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‘Follow the Leader’

May 9, 2007 2 sections • Vol. 71 • No. 37 8,000 copies


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Coach fired in closed session





SCRMC breaks ground

People turn out for public comment Page 3 by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The school board for St. Croix Falls made a decision two weeks ago in closed session to terminate the contract with head boys basketball Coach Todd Anderson. The decision came after a series

of events beginning in January. The April 25 vote to terminate Anderson’s contract was carried 4 to 1 with board member Steve Bont opposed. The board took 30 minutes of public

See Coach, page 3

Airport focus of committee Resignation of airport manager accepted

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Highway building problems Property study recommended; value of Hwy. 8 property may help solution Page 7

We cannot let cancer define our lives! Cancer survivor speaks of hope by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - The mood was definitely upbeat at the American Cancer Survivors’ Dinner at Webster’s Grace United Methodist Church Monday evening. Cancer survivors and their spouses, friends and supporters had gathered for a celebration and a sharing of hope. The dinner was the beginning of activities leading to the Burnett County Relay for life to be held June 89 at the Webster High School track. Keynote speaker and guest of honor Keith Warner carried the crowd with

See Cancer survivor, page 4

The back of the T-shirt said it all. Cancer survivors form a close and supportive community to give hope to others who battle the disease. - Photo by Carl Heidel Lloyd Olson, retired surgeon at St. Croix Regional Medical Center for over 30 years, shovels the ground during the ground breaking of the Lloyd Olson Surgery Center, a new addition to the medical center to provide more OR and ER facilities and patient recovery atriums. The groundbreaking for the $5 million project took place May 3. More photos inside. –photo submitted

Finish Line events this weekend Profiles of honorary chairpersons in Currents section

Finding dad

Luck’s Bob Pilz shares his story

Currents feature








County board may revise shoreland protection

Artist at work

Makes new attempt to transfer unspent 2006 funds

Leif Bjornson gives a pottery demonstration during Earth Arts Annual Artist Studio Tour this past weekend, May 5 and 6. The self-guided tour featured 18 studios and 32 artists throughout Polk County. Bjornson’s studio is called Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks and is located on Washington Street in St. Croix Falls. Meg Luhrs has a watercolor hanging behind Bjornson. – Photo by Sherill Summer

by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Board will act on revisions to the Shoreland Protection Ordinance when it holds its monthly meeting next Tuesday, May 15. Also on the agenda are resolutions to allow some departments to spend unspent funds from 2006 and funding and a request for funds to do a needs assessment for a possible new public works campus. The meeting, open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the government center building in Balsam Lake. It is preceded by the latest segment in the county’s strategic planning process. The county’s Shoreland Protection Ordinance, 30 pages long, was adopted in May 2002. The proposed revisions, scattered though the document, make changes in two areas. First, power to grant variances in the ordinance would switch from the board of adjustments to the zoning committee. Second, modifications are proposed in the maximum height and setback distance for dwellings and other buildings. At the April board meeting, a resolution to allow a number of departments to use their unspent 2006 budgeted funds in 2007 was defeated on an 11 to 11 tie vote. County policy states that unused funds at the end of the year revert back to the county’s reserves fund. The April resolution was an attempt to alter that policy. Now four departments are again asking for the use of those unspent funds, citing special reasons. The county forester did not spend tree reforestation money last year because of

drought conditions. He wants to use that $7,500 this year if conditions for planting are better. The museum had money in its budget to reroof the old courthouse. Bidding delays caused the work to be put off to 2007, and the museum wants to use the allocated but unspent funds. The sheriff’s department has a slightly different request. It had an operational savings of $175,000 last year, gained largely from unfilled staff positions. Department funds can be transferred from personnel to operational expenses before the end of the year with county approval. That request was not made before Dec. 31. The sheriff is now asking to use $78,000 of the savings to replace squad cars, an outdated patrol boat and ATV. The last request is also different. The department of administration used $32,500 of its unspent $62,999 operational savings to buy new office equipment for the finance department and human resources department staff and for the county board chair. The department is asking again for use of 2006 funds to pay for the purchase so it does not need to pay the expense from its 2007 budget. The county will also consider spending up to $20,000 for a needs assessment to look at total county space requirements as it starts to look at a possible new public works campus for the highway department and the recycling center. (See separate story.) The supervisors will meet at 4 p.m., before the board meeting, to continue its Strategic Planning Forum. The theme this month will be “Where Do We Want to Go. The Preferred Future.” All county board meetings included a section for public comments. The meeting and the planning session are open to the public.


Showing of Aaron Russo’s film Tuesday FREDERIC – The showing of Aaron Russo’s “America: Freedom to Fascism” will be Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Frederic Public Library.


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Khris A. Spencer, 33, Danbury, was northbound on Daniel Johnson Road in Daniels Township, attempting to make a right-hand turn onto Olson Road when he lost control and went into the ditch. The vehicle hit a culvert, rolled over and came to a rest on its roof. There were no reported injuries. – Photo submitted by the Burnett County Sheriff’s office

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Banquet set for May 18 FREDERIC - The banquet honoring Frederic’s citizens of the year, Phil and Marlyn Knuf; volunteer of the year, Kevin Weinzierl, and the business of the year, Mary Ellen’s Hair Styling, will be held at Hacker’s Lane on Friday, May 18. The dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by the program. Tickets are $10 and are now available at Bremer Bank, U.S. Bank and Harlander and Tesch Dental office in Frederic. - submitted

Case moves forward POLK COUNTY - A 12-year-old witness on Monday identified in Polk County Court the man facing charges of sexually assaulting her. Judge Robert Rasmussen granted District Attorney Dan Steffen’s request that the courtroom be cleared as the 12year-old took the stand at the 30-minute preliminary hearing held Monday morning. Rasmussen ordered Steven George Hart, 44, Amery, bound over for trial at Monday’s preliminary hearing. Hart is charged with two counts of firstdegree sexual assault of two girls, ages 12 and 6. He is accused of assaulting the girls on several occasions over a period of one year. The children told authorities that Hart instructed them to undress in the basement of his Amery home and then told them to do sexual acts. The arraignment is scheduled for June 4 at 12:55 p.m. The felony charges filed last week against Hart carry a maximum penalty of up to 60 years in prison. – Julie Holmquist

Nye store robbed with air gun Alert clerk helps police catch armed robber by Julie Holmquist POLK COUNTY - An alert clerk helped the Polk County Sheriff’s Department find a man now charged in Polk County with armed robbery and theft. Even though the weapon used in the robbery was an air gun, Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore said the suspect could still be charged with felony armed robbery. The black air gun “looks like the real thing,” Moore noted, even though it shoots rubber pellets. Andres Cruz, 19, is accused of robbing the J & L Market in Nye on CTH M on the evening of May 3. The clerk working at the J & L Market noticed a suspicious-looking man in a black, newer Pontiac pull into the gas station and convenience store around 10:30 p.m. Pretending to take care of business, the clerk went outside and noted the license plate of the car. She recorded the plate number after returning inside the store. She was right about the suspicious-looking man: he later pointed what looked like a black handgun at her and left with $600. “She was scared, but she was a good witness,” Moore said. “Without her information we wouldn’t have been able arrest him in such a short time.” Deputies arrested Cruz around 2:30 a.m. May 4, after finding the address of the registered license plate. Cruz was living with his girlfriend and her family at a residence on CTH Y. Deputies obtained a search warrant via telephone and were able to search the house and the vehicle. The plates were found hidden under the spare tire compartment of Cruz’s 2006 Pontiac. A black air gun pistol and the money were found in the bedroom he used. The money was in his wallet. Cruz has no criminal background and according to the police report, confessed to the crime after first denying involvement. He was taken into custody without incident. Moore said the state of Minnesota at one time attempted to legislate that all air guns should be manufactured in neon colors, but the legislation was not enacted. Moore said that these days, even real guns come in various colors. Training .22 caliber guns, for instance, can be purchased in pink or purple. Cruz is being held in Polk County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearng is scheduled for May 14.


Airport is focus for Burnett Property Committee Airport manager resigns by Carl Heidel SIREN - Discussion at last Friday’s meeting of the property committee of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors centered around the Burnett County airport. Expansion, leasing and resignations were all on the agenda. According to Candace Fitzgerald, county administrator, the expansion project is moving ahead. Some environmental issues had been raised because the expansion impinges on the Amsterdam Slough area, but Fitzgerald indicated these issues had been resolved, and expansion construction is expected to begin in September. The leasing issue addressed the suit filed by the Burnett County Hangar Owners Association against the county. The BCHOA filed a suit against Burnett County to enjoin the county from evicting hangar tenants, and also to deter-

mine tenants rights under the existing hangar lease, the proposed lease and the law. The owners also claim that actions of the county’s board of supervisors’ property committee and Lloyd Arnold, the airport manager, have led to a “loss of value in the hangars.” In response, the county has filed for a summary and declarative judgment against the BCHOA. A filing of this nature asks the court to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the BCHOA has no basis for filing the suit or has no legal standing to file such a suit. Fitzgerald indicated that Nathaniel Hoffmann of the law firm of Hirschboeck & Dudek, of Milwaukee, has reviewed the proposed airport hangar lease, and in his opinion, it is “a good lease.” She also stated that John Dorcey of the Bureau of Aeronautics has reviewed this lease, and he, too, finds it acceptable. With these experts in the field supporting the lease offered by the county, Fitzgerald advised that the committee bring the lease issue to the county

board for its support and approval even before a judicial decision is rendered in the dispute with the BCHOA. She also noted that the lease is already active, and it is not nor- Lloyd Arnold has mal protocol for resigned as manthe property com- ager of the Burnett mittee to bring a County Airport. lease to the board. File photo The committee decided, however, to take the matter to the board at its May 17 meeting. After considering environmental and lease issues, the committee accepted the resignation of Lloyd Arnold, the current airport manager. Arnold had submitted his letter of resignation effective May 15. He indicated that he would be moving to South Dakota to “pursue other options.”

dragged into this and they should not have been. She said she puts her faith in the school board and because they cannot divulge what took place in closed session, she is “choosing Todd Anderson to trust the board members with the decision they made and that it was done in the best interest of the students.” Gaylord said her son received a phone call from a member of the Anderson family stating, “You will pay for what you’ve done.” Gaylord also said that the coach called on the players asking them to be at the May 8 meeting on his behalf. Becky Anderson, wife of Todd, stated that the players were invited to the coach’s home on Sunday because Todd wanted to make sure the students did not feel they were to blame in this issue. Anderson said that students were interviewed by Martin and Kelly Anderson and were asked keep those interviews confidential. Todd wanted to make sure kids knew the things happening were not their fault. “Our whole family has been disrupted with this,” Becky Anderson said. “We had the team over Sunday to assure them they are not to blame. It is troubling to think that you would make this decision without involving him at all and to think he would hurt these kids. He loves them. They are like family.” Five students who had Anderson for a basketball coach for all four years of high school spoke on his behalf. The students commented that Anderson had said some things he shouldn’t have, but he always apologized for it the next day and always told the kids how much he loved them. The students also said Anderson did a lot for them in four years and labeled him as “an intense coach who lives and breathes basketball.” Another student who is currently in high school and had Anderson as a coach this past season stated that Anderson is not saying things to put someone down. “If he said something to me I would make sure I never made him say it again. It wasn’t to put you down, but he was trying to motivate you to be a better player. I would like to see him return next year.” It was mentioned that Anderson is a

former SCF graduate, he is not a teacher, but has been the coach for several years and did lead the boys to a conference championship. One comment noted that how the termination situation and disciplinary action was handled with Anderson. It would never have happened with a teacher, because no one would take a student’s word over a teacher’s, and then just fire the teacher. Before the 30 minutes lapsed, the board asked if anyone else wanted to comment. Hearing no other comments the board adjourned that portion of the meeting and went into their regular board meeting. The board had closed session on the agenda, and while Anderson was not one of the closed session topics, if one board member decided to bring up the matter, it could have been discussed for reconsideration. The board did not take any action on the Anderson issue, so the board’s decision stands.

Coach/from page 1 comment at the May 8 regular board meeting, where approximately 50 people were in attendance. Because discussion and the decision took place in closed session, no information can be shared with the pubic regarding the board’s discussion, the board’s discussion with Anderson or the termination decision. What could be said at the public hearing indicated that some language issues were raised from students and parents as far as Anderson “saying some things he probably shouldn’t have.” First to speak at Tuesday’s public comment was Anderson. He said that he handed out evaluations forms to students in January and said he had heard no complaints from parents or students. Anderson said he received an e-mail from Kelly Anderson, a parent, that he described as “vague,” but the form indicated that there were some complaints about language by Coach Anderson: calling the players lazy and uncoachable. Anderson said that in February, he still had no negative comments from parents or players, but that some disciplinary action was taken at a February board meeting, which he was unaware of. Anderson then said at the April 10 board meeting, in closed session he was confronted with the comments and said he was “embarrassed by the comments that were read.” “I felt misled and was disappointed this information was not presented to me earlier,” he added. Anderson said he was under the impression following that April 10 closed session meeting that there would be a meeting with himself and Kelly Anderson to address these concerns in the future, and that he would have an opportunity to make corrections. “On April 25, I received a phone call from Glenn Martin [superintendent] saying the board voted not to renew my contract,” Anderson stated. “I was surprised because I was led to believe there was going to be a meeting. I believe in these players and in myself.” A concerned taxpayer addressed the crowd indicating that the structure in dealing with this issue was lacking. He said it sends the community the message that it is just “this easy” to have someone dismissed. “Yet, he stands before you and says he wants this job,” the man said. A parent of a player was not as supportive of Coach Anderson. Heather Gaylord said that students were

Man dies following ATV accident BARRON COUNTY - A 46-year-old Barron County man died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident Sunday morning. Bradley J. Fowler was discovered around 3 a.m. near an ATV which had been in an accident at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 13th Street. He was transported to Barron Hospital and then to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. The crash remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin DNR. with information from Barron County Sheriff’s Department

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Siren man charged BURNETT COUNTY - A 25-year-old rural Siren man is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Burnett County Circuit Court today (May 9) to face a charge of repeated sexual assault of the same child. Douglas K. Nyren is scheduled to appear before Judge Michael Gableman. Court records state the offense(s) date back to May of 2003. with information from the state court system


We cannot let cancer define our lives!

Survivor/from page 1 him as he shared the story of his own journey of survival. A survivor for 37-1/2 years and counting, Warner spun the tales of both survivors and victims, stories that proclaimed hope against cancer. As a big part of that hope he pointed to the ongoing cancer research that has given the medicines and treatments that are helping people to survive. The American Cancer Society, he said, is the second-largest funder of research in the United States, second only to the federal government. And then he told stories of researchers who have persevered in their efforts to find ways to combat cancer. All of this, he said, is having an effect, and people are surviving. “We cannot let cancer define our lives,” he said. “Hope is there. No one can take it away.” The evening gathering drew help and contributions from a number of community groups and businesses. Northwoods Boxed Meats of Webster, the Webster Lioness Club, Grace Methodist Women and Relay Team, Don Zimmer and his musicians all added to the celebration. Photos by Carl Heidel Before the Survivors Dinner began, some of the key people in the event gathered to visit. Pictured (L-R) Kay Moore, chairperson of the cancer survivors group for the Burnett County Relay for Life, Keith Warner, guest of honor at the dinner and a volunteer serving on the National Advisory Team of the American Cancer Society, and Peggy Ingles, chairperson of the Burnett County Relay.

LEFT: Nina Wicklund, honorary chairperson for the 2007 Relay for Life in Burnett County, has survived cancer and has been cancer free for 60 years.

R I G H T: B r e n d a Christianson (L) and Linda Jolly (R) display their Survivor sashes. Sashes were given to all the survivors at the end of the dinner Monday evening.

A crowd of more than 125 people gathered for the Relay for Life Survivors Dinner at the Grace United Methodist Church in Webster Monday evening. The gathering emphasized celebration for those who have survived cancer, hope for those who continue to deal with it.

Schary Shouse, from the Department of Community Relations of the ACS Wisconsin Region, introduced Peggy Ingles, chairperson of the Burnett County Relay, and praised her for the outstanding job she has done with the Relay in past years.

Beth Lunow, ACS Wisconsin state vice president, told the gathering at the Survivors Dinner, that it was inspiring to be in a room with so many cancer survivors. She told the gathering, “The product we have is hope...this is a hopeful room.”





Seasonal resident wants out of garbage service

Fees for water and sewer hookup debated

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Balsam Lake seasonal resident Brian Bjorklund doesn’t like being forced to pay the village for garbage disposal, but he has no choice. Bjorklund appeared at the May 7 meeting of the village board to request, as a seasonal resident, a waiver of garbage service. He told the board that he takes his weekend trash back to his home, where he currently pays for garbage hauling. “It’s not about the money,” Bjorklund said. “It’s the idea of someone telling me what I have to do.” The village offers two options to its 111 seasonal residents: they can receive service either from May through October, or from June through August. “This has been the practice since 1994,” said village President Guy Williams. In 1994, he added, the village signed an agreement with Waterman Sanitation for garbage pickup for all residents. “If I can elect to do three months instead of six months,” argued Bjorklund, “why can’t I elect to do none?” Bjorklund said that he has to haul his garbage containers to the end of Pleasant Avenue when he leaves Sunday. “At that point,” he said, “it sits for four days. Tonight there were cans strewn all over. I’m not going to pick it up when I come up next week.” Williams told Bjorklund that the policy stems from earlier incidents of people using public or business trash receptacles. “I can understand your situation,” said Williams, “but if we start doing this, where is it going to quit? Not everyone is going to take it home.”

Trustee Chris Sondrol agreed. “I can see his point,” he said, “but we have to be careful about what we do. Like you said, there are 111 other people.” At the suggestion of trustee Judy Swenson that Bjorklund look into sharing a dumpster with his neighbors, Bjorklund again said that the money isn’t the issue. The board agreed to leave the policy as it is, billing Bjorklund for three months of garbage service. Bjorklund was also on the agenda with a request for a building permit to replace a set of steps going down the bank of the lake to his dock. The permit was approved. Another request for a building permit for steps from Les Nelson was also approved. Hookup fees debated A recommendation from the sewer committee to increase the water and sewer hookup fees was put on hold until actual costs could be determined, in order to justify the increase. The committee recommended increasing the sewer hookup from $855 to $3,000 for village residents and $15,000 for property not annexed into the village. Requests for hookups from Ellery Glenna, Nick Walton and Chris Nelson, and Royal Pines Partnership were put on hold until the fees could be finalized. Nelson and Walton, who were in the audience, questioned the amount of the increase for property not annexed to the village, calling it “steep.” They are currently attempting to move their business to property near Unity School and are seeking to hook into village water and sewer. They indicated at the meeting that they are willing to be annexed into the village, but there are properties between their land and the village limits that must also be annexed.

Nelson also commented that the board is taking an unfair amount of time in making a decision on whether to allow hookup into the line that runs to Unity. He said they initially met with the village on the issue four months ago and made application two months ago. New 4-H Club Balsam Lake will have a new 4-H club this fall, starting in September. Pam Garvey and Paula Moore appeared before the board to request use of the village hall for club meetings, which will be held one Sunday night a month. They were informed that, for this type of community organization, there is no charge for using the meeting room. Lakeland Communication A request from Lakeland Communications to terminate the current lease for video provision and establish a new 25-year lease was discussed. The current lease has five years remaining, but the Legislature of the state of Wisconsin is considering a bill that would take franchise control away from the local level and give it to the state. A new 25-year lease would protect the local franchise until the end of the lease, at which time the state would gain control. Currently, said village President Guy Williams, the village receives fees and taxes amounting to about $7,000 per year from the franchise. This will be eliminated once the state takes control. The board agreed to take no action on the request until it could gain input from village attorney, John Schneider. Other business • Police Chief Sheryl Gehrman reported that the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement will take place from May 21-June 3 to encourage safe belt

use. Current statistics show that, nationwide, 75 percent of vehicle occupants who are buckled up survive a serious crash. Law enforcement would like to increase that national average to 81 percent. • A recommendation from the park committee to have a host at Pine Park this summer was discussed, with the decision to continue looking into the option. The host would stay at the park free, in return for collecting fees and being a security presence. • The board voted to apply for a traffic-enhancement grant for CTH I that would include improvements at the lower dam site. The grant would cover 80 percent of project costs, with the remaining 20 percent split equally between the village and county. Cost of applying for the grant is $10,000, to be split between Polk County and Balsam Lake. • The board voted to table until next month discussion on raising the age of the village curfew again from 16 years to 18 years old. The curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The age limit was lowered to 16 a few years ago and since that time, said police Chief Sheryl Gehrman, 17- and 18-year-olds from neighboring communities have been causing problems. • A bid of $55,574 from Nelson Construction Services of Balsam Lake for renovation of the lower dam building was accepted. This was the lowest of three bids received for the project, which will include an observation deck and railings on the top of the building. • The board voted to notify Northern Waters Literacy Service that the village will be requiring the space it now rents for the police department. Northern Waters was paying $432 rent every six months, and the board felt the police department could better utilize the space.

Luck changes golf course commission by Mary Stirrat LUCK — The Luck Village Board last week voted to take one of two positions on the golf course commission held by a board member and turn it into a citizenheld seat. The golf course commission had been comprised of two board members and five citizens. The change was proposed by village president Rich Callister at the May 2 meeting of the board, and was approved as a change in the golf course

Local eye doctor attends seminar FREDERIC – Dr. Jennifer Turcott of Cumberland attended the 2007 Wisconsin Optometric Association’s spring seminar in Eau Claire on April 25 and 26. The event provided doctors with 14 hours of continuing education focusing on the most recent developments in the diagnosis and management of eye disease and patient care. This year’s meeting featured two nationally renowned speakers: Stuart Richer, O.D., Chief, Optometry Section – DVA North Chicago and Jeffry Gerson, O.D., Mid America Retina Consultants – Kansas City. When asked about the seminar, Turcott stated, “The world around us is constantly changing. Education seminars, such as this, allow me to more effectively serve my patients and keep up with the most current and innovative optometric procedures and technology available.” – Sherill Summer with submitted information

ordinance. After the vote last Wednesday, the commission will include one board member and six citizens. Former village trustee Al Nelson, who previously held one of the board positions on the commission, will now hold the new citizen position. Other members of the commission are village president Rich Callister representing the board, Pam Klatt, Eric Dueholm, Todd Roehm, Kyle Johansen

and Chuck McBrayer. McBrayer fills the one nonvillage resident position on the golf course commission. Other business • Angle parking spots have been added on the northeast corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street by the drug store and at 3rd Avenue and Main Street at the site where the new library and museum will be built. The third spot is a parallel parking

space on Foster Avenue across from Luck Lutheran Church. • Trustee Marilyn Berg proposed holding a garage sale event to raise money for the new library and museum. She initially proposed holding the sale during village cleanup this weekend, but said Monday morning that it has been postponed, possibly until Lucky Days in July.

Louie’s Finer Meats wins awards CUMBERLAND - Louie’s Finer Meats, Inc. of Cumberland won 10 reserve champion and grand champion awards at the 68th-annual convention and meat product show of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors held in Madison on April 13 and 14. The Wisconsin Meat Product Competition is the largest of its kind in

the United States. More than 40 judges including food scientists, out-of-state meat processors and other food-industry professionals were required to effectively evaluate the many products at the show. Each product is scored for external appearance and eye-appeal, internal appearance if relevant, aroma and taste. Louie’s Finer Meats won Reserve

Grand Champion for precooked jalapeno and cheddar brat, sun-dried tomato basil pork and pork and turkey loaf. They won reserve champions for Italian sausage, turkey salami, Cumberland steak, peppered loaf, ring bologna, Lebanon bologna and ring liver sausage. – Sherill Summer with submitted information

Crash claims four lives BARRON COUNTY – Four lives were lost in a Friday afternoon crash in the town of Barron. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a car crash at the intersection of 14-1/2 Avenue and 17th Street at 3:35 p.m. Initial investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department showed that an eastbound vehicle on 14-1/2

Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign, striking a vehicle traveling northbound on 17th Street. Both vehicles rolled after impact. Pronounced dead at the scene were Derrick Roberts, 28, Tammie Feldman, 32, and Champagne Feldman, 15, all of rural Barron and Steven Aasen, 11, Wheeler. The driver of the northbound vehicle, Corbin Dirks, 16, rural Barron,

was transported to Barron Hospital then airlifted to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire The accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. – Sherill Summer with information from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department





Danbury, between a rock and a hard place

Residents support sewer/ water program, worry about individual costs

by Carl Heidel DANBURY - The small gathering of area residents and business owners at Monday’s meeting of the joint water quality commission meeting in Danbury voiced their dilemma. They aren’t opposed to the sewer and water system going into the Danbury area, but they are concerned about the monthly service fees for business and home owners. Visitors to the meeting pressed the commission with a barrage of questions covering a range of issues, and commission members answered carefully and completely. But what it all came down to was summed up by Kevin Klucas, the commission’s executive advisor, when he reflected, “How the heck we gonna afford it?” Overall costs for the system which Danbury and the St. Croix Tribe of Chippewa Indians are constructing jointly appear to be of secondary interest. Jerry Doriott, SEH engineer for the project, explained that estimates of the total system cost have remained about the same since the beginning, and that possible cost increases due to inflation have been factored in.

What has fluctuated is the estimate of costs for individual users. Doriott indicated that this fluctuation is due to the refinement of data and specifications now coming in on the project. This has brought the usage cost estimate for homeowners up to approximately $100 a month for sewer and water services. This figure generated a series of questions. How is this figure determined, and why would Danbury residents have to pay this amount when similar services in Webster cost considerably less? Commission members explained that cost figures are determined by Median Household Income in the area. A stipulation in the grant agreement requires users to pay 2 percent of the MHI in order to keep the grant dollars. The commission explained that several attempts were made to survey area residents for income levels to determine the MHI, but only about 70 percent of them supplied their income figures. This made it necessary for rural development agencies to use supplemental data from census figures to approximate the MHI for the remaining 30 percent, and then set the estimated figure between $36,000-38,000 annually. As to lower user fees in Webster, the explanation given was that the Webster system is older, built at an earlier and less expensive

time. Since the system costs were lower, the user fees are lower also. Visitors then challenged the MHI and raised the question of people on low or fixed income. How are they to pay if they are below that MHI figure? Klucas indicated that the commission is looking for grants that will assist such persons. Some of those present expressed frustration with communication between the commission and the public. They claimed no one told them about these costs. “Why hasn’t anyone told us about this?” Commission member Karen Felix explained that all meetings of the commission are public, and that anyone who wants can attend to get information. Other commission members noted that there have been public information meetings intended to provide information about the project to the public, but these meetings in general have been poorly attended. Meeting announcements have been posted, but people have ignored them. Another question: Is there any way to reduce the per month usage fees? Klucas responded that the best way to lower the fee is to increase the number of users in the system. If owners of vacant lots and buildings become part of the system, fees could possibly be reduced. Then another question and an allegation:

Can we simply choose not to hook up to the system and continue to use our wells and septic tanks? That’s a lot less expensive than the $100 monthly usage fee. Commission members listed several reasons why wells and septics could no longer be used. Doriott indicated that soil and well tests in the area indicate that septic systems have failed and elevated levels of nitrates are now appearing in drinking water from the wells. As these failed systems continue to affect the wells, these pollutants could reach levels where they would create health problems. Klucas said that it is becoming more difficult to dispose of waste pumped from septic systems. More restrictions are now being placed on disposals, and costs for pumping and disposing of waste will increase. Swiss Township Chairman Bill Klugow said that the DNR will insist on installing holding tanks rather than new septic systems because of soil conditions. Maintaining these tanks will cost about as much as the projected user fees, he said. When the discussion between visitors and commission members drew to a close, the commission had answered the questions, but the visitors’ dilemma still remained. They did not oppose the system and could see its value. But they still wondered. How would they be able to afford to use it?

Future of Farming Project releases recommendations STATEWIDE – The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin project has issued recommendations for taking actions to help assure healthy and sustainable agriculture and rural life in the state. The recommendations address health care, land use, rural labor issues, profitability, education, regional economic strategies, innovation, needs of rural communities, rural infrastructure, research and numerous other areas. Eighty-three recommendations are contained in four general categories – community life; land use and conservation; food systems; and production agriculture and forestry. The recommendations are a product of two years of study, including extensive citizen input at six regional forums held in 2006, presentations by experts from throughout the state and nation, roundtable discussions among a broad range of stakeholders and review by a 23-member coordinating committee. The Future of Farming and Rural Life Project is the current Wisconsin Idea public policy initiative of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The recommendations will be aired at the statewide Future of Farming Conference, “Our Future, Our Heritage,” scheduled for May 1415 at Monona Terrace in Madison. The recommendations will also be contained in the project’s final report to be issued this summer. “These recommendations are action steps for policy-makers, communities and citizens in preserving and interested enhancingWisconsin agriculture, rural communities and the resources that support them,”

said Project Co-Chairs Stan Gruszynski and Tom Lyon. “They encompass a broad range of strategies that address many of the key concerns raised during the course of the study. That said, we don’t pretend to have touched every base. The recommendations are meant to spur further citizen action in what we believe to be a perfect climate for a rural renaissance in this state.” Some key recommendations follow: • Create a state-funded purchase of development rights program to assist local governments and counties in protecting working lands. The study also recommends establishing agricultural enterprise zones to protect agricultural areas from nonfarm development, enhancing efforts to maintain large blocks of working forestlands, concentrating development in urban areas and strengthening existing strategies for preserving working lands. • Address the needs of the most threatened segment of agriculture – middle-sized farms – by providing grants, tax credits and investment capital for modernization, expansion or conversion to alternate systems. • Provide all citizens in Wisconsin access to affordable, high-quality health care. The study recognized that this issue addresses common needs of rural and urban residents, but also noted that farm families statistically lag well behind the general public in availability and quality of health care coverage. The study recommends convening a summit of stakeholders to develop solutions to the rural health care dilemma.

• Take steps to address rural labor issues, including advocating for an effective documented worker program, providing for basic training of farm works and managers for the 21st century, and creating a favorable environment for agricultural career opportunities for migrant and nontraditional workers. • Review school financing formulas and revise were appropriate to provide equitable opportunities for all children. Also, provide school districts incentives to combine resources and take other steps to address the needs of rural schools, many of which are facing declining enrollments and rising costs. The study also recommends creation of an appointed state school board and empowering the state’s regional Cooperative Educational Services Agencies to meet 21st century educational needs. • Consolidate all programs that promote and address the expansion of agricultural food production and processing in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. • Take steps to meet the 21st century needs of rural communities, including conducting a statewide assessment of transportation, energy and telecommunication needs in rural communities. • Provide incentives for regional economic development approaches that recognize the distinctive economic strengths of various regions. • Increase emphasis on Wisconsin grown and locally grown food systems, including

more government purchasing of these foods. The study recognized the potential and challenge of the bioeconomy, and its recommendations call for developing broad-based bioenergy potential in rural communities while focusing research on the impact of bioenergy on other sectors of agriculture and the state’s resources. In the area of federal policy, the study advocates a market-based approach that provides safety nets for milk and other commodities. It recommends the “greening” of the federal Farm Bill through programs that reward producers for land and water stewardship. It calls for targeting state grants and other financial incentives to new and beginning farmers and producers who are making adjustments in their operations. It also recommends new strategies to assure the viability and growth of Wisconsin’s cooperatives. It also advocates for educating Wisconsin citizens from all backgrounds about the interrelationships between healthy communities and healthy countrysides. Recommendations are posted on the project Web site at, along with registration and background information about the state conference. Public comment is invited through June 30, 2007 when a final version will be approved for publication by the project coordinating committee. – from Wis. Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters


Highway building problems lead to property study; value to Hwy. 8 property may help solution by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Highway buildings have a growing list of “problem areas.” The Polk County recycling center is sitting on a piece of property across from the new Menard’s on Hwy. 8 that may have a high market value. The county government has started to look at how the perceived need and an opportunity might come together, resulting in a new public works campus. The possibility of a new fairground site has also been thrown into the conversation. The county has now set up a special public works campus steering committee, composed of the chairs of the highway, finance and property committees, the county board chair, and the county board representative of the county fair board. In that order, the committee members are Marvin Caspersen, Gerald Newville, Mick Larsen, Larry Jepsen, and Neil Johnson. The new committee held its first meeting May 3. The immediate topic of study for the new committee is the possibility of building a new highway department complex together with a new recycling center. The new campus would be centrally located but would not need to occupy the commercial property where the recycling center is now located. There is the thought that sale of the present Hwy. 8 site might help pay for a portion of the new campus. Discussion about moving the fairgrounds has included with the idea that the property in the middle of St. Croix Falls might have a high value for residential development. Reports at the May 3 meeting and the meeting of the property committee on May 1 suggest that the fair committee and the city are more interested at present in developing the county fairgrounds for additional uses. The public works campus study will proceed, with an initial step being an assessment of all the county’s building needs, with funding for that study being requested at the May county board meeting. Highway department “problem areas” The issues relating to the present highway department buildings in Balsam Lake here presented at a joint meeting of the finance, property and

highway committee April 3, a meeting that led to the creation of the new public works committee. At that meeting, highway commissioner Steve Warndahl presented a four-page report titled “Problem areas Polk County Highway buildings.” It contained an extensive list of environmental, access for the disabled, structural, electrical, heating, safety and shop concerns. The environmental issues include wastewater runoffs that are may be affecting the Balsam Lake Village wells and old underground fuel storage tanks. Since that date, it has been discovered that the floor drains in the truck garage empty directly into the Balsam Lake millpond, an issue that must be corrected. The main building has no access to bathrooms on the main floor, a issue to meet the needs of at least one present employee. Members of the public must climb two sets of stairs to reach the highway department office. The building was one ceiling that is in poor repair and braced to keep from falling in. The roofs of several buildings leak. The windows in all the buildings are of poor quality and energy efficiency. The buildings have little or no insulation. There is no meeting room large enough to hold all employees for department meetings. The overhead hoist is “ancient” and can not be serviced. Many electric circuits won’t hold a load. There is no heat in the vehicle storage area so plow trucks remain frozen over night, allowing deterioration of the $100,000 vehicles. Access to the yard area from the buildings requires crossing busy Hwy. 46, resulting in several accidents. All employees must climb stairs, often carrying inventory, to reach work areas. There are no emergency showers in the event that an employee is sprayed with oil or chemicals. Access to the repair shop is limited. Trucks must back a long distance to exit the building. There is a risk that a truck may be knocked off a hoist in the shop. The main highway building, the large white structure on the south edge of Balsam Lake, was built in 1937. Some of the other buildings still in use are even older, including the old horse barn from the pretruck period.

Car crashes into house POLK COUNTY - A car crashed into a house in Black Brook Township on 10th Avenue Friday around 10 p.m. The man driving the vehicle was arrested and charged with a fifth operating while intoxicated charge, which is a felony. Mark Pierson, 42, of Roberts, told police he had no recollection of the acci-

dent and that he had had several drinks four hours prior to the accident. Police reported that his breath had a strong odor of intoxicants and that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. A blood test was taken. Pierson was transported to the Amery Regional Medical Center. There were no other injuries. – Julie Holmquist

Correction The Web site address for the Forgotten Times Retreat in Siren was incorrectly listed in the May 2 Leader. The retreat portion of the address was missing. The correct site is

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Last week’s question: What’s your favorite form of exercise? Walking 60 votes (67 percent) Running 9 votes (10 percent) Dancing 3 votes (3 percent) Swimming 10 votes (11 percent) Recreational sports 7 votes (8 percent) Total votes 89 This week’s question: Will you take part in a gas boycott next Tuesday? 1. Yes 2. No

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iscussion about gas prices is getting as tedious as conversations about how cold it is in Wisconsin. It’s a topic we have a kinship with - something that makes us all suffer on an equal level - or so we may think. The price of gas surpassed $3 a gallon this week locally and nationwide - it’s alarming - but complaining about it is a little like lamenting about how Wal-Mart has destroyed our small-town Main Streets and infrastructures. After all, this is the world we collectively created, haphazardly or not. E-mails are circulating this week about boycotting the gas pump on Tuesday, May 15. “In April 1997, there was a ‘gas out’ conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight,” one electronic message claimed. What a great concept - that the consumer tail can wag the big dog. According to the Web site, which has based its existence on keeping us honest, there was no nationwide “gas out” in 1997. There was one in 1999 but it didn’t cause gas prices to drop 30 cents per gallon overnight. In fact, the site claims, it didn’t cause prices to drop at all. Despite the popularity of the e-mail campaign, the event itself attracted scant participation and was “completely ineffectual.” Thinkers and editorialists - not necessarily one in the same - seem to agree that boycotting the pump on Tuesday is a little like postponing the rent payment. A real impact will take time - and it involves driving less, car pooling, purchasing vehicles that get better gas mileage and finding alternative ways of transportation, like riding your bike to work. And using alternative, renewable fuels in your vehicles. All sound ideas if you can ignore the fact that it took three decades for the concept of a hybrid car to actually materialize into common sightings of such a vehicle in our neck of the woods. And some would argue on how common those sightings are. Alternative, renewable fuels may be our salvation, but there’s a whole lotta changing required for that to happen as reality sets in and tells us there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case, free ride. And if you want to run your vehicle on used veggie oil, you’re going to have to experience some inconvenience. So cynicism may reign in the world of editorialists when it comes to protests at the pump, but if you really want to make a statement, then Tuesday is an opportunity to do so, even if it doesn’t change the world. It may simply come down to a statement of principle - good for the mind and soul - and who knows... maybe it will help change gas habits for just a small percentage of us nationwide. That’s a start in itself.


Renewing the commitment

ay, besides being one of the most beautiful months of the year, is a busy time. There’s a lot going on with graduation planning, spring fever and outdoor activities as the weather becomes sane and our outdoor environment renews. Renewal also comes in the form of a commitment to the young people of the community in the way of scholarships. Groups who recruit the scholarships, counselors who coordinate them, and most of all, benefactors who provide the actual money, spend their spring in what has to be a very gratifying mode - right up to the actual presentation of the scholarship. A local high school will typically be involved in presenting $50,000 to $100,000 in scholarship monies, meaning more than a half-million dollars will be presented to area youth in Burnett and Polk counties this season for the furthering of education. That amount has grown over the years and remains one of the more inspiring bits of news that can be reported on a local level. Hats off to the individuals and businesses who step up and play such an important role year after year.

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ope is the underlying sentiment behind the efforts of organizers of cancer research fundraisers such as Relay for Life and Finish Line. Finish Line events take place at Frederic, Luck and Amery this Saturday and plans are under way for the annual Relay for Life event at Webster. Community involvement in these events, and other similar events, has been steady over the years and plays a key role in awareness and hope. Keeping us all aware of how vulnerable we are to the plague of our times and how important it is to keep supporting research - and also providing hope and support to those who are living with cancer. Not only the person who has it - but those close to that person. For all the disparaging news involving cancer, the American Cancer Society, through these events, also informs us that survivorship rates for many types of cancer has improved over the years and early detection is the key. Camaraderie, support and hope. Some elements offered by these events.

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lthough Americans are living longer, it often comes at a price, a personal one in lost health and independence and a financial one in paying for their care when physical problems or dementia become incapacitating. Sadly, the state of Wisconsin isn't willing to pay the price for those who require the skilled services provided in nursing homes through Medicaid. The rate at which the state reimburses the 377 private and public nursing homes in Wisconsin for Medicaid patients they treat is still far below where it should be despite a 1.4percent increase last year. A national study released last year ranked the state sixth-worst. Nursing home officials say their facilities lose, on average, $29 a day for each Medicaid resident they serve. About two-thirds of all nursing home patients are on Medicaid. That shortfall had put nursing homes in the hole cumulatively to the tune of a staggering $232 million in 2005-06. Many homes have closed, and others have increasingly passed on costs to private patients. Gov. Jim Doyle has proposed a 2-percent annual increase in the rate, but, considering rising labor and utility costs, that's not enough. About 73 percent of nursing home expenses are for wages and, not surprisingly, the escalating cost of employee health insurance. Nursing home officials also get shortchanged by the state's nursing home bed tax, intended to leverage more federal dollars for the homes. The problem, according to officials of two state nursing home organizations, is the state uses about one-third of that revenue, $13.8 million, for other expenses. That diversion ends up costing the nursing homes an additional $18.7 million annually in lost federal money under the Medicaid formula, in which the feds pay 60 percent of the cost and the state 40 percent. Realizing that the state is financially hardpressed itself, nursing home officials suggest the state earmark part of the proposed increase in the cigarette tax for nursing homes. Given the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses in the elderly, that makes sense. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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already opened the Wisconsin Covenant Office and even put up a Website: wisconsincovenant., which puts more details and brochures at your fingertips. And in just two weeks, more than 75,000 Wisconsin eighth-graders will be invited to visit public and private college and university campuses across the state; every one of them will be invited to become a Wisconsin Covenant Scholar. I hope that visit whets their appetites and fuels vivid dreams of themselves four years from now as students on those campuses – a dream that can become reality for every one of them, thanks to the Wisconsin Covenant.

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often say that the price of admission to the 21st century economy is education and training beyond high school. Yet today, far too many young people in Wisconsin believe college is beyond their reach, that its cost is beyond the realm of possibility for them. Why apply yourself, work hard and prepare Barbara for college if you know your parents can’t Lawton afford it? The new Wisconsin Covenant aims to answer that question. In it, the state will effec- Lieutentant tively say to young students, “We don’t want Governor Editor’s note: From her office, Lt. Gov. Lawton works the cost of tuition to stymie your plans for colto provide for a comprehensive approach to economic lege. Set a proper course and stay on it, and development. She strives to work across partisan lines to build we’ll be sure you can arrive in a technical college or uni- a shared agenda for growth in our state. "I work by inviting versity classroom on schedule.” citizen-experts to help us devise more effective and innovative The Wisconsin Covenant articulates that promise. ways government can work to support their success," Lawton Last September, Gov. Doyle signed the state’s side of the says. "By tapping into those deep wells of talent, I have been agreement, and beginning next month we will invite all able to advance strategies for smarter health care policy, to Wisconsin eighth-graders, all over the state, to sign their work with communities and regional groups to "reboot" for a side. 21st century economy, and to address our workforce crisis by The covenant says that if a young person maintains a better harvesting the talent of women." Lawton has received B average through high school, takes a college preparato- national and international recognition for her economic develry course load, stays in school and out of trouble, and opment initiative, Wisconsin Women = Prosperity (WW=P). applies for financial aid, we will make sure that her According to her Web site, she leads the administration's work financial aid package meets the cost of tuition. to “streamline the process of certifying disadvantaged, minorIn other words, if you do what it takes to get into a col- ity and women business enterprises and to expand the opporlege, university or technical school, we’ll make sure you tunities they enjoy for growth in our state. “ can afford your tuition. This isn’t an idea still incubating in theory. We have

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tion that your child has her own life. And you are a peripheral piece of the pie. Like I said, it hurts. pain of childbirth is well documented. At least childbirth is over in 30 hours, give or When your belly is whale-like, you’re take a few operations. ready. People have been telling you their This letting go stuff doesn’t seem to come in stories for nine months: you know pain a nice, 24-hour package. will be part of this little person’s entrance into One day, the fact that the kid is almost an your life. adult strikes you like a cold shower. That’s People talk less of that person’s exit and the when you sit up in bed at 11:30 p.m. and have pain involved. They don’t mention the moment a to wander to the living room to think about it. Julie middle-aged mother sits up in bed and realizes There you sit, thinking of her as a 6-pound that her teenager’s life is no longer intricately Holmquist bundle with a red bow glued to her forehead. connected to her own. How she loved her pacifier. How you spent The “child” is now traveling off to school comentire afternoons reading her books from the petitions in Madison, working a job, spending time with library because she loved it so. a boyfriend. You remember pushing her in swing sets, staging The child may be living at home, technically, but a birthday parties, working on school projects together, transition has been made. The umbilical cord is long watching her chia pet grow. gone, the shoe tying, the hair combing, the goodnight You realize there was a time when the family was her stories are relics of the past. The child is focused out- whole world, and that those days are now gone, as they ward, away from the family and mom is left in the dust. should be, as they are meant to be. The pain of this surprises me. It hurts in a primal way. I’ve always been a sentimental, emotional woman, and I thought my little lectures to her about not becoming this is not a good time for me, this exit business. overly involved in activities and exhausting herself were She’s thriving, independent and facing a wonderful legitimate. But those words of advice weren’t all about future. So why do I feel so lousy? her: they were also for my benefit. I missed her. I didn’t No one prepares you for the pink slip, the layoff, the want her leaving the family. form that says “Thanks for pouring your life into this Something deep inside my soul was saying, “Don’t go. child for 18 years. She has her own life now, so find Wait! Come back. Be with me!” something else to do.” I wasn’t ready for this pulling away process. I feel like In your mind, it was only yesterday when she was 9 I missed an important news bulletin. What happened to and adored you. You flash back over family vacations, her childhood with me? It’s over already? special talks, books shared. What happened to the sumTrue, this gaining of independence was a gradual mer afternoons at the river, when my girl and I were process: but like a slow leak, a mother does not realize tight? what is happening until the tire goes flat and she’s forced I’ve been replaced by the world. to pull off to the side of the road, the car limping its way Did I mention it hurts? there. There you sit, shocked, utterly shocked, at the realiza-


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Great work In response to the letter of Edward Bitler’s in last week’s paper, I have sat in on many of the town board meetings on which you served as a board member for our township. I for one wish to thank you for the time you spent on that board and the great work and effort you put forth to bring our township to its possible potential. I know for a fact that if there were things at the meetings you didn’t know or understand you always had some materials with you to look those things up and often let the people know your findings many times during the meetings. I for one feel the township of Daniels lost one of the best board members they ever had. Thank you for the great job you did for our township. Bev Beckmark Town of Daniels

I apologize I Apologize. Mr. Sutton, I just read “Iraq and America’s Future.” I poked fun at your reasonable request to debate global warming, but that was before I knew your impressive résumé. I will disagree with you about global warming, but your view about our current war is beyond reproach. Obviously, you are the man I never was nor will be. Thank you for your service to the nation. Brooke Biedinger Frederic

Cheeseland security I really don’t think that California is out to get Wisconsin cheese makers. Like everyone else that advertises via the internet, magazines, television, newspapers, etc. they have the best product and want to get that point across. That is all that the “moove over” California campaign is doing. I have seen quite a few ads from Wisconsin saying that they have the best cheese, so tit for tat. I don’t think I have ever seen or read an ad that could or would make me change my taste buds or sense of smell as stated in your article. Nor do I think that an ad could brainwash me either. As far as the commercials that you do see on the television with the “happy cows from California”, they were all shot in Hidden Valley California, Ventura County. I know this because I grew up there and have passed numerous times when they have been filming for this ad campaign. I can attest to the fact that California has beautiful, lush green farms year-round with what appear to be... happy cows. Yes, even

cows that live happily in the mountains, deserts and oceans. So, no forgeries there, sorry. Wisconsin might produce the best cheese in the world, your opinion, not fact. Thanks for sharing though. I think that California, France, and Italy do a pretty darn good job too. Cheeseland security? Cow virtue? California interrogation? Banned Beach Boy music? Certified cow pictures? Are you for real? Are you seriously taking milk money from kids to finance a cheeseland TV commercial? Shame on you. Pam Henderson Amery

Pulling out? In the past four years the Pentagon has sent 9 million tons of equipment to Iraq for U.S. troops. This includes tanks, armored vehicles, bulldozers, etc. If all this gear were to be loaded on tractor-trailers and lined up, this convoy would extend from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. The Pentagon and top brass want this used and salvageable equipment brought home before the U.S. troops start returning back home. This would be a huge task. In other words, the Pentagon thinks more of that used equipment than they do of our troops. What kind of thinking is that? During World War II, after the war, and the troops were off the islands, the equipment that was left was loaded on ships and dumped into the ocean. In the Korean War, our troops were pushed back after the Chinese joined the North Korean Army and much equipment had to be abandoned and fell into the hands of the Chinese and North Korean armies. In Vietnam, our troops made a hasty withdrawal and left behind much equipment, including helicopters still in crates. Iraq is in a civil war and the Pentagon, top brass and the president know this but they do not want to admit it. So now Bush is sending more troops, most poorly trained, back into Iraq. He wants billions of dollars more to fund this war with no strings attached as to when the troops can start coming home. Bush still has in his head that we will soon have a victory over there. I wonder just what he means by a victory. How much more blood do our troops have to spill over there before Bush and company wake up to the fact we are in the middle of a civil war. To heck with the equipment, leave it there, but bring our troops home now to their families. Contact your congressman, senators, and other high officials and tell them it’s about time that our troops were brought home. Now! Jack Rued Balsam Lake

Lyme epidemic Thank you W. Jensen for your article about Lyme disease. You are absolutely right that it is an epidemic, but it is a hidden epidemic. People do not realize how sick we can get from this disease. People also do not realize if doctors would treat the disease properly, we could get well. Everyone needs to inform themselves about Lyme disease and its co-infections. We need to demand proper treatment from doctors. Twenty one to 30 days of treatment is not enough, and do not believe it when they tell you that you have “post Lyme.” If you are still sick, you have active Lyme. C. Sorenson Luck

Worker s Memorial Day The labor movement observed Worker’s Memorial Day on April 28. We took that occasion to remember and honor our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate price of public service. I am a member of AFL-CIO, Council 40, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Local 279-A, and a recently retired Council 40 executive board member. AFSCME represents the public service workers employed by Burnett County that work at the government center. Local 279, Burnett County Highway Department, are also represented by AFSCME. Council 40 represents over 32,000 public and private workers in the state of Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee County. Following the death of highway district 6 board member Robert Nemitz in an on-the-job accident in 1982, the Council 40 executive board established a scholarship program in memory of all of our members who lost their lives in the line of duty. The commemorative plaque at our headquarters in Madison now contains the names of 36 members who went to work as usual one day, but who never returned home. It stands as a somber reminder of the very dangerous jobs that public employees perform day in and day out. Every year during our AFSCME, Council 40 State Convention we observed Worker’s Memorial Day with a very moving tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters. Every year the list gets longer and longer: Harold Waller, Adams County Highway Department killed when a roller he was operating rolled down an embankment; Terrence Farrell, City of Janesville, crushed under the rear wheel of a grader after it slipped on a slope; James Gehrke, Madison Municipal fell 40 feet to the ground when a hydraulic lift used to trim trees snapped; Robert Whal, St. Croix County Highway Department

struck by a car while working on a highway project; Donald Dietzen, Outagamie County Highway Department, hit by a semi while working on highway; Eleanor Townsend, Dane County Courthouse killed by a crazed gunman while working at her desk in the Dane County Coroner’s office; Connie Reyes, Kenosha County Courthouse/Social Services murdered by a social service client who was upset over a foster care placement decision; Jerry Osheim, city of Wausau, killed in a confined space while trying to unplug a sewer drain. And the list goes on and on. Having served on the executive board for council 40 after attending state conventions many years, I am acutely aware of the members who have been killed in the line of duty. However, we want to remember all the public service workers. Teachers killed in the building where they work, nurses who risk their lives, police officers and firemen to name a few. These are members of our community, members of local families, and members of our church community that provide services each and every day: keeping our drinking water safe, picking up our garbage, keeping our parks clean and maintained, plowing, building and maintaining our roads, immunizing our children, providing family planning services, helping the disadvantage such as our physically and mentally challenged community members, providing police protection, saving our property and lives by fighting fires, working with the incarcerated population, teaching our children, keeping our public buildings clean and safe to name a few of the challenges we face each and every day. How well we all remember the violent attack on September 11. Do you realize that approximately one-third of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day were public servants? There were the firemen, policemen and EMTs. But let us not forget the security staff, the maintenance crews and cafeteria workers that were working within the Twin Towers as well. Many of these public servants were fellow AFSCME workers. So please No. 1) obey road safety signs, especially within work zones, No. 2) thank a public servant if you get the opportunity for a job well done and No. 3) please take a moment to honor those who have given their lives to provide us with the services that we so often take for granted. Thank you. Sharon Blanding Burnett Co. Govt. Center employee AFSCME, Council 40, Local 279A Danbury

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Assembly considers lifting restrictions on nuclear power plant construction MADISON - The state assembly is considering lifting restrictions to build nuclear power plants in Wisconsin. The 1983 ban will be the subject of a hearing Thursday in Madison . People who are against building new nuclear power plants say the state restrictions make sense: that high-level nuclear waste depositories be in place and that the cost not be out of line with expenses to construct a coal-fired generator. Nukewatch Co-Director John LaForge

of Luck says the arguments to release the atomic genie are bogus. He says nuclear is “dangerous and expensive,” and says proponents of nuclear power are saying that it’s cheap and green. He says none of those things happen to be true if one looks at the long-term costs of decommissioning a retired nuclear reactor and the lifetime costs of protecting the environment from radioactive waste. But opponents have an unexpected and ironic foe: global warming.

Greenhouse gas emissions from coaland oil-fired power plants have people like liberal Democratic Rep. Frank Boyle of Superior switching sides in favor of nuclear power. He says if someone had told him 10 years ago he would be advocating for the lifting of the ban on nuclear construction, he’d say they were crazy. Boyle says the danger of climate change has future generations facing catastrophe. He says the time has come for nuclear proliferation in terms of

energy plants versus continuing to fire up generators with coal, gas and oil and produce a climatic effect of carbon loading the upper atmosphere that could ultimately kill us and destroy the earth. Another relevant point is that the federal government considers the geography of northern Wisconsin between Ashland and Hayward and the Wolf River ideal for nuclear waste storage. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Mike Simonson)

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L e a d e r A re a n e w s Cars stolen and torched

HAYWARD - Torched beyond recognition. That is the story coming from a victim of the most recent string of car thefts in Hayward, where vehicles have been stolen within the Hayward city limits, driven out of the city and set on fire. In a normally peaceful neighborhood where Wendy Williamson and her family have lived for over four generations, vehicles are being tampered with, broken into and, in her case, stolen from her driveway last week and found burned to the frame near Green Lake off CTH NN. “It happened right in town on Second Street behind Arrow Lumber at the house my father was born in and we’ve owned for close to 90 years,” Williamson said. “I’ve always locked my car from other instances where our tires were slashed and windows were broken. I always lock it except for that night.” Williamson’s red Dodge Durango was stolen sometime during the night last Monday, April 21, and was reported missing when she noticed it was not parked in her driveway early Tuesday morning. “I think there needs to be some awareness that this is happening right here in town,” Williamson commented, claiming that when she went to the impound lot to take pictures of her vehicle others were parked nearby similarly burned out. “It’s frightening. I love this town — a fourth generation, living in the house my father was born in — I mean, you’re proud to be a part of the town but it’s sad to know that this is going on.” – Sawyer County Record

Lethal intent?

RICE LAKE - An arsenal of firearms and other items confiscated from a Rice Lake mobile home Monday, April 30, has authorities wondering whether a mass shooting was about to occur. The owner of the firearms, Arthur A. Garcia, 29, has been placed in emergency detention at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Garcia was hospitalized because he told officers that he was having homicidal/suicidal thoughts, stated Barron County Sheriff’s Department records. An investigator with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is reviewing the case to determine if there are federal violations, said Rice Lake police chief John Sommerfeld. A search of Garcia’s residence by the Rice Lake Police Department Special Response Team was preceded by officers receiving information that Garcia had made threats to an ex-girlfriend and her family and possessed a number of firearms and illegal substances. Garcia’s ex-girlfriend and her family live near Birchwood. Birchwood police officer Pete Weatherhead said Garcia told informants that he might shoot his ex-girlfriend and her family in Trinity Lutheran Church in the small village about 18 miles northeast of Rice Lake. During the search of the mobile home, officers found a number of high-powered firearms, tactical equipment and an estimated 1,000 rounds of ammunition, including armor-piercing and tracer rounds valued at more than $10,000. Also found was a small amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine and marijuana. Included in the items confiscated were a .50-caliber rifle, an AR-15 tactical rifle, a Benelli shotgun, two .44 magnum revolvers and an H & K .45 semiautomatic handgun. Tactical equipment included a ballistic shield with light, a ballistic helmet with attached video camera and knee pads with ballistic shin shields. – Rice Lake Chronotype

Man drowns after high-speed chase

RUSK COUNTY - A Chippewa County high-speed chase ended tragically Friday, and one in Rusk County ended in an arrest Sunday. A 31-year-old Cadott man drowned early Friday when he jumped into Lake Holcombe after leaving his car at the end of a high-speed chase, according to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department. The victim, identified as

Ryan A. Jaeschke, had failed to stop for a Chippewa deputy about 2 a.m., on CTH M in the town of Birch Creek, west of Holcombe, according to the department. The deputy sought to stop him for speeding in a 35-mph zone. The motorist sped away, leading the deputy on a three-mile chase. At 250th Street, the man got out of his car and fled running onto a dock on the lake near Pine Drive Resort. When the deputy ordered the man to stop, he reported that the man went into a prone position, shouted an expletive, and jumped in the water. The deputy said the motorist had made a conscious decision to try to flee by swimming. The motorist then began to tread water and shout for help. The deputy said he found a boat at a nearby private residence and tried to locate the man, but he had disappeared from sight. The Cornell Fire Department and EMS personnel responded, along with an emergency medical helicopter. The man remained in the water about 45 minutes before he was found and flown to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire where he was pronounced dead. - Ladysmith News

Turkey barn plans questioned

BARRON COUNTY - It’s expected that in the next few months, the town of Dallas will have two new turkey barns under construction. Locals see the development as both a boost to the township’s economy and yet something to be concerned about. Two barns are planned for the Kevin Ellefson property, which is located near the Barron/Dunn county line, south of the village of Dallas. Each structure will measure 60 feet by 560 feet and will be used to house approximately 12,000 turkeys. Three times per year the turkeys (about 24,000 in all) will be taken to market and a new flock will brought in to replace them at the barns. Although Ellefson will be responsible for startup costs with the turkey barns (money for setting up a well, excavating the site, setting a clay base, etc.), after 10 years of raising turkeys for Jennie-O Turkey Store, the buildings will become Ellefson’s, said his father. He will then have another 15 years left on his contract before his obligation in the contract is fully satisfied. Company spokesman Solheid said the deal will bring many economic benefits to the area. Not everyone, though, is welcoming the new turkey barns as enthusiastically as the Ellefsons and Jennie-O Turkey Store. Tom Richards of Dallas owns a home that will be very close to the site of the turkey barns - too close, he said. Richards estimated that the barns will be less than 1,000 feet away from his home, and their close proximity raise a number of issues. The smell of 24,000 turkeys suddenly across the street from him will definitely change the comfort level his family enjoys at their home, he said. The barns and Richards’ home are situated in a valley, and prevailing westerly winds would carry odors from the turkey operation toward his home. He is also worried about increased noise levels and demand on the water table (estimated at 2,200 gallons per day at maximum usage) from the turkey operation. On the financial side of things, the large-scale turkey barns may make it more difficult for him to sell his home someday, and the value of his residence will likely drop, Richards said. And then there’s the aesthetic quality of the area that would be negatively affected by the blemish of these large barns going up in the area’s valley, he said. To compensate, Richards is planting a few dozen trees on his property that will one day block his view of the barns. Richards said he has met with representatives from Jennie-O Turkey Store, but their talks have gone nowhere. He has also held discussions with Barron County zoning officials and DNR consultants, but they all saw the project as acceptable, he said. – Barron News-Shield

F O R U M Horses have road rights STATEWIDE - Following are state statutes regarding the road rights of horses in Wisconsin. 346.01 – Words and phrases defined. “Words and phrases defined in s. 340.01 are used in the same sense in this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided.” 346.02 – Applicability of chapter. “…Every person riding an animal or any animal-drawn driving vehicle…upon a roadway is granted all the rights and is subject to all the duties which this chapter grants or applies to the operator of a vehicle, except those provisions of this chapter which by their very nature would have no application…” 346.11 – Passing or meeting frightened animal. “Whenever a person riding, driving or leading an animal which is frightened gives a signal of distress to the operator of a motor vehicle by a raising of the hand or otherwise, the operator of the motor vehicle shall promptly stop his vehicle unless a movement forward is necessary to avoid an accident or injury and shall, upon request, stop all motive power until such animal is under control.” 346.21 – Right of way of livestock. “The operator of a motor vehicle shall yield the right of way to livestock being driven over or along any highway, but any person in charge of such livestock shall use reasonable care and diligence to open the roadway for vehicular traffic.” – submitted

Prom goes well despite threats by Regan Kohler SPOONER - Though threats were made over the last couple weeks against the Spooner High School’s 2007 prom, no incidents occurred at the event Saturday, April 28. A couple weeks ago, two anonymous letters alluding to violence occurring at the prom were sent to the school. The details of the letter weren’t released so as not to conflict with the investigation, but all law enforcment officials were notified. Security for the prom was then heightened: only immediate family members and prom-goers were allowed into the event at the Northwest Sports Complex in Spooner, and they had to have signed up beforehand; the municipal parking lot across the street was closed to everyone but students attending; and students attending needed to be in the building by 8 p.m. and couldn’t leave before 10 p.m. That Saturday night, officers from the Spooner Police Department, the Washburn County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol were stationed around the sports complex. In Shell Lake, police officers and sheriff’s department deputies were also stationed outside the arts center, where the Lakers’ prom took place. Police Chief Bobby Andrea later said that no incidents occurred and that the prom went off without a hitch. “The kids had a very good prom,” he said. “It couldn’t have went any better.” Spooner’s prom had a Las Vegas theme and saw SHS juniors Bryce Derrickson and Taylor Olson voted king and queen. The threats, according to sheriff’s department Chief Deputy Michael Richter, were still under investigation as of Monday, May 7.


Senate District Environmental matters in Wisconsin Wisconsin has a strong tradition of leading on environmental causes. Two heralded environmental leaders and governors of Wisconsin came from right here in the 10th Senate District: Gaylord Nelson, D – Clear Sheila Lake, and Warren Knowles, R – Harsdorf New Richmond. The state’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which uses public funds to preserve valuable land for future generations, is named after these two leaders. It is important for Wisconsin to continue to advance initiatives that protect our natural resources. Recently, Wisconsin pioneered an innovative Green Tier program. Green Tier is a collaborative model focused on environmental improvement. Case-bycase action against polluters only encouraged businesses to meet minimum performance requirements and made regulators reactive. Working collaboratively with regulators under Green Tier, businesses can now strive to meet goals of improving the environment with sound management practices. This frees regulators resources to go after polluters while maximizing environmental outcomes. This session, the Legislature is considering a number of environmental initiatives. Here are some that I have co-sponsored: Increase tipping fees from $3 per ton of solid waste dumped in Wisconsin to $10 per ton. Fees to dump trash in Wisconsin are the lowest in the Midwest, making Northwest Wisconsin a dumping magnet for outof-state garbage given our close proximity to the Twin Cities. Expanding landfills spells trouble to Wisconsin communities and taxpayers. An increase to $10 is expected to reduce trash imports by 50 percent. Protect our Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species by restricting oceangoing ships seeking to port in Wisconsin. 2007 Senate Bill 119 would only issue permits to vessels that do not take on ballast water or those which are equipped with technology to prevent the introduction of invasive species. Provide incentives for consumer purchases of flex-fuel or hybrid vehicles that get at least 40 miles per gallon. With gas prices soaring, a $1,000 tax credit will stimulate the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles, thus reducing air emissions and easing demand on gas. I am interested in your thoughts on these or other proposals. You can reach me by e-mail at or by calling 1-800-862-1092, or visit my Web site at for more information.


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ST. CROIX FALLS–School spirit is alive and well in the St. Croix Falls School District. Friday, May 4, eight classrooms were relocated into the new wing of the elementary school. In connection with Community Service Day at the high school, approximately 35 students volunteered to assist with the move. The students entered the building at 9:30 a.m. and by 1 p.m., the mission was accomplished. This day would not have been possible without the help of high school students. Many even stayed longer and gave individual help to teachers in the class-




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rooms. The students could not have been more cooperative through this entire process. The move will now allow construction workers to begin the remodeling of the original building which was built in 1961. “On behalf of the entire teaching staff at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to every student that lent us a hand,” stated Jeff Benoy, elementary school principal. –submitted

High school students helped move items from the older classrooms to the new classrooms at St. Croix Falls as part of their service day duties.

Students from the high school help first-grade teacher Julie Larcom move items from the old classroom to the new classroom in the elementary school’s new addition.

The backpacks are in, and the students are soon to follow at St. Croix Falls Elementary in the new building addition. Friday, May 4, was moving day.

The new first-grade classrooms at the elementary school feature large cabinet spaces for supplies.

John Gyllen, director of pupil services, moves a cart past the new rest room area to help the transfer of equipment to new classrooms.

This is one new first-grade classroom with some gear moved in. Hallway lockers are being used for the first time in the new portion of the elementary school.

Photos by Tammi Milberg

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New counseling service is nonprofit

ST. CROIX FALLS - Counseling Associates of St. Croix has taken over the services of Counseling Associates, Inc. and changed to a nonprofit organization during the process. Counseling Associates of St. Croix provides a full range of behavioral health services such as individual counseling, assessment and diagnosis, specialized focused group therapy and couples counseling. Mental health services are performed both as outpatient and

home-based services. They see children, adolescents and adults in individual, family and group psychotherapy. All therapeutic services are confidential and offered in caring and respectful atmosphere. Counseling Associates of St. Croix perform psychological and psychiatric assessments and medication management. They partner with area schools to offer much-needed therapeutic support services by offering socialization

groups, enhancing self-esteem groups, groups for kids from broken homes, anger management, suicide prevention and groups for child victims of violence and abuse. They also offer therapeutic services and readjustment counseling to veterans and their families in an attempt to get them adjusted and back into society. Counseling Associates of St. Croix has developed a fee-reduction program. This will allow the uninsured and low-

income individuals who seek services but haven’t the ability to pay to be seen. Currently there are 14 mater-level therapists, three home-based counselors, a consulting psychologist and a consulting psychiatrist that provide services at Counseling Associates of St. Croix in five office locations: St. Croix Falls, Siren, New Richmond, Barron and North Branch, Minn. For more information, contact Cindy Klein at 715-4833544. – with submitted information

Scenic Riverway awarded Junior Ranger Ambassadors grant The National Park Foundation awards St. Croix National Scenic Riverway with a grant to create and enhance park Junior Ranger Programs

St. Croix Falls High School students wash windows for downtown businesses during service day, May 4. Two students are cleaning the windows of Clayton’s Harware and Radio Shack. –Photo by Tammi Milberg

10 Inches for Locks of Love Karina Morely, 13, Dresser, donated her hair to Locks of Love. Karina went to Shear Image in St. Croix Falls to have 10 inches cut from her hair Monday, April 9. –Photos by Tammi Milberg

ST. CROIX FALLS – St. Croix National Scenic Riverway announces that they have been selected to receive a 2007 Junior Ranger Ambassadors grant to assist the Riverway in creating a Junior Ranger program. The Junior Ranger Ambassadors Initiative, in its second year, is made possible through the generous support of the National Park Foundation. National Park Foundation Junior Ranger Ambassador grants, awarded to 30 national parks, sponsor Junior Ranger Ambassadors across the country to assist in developing and improving National Park Junior Ranger programs. The Junior Ranger Ambassador program, initiated in 2006, employs Student Conservation Association interns to assist with the design, delivery and promotion of National Park Junior Ranger Programs Elise Johnson, a 2003 graduate of Grantsburg High School and student at Carleton College, has been selected as the Student Conservation Association intern to work with the Riverway. “The Riverway presents some interesting challenges for a Junior Ranger program. Youngsters can have a very different experience exploring the upper Namekagon River versus the Dalles of

the St. Croix. The Junior Ranger program must accommodate both types of experiences,” said Superintendent Tom Bradley. “We are pleased that Elise has a knowledgeable background of the St. Croix and can incorporate her personal perspective growing up near the river when developing the program.” The Junior Ranger program, created by the National Park Service in the 1960s, engages kids in age-appropriate activities that introduce them to the treasures of the national park system, allowing them to discover the significance of these special places and to understand the importance of protecting them. Today, the Junior Ranger program serves 383,639 children in 297 parks and includes an online component, WebRangers which receives over one million visitors annually. This announcement is the latest in the National Park Foundation’s nationwide support of the Junior Ranger program. Since 2005, the foundation has directed more than $2.5 million dollars in support of the program, including support for the first-ever Junior Ranger Day, an annual celebration of Junior Rangers and the Junior Ranger Program. “We know how important it is that our children have a connection to America through our national parks,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Vin Cipolla. “We are proud to support the Junior Ranger program as part of our nationwide effort to connect children to America’s heritage so that they can develop the sense of pride and ownership necessary to be the future stewards of these magnificent places.” - submitted

Button design contest begins ST. CROIX FALLS–Calling all artists: the search is on for the 2007 Wannigan Days button design. The button is a standard 2-1/2-inch size, and is printed in three colors. Several special events are taking place during Wannigan Days, which may be included in the design ideas: The unveiling of the River Spirit sculpture, the dedication of the new Riverwalk trails in both SCF and TF and the 100th birthday of the hydroelectric dam. The

deadline for design submissions is June 1. The Wannigan Days Parade will be held on July 21. Call or e-mail the chamber office for an application 715-4833580 or The annual Arts and Crafts Fair takes place June 9. There is still vendor space available. Contact the chamber for more details. – from the St. Croix Falls Chamber

MRINetwork opens new office in St. Croix Falls ST. CROIX FALLS - The expansive network of MRINetwork franchise offices continues to grow with the addition of the St. Croix Falls office. MRINetwork is the nation’s largest search and recruitment firm. Management Recruiters of the St. Croix Valley, LLC specializes in the recruitment of mid-to-upper-level professionals within the manufacturing industry. The new office is located at 102 North Washington, Suite D. The office space is leased from the Eagle Valley Bank. The office is owned and managed by Mike Armbrust. Management Recruiters of the St. Croix Valley, LLC

is a network affiliate of MRINetwork. MRINetwork is the world’s largest search and recruitment organization with nearly 1,000 offices worldwide. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, MRINetwork has billings approaching $600 million and places 45,000 people in jobs annually. MRINetwork is a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based CDI Corp. Management Recruiters of the St Croix Valley will help the area companies find the best professional talent and help the area professionals advance their careers. – submitted


North Country Master Gardeners to hold plant sale SPOONER — Northern gardeners are invited to the annual plant sale sponsored by the UW-Extension North Country Master Gardeners Volunteer Association on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. until the plants are sold out. The sale will be held at the University of Wisconsin Spooner Agricultural Research Station on Hwy. 70, one mile east of Spooner.

More than 1,500 perennials will be available including astilbes, bergenia, achillea, baptisia, anthemus, centauria, cushion spurge, delphiniums, liatris, poppies, balloon flowers and many other perennials. More than 400 heirloom tomatoes will be available including Mexican Midgets, Yugoslavian Pinks, Russian Persimmons, Bulgarian Druzbas, Amish

paste, Polish Opalka, German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Italian Heirloom, San Marzano, Stupice and many others. Varieties of pepper plants and ornamental grasses will also be available. Proceeds of the sale will be used by the North Country Master Gardeners Association for educational activities in the community. Master gardeners are trained volunteers who assist the UW-

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Siren Main Street update

The curb and gutter is in on Siren’s Main Street. Grading for sidewalk construction is done. Construction of the concrete sidewalks is expected to begin Wednesday, May 9. This should take one to two weeks, depending on weather and the size of the crew. Later in the week, the general contractor will finish grading the street gravel. The concrete subcontractor will pour a test section of the colored impressed concrete sometime this week for review by the village. Sections of Main Street not under construction will continue to be open to traffic and for limited parking. All businesses will be accessible from the temporary walkways, but there will be a step up at front doorways until the sidewalk is constructed. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and the environment. During 2006 North Country Master Gardeners donated over 2,600 hours of volunteer time to help their communities. — from UW-Extension

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Minn. Llama Magic will be at the Washington County Fairground in Lake Elmo, Minn., on Mother’s Day weekend. Llama Magic is free, family oriented and open to the public. There will be many opportunities for hands-on experiences with llamas and alpacas. A wide variety of venders will be on hand with many products from llama yarn to garden supplies. Llamas and alpacas will also be for sale. Lucky 13 drawings and activities will be held throughout the weekend to celebrate this, the 13th-annual event. Free classes will be offered on Saturday. Classes include Llamas 101, tips on using llama and alpaca fiber and

even a class on how to teach your llama to drive a cart. On Sunday there will be a show that lasts for most of the day. The show includes contests, such as leaping llama and llama limbo along with more traditional showmanship and obstacle contests. The Washington County Fairground is located at 12300 N. 40th Street at the intersection of CTH 5 and Hwy. 5 just east of Lake Elmo. For more information, call 715-246-5837 or e-mail bsfugiShepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival will be at the fairground the same weekend. – Sherill Summer with submitted information

Burnett County hunts for new HHS director SIREN – The Leader has learned that Jeff McIntyre, director of the Burnett County Health and Human Services Department; resigned his position for personal reasons as of April 5. The county is advertising for a new director,

with ads indicating a closing date of May 18 for application submission. Until the position is filled, Roberta the county’s mental Rudiger, health/AODA coordinator, is acting as interim director. – Nancy Jappe









Diplomas earned by 16 students in Unity’s Alternative Diploma Program by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Sixteen graduates received their diplomas at Unity High School’s Alternative Diploma Program graduation ceremony Tuesday evening. It was the fourth class to graduate from the program. “I’m reminded of the power of perseverance,” said district Administrator Brandon Robinson as he glanced at the graduates. “What you have done here is nothing short of amazing. You have reached what some would have said was beyond reach.” Program coordinator Deanna Erickson, likening herself to the others who chose the “alternative” way, said, “We follow our own way. Sometimes that way is rough. Sometimtes that way is hard. Now you’ve made a great decision and you’ve come back.” Addressing the audience, Erickson said, “They have earned it. They have worked hard. It hasn’t been easy. “They are a group that are excited about the future. And I’m excited, too,

Graduate Diana Russo receives her Unity High School diploma from school board member Jim Beistle. High school Principal Bill Alleva looks on. because this is our future. “As graduates of our alternative, or nontraditional, program, I know that

you can go out into the wide world and you can do anything you want.” Erickson thanked the school board and administration for its foresight in establishing the alternative diploma program. “I’m very proud that our school board and the leadership of (high school prin-

Deanna Erickson, coordinator of Unity’s Alternative Diploma Program, encouraged the graduates. cipal) Bill Alleva saw fit to try some other ways of learning,” she said. In addressing the graduates, Alleva said, “As you say farewell to us and hello to another day, that would be tomorrow, use what you have gained here to build a brighter tomorrow.”

St. Croix Falls Poppy Days May 11 and 12

Sixteen graduates received dipliomas at Unity High School’s Alternative Diploma Program graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

ST. CROIX FALLS – May is Poppy Month and the American Legion Auxiliary will again be out distributing the little red flower. In 1919, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France. The poppy became the memorial flower of the American Legion Auxiliary. The legion and auxiliary adopted the poppy and pledged to give 100 percent of the profits from poppy distribution to the welfare of all veterans and their families.

We have a whole new wave of veterans that need our help. Those suffering in our VA hospitals, those coming home trying to fit back into society, the homeless and those families whose loved ones are not coming home from war. Each year, the public is given an opportunity to pay tribute to all who died in service as well as helping those that are here by wearing a poppy on Poppy Days. - submitted




Smith, Hraychuck sponsor legislation to help small business with health insurance costs Legislation would offer alternative for ‘mom-andpop’ operations MADISON—Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, and Rep. Ann Hraychuck, DBalsam Lake, introduced legislation on Tuesday, May 8, to allow small businesses and their employees to buy into the state of Wisconsin’s health insurance plan. The Small Business Health Care Plan will allow small-business owners and their employees to gain access to a health care program negotiated with the purchasing power of the state, resulting in a major cost savings for businesses across the state. “I challenge any legislator who opposes this bill to explain to the people of Wisconsin why legislators deserve

access to state health care but the hardworking entrepreneurs of our state do not,” said Rep. Smith. This legislation is designed for the participating employer and employee to pay their share to participate in the program just as the state pays for each employee for whom it provides health care benefits. “By lowering health care costs for small businesses, we will be improving their fiscal viability and their ability to recruit and retain workers,” said Rep. Hraychuck. “This will allow them to offer better services and products to their customers at more competitive prices. This bill increases access to health care while at the same time improving our state’s economy.” Small businesses and employees could buy into the pool beginning at

Prayer breakfast Doug Stubbe was the keynote speaker at the prayer breakfast at Adventures Thursday, May 3, on the National Day of Prayer. Stubbe shared stories from his service in Iraq as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He also showed an insurgent propaganda clip confiscated in the battle of Fallujah. The prayer breakfast was hosted by Dean Roland, Burnett County Sheriff. – Photo by Sherill Summer

$430 for an individual and $1,073 for a family. A small business would be defined as having average annual receipts less than $30 million calculated over the most recent three-year period, including receipts of any affiliate or subsidiary. A company would have to be located in Wisconsin to qualify. “If we increase the buying pool, the risk and cost burden goes down for

everyone. The buying pool will grow so state employees’ health care costs will go down and the taxpayers will save. Small-business costs will go down, so the entrepreneur saves money they can reinvest in our communities. This plan makes sense for taxpayers and for small businesses,” said Rep. Smith. – from the office of Rep. Hraychuck

Luck artist hosts show LUCK — “Ages,” an exhibit of artwork by local activist Bonnie Urfer, is being shown this weekend at the Women’s Environmental Institute in North Branch, Minn. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m., with showings May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urfer is a peace and justice activist living at Anathoth Community Farm near Luck. The 65-plus pieces on display include scratchboard, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media using everything from instant coffee to crisped rice. Some of the artwork was created while Urfer was serving time in jail or prison for nonviolently resisting nuclear weapons, power and waste. — Mary with information from Stirrat,

Tool shed by Bonnie Urfer

Girl Scout bake and garage sale set WEBSTER – There will be a Girl Scout bake and garage sale this Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Webster Community Center. There is something for everyone: baby strollers, car seats, baby swings, crib, stuffed animals, toys, clothes of all sizes, shoes, boots, roller blades, computer and printer, love seat, iron and ironing board, ceramic dog collec-


tion, exercise bike, kitchen items, bedding and a gift card to Nick’s Family Restaurant in Spooner. People from Webster to St. Croix Falls donated items for the sale. Sponsors are Girl Scout Troop 190 who are working towards a Gold Award Project. Proceeds will benefit the CRA Welcome Home Shelter in Milltown. – with submitted information




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Area teams on final lap to conference! Grantsburgs Finch a bright spot on struggling squad by Matt Blumkin SIREN – Grantsburg’s girls track has struggled with numbers and garnering points in past years, but Pirates high jumper Megan Finch has been a bright spot for the team. “She’s very very consistent,” Pirates coach Bill Morrin commented about her technique. “Now it’s just building that vertical.” Finch has been high jumping since the fourth grade, and she has made gradual improvements each year. She cleared a career-best five feet at the Frederic Invite early in the year, and she hopes to clear it again. “I just want to win,” said Finch. “I want to get five feet at conference. Every year, I get at least an inch since the seventh grade.” She had a high of 4-11 as a freshman before clearing five feet in April. Yet, the height has eluded her though she was won the high jump at the past two meets including against jumpers from larger schools in Chisago Lakes, Minn. “I’m scared of it, I won’t even lie,” she said with a little laugh. She will have to conquer that and some competition at the conference meet in Frederic on May 15. “There’s a couple girls that are right up there with her,” said Morrin. Yet, she knows what she needs to do. She measures out her steps for approaching the bar at each meet and checking for getting the right curve when airborne.

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Rebbeca Smallwood of Webster throwing the discus at the Clear Lake Invitational on May 3. The Tigers and other area teams are gearing up for the conference meet at Frederic on Tuesday, May 15. – Photo by Larry Samson

Grantsburg’s Megan Finch high jumping at the Frederic Invite early in the season. – Photo by Marty Seeger “Getting over the bar isn’t the hardest part, it’s getting past it mentally,” said Finch. She also raises the bar for her team. Morrin said her success helps the rest of his squad. “Thank goodness she’s doing as well as she does because I think it would be kind of hard for some of the kids,” said Morrin. Finch also runs in the hurdles and the 4x1 relay for the Pirates. When she’s not out for track, she’s out for volleyball and basketball for the purple and black. Dragons take third at home invite Siren’s girls’ track team earned a third-place finish out of five teams at their home invite on May 8. They scored 74 points, behind Unity’s

110 and Hayward’s 91.5. The Dragons had first- place finishes in distance events by Sarah Howe and Mackenzie Swenson. In addition, Kim Lindberg placed second in the 300-meter hurdles while Kendra Jones threw a 97-foot, three-inch discus for second. Caitlin Flanigan earned more points for the Dragons with a second-place showing in both the long and triple jumps. The Dragons also won the 4x8 relay over Unity. On the boys’ side, Kyle Pernetton won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump behind Unity’s Chad Strilzuk. Unity in the hunt The Eagles girls’ squad took first at Siren in their second-to-last meet before

conference. Their 4x4 relay team won at both Siren and Clear Lake in the past week. The Eagles also took the 4x1 and 4x2 relays at Siren, and they won the 4x8 at Clear Lake. Brianna Schmid won the 400 at Clear Lake with a time of 1:02.82 beating Annie Lindstrom of SCF at 1:05.86. She came up shy against Hayward’s Elizabeth Simak at Siren though. Simak had a time of one minute, one second while Schmid finished in second at 1:02.5. The boys’ team saved their legs at Clear Lake for the New Richmond Relays, but they had a couple top performers. Dan Livingston took third the 110meter hurdles at 18.28 seconds, and Lance Peper finished third in the triple jump 36-2?. At New Richmond on Friday, May 4, the Eagles won the long jump relay with Chad Strilzuk hitting 20-0.5. The Eagles had a couple second-place showings with Brandon Kahl going second in the pole vault relay at 11-0.6. Shane Rucks took second in the shot put relay at 475.0, third in the discus 129-01. Their relay team of Michael Carlson, Ryan Flaherty, Strilzuk and Dustin Bazille took fourth in 4x2 relay with a time of 1:38. Their 1600 sprint medley team also earned fourth. Mike Schmidt, Flaherty, Strilzuk and Devin Hoyt combined for a time of 3:58.3. Schmiddt also tied for sixth in the high jump relay 5-8. The Eagles finished sixth overall at the large-school meet.

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SIREN – The Siren Ball Park will be hosting a Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run Contest on Saturday, May 12. Competition is open to all boys and girls ages 14 and under. Contact Mike Murphy for more information at (715) 349-5233 or – information submitted by Mike Murphy ••• PLATTEVILLE – Frederic’s Brian Vilstrup helped UW-Stout baseball secure a playoff spot with his pitching on Saturday, May 5. Vilstrup, a former Viking, pitched six innings allowing five earned runs as Stout edged UWPlatteville 7-5. They swept Platteville in four games on Friday and Saturday. Vilstrup delivered two RBIs in the first Friday games during the ninth inning of a 14-2 win. They open Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament play on May 11. – Matt Blumkin ••• MENOMONIE – One-time Frederic student Bryan Vilstrup helped the UW-Stout baseball team past UWStevens Point 12-8 on Wednesday, April 25. Vilstrup batted 1-5 with a RBI and a run score. He has been batting .200 this season in 25 at-bats, and he has a 2-3 pitching record. – Matt Blumkin ••• RIVER FALLS – Char Edwards took fifth in the high jump for UW-Stout at the WIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 5. The former Webster student cleared five feet, 1.75 inches. She also took ninth in the 100meter hurdles with a time o f 16.13 seconds. – Matt Blumkin ••• EAU CLAIRE – Former St. Croix Falls student Jodi Redlich and the UWSuperior softball team saw their season end in the opening round of the WIAC tournament on May 4. She had a run and a RBI, but the Yellow Jackets fell short to UW-River Falls 4-3. One-time Grantsburg thirdbaseman Shelby Durand also played for the Yellow Jackets this season, and former Saints standout Jessica Lundgren saw playing time for UWRF this season. – Matt Blumkin ••• ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – Elise Johnson helped Carleton College complete their softball season with a sweep of Concordia-Moorhead. The former Grantsburg softball player batted 1-3 with a run in their game one win over the Cobbers, 6-5, on May 2. They took out the Cobbers in the second game, 91, and Johnson had two hits and a RBI in the game. – Matt Blumkin ••• ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bryan Johnson made a game-winning hit to help St. Thomas get a share of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball title. The one-time Grantsburg baseball player hit a double to drive in a run during the seventh inning of the Tommies’ 2-1 win over Carleton College on Sunday, May 6. He batted 2-3 with a run and RBI. – Matt Blumkin














A long road ahead Lucks former coach, guidance counselor, speaks on illness, baseball and faith by Marty Seeger LUCK — Bob Pilz has been going to a game at every opportunity over the past couple of weeks. That’s because he wasn’t even sure if he would get the opportunity. “It’s an opportunity that I’m having that I didn’t know I was going to get,” said Pilz from his home in Luck on Friday. He was hoping to do some fishing with his son, Tyler, that morning, but the windy and cold conditions proved to be a little too much. Sensitivity to the cold weather is just one of the many side effects of chemotherapy treatment. The Luck guidance counselor of 19 years and baseball coach of 14 has been battling Myelofibrosis, a serious bone marrow disorder that describes as a disruption in the body’s normal production of blood cells. “My bone marrow is defective and it isn’t doing what its supposed to do,” Pilz said. After being diagnosed with the disorder in early March, Pilz took his leave of absence from the school and started chemotherapy at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where he spent 28 days straight in the hospital. “I know it was 28 days, I counted every one of them,” said Pilz who explained how difficult it was for him to miss out on coaching baseball this year,

since it has been something he’s looked forward to over the last 14 years. So far Pilz says that the treatment has been going as well as can be, and doctors have accomplished what they needed to accomplish up to this point. Since he’s been feeling good lately, and his blood counts have been in check, Pilz was able to exit the hospital for a time before his next challenge. In mid-May, he will undergo a bone marrow transplant at the University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., which he says will keep him away from home for at least three months. “It’s been a real godsend for me to be able to go to some games for my son and my daughter,” said Pilz, who added that the games are good therapy for him, and his wife Mary, who can be found snapping photos of their two current athletes. Their daughter Taryn plays on Luck’s softball team, and their son Travis is a pitcher and shortstop on the Cardinals baseball team. After a recent win over Turtle Lake-Clayton, Travis explained that it has been difficult to keep focus over the past couple of months, but has been glad to see his dad out to see some of the games. “He’s that kind of person who is always out doing stuff, so I can’t imagine how he’s had to sit in the hospital. “He was in for 28 days straight and now he’s going to be in longer than that, so it’s definitely been tough.” The road ahead will certainly be an uphill battle, but Pilz isn’t nervous, and it’s clear that no matter what challenge lies ahead, he’ll be ready. “I refuse to be negative about anything at this point, cause I don’t think that it does you any good. I think a positive attitude is really important.”

That positive attitude, coupled with the love from his five children and wife Mary has been a motivating factor in Pilz’s fight against Myelofibrosis. But one of his strongest allies comes from his spirituality. “That’s where spirituality is really helping us out,” Pilz said. “We’ve never looked back at this thing and always believed that it’s just going to happen for us.” That belief was something further realized by Pilz, during one of his 28 days spent in the hospital. He recalled it as “one of those cloudy days in St. Paul.” Pilz sat half awake, half asleep, thinking about percentages he’d heard about the upcoming operation. “Me being a baseball coach, I’m starting to think about batting averages, you know, and numbers,” recalled Pilz. At that moment he envisioned a little boy. “I realized it was me, I recognized myself,” said Pilz. In the next moment Pilz recalled the hands of Jesus gripping the bat, and helping him to swing through on a home run. It was a powerful, but difficult time for Pilz, who said that he broke down emotionally in the hospital after his vision, but it was a moment that gave Pilz a new feeling of confidence, and a new perspective on the future. “It was a tremendous experience, because I’d never experienced anything like that in my life,” he said. Pilz joked a bit while he retold his story, saying that he doesn’t have visions on a regular basis. “I just believe that he’s there with us and he’s going through this with us and he’s the guy I want on my team I guess.”

Bob Pilz enjoyed a baseball game last week between Luck and T.L.Clayton. Pilz will receive a bone marow transplant sometime in midMay, but has been able to watch his son and daughter play ball recently. Photo by Marty Seeger Apart from his strength spiritually, Pilz said that the community has been very accommodating for him and his family. The Luck community is planning a benefit for Pilz on Thursday, May 17, to help with the cost of medical expenses. It will be held at the Luck High School from 5-7:30 p.m.

Two games, two different teams, one night The Cardinals face Panthers first, then travel to Clayton for a long night of baseball Prairie Farm 10, Luck 7 Luck 17, T.L.-Clayton 16 by Marty Seeger PRAIRIE FARM — There was no shortage of baseball for the Cardinals last Thursday against Prairie farm and T.L.-Clayton. Their first game against the Panthers started successfully with Travis Pilz leading the inning with a two-out single, which set up Mitchell Klatt for an RBI double. Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning, but Luck doubled their lead in the top of the third inning after Panther pitcher Nick Goodremote walked Luck’s leadoff batter Cody Richert. Casey Hatten kept the inning going with a single off a bobbled play by Prairie Farm shortstop Brandon Guthrie. Pilz, who hit three for three on the game, doubled to left-center field to score two and give Luck a 3-2 lead. The lead quickly diminished in the bottom of the fourth when Panther left fielder, Jesse Weisner knocked a tworun homer that started a windfall of runs for Prairie Farm that gave them a commanding 10-3 lead after the fourth inning. Luck didn’t let up, however, when Jordan Gross led the sixth with a dou-

Prairie Farm’s Tyler Seeger had Luck’s Travis Pilz caught in a rundown last Thursday night in the third inning. The Cards made a great comeback in the sixth, but the Panthers held on. - Photo by Marty Seeger ble. Jamison Gross followed with an RBI to the game against Prairie Farm. After single and suddenly Luck was in busi- a quick bite to eat, the Cardinals were ness. Richert followed a walk drawn by back on the field to face T.L.-Clayton, a Derek Letch and landed an RBI single. team they beat just three days before. Pilz would follow those hits with a hit Luck won the battle by a close margin 4of his own to score two, but the inning 2, and showed they weren’t giving in to quickly ended with Prairie Farm retir- T.L.-Clayton. ing two batters on strikes. Luck quickly The eight inning battle lasted just past made it a close 10-7 game but couldn’t 11 p.m., but started quickly with a Cody close the gap any further as Prairie Richert single. Travis Piz, would knock Farm held onto the conference win. him home with an RBI single, and the Cardinals took the early 1-0 lead into the second inning. Long night under the lights T.L.-Clayton would tie it in the secCLAYTON — Game two on Thursday evening was a different affair compared ond, but Luck’s bats continued in the

third with four runs on five hits from Richert, Pilz, Mitchell Klatt and Harry Severson. T.L.-Clayton countered the Cards rally in the bottom of the third inning with six runs on only one hit, after Luck walked five of the team’s batters. T.L.Clayton held a 7-5 lead until Luck regained it back 8-7 on a two RBI double courtesy of Kyle Melin in the fifth. Luck stretched it to a 10-7 lead in the top of the sixth, but T.L.-Clayton regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with four runs on one hit. The Cards regained the lead again in the seventh by a wide gap but again, T.L.-Clayton came back to tie the game even at 16, sending it into extra innings. After two ground outs by Klatt and Harlan Opitz, of Luck, Gross was able to hit a two-out double, and score on errors by T.L.-Clayton. The game ended with Richert leading Luck with three hits, with two RBIs. Hatten, Pilz and Severson also tallied two RBIs on the night. Luck 10, Northwood 0 LUCK – Derek Letch pitched big and the Cardinals blanked Northwood 10-0 on Monday, May 7. “He kept the ball low; that’s what you got to do,” said Cardinals coach Jay Clark. Letch fanned four batters and allowed four hits in the shut out. He has been seeing more time on the mound since Travis Pilz hurt his arm in their first game against Cameron earlier in the season. “He stepped up when we needed him to, and I hope it carries over to summer Baseball continued/ page 20


Pirates stay caught up at the plate! force, but the team is hoping to have her back if they make it into the sectional playoffs. Until that time, third baseman Sasha Chell will divide her time at catcher and third base, while Bjelland could also fill in at catcher when she’s not pitching. – Marty Seeger

Grantsburgs Sasha Chell stepping in Kammeyers place Grantsburg 10, Frederic 0 by Matt Blumkin GRANTSBURG – Injury struck the Pirates, but they’ve hardly lost ground in the process. They’ve lost their senior catcher Miranda Kammeyer to a thumb injury, an avulsion fracture; the defending champs have kept on winning at their torrid base with third baseman Sasha Chell moving over to the plate. “Sasha’s a good solid catcher,” said Pirates coach Don Bjelland. “She’s had a lot of experience.” They’ve continued to win as if nothing as changed as they’ve trounced Amery 20-1 and Frederic 10-0 in the past week. Chell had stepped in easily too. “It’s pretty easy because I caught Mollie (Bjelland) a couple years ago in summer league,” said Chell who also had been catching sometimes in practice. “I think we’ve adjusted pretty well.” Bjelland and Jamie Lund combined for a no-hitter on the mound against Frederic on Tuesday, May 8. The only batter to reach base came on a dropped third strike, which does not count as a base hit.

Shell Lake 12, Unity 4 BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles took a 4-0 lead after the third inning against the Lakers of Shell Lake last Friday evening. Shell Lake had other plans in the fourth inning as they came back to tie the game, and hold Unity from scoring for the rest of the evening. Unity’s Cola Hickethier doubled to lead the charge for Unity in the first inning and Becca Milligan and Brittney Peters logged RBIs in the inning to give the Eagles an edge. Lindsay Turner also picked up an RBI on a walk in the third to give them the 4-0 lead, but Shell Lake’s late-inning rally with seven runs in the seventh proved too much. –

Chell gets the nod. Grantsburg’s Sasha Chell has taken over catching duties in place of the injured Miranda Kammeyer. The move has done anything but thrown the Pirates for loop as they rampaged over Amery 20-1 and dominated Frederic 10-0 in the past week. – Photo by Steve Johnson

Grantsburg 20, Amery 1 AMERY – The Pirates piled on 20 runs on 14 hits last Friday evening, with Mollie Bjelland leading the charge with three hits and three RBIs. Jamie Lund also had a great night batting in four runs on just two hits. This is the first game without starting catcher, Miranda Kammeyer, who had been playing on a broken thumb since their first game of the season against St. Croix Falls. It is still unclear exactly when Kammeyer will be back in full

Unity’s Kendra Nelson pitching against Shell Lake on Friday, May 4. – Photo by Larry Samson Team Shell Lake Unity

1 2 3 4 5 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 Individual Statistics Shell Lake AB H A. Dunham 5 0 H. Christ 5 1 B. Allen 5 1 J. Haack 5 1 0 5 M. Schmidt Taylor 4 0 Keefe 4 0 0 4 B. Dahlstrom S. Jamme 4 2 Totals 41 5 H AB Unity Jordyn Christenson 3 0 Megan Johnson 4 0 2 Cola Hickethier 4 Becca Milligan 3 0 Brittney Peters 1 0 0 3 Kendra Nelson Lindsay Turner 1 0 Krissy 2 0 0 1 Cailin Turner Kim 1 0 Amy 1 0 2 24 Totals Pitching Statistics Unity W/L INN AB 19 4 L Kendra Nelson Cailin Turner 4 3 22 Webster W/L INN AB x W 7 M. Schmidt

6 0 0

7 8 0 R 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 12 R 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4

K 5 2 K x

Total 12 4 BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 5

BB 1 1 BB x

H 1 2 H x

RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RBI 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 R 4 8 R x

Lauran Sveback of St. Croix Falls making a grab against Clear Lake on May 3. The Saints pounded the Warriors 8-2. – Photo by Matt Blumkin Team Unity Turtle Lake

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 Individual Statistics Unity AB H R BB RBI Becca Milligan 4 0 0 0 0 Megan Johnson 4 0 0 0 0 Lindsay Turner 2 0 0 1 0 Cola Hickethier 4 1 0 0 0 Cailin Turner 2 0 0 0 0 Brittney Peters 3 0 1 1 0 Jordyn Christenson 4 0 0 0 0 Amy Vandebreke 0 0 0 1 1 Kim May 3 0 0 1 0 Krissy Norlund 2 0 0 0 0 Totals 27 1 1 4 1

Webster’s Katie Thill scurrying into third. The Tigers trampled Unity 9-1 on Tuesday, May 8. – Photo by Marty Seeger Team Frederic Grantsburg

1 2 3 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 2 Individual Statistics Frederic AB H Melanie Chenal 2 0 2 0 Julia Haas Erin Schmidt 2 0 Lisa Chelmo 2 0 Rachel O’Brien 2 0 Michelle Owens 2 0 Alex Lonetti 1 0 Lynnea Chelmo 1 0 Chrissy Chenal 1 0 Totals 15 0 Grantsburg AB H Mollie Bjelland 2 1 Alyssa Ryan 3 0 Jamie Lund 3 1 Lindsey Hedlund 3 1 Melissa Burton 1 1 Ingrid Ames 1 0 Sasha Chell 2 0 Lauren Amundson 2 1 Sara Wald 1 0 Michelle Davidsavor 2 1 Holly Knoepke 1 0 Michelle Lund 0 0 Amanda Durand 0 0 Totals 21 6 Pitching Statistics Frederic W/L INN AB 21 5 L Chrissy Chenal W/L INN AB Grantsburg Mollie Bjelland W 4 12 3 S 1 Jamie Lund

Total 0 10 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

R 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 10

BB 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 6

RBI 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

K 4 K 9 3

BB 6 BB 0 0

H 6 H 0 0

2 3 6 2 0 0 Statistics Grantsburg AB H 3 Mollie Bjelland 3 Michelle Lund 2 0 Jamie Lund 3 2 2 Lindsey Hedlund 4 Sasha Chell 2 0 Michelle Davidsavor 2 2 Alyssa Ryan 4 1 Emily Prazak 1 1 Amanda Durand 1 0 Lauren Amundson 1 0 Holly Knoepke 1 0 Jade Johnson 1 1 Ashley Larsen 1 0 Melissa Burton 2 2 28 14 Totals Amery AB H K. Hansen 3 0 2 0 A. Borgstrom R. Mullendone 2 0 A. Bilderback 2 0 2 0 T. Luke S. Dahlberg 2 1 L. Clark 2 0 2 1 S. Jones B. Anderson 2 0 Totals 20 2 Pitching Statistics Grantsburg W/L INN AB Mollie Bjelland W 3 x x 2 x Jamie Lund Amery W/L INN AB K. Hansen L 5 x

Team Grantsburg Amery

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1 6 0 Individual

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5 2 0

R 4 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 20 R 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

BB 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

K x x K x

BB x x BB x

Total 20 1

H x x H x

RBI 3 0 4 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 15 RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R x x R x

Turtle Lake B. Graber D. Reindahl K. Rue K. Anderson B. Paulsen E. Pederson McKinkelwitz K. Hammond Morten Humphrey Molls Totals

AB 4 3 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 2 2 24

H 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3

R 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3

BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 Individual Statistics Webster AB H R BB RBI 3 1 0 2 2 Amy French Amanda Ramstrom 5 1 1 0 0 Katie Thill 4 1 0 0 1 Jessica Petrangelo 3 0 1 1 0 Shannon Steiner 3 1 0 1 0 Jamie Kopecky 3 2 2 0 1 Nikki Roedl 3 0 1 0 0 Tiffani Quigley 4 3 1 0 2 Samantha Hogle 3 2 2 0 0 Totals 32 11 9 4 7 Team Webster Unity

Unity AB H Becca Milligan 3 0 Megan Johnson 2 0 Lindsay Turner 2 0 Cola Hickethier 3 0 Cailin Turner 3 1 Brittney Peters 3 0 Jordyn Christenson 3 0 0 2 Kendra Nelson Amy Vandebreke 0 0 Totals 27 1 Pitching Statistics Webster W/L INN AB Amy French W 7 24 W/L INN AB Unity Cailin Turner L 5 24 Kendra Nelson x 2 8

R 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 K 8 K 5 0

BB 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 BB 2 BB 5 0

H 2 H 9 0

RBI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 R 1 R 9 0














Narrow course, windy conditions Conditions a factor in Hayward, golfers creeping toward conference play by Marty Seeger LEADER LAND — It doesn’t seem all that long ago that our area golfers teed off on the season, and already the conference tournaments are in sight. But before that begins, teams still have a lot of golfing to do, which will hold true if the weather remains constant. Last weekend five area teams traveled to the Hayward Invitational to compete among 24 different schools from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Eau Claire Memorial led the charge with a two-day total 623. Nine teams separated the Luck golf team who totaled 669 in the two-day event. Five teams separated the Grantsburg team from Luck as the Pirates totaled 714 in two days. St. Croix Falls wasn’t far behind with a total of 720, Unity tallied 812 and Frederic finished with 848. On Friday the teams played at the Hayward Golf Course and were forced to play through the wind, cold and rain on Saturday at Telemark. Saints coach Todd Voss explained that the weather was definitely a factor on Saturday, and explained that Telemark is a very narrow, wooded course. The Saints have been a bit inconsistent this season, but Voss is hopeful the team can turn things

Frederic’s David Harlander tees off at Siren National on Monday night. Siren Invitational May 7 (Back Nine)

Kody Erickson was the medalist at the Siren Invitational on Monday night with a two under par on the back nine.- Photo by Marty Seeger around. “We are struggling with consistency but hopefully they can start to get five scores in the 80s by conference tournament time next week,” Voss said. Kody Erickson of Luck was the medalist at the Siren Invite on Monday, May 7, after shooting two under par on the back nine. Siren’s Adam Daniels and Noah Thatcher both shot well with 38s.

Scott Miller Invitational May 4 - 5 Out of 24 teams Place 11. Luck 17. Grantsburg 20. St. Croix Falls 23. Unity 24. Frederic

Place Totals 1. Luck 153 2. Grantsburg 170 178 3. Siren 179 4. St. Croix Falls 5. Webster 180 6. Frederic 195 7. Unity 200 Individual Statistics Name School Total Kody Erickson Luck Siren Adam Daniels Noah Thatcher Luck Luck Travis Close David Faulhaber Grantsburg Kyle Christiansen SCF D.J. Larson Unity Mike Curtis Webster Luck Carson Giller Frederic Nolan Neumann Brad Berner Grantsburg Josh Yunker SCF Frederic David Harlander Derek Sando Grantsburg Keith Friese Grantsburg Jordan Potvin Siren Siren Blake Hall SCF Blake Yunker Webster Paul Olesen Webster A.J. Holmquist

Individual Statistics Name Travis Close Kyle Christianson Carson Giller Kody Erickson Noah Thatcher Brad Berner Nate Nelson Blake Yunker David Faulhaber David Harlander Keith Friese Derek Sando Josh Yunker DJ Larson Nolan Neumann Tony LeMere John Mikl Sam Bengston Dan Roach Derek Jorgenson Jacob Hauth Lucas Anderson Ian Anderson Tim Lehner

35 38 38 39 41 41 41 41 41 42 42 42 43 43 44 45 45 46 46 46

Friday 328 348 359 392 432

Saturday 341 366 361 420 416

School Luck SCF Luck Luck Luck Grantsburg Luck SCF Grantsburg Frederic Grantsburg Grantsburg SCF Unity Frederic Grantsburg SCF Unity SCF Unity Unity Frederic Frederic Unity

Total 669 714 720 812 848 Total 164 165 166 168 171 171 177 177 178 180 180 185 185 188 188 190 193 193 205 212 236 237 243 (Fri) 102

Baseball continued/ from page 18 Cameron 8, Luck 2 LUCK – The Cardinals did not find the firepower needed against the conference-leading Comets the day following the Northwood win. “Our bats were flat, and we’ve had some errors here and there,” said Cardinals coach Jay Clark. The 8-2 loss the left the Cards at 7-7 overall and 5-5 in the conference for third place. Clark hopes to get his team peaking by the tournament, which begins on May 25. Turtle Lake-Clayton 10, SCF 0 TURTLE LAKE – St. Croix Falls could not find the offense necessary to match Turtle Lake-Clayton on Monday, May 7. “We thought they would be a pretty good offensive team at the beginning of the year and they were tonight,” said Saints coach Paul Randolph. His club had beaten the Lakers 3-2 in April to go 2-0 early in the season, but the Lakers had their bats charging with 10 runs on 11 hits. “Our youth has caught up with us a bit,” said Randolph whose young team has gone 3-7 since the 2-0 start. Team St. Croix Falls Cameron

1 2 3 4 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 2 1 Individual Statistics St. Croix Falls AB H Gus Koecher 3 0 Matt Vold 3 1 Trygve Chinander 3 1 Michael Lamirande 3 2 Dustin Lumsden 3 1 Jake Larcom 2 0 Cory Gebhard 2 0 Jack Werner 2 1 Taylor Wilson 2 0 Totals 23 6 Cameron AB H Brady Czyscon 3 1 Mike Spanel 3 0 Jesse Linsmeyer 4 3 Kent Bellows 4 1 Jordan Crotteau 3 2 Justin Stanton 3 1 Derek Lundeguam 3 0 Luke Larson 3 1 Totals 26 9 Pitching Statistics St. Croix Falls W/L INN AB Matt Vold L 4 27 Trygve Chinander x 1 6 Cameron W/L INN AB Jesse Linsmeyer W 6 24

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H 8 4 H 6

RBI 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 RBI 0 2 3 0 4 0 1 0 10 R 11 2 R 3

The Luck baseball team took timeout to gain control of a Prairie Farm rally in the fourth inning. - Photos by Marty Seeger Cameron 13, St. Croix Falls 3 CAMERON – Fielding errors cost the Saints as they dropped their second straight game to the Comets. “The interesting statistic attached to this game is our pitching graded out high,” said Saints coach Paul Randolph. “Our defense let us down with six fielding errors.” Team Luck Prairie Farm

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total 7 1 0 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 2 6 0 0 10 Individual Statistics AB H R BB RBI Luck Cody Richert 4 1 2 1 1 Casey Hatten 4 0 1 0 0 3 3 1 1 4 Travis Pilz 0 1 1 1 3 Mitchell Klatt Harlan Opitz 3 0 0 1 0 Jordan Gross 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 Brett Holdt Jeff Gackle 1 0 0 0 0 Harry Severson 1 0 0 1 0 Jamison Gross 2 1 1 0 0 Derek Letch 3 0 1 1 0 Totals 31 8 7 6 6 Prairie Farm AB H R BB RBI Nick Goodremote 4 1 2 0 0 Jackson Hinde 4 1 1 0 1 Matt Cadman 4 0 0 0 0 Brandon Guthrie 3 3 1 0 1 Tyler Seeger 4 0 0 0 0 Thane Antczak 4 1 2 0 0 Jesse Weisner 4 1 2 0 3 Nathan Wirth 4 1 1 0 0 Adam Klefstad 3 1 1 0 1 Totals 34 9 10 0 6 Pitching Statistics Luck W/L INN AB K BB H R Harry Severson L x x x x x x Casey Hatten x x x x x x x Prairie Farm Nick Goodremote

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Those errors helped lead to 13-3 loss to Cameron on May 3 following Cameron’s victory over the Saints on May 1. That dropped the Saints far from being neck-and-neck with Cameron in the conference as they were earlier in the season, but Randolph doesn’t believe his club is down and out. “We still love our team’s potential and will work for growth,” said Randolph. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total 17 1 0 4 0 3 2 6 1 16 0 1 6 0 0 4 5 0 Individual Statistics Luck AB H R BB RBI Cody Richert 4 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 6 Casey Hatten Travis Pilz 4 2 2 2 2 Mitchell Klatt 5 1 2 1 0 Harlan Opitz 4 0 1 2 0 Jordan Gross 4 2 4 0 1 Harry Severson 3 1 3 3 2 Derek Letch 3 0 1 2 0 Kyle Melin 4 1 1 1 1 37 11 17 13 10 Totals T.L.-Clayton AB H R BB RBI J. Anderson 6 1 3 0 0 6 1 3 0 0 J. Klingelhoetz J. Gross 6 3 2 0 3 J. LaBlanc 6 0 3 0 0 5 1 1 0 1 N. Klingelhoetz D. Effertz 5 0 1 0 0 T. Nyhus 5 2 1 0 4 5 1 0 0 0 M. Wanner D. Sullivan 5 0 2 0 0 8 16 0 9 49 Totals Pitching Statistics Luck W/L INN AB K BB H R x x x x x W x Derek Letch x x x x x x x Casey Hatten Team Luck T.L.-Clayton

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Derek Letch was on the mound at the start of Luck’s game against T.L.Clayton. The Cards battled it out in a back-and-forth game that lasted well into the night. Luck won the game in eight innings 17-16.














Track/from page 17 On the boys’ side, SCF’s 4x100 continues to perform strong with a second place finish behind Clear Lake. The Saints had a time of 49.18 while the Warriors had 48.16

Webster roaring Aimie Rinnman has come up big lately for the Tigers winning the 1600-meter run at Clear Lake in 6:01.0,3 and she took second in the 3200 at 13:25.82. Chelsie Benson won the triple jump at Siren, and Debbie Faught won the 200 at the Dragons’ track. On the boys’ side, they put out a strong showing at Clear Lake with first place “Times/distances were not at their best for most athletes, but many were still sore after putting it all out on Tuesday’s invitational at Amery,” said Tigers coach Jeff Postler. They won six events and took second in three. Peter Walsh won the 1600, 3200 and took third in the 800. Brian Thill won the 400 with a time of 54.22, and he had a 510 high jump for second place. Brian Gibbs earned a second-place finish in the trip jump with a jump of 36-3-1/2. Josh Johnson won the discus with a throw of 121-8, and Josh Payson took second at 114-1/2. Chaz Heinz took third in the 200 at 24.96. The Tigers took a pair of relays in the 4x800 and the 4x4 at Clear Lake. St. Croix Falls ready run At Clear Lake, Cassie Andrewson cracked the top five with a fourth-place finish in the 1600, shed posted a time of 6:17.85, and she finished fifth in the 800. Alex Rodinzel took fifth in the discus with a throw of 31-1/4, and Sasha Bryant went fourth in the shot at 29-9. Jessica Ahles took fourth in the 300meter hurdles and sixth in the 100-meter dash Chisago Lakes, Minn. Invitational - Boys Points Place Team 1. Chisago Lakes, Minn. 170 2. North Branch, Minn. 156 139 3. Rush City, Minn. 4. Frederic 99 5. Grantsburg 82 60 6. Columbia Heights, Minn. Chisago Lakes, Minn. Invitational - Girls Place Team Points 285 1. North Branch, Minn. 2. Chisago Lakes, Minn. 153.5 3. Robbinsdale Cooper, Minn. 110.5 88 Rush City, Minn. 4. 5. Columbia Heights, Minn. 37 6. Grantsburg 23 8 Frederic 7.

Grantsburg making strides Pirates coach Shaun Fisher had reason to be happy with team’s performance at Chisago Lakes on Friday, May 4. “We also have some guys that are starting to understand what they have to do to be successful individually and as a team,” said Fisher. Their 4x2 ran their best time of the season as they took second at 1:37.4 behind Chisago Lakes, Minn., at 1:35.87. Carson Holmquist took fourth in the 800 at 2:13.71, and Lukas Olson finished second in the 200 at 23.7 behind Christian Swanberg of CL 23.34 1600-sprint medley. Jason Jensen took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-9. In addition, Sean Kutz got back on track in distance events with wins in the 1600 and 800 at Siren. Frederic warming up The Vikings came to Chisago Lakes, Minn., down 10 boys and girls athletes Siren’s Kelly Wampfler running in a relay for the Dragons at their home invite on May 4. – Photo by Matt Blumkin Place 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Clear Lake Invitational - Boys Team Points Webster 170 Clear Lake 94 Turtle Lake-Clayton 86 Glenwood City 66 Elmwood-Plum City 63 Shell Lake 55 Weyerhaeuser 49 Unity 29 Boyceville 28 St. Croix Falls 25 Prairie Farm 1

Place 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Clear Lake Invitational - Girls Team Points Clear Lake 106 Shell Lake 89.5 Unity 86 Elmwood-Plum City 85 Boyceville 64 Glenwood City 55 St. Croix Falls 50 Webster 49 Weyerhaeuser 48 Turtle Lake-Clayton 23

Place 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 11. 13.

New Richmond Relays - Boys Team Menomonie New Richmond Osceola River Falls Amery Unity Prescott Baldwin-Woodville Rice Lake Ellsworth Somerset St. Croix Central Barron

Points 119 109 65.5 58 50 47 32 23 20.5 18 16 16 10

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Next: vs. Cubs, @Marlins There are still 160 games left in the regular season, but the start of the Brewers season is headed off in the right direction. Ben Sheets pitches a two-hitter on Monday night’s opener against the Dodger’s to help the Crew take their first win of the season. Just when things couldn’t have been better, Kevin Mench stepped up with a two-run shot in the sixth to give the Brewers the one run they needed to take their second win of the season. In the coming weeks you’ll probably see a battle for positions between Mench and Geoff Jenkins for a spot in left field. Mench’s homer could play a role in that decision. On Wednesday night, the Brewers will attempt the sweep on the Dodgers before hosting the Cubs for a three-game series at home. The Brewers bullpen looked deep and strong in Tuesday night’s win, and it will be interesting to see how Jeff Suppan does in his first start as a Brewer on Wednesday night. If you get the opportunity to catch a Brewer game on TV you won’t be disappointed. This team is definitely fun to watch. – Marty Seeger

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Jason Jensen of Grantsburg on the long jump at the Chisago Lakes, Minn., Invitational on Friday, May 4. Jensen and the Pirates will look to make some noise at conference in Frederic on May 15. – Photo by Steve Morris, ECM Post Review

because of state choir, but they had a successful day. Cody Gruel had best in disc and shot with a third-place finish in the discus with a throw of 125-7.50. He took fifth in shot put with a throw of 39-10.5. River Karl won the 1600 at 4:34.81, beating Sean Kutz at 4:41.10. He also won the 400 at 53.59 with the next best at 54.23, and he took third in 800 with a 2:03.52 finish. Ben Nelson finished third in the 3200 with a time of 10:56.49, and Peter Carlson had a 12-foot jump in the pole vault to win by a foot over Daub Bartylla of North Branch, Minn. Ben R. Anderson took second in 100 at11.61 having been beat by Christian Swanberg of Chisago Lakes, Minn., at 11.60.

Next: vs. White Sox, Tigers, Indians Chris Heinz will be looked to help the Twins catch up on offense with the absence of Joe Mauer. Heinz has been called up from AAA Rochester in place of the injured Mauer, who will be out for 15 days. That’s a .353 average, 14 RBI and 18 runs in the first 28 games the Twins will miss from him plus all of the intangables. Yet, it will be key for the Twins to learn to win without Mauer because even the best players can’t carry a team on their backs every single game. Heinz will at least fill a spot in the lineup as he has little major league experience. Not only have the Twins missed Mauer, they’ve been missing Michael Cuddyer from the lineup with his bad back. That has sent the Twins into a mini tailspin with losing two of three each to the Devil Rays and the Red Sox in the past week. On a high note, Boof Bonser looked good in his outing against the D-Rays with one earned run over six innings of pitching in a no-decision. Johan Santana picked up the lone win against the Sox with a five strikeout effort. They’ll need those two to play well in order to take any games for Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. – Matt Blumkin














Local boxing club off to a good start NORTHERN WISCONSIN — St. Croix Boxing Club returned from the Wisconsin State Junior Olympics in Milwaukee with three silver medals and one gold. The Junior Olympics is a national boxing tournament for amateur boxers under the age of 16. Returning with a gold medal is Garrett Eichman of Webster, 12 years old, weighing in at 201 lbs. Eichman went unopposed in his division and advances to the regionals as the Wisconsin state champion. Eichman is a great athlete with amazing strength and he should represent Wisconsin and St. Croix Boxing well. The regional tournament is in Plover on May 19. Samantha Rosado, 14, of Siren, fought Amournix Stamps of the Malcolm X Boxing club for the 135-lb. state title. Stamps is a four-year boxing veteran out of Milwaukee. Although Rosado gave her all with constant pressure, the arm length and straight jabs of Stamps did their job as the score after the first round was in Stamps favor. Rosado showed her frustration and just couldn’t close in on the seasoned boxer. It was a tough fight, and Rosado lost the bout, but walked away with a silver medal in only her fifth boxing match. When Rosado is able to put the training she

Boxers include (L to R): Mike Eagleman of Cumberland, Garret Eichman of Webster, Curt Rand Jr. of Webster, coach Jason Weaver of Spooner and Samantha Rosado of Siren. - Photo submitted works so hard at to use in the ring, she Olympic Champion Isreal Acosta. The first round was nonstop boxing with will be an unstoppable foe. Curt Rand Jr., also of Webster, made it both boxers very hungry for the title. to the championship bout as his oppo- Rand and Gutierrez put on a great nent in the semifinals backed out as show, but Gutierrez had much more Rand was waiting in the ring. As the experience and stamina. A hard series of other boxers in his weight class fought punches found their target and dazed to move on, Rand was declared the win- Rand. Coach Weaver stopped the conner of his bout. In the championship test to prevent any injuries as it looked fight, Rand fought Emiliano Gutierrez, a like it was going to turn into a one-sided great young boxer from the United bout. Rand fought as hard as ever and Community Center coached by former his boxing technique is getting better

and better. Mike Eagleman of Cumberland was a first-round bye in the 115-lb. division. He was scheduled to fight Jake Langer of Peshtigo Boxing Club for the championship, but both boxers weighed in heavy before the fight. Chief of Officials Gary Pliner told both boxers that they had an hour to cut weight and weigh in again. Langer of Peshtigo was able to make his weight and Eagleman was unable to drop his. Pliner decided to give the title to Langer and then leave it up to the coaches to figure out if a match could still be made. Coach Weaver and Eagleman were willing to let the Peshtigo boxer keep the title but wanted to box anyway: The coach from Peshtigo wouldn’t take the bout. Eagleman walked away with a silver medal and a lesson learned. St. Croix Boxing Club is only in its fourth month of operation and the boxers have showed great potential and a lot of heart. They are representing the area extremely well and show a lot of sportsmanship and class in and out of the ring. If you are interested in becoming a boxer call Jason Weaver at 3492195 ext. 5232. Help support the boxing club by attending one of the fundraisers or purchasing a raffle ticket or a club T-

Bowling banquet a big success FREDERIC — The Frederic United States Bowling Congress Bowling Association held the annual spring banquet at Hacker’s Lanes Friday, May 4. The meal was followed with a presentation of awards from the local association OPEN tournament, annual 600 tournament, some league champion awards and presentation of the team sponsor scholarship. Individual awards for bowling achievements based on a bowler’s average are mostly given during league play. Bowlers achieved a total of 406 awards this year. Honor scores this year belong to Ed Bitler (300 game) and Ron Skow (800 series). High averages for the year were Don Hughes (215) and Gail Linke (173). Each will receive merit award certificates from bowling headquarters. Ron Skow will also receive a merit award certificate for his 800 series. Winners of the annual association OPEN tournament were Ward Lake

K-Wood, champions of the Thursday early Stotz & Company, champions of the Thursday late league. (L league. L to R, Curt LaPre, Don Hughes, Bert to R), Dennis McKenzie, Lee Mangelsen, Rita Frandsen, Dale Meyer and Ed Bitler. - Photos submitted Frandsen and Daryl Bazey. nament) and the winner of Services (five-man team), Grindell Law Office (three-man team) and Generation the annual tournament of champions lll (four-person mixed team). Singles was Hacker’s Lanes of the Classic belong to Randy McCurdy and doubles League. The sponsor scholarship, which is winners were Ron Pitts and Randy McCurdy with Ron Pitts also winning funded from a portion the team sponsor fee is given to a graduating high school the all-events division. Other tournament winners were senior that has been a continuing youth Karen Carlson (women’s 500 tourna- league bowler at Hacker’s Lanes ment), Steve Baillargeon (annual 600 through the years. The recipients of the Bryce Holm and Josh Bazey, spontournament), Ed Bitler (annual 700 tour- scholarship are Bryce Holm and Josh sor scholarship recipients.

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Watercross working toward start of the season FREDERIC — Once the snow and ice left the lakes and ponds, the anticipation was almost too much for some people waiting to bring out the snowmobiles. Finally, this last weekend was the opening practice day for snowmobile watercross racing at Coen’s pond between Frederic and Grantsburg. With about a dozen sleds showing up for a cool day of practice, most of the drivers went home with more changes to be made to their watercross sleds. The new year will be very

interesting in most of the class- change this year will be in the T.J. Peterson of St. Croix Falls testing out the water after not racing last year. - Photos submitted es, with some new drivers getting into the sport, some of the old drivers getting out of the sport and some of the last year’s drivers stepping up to the Pro classes. The big class

Pro stock class. Last year’s No. 1 driver, Andy Busse, will have a whole new field of drivers chasing him down. Last years No. 2 driver, Arlen Peterson (myself), has retired

from racing but has put TJ Peterson (his son-in-law) on his 800 ski-doo. TJ did not race last year due to a broken neck from a bad car accident. Then we have last years No. 1 & No. 2 semipro drivers Chad Maki and Alex Nelson, which due to finishing in the top two spots two years in a row for the semipro class, are forced to step up to the Pro class by IWA rules. This Pro stock class will be a very fun class to watch this year, and I do not think I have any predictions at this time other than Andy better drive with no mistakes or he may not be No. 1 this year. The first race of the year at Milnor, N.D., is not very far away being set for June 2nd & 3rd. After that race the teams all show up here in Frederic on June 30th & July 1st for the 6th annual race on

Taking time for repairs and adjustments. Watercross is a social Coon Lake. For more information about this wild and crazy sport, you can go to any of the following three Web sites to see photos, information and a short video about watercross racing., w w w. s n o w s c l u b . c o m , See you all at the races, Arlen Peterson #449 Retired





Watch out: Bandits on the loose. Watch out for the St. Croix River Bandits baseball team, that is. Player/manager and ex-St. Croix Falls Saint star Scott Lindholm and his fledgling town team nine will open their inaugural season Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Quamba, Minn., versus the Cubs. Another Saints icon, Jim Rochford, will take the mound for the Bandits. Quamba, incidentally, is located near Mora, Minn., and is not all that far from Willow River, which is the home of college football legend and hall-offamer Ernie Nevers. The SCF nine will play their home opener at 1:30 p.m. on May 20 versus the Braham Stars with former Saints southpaw sensation Trevor Todd expected to earn the starting nod. Be sure to catch the Bandits! Incidentally, the Leader’s senior sports scribe Matt “Hello Country” Blumkin has vowed to expand this paper’s coverage of local town team baseball in the coming months, culminating with the state tourney at Osceola in August. That’ll be a special bonus for us baseball fans.

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Not a bad weekend Former Unity Little Leaguer Mark Hallberg had nine hits in 13 at bats for 42-7 Florida State in last weekend’s sweep of Maryland. The outburst raised his season average to .382. Strilzuk athletic lineage to remain intact Most local sports fans might have assumed that when Unity’s Chad Strilzuk hangs up the Columbia blue of the Eagles for the last time next spring, that we will no longer see that family’s name on area sports pages. Ah, but not so fast. A review of results from a recent junior high track meet in Frederic reveals that Luck 8th-grader Landen Strilzuk won the 100-meter run as well as the long jump with an incredible 17-ft., 6-?in. leap. Further research has revealed that the Luck Strilzuk, who also reportedly excels in basketball and football, is a cousin of the quintet of Strilzuk brothers, which has dominated Unity sports for a decade or more. The gales of May remembered Incessant and strong southeast winds hampered action on many area lakes. Mr. Walleye, this columnist’s unofficial outdoor informant, says anglers took only a few walleyes out of Yellow Lake in the tough conditions. A new weather pattern seems to be settling in, which caused Mr. Walleye to note that action already seemed to be on the upswing as of Monday evening. “We need a couple of days of stable weather to settle things down and then they (the fish) will start snapping,” he added. Inspired by Leader scribe Marty Seeger’s recent report of his Dunn





County pre-season trout angling foray, I opted to forego the world of whitecaps and join two other nimrods out on a stream not all that far from Prairie Farm. Our entourage found the feisty “speckles” to be more finicky than usual for this time of year, but by the time we quit after the last windblown, beavergnawed poplar tree came crashing down only fifty yards over my right shoulder, we had managed to creel five, three, and three trout respectively. Meanwhile, in the ornithological realm, grouse drumming was generally sporadic through the morning, while the usual ambushes of wood ducks, mallards, geese and herons spiced up the day on the stream. “But I’m really worried about grouse numbers,” said one long-time local ruff hunter. “The cycle should be up now but it doesn’t seem to be. I used to see and hear way more grouse during those springs after I’d shot 15 to 30 in the previous autumn than I do nowadays when I shoot only three or four”. Unfortunately, the wood tick population appears to be healthy and thriving, and because of that, all fellow trout anglers are hereby urged to stay indoors until at least the Fourth of July. Local pheasant numbers exploding Whether it’s the recent mild winters, the habitat work of organizations like Pheasants Forever, errant shots by preserve hunters, or all of the above, the local ring-necked pheasant population seems to be at its highest since the halcyon days of the 1960s. Find a spot to listen near almost any piece of lowland or fallow farmland anywhere in Polk or southern Burnett Counties and you’re likely to hear several rooster pheasants crowing in their efforts to lure hens into their respective harems. Meanwhile, because of the local population boom, non-hunting spouses with a keen eye on the outdoors (and the family budget) are ratcheting up their efforts to thwart some pheasant hunters from taking trips to Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas and other traditional ring-neck hot spots this fall. This week’s trivia exercises focuses on town team baseball lore. 1) Before the franchise moved to Frederic the now-defunct Frederic Braves were headquartered out of this Polk County hamlet. 2) Back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, this ex 35-E softball legend Mike Ailport played town team baseball for this franchise. 3) The Webster Orioles franchise formed in what year? 4) This former Luck multisport legend has made his town team baseball mark playing for the Osceola Braves. 5) When Tri-Town played Cushing back in the 1960s, what two figurative animal mascots were clashing? Correct Answers: 1) McKinley 2) Danbury 3) 2005 4) Tyler Pilz 5) Badgers versus Tigers. John Ryan can


NAME: Sasha Chell SCHOOL: Grantsburg YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: It is the mark of good player when one can step into another strong player’s roll and excel. Sasha Chell has taken over catching duties in place of the injured Miranda Kammeyer, and the Sasha Chell Pirates haven’t missed a beat. They whipped Amery 20-1 and beat Frederic 10-0 in the past week. Chell, who came over from third base, had caught for Pirates pitcher Mollie Bjelland in a summer league. – Matt Blumkin






NAME: Noah Thatcher SCHOOL: Luck YEAR: Sophomore COMMENTS: Luck sophomore, Noah Thatcher is quickly becoming an important member of the aleady tough Luck golf team. Thatcher has steadily improved since the beginning of the season. He posted good scores at Noah Thatcher the Scott Miller Invitational last weekend, and received even better marks at the Siren Invitational on Monday evening on the back nine at Siren National golf Course. There he placed in the top two shooting one over par. A 38 on a par 37. – Marty Seeger







West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Cameron Prairie Farm Luck Northwood St. Croix Falls Turtle Lake-Clayton Shell Lake

Conf. 8-1 5-3 5-5 4-4 3-5 3-6 2-6


Overall 9-3 11-3 7-7 7-8 5-8 3-7 4-7


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Grantsburg Frederic St. Croix Falls Webster Unity Luck

Conf. 6-0 3-3 2-1 3-3 1-3 1-5

Overall 13-0 4-4 6-8 5-3 1-9 1-8


Thursday, May 3 Prairie Farm 10, Luck 7 Luck 17, Turtle Lake-Clayton 16 Cameron 13, St. Croix Falls 3 Northwood 11, Shell Lake 10 Friday, May 4 Cameron 8, Shell Lake 5 Luck-Pepin rained out Monday, May 7 Luck 10, Northwood 0 Turtle Lake-Clayton 10, St. Croix Falls 0 Shell Lake 7, Prairie Farm 5 Tuesday, May 8 Cameron 8, Luck 2 Prairie Farm 7, St. Croix Falls 3

Thursday, May 3 St. Croix Falls 8, Clear Lake 2 Friday, May 4 Grantsburg 20, Amery 1 Shell Lake 12, Unity 4 Monday, May 7 Turtle Lake 4, Unity 1 Tuesday, May 8 Webster 9, Unity 1 Grantsburg 10, Frederic 0 Luck at St. Croix Falls, not reported

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Thursday, May 10 Unity at Luck, 4:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Webster, 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Frederic, 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 Webster at Turtle Lake, 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Northwood, 5 p.m. Solon Springs at Luck, 5 p.m. Amery at St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Grantsburg tournament, 10 a.m. (Grantsburg, Cumberland, Osceola) Monday, May 14 Winter at Webster, 4:30 p.m. Turtle Lake at Frederic, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Grantsburg at Luck, 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Webster, 4:30 p.m. Unity at St. Croix Falls, 5 p.m.

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Thursday, May 10 Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls, 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 Solon Springs at Luck, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Birchwood at Luck, 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Northwood, 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 10 Grantsburg Invitational, 4 p.m. (Frederic, Luck, Grantsburg Unity) Tuesday, May 15 Conference Meet at Frederic, 3 p.m. (Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, St. Croix Falls, Siren, Unity, Webster)


Thursday, May 10 Grantsburg Invitational, 4 p.m. (Frederic, Luck, Grantsburg Unity) Tuesday, May 15 Conference Meet at Frederic, 3 p.m. (Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, St. Croix Falls, Siren, Unity, Webster)


Thursday, May 10 Rice Lake Invitational, TBA (Frederic, Luck, St. Croix Falls, Unity) Friday, May 11 Birchwood Invitational, TBA (Siren) Monday, May 12 Frederic Invitational, 4 p.m. (Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, St. Croix Falls, Siren, Unity, Webster)


Monday, May 7 Games at Siren Ball Parl Maurer Construction 10, High Town Girls 6 Chell Trucking 21, Coyland 4 Chell Trucking 15, Skol Bar 5


Sunday, May 6 Bayside Vipers 12, Grantsburg 1 (exhibition) St. Croix Ravens 3, Grantsburg 2 (exhibition)

Coming Up

Friday, May 11 St. Croix River Bandits at Quamba, Minn., 7:30 p.m.

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Shakey situation at Yankee Stadium by Marty Seeger NEW YORK – Webster native and Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn had an interesting game against the Yankees last Sunday. Washburn pitched six innings, but not before sendingYankee first basemen Josh Phelps a message in the sixth. Phelps inadvertently hit Mariners catcher Kenji Johima at home plate in the fifth inning which obviously made the Mariners bench upset. In the sixth Washburn beaned Phelps in the back, creating tension on both sides of the bench. DATE


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“I don’t know that he meant to do that,” said said Seattle manager Mike Hargrove on Washburn’s wild pitch, “but if he did, good for him. And if he didn’t, Jarrod Washburn good for him, too.” Washburn said that he was trying to pitch an inside fastball and Johjima’s raction to the pitch was that maybe the pitch slipped. Either way the Mariners lost the game 5-0, and Washburn lost his third game of the season, despite not getting any help with team errors in the outfield. Washburn is still pitching well this season. – with information from


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Turkey time is nearly over, and most of you have probably shifted your sights on summer vacations and quality fishing action. This year’s fishing was probably Marty opener one of the slowest I’ve Seeger heard in awhile, and I’m sure the weather had a lot to do with it. The For that reason, and Bottom Line because the boat is still collecting dust in another county, I opted out for some trout fishing instead. It took a little work, since many of the honey holes had already been hit by other fishermen, but it was a successful Sunday, nonetheless, and it allowed for a filling Sunday dinner. Many of my Sunday afternoons are spent hovered over the grill, and it is starting to become tradition for my wife and I to cook some sort of wild game over the open flame. Sundays aren’t always popular with people, generally because work is the day that follows, but planning a simple something to look forward to always helps, and grilling out is slowly becoming that simple something. Cooking over an open flame can be

done in almost any weather condition but some days are trickier than others. Wind is a bad time to grill food, especially since the fire dangers have been so high lately. It calmed down just enough last Sunday to allow me to start the grill, so we were lucky. The time before that was a little different. It poured rain for much of the afternoon, and I was set on having something on the grill that evening no matter what. Everything was working fine until the grease that collected on the bottom caught fire. The steaks had only been on for about three minutes, but after walking out to check on everything it was clear that the flames had other plans. One side black, one side perfect; everyone was happy. (I have since cleaned the grill, so no more unexpected flames). This Sunday I’m hopeful that I can take out the turkey I harvested a couple of weeks ago. Some of my family members haven’t had turkey before, and I’m hoping to convince them that something wild is far better that any store-bought turkey. There are literally hundreds of ways to cook a bird, but my favorite way has been through a marinade. Wild game is of course, gamey, and it tends to be dry at times. But marinating the meat in Italian salad dressing overnight has worked well for me. Along with the dressing, I throw a little lemon juice and olive oil to tenderize the meat a little more. It’s one of the simplest ways to prepare wild turkey, and it’s foolproof as long as the grill doesn’t shoot flames at unexpected tempera-

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tures. There will definitely be no room for error when throwing my bird over the grill. It wasn’t my largest turkey to date, and I was a little hesitant about taking a jake. My friend Neil videotaped the hunt, and as we stood over the fallen bird he focused in on the four-inch beard protruding from the bird’s chest. “Wow, look at the size of that beard,” he said with eager sarcasm. The jarring got worse after I threw the tag on its leg and hoisted it over my shoulder. “Man, that thing looks like a dang chicken,” he said. I had to agree with him a little, simply because it was certainly one of the lighter birds I’d ever taken. Regardless of its size, it was a successful hunt, and one that we’ll both remember. I even got the final laugh when I mentioned that he didn’t even have a tag this season. Like a good friend, I reminded him of the application deadline on the day before it was due and he still forgot to send it in. Either way, he was still able to go on two successful hunts this season, so harvesting a bird for him wasn’t all that important. We have both remarked that there is nothing better than the sound of a gobbler on a still morning. Two more weeks remain in the season, and I have one friend out there who is still trying to harvest his first turkey. After three-straight seasons of unsuccessful hunts, he’s itching for success. I’ve been on all three hunts with him, and I’m probably more excited to see him get a huge bird more than anyone

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The bass fishing is really going to heat up over the next couple of weeks according to Mike Hendrickson. He says that since the water has been warm at the start of the season, the bass should moving into the shallow bays in three to four feet of water. -– Marty Seeger ••• Opening day wasn’t exactly the kind of fishing people prefer. Gale force winds puhed many anlgers to the inland streams and creeks in search of the mighty trout. Those brave enough to hit the lakes found fishing slow in most places. Area bait stores claimed that Friday and Saturday were the busiest days by far, but the fishing action slowed considerably on Sunday, with many anglers nursing bruises from the whitecapped walleye chop. -– Marty Seeger ••• Over the past few weeks the Leader has been moving to a new system. Working out the tweaks has left a few stories short of their goal. An article two weeks ago cut off the name of the newest Polk Cole Hanson of Frederic caught this 10-pound, 35- County conservation congress member, Jerry inch northern pike on last weekends Wisconsin Volgren. Congratulations to Volgren on being fishing opener. The fish was caught on coon lake in nominated to the conservation congress. We’re Frederic. - Photo courtesy of Great Northern Outdoors sorry for any confusion this may have caused. -– Marty Seeger

Still time to sign up for Hunter/bow safety DANBURY — A hunter and bow safety education class has been scheduled at the Swiss Town Hall in Danbury. Classes will be held on weeknights from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31 and June 1 and 2. On June 2 the class will run from 10 a.m. to finish. The class size is 25 maximum on a first-come, firstserved basis. You are asked not to preregister unless you intend to participate. Full attendance is required, along with a $20 fee. Be prepared to provide your full name, date of birth, age, address and telephone number. For more information or to register call 715-656-4121. – submitted

My cousin and future turkey getter, Makaylin Christenson, was excited for a photo with the turkey, as was the hunter. A 3-year-old can make even the smallest turkeys look grand. - Photo by Marty Seeger else. One season he passed on a jake in the hopes of harvesting something bigger, and we’ve been close, but not close enough. This season looks more promising than all the others, and I’ve got a special feeling about my friends chances He’s even remarked that if a jake comes on the second or last day of the hunt, he’s going to take it.

Adult fly fishing workshop set OSCEOLA - Join experts from the Fly Fishing Federation, Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service for a free introduction to fly fishing on Saturday, May 19, at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Osceola Landing Picnic Area. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day until 3 p.m. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, this is a unique opportunity to become familiar with the equipment used in freshwater fly fishing, receive instruction to learn basic and advanced casting techniques and become familiar with watershed ecology and conservation. Through hands-on instruction from professional instructors and experienced fly-tiers, participants will also receive demonstrations on how to tie imitations of native aquatic insects, including nymphs, dry flies and streamers. In addition, experts will also provide information on how watershed health, water quality, stream conservation and fly-fishing ethics affect the St. Croix and other rivers. Equipment will be available for use by workshop participants. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, as a break will be provided at noon. The seminar is free and open to the public. Osceola Landing is located on the St. Croix River, off of Hwy. 243 across from Osceola. For more information, contact the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274. –

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Unity looks at 2007-08 budget

Staff reductions are planned by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — School boards everywhere are looking at ways to make ends meet, and Unity School is no exception. Unity Administrator Brandon Robinson took time at the May 8 meeting of the school board to present preliminary information on the 2007-08 budget, noting that at this point the expenditures outweigh the revenue by $400,000. “We use very conservative estimates,” he said, “so we don’t overestimate our revenue or underestimate our expenditures.” Although the state budget is not yet finalized and per-pupil aid is an unknown, best estimates show that Unity will be working with an increase of around $257 per student, or a total of $229,845 more than last year. However, the district is also looking at an enrollment decrease of 21 students, and open enrollment losses of $410,924, which is about $15,000 more than last year. In addition, health insurance premiums are expected to rise by $270,692 and wages by $214,353. To help offset the negative numbers, the board is considering a 3 percent reduction in the building budget, a 5 percent reduction in the field trip budget, and the establishment of fees for things such as lockers, drivers’ education and activities participation. Staffing reductions, however, will make up the bulk of the cuts. Unless enrollment numbers increase over the summer, said Robinson, staff will decrease by about 7.5 full-time-equivalent employees. Staff reduction will take place both through layoffs and by leaving vacancies unfilled, Robinson said. The majority of the reductions will be in the elementary school, where enrollment numbers are lowest. Proposed staffing reduction at this time consist of 2.75 FTE at the district level, three full-time teaching positions and a half-time support staff at the elementary level, a half-time teacher in the middle school, and a .6 FTE teaching

position in the high school. “Seventy percent of the school districts in Wisconsin are laying off,” Robinson commented. Declining enrollment factors heavily in the budget process, and Unity has a projected enrollment for the 2007-08 school year of 1,100. This is 140 students less than during the 2000-2001 school year. The size of the current high school classes range from 85 in grade 10 to 98 in the grade 11. In the middle school, the eighth grade has 99 students, compared to 77 in the seventh grade, 87 in the sixth grade, and 80 in the fifth grade. Elementary grades one through four hover right around 60 students, with 81 in kindergarten. Open enrollment has also left the district with a negative balance, with a projected $320,270 in revenue for the 53 students enrolling into Unity this fall but a loss of $731,203 for the 121 students enrolling out. However, the gap between new open enrollments in and out is closing. Last year there were 9 new applications to open enroll into the district and 22 applications to open enroll out. This year there are 31 new coming in and 39 new going out. The goal, said Robinson, is to maintain the character and opportunities that draw people to Unity and minimize the impact to teaching and learning while staying within the budget constraints. Testing program A proposal to purchase a computerized testing program that was presented by the elementary and middle school principals in March was approved by the board, at a cost of $13,000 for the first year and $7,000 each additional year. Measures of Academic Progress will be used to test second- through eighthgraders three or four times a year in reading and math. Its purpose is to individually evaluate each student’s progress and determine the best ways of improving academic achievement. MAP also allows school staff to tap into class and grade level summaries as well as districtwide summaries to determine strengths and weaknesses and

adjust curriculum or teaching styles accordingly. Student progress can be tracked through the grade levels as well. “We feel this would be a very important tool for us,” said district Administrator Brandon Robinson. “It will tell us where students are with respect to their peers and with respect to the standards. It gives teachers and administrators that strategy to evaluate midstream and better meet their needs.” According to elementary school Principal Wayne Whitwam, teachers will be able to provide parents with the year-end results of the testing and suggest appropriate materials to continue to challenge the student through the summer. Robinson told the board that there will possibly be unspent funds at the end of the fiscal year which could be used to purchase the program. If not, he said, other alternatives would be considered. Personnel With thanks for their many years of service to the district, the board accepted the retirement resignation of

library/media specialist Colleen Draxler and the resignation of Sue Duerkop as high school theater arts teacher. Draxler has been with the district for 30 years, and Duerkop has directed the theater arts program for 13 years. Also accepted was the resignation of bus driver Tim Evenson and elementary teacher Jennifer Linehan. The hiring of custodian Barbara second-shift Gluheisen was approved. Other business • Board officers were elected as follows: Debbie Peterson as president; Jim Beistle as vice president; Harley Lund as clerk; and Dave Moore as treasurer. • The board approved the lease to purchase of three buses, at an annual cost of $74,675 for each of the next three years. Unity’s policy is to purchase one bus per year, and no other buses will be purchased during the three-year period, said Robinson. • The board authorized Robinson to seek sealed bids on the repair of the sidewalk by the elementary school.

Luck Historical Society meets May 15 LUCK — Clifford Pardun, local Native American, will be speaking at the Tuesday, May 15, meeting of the

Luck Area Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Luck Village Hall. - submitted

Osceola Senior Center meeting set OSCEOLA – A special program featuring the Scandia Community Band will highlight the May meeting of The Osceola Senior Citizens Club, Inc., which will hold its monthly noon potluck at the Osceola United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 23. Please note the change in date so as not to conflict with Memorial Day, which falls on their usual meeting day, the last Wednesday of the month.

Those who can’t make the potluck are welcome at the 1 p.m. program for dessert and coffee and to tap their toes to some memorable band tunes. Osceola Senior Citizen Club membership is open to persons 50 or over and everyone is welcome. Members are encouraged to bring friends. For more information or to arrange a ride, call 715-294-3670. - submitted

Luck Girl Scouts hold food drive

Why should you give blood? BALSAM LAKE – Blood is a special gift that each of us holds. By sharing it, you can give someone another chance at life. If you choose to donate blood, you will be choosing to be an active part of health care in your community. That is a wise choice. Chances are you or someone in your family will need blood someday, and by making a commitment to blood donation, you could be the one who ensures it is available. Blood is a vital tool in modern medicine. It is used every day to treat patients with blood disorders, receiving organ transplants, being treated for burns or undergoing cancer treatment, just to name a few. It can only come from healthy, volunteer blood donors.

Blood Type O+ OA+ AB+ BAB+ AB-

% of Population 38% 7% 34% 6% 9% 2% 3% 1%

Every person has a certain blood type that is determined by antigens attached to his/her red blood cells. Antigens are classified as A, B, AB and O, and each of those can be either Rh positive or Rh negative. If you don’t already know your blood type, you will find out after your first blood donation. Below you can see the prevalence of each of the blood types and its possible transfusion combinations. – submitted Upcoming dates May 29, Milltown, Milltown Lutheran Church May 30, Centuria, Fristad Lutheran Church May 31, Frederic, St. Luke’s Methodist Church June 1, Frederic, St. Luke’s Methodist Church Can Be Given to Patients with Types O+, A+, B+, AB+ ALL TYPES A+, AB+ A+, AB+, A-, ABB+, AB+ B+, AB+, B-, ABAB+ AB+, AB-

Luck sixth-grade Junior Girl Scout Troop #459 recently conducted a weeklong food drive at the Luck Elementary School. Over 1,700 pounds of food was generously donated by the families of the students in grades K-6. The food was donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Luck. Troop members are Ashley Dexter, Avery Steen, Jaimee Buck, Jillian Peterson, Katelyn Dinnies, Leah LeMay, Lena Wright, Taylor Joy and Nina Ahrens. The girls will earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, for their efforts to help the community. Earlier in the year, the troop also volunteered at a Feed My Starving Children packing station and spent several hours researching facts about hunger in the United States. – Photo submitted


Burnett County Aging Programs Volunteer Recognition

Roy Clark (L) and Al Carlson were recognized Thursday, May 3, for volunteering as home-delivered-meal drivers who work out of the Siren Senior Center. During 2006, Clark drove 9,011 miles and spent 460 hours on meal deliveries. Carlson drove 6,889 miles and worked 280 hours. Abbie Brand was commended for spending 94.25 hours at the senior dining site in Siren; Judy Johnson for working on Medicare Part D; and Dee Nordquist, 2,658 miles driven (156 hours) in the 2006 Elderly & Handicapped Transportation. Since 1992, Nordquist has driven 102,000 miles for that part of the program. Photos by Nancy Jappe LEFT -The Burnett County Aging Programs held its Volunteer Recognition for Siren Thursday, May 3. Roberta Rudiger, interim director of the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services, shown above, was on hand for the event put on by Aging Unit Director Lois Taylor. Using volunteers in the program saved a total of $196,000. “If we didn’t have this kind of money, you, as taxpayers, would have to pay for (it),” Taylor said. Rudiger commented on the importance of the spirit of volunteerism, both for the recipients and the givers of hours.

Photos by Nancy Jappe RIGHT - Burnett County Benefit Specialist Connie Crosby commented on the ending of the Senior Care program to those gathered at the Siren Senior Center Thursday, May 3. Crosby said that she would notify people about other alternatives to Medicare Part D. Volunteer recognition was given at the Webster Senior Center April 26, at A & H Senior Center May 8 and Grantsburg Senior Center May 17.

MADISON — Customers of Cable’s CheqTel Phone Company should benefit by a small refund from the state of Wisconsin, thanks to motion authored by state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar. “Though the amount of the credit to CheqTel is fairly small at $1,500, it is important as a matter of fairness to fully reimburse that company - and their ratepayers – for a legitimate error that led to their overpayment to the state of Wisconsin,” Jauch said. Several months ago, CheqTel discovered that their assessments made to the State of Wisconsin Universal Service Fund were higher than they should have been due to an accounting error. Upon discovering the mistake, they contacted the Public Service

Eagles headed for huge screen ODANAH - Bald eagles around Lake Superior are grabbing the attention of Hollywood . Ten pairs of bald eagles on the reservation are getting a little taste of the big time. The Bad River Band’s wildlife biologist Tom Doolittle says they’re doing a bald eagle study right now and part of that food habit study is an IMAX film called “Wonders of the Great Lakes .” He says part of that film will be filmed at Bad River . He says this winter, they set up observation platforms in the top of big white pines near eagle nests for the large-format IMAX cameras to take close-up pictures.

Doolittle says Science North Canada, an IMAX film company, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs are funding the $50,000 project. He says Science North Canada helped fund in-nest cameras in areas where some eagles have been having reproductive problems on the reservation. He says scientist believe the eagles are eating a high number of sea lampreys that are high in mercury. Filming of the eagles will begin in mid-May. Doolittle says the majestic birds will probably make their debut on the big screen in spring of 2008. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Danielle Kaeding)

Fish virus, fire danger tug at anglers

Jauch motion will refund CheqTel ratepayers Northern lawmaker wins approval of Joint Finance Committee to fully credit CheqTel for overcharge to state Universal Service Fund

Glenna Hauger, Siren, a snowbird who recently returned after spending the winter in Los Banos, Calif., received one of the plants from the table as a door prize given out at the Burnett County Aging Programs Volunteer Recognition Thursday, May 3. Home-delivered meals drivers, senior dining-site volunteers and elderly and handicapped transportation drivers were honored during the monthly dinner at the Siren Senior Center that night.

Commission to seek a credit. Once verifying the mistake, the commission felt they were only able to credit back from the time the mistake was caught, as opposed the time of the first overpayment. Jauch’s motion changes state statutes to require the full repayment. It passed the Joint Finance Committee – which Jauch is a member of on a unanimous vote. Jauch noted that when taxpayers make a mistake and pay too little to the state or federal government, they are required to pay the full amount from the time the mistake was made. “The state should be held to the same standard,” Jauch said. “CheqTel customers paid slightly more than they were required to, and they deserve a full refund.” “It’s just the right thing to do,” he concluded. After the Joint Finance Committee finishes its deliberations on the budget, it must be passed by both the full Senate and Assembly before being signed into law by the governor. — from the office of Sen. Jauch

STATEWIDE - The inland waters fishing season started this past weekend amid more warnings for anglers about invasive species and fire dangers. The Department of Natural Resources and other agencies are urging anglers not to spread invasive species to the inland lakes and rivers. The newest concern is a fish-killing virus called viral hemorrhagic septicemia which already may be in Lake Michigan and connected waters. Bill Pielsticker of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited says one thing anglers can do is wash their waders. He says they encourage people if they

fish in waders or boots with felt soles to clean the waders with a solution of onethird cup of bleach in five gallons of water and spray it on or pour it over the waders. There are also ongoing concerns about spreading zebra mussels to more lakes. More information about aquatic invasive species is on the DNR’s Web site. This year has also seen limits placed on campfires in the dry areas of northern Wisconsin. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Chuck Quirmbach)

Lawsuit against “Andy Griffith” dropped GRANT COUNTY - A Wisconsin man who ran for sheriff after changing his name to Andy Griffith no longer faces a lawsuit alleging he violated trademark and copyright laws. A federal judge dismissed the suit, ruling the actor was not harmed when William Harold Fenrick changed his first and last name to that of the actor who played the fictional cop. Defense attorney Jeff Scott Olsen says his client is relieved. He says his client’s original intention was not to do anything of an overt nature to capitalize on

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or emphasize any relationship between him and his campaign on one hand and actor Andy Griffith on other hand. He says most of what happened in that regard was strictly a media creation. In the decision, the judge noted the candidate did not use the name Andy Griffith to make money, but rather to seek office. However, the candidate was not successful in that regard; running as an independent, he came in third in the race for Grant County sheriff. – Wisconsin Public Radio (Shamane Mills)


Sheriff’s Department congratulates county Tavern League League’s Safe Ride Program reduces OWI citations by Carl Heidel SIREN - The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department has passed along congratulations to the Burnett County Tavern League for the league’s success in the first months of its Safe Ride program. Statistics show that since the program began, there has been a 44-percent decrease in the number of operating while intoxicated citations that the sheriff’s department issued for the first four months of 2007 when compared to the same period in 2006. “Based on these numbers alone, the program is a huge success,” said Chief Deputy Don Taylor. “This is 33 people that we do not have to process or house.” He continued, “The sheriff’s department congratulates the Burnett County Tavern League on the success of

its program, and urges anyone considering a night out to take advantage of having a Safe Ride.” The county tavern owners brought the Wisconsin Safe Ride Program to the county in December last year. According to Kris Peterson, chairman of the local program and Eighth District Director for the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Safe Ride is “an innovative approach developed to provide and promote alternative transportation services allowing get home safely without driving themselves or riding with an impaired driver.” Tavern patrons who feel the need for the service may request it or bartenders may offer it if they feel it is needed. “Patrons are provided with vouchers entitling them to a free ride home through the service of a taxi company or ‘Good Samaritan’ driver,” Peterson explained. This reduction has produced a “hefty” cost savings to the individual county taxpayer, but according to Taylor, the savings for the county as a whole is

“huge.” “It’s tough to calculate an exact savings,” he said, “but certainly the amount is in excess of $20,000 for the sheriff’s department alone.” Beyond that, there are additional savings in reduced court and district attorney costs. Since the program began operating in Burnett County, Safe Ride has provided 341 rides over 1,795 miles, and reduced the number of OWIs from 75 in 2006 to 42 in 2007 during a comparable period. Funds developed from citation fees and directed through the Tavern League of Wisconsin pay for part of the program cost. The rest is covered by matching funds which come from the local community. According to Peterson, raising these funds is slow at present. He said the county still has to raise $10,000 this year as its share of those matching funds. This amount is “vital for us to receive matching funds from the State Tavern League Foundation,” he added. Chuck Anderson, county league member and owner of The Tenth Hole,

indicated that there is also a need for more Good Samaritan drivers for the program. As with the fundraising, so the recruitment efforts for finding these drivers is slow. When the county league met this last Tuesday, Peterson, Anderson and Greg Hunter, from the Pour House, issued a plea for community help with securing donations and driver volunteers. Persons wishing to make a funding donation or interested in become a volunteer driver may contact any of the following: Kris Peterson (Siren-Webster area), 715-220-2416; Chuck Anderson (Danbury-Yellow Lake area) 715-8667107; Carol House (Grantsburg area) 715-529-3105; Mike Wells (Webb Lake area) 218-206-4551. Donations can also be mailed to Kris Peterson, PO Box 529, Siren, 54872 or Chuck Anderson, 7768 CTH U, Danbury, 54830.

Polk County criminal court Justin Stevens, 28, Spooner, possession of burglarious tools, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana. Bench warrant issued, then cancelled. Arraignment reset for June 4. Derrick See, 33, Osceola, bail jumping. Adjourned initial hearing set for May 8. Johnathan Kuntz, Wyoming, Minn., pled not guilty to theft, possession of burglarious tools, receiving stolen property. Court review set for July 6. Annette Weaver, 30, St. Croix Falls, theft –business setting. Adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Signature bond set of $10,000. No contact order. Gerald Doffing, 35, Frederic, court entered not guilty plea for unlawful telephone use with concealed identity. Defendant stood mute. Signature bond set of $1,000. Final pre-trial court appearance set for June 15. Kenneth A. Johnson, 44, Duluth, Minn., battery. Bench warrant issued. Wanda Goulet, 37, New Richmond, pled not guilty to criminal damage to property.

Signature bond set of $1,000. Sarah Weinzirl, 34, Milltown, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Kelly Marie Arne, 29, Coon Rapids, Minn., retail theft, two counts. Adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Raymond Heller, 22, Frederic, resisting/obstructing an officer. Adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Robin Moore, 33, Oakdale, Minn., pled not guilty to resisting/obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct. Court review set for June 19. Iva Roger, 18, Luck, bail jumping, adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Marissa Gaddy, 20, Plymouth, Minn., pled not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana. Signature bond set of $1,000. Court review set for June 19. Brian Taylor, 21, Frederic, obtain prescription drugs with fraud. In Teen Challenge treatment. Adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Heidi F. Anderson, 28, St. Croix Falls, pled not guilty to obtaining prescription drugs with

Burnett County warrants Colt A. Bellin, 23, Stacy, Minn., arrest warrant – complaint, May 2. Jared R. Denotter, 25, Siren, arrest warrant – complaint, April 30. Nancy L. Finstuen, 50, Rochester, Minn., arrest warrant – complaint, April 30.

Matthew C. Huff, 32, Brooklyn Park, Minn., commitment, May 2. Karma D. Wessels, 23, Columbia Heights, Minn., warrant – failure to appear, May 4.

Siren police report May 3: Owner Kevin Swanson discovered a shattered window panel along the front door at Jenneman’s Hardware when he came to work at 7:30 a.m. The police surmise that someone made a U-turn because of the Main Street construction, causing rocks to fly up and hit the window. Anyone with any knowledge of this instance is asked to call the Siren Police Department at 715-349-7181. Jeffrey Stager, 31, Siren, was cited for misdemeanor battery following a fight in the Pheasant Inn parking lot that started shortly after 9 p.m. May 4: At 6:39 a.m., Jackie L. Moser, 19, Webster, was cited for operating after suspension on Hwy. 35 and Olson Street. Moser had been stopped by the Siren officer because her vehicle hadn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign before it turned right onto Hwy. 35. Chad Hoff, Almena, was the owner of a 1990 Chrysler New Yorker that caught fire as Hoff was driving it along Hwy. 35

south of the Hwy. 35/70 intersection at 3 p.m.. The flames, which could be seen all along the underside of the car as Hoff was going south on Hwy. 35, were put out by the Siren Fire Department. The vehicle was left by the side of the highway adjacent to Landquist Street, and Hoff called his wife to come and pick him up. May 5: Charles R. Johnson, 44, Spooner, was cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct at 10:24 p.m. The Siren officer on duty was called to The Experience because an intoxicated male was there and pushing people around. Johnson was found outside of the building. May 6: Thomas V. Meadows, 20, Frederic, was cited for underage drinking at 1:20 a.m. at a party in the area. A Burnett County deputy issued similar citations to other drinkers at the party. May 7: Allan L. Kangas, 51, Luck, was cited for speeding at 10:20 p.m. on Hwy. 35 and Rasmussen Street.

fraud. Signature bond set of $1,000. Settlement meeting set for June 29. Court orders no contact with St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. David Dudash, 45, Dresser, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Signature bond set of $1,000. Court review set for July 6. Walter Tudahl, 46, New Richmond, pled not guilty to disorderly conduct. Timothy Jay Johnson, 26,

Star Prairie, OWI. Adjourned initial hearing set for June 4. Scott Bottolfson, 47, pled not guilty to OAR, possession of marijuana. Court review set for July 10. Emery Skinaway, 36, Luck, pled not guilty to operating without a valid license. Cash bond set of $200. Review set for July 6. Jasen L. Jensen, 27, St. Croix Falls, OWI, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentra-

Polk County divorces Divorces filed Cheryl McKellar, Balsam Lake, and Paul McKellar, Barron. Married 1995. No children. Divorces granted Richard and Jinny Miller. Married 2001. Three children.

Lewis and Janice Decker. Married 1982. Two children. Mark and Jill Bishofsky. Married 2003. No children. Rory and Kelly Troff. Married 2000. Two children. Michael and Lisa Meyer. Married 2004. Two children.

tion of .08 or more. Arrest warrant issued. Harry Giller, 60, Luck, pled not guilty to OWI, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Victoria Willy, 49, Clayton, pled not guilty to OWI, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 or more.

Signature bond set of $5,000. Court review set for July 6. Joseph Downing, 28, Turtle Lake, pled not guilty to operating while revoked, knowingly operating while suspended and causing property damage. Court review set for July 6.


Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents April 15, 12:05 a.m., Laketown Twp., 220th St., .25 mile north of 270th Avenue, KEVIN A. GRABOWSKI, 47, Oakdale, Minn., was northbound on 220th Street. Driver reported steering around a deer. Truck gradually went off the right side of the road, entered the ditch and overturned. Lone driver left the scene and did not report the crash until 21 hours later. Interior of the truck smelled of intoxicants. Driver was cited for failure to report an accident to police. Driver received a minor injury (wearing safety equipment/no EMS). April 17, 5:50 a.m., Garfield Twp., CTH F, .3 mile west of 143rd Street, NICOLE L. GULLICKSON, 28, Amery, was eastbound on CTH F from Hwy. 65. Driver states a deer ran onto the roadway from the north, striking her vehicle in the front driver’s side. Deputy observed damage to the vehicle and the deceased deer. April 19, 10 a.m., Apple River Twp., Hwy. 8, .5 mile west of 60th Street/CTH D, ELAINE E. BEUMER, 73, St. Croix Falls, struck a deer on the roadway. April 19, 10:41 a.m., village of Luck, Evergreen Plaza, Hwy. 35; #1—LONNIE SIMON, 66, Luck; #2—SHANE L. BARTER, 22, Andover, Minn. Unit 1 was turning southbound into the parking lot to go to the bank

when unit 1 hit unit 2, which was northbound, out of the parking lot. April 19, 4:35 p.m., Georgetown Twp., CTH G at 70th St; #1—ALICIA D. PAUKSTAT, 17, Luck; #2—TIMOTHY B. MEASNER, 59, Balsam Lake; Units 1 and 2 were eastbound on CTH G. Unit 2 was making a legal left turn as unit 1 passed unit 2, causing sideswipe crash. Unit 2, pulling a trailer with functioning lights. Driver of Unit 1 received minor injuries (wearing seat belt/no EMS). April 20, midnight, Laketown Twp., CTH N, .25 mile west of 210th Street, JOHN R. ANDERSON, 59, Luck. At 6:32 a.m., a deputy was sent to an unreported crash. Upon arrival at 6:47 a.m., deputy noted the engine was cold. Operator’s wife called 911 at 6:53 a.m. and reported her husband swerved to miss a deer. A deputy met with the operator at the scene at 7:07 a.m. The operator stated the crash happened at about 2 a.m. The property owner at the scene of the crash believed the crash occurred at 12:15 a.m. Operator said he had not been drinking but had no explanation why he did not call the police. Unit 1 was eastbound on CTH N. Unit 1 went off the right side of the roadway, crossed CTH N and overturned into the ditch, hitting a telephone pedestal

equipment. Driver received a minor injury (wearing seat belt/no EMS) and was cited for failure to report an accident to police. April 28, 10 p.m., Beaver Twp., Hwy. 35, .2 mile north of 150th Avenue; #1—NICHOLAS R. DUNCAN, 26, Frederic; #2— Hit and run vehicle. Both vehicles were westbound on Hwy. 35 in the two-lane passing zone. Vehicles collided and unit 2 continued westbound on Hwy 35. Unit 1 left the scene and failed to report the accident for about an hour. April 29, 3:45 p.m., Sterling Twp., Hwy. 87/240th Street, .4 mile north of CTH G/240th Avenue., #1—SHANE A. KURTZ, 26, St. Croix Falls; #2—ADDAM L. OFFERDAHL, 16, Cushing; Unit 2 stopped in the northbound lane of Hwy. 87, attempting to make a left turn into a driveway, waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. Unit 1 approached, northbound on Hwy. 87. Driver stated there was one other vehicle between him and unit 2. That vehicle passed unit 2 on the right shoulder. Driver of unit 1 stated when he saw unit 2, he slammed on the brakes but still hit unit 2. Driver of unit 2 confirmed the presence of a third vehicle, which had passed around him on the right shoulder. The third vehicle/driver are unidentified at this time. Driver of unit 2

Polk County civil court CitiMortgage, Inc., Coppell, Texas, plaintiff. Brian and Dawn Bottolfson, Star Prairie, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $135,203.63. Gerald Viebrock, Osceola, plaintiff. Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co., Madison, defendant. Plaintiff seeks insurance payment, alleging that defendant refused claim for no reason on property damaged by fire at 206 and 208 Meadowlark Lane, Osceola. Hudson & Keyse, LLC, Painesville, Ohio, plaintiff. John Korenchen, Clayton, defendant. Plaintiff alleges credit card default on payments of $9,386.07. Ford Motor Credit Co., Mesa, Ariz., plaintiff. Jodi and Patrick Corrigan, Amery, defendants. Plaintiff alleges default on payment for 2003 Ford Focus. After repossession and sale of vehicle, plaintiff seeks remaining balance of $8,225.96. U.S. Bank National Association, San Diego, Calif., plaintiff. Mark Swanby, Clear Lake and Vicki Swanby, New Richmond, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for Clear Lake property for payments of $275,090.46. Bank of New York Trust Co., N.A., Richfield, Minn., plaintiff. Bradley Hill, Amery, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mort-

gage foreclosure for Clear Lake property for payments of $113,882.31. Jennings State Bank, Stillwater, Minn., plaintiff. Tojo Properties, LLC, and Anthony S. Lillie, New Richmond, and JoAnn Lillie, guarantor of mortgager, defendants. Plaintiff seeks monetary judgement for alleged default of payments of promissory notes in amount of $448,387.43, and mortgage foreclosure of property at 220 and 224 First Ave., Milltown. Lampert Yards, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., plaintiff. St. Croix Floral Co., Inc., St. Croix Falls, defendant. Plaintiff alleges nonpayment of credit account for materials and landscaping and seeks money judgement of $7,069.12 plus interest. Riverside Finance, Inc., River Falls, plaintiff. Valerie and Jason Jensen, St. Croix Falls, defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $52,480.63 and interest payments of $5,467.91. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., Jacksonville, Fla., plaintiff. Theresa and Loren Dolash, Coon Rapids, Minn., defendants. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $275,974.70 for property at 1752 and 1754 W. White Ash Drive, Balsam Lake. First Horizon Home Loan Corp., Irving, Texas, plaintiff. Jason Plessel, St. Croix Falls,

defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $266,280.38. S & C Bank, Balsam Lake, plaintiff. Jeremy Appel, Centuria, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $51,006.23. Dallas Caroon, Luck, plaintiff. James E. King, Birchwood, defendant. In 2006, plaintiff and defendant entered into agreement to exhange vehicles with no monies exchanged. Caroon alleges that he turned over his 2000 Chevy Truck with title, but received a 1999 Ford truck with the title in a different name than the defendant’s. Plaintiff alleges that the title was not transferred. Plaintiff also alleges that King notified the Polk County Sheriff’s Department that the 1999 Ford truck had been stolen, and that Officer Anthony Puetz told Caroon to deliver the truck back to King, even though the title was not in King’s name. Caroon alleges that King then titled the Ford in his name and sold it. Caroon seeks the lost value of $8,000 for the Chevy truck, and alleges that King benefited from both vehicles. Chase Home Financial, LLC, Columbus, Ohio, plaintiff. Daena Shortess, Frederic, defendant. Plaintiff seeks mortgage foreclosure for payments of $81,536.77.

Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Town of Webb Lake, May 2: Deborah L. Saraceno, 40, Webb Lake, was southbound on 26 Lake Road when she went into the ditch and struck a tree. The driver reported being blinded by the sun. The vehicle suffered severe damage and was towed. The driver reported a injury to her knee but did not need medical trans-

port. Other incidents Town of Siren, May 1: Lance M. Ramsdell, Frederic, reported the theft of a vintage CocaCola machine from the Outpost Custom Cycle Shop. The incident is under investigation. Town of Jackson, May 4: David Bergstrom, Danbury, reported a generator taken from his property. The incident

Burnett County civil court Thomas L. Heenan vs. Matthew Kludt, Spooner, $3,678.00. Milltown Corp. vs. Karen Johnson, Siren, $232.10. Diagnostic Radiology Assoc. vs. Rindy Erickson, Webster, $421.00. Pet Vet vs. Randy Lindberg, Webster, $961.00. Capital One Bank vs.

Jessie L. Gille, Danbury, $885.62. Target National Bank vs. Teresa R. King, Webster, $813.64. Elite Recovery Services Inc. vs. Joey Zillmer, Grantsburg, $1,262.95. North Star Capital Acquisitions, LLC vs. Donald Speight, Danbury, $1,751.03.

is under investigation. Town of Jackson, May 5: Troy E. Peterson, Danbury, reported a brass church bell and other antiques taken from his yard. The incident is under investigation. Town of Meenon, May 5: Kenneth G. Hopkins, Siren, reported the theft of his father’s three pickup loads of aluminum cans. The incident is under investigation.

Burnett Co. deaths Donald E. Johnson, 79, Meenon, April 19. Mildred A. Martinti, 75, Rusk, April 22. Jarmund N. Schmidt, 75, Jackson, April 24. Henry N. Wikarski, 79, Rusk, April 26.

received a minor injury (wearing seat belt/no EMS). May 2, 8 p.m., Osceola Twp., CTH S, .25 mile north of 43rd Avenue, LATISCHA K. FRANKMEIER, 76, Osceola, was southbound on CTH S. Driver stated she was coming around a corner when the vehicle started to slide. She said she overcorrected and the vehicle went sideways and flipped over. Driver received a minor injury (wearing seat belt/no EMS). Driver transported to hospital by private party. May 3, 2:30 a.m., Lorain Twp., CTH E at CTH I, ADAM C. COEN, 27, Chetek, was westbound on CTH E, went beyond the T-intersection at CTH I, striking a highway sign. Unit 1 overturned and struck a tree. Driver

did not report this crash until May 7. He said he was “tired” when he went off the road. Driver cited for failure to report an accident to police. May 4, 9:56 p.m., Black Brook Twp., CTH A, .18 mile east of 70th Street, MARK A. PIERSON, 42, Roberts, was traveling westbound on CTH A. The vehicle went left of center, driving into the south ditch. Vehicle continued to travel through a private yard and collided with concrete steps and a mobile home located at 682 10th Avenue. Driver was cited for OWI- 5th offense and left of center. He sustained a minor injury (wearing seat belt/transported by EMS). Property owner: Iris D. DeBoer, Clear Lake.

May 6, 11:20 a.m., Balsam Lake Twp, Hwy. 8, .4 mile east of Hwy. 46 North, KRYSTAL N. PALMER, 24, Lindstrom, Minn., struck a deer on the roadway. May 6, 8:59 p.m., Black Brook Twp., Hwy. 46, .5 mile north of 20th Avenue, LADONNA C. DIESTERHAFT, 43, Almena, struck a deer on the roadway. May 7, 5:45 p.m., St. Croix Falls Twp., 120th Avenue, .2 mile east of 210th Street, #1— JEREMY W. EKSTRAND, 19, Osceola; #2—CAROL E. BULMAN, 55, Dresser. Unit 2 was turning into a private driveway. Unit 2 was stopped with a turn signal on. Unit 1 failed to stop in time for unit 2 and collided with unit 2. Unit 1 driver cited for inattentive driving.


Burnett County criminal court Mark T. Leverty, 39, Woodbury, Minn., issue worthless check, $248.00. Kelly M. Sauve, 41, Milwaukee, false emergency – 911 phone use, 17 days’ jail time, court costs waived under blessinger statute. Greg H. Schwartzbauer, 19, Grantsburg, bail jumping, two-

year probation, sex offender evaluation, sex offender registration during terms of probation, request for review of sex offender registration may be made after one year. Upon successful probation, defendant may request an expunction, $88.00; sex with child age 16 or older, two-year probation, 60

days’ jail time, Huber law granted, no contact with victims, restitution to be announced, upon successful probation, defendant may request an expunction, $88.00. Dennis W. Young, 43, Danbury, possession of methamphetamine, one-year prison sentence followed by six-

months extended supervision, eligible for earned-release program, $6,878.98 restitution; bail jumping, 18 months in prison – consecutive to other sentence, six months extended supervision, $476.00; possession of methamphetamine, two-year probation consecutive to other sentences, license suspended

six months, provide DNA sample, $363.00. Freida M. Friske, 58, Gordon, speeding, $113.00. Samuel J. Carlson, 18, Grantsburg, intoxicated ATV operation, complete AODA evaluation, $438.00. Joshua D. Johnson, 27, Wyoming, Minn., theft – mov-

able property <= $2,500, twoyear probation, 60 days’ jail time, $654.10 restitution; theft – movable property <=$2,500, two-year probation, $176.00.


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A tribute to taverns by Bill Hunter STATEWIDE – This May, Wisconsin will pay tribute to a staple of American culture – the local tavern – as the nation celebrates National Tavern Month. Wisconsin’s kinship with taverns dates back more than two centuries ago, when immigrants began to settle around Green Bay and Prairie du Chien. As soon as early settlers moved in, taverns or inns started sprouting up. Before long, Wisconsin’s landscape was sprinkled with taverns on every street corner and along rural highways, offering a comfortable resting place for weary travelers. It may come as a surprise that these early taverns provided more than a comfortable bed and a hot meal; they were a place for locals to attend church services, celebrate a marriage or vote for a political candidate. Taverns were the social hubs of these early settlements, and that tradition continues today as folks flock to their favorite place for friendly conversation or a respite from a hard day’s work. Perhaps underappreciated, however, is that Wisconsin’s 12,000 taverns are serious businesses that play an important role in the state’s economy. Statewide, we employ tens of thousands of people with good-paying full-

time jobs and flexible part-time j o b s . Because our products are heavily taxed, we’re also strong contributors to state as well as local governments in the Bill Hunter is president form of of the Tavern League of i n c o m e Wisconsin and owner of taxes, sales the Pour House in Siren. taxes and local property taxes, generating millions of dollars in revenue for Wisconsin. But we’re most proud of the work we do in our communities. We help raise funds for those in need and sponsor youth sports teams. And when we’re not working, we tirelessly volunteer our time and talents, participating in civic organizations or serving on government committees. I’m proud to say we lend a helping hand wherever it’s needed. Just last year, our tavern league members donated more than $5.7 million to more

than 3,000 charities. So this month, let’s pay tribute to our state’s taverns. They contribute to our state’s economy. They generously sup-

port the community. They provide a place to relax and enjoy life. And they help make Wisconsin a great place to live.

Siren’s Volunteer of the Year Judy Johnson was honored as the volunteer of the year at Siren’s Volunteer Recognition dinner held at the senior center last Thursday, May 3. Johnson was the contact person for all who needed help with SeniorCare or Medicare Part D. Aging Unit director, Lois Taylor, said Johnson spent many hours learning the complicated services so that she could help area senior citizens. – Photo by Sherill Summer

Emergency Medical Services Week is May 20-26 the scene of a disaster, a motor vehicle crash or other event that may place them in a hazardous environment,” said Erickson. “It’s important that we take the time to honor these front-line medical responders for often going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives, even while sometimes risking their own.” ST. CROIX FALLS - The 34th-annual Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26, brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and to honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on the medical “front line.” May 22, St. Croix Regional Medical Center will honor these medical personnel with a cookout at the American Legion Hall, followed by an inservice (case review), presented by Dr. Kurt Isenberger, and Dr. Jessie Nelson, board certified emergency physicians. Joining them will be clinical psychologist, Dr. Mike Mollar, who will talk about suicide warning signs.

EMS is a vital part of every community, but recognition of its contribution is often lost in the broader focus on fire, police, public health and homeland security. “The events during this week are important to bring together our local communities to honor both our own EMTs and the more than 750,000 EMS providers nationwide and to raise public awareness about important health and safety issues,” said Mary Erickson, R.N., SCRMC director patient care services. As this year’s theme emphasizes, Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service, the brave men and women who serve as EMS providers are often first on

Rare bird bagged

Randy Thomas of Siren took this rare turkey on April 28. Mike Hendrickson at Big Mike’s Outdoors says that the gobbler is a cross between a domesticated and a wild turkey. He said it is only the second bird like this that he’s registered since they started registering birds. It weighed 20pounds 12-ounces, and had a 9-inch beard with 3/4-inch spurs. – Photo courtesy of Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports

St. Croix Regional Medical Center would like to give special recognition this week to all the EMS services— North Ambulance, St. Croix Valley EMS, Unity Area Ambulance, Northland Ambulance Service, Lakes Region, LifeLink III, and the Osceola and Amery EMS services—who stand ready to provide lifesaving care for everyone in our


Surgery center construction begins at SCRMC

Participating in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new surgery center were (L to R) Rep. Ann Hraychuck; Sen. Sheila Harsdorf; Laura Jensen, vice president patient care; Dr. Lan Raikar, general surgeon; Dr. Mark Wikenheiser, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Jeff Hall, governing board; Todd Zweifelhofer, Elliot Architects; Mayor Brad Foss; Bob Keller, General Contractor; Dr. Lloyd Olson; Larry Collins, governing board president; Dr. Bill Young, Lenny Libis, CEO. –Photos by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–After more than a year of planning and pouring over plans, blueprints, and renderings, St. Croix Regional Medical Center broke ground on the new Lloyd Olson Surgery Center last week. A ground-breaking ceremony took place May 3, at 11 a.m., for the center. This new addition will be a tremendous asset to the residents of our community,” said Lenny Libis, SCRMC CEO. “With it, we will be able to serve more patients more quickly here in our own community. We believe this is what our community expects from us: superb inclusive care, close to home.” According to Libis, the medical center recognized some years ago that its surgery/recovery area needed to expand in order to provide the services the community needs. “That need has only grown since then,” said Libis. After a good deal of research and consultations with architects, Libis and the board of directors decided late last year to take down part of the original 1954 hospital building, which is one-story and basementless, and replace it with a larger, 39,800square-foot structure that will combine and house all surgery and related services, as well as materials handling facilities. This section will provide room for future expansion with its 9,500-squarefoot second floor being available for inpatient care or other uses. “Our business continues to grow,” said Libis, “and this addition will increase our medical center’s potential and help us stay on the leading edge of health care for many years to come.” “We are very excited about this new addition to our medical center because it will provide our patients and community with new, large state-of-the-art inpatient and same-day surgical facilities,” said Laura Jensen, vice president patient care services. The new surgery center expands the number of operating suites from three to six, with space for a seventh suite in the future. These new suites are larger and will be equipped with the latest technology. In addition, 14 private pre- and postoperative rooms will replace the existing recovery services area, and a family waiting area will be located in the new atrium. Once the decision was made to build this surgery center, the board of directors unanimously voted to name it after Dr. Lloyd Olson, the medical center’s first general surgeon, as a way to acknowledge and honor his 35-year commitment to SCRMC. “The degree of commitment Dr. Olson gave this hospital, our medical staff, and our entire community will never be equaled,” said Libis. “Nearly all of his time here, Dr. Olson was the hospital’s only surgeon; he was on-call 24 hours a day, every day providing a very wide

Lenny Libis, CEO of SCRMC, opened up the ground-breaking ceremony. Dr. Lloyd Olson spoke about his years as a doctor at the medical center. Olson spent over 30 years as an on-call surgeon. He shared an anecdotal story with the crowd Thursday about performing surgery on a Great Dane in the OR after hours. He also reminded the crowd of his colleagues Dr. Joe Belshe, Dr. Fred Riegel and Dr. Marwood Wegner, who helped start the original hospital. range of services. We want to publicly recognize his tremendous commitment, and naming this new surgery center in his honor is one token of our appreciation of his work. We are committed to upholding the standard of care and commitment that Dr. Olson exemplified in his years here.” The surgery center building is also being built to support a rooftop helipad. With nearly 80 helicopter transports a year, a helipad will reduce the turnaround time for patients with critical injuries or illnesses that require the services of a trauma or heart center. The medical center will carry out a fundraising effort to add this feature to the building in 2008. When construction is completed in early 2008, the medical center’s main entrance will be relocated to what is now the back of the building on State Street. “Since the highway department redirected Hwy. 8 traffic from Adams Street to State Street several years ago,” explained Libis, “virtually all vehicles first approach our building on State Street. For this reason, it made sense to make this change.” An enlarged State Street entrance will substantially improve the medical center’s appearance. The consolidation of facilities through the design of the surgery center will reduce the number of entrances to SCRMC to two: one for clinic services on Adams Street, and the other for emergency/hospital services on State Street. The medical center also plans to work with the city of St. Croix Falls to conceal/beautify the State Street parking lots. “We want to make this entrance

This painting of Lloyd Olson was on display at the ground breaking of the medical center’s surgery center. The center is being named the Lloyd Olson Surgery Center.

Larry Collins SCRMC board chair says a few words.

Laura Jensen, vice president of patient care, spoke about the new recovery atriums for patients.

A crowd of staff and community members gathered to help the medical center celebrate the ground breaking of the surgery center and to honor Dr. Lloyd Olson in naming the surgery center after him. and this part of our property as patientaccessible as possible, as well as attractive to those using the building or sim-

ply driving past it,” said Libis. –from SCRMC

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Finding Dad

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – “I just feel completed, knowing who my family is now,” said 19-yearold Krista Asper as she talked about her first-time visit to her father’s home in Chicago and spending time with him and the four brothers, ages 15-18, that she didn’t know she had. The smiles and excitement of Krista’s feelings are contagious because this is one of those happenings that you hope for but are never quite sure of achieving. Krista’s mother, Gail Asper, married a Polish man, Robert Sztorc, when she was very young. The marriage didn’t work out, and the two were divorced. After the divorce was final, Gail, at age 20, learned that she was pregnant. She didn’t tell Sztorc, and hasn’t spoken to him since she left him. Gail Asper has been in and out of her daughter’s life since the birth, and her relationship with Krista is more one of sisters than mother and daughter. Gail’s mother, Judith Johnson, adopted Krista when she was 4. When Krista was 5, Johnson moved from the Twin Cities to Frederic. Krista graduated from Frederic High School in 2006, with credit for time spent in the Youth Options Program and classes taken through WITC. She was crowned as Miss Frederic, reigning from 2005-2006. When she was in the fifth grade, Krista started looking for her father. She got onto the school computer, and searched every Web site, Yahoo, People Finders, etc. “I got hundreds and hundreds of phone numbers. I called them, but it was never him,” she said. Bob Pearson, her adopted mother’s close friend, was the reason Krista had never felt a real void for not having a dad. “Bob is my dad,” she commented. “That’s better than OK because he is a great dad.” However, the urge to keep on looking for that birth dad continued to nag at Krista. In the summer of 2006, she was living in an apartment in Grantsburg that had a Chicago phone book. Three Robert Sztorcs were listed in the book. She tried all three numbers, but didn’t get the right man. Then, during a visit to her great-grandparents’ graves at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Luck Sunday, April 15, Krista started talking to them and praying that she would be able to find her dad. “That was the first time I had prayed for that,”

“I just feel completed, knowing who my family is.” Krista Asper

The first hug between Krista Asper and her father, Robert Sztorc – a moment to remember forever. “At first I couldn’t imagine what he would look like. Then I couldn’t imagine he would be anything different,” Krista said. - submitted she said. “Two days after that, I found him.” Again, she went online, typing in his name on various search engines. “I didn’t want to pay money for any of them,” she said. One site came up, along with the name, address and phone number, no charge for the information. It was 10:30 at night by this time. “You can’t call somebody at 10:30 at night,” Krista’s boyfriend told her. But she put in the call anyway, using her cell phone. Robert Sztorc and his son, Bobby, had just gotten home from a cross-country trip for the company Sztorc owns, Across U.S.A. The phone that rang in their home that night was for the fax line, a line they never answer. “Nobody would be faxing this late at night,” Sztorc said. Bobby picked up the line. “Is Robert Sztorc there?” Krista’s voice on the other end asked. “This is Robert Sztorc,” Bobby answered, being Robert Sztorc Jr. “Were you ever married to Gail Asper?” the voice on the phone went on. In the quiet that followed, Krista thought the person on the other end of the line had hung up. However, she could still hear something, and 30 seconds later, her dad got on the line. Krista repeated her question – “Were

Krista Asper is shown here with her four brothers, (L to R) Andrew, Anthony, Bobby and Mikey, during their first visit in Chicago from April 23-27. - submitted

you ever married to Gail Asper?” “Yah, I was,” Sztorc answered. At that point, Krista didn’t know what else to say. After all those years of searching, the person she was looking for was on the phone. She didn’t want to talk to him. What she wanted to do was to call all her friends and family to tell them the good news. Sztorc was so happy with that phone call that he started crying. Krista didn’t realize just how happy he was until the next day, when he drove up to the house in Siren where she was now living. That day she had been working at her job at the Pour House. When she got home, she found 18 messages on her cell phone, waiting to be answered. All of them were from Sztorc. He had typed her phone number into his computer and, for some reason, thought she lived in Hudson. He had driven to Hudson, spending his time going to every restaurant, grill and bar in town, asking if anyone named Krista worked there. She called him, and had 1-1/2 hours to straighten up her apartment, with help from her adopted mom, before Sztorc pulled into the driveway. Her dad grabbed her, and they hugged and hugged. He had been looking for This photo was taken when Krista Asper first met her birth father, Robert Sztorc. The two had been looking for each other for many years. On April 15, their searches ended, and they talked for the first time on the telephone. Krista said this is her favorite picture, taken at the time her life finally became complete. - submitted

her, too, having heard from someone that Gail had been pregnant, but he didn’t even know Krista’s name. The two had only overnight to get acquainted before Sztorc had to leave for North Carolina to pick up a coach for his company. While he was in Siren, however, he bought Krista a plane ticket and gave her money so she could take off work to come and visit him in Chicago. Her adopted mom, Judy Johnson, went along on this visit. The family picked Krista and Johnson up at the airport April 23, and took them to their home, 20 minutes from Lake Michigan. The visit lasted until April 27. Sztorc had gotten married right after he and Gail divorced. He and his new wife had four boys, Andrew 18, Anthony, 17, Bobby 16, and Mikey 15. The two were divorced in 1997. The week in Chicago included meeting many family members. The Sztorcs are very demonstrative people who loved to give hugs, and Krista quickly felt very much a part of the family. As for family resemblance, Bobby probably said it best: “You look just like our dad except you are a girl,” was his comment. Their noses, faces and heads are identical. “He was like I expected,” Krista said. “At first I couldn’t imagine what he would look like. Then I couldn’t imagine he would be anything different.” Planning trips together has been another part of all this excitement. Krista plans on making visits to Chicago at least once a month from now on. The family is going to a cousin’s wedding in Greece in 2008, Krista included. They are also talking about a trip to Poland during the summer of 2008 or 2009. “Never give up,” is Krista’s advice to anyone looking for a missing dad or relative. “With all of the electronic stuff, you can find anybody. Never, ever give up.”


Quilts headed to people in need by Wayne M. Anderson GRANTSBURG - The Bethany Quilters, at Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg, have stitched together some 215 colorful quilts to send around the world. The Bethany Quilters work in partnership with other Lutheran churches and the Lutheran World Relief, a national evangelical organization. Bethany Quilters, a local team of eightto-16 ladies, have joined hands and needles with thousands of other Lutheran women in America to make hundreds of thousands of quilts that will be sent worldwide for humanitarian relief in disaster areas. The women of Bethany have been doing this mission work for nearly 40 years, said team leader Sonja Java. It takes the team about two to three hours to produce a quilt, made of new and used donated material, such as sheets, drapes and blankets, she said. Last year 310,000 quilts were sent to about 25 countries, said Vicky Whetstone, outreach associate for Lutheran World Relief. “It really is quite a big ministry,” said Whetstone. “The beauty of it is, we rely 100 percent for all these quilts... from people like Bethany Lutheran Church, who hand make them.” Although 99 percent of the quilts are made by Lutherans, they go to every denomination and religion. “They could go in a lot of the regions where we work,” said Whetstone. “They could be Muslim, Christian, we don’t necessarily know what their religious affiliation is because it’s simply based on what their physical need is. We don’t even ask questions about their faith.” The cost of this effort is no small matter. In 2006 it cost “about $1.5 million per

Nearly 215 handmade quilts adorn the pews at Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg. They are headed worldwide to people in need. – Photos by Mike Java year to warehouse them, process them, ship them,” said Whetstone. The quilting ministry began to help those in need after the war. “It was as a result of the devastation in Germany after World War II,” said Whetstone. “It started there and from there we just realized that there was such an enormous need all around the world that we just have branched out from there.” The quilting effort “has been our longest ongoing ministry,” Whetstone said. And these blankets of care do more than provide needed warmth and protection. They help lift the afflicted “out of poverty and provide them empowerment and long-term stability after we’re gone,” Whetstone said.

Support veterans by wearing a poppy BALSAM LAKE – Poppy Day, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, is an annual memorial to the wars’ dead and disabled veterans. By wearing a poppy, every person can honor the sacrifices made by our servicemen while assisting the living. The homecoming of the 32nd Division in Milwaukee in June 1919 marked the beginning of the American Legion Auxiliary’s poppy program. A booth decorated with paper poppies was stripped of its floral ornaments twice as the passersby took the poppies and left money on the counter.

A resolution making the poppy the memorial flower of the American Legion Auxiliary was adopted in the first National Convention in 1921. In 1922, veterans in Minnesota hospitals produced the first American Legion crepe-paper poppy. This work by veterans continues today and has expanded to 40 states, including Wisconsin, where 20 veterans make over 500,000 red crepepaper poppies annually. Please show your support for the veterans by wearing an American Legion Auxiliary poppy during the month of May. – submitted

Grantsburg announces valedictorian GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg High School is pleased to announce Lenora Benge Briggs as valedictorian for the Class of 2007. Benge Briggs has the distinction of having a 4.0 grade-point average all four years of her high school career. Benge Briggs is very involved in the school and community, setting a positive example for others. Her many accomplishments in the community include being a part of the youth group at Central United Methodist Church, church choir, sings for weddings, club volleyball, works as a lifeguard and teaches swimmers safety. Within the school community, Benge Briggs is both the senior class president and the National Honor Society president. In addition to her academics, she participates in forensics, is a mentor for the PATHES peer mentoring program, is the 2007 NUE student, has played volleyball all four years, and last year was a Badger Girl’s State participant gleaning awareness of our state government. Benge Briggs has also been highly recognized for her participation in music and theatre. Benge Briggs is actively involved in both the band and choir. She is part of the swing and jazz

Spotlight on business Hot Liqs Location: 100 Oak West, Frederic Owners/employees: Dick Ward and Don Murtaugh What we offer: Hotel furnishings from liquidations, bedroom sets, sofa beds, lamps, pictures, linens, health and restaurant equipment. History of business: Since 2007 Hot Liqs has been selling quality used hotel furniture and equipment from restaurants, bars and health clubs from hotel liquidations. Mike Hafner started hotel furniture liquidations in the early ‘90s and helped set up an outlet store in Frederic in his building at 100 Oak West. Any upcoming specials – future plans: More hotel liquidations coming every month. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hot Liqs owners Dick Ward and Don Murtaugh. - Photo by Gary King

choir, plays the oboe in the band, p l a y s h a n d bells, and is on the m u s i c council. She is also very active in the theater. She Lenora Benge Briggs has acted in school plays and has found a new passion in directing plays. In addition to her extracurricular activities, Benge Briggs loves to spend time with family and friends, loves spending time in the great outdoors and likes to travel. Next fall, Benge Briggs will be attending Concordia College at Moorhead and will be working towards a bachelor of arts degree in music. While at Concordia, Benge Briggs plans to study abroad in Greece as part of her education. On Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., Benge Briggs will deliver the welcome speech at the graduation ceremony. - submitted


Fishing in Norway by John A. Kallevig On our first trip to Norway we wanted to see where my grandparents came from. As my Grandma Kallevig came from a small island named Glasoy, west of Kristiansund N, we visited one of my dad’s cousins who lived nearby. She arranged for us to visit the husband of another cousin who had a summer place on an island adjacent to Glasoy. When we met him, one of his first questions was, “Do you like to fish?” When I replied that I did he said, “Good. We go tomorrow.” The next day he and his teenage son, Svein Terje, took me down to the Norwegian Sea where I saw a 14-foot long, 100-year-old wooden rowboat. It had points on both ends. The seats were made of 2 X 6’s. I bet my grandmother rode in that boat. He had a 10-horse Mercury motor attached to the side at the stern. His son took the bow and I the middle. Stein sat in the stern and

ran the motor. We proceeded out of the bay into the ocean—with no life jackets and no seat cushions. But he had deep sea rods and tackle. When we got close to Glasoy, where the water was 100 meters deep, he shut off the motor and handed me a rod. His son took the second rod. Stein had a box of spoons the likes of which I had never seen before. They were triangular in cross section except that each face was concave. He also had a box of treble hooks and a box of rings to hold them together. He assembled one for each rod. He said to drop the spoon to the bottom. Then bring it up two meters. Then quickly raise the rod. It made no difference if I raised it two inches or two feet or two meters. Every time I lifted the rod I had a fish on it. They were either torsk (cod fish) or hyse (haddock), mostly between two and five pounds. I kept reeling them in, one after another. We had stainless steel line so we didn’t have to worry about breaking it, just reel them in.

After I had caught about a dozen, I got an eight pounder. A little while later I caught a small one so I threw it back. Stein said, “Don’t do that. We keep them all.” I was getting complacent when suddenly, as I raised the rod, it almost got ripped out of my hands. The tip of the rod dipped into the water and the reel started to sing as the line played out. I set the brake but it just smoked. I finally stopped it after about 300 meters of line had run off. I spent about 15 minutes dragging it in. It was a huge torsk. Stein tried to net it but it took off again, at least 200 meters before I could stop it. Again I spent seven or eight

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minutes dragging it in. This time Stein tried to gaff it and it took off about 100 meters. I could tell it was getting tired so it only took a few minutes to bring it alongside the boat. This time Stein succeeded in gaffing it and pulling it into the boat. It weighed 11 kilos (25 pounds). The week before our trip I had completed Grandma’s Marathon and was skin and bones, no padding, and my rear end was sore from sitting on that 2 X 6. We headed in. My wife and I had to catch the ferry back to the mainland when we got back. But I had kept 27 fish, 19 torsk and eight hyse. Stein’s son had another nine. We had to make two trips to carry them all to the house. Stein cleaned and froze them. I never even got a taste. A year later another cousin, Kjell said, “Do you remember that big torsk you caught last year? Stein entered it into the fish contest and got second prize.” I knew it was a prize winner.

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Lost and found Thanks to those who have asked where this column has been. To be honest, I got lost for awhile. I doubt I’m the only wife/mother/employee who has slipped into a firefighter mentality, dealing with that which burns the hottest at any given moment. I also doubt that I’m the only one who eventually realizes that a). those hot fires seem to be taking all of my energy; b). the energy is going towards all the people in my life who require something of me RIGHT NOW; c). there is absolutely no time for me, except when I’m too numb to function another moment. When my mother was in the hospice program, they would chase me out of the house at times, telling me that it was vital that I tend to myself. If I didn’t nurture myself, I could not take care of her the way she deserved to be taken care of. This is an important message, and it applies to everyone, not just a

live-in caretaker. In modern terms, think of your cell phone. Mine (yes, I caved and got a Kris cell phone…I Emerson have a teenager) will stay charged for six days before it starts to act sluggish. If I plug it in and leave it alone for a bit, I’ve got another six days before I have to repeat the process. People are like that too. For the last six weeks, I haven’t recharged myself. There simply hasn’t been time, and when there is time, I’m sleeping. I have written daily since 2001, with the exception of the past four months.




For awhile, I was able to maintain the column as well, and then the Boy took a dive into Teenage Wasteland. They should tell you this stuff when you are trying to get pregnant. At the very least, the “Your New Baby” books should warn you that they will not be cute, diapered, spitting-up darlings forever, and that you should prepare yourself for 15 years down the road. Especially if you had a parent who passed on the–“someday you will have children just like you, and then you’ll understand”–jinx. My mother, wherever she is, is laughing. Yes, she is. Because while Dr. Spock may not have warned me, she did. Worse yet, the stuff he’s doing? Yeah. I did those things too. It’s payback time. He’s only 15. Wondering what the next three years will entail makes my head hurt. On the upside, he is working now. He’ll be learning to drive this summer, splitting the cost with me. I probably don’t need to explain that it’s a mixed

blessing. Daughter, on the other hand, seems to be taking some pity on me. She’s stepped up and started to help out a bit more while whining a lot less. But her social life is booming, and she’s on the go a lot. Someone has to keep track of where she is. That would be me. If I can keep ticking until early June, I’ll be plugging in my own battery pack. Mama’s going to Vegas for four days of not being responsible for the needs of anyone but herself. I’m going to wander, take pictures, window shop, gamble (very little!), and laugh as much as I can. The pinnacle will be when we go to see Barry Manilow the night before we leave. Yes, I am a middle-aged geeky woman. As of this writing, 25 days and counting. Until then, I am found. As long as The Leader still has room for me. Blessings. (You can reach Kris via e-mail at

Luck music students shine

Music scholarship winners Chris Valentine, Felicia Lane, and Natalie State Music Contest participants — Front row: Todd Anderson, Chris Valentine, Gubrud; Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner Peter Hall, John Phillip Jordan Hall, Kayla Bubendorf, Tanya Holm, David Franzel; Back row: Grace Olson, FeSousa Band Award winner Jennifer Roberts, and National Choralier licia Lane, Kassie Ingram, Ashley Valentine, Mary MaidenMueller, Gina Armour; MissAward winner Todd Anderson. The awards were presented during the ing: Nick Emerson, and David Leggitt. High School Spring


River Road Ramblings

collected by Russ Hanson

The Christenson family of Cushing by Shirley Christenson Where does one begin to tell the story of the lives of the Christenson family members coming from Norway during the early 1900s? The ancestors of present Christensons were Boat People, part of the Huddled Masses that the placard on the base of the Statue of Liberty speaks of. Descendants of these emigrants are many and they have settled in cities throughout the United States. Jorgen and Mathilda Christenson were married in 1883 in the Slagen Church, Tonsberg, Norway. To this union were born nine children, Konrad, Almar Thorin, who died at 2-1/2 years of age, Thora, Johanna, Julius, Christian, Anna, Otto, and Nellie. All of the children came to the United States except for Konrad. Jorgen and Mathilda owned two dairy farms over time; the first called Rom, and the second farm, before they left for the United States, was Slagen. Jorgen was a carpenter and sailed the whaling ships from Norway to New York and back. Mathilda and the children stayed home and tended the dairy farm. The house and all buildings are still standing today. One of the sheds has Otto’s name engraved in the concrete. He wanted to be certain his name was left behind, so carved it in the concrete before it dried. The chain of events bringing this family to the United States started with the arranged marriage of George Gullickson and Thora Christenson in 1912. George Gullickson was born in Wolf Creek and owned a logging company with his brother. George went to Norway to find a wife where he was matched with Thora, then 23, who was working as a seamstress in Oslo, Norway, and he brought her to Wisconsin. It is certain that many letters flowed from Wisconsin to Tonsberg, Norway, encouraging members of the family to come across. Hence, Johanna (22) and our dad, Christian (17) came to America in 1914. Johanna commented years later that Dad was very sea sick and stayed in the boat’s lower deck. He didn’t talk of that boat trip to us, but told the story of how he rode the whales across the Atlantic. We loved hearing that story over and over again. Dad stayed with Thora and George, and Johanna went to work in St. Paul as a maid until their parents came to America. We also know the Russian Revolution occurred in 1912 and the German kaiser was rattling swords prior to the 1917 World War. That, plus the economic status of the family in Norway contributed to the family’s emigration in 1915. June 21, 1915, a ship named Christian Fjord brought the remaining members of the family out of Norway, including Anna (15), Otto (13), and Nelly (10). This ship waited off the English coast for a number of days and then headed out over the North Atlantic. A government ship caught up with it and forced it back to English waters to undergo quarantine for a number of days. They finally arrived in New York, July 1, 1915, progressing through Ellis Island. Konrad remained in Norway with his family. Julius came later by himself. And so the hard life began for Jorgen and Mathilda working the land and providing for the family in a foreign country. Jorgen learned English when he worked as a carpenter on a whaling ship that docked in New York, so he could negotiate necessary purchases, etc. Mathilda, on the other hand, did not learn the English language; she was 53 years old stepping into a new world

Christian Christenson came from Norway to Cushing in 1914. He and Martha Brenizer were married in 1929. – Photo submitted to begin a new life on another farm. This farm is currently owned by Maurice Christenson who purchased it from his mother, Martha, in 1977. Jorgen and Mathilda stayed on the farm after Dad and Mom were married. They did alternate their stays with Thora and George. While on the Christenson farm, Mathilda showed Martha how to prepare Norwegian foods; Rommergrot, Lefse, Lutefisk, and a variety of Christmas delicacies. Mom was a very good cook, when you think of having to prepare food in a wood stove. Keeping the oven temperature even was not an easy task. Jorgen and Mathilda became active members of the Tamarack Lutheran Church, now called the Laketown Lutheran Church. Jorgen built the altar that is still in the church and Mathilda crocheted the original altar cloth. Later Jorgen, Dad and other church members built the church addition of the two rooms. When Dad and Mom were married, Mom had been a member of the Methodist church and was baptized in the Lutheran church. The Christenson family has continued its active service in this congregation. Dad told the story about the time he and Grandpa Christenson were in the barn one day when they spotted a skunk. Grandpa had never seen a skunk before and attempted to shoo it out of the barn. Dad tried to convince him to leave the skunk alone to no avail. Of course the skunk won out in that battle and Grandpa’s clothes had to be buried and he scrubbed to a fair-theewell. His comment in Norwegian was, “Har de evig set slik en gris?” “Have you ever seen such a pig?” Another story Walter Gullickson told was that Jorgen was a little tight with money. When F. D. Roosevelt came out with the old age assistance in the late ‘30s, for the first time in her life, Mathilda had money of her own. She

got her own check and thought Roosevelt was the greatest person to come along. She called him, “Roosenveldt.” Konrad stayed in Norway and changed his last name to Jorgenson as was the custom at that time, taking his father’s name and adding son to it. He married Dagny who had a daughter, Erne, by her first marriage. Dagny’s first husband died in a shipwreck leaving her with no self-support. Konrad built a lovely home in Tonsberg that was taken over by the Germans during the WWII. He never got it back. Erne married Sven Olav Suddenius and they had two sons, Ralph and Sven. Sven is married and the family hears from him each Christmas. Ralph passed away. Thora and George had three children, Doris Mathilda, Walter Gullick Jorgen, and Norman Anker. They first had the farm by the Orr School on Hwy. 87, currently owned by Dan Slakieu. While living on this farm, George Gullickson was severely burned in a house fire in 1914. Later, they purchased the farm on Bass Lake a few miles south of their first farm. George suffered greatly from the burns over the years and died at the age of 51, in 1931. Thora helped Walter Gullickson run the farm until he married Arlene Wedell. Thora then moved to West St. Paul and worked as a seamstress for Hagstrom’s. Arlene and Walter had five children, Marion, Marilyn, George, Lois and Gail. George planted corn on the Bass Lake farm last week continuing the family’s presence in the area. Notes from Russ the Rambler The whole story of the Christenson family should be ready by Christmastime as the family is hard at work on a book with their family history and pictures assisted by SELHS. I had a nice visit with Carol Brenholt Medchill. The Brenholt family settled the east side of Cushing. Look for a

story soon! Carol has collected a lot of information about Cushing and her family and let me copy some of it to share with our Cushing history project! The annual Brenholt reunion is held at the Brenholt park in Cushing each summer. Rodney Swanson and I reminisced over the good old days at Bass Lake. He and his sister Lori Gustafson may (should!) provide some Swanson history for our Cushing history project. As Chairman Mao used to say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Start your journey with the first step this week and find your old pictures from the Cushing area to share with us! The Cushing Fire Department history starts with 1962-63 and the Sterling Town Board of Stanley Larson, Ernest Swanson and V. R. Hanson I think. Can you help us put it all together? Thanks to you, sales of our new book “Stories of the Trade River Valley” are great! You can pick them up at the Trade Lake Valley Store, the Atlas store and at Vern’s Country Market in downtown Cushing or send $17 to SELHS, Box 731, Cushing WI, 54006. Paid-up members of SELHS get a discount—so come to the next meeting, join for 2007 and buy several! Membership is due each June at $10 or as much more as you want to pay to SELHS Box 731, Cushing, WI 54006. History events in the SELHS neighborhood Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., SELHS program. Loretta Pederson from Blackberry Hills farm near Eureka will demonstrate spinning and weaving while talking about raising llamas, sheep and milking goats (and making goat cheese!). Business meeting at 5:45 p.m., at the Cushing Community Center. Free and open to the public! Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m., Cemetery walk at Pioneer Cemetery in West Sterling about 10 miles west of Hwy. 87 on Evergreen Avenue. Sunday May 27, 10:30 a.m., Memorial Services, cemetery walk and lunch at the Laketown Lutheran Church. On Polk Co. 220th Street between Hwy. B and Hwy. N. Church services with an historic flavor at 10:30 a.m. in the 1879 Tamarack log church; honoring forgotten Hennings family veterans 11:30 a.m. followed by a cemetery walk and a light lunch in the old Laketown Schoolhouse nearby. SELHS will have a few history folks in costume to provide a historic touch. We invite you to come in your old styles too! Monday, May 28, 11 a.m., Traditional Memorial Day program and lunch at the Wolf Creek Church (Hwy. G and River Road). After lunch, SELHS will guide the cemetery walk through one of the oldest cemeteries in Polk County. Sunday June 24 , 11 a.m., Sterling Picnic at the Cushing Community Center. Lots of old-time demonstrations, a program, potluck lunch at noon, recognition of the over 70 visitors and lots of visiting. Open to the whole world. Saturday, Aug. 18, Cushing Fun Day. SELHS will be working on the history of Cushing. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m., Cushing Tigers Reunion at Cushing Community Center. Saturday, Sept. 22, The Second-Annual River Road-Hwy. 87 Ramble! Get those open houses, garage sales and special promotions planned now! A doit-yourself celebration!

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I’ll be just me

Did you ever aspire to be a king, Or a high official to be, And live in gold trimmed houses, And dine like royalty? Would I like to be a millionaire, Like most millionaires you see, Or would you rather be like I am; Just like myself, like me?

Would you like to feel important, Like office seekers, we meet casually, Or would you rather be a common man, Somewhat like me, just me? It takes all sorts of folks to run our world: Some are like you, some like I try to be: Each of us has a right to choose; Will you be like you, or will you be like me? Some folks crave excitement: Some would rather live quietly; Some want to make a great big noise, Some want it peaceful: That’s me. Some people try to find trouble; Some seek love and beauty; Some seem never to be satisfied, And some are helpful, doing their duty. Do you feel that you’re just “IT,” And know more than the dictionary? I’d rather be like a human being; I’d rather be me, just me. Some folks are just naturally great: And some just try to be. But I think I’ll be just what I am: I think I’ll try to be ME, just ME. – Hugh Taylor (Note: Help! I need help here! Among my things, I found several poems by Hugh Taylor. Was he related to Nellie Taylor? I remember that she once lived in a Drummond house, one of those moved all the way from Drummond, years ago to answer the housing shortage in Frederic. Does anybody remember? His poem embraces a whole philosophy of life.) I am grateful that my children are grown up, and I feel sorry for today’s parents of small children. The world seems more dangerous now, and children are often in danger in this computer age. When I was growing up, we developed our own language. Everything was “swell” or “keen” but there were no computers, so there was no computerese. The following caught my attention: Internet safety for teens You don’t need to be a computer expert to protect your children online. Start with these safety tips: * Keep the computer in a common room in your home where you can easily monitor its use. * Set rules for when and how the computer can be used. * Make sure teens know never to give their real name, address, phone number, school name or even a picture to someone they meet online. * Use stories about Internet predators as teachable

moments to show teens that people they meet online often are not who they say they are. * Frequently check your computer’s Internet history to see what sites are being visited. * Let your child know that you will be monitoring his or her mail. Bernice * For more information on inAbrahamzon stalling computer safety devices, visit * Learn the acronyms and abbreviations that teens use to communicate online. PAW – Parents are watching. PAL – Parents are listening. POS – Parents over the shoulder. PIR – Parents in room. P911 – Parent alert. ASL – Age-Sex-Location. MorF – Male or Female. WYCM – Will you call me. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life. SYT – Se you tonight. F2f – Face to face.



Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Internet Keep Safe Coalition Ten ways to grow something besides old. 1. Adopt a pet from your local animal shelter. 2. Become a child advocate. 3. Plan and take a trip with a friend. 4. Take a course at your local community college. 5. Start a walking club. 6. Join a choir. 7. Volunteer at a theater group. 8. Read to a child every day. 9. Plant a garden. 10. Dance - Laurie Beth Jones (Note: You get the idea. Get into something. Get involved.) The above author wrote many lines that caught my fancy. Consider the following: “If you have to watch every step you take, your path is narrow.” “Your sins are written in pencil. Your prayers in ink.” “Mom and I were discussing politics. I said, ‘Mom, I have observed that a bird needs both a right wing and a left wing. ‘Yes, dear,’ she says ‘but remember – it’s the middle that holds everything together.’” How is a person like a safety pin? Answer: It has to be open before it can be used. Until next week, Bernice

ACS Luck Finish Line Run/Walk May 12 LUCK – Sat., May 12, is the Luck Area annual American Cancer Society one-, three- or five-mile Finish Line Run/Walk at Luck High School. Pledge and registration forms for the walk are available at Rural American Bank and Wayne’s Foods Plus. Send preregistration fee of $5 to Jean Tucker, 2735 Hwy. 35, Luck, WI, 54853 or drop off at Rural American Bank. You may also register on the day of the walk from 8 – 9 a.m. for $10. Prizes for individual top money-raisers include two one-night stays and dinner for two at St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, $50 gift certificate to Van Meter’s Meats, Luck, and $50 gift certificate to Calderwood Lodge on Bone Lake. A traveling trophy is awarded to the team that raises the most money. Luck Lutheran Church currently holds this title. T-shirts are given to each participant raising $60 or more. Pictures of teams will be taken in the school gym. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. to allow time for this. The walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Refreshments, provided by local businesses, will be available before and after the walk. Cancer survivors are asked to stop by the tree table (look for balloons) to be specially recognized. They are also asked to line up behind the ribbon cutting at the beginning of the walk. This years honorary co-chairpersons are Cheryl Langness and Carol Giller who will lead the way. Two people have volunteered to have their hair cut

by Carol Giller for Locks of Love. Anyone with hair at least 10 inches might consider donating for this worthy cause by contacting their local beautician or logging on to If you are unable to participate in this event, consider supporting a walker with a donation, buying from any fundraiser, purchasing tribute flags (Marcia Anderson 715-472-8478), or Foot A Bucks at local businesses. – submitted

Polk County Historical Society is sponsoring a cemetery walk BALSAM LAKE – The Polk County Historical Society is sponsoring a cemetery walk at the Bunyan Cemetery, near Balsam Lake, Saturday, May 19. They will begin with refreshments at the East Balsam Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. and then go to the cemetery. Darrel Alen will conduct the tour. Members are encouraged to attend, and visitors are welcome. If you have any further questions contact president Muriel Pfeifer at 715-268-6578. – submitted

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago W.F. Moses was leaving the Frederic Auto Co. after 20 years and will move to the office of the Frederic Telephone Co. effective June 1 to be general manager.-Louis St. Angelo had been selling cars at Frederic Auto Co. since he left Stokely’s in 1943 and he has decided to retire.-There will be a new pea viner station at Clam Falls this year on the Floyd Martin farm.-It was announced that Frederic business places will be open until 10 p.m. Friday nights during summer months according to an announcement by the Frederic Assn. of Commerce.-Specials at the Frederic Farmers Co-op Store included 10 cans of pork and beans at $1, oranges at 39¢ dozen, and onion sets at 2 lbs. for 23¢.-Leader ads cost 50¢ for 20 words.-M.A. Gedney Co. asked growers to get their pickle contract and seed now.-The May special at Carlson Hardware, Frederic, was a set of copperized aluminum salt and pepper shakers for 97¢.-Bert Larson, Trade Lake, had an auction and the listing included 18 head of Holstein and Shorthorn cattle, brood sows and farm machinery. The date was May 4.-The film “The Far Country” starring Jimmy Stewart was playing at the Frederic Theater, and the film, “Anastasia” was coming next with Yul Brynner.

40 Years Ago Obituaries included Chlorn Wood, Arthur Olund, Walter Gross and Hannah C. Anderson.-A dance was held April 22 at the West Sweden Hall held April 22 at the Indian Creek Hall, given by Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Peterson with music by Dana Yelle.-Production employees were needed at Champion Aircraft Corp., Osceola.-A free outdoor barbecue was held at Happy Hollow on April 29. The site was below the hill on the north side of Frederic before water tower hill.Frederic was planning Family Day events for June 23 – 25.-Eugene Wycoff was elected to head the Polk County Republican Party.-Dale Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delavan Murphy, was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal while serving in Vietnam.-The Polk County Board approved salary increases. Ernest Lundberg resigned as county treasurer so he could spend more time with his ailing wife. He had served 25 years.-Mr. R.P. Glynn resigned as administrator of the Frederic Schools, and Mr. Emory Giles was offered the position.-Shorty’s Dray, Frederic, wanted to buy cow pasture sod.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included toilet tissue at 10 rolls for 59¢, Shasta pop at 7¢ can, assorted flavors, and oranges at 3 dozen for $1.-Fresh smelt were available at the Frederic Co-op Store.

20 Years Ago Gary Young was running for Luck town chairman.Gregg Westigard was running for the Luck town board, too.-Circle C Foods, Frederic, had a big, grand remodeling celebration on April 3-4.-Polk County’s Lincoln Day dinner was held Saturday, April 4, at Trollhaugen, Dresser.-The Cushing First Responder Squad was established.-Obituaries included Robert Yerke, Mary Bergeson, Mary Keith, Frank Weideman, Ingnatius (Iggy) Hersant, Mark Finch and Almor Diset.-Dr. Brad Harlander was running for the Frederic School Board.-Ruby Kettula, clerk, announced that the Clam Falls dump was open Mondays 1 – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.-Dick Dahling was running for supervisor in the township of Luck.-Steffen’s Interiors, downtown Frederic, had specials on wallpaper, floor coverings, window blinds and furniture.-Greg Johnson was photographed with the trophy musky on display at the Fishbowl Tavern and Gift Shop, Danbury. It was speared on a moonless, starless night last April in Shell Lake by Ken Pardun, a St. Croix Chippewa, who was legally exercising his treaty rights in Washburn County. Greg Johnson paid Pardun $200 for the right to show the fish plus $180 taxidermy fees. The fish weighed 56 lbs. It was the largest musky caught since 1949.


Volunteers recognized

Barb Kass is director of Luck Community Education.

Playing a piano trio, front to back, are Chris Valentine, Kassie Ingram and Ashley Valentine, with music teacher Janet Holdt turning pages.

by Mary Stirrat LUCK – Luck School and Luck Community Education recognized its volunteers last week at a special volunteer luncheon. The group of 60 volunteers was the largest ever to attend the annual luncheon, said community education director Barb Kass. The banquet included entertainment by Luck students and pianist Manfred Schonauer.

Dylan LeMay, on flute, with Goeffrey Maidenmuller and Christa White, performed during the Luck volunteer banquet.

Manfred Schonauer, on piano, and his group performed at the volunteer luncheon. Schonauer also played “For Truan,” a piece dedicated to his wife of 28 years, from his newly released CD, “Home at Last.” A CD release party will be held at Schonauer’s A high school forensics team, consisting (L to R) of Laura Byl, Emily Smith, Pipe Dream Center this Jesse Sorensen, Kristine Clarke and Jennifer Roberts, performed a piece Saturday evening, May during the May 3 volunteer banquet. 18.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER St. Croix Valley Dottie Senior Center Adams Congratulations to all confirmands who are having their confirmations this time of year. Our Tuesday afternoon domino winners were: Donna Schlosser in first place, Deloris Benson in second place and Ione Meixner in third place. 500 card winners were: Ron Flostrand in first place, Elaine Edlund in second place, Phil Mevissen in third place, Jeanette Berquam in fourth place and Jack Lund in fifth place. I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. You’re getting older when you remember eating something without knowing how many calories it had, or caring, or even knowing what a calorie was. Thursday evening 500 card winners were: Olga Young in first place, Arlis Rosen in second place, Emma Klawitter in third place and Cliff Qualle in fourth place. Have a great day!

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Sympathy is extended to Jerry and Rose Sexton and family, due to the death of Jerry’s father, Clarence. He was 92. Sympathy is also extended to relatives of Lester Williams, 77, of Bella Vista, Ark., who passed away Saturday. He was a brother of Evelyn Albee. Clam River Tuesday Club met May 2 at the home of Kris Fjelstad. The next meeting will be June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Sue Mroszak. Donna and Nina Hines, Marlene Swearingen and Inez Pearson traveled to the Twin Cities Saturday to the Old Log Theater on a bus trip sponsored by Thrivent. They had dinner, saw a play, and stopped at several points of interest on the way home. Lida and Don Nordquist went to Frederic Saturday afternoon to visit at the home of Jim and Jan Schott. They helped granddaughter, Hannah Schott, celebrate her 6th birthday. Duane and Kathy Albee, Donald Albee and Judy Albee visited Beverly Brunclik Saturday. Weekend visitors of Hank and Karen Mangelsen at various times were Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen, April, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close, Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen and Jerry Sexton. On Sunday Beverly Brunclik and Duane and Kathy Albee were dinner guests of Judy Albee. Congratulations to Dale and Margaret Sexton on the birth of twin grandchildren Sunday, May 6. The girl and boy were born to Jeff and Linda Sexton in Marshfield.

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Oops — I goofed again, forgot to mention Marlys Pedersen and Eiler Ravenholt, two more snowbirds have returned home. Welcome back to the senior center! By the looks of our calendar, we have no servers signed up for this week, except Wednesday. And unfortunately we have to be closed if there are no servers. But sometimes someone comes through at the last minute and the door is open with good hot coffee, goodies and lots of laughing and conversation. But if you are making a special trip to town to come to the center, maybe a call to the center would be in order 715-472-8285. If you can help by serving give Shirley a call at 715-472-2803, or go to the center on Wednesday and put your name on the calendar. It’s time to mention May birthdays. Both Norm and Ellie Schmeckpepper have birthdays in May—Ellie’s on May 1 and Norm on May 30. Also, Joan Chaffee’s is May 30. Lauritz Jensen’s is on May 12. Happy Birthday to all of you. Our next potluck will be held on Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m. We had such fun with the rocks last potlluck, I hope we can come up with something just as interesting for our May gettogether. We will have a birthday cake again to celebrate May birthdays. Last month when we had our birthday cake, we had two members with April birthdays attending potluck. For some reason Nancy Larson and Eva Hansen had a really hard time getting the candles blown out. I thought we would never get to eat that cake! Remember, our building is available for rent for special occasions—graduation parties, showers, etc. Call Darlene Jensen if you are interested, 715-472-2817.

Frederic Senior Center Spades was played on Monday and the winners were: Ed Berdal in first place, Don Heavy in second place, Lola Hinschberger in third place and Clifford Potter in fourth place. We have some good events with Melinda Sorenson’s fourth grade planned. They will be at our center on May 7, 14 and 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. They will help us with tasks and also entertain us. We will be participating again at the Polk County Fair. Monday, May 7, Ardyce Knauber and Francis Kurkowski attended the Polk County Fair senior program planning luncheon at Oakwood Restaurant, Luck.



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3, at the Siren School Auditorium. This year’s Siren Valedictorian is Lauren Howe and the Salutatorian is Ashley Cummings. Congratulations girls. Congratulations to elementary student Corey Bauer for being chosen Siren Schools student of the week. Siren’s E.S.E.A./No Child Left Behind annual review will be held on May 14, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the school. Come and see the plans set up for the coming year at Siren. Jim and Donis Taylor will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 13, at the Northwoods Crossing Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Congratulations to the both of you and many more happy years together. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 28, as this is the date set for the Memorial Day program at the Siren School. The program starts at 11 a.m., music will be provided by the high school band. The Siren Ball Park will hold a slow-pitch softball tournament on Memorial Day Weekend, the 25 – 27. For more information contact John at 715-349-2391. The Siren Methodist Church will host the May Food and Friends Free Dinner on May 29. Come early as the food goes fast. Enjoy some great food and the opportunity to enjoy the company of old friends, or make some new ones.


Fran Krause attended the luncheon on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. They hosted their sister church from Frederic. Orange 4-H met Sunday afternoon at the school. Pat and Nancy O’Brien and Jack and LaVonne O’Brien met Jack’s sister-in-law and family in St. Cloud, Minn., for lunch on Tuesday.

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hand with your lawn chores that the Community Service Project of Burnett County Restorative Justice Response, Inc. are willing to help you out. You may either contact Don Brand at the senior center or Lisa Johnson at 3492117 for assistance. The monthly senior meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15. We will also be celebrating the birthdays of Don Brand and Judy Johnson after the meeting with our monthly birthday cake. The meeting is brought to order at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The Siren Elementary School fourth-graders will be visiting us on May 21 this month. This will be their last visit this year so all of you senior friends try to make this event. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The coffee pot is always on, so stop in and visit. Cards are played on Monday and Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and dime bingo is every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. See you at the center.


A hint of orange flashed by and caught the corner of my eye last Wednesday as I passed my dining room window. I stopped to get a better look and do you suppose I got to see what I thought it was? Oh, no. It took until late afternoon before I really got a good look at him. I was right, there he was sitting at the top of the Elm tree in his glory, singing his heart out, the Baltimore orioles had returned to the Siren area as have the rose-breasted grosbeaks. It won’t be long and we can once again enjoy the smallest prize - the beautiful little ruby-throated hummingbirds. The Pepsi Pitch hit-and-run contest will be held at the Siren Ballpark on May 12 from registration at 9:30 and the competition starting at 10 a.m. For more information call Mike at 715-349-5233. Even though we are now going into a warmer season, the Siren Lioness keep a good supply of yarn in at the Siren U.S. Bank for all you avid knitters and crocheters to make into warm hats, mittens and scarves for this winter’s mitten tree in the bank. Let’s make this the bestdressed tree ever. Sympathy is extended to the family of Glenn Hunter who passed away. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Ruth Doran who passed away. The Senior Awards Night was held on Thursday, May

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Wednesday pokeno was enjoyed. It’s beginning to look like spring with our May decorations. Thursday night 500 player winners were Lloyd Nelson in first place, Marlys Borchert in second place, Dave Peterson in third place and Ruth Johnson in fourth place. Spades will be played Mondays at 1 p.m. for the month of May. Saturday share-a-lunch was enjoyed. Bingo and cards were enjoyed with afternoon lunch. Count your blessings and your basket is full of gratitude.

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Our sympathy to the family of Glenn Hunter, who passed away last week. Glenn was a well-known figure in our community and an active senior member for many years. We will miss both he and his wife Gen. Winners at 500 cards on Wednesday were, Marge Nyberg, Dave Peterson, Arvid Pearson and Dean Elkin. Friday spades winners were, Lola Hinschberger, Dorothy Cronquist, Flo Antiel and Ann Smith. The center had a full house on Thursday hosting the Dining at Five dinner combined with the recognition of the 2006 volunteers. Approximately 75 people attended the turkey dinner served by Shirley Holmes, our site manager. Seniors continuing with their volunteering to help make this a success were, Elna Wamboldt, Ralph Severson, Lou Jappe, Corrine Root, Lorraine Haaf, Della and Ed Smythe, Judy and Fred Bauerfeld and Barb Munger. Also gratitude is extended to Connie Crosby, Roberta Rudiger and Lois Taylor from the Burnett County Aging Program for pitching in and helping clear off the tables. A reminder to all of you seniors who need a helping

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Brad, Pam, Spencer and Mallory Peterson spent the weekend with the Dean Peterson’s and attended the first communion of Jacob. Iola Rachner, Donna Carlson, Doris Schauer and Maxine Stone visited Myrtle and Galen Budd in Grantsburg on Tuesday.

Happy Corners Vern Catlin visited at the Gene Doster home on Monday afternoon. Mardel Barnette and Shawn attended Maynard Falb’s visitation in Turtle Lake on Thursday evening. Mardel Barnette and Shawn were Rice Lake shoppers on Thursday afternoon. Vern Catlin was taken to Barron Hospital on Sunday evening, and then he was taken down to Luther Hospi-

tal in Eau Claire, and right now we don’t know for sure what is wrong. Mardel Barnette and Shawn and Vern Catlin attended Maynard Falbs funeral at Pipe Lake Church on Friday forenoon. Pastor Miller had a very nice sermon and the ladies had a lunch for everyone. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Maynard Falb family.



653-4281 Sympathy is extended to the family of Larry Reed, who passed away last week. He was just embarking on chemotherapy and other treatments according to his wife, Delores. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon with a short service following at Rowe Funeral Home. Marlene Nelson and Joann Gibbs assisted Pastor Mike with Sunday’s service. Joann Gibbs and Marie Nelson, as communion stewards, assisted with the distribution of the elements. John Glockzin sang “In the Garden” in memory of loved ones who have recently left us. A pancake breakfast was served after the service with members of the Bible study groups in charge. Several diners came from attending church services at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church where it was confirmation Sunday with seven being confirmed. Interesting to hear about that too. The wind really blew Saturday and Sunday, taking down some heavy pine branches on the church lawn, causing a power outage about 4 a.m. Sunday. The electric company crew responded and lights were once again restored before the 8:45 a.m. church service. Sheila Staples and Rick Abrahamzon went to Lino Lakes on Sunday. The day before they went on a trout fishing jaunt to the Marengo Valley where Rick once lived

with his parents near Sanborn, Morgan Falls, etc. Members of the NW Regional Writers will read aloud from their works Thursday night at the Frederic Public Library between 7 and 9 p.m. The public is invited to come and listen and participate. A writer or a poet needs readers and also listeners of the written word. The group met once before and had a few visitors and it is hoped that more will respond this time. Light refreshments will be served by the library staff. Welcome. Bring a favorite poem to share if you like. The next day, on Friday, May 11, the NW Regional Writers will meet at 1 p.m. in the community room, Sunrise Apts., Frederic. The assignment is to write on an important moment in someone’s life - use sensory details. It’s always surprising what a variety of stories and poems emerge. The Lewis church had so much donated for the recent rummage sale that some of it never got unpacked and laid out for sale. Consequently, this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., another rummage sale will be held in the John Glockzin garage (across the street from Circle C in Frederic) with many tempting items on display. Since Lewis lost its post office and is now part of Frederic, it seems only right to join all the other Frederic yard and garage sales in

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320-242-3933 First of all, let’s have an update on Fran Ferguson. Fran is home now and recuperating nicely after having had a small heart attack and a small stroke. She spent a week in St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth including three days in intensive care. Following an angioplasty procedure and several tests, she is now home, on oxygen continuously and will be getting home health care services out of Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. All of us out here in the townships of Arna and New Dosey are happy that all is going well for her these days. Cemetery cleanup is going to be held in Markville on Saturday, May 19. Frank Schaaf is spearheading the event and would like as many helpers as possible. Please be at the Markville Cemetery as soon after 9 a.m. as you can make it. Mike Lilly and his family came for the day recently and helped mom, Clara, do all of her spring yard work. Our sympathies are extended to Darlene and Pete Merimonte on the death of her mom. Susan Francis passed away at age 102 on April 28 in White Bear Lake. What a weekend it was April 28 – 29 when several members of the Mishler family gathered to clean out Lydia’s home. Those included in this work crew were Marlene and Don, son Jason and his wife, Sally, daughter Diana and her son, Adam, son Brian, his wife Robin and son Tom, and daughter Pam and her son Brandon. Finishing out the group were Don’s brothers John with wife Karon and

daughter Debbie, and Wayne, who came from Two Harbors. Two 20-yard dumpsters were filled and hauled away. Marlene and Karon, who had brought lots of food along, cooked the meals for the entire group. A special Sunday meal of creamed crab legs was provided by Karon. Jim Vink and Peter Fornengo each celebrated their 82nd birthday recently. Jim’s three daughters, Sue, Betty and Mary, came up from the Cities with a complete meal for all of them to share. The entire Fornengo family came to Peter and Emma’s home bringing cake, ice cream, cards and good cheer. Esther and Jim now have her son, Doug, starting a twoweek visit from northern Idaho. A huge black bear visited the Deloris Schirmer yard last week. Her other news is that she and son, Don, enjoyed taco Tuesday at Cozy Corner Inn. Bob Brewster and Patty Koehler are still hard at the work of planting their orchards. Recent shipments of raspberries, currants, rhubarb and grapes are now being planted. Bob has fenced the entire orchard area to keep the deer from raiding. Frank and Mary Schaaf, on their recent shopping trip to Duluth, were surprised and pleased to run into Sandi and Dave Drake while they were having lunch at the Old Country Buffet at the Miller Hill Mall. They also saw nephew Joe and his wife, Cheryl, at the same place on the same day. After doing some errands in Superior on April 28, Dave

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Bernice Abrahamzon Frederic this weekend. See you there! Pastor’s wife, Candy, was in charge of the service at Odanah on Sunday as usual, and then went downstate to visit her son who is recuperating from very serious brain surgery. He is married and has two small children. He has a long way to go to convalesce, and is on the prayer chain. Speaking of which, the prayer chain is being revised once again. Please note where your name occurs. In making calls, hang on long enough for the answering service to go on (if there is one) otherwise, skip that number and go on to the next home on the list. Additional scrabble players will be welcome, any Monday at 1 p.m. in the community room, Sunrise Apts., Frederic. Please accept the invitation – or the challenge. Always coffee and goodies too. The Lewis Cemetery Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pour House, Siren. The Good Cheer Club will meet Wednesday at Oakwood Inn, Luck. The following day Laverne Leep and friends will also meet there for lunch. The Lewis UMW will meet Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis church. Welcome to any women of any age in the Lewis church or a friend of the church.

Fran Levings and I had lunch at the Golden Inn in Superior with a former teaching colleague of mine, Edie Lanswick, who has now retired from Solon Springs High School and lives in Superior. Grab those garden tools, wherever you are.

Births Andrew and Amanda Jepsen proudly announce the arrival of Avery Laurel on April 27 (Daddy’s birthday), at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire. She weighed 5 lbs., 5 oz. and measured 18 inches long. Grandparents are Dave and Laurel Bauer of Eau Claire and Neal and Judi Jepsen of Centuria. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A girl, Emily Alyson Carroll, born April 26, 2007, to Shane and Cyndi Carroll, Taylors Falls, Minn. Emily weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, James Douglas Miller, born April 26, 2007, to Sarah and Craig Miller, Luck. James weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. ••• A boy, Nolan Gage Branstad, born April 27, 2007, to Kallie and David Branstad, Grantsburg. Nolan weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Cody Robert O’Flanagan, born April 24, 2007, to Chad and Gina O’Flanagan, North Branch, Minn. Cody weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A boy, Cadyn Allen Lee Daigle, born April 25, 2007, to Breana Voss and Jason Daigle, Shafer, Minn. Cadyn weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Evelyn Franchere Osten, born April 28, 2007, to Laura and Gabriel Osten, St. Croix Falls. Evelyn weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. •••

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Five Generations gathered at the Leroy and Phyllis Brenizer residence in Frederic. Pictured are Gertrude Klas, 96, (O.W. Johnson Family) of Bone Lake, Phyllis Brenizer, Terry Brenizer, Lance Brenizer, Shawn Marsh, Kaitlyn and Dylan Marsh and 6-month-old Lexi Jo Brenizer. – submitted

A boy, Ryan Lee Olson, born April 6, 2007, to Stacy Olson, Frederic. Ryan weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A girl, Brianna Marie Westerberg, born April 10, 2007, to Gina Westerberg, Amery. Brianna weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Blake Edward Anderson, born April 12, 2007, to Kari Hislop and Jacob Anderson, Clear Lake. Blake weighed 8 lbs., 3.5 oz. ••• A girl, Alanna Rain Stinnett, born April 13, 2007, to Tonja Williamson and Ryan Stinnett, Turtle Lake. Alanna weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. ••• A boy, Bryan Michael Utgard, born April 14, 2007, to Jessica Dix and Chad Utgard, Amery. Bryan weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Mason Lee Witscher, born April 17, 2007, to Stacy and Joseph Witscher, Almena. Mason weighed 7 lbs., 5.5 oz. ••• A girl, Izabelle McKenzie Gibson, born April 19, 2007, to Pamela Gibson, Clear Lake. Izabelle weighed 7 lbs, 9.5 oz. ••• A girl, Izabella Marie Iwaszko, born April 20, 2007, to Penny and Chris Iwaszko, Amery. Izabella weighed 6 lbs, 5 oz. •••



Lucy is an 8-month-old female coonhound mix. She has a superfine short coat of black and tan. She is delicate and sensitive. Lucy is a surrendered pet. She is used to indoor living and loves attention. She is playful and all of the normal puppy activities. Lucy is a dear heart, oh so gentle and sweet. She Arnell could be an excellent family pet. May 6 - 12 is Be Kind to Animals Humane Week sponsored by American HuSociety mane Association. It was created in 1915 to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals. It promotes kindness to all animals and encourages adults and children to honor the companionship, friendship and love animals bring to our lives. In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, Arnell Humane Society wants all families to spend more time appreciating their companion animals. In addition, we would like to suggest a few ways to show kindness to the animals that don’t live in your house. Speak out for animals. Get active in local welfare policies and legislation. To receive timely Action Alerts about issues affecting animals, register at You’ll be able to make a difference for animals with just a click of your mouse. Report animal abuse. While acts of violence against animals are tragic in their own right, they are also a red flag for another violent behavior, including domestic abuse and violent crime. Reporting animal abuse could prevent these crimes. Appreciate wildlife. Leave room in your yard for habitats. Make a bird or bat house. Share kindness. Teach the people in your life, especially children about the importance of being kind to animals. We need to “learn” to live in harmony



Langdon/Wanles The parents of Brittany Langdon and Christopher Wanles wish to announce their engagement. Brittany, a 2004 graduate of Siren High School, is attending Austin Peay State University in Texas where she is studying nuclear medicine. Christopher is from Oklahoma City, Okla., and is a specialist in the U.S. Army. The couple will reside in Fort Campbell, Ky., where Christopher is currently stationed. Brittany and Christopher will be married June 16, 2007, in Siren.


Hello, Fritz here! I hope everyone had a good week. I’m going to change pace a little bit and talk about cats for this week’s column. Grrrruuuuufff! Why am I talking about cats when the Burnett County Humane Society can only take dogs? Well, that’s my point exactly. Fritz This past week a box of seven young kittens were dropped off just inside our yard gate and abandoned NEWS FROM here. The angels who run the shelter are understandably upset and asked me to talk about the problem. Did you know HSBC doesn’t have the money, medicine or space to accept cats/kittens at this time? The angels have no place to keep these seven kittens, they don’t have any cat medicine to make sure they are healthy or money to have them spayed/neutered. What will we do with


Odegard/Spohn Erin Odegard, daughter of Linda and Steve Dahl and the late Curtis Odegard, and Robert Spohn, son of Charlene Spohn of Travers City, Mich., are pleased to announce their engagement. Their wedding is planned for Oct. 5, at Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg. They plan to reside in Grantsburg. – submitted

Lucy with nature in a time when self-interest and violence are the daily fare. Make a donation to your local animal shelter. A donation can be any number of contributions, from your time or money. Arnell is currently gathering donated items for our annual garage sale on June 9. Donations of money help us to carry out the job of caring for the lost, unwanted and abandoned animals that arrive at our shelter every day. Adopt a pet from a shelter or breed rescue group. Approximately eight to 12 million animals enter our nation’s shelters every year, and more than half of these pets will have to be euthanized because of a lack of homes. Local shelters are the best place to find companion animals, no matter what type you’re looking for. Help solve the tragedy of euthanasia of adoptable animals by not contributing to the problem. If you have pets, make sure they are spayed or neutered. Pets should always wear a collar with an ID tag so they can be returned home quickly if they are ever lost. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E, Amery 715-268-7387 or visit us online:

these seven kittens? Arroooo! I don’t know…. Does anyone have a good home for a fluffy kitten? The angels are talking about putting up security cameras to catch anyone who tries to abandon cats/kittens here at the shelter. Please! Be a responsible pet owner, have your cat spayed/neutered. Keep your cat inside where they can’t kill songbirds and other wildlife. Don’t feed or otherwise encourage feral, outdoor cats that show up on your door. And most importantly, don’t bring your cats to the Humane Society of Burnett County! As I mentioned, at this time we don’t have any resources to care for them. Woof, sorry to be such a grouch about it, but I know the angels are doing everything they can here. Resources are stretched thin just helping us canines. Maybe someday we’ll have the building, money and supplies to help cats out too, but at this time, it’s just not possible. With your help HSBC is saving lives, one at a time., 715-866-4096.

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Waiting Child Brianna Born: March 28, 1994

Brianna loves to be the center of attention and really wants to be adopted by someone who will have a lot of time and love to share with her. Brianna enjoys going bowling, reading, coloring and watching television. She is an intelligent child and is able to make good choices when she tries. Brianna enjoys organized sports and she has done well in the past as a participant in recreational programs. Brianna is a beautiful young lady, but she does not always see her own attributes. She needs a supportive caregiver who can help her raise her self-esteem. Brianna will need a very strong and supportive family to love her unconditionally. Past experiences have resulted in her feeling very uncertain and insecure about her caregivers not wanting to keep her. She will need constant reminders that she is needed and wanted in the family unit. Brianna is currently in the sixth grade. She is attending special education classes due to negative classroom behaviors as well as speech and language delays. Brianna is in good health. While she may be nervous and cautious, Brianna very much wants to find a forever family. For more information about Brianna, or other children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, 800-762-8063, or visit the Web site at

Shown (L to R): Proud grandfather Kevin Phernetton, his daughter Tara Paitrick, great-grandfather Jack Phernetton and twins, Jakob Evan and Noah James Paitrick. – Photo submitted

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library “Beware of the Cat and Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier,” by Vincent Wyckoff Postal patrons all take for granted that their mail will be delivered in a timely manner in spite of weather and other acts of nature. Vincent Wyckoff relates his experiences as a mail carrier in South Minneapolis over many years in this new memoir. Vincent says that everyone knows about Beware of Dog signs, but he found a Beware of Cat sign that saved him from great unpleasantness. He tells tales of lost children, an elderly man looking for a lost bird he hadn’t owned for many years, snowstorms, and lessons learned from his Native American patrons. He tells about delivering a letter sent from Saigon in 1976 which took many years to arrive at its destination but was welcomed by a mother who had thought her son lost forever. Wyckoff’s adventures make a light pleasurable read with some touching moments. Wyckoff is not Hemmingway, but sometimes a gentle read is what we need. Library notes Story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories. Be alert for more information about the summer reading program which will begin on June 11. The theme this year is Get a Clue at Your Library. The Friends of the Library book group meets on Monday, May 21, to discuss “A Million Little Pieces,” by James Frey, this controversial book was an Oprah selection about addiction. Joining the discussion will be a drug counselor. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The group meets at 7 p.m. The Great Stories Club meets on Monday, May 21, to discuss “Gingerbread,” by Rachel Cohn from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Otaku Club meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. for teens who like manga and anime. Stop in and check it out. New

mangas are arriving frequently. The history group will meet again in May, led by Professor Herb Cederberg, to discuss “Undaunted Courage,” by Stephen Ambrose about the exploration by Lewis and Clark. Call the library for the exact date. The Friends of the Library board meets on Monday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. Congratulations to Bonnie Wilhelm and Joann Hallquist who were the winners of the Wisconsin books given away at the drawing at the home show. Congratulations to baby Isabelle who was the first baby born during National Library Week There are lots of things happening at the Amery Public Library in the month of May. We enjoyed a visit from children’s author Jackie Urbanavic on May 9, at story time. She is the illustrator of several books and her new book, “Duck At the Door” is one that she has written and illustrated. Story time will continue throughout the summer at 10:30 a.m. with many special programs beginning with the summer reading program Get a Clue at Your Library which starts on June 13. On June 13, story time will have a visit from the Polk County Search and Rescue Dogs at 10:30 a.m. On June 20, we will have the Minnesota Percussion Trio performing at story time and on June 27 we greet Nothandu Zulu of the Black Storytellers Alliance to regale us with songs and stories. Mark your calendar for these programs which will all begin at 10:30 a.m. and are open to anyone who would like to attend. The Friends of the Library board will meet on May 14, for their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who is a Friend of the Library or would like to be one is welcome to attend.

Library hours Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The library will be closed May 26 and 28, in observance of Memorial Day. Three Internet computers: You must physically present a MORE library card to library staff and library fines must be under $10 to use a computer. Story time Lapsitter and preschool story times begin at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts

May 26 beginning at 9 a.m.: Needed: Dirty Hands to help plant the community garden. Story time is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. and then again at 11 a.m. Library hours: Monday: Noon – 7 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 3 – 9 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Friday: noon – 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715-263-2802 or by e-mail at

Milltown Public Library Summer Reading Program Mark your calendars! The Summer Reading Program at Milltown Public Library kicks off Saturday, May 26, with entertainment, games, art projects, and prizes for kids and adults. This summer we will offer Readers’ Rewards to people of all ages. If you can’t make it to the kickoff on May 26, you can register for Readers’ Rewards anytime afterward, and start recording your reading to be entered into drawings for fabulous prizes and an awesome grand prize at the end of the summer. Exciting workshops and performers for this summer are already planned – check out for more information.

Knit and crochet Join the most exciting group in Milltown at the library on the first and third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Experts and beginners are invited! If you’re in the middle of a project and are looking for help or just fun conversation while you finish that sweater, hat, mitten or whatever, please join us for the next meeting on March 15. Beginners are also invited for free lessons from talented club members – just call the library at 715-8252313 to ensure that a teacher and materials will be ready for you. We are wireless Bring your laptops to the Milltown Public Library and enjoy our new, free, fast wireless Internet access. No more waiting for an open computer! Surf the net from a comfortable chair! No time limits! Hours Library hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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and more - through May 17. We will then take a break until summer reading begins June 12. Registration for Get a Clue…at Your Library will be required this year. Register at the library circulation desk beginning May 7. Summer reading will be Tuesday mornings at 1011 a.m., for children, 3 to first grade. Children entering third grade this fall and older, may participate in the independent reading portion of summer reading. Contact the library at 715-755-2944 which is our telephone and FAX number or e-mail us at www.dresser Our Web site, also has information about story times, days closed, reference links, library policy and much more.

Osceola Public Library Hours, contact Our hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from

The Clear Lake Public Library is offering many activities for you to participate in during the month of May. May 9 and 23, at 4:30 p.m.: Knitting and crocheting. All levels of expertise are welcome. Free materials are available. May 9, at 6 p.m. and May 10, at 10 a.m.: Make a Mother’s Day card. May 21, at 6 p.m.: Teen Movie Night. Popcorn and lemonade will be served as we watch “Superman Returns” (Rated PG-13).

Story hour Milltown Public Library offers two story times every Tuesday. The morning story time begins at 10 a.m. Can’t make it in the morning? We will repeat the program at 6:30 p.m. Story times are free and are designed for children under 6 and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and check out books. There will be no story time on May 29, but story Library hours time will be offered throughout the sumMonday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 mer. a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dresser Public Library Dresser Public Library is located at 117 S. Central Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. The Dresser Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly meeting on the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

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noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715294-2310, and our Web address is

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Saturday talk about the book club “Triangle” by Katharine Weber is the selection for the month of May. The following is a summary from the book: The last living survivor of a 1911 sweatshop fire, 106-year-old Esther Gottesfeld passes away leaving numerous questions about the fire, which is investigated by her granddaughter Rebecca and a feminist historian with a personal agenda. The book club meets the second Saturday of the month, 9:30 am at Goochie Noochie’s in downtown St. Croix Falls. Call if you have any questions 483-1777. Story Hour Listen to stories, create great art and have fun with other kids and parents

every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Croix Falls Public Library story hour! Technology Wireless is back. After some policy discussions and budget adjusting, the St. Croix Falls Library is again offering free wireless access to people with laptops. So stop in and launch onto the Web. Also, visit the library’s revamped Web site to find out what’s happening at the library Hours, contact Our hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Luck Public Library Are you having a difficult time getting your child interested in learning? Why not try a different approach? We have new materials that will help you target your child’s learning style so you can use your time more effectively. Preschool story hour is held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. We focus on early literacy skills and emergent readers. All are

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welcome. Hours Mondays 1 – 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 1 – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays 1 – 8 p.m.; Fridays 1 – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon.


POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Frederic Public Library Writers’ night at the library Join us Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. for an evening with members of the Northwest Regional Writers who will read from their works and invite you to share your favorite poem or prose. This is a relaxing evening for everyone who enjoys listening to others read to them! “America: Freedom to Fascism” film to be shown Plan to see the film by Aaron Russo, that is being talked about nationwide, when the library hosts a viewing on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. There will also be handout information available to help you learn more about this topic, or you can visit Story hour Wednesday morning Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to story hour at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, for stories and activities about “big and gray” – whatever does that mean? Story hour will continue through May 23, and will take a brief recess before resuming again in June. Join a reading group The Thursday morning reading group will meet May 17 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “American Pastoral” by Philip Roth, a novel that looks at the ‘60s, the most divisive of decades. The evening book group will meet the same day at 7 p.m. to talk about “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, an injured mountain climber who was sheltered and cared for in a remote Pakistani village, and in gratitude he promised to build them a school. Copies of the books are available at the library and new members are always welcome.

Sign up for the container gardening program Join us Thursday evening, May 24, when Master Gardener Colleen Gifford will demonstrate this type of gardening and guide us as we plant our own containers in this make-and-take event. Bring your own container, and the library will supply soil and plants for a $10 fee. Preregistration is necessary for this program. We’re looking for volunteers for summer library activities We’re busy planning summer activities and there are many volunteer opportunities for your talents! Are you able to contribute to the Family Days book and bake sale, Friday, June 15? Will you read for story hours on Wednesday mornings? How about helping with the summer reading program? Volunteering at the library is also a great way for high school students to earn community service hours. Give us a call, or stop by to talk. We are accepting book sale items If you’re cleaning shelves and closets, please consider donating your gently used books and movies to the library’s annual Family Days bake/book sale. Profits go to special library projects, and we welcome your donations anytime up to the day of the sale, June 15-16.

Balsam Lake Public Library Story time Story time is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. Book club This book group will meet again Wednesday, May 16, at 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. For May “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. “In 1854 Cheyenne Chief Little Wolf asked for 1,000 white women as brides for his warriors in exchange for 1,000 horses. Using this true incident, Fergus lets his imagination go wild and creates a journal of one of his ancestors who became one of those brides in 1875. Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd, who tells the story of her family and her new life with the Cheyenne. Her vocal characterizations, especially of the various immigrant women Dodd encounters, are lively.”

Friends group The Friends group will meet again on Wednesday, May 30, at 3 p.m. This is a change in time. Next project for the Friends Group will be the Annual Book Sale during Freedom Fest. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. here at the library. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site

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Gardening in Polk County The warm gentle rain of the past week provided much needed moisture and an opportunity for plants to jump up and shouts “hurray,” as they burst through Library hours at a glance the ground seeking warmth and sunRegular library hours are Mon. 10 light. Gardeners of all ages, and genders a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. - are greeting this new season with zest. 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The li- All the libraries have a great supply of brary is closed on Tuesdays. gardening books for any type of gardener and for those of you wanting a litHow to contact the library Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak tle direction in the “how tos,” check out Street West. 715-327-4979; e-mail fred- a library near you for the upcoming, container gardening classes offered at many of the libraries. Container gardening is a simple yet, effective way of growing plants without the annoyance of pesty weeds. Many Hours noon to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7 people pot vegetables in containers, just The Centuria Public Library is open p.m., closed Friday, and open 10 a.m. to because nothing beats the fresh taste of Monday from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday noon on Saturday. from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday from

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Favorite book group This book group will meet again Wednesday, June 6, 3 p.m. This group is for people to get together to share their favorite books and authors with each other.

a garden picked-tomato . Container gardening classes at the libraries May 10, 6:30 p.m., Cumberland May 15, 2 p.m., Rice Lake May 24, 6:30 p.m., Frederic May 29, 6:30 p.m., Luck Contact library for details; registration, fees , etc. Friends of the Polk County Libraries The monthly meeting of this nonprofit group will be on Monday, May 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. Discussion and work time will include constructing “walking books” for participation in local parades; author visits, fair schedule and project. Call the Polk County Library Federation if you would like to join this group or have questions, 715-485-8680.


SCF Forensics team scores big at two state tourneys

The Group Interpretation team went to state finals, placing sixth overall. Pictured are (L to R) Jo Oldenburg, Brenna Martens, David Lund, Mary Ryan and Molly Kalmoe. – Photos by Julie Holmquist by Julie Holmquist ST. CROIX FALLS - Students on high school forensics teams usually get little adoration: there are no Friday night games with people cheering their verbal and dramatic presentations. But the St. Croix Falls team recently wowed judges at two different state tournaments in Madison and Ripon. St. Croix Falls Forensics Coach Peggy Ryan said it’s time to cheer for this small team that can hold its own against the Golaiths. In Madison, the team’s scores placed them in the top 5 percent of all schools in Wisconsin. They competed against 396 schools to climb to the top, with some of those schools large enough to have special forensics classes or boasting five coaches. The St. Croix Falls team also won the Excellence in Speech Award in Madison. At the state tournament in Ripon, a team in the Group Interpretation category performed well enough to make it to the finals, placing sixth place overall. The entire St. Croix Falls team placed fourth in Division 3 schools. “That’s a very tough category to win,” said Ryan of Group Interpretaton. “It’s fun and a lot of kids like to do it.” The Group Interpretation team named their piece Air Travel. It was a compilation of Dave Barry’s humor writing, which they transformed into a script and a performance. “You have to be sharp and dedicated to win that, and they were incredibly dedicated all year,” Ryan said. At large high schools, such as those

that took the top overall spots, many of the students are focused on forensics only, Ryan said, with no involvement in other extracurricular activities. But not so in St. Croix Falls. “Every single one of these students is exemplary in other areas,” Ryan said. “They are very involved in athletics and in leadership.” St. Croix Falls competes in two different tournaments, the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association, which holds its traditional tournament in Madison, and a state tournament sponsored by the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association, held in Ripon. Unlike the traditional tournament, students competing in Ripon must keep performing their piece in head-to-head competition. Those placing in the top six, like St. Croix Falls, perform five times in one day. In the Group Interpretation overall category, Brookfield East had groups taking first and second place, Middleton placed third, Sheboygan North was fourth, Appleton East placed fifth and St. Croix Falls placed sixth. St. Lawrence Seminary won first place in Division 3 for teams. Four other St. Croix Falls students made it to the semifinal rounds in Ripon: Katie Burns Penn and Sarah Perzyk in farrago; Tashina Martinson in demonstration, and Kelsey Douglass White in poetry. Ryan, a St. Croix Falls English teacher for six years, has two forensics assistants: Mary Martin and Mike Ryan, her son, a University of Minnesota student.

The St. Croix Falls forensics team placed in the top 5 percent at the state tournament in Madison, and fourth in Division three of the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association state tournament.


Grape-growers seminar and potluck by Wayne M. Anderson BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Area grape growers, wine makers and enologists all are invited to the Polk and Burnett County spring meeting this Sunday. This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Trade River Winery in Trade Lake. The food, festivities and information presentation begins at 4 p.m. and is open and free to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a small, favorite dish. Guest speaker Tom Martell, of Martell Vineyards and Orchard near Somerset, will give a lecture and a PowerPoint presentation on several aspects of growing grapes and wine making in cold climates. Kevin Schoessow, area agricultural development

agent with the UW Extension, will also be on hand to talk about research development and management in growing cold-hardy grapes. Area farmers are discovering the economic value of grapes and hobbyists are finding a joy in growing grapes. Agricultural history shows “soybeans were not here 20 years ago,” said Schoessow. Back then science made it possible for soybeans to grow abundantly in this region, he said. And it’s that same science which now makes it possible for cold-hardy grapes to flourish here. Grapes are presently yielding about $1,000 per acre, they may well be the “new generation” of cash crop here, Schoessow said.

Honor Mother’s Day with Interfaith Caregivers AMERY – Interfaith Caregivers invites you to their upcoming spring concert celebrating Mother’s Day at the First Lutheran Church at 240 Elm Street in Amery on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Concert performers from the Amery area will be doing a variety of religious and contemporary music for your listening pleasure. The concert is provided free to the public with only a goodwill donation for Interfaith Caregivers program. Supplemental funding is provided by Thrivent. Bring mom and grandma for this delightful evening of music. Homemade desserts created by homemakers from Thrifty HCE, Amery, will be provided after the concert for everyone to enjoy. Honor your mother this Mother’s Day with the gift of giving. A donation to Interfaith Caregivers in your mother’s name will help mothers and grandmothers

daily in Polk County. Your gift is a wonderful way to remember mom by helping to help others in our communities. They coordinate volunteers to help senior citizens and adults with disabilities to stay within their homes and communities. Their services are provided at no charge, and donations to Interfaith Caregivers are needed. Your donations are truly appreciated and are put to good use within in your community. What could be better than giving the gift of independence? Honor your mother with a gift that keeps on giving. Send your tax-deductible donation to: Interfaith Caregivers, P.O. Box 338, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Contact 715-483-9263 or - submitted

Grapes and wine have drawn the attention of several area investors. Polk and Burnett counties are home to two vineyard and wine establishments: Trade River Winery, and Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard near St. Croix Falls. Trade River Winery is located off of Hwy. 48 near CTH O. For more information on this Sunday’s spring meeting, call 715-327-5525.

Kooiker honored BURNETT COUNTY – Marilyn Kooiker, Burnett County Family Living Agent, was honored at the Wisconsin Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference. Kooiker was the recipient of two awards, Housing Outreach and Community Partnership. To receive the Housing Outreach Award, Kooiker, has collaborated with the Burnett County Habitat for Humanity Organization. She provides homeownership and money management education to families selected for the Habitat Program. Kooiker has helped these low-income families become successful and responsible homeowners. Kooiker’s recognition in the Community Partnership area stems from her work with the Burnett County Nutrition Coalition. The coalition promotes adequate and appropriate nutrition and physical activity to county residents. A manufacturing plant wellness program, physical activity resources list, and a senior citizen walking program are a few of the projects accomplished. Kooiker shows exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of families in Burnett County.- submitted


Local barbershop troupe hopes to grow to 50 BURNETT/POLK COUNTIES - Now that they are beginning their 50th year, the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus is hoping to increase their membership to 50 singers. “We are really pushing hard to reach 50 members by our 50th anniversary on April, 2008,” said Ken Mettler, vice president of marketing and public relations for the chorus. “We sing well as we are but, 50 voices would give us an even fuller sound.” “The group now has about 39 members ranging in age from high school to those in their 80s We have people from all walks of life,” Ken said. Group members come from across Western Wisconsin, including Amery, Clear Lake, Webster, Danbury, Balsam Lake, Luck, Grantsburg, Cushing, St. Croix Falls, Dresser, New Richmond, Turtle Lake, Milltown, Frederic, and even one from Hugo, Minn. Members don’t have to be exceptionally vocally gifted to join, either. “We’re looking for any men who enjoy singing. You don’t need to have a fantastic solo voice,” says assistant director Karl Wicklund. “Each year, the Indianhead Chorus meets in competition with other choruses from around Wisconsin and Minnesota. In March, the chorus received the Most Improved Chorus Award at the division contest,” said Steve Swenson, who has been a member for 25 years and directs the chorus. “The singers work hard, but they play hard, too. It takes a lot of practice, a lot of listening to the other singers and a lot of dedication,” said 17-year-old member Billy Hinshaw. Besides the yearly contest, the chorus performs throughout the year at various community functions. The highlight of

A recent chorus practice night at Balsam Lake. - Photo by Ken Mettler their season is the annual Harvest of Harmony, held every fall at the Unity High School. The 2007 concert is scheduled for Oct. 13. Featured guest quartets will be Wireless and the nationally ranked, Men in Black. Contact any chorus member for more information, call 715-483-9202, or e-mail The chorus Web site is www.indianheadchorus. Visitors are always welcome to meet with the chorus every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the old courthouse building on the NE corner of CTH I and Hwy. 46 in Balsam Lake. Members agree that the four-part a cappella harmony is very relaxing. The camaraderie the singers enjoy is also a big draw. “Music makes you forget everything else that happens during the day,” Mettler said. “We have more fun with our hobby than anyone should be allowed to have.” - submitted by Ken Mettler

Chess in the Northwest! LUCK - The second-annual Battle of the Kings chess tournament was held Saturday, April 14, at Luck School. Fifteen elementary, middle and high school students spent Saturday playing four rounds of competition chess. In between rounds, the chess players could be found on the football field, or the basketball court, enjoying the first nice day of spring. “I think they enjoy the in-between rounds time as much as the chess.” commented one chess mom. USCF member players played additional rated games, which are rated by the United States Chess Federation. Parents joined the fun to play in a bughouse chess tournament after the awards ceremony. “Bughouse is a team chess game, where you can give pieces you’ve captured to your partner to place on his chess board. It’s a fast game, with a G/5 time limit, and gets a little wild.” Says tournament director Lydia Rennicke. “It’s a fun way to wrap up the day, and give the parents a chance to play chess too. Chess parents Al Nelson, Karl Pederson, Mike Rozumalski, Renee Marek

and James Rennicke gave the students a run for their money. Students spent the day spent attacking, defending, fianchettoeing, castling, maneuvering, capturing, strategizing, plotting, promoting, analyzing, advancing, retreating, forcing, psyching, vying, and challenging. When the dust settled, the winners were: K-5 first place: Derek Rennicke, second place: Sam Nelson, third place: Eli Marek, fourth place: Amanda Richey, fifth place: Isaac Williams. K-8 first place: Jesse Rennicke, Second place: Dylan Lemay, third place: Gabe Hendrickson, fourth place: Alex Richey, fifth place: Jan Rozumalski K- 12 first place Adam Johnson Team first place: Luck , second place: Amery, third place: Home School, fourth place: Frederic. Frederic School District was well represented by the chess-playing family of MaryJane, Karl and Grant Pederson. To all students who aspire to be combatants, kibitzers and woodpushers of the chess board, start planning for next year’s Battle of the Kings! - submitted


Festival of the Arts

Frederic students perform as members of the high school concert choir at last Thursday’s Festival of the Arts 2007 which featured performances also by the high school show choir, the bell choirs and the concert band. Directors Greg Heine, Pat Anderson and Patti Burns were in charge of the evening which also included the presentation of music awards. In the lobby of the performance center was artwork by students for viewing by the public. - Photos by Gary King

Nathan Stackhouse plays the string double bass as part of the concert band. Below, Orianna Tesch and William Primm perform as members of the bell choir, under the direction of Pat Anderson. - Photos by Mary Hedlund

Some of the Frederic Show Choir members (L to R) Holly Stoner, William Primm, Anne Lexen, Bryan Knauber, Amy Soppeland (hidden) and Dan Halverson, perform under the direction of Greg Heine. - Photo by Gary King

Ben G. Anderson and River Karl on trumpet and Megan Neumann (R) on percussion. At far right, a student’s art piece. - Photos by Gary King

Awards presented at the Festival of the Arts program will be published in next week’s Leader


Living with cancer and surviving by Nancy Jappe FREDERIC – Sandy Hacker was 8 years old when her father, Jim Prodger, in partnership with Struck, built the bowling alley on the south side of Frederic. Running the business was a family affair, and all the older kids pitched in to help. They learned the value of working hard, an asset that has helped Hacker deal with the colon cancer that has invaded her body, not once, but three times so far. “I never missed work because of chemotherapy or radiation,” Hacker explained, adding that she was tired but stayed on the job. Normally, her working day lasts for 15 hours, and involves doing all the cooking for weddings and other receptions held on the main level and running the bowling alley/bar downstairs. In 1999, Hacker developed symptoms that showed something was wrong in the area of her colon. Three screenings are usually done to determine if cancer is present. The doctor Hacker saw did only one of those screenings, the barium enema. He found nothing wrong. He did not order a colonoscopy, thinking that the problem probably stemmed from irritable bowel syndrome. “If he had done that, he probably would have found the cancer,” Hacker said. By 2001, Hacker was very, very sick. Every spring, she and sister Pat Skow took a vacation, just the two of them. That year, they continued the tradition, going to Hinckley, Minn., something Hacker wishes she hadn’t done. One night, after they had gotten home, Hacker was so sick she couldn’t get the refrigerator door open to get some milk for what she hoped was relief. She doesn’t remember much about that time, the resulting surgery and colostomy at St. Croix Hospital, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. In the fall of 2002, the cancer reoccurred, and another surgery was required to fix a fistula that developed in the bowel area. A total of 13 surgeries have been done to fix problems that have developed. A number of chemotherapies have been required, using drugs that haven’t caused Hacker to lose her hair. A 12-hour surgery at the University of Minnesota Hospital was required July 31, 2006, after the second recurrence developed. The doctors said they couldn’t get all the cancer. Since that time, Hacker has been on two types of chemotherapy, and additional radiation was also needed. This is unusual because radiation is normally given only once for this type of cancer. On Nov. 28, 2006, on her sister Pat’s birthday, Hacker learned that the cancer had metastasized into her liver. “I was very surprised,” she said. “I didn’t expect that would happen during treatment.” In December, she started having a chemotherapy infusion every three weeks plus another drug to kill bad cells before they grow. She also takes an oral pill at home. This past winter, Hacker didn’t work nights at the lanes because of the 1-1/2- to 2-hour drive to the U of

I am not a survivor. I am living with cancer; but every day I am here, I have survived. – Sandy Hacker

Sandy Hacker, owner with her husband Butch of Hacker’s Lanes in Frederic, is co-chair of this year’s Finish Line Walk/Run. Hacker has been dealing with colon cancer since May 2001. After a second reoccurrence, she is still fighting the battle with chemotherapy. “It is an honor to be a cochair,” Hacker said. – Photo by Nancy Jappe M she made for five weeks. The worst side effect of the infusion is neuropathy, i.e. tingling in the nerves, and sensitivity to cold in drinking or touching. The pill she takes gives her a sore mouth, aversion to any spice (even catsup) and diarrhea. She has probably lost about 25 pounds from her already-slim frame. With no rectum or colon, Hacker doesn’t process food, which leads to the weight loss. She has been advised to drink Ensure or Boost to gain weight. “Enough is enough of that stuff,” is her response. “I eat whatever I can at the time. “I have never cried over it. That doesn’t do any good,” Hacker said. “You have got to go on and do what you have got to do. I have had times when I have gotten down and said, ‘I am really damn tired of this;’ but if I don’t do it, what is the alternative?” She was given the prognosis of eight-12 months - that was without further treatment. “That was unacceptable,” Hacker said. “I think attitude has a lot to do with it. I am kind of stubborn any-

Bucky the Bee teaches kids about saving money

Bucky the Bee was at Rural American Bank in Luck for the Bucky the Bee Spring Fling to teach children about saving money. The theme of the day was Bucky Bee a Saver, and Bucky the Bee, aka Susan Teitz, read to the children, played Plinko (above), and held drawings for prizes. With Bucky Bee a Saver, a child can take a prize from the bee hive for every $5 he or she deposits in a savings account. — Photo submitted

way. If I can get three to four years … with two recurrences and all the surgeries, I probably shouldn’t be here.” When asked what makes living special, Hacker answered with a few words – doing bookwork this winter, this place (meaning Hacker’s Lanes), all the customers and people I have known, my husband, who has been pretty awesome through all of this, and my 11 grandchildren. “We are so fortunate to have a wonderful work family here,” she said. Cancer is no stranger to Sandy Hacker. Her brotherin-law, Warren Skow, died of brain cancer in 2002. Her sister, Pat Skow, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2002 and died in August of the next year. Hacker was one of Pat’s primary caregivers throughout her illness. Her mother’s sister, Dorothy Java, died of colon cancer in 1989, and several other relatives have developed cancer. If you suspect something is wrong, get to the bottom of it,” Hacker advises. “It is so easy to say ‘maybe it is this or that.’ Get as much information as you can. Ask questions. Have somebody go with you for another set of ears for doctor visits and because you don’t always want to hear what they are saying. “Information is your best ally,” Hacker continued. “You need to be on top of it. You have to know what is going on at all times. Ask for honesty from your doctor. Don’t let him (or her) sugar coat. You need to know what is going on in order to be able to handle it. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. I wish I would have.” Hacker said that she is not a survivor. “I am living with cancer, but every day I am here I have survived,” she said. She knows that the time will come when cancer will take her life. “Until that time, I have things to do,” she said. “I have 11 grandchildren that I want to watch grow. I didn’t bowl this (past) year for the first time ever as an adult. I am counting on doing it next year. I will golf and fish. I think more people are living with (cancer) nowadays because of all the treatment.” Sandy Hacker knows that when the drug she is currently taking is no longer effective, there is another one to try, and by that time, there may be other drugs to use. “That’s why cancer research is so important,” she stressed.

Electrical safety for home and garden do-it-yourselfers CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett and SafeElectricity urge all do-it-yourselfers to take precautions, especially when working around electrical equipment and power lines. Home and garden safety tips to keep in mind include: • Look up and around. Always be aware of the location of power lines, particularly when using long metal tools, ladders and pruning tools, when installing antennas or satellite dishes, or when doing roof repair work. • Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep equipment and yourself at least 10 feet from lines. • Never trim trees near power lines; leave that to the professionals. Never use water or blower extensions to clean gutters near electric lines. • Make sure you have the right tools and equipment for the job. Use only extension cords that are rated for outdoor

use when working outside. • Use heavy-duty three-prong extension cords for tools with three-prong plugs. Never remove or bend the third prong. It is a safety feature to reduce risk of electrocution. • Electricity and water equal danger. Never use electrical appliances or yard tools if it’s raining or the ground is wet, or touch circuit breakers or fuses if you are wet or standing in water. • Plant trees and shrubs away from power lines; shrubs should be planted at least 15 feet from the power lines, small trees require 20 feet and large trees should be at least 30 feet away from power lines. • If your project includes digging, like building a deck or planting a tree, contact Diggers Hotline to have underground utilities located and marked, 800-242-8511 or - from PolkBurnett

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Rare cancer places Chery Langeness as Luck Finish Line honorary chair by Mary Stirrat LUCK — Two years ago Cheryl Langeness, on crutches, stood with her son at the end of their Butternut Avenue driveway and watched the American Cancer Society Finish Line walkers pass her home. She was on crutches because a rare form of cancer had claimed part of her right foot. Now, two years later, she is the honorary chairperson of the 2007 ACS Finish Line Walk. Langeness was diagnosed in February 2005 with Synovial sarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the soft tissue. It is an uncommon cancer that primarily affects young men, typically in the knee or leg. It does not respond to chemotherapy or radiation. For her birthday the previous September, Cheryl’s husband, Scot, gave her a certificate for Bella Salon in Luck. A lover of footwear — sandals, flip-flops, high heels — Cheryl decided to use it on a pedicure later that month. “I was enjoying it very much. It felt so good,” she said of the pedicure, “until Christy starting massaging my right foot. It was quite painful.” The pedicurist noticed that Langeness had a lot of “knots” in the foot and tried to work them out for her. “I went home that night with beautifully painted toenails,” said Langeness. Three weeks later a lump the size of a quarter, one-fourth to one-half inch thick, rose up between her big and second toes. “It didn’t hurt much, so I didn’t think much of it,” she said. When she went in the next month for her annual physical she mentioned it to her doctor, who thought it was a ganglion cyst. When it began to hurt more as 2004 came to a close, Langeness had an MRI done in preparation to draining the cyst. The report showed it was a mass rather than a cyst, and the decision was made to remove it. After the Jan. 18 surgery, the podiatrist told Cheryl that he didn’t know what the mass was but that it was as big as a hard-boiled egg. He told her it was gray, shrivelly, and ugly, and that he didn’t get it all taken out. When she went back for a checkup the area was healing fine, but the pathology report was not back yet. “I didn’t think of cancer,” she said. “I wasn’t worried because no one else was worried. The word cancer had not been mentioned.” But by the time Langeness got home from the followup appointment there was a message on the Langeness answering machine. She was to immediately call the oncology department at Amery hospital to make an appointment to discuss cancer treatment. The next day, vacationing technicians were called in specifically for the appointment because time was so precious. The head oncologist diagnosed Langeness with synovial sarcoma, which affects the tissues and lubricating fluids of the joints. “This is quite rare,” she said. “This particular cancer makes up only 1 percent of all cancers. “It is a high grade, aggressive cancer. I was told to be prepared to lose some toes.” The first person she saw after talking to the head oncologist was Steve Pomerleau of Luck, who lost a leg to cancer. “He put his arm around me and told me everything would be OK. I knew if Steve could survive what he went through, then so could I.” An appointment was quickly set up with a sarcoma specialist at the University of Minnesota hospital. “He was no-nonsense,” said Langeness. He told her that she would lose her foot and most likely the leg. He told her that if she did not have surgery she would die. “There was no sugar-coating. He went strictly to the point. “Because the doctor who removed the original mass did not know what he was dealing with,” said Langeness, “the possibility that the cancer would spread to my bones was extremely high. I had no time to waste.” The cause of this particular cancer is unknown. With surgery, chances of survival are 40 to 60 percent. And it usually comes back, not at the same location, but in the lungs, and usually within two years. “My only option was to have an amputation,” she said. “Before the doctor left the room, he told me that people who are told they have cancer react in one of two ways,” Langeness said of Dr. Chen. “They either give up and assume they are going to die, or they decide to fight and live. “He said he felt I was a fighter and that a positive attitude is extremely important in the treatment of any cancer. He never smiled.” The three-hour surgery took place Feb. 9. She had been taking one day at a time, dealing with what needed to be done, and holding together well emotionally, Langeness said, but as she was wheeled into surgery she began to cry.

Cheryl Langeness “They still didn’t know how much they would have to take off,” she said. When she woke up, Langeness saw that her foot was in a cast and she knew she still had her leg. “I was relieved to know I had my calf,” she said. About half of her right foot was removed. Because cutting the tendon can cause the foot to drop and make walking very difficult, Dr. Chen had experimented with the cast, placing the foot at a 90-degree angle from the leg to stretch the muscle. “I wore that cast for a month, then had to wear a big black boot day and night for six more months, and three months of physical therapy,” she said. Removing the cast was a painful experience, both physically and emotionally. “I couldn’t look at my foot,” she said. “It was short, stinky and swollen. It took me a long time to look at it, and longer to touch it.” The mark she has drawn to indicate which foot was to be operated on was still there, and the stitches had scabbed over. Cutting them out was extremely painful. The months of physical therapy were also very painful, but her physical therapist in Luck was wonderful, said Langeness. “He answered every stupid question I had,” she said. She needed to learn how to wrap her foot, in order to shape it. She basically had to learn to walk all over again. It was a long, painful road to recovery. Langeness worked with a firm that makes prosthesis, but the amputation of part of a foot is so rare that they had few options. The options that were available were uncomfortable and ugly — a leg brace or boot-like shoes. For a shoe-lover, they weren’t acceptable. “I told him I could do something myself. I think I hurt his feelings,” she said. “Now I just stuff my shoes with plastic garbage bags. It works.”

The cancer and amputation have a lifelong impact. Langeness circulatory system is compromised. Her lungs need to be monitored every six months. She lost her driver’s license for a period of time. But the prognosis is good. “I have hit the two-year mark,” she said. “So far my lungs are clear, and they are very pleased with my progress.” Doctors say that, for this particular cancer, being clear for 10 years means that the cancer most likely will not recur. They have now lowered that to five years for Langeness. One of the most exciting things is that the mobility in Langeness’ foot has far exceeded the doctor’s expectations. When she went in for her first-year check up and Dr. Chen saw how she could turn her ankle and foot, he smiled for the first time, she said. Because he had done the operation only a few times, he asked if he could call his students in to witness Langeness’ progress and take pictures. “The doctor now smiles and jokes,” she said, which is a far cry from his first short comment that she would lose her foot, her leg, or her life. “They are really amazed I’m walking as well as I do. He never thought I’d be wearing street shoes again. “But it was really hard. No one knows how hard. It may have looked easy. Because this cancer doesn’t respond to chemo or radiation I didn’t lose my hair. There were no visible signs of my treatment, but my limp was obvious. “You put up a good front. Even though I looked like I was doing good, there were some really hard days and nights. And the pain was really bad. I still have some pain, but now it’s manageable. “I tell people we’re a lot stronger than we think we are. You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself. There are always people who are worse off than you.” Research now focuses on the more common types of cancer. Cures for these cancers will eventually be found, which will open doors for research for the more rare cancers, Langeness feels. “There are a lot of different kinds of cancer, and the rare ones are popping up more and more. No cancer treatment is easy,” she said. “It’s very hard. With or without chemo or radiation, the body is traumatized. It will never be the same.” Langeness knows there is a chance that the cancer will return but she does not dwell on it. She also struggles with some guilt because she has survived while others who were diagnosed at the same time have not. Mostly, she hopes that she can be an inspiration to someone, like Steve Pomerleau is to her. “We can all control some of the triggers that cause some cancers, through diet, exercise, and how we deal with stress,” she said. “There are some triggers that we cannot control, and for those we need to put our trust in a higher power. I couldn’t have gotten through this without my faith or my family. “We should never give up hope. Having cancer is not always a death sentence. “I hope my story will give somebody hope, that even if the diagnosis is bad there is always hope. Because, really, I shouldn’t be here.”

Powwow held at Siren School

Singer Tony Awanahopay with his grandson Trenton Awanahopay.

SIREN - In celebration of Native American week, the St. Croix Tribal members gathered at Siren School for a powwow Friday, April 27. Three groups of singers, each with a drum, took center stage in the big gym. One of the drums heard at the powwow was new. It was presented to superintendent Scott Johnson and the Siren School earlier this week. Circling the drums were colorful dancers of all ages, from preschool to elders. Family members of the singers and dancers were also gathered in the big gym to enjoy the powwow. Bruce Sonnenberg was the emcee for the afternoon. He introduced all of the different types of dances with a bit of history, explaining what is unique about each dance. Veterans, retiring teachers and all teachers at Siren were honored in honor dances. The teachers learned the step for the round dance as they circled the drums. Also honored in a dance was Mike Taylor who made the drum that was given to the Siren School. The last dance is always open to everyone who wants to dance, and many students filed down from the bleachers to participated in the closing song of the school powwow.Sherill Summer


Franconia Sculpture Park working to add indoor studios 2007 Summer of Art begins FRANCONIA, Minn—When an outdoor sculpture park decides to pack up its 70-plus sculptures and move to a new home, it needs three things to succeed: a 20-ton crane, a hot pink forklift, and a highly caffeinated artistic director. In December 2006, Franconia Sculpture Park quietly moved one-half mile west of its original location near Taylors Falls, Minn. As the warm weather returns, Franconia Sculpture Park invites everyone to visit the new park at the corner of Hwys. 8 and 95, meet the artists, and enjoy a season of entertaining and educational events. Since launching its first exhibition in 1996, Franconia Sculpture Park has earned a national reputation for its world-class exhibitions and can-do attitude, supporting over 400 artists in creating wondrous works of monumental sculpture. The public has responded in droves, with 50,000 people visiting the park each year. To accommodate its success, in 2005 FSP purchased 20 acres in Franconia, Minn. With artists already working at the park, the new location promises to exhibit the same audacious, high-quality sculpture that has made it “Minnesota’s ultimate roadside attraction.” “This is Franconia’s big year,” said John Hock, artistic director. “We couldn’t ask for a better location. We’ve got more room for the artists, more space for sculptures, and we can finally build an arts center for the community.” FSP is currently working with a local architecture firm, Room, Inc. to build an environmentally-conscious arts center that will provide indoor studios, classroom space for community workshops, and a gallery for showing a wide range of visual arts. With this new facility, FSP will expand its programs to year-round and include painters and multimedia artists. For its first full season at the new location, FSP has selected artists from Minnesota, across the country, and abroad, to create work for the park. Eight artists have been selected to receive FSP/Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowships, five professional sculptors have been invited to work as open studio artists, with an additional 11 intern artists given the opportunity to experience life as a working artist. On June 23, renowned cast metal artist Carol Lambert, UK, will lead a dozen artists in a daylong Hot Metal Pour that is free and open to the public. Programs and events in 2007 •Guided Tours, May-October. Scheduled tours are available every Sunday at 2 p.m. (beginning in June), and group tours are available by appointment. Free. •Community Collaboration/Hot Metal Pour 2007, Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Experience the pri-

This photo is of a sculpture by R o b e r t Ressler.

This is a photo of kids working on a sculpture. — Photos submitted mal thrill of direct casting of metal sculptures by local, national and international artists. Children and adults are invited to make their own small sculptures using scratch molds. Free, with a small fee for molds. •3D Saturday Symposiums, Saturday nights, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. FSP artists and Minnesota’s most interesting arts critics converge for a slide presentation followed by a lively dialogue open to the public. There is a fee of $8 for BBQ afterwards. •Kids Make Sculpture Workshops, Saturdays, July 7, 21, and Aug. 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kids (ages 5-18) work with artists to create their own sculptures. $20/person. Reservations accepted as of June 1. Call or e-mail •Fall Arts and Music Festival. Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate Franconia Sculpture Park’s new home and 2007 sculpture installations with a day of music, dance, puppetry and great food. Free. Available on weekends this summer is Tabasqueño Terco! Serving authentic, homemade Mexican food. Franconia Sculpture Park has forged a national identity as the Midwest’s premier outdoor sculpture park, offering a unique combination of work, residence, and

exhibition space for emerging and established artists. FSP encourages audience appreciation and participation in sculpture through dawn-to-dusk visiting hours, 365 days a year, in a relaxed, informal setting where people are invited to watch and talk with artists as they work. FSP augments its exhibitions with educational and outreach programs that include weekly scheduled docent tours, school partnerships, Kids Make Sculpture Workshops, specific programs for at-risk youth, Hot Metal Pour, Three Dimensional Saturday Night Symposiums, and partnerships with other like-minded organizations. Franconia Sculpture Park is supported in part by generous donations from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Athena Foundation, 3M Innovation Award in the Arts from COMPAS, Constance Mayeron-Cowles and Charles Fuller Cowles Foundation, East Central Regional Development Commission and the East Central Arts Council as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, HRK Foundation, Hynnek Fund of HRK Foundation, Lownade Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sage Cleveland Foundation, Slumberland, St. Croix Valley Community Foundation with funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board/State of Wisconsin, Von Blon Family Charitable Foundation, Woodrill Foundation, Woodbury Foundation and many individual donors. – submitted


Taylors Falls man remembered for his eccentricities Even though he’s been gone for many years, Taylors Falls’ Bill Hosli is still remembered for his eccentricities by at least a couple of longtime residents, Jack Liljenberg and John Jackson. John, for instance, recalls “Hosli’s OK chewing gum,” which Hosli advertised on picket fences around the area. But what recently brought Bill to attention was an article found, (I do not know from whom it came), a reprint from a letter to the editor, apparently to the Chisago County Press, in February 1978. The editor printed a disclaimer, stating that the spelling of some names was in doubt, since the longhand writing was sometimes difficult to decipher. This is what Bill wrote in 1978 from the Lexington Manor Nursing Home: “Born in Taylors Falls in 1883, I am 95 years of age ... In the old days in Taylors Falls, Minn., my brother John and I built

a log cabin using only small logs and clay to pack between the logs. It was on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, not far from Nevers Dam. We kept the cabin a year and Rosemarie sold it to Roe and Vezina Knudson Real EsBraatz tate Firm in St. Paul, Minn., for only $100 ... those days it was a lot of money. “In those days there were no cars. We walked two miles to school. Lucus Stannard, Robert Schotmuller and Alford Roos and me were the first to climb the Devil’s Chair in the Interstate Park and put a flag on top. At one time Arthur Wilberg and I caught a 69-lb. sturgeon in the St. Croix River. “My father had a butcher shop in Taylors Falls, and he bought furs from Indi-


ans that came from Balsam Lake and other parts of Wisconsin. He also had a collection of Indian arrowheads. “Taylors Falls had three saloons and two hotels them days. Beer was 5 cents a glass and whiskey 10 cents a shot. Also we had a brewery, Jos. Schotmuller, proprietor. You could get a good meal for only 25 cents at the Dalles House [in Taylors Falls.] and at the hotel, rent was $10 a year for a good house. “When I was 16 or 17 years old, I started to see the world. One day I saw a wagon show come along the road. I jumped on and we showed at St. Croix Falls. “The first job I got was property man and animal caretaker but soon I learned the trapeze. After that I was a trapeze artist. I traveled for 25 years in the show business, with different circuses, Geo. W. Stall Railroad Shows. Gullmar Bros., Hesker, Beck and Wallace. One day in June as we showed New Richmond, a cyclone came up and carried away everything. One hundred and ninteen persons were killed. We lost

horses, wagon animals, and five working people. After 25 years, I quit the circus and got married and raised a family of two boys and two girls. Leaving circus I moved to St. Paul from St. Petersburg, Florida. The first job I had was with Great Western Railway (then it was called St. Paul Bridge Railway) cleaning cattle cars. I was foreman and had 20 men on the job. After that I opened up a cheese factory in Turtle Lake, and also one in Clayton. After it burned to the ground, losing about two tons of brick cheese, I sold the other factory and moved to St. Paul, taking a job with John L. Hoeper Carton Co. I worked for him 29 years as a shipping clerk. Now I’m not retired, I work every day making wishing well birdhouses and many other articles which are sold to help keep the program (at the nursing home) going.” - With support of the St. Croix Falls Historical Society

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Wow! Runner covers Ice Age Trail in 23 days St. Croix River to Lake Michigan at 48 miles a day by Gregg Westigard STURGEON BAY – Jason Dorgan finished his “hike” of the Ice Age Trail on Sunday when he reached the end of the trail beside Lake Michigan in Potawatomi State Park north of Sturgeon Bay. The Leader met him on April 15, three Sundays back, as he started the second day of his trip from the St. Croix River at Interstate State Park. His plan was to use his three-week vacation to travel the 1,079-mile Ice Age Trail. He did it, walking/running an average 48 miles a day. The last leg of Dorgan’s journey Sunday was a 30-mile run along the shoreline of Sturgeon Bay to the park where he was joined by friends and family for a celebration. He finished the trip at 12:34 p.m. Dorgan says his dad pointed out that this meant he finished 1234567. “The shear magnitude of what I have done is a jumble in my head,” Dorgan says on his Web site. “In one sense I wonder why it took so long to do, and on another more sane level, I wonder how it was possible in just 23 days. Possibly what is most baffling is the body is probably ready to continue running as I just kept getting stronger as the last day approached.” Dorgan is not resting. His “vacation” has ended and he is back at work now. Next Saturday, May 12, he plans on running the Ice Age 50 mile in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows the edge of the last glaciers to cover

Madison, said his goal for the journey was to raise awareness of the trail system. He also wants to get new members and donations for the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, the support group for the Ice Age Trail. Dorgan says many peo-

ple helped him meet those goals by joining him during his 10 hours on the trail each day and spreading the word about the trail in the different sections of the state.

Jason Dorgan has just walked/run the 1,079 miles of the Ice Age Trail in 23 days, averaging 48 miles a day. His trip took him from the St. Croix River to Lake Michigan by way of Janesville. He is pictured here at McKenzie Creek, at the start of his second day on the trail on April 15. – Photo by Gregg Westigard Wisconsin and highlights the natural beauty of the state and its special geological features. The trail winds somewhat due east from the St. Croix to the Rhinelander area. It then heads south to Janesville, near the Illinois border, before turning north along Lake Michigan to Door County. A 250-mile straight distance becomes a 1,079-mile trail. Dorgan, a mechanical engineer from

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows the edge of the last glacier to cover Wisconsin. The 1,079-mile route includes over 50 miles of trails in Polk and Burnett counties.


Local Ice Age Trail is great for spring walk From river walks to deep woods by Gregg Westigard ST. CROIX FALLS – With spring flowers emerging and birds in flight, this is a perfect time to explore the Burnett and Polk County segments of the Ice Age Trail, the place where Jason Dorgan started his 1,079 miles in 23 days hike/run. There are 50 miles of trails in the local section maintained by the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation. St. Croix Falls, the City of Trails, and Interstate State Park have five sections, each with its own unique features. The trail starts at the park information center where the Ice Age Interpretation Center tells the story of the last glacier to cover the state and the geological features from that era that the trail explores. A second stretch takes walkers to the top of an esker, a giant ridge of sand deposited by ancient rivers running under the glacier. The esker starts just north of the Hwy. 8/35 interchange. The trail climbs to a wooded ridge with vistas overlooking the river before dropping to the street behind the medical center. A third part of the trail wanders through rock outcrops and oak trees in Riegel Park south of the fairgrounds and east of the high school. The last sections in the city are reached from Lions Park on the north edge of town on Hwy. 87. One section crosses the road and meanders through the woods and along stream valleys as it climbs to Ray Zilmer Park on Day Road. This is the newest section of the trail locally

with parts of the land just purchased in the past year. The last segment in the city is a river walk north from Lions Park, a perfect place to see emerging spring flowers and have a picnic. People can walk a mile on a level path or continue north to Rock Creek on a more rugged trail. Away from St. Croix Falls, the Ice Age Trail has a number of segments connected at present by stretches of road and the Gandy Dancer Trail. One stretch follows the Trade River from 150th Street to 130th Street. Another heads south from 270th Avenue along the Straight River crossing Hwy. 48. Soon these segments will be linked by a new trail being planned through the new Straight Lake State Park. The longest and most remote local segment starts at a parking area on CTH O three miles north and east of Hwy. 48. This stretch continues miles through McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area, passes through county forestland to the Sand Creek State Fishery Area on the Polk/Burnett line, and continues through Timberland Hills to Washburn County. This is a series of trails, with many access points, that pass trout streams, lakes, natural springs and deep woods. Maps of all the sections are available at the Polk County Information Center and the Interstate State Park office. The Indianhead Chapter is an active group of volunteers that keep the trail clear, plot out new sections, and sponsor weekend hikes that often include a picnic. The group is now in the early stages of helping to construct the route through the new state park.

Interstate Park news Morning bird walks at Polk County’s state parks ST. CROIX FALLS – Migrant songbirds are returning to northern Wisconsin! Many species of birds will remain in Polk County while others are passing through on their way further north. Don’t miss the opportunity to view and listen to these messengers of spring. Join Robin Maercklein of the National Park Service for Morning Bird Walks on

two Saturdays in May. Join Maercklein at Wisconsin Interstate Park from 7-9 a.m., Saturday, May 12, on the Silverbrook Trail, beginning at the Pines Group Camp. Or join her from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Wisconsin’s newest state park, Straight Lake State Park, northeast of Luck. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. Straight Lake State Park is located northeast of Luck on 120th Street. For more information call Julie at 715483-3747. – from Interstate Park

Grantsburg awards night set GRANTSBURG - Grantsburg High School would like to announce the senior awards ceremony which will take place on Monday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Grantsburg High School Auditorium. At this event, graduating seniors who are planning on furthering their education by going to a post-secondary institution will be honored and encouraged by the scholarships they receive. Over $50,000 will be given out to this year’s seniors. In addition to community awards and scholarships managed by the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars,

each student will receive a DFS scholarship. Their local chapter of DFS truly believes it is essential to promote lifelong learning. There will be a social gathering for the scholarship donors and the graduating seniors and their families, preceding the awards ceremony. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend this event and share this time with the senior award recipients. - submitted

Genealogical Society to meet OSCEOLA - The Polk County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 21, at the Osceola Public Library, at 7 p.m. This month’s topic will be Epitaphs and the Modern Way of Setting Up Tombstones presented by retired funeral

home director, Bob Williamson. Bob will discuss issues relating to tombstones and genealogy research. All members and visitors are encouraged to attend. The facility is handicapped accessible. For additional information contact 715-2943447. - submitted


Open house to be held at WITC wood technics house project

The final product! The house construction project encompassed an entire school year for the second-year wood technics students. The students worked on nearly all aspects of the building, from framing and trusses, siding and roofing, to building and installing cabinets. The public is invited to an open house on Thursday, May 17, 5-8 p.m. The home is located at 903 Scharbillig Court in Rice Lake. Directions: from Hwy. 48, turn south onto Wisconsin Avenue, turn right on Stout Street, then left on Linden Avenue, and go two blocks to Scharbillig Court. – Photo submitted RICE LAKE – For students in the wood technics program at WITC Rice Lake, there couldn’t be a better hands-on project: to build a house from beginning to end. The students will celebrate the completion of their project with a public open house on Thursday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. The home is located at 903 Scharbillig Court in Rice Lake. Twenty second-year students began working on the house in late August, 2006. Under the watchful eye of instructors Dave Shipley, Chris Harder and Scott Theilig, the students worked on nearly all aspects of the building, from framing and trusses, siding and roofing, to building and installing cabinets. The 2,100-sq.-ft home includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Interior features include trayed ceilings and alder hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, and kitchen area; ceramic tile flooring in the baths, entrance and laundry room; as well as custom alder cabinetry and alder trim and doors throughout the house. Other students at WITC were also involved in the house project. First-year students in the wood technics program framed, insulated and installed drywall in the basement. Bricklaying and masonry students installed the beautiful stonework to the front of the house, garage and fireplace. Telecommunications students wired the home for telephone, cable TV and data. The house construction project would

not have been possible without the support of Lamperts of Rice Lake. Lamperts purchased a lot in a Rice Lake subdivision and supplied the materials, while the students provided the labor to build the three-bedroom home. Subcontractors were used for such areas as electrical and plumbing. The house project is just one of the many ways Lamperts has supported WITC. They also serve on advisory boards, assist with employer panels, provide scholarships, and have hired a number of WITC graduates. WITC Rice Lake offers the only twoyear wood technics program in the Wisconsin Technical College System. The technical diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for job success in the construction industry. Students learn the fundamentals of building design, construction, layout operation, related mathematics, blueprint reading, estimating, cabinet design and materials of the industry. WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 30,000 residents of northwestern Wisconsin each year. As one of four campuses in the district, WITC Rice Lake offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, customized training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System. For more information, call 800-243-WITC or log onto – from WITC

Scouting for food St. Croix Falls Boy Scout Troop 160 would like to extend gratitude to the community for their support of their recent Scouting for Food drive. Pictured are Brandon Loiselle and Kyle Chapman at the food shelf with some of the 881 pounds of food that was collected. – Photo submitted


Zimmermann honored at statewide health care employee recognition program MADISON - Laurie Zimmermann of Grantsburg was recently recognized for an essay she wrote for the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Employee Recognition Program. Zimmermann was hired as a medical coder at Burnett Medical Center 12 years ago. Having worked in medical insurance claims processing, her move into the coding field was a logical one. Zimmermann joined 68 other hospital employees from across the state that were honored at the 2007 Wisconsin Health Care Employee Pride Program recognition dinner at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. In response to winning the recognition, Zimmermann said, “Coding is not typically the first thing you think of when someone mentions health care. Yet, it’s an important ‘behind the scenes’ job. I just want others to know that I’m happy to do my part.” The program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is designed to celebrate the health care

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workforce and recognize their truly amazing contributions to the health of their communities, according to Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton. “People who work in hospitals are among Wisconsin’s most dedicated and valuable employees. It takes special people to care for others and our communities are richer, safer,

and healthier places to live because of these professionals,” Brenton added. “Whether they are on the front lines, or supporting those who deliver patient care, every health care employee helps improve the health status in the community where they live and work.” Employees were asked to describe what led them to choose an occupation in health, and why they decided to work in a hospital. Hundreds of health care employees submitted essays. A committee at each health care facility selected the winning essay, and that person was honored at the recognition banquet on April 26. The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration, the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society. - from WHA

Garden pot recycling program being organized BURNETT/POLK/WASHBURN COUNTIES - Residents in Polk, Burnett and Washburn counties are finding themselves flipping! That is flipping their garden pots and trays over to spot a No. 2 or a No. 5 on the bottom of the container. That’s right, a new garden pot recycling program is being organized and will run thru the summer months. This new program, which will earn its success due to a working cooperation between the Recycling Control Commission of Burnett and Washburn Counties and Polk County, is exciting to program coordinators. “Programs like these are typically not found in rural areas,” says Rick Schneider of the Recycling Control Commission, which serves Burnett and Washburn Counties. Schneider goes on to say, “We want to get the word out and get folks to start looking at the bottom of their garden containers to help keep No. 2 and No. 5 garden pots and trays out of the landfill.” More than 80 million tons of plastic are generated in this country every year, and in the horticultural industry alone, about 350 million pounds of plastic are produced annually. With this program, horticultural plastic will be reused or ground, commingled and reformulated into landscape lumber and other reusable products. Mike Voltz, Polk County Recycling Facilities man-

ager, is also excited about this new collection and wants to invite all residents of Polk County to drop off their clean No. 2 and No. 5 garden pots and trays at designated collection points around the county which will be announced soon. Residents are encouraged to start now by setting aside containers that are acceptable for recycling. “We want to get to residents early in the season, get the word out to start saving these pots and trays,” says Jen Barton of the Recycling Control Commission. “A list of drop-off points is currently being finalized, so please watch the newspaper for a list of drop-off locations. Greenhouses, landscaping businesses, and nurs-

eries have voiced their need for such a program and your area recycling professionals have responded!” How will I know if my container is acceptable, you ask? Just flip it over, look for either a No. 2 or a No. 5 enclosed in the chasing arrows, rinse it out with a garden hose and set it aside for recycling. Please keep No. 2’s and No. 5’s separated at drop-off sites. If the container does not have either number, please do not recycle it. Currently the only acceptable numbered containers are No. 2 and No. 5. Questions about the garden pot recycling program can be directed to Kim in Polk County at 485-9294, and Jen in Burnett and Washburn Counties at 635-2197. - submitted


EDUCATION VIBRATIONS Webster band to compete at High School Rocks in Duluth DULUTH – A total of 14 garage bands are scheduled to perform and compete at the DECC Arena on Sunday, May 20, including The Misses from Webster High School. Doors open at 1 p.m., battle begins at 2 p.m. These bands will be representing 14 high schools from across Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. High School Rocks is a head-to-head competition where the top band will compete for a professional recording session and local air play for one of their songs. The top three bands will play their own show at Grandma’s Sports Garden three weeks later. The proceeds from High School Rocks will support Junior Achievement programs throughout the region. Participating Schools and Bands include: Ashland High School - Emulate Cloquet High School - Blind Fold Tuesday Duluth Central High School - Friends of the Enemy Duluth Denfeld High School - Xavier Jensen Project Duluth East High School - to be determined Duluth Marshall School - The Bricks Eveleth/Gilbert High School - Colemekill Hermantown High School - Carousel Conspiracy Hinckley/Finlayson High School - 3before International Falls High School - Solemn Hope Northwestern High School - Delusional Murder Proctor High School - No Thanks To You Superior High School - Chuc Webster High School - The Misses “We have developed a high-level competition with hundreds of thousands of dollars in professional staging, lights and sounds on the main floor of DECC Arena.” said Tim Wigchers, district manager for JA. Wigchers said, “the interest from bands across the region has been intense. The goal was to bring 12 bands together, but, as the deadline approached 14 bands had already entered the competition. Since the deadline, another half-dozen have inquired about entering.” An invitation to enter the competition was sent to more than 60 high schools across the region. Junior Achievement has partnered with an organization in each school to sell tickets. Each of these groups are earning a commission on every ticket they sell. Tick-

ets are available at the DECC box office and will be available at the door. A ticket on the main floor is $12 with balcony tickets priced at $10. “The kids and young at heart that attend will also have the opportunity to explore a career expo. Dozens of northland businesses and schools are expected. Students and their parents can learn about present and future careers in the northland as 75,000 baby boomers are expected to exit the workforce over the next 10 years.

For the latest information go to Or a regional resource for exploring career building and skill development are the presenting sponsors that make this event possible. Also sponsoring the event are Wells Fargo, The Reader, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Sound Central, Inland Sea Recording, My 9, Northland CW, Grandma’s Sports Garden, B105, KOOL 101.7, The FAN and MIX 108. - submitted

Polk County Special Olympics team competes EAU CLAIRE – The Polk County Special Olympics team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday, May 5, for the Wisconsin Indianhead Area meet. Many athletes from the northern division of the Special Olympics competed in numerous areas: running, walking, softball, shotput, long jump, wheelchair races and water sports. The athletes braved the strong winds and sporadic rain to compete for a shot at the June meet at UW-Stevens Point.

Nick Schrantz does the standing long jump. Schrantz took fifth place in his division.

Joe Stauner competed in the shot put. - Photos by Regan Kohler


Merged Methodist churches celebrate new beginning by Julie Holmquist POLK COUNTY - The new Holy Trinity United Methodist Church on CTH I between Centuria and Balsam Lake has deep roots in both communities. The congregation recently celebrated one year in its brand-new, one-level building. The new building is a result of a rare occurrence: two small Methodist congregations in Centuria and Balsam Lake merged, then decided to build a new facility. The two churches had shared the services of a pastor for years. “Merging is rare,” noted current Pastor Paul Foulke. “But they’ve been able to pull it off with a minimum of problems.” The congregation opted to build between the two towns for several reasons: there is plenty of parking space available on the 10-acre site, the new facility is handicapped accessible, and there’s room for phase two of the building plan. The Methodist symbol on a curve of CTH I is hard to miss, and Foulke said they believe the sign pulled in new people during the last year. “But our sense is that a lot of people don’t know we’re here yet,” he said. The new church has merged elements of the old: a stained-glass window from the old Balsam Lake United Methodist

Pastor Paul Foulke of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church stands in the worship area of the new building on CTH I, between Balsam Lake and Centuria. – Photo by Julie Holmquist Church was incorporated in the design of the entrance lobby. The Balsam Lake church started in 1881; a church was built in 1885 near the cemetery. A newer church was built in 1904, which burned down in 1945. The 1945 church building is the one the congregation moved from last year. The Centuria United Methodist

Church started in 1900 with eight families and built its church building in 1902. The merger of the two congregations, each of about 50 people, took place in 2001. “Part of the agreement was that they build a new church between the two communities,” Foukes said. With a new building, and a “new” con-

gregation of about 100 members, comes a new vision. “Part of our goal is to reach out and attract new people,” Foulke said. The congregation hopes to add a worship area to the new building in the future. The fellowship hall is currently used as the worship area.

OBITUARIES Services set for Viola Macho Viola Macho, Siren, died at Burnett Medical Center this week. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Siren United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at the church for an hour prior to the funeral service.

Glenn Hunter Glenn L. Hunter, age 95, a lifelong resident of the Siren area, died April 30, 2007, at Capeside Cove, in Siren. Glenn was born Feb. 16, 1912, in Coomer, to Harrison and Flora Hunter. At the age of 19, Glenn married Genevieve Wade on June 11, 1931, in Lewis. Glenn attended Coomer grade school. Glenn started playing the violin at the age of 13 and played in his brother Ted’s band. He also played the drum for many years, playing on the radio and at Joe’s Crossroads, north of Siren. Glenn worked for the Burnett County Highway Department for 43 years. He worked roads with horses, was county road supervisor and retired as the highway commissioner. Glenn attended and supported the Siren High School athletic program through the years. He and George Pearson were awarded “Fan of the Year.” Glenn was a member of the Siren United Methodist church. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years in 2004; infant son Rawleight; grandson Mark; granddaughter Cherie Hunter; four brothers and one sister. He is survived by his children Darleen (Ralph) Groves of Balsam Lake, Ned (Helen) Hunter of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Dean (Donna) Hunter of Blaine, Minn., Glenn Roger (Sharon) Hunter of Lutz, Fla., Flora (Michael) Holmberg of Stillwater, Minn; foster daughter Rose (Bill) Wilson of Siren; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 1 greatgreat-grandchild. Funeral services were held Friday, May 4, at Siren United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mike Ascher officiating. Music was provided by organist Carrie McConnell and vocalist Mary Jo Bierman. Interment followed at Lorain Cemetery in Clam Falls Township, Polk County. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with the arrangements.


OBITUARIES Maynard J. Falb

Lowell Norlander

Clarence R. Sexton

Maynard (Hans) J. Falb, 82, of Comstock died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the home he was born in. He was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Johnstown Township, to Paul and Rose (Gessellman) Falb. Maynard lived his entire life in Johnstown Township. He was married in Bone Lake on June 11, 1949, to Frances Jenssen. Maynard served on the town board and on the Christ Lutheran Church Council for many years. He farmed both beef and dairy cattle. Maynard owned and operated Falb Sawmill for 57 years. His sons will continue to operate the sawmill. He is survived by his wife; three sons, Michael (Sheila) Falb, Paul (LouAnn) Falb and Bradley Falb, all of Turtle Lake; one daughter, Cynthia Quade of Turtle Lake; three grandchildren, Matt Hansen, Brenda Davis and Renee Gullickson; two great-grandchildren, Cassie Nykanen and Cole Davis and three sisters, Hatti Oglesby of Charlotte, N.C., Anne Stegmeir of Mahtomedi, Minn. and Irene Nelson of Luck. Maynard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held Friday, May 4, 2007, at Christ Lutheran Church, Pipe Lake, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Marek, Jack Giller, Ethan Yeske, Matt Hansen, Paul Pett and Jerry Chmielewski. The Skinner Funeral Home, Turtle Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lowell Norlander, 84, of Osceola, died May 2, 2007. Lowell was still actively farming, and his variety of pursuits included learning Swedish, fixing antique clocks, working with wood and trying new recipes. He is survived by his wife, Leila; and his sisters, Mae Jensen and Grace Densmore; his children, David Norlander, Barbara Manley and Sally Flaherty; grandchildren, Maria Christenson, Caleb Manley, August Norlander, Danielle Norlander, Jamie Lind, Michael Flaherty, Cassandra Flaherty and Taylor Flaherty.

Clarence R. Sexton, Shell Lake, died peacefully May 2, 2007, at his home. He was 92 years old. He was born June 13, 1914, in St. Paul, Minn., to Lee and Grace (Munch) Sexton. He was married in Lorain Township on Oct. 20, 1945, to Dora Mangelsen, who preceded him in death on May 27, 2003. Clarence dairy farmed for most of his adult life, except for a period of several years serving his country during WWII. He was also a sawyer for over 35 years, and sawed the material for many of the homes and barns in the Shell Lake area. Clarence was preceded in death by his grandson, Jerry Sexton Jr.; brothers Bill and Bob Sexton; sisters Florence Forrestal, Mabel Johnson and Evelyn Krause. He is survived by his son, Jerry (Rose) Sexton, Shell Lake; granddaughters Julie (Karl) Blatterman, Sarona, Carrie Sexton, Rice Lake, and Kristen Sexton, Shell Lake; great-grandsons Dominic and Ethan Blatterman; brothers Lee Sexton, Shell Lake, and Paul “Jack” (Grace) Sexton, Siren; and sister Ethel Clausen, Luck. Funeral services were held May 7 at Faith Lutheran Church, Spooner, with Rev. Brent Berkesch officiating. Burial was be in Lakeview Cemetery, Hertel. Pallbearers were Ernie Van Selus, Hank Mangelsen, Pete Mangelsen, Maynard Mangelsen, Dale Sexton and Brian Clausen. The Pockat Funeral Home, Shell Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lawrence L. Reed Lawrence L. Reed, age 71, resident of Frederic, died May 3, 2007, at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. He was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Grantsburg, to Barbara and Lester Reed. He is survived by his wife, Delores; children, Jeff (Jean) Reed of Hastings, Minn., Lauren (Suzanne) Reed of Prescott, Leigh (Pamela) Reed of Milltown and Linda (Cory) Byrd of Des Moines, Iowa; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Katie McDonald of Peterstown, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Deloris; daughter, Laureen; and sister, Joy. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, with Pastor Merrill Olson officiating. The Rowe Funeral Home, Frederic, was entrusted with arrangements.

Michael S. Spengler Michael S. Spengler, of St. Croix Falls, age 51, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Arlene and Stewart and brother Tom. He is survived by Terrie (Teresa) Lunsman; daughter Lisa Spengler; son Michael J. Spengler; sisters, Sue Eklof, Pat Spengler, Charlene Johnson; brother Steve (Gus) Spengler; many nieces and nephews and all of the members of his Spanky’s Gang. Memorial services were held on Sunday, May 6, at Fristad Lutheran Church, Centuria. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Ruth A. Doran Ruth A. Doran, 92, a resident of Siren, died April 26, 2007, at Burnett Medical Center. Ruth was born July 8, 1914, in Sterling Township to Frank and Anna Peak. Ruth married Elwood on May 1, 1934. Ruth enjoyed knitting, sewing, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elwood; and brother, Raymond. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Dair) Stewart of Siren; grandchildren, Kelly (Frank Jr.) Mazzuca of St. Michael, Minn., Lane (Jean) Stewart of Becker, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Angela, Tyler and Tanner; sisters, Irma Benson of Clear Lake, Gladys Smith of Burlington, Iowa; brother, LeRoy Peak of Grantsburg. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. Music was provided by soloist Pat Taylor and organist Fran McBroom. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

CHURCH NEWS Youth stay active at Bethany Stewart, a Tianna sixth-grade confirmation student at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren, served as an acolyte at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, May 6. She and youth of all ages are active at Bethany; Sunday school children delivered fruit baskets this week and other young people helped with spring cleaning at Luther Point Bible Camp. Children perform in the bell choir yearround, and many participate in the youth sermon each week. Bethany has a strong youth ministry program, and everyone is welcome. This Sunday, the sermon for children and adults was taken from the Gospel lesson of John 13:34, when Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” All are invited to worship at Bethany. The church holds services every Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday fellowship at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 715-349-5280. – from Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren

Father confirms daughter

Pastor Jay Ticknor, Bethany Lutheran Church of Grantsburg, had the blessed honor of officiating at the confirmation of his oldest daughter, Leah Ticknor, last Sunday. Also confirmed was Cody Tromberg. Both confirmands are members of Bethany and students at Grantsburg High School. - Photo by Mike Java


CHURCH NEWS Build it now

Do you desire to see Jesus?

If you’ve ever watched beavers at work, whether in the wild or on a TV nature show, you know how attentive they are to the condition of their dams. When a storm spills water over their dam hard enough to dislodge some of its reinforce- Sally Bair ment, the beavers rush to the damaged area. They hurriedly repair it with twigs, small trees, mud, and PERSPECTIVES anything they can to prevent more water from coming through. Quick repair and constant attention to their homes is important to most animals. If a hole in the hillside becomes too small, a fox will dig it deeper. If a tree branch is too sharply angled, a bird will choose one that more easily accommodates a nest. Ants are constantly repairing, adding to, or subtracting from their hills. Buildings of any kind take maintenance. When we humans own our own houses, we must not neglect them or they will lose beauty and worth. There was a time when the Old Testament Israelites neglected the temple of God. They got so caught up in their own possessions that they put God last instead of first. The prophet Haggai heard from God. “The people procrastinate,” God told Haggai. “They say this isn’t the right time to rebuild my temple, the temple of God.” He chastised the people: “Take a good, hard look at your life…you have spent a lot of money, but you haven’t much to show for it. You keep filling your plates, but you never get filled up. You keep drinking and drinking and drinking, but you’re always thirsty…you’ve had great ambitions for yourselves, but nothing has come of it.” (Haggai 1:5-9 in part) God went on to tell the people to rebuild his temple—pronto. He tells us to do the same thing. According to 1 Corinthians 3:16, we are temples of the Holy Spirit and God’s Spirit lives in us. We do not want to neglect the maintenance of our bodies, souls, and spirits by allowing bad habits and worldly pursuits to get in the way of a close relationship with the Lord. In so doing, we dishonor God and can lose our beauty and worth as his children. Following the example of the animal kingdom, we need to diligently maintain our homes—our temples—our bodies, souls, and spirits, through intentional prayer and Bible reading. Then we can live securely and at peace. Lord, we want to honor you in our body, soul, and spirit. Help us to live holy lives, acceptable to you. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at


(Refreshments will be provided in between these lessons during a 30 Minute Break) SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 13 (9:30 a.m.) JESUS—The Revolutionary Jesus was an infiltrating, recruiting, willing-to-pay-the-price revolutionary. Are we? (10:30 a.m.) JESUS—A Man of Commitment Success always begins with commitment. Jesus lived His life with a commitment to His cross. Do we understand commitment? (Lunch will be provided for all who wish to stay - 11:45am) (1 p.m.) JESUS—The Love That Com-

In John, chapter 12, we are told that a group of Greeks were in Jerusalem to worship. While there, they approached Philip and expressed their desire to see Jesus. They wished to learn about Him and His teachings. Do you desire to Garret learn more about Jesus? Are you willDerouin ing to receive the Word of God “with all readiness of mind, and search the THE Scriptures” together with us, as those in the 1st Century were willing to do PREACHER’S (Acts 17:11)? PEN Then we invite you to attend a Gospel Meeting, at the Burnett County Church of Christ, May 12 and 13. pels In a series of 5 lessons, we will examine Jesus Paul said that Christ’s love compels us to faithand His teachings. ful service. If we understand the love, we will SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 12 gladly serve. (6 p.m.) JESUS—The Way to Eternal Life Stan Crowley, (Gospel Preacher and Evangelist All who desire the blessings of the life that ex- from San Antonio, Texas) will present these Inists in Christ Jesus must understand what the spirational Messages. If you have questions Scriptures teach about the start of that new life. about Jesus, His teachings or simply wish to (7:30 p.m.) JESUS—The Teacher of True Wor- know more about His Church, we would like to ship invite you to please join us for this opportunity. When man separates worship from the law of Christ, The Burnett Church of Christ is located at 7425 it is “vain” worship. W. Birch Street, in Webster. (One block west of What principles are used to determine how we the old high school) For more information call: should worship today? 715-866-7157.

Pilgrim Lutheran celebrates Youth Sunday

Quakers to meet regularly BURNETT COUNTY – A Quaker group is planning regular meetings for worship every other Saturday at Webster. The meeting will be held at the Northern Pines Friends Worship Group at 11 a.m. at 6020 Peterson Road. Persons may call 866-8802 or 866-7798 for further information. This listing will be included in the church listings in the future. – submitted

Lilac Sunday this week at St. Luke’s Methodist FREDERIC - St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Frederic is having its annual Lilac Sunday on May 13, 10 a.m. It’s a tradition that goes back 70 years. Once a year the church sanctuary is filled with lilacs to celebrate spring and the beauty of the season. Everyone is welcome to attend. Also during the service there will be a baptism and Mother’s Day will be celebrated. It is also confirmation Sunday with Chase Dodds, Kyle Hedlund and Victoria Delosier being confirmed. - submitted

Jerry Baxter Band to perform at St. Luke’s FREDERIC – The Jerry Baxter Band is coming to St. Luke’s Methodist Church on Sunday, May 20. They will be performing at the 10 a.m. service. – submitted

Pictured (L to R) Riley Anderson, Bryce Younger and Pastor Catherine. These students received their personal Bibles during the service on Sunday. – Photo submitted FREDERIC – Last Sunday was designated as Youth Sunday and a busy day for the youth of Pilgrim Lutheran Church. During the Sunday school hour, the children put the finishing touches on the songs they sang at the 10 a.m. service. Much of the service was done by the youth with the older students reading the first and second lessons. Special music included the students singing several songs as a group; some sang a duet, while others played their guitars, and several students entertained the congregation with their piano solos. The children closed with a song by ringing the small hand bells to

the delight of the congregation. Later in the day the seventh- and eighth-grade youth gathered to do cleaning projects around the outside of the church and then went over to an older member’s house to do some yard work. After the work was done, everyone enjoyed a picnic complete with a wiener roast followed by outdoor games. Pilgrim Lutheran invites all to attend Sunday morning worship services at 8 or 10 a.m. Check out their Web site or call the church office at 327-8012 for more information. – submitted

Bethesda youth fight world hunger The youth from Bethesda Lutheran Church, Dresser, set a goal to raise $2,000 for world hunger at the 30-Hour Famine in April. The youth leader, Matt Kratochvil, agreed to have his head shaved if they made their goal. During the weekend, the youth and their leaders went without food for 30 hours, participated in community service activities and slept in cardboard shelters. After the event, they learned that they exceeded the challenge and raised $3,855 for world hunger. At left, Kratochvil has his head shaved by another youth leader Paul Zarn. - Photo submitted



Children’s differences fascinate parents QUESTION: I have two children who are as different as night and day. In fact, they conform perfectly to your description of "strong-willed" and "compliant" children. One is a spitfire and the other is a sweetheart. I am very interested in knowing more about what this means for them long term. Beyond everyday issues of discipline and relating within a family, what can you tell me about these kids? DR. DOBSON: You'll be interested to know that more than 35,000 parents participated in a study I conducted to answer those specific questions. It is described in detail in my book "Parenting Isn't for Cowards," but let me boil down 11 of the most important findings. Remember that these conclusions represent common traits and characteristics that may or may not apply to your two children. These descriptions represent what typically happens with very strong-willed children (SWC) and very compliant children (CC) as the years unfold. No. 1: In the human family, there are nearly three times as many SWCs as CCs. Nearly every family with multiple children has at least one SWC. No. 2: Male SWCs outnumber females by about 5 percent, and female CCs outnumber males by about 6 percent. Thus, there is a slight tendency for males to have tougher temperaments and for females to be more compliant, but it is often reversed. No. 3: The birth order has nothing to do with being strong-willed or compliant. These elements of temperament are basically inherited, and can occur in the eldest child or in the baby. No. 4: Most parents know they have a SWC very early. One-third can tell it at birth. Two-thirds know by the first birthday, and 92 percent are certain by the

third birthday. Parents of compliant children know it even earlier. No. 5: The temperaments of children tend to reflect those of their parents. Although there are many exceptions, two strong-willed parents are more likely to produce toughminded kids and vice versa. No. 6: One of the most interesting Dr. James findings is related to what parents Dobson can expect from SWCs in the teen years. The answer? A battle! Fully 74 percent of SWCs rebel significantly during adolescence. No. 7: Incredibly, only 3 percent of CCs experience severe rebellion in adolescence, and just 14 percent go into even mild rebellion. They start out life with a smile on their faces and keep it there into young adulthood. No. 8: The best news for parents of SWCs is the rapid decrease in their rebellion in young adulthood. It drops almost immediately in the early 20s, and then trails off even more from there. Some SWCs are still angry into their 20s and early 30s, but the fire is gone for the majority. They peacefully rejoin the human community. No. 9: The CC is much more likely to be a good student than the SWC. Nearly three times as many SWCs made D's and F's during the last two years of high school as do CCs. Approximately 80 percent of CCs were A and B students. No. 10: The CC is considerably better adjusted socially than the SWC. It would appear that the youngster who is inclined to challenge the authority of his parents is also more likely to behave offensively with his peers. No. 11: The CC typically enjoys much higher self-



esteem than the SWC. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this finding. Only 19 percent of compliant teenagers either disliked themselves (17 percent) or felt extreme self-hatred (2 percent). Of the very strong-willed teenagers, however, 35 percent disliked themselves, and 8 percent experienced extreme selfhatred. Those were the primary findings from our study. It yielded a picture of the compliant child as being someone more at peace with himself or herself, as well with parents, teachers and peers. The strong-willed child, by contrast, seems compelled from within to fuss, fight, test, question, resist and challenge. Why is he or she like that? It is difficult to say, except to affirm that this child is more unsettled in every aspect of life. We do know that lower self-esteem is related to the excessive peer dependency, academic difficulties, social problems and even the rebellion we have seen. Acceptance of one's intrinsic worth is the core of the personality. When it is unsteady, everything else is affected. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO. 80903; or Questions and answers are excerpted from "The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. COPYRIGHT 2007 JAMES DOBSON INC. DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; (816) 932 6600

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Local churches to offer baccalaureate DRESSER – Once again this year, several churches in the St. Croix Falls, Dresser, Osceola, East Farmington areas are working together to provide a baccalaureate service for the graduating seniors from the local school districts. This service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser on Wednesday evening, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. The

service will be an ecumenical one with several local churches sponsoring it representing several Christian denominations. Combined choirs from Osceola and St. Croix Falls high schools will provide special music. Seniors who wish to participate are invited to meet in the Fellowship Hall at Peace Lutheran at 7 p.m. on the evening of May 16 to form the

processional. Seniors are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns for this event. Following the service, an opportunity for a social hour will be provided by the local churches with coffee, punch and bars being served. The worship leader for this year’s baccalaureate will be the Rev. Wayne Deloach from Peace Lutheran Church. The

speaker will be the Rev. Bruce Brooks from the First Presbyterian Church of St. Croix Falls. The public is both invited and encouraged to attend the baccalaureate service in honor of the graduating seniors. – submitted




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Students o f the Week FREDERIC

Isiah Hoggatt has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Roderick and Aimee Hoggatt. Isiah is a very good student and a hard worker. He is a very quiet and shy young man. His favorite things to do in school are free choice in the classroom and doing homework. He is very eager to learn and willing to help others. Isiah likes to play ball tag and play outside.

Chris Maslowski has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Michelle Mesecher. Chris gets his work done on time, is conscientious about school work and is very successful in school. He respects others, is a hard worker and good listener. Chris is involved in track, baseball, football and basketball. He enjoys farming and watching NASCAR.


Ashley Heine has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Greg and Kaye Heine. Ashley is a good student who is very cooperative, always willing to please and has a pleasant personality. She is involved in CNA program, band, choir, Kinship, NHS, show choir and is a manager of football and basketball. She plans to go to college for diagnostic medial sonography.

Dominick Breeden has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Natasha and Chris Breeden. Dominick has worked very hard this year and has made the most gains in the classroom. He loves school and is working hard at all those things you need to be successful in school. His favorite activity is fishing and telling fish stories.

Tony Aguado has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Aleck and Amy Aguado. Tony works hard and has a great attitude. He comes to class well prepared and is a good example to others. Tony is involved in band, football, basketball, track and baseball. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, playing with his cats and brothers and shooting hoops.


Keisha Roy has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade. Mrs. Benson nominated Keisha for showing improvement in her homework. She works hard each day to complete her assignments. Keisha is friendly and does her best in school. She loves school, the teachers and all of her friends. Her favorite class is spelling and her favorite sport is soccer.

Tadd Oachs has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. He is diligent with his schoolwork, kind of heart and an all-around positive role model. He is the son of Michelle Bailey and Cary Oachs. Tadd is involved in football, basketball, baseball and has been on the A honor roll all year. He enjoys sports and hunting.

Cody Mattison has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Mike and Luann Mattison. Cody has good attendance, works hard and is polite, respectful and honest. Cody is ranked in the top 10 in his class and has a 3.6 gpa. He is involved in band, is the junior class treasurer and has an internship with the St. Croix Tribe working with the DNR. He enjoys hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling.



Sarah Schaar has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Rebecca Schaar and Brian Schaar. Sarah is an excellent student. She is always willing to help other students. She has a great sense of humor and is fun to be around. Sarah is very conscientious about doing the best that she can in class. She is very organized and has already learned all of her multiplication facts.

Nathan Starks has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Roseanna Starks and Kenneth Starks. Nathan has put forth a resounding effort toward transforming himself as a student. Areas where Nathan has struggled before, have become strenths for him now. He has become very disciplined and motivated in his daily work. Nathan has done an outstanding job and continues to improve.

Dana Ericksen has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman and the daughter of Janet and James Ericksen. Dana is a lot of fun to have in the classroom. She is helpful and well liked by her peers. Dana enjoys hanging out with friends and family and spending time outside and swimming. Her future plans are to go to college to become a veterinarian. Her mom and sister have been the greatest influences in her life.

Jacob McKinven has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in kindergarten and the son of Jane and Wayne McKinven. He is the brother of Sam and Dani. Jacob enjoys recess and playing in the sandbox. At home Jacob enjoys helping his dad build things. Jacob is a kind and helpful student.

Kate Wright has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore. Kate is a member of the ski team, S-club, NHS and DECA. She enjoys swimming, shopping, movies, hanging out with friends, wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing. Kate always has a smile on her face and a nice word to say.



Nicole Paquette has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Dan and Tina Kuesel. Nicole has a great sense of humor, is a hard worker and shows a willingness to help others in class. Nicole is involved in PATHES, after-school reading program and youth group. She also works part time. Nicole’s hobbies include reading and bird watching. She plans to attend college.

Jessica Berganini has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Steve Berganini. Her favorite pastimes are biking, swimming, playing with her cats, doing stuff with her family and reading. Her favorite subject is science and she enjoys doing PowerPoints for projects. She loves the water, her favorite state is Alaska, her favorite animal is the gray wolf and she’s related to Thomas Edison.

Matthew Volgren has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of John and Shannon Volgren. Matthew models great choices and a tremendous work ethic. He participates, cooperates and always makes positive choices for himself. Matthew is an overall awesome kid.

Kayla Johnson has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Murray and Heidi Johnson. Kayla was chosen because she is a very serious student with a positive attitude. Kayla is very respectful and hard working. She is kind to others and a joy to have in class.

Cody Trealoff has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of John and Diane Olson of Balsam Lake. Cody was chosen for his outstanding work in the technical education dept. He enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and paintball. Cody plans to attend a technical college for welding after graduation.

St. Croix Falls prom court Prom court for St. Croix Falls was announced Tuesday. Juniors in the prom royalty are pictured front row: (L to R) Kelsey Douglass-White, Marissa Williamson, Breanna Larson, Leah Konecny and Kaelie Ward. Back row: (L to R) Woo Lee, Jacob Larcom, Greg Kadrmas and Trygve Chinander. Not pictured is Travis Pomeroy. Prom will be at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Minn., on May 12. – Photo by Tammi Milberg



WEDNESDAY/2 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

St. Croix Falls

Coming events

Coming event items are published as a public service. Items must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Mondays to be assured of publication in that week’s issue.

• Good Samaritan Auxiliary meets, 1:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Home.



• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center. • Citizen of the Year banquet, at Hacker’s Lanes.


Balsam Lake


• Fox Creek Gun Club spring trap shooting league meets, 7 p.m., at the Blacksmith Shop.

• High school graduation, 8 p.m.



• Glory Train, a gospel outreach musical group, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Potluck and show, starts at 6 p.m.

• High school graduation, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY/19 Frederic

• Noon potluck lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, cards, pool or fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation. Birthday cake & ice cream served at 3 p.m.

Frederic • 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.

Luck • ALPHA Dinner, Video & Discussion, “Why & How Should We Tell Others?” 6:30-8:45 p.m., Faith Fellowship. Call Maggie at 715825-3559 for more info.


• Birding Hike, Straight Lake Wilderness State Park, meet at 7 a.m. at the parking area at 120th St. & 270th Ave., just north of Hwy. 48.

St. Croix Falls • American Legion Post 143 meets, cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., with meeting to follow. On the agenda is the selection of new officers.

Siren • Lilac Fest Art Show, at the hockey arena, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 715-349-8448 for more info.


• National Day of Prayer service, at the Burnett County Government Center, Room 165, 7-8:30 p.m.


Turtle Lake

• 2nd-annual spring Market Day, Flea MarWarmer weather brings the rituals of spring and summer such as this bee and ket & Antique Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the village park. Call 715-986-3031 or flower. - Photo by Gary King 715-986-4855 for more info.


• Gun Show, at the civic center. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 608752-6677 for more info.

FRIDAY/4 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center. • Maypole Dance cancelled!

Jackson • Smelt/Fish Fry, 5 p.m., at the town hall. Sponsored by 2nd Alarm.

SAT. & SUN./5 & 6 Osceola

• Motorcycle & ATV dealer expo & fly-in breakfast. Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., expo 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

SATURDAY/5 Clam Falls

• Ice Age Trail work day, on the Sand Creek segment. Meet at 10 a.m. at the parking lot on North CTH O, 2-1/2 miles north of CTH W. Bring a bag lunch & beverage. Tools & equipment provided. Contact Dean at 715-472-2248 or Chuck at 715-472-4378 for more info.

Frederic • Noon potluck lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, cards, pool or fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.


• Spring Sale, at Faith Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-?


• 2nd-annual Thrift Sale, raising funds for the American Cancer Society Finish Line Walk/Run at the medical clinic, 9 a.m.-noon. • Aebleskiver Dinner, 3:30-7:30 West Denmark Lutheran Church. Call 715-472-4196 for more info.


ner & silent auction, at the church, 5-6:30 p.m. Praise concert at 6:30 p.m., by Lightshine.

MONDAY/7 Balsam Lake

• Small-business counseling, at the government center. Call 715-485-8608 by May 4 to schedule an appointment.


Balsam Lake


• Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society meets, 7 p.m. gathering with meeting promptly at 7:30 p.m. Ron and Bev Shetley will have the program on sandblasting. Potluck lunch. Door prizes.

TUESDAY/8 St. Croix Falls

• Regional Medical Center Auxiliary invites all, to an informative talk about the renovation project and the Lloyd Olson Surgery Center and more. This will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the medical center learning resource center. Call Kathy at 715-483-1061 for more info.

Siren • Community Ed hosted dance recital, 5:30 p.m., at the school auditorium. Call 715-3497070 for more info.

WEDNESDAY/9 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

New Richmond • 2007 United Democrats dinner, at Ready Randy’s Banquet Facility. Dinner starts at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Mike Miles. Call 715-381-9600 for more info.

St. Croix Falls • Lone Maple Community Club Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn. • First Lutheran Church youth spaghetti din-

Bone Lake • Mother/Daughter Tea, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Brunch, door prizes, speaker Kathy Chelsey. Call 715-472-8301 for reservations.

Frederic • American Cancer Society Run/Walk Finish Line, registration at the Birch Street Elementary School from 8-9 a.m. Walk begins from the school at 9:15 a.m. Call 715-653-2684 for more info. • Communitywide garage sales, 715-3274271. • Noon potluck lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, cards, pool or fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.


• Bird festival, at Crex Meadows, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 715-463-2739 for more into.

St. Croix Falls

Luck • American Cancer Society Run/Walk Finish Line, registration at the high school from 8-9 a.m. Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Call 715-4728478 for more info.

THURSDAY/10 Bone Lake


• All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.-noon.

• Baby-sitting class, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Red Cross office. Call 715-485-3025.

• Career Quest Job Fair, 2-6 p.m. at the high school. Call 715-485-3115 for more info.




• Spades played, 1 p.m. at the senior center. Everyone welcome/no charge.

• Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Danny & Ernestine Hoffmann, Bone Lake Store owners, 4-7 p.m., at the DBS Hall. Call 7155542912 for more info.



• American Cancer Society Run/Walk Finish Line, registration at the high school from 8-9 a.m. Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Call 715-2689802 for more info.

• Unity Area Ambulance Pig Roast fundraiser, 3-7 p.m. Food, games, auction, fun. Call 715-825-4444 for more info. • Poppy Day, at most business places 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Due to construction on Main Street, members may be at the rear entrace or inside business.

• Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County’s Big Band Gala Night, at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, dinner at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Call 715-866-4970, 715-349-5168, 715-9664878 or 715-259-7876 for more info.

• Writers reading aloud, 7-9 p.m., at the library. Come enjoy original stories/poems, light refreshments served. • 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.

Luck • Spaghetti dinner benefit for Bob Pilz, at the high school, 5-7:30 p.m. Call 715-472-2421 for more info. • ALPHA Dinner, Video & Discussion, “Does God Heal Today?” 6:30-8:45 p.m., Faith Fellowship. Call Maggie at 715-825-3559 for more info.

FRIDAY/11 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center. • Northwest Regional Writers meet, 1 p.m. at the Sunrise Apts. Assignment: write on an important moment in someone’s life. Use sensory details.


Siren • Pepsi Pitch/Hit & Run Contest, 9:30 a.m. registration, competition at 10 p.m., at the Siren Ball Park, 7670 Rasmusson Street. Contact Mike Murphy at 715-349-5233 or 715-4915798 for more info.

MONDAY/14 Frederic

• Spades played, 1 p.m. at the senior center. Everyone welcome/no charge.

TUESDAY/15 Clam Falls

• Coffee Hour, 9 a.m. at the Lutheran Church.

WEDNESDAY/16 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.


SUNDAY/20 Balsam Lake

• Youth .22 shoot, at the rifle range, 11 a.m. Call 715-296-8959 or 715-554-0878 for more info.


• High school graduation, 2 p.m.

Siren • Pickin’ Up Steam bluegrass concert, 4 p.m., at the high school. Call 715-349-7070 for more info.

MONDAY/21 Frederic

• Spades played, 1 p.m. at the senior center. Everyone welcome/no charge.

WEDNESDAY/23 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

THURSDAY/24 Frederic

• 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.

FRI. - SUN./25-27 Balsam Lake

• Second Stop of the 2nd-annual United Barrel Racing Assoc., tour at JJ Arena. Call 715857-6343 or 715-554-3460 for more info.

Siren • Slow-pitch softball torunament, at the ball park. Call 715-349-2391 for more info.

FRIDAY/25 Balsam Lake

• Unity High School graduation, 7 p.m.

Frederic • Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

SATURDAY/26 Frederic

• Noon potluck lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, cards, pool or fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass or a monetary donation.

SUNDAY/27 Frederic

• High school graduation, 2 p.m.

MONDAY/28 Frederic

• Memorial Day noon potluck lunch, at the senior center. Bingo, spades following.

WEDNESDAY/30 Frederic

• Pokeno, 1 p.m., at the senior center.

THURSDAY/31 Frederic

• 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.


• 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.

Luck • ALPHA Dinner, Video & Discussion, “What About the Church?” 6:30-8:45 p.m., Faith Fellowship. Call Maggie at 715-825-3559 for more info.


FRIDAY/1 St. Croix Falls

• High school graduation, 7 p.m.

Leader | may 9| 2007