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),5675($' TULALIP, Wash. - The St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa was one of 75 tribes from around the United States represented at a conference held at the Tulalip Indian Tribesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resort and casino to address the regulatory, legal and social issues related to pot legalization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great deal more are considering this than I thought would be considering it,â&#x20AC;? said Ken Meshigaud, chairman of the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Tribe on Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upper Peninsula. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From an economic standpoint it may be a good venture the tribes can get into.â&#x20AC;? Tulalip Vice Chairman Les Parks called it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a dream of anRWKHUSRLQWRIVHOIVXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\RQRXUUHVHUYDWLRQVWKDW¡VZKDWPDULMXDQDFDQ do for us.â&#x20AC;? Tribes have been wrestling with the idea since the U.S. Justice Department announced that it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand in their way if they want to approve pot for medical or recreational use. The agency said tribes must follow the same law enforcement priorities laid out for states that legalize the drug, including NHHSLQJPDULMXDQDRXWRIWKHKDQGVRIFKLOGUHQDQGFULPLQDOHOHPHQWV´:H¡UH ORRNLQJDWZKDWWKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVDUHQRWRQO\ZLWKUHYHQXHEXWZLWKWKHPHGLFDO relief we can give to our elders,â&#x20AC;? said Lewis Taylor, chairman of the St. Croix Tribe. - with information from Great Falls Tribune â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘

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6HQGWLSV IHHGEDFNWRHGLWRU#OHDGHUQHZVURRPFRP Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation CenWHURI0LQQHVRWD)URPPDMHVWLFVZDQVWRIX]]\IR[NLWVWKH Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota cares for more than 9,000 animals each year. Learn how one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and busiest wildlife medical centers rehabilitates and UHOHDVHVLQMXUHGLOODQGRUSKDQHGZLOGOLIH6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\KHDU about the restoration of the trumpeter swan population, current health threats facing swans, especially lead poisoning, and how the center responds. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River $VVRFLDWLRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FH6RXWK:DVKLQJWRQ6W8QLWLQ6W Croix Falls (next to the St. Croix Falls Public Library). Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. RSVPs will be honored until 10 a.m. To reserve a space, go to stcroixriverassociation.org or call 715-483-3300. - from NPS

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5RPD\QHVRQ0DLQFKRVHQ %XVLQHVVRIWKH0RQWK TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - David McKeag knew he wanted to capture an American Dream and own his own business. A 2004 University of Minnesota graduate, he and his wife came to Taylors Falls as tourists for their one-year anniversary and fell in love with the area. They learned that Romayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Main was for sale and began the long process of realizing their dream, which came true in June of 2006. Romayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Main was opened in 1994 by Jeff and Kathy :LOOLDPVDVDEDUDQGUHVWDXUDQWZLWKDWKLUGĂ RRUEHGDQG breakfast. The building, known as the Logger Building, was RULJLQDOO\ EXLOW DV D KRPH LQ  MXVW VRXWK RI WKH SUHVHQWGD\SRVWRIĂ&#x20AC;FH,WZDVPRYHGWRLWVSUHVHQWORFDWLRQLQ 1932 and renovated to be used as commercial space in the late 1970s. The McKeags have worked to keep things fresh and made changes slowly. They attend food shows to see ZKDWLVFXUUHQWDQGLILWZLOOĂ&#x20AC;WZLWKWKHLUPHQX7KHLUODWHVW popular menu item is the Brat Boat or the Brat Yacht with everything you would want on it (yes, that includes bacon). In realizing their American Dream, David says â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no silver bullet to having a successful business. Do what you GRDQGGRLWZHOOÂľ+HHQMR\VZKDWKHGRHVKHKDVJRRG employees with trust and consistency as a bedrock of his business philosophy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are day trip from the Twin Cities and the bridge is a natural funnel point and gathering place for all the activity,â&#x20AC;? David said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets very busy, but that is what we are here for!â&#x20AC;? Congratulations to Romayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Main as Falls Chamber March Business of the Month. Membership in the chamber is open to individuals, large DQGVPDOOEXVLQHVVHVDQGQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQV)RUPRUH LQIRUPDWLRQDERXWFKDPEHUPHPEHUVKLSRUEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVYLVLW fallschamber.org, connect with the chamber on Facebook and Flickr, Falls Chamber; on Twitter @FallsChamberSCV, and on Instagram, FallsChamberSCV. Chamber events can be found at fallschamber.org/events. - from Falls Chamber

3URJUDPIHDWXUHVH[SHUWRQ ZLOGOLIHPHGLFLQH ST. CROIX FALLS - Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national park? Join the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association in exploring the heritage, natural wonders and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riverway Speaker Series. The series continues on Saturday, March 14, with a program focused on wildlife medicine. On Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Science and Compassion of Wildlife Medicineâ&#x20AC;? will be presented by Philip

:KLFK:LVFRQVLQLWHVDLGLW" STATEWIDE - From politicians to artists to astronauts, Wisconsin has been home to many people who have made their name known throughout the world. The editors of Our Wisconsin magazine have published a new book that celebrates the state through stories, photos and trivia. Below are some quotes from Wisconsin natives, followed by their initials. Take your best guess, and then click on the link below for the answers: 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: VL 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you IRROLVKO\LJQRUHEHDXW\\RXZLOOVRRQĂ&#x20AC;QG\RXUVHOIZLWKRXWLWÂľ² Initials: FLW 3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said I was such a great prospect that they were sending me to a winter league to sharpen up. When I stepped off the plane, I was in Greenland.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: BU 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Miles Davis asked me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your secret â&#x20AC;Ś ? People love you.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The secret is, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play for myself, I play for people. I do my best to entertain.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: LP 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This mug of mine is as plain as a barn door. Why should SHRSOHSD\WKLUW\Ă&#x20AC;YHFHQWVWRORRNDWLW"Âľ²,QLWLDOV67 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you work harder than somebody else, chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll beat him even though he has more talent than you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: BS 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People need a time to laugh. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to us comedians to bonk ourselves on the head or slip on a banana peel so the average guy can say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I may be bad, honey, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as much of an idiot as that guy on the screen,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: CF 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home is simply the nicest word there is.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: LIW 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Initials: OW - Judith Siers-Poisson | Wisconsin Public Radio Answers on our website (leadernewsroom.com) under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roundupâ&#x20AC;?

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21 area school superintendents sign letter asking legislators to amend Gov. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed K-12 budget Gary King | Leader editor NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - A letter in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leader, page 8, illustrates how serious school superintendents are in seeking help in changing the K-12 education funding portion of Gov. Scott Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed state budget. A total of 21 area schools, as members of the same sports conference, Lakeland, signed on to a letter to area legislators asking that they create and support legislation to restore state aid taken away by Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals. Calculations show that the 21 districts, including Frederic, Luck, Siren, Unity, Webster, Grantsburg, St. Croix Falls and Shell Lake, could lose a combined total of $1.7 million during the 2015-16 school year due to a lack of any increase in perstudent state aid. Statewide, districts would lose a total of $127 million. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposes to restore funding in the second year, 2016-17, but districts would still experience a net loss over the two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The aid reduction and lack of a perSXSLO DGMXVWPHQW WR WKH UHYHQXH OLPLW will have serious budgetary implications for schools,â&#x20AC;? notes the letter from superintendents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For many of our schools, the consequence will be reduced programming and staff reductions. With school GLVWULFWV RSHUDWLQJ OHDQO\ DQG HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWO\ in the wake of recent budgets, these changes will only serve to negatively impact programming for students and our communities.â&#x20AC;?

districts are asking voters in separate referendums April 7 to exceed the levy limit to â&#x20AC;&#x153;maintainâ&#x20AC;? educational programs and/ RUĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHLPSURYHPHQWVWRWKHFXUULFXlum. Superintendents from a number of those 21 school districts, along with others, are expected to meet today, Wednesday, March 4, at Osceola, to meet with legislators to further discuss their concerns. Walker has said his budget will increase state support for schools by providing more than $100 million annually for the school levy tax credit and more than $100 million in the second year of the budget for equalization aids - all while maintaining revenue limits to ensure continuing property tax relief. Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers said that there is no per-pupil revenue increase in the budget and there is no increase in general VFKRRODLGVLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDU â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, there is a cut to schools in the Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDUZLWKWKHHOLPLQDWLRQRIWKHSHU pupil categorical aid,â&#x20AC;? Evers said. Evers has gone on record saying Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget points, including the tax levy credit, essentially add up to a zero increase in spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So all the money that the governor is talking about will go into property tax relief and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to the schools.â&#x20AC;? Evers, in a statement issued before the Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday, March 3, also touched on the school accountability portion of the budget, also noted by the letter from area superintendents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I support school accountability but oppose the path laid out in this budget,â&#x20AC;? Evers noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All students who receive public funding must take the same assessment. Simply put: we need an applesto-apples comparison so we understand what is working for our students.â&#x20AC;? Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget plan says districts can choose their own tests and would not be required to use standardized tests that go along with Common Core - tests that districts throughout the state have been preparing for several years and will use IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWKLV\HDU

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Horse abuse trial gets under way

Greg Marsten |Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After months of delays, the case of alleged animal abuse against Milltown ranch owner Michael A. )HLVWĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ZHQWWRWULDORQ0RQGD\ March 2, in Polk County Circuit Court. Judge Molly GaleWyrick is presiding over what may be a weeklong trial meant to resolve four felonies and no less than 30 misdemeanor charges against Feist, leaving him facing the potential of dozens of years in prison.

and also explained why Feist was facing 30 misdemeanor charges, based on the body fat evaluation of 15 horses, all of which led to two charges each. He also pointed to the reason for the four felony charges, which are based on the death of

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$QLPDODEXVHIURPSDJH four horses discovered at Feistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Otter Creek Ranch. He also pointed to the extensive testimony coming forward from various veterinary professionals, as well as necropsy results on two of the four dead horses as reasons for the charges. Steffen also foreshadowed testimony coming from people with connections to the case, including from a woman who donated a horse to Feist, and how she felt when she saw a photo of the horse later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was shocked when she saw pictures of that horse later, absolutely shocked,â&#x20AC;? Steffen said as he noted the high burden of proof the state faces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I agree, that burden we need to meet is high, but it is not beyond all doubt,â&#x20AC;? he stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reasonable doubt.â&#x20AC;? Feistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense attorney Joel Larimore used his opening statement to set the table on Feistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense, how he had dreams of owning a riding ranch, â&#x20AC;&#x153;where the whole family was involved.â&#x20AC;? He acknowledged that some of the horses were thin, but also noted that the summer of 2013 was poor for hay quality as a primary reason, and how Feist had concerns about some horses losing weight, which he tried to offset through

RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVXVHGWRHVWDEOLVKWKHHYLGHQFHIRU charges. The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case against Feist is expected to wrap up on the afternoon of March 4, with Larimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense likely to run through the end of the week. GaleWyrick set aside the entire week for the trial, which the Leader will follow both online and in print next week.

%DFNJURXQG Michael Feist stands accused of four felony charges of mistreatment of animals - causing death, on top of another 30 misdemeanor charges of intentional mistreatment and intentionally failing to provide food after a later 2013 investigation into Feistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Otter Creek Ranch, outside of Milltown. A concerned veterinary professional triggered the current charges against Feist in the fall of 2013, and led to an extensive investigation with the assistance 0LFKDHO)HLVWV2WWHU&UHHN5DQFKORFDWHGRXWVLGH0LOOWRZQLVZKHUHWKHDOOHJHGDQLPDODEXVH of veterinary professionals. Feist is alLVVDLGWRKDYHRFFXUUHG leged to have underfed or intentionally mistreated horses of all ages, to the point a unique barley fodder system. and nutrient intake, to get their weight WKDW WKH FKDUJHV ZHUH Ă&#x20AC;OHG LQ ODWH  Larimore pointed to that barley fodder up.â&#x20AC;? The system is a sort of way to quickly )RXUIHORQ\FKDUJHVZHUHĂ&#x20AC;OHGDORQJVLGH system several times already in the trial, KDUYHVW EDUOH\ VSURXWV DIWHU MXVW D IHZ 30 similar misdemeanor charges. calling it a way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;increase the mineral days, and may become an essential key to The charges emerged in late November Feistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s later defense. 2013 after concerns on animal welfare led Larimore said he would bring in the to a compliance check, ensuring the anipeople who fed the horses, and also ques- mals in question were being watered and tioned the necropsy results, which he said fed adequately. Feist had over 80 horses were inconclusive to a cause of death. on the ranch at the time, as well as dozens â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe after you hear all the people of other small animals and livestock. involved, you will see that Michael (Feist) Necropsy results on two of the dead was doing everything he could to keep horses were inconclusive, but suggested those horses fed and healthy,â&#x20AC;? Larimore that the horses likely died from a combisaid in closing. nation of factors including malnutrition, The prosecution used all of Tuesday, parasites and possibly other issues related March 3, to create the various time lines to mistreatment or feeding conditions. of why they investigated and eventually Feist is free on a $10,000 signature bond, charged Feist, as well as to explain and which has included mandatory complirelate the results of the elaborate Hen- ance checks on the animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; current health neke Body Scoring System three humane conditions.

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ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cole Appel, of St. Croix Falls, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Appel is a member of St. Croix Falls Troop 160. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Richard Gearhart. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or synagogue-related VHUYLFH SURMHFW WR HDUQ KLV (DJOH DZDUG Appel chose to build two wheelchair accessible hunting blinds. The hunting EOLQGVZLOOKHOSĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHQHHGRIKXQWLQJ spaces for handicapped hunters during WKH3RON&RXQW\KDQGLFDSKXQW7KHSURMect was sponsored by the Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club. Appel has served as the senior patrol leader as well as many other positions ZLWKLQWKHWURRSGXULQJKLVMRXUQH\WRKLV Eagle award. He has also dedicated many hours to his community through commuQLW\VHUYLFHSURMHFWVVXFKDVUDNLQJIRUWKH elderly, preparing and serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald house and collecting food for the food shelf to name a few. In addition to earning his Eagle award, Appel continued on to earn 15 more merit

&ROH$SSHO badges that awarded him the bronze, gold and silver Eagle palms. Appel is active in band and the St. Croix Falls golf team where he is a senior. He is the son of David Appel and Jeanne Kizer of St. Croix Falls. A ceremony was held at the Balsam Lake Rod and Gun Club. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted


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Economic development focuses on both industrial park and Main Street

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer %$/6$0 /$.( Âł 5HĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJ WKUHH loans could save the village of Balsam Lake as much as $229,000 in interest and reduce the terms by nine years, the village board found out Monday night, March 2. Sean Lentz, senior financial adviser with Ehlers, met with the board at its regular March 2 meeting, discussing the EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJDQGUHVWUXFWXULQJ a 2006 bond and 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans for the water utility and the sewer utility. There is still $986,000 in principal and interest remaining on the 2006 borrowing of $2.075 million for Pleasant Avenue. 'XHWREHSDLGRIILQUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJDW this time would save about $48,000 because the interest rate would be reduced from 4.5 percent to an average of about 1.5 percent. The two USDA loans from 2003 were for water and sewer on CTH I and Pine Crest. Both terms run through 2043, with an interest rate of 4.25 percent. %\UHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJDQGGHFUHDVLQJWKHWHUP by nine years, to be paid off in 2034, the village would realize an estimated savings of $84,342 on the sewer loan and $97,300 on the water loan. The interest rate would be reduced to an average of about 2.7 percent. Right now, Lentz pointed out, the sewer utility will not be bringing in enough revenue to cover its expenses and the loan repayment until 2018. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have debt through the USDA that goes out a very long time,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the sewer utility has some revenue versus expenses issues.â&#x20AC;? ,IWKHORDQLVUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHGZLOOEHWKH last year that the expenses outweigh the revenue. Lentz suggested soliciting proposals to be reviewed at the next board meeting,

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of $2,250. This includes the creation of necessary maps, preparing required text and gathering the information needed for the submission. There is an additional $500 fee to Momentum West to process the information. The costs are eligible for reimbursement WKURXJKWKHWD[LQFUHPHQWDOĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJGLVtrict, said Reed. The committee also discussed applying (FRQRPLFGHYHORSPHQW Several avenues are being pursued to for the Connect Communities program, promote the village for economic and said Reed, similar to the Main Street protourism development, Jeff Reed, chair- gram for which the village was turned man of the smart growth and economic down in 2012. This program focuses on revitalizing downtown areas by providdevelopment committee, told the board. One of these is the decision to partici- ing technical assistance, networking oppate in the Gold Shovel program created portunities and connections to funding. According to Reed, Steve Healy, of the by Momentum West, he said. Momentum West is a regional economic development Polk County Economic Development organization that serves the 10 counties Corporation, is reviewing the Main Street in west-central Wisconsin, and the Gold program application and will be submitShovel program is a way of promoting the ting a new application before the April deadline. industrial park. Reed reported that the committee disThe Gold Shovel program, created in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic cussed possible hotel locations in the Development Corporation, is a scaled- village, noting that the current county GRZQ YHUVLRQ RI WKH :('&¡V FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG highway department property would be VLWHV SURJUDP  7R TXDOLI\ DV D FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG a prime location if the county decides to site, industrial developments must meet move from there. He also said that the parties that had a set of criteria through an extensive certiĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQSURFHVVZKLFKDOORZVWKHPWREH been interested in the grocery store property will not be moving forward with gromarketed in a more effective way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The Gold Shovel program) is a good cery operation in the village. There was option for smaller communities,â&#x20AC;? Reed some discussion on other possible uses said, noting that it is a much cheaper op- for the property. WLRQWKDQEHFRPLQJFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HG It puts Balsam Lake on the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eco- 2WKHUEXVLQHVV nomic development site, he said, as well â&#x20AC;˘ Village resident Carl Holmgren, who as providing exposure through Momen- will be running against incumbent Geno tum West and the Polk County Economic Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino for the position of village 6HDQ /HQW] VHQLRU ILQDQFLDO DGYLVHU ZLWK Development Corporation. president in the April election, shared (KOHUVVSRNHWRWKH%DOVDP/DNH9LOODJH%RDUG Cedar Corp. has agreed to create the his observation that the village spent DERXW UHILQDQFLQJ WKUHH ORDQV ZKLFK ZRXOG necessary documents and submit the in- money on iPads for board members to VDYHWKHYLOODJHDERXW formation to Momentum West, for a fee use at meetings, but only three of the

Elections April 7 in all 45 Burnett and Polk towns Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Over two thirds of the residents in Burnett and Polk counties live in the rural towns, not the villages and cities. Town governments regulate land use zoning and maintain local roads. The 24 towns in Polk County and 21 towns in Burnett all hold elections April 7 to choose the new

when the village board can either accept RQHRUUHMHFWWKHPDOO%HFDXVHWKHUHDUH a lot of bond sales April 6, the regular date of the next meeting, Lentz suggested waiting a week to get better bids. The board agreed to move its April meeting to Monday, April 13, and voted to have Ehlers solicit bids to be opened that night.

seven members were using theirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s during the meeting. Trustee Vera Bollinger responded that she was having problems with her device. â&#x20AC;˘ Fire Chief Mark Anderson reported WKDWWKHUHZHUHWKUHHĂ&#x20AC;UHVDQGUHVFXHV in January. â&#x20AC;˘ Police Chief Thomas Thompson reported that there were 102 calls in January, compared with 115 in 2014. He said that the calls were very similar to last year, and that 25 percent of them were generated by 911 dispatchers. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the hiring of SDUWWLPHSROLFH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU$PDQGD5XQQHOV â&#x20AC;˘ Library director Linda Heimstead reported that shelving changes at the library have made a great improvement. Upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library include a Saturday, March 14 antique appraisal by Mark Moran, and an April 25 program by Michael Perry at Unity Schools. The next Family Fun Night will be a beach party on Tuesday, March 26, starting at 5:30. â&#x20AC;˘ A request from the chamber of commerce to have the Freedom Festival band play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. rather than 8 p.m. to midnight was tabled until the village attorney could be contacted. Village RUGLQDQFHVDOORZDPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HGGHYLFHVWREH used only until midnight, but chamber Vice President Steve Williams explained that the music will be held the night of the tractor pull, which probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be over until 9 p.m. He said that the band would play from 8 to midnight if the perPLWDOORZLQJWKHXVHRIDPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HGGHYLFHV could not be extended until 1 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ The board authorized the public works department to seek bids for a backhoe. Public works director Darryl Ince said that the backhoe the department now has is 10 years old with 5,000 hours on it. Money has been budgeted for this, he said.

An election primer WRZQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV+HUHLVDSULPDU\RQWRZQ government. The towns are the rural areas, usually 36 square miles, which are the local government for most of the area and most of the people of the two counties. The correct term in Wisconsin is town, not township. $OOHOHFWHGWRZQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVDUHIRUWZR\HDU terms. Most towns hold nominating caucuses in January to determine who the candidates will be. The town board consists of the town chair and two or four supervisors.

All towns elect a chair in the odd-numbered years. All towns elect two supervisors in the odd-numbered years. Three towns in Polk County, Alden, Clayton and St. Croix Falls, elect four supervisors, half of them in the even-numbered years. Every town has a clerk and a treasurer. These positions are elected unless the voters approve making either or both positions appointive. Towns also have the option of combining the positions to have a clerk/treasurer, either as an elected or

appointed position. A few towns still elect constables. One town elects an assessor.

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Mary Elizabeth Grelle, 65, of Holmen, Wis., and formerly of Luck, Wis., passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Mayo Franciscan Hospital in La Crosse. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 515 N. Main 6W+ROPHQZLWK)DWKHU-RKQ3DUURIĂ&#x20AC;ciating. Friends may visit with the famThis time, Bazey noted, interviews will ily on Friday, March 6, from 4-7 p.m., at ZHUH UHFHLYHG ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;YH DSSOLFDQWV FXUrently having the needed credentials. The EHFRQGXFWHGE\WKHERDUGĂ&#x20AC;UVW,IRQHRU the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 515 two being interviewed already have expe- both of the candidates are potential hires, McHugh Road, Holmen, and also at the rience as superintendents. the other panels will follow through with church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until Last December the candidates were in- additional interviews. the time of service. Memorials can be terviewed by three different panels. One That way, said Bazey, the community given to the Catholic Charities La Crosse was made up of community members, and staff members on the interview panels Warming Shelter, 3710 East Ave. S., La one of school staff, and one with the dis- will not be spending time on candidates Crosse 54601. Online condolences can be WULFW¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDORIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV%RDUGPHPEHUV that the board is not going to consider. given to the family at dickinsonfuneraland school administrators were included homes.com. on each panel.

District administrator interviews set for March 16 Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two candidates will be interviewed March 16 for the position of Luck School District administrator, according to school board President Daryl Bazey. This is the second round of applicants, ZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YHFDQGLGDWHVLQWHUYLHZHGODVW'Hcember. Following those interviews the board agreed to post the position again and seek additional candidates. This time, said Bazey, 10 applications

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Eureka, Farmington, Laketown most contested

April contests in 15 Polk towns

Timothy M. Knigge and Paul D. Schneider, are running for the two open positions. Farmington has a full ballot for supervisor with Robert M. Uran and Rick Gregg Westigard | Staff writer McGuiggan running against incumbents POLK COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There will be some James Connors and Dennis Neumann. type of contest on April 7 in 15 of the 24 In Laketown, incumbent Supervisors Polk County towns. Four town chairs Monte Tretsven and Bruce Paulson are are facing challengers. There are contests also facing two challengers, James W. for town supervisor in 12 towns and conMattson and Rich Benny. tests for clerk or treasurer in two towns. Apple River Town Chair Rick Scoglio ,Q Ă&#x20AC;YH WRZQV WKHUH ZLOO EH FKDQJHV EXW is being challenged by Dan Carlson. The no contests as incumbents retire. And in position of town clerk is open, with Fritz four towns all incumbents are running for Coulter and Lisa Carlson seeking the pore-election unopposed. All town governsition. ments have elections this April. Clam Falls has contests for chair and Eureka has one of the most-contested supervisor. Incumbent Chair Greg Anballots with a contest for chair and no derson is facing Rick Cook, and Ann Kitty incumbents running for supervisor. PresLane is running for supervisor against inent Chair Gene Krull is being challenged cumbents Brad Olson and Robert Carlson. by James Johnson. Johnson is presently a In Clayton, Arling Ole Olson is the supervisor. The other supervisor, Gary fourth town chair facing a challenger. His Gudmunsen, is not running for another opponent is Odell Olson. Clayton is one term. Three people, Marvin Caspersen, RIWKUHHWRZQVZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;YHPHPEHUERDUG

and Odell Olson is presently a supervisor for one of the seats elected in the evennumbered years. Black Brook has a supervisor contest for the seat held by David Paulson before his death. The candidates for the open seat are Erik Henningsgard and Glen A. Clausen. In Bone Lake, longtime Supervisor Bill Schilling is retiring. Incumbent Roger Neumann, Nancy S. Beduhn, Earl Erickson and Doug Route are running for the two supervisor positions. Georgetown has three candidates for supervisor, incumbents Andy Mangelsen and John Molamphy plus James Bystrom. Johnstown also has two incumbent supervisors, Doug Rouzer and Josef Zaspel, facing a challenger, Richard Naessen. The Luck supervisor contest has Chad Ogilvie running against incumbents Todd Schulte and Larry Wright. Milltown has an open supervisor position to replace the retiring Mike Fralick. The three candidates are incumbent

Christopher Nelson, Jon Eckel and Chuck Peterson. In Osceola, Jody R. Videen is running against incumbents Daniel C. Burch and Mike Wallis for the two supervisor positions. And in St. Croix Falls, incumbent Supervisor James Beistle is running unopposed for town chair to replace Steven Palmer. Four people are running for supervisor, incumbent Michael Dorsey, Katie Appel, David A. Berg and Sharon Kelly. 7KH RQO\ RWKHU FRQWHVW LV IRU *DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG town treasurer, with Cindy Mork and Joann Erickson running for the open position. There will be changes but no contests in Alden, Beaver, Clear Lake, Lorain and McKinley. All the incumbents are running unopposed for re-election in Balsam Lake, Lincoln, Sterling and West Sweden.

Wood River getting new town board

April 7 contests in 10 of 21 Burnett towns

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wood River will have a totally new town board after the April 7 election. In all, there are contests of some type in 10 of the 21 Burnett County towns. In three towns, an incumbent is being replaced in an uncontested election. And in eight towns, all incumbents are running unopposed for an additional two-year term. All elected town RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDUHXSIRUHOHFWLRQWKLV\HDU Wood River will have contests for town chair and supervisors, with no incumbents on the ballot. Present town Chair Dawn Luke came in third at the nominating caucus and lost her ballot spot for reelection. Joel Johnson and Merlin Becvar are the town chair candidates. Luke de-

feated longtime chair Becvar in the 2013 election. Town Supervisors Donald Chell and Dale Halverson both announced their retirement prior to the caucus. John Hennessey, Jason Johnson and Daryl Wedin are running for the two supervisor positions. The clerk and treasurer are appointed in Wood River. There are contests in Daniels, Grantsburg, LaFollette, Oakland, Sand Lake and Scott on April 7. Daniels has contests for chair, supervisor and treasurer. Incumbent Chair Christopher Sower is facing Michael P. Huber. Huber is presently a supervisor. Running for the two supervisor seats are incumbent Denis Simonsen, Lonny Pearson and Daniel N. Peterson. Treasurer Emma Kolander is retiring. Running for that position are Cora Sower and Kandy Unger. Grantsburg has a contest for supervisor where present Supervisor Jim Paden

is running unopposed for town chair to replace the retiring Jeffery Erickson. The three candidates are incumbent Michael Janke, Wally Johnson and Lee Moyer. LaFollette has a contest for supervisor where Robert Stage is not seeking re-election. The candidates for the two seats are incumbent Douglas Coyour, Timothy J. Tarnowski and John A. Lawson Jr. Oakland has three people running for supervisor, incumbents Jack Witzany and Ed Peterson plus Timothy McIntyre. Sand Lake also has a supervisor contest with two incumbents, Carsten Ro EndreVHQ DQG -HUU\ 7MDGHU RQ WKH EDOORW ZLWK Lowell D. Rivard. Scott has the same situation. Present Supervisors Gary Lundberg and Kathryn F. Young are running for re-election along with Jeffry J. McIntyre. Meenon has the opposite situation, not enough candidates for the two supervi-

sor positions. Present supervisors John Larson and Randy Strese are not running again. Only Mary Jo Bierman was nominated at the January caucus. The second SRVLWLRQZLOOEHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGE\ZULWHLQYRWHV There are two other blank spots on the April ballots, for town treasurer in Blaine and Dewey. In each town the present treasurers, Larry Holter in Blaine and William Holden in Dewey, are stepping down, with no one nominated to replace them. Incumbents are retiring from various positions in Lincoln, Union and West Marshland. In each town, there was a single new person nominated for the open RIĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGQR$SULOFRQWHVW And all incumbents are running unopposed for re-election in the eight towns of Anderson, Jackson, Roosevelt, Rusk, Siren, Swiss, Trade Lake and Webb Lake.

Funding for Siren, St. Croix Falls, Unity, Clayton schools

Osceola building project, Amery water fluoride

The Siren School District is asking approval to exceed the levy limit by up to $300,000 a year for four years, starting with the 2015-16 year and continuing through the 2018-19 year. The district says Gregg Westigard | Staff writer the funds will be used to maintain eduBURNETT/POLK COUNTIES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There cational programs. The district has an inwill be six local referendum issues on the formation and facts sheet on its Facebook April 7 ballots. page, dated Feb. 20. A public forum on The Siren, Clayton and St. Croix Falls the referendum will be held Wednesday, school districts are asking for approval to March 25. exceed the levy limit. Unity School DisThe St. Croix Falls School District is trict and the village of Osceola are seeking asking approval to raise an additional ERUURZLQJDSSURYDOIRUEXLOGLQJSURMHFWV  D \HDU IRU Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV WR Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH And Amery is asking voters if the city pupil technology and will be used to proVKRXOGFRQWLQXHWRĂ XRULGDWHWKHZDWHU vide more computers, starting with the The state has imposed a levy limit on elementary school. Information on the local governments including school disreferendum is found of the district webtricts. School districts cannot raise the site home page under the heading Pupil property tax levy above that limit. This Technology Initiative. April three districts are seeking that apThe Clayton School District is asking for proval.

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approval to exceed the revenue limit by $300,000 in 2015-16, $350,000 in 2016-17 and $550,000 in 2017-18. This is an extension of the revenue override referendum passed in 2012 that approved raising an additional $750,000 over the school years 2012 through 2015. The district has detailed information about the referendum on its website under the heading 2015 Referendum Information. The Unity School District wants approval to borrow up to $18,035,000 for EXLOGLQJSURMHFWVLQFOXGLQJFRQVWUXFWLRQ of an auditorium/gymnasium addition and science classrooms as well as other renovations. The district website includes referendum facts and site plans showing WKHSODQQHGSURMHFWV The village of Osceola is asking approval to borrow up to $2,400,000 to construct a new municipal complex which

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my son â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a very bright, creative, talented person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would be without funds going to Birth to Three, early childhood, public school and 4-H. Thank you for all your help in providing those programs. You have helped to build a person who is already giving back to his community by volunteering at the nursing home and who deeply believes in the 4-H pledge: I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my health to better living, and my hands to larger service for my club, my community, my country and my world. How many of you know someone, are related to someone or are VRPHRQHZKRKDVEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WHGIURPSXEOLF school education, special services or 4-H? Every single one of you and every single person around you has been affected by one or all of those things. Your communities are built and made stronger by those things. 4-H has a motto: Making the best better. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take that away. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support cuts to education funding. It will only hurt us all. Megan Ritterpusch Clear Lake

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involvement in lynchings. But a 2012 article in the Wisconsin Lawyer by UniYHUVLW\RI:LVFRQVLQ0LOZDXNHHMRXUnalism professor David Pritchard argued that these and other claims were so outlandish they likely deserved protection as parody. To run afoul of the law, it seems, a statement made during a political campaign must be both apparently credible and knowingly untrue. Robinson thinks the Jobs First Coalition mailing may meet this standard. He has asked Brown County District Attorney David Lasee to look into possible criminal charges. Lasee says he has not decided whether to pursue the case. Bob Reddin, executive director of the -REV)LUVW&RDOLWLRQVD\VKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWOHDUQHG of the concern regarding Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote when contacted for comment on this column. He agrees his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representation was inaccurate and should not have been made but avails himself of the parachute in the law, calling it an â&#x20AC;&#x153;inadvertent error.â&#x20AC;? Robinson says Reddinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explanation â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prove anything one way or the otherâ&#x20AC;? and still wants an investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The person in charge of the group should have known whether or not I voted myself a raise,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to engage in political discourse,

they need to do their homework. The public deserves that.â&#x20AC;? Candidate Macco proved it was possible to rip Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acts without misstating facts in a mailing that said his rival â&#x20AC;&#x153;voted to give pay raises to politiciansâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not himself but politicians, that loathsome bunch. Macco did not respond to an invitation to comment on the Jobs First Coalition mailing. Interestingly, Reddin is himself an HOHFWHGRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDODPHPEHURIWKH%URRNĂ&#x20AC;HOG&RPPRQ&RXQFLO,Q-DQXDU\ he was among a council minority who voted for a failed attempt to raise alderpersonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would have benHĂ&#x20AC;WHGKLPVHOI5HGGLQQRZFDOOVWKLVYRWH â&#x20AC;&#x153;shortsighted,â&#x20AC;? saying his position on the issue has evolved. Good answer. 7KHQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W:LVFRQVLQ&HQWHUIRU,QYHVtigative Journalism, WisconsinWatch.org, collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by WKHFHQWHUGRQRWQHFHVVDULO\UHĂ HFWWKHYLHZV or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its afĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHV

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6WDWH &DSLWRO 1HZVOHWWHU 0DWW3RPPHU he seeks the presidency. He was asked about evolution versus creationism. He initially sidestepped the issue (he called it a punt). Later he regrouped by straddling the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both science and my faith dictate that we are created by God. I believe faith and science are compatible and go hand-in-hand.â&#x20AC;? Back in Washington, the governor tore into the press for asking uncomfortable questions. Those issues are far from â&#x20AC;&#x153;what I think are the real issues,â&#x20AC;? he said. The attack on the press increased as his campaign group sought to raise money for this political operation.

His campaign sought to capitalize on the exchange. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Now is the time to stand up against WKHSXEOLFLW\KRXQGVDQGWKHMRXUQDOLVWLF SDFNDQGKHOS*RY:DONHUĂ&#x20AC;JKWEDFN with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Friends of Scott Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; contribution of $10 or $100 or $1,000 or whatever amount is right for you,â&#x20AC;? a fundraising email pleadingly encouraged. 7KHSUHVVLVQ¡WGRQHZLWKGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW questions for Walker. Late last month, The New York Times reported a Walker appearance before a small prayer group meeting in Iowa and what he may have said about abortion issues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often a popular topic on the conservative talk show circuit. Does Walker support a so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;personhoodâ&#x20AC;? Constitutional amendment, ZKLFKZRXOGGHĂ&#x20AC;QHOLIHDVEHJLQQLQJDW conception? That approach would effectively outlaw all abortions and some methods of birth control. Walker has repeatedly sidestepped questions about barring abortions after 20 weeks, according to The New York Times story.

The governor also is sidestepping the Obamacare issue that is going to the U.S. Supreme Court. Plaintiffs in the case want to prohibit income-linked subsidies for health insurance bought through state-created exchanges. Wisconsin is one of those states. Walker ducked the question of how Wisconsin would respond if citizens were unable to continue to receive federal subsidies to buy the required insurance. Walker said that would be up to the Congress to resolve. Republicans now control both houses of the Congress. Another question Walker could face is his refusal to accept the more than $300 million in additional federal money for Medicaid. The governor contends he is worried the federal government wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be DEOHWRĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHLWLQIXWXUH\HDUVDQGVWDWH taxpayers will have to foot the cost if that occurs. However, he neglects to mention that a current lawmaker cannot bind future Legislatures on what laws to enact RUSURJUDPVWRĂ&#x20AC;QDQFH

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While one of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former top lieutenants claims that this administration has been scandal free, the manner in which many of our veterans have been treated is, in a word, scandalous. Fortunately, by shedding light on some of the issues, I was able to make headway for one of our veterans this week, and promise to remain on top of the issue for the many others who still need answers, and action, from the VA. Who is looking out for the veterans? This week, during a delegation roundtable I hosted with my Wisconsin FROOHDJXHVDQG9$RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV,WDONHG about a constituent I have been working with for almost a year, Gary. He has been told that it will likely not be until 2017 before his VA appeal will be heard. 7KHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDWWKHPHHWLQJDVVXUHGPH they would look into Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, for

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than forthcoming about what they knew and when they knew it. This has made this scandal that much bigger and has taken the focus off of what is going on at the Tomah VA and the deaths of the men and women who raised their hands to serve our country. I spoke about the issue on Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kelly File.â&#x20AC;? Go to youtube/tYW0NCb9zxw for full story. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get political: Federal Reserve &KDLU-DQHW<HOOHQPDGHKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDSpearance of the year before the House Financial Services Committee last week. I asked the chair about recent statements she made that have led some to believe that she is politicizing the historically nonpolitical Federal Reserve. I cited a speech Yellen delivered two weeks before the 2014 elections in which she spoke about the politically divisive, and typically left-leaning, topic of income inequality. Go to duffy.house. gov/press-release/let-s-get-political to

watch our full exchange. Artistic discovery: We are now accepting submissions for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to high school students who live in Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7th District. The winning piece will hang in the United States Capitol and the winning artist will also receive a trip for two to Washington, '&IRUWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOXQYHLOLQJFHUHPRQ\ For all of the competition details, go to duffy.house.gov/congressional-artcompetition. Check out my Spotlight column, duffy.house.gov, for a glimpse of a couple of additional issues I weighed in on. Make sure you are also following me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest on all the big issues from Washington and the 7th District. Thank you for the continued privilege of representing you in Congress. Until next week ...

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DRESSER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dresser Village Board had a crowd of over 40 Blue Rock Quarry supporters in the crowd for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 2, and while the quarry group was not on the agenda, there was more commentary and casual discussion about the possibility of annexing land into the village for use as both a park and a traprock quarry. The Blue Rock group held a barbeque prior for supporters, culminating with an appearance at the village hall for the board meeting. Mike Loescher, one of the Blue Rock coowners, read a prepared statement during the public comment portion of the meeting, where he asked the board to set up a commission to hear their ideas regarding the quarry proposal. Loescher said they were advised they could not make a formal presentation without a request for annexation, and he then cited a recent legal note by the village about their right to address the board. He cited a portion of the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal code that no longer exists, and left their status in question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ambiguity is obvious,â&#x20AC;? Loescher said as he told of their plan to â&#x20AC;&#x153;partner with the village of Dresser in this venture.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To apply for annexation without speaking to our partner would be foolish, something we are not willing to do at this time.â&#x20AC;? Loescher also cited the Dresser Comprehensive Plan, which encourages public-private partnerships as he was surrounded by dozens of people wearing Blue Rock Quarry attire. Four other speakers expressed their support for the quarry, as another Blue Rock co-owner, Glyn Thorman, pointed to the existing Dresser Trap Rock operation and their history with the village as an example of â&#x20AC;&#x153;what could be.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not asking for anything more than the existing quarry,â&#x20AC;? Thorman said as he pointed to a picture on the wall, noting that operationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development and history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someday, we want to have a picture on the wall with our quarry,â&#x20AC;? Thorman added. Thorman said the existing operation â&#x20AC;&#x153;has not caused detriment to your water supply ... or reduced the value of your homes.â&#x20AC;? The comments could not be addressed by the board, but village President Bryan

Beseler and Thorman did share a few words prior to the meeting, outside the village hall. During the cordial exchange, Beseler encouraged Thormanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring the village a proposal,â&#x20AC;? stating that it would give them 180 days to work something out. Thorman said he was concerned about the clock starting on an agreement, and said they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that (apply for annexaWLRQ ZLWKRXWDSUHVHQWDWLRQĂ&#x20AC;UVWDVZHOO as the aforementioned issues with the current Dresser ordinances, which he insisted do not require a formal (annexation) proposal prior to a presentation. The discussion was brief, but Beseler again asked Thorman to ask the village for the annexation, so they could start the discussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I need to hear is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bryan, I want to annex,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Beseler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the board knows that is our intention,â&#x20AC;? Thorman said with a nod. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then give it to us,â&#x20AC;? Beseler said, as he encouraged action on their part. Thorman said the Blue Rock group has concerns about limited time for review and discussion if the annexation application starts. ´:H¡UHMXVWORRNLQJIRUVRPHFRPPRQ ground,â&#x20AC;? Thorman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to start somewhere,â&#x20AC;? Beseler said as they entered the village hall. ,QRWKHUERDUGEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a proposal to address their cross-connection program, meant to eliminate the possibility of the village water supply being contaminated through cross-connection of private appliances, per state requirements. â&#x20AC;˘ Village attorney Tim Laux said he KDGFODULĂ&#x20AC;HGFRQFHUQVZLWKWKHVWDWH'15 about the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private-well-abandonment language and amendments to the village ordinances. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved hiring Appraisal Services for a three-year contract to do village revaluation, which includes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hybridâ&#x20AC;? revaluation in 2016. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard from the state,â&#x20AC;? Beseler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fallen out of line with our valuation.â&#x20AC;? Appraisal Services has all the village apSUDLVDOVDOUHDG\VRWKH\ZLOOGRDQDGMXVWment to some with actual visits, as well as paper comparison, with the two years following being normal maintenance years. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved the appointments of Bryan Raddatz and Luke Loescher to the Dresser Zoning Board of Appeals. â&#x20AC;˘ Beseler asked residents to remember to renew their dog licenses for the year, which are due at the end of March.


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6RPHVFKRROVZRXOGEHDEOHWRVWDUWVFKRRO\HDUHDUOLHUXQGHUQHZELOO Bill aims to accommodate schools in which large number of students is taking AP exams Kristen Durst | WPR News MADISON - Two Republican legislators are circulating a bill for co-sponsorship that would allow select school districts to start the school year earlier. Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Jim Ottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill would create an exception to the law

that prohibits public schools from starting before Sept. 1. Under the bill, school districts with more than 20 percent of students taking Advanced Placement exams could choose an earlier start date. Jon Bales, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, said he supports giving VFKRROERDUGVPRUHĂ H[LELOLW\+RZHYHU he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like more schools to be included. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly narrow population when you think in terms of 20 percent of your population needs to be in AP,â&#x20AC;? said

Bales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is particularly in some VPDOOHUGLVWULFWVGXHWRORQJVWDQGLQJĂ&#x20AC;nancial constraints, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to have those same opportunities.â&#x20AC;? An earlier start date would allow school districts to have more instructional time before Advanced Placement exams are given in the spring. The tourism industry has opposed previous legislative efforts to repeal Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandatory school start date. /()76HQ$OEHUWD'DUOLQJLVRQHRIWKHELOOV DXWKRUV3KRWRFRXUWHV\:35

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Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Scottie Sandstrom said Hwy. 2 is the new 53. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expand Hwy. 2 from Superior to HurDanielle Kaeding | WPR News ley and also from Hurley down to the SUPERIOR - Northwestern Wisconsin intersection of 8 and 51 to complete the leaders have been pushing for a four-lane loop,â&#x20AC;? Sandstrom said. expansion of Hwy. 2 for years as part of Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Superior Days in Madison. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to Mark Gottlieb said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expanding in wait a while longer. areas where congestion and safety are 1RUWKHUQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVSRLQWWRWKHIRXUODQH bigger issues. expansion of Hwy. 53 as one of the sucâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Absent an enormous amount of FHVVHVRI6XSHULRU'D\V%D\Ă&#x20AC;HOG&RXQW\ PRQH\EHLQJGURSSHGRQXV,MXVWGRQ¡W

see it happening,â&#x20AC;? he said. ´,¡PMXVWEHLQJKRQHVWZLWK you.â&#x20AC;? Gottlieb said the DOT will continue to look at passing lanes and other ways to meet the needs of drivers on Hwy. 2. 1RUWKZHVWHUQ :LVFRQVLQ OHDGHUV KDYH EHHQ SXVKLQJ IRU D IRXUODQHH[SDQVLRQRI+Z\IRU\HDUVDVSDUWRI6XSHULRU'D\V LQ0DGLVRQ3KRWRE\'RXJ.HUU

'15ERDUGPHPEHUVFKDIHDWUHGXFHGDXWKRULW\XQGHU:DONHUEXGJHW Criticism includes that from Walker appointees Church Quirmbach | WPR News MADISON - Several of Gov. Scott Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointees to the Department

of Natural Resources Board are raising concerns about Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to reduce the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority to an advisory role. At least three Walker appointees on the seven-member committee expressed their concerns during Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNR Board meeting. Greg Kazmierski said the board should keep its policy-approval du-

ties, because the board is accessible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This offers the public an additional kick at the can. This is what it really is, with policy. The public respects that and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why this board is so important, I think, to the state of Wisconsin,â&#x20AC;? said Kazmierski. 7KH JRYHUQRU¡V RIĂ&#x20AC;FH VD\V WKH '15

Board would continue to receive public input and advise the DNR secretary, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointed by the governor. State lawmakers will take up the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role this spring when they act on the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposal.

-RKQVRQUHVSRQGVZLWKEUDYDGRRQSRVVLEOH)HLQJROGUHPDWFK Senator calls former opponent a Washington insider Glen Moberg | WPR News STATEWIDE - Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is commenting on speculation that he may face a rematch against Democrat Russ Feingold in 2016. Johnson is calling his former opponent â&#x20AC;&#x153;a career politician.â&#x20AC;? Speculation that Feingold would run

for the Senate was fueled by his decision to step down from his State Department post as a special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa. Speaking to reporters in a conference this week, Johnson said if he faces Feingold again, he will portray him as an advocate for big government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a head-to-head matchup between Sen. Feingold and myself, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly looking at a citizen legislator, somebody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a full life, full career in the private

sector versus, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, Feingold is the consummate career politician. And, bottom line, big government is not selling too well today,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. Johnson beat Feingold in the 2010 midterm elections as part of a Republican wave. A rematch would take place during a presidential election year, when more Democrats historically go to the polls. /()7$YLGHRVWLOOWDNHQIURPDGHEDWH EHWZHHQ)HLQJROGDQG-RKQVRQ&63$1

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dom. When we bill was written by a â&#x20AC;&#x153;seremove this cret societyâ&#x20AC;? of cloak and see the businesses that bill for what it is, has â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing you see the body Shawn Johnson | WPR News of labor sufferMADISON - An estimated 3,000 people but contemptâ&#x20AC;? ing the death of working gathered at the state Capitol Saturday, for a thousand cuts, Feb. 28, to protest a Republican right-to- people. Carroll one scab at a ZRUN ELOO ZKLFK ZDV WR UHFHLYH LWV Ă&#x20AC;QDO said that righttime,â&#x20AC;? said Carpublic hearing in the Legislature Monday, to-work undermines unions roll. March 2. Carrol said he Right-to-work laws ban mandatory and makes it expected the bill union dues at private-sector businesses. A harder for them would become bill to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to- to stand up to law, and once work state is currently being fast-tracked management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This legislathat happened, by Republicans through the Legislature, unions would and will likely be signed by Gov. Scott tion, which is need to educate Walker into law when it reaches his desk. a lie â&#x20AC;Ś is cov0DQ\SURWHVWHUVUHIHUHQFHG*RY6FRWW:DONHUVUH people who $PRQJ WKH PRVW Ă&#x20AC;HU\ VSHDNHUV DW WKH ered by a thin rally on the steps of the Capitol Saturday cloak of a claim PDUNVDW&3$&IURPWKHSUHYLRXVZHHNZLWKWKHLUVLJQV might otherwise not pay their was Teamster Bill Carroll, who said this of worker free- 3KRWRE\6KDZQ-RKQVRQ:35

dues. Many in the crowd Saturday carried signs saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a terrorist,â&#x20AC;? referring to a recent remark Walker made at the Conservative Political Action Conference. When asked how he would deal with threats such as the Islamic State group if he becomes president, Walker referenced his last clash with unions, saying that if he could take on 100,000 protesters, he could do the same across the world. Some of the speakers at the protest, like Wisconsin Education Association Council President Betsy Kippers, called Walker out for the comment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stand before you as a proud teacher and union member, not as a terrorist. In school, what they are doing, we would call it bullying. And we will not stand for it,â&#x20AC;? said Kippers.


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All four LFG wrestlers make podium at state Tony Britton earns waytotheĂ&#x17E;nalsat 170 pounds Marty Seeger|Staff writer MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck/Frederic/ Grantsburg wrestling program was a force at the state tournament in Madison last weekend, Thursday-Saturday, Feb.  ,W ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH WKH SURJUDP was able to send as many as four wrestlers to state in the history of the program. None of the three schools had sent as many as four wrestlers to state even before the co-op began. *UDQWVEXUJ¡V7RQ\%ULWWRQEHFDPHMXVW the third wrestler in Grantsburg School KLVWRU\WRPDNHLWWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDWVWDWH7KH last time was in 1980, according to coach Chris Bartlett, and to this day nobody has won a state title, but Britton came about DV FORVH DV D ZUHVWOHU FDQ JHW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ second overall at 170 pounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had been in one of the toughest weight classes in our area all season long. He would take some hard-fought second and even a third or a fourth at times. He was getting pretty frustrated midway through the season. What he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know was all the tough matches were preparing him for his run at state,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. In the opening round Britton, 40-6, defeated Logan Gordon, of Lodi, by a 7-2 decision, and won a 7-4 decision over Jordan Michael, 47-5, of Lomira, in the quarWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV XVLQJ WZR UHYHUVDOV DQG WKUHH back points to secure the victory. In the VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOPDWFK%ULWWRQIDFHG$OH[3HSlinski, 47-6, of Wittenberg-Birnamwood, and was able to get one reversal and three back points for the 6-4 win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was all smiles coming off the mat. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he was off his cell phone all night,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. 7KH ZLQ SURSHOOHG %ULWWRQ LQWR WKH Ă&#x20AC;nals match where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d face Brady Colden, 48-2, of Brodhead/Juda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a little nervous, but I told KLPWRPDNHVXUHWRHQMR\WKHH[SHULHQFH

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$SDFNHGFURZGDWWKH.RKO&HQWHULQ0DGLVRQJHWVVHWWRZDWFKWKHFKDPSLRQVKLSURXQGRIWKH VWDWHZUHVWOLQJWRXUQDPHQWZKLFK/XFN)UHGHULF*UDQWVEXUJVHQLRUZUHVWOHU7RQ\%ULWWRQZDVD SDUWRI6DWXUGD\HYHQLQJ)HEz3KRWRVXEPLWWHG and realize what he has accomplished,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett recalled, noting that the match ZDVVFRUHOHVVDIWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSHULRG%ULWWRQZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRVFRUHRQDUHYHUVDOLQWKH second period, but Colden got a reversal in the third period to tie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With about 10 seconds left a scramble situation occurred, and when the whistle blew we thought we might have earned a reversal, but the ref didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it that way. In overtime Tony didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate and went for his double. He got in deep but a scramble occurred and the other wrestler came out on top,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tony was pretty disappointed, but I hope he realized what he accomplished and that not too many kids can say they were in

the walk of champions and wrestled in the state championship and had a shot at winning.â&#x20AC;? %ULWWRQ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG KLV ZUHVWOLQJ FDUHHU with a record of 137-35.

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â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ STEVENS POINT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Norbert College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team is headLQJWRLWVĂ&#x20AC;IWK1&$$'LYLVLRQWRXUnament appearance in six years after a 91-73 win over Grinnell College in the Midwest Conference Tournament championship game. The Green Knights are 24-1 and are ranked No. 3 according to the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. They will host Elmhurst College in the opening round of the tournament, SatAustin Elliott urday, March 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Austin Elliott, a St. Norbert senior, has been a big part of the Green Knights success. In the MWC championship, Elliott was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line, had seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and 13 points. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from Dan Lukes, sports information director and snc.edu â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ PLATTEVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The UW-Eau Claire PHQ¡VWUDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;HOGWHDPFRPSHWHG at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet in Platteville Saturday, Feb 28, and took second overall as a team. Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roger Steen had a solid day, taking Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFHLQWKHVKRW put with a throw of 59-04.25, and second place in the Roger Steen weight throw with a toss of 57-11.25. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from blugolds.com â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Unity boys basketball playoff game against Grantsburg Friday, March 6, will be broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7 p.m. The broadcast schedule for the rest of the WIAA boys basketball playoffs is yet to be announced. On Thursday, March 5, the Wisconsin at Minnesota menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 6 p.m. The Sunday, March 8, Wisconsin at Ohio State menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM starting at 2:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2015 who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been mentioned, send us an email or call and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it from there. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Local sports tidbits to share? Contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger

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Lerud headed to state for third time 5LYHU )DOOV WDNLQJ Ă&#x20AC;UVW RYHUDOO IROORZHG E\5LFH/DNH&XPEHUODQG*/8Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG MXVWDKHDGRI2QDODVNDIRUWKLUGSODFH ZLWKWKH:HVW6DOHP&RRSWDNLQJĂ&#x20AC;IWK Menomonie in sixth, Arcadia, seventh and Sparta in eighth. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWHYHQWRIWKHGD\DWWKH5LYHU Falls sectional was the uneven bars, where Erica Simmons, Danielle Bertelsen, Holly Fiedler and Morgan Pfaff performing solid routines according to Lund, followed by the beam event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On beam we had a shaky start, MorJDQ3IDIIZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRVWLFNIROORZHGE\ Jessee,â&#x20AC;? Lund said. 'XULQJWKHĂ RRUHYHQW(ULFD6LPPRQV was getting warmed up and a fall forced her to be pulled at the last minute, but %ULWWDQLH%OXPHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGLQDQGVFRUHGD followed by a personal-best performance by Lindsay Mattson with a 7.925, and a personal best by Fiedler with a score of 8.625. Pfaff also scored a personal best in WKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHVFRULQJLQWKHQLQHVIRU

WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHZLWKDVFRUHRI â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ended this event with a season high of 35 points. We carried this excitement to vault with Holly Fiedler scoring an 8.4. Morgan Pfaff and Lindsay Mattson tied with an 8.575, a personal best for Lindsay,â&#x20AC;? Lund said, adding that their 35.05 points in the vault as a team was another season high for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a day!â&#x20AC;? Lund said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a great group of girls, they came together from three schools, bonded so quickly and formed an awesome team. It is always nice for the team to end on a high; I am so proud of their dedication and commitment all season.â&#x20AC;? The state meet at Wisconsin Rapids will take place Friday and Saturday, March 6-7. The team portion of competition is held on Friday, with individuals competing Saturday. The approximate start of competition begins Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The march-in is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.

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Team takes third with season high 130.975 Marty Seeger|Staff writer 5,9(5)$//6²*UDQWVEXUJMXQLRU-HVsee Lerud and the Grantsburg/Luck/ Unity gymnastics team made the best of their trip to the WIAA sectional championships Saturday, Feb. 28, in River Falls, with several athletes producing careerbest performances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sectional is always the most intense meet; a fall, a step on the landing, a balance check can make or break you,â&#x20AC;? said coach Kathy Lund. Lerud will be headed to state in her third straight year, after earning the sectional championship in the all-around with a total score of 37.400. She placed LQDOOIRXUHYHQWVZKLFKLQFOXGHGDĂ&#x20AC;UVW place title in the balance beam, which Lund said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mesmerized the crowd.â&#x20AC;? She was the state champion on the beam in

2014 and will look to defend her title in the event again this year, at the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids. Her performance on the balance beam with a score of 9.600, set a school record, and her score of 9.500 in vaulting also set a school record, which was enough for second place at sectionals. She also took second place on the uneven bars with a score of 8.950, and third on the Ă RRUH[HUFLVHZLWKDVFRUHRI On the uneven bars, Lerud went big with a new skill and it paid off according to Lund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jessee Lerud went big including an DGYDQFHKLJKVNLOOWKDWZDVFODULĂ&#x20AC;HGLQWR the rule book as a new skill for the state of :LVFRQVLQ6KHMXVWPLVVHGWKHFDWFKIURP a front tuck high above the high bar, takLQJDIDOOEXWĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKDGRXEOHEDFN dismount scoring a solid 8.95 placing, placing second.â&#x20AC;? It was also a big day for the team as they placed third overall for a seasonbest score of 130.975. Only the top two teams earn a spot at the state meet, with

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Cardinal girls season ends in second round Unity, Webster girlsbasketball comes to an end Northwood 34, Luck 22 Marty Seeger|Staff writer MINONG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck Cardinals girls basketball team played the Northwood Evergreens tough during the regional VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV )ULGD\ )HE  EXW FRXOGQ¡W pull out the victory despite the game being tied at 19 heading into the fourth quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In past commentaries about our poor shooting during big games Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used abysmal â&#x20AC;Ś so I have to go to another DGMHFWLYH DQG ÂśZUHWFKHG¡ EHVW GHVFULEHV our 15.8 percent shooting at Northwood last Friday,â&#x20AC;? night said Luck coach Marty Messar. 7KH&DUGLQDOVFRXOGQ¡WVFRUHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW quarter but were able to hold the EverJUHHQV WR MXVW Ă&#x20AC;YH SRLQWV /XFN VFRUHG 11 points in the second quarter and still played well enough defensively to end WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI WLHG DW  7KH JDPH ZDV again tied 19-19 heading into the fourth quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense was exemplary for three quarters â&#x20AC;Ś but you get points in basketball only when the ball goes into the basket. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very pleased that we made a game of it for three quarters, but very disappointed in our failure to score,â&#x20AC;? Messar said. Angela Gore led the Cardinals with

to make for a closer contest in the second half, however, fouls, missed shots and turnovers prevented us from really being a threat to win. Credit Ladysmith with a good effort from beginning to end. We XQIRUWXQDWHO\ ZHUH DOVR EDWWOLQJ WKH Ă X that hit our team hard during the week. This was an untimely event that did affect our team.â&#x20AC;? Despite the loss, Unity will return their entire cast of players next year. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WHDP LQFOXGHG VHYHQ MXQLRUV DQG IRXU sophomores. Unity had a bit of a rocky start to the season but went on an eightLadysmith 49, Unity 33 LADYSMITH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Unity girls bas- game winning streak midway through ketball season came to an end during the the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the girls improve upon their skills UHJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOPDWFKXSDW/DG\VPLWK that are weak, they have a great chance to Friday, Feb. 27. The Eagles found themselves down 20-6 go further next year,â&#x20AC;? Paulsen said. Unity DIWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHUDQGWUDLOHGDW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQFRQIHUHQFHSOD\DQG overall. WKHKDOIĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJLWGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRUHFRYHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladysmith shot the three at the beginning of the game very well. We did not Cameron 64, Webster 18 CAMERON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Webster Tigers get to the shooters and that was a big difference in our game,â&#x20AC;? said coach Rory ended their season at Cameron during the Paulsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the kids battled back UHJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPH)ULGD\)HE The Comets are the No. 1 seed in the Division 4 regional, and the Tigers fell behind early, trailing 19-3 after one quarter, and /XFNV2OLYLD1LHOVHQJRHVLQIRUDOD\XSGXU 36-10 at halftime. Kenna Gall scored seven points for LQJWKH&DUGLQDOVILUVWSOD\RIIJDPHODVWZHHN 7KH &DUGLQDOV ZRQ WKH JDPH WR DGYDQFH WR Webster followed by Lydia Wilson, four, WKHUHJLRQDOVHPLILQDODJDLQVW1RUWKZRRGEXW Christina Weis, three, and Alexis Piepho WKHLUVHDVRQFDPHWRDQHQG)ULGD\)HEz and Kaitlyn Moser each had two. Webster Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKDFRQIHUHQFHUHFRUGRI /HDGHUILOHSKRWRE\/DUU\6DPVRQ and were 8-16 overall. eight points and also had six rebounds. 7KH VHQLRU Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK  FDUHHU UHbounds during her four seasons with Luck. Other seniors included Jenni Holdt, who had three points, and Raelyn Tretsven, who added two points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will be missed,â&#x20AC;? Messar added. Other point totals included Brittany 'RQDOGZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YH.\OD0HOLQWKUHHDQG Emma Pedersen with one. The Cardinals Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQFRQIHUHQFHSOD\DQG overall.


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Anderson makes podium at state Senior ends Eagleswrestling career 115-48 Marty Seeger|Staff writer MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Unity senior Tevin Anderson, 34-10, ended his wrestling career on a high note at the state tournament, making the podium in sixth place in the Division Ă&#x20AC;HOGDWSRXQGV $QGHUVRQZRQWZRRIKLVĂ&#x20AC;YHPDWFKHV LQFOXGLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXQGPDWFKRQ7KXUVday, Feb. 26, with a 4-3 decision over Lance Buckles, of De Soto, 43-6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tevin had a great end to his high school wrestler career. He came into the tournament ranked ninth in the state and Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGVL[WKÂľVDLG8QLW\FRDFK6KDZQ Perkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 170-pound weight class was loaded with talent in all divisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the podium is quite an accomplishment.â&#x20AC;? ,QWKHTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOVWKHIROORZLQJGD\ $QGHUVRQORVWE\PDMRUGHFLVLRQWR(OOLRWW Ebert, 43-3, of Reedsville, but in the consolation round Anderson was able to win a 7-4 decision against Brandon Ashmore, RI)HQQLPRUH,QWKHFRQVRODWLRQVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV$QGHUVRQORVWE\DPDMRUGHFLVLRQWR Luke Nowak, 46-5, of Iowa-Grant/High-

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Bastin completes journey to state tournament Marty Seeger|Staff writer MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Croix Falls senior Kyle %DVWLQFRPSOHWHGKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWULSWRWKHVWDWH wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison last Thursday, Feb. 26, but his MRXUQH\HQGHGLQKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWPDWFK Bastin, 31-12, faced Jarrett Hiller, 27-17, of Random Lake, at the 285-pound weight class, but was pinned in the third period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was actually winning in the third period, and got caught and pinned. I am very proud of what he accomplished this year. Over his two years on varsity he was able to wrestle on one conference championship team and has scored us a lot of team points. For a second-year wrestler to make it to state is almost unheard of. He has worked very hard and has been a quick learner, picking up things that generally take years,â&#x20AC;? said coach Dan Clark, who will no doubt be excited for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WRFRPHQH[WVHDVRQZLWKDVPDQ\DVĂ&#x20AC;YH freshmen returning to the team. All were VHFWLRQDOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they accomplished a lot and learned a lot. We need to keep working in the offseason and we should be good next year. We have a lot of help coming from our eighth-graders who are also a very hardworking group. I wish next year started tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? said Clark.

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Viking boys lock share of conference title with Unity WestLakeland wrapsupregular season games Frederic 67, St. Croix Falls 59 Marty Seeger|Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After a tough loss to Unity a week earlier and letting slip an opportunity to win the West Lakeland outright, the Vikings boys basketball team faced another tough task in holdLQJEDFN6W&URL[)DOOVLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPH of the regular season, Thursday, Feb. 26. With a share of the conference title on the line, Frederic delivered with a big win to FRPSOHWH WKH VHDVRQ DQG Ă&#x20AC;QLVK ZLWK D well-deserved co-conference championVKLSZLWK8QLW\ZKRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGDORQJ with the Vikings. But the Saints had no intentions of handing over the title withRXWDĂ&#x20AC;JKW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a very good team. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing better and better as the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone on, so we knew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to

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Viking girls wallop Siren in regional semifinal Northwood ends Frederic season in regionalĂ&#x17E;nal Frederic 55, Siren 26 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frederic and Siren girls basketball teams met for the third time this season on Friday night, Feb. 27, GXULQJWKH'LYLVLRQUHJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDO but this time around the winner would be moving on, and the loser was sent home WRUHĂ HFWRQWKHVHDVRQ7KH)UHGeric High School gym was packed with the Viking and Dragon faithful, as the winner would advance to the regional championship, and Frederic came away with the convincing win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its hard to come up with something new for anybody and it was one of those deals where both teams knew what the other one was going to do and luckily we ZHUH DEOH WR H[HFXWH MXVW D OLWWOH ELW EHWter than them,â&#x20AC;? said Vikings coach Troy Wink. In the opening minutes of the game teams went back and forth before Taylor Alseth hit a pair of free throws to put the Vikings up 8-5. A Vikigns turnover allowed Hope Peterson to go up for a two-and-one opportunity, bringing Siren within one point, but a free throw from Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emily Amundson and a pair of free throws from Ann Chenal put the 9LNLQJVRQWRSDWWKHHQGRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW quarter. From that point forward, the Vikings appeared in control. The Vikings were already in the bonus early in the second quarter and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before the Dragons were too, but Frederic maintained their lead, and extended it in a big way when Chenal completed back-to-back two-and-one opportunities to give Frederic a 21-11 lead. :LWK RQH PLQXWH OHIW LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI both teams were in the double bonus. Both Amundson and Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emily Howe picked up their third fouls before the end RIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIEXW)UHGHULFKHOGDVROLG 23-13 lead. Howe went 0 for 2 from the free-throw line to start the second half and Daniels connected for two points, forcing Frederic to take a time-out to regroup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The defense that they came out in was something we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a lot of against them and to their credit it rattled us, but RQFHZHWRRNDWLPHRXWDQGMXVWWDONHG about it, we got clicking,â&#x20AC;? Wink said. And click they did. The Vikings went on a 12-0 run despite getting into a bit of foul trouble, but Siren had foul troubles as

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-RVK*ORYHUWDNHVVL[WK At the 220-pound weight class Josh *ORYHUZDVMXVWRQHZLQVK\RIKLV 100th career victory entering the state tournament, and was able to get his win despite an interesting tournament run IRUWKHVHQLRUZKRZHLJKHGMXVWRYHU pounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big chance moving up to 220, but it paid off,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. As a sectional champ at 220 Glover reFHLYHGDE\HDQGZUHVWOHGWKHTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDO on Friday, losing a 9-2 decision to Brady Koller, 40-8, of Sheboygan Falls, a true 220-pound wrestler according to Bartlett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a big kid and it was hard for him to work his moves,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the match he hyperextended his right elbow again. It was pretty bad and we debated on having him wrestle his next match. We had it taped and talked and he said he might as well give it a go.â&#x20AC;? Without being able to put much presVXUHRQWKHLQMXUHGHOERZ*ORYHUPDGH his consolation-round match one to remember against Will Utesch, 35-8, of Big Foot/Williams Bay. After trailing 2-0 after one period Glover got two back points to tie the match, but trailed 4-2 heading into the third. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without even looking at us Josh chose to go down. We questioned the choice, EXWKHZDVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWÂľ%DUWOHWWVDLG With 20 seconds to go, Glover tied the match on a reversal and sent it into overtime, where he shot in deep for a double, according to Bartlett, got Utesch on his back and earned the pin, sending coaches and fans into a cheering frenzy. Despite the win, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as far as Glover would get. On the third day, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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*UHDWHQGWRDJUHDWVHDVRQ With such a great end to the season the entire LFG team has reason to smile, and Bartlett is hopeful the athletes will recognize that what they accomplished didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come without hard work and dedication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any of the kids do anything on the mat that they should be ashamed of. None of the kids made a mistake or didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give it a 100 percent on the mat. I hope they know that and that making it to state is a great accomplishment. I guarantee that if the state tournament was run again next weekend that every weight able to make weight for the match. &ROH%ULWWRQPDNHVSRGLXP Junior Cole Britton, 38-10, took sixth at class would have different outcomes. Bartlett explained that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that he the state tournament to make the podium Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how tight the competition is down was too heavy, but too light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each day at state they give wrestlers in the 113-pound weight class, getting off at state,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said, also commenting an extra pound. You can only wrestle one to a great start with a 5-1 win over Max on the relationship of the three senior ZHLJKWFODVVXSVRRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGD\KHKDG Ward, 32-16, of Elkhart Lake/Glenbeu- wrestlers with their families. ´7KHNLGVZRXOGEHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRFRQJUDWto weigh above 185. The problem was on ODK+RZDUGV*URYH,QWKHTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV the third day he needed to weigh above Britton faced Paul Bianchi, 51-0, of Two XODWHHDFKRWKHUDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRFRQVROH +HWKRXJKWKHZDVĂ&#x20AC;QHEXWZKHQ Rivers, who eventually won the state title. each other after matches. At the hotel the the ref made him come back to the scale Britton was pinned, but went on to win families reminisced about all the years he was four-tenths too light. In light of in the consolation round against Andrew their boys have been wrestling together that we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if he was going to Smith of Amery. Britton pinned Smith, and it was fun to hear all the stories. These be able to wrestle anyway with his elbow. and was pinned during the season, but were a great group of parents that supported their kids like all parents should. I He was all smiles and happy that he was came away with a 13-6 win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This match was for who would place hope they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay away next year and I able to get his 100th win and also able to get on the podium basically wrestling two at state and who would go home with- see them at some meets.â&#x20AC;? out a medal. Cole came out on a mission weight classes up,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett said. and put him to his back twice,â&#x20AC;? Bartlett

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Boys basketball playoffs under way SixWestLakeland teams survive to the next round Frederic 66, LCO 25 Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The No. 1 seeded Frederic Viking boys basketball team hosted the No. 8 seeded Lac Courte Oreille Eagles Tuesday, March 3, to start the Division 5 WIAA playoffs. The game wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close however, as the Vikings rolled easily in the opening round, leading 41-10 at halftime and never looking back. Several Viking players got in on the scoring action with Irric Erickson leading with 16 points, followed by Greg Peterson, 14, John Chenal, 13, Austin Kurkowski, eight, Roman Poirier, four, Colton den Hoed, Ethan Schmidt, Mason Gustafson, Zane Matz and Mark Olson each had two, and Zach Schmidt had one. Erickson led with 15 rebounds, four steals, and Peterson had eight rebounds. With the victory, Frederic will be hosting Siren Friday, March 6, in the regional VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDO JDPH 6LUHQ ZRQ WKHLU RSHQing round playoff Tuesday as well, over 6RORQ6SULQJV7KHZLQQHURIWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOZLOOPRYHRQWRWKHUHJLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;QDOWKH next night, Saturday, March 6, against the winner of Luck or Northwood. If the Vi-

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Grantsburg 51, Ladysmith 43 GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Pirate boys basketball team hung on for a victory over Ladysmith during the WIAA regionals Tuesday, March 3. The Division 4 matchup was held in Grantsburg, who has the No. 4 seed. The Pirates will face No. 1 seeded Unity, at Unity in the reJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDO)ULGD\0DUFKEHJLQning at 7 p.m. This will be the third time the West Lakeland rivals meet this season, with Unity winning both contests by scores of 61-28, and 51-38.

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Siren 53, Solon Springs 52 SOLON SPRINGS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Siren Dragon boys basketball team entered the WIAA Division 5 playoffs with the No. 5 seed, and took to the road to take on the No. 4 seeded Solon Springs Eagles Tuesday, March 3. The Dragons trailed by four points with 3:32 left in the game, and were down two points with 1.6 seconds to go when Aaron Ruud buried 3-pointer to help give the Dragons the eventual vic-

tory. For the third time this season, Siren will be meeting up with Frederic in the reJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPHWKLV)ULGD\0DUFK 6, starting at 7 p.m. Frederic has won both contests, 48-36 in mid-January, and 57-22 in mid-February.

St. Croix Falls 58, Spooner 35 ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls Saints boys basketall team got off to an 18-0 start over the Spooner Rails Tuesday, March 3, to kick-start the WIAA playoffs, and never looked back in the Division 3

Luck 70, Shell Lake 27 LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The No. 2 seeded Luck Cardinal boys basketball team picked up a huge win over Shell Lake Tuesday, March 3, during the opening round of WIAA regional action in Division 5. Luck will now host No. 3 seeded Northwood in the reJLRQDOVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVWDUWLQJDWSP)ULGD\ March 6. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 55, Webster 40 CHETEK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Webster Tiger boys basketball season came to an end against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Tuesday, March 3, during the Division 4 regional SOD\RIIRSHQHU7KH7LJHUVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWK an overall record of 4-17 and 0-12 in the West Lakeland.

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W I N T E R The Three Towers Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been quite a 2014-15 for Frederic High School athletics, earning conference titles in both boys and girls basketball as well as a football crown. Hats off to the FHS Vikings players and head coaches Ken Belanger, football; Troy Wink, girls basketball; THE SPORTS and Ryan Lind, boys basketball. Belanger is on track to accomplish the rare feat of earning Hall of Fame status in two states, Minnesota and Wisconsn, while Wink is compiling a Hall-of-Fame resume of his own, thanks to his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 title, not to mention winning at a 13-

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Last-second heroics Spies working the northern beat say it was a last-second shot that gave A trip down memory lane Siren the victory at Solon Springs Frederic alumni both near and far Tuesday night, March 3. Apparently were thrilled when the Viking boys laid the Dragons held a lead for much of the FODLPWRDVKDUHRIWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRQIHUHQFH game, lost it late, but then claimed the title since 1983 with a clutch road win with the buzzer beater. victory last Thursday, Feb. 26, over an excellent St. Croix Falls team. (See Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look now game story elsewhere on these pages.) $OWKRXJKWKH\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGDGLVWDQWWKLUG Coincidentally, that 1983 FHS team also in the West Lakeland Conference, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clinched the crown with a win over the be surprised if the St. Croix Falls boys Saints. Rumor has it that most members Ă&#x20AC;QGDZD\WRVQHDNLQWRVHFWLRQDOV7KH of that 1983 team will be on the scene at Saints manhandled an overmatched Frederic Friday night, March 6, to watch Spooner team Tuesday night, March 3, the 2015 version of the blue and gold in and will face Hayward Friday, March 6. tournament action versus neighboring Incidentally, Spooner is coached by Siren. former Websterite Marcus Helland, And hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun fact: At 31 years who is the offspring of local legend of age, title-winning Vikes head coach Rusty Helland, who was a longtime Ryan Lind was barely a gleam in his Webster mainstay. Spies working fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye when the Frederic boys last south of Hwy. 8 report that Helland earned conference glory 32 long years the elder attended the Spooner-SCF ago. game Tuesday night. (See game report

elsewhere on the Leader website.) Back in the hunt Does anyone make dog Ritalin? It would come in handy these days as the local owner of a rambunctious purebred male black Lab tries in vain to rein in the 7-month-old dynamo. Even a recent visit to a local veterinarian for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the father of all invasive proceduresâ&#x20AC;? failed to slow down the canine whirlwind. But better days are on the horizon, thanks to the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural intelligence, the attention of a devoted master, and, of course, the acquisition of a shock collar. In a mere six months or so the dog will UHWULHYH KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW JURXVH DQG D PRQWK later will make his inaugural swim for a duck. (And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend.)

Boys final games/Continued  SRLQWV  UHERXQGV DQG Ă&#x20AC;YH DVVLVWV and Roman Poirier each hit a pair in the Ă&#x20AC;QDO PLQXWH RI WKH TXDUWHU WR KHOS JLYH Frederic a 16-15 lead after one. In the second quarter the Vikings were able to get a bit of a cushion early, going on an 8-0 run to force the Saints to take a time-out with 3:54 to go. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow Frederic as Poirier came out with a three, and Matz scored two to give the Vikings a 31-19 lead, but the Saints came storming back.

0DUN :DPSĂ HU ZKR KDG HLJKW Ă&#x20AC;UVW half points for the Saints, helped spark a UXQWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWKHVHFRQGTXDUWHUEXW the Vikings maintained their lead, 31-25 at halftime. St. Croix Falls leading scorer Niko NeuPDQQZKRZDVKHOGWRMXVWWZRSRLQWVLQ WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIFDPHRXWĂ&#x20AC;ULQJLQWKHWKLUG quarter with 12 points. Despite the Vikings best efforts, Neumann tied the game ZLWKMXVWXQGHUDPLQXWHWRSOD\LQ the third, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the score remained heading into the fourth quarter. The tie heading into the fourth quarter was as close as the Saints would get, however, as the Vikings, despite a barrage of offensive pressure from St. Croix Falls, were able to hang on for the win, and Lind credited that to the Vikings mental toughness, one aspect he felt won the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids mental toughness ... St. Croix kept coming back. Tied at the end of the third. We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to settle for a loss WRGD\ 7KHLU WRXJKQHVV ZDV MXVW DPD]ing through this whole thing,â&#x20AC;? Lind said, adding that Neumann was tough to stop, yet the team was still able to keep the game under their control. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Neumann) decided to go score DQGKHMXVWGLGVRZHMXVWKDGWRWU\WR limit it to as few as we could, and Austin (Kurkowski), I thought did a really good MRE RI JXDUGLQJ KLP WRQLJKW DQG DOO WKH guys for that matter, played very good team defense.â&#x20AC;? The win also set the stage for the Vikings to make a push in the WIAA Division 5 playoffs, which began Tuesday, March 3. The Saints will be competing in Division 3. Along with Schmidtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big performance both offensively and on the boards, Kurkowski also had a double-double with his 10 rebounds and 21 points including three steals. Austin Ennis, who also had WKUHH VWHDOV Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK WKUHH DVVLVWV 5RPDQ 3RLULHU Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG ZLWK  SRLQWV IRUWKH9LNLQJVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVVLVWV0DW]DQG John Chenal each had four points. )UHGHULFV=DFK6FKPLGWOHGWKH9LNLQJVZLWK SRLQWVERDUGVDQGILYHDVVLVWVLQDZLQ RYHU6W&URL[)DOOV7KXUVGD\)HEWRORFN DVKDUHRIWKH:HVW/DNHODQGWLWOHz3KRWRE\ 0DUW\6HHJHU

The Prediction King was 11-4 last week, which caused his success rate to drop to 78 percent. His season record is 136-38. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still great,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to run the table in order to achieve my 80-percent goal.â&#x20AC;?

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Boys Unity 44, Grantsburg 26 St. Croix Falls 62, Hayward 55 Frederic 50, Siren 39 Luck 42, Northwood 40 Unity 49, Cameron 45 St. Croix Falls 63, Northwestern 60 Frederic 48, Luck 42 The Swami answers all emails and can be reached at predictionking@yahoo.com

Clayton 60, Grantsburg 51 GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; It was a tough way to end the regular season for the Grantsburg boys basketball team Thursday, Feb. 26, at home against Clayton. The Pirates were in control early and led 29-16 at halftime, but fouls caught up to them in the second half, and Pirates coach Nick Hallberg wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pleased with the play calling. The Pirates totaled 27 fouls as the buzzer sounded at the end of the game, while &OD\WRQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKIRXOVDQGZHQW 24 for 36 from the charity stripe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never been a part of a game where the kids didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to decide the game,â&#x20AC;? Hallberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids played their butts off and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get WR VWD\ RQ WKH Ă RRU WR VWD\ LQ FRQWURO RI the game. They did everything we asked them to do coming into this game. Completely wrong and disappointing.â&#x20AC;? Clayton outscored Grantsburg 26-9 in the third quarter with four Pirates posting four fouls midway through the third TXDUWHU*UDQWVEXUJĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHUHJXODU season 6-6 in the conference and 9-12 overall.

WKH\JRWLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWÂľVDLG/XFNFRDFK Al Tomlinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started freshman Jack JoKDQVHQGXHWRDQLQMXU\RIDQRWKHUVWDUWHU and he played like a senior. Great defense and was second-leading scorer with 17 points.â&#x20AC;? Tomlinson was also pleased with the Cardinals free-throw shooting as they shot 16 of 20, and was happy with the momentum theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have entering the playoffs this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt it was a good tune-up game for JRLQJ LQWR WKH SOD\RIIVÂľ ´:H DGMXVWHG well on offense against the many different defenses thrown at us by Siren. Noah Mortel played a great game inside, using his size and strength to our advantage, and the rest of the players were able to get him the ball. Only had seven baskets but was 7 of 7 at the line.â&#x20AC;? 0RUWHOĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZLWKSRLQWVIROORZHG by Johansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17, Taylor Hawkins, nine, Austin Hamack, six, Sam Nelson, four, DQG *UDKDP +HUVFKĂ&#x20AC;HOG WZR 1HOVRQ also led Luck with 11 rebounds. Siren was led by Aaron Ruud with 11 points and Michael Kosloski with 10.

Luck 59, Siren 40 SIREN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Cardinal boys picked up DQLFHZLQRYHU6LUHQWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWKHUHJXODU season 12-8 overall. The Thursday, Feb. 26 conference PDWFKXSZDVFORVHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIZLWK Luck leading the Dragons 30-27, before KROGLQJ6LUHQWRMXVWSRLQWVLQWKHVHFond half. ´$OLWWOHVKDN\LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHUGXH to not playing for a week and a half, but from then on it was a great defensive team effort holding Siren to only 13 points in the second half compared to the

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to help direct deer management in their county. The public is encouraged to attend each meeting and provide input. Those unable to attend meetings can send feedback directly to CDAC members in their county. For contact and meeting information in your county, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword CDAC page or email DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin. gov. An online public comment period will begin in April. For those in Polk County, a meeting will take place Wednesday, March 25, from

7-9 p.m., in the East Conference Room at the Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake. The next meeting in Polk County will be at the same location and time, Wednesday, April 22. In Burnett County, a meeting will be held at the Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren, on Wednesday, March 25, from 7-9 p.m., in Room 165. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dnr.wi.gov

Disease sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD in Wisconsin MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; State wildlife officials sampled more than 5,400 deer for chronic ZDVWLQJGLVHDVHVWDWHZLGHLQĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJ 324 positive detections, primarily within the endemic area in southern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has monitored trends in chronic wasting disease distribution and prevalence within Wisconsin since its discovery in 2002. In 2014, focus was placed upon deer population segments within locations deemed most likely to harbor the disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long-term monitoring of disease patterns is crucial in understanding the dynamics of this CWD, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important to make sure we keep the public informed,â&#x20AC;? said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief.

Within the Southwest Wisconsin monitoring area, encompassing northwestern Dane and northeastern Iowa counties, prevalence was found to be 25 percent for adult, 2.5-plus-years-old, male whitetailed deer, over 10 percent for adult female deer, roughly 8 percent in yearling males, and nearly 7 percent in yearling females. According to Ryan, prevalence continues to increase within the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term monitoring area in Southwest Wisconsin, and remains higher in males than females and higher in adults than yearlings. Monitoring efforts also included ongoing surveillance within a 10-mile radius of the each new positive found in 2012 in Juneau, Adams and Portage counties in

central Wisconsin. Four additional positives were found in 2013 in Adams and Portage counties, while two additional positives were discovered in Adams County in 2014. Surveillance was also conducted surrounding a CWD-positive captive deer farm in Marathon County, with no wild CWD deer detected. Following the 2012 discovery of a CWD-positive adult doe near Shell Lake, 2014 marked the third year of surveillance efforts in Washburn County in Northwest Wisconsin. Following recommendations from a local community action team, local landowners and hunters helped the department sample more than 1,900 deer in the area over the last three years. No new positives have been detected. Based on

three years of sampling, all information has indicated CWD is not widespread in the Washburn area, and occurs at a very low prevalence rate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The department is very grateful for the cooperation that hunters and landowners have provided over 13 years of sampling,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are helping monitor the health of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deer herds and providing information that is of interest to many.â&#x20AC;? For 2014 sampling and prevalence, and more information regarding chronic wasting disease search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword CWD. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; From dnr.wi.gov

DNR awards grants for lake and river projects Lakegrantshelpfund activitieslike staČ&#x2014;ngboatlandings toinspectboatsfor invasive species and conducteducational campaigns MADISON -- Statewide lake and river groups as well as community organizations will receive $2.3 million in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop management plans and improve water quality. The current round of surface water grants allows organizations to better understand issues surrounding local water resources and create strategies to address problems in the future. Activities funded during this round of grants include the development of lake management plans, shoreline assessments and aquatic invasive species prevention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The funding program gives organizations the resources they need to create effective plans for managing their lakes and rivers,â&#x20AC;? said Shelly Thomsen, the DNR lakes and rivers team leader who is coordinating the grant effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The successes of past grant recipients has made this a popular and competitive program.â&#x20AC;?

The grants are funded through a tax on fuel used by watercraft and have been a stable source of funding for lake and river PDQDJHPHQWSURMHFWV The current grant cycle represents the Ă&#x20AC;UVWVLQFHWKHODNHVDQGULYHUVJUDQWVSURgram launched a new online submission system and evaluation process. The online submission forms made completing and submitting grants easier than ever, while the new evaluation effort included more experts in various lake and river management disciplines across the state. Grants were awarded in the following categories: â&#x20AC;˘ Clean Boats, Clean Waters grants, 201 grants totaling $571,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Lake management planning grants, small scale, 15 grants totaling $42,525.29; â&#x20AC;˘ Lake management planning grants, large scale, 21 grants totaling $438,560.44; â&#x20AC;˘ Aquatic invasive species -- education, prevention and planning grants, 18 grants totaling $1,094,020.26; and â&#x20AC;˘ River planning grants, 17 totaling $151,129.25 6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;F SURMHFW DFWLYLWLHV IXQGHG WKLV round include developing comprehensive lake management plans, surveying aquatic plants, supporting regional aquatic invasive species programs and supporting the Clean Boats and Clean Waters Program throughout the state. 3URMHFWVIXQGHGZLWKWKHVHJUDQWVZLOO be implemented over the next three years

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Osceola area resident Diane Moser reveals insider look back at hiding the medallion during the St. Paul Winter Carnival 

Garth Olson | Staff writer OSCEOLA - The St. Paul Pioneer Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tradition of a winter treasure hunt started in 1952. During the years 1977-1993, Diane Moser and her husband, Jack, held the honor of hiding the medallion and writing the clues for the hunt. Part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival - the â&#x20AC;&#x153;coolest celebration on earthâ&#x20AC;? - the treasure hunt became wildly popular and served as a promotion for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1952 the publisher of the paper came up with the idea of a treasure hunt, which started as hiding an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing of King Boreas in a tiny treasure chest,â&#x20AC;? recalled Moser. Shortly thereafter, as the popularity of the hunt grew, a permanent bronze medallion was designed and molded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband, who worked as creative director for the Pioneer Press, wrote the clues for the treasure hunt from 1973 through 1993.â&#x20AC;? Diane also worked for the paper as vice president of marketing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In November and December the planning for where to hide the medallion started. Likely public areas were scouted, and ideas for clues were noted. It was both a strategic and creative process.â&#x20AC;? Hiding the medallion reads like something out of a spy novel. No one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not even the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publisher - knew when or where the medallion was hidden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very well-kept secret.â&#x20AC;? After hiding the medallion, DSKRQHFDOOZDVSODFHGWRFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPWKHPHGDOOLRQZDVLQ position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The deed is doneâ&#x20AC;? were the code words, adding to the intrigue of the hunt. Similar to spy novels, the worry and paranoia of working in secrecy was real. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a steady worry,â&#x20AC;? Moser admitted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First I worried that the medallion would be found prior to the start of the hunt or found too early

'LDQH0RVHUZLWKDUHSOLFD6W3DXO:LQWHU&DUQLYDOPHGDOOLRQ 3KRWRE\*DUWK2OVRQ during the hunt. As the hunt continued, I worried that the medallion wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be found at all.â&#x20AC;? That was never the case, however, the medallion was always found by the last day of the hunt. Moser explained that the medallion, always hidden on public land in Ramsey County, could be hidden as much as a week prior to the start of the contest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically we hid it under cloak of darkness.â&#x20AC;? But even that could draw attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once a policeman stopped to ask what we were doing, so we always had to be prepared with quick answers. We would try to be discreet: walk a GRJWDNHDORQJDFDPHUDJRVOHGGLQJ2QH\HDU-DFNMXVW tossed it out the car window in a quick drive-by.â&#x20AC;? Weather plays a key role as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You may have to DGMXVWSODQVDFFRUGLQJWRWKHIRUHFDVWÂľ0RVHUH[SODLQHG

´7KH LGHDO VLWXDWLRQ LV LI \RX FDQ WLPH LW MXVW EHIRUH D snowfall. The medallion is always wrapped in something and if there is no snow, you might have to hide it in a pile of leaves or disguise it to look like part of nature.â&#x20AC;? And what about those crazy hard clues? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack wrote clues for the hunt for 20 years. The key to the clues is that you have to tease a little, be a little devious, try to mislead as well as inform. Back then there was no online edition, so treasure hunters would swarm newsstands to get the next clue hot off the press. We would always chuckle a little when hunters would rush off to the wrong park. Invariably, people would head to Como Park at some point every year.â&#x20AC;? When the Mosers began hiding the medallion, the prize was $1,000. Winners now receive $10,000. During the 1980s the iconic bronze medallion was replaced with a nonmetal version to prevent the use of metal detectors. The Mosers moved to the Osceola area in 1979, purchasing a seven-acre parcel from the land developer for whom Jack was writing advertising copy. After the Pioneer Press, the Mosers worked as consultants in communications and marketing. Sadly, Jack passed away a few years ago. Since then, Diane has become more involved LQFRPPXQLW\DQGYROXQWHHUSURMHFWV´,¡PYHU\DFWLYHLQ outreach programs through my church (Peace Lutheran), and am a member of the Partners group at OMC.â&#x20AC;? She is also on the board of the Mill Pond Learning Foundation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the fundraising arm for the proposed new Discovery Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited about the Discovery Center, what it will bring to the community in the way of learning opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life.â&#x20AC;? It will be the new home of the Osceola 3XEOLF/LEUDU\WKHYLOODJHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV²LQFOXGLQJĂ&#x20AC;UHSROLFH and municipal court â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and will provide much-needed community spaces, meeting rooms and advanced technology thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readily accessible to individuals, groups and businesses. Located at Chieftain and Fourth Avenue, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Discovery Center will be the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the community,â&#x20AC;? Moser stated.

Zoo2You visits Unity third-graders BALSAM LAKE - The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., recently visited the Unity third-graders. The Zoo2You is a free zoomobile program the Lake Superior Zoo is providing to third-grade classrooms within 100 miles of the Lake Superior Zoo. Thanks to a grant from AT&T, the students participated in a 45-minute program including a presentation, activities and a visit from several zoo animals. Some of the animals visiting the students were Tator Tot the hedgehog, an African red-eyed tree frog, Oliver the ball python and a giant millipede. The students learned many things about each animal. If a predator tries to eat Tator Tot the hedgehog, she rolls up in a ball to protect her head and belly. The spikes feel like toothpicks in the predatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouth. Hedgehogs can live up to about eight years. The African red-eyed tree frog can MXPSXSWRDERXWIHHWDQGKDVVWLFN\ toe pads. It breathes through its skin so

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Loffler Log Cabin Store & Eatery Lori Severson/Gilbert Brown Foundation Mark Johnson Mary Heimbuch Motor Express Northwestern Electric Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op R&N Quilting Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Motor Express Siren Dairy Queen Skeie/Norenberg Family Smoland Prairie St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake St. Croix Regional Medical Center The Olsons at Lake Country Farms Vicky Tollander Village Players Community Players Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foods Plus Yah Butz Zia Louisa

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(Feb.  18,  25,  Mar.  4) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   ESTATE  OF WILLIAM  JOHN  HANCOCK DOB:  November  20,  1961 Order  and  Notice  for  Hearing  on   Petition  for  Summary  Settlement (Formal  Administration) Case  No.  15-­PR-­08 A  petition  for  the  summary  set-­ tlement  was  filed. THE  COURT  FINDS: The   decedent,   with   date   of   birth   November   20,   1961,   and   date  of  death  October  12,  2014,   was   domiciled   in   Polk   County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   with   a   mail-­ ing  address  of  2551  40th  Street,   Cumberland,  WI. THE  COURT  ORDERS: The   petition   be   heard   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Bal-­ sam  Lake,  Wisconsin,  Room  Br.   2,   before   Jeffery   Anderson,   Court  Official,  on  April  10,  2015,   at  8:30  a.m. If   you   require   reasonable   accommodations   due   to   a   dis-­ ability   to   participate   in   the court   process,   please   call   715-­ 485-­9238   at   least   10   working   days   prior   to   the   scheduled   court   date.   Please   note   that   the   court  does  not  provide  transpor-­ tation. BY  THE  COURT: Hon.  Jeffery  L.  Anderson Circuit  Court  Judge February  9,  2015 David  L.  Grindell GRINDELL  LAW  OFFICES,   S.C. P.O.  Box  585 Frederic,  WI  54837 715-­327-­5561  Bar  No.:  1002628 >5(?37 (March  4) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Douglas  John  Briggs  and Annamarie  Briggs 1550  15th  Ave. Star  Prairie,  WI  54026 Plaintiff(s), vs. Jacob  Steven  Asp 1652  210th  Ave. Milltown,  WI  54858 Defendant(s). Small  Claims  Publication   Summons  And  Notice Case  No.  15  SC  119 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:   Court   Commissioner   Anderson,   County   Courthouse,   715-­485-­ 9299,   Branch   3,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810,  on  the  following  date  and   time:   March   20,   2015,   10:45   a.m. If   you   do   not   attend   the   hear-­ ing,  the  court  may  enter  a  judg-­ ment  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  sei-­ zure  of  property. You   may   have   the   option   to   Answer   without   appearing   in   court   on   the   court   date   by   filing   a   written   Answer   with   the   clerk   of   court   before   the   court   date.   You   must   send   a   copy   of   your   Answer  to  the  Plaintiff(s)  named   above  at  their  address.  You  may   contact   the   clerk   of   court   at   the   telephone   number   above   to   determine   if   there   are   other   methods   to   answer   a   Small   Claims  complaint  in  that  county. If  you  need  help  in  this  matter   because   of   a   disability,   please   call:  715-­485-­9299. Douglas  John  Briggs Plaintiff  February  27,  2015 >5(?37

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(Feb.  25,  Mar.  4,  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   ESTATE  OF H.  CLAYTON  GAGE DOD:  January  22,  2015 Notice  to  Creditors (Informal  Administration) Case  No.  1015  PR  10 PLEASE  TAKE  NOTICE: 1.   An   application   for   informal   administration  was  filed. 2.   The   decedent,   with   date   of   birth  April  13,  1923,  and  date  of   death   January   22,   2015,   was   domiciled   in   Polk   County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   with   a   mailing   address   of   2036   135th   Street,   Milltown,  WI  54858. 3.   All   interested   persons   waived  notice. 4.   The   deadline   for   filing   a   claim   against   the   decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   estate  is  May  27,  2015. 5.   A   claim   may   be   filed   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Bal-­ sam  Lake,  Wis.,  Room  500. Jenell  L. Anderson Probate  Registrar February  11,  2015 Brian  D.  Byrnes/Byrnes  Law   Office,  LLC 314  Keller  Avenue  North Amery,  WI  54001 715-­268-­5000  >5(?37 Bar  No.:  1032419 (Feb.  4,  11,  18,  25,  Mar.  4,  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Central  Bank,  as  successor   in  interest  to  The  RiverBank, 2104  Hastings  Avenue Newport,  MN    55055, Plaintiff, vs. Jamie  S.  Melin 209  East  3rd  Avenue Luck,  WI  54853, State  of  Wisconsin  -­  DWD 201  E.  Washington  Ave. RM.  C100 Madison,  WI  53703, Defendants. Case  No.  14-­CV-­226 Code  No.    30404 Foreclosure  of  Mortgage Dollar  Amount  Greater  Than   $10,000 NOTICE  OF  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   September   12,   2014,   in   the   amount   of   $67,676.09,   the   Sheriff   will   sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  March  24,  2015,  at  10:00   oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock  a.m. TERMS: 1.   10%   down   in   cash   or   cer-­ tified   funds   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   the   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will   result   in   forfeit   of   deposit  to  plaintiff. 2.   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.   Buyer   to   pay   applicable   Wisconsin   Real   Estate   Transfer  Tax. PLACE:   The   front   lobby   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam  Lake,  Wis.  54810. DESCRIPTION:   Lots   9   and   10,   Block   Eighteen   (18),   Original   Plat   of   the   Village   of   Balsam   Lake,   except   the   West   65.0   feet   of   Lot   9,   and   except   the   West   65.0   feet   of   the   South   7.0  feet  of  Lot  10,  Block  Eigh-­ teen  (18),  Polk  County,  Wis. TAX  KEY  NO.:  106-­00273-­0000   and  106-­00272-­0000. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   315   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   WI   54810. Peter  Johnson Sheriff  of  Polk  County,  WI PAIEMENT  LAW  OFFICE,  LLC Attorneys  for  Plaintiff 221  East  Myrtle  Street Stillwater,  MN  55082 651-­967-­5050 Paiement   Law   Office,   LLC   is   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   and   any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose. >5(?37

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(Feb.  4,  11,  18,  25,  Mar.  4,  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Central  Bank,  as  successor   in  interest  to  The  RiverBank, 2104  Hastings  Avenue Newport,  MN    55055, Plaintiff, vs. Jamie  S.  Melin 209  East  3rd  Avenue Luck,  WI  54853, State  of  Wisconsin  -­  DWD 201  E.  Washington  Ave. RM.  C100 Madison,  WI  53703, Defendants. Case  No.  14-­CV-­227 Code  No.    30404 Foreclosure  of  Mortgage Dollar  Amount  Greater  Than   $10,000 NOTICE  OF  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   September   12,   2014,   in   the   amount   of   $74,413.23,   the   Sheriff   will   sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  March  24,  2015,  at  10:00   oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock  a.m. TERMS: 1.   10%   down   in   cash   or   cer-­ tified   funds   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   the   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will   result   in   forfeit   of   deposit  to  plaintiff. 2.   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.   Buyer   to   pay   applicable   Wisconsin   Real   Estate   Transfer  Tax. PLACE:   The   front   lobby   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam  Lake,  Wis.  54810. DESCRIPTION:   Lot   1   of   Certi-­ fied   Survey   Map   No.   2683,   filed  in  Volume  12  CSM,  Page   170  as  Document  No.  581799   located   in   the   Northwest   Quarter   of   the   Southwest   Quarter,  Section  28,  Township   36   North   of   Range   17   West,   Village   of   Luck,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin. TAX  KEY  NO.:  146-­00477-­0000. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   49   1st   Avenue,  Luck,  WI  54853. Peter  Johnson Sheriff  of  Polk  County,  WI PAIEMENT  LAW  OFFICE,  LLC Attorneys  for  Plaintiff 221  East  Myrtle  Street Stillwater,  MN  55082 651-­967-­5050 Paiement   Law   Office,   LLC   is   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   and   any   information   obtained   will   be   used  for  that  purpose. >5(?37

=PYNPS/HUZLU*SLYR (Feb.  18,  25,  Mar.  4) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Bank  of  America,  N.A. Plaintiff vs. KURT  K.  MAREK,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:    14  CV  232 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   December   15,   2014,   in   the   amount   of   $84,884.76,   the   Sheriff   will   sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  March  17,  2015,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   following  terms: 1.)   10%   down   in   cash   or   money   order   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   failure   to   pay   balance   due   will  result  in  forfeit  of  deposit   to  plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   the  property,  either  in  person   or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   the   sheriff   department   in   the   event   that   no   opening   bid   is   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   right   to   request   the   sale   be   declared   as   invalid   as   the   sale  is  fatally  defective. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   Wiscon-­ sin. DESCRIPTION:   The   West   65   feet  of  Lot  3,  less  10  feet  off  of   the   West   side   of   Block   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;?   of   Peterson`s  Addition  to  the  City   of   Amery,   County   of   Polk,   State  of  Wisconsin.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   224   South   Street,   Amery,   WI   54001. TAX  KEY  NO.:  201-­00502-­0000. Dated   this   19th   day   of   Janu-­ ary,  2015 /s/Sheriff  Peter  M.  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff Amy  J.  Smith J  Peterman  Legal  Group  Ltd. State  Bar  No.  1095174 165  Bishops  Way,  Suite  100 Brookfield,  WI  53005 262-­790-­5719 Please   go   to   www.jpeterman-­ legalgroup.com  to  obtain  the  bid   for   this   sale.   J   Peterman   Legal   Group  Ltd.  is  the  creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attor-­ ney   and   is   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   on   its   behalf.   Any   infor-­ mation  obtained  will  be  used  for   that  purpose. >5(?37

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Burnett County Circuit Court (DUO - %DNHU  *UDQWVEXUJ QRQUHJLVWUDWLRQ  RSHQ LQWR[LFDQWVRSHUDWHZLWKRXWSURRIRILQVXUDQFH &OLIIRUG : %HQMDPLQ  'DQEXU\ XQGHUDJH GULQNLQJ DOFRKRO DVVHVVPHQW 6WHYHQ ' %UHQL]HU  *UDQWVEXUJ RSHUDWH ZLWKRXW YDOLG OLFHQVH  .HLWK$%XVNLUN6LUHQIDLOWRDWWDFKWDJWRGHHUFDUFDVV 5REHUW7*ULPHV%ORRPLQJWRQ0LQQRSHUDWHZLWKRXWFDUU\LQJ OLFHQVH 0DUWLQ',QJDOOV6SRRQHUIDLOXUHWRQRWLI\SROLFHRIDQDFFLGHQW  6HDQ00DGGHQ6W$QWKRQ\0LQQWH[WLQJZKLOHGULYLQJ SRVVHVVLRQRIGUXJSDUDSKHUQDOLDRSHUDWHZLWKRXWLQVXUDQFH VHDWEHOWYLRODWLRQ (Feb.  18,  25,  Mar.  4) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY Federal  National  Mortgage   Association  (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fannie  Maeâ&#x20AC;?),  a   corporation  organized  and   existing  under  the  laws  of  the   United  States  of  America Plaintiff vs. ROBERT  NASVIK,  et  al. Defendant(s) Case  No:  14  CV  169 NOTICE  OF  SHERIFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   September   5,   2014,   in   the   amount   of   $102,923.26,  the  Sheriff  will  sell   the  described  premises  at  public   auction  as  follows: TIME:  March  17,  2015,  at  10:00   a.m. TERMS:  By  bidding  at  the  sher-­ iff   sale,   prospective   buyer   is   consenting  to  be  bound  by  the   following  terms: 1.)  10%  down  in  cash  or  mon-­ ey   order   at   the   time   of   sale;Íž   balance   due   within   10   days   of   confirmation   of   sale;Íž   fail-­ ure   to   pay   balance   due   will   result   in   forfeit   of   deposit   to   plaintiff. 2.)   Sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encum-­ brances. 3.)   Plaintiff   opens   bidding   on   the  property,  either  in  person   or   via   fax   and   as   recited   by   the   sheriff   department   in   the   event   that   no   opening   bid   is   offered,   plaintiff   retains   the   right   to   request   the   sale   be   declared   as   invalid   as   the   sale  is  fatally  defective. PLACE:   Polk   County   Justice   Center   at   1005   W.   Main   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   Wiscon-­ sin. DESCRIPTION:   Lot   4,   Mitchell   Addition,   Village   of   Milltown,   Polk  County,  Wisconsin.   PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   304   Jaden   Drive,   Milltown,   WI   54858. TAX  KEY  NO.:  151-­00471-­0400. Dated   this   19th   day   of   Janu-­ ary,  2015 /s/Sheriff  Peter  M.  Johnson Polk  County  Sheriff Russell  J.  Karnes J  Peterman  Legal  Group  Ltd. State  Bar  No.  1054982 165  Bishops  Way,  Suite  100 Brookfield,  WI  53005 262-­790-­5719 Please   go   to   www.jpeterman-­ legalgroup.com  to  obtain  the  bid   for   this   sale.   J   Peterman   Legal   Group  Ltd.  is  the  creditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attor-­ ney   and   is   attempting   to   collect   a   debt   on   its   behalf.   Any   infor-­ mation  obtained  will  be  used  for   that  purpose. >5(?37

(Feb.  25,  Mar.  4,  11) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY U.S.  Bank,  National  Association   successor  by  merger  to  U.S.   Bank  National  Association,  N.D., Plaintiff, vs. Sarah  J.  Martin  n/k/a  Sarah   Peterson   f/k/a  Sarah  Schaar  and   Unknown  Spouse,  et  al. Defendants. Case  Classification:  30404 SUMMONS (For  Publication) Case  No.  15  CV  44 Hon.  Molly  E.  GaleWyrick THE  STATE  OF  WISCONSIN,   to  Defendants  Unknown  Spouse   of   Sarah   J.   Martin   n/k/a   Sarah   Peterson  f/k/a  Sarah  Schaar: You   are   hereby   notified   that   the   plaintiff   named   above   has   filed   a   lawsuit   or   other   legal   action  against  you. This   is   a   real   estate   foreclo-­ sure  action.  Therefore,  within  40   days   after   February   25,   2015,   (60  days  as  to  the  United  States   of   America),   you   must   respond   with  a  written  demand  for  a  copy   of   the   complaint.   The   demand   must  be  sent  or  delivered  to  the   court,  whose  address  is  Clerk  of   Court,   Polk   County   Courthouse,   1005   West   Main   St.,   Suite   300,   Balsam  Lake,  WI  54810,  and  to   Ralph  Moore,  Plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  attorney,   whose  address  is  332  Minneso-­ ta   St.,   Suite   W-­1650,   St.   Paul,   MN   55101.   You   may   have   an   attorney  help  or  represent  you. If   you   do   not   demand   a   copy   of   the   complaint   within   40   days   (60  days  as  to  the  United  States   of  America),  the  court  may  grant   judgment   against   you   for   the   award   of   money   or   other   legal   action   requested   in   the   com-­ plaint,   and   you   may   lose   your   right  to  object  to  anything  that  is   or   may   be   incorrect   in   the   com-­ plaint.   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  sei-­ zure  of  property. The   object   of   this   action   is   to   foreclose   a   mortgage   recorded   with   the   Register   of   Deeds   for   Polk   County,   Wis.,   on   June   23,   2008,  as  Document  No.  746774. Date:  February  9,  2015. STEIN  &  MOORE,  P.A. By: /s/  Kristine  K.  Nogosek Kristine  K.  Nogosek, I.D.  #1076967 Attorneys  for  Plaintiff 332  Minnesota  Street Suite  W-­1650 St.  Paul,  MN  55101  651-­224-­9683 >5(?37


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Tony  L.  Jenson  a/k/a Tony  Lee  Jenson   and  Unknown  Spouse, Defendants. Case  Code:  30404 NOTICE  OF FORECLOSURE  SALE Case  No.  12  CV  565 Hon.  Jeffery  L.  Anderson PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   entered   on   August   20,   2013,  the  Sheriff  of  Polk  County   will   sell   the   described   premises   at  public  auction  as  follows: DATE/TIME:  March  24,  2015,  at   10:00  a.m.   TERMS:   10%   of   successful   bid   must   be   paid   to   the   sheriff   at   sale   in   cash   or   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   check;Íž  balance  due  in  cash  or   cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  check  within  10  days   of   confirmation   of   sale.   Pur-­ chaser   is   responsible   for   pay-­ ment   of   all   transfer   taxes   and   recording   fees.   Sale   is   AS   IS   in  all  respects. PLACE:   Front   Entrance   of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Center,   1005   West   Main   Street,   Balsam  Lake,  WI  54810. DESCRIPTION:   The   Southeast   Quarter   of   the   Southwest   Quarter,  Section  34,  Township   36   North,   Range   18   West,   Town   of   Laketown,   Polk   County,  Wisconsin. PROPERTY   ADDRESS:   2069   -­   240th   Avenue,   Luck,   WI   54853. Peter  M.  Johnson Sheriff  of  Polk  County Stein  &  Moore,  P.A. Attorneys  for  Plaintiff 332  Minnesota  Street Suite  W-­1650 St.  Paul,  MN  55101  651-­224-­9683 >5(?37

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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Human Resource Technician DOQ Provide  assistance  and  guidance  in  developing,  implementing  and  maintaining  human   resources  principles  and  strategies  through  technical,  operational  and  administrative   support.  Manages  the  programming  and  maintenance  of  the  human  resources  soft-­ ware  systems  in  cooperation  with  information  technology  services  and  ER  department   staff.  Serves  as  a  liaison  between  the  department  and  the  public,  applicants,  employ-­ ees  and  other  stockholders  associated  with  the  organization  by  providing  ongoing  cur-­ rent  and  accurate  human  resources  business  information  and  assistance. Full  Time  -­  40  hr./week  3 Deadline  to  apply: March  16,  2015 YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For com-­ plete job description, position requirements, application and details, please visit our website at www.co.polk.wi.us, Employment Opportunities. AA/EEOC

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PLAN  COMMISSION  NOTICE  OF  HEARING March  11,  2015 The   Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   Plan   Commission   will   hold   a   public   hearing   at   6   p.m.   on   Wednesday,   March   11,   2015,   at   the  Town  Hall  at  1305  200th  Street  and  U.S.  Hwy.  8,  St.  Croix   Falls,   Wis.   Written   evidence,   testimony   or   comments,   if   any,   must  be  delivered  in  person  or  by  mail  to  the  Town  Hall. The   Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   will   hold   a   public   hearing   to   discuss   proposed   amendments   to   Chapter   V   of   the   Town   Zoning   Ordinance.   Drafts   of   the   proposed   changes   are   available   at   the   Town   Hall   or   the   Town   website,   www.townofstcroixfalls.org. The   Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   will   hold   a   public   hearing   to   discuss   proposed   amendments   to   Chapter   III   of   the   Town   Zoning   Ordinance.   Drafts   of   the   proposed   changes   are   available   at   the   Town   Hall   or   the   Town   website,   www.townofstcroixfalls.org. The   Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   will   hold   a   public   hearing   to   discuss   the   proposed   Temporary   Vendor   Licensing   Ordinance.  Drafts  of  the  ordinance  are  available  at  the  Town   Hall  or  the  Town  website,  www.townofstcroixfalls.org. Jim  Alt,  Zoning  Administrator >5(?37 3

NOTICE  OF  SCHOOL  BOARD  REFERENDUM   ELECTION (Sec.  121.91,  Wis.  Stats.) NOTICE  IS  HEREBY  GIVEN,  that  at  a  referendum  election  to   be  held  in  the  Siren  School  District  on  Tuesday,  April  7,  2015,   the  following  question  will  be  on  the  ballot: Shall   the   Siren   School   District   be   allowed   to   exceed   the   revenue   limit   specified   in   §   121.91,   Wis.   Stats.,   by   up   to   $300,000.00   annually   commencing   with   the   2015-­2016   school   year   and   continuing   through   the   2018-­2019   school   year  on  a  nonrecurring  basis  for  the  purpose  of  maintaining   current   levels   of   educational   programming,   expenditures   and  operations? NOTICE   IS   FURTHER   GIVEN,   that   an   elector   desiring   a   copy  of  the  School  Board  resolution  directing  submission  of  the   question   to   the   electors   may   be   picked   up   in   person   at   the   Siren  School  District  office  located  at  24022  4th  Avenue,  Siren,   Wisconsin,  during  normal  business  hours. Dated  this  26th  day  of  January,  2015. Duane  Emery,  Clerk  3>5(?37 Siren  School  District

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of Scandia, Minn., bronze award, with 189 volunteered hours; Fritz Coulter, of Amery, bronze award, with 196 hours; Jerry Heckman, of Danbury, silver award, with 327 hours; and Bob Robinson, of Centuria, silver award, with 386 hours. The construction volunteers helped construct, build and paint the multiple Habitat homes during the 2014 season. The St. Croix Falls ReStore volunteers that were present during the banquet to receive their awards were Joan Woodworth of Osceola, bronze award, with 163 volunteered hours; Robert Hawkins, of Hudson, bronze award, with 181 hours; Reese Hayes, of Amery, silver award, with 329 hours; Gary Frederickson, of Amery, silver award, with 408 hours; and Larry Kytola, of Osceola with the Lifetime award. Kytola has volunteered more than 4,000 hours at the St. Croix Falls ReStore over the course of four years. In 2014, Kytola volunteered over 1,100 hours helping answer the phones, price items and tend to the St. Croix Falls ReStore. The Spooner ReStore volunteers who received awards during the banquet are Darrel Laporte, of Spooner, bronze award, who volunteered 191 hours in 2014; and William Coyle, of Spooner, silver award, who volunteered 386 hours. 7DPP\%HUJIURP)UHGHULFZKRLVDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHYROXQWHHU for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, was also present at the volunteer banquet to receive the bronze award for volunteering 204 hours during 2014. Other members who were present included board members Judy Weiss, of Osceola, who volunteered 100 hours and received the bronze award; David Weiss, of Osceola, bronze award, who volunteered 198 hours; and board President Mark Miller, of Grantsburg, who received the bronze award

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SIREN - Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebration has two new activities as a part of its plans for Saturday, March 14. The Lucky Lilac scavenger hunt and Dirty Snowman competition are being introduced to increase the fun for the holiday. Annually, Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebration includes the Shamwalk/Run, Main Street parade and specials at its various restaurants and bars. Buttons are also sold for a chance to win fabulous prizes. These and more are being held for 2015. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;IWKDQQXDO 6KDPZDON5XQ . race will begin at 10 a.m. following registration, which opens at 8 a.m. at the Siren School. Sponsored by Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition, runners can register at BCAAPC.org or by calling 715-349-2155. Another race option for 2015 is to sign up for all four of Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s races with the new Siren Supercell Series. Supercell registration is online only at MidwestEvents. com. More series information is available at VisitSiren.com, Facebook:Siren Supercell Series or by calling 715-220-5711 or 715-222-3044. The 37th-annual Siren St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day parade starts at 2 p.m. on Main Street. Spectators will again be able to meet the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family

7KH9XOFDQVZLOODOVREHSDUWRIWKHKROLGD\IXQLQ6LUHQRQ6DWXUGD\0DUFK  and the Vulcans. For parade details or questions, call 715-349-2954. Holiday specials, some including music, are being featured at Krisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pheasant Inn, Little Mexico, Pour House and Tavern on Main. For a chance to win fabulous prizes, buttons will be on sale at these businesses as well as Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack & Gifts. Prizes include overnight stays, shopping VSUHHJLIWFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHVDQGFDVK In addition to these annual favorites, two new activities will add even more fun. The Lucky Lilac scavenger hunt begins at 8 a.m. and continues until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Siren means lilac in Swedish, it was

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6XPPHURSSRUWXQLW\FRPELQHVORYHIRUYROXQWHHUZRUN ZLWKFDUHHULQPDUNHWLQJ Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ashley Johnson has the unique opportunity to merge her two passions together this summer as she heads halfway across the globe to work with African Impact. With a long-standing love for helping people through volunteer work, the 2012 Unity graduate will spend 12 weeks in South Africa, where she will be involved in a variety of activities from HIV/AIDS awareness and child education to projects promoting clean air and water. Now attending UW-La Crosse, majoring in marketing and minoring in organizational and professional communication, she will also be furthering her career plans by working in the marketing department at the headquarters of African Impact in Cape Town, South Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will be volunteering with the local projects in Cape Town,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I will also be working in the marketing department alongside the marketing director.â&#x20AC;? As she was researching various internship possibilities, Johnson said, she knew she wanted to incorporate both travel and volunteerism, preferably in an area where her efforts could have a very positive impact. The daughter of April and Dan Johnson and Charlene and Jake Bergman, Johnson began volunteering as a youth. She was involved in community service projects, was a Kinship mentor, went on mission trips with her church and, as a teen, volunteered on a South Dakota Indian reservation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell in love with that kind of work,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have a huge desire to continue with that.â&#x20AC;? As she was exploring intern possibilities, Johnson found information on African Impact, an organization that shares her passion for volunteerism and believes in what Africa can offer the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our responsibility,â&#x20AC;? says the African Impact website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to make sure volunteers have a great time and are able to make a positive contribution to our projects; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also our responsibility to make sure that our presence on the ground is in the best interests of the local communities we work with. To us, volunteering is a two-way thing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about the hands-on help and skills that volunteers bring, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also about what this amazing continent, its people and its wildlife can give those volunteers in return.â&#x20AC;? More than 12,500 volunteers have been given the opportunity to make a difference in 12 African nations since the organization opened its doors 10 years ago. These projects concentrate on building communities through teaching, community development, medical support and providing support to families and children as well as on conservation efforts such as animal rehabilitation, wildlife orphan care and wildlife research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They implement and manage volunteer projects throughout the entire continent,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said of African Impact. African Impact partners with The Happy Africa Foundation, founded in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This IRXQGDWLRQÂľVDLG/DXUHQ:DWHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGJURZWKDQGGHYHORSPHQWPDQDJHUZLWK$IULFDQ Impact, â&#x20AC;&#x153;monitors and manages the sustainability of our projects as well as the impact on the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The Happy Africa Foundation) also handles all donations, grant proposals and fundraising functions for our projects,â&#x20AC;? she said. Clinics and classrooms have been built, education, better nutrition and health care have been provided and safe environments have been created. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a huge variety of projects around Cape Town,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of it focuses on education, preschool, coaching and child development. There are a lot of random community service projects, and I really love that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of compassion for the kids over there, and want to offer them opportunities they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have otherwise.

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LQJORZHUSURĂ&#x20AC;WVIRUWKHUHVWRIWKH\HDU On another subject: There has been quite a bit of progress in normalizing trade relations with Cuba as more than 75 agricultural leaders of commodity groups and agribusiness from the U.S. visit Cuba this week as part of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be meeting with their counterparts as well as government leaders, ag cooperatives and Cuban farmers. According to Devry Boughner Vorwerk, chair of USACC, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we continue our call for Congress to end the embargo and normalize trade with Cuba, this is an appropriate time to visit Cuba and begin to strengthen business relationships.â&#x20AC;? He says there have been some very positive developments in normalizing trade including the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act that would essentially end the 50-year-old trade your family and your neighbors. Cancer is tough to handle especially for the SHUVRQIDFLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKOLQHEXWLWLVOLNH a two-minute warning before the end of WKHJDPH,WJLYHV\RXDFKDQFHWRUHĂ HFW and prepare. There is a sense that dying quickly and suddenly is a blessing and in some sense it is but not always. A sudden loss of a loved one can be very hard for those left behind. You never got that FKDQFHWRVD\WKDWRQHĂ&#x20AC;QDO´,ORYH\RXÂľ You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the chance to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorryâ&#x20AC;? for some stupid action you may have committed in the past. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the chance to prepare yourself, to muster your courage and say what you have always wanted to say. I have had plenty of exposure to death and dying, more than I would care. Sometimes I think I should have been an ophthalmologist or a dermatologist. No one dies from cataracts or a bad rash. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regret my decisions and I have been honored to play a small role in the grand drama of some peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. My participation in those dramas for some was brief and for others prolonged and in the end I hope there was some sense of good in it all. There is often pain and sorrow and suffering but there can also

inside, they started to grab me when Mary, breathing heavily cried â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait! Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still attached.â&#x20AC;? The birthing was not over with the placenta not yet having been expelled. The nurses paused but then began helping Mary out of the backseat of the delivery vehicle along with her newborn son. Supporting both the baby and Mary, they helped her into the wheelchair and headed for the entrance while Daddy parked the car. And so I was born. There had been a rash of births that week and Maternity was nearly overwhelmed. There were no rooms left for the newborn and his mother. A bed was quickly acquired and moved into a linen closet. There I ZRXOGVWD\IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWGD\VRIP\OLIH I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember many more of the details after that, though I have often told the story with amusement, comparing my entry into this world to that RIDQRWKHUPRUHIDPRXVFKLOG,ZDV born in the backseat of a car covered with straw, not unlike a manger, and there were no rooms available for us DWWKHLQQRUUDWKHUWKHKRVSLWDO2QH detail I do know, Grandpa sold that car soon afterward.

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Local writer turns out second â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? sequel 32/. &2817<  /RFDO ZULWHU %X] Swerkstrom reasons that since Lewis Carroll wrote two book-length â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliceâ&#x20AC;? stories, he is entitled to write two sequels to those classic fantasy tales. The newly published â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventuresâ&#x20AC;? is the second such sequel by Swerkstrom, an Atlas resident. As with â&#x20AC;&#x153;In The Time of Twelve,â&#x20AC;? published late in 2011, Swerkstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story features a young girl named Alison, rather than Alice, as the central character. Both books maintain both the spirit and structure of Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alice stories, though, stuffed as they are with humor, wordplay, farce, surreal situations, social satire and light poetry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think most people know Lewis Carroll didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write a book called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alice

in Wonderland,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; at least not with that precise name.â&#x20AC;? Swerkstrom says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He actually wrote a book called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventures in Wonderland,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; then followed that up with a sequel called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Through The Looking-Glassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; several years later.â&#x20AC;? As Swerkstrom pointed out in an essay LQFOXGHGLQKLV´,QĂ&#x20AC;QLW\2Q7ULDOÂľFROOHFtion (2012), moviemakers have blurred the distinction between Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two Alice stories by creating both live-action and animated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? movies that haphazardly amalgamate the two separate stories and their characters. The title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through The Looking-Glassâ&#x20AC;? is now largely a neglected name. As â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through The Looking-Glassâ&#x20AC;? is set on a countrywide chessboard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventuresâ&#x20AC;? plays out on a city-scale

Monopoly game board, with Alison an unsuspecting player in the game. The odd and eccentric characters Alison encounters are by turns frolicsome, striving, hopeful, hurried and vainglorious. Here is a snippet of a conversation Alison has with a woman named Virginia $YHQXH´,¡PQRWVXUH,XQGHUVWDQGH[actly,â&#x20AC;? Alison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re perfect?â&#x20AC;? Virginia asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure no one is perfect,â&#x20AC;? Alison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t claim I am.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be exactly sure of anything, can you?â&#x20AC;? Virginia said challengingly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps not,â&#x20AC;? Alison agreed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but you can be surer of some things than of other things.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;But not exactly sure of anything,â&#x20AC;? Virginia said with a tone of triumph. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That seems obvious enough.â&#x20AC;? Alison is actually a few years younger in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventuresâ&#x20AC;? than she is in â&#x20AC;&#x153;In The Time of Twelve,â&#x20AC;? where she turns 12. In fact, Swerkstrom wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventuresâ&#x20AC;? before he wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;In The Time of Twelve,â&#x20AC;? but chose to publish WKHODWWHUERRNĂ&#x20AC;UVWEHFDXVHLWVHHPHGWR him to be the perfect book for 2012, since the story is steeped in the number 12 (12 months in a year, 12 inches to a foot, a 12note musical scale, etc.). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventures,â&#x20AC;? priced at $7.50, is available from Amazon.com. - submitted

Seventeen local youths are part of Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Whiteâ&#x20AC;? cast 67&52,;)$//6)HVWLYDO7KHDWUHLV thrilled to be engaging 17 talented youth artists in the rehearsals for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ&#x20AC;? opening Friday, March 20, as part of Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th-anniversary seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth and Family Series. Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth and Family Series gives local youth the opportunity to work with professional guest artists and directors. Every youth that auditioned for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ&#x20AC;? has been given the opportunity to return for additional workshops to prepare them IRU IXWXUH DXGLWLRQV 2ULJLQDWLQJ IURP German folktales, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ&#x20AC;? is one of the most retold fairy tales in the Western canon, and this hilarious rendition by Festival Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notoriously comedic artistic director Jaclyn Johnson will tickle your funny bone. When the young and lovely princess, Snow White, becomes more beautiful than her vain and wicked stepmother, the young woman is sent to a certain death. Yet through kindness and her JHQWOH VSLULW 6QRZ :KLWH Ă HHV PXOWLSOH GDQJHUVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGVKHUVHOILPPHUVHGLQD thick forest. The queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s envious heart is not settled, however, as her magical mirURUUHĂ HFWVWKHWUXWKRI6QRZ:KLWH¡VHVcape. The show includes all the favorite characters of the beloved folklore and the foils and fables of their pursuits. Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ&#x20AC;? is appropriate for all ages. School and youth theatergoers will be inspired by the range of artistry their peers exude on the stage. The play features a Ă XWHWUXPSHWDQGDFFRUGLRQWULRRIPXsicians who also sing and narrate the story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The youth actors are ridiculously gifted,â&#x20AC;? said guest artist Kimberly Braun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their voices, movements and dramatic choices are some of the funniest things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen or heard.â&#x20AC;? Returning to the Festival stage are Abby Ruona, Brecken Styles, and Shaw Styles of St. Croix Falls, Elliana Naegelen of Dresser, Leila Koehler RI 2VFHROD DQG *UDFH 0LOOHU RI /DNH

)HVWLYDO7KHDWUHLVWKULOOHGWREHHQJDJLQJWDOHQWHG\RXWKDUWLVWVLQWKHUHKHDUVDOVIRU|6QRZ:KLWHDQGWKH6HYHQ'ZDUIV}6KRZQ /WR5 EDFN URZ.LPEHUO\%UDXQ0RUJDQ-RKQVRQ&DUO+DOOEHUJ-HUU\(LVHQ-DPHV0XOOLQ/LOD'DELOODQG-RXUQLH5RVHQRZ0LGGOHURZ1RODQ5RRGH%UHFNHQ 6W\OHV(OOLDQD1DHJHOHQDQG$GGLH.RHQLJ)URQWURZ*UDFH0LOOHU/HLOD.RHKOHU6KDZ6W\OHV/DXUD6HFKULVW$EE\5XRQDDQG$\GLQ.RHQLJ1RW VKRZQ9DQHVVD:ROII3KRWRVXEPLWWHG Elmo, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ&#x20AC;? also features the Festival Theatre debut of Lila Dabill, Laura Sechrist and Carl Hallberg of Lindstrom, Minn., Addie Koenig, Aydin Koenig and Nolan Roode RI/XFN0RUJDQ-RKQVRQRI2VFHROD9DQessa Wolff and Jerry Eisen of St. Croix Falls, Journie Rosenow of Dresser and James Mullin of Balsam Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with this cast is a treat,â&#x20AC;? says director Andrew Benson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The enthusiasm they possess for learning about the art of theater is infectious and makes rehearsals a joy.â&#x20AC;?

An afterglow party will follow the performance on opening night, March 20, with live music by the Luck Area String Ensemble directed by Josh Pedraja immediately following the show. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet all of artists during the afterglow and enjoy complimentary treats sponsored by gfGoodies. Festival Theatre expresses gratitude to Royal Credit Union as lead sponsor of the Youth and Family Series and Polk County Kinship Program for providing supporting. Be sure to see this magical show

running March 20 through March 29 at St. Croix Festival Theatre. Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth and can be purchased at festivaltheatre.org, HPDLOLQJIHVWLYDOWKHDWUHER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FH#JPDLO FRP RU E\ FDOOLQJ WKH ER[ RIĂ&#x20AC;FH DW  483-3387. Student matinees are available DQGVWDUWDWDPRQVHOHFWZHHNGD\V tickets can be reserved by calling the box RIĂ&#x20AC;FH)HVWLYDO7KHDWUHLVORFDWHGLQGRZQtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington St. - from Festival Theatre

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozenâ&#x20AC;? friends to help Angels Island LUCK/BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Two Angels Island fundraising events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 20-21. Come and dance the night away on Friday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m. with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozenâ&#x20AC;? friends Anna and Elsa at Wilkins on Bone Lake. This is a private event. The tickets are sold in pairs and cover the cost of admission, pizza, dessert, drinks and

the dance. There are only 100 pairs of tickets available. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult will also QHHGDWLFNHW2QO\SHRSOHZLWKWLFNHWV ZLOOEHDOORZHGDWWKLVHYHQW2UGHUWLFNets for this event online at Eventjoy.com under event name Royal Ball. For quesWLRQVHPDLO6DUDK%UHQL]HUDWVDUMR# yahoo.com. Come dressed royally or

casually. A prince and princess will be crowned at the dance. 2Q 6DWXUGD\ 0DUFK  ´)UR]HQÂľ friends Anna and Elsa will host a public fundraiser at Unity School from noon to 5 p.m. The afternoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities include a UDIĂ HVLQJDORQJZLWK$QQDDQG(OVDDQG much more. The prince and princess who were crowned at the preceding nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

dance will receive royal treatment at this event. All proceeds from the two events will go Angels Island, a memorial park in Milltown in honor of cousins Lydia, Laynie and Clara who lost their lives in a car accident in December 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with submitted information

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited &+,6$*2/,1'67520 0LQQ ² Mark your calendars for the upcoming events of the Chisago County Historical Society. The events are open to the public. For more info call 651-257-5310. 2Q6DWXUGD\0DUFKDWWKH&KLVDJR Lakes Area Library at 10 a.m. the Chisago County Historical Society is pleased to host Keith Green, historian extraordinaire, who will share delightful and interesting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories that are Great about Life on Hwy. 8.â&#x20AC;? This is free. 2Q7XHVGD\$SULODWSPDWWKH Chisago County Community Center in North Branch, historian Dr. Robert

Frame will present information on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Milling in Chisago County.â&#x20AC;? This event is co-sponsored by the Chisago County Historical Society and the North Chisago Historical Society. Milling has played a great role in the history of Minnesota and many great Minnesota companies, like General Mills and Betty Crocker, are household names. See what role Chisago County had in the important milling industry of the state. This is free. The Chisago County Historical Society will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 16. Call the society for details at 651-257-5310. There will be a

program with refreshments and also a business meeting. A collections show, sponsored by the Chisago County Historical Society, will also be held from noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, Collectors are invited to show their collections but should contact the society for a reservation. For more information contact the society at 651-2575310. Come see the fascinating collections by neighbors within our community. This is a free event for both collectors and the public. Mark your calendars now for an icecream social and a logging history event

hosted by the Chisago County Historical Society at the research center on Third DQG2OLQGDLQ/LQGVWURP0LQQRQ6DWurday, June 13. The event runs from 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Ice cream, other fun treats and hands-on activities aimed at experiencing the life of a logger in the early days is just some of the fun planned. This is open to the public. - submitted


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I am excited to introduce you all to Heather and Mary. For over two years, this fantastic pair has been meeting weekly. In those visits, they have done homework together, eaten supper, gone shopping, hiking, four-wheeling and tubing, talked and giggled DQGWKHQJLJJOHGVRPHPRUH%XWPRVWVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ they have forged a beautiful friendship. For years Heather knew that she wanted to be a part of a mentoring program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and actually was a school mentor at Amery High School. But once she moved back after college, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if she would have enough time and was apprehensive about what would happen if she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t click with her mentee. So she hesitated a few years before making the call, and ultimately being matched with Mary. She looks at the time commitment a bit differently now, however. The two of them are very busy girls, with work, family, school commitments and activities. But in the midst of that schedule, they not only make time with one another a priority, but they look forward to spending time together. Heather commented that she hates having to miss a week. She loves seeing Mary; they have fun together, sharing inside stories, memories and giggles. Their time refreshes both of them. For Heather it gives her something to bring perspective and a breath of fresh air. For Mary, it â&#x20AC;&#x153;gives her something to go to and a break from the worries of life.â&#x20AC;? Looking at Heather, Mary said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d know each other as well if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet weekly.â&#x20AC;? These girls have big plans. They have made a match â&#x20AC;&#x153;bucket listâ&#x20AC;? of sorts, with activities ranging from fun places to see or restaurants to try to possibly going to see Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite music group perform in concert! I am excited to see what lies ahead for these two. I have asked them to keep me informed about their adventures. Maybe we will check in later with an update.

.LQVKLSRI3RON&RXQW\ As I wrapped up my time with them, I asked Mary if she had a favorite quote. With a smile she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you stumble, make it part of the dance.â&#x20AC;? Kinship of Polk County works to improve the quality of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life by establishing a relationship with a caring volunteer for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community. For more information on how to get involved, contact Kinship of Polk County at 715-405-3900 or email us at mentorLQJ#SRONNLQVKLSRUJRUYLVLWWKHZHEVLWHSRONNLQVKLS org. - from Kinship of Polk County

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Mini Master Gardener Short Course offered 63221(5Âł8:([WHQVLRQ¡V1RUWK&RXQWU\0DVWHU Gardener Association will be hosting their popular Mini Master Gardener Short Course for youth and their famLOLHV7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPLQLVHVVLRQLVVFKHGXOHGIRU6DWXUGD\ March 28, from 9 a.m. until noon at Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse on Hwy. 63 south of Spooner. The secRQGPLQLVHVVLRQZLOOEHRQ6DWXUGD\-XQHIURP DPDWWKH6SRRQHU$JULFXOWXUDO5HVHDUFK6WDWLRQ Teaching and Display Garden. Master Gardener volunteers will provide hands-on demonstrations and learning activities that are sure to be a hit with young budding gardeners and their adult guests. All youth participants will receive their own garden kit, complete with seeds, pots, transplants and potting soil. In part one of the series, participants will explore these WRSLFV 7KH 6HFUHWV RI 6RLO ,QFUHGLEOH (GLEOHV 6HHGV 6SURXWV$QG6KRRWVÂŤ2K0\3UDFWLFDO3DSHU3RWVDQG 7HUULĂ&#x20AC;F7RPDWR7UDQVSODQWV5HIUHVKPHQWVDQGWRXUVRI Bashaw Valley greenhouses and fruit orchards are also included.

Part two of the series will dig a little deeper into gardening, exploring Hot and Healthy Composting, Whipping Weeds, Waste-free Watering, Going Vertical with pole beans and cucumbers, and Small Space Gardens. Refreshments and tours of the display garden and dairy sheep research facilities are also included. All youth age 5 and up are welcome to attend. Cost to participate for both sessions is $5 per youth, or $10 for two or more youth participants. Adults 18 and older are free, however they must be accompanied by a paid youth. UW-Extensionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Country Master Gardener Volunteer Association, Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse, and the Spooner Ag Research Station sponsor this event. For more information and to preregister contact Kevin Schoessow, area agriculture development agent for Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties, or Lorraine Toman at 800-528-1914 or 715-635-3506. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Monday, March 23. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from UWEX

Garden questions? AMERY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; If anyone has gardening questions, join the group at the Amery Public Library on Saturday, March ²DPDQGSHUKDSVWKH\FDQKHOS&RPH and meet several master gardener volunteers; receive answers to your gardening questions and/or receive some gardening tips and suggestions from those with

gardening experience; and perhaps learn about becoming a master gardener volunteer as well. Check them out. Any questions, call Jackie at 715-268-8786 or Sally at 715-268-2926. - submitted

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40 years ago Navy Fireman Allen D. Danielowski, son of Mr. and 0UV 'DUORZ 'DQLHORZVNL 2VFHROD JUDGXDWHG IURP recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The death of Thyra Ferre Bjorn, of Longmeadow, Mass., was reported in this paper, as she was a well-known Swedish-born author who had come to Wisconsin as a speaker at several area churches and the writers club.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mrs. Pearl Pagh was the chaperone for the Frederic and Unity student exchange trip to Wales. Students included Pam Jones, Cathy Colleran, Wendy Wilson, Sarah Nelson, Carol Nahkala, LaRae Lundeen, Paul Palmquist, Gerald Paulson, Vern Yourchuck and Craig Anderson.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Winners in the drawings at the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing open KRXVHLQFOXGHG0UV5RDOG-RKQVRQDIRXUGUDZHUĂ&#x20AC;OLQJFDELQHW0UV$O5RQQLQJHQDWZRGUDZHUĂ&#x20AC;OLQJ cabinet, and Mrs. Kathy Mueller, a desk lamp.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Postal RSHUDWLRQVZHUHPRYHGWRWKHQHZSRVWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHEXLOGing in Grantsburg, just north of the main intersection and near the Rolite Industries plant.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Trynn Johnson, RI6W&URL[)DOOVZDVFKRVHQ:LVFRQVLQ2XWVWDQGLQJ Junior Holstein Member.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Navy Fireman Apprentice Glen A. DeMar Jr., son of Mrs. Jackie DeMar, Frederic, graduated from recruit training and was schedXOHG WR UHSRUW WR Ă&#x20AC;UHPDQ DSSUHQWLFHVKLS WUDLQLQJ LQ San Diego, Calif.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Webster students earning A ratings in the subdistrict forensics competition in Shell Lake included Debby Sheerin, Beth Jacobson, John Shives, Larry Leef, John Richey, Loretta Hanson, Darlene Jensen, Geri Bremer, Roberta Robinson, Bonnie Beers and Elveda Morrill.

20 years ago (GQD-DFNVRQ6FKURHGHURI:HEVWHUZDVSURĂ&#x20AC;OHG in this paper after being chosen one of the 10 most admired senior citizens in the state.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Shawn T. Haines, son of Howard and Amy Haines of Siren, entered the Air Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delayed enlistment program and would attend basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in June.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Twins, Bryce Maurice and Brandon Michael, were born Feb. 9 to Mitchell and Sherry Ryan, Grantsburg. William Courtland was born to Bill and Sherill Summer, Danbury, Feb. 7. Taylor Anne was born Feb. 4 to Mark and Cara Hendrickson, Webster. Amber Lynn Jorgensen was born Feb. 7 to Brian Jorgensen and Wanda Baum, Danbury.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dr. William Southard sold his optometry business in Frederic to Dr. Lee Jacobson, of Cumberland, and his daughter, Dr. Jennifer Jacobson Turcott. Southardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Dr. Willard Southard, practiced eye care in Rice Lake for 50 years. His son set up his business in Frederic in 1950, making 44-1/2 years for him.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;New Milltown Fire Chief Jeff Erickson presented retiring Fire Chief Bob Blomberg with a plaque of appreciation for his many years of service as chief.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Eric Huckstep, of Hartland, was the new music teacher at Frederic, hired as a long-term sub to replace Randy Rovik.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Chris and Gregg Lane RSHQHG 6XQQ\ /DQH 7DQQLQJ  7UHDVXUHV LQ /XFN² Frederic grade schoolers had a snow festival, with demonstrations by Bob Chubb and Gene Cummings, cross-country skiing; Debbie Duncan, snowshoeing; Mike Lindahl, dogsledding; and more.

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Polk County awarded funds for emergency programs 32/. &2817<  3RON &RXQW\ KDV been chosen to receive $7,423 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army and the United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the

country. A local board made up of representatives from emergency management, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, United Way, local church organizations, St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin, West CAP and the county food pantries will determine how the funds awarded to Polk County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to

receive funds must be private, volunWDU\QRQSURÃ&#x20AC;WRUXQLWVRIJRYHUQPHQWEH eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Polk County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the Salvation Army, Community Referral Agency, Northwoods Homeless Shelters, Aging and Disability Resource Center and Polk County food pantries participating. These agencies were responsible for providing 1,885 meals and 258 nights of

lodging with the funds they received in the most recent award. A meeting of the local board to distribute these funds has been scheduled for Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room located at the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., in Balsam Lake. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds should contact Kathy Poirier of the Polk County EmerJHQF\0DQDJHPHQW2IÃ&#x20AC;FHDW to obtain an application. The deadline for the applications to be received will be just prior to the start of the meeting on March 23. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

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2015 Polk County Conservation Poster Contest winners BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department held its 2015 conservation poster contest on Jan. 16, with the regional contest being held Feb. 6 at Spooner. There was a good response with several schools and classes participating. The theme this year was Local Heroes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Your Hardworking Pollinators. All of the posters were excellent and had good conservation themes, ZKLFKPDGHLWYHU\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRVHOHFWZLQners. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHZLQQHUVLQHDFKGLYLVLRQ received $15, second place $10 and third place received $5. All students with a SRVWHUUHFHLYHGDSDUWLFLSDWLRQFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWH The winning posters will be kept on display during the summer at the government center building in Balsam Lake. - submitted

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2015 Burnett County Conservation Poster Contest winners

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inspire Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth so they continue to care for our beautiful state, and to help pass on Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich conservation history to future generations. The conservation poster contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students, and posters are evaluated on the IROORZLQJFULWHULDFRQVHUYDWLRQPHVVDJH visual effectiveness, originality, universal appeal and individual artwork. The poster contest follows the theme from the annual Stewardship Week celebration as led by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme, Local Heroes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Your Hardworking Pollinators, needed to be incorporated into each poster in order for the poster to advance on to the next level. Participation in the poster contest can be done as a class project or independently by any student interested in submitting their poster. If you are interested in participating in this competition please contact the Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department at +DQQH-RKQVRQVVXEPLVVLRQIRUWKHDQQXDOFRQVHUYDWLRQSRVWHUFRQWHVWZRQILUVWSODFHDWWKH RUHPDLOWKHPDWOZFG#EXUFRXQW\OHYHODQGWKLUGSODFHGXULQJWKHDUHDFRPSHWLWLRQ nettcounty.org. - submitted

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Grantsburg Schools to present Festival Concert GRANTSBURG - The bands and choirs of Grantsburg will be presenting their annual Festival Concert on Sunday, March 8. Because seating is limited in the auditorium, the concert will be in two sections. The sixth- through eighth-grade bands and the seventh- and eighth-grade and CLC after-school choirs will perform VWDUWLQJ DW  SP 7KLV VHFWLRQ RI WKH concert will last about an hour. At this time, there will be concessions available in the commons including coffee, baked goods and tacos-in-a-bag. This

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Stuttering group meeting announced RIVER FALLS - Parents, teens and adults who stutter, speech therapists and speech therapy students are invited to participate in the monthly stuttering group meeting on Wednesday, March 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in 120 Wyman Education Building on the UW-River Falls campus. This free event is facilitated by Dr. Jerry Halvorson and provides support around

decreasing communication apprehension and releasing the natural speech in those who stutter. Email YRLFHXQHDUWKHG# gmail.com to be put on a list to receive monthly reminders of this event. Contact Halvorson at 715-792-2863 if you have further questions or need additional information. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted Â?)S\L:JVWL)\PSKPUNZ5VY[O(TLYPJH0UJ(SSYPNO[ZYLZLY]LK)\[SLY4HU\MHJ[\YPUNÂ? PZHKP]PZPVUVM)S\L:JVWL)\PSKPUNZ5VY[O(TLYPJH0UJ

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EVERY TUES. â&#x20AC;˘ Luck Senior Center, 4:15 p.m., 715-472-2341 â&#x20AC;˘ Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:30 p.m., 715-485-3002

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John R. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackâ&#x20AC;? Eastep, of Danbury, Wis., formerly of North Branch, Minn., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at New Richmond, Wis., at the age of 80. John was born Sept. 18, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., to Allen and Stella Eastep. He graduated from Amery High School in 1953. He learned sheet metal work at St. Paul Vocational. John was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 10 for over 40 years and owned and operated Vanman Metal. He also worked and enjoyed his hobby farm near North Branch. In KLVIUHHWLPHKHHQMR\HGEDVHEDOOIDVWSLWFKVRIWEDOOĂ&#x20AC;VKing, golf, camping and traveling south for the winter. John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Winfred; sisters, Phyllis, Doris and Lois. He is survived by wife, Marilyn; children, Steve (Peggy) of Duluth, Julie 5HGPRQGRI5LFKĂ&#x20AC;HOG0LQQ%U\DQ 6WDFH\ RI6W3DXO 1DQF\ (DVWHS RI 2DNODQG &DOLI -DQLQH (DVWHS RI 6W Paul, Kathryn Eastep of Dover, N.H., David (Tammy) Winona, Minn., and Michael (Amy) of New Richmond; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, at Kost Evangelical Free Church; interment was in the church cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Grandstrand Funeral Home, grandstrandfh.com.

Thorvald Hansen died on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the age of 98. He was born, the son of Peter T. Hansen and Jenny Gary, on Jan. 22, 1917, at Troy, N.Y. +LV PRWKHU GLHG GXULQJ WKH LQĂ Xenza epidemic in the fall of 1918. As a result, he was raised to maturity by his paternal grandmother, through whom he also learned the Danish language and came into contact with the Danish Lutheran Church. He received his early education in the public schools of Lansingburgh, the northern section of Troy, and graduated from high school there in 1935. He found employment in a local woolen mill and worked there for six years. In early 1941, he was examined for the draft and was rejected. As a result, later that year he enrolled in Grand View College and Seminary. Following the completion of his studies there he was ordained into the ministry of the Danish Lutheran Church. In June of 1948, Thorvald was united in marriage with Johanne Johansen of Luck, West Denmark, Wis., and together they served congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Meanwhile, three girls were born to this union. Continuing his education he attended the University of Minnesota and Drake University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the latter institution in 1951. Later, he received a Master of Arts degree in government, following postgraduate study at the University of South Dakota. In the fall of 1965, he came to Grand View College as an instructor in history, an occupation which continued for some years. In 1972, he assumed a minor administrative position at the college and in 1979 was named part-time archivist and given the responsibility for the Danish Immigrant Archives at Grand View. 2YHUWKHFRXUVHRIPDQ\\HDUV7KRUYDOGKDVZULWWHQ Ă&#x20AC;YH ERRNV LQFOXGLQJ WKH FHQWHQQLDO KLVWRU\ RI *UDQG View College, and translated two others, all of which are on subjects related to the Danish immigrant. Also, during those years, he compiled and had published the Danish Immigrant Archival Listing, which is a compilation of all the known archival materials related to the Danish immigrant existing in this country, Canada and a large block of such materials in Denmark. He has written numerous biographical essays on people prominent in the Danish church and a large number of other articles on various topics, most of which have appeared in publications related to descendants of Danes and all are housed in the Grand View Archives. For 23 years, ending in 2006, he served as editor of Church and Life, a publication of the Danish Interest Conference. Thorvald is survived by Johanne, his wife of 66 years; and by three daughters, Ellen (Steve) Hansen, of Austin, Texas, Barbara Miller, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Nancy 3DWULFN 2¡.HHIHRI8UEDQGDOH,RZDVL[JUDQGFKLOGUHQ and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Luther Memorial Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. The body has been cremated and the cremains buried at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to Church and Life, c/o Wanda Clark, 123 NW 7th St., Grand Rapids, MN, 55744.

)UDQN-RVHSK3HDFK6URIWKH7RZQRI2DNODQG Burnett County, Wis., passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, Feb. 21, 2015. Frank was born in Milaca, Minn., on Sept. 18, 1937, a son of the late Frank and Signe (Bergsto) Peach. He was a 1955 graduate of Milaca High School and then attended Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn. Frank married Darlene D. Sommerfeld in Rochester, Minn., on Dec. 31, 1971. He was employed by General Motors Corp. for 38 years, retiring in 1996. He was a very good auto mechanic, operating his own auto service garage for many years. +HJUHDWO\HQMR\HGĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJRQDUHDODNHVDOO\HDUURXQG LQFOXGLQJ LFH Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ HVSHFLDOO\ ZLWK KLV FKLOGUHQ DQG JUDQGFKLOGUHQ)UDQNORRNHGIRUZDUGWRWKHDQQXDOĂ&#x20AC;VKing trips to Canada with his co-workers. He also liked hunting white-tailed deer. Frank was a hardworking, amiable and soft-spoken man with a unique sense of humor. He was very well liked by co-workers and acquaintances and made friends easily, many of which are friends for life. He had a forgiving spirit and a strong commitment to family, friends and his job. Frank loved his children and grandchildren very, very much. He is survived by his dear friend, companion and wife, Darlene; four children, Jeffery Scott (Laurie) Peach, Kay Lynette Peach, Stacy Lynn Daniels and Frank Joseph Peach Jr. (twin); four grandchildren, Daniel Lee Peach, Anthony John Peach, Anna Lynn Peach and Alex John Peach; and a great-grandchild, Keara Lynnette Peach; siblings, Mary Ann Hutchins, Susan (Tom) Bloomquist, David Peach, Laura (Dan) Erickson and Gretchen Marquard; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Frank was preceded in death by a son, John Howard Peach (twin). In keeping with Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes, there will not be a formal service. A Celebration of Life is planned for later this year. Arrangements have been entrusted to SwedbergTaylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster, :LV2QOLQHFRQGROHQFHVPD\EHH[SUHVVHGDWVZHGEHUJ taylor.com.

Wanda Lou Meier, 74, Danbury, Wis., passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on Feb. 28, 2015. Wanda was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Constantine, Mich., to Paul and Marie Swinehart. Wanda was a caring and warm person who loved spending time with her family. She loved playing pool, bowling, horseshoes and loved cookouts and get-togethers. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard; her son, James Anthony; parents, Paul and Marie; and brother, Gene. Wanda is greatly loved and dearly missed by her children, Michael (Shelley) Kanke, Julie (Jerald) Packard, and Vance (Anna) Meier; grandchildren, Traci, Ryan, John, Kevin, Mark and Isabelle; great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Brennan; as well as many family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The 10th Hole 7768 CTH U, Danbury. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral +RPH :HEVWHU 2QOLQH FRQGROHQFHV FDQ EH PDGH DW swedberg-taylor.com.

Jonathon D. Fagerberg We lost our beloved Jonny Feb. 28, 2015, in his home surrounded by his family and the two dogs he adored, Tanner and Peyo. We loved him dearly and he will be forever missed. He was born March 22, 1973, in Stratford, N.J. 2XU -RQDWKRQ ZDV VXFK D ORYLQJ easygoing man whose favorite pastime was spending his time with family. He loved barbequing and hanging RXWDURXQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHSLW6RPHRIKLVIDYRULWHIRRGVZHUH taco pizza, stir-fry and anything barbecue. He was an avid sports fan, watching the Packers, North Carolina basketball and Notre Dame football. He also enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews and stepdaughter play many kinds of sports. Another thing he loved was drivLQJ DQG VR KH ZDV HPSOR\HG DV D WUXFN GULYHU 2WKHU things he enjoyed were watching movies, playing video games and keeping up to date with politics and world news. The holidays to Jonny were everything. He always spent them with family, from Fourth of July and setting RIIĂ&#x20AC;UHZRUNVWR7KDQNVJLYLQJKHOSLQJSUHSDUHWKHIDPilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional turkey dinner. Christmas to him was Ă&#x20AC;UVWDERXWLWEHLQJ-HVXV¡%LUWKGD\WKHQWKHFHOHEUDWLRQ by decorating with lights, the fun of getting a tree and mostly the joy of giving. +H ZLOO EH VDGO\ PLVVHG E\ KLV Ă&#x20AC;DQFpH 0LVW\ 0DGdox, and daughter, Ashley; parents, Avery and Jeann Fagerberg; sisters, Tammy, Reno, Nev., Kim (Rick) Frazier, Rockford, Ill., and Missy Lewis, Sacramento, Calif.; brother, JR (Leida), Grantsburg, Wis.; loved by many nieces, nephews, two great-nephews and one great-niece, along with many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two uncles and one cousin. His smile and laugh were contagious. He will forever EHLQRXUKHDUWVDQGIRUHYHUPLVVHG:HORYH\RX´2XU Jonny.â&#x20AC;? A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren, Wis. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor )XQHUDO+RPH6LUHQ2QOLQHFRQGROHQFHVFDQEHPDGHDW Swedberg-Taylor.com.

Jessie A. Kosloski Jessie A. Kosloski passed away on Feb. 22, 2015, at the 'HHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQ1HZ5LFKPRQG:LVDWWKHDJHRI She was preceded in death by her husband, George Kosloski; a sister, Jeanne Rittenhouse; and a brother, Hollis (Swede) Johnson. Jessie was deeply loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews, their families and others who knew her. Jessie was a longtime resident of the Siren area. She spent her last six years in Memory Care in New Richmond. Her family extends its heartfelt gratitude for the exFHSWLRQDOFDUHDQGFRPSDVVLRQDWHVWDIIDWWKH'HHUĂ&#x20AC;HOG 9LVLWDWLRQZLOOEHKHOGDWWKH'HHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQ1HZ5LFKPRQG Wis., 1127 West 8th St. on Monday, March 9, starting at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 1 p.m. A private interment will be in the spring at the Karlsborg Cemetery.

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Eugene J. Whitcomb Eugene Joseph Whitcomb, 83, Siren, Wis., passed away Feb. 24, 2015, at the Benedictine Living Center in Spooner after a long battle with cancer. Eugene was born May 24, 1931, to Clinton and Rosine (Kopischke) Whitcomb. He grew up in Princeton, Minn., and graduated from Princeton High School. He served his country in the National Guard during the Korean War. He worked at Honeywell in Minneapolis. 2Q-XQHKHPDUULHG'RULV Bartosh in Princeton, and they enjoyed 47 wonderful years of marriage. +LVORYHRIĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJZDVHQMR\HGZLWKKLVZLIHDQGDOVR working in their yard, feeding the birds and wildlife that came around. He enjoyed many years of gun and bow hunting for deer with his brother, Arnold. Gene is remembered as an honest and hardworking man who loved to tell jokes and made everyone laugh with his sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Doris, Siren; children, Mark (Laurie) of Elk River, Minn.; Beth (Larry) of Coon Rapids, Minn., Annette, Minneapolis, Dianne, Michigan, Carrie (Stavan) of Bloomington, Minn.; his stepchildren, Roger Sommerfeld, Siren, Darlene (Frank) Peach, Danbury, Wis., and Lynn ( Jim) Humphrey, Rockwall, Texas; and his stepniece, Kathleen Jacobson, Siren; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Arnold (Sally) Whitcomb, Princeton, Robert (Gloria) Whitcomb, Longmont, Colo., and Douglas (Donna) Whitcomb, Rhode Island; sisters, Arlene Anderson, Princeton, 0DUOHQH 6DXQWPDQ 2QDPLD 0LQQ DQG /LQGD .HUU\  %XUJUDII2QDPLDDORQJZLWKPDQ\QLHFHVQHSKHZVDQG other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m., visitation from 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m., at Swedberg-Taylor )XQHUDO+RPH:HEVWHUZLWK3DVWRU6WHYH:DUGRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWing. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Wis.

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MARCH

THURS. & FRI./5 & 6 Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at the library. 715-463-2244 for appt.

THURS. & SAT./5 & 7 Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Book sale at the library. Thurs. 4-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-268-6605.

THURSDAY/5 Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

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Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the community center, noon-6 p.m., 800733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Friends meeting at the library, 6 p.m. 715-825-2313. â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of Victims of Violence support group at North Valley Lutheran, 6 p.m., 800-261-7233.

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

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at the library, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-1901 for appt.

FRIDAY/13

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Balsam Lake

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â&#x20AC;˘ Poco Penners meeting at the library building, 2 p.m., 715-648-5244.

â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at Golden Oaks Apts., 715-3278603 for appt.

Falun

Milltown

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Friends of the Library meeting, 6 p.m., 715-825-2313.

Osceola

Frederic

â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at Millside Apts., 715-294-4243 for appt. â&#x20AC;˘ Colorectal cancer seminar at the medical center, 6:307:30 p.m., 715-294-4936 or myomc.org to register.

â&#x20AC;˘ Head injury support group at the library, 2 p.m.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ John McCutcheon to perform at West Denmark Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Spooner

St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd of 3, webinar on corn hybrids & corn variety update at the Ag Station, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 800-528-1914.

â&#x20AC;˘ Community Volunteer Fair & Recognition at the library, 4-7 p.m., 715-483-1777.

St. Croix Falls

SATURDAY/14

â&#x20AC;˘ Chronic pain support group at the medical center, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-0431.

Amery

Webster

â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Dist. 9 a.m. $20 donation, 715-268-7390.

â&#x20AC;˘ Lions & Lioness food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-866-8151.

Balsam Lake

FRI. & SAT./6 & 7

â&#x20AC;˘ Mark Moranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antiques & collectibles appraisal event at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-485-3215.

Frederic

Grantsburg

â&#x20AC;˘ PFCTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchioâ&#x20AC;? at the elementary school, 7:30 p.m., 715-327-4868.

FRIDAY/6 Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ World Day of Prayer service at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1:30 p.m., 715-327-8012.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fortune Cookieâ&#x20AC;? movie at the museum, 7 p.m.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ World Day of Prayer service at Milltown Lutheran Church, 1:30 p.m.

Shell Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ Phillips Gebrian Chamber Duet at the arts center, 7 p.m., 715-468-2414, shelllakeartscenter.org.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ World Day of Prayer service at the Methodist church. Coffee 9:15 a.m., service 10 a.m.

SATURDAY/7 Cozy Corners â&#x20AC;˘ &R]\&RUQHU7UDLOVERR\DDQGUDIĂ Hat Moose Junction Bar, noon-5 p.m.

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Beanbag tourney at Blacksmith Shop, 3 p.m., 715-8575679.

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Lewis

Balsam Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ Lewis Jam - Bluegrass, gospel & country music at Lewis United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ ADRCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday Chat on advance directives at the government center, 5-6 p.m., adrcnwwi.org, 877-4852372.

Rice Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Graziers conference at WITC, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Preregister at 715-635-3506, 715-537-6250, 715-225-9882.

St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett Washburn Radio Association (Norwesco) meeting at Burnett County bldg. EOC, 9 a.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ How to Lead a Book Discussion workshop led by Dr. Carolyn Wedin at the library, 4-6 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Fine Free Films, free popcorn & a movie at the library â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pleasantville,â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY/8 Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ 5th- thru 8th-grade band & choir concert at the school, 2:30 p.m.; high school band & choir concert, 4:45 p.m., 715-463-2531.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Chili feed for Luck Hope House at Luck Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

MONDAY/9 Siren â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at village hall. 612-437-3560 for appt.

Danbury

TUES. & WED./10 & 11 Webster

Frederic Grantsburg

â&#x20AC;˘ Wild Women Workshop at Crex, ages 18+, 9 a.m.3 p.m. RSVP required, 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., 715-463-5699.

â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at the library. 715-866-7697 for appt.

TUESDAY/10 Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Cancer support group at Our Saviorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715-268-6722 or 715-268-7290. â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at the library, 715-268-6605 for appt.

Lewis â&#x20AC;˘ VFW Post 10232 meeting at the hall, 11 a.m.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ 500 card party at VFW Post 6856, 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retreat at Milltown Lutheran Church. Registration 8:15 a.m. and ends with lunch.

â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at Luck Lutheran Church, 10:15 a.m.

Siren

â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $20 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Rose Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridal open house, 1-4 p.m., 715-3274281.

Luck

â&#x20AC;˘ )ULHQGVRI&UH[(QGRZPHQW)XQGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WGLQQHU58 p.m., 715-463-2739 for reservations, crexmeadows.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10-11:30 a.m., 715-463-2739.

WEDNESDAY/11 Danbury â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the Swiss Town Hall, noon-6 p.m., 800733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Managing Your Woods for Wildlife presentation at Crex, 6-7 p.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

THURS. & FRI./12 & 13 Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at the library. 715-463-2244 for appt.

THURSDAY/12 Amery

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, scavenger hunt, 8 a.m. till found; Shamwalk/Run, 8 a.m. reg., 10 a.m. start; Dirty Snowman competition, noon-3 p.m.; parade, 2 p.m., 800-7883164/715-349-8399 or visitsiren.com.

Spooner â&#x20AC;˘ +XQWHU VDIHW\ FODVV IRU LQVWUXFWRU FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ all day, 715-635-4112, mark.little@wi.gov.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5376. â&#x20AC;˘ Pre-Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day with Ring of Kerry & the St. Paul Irish Dancers at Festival Theatre, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 715483-3387, festivaltheatre.com.

Webb Lake â&#x20AC;˘ St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day parade, 715-259-4440.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697.

SUNDAY/15 McKinley

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

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

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ AARP tax assistance at Golden Oaks Apts, 715-3278603 for appt.

â&#x20AC;˘ Palt dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.2 p.m.

MONDAY/16 Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at Georgetown Lutheran Church, 12:306:30 p.m., 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

PFCT presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchioâ&#x20AC;? this weekend at Frederic FREDERIC - Prairie Fire Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre and Frederic Community Education will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchioâ&#x20AC;? Friday and 6DWXUGD\0DUFKDQGDWSPDW Frederic Elementary School. Auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchioâ&#x20AC;? were held 0RQGD\0DUFK7KHFDVWPHPEHUVDUH Pinocchio, Brendan Holmstrom; Cricket, Andrew Tinman; Blue Fairy, Megan Williamson; spirits, Natalie Schommer, Clara Lundquist, Lexi Brenizer, Sinyala Gondwe, Lily Beecroft, Hailey Ridgeway, Clare Chenal and Allie Swanson; Arlecchino, Sarah Chenal; Pantalone, Brooke Beecroft; Capitano, Paul French; Isabella, Shylie King; Zanni, Lily French; puppets, 2OLYLD %ULWWRQ 0DF\ %HQWOH\ .DUOLH $Oexander, Bailey Hufstedler and Angel Connolly; Toni, Ellie Eklof; Chaz, Scout Dodds; Spaz, Gabe King; hooligans, IsaLDK 2WWR 6DYDQQDK 5LFKWHU %UDQGRQ Cain, Logan Williamson, Makenna Engen, Madeline Kuesel, Kendall Lillehaug and Julia Fredericks; farmer, Brittany Beecroft; constable, Rosie French; judge, Syd3UDLULH)LUH&KLOGUHQV7KHDWUHDQG)UHGHULF&RPPXQLW\(GXFDWLRQZLOOSUHVHQW|3LQRFFKLR} QH\'RPDJDODPLPH*UDFH2WWRSDSHU )ULGD\DQG6DWXUGD\0DUFKDW)UHGHULF(OHPHQWDU\6FKRROz3KRWRVXEPLWWHG boy, Aubri Chenal; waiter, Shyla Baker;

townsfolk, Natalie Chartrand, Sophia Slather, Karlie Bartlett, Lilly Johnson, Rosalyn Lundquist and Elaine Lahti; cat, Cassidy Chenal; badger, Johannah Erickson; weasel, Kalyn Miller; ferret, Carter Hilde; vermin, Traci Chenal, Kourtney 6FKXOW]%ULWWDQ\5REHUWVRQ(DUOHQH2WWR Kali Lagua, Tessa Domagala, Lexi Doyle, Kaitlin Bartlett and Jenna Burton; Gepetto and Tempesto, Chris Freeman; the fox, Elizabeth Dunn; and sound and lights, Zach Peterson. Prairie Fire Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre professionals from the staff of PFCT will direct this production and play the roles of Geppetto/Tempesto, the puppet master and the fox. This is a professional play that everyone will enjoy. Tickets for the performance will be available at the door. The Prairie Fire Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre residency is being sponsored by Frederic Community EdXFDWLRQ ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO KHOS IURP 3RON %XUQHWW2SHUDWLRQ5RXQG8S)RUPRUH information, contact Mary Miller at 715327-4868. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

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