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Siren’s St. Pat’s Day celebration CURRENTS Page 11


Angie chooses life CURRENTS FEATURE Readership 13,000



No summer ATVs on Gandy Proposed trail master plan goes to Polk County Board PAGE 10

Horse ranch owner settles on remaining cases Plea reached to avoid a trial, previous “sentence staggering” approved for Michael Feist PAGE 5 It was all in a day’s work for Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Burrows last Friday, March 4, when he rescued a bald eagle which had struck a power line at Hwy. 35 and 40th Avenue in rural Osceola, and was lying in a ditch. Burrows contacted a fellow deputy, Tamara Larson, who runs a wildlife rescue/sanctuary, took the eagle into her care for recovery and rehabilitation with consultation of a raptor center. - Photo by Tamara Larson

Boathouses to be allowed on Burnett lakes PAGE 3

A fly on the bench Polk County judge allows the Leader an inside look into a day on the judicial bench Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE – The Leader was recently offered a rare opportunity to “ride along” with a circuit court judge during a day of open court hearings, seeing the legal world beside the eyes of the Honorable Jeffery Anderson, Polk County’s Branch 2 judge. The “ride-along” chance is unusual, but does have a semi-local precedent, as elected officials, administrators and others in government have been offered the chance or have sat beside judges in Barron County and other regional courts; other counties across the state have offered similar chances to see, up close and personal, what challenges court officials, judges and others face every day. The Friday of the ride along was a fairly

See A day on the judicial bench, page 4


SPRING FORWARD It’s the time of year when we spring ahead by changing our clocks one hour ahead and enter into daylight saving time. Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13. The new time begins at 2 a.m.

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TORNADO AND SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK STATEWIDE - Gov. Scott Walker has declared the week of April 11-15 as Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Burnett County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association have once again teamed up to sponsor the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14. On Thursday, April 14, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. A mock tornado warning will be issued statewide at 1:45 p.m. In addition, for the first time, a mock tornado warning will also be issued at 6:55 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA weather radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens. The statewide tornado drill is a great opportunity for schools, businesses and families to test their emergency plans about what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes. The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 14, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 15, with the same times. If severe storms are possible on Friday, the drills will be canceled. On Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in Room 165 of the government center in Siren, Burnett County is hosting a Skywarn spotter training class that is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the ReadyWisconsin website, You’ll find great information on how to protect yourself and your family from tornadoes and other severe weather threats. You can also see tornado survival stories from those who lived through disaster thanks to an emergency weather radio. – with submitted information

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TIMBERLAND SNOWSHOE HIKE SET FOR MARCH 19 BARRONETT - The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail will be hosting the Timberland Snowshoe Hike on Saturday, March 19. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Leech Lake Road, three-fourths mile northwest of Barronett. Participants will be able to see the water cress and wildlife at the natural springs of the Clam River headwaters area. The hike is approximately a three-mile trip. To get to the meeting place from Hwy. 63, turn west on Brickyard Road to Leech Lake Road, then go northwest beyond the trailhead to fire No. N881. For more information, call Bob Held at 715-761-1657 or email Tim at – submitted

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SIREN - On opening day of the 2016 Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, promotion of area tourism was featured at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s booths. Armed with both Siren and Burnett County tourism materials, Siren Chamber board member Tammy Twedt-Close and Executive Director Chris Moeller shared area and state travel benefits with show attendees. This was the fourth year for Twedt-Close and Moeller to staff the state’s booth on the show’s opening day. Both had engaging conversations with many individuals contemplating travel to Wisconsin in 2016. “Prior years we hosted the department’s booth on a Wednesday,” commented Twedt-Close. “With this year’s change to a Friday opening, attendance and interest was up. I spoke with several people who were looking for a nearby 2016 travel destination and felt the Siren/Burnett County area was a real possibility, with one being a family reunion. It is always a pleasure to represent our area and we appreciate the opportunity given to us by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.” - submitted

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LOCAL AUTHOR RELEASES SECOND SHORT-STORY COLLECTION OSCEOLA - Mark Hayes Peacock has released his second collection of short stories, “More Break-Time Stories,” available on Amazon Kindle. As with his first collection, each of these stories can be read completely during a break from work. “Many people don’t realize they can download my stories to their computer or phone, and it’s not necessary to have a Kindle reader,” said Peacock. “Lots of people tell me they are reading my stories on their computers or phones, as well as on Kindle’s readers.”Peacock’s first story collection, “Four Break Time Stories,” also available on Amazon Kindle, was released in the summer of 2015. He lives and writes in Osceola. - submitted

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ST. CROIX RIVER CONFERENCE SET RIVER FALLS - The biggest and best conference yet about the St. Croix River will take place at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23. The St. Croix Summit has been expanded to two days for 2016 and will feature experts on numerous topics presenting information about the health of the St. Croix River and its watershed. Also new this year, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, featuring movies focused on nature, outdoor adventure and environmental issues, is being presented during the summit, on Tuesday evening. The organizers welcome anyone interested in the river to attend, learn, ask questions and share their passions and knowledge. It is presented by the St. Croix Basin Team, the interstate and interagency group working on environmental issues in the watershed and the St. Croix River Association. “We really want to gather river lovers and resource managers together to provide abundant learning opportunities about the St. Croix and hopefully leave them inspired and more knowledgeable,” said Monica Zachay, water resources steward at the St. Croix River Association and a member of the conference planning team. This year’s theme for the summit is Resiliency in Action: Communities and Resources. Speakers will share their expertise and insight on everything St. Croix: from K-12 education to phosphorus reduction strategies, from growth development planning to invasive species management. More than 10 films will be screened during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Junior’s Bar & Restaurant on Tuesday evening. Attendees can buy a Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cup at the event and get a free drink ticket and become members of the St. Croix River Association at a discounted rate. The feature film is called “Paddle for the North.” It follows six young men on a 900-mile, two-month canoe trip down the Peel River and other rivers in Canada’s far north. Their trip was intended to be a mighty test of endurance, determination and friendship. But what they didn’t expect was the impact of the stories from one First Nations family. This chance encounter showed the team that the Peel Watershed debate is not just about protecting the environment but also a way of life. Attendees at both the conference and the film festival, gathered along the cold, clean, trout-filled Kinnickinnic River, one of the St. Croix’s most famous tributaries, will find inspiration and information about beloved rivers. Registration is available at - from SCRA

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Shetler will continue as Siren superintendent

Interim district administrator becomes permanent

SIREN - The Siren School Board announced last week the hiring of Dr. Kevin Shetler as the superintendent of the Siren School District. Shetler was hired as the interim district administrator in August of 2015 for the 2015-16 school year. In December the board enlisted the services of a search consultant with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to assist the board in the search for a fulltime district administrator starting on July 1, 2016. The district administrator position was

posted statewide and nationally. Focus groups were conducted with groups of support staff, teachers, administrators and the community to listen and gain valuable information on the strengths, needs and direction of the district. In addition, people were asked for the characteristics they were looking for in the next educational leader of the Siren School District. An online survey was conducted to gain information on the preferred leadership style and ranking priorities of the district. On Wednesday March 2, the school board met to review the eight completed applications for the position, review the executive summary report from the focus groups as well as the survey results. Following the review of the information gathered, and the performance of Shetler

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as the interim administrator, the board voted to suspend the search and to offer Shetler the position. “The Siren School Board would like to thank all the stakeholders who took part in the focus groups or completed the online survey as well as the staff and community members who have shared their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions during this process,” said a statement from Siren School Board President Peggy Moore. “Dr. Shetler and the board look forward to continuing the process of building positive relationships with parents, staff, administrators and the community in an effort to best serve our students.” - with submitted information

Boathouses to be allowed on Burnett County lakes

Business expansion being planned by St. Croix Chippewa and Whitetail Wilderness RV Park also approved

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - With the hullabaloo over loss of local control still roiling, the Burnett County Land Use Committee began the process of codifying state mandates over shoreland zoning into its general code of ordinances. The committee met on Tuesday, March 1, to adopt a new section to its shoreland regulations that allows for the construc-

Steffen pleads guilty on one charge; pays fine FOND DU LAC COUNTY - Dan Steffen, Polk County district attorney, pleaded guilty to one charge, prohibited alcohol concentration 0.08, 0.15, first offense, and had two charges dismissed in the follow-up to his arrest Nov. 9, 2015, in Fond du Lac County. He was fined $811.50 for the one charge, according to Fond du Lac County court records. The charges of OWI, first offense, and speeding in a 55mph zone, 11-15 mph, were dismissed on prosecutor’s motions. Steffen was arrested while driving to a district attorney conference. He was arrested at the scene and issued citations for driving over the speed limit, operating while intoxicated and PAC. - Gary King

WISTAX releases candidate information, statements MADISON - Recognizing that most voters will not have the opportunity to see or hear from the two state Supreme Court candidates, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is offering “In Their Own Words: Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates,” a series of unedited responses to questions sent to the candidates. WISTAX asked Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg to provide information on their educational and professional backgrounds, submit letters to the voters explaining why they should be elected and identify one U.S. Supreme Court Justice they most respect and explain why. Candidate responses are available online at “Supreme Court justices serve 10-year terms,” noted WISTAX President Todd A. Berry, “so I urge citizens to read up on the two candidates and vote on April 5.” A free copy of The Wisconsin Taxpayer, “In Their Own Words: Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates” is available by calling 608-241-9789, emailing wistax@, visiting or writing WISTAX at 401 N. Lawn Ave., Madison, WI 53704-5033. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to civic research and citizen education. – from WISTAX

tion of boathouses along the more than 500 lakes in the county. For nearly 40 years, the county prohibited construction of boathouses, citing water-quality protection and aesthetics as its primary reasoning. The prohibition on boathouse construction, and related county jurisdiction over shorelands, has been invalidated with the passage of Act 55 and other legislative actions, in a series of property rights bills authored by local state Rep. Adam Jarchow. According to Burnett County Zoning Administrator Jason Towne, there are two local property owners who are seeking to construct a boathouse along lakes in the county. The county must have boathouse regulations in place prior to issuance of a building permit. The committee had previously stated its intent to craft boathouse regulations “on the bottom end of what is reasonable,” hoping to abide by state mandates to allow for boathouse construction, while striving to maintain some local control over lakeshore lands. The boathouse regulations were adopted after a public hearing attended by a handful of residents. The residents were mostly sympathetic to committee efforts. The new ordinance limits the size of

the boathouse to 250 square feet and imposes other limitations on building color schemes, grading and foundation, and size and placement of windows. “The point of the ordinance is not to prohibit something, but rather to have them do it right,” stated committee member and county board Chairman Don Taylor. “The purpose of the ordinance is so that people who go around the lake in their pontoon will continue to say, ‘I’m glad I live here,’ ” said committee Chair Maury Miller. “It’s a clear ordinance that protects most lakeshore owners.” The proposal to require a $500 building permit application fee for boathouse construction was also approved, with two members voting against the fee, feeling its cost was punitive. The boathouse regulations are to be formally considered by the board of supervisors on Thursday, March 17. Once approved, boathouse construction on county lakes could commence.

St. Croix Chippewa land rezoning In other business, the committee approved a rezoning of 5.92 acres located at the southeast intersection of Airport Road and Hwy. 35. The land is owned by the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe. The zoning

change will consolidate the parcel “for commercial development targeting job creation in Burnett County,” the petition reads. The land is located in the Town of Siren. The town is supportive of rezoning the land to commercial development. The Tribe is planning a major commercial development. Plans for the site are expected to be unveiled later this spring.

Campground expansion Whitetail Wilderness, an RV resort and popular restaurant located on the Yellow River south of Webster, attained approval to expand its RV park from its current 75 sites to a total of 100 sites. “All existing parcels adjacent to this proposed area are wooded and will remain so, as this is one of the many things that is so special and people really like this about our RV park,” said a statement filed with the application. The RV sites are currently full and they have a waiting list of 30 people wanting to be in the RV park. The expansion will allow the long-standing family-owned business to be handed down to the owners children.

Call for study of Polk service fees

One change could affect Clam Falls/Lorain residents

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - “The fees are so high they are stopping people from upgrading their property,” Bob Blake said during public comment at the Polk County Conservation Committee meeting Wednesday, March 2. Blake went on to call for a study of the entire county fee structure. His remarks were followed up later in the meeting by a proposal to adjust tower fees to help bring Internet service to Lorain and Clam Falls. Blake, who lives in Lorain and is a former Polk County board chair, said that fees should be set to encourage people to make improvements on their properties. He asked for a revisit of the zoning fees

charged for property development permits, saying that more property improvements would lead to higher property values which would benefit everyone. Brad Olson, Clam Falls, proposed a tower fee schedule change that would reduce the application fees for lower height towers and raise them for the highest towers. Olson has been a spokesperson for the residents in Lorain and Clam Falls who are requesting help in obtaining better Internet in the northeastern corner of Polk County. He said improved service to that area could result if two relay towers are built in Lewis and eastern Clam Falls. Olson said better Internet service would help students with their studies and residents who have the opportunity to work from their homes. Olson is proposing that the tower construction zoning fee would be $400 for towers 120 feet high or lower, $1,200 for

towers 121 to 160 feet high, $2,100 for towers 161 to 200 feet tall, and $3,000 for towers over 200 feet tall. In addition, any tower built in a town with less than 700 residents or serving an area with less than 200 homes would have the tower fee reduced by half regardless of the tower height. Presently the tower fee is $2,100 for all tower applications. He said he was told that the proposed schedule would be revenue neutral. The Conservation Committee will return to the Internet service issue at its March 16 meeting. “The committee has the ability to get out of the way of those who want to fix the (Clam Falls and Lorain) problem,” Olson said. “While this is a small incentive perhaps it will be incentive enough for some companies to consider serving the more rural Polk County where the need is possibly greater.”

Eureka expands town board

Election in April for two seats

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer EUREKA - The Town of Eureka in western Polk County is expanding its town board to five members and will fill two new supervisor positions at the Tuesday,

April 5, election. Four candidates, Rob Lubben, Janet Krueger, Randy Clark and Steve Jacobs, have been nominated and will be on the ballot. The two elected will serve two-year terms which will be up for election in the even-numbered years. The town chair and the other two supervisors on the five-person board will continue to be elected in the odd-numbered years.

Eureka is the fourth town in Polk County that has a five-member board, joining Alden, Clayton and St. Croix Falls. Both Alden and Clayton have contested races this year while the incumbents for the St. Croix Falls Town Board are running unopposed for re-election.

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A day on the judicial bench/from page 1 typical day for Anderson in the judicial system, but even typical can come with a few ironic surprises and twists, running the gamut from a settlement on a disputed will worth over $1 million to the heirs, to a sentencing for a man on meth possession during a search for a fugitive, to a full courtroom later in the day for a preliminary hearing on a well-noted local attempted homicide case. “It’s different, seeing a case from this side,” Anderson said about the ride along. “You can see their faces, their demeanors ... oftentimes you have to make instant decisions, based on what you see and hear.”

Circuits and branches Anderson is approaching his fifth year on the bench, first being elected in April 2011 to a six-year term. He filled the vacant seat left by Judge Robert Rasmussen, who retired in late 2010 after 19 years on the bench. Anderson earned his Master of Law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He later was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University, and prior to his election had a private law practice. Polk County is part of the 10th Judicial District, and falls under the administrative coverage that includes a dozen other counties, stretching from the northeast in Ashland County, south to Eau Claire, west to St. Croix and northward to Douglas County. Approximately 250 judges serve on circuit court benches in Wisconsin, through a system of funding that is essentially shared between the state and the county; the state pays the judges and court reporters salaries, as well as some ancillary costs, such as for guardians ad litem, interpreters, judicial assistants, court-appointed witnesses and jury per diems. Counties generally cover other costs of the judicial process. Polk County has two circuit court judges: Anderson in Branch 2 and Judge Molly GaleWyrick in Branch 1. The “circuit” and “branch” references are a sort of historic homage and remnant of the days when sparsely populated rural Wisconsin counties would see a judge only on occasion, as a handful of state judges “made the circuit.” Wisconsin state courts underwent dramatic changes not so long ago, and much of the current structure came to full fruition in the late 1970s with extensive judicial reforms, allowing all but a handful of counties their own judicial circuits, with separate branches within, if needed. Those changes addressed longnoted issues of overlapping power, “judicial burdens” and areas where there were dramatically different “special” laws in different counties, which often had widely different procedures and occasionally overlapped in the same cities or municipalities. From “police justice courts” to special urban courts, the issues led to an extensive Legislative reorganization that first started to be addressed fully in 1959, culminating in a voter-approved Constitutional amendment in 1977 that led to a full legislative restructure in 1978, that has slowly been fine-tuned since. The digital court Wisconsin has arguably been among the leaders in applying modern technology to the courts, most notably in the online public record-keeping website Circuit Court Access Program. It has been a model for other states since, including neighboring Minnesota, which has only recently offered up online court records to the public, and to a much-less-open degree than Wisconsin. One of the more innovative ways Wisconsin has applied technology is through the so-called Judicial Dashboard system, based on the CCAP system software, which as been in use for many years and drives Judge Anderson’s schedule around the clock. The dashboard system is a software program meant to give judges and other court officials quick and in-depth access to each case, including original criminal complaints, past or relevant cases and other information meant to expedite that case and make docket time as productive as possible. The computer system allows the judge to not only schedule cases extensively, it

Anderson grabs any relevant paperwork he needs before embarking on a morning behind the bench in Branch 2. - Photos by Greg Marsten

“Administration of justice is about people ... not just (time lines).” - Judge Jeffery Anderson allows him to see which attorneys, public defenders and others are already scheduled to be in Polk County that day. “It’s a matter of working with different departments, also,” Anderson says, adding that they can now even coordinate with the sheriff’s department to note when a deputy – who may be a witness in a case – is scheduled to be on duty, thereby eliminating both the added costs of overtime, and keeping the deputy from having an entire day off occupied by a court appearance. “It can cost (the county) a lot more if the (the deputy) is on a night shift.” Anderson notes the extensive options allowed by the dashboard system but, like many state judges have noted in the past, finds the screen a bit biased, with a large, ominous bar graph taking up a large bite of the screen, noting clearance rates of all cases, time to deposition and other graphs, meant to keep close track of the overall time per case. It is a constant reminder of where cases stand, comparing them to the state averages. “Administration of justice is about people ... not just (time lines),” Ander-

son says, referring to the pressure from the state to close off activity on cases that might have been open for quite a while, some as much as a few years. “Open warrants can skew that (figure), though.”

Working through the docket Anderson’s court day begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. with a behind-the scenes conference between two local attorneys, working on a complicated case involving the will of a deceased man whose estate was worth $1.2 million. But there was a bit of confusion in the case, over whether he had revoked all his prior wills, and instead awarded his estate to a woman who was in a nursing home, on state assistance. If she were to receive the estate, it would quickly disappear, essentially going to lawyers for appeals, on top of seven years of back medical costs, at over $7,000 per month, with no benefit to the woman, who was apparently a recent friend from across the hall in the man’s nursing home, in the years before he died. Both parties agree that another, more recent will should be applied, as it was

Judge Jeffery Anderson presides over a day full of activity, with all court action closely followed and transcribed by court reporter Bruce Stone, pictured at left.

discovered pinned to the back of a piece of his furniture after the man’s death, disputing previous changes, and stating how the money would instead be divided among the deceased man’s seven heirs. The case has lingered for over nine months but is resolved officially a halfhour later in Branch 2. “They (the attorneys) worked it all out,” Anderson says with relief after the two attorneys leave his chambers. “Everybody will now benefit.” The probate case is among a variety of cases Anderson will address that Friday, including no less than 23 criminal cases, only one of which has a private defense attorney. “The number of public defender cases is very high in Polk County,” Anderson notes, as 22 of the 23 criminal cases are handled by the state’s public defenders’ office, which recently changed the eligibility criteria to a point system, allowing a state public defender versus having a court-appointed local attorney, which can lead to higher overall court costs, and had indigent defendants paying a reduced attorney fee, made up by the courts, with the costs spread out over potentially many months. “Certain types of cases have a higher percentage of public defenders,” Anderson says, estimating that fully 80 percent of criminal cases he sees have PDs. “Generally, the further north you go (in Wisconsin) the higher the percentage of public defender represented (defendants).”

Those time lines As Anderson’s day progresses, those dashboard time lines prove to be somewhat deceiving, especially in criminal cases, where a bail jumping violation can lead to a warrant, which essentially reopens past charges, and makes it seem like the case has been open for the entire time, when it was actually resolved or settled, but the violation can make a previously deferred judgment of conviction come back into play. That DJOC is one of many acronyms tossed around the chambers and in every courthouse, where almost a private language of abbreviations or shortened versions of court actions is often used, describing everything from the case type, whether civil, traffic, criminal or any other type of action, ranging from custody disputes to divorce to landlord-tenant disputes, and where the case stands, from initial appearances (“initials”) to preliminary hearings (“prelims”) to various flavors of motion hearings and the like, often accompanied by their original, Latin moniker. The state even offers up a multipage acronym and abbreviation page, so the online court process can be understood. Anderson explains the meaning of some of the words the court uses to the various litigants and defendants, part teacher and part advocate. “I don’t want anyone leaving my court with that ‘deer in the headlights look’ ... that they have no idea what just happened to them,” Anderson says after explaining the consequences of a plea to a woman, as well as questioning her reasons for that plea, how he has to make sure she came to her decision “freely, voluntarily, intelligently and knowingly.” That standard even has its own acronym, “FVIK,” and is required to be addressed in all plea agreements. The day progresses Anderson’s morning is filled with over two dozen cases, several of which are delayed, rescheduled or canceled outright, for a variety of reasons ranging from pending settlement, to parties being sick or unable to get to court to waiting for evidentiary pieces, or “discovery,” in court jargon. But the variety of cases is noteworthy, and ranges from the aforementioned probate case to a variety of cases that include several pretrial conferences addressing everything from a felony DUI to sexual assault, several theft or burglary cases and a felony methamphetamine possession case sentencing that was based on a small amount of residue found in a search warrant, but triggered a potential for up to 3.5 years in prison, due to past convic-

See A day on the judicial bench, page 5


Horse ranch owner settles on remaining cases   Plea reached to avoid a trial, previous “sentence staggering” approved for Michael Feist Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Polk County Judge Molly GaleWyrick approved a “staggering” of the jail sentence for Michael Feist, the rural Milltown ranch owner who was found guilty at trial last year on 34 counts of animal abuse, including four felonies, for neglecting his horses at the Otter Creek Ranch. Feist, 60, still had an open case, where he faced five total charges, including three for felony bail jumping and two misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, stemming from a Dec. 27, 2013, scuffle with a Polk County sheriff’s deputy doing court-ordered animal compliance check, who allegedly faced off with a sledgehammer-toting Feist, according to the proba-

“Mr. Feist, you’ve got to be perfect. You know you’re going to be under the microscope.” - Judge Molly GaleWyrick

Michael Feist (right) appeared with his attorney Paul Rogosheske at a Tuesday, March 8, plea hearing on a remaining set of five charges, based on a late 2013 scuffle with a county sheriff’s deputy during a court-ordered animal welfare compliance check. Feist also sought a rare sentence modification on his previous sentence on convictions for animal abuse. - Photo by Greg Marsten

ble cause report filed by the PCSD. The charges remained open, but Feist agreed to a plea bargain with Polk County prosecutor Dan Steffen, allowing four of the charges to be entered under a deferred judgment of conviction, with probation on the remaining felony bail jumping. The DJOC means he would be cleared of the charges, if he completes probation without any criminal activity. Feist faced up to six years combined for the one remaining felony charge, half of it incarcerated and the rest on extended supervision. Under the plea, he will serve his other

See Feist, page 12

A day on the judicial bench/from page 4 tions. Anderson goes over all aspects of the case, hearing from both the prosecutor and the defense attorney, as well as referencing the defendant’s past records before he notes, in depth, how he reaches the final sentence, as part of the state’s socalled truth in sentencing requirements. The case is made complicated by some of the backstory, which involved the initial reason for the search warrant, where investigators were searching for a man who had been a confidential informant, but turned fugitive, with the defendant allegedly harboring him. The informant had also made off with an undercover recording device, leaving other cases potentially without evidence, as well. That fugitive was not found at the current defendant’s home, but during the manhunt at his home, the investigators thought they smelled marijuana, and a subsequent search yielded the “micro-

scopic” amount of meth residue on a straw, which Anderson took note of in his sentence. “Methamphetamine use is a significant problem, especially here in Polk County,” the judge tells the defendant, who’s watching Anderson closely with telling, vacuous eyes. He nods in agreement as the judge cites the huge public, social and financial costs of meth, as well as the lost potential of so many. But Anderson also points to the level of seriousness and takes into account the unusual background of the case, as well as the man’s own personal lifestyle choices in recent years, since his prior convictions. After taking it all into consideration, Anderson imposes a sentence of 18 months on probation, with nine months of jail time stayed for probationary use. “You need to make judgements ... based on so many things,” Anderson says. “I had to give him some credit (for his re-

cent lack of criminal activity) and had to weigh it all out.”

Eight cases before 10 a.m. During a break, Anderson notes how he tries to use some of the dashboard tools to apply a certain amount of “convenience” to the scheduling, for everyone from the prosecutor to defense attorneys, to law enforcement officials, even to the litigants or defendants. He notes how they are tasked with not only seeking ways to resolve their cases, but to do it in ways that are less intrusive into people’s lives, from keeping people from having to wait too long in court to how they plan for future hearings, even taking into account the defendant’s work schedule. “People often tell me, ‘Thank you for not making me use my vacation time for court!’” Anderson says with a grin. He has addressed eight cases by 10 a.m., and while several cases have been

ABOVE: Polk County Judge Jeffery Anderson starts his day with a meeting and update from his judicial assistant, who that day is Joan Ritten, Polk County’s former clerk of courts, filling in for his usual assistant. RIGHT: The judge folds his robe and heads off to lunch with his wife four hours after his day begins, presiding over several dozen cases for the day. LEFT: Judge Jeffery Anderson meets with attorneys prior to going to the bench, working out details of a settlement in a probate case that has lingered in the court for over nine months. - Photos by Greg Marsten

“kicked ahead” due to a variety of reasons, including changes in the prosecutors office, by lunch he is on schedule and adjourns a few minutes after noon. His first case after lunch involves a very indepth preliminary hearing on a high-profile attempted homicide case, set for an hour later. “We try to keep the schedule moving ahead,” Anderson says as he prepared to have lunch with his wife, who joins him in his office. Anderson takes off his robe, folds it neatly on one of his chamber chairs and joins her outside. “The robe seems to add about 100 pounds!” he jokes.


Dresser board assured stink will die

F&A Dairy odor issues come to a head

Greg Marsten | Staff writer DRESSER – Once again, awful odor issues were front and center at a Dresser Village Board meeting on Monday, March 7, where rotten-egg-type smells wafted across the village again, emanating from F&A Dairy’s multiple holding pond/lagoon system, located west of the village. “I walked out on Thursday (March 3), took a breath and knew spring was here!” stated Dresser Village President Bryan Beseler. The odor was the subject of citizen comments from Linc and Ellen Duncanson, who pointed to the dairy facility’s long history of the ponds “going septic” and getting so bad it affects the quality of life in the village, keeping people from being able to work or play outdoors, and how it even permeates homes and businesses, discourages tourism and new business. “The stench from F&A’s lagoon(s) permeates everything within miles,” Linc Duncanson stated in written comments to the board, noting his own decade of efforts to involve the DNR and force action on F&A, or force the village to take action, through its own municipal code, which addresses noxious odors. “We’ve had enough, we can’t take it anymore.” The Duncanson comments also asked about a variety of issues, lack of village board action, “years of broken promises” from the dairy firm, and why the village doesn’t once again force F&A Dairy to use the village sewer system, which is actually the Osceola Village system, such as the DNR did years ago, citing how a past DNR agent had “required the company to divert 20,000 gallons of wastewater per day to the Osceola treatment plant as a partial remedy. Past springs have also led to foul odors from the F&A ponds, which have been connected to suddenly warmer spring weather for years, and it left F&A on the defensive, once again. F&A Dairy plant manager Michael Breault gave the board an update on what they have done, addressing the odor issue for the last few months with a new engineering firm. “We fired the past firm,” Breault exclaimed, as he said they were working with the DNR on improving the pond aeration systems, with additional fans and a series of changes and improvements, which he said would address the odor issue once and for all, by the end of March. “As of last Sunday, the project is done,” Breault stated. “(It cost) half a million dollars ... and as of January 20, we’ve been diverting 5,000 gallons of waste to the Turtle Lake digester, we also added 32 new aerators to what was out there ...” Breault said they also added an addi-

“We’ve had enough, we can’t take it anymore.”

- Linc Duncanson (about ongoing F&A Dairy odor issues)

This is part of the lagoon aeration systems in use by the F&A Dairy, west of Dresser. The firm is claiming that recent changes to the facility will solve the odor problem, once and for all. – Photos by Greg Marsten tional 150-horsepower blower fan, as well as the current 200-hp unit, and said they had to hire underwater divers to clear several clogged pipes this winter, forcing them to drill holes through the ice, which he suggested led to at least some of the odor issue. “We finally got it cleared,” Breault added. “By the end of the month, we hope it’s all done and over. You never have to worry about it again. Two/three weeks, end of the month. Should be all be done.” While the assurance seemed to fall on some deaf ears, Beseler said that he did tour the facility with a DNR agent and F&A Dairy officials, in the last few days, to see the project’s progress, which Beseler said he could confirm was being done. The board took no action or made any official comment on Breault’s comments or complaints.

In other board business: • The board approved the hiring of Amber Yares as the new Dresser Library director, replacing Susan Stepka, whose resignation was also approved. Yares will follow essentially the same contract for 28 hours per week. • The board took no action on the proposed water main “looping” project for Polk Avenue, which has received DNR approval. However, public works director Steve Jacobs informed the board that they have two years longer to do the project than originally thought, meaning they can prepare for it, financially, much easier. Jacobs projected the cost at between $23,000 and $25,000, slightly higher than their original estimate, due to “added complexity,” but he did note how the village would see some savings once the project is completed, due to fewer water

main flushes. Beseler suggested the village start adding the project into future budgets, so they can reduce the amount they might need to borrow, allowing for planning for the project in the next few years. “At that point, everything will be ready to go,” Jacobs added. • The board approved a few minor changes to their cross-connection plumbing code, per DNR suggestions. The cross-connection changes are made to keep fouled water from being accidently “back-flushed” into the general water supply. • Trustee Grace Bjorklund presented a parcel map of 11 vacant Silver Ridge parcels, taken back by Polk County on unpaid taxes. Bjorklund has suggested the village may want to purchase them from the county, for developmental purposes. The board will review the parcel maps for next month. • The board approved hiring Cliff Manwiller as their building inspector and later approved several building permit fee changes through a subsequent resolution, their first of 2016. • The annual Dresser Easter Egg Hunt at the Dresser Community Hall will be held on Saturday, March 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. • Dresser Police Chief Ryan Haass noted that they have had a hard time filling their vacant part-time police officer position, which was advertised in various publications and websites. “Zero response,” Haass said flatly, which led to a brief board discussion suggesting that they may have to have the Dresser Finance and Personnel Committee address the initial salary offer, although they did not discuss details. • The board renewed all current Dresser Zoning Board of Appeals mem-

F&A Dairy plant manager Michael Breault addressed repeated concerns about the Dresser dairy plant’s lagoon aeration system, which has led to foul odor issues across the village. bers. • The board voted to change their official newspaper publication to the Inter-County Leader, away from the Polk County Ledger. • Residents were reminded to bring their photo ID to the polls for the upcoming election, April 5. • Arbor Day in the village was approved as Friday, April 29.

Amber Yares is the new Dresser Library director, after being approved by the village board on Monday, March 7.

McNally’s blade-removal system to become the new Army standard GRANTSBURG - McNally Industries LLC continues their legacy of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. McNally recently completed the final phase of their design effort for a new Chinook helicopter, CH-47, blade-removal system. Successful prototype testing took place at the Army Aviation Reserve Center in St. Cloud, Minn. With testing completed, McNally is proceeding with their first production order for 95 systems at a contract value of $3.1 million. The project was initiated by the Army due to the inadequacy of their legacy system and also by seeing a similar system McNally produces for Blackhawk and Apache helicopters. The Chinook is a cargo helicopter manufactured by Boeing, and the McNally system is expected to be employed by their global user community. McNally has been supporting the Department of Defense since 1942. “This new program provides the exact type of work we look for at McNally’s, a blend of thousands of machining hours along with very complex assembly,” said Jim Segelstrom, senior vice president and general manager of McNally Industries.

McNally Industries has designed a blade-removal system for a new Chinook helicopter used by the U.S. Army. “The Chinook blade-removal system also assures good work for our employees and is another high-profile program that expands our product portfolio with the Department of Defense.” – submitted

McNally Industries is proceeding with their first production order for 95 Chinook helicopter blade-removal systems for the Army at a contract value of $3.1 million.


A champagne-worthy career After a quarter century, Chief Deputy Steve Moe steps aside Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - Steven B. Moe is Polk County’s longest-ever serving chief deputy. Period. Moe is, in fact, only the second-ever chief deputy in the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, and he retires this Friday, March 11, exactly 25 years to the day after he was sworn in. “It’s a difficult, difficult decision,” Moe stated. “But apprehension has given way to excitement.” Moe recalled his first Christmas in the position, all those years ago, when his late friend and co-worker, “Pete” Robarge, gave him a bottle of champagne, which Moe swore to open at his retirement. “This Friday, we’ll toast to Pete!” Moe declared, recalling how he went from being a part-time patrol deputy to chief deputy in nine years, following in the late Bob Moore’s footsteps. Moore was the county’s first chief deputy, after the county changed from decades of having an undersheriff. Moe had big shoes to fill when he began as an administrator beside Sheriff Craig Benware, who appointed him. But Moe took to the job quickly. “I realized something, though, that with every step forward in my career, it took me out of the field,” Moe said with a sigh. “My daily companions became a computer, a phone and paperwork. It was kind of a dirty trick!”

Those first few months Moe had little preparation for his newfound position of authority back in 1991, and he admits it. While he was excited to move up the ladder that spring, his swearing-in glow was quickly overshadowed by a few months of the region’s most infamous incidents. “I tell you, within my first 60 days as chief deputy, so, so much happened ...” Moe reminisces, recalling the seemingly bizarre mix of tragedies and crimes that occurred within just a few weeks of his “baptism by fire.” In the ensuing months that spring, happenstance and crime erupted in a veritable wave, testing Moe and the sheriff then, Benware, like few other rural law departments. “I mean it. It was so out of the ordinary, all these things that happened ... all of them took huge investments of time ... all solved, as well,” Moe said with a brief smile, like a man used to quietly celebrating the most nuanced and discreet victories. He denies that the 1991 “test” of the department ever gave him second thoughts about his new career - and the massive responsibility the title carried. “We were too busy! I was too busy to even think about doing anything else,” Moe admits, leaning into his chair with some pride of living through it all. “I was so far over my head, I didn’t have time to want out!” Those incidents his department faced ranged from a February midair collision in Osceola that claimed seven people, to the gruesome Brenizer family homicide of five that April by the 15-year-old son, within days of the violent Webster shootout that claimed the life of Burnett County Investigator Alan Albee and later, claiming the life of Moe’s friend and co-worker, Deputy Mike Seversen. The PCSD also dealt with a violent random rape incident - which they solved and a custody dispute turned violent that claimed the life of David Geissler, 14, at the hands of his father - the teen’s body discovered anchored to the bottom of Bass Lake, in northern Polk County. “And then I think we had another air plane crash a few weeks, later!” Moe recalled of 1991s very bad streak of events, letting out a genuine sigh. “That was my ‘welcome to the front office!’” The professional Moe is a veritable fixture in local law enforcement, the kind of guy who seems to know somebody from everywhere, and he has good reason, having been among

Chief Deputy Moe is seen here in a 2003 awards presentation from Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, where she honored him as president of the Wisconsin Sheriff’s & Deputy Sheriff’s Association. - Photo from the WSDSA newsletter

Chief Deputy Steve Moe will call it a career this Friday, March 11, hanging up his badge after 34 years, 25 of them as the Polk County’s chief deputy. - Photo by Greg Marsten

“I was so far over my head, I didn’t have time to want out!” - Polk County Chief Deputy Steve Moe the true “faces” of Wisconsin law enforcement for over a decade, as an officer and past president of the Wisconsin Sheriff’s & Deputy Sheriff’s Association, where he was statewide president from 2003-2005, as well as every other office in the organization around that time. “The county always encouraged me on (pursuing) that, which I am so thankful for,” Moe said, as he recalled some of the travels, events, functions and workshops he was able to attend, often representing the entire state’s law enforcement system. “It was a really good experience.” Moe grew up in Rice Lake, later moving to Clear Lake, where he graduated from high school. He worked locally in several trades, self-employed in construction and agriculture, before deciding to “dabble in law enforcement,” settling in as a parttime patrol deputy for the PCSD in 1982. “(Law enforcement) was only a side interest originally,” Moe said. “But the more I did it, the more I liked it. My other businesses ... just sort of dissolved.” Polk County is the only law enforcement agency Moe has ever worked for - a rarity these days. He is proud of that loyalty, and repeatedly praised Polk County administration, county board members, fellow law officers and sheriffs, as he notes how different the standards are today, compared to when he was a rookie. “In my day, you graduated (from police officer training) on Friday, and they gave you the car keys and the north shift on Monday!” Moe said with an earned grin. “I never realized how unprepared I was, compared to today.” Moe is proud of the higher standards

and advancements that have made officers so much better prepared and fieldtrained prior to actual field patrol. Its hard to compare. “Now, it requires so, so much more,” Moe said, rattling through the variety of secondary education requirements, related degrees, and minimum training needs that go beyond basic recruit training. “Now they go through a 13-week training program just to prepare to be on their own in the field.”

The advances In 34 total years in law enforcement, Moe noted several dramatic changes that have impacted the job, in good ways, and without a doubt, communications advancements are at the top. “Clearly, yes. (In the past) when there was sensitive info from dispatch (to deputies) they would ask the officer to call the office,” Moe recalled, seeming to hardly believe how it was done back then. “Middle of the night, we had to go find a phone ... usually at a hospital in Amery or Osceola or Frederic, or one gas station in Turtle Lake!” Cell phone reception, reliability and small size, combined with digital encryption for “private” radio communications, out of public earshot, as well as the mobile data terminals in all squad cars, enhances efficiency like never before. “Accessing reports, information in the car ... even landowner information, it’s all right there!” Moe stated, noting a recent case of highway hit-and-run, where they were able to use a squad car computer to help solve the case and find the driver, by

searching for certain car part schematics. “Just from the pieces of broken light lens, we were able to know what kind of car to look for!” Moe said excitedly. “Amazing advances in technology.” Moe also praises the use of tire deflation devices, which have halted dozens of high-speed chases, which can be among the most deadly of law confrontations. “Tazers, also. And all the other lessthan-lethal force (defense weapons),” Moe added, including the now light and comfortable body armor as another safety advance worth noting. “They had (bulletproof) vests back then, but they were huge, big and bulky.” “But really, the criminal justice system is far more efficient now than we ever dreamed we could be!” Moe said confidently. “Just with (computer) software we have now ... we used to have rows and rows of file cabinets. Information sharing is better than we ever could have imagined.”

Philosophy In a quarter century as chief deputy, Moe has had to deal with a lifetime worth of tragedy, sadness and crime, but he doesn’t talk about the bad things, and he is amazingly optimistic in repose. “Oh yeah, lots of war stories! But none that are appropriate,” Moe stated. “But really, I’ve had a career so full of excitement and with all the challenges I’ve had ... I really couldn’t have scripted it any better!” Moe’s enthusiasm can be contagious, and it shows in what he calls his “true philosophy,” derived from his 25 years in a truly unique law enforcement job. “It’s simple, treat everybody professionally and respectfully,” Moe stated, sitting up in his chair. “It makes law enforcement a pleasant job ... it can rub off on you!”

The question Moe has “no firm plans” past this Friday, other than doing some work around his home. “I like to travel, also. And I have a little land in Barron County ... I love playing golf, riding my motorcycle ... I guess I’d like to put them all together,” Moe said with a lilting sort of peace. “Basically, enjoying the summer at my pace ... I mean that. I’m really looking forward to that!” He said he will think about part-time work next fall, maybe even in agriculture or some other trade. “That’s where my roots are, in agriculture. I’d really love to do something ag-related,” Moe stated. As he looks back on his career and all the changes, he also gets a bit melancholy. “With all the past and current staff, and all the people I’ve worked with over the years, well, you just have to enjoy all the memories,” Moe said in closing, flashing that infectious, genuine grin. “I’ve been really, really lucky.” But one has to ask, with all his experience and activity he has seen in his career - all those years in the shadow of the sheriff - did Chief Deputy Moe ever consider running for that top office of sheriff? “Never. Well, at least not for more than three consecutive seconds,” Moe admits flatly, shrugging his shoulders and sitting up as he answers. “Seriously, no. Never more than a second at a time ...” It seems that not even a bottle of “maThe computer, telephone and paperwork have been Chief Deputy Moe’s “partners” in law en- tured” champagne could change that anforcement, unlike his patrol days out in the field. - Photo by Greg Marsten swer.


EDITOR’S LETTER Updating guidelines The Leader has provided per-

haps the most lively political debate forum in northwestern Wisconsin through it’s letters to the editor section and not without some bruised egos and ongoing critique of the process, mostly from local politicos. Political debate most times is passionate and emotional and bringing reason and fairness to the process is simply not a perfect science, as we’ve all witnessed with some of the recent presidential debates. But we owe it to everyone to try to include as many unique voices as possible - in a civil forum - as it can often help voters make an informed decision, which means it’s

time to don our referee suit. That said, it needs to be recognized that the weekly format is simply archaic in terms of a fair and fluid exchange of ideas. It’s obvious some enjoy the format which allows their views and statements to go unchallenged for an entire seven days. And that pace will continue with most nonpolitical letters and political letters that focus on the issues alone or simply argue in favor of a candidate. But we are putting the final touches on new guidelines regarding political letters which require a rebuttal in the same forum, not a week later. Some letters, at the discretion of the referee - that’s me - will be posted on the Internet alone. Those letters will be listed in our print version.

Some readers without access to Internet may feel shortchanged and I’m not sure how to respond to them except to say most local libraries offer free Internet. All online letters will be factchecked as will any online responses. Local letter writers, as always, will be given priority in publication as will local races - although we hope readers weigh in on the intriguing (add your own adjective here) presidential race. An updated guide to publishing political letters and accepting contributions from candidates will be published next week. Feel free to make suggestions at Gary King

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Road help Wisconsin residents seem ready to pay more to the government to fix their roads and highways. The latest Marquette University Law School poll showed broad support for a tax-increase idea that floated through the state Capitol but was not enacted. It would have allowed county boards to impose an additional half-percent sales tax to meet local road maintenance needs. The margin of support was 2-to-1, and that’s a high level for a tax-increase proposal of any kind. It may reflect the condition of roads. News accounts suggest the state roads have been rated the third worst in the nation. There has been broad bipartisan legislative support for raising additional transportation funds. But set aside is any real discussion of exactly how the money would be raised. What’s missing is support from Gov. Scott Walker. He has opposed all fee increases or higher gasoline taxes to meet the state’s road needs. On another transportation issue, Walker is questioning whether to put repeat drunk drivers in prison. The Legislature has voted to make a fourth drunk-driving conviction a felony. The Department of Corrections has suggested that could cost $100 million in the first year by putting 1,000 people in prison. The governor says he wants to find a cheaper alternative for handling the repeat drunk drivers.

State Capitol Newsletter Matt Pommer Fewer drunk drivers is certainly a highway safety issue as well as a criminal matter. On the highway repair and construction issue, Walker’s approach last year continued to be the use of borrowing for the short term. But bonds and their interest must be repaid. Some might suggest that Walker’s opposition to any boost in transportation fees or taxes might have been tied to his hopes to be the next president of the United States. Opposition to any fee or tax increase for transportation could have been attractive to Republican voters in other states as they select a presidential candidate. But the Marquette poll suggests it isn’t as attractive to those who travel on Wisconsin roads. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said the lack of a transportation solution was “my single disappointment with the (legislative) session.’’ Elected officials should “have figured out a way to solve transportation,” Vos told a Racine audience. “It is not conservative … to not fix something until it is so broken we have to spend a lot more to re-

pair it,” said Vos. “We have to raise new revenue in some way or other. That’s what it really comes down to.” Both Vos and Rep. Peter Barca of Kenosha, the Democratic leader in the Assembly, like the idea of toll roads in Wisconsin. That would require federal approval because of the funding of interstate highways. Help from Washington seems unlikely anytime soon. Earlier this month, President Obama proposed a $10-per-barrel tax on oil companies to raise hundreds of billions of dollars to fund road and bridge work and other infrastructure. Republican leaders in the Congress quickly rejected the idea. The tax idea involved in the Marquette University poll also could have difficulties. A higher sales tax would help urban counties, but the benefit might not work out for lower-population rural counties with a lot of roadway to maintain. That would be bad news for Walker. An earlier Marquette University poll showed the largest drop in his support has been in rural western and northern Wisconsin. The latest Marquette poll showed his statewide support still is less than 40 percent. The content in this column does not reflect the views or opinions of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association or its member newspapers.

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My support goes to Jarchow Jeff Peterson’s reasons to unseat Adam Jarchow in November are not what some people may think. Jeff has his own personal agenda, and the only thing that stops him is his inability to obtain and hold public office long enough to get it done. His past record shows us he is more than willing to spend taxpayers money recklessly and deliberately without any consideration of the consequences to his constituents. When Peterson was on the Polk County Board there was hardly a single thing he hesitated throwing taxpayers money at. Even with property taxes growing at double digits, he fought to borrow even more money for his beloved highway facility. Complaints from property owners over the mega tax increases did not slow him even a little bit. His vision of what should be came first. He was also on the committee that allowed the distribution of literature making a case for the facility. The literature was knowingly loaded with misleading and false information but distributed to the public anyway. Peterson’s agenda is very clear. The government should control about every part of our life at any cost. Peterson’s short career in public office gives us a good sense of his abilities and desires. I prefer someone who works for the interest of the people living in Wisconsin. Thanks, but no thanks, Peterson. My support will go to Jarchow. Herschel Brown Town of McKinley

Terrorism Federal protection? For the last 15 years no leader, no matter which party, has protected us, as our Constitution requires. Terrorists kill innocents like us to create fear in us. Do terrorists have USA rights? Why? Terrorists live and die by no rules. Doesn’t anti-terrorism require no rules also? I believe it is now time to fight terrorists with their rules. Uniformed armies against terrorists is dumb. Every time we have a mass murder by USA citizen traitors or terrorists, guns and ammo sales increase. Americans have determined we need to defend ourselves at the local level, until our new anti-terrorism group comes into existence by organization or self-survival. What can we do now? We need to create increased family social pressure now. We need a USA website called “Hall of Shame.” First inductees are the three San Bernardino terrorist/traitors Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, and Enrique Marquez, a friend of Farook. Their names and pictures with mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They are partners in shame. Marquez, the supplier of guns and involved in other preplanning events to slaughter fellow citizens, should require him to be tried as a traitor and for treason. Locally, within 80 miles of us, we have

Do Gophers have more fun than Badgers? Comparing Minnesota’s caucus system to Wisconsin’s primary elections News reports leading up to last

week’s Minnesota caucuses grabbed my interest, so I decided to see for myself what they do across the river in Minnesota. Was having each political party hold precinct-level caucuses more interesting or fun? Or did Wisconsin’s primary election approach result in more enjoyment? I remembered participating in the 1968 Democratic Farmer Labor caucus while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. That was fun, what with the pitched battle between Hubert Humphrey and Gene McCarthy for the Democratic presidential nomination and the resulting shenanigans. Were political caucuses still that lively? I decided to

EMAIL LETTERS TO EDITOR@LEADERNEWSROOM.COM a group of potential terrorists. Eight men under criminal review with three pleading guilty and two convicted female financial supporters. Are we safe? Be a vigilant patriot. On guard. When in doubt, we faithfully watch, then report by calling 911. Omission or commission? Friend or foe? Time will tell. Rich Hess Trade Lake

Kudos to Cushing Fire Dept. One of last week’s articles,“Sterling crash leads to driver airlift,” told of a driver’s one-vehicle crash on Feb. 26 after leaving State Road 87 west of Cushing. The highway was shut down as the helicopter landed to airlift 25 year-old Daniel Eliason of Luck from the scene. My wife and I were first on the scene and made the 911 call. Daniel was hanging by his seat belt upside down as my wife talked to him through the unbroken driver’s window. Within minutes, the first EMTs were on the scene and took swift and careful control of the situation. We were able to meet Daniel for the first time this past Sunday at his home – he’s up and walking. The doctors call him a “walking miracle” after expecting paralysis due to his serious back injuries. The Cushing Fire Department and EMTs are to be commended for the outstanding job they did safely extricating this young man from an overturned car using the jaws of life. Keeping his broken back stable, they ensured that no other damage was done in removing him and getting him on his way to Regions. Thank you, firefighters, EMTs and police for your faithful service to our area ... and especially for helping a young man in a desperate time of need. Mark Johnson Grantsburg

Charming My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at the Smoland Inn in Alpha. What a wonderful place for a late romantic Valentines weekend. We fell in love again; this time with the lovely inn, the wine bar in the barn and the charm of Burnett County. Krysta Niznick Minneapolis

Don’t trust this paper The Inter-County Leader newspaper cannot be trusted to fairly report on this election. The paper has already shown incredibly bad judgment and bias. Let’s examine just a few items. 1. Jeff Peterson is given an opportunity to respond to a letter to the editor in the same edition as the letter is published. No one else is extended that courtesy. 2. Leader reporter Gregg Westigard is still an active member of the Polk County

Community voices Jon Shafer find out by visiting the Republican caucuses in Rush City, Minn., and seeing for myself. Since each political party runs its own caucuses, they decide where to hold these meetings. In Rush City, the Republicans chose the Rush City Community Center, in the south end of town, where three precincts held their meetings in the same large room. I chose to go there since there were more Republican presidential candidates, and figured that the meetings would be larger and livelier than the DFL caucuses. I arrived about half an hour early and watched as three volunteer registrars set up their laptops side by side on a table by the door.

Democrats. In fact, the contact address on Polk County Democrats website is Westigard’s home address. 3. The biases in 1-2 above have already caused some suspicious decisions by the Leader. The facts are undisputed. Peterson asked municipal clerks to distribute his campaign materials. Doing so would have been a serious violation of campaign law. The GAB said it would be a violation. The clerks were told not to distribute Peterson campaign materials. This is news, King. It should have been reported as news. I suspect if Jarchow inadvertently crossed the centerline on a Tuesday, it would be front-page news. But kid gloves for Peterson. 4. Peterson has one of most radical histories of any candidate in recent memory. A quick Google search produces lots of information about Peterson’s unhinged activism. Not a word from the Leader about any of this. 5. I looked at Peterson’s Facebook page. Peterson’s supporters are proud that Peterson is a socialist. It seems like Peterson’s rather extreme left-wing views would be relevant. Not a word from the Leader. 6. In that same Facebook page, a writer suggests that a letter to the editor be written calling Jarchow a Mussolini-style fascist. Seriously? Mussolini was Hitler’s murdering thug partner in World War II and the leader of local Democrats believes this is an appropriate comparison for our state Assembly representative? Of course, no word from the Leader on this disgusting discourse. So, as this election goes on and Peterson and his friends use the Leader as their mouthpiece, now you know why. Don’t trust the Leader. R J Hartung Dresser Editor’s note: For disclosure purposes, it should be noted we edited this letter so it would not include third-party individuals named on Facebook. The reason for sharing the letter was explained in a note last week. We should remind readers that letters to the editor, once received, may be immediately posted on our website and subject to response. In regard to the claim of bias, I believe Mr. Westigard is a professional and very objective in his reporting.

Setting the record straight on local control With the presidential election now in full swing, we know that groups on each side of the aisle will begin to twist information to paint particular candidates in a certain light. This is always sad, especially when those attacks are full of hypocrisy. Recently, the Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca sent a letter to our local city, village and town clerks stating that Republicans oppose local control. This was done with taxpayer dollars, not campaign funds. Barca states that since 2011, Republicans have pushed through 100 changes to Once the precincts of Rush City, Nessel Township and Rushseba Township were set up for registering, they started taking people’s names and entering them into their computers. The only requirement was to state that you had voted Republican in the last general election, or planned to do so in the next one. No one was challenged, and only one person later realized she’d registered and voted in the wrong precinct. No matter, Elizabeth Herberg told her, they all go into the same pot. Herberg was the head honcho, who called the simultaneous precinct meetings to order and welcomed everyone before laying out the process they would be following that evening. At this point there were about a hundred people in the room, including a few children too young to vote who came with their parents. People continued arriving and registering up to 7:30 p.m. or so, until 130 filled the room, normally used as a congregate dining site for senior citizens. More tables and chairs were set up, even as the instructions for the caucuses kept being shouted out by the conveners. There were 51 registered

local control, but fails to tell our officials that not all of these proposals came from Republicans, or that many of the bills received broad, bipartisan support. Let’s look at the actual numbers. These 100 changes were made in 74 bills, almost half of which took place before I was even elected to office. Also, Rep. Barca himself, along with other assembly Democrats, supported 52 out of the 74 bills. In fact, some of the bills, like AB 201 from 2013, were authored and strongly supported by Democrats. Did you know that 94 percent of all bills this session have been passed with bipartisan support? That’s something you won’t hear from the Madison news media. Moreover, I didn’t even support all of the bills that the letter claims I did. I voted against AB 582, a shoreland zoning bill that I believed went too far in taking away local control. After careful consideration and discussion with people in the district, this was a time when I had to break away from the party. On the other hand, Barca would like to criticize my vote in favor of the “Christmas Tree Bill,” AB 648. This bill – which Barca supported as well – makes sure that churches are able to put up Christmas trees every year. What is even more hypocritical is that he signed on in support of three of the bills the same day he sent out the letter. Groups like the League of Municipalities, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Counties Association represent our local interests in Madison. Each of those organizations supported or had no opinion on the majority of the bills that were cited by the minority leader. This is a season of political attacks, unfortunately, we can’t always avoid that. However, when those political attacks are buried in layers of hypocrisy and distortions of truth, Barca should be ashamed. We need to be able to separate what is politics and what are facts. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, my office has been and always will be open to the public. I work for the entire district, not only one party, and I will continue to do so as long as I am in office. My phone number is toll-free: 888-534-0075. My email is Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin. gov, and you can find me on Facebook. I will always make time to sit down and talk with anyone who has a question or concern. Rep. Romaine Quinn 75th District

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from Nessel, 31 for Rush City and 24 by Rushseba’s registrar the last time I checked. People were relatively quiet and things proceeded in an orderly manner, so the directions being announced were easily heard. During the half hour before the meetings started, and during them, I roamed around, talking to folks who looked like they might have something interesting to say. So I talked to a Libertarian who said he was going for Ted Cruz, since Rand Paul had dropped out, on the basis that he was the best constitutionalist among the candidates. One young woman shared that she thought Marco Rubio has won her vote, as she thought he’d do the best job of bringing the party together. One older fellow with a bright red Ben Carson hat talked about how he thought Carson was the smartest, most Christian candidate, even though that didn’t show up during the debates. And I met a couple who were both there supporting Donald Trump because he was the guy who could get things done to stop illegal

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Proposed trail master plan goes to county board

No summer ATVs on Polk Gandy The Gandy Dancer

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - There will be no summer motorized use on the Gandy Dancer Trail, but the trail could be open to winter ATV use if the proposed Gandy Dancer Trail Polk County Segment Master Plan is approved by the county board at its TuesA large crowd showed up for the Gandy Dancer Trail, Polk County segment, master plan public day, March 15, meeting. The Polk County hearing Wednesday, March 2. The Polk County Conservation Committee met after the hearing and Conservation Committee approved the approved the proposed plan after removing language allowing two motorized summer events. – proposed plan at its meeting Wednes- Photos by Gregg Westigard day, March 2, after removing language allowing two motorized summer events. The committee action came after a public hearing on trail use that lasted two hours and drew a large crowd, including L EF T : Wayne 40 speakers. The new master plan for the Smestad spoke in state trail would replace a plan adopted favor of a nonmotorin 1990. ized trail. Two special events have been allowed on the Gandy for several years, a veterans ATV ride and a vintage-car ride. These motorized events did not meet the master RIGHT: Jean Boatplan guidelines for nonmotorized summan favored the spemer use and required special use event cial uses and asked permits. The committee removed the spewhy the trail could cial use sections from the draft plan by a not be shared. vote of 4 to 2 before sending the proposed plan to the county board. Those voting to remove the motorized events were Kim O’Connell, Craig Moriak, Dean Johansen and Warren Nelson. Voting against removal were Jim Edgell and Dale Wood. The winter ATV use on the Gandy is Sean Kinney, Luck, said that the motor- drive 100 miles round-trip to spend a day not a change. Jeremy Koslowski, Polk ized events brought no special benefit to biking on the trail. He said bicycling is an County forester, says that this use of the the communities along the trail and were important economic engine for the area. trail has always been in the master plan incompatible and inconsistent with the Kirk Johnson, Osceola, spoke in favor but has not been implemented. He said use of the trail as a tourism asset for those of multiuse trails and said allowing the the county’s trail use regulations would communities. He said that there needs to two special events was a step in the right need to be clarified before ATVs can start be better development of the trail which direction. He said everyone should be using the trail during the winter. he called an anchor to bring people to the able to use the trail and said he eventually The issue of summer motorized came area. could see the day when ATVs could travel up a year ago, Koslowski told the commitTwo business owners told how the si- from Superior to Rice Lake on a series of tee, when the Wisconsin DNR advised the lent-use trail brought people to their es- trails. Johnson said there is a monetary county that allowing the two events was tablishments. Julia Amrhien said much benefit to motorized trails, adding that not following the existing master plan. of her business at Julia’s Java in Milltown people should be able to work together. That brought the issue of special event comes from hikers and bike riders using Matt Fisk, St. Croix Falls, said he had no permits to the county and led to a review the Gandy. Stephanie Lundeen said that a issue with the two one-day events but did of the entire 1990 master plan. group of 17 tourists coming to Café Wren not want those events to be a foot in the in Luck for a day of biking were caught door for more ATV use. Fisk, a member The public hearing – a random sam- off guard when they discovered that the of the Woolly Bike Club, said that Polk is trail was motorized on the day they came. becoming a destination for bike riders but pling of the comments Jean Rovney, Milltown, said she was a shared trail does not work for them. The hearing started at 10:30 a.m. in the Daniel Carlson, Frederic, said the silent county boardroom, which was filled with concerned that people could not reach a visitors. Those wanting to make com- compromise on trail use. She said the vet- sports trail users should help with the ments signed a list and speakers were erans ATV ride was a beautiful event and trail maintenance. He said the snowmocalled in the order they signed in. That asked why it was not possible to continue bilers put in the volunteer work to keep led to a random series of remarks, mainly sharing the Gandy. “Don’t forget the vet- the trail clear and contribute money to on the issue of the two special motorized erans,” she said. “Give them one day of maintain the bridges even though they get to use the trail very little. He called events but expanding to general com- co-existence.” Don Erickson, Birchwood, said the on the summer users to work with them, ments about the trail and its benefits for Gandy is important to his family and they splitting the work and the cost. the county.

BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - The Gandy Dancer Trail, a DNR state trail, is a section of the old Soo Line Railroad route that crossed Polk County in two directions. The rail line entered the county crossing the St. Croix River south of Osceola. The line split at Dresser, with one route heading east to Amery and beyond to Michigan and points farther east. The other route headed north through Burnett County to Superior. A number of villages from Centuria to Webster and beyond were settled after that line was built in the early 1900s. Today, the old Soo Line route exists in several pieces. The line from Minnesota to Dresser is still an active railroad serving the traprock mine at Dresser. In the summer, tourists ride the vintage train trips from Osceola. The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is a silent trail winter and summer stretching from Lotus Lake near Dresser to Amery. The Cattail State Trail, a motorized route, heads east from Amery to Turtle Lake and beyond. The Gandy Dancer State Trail starts at St. Croix Falls and heads north to Superior. That trail is mixed use to Danbury, motorized in the winter and silent in the summer. North of Danbury the trail enters a long remote section in Minnesota that is motorized year-round. - Gregg Westigard Kathy Kienholz, Milltown, said silent sports are growing at a fast rate and the county should look at the future and how it can draw people from the Twin Cities. She said the split winter/summer uses of the trail are already a compromise and wants the Polk plan to be consistant with the use plan for Burnett County. Kienholz said there are many miles of motorized trails but not many miles of silent trails. Todd Miller, Frederic, was the only one mentioning winter use by ATVs. He said that Burnett County has allowed frozen ground ATV use for several years with no issues. He said that the motorized use talk seemed focused on the veterans ATV ride while the vintage cars did more damage to the trail. Miller said that neither special event has beer allowed if the trail was soft because of rain. “We use the trail four months and they use it eight months,” Miller said. “They should share in the time and cost of keeping the trail in good shape.”

Community voices/from page 9 immigration, in their opinion. One of the first tasks after the introductory remarks was to select two vote counters for each precinct, volunteers willing to go to a separate table and count the votes as they came in. As each person had registered when arriving, they got a red card. After getting settled in their correct precinct row of tables, they could then trade in the red card for a presidential ballot, which listed each of the candidates still in the Republican race. Herberg had announced that they were not going to have any speeches for the candidates, as they thought everyone had already made up their minds, and it would take too long. No one objected to that decision, so the voting started. There were about five minutes for people to make sure they were in the right precinct, and mark their ballot for the candidate they supported. Then a person from each table collected the ballots and took them to the vote counters for their precinct. Some of those who were seated around the edges took their own ballots over, in a surprisingly orderly manner. As this was happening, a few later arrivals continued to enter, and they were registered and allowed to vote, even though the initial count had already finished and been announced. Once the presidential voting part of the process ended, and the results announced, about half the people left. The next order of business was to select delegates for going to the local Republican Party convention. In two of the

precincts, that was done quickly and quietly, though in one there was some “arm twisting” needed to find another volunteer for the final delegate and alternate slot. The number of delegates varied, depending on the number in each precinct. So Nessel had five delegates and five alternates, while Rush City had three each and Rushseba two of each. I did not hear any voting going on for the delegate or alternate selections, nor any quizzing of the volunteers offering to represent their precinct at the next level. This surprised me, as the DFL caucuses I’d attended when I used to live in the Cities involved a hundred or more people, with the delegate positions eagerly sought after, and voted on, as a way to continue to boost the chances of your preferred candidate. But here there was no campaigning that I saw, no speechifying and no three-hour caucus. One other way these caucuses varied from the other party’s earlier ones was that there was no presentation or voting on resolutions, expressing support or opposition to any and all causes, local, national or foreign policy related. One announcement was made to the effect that if you wanted a resolution considered you should write it up and hand it in. Presumably, it would be considered at the party conventions on up the line. So there was no debating or arguing by speakers pro and con on each resolution. Polite and calm were these three caucuses, in contrast to the increasingly heated back and forths of the presidential candidates themselves.

I asked Herberg about this seeming contrast between the local “Minnesota nice” tone at the local level and the heated, sometimes childish, statements of the candidates, themselves. She denied there was any more heat among the Republicans than that seen between the Democrats. I didn’t challenge her on that, partly because I wanted to try to get over to a township hall nearby to observe a DFL caucus. Unfortunately, they were done and departing by the time I got to Nessel’s DFL caucus site. So I can’t tell you if there was more heat and action there than among the Republicans. And the results? Well, for these three Republican caucuses the voting totals were: Donald Trump, 48; Ted Cruz, 42; Marco Rubio, 17; Ben Carson, 8; and John Kasich, 4. This was in contrast to the statewide results showing Marco Rubio capturing his first, and so far only, state. One final contrast I noted was on a personal level, where a girl of about 10 was present wearing a hijab, the loose gown and hair covering of orthodox Muslim females. She was with her mother, and not at another table where most of the remaining children were seated. I saw and heard no harsh words or challenges to her. But then again, I didn’t note anyone engaging her in conversation. So even though Donald Trump, who says he’s opposed to all Muslims coming into the country, won these caucuses, they were polite to this particular Muslim. Perhaps more evidence for Minnesota nice?

And as to the original question of whether the caucus approach is more fun that voting in a presidential primary? It probably depends on whether you enjoy politics in general. In these caucuses there was no political debating that I heard, though lots of chatting with neighbors. It could have been a block party, minus the food. So if you came hoping for some argumentation and lively debates, you’d have gone away disappointed. But you’d have gone home a lot earlier, with those arriving late and leaving early spending no more than half an hour with their neighbors. Compared with voting, you’re usually in and out within five minutes, though presidential elections turn out enough people so sometimes there’s waiting in line. Plus, no political campaigning is allowed while voting. About the author: The author, of Webster, is a freelance writer and consultant, authoring the Minnesota Cable Communications Act of 1974. He wrote “An Annotated Bibliography on Cable Television” to summarize some of his research, which was included in “The Wired Nation” by Ralph Lee Smith, Harper & Row, 1972, and also republished by various nonprofits. Since then he’s been director of the communications program at the Metropolitan Council, a farmer on his family’s Ohio farm, a student at and graduate of Earlham School of Religion and a chaplain for 20 years. Since retiring from full-time work, he picks up various odd jobs and continues to write off and on, now with about 40 pieces published.


Frederic American Legion Auxiliary hosts meet and greet

The Frederic American Legion meet and greet was held at the Frederic Elementary School Saturday, March 5. Shown (L to R): Lynn Schauls, Laura McKenzie, Sue Hager, Poppy Princess Grace Simon, Sylvia Hansen and Legion Cmdr. Jeff Butler.

Grace Simon is the poppy princess from the Balsam Lake Unit 278 American Legion Auxiliary.

Jerry Tischer, left, and Burnett County Veteran Services Officer Doug Stubbe visit during the Frederic American Legion Auxiliary meet-and-greet event held Saturday, March 5.

The Paul G. Johnson Legion Auxiliary Post 249 of Frederic hosted a meet-and-greet event Saturday, March 5, at the Frederic Elementary School. The event was held as an opportunity for military veterans of all ages to meet and possibly gain interest in joining the Frederic American Legion or Auxiliary. Shown (L to R): Chris Sower, Laura McKenzie, Poppy Princess Grace Simon and Gary Johnson. – Photos by E. Royal Emerson

Salvation Army disaster services volunteer training set BALSAM LAKE - Did you know that if there were a natural disaster in our area, the Salvation Army would be one of the first called to help provide services on-scene? The Salvation Army relies on volunteers to be on the response team in cases of a disaster and is currently seeking those willing to serve in this way. The primary way the Salvation Army responds is by feeding and providing hydration to emergency workers, volunteers and those affected by the disaster. Currently volunteers are needed to serve in this way. There will be a two-day training session coming on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake. The training will include a Friday evening course that introduces the volunteer to the Salvation Army and the disaster services program, then on Saturday, the eight-hour course will teach all about serving those in need during a disaster. By the end of the day on Saturday you will become part of the team of those who would be called first in cases where the Salvation Army would be needed. You will also receive credentials allowing you to be on the team. The class size is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is an abundance of interest, another class may be added. There is no fee for the course, just a willingness to serve. You can register online at or by calling Polk County Emergency Management at 715-485-9280. The class is open to anyone

The Salvation Army is offering disaster services volunteer training Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake. – Photo submitted in St. Croix, Polk or Burnett counties interested in being trained in this way. The Salvation Army is active in all three coun-

ties through many other emergency services programs including shelter. Disaster services is another branch in which they

serve the community. – from the Salvation Army


Sheriff releases time line for K9 drug-sniffing dog

Prepping for “electronic Armageddon” also begins

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - Even in the land of spirited waters and abundant natural areas, the calamity of drug addiction continues to grow, with methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drug abuse stressing law enforcement and county social services. In an effort to stem the growing scourge, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department is proposing an aggressive interdiction effort that would include the securing of a specially trained K9 drug-sniffing dog. Burnett County Sheriff Ron Wilhelm provided the county’s public safety committee a proposed time line for the K9, with the goal of having a dog fully trained and on duty by January 2017. The committee met on Thursday, March 3. The sheriff hopes to raise funds to secure and train the K-9 from community donations and foundation grants, with no burden on taxpayers. The sheriff has already had discussions with the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Northwest Alliance. The SCVF provides funding for the St. Croix County K9 unit. The Burnett County Board of Supervisors will meet Thursday, March 31, as a committee of the whole, to formally consider the time line for acquiring and training the drug-sniffing dog. The sheriff has invited a representative of the NW Alliance to the March 31 meeting to explain nontaxpayer funding options. “We are excited,” Wilhelm said. “We have yet to solicit funds but have already secured $3,500 in donations. The community is supportive about getting this up and going.” Committee members questioned the sheriff as to drug dog expenses once the

program is up and operating. Wilhelm stated he hopes to promote an in-house deputy to assume K9 handler duties, with no new staff required. Committee members also pressed Wilhelm on the cost of daily maintenance. “I’ll have that all put together in a nutshell (for the March 31 meeting) as to how much this will cost on an annual basis,” Wilhelm said. Wilhelm is exploring sites for training the drug dog. “St. Paul has a site for training that is top-notch,” Wilhelm said. “There are several places nearby that are good at training.” Besides using the drug dog for warranted searches, the sheriff also envisions utilizing the dog for anti-drug campaigns in the local schools. “I want to get the kids involved in naming the dog,” Wilhelm said.

Prepping for Armageddon Emergency management director Rhonda Reynolds discussed with committee members the directive of county board Chair Don Taylor for the county to develop a preparedness plan in the event of an electromagnetic pulse attack. An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is set off high in the atmosphere, sending out an electromagnetic charge that would short out the electric grid. Such an attack would blow out transmitters, creating a “lights-out” scenario for a number of years. A 2015 Congressional EMP Commission has described such an attack as “electronic Armageddon.” Reynolds already has in-place an incident command-and-control structure throughout the county, established to respond to natural disasters. The county has secured backup power generators for emergency operation of its radio communication towers. Reynolds has also made

contact with local ham radio operators. Reynolds regularly conducts natural disaster drills with local units of government, emergency personnel, hospitals and fire departments. Committee member and Supervisor Jeremy Gronski, who represents the district in and around Grantsburg, recalled the July 1, 2011, blowdown in which portions of Burnett County were without electricity for more than one week. Food storage quickly became an issue, as meat stored in freezers began to rot. Gronski considered setting up power generations at that time for people to bring in their freezers. “There are two things we need and that is food and water,” Gronski said. “With the amount of lakes and rivers we have around here securing water should not be a problem,” Reynolds said. “Well, only if you have a means to boil it,” replied Supervisor Gene McClain. With an EMP attack the power grid would be down for years, not days. In such a situation it is incumbent upon each individual or family having a personal preparedness plan. Individual self-reliance is the only sure way for people to survive a scenario where they are off the power grid for a considerable length of time, Reynolds explained. Recent history has shown that in intense natural disasters, reliance on government services often proves foolhardy. During Hurricane Katrina, residents of New Orleans were trapped inside the Superdome, without electricity or running water, waiting nearly one week for FEMA busses full of food, water and power generators to arrive. Under an EMP attack, Hurricane Katrina scenarios would play out all across the country, for years, not days. Acknowledging that local government would be overwhelmed, the committee

seemed to adopt the old Boy Scout motto: Be prepared. “Take care of yourself and your families and not rely on government,” Reynolds advised. Supervisor Gerald Pardun agreed with Reynolds. “In such a situation, each individual family needs to look to their family needs without calling for or seeking outside help,” Pardun said.

FBI training In other business, sheriff’s investigator Julie Mead was given approval to attend law enforcement training being offered by the FBI National Academy. “It is to augment what training she already has,” Wilhelm said, explaining that Mead has already undergone similar FBI academy training. DNA swabs Child support administrator Shelly Hatch explained to committee members that her agency is now conducting court-mandated DNA swab profiles to determine paternity in out-of-wedlock births in the county. Previously such DNA testing was conducted at an out-ofagency location. Committee member Gene Olson quizzed Hatch as to the in-agency database for such DNA swabbing, inquiring if such DNA profiles are shared with federal or state agencies, or otherwise entered into a national database. Hatch stated that such DNA profiles are kept confidential. “So, if the sheriff’s department wanted a DNA profile you would refuse to provide it” Olson asked. “It cannot be attained without a court order,” Hatch replied.

Polk County Board has full agenda in March

New highway commissioner, Gandy Dancer Trail, shoreland zoning and more

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - English as the official Polk County language may disappear after the Tuesday, March 15, meeting of the Polk County Board. The full agenda for the board also includes the approval of a new highway commissioner, action on the Gandy Dancer Trail master plan, changes to the shoreland and telecommunication towers ordinances and determining the salaries for three elected officials. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the government center in Balsam Lake and includes a period for public comments.

The new highway commissioner will replace Steve Warndahl, who is retiring this month. The board will vote to confirm county Administrator Dana Frey’s appointment to the position. The name of the nominee has not been announced. The Gandy Dancer Trail Polk County Segment Master Plan is coming to the board after action at the conservation committee (see separate story.) After county board action, the plan will go to the DNR for approval. The board will also act on amendments to two county ordinances to bring them into compliance with changes to the state statutes. The Telecommunication Towers Ordinance will be changed to remove county regulations on towers that are no longer a county option. The present county Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance will be changed to remove

county regulations that were more restrictive than the state DNR regulations. The state this year took away the power of a county to set its own local regulations on shoreland zoning. Polk County is in the process of adopting a new comprehensive land use ordinance, but the proposed action on March 15 will provide the county with interim rules until that new ordinance comes into force. The county must set the salaries of three elected officials, the county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds for each year of their four-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2017. The terms of the three officials and the district attorney are up next year, and the four offices will be on the November ballot. Filing for the four positions starts in mid-April, and the salaries must be set before that time. The district attorney is a state employee whose salary is set by

the state. And English may soon lose its status as the official Polk County language. The county board adopted a resolution declaring that status in January 2014, but the resolution was never fully in force, in part, because state and federal regulations required the use of other languages in many cases. Official notifications in several languages continued to be posted in many county offices including that of the county’s corporation counsel after the resolution was passed. The motion to rescind the English-only status states that there were no discernable cost savings for the county while the resolution was in place. Corporation counsel Jeff Fuge told the Leader that he was never requested to pursue a violation of the official English resolution in the years since it was adopted.

The Leader is a cooperative-owned newspaper Feist/from page 5 sentence, which includes six months of jail time and a lengthy probation. The latest DJOC charge would only resurface if he breaks the law. “That means no new crimes, Mr. Feist,” GaleWyrick said. “Even merely being charged, even without a conviction, and we’re going to reopen this case.” Feist’s attorney, Paul Rogosheske, also filed a rare motion to “stagger” Feist’s previous sentence, to allow for him to do more maintenance of the ranch, relieving the burden of his teen sons, who have had to fill in while he was incarcerated. “Based on the rules of the jail (Huber system) he only has seven hours daily to put the farm back together again,” Rogosheske said. He noted that Feist had met the court-required herd limits, and for the first time, it came out that he had to dispatch or put down a dozen horses, as his herd had grown to over 80 horses for a spell.

“The veterinarian thinks he needs more time (at the ranch),” Rogosheske added. It was that letter from Feist’s veterinarian that seemed to sway GaleWyrick, as she took note of the recommendations and considered the rare request. “There are consequences involved in sentencing,” Polk County prosecutor Dan Steffen said, leaving it in GaleWyrick’s hands. “In 13-1/2 years on the bench, I’ve never done a staggered sentence,” GaleWyrick said. “But I’m going to do it here.” In the end, she allowed Feist to go free for now, giving him 67 days of credit, with him completing his 180-day sentence next winter, beginning Nov. 1 and ending on Feb. 21, 2017. “It’s not fair that his minor children, extraordinary children, I should add, it’s not fair for them to carry this burden,” GaleWyrick said in conclusion. “Children’s jobs should be to go to school.” Feist received one final warning from

the judge before she adjourned the hearing. “Mr. Feist, you’ve got to be perfect,” GaleWyrick said. “You know you’re going to be under the microscope.”

Background on the other charges According to a probable cause report filed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the ancillary charges that Feist pleaded guilty to in the latest plea agreement emerged when a PCSD deputy went to Feist’s ranch to check on conditions of the animals the morning of Dec. 27, 2013. When the deputy walked up the driveway, he was met by Feist carrying a sledgehammer and shouting profanities toward the officer, claiming it was harassment. The deputy reportedly attempted to calm Feist, who kept shouting demands and profanities, without dropping the hammer. That was when the deputy drew his sidearm, which led Feist to throw the

hammer to the side, but he still refused to comply and continued to yell at the deputy, threatening to assault the officer and then he began to move toward the hammer. The officer then informed Feist he was under arrest but he refused to stop threatening to assault the deputy. That was when the deputy reportedly used pepper spray on Feist, who still resisted, and while the deputy attempted to handcuff him, Feist told the officer that he was “a karate expert” and said he would assault the deputy, who said he would use a Taser on Feist if he did not comply, which he did not. The deputy used the Taser on Feist’s back and right hip, which led to him being handcuffed, but even once arrested, he reportedly continued to resist, even when he was handcuffed and being led to the patrol car. He was eventually taken to the Polk County Jail, where he was booked and decontaminated.


Interest rate at all-time low for Unity

Referendum interest $2.4 million less than projected

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - For the second time in two weeks, a local school district has received an extremely low interest rate on general obligation bonds, saving taxpayers a hefty amount. Tuesday evening, March 8, the Unity School Board of Education accepted a bid on $7.995 million in general obligation school improvement bonds, at an interest rate that Baird & Associates finance director Lisa Voisin described as an all-time, or nearly all-time, low. Winning bidder BOSC, Inc., came in with a true interest rate of 1.74 percent on the nearly $8 million in bonds. This is the second bond sale for the $17.495 million project, with the first $9.5 million sold last fall at an interest rate of 2.93 percent. The blended interest rate of 2.61 percent, said Voisin, is 1.25 percent lower than projected. This means that the projected interest the school district will pay over the course of the loan is $2.4 million lower than initially projected last fall. Last week, Luck School District accepted a bid on $1.59 million in general obligation bonds with an interest rate of 2.45 percent.

This group of interested staff and community members attended the Tuesday, March 8, meeting of the Unity School Board of Education. — Photos by Mary Stirrat Unity’s low rate is attributable to its AA-minus Standard and Poors bond rating and the “unheard-of” number of bidders. A total of nine bids came in for the bonds, with interest rates ranging from BOSC’s low of 1.74 percent to a high of 2.06 percent. At least one local bank bid on the bonds through broker Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., but the Stifel bid came in second with an interest rate of 1.77 percent. The fact that the bonds were sold on Tuesday, a relatively slow day on the bond market, is the main factor in the

The Unity School Board of Education met Tuesday evening, March 8. From left are board members Sheryl Holmgren and Jim Beistle, district Administrator Brandon Robinson, board President Debbie Peterson, board members Pat Kastens, Ryan Peterson and Kelly Bakke, and Lisa Voisin of Baird & Associates.

high number of bidders, said Voisin. The district’s AA-minus rating, she said, is “very strong for a district of this size.” The rating reflects Standard and Poors opinion of the district’s financial strength as measured by income and market value per capita within the district, a strong fund balance, and moderate-to-low debt.

Attendance requirements Senior Alex Carlson spoke to the board during the public comment period, asking that the required attendance rate be dropped to 80 percent for students experiencing health and mental health issues. She said that a student with depression often has a hard time getting out of bed and cannot get a doctor’s excuse every time this happens. School policy requires an attendance rate of 90 percent to participate in the senior class trip or the graduation ceremony, and Carlson said that a number of students suffer from depression, which makes it difficult to meet this requirement. Board policy states that public comments must pertain to an item on the meeting agenda. Carlson’s topic was not on the agenda but board President Debbie Peterson said she would make an exception to the policy. “I could get into big

Lisa Voisin, finance director with Baird & Associates, gave the Unity School Board good news Tuesday evening, March 8. trouble,” Peterson made clear. She said that the board would take Carlson’s comments under advisement.

Other business • The school board approved the hiring of Debra Grams and Cola DeNucci as assistant softball coaches. The resignation of David Anderson as middle school wrestling coach was approved. Hiring of an assistant high school football coach and a middle school football coach were put on hold until next year’s extracurricular contracts can be determined. • District Administrator Brandon Robinson said that the design phase of the referendum is “in full swing,” with design teams meeting with the architect. Once an overall design has been approved by the board the bidding process will begin. Robinson said the process is on track to have a design proposal to the board for its April meeting.

New Dollar General plan puts access on Butternut Ave.

Plan commission recommends approval

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK - Following the Department of Transportation’s denial of the request from Dollar General to have an access off Hwy. 35 for their proposed store in Luck, , store planners have come up with a site design that places the driveway to the store on Butternut Avenue. At its meeting Monday evening, March 7, the Luck planning commission voted unanimously to recommend that the village board approve the new plan. If the plan is approved by the board, the new driveway will be located about 60 feet from the east side of Hwy. 35. This

location, so close to the intersection, raised concerns from Luck Police Chief Monte Tretsven. “I’m afraid we’re going to have a ton of car accidents there,” he said. Trustee Alan Tomlinson also commented on the number of accidents that already occur at that location. “I’ve voiced my concern before,” he said, referring to last month’s meeting of the planning commission. “That intersection is horrible. It’s scary.” According to public works director Seth Petersen, the DOT has indicated that it will never allow the corner lot in question to have access to Hwy. 35. “For the lot to be used,” he said, “it has to have access to Butternut (Avenue).” Petersen also said that the DOT has more of a problem with the western

access into Wayne’s Foods Plus than it does with the proposed driveway location for Dollar General. Plan commission member John Klatt asked whether the driveway could be moved further to the east, but project engineer Jim Lundberg said delivery trucks would not be able to maneuver to back into the loading dock and drive out again. “We’re faced with a few challenges,” Lundberg admitted. When Tretsven asked whether the driveway could be designed as a rightturn-only onto Butternut Avenue, Lundberg said that Dollar General would not go for that, in part because of the delivery trucks. The village board will discuss and possibly take action on the planning commission’s recommendation at its Wednesday,

March 9, meeting.

Other business • The zoning board of appeals, meeting just prior to the planning commission, approved a variance allowing Dollar General to have fewer parking spaces than allowed per village code. The lot will have 30 rather than 38 parking spaces, and each space will measure 9 by 20 feet rather than the required 10 by 18 feet. This decision does not require approval from the village board. • The new site design for the proposed Dollar General has the entrance facing Hwy. 35 rather than the corner entrance in the first design.

Assessor’s data to be converted to electronic format

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - The state of Wisconsin is now requiring that municipal assessment data be converted to an electronic format, and the village of Balsam Lake took action Monday night, March 7, to become compliant with the new regulations. “It’s not something we have a choice to do,” said village President Geno D’Agostino. “It’s what the state wants.” Associated Appraisal Consultants, which serves as the village assessor, presented the board with a proposal to convert the data, for a one-time fee of $5,000. Company President Mark Brown was in attendance at the meeting, and he told the board that digital photos, in particular, are missing from the electronic record. Also required are digital sketches, property records and assessment data. Brown said that, since Balsam Lake is a “lakefront community,” he would like to take the photographs this summer.

Background checks An ordinance amendment authorizing the village clerk or any department to request that the police department do a full criminal history check on an individual applying for a job or a license was approved by the board. Approval of the amendment was recommended by the public protection committee, consisting of Glen Jones, Vera Bollinger and Caroline Rediske. In the past, said police Chief Tom Thompson, he has done a complete criminal history on individuals applying for a position in his department. Criminal checks on those applying for liquor or operator’s licenses, he said, have consisted of examining the court records. A complete criminal history will not always be necessary, Thompson indicated, but the amendment will allow the police department to do them when needed. He told the board that the full checks could

cost $7 each. The amendment brings the village ordinance in line with state statutes, he said. The public protection committee also authorized Thompson to issue a municipal citation of $156.50 to property owners who have received a property maintenance violation notice and have not taken care of the violation within 10 days of receiving the notice. The notices of violation will be sent by the village clerk by certified mail.

Other business • No action was taken on a request from William Powell to change the zoning on his property at 820 W. Main St. from highway commercial to residential-scale commercial. Residential-scale commercial allows for one- and two-family residences. Powell has been renting out the lower floor at his property for the past 27 years. • Spring cleanup will be Saturday, May

14. • Chris Nelson informed the board that he is a candidate for the Polk County Board of Supervisors. He said he has “thrown enough grenades” and now feels “it’s time to step up.” • Nelson, D’Agostino, Rediske and others all expressed their sorrow at the passing of Carl Holmgren, saying that his death is a great loss to the village and the area. “He was a true patriot,” said Rediske. “He served our people well, and our community.” • Resident Dave Robinson asked the board to consider having the village attorney present at some of the board meetings in order to provide timely advice. • The board approved a formal street closure form to be used when organizations and businesses are asking to close a village street for a particular event.


Luck Community Education Preregistration is required at least one week prior to the start of each class and can be done by contacting Amy Aguado at Luck Community Education at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or

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

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

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

Wild Mushrooms 301: The genus Russula Monday, April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Tavis Lynch. Fee: $17.34/$4.50 seniors. Preregister by Monday, March 28.

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


Meet the Mountain Dulcimer

Beginning PowerPoint

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

Tuesday and Thursday, May 10 and 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Amy Klous. Fee: $30/$17.25 seniors. Basic computer skills are required. Preregister by Tuesday, May 3.

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

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

Knife skills, advanced Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Instructor: Nico SanFilippo. Fee: $10/co-op members free. Preregister with Luck Community Ed by Tuesday, May 3. Must have already taken beginner class listed above.

Who me? Yes, you can teach!

Thursdays, April 7 and 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Amy Klous. Fee: $30/$17.25 seniors. Basic computer skills are required and an email address with the ability to log on from class. Preregister by Thursday, March 31.

Composting 101

Improvisational comedy

Tuesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. Instructors: Barb Kass and Mike Miles. Fee: $13/$8.75 seniors, plus $8 supply fee due to the instructor prior to the class. Preregister by Tuesday, April 26.

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

DNR boating safety certification

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, April 18, 19 and 21, 5:30-8 p.m., school library. Instructor: Deputy Jeff Hahn. Cost: $10, payable to community ed. Participants must be at least 11 years old, but the certificate earned in class does not become valid until the child reaches 12 years of age. You will need to bring your DNR customer identification number with you to class. If you have not had one assigned yet, contact the Wisconsin DNR at 888-936-7463. Preregister through community ed. Class is limited to the first 30 registrants.

Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. garden tour. Bus departs Unity School at 8:15 a.m. Bus leaves the Arboretum to return home at 2 p.m. For more information, visit Cost: $45. Preregister by Tuesday, May 31.

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

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

Grilling great foods

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

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

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

TRX fitness class Mondays, April 11 - June 6, no class May 30; and Wednesdays, April 13 - June 1, 5:45-6:30 p.m., upper gym. Instructor: Amy Williamson. Cost: $40

for each eight-session class, choose Monday or Wednesday, or $72 for all 16 sessions. Space is limited to the first 10 registrants.

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

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

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. meal, 1 p.m. show at Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Bus departs Unity School at 8:45 a.m. Cost: $95. Preregister by Friday, April 15. Limited number of tickets available.

Baby sign language basics Wednesdays, May 4 and 11, 4-5:30 p.m., elementary school conference room. Instructor: Leslie Peterson. Cost: $20. Preregister by Wednesday, April 27.

Logging era learn and lunch Friday, May 13, 11 a.m., Polk County Museum, Balsam Lake. Cost: $15. Preregister by Friday, April 29.

Wild food rambles Wednesdays, May 4, 11 and 18; June 15, 22 and 29; July 6, 13 and 20, 6-7 p.m., instructor’s home. Directions given upon registration. Instructor: Tanna Worrell. For more info, visit Cost: $12/one class; $30/three classes; $55/six classes; $72/nine classes.

Spring birding Sunday, May 22. Sterling Barrens, 4-8 a.m., meet at 4 a.m. at the St. Croix Falls Lions Park; Straight Lake State Park, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Instructor: Brian Collins. Cost: $5/person or $15/family.

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

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

Logging era learn and lunch

Mall of America

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Remarkable Red Wing!

Diva Days

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

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, April 15, $20 for transportation, children 10 and under are free. Contact Grantsburg Comm. Ed. Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Anoka, Minn. Register by Friday, April 22, $10 for transportation. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed.

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

Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. at Polk County Museum, Balsam Lake. Register by Friday, April 29, $15 includes lunch. Contact Unity Community Ed. Saturday, May 14, 8:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., with 11 a.m. meal and 1 p.m. show, at Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Register by Friday, April 15, $95 includes meal, server gratuity, show ticket and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

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

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tuesday, June 7, 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a 10:30

a.m. garden tour, in Chaska, Minn. Register by Tuesday, May 31, $45 includes tour and transportation. Contact Unity Community Ed.

Minnesota State Fair Monday, Aug. 29, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register by Friday, Aug. 12, $30 includes transportation and ticket, $10 children age 5-10, free for 4 and under. Contact Grantsburg Community Ed. Contact the sponsoring community education director to reserve your spot on these trips ASAP. Luck School District, Amy Aguado, 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or Grantsburg School District, Rebekah Stavne, 715463-4701, or Unity School District, Deb Paulsen, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560, or Frederic School District, Mary Miller, 715-3274868, ext. 1117, or

Shredding event available for entire community SIREN - Time to shred it up! Bremer Bank in Siren is hosting its first community shredding event on Saturday, April 16. “Identity thieves are more savvy than ever before, and Bremer’s dedication to our clients and the local community will give everyone a safe and sound way to keep confidential information out of the wrong hands,” said Jim Richison, market manager of Amery, Danbury, Frederic and Siren. As the need has grown for a place to shred confidential documents, the Bremer Bank staff thought it would be a great

community event to have a shredding truck come to the community. This way, everyone can have the opportunity to shred confidential documents. Bremer is pleased to partner up with Confidential Records Inc. for this community event. Confidential Records will shred the documents on-site and you can watch it happen through a camera system inside the truck itself. Bremer customers and anyone in the community or surrounding communities is welcome to bring their confidential documents and dispose of critical information in a proper, secure and efficient way.

This is the first time Bremer Bank has held this type of event in the Siren area. With a positive response from the community, the Siren staff hopes it becomes an annual event. “Identity theft is a serious situation, and even though many companies do their part to be as paperless as they can, every business and person accumulates documents with confidential information. Just think of how many bank statements, credit-card statements and business documents people and businesses accumulate in a month’s time … now multiply that by years in many cases,” Richison explains.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. until noon in the Siren Bremer Bank parking lot. “It’s all about safety and security for all of us,” Richison stated. “The Bremer Bank staff talk every day about safety and security and see the negative impacts when fraud happens. Fraudsters out there are more sophisticated than ever and if we can help our community be a little less vulnerable to those individuals, we’re all for it and excited to help.” – from Bremer

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Cardinals storm into sectionals Extra Points

The Luck Cardinal boys basketball team finished with a regional championship in a win over Solon Springs on Saturday, March 5. The Cardinals now face No. 1 seeded Washburn, at Superior in the sectional semifinal on Thursday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. – Photos by Josh Johnson

Win regional championship over Solon Springs Luck 75, Solon Springs 48 Marty Seeger|Staff writer LUCK – Backed by 30 points from Noah Mortel, the Luck Cardinals took the regional championship over the Solon Springs Eagles on Saturday, March 5, putting an exclamation mark on their already impressive playoff performance, while ousting an Eagles team that had just one loss entering Saturday’s game, at 23-1. The team’s only loss of the season came against Washburn, who shared the Indianhead Conference championship with Solon Springs at 15-1. The Cardinals led much of the first half against Solon Springs. They had a 15-8 lead with 10:14 left before halftime, and a slim 24-19 lead with 5:46 still to play in the first half. Mortel led the first half with 15 points, and senior Nick Mattson hit a pair of long-range shots and finished with 10 of his 12 points in the first half. Taylor Hawkins also added six before halftime and the Cardinals were in control 34-24 at halftime. In the second half, Luck started pouring on the offense as junior Casey Ogilvie buried a pair of threes and had all 14 of his points in the second half, and Hawkins added eight in the second half

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Noah Mortel of Luck brings down a rebound against Solon Springs. The senior led the Cardinals with 30 points in the win.

Luck junior Preston Lane goes up for a shot against Solon Springs.

••• RICE LAKE – Shooters Basketball Camp for young athletes in grades 5-7 and 8-12 will be held on Sunday evenings in the UW-Barron County gym in Rice Lake. The camps will meet on April 10, 17 and 24. The camp for grades 5-7 will meet from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and the camp for grades 8-12 will meet from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Coach Jeff Olson will instruct players on basketball technique and drills that will continue to improve the athlete’s skills. The camps will focus specifically on offense and shooting techniques. Whether a highly skilled player or a beginner, the participants will benefit greatly from Olson’s instruction and ability to inspire young athletes. Olson has 30-plus years of coaching and has led clinics throughout the Midwest and in the states of Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and has taken teams to play in Europe and Australia. He has coached boys and girls at the fifth-grade level through the college level where he led his team to a district championship and was honored as NAIA District II Coach of the Year in only his third year at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. To register online go to barron.uwc. edu/ce or call Doug Edwardsen in the UWBC continuing education department at 715-234-8176, ext. 5403 or email – submitted ••• LEADER LAND – The Cameron versus Unity boys sectional semifinal basketball game on Thursday, March 10, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, starting at 7 p.m. The Washburn at Luck boys basketball sectional semifinal at Superior can be heard on 105.7 FM, starting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 10. The Clayton versus Barneveld state semifinal girls basketball game on Friday, March 11, can be heard on 1260 AM, starting at 9 a.m. If Clayton wins, their game in the state finals can also be found on 1260 AM. All high school games can also be found on the web at ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2016 who hasn’t been mentioned, or could be mentioned again, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Siren’s Neil Oustigoff gets 1,000th point

Cousins of Neil Oustigoff, No. 23, helped celebrate his 1,000-point achievement Friday, March 4. Pictured with Oustigoff from (L to R): Chad Songetay, Jr., Carmine Songetay, Ealen Oustigoff and Caleil Songetay. – Photo by Josh Johnson

Becomes seventh West Lakeland athlete to reach milestone Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN - There’s been a lot of scoring going on over the past few seasons for a select number of athletes in the West Lakeland Conference. Among both girls and boys seven have reached their 1,000thpoint milestone. Siren’s Neil Oustigoff got his grand during the regional semifinal against Frederic on Friday, March 4. Among the many 1,000-point scorers in Siren High School history, Siren coach Jon

Ruud said, Oustigoff’s is likely one of the most impressive. “Neil came into the season needing 550 points as a senior to score 1,000. Last year he averaged about 12.8 points a game. Coming into this season, with such a young team, I didn’t know if he would even have a chance to get great shots in games because I knew that other teams would put such a defensive effort on him and Aaron Ruud. His dad asked me, as Aaron Ruud was getting close to his 1,000 points, how many Neil Jr. was away from 1,000, and I remember thinking that it wasn’t even a realistic thought,” Jon Ruud said. But shortly after the Dragons loss to Webster earlier in the season, Oustigoff started to become a different player according to Ruud. During the first 10

Siren’s Neil Oustigoff became the third member this year to earn a spot on the 1,000-point board at Siren High School. Ousitgoff went up strong over Frederic’s Jonah Tinman at the Friday, March 4, playoff game in Siren. Oustigoff finished with 578 points this season alone. – Photo by Becky Strabel games of the season Ruud said Oustigoff wouldn’t finish his shots and left many points on the floor. “The last 15 games of the season were different. Neil became a finisher! Neil averaged 27 points a game, in the last 15 games of the season, and he did it against

many quality teams. When you see great players, it almost seems like the game slows down for them on the floor, and that is exactly how it seemed when I was watching Neil. It seemed like he always

Payton Ellefson hits a 3-pointer against Drummond in the first half for the Luck Cardinals on Friday, March 4, in Luck. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Luck junior Casey Ogilvie floats in for an easy layup against Drummond.

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Luck basketball/Continued to his total of 14 overall. Other scorers included Austin Hamack, Jack Johansen and Peyton Ellefson each with two and Preston Lane with one. With the win, the No. 3 seeded Cardinals will take on No. 1 seeded Washburn in the sectional semifinal in Superior on Thursday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. Like Solon Springs, Washburn also has just one loss on the year, which came against Solon Springs in early January, 61-54. Washburn defeated Solon Springs more recently in early February, 72-60. If Luck wins on Thursday, they will move on to the sectional championship game against the winner between Rib Lake and McDonell Central, at Spooner on Saturday, March 12, starting at 7 p.m.

Luck 65, Drummond 60 DRUMMOND – Luck’s regional semifinal win over Drummond came courtesy of a fast start and balanced scoring Friday, March 4. It was the Cardinals final home game of the season and another quality win over a Drummond team who didn’t go away quietly. The Cardinals went back-and-forth with Drummond in the first half, but an early 9-9 tie was quickly broken by with a 3-pointer from sophomore Peyton Ellefson. With key baskets from Taylor Hawkins, Noah Mortel and Ellefson the Cardinals went on a 10-4 run in the next eight minutes of the game. Nick Mattson buried another 3-pointer for the Cardinals to give Luck a 24-17 lead with 4:15 to play in the first half, and moments later extended the lead with a basket by Casey Ogilvie and another Ellefson three to make it a 31-18 first half lead with 2:15 to play. Drummond managed to answer with a 3-pointer but the Cardinals maintained a solid 35-23 halftime lead. Offensively the Cardinals were led

by Mortel with 20 points, followed by Mattson with 15, Taylor Hawkins, 11,

Ellefson, eight, Austin Hamack, six, and Ogilvie, five.





Eagles win fourth straight regional title Face undefeated Cameron in sectional semifinal Unity 60, Phillips 39 Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE - The Unity boys basketball team celebrated their fourth straight regional championship with a big win over Phillips on Saturday, March 5. For first-year coach Chad Stenberg, it’s a first, but not unfamiliar territory as he spent several years under former head coach Shaun Fisher. Like they were under Fisher, the Eagles appear once again to be in good hands with their new head coach. “It was quite nerve-wracking I can tell you that, but what a great season. Senior-heavy team, a lot of leadership, quite an accomplishment,” Stenberg said. “Four years they’ve been on the team and four regional championships, so a pretty special group of kids.” Things got off to a bit of a slow start for Unity on Saturday against the Loggers, who brought everything they had to try and control the Eagles offense, both inside and from the outside. For the most part in the first half Phillips was successful, unlike Chetek-Weyerhaeuser had been the night before during the regional semifinal. “Last night we came out, (against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser,) and got our shots going, and tonight, things just didn’t fall. “Hand it to them (Phillips), they played very well defensively, they came out and got a hand in your face and they were kind of taking the middle away from us a little bit, their bigger guys were strong,” Stenberg said. The Eagles still led 7-2 with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half but the Loggers hit a couple of big shots including a 3-pointer that helped give them an 11-9 lead with 6:45 in the first. It was the only lead, however, for Phillips, as the senior-dominated Eagles started to take control quickly, backed by Erik Peterson and Logan Bader, who led the first half with eight points apiece. By the two-minute mark in the first half, the Eagles had taken a 20-14 lead and forced Phillips to take their first time-out. That didn’t appear to slow the Eagles, though, as Peterson and Jesse Vlasnik combined for six points, and despite a late 3-pointer from the Loggers, Unity held a 26-19 first-half lead. “We did a good job. We talked at halftime and said you know we haven’t made a shot here outside, but the second half is ours. Just keep playing strong defense. That’s kind of what we hang our hat on, is

The Unity Eagle boys basketball team won their fourth regional championship on Saturday, March 5, with a convincing 60-39 win over Phillips. The Eagles now face undefeated Cameron this Thursday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m., in Amery. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Unity’s Jesse Vlasnik and Logan Bader along with players from Phillips go after a loose ball.

Brett Nelson of Unity gets a fast-break opportunity as Ben Hanson of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser tries to chase him down in the second half of the regional semifinal Friday, March 4.

just playing strong defense. Defense and rebounding, and if you don’t shoot well, you can still stick around in games and probably win at the end,” Stenberg said. In the second half the Eagles appeared ready to take control early, outscoring Phillips 15-2 in the first six minutes of the second half, which was capped off by a timely 3-pointer from senior Nathan Heimstead to bring the Eagles up 38-21. Stenberg said that the team settled down a bit in the second half, while also wearing down the Loggers defense. “I think they settled in. Defensively, they (Phillips) maybe got a little bit slower, so we just kind of wore on them a little bit to get a little bit easier shot,” Stenberg said. Offensively Bader finished with 21 points, followed by Peterson with 12, Heimstead, nine, Wyatt Stenberg and Vlasnik each had eight, and Brett Nelson finished with two. With the win, Unity now faces undefeated Cameron during the sectional semifinal game to be held at Amery on Thursday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. The matchup is a familiar one for both teams but Unity has largely dominated the Comets. The Eagles won the regional semifinal over the Comets in 2013, and the regional championship in 2014 and 2015. This is the first time the teams will be meeting in the sectional. A win will

Unity senior Wyatt Stenberg takes an outside shot against Phillips in the first half, Saturday, March 5. put one or the other on the doorstep to the state tournament. Unity’s only loss this season was to Cameron in late January, 50-32. “We didn’t play very well that night. It’s something we’ve thought about, but we just take it one thing at a time,” said Stenberg. “They’re ready to play them again and it should be a great game. I mean Cameron’s a great team. We’ll have to play our best, but we’ll let it all hang out and see what happens and do the best we can.”

Unity 84, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 50 BALSAM LAKE - Unity’s regional semifinal game against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser went smoothly for the Eagles on Friday, March 4, with a commanding 84-50 win. Unity never trailed in the game and got hot early. The Eagles led 25-11 late in the first half and never looked back, leading 38-16 at halftime. Logan Bader led with 19 points, but Cody Ince had a big second half along with Wyatt Stenberg, with 16 and 13 points respectively. Brett Nelson also had a solid game with eight points and several fast-break scoring opportunities. Nathan Heimstead also had eight points, Jesse Vlasnik, seven, Austin Donahue, six, Logan Hendrickson, five, and Erik Peterson, two.





Lerud wins state title on bars Team takes sixth in historical trip to state Marty Seeger|Staff writer WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Grantsburg senior Jesse Lerud highlighted the Grantsburg/Luck gymnastics team’s first trip to the state meet in school history, which was held in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. The team competition began on Friday, with the individual meet taking place on Saturday, and Lerud delivered big performances on both days. As an individual on Saturday, Lerud won the state Division 2 title on the uneven bars, took second on both vault and in the all-around, and was sixth overall on the balance beam. “Jessee Lerud made her own history as the most distinguished gymnast for the Grantsburg Pirates,” said coach Kathy Lund. “This four-time state individual qualifier ends her high school gymnastics career with a sweet success, setting the bar high, holding school records and the highest points scored in Grantsburg history.” Lerud’s career was filled with success as she competed in 33 meets, with 30 of those meets as an all-around gymnast. She took first place 75 times and scored a whopping 1,172.629 points. She set the school record 18 times while holding the record in every event including the uneven bars with 9.525, balance beam, 9.725, floor exercise, 9.50, and 37.75 points in the all-around as a senior. Lerud’s other highlights include: • State champion - uneven bars, 2016 • State champion - beam, 2014 • State runner-up - vault, 2015 and 2016 • State runner-up - all-around, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 • Sectional champion 2016 - uneven bars, balance beam and all-around • Sectional champion 2015 - balance beam and all-around • Sectional champion 2014 - balance beam, floor exercise and all-around Along with a long list of accomplishments, Lerud also became the creator of a new skill, which Lund says will be printed into the next rule book as 2.404, AHA Comaneci Salto. State team competition During Friday’s competition it was the team’s time to shine for the first time in school history, with the first event being the balance beam for Holly Fiedler, Erica Simmons, Gracie Gerber, Morgan Pfaff and Jessee Lerud. “Our warm-up went pretty good, but once competition started, I don’t think we really were prepared for the roaring, continuous noise,” Lund said. Lerud ended the round with the only ‘stuck routine and led the team with a score of 8.917. “After sitting two rounds we competed on floor,” Lund explained. Lerud again led with a score of 9.183, and others scoring in the event included Brittanie Blume, Fiedler, Gerber and Pfaff. “We did better on this event, but it wasn’t until vault that we started to get

The Grantsburg/ Luck gymnastics team accomplished a lot this season, and has reason to smile at their success. The team earned their first trip to state in school history, and many of their athletes will be back again to give it another shot next season. – Photo from Facebook

Grantsburg senior Jessee Lerud is honored at the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, March 5, for her state championship on the uneven bars. – Photos by Josh Riewestahl our momentum going. We had a great vault!” Lund said. Lerud led the team vault competition with a score of 9.133, with Gerber scoring 8.700, Pfaff, 8.400, Blume, 8.433, and Fiedler, 8.200. The team completed their competition on the bars, with Lerud scoring 9.383, followed by Gerber, 8.500, Pfaff, 7.733, Fiedler, 7.033, and Belle Ress, 5.650. “This was a big meet, 20 teams competing at once, the stands on both sides of the gym full on fans cheering nonstop,” Lund said. “I was so proud of our gymnasts. They set a goal at the beginning of the season, they worked hard and through injuries, they stuck together and made a trip to state. My biggest joy for Jessee was that she caught her release Comaneci Salto on the uneven bars and earned her champion title.”

All-state awards Academic all-state awards were awarded to Jessee Lerud, Holly Fiedler, Erica Simmons, Brittanie Blume, Gracie Gerber, Alethea Simmons and Morgan Pfaff. All-state recipients included Pfaff, who earned second team on vault, Lerud making first-team all-state on bars and Gerber earning second team all-state on bars. – with information written by Lund

Jessee Lerud competes on the beam at state.

Along with her state championship on the uneven bars, Jessee Lerud also became the creator of a new skill that will be printed into the next rule book as 2.404, AHA Comaneci Salto.





Dragons defeat Frederic, fall at Washburn down the stretch. Luckily for us, Frederic missed a shot with time running out and we were able to strip the ball from a Frederic player as time ran out.” The Dragons were led by Neil Oustigoff with 19 points, followed by Aaron Ruud, 15, Christianson, 13, Allen, five, and Dolan Highstrom and Max Lindquist each had two points. For Frederic, Jonah Tinman and Poirier each had 17 points, followed by Caleb Schott, 10, Austin Ennis, seven, and Ethan Schmidt, three. “We held Ennis to seven points and struggled to hold Poirier to 17 points. I thought that Tinman played great for Frederic as well,” Ruud said. “Hats off to Frederic. They have had a solid year, and Roman Poirier and Austin Ennis play the game like it should be played. Our seniors and their seniors have had many great battles, and there is a mutual respect for each other. It was a tough game for either team to lose.”

Coach Ruud reflects on successful year Siren 56, Frederic 54 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SIREN - After splitting the regular season, the Frederic and Siren boys met for a third time this season on Friday, March 4, but this game ended up deciding who would continue, and who would stay home the following night. In the end, the Dragons won the rubber match and earned the right to compete in the regional championship.

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Dragons and Vikings wait under the basket for a shot to fall during an intense regional semifinal game at Siren on Friday, March 4. Siren won by just two points and the right to play the regional championship the next night at Washburn, but their season ended there. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Siren’s Max Lindquist puts in a pair of points against the Vikings.

“The Frederic game was a great battle. It was also a game of runs by each team. Frederic came out fast, and led us early on by a score of 11-4. We got into early foul trouble, and Logan Allen found himself on the bench by the 12-minute mark of the first half,” said coach Jon Ruud. Siren was able to start drawing some fouls according to Ruud, including a third foul on Vikings senior Roman Poirier with 4:30 remaining in the first half. “They took him out of the game, and we gambled and left Aaron Ruud on the floor with three fouls. We pressed them

without Poirier on the floor and were able to get a couple of baskets to take a 27-23 halftime lead.” It went back and forth again in the second half but Siren got going offensively with threes from Kaanan Christianson, and Allen. The game came down to the wire as the Vikings made their comeback led by Poirier. “Roman Poirier played like a senior that did not want his career to come to an end. He hit for 13 points down the stretch including three 25-foot shots,” said Ruud. “We went to the line and missed seven consecutive free throws

Siren’s Neil Oustigoff takes a shot over the head of Frederic’s Jonah Tinman.

Oustigoff/Continued from page 16 knew when to shoot the outside three, or when to go inside and finish. I have only seen one other player have such a big midseason turnaround, and that player was Waylon Buck from Frederic. Neil and Waylon Buck were both great players as seniors, but something clicked for both of them as they got into January and they both elevated their games to a different level,” Ruud said. Oustigoff would end up finishing with 578 points this year alone, including a career-high 52 points against Butternut during the first round of the playoffs. Ruud said that in order for Oustigoff to get a shot at 1,000 points, the team would need to get to a third-round playoff game, but Oustigoff needed just two playoff games. He was in need of 14 points against Frederic, and led the team with 19. He averaged 23 points per game on his career and 27 points during his last 15 games. He also hit 46 threes this season and was a 72-percent free-throw shooter this year, leading the team in blocked shots and rebounds. “Neil was one of those rare players that could shoot the three as well as attack and finish inside. Not many players can play with their backs to the basket in the paint,

and then come out and shoot the three or attack off of the dribble,” said Ruud adding that Oustigoff is also a leader off the court. “Neil did such a great job of handling our younger players. Neil is quiet and easy to talk to, and he instantly made our younger players feel accepted and valuable. When we were struggling early in the season, instead of getting on the younger players, he would stay calm and build them up with compliments, followed by what he thought they would add to our team. It has really been a great ride having the opportunity to coach Neil. To see him grow as an athlete and as a person has really been great! Neil will be sorely missed next season, but he has given our program and our community many great memories to cherish.” Neil Oustigoff, Jr., scored his 1,000th point of his high school basketball career on Friday, March 4. Aaron Ruud scored his 1,000th point earlier this year. Following the playoff game against Frederic, Ruud and Oustigoff were presented with T-shirts to honor the achievement. Also pictured are their fathers and coaches Jon Ruud and Neil Oustigoff, Sr. – Photo by Josh Johnson





Win or go home - Grantsburg moves on But Cameron proves too tough to handle as Pirates end season in regional final Grantsburg 66, Abbotsford 53 Scott Hoffman|Staff writer GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg came out with something to prove Friday night, March 4. After playing down to a lowly Cumberland Beavers team that hadn’t won a game all year, the Pirates really needed to come out fast against the Abbotsford Falcons and make some noise. That noise was provided by a hot-shooting Jackson Gerber, hitting a trifecta of threes. The only person keeping pace with Gerber early in the game was Abbottsford’s Garrett Rau with 12 first-half points of his total of 21 leading the Falcons for the night. Rau seemed to single-handedly keep the Falcons in the game, as the Pirates held a slight edge and the momentum at halftime, 32-25. Grantsburg coach Nick Hallberg commented on the Falcons ability to shoot. “Abbotsford shot the ball better tonight than we expected they would,

Pirate sophomore John Chenal gets an easy bucket against the Abbotsford Falcons.

Grantsburg’s John Chenal and Jordan Knutson try to steal a rebound from Falcon Tyler Kunze on Friday, March 4, during the regional semifinal in Grantsburg. The Pirates won 66-53, but fell the next night in the regional championship against Cameron to end their season. – Photos by Scott Hoffman which is what kept the game close. We’d get up eight, nine, 10 points and they’d battle back and hit two or three big shots. It was a clean high school basketball game and our guys played well from start to finish.” Abottsford came roaring back to within a point, but Pirate Jaeger Staeven was able to really push the ball in Abbottsford’s end, picking up several fouls and shooting 9 of 10 from the line, finishing the night with 15. Staeven performed admirably, considering a separated shoulder that has plagued him all season. The Falcons came out in the second half and one could tell they knew that their season was on the line. They fought hard to get back to within one. The Pirates then started to feed the beast inside by the name of John Chenal, who seemed unstoppable. Chenal dropped 17 of his 19 points in the second half. The Pirates regained the momentum and started to slowly increase their lead. Coach Hallberg added, “We played with intensity and energy for 36 minutes, which is something we didn’t do on Tuesday. Offensively we were balanced and were able to get the ball inside in the second half.”

The Pirates led 58-43 and then started the stall game, making Abbottsford have to foul to have any chance to get back into the game. That sent the Pirates to the line where they were able to take advantage of being in the double bonus.

Cameron 74, Grantsburg 49 GRANTSBURG – The outside shooting from the undefeated Cameron Comets proved too much for Grantsburg to

handle Saturday, March 5, during the regional championship, which ultimately ended the Pirates season. The Comets had seven threes in the first half including four from Brady Schoenecher, which helped Cameron lead 38-21 at the half, but the Pirates played close before Cameron started pulling away late in the first half. “The anticipation of the game and the excitement of playing for another regional title was irreplaceable, but Cameron was just too much for us toward the end of the first half,” said coach Nick Hallberg. “We hung with them for the majority of the first half, but they made that eight- or 10-point run to end the first half instead of us. It changes everything we wanted to continue to do when we go into the half down 17. Cameron shot the ball well from the perimeter, which was the difference early. It’d be nice to get those last four minutes of the first half back,” said Hallberg. In the second half the Pirates got four threes from senior Jordan Knutson, who finished with 16 to lead the team. Jaeger Staeven added nine, followed by John Chenal, eight, Leo Chenal and Jackson Gerber each had six, Joseph Ohnstad, three, and Tyler Stevens, one. “Our guys never stopped playing, which is a testament to the type of kids we have. I see this game as a motivator going into the offseason, since we have a few kids coming back that will want to finish the deal next season and get back into the sectionals. With 18 wins, we had a good season and have nothing to hang our heads about. We are going to miss our seniors. Those guys have gotten us back to the top where we belong and are used to being. I’ll miss having the opportunity to coach those guys and to be around them. They’re all good kids and have worked pretty hard over the years. The future remains bright for us,” Hallberg said. – Marty Seeger

Pirate fans dressed in blackout attire during the game against Abbotsford.

Grantsburg Pirates and fans get set for their game against Abbotsford, but not before lining up for the national anthem.

Getting the ball inside the paint was one of the keys to the Pirates success against Abbotsford on Friday, March 4.





More highlights from boys march to sectionals

Unity coach Chad Stenberg raises the regional championship trophy for players and fans.

Shortly after the Unity Eagles were handed the regional championship trophy in a win over Phillips Saturday, March 5, Phillips coach Trevor Raskie displayed an act of sportsmanship not typically seen after a tough loss. The Loggers set a great example of sportsmanship, and the photos of that moment have circulated across the Web, thanks in part to Unity senior basketball player Brett Nelson, who described it best from a post he made on Facebook. “One of the most inspiring gestures I have ever been a part of! After we had beaten Phillips in the Regional Championship, the head coach brought his players over to congratulate us. He continued with a short speech about representing this region well and telling us to keep on winning. He finished by huddling us all up and breaking us down with the both teams saying the word “family.” This coach just proves that there is a lot more to life than basketball. I gained a lot of respect tonight for a guy I didn’t even know, and I want to thank him for showing me the true meaning of basketball. It’s not about the games and winning, it’s about the brotherhood and fellowship you build within. Thank you very much. #respect, #brotherhood. – Photos by Marty Seeger

Unity’s Logan Bader takes a shot against Phillips.

Senior Nathan Heimstead of Unity drives toward the basket against Phillips.

Payton Ellefson of Luck dumps the ball over the head of Drummond’s Hayden Hanson to a waiting Noah Mortel, who led the Cardinals with 20 points in the win.

Austin Hamack fires a shot from long range against Drummond during the regional semifinal at Luck on Friday, March 4. Luck sophomore Jack Johansen finds an open spot to drive toward the basket during the regional semifinal against Drummond Friday, March 4.





Vikings big comeback falls short against Bayfield Ann Chenal becomes third Viking to reach 500 rebounds this season Bayfield 77, Frederic 68 Marty Seeger|Staff writer SUPERIOR – The Frederic Vikings first sectional semifinal since 1992 didn’t disappoint on Thursday, March 3, but for a moment late in the first half, and near the beginning of the second half, the Bayfield Trollers appeared to be running away with the game. Bayfield led by as much as 15 points to start the second half but the Vikings weren’t about to hand the game over to Bayfield easily. “Down 15 early in the second half we could’ve folded, we got it down to three or four points on a couple of occasions, but just couldn’t get over the hump on them,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. Bayfield took control early in the first half and were up by as much as eight points with 13 minutes to play, but Frederic hung around, getting two big 3-pointers from seniors Nicole Nelson and Taylor Alseth that helped limit the Trollers, who proved tough to stop offensively throughout the night. Despite several Vikings turnovers in the first and second half the team was still able to keep the game within reach, even though Bayfield led by 10 points at the half. Allison Gordon, who led Bayfield with 25 points on the night, hit from three to start the second half and another 12-footer to bring Bayfield up by 15, but it was a spark that seemed to get the Vikings on a roll moments later. Alseth scored four and Ann Chenal hit two to cut the lead to nine, and the defense created turnovers. With just over 10 minutes to play the Vikings were trailing 46-41 and forced the Trollers to take a time-out. “With about 10 minutes left we were down five and really had a lot of momentum going, but shortly after that Taylor got her fourth foul and had to sit, we didn’t really lose a lot of ground in that period of time on the scoreboard but we lost some of our offensive momentum we had going,” Wink said. The Vikings also started stepping up defensively and Emily Amundson led the defense, creating a pair of steals in the Vi-

Ann Chenal gets hacked under the basket by a Bayfield player. Chenal achieved her 500th rebound in the game. She also led the team with 22 points.

The Frederic girls basketball team fell short against Bayfield during the sectional semifinal game at Superior on Thursday, March 3. The Vikings were able to cut a 15-point deficit to just three points but couldn’t get by the Trollers. Emily Amundson, above, was one of four seniors who helped lead the comeback. – Photos by Marty Seeger kings comeback stretch, but foul troubles continued to mount for Frederic and turnovers continued, yet Bayfield couldn’t put Frederic away. With 5:07 to play the Vikings cut Bayfield’s lead to three points. “Emily played a key role in getting us back into the game as well with her defense and hustle plays, which were important,” Wink said, but Amundson would draw her fifth foul with 4:13 still to play in the game. Bayfield went up by six points on the foul and the Vikings had trouble climbing back into the game from that point on, as the Trollers were solid from the freethrow line in the final three of the game, shooting 12 of 15 to pull away. “Just seemed like a lot of their shots would bounce around and in and ours would bounce around and out,” Wink said, who was pleased with his seniors final game. “Very impressed with all four seniors last game, Nicole got us her usual two, threes and strong hustle on defense, creating havoc there.” Amundson finished with strong defense and 15 rebounds and Alseth pulled down 13 boards while Chenal finished with nine rebounds, which pushed her over the 500 mark for career rebounds. Amundson, Alseth and Chenal each hit their 500th rebounds this season. “Ann had a great offensive night, leading us there, 6 of 6 free throws … very helpful, played well on defensive end, pulled down her 500th rebound in the process,” Wink said.

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Frederic sophomore Shelbi Root shoots for two against Bayfield early in the first half.

Frederic senior Taylor Alseth gets an open look at the basket against Bayfield. Alseth had 20 points for the Vikings.





Viking girls /Continued On offense Chenal had 22 points, followed by Alseth with 20, Amundson, 12, Nelson, eight, Sydney Domagala, four, and Shelbi Root, two. Alseth had seven assists, Nelson added five, and Amundson led with six steals, and Alseth had four steals. The team’s seniors, Chenal, Alseth, Amundson and Nelson, will be missed next season. “Those four can be proud of how they went out,” Wink said. “I am appreciative of their efforts all season and all four years. They are truly leaders on and off the court. They bonded this year’s team together like no other group of seniors has before, making everyone feel as a part of the team from day one. They had a lot of great individual career stats and team accomplishments. I am so grateful to have been able to be their coach. I know they will go on to do great things in their future. It sure was a lot of fun, the season and that game, what a great atmosphere to be a part of.”

500 rebounds Despite the loss, Frederic senior Ann Chenal quietly reached a milestone few knew about, with her 500 th rebound. The senior was an unlikely candidate to reach 500 for the simple reason that she moved into a bit of a different role on the team this season. The starter went from a post player to a wing player according to Wink. “It became harder for her collect rebounds as she was up top in our defense and outside more in our offenses. So due to the dynamic of our team make up she didn’t pull down as many rebounds this year but still averaged 7.7 on the season,” Wink said. Chenal was the third Vikings this season to reach the 500 career rebound mark, along with seniors Emily Amundson and Taylor Alseth.

Frederic senior Ann Chenal brings down one of her 500 career rebounds on Thursday, March 3, during the sectional semifinal over Bayfield.

The Frederic students section anticipates a shot put up by one of the Vikings during the sectional semifinal at Superior.

“She too worked very hard to get position on rebounds again she’s a little bit undersized when you think of rebounders with large numbers. She knew she was close heading into the tournaments

but rebounds are one of those things you can’t say we’ll let her get the rebounds like you can say we’ll have her shoot, if you want to get the points. I just told her we need to advance in the tournaments to

give you a shot at reaching that goal and we did, and she was able to achieve that milestone.”

AREA BOWLING RESULTS Hacker’s Lanes Sunday Afternoon Youth Standings: Strikers 29, Huskies 21, Wolves 16, Pins 6. Boys games: Jonathan Skow (S) 162, Mitch Paquette (S) and Richard Bugella (H) 157. Boys series: Richard Bugella (H) 423, Mitch Paquette (S) 417, Jonathan Skow (S) 367. Girls games: Rachael Bugella (W) 126, Paulina Peterson (W) 111. Girls series: Rachael Bugella (W) 362, Madeline Kuesel (W) 290. Team games: Strikers 290, Pins 254, Wolves 237. Team series: Strikers 784, Pins 747, Wolves 652. Tuesday Classic Standings: Yellow Lake Lodge 82.5, Maurer Power 80.5, S&G 64.5, House of Wood 58.5, Pioneer Bar 37. Individual games: Ed Bitler 237, Josh Henry 236, Tony Wilson 233. Individual series: Ed Bitler 631, Kelsey Carey 605, Daryl Bazey 603. Team games: Maurer Power 636, House of Wood 632, Yellow Lake Lodge 566. Team series: House of Wood 1793, Maurer Power 1777, Yellow Lake Lodge 1663. Consecutive strikes: Josh Henry 236 (5x), Daryl Bazey 224 (5x). Games 50 pins or more above avg.: Josh Henry 236 (+80). Splits converted: 5-10 (2x): Bill Hacker. 3-10 & 3-6-7: David Hall. Wednesday Night Early Standings: Pioneer Bar 27, Hansen Farms 22, Cifaldi Motors 21, Skol Bar 20, Cummings Lumber 19, Luck Laundry 17, Stotz & Co. 17, Bye 1. Individual games: Chuck Kruse (CL) 231, Dave Romanowski (PB) & Oliver Baillargeon (HF) 227. Individual series: Gene Wynn Sr. (HF) & Jason Richter (CM) 624, Oliver Baillargeon 598. Team games: Skol Bar 997, Hansen Farms 955, Cummings Lumber 910. Team series: Skol Bar 2746, Hansen Farms 2672, Cummings Lumber 2605. Thursday Early Standings: Fab Four 9, Backwoods Beer & Bait 8, LakeLand Communications 7, American Family Siren 7, Red Iron Studios 6, Hell Raisers 6, Grindell Law Offices 5, Wikstrom Construction 4.

Individual games: Mark Bohn (FF) 247, Curtis Renfroe (LC) 245, Don McKinney (FF) & Ed Bitler (RIS) 217. Individual series: Curtis Renfroe (LC) 710, Mark Bohn (FF) 663, Don McKinney (FF) 605. Team games: Fab Four 616, Red Iron Studios 566, LakeLand Communications 555. Team series: Fab Four 1740, Red Iron Studios 1640, LakeLand Communications 1630. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Curtis Renfroe 245 (5x) twice, Mark Bohn 247 (5x), Mark Bohn (5x). Games 50 or more above avg.: Curtis Renfroe 245 (+65) twice, Corey Laqua 198 (+63), Bruce Wikstrom 212 (+53). Honorable achievement: Curtis Renfroe – 710 series. Splits converted: 2-7: Brandon Dahl & Curtis Renfroe. 3-10: Dave Grindell & Tim Pederson. 4-5: Don McKinney. 5-7 Carl Carpenter. 9-10: Jim Wikstrom. Friday Night Standings: Frederic Design & Promotion 33, Junque Art 33, The Leader 28, Pin Heads 18. Individual games: Pat Traun 186, Margie Traun 185, Cindy Denn & Tammy Lindberg 179. Individual series: Pat Traun 495, Margie Traun 486, Tammy Lindberg 479. Team games: Frederic Design & Promotion 628, Junque Art 620, Pin Heads 613. Team series: Junque Art 1793, Pin Heads 1686, Frederic Design & Promotion 1674. Splits converted: 3-10: Tammy Lindberg & Dorothy Barfknecht.

McKenzie Lanes Monday Night Ladies Standings: Edina Divas 70.5, Sam’s Carpentry 48.5, Jensen Sundquist Insurance 42, McKenzie Lanes 40, Gutterbugs 27.5, Wolf Creek Log Furniture 26.5. Individual games: Kathy McKenzie 226, Linda Giller 204, Cindy Castellano 199. Individual series: Kathy McKenzie 562, Cindy Castellano 541, Shannon Sylvester 515. Team games (Handicap): Edina Divas 834. Team series (Handicap): Edina Divas 2461. Monday Night Madness Standings: Bon Ton 59, Mishaps 52, Kemps Quality Siding 48, Bewitched 36, Eagle Lounge 35, Alleycats 34.

Sports Bar 36. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 289, Mark Kamish 256, Mike Welling 247. Men’s series: Mike Welling 780, Mark Kamish 698, Greg Dick 658. Women’s games: Jeanne Kizer 180, Brenda Lehmann 168, Aimee Newbauer 149. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 451, Jeanne Kizer 419, Aimee Newbauer 390. Team games (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 826. Team series (Handicap): Gehrman Auto Body 2179.

Black & Orange Individual games: Barbara Benson 191, Jessica Haverland 185, Sheryl Swagger 179. Individual series: Barbara Benson 519, Jessica Haverland 492, Kelley Hill 470. Team games (Handicap): Bon Ton 618, Kemp’s Quality Siding 606. Team series (Handicap): Bon Ton 1770, Mishaps 1720. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Hack’s Pub 18, GA Screenprinting 14, Edina Realty 14, Logoton PC 11.5, Steve’s Appliance Plus 8.5, The Cobbler Shop 6, The Dugout 6, Bye 0. Individual games: Tony Fitzgerald 299, Rick Katzmark 266, John Krayer Jr. 265. Individual series: Tony Fitzgerald 756, John Krayer Jr. 712, Darren McKenzie 692. Team games (Handicap): Logoton PC 1231. Team series (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 3470. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Tomlinson Insurance 112.5, Split Happens 101, Gutter Dusters 97, Main Street Cafe 96.5, Jeff’s Small Engine 95.5, Kassel Tap 90, Custom Outfitter 81.5, Hauge Dental 73. Individual games: Shirley Wilson 185, Jan Kruse 184, Toni Sloper 180. Individual series: Shirley Wilson 505, Eileen Tomlinson 494, Toni Sloper 493. Team games (Handicap): Custom Outfitter 836, Gutter Dusters 811, Split Happens 786. Team series (Handicap): Gutter Dusters 2331, Tomlinson Insurance 2294, Custom Outfitter 2280. Wednesday Early League Standings: Gehrman Auto Body 62, Loveless Lake Bar 52, Suzie Q’s 46, Thirsty Otter 40, Maxwell Heating & Air 40, Adamark Repair 38, McKenzie Lanes 38, 5 J’s

Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 33-11, The Tap 26-18, Zia Louisa’s 22-22, Black & Orange 7-37. Individual games: Claudia Peterson (T) 201, Joan Java-Hahr (GSD) 199, Sally Casey (ZL) 181. Individual series: Claudia Peterson (T) 548, Sally Casey (ZL) 512, Judy Olson (ZL) 491. Team games: The Tap 938, Zia Louisa’s 935, Gandy Dancer Saloon 917. Team series: The Tap 2819, Zia Louisa’s 2678, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2667. Games 50 or more above avg.: Claudia Peterson 201 (+60), Delores Lien 174 (+52), Joan Java-Hahr 199 (+71). Monday Night Standings: Bruce’s Auto 26-6, Yellow River Saloon 17-15, Black & Orange 12-20, Larry’s LP 9-23. Individual games: Curt Phelps (BA) 286, Josh Johnson (L) 219, CJ (B&O) 217. Individual series: Curt Phelps (BA) 747, CJ (B&O) 586, Larry Johnson (L) 548. Team games: Bruce’s Auto 1095, Yellow River Saloon 1060, Black & Orange 1010. Team series: Bruce’s Auto 3180, Black & Orange 2880, Yellow River Saloon 2820. Games 50 or more above avg.: Curt Phelps 286 (+108). Series 100 or more above avg.: Curt Phelps 747 (+ 213). Tuesday Tippers Standings: The Shop, A&H Country Market, Gob’s Gals, West Point Lodge. Individual games: Shelly McPhillips (A&H) 219, Vivian Marx (GG) 199 & 189. Individual series: Vivian Marx (GG) 566, Shelly McPhillips (A&H) 502, Laura Main (TS) 435. Team games: A&H Country Market 626,

The Shop 587, Gob’s Gals 574. Team series: Gob’s Gals 1631, The Shop 1609, A&H Country Market 1597. Consecutive strikes: Shelly McPhillips. Series 100 or more above avg.: Shelly McPhillips. TNT Standings: Northwoods Lumber 31-5, Flower Power 20-16, Larry’s LP 19-17, Vacant 2-34. Individual games: Mary Ellen Smith (NL) 187, Mary Reese (FP) 185, Sandy Buhil (NL) 161. Individual series: Mary Ellen Smith (NL) 475, Jennifer Kern (L) 447, Sandy Buhil (NL) 444. Team games: Flower Power 861, Northwoods Lumber 850, Larry’s LP 789. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 2416, Flower Power 2410, Larry’s LP 2311. Wednesday Night Standings: Bump’s Lakeside 20.5-11.5, Northwoods Lumber 19-13, Lions 15.516.5, Black & Orange 9-23. Individual games: Josh Johnson (L) 245, Larry Johnson (L) 227, Fred Zajac (NL) 214. Individual series: Josh Johnson (L) 653, Larry Johnson (L) 621, Fred Zajac (NL) 608. Team games: Lions 1103, Northwoods Lumber 1082, Black & Orange 1022. Team series: Northwoods Lumber 3145, Lions 3122, Black & Orange 2972. Games 50 or more above avg.: Josh Johnson 245 (+63), Larry Johnson 227 (+60). Series 100 or more above avg.: Josh Johnson 653 (+107), Larry Johnson 621 (+120). Early Risers Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 29-15, 10th Hole 26-18, The Granary 20-24, Black & Orange 13-31. Individual games: Pam Dildine (10th) 224, Donna Crain (GDS) 199, Mary Reese (TG) 175. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 531, Donna Crain (GDS) 466, Joan Java-Hahr (10th) 451. Team games: 10th Hole 790, Black & Orange 777, Gandy Dancer Saloon 712. Team series: 10th Hole 2213, Black & Orange 2149, Gandy Dancer Saloon 2054. Games 50 or more above avg.: Pam Dildine 224 (+71).





Siren playoffs/Continued Washburn 69, Siren 41 WASHBURN - The Siren Dragons season came to an abrupt end during the regional championship game against Washburn Saturday, March 5. Despite a good start to the game for the Dragons, the Castle Guards proved too much for Siren to handle. Washburn was a state qualifier last season and continued to have another great season, entering their game against Siren with a 23-1 record, and ranked fifth in the state. “We played really well early on, leading Washburn by one point with about 2:40 to go in the first half. Washburn put on a late first-half surge to lead us 30-24 at halftime,” said coach Jon Ruud, but the start of the second half was a different story. The Castle Guards scored three baskets to start the second half to lead by 12, and never looked back from there according to Ruud. “Washburn has two players that are exceptional scorers and three other starters that play with much more confidence and aggressiveness when their team is ahead. When Washburn got the 12-point lead, the lid came off of the basket for them and the lead instantly swelled to 20 after my last time-out,” Ruud said. Offensively Neil Oustigoff led with 28 points, and despite the loss Ruud was still pleased with the Dragons season overall. “We lost to a better team than us, and I guess if you have to lose, at least it is easier to lose to a team that is 24-1. Our guys played with a lot of heart, but Saturday night was not our night.” Ruud went on to say with such a young team the season got off to a rocky start but ended with success. “Instead of crumbling, they stuck together through the tough moments like losing a 15-point lead to Prairie Farm with under eight minutes to go in the game, or the Webster loss up in Webster. Those two losses and the loss to Frederic in Frederic helped make us stronger. I had unbelievable leadership from Aaron Ruud and Neil Oustigoff, and without their guidance we would not have won 11 of our last 15 games,” Ruud said. Among the many accomplishments, two seniors reached 1,000 points, Ruud and Oustigoff. Ruud set a single-season 3-point record with 73. Oustigoff finished with his single-season record of 578 points, and his 52-point single-game tally against Butternut was also a school record. “Our team was the definition of ‘team’ and the tears that we shared the night we lost to Washburn shows how much everyone cared. It has been a fun ride with this team, and I was so fortunate to have a chance to coach these seniors.”

Neil Oustigoff floats in for a layup against Washburn Saturday, March 5, in the regional championship game. – Photos by Becky Strabel

Aaron Ruud shoots the ball against Washburn.

The Siren Dragons had an emotional end to the season with the loss against Washburn.

LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL West Lakeland Standings Team Conf. Unity Eagles 12-0 Grantsburg Pirates 10-2 Luck Cardinals 7-5 Siren Dragons 5-7 Frederic Vikings 5-7 St. Croix Falls Saints 2-9 Webster Tigers 1-11 Scores Friday, March 4 (WIAA Regionals) Siren 56, Frederic 54 Luck 65, Drummond 60 Grantsburg 66, Abbotsford 53 Unity 84, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 50 Saturday, March 5 (WIAA Regional championship) Luck 75, Solon Springs 48 Washburn 69, Siren 41 Cameron 74, Grantsburg 49 Unity 60, Phillips 39 Upcoming Thursday, March 10 (WIAA sectionals) 7 p.m. Luck (3) vs. Washburn (1) at Superior Unity (2) vs. Cameron (1) at Amery

Saints recognize all-conference wrestlers

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 23-1 18-5 17-7 15-10 11-13 4-17 7-16

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

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

Scores Thursday, March 3 (WIAA Sectionals) Bayfield 77, Frederic 68

Five St. Croix Falls first-team all-conference wrestlers were recognized recently for their accomplishments on the mat. First-team all-conference wrestlers are pictured back row, (L to R): Sophomores Clay Carney, Luke Clark and Garrett Bergmann. Front row: Freshman Spencer Langer and senior Dalton Langer. – Photo submitted




Bring on spring The ice-fishing season got off to a rough start in December and appears to be coming to an end far too soon. It’s as if it never really began for me, and the reason, I’m embarrassed to say, is that I only got out a total Marty four times. That’s bad Seeger when you can remember how many times you’ve fished during The the winter. It was even worse for the guy who Bottom informed me more reLine cently that he hadn’t been out at all. I gave him my sympathies. My final time out was almost three weeks ago, but I spent it with my daughter, so ending it there makes it bit more bearable. It was the typical two- to three-hour trip, which started out great for a couple of hours before she informed me that she wished we hadn’t gone fishing at all that day. The bite was tough and we caught only two fish in that span, and with a 5-yearold on a cold day, mobility is quite

limited. Staying warm and dirtying up the ice shack with wax worm shavings, while eating chocolate, is far more important for a young girl than catching fish anyway, so we camped in the same spot for another hour as wind whipped outside, before heading home. She may have said she wanted to go home a couple of different times but later that evening, she was back to talking about going back out again. We never did, but she still talks about it as if it were yesterday, which is an important step in my quest to hook my kid into loving to fish as much as I do. She did happen to catch the biggest bluegill of the day with barely any help from me, and despite her best efforts in trying to convince me that we should keep it, we tossed it back. Both of us hoped to get back on the ice again but it never seemed quite safe enough, and quite frankly, it was just a bad year and there was simply no time. Typically, I try to set aside a few hours at least once or more each week to get outside in some form or another, a simple hike through the woods or journey to the lake, but home seemed a more common place to go this winter. Both of my kids and even myself and my wife seemed to alternate weeks for various illnesses from flu to pinkeye and most of the sick days occurred on the day I

A Polk County bear was caught out in the open recently as winter weather began turning to more springlike temperatures and diminishing snow cover.

usually set aside for getting out. Such is life with young kids and it shall pass, but I’m really looking forward to spring more than ever, so good riddance to winter and bring on spring. Sure, there’s a chance it’ll snow sometime in April, but it’s really starting to feel like a transition is in place. That’s not to say everyone will be pleased with the warmer spring temperatures. Tapping trees for maple syrup is off to an earlier than usual start and the end might already be in sight if warmer temperatures persist. Spring hasn’t always been my favorite time of year although this one feels more welcoming than others, especially with turkey season fast approaching, along with the other outdoor activities to be enjoyed this spring including morel mushroom hunting and shed antler hunting. If there ever was a time to get out and look for shed antlers, this week is it. Snow is rapidly disappearing and will most certainly offer a better chance at finding antlers in the open fields and trails leading to and from bedding and feeding areas. The matching side of the shed antler I stumbled upon in late January is still out there somewhere as well, and after two unsuccessful trips to try and find the match, I’ll get another opportunity to try this week. That is, unless someone in the family gets an ear infection, pinkeye or the flu. With any luck I’ll get to spend at least five to six hours in the woods this week, and along with scouting and shed hunting, partake in a little trapping. I’m still holding onto my otter tag and time is starting to run out, even though the season runs through the end of April in the north zone. With ice already starting to recede on a couple of area ponds, I’ll be able to trap a couple of areas earlier than expected and with any luck, will be successful in filling the tag. In some ways the fall bow-hunting season can’t come soon enough either. Even though the season seems like an eternity away, March is a perfect time to start scouting for new stand locations while cruising along looking for sheds. I’ve also been successful in drawing a fall bear tag for Zone C next fall, which will make the late summer months go by quickly with baiting plans and hanging tree stands. I’ve already seen a couple of bears emerge from their dens this year

A father-daughter trip was a good way to end the ice-fishing season for the author, but spring is finally near, and it’s time now, to move on to the next outdoor endeavor. – Photos by Marty Seeger

with the recent warm-up, and there’s certainly no shortage of them out there. The last time I received a tag was 2012, so it didn’t take long to get an opportunity to hunt bear once again.

Novice hunters! Apply today to Learn to Hunt Bear this summer MADISON - People who want to experience a real Wisconsin black bear hunt with skilled mentors have until May 27 to apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear program featuring classroom and field instruction and capped with a genuine hunt. Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says the Learn to Hunt Bear program represents an opportunity of a lifetime for novice hunters of any age. “Working in partnership with many dedicated bear hunters and local conservation organizations, wardens and wildlife managers, successful Learn to Hunt Bear events have been held across northern Wisconsin during the last several years,” Warnke said. “The long-term success rate of harvesting a bear through the LTH program is around 50 percent.” Participation in the DNR Learn to Hunt Bear program is limited. Applications will be evaluated and the winners will be notified in mid-June. In 2005, the DNR began the Learn to Hunt Bear program as another outreach program for novice hunters. Other op-

portunities featured in the Learn to Hunt program include turkey, deer, pheasant, upland game and waterfowl. The program is intended for people who would not have any opportunity to experience bear hunting without it. Who can apply? Anyone who is age 10 and older who has not participated in a Learn to Hunt Bear event. Anyone who has not previously purchased a Class A or Class B bear license, or applied for preference points. However, Warnke says, applicants with a connection to bear hunting through family and friends will be given lower priority in the selection process. Applications and more information can be found on the DNR website,, by searching for learn to hunt and must be postmarked by May 27. – from


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

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

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You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. Town of Anderson Jessica King, Clerk 2773 185th St. Luck, WI 54853 715-472-4753 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Blaine Stephanie Askin, Clerk Northland Community Center 1232 E. School Rd. Danbury, WI 54830 715-244-3354/715-244-3179 Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Daniels Liz Simonsen, Clerk 9697 Daniels 70 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2291 Mar. 23 & 30 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR By appointment Town of Dewey Pamela Brown, Clerk Town Hall 24433 Town Hall Road Hertel, WI 54871 715-468-1207 Mar. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 6 - 7 p.m. By appointment only After 5 p.m. call 715-468-7111

Town of Jackson Lorraine Radke, Clerk Town Hall 4599 County Rd. A Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8412 - Home 715-866-8412 - Office Mar. 22, 25 & 29; Apr. 1 1 - 6 p.m. In Town Office By appointment only Town of LaFollette Linda Terrian, Clerk 23928 Malone Rd. Siren, WI 54872 715-349-2531 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. By appointment only Town of Lincoln Wanda Washkuhn, Clerk 25603 Ice House Bridge Rd. P.O. Box 296 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4201 Mar. 21 - 25 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

Town of Oakland Deanna Krause, Clerk 7426 W. Main St. P.O. Box 675 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-8213 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 6 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audrey H. Peterson, 92, Amery, died Feb. 15, 2016. Clifford C. Robertson, 49, Town of Georgetown, died Feb. 17, 2016. Donna M. Luhman, 83, Amery, died Feb. 20, 2016. Bruce L. Johnson, 74, Amery, died Feb. 22, 2016. Phyllis I. Christensen, 94, Town of Milltown, died Feb. 18, 2016. Ila M. Ludden, 86, Luck, died Feb. 18, 2016. Clarice M. Wallace, 93, Osceola, died Feb. 18, 2016. Bernard P. Kurkowski, 73, Frederic, died Feb. 22, 2016. Roger A. Penwell, 76, Almena, died Feb. 23, 2016. Darlene M. Shepard, 65, Amery, died Feb. 25, 2016. Chazz L. Hiben, 21, Downing, died Feb. 27, 2016. Lester C. Frank, 82, Clear Lake, died Feb. 28, 2016. Suzanne M. Horsley, 70, Luck, died Feb. 28, 2016. Marjorie I. Olson, 100, St. Croix Falls, died Feb. 28, 2016. Mary J. Hahn, 61, Town of Apple River, died March 1, 2016.

Village of Webster Patrice Bjorklund, ClerkTreasurer 7505 Main St. W. P.O. Box 25 Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4211 Mar. 21 - 25; Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Monday, March 21, 2016. The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is Friday, April 1, 2016. No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no 642994 30L WNAXLP later than 4 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

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


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


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Town of Grantsburg Romey Nelson, Clerk-Treasurer 118 E. Madison Ave. P.O. Box 642 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5600 Mar. 21, 22, 27, 28 & 31; Apr. 1 9 a.m. - Noon 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Town of Meenon Suzanna M. Eytcheson, Clerk Town Hall 7396 Kruger Rd. Webster, WI 54893 715-866-4893 Mar. 21, 23, 28, 30 & 31 5 - 7 p.m. By appointment only

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



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




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Full-time – Exempt (Salaried) Position This position serves as the Western Wisconsin Public Health Readiness Consortium primary representative and coordinator for activities relating to assessment, preparedness planning and exercising for the public health consequences associated with infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism threats and incidents, as well as other public health emergencies resulting from natural or manmade disasters. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or closely related field, and experience working in a public health setting and in community organization and preparedness planning. A Master’s degree in Public Health or a closely related field. Deadline to apply: March 23, 2016


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WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711 642650 19a-e 30r,L

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NOW HIRING! • String Operator - Full Time - 1st Shift: Package string cheese, palletize boxes, operate packaging equipment and cut large blocks of cheese into salable sizes for our cheese store. 7 a.m. - work is complete, Mon. - Fri. with an occasional Saturday. • Makeroom Operator - Full Time - 1st Shift and 2nd: Assists the Cheesemakers in producing the highest quality mozzarella, provolone and other varieties. Three 12-hour shifts/week + one 8-hour shift every other week. • Night Packing - Full Time - 3rd Shift: This position is responsible for boxing/weighing/stacking/palletizing cheese, monitoring the machinery and ensuring quality of the product and setting up/breaking down machines daily. Very fast-pace work environment. 8 p.m. - work is complete, varying days Monday - Saturday. Competitive wages and excellent benefits including health/ dental/flexible spending, 401(k) and employer paid life insurance/long-term disability and vacation. Please apply in person at Burnett Dairy office, 11631 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840. Applications are also available at 642969 30-31L 20-21a,d,e

DO YOU BELIEVE THE BEST IS YET TO COME? DO YOU HAVE THE PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES? If the answer is “yes,” then we should talk about your future at United Pioneer Home. The following important positions are open...


Full- and part-time evening shift (32-80 hours/pay period). Part-time night shift (16 hours/pay period). Every other weekend rotation. Flexible scheduling. Benefits available for full-time positions.


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

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

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Full-time (37.5 hrs./week) - Nonexempt (Hourly) Position Determines eligibility and provides ongoing case management for Polk County/Great Rivers Income Maintenance Consortium in a timely and accurate manner for the following public assistance programs: Medical Assistance, BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare/SNAP (Food Stamps), Caretaker Supplement (CTS), and the Wisconsin Shares Child Care subsidies. Qualifications include an Associate’s degree in a related field and experience utilizing investigative interviewing techniques, or a combination of education & experience providing the same level of skill and ability. Deadline to apply: March 23, 2016


Contact Schaffer Rentals - Barry Schaffer 29-30Lp 19-20a,dp at 715-553-0279 642469


Seasonal Labor

Call Kyle At 715-566-3432

• Rent $775/month plus utilities • Located on Johansen Avenue, central downtown location • Single-stall garage • New kitchen and laundry appliances • Drinking water system and water softener • Air conditioning • No pets or smoking

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

Economic Support Specialist


Savings Start At 30% to 50% Off


Preparedness Consortium Director



All utilities included except phone & electric. Lawn care/snow removal included.


Social Worker Children & Family Services

Brand-new, 1-BR unit

The store will be closed March 7, 8 & 9 to prepare for this event.


DOORS OPEN 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 10


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


Request or pick up an application at:

United Pioneer Home 623 S. 2nd Street., Luck, WI 54853

Luck School District

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


STATE OF WISCONSIN Town of Georgetown Polk County The Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, hereby provides its written notice and an agenda of the public meeting of the town board of the Town of Georgetown for March 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at GEORGETOWN TOWN HALL. The Town Chairperson, or a designee, has provided posting in three places. The public may provide comments to the town board if the presiding officer notes on the agenda and upon recognition a period for public comment. PROPOSED AGENDA 1) Call To Order 2) Reading Of Last Month’s Minutes 3) Approval Of Minutes 4) Treasurer’s Report 5) Approval Of Report 6) Correspondences 7) Pulverizing Blacktop 8) Off-road Fuel Oil, In Shop (Tabled From February Meeting) 9) April Meeting Date 10) Maintenance Report 11) Public Comment 12) Disbursements 13) Adjournment Dated this 7th day of March, 2016 . The Town of Georgetown Board reserves the option of going into closed session as per Wisconsin Statute Sec. 19.85 (1) (c). Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 642947 30L 20a,d

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



WITC NEW RICHMOND CAMPUS Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learning-focused, creative and dynamic individual to teach Health Sciences at the WITC New Richmond Campus. An instructor’s primary purpose is to design instruction and assessment in an engaging environment to foster learner success. An instructor continually improves the overall quality in the delivery of learning to support the achievement of College outcomes and priorities utilizing evidence to support decisionmaking. Minimum Qualifications include: Master’s degree, one year occupational experience, previous teaching experience and experience with alternative instructional delivery, preferred. Deadline to apply: March 31, 2016 For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711

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HELP WANTED Paper Inserters

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

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

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SIREN SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR A FOOD SERVICE COOK’S HELPER This is a 4-1/2 hour/day school year position

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

Siren School District

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


TOWN OF APPLE RIVER Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Mon., Mar. 14, At 7 p.m. At The Town Hall, 612 Hwy. 8. 642706



(March 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Central Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation, 2104 Hastings Avenue Newport, Minnesota 55055, Plaintiff, vs. David L. Walburg 18945 Shamrock Lane Shafer, Minnesota 55074-9642, R. Elaine Walburg 18945 Shamrock Lane Shafer, Minnesota 55074-9642, John Doe, Mary Roe, and XYZ corporation Defendants. Case Type: 30404 Case No. 15CV81 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that by virtue of that certain Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Order for Judgment and Judgment executed on September 18, 2015, and filed on September 21, 2015, in the aboveentitled action, the Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell the following described real property at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in certified funds, with the balance due and owing on the date of confirmation of the sale by the Court. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lots 7 and 8, Block 7, Original Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 206 6th Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin). Dated: February 19, 2016. Peter Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin THIS INSTRUMENT WAS DRAFTED BY: ANASTASI JELLUM, P.A. 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-2951 Joshua D. Christensen/#17790 642813 WNAXLP

Agenda to be posted. Lisa Carlson, Town Clerk



Training provided if not WI CBRF certified. Full-time nights, 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Includes every other weekend.


The March meeting of the Village Board of Siren will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Village Hall. Agenda posted. Ann Peterson 642703 Clerk-Treasurer 30L

TOWN OF MILLTOWN Plan Committee Meeting

No Meeting Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk

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REGULAR BOARD MEETING Thursday, March 17, 2016 , At 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake, WI


(March 9, 16, 23) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RUBY A. COOK Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 16 PR 17 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 7, 1919, and date of death February 11, 2016, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2990 215th Street, Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is June 3, 2016. 5. A claim may be filed at the office of the Register in Probate Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar February 25, 2016 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 642811 Bar No.: 1003029 WNAXLP


Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is seeking a learningfocused, creative and dynamic candidate for a full-time Southern Tier (New Richmond/Rice Lake) Gerontology - Aging Services Professional Program Instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. This position can be based out of either the New Richmond or Rice Lake campuses and includes travel. The Gerontology - Aging Services Professional program provides comprehensive and holistic training for professionals in the field of aging to work in a variety of settings inclusive of human services, health care and long-term care institutions; federal, state and local government agencies, retirement communities, professional organizations and business and industry. Primary responsibilities include curriculum design, program development, instruction, fieldwork coordination and oversight, academic/club advising, program promotion/recruitment, and active participation in related divisional, Collegewide and external activities. Minimum Qualifications include: Master’s degree and two years’ occupational experience. Deadline to apply: March 30, 2016 For a complete list of qualifications and to apply visit our website at WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator TTY 711 642695 19a-e 30r,L

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

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

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Polk County Government Center County Boardroom 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, Wis. Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Regular Business Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Open Session

ORDER OF BUSINESS: 1. Call to Order 2. Evidence of Proper Notice 3. Roll Call 4. Pledge of Allegiance 5. Time of Reflection 6. Consent Agenda: a. Consideration of noticed agenda for March 15, 2016, meeting; b. Consideration/corrections to the published minutes of January 19, 2016, County Board Meeting c. Confirmation of Emergency Fire Wardens for Polk County, 2016: Keith & Michelle Schmidt, Ron and Patty Fredericks, Jean Smith, Mike Stoddard and Jeff Moats 7. Public Comments - 3 minutes per person - not to exceed 30 minutes total 8. Marijuana Presentation - Elizabeth Hagen, Tobacco MJC 9. Receipt of Committee Reports and Discussion: a. Opportunity for Committee Chair comments on committee actions b. Other reports 10. Chairman’s Report, Wm. Johnson 11. Administrator’s Report, Dana Frey 12. Confirmation of Administrator’s appointment of Highway Commissioner 13. Proposed Resolutions & Ordinances A. Ordinance 05-16: Polk County Temporary Speed Limit Ordinance B. Resolution 06-16: Resolution to Designate the Week of April 11-15, 2016, as Work Zone Awareness Week In Polk County C. Resolution 07-16: Polk County Land Information Plan 2016 D. Resolution 08-16: Resolution to Authorize Agreement Concerning the Payment of Delinquent Special Assessments and Special Charges (Amending Resolution No. 64-98) E. Ordinance 09-16: Amendments to the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance E. Ordinance 10-16: Amendments to the Telecommunication Towers, Antennas, and Related Facilities Ordinance F. Resolution 11-16: Resolution to Set Compensation of Elected Officials for Term 2017-2020 (County Clerk, Register of Deeds and Treasurer) G. Resolution 12-16: Resolution to Rescind Resolution Declaring English as the Official Language of Polk County H. Resolution 13-16: Resolution Concerning the Revision of the County Personnel Policies - Chapter 8 I. Resolution 14-16: Resolution Adopting Comprehensive Revision to Polk County Financial Policies - Chapter 5 Financial Policies J. Resolution 15-16: Resolution Authorizing Submission of Proposed Amended Gandy Dancer Trail - Polk County Segment Master Plan for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Approval K. Resolution 16-16: Resolution Assigning to Committee Reporting of Affiliated Organizations 14. Supervisors Reports 642841 30L WNAXLP 15. Adjourn This meeting is open to the public according to Wisconsin State Statute 19.83. Persons with disabilities wishing to attend and/or participate are asked to notify the County Clerk’s office (715-4859226) at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time so all reasonable accommodations can be made.


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


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view sites and reconvene at 1:15 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 1:15 p.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) MARK W. CARLSON requests a special exception to Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have a tourist rooming house. Property affected is: 2186 70th St., Lot 1, CSM #1381, Sec. 14/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown, Big Round Lake, Parcel #026-00557-0000. LAURITSEN FIREWOOD & RENTAL INC. requests a special exception to Article 8D8 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance for a gravel pit. This is a reconsideration of 2/2/2016 decision. Property affected is: Part of NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 Sec. 26/T36N/R19W, Town of Sterling, pond, Parcel #046-00644-0000. KYLE & KAYLI SCHOUNARD request a variance to Article 11C, Table 1 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have a garage less than 25’ from side property line and less than 10’ from rear property line. Property affected is: 1927 35th Ave., Lot 14, CSM #4412, Vol. 19/Pg. 193, Sec. 14/ T32N/R18W, Town of Alden, pond, Parcel #002-01302-1400. ANGELA K. JOHNSON requests a variance to Article 11E3 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to have a garage less than 63’ from centerline of a town road. Property affected is: 774 North Bend St., Lot 3, CSM #2454, Sec. 28/T33N/R16W, Town of Lincoln, Apple River Flowage, Parcel #032-00781-0000. 642932 30-31L WNAXLP

NOTICE OF FINDINGS OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS Date of Publication: March 9, 2016 Municipality: Town of Daniels, P.O. Box 190, Siren, WI 54872 Phone (612) 226-8379 TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS: The Town of Daniels has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the following project. The EA is on file at the address above and is available for public examination and copying. Construction of a new fire station to serve the Siren Fire Association’s District which serves the Towns of Daniels, LaFollette, Siren and the City of Siren. Purpose is to improve emergency service in the District. The station will be built in the Village of Siren, Burnette County, WI at 7671-7699 Tower Rd. Estimated project cost is $1,191,000. The Town of Daniels has determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, the Town of Daniels has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact State (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL 91-190). The reason for such decision is: The regulatory agencies which have been contacted for the purpose of submitting comments in regards to the project have not identified any negative impacts that will be created by the project. The project is expected to have only beneficial impacts on area residents. All agencies, groups or individuals disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments to the above address. Such written comments should be received on or before March 25, 2016. All such comments will be considered, and the Town of Daniels will not request the release of Federal funds or begin the project prior to such date. On or about March 26, 2016, the Town of Daniels will request the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) to release Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) as amended for this project. The Town of Daniels is certifying to the Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources that it and its chief executive officer, in his official capacity as Town Chair, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce environmental review responsibilities, decisionmaking, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. Upon certification, the Town of Daniels may use the CDBG funds, and the DEHCR will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The DEHCR will accept an objection to the release of funds and certification only if (a) the certification was not executed by the chief executive officer or other officer of the Town of Daniels approved by the DEHCR; or (b) the Town of Daniel’s EA indicates omissions of a required decision, finding or step. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with 24 CFR Part 58, and may be addressed to the Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources, Attention: Environmental Desk, P.O. Box 7970, Madison, WI 53708-7970. Objections for reasons other than those stated above will not be considered by the DEHCR. No objections received after April 11, 2016, will be considered by the DEHCR. Michael Huber, Town Chair Town of Daniels P.O. Box 190, Siren, WI 54872 642851 30L WNAXLP


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

DOCUMENT 00 11 16 BID SOLICITATION Sealed bids in duplicate will be received by


for 2016 Roof Replacement until March 31, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be upon form provided in the Bidding Documents. Envelopes containing bids must be sealed and marked “2016 Roof Replacement,” with the name and address of the bidder, and the date and hour of the opening. Bids shall be delivered to: Rick Kosloski Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative 1001 State Road 35 Centuria, WI 54824 The complete form shall be without alterations, additions or erasures. All bids shall be on a lump sum basis. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to select the successful bidder from an overall evaluation, and not necessarily from the lowest bid. Bidding Documents are available for a fee via digital download at or Contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information. Paper copies of Bidding Documents can be ordered by contacting Northstar Imaging Services, Inc., 651-686-0477, for a nonrefundable fee plus shipping and handling. Copies of Bidding Documents will be on file and available for inspection at Inspec, 5801 Duluth Street, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55422. Direct communications regarding this Project to Bruce Bungert, Inspec, 763-546-3434; Each bidder shall accompany the Bid Form with Bid Security as described in the Instructions to Bidders. A mandatory prebid conference will be held on March 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the project site, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 1001 State Road 35, Centuria, Wisconsin. 642630 19a,d 30L

Notice of Pending Application for Proposed Trout Habitat Structures The Department of Natural Resources has applied for a permit to place trout habitat structures on the bed and banks of Wolf Creek. The project is located in the SW1/4 of the SW1/4 of Section 33, Township 36 North, Range 19 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County. The objective of this project is to increase in-stream habitat for brown trout and ultimately increase their abundance. Through this project the stream will be made more structurally complex by narrowing and deepening some areas, removing channel braiding, creating pools and adding in-stream structural habitat in the form of large rocks, bank covers, wing deflectors and wood. The Department will review the proposal provided by the applicant and any information from public comments and a public informational hearing, if requested. The Department will determine whether the proposal complies with ss. 1.11 and 30.12(3m), Stats. and ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code and ensure that the required mitigation meets the standard in s. 281.36(3r), Stats. If the project impacts wetlands. The Department has made a tentative determination that it will issue the permit or contract for the proposed activity. If you would like to know more about this project or would like to see the application and plans, please visit the Department’s permit tracking website at https:// and search for WP-IP-NO-2016-49-X02-26T11-20-22. Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person may submit comments and/or request a public informational hearing by emailing Dan.Harrington@ or writing to Dan Harrington, 810 West Maple Street, Spooner, WI 54801 by U.S. mail. If you are submitting general comments on the proposal, they must be emailed or postmarked within 30 days after the date this notice is published on the Department’s website. If you are requesting a public informational hearing, the request must be emailed or postmarked within 20 days after the date this notice is published on the Department’s website. A request for hearing must include the docket number or applicant name and specify the issues that the party desires to be addressed at the informational hearing. If no hearing is requested, the Department may issue its decision without a hearing. If a public informational hearing is held, comments must be postmarked no later than 10 days following the date on which the hearing is completed. The final decision may be appealed as indicated in the decision document. Docket Number IP-NO-2016-49-00591 WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES For the Secretary Dan Harrington Water Management Specialist Date: 03/01/2016 642724 30L WNAXLP


NOTICE TOWN OF MILLTOWN Monthly Board Meeting No Meeting This Month

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


NOTICE OF MEETING Village of Frederic

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

The regular Monthly Village Board Meeting will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall, 107 Hope Road W. Agenda will be posted at the Village Hall. Janice Schott Clerk 642704 30L



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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016, At West Sweden Town Hall 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: Call to order; clerk’s minutes; treasurer’s report; public comments; employee report; review mapping for zoning; weight restrictions; pay bills, set next month’s meeting. 642930 30L Phyllis Wilder, Clerk

(Mar. 9) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC Plaintiff vs. Kyle J. Filip, AnchorBank, FSB Defendant ADJOURNED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 14CV257 Case Code: 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 26, 2015, in the amount of $115,381.63, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: ORIGINAL TIME: March 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TIME: April 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation from the court. PLACE: Front lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot Three (3) of Certified Survey Map No. 5245 recorded in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps, page 152 as Document No. 720912, being part of Lot Two (2), Lot Three (3) and Outlot One (1), of Certified Survey Map No. 766 recorded in volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 11, located in Government Lot Seven (7), Section Twenty (20), Township Thirty-Five (35) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00864-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2084 A Bone Lake Dr., Milltown, WI 54858. Dated this 7th day of March, 2016. Peter Johnson Polk County Sheriff’s Office Jack N. Zaharopoulos State Bar No. 1041503 Randall S. Miller & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 120 North LaSalle Street Suite 1140 Chicago, IL 60602 414-937-5992 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 642931 WNAXLP

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS VILLAGE OF LUCK POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN The Village of Luck will receive sealed bids at the Village Hall, located at 401 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 315, Luck, Wisconsin 54853 for the construction of Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements until 2:00 p.m., on March 31, 2016. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. The work for which bids are asked includes the following: 1) improvements at the Village of Luck Wastewater Treatment Facility, including wastewater sludge removal/disposal from two aerated lagoons; removal of lagoon aeration equipment and blowers; new lagoon aeration system, air piping and positive displacement blowers; floating curtain baffles and floating insulated covers in two existing aerated lagoons; piping modifications at lagoon flow control structure; moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) tank and equipment including media, aeration system and blowers; MBBR level control structure; construction of a Chemical Building to house chemical feed system and bulk chemical storage tank; new FRP building to house effluent flow meter and sampler; ballasted membrane roof replacement, masonry repairs, vinyl siding and ventilation improvements at existing Blower Building; 2) improvements at the Main Wastewater Lift Station including new FRP building to house influent flow meter, sampler and pump station electrical and control panels; new standby generator and automatic transfer switch, replace one submersible wastewater pump, protective coatings for interior of wet well and valve vault; 3) improvements at the Lake Street Wastewater Lift Station including equipment and piping removals, duplex submersible wastewater pumping system and pump control panel; 4) improvements at the Lake Avenue Wastewater Lift Station including new precast concrete valve manhole and piping; and 5) piping/valves, electrical, instrumentation and control work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility and lift station sites; and site work including surface restoration. The BIDDING DOCUMENTS may be examined at the offices of MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin; the Village of Luck; the Builder’s Exchange of St. Paul, Minnesota; Duluth Builders Exchange, Duluth, Minnesota; McGraw Hill Dodge Reports, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Minneapolis Builders Exchange, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Northwest Regional Builders Exchange in Altoona (Eau Claire), Wisconsin. Planholders list will be updated interactively on our Web address at under Bidding. Copies of the BIDDING DOCUMENTS are available at You may download the digital plan documents for $20.00 by inputting Quest eBidDoc #3651058 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with the digital project information. No proposal will be accepted unless accompanied by a certified check or bid bond equal to at least 5% of the amount bid, payable to the OWNER as a guarantee that, if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within 15 days after the award of the contract. The certified check or bid bond will be returned to the bidder as soon as the contract is signed, and if after 15 days the bidder shall fail to do so, the certified check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the OWNER as liquidated damages. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. WAGE RATES Wisconsin State Wage Rates: Pursuant to Section 66.0903, Wisconsin Statutes, the minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be in accordance with the wage rate scale established by State wage rates. Federal Davis Bacon Wage Rates: Federal wage rates can be found at Be aware that project Administrators, Bidders and Contractors are required to use the latest federal wage rate available at the time of bid opening. The minimum wages to be paid on the project shall be the higher of the wage scale established by either the Federal or State wage rates. This project is expected to be funded in part with funds provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service. Information on applicable federal requirements is contained in the Project Manual. The Offeror’s or Bidder’s attention is called to the “Equal Opportunity Clause” and the “Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction Contract Specification” included in the specifications. The goals and timetables for minority and female participation, expressed in percentage terms for the Contractor’s aggregate workforce in each trade on all construction work in the covered area, are as follows: Goals for minority participation for each trade = 2.2% Goals for female participation in each trade = 6.9% This project anticipates use of Wisconsin DNR Clean Water Fund Program funding. We encourage Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Small Businesses in Rural Areas (SBRAs) to submit bid proposals. A municipality, in awarding prime contracts, and the primary engineer and primary contractor, in awarding subcontractors, are required to make a good faith effort to achieve a combined minimum goal of 15% participation for MBE/WBE utilization in accordance with s.NR 162.09(3), s.NR 166.12(4), and s.NR 167.18(4) Wis. Admin. Code. If a subcontractor awards subcontracts, these requirements shall apply to the subcontractor. This project anticipates the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding. Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the contract, Section 3, Segregated Facility, Section 109 and E.O. 11246. OWNER reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Published by the authority of the Village of Luck. CONSULTING ENGINEER: MSA Professional Services, Inc. 1230 South Boulevard Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913 Daniel F. Greve, P.E. (608) 355-8873 Scott R. Chilson, P.E. (608) 355-8868

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SPRING FLIP FRIENDLY WILDLIFE About six months ago, as David Stariha, Shell Lake, drove into his yard on his four-wheeler, this partridge landed on the vehicle. Since that time, in the mornings, the partridge will tap on Stariha’s window wanting to be fed or just for attention. The partridge will follow Stariha around throughout the day, sometimes landing on a limb to stare at Stariha while chirping at him. “If you are wearing bright-colored shoes, it will peck at your feet,” commented Stariha. In this photo, the partridge is standing by Stariha’s hand. — Photo by David Stariha

Nate from Osceola spent some time at the St. Croix Falls Wheel Park on Tuesday, afternoon, March 8, just as the sun was setting. The springlike weather led to plenty of short sleeves and outdoor activity that is normal rare for early March. - Photos by Greg Marsten.

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Dinner gala features homegrown comedian

GRANTSBURG - She’s funny, she’s quirky, she’s homegrown and she’s nationally known. She’s Miki Budge, better known by her stage name, Mary Mack, and she’s coming home to Burnett County for a show on Tuesday, April 5, at the Crex Convention Center, T-Dawgs, in Grantsburg. The occasion is the second-annual Burnett County Tourism Coalition Dinner Gala, a fundraiser to support the BCTC mission of growing tourism in Burnett County. Last year’s March BCTC gala brought business owners together to celebrate the launch of Burnett County’s dedicated tourism website,, that showcases what to see, do, dine, shop and play, touting Burnett County as a year-round vacation destination. This year’s gala is open to the public. Mack is well-known around these parts. Her niece, Emily Gall, commented, “Going to her shows was strange at first. Everyone would be laughing at her stories, and I’m sitting there like ‘No, really…that’s what happens at Thanksgiving?!’ My aunt taught me that it’s OK to laugh at yourself, to see the humor in the everyday.” Mack’s forays into humor started early.


Mary Mack will be performing Tuesday, April 5 at the Crex Convention Center, T-Dawgs in Grantsburg. - Photo from

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She went to Webster Schools, graduating from Webster High School. She remembers her teachers pretty vividly. In elementary school she recalls how excited she was when the class got to write their own plays. “Of course, (the teachers) were also tricking us into reading and writing and interacting with others, but we didn’t notice, because we were having so much fun,” she recalled. In high school, teachers continued to encourage Mack’s creativity even while she was on the track team. “My coaches, Mr. Muus and Mr. Kinziger, were patient and kind enough to let me tell my new, and usually awful, jokes to the running team before most practices and meets,” she said. Then she quipped, “Luckily, my jokes have gotten a little better. Or I hope they have anyway. I don’t think anyone would have paid to hear any of those jokes back then.” Like many youngsters, Mack grew up fishing in the many lakes in the area. “When you’re just sitting there not catching anything, which is mostly the case for me, there’s a lot of time to think about funny things.” Mary incorporates those “funny things” into her show, tailoring her running monolog to local audiences. On the national level, Mack has been seen on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and playing the co-lead character, Dylan, on Fox’s cartoon “Golan the Insatiable,” season one. The gala evening starts with a cashbar social hour at 5 p.m., which includes a presentation by BCTC, followed by a three-course dinner at 6 p.m., a drawing for five $150 cash prizes at 7:30, and the Mary Mack Comedy Show at 7:45. Tickets for the April 5 gala dinner and the Mary Mack Comedy Show are on sale now at T-Dawgs in Grantsburg, The Lodge at Crooked Lake and Siren Village Office in Siren, and The Main Store, Webb Lake. Tickets can also be ordered online, paid in advance for “will call” at the Crex Convention Center the night of the event. For additional information, visit or call 800-788-3164. – from BCTC

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BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Tourism Coalition was organized in 2013, when statistics revealed a downturn in Burnett County tourism revenue. Wisconsin Department of Tourism Regional Specialist Drew Nussbaum guided a dedicated group of volunteers, local business owners, as they worked through establishing bylaws and electing officers. The next year, members of the group with experience in marketing worked to develop a branding concept which resulted in the creation of a logo with graphics that highlight the main features of the county: premier water and wildlife. In 2015, Larry Main of the Main Store, Webb Lake, was elected president; along with Nancy Herman of Yellow River Advertising and Design, vice president; Marilyn Chesnik of Wild River Outfitters, Grantsburg, treasurer; and Harriet Rice of Studio Northwoods, Webster, secretary. Chuck Anderson of the 10th Hole, Danbury, Emily Gall of Webb Lake and Michael Trudeau of Heartwood Resort and Conference Center serve as members at large. This year, the BCTC applied for, and was awarded, grants from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and Burnett County Tourism. The BCTC also raised funds by running the Webb Lake area ice-fishing contest. BCTC volunteers staffed a booth at the recent Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs Sports Show. “We’re looking ahead with ideas for a fundraising event this summer,” said Main. The money raised is being used to hire a part-time digital marketing professional who will be responsible for the existing website, electronic newsletter and Facebook page as well as exploring additional social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Once the digital marketing is well-established, the BCTC will develop a comprehensive marketing plan.

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Operation Shamrock is a success, benefit planned for April 16 ST. CROIX FALLS - It was something the server at McDonald’s had never heard - and probably won’t hear again. “I’d like 168 Shamrock Shakes to go, please.” By placing that order, Angie Semmens had launched a payback of sorts. She was honoring classmates of her sons, Cole and Cody, every sixth- and eighth-grade student in the St. Croix Falls Middle School who have prayed and supported her and her family during her ongoing battle with cancer. She chose her favorite treat for the project. “Operation Shamrock,” carried out Wednesday, March 2, required two minivans and five large boxes to transport the cherry-topped, mint-flavored desserts, along with a gigantic bouquet of festive green and white helium balloons, to the school. Not to mention some stealthy maneuvering to bring an element of surprise to the occasion. “The students’ faces were priceless as Angie presented each one with a smile and a shake,” said Leanne Waterworth, a friend and accomplice. “She spoke gratitude and love to them and the kids naturally reciprocated. Hugs, joy and even a few tears abounded in the school hallways.” The diagnosis of colon cancer in July of 2014 was met with hope by doctors who felt that surgery and treatment would result in a full recovery. Things took a turn for the worse over the past several months, but Angie did not give up hope, writing on her CaringBridge site that she hasn’t given up hope while at the same time “preparing for the inevitable.” Severe pain resulted in a weeklong stay at the University of Minnesota hospital in December. Her oncologist said the cancer was advancing, and the pain was most likely due to the cancer affecting her organs. She also mentioned she had some drugs in her “back pocket,” that could still be used, but that the cancer was an aggressive one. “I have never asked the question, ‘How long do I have,’ Angie wrote in her Caringbridge diary. “I never wanted to know I didn’t want to live my life as a countdown. I just wanted to enjoy!” She said her main focus is her husband, Nick, her sons, Cody and Cole and her mom. “’Making Memories in 2016’ is our motto,” she wrote.

prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Waterworth said that Angie paid for Operation Shamrock out of her own pocket, but when McDonald’s corporate got wind of the story they stepped up and paid for the thoughtful gesture. To offer financial and emotional support, friends and family have planned a benefit spaghetti dinner for Saturday, April 16, at the Milltown Community Center, from 4 to 9 p.m. Also, donations can be sent to: Angeline J. Semmens Benefit Account, Eagle Valley Bank, 2206 Glacier Drive, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. - Gary King with submitted information

Angie Semmens carried out Operation Shamrock to thank her sons’ classmates for their support during her ongoing battle with cancer. - photos submitted One memory created was a Christmas gift of a vacation in California, which included three of her closest friends - friends she has known since the fourth grade - Shelby, Vawn and Ingrid, as well as their families. In early February another visit with her oncologist brought news that there was some progression of the cancer in her lungs. There were still a few different medications to try but “her back pocket is getting empty,” Angie wrote. But her hope continues. “I believe it is no mistake that Angie’s middle name is Joy,” Waterworth noted. “She chooses to live each day with joy and it spreads wherever she goes. The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing

Cody Semmens helped his mom, Angie, deliver the Shamrock Shakes to his classmates at St. Croix Falls Middle School last Wednesday, March 2.

“I was honored, humbled and blessed to be this woman’s accomplice. I will never forget this special day!” wrote Leanne Waterworth, shown at left with Angie Semmens.

Angie Semmens delivered 168 Shamrock Shakes to middle school students at St. Croix Falls last week, as a thank-you for their support during her battle with cancer.

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Pink Flamingo Beach Bingo fundraiser for Angels Island MILLTOWN — Pink Flamingo Beach Bingo is coming to Milltown Community Center April 9 to raise funds for Angels Island. The money will be used to install some outdoor fitness equipment that will be dedicated to children that have been lost to suicide. “We want these children remembered for their life and not defined by their death,” said Nancy LeMay. “We felt the outdoor fitness equipment would draw families together even more.”

The pieces will be strategically placed throughout the park, located by the community center, so that adults who are working out will be able to see the entire playground. Only 200 Bingo tickets will be sold. Prizes include a private party for eight at Dancing Dragonfly Winery, an overnight stay at Kalahari Resort and Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, a new guitar signed by several country artists, Casino night packages, Glensheen Mansion tours,

and a Duluth Arts package including Duluth Ballet, Duluth Symphony and the Duluth Art Museum. Many other prizes will be given out, including door prizes, trivia prizes, and a prize for the best-dressed Pink Flamingo Beach Bingo costume. The event starts with an all-you-can-eat taco bar beginning at 5 p.m., with Bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and are available at the Angels Island Facebook page. — submitted

Kari and Kristina Robelia with a Keurig maching that will be given away at the Bingo fundraiser.

LEFT: There will be something for everyone, including the pets, at the Angels Island fundraiser April 9. Pictured here is Hannah at Chuck & Don’s in Blaine, holding the Big Doggie Basket.

Pictured with a new guitar signed by country artists, which will be given away at the April 9 Bingo fundraiser for Angels Island, is Sarah Brenizer and a DJ from BUZ’N 102.9 Country.


Osceola Elementary School students had a banner year for the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the month of February, as part of the effort to fight leukemia and lymphoma. During the monthlong campaign, students raise funds in their individual classes by bringing in and seeking donations of pennies and more, competing for bragging rights on which class raised the most. Students combined to raise over 360,000 pennies for 2016. “It was a fantastic year, one of our best ever!” stated organizer Barbara Jorgenson.

Osceola students cashed in all their pennies and received a very big check for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Pennies for Patents campaign has been going on for over 20 years in the Osceola School District, raising over $53,000, combined, during the campaigns. – Photos submitted

WARM TEMPS BRINg OUT THE WILDLIFE A doe and her two yearlings were seen browsing in a hay field at dusk near Shell Lake. The deer herd across northern Wisconsin is looking very good. A severity index of 0 to 50 is considered a mild winter by the WisDNR. The 2015-2016 winter has been rated 20. For some hunters the deer numbers are too low, so the DNR reduced the number of doe tags last year. That combined with the warm winter should help the deer herd rebound. The severity index is made up of the number of days below zero and the depth of the snow. — Photo by Larry Samson


Wok & Roll with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars”

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e have moved to the countryside since last June. Needless to say, my wife and I enjoy our new lifestyle immensely. It is just so peaceful and quiet, and folks are so open, warm and friendly. I love the mornings - sipping my tea in the back porch, listening to the rustling leaves and watching the birds gliding over my head. And sunsets are simply spectacular. It is a different show every evening. I never knew that there are so many different colors, and just how beautiful it can be when they are all blended together. Then, as soon as the sunset curtain closes, another show begins. Living in the cities, I have never seen so many stars before, ever. It is mind-boggling – just how many stars are twinkling out there? And how many of them are looking back at us with a smile? Just then, while I was wondering these things, I received an email from an old friend. The title is “Earth in True Perspective” (you can Google it). And it answers all my questions. When we lived in Milwaukee, anywhere that required more than 20 minutes’ drive was considered “long distance.” And here, any place that requires over an hour drive is fair game. Everything is relative. Our solar system consists of Earth, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Jupiter,

Peter H. Kwong Neptune and Saturn; all orbiting around the sun. Comparing to the sun, Earth is the size of a sesame seed. But then, there are other stars which are even bigger and larger than the sun. Can you imagine that? There are Sirius, Pollux, Arcturus, Rigil, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Eta Carinae, and plenty others, each one much bigger and brighter than our own sun. And scientists keep discovering new stars or planets which are millions and millions of light years away. Hmm, I thought to myself, 1 million is a pretty large number (there are six zeros). 100 million will be 100,000,000. It is a big number indeed. But then, how far is the distance of a light year? I did a little research, and find out that a light year is how far the light can travel in a year. Well, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year. So, in a sense, there are 60 X 60 X 24 X 365 seconds, or 31 million seconds in a year. Well, 31,536,000 seconds to be exact. And just how far does light travel in a second? To go around the equator, there’s roughly 25,000 miles. And, in one sec-

ond, the speed of light can travel around the earth about 7.5 times. Yes, 7.5 times! That’s about 187,500 miles that light can travel in just one second. Unbelievable to comprehend, isn’t it? One blink of an eye, and the light can travel all that distance. Well, there are 31 million seconds in a year. So, 31,000,000 seconds times 187,500 miles equals the distance that light can travel in one year. That’s roughly 5,797,000,000,000 miles that light can travel in one year. And just how many times we can go around the earth? Now, with these newfound planets 30 million light years away, just how far away is that? Well, 5,797,000,000 X 30,000,000, or 173,910,000,000,000,000. It is just bunch of zeros. When we hear the government tell us that we are running $250 trillion deficit, it is just bunch of zeros. OK, are you ready for more exciting news? On March 9, 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope noticed a bright little star which is one-tenth the size of the moon. So, for four months, the telescope just zeroed in on the same spot and took pictures. And the result was overwhelming! That little spot actually was a picture consisting of more than 1,000,000,000 (1 trillion) stars; and each star has more than 10,000 galaxies. And that’s only off one single dot in the sky! So, how many stars/planets/galaxies are there in the sky? An old quote from our famous astrologer Carl Sagan, there are “Billions and billions” out there.

Some of the stars are so old that they already exploded billions of years ago and no longer exist. But it is not till now that the light actually reaches our naked eye. It is mind-boggling knowing that the past, the present, and the future can stand still at the same moment. So, million, billion and trillion, what’s the difference? I did some more research, and found out that: 1 million (1,000,000) seconds = 13 days 1 billion (1,000,000,000) seconds = 31 years 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) seconds = 31,688 years To be politically correct, when I sing the nighttime lullaby to my granddaughter, I guess I have to change the lyrics: “Twinkle twinkle giant stars I’ll never know how many there are Up above so far and high Many galaxies in the sky Twinkle twinkle giant stars I’ll never know how many there are.” I’ll never complain how far I have to drive ever again. What is 500 miles comparing to 5,797,000,000,000 miles? Note: I am starting a Chinese cooking class at Unity High School in Balsam Lake. The dates are every Wednesday, April 6 to April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please contact Deb Paulsen for more details. You can reach her at 715-825-2101, ext. 1560, or email her at depaulsen@

USDA offers protections for noninsured crops against weather losses Warren Hanson | USDA Farm Service Agency acting state executive director STATEWIDE - In agriculture, opportunity is often created from overcoming challenges. So when it is said “work for the best and prepare for the worst,” it is often the American farmers and ranchers who come to mind because they characterize the optimism and resilience of this very concept, especially when it comes to overcoming severe weather. And although many farmers and ranchers carry insurance on their crops and livestock, insurance isn’t always available for everything that can be grown or produced. For example, with many specialty crops, like vegetables and fruits, or floriculture, nursery or livestock forage, private insurance for losses from weather damage may not be available. That’s why the USDA’s Farm Service

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hroughout 40 years of working, I mistakenly thought I had seen nearly everything. I had finally obtained a Wisconsin substitute teaching license in late October after beginning the process in January. Officially licensed with Dave Muller a four-year college degree as proof of my so-called competency, I think I am ready to work. The phone starts ringing and I am in demand, six times in two weeks, and to my dismay, on call at 6 a.m. each day. No more late-night television followed by reading until after 1 a.m. each evening. At 64 years old, it goes without saying, I need my rest. I accept all assignments to prove my dependability. First, seventh-grade science, next, middle school physical education, then grade school special education followed by high school business classes. I accept the calls and report and wing it from the regular teacher’s notes. But the feeling of inadequacy follows me like the plague. Most of all, I hate being conspicuous, and I am. First, 25 students stare at me in bewilderment as I go through the instructions. Some misbehave, some look stunned, yet most comply with my mock authority. Bells go off, announcements are made over an intercom, and I search the wall for the source of the interruption. Three minutes pass, another 20 students arrive, and it’s deja vu all over again.

Agency offers help to producers through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented plantings occur due to natural disasters. NAP has existed for 21 years. For the majority of that time, it provided only catastrophic coverage for losses of more than 50 percent of expected production. That catastrophic coverage – still available – pays 55 percent of the average market price. Today, not only does NAP provide a safety net for specialty crop producers working to make healthy fruits and vegetables available to more consumers, the program also covers aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup - and even organic and energy crops. Higher levels


Carousel The fifth day is the charm. I think I’ve got things figured out and I go all in. Pre-K for a day. No problem. I arrive 10 minutes early and am taken down many corridors to a room of many colors. I pause for a breath and other young teachers begin the welcoming process. Suddenly at my feet, a 5-yearold offers to return the key to the office for me. “Why not?” I say, and hand it to him. He returns momentarily while pure adult adrenalin blends with abject befuddlement creating a near out-ofbody state. I am surrounded by a dozen 4- and 5-year-olds looking for instruction. An alpha gal of five takes charge and shows me the ropes around the room that has been their home for 47 days straight without a substitute. I am soon known as “Mr. Dave” and all are seated in a circle on a green rug. I am strangely at home in a wooden rocker, checking my notes and getting acquainted. Someone is supposed to be meteorologist for the day and he doesn’t want to: no, he wants to be line leader. I glance out at the pouring rain and offer a trade. “No way,” says a young girl. “I like to be line leader!” Before I can sort it out, two boys are roughhousing and chaos takes over. I am used to my own grandchildren, 3, 7 and 9, yet am caught in the in-between years where mayhem dwells. I check the teacher’s notes for a clue and

of coverage are available for losses up to 65 percent of production and 100 percent of the average market price. Basic coverage fees are $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, whichever is less. No producer pays more than $1,875. In fact, for beginning, traditionally underserved or limited resource producers, the catastrophic coverage is free, and premiums for higher levels of protection are discounted by 50 percent. For spring planted crops in Wisconsin,

the deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 15. It is encouraged that farmers of all types visit an FSA office to learn more about the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. For more information, visit a local FSA office or nap. To find your local FSA office, visit – submitted

Danbury Lions to host blood drive DANBURY - The Danbury Lions Club will host an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, March 16, at the Swiss Town Hall from noon to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please decide to go rogue. With my grandchildren, I go calmly goofy to gain control and attention. I try a similar method now, forgetting about being conspicuous; I tell the group that I have a secret to share. All ears perk up and eyes lock with mine. “On rainy days if I am sad,” I tell the kids, “I cheer myself up by singing.” They all stare back and I give them my best deep bass voice, “Ba, ba, ba, boo!” After a momentary pause, laughter starts and one kid summarizes for the group, “What a silly man!” Thankfully, I have their attention now and the fun begins in earnest. “Do you know how to spell?” I ask sincerely. “Yes!” they all shout as one and rise to sing their ABCs. This is followed by counting and calendar and more. We begin our project for the day with cutting out black sheep faces from paper and gluing cotton balls to paper plates. I marvel at their skill and determination and help where needed. The group project finishes just in time for a breakfast trip down the corridors. We are back for story time and individual play at various stations and soon it is lunch time. The line leader is effective and other teachers support the effort with firm suggestions. The librarian reads a story after lunch while I eat at my desk. Quiet rest time is next and I am all in, firmly rocking in the chair with dimmed lights and playing the music that the teacher’s notes suggest. A few students sleep, most quietly form groups around iPad video screens and everyone spends an hour relaxing in various ways. At 2 o’clock, I gather everyone around for a story followed by diversions like painting, coloring and building blocks. Each child has a favorite activity and I encourage them and mill around. The students sense the day ending

call 800-733-2767 or go online to and search by sponsor code Danbury. A driver’s license or blood donor card is required to donate. – submitted and begin packing up. Their routine is familiar for them and I am still lost about what and where. They drift out without so much as goodbye and the silence and lack of motion astound me. I realize I am exhausted and begin to clean up the mess. I am joined by a woman helper and chat about how well the students did their projects. I realize I forgot to put the sheep in their takehome packets and she tells me not to worry. Five minutes of cleaning takes care of the scraps. Chairs are placed on tables, leaving the room just like I found it in the morning. I turn to leave and am stopped in my tracks. All the kids have returned with their personal bus buddies and are sticking out their thumbs at me. I am confused, thinking I have forgotten something. No, they are all pressing thumbs with me, one after another, and smiling. Their spontaneous act of acknowledgement brings joyful tears. They circle through the entry laughing and depart. The helper comments that they must have had a good day. Speechless, I feel joy and remember the sensation of being a kid. About the author: David Muller recommends the Write Right Now classes, which have now helped him finish the second volume of his memoir. “Liberty School” is available on Amazon as an e-book; “Reform School” is forthcoming. Writers’ Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedin’s Write Right Now WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


Stepping On fall prevention workshop begins April 6 WEBSTER - Are you an older adult with a fear of falling? Have you had one or more falls in the last year? The ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin presents Stepping On, a fall prevention workshop. This workshop will be taking place Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m., April 6 – May 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, Webster. Throughout the workshop, participants receive support and information

from trained leaders, local guest experts and fellow participants. According to the National Council on Aging, studies show that a combination of behavior changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults. These changes, all covered in this Stepping On workshop, include: • Participating in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training and flexibility components. • Consulting with a health professional

about getting a fall risk assessment. • Having medications reviewed periodically. • Getting eyes and ears checked annually. • Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive. • Previous participants comment: “I am now more aware of my surroundings.” • “This class helped me develop

healthy habits - I now make exercise part of my daily routine.” “I learned about a new tool, walking sticks, that will help me on my daily walks.” The cost of this seven-week workshop is $10 per person or $15 per married couple. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Carrie Myers at the ADRC of NW WI at 877-485-2372. - from ADRC of NW

Local students to participate in district solo and ensemble festival WEBSTER - Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association sanctioned district solo and ensemble music festival hosted at Webster High School on Tuesday, March 15. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator. WSMA music festivals annually attract

thousands of students from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. The festival will draw students from a number of area schools including Amery High School, Grantsburg High School, Luck High School, Osceola High School, Osceola Middle School, St. Croix Falls High School, Somerset High School and Unity High School. Julie Strang, music director from Webster High School, will be serving as the festival manager.

“WSMA enjoys a long tradition of providing quality music education experiences to over 100,000 students annually. Festivals provide students with an opportunity to enrich their musical abilities and understandings as they perform and receive feedback from qualified adjudicators and as they observe and listen to the performances of their peers,” said WSMA Executive Director Timothy Schaid. WSMA music festivals support school

music programs as part of a comprehensive education by encouraging the study of quality music literature; motivating students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities; improving students understanding of music literature and concepts, performance through understanding; and providing a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement. – submitted

State Patrol Law of the Month Traffic citation fines are double in work zones SPOONER - On city streets, county roads and major highways, drivers will soon be seeing an expanse of orange barrels and other signs indicating road construction and maintenance projects are under way. During the road construction season, drivers will again face the challenge of safely maneuvering through work zones. “Driving through a work zone requires

patience. Work zones are dangerous under the best of circumstances, but your reaction time and margin for error are reduced significantly if you speed, tailgate or don’t pay attention to rapidly changing traffic situations,” Lt. Dori Petznick of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Northwest Region – Spooner Post says. “In work zones, workers and equipment often are operating within a few feet of traffic. In addition, work zones frequently have narrow lanes, different merge lanes from side roads, and rough or uneven pavement. Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of crash

Discover UWBC open house set RICE LAKE - A Discover UWBC open house event will be held at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake for high school juniors, seniors and their parents on Tuesday, March 15. According to Kevin Falkenberg, program coordinator, “If you are just starting to explore college options or have already applied for admission, this is your chance to learn about UWBC.” Tours of the Glenwood Commons student residence will be given from 5-5:45 p.m., a campus tour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

The program will inform participants about UWBC’s low tuition (save over $8,000/year if you live at home), admissions and financial aid, meet faculty and staff, find out about transferring to a fouryear institution, visit with current students, and learn about opportunities for student life and activities. To register for the event, call UWBC Student Services at 715-234-8176, press 1; email; or register online at - submitted

in a work zone. Although construction workers are at a great risk of being hit, about three out of four people killed in work zone crashes are motorists.” To prevent crashes and save lives, fines for traffic violations in work zones are double the usual amounts when workers are present. Posted work zone speed limits are still in force even when workers are not present. “The total costs for speeding in excess of the posted limit in a work zone range from $213 for 1 to 10 mph over the limit all the way up to $893 for 45 mph or

more over the limit. You also will have between three and six demerit points added to your driving record,” Petznick says. “State patrol officers are specifically assigned for traffic enforcement in work zones, and they may be supported by officers in airplanes monitoring work zones. Their mission is to protect both workers and motorists in work zones by strictly enforcing posted speed limits and other traffic laws.” — from WisDOT

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Take a “chili” plunge for local children and families Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE— At 78 years old, Harry Dahlstrom is preparing for his second plunge into Shell Lake this Saturday, March 12, and he’s not alone. Individuals and groups of people, some sporting costumes, will be voluntarily jumping into Shell Lake for a fundraising event that benefits Lakeland Family Resource Center. “It makes me feel good to do something good for families,” said Harry Dahlstrom, who doesn’t need another reason to make his plunge. All proceeds raised from the Chilly Challenge Winter Plunge go to Lakeland Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization located in Spooner. LFRC serves all families in Washburn County through programs and services that aim to strengthen families. Anyone can sign up to participate, but a minimum pledge of $50 is needed to plunge. Some seek contributions from friends and family that want support LFRC or they just want to see their friend or loved one jump into a frozen lake. Either way, people can show up between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 to get registered and make their plunge after 2 p.m. “It wasn’t bad. You’re not in there that long,” assured Dahlstrom. “You’re in and out ... I’ve been outside all my life so a little cold won’t bother me,” said the former dairy farmer and logger. Last year

Dahlstrom raised around $1,200 and he hopes to be the top fundraiser again for this year’s plunge. A prize is given to the individual that raises the most money. However, participants must be 14 or older in order to plunge and those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. “Thank you to the people that donate, they help the organization out,” said Dahlstrom. This year’s plunge also involves a chili cook-off and silent auction which will coincide with people plunging. Anyone interested in entering the chili cook-off may do so by calling LFRC at 715-635-4669. Judging and sampling of the chili will be done by those that make a $5 donation. While enjoying the chili people can peruse the many items in the silent auction. Silent auction items include a handmade quilt, children’s bikes, gift baskets and tickets to area attractions. The silent auction winners and chili cook-off champion will be announced at 4 p.m.

RIgHT: Amber Booth and Judy Schnacky hold their breath as they plunge into Shell Lake during Lakeland Family Resource Center’s 2015 Chilly Challenge Winter Plunge on Shell Lake. –Photo by Larry Samson



pring and daylight saving time are just around the corner which means there will be lots of activities and events happening at the community center. Our next birthday meal will take place on Thursday, April 7, at noon. Jim Armstrong will provide the music and we will be serving tater tot hotdish. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for guests. Reservations must be made by April 4. For those of you who are sick and tired of winter, how about thinking about baseball? The Amery Community Center will sponsor a trip to Target Field to see the Minnesota Twins take on the Tampa Bay Rays on June 4. The cost is $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers with the difference going toward your 2016 membership. Excellent Pavilion seats! The bus leaves the community center at 9:30 a.m. for a 1:10 p.m. game. We need at least 20 people to sign up and only 35 seats available. There will be chances to win prizes on the bus! Reservations must be made and paid for by March 16, but you may want to sign up early because these seats are filling up fast! Another trip we have planned is to Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Wednesday, April 13. The cost is $35 for members and $55 for guests. If you swipe your Club Card you receive $3 off Tradewinds, 10 percent off the purchase of any other food outlet, $5 off Bingo, and you will be entered in a drawing for $50 free slot play. Reservations must be made by April 1, and the bus leaves the center at 9:30 a.m. Our GriefShare group started back up on Monday, March 7, at 1 p.m. This group is open to the public and we encourage anyone to join. On Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m., Dr. David Toftness will present a seminar on the benefits of chiropractic care. The seminar is free and open to the public.

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Community Center Susan Shachtman, Assistant Director We have two vendor events coming up in March. Our Health & Wellness Expo will take place on Friday, March 18, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This expo is designed to bring services and businesses related to healthy living under one roof. There will also be a silent auction and healthy snacks will be served. If you are a wellness vendor and would like to participate, please contact us ASAP as we only have a few tables left. On March 19, our March Vendor Event will take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be various vendors to buy from such as Scentsy, Adornable-U, Tupperware and many more. The winners of Tuesday pool were Mary Fisher in first place, Paul Seidel in second, Jim Nelson took third and Carl Johnson placed fourth. Thursday pool winners were Tom Marson in first, Carl Johnson in second, Wendell Anderson took third place, and Gary Snelling placed fourth. Wii bowling winners were Carl Johnson in first place, Jerry Fisher took second, Orville Lundgren came in third, and Jim Woodcock took fourth. The Wednesday bridge winners were Pete Humlie in first, Pat Williams came in second and Judy Strobush placed fourth. Monday bridge winners were Bonnie Timm in first and Jean Dodge in second. Congratulations to all! Have a safe and wonderful week

Vital records database system updated POLK COUNTY - Polk County Register of Deeds Laurie Anderson has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2017, residents may no longer have to travel to other counties to obtain their vital records. Vital record events include birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. Currently, residents have to travel to the county in which the event occurred, order by mail, or order online with a credit card to receive their records. The ability to obtain these records will ultimately be easier than ever. With new technology and a statewide database, this longtime vision of the register of deeds office will become a reality. If your event occurred within the state of Wisconsin, you may be able to walk in to any Wisconsin register of deeds office to pick up your vital record. At the onset in

2017, there will be limitations since not all of the records will be in the state database. Births from 1994, deaths from Sept. 1, 2013, and marriages from May 18, 2015, to present will be available statewide. Older records will be available as the state vital records office completes back scanning and indexing projects. Anderson wants to emphasize that not all records will be available at the implementation of this service. It may take a few years for every vital record to be available statewide. Anderson advises that you call ahead to inquire about the records available prior to coming into her office. The Polk County register of deeds phone number is 715-485-9240. - from Polk County Register of Deeds Office

Genealogy society meets March 28 LUCK - The Polk County Genealogy Society meets on the fourth Monday of each month in the Ravnholdt Research Center at the Luck Museum. From 1-2 p.m., PCGS members will assist guests in a working session finding their ancestors using computer software programs and Internet websites such as Ancestry; Find-a-Grave; FamilySearch; Wisconsin Historical Society Civil War Roster and many others. Volunteers are experienced in both computer and reference work

(old-fashioned) genealogy. The March 28 presentation, from 2-3 p.m., will explain in depth what a Virtual Cemetery is and demonstrate how to create your families very own virtual cemetery. A Find-A-Grave Virtual Cemetery is essentially a collection of names from the Find-A-Grave database. The monthly business meeting is 3 to 4 p.m., with refreshments served. - with submitted information

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Burnett County Junior Leaders joined the Wood Creek 4-H Club for an afternoon of snow tubing at Trollhaugen. Connect yourself to the clover and experience winter fun. – Photo submitted


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50 years ago Larry Jensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olander Jensen, Clam Falls, was in flight training at the Army Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters, Texas.–Bonita Linden and Steven Hutton were married at Trade River Evangelical Free Church on Jan. 22.–Bruce Hendricks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hendricks, rural Frederic, received the Torchbearer Award from the Farmers Union Youth program.–Linda Dale was crowned queen of the Grantsburg Mid-Winter Sports Day.– Farmers and nonfarmers were invited to the annual Farm Institute program at Grantsburg March 10. It would start with a movie shown at the theater on Main Street, “Beautiful Lawns,” then “two outstanding speakers,” James Crowley, UW-Extension dairy specialist, and Henry Ahlgren, UW-Extension associate director. Young Lucille Mangelsen would also present her winning speech from the soil conservation speaking contest.–An open house was held at the new GOal Bottling Inc. plant in Amery. Gerald Newville was the plant superintendent. The facility was said to be one of the most modern plants in the country, and could process around 300 gallons of milk per hour, about 1,000 cases of the drink per day. Amery Mayor George Griffin cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, which was also attended by Assemblymen Fred Moser and Harvey Dueholm, and Polk County Dairy Princess Susan Whitner, FFA Queen Beverly Bottolfson and Fall Festival Queen Linda Lee.

40 years ago The Burnett County Board of Supervisors was notified by jail inspector Mark Flick that they had a deadline of Aug. 2 for taking some action to improve the county jail, after inspection two years earlier revealed many needs for corrections of deficiencies in the structure. Plans had been drawn up to replace the jail, but the cost was deemed too high, and there was also a petition filed to move the county seat to Siren, so no decision would be made on construction until a vote had been held on that issue.–Silver wings were awarded to 2nd Lt. Randall Hansen, from Danbury, following his graduation from U.S. Air Force pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. He would fly a C-141 Starlifter with a unit of the Military Airlift Command at Norton AFB, Calif.–Results from the Frigid Five Run, part of Grantsburg Winter Sports Day, included Jack Samuelson, Grantsburg, sweepstakes winner and new record; Dale Schauls, Cushing, second; Carlisle Sherstad, Grantsburg, 40 and over winner, new record, with Gene Gronlund, Grantsburg, second; Steve Knutson, Frederic, teen winner, with Jon Ekblad, Trade River, second; Keith Schmidt, Frederic, preteen winner, new record, with David Peper, Grantsburg, second, and Judy Johnson, Grantsburg, women, new record.–The Webster High School put on a bicentennial program that included “The Battle of Trenton,” with narration provided by history teacher Felix Holewinski, and the band playing, “a very difficult piece, and expertly performed.”

20 years ago The Luck Winter Carnival included the third-annual New World Championship Snowshoe Races, which drew competitors from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. There were three races, a 10K race, a half marathon and a two-mile fun run. Races started at the school, crossed Big Butternut Lake to the golf course, and into the woods. Local winners in 1996 included Sue Jensen, Luck, taking sixth place in the women’s 10K, Frank Lundeen, Frederic, sixth in the men’s 10K, and Jim Baillargeon, Somerset, fourth in the half-marathon race.–The Frederic School Board made its recommendation on the showing of some movies in Phil Schneider’s American history class. “Schindler’s List” and “Malcolm X” were judged to be appropriate for high school juniors, and the board voted that only part of “JFK” should be shown.–Leader reporter Mary Stirrat spoke with Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative’s general manager, Steve Glaim, about his concern for possible deregulation of the electric industry. He said it would mean higher prices and poorer service for rural customers, believing that the big electric companies would force the smaller ones out of business.–Luella Amundson announced she would be retiring from the Frederic School District at the end of the school year. She was the elementary school receptionist, and had been the high school receptionist before that, with 46 years of service all together.

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TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Hello friends, I’m happy to report that we didn’t have any stray cats or dogs in this week. We did have six surrendered cats brought in to us. That brings the shelter cat population up to nine. Our dog count stands at five. We had one adoption this week, adorable brindle puppy Cupid. His new home is close by, just out of Siren. Our featured dog is a 2-1/2-year-old redtick hound named Sadie. Sadie came in as a stray on Feb. 24 and went unclaimed. Sadie weighs in at 60 pounds and has a slender, fine-boned frame. Poor Sadie is quite timid and sudden movements or noises cause her to flinch. The first time Sadie I met her I immedi-



Humane Society of Burnett County ately took her for a 2-1/2-mile walk down the road. She gave my arm quite a workout as it seemed that she was trying to pull us off the road and into the safety of the wood line. I doubt she has had much leash experience, but that will come with practice. In the play yard she was much more at ease. That is until I pulled out my camera. To say that she is camera shy is an understatement indeed. I was able to sneak a few adequate pictures of her, nonetheless. With her muted red coat and subtle markings, Sadie is an interesting-looking pretty girl. And who can resist those sad hound eyes? Not I. Like most of the hounds we have had in recently, she is a real sweetheart. She is shy and affectionate

Frederic Senior Center It looks like spring is getting a jump start, with the nice weather we are getting. The winners for Spades were Arnie Borchert, Margaret Ulick, Darwin Niles and John LaFond. The eight bid went to Carmen Marek.

The winners for 500 were Phyllis Peterson, Micky Kilmer, Nona Severson, Dave Peterson and Darwin Niles. The nine bid went to Laryn Larson and John LaFond. Remember that we play Spades on Monday at 1

Hank and Karen Mangelsen were supper guests of Holly, Jake, Hannah and grace Mangelsen on Tuesday. grace’s 10th birthday was celebrated. Clam River Tuesday Club met March 2 at the home of Trudy De Lawyer. All 12 members were present. Brian Hines visited gerry and Donna Hines

We hope to see you at the center.

at 715-222-6400 or Wally Mitchell at 715-463-2940. For questions about the center ask for Patzy or Wally. You can even email us at gburg118@gmail. com.

Coming events:

p.m. Bring a $1 to $2 wrapped gift. • Bloodmobile at the community center, Thursday, March 17, noon to 6 p.m. • Medica workshop, Tuesday, March 22, 2 p.m. • Rummage sale, Saturday, April 2. • Fun with friends every day. Wi-Fi available.

• Business meeting the third Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. • Bingo the second Wednesday of the month, 2:30

Karen Mangelsen on Thursday. Lida Nordquist was a Sunday visitor there. Karen Mangelsen, Donna Hines and Lida Nordquist attended World Day of Prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren on Friday morning. The program, which was presented by members of Bethany, was written by women of Cuba. After the

service, Lida, Donna and Karen joined Kay Krentz and Connie Quam at the Chattering Squirrel for lunch to celebrate Kay’s birthday. gerry and Donna Hines brought breakfast to share with Lawrence and Nina Hines on Saturday morning. Hank and Karen visited Nina and Lawrence on Saturday evening.

Pastor Steve Ward led the worship service at Lakeview UM Church on Sunday morning. His message was about the prodigal son and the effects his actions had on him and the rest of his family.

tied for the win. They play every Thursday at 1 p.m. Come join the fun. Wii bowling was fun and exciting as usual. Pat had high individual game with a 267 and high individual series at 502. The Vikings had high team game at 829 and the Happy Strikers and Vikings tied for high team series at 1,564. The 200 club included Bill B. 216 and 225, Deanna 236, LaJuana

205, Judy 232, Fred 225, Vickie 202. I think we have some pros here. Bill B picked up the 2-5-7- split and LaJuana the 5-10. Birthday wishes to Joanne Rachner, Lilly gleason and all others celebrating their special day in March. We will be having another Horse Race game on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend as daylight savings starts Sunday. We lose that hour of sleep that we gained in the fall. The monthly meeting has been moved to Tuesday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. Smiles are contagious, let’s infect the world. See you at the center.

A girl, Evelyn Christine Myers-Zenzen, born Feb. 19, 2016, to Marissa Nelson and Taylor Myers-Zenzen of Frederic. Evelyn weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. ••• A girl, Freya Elizabeth Bach, born Feb. 22, 2016, to Sarah and Andrew Bach of Osceola. Freya weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. ••• A boy, Hoyett Michael Hlava, born Feb. 23, 2016, to Kaila and Jerry Hlava of Balsam Lake. Hoyett weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Bryce Thomas Schafer, born Feb. 24, 2016, to Nick and Julie Schafer of Taylors Falls, Minn. Bryce weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. ••• A boy, Kayden Michael Krueger, born Feb. 26, 2016, to Kyle and Tiffany Krueger of Lindstrom, Minn. Kayden weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz.

••• A boy, Oliver Erik Melin, born Feb. 27, 2016, to Amanda and Erik Melin of grantsburg. Oliver weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz.

A girl, Lexi Irene Yoder, born Feb. 28, 2016, to Chad and Kasey Yoder of Lindstrom, Minn. Lexi weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. •••

Webster Senior Center Spring is on the way. That little snow we got just made things look clean and fresh for a couple of days. There was a small but lively group for Dime Bingo. We play every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Come and join the fun. No need to call, just drop in. There were six for Dominoes with Millie being the winner. Three came to play pool, Harry and Ken

p.m. and 500 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Come and have some fun with us. All are invited to play. There are no more openings for tax help, but if you walk in they can maybe get you in. Enjoy our early spring weather.

Patzy Wenthe

woodworking skills, Jon. Remember Bingo time has changed on Wednesday to 2:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in learning Cribbage, please come to the center and we’ll get you started. Remember we offer Wi-Fi, coffee and goodies, and the book nook. For meal reservations call 715-463-2940. For hall rent or other questions contact Patzy Wenthe


her. Mistletoe loves a gentle rub under the chin, and to have her soft black and white coat gently petted. She is very agreeable with other cats and dogs also. A quiet, calm home would suit her best. Because of her age and the fact that we think that she is priceless, her adoption fee has been waived. Our next big fundraiser, the spaghetti supper, silent auction and raffle, will be held on Saturday, April 30, 4-7 p.m., at the Webster Community Center. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the shelter office or from volunteers at a cost of $3 each or a book of six for $15. grand prize is $1,000 cash, second prize is a queen-size handmade quilt valued at $500, third prize is an iPad Mini 2 valued at $269 and fourth prize is a one-night-stay package at the St. Croix Casino in Danbury, valued at $120. get your tickets, and good luck to all. The Humane Society of Burnett County,, is saving lives, one at a time. Phone 715-866-4096, license No. 26335-DS. You can check us out and like us on Facebook too. Have a great week.

Dave Peterson

grantsburg Senior Center It appears that March has come in as lamb. That’s great, but we do have to remember this is March and playoff season is here. Yup! That means snowstorms. Thankfully the snow doesn’t stay long. Did anyone check out the ADRC March paper? We hope you got to see some pictures of our nutrition group enjoying the Chinese New Year lunch. We give a big shout of thanks to Jon and Collette Hall for the table lazy Susans. Thanks for all your

and loves getting attention and treats. With a gentle and patient owner, she will surely blossom over time into a confident and wonderful companion. I have featured cat Mistletoe once before, but she deserves a second mention. If you recall, Mistletoe Mistletoe came in as a stray in very poor condition, in mid-December. She has since recovered completely and is ready to go to her new home. Mistletoe is considered a senior cat at 10 years old. She is extremely quiet, gentle and calm. She has a wire condo in the office and is happy most days just to perch inside, even when her doors are open, and watch the activity that is going on around

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Births Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A girl, Anvi Naitikkumar Patel, born Feb. 14, 2016, to Kumariarpita Naitikkumar of St. Croix Falls. Anvi weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Westen James Wheeler, born Feb. 15, 2016, to Shauna and Matthew Wheeler of Frederic. Westen weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. ••• A girl, Rylee Winter Flanery, born Feb. 17, 2016, to Katherine Swenson and Thomas Flanery of North Branch, Minn. Rylee weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Henry Michael Fischer, born Feb. 18, 2016, to Steven and Katy Fischer of Forest Lake, Minn. Henry weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. •••

Siren Senior Center We are getting items in for the silent auction and door prizes. Stop in to the center and check out the items. Anyone can come and bid on the things. You do not have to be present when the drawings are done. Our 500 winners were Marilyn Colvin, Lorna Erickson, Tony Rutter, Darwin Niles and John LaFond. Spades winners were Tony Rutter, Steve Wenthe, Roger greely, Laryn Larson and Doug Harlander. Can you believe that Easter is almost here? Where does the time go? Mother Nature let us know she is still the boss when we got 1-1/2 inches of white stuff. Nice to

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know it will not last long.

Dates to remember: Sunday, March 13: Daylight saving time starts. Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day, watch the papers for fun activities. Thursday, March 17: Monthly meeting. Come to the meeting and stay for lunch of corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and shamrock cookies. Call 715349-2845 for reservations. Wednesday, April 6: Evening meals will start again. Menu will be roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar and lemon pie.

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It’s been a beautiful start to the month of March. It definitely didn’t come in like a lion this year. Let’s hope it doesn’t go out like one, as they say. Enough of winter, I’m ready for spring. On Tuesday I went to my hairdresser, TJ Lon’s Salon on Mud Hen Lake, for my monthly haircut. I was surprised at the news there. It seems several people on Wood River Road who had their garbage cans out for pickup found them tipped over with the contents scattered. I was also told that someone had hit a bear between Falun and Alpha in the swamp area along Hwy. 70. I listened to the weatherman Thursday night telling us we were in for some warm weather. It sounded to me like we were in for spring weather. I thought it was time to get out the suntan lotion and maybe try to get a little suntan. In the middle of the month I will start my tomato seeds for summer. It doesn’t look like we gardening enthusiasts can start digging in the soil just yet. I guess I bragged a little too soon about spring. There must have been some kind of dispute between Old Man Winter and Mother Nature Thursday night, because come Friday there was a mixture of snow and rain thrown in. Bear country ended up with about 2 inches of heavy wet snow, the kind you can make snowmen out of. good thing it doesn’t last long. It sure did make the roads sloppy and slippery though.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Jessie Anderson, who passed away Feb. 22. Sympathy is extended to the family of Barbara Wiltermuth, who passed away Feb. 28. Sympathy is extended to the family of Margaret Asp, who passed away March 2. Sympathy is extended to the family of Mike Tjader, who passed away March 3. Don’t forget, folks, the annual Siren St. Patrick’s Day celebration is being held Saturday, March 12. The parade is at 2 p.m. on Main Street. There will also be a Lucky Lilac scavenger hunt. You can get clues all over town at the local businesses. Don’t miss the annual corned beef and a glass of green beer to wash it down. Most of all, get yourself a button for a chance to win some nice prizes. The Siren United Methodist Church parishioners enjoyed a dinner with hotdish, buttered bread and green beans after the service on Sunday. The men’s group put it on, with gordy Chelmo making the hotdish. great job, guys. Congratulations to Alayna Johnson for being chosen Siren Schools student of excellence this week. You go, girl. Congratulations to elementary student McKenna graf and high-schooler Aubri Larson for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. A pair of upstanding young ladies for sure.


TOWN TALK • COUNTRY CHATTER Animals hide their pain from us very effectively. Unless you know what to look for, a shake of the head, pepper flakes in the coat or a limping gait can easily be misread. That’s why when we received a call from a woman who said she had found a young pup near Hwy. 8 and it was limping, we hoped it was just a sprain. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The pup came to the shelter without a known owner, as a stray from the side of the road. She held her left hind leg off the ground, peg legging it with her right, as if she didn’t have a care in the world. This 5-month-old female Australian shepherd mix was happy to see us, excited to meet everyone and anyone. It was apparent this young pup was seriously injured. No owner appeared and we feared that the leg was broken. If we were right and quick action was not taken, the leg would heal badly or not at all and would require an amputation. So off to the vet went Ms. Mazey. The X-rays told us that Mazey had a spiral fracture. Her full recovery would re-

quire a splint on that leg for six weeks. Lucky for Mazey, puppy bones heal quickly and, with diligent care, she will be as good as new. Mazey’s bandaged splint must be rewrapped once a week. Each Mazey trip outside to go potty requires a plastic bag to be tied over her hind leg to keep it dry and clean. Her energy level is that of a young pup, and daily walks, socializing in the lobby and learning basic obedience are her routine. After two weeks, she was running around the shelter as

Academic news ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud Technical & Community College congratulates the following student for their academic achievement for the fall 2015 semester. They have earned recognition on the president’s list for a grade-point average of 4.0, or the dean’s list for a grade-point-average of 3.5 to 3.9. St. Croix Falls Margaret Wimberley, president’s list. - submitted ••• RICE LAKE – The University of Wisconsin - Barron County has announced area students who have been named to the fall 2015 dean’s list, which recognizes students achieving academic excellence. Fulltime students named to the dean’s list who earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and carried a minimum of 12 semester credits are Elizabeth Garcia of Almena; James Corbett of Amery; Aisha Fultz of Balsam Lake; Ashley Stafne of Clayton; Tianna Olsen and Jayson Oratch of Cumberland; Mathew Dentinger of Cushing; Krystal Zuniga of Luck; Thea Erickson of St. Croix Falls; Kelsey Egbert and Isaac Otterson of Shell Lake; Carly Good of Siren; and Rien Groskopf of Turtle Lake. Part-time students named to the dean’s list who have earned at least 15 credits with a cumulative average of 3.5 and who carried a minimum of three semester credits are Lisa Schaefer of Balsam Lake; Martha Wright of Clayton; and Jamie Preiner of Luck. – submitted ••• MILWAUKEE - The following student received academic honors from Milwaukee School of Engineering for the 2016 winter quarter: Jordan Hendrickson, from Luck, was named to the dean’s list with high honors. Hendrickson is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in software engineering. Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher, out of 4.0, are on the dean’s list. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive high honors. - submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. - Stephanie Melin, a 2013 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School, St. Croix Falls, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. Melin is a first-year student at St. Catherine majoring in nursing and is the daughter of Mandy and Scott Melin. The St. Catherine University dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.667 or higher. A dynamic university educating students to lead and influence, St. Catherine prepares students to make a difference in their professions, their communities and the world.

St. Kate’s encompasses the largest, most innovative university for women in the nation and a range of graduate and associate programs for women and men. - submitted ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. - University of Northwestern - St. Paul announces that Logan Roush, an Osceola High School graduate and the son of Tammy Roush and Keith Roush, studying electronic media communication, is a participant in the University of Northwestern Choir and Strings 2016 Tour. The Northwestern Choir and Strings, together with their conductors, Timothy Sawyer and Kirk Moss, will tour in North and South Dakota from March 8 - March 13, performing in schools and churches. The program, titled “Experience Live Music,” includes a wide array of choral and orchestral music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds and Edward Elgar, as well as hymns and spirituals. The tour includes a special appearance for the Sacred Arts Series at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, S.D. A celebratory homecoming concert will be held on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Totino Fine Arts Center, located at 3003 Snelling Ave. North, at the university. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit or contact the University of Northwestern department of music and theatre at 866-532-8687. - submitted ••• RIPON - Ripon College has announced its dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester, recognizing academic excellence. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a 3.40 grade-point average or higher on a 4.00 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work. Kristine Watral, a sophomore at Ripon College from Webster, with an undeclared major, is on the dean’s list. Watral is the daughter of Wayne Watral of Webster. - submitted ••• MILWAUKEE - The following individual has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for the fall 2015 semester. UWM is the second-largest university in the state of Wisconsin, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County if she were a normal puppy. Mazey loves chasing stuffed animals and lounging in her cushioned bed. She seems to have a perpetual smile on her face. She is all white with patches of blue merle on her ears and body. Her eyes are a piercing blue and her nose is pink. Mazey will be looking for her new home. If you or someone you know would be interested in Mazey, please contact the shelter. We will be taking applications for consideration for the amazing Mazey. Ten animals were adopted last week. Hurray! And to top it off, most of them had been at the shelter for more than two months. Janice, the shorthair tortie, came to the shelter on Oct. 13 with

two kittens. After foster care, the kittens were easily adopted, but Janice remained. After five months, she found the place to call home. Janice will be a companion to a young family. She will assist them with mouse control, exactly the position Janice was hoping for. Marble was with the shelter for three months. She went home with her friend Lucy, a white and tabby who had only been at the shelter for 1-1/2 months. After two months, Clementine, Nyssa, grady and Buddy found homes. Chad, Sybil and Nadine were only at the shelter for a month or less. They all need homes. It just takes a little longer for some. A longer stay only means they haven’t yet met their special someone. That’s why there is no time limit on the length of stay; animals remain until they are adopted at Arnell Humane Society. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715-268-7387, or online at and on Facebook.


Julia Jones, from Unity, won the CESA 11 regional Badger Spelling Bee competition in Turtle Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Her winning word was “sombrero.” Jones will be participating in the state competition at Mitby Theater of Madison Area Technical College on Friday, March 18. – Photo from Unity Eagles Twitter page


Osceola Andrew Tyler Thompson, engineering and computer science undergraduate. – from Link News •••

St. Croix Valley Senior Center Pat Willits Hope all is well in Wisconsin, especially right there at home in the St. Croix Falls area. We’ve been driving through the wine country of southern Arizona. It’s different, but certainly no more beautiful than the St. Croix River Valley. Be sure to call for reservations for the boiled dinner on St. Paddy’s Day. It’s $8 for cabbage and corned beef and more, served at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. All are welcome, and you are invited to stay and play 500 cards after filling up. We send our sympathy to the family of our secretary, Joan Arnold, who passed away this past week. The 500 winners for Sunday, Feb. 28, were Arnie and Marlyce Borchert, who tied, and Kathy Smith.

On Tuesday, March 1, the 500 winners were Ray Nelson and Arnie Borchert. There was no Hand and Foot. On Thursday, March 3, the 500 winners were BrenNel Ward, Sue Lundgren and Elroy Petzel. Shirley Sims won the nine bid. On Sunday, March 6, the 500 winners were Shirley Sims, Roger greely and Ray Nelson. The nine bid was won by Ray Nelson and Arnie Borchert. The center is located downtown at 140 N. Washington, St. Croix Falls. Contact us by calling 715483-1901.

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The Polk County Early Learning Center/Luck 4K students recently celebrated Read Across America with a visit from the Cat in the Hat. – Photos submitted


LIBRARY CORNER grantsburg Library news Book club in a pub

Preschool story hour

Join Books on Tap, a book discussion group that meets in a bar. Come, grab a drink, discuss books and meet new people! Copies of the selected book, “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes, are available for checkout at the grantsburg Public Library. Books on Tap will be held Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.; Dreamers St. Croix Bar & grill, 710 Hwy. 70, grantsburg. Call the library to register, 715-463-2244.

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Csilla graves of grantsburg School for a fun program on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. Csilla will provide interactive activities with readaloud stories.

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

Free tax assistance Schedule an appointment to meet with volunteers from the AARP tax preparation program. Upcoming appointment openings are offered the mornings of March 10 and 11. Call the library to schedule an appointment and to find out if you qualify for the program, 715-463-2244

Board games at the library

Gabrielle and her mom, Beth, were the winners of the library’s Where’s Waldo contest. – Photo submitted

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

Coming Soon Books “White Plague” by James Abel “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin “Off the grid” by C.J. Box “Calendar girl: Volume One” by Audrey Carlan “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi “The Stolen Ones” by Owen Laukkanen “Private Paris” by James Patterson “The Travelers” by Chris Pavone

Audio books “Find Her” by Lisa gardner “A Brush of Wings” by Karen Kingsbury “Private Paris” by James Patterson “Property of a Noblewoman” by Danielle Steel

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Preschool story time

Our wild rice cookbooks are on sale at the library and the coffee shop for $12. Second Saturday Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paperbacks, 50 cents; hardcovers, $1; plastic bag of books, $4; paper bag of books, $5.

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

The Great Courses Discover new ideas: Pat Soderbeck donated over 20 great Courses on DVD with accompanying workbooks to our library this month. They are on display by the fireplace. There are some about music, art, science, mathematics, cathedrals, philosophy and oceanography. They may be checked out for three weeks.

New artist’s critique circle New artist’s critique circle is forming in the Burnett County area starting Tuesday, March 22, and continuing every fourth Tuesday of every month. We will meet in the Larsen Family Public Library Nexen Room from 5 to 6 p.m., longer if needed. Bring artwork for helpful feedback. Network with other artists. Call 715-566-2224 for more information. Inspire others ... be inspired!

Another opportunity for story time Another opportunity for story time is starting Saturday, March 19. Annette will be back reading for story time on the third Saturday of each month. Bring children to the library at 11 a.m. to share wonderful stories, snacks and a chance to socialize with other children. Sponsored by Burnett County Family Literacy.

Table tennis (pingpong) In March, we will meet on Wednesdays, March 23 and 30, 1 p.m. When AARP tax prepartion is over, the hours will become more regular. This is not a tournament – just some fun playing pingpong no matter what your skill level.

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

Adult book club The title for our March book club discussion is “The Bohemian Flats” by Mary Relindes Ellis. We meet at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month except December in the Nexen Room. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t had time to read the book. Books are available at the circulation desk, just call he library to reserve your copy. “ In ‘The Bohemian Flats,’ Mary Relindes Ellis’s rich, imaginative gift carries us from ... a nineteenth-century german farm to the thriving, wildly diverse immigrant village below Minneapolis on the Mississippi to the European front in World War I, and returning to twentieth-century America—this is a story that takes a reader to the far reaches of human experience and the depths of the human heart.” (review taken from

Tax forms The Wisconsin tax forms are here: Tax Form 1, 1A and WI-Z and Homestead Tax and the instruction booklets. We also have rent certificates,


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• “Flight of Dreams” by Ariel Lawhon • “A girl’s guide to Moving On” by Debbie Macomber • “Murder in an Irish Village” by Carlene O’Connor • “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout • “She’s Not There” by Joy Fielding • “The Telling” by Jo Baker • “Wedding Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke • “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer • “No Shred of Evidence” by Charles Todd • “Death of a Nurse” by M.C. Beaton • “A Few of the girls” by Maeve Binchy • “No Cats Allowed” by Miranda James • “The gangster” by Clive Cussler • “Hour of the Wolf” by Hakan Nesser • “Love Comes Softly: Books 1-4” by Janette Oke • “The Martian” by Andy Weir

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• “Clawback” by J.A. Jance • “Devonshire Scream” by Laura Childs • “The Evening Spider” by Emily Arsenault • “gone Again” by James grippando • “Invisible City” by Julia Dahl • “Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize” by Emily Brightwell • “Off the grid” by C. J. Box • “The Preacher’s Lady” by Lori Copeland • “Room for Hope” by Kim Vogel Sawyer • “Sisi: Empress on Her Own” by Allison Pataki • “So Brave, Young and Handsome” by Leif Enger • “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffrey Deaver • “The Waters of Eternal Youth” by Donna Leone

• “Hillary” by Johan Winter • “Little Cat’s Luck” by Marion Dane Bauer • “The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Clover Curse” by Poppy green • “ABC Dream” by Kim Krans • “Lucky” by Chris Hill • “House Mouse, Senate Mouse” by Peter Barnes • “Into the Snow” by Yuki Kaneko • “Time for Spring” by Crockett Johnson

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Schedule WD and instructions, form 1NPR and instructions. If you need forms that we don’t have, you can phone them at 608-266-2486 or go to the Wisconsin tax The IRS will not be sending tax instructions to the library this year, just the forms, so this is just a reminder to order your tax instructions early from the IRS. We have a small choice of federal forms here. Here is the Internet link to order from the Federal IRS, You can also telephone your request to 800-829-3676.

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• “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland” by Michael McCaul • “In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri • Kelley Blue Book Used Car guide: January March 2016 • “Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond” by E.J. Dionne • “She’s Not There” by Joy Fielding • “Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson • “Clawback” by J.A. Jance

Young adult • “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys • “This One Summer” by Jillian Tamaki

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TJ’s Marine changes captains

Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - TJ Swanson is stepping down from the helm of TJ’s Marine after 40 years in the dock and lift business. As of Tuesday, March 1, Chris Kuehn and Mary Smoliak are preparing for warmer weather and getting inventory ready for sale. Kuehn and Smoliak are from the Twin Cities area but have had a cabin up north since 2000. They enjoy the area and have plans to embrace it fully. Not much will be changing as far as services and products are concerned. Even the name will continue to be TJ’s Marine. “Why should we change it?” asked Kuehn, “Everyone knows the place as TJ’s.” The partners will be adding Triton trailers to the lineup. TJ’s will be selling Hewitt docks and lifts, Landau pontoons and Suzuki outboard motors. Shrink-wrapping and winterizing will continue. Consignment options will be available. Kuehn and Smoliak are excited to have a wide TJ Swanson, owner and founder of TJ’s Marine, shakes hands and welcomes new inventory of rafts, water and summer toys. If they owners Chris Kuehn and Mary Smoliak to Siren. The couple plans to continue to don’t have what customers need today, they will grow what Swanson started, being a viable boating option for community members have by tomorrow. and area vacationers. The couple will continue to be a viable local option for the community’s boating needs but with “He (Kuehn) is driven. They will do great.” a fresh feel and social media presence. Even their website When asked what the 63-year-old Swanson will includes an online ordering option with a discount code. The current TJ Marine building, built in 2001 on Hwy. be doing with his downtime, he said he didn’t know 35, is just north of the Burnett County Government Cen- yet. Maybe TJ will get to spend more time on a boat on the lake rather than in dry dock. ter. Swanson had only nice things to say about the new owners.

LEFT: When TJ Swanson would winter in Florida following a busy Wisconsin summer, he would return with a truckload of palms and other tropical plants to brighten the exterior of TJ’s Marine in Siren. Photo submitted

Colorful life preservers line the wall of the freshly painted interior of TJ’s Marine. The business is located a couple of miles north of Siren on the east side of Hwy. 35.

Photos by Becky Strabel unless otherwise noted

Spring and summer are just around the corner, and TJ’s Marine is getting geared up. If they don’t have what a customer needs in stock today, then it will be here tomorrow. They are working closely with vendors to be sure their customers are satisfied.

Siren School and community to present “The Little Mermaid” Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - Members of the Siren School and community are working diligently to bring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” out from under the sea and to the school’s auditorium. In the musical adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film, Ariel, a young mermaid, falls for a handsome human prince and agrees to a dangerous bargain with a powerful sea witch, in exchange for legs and a chance at love. Ariel, Prince Eric and Ursula, the sea witch, will be played by Lizzie Stanford, Alexi Gloodt and Nicole Dalsveen. Many adults and students round out the cast and orchestra. This biannual community production is directed by Siren alumna Emily Muus. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 20, with a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per seat. Plan to join Ariel on her journey to find true love. RIgHT: Every story has a villain with a couple of henchmen. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is no different. Flotsam and Jetsam will be played by Mandy and Patty Close while Ursula, center, is played by Nicole Dalsveen. - Photos by Becky Strabel

Members of the cast of Siren’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” warm up their voices during a recent rehearsal. The play will be performed daily Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20.


More fun over two weekends for Siren’s St. Pat’s celebration Four Lucky Lilac hunts and new 10K Shamwalk option for March 12 and 19 festivities SIREN - Siren’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration begins on Saturday, March 12. In addition to the traditional parade and restaurant/bar specials, last year’s Lucky Lilac scavenger hunt is being expanded to four contests in 2016. A St. Paddy’s Day open house is also new at the Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast. And, the Shamwalk/Run is being held the following Saturday, March 19, with a new 10K option for 2016 in addition to the previous 5K length. The 38th year of St. Pat’s fun begins at 10 a.m. as contestants are invited to search for four “lucky lilacs” hidden within the Siren area. Scavenger hunt mastermind Matt Golke has again enlisted local businesses to host the various clues to their whereabouts. “As Siren means lilac in Swedish, it was only natural that last year this name

was given to the first hunt,” said Golke. With not one, but four lucky lilacs hidden this year, well over 10 Siren area businesses will have the clues. “Each clue adds to the information available to the seekers; the more clues, the better your chances to find the lilacs.” The fun continues until all four are found. There are rules to the hunt which can be found online at’s calendar listing or at the Siren Village Hall. Instead of a pot of gold, a prize package awaits each winner. “May the luck of the Irish be with you.” The Siren St. Patrick’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 and the Vulcans, as well as Siren’s own royalty and those from other nearby towns. For parade details or questions, call 715-349-2954. Holiday specials, some including music, are being featured at Kris’ Pheasant Inn, Little Mexico, Pour House and Tavern on Main. Dine on corned beef and cabbage, and there’s sure to be green beer available. For a chance to win fabulous prizes, buttons will be on sale at these

businesses as well as Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts. Prizes include overnight stays, a shopping spree, gift certificates and cash. The winning button will be chosen this year at Tavern on Main at 4:30 p.m. Lilac Village Bed and Breakfast owners Pattie and Neal Wilson invite all to celebrate their Irish heritage with them from 3-7 p.m. at their St. Paddy’s Day special open house. Irish food, lucky shamrock drawings and tours will be available. The following Saturday, March 19, the sixth-annual Shamwalk/Run race will begin at 10 a.m., following registration which opens at 8 a.m. at the Siren School. New this year is a 10K option in addition to the existing 5K length. Sponsored by Burnett County Adolescent AODA Prevention Coalition, runners can register at BCAAPC. org or by calling 715-349-2155. This race is the first in the Siren Supercell Series which was introduced last year and includes four Siren races: Shamwalk/Run, Inferno/Blaze/Spark, Freedom Five and Gandy Dancer. Registering for the series allows runners to save on race fees, receive a special tech race shirt and compete for series awards. Supercell registration is online only at More series information is available at, Facebook/ Siren Supercell Series or by contacting 715-220-5711 or 715-222-3044. Details for the entire 2016 Siren St. Patrick’s Day celebration can be found online at and Facebook or by calling 800-788-3164 or 715-349-8399. – from Siren Chamber of Commerce

Klondike Kate and all of the St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty will join in the fun at Siren’s St. Pat’s parade on Saturday, March 12.

The St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcans are not to be left out of the holiday fun. - Photos submitted

Racers don their best kelly green to compete for best-dressed awards.

Run, walk or leprechaun leap your way through the Shamwalk/Run on Saturday, March 19, at the schoo.


Luck Lions Club Fishing Contest 2016

This young angler found out that his catch was just short of prize-worthy, at the Luck Lions ice-fishing contest on Saturday, March 5, on Big Butternut Lake. Vittles, snacks and raffle tickets were for sale in the concession stand, which had some very welcoming helpers inside.

Volunteers were set up at the Luck boat landing to register fish and purchase raffle tickets. For many of the ice fishers on Big Butternut Lake, it might have been the last chance for fishing this winter, as springlike weather began to claim the ice and made it pretty sloppy by day’s end.

LEFT: Warm March temperatures made it a little easier for the volunteers at the weigh-in station.


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OBITUARIES Heidi L. Gross Viebrock (Belle)

Bob Nelson

Clara Ethel Diede

Heidi L. Gross Viebrock (Belle), 44, joined her partner/ husband (Leon Viebrock) of over 16 years in heaven on Feb. 24, 2016. Heidi was born in Jamestown, N.D., on Dec. 31, 1971. Heidi spent most of her life in Frederic and Osceola, Wis. Heidi was diagnosed two years ago with Hamman Rich syndrome, a rare and fatal lung disease. She fought for life right up until the day she passed. Heidi is survived by her mother, Debra Olson Hedke (Brad Hedke) of Cumberland; her father, David Gross (Linda) of Fargo, North Dakota; children, Marcus Gross, Peyton Viebrock, and stepdaughter, Nicole Viebrock, all of Osceola; sister, Dawn Radtke of Fargo and Jeremy Gross (Sheri) of Boyceville, Wis.; stepbrothers, Keith and Kendall Struxness of N.D.; grandson, Miles Gross (mom Heather Kralewski) of New Richmond, Wis.; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; special friend, Brandon Raethz of Fargo, who helped her and stayed with her until the end of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Leon Viebrock; unborn baby in heaven; grandparents; great-grandparents; and other family members. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer when her ashes will be combined with Leon’s and they will be set free together. A notice will be posted when this will happen. Heidi loved life. She loved everything outdoors including camping, fishing, traveling, crafting, collecting old items and cooking for others. She had a soft spot in her heart for the homeless. She had experienced it firsthand and would help anyone in need if she could. Heidi had a heart of gold. She worked hard to obtain her LPN nurse’s license, even after a horrific motorcycle accident. Most of all, Heidi looked forward to each new day and what it brought. Our dearly loved Heidi shall not grieve for her husband nor suffer again.

Bob Nelson, 89, died on March 5, 2016, at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, Minn. Bob was born May 6, 1926, to the Rev. A. B. and Esther Nelson in Chicago, Ill. He spent his formative years in Tacoma, Wash., and Ashland, Wis. Bob and Vergie were married on May 29, 1954, in Stanchfield, Minn. The couple resided in Joel, and then Clear Lake, Wis., where they raised their three children. Bob was employed by public schools as a K-12 music instructor. In 1979, Bob and Vergie moved to Stanchfield, Minn. Retirement brought them back to Wisconsin in 1993 where they enjoyed time with friends. Bob Nelson is survived by daughter, Barb, and her husband, Dan Eckert; son, Kurt Nelson; daughter-in-law, Andrea Nelson; seven grandchildren, Kari and Koby Eckert, Luke, Matthew, Joshua, Allegra and Serena. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vergie; and son, Jon Nelson. The memorial service will be held at Lyngblomsten Care Center Chapel, 1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 on Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

Clara Ethel Diede, 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at House of the Dove, Marshfield, Wis. She was born March 18, 1917, in Mercer, N.D., to Jens Christian and Dena Saratina “Sarah” (Christensen) Bille. Clara grew up in the Mercer, N.D., area and attended Sprout School and Mercer High School, having to leave high school to help care for family at the death of her mother. One of her greatest joys was working as a nurse’s aide at the Frederic Hospital in Frederic, Wis., caring for patients for over 20 years. Former patients would recognize her on the street and thank her for her good care. She also worked at the Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis. Another of her joys was singing the old hymns with another staff person to the delight of the residents at the home. Clara married William “Bill” Diede in 1938 in Washburn, N.D. They were blessed with three children, two of whom they have been reunited with. She farmed with Bill in North Dakota and again at Luck, moving there in 1952. She knew how to make do with what they had. Clara’s least favorite thing to do was driving the tractor and left that job to the children as they grew older. Bill and Clara moved to Marshfield in 1999 and lived at Cedar Rail Apartments to be closer to their daughter, due to Bill’s declining health. She enjoyed the activities at the apartment complex especially enjoying the times when the schoolchildren would come and read to them. Bill and Clara were happily married for 66 years at the time of Bill’s death in 2004. Clara gave her heart to Jesus as a young woman under the preaching of an evangelist in her Lutheran Church. Later after moving to Wisconsin she became a member of the Luck Assembly of God Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher and was the treasurer for the Sunday school. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21. After moving to Marshfield she attended Zion United Methodist Church. Her choice was to serve the Lord all the days of her life. She was a woman with a true servant’s spirit. Clara was the consummate homemaker and loved her family. Baby-sitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchild, and nieces and nephews as well, also gave her joy. She loved to bake, garden, put up canned goods and delighted her family and friends with sweet breads and a cabbage dish along with delicious meals. She loved to read and finished over 50 books over one of the winters she was in Marshfield. She was an avid letter writer and could write more on a postcard than most can write in a letter. She had a cute sense of humor and could come up with some very funny lines. Family would often ask … “Clara, or mom, what year did … or when did … ” She invariably would find the answer in one of her many diaries she had been keeping faithfully since before 1938. She was truly the family historian. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, William; children, Donald and Clinton; parents, Jens and Sarah Bille; sisters, Florence Bille and Agnes Ockert; and brother, Vernon Bille. Clara is lovingly remembered and survived by her daughter, Midge (Wallace) Anderson; granddaughter, Kristen (Robert) Autobee of Lakewood, Colo.; grandson, Kory (Shelley) Anderson of Oshkosh, Wis.; great-grandsons, Aaron Anderson of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jesse Kintopf, of Oshkosh; step-grandsons, Jakob and Jonah Kintopf, of Oshkosh; brother, Paul (Joyce) Bille, of Luck; nieces, nephews and other relatives. The funeral service for Clara was held on Tuesday, March 8, at Crosswalk Community Church in Frederic, with the Rev. Greg Lund and the Rev. Mike Carlson officiating. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Luck. Memorial donations can be made to House of the Dove, Marshfield, Zion United Methodist Church, Marshfield or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 5007, Minot, ND 58702. (Clara faithfully supported the ranch for more than 30 years.) The family of Clara Diede wishes to thank Touch of Home3 and House of the Dove for their care. They want to remind you of this verse, “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” I Thessalonians 4:13-14) NIV You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.

Margaret Lois Asp

Margaret Lois Asp, age 84, of the Town of Jackson, Burnett County, Wis., passed away Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016. Margaret was born in the Town of Jackson on April 23, 1931, daughter of Roy Daniel and Jennie Clarissa (Hayden) Radke. She attended schools in Jackson and Webster, graduating in 1950 from Webster High School. On June 20, 1953, Margaret was united in marriage to Harvey Lewis Asp at the First Baptist Church of Webster. He passed away Nov. 16, 1998. A selfless, giving and thrifty woman, Margaret took great pride in her role as homemaker, wife and Carl E. Holmgren Jr., 71, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed mother. She was an excellent cook and a superb seamaway unexpectedly March 5, 2016, during a snowshoe stress. She also enjoyed embroidery and crochet. Marrace in Ogema, Wis. garet took personal satisfaction in her vegetable gardens Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 and loved tending her flowers. a.m., Saturday, March 19, at Our Lady Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Roy of the Lakes Catholic Church. Visitaand Jennie Radke; her husband, Harvey Asp; and a tion will be held at 9 a.m. until the time granddaughter, Christina Osborn. of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memoShe is survived by three children: Nancy J. Osborn, rials can be made to the charity of your Darlene M. (Dan L.) Peterson and Paul H. Asp; three choice on behalf of Carl. A complete grandchildren, Amy S. (Kevin) Bruss, Robert D. Peterson obituary will be placed in next week’s and Alan M. Peterson; brother, George M. (Jean) Radke; paper. nephew, Carl R. (Sue) Radke; and numerous other cousThe Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted ins and nephews. with the arrangements. The funeral service for Margaret was conducted Monday, March 7, at First Baptist Church of Webster with Pastor Tim Quinn officiating. Interment will be in Jackson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Bruss, Dan Gage, Rick Lampson, Leo Maslow, Dion Packer and Carl Radke. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

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

••• Luck – Bone Lake Lutheran Church will serve a soup supper at 6 p.m. and Holden evening prayer service at 6:45 p.m. This schedule will continue on Wednesdays through March 16. ••• St. Croix Falls – First Presbyterian Church will have a light supper at 6 p.m., with Lenten services following the supper, on Tuesdays through March 15. The church is located at 719 Nevada St. ••• Webster – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will have a soup supper, Wednesdays through March 16, 6 p.m.; services at 7 p.m. •••

Christian Women’s Connection luncheon March 21 LINDSTROM, Minn. - The public is invited to “Miracles Happen!” a luncheon sponsored by River Valley Christian Women’s Connection at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 21. This month the group will meet at the First United Methodist Church, 130828 Irene Ave., Lindstrom, Minn. Arlene Gabrielson will be speaking on “Happily Ever After (Hope for a Broken Heart).” The special feature on identity theft will be given by Mary Ginder. Tammy Vukonich will provide the music. Come for the good food prepared by Jon Ekstrom, caterer, and meet some

new friends. First-timers are always welcome as this is not a club but an opportunity to be together with other women. Come each month or as often as you can. Check this newspaper for the date and location as CWC rotates to various locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Reservations and cancellations are needed. Please contact Mary at 715-554-2330 or Betty at 651592-7416 to make your reservation by March 15. The cost is $10 inclusive for the program with luncheon. For specific questions or considerations, Dena can be reached prior to the luncheon at 715-755-2463. - submitted

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OBITUARIES Micheal Howard Tjader

Elsie Mae Benson

Richard “Dick” John Flaherty

Mike Tjader, 69, of New Richmond, died March 3, 2016. He was born June 11, 1946, to Bill and Elaine Tjader in Siren, Wis. He attended elementary school and high school in Siren, graduating in 1964. Mike attended Chicago Vocational Training in Minneapolis, Minn. Mike grew up on a farm west of town. He delighted his family with tales of working on the farm and, along with brother Tim, making a hay elevator out of wood, overhauling tractor engines for their dad and building and racing several go-carts. He especially loved threshing season. His grandfather and dad had the only threshing machine in the county and, after doing their own threshing, would travel around to the various farms getting in the crops. Mike loved that machine. A big childhood memory for Mike was Christmas Eve. The whole Tjader clan gathered in one home and spent the night with wall-to-wall aunts, uncles and a tribe of cousins. In high school, Mike and his cousin, Rick, experimented with dynamite and all the wonderful things it could do. Mike married Carleen Nordin on June 17, 1967. He was employed with Tjader Highstrom Tree Service and they settled in New Richmond. Carleen taught second and third grades at Starr Elementary and Paperjack Elementary. Mike would eventually find many more building projects including designing and building their home, an A-frame playhouse for his daughters and a treehouse for his son. Mike worked at Tjader Highstrom for many years. He then began his own company, MTC, Mike Tjader Construction. After some years, he and two other contractors formed BorMor Corporation. Mike dearly loved his family, his children, their partners and his grandsons. Many days all three kids would call him with a question or a request … and he loved it. He enjoyed traveling with Carleen and a whole new tribe including his parents, Carleen’s parents, sister-inlaw Susan and daughter Sarah, his children, husbands and grandsons all in one big house. In later years, Mike and Carleen took grandsons Zach and Micah by train to Chicago and by plane to New York City. Mike also restored the Tjader annual potato sausage weekend at his home, where he and Wade oversaw an operation that, last fall, produced 76 pounds of sausage. For the last 16 years, Mike has been employed at TT Technologies of Aurora, Ill., doing research and development work in specialty projects. Mike loved everything about his job. It was a world of ideas, designing, working trade shows around the country, building relationships with gas and power companies, earning patents and, most of all, being a part of the special group of folks across the country and throughout the many parts of TT. From his early tinkering days on the farm, Mike was a self-taught and a self-made man. He left his family and his work too soon. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elaine Tjader; and his brother, Steve. He is sadly missed by his wife, Carleen; daughter, Michele (Wade Harrison) and grandson, Micah; daughter Melissa (Greg Croucher) and grandson Zachary; and son Mark. He is also survived by brothers, Tim (Donna), Dennis (Bonnie) and Paul (Valerie); sister-in-law, Bonnie; and nieces and nephews, Ryan, Bethany, Reid, Jon, Amanda, Evan, Logan, Aidan, Ethan and Sarah; and sister-in-law, Susan. A memorial service was held Monday, March 7, at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services, Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Elsie Mae Benson, age 94, of Webster, Wis., passed away Monday morning, Feb. 29, 2016. Elsie was born in the Town of Bass Lake, Washburn County, on Jan. 23, 1922, a daughter of Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Ziemke) and William Wallace Parkhill. Her family lived in various places when she was a young child. In 1928, they were living by Lake 19 in Taylor County, Wis., and in 1936, they moved to Oblong, Ill. Elsie told many stories of her helping on the family farm including driving a team of horses in the farm fields. Elsie left the family farm when World War II started and went to work for Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division at Lambert Field in St. John (St. Louis County), Mo. In late summer of 1944, she moved to Stillwater, Minn. On Oct. 5, 1945, Elsie married Lloyd J. Benson in Stillwater, Minn. They moved to the Webster area in 1948 and built their permanent home on Pike Bend Road, close to Clam River Dam. Their home was on a dirt road, with no electricity, and they had to use kerosene lamps and an icebox for several years. Lloyd passed away Sept. 23, 1984, and Elsie has resided in that same home until January of this year when she became a resident of the Continuing Care Center at Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. Elsie took great pleasure in being a 4-H leader for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Happy Homemakers Club. She was a home day care provider for the many children who still fondly call her “Grandma Elsie.” She would create lessons for many of the children to get them ready for their first year of school, and schoolteachers knew which children were from “Grandma Elsie’s school.” Elsie greatly enjoyed cooking and baking. In fact, for most of her life she cooked and canned over a woodstove. Elsie had a great love for gardening. She had a huge vegetable garden, and did a lot of canning to provide for the family through the winter. She also loved tending her many flower beds around the yard. Her greatest love though, was for her family, and she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very, very much. Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Minnie Parkhill; her husband, Lloyd Benson; siblings and their spouses, Ruth (Henry) Bradow, Kay (Earl) Rohda, William (Charlotte) Parkhill, Alvin (Eleanor) Parkhill, Alrex (Helen) Parkhill and Rosceal (Harold) Hallen; brothers-in-law, Tom Montpetit, Bill Ritzer, Harold “Red” Tripp and Gene Tillia; and step-granddaughter, Nichole Caturia. Elsie is survived by her four sons and spouses, Wallace (Carol) Benson, Calvin Benson, Bruce (Ruth) Benson and Stefan (Deb) Benson; grandchildren, Danyel (Mike) Olson, Eric (Caira) Benson, and Kristofor (fiancee Autumn) Benson, Brad Benson, Marilla Benson, (stepgranddaughter) Bridget Meriweather, Zac (Lisa) Benson, Chelsie (Jay) Moss and Ian McKay; and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters: Norma Montpetit, Florence Ritzer, Lila Tripp and Darlene Tillia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and their families. Relatives and friends may call at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, on Tuesday, March 8, beginning at 4 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County, Inc., 7596 Hayden Lake Road, Danbury, WI 54830. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at

Richard “Dick” John Flaherty, 79, of Balsam Lake, Wis., passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul with his loving family at his side. Dick was born on Feb. 1, 1937, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Donald J. and Rose M. (Trad) Flaherty. Dick and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Balsam Lake in December of 1978 where they raised their family. He enjoyed bartending at the Paradise Supper Club in Balsam Lake where he could be found working and visiting with his customers every Sunday. He was an avid bowler and golfer. He loved being involved with his children’s activities and sports and then with his grandchildren’s activities and sports. He was always interested in who won the game when he was unable to attend. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan and loved watching the Vikings games with his family. He will be dearly missed. “From Heaven above he will be guiding the Vikings to their first Super Bowl win – soon.” Dick leaves to celebrate his memory: sons, Michael Flaherty and his wife Sally, Clear Lake, Wis.; Daniel Flaherty and his wife, Kellie, Balsam Lake, Wis.; Jamey Flaherty and his wife, Michelle, Balsam Lake; Peter Metzdorf and his wife, Ann, Monson, Mass.; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Harrison and Kathy Ross; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Rose Flaherty; his wife, Yvonne Flaherty; son, Richard “Rocky” Flaherty; son, Greg Metzdorf; and his brother, Rollie Flaherty. Dick’s family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home, Centuria, on Friday March 11, from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life and fellowship at the Milltown VFW, 1503 200th Ave./Hwy. 46, Milltown, Wis. All are invited. Dick will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Yvonne, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Milltown, in the spring. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Gerald (Jerry) R. Handlos Gerald (Jerry) R. Handlos, 75, passed away March 4, 2016, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis after a long battle with chronic lung disease. Jerry was born on Oct. 2, 1940, the son of Leonard and Eleanor (Wilson) Handlos. He graduated from Unity High School, then went on to pursue a teaching degree from University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He married Theresa Adamietz in 1962. They moved to Racine, Wis., where he was a teacher and coach for three years before they eventually settled in Centuria, Wis., where they started Hanjo Farms with his sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Loren Johnson. He farmed until he retired in 1992 but found ways to stay involved in the farm when he could. As the years went by, he spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., summers in Balsam Lake, Wis., and then moved to Luck, Wis., with friend and companion Elaine Holdt. Jerry was involved in a number of organizations including the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Unity School Board and 4-H, and served as the Polk County Board chairman. In his spare time, he refereed a number of different sports and eventually went on to coach any team that needed him. He was always willing to help out and support his kids in any way. Jerry is survived by his special friend, Elaine Holdt; son, Jeff (Sue) Handlos; daughters, Jill (Curt) Akenson, Jackie (Tom) Patterson and Jolene (Wes) Geyer; sister, Peggy (Loren) Johnson; 10 grandchildren, Nathan, Alisha, Justin, Kayla, Alyssa, Kendra, Erica, Cody, Tanner and Lexi; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 10, at 11 a.m., with a memorial gathering one hour prior to the service, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Centuria with Pastor Timothy Blauert officiating. Inurnment will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery following the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry’s life. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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nchors and chains don’t always keep a boat from drifting. Such was the case when my son and four others experienced their fishing vessel sinking during a storm. The North Pacific winds were so great, their anchor chain snapped, casting them adrift. Hours later, the Coast Guard rescued them from their life raft. Typical boat anchors dig into mud or sand, like a claw, to hold a boat from moving. Other kinds of anchors keep things secure, too. We anchor our tents with stakes, for instance, and farmers anchor

True intimacy in marriage is worth the sacrifices Q: I’m getting married in June. My fiancee and I want to have a great lifelong relationship, so we’re asking various people for advice and input. What’s your perspective? Jim: Every couple wants a loving marriage that’ll endure for the long haul. So it’s worth asking, “Why do so few relationships seem to actually experience that kind of genuine intimacy?” I think part of the answer lies in what we expect from relationships. The primary reason we’re attracted to people is because of the way they make us feel. Now, I want as much as anyone to experience good feelings in my marriage. But superficial emotions like that aren’t enough of a foundation to sustain a relationship or to create deep, fulfilling intimacy. That’s because as soon as the good feelings disappear, so does the person’s commitment to the relationship. It’s why people abandon friendships. And it’s why people give up on marriages. True love is something quite different. Love is patient and understanding. And, yes, love can be hard. It sacrifices for someone else and chooses to stay with them in spite of their faults. Instead of

Eternal perspectives Sally Bair their loose haystacks with tarps. The chain connected to a ship’s anchor is also important. It must be strong enough to hold the anchor in place. Yet because of nature’s unpredictable moods, sailors can’t always depend on even the strongest anchor and chain, as in my son’s case. God is the surest, strongest anchor of running away, love faces challenges head on, so it can break through to something richer and more meaningful. As one person put it, love is “seeing the darkness in another person, yet resisting the impulse to jump ship.” Very few things in life are as enriching as true intimacy in marriage. The path to authentic, soul-fulfilling intimacy in a relationship isn’t always strewn with rose petals; sometimes there are a few thorns along the way. But it’s definitely worth the work. ••• Q: My husband and I both seem to be angry all the time. We end up taking it out on each other, even though neither of us wants to live this way. How do we break this cycle? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: It helps to acknowledge that anger is a secondary emotion, not a primary feeling. It generally disguises other emotions and often occurs after we’ve felt fear, frustration, hurt or some combination of these three emotions. And sometimes anger is triggered by an unfulfilled expectation that causes us to feel disappointed. So when you experience anger, or you encounter someone who is angry, try to remember that there is likely more to the picture. Sometimes it’s easier to feel

our soul. And our spiritual chain to hold us to him must be strong. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) When we abide in him - that is, cling to Him as a chain does to its anchor - we can be secure enough to face any strong wind or vagary of nature or life that comes our way. Our hope in Christ is “an anchor of the soul … sure and steadfast … “ (Hebrews 6:19) The writer of Hebrews is telling us our hope in Christ is as secure as an anchor, not one set in sand or mud, but

Focus on the family Jim Daly compassion for ourselves or others when we realize that fear, frustration or hurt is hidden underneath smoldering anger. This certainly doesn’t give us, or anyone else, the right to explode in rage at someone. But recognizing that anger is often a secondary reaction to inner fear or hurt can help us respond to angry people, including our spouses, with understanding and compassion. In every scenario, we have a choice: We can recognize that our emotions are normal responses to everyday occurrences, or we can ignore our emotions and stuff them. When we mismanage our anger, we risk destroying relationships, especially with those we love the most. Again, that’s the key thing about anger: how we handle it. When we handle it poorly, we push away those we love the most, leaving a trail of damaged relationships in our wake. Ultimately, unhealthy ways of dealing with anger can be passed from one generation to

set in the very presence of the Almighty. Formerly, God dwelt behind the veil of the tabernacle and the temple. Since Jesus’ lifeblood was shed for our sins, that veil was supernaturally torn in two, from top to bottom, to give us access to God. Who is the anchor of your soul? How secure and strong is the spiritual chain that holds you to that anchor? Lord, thank you for being the anchor of our soul. Keep us secure through every storm so our faith in you won’t go adrift. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@

the next, causing even more destruction. But when we deal with anger in healthy ways, it can lead to greater understanding and intimacy in our marriages. To get started, you may well need some qualified professional help. Our staff of licensed counselors is available to speak with you and provide you with a local referral. You can reach them for a free consultation Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. MST at 855-771-HELP (4357) ••• Jim Daly is a husband and father, an author, president of Focus on the Family and host of the “Focus on the Family” radio program. Catch up with him at or at Copyright 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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


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



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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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



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


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



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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

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Students of the Week Frederic

Hattie Antonich has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. Hattie is in second grade and the daughter of Randy and Anna Antonich. She enjoys math and gym class. She likes reading Junie B. Jones books and her favorite movie is “The Boxcar Children.” She plays the guitar and is active in gymnastics. In the classroom, she is positive role model and she is always willing to help out. In the future, she would like to be a firefighter.

Hurun Ahmed has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. Hurun is in sixth grade and the son of Naomi Renno. He is involved in soccer, football and basketball. Hurun is a dedicated student who works very hard and maintains excellent grades. He is a good listener, very polite and respectful. When he is not in school, he likes sleeping and riding his mini-bike. He values being friendly and plans to go to college.

Jacob Brewer has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Jacob is 5 years old and is in kindergarten. He plays and works nicely with his classmates. His favorite color is blue and at school, he likes free time. He enjoys playing games with his brothers and sister, and he likes to go to the library with his mom. He wants to be a police officer when he gets big.

Ben Smith has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. Ben is in eighth grade and the son of Brian and April Smith. He is a quiet, polite and nice student to have in class. He always pay attention in class and puts in the effort to turn in quality work. He is involved in Boy Scouts, basketball, track and field. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, being outside, golfing, playing Xbox 360 and spending time with family.


Dan Richter has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. Dan is a senior and the son of Eugene and Leanne Richter. Dan works at a farm. He enjoys working on vehicles, hunting and fishing. He enjoys and does very well in the technical education classes. He is helpful and friendly. He plans to attend WITC-New Richmond and study welding.


Nicole Dittbrenner has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. Nicole is a senior and the daughter Ed and Pam Dittbrenner. She is a good student who works hard and takes pride in what she does. She is extremely helpful, friendly and just plain fun to be around. She is involved in 4-H, FFA, Polk County livestock judging team, Southdown Sheep Association, Suffolk Sheep Association and show camps. She plans to attend UW-River Falls to major in animal science.

Johnua Sahr has been chosen grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. Johnua is in third grade and the daughter of Joshua Sahr and Jessica and Russ Coen. She is hardworking, always lending a helping hand, being respectful to her peers and setting a good example of the Pirate Way, being responsible with her homework and in the classroom. Her favorite class is art. She is a talented artist who especially enjoys working with clay. She likes to draw, play board games and spend time with her animals.

Colton Wiltrout has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. He is a cooperative student who is kind and helpful. At school, he enjoys reading his sight words and going to recess. When Colton is at home, he enjoys playing with his brothers and playing on his tablet. When he is older, he would like to be a chef.

Garrett Lee has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. garrett is in seventh grade and the son of Mike and Amy Lee. He has a sister, Brianna. He also has one dog named Kasey and 14 sheep. He is involved in trap shooting. His favorite pastimes are showing sheep and working with his lambs. Math is his favorite subject. garrett is a very friendly student who is always willing to share his ideas. He enters the room with a big smile every day.

Alyssa Paulson has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. Alyssa is a sophomore and the daughter of Linda Krings and Erik Paulson. She is involved in robotics and SOS. She is a curious and insightful student who works hard and excels with her academics. Her goal is to complete a degree in biochemistry and become a pediatric surgeon. She is a great student and a great person, it will be no surprise to see her achieve these goals.


Rylee O’Brien has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. Rylee is the daughter of Bob and Heather O’Brien. She is a positive person who strives to do her best in all she does. She is an excellent student. She participates in volleyball, track, FCCLA and band. She earned her way to the state FCCLA competition and earned a “Best in Site” award for her clarinet solo in solo and ensemble. She plans to go to college to pursue a degree in law.

Boe Carlson has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. Boe is in kindergarten and the son of Jamie and Craig Carlson. He works hard and is a great helper in the classroom. He is considerate and kind. He is an amazing friend to others.

Logan Vanasse has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. Logan is in sixth grade and the son of Jason Vanasse. He is a hardworking student with a positive attitude. He is helpful to his classmates and respectful to his teachers.


Jenna Gomulak has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. Jenna is in eighth grade and the daughter of Kimberly Depover and Daniel gomulak. Besides being a great student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and does a lot of volunteering. She is active in sports and someone you can always count on. She is goal oriented and driven. She is involved in the National Honor Society, cross country, track and basketball. Her hobbies are horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

Emma Moore has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. Emma is a senior and the daughter of Tim and Paula Moore. Her favorite subject is math and she is an outstanding student. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, basketball, volleyball and track.

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Rogan Godwin has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. Rogan is in kindergarten, He is very polite and a well-behaved student. He seems to really enjoy school and said his favorite parts of school are math time and art class. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

Kodie Anderson is Siren High School’s student of the week. Kodie is a senior and the daughter of Jeremy Anderson and Kathi Jo Maneval. She has successfully held the position of business manager for the 2016 yearbook. She is also involved in FCCLA and band. She always has a positive outlook and is not afraid to step in and lend a hand when necessary. She plans on attending college next year to further her education.


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Sophia Grussing has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. Sophia is in third grade. At home, she lives with her mom, stepdad and two brothers. She also spends lots of time with her dad. She and her family love to play board games and eat meals together. At school, she enjoys art and reading. She enjoys the “Bad Kitty” books because they are funny. When she grows up, she hopes to be a baker, an artist or a singer. She has lots of talent to share.

Sven Johnson is grantsburg High School’s student of the week. Sven is a sophomore and the son of Pete and Deb Johnson. He has really excelled in CAD class. They are working with hand-done drafting and he has excelled. He even helps other students. He has a great attitude and enjoys a challenge. He is respectful, helpful, well-spoken and has a great work ethic. He is involved in baseball, cross country, trap league, mentoring young kids at church and mowing lawns in the summer. He enjoys hunting and listening to music.

Derek Lee is grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. Derek is in seventh grade and the son of Kara and Jason Lee. He is a student who comes into the classroom every day ready to learn. He’s attentive and respectful. He is a positive influence on his classmates through his actions in the classroom. His favorite class is math. He enjoys playing in the school band. He is active and enjoys participating in baseball, basketball and football. He also enjoys his time in youth group.

Kristofer Tucker has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. Kristofer is a senior and the son of Sheila Tucker. He is a great participant in class. He brings great ideas to the table which help his peers think more critically. He comes to class with a positive attitude and always tries to improve. He is polite, has a good personality and is willing to help others. He is involved in football and he enjoys hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. His future plans are to join the military.

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

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

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

Baldwin • St. Croix Valley Beekeepers meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 6 p.m.,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frederic • Legion Auxiliary will meet at the Ridge Eatery at 6 p.m.



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

• Older Wiser Learning Series at Crex Meadows, 1011 a.m., 715-463-2739, • Burnett Garden Club meeting with speakers at the high school, Room 115, 6:30 p.m.




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

• “The Little Mermaid” school and community play at the school. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

“I took this photo because I like nature. Nature is awesome to me. One thing I really like is the changing of the seasons.” In a New Light is a therapeutic nature photography project at Northwest Passage. To see more of the kids photos, visit the gallery, one mile south of Webster, or the website,

SUNDAY/13 Luck • Chili feed fundraiser for Luck Hope House at Luck Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Statewide • Daylight saving time, 2 a.m.

MON.-WED./14-16 Webster

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

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



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

St. Croix Falls • Fish fry at the Legion hall, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

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• “Casablanca” movie at the library, 1 p.m., 715-4831777.



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

Eureka • Youth hockey fun day & spaghetti dinner at KJ’s Eureka Bar, 3-7 p.m.

Grantsburg • Crex Meadows Nature Photography Club meets at Crex, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-463-2739. • Snowmobile ride at Crex Meadows, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-463-2739, • Easter for kids pre-K to 6th grade. Crafts, games & more at New Hope Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-noon. RSVP 715-463-5700.

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

Luck • Museum Day Live! Geology of Luck exhibit at the museum, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Beekeeping class in Luck area, 715-327-8656 for info.

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

TUESDAY/15 Amery • Diabetes support group meeting at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-8000. • AARP Tax Aides at the library, 9 a.m.-noon. Call for appointment, 715-268-6640.

Balsam Lake • Polk County Community Conversation, “How healthy are we,” at the government center, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 715485-8834.

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

Danbury • Blood drive at Swiss Town Hall, noon-6 p.m., 800-7332767,

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

Siren • Blood drive at the high school, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,


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

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

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

St. Croix Falls • “What’s the Buzz About Native Bees” presentation at river assoc. office, 10 a.m. RSVP to 715-483-3300,

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

SUNDAY/20 Rice Lake • Red Cedar Symphony concert at UWBC Fine Arts Theatre, 4 p.m.,

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






• Used book sale at the library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-8667697.

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

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

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


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



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



• Recap of Iditarod race start & movie “Snow Dogs” at the library, 1 p.m., 715-483-1777.

Rice Lake • Discover UWBC open house event. 5 p.m. tours, 6 p.m. program. Register at 715-234-8176, press 1,


St. Croix Falls

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

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Osceola • Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557. • Polk County Community Conversation, “How healthy are we,” at the medical center, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 715485-8834.

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

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

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. • “Sight and Sound Meditations with Manfred” at the Pipe Dream Center, 7 p.m., 715-822-8401.

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

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

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

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

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

Lindstrom, Minn. • RSVP deadline for River Valley Christian Women’s Connection luncheon at the Methodist church on Tues., Mar. 21, 715-554-2330.

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

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

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


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

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

Grantsburg • Medica workshop at the senior center, 2 p.m.

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

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