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• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 29 • 2 SECTIONS

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Legion post reaches out to younger veterans Meet and greet this Saturday PAGE 27 Readership 13,000



Required remediation Parents should take responsibility for their child’s lack of success PAGE 6

Fatal crash off Hwy. 46 21-year-old Boyceville man loses control at high rate of speed PAGE 3

Ten years federal prison Man who robbed banks at Danbury, two other locations, sentenced PAGE 3




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Search warrants yield four arrests A tree in Webster brings spring cheer. The homeowners are using their tree as a place to display items that had to be removed from the cemetery. – Photo by Becky Strabel

FIRST READ STATEWIDE - Poverty is on the rise in Wisconsin, according to a new analysis from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Applied Population Laboratory. In 2014, the most recent data in the study, the poverty rate reached 13 percent, the highest since 1984. The rate increased 20 percent in just five years between 2010 and 2014. Malia Jones, a social epidemiologist at the UW laboratory, said wage inequality is a likely driving force causing poverty rates to go up. “Even though we’re seeing the economy expand overall, we are not seeing big improvements in the lower end,” she said. While 13 percent of state residents live in poverty, Wisconsin’s child poverty rate grew to 18 percent. Jones said food and housing assistance are important indicators for youth living below the poverty line. “Kids who live in poverty, having that exposure early in life, it can produce changes in brain development and behavior,” she said. The data showed strong racial disparities as well. While the poverty rate for whites was 11 percent, the rate for blacks was 39 percent and 28 percent for Latinos. “In Wisconsin, the gap between blacks and whites in terms of poverty rates is the 49th worst in the nation,” Jones said. Jones said solving Wisconsin’s poverty problem will take serious economic growth, especially on the lower end of the wage spectrum. The researchers used U.S. Census data to compare five-year periods of 2005 to 2009 to 2010 to 2014. About 738,000 Wisconsinites were living in poverty in 2014 compared to 605,000 in the previous five-year period. None of the state’s 72 counties saw a significant decrease in povery. - Parth Shah | WPR News ••• GRANTSBURG - Find answers to voter questions at a voter clinic Tuesday, March 15, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg. County clerk Wanda Hinrichs and Grantsburg Village clerk Jennifer Zeiler will talk about the Wisconsin voter photo ID law and what documents you need to register to vote, vote at the polls and how to get a free photo ID. Watch videos on what to expect at the polls and practice voting on an electronic kiosk or on paper ballots. Burnett County residents can register to vote at the clinic by bringing a photo ID and a proof-of-residency document such as a payroll stub, bank institution statement or utility bill with their current name and address. Refreshments provided. The Crex Convention Center is located at 429 Hwy. 70, Grantsburg. This clinic was organized by the League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley. For more information about the Wisconsin League of Women Voters go to or find them on Facebook. – submitted

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ST. CROIX RIVER COUNTRY - St. Croix 360 is proud to premiere a one-of-a-kind poster designed by Minnesota artist Wade Wenzel, celebrating the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The poster is now available on the See America Project website, and each purchase will support river conservation, The “See the St. Croix” poster features a sturgeon, a living fossil, 100 years old, the species 200 million years old, a conservation success story; clean waters, shimmering and crystal clear on hot August days, when boaters floating over shallow water might spy a sturgeon below; and its geology, in the cobblestones, forged by volcanoes, carried by glaciers and floods. The poster’s creator is a Minnesota illustrator and graphic designer who “enjoys creating things, paddling, and daydreaming of one while doing the other.” Wenzel graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 1998 and frequently canoes, kayaks and fishes the St. Croix. “The river is still so great because of people and groups that work to protect it,” says Wenzel. “That’s why we’re trying to help the St. Croix River Association keep doing what it’s doing.” Two dollars from every purchase will be donated to the organization. Posters are available in two sizes and framed or unframed. Each poster is hand printed in Los Angeles. Matte paper and high-quality inks make for a vibrant image. “Wade really captured the St. Croix River’s magic in this design,” says St. Croix 360 editor Greg Seitz. “It’s modern in appearance but it has an ancient feeling that the river often brings out.” See America is a “a crowd-sourced art campaign, enlisting artists from all 50 states to create a collection of artwork celebrating our national parks and other treasured sites.” It harkens back to a Great Depression-era program to hire artists to showcase America’s natural wonders. It is a partnership between the Creative Action Network and the National Parks Conservation Association. - from SCRA

SUPERIOR - The University of Wisconsin - Superior has named Dr. Dean Yohnk as the dean of faculties and graduate studies. Yohnk will be joining the UW-Superior community as the new dean of faculties and graduate studies beginning July 1, 2016. Yohnk has significant experience in both the UW System and at Viterbo University in La Crosse. He will arrive on campus May 2. Since 2013, Yohnk has served as the dean and CEO at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake. Under his leadership, UWBC has significantly increased stuDr. Dean Yohnk dent enrollments through proactive student retention initiatives, innovative high school Youth Options programming, the creation of a thriving international student program, and the development of the school’s successful new Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in collaboration with UW-Superior and five other UW comprehensive campus partners. He assisted the UWBC Foundation in fundraising over $300,000 for student scholarships and professional development funds for faculty and staff. The University of Wisconsin - Superior is a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution of more than 2,600 students in the Duluth-Superior metro area. - with information from UW-Superior

“TREASURE ISLAND” IN REHEARSAL ST. CROIX FALLS - Rehearsals are under way for Festival Theatre’s first Youth and Family Series show of 2016, “Treasure Island.” The cast, which features 11 local youth actors alongside a guest artist, has been working hard to get the show ready for the Friday, March 11, opening performance. Directed by interim artistic director Andrew Bradford Benson, “Treasure Island” follows the story of Jim Hawkins and his journey through pirates and peril to find buried treasure. The youth cast has been incredible to work with for Abi Leveille, the guest artist who is playing Auntie Nan in the show. “They’re such a fun group to work with. Rehearsals are a riot and the show just gets better with each day. These youths are so dedicated to their work, I can’t wait for everyone to see all their hard work pay off.” Preview night is Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at, emailing festivaltheatreboxoffice@ or by calling the box office at 715-483-3387. Festival Theatre has been transplanted to the Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, across the street from Tangen Drug Store.

The cast of Treasure Island. Pictured back row (L to R): North Hinze, Jerry Eisen, Journie Rosenow, Morgan Johnson and Leveille. Middle: Cade Anderson, Gideon Schmidt, Alexis Slater and Brecken Styles. Front: Viktor Knigge, Olivia Dodge and Ella Anderson. - Photo submitted

WEBSTER HIGH SCHOOL TO PRESENT MUSICAL WEBSTER - The Webster High School will present “Seussical the Musical,” based on the works of Dr. Seuss, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m., and there will be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. – Photo submitted

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“CINDERELLA” COMES TO FREDERIC FREDERIC - Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical “Cinderella,” with two professional actors and over 60 local talents, will be held Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 6:30 p.m., at the Frederic Elementary School. You know the story, but you’ve never seen it done like this before. For one thing, it’s set in the ‘50s. It’s got a lot of the “tunes” from back then along with original musical numbers and an original script from playwriting duo Daniel Nordquist and Deborah Pick. “Cinderella” is being sponsored by Frederic Community Education. You can get your tickets at the door. Frederic Elementary School is located at 305 Birch St. E. For more information, contact Frederic Community Education at 715-327-4868, ext. 1117. – Photo submitted

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MADISON - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year a number of Wisconsin domestic violence shelters and service providers are using a relatively new method to connect with teens who are experiencing dating abuse – texting helplines. In the last year, five agencies have added texting helplines. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the statewide coalition of local domestic violence service providers, estimates that about 10 programs currently have the service.“Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is an especially appropriate time to recognize the enhanced efforts domestic violence advocates have made to help young people who are victims of dating violence,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “Teen dating violence is unbelievably common, with one in three teens experiencing dating abuse at some point in their early years. Connecting with these teens and interrupting the cycle of violence is a positive step advocates can take to build a more peaceful future.” Katie Bement, of TimeOut, which serves Rusk, Price and Washburn counties in northern Wisconsin, believes her agency made the right move when establishing a texting helpline a few month ago, and she expects more organizations will add the service. “Based on our experiences, I think texting hotlines will become a more and more common way to respond to the needs of survivors across the state.” The text line is 715532-3640. — from TimeOut

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Diane Odeen announces candidacy for state senate River Falls City Council member seeks seat held by Sen. Harsdorf RIVER FALLS - Diane Odeen has announced her candidacy for the 10th state Senate District. “I’m running for state Senate because western Wisconsin deserves better than what we’ve been getting from our elected officials in Madison,” said Odeen. “Wisconsin families deserve a fair shake and the opportunity to build a better life. Unfortunately, the decisions coming out of Madison have made that harder for far too many people.” “As a community advocate, practicing attorney and mother, I’ve spent my life working with and on behalf of hardworking people. I’ll take that same approach in my campaign for the state

Diane Odeen - Photo submitted Senate by standing up to Gov. Walker, Sen. Harsdorf, and the other politicians

in Madison who have failed to address the needs of our communities. By coming together, we can reinvest in our schools, tackle the student debt crisis, reverse the Madison assault on local control, and ensure that our small-business owners and entrepreneurs have the infrastructure they need to succeed.” Odeen’s Wisconsin roots run deep. She grew up on a dairy farm near Black River Falls where her family has lived since the 1850s. In 1992, she and her husband, Michael, moved to River Falls where they raised their two daughters. On the River Falls City Council since 2013, Odeen has been a community leader for years. An attorney in private practice, she serves as vice chair of FORWARD: The River Falls Public Schools Education Foundation, co-founded the River Falls Community Theatre, is a past president of the River Falls Rotary Club and is an active member of her church.

“Like Wisconsinites everywhere, Diane loves our state and takes pride in its traditions of public service, volunteerism, hard work and community,” reads a statement released by Odeen’s office. “Diane is running as a Democrat. Her experience on the city council has convinced her that communities are best served when both parties work together toward shared values like access to quality education and economic opportunities, local control and protection of natural resources, and a strong physical and telecom infrastructure entrepreneurs and business owners need to keep our economy growing.” Learn more about Odeen at The 10th Senate District includes all or parts of St. Croix, Polk, Burnett, Dunn and Pierce counties. - from the campaign of Diane Odeen

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RICE LAKE - Joe Huftel, Rice Lake, has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 75th Assembly District seat. On Nov. 8, all 99 Assembly districts are up for election. Huftel said he is running for the 75th District to restore the voice of Northwest Wisconsin residents in the state Capitol. “One-party control of Wisconsin politics has hurt our economy, our schools, our children and those seeking additional postsecondary training. It has eroded the safeguards that protect our clean air and waterways and stripped local control away from town boards, city and village councils and county government,” said Huftel, who will be running as a Democrat. In January, Huftel retired after 10 years as vice president and campus administrator for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Huftel has worked for more than 30 years in the public sector, the majority of that time in the field of K-12 and technical college educational administration,

Joe Huftel which include stints as a high school principal and assistant principal. “Throughout my career I’ve worked

hard and never shied away from taking on new leadership responsibilities. Now, my friends, neighbors and co-workers have once again asked me to step up and put my leadership skills to work. I will not let them down.” A native of Menomonie, Huftel has been active in New Richmond and Rice Lake Rotary clubs. He serves on the Rotary District 5960 Youth Exchange Foundation Board, is a member of the Rice Lake Elks Lodge and Walleyes for Tomorrow. Huftel previously served on the Rice Lake International Friendship Association’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Rice Lake Lions Club and Rice Lake Curling Club. The 75th Assembly District includes all of Barron County, individual towns in Burnett, Dunn, St. Croix and Polk counties, and 10 towns in southern Washburn County. — with information from Joe Huftel

One-vehicle crash is fatal for Boyceville man Driver loses control at high rate of speed, strikes trees Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – A 21-year-old Boyceville man perished in a single-vehicle crash sometime after midnight on Saturday, Feb. 27, south of Amery on Hwy. 46, just north of 35th Avenue in the Town of Black Brook. Chazz L. Hiben, 21, Boyceville, was extricated from the vehicle but was pronounced dead on the Chazz L. Hiben scene. His vehicle was reportedly upside down in the ditch when the accident was called in to 911 at around 3 a.m. The first officer on the scene noticed a small fire inside the vehicle, and was able to extinguish the blaze, prior to fire and EMS teams’ arrival a short time later.

The vehicle driven by Chazz L. Hiben, 21, of Boyceville. – Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

Authorities were unable to revive Hiben, and the Polk County medical examiner pronounced him dead on the scene. Hiben’s death is the third fatal crash in Polk County for 2016. The initial accident report suggests that Hiben was driving “at a very high rate of speed” while northbound on Hwy. 46 in his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He apparently lost control, and the vehicle rotated

counterclockwise, entering the west ditch and tripping upside down before striking several trees and finally coming to rest. Hiben was not ejected from the vehicle, but it was unclear if he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. “Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in this crash,” stated Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson, adding that the investigation into the crash

continues. At the time of the crash, Hiben was on probation in St. Croix County after a September 2015 sentencing on a felony drug conviction, where he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possession with intent to deliver a non-narcotic substance, avoiding a jury trial. He initially faced five felony counts of drug possession and dealing that including LSD, marijuana and designer drugs. His jail sentence was stayed, but he was placed on probation for three years, with conditions that included absolute sobriety. Hiben was a 2013 Boyceville High School graduate, planning to attend UWRiver Falls in the coming months. His funeral services will be at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 5, at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, with arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City. Agencies involved on the scene and with the investigation includes the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Amery Fire, Amery Police and EMS, as well as the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ten years federal prison for bank robbery MADISON – A Rice Lake man was sentenced Feb. 23 to 10 years in federal prison for the 2014 armed robberies of banks in Danbury, Stone Lake and Rice Lake. Ricky White, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 128 months, followed by three years of supervised release. Ricky White White pleaded

guilty last fall to robbing the Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake and Bremer Bank in Danbury. He was involved with two other individuals – Jesse Sweeter, 21 and Kyle Langner, 24, both of Rice Lake – in the robberies. The robberies were as follows: • May 2, 2014, Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake was robbed by White and Sweeter, who were both armed. Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle. • May 28, 2014, Bremer Bank in Danbury was robbed by White, who was armed. Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle. • July 16, 2014, Sterling Bank in Rice

Lake was robbed by Sweeter, who was armed. On July 24, 2015, Sweeter was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his role in the Shell Lake State Bank and Sterling Bank robberies. On Jan. 6, 2016, Langner was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his participation in the robbery of Shell Lake State Bank and Bremer Bank. White’s sentence consisted of 44 months imprisonment for the bank robberies and a consecutive seven years imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the Bremer Bank robbery. Additionally, the 44-month federal sentence will run con-

currently to a six-year sentence White is currently serving in state prison after being convicted of robbing a gas station in Eau Claire. White was also ordered to pay $14,171 in restitution. The conviction of White is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Barron, Burnett, Sawyer, Chippewa and Washburn County sheriff’s departments and the Rice Lake and Eau Claire police departments. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie S. Pfluger and Timothy M. O’Shea. - Gary King with information from U.S. Attorney’s office


Board recognizes school staff for receiving Title I Recognition Award

Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg School Board President David Dahlberg extended the board’s congratulations to the Grantsburg Elementary School Staff for earning the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Award as a Beating-theOdds School. Dahlberg read the following prepared statement to GES Principal Ibby Olson and several members of the elementary staff present at the meeting. “The Grantsburg School Board would like to congratulate the GES staff for earning the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Award as a Beating-the-Odds School! “GES is in the top 25 percent of high– poverty schools in the state, and GES has an above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels. GES is a schoolwide Title I school, and this award reflects the hard work of all the elementary teachers and support staff. We are proud of this accomplishment and appreciate the way that you collaborate and work together on behalf of Grantsburg youth. “The recognition award ceremony with the state superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers in Madison is on March 14 in the state Capitol rotunda. GES will receive a plaque recognizing its accomplishment and an award logo to use for its communications. There is also a reception at the Monona Terrace Convention Center where GES staff will have their photo taken with Evers, have brunch and attend professional development sessions. “Congratulations on behalf of the Grantsburg School Board!”

Medical condition may have contributed to bizarre crash Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - A medical emergency may have been behind a strange crash that occurred just north of Unity High School last Friday, Feb. 26, shortly after 2 p.m. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the crash ended with the car striking a grove of trees at near highway speeds. The driver suffered only minor injuries Jason Wendelboe and was released from the hospital shortly after the crash. Jason E. Wendelboe, 47, Frederic, was driving a 2000 Ford Focus sedan south-

Over a two-day period, police make multiple DUI arrests Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Members of Polk County’s law enforcement community made no less than three arrests of men for their second, third or fourth incidents of driving while intoxicated, including two unrelated arrests alone on the evening of Friday, Feb. 19. Joel Ramirez, 53, Amery, was arrested Joel Ramirez for his third DUI on the evening of Feb. 19 in Amery, after reports of his van swerving all over the road downtown. Ramirez was stopped by Amery Police just before 10 p.m., and the officers noted clear signs of his intoxication, although language barriers existed when it came

Grantsburg School Board President Dave Dahlberg held up the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Award Grantsburg Elementary School recently received as he congratulated GES Principal Ibby Olson and staff members, Title I reading specialists Patricia Bergman and Dana Morrin. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer.

Grantsburg Middle School student Hanne Johnson gave her conservation speech to the board. Johnson, who won at the regional contest, will compete at the state level next month.

In other board business Grantsburg Middle School student Hanne Johnson gave her conservation speech to the board. “Thanks for having me,” quipped the sixth-grader. “It’s good practice for me.” Johnson, who won at the regional contest, will compete at the state level next month. Board member Russ Erickson reported on the Grantsburg Rotary project to purchase and install an LED sign in Grantsburg. Erickson said a sign committee has been formed, and members are very en-

thusiastic about making the project happen with a target completion of August 2016. Erickson said the committee has already looked at several sites for the sign and determined the most visible location is where the present school sign now sits. “It will be a real asset to the community,” commented Erickson, who went on to say though the sign will largely display school events, it would also be available for advertising community events. Several businesses and organizations have already pledged sizable donations, and fundraisers are also being planned for the estimated $30,000 project. The school district has also pledged to contribute to the project. After installation, the school will assume maintenance of the new LED sign. The board also approved several upgrades and repairs to district buildings at

the meeting. The board awarded the bid for LED fixture replacements at Grantsburg Middle School art and social studies classrooms to Maurer Power for a total cost of $9,110. Maurer Power was also awarded the bid for a cost of $14,398 for LED fixture replacements in areas at the high school including the mezzanine, boys locker room, girls locker room, custodial office/ boiler room and grounds crew maintenance garage. A bid for repairs needed to exterior bricks at the high school was awarded to American Masonry for a total bid of $12,875. Mark Harmon was awarded the bid for floor tile replacement in the high school family and consumer science rooms, which includes the cooking lab, sewing lab and laundry/storage room for $8,018.69.

Crash leads to arrest later

bound on Hwy. 46, north of Unity High School, when he suddenly veered over the centerline, across the oncoming lane of traffic and into the opposite ditch, coming to rest about a third of a mile north of the intersection with 200th Avenue. “He drove off the road into the trees,” Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson stated, noting that Wendelboe believes he may have blacked out from a seizure, which the crash report noted as a preliminary cause of the crash. That crash report also notes that neither alcohol nor drugs were present, and Wendelboe was wearing his seat belt at the time, with an air bag deployed. He suffered only minor injuries, but was transported to a hospital for observation and possible treatment. Wendelboe was the lone occupant of the car, which was totaled from the collision with trees. However, while the details of the crash remain unclear, Wendelboe was also the subject of an active warrant for stalking

and several alleged bond violations involving knowingly violating a restraining order. As Johnson noted, the PCSD had sought Wendelboe out earlier in the week on allegations that he had had continually violated no-contact orders with a woman whom he had been under a court order not to have any contact. According to the probable cause report originally filed by the PCSD, four days prior to the Unity crash, Wendelboe had allegedly been texting or trying make contact with the victim no less than 487 times since mid-November 2105. He was also under strict court orders for absolute sobriety, and was not to possess or consume alcohol, while a number of the texts presented as evidence had references to him drinking. Wendelboe was taken into custody shortly after being released from the hospital on Friday, although the details on his initial arrest are unclear. However, on Tuesday, March 1, the

“He drove off the road into the trees.” - Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson

Polk County District Attorney’s Office filed official charges of felony stalking, on top of five misdemeanor charges of bail jumping, for the noted no-contact order violations. Wendelboe is scheduled to appear before Judge Jeffrey Anderson on April 26 for a pretrial hearing on the previous bail jumping, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, violating restraining orders and other bond violations. Wendelboe had a warrant for his arrest issued just prior to press time on the finalized felony charge, as well as the bond violations.

Second, third and fourth DUI arrests to field sobriety testing. Ramirez was taken into custody and placed under arrest for DUI, third offense, and appeared before a judge last week, where they noted the language barrier was too much to overcome, meaning his next hearing will include an interpreter. That hearing was set for March 21. ••• Polk County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a report of a man driving an SUV that had slid out of control and struck a bridge over the Apple River, off CTH E/80th Street. The truck was stuck beside the bridge, Michael C. Murphy with the driver continuing to try to get the SUV unstuck to leave the scene. The driver was identified as Michael C. Murphy, 50, Turtle Lake. He admitted to being the driver of the truck, and said he hit a patch of ice on the bridge, which led

to him striking the side and sliding into the ditch, where he became stuck. Murphy registered a .136 blood alcohol concentration, over the legal limit of .08 percent. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI, fourth offense, after previous convictions going back to 1992 in California, as well as another conviction four years later, in 1996. His most recent arrest was in 2012 in Wisconsin, which led to amended charges in the criminal complaint, as the two California DUIs were apparently too long ago to be counted against him. Murphy appeared in court on Monday, Feb. 22, where they set a $1,500 signature bond and an April 22 hearing. Murphy has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which is now for a DUI, second offense. ••• Two days later, on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 21, PCSD deputies were called to respond to reports of a person doing burnouts and driving erratically with a pickup truck in Centuria. When the deputy went to the scene, the person was gone, but was possibly headed toward Osceola, as they had the

truck plate number and it came back to Branden Warner, 35, Osceola. The deputy spotted Warner’s truck a short time later, just outside of St. Croix Falls, going into a tavern. When confronted, the deputy noticed Branden Warner the driver showed evidence of intoxication. Warner admitted being the person who was doing the burnouts, and said he had just bought the truck and was “testing its power.” Warner was given field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody and arrested for DUI, fourth offense. He appeared before a judge on Monday, Feb. 22, where he was officially charged with misdemeanor DUI, to which he pleaded not guilty and had a $2,000 signature bond set. His next court appearance was scheduled for April 22.


SCF School Board considers future of focus program

BARR program yielding noted benefits for students

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS - The St. Croix Falls Board of Education entertained a brief presentation during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, focusing on a midyear, early 2015-2016 school year, assessment of the so-called BARR Program by Spanish teacher Sharlene Prinsen, who gave a report on the program designed to increase academic growth for high school students, and reduce the number of failed classes by high school students. The program is based on U.S. Department of Education standards and stands for Building Assets Reducing Risks. It is now in its second year of implementation, as part of a three-year grant partially funded by the Hazelden Foundation. Prinsen pointed out the positives of the program, which so far has shown solid improvement in several categories from the program, especially in the number of failed courses by freshmen, where they have seen a slight reduction in the percentage of all freshmen who have failed at least one course, going down from 18.7 percent for the three years prior to the BARR program, to 16.9 in the first year and 15 percent this year for the first semesters. The BARR program uses mentoring and a variety of other ways to focus on studies for students who may have otherwise had higher class failure rates. They saw similar results in freshmen who failed two or more courses, as well as a similar reduction in the general class failure rates for all freshmen. Prinsen said they saw similar results for sophomores in the respective first semesters of the results, but admitted they may have work to do for second semester class failures, for both freshmen and sophomores, although they won’t have comparable results until the second semester. Prinsen also noted several aspects of the program worth celebrating, including team-building exercises and first school day activities mean to address things like physical activities and social exercises and opportunities to get to know teachers better, for guidance and mentoring. She said that overwhelmingly the students have called it a great or good way to start the year and their high school careers. Also noted were programs to focus on respect, for themselves, others and in general, as well as a career day on Feb. 12 that included five tours of local businesses and industries. Prinsen also noted improvements made in the school districts high school mental-health screenings and how they have seen steady rises in the number of students who have received on-site services for the program since it first started in the 2014-2015 school year. “I believe the BARR program has also yielded definite financial gains for the district,” Prinsen said, pointing to a suggestion that the board to consider allocating a line item in future budgets for the program, especially since next school year will be the last of the Hazelden grant.

Rural Cushing sweep yields meth, weed, guns and stolen property Greg Marsten | Staff writer CUSHING - A search warrant meant to look for possible stolen property ended up bringing about multiple arrests at a Cushing home on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 26. According to the probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the search warrant ended up bringing about arrests for four people: Donna Hoff, 39; Ronald Hoff, 49; Eugene Roatch, 32, and Michael Roatch, 52, all of them residing at the same property in rural Cushing. The search warrant was originality in regard to a report that Michael Roatch had traded marijuana for a stolen TV.

St. Croix Falls High School junior Sam McKinven gave the school board an update and comments on the success of the combined St. Croix Falls/Unity high school soccer program last fall, which drew 25 students to play. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Last week, St. Croix Falls School District Administrator Mark Burandt presented high school secretary Terry Anderson with an achievement award for her service. She also pointed to other ways the district is approaching ways to encourage and assist students who may have issues outside the school that affects their schoolwork, ranging from tutoring and homework assistance to mental-health evaluations and literacy. In a twist of sorts, the board later approved Prinsen’s resignation at the end of the school year, leading to discussion on BARR program leadership for the future. “I believe we’re very cognizant of the good results of the BARR program,” district Administrator Mark Burandt noted as the board accepted her resignation. The board took no action on plans to fill Prinsen’s vacancy next year, but will address the issue at future meetings.

In other board business: • Board member Dr. Steve Bont gave the board a brief update on the pending improvements at the school’s football field, which will include a new concession stand and rest-room building, as well as some restoration of the old stone walls and features of the historic 1939 football park. Bont also pointed out the way the city is dovetailing their Vincent Street and

Maple Street road and infrastructure project with the school’s football field work, and how they plan to incorporate welcoming signage as people enter the city. “(The city) is making that area in front of the football field the gateway to St. Croix Falls,” Bont said, noting the plan is to make the future gateway marker match the historic stonework. Bont said they are hoping to break ground on the project no later than early May, and how the road project will also include new water and sewer hook-ups for the new building, which is being constructed with private funds only. “Our goal is to not spend one penny of school district money for the building,” Bont assured. “Except for asbestos testing.” Bont said the directional boring needed to go under the historic stone walls may cost close to $20,000 alone, to bring new water and sewer to the facility. He said they were hoping to get a grant to assist with those costs, and how they have applied for three grants for the project, which otherwise is being funded entirely by donations and fundraising by athletic boosters. • Burandt presented two achievement

Search warrants yield four arrests

Donna Hoff

Ronald Hoff

Roatch is a convicted felon from a 1989 case of drug dealing in Burnett County. Because of that conviction, he is not to have firearms, of which they found 11 in total, with matching ammunition. Michael Roatch is the owner of the home in question, and the sweep also yielded 85 grams of marijuana with equipment to sell the drugs, as well as the stolen TV in question. Michael Roatch was charged with fel-

Eugene Roatch

Michael Roatch

ony possession of a firearm, as well as a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He also has a misdemeanor receiving stolen property charge. He appeared before a judge on Monday, Feb. 29, where he had a $1,500 cash bond set, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday, March 4. Also charged in the search warrant sweep was Eugene Roatch, who admitted to having methamphetamine and

awards, one to high school secretary Terry Anderson for her service, as well as an award to board President Roni Schuler. • There was a presentation on the cooperative boys soccer program at the high school level, where the school combines with Unity High School. The soccer program had 16 St. Croix Falls students on the team of 25, which shared their practice time between the two districts, but held all matches at Unity. The program had 18 games scheduled, with two cancellations last fall. Ten of those games were with high school teams in the WIAA’s Middle Border Conference. It was noted that the MBC can add one more team, which led board member Brent McCurdy to ask if the soccer update “was a celebration or asking for the district to officially have a WIAA team.” Parents in attendance called the update a celebration, but also pointed to high-participation rates, and how it drew a strong camaraderie between the two districts students. “We played for the name on the front of the jersey, not (the name) on the back,” student Sam McKinven said. The update also noted how they may allow girls to play on the boys team next season, as they have not been able to draw enough girls to field a full squad. Girls soccer generally runs in the spring, opposite of the boys teams, so they can utilize the same facilities and equipment. • The board also approved the resignation of high school varsity volleyball coach Amanda Keopple. • Several previously discussed changes to the school policy were also discussed and had second readings. • The board approved changing the dates of the school play, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” to May 6-8, which includes a Sunday show.

paraphernalia in his room. That led to felony meth possession charge, as well as felony bail jumping and a misdemeanor paraphernalia possession charge. Eugene Roatch appeared before a judge on Monday, Feb. 29, where he had a $10,000 signature bond set and a similar preliminary hearing on March 4. Two others were arrested in the sweep, including Donna and Ronald Hoff, who allegedly had meth and paraphernalia in their room at the Roatch home. Both Ronald and Donna Hoff were charged with identical felony meth possession, as well as misdemeanor paraphernalia possession. Both Donna and Ronald Hoff appeared in court on Monday, Feb. 29, where the judge set $2,500 signature bonds and preliminary hearings on March 21.


Parents should take responsibility for their child’s lack of success Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - Holding parents, as well as their children, accountable for working to their full potential at school can mean the difference between success and failure, but can also ruffle some feathers. Traditionally, said Luck School Superintendent Chris Schultz at the Tuesday, March 1, meeting of the school board, the students who really need extra help and practice tend to be the ones that don’t or can’t take advantage of opportunities that have been offered, such as tutoring. If these students are unable to understand what the teacher is saying, Schultz said, they have nothing to build on when the teacher moves to more complex concepts. Gaps in understanding start to show as early as third grade, and are usually well-pronounced by sixth grade. As the gaps start to show, said Schultz, parents need to be required to make a decision. Either they choose to let their child continue to struggle and eventually fail, or they choose to make their child take the additional help that is available. Those parents that choose not to have their child do the extra work, Schultz said, should be required to sign a statement saying they understand their child needs help and what the consequences will be if that help is not taken. “We need to be intentional about this,” he said. “We need to say it’s not OK for a kid to fall below. We can be firm and caring at the same time.” Schultz provided he board with some history, saying that the Supreme Court in the 1970s said that students must be allowed to fail. This, he said, changed education, and we now have a second generation of families that have failed. Right now, he said, there are funds to provide after-school help in math for one hour a day, two days a week. “The truth is,” he said, “you can’t get more learning without more work.” Schultz said he wants the principals to have the support of the school board in going to parents of struggling learners and “force the parents to make the call.” That way, he said, no parent can come back later and say they didn’t understand the consequences their child

Rural Luck man extricated, airlifted from scene in Cushing Greg Marsten | Staff writer CUSHING – A 25-year-old rural Luck man had to be airlifted from the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 87 near Cushing on Friday, Feb. 26, at around 9:30 p.m. Daniel S. Eliason, 25, had to be extricated from his 2005 Chevrolet Impala after he went off the road on Hwy. 87, near 250th Avenue, northwest of Cushing. According to the preliminary accident report from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Eliason was driving southbound on Hwy. 87 when he left the right side of the road and traveled over 80 feet in the air, going over a private driveway, before bouncing another 30 feet and overturning, coming to a rest over 160 feet

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Craig Olson, superintendent of Hayward Community School District. would face without additional practice. If the principals take this type of action, said Schultz, they will get phone calls from angry parents. “Is the board behind them?” he asked. “Someone has to say, ‘Enough with allowing kids to fail,’” he added. School board President Jake Jensen asked whether the school could legally require that a student take part in an after-school activity. Schultz responded that if the parent has agreed that their child should be there the school has the right to enforce it. “It’s not a lot of kids,” he said. “It’s a couple of dozen.” Board member Todd Roehm asked high school Principal Brad Werner if he was prepared to have that kind of discussion with Luck parents. Werner said that if that was the direction the board wanted him to take, he was prepared to do it. “There will be mad people,” he said. Werner said that his main concern is with older students who might be involved in sports and other activities, and when it’s not a matter of a failing grade but rather not doing their best. He said he foresees an “epic battle of wills” when a parent wants their student to be in football rather than grasping math facts.

Summer school Schultz reported on a memo from the Department of Public Instruction stating that the maximum limit of 270 minutes of instruction per day for summer school has been lifted. This means there will no longer be a maximum limit on the minutes for which schools can receive aid. Schultz said that he has already had discussions with Renee Gavinski and Jeremy Jensen, who head up Luck’s summer school program, to discuss expanded programming that would provide additional opportunities for students while remaining revenue neutral. There were some students last summer that received more than 270 minutes learning for which there was no funding, Schultz indicated. Looking at just those minutes, said Schultz, the district would receive an additional $2,000 in funding for the first year, $4,000 for the second year and $6,000 for the third year. A nearby district, he said, is going to switch out some of the “extra” minutes they have included in the regular school year to add time to the summer school schedule, and he asked the board if it would be interested in considering doing the same thing. The idea would be to add some days of summer school just prior to the start of the regular school year. Luck could eliminate one, three or five days of instruction from the regular school year without any effect on funding levels, and add it to summer school. This would increase the revenue from summer school, depending on how many students participated. Schultz emphasized that he was not seeking additional funding just for the sake of additional funding. “It’s money so we can do stuff,” he said. “So we can teach.” Summer school, however, is optional and students cannot be required to attend. Funding is based on attendance. Other business • With a Wednesday, March 23, deadline, the district has already received 17 applications for the position of elementary school principal. “I feel pretty good about this,” said Schultz. “There are a lot of layers here. There are a lot of candidates.” The first round of two interviews, one by a team of elementary school staff,

Karen Cogswell, the new finance manager for the Luck School District, was introduced at the Tuesday, March 1, meeting of the Luck School Board of Education. — Photos by Mary Stirrat parents and two sixth-grade students and one by a team of school administrators and department directors, will be during the week of March 29. The final interview by the board and school administration will be in mid-April following background checks. The board hopes to have an official hire to approve at its April 25 meeting. • Craig Olson, superintendent at Hayward Community School District, attended at the board’s invitation and discussed the strategic planning he used at Hayward. Olson has been with the district for 15 years, and as superintendent for the last five. His focus, he said, has been on building a culture and climate where all students are welcome, where the community is involved, and where trust and integrity are vital. In the past five years, he said, disciplinary actions have been reduced by 80 percent, truancy is down, test scores are up, and graduation statistics are up. “We’re saying that culture and climate are absolutely conducive to academic success,” he said.

Sterling crash leads to driver airlift

Rural Luck resident Daniel Eliason’s 2005 Chevrolet Impala had to be turned over for him to be extricated from a late Friday, Feb. 26, crash near Cushing, off Hwy. 87. - Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Department

from the roadway, upside down, with Eliason trapped inside the car. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time, and the air bag did deploy. Firefighters from the Cushing Fire Department extricated the driver from the Impala and emergency service personnel called for an air ambulance lift to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The extent of Eliason’s injuries were unknown at press time, and they were listed as “incapacitating” in the accident report. Sheriff’s officials were unclear of his condition, and the hospital would not give out any information. A possible cause for the crash was unclear, but the initial sheriff’s department report lists “failure to maintain control” as a driver factor. There was no mention of possible drug or alcohol use in the report, although they were unable to do any testing. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department continues their investigation.

Senate committee votes to protect Wisconsin’s plastic bags Laurel White | WPR News MADISON - A state Senate committee wants to make sure that question keeps getting asked in Wisconsin. Members approved a bill Tuesday, March 1, that would bar local governments from banning certain containers, including plastic bags. Proponents of the plan, which include the Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers and Wisconsin Grocers Association, contend bans on items like plastic bags and cardboard sleeves for hot drinks would hurt

the Wisconsin packaging industry, drive up consumer costs and create confusion for business owners and consumers. “The concern about having practices be uniform across the state is just really important for not just the businesses, but also the customers they serve,” said Jason Culotta, senior director of government relations at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, a business trade group. A “patchwork” of ordinances across the state could put certain businesses at a competitive disadvantage, Culotta

added, because they might be required to pay for higher-priced packaging if plastic bags were outlawed. Curtis Witynski, assistant director of League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said his organization is opposed to the legislation because it takes away local control. “We’ve noticed that the Legislature tends to listen to industry who gets concerned about activity happening in other parts of the country,” Witynski said. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, six states and the

District of Columbia have passed legislation related to plastic bags. The Sierra Club and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters are also opposed to the bill, citing environmental concerns relating to continued use of plastic products. The plan passed the Assembly on a party line vote last month. It is expected to go before the full Senate on March 15.


A-plus rating earns Luck a low interest rate

Bremer Bank is holder of referendum bonds

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - The combination of low interest rates, the involvement of local banks, and a Standard and Poors bond rating of A-plus will be saving the Luck School District about $150,000 in interest on its borrowing for the energy-saving projects approved last fall. “We’ve got almost the lowest interest rate recorded in history, if not the lowest,”Lisa Voisin told the Luck School Board of Education at its Tuesday, March 1, meeting. Voisin is public finance director with Baird & Associates who handled the sale of $1.59 million in general obligation bonds for the district earlier in the day. Five brokers bid on the bonds, with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. of St. Louis having the lowest interest rate at 2.45 percent. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., however, was brokering on behalf of a local bank, another thing that Voisin said she has never seen before. Bremer Bank is the real purchaser of all of the bonds, she said, but as a local bank cannot bid on bonds that have an amortization period of more than 10 years. “We’re saving a ton of money,” said district Superintendent Chris Schultz, “and that’s thanks to a local bank.” Both Jim Richison, president and market manager for Bremer, and Scott Domagala, business banker for the Frederic and Siren branches, were in attendance at the meeting. “We’d like to say we’re really, really pleased to be part of the project,” Richison told the board. The project will benefit the school, the students and the community, he said, adding, “We’re really thankful to be part of it. We’re glad to be part of something grand.” Contributing to the low interest rate is an upgrade in the schools bond rating from A-minus to A-plus. According to Schultz, this improvement saved the district $40,000 in interest. The rating is based on slowly increasing enrollment, a relatively low debt and a relatively strong fund balance. Very few districts in this area have a Standard and Poors rating of A - plus, said Voisin. Schultz “did a great job of answering” the many questions that were asked by the bond rating company, she said. Within the next month or two Voisin will be seeking bids on a $500,000 qualified zone academy bond, an interest-free loan, for the remaining financing for the project. She asked Richison and Domagala if she could contact them for a bid, to which they agreed. The tax levy for the first payment on the project will be included in the 201617 district budget, to be approved in September. Payments for the first three years will be $338,000, after which they will drop to $217,000. These payments are about $33,000 less per year than initially

At this time, said Schultz, it looks like Luck will be providing Frederic with an agriscience course through the interactive television network. The two schools are looking at aligning the last three class periods of the day to accommodate additional class sharing. Right now, said Werner, he and Frederic Principal Sean Fisher are discussing how to adjust the length of class periods so the two schools are on the same schedule. Frederic’s class length is 46 minutes while Luck’s is 43 minutes. Schultz said that the efforts could save both schools some money while providing additional opportunities to the students. “If we can use them and they can use us,” he said of the Frederic School District, “and we can have more stuff for our kids and save money, it’s worth looking at.”

Chris Helwig, of Design Unlimited of Marshfield, presented the preliminary plans for the renovation of the main school entrance. The renovation includes several security measures as well as construction of a ramp and a new staircase. projected. “This is about the coolest financing project I’ve ever worked on,” Schultz said.

Entrance project Preliminary details of the first project, renovating the main entrance, were presented to the board by Paige Spirk, of Schneider Electric, and Chris Helwig, of Design Unlimited of Marshfield. The initial design shows two double doors and a single door in a new aluminum entrance that will be locked during school hours. Visitors will need to be “buzzed” into the school, as happens currently. Inside, rather than the two sets of stairs that now go from the doors to the commons, there will be a ramp on the north side of the entrance, along the gym wall, and stairs on the south side. Entrance into the district/high school office will be moved around the corner from the current location and will be at the bottom of the stairs. Additional windows will be put into the wall along the stairs so staff in the office will have a better view of who is entering the building. Another aluminum and glass security door will extend along the bottom of the ramp and stairs. Visitors into the school will gain entry to the commons by going through the office. The ramp will be a long one, extending from the entrance to where the stairs now end, turning and going back up, then coming back down again. “It’s monstrous,” said Schultz, explaining that for

every inch of rise, codes require one foot of ramp. Helwig said that he will be able to use brick for the partial walls needed along the ramp, keeping it consistent with the current look. The sloped ceiling at the entrance will be removed, allowing for more natural light and a higher ceiling. The board approved the initial concept, and Helwig will come back to the board with final plans in April.

Schedule alignment with Frederic Schultz and high school Principal Brad Werner recently met with their counterparts at Frederic Schools, discussing how to possibly align the schedules of the two schools to share classes.

Other business • Dean Roush, as a representative of the teaching staff and union, invited the board select members that would meet with him and other staff representatives to begin discussing contracts for next year. The staff appreciates the fact that this has traditionally been done before summer break, he said, adding that they know the budget is tight but believe that they can be creative. • Schultz reported that IT director Aaron Arjes has saved the district $1,360 by finding needed software for free and soliciting quotes for service agreements on the printers. These savings can pay for five Chromebooks or two workstations, Schultz noted. “A few hundred dollars here and there, if everyone starts doing that, it really adds up,” he said. • New Paradigm Partners, a partnership of five school districts including Luck, has been awarded a $25,000 grant for a mentoring and coaching grant. The funds will allow five to seven staff members from each district to receiving training in best practices for experienced teachers mentoring less-experienced teachers.

Jim Richison, left, and Scott Domagala, of Bremer Bank, attended the Tuesday, March 1, meeting of the Luck School Board. Bremer Bank, through Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., was awarded the sale of $1.59 million in general obligation bonds for the Luck School referendum project. — Photos by Mary Stirrat


Luck Museum celebrates Museum Day Live! LUCK - In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, Luck Museum will be open Saturday, March 12, to celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to come and peruse the new “Geology of Luck” exhibit sponsored by the Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society. — submitted

On Sunday, Feb. 21, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Balsam Lake accepted some new members. Shown (L to R) are: Patty Goralski, Samantha Ferguson, Pastor Diane Norstad, Bonnie and Randy Fornshell, Mitch Lilienthal and Shorty and Sharla Korth with their three children, Aaron, Austin and Autumn. Not pictured are Emily Ferguson and Melvin Coburn. Faith Lutheran is thrilled to have these new members as part of their church family. – Photo submitted

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Proud to live in Burnett County I was recently involved in the Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling event held in Siren. All of our elected officials were invited, along with key people from the Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin Tourism Department and local governmental agencies that are involved in snowmobile trails and riding. Our guests were treated to a banquet, breakfast, snowmobile ride and lunch. We also had a Snow Show. How could this happen? The Siren Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission took the lead. The Lodge at Crooked Lake worked with us

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Are Republicans overplaying their political cards? The GOP-controlled Legislature has decided that county executives should be barred from serving in the Legislature at the same time they hold their county offices. It is an effort to prevent Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris of Oshkosh, a Democrat, from running for the 18th District seat in the state Senate. Incumbent Rick Gudex, a Fond du Lac Republican, has announced he won’t seek re-election this year. The Republican maneuver could turn Harris into a local government martyr. It will attract media attention and contributions. It could also stir speculation he might become a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018. Republicans don’t need to retain the seat to keep the majority. They have a five-vote edge in the Senate, thanks in part to the district boundary lines the GOP majorities drew in 2011. Republicans are in full control of state government. Gov. Scott Walker’s term extends until 2019. Republicans have better than a 3-2 advantage in the Assembly even though they got just about 45 percent of the vote in the 2014 election. “The bill is a sign of misplaced priorities of Republican leaders,” Harris said after the bill was sent to

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer the governor’s desk. “Rather than strengthening our communities and growing our middle class, Republicans in Madison continue to focus on retaining political power. I am running for the state Senate because Wisconsin deserves better,” he added. Newspapers have noted that other county executives have served in the Legislature. Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer served in both jobs. He was first elected to the Assembly as a Democrat in 1992. In 2010, and he became an independent but caucused with Republicans. Ziegelbauer was elected Manitowoc County executive in 2010 did not run for re-election to the Assembly in 2014. Most important, the Republican legislative majorities did not try to prevent him from doing both jobs at the same time. His conservative politics, or the huge GOP majority, protected him from charges of ‘’double dipping’’ by Republicans. Perhaps Republicans are worried about this year’s elections because

voter turnout is much higher in years when there are presidential elections. The closeness of the partisan divide in Wisconsin politics was noted again recently in the primary voting for a state Supreme Court justice. Rebecca Bradley, who has been appointed by Walker to three judgeships, including the Supreme Court, got 44.7 percent of primary vote. As an appointee, she is running for a full term and is the favorite of Walker’s Republican forces. JoAnne Kloppenburg, an appeals court judge, will oppose Bradley in the April general election. She received 43.2 percent of the primary ballots this year. She lost a close Supreme Court election in 2011 to Justice David Prosser, a former Republican speaker of the Assembly. The remainder of February’s Supreme Court votes, some 68,373, went to Milwaukee Circuit Judge Joe Donald. The immediate outcome of this year’s court election may not be as dramatically important as during Kloppenburg’s run in 2011. Then, the legality of the Republican anti-union legislation was headed toward the high court. No matter who wins the race in April, conservatives will control the high court. In addition to Bradley, there are four other conservatives on the seven-member court.

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Local control or control the locals? In this past session, the Wisconsin Legislature accomplished many things. They passed Adam Jarchow’s “polluter grab bag” bill that will degrade the quality of our waters and ultimately lower property values. They removed the ability of local officials to enforce zoning that reflected local priorities and local values. They cut school funding and then tied the hands of local school boards to determine what is the best way to run our local schools. Since 2011, the Republican Legislature has passed more than 100 bills that restrict local control. In short, the party of “local control” has become the party of “control the locals.” The Republican Legislature accomplished all this while completely ignoring our governor’s promise to create 250,000 new jobs. Studies show poverty continues to spread across Wisconsin even as the top 1 percent enjoy a historically high share of our wealth. Minnesota continues to eat our economic lunch. The Legislature responds by cutting heating aid to the elderly and gutting the prevailing wage law. Rather than do anything to improve the economic condition of the average Wisconsinite, they trashed a 100-year-old tradition of civil service making it easier to appoint political cronies to state jobs. Not exactly a record that is easy to defend. But ever loyal, ride the three amigos, Hartung, Sample and Blake, and their posse of malcontents. Lacking facts to formulate a coherent and believable excuse for this billionaire (ALEC) driven legislative session, they beat their chests and spew venom while resorting to name-calling, distortion, innuendo and bogus accusations. Could it be that an empty barrel really does make the most noise? David Clausen Amery

Form your own impression I’ve been reading the Leader’s letters to the editor for a number of years, and even though I’ve had some strong feelings on issues, I have never written in. Now is the time though. It may be a cliche, but the stakes are too high to let things just play out. We’ve gotten into this mess in Wisconsin because too many of us didn’t believe that things could get worse. I believe

that people are logical, rational, caring beings. When it comes to politics, I guess I really should know better. I am referring to Bob Blake’s attack on Jeff Peterson. Relying on hyperbole (“ … like Peterson who believe that there is no tax too high, no government too big and no regulation too intrusive.”), invective (“Peterson is free to continue his never-ending whining … ”), and innuendo (“the Leader extends such unusual courtesies”), Blake’s letter defaming Peterson was an example of the kind of politics we can expect to see as this campaign continues. Unable to make a rational argument against Peterson’s stand on the issues, he attempts to tar him with the S word, and suggests that his positions are “campaign garbage.” I’ve known Peterson for over 25 years. He is an intelligent, compassionate human being who cares deeply about leaving the world a better place. On top of that, he’s just a nice guy. Anyone who has met and spent time with Jeff would concur with that assessment. Blake’s words don’t describe the Jeff Peterson known to hundreds of people throughout our area. I would encourage readers to seek Jeff out at public events in the upcoming months to form your own impression. If you do, I believe you’ll cast your vote for him in the 28th Assembly District race. Sue Duerkop Centuria Polk County resident, 40 years

Chuck Quirmbach | WPR News MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources says it will no longer use a controversial “Do Not Respond” list to limit information it gives to people who have been deemed by the agency to be abusive or repetitive in their requests. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said that upon learning of the matter, she’s told staff that lists of this type won’t be created or used. One of the 16 people on the list who had sought information from the agency about pollution and wildlife concerns was

Mary A. Okonek Rural Spooner

Personal attacks We are now, due to the length of the letters lately printed in the Leader, apparently in the midst of a new political season. As Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Ironically, the character who said it, Polonius, was the biggest windbag in the play “Hamlet.” Therefore, not wishing to be like Polonius, I will keep my observations on last week’s letter by Bob Blake short. As a 40-year subscriber to the Leader, I have read many of Blake’s letters. They are generally well-written and have a good command of the English language, probably due to a good public education which some today might call “socialist.” In 40 years of reading the Leader, it has been obvious that Blake has a deep personal dislike for Assembly candidate Jeff Peterson and everything his party stands for. Like any candidate, both Peterson and Adam Jarchow are sticking their necks out for what they believe in. I would hope that the Leader doesn’t become a forum for personal attacks. Timothy Ryan Rural Frederic

Whose “agony and terror?” I recently read the article titled, Jarchow looms large over proposed boathouse regulations in the Feb. 10 issue of the Leader. Rep. Jarchow is quoted in his defense of Act 55, and other property rights bills he is supporting, “as an attempt to ‘rein in the excesses and abuses’ of ‘government bureaucrats’ who cause ‘agony and terror’ to property owners.” I am a Burnett County resident, taxpayer and property owner with some parcels of lakeshore. I would like Jarchow to know that his proposed bills curtailing and removing existing zoning regulations on lakes, thus making it easier for developers to make “big bucks” is causing me a lot more “agony and terror” than any “bureaucrats” attempting to enforce existing rules and regulations on our lakes. I sincerely hope that the majority of our

DNR says it’s dropping ‘Do Not Respond’ list List included citizens the agency had deemed abusive, or who were repeatedly seeking information

elected state legislators will have the common sense and decency to vote against these proposed and pending bills.

Choosing St. Croix Falls I’m a candidate for alderperson in St. Croix Falls District 2 and I’d like to tell you why I decided to run. Compared to many, I’m a newcomer to St. Croix Falls. Unlike many, I had the privilege of “choosing” this community for this chapter of my life. Marriage to my wife, Marilyn, was the first reason, of course, but an additional reason resulted from an invitation in 2006 to study the city and offer the city council a newcomer’s view of strengths and opportunities. While interviewing many citizens, I learned that most shared my view of SCF’s three main attributes: art, ecology and natural beauty. My links with the city grew as I participated in the community/school ven-

ture, Reading Friends of Elementary Saints. Ten years taught me about our exceptional public school system. Fixing up homes with Habitat for Humanity got me closer to the people in need. Helping to found a new fellowship led to understanding the depth of commitment and compassion locally. The simple task of driving for Interfaith Caregivers introduced me to wonderful people who simply needed a bit of help now and again. Like many people I’ve come to know here, I see SCF as a good city that could be even better. It could be more than Wisconsin’s best kept secret. Discussing my thoughts about the role of the city council, a business owner said, “Be sure the potholes are filled and the eyesores removed.” Our dedicated librarian added, “Have a big picture for our town.” A third offered, “Talk to the residents; get to them before and after decisions are made.” To me, this says the council’s role is to do what is best for the people. In this era of wide world knowledge sharing, we have access to ideas and information about challenges and solutions from across the country that may help with local concerns. In my business, I was the“idea” person who was charged with coming up with the new ways to do things while being careful with the budget constraints. Local government involvement has been lifelong. I’d welcome the chance to use my experience and work with you, the mayor and council as an alderperson for District 2. I’d appreciate your support on April 5. Al Kruger St. Croix Falls

Fire tower for cell service There was a great and informative article in the Feb. 24 issue of the Leader titled, Old fire towers could help broadband expansion. I’m really hoping the fire tower in the Town of Sterling is a candidate. The “Barrens” area of Polk and Burnett counties is just that ... “barren” for cell service. Wayne Jensen Grantsburg

Quinn hails advances on Rural Wisconsin Initiative

Nancy Utesch of the group Kewaunee Cares. She said she doubts Stepp’s word. “I find any promises from the DNR at this time to lack in credibility,” said Utesch. Utesch also wants to know more about when Stepp learned of the Do Not Respond list. A DNR spokesman said the agency’s chief legal counsel discovered the list Feb. 8, as part of due diligence on open records requests. DNR Communications Director George Althoff said he is “not clear exactly what date Secretary Stepp learned about it,” but that it was the same week. The DNR said the people on the list were never meant to be denied open records requests — just other information they sought.

MADISON - On Jan. 13, Reps. Romaine Quinn, R-Rice Lake, Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, and Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, launched the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of bills aimed at improving educational, workforce, health care and technological opportunities. The first two bills in the package, Assembly Bills 820 and 793, passed the state Assembly with broad bipartisan support. AB 820 establishes the Broadband Forward! community certification. This is a certification that municipalities can voluntarily choose to pursue that signifies the community will abide by certain time frames and fee structures when it comes to expanding broadband. The resulting certainty is positive for municipalities and telecommunications companies and smooths the expansion process. AB 793 expands the state’s teacher

loan program. Under the current program, teachers who meet certain criteria are eligible for up to $10,000 in loans for three years, with 25 percent of those loans being forgiven if the teacher continues to teach in Milwaukee and receives a teacher rating of proficient or distinguished. Passage of this bill expands the program to include teachers in rural areas. “I am very proud to have been able to work on advancing the cause of rural Wisconsin,” said Quinn. “With the support of my rural colleagues, we have made real progress in improving opportunities for rural residents in education and Internet access. I look forward to making continued progress on this initiative when the Legislature returns to session.” Both bills are now on their way to the Senate. — from the Office of Rep. Quinn

Wisconsin home sales rebound in 2015


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fter declining slightly, 1.3 percent in 2014, the number of homes sold in Wisconsin increased 11.5 percent from 68,857 in 2014 to 76,800 in 2015. Yearly housing sales fell at an annual average rate of 8.7 percent during recessionary 2007-2010. Sales then increased in 2012, 21 percent, and 2013, 11.1 percent, before stalling in 2014. Since 2010, homes sales have increased at an annual average rate of 8.3 percent.

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Longtime Frederic librarian stepping aside

Chris Byerly transformed Frederic Public Library into “community living room”

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer FREDERIC - As the Frederic Public Library celebrates its 80th year, it also notes the retirement of Chris Byerly, its librarian for the past 11 years. Soon after the library moved to its current location, in June of 2004, Byerly became its director. Prior to that, Byerly worked with the Polk County Library System for 26 years. Byerly was born in Duluth, Minn., and moved with her parents to Amery in 1975. Most of her siblings still reside in Duluth. The Frederic Library, located at 127 Oak St., downtown, has grown significantly under Byerly’s leadership and guidance. “Libraries have changed dramatically to meet the needs of the community,” Byerly said, reflecting on her 36 years of library experience. “A library is no longer just a place to come to borrow books and be quiet. We’ve become akin to a social service agency, a place where people come to file unemployment, look for tax forms. It is incumbent upon us to adapt and meet the needs of our community.” Byerly sat in her small office that looks out to rows of books and a bank of computer terminals busy with a mishmash of people. “Being a librarian is one of those jobs where your satisfaction comes when people leave happy,” Byerly said. A community living room “Public libraries have now become a community living room,” Byerly said. “Libraries are a place where people come to sit down on a couch and interact with neighbors, even share political opinions.” The Frederic Public Library, under Byerly’s guidance, has become a community gathering spot. A group of mostly retired men and women gather daily in its “living room.” Byerly has set up a semicircle of comfortable chairs with a large centerpiece coffee table stacked with regional small-

The crew at the library (L to R): Chris Byerly, library director, and library staff members Marlene Nelson, Sierra Slather and Lynelle LaVenture. – Photos by E. Royal Emerson town newspapers. The regulars who gather are a community who support one another and grow concerned if a member is absent too long. The wide range of life experience among group members makes any conversation engaging. Tony Rolloff is a regular who gathers in the library living room. Rolloff operated used-book stores throughout the country for 25 years before retiring to a home near Four Corners with his wife, the wellknown local historian Carolyn Wedin. “Chris has a good sense of community,” Rolloff said of Byerly. “She seems to be extraordinarily well-read. That is what impresses me most about her. She tolerates all of us oddballs because she understands the public library as a space of refuge. She has a good eye for hiring people. Her staff is just outstanding.” Dick Doyscher is another of the library regulars. He moved to the area from the Twin Cities with his wife after working most of his years as an auto mechanic. As a young man in the 1950s, Doyscher was a fringe member of a Twin Cities motorcycle gang consisting of mostly World War II veterans. “As far as a person of excellence, Chris is top-notch,” Doyscher said. “She is always very welcoming. She makes you feel at home. She’s a pleasure to talk to. She

will be greatly missed.” Jerry Beckman has been a regular at the library since Byerly began. He has a flowing white beard and sharp wit. He dresses in a clash of colors and patterns. He is a sort of poor man’s Zen master, often sitting quietly while the others talk, with a habit of throwing out penetrating witticisms that sum up the conversation, making everyone laugh and reflect. “I’ve been on some committees with Chris,” Beckman said. “She works well with various factions. She’s good at keeping people working together, always very upbeat. Librarians have a very unique position. The job is pretty much what you make of it. Chris has done a wonderful job of providing activities for children and older adults.”

Making good things happen The Frederic Women’s Club opened the first library in the village council room on Feb. 18, 1936, with 260 donated books. Today, the Frederic Library is part of the Indianhead Federated Library System. Last year it had a circulation of 52,338 books and other material. More than 37,000 people came through its doors. The back of the library includes a childcare room. A story hour for preschool children is offered once a week. A sum-

mer reading program is also offered. Last year, 175 children and youth programs were offered with 3,562 parents and children in attendance. The library also does a weekly outreach to the nursing home and senior apartments, delivering books, movies or music discs. “Libraries help to make good things happen,” Byerly said. “We develop partnerships with service organizations, businesses and schools. We’re all aiming to achieve the same thing, to make Frederic a better and more nurturing community. So let’s do it together!”

New library director The library has hired a new director. Eric Green, a Wisconsin native, will begin librarian duties on Monday, March 14. “It’s bittersweet,” Byerly said, reflecting upon her retirement. “I’m one of those people who has the great fortune of working at a job that I love. I’ll miss a number of people. I have a great professional staff and a fabulous library board. I’ll miss them greatly. But it’s time to move on and allow for some fresh energy.” When asked what her plans for retirement are Byerly said, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll visit my family in Duluth. Maybe plant a garden. I’ll stay involved in the community.”

Jerry Beckman, one of the regulars at the Frederic Public Library living room, has served with Chris Byerly on a number of committees.

Tony Rolloff and Dick Doyscher in the “living room” of the Frederic Public Library. “Chris has a good sense of community ... she understands the public library as a space of refuge,” Rolloff said of outgoing librarian Chris Byerly.

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Wonderland Sno-trails Snowmobile Club Sno-Fest 2016

This early 1970s Mercury Merc 440S/R glistened in the bright sun. Temperatures reached into the mid-50s on Saturday as the Wonderland Sno-Trails snowmobile club sponsored Sno-Fest at the Whitetail Wilderness Bar & Grill in Webster. Sophie Phernetton, Webster High School junior searched with her dad Dean to locate the SnoFest medallion that was worth $1,000. Pictured with her is Jean Waltzing owner of Whitetail WilWebster resident Darrell Sears poses with his derness Bar & Grill. The winner of the iPad Mini late 1960s Scorpion which he values at around 2 was Barb Bourquin of Oakdale, Minn. - Photo $750. Sears said that back in the day you could buy submitted a Scorpion like his at Midtown Tavern in Siren from Howie Haaf who was a long time owner of the bar. Photos by Becky Strabel

unless otherwise noted

Gary Diess of Roberts, Wis., stands next to his 1972 Polaris 432 Charger. Diess won first place in the 1972-74 restored category.

Best of Show winner: Herb Howe 1966 Polaris I- 500, Siren WI. First place winners listed only: 1968 and Older Original: Glen Huber Restored: Rockie Naylo 1969-71 Original: Derrick Helene. Restored: Dick Tesch 1972-74 Original: Kevin Gustafson.

An early 1970s Ski-Doo Elan was just one of sixty-four sleds that were on display. The Sno-Fest included a vintage snowmobile show, derby, chicken feed and medallion hunt. A vintage ride followed the awards presentation. Restored: Gary Deiss 1975-79 Original: Jon Sampson 1980-85 Original: Derick Helene Restored: Dave Otterness Race Modified: Steve & Patty Harelson Mini: Steve & Patty Harelson Cutter: Jay Christensen Barn Fresh: Jon Sampson

Over sixty snowmobiles and many people attended the Sno-Fest on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Whitetail Wilderness Bar & Grill. The event was sponsored by the Wonderland Sno-trails Snowmobile Club on an unseasonably warm day. - Photo submitted

Falls Chamber announces March Business of the Month ST. CROIX FALLS - The Falls Chamber March Business of the Month is 136 Vintage, and the timing couldn’t be better to celebrate their one-year anniversary. The festivities will commence at a Business After Five event, from 5-7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8. Join the owner and proprietors, along with their vendors, for light refreshments, beverages and conversation. This business, owned by Phil Brenizer and managed by Darryl and Joyce Nelson, started as a wild idea one Sunday afternoon in early February 2015. Just three weeks later, with the help of friends and future vendors, the business opened its doors on March 5, 2015. “The yellow building on the north end of Main Street in St. Croix Falls had been empty for some time and was available for rent,” says Brenizer. “Our plan was to change the color when spring came but soon everyone was saying ‘Oh, you’re in the yellow building!’ You can’t change a landmark like that.”

136 Vintage, the yellow building on the north end of Main Street in St. Croix Falls, has been named the Falls Chamber of Commerce March Business of the Month. – Photo submitted The business has grown to over 26

vendors with a great variety of items to

choose from. Products in the store include items made from alpaca wool, antiques, jewelry, cast-iron cookware, a great selection of glassware, riding tractors, candles, crafts as well as antique, refurbished and painted furniture and a whole lot more. The selection is constantly changing. Joyce Nelson likes to remind people that, “Our success also means that our 26 vendors are gaining a paycheck twice a month!” 136 Vintage was also named the Falls Chamber New Business of the Year in 2015, a member-nominated award. “More importantly,” says Brenizer, “we feel that we have become part of a thriving Main Street and hope to work with the many great merchants on Main Street. Be sure to keep an eye on us and Main Street because there is a lot more to happen, and the best is yet to come. Be sure to stop by, look around, have a free cup of coffee and a little treat.” The memories and the conversation are free, too. – from Falls Chamber of Commerce

State graduates rank above the national average in passing AP tests

Numbers also show that low participation rates for rural and low-income students persist

Kyla Calvert Mason | WPR News STATEWIDE - Nearly a quarter of Wisconsin’s 2015 high school graduates passed at least one Advanced Placement test, according to new numbers from the College Board. At 24.7 percent, Wisconsin has the Nearly a quarter of Wisconsin’s 2015 high 12th-highest passing rate for graduates in the country. The national average is 22.4 school graduates passed an Advanced Placement test, according to new numbers from the percent. Since 2005, the portion of the state’s College Board. – Photo by Bahugala high school graduates passing at least one AP test has climbed by 10.9 percentage points, outpacing the 9.1-point increase by the College Board, the nonprofit that develops AP courses and end-of-course for the country as a whole. Students who pass the exams can often exams, show students who pass the tests receive college credit. Studies conducted are more likely to complete a college de-

gree in four years. “The Advanced Placement Program provides our kids with college-level coursework that exposes them to the rigors of higher education while they are still in high school,” state Superintendent Tony Evers wrote in a statement from the Department of Public Instruction. “We’re continuing to see growth in participation and achievement, which is a good place to be.” However, Wisconsin mirrors national trends for lower participation rates for rural and low-income students. “A lot of rural schools just don’t have the staff or finances to allow AP courses for students,” said Jon Oestreich, who chairs the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council, a committee of AP teachers and state and university representatives who work on improving AP programs and access. “Students throughout the state frequently enroll in the Wisconsin Virtual School to enroll in an AP

course.” While more than 40 percent of the state’s public school students are from low-income households, they made up just 13.5 percent of 2015 AP test-takers. Data released last year showed pass rates varied widely for students by race. Overall, Wisconsin’s students passed about two-thirds of the AP exams they took in 2015. But white and Asian students passed the tests at rates of 69 and 68 percent, respectively, while the state’s black students had a pass rate of just 29 percent. The Hispanic students passing rate was 53 percent and Native American students was 56 percent. Oestreich said WAPAC and the state are making ongoing efforts to expose younger students to materials and courses “with increased rigor” to prepare them for AP classes, partly as an attempt to help address some of those disparities.


“Walking on Sunshine”

Dance team advisors Jill Anderson and Nicole D’Jock are thankful for the leadership and time that Emily Stiemann put into the one-day dance camp “Walking on Sunshine” on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Siren Schools. They gave her the balloon in honor of senior night as it was Emily’s last time performing with the team.

Photos by Becky Strabel

Emma Peterson, Kadynce Reynolds and Shaedyn DeMoe are just a few of the young performers that danced at the half time of the Siren - Webster boys basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Mikayla Johnson shows surprise in her face at the sight of the large crowd that she and other Siren elementary students will perform in front of while Montana Kallevang was all smiles.

Kylie Tollander is all smiles and sunshine as she raises her arms up in the air ... like she just doesn’t care.

Kadynce Reynolds, Olivia Lightfeather, Diamond Shabaiash, Kylie Tollander and MacKenzie Shires walk it out. RIGHT: Daviah Reynolds, Lucy Peterson, Lilly Johnson and Brooklyn Diver seemed to enjoy “Walking on Sunshine.” Did the Siren High School Dance Team know that record highs temperatures were coming the following weekend?

Greta Johnson and Josie Taylor support the young girls performing during the halftime show at Siren School.

Emily Stiemann and Autumn Tinman keep the girls in step.

Emily Stiemann, dance team captain tells the girls just how wonderful they did following their performance.

Camp members learned the choreography to “Walking of Sunshine” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and performed in front of a full house on Thursday, Feb 25. The one-day camp was a fundraiser for the Siren High School Dance Team.




Gymnastics team headed to state championships First time ever for Grantsburg/Luck team Marty Seeger|Staff writer RIVER FALLS - Over the years, only a handful of local individuals have been fortunate enough to make the trip to the state gymnastics meet, but this year the small Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team, which is small in numbers, but big on talent, is sending a team to the state competition. Only the top two teams from the five sectionals held statewide earn the right to go to the state meet as a team, and Grantsburg/Luck delivered big performances at the sectional in River Falls on Saturday, Feb. 27, to make the dream come true. In coach Kathy Lund’s 18th year as head coach, this is the first time a team has made it. Grantsburg/Luck had a total of seven girls competing in the four different events that include vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Up to five girls can compete in each event, but only the top four scores count toward the team score, and the top five in each event earn the chance to move to state. The River Falls sectional hosted eight other teams, with only the top two advancing to state. A total of 10 teams will compete at state in Division 2, including Grantsburg/Luck, who placed second overall behind a River Falls score of 139.2500. Grantsburg/Luck scored 136.8250, and edged out an extremely close West Salem Co-op team with 136.1500. It was an intense competition for those watching the

The Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team is heading to state for the first time in history after winning the sectional runner-up at River Falls on Saturday, Feb. 27. For the fourth straight year, senior Jessee Lerud will also compete as an individual at state. – Photos by Josh Riewestahl scores being posted midway through the sectional, but Lund wasn’t paying attention too closely, even though some knew Grantsburg/Luck was leading after the third round. “I wasn’t keeping track, I just wanted the girls to just do their best and not worry about anybody else and that’s kind of what I was doing ... Keep the girls focused, and they were awesome,” Lund said. “They didn’t get freaked out over anything. They were just happy to see good routines. It was pretty neat. It was good sportsmanship. Some girls didn’t look at the chart and some did, and would whisper to me, so everyone was kind of on their own with what was going on,” Lund said. With tight scoring between the top Jessee Lerud competes at sectionals on the uneven bars under the watchful eye of assistant coach, and mom, Lara Lerud. Sister Aimee Lerud, also a standout gymnast, is pictured in the background.

three teams, it came down to the final announcement of which team would be moving on to state. When they called out the West Salem Co-op for third place, Lund and the rest of team may have been in a state of shock. “Looking at (assistant coach) Lara (Lerud), she’s looking at me. Then all of a sudden they said West Salem and I was like, ‘they didn’t call us.’ And then I was looking back at Lara and her jaw is dropped,” described Lund, but once they finally called out the Grantsburg/Luck team, girls jumped for joy and headed to the awards stand. Lund hinted earlier in the year that the team had a shot at state, but injuries certainly took their toll, and with such a small team, those injuries hurt. Lund said Grantsburg/Luck’s seven-person squad looked tiny compared to West Salem, who had roughly 20 girls at sectionals. “As the season progressed we were plagued with so many injuries, other

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Extra Points

••• LEADER LAND – The sectional semifinal girls basketball game between Bayfield and Frederic will be broadcast on 104.9 FM from Superior High School on Thursday, March 3, starting at 7 p.m. The Thorp versus Clayton girls sectional semifinal game can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 3. 104.9 FM will be broadcasting the Unity boys basketball home playoff game versus Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Friday, March 4, starting at 7 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, or could be mentioned again, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger

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Roman Poirier puts in 1,000th point Frederic senior is just second male athlete in FHS history to hit milestone Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC – The 1,000 point milestones continued in the West Lakeland basketball conference on Tuesday, March 1, and this time the honor went to senior Roman Poirier of Frederic, who needed just six points to reach it, and finished with 29. So what’s Poirier’s secret to success? “Get to the basket,” Poirier said with a smile. “Create opportunities and the teammates will get it right back to you.” Joking aside, Poirier is a a talented, humble athlete who seemed to prefer the playoff win, and many more playoff wins to come, as opposed to reaching 1,000 points. “I didn’t really care. It’s cool and all, but I’d rather go far in the playoffs than hit 1,000,” Poirier said. Poirier became just the second Frederic boy to reach 1,000 points, with Brock Brunberg as the first, in the 1991-92 season

under coach Ray Draxler. Brunberg was on hand Tuesday to present a basketball to Poirier to commemorate the moment. “It was pretty cool to meet him,” Poirier said. Although Poirier appears soft-spoken on the outside, his competitive edge and athleticism is anything but soft. His 1,000th point came on a quick drive to the basket for a layup that is tough to stop for most any team. If the shot isn’t there, Poirier is quick to dish it off for the assist. Winning, after all, is more important according to coach Ethan Bergstrom. “Roman is a competitor. He loves athletics and year-round is participating in a sport. He is one of the hardest working, the fastest kid I have ever coached and loves competing even in drills. Having Roman and Austin Ennis for captains this year has been an honor as these two players love the game and their passion for it inspires the other players, and even me,” Bergstrom said. Poirier didn’t get a ton of playing time as a freshman, scoring just seven points in the final few games he did play late in the season. With his 29 points on Tuesday, Poirier will enter the team’s next playoff game with 499 points on the season.

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Roman Poirier celebrated his 1,000th point after the game with several family members in attendance, as well as with the only other Frederic male player to score 1,000 points, Brock Brunberg, who reached 1,000 points in the early ‘90s. Poirier was also presented with a commemorative basketball to honor the achievement. Frederic senior Roman Poirier hit his 1,000th career point on this shot early in the first half against Bayfield on Tuesday, March 1. Poirier became the second Frederic boy to reach the milestone, and led Frederic with 29 points in the playoff victory. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Gymnastics /Continued schools scores were going up and we were healing from injuries. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that we started to build team momentum,” said Lund. Entering the sectional, the team was ranked fourth. The team started on beam and scored 33.825. Junior Erica Simmons was back in the lineup after breaking her hand in the team’s first home meet of the year. She had surgery on it and Lund said she had about 10 pins in one of her fingers. “She was a rock star on beam, so steady, and the only weight she put on her hand was cartwheels, and had a ‘stick’ beam routine,” Lund said. “She was kind of like, ‘hey guys we’re doing this.’ She was steady. A pacesetter.” Other members having stuck routines on beam were freshman Gracie Gerber and senior Jessee Lerud. “Jessee flawlessly nailed everything and was the only gymnast to begin with a front-tuck mount and land two back-toback standing back tucks, scoring a 9.725, breaking her school record and winning this event!” said Lund. Personal bests also included Simmons with an 8.10. Junior Morgan Pfaff scored an 8.575, placing sixth. In floor exercise, Lund said the team had solid routines and remained focused, with junior Holly Fiedler scoring a season high with 8.175, and Pfaff with 8.175. Gerber and sophomore Brittanie Blume also competed on floor exercise. “After this, round scores were posted and we were sitting in second place with West Salem in first and River Falls in third,” Lund explained. “We headed to vault; an event we could get some nice scores. This ended up being our highest scoring event with a season high of 34.95,

Jessee Lerud stands at the top of the podium after her sectional championship in the all-around gymnastics competition held at River Falls Saturday, Feb. 27. – Photos by Josh Riewestahl putting us up into first place with a .4 lead over West Salem.” Season highs went to Gerber with 8.975, and sixth, while Jessee Lerud took third with 9.175. The uneven bars was the final event for Grantsburg/Luck, where Lerud shined.

“Once again Jessee wrapped up this event with an awesome routine catching her personally created skill, a release front tuck (Comaneci Salto) scoring a 9.5 and winning the event,” Lund said. “Gracie Gerber had a great routine scoring an 8.475, placing sixth. Others competing in

bars included Pfaff, junior Fiedler and sophomore Belle Ress.” Along with the team competing at state on Friday, March 4, at the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Fieldhouse, in Wisconsin Rapids, individuals will also compete Saturday, March 5. With only the top five from each event qualifying, Gerber just missed in the uneven bars and vault with sixth place, and Pfaff just missed with sixth on beam. “While it is heartbreaking to have Gracie Gerber and Morgan place sixth individually when it’s the top five that advance to the individual state competition, their contribution helped put the team in second place. Next year looks bright for these gymnasts to advance to the state competition as they are a freshman and junior,” Lund said. But Lerud, earning her third straight sectional championship in the all-around, will compete as an individual on Saturday. This is her fourth straight season competing at state as an individual. She was also sectional champ on beam and uneven bars, and state champion on beam in 2014. As a team Grantsburg/Luck set a school record with their score of 136.825. Lund said she peeked in on the other state sectionals, and they scored higher than at least three other teams, but said judges vary across the state for each event. “But we ended up with third highest team score among the 10 who qualified to state,” Lund added. “The girls had to bring their best for sectionals to do as well as we did, and they did. That was just really neat to see. Our sectional is pretty tough, so it’s great that they get the chance to represent at state.”





Frederic girls win regional championship First regional title since 1992 Frederic 50, Northwood 39 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN - Close games aren’t anything new for the Frederic Vikings this season. They’ve had their fair share, and the Saturday, Feb. 27, regional championship game against Northwood was no different, in the first half. But in the second half, Frederic began to buckle down. They focused on the game at hand and pulled out the win, but it wasn’t just any win. This was Frederic’s first regional championship in nearly 25 years, and a first for coach Troy Wink, who is in his 16th season as Vikings head coach. “We did it, finally. My first, and that makes it more special,” Wink said after the game. Frederic came out with a slim early lead, but the game remained tied 10-10 with more than 10 minutes on the clock. From there the senior-laden Vikings and young Northwood squad traded baskets and went through three lead changes before Frederic was able to pull ahead with their biggest lead of the game up to that point, 19-16, but it didn’t last. Northwood caught a big spark from Northwood sophomore Mckenzie Coons, who hit two open threes from the left elbow to retake a 22-19 lead with two minutes remaining. With a pair of free throws from Emily Amundson, Frederic trailed 22-21 at the half. “They hit those two threes late in the first half that put them up … they went from tying it to putting them up by three and those were big … and they had the

The Frederic Viking girls basketball team won the regional championship over Northwood on Saturday, Feb. 27, their first regional crown since 1992. – Photos by Marty Seeger momentum, but fortunately, they didn’t make those in the second half when they needed a shot to bring them back,” Wink said. In the second half the game was still close, knotted 31-31 with just over nine minutes to play, but big moments from several Vikings allowed them to start pulling away. For much of the second half Frederic seemed poised to connect on a key basket, and senior Nicole Nelson did just

The Vikings girls react after winning the regional championship over Northwood.

Troy Wink brings down the net after the regional championship game. It was Wink’s first regional title in 16 seasons as Vikings head girls basketball coach.

that with a timely 3-pointer from the right wing to give Frederic their biggest lead of the game, 39-33, with just over four minutes to play. It was a pivotal moment in the game, but quickly turned sour when senior Emily Amundson drew her fifth foul, however, the Vikings responded. “Emily fouling out with four minutes left could have been a dagger, and Shelbi went in there and played defense and rebounded. It was just a steady team effort and nobody felt the pressure from it, so it

was nice,” said Wink. After Northwood hit both free throws, Kalyn Miller knocked down a shot from just inside the arc to put the Vikings back up by six. It was a critical moment in the game, and likely one of the freshman’s biggest shots of her young career. “We talked about, to not be worried shooting when we’re out there and we’re

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Frederic coach Troy Wnk gets set to hand off the regional championship trophy to his team.

Frederic seniors have reason to smile after the regional championship game against Northwood. Pictured back row, (L to R): Nicole Nelson and Taylor Alseth, and front row: Emily Amundson and Ann Chenal.





Tuesday boys basketball playoffs get underway Five of seven West Lakeland teams playing in semifinals Grantsburg 66, Cumberland 41 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG – The fourth-seeded Grantsburg Pirates dominated a visiting 13-seeded Cumberland Beavers to start the Division WIAA playoff basketball tourney Tuesday, March 1. After a sluggish first half the Pirates dominated Cumberland. Cumberland has been unable to notch a win all season long, and taking on the Pirates at home is probably not going to be a place to start a winning streak. Cumberland started their season with a loss to the Pirates and now faced the end of their season in the same place. Grantsburg started slow and were trailing much of the first half, eventually fighting back and building a four-point lead with eight minutes to go in the first half. “We are moving on. I hope we come with better focus and energy on defense,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. John Chenal led the team in scoring with 26 points and tough inside baskets and dominating the paint on both ends of the court, with help from senior Austin Olson. Recent 1,000-point outside shooter Jordan Knutson was not taking many shots, but Chenal was able to muscle his way inside. The Pirates will host No. 5 seeded Abbotsford this Friday, March 4, in the regional semifinal at Grantsburg, beginning at 7 p.m. Frederic 74, Bayfield 47 FREDERIC – Frederic got off to a good start to the WIAA regional playoffs with a win over Bayfield Tuesday, March 1. The Vikings took an early lead and never allowed the Trollers to gain much ground, despite shooting the ball well to start the game and running an effective offense. With 11:30 to go in the first half, Bayfield trailed 20-13, but the Vikings proved too much, especially when trying to stop newly anointed 1,000-point scorer Roman Poirier, who had 22 of his 29 points in the first half. The Trollers never got closer than seven points the rest of the game. Along with Poirier’s big night, several other Vikings got into the scoring mix with Jonah Tinman hitting 11 points, followed by Caleb Schott, 10, Austin Ennis, eight, Mason Gustafson, six, Ben Phernetton and Andrew Hochstetler each had

Jackson Gerber of Grantsburg drives for a shot versus Cumberland’s Andrew Barnes Tuesday, March 1, in the opening round of the WIAA playoffs. – Photo by Scott Hoffman three, and Kyle Olson and Chris Kuechenmeister each had two. The Vikings will be playing at Siren Friday, March 4, in the regional semifinal starting at 7 p.m.

Siren 81, Butternut 36 SIREN – Siren senior Neil Oustigoff scored a career-high 52 points in the Dragons opening WIAA playoff against Butternut Tuesday, March 1. Oustigoff had just three 3-pointers in the game with 24 points in the first half and another 28 in the second half. The Dragons led 49-12 at halftime, and will now focus on hosting the Frederic Vikings Friday, March 4, starting at 7 p.m. Luck 73, Winter 41 LUCK – The Luck Cardinals survived Winter with ease on Tuesday, March 1, in their opening playoff game Tuesday, March 1. The Cardinals have the No. 3 seed and will host Drummond, a No. 6

Vikings sophomore Caleb Schott goes up for a layup against Bayfield on March 1, during the WIAA playoffs. – Photo by Marty Seeger

seed, this Friday, March 4, in the regional semifinal game starting at 7 p.m. Luck got off to a bit of a slow start but led 35-24 at halftime, before breaking the game wide open in the second half. Several players got into the game and scored on offense. Taylor Hawkins led with 20 points, followed by Nick Mattson, 12, Casey Ogilvie and Noah Mortel each had nine, Bryce Hacker, seven, Graham Hershfield and Preston Lane each had six, and Austin Hamack, Mike Delany and Payton Ellefson each had two.

Abbotsford 60, Webster 44 ABBOTSFORD – No. 5 seeded Abbotsford put a lid on the Webster Tigers season on Tuesday, March 1, in the opening

Siren senior Neil Oustigoff scored a careerhigh 52 points in a lopsided win over Butternut Tuesday, March 1, and threw down a onehanded dunk as well. – Photo by Josh Johnson round of the WIAA playoffs. Webster finished the season 7-16 overall and were 1-11 in conference play. They had just two seniors on the roster this season including Paul Sargent and Tate Fohrenkamm.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 71, St. Croix Falls 62 CHETEK – The St. Croix Falls boys basketball team had one of the closer games of the opening round of the WIAA playoffs but ended their season on the road at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, 71-62. St. Croix Falls finished the season with a 4-17 overall record and were 2-9 in conference play.

Siren junior Dolan Highstrom finds an open look under the basket against a handful of Butternut players. – Photo by Becky Strabel





Saints sophomores complete first trip to state Both wrestlers have bright future ahead Marty Seeger|Staff writer MADISON – St. Croix Falls sophomores Luke Clark and Clay Carney completed their first trips to the state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27. Both sectional champion wrestlers earned a first-round bye and didn’t compete until Friday, and both had more than one match. “We had a good weekend at Madison. The boys both wrestled hard,” said coach Dan Clark. Luke Clark finished sixth overall at 160 pounds in Division 3, and won his first match of the tournament by a 17-7 major decision over Riley Workman of Mineral Point. In the semifinals late Friday evening, Clark went into overtime against Zach Coffeen of Laconia, but lost the match 7-5. Coffeen went on to finish state runner-up at 160 in Division 3. “Getting that close to the state finals was a big step as we have never had a sophomore make the state finals,” Clark said. Clark went on to wrestle two more matches at state but lost 5-0 to Trystin Adams of Cumberland in the consolation semifinals and lost a 10-2 major decision against Brady Peat of Iowa-Grant/Highland. Carney faced tough competition in both of his matches at the state tournament at 145 pounds. He lost to Hunter Shuler of Kenosha Christian Life by a 5-2 decision,

Sophomore Luke Clark of St. Croix Falls takes on Riley Workman of Mineral Point in his very first state wrestling match, and won a 17-7 major decision at 160 pounds in Division 3. Clark finished sixth overall. – Photos by Terry Kahl

Luke Clark went into overtime against Zach Coffeen of Laconia in the semifinals, but lost the match 7-5. and then lost to Austin Engel of Athens by pin in 3:47. Both Engel and Shuler went on to finish strong, taking third and fourth respectively. Despite the end to their seasons both Clark and Carney have an exciting couple of years ahead, as well as a strong team to back them up. Many Saints wrestlers, including five of the six sectional qualifiers, will be back next season. Clark ended his season with a 39-5 record, while Carney finished 37-5. “Both kids had great seasons and will be back the next two years. It has been a pleasure to coach them and I cannot wait for next year to start. Both of these wrestlers have high goals and this weekend was another step in achieving those goals. I am very proud of both wrestlers,” said Clark.

Clay Carney of St. Croix Falls found tough competition in his Division 3, 145-pound bracket at the state wrestling meet in Madison. Carney took on Austin Engel of Athens in the match at right, but was pinned. Carney is only a sophomore this season.

Cole Britton takes fifth at state Becomes Frederic’s all-time-wins leader Marty Seeger|Staff writer MADISON – Senior Cole Britton of the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren wrestling team finished his high school career at the state championships in Madison last week, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27. It was the third trip to state for the Frederic 113-pound Division 2 wrestler, who won his first two matches to reach the semifinals. Britton finished his career with the fourth most wins in LFGS history with 121, and most ever for a Frederic High School wrestler. He was an all-conference wrestler each of his four years, and was conference champion three times. Britton began the state tournament on Thursday, defeating Caleb Radtke of River Valley by a 4-0 decision, and then defeated junior Mason Neuman, 45-9, of Lomira, by a 17-5 major decision the following Friday. “Cole wrestled very well at state. His first match was a little tougher than we thought it was going to be. In the quarters, he wrestled aggressive and didn’t hold back. He put the kid on his back four different times,” said coach Chris Bartlett. In the semifinals match, also on Friday, Britton faced Brock Bergelin of Denmark, 43-1, where he lost 7-0. Bergelin was a returning state champion at 106, and Bartlett said they knew the match wasn’t going to be easy.

Cole Britton of Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren finished fifth overall at the state wrestling meet at the Kohl Center in Madison. The senior also became Frederic High Schools all-time wins leader. – Photo by Terry Kahl “This was the first time he ever made the semis, so he was a little nervous,” Bartlett said. “He wrestled hard but wasn’t able to get in position to score. The score ended up being 7-0, but really would have been 5-0, but he had to take a chance at the end.”

Following the match, Britton was faced with a sore knee, which was taped the next morning by a trainer. “Britton went on to wrestle two more matches that day, losing 5-3 to Josh Ehster of Mosinee in the first match. “His first match on Saturday you could

see he was favoring it (knee),” Bartlett said. “He gave up a quick takedown in the first. In the second the kid quickly got an escape and a takedown and I thought the knee was going to do him in. Before the second was over he was able to get an escape and takedown himself. Going into the third, he was down 5-3. We had choice and we weren’t going to put him down, but he had just gotten out so we went down. We were looking for an escape with a takedown to win it. He fought the entire third, but wasn’t able to escape.” Britton didn’t have to wait long for his next, and last, high school match, where he defeated Dalton Frakes of Mount Horeb by a 2-1 decision. “He didn’t have to wait long to wrestle his last match and his adrenaline from the last match, made his knee not as bad. It was scoreless into the second and we had choice. Right away Cole chose down. We were concerned at first, but he was able to get a reversal and ride out the period. In the third his opponent chose down. Cole rode him out almost the entire period and only gave up an escape as the period ended,” Bartlett said. Britton ended his senior season with a 32-4 record. “He wrestled every match hard and I don’t think there was anything we would have done differently and he knows that. He was able to win his last high school match and take hardware home from the state tournament for the second year in a row,” Bartlett said.





Buzzer beater ends Dragons playoff hopes Dragons beat Luck for third time this year to get to final Bayfield 65, Siren 63 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BAYFIELD – “It was a tough way to end the season,” said Siren girls basketball coach Ryan Karsten, as the Dragons were defeated by Bayfield in the regional championship game at the buzzer on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Bayfield. Karsten said the Dragons got off to a great start against the Trollers, jumping out to a 12-0 lead and holding a 10-point lead at the half. Caitlynn Daniels led Siren with 18 points in the first half, but Bayfield slowly came back into the game adding five 3-pointers in the second half, and finishing with eight threes overall. “We had the lead for 35:40 seconds of the game. Just not at the end, which is tough,” Karsten said. “Our defense and offense were playing well in the first

Siren’s Laurel Kannenberg and Caitlyn Daniels go in for a steal against Bayfield on Saturday, Feb. 27, in the regional semifinal game. – Photos submitted

Allie Webster of Siren goes up for a block against Bayfield, who hit eight 3-pointers in the win.

half.” Foul troubles caught up to the Dragons in the second half, as Daniels was called for her fourth foul with 14:30 left in the game. Just 20 seconds later, as Bayfield cut the Dragons lead to three, Daniels fouled out of the game. “The game went back and forth in the last eight minutes. We had a one-point lead with 28 seconds left and just couldn’t hold it as they put in an offensive rebound at the buzzer to beat us 65-63. We missed a couple of free throws and made some bad decisions down the stretch. We just couldn’t finish this game like we have finished close games in the past,” Karsten said. Haley Peterson finished with 21 points for Siren, while Laurel Kannenberg added eight points and Ashlee Rightman finished with seven. “It was a great high school basketball game, and someone has to win those and someone has to lose those games. This

Kyleigh Lightfeather pushes the ball downcourt against Luck on Friday, Feb. 26, during the regional semifinal. – Photo by Becky Strabel

time we were on the wrong end of it. It was a hard way to end a great season. I feel really bad for my seniors. We really thought we were playing well at the right time and had a chance to win some more games. We ended the year at 20-5. There are a lot of teams that would like to win 20 games in a season. This year we were conference champions, and over the last three years the girls combined record on varsity has been 57-16. That is a really special run they were on, one regional title and two conference titles over their run on varsity,” Karsten noted. Siren seniors include Rightman, Kannenberg, Daniels and Allie Webster. “It was pleasure to coach all of those seniors. Each has played on varsity for the last three years. That means we have spent a lot of time together. I love each of them like a daughter and they will be hard to replace next year. I wish them the best in the future in all they do,” said Karsten.

Siren 43, Luck 27 SIREN – In order to get to the regional final the Siren Dragons first had to get by Luck in the regional semifinals Friday, Feb. 26. It was the third time the two West Lakeland Conference foes had met this year, and the Dragons came out victorious on all three occasions. It was a great start for the Dragons as they went up 14-0 to start the game and never allowed the Cardinals to get back into the game. Luck had just three points on the board with over four minutes to play before halftime, and trailed 20-11 at the half. Siren used a well-balanced scoring attack against Luck, with Caitlynn Daniels leading with 11 points, followed by Haley Peterson, 10, Laurel Kannenberg, eight, Ashlee Rightman, seven, Sarah Shaffer, four, Allie Webster, two, and Riley Anderson, one.

The Siren rowdy section broke out the selfie-stick and had fun cheering for the Lady Dragons Friday, Feb. 26, against Luck. – Photo by Becky Strabel

Saints fall to Phillips in regional semifinal Phillips 71, St. Croix Falls 65 Marty Seeger|Staff writer PHILLIPS - The Lady Saints ended their season in the regional semifinal against the No. 1 seeded Phillips Loggers on Friday, Feb. 26, but came close to the upset

as they trailed by only a handful of points late in the game. The young Saints team trailed 31-24 at the end of the first half, with Katie Kopp leading the offense with 11 points. She finished with a team-leading 22 points, followed by Addie McCurdy with 14, Ruthie Stewart, 12, Kristin

Petherbridge, eight, Adrienne Stoffel, six, and Rebecca Nelson, three. McCurdy shot 6 of 9 from the free-throw line. Phillips was led by 24 points from Makala Williams and Ellie Lochner finished with 18. Despite the loss St. Croix Falls has a young and talented team coming back

next season. They return all but two seniors, which includes Nelson and Madelyn Doolittle. The Saints finished fourth in the conference standings at 6-6, and 12-10 overall.





Unity girls reach regional final with win over Hurley Fall to Phillips after positive start Unity 47, Hurley 30 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - The Unity Eagle girls basketball team played a solid game against the Hurley Midgettes Friday, Feb. 26, jumping out to an early lead while holding Hurley to just 10 points in the first half. “Our Hurley game on Friday was a very good outing for us. Winning 47-30, our girls played one of their best games at home this year,” said Eagles coach Rory Paulsen. “We held Hurley to 30 points, which makes this one of our best defensive efforts of the year.” In the first half Unity held a 10-8 advantage with just under 11 minutes to go, before Raelin Sorensen hit a timely 3-pointer that sparked a 15-0 run. Sorensen and Gabrielle Foeller were responsible for most of those 15 points and both finished the game with 17 points to lead Unity offensively. With a 25-10 lead to start the second half, the Eagles continued to play solid defense and stretch out a 33-14 spread Unity senior Markell Ramich puts pressure on Tori Colassaco of Hurley during the regional semifinal game at Unity on Friday, Feb. 26. The Eagles won the game and hit the road to Phillips for the regional championship game, but lost 76-63 to end their season. – Photos by Marty Seeger with more than 15 minutes to play in the game. The Eagles never allowed Hurley to go on a run in the second half, holding a 16-point lead most of the way to come out with the victory.

Raelin Sorensen of Unity takes a shot against Hurley. She had 17 points in the game.

Phillips 76, Unity 63 PHILLIPS - After a convincing win over Hurley on Friday, Feb. 26, Unity had to crank up their intensity the following night during the regional championship game against No. 1 seeded Phillips Saturday, Feb. 27. Unfortunately for the Eagles, their playoff run ended after the long road trip, but Unity got off to a strong start according to coach Rory Paulsen. “Our first half of this game was perhaps our best half of the year. Unfortunately, our second half was not. Our defense was good enough in the first half to keep us in the game by virtue of well-timed steals and stops when we needed them,” said Paulsen. At halftime the Eagles were in control, 31-22, but Paulsen said second-half turnovers were the biggest part of the Eagles loss.

“We had great difficulty in the second half with turnovers that led to baskets for Phillips,” said Paulsen. It was a tough way to end the year for the team’s seniors, including Raelin Sorensen, who led with 19 points. “All in all I felt our girls competed hard all season. Like many other coaches and players, we wish we could still be playing. We will greatly miss our seniors as they move on to other endeavors,” Paulsen said. Seniors include Markell Ramich, Gabrielle Foeller, Emma Moore, Sorensen and Carlie Merrill. “The coaching staff would like to thank them for their years of work and commitment to Unity girls basketball,” said Paulsen. The Eagles finished the year with 15-7 overall, and third in the conference standings at 7-5. Senior Gabrielle Foeller of Unity takes a shot under the basket against Hurley. She finished with 17 points in the Unity win.

Regional title/Continued open, with our young kids, because last night (against Mercer) we just got by with just our seniors scoring and we got a win. But against a team like Northwood, coming into it, we knew we needed a couple of points here and there from our other players. Shelbi (Root) had a couple of nice buckets and Kalyn hit that huge shot. Those aren’t easy to do as young kids and you’re feeling the pressure a little bit, but you know I’m proud of everybody. We just hung in there,” Wink said. In the final three minutes of the game the Vikings were largely in control despite the efforts from Northwood, who only trailed 41-37 with 3:06 to go, but were never able to get any closer. Taylor Alseth, who led the Vikings with 19 points, was able to hit a key basket late and went to the free-throw line five times, going 4 for 4 in the final 34 seconds of the game. Ann Chenal, who finished with nine points, along with Amundson, who finished with nine points, also had a key rebound late in the game, which helped the Vikings retain possession and extinguish any hopes for a Northwood comeback. Wink said the Vikings continued to rotate on defense in the end and secured enough rebounds for the win, but consistency was also a big key to the win. It was the second time they defeated Northwood this season, with the first coming by a 53-44 win in early January.

“I just thought the consistency from our team was key,” Wink said. “The couple of games we lost coming down the stretch to Unity and St. Croix, we lost our composure on, and I didn’t see that today at all, and felt we had a confident bunch coming into it, and they played steady the whole game and nobody panicked.” Three Vikings had big nights rebounding including Alseth with 17, Amundson 11 and Chenal 10. Alseth led with four assists along with five steals. Amundson also finished with five steals. Other scorers for the Vikings included Root with four points, and Miller with two points. On Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. in Superior, the Vikings enter the sectional semifinal game against Bayfield, at Superior on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Bayfield defeated Siren at the buzzer in the regional championship game. Bayfield finished champions of the Indianhead Conference at 16-1, and is 20-3 overall.

Frederic’s Ann Chenal fights for a rebound against the Northwood Evergreens late in the game on Saturday, Feb. 27. The rebound helped the Vikings hang onto possession on offense and hang on to a win, and their first regional championship since 1992. – Photo by Marty Seeger

The winner between Bayfield and Frederic will advance to the sectional final, which will be held at Spooner on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m., against the winner of the Clayton versus Thorp matchup. The sectional final will determine who goes to state.

Frederic 48, Mercer 36 FREDERIC - The Vikings got off to a bit of a slow start in the regional semifinal game against Mercer on Friday, Feb. 26. It was Frederic’s first game of the WIAA tournament as they received the No. 1 seed, and drew the first-round bye. Shots weren’t falling for Frederic in the first half and Mercer trailed by only three points at the break, 19-16, but the Vikings picked it up in the second half, backed by another balanced scoring effort by the starting seniors. Taylor Alseth led the Vikings with 16 points along with 12 rebounds, four assists and eight steals. Ann Chenal had 15 points, nine boards, six assists and six steals, and Emily Amundson added nine points with 13 rebounds, along with three steals. Nicole Nelson added eight points and had three steals.





SCF ballpark improvements moving into phase II Fundraising efforts continue Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – With the growing number of St. Croix Falls youth getting involved in T-ball, and baseball over the years, discussion circulated on how to provide that growing number of youth with more options. Just last year, the St. Croix Falls Baseball Association accommodated more than 200 youth participating in several age groups, from T-ball for kindergartners, through the fourth-grade traveling baseball teams. The current campus, located next to the St. Croix Falls School District and elementary school, includes the high school baseball diamond and softball field, as well as three other youth baseball and softball diamonds. Both high school ballfields remain in great shape, yet the youth play areas were in need of some TLC. This need, along with many other improvements that could be done for the campus, got some of the members of the SCFBA talking about three years ago. “We looked at some of the ball fields in the area and on our campus, and looking at the number of kids we have involved, we started dreaming a little bit. That’s where it all began,” said SCFBA co-president, Mike Wilson, who is also the high school counselor and dean of students in St. Croix Falls. From there, it was a matter of pulling up an aerial map and drawing up a game plan to see what they could do to improve the playing fields, as well as improve access for fans. But the improvements went beyond just baseball. “With that, came a conversation I overheard … our volleyball coach saying they were really looking at putting in an outdoor sand court for some of the kids during the summer and then also working with the track coaches,” Wilson said. Initially the drawn-up master plan was presented with the school board. Ideas of where to begin and how to go about doing it were thrown around, as well as how to pay for it all. The improvements weren’t grand, by any means, and wouldn’t require a million-dollar school referendum, but would add significant value to the fields and benefit many, so Wilson got to work on a Minnesota Twins grant program, and eventually received a $10,000 grant, as long as the association could match it, and they did. This helped start what Wilson called phase 1 of the project. Work began almost immediately and began with repairs with the field closest to the elementary school. The field had drainage issues, and snow melt, along with heavy rains, soaked the field. It also had no foul-line fencing and only a small backstop. Last fall, the field got the muchneeded renovation, which included lime being dumped on the field to help fix the drainage issues, as well as new fencing and dugout area, with benches to be added soon. Along with those improvements, the first phase also included improvements to the track field, as well as the addition of a sand volleyball court. The shot put area was moved and fencing issues along the south side of the track were improved. Workers and many volunteers helped pull fencing out and cut pipes down to eventually lower the fencing and make track events more friendly for spectators. The shot put area was also moved near the discus throwing area, which also benefits fans and athletes. This was all part of phase 1 of the project, which was helped with funding from many sources, including a STAR Foundation grant of $2,500, Twins grant, the school district, youth volleyball program and youth baseball association. Phase II With the first phase completed, the next phase of the ballpark improvements is just now getting under way, as well as the fundraising efforts. One part of the phase

The St. Croix Falls sports complex has been getting some major improvements thanks to efforts by the youth baseball association, with help from many others. They are hoping to move on to phase II as early as this spring, which will help create a parking area between the high school baseball diamond, shown, and the softball field to the south. – Photo by Marty Seeger is completely moving the JV baseball field back from the smaller softball diamond to the east. This will help solve a shortage of fields without actually finding a place for another field. “It creates enough space to have a full complex because, with these fields, if one has a game the other one can’t be used because their outfields overlap,” Wilson said. “To be able to do that, with enough space to have a 180- to 200-foot softball field, and a 300-foot JV baseball field, we’re going to relocate that JV field Slide it back and redo the whole works, including the fencing all the way around. The cost of those efforts is estimated to cost about $45,000 which the association is currently working on, while the school board is working on policy for naming rights and working closely with the project with as much as they can. Wilson also said, with help from youth softball, the baseball association and community education, they were also able to add a double-alley batting cage near the center of the complex. “We have everything put together and in place. We just need to dig the holes and solidify the poles when the frost goes out,” he said, adding each cage is 70 feet long and will be side by side. Along with the second phase is the creation of a parking lot to be located between the softball and baseball field, which is currently covered by mostly buckthorn bushes, a handful of nice oak trees and a giant chunk of traprock in the center. With a little work, which has already begun with the help of volunteers to remove the brush, they’ll likely be able to create 60-80 parking spaces. The topsoil that is removed will be placed over the outfield of the JV baseball field to elevate it and help with drainage issues. “The school is very much on board with the parking lot, because we have no parking. It’s horrible,” said Wilson. With the current space that isn’t being utilized, they hope to leave many of the oak trees, while clearing off an area to be used as a possible elevated picnic area around the traprock. There is potential to get the parking lot completed as soon as road restrictions are lifted and wouldn’t interrupt with spring track meets or the high school baseball and softball games. “And if they could do it fast enough, and depending on when road restrictions are off, it has potential this spring, with the second thought being at the very end

of ball season,” Wilson said. “But that all depends on how their fundraising efforts go.”

Phase III The final phase of the project is also drawn up and includes a new parking area near the bus garage, as opposed to spectators simply parking in the grass to watch games. There are also plans to improve the two ball fields in Dresser, which are used primarily by T-ball teams. “One thing that we’re doing is talking about adding another T-ball field down in Dresser and creating one more option for our little-kid ball,” Wilson said, which would free up the fourth and fifth-grade baseball field, which used to be in Dresser. Part of that conversation continues to include more funding and more fundraising ideas to add and redo the fields in Dresser, and eventually shift all of the T-ball games, coach-pitch 1 and coach-pitch 2 levels of baseball to Dresser. But Wilson is also keeping close tabs on the cost of the project. “What we’ve done with the baseball complex improvement is try to focus on doing it little by little,” said Wilson.

“We’re trying to do it with respect to everybody involved. It’s a very practical, yet solid, upgrade.” Another part of phase III will involve the safe-route-to-schools program and working on a grant to create a paved pathway that goes between the fields and eventually connects with the sidewalk, basically joining with the elementary school sidewalk. That piece of the master plan could take time, but the project is certainly off to a great start. Wilson said a key to the project and getting things moving forward is knowing about it. He said that if anyone is interested in helping financially or has ideas, they can contact him or St. Croix Falls Superintendent Mark Burandt, who has worked closely with the project. “We’ve had a good relationship with both youth programs, both softball and baseball, and then the school as well. Its been nice, we’re going in the right direction, but I think a key ingredient with everything here is that there’s a lot of community pride. We have a ton of people that are volunteering hours, coming in on weekends,” Wilson said.

One of the first improvements to be done at the St. Croix Falls sports campus was to the field closest to the elementary school. Fencing was added where there wasn’t any before and lime was added to the field to address drainage issues. Also part of the first phase, was moving the shot put area, which is near the center field area, as well as an addition of a sand volleyball area, which can’t be seen in the photo, but is to the right of the field. – Photo by Marty Seeger






“At the start of February, Roman and I talked about his point total and he told me ‘a home game is more important.’ Roman would like his basketball career at FHS to be more about his team’s accomplishments than his own, but he has earned this special recognition and we are all proud of him,” Bergstrom added. Poirier plans to continue his education

at Western Technical College in La Crosse and continue to compete on the basketball ABOVE: Frederic students cheered on Roman Poirier for his 1,000th point, and shortly after reaching his milestone, fans and family react, at right. Porier had 29 points in the Vikings win over Bayfield Tuesday, March 1. – Photos by Marty Seeger

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Strikers 25, Huskies 21, Wolves 13, Pins 5. Boys games: Jonathan Skow (S) 156, Mitch Paquette (S) 146, Parker Steen (P) 142. Boys series: Jonathan Skow (S) 422, Parker Steen (P) 412, Richard Bugella (H) 374. Girls games: Rachael Bugella (W) 142, Madeline Kuesel (W) 132. Girls series: Rachael Bugella (W) 365, Madeline Kuesel (W) 307. Team games: Strikers 280, Wolves 274, Pins 221. Team series: Strikers 767, Wolves 672, Pins 639. Monday Afternoon Retired Standings: Bears 20, Vultures 18, Hummingbirds 18, Mallards 17, Swans 15, Badgers 15, Eagles 13, Night Hawks 12. Men’s games: Ron Noble 224, Dale Johnson 204, Lloyd Swanson 193. Men’s series: Dale Johnson 584, Dave Bannie 528, Ron Noble 506. Women’s games: Pat Bresina 175, Marge Traun & Mary Young 170. Women’s series: Pat Bresina & Mary Young 472, Marge Traun 466. Team games: Vultures 670, Bears 646, Eagles 644. Team series: Vultures 1905, Eagles 1852, Bears 1806. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 72.5, Maurer Power 70, S&G 56, House of Wood 52.5, Pioneer Bar 36. Individual games: Tony Wilson 245, Don Swenson 232, Ed Bitler 218. Individual series: Don Swenson 647, Ed Bitler & Tony Wilson 613. Team games: Yellow Lake Lodge 620, S&G 596, House of Wood 570. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1725, S&G 1662, House of Wood 1591. Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Don Swenson 232 (+56). Series 100 pins or more above avg.: Don Swenson 647 (+119). Splits converted: 2-7-9: Ed Bitler. 3-10: Curtis Renfroe (2x). Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 23, Skol Bar 20, Hansen Farms 19, Cifaldi Motors 17, Cummings Lumber 16, Luck Laundry 16, Stotz & Co. 16, Bye 1. Individual games: Chuck Kruse (CL) 267, Brett Daeffler (SB) 249, Jeff Cummings (CL) 238. Individual series: Moose Wilson (SB) 648, Chuck Kruse (CL) 621, Brett Daeffler (SB) 621. Team games: Cummings Lumber 1020, Skol Bar 1019 & 992. Team series: Skol Bar 2986, Cummings Lumber 2722, Stotz & Co. 2628. Thursday Early Standings: LakeLand Communications 55, Wikstrom Construction 51, Backwoods Beer & Bait 50, American Family Siren 48.5, Red Iron Studios 46, Grindell Law Offices 40, Hell Raisers 37.5, Fab Four 36. Individual games: Curtis Renfroe (LC)

235, Rich Tims (AFS) 222, Dave Hall (HR) 220. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 650, Edward Bitler (RIS) 573, Dennis Lieder (AFS) 571. Team games: Red Iron Studios 573, American Family Siren 566, Hell Raisers 556. Team series: American Family Siren 1647, Red Iron Studios 1591, LakeLand Communications 1566. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Curtis Renfroe 235 (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Jeff Janetto 198 (+70), Corey Laqua 203 (+70), Dennis Lieder 213 (+54), Gloria Meyer 211 (+53), Curtis Renfroe 235 (+57) & 233 (+55), Rich Tims 222 (+82). Honorable achievement: Mike Renfroe – All spare game (first ever). Splits converted: 2-7: Kanan Hackett (HR), Dave Hall (HR). 3-6-7-10: Tim Pederson (FF). 3-10: Dave Grindell (GLO), Duane Wisse, Mike Route, Kanan Hackett (HR). 4-9: Karen Carlson (BBB). 4-57: Derek Ayd (LC). 5-6: John Anderson (GLO), Jeff Janetto. 5-7: John Anderson (GLO). 5-10: Dave Hall (HR). Friday Night Standings: The Leader 28, Frederic Design & Promotion 28, Junque Art 26, Pin Heads 16. Individual games: Karen Carlson 183, Dorothy Barfknecht 181, Jen Ellefson & Pat Traun 178. Individual series: Karen Carlson 517, Cindy Denn 480, Jen Ellefson 477. Team games: Frederic Design & Promotion 814, Pin Heads 784, Junque Art 781. Team series: Frederic Design & Promotion 2321, Junque Art 2278, Pin Heads 2260. Splits converted: 3-9-10: Tammy Lindberg. 5-10: Dorothy Barfknecht. 4-9: Jen Ellefson. Saturday Night Standings: Lakers 48, Lane Kings 47, Expendables 46, Bye Team 43, Lucky Ducks 40, B-52s 38, Pin Choppers 37, Rebel Alliance 37. Women’s games: Emily Hansen 239 & 201, Rita Bohn 193. Women’s series: Emily Hansen 606, Rita Bohn 533, Mona Renfroe 501. Men’s games: Bob Strong 212, Bruce Gravelle 199, Bruce Hansen 195. Men’s series: Bruce Gravelle 553, Bob Strong 548, Mark Bohn 517. Team games: Lane Kings 965 & 947, Expendables 850. Team series: Lane Kings 2731, Lakers 2486, B-52s 2454.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 55, Sam’s Carpentry 36.5, McKenzie Lanes 35, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 31, Gutterbugs 26, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 20.5. Individual games: Kathy McKenzie 211, Joan Wulf & Cindy Castellano 192, Kellie Flaherty 190. Individual series: Cindy Castellano 524, Patti Katzmark 515, Kathy McKenzie 511. Team games (Handicap): McKenzie

Lanes 857. Team series (Handicap): Edina Divas 2386. Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 53, Mishaps 50, Kemps Quality Siding 42, Bewitched 34, Eagle Lounge 33, Alleycats 28. Individual games: Debbie Swanson 203, Sheryl Swagger 201, Lois Murphy 200. Individual series: Debbie Swanson 527, Sheryl Swagger 517, Jessica Haverland 489. Team games (Handicap): Mishaps 663, Kemps Quality Siding 628. Team series (Handicap): Mishaps 1776, Kemps Quality Siding 1760. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Edina Realty 92, Hack’s Pub 89.5, Steve’s Appliance Plus 87.5, The Cobbler Shop 83.5, Logoton PC 79.5, GA Screenprinting 75.5, The Dugout 68.5, Bye 0. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 289, Rick F. Fox 279, Rick Katzmark 278. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 744, Rick F. Fox 712, Doug Oryan 690. Team games (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 1184. Team series (Handicap): Edina Realty 3390. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 103, Jeff’s Small Engine 92, Main Street Café 89, Split Happens 87.5, Kassel Tap 85.5, Gutter Dusters 85, Custom Outfitter 76.5, Hauge Dental 60.5. Individual games: Patti Katzmark 217, Shirley Wilson 188, Shirley Wiswell 184. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 516, Pattie Johnson 513, Patty Walker 504. Team games (Handicap): Main Street Cafe 846, Kassel Tap 816, Split Happens 813. Team series (Handicap): Main Street Cafe 2433, Tomlinson Insurance 2354, Kassel Tap 2353. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 56, Loveless Lake Bar 50, Suzie Q’s 44, Thirsty Otter 38, Adamark Repair 36, Maxwell Heating & Air 34, McKenzie Lanes 32, 5 J’s Sports Bar 30. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 249, Mike Welling 243, Tim Aronson & Dennis Hansen 236. Men’s series: Mike Welling 682, Jeff Lehmann 658, Mark Anderson 613. Women’s games: Jeanne Kizer 213, Pamela Knoche 204, Patsy Hansen 197.

Women’s series: Patsy Hansen 556, Jeanne Kizer 535, Pamela Knoche 507. Team games (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 757. Team series (Handicap): Suzie Q’s 2152. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Fox Ridge Farm 60, Jeff’s Small Engine 55, Tiger Express 50, Captain’s Bar & Grill 31, McKenzie Lanes 29, 5 J’s Sports Bar 28, Hanjo Farms 22, Dalles Electrician 13. Individual games: Jim Alt 279, Darren McKenzie 278, Jesse Schultz 277. Individual series: Gordy Johnson 731, Jesse Schultz 713, Jim Alt 693. Team games (Handicap): Tiger Express 1131, Captain’s Bar & Grill 1100. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 3258, 5 J’s Sports Bar 3012. Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Central Bank 37.5, Soul Sisters 37, Hauge Dental 35, TL Enterprise 34.5, Hack’s Pub 33.5, JJ’s 33.5, Cutting Edge Pro 31.5, Eagle Valley Bank 29.5. Individual games: Dawn High 209, Jennifer Whelan 203, Cindy Castellano 189. Individual series: Jennifer Whelan 548, Dawn High 546, Cindy Castellano 529. Team games: Soul Sisters 695, Hack’s Pub 641, Eagle Valley Bank 621. Team series: Soul Sisters 1900, Eagle Valley Bank 1776, Hack’s Pub 1764. Saturday Night Standings: The In-laws 58, Roller Coasters 48, Misfits 47, B&K Cousins 43, New Team 41, Here for the Beer 35, Cutting Edge Pro 33, Rumbeers 33. Women’s games: Toni Sloper 192, Jan Kruse 181, Kathy Braund 173. Women’s series: Kathy Braund 478, Jan Kruse 463, Toni Sloper 462. Men’s games: Mark Turner 248m Jeff Lehmann 233, Gene Braund 230. Men’s series: Mark Turner 663, Jeff Lehmann 637, Gene Braund 617. Team games (Handicap): The In-laws 940, Misfits 901, New Team 884. Team series (Handicap): The In-laws 2598, Misfits 2552, New Team 2542.

Black & Orange Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 29-11, Zia Louisa’s 22-18, The Tap 22-18, Black & Orange 7-33. Individual games: Judy Olson (ZL) 182, Delores Lien (T) 176, Donna Crain (B&O) 169. Individual series: Judy Olson (ZL) 452, Sally Casey (ZL) 421, Donna Crain (B&O) 413. Team games: Black & Orange 891, Gandy Dancer Saloon 878, Zia Louisa’s 876. Team series: The Tap 2576, Zia Louisa’s 2574, Black & Orange 2555. Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 22-6, Yellow River Saloon 17-11, Black & Orange 9-19, Larry’s LP 8-20. Individual games: Tony Wilson (BA) 245, Josh Johnson (L) 228, Lloyd Katusky (B&O) 220. Individual series: Tony Wilson (BA) 708, Josh Johnson (L) 612, Neil Huppert (YRS)

595. Team games: Bruce’s Auto 1091, Larry’s LP 1057, Black & Orange 1042. Team series: Bruce’s Auto 3081, Larry’s LP 3012, Black & Orange 2873. Games 50 or more above avg.: Josh Wilson 228 (+50). Series 100 or more above avg.: Tony Wilson 708 (+120). Splits converted: 6-7: Curt Phelps. Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, A&H Country Market, Gob’s Gals, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Vivian Marx (GG) & Cindy Hesik (GG) 171, Laura Main (TS) 160. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 464, Char Vanous (AH) 438, Cindy Hesik (GG) 422. Team games: Gob’s Gals 644, The Shop 560, Gob’s Gals 529. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1685, The Shop 1542, A&H Country Market 1483. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 28-4, Larry’s LP 18-14, Flower Power 16-16, Vacant 2-30. Individual games: Vicki Tollander (NL) 182, Sue Eytcheson (FP) 181, Sandy Buhil (NL) 175. Individual series: Sue Eytcheson (FP) 509, Sandy Buhil (NL) 497, Vicki Tollander (NL) 493. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 918, Flower Power 866, Larry’s LP 847. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 2642, Flower Power 2547, Larry’s LP 2424. Games 50 or more above avg.: Shannel Reynolds 173 (+50); Vicki Tollander 182 (+52). Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 19.5-8.5, Northwoods Lumber 15-13, Lions 12.515.5, Black & Orange 9-19. Individual games: Roger Tollander (NL) 246, Josh Johnson (L) 228, Neil Huppert (BL) 210. Individual series: Fred Zajac (NL) 582, Monte Rinnman (NL) 576, Gene Ackland (BL) 551. Team games: Northwoods Lumber 1030, Black & Orange 1015, Lions 970. Team series: Black & Orange 2998, Lions 2805, Northwoods Lumber 2793. Games 50 or more above avg.: Roger Tollander 246 (+64). Early Risers Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 27-13, 10th Hole 22-18, The Granary 20-20, Black & Orange 11-29. Individual games: Mary Reese (TG) 187, Michelle Lysdahl (10th) 181, Joan Java-Hahr (10th) 169. Individual series: Mary Reese (TG) 491, Michelle Lysdahl (10th) 459, Claudia Peterson (GDS) 437. Team games: The Granary 753, 10th Hole 751, Gandy Dancer Saloon 726. Team series: The Granary 2168, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2154, 10th Hole 2136.





Boys hoops put lid on regular season Grantsburg coach Nick Hallberg reaches 100th win Luck 65, Frederic 51 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC - West Lakeland Conference boys basketball teams ended the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 25, including Frederic and Luck, who played each other for the second time this season. The Cardinals came out on top in both games including a 76-71 win in January. Luck got a big night from Noah Mortel who led with 25 points, including 18 in the first half. Taylor Hawkins and Casey Ogilvie each had 12 points for the Cardinals, followed by Preston Lane and Payton Ellefson each with five, Nick Mattson, four, and Austin Hamack and Jack Johansen each added one. The Vikings trailed 31-28 at the half and were led by Roman Poirier with 28 points, followed by Austin Ennis, 14, Jonah Tinman, eight, and Kyle Olson, Mason Gustafson and Caleb Schott each had two. Luck finished 7-5 in the conference and was third in the overall standings, while Frederic tied for fourth in the conference with Siren at 5-7. The Vikings and Cardinals could meet

for a third time this season in the WIAA playoffs but will both need to win their regional in Division 5, which would set up a sectional semifinal.

Grantsburg 66, St. Croix Falls 60 ST. CROIX FALLS - The Grantsburg Pirates met up with an improving St. Croix Falls team on Thursday, Feb. 25, but pulled away with their 10th win of the year. It was also coach Nick Hallberg’s 100th win as the Pirates head coach. The Pirates finished with a solid second in the West Lakeland Conference behind Unity, who finished undefeated at 12-0. The Pirates finished 10-2. “St. Croix has been playing well of late and tonight was no different,” Hallberg said. Our guys battled right to the end after a fast start. Good to see the energy, we just need to sustain that level of play consistently moving forward. Proud of our guys this regular season, now on to the tournament.” Jordan Knutson led Grantsburg with 24 points followed by John Chenal, 17, Jaeger Staeven, 10, Jackson Gerber, seven, Joseph Ohnstad, five, and Leo Chenal, three. For the Saints Alex Johnson finished with 17 points, followed by Jonathan Petherbridge, 16, Thomas Penn and Daniel Crandall each had eight, Brady Leahy, seven, and Tyler Henk and Jake Johnson each had two.

Luck’s Austin Hamack chases down a loose ball against the Vikings on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Frederic, during the team’s final regular season game. – Photo by Becky Amundson

Siren 78, Webster 43 SIREN - The Siren boys basketball team lit up the scoreboard against Webster in their final game of the regular season, as Neil Oustigoff led the Dragons with a huge night that included 36 points. Oustigoff finished with five threes and shot 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. Other Siren scorers included Logan Allen with 15 points, followed by Aaron Ruud and Kanaan Christenson each with 10, Xander Pinero, three, Ben Lemieux, two, and Silas Vasatka and Dolan Highstrom each had

one. Jack Washburn led Webster with 11 points and Paul Sargent had nine, followed by Brad Sigfrids with seven, Joey Formanek and Tate Fohrenkamm each had six, Dylan Kegel, three, and Trevor Gustafson, one.

–Webster’s Paul Sargent heads in for a layup against Siren on Thursday, Feb. 25. – Photo by Becky Strabel

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 12-0 Grantsburg Pirates 10-2 Luck Cardinals 7-5 Frederic Vikings 5-7 Siren Dragons 5-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-9 Webster Tigers 1-11

Tate Fohrenkamm of Webster waits for a rebound as Neil Oustigoff, left, and Logan Allen of Siren look on, Thursday, Feb. 25, in Siren. – Photo by Becky Strabel

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 21-1 17-4 15-7 11-12 14-9 4-17 7-16

Scores Thursday, Feb. 25 Luck 65, Frederic 51 Grantsburg 66, St. Croix Falls 60 Siren 78, Webster 43 Tuesday, March 1 (WIAA Regionals) Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 71, St. Croix Falls 62 Frederic 74, Bayfield 47 Grantsburg 66, Cumberland 41 Luck 73, Winter 41 Siren 81, Butternut 36 Abbotsford 60, Webster 44 Upcoming Friday, March 4 (WIAA Regionals) 7 p.m. Frederic (5) at Siren (4) Drummond (6) at Luck (3) Abbotsford (5) at Grantsburg (4) Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (7) at Unity (2)

West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Siren Dragons 10-2 Frederic Vikings 9-3 Unity Eagles 7-5 St. Croix Falls Saints 6-6 Grantsburg Pirates 5-7 Luck Cardinals 3-9 Webster Tigers 2-10

Overall 20-5 18-6 15-7 12-11 8-13 11-13 7-16

Saints fifth-graders go undefeated

Scores Friday, Feb. 26 (WIAA regional semifinal) Frederic 48, Mercer 36 Siren 43, Luck 27 Phillips 71, St. Croix Falls 65 Unity 47, Hurley 30 Saturday, Feb. 27 (WIAA regional championship) Frederic 50, Northwood 39 Bayfield 65, Siren 63 Phillips 76, Unity 63 Upcoming (WIAA Sectionals) Thursday, March 3 7 p.m. Bayfield (2) vs. Frederic (1) at Superior

GYMNASTICS Upcoming Friday, March 4 (WIAA team state finals) 2 p.m. (march-in) Grantsburg/Luck/Unity at Wisconsin Rapids

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The St. Croix Falls fifth-grade basketball team just finished up their traveling season and went undefeated on the year. Also, the fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade traveling basketball teams finished the winter traveling season with a combined record of 47-6. – Photo submitted




2017 state park sticker design contest open MADISON - Wisconsin high school students have until April 13, to submit entries for the 2017 Wisconsin state park sticker design contest. The contest is open to all high-school-age students, ninth through 12th grades, attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin. The winning design will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. The design must be the artist’s original creation and cannot be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations are not accepted. Contest rules, a design template and entry form are available by searching the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr., for keyword contest.

The winning design for the 2016 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker was designed by Rachael Wirth, a senior at Appleton North High School. Electronic submissions are now accepted Beginning this year, electronic submissions will be accepted as well as hardcopy submissions. Students can submit their artwork in one of the two following ways: • Entries may be sent electronically via email. Students should scan the completed entry form as a pdf, and email the entry form file along with the design file (accepted formats are .pdf and .eps) to • Entries may be mounted on an 8- by 10-inch white matte or poster board and

covered by clear acetate, or plastic wrap which is secured by tape on the backside, for protection. Students should not laminate the design. The entry form must be securely attached to the back. Each entry submitted in this way must be securely wrapped and mailed to: Sticker Design Contest, DNR/Bureau of Parks and Recreation, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 537077921. Entries can also be hand delivered to the State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison. – from dnr.

The 2016 winning sticker was designed by Rachael Wirth, a senior at Appleton North High School. – From

DNR invites entries for trout and salmon stamp contests MADISON - Trout and salmon have been capturing the imagination of artists since at least the time of early cave paintings in France some 14,000 years ago, scholars say. Will your fish art make modern history? In celebration of Wisconsin’s worldclass inland trout waters and productive Great Lakes fisheries, the Department of Natural Resources is inviting entries for an inland trout stamp design contest and a Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contest for the 2017-year stamps. “We’re excited to offer these contests as a way of recognizing the importance of trout and salmon in Wisconsin’s outdoor heritage and our economy,” said Justine Hasz, DNR’s fisheries bureau chief. “The contests will create greater awareness of the impact of these fisheries while also creating beautiful and lasting images of

the fish.” Artwork for the 2017 inland trout stamp contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contest must be submitted by July 1. The concurrent contests are open to those ages 18 and older, youth contests are planned for the 2018 editions. Subject matter for stamps must feature species of trout and salmon found in Wisconsin’s waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil. Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the Web and Facebook in July. The top 10 entries from the online voting will then move to a final

round of judging by a panel of three to five judges with expertise and interest in trout, salmon and wildlife art. The top three entries will be ranked and put on display at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair from Thursday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 14. DNR’s fisheries program first conducted the inland trout stamp contest in 1978 and the Great Lakes trout and salmon stamp contest in 1982. More than 70 artists participated in the early years of the contests and Hasz said the fisheries program decided to launch the contests again to capture a new generation of creative talent. Artists are urged to read all contest rules and submission requirements carefully. To learn more, visit and search Trout Stamp Contest. Entries will be accepted starting immediately and

must be delivered or postmarked by July 1 and sent to the Wisconsin Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp Contest or the Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp Contest, Attn: Trout Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR (FH/4), Box 7921, Madison, WI 537077921. Questions may be directed to Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator, at Joanna. or 608-264-8953. In addition to purchasing a state fishing license, anglers who wish to pursue trout and salmon must purchase an inland trout stamp or a Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp depending on the waters they intend to fish. Revenue from the stamp sales is used for restoring and maintaining habitat and, in the case of the Great Lakes stamp, for stocking and rearing trout and salmon. – from

Donations to Endangered Resources Fund help rare prairies LA CROSSE - For nearly a quarter century, Bob Swartz and other directors of the Paul E. Stry Foundation have helped save bluff prairies in Wisconsin and other nature areas by donating money directly to the Endangered Resources Fund. “To buy a prairie and just own it doesn’t preserve it. DNR has the staff, the equipment and the mission to do it,” says Swartz. So foundation directors have donated to the fund every year since the 1990s to benefit state natural areas in western Wisconsin. Their investment has allowed the Department of Natural Resources to establish a crew of conservation biologists who conduct prescribed burns, control invasive species and take other measures to maintain DNR-owned natural areas that represent the best remaining examples of more than 100 different kinds of prairies, oak savannas, wetlands and forests in Wisconsin and are a haven for rare plants

and animals. Such direct donations are just one way that people and organizations can help care for Wisconsin’s wild places and native plants and animals. Perhaps the easiest way to donate is through the checkoff on Wisconsin state income tax form. Every year, about 10,000 people fill in a donation amount on the form next to the Endangered Resources Fund line, and their donation is matched dollar for dollar. “Your donation, big or small, makes a huge difference for Wisconsin wildlife and natural areas, and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed over the years,” says Erin Crain-Sullivan, deputy director of the DNR Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division. “Together, we can do more.” Private donations and the state match they secure are critical for funding work to manage nongame species and state natural areas; they can provide more than a

quarter of the annual funding available annually for work by DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation staff. To learn more about NHC funding, the work those donations paid for in 2015 and the impact of those efforts, please read Conserving Wisconsin’s Natural Heritage Together, the Natural Heritage Conservation Program’s 2015 annual report.

Other ways to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund There are other ways to donate to work to manage nongame species and maintain state natural areas. Online donations and checks payable to the Endangered Resources Fund allow people to direct where they want their funding to go: state natural areas; bats, birds, reptiles and amphibians; insects and aquatic species; plants and natural communities; or the general fund. Both of these options also allow for the matching money, allowing the donor to

double their impact on behalf of native species and natural areas. Donate online by going to, searching NHC and clicking on the donate button. If you prefer to write a check, make your check payable to the Endangered Resources Fund and send to: Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 537077921 Finally, buying an Endangered Resources license plate provides an annual $25 donation to the Endangered Resources Fund. A new eagle design joins the wolf design, and both plates can be purchased at anytime, no need to wait for registration renewal. To learn more and print off the application form to get the plate, go to dnr. and search eagle plate. – from dnr.

Attend the Polk Deer Advisory Council meeting March 24, and play a key role in deer management BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Deer Advisory Council will meet to discuss preliminary antlerless quota recommendations, permit levels and season structure options for the 2016 deer hunting season. The Thursday, March 24 meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at County Board Room, Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, in Balsam Lake. The public is encouraged to attend and

provide written or verbal feedback. The council will continue to work toward its population objective recommendation of (maintaining) the local deer population in Polk County. Population objectives set in 2014 continue to guide deer management decisions through the 2017 deer seasons. Antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure options will help achieve population objectives and will

help determine the number of antlerless deer carcass tags available in Polk County during the 2016 deer hunting season. Antlerless harvest quotas are reviewed and set each year. After preliminary quota recommendations have been proposed, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback during an online public comment period in April or via the CDAC chair Wally Trudeau at phone number 715-268-2304.

Comments may also be submitted via email to For more information regarding CDACs and deer herd management in Wisconsin, search keyword CDAC or contact DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin. gov. – submitted


New Ventures Garden Seminar set for March 19 MINONG - Intriguing temptations aka plants, landscape renovation, hydrangeas and gardening wisdom, will headline the 16th-annual New Ventures Garden Seminar on Saturday, March 19, at Northwood School in Minong. Reservations are being taken for the seminar, which will feature four inspiring and informative presentations, including two by Debbie Lonnee, who works with breeders around the world to bring new plants to Bailey Nurseries, plus vendors, exhibits and plenty of camaraderie. The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration and vendor sales beginning at 8:45 a.m. New Ventures is hosted by the Spooner Garden Club, North Country Master Gardener Volunteers and Northwood Community Education. Topics Here are the four topics that will be covered: Hydrangeas for the North, by Debbie Lonnee. Hydrangeas are the most popular shrub in the United States. What species and varieties work best in northern gardens? This presentation will cover many of the popular hydrangeas used in gardens today plus site placement, pruning techniques and tips

for success in growing this beautiful group of plants. New Plants for Northern Gardens, by Debbie Lonnee. Trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals, hundreds of new varieties have been introduced over the last five to 10 years. What are the best varieties for northern gardeners? Where do these varieties come from and how do we know they work in northern gardens? Find out about the best of the newest. Renovating a Home Landscape: An Approach to Solving Problems and Building a Dream Landscape in a Limited Space, by Julie Weisenhorn. This is an unusual opportunity, a chance to see a landscape-design project from start to finish and how it has matured over five years. University of Minnesota Extension educator Julie Weisenhorn will present her own landscape renovation from the redesign through the actual rebuild, highlight specific plants that succeeded and failed and explore how she managed challenges, surprises and wishes. Landscape components include a phased-in approach, new paved walks and terraced walls, incorporation of edibles, a rain garden that was built not once, but twice, and a pollinator safe haven, all in an 80-by-80-foot residential property. She also will demonstrate her new plant selection program that everyone can use to help choose new plants. Sharing Wisdom Gained through Experience. Greenhouse and nursery staff, especially the owners, are treasure troves of information, through their own hands-on experience and through the research they have done over the years that enables them to answer the hundreds of questions that pop up over a gardening season. Dean Faulhaber of Wood River Garden Store near Grantsburg will answer a potpourri of questions that he hears often. Questions also can be submitted for him to consider answering. They can be emailed to or sent in with the seminar registration by Friday, March 4. Biographies Lonnee spent the first 13 years of her career managing a large Twin Cities garden center. For the last 24 years she has worked at Bailey Nurseries, starting as a production coordinator working primarily with the perennial and bedding plant crops, as well as roses and woody plants. She was promoted to manager of the planning and administration department in 2006 Position includes: Four 10 p.m.and in January 2015 became 6 a.m. (including EOW) and the product development two 2-10 p.m. evening shifts per 2-week pay period. manager, responsible for BaiPlease apply in person at: ley’s new breeding farm in 105 East Georgia and working with Oak Street breeders around the world, Frederic, WI bringing new plants to Bailey 715-327-4394 brands. An avid gardener, she has

Part Time, 3 - 4 days/week Paper inserters are responsible for putting circular inserts together and getting the paper together with the correct inserts for distribution. Must be able to stand while working and lift 50 lbs. Send resume or apply in person.

Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association Attn.: Human Resources P.O. Box 490, 303 Wisconsin Ave. N. Frederic, WI 54837 email:

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First Baptist Church Of Webster Is Seeking To Fill A

30-Hour-A-Week Youth Pastor Position

First Baptist is a vibrant, healthy congregation with an excellent AWANA program and youth ministry. Job description: The youth pastor will be responsible for the development and oversight of all church ministries related to junior high and senior high with the goal of our youth becoming devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Qualifications and Position Requirements (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9) √ One who loves Jesus with all of his heart. √ One who possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, experience in senior high youth ministry, basic administrative and leadership skills and a personal spiritual life congruent with biblical mandates for leaders. √ One who is gifted and is called to youth ministry, loves young people and has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level. √ An engaging teacher, with a strong Biblical and theological background, who is in agreement with the church’s statement of faith. √ One who is passionate about discipleship.

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NOTICE - TOWN OF GEORGETOWN The Town of Georgetown is seeking bids for pulverizing blacktop on 230th Avenue and 90th Street east of Vincent Lake. This is approximately 1.4 miles of road. We’re also seeking bids for pulverizing 1 mile of 70th Street south of County Road G-E. Bids should be submitted to: Pulverizing Bid, Town of Georgetown, 1847 100th St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Bids must be received by the Town of Georgetown by April 12, 2016, to be considered. For additional information, please contact: Supervisor Andy Mangelsen, 715-857-5323 642496 29-30L WNAXLP


2nd Tuesday, March 8, 2016, At 7 p.m. At Daniels Town Hall

Agenda will include ATV and BOR ordinances. Agenda will be posted at Daniels Town Hall 24 hours before meeting. Visit Town of Daniels website at 642531 29L Submitted by Liz Simonsen, Clerk

Shell Lake Clinic is currently accepting applications for a part-time (three- to four-days per week) receptionist. Prior medical experience recommended.

Send Or Fax Resume To:

Human Resources

SHELL LAKE CLINIC 105 4th Ave., P.O. Box 336 Shell Lake, WI 54871-0336 Equal Opportunity Employer Phone 715-468-2711 - Fax: 715-468-2727 email:


Shell Lake Clinic is currently accepting applications for a full-time (four to five days per week) Certified Medical Assistant in our Siren office. Benefits include health, life, disability & dental insurance, 401(k) and vacation pay. Prior medical experience recommended. Must be Certified or able to test within 6 months of employment.

Send Or Fax Resume To:

Human Resources

SHELL LAKE CLINIC 105 4th Ave., P.O. Box 336 Shell Lake, WI 54871-0336 Equal Opportunity Employer Phone 715-468-2711 - Fax: 715-468-2727 email:

Registration Preregistration is required by mailing in $16, which includes all sessions, lunch and snacks, with name, phone number and address to Northwood School Community Ed, N14463 Hwy. 53, Minong, WI 54859. Checks must be written out to Northwood School. As is the tradition at the seminar, 4- by 6-inch or 8- by 10inch photos of plants, area gardens and visited gardens are welcome and will be displayed during the event. Attendees are invited to send photos with their registration, not emailed in, along with the photographer’s name and a description of the photo. The snapshots can be retrieved after the seminar if desiredVendors with any kind of garden-related products or exhibiters with related information are invited, too. People love to shop at the seminar, the event’s organizers said. More information about the seminar, vending or exhibiting can be learned from (preferably) Julie Hustvet,, or from Northwood School, 715-4662297. – submitted


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a collector’s garden full of perennials and many new annuals. She is a member of the Perennial Plant Association and just finished her last two years as Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association past president and 16 years on the board of directors. Her work as an MNLA volunteer started over 30 years ago, and she recently was inducted into the MNLA Hall of Fame, the first woman to join that prestigious group of volunteers. Garden writing is her second job. She is the horticultural editor for Northern Gardener magazine and writes the Plant to Pick article for each edition. She is a co-author of “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates” and “Growing Shrubs and Small Trees in Cold Climates.” Both books have been revised and updated. Weisenhorn holds a master’s degree in both visual communication and horticulture. She taught landscape design courses from 2002 to 2007 and served as state director of the Extension Master Gardener Program from 2007 to 2014. Since 2014 she has been a full-time Extension educator in horticulture, providing outreach education on various Extension horticulture topics with a special focus on plant selection and sustainable landscape design. She lives in Mound, Minn., and experiments in her own backyard with small-space landscape design, and, as she says, she “just can’t say no to a new plant.” Faulhaber has a degree in horticulture, and he interned at the local nursery where he also met his wife, Sue, who shares his passion and has a lifetime of hands-on experience in the floral and garden store business. Together they market-gardened for several years while he spent 20 years in retail corporate life. In 2001, Sue partnered with her best friend, Donna Chell, and purchased Village Floral & Gifts in Grantsburg. One year later, Wood River Garden Store was purchased, and Dean has been managing the store, now in its 14th year. “I have also managed to discover how little a person knows, how many things a person hasn’t done, and how vast and ever-changing this industry is!” Dean said. “As humbling as all this is, I love the challenge and persist on walking the walk. All of the experimentation, trials and failures have really helped me to discover the limits of the amazing choices we can grow in this area. I am excited to humbly share what we have learned and discovered along the way growing our business!”



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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

Social Worker Children & Family Services Human Services


Full-time - 37.5 hours/week Position will have specific responsibilities related to children with longterm support needs.�Duties could include, but are not limited to the following:�assessment, case planning, support to children and families, education, documentation, collaboration within the Depart-ment and outside the Department, referral, case management and resource development/support. Candidates must be a certified Social Worker by the State of Wisconsin, or eligible for certification and certified within two years of employment. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2016

Seasonal Laborers

Starting At $11.50/hr.

Under the direct supervision of the work unit supervisor, seasonal laborers perform skilled operation of motorized equipment used in the construction, repair and maintenance of county highways, parks and trails, buildings and grounds. This is a combination of common physical labor and some vehicle and equipment operation. 9 temporary seasonal positions (depending on availability) Approximately 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday) Deadline to apply:�March 15, 2016

Health Division Director/Health Officer

DOQ ($70,000 - $83,720)

Full-time - Exempt (Salaried) Position Professional position provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for Polk County’s Public Health programs and services.�Directs the development, planning, management, coordination, evaluation and delivery of public health programs, and promotes population health through ongoing community health assessment and improvement planning in collaboration with diverse community partners. Protects the health of the community through the enforcement of public health laws and facilitation of preparedness planning with community partners in a manner consistent with statutory authority and County policy. Minimum�requirements of Local Health Officer as outlines in WI Statute 251.06.��Master’s degree in related field and three (3) years of full-time experience in a public health agency or in the performance of closely related duties preferred, please see the position description on our website for complete details regarding the minimum requirements. Deadline to apply:�March 8, 2016 YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For complete job description, position requirements, application and details, please visit our website at, Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC 642645 29L



The Town Of McKinley Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tues., March 8, 2016, At 6 p.m. At The McKinley Town Hall


Agenda will be posted. Town of McKinley 642532 29L Anna M. Weaver, Clerk


Monthly Board Meeting No Meeting This Month

Virgil Hansen, Clerk


Town of Luck Board Meeting March 8, 2016 7:00 p.m. Town Hall

Agenda (1) Reading of the minutes (2) Treasurer’s Report (3) Review and pay (4) Patrolman’s report Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s Office. 642614 29L Lloyd Nelson, Clerk


The next meeting of the Meenon Town Board will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Meenon Town Hall. Agenda to include: Clerk, chairman, supervisor, treasurer and road reports, agreement with Oakland Township for mowing, items for next meeting and payment of bills. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Town Clerk 642615 29L 19a


The Polk County Conservation, Development, Recreation & Education Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. in the Government Center (County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following district change and other agenda items: MICHAEL & REBECCA MUMM: Agricultural to Commercial located at: 944 40th St., Lot 1 CSM #5548 V25 PG 25, Sec. 16/T33N/R15W, Town of Clayton, 10 acres. 642617 29-30L WNAXLP

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Application for the retail sale of Class A License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages. To the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: St. Croix Chippewa Indians of WI Chairman Lewis Taylor Vice Chair Crystal Peterson Agent Carmen Bugg Southwinds Plaza 24670 State Road 35/70 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class A malt beverages and intoxicating liquor. License to be used from date of approval to June 30, 2016, at the place of business located at: South Wind Liquor Inc. 24670 State Road 35/70 Suite 1100 and 1200 Siren, WI 54872 Dated February 24, 2016 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 642592 29L WNAXLP

HELP WANTED HIRING FOR ALL POSITIONS & ALL SHIFTS Must be able to work as a team and be very reliable.

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(March 2) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Alice Burton 201 W. Broadway Ave., Apt. 16 Grantsburg, WI 54840 Plaintiff(s) vs. Sheldon Cummings 3259 115th St. Frederic, WI 54837 Defendant(s). Small Claims Publication Summons And Notice Case No. 15 SC 796 Publication Summons And Notice of Filing TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Polk County Justice Center, 715-485-9299, Room #3, 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on the following date and time: April 4, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to Answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written Answer with the Clerk of Courts before the court date. You must send a copy of your Answer to the Plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the Clerk of Court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call 715-485-9299. Alice Burton, Plaintiff 642597 February 29, 2016 WNAXLP

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The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting, the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 642590 29L WNAXLP


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Thurs., March 10, 2016, At Lorain Town Hall At 7:30 p.m. Agenda: Call meeting to order. Roll call. Verify publication of meeting. Approve minutes of previous meetings. Approve treasurer reports. Motion by Board to pay the bills. Old Business: New Business: Motion to reappoint Town Clerk for 2-year term and set compensation for term, Motion to Reappoint Fire Chief for 2-year term and set compensation for term. Reports: Comp. Commission, Fire Dept., Ambulance, Cemetery. Set possible date for Public Hearing on Comprehensive Land Use Commission Proposal. Set date for the cemetery committee meeting. Set date for the 2016 Board of Review First Meeting. Additional items for future meeting. Motion to adjourn. 642314 29L 19a Susan E. Hughes, Clerk

FREDERIC SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR BOARD MEETING NOTICE Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6 - 12 District Boardroom

The Frederic School District Board of Education will conduct its regular board meeting on March 9, 2016, in the District Boardroom at 6:30 p.m. The most current agenda is available after 3/8/16 on the Frederic School District website: 642568 29L


Public notice is given to all persons in the Village of Luck that the Luck Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on March 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Luck Village Hall, 401 Main St., to solicit comments on a proposed change to Luck Ordinance 620-75 B(1)(b) and (d). The proposed ordinance change would allow for a detached accessory building up to 1,000 square feet and not allow detached accessory buildings within 5 ft. of a property line. The proposed change is available for public inspection at the Luck Village Hall 401 Main Street between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Luck Zoning Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. 642229 28-29L WNAXLP

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Item: 2000 Bluebird School Bus - 72 Passenger Description: 124,100 miles, 24-valve Cummins 5.9 liter, Allison 2000 transmission. Bus has not been in service for the last year and a half, needs transmission. Selling as is. Minimum bid $1,000. Bus is available for on-site inspection at address below. How to Bid: Accepting sealed bids on the above bus; include name and phone number. Clearly mark envelope “Sealed Bid - Bus.” Bids must be sealed and may be dropped off at the District Office by noon on Friday, March 18, 2016. Contact: Send bids to address below. Call to ask questions or schedule an inspection:

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Burnett Dairy Cooperative is currently accepting applications for the position of Night-Shift Intake Operator (full time, 3 shifts/week, 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.). The right person for this position is someone who works well with little supervision, is self-motivated and is very detail oriented. This person will be responsible for loading/ unloading and washing trucks, testing milk for antibiotics and quality, managing silos, monitoring and adjusting different equipment and general sanitation. Previous dairy experience is preferred, but not required. Must have good written/verbal communication skills and basic computer knowledge. Competitive wages and excellent benefits including 401(k) health/dental/flexible spending, and employerpaid life insurance/long-term disability and vacation. Please apply in person at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Applications are also available at 642074 17-18a,d,e 28-29L


TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wis. PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING March 9, 2016 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Rhett Werner and John Werner request a rezone. The parcel identification number is 044-00618-0000 and it is located in Section 25. The portion of the parcel to be rezoned has a legal description of: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Section 25; thence N.89˚32’ 37”E., along the north line of said Section 25, 2,631.95 feet to the North 1/4 Corner of said Section 25; thence S.00˚09’25”W., along the east line of said Government Lot 3, 1,229.91 feet to the Northeast Corner of Lot 1, C.S.M. No. 1446, Vol. 7, Pg. 23; thence N.89˚33’34”W., along the north line of said Lot 1, 183.49 feet to the point of beginning; thence continue, N.89˚33’34”W., 383.55 feet; thence N.07˚00’27”E., 359.64 feet; thence N.23˚54’57”E., 309.07 feet; thence S.24˚17’26”E., 78.95 feet; thence S.33˚35’55”E., 197.09 feet; thence S.14˚43’41”E., 327.05 feet; thence S.06˚32’16”W., 90.60 feet to the point of beginning. The above-described parcel of land contains 163,319 square feet (3.75 acres.) The property is currently zoned transitional with the request to change it to residential. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 642278 28-29L WNAXLP


Seasonal Weight Restrictions Pursuant to WI Statutes 349.16, Polk County’s seasonal weight restrictions will become effective Monday, March 7, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. This is a critical period of time for county highways and we request support and cooperation during the temporary load limit. Effective this date, the following Polk County roads will be restricted to six (6) tons for any single-axle weight: County Trunk Highway W from 80th Street to County Trunk Highway O North County Truck Highway GG fro State Highway 48 to County Trunk Highway G County Trunk Highway D from County Trunk Highway JJ to State Highway 63 County Trunk Highway H from County Trunk Highway I to State Highway 8 Additional highway(s) may be posted if needed, so please watch for signs. Highway maintenance vehicles, school buses, emergency public utility vehicles, sewage haulers and trucks hauling bulk milk products (not whey products) are exempt from the load restrictions. Propane haulers and fuel oil haulers may exceed the imposed restrictions by two (2) ton per axle. This notice does not include town roads. Townships will need to be contacted directly for the status of their weight restrictions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the highway office at 715-485-8700. Steve Warndahl 642595 29L 19a,d WNAXLP Polk County Highway Commissioner

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Siren Fire Station will be received by the Siren Fire Association, Daniels Town Hall, 9697 Daniels 70, P.O. Box 190, Siren, WI, by 3:00 p.m. local time, March 17, 2016, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The work, in general, will include the following schedule of work: A single lump sum contract for the construction of a fire station and related site development consisting of Division 02 10, 12, 13, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31-33. Project includes site development of 1.2 acres and the construction of a new 10,160 sq. ft. pre-engineered metal building fire station. Plans and specification will be available on March 1. The proposals shall be submitted on the forms furnished with the specifications. Each proposal shall be accompanied by a certified check payable to the owner equal to five percent (5%) of the proposal or a bid bond of a bonding company duly authorized to do business in the State of Wisconsin in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the proposal. This proposal guarantee shall be subject to forfeiture as provided by law. Complete digital project bidding documents are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 (Quest eBidDoc #4232523). Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of project documents is also available from Docunet Corporation. Contact Docunet at 763475-9600 for pricing and instructions to obtain a paper copy. Please make your check payable to Docunet Corporation and send it to 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441. This project is funded in part with a federal Community Development Block Grant. Pursuant to Section 66.0903 Wis. Statutes, Section 103.49 Wis. Statutes, and Chapter DWD 290 Wis. Admin. Code, where applicable, the minimum wage rate to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State Wage Rates. Federal wage rates are applicable to this project per Federal Labor Provisions (4010). Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to condition of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. We encourage MBEs, DBEs and WBEs to submit bid proposals. The solicitation of subcontractors must evidence a good-faith effort to obtain bids from MBEs, DBEs and WBEs, such efforts to be documented. Proposals shall not be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the date of opening. The Siren Fire Association reserves the right to reject any or all of the proposals and to waive any informalities therein. Dates of Publication: February 24, March 1, and March 8 By Authority of: Town of Daniels and Siren Fire Association 642261 28-30L WNAXLP

NOTICES VILLAGE OF LUCK ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING AND MEETING MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 5 P.M. VILLAGE HALL 401 MAIN STREET, LUCK, WI 54853 The Luck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Luck Municipal Building, 401 Main St., at which time a request for variance will be heard as follows: Dollar General requests a variance from Section 620-59 B and G of the Zoning Code, Village of Luck, WI. This variance is requested so that the applicant may build a parking lot with parking spaces smaller than allowed and fewer parking spaces than allowed by code. The affected property is described as that part of the NW quarter of the NW quarter of section 33, Township 36N, Range 17W as particularly described in Volume 166 Deeds, page 367, Document No. 242403 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, WI. Village of Luck, Polk County, WI (Parcel No. 146-00593-000). All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Luck Zoning 642263 28-29L Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. WNAXLP

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for Retail Class A Beer License to sell fermented malt beverages. To the Village Board, Village of Siren, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: CAP Operations d/b/a Holiday #44 Julia Ritchey, Agent 24184 State Road 35/70 Siren, WI 54872 With premises described as a single-story convenience store. Hereby makes application for Retail Class A Beer License for the sale of fermented malt beverages to be used from March 15, 2016, to June 30, 2016. Ann L. Peterson 642290 29L Village Clerk WNAXLP


Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN WRITING. Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person. MAKING APPLICATION TO RECEIVE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL. The deadline for making application to receive an absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, March 31, 2016. NOTE: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot. VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN PERSON You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. Town of Alden Judy Demulling, Clerk 183 155th St. Star Prairie, WI 54026 715-248-7859 By appt. Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Town of Garfield Sue Knutson, Clerk 690 Minneapolis St. Amery, WI 54001 715-268-4857 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. By appt. only, call 715-268-4414

City of St. Croix Falls Bonita Leggitt, Clerk 710 Hwy. 35 So. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3929 Ext. 11 During all office hours 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

Town of Apple River Fritz Coulter, Deputy Clerk 612 U.S. Hwy. 8 Amery, WI 54001 715-268-4896 By appt. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Town of Georgetown Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 1913 W. Bone Lake Drive Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-857-5788 Mon., Tues. & Wed. 9 a.m. - noon

Town of St. Croix Falls Janet Krueger, Clerk 1305 200th St. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-1851 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fri. Preceding Election, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Town of Balsam Lake Brian Masters, Clerk 1574 State Hwy. 46 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 715-554-2091 By appt. Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Town of Bone Lake Darrell Frandsen, Clerk 954 280th Ave. Frederic, WI 54837-5002 715-472-8212 By appt. daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Town of Clam Falls Jane Schmidt, Clerk 3341 80th St. Frederic, WI 54837 715-653-2368 By appt. Mon. - Fri. 4 - 7 p.m. Town of Eureka Deb Dibble, Clerk 2395 210th Ave. St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-9899 By appt. Tues. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fri., April 1, in person, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Town of Farmington Debbie Swanson, Clerk 304 State Rd. 35 Osceola, WI 54020 715-294-2370 By appt. weekdays 3 - 8 p.m.

Town of Laketown Patsy Gustafson, Clerk 2773 230th St. Cushing, WI 54006 715-648-5569 Contact Clerk for appt. between 3 - 5 p.m. weekdays Town of Lorain Susan E. Hughes, Clerk 3340 15th St. Frederic, WI 54837 715-653-2629 Fri., April 1, 4-5 p.m. Town of Luck Lloyd Nelson, Clerk 1616 260th Ave. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-2037 Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Town of McKinley Anna Weaver, Clerk 125 260th Ave. Cumberland, WI 54829 715-822-5909 By appt. Mon. - Fri., 6 - 7 p.m. Town of Milltown Virgil Hansen, Clerk P.O. Box 100 Milltown, WI 54858 715-825-2494 By appt. Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Town of Osceola Lorrain Rugroden, Clerk/Treas. P.O. Box 216 Dresser, WI 54009 715-755-3060 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed March 25, 2016

Town of Sterling Julie Peterson, Clerk 13308 Bucklund Rd. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2735 By appt. Mon. - Fri. 4 - 7 p.m. Town of West Sweden Phyllis Wilder, Clerk 3096 170th St. Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-8951 Between the hours of 5 - 7 p.m. by appointment. Call 715-327-8951 for appointment Village of Dresser Jodi A. Gilbert, Clerk 102 W. Main St., P.O. Box 547 Dresser, WI 54009 715-755-2940 Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Village of Frederic Janice Schott, Clerk P.O. Box 567 107 Hope Rd. W. Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-4294 Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Fri., April 1, till 5 p.m. Village of Luck Lori Pardun, Clerk P.O. Box 315 Luck, WI 54853 715-472-2221 Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is March 21, 2016. 642317 The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is April 1, 2016. 18a,d 29L No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday. WNAXLP The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on April 5, 2016. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE Application for Retail sale of Class A License to sell intoxicating liquors and malt beverages. To the Town Board, Town of Siren, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The undersigned: St. Croix Properties Inc. Fourwinds Market Agent/Manager Jack Sando Director/Manager Carmen Bugg 7371 and 7389 Airport Road Liquor store to be built on the property located on PRPID #33834 PID 07-030-2-38-1605-505001-011100 or PRPID #33835 PID 07-030-2-38-16-05-505001-012100 Siren, WI 54872 Hereby makes application for Class A malt beverages and intoxicating liquor. License to be used from date of approval to June 30, 2016, at the place of business located at: Fourwinds Market 7371 and 7389 Airport Road Hwy. 35/70 North of Siren Exact location yet to be determined Dated February 24, 2016 Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 642591 29L WNAXLP (Mar. 2, 9, 16) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Royal Credit Union, a Wisconsin state chartered credit union, 200 Riverfront Terrace Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, Plaintiff, vs. Foley P. Quinn, Jr. 1724 40th Avenue Amery, Wisconsin 54001, Melissa M. Quinn, a/k/a Melissa M. Branch 1724 40th Avenue Amery, Wisconsin 54001, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation, Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV255 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment, and Judgment executed on September 25, 2015, and filed on September 28, 2015, in the above-entitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: March 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3) and the North Half of Lot Two (2) and the North seven feet of the South Half of Lot Two (2), all in Block Six (6), Olaf Haukom’s Addition to the Village of Deronda, Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 638 130th Street, Amery, Wisconsin). Dated: February 19, 2016. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 642594 (651) 439-2951 WNAXLP Garth G. Gavenda/#18028


American Legion reaches out to younger veterans Meet and greet to be held this Saturday E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer FREDERIC - American military veterans, young and old, and those interested in helping military families, are invited to attend a meet-and-greet event sponsored by the American Legion on Saturday, March 5, from 1-3 p.m., at the Frederic Elementary School library. The elementary school is located at 405 E. Birch St. The meet and greet is being hosted by the Paul G. Johnson Legion Auxiliary Post 249, of Frederic. Coffee and desserts will be served. “Our main goal is to, hopefully, increase the membership for both the Legion and Auxiliary,” said Sue Hagar, secretary for the local Legion Auxiliary. “Most of our members are aging. We need younger members to step forward and keep it going.”

Legion and Auxiliary history The American Legion is a national organization of military veterans organized in 1919 by returning veterans of World War I. The freshly discharged soldiers, sailors and Marines gathered in a movie theater in St. Louis, Mo., where the American Legion was formally adopted. The Legion declared that its chief interest would be the rehabilitation and care of its disabled comrades and the widows and orphans of those who made the supreme sacrifice. The concept of veterans helping veterans quickly caught on, with Legion posts opening all across the country. Local veterans met on March 20, 1920, to organize the Legion post in Frederic. It was named the American Legion Post No. 249. The post has been in continuous operation for the past 96 years. “We want to get the word out that we’re still here for the vets and family members. We are alive and well,” said Jeff Butler, a Vietnam-era veteran and commander of the Frederic Legion Post. “The Legion has such a long history in the community,” Butler said. “There are so many local families whose relatives have been involved in the Legion over the years.” Community service The American Legion is well-known for providing honor guards at Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades and decorating the graves of local veterans. But it does so much more, offering support to families whose sons or daughters are on active duty, providing care packages to deployed troops and providing college scholarships. The local American Legion also works actively in the Frederic schools. One project being discussed is a Wall of Honor commemorating, in brass, the names of local highschool graduates over the years who served in the United States armed services. In the summer of 1976, the local American Legion post raised funds for the erection of a decorative water fountain honoring American veterans at Coon Lake. The fountain coincided with the nations bicentennial celebration and the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of Frederic. The fountain, still maintained by the local Legion post, was dedicated in honor of “our national heritage of freedom” and as “perpetual evidence of the American Legion’s commitment to Americanism and the welfare of the disabled and elderly Wisconsin veterans.” Continue the legacy For Butler, the meet and greet is an opportunity to reach out to younger vets in hopes of carrying on the tradition of the American Legion. “Every vet has a story,” Butler said. “We enlisted to serve our country and now we come home to serve our community. Joining the Legion is an opportunity for veterans to continue to serve in the community. If the younger vets don’t join up, it’s not going to be here any longer. It’s important to continue the legacy.” Butler feels attracting younger vets will also energize the Legion. “The meet and greet is an opportunity for vets to share ideas on what they want the American Legion to become. We are hoping to get new ideas on how we can best serve returning Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan vets. We’re hoping to explore ideas on how to make our community a better place.” For Sue Hagar, of the women’s Auxiliary, the meet and greet is an invitation not just to military veterans but also to the entire community. “There are a lot of families of active-duty members who need our emotional support,” Hagar said. “The majority of Americans don’t have a clue what military veterans are going Jeff Butler, Legion commander. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson through. Active military comprise 1 per-

Doc Harlander, WWII Veteran, with medals including the Purple Heart. Harlander will be at the American Legion meet and greet on Saturday, March 5. - Photo by E. Royal Emerson cent of the population shouldering the burden for the 99 percent.” “For every 1,000 people deployed, you stretch that out to family members and 10,000 people are directly affected. It’s important for veterans and military families to feel support from the general public,” Hagar said. “Many people want to help but don’t know how to go about getting started,” Hagar said. “I’m hoping the meet and greet can open doors. It’s an opportunity to meet veterans, meet the ladies of the Auxiliary. If you’re thinking about ways to help veterans and our military families, come to the meet and greet.”

Decorated WWII veteran to be present One exciting element of the meet and greet will be the presence of Doug “Doc” Harlander who, at 96 years of age, is one of the nation’s last surviving World War II veterans. Harlander served in the United States Navy in World War II. Stationed in London, he ran supply missions into occupied France. His ship was torpedoed in the English Channel. At the end of the war in the European theater, Harlander’s ship entered the Pacific, observing the destruction of Japan shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Harlander is a Purple Heart recipient. From 1950-1987 Harlander served as the local dentist in Frederic. Also attending the meet and greet will be Polk County Veterans Services Officer Rick Gates. “I want to make a personal appeal to those vets in the community we may not even know are out there. Come to the meet and greet on Saturday. We need your help and assistance,” Butler said.

The American Legion Post in Frederic leads a parade to a Memorial Day ceremony in the 1940s. - Special photo

Frederic was proud of one wartime organization of which few other small communities could boast - a company of State Guards. These photos - taken around 1919 - show the entire group and a fife and drum corps. The group was formed to serve in any emergency and drilled twice a week, ready to serve in the village or surrounding country. They also assisted at all patriotic gatherings and at the funerals of soldiers. The men purchased their own uniforms. - Special photos

Fire and Drum Corps, Frederic Home Guard


Australian Adventure comes to an end The final chapter of Frederic Elementary School’s Australian Adventure was held Friday, Feb. 26. The students learned a lot about Australia during the past month. They were also helping to raise funds for a new zoo being planned for the Mall of America. The students participated in contests and projects including surfboard art, Australian dot painting, the Great Barrier Reef and Aborigine face painting where each class had their faces painted in their own tribe’s pattern. Animals were brought in by Bob Pilz of Sustainable Safari in Scandia, Minn., and Tamara Larson of Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue in Frederic. The students also had an opportunity to “adopt” an animal for a $59 fee.

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Local event combines information on the Syrian crisis with food and drink Greg Marsten | Staff writer LUCK – Jafra Saif Mohamed has fond childhood memories of her hometown, Aleppo, Syria. Like children everywhere, she vividly remembers her 24 years as an Aleppo resident, the city streets where she rode bike, small yards and playgrounds where the rich giggles of children would rise like soft clouds, where she and her carefree friends would chase each other through friendly little neighborhoods, harmonizing with the chaotic trill of a bustling economy. That was then. That thriving, ancient city of over 2 million people, where historic sites and ruins were slowly being restored and salvaged, has a history going back millennia, and is legendary for its contributions to world culture. But then as anti-government protests and demonstrations elevated into an all-out civil war, things changed. “It’s all gone,” Jafra said. “It’s traumatic and so sad. Tremendously sad to see what it looks like now.” Like millions of people displaced by the nearly five-year-long Syrian war, Jafra’s memories of her former hometown are almost all that remains. “The streets I spent my childhood on are no more,” she said with a shrug, twisting her brow, suggesting the pain is deeper than she let on. “As sad as this sounds, it’s more about the people ...”

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“I want to give an update on the human side of the (Syrian) crisis.” - Jafra Mohamed Her family’s struggles In her time away from Syria, Jafra has become well-versed in talking about her lost hometown and country, and while her mother, sister and brother were able to eventually coordinate a safe route outside of Syria through Turkey and across the Aegean Sea to Greece, eventually ending up in Germany, their lives are still in limbo. “They didn’t want to leave (Syria), but there were lots of threats from kidnapping (for her 23-year-old sister) and that led to so much pressure to leave,” she said. While her mother and sister are living in a Berlin hotel, her brother has found a temporary home with a friend. But she has plenty of family still stuck in conflict areas or in refugee camps including her stepfather, who remains in Aleppo. Jafra said he was a longtime schoolteacher who recently resigned/retired, due to the conflict. But in spite of the violent life around him, he stays in Aleppo, in part because he is “essentially trapped,” but also because he, ironically, needs to stay in the country to keep his “retirement” benefits, which he hopes to keep for his mother’s survival. “Everyone is basically in just a state of survival,” Jafra said. “Right now, probably the least of their concerns is schooling.” Before the war, Jafra said her stepfather’s teaching income gave her family a solid, normal middle-class life as she grew up, but his remaining money is barely enough for eggs and milk. “He hasn’t (been able) to buy heating gas in three years,” she said. “He’s hauling water in every three weeks ... It’s really, really hard.” While it might seem like no big deal to not have heat in basically a desert climate, Jafra said it is surprisingly frigid at times. “Yes, it does get cold there, at times ... but not Wisconsin cold!” she joked, a rarity when she talks about the struggles in Syria, how transporting food is more of an issue than growing or processing it, due to the often-changing demarcation lines of control. “Nothing goes in or out of some areas,” she said, pointing to literally separated cities, as powers change and security wanes. “Water is a real problem.”

Hell on a bad day Unrelated to the pending war, Jafra left Syria in 2011 in her quest to travel and continue her education, just as the real fighting intensified. She began to see the start of the war, as did many of her neighbors, as part of an uprising against the government and Bashar al-Assad. Protests and demonstrations grew in size, as did the government responses which became increasingly violent as Aleppo and other parts of Syria became the staging grounds for a civil war that has leveled hundreds of cities, killed thousands and displaced millions across the Middle East. While it has had sporadic media coverage recently, the Syrian War has driving huge throngs of suddenly homeless refugees into and throughout Europe and slowly across the world, fleeing places like Aleppo that have gone from picturesque, historic and vibrant cities to scenes that look like Dresden or other post-World War II cities that were repeatedly bombed into history. What to do? A recent viral video taken by a drone vividly While the tragic Syrian situation seems far, far illustrates the wreckage of Aleppo, with few surremoved from Wisconsin, Jafra is trying to help vivors or people willing to negotiate what is left. in her own way by bringing daylight to a dark In reality, that video proves that much of Aleppo situation. now looks like hell on a bad day. “Absolutely, there are things we can do about “Twenty-four million people are affected right Jafra Saif Mohamed shows her passport. She has become very well versed on it,” she insisted, and she wants to show people now,” Jafra said matter-of-factly, almost numb- the limits of her status. - Photos by Greg Marsten unless otherwise noted how, with a special event this weekend. ingly. “I’ve had a crazy number of people I know “I’m so excited, with all the help people have who have died ... I have many friends who have already given,” she said with a grin, as several of died, close friends. I’ve lost family members ...” those volunteers coordinated flyers, social media posts, even a menu for the event she Jafra struggles to hold back that pain, that her large, extended family has been al- is hosting this Saturday, March 5, at the Cafe Wren in Luck. most entirely displaced in a sad struggle for survival. She talks of the early days of The Cafe Wren event will allow Jafra to give a brief outline of the situation in Syria, those demonstrations, recalling how snipers began to “pick people off” at rallies, as highlighted by some of her own stories, framed by traditional Syrian music and, yes, the sounds of gunfire were still rare. That changed dramatically shortly after she left. some of the admittedly amazing food and desserts she has become somewhat noted “I got out right when things started ... but every single person I’ve known has had for locally. a changed life forever,” she added. “Some are just completely stuck in their situation. “I want to give an update on the human side of the crisis,” she said, noting that her Stuck where they are at, for over four years. And it’s not getting better.” presentation will not be politically motivated, but gives honest, and safe, ways that Jafra keeps in close contact with friends and family, ironically mainly through social local residents can assist in the crisis that has grown from demonstrations to a violent media, but while the news media has taken broad looks at the impact of the war, espe- civil war to an international humanity issue. cially since Russia has become so involved, she said the reality of the conflict is much “I have lots of different options for people on how they can help,” she said, noting deeper. “All the cities (in Syria) are under huge, severe stress,” she said, “but they are really never spoken of.” See Daylight, page 2

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Daylight/from page 1 that some people may not know how to best donate or assist. “There can be problems with credibility (of some relief organizations),” she admits, some of which may inadvertently support causes that only encourage more violence. In her time in the U.S., Jafra has established a solid network of connections to not only keep in touch with her family and friends, but also to find safe ways to transfer funds “to where it is really needed.” “Connections are very important,” she said, noting that while many international relief organizations have created safe ways to donate or help, not all of them are legitimate or are applying the money to the affected refugees. “I have many options and suggestions (on safe places) to give help,” she said. The Saturday event will include a freewill offering, where she will share all of those options for people to donate, either through international groups or through some of the trusted connections she has who can funnel donations to refugees. “Jackets, food, transportation, even help with passports (for refugees),” Jafra noted. “There are no donations too small! Even $5 can secure a jacket for a child or someone who has nothing ... I have lots of suggestions!”

That old Syrian passport is basically just a memento now, but she laughs as she showed her “new” Sudanese passport, which clearly shows her wearing a hijab headdress. “I don’t wear one (a hijab) but they have put one on me!” Jafra said with a nod and a grin. “It’s fake!” Yes, while Jafra cannot update her passport electronically or on the Web, and must physically visit Africa to get the document upgraded, the Sudanese government is able to “photo-shop” the hijab onto her passport. “Isn’t that crazy?” she said with a laugh. For literally every Syrian refugee or displaced person, the future is unclear. Jafra’s own future is equally unstable and seems to change with every twist of the war and the international crisis. While she is still a young woman of 32, speaks four languages and has a degree in English literature from the University of Aleppo and has been accepted for a master’s degree program in Ohio, the war has changed all of her plans. “I always wanted to write,” she said stoically. “And I still do ... but (we are) witnessing a change in history. If the killing stopped, I would go back Jafra’s status (to Syria) right now!” While her family strugBut international conflicts gles to find a new home, or and qualms about Syria at least stay safe, Jafra’s own have made reality and restory is also filled with inbuilding two conflicted ternational twists and turns. terms. Her own status is much more “I think my generation secure, as she is close to bestill lives under the hope coming a U.S. citizen having Jafra Mohamed has been working with several local volunteers to make the Saturday Syrian event come to fruition. The crew that everything can be good spent four years in the U.S. or rebuilt,” Jafra admitted. after her former marriage to took a break outside Cafe Wren for a photo. Pictured (L to R): Steph Lundeen, Nico SanFilippo, Mohamed and Liana Bratton. “But even the most romanan American. tic people think it’s possible But her unusual status also ... but now I am fighting for a different future.” meant that since the war grew, she was essentially a woman without a country. Jafra wants people to know that in spite of the death, tragedy and evil that has Her former marriage was one without much in the way of shared property that a typical couple might have. That made her marriage and subsequent divorce seem emerged from the war, many people are trying to help and make a difference. “That’s what I really want people to know, that even the smallest donation can save questionable to authorities, with little in the way of a “paper trail.” She waited for a visa for over a year, and while she has an almost full Syrian passport lives,” Jafra said. “So, yes, I do have hope!” to show, it is no longer valid For more information due to current electronic requirements and the war. Her Jafra is encouraging current boyfriend is in Turkey everyone with an interest but has the same, now obsoto attend the Cafe Wren lete papers, which makes it all event this Saturday from but impossible for him to join 7-9 p.m. She will give a her in America. PowerPoint presentation, Jafra has a bit of a trump take questions and, yes, card, in that her biological faoffer samples of tradither is Sudanese, allowing her tional Syrian foods and a Sudan passport, but that has desserts, some of which a required biannual renewal, are already pretty popular among her local and only “in house.” That friends. means that Jafra will leave “It’s called the mother for East Africa next week to renew her passport, two days Before and after photos of Aleppo illustrate the impact of the civil war. Destruction in Aleppo is often so severe, the streets are of two fires, and it’s so, so good!” Jafra said. after her Luck presentation. not even passable. - Photos submitted. For more information, But that Sudanese status contact her by email at jaalso means she cannot travel to see her family in Germany, and any time away from the U.S. counts against her po- To make a direct contribution, she suggests an organization known tential American citizenship eligibility, so she won’t be traveling much abroad. as The Silk Road, which can be found on Facebook and other sites. She will also present “Basically, I am stuck in this (Sudanese) nationality!” she said with shrug, sighing as several other donation options at the Saturday event. she goes over the litany of rules about where she can travel and how she can legally “Personal connections are just as important,” Jafra said. “I have plenty to suggest.” help her family, let alone visit with them. “I lose all right to see my family in Germany (with the Sudanese renewal).”

Jafra Mohamed’s Sudanese passport is referred to as an “Emergency Traveling Document” and allows her safe passage back to the Sudan, but with it comes a wide variety of restrictions.

Yes, the Sudanese government transposed a hijab headdress onto Jafra Mohamed’s passport photo, which made Jafra laugh out loud when she first saw it.


Have some dim sum


ost people have never heard of dim sum, not to mention actually trying them. Growing up in Hong Kong, dim sum is popular like the Big Mac, except that there is no Happy Meal version. In straight translation, dim means touch and sum is your heart. So, a touch of your heart. Can you visualize that a certain food can actually touch your heart? Well, it sure did to me for many, many years. It was, and still is, a tradition on weekends and holidays; folks will gather with their families and friends in dim sum houses to have some comfort foods and to chat and catch up. It is amazing that at every dim sum house, there will be a long line waiting even though the house is already packed. You take a number, and then you just patiently wait till your number is called. Most restaurants won’t even bother with taking reservations, it’s all first come, first serve. So, what’s the magic about dim sum houses that makes them so intriguing? Let me explain the ritual from the very beginning. Dim sums are tasty bite-size morsels that are made with shrimp, pork, beef, tofu and whatever the chefs created. They can be steamed, baked, fried, braised, stuffed or sauteed. And there are at least a hundred, if not more, varieties. They are served either in a bamboo steamer or on small plates, like the tapas. The tradition began hundreds of years ago. It is a place to socialize, to do business, and to get some relaxation

Interview with business owner Stacy Hilde


oday I took the liberty of interviewing one of the business owners in Frederic: the half owner of Angel Hands Thrift Shop & Discount Foods – my mom, Stacy Hilde. Stacy and Robert Hilde have started more of their own thrift stores over the years. Angel Hands Thrift Shop and Discount Foods has been open in Frederic for 4-1/2 years. Their first shop was located in Watertown, Minn. Mrs. Hilde says that she wanted to start her own business so she and her husband, Robert, could get paid to help people. She estimates that their business has helped hundreds of people. Luckily, they reached their goal. Would you say that Angel Hands has grown and become more organized


n Jan. 19, 2011, on the 75th anniversary, the Leader had a small picture of the Frederic Library announcing that it had opened on Feb. 18, 1936. The day was my brother’s birth date; the year was mine! My mother introduced me to the library when I was a young child. She was an avid reader and instilled her passion for books in her children. Marlys Spencer When the original library building left Frederic, I was disappointed. I had fond memories of hours spent there. It had occupied that spot across from the hospital for a long time and seemed a part of the landscape. It was sold to be used as a cabin up north. My first years were spent in the back room, which was the children’s book section. It had a small table and chairs, and was cold in the winter. The source of heat was a black wood-burning barrel stove in the big room. It didn’t have a fan to circulate the heat, but was like a campfire where you toasted first one side and then the other. What a special day when you were promoted to the young adult section near that stove! It was like graduating; the selections were endless. They included “Little Women,” “Jo’s Boys,” “Heidi,” “Hans Brinker,” the Nancy Drew Series, the “Five Little Peppers,” “Black Beauty,” “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” From the small 22 x 12 building, I was transported to

Wok & roll Peter H. Kwong and great foods. It has become a daily routine called “yum cha,” drink tea. And here is the ritual: After your number is called, and you get seated, first thing the server asks will be, “What kind of tea would you prefer?” Most teahouses are stocked with high-quality teas, and they do charge you accordingly. Most of them charge $1 to $2 per person. So, know your tea, and don’t get tea bags! There are red teas and green teas. Red teas include oolong, pu-erh, Dragon Well and lychee red. These teas are stronger and rich with flavors. And then there are the green teas. Most popular are jasmine flower and chrysanthemum, and a new combination called “goak poh,” which is a combination of pu-erh and chrysanthemum. Anyway, do not pour the tea right away, let it brew three to five minutes. That’s the fun of yum cha, you take your time in enjoying everything. No more eat and run, or eat while you run. Now is the time to enjoy every moment. Soon you will notice cart after cart of foods passing you by. Those carts are equipped with steamers at the bottom, so whatever foods they are carrying are

Random landslide Carter Hilde over the years? “Yes, definitely, but organization has been a daily struggle. We try to improve one area of the store each week.” Does Angel Hands help people with things other than car repairs? “Yes, we provide $21,500 worth of free clothes, coats and shoes every year to Frederic-area residents through vouchers we give to the food shelf.” Even though you think you’ve seen it all at Angel Hands Thrift Shop, there are a few things you have not and will

guaranteed to be piping hot when they reach your table. However, those carts will not stop at your table unless you wave them down. So, you have to start learning what you would like to order. Actually, most of the dishes are very popular in the U.S., except these few: • Chicken feet – you have to develop a taste for it. It is the same watching someone munching on pork’s feet the first time. • Beef tripe – once you try them, you’ll love them, but … • Baby octopus – especially in curry sauce. But it is hard to eat anything with tentacles still attached. So, here are my 10 favorites, you can’t go wrong with them. And even if it’s your first time, just ask your server to get them for you, they’ll be most happy to oblige: • Har gow – rice wrapper stuffed with shrimp and bamboo shoots. Steamed. • Siu mai – dumpling filled with minced pork and shiitake mushroom. Steamed. • Egg roll – light and crispy. One is filled with shredded vegetables and the other with shrimp. Deep-fried. • Char siu bao – buns stuffed with tasty barbecued pork. Steamed or baked. • Nin yung bao – buns stuffed with mashed sweet lotus seed. Steamed. • Wu kok – taro roots mixed with seasoned pork, dipped in a batter then deep-fried. • Cheung Fun – steamed rice noodles filled with either shrimp, beef or barbe-

cued pork. The sweet soya sauce to pour over enhances the flavors. • Lo bak go – made with daikon radish. Comes lightly pan fried. A lot of work goes in the making. Your first bite will tell you. • Pot stickers – stuffed with minced pork and dipped in a ginger soya sauce. • All depends on the chef, I have experienced many dishes that I have never heard of – stuffed eggplant with minced seafood mix, shrimp wrapped with seaweed … so be adventurous. While you enjoy the food and conversations, observe these few simple rules: • When your teapot is empty, just move the lid to the side. No need to try to get your server’s attention. I’ll explain why later. • When someone pours tea for you, respond with tapping the table with your second and third fingers. They represent your head, and you’re bowing back to say thanks. And oh, one more thing – your table receives a ticket when you’re seated. The ticket has different prices of each dish. The server will circle the dish when it is delivered to you. When you’re done eating, they simply add up the different numbers of dishes you ordered and then you just pay the cashier. Easy and simple. Now you have it, enjoy. The sad thing is that there are not too many dim sum houses here in Wisconsin, so we have to travel west to Minnesota. But the trip is well worth it.

never see there. Things that will not be sold include: any alcohol or tobacco advertising, R-rated movies, and anything that doesn’t meet Stacy and Bob’s quality standards. They do, however, sell furniture, knickknacks, food, clothing and much more. When did you start selling food at Angel Hands? “December, 2015, and it’s selling like crazy. We don’t intend to compete with our local grocery stores. They have the freshest food and the best variety, however, if we can save customers $25 a week on a few groceries they already buy then we will have saved them over $1,000 in one year.” Robert and Stacy Hilde are always having new business ideas. Mrs. Hilde calls herself a business-minded entrepreneur. Before they retire they would like to create 100 new jobs. Both of them plan on opening more businesses. What is the hardest part about being a business owner? “For Bob, remem-

bering names. For me, filing tax paperwork.” I called Bob and he confirmed that names are his kryptonite. Stacy says that the best part about being a business owner is getting to know her neighbors and volunteers. “They become a part of my family,” she states. Bob and Stacy care a lot about supporting their community. Be sure to shop locally and to drink your Ovaltine. You don’t need a Little Orphan Annie decoder ring to support your town. This will be my last article for the Inter-County Leader. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to write in the Random Landslide column every other week, but I plan to spend some time exploring fiction writing over the next months. So, goodbye my readers, it’s been fun.”


Carousel places far away. It was exciting to read of things beyond my imagination. The librarian’s desk was just inside the front door and she was friendly but appeared stern and somber to young patrons. She wore dark clothing. Her black hair streaked with gray was pulled severely back into a pug. When the historical society made it possible for that building to return to Frederic, next to the Depot Museum, it was a special time. I remember going to visit when it was restored. As I stepped through the front door the scent of burning oak from the stove mingled with musty book smell overwhelmed me. I was back there holding my mother’s hand those many years ago, though everything seemed small now, like it had shrunk. I stood still, savoring the moment. Through closed eyes, I visualized the room as it had been. Tears pooled, overflowed and streamed down my cheeks. I had not anticipated it would be so emotional. Whenever I visit, the same visions and feelings come back, like being reunited with past events in a very special way. As I finished reading the article on the anniversary, I was reminded of all the homes the library has had. The present one is an amazing ad-

Frederic’s first public library opened on Feb. 18, 1936. - Special photo dition to the village but the small one now by the depot remains my favorite. For me it holds wonderful memories of happy days becoming lost in the world of books. Feb. 18, 2016 Happy 80th birthday, Frederic Library About the writer: Marlys Spencer continues her interest in education, serving on the local scholarship foundation board. She

is writing about her life with an emphasis on stories from her experiences in the Frederic Schools. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


Strange bedfellows


onald Trump did the unthinkable in South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, calling out George W. Bush for the reckless invasion and occupation of Iraq. Conventional wisdom says you don’t attack former presidents in your own party, but as Trump has shown, conventional wisdom has been tossed out the window in the 2016 campaign. In one of his stream-of-consciousness rants, Trump declared, “I’m the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’ I said it and I said it loud and clear, ‘You’ll destabilize the Middle East.’ That’s exactly what happened.” Turns out there is no documented instance of him saying that, publicly at least, but he wasn’t a vocal supporter of the war either. A few minutes later, he took up this argument again. “Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake. George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.” Still later, he bemoaned the fact that “we’ve been in the Middle East for 15 years and we haven’t won anything. We’ve spent $5 trillion in the Middle East. . . We have to rebuild our infrastructure.” These kinds of statements make him an outlier in the Republican Party though Trump, by all appearances, is a party unto himself. And they probably put him at odds with most of his supporters who seem to love his take-no-prisoners approach to the issues and his perceived willingness to “do whatever it takes to make America great again,” including his plan to “take out the families” of terrorists. So where does he come up with this stuff? Could it be that one of Trump’s inner circle is the esteemed linguist, philosopher, author and political activist Noam Chomsky? No way, you say, but Chomsky could conceivably have made all those same statements about the failed invasion of

The view from here Steve Pearson Iraq albeit with a bit more eloquence and coherence. In fact, in two recent interviews, one with and the other with Melissa Parker of Newsmakers, the 87-year-old Chomsky discusses how, in our zeal to rid the world of terrorists in Iraq and other places, we’ve inadvertently spread jihadi terror “from a small tribal area in Afghanistan to virtually the whole world, from West Africa through the Levant and on to Southeast Asia.” And al-Qaida, a once small group of disaffected Saudis - 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia - has morphed into a far more virulent strain of terrorism on several continents. While ISIS, in Chomsky’s words, “holds the record for monstrous brutality,” other groups are not far behind. In his view, the “global war on terror” has been a dismal failure. “Can we draw some lessons from that?” he asks rhetorically. “Yeah, we can.” And once again, like Trump, he goes back to his critique of the Iraq invasion. “If you look back … the United States invasion of Iraq … destroyed the country, killed hundreds of thousands of people, created a couple of million refugees and incited a sectarian conflict. There was none before in Iraq … Shiites and Sunni families lived in the same neighborhoods.” Al-Qaida in Iraq, made up of Sunnis, grew out of these new sectarian conflicts. The U.S. successfully co-opted the growth of al-Qaida for a time by actually putting Sunnis on the U.S. payroll, but once the U.S. left Iraq and ISIS moved in from Syria, these same Sunnis turned to them for protection or joined with them in what, at least in that part of the world, can still be described as

a Sunni-Shiite civil war. “The Sunni populations in Syria and Iraq where ISIS is based may hate ISIS,” Chomsky observes, “but … in these horrible sectarian conflicts that have been instigated, they see it as a kind of protector and a source of stability.” Chomsky sees understanding the roots of ISIS and its strategy as critically important to dismantling and defeating them. He in turn cites William Polk, a historian and veteran foreign policy consultant who worked in the State Department during the Cuban Missile Crisis, who has done a thorough analysis of the ISIS strategy as outlined in a document called “Idarah at-Tawhish,” or “The Management of Savagery,” written by Abu Bakr Naji and published on the Internet in 2004. The first stage of that strategy, Polk asserts, has already been accomplished, drawing the U.S. and other countries into wars in the Middle East and subsequent “massive retaliatory bombing raids” like those that followed the Paris attacks. These “reactions and overreactions” help insurgents “recruit more supporters by hurting a lot of uncommitted bystanders.” The second stage is “the spread of savagery,” where individuals and/or small groups, acting on their own or with limited coordination, commit terrorist atrocities inside and outside the Islamic world, eventually draining “the enemy” of energy, will and money. As an example, he cites the case of an attack on a tourist resort frequented by Westerners in Indonesia which results in the need to provide additional security at tourist resorts all over the world, causing a huge increase in spending. The third stage is “the administration of savagery” to establish “a fighting society.” To dilute the air power of its enemies, Polk says, ISIS has become something of a “nomadic state.” At the same time, it has set up an overarching social-political structure in the territory it controls, providing food, shelter and medical services along with a system of justice. Meanwhile, it takes its campaign

of violence far and wide, attacking embassies or other representations of what it considers to be enemy states. “The Management of Savagery” begins with a summary of the excesses of colonial/imperial history, including an account of the Belgian atrocities in the Congo where, as Polk tells it, between 10 and 15 million native people were killed. These and other massacres, from the Dutch in Java to the French in Algeria, as well as the deaths of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, have become part of the collective memory of the Muslim world just as the Holocaust lives on in the Jewish psyche, according to Polk. Polk identifies some counterstrategies that he believes could successfully combat the spread of jihadi terrorism, including “a multinational, welfare-oriented and psychologically satisfying program” that would include meeting communal needs, compensation for previous transgressions and calls for a new beginning.” This type of program could be limited to children, including establishing public health measures and providing vitamins and food supplements. Organizations like the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders already exist to implement such a program and, “indeed, much is already being done.” Unfortunately, the political climate in this country combined with a fear of further terrorist attacks makes the implementation of any of these approaches seem unlikely. But Trump’s acknowledgement of the “mistake” that was the Iraq invasion provides a glimmer of hope. If Trump does defy the odds and becomes our next president, we can hope that all the reckless talk about “taking out the families” of suspected terrorists was just a lot of campaign bombast. In a few days, the first real cease-fire in the five-year Syrian civil war will begin, a hopeful sign after five years of fighting that has claimed 270,000 lives, and part of that agreement calls for the delivery of the kind of aid Polk called for.

Writing behind the cobwebs


very couple of weeks, this column, with its Folle Avoine Chronicles tag, is updated with news and views pertaining to Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park – its history, programs and other tidbits. As there are no pressing updates to report this week, methinks I’ll seek to provide a little insight into the nuts, bolts and shenanigans of putting these little jottings together. Who really writes this stuff, anyway? Uh-oh, already I feel like a contestant on the old “What’s My Line” program. Kinda like any history, really; when checking into it there’s all sorts of who/what/whys to figure out before any of it makes much sense. So this little excursion might be like that, except perhaps for the “makes much sense” part. Some readers probably assume that the people who run the place called Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park must write these reports. Nope. The director, board of directors, tour guides and volunteers aren’t involved. My buddy, the Old Recluse, tells me this all started when the director told him he wouldn’t mind some way to creatively “spread the news,” as it were. So here we are, showing up in ye olde newspaper every couple of weeks. Whoa! But I’m called “Woodswhimsy the Gnome,” right? Umm, sorry; gnomes may be magical little woodsprites, but they’ve never been known to write newspaper columns. Well, remember the director said that he’d love to spread the news creatively? Should be enough said, there; if not, write me, or find me on one of my nightly jaunts helping out the world. Remember, it’s gnomes who secretly replace that lost sock you’ve been hunting all over for; gnomes also might rescue a deer with its antlers stuck in barbed wire. And/

Folle Avoine

Chronicles Woodswhimsy at work. - Special graphic

Woodswhimsy the gnome or hundreds of other good deeds we do, while you sleep. Plus we’re so tiny you probably couldn’t make us out very well anyway. And this gnome just happens to be way curious about that Forts Folly place and that curiosity known as a historic site that carries on its heritage. Time for another whoa! So, OK, you think, fine; you might accept that I somehow think I’m a woods gnome, as distinct from a house or garden sort. You may just figure I’m nuts. But how do I know anything about this fur trade history stuff? Good question. First you need to understand that gnomes can live for a few hundred years at a crack—I’m in my 300s as of today. So give me some slack; I kind of know all, but tell only some, if you catch my drift. You can even forget all that and recall that I said my main source of info comes from the human I refer to as the Old Recluse. He is exactly that, old and reclusive. Ah, but his experience in the world of fur trade history ranges over stints as an educator/historian/ tour guide/movie consultant/exhibit designer/author and history re-enactor both here and in Canada. So he keeps tabs on what’s up over at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. And clues me in on the happenings there; helps me make some sense, or not, out of all that history and the who/what/ why/how of what happened then, and what’s going on there now. They aren’t meant to be puff pieces, but seek to

provide a sort of outside perspective on an intriguing local haunt. The Old Recluse himself is quite boring, so I try to wrap a little flair around what he tells me and eventually I rewrite his news in this space. So in case you were wondering about that line below each column which identifies me as an “independent” writer, ‘tis exactly so. Neither I nor the Old Recluse are affiliated with the site, we just find out about stuff that went on there back in the day, or hear about what’s pulling off there now. We then share some nutbrown ale or some such beverage and I manage to spit out some info about it all for your bemusement, surprise, horror, or just information which you might or might not find interesting, and perhaps inspire a visit there someday. Or provide a little imaginative fodder as you wend your way through the

other news of the week. But I’m noticing I don’t have much more space to write today, so must get out on my nightly trek for now. I’ll just remind you, for now, that while the Forts Folle Avoine tours are not running during the winter, the Harris Palmer Research Library faithfully opens each Wednesday year-round. There’s more, but the nut-brown ale is affecting my memory. What to do? Aha, the Old Recluse reminds me you can use that contraption called a phone to shout over to them at 715-866-8890 or you can look up for even more info if you happen to fall into that bottomless pit called the Internet. Signed, Woodswhimsy .. an independet writer not affiliated with Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park


ACS Sole Burner Walk/Run in Frederic May 7 Marks 21st anniversary of Frederic event FREDERIC - The Frederic Area American Cancer Society Sole Burner Walk/Run date has been set for Saturday, May 7. On this day, you can put on your athletic shoes and walk in the fight against cancer. The event is also a chance for the community to rally together and support cancer survivors while raising money to eliminate cancer in the future. It is a great opportunity for fun and fitness for the whole family. The American Cancer Society Sole Burner is a terrific event,” says ACS specialist, community events Amanda Pilger. “This event is a noncompetitive walk/run in which teams and individuals raise money and walk or run to bring awareness that everyone, including cancer survivors and their family and friends, can celebrate the reality that cancer can be beaten. In 1950, cancer was a virtual death sentence - nine out of 10 people succumbed to cancer. Today, as a result of dedicated volunteers raising money for treatment and research, nine out of 10 people survive cancer.” “For the participants, crossing the finish line means accomplishing a goal and helping to win the struggle

against cancer,” Elvira Schmidt, chair of the Frederic ACS Sole Burner event stated. “The American Cancer Society is reaching for our ultimate goal of finding a cure to eliminate all cancer.” There is plenty of time to sign up as a participant or volunteer. “This is our opportunity to invite everyone who has been impacted by cancer to come together in a warm, positive, upbeat atmosphere,” said Schmidt. Participants are urged to register early. Registration before the walk will be $10 and on the day of the walk will be $15. Online registration is available again this year at Check-in and late registration will again be at the Birch Street Elementary School from 8 - 9 a.m. with the walk beginning from the school at 9:15 a.m. The ACS is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing the suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information call 800-ACS-2345 or visit their website at, or contact Elvira Schmidt at 715-653-2684 or Amanda Pilger at 800-582-5152. - submitted

Do you have cabin fever? Get out of the house for a while – volunteer! BURNETT COUNTY - Ruby’s Food Shelf needs volunteers to help during the winter months of March and April: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon and Fridays, noon-2 p.m. Ruby’s Food Shelf is run by volunteers who assist recipients in selecting food options and restocking the shelves. Its mission is “To procure and distribute corporate surplus food and goods to help fight poverty,

hunger and disease in rural communities in the United States for those with low resources and in crisis through churches, food shelves and other local civic organizations. “ Ruby’s Food Shelf is available to residents in Siren and Webster school districts Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4p.m. It is located in Ruby’s Second Hand Store, 24534 Hwy. 35/70, in Siren. Please contact them if you can help. - with submitted information

Frederic music program secures grant for new instruments School district receives 15 new keyboards FREDERIC - Frederic Elementary School students have been enjoying a new instrument in their music classes. As of the beginning of the year, the third-graders have been learning how to play piano on new keyboards purchased through a grant received from the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Lisa Mattson, general music teacher at Frederic Elementary, received a notification that the St. Croix Valley Foundation would be accepting grant proposals for music-education purposes in late August. Mattson, a new employee to the district, wasted no time


Olive has so awesomely read 1,000 books before kindergarten. Here she is with her donation to the children’s collection at the St. Croix Falls Public Library, some very sweet Fancy Nancy books. Way to go, Olive! - Photo submitted

in her position before deciding her program would benefit from the use of keyboards and submitted a proposal in September to the foundation. “I was excited to try to help the program through the grant, and even more excited to learn that we’d actually been awarded the funds,” said Mattson. “As soon as we received notice, I was able to purchase 15 new keyboards for the school, equipped with stands and power adaptors. The kids are loving it.” Since the implementation of the keyboards, the third-graders have been enjoying using them and learning some basics about playing piano. Other grades will soon also have beginning piano lessons. – submitted


Carter Hanson, right, of Unity FFA, participated in the district FFA speaking contest recently in the discussion meet competition. The discussion meet is a group competition in which a topic is presented and students get 15 minutes to discuss the topic to get their points across and ask other participants their thoughts on the topic. The district discussion meet topic was food labeling. Hanson placed third in the competition and was congratulated by state FFA officer Maddi Colbeth of Clear Lake. – Photo submitted

Do you remember? Compiled by Sue Renno

50 years ago An event for the D’Jock Educational Fund would take place in the Siren School. Local people were putting on three plays. Six ladies would present a comedy, “Bring On The Bride,” directed by Gloria Brink. Another one-act play, under the direction of Marg Lee, would be “The Culture Club,” with 11 women playing the parts of club members. The Siren School faculty would present “A Wedding and State of Confusion.”–The First Bank of Cushing held an open house in honor of their new facility. This paper also printed a picture from the early 1920s of some “leading citizens” standing in front of the old version of the Bank of Cushing.–Jim Engelhart, a barber in Cushing for seven years, purchased the Lewis Bar, in Lewis, from Mr. and Mrs. Knute Anderson.–The Lew Lawson cabin on Spirit Lake burned to the ground.–Candace Doriott was selected DAR Good Citizen from the Siren High School.–Premium whole, Grade A milk in three flavors, chocolate, banana and white, would be bottled by GOal Bottling Inc., Amery, and distributed by single bottles or six-packs, bottled like soda pop.–Christy Iverson won the top spot in the Frederic School District spelling bee, with alternates Tim Ryan and John Olson. The next step would be the Polk County spelling bee.– Linda Nelson, daughter of the Eugene Nelsons, Lewis, won a color TV in a raffle drawing from the Luck Winter Carnival.–Pvt. Gerald Olson, from Webster, completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was transferred to Fort Jackson, S.C.

40 years ago The junior high CCD class at Crescent Lake Catholic Church organized the Mass for Feb. 22, participating in the prayers, music and readings, and had made banners for the occasion. Participants included Mark Curwick, Keith Okonek, April Ludy, Jane Curwick, Amy Burkett, Cheryl Ludy, Jean Okonek, Mary Scalzo, Jay Okonek, Dana Durand and Laurie Curwick.–Frederic FBLA students hosted an afternoon tea at the school, then attended the Area I Leadership Conference at UW-Eau Claire later that week. In Polk County, only Frederic and Unity had an FBLA chapter. There were 33 schools in Area I.–An unnamed juvenile was jailed in Polk County after a 25-mile high-speed chase that started after a basketball game at Luck. Officers finally shot a hole in the gas tank and apprehended the youth when the car was out of gas.–Webelos Kelly Hicks, Steve McKinney, Robert Zuniga and Craig Swanberg presented a certificate of appreciation to Pastor Charles Briggs, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Frederic, for helping to build the track for the first Pinewood Derby for their troop, and providing space at the church for their meetings. Carlson Hardware and Arrow Building Center provided materials for the track.–The Pilgrim Players, Wanell Hansen, Sylvia Hansen, Marlene Dahlberg, Doris Matz and Karen Swanberg, wore uniforms borrowed from WWI veterans to sing WWI-era songs at their basket social.–Mrs. Chester Fremont came home to find a burglar leaving her house. He jumped in his already running car and escaped with some of the Fremonts’ possessions, but left many more things piled by the door inside the house.

20 years ago Adam Netys, 125 pounds, Luck, took gold at the conference wrestling meet at Lake Holcombe. Andy Johnson, 112 pounds, Luck, also won his weight division. Andy Peterson, Frederic, took third at 140 pounds and in heavyweight, Kevin Jensen, Frederic, was champion.–The village of Frederic agreed to sell the former Frederic hospital building to Northwest Passage Ltd., Webster.–The Unity School was adding girls golf and tennis to their athletic program to balance out girls and boys sports.–Queen of the Luck Winter Carnival was Susan LoRusso, with First Princess Alysse Nockels and Little Miss Luck Chaunteal Svoboda.–Area schools special projects were in the news. The Luck sixth grade learned about the Middle Ages, incorporating art projects, an authentic meal of the time, costumes, and learning about castles and the feudal system. Siren fifth-graders researched the American presidents and did life-sized drawings of them, at their real heights, which were displayed on the hallway walls. The Siren first-graders visited Capeside Cove to meet their foster grandparents, residents who volunteered for the role. The children put on a play and brought pictures they had drawn for the “grandparents.” Luck students in third through eighth grade were involved in book writing and illustrating activities. Selected students attended the Young Authors Conference in Rice Lake, others had their books entered in the Delta Sigma Gamma Literary Contest, and a dozen won awards for their book illustrations.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, We had a really good week at the shelter with adoptions taking top billing. To start off, all of the four Siberian husky puppies went to new homes, as did black and tan puppy Freya. Wonderful hound Homer and long-term resident dog Grayson were also adopted this week. Feisty kitten Tulip found a new home with two small dogs to play with and possibly torment. Adult cats that found homes were last week’s featured gal Betsy and sweet fellow Nick. We had only two stray dogs come in, both on Wednesday. The first dog, a gentle female hound, was found out of Siren on Grupe Lane. We named her Sadie. The second stray, a small, dark-brown fur ball of a dog, was found by CTH H out of Webb Lake. Her new name is Lady. Neither dogs were claimed by their owners. Our first featured dog is a handsome, possibly purebred, yellow Lab we call Marley. Marley came in as a stray on Thursday, Feb. 18, and wasn’t reclaimed, which really surprised us all. Marley is about 1 year old and is very Marley friendly with peo-



Humane Society of Burnett County ple, and also likes other dogs. On our walk on the woods trail, his nose hit the ground and didn’t leave it until we returned. He appears to have some hunting instinct in him. I have to say that my arm got a workout; he pulls quite a bit. In the play yard Marley is a ball fanatic, just make sure you have more than one ball at a time because once he fetches that first ball, he doesn’t want to let it go until he is assured that another will be thrown for him. He also plays a lively game of tag. Marley knows the command sit and is very easy to train as he is really treat motivated and wants to please. Sizewise, Marley isn’t a large Lab, he weighs in at around 63 pounds and has a medium-size frame. He is a very athletic dog and would make a wonderful fellow for some lively kids or an active adult. If you are interested in this nice canine don’t hesitate, I have a feeling he will go fast. Our second featured dog is a tall, regal-looking walker coonhound that we call Sherlock. Sherlock came in as a stray on Sunday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and he has won our hearts. Sherlock is about 1 year old and weighs in at 67 pounds. He is a bit

St. Croix Valley Senior Center It will soon be springtime again in Wisconsin. March is the month to celebrate the Irish, the seniors will be doing that on Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m. with an $8 corned beef and cabbage dinner, with 500 cards to follow. All are welcome, please call for reservations.

Fridays are busy with Bridge at 10 a.m. The first and third Fridays of the month are our Bingo days, we play from 1-3 p.m, the second and fourth Fridays are our Pokeno days, starting at 12:30 p.m. Bring a friend and come down. We have a potluck every Sunday at 12:30

The center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls. Contact us by calling 715483-1909.

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

Coming events: * Business meeting the third Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. * Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 2:30 p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. * Medica workshop, March 22, 2 p.m. * Rummage sale, Saturday, April 2. * Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

ments. Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen, Desi and Aubrey Rosselli, and Daisy Wohlford went to Forest Lake, Minn., Saturday to attend a birthday party for Madelyn Moore. She is the daughter of Alan Hanna’s girlfriend. Lida Nordquist and Donna Hines were Saturday visitors of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Karen and Hank Mangelsen went to the Siren School on Saturday afternoon to watch their great-

niece, Taylor Romsos, play basketball. Taylor is in fourth grade at Hayward. Later, Hank and Karen visited April and Dave Close, and Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen. Donna and Gerry Hines went to the Cumberland ECU on Sunday afternoon with other members of Timberland Free Lutheran Church. They led a short worship service for the residents there.

was the winner. They play every Thursday at 1 p.m. Always room for more. Another wild and crazy day for the Wii bowlers. LaJuana had high individual game with a 257. Dana had high individual series at 438. The King Pins had high team game and series with 782 and 1511. Others in the 200 club were Fred 207, Dana 212 and 216. LaJuana picked up the 5-10 split, Harvey the

4-10 and Harry the 5-10. Kudos to all. The potluck and Horse Race on Saturday was a lot of fun and quite noisy. We will have Horse Race the second Saturday of every month, the first one being March 12, at 1 p.m. The March menus are out. Stop in and pick one up. Nikki serves great lunches. Sign up for your favorites. For more information call 715-866-5300.

The bargain table has lots of new items. Stop in and look over all of the treasures. The next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m. Please plan to attend. Remember yesterday and dream about tomorrow, but live for today. See you at the center.

A boy, Quentin Eli Mosay, born Jan. 29, 2016, to Ashley Matrious and Carlos Mosay of Luck. Quentin weighed 9 lbs., 7.5 oz. ••• A boy, Oden Matthew Coen, born Feb. 1, 2016, to Stephanie and Jason Coen of Amery. Oden weighed 7 lbs., 7.6 oz. ••• A girl, Oakley Maureen Kvaal, born Feb. 3, 2016, to Felicia and Matthew Kvaal of Balsam Lake. Oakley weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Wyatt Everett Anderson, born Feb. 3, 2016, to Tianna Anderson and Cole Anderson of Dresser. Wyatt weighed 7 lbs., 4.5 oz. ••• A girl, Annabelle Jean Sadowski, born Feb. 7, 2016, to Rachel Geisdorf and Marc Sadowski of Amery. Annabelle weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A girl, Brooklyn Louise Obermueller, born Feb. 9, 2016, to Kelsy Konder and John Obermueller of Glenwood City. Brooklyn weighed 7 lbs., 13.4 oz. •••

A girl, Paisley Olivia Bottolfson, born Feb. 10, 2016, to Lisa Gaetz and Shawn Bottolfson of Clayton. Paisley weighed 5 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A boy, Grant Ryan Lee, born Feb. 13, 2016, to Tara and Ryan Lee of Amery. Grant weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz.

••• A girl, Aubrie Mae Flaherty, born Feb. 15, 2016, to Grace Lyons and Michael Flaherty of Boyceville. Aubrie weighed 7 lbs., 7.2 oz. •••

Karen Mangelsen Sympathy is extended to the family. John and Diana Mangelsen visited Lawrence and Nina Hines on Thursday. Gerry and Donna Hines, and Lida Nordquist traveled to Savage, Minn., Friday to visit Nick and Esther Mangelsen. A number of women from this area went to the Spooner United Methodist Church on Friday evening to watch a video of Anita Renfroe, a Christian comedian. The Spooner ladies provided refresh-

Webster Senior Center Another month gone. We must be having fun, you know the old saying, time flies when you are having fun. We had a small group for Dime Bingo, but everyone had fun. We play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Come join the fun. There were six players for Dominoes with Judy being the winner. Five came to play pool and Ken

p.m., and 500 cards follow for those who want to play. Mahjong is played at noon on Wednesdays. There is always room for new players or friends who would like to visit. Please stop in or call on Tuesdays for information.

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and many people were taking walks. I even had a pair of chickadees checking out a couple of our birdhouses. If you didn’t get a chance to take part at the Longaberger Basket Bingo Hope for a Cure on Sunday, you missed a great time for a great cause. And some of us even won. If anyone is interested in learning Cribbage, please come to the center and we’ll get you started.

Dewey-LaFollette During the week, Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Maxine and Les Lindquist, Donna and Gerry Hines, Sandy and Dirk Benzer, Pam and Bob Bentz, Ronda and Maynard Mangelsen, and Nina and Lawrence Hines. Duane and John Otis, Maynard, Ronda and Lisa Mangelsen, Sue Fougner, and June and Lloyd Anderson went to Monroe to attend the funeral on Thursday of their cousin, Tom Melland. Tom, who was in his mid-40s, drowned while fishing.

lock’s new family would probably have more peace if they didn’t have a cat to share his home with. Other than the occasional vocalization, this is one very nice dog. He has a gentle, sweet disposition and a loving manner. We would suggest a fenced yard so his nose doesn’t get him in trouble. Gratitude is extended to all who attended the chili/soup fundraiser at Clover Meadow Winery. Grand prize winner was Lisa Foley. Top soup prize went to Peggy Tolbert and top chili prize went to Mike Jehlicka. It was a tasty, fun time and the shelter animals appreciate your support. The next fundraiser, our annual spaghetti supper, is fast approaching. I will update you all in due time with all the details. What I do know for sure is that the raffle tickets have arrived and can be purchased from volunteers or at the shelter office during business hours. Lastly, for those who like to donate, our special Star’s Fund is running a bit low because of some special treatments some of our animals received, like Grayson’s lengthy heartworm treatment. If you would like to give a monetary donation to build up the fund again it would be greatly appreciated. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. Check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

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Grantsburg Senior Center We want to take time to wish those who celebrated birthdays this leap year a happy birthday on Feb. 29. To the rest of us, happy Leap Day! And now, here comes March. Does anyone else feel like the days are going by faster and faster? These last couple of days of warmth, we saw a lot of folks out and about starting some spring-cleaning jobs. Windows were opened for some much-needed fresh air, jackets were shed

on the thin side so we are trying to put some weight on him. I offered to give him a few pounds, but I can see he hasn’t taken me up on my offer yet. The first time I walked Sherlock in the woods, he enjoyed sniffing the trail. The secSherlock ond time he caught a scent, and it ignited his rather loud hound voice for the entire walk. This past week the trail was too icy, so I took to the road with him and all was well. I really enjoy walking him, he keeps pace whether we are strolling or jogging along. He is a walker or runner’s dream. He does pull some, but after the first mile he lets up a bit. On Sunday afternoon, I conned my hubby into walking Sherlock and Marley together down the road with me. They got along very well and a great time was had by all. Sherlock got to come into the office during the week to see how he does with cats. It turned into a comedy of errors. When he finally spotted laid-back cat Blitzen on the cat tree, he appeared to believe he had treed the cat and erupted into baying. Inside, it was a bit loud indeed. Blitzen looked down at the dog with a mixture of boredom and annoyance on his face. We decided that Sher-

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Births Born at Burnett Medical Center: A boy, Ashton Richard Brugman, born Feb. 27, 2016, to Chad and Jennifer Brugman of Webster. Ashton weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. Sibling is Colton Lewis Brugman. Grandparents are Richard and Kathleen Bohn of Luck and Duane and Maryanne Brugman of Anaconda, Mont. Great-grandparent is Mertle Brugman of Anaconda, Mont. •••

Born at Osceola Medical Center: A boy, Jaxon John Stelton, born Feb. 24, 2016, to Tiatta Shearen and David Stelton of Osceola. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Jordan Jesus Bracht, born Feb. 27, 2016, to Angela Bracht of Centuria. Jordan weighed 8 lbs., 10.6 oz. •••

Born at Amery Hospital and Clinic: A boy, Grayson Dean-Joseph Benjamin-Matrious, born Jan. 25, 2016, to Lexi Benjamin and Karl Matrious Jr. of Luck. Grayson weighed 9 lbs., 5 oz. •••

Siren Senior Center Many thanks to Jane Wardean for her donation of flowers to our center. We are always glad to receive the flowers so we can decorate the center. Speaking of decorating, a crew came in last week and changed from snowmen to green hats, shamrocks and other St. Patrick’s Day items. The crew consisted of Barb Geske, Diane Norman, Lynn, Rose and Mick Miller, and Ralph and Nona Severson. Our 500 winners were Lorna Erickson, Doug Harlander, Gerry Vogel, Darwin Niles and Barb Geske. Spade winners were Jim Anderson and Rita Bennett, with Susie Hughes and Sandy Hickey tied for third

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place, and Gerry Vogel for last place. It is so nice to see so many people coming out to play cards. We have had good crowds for both Spades and 500. We have several items displayed for our silent auction. Stop in anytime and check them out. The Lions had their big fishing contest this past weekend. The weather was so nice and hope everyone had a chance to fish or just enjoy the weather.

Dates to remember: Sunday, March 13: Daylight saving time starts. Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day, watch the papers for fun activities.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Zoey Kulzer turned 5 years old on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Her birthday wish was for all the animals at Arnell Humane Society to receive gifts. Zoey, her sister Regan and their mom came to visit the shelter last week laden with pet treats, food, rawhides, and dog and cat toys. Her mom said that Zoey was more excited about this birthday than any other. Family and friends purchased the pet gifts and gave $50 to Zoey, who made a gift of her gifts to the animals at Arnell. She was squirming with excitement as we unloaded the birthday bounty. Zoey told us that only a few of the toys had been

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handled by their dog, who didn’t understand; surely these toys were for her. Mom confirmed that indeed, the shelter pet gifts needed to be collected and stored out of the golden retriever’s reach. After the gift unveiling, Zoey and Regan went on a shelter tour which ended in the adoptable cat rooms. Mitchell was only too happy to play with the toys brought for his enjoyment. Even more happy giggles and squirming ensued. Regan made a new friend in Nyssa, the longhair diluted calico. It was during our conversation that Zoey’s mother relayed the reclaim story of their 12-year-old cat. In March of 2015, they called the Arnell shelter to report their missing cat Sugar, all white with blue eyes. In late June, she received a call from our shelter, to let her know that someone had found a cat near Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, and that it could be their lost cat. The family was getting ready to go out of town for the Fourth of July weekend but she knew that if she didn’t go to see if the found cat was Sugar, she would always wonder. And indeed, the found cat did turn out to be their beloved Sugar. She was skin and bones but very much alive and happy to see them. How she made it all the way to Interstate Park from their house in Osceola is a mystery. Sugar has since gained all of her weight back and is enjoying life with her family again, though she prefers to stay inside the majority of the time. In the end, Zoey gave gifts to the pets at Arnell and a heartwarming gift to the staff. It is always a gift to learn that your diligence has paid off and made a difference. It was a slow week for adoptions. Only Grizzley, the Maltese-poodle, and Emma, the bluetick

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Frederic Senior Center Our weather on Saturday was a sign of what’s to come with spring three weeks away. The winners for Spades were Nona Severson, John La Fond, Marlyce Borchert and Doug Harlander. The eight bid went to Lorna Erickson. The winners for 500 were Tim Abrahamzon, Dave Peterson, Micky Kilmer and Marilyn Niles. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1 p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Come and

Sixth-graders in a class called agriculture explore are learning how to properly care for pets and other domesticated animals. – Photo submitted

coonhound, found their new homes. Our cat room continues to be full with wonderful felines of every color, shape and size. Marble, Clementine and Janice are looking for a heated barn they can rid of rodents. Nyssa, Doc, Collin and Chad just want to cuddle. Mitchell, Lucy and Jasper are looking for play pals. They all need homes. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715 268-7387. Find us online at and on Facebook

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join us. There are still a few openings for tax help. Call 715-327-8623 on Monday, Tuesday or Friday mornings between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. to schedule an appointment. Get out and enjoy our nice weather. We hope to see you at the center.

Welcome home Welcome home, housewarming this Saturday WEBSTER - A welcome home and 25year housewarming party is set for this Saturday, March 5, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the

home of Jerry and Jeanne Wicklund at 7435 West Elm St. Jerry suffered a heart attack three months ago and just returned home within the past few weeks. The general public is welcome to attend.

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Last week was mostly gloomy, several peeks of sunshine, but mostly cloudy. On Monday, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter must have had a dispute as to what kind of weather we should have, so they threw in a little snow, some rain and even a little snow/rain mix. It made for the perfect day to just stay indoors. Most of the temps this month have been above normal for this time of year. I guess we really shouldn’t complain too much. Bear country is now on the lookout for some of our spring birds to start showing up. The bluebirds usually show up in this area around the first part of March, with the robins right on their tails. When they arrive, it’s a sure sign spring isn’t too far away. My favorite summer birds are the Baltimore orioles and, of course, the little jewels of the garden, those tiny hummingbirds. They both feed off the front deck all summer. With these springlike days, I’m betting there will soon be signs of those big black buggers out and about again. It must be one of the earliest years to come out of the dens. It won’t be the sows with this year’s spring cubs, they usually are slow to come out. The pesky ones to show up in bear country are usually the older boars or those 2-year-olds that aren’t quite sure what they are supposed to eat, so they raid the bird yards.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Marilyn Weschnefski, who passed away last week. Sympathy is extended to the family of Edward “Ed” Durand, who passed away Feb. 18. Sympathy is extended to the family of Ila Ludden, who passed away Feb. 18. The Siren Lions Club had a great day for their whopper of a fishing contest this year. There was lots of sun and plenty of people were ready to to win the many prizes available. Mark your calendars for Siren’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration set for Saturday, March 12. The parade is at 2 p.m. Don’t forget to stop in for some of the traditional corned beef and cabbage sold in most eating establishments in town, and don’t forget to order some green beer to go with it. Congratulations to Max Lindquist for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence for the week. What a superstar he is. Great going, Max. Congratulations to elementary student Landyn Randt, middle schooler Jordan Webster and high schooler Derek Highstrom for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. A great group of guys, they will go far. Take care when you let your children or pets outside these days. Warm weather brings out those big black critters.

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LIBRARY CORNER Centuria Public Library Good books for preschool and kindergarten Being able to read involves the ability of the reader to looks for fine details when using word attack skills or remembering details in a paragraph or story that has been read. When working with a preschooler, a good way to develop those skills is to use seek and find books where the reader has to look for specific things on a given page. Young children especially enjoy those kinds of books, and the reader and child can have a lot of meaningful fun looking for the details in a book. The Centuria Public Library has many good seek and find books on various levels. Visit the library and the staff will be most happy to help you find these exciting books. Recommended books are as follows: “1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland” “1001 Monster Things to Spot” “1001 Pirate Things to Spot” “1001 Things to Spot in the Sea” “1001 Things to Spot on the Farm” “1001 Animals to Spot” “1001 Bugs to Spot” “The Great Animal Search” “The Big Bug Search”

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“The Great Undersea Search” “The Great Dinosaur Search” “I Spy Treasure Hunt” “I Spy Spooky Night” “I Spy Ultimate Challenger” “I Spy Christmas” “Hide and Seek Visual Adventures – Uncover History” “Hide and Seek Visual Adventures – Uncover Nature” “Hide and Seek Visual Adventures – Uncover Technology”

The library has free Wi-Fi for public use. Bring your devices to the library and connect to the Internet to search the Web or connect with Facebook. The library has four public-use computers available for anyone who has the need to use a computer. Library staff is available to assist anyone with their computer needs.

New materials to support reading

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

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

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

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New adult activities

Computer cafe

Iditarod race starts Saturday, March 5. Join us on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. for a recap of the race start, check on the mushers and their dogs, and watch the movie “Snow Dogs.” Stop in at the library for some books and get a good lead.

Card club every other Monday beginning March 7, at 10 a.m.; strategy games will be held every other Tuesday beginning March 1 at 5 p.m.; adult coloring is every Wednesday 1-2 p.m.; open art time is held Fridays 10 a.m. to noon.

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

New youth programming

Classic Movie Mondays

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

Classic Movie Mondays are the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m., beginning March 14 with “Casablanca.” Have a favorite classic movie suggestion? Let us know. Stop in for a calendar and tell all your friends.

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

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

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

Upcoming events we are beginning to plan for

Fiber arts group

birth to 5 can sign up and start or continue reading.

Summer reading program – plans are under way for another great summer. Movies in the Park, and at the lake – plans have started for picking movies and dates. Book sale preparation.

The next fiber arts group for adults will be on Thursday, March 24, from 1-3 p.m. If you knit, crochet, quilt, sew or engage in any of the fiber arts, bring your current project to the library for a casual gathering with other like-minded folks. We’ll work on our projects together as we share tips and chat. No registration required.

Ongoing events Computer basics

Current events

COMPAS animated short films class COMPAS animated short films with teaching artist Kelley Meister. For middle school age and older, adults welcome, the free class is offered on Wednesday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. Please register on the library website or call 715-483-1777.

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Morning story time Morning story time is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Join the group for a half hour of stories, singing and fun. Designed for toddlers and preschool-age children.

Create and Connect This program is an all-ages art and social night and is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. This is a great night for the whole family to choose stories together and to exercise creative energies.



Bee-A-Reader and complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a literacy program, offered at all three Unity area libraries, designed to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten. Children ages

We would like to thank the Luck and Webster communities for supporting the chili supper fundraiser for the Luck All-Star football players. It was a great start to the fundraising that we need to do in order for us to represent Luck HS on the North 8-Man All-Star team. Proceeds raised will go to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. If anyone would like to make a donation, please contact Coach Kendzior at the Luck HS at 715472-2151 or by email at Jared Hunter Chris Pouliot Noah Mortel Parker Steen

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Hours and information Phone: 715-825-2313, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Email Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served every day. Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio and even e-books and e-audiobooks.

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Grantsburg School District has scheduled kindergarten registration for the 2016 - 2017 school year on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. It will be held in the Nelson Primary School gym at 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Parents may attend any session. These sessions are designed for parents only. Please call the elementary school office at 715-463-2320 if you cannot attend. Kindergarten registration is intended for children who will enter school in the fall of 2016. Children eligible for kindergarten placement must be five years old on or before September 1, 2016. Kindergarten for 2016 - 2017 will be a developmental, activitybased program with a full-day/every-day schedule. Successful completion of 5-year-old kindergarten is required prior to admission to first grade. 642648 29L Thank You


C.I.A. cards awarded at Luck High School LUCK – The Cardinal Intelligence Agency was created at Luck High School 24 years ago as a program to recognize and reward academic excellence and student achievement. Its concept is to recognize students with short-term, tangible incentives, just as is done in the world of business with employees. The incentives are earned on a quarterly basis. Depending upon a student’s grades from the previous grading period and his/her behavior during those nine weeks, the student who has chosen to be a part of this program may be enrolled as members at one of four levels. According to the district motto, Luck Schools prepare lifelong learners and responsible citizens. The Cardinal Intelligence Agency attempts to promote this goal by recognizing students’ perfect attendance and by requiring that positive behavior be one of the cornerstones of the C.I.A. program. An asterisk indicates the first time at this level. A double asterisk indicates the 10th red or gold card earned.

Gold card Seniors Maddie Joy, Alaura Lemieux, Samantha Lindberg*, Emma Pedersen and Brianna Thompson*.

Juniors Jake Aguado, Katherine Cherveny*, Erin Engstrand, Erin Frank, Olivia Nielsen and Paige Runnels.

Sophomores Tasian Arjes, Alyssa Foeller, Austin High, Matthew Lane, Shannon Lane, Lindsay Mattson, Kyla Melin, Jenny Olson, Brooklyn Petersen and Meredith Thompson.

Freshmen* Katie Mattson, Addie-Mae Musial*, Julianna Thompson* and Sierra Zuniga*.

Red card Seniors Julia Campion, Anna Christensen, Nicole Dittbrenner**, Brittany Donald, Kerrigan Ekholm, Devyn Ellefson, Jordan Erickson, Nicola Ghiani, Taylor Hawkins, Steven Holdt, Sheridan Hulett**, Jared Hunter**, Markus Linski, Nick Mattson, Noah Mortel, Chris Pouliot, Derek Rennicke, Parker Steen and Luke Woltz.

Juniors Tiffany Brown, Logan Grey, Grace Groh, Amy Hacker, Austin Hamack, Autumn Hermansen, Graham Hershfield, Preston Lane, Jessica Mattson, Casey Ogilvie, Sydney Paulson, Morgan Pfaff, Amanda Pitts, Rachel Sanford, Alex Smith and Courtney Stevens.

Sophomores Nick Aguado, Laura Bartylla, Michael Delany, Gabriel Deziel, Eli Dikkers, Ray Dueholm, Cashton

The Luck High School Cardinal Intelligence Agency first-time-at-higher-level and 10th-time Cardinal red and gold card earners are shown front row (L to R): Sheridan Hulett, Samantha Lindberg, Katherine Cherveny, Brianna Thompson and Nicole Dittbrenner. Back: Addie-Mae Musial, Sierra Zuniga, Julianna Thompson, Shayla Hulett and Jared Hunter. – Photo submitted Ellefson, Payton Ellefson, Annaleise Greener, Sophia Hendricks-Loehr, Chase James, Isabelle Jensen, Jack Johansen, Heather Lane, Travis Lane, Billy Lipoff, Marissa Lundquist, Damon McCain, Makayla McCoy, Kerissa Minor, Kelsey Paulson, Jonah Tretsven, Tanner Van Meter, Alex Warren and Breanna White.

perfect attendance throughout the second quarter:



Beau Brenizer, Dennis Brule, Emily Chivers, Katie Christensen, Ryley Fosberg, Bryce Hacker, Derek Hendrickson, Merlin Hibbs, Shayla Hulett*, Andrea Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Alayah Jones, Alex Korzenowski, Spencer Marz, Nancy Olave and Jon Skow.

Nick Aguado, Tasian Arjes, Damon McCain, Kelsey Paulson and Jonah Tretsven.

Seniors Anna Christensen, Devyn Ellefson, Nicola Ghiani, Emma Pedersen, Chris Pouliot and Parker Steen.

Juniors Jake Aguado, Erin Frank and Alex Smith.


Cardinal card

Agostino Banda, Dennis Brule, Andrea Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Luke Johnson, Alex Korzenowski, Andrew Moos, Addie-Mae Musial, Jon Skow and Isaac Todd.

An asterisk indicates first time at this level. This was the first card for all of the freshmen:

Semester perfect attendance

Seniors Isaac Williams.

Juniors Ben Broten, Lane Coen and Delaney Dau.

The following students were recognized for having perfect attendance throughout the semester:

Seniors Nicola Ghiani, Emma Pedersen and Parker Steen.



Matt Anderson, Agostino Banda, Raven Carlson-Brown, Madison Fonda and Andrew Moos.


Second-quarter perfect attendance


Jake Aguado. Damon McCain and Kelsey Paulson.

The following students were recognized for having

The students and staff would also like to acknowledge the many donations that have been made to the program this year and over the past 24 years. This year’s supporters provide discounts to card-earners, gift certificates, merchandise and the money that allows the program to succeed. This year’s sponsors include Bella Salon and Day Spa, Cardinal Accounting, Carpet Cleaning Express, El Stinko, Falls Orthodontics, Flying Pie Pizza, Johansen Auto Body, Luck Clinic – Amery Hospital and Clinic, Luck Do It Best Hardware, Luck Fitness Center, Luck Landscaping, Luck Pharmacy, Luck Public Schools, Luck Saddlery and Outfitters, Mrs. Susan Gregorash of Mary Kay Cosmetics, McKenzie Lanes, Nails by Cathi, Park Avenue Salon, Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op, Scott Mellon of Polk County Realty, The Rose Garden Floral and Greenhouse, Rowe Funeral Home, Schaffer Manufacturing, Sterling Bank, Trollhaugen, United Pioneer Home, U.S. Bank – Cushing, Van Meter’s Meats Inc. and Wayne’s Foods Plus. The Luck faculty and staff want to take this opportunity to recognize the encouragement that the Luck community and these businesses have demonstrated with their confidence in and support of Luck students. – submitted

Jon Skow and Isaac Todd.

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Local advocates, new ad encourages quitting tobacco for better heart health NATIONWIDE - February is American Heart Month, an annual event to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and promote better heart health. Cardiovascular disease claims 800,000 U.S. lives annually, and covers a host of disorders of the heart and blood vessels that occur when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. From there, blood clots can form and lead to heart attack or stroke. A new ad in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s successful Tips from Former Smokers Campaign is helping to raise awareness of the link between smoking and CVD. The ad features Brian, an Air Force veteran who suffered from heart failure due to smoking and needed a heart transplant as a result. The powerful ad, part of a series of four, will air between now and June. “Brian’s story struck me because it shows what a hold nicotine addiction can have on us. Even when you are in the hospital fighting for your life,” said Elizabeth Hagen of the Western Wisconsin Working

for Tobacco Free Living Coalition. “Brian should be thanked not only for his service to our county, but also for his bravery in sharing his story with the world.” Smoking causes one of every three CVD deaths, so individuals can reduce their CVD risk by quitting tobacco use or never starting in the first place. Stopping smoking has many health benefits for your heart. Just 20 minutes after you stop smoking your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. The coalition also shared other things individuals can do to improve their heart health, including getting 30 minutes of exercise on most days, eating more fruits and vegetables, reducing sodium intake, and getting their blood pressure and cholesterol checked by their physician. Brian’s ad can be viewed at youtube. com/watch?v=WFPbXxU8Gwc. Tobacco users can receive free help by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT NOW. - submitted

Unity FFA receives grant to help fight hunger BALSAM LAKE - The Unity FFA chapter in Balsam Lake has been awarded $2,500 as part of the National FFA Organization Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support yearlong

service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. The Unity FFA has been helping to fight hunger by providing raised vegetable beds at their school and in the community through generous grant programs like


Food For All over the past several years. Through this opportunity, young people have become empowered to want to do more about hunger awareness in the community with the gardens as a focal point. They hope to continue to provide bedding plants and seeds to grow vegetables in the 33 5- by 10-foot raised beds provided in the past including 13 beds at Unity school, five in Milltown, five in Centuria, three at Habitat for Humanity homes and the two at the VFW, and five at the Round Lake Native American Community Center that will be constructed and planted this spring. This year they will be providing educational materials from the UW-Extension to all families involved. As young people have stepped up to take charge of an area of beds, it has empowered them to get more involved with the FFA. One of the Unity FFA alumni members is allowing them to rent about an acre of land from him to raise sweet corn, pumpkins,

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Hundreds of friends, family and others attended a special party on Sunday, Feb. 28, for Edna Lawson’s 100th birthday at Luck Lutheran Church. Lawson is standing here with the help of her friend, Sue Mathews, as a family program was about to begin. Lawson’s very special day began with no less than seven baptisms of her great-grandchildren at the church, as she had so many relatives attending from outside the state and region. Lawson’s event was so well-attended, parking was actually an issue for many of those who attended the three-hour-long party. “I was worried they would think it was a funeral,” Lawson joked. – Photo by Greg Marsten

squash and other vegetables. By having the extra area to grow some of these vegetables, they will be able to sell them at the local farmers market and freeze some of the produce in the food-processing class. Some of the produce is used in the after-school program and given to students identified as being food insecure. The Unity FFA will be able to promote the Farm to School initiative locally and within Polk County. Students have held a couple of Shanty Town events to broaden hunger awareness and hope to incorporate another Shanty Town event using locally grown produce for the meal as well. Other students have shown interest in assisting with Unity’s summer school gardening class as mentors for youth. Demonstrating how to grow a pallet garden will also empower the youth to grow their own food, as members share with Polk County 4-H ambassadors in March. – submitted



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Unity FFA ice-fishing contest a huge success CENTURIA - The Unity FFA Alumni held their 20th-annual ice-fishing contest on Long Lake on Saturday, Feb. 13, under cold, sunny skies. The cold weather kept a few people away, but not the fish. “This was the most fish we have had weighed in since we started the contest,” commented Unity FFA adviser Jeanne Alling. Dan Kotval commented that he has brought his kids there every year and now supports the grandkids on the ice-fishing team, “It’s been 20 good years of fishing fun.” Besides local people fishing the tournament, there were 10 high school ice-fishing teams participating too. School teams included Barron, New Richmond Black, New Richmond Orange, Osceola 1, Osceola 2, Prescott, Shell Lake, Unity 1, Unity 2 and Webster. Nearly 100 fish were weighed in four categories: northern, bass, panfish and crappies. The big winners in each category included: • Northern: Belle Foeller/Markie Ramich, 11 lbs., 1 oz., 34.25 inches; Austin Donahue, 8 lbs., 5 oz., 33 inches; and

Rick Fisher, 8 lbs., 5 oz., 30.5 inches. • Bass: Kirsten Johnson, 3 lbs., 10 oz., 19 inches; Gunner Hasselquist, 3 lbs., 1 oz., 18.25 inches; and Noah from Shell Lake/Josh Melin, tie, 2 lbs., 10 oz., 17 inches. • Panfish: Brian Backes/Ricky Vandervelden, 13 oz., 7.25 inches; Brian Backes/Ricky Vandervelden, 12 oz., 7.75 inches; and Brian Backes/Ricky Vandervelden, 12 oz., 7.5 inches. • Crappie: Brian Backes/Ricky Vandervelden, 15 oz., 11 inches; Derek Dye, 10 oz., 10.75 inches; and Ron McDaniel, 9 oz., 10 inches. In the high school team competition, first place went to Unity 1, second to Prescott and third to Unity 2. The traveling panfish trophy went to Unity 2. The game fish traveling trophy went to Unity 1. “Last year Prescott and New Richmond enjoyed the fishing so much on Long Lake that they came back in the summer for a bass tournament between the two schools,” Alling commented. “The ice-fishing program

Logan Jensen and Joey Schmitz were helpful when Austin Donahue weighed in his 8-plus-lb. northern at the Unity FFA Alumni ice-fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 13. The boys are also members of the Unity ice-fishing team. Donahue was also the designer of this year’s team plaques through the Unity tech ed department.

statewide in the high schools is a great way to get kids out in the community to enjoy a lifelong sporting event,” said Doug Ramich, Unity ice-fishing team coach. The FFA alumni served hot dogs, brats and barbecue from Larsen Family Meats plus hot chocolate. Door prizes were available from Fawn Doe Rosa, Jeff’s Small Engine, McDonald’s, Monarch Painting, Monty’s Sports Haven, Oakwood Inn and SuperAmerica. – submitted

Barry Anderson of Osceola’s ice-fishing teams weighed in his catch at the FFA alumni tournament. Johanna Backes, Unity FFA Alumni member, was on hand to weigh in fish.

Photos by Jeanne Alling Daniel Hasselquist shows his bass at the Unity FFA Alumni ice-fishing tournament. He has helped secure door prizes from area businesses as a member of the Unity FFA.

Prescott took second at the Unity FFA Alumni ice-fishing event.

Unity FFA Alumni members helping during the cold February day at their 20th-annual ice-fishing contest included Johanna Backes, Anna Larsen, Jerry Larsen and Brian Backes.

Daniel Ebensperger displayed his northern at the Unity FFA Alumni ice-fishing tournament.

New Richmond brought two teams this year to the Long Lake event. Participating schools this year were Barron, New Richmond Black, New Richmond Orange, Osceola 1, Osceola 2, Prescott, Shell Lake, Unity 1, Unity 2 and Webster.

Eric Kuske and Keith Arnett, Unity alumni and ice-fishing team alumni, couldn’t wait to participate in the Unity FFA Alumni tournament recently. Both were FFA members and part of the first ice-fishing team several years ago. They were on hand to support the alumni and ice-fishing team program.

Belle Foeller and Markie Ramich took first place at the Unity FFA Alumni ice-fishing contest with their 11-pound northern. Their Unity team also went on to take first place in the school team division. Unity ice-fishing teams won first and third places at the event on Long Lake, near Centuria.


Best Basket Bingo Ever!

Priscilla Bauer | Staff writer SIREN – Bingo players began arriving early for this year’s 10th anniversary Hope for the Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center on Sunday, Feb. 28. Soon the line to buy Bingo packets went into the hall and out the door. Volunteers were dispatched to set up more tables as the DJ played “Celebration … celebrate, “Let’s have a good time.” And celebrate and have a good time they did. The record crowd of nearly 300 people enjoyed music, special prizes, treats and, of course, lots of Bingo action. “The attendance and the generosity brought me to tears. I have no words to describe the success of our fundraiser to help those who are struggling with cancer,” said Basket Bingo founder and organizer Sandy Eng, of the overwhelmingly successful event. I’m very thankful for my family and friends who donate their time to help put this event on. Very, very thankful for Priscilla Bauer who works year-round for this event. And very thankful for all who donate to this event. It is unbelievable!” added Eng. Eng and the Pink Ladies Relay for Life team organized the first Hope for A Cure Basket Bingo event 10 years ago, giving out collectible Longaberger baskets as Bingo prizes. Eng explained at the start of this year’s event, the idea of giving Longaberger baskets came about due to the Longaberger Company’s involvement in the fight against breast cancer. Since 1995, when the company launched its Horizon of Hope campaign, with its home consultants and the American Cancer Society over $17 million has been raised for cancer research. “People really loved the event,” noted Eng, “so our

group decided to make it an annual fundraiser.” Eng said her family and extended family have been in it from the start and, since the Pink Ladies team disbanded have been the go-to group for setup, working at the bingo session and cleanup detail. Family members not only give generously of their time but also garner donations of funds, along with raffle and door-prize items throughout the year. At the end of the event, Eng and her family set right to work, clearing tables and packing up items to be used for next year’s bingo. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my family. My husband, my children and their families are just the best.” Each year the Hope for the Cure Basket Bingo has grown, with last Sunday’s event the biggest ever with most funds raised, nearly $17,000, all of which is given to the Polk-Burnett Relay for Life and to help those in local communities affected by cancer.

Branden Kamppi was excited to be the first Bingo of winner of the day.

RIGHT: A first-time Bingo attendee, 1-monthold Paisley Den Hoed, was content to nap while her mom played Bingo.

Patzy Wenthe showed her enthusiasm and her winning Bingo card.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

LEFT: Hope for a Cure organizer, Sandy Eng presented American Cancer Society representative; Corena McManus, with donation checks of $1,000 from event sponsors The Burnett County Sentinel and Tesora Restaurant.

Barb Benson watched as granddaughter Sophia Oachs looked carefully for a Bingo number.

Lucky basket Bingo winner Gail Nelson smiled for the camera with her Bingo prize.

Hope For a Cure organizer Sandy Eng and her husband, George, danced to music by Donna the DJ during a break in the Bingo session.

Three-year-old Leven Skinner was having fun helping her mom find Bingo numbers.

Mike Vasatka was happy to haul home the prize he won during Sunday’s Basket Bingo fundraiser.

Millie Lundquist was one of the lucky winners of a Longaberger basket.

Barry Norenberg, son of the event’s organizer, Sandy Eng, once again was on hand to call out the Bingo numbers at Sunday’s event.

Keegan Marek smiled at getting a Bingo on her card.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people came to play Bingo at the Hope for a Cure Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser for cancer held Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center.


Siren Lions Club Whopper ice-fishing contest

The Siren Lions have been hosting their Whopper ice-fishing contest for 18 years. Over 140 door prizes were given way throughout the day. Prior to that the club held the winter snowmobile waterskip event for over 20 years. Funds raised go to support local, national and global charities. LEFT: In anticipation of a grand prize, this fisherman waited eagerly for a big bite during the annual Siren Lions Club ice-fishing contest held Saturday, Feb. 27. The winning catches of the day were 6-1/2-lb. northern, a 2-1/2-lb. walleye and a 1/2-lb. crappie. No sunfish were registered.

Photos by Becky Strabel

The record-breaking day even brought people out in shorts and T-shirts, while others wore winter attire. Saturday, Feb. 27, had temps reaching in the mid-50s.

Ben Johnson, Siren Lions President Kyle Lindquist, Isiah Lindquist and Wade Wamboldt waited for Isiah to catch dinner while they basked in the sunshine.

The Siren Lions Club Whopper ice-fishing contest was enjoyed by many, including man’s best friend. The event was held on Clam Lake.

Maybe this group was swapping some fish tales as they enjoyed the abnormally warm February day. It was reported that many northerns were caught and released.

LEFT: These thrill-seeking fishermen were within 30 feet of open water. While jumping into icy water for charity is popular this time of year, no one ventured in.


Unity celebrates FFA Week

Anna Larsen and Kiarra Swanson will be the co-chairs of the Unity FFA Spring Blood Drive. They were trained in at the fall drive and will be in charge this spring. By using the method of training in a new team each fall, it sustains the leadership and gives the new leaders an opportunity to enhance their leadership by training in the new team.

Seventh-graders collected pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House as their service project for agriscience class.

Photos by Jeanne Alling

RaeAnna Johnston, Unity FFA vice president, has the opportunity to travel to their sister city of Milltown, Ind., this past fall for Halloween. She had an opportunity to have a tour of their state-of-the-art police station, visit the Crawford County Schools, see Milltown’s live shoe tree, hand out candy from the Unity FFA chapter to Milltown children and watch their Zombie Walk.

Shelby Krueger-Murphy and Vinnie Carlson at the Unity FFA - sponsored blood drive event this past fall for the American Red Cross. Unity FFA members were able to have some fun with the state FFA officer visiting who challenged them to work together as a team. Brandon Schultz, Jesse Raddatz, Dilion Merrill, Dakota Baxter and Zack Wagner were among those learning these skills.

RaeAnna Johnston, Unity FFA, travelled to Louisville, Ky., for the National FFA Convention in October. She was able to tour the Louisville Slugger museum and Churchill Downs. At the FFA Convention she was very proud that the Unity FFA was one of 10 FFA chapters recognized for their efforts at the Hunger Initiative display.

Anna Bradley shared how to care for a horse in the Small Animal and Horse Care class at Unity.

Unity FFA and Spooner FFA participated in a Shanty Town experience last fall in Milltown. The hunger initiative is a national promotional and educational program the National FFA has been a part of. The Unity FFA has received grants to support this initiative through making raised beds in the community. Currently the Unity/ Spooner group is helping to coordinate a statewide FFA Shanty Town experience this spring, to bring a broader awareness to what is happening in our own communities.

Molly Trieschmann, Unity FFA member, stayed out overnight in freezing weather earlier this fall in Unity’s Shanty Town experience. Youth discussed the hunger issue in their own county and talked about things they could do to help out.

Unity FFA was represented at the annual tricounty soil evaluation event held at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area this past fall. Evaluating soil is something that not only production agriculture needs to be aware of but also in construction of homes and highways. Team members included (L to R), front row: Lizzy Gross and Carter Hanson. Standing: Jarett Davison, Zack Wagner, Jesse Vlasnik and Marcus Bokenyi.


2016 Winter Nationals Lawn Mower Drag Race LEFT: Ryan Tschumperlin and Spencer Wicklund of rural Frederic pose next to their lawn mowers for the 2016 Winter Nationals Lawn Mower Drag Races that took place at Sweeny’s in Webster on Saturday, Feb. 27. RIGHT: This 0-700cc open mod class mower was sponsored by Bob’s Iron of Frederic and driven by Jason Warwas. The weather was beautiful for the event that many attended.

Photos by Becky Strabel

If you hold an event at a Wisconsin bar most likely there will be a drinking game involved. These two lawn mowers are waiting for a relay race where a couple takes turns pushing the mowers from one end of the track to the other and must finish a beer before tagging their partner.

Ron Fratzke of Mora, Minn., brought two mowers to the 2016 Winter Nationals Lawn Mower Drag Races on Saturday, Feb. 27. Pictured on the left is a 0-500cc open mod class mower, and the mower on the right is in the 0-700cc open mod class. Fratzke won both classes.

Creativity Camps held throughout area this summer ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre is excited to announce their Creativity Camps for summer 2016. These weeklong day camps will be held throughout the area: July 11-15, Clear Lake Community Center; July 18-22, St. Croix Falls Middle School; Aug. 1-5, St. Croix Falls Middle School; Aug. 8-12, Grantsburg Public Library; and Aug. 15-19, Frederic Elementary School. At Festival Theatre, they believe that

every child deserves a voice. Creativity Camp empowers young creators to express themselves through their art and gain self-confidence in the creative process. Each student is challenged to let their imagination run wild in the weeklong art exploration. Creativity campers will work in four artistic disciplines each day: visual art, drama, literary arts and creative movement. Featuring teaching artists from around

Young artists from St. Croix Falls enjoy Festival Theatre’s Creativity Camp in 2014. - Photos submitted.

Luck campers work with a Festival Theatre artist in 2015 to make their own set of trading cards.

the country who perform in Festival Theatre’s summer repertory, these camps emphasize process-based learning and personal satisfaction with one’s own work. “We believe learning through the arts develops individuals that are team players, innovative thinkers, multiversed interpreters and compassionate, tolerant members of society,” states Seth Kaltwasser, Festival Theatre actor. “Socially, intellectually, creatively and emotionally, individuals who experience the arts on a regular basis are better equipped to meet the challenges of our changing world.” He adds, “It’s also a whole lot of fun!” Fees for the camp include all supplies. Creativity Camp is held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Festival Theatre is able to offer affordable arts education opportunities

thanks to their lead corporate sponsor, Royal Credit Union. For youth ages 12 and up, Festival Theatre is offering two, weeklong Youth Acting Intensives. The first week, Tuesday through Saturday, July 5-10, will focus on selecting monologues and proper audition preparation. The second week, Monday through Friday, July 25-29, will delve into the art of two-person scenes. These intensives run 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register for Creativity Camps or Youth Acting Intensives, contact the Festival Theatre box office at 715-483-3387, email or visit – from Festival Theatre


Barronett Buddies compete in giant ski during Birkie week HAYWARD - The Barronett Buddies competed in the 50-yard giant ski competition in Hayward during Birkie week. The fifth-annual Birkie Giant Ski Race was held Thursday, Feb. 18, on Hayward’s Main Street. Each team is made up of six people on one pair of skis. Members of the Barronett Buddies team are skiers Tom and Audrey Cusick, Bill and Debbie Carothers, Tom Weston and Rick Stetler, with Joan Stetler and Julie Weston as cheerleaders. The average age for this team is 65 years old. Starting in January, the team trained every Thursday to prepare for the com-

petition. Bill Carothers made the giant skis to be used in training. During the race, 26-foot skis were provided for competitors, requiring everyone to work as a team. Keeping with tradition, the Barronett Buddies were decked out in red hats and birch-bark leggings. The team did about average, with a time of 55.56 seconds. “We were great! No one fell down and no one got hurt. We competed with wisdom, friendship and the joy of living in Northwest Wisconsin,” stated Tom Cusick. — with information from the Barronett Buddies

The Barronett Buddies giant ski team members are back row (L to R): Audrey Cusick, Julie Weston, Barronett Buddies work together to race down Hayward’s Main Street in the Birkie Giant Ski Debbie Carothers and Joan Stetler. Front: Tom Cusick, Tom Weston, Bill Carothers and Rick Stetler. Race held Thursday, Feb. 18. — Photos submitted

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group to meet SPOONER - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group’s monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 15, at Riverstreet Family Restaurant, 519 N. River, in Spooner. Any relative providing care as a parent is welcome to attend. Meetings are casual and participants are welcome to stop in anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. for complimentary coffee, breakfast and conversation. Incentive punch cards tally attendance

at support group meetings. GrandFamily events as well as classes, programs and family-fun events sponsored by Lakeland Family Resource Center also count toward fulfilling incentive cards. Summer schedule changes slightly as GrandFamily events are offered. Last summer, families participated in mucking with the National Park Service, swimming, doing paint-your-own pottery and attended the annual pontoon and pizza

party. For more information, please call Lakeland Family Resource Center at 715-635-4669. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group is funded in part by Washburn County ADRC and private donations. — from LFRC


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Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m.

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• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Wii Bowling, 9 a.m. (Call First)

• Free Coffee Wednesday Mornings • 500 Cards, 1 p.m. • Monthly Potluck 2nd Wednesdays, 3rd Wednesday in Feb., 11:30 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center

• Skip-Bo, 11 a.m. • Hand & Foot, 12:30 p.m. • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m. • Monthly Meeting, Third Tues., 11:45 a.m.

• Mahjong, noon.

• Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500, 6:30-10 p.m.

• Cribbage, 4:30 p.m. • Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon • Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m.

Webster Senior Center

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m. • Ping-pong, 1 p.m.

• Cards, Dominos and Pool, 1 p.m.

• Brunch, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 715-327-4425

• SCF, Noon-6 p.m. • Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SCF, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Siren Moose Lodge, Bingo, 7 p.m. • Frederic/Lewis VFW, 2nd Tues. 7 p.m.

• Indian Creek American Legion Post 396, Dirty Clubs, 6 p.m. • Siren VFW Aux., 2nd Wed., the hall, 7:30 p.m.

• Frederic Legion Aux. 249 Every 3rd Thurs., Golden Oaks, 7 p.m.

• Siren Moose Lodge Fish Fry, 7:30 p.m.

• Bingo, 2nd Wed., 1 p.m. • Monthly Meeting, 3rd Thurs., 11 a.m. • Evening Meal, 3rd Thurs., 5 p.m.

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Siren Senior Center

• Mahjong, 1 p.m.


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Food Shelf

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SCF, noon-5 p.m., 715-483-2920

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• Bingo At Siren Moose Lodge, 7 p.m.


• Burnett VFW At Little Mexico, 6 p.m. • CRA, Shooters Bar, 6 p.m.

Meat Raffles/Bingo


• Good Sam, St. Croix Falls, 5:45 p.m., 715-483-3666


• Alternating At Dug Out or Susy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Kris’, 6 p.m. • Webb Lake Charities Bingo At Northwoods Bar, 1-3 p.m. • Milltown VFW Post, 1st & 3rd Thurs., 5 p.m. • Last Call, 5 p.m.

EVERY TUES. • Luck Senior Center, 4:15 p.m., 715-472-2341 • Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:30 p.m., 715-485-3002


• Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. EVERY FRI. • Grantsburg Legion, 7 p.m. • Humane Society, Gandy Dancer Saloon, 5:30 p.m. • Memory Days, Harvest Moon, 7 p.m. • Lake Country Snowmobile Riders At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 6:30 p.m. • Fish fry at Siren Moose Lodge, 5-7:30 p.m.


• Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. EVERY FRI. • S.N.O.W.S., Skol Bar, Frederic, 5:30 p.m. • PICTO, Whitetail Wilderness, Webster, 6:30 p.m. • H.S. Fishing Team, Crow Bar, 6 p.m. • Sharon’s Webb Lake Charity, at Cabaret, 7 p.m.


• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. • Canasta 1st & 3rd Thurs. • Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Thurs., 9:30 a.m.


• Spades, 1 p.m.


• Pokeno, 2nd & 4th Fri., 12:30 p.m. • Potluck Lunch, Every Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon


• Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, 7 a.m., 715-755-3123 • Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:15 p.m., 715-327-8063


• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. EVERY SAT. • Lions at Whiskey Joe’s, 5 p.m. • Blacksmith Shop, 3 p.m. • The Ridge Eatery, 3 p.m. • Last Call, 7 p.m.


• Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 5 p.m. EVERY SAT. • BC Fair At The Tap, 4 p.m. • At Indian Creek Legion, 3 p.m. • VFW At C&J’s Hideaway, Lewis, 3 p.m. • Youth hockey At Whitetail Wilderness, 6 p.m. • Devils Lake Assoc. at Bump’s Lakeside Bar, 5 p.m.


• Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m. EVERY SUN. • Unity Friends of Music, Bingo, Blacksmith Shop, 6 p.m. • Bingo At Whiskey Joe’s, 4 p.m.


Compliance with recycling requirements id you know that recycling is not only the enviD ronmentally responsible thing to do … it’s the law? Do you know what materials are banned from

landfills and licensed incinerators? Wisconsin’s commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle is shown by its comprehensive recycling laws. The laws ban disposal and incineration of certain materials and delegate responsibility to local government units responsible for implementing municipal recycling programs to manage the banned materials. In 1990, the Solid Waste Reduction, Recovery and Recycling Law was enacted to create new ways to manage waste and encourage reduction, reuse and recycling of Wisconsin’s solid waste. Lead acid batteries, major appliances, used oil, yard waste, aluminum containers, corrugated paper and other container board, glass containers, magazines, newspapers, office paper, plastic containers marked with No. 1 through No. 7 on the bottom of the container inside the triangular chasing-arrow symbol, steel containers, tires and bimetal steel/aluminum containers, as well as some electronics, are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Currently, a variance issued by the DNR allows plastic containers No. 3 through No. 7 to be landfilled or incinerated. If, at some future time, the DNR determines that adequate markets for these plastics exist, they will be banned from disposal. Fortunately, Allied Waste Services does accept No. 3 through No. 7 at all RCC drop-off boxes and through

Earth Notes Jen Barton their curbside recycling service as do a number of independent waste haulers servicing the two-county region. Even a good recycling program will not capture 100 percent of all potential recyclables, and some materials become unrecyclable through use or contamination. According to the DNR, some examples would be plastic jugs used for waste oil collection or greasy pizza boxes. There are also exceptions for emergencies, unintentionally contaminated materials, the approved beneficial reuse of a material within a landfill and certain plastics, if recycling is not feasible. The DNR administers and oversees the disposal bans and effective recycling program requirements and has shared responsibility with local units of government to enforce those provisions. The DNR is authorized to issue citations to and collect forfeitures from individuals and companies that violate the provisions enforced by the DNR. In general, however, the DNR’s implementation of the recycling law emphasizes achieving voluntary compliance through education and technical and financial assistance. Both

Burnett and Washburn counties are Responsible Units. RUs operate under local ordinances that specify state and local recycling requirements and enforcement procedures for noncompliance. Waste professionals (that’s me) work cooperatively with residents and businesses on compliance issues. This past year, several issues have been targeted: Businesses not recycling — including construction sites; no recycling facilities offered by a business, such as hotels or campgrounds, or other commercial facility such as fairs or conferences; and no recycling facilities offered at apartment complexes. In addition, we continue to hear that some haulers are telling businesses that they do not have to recycle or asking potential customers whether they wish to recycle or not. This may lead them to believe that they have a choice and may mix recyclables in with their waste; this information is not correct. Everyone in Wisconsin — businesses, institutions and private citizens — must recycle under local ordinance consistent with state law, regardless of whether the waste material is disposed of in-state or out-of-state. Recycling has evolved from an environmentally sound choice to a necessary environmental duty. Have you ever had an experience where you were visiting someone’s home and they chose not to recycle? It is frustrating, isn’t it? Next time something like this happens, as you’re handing them your pop bottle, ask, “recycle?” If they say “yes, of course!” great, but if the response is “no,” take your bottle home. This will send a clear message that you are a recycler, an environmental steward, a conscientious consumer, and not afraid to show it! Keep on recycling! Questions or comments can be directed to Jen:, or 715-635-2197.

March family education programs announced CUMBERLAND - The Alzheimer’s Association has announced education programs for those who have questions about Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. There is no charge to attend. These workshops are open to families and caregivers and presented by Alzheimer’s Association staff and trained representatives. Registration is not required. These programs are made possible,

in part, by funds raised through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The following workshops will be held at Cumberland Healthcare, 1110 7th Ave., Cumberland, on Wednesday, March 16. Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers – Middle Stage: This is a three-part series to learn helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care. In

the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Part 1, 4-4:30 p.m.; part 2, 4:30-5 p.m.; and part 3, 5-5:30 p.m. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. — from Alzheimer’s Association

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OBITUARIES Ariana Jean Peters

Barbara A. (Wright) Wiltermuth

John “Jack” Thomas O’Brien

Ariana Jean Peters, 5-1/2, flew home to be in the arms of Jesus on Feb. 25, 2016. Ariana is survived by her parents, Joshua and Abigail (Manning) Peters; little sister, Jocelyn Peters; grandparents, Timothy and Carla Manning and Robert and Paula Peters; great-grandparents, Jack and Marylou Ruff; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives. Preceding her in death were her great-grandparents; and special friend, Nancy Jarvi. Ariana’s smile lit up everyone’s life. She loved playing with her little sister, Jocelyn, and getting hugs and kisses. She also loved her snuggle time with Mommy and Daddy. She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. The funeral service was conducted at the Trade River Evangelical Free Church, Grantsburg, Wis., on Tuesday, March 1, with Pastor Mark Spencer officiating. Interment followed at St. Olaf Cemetery. Pallbearers were Colby Hanson, Nick Lauer, Jenny Murphy and Cari Skifstad. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at

Barbara Ann (Wright) Wiltermuth, 74, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Barb was born in Hastings, Minn., to Henry and Leona Wright. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1959. Barb moved to Webster, Wis., with her family in 1976. Barb had a talent and passion for cooking and baking, and had worked at different locations in the Prescott and Hastings areas and in Burnett and Barron counties at C&S Cafe, Papa John’s, Turtle Lake Casino and Danbury Casino, just to name a few. Barb moved to the Barronett/Spooner area around 1986. She loved cooking, baking, fishing and walking in her free time. She is survived by her sister, Judy (Roger) Sanford; and her children, Vickie (Dick) Bauer, Nick (Katie) Wiltermuth, Dawn Rowe and Rhonda (Kim) Lloyd; along with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Wiltermuth; her parents, Henry and Leona Wright; her siblings, Alta (Bob) Johnson, Hank (Jane) Wright and Richard (Karen) Wright; and a great-granddaughter, Adriana T. Anderson. Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Spooner, Wis. Please call 715-635-3227 for details.

John “Jack” Thomas O’Brien, 86, of Webster, Wis., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at his residence. Jack was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Minneapolis, to parents William and Georgia (Hopkins) O’Brien. The youngest of nine children, Jack was raised in Webster on the family farm and graduated from Webster High School in 1947. After high school, Jack was employed by Johnson Control in Minneapolis until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and served in the Korean War. Shortly after his honorary discharge on Sept. 4, 1951, Jack met LaVonne Neumann. Jack and LaVonne were united in marriage on May 1, 1954, at Ascension Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Jack, with his wife, LaVonne, and four of their children, returned to the Webster area in 1961 and had three more children. Jack started building their current home and finished the project in 1962, and they have spent the last 54 years together in the home. Over the years, Jack continued working in the building trade as a pipe fitter in Minnesota and Wisconsin, until his retirement in 1990. Jack was very proud of his work in the Pipe Fitters Union Local 539 and has remained a member for the last 64 years. Jack had a produce and livestock farm in Webster. He would plant up to 10,000 tomato plants and was known locally for his corn and produce. The year 2016 marked 39 years of sobriety for Jack. He was extremely proud of his commitment and remained very active with the AA fellowship and sponsored many young recovering adults. Jack was very gifted mechanically. He devised log splitters, chain-saw starters for those who had shoulder injuries, toenail clippers for seniors who couldn’t bend over and a tracked wheelchair that could climb stairs. Jack was a generous and humble man. He was a giver who never expected anything in return and an optimist who always saw the best in people. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and always remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and a good neighbor. Preceding Jack in death were his parents; siblings, George, Francis, Jim, Katherine, Margaret, Lawrence, Donald and Mary Doris. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, LaVonne; sisterin-law, Elaine O’Brien; children, Susan (Larry) Mattson, Mary (Bob) Herman, Thomas (Becky) O’Brien, Teresa (David) Childers, Bob (Heather) O’Brien, Timothy M. (Vikki) O’Brien and Michael Gerard O’Brien; grandchildren, Deb (Anthony), Sue, Travis (Amy), Ben (Ashley), Kelley (Bob), Stefani, Rachel, Bobbi Jo, Rylee, Kelly, Walter (Casey), Amy Jo, Tylyn, John, Julie, Carla, Janine and Larry; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Lyla, Molly, Lucy, Tristan, Brooks, Brandonn, Dalton, Cameron and Seth; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation for Jack was held Wednesday, March 2, at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m., visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster with Father Michael J. Tupa officiating. Interment with full military honors will immediately follow the service at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Thomas O’Brien, Bob O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Mike O’Brien, Bob Herman and Dave Childers. Honorary pallbearers are Travis O’Brien, John O’Brien, Walt Childers and Benjamin O’Brien. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Darlene Marie Shepard, 55, of Amery, Wis., passed away Feb. 25, 2016, at her home. A visitation will be held from 4 -7 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery. To view an online guest book, please visit

Heidi L. Gross Viebrock (Belle) Heidi L. Gross Viebrock (Belle), 44 , joined her partner/husband of more than 16 years, Leon Viebrock, in heaven on Feb. 24, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer when her ashes will be combined with Leon’s and they will be set free together. A notice will be posted when this will happen.

CHURCH NEWS Lenten services Balsam Lake – Holy Trinity United Methodist Church will have a free light supper of soup and sandwiches while discussing Lenten-related Bible verses at 6 p.m. through March 17. The church is located at 1606 165th Ave., between Balsam Lake and Centuria on CTH I. ••• Clam Falls – Clam Falls Lutheran Church will host soup supper Lenten services on Wednesdays, Feb. 17 through March 16. The supper will be served at 5 p.m. with the service following at 6 p.m. ••• Dresser – Peace Lutheran Church will hold an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 10 at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesdays through March 16, they will have a soup lunch at 11:30 a.m. and noon service or a soup supper at 5:45 p.m., with a service at 6:45 p.m. Bethesda Lutheran Church – LCMC will hold Lenten drama services on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. during Lent. •••

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Frederic – Immanuel Lutheran – Good Friday, March 25, service, 1 p.m. Easter service, Sunday, March 27, 10:45 a.m. ••• Luck – Bone Lake Lutheran Church will begin holding Lenten services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, with a soup supper at 6 p.m. and Holden evening prayer service at 6:45 p.m. This schedule will continue on Wednesdays through March 16. ••• St. Croix Falls – First Presbyterian Church will have a light supper at 6 p.m., with Lenten services following the supper, on Tuesdays through March 15. The church is located at 719 Nevada St. ••• Webster – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church – Soup supper, Wednesdays through March 16, 6 p.m.; services at 7 p.m.; Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday service 7 p.m.; Easter service at 9 a.m. •••

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OBITUARIES Jessie Mae (Cook) Anderson

Jerry Hochstetler

Jerry Hochstetler, 62, of Perry, Iowa, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Boone County Hospital in Boone, Iowa. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Sunstream Retreat Center located at 1130 Juneberry Road, Ogden, Iowa 50212. Visitation was from 1 to 8 p.m. with family present from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Memorials will be given to family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Jerry Wesley Hochstetler was born May 14, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Wesley Edward and Esther Lillian (Olby) Hochstetler. He graduated from Luck High School in Luck, Wis., and then furthered his education at the Kingsway Bible College, Des Moines, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Sondra Lee Ryan in Des Moines, on June 9, 1973. He was employed as a bivocational pastor at the New Day Assembly of God in Perry and operated Accurate Construction Services. He recently resigned from being the pastor at New Day Assembly of God and planned to start working with the RV MAPS Ministry, a ministry outreach of the Assemblies of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, music, camping and Dutch-oven cooking. He was a craftsman, not afraid of taking on any project needed. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sondra Hochstetler, Perry, Iowa.; children, Joshua (Melissa) Hochstetler, Panora, Dennis Charles Shutt, age 76, of Webster, Wis., passed Iowa, Amy (Shannon) Hopson, Colby, Kan., Samuel (Roxanne) Hochstetler, Perry, Iowa, and Bethany (Cody) away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Underwood, Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren, Tyler, Aaron, Dennis was born at home in WebJonathan, Trinity, Jessica, Zoey, Lydia, Autumn and ster on Sept. 30, 1939, a son of the late Kylee; siblings, Cathy Hochstetler, Boyceville, Wis., Alan Inez Mae (Blodgett) and William Rich(Kathy) Hochstetler, Milltown, Wis., Rita (Dale) Frandard Charles Shutt. He was baptized sen, Frederic, Wis., Virgil (Karen) Hochstetler, Ankeny, in the Christian faith at his family’s Iowa, and Betty (David) Patch, Spokane, Wash.; and place of worship, Grace Evangelical many other relatives and friends. United Brethren Church in Webster. He attended local schools and was a 1957 graduate of Webster High School. Dennis served in the U.S. Army from July 30, 1957, and was honorably discharged on May 11, Janet Taylor-Beck, 75, a resident of Spooner, Wis., died 1959. He then was in the Army Reserves until June 30, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at the Indianhead Medical 1963. On Jan. 16, 1965, Dennis was united in marriage to Center in Shell Lake. Janet was born March 13, 1940, in Mary Lou Kuester at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop, Minn. He was employed at M.G. Astleford Company in Hayward, Wis., to parents Steven and Savage, Minn., and then Shafer Contracting Company in Virginia (Dennis) Taylor. Janet atShafer, Minn., and was a longtime member of the Twin tended college and lived in Chicago where she worked as the purchasing Cities Carpenters Union local 322. Dennis had outstanding carpentry skills, and built agent at YMCA for over 20 years. After wood furniture. In 1992, he and Mary Lou moved into moving back to the Spooner area, she their home in the Town of Meenon that Dennis had built. began working at the St. Croix Tribe in He was a hardworking and determined individual who Hertel, Wis., where she was the fleet/ liked staying busy. Dennis made his own maple syrup transportation manager and later an from the trees on their property. He also tended his own elder advocate, in her over 25 years of service. Janet loved vegetable gardens, grape vines, and fruit trees. Dennis to play Bingo, watch the TV show “Castle,” the Chicago was known for his collection of polished rocks and ag- Bears and claimed Mike Ditka as her boyfriend. Janet is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Bogat; ates, and also enjoyed feeding the birds, playing cards, traveling, hunting, and fishing, including ice fishing. He son, Bruce Diamond; granddaughter, Georgia Rose Bogat; grandson, Benjamin Diamond; great-nieces, Sara also enjoyed wild ricing. As a father, while his children were growing up, Den- and Virginia Taylor; nephew, Matthew Taylor; and many nis was a youth hockey coach and referee. He adored his friends and family. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Steven and grandchildren, and loved spending time with them and teaching them how to hunt and fish. He would attempt Virginia Taylor; brother, Steven D. Taylor; sister, Carmen to be present at every one of the grandchildren’s school Taylor; niece, Tanya Taylor; and grandson, Bruce Diaand sporting events. A patient, kind and caring man, mond III. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. Dennis was a good provider, and a wonderful and loving 27, at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church in Rehusband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, William serve, Wis., with Fr. Greg Hopefl as celebrant. Music will and Inez Shutt; siblings and their spouses: Catherine be provided by Sr. Felissa Zander and Sarah Taylor-Cor(Charles) St. Mane, Myrtle (Harold) Berger, Richard Shutt mell. Following the Mass, she was cremated and interment and Earl (Gladys) Shutt; and brothers-in-law, Willard will be held in the spring. Lane and Jerold Jensen. Pallbearers were Frankie Bildeau, Maurice Corbine, Jim Dennis is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Shutt; a son, Martin Charles (Leanne Marie) Shutt; a daughter, Sandra Dennis, Bernard Taylor, Jeff Taylor and Virgil Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were aunt Rose Butler, aunt Lou (Stephen) Schmitz; and seven grandchildren, Brandon Shutt, Zachariah Shutt, Ryan Shutt, Taylor Marie Myrna Taylor, Benjamin Diamond, Karie Taylor, Matthew Shutt, Anthony Schmitz, Douglas (Jessica) Schmitz and Taylor, Patsy Taylor, Sara Taylor and Virginia Taylor. Online condolences may be left at bratley-nelsonchaAdam (Jennifer) Schmitz. Also by sisters, Irma Lane, Wilma Jensen, Mary (Garlon) Armstrong and Phyllis (Henry) Wurst; sister-in-law, Vivian Shutt; mother-inlaw, Margaretha Kuester; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis (Dianne) Kuester and Michael (Kathy) Kuester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call between 5 and 7:30 p.m., Elsie Mae Benson, 94, of Webster, Wis., passed away Friday, March 4, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Web- Monday morning, Feb. 29, 2016. Visitation will be held ster. The funeral service for Dennis will be conducted at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, on Tuesat 11 a.m., visitation 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at day, March 8, beginning at 4 p.m. A memorial service Grace United Methodist Church in Webster, with Pastor will conclude the evening at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Steve Tom Cook officiating. Full military honors will conclude Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be the service followed by a fellowship luncheon. Pallbear- made to Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County Inc. Arers are his grandsons: Brandon Shutt, Zachariah Shutt, rangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Ryan Shutt, Anthony Schmitz, Douglas Schmitz and Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster. Online Adam Schmitz. The candle bearer is his granddaughter, condolences may be expressed at Taylor Marie Shutt. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forts Folle Avione Historical Park, 8500 CTH U, Danbury, WI 54830, or at Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at Jessie Mae (Cook) Anderson, 80, of the Town of Daniels, passed away at her home on Feb. 22, 2016. Jessie was born in the Town of Blaine to parents Lee and Florence (Cockerham) Cook. Jessie started her formal education in a one-room schoolhouse in northern Wisconsin. She loved reading and hard outdoor work. She married Robert Anderson and together they shared the responsibilities of running gas stations in Minneapolis, Minn., and later in Falun, Wis. Her most successful venture was being a mother to her seven children. Jessie is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert Anderson; sister, Ann Demars; children, Terrie (Mark) Pearson, Robert (Pat) Anderson, Martin Anderson, Carmen (Jimmy) Carlson, Jill (Curt) Meyer, Peter (Cathy) Anderson and Mary (Eric) Thoreson; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life honoring Jessie will be held at 11 a.m. with visitation 10 - 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Falun. Pastor Jay Ticknor will be officiating the service. Jessie’s family has requested memorials be designated to Regional Hospice Services, 819 Ash St. Spooner, WI 54801.

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Janet Taylor-Beck

Elsie M. Benson

Bernard Paul Kurkowski Bernard Paul Kurkowski, of Frederic, Wis., passed away peacefully early Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at the age of 73, at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. Bernie was born the first child of 12 to Ben and Fran Kurkowski, also of Frederic, on June 6, 1942. Bernie grew up and attended school in Frederic, where he met and married Jan (Dahlberg). They later divorced. Bernie was active in the Boy Scouts of America, softball, fishing, snowmobiling and hunting with his brothers. He also very much enjoyed cooking for people and watching football on TV. He enjoyed many different jobs, working with his hands, being creative. He was active for 16 years of service in the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard. He worked many years as an electrician while in Wisconsin, then trying his hand at construction once he moved to California, and then a cook when he moved to Oklahoma. A man of many facets and talents, he enjoyed them all and had an incredible outlook, enjoying to see pleasure brought to those around him. Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Fran Kurkowski; his brothers, John and Pat. He is survived by his children, Tony Kurkowski of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lisa (Kurkowski) Kohlmeyer of Chatfield, Minn.; his grandchildren, Kris Kurkowski (Tony’s son) and Haley and Noah Kohlmeyer (Lisa’s children); his siblings, Bunny (Dan) Fitzgerald, Peggy (Larry) Sutherland, Mary McKnight, Kathy Daniels, Jim (Diana) Kurkowski, Ray (Kordi) Kurkowski, Leo (Nancy) Kurkowski, Mike Kurkowski and Charles Kurkowski; and was a special longtime friend to Dessiree Paoli, Dorinda Marler and Damian Turnbough and their families. A service for Bernie will be held mid-April in Frederic. More information will be posted closer to that date. Memorial donations may be held until that time. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh or Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Marilyn V. Weschnefski Marilyn V. Weschnefski, 84, of the Town of Sand Lake, rural Webster, Wis., died Feb. 20, 2016, at sea. She was born July 9, 1931, to George and Marjorie (nee Kuhnly) Myers. A person of early artistic talent and a fiery independent nature, and a daughter of pioneer families of the cutover, she forged her own path through life regardless of what others might think. From being an engineering student to wife and mother, in her first marriage, to her occupation choices, she followed her own star. She worked as a nursing aide, technical illustrator, reporter and columnist for the weekly Burlington, Wis., newspaper and a crystal finisher, tuning specialty frequency controlling crystals used in military applications. In her second marriage, she worked as an interior decorator, then owned her own mechanics tool business, selling to garages and small shops. She earned income as a driving instructor, including her son, and bus driver then operated a sizable apiary with her second husband, Leo Weschnefski, for 20 years, all the while pursuing her avocation for painting and creating works on commission. She returned to college to earn honors for a degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, then taught painting and basket making in her later years until she no longer had the physical dexterity to create the paintings, sculpture, prints or crafts that had earned her renown as a regional artist. She still sketched for her own enjoyment and that of others almost to the very end. It is impossible to list all those whose lives were touched, but she felt a special artistic kinship with her niece, Alison, a singer and teacher in Virginia. She refused to be confined by urban convention in her hobbies and recreation, being an avid outdoorswoman who loved to hunt and fish as well as being a bird-watcher and dedicated owner for her companion animals. Learning to cross-country ski as a young girl, she found winter snows to be no limiter of her activity. She earned a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying to air shows and in support of her tool business with her husband, Leo. Active in community and her church, she was always willing to bake and lend a hand. Always up for exploration and new experiences, she was in the Caribbean on her very first cruise when the ravages of her recently diagnosed lung cancer resulted in her passing peacefully in her sleep. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Weschnefski; divorced first husband, Paul Hinds Sr.; and sisters, Betty and Ruth. She is survived by her son, Paul; sister, Judy; brothers, David and Charles; as well as nieces and nephews and many cousins. There will be a memorial visitation at Siren United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a memorial service and luncheon at the church Friday, March 18, at 11 a.m.


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very time we stopped for a break on our way home from Alaska, my grandson led our new, just-weaned, malamute pups out for a run. They followed him every time. He led them away from possible danger, he waited for them when they lingered, yet encouraged them to keep up the pace, and he showered them with attention. The pups trusted my grandson. They followed along in total confidence, usually keeping up, and they relished his special care. My grandson leading the pups reminds me of Jesus leading us, his sheep, down the trail of life. The 23rd Psalm offers us a perfect picture of Jesus, the good shepherd.

Executive wants to build leadership skills with family Q: I’ve built a pretty successful career in the corporate world, but I’ve recently recognized that I don’t interact with my wife and children nearly as well as I do my employees. I want to lead my family even better than I do my business, yet I feel stuck. Do you have any advice for taking what I do best and applying that at home? Jim: I applaud your motivation, and I think I can draw a parallel for you. When our organization’s board of directors meets, we take conversations about our budget, accomplishments and future endeavors very seriously. To make good choices about where we want to go, we have to have an accurate picture of where we’ve been and where we currently stand. As parents, it’s helpful to think of ourselves as CEOs of our own family business and to chart a course through life with the same diligence. This applies to practical decisions we face each day – we have to pay bills, keep gas in the car, buy groceries and get the laundry done. But we also need to be attentive to the larger strategic elements of our family, like the spiritual, emotional and relational aspects of life.

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This tells us of God’s close relationship with us and his willingness to supply all our needs. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.” Rest comes when we feel secure in him and allow him to lead us away from the streams of anxiety and fear. “He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his

As a starting place, a husband and wife ought to have honest conversations with each other about the strengths and weaknesses of their marriage. If your children are old enough, I recommend you have regular household meetings as well. It’s important for each family member to have an opportunity to discuss everything from chores and homework and curfews to how well relationships within the family are doing. This allows your children to feel included in matters that impact them, and it teaches them to resolve conflict in a healthy manner. You’re still “the boss,” but you’re involving them in the decision-making process. For more suggestions and tips for helping your family thrive, see ••• Q: How can I help my young daughter develop healthy friendships? I know how easy it can be for kids to make the wrong kinds of friends or to establish connections with others for the wrong reasons. What can I do to provide some helpful guidance in this area? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: Parents play a crucial role in teaching children how to develop and maintain healthy friendships. Often this happens unconsciously, but it helps if Mom and Dad can find ways to be intentional about it.

name’s sake.” God’s quiet voice and gentle touch give us soul refreshment. In fact, his loving actions proceed from his nature. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Distress of any kind may make us think about our own mortality. We are blessed, knowing our Lord will protect us and lead us through our difficult valleys. We need not fear death’s power when we are in a right relationship with him. And the rod and staff, once used to help rescue and guide a shepherd’s sheep, will bring necessary discipline—with comfort—in the form of his spirit and word. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my

Focus on the family Jim Daly The first step is to guide your child in the development of strong positive virtues. In other words, you have to begin by helping her become the kind of person who can be a good friend. By modeling and discussing these virtues, you can protect your daughter from many of the heartaches that result from unwise associations. Some of the most important qualities you can build into her character include honesty, loyalty, respect, compassion and acceptance. The second step is to build your child’s confidence. A healthy self-esteem increases the likelihood that she will make wise choices about the connections she forms with others. You can build her confidence by affirming her strengths and congratulating her when she does something well. Spending time with her on an individual basis communicates the message that you value her as a person and enjoy her company. You can also enhance the process of meeting new people by involving your child in socially interactive activities,

head with oil; my cup runs over.” God’s provision is as luxurious as a banquet table. As his honored guests, we are anointed with the oil of his spirit, not sparingly, but abundantly for health and healing of spirit, mind and body. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Daily blessings and security are ours not only today but forever. Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord, for being our good shepherd. Cause us to follow you, as the pups followed my grandson and as the disciples followed Jesus, with total trust and love. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

such as sports or music. And you can encourage friendships by throwing parties or inviting her friends over for dinner – say, a different child over every other week. Making friends can be a challenge for any of us at any age, but it’s facilitated by remembering the classic Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want them to treat you.” ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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



WORD OF LIFE CHURCH Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN


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


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


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

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


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

Kendra Lang has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Kendra is a kind and caring friend in the Mite-y-Vikes afternoon 4K program. She loves to learn and is always eager to participate in class. She loves to be challenged and often asks for more work. She loves coloring, painting and playing in the S.M.A.R.T. room. Her enthusiasm for school is contagious. When she grows up, she would like to be a doctor, so she can help everyone.

Makenna Engen has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Makenna is in sixth grade and the daughter of Troy and Pam Engen. She is involved in soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and dance. She is also involved in Destination ImagiNation. She earns excellent grades in her classes and has a good sense of humor. She is a leader in her class. Her hobbies include DIYs, crafts and dance. She would like to become a dancer.

Destinee Reed has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Destinee is in sixth grade and the daughter of Tiffany Reed. She is always friendly to others at school and offers help to students who struggle with their work. She never complains and keeps a consistently positive attitude. At school, she plays basketball and enjoys math and music. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and going for walks in the woods.

Joshua Swanson has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Joshua is in seventh grade and the son of Heidi and Erick Swanson. He is an energetic, friendly person to be around. He tries his best and always looks to help out. He is involved in church, Sunday school and helps care for a lady in the summer. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, basketball, jogging, eating and working out.


Benjamin Phernetton has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Benjamin is a junior and the son of Nick and Jen Phernetton. He is a hardworking student who earns good grades in his classes. He is friendly and studious. He is involved in basketball and works at the Northwoods Bakery Cafe. His hobbies include fishing. He plans to attend college and study sports medicine.

Avery Mysicka has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. Avery is in sixth grade and the daughter of Steph and Mike Mysicka. She has a brother, Alex, and a dog named Molly Cookie. She is involved in volleyball, dance and enjoys painting. Her favorite subject is language arts because she loves to read and learn something new every day. She wants to be a marine biologist. She is very pleasant, with a contagious smile, an eager work ethic and a well-timed sense of humor.

Hannah Drimmel is Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Hannah is in eighth grade and the daughter of Karen and Michael Drimmel. She is always polite and respectful to adults and to her classmates. She completes her work neatly and it’s always on time. She works hard on everything she does and turns in good work. She takes her job as a student very seriously. Her favorite class is gym. She also loves to participate in the school choir. She keeps active outside of school with piano lessons, baby-sitting and church.



Brianna Thompson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Brianna is a senior and the daughter of Brian and Cindy Thompson. She is very helpful in class and in FCCLA. She has a great attitude and is a pleasure to teach. She is involved in FCCLA as vice president and participates in STAR events, yearbook, teacher’s aide and works at Wayne’s. She plans to attend WITC-Superior for early childhood education and then open her own day care.

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Olivia Matthews has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Olivia is in second grade and lives at home with her mom and grandma. At home, they like to play games, especially the Game of Life. At school, she likes to go sledding at recess. She also likes reading, math and art. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher because she really likes to learn.

Dylan Seeger has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Dylan is in first grade and the son of Nicholas and Melissa Seeger. He does a great job in PE and is a wonderful leader in music. He is very respectful, always gives his best effort and brings a great attitude to class every day. He is a thoughtful student who is quick to smile, share and help. His favorite thing about school is math, and he also likes playing with his friends. He likes to spend time playing outside.

Joseph Gorres has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Joseph is a freshmen and the son of Brett and Angie Gorres. He is in the high school choir, high school band and plays for the Fighting Saints basketball team. He is a hardworking student and an awesome person.

McKenna Graf has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. McKenna is in fifth grade and the daughter of Tabitha Owens and Larry Graf. She takes pride in her academics and works hard in the classroom. In school, she enjoys band and basketball and at home she enjoys reading and swimming. Her quiet yet cheerful personality is appreciated by all. She is an outstanding student whose cheerful personality makes her a friend to all.

Dakota Henson has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Dakota is in third grade and the son of Stephani and Jeff Henson. He is an enthusiastic learner who enjoys reading and talking about books. He shows perseverance when reading new, more challenging books. He also has a positive attitude.

Jordan Kamish has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Jordan is in seventh grade and the daughter of Mark and Tennille Kamish. She is a role model for her classmates. She is an excellent listener and works very well with her peers.

Dylan Haines has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Dylan is a junior and the son of Korey Haines and Sherina Mailand. He was chosen because of his hard work. His favorite subject is math. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and riding dirt bike.

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Mia Madsen has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Mia is in sixth grade and the daughter of Misty Matrious and Michael Madsen. She is well-liked and respected by her classmates. She is a hardworking student who always strives to do her best. She enjoys softball and basketball and has played on teams for both sports. She enjoys swimming, fishing, electronics and driving a pontoon boat. She is very enjoyable to have in class.

Aubri Larson is Siren High School’s student of the week. Aubri is a senior and the daughter of Rick and Carol Larson. She is active in hockey, volleyball, track, choir, AODA and band. She is an active member of the local National Honor Society chapter, FCCLA and is an awesome baker. She has been accepted to and plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall of 2016, majoring in biology/premed.



Easton Jack has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Easton is 4 years old and he loves being a Tiny Tiger. He is the son of Adam and Laura Jack. At school, he likes learning the ABCs and playing with the cars at the car rug. Outside, he likes to slide down the slides. He is a good friend to his classmates and he is a great helper. When he grows up, he wants to be a fireman.

Chandler VanderVelden is Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Chandler is a sophomore and the son of Al VanderVelden. He has worked hard to overcome obstacles interfering with his academics. For English, he put in extra time after school in tutoring and at home to ensure a passing grade. He works at North States Stainless. His hobbies include mudding, demo derbying and building model cars, pretty much anything with a motor. He plans to enlist in the Army, then go to college to become a mechanic.

Sunny Cone has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Sunny is a junior and the daughter of Scott and Tanya Cone. She composes collegiate-level research and literary analysis papers in advanced American literature. She has amazing grades and is extremely bright, exuberant and full of life. She loves to help others with schoolwork when needed. She is involved in band and basketball. Her hobbies include video games, board games and movies.

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THURS. & FRI./3 & 4 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

THURSDAY/3 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m. • Book sale at the library, 4-7 p.m., 715-268-9340.

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


• Friends of the Library meeting at the library, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313. • Domestic violence family group, 5-6 p.m., 800-2617233. • Domestic violence support group, 6-7 p.m., 800-2617233. • Meat raffle at United VFW 6856, 5 p.m.

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• Easter for kids pre-K to 6th grade. Crafts, games & more at New Hope Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-noon. RSVP 715-463-5700.

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

Milltown • Legion & auxiliary fundraiser hotdish supper and raffles at the community center, 5-7 p.m.. • 500 card party at United VFW 6856, 2 p.m.



• St. Patrick’s Day lilac scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-found, parade, 2 p.m., 715-349-2954.

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MON.-WED./14-16 Webster • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-866-7697 for appointment.

MONDAY/14 Grantsburg • American Legion Post 185 meeting, 7 p.m.

Osceola • AARP Tax Aides at Millside Apts., 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-294-4243.

TUES.-SAT./15-19 Spooner

Spooner • How to Invite Wildlife to Your Woodland, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.

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



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

Amery • Diabetes support group meeting at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-8000. • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

FRI. & SAT./4 & 5 Frederic • PFCT’s “Cinderella” at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m., 715-327-4868,

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


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

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

Dresser • Caregivers support group meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., 715-755-2515.

Frederic • Primetimers 4th-anniversary party at Crosswalk Church, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


Leader Land • RSVP deadline for bus trip to “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver,” on Thurs., March 31, 715-4722152 or Fri., April 22, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560. • RSVP deadline for Riverdance in Minneapolis on Thurs., March 31, 715-463-4701.

Lewis • World Day of Prayer service at Lewis Methodist Church, 1 p.m.


• “To Kill a Mockingbird” movie at the library, 2 p.m.

Gitche Gumee, aka Lake Superior, is the biggest body of fresh water on Earth. Gitche Gumee lies just over an hour’s drive up the road from Northwest Passage Riverside, practically in their backyard. Over the course of the next year, clients at Riverside will turn their camera lenses and desire for adventure to “the Big Lake.” They will explore the tributaries, shorelines, lighthouses and beaches while they capture the many faces of the lake and discover the healing power of Gitche Gumee. Riverside client Logan captured this angle of the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse in one of their recent trips up north. 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

Milltown • World Day of Prayer service at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1:30 p.m., 715-825-3559.

Minong • Registration deadline for New Ventures Garden Seminar at Northwood School on Mar. 19, 715-466-2297,

Siren • World Day of Prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church. Coffee 9 a.m., service 10 a.m., 715-349-5280.

Unity • RSVP deadline for bus trip to “Country Roads: The Music of John Denver,” on Fri., April 22, 715-824-2101 ext. 1560.


• A Young Performer’s Concert at Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811. • Book sale at the library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-9340.

Danbury • Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m. • Cozy Corner Trails booya at Hillside Inn, noon till gone, • Surf & Smash wrestling/silent auction, special-needs children fundraiser at the casino, opens at 5 p.m., starts at 7 p.m., 800-238-8946.

Frederic • American Legion & Auxiliary meet & greet at the elementary school library, 1-3 p.m., 715-327-4532.

Grantsburg • Mammal workshop at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP required, 715-463-2739,

Hayward • NW Wis. Graziers conference at LCO College. Reg. by Mar. 1 for lower fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-635-3506, 715520-2112.


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

Luck • Ice-fishing contest on Big Butternut, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shell Lake • High school Cabaret at the arts center, 7 p.m.

Siren • Burnett-Washburn Amateur Radio Assoc. meeting at the government center, 9-11 a.m.

Webster • Fishing contest in front of Ike Walton Lodge on Yellow Lake, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,

• Frederic Area American Cancer Society Committee meeting at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4:15 p.m., 715-6532684.

Grantsburg • Voter clinic at Crex Convention Center, 4-8 p.m.

Luck • Ruby’s Pantry at Home & Away Ministries. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $20 donation. Distribution noon-1 p.m., 715472-2535. • Free medical clinic at Home & Away Ministries, 715472-7770 for appointment,


SUNDAY/6 McKinley • Palt dinner at Trinity Lutheran, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Siren • Lincoln Day Dinner at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner.

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

TUESDAY/8 Amery • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

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

St. Croix Falls • COMPAS class on animated short films at the library, 4-6 p.m., 715-483-1777,

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

THURS. & FRI./10 & 11 Grantsburg • AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-463-2244 for appointment.

THURS.-SAT./10-12 Rice Lake • “Blithe Spirit” play to be performed at UWBC, 7:30 p.m., 715-234-8176, ext. 5457.

THURSDAY/10 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Baldwin • St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 6 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 • Older Wiser Learning Series at Crex Meadows, 1011 a.m., 715-463-2739,

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


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

Spooner • Timber Sales Tips for Woodland Owners, at the ag station, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-635-7406.

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

FRI.-SUN./11-13 St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s “Treasure Island” at Franklin Square. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

FRIDAY/11 Balsam Lake • Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244, 715-825-5357.

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

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

Grantsburg • Northwest Wisconsin Regional Writers meeting at Wake Up Call, 1 p.m.


• B.C. Lakes & Rivers Assoc. meeting at the government center ref. water-management concerns, 9 a.m.

SATURDAY/12 Amery • Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390.

Grantsburg • Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. • Snowmobile ride at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-463-2739,

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

Webster • Burnett County Democrats meeting at Whitetail Wilderness Resort. Dinner early, meeting 6:30 p.m., 715-8696886. • Monthly meeting at the senior center, 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/16 Balsam Lake • Friends of the Library meeting, 5:30 p.m., 715-4853215.

Cumberland • Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers - Middle Stage 3-part free workshop at the hospital, 4-5:30 p.m., 800272-3900,

Siren • Citizens Against Poverty meeting at the government center, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-7880.

THURS.-SUN./17-20 St. Croix Falls • Festival Theatre’s “Treasure Island” at Franklin Square. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

THURSDAY/17 Amery • Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

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

Frederic • AARP Tax Aides at Golden Oaks, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-327-8623.

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

Siren • St. Paddy’s Day party at the Moose Lodge, 4 p.m.close, 715-791-8185.

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

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