the board, two of whom had served in the past. The 2016 election with only four contests is a much quieter affair. affect the quality of the lakes and rivers. She says the proper role for the county board is setting priorities. That includes funding for the infrastructure, human services and tourism that will determine what direction the county should take into the 21st century. Mental health has been identified as the No. 1 public heath problem in the county, Kienholz says. Whatever the need is, she says the county board should find the resources within the budget to meet it. Kienholz says the county cannot thrive if residents are not living up to their potential. There is also a need to plan for the services that an aging population might need from the county. Kienholz is a retired CPA who says she has spent her time doing volunteer community service after she left the board in 2014. She drives for Interfaith Caregivers, volunteers with tax preparations, helped set up a League of Woman Voters chapter and serves on library and humane society boards.

District 6 – The Towns of Apple River and Balsam Lake plus much of Georgetown. Ken Sample is retiring after serving from 2008 to 2012 and again from 2014. Brian Masters and Marilyn Nehring are running for the open seat. Brian Masters “I understand Polk County government after serving on the county board for six years,” Brian Masters says. “I am proud of what I accomplished then, helping balance the budget in difficult times. The new administrative government is better. I want the county to keep going on the same route.” Masters says he loves the lakes and wants to keep the quality of the water good for fishing and recreation. He says he has been involved in the Bone Lake Management District and helped with the boat-inspection programs. Masters sat on both the health and the human services boards before they were merged and says he understands the issues facing the county. He knows that there are mental-health needs in the community that must be addressed, saying that parents and others must pay attention. Continuing to grow is an issue for the county, Masters says. We need to move business into the county. Keeping taxes in line is important. He says there is a challenge when state and federal funding keeps getting cut, which makes it hard to keep programs funded at the level they should be. Masters says that requires commonsense government. “We need to look ahead and see what we can do better,” Masters says. “With my experience on the board, I know the ins and outs of county government, the people. I want to

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Polk County Board/continued work for the positive. I have more to give.” Masters moved here 25 years ago. He says this is a good area with good people, and he loves it here. He is the Balsam Lake town clerk and active in many community activities.

Marilyn Nehring Marilyn Nehring says she has three areas of strength she can bring to the county board: lake quality, budgeting and business planning, and tourism experience. “I have owned homes on eight lakes in Polk County,” Nehring said. “I was involved in the Deer Lake conservancy at its beginning in 1989. I have the background on lake quality. That is the biggest thing I can contribute.” Nehring says that even with that background, serving on the county’s board of adjustment was an eye-opener. She has served on that zoning board since 2008 and says she understands more than ever the importance of setbacks and buffers for lake homes. She says her 25 years at Andersen Windows, where she worked in planning, budgeting and costs savings, plus nine years as the owner of Lake Country Cheese on Hwy. 8, provided her with a wide range of business and management skills. Nehring said those skills will help her oversee the county budget as a supervisor. Nehring has also been very involved in tourism, both as a business owner and as an active member of a regional tourism alliance. She says she knows what it takes to draw tourists, including working with the state and the Legislature. Nehring says her knowledge of the county lakes and of tourism will be a value to the county. Nehring now calls herself a full-time volunteer. She says she is a lifelong resident of Polk County and is dedicated to be a voice for the priorities and values of the county.

District 7 – Parts of the Towns of St.


Croix Falls and Eureka and part of the city of St. Croix Falls. Marvin Caspersen held the seat from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2006. Mike Prichard is the only candidate for the open seat.

Michael Prichard

Jared Cockroft

Mike Prichard will bring a lifelong love of the St. Croix River to the county board. He will also bring a depth and breadth of experience from his service on many boards. Prichard says he has a positive view of the county and how things are running, and there are no issues he is cam- Jared Cockroft paigning on. Prichard says he was able to spend time on the river during many summers as he was growing up. He canoed with his mother on the St. Croix when he was 9 years old. That love continued in later years. Prichard was an active board member and officer with the St. Croix River Association. His love of the outdoors also led him to serve on the state board of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. The protection of outdoor recreation resources and their importance to tourism are the issues on top of Prichard’s list of county goals. He says the Twin Cities are becoming aware that Polk County is here, and he supports efforts in that direction. Prichard says he will look at opportunities to establish more parks and open spaces. “I am looking forward to serving on the county board,” Prichard says. “It opens up a new chapter for me. There is a need for citizen participation for democracy to work. This is an opportunity to give back to the community, to make a positive contribution.” Prichard is a retired attorney who practiced for over 30 years with a law firm in the Twin Cities. He was a board member of the St. Croix Regional Medical Foundation and is a history lover involved with the local historical societies.

District 13 – The village of Clear Lake, the Town of Clear Lake and much of Black Brook. Russ Arcand, who has held the seat since 2006, is facing Jared Cockroft.

Jared Cockroft served one term on the county board and ran for sheriff in 2014 instead of running for another term on the board. He says he misses his time on the board and decided to run again. Russ Arcand “The county board could be involved,” Cockroft says. “There should be more accountability to the public. The supervisors need to get briefed by the departments. They should be in the know. They set the budget. Spending public money well for the public good is their job.” Cockroft has spent his working life in law enforcement, including nine years in the sheriff’s department. He says he sees some issues from that inside view that concern him. Cockroft says he can bring insight to the board from his work in public service. He would like to see the county get more involved in mental-health issues. Cockroft says there needs to be more crisis intervention training involving law enforcement, mental-health workers and the local hospital. He says the county should get involved in more prevention, with home visits when there is not a crisis situation. “It’s a question of pay now or pay later,” Cockroft says. “I want to raise accountability to the public at the county board,” Cockroft says. “I have lived in Polk County all of my adult life. I have raised my family here and feel a responsibility to the county. This is a good place to live. I want to keep it that way.”

Russ Arcand Russ Arcand’s father-in-law told him, “Don’t complain, get involved and make a difference.” Arcand, who is finishing his fifth term on the county board, says the county saw some chaos before it hired a county administrator. He says the biggest challenge will be replacing Dana Frey when he retires.

Arcand says the supervisors should use their time well and take action. “If we are going to do something, let’s do it,” he says. “No procrastination. We should not do things just to get re-elected. We should not put things off. “How we dealt with the highway building was terribly unfair,” Arcand says. “We put it to a referendum. We needed to make that decision. Now we need to act on that again, not wait to be forced to do it. But we can do something without raising taxes, by acting as our debt decreases. “But our roads are more important than the facility,” Arcand says. “I don’t want them run down to gravel. I don’t want that to be my legacy. Money is tight but we need to stay on top of the roads. “Don’t take ownership of something that is not yours,” Arcand says. “The lakes belong to everyone. The animals, trees, public land are not mine.” He said that during the shoreland zoning debate some people seemed to feel it was their lake and not everyone’s. Arcand says the first time he ran for the board, he had no clue about county government. He just wanted to know what they (the board) were doing with the money. He says most people don’t have a clue now. “How do you get people to tune into government,” he wonders. Arcand would like to see more people running for offices and feels that people should have a choice. Arcand has been an involved supervisor. Early on he was active on the personnel committee and brought his background as a union steward to help the county set its budgets back then. Now, he says, the administrator does that work, but the board makes the final decision. “We are the watchdogs of the taxpayers money,” Arcand says. “I am not a politician, I’m a factory worker,” Arcand says. “But I like to help other people. We should not have an agenda. I am not there for myself but there for all the people.” More candidate profiles will appear in next week’s Leader.

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Gandy Dancer Marathon draws unique partners

Newly created Kinisi Institute for Movement and the University of Minnesota Adoption Medicine Clinic sign on

Greg Marsten | Staff writer LUCK - In just its third year, the Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon recently garnered a unique set of sponsors, with an interesting history and a bright future. “For a little marathon in the woods, we’re getting some real attention!” joked marathon co-founder Eric T. Olson. “But it’s a really exciting group getting behind us.” That diverse group of representatives, sponsors and participants came together last week at the Cyclova XC in downtown St. Croix Falls, as marathon organizers announced a first-of-its-kind partnership involving a new, innovative health institute being created in the St. Croix Valley, as well as a Minnesota group dedicated to the unique health issues with adopted children, bringing even more attention to the upstart marathon, which uses the former rail line for a marathon, half marathon, 5K and four-member relay, with even more this fall. “We’re even adding an ultra-marathon this year, it will go all the way up to Webster,” Olson added. Olson and marathon co-founder Seth Petersen joined in welcoming the representatives from the newly formed Kinisi Institute, based at St. Croix Regional Medical Center, as well as The University of Minnesota Adoption Medicine Clinic, who has an advocate with her own unique connection to the marathon, which she ran last fall, along with three dozen others representing the AMC program. Adopting a marathon Angelique Hatch, Hudson, is a longtime marathon fan and participant with four children, three of whom are international adoptees, hence her involvement with the unique U of M program that serves some of the special medical and developmental needs of children who may have a history of institutional care, and possibly faced neglect and time without full-time parental care. She thinks the Gandy event is a good match for the AMC program, in part due to its welcoming atmosphere and family-friendly status. Hatch and three dozen other AMC supporters, employees and others ran the Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon last year, and this year they are hoping to add even more runners, many more. “This year our goal is to bring 100 runners!” Hatch said, noting how she has run many marathons, but this was one of her favorites. “With all the health connections, I think it’s a good mix, and everyone who ran last year was so impressed.” Hatch said the runners loved the course, the causes and the area, as well as the volunteers and how it was an easier course, with a beautiful backdrop of fall. “It’s a very doable race for (people

“For a little marathon in the woods, we’re getting some real attention!”

- marathon co-founder Eric Olson

The 2016 Gandy Dancer Trail marathon has an expanding list of sponsors and fans, some of whom gathered at Cyclova XC in St. Croix Falls last week to discuss the changes ahead. Pictured (L to R): Jon Erickson, Luck fire chief; Angelique Hatch, Adoption Medicine Clinic; Eric Olson, marathon co-founder; Frank Lundeen, Cyclova XC; Frank Johnson, Kinisi Institute for Movement; Jessica Miner, SCRMC; and Seth Petersen, marathon co-founder. – Photo by Greg Marsten from) the Twin Cities area,” she added, pointing out her own enthusiasm for the U of M program, which has helped her unique family so much. “They really are changing the world, and it’s really rewarding, how they help,” Hatch said. A wake-up call Hatch told the entire group gathered at Cyclova her own unique connection to the adoption medicine program, and how her own unique story “turned her life around” years ago. As she tells it, Hatch was a 20-year-old college student when she became seriously ill with Crohn’s disease, forcing her to spend quite a bit of recovery time in the hospital. “I wasn’t 21 (years old) yet, so they put me in the pediatrics department,” Hatch said, noting how she spent lots of time in the pediatric wing, getting to know young children with possibly terminal maladies, decades younger than her. “It was very humbling. I was feeling sorry for myself, but I grew up real fast, seeing all those very sick kids,” Hatch said frankly. “I realized I was going to be OK.” But it was that glimpse into the life of children with possibly no future that made her look at life, and children, a different way. “We’re in a position that we can give back, and the Adoption Medicine (Clinic) program is really doing amazing work. We’re super lucky to have them ... the need is real,” Hatch said. “They’re celebrating their 30th year this month!” Hatch and a crew of AMC supporters will be easy to spot this year, just like last year, as they all wear bright neon green shirts, supporting the program. “With all the health connections (to the marathon) I think it’s a great mix!” Hatch said. Hatch joined Luck Fire Chief Jon Erickson at the Cyclova event, and she even mentioned how much it helps that the Luck Fire Department is one of the major benefactors of race fundraising, and how cool it was for her team that their fire hall is used as the race “home base,” starting spot and registration station. “Everyone is just so friendly and the whole event is really well done,” Hatch added. “We really think it’s a great fit.”

four-member marathon relay and a 5K run/walk. Like all the Gandy races, the ultra marathon will start at the Luck Fire Hall, heading north to Webster, where it will turn back toward Luck. That expansion of the “race region” is a nice dovetail into the inclusion of another major sponsor for the race, the newly formed Kinisi Institute for Movement, based in St. Croix Falls.

Kinisi Institute for Movement tour The Leader was given an exclusive tour of the new home for the Kinisi Institute for Movement, which is under construction on the third floor of the St. Croix Regional Medical Center Clinic in St. Croix Falls. Touted as a “Specialty model of musculoskeletal care closer to residents in the region,” the institute is also going to be a model of services in one spot, coordinating the care of sports medicine, orthopedics, podiatry, neurology, rheumatology, pain medicine, spine surgery and rehabilitation, all in one very convenient location, so patients can do so much in one place. “Kinisi Institute for Movement will be the premier destination for musculoskeletal care in the St. Croix Valley and beyond,” stated Kinisi’s executive director, Franklin Johnson, who is also a physical therapist. “The Institute will bring together care that harnesses the best talents, most advanced procedures and utmost in compassion in order to provide excellence working closely with people to solve painful disorders affecting their ability to move.” Johnson showed how the clinic will keep everything close together and in one specialized and expansive location, and while it is still several months from completion, the design and convenience is already apparent. “We’re really excited about this, and how advanced everything will be,” Johnson said, pointing to advances like the new digital X-ray system, which will be the first for any SCRMC location, and is among the first in the region. “It’s a lower dosage, safer, faster and

much better imaging,” Johnson said, adding that it will be easier for people who may have injuries, as the technicians will not need to go so far away during an X-ray, which means less chance for a tumble and further injury. “We’ll be able to things we couldn’t do before, like image ‘stitching’ with the computer,” Johnson said. “Our spinal surgeons are excited about the possibilities!” An institute with a view As noted earlier, the new facility is being constructed on the third floor of the St. Croix Falls Clinic space, in the site of the former SCRMC business offices, which moved off-site to the city’s industrial park in January. “We’re using our space as efficiently as possible,” Johnson added, looking over the St. Croix Valley from the west bank of windows. “We’re pretty limited on our footprint (for expansion).” Other SCRMC network medical professionals are also excited about the possibilities of the new institute, which is tentatively slated to open on July 5. “The great thing about Kinisi is that it has been designed from the ground up. We listened to our patients, realized the biggest gaps in their care, and reimagined what a clinic should look and feel like,” said Dr. Guresh Bedi, SCRMC neurologist and medical director of the new institute. “As health care providers, we will spend the greatest part of our time in coordinating care,” Bedi added. “We feel that this patient centered approach will lead not only to a more positive experience, but also to superior results.” The Kinisi Institute has been in the planning stages for well over a year, according to Johnson, and while the construction is in the middle of a working medical clinic, the process seems very well coordinated, clean and seamless, allowing other operations to go on, seamlessly. “Patients will experience a new model of care where they are navigated through their entire experience,” stated Dave Dobosenski, SCRMC’s chief executive officer. “Kinisi will bring a level of care and expertise from surgeons, specialists and therapists. At Kinisi Institute for Movement, 100 percent of the focus will be to help patients achieve a healthier future, no matter what their health issue.” Expect a full photographic tour as the opening date approaches in early July. “Our goal is to do it correctly, as good or better than anyone in the region. We really can do it right here, so people don’t have to drive to the Cities or anywhere else,” Johnson added. “It’s a big project. A big undertaking, but I really think it’s going to be worth it!”

Race region expansion As mentioned earlier, the 2016 version of the Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon is adding a 50-mile ultramarathon for this year’s race, set for Oct. 15. That ultra marathon will start at 6 a.m. and it joins a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a half marathon,

This is an architect’s rendering of the Kinisi Institute front entrance area.

Construction is well under way at the new Kinisi Institute for Movement, as Dan Place of Market & Johnson Construction works on the drywall in the new lobby. – Photo by Greg Marsten

The new Kinisi Institute logo is one you will begin to see all over the place. - Special photo

The University of Minnesota Adoption Medicine Clinic had over three dozen runners in the 2015 Gandy Marathon, they are hoping to triple that number this fall. – File photo by Greg Marsten


Town of Siren meeting gets heated Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - Living in northern Wisconsin one expects temperatures to fluctuate day to day, and they did just that in the Town of Siren on Thursday, March 10. Although this time, it was indoors, at the regular monthly meeting for the Siren Town Board. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin is clearing land and attempting to clear roadblocks along the way. The tribe has been on the agenda for several months trying to obtain two Class A liquor licenses. Representatives of the tribe were not very forthcoming regarding details as to why they needed two licenses in one town and within 1,000 feet of each other. Keith O’Brien, a tribal representative, stated that “studies have indicated that consumers would not cross the highway to make liquor and tobacco purchases according to firms that the tribe has hired.” The Siren Town Board approved one Class A liquor license for the business going in the Southwinds Plaza complex in two suites at the February meeting pending a completed application. A tobacco shop will be going in one additional suite. The tribe is planning a multimillion dollar complex that would include mov-

Temperatures start to rise

The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin is clearing land on the southwest side of the Hwy. 35/70 roundabout to build a multimillion dollar complex. Plans include relocating the Fourwinds Grocery store to this location in addition to a drive-through liquor shop, gas station convenience store with a fast-food restaurant, car wash and possible ministorage. - Photo by Becky Strabel

ing the current Fourwinds Grocery store from the village to the southwest side of the roundabout. Other plans include a C-store, truck stop, car wash and fastfood restaurant at the roundabout location. The roundabout location does include

a roadblock. Members of the Siren Town Board and representatives of the tribe met with representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at the beginning of the month, hoping to gain better access to the property from the highway. With the installation of the roundabout,

the ability to get to Airport Road, which is the planned entrance to the property, is a bit complex. The DOT said the tribe was too late. If the tribe’s plans were known prior to the roundabout construction, the DOT would have viewed that entrance differently. As it stands now, the highway, the entrance to Airport Road and the frontage road that exists will remain as they are. The other roadblock came from the town board. The second application for the Class A liquor license was denied by a majority vote. The state of Wisconsin doesn’t allow issuing a license to an empty lot, but the town may approve the application with a stipulation that it is not issued until the facility is built. The application came with opposition from Joe Yourchuck who owns two businesses within one mile of the planned build. Yourchuck has a Class A license, sale for consumption off premises, for one business and a Class B license, sale for consumption on premises or off premises, for the other. Yourchuck feels that adding two more licenses to one entity would create an unfair advantage. He also noted that the tribe has another liquor license within the village limits, which is also within another mile from the other two tribal locations. Yourchuck claimed declining population also indicates that two licenses aren’t warranted.

Local schools receive School of Recognition honors MADISON - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers congratulated several local schools for being among 169 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2015-16 school year during a special Monday, March 14, ceremony at the state Capitol in Madison. During the ceremony, the state superintendent recognized nine high-achieving

schools and 26 high-progress schools; 11 schools earned both high-achieving and high-progress honors. There were 117 beating-the-odds schools. Twelve schools earned a School of Recognition award for five consecutive years. “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents, along with teachers, school administrators and school staff members, to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. These efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready,” Evers said. – from Wisconsin DPI

From St. Croix Falls Elementary School, state Superintendent Tony Evers welcomed Jeff Benoy, left, principal of St. Croix Falls Elementary School, to the recognition event.

Representatives from Siren School District are shown receiving their award from state Superintendent Tony Evers. Pictured (L to R): Duane Emery, Rick Larson, Dr. Kevin Shetler, Evers, Becky Wicklund and Karen Johnson.

Frederic Elementary School was one of several local schools to receive Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors at a special recognition ceremony Monday, March 14, at the state Capitol in Madison. Shown (L to R) are: Frederic 4-K teacher Erin Hansford, state Superintendent Tony Evers and Frederic Principal Kelly Steen. This is the ninth year in a row that Frederic Elementary has earned and received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors.

From the Webster School District, state Superintendent Tony Evers, center, welcomed (L to R) Lynn Stubbe, Martha Anderson, Diana Lesneski and Laura Krenz to the recognition event. The School District of Webster has received the award for eight years.

Start here - Finish here open house at UWBC RICE LAKE - Start Here – Finish Here is the theme of the upcoming UW-Barron County open house to be held Wednesday evening, March 30. The open house is designed to answer individual questions for returning adult students who are thinking about starting or completing a UW degree through on-campus and online courses. The open house will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Activities begin in the UWBC Commons, followed by a campus tour and

a brief overview of the associate degree and the new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and conclude with individualized career/degree advice or appointments. Students have many options at UWBC. Blended course format combines in-class and online instruction, making it possible to attend class one or two nights a week. Students select courses and develop essential skills that fit their work or personal goals. Attendees will be offered vouchers

for a future math and/or English refresh workshop, which are designed to introduce students to a positive learning environment at UWBC. The BAAS is a great option for students with a UW-Barron County or Wisconsin Technical College associate degree who need a bachelor’s degree to advance at work or get started in a new career direction. The BAAS combines on-campus core courses with online courses from up to six UW partners. Professional experi-

ence through service learning, internship and a capstone project are features of the degree. To register for the Start Here - Finish Here open house, contact UWBC student services at 715-234-8176, ext. 1, or email Prospective students can also arrange a customized appointment by calling 715-234-8176, prompt No. 1, or emailing – submitted


Dresser odor issue latest

DNR responds to ongoing village concerns

Greg Marsten | Staff writer DRESSER – A brief special Dresser Village Board meeting on Friday, March 18, was primarily meant to accelerate the hiring of a new part-time police officer for the village, as Shannon Bents was approved as a hire, per a recommendation from the Dresser Finance and Personnel Committee. They are hoping to have her on board in April, and she will be subject to a three-month review period. The special meeting was also a chance for village President Bryan Beseler to relay a letter the village has received from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on continuing concerns over foul, rotten eggtype odors the village continues to deal with from F&A Dairy aeration ponds west of the village. “They continued to remind us that the odors are biological in nature, and that it takes time,” Beseler said. “They are intending enforcement actions.” The DNR letter came from engineer Michelle Balk, who has been working with the village on the odor issue, and has been working in concert with the engineering team F&A Dairy has hired to do a litany of improvements

and changes to the pond aeration system, upgrades they claim have cost over half a million dollars. “We need people to know that the odor is not gone,” village clerk Jodi Gilbert clarified. “I think some people (outside the village) are under the impression that the odor is gone. It isn’t gone.” Beseler confirmed Gilbert’s comments, but read the Balk letter in toto to the board. “I hear your frustration that in the two weeks since the board meeting the odors have still been present, and I can imagine that the resident complaints are adding to that frustration. As we have discussed previously, the treatment in the ponds is a biological process that takes time to take full effect,” Balk stated. “There has been organic material added to the ponds over the winter and through the installation period. The goal is that the additional aeration will prevent this level of organic material from reaching the storage ponds in the future, and in doing so prevent these odors from occurring. However, at this time we need to give the treatment process time to address the organic material already in the system,” Balk wrote. Beseler confirmed that the odor issue has been “on and off” in recent weeks, depending on a variety of factors from wind, temperature and the like, but he reminded the board that F&A is hoping to have the odor issue tack-

“Basically, we just need to give their (engineering improvements) a little more time ...” - Dresser Village President Bryan Beseler

led completely by the end of March. “Again, we need to give the (upgrades) time,” Beseler said, as he read the remaining portion of the Balk/DNR letter: “... Please be assured that I am closely monitoring F&A’s wastewater testing and that the department is still attending to the enforcement actions regarding the facility. At this time I can only ask for both patience and continued communication between the village and F&A as we assess the impact of the new treatment system,” Balk stated. “Basically, we just need to give their (engineering improvements) a little more time,” Beseler said with a shrug. The board took no action on the matter.

Plans under way for Luck’s Sole Burner walk/run call 715-554-2021. These flags will be displayed on the walk/run route. The sixth-annual Party for a Lifetime at Sundown Saloon in Lewis will be Saturday, April 23, from 2-8 p.m. This is a family-fun event with food, auction, raffles, door prizes and music. Cash for Cancer garage sale will be Friday, April 29, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Home and Away Ministries, formerly United Pioneer Nursing Home. Food will be available during the Saturday sale. Cancer affects all of us: family, friends, yourself. More people are surviving cancer every day in part through lifesaving research and treatments from donations at events like this walk/run. That’s why it is up to everyone to play a part in beating cancer in this lifetime. – submitted

LUCK - Now is the time to start organizing teams for Luck’s annual American Cancer Society Sole Burner Walk/Run on Saturday, May 7, at Luck High School. Previous team captains have been mailed postcards to complete and mail in to confirm involvement. Team leader packets are available at Luck Pharmacy during business hours. Walk brochures are available at Luck Pharmacy, Luck Clinic and Luck Museum during business hours. Online registration is now open at Preregistration is $10 or $15 on day of event. Sponsors for this year are Amery Regional Medical Center, St. Croix Valley Hardwoods Inc. and Frandsen Bank & Trust. This year’s honorary chairperson is June Hendricks, a two-year breast cancer survivor. Several fundraisers will be going on to raise dollars for this year’s walk/run. Sheila Berklund bakes and sells cookies, 18 different kinds, for a $5 minimum donation per dozen. To order, call 715-472-8356. Margie Nelson bakes and sells caramel rolls for a $12 minimum donation. To order, call 715-472-2828. Foot-A-Buck footprints are available at local stores and businesses for $1 each. Consider purchasing one where you see them displayed. Tribute flags, to honor or remember those who have had cancer, can be purchased for a $5 minimum donation. Make checks payable to American Cancer Society and send to Wilma Holdt, 202 3rd Ave. E., Luck, WI 54853 or

June Hendricks is the chairperson for the 2016 Luck Sole Burner walk/run to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Hendricks is pictured with her husband, Bruce. – Photo submitted

Webster considers leaving Blizzard girls hockey co-op Becky Strabel | Staff writer WEBSTER - The Webster School District had a large group in attendance at its meeting Monday, March 21, waiting to hear the outcome of the school’s decision to remove itself from its current two-year co-op contract for girls high school hockey. Parent Ruben Ruiz asked the Webster Board of Education to consider joining the Hayward Co-op instead of its current co-op with Leader Land schools and Cumberland. Ruiz is the father of an eighth-grade student and feels that the area co-op is not going to remain viable with its low numbers and that the school should look to the future of the hockey program. Many Blizzard hockey parents attended to argue the point that Ruiz has one student who wants to join another co-op, but there are many others who would like to stay with the local team for both practical and economic reasons. The board would have to notify WIAA by the April 1 deadline if it chooses to leave the current contract. Webster School District Board President Mark Elliott commented, “By the board not making any motion, you (fellow board members) are saying that you want to continue with the current girls hockey program.” If you build it, they will learn, appears to be the sentiment of tech ed instructor Roy Ward. Ward was allowed to teach a construction class in his high school program that is amped up. Tiger Construction is building a home. The multibedroom home features a fireplace, generously donated by Copy Cat, and will include custom cabinets. Three members of the class were at the Monday night

board meeting to give attendees a walk-through. “The experience has been amazing. Bringing the community together to teach the students all aspects of home construction and sharing of local talents. It will be something to see going down the road,” stated Ward. Student Grant Preston also expressed his excitement, “Wow we are coming together to build a house and see it take shape!” For Max Norman, the experience has helped him narrow down a career choice and even find a company that will pay for his education. The project should be completed by mid-May and will be sold through sealed bids, stated Ward. The tech ed department wasn’t the only one experiencing first-of-its-kind learning. Many of the people who participated in the Spanish club’s Puerto Rico trip had first-time experiences. The club went on an eight-day excursion that took them to all sides of the island. Many were flying for the first time, and swimming in the ocean was a first for many, too. The group helped at an orphanage, hiked trails, explored caves and reefs, and enjoyed many servings of rice and beans, along with other more delightful foods. The Webster Education Foundation is continuing to make opportunities available for students by providing grants to the district’s teachers for additional classroom experiences. The organization’s next fundraiser will be a taco and Bingo night on Saturday, April 23, at the high school. The evening will also include a check presentation from Nexen as part of its dollar match program.

Tech ed teacher Roy Ward and seniors from the Tiger Construction class showed off the home the students are building that is located on the school grounds in Webster during the school board meeting Monday, March 21. The home will be up for sale through sealed bids at the end of the school year. Shown (L to R) are Ward, Max Norman, Dan Okes and Grant Preston.

Jim Erickson presented a 20-year service award to Webster School District Board President Mark Elliott at the district’s Monday, March 21, board meeting. The award was given from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Many awards earned The Webster School District received second place for this region in the Spirit of Excellence Award. The award is granted by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, the Wisconsin Association for Middle-Level Education and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, for achievement in many areas of school life. Additionally, the district earned a Wisconsin School of Recognition Award, which is a Title I program award. School members received the award in Madison on Monday, March 14. It is the ninth year in a row that the middle school has earned this award. The elementary has received the award eight of the past nine years. The final award of the evening went to Elliott who was presented with a plaque for 20 years of service from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Elliott quipped, “This makes you feel old. Where has the time gone?”


Disputed evidence in alleged Osceola homicide attempt Paul Krueger’s attorney disputes several key pieces of evidence in dismissal motion

“Once corrected, it leaves the criminal complaint completely lacking any probable cause ...” - Attorney Kate Murtaugh

Greg Marsten | Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE – Some of the evidence presented to bind over a former Osceola man on attempted homicide charges is being disputed in motions filed by a local attorney, Kate Murtaugh, who is alleging that some of the evidence used against her client, Paul W. Krueger, was either in error or was outright false. Krueger, 34, now lives in Bruce, and is accused of beating a local man so bad during a late-night fight on Feb. 1 that police originally feared that the victim would not make it through the night. That beating left the victim with a variPaul W. Krueger ety of serious injuries, including serious head trauma, a broken orbital eye socket, bruising on his face and bleeding on the brain. It reportedly took 17 staples on the back of his head to close up his head injuries, and the victim was hospitalized for some time to recover from the brain injuries. If convicted, Krueger faces the potential of nearly 50 years in prison on four charges of attempted second-degree intentional homicide, felony aggravated battery, felony marijuana dealing and a misdemeanor obstruction charge. The dismissal motion Judge Jeffery Anderson bound Krueger over for trial on Feb. 12, after a preliminary hearing where the state presented a portion of the evidence they have against him in the incident. It is some of that evidence presented that Murtaugh is disputing in a motion to dismiss, filed in Polk County Circuit Court recently. In that motion to dismiss, Murtaugh claims that several initial reports of what happened in the incident were in error, “showing a reckless disregard for the truth,” she stated in the court document. Specifically, Murtaugh disputes several issues with the police account, most notably having to do with a plumsized ball of paper towel hospital technicians discovered lodged in the victim’s throat when they started to treat him at the Osceola Medical Center; police have speculated Krueger placed the toweling there, to keep the victim from yelling out to police after the incident. Murtaugh claims that EMTs who first arrived on the scene noticed the toweling in his throat and tried to remove it, but said the victim’s teeth were clenched so hard, it could not be removed. She also noted how EMTs placed a nonrebreather apparatus on the victim, although it is unclear how that relates to the toweling. The motion also disputed several aspects of what may have occurred in Krueger’s apartment, just before police arrived. She disputes the allegation that Krueger tried to conceal evidence from the police by placing a baby quilt over a large blood stain on the floor, she claims that no such stain can be seen in any of the evidence scenes. Murtaugh also points to an account that a large, metal-framed table was moved to further conceal the victim from police, as they looked through the apartment door. Later reports suggest the table was actually moved by a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy, prior to the EMTs arrival, to give easier access to the victim. She also points out that the victim had a blood alcohol concentration of .22 percent, which is almost three times the legal limit to drive. The victim’s blood screening also indicates that he had evidence of marijuana and opiates in his system. “Once corrected, it leaves the criminal complaint completely lacking any probable cause as to the charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide,” Murtaugh opines to the court in the dismissal motion, filed alongside another motion to keep the man who was beaten from being referred to as “victim” during future court proceedings. Krueger was originally held on a $50,000 cash bond, which has since been reduced to $25,000, allowing Krueger to be free as he awaits trial. He made that bond on March 15, and the next hearing on the matter is slated

Paul Krueger, left, is seen here consulting with his attorney, Kate Murtaugh, during his Feb. 12 preliminary hearing in Polk County court. Murtaugh recently filed a motion to dismiss the case outright, citing several supposed errors and corrections to initial reports in the case, some of which were used to bind Krueger over for trial on attempted second-degree intentional homicide and other charges. – File photo by Greg Marsten for April 8, where the judge will consider the motions and set any future hearings, including a possible trial date. Background According to the criminal complaint, filed by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office on Feb. 2, police were called early in the morning on Feb. 1 after neighbors were awakened around midnight by yelling and apparent fighting in a nearby apartment. Those witnesses reported hearing loud calls of a man exclaiming “Ow, stop hurting me,” and “Why are you hurting me?” as well as one of the men yelling “I will wreck you!” The yelling and disagreements went on for approximately 45 minutes before they called 911. They said the fighting seemed to stop once an Osceola Police cruiser rolled into the parking lot. When that officer tried to enter the apartment in question, Krueger opened the door slightly but refused to allow police to enter, loudly yelling he “knows his rights!” Once backup officers arrived from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, they tried to gain entry into the apartment, but Krueger again only opened the door slightly before the deputies forced it open, under concern for a possible victim. As the police swept the scene, they placed Krueger in handcuffs and placed him under arrest. Police found Krueger with blood covering his hands, bare legs and shorts, but no significant injuries. While one officer took Krueger into custody, they also noticed a man unconscious on the dining room floor, 10 feet away. The victim is a local man in his mid-30s. They also found an apparently uninjured male, Joshua Rader, passed out or asleep on the living room couch. The victim was found barely breathing and bleeding profusely from his head and face. EMTs arrived a short time later and treated him for severe trauma on the back of his head. His face was bruised with puffy eyes and he had severe bruising on the left side of his torso, as if from being punched repeatedly. The victim was transported to the Osceola Medical Center for emergency treatment. He was later transported to Regions Medical Center in St. Paul for further treatment. A short time after he was admitted to OMC, police were informed by emergency personnel that they had discovered the “plum-sized wad of paper towel” lodged in the victim’s throat, likely contributing to his inability to breathe or unconsciousness. Authorities speculated that the paper towel may have been placed in the victim’s throat to keep him from yelling for help when police arrived, a theory used during the preliminary hearing as evidence against Krueger, although the exact reason or who placed the toweling in his throat remains unclear. The complaint also described how police had found Krueger’s apartment “covered in blood,” with splatters on the walls, and specifically point to the aforementioned baby quilt on the floor, which the police speculated was meant to conceal what the investigator noted as a large “primary blood spill.” It is that large blood spill that Murtaugh also disputes, as it cannot be seen in evidence photos.

Police also note how they found a large, metal-framed kitchen table covered in blood, with a broken glass top. That table, and possibly other furniture, had apparently been moved to allow the victim’s body to be dragged across the floor, out of sight of the front door. The dismissal motion noted how a PCSD deputy apparently moved that table, for easier EMT access. She includes that deputy’s account in her motion. As noted earlier, when police entered the apartment, they also found a man on the couch, Joshua J, Rader, 26, Osceola, who “appeared to be sleeping” when they entered. Rader was also taken into custody, and in an interview with police later, gave some of the background on the activities that may have led to the incident. He said the three of them, Krueger, Rader and the victim, had left the apartment about 5-6 p.m. the previous evening, Sunday, Jan. 29, to play pool in Wyoming, Minn. He said they drove Krueger’s pickup and got back to the apartment at about 10 p.m., after which they drank alcohol, watched TV and talked, with Rader stating that he had drank “about 20 beers” and then passed out on the couch. In the narrative, Rader told police there were no arguments prior to the time he passed out, telling police that “everything was fine.” He said he only recalled waking up when police and EMTs arrived, “with blood everywhere.” “I would have stopped the fight if I could,” Rader reportedly said. “So some dude (the victim) didn’t get the (expletive) kicked out of him.” Regardless of his account, Rader has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of failure to render aid to another person at the apartment. He has a court appearance set for Friday, April 15, and is currently free on a $5,000 signature bond after pleading not guilty on Feb. 29. The charges are expanded In a subsequent investigation by authorities, search warrants were obtained for Krueger’s apartment, which is where they discovered a black duffle bag on the kitchen floor, filled with marijuana paraphernalia, a digital scale, baggies and smoking paraphernalia, as well as 14.3 grams of marijuana. They later found Krueger’s wallet stuffed between his mattresses, with over $1,100 in cash. Krueger is charged with attempted second-degree homicide, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison. He is also charged with felony aggravated battery which carries a maximum prison term of up to 15 years, and/or up to $50,000 in fines. His felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell means another $10,000 fine and/or 3.5 years in prison. His misdemeanor obstructing an officer charge also carries a potential $10,000 fine and nine months in jail, as well. Overall, Krueger could face almost 50 years in prison and over $70,000 in fines. Krueger also has an open court case in St. Croix County alleging two misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. He is free on a $1,000 signature bond, and set to appear before a judge in May. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Polk County prosecutors have requested a copy of that open case criminal complaint, and are likely to include that as further evidence against Krueger, since that incident occurred just a few weeks prior to the Osceola beating, in late December. Details of that incident were not available at press time. However, court records indicate that Krueger has a lengthy history of court cases and criminal charges, going back over 15 years, with multiple convictions including domestic abuse, 2003; resisting arrest, 2002; child abuse, 2002; escape from police custody, 2001; obstruction, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, also in 2002; and a Burnett County plea bargain in 2000 that reduced a felony substantial battery charge down to a misdemeanor. He has served several jail sentences along the way. Authorities have confirmed that the victim in the Osceola beating continues to make a recovery.

Governor signs three bills into law

GREEN BAY – Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bills 786, 787 and 790 into law this week at Options for Independent Living in Green Bay. All three bills focus on building dementia-friendly communities throughout Wisconsin. “Strengthening Wisconsin communities is a major priority for us as we continue to move our state forward,” Walker said. “The legislation we’re signing into law today helps us create dementia-friendly communities throughout the state by providing greater tools for caretakers, health professionals and law enforcement. We’re happy to work with the Department of Health Services to ensure Wisconsinites with dementia receive the proper care and support needed as well as resources for their caretakers to ease their financial and emotional burden.” Assembly Bill 786 – works to help counties create better response plans for people with dementia who experience a crisis. The bill requires the Department of Health Services to prepare a proposal for a pilot program for coalitions of two or more counties to create dementia crisis units. These crisis units will aim to assist county staff,

including law enforcement and county health officials, in their ability to respond to people with dementia experiencing crisis. Successful crisis units can help reduce traumatic experience for individuals with dementia and save taxpayer money by avoiding both unnecessary emergency room visits and involuntary civil commitments at nearby psychiatric hospitals or the state of Wisconsin’s Winnebago Mental Health Institute. Authored by Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, and Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, the bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote and was concurred by the Senate on a voice vote. It is Act 272. Assembly Bill 787 – provides $1 million of additional funding for respite care that is distributed to all 72 Wisconsin counties under the Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program. Caregivers often experience physical, emotional and financial stress due to the many responsibilities of helping their loved ones with dementia maintain quality of life as their memory deteriorates. Respite care offers relief for caregivers, including adult day care, or short-term in-house assistance, which may allow caregivers to increase the length of time they are able to

keep their loved ones at home, as opposed to a nursing home. The bill additionally raises the income eligibility limit under the AFCSP from $40,000 to $48,000 and extends access to all 11 of Wisconsin’s federally recognized Indian tribes or bands. Authored by Rep. Kathleen Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, and Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, the bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 94-0 and was concurred by the Senate with a vote of 32-0. It is Act 273. Assembly Bill 790 – provides $250,000 in general-purpose revenue for the Department of Health Services to award grants to counties or regions to provide training for mobile crisis teams to better respond to people experiencing dementia-related crises. Mobile crisis teams may include local health practitioners, counselors and social workers and other local staff who partner with local law enforcement to respond to a crisis. Authored by Rep. John Jagler, R-Watertown, and Carpenter, the bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 94-0 and was concurred by the Senate with a vote of 32-0. It is Act 274. - from the office of Gov. Walker


SCF Plan Commission fields quest for Park Rosemarie location Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS - A team of St. Croix Falls residents appeared before the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission on Monday, March 21, where they sought input and preliminary approval for a proposed “dog park” in the city, possibly at Park Rosemarie, beside the Polk County Fairgrounds. Dr. Joy Zasadny led the presentation, which also included Rosalie Kittleson and Liesel Virchow in the planning process. “Basically, we’re hoping to have a dog park in the city,” Zasadny said, noting that younger residents are known as being very dog-friendly, which may draw and/or retain younger residents, especially those who rent. “There’s not many places for people with dogs. We’re hoping to organize and have an official place.” The dog park team said they have looked at several possible locations for a park, and have used the dog park in Webster as a bit of a model in their efforts, even including some of the wording for signage and liability issues in their research. “We believe this is the wave of the future,” Zasadny said, adding that the group has looked at three or four possible sites for a park, but the Park Rosemarie site was by far the best. Virchow gave a short presentation on Rosemarie Braatz, her late mother, who is the namesake of the nearly five-acre city-owned park beside the Polk County Fairgrounds, where they are proposing the dog park. “Mom (Braatz) was an original advocate (for finding homes for dogs), using her newspaper column to find homes for strays,” Virchow said, pointing out how she was a journalist, author and local advocate, as well as a dedicated canine fan. “I truly believe, as a good friend of Rosemarie, that she has been guiding us along the way,” Kittleson added. “This would be the first dog park in Polk County.” The group said the Park Rosemarie site is perfect because it is already owned by the city, already has trash pickup and has space enough to allow for a fenced-in, safe space for people to have dogs run, interact or train and walk them, while also enhancing their own physical fitness. “(Park Rosemarie) is not really utilized

Dog park proposed for SCF now,” Kittleson said. “I think it would be a wonderful spring project.” The project is not without costs, as they estimate it would cost about $7,300 for fencing in the 4.34 acres they hope to include, plus some additional parking spaces, and possible utilization of Scouts for some of the labor, as part of an Eagle Scout project. The group is hoping to have preliminary plan commission approval, so they can further solidify their plans and raise funds to cover the fencing and other costs. “We’d like your blessing,” Zasadny said. “With that, we can continue to move forward.” The commission was generally positive, and agreed that there is a likely need for such a venue, and while they addressed concerns over things like liability, costs to the city and the like, they were generally all in favor of the idea moving ahead. “I really think it’s a great idea,” Commissioner Ron Larson stated, even suggesting that it would be great for runners with dogs, and even suggested the few picnic tables might enhance it even further. “I was initially against this,” Commissioner Iver Kammerud said. “But that has changed some. I like the idea that you would be utilizing some of that green space in the city.” Commissioner and Alderman Bob Kazmierski suggested the group look at a more long-term, sustainable park, where generations down the road would need to do little to maintain it, so it doesn’t fall by the wayside. “I think that’s important to the longterm sustainability of the park,” Kazmierski said. The commission spent almost the entire meeting dealing with park issues, as they also reviewed their outdoor recreation plan, and they hoped to add such a dog park plan as part of the final plan. “I think your timing is perfect!” Mayor Brian Blesi added, as the commission gave the dog park group an informal nod of approval to keep their efforts up and clarify any issues before they finalize the plan.

In other plan commission business: • The commission spent quite a bit of time discussing how to deal with the 1939 Works Project Administration-built football field the high school uses, but has proposed to add a new concession stand and rest-room complex. The school district leases the field from the city and does routine maintenance, but the facility may require extensive

The St. Croix Falls Plan Commission heard a proposal on Monday, March 21, to make all or part of Park Rosemarie into a fenced-in dog park. Some folks seem to like the idea already. – Photo by Greg Marsten upgrades in the future, from lighting to parking lot paving to stone wall repair and more, and the city is unclear on whether to keep the current agreement with the school district, which runs though 2026. “We’re trying to get the community talking about it,” Blesi said. “If it stays with the city, should it be included in the city’s outdoor rec plan?” That plan is required by the state for several reasons and does allow for certain grant eligibility on projects, once approved. That eligibility for grant funding might disappear of the city is not the owner. “That is a real possibility,” Blesi and Kazmierski confirmed. The city is also considering whether to designate the football field as a historic site, which might influence what can and cannot be built on the site, and might also affect project costs, which is a concern for the school district. “That is a major concern for us,” stated Mark Burandt, the school district administrator. “As a steward of the school district, I have a responsibility to the district for financially appropriate expenditures.” The city’s historic preservation committee has been involved in some of the initial discussions on the proposed concession/rest-room structure, and the early drawings show a building that might complement or pay homage to the elaborate stonework at the field. “It’s not as constraining as some peo-

ple might think,” Blesi assured, noting that he and Burandt are meeting later this week to discuss the field issue. Blesi pointed to the city’s recently completed headworks building along the river for their wastewater treatment plant as an example of using architecturally complementing and appropriate designs from the early design stages, to keep costs down and create a building people can be proud of. Several of the people involved in the early concession stand design have confirmed that the costs have not really changed with the early input. “It’s not our intent to put a lot of onerous restrictions on people,” stated HPC member Meg Luhrs. The commission did review the draft of the outdoor rec plan, which has already been approved by the state, but the commission made no final decision on approval, but is planning to have a full public hearing on the final plan, which is created to look forward at least five years. The commission made several suggestions for the plan to address, including how to approach the possible addition of former Xcel Energy riverfront lands, as well as how to deal with the city’s socalled “mini park” beside the former Indian Creek Winery, and other park land issues. “The reality is, we have an abundance, a surplus, even, of open space,” Kazmierski noted. “But it is an asset many other (cities) wish they had.”

Siren St. Pat’s winners announced SIREN – The Siren Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the winners in the St. Pat’s Day events held Saturday, March 12. Button winning numbers are, in order from first to 10th: 282, 513, 42, 613, 286, 467, 301, 161, 248 and 270. The Lucky Lilac scavenger hunt winners were: Lucky Lilac No. 1, Andrew Lupo; Lucky Lilacs No. 2 and 3, the team of Jennie Carlstrom, Grace Mangelsen, Emma Morse, Ivy and Macy Bentley; and Lucky Lilac No. 4, the team of Danelle Hanken and Kim Anderson. Gratitude is extended to all who purchased and sold buttons and to all the clue locations and sponsors of this year’s event. – from Siren Chamber of Commerce

The winners of Lucky Lilacs No. 2 and 3 were the team of Jennie Carlstrom, Grace Mangelsen, Emma Morse, Ivy Bentley and Macy Bentley. – Photos submitted

Ivy Bentley and Jennie Carlstrom show off their St. Pat’s attire for the Shamwalk/Run in Siren Saturday, March 19.

The winner of Lucky Lilac No. 4 was the team of (L to R) Kim Anderson and Danelle Hanken. RIGHT: Andrew Lupo was the winner of Lucky Lilac No. 1 in the scavenger hunt during the St. Pat’s Day events held in Siren on Saturday, March 12.

LEFT: Grace Mangelsen and Jennie Carlstrom found two of the Lucky Lilacs during Siren’s St. Pat’s Day festivities Saturday, March 12.


Siren National Honor Society hosted blood drive SIREN – On Wednesday, March 16, the Siren National Honor Society hosted a blood drive. Throughout the day, a total of 70 units of blood were collected. This was the most that has ever been collected at the Siren NHS blood drive. Every pint of blood can save up to three lives, so with the 70 pints collected, they were able to help 210 patients in need! They had many first-time donors, as well as community members take part in this event. Gratitude is extended to everyone for making this life saving event a success - submitted

NHS members worked at the blood drive to make it a success. Back row (L to R): Rick Larson, Mandy Close, Amy Stanford, Autumn Tinman, Allie Webster, Hannah Skold, Riley Anderson, Renae Peterson, Caitlynn Daniels and Abby Kosloski. Front row: Patty Close, Noah Koball, Lizzie Stanford, Kayla Eideh, Emily Stiemann, Aubri Larson and Aaron Ruud.

First-time donor Allie Webster was all smiles as she gave blood. – Photos submitted

Blood drive coordinator Emily Stiemann, spent part of her 18th birthday giving blood.

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

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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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.


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Please apply in person at Burnett Dairy Office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Applications are also available at

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Burnett Dairy Cooperative is currently hiring part-time Cheese Store Clerks and Bistro workers. The right people for these positions are prompt, efficient, courteous and above all have excellent customer service skills. Job duties include, but are not limited to: Cashiering, stocking shelves and coolers, maintaining a clean and sanitary work area and helping customers with their transactions. To be qualified for either position, a person must be comfortable using a computer, be able to collect money and make change, be comfortable working with food products and demonstrate excellent customer service skills. This job requires constant standing, infrequent lifting of up to 50 pounds and the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced, pleasant work environment. Similar clerk experience preferred. Schedule: Part-time days, evenings and weekends with shifts ranging in the timeframe of 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. These positions offer competitive wages, 401(k) and profit sharing.

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The NHS members donated blood were (L to R): Adviser Rick Larson, Noah Koball, Hannah Skold, Allie Webster, Aaron Ruud, Mandy Close, Lizzie Stanford, Emily Stiemann, Caitlynn Daniels, Adviser Renae Peterson and Patty Close.


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NOTICES NOTICE - TOWN OF APPLE RIVER PUBLIC TEST OF ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 3 P.M. Notice is given that a public test of the Edge Voting System will be conducted at the Town Hall located at 612 U.S. Highway 8 at the date, location and time specified above. Lisa Carlson, Town Clerk - 715-768-5002 643503 32L Fritz Coulter, Deputy Town Clerk - 715-268-4896 WNAXLP

TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN VOTING EQUIPMENT TESTING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used at the April 5, 2016, Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote, will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the West Sweden Town Hall. This test is open to the general public. Phyllis Wilder, Clerk 643660 32L WNAXLP

POLK COUNTY HIGHWAY COMMISSION IS NOW ACCEPTING REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FOLLOWING, DUE ON APRIL 12, 2016, AT 3 P.M. • Asphalt & Pulverizing/Milling • Line Painting • Road Oil • Gravel • Crack Sealing Materials • Rock • Culverts • Erosion Control Materials Any or all of the above may be used on the CTH C3 Local Road Improvement Project. Contracted services on county construction projects over $100,000 are subject to prevailing wage laws. Polk County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to accept the bid most advantageous to Polk County.

BIDS WILL BE OPENED PUBLICLY ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, AT 9:30 A.M., AT THE POLK COUNTY HIGHWAY OFFICE. For additional information, please write or call: Polk County Highway Commission, P.O. Box 248 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 643594 32-33L 715-485-8700

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LUCK SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Monday, March 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Boardroom

AGENDA 1. Call to order; approval of the agenda. Jacob Jensen 2. Review and approval of previous meeting minutes. LeRoy Buck 3. Presentation of Vouchers. Amy Dueholm 4. Treasurer’s report, Amy Dueholm 5. Citizen request to address the board. a. Citizens who have signed up prior to the meeting; 3-minute limit. b. Other/preapproved 6. Reports a. Student Representative, Emma Pedersen b. Superintendent, Chris Schultz c. Elementary Principal, Ann Goldbach d. High School Principal, Brad Werner e. Technology Department Report, Aaron Arjes f. PBIS Annual Report, Ann Goldbach; Brad Werner g. Board Member Reports 7. New Business a. Cardinal Caravan Presentation, Jody Waterman, Lori Pfaff b. Discussion and possible action regarding summer school expansion opportunity. c. Approval of school day schedule adjustment. Brad Werner d. Approval and acceptance of letter of resignation following end of contract, Laurie Paulson. Ann Goldbach e. Approval and acceptance of letter of resignation following end of contract, Sherri Schaffer. Ann Goldbach f. Approval and acceptance of letter of resignation following end of contract, Ron Steen. Ann Goldbach g. Approval of staffing reduction, kindergarten and first grade. Ann Goldbach h. Approval of first read of Policy 542.1, elementary secretary job description. Ann Goldbach i. Approval of first read of Policy 542.2, secondary secretary job description. j. Approval of first read of Policy 542.3, district secretary job description. k. Approval of ES standards-based report cards. Ann Goldbach l. Approval of ES trimester schedule. Ann Goldbach m. Discussion of ES Spanish language instruction. Ann Goldbach n. Other business allowed by Wisconsin Statutes. 8. Motion to convene into Executive Session per Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1). 9. Reconvene to Open Session with possible action on Executive Session items. 10.Motion to adjourn.

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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, Superinten643172 31-32L 21a WNAXLP dent, by Friday, March 25.

TOWN OF TRADE LAKE BIDS FOR NEW SIDING, SOFFIT, FASCIA AND REPLACEMENT WINDOWS The Town of Trade Lake is accepting bids to side, replace soffit and fascia and new replacement windows on the Town Hall. We will accept bids for either steel or LP Smart Side siding, aluminum soffit and fascia and replacement windows comparable to Marvin Integrity. We are also accepting bids for the wall insulating and also new doors. Please bid these separately from the siding bid. Please mail bids to clerk’s office by April 21, 2016. These bids will be opened at the April 21, 2016, Monthly Board Meeting at the Town Hall. Please address questions to: Clerk, 715-488-2600; Supervisor Jeff Lade, 715-488-2758. Email: tradelakewi@gmail. Clerk’s Address: Town of Trade Lake, 13361 State Road 48, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Deborah L. Christian, Clerk 643485 21-22a 32-33L WNAXLP


Federal Law P.L. 99-499 was enacted in October 1986 by the United States Congress to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. Public Law 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986, Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (S.A.R.A.) Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations is available for public review at the following location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday: Emergency Management Office Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main St. Suite 900 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Information available includes lists of facilities reporting, Material Safety Data Sheets, inventory forms of chemicals, emergency response plans and if any are filed, follow-up emergency notices of releases from facilities. Telephone inquiries as to specific information contained in the files will be accepted. Copies of the documents may be made at the expense of the requestor and at rates established by Polk County Records Control Ordinance. Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment. Questions related to this notice should be addressed to Kathy Poirier, Coordinator, Polk County Emergency Management for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) 715-485-9280. This legal notice is published to inform the general public 643512 32L and complies with Section 324 of P.L. 99-499. WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view sites and reconvene at 1 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 1 p.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) SCOTT McLEOD requests a special exception to Article 8D4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have a retail sporting goods business. Property affected is: 521 State Hwy. 48, SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Sec. 30/T36N/R15W, Town of McKinley, Clam River, Parcel #038-00707-0000. CRAIG & SHEILA HAASNOOT request a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 & 11E3 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to be less than 25’ from rear lot line and less than 63’ from centerline of a town road with dwelling addition/deck. Property affected is: 956 Wisconsin Ln., Part of the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Sec. 21/T33N/R16W, Town of Lincoln, pond, Parcel #032-00601-0000. JIM & APRIL WALLACE request a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance for accessory building addition less than 25’ from the side property line. Property affected is: Lot 3, CSM #2813, part of the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Sec. 18/T35N/R18W, Town of Eureka, Twin Lake, Parcel #020-00435-0001. MICHAEL & KIMBERLY SACHI request a variance to Article 5C & 11E4 and a special exception to 15B1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to exceed the 25’ height limit for an accessory building -- located less than 35’ from centerline of a private road; and grade on slopes of 20% or greater. Property affected is: Lot 1, CSM #6600, Vol. 30 Pg. 54, Sec 23+26/T33N/R17W, Town of Garfield, Lake Wapogasset, Parcel #024-00494-0100. 643627 32-33L 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. If your child is five (5) by September 1, 2016, and has not been enrolled in the Siren Pre-K program, please register him/her for Kindergarten at this time.

REGISTRATION WILL BE APRIL 1, 2016, at the Siren Elementary School. Please call for an appointment. 715-349-2278, ext. 101

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Under Wisconsin State Statute 5.84(1), public tests of the electronic ballot tabulation system will be held to ascertain that the equipment will correctly count the April 5, 2016, Presidential Preference and Spring Election votes cast for all offices and on all measures. All tests are open to the public. Town of Anderson, Mar. 29, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Town Hall - 13808 Anderson Road, Jessica Johnson, Clerk, 715-472-4753. Town of Blaine, Mar. 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. Northland Community Center - 1232 East School Road, Stephanie Askin, Clerk, 715-244-3179. Town of Daniels, Mar. 30, 2016, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 9602 Daniels 70 Road, Liz Simonsen, Clerk, 715-349-2291. Town of Dewey, Mar. 29, 2016, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 24433 Town Hall Road, Pamela Brown, Clerk, 715-468-7111. Town of Grantsburg, Mar. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. Town Office - 118 E. Madison Avenue, Romey Nelson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-463-5600. Town of Jackson, Mar. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. Town Hall - 4599 County Road A, Lorraine Radke, Clerk, 715-866-8412. Town of LaFollette, Mar. 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 24184 Malone Road, Linda Terrian, Clerk, 715-349-2531. Town of Lincoln, Mar. 28, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 25603 Icehouse Bridge Road, Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk, 715-866-4201. Town of Meenon, Mar. 30, 2016, at 6 p.m. Town Hall - 7396 Kruger Road, Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk, 715-866-4893. Town of Oakland, Mar. 28, 2016, at 6 p.m. Town Office - 7426 West Main Street, Deanna Krause, Clerk, 715-866-8213. Town of Roosevelt, Mar. 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. Clerk’s Office - 2997 County Road EE, Patricia Hayden, Clerk, 715-468-2468. Town of Rusk, Mar. 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. Clerk’s Home - 26985 East Benoit Road, Bonnie Harder, Clerk, 715-635-4723. Town of Sand Lake, Mar. 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. Town Hall - 5364 County Road X, Peggy Tolbert, Clerk, 715-222-9375. Town of Scott, Mar. 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. Town Hall - 28390 County Road H, Karen Wiggins, Clerk, 715-635-2308. Town of Siren, Mar. 26, 2016, at 8 p.m. Town Hall - 7240 S. Long Lake Road, Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119. Town of Swiss, Mar. 28, 2016, at 5 p.m. Town Hall - 7551 Main Street, Judy Dykstra Clerk, 715-656-3030. Town of Trade Lake, Mar. 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. Clerk’s Home - 13361 State Road 48, Deborah Christian, Clerk, 715-488-2600. Town of Union, Mar. 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. Town Hall - 9015 County Road F, Mary Eifler, Deputy Clerk, 715-866-4547. Town of Webb Lake, Mar. 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Town Hall - 31000 Namekagon Trail, Gail Keup, Clerk, 715-259-3439. Town of West Marshland, Mar. 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. Town Hall - 12259 County Road F, Kerri Harter, Clerk, 715-463-2461. Town of Wood River, Mar. 28, 2016, at 5 p.m. Town Hall - 11610 State Road 70, Raylene Swanson, Clerk, 715-689-2318. Village of Grantsburg, Mar. 28, 2016, at 9 a.m. Village Hall - 316 South Brad Street, Jennifer Zeiler, Clerk, 715-463-2405. 643626 Village of Siren, Mar. 28, 2016, at 9 a.m. WNAXLP 32L Village Hall - 24049 First Avenue North, Ann Peterson, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-349-2273. Village of Webster, Mar. 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. Village Hall - 7505 Main Street West, Patty Bjorklund, Clerk/Treasurer, 715-866-4211.


Burnett and Polk County deaths


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Elsie M. Benson, 94, Town of Meenon, died Feb. 29, 2016. Margaret L. Asp, 84, Town of Jackson, died March 2, 2016. Doris I. Arvidson, 60, village of Grantsburg, died March 3, 2016. Diane J. Dahlgren-Bechtel, 76, village of Webster, died March 12, 2016.

Joan E. Arnold, 74, Amery, died March 5, 2016. Peter C. Gaetke, 66, Balsam Lake, died March 11, 2016. George F. Griffin, 94, Amery, died March 14, 2016. John T. Jenkins, 69, Osceola, died March 15, 2016.

NOTICE - PUBLIC TEST ON VOTING EQUIPMENT Notice is hereby given that the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Eureka Town Hall located at 2395 210th Avenue, St. Croix Falls. Janet Krueger, Clerk, Town of Eureka 643534 32L WNAXLP

HOME HEALTH AIDE/CAREGIVER 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


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.

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Notice is hereby given that the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin, will be performing a public test of election voting equipment on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street, St. Croix Falls. 643624 32L Janet Krueger, Clerk, Town of St. Croix Falls WNAXLP

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

(Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BRUCE GUSTAFSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 21 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth September 20, 1960, and date of death February 12, 2016, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 322 State Road 65, Amery, WI 54001. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 30,30, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 14, 2016 Maxfield E. Neuhaus Rodli, Beskar, Neuhaus, Murray & Pletcher, S.C. 219 North Main Street P.O. Box 138 River Falls, WI 54022 715-425-7281 643533 Bar No.: 1031885 WNAXLP

(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

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A public test of electronic voting equipment will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Luck Village Hall at 401 South Main Street. Lori Pardun, Village Clerk 643662 32L WNAXLP

NOTICE - PUBLIC TEST OF VOTING EQUIPMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Village of Dresser, will hold a public test of Election Voting Equipment on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Municipal Office, 102 W. Main Street, Dresser. Jodi A. Gilbert, Clerk/Treasurer 643661 32L WNAXLP

HELP WANTED Looking to Hire


Applicants must work well with all personality types, have a professional appearance, be highly organized and function well in a dynamic environment. Basic computer skills are necessary. Job duties may include selling glasses and prescreening patients before they see the doctor. Experience is preferred but will train the right candidate. Please submit resume to: Position available immediately. 643529 32L

GRANT WRITER SIREN SCHOOL DISTRICT Job Description: The School District of Siren has opened up a search for a Grant Writer at approximately 10 hours/week for the 2016-2017 school year. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Qualifications:

Candidates should possess the following skills/ abilities: • Grant writing experience • One who can compile data and conduct proper research • One who possess strong technological skills • Someone who is a self-starter • One who can collaborate and coordinate with other team members


Someone who has served within an educational environment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and credentials to: Dr. Kevin Shetler, District Administrator School District of Siren 24022 4th Ave 643639 Siren, WI 54872 32-33L 22-23a

NOTICE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Job Title High School Special Education Teacher Job Description Full-time Special Education Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants with certification in Special Education are strongly encouraged to apply. 100% FTE. Qualifications Appropriate Wisconsin DPI Certification in Cross Categorical LD, CD OR EBD Special Education or the ability to obtain one of the above licenses. Requirements Special Education Cross Categorical experience preferred. High school teaching experience preferred. Applicants are required to work effectively with the high school special education team to design and implement high-quality educational programming for our students. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in conjunction with building administration and classroom teachers to provide innovative behavior management approaches are necessary. Knowledge of IEP writing and management, referral process, functional behavior assessments, co-teaching instruction based on the needs of the student as outlined in the IEP, and successful cross categorical programs is required. Applicants should possess the skills necessary to communicate effectively and collaborate with parents, county service workers and multiple service providers in order to build educational partnerships. Applicants need to be prepared to deal with all aspects of the personal, social and academic needs of high school students. Interested applicants should be willing to take part in school and student improvement initiatives. How to Apply Applicants are encouraged to apply by using the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) site at https:// You may also send a letter of application, resume, credentials (3 current letters of recommendation and transcripts) and a copy of license to the address below. This posting will be open until filled. Contact: Josh Watt, Principal Grantsburg High School 480 East James Avenue Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2531

DOQ ($36,816 - $44,304 Annually)

Full-time - Nonexempt (Hourly) Position This position is responsible for providing support and assistance in all aspects and functions of Polk County Treasurer; performing various administrative and record keeping duties while managing office procedures and activities.�This includes management of the complex daily functional operations of the office in accordance with statutory requirements; ensuring effective staff performance, workflow and customer satisfaction. Qualifications include an Associate’s degree in accounting,�business administration with coursework in bookkeeping and three years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting or secretarial assignments involving advanced recordkeeping, an equivalent combination may be considered. Deadline to apply: March 29, 2016

Business And Operations Manager Community Services

A public test of the Village of Frederic’s Sequoia Voting System will be held at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Rd. W., on Monday, March 28, 2016, at 2 p.m. Janice Schott, Village Clerk 643531 32L WNAXLP

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(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



Full-time - Exempt (Salaried) Position Position is responsible to provide strategic management and leadership of the overall business operations of the Community Services Division. This position assists the Community Services Director in developing and implementing sound fiscal policy, coordinating division technology services and assuring overall coordination and progressive service delivery for Division business and office operations. The goal of the position is to ensure the business and operational aspects of the Community Services division run efficiently while the needs of stakeholders and clients are managed effectively. Deadline to apply: April 6, 2016 YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For complete job description, position requirements, application, and details please visit our website at 643671 32L

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The School District of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion or handicap. 643573 32-33L


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR FORMATION OF BANK HOLDING COMPANY Ameri Financial Group, Inc. of Stillwater, MN, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to form a bank holding company with respect to Eagle Valley Bank, National Association, Saint Croix Falls, WI. We intend to acquire control of Eagle Valley Bank, National Association. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application including the record of performance of banks we own in helping to meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Attention: Applications Officer, Division of Supervision, Regulation and Credit, P.O. Box 291, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0291. The comment period will not end before April 23, 2016, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Boards’ procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Jacquelyn K. Brunmeier, Assistant Vice President, at 612-204-5061. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a public meeting or format hearing on the application if they are received in writing by the Reserve Bank on or before the 643501 32L last day of the comment period.


Notice is hereby given that sealed quotes for the following projects will be received by the Village of Luck Director of Public Works until 4:00 p.m., April 6, 2016, at the Luck Municipal Building, P.O. Box 315, 401 Main St., Luck, WI 54853. Projects include: Project 1 - Miscellaneous Chip Sealing and Crack Filling Projects. Copies of the specifications, instructions to bidders, forms of proposals and other contract documents are on file at the Municipal Building and may be obtained without charge. Contractors should contact the Director of Public Work regarding any questions about the specifications or location of work. The Village of Luck reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informalities in the bids received and to accept any bid which it deems most favorable. 643625 WNAXLP 32-22L


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The Town of Jackson is seeking sealed bids for chip seal resurfacing of approximately 7.7 miles total, widths vary from 18 to 21 feet. Roads to be sealed are Mallard Lake Road, Leef Road, Shore Road, Loon Creek Trail, Chalet Road and Fox Road. Type of aggregate for chip seal to be determined by contractor at time of inspection. Aggregate to be applied evenly and rolled into emulsified asphalt, with excess rock to be broomed from coated surface. Required crack sealing to be performed by others prior to application of chip seal coating. Contractor to verify road width and length. Resurfacing work is to be coordinated with town representatives and must be completed by September 1, 2016. Bids are due and will be opened on April 11, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Jackson Town Hall during monthly town meeting. Valid certificate of insurance must be presented with bids. The Town of Jackson reserves the right to reject any and all bids or portion thereof. For more information, contact Roger Larson, 715-866-7529 or 715-566-0559. 643416 32-33L WNAXLP Sealed bids should be sent to Town of Jackson, 4599 County Road A, Webster, WI 54893. Attn.: Chip Seal Bid.


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

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.

Thanks for your cooperation.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public test of electronic equipment to be used at the April 5, 2016, Election, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the Cushing Community Center. Julie Peterson, 643554 32L WNAXLP Town of Sterling Clerk (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

Voting Equipment Test Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. Milltown Fire Hall

Virgil Hansen, Clerk

(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

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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The Luck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 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 643675 32L Administrator, PO Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. WNAXLP

(Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC as servicer for The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association fka The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee for Residential Asset Mortgage Products, Inc., Mortgage AssetBacked Pass-Through Certificates Series 2006-RP4 Plaintiff vs CAROL A. JENSEN, et al. Defendant(s) Case No: 14 CV 407 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 7, 2015, in the amount of $153,353.57, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: By bidding at the sheriff sale, prospective buyer is consenting to be bound by the following terms: 1.) 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2.) Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3.) Plaintiff opens bidding on the property, either in person or via fax and as recited by the sheriff department in the event that no opening bid is offered, plaintiff retains the right to request the sale be declared as invalid as the sale is fatally defective. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: All that part of Government Lot 1, Section 134-19, lying North and East of a line described as follows: Commencing at a point on the North line of said LOT 1, 330 Feet East of the Northwest Corner thereof, thence Southeasterly to a point on the East line of said Lot, 850 Feet South of the Northeast Corner thereof; also, the North 850 Feet of Government Lot 1, Section 6-34-18, Polk County, Wisconsin, except parcel described in Volume 627 Records, Page 962, Document No. 517794, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1708 South River Road, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 044-01043-0000 & 044-00131-0000. Dated this 1st day of March, 2016. /s/Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Jordan C. Staleos J. Peterman Legal Group Ltd. State Bar No. 1085629 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 643516 262-790-5719 WNAXLP

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(Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY GSMPS MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-RP2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005RP2, U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO WACHOVIA BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE c/o CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. JAMES F. HOOBER and UNKNOWN SPOUSE of James F. Hoober Defendants. Case No. 15-CV-363 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $10,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 14, 2016, in the amount of $132,504.69, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 19, 2016, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of SE 1/4) Section Twenty-two (22), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest corner of said SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 thence East along the South line of said SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, 302.0 feet to the point of begInning; thence continuing East, along said South line 458.0 feet; thence North, parallel with the West line of said SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, 951.0 feet; thence West, parallel with said South line 458.0 feet; thence South parallel with said West line, 951.0 feet to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2041 140th Avenue, Town of St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 044-00543-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. 643506 WNAXLP


“Seussical the Musical” presented at Webster

Cat in the Hat, Jojo and other company members sang numerous songs that represented many stories by Dr. Seuss. The set was a very bright and whimsical creation that matched Dr. Seuss’ imagination.

“Seussical” is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss, mainly “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” It was performed under the direction of Rachel Lee. This was Lee’s directorial debut.

Bird girls provided many musical numbers and narration throughout the play. Miss Gertrude McFuzz, played by Cassidy Formanek, gets advice from Mayzie La Bird, played by Norwegian foreign exchange student Jenny Birkeland.

Two hunters, William Johnson and Benjamin Pardun, hold Horton, Tyler Marty, hostage as he hatches an egg.

Julia Summer and Poom Sukkasemhathai played the part’s of Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville. Poom is a foreign exchange student from Thailand, and this was his first theatrical experience.


Patricia Schmidt County Board Supervisor - District 2

Photos by Becky Strabel

Village of Luck and the Towns of Luck, Bone Lake & Georgetown (west of CTHs I & H)

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The School District of Webster presented “Seussical the Musical” this past weekend, March 18-20. Of course, the Cat in the Hat made an appearance.

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THE NEW 85 A birthday celebration was held for Glen Holecek on Tuesday, March 22, at the Gandy Diner in Centuria. Holecek has lived in the area for 34 years, in Centuria and on White Ash Lake. Holecek is 85, or should we say, the “new 85.” Instead of retiring to the easy chair, he is active riding his Harley trike with the Rustic Road Riders Motorcycle Group. He is also active with a four-wheeler group from Amery, and you will routinely find him buzzing up and down the trails in the summer months. Holecek is well-known in his riding groups for not letting the weather stop him much; he is always the one to show up on his bike on near-freezing days and is the last to store his bike/ four-wheeler for the winter season. First and foremost, however, Holecek is well-known and admired for just being himself, a very nice guy. Happy birthday, Glen. - Photo submitted

New grand piano to be featured at Bowls of Hope

Students Shelly Udovich and Teresa Museus are shown with Darlene Toensing, back, in this photo taken long ago at the Dresser Elementary School. Memorials given in Toensing’s honor were used to purchase a grand piano for the St. Croix Falls music department. The piano will be on display and played during the Bowls of Hope event at the St. Croix Falls High School Monday, April 11. – Photo submitted ST. CROIX FALLS – A new grand piano, purchased with money given in memory of Darlene Toensing to the STAR Education Piano Fund, will be on display and played by local talents including Norm Toensing during the Bowls of Hope event Monday, April 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls High School, preceding the spring concert. St. Croix Falls said goodbye to a community member last year with the passing of Darlene Toensing. Most would regard Toensing’s lifetime of educating children as a gift without measure to the community of St. Croix Falls. Her generosity, and that of her loving husband and family, will always be graciously appreciated by the community. The STAR Education Foundation was honored to be included in the memorial gifts celebrating her life and work. The family requested any gifts celebrating her memory be made to the STAR Education Founda-

tion’s Piano Fund. This fund was used to purchase a grand piano for the St. Croix Falls High School music department. The Toensing family knew this would honor Darlene’s memory in light of her love of music and her lifelong commitment to her school and community. As a result of this gift and many others, the students of St. Croix Falls have now been able to bring even richer music to the community. The generous donations made in her name serve as a reminder of her smile and allow additional educational opportunities in St. Croix Falls for years to come. The Bowls of Hope event raises funds to support the backpack program at the school. For further information on the Bowls of Hope fundraiser, please contact Denise Sinclear-Todd at the St. Croix Falls Middle School at 715-483-9823. – with submitted information

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Plastic Injection Molding Full-time, long-term, production workers for our 2nd and 3rd shifts. $9.50 starting wage. Benefits offered by North States Industries include: • Clean & safe work environment • Paid vacation after 1 year • Dental insurance • Health insurance • Life insurance • 401(k) • Paid holidays including your birthday • Excellent retirement with Employee Stock Ownership Plan • Discretionary year-end bonus depending on business climate. ($1,500 average bonus over the past 4 years)

Contact and/or send resume to Mark Foote 715-349-5591 • TAKE PRIDE IN MANUFACTURING LOCAL PRODUCTS IN A WORLD-RENOWNED MARKET. WE HOPE TO MAKE YOU A PART OF OUR TEAM! North States Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer 643612 32L

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Unity senior and 4K student build life-changing friendship Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - What started as a high school basketball player helping in her mom’s 4K class turned into unforgettable friendships and precious memories. It also changed the direction that Markie Ramich, Unity High School senior, plans to take after she graduates this May. This year, Markie has been spending two hours a day volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in her mom’s classroom. Laura Ramich is one of the teachers for the Busy Bugs 4K program at Unity, and it was there that Markie met 4K student Jocelyn Sylvester. The two became close in the classroom. When Jocelyn couldn’t sleep at night, it was her mom’s reassurance that she would see Markie the next day that allowed her to drift off. Seeing the connection that Jocelyn had with Markie, Jocelyn’s mom, Shannon Sylvester, asked if Markie would be willing to spend time with her outside the classroom. Jocelyn didn’t have a lot of opportunity to be around bigger groups of people, and Markie’s involvement on the basketball team provided that missing opportunity. Jocelyn became part of the team. Markie gave her a T-shirt to wear for her first game, with “Markie’s Buddy” printed on the back, and team members all slapped hands with her at the start of a game. “When the announcer was calling out the Unity Eagle starters,” said Shannon Sylvester, “one by one they came over and high-fived Jocelyn. “I was drowning in my tears. What a touching moment.” This happened at each of the home games, said Shannon, and Jocelyn quickly became the team’s No. 1 fan and cheerleader. At time-outs, said Shannon and Markie, Jocelyn would grab a sign that read “Let’s go Eagles,” or “Get loud Eagles,” and get the crowds cheering and clapping. “It just turned into this great thing,” said Markie. “She got close with all of us. She’d hug every single one of us before we went out for starting lineup. She touched all of us in a positive way.” Coincidentally or not, the team had a nine-game winning streak once Jocelyn joined. A highlight for Jocelyn and her mother was during first-round tournament play. “A referee handed Jocelyn the ball and told her to throw it in to the player at the sound of his whistle.” That event, added Markie, left an impression on everyone. On the day after Unity’s loss to Phillips, which ended the season, said Shannon, she received Facebook messages from many of the players, thanking her for allowing them to be part of Jocelyn’s life. “This basketball team is much more than just great athletes,” said Shannon. “They have hearts of gold, and their love toward Jocelyn has trickled down. It has raised positive awareness about Jocelyn, accepting her and Down syndrome.” Her ongoing friendship with Jocelyn, which continues to be close even though basketball season is over, has certainly touched Markie in a big way.

See More, page 2 Jocelyn Sylvester was the No. 1 fan of the Unity Eagles girls basketball team this past season, getting the crowd cheering for the team.

Photos by Mary Stirrat

RIGHT: Prior to the first basketball game, Markie Ramich got this shirt for Jocelyn, marking her as “Markie’s Buddy.”

The Unity Eagles girls basketball team pose for a photo with Jocelyn. In front (L to R) are Sydney Volgren, Raelin Sorensen, Emma Moore, Jocelyn Sylvester, Markie Ramich, Courtney Valleskey and Gabrielle Foeller. Middle: Jasmine Lowe and Jessica Grams. Back: Carlie Merrill, Alexus Houman and Briana Peterson.

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Nurse training scholarships awarded by Forty and Eight POLK COUNTY - Voiture 236 Nurses Training Director Chef de Gare Passe Bob Buhr and Voiture 236 Nurses Training Committee Member Sous Chef de Train Don Fansler recently presented 2015 Nurses Training Scholarship checks to the following women from Polk County: Courtney Moskal, a 2014 Clayton High School graduate, who is attending Viterbo College in La Crosse and continues to pursue her registered nurse degree. Naomi Williamson, a 2011 Unity High School graduate, who is in a nurse training program at WITC-New Richmond where she is currently studying to complete her degree as an LPN and hopes to later get into the registered nurse program at WITC. Janelle Moore, a 2015 Amery High School graduate, who is attending the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where she is pursuing a degree as a registered nurse. Samantha Fall, a 2015 Clayton High School graduate, who is also attending Viterbo College in La Crosse and is studying for a degree as a registered nurse. Forty Hommes et 8 Chevaux, or Forty and Eight, was formed after WWI as the fun and honor society of the American Legion. In 1941 Forty and Eight began issuing nurse scholarships to deserving individuals willing to undergo formal training and make a career of that very noble profession. In 1946 an acute shortage of nurses came to the attention of the “Voyageurs” and a nurses training program was initiated at the Voiture Locale level. In 1955 Voiture Nationale formally established Forty and Eight’s current nurses training program. Locale 236 is honored to help these four Polk County students further their education in the field of nursing. In addition to annual nurse training scholarships, Voiture 236 also provides funds for unmet emergency needs of children 17 years of age or younger. These situations may arise out of natural disasters, i.e., floods, tornadoes, fire, etc.

RIGHT: Don Fansler, Forty and Eight Voiture 236 nurses training committee member, left, and Bob Buhr, director, right, present scholarships to Naomi Williamson, from Unity High School, and Janelle Moore, from Amery High School, center.

Photos submitted Courtney Moskal, a Clayton High School graduate, accepts a scholarship from Bob Buhr, Forty and Eight Voiture 236 nurses training director.

Bob Buhr, representing Forty and Eight, presents a scholarship to Samantha Fall, a Clayton High School graduate.

More/from page 1 Markie has been set to go into nursing once she finished high school. But now, because of her relationship with Jocelyn, Markie will be at UW-Stout majoring in early childhood. “I almost feel like I got a bigger impact out of this than Jocelyn has seen,” said Markie. “She’s one of my closest friends now, as a 4-year-old.” The team has another player who holds a similar position to Jocelyn’s. Senior Brady Lowe has been team manager for the past two seasons, and has also been included in the lineup hand-slapping. “Those two are definitely our go-to when we needed a smile on our faces,” Markie said. “They both have done a ton for our team — always smiling. And it was amazing to have them this season.” The team, said Markie, knew that the whole experience went way beyond sports. “We saw that it’s more about reaching out to the community and being positive role models to the younger students in school,” she said. “It’s way more than basketball.”

Unity Eagle Raelin Sorensen and Jocylen Sylvester hand slap as players are called to the starting lineup.

Photos by Mary Stirrat

LEFT: The referee at the first tournament game for Unity Eagles instructs Jocelyn Sylvester to throw in the ball at his whistle.

Markie Ramich and Jocelyn Sylvester have built a very special relationship that will continue after Ramich graduates this May.


Wok and roll about tipping in restaurants

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while back, I read an article from a mom whose daughter got a lousy tip from a group of customers who were demanding, yet left her absolutely nothing for her service. Needless to say, she was devastated. That was rude, disrespectful and absolutely unethical. And I would be more than just “devastated.” (Sorry, can’t use words that are unprintable). But who’s to blame? And what to do? Most restaurants in the European countries discourage tipping. But a service charge of 10 to 15 percent is already included in the bill. In New York City, a few restaurants have already started a new trend and discourage tipping also. They are paying the servers a higher wage, but increase the menu prices accordingly. The industry is already competitive the way it is; can the restaurants survive if they keep increasing their prices? Well, while the big chains are benefiting from lower food costs because they purchase in bulk, the rest of the family restaurants simply can’t compete. Most restaurants operate on a one-third system – one-third of the revenue pays for food, one-third pays for labor, and the other one-third pays for the overhead; and whatever leftover is profit. (Yes, one-third plus one-third plus one-third equals one. So, what’s left for profit? An interesting question indeed.) Yes, the hospitality industry is a tough one. According to the National Restau-

Peter H. Kwong rant Association, there are over 1 million restaurants in the U.S., and 7 out of 10 are family operations. Over 14.4 million are employed in the industry, and the minimum wage is around $7.25 an hour. Some might receive a higher wage as cooks or bartenders. However, the servers receive an average of only $2.13 an hour, just because they are “tipped employees.” The IRS doesn’t care if you do not get tipped; however, if you ever do, they will want their share right away. So, the $5.12 difference comes from the “tips.” And if the servers do not get tipped, they are out of luck and pretty much working for free. Now we all understand why our young lady server was so upset. She spent all night working hard for “nothing!” What if it was you, or someone close to you? How would that make you feel? My college tuition came from the tips working in a restaurant. And while most guests left me a 15- to 20-percent gratuity, I did have my fair share of nontippers. But then again, what to do? After I realized that the tips come from the percentage of their bills, I switched my focus and tried my best to increase their bills’ total. I was practicing the skills of “upselling” or “suggestive selling” without knowing it.

TIPS means “to insure proper service.’ So, what is proper service? It is the total experience of expectations from a guest’s standpoint. Most guests are willing to pay more if they have a memorable dining experience, with an opportunity to try something unique and special. There are no written rules on tipping, but, after working in the industry all these years, most institutions agree on these guidelines: 5 to 10 percent - for someone who just takes your order, serves your food, and brings you the check. The server does not know what’s on the menu and what the “specials” are. Their response is always, “Everything on the menu is good,” or “Don’t know, never tried it. Let me ask the cook.” You have to ask for more water, napkins and ketchup with your fries, or whatever. But you can see him/her chatting at the side station. Or worse, hear the whole conversation. 10 to 15 percent - does more than taking the order and bringing you the plates. They know what you need without you asking, and give you enough privacy with your dining mate. However, like a miracle, they will show up from nowhere to take care of your needs. Even say, “Thank you, and come see us again,” when presenting the check. 15 to 25 percent - provide a total dining experience with friendly suggestions and not being pushy: “Have you folks tried our crab cakes before? That’s my most favorite appetizer.” “Our chef has prepared these specials

for this evening. And this _______ is just unbelievable!” “May I suggest pinot noir with your entree? It is light and elegant. You can also have it by the glass if you prefer.” “Enjoy your dinner. And don’t forget to save some room for our special dessert.” It is an art and a science to be a good server. Believe me, they earn every penny of the tips. Can you imagine working a six- to eight-hour shift taking care of five to six tables at the same time - taking their orders, serving their foods, bringing whatever extra needs they want; then bringing their checks and giving back proper change? It is like playing four or five instruments at the same time, and all in different keys. Just try that some time. Everyone has their own preferences on what great service is. But, as long as you walk away happy and contented, then your server has done their job. So, until the day comes when the servers are paid equally with the rest of the workers, and that no tipping is required, please have a heart for our dear server friends in the industry. We work very hard so you can have a smile on your face when you leave the restaurant. So, do the same for us, tip accordingly. The author will be teaching a cooking class at Unity High School beginning April 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. For further information please contact Deb Paulsen at Unity School District at 715-825-2101, ext. 1560, or email

Frederic area American Cancer Society Sole Burner kickoff date set FREDERIC - The Frederic ACS Walk/ Run Sole Burner kickoff breakfast meeting will be held Wednesday, March 30, at Hacker’s Lanes at 7:30 a.m. Please contact Elvira Schmidt at 715-653-2684 if you would like to attend or if your team captain has not been contacted. Registration forms and additional information will be available at the meeting. Spring is just around the corner, we hope, and so is the Frederic area American Cancer Society walk/run. Plan ahead and set aside Saturday, May 7, for this big event. The walk can be a fun family or organization activity and a healthy way to help a worthy cause. It is also a chance for

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the Frederic community to rally together and support cancer survivors, help fund education, and raise money to eliminate cancer in the future. The ACS Sole Burner is also an important way to support cancer research. Walk participants may choose a two-, three- or five-mile route. Refreshments will be available and each participant who raises at least $60 will receive a T-shirt. Teams and individuals who raise over $500 will receive a team picture. Preregistration is $10 and registration on the day of the walk is $15. The online registration is at If you are unable to walk, consider sup-

porting a walker with your donation or purchasing a tribute flag to honor a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one. Tribute flag forms will be available at both banks in Frederic after the kickoff. Many area Frederic businesses will be selling paper athletic shoe cutouts for $1 and displaying them in their windows or the interior of their stores. Again this year, Frederic area businesses may purchase a Sign of Hope for $35. The signs will be placed along Hwy. 35 with the name of the business. The signs are a good way to advertise and support the walk. “The American Cancer Society is a na-

tionwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.” The ACS offers hope, progress and answers. For further information on the Frederic ACS walk/run, contact Elvira. For cancer information and resources call 800-ACS2345 or visit the website at submitted




he bicyclist approached. She was a fashionable young woman whom the Ancient feared to acknowledge. Suppressed sound escaped the woman’s throat as she twisted her waist and tossed her head while performing a feat of balance to further scrutinize the Indian as she pedaled past. She had been to a museum, seen Buffalo Paul Hansen Bill’s Wild West Show, and read stories. There was empathy in her look. She was searching for an avenue of opening and was desirous of acquaintanceship. In fact, since midsummer, she had deliberately planned the timing of her route in hopes of an encounter. And this morning for the first time she had made eye contact. Her heart raced. The Ancient spoke better English than the culture across the bridge cared to acknowledge or accept, likewise many of the former of his race. But the year was 1899 and the woman was also excited about the upcoming century’s infancy and the marvels that would ensue. Her father was a railroad tycoon. Off in the distance the train’s whistle blew fluting sounds of royalties and the woman knew her bank accounts in St. Paul were appreciating. Her heart was on fire. The factory smoke was a good

smell. It corresponded with industry and industry represented capital and that was the rule of law. Once more the train whistle’s venom blew measured depreciation into the withering spirit of the Ancient. He could sense the ground’s vibration as the locomotive thundered. He clearly remembered yesteryear now; the bison’s thundering hooves. The Indian again fingered the medallion, given to his grandfather by Captain Clark over a thousand moons ago. None of his people had ever spoken spitefully of Captain Clark and yet how had it come to this? The Ancient slowly pulled himself upright, leaned on his cane and gave reverence to the ancestors of the Great Spirit’s buffalo skull. The woman was a mere speck crossing another bridge before the city’s distant skyline now. He pulled on his robe, turned, and shambled in the direction opposite. His nose which was large and had grown with his age was nearly sniffing dirt like a rheumatoid canine’s fateful hour, so far forward was his body stooped. Tomorrow the woman would speak to him, so said his gift of revelation. Time passed. Another century and a millennium marked a beginning. The bicycle held on. The Lewis and Clark Trail Foundation received an unusual gift presented by

an elderly man, presumably a son of the woman astride a bicycle a century ago. The gift was a medallion that had passed between ethnicities, customs and generations. Also included were the woman’s papers. The bicyclist was on to early 20th-century technology. She had taken notes, photographed the Ancient, and even recorded his voice. Thus the lowly implement, powered only by human energy, offered a crossing of bridges to a vanishing culture. Befriended by a modern woman, the Ancient was once highly esteemed among his people. He had come to a bridge unnegotiable. He was the last of

his race. 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.


Herb Kohl Foundation announces award recipients Local students and teachers among those being honored MILWAUKEE - The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2016 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers and principals. The $3,000 awards are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals and their schools, and 184 graduating high school students.

This year marks the first Kohl principal awards that recognize school leadership across the state. A special reception and luncheon will take place Sunday, April 3, in Chippewa Falls for local students and educators who are recipients of these awards. Excellence scholars from the local area include Kallai Hokanson from Cumberland High School and Nathan Thompson from Amery High School. Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership

outside the academic setting and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Initiative scholars from the local area include Carlie Merrill from Unity High School and Elijah Newton from Amery High School. Initiative Scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships. Local educators who have received the Fellowship Award include Bryn An-

derson from Siren School District and Cory Nelson from Unity Middle School. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Letters notifying recipients of the award were mailed by the Herb Kohl Foundation on Wednesday, March 9. Herb Kohl will attend all luncheons and present awards to the recipients. – with submitted information from the Herb Kohl Foundation

Luck Community Ed plans trip to “remarkable Red Wing” LUCK - If you have yet to visit historic Red Wing, Minn., join this day trip on Thursday, April 7, to a beautiful town along the Mississippi River. The Luck Community Education day trip will tour the pottery museum that’s dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich and colorful story of Red Wing’s clay industry. More than 6,000 vintage pieces of artisan-crafted pottery produced from the late 1800s until 1967, bring history to life in dozens of dynamic exhibits in the 13 , 000 square-foot museum. Enjoy lunch at Wisteria Twig (soup, sandwich, beverage, and dessert), shop the antique stores, or decorate a ceramic tile using scraffito to remember the day. Tour members will also spend time downtown at the Red Wing Shoe Store where they will see the world’s largest boot, the Uffda Scandinavian Shop, and riverfront park.

On the way back, the motor coach tour bus will stop in the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin” at the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery for fresh cheese curds or an ice cream cone. Organized by Luck Community Education, the trip cost is $39 per person which includes transportation, tour and all-inclusive lunch at the Wisteria Twig Cafe. Contact Amy Aguado no later than Friday, April 1, to reserve one of the remaining seats at 715-472-2152 ext. 103 or amya@ The 45-seat motor coach bus will pick up in Luck at 7:30 a.m., in Centuria, and in St. Croix Falls at 7:50 a.m. with a return time about 6 p.m. from Luck Community Ed LEFT: Red Wing is known for its shoe store, which featured the world’s largest boot. - Photo submitted

Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse to host Mini Master Gardener Short Course seeds, pots, transplants and potting soil. A special gift will also be given to each family. Participants will explore the secrets of soil, seed starting and germination, roots, shoots, buds and sprouts, practical paper pots and tomato transplants. Refreshments and tours of Bashaw Valley greenhouses and fruit orchards included if time is allowed and participants are interested. All youth age 5 and up are welcome to attend. Cost to participate is $5 per youth, or $10 for two or more youth participants. Adults 18 and older are free; however they must be accompanied by a

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In search of crane counters UPPER MIDWEST - On Saturday, April 16, from 5:307:30 a.m., the International Crane Foundation will sponsor the 41st-annual Midwest Crane Count. Over 2,000 volunteer participants from throughout Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota participate in the spring survey, which gathers information on the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest. New volunteers interested in taking part in the survey should first contact their local county coordinator for instructions. Visit for the list of 2016 county coordinators. The Polk County coordinator is Nan Riegel, 715-307-4712 or The International Crane Foundation sponsors the annual Midwest Crane Count as a part of its mission to conserve the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natu-

ral communities on which they depend. Sandhill cranes once nearly disappeared from Wisconsin, but the species has successfully recovered and is slowly expanding into neighboring states. Observations of sandhill cranes can lend insight into threatened crane species including the endangered whooping crane. There are now over 100 whooping cranes in the reintroduced population in central Wisconsin, and crane counters may have a chance of sighting a whooping crane during the survey. For more information on the annual Midwest Crane Count, visit and contact your county coordinator or Sara Gavney Moore, ICF communications specialist, at 608-356-9462, ext. 155, or – submitted

Jerry McNally honored at Crex dinner Crex Meadows Endowment Fund supports education and growth Gregg Westigard | Staff writer GRANTSBURG - Jerry McNally, protector of the outdoors and a friend of Crex Meadows, received a special recognition award at the annual Crex Meadows Endowment Fund benefit dinner Saturday, March 12. The award was given for McNally’s ongoing volunteer efforts to obtain land for Crex Meadows and for his many hours as a volunteer friend of the wildlife area north of Grantsburg. In presenting the Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Management Award, Steve Hoffman, the Crex DNR manager, said that McNally has also been an active participant in the fundraising campaign and has served the Friends of Crex in many capacities. Hoffman said that McNally’s actions, with his expertise and skills, have resulted in eight different parcels totaling 567 acres being purchased by the Friends of Crex. The Friends of Crex is the largest support group of any Wisconsin DNR property, Hoffman said. The Crex Endowment Fund has over $1 million in its account, almost all of which was raised by donations. Income from the fund pays the salary of the Crex wildlife educator, and the Friends have raised the money for the construction of the education center as well as for the land acquisitions. Guest speaker Tom Doolittle, a wildlife biologist for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, talked about the Moquah Barrens and the program there to protect the sharp-tailed grouse. The Moquah Barrens, a large natural area in the Bayfield peninsula, is one of the last pine barrens in Wisconsin. Doolittle told of the balance needed over many years to restore what he called a natural gem.

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50 years ago Among the 1,408 people nationwide who were awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowships for graduate education to become teachers at colleges and universities were two from Polk County. They were Allen Holcomb, Amery, graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and Ruby Peterson, Frederic, graduate of the University of Wisconsin.–The Luck Cardinals boys basketball team beat the Osceola Chieftains to become regional champs. The Cards were on a 16-game winning streak, with their last loss being to Osceola back on Nov. 3.–Danny Mattson, a graduate of Unity High School and a member of the Army ROTC at the University of Wisconsin, was selected Outstanding Basic Cadet of the Week.–Sylvan Erickson was named postmaster at the Luck Post Office, and Richard Huttner was appointed postmaster at Dresser.–Rosella Aubert and Norman Christensen were married at St. Dominic Catholic Church on Jan. 8.–A welcome reception was held at First Baptist Church of Falun for their new pastor, Warren Nelson, his wife, Connie, and their two small sons, Brent and Jonathan.–John Hunter, Siren, was hired as a full-time sheriff’s deputy for Burnett County, replacing Ronald Pringle, who resigned at the first of the year.–The Luck boys basketball team lost to Eau Claire at sectionals, 55-49, and considering the close score, may have been victorious if Merritt Cogswell had not sprained his ankle in their win over the River Falls Wildcats the night before.–Pvt. Duane Hughes, a Frederic grad, and Pvt. Robert Nissan, a St. Croix Falls grad, completed eight weeks of military police training at the Army Training Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.

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Jerry McNally received special recognition for his volunteer efforts to obtain land for Crex Meadows, at the annual Crex Meadows Endowment Fund benefit dinner Saturday, March 12. – Photo by Gregg Westigard


Connections Olivia Kopecky The Spring Project Day for Burnett County was on Saturday, March 12, this year. The learning-by-doing sessions were Easter crafts, batik painting, marbles, photography and a woodworking project of crafting a tool box. Everyone had a great time learning about the various projects and working together. A special thank-you to our session leaders. Be a part of the fun by joining 4-H!

A bit of history was printed in this paper about the lumber-milling, flour-milling and electricity-producing enterprises of Carl Grimh and his sons, Gotfred and Robert, and their investments into the new town of Frederic.–Annual salaries for Polk County public employees were approved and printed on the front page of the Leader. A few highlights: County clerk, $12,406; highway commissioner, $15,000; assistant district attorney, $10,257; district attorney, $20,515; social services director, $17,816; 4-H agent, $4,747.–Pvt. Alvin Klucas finished basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala., for AIT training in helicopters and small aircraft.–Euler Torres was an exchange student, from Brazil, living with host family George and Vida Sears and their three sons, Brian, Shaune and Dirk.–About 3,000 spectators attended the Siren Lions water-skipping contest on Clam Lake Narrows. Larry Dale, Grantsburg, took first place, at 980 feet.–Some history of the Chell family was printed in the Leader, a weekly feature to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Frederic. The Chells, like the Grimhs, were established in West Sweden before the village of Frederic was “born.” Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chell came from Sweden in 1869, settling in West Sweden in 1871. Their oldest son, John, married Emma Wallin in 1894 and settled next to his parents homestead, raising seven children.

20 years ago Lynette Buck-Svoboda opened Before & After Hair Studio in the building that was formerly Barb’s clothing store in St. Croix Falls.–The annual snowmobile water-skip at Clam Lake Narrows drew 103 contestants and around 4,000 spectators. One of the events was “most on a machine,” with the record being six passengers on one snowmobile. Attempting to win that contest led to many cold and wet competitors, as the water was 37 degrees.–Emma Kolander, Siren Middle School reading specialist, was invited to New Orleans to receive the 1995-96 Exemplary Reading Award for the state of Wisconsin at the convention of the International Reading Association in April.–Dean Roush, Cushing, Kristie Kuenkel, Luck, and Aaron Neurer, Webster, all received degrees in education from UW-River Falls on Dec. 17. Chad Gilhoi, Luck, graduated with honors from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Jennifer Schauls, Luck, and Deanna Johnson, Siren, earned Bachelor of Science degrees from UW-La Crosse, whose commencement was also Dec. 17.– Local participants in the Birkie included Steven Edling and Arne Lagus, St. Croix Falls; Robert Ditsch and Michael Miles, Luck; Lorraine Whitesell, Siren; Steve Pearson, Danbury; Geno Cummings, Paul Pedersen, Gary Beecroft and Robert Chubb, Frederic; and Brett Allaman, Grantsburg.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, We had a pretty quiet week at the shelter, maybe the colder weather deterred activity. Only one stray dog was brought in, an older chocolate Lab who was found east of Siren off of CTH B. We named the sweet gal Dotty. We also had one stray cat brought in from the Hertel area. He is a big, tan and white tomcat that we named Joey. As of yet, neither have been reclaimed by their owners. One surrender dog arrived, a 1-year-old German shepherd mix named Bronx. Three of the four cats that

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Humane Society of Burnett County were featured last week got new homes. Goldie and Cleveland went to a home together and Moonlight went alone. Hopefully lovely sisters Peaches and Cream will also be chosen soon. Our featured dog is a 9-year-old beagle/English springer spaniel mix we call Queenie. Queenie came to the shelter on March 8 as a stray. She is a very nice dog who is of medium height and weighs in at around 40 pounds. Queenie is a delight to walk as she doesn’t pull at all on the leash. She loves her walks and does well with other dogs and cats alike. Lookswise, Queenie is quite adorable with her stout little body and white spotted coat. Queenie is confident and friendly, and would do well in most any home environment. Our featured cats came to the shelter together when their owner passed away. Josie is a 4-year-

Frederic Senior Center Our weather still remains very nice. Now that spring is here, it may get even better. The winners for Spades were Arnie Borchert,

Darwin Niles, Marilyn Niles and John LaFond. The eight bid went to Sandy Hickey. The winners for 500 were Susie Hughes, Steve

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Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen took their great-granddaughter, Aubrey Rosselli, to Siren Friday evening to see the play “The Little Mermaid.” It was presented by Siren School and Community Players. Trudy DeLawyer, Judy Leonard, Dixie and Chuck Andrea, Donna Hines, Lida Nordquist, and Hank and Karen Mangelsen were among a large number of people who went to Northwoods Crossing Event

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Dana 202 and Bill B. 216 and 200. Millie picked up the 2-7 split and Bill B. the 4-7-10. Good job by all. There will be no bowling on Good Friday, March 25. Remember to pick up a menu and sign up for your favorite lunches. Call Nikki with any questions, 715-866-5300. Check out the activities at the center and join in the fun. For more information, call 715-866-4517. Have a Happy Easter and hope you got lots of goodies from the Easter Bunny. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning how to dance in the rain. See you at the center.

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Last week’s weather made a body think we were heading right back into winter. I guess Mother Nature must have gotten pushed back by Old Man Winter because it was a mess. The whole week was one of gloomy days, mostly filled with either rain or a rain-snow mix. Even a few frozen ice pellets were thrown in. We had about a dozen straggling redpolls come through on Saturday. I guess they just stopped long enough to fill up on the seeds under the feeders, then they were gone. There are still no signs of the bluebirds or even the robins, none here in bear country at least. I see the great horned owl sitting in some of the tall oak trees in the backyard quite often these days. I guess they now have a few youngsters in the nest, so both parents need to keep busy filling them up. I don’t know for sure how many they have, but last year we saw one of the parents feeding two of them just west of the house. I saw my first big black critter on Saturday, not in bear country but across the road in the field. He wasn’t a big one, probably a throwaway of his mom from last year. I started my tomato, pepper and even a few sweet potato plants. I’ll bet if it stays this gloomy, they will take their sweet old time coming up. The way the weather had been, I was hoping to maybe set them out earlier this year, oh well. Sympathy is extended to the family of Louise

We still have room for more pool players. Enjoy spring! We hope to see you at the center.

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.

• Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. • 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 month, 11 a.m.

Karen Mangelsen

Webster Senior Center The calendar says it is spring but it is still a little chilly. Some of the snowbirds are returning so it must be near. Welcome back, you were missed. We had a small group for Bingo but had a lot of fun and enjoyed the treats furnished by Margel. There were three for pool and seven for Dominoes, didn’t get the names of the winners. There will not be any pool or Dominoes this Thursday, March 24. As usual Wii bowling was exciting and competitive. Bill B. had high individual game and series with 216 and 406. The Vikings had high team game and series with 769 and 1,509. Only two in the 200 club this week,

Wenthe, Nona Severson and Marilyn Niles. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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mean I’ll have to mow grass early too? We at the center have gone from green to pastels, Easter colors that is, as we all welcomed the first day of spring on Sunday, March 20. We’re beginning to get busy with donations for our rummage sale coming up on Saturday, April 2. Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For

Dewey-LaFollette Karen Mangelsen called on Don and Pat Israel on Monday morning. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Gerry and Donna Hines on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Pearson was a Wednesday visitor of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen stopped by to visit Marlene and Bruce Swearingen on Thursday afternoon.

big charmers. The shelter would like to give a big shout-out to the very generous people at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Webb Lake on Saturday. Almost $900 in donations was collected, a new record! Dogs Sherlock and Queenie did a great job representing the shelter and had a very fun time walking the route. As usual, it was a wonderful afternoon of fun. Keep in mind that our next fundraiser, the annual spaghetti supper, raffle and silent auction is coming up next month on Saturday, April 30. You can purchase raffle tickets at a cost of $3 each or a book of six for $15 from volunteers or at the shelter office. Grand prize is $1,000 cash, second prize is a handmade queen-size quilt valued at $500, third prize is an iPad Mini 2 valued at $269, and fourth prize is a hotel package from The St. Croix Casino in Danbury valued at $120. 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 I hope everyone got their fill of the green on Thursday. We had an awesome turnout for the nutrition program, with the corned beef and cabbage dinner. I didn’t know we had so many Irishmen around. Oh, I was told they’re Irish for the day. We extend gratitude to Tami and crew, our nutrition program kitchen workers, for a job well done. Have you noticed that with all these rain and snow days, the grass is getting green? Does that

old large tortoiseshell cat who weighs in at a little over 13 pounds. Josie loves people and gentle affection. Jasper is also 4 years old and weighs in at 13 pounds, too. He has a beautiful blue/gray coat, green eyes, and no tail, as he is a Manx cat. Jasper Queenie is more reserved and looks quite dignified and regal at all times. I think he knows he is a bit unique and special. He is also a very handsome cat. Both cats occupy a large converted dog kennel so it is easy just to walk in and visit with them. Jasper is content to sit close for petting and admiration, but Josie likes to get right up on one’s lap for a good snuggle. As they have always been together we would like for them to be adopted together if at all possible. To this end, we are offering them at a reduced adoption fee of $100 for the pair. Stop on in and meet these two

McKinley, who passed away March 13. How many of you have taken the Siren Lions up on their great offer, the Little Free Library, where you can take a book or bring a book? If you are an avid reader and haven’t tried this yet, you’re missing out on some great reading. It’s right next to the Redbox at the Siren Holiday South. Try it, you just might like the idea. I hope you all took the time to see the play, “The Little Mermaid,” this past weekend at the Siren School. It was fabulous. All the cast did a marvelous job. It was a great way to spend an evening. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss the 26th-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival, soon to be at the Siren School, Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re planning on going, get your tickets early. They go on sale Friday, March 25, at the area banks, 40 tickets for $10. At the door on the day of the event, they will be three tickets for $1. This event is sponsored by the Moms for Kids, and all money earned is used for school or community events. Congratulations to Laurel Kannenberg for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence for the week. Great job. Congratulations to elementary student Jacob Liljenberg, middle schooler Trevor Stanford and high schooler Brennan Koball for being chosen Siren schools students of the week. What a great group of up-and-coming young men.

Center on Friday evening. They attended a worship service of contemporary songs and testimony led by Noah Burnett. Noah plays guitar, and he was accompanied by friends on drums, bass guitar and keyboard, and they also harmonized with his singing. Steve and Nancy Hagen came to visit Lawrence and Nina Hines on Friday evening and stayed overnight with them.

Donna Hines, Hank and Karen Mangelsen, and Lida Nordquist went to the Siren School auditorium Sunday afternoon to attend the performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Karen and Hank’s son-in-law, Dave Close, granddaughters Mandy and Patty Close, and great-niece Abby Kosloski were among the actors in the play.

Birth announcement Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A girl, Aubree Ann-Rose Muzquiz, born March 1, 2016, to Tiffany Gregg and Israel Muzquiz of Luck. Aubree weighed 5 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Zaiden Michael Ray Gavin, born March 3, 2016, to Jennifer Johnston and Dustin Gavin of Luck. Zaiden weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. •••

A boy, William Dale Morseth, born March 6, 2016, to Amanda Lokker and Nick Morseth of Webster. William weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A girl, Sienna Kathryn Vant, born March 7, 2016, to Marta and Christopher Vant of Osceola. Sienna weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. •••

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits A great time was had by over 50 folks for our St. Paddy’s Day dinner last week. Thanks to all who came and thanks to the No. 1 cook, Betty Miller, and her able assistants, too! It’s always easier and even fun when we work and play together. Be sure to stop in and visit any time you see the light on, there is always room for more card players. Just a reminder, our senior center monthly meeting and potluck lunch is always the third Tuesday of each month and followed by afternoon cards. We have lots of important issues open for discussion each month, if possible be sure to attend these meetings as your input is important and valued.


We’re hoping Dottie Adams is back home again and feeling much better! Tuesday, March 15, 500 winners were Arnie Borchert and Marlyce Borchert, who tied. The ninebid went to Paul Strassert. The Hand and Foot winner was Bill McGrorty. Thursday, March 17, 500 winners were David Thelen, Bruce Medchill and Nel Medchill. The ninebid went to Lloyd Knutson and Nel Medchill. Sunday’s winners will be announced next week. The senior center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls, phone 715-483-1901.



Kate Peloquin, daughter of Joanne and Dave Peloquin, and Tony Norling, son of Tammy Nagel and Brian Norling, announce their engagement. A September wedding is planned. – Photo submitted

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Wisconsin state statutes governing animals and their care are often vague and difficult to enforce. Most of them were written over 40 years ago and no longer address animal welfare issues of today. On March 3, Wisconsin made history by signing into law a new bill that directly affects owners of lost or stray pets, and the seizure of animals involved in a crime. AB 487 and SB 450 reduce the holding times for stray and seized animals in Wisconsin, as well as ending the required euthanasia of victims seized from dogfighting. Previously, stray animals were required to be held for a minimum of seven days. It was the longest stray hold in the nation, with most other states requiring holds at three-five days. The new bill allows Wisconsin shelters to adopt out animals on their sixth day in the shelter, after the animal is held for a minimum four-day stray hold, plus the first day of impoundment. It further protects stray animals by limiting euthanasia of unclaimed stray animals before the eighth day of impoundment. Why is this important? Because it will save lives. By reducing the required hold time for stray and seized animals, it means they can be adopted or transferred to rescues sooner. Disease and overcrowding are leading causes of preventable euthanasia in impoundment facilities. Reducing the length of seized and stray holds saves lives. Also, the longer the hold, the more taxpayers pay and the fewer funds are available for other critical duties. What does it mean to owners of lost pets? An owner of a lost dog or cat has a reduced window of time to reclaim their pet from the shelter, from seven days to four. You may be thinking, “Hey, wait up a minute here…” but in reality most pets are reclaimed before day four of their hold. At

Siren Senior Center We are getting items in for the silent auction and door prizes. Stop in to the center and check out the items. Anyone can come and bid on the things, you do not have to be present when the drawings are done. Saturday the VFW in Milltown had a 500 party. They had 10 tables. The men’s winners were Dave Peterson, Rich Hustad and Arnie Borchert. The women’s winners were Peggy Larkin, Kim Rosen and Nona Severson. Kim and Nona tied for second. The winner was determined by drawing a card, Kim got the highest card so she was second and I came in third. Remember our center is available to rent for meetings, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Our monthly meeting was held on St. Patrick’s Day so members came with green wigs and many green shirts. Our birthday cake was decorated with green shamrocks. Our 500 winners were Gerry Vogel, John Colvin, Rusty and Tony Rutter. The Spade winners were Sue Newberger, Arnie Borchert, Virginia Martin,

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Arnell Humane Society in 2015, of the 85 animals reclaimed, 19 pets were reclaimed on the same day they were impounded. By day two, 37 were reclaimed, 17 on day three and four on day four. Only eight pets remained at our shelter longer than four days before being reclaimed and most of them were held longer to allow the known owner time to reach the shelter. Shelters across the state find similar trends. It is the responsibility of an owner of a lost pet to seek out that pet. A veterinarian, police officer, animal control officer or town chairman would direct an owner to contact our shelter as the designated holding facility for Polk County. This shared knowledge of where to find a lost pet made it possible for 65 percent of all stray dogs to be reclaimed from Arnell Humane Society last year. How will things change for victims of animal cruelty? Under the previous law, animals seized for cruelty were often held as evidence until a court case was over, even though their evidentiary value declines within days. In the past, shelters have been required to hold animals for as long as years while cases proceed – and then were required to euthanize dogfighting victims when the case is over. This bill allows animals to leave the shelter much sooner, and allows commonsense judgment to govern whether an animal can be safely adopted.

The new bill also provides a framework for the cost of care for animals seized in a criminal investigation. Previously the expense was the burden of the municipality. Under the new law, the owner of Collin the seized animals will be required to provide payment for boarding and care of his/her animals. If payment of their care is not provided, the seized animals may be treated as an unclaimed animal, adopted, transferred or euthanized. This provision will greatly reduce the crippling burden of care for seized animals, who often suffer months to years of confinement. Because AB 487/SB 450 allows shelters to find homes for animals sooner, the bill will save animals lives, save taxpayer dollars and bring Wisconsin up to animal welfare standards of 2016, already in place in most other states. Good to know. Collin is our featured pet of the week. He is a soft orange tabby with a tiny white locket on his chest. Collin is levelheaded and sweet, playful and dreamy. He is good with other cats and children. This loving gentleman is a catch. He would be welcome in most any home in need of the feline touch. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715 268-7387 or online at and on Facebook.

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Gerry Vogel and Phyllis Peterson. Laryn Larsen and Dwaine Bentley shared the nine-bid.

Dates to remember: Tuesday, April 5: The County Tourism annual fundraiser at Crex Meadows. Tuesday, April 5: Election for school board and local officials. Wednesday, April 6: Our evening meals will start again. Menu will be roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar and lemon pie. Wednesday, April 13: An ambulance driver will be at the center at 10 a.m. to give a presentation on how to use the defibrillator. Wednesday, April 13: Potluck at 11:30 a.m., come for the presentation and stay for our potluck and then 500 at 1 p.m. Make it a whole day at the center. Thursday, April 21: Monthly meeting. Wednesday, April 30: 500 card party 1 p.m. with silent auction, door prizes and lunch. Thursday, June 2: Music in the park will start again.

Special story time at the park ST. CROIX FALLS – Join naturalist Julie Fox and friends for a special nature story time at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Guest presenters from the St. Croix Riverway and Minnesota state parks will join Fox for a special story time all about bats. Games and a contest, make-and-take crafts and a special snack will highlight “Stellaluna,” the star of the story. Don’t miss this special presentation on Thursday, March 24. The final nature story time this winter

will be the following week on Thursday, March 31. After a brief spring break, the popular program will resume for the summer beginning June 9. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. Nature story time is free of charge, but a state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2016 are $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $8 for residents or $11 for non-residents. For more information call Fox at 715-483-3747, visit or become a friend on Facebook at Friends of WI Interstate State Park. – from Interstate Park

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LIBRARY CORNER Grantsburg Library news National Library Week April 11-15, celebrate and rediscover all that our nation’s libraries and librarians have to offer. Fun and celebration all week! Monday, April 11, the library’s new longer hours begin. Tuesday, April 12, we’re honoring our many volunteers with a token of appreciation. Wednesday, April 13, kids get a free book at story time. Thursday, April 14, is Open Mic Night. Sign up to participate at the library. Friday, April 15, free Library Gala Dinner Tickets.

Save the date The Friends of the Library annual Spring Gala will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Come to meet author Tom Combs. Combs’ career as an emergency room physician provides the foundation for his riveting medical mystery plots. A delicious Dinner will also be served. Ticket information at the library or by calling 715-463-2244.

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8. Call the library to schedule an appointment and to find out if you qualify for the program, 715-4632244.

Preschool story hour Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Duke Tucker for a fun and educational program on Wednesday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. Duke will provide interactive activities with read-aloud stories.

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

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

Schedule an appointment to meet with volunteers from the AARP tax preparation program. Upcoming appointment openings are offered the mornings of Friday, April 1, and Thursday and Friday, April 7 and

The library’s chess club wrapped up with tournament and pizza party. Pictured are members of the chess club, back row (L to R): King Hoffman, Kjersten Wedin, Cheryl Wedin, Ace Graves and John Hunt (instructor). Front: Jesse Wilson, Sam Turenne and Brandon Wilson. Not pictured are Victoria Wedin and William Blume. – Photo submitted

Larsen Family Public Library news

Good Friday The library will be open as usual on Good Friday (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Friends of the Library Our wild rice cookbooks are on sale at the library and the coffee shop for $12. Second Saturday Used Book Sale April 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paperbacks, 50 cents; hardcovers, $1; plastic bag of books, $4; paper bag of books, $5. The Friends will host an author event featuring Jim Anderson on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Jim is the author of “Discovering America One Marathon at a Time.”

- babies love to hear your voice when reading to them.

AARP tax help AARP offers free tax help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. AARP will be here at the library to help you with your taxes. We have the sign-up sheets. Help will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the first two weeks of April. Please call the library at 715-866-7697 to make an appointment.

Building dementia-friendly libraries in northern Wisconsin Our library received a grant through our library system, Northern Waters Library Service, for creating memory kits to used at “memory cafes.” We are excited about this new project and we are in the learning and planning stages now.

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Adult book club

Annette will be back reading for story time on the third Saturday of each month. Bring children to the library at 11 a.m. to share wonderful stories, snacks and a chance to socialize with other children. Sponsored by Burnett County Family Literacy.

The title for our April 26 book club discussion is “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. We meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) in the Nexen Room. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t had time to read the book. Call the library to reserve your copy. “Anita Diamant follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is ‘The Boston Girl,’ the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared

Table tennis (pingpong) We will meet on Wednesday, March 30, 1 p.m. When AARP tax preparation is over, the hours will become more regular. This is not a tournament – just some fun playing pingpong no matter what your skill level. Everyone is welcome.

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


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Newly acquired materials Juvenile • “Who Is Happy” by Jarvis • “Big Nate Blasts Off” by Lincoln Peirce • “Miss Mary Reporting” by Sue Macy • “I Am Yoga” by Susan Verde • “Playdate for Panda” by Michael Dahl (board book) • “A Day at the Beach” by Steve Mack (board book) • “My Favorite Bedtime Rhymes” by Sanja Rescek (board book) • “My Favorite Nursery Rhymes” by Sanja Rescek (board book) • “Steam Train, Dream Train 123” by Sherri Duskey Rinker • “Steam Train, Dream Train Colors” by Sherri Duskey Rinker (board book) • “Carry and Play Spring Friends” by Bloomsbury (board book) • “The Berenstain Bears: We Love Soccer!” by Mike Berenstain • “Splat the Cat & the Quick Chicks” by Rob Scotton • “Pete the Cat: Scuba Cat” by James Dean

Adult • “Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize” by Emily Brightwell • “Gone Again” by James Grippando • “Private Paris” by James Patterson • “Behold the Man” by Bodie Thoene • “A Treasure Concealed” by Tracie Peterson • “When Falcons Fall” by C.S. Harris


Six-week Grief Support Group For Adults Who Are Grieving The Loss Of A Loved One NO Charge Preregistration required

DVD • “The Lion Guard” • “Everest” • “War Room” • “Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues” • “The Peanuts Movie”

Adult nonfiction • “Lives of the Master” by Glenn Sanderfur • “Great Love: The Mary Jo Copeland Story” by Michelle Peterson Hinck • “The Food Ain’t the Problem” by Carole Holliday • “My Kindle Fire” by Jim Cheshire • “Cook’s Country 2015”

Audio CD book • “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben • “Property of a Noblewoman” by Danielle Steel

Young adult • “Surrendering the Reins” by Les Graham • “Jude’s Gentle Giants” by Les Graham

Large print • “Cold Shot” by Dani Pettrey • “A Son’s Vow” by Shelley Shepard Gray • “The Newsmakers” by Lisa Wiehl

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

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Sixth-annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 10K Shamwalk/Run

The Bentleys competed together during the Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition’s fundraiser held Saturday, March 19, in Siren. Josh finished second overall in the 10K race, daughter Macy finished fourth in her age group while Molly came in first overall in the 5K.

The Formaneks from Webster spread fairy dust as they passed through the finish line. Shown (L to R) are Robyn Formanek, Debbie Maloney, Danielle Formanek and Laura Formanek. The group also received a best dressed award.

Levi Hayman shows off his prize for best dressed - a coupon for a free sub from Subway. Hayman took part in the 5K race in the under12-year-old age bracket.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Friendly competition was abundant during the Shamwalk. These kids pushed their way through the last part of the race on Saturday, March 19.

Cindy Johnson received second place in her age group and her friend Cathy Hinze received first in her age group. Hinze commented, “I have waited 70 years for this medal.”

Jennie and Len Carlson finish the race together. Jennie was later awarded as a best dressed participant.

Overall winners in the Shamwalk/ Run 10K race were Matthew Smith with a time of 35:24.22 minutes and Lisa Trainor with a time of 46:01.59 minutes. This “unidentified” man from Luck received a best dressed award at the BCAAPC’s Shamwalk. He competed in the 10K race.

Bob O’Brien sent his shoe flying in the last leg of the race. The sideline encouraged the trio to be a bit competitive at the end and this was the result. (L to R): Tina Karsten, O’Brien, and Heather O’Brien.

Sarah Radke and Genny Emery cross the line while pushing a stroller with the next generation of the Emerys.

Over 160 people participated in Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition’s sixth-annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 10K Shamwalk/Run. BCAAPC’s fundraiser took place Saturday, March 19, in Siren.


PFCT’s “Cinderella” draws crowd in Frederic

Cinderella, Megan Williamson, gets help from her loyal mice friends. RIGHT: Mikey and the Mistakes, Brendan Holmstrom, Elizabeth Schaar, Hannah Brande and Karli Bartlett, dance at the lip sync contest.

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Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre came to Frederic for the 28th year to create a professional theatrical experience for the community in one short week. This year’s production of “Cinderella,” under the direction of Blake Fountain and Lauren Longyear, played to enthusiastic crowds on Friday and Saturday evening, March 4-5, at the Frederic Birch Street Elementary School in an original musical by Daniel Nordquist and Deborah Pick. Fountain and Longyear played Papa and Winona. Other leads were Megan Williamson as Cinderella, Ellie Eklof as Rona, Carter Hilde as Mona, Grace Nelson as Zona, Taylor Hansford as Dinah, Brittany and Brooke Beecroft as Click Dark, Andrew Tinman as King Cash, Brendan Holmstrom as Mikey, Tracker Dodds as Jimmy, Tyler Brewer as Donny, James Magnuson as Bobby, Paul French as Maynard and Jenna Burton as Betty.

Cinderella’s stepsisters perform at the lip sync contest. Shown (L to R) are Carter Hilde as Mona, Ellie Eklof as Rona and Grace Nelson as Zona.

Cardinal Caravan begins in the Luck School District

Teacher Carolyn Peterson posed with sixth-grade student Nate Skow, who she had nominated for a Cardinal Caravan Award.

LUCK - The Cardinal Caravan is a new program in the Luck School District that recognizes students who demonstrate “out of the ordinary” positive behavior and attitude in and out of the school. The school’s goal is to recognize at least four individuals each quarter. The first four Cardinal Caravan students were recognized on Monday, March 14, when the committee, along with each of the nominating teachers, surprised the students at their homes. Each student was presented with a cinch bag along with a T-shirt and many gift certificates to be used at local businesses. The committee would like to extend gratitude to the area businesses and organizations that donated to this program. - submitted After being presented with his Cardinal Caravan Award, fourth-grader Hunter Memmer poses with members of the Cardinal Caravan committee. Shown: Jody Waterman, high school Principal Brad Werner, Hunter’s teacher Paula Anderson, elementary Principal Ann Goldbach, Hunter, Superintendent Chris Schultz and Lori Pfaff

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LEFT: Senior Parker Steen and his dad, Ron Steen, pose with fifth-grade teacher Jody Waterman, who had nominated Parker for a Cardinal Caravan Award. RIGHT: Physical education teacher Jackie Zwiefelhofer nominated Ray Dueholm for a Cardinal Caravan Award. Zwiefelhofer and Ray pose with his parents, Heather and Ray Dueholm.


Yellow Lake area St. Patrick’s Day celebration

The Early Bird Bowlers decked out their trailer and rode through the Yellow Lake area St. Patrick’s Day parade held Thursday, March 17.

Owners of the 10th Hole stopped pouring beverages for a quick pic. Sheila and Chuck Anderson are shown with their daughter, Jaime Nelson. The 10th Hole was the second stop along the parade route.

The Yellow Lake Condos were represented in the Thursday, March 17, parade that wound through the back roads around Yellow Lake.

The self-proclaimed world champs of the Gandy Dancer Early Birds bowling team rode in style in the back of a Chevy Silverado.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Green and white were seen on everyone in the area. This couple was no exception and showed off their St. Patrick’s Day finery in style.

The Pour House from Siren brought a busload of revelers to the Yellow Lake area that went from bar to bar.

LEFT: This decked-out ATV and its riders enjoyed the sun that peeked out. The day had varied weather conditions depending on your location in the county. Some parts of the county had brief whiteout conditions.

The Last Call, located east of Siren, decorated their van and threw green and white promotional T-shirts to people along the parade route.


NFSC holds 27th-annual Festival On Ice

The Clark family is a skating family. Rachel Keenan spends much of her time shuttling them to and from practice. Shown back row (L to R): Sheri Clark, Rachel Keenan and Brittany Clark. Front: Kayla Pederson, Mary Clark and Ashley Clark. Sheri is a graduating senior skating in her last show.

Photos by Larry Samson

Spooner Middle School skater Brianna Sohn skated to the song “Footloose” in the show. It was a busy night for the young skater as she was in four routines.

Karly Wemette is doing a spin in her routine with the seven young skaters she has been coaching. Coaching and mentoring is something the older skaters enjoy doing.

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Kiara Anderson is skating at the Northwoods Figure Skating Club annual Festival on Ice, “Blades On Broadway.” The festival, showcasing the young skaters in the area, was held Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, at the Rice Lake Arena.


Character – the gift that keeps on giving

LUCK - Parents, faculty members and friends recently joined members of Luck’s National Honor Society for the organization’s annual banquet and induction ceremony. During the course of the evening, the six students – junior Olivia Nielsen and sophomores Billy Lipoff, Tasian Arjes, Matt Lane, Shannon Lane and Michael Delany – and their guests listened to their peers explain the principles which govern the National Honor Society – leadership, service, scholarship and character. They also had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker (and their former sixthgrade teacher) Carolyn Peterson who focused on the importance of character. The following are excerpts from that speech: “I am so proud of you. I really mean that. I enjoyed being your teacher in sixth grade and watching you move on through high school. I know this (becoming National Honor Society members) is no small accomplishment. Congratulations to you all. You are kind of a big deal now! “I truly believe that every moment I am around students is one more opportunity to teach. This opportunity may show up in the hallway as students are caught running or in the lunchroom when someone drops a tray, or at the grocery store, or even at an NHS banquet. Oh yes … even here! I am a teacher. I teach. It’s who I am! “I have a little activity for you. Number your paper from 1 to 5 for a short quiz. Please keep your answers covered. 1. Name the recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. 2. Name Miss America 1973 along with the city and state she was from. 3. What did Dr. Gholam Peyman invent? 4. Give the name of the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court along with the year and president making the appointment. 5. What is the full name of lead singer The Weeknd?

“How did you do? Not so well, huh? One thing teachers do is adjust their lessons to meet their students’ needs. I guess I will have to change things up a bit. “Take your paper and turn it over. Divide into three sections. Label the left one as Past, the middle as Present, and the right as Future. These are guidelines and Past means Kindergarten – Grade 5, Present means now, and Future means after graduation to age 35. The rules are simple: Be honest. Try to answer each question. No sharing of answers and remember that talking distracts others from doing their best. This assignment is not graded and will not be shared unless you decide to share it. “Oh, I almost forgot … put the paper on your head for the rest of the lesson. Do not peek at your paper at any time! Do not look at anyone else’s paper at any time. “In the first section labeled Past, draw a picture of your past self doing an activity or being in a place that was a defining moment in your life. This may have been your favorite thing to do as a child, your favorite place, or maybe even a favorite toy you had, but include yourself in this picture from your past. In the area for Present, draw your present self doing an activity or hobby you enjoy or something you are known for and include yourself in the picture. In the Future area, draw your future self. What do you see yourself doing? Draw something that represents where you may be in the future. What are your big dreams and hopes for the future? “Next, go back to the Past area and add the names of two people not related to you who have influenced you to become the person you are today. Under Present, add the names of two people who are having an influence on the directional path your future takes or write the name of two people who you currently admire. In the Future area, write the names of two people you hope to influence someday through your words, actions, or accom-

Luck’s 2016 National Honor Society inductees were (L to R): Shannon Lane, Matthew Lane, Michael Delany, Billy Lipoff, Olivia Nielsen and Tasian Arjes.

Luck’s 2016 National Honor Society members are shown, front row (L to R): Morgan Pfaff, Tasian Arjes, Kerrigan Ekholm and Olivia Nielsen. Middle row: Maddie Joy, Logan Grey, Paige Runnels, Shannon Lane and Erin Engstrand. Back row: Emma Pedersen, Taylor Hawkins, Matthew Lane, Michael Delany, Billy Lipoff and Jacob Aguado. – Photos submitted plishments. “Finally, on the crease between your Past and your Present, write the name of one or two people you meant to thank for teaching you something in life or in school, but just never got around to saying it to them, and on the crease between the Present and the Future, write the names of one or two people who you hope will approach you someday to say thank you for something you taught them in life. “Now, when I give you the signal, take the paper off of your head and look at your work, but do not tell others what it says or what anything represents. Although others may not recognize what exactly you drew or whom you wrote down for names, you clearly know. These experiences and these people from your past and present have influenced you. You can pull out this piece of paper 10 or 20 years from now, and you will remember who made a difference in your life. “The strange thing is this … in school, we don’t grade you on your character, do we? The National Honor Society recognizes you for your scholarship, leadership, and service to your school and community. All those things can be measured with awards and number of hours, with pictures in the paper and by your grades. But, what really matters in life is what you have within you and how you use it to make a difference. “Have you ever sat and listened to a friend who was upset because their parents were fighting through a divorce? That’s character. Have you ever had the courage to admit when you were wrong

about something and did so in a humble way? That’s character. Have you ever stood up to someone who was making fun of someone with a disability, or better yet, made a friend with someone who has special needs? “That’s character. There are no letter grades to give for that. There are no questions on the ACT test for this, yet isn’t it interesting to know that character is the most important quality to have in life. “How do I know that? Let’s go back to the earlier five-question quiz and take a look. “You could have the fame and fortune of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the lead singer known as The Weeknd. You could have the distinction of being Sandra Day O’Connor, appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981 by President Reagan, or you could have the medical knowledge of Dr. Gholam Peyman who invented Lasik eye surgery. You might get an opportunity to wear a crown like Terry Anne Meeuwsen from DePere, Wis. “But none of these famous people will be remembered for their character except the person whose name is the answer to question No. 1, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa. Her biography is actually quite short, but her actions were so very memorable! “As you look at your drawing tonight or even 20 years from now, think about the word character. Think about what is really important to you. How have others influenced you and how will you make a difference in others’ lives. “Please, go make a difference!”

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Peace Lutheran Church to host motivational speaker

DRESSER - Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser invites the community to hear motivational speaker Bob Bardwell present “The Marathons of Life,” sharing his life experience of completing over 100 marathons in

his wheelchair. This program will be held Wednesday, March 30, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken. – submitted



Holy Trinity United Methodist Church of Balsam Lake/Centuria, hosted a Palm Sunday music fest on March 20. Invited to participate were UMC Circuit 04/05 church choirs and pastors representing the communities of Danbury, Webster, Siren, Lewis, Grantsburg, Atlas, Wolf Creek, St. Croix Falls, Balsam Lake/Centuria and Frederic. – Photos submitted

The United Methodist churches of Lewis, Siren, Grace in Webster, and Danbury decided that they would like to do a mission at the end of their Lenten study. They decided to pack boxes for our servicemen and women who are on deployment. They reached out to their fellow churchgoers and asked for donations of products, from toothbrushes and toothpaste to books, CDs, candy, cookies and much more. Each church also donated money for the postage. The people of the four churches got together on Wednesday, March 16, to pack the boxes and get them ready to ship. In all they packed 31 boxes. In each box was put a handwritten note along with the love and prayers of their combined congregations. – Photo submitted

Free clothing event at Peace Lutheran Church HOLY TRINITY UMC DRESSER - A free clothing event will be held on Monday, April 11, from 2-6 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 2355 Clark Road, Dresser. The event, sponsored by the church’s outreach ministry, features clothing suitable for spring and summer wear. The clothing is available to the general public at no cost. All items are clean and in

good condition, having been donated by members and friends of the Peace Lutheran congregation. The public is asked to please comply with the hours of the event and not arrive before 2 p.m. out of respect to the church staff and their working schedule. For more information, please call the church at 715-755-2515. – 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: 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. ••• 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: 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 an 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. ••• Grantsburg – Community Good Friday service at the Grantsburg High School March 25 at 7 p.m. ••• 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., break-

fast 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. ••• Siren – Bethany Lutheran Church will serve an Easter breakfast fundraiser Sunday, March 27, at 10 a.m. to help send youth to Luther Point Bible Camp. ••• 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. ••• Trade Lake – Trade Lake Baptist Church will be serving an Easter breakfast Sunday, March 27, at 9 a.m. with a freewill offering to fund youth activities, service will follow 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. •••

Plans are under way to build a new 110-capacity sanctuary on the north side of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church on CTH I between Balsam Lake and Centuria. The public entrance to the building will connect the new addition to the existing fellowship hall as noted in the architectural drawing. Anticipated ground breaking is in early May, with a mid-November completion date. – Photo submitted


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Mathilda Victoria “Tillie” Haus, 93, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016. Mathilda was born July 25, 1922, the last child of Nicholas and Bertha (Draeger) Haus. She spent the greater part of her life at her birthplace in Webb Lake, Wis. Tillie attended Webb Lake Grade School for eight years, then entered the workforce. She and her sister, Lucy, cleaned cabins at the local resorts for their income - Guy Johnson Resort, Iven Johnson Resort and Brooks Resort, to name a few. They also cleaned for private individuals in their off time. Tillie enjoyed many crafts such as stitching on gingham aprons, Swedish weaving, and in later years, plastic canvas. She was an avid reader, with Debbie Macomber being her favorite author. As the resort industry began declining, Tillie spent most of her time caring for her parents until their deaths and her sister, Lucy, until her death. Tillie was a founding member of the Webb Lake Community Club. In her later years, as it became more and more difficult for her to get around, she always found the energy to set up and get ready for the two rummage sales that were held there every year. These sales were also her shopping trips and she looked forward to them from the beginning to the end. Tillie was preceded in death by her loving parents, Nicholas and Bertha Haus; her brothers and sisters along with their wives and husbands: Albert, Edward (Mada), Bill (Esther), Lester (Florence), Leonard (Roselyn), Fritz (Marie), Rose (Otto), Rabe and Lucy; her nephew, Albert (Barbara); and niece, Fern (Richard) Goodell. Also preceding her in death were grandnephews, Tony Sweep and Albert Haus Jr., Ian Goodell and Dennis Wohlk; and great-grandnephews, Trevor and Travis Smith. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, great-grand-nieces and nephews, great-great-grand-nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. The memorial service honoring the life of Tillie Haus was conducted Wednesday, March 30, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Interment will be in Webb Lake Cemetery followed by a fellowship luncheon at the Webb Lake Community Center. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Ward, Bob Ward, Steve Ward and Jim Smith. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster. Online condolences may be made at

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Florence E. Smith, 78, Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, March 20, 2016, with her loving family at her side. Florence was born on Jan. 18, 1938, in Frederic, Wis., the daughter of Ervin and Lillian “Lucille” (Shull) Carlson. Florence was retired from the Polk County Special Education Center. Florence leaves to celebrate her memory her children, David (Brenda) Skow, Brad Skow, Shelly Skow, John Smith, Bill (Angie) Smith, Melvin (Sam) Smith, Jim (Laurel) Smith and Kathy Brihn; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Mike) Lener and Ruby Knutson; brother, Bill (Mickey) Knutson; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Lucille Carlson; her husband Raymond Smith, on Nov. 5, 2015; brothers, John Knutson and David Knutson; and her sister, Marion Doolittle. The funeral service for Florence was held Wednesday, March 23, at the Apple River Community Church in rural Amery. Pastor Justin Hosking and Pastor Bruce Tanner officiated the service. Florence will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Raymond, at a later date in the spring. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy Lucille Baker, 93, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and formerly of Centuria, Cushing and Osceola, Wis., passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Home in St. Croix Falls on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Dorothy Clark was born June 22, 1922, in Dresser, Wis., the daughter of Guy L. and Augusta H. (Vold) Clark. She married Louis Baker Jr. on July 14, 1946. Dorothy leaves to celebrate her memory her son, James Baker; grandson, Leon Baker; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Baker; sisters, Gertrude Pomeroy, June Dobbe and Janet Olson-Feder; and one brother, Lehman Clark. A memorial service for Dorothy will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Cushing. Dorothy’s family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family invites their guests to join them for lunch and fellowship following the service in the church social hall. She will be laid to rest at Cushing Cemetery following the service. Memorial preferred to the Cushing Cemetery or to the favorite charity of the gifter. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Joy J. DeNucci Joy J. DeNucci, 86, passed away on March 20, 2016, at Comforts of Home in Frederic, Wis., after a short battle with cancer. Joy was born on May 19, 1929, in Siren, Wis. Joy lived a full life of family and various employment opportunities. Joy spent many years residing in Cumberland where she was married to Martin DeNucci and raised three sons, Gary, Terry and Barry. Joy then worked for an underground cable company in Alaska followed by a move in 1976 to Wells, Minn., to work for Banquet Chicken and Wells Municipal Liquor for a number of years. Following her stop in Wells, Joy moved to Luck, Wis., in April of 1983 to assist in the business venture of her son, Gary, and daughter in-law, Ione, DeNucci’s 35 Villa. Joy lived in Luck until November 2009 when she moved into Comforts of Home in Frederic. To say Joy brought joy to others would be an understatement. Joy loved her family and friends more than life itself. Her greatest feeling was when she could put smiles on other faces. Joy was full of quirky one-liners that would make you stop and giggle. Right up to the end, she took great pride in helping with games and other activities with her fellow residents, attending family events and never missing her friends and family’s special occasions with a card and a phone call to make sure they got it. Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Marty, and her sons, Gary, Terry and Barry. Joy is survived by daughter in-law, Ione of Luck; her grandchildren, Daunte of Rice Lake, Christina of Rice Lake, Nicholas (Cassie) of Farmington, Mich., Brandon “Bear” (Cola) of Frederic, Cody “Coach” (Megan) of Osceola and Kasie (Colin) of Cushing; and five great-grandchildren, Courtney, Madison, Lillyan, Grayson and Waylon. A prayer service will be held for Joy at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic on Wednesday, March 30, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. A Celebration of Life luncheon will be served at Comforts of Home in Frederic following the church service. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Leona H. Wilkie Leona H. Wilkie, age 76, of Webster, Wis., passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Wilkie Sr.; children, Sheri Giesel, Gerald Wilkie Jr., Lewis Wilkie, Glen Thorne, Teresa Sund, Scott Thorne, Brian Thorne and Pam Schilling; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Siren Covenant Church, Siren, Wis., on Saturday, March 26. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. Please join the family for lunch following the service. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Ann Shirley (Konstant) Zach Ann Shirley (Konstant) Zach, 80, of the Town of Oakland, passed away March 19, 2016. Service arrangements are pending and are entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences at

Mark S. Johnson Mark S. Johnson, 59, Bismarck, N.D., died Thursday, March 17, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Turtle Lake, with Father Tom Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Leader.

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Anton M. Peterson Jr. Anton M. Peterson Jr., 89, of Webster, Wis., passed away March 20, 2016. Full Obit to follow. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at

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Louise Cora McKinley, 74, of Grantsburg, Wis., passed away on March 13, 2016, at the Burnett Medical Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg. Louise was born on June 14, 1941, in Frederic, Wis., to parents Ralph and Pauline (Gustafson) Olson. She attended and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1959. Louise then went on to attend Abbott Hospital School of Nursing where she obtained her degree in nursing and became an registered nurse at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. After graduating from college, Louise was united in marriage to David Allen McKinley on Nov. 17, 1962, at the Calvary Covenant Church in Grantsburg. The couple lived on Mudhen Lake in Siren, Wis., for six years and then in 1968, they moved to the Grantsburg area. Together, they raised their five children on the family farm. Louise enjoyed her work as an RN at the Burnett Medical Center, and after 42 years, she retired in 2009. D. Allen and Louise were longtime members of Calvary Covenant Church and Living Hope Church in Grantsburg. The couple is also very involved in Gideons and ReachAcross. Louise had a passion for literature and reading. She also enjoyed embroidery, decorating cakes, baking and canning, and above all else, she loved being a grandma. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed. Preceding Louise in death were her parents, Ralph and Pauline Olson; and brothers, Christ Olson and Jerry Olson. Louise is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, David Allen McKinley; children, Thomas McKinley, Paul (Ami) McKinley, Timothy McKinley, Colleen (David) Roberts and Eric (Lisa) McKinley; grandchildren, Jennifer, Mary, David, Rebekah, Rachel, Brian, Colin, Erin, Shawn, Vanessa (Dusty), Alison, Steven, Dylan, Stratton, Sterling, Kyle, Wendy, Susan, Nate, Hope and Anna; great-grandchildren, Carter, Bennett, Dossen and Maleah; brothers, Peter (Diana) Olson, Darrell (Janice) Olson, Donald (Bonnie) Olson, Richard (Janice) Olson, James (Marsha) Olson and Marvin Olson; sisters, Lenore Oberg, Ann Swenson, Barbara Olson and Shirley (Ben) Koerper; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg. Pastor Doug McConnell officiated the service. Pallbearers were Brian McKinley, Shawn McKinley, Steven McKinley, Kyle Roberts, Nate McKinley, Dustin Luke, Colin McKinley and David McKinley. Interment followed the service at Lakeview Mudhen Lake Cemetery.


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recently spent 20 minutes outside the grocery store visiting with a friend whom I hadn’t seen for a couple of years. When I asked her a question about her past, she looked puzzled but shrugged her shoulders, dismissed my inquiry and resumed our talk. We set a coffee date and went on our way. Imagine my utter embarrassment when I later realized I had been visiting, at length, with someone other than I thought. After Jesus rose from the grave, he met his disciples on the road to Emmaus, “But their eyes were restrained,

It’s OK to accept your shortcomings as a parent Q: Sometimes I feel like a complete failure as a parent. I try to be consistent with my kids, but there are days when I just don’t give them the attention they deserve, or have the patience with them that I should. I’m afraid that I’m going to mess things up and lose my connection with them by the time they’re grown. Jim: I know how you feel because I’ve been there, too! But that’s one reason I love this time of year. Spring is all about renewal. The warm weather is coming, the flowers are poking out of the dirt, and the days are getting longer. Of course, we also celebrate Easter, which for many people is all about God reaching down and offering humanity a second chance. As parents, we know that second chances are a part of everyday life. We struggle and strive to help our children do the right thing. But sometimes, they fall short of the mark. When that happens, it’s our job to help them get back up, dust themselves off and try again. Sometimes, if they’ve been disobedient, they might need appropriate correction to get them back on track. Other times, our kids simply need an arm around them and a word of encouragement to

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair so that they did not know him.” (Luke 24:16) He questioned them. Not recognizing Jesus, they told this “stranger” all about “the things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word ...” (verse 19) They told him about his crucifixion and how they had hoped he would save Israel from tyrannical rule. They also had hoped to

do better next time. Either way, it’s all about extending grace and forgiveness. Here’s the crazy thing: As Moms and Dads, you and I need that grace and forgiveness from our children. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Sometimes, maybe even much of the time, we make mistakes. We lose our temper. We fail to make time for our kids. We accuse them of something they didn’t do. Thankfully, children are resilient. If we’re honest and humble when we mess up, they’re more than happy to come running back into our arms and forgive us. Within a loving family, there is always room for second chances. And thirds. And fourths. ••• Q: I’m recently married. My husband and I are discovering (the hard way) that we deal with life stresses differently, and we’re struggling to understand each other. What can we do? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: Welcome to married life, and a reality check! Stress can often cause us to function in an out-of-balance mode where we end up operating in the extremes of our personalities. This perhaps occurs most often when we feel pressured. Research shows that men and women deal with stress differently. As a man’s stress level increases, his body produces

see him as proof of his resurrection. Only after long conversation with him, followed by the sharing of a meal with him, were their eyes opened and they saw him as the risen Christ. At times we also do not recognize Jesus. Like me with my friend or the disciples with a supposed stranger, we may not see him as the one who conquered death through his resurrection so we might have life with him now and forever. What blinds our eyes to his presence? Are we so busy we miss the love and mercy he gives us so generously each day, each moment? Do other people take his place in our thoughts and actions? Or do things? Or activities? Are we so busy we don’t have time for him?

Focus on the family Jim Daly more of the oxytocin hormone, which is further influenced by testosterone. These chemicals trigger a fight-orflight response. In other words, when stressed, men either act more aggressively or withdraw (we like to say “go into their cave”). Women also produce more oxytocin, but it’s coupled with estrogen and has a different result. When stressed, women tend to lean into relationships, either protectively nurturing their children or seeking out other female friends. Researchers have called this the “tend and befriend” response. Basically, these chemical reactions set men and women up to respond very differently during times of stress – the perfect combination for conflict. Women want to connect, while men may feel more ready to pick a fight or withdraw. Understanding that contrast can go a long way toward helping you find common ground. Note that sometimes gender differences can seem pretty stereotypical.

Recognition requires constant fellowship and trust. The disciples’ unmet expectations of Jesus as an earthly savior blinded their eyes to the one who is the eternal Savior. Once he opened their eyes to his supernatural presence, they recognized him as the risen and promised Christ, who would never let them down, who would bring them his perfect peace. Lord, thank you for being the risen Christ who offers us redemption from our sins and life everlasting. Cause us to recognize you as such through your word and Spirit each day. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

This scenario may look somewhat different in your marriage, but researchers have found it to occur in many relationships. How you respond to your spouse when they’re under stress has a direct impact on their behavior toward you, and, of course, vice versa. As we continue to understand how our mates are different, it allows us to love them more fully. If you’d like more ideas for ways to connect and thrive as a couple, check out our website at focusonthefamily. com. ••• 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 jimdalyblog. com or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Senior Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. NORTH VALLEY LUTHERAN Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN, (LCMS) WEBSTER Pastor Jody Walter Office: 715-866-7191; Parsonage: 715-866-4622 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. facebook/OurRedeemerWebster PEACE LUTHERAN - DRESSER (ELCA) 2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Rev. Alan Buresh Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9:35 a.m. PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Paul Peterson 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. REDEEMER EV. LUTHERAN (Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Timothy Blauret 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN (Wis. Synod) 350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN - LCMC 1614 CTH B, North Luck, 715-472-8190 Pastor Roger Kastelle Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.; 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.



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


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

GRACE UNITED METHODIST - WEBSTER 26503 Muskey Ave., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor, Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship - 10:30 a.m. HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m. LAKEVIEW UNITED - HERTEL Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST 3482 115th St., 715-866-8646 Rev. Eddie Crise, Sr. Pastor Rev. Thomas Cook, Assoc. Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m. OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275, 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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Students of the Week Frederic

Kendall Lillehaug has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Kendall is in fourth grade and the daughter of Rob and Carey Lillehaug. She plays many sports and enjoys reading, playing piano and playing with her family. Her favorite subjects are math, phy ed and music. She is an excellent leader during music, very polite and a great singer. In the future, she hopes to be a veterinarian or a reading teacher.

Hannah Schmidt has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Hannah is in eighth grade and the daughter of Troy and Becky Schmidt. She is a hard worker who earns excellent grades in her classes. She has a good sense of humor and is a leader in her class. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball and bell choir. When not in school, she likes watching movies and hanging out with her friends.


Claire Nelson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Claire is the daughter of Denise and Shane Nelson. She loves to read and spend time with her cat. She is a wonderful student who works hard and is a great helper. She is a wonderful friend to everyone in her class.

Mckenzie Christian has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Mckenzie is in seventh grade and the daughter of Sadie Simonsen, Carson Christian, Chelsey Chute and Jeremy Erickson. She is a student who is always ready for class and always willing to help a classmate when they need guidance. She is involved in band, choir, track and babysitting. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horse and coloring.


Tanner Brewster has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Tanner is a sophomore and the son of James Brewster and Natalie Brewster. He has made significant improvements in many areas. He is willing to spend extra time to be sure he understands the material. When not in school, he likes woodworking, minor construction and working on computers. He plans to work in the area of cabinetry in the future.

Meredith Thompson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Meredith is a sophomore and the daughter of Tom and Elsa Thompson. She is a fun student who participates in class. She is involved in drama club, VAC, forensics, mathlete, 4-H, solo and ensemble and golf. She enjoys drawing, writing, reading and playing with every dog she sees. She plans to work for Disney as an animator or write novels.

St. Croix Falls

Olivia Ellefson has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Olivia is in kindergarten and the daughter of Travis and Jenn Ellefson. She has a 12-year-old sister, Ashley. At school, her favorite activity is playing house with her friends. At home, she enjoys playing outside on her slide and in the sandbox. When she grows up, she would like to be a kindergarten teacher. She is a helpful and polite student.

Aiden Nieman has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Aiden is in sixth grade and the son of Sara and Dewey Nieman. He enjoys playing football and baseball. His favorite pastimes are playing with his brother, Alex, and playing games. His favorite subject is social studies, because it is interesting and awesome. He is a hardworking, pleasant student who shares great ideas in class.

Wren Smith has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Wren is a junior and the daughter of Bruce and Chrystina Smith of Dresser. She enjoys art and reading. She has been selected because of her improvements and excellence in her art and American literature classes.

Victoria Lauer is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Victoria is in seventh grade and the daughter of Pete and Joan Lauer. She is a thoughtful, compassionate person, the kind of individual that makes a classroom and school a better place. She is hardworking. Being detail oriented, her assignments portray astute precision. She has a natural curiosity that offers playfulness and creativity to all her work. She is active in band, choir and sports, especially basketball and softball.


Dylan Keim has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Dylan is in seventh grade. He strives to do his best on his academic work. He works hard and is proud of his accomplishments. He is willing to put in extra time to successfully complete projects and assignments. His favorite class is science. He played on the middle school basketball team. He enjoys going skateboarding with his older brother and hopes to be an architect some day.

Karlie Aberle has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Karlie is in pre-K and the daughter of Karl and Missie Aberle. She is a kind friend and enjoys being with her peers at school. She enjoys swimming at the Unity pool, playing with blocks and reading books.


Jacob Schwegman has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Jacob is in seventh grade and the son of Matt and Christine Schwegman. He was chosen because he is a hardworking student with a positive attitude.

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Chelsea Johnson has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Chelsea is in fifth grade and the daughter of James Johnson and Shellie Groess. She is always willing to try something new and will try her best at it. She gets along with all of her peers and is very kind and polite to everyone. She enjoys drawing, playing video games, watching YouTube and going outside.

Laurel Kannenberg is Siren High School’s student of the week. Laurel is a senior and the daughter of Juli and Gary Kennanberg. She is an energetic student who strives to do her very best. One of her best qualities is that she is always willing to lend a hand to help someone. Her favorite classes are chemistry and culinary arts. She enjoys being outdoors fishing and hunting. After graduation, she will be attending CVTC in Eau Claire to study cosmetology.


Electricity • Propane 1-800-421-0283 Destiny Cameron-Morgan has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Destiny is in first grade and the daughter of Kim Smith. She is always excited about learning. She is a hard worker and she gets along with all her classmates. She did a great job during Jump Rope for Heart and she hula-hooped for two minutes.

Max Gorkiewicz is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Max is a sophomore and the son of Max and Melissa Gorkiewicz. He has shown a strong work ethic in class. He is determined, focused and respectful. He faces challenges head-on. He has shown serious effort in being successful, setting goals and working to achieve them. He is involved in baseball. He would like to pursue baseball in the future or become a cop or work for the FBI.

Joseph Formanek has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Joey is a sophomore and the son of David and Robyn Formanek. He is a great student. He picks up concepts quickly and participates well in class. He always has a positive and helpful attitude. He is also known for his great dance steps. He is involved in band, NHS, Spirit of Excellence, leadership team, cross country, basketball and track. He enjoys fishing, hunting and trapping.

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

THURS. & fRi./24 & 25 Siren • Free live music at the Chattering Squirrel with Noah Burnett, 6 p.m., 715-349-8282.

THURSDAY/24 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

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

Events Coming


St. Croix Falls • Start of Living Well with Chronic Conditions 6-week workshop at medical center, 9:30 a.m.-noon. RSVP at ADRC, 877-485-2372.

SATURDAY/2 Danbury • Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.

Grantsburg • Rummage sale at the senior center, 8:30-11:30 a.m. • Legion Auxiliary rummage sale at the hall, 8-11 a.m. • Ducks Unlimited banquet at Hummer’s Rendezvous, 715-431-0362, for info/tickets.

Indian Creek

Northwest Passages In A New Light featured photo

• Easter egg hunt at the Legion Hall, 11 a.m.


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

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Lewis Luck


• Polk/Burnett Farmers Union to meet at Oakwood Inn, 11 a.m.

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



• Interfaith Caregivers & Webster Lions pancake breakfast & bake sale at the community center, 8-11 a.m.

• 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.

• Breakfast benefit & book sale at the community center, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-501-8488.

St. Croix Falls • 150th-anniversary celebration at First Presbyterian, 11 a.m., 715-483-3550.


West Sweden

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

• Taste of West Sweden Brunch at Grace Lutheran Church, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.



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


fRi. & SAT./25 & 26

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



• Sportsmen’s gun show at Trollhaugen. Fri. 3-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Clear Lake


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

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

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

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

SAT. & SUN./26 & 27 Dresser

“Running and running, but there’s nowhere left to hide, I’m running out of options. Do I give up, or do I try? I want to give up, I mean after all it’s easier that way; to be the victim, to live in shame. I set myself up, I really did. This is what I’m used to, it’s the only way I know how to live. I want to change, I want to be something new. I want to stop hiding and be who I am. Living in fear is not a good plan, I know it will stop me from being who I truly am. I run and I run, I find nowhere to hide. I’m going in circles, I swallow my pride. Giving up is easier, but trying is what I want to do; I want to be different, I want to be something new.” 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

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

• Northland Beekeepers monthly meeting at the government center, Room 16, 7 p.m.



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

Balsam Lake • Easter egg hunts, ages 9 & under 1 p.m., 21-plus 10 p.m. at Blacksmith Shop, 715-857-5679.

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

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

Siren • Kids Easter egg hunt & treats at the Moose Lodge, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-791-8185. • Pictures with the Easter Bunny & petting zoo at The Pet Store, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Easter egg hunt 3 p.m., 715349-5446.

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.

SUNDAY/27 Grantsburg • RSVP deadline for B.C. Tourism Coalition dinner gala and comedy show at Crex Convention Center on Tues., April 5. Limited seating,, 800-7883164.

Siren • 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.

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

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

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


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

THURS./31 fRi., APRiL 1 Webster

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

• 4-yr.-old Tiny Tiger & 5-year-old kindergarten registration at the school. Call for appoint., 715-866-8210.



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

WEDNESDAY/30 Dresser

fRi.-SUN./1-3 Grantsburg

• Wheelchair marathoner Bob Bardwell to speak at Peace Lutheran, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 715-755-2515.

• “Our Town” play at the high school. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.


fRi. & SAT./1 & 2

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

Rice Lake • Start Here - Finish Here open house for adults returning to college, at UWBC, 6-7:30 p.m. Regis. at kelli.

THURSDAY/31 Amery • 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. • League of Women Voters of the Upper St. Croix Valley meeting at the library, 6:30 p.m.

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

Amery • Spring home show at the ice arena. Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 715-268-8101,

Balsam Lake • Salvation Army disaster services volunteer training at the justice center. Preregister at 715-485-9280.

Luck • The Spring Show at the school, 7:30 p.m., lucksd.k12.

Siren • PFCT’s “Robin Hood” at the school, 7 p.m., 715-3497392.

fRiDAY/1 Falun • Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Luck • “Moby Dick” movie at the Luck Museum, 7 p.m.

Siren • Pre-K & kindergarten registration at the school. For appointments, 715-349-2278, ext. 101. • Mini Copeland Head Start open house, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • RSVP deadline for a community health forum at the government center on Fri., April 15, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-349-7600, ext. 1230.

Dresser • RSVP deadline for Thrivent Economic Update & Social Security info on April 7 at Trollhaugen, 715-4728107.

Grantsburg • Grief support group 6-week session at the medical center begins. 1-2:30 p.m. RSVP at 715-635-9077.

Luck • Indianhead Gem & Mineral Society meeting at the senior center, 6:30 p.m., 715-497-7517.

TUESDAY/5 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640

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

Grantsburg • Kindergarten registration at Nelson Primary School, 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., 715-463-2320.

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

Osceola • Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557. • Living with Diabetes seminar at the medical center, 6:30 p.m. Regis. at 715-294-4936 or

Rice Lake • Communiversity Symphonic Band concert at UWBC, 7 p.m., 715-458-4803.

WED.-SUN./6-10 Rice Lake • “The Tragedy of Macbeth” TeensOnStage production at Northern Star Theatre. Wed.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-736-4444.

WEDNESDAY/6 Amery • Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the community center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.

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

Webster • Fall prevention workshop at Grace United Methodist, 9-11 a.m., 877-485-2372, Carrie.

THURS. & fRi./7 & 8 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

THURSDAY/7 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640. • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

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Leader | March 23 | 2016