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• WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 • VOLUME 83 • NO. 14 • 3 SECTIONS

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),5675($' NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Changes to the annual gun deer hunt and results of the huntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening weekend will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Sideâ&#x20AC;? on Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/River Falls. Host Rich Kremer of WPR News welcomes the Outdoor Guys, Dave Carlson, outdoor writer and former host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northland Adventures,â&#x20AC;? and Joe Knight, outdoor reporter for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram. Other guests on the show will be Kevin Wallenfang, natural resources staff specialist in deer policy for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Mark Noll, chair of the Buffalo County Deer Advisory Council, and co-chair of the Deer and Elk Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Kremer and his guests will talk about the changes to deer hunting rules and regulations, and how successful this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening weekend was. They will also discuss how deer registration has changed throughout the VWDWH´7KH:HVW6LGHÂľLVDFDOOLQSURJUDPIRFXVHGRQLVVXHVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWRZHVWHUQ Wisconsin. The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 800-228-5615. Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming. Listen, learn more and donate online at wpr. org. - from Wisconsin Public Radio

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:LGRZRI0DULQH6JW&DUVRQ+ROPTXLVWLV KRQRUDU\WUHHOLJKWHUDW/RYHOLJKW 7UHHDQG5HPHPEUDQFHFHUHPRQ\ ST. CROIX FALLS - The approaching holiday season is a time of merriment and a time with family and friends. It is also a time to remember those who are no longer with us or canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be with us. The St. Croix Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners will again host a Love Light Tree and Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the hospital. This is your invitation to join. Refreshments to follow. Love Lights are now on sale and forms can be picked up at SCRMC, and their 6JW&DUVRQ-DVPLQHDQG:\DWW+ROPTXLVW outlying clinics in Balsam Lake, 3KRWRVXEPLWWHG Frederic, Webster and Lindstrom, Minn. Proceeds from the Love Light event are used to fund scholarships for local students who are pursuing a career LQ WKH KHDOWK FDUH Ă&#x20AC;HOG  7KLV \HDU WKH 6&50& KRQRUDU\ tree lighters will be Jasmine, widow of Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist and their son, Wyatt. Sgt. Holmquist was killed ZKLOHRQGXW\LQ&KDWWDQRRJD7HQQ$PHULFDQĂ DJVZLOOEH given to all in attendance at the ceremony and can be placed on the Love Light tree to honor and remember Carson, and all of our military. Several employees at SCRMC are related to Holmquist, including his wife, Jasmine, who has recently moved home. - submitted

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Poverty growing at alarming rate Sluggish economy increasing need for services, reports director of Burnett County Health and Human Services

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Royal Emerson | Staff writer BURNETT COUNTY - The number of seeks to assist families by offering preamilies in need in Burnett County con- ventative services to empower families to tinues to grow, as do the associative is- EHFRPHVHOIVXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW The departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safe and Stable Famisues of child neglect, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction, according to lies program is one example of a proacKatherine Peterson, director of the Bur- tive approach to dealing with issues of nett County Department of Health and child abuse, neglect or delinquency, by Human Services, as she presented her an- providing family preservation services nual report to the Burnett County Board to avoid having to remove children from of Supervisors at their regular meeting on their home. It also supports timely reuniĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ ZKHUH WHPSRUDU\ UHPRYDO KDV Tuesday, Nov. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for people to understand the been necessary and provides services to level of poverty in Burnett County. The promote and support adoptions for those current economic environment continues children who cannot return home safely. WREHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWDQGWKHUHDUHFRPSOH[FRQ- There are currently 139 families with 208 straints facing us, resources and services children being served through the Safe continue to change, and the population of and Stable Families program. In 2014 people looking for services continues to there were 26 children placed in alternative care for some or all of the year. grow,â&#x20AC;? Peterson stated in her report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our program managers and direct staff The report presents a stark picture where referrals to child protective ser- routinely seek to provide the most cost efvices have more than tripled in the past fective and least restrictive interventions three years and where one out of four available to meet the needs of the people county residents is receiving subsidized who are in need of our services,â&#x20AC;? said Pemedical care and food assistance. Men- terson, who became director of Burnett tal health crisis calls are also increasing County HHS in 2007 and has 29 years of and â&#x20AC;&#x153;adult protection services are going progressive social work experience, havthrough the roof,â&#x20AC;? as the growing number ing worked previously in Douglas County. RIGUXJDGGLFWHGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\H[SORLWWKHHO- ´7KH\GRGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWMREVXQGHULQFUHDVLQJO\ derly and most vulnerable. GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWFLUFXPVWDQFHVDQGZLWKGHFUHDVâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We are witnessing a huge increase in ing revenue, but continue to be dedicated drug and alcohol abuse and domestic vio- to their clients and the mission of our lence; we have seen an increase in heroin agency. I can respectively say that this is an and meth,â&#x20AC;? Peterson told the 21 elected outstanding group of staff doing the most RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVZKRPDNHXSWKHFRXQW\ERDUG GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWMREWKDWZHKDYHHYHUIDFHGÂľ â&#x20AC;&#x153;When an individual becomes addicted to meth, they cannot maintain what they are doing. Everything falls apart. They 3URDFWLYHDQGSUHYHQWDWLYHDSSURDFK The Burnett County Department of lose their job and they stop caring for HHS administers more than 25 programs their children. Child protection and juvenile referrals are also increasing at an in three distinct units, including children and family services, economic support alarming rate.â&#x20AC;? and public health. Many of its programs are federally or state-mandated programs 3RYHUW\VWDWLVWLFV funded through federal or state grants The poverty rate for Burnett County ZLWK OLWWOH RU QR GLUHFW FRXQW\ Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO GXULQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDU VSDQ RI  contribution. The department operates was 18.6 percent, an increase from 2000 with $4 million in direct taxpayer supwhen the county poverty rate was 8.8 per- SRUWEXWWKURXJKYDULRXVHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQFLHVDQG cent, according to Poverty and Food Secu- other factors, including delayed federal rity in Burnett County, a report published and state reimbursements, it ended the in the fall of 2014 for UW-Extension. Me- operating year with a budget surplus of dian household income in Burnett County over $300,000. LV  VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ ORZHU WKDQ WKH The public health entity offers a variety state median of $35,085 and just above of proactive services through the Women, the 2012 poverty threshold of $23,050 for Infants and Children program, a federally DIDPLO\RIIRXU7KHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOXQHPSOR\- funded supplemental nutrition program ment rate in Burnett County is 7.9 percent that promotes and monitors the health with 26.3 percent of its population over and well-being of nutritionally at-risk the age of 65 and presumably out of the pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum workforce. As noted above, nearly 25 per- women, infants and children to ensure cent of Burnett County residents are Food healthy birth outcomes and child wellShare recipients. being. Another program especially high2QWKHIURQWOLQH lighted by Peterson is the Home Visitor If there is a front line in the struggle to Program that reaches out to young moms heal those suffering from poverty in Bur- while pregnant and continues after birth nett County, it lies with the 27 paid staff offering such services as prenatal care and and social workers of the Burnett County classes designed to prepare the mother Department of Health and Human Ser- for the birth of the infant. The Home Visivices. A recent early Thursday morning

ployment rates continue to increase the need for services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We face challenging DQGXQFHUWDLQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOWLPHVÂľ3HWHUVRQ said. Supervisors discussed the overall breakdown in families and noted the cycle of poverty is generational. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these kids need better family upbringing,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not prepared for life. And then they are having children.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We continue to work to meet the needs of our community,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of the entire department, I wish to express our deep appreciation to the Health and Community Services Committee and the entire Burnett County Board of Supervisors for their support of the work we do.â&#x20AC;?

Brian Rogers, local, national activist, dies at 68 FREDERIC - A Frederic native who went on to become recognized nationally for his work for the rights of the disabled, died Sunday, Nov. 15. Brian Rogers was 68 years old. Rogers fought to take the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;disâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out of the word disability, leading by example, tor Program implements a curriculum designed by the Healthy Families America overcoming cerebal palsy to lead a full initiative to â&#x20AC;&#x153;strengthen families so chil- and productive life which included endren can grow to their fullest potential.â&#x20AC;? The Home Visitor Program also high- couraging and inlights how â&#x20AC;&#x153;resources and services con- spiring others with tinue to changeâ&#x20AC;? and the year-to-year physical challenges uncertainty in providing program ser- to disregard negative vices to families in need. The program is attitudes by others. In 1986 he was inDĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUJUDQWPDGHDYDLODEOHWRQLQH tribes in the state and Burnett County. It ducted into the Nais soon to expire and its renewal is uncer- tional Hall of Fame for Americans with tain. %ULDQ5RJHUV â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we lose funding for prevention we Disabilities, by President Ronald Reagan. pay for it on the treatment end,â&#x20AC;? Peterson It was recognition of his service to prosaid. grams for the handicapped locally, statewide and nationally. (FRQRPLFDVVLVWDQFH After growing up in Frederic, Rogers The economic assistance offered left the area to pursue his education and through programs managed by HHS not to become involved in positions which RQO\ EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W IDPLOLHV EXW DOVR UHYHUEHU- promoted educational and work-related ate in the local economy. There are 3,459 programs for people with handicaps. Burnett County residents who received â&#x20AC;&#x153;America still looks at the disabled medical assistance through Medicaid or population as it does the Third World,â&#x20AC;? Badger Plus, with over $17 million paid Rogers told the Leader. He said it was his out to local health providers. A total of career goal to â&#x20AC;&#x153;mainstream those unique 3,768 people in Burnett County received members of society.â&#x20AC;? )RRG 6KDUH EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV SD\LQJ RXW RYHU  Locally, Rogers encouraged citizens of million to local grocery stores. Addition- Frederic to become involved politically ally, 85 families and 153 children received and again, backed up his words with acFKLOGFDUHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIDQG tion, taking part in the organization of the households received Home Energy Assis- Frederic Area Historical Society, which tance worth $706, 997. Funds paid out are resulted in the restored 1901 Soo Line primarily state and federal dollars. There depot and museum, serving on the village are 15,328 residents who live as year- board, the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development corporaround residents of Burnett County. tion, the village library board and became active in a movement to save the Fred)DPLO\EUHDNGRZQ eric swimming pool. Rogers grew up in a As a social service agency the depart- house across the street from the pool and ment of HHS â&#x20AC;&#x153;works hard to serve the witnessed its construction through literal residents of Burnett County with dignity, hands-on involvement by the community. respect and compassion,â&#x20AC;? Peterson told He was honored as Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer supervisors, noting they continue to meet of the Year in 1990. the mission of â&#x20AC;&#x153;making an impact on the As a kid, Rogers would ride his bike lives of (residents in need) relative to the around town, sometimes followed by his resources we receive.â&#x20AC;? rat terrier named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bullet,â&#x20AC;? who would The sluggish economy and high unem6HH5RJHUVSDJH %XUQHWW&RXQW\++6'LUHFWRU.DWKHULQH3H WHUVRQSUHVHQWVKHUDQQXDOUHSRUWWRWKH%XU QHWW&RXQW\%RDUGRI6XSHUYLVRUVODVW7XHVGD\ 1RY3KRWRE\(5R\DO(PHUVRQ

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license reinstatement after a suspension. He is also facing a mandatory alcohol assessment and dramatically higher penalties if he is arrested for DUI again in the next decade. Steffen does not need to appear in Fond du Lac County Court to the charge, iniWLDOO\HYHQLIKHFKRRVHVWRĂ&#x20AC;JKWWKHFDVH he can plead by mail. If he wants to plead QRWJXLOW\KHFRXOGVLPSO\SD\KLVĂ&#x20AC;QHV or make arrangements. While the district attorney position LVDIRXU\HDUHOHFWHGRIĂ&#x20AC;FHKHLVXSIRU re-election in 2016. Steffen has been reelected to his seat once, and has also run for circuit court judge. As for any other penalties or fallout from the incident, there is the possibility of scrutiny from county administration or RWKHURIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVDVKHZDVGULYLQJDFRXQW\ owned Dodge minivan. However, as to any possible penalties from the county, Polk County Corporate Counsel Jeff Fuge was unable to offer an RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOFRPPHQWRUFODULĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQE\SUHVV WLPH6WHIIHQ¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHLVQRWĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQJTXHVtions on the DUI charge. Steffenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible Fond du Lac County Court date, Monday, Dec. 7, is also when he is scheduled to start jury selection in DYHU\KLJKSURĂ&#x20AC;OHKRPLFLGHWULDOLQ3RON County, involving a Cambridge, Minn., man, Levi Acre-Kendall, who is accused of stabbing Peter Kelly to death in a postĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJ GLVSXWH DW ,QWHUVWDWH 3DUN LQ 6W Croix Falls last spring. The Acre-Kendall case has already garnered heavy media coverage, with Steffen as lead prosecutor; the trial is scheduled to last two weeks and it could be address a variety of interesting legal questions,

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The prosecutor is the one facing charges in a twist for Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen, who was cited for speeding and then arrested for driving while intoxicated on Monday, Nov. 9, in Fond du Lac County. Steffen, 45, Osceola, has been the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead prosecutor since 2007, and was out of the county attending a state conferHQFHLQ(ONKDUW/DNHZLWKRWKHUORFDORIĂ&#x20AC;cials when stopped, while he was piloting a county-owned Dodge minivan. According to the Fond du Lac County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department probable cause report, Steffen was pulled over around 8 p.m. on Hwy. 23 in the Town of Forest for driving 15 mph over the speed limit in the 2014 Dodge van. Steffen had apparently come up behind the deputy on the highway at a higher rate of speed, leading to him stopping the van. Once Steffen stopped, the deputy noted that his eyes seemed red and glassy and said he smelled of intoxicants. Steffen reportedly told the deputy he had a couple of drinks in Mauston at dinner, but was originally unclear on when he had last drank. Steffen admitted to driving too fast but insisted that he was Ă&#x20AC;QHWRGULYHDQGZDVQRWLQWR[LFDWHG However, the deputy took him into custody on suspicion of being under the LQĂ XHQFHDQGKHZDVWDNHQWRWKHFRXQW\ jail, later registering a .11-percent blood alcohol concentration during a preliminary breath test, slightly above the legal limit of .08-percent BAC. Steffenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s .11-BAC reading is below the  WKUHVKROG ZKHUH PRUH VHULRXV Ă&#x20AC;QHV and penalties kick in, such as requirements for an ignition interlock on vehicles the owner drives. He was able to be released that evening. 6WHIIHQZDVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\FKDUJHGZLWKGULYLQJZKLOHLQWR[LFDWHGĂ&#x20AC;UVWRIIHQVHZKLFK is considered a forfeiture and hence is technically not a crime in Wisconsin. The charge also comes with a rider charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol content, mirroring the DUI charges, as well DVWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHV According to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online court records, Steffen faces charges of over $937 for each of the two DUI-relayed counts; 'DVKFDPYLGHRUHOHDVHGE\WKH)RQGGX/DF KH DOVR KDV D  Ă&#x20AC;QH IRU WKH VSHHGLQJ &RXQW\ 6KHULIIV 'HSDUWPHQW VKRZV 6WHIIHQ ticket, meaning he has total charges of EHLQJKDQGFXIIHGE\DGHSXW\6SHFLDOSKRWR just over $2,000, plus additional insurance costs and possibly other fees, such as for

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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Frederic Fire Department was called out twice last Friday, Nov. 13, both times to the same address in Lewis. According to Frederic Fire Chief Brian 'DHIĂ HU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW FDOO FDPH LQ DW  a.m. from a female resident at 1164 Main $YHZKHUHDJDUDJHZDVRQĂ&#x20AC;UH 7KHJDUDJHZDVHQJXOIHGZKHQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UH GHSDUWPHQWDUULYHGVDLG'DHIĂ HUDQGLV a total loss along with a car that was inside. The second call, made from the cell phone of someone driving on Hwy. 35, came at 8 p.m. Friday evening. This time, VDLG'DHIĂ HUWKHKRXVHDW0DLQ$YH ZDVRQĂ&#x20AC;UH1RRQHZDVKRPHDWWKHWLPH and the house sustained nominal damage. Lorain Fire Department was called for PXWXDO DLG IRU WKH PRUQLQJ JDUDJH Ă&#x20AC;UH 'DHIĂ HU VDLG  )LUHĂ&#x20AC;JKWHUV ZHUH RQ WKH scene for about 1-1/2 hours each time. /RUDLQ)UHGHULFDQG/XFNĂ&#x20AC;UHGHSDUWPHQWVUHVSRQGHGWRWKHVHFRQGĂ&#x20AC;UH7KH residence was occupied by two people GXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ&#x20AC;UHDQGLWZDVQRWRFFXpied during the second. %RWK Ă&#x20AC;UHV DUH XQGHU LQYHVWLJDWLRQ E\ the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department. Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson conĂ&#x20AC;UPHG 7XHVGD\ WKDW ERWK Ă&#x20AC;UHV DUH VXVpicious and there is evidence present to VXJJHVWDUVRQ%RWKĂ&#x20AC;UHVDUHEHLQJLQYHVWLJDWHGDVDUVRQĂ&#x20AC;UHVKHQRWHG

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit back and let someone tell me I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do something,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m disabledâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as an excuse.â&#x20AC;? Rogers said he credited his love of trees and gardening - and public service - to his late father, Gordon. A full obituary appears elsewhere in this /LVD3RZHUV:DVKEXUQ&RXQW\9HWHUDQV6HUYLFHRIILFHUDQG6KHOO/DNH+RQRU*XDUGPHPEHU issue. - Gary King JLYHV/DPRLQH*DUGQHUDQ$PHULFDQIODJIRUKLVURRPLQDSSUHFLDWLRQIRUKLVVHUYLFH*DUGQHUZDV LQWKH$UP\DQGLQWKHVDPHXQLWDV(OYLV3UHVOH\+HNQRZVWKHZRUGVWRHYHU\(OYLVVRQJ3KRWR E\/DUU\6DPVRQ


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District looks to recoup special-education costs Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Federal and state funding for special education at Luck Schools covers less than half the cost of providing the necessary services, and Luck Superintendent Chris Schultz is looking for ways to UHFRXSVRPHRIWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;FLW

The 2016 budget includes special-education expenditures of $685,605, with state and federal funding covering $319,700 of that. The remaining $366,000 is funded through school property taxes. A likely source for additional reimbursement, Schultz believes, is Med-

icaid. Services that could possibly be Medicaid reimbursable include occupational and physical therapy, speech and language, counseling and transportation. Parents, Schultz noted, would need to give approval for the district to bill Medicaid on their behalf.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;While some additional documentation will be required, particularly by our paraprofessionals,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the opportunity to bring in thousands of dollars to offset recent increased costs to our special-education budget is exciting.â&#x20AC;?

Frederic budget approved

Safe Routes to School work continues

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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Budget season for local governments is wrapping up, and last Wednesday, Nov. 11, the village of Frederic joined the ranks of communities with a balanced and approved 2016 budget. Following a Nov. 11 public hearing, with no one from the public commenting, the budget was approved by the village board. Included is a 1.7-percent increase in revenue and expenditures over last year, for a total general fund budget of $562,580. The total tax levy is up $500, from $366,920 last year to $367,426 this year. The taxing mill rate is up less than 4 cents per $1,000 in equalized property, to $6.85. What this means for property owners within the village is a village tax levy of $685 on property valued at $100,000. Debt service, at $217,156, makes up the

6DIH5RXWHVJUDQW The regular monthly meeting of the board was held immediately after the budget hearing on Nov. 11, with President Jim Meyer absent. Meyer appointed George Hansford to chair the meeting in his absence. William Johnson IV spoke to the board regarding the Safe Routes to School program on which the school is working. Johnson was appointed in October to be the village representative on the task force that has been established for the project. Currently, he said, the task force is in the planning stage of the project, working with West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to improve biking and walking routes to school. The task force met Oct. 22, he said, where WCWRPC senior planner Eric

Anderson provided background on the program. He said that funding for a study grant is available, with WCWRPC covering 80 percent of the cost and the school providing 20 percent in match. Total cost for the grant application is $10,000, so the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion is $2,000. Projects that come out of the survey could be a simple as painting lines on the street or as extensive as building new sidewalks, Johnson said. The school, village and Town of West Sweden will share future costs, applying for grants that would cover 80 percent of those costs. The Department of Transportation is the 80-percent partner, Johnson noted. 7KHWDVNIRUFHKHVDLGKDVLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKH most-used routes to both schools and the potential issues associated with each.

&DXFXV The board decided to wait until the regular December meeting to set a date for the January caucus, where nominations will be taken for three trustee positions. Up for

election will be the seats held by Brad Harlander, Greg Heine and Terry Siebenthal.

2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ Village treasurer Jennifer Phernetton reported that the year is 83 percent over and the village has spent 81 percent of its 2015 budget. â&#x20AC;˘ On the recommendation of the public works committee, the board approved deferred payment agreement terms for utility bills and thawing pipes. According to terms of the policy, utility customers can enter in a deferred payment arrangement if they are unable to pay the full amount by disconnection date. A payment of at least half the amount owed must be made at the time of the agreement, and the remainder must be paid by the next billing date. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved transfer of the golf course liquor license to new owner Tim Vasatka.

Sprucing up the village hall

Luck approves table skirts but no new chairs Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Some might say that a new coat of paint and some table coverings are long overdue at the Luck Village Hall, and apparently the village board agrees. The board stopped short, however, of splurging on new chairs for around the board tables. After some discussion as to their actual purpose, the board at its Wednesday, Nov. 11, meeting approved the purchase of table skirts at a cost of about $18 each. The purchase was recommended E\WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHFRPPLWWHH Ross Anderson, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of village President Dave Rasmussen, opposed the purchase. Also on the agenda was the purchase of 11 new chairs for the boardroom, ranging in price from $57 to $84 each, depending on whether they were delivered or not and whether they were assembled or not. This number would accommodate the seven members of the village board, the village clerk, village treasurer, police chief and director of public works, who are all typically in attendance at meetings of the board. Like the current chairs, the new ones would have arms but, unlike the ones in use now, would also be on rollers. It was neither the arms nor the rollers, however, that had the attention of Trustee Alan Tomlinson. Tomlinson argued that the chairs being used now have a sturdy, historic character that he likes. Like the table skirts, the purchase of QHZFKDLUVZDVUHFRPPHQGHGE\WKHĂ&#x20AC;nance committee. Trustee Sean Kinney asked whether there was any reason other than cosmetics for the purchase, and village clerk Lori Pardun responded that the idea is to create a more professional,

/XFN9LOODJH%RDUGDQGVWDII /WR5 DUH7UXVWHH0LNH%URWHQYLOODJHWUHDVXUHU/DXULH&RRN7UXVWHH6HDQ.LQQH\YLOODJHFOHUN/RUL3DUGXQDQG 7UXVWHHV5RVV$QGHUVRQ.\OH-RKDQVHQ%HFN\5RZHDQG$ODQ7RPOLQVRQ1RWVKRZQLVYLOODJH3UHVLGHQW'DYH5DVPXVVHQz3KRWRE\0DU\6WLUUDW up-to-date look. In addition, she said, the new chairs would be more comfortable and much easier to move around. Anderson sought a roll call vote on the purchase, which ended in a tie vote. In cases of a tie vote, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;naysâ&#x20AC;? win, so the motion to buy the chairs was defeated. Voting in favor were Trustees Mike Broten, Kinney and Becky Rowe. Opposed were Anderson, Kyle Johansen and Tomlinson. The purchase of new tables was also UHFRPPHQGHGE\WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHFRPPLWWHH but the board tabled discussion on that until next month. The tables, chairs and table skirts are all included in the 2016 budget.  (DV\,7*X\V Following a presentation last month, the board approved a one-year trial period with Easy I.T. Guys for technology management and security. The cost is $595 per month, plus a one-time setup fee of $800. Included in the cost is access to assistance 60 hours per week, antivirus software, troubleshooting, remote monitoring, unlimited phone and remote support, data backup and emergency backup.

at a cost of $800. Â&#x2021;7KHERDUGDSSURYHGDĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUOHDVH on a Lanier copy machine from EO Johnson at $116 per month. Funds are included in the 2016 budget. â&#x20AC;˘ Public works director Seth Petersen reported that the village has received an offer from the Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Rural Water Association to develop better wellhead protection for the two village wells. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promising to help us with funding,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so we have the best chance of keeping our wells pro2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ Jill Glover, director of the Luck Pub- tected.â&#x20AC;? He said that Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success could lic Library, reported that October circu- then be showcased, which would be an lation was up by nearly 900 items over â&#x20AC;&#x153;awesome opportunity.â&#x20AC;? It will be a twolast year. She also said that November to four-year process, said Petersen. â&#x20AC;˘ Clunis reported that total revenue is Food for Fines Month, and patrons can KDYHUHPRYHGIURPWKHLURYHUGXHĂ&#x20AC;QHV at the course was $656,362, with expenfor every canned item they bring in. Ex- ditures of $528,191 and $105,000 in savercise for seniors, a library program, is ings for 2016-17. Kinney suggested the held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at golf course commission discuss holding the Lions Hall and is free for the month of a tournament fundraiser to start repaying November. Volunteers are needed for the the $125,000 that the golf course owes to the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund. after-school reading program, she said. â&#x20AC;˘ With Kinney opposed, the board approved attendance by golf course superintendent Kevin Clunis at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego next February,

%XGJHW The board passed the 2016 village budget, following a public hearing that no member of the public attended. The budget includes a tax levy of $556,083, up $1,250 from the 2015 budget. Because of a slight increase in property values, however, the taxing mill is down about 20 cents per $1,000 in equalized value, to $8.41. This means that property valued at $100,000 will be assessed a village tax of $841.

Free business tax seminar offered

NEW RICHMOND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College New Richmond Campus and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue are hosting a free business tax seminar for new and existing businesses on Wednesday, Dec. IURPDPDWWKH:,7&(GZLQ

Cashman Conference Center in New Richmond, 1019 S. Knowles Ave. Business tax seminars provide the opportunity for new and existing businesses to gain a better understanding of basic tax regulations. The seminar is designed to cover the basics about Wisconsin taxes

and provide the chance to interact with DOR specialists. At the seminar, DOR tax specialists will cover key topics including business tax UHJLVWUDWLRQHOHFWURQLFĂ&#x20AC;OLQJZLWKWKH0\ Tax Account online program, withholding tax, sales and use tax, business tax in-

centives and helpful resources available through the department. This event is free and light refreshments will be served, but you must preregister by calling 715-246-6561, ext. 4229, or emailing lisa.smith@witc.edu. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from WITC

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SCF hotel plan officially dissolved

Community Development Authority ends agreement, endorses theater rehab

- Dr. Joy Zasadny 

'HYHORSHU/DUU\$EGR LQEDFNJURXQG ZDVWKHVXEMHFWRIVRPHGHEDWHDVWKH6W&URL[)DOOV &RPPXQLW\'HYHORSPHQW$XWKRULW\VHYHUHGWKHLUGHYHORSHUVDJUHHPHQWZLWK$EGRRQDSURSRVHG ERXWLTXHKRWHOSURMHFWGRZQWRZQ$EGRLVSLFWXUHGKHUHEHVLGHFLW\$GPLQLVWUDWRU-RHO3HFN)LOH SKRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ found not to be viable, coming up short on covering construction costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel bad we funded so much of their work,â&#x20AC;? stated Commissioner Dr. Joy Zasadny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like we footed a lot of the bills for his (Larry Abdo of AMH-St. Croix) legwork.â&#x20AC;? Zasadny suggested that Abdoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enWKXVLDVP ZDV QRW MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;HG DQG VDLG KH should have known the plan was not workable when he kept going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the idea of giving him any more money,â&#x20AC;? Zasadny stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, I think he was a little gung ho and cavalier on this.â&#x20AC;? Other commissioners echoed that sentiment, but in the end, they agreed to pay the $10,000 from TIF money, but included a suggestion for a donation toward the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civic Auditorium rehabilitation project, the project that the proposed KRWHOZDVPHDQWWRFDSLWDOL]HRQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;cally for about $10,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually, a philanthropic donation to the tune of about $1 million would be even better,â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Arnie Carlson said, half joking.

In the end, the CDA later voted to dissolve the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreement with AMH-St. Croix with little fanfare, leaving the vacant parcel beside the old theater available for some sort of development down the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a bar and restaurant or a hotel ... but maybe a condominium? Maybe it will be something else, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know,â&#x20AC;? Blesi said in support of the Civic rehab, which he said will bring private investment down the road. The CDA also spent quite a while debating the status of the Civic rehab, as

they were tasked with approving whether WRKDYHDUFKLWHFWXUDOĂ&#x20AC;UP0LOOHU'XQZLGdie move forward with a complete design plans for the restoration and addition to the historic theater, which would allow for true project bidding costs by April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want it designed. I want hard numbers,â&#x20AC;? Blesi stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to know what WKH IXQGLQJ JDSLV,EHOLHYHZHFDQĂ&#x20AC;OO that gap. Then I believe someone will see what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing and will want to build (beside the theater).â&#x20AC;? There was again discussion on the funding gap between the $2.1 million TIF contribution and the $500,000 grant received so far, and the potential for a $5.2 million total project cost. Blesi thinks estimates much over that cost or $6 million would be hard to make XSEXWKHZDVĂ&#x20AC;UPWKDWWKHIXQGUDLVLQJ efforts needed hard numbers, plans and goals to raise the difference. ´6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;FGRQRUVQHHGVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FSURMHFWV and specs,â&#x20AC;? Blesi said. After more debate, the CDA approved spending up to $75,000 with the architects to create a hard design plan, allowing for spring project bids. The Festival Theatre Company has already procured a temporary home while the old theater is renovated and upgraded with items such as new rest rooms, an elevator and expanded seating and event space.

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Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After more than two years of discussion, research, plans and potential ideas, a partnership between the city of St. Croix Falls and a Minneapolis-based developing group has RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\EHHQGLVVROYHGHQGLQJIRUQRZ at least, dreams of a possible boutique hotel and restaurant beside the historic Civic Auditorium downtown. The St. Croix Falls Community Development Authority met on Monday, Nov.  WR FRPSOHWH DQ DJHQGD Ă&#x20AC;UVW VWDUWHG the week prior, recessing before they addressed the hotel issue, leaving the proposed project technically in limbo. While it was clear the hotel project was dead, there was a one pending bill from the possible project remaining, which did garner plenty of discussion from the CDA. The $10,000 bill in question was technically already paid as part of the development agreement with Abdo Market House - St. Croix. The failed hotel project issue left a bad taste in several CDA members mouths, and they considered asking for the money back, as part of a deferment toward a previous bill the city paid for a design concept, with the handshake agreement that it would come out of future development cost reimbursements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were (originally) going to apply that (design concept cost) to a future release of an incentive,â&#x20AC;? Blesi said. City Administrator Joel Peck said the possible project incurred about $70,000 of tax incremental funding cash for research, plans and design concepts before the plug was pulled. The city had earmarked up to $240,000 for such costs, without any guarantee of a project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did do all the work we asked them to do,â&#x20AC;? Peck said. While several other commissioners exSUHVVHGWKHLUUHVHUYDWLRQVDERXWWKH´Ă&#x20AC;QDO bill,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Brian Blesi noted that it was the city that approached Abdo with a possible proposal, which was researched, and

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Liquor license issues raised at Milltown

Board approves 2016 budget

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN - Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Milltown Village Board wrangled through issues with the liquor license and sale of liquor at the community center, resolving questions and taking action to stay compliant with state law. The license at the community center, according to discussion at the meeting, is held by the American Legion. Each year application must be made to the village for renewal of the license, and this year it was noticed that the application and license had no designated bar area VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HG Village President LuAnn White and clerk/treasurer Amy Albrecht noted that state law requires that, in a SXEOLFIDFLOLW\WKHEDUDUHDEHDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FSDUWRIWKHEXLOGing. If no area is designated, the entire building is considered the bar, and the village would not be able to house the police department there nor hold childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events like Kids Night Out. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewal application included the physical address of the community center but no designated area, VRDQDUHDZDVPHDVXUHGDQGVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQRUGHUWRDSprove the license renewal, said Albrecht. The community club, the American Legion and the village share the community center, and Trustee Les Sloper commented that all three should have met to determine the bar measurements and make the change on the application. He said that the bar area was added after the license was issued, but White noted that the change was made at the time the renewal was approved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was not done after it was issued,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was

done at the time of renewal, at the direction of the Department of Revenue.â&#x20AC;? Sloper said he felt the change was needed and was a good one, but felt that the Legion should have been informed. Both the community club and the Legion are supposed to pay the village $500 a year to help cover some of the expenses at the community center, said White, but the Legion has not been paying their share. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay that measly amount of money,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a say. They broke the contract. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to give out beer licenses,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the discretion of the village.â&#x20AC;? Albrecht was directed to write a letter to the American Legion, holder of the license, asking them to amend their application to include the required measurements. Another issue that was addressed by the board was bringing alcohol into the community center. There has been a sign up indicating that if a patron wants to bring in something that the bar does not carry, he or she can do so. The bar will buy the bottle and sell it back to the customer. This, said Police Chief Ed Collins, is illegal since any alcohol sold at the community center must come from a wholesaler. In addition, the contract to use the community center states there can be no carry-ins, Albrecht added. Collins said that he would remove the sign.

%XGJHW No one attended the hearing on the 2016 budget, held prior to the regular meeting, and the board voted to pass the budget as published. Residents will be seeing a higher tax levy and taxing mill rate than last year. The total 2016 levy approved Nov. 11 is $407,879, nearly $12,000 more than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

levy of $396,008. Included in the levy is $281,092 for the general fund, $72,303 for the library, and $54,484 for the capital projects fund. The taxing mill rate is up 27cents per $1,000 in equalized value, to $9.93. This means that property valued at $100,000 will be assessed a village tax of $993. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate was $9.66 per $1,000. Overall, the general fund budget decreased by 3.5 percent, from $700,000 last year to $675,400 this year.

&DXFXV The village caucus was set for Monday, Jan. 11, just prior to the regular monthly village board meeting. Up for election are seats currently held by Les Sloper, Joe Castellano and Larry Kuske. 2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved a request from public works GLUHFWRU0LNH1XWWHUWRSXWĂ XLGLQWKHUHDUWLUHVRIWKH loader so it is more stable when lifting heavy loads. Cost is $250 to $300 per tire. â&#x20AC;˘ The board approved $10,100 in expenditures to bring the water tower into compliance. It needs to have the ladder welded to the tower leg, a vent on the top needs to be replaced and a cable that would be hooked to anyone climbing the tower needs to be attached to the top. â&#x20AC;˘ Snowplowing was discussed, and the public works department was given general guidelines in an effort to reduce overtime expenses. Main Street, Industrial Avenue and the mobile home park will be kept plowed, while other streets may wait until there is a 3-inch accumulation. Employees are asked to clock out after eight hours.

Amery man faces fourth DUI

Milltown arrest after man almost has head-on crash

Derrick admitted to having â&#x20AC;&#x153;a couple of drinks,â&#x20AC;? but dent. He appeared before a judge on Thursday, Nov. 12, DOPRVWIHOORYHUZKHQDVNHGWRJHWRXWIRUĂ&#x20AC;HOGVREULHW\ where he set a $3,000 signature bond, although his next tests. Derrick was calm and cooperative, but is facing court appearance was not set at press time. misdemeanor DUI, fourth offense, charges for the inci-

Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A 64-year-old Amery man is facing misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charges after he was caught speeding and crossing over the centerline while driving through Milltown on the evening of Monday, Nov. 9. According to the probable cause UHSRUW Ă&#x20AC;OHG ZLWK WKH 3RON &RXQW\ Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, the incident began when an officer noticed a truck driven by Steven J. Derrick was going at least 10 mph over the speed limit and had crossed the centerline, just moving over in time to 6WHYHQ-'HUULFN avoid a crash. :KHQ VWRSSHG WKH RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU QRWHG Derrick smelled of intoxicants, and that he had an empty ERWWOHRIERXUERQRQWKHWUXFNĂ RRUDVZHOODVDSDUWLDOO\ full bourbon bottle behind his seat.

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7KDWVP\KRPHWRZQ Thanks to Steve Pearson for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going Homeâ&#x20AC;? in the Nov. 4, 2015, Leader. I relate to his feelings leaving â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Citiesâ&#x20AC;? for the country. I traveled back and forth a lot of years between Whitewater, Wis., in highly populated southeast Wisconsin, where I worked, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;home,â&#x20AC;? where my PRWKHUOLYHGĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQWKHOLWWOHKRXVH in the woods where I grew up west of Frederic, then at Sunrise Apartments, Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\DWWKH)UHGHULF1XUVLQJ+RPH Even though Whitewater was relatively rural, and we lived outside of town on Whitewater Lake, I marvel at the the way time expanded and tension lifted from my shoulders each time I got north of Wisconsin Dells on I-90, 94. I once went up the hill from Sunrise to Hagbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store in Frederic, to look for a dress for my mother. As I examined each available garment in turn, Joan Funne, working at the store, came over to talk, and I told her I was trying to imagine which one would SOHDVH P\ PRWKHU PRVW DQG DOVR Ă&#x20AC;W her. Joanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not just take them all down for her to try on, and bring back the ones she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use?â&#x20AC;? I signed nothing, walked out of the store with an armful of merchandise, and thought, and still think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my hometown!â&#x20AC;? It would never have happened in Whitewater. Carolyn Wedin Frederic

3%(&VSURSRVHGKLNHLQ PRQWKO\FKDUJH Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the only member of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who questions the rationale for raising residential members basic electric charge from $34 to $36 a month. Their literature treats it as a fairness issue, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel that fair WR PH WKH\¡UH WDNLQJ D Ă&#x20AC;[HG FKDUJH thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already among the highest in the state and making it even higher. Apparently this is punishment for those of us who have tried to keep our electric bills as low as possible. Absorbing this $2-a-month increase wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put a huge strain on my budget, but I imagine that, for many families who are just scraping by, the last thing they need is a bigger electric bill. The rub, of course, is that no matter how much money and effort you put into insulating your home, installing weather stripping or converting to PRUH HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW OLJKWEXOEV DQG DSSOLances, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still billed $36 a month just for the privilege of being on PolkBurnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lines. A year ago the Wisconsin Public

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6% Recently, when I came across a hunter in a state forest, I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello,â&#x20AC;? and asked how the hunting was going. Under a proposed Wisconsin bill, I could now be prosecuted for this. Rep. Jarchow and Sen. Harsdorf have co-sponsored a bill that would make talking to a hunter, looking at a hunter and/or taking a picture of a KXQWHUSXQLVKDEOHE\DĂ&#x20AC;QHIRU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW RIIHQVH DQG  GD\V LQ MDLO DQGRU  Ă&#x20AC;QH IRU D VHFRQG RIfense. All it takes is for a hunter to claim that you were â&#x20AC;&#x153;harassingâ&#x20AC;? them or â&#x20AC;&#x153;interferingâ&#x20AC;? with their hunt. )URP WKH ELOO ´FRQGXFW SURKLEited includes maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person, approaching or confronting the person or photographing the person.â&#x20AC;? Full text of the proposal can be found at docs.legis.wisconsin. gov/2015related/sb338. I have numerous friends, family and neighbors who are hunters. I myself used to hunt. I have never heard anyone say they were harassed or interfered with. From the language of the bill and the changes it would make to the current Right to Hunt law, it seems that this bill was mainly written for (and by?) bear hound hunters. According

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to Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies who I spoke with this summer, bear hound hunters already enjoy many â&#x20AC;&#x153;rights.â&#x20AC;? The deputies informed me that it is perfectly legal for bear dogs to be in my yard and running my land, day and night. If I detain a dog on my property or try to save my domestic animal from bear dogs, I would be prosecuted. Bear hound hunters have the right to sit at the end of my driveway and blow their horn for 30-plus minutes as long as they say it is part of a hunt. Lastly, it is legal for bear hound hunters to completely block public roadways with their vehicles. I thought Republicans were supposed to stand for things like less government interference in our lives, protection of personal rights and protection of private property rights. Please take a moment and make your voice heard. Contact information for both Jarchow and Harsdorf is on page 8 of this paper. Robert Nelson Frederic

3DWULRWLVPDSSUHFLDWHG The Frederic American Legion is grateful to the Frederic School District, students, staff, administration and the Frederic Boy Scouts for their wonderful work to recognize our American heritage and those who VHUYHRWKHUV6SHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ZHUHIHUWR the elementary schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9/11 Patriot Day program and the Veterans Day program at the high school. Every year, these two programs uniquely provide Frederic students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, an experience of learning about our country and those who provide public service. The sense of American pride and patriotism generated by these programs is remarkable and appreciated. All support for these programs is appreciated. They are so important in carrying forward our American heritage to our students and our community. American Legion Post 249 Frederic

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C  O   N   V  E  R  S  A  T  I  O  N  S 0LQQHDSROLV9$DQG9$ &KRLFH This regional hospital and clinic is loaded with medical resources with gifted and caring people. Its added strength FRPHVIURPLWVDIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWLRQZLWKWKH8QLYHUsity Medical School and students. When you have the media blasting the Veterans Administration system and the top candidates for president who want to do away with it, we need to stand united in support. I have had one major surgery and many minor ones with very good outcomes. :HKDYHDFFHVVĂ&#x20AC;YHWLPHVIDVWHUWKDQ9$ Choice. I used VA Choice nine times and it never went smoothly. It is easier and faster to make an appointment and drive 100 miles to the Minneapolis VA, unless that place cannot perform the service. I was invited to the Minneapolis VA with two other veterans for a listen-

ing session by two consultants from VA corporate who were gathering veterans input on how to improve our Minneapolis VA. All three of us treasure this place and all those who serve us. The Minneapolis VAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength is its people and the quality of its services delivered. We found four areas that we would like to improve. 1. We want a trifold brochure of all the services they do, because we as veterans are not aware of what they are for this center. This request was also turned over to the patient advocate. No feedback to date. 2. Blood draw. They improved the results to one hour before you see your primary care doctor, but if they are running behind, you do not get to see or talk over your results with your doctor. Also veterans who travel over 40 miles and like to arrive early cannot go ahead of their scheduled time, which makes no sense. 3. Parking. It is alZD\VGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDSODFH+RZDERXW a remote place with a 30-minute shuttle

service? 4. VA administration nationwide needs to go under inspections. Bonuses for management? There are only two factors to be measured. Veteran customer service survey by starting a customer database for a year, then sampling. This can become a University of Minnesota ongoing class exercise. All nonmanagement Minneapolis VA employees and students need to have an opinion survey done every two years. Bonuses should only be given to nonmanagement service delivery agents. Please give doctors priority input as they are our true patient advocates. Rich Hess Trade Lake

5()UHGHULF9LOODJH%RDUG If Kristi and Joan had done anything illegal they would have possibly quit before going through all the suspicion and

stress they are now living with. What kind of proof has the board come up with to prove there was any wrongdoing on either of their parts? Why would they jeopardize their jobs? Both are hardworking, honest people. Kristi has been doing her job well for 11 years; why would she do otherwise now? It does not make any sense. I was actually told by Jim Meyers to just let it go. When I become aware of wrongdoing I cannot just â&#x20AC;&#x153;let it go.â&#x20AC;? In my opinion, also, it was apparently that there was a discussion of the meeting beforehand. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that against the Roberts Rules of Order? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the actions of your board members when they come up for re-election. What a sad situation this is. Eleanore Carlson Frederic

Bewleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill for retired law enforcement officers signed into law MADISON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; State Sen. Janet Bewleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, D-Delta, proSRVDOWRĂ&#x20AC;[DQRYHUVLJKWLQWKH&RQFHDOHG&DUU\/HJLVlation, which passed in 2011 was signed into law this week by Gov. Scott Walker. Bewley was joined at the bill-signing ceremony by her constituent, Paul Stein, Maple, who brought the issue to her attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul was the one who informed me that Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concealed carry law did not authorize the Department RI-XVWLFHWRLVVXHFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQFDUGVWRUHWLUHGODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVZKRUHVLGHLQ:LVFRQVLQEXWZRUNHG for an out-of-state law enforcement agency. He let me NQRZ WKDW FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ FDUGV ZHUH RQO\ DYDLODEOH WR those who retired from Wisconsin and federal law enforcement agencies. When I looked into it, I found out this was an unintentional oversight and started workLQJRQDĂ&#x20AC;[ÂľQRWHG%HZOH\ After reaching out to retired law enforcement groups, %HZOH\GUDIWHGDELOOWRWUHDWDOOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRUPHUODZ HQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVLQWKHVDPHZD\%HZOH\WHDPHG XSZLWKVWDWH5HS-RHO.OHHĂ&#x20AC;VFK52FRQRPRZRFRQ WKHELOOWKDWDOVRDOORZVODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVZKR retire from an agency that no longer exists to obtain a FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQFDUGIURPWKHODZHQIRUFHPHQWDJHQF\WKDW assumed the responsibilities and duties of the law enforcement agency that he or she previously worked for. ´,ZDVSOHDVHGWRZRUNZLWK5HS.OHHĂ&#x20AC;VFKRQWKLV FRPPRQVHQVHSURSRVDOWKDWDOORZVDOOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRUPHU ODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVZKRFDOO:LVFRQVLQKRPHWKH VDPH RSSRUWXQLW\ WR REWDLQ FHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ FDUGVÂľ VDLG Bewley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Assembly Bill 77 has been signed 2Q:HGQHVGD\1RY*RY6FRWW:DONHUVLJQHGOHJLVODWLRQDXWKRUHGE\VWDWH6HQ-DQHW%HZOH\WRIL[DQRYHUVLJKWLQVWDWH into law, the same set of rules apply for all former law ODZWKDWSUHYHQWHGVRPHTXDOLILHGUHWLUHGODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIILFHUVIURPJHWWLQJFRQFHDOHGFDUU\FHUWLILFDWLRQFDUGV3DXO6WHLQ HQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVLQWKHVWDWHÂľ 0DSOH IDUULJKW MRLQHG%HZOH\DWWKHVWDWH&DSLWROIRUWKHELOOVLJQLQJFHUHPRQ\{3KRWRVXEPLWWHG

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corporate decision to close the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison has created new embarrassment for the Walker administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job efforts. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., WEDC, the public-private agency created in the early days of WalkHU¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHUPVHHPHGĂ DWIRRWHGZKHQ Kraft Heinz announced the closing. It will affect nearly 1,000 workers, including 650 unionized blue-collar workers. Other states had been in contact with Kraft Heinz, which owns Oscar Mayer, as the corporation studied changes in its meat-processing plants. Top WEDC ofĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVVDLGORFDOJRYHUQPHQWVVKRXOGQRtify it when a company is talking about leaving Wisconsin. Reporters questioned Mark Hogan, WKHQHZFKLHIH[HFXWLYHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUDW:('& on why the agency didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach out to Heinz Kraft before the plant closing was announced. Hogan seemed to sidestep the questions, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we say

6WDWH &DSLWRO 1HZVOHWWHU 0DWW3RPPHU we do, and we should make sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re refocused on it and learn from everything that happens.â&#x20AC;? Walker, who developed the WEDC approach in early 2011, spent much of the summer in a futile effort to win the Republican nomination for president of the United States. A Marquette University poll in midsummer showed many people wanted Walker to focus on being governor rather than being a candidate IRUQDWLRQDORIĂ&#x20AC;FH In the 2010 gubernatorial election Walker had promised to create 250,000 private sector jobs in four years. Wisconsin fell far short of the quarter mil-

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y rating highways according to their smoothness, the federal government offers one way to evaluate road quality. Since 2009, less than half of Wisconsin highway miles were in one of the top two smoothness categories. In 2013, that percentage was 48.3 percent, lower than in all surrounding states and about 10 points below the U.S.

lion jobs. The Republican-controlled Legislature and Walker created WEDC as the linchpin in the job-creation efforts, replacing the Commerce Department, a state agency. Critics have questioned the haste in creating WEDC in the spring of 2011. The agency has been plagued by a KLJKWXUQRYHURIWRSRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV,QHDUO\ November three vice presidents reVLJQHGLQFOXGLQJLWVODWHVWFKLHIĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU7KHUHKDYHEHHQĂ&#x20AC;YHWRSĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVLQMXVWRYHUIRXU\HDUV Controversy also has followed the award of some of the WEDC grants to private companies. The Legislative Audit Bureau this spring issued a sharply critical report on how WEDC had operated. Later it conceded making $126 million in awards to 28 companies without getting a written staff review prior to making the awards which occurred between 2011 and 2013. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., UHFHQWO\DVNIHGHUDORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVWRH[DPLQH three loans made by WEDC.

average, 58.1 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, 10.5 percent of state highway miles were placed in one of the two lowest smoothness categories. That percentage has more than doubled since 2009, 4.1 percent. The Wisconsin Taxpayers AlliDQFHLVDQRQSDUWLVDQQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W research organization dedicated to good government through citizen education since 1932.

One $500,000 loan was made to a VWUXJJOLQJ0LOZDXNHHFRQVWUXFWLRQĂ&#x20AC;UP whose owner had been a major donor to Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political campaigns. A Walker cabinet member had urged WEDC to make the loan. The Wisconsin State Journal has reported the company owners apparently provided false information on the loan application. It was among the awards for which there had not been a formal staff review, the newspaper said. This month Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he will meet with Democrats about possible changes in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job creation efforts. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need their votes to change WEDC. Gerrymandered districts virtually guarantee GOP control of both houses of the Legislature through 2020. Vos might harbor ambitions of being governor. Bipartisan reform of Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job creation efforts could be a political plus for him.


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Siren Fire Association chooses bank for financing of new fire hall Becky Strabel | Staff writer TOWN OF DANIELS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Siren Fire Association met at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Daniels Town Hall, to DVVLJQGXWLHVDQGFKRRVHDĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJLQstitution. The association is comprised of representatives from the Siren Fire Department and four area municipalities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the village of Siren and the Towns of Daniels, LaFollette and Siren that are VHUYHGE\WKHĂ&#x20AC;UHGHSDUWPHQW 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUV HOHFWHG WR WKH ERDUG LQFOXGH Chair Darwin Brown, LaFollette; Vice Chair Duane Wiberg, Town of Siren; secretary Mike Huber, Town of Daniels; and treasurer Jan Hunter, village of Siren. 7ZR EDQNV SURYLGHG SURSRVDOV IRU Ă&#x20AC;nancing. Bremer Bank proposed a loan rate of 1.5 percent but contained many contingencies and fees; therefore, ComPXQLW\%DQNZDVDZDUGHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJ at a rate of 1.95 percent. Bremer Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal included using their lawyer from Duluth, Minn., to write up bylaws and other papers. It also included a disclaimer that the bank would not guarantee, even after the association had met the requirements, that it would provide the loan. Association members reviewed and approved the contract for Cedar Corporation of Menomonie, Wis., to start deVLJQLQJWKHPLOOLRQĂ&#x20AC;UHVWDWLRQ&RU\ Scheidler, director of architecture from Cedar Corp., will be working with Timothy Peterson, architect at Peterson Design Studio, Siren. It can be noted that due to

tors, subcontractors and association reps to be sure the project is moving along as planned throughout the building process. Tom Howe of the Siren Fire Department DVNHGLIWKHELGVZRXOGEHIDLUO\VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F to avoid contractors coming in with bids WKDW YDU\ &HGDU &RUS FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPHG WKDW the bids should be apple-to-apple comparisons. To help reduce costs it was suggested at an earlier meeting to have crews from the member towns help with the site prep. This is still a possibility but it may depend on the crewsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; workload. Other items that were approved included borrowing $700,000 with $100,000 in contingency funds for possible extra costs and determining that three signatures would be needed for expenditures; having the Town of Daniels open a Community Development Block Grant noninterest-bearing checking account, having the Siren Fire Association open a checking DFFRXQWIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHVWDWLRQEXLOGLQJIXQG 'DUZLQ %URZQ 7RZQ RI /D )ROOHWWH ZDV and following the Town of Daniels ProHOHFWHGDVWKHFKDLURIWKH6LUHQ)LUH$VVRFLD curement Policy. WLRQDWLWVPRQWKO\PHHWLQJKHOG0RQGD\1RY The Town of Daniels was given ap DW WKH 'DQLHOV 7RZQ +DOO 7KH QHZ 6LUHQ proval by the association to enter into a )LUH+DOOLVLQWKHGUDZLQJVWDJHVDQGSUHOLPL contract with Cedar Corporation for adQDU\SODQVZLOOEHUHYLHZHGDWWKH'HFHPEHU ministration services of the CBD grant PHHWLQJ3KRWRE\%HFN\6WUDEHO and also to enter into a contract with the Siren Fire Association. Copies of the four WKHĂ&#x20AC;UHKDOOEHLQJDPXQLFLSDOSURMHFWWKH municipalities meeting minutes were lowest bidder would most likely get the gathered that showed their individual project, which will include performance responsibilities for construction and end payment bonds as a form of insurance Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLQJ7KHPHPEHUWRZQVDQGYLOODJH to protect the association. Scheidler will DOVR SURYLGHG Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO VWDWHPHQWV WKDW also be meeting regularly with contrac- were requirements of the Siren Fire Association.

It was noted that if any member of the association was unable to attend the meeting in person that they had the ability to join the meeting via teleconference or video chat and that email communication would be used as needed for members to stay abreast of the latest developments. In old business, bylaws that were drafted by Ryan Benson, attorney at %HQVRQ /DZ 2IĂ&#x20AC;FH LQ 6LUHQ ZHUH UHviewed and approved. The second item on reviewing and amending of the 2016 proposed budget was discussed. Ann Peterson, village of Siren clerk/treasurer, will review the budget and organize funds to be returned to the Siren Fire Association once the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banking is in order. Acquisition of other grants was discussed. It was noted there has been communication with the Otto Bremer Foundation and the association will be applying for grant money from U.S. Bank. Other possibilities were also discussed. The next meeting of the Siren Fire Association will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Daniels Town Hall located west of Siren, just off of Hwy. 70. 7KHDJHQGDZLOOLQFOXGHĂ&#x20AC;UHKDOOGHVLJQ discussion and possible action, as well as value and repurposing of the current Ă&#x20AC;UH KDOO %UXFH 2OVRQ RI 5H0D[ $VVXUance, will be asked to do real estate appraisal. He has done this in the past at no FKDUJHIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHGHSDUWPHQW)ROORZLQJ the signing of numerous documents, the meeting was adjourned.

Plan commissions endorses new football stadium

SCF Plan Commission steps back from highway entrance issue

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A proposal to move and replace a building at the historic St. Croix Falls football park earned a thumbs-up, with conditions, from the St. Croix Falls Plan Commission at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. The proposed football building requires a conditional use permit and a public hearing was held prior to the commission meeting on Monday. As noted previously, the proposed building would act as a combination concession stand, locker room, rest room and equipment storage facility, with the potential for other uses, while keeping the current tennis courts intact. Previous roadblocks involving zoning have been addressed by common coun-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a complicated site.â&#x20AC;? - City Administrator Joel Peck 

cil action allowing new buildings in city park lands, but the plan commission noted the historic nature of the property in question, how the old St. Croix Falls football park includes historic masonry and stonework. The commission wanted to make sure that the new building respects and reĂ HFWVWKDWKLVWRULFVWRQHZRUNWKDWDVLPple pole building is not allowed in the historic overlay district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (St. Croix Falls) Historic Preservation Committee (has said) they intend to declare this a historic site,â&#x20AC;? city Administrator Joel Peck said, noting that there was a ski jump beside the football park in the 1930s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;40s, and they hope to note the other relevant historic aspects of the park area, which the city owns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a historic value to the football stadium,â&#x20AC;? Peck stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (HPC) wants that recognized.â&#x20AC;?

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6W&URL[)DOOV6FKRRO%RDUGPHPEHU'U6WHYH%RQW OHIW DQG6W&URL[)DOOVKHDGIRRWEDOO FRDFK*UDQW%HOLVOHDSSHDUHGDWDUHFHQWFLW\SODQFRPPLVVLRQPHHWLQJWRUHYHDOSODQVIRUDQHZ FRQFHVVLRQVWDQGDUHDDWWKHFLW\VIRRWEDOOSDUN)LOHSKRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ The concession building project will include a plaza for viewing the games, as well as improved crowd facilities that include rest rooms, food preparation and basic locker rooms, but it will be south of the current tennis courts, which the original plan had going away. The football building will be paid for entirely through private funds, much of which have already been raised. The design plans will be presented to the plan commission in the coming months, with a plan to begin construction this coming spring, with completion in time for next seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football opener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a complicated site,â&#x20AC;? Peck noted, as the commission noted that the existing building plan must be a separate CUP down the road, that they cannot just move the building across the site. The commission gave their recommendation to approve a CUP for the football building, sending the issue on to the full common council for consideration.

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and 5 on Block 73. â&#x20AC;˘ The commission refused to endorse or reject a call from a private landowner on Hwy. 8 who wants an access point continued west of Menards. The property is on the south side of Hwy. 8 and has had several supposed sales thwarted by a realization that the temporary access is just that, that a full access would need to be built from Wilberg Boulevard, which is on the other side of the property, without highway access. The landowner was asking the commission to send a letter of support to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to keep the access and allow it to be permanent. But the commission had weighed in with previous action long ago during discussion on a possible assisted living facility that would support closing the access, forcing accesses from Wilberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that access limits development,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Brian Blesi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Without the access) it increases exposure and building possibilities. I think it (the access) needs to go away.â&#x20AC;? The commission concurred and did not take any action on the request.


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New highway facility moving forward Burnett supervisors also approve budget, pay increases E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - The Burnett County Board of Supervisors committed to moving forward with plans to construct a new facility for its highway department, approving a $197,500 pay request for Kueny Architects LLC to prepare design and construction plan documents for the project. The supervisors met on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The new highway facility is estimated to cost $5 million. It is to be constructed at the existing highway department yard located on the west end of Siren on Hwy. 70. The current highway yard is a collection of pole sheds and other buildings, seemingly plopped down over the years in an ad hoc manner and as need arose. The highZD\GHSDUWPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHEXLOGLQJLVWKHROG6LUHQ6FKRRO special education building that was moved to the site in 1990. Most of the sheds and garages utilize baseboard HOHFWULFKHDWDQGDUHKLJKO\KHDWLQHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWDUHFHQWVLWH visit revealed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are we sure we want to spend $4 million or $5 million on a new facility?â&#x20AC;? asked Dale Dresel, District 2 supervisor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like the prudent thing to do at this time,â&#x20AC;? replied Gerald Pardun, District 20 supervisor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially with the low interest rates we can secure.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just wondering,â&#x20AC;? Dresel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in this deep we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just walk away from it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came to the conclusion that something needed to be done and we decided to do it,â&#x20AC;? stated Donald Taylor, county board chair. The board approved the architectural and engineering SURSRVDOWKDWZLOOEULQJWKHSURMHFWWRĂ&#x20AC;QDOGHVLJQDQGELG VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV  2SHQKRXVH An open house at the highway shop is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 9. The construction time line proYLGHG DV SDUW RI WKH SODQ VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQV WKDW ZHUH DSproved calls for bid documents to be readied and set for advertising on Feb. 4 with contractor construction approval sometime in March. Construction would begin in the spring of 2016 and may take 12 to 16 months to complete. The highway department has 24 full-time employees, 15 plow trucks, four graders and four front-end loaders. The new highway facility will also house the county forestry department, currently operating out of a converted

increased by $1.4 billion. If anything, residents continue to suffer the aftershocks of the mortgage banking scandal in housing rental prices still disproportionate to income and in cleaning up after the storm of housing foreclosures. 'XULQJWKHSHULRGRIDUWLĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\LQFUHDVLQJYDOXHVWKH county was able to decrease its mill rate tax to citizens E\VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWDPRXQWVVKRZLQJGHFUHDVHVLQVRPH\HDUV RISHUFHQWDQGSHUFHQW6LQFHWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOFROODSVH and subsequent loss in equalized value the county mill rate has increased by $1 since 2008, going from $2.77 per $1,000 of value to $3.78 in 2016. In other business the board approved a per diem rate increase. Supervisors will now be paid $75 per meeting attended, an increase from $50 per meeting. Supervisors receive no other stipend, save reimbursement for mileage and out-of-town eating expenses.

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Huge horse trail washout repaired Governor Knowles friends partner with Wisconsin Horse Council GRANTSBURG - Up to your hocks in mud is not the place horse people want to be on the trail. Fortunately, for the more than 5,000 riders a year visiting the Governor Knowles State Forest, that is no longer a problem. Stretching 55 miles along the St. Croix River in Polk and Burnett counties, the forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19,753 acres are managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for timber production and many recreational uses. Some 40 miles of dedicated horse trails weave over the forestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hills and valleys. Thanks to the efforts of the Equestrian Friends of Governor Knowles State Forest, with support from the Wisconsin

Horse Council, a major washout on one of the most popular trails is ready to ride again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a very deep and steep washout,â&#x20AC;? said Patti Lehman, president of the Friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That trail is very near to both the Trade River Campground and Day &DPSVRLWJHWVDORWRIWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FÂľ Stabilizing the trail required 30 hours of skid-steer work, 56 tons of Class 5 gravel, 48 tons of 1-1/2-inch rock and 19 tons of slag. Total cost came to $6,664. With more than 150 members, the Friends raised over $4,500 for the project and received a $2,100 grant from the Wisconsin Horse Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riders from all over Wisconsin and the Midwest ride here in the forest,â&#x20AC;? said Lehman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big job maintaining these trails. Support from the Wisconsin Horse Council made a big difference on this project.â&#x20AC;? - submitted

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SCF School Board peers into the looking glass

Ten-year planning, seven-period schedule addressed

Greg Marsten | Staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Falls Board of Education needed little time for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, after having passed their future budget in recent weeks and several construction projects winding down, the details of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school year earned their attention, as did the plans to prepare a true long-range property maintenance plan. District Superintendent Mark Burandt said he was working with the new district maintenance supervisor, Nate Prokop, to develop and create a 10-year plan for likely costs on everything from their DWKOHWLFĂ&#x20AC;HOGUHVXUIDFLQJWREXLOGLQJURRIV and parking lot asphalt, carpets, tiles, even phone systems and gym lockers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be shocking,â&#x20AC;? stated Burandt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some things may seem relatively new (currently), but could need addressing again in 10 years, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half the life of a typical roof.â&#x20AC;? Burandt said the 10-year plan could be useful for true budget creation and forecasting, allowing them to better plan for capital projects that may be more costly. He also insisted that it was not about adding things like swimming pools or building additions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not advocating building (new) things,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said, pointing out that some maintenance items, such as track resurfacing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;can have a six-digit bill,â&#x20AC;? and are needed every 10 years, as well as other potentially expensive but only occasional things the district should better plan for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see anything here for us that is a guiding light,â&#x20AC;? Burandt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But again, it could be shocking.â&#x20AC;? Board member Dr. Steve Bont thought

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be shocking ... some things may seem relatively new (currently), but could need addressing again in 10 years.â&#x20AC;? - Superintendent Mark Burandt

high school students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All (students) have seven classes and a study hall. This eliminates a study hall,â&#x20AC;? 5\DQFODULĂ&#x20AC;HG The board approved changes to the employee handbook affecting bus drivers, to bring them in line with other employees. The board approved the purchase of a new public address system at the elementary school amounting to $10,604. The system has been under assembly already and according to Burandt is â&#x20AC;&#x153;98-percent complete and almost functional.â&#x20AC;? District athletic director Paul Ran7KH6W&URL[)DOOV%RDUGRI(GXFDWLRQPHWRQ7XHVGD\1RYZKHUHWKH\HQGRUVHGDSODQWR dolph gave the board an athletic update VWDUWFUHDWLQJDZRUNLQJWHQ\HDUPDLQWHQDQFHVFKHGXOHIRUDOOWKHGLVWULFWVSURSHUW\ZKLFKFRXOG on the just-completed fall sports season, KHOSWKHPSODQIRUVXFKFRVWVz3KRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ GVF

and praised the accomplishments of all the teams, but did note a slight downtick in participation by high school boys, The 2016-2017 high school year will in part due to reduced class size, but he that the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous, longtime maintenance supervisor had created a have an adjusted day plan, which will suggested only a slight affect from non25-year plan half a dozen years ago, but include one less class period, going from WIAA soccer or other sports. Burandt said he had not found anything eight to seven periods, adding approxiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe a couple of football players,â&#x20AC;? mately 10 minutes to each class period Randolph speculated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to in his research. The board endorsed the 10-year plan- with the change. Ă&#x20AC;QG D ZD\ WR NHHS LQWHUHVW XS DQG VHOO ning plan, although they took no formal High school Principal Peggy Ryan en- our school sports.â&#x20AC;? couraged the change to the board, stating action on the matter. The board agreed to discuss the vithat it will allow many teachers to com- ability of the girls high school golf squad plete lessons or spend more hands-on in the near future, as the numbers were ,QRWKHUERDUGDFWLRQ The board approved the proposed time in classes like music or band, where down to just four girls this season. 2016-2017 school calendar, created ear- WKHUHPLJKWEHVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWWLPHWRDVVHPRandolph also noted conference awards lier than in years past after the commit- ble or tune instruments, or warm-up and and dance and cheer numbers, as well tee was assembled in October, instead of prepare, before lesson time. as middle school participation, which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to do the job right,â&#x20AC;? steady. past practices of having the calendar developed in February of the year affected. Ryan stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not just to jam a few minThe boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next regular meeting will The board decided to move the process utes into a class.â&#x20AC;? EH7XHVGD\'HFDWSP The change will essentially eliminate forward to better allow for some vacation a study period for the great majority of and trip plans.

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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Luck, like a majority of school districts across the nation, is in the process of implementing a new system for dealing with the ever-increasing threat of school violence and school shootings. This system, known as A.L.I.C.E., uses technology and information to help staff and students make informed decisions in a crisis situation. School counselor Rachel Berg and sixth-grade teacher Carolyn Peterson, who are at the forefront of A.L.I.C.E. training at Luck Schools, provided the school board with an update at its Monday, Nov. 16, meeting. In the past, said Berg, the most common way of handling the presence of a dangerous person within the school has been a lockdown, where staff and students lock their classrooms, turn out the lights and go to the farthest corner. While acknowledging that lockdown is still an important step that can be taken â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in fact, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;? in A.L.I.C.E. stands for lockdown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; experts are realizing that there are additional tools that can be equally or more effective in a given circumstance. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. By using the public address system and other means, students and staff can be alerted and kept informed about the situation. In clear and concise terms, the type and location of the event can be shared with everyone. With that information, staff and students can decide the best course of action. This can include lockdown, countering and evacuation. Continual communication to keep everyone informed of the intruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location will allow for good decision-making. Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire staff has been trained on A.L.I.C.E. and some staff members are

7. This meeting will be an opportunity for them to ask questions and see the curriculum that will be used at the different grade levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to build slowly,â&#x20AC;? Berg told the school board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids need time to process this. Staff needs time to process this. Parents need time to process this.â&#x20AC;? Although students have not yet been trained on the A.L.I.C.E. system, said sixth-grade teacher and crisis team member Peterson, teachers would still implement the tools if appropriate. For example, if an announcement is made that an intruder is in the commons, elementary students would be evacuated from the opposite end of the building.

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2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ The board accepted, with thanks, the donation of printers and battery backups from Ed and Jody Seck, valued at $3,100. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is stuff that we can use,â&#x20AC;? said Schultz. â&#x20AC;˘ Ron Petersen was hired as junior varsity girls basketball coach. â&#x20AC;˘ There were no members of the public in attendance at a public hearing on the HQHUJ\HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\SURMHFW â&#x20AC;˘ Principal Brad Werner reported that 87 percent of the student body took part in the Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day program. This included all elementary students and all members of the 7-12 band and choir. â&#x20AC;˘ Elementary Principal Ann Goldbach reported that 280 feathers were awarded for positive behavior during the first quarter of the school year. The elementary school has a goal of awarding 800 WKLV\HDU)RUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHUVKHVDLG WKHUH ZHUH  RIĂ&#x20AC;FHGLVFLSOLQH UHIHUUDOV involving 18 students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a direct correlation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As positives are given out, disciplinary problems go

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Grantsburg run over by St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Springs Extra Points

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â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ GREEN BAY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top two eight-man football teams brought their skill players to Lambeau Field for the quarterback challenge at halftime of the Packers-Lions game on Sunday, Nov. 15. N.E.W. Lutheran, located in Green Bay, and Prairie Farm know one another very well. They have met in the 8-Player Jamboree Championship each of the last three years. N.E.W. Lutheran won the matchup in 2013 and Prairie Farm got revenge in 2014. This year, both teams were the champions of their respective conferences, with Prairie Farm ranked No. 1 and N.E.W. Lutheran No. 2 in the state coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poll for eight-man football. In the championship game on Oct. 31, Prairie Farm trailed at halftime, 22-14, before scoring 32 unanswered points in the second half for a 46-22 triumph. Both teams took a trio of seniors to Lambeau Field for the halftime competition. N.E.W. Lutheran featured QB Gabe Lloyd along with receivers James Lana and Tanner Natzke. Prairie Farm had QB Quinn Larson and receivers Mike Slagel and Kenny Quarders. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from packers.com press release â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ PLATTEVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The No. 14 ranked UW-Platteville Pioneers football team celebrated a 52-7 win over UW-La &URVVHLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;QDOJDPHRIWKHUHJXlar season Saturday, Nov. 14. Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evan Armour, a sophomore linebacker, recorded a pair of tackles in the win. Despite a solid season the Pioneers were unable to secure a spot in the Division 3, NCAA playoffs, thus ending their season at 8-2 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with information from athletics.uwplatt. edu â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ MOORHEAD, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Redshirtfreshman linebacker Joe Rademacher of St. Croix Falls had four total tackles for the MSUM Dragons football team Saturday, Nov. 14, in a 59-21 win over Minnesota Crookston. Rademacher, along with former Saint Andrew Erickson, who is an offensive lineman, ZHUHSDUWRIWKH'UDJRQVĂ&#x20AC;UVWZLQQLQJ VHDVRQ VLQFH  7KH\ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG  overall. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from msumdragons.com â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The WIAA Division 4 football championship game between Osceola, 12-1, and Lodi, 13-0, will be broadcast from Madison on WLMX 104.9 FM on Thursday, Nov. 19, starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be livestreamed on msbnsports.net â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger

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Grantsburg welcomes Christian Laettner Marty Seeger|Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; College basketball legend and 13-year NBA veteran Christian Laettner spent the weekend in Grantsburg Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15, to host his Christian Laettner Basketball Academy, which doubles as a fundraiser for the Grantsburg girls and boys basketball programs. The event was an overall success according to Pirate boys head basketball coach Nick Hallberg. Laettner was supposed to arrive early Friday afterQRRQEXWDGHOD\HGĂ LJKWSXVKHGWKLQJV back a bit for the campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening night, which was focused solely on players from Grantsburg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like the weekend went well despite all the interruptions,â&#x20AC;? Hallberg said. $ORQJZLWKWKHGHOD\HGĂ LJKWWKH3LUDWHV football team was playing in the Level 4 playoff. All of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events, which included three 1-1/2 hour sessions with athletes, were canceled, but Hallberg said it was worth being able to attend the football game, and support the team among many other members of the community. Laettnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival, according to Hallberg, was one of the many highlights of the event, seeing the looks of awe on some of his players faces as Laettner ducked under the door through the side of the gym to greet players. (Laettner stands DW  IHHW LQFKHV WDOO  'XULQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW evening after working with the kids in the gym, a sponsors dinner was held at T-Dawgs, another highlight of the event, to introduce Laettner to the public and the sponsors who helped make it all happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He met with everybody that was there at a personal level. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just very easy to approach and talk to, generous,â&#x20AC;? Hallberg said. The camp continued on Sunday with Laettner stressing the fundamentals to all ages, while teaching variations on how to approach the fundamentals and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then he kind of sat them down, talked to them about importance of putting time into your game,â&#x20AC;? said Hallberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the kids got bored by any stretch. I think the entertainment factor along with knowledge and how he presented it was Ă&#x20AC;QH,WZDVDJHDSSURSULDWH+HZRUNHG well with the youngest of kids and the oldest of kids. I just think it was a good event.â&#x20AC;? Another meet-and-greet dinner was held on Sunday evening where Laettner met, took photos and signed autographs, while addressing the crowd for about a half-hour. He also got a little time to VQHDNLQVRPHĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJZKLOH*UDQWVEXUJ fans were rooting for the Pirates football WHDP/DHWWQHUĂ&#x20AC;VKHGZLWK%UHQW+DFNHU of Milltown, and after about three or four KLWVKHZDVDEOHWRODQGDĂ&#x20AC;VKPHDVXULQJ about 36 inches. As many as 70 kids participated in the camp over the weekend. Through fees, donations, a silent auction and dinner, Hallberg said the fundraiser was a success, and Laettner will be donating 20 percent back to the basketball programs. 0RUHRQ/DHWWQHU Christian Laettner led the Duke Blue Devils to four straight Final Four appearances and two national titles. Along with

7KH&KULVWLDQ/DHWWQHU%DVNHWEDOO$FDGHP\ZDVKHOGLQ*UDQWVEXUJRYHUWKHZHHNHQG1RYZLWKSHUFHQWRIWKHSURFHHGVJRLQJEDFNWR WKH*UDQWVEXUJER\VDQGJLUOVEDVNHWEDOOSURJUDPVz3KRWRE\%HFN\:HGLQ his hall-of-fame college basketball career, and his memorable game-winning shot against Kentucky during the 1992 reJLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;QDO/DHWWQHUZDVFKRVHQWRSOD\ in the 1992 Olympic games alongside what became known as the Dream Team, regarded as one of the best basketball teams ever assembled. The Dream Team obliterated the competition on their way to a gold medal, and Laettner became a Ă&#x20AC;UVWURXQG GUDIW SLFN RI WKH 0LQQHVRWD Timberwolves where he played from 1992-96. He played for six different NBA teams and was an NBA All-Star selection for the Atlanta Hawks in 1997. Laettner still holds several NCAA tournament records including most points ever scored, most free throws, free-throw attempts, games won and games played. +HZDVDOVRDFRQWURYHUVLDOĂ&#x20AC;JXUHGXULQJ his college basketball career and the subject of a recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 for 30â&#x20AC;? documentary by ESPN titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hate Christian Laettner.â&#x20AC;? After his 13 years in the NBA, Laettner retired in 2005, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to stay away from the game he loved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started my basketball camp in 2010 and it just happened because I had to get back into the game,â&#x20AC;? Laettner told the Leader during an interview in late July. ´,UHWLUHGLQÂśVR,WRRNĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDZD\ from the game and I missed it, and I love it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Laettner resides in Florida but spends much of his time coaching and mentoring youth in the Midwestern states, particularly Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a lot of places I love to be. I grew up in Angola, N.Y., so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a northern boy and I really like being in Wisconsin and Minnesota,â&#x20AC;? Laettner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to do your passion and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to do things you love. My mother was a teacher and my father was a coach, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in my blood to get out there and show kids some of the things I know. I really enjoy it, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I do it, and

thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I do it so much. Seems like twice a week Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out of town, working and coaching basketball.â&#x20AC;? Those hoping to participate in the camps can expect a high attention to detail according to Laettner. He will be ZRUNLQJ ZLWK DOO JUDGH OHYHOV IURP Ă&#x20AC;UVW grade through 12th grade and focuses greatly on the four main fundamentals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An 8-year-old player doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to make a 3-point shot, but he does need to get great at catching, passing, dribbling and layups. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always stressing to kids at that age that they got to get better at those four main skills,â&#x20AC;? Laettner said. With the older kids he says he may work on the higher-level details of the game but those four fundamentals are still the most critical for all ages and were one of the big focuses of coach Mike Krzyzewski, according to Laettner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was 20 years old Coach K was still telling me to catch the ball and face, DQGORRNWRSDVVĂ&#x20AC;UVWVR,EULQJLWDOOWRgether and the people really enjoy it, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to come to Grantsburg because this is what I do and I love doing it.â&#x20AC;? More on the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy can be found on their website at theclba.com. $OO VNLOO OHYHOV DQG DJH JURXSV RI DWKOHWHV ZHUH DEOH WR SDUWLFLSDWH LQ WKH &KULVWLDQ /DHWWQHU%DVNHWEDOO$FDGHP\LQ*UDQWVEXUJz 3KRWRE\6FRWW+RIIPDQ

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Wisconsin deer hunters have the opportunity to get their deer tested and to help with CWD surveillance 0$',621²6WDWHZLOGOLIHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVZLOO continue testing harvested white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease this year. This testing is part of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing efforts to monitor the status and spread of the disease in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be testing deer from select

areas of the state. Surveillance will focus on adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease. A map of the 2015 CWD sampling area can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keyword CWD. The department will continue to collect samples from deer harvested in Dane,

Hides for Fire fundraiser BURNETT COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deer hunting season, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a deer hunter and want to put your deer hides to good use, the Town of Jackson Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a deer hide collection at the Jackson Fire Hall, Connors Service Station

in Webster, and Fur, Fins & Feathers in Siren. Look for the blaze orange collection boxes. Please help by donating your deer hides. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

Iowa, Rock, Walworth, Washburn, Juneau, Adams, Portage and Marathon counties. New for 2015, wildlife staff will be sampling in the Fairchild/Augusta area in Eau Claire County, where the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection discovered a CWDpositive deer on a private deer farm earlier this year. In Marquette and Green Lake counties, samples will be collected at select taxidermists throughout the deer hunting season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With electronic registration fully in effect this deer season we would like to remind deer hunters that there are still in-person locations available for them to have their deer sampled for CWD,â&#x20AC;? said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief.

The department works closely with a number of private businesses throughout Wisconsin to offer CWD sampling, and is currently piloting a self-service kiosk program in 2015 in parts of southern and northern Wisconsin. Kiosks are currently open around the clock, and sampling materials and tools are available on site. CWD tests and kiosks are free of charge, and test results will be sent within three to four weeks. For information regarding where to take your deer for sampling, search keywords CWD sampling or contact the DNR call center at 888-936-7463. Hunters are reminded to contact sampling stations in advance to verify hours of operation. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from dnr.wi.gov


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Mary Stirrat | Staff writer LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Integrating technology into teaching and learning math has great potential, Luckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special education teacher Tim Smyth told the school board at its regular meeting Monday night, Nov. 16. Using free apps, Smyth is able to record lessons and email them to students and parents. Students are able to work on math problems, watching the lesson as many times as needed, and parents have DUHVRXUFHDWWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;QJHUWLSVWKDWZLOOKHOS them help their child. The average number of views per video, he said, is 10 to 15. .QRZQ DV D Ă LSSHG FODVVURRP WKLV gives students a strong background on the lesson that they can then apply during classroom time. Once they successfully complete the assignments associated with the lesson, they produce their own video showing how to work through the concept. The videos show a problem being worked through, with the student(s) explaining the steps taken. This helps teachers know exactly what the student XQGHUVWDQGVDQGZKHUHWKHUHDUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOties. It has proven effective in many situations, according to Smyth, including the special-education classroom. He showed a video where two special-education stuGHQWVZHUHGHPRQVWUDWLQJKRZWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKH DUHDRIDFRPSOH[Ă&#x20AC;JXUHZKLFKLQGLFDWHG that they understood how to solve the problem presented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really good way to get an understanding of what kids know,â&#x20AC;? said Smyth. Smyth recently presented some of his work at a workshop for elementary staff where he received a great deal of positive feedback, and was asked by elementary Principal Ann Gold-

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Parents of Luck students have received a list of all the programs offered for grades 4K through 12, school Superintendent Chris Schultz reported, along with a copy of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-14 school report card. Although the report, which is the most recent available, is more than a year old, Schultz said he felt it provides a sense of what the teachers are using to better instruct students. The district report shows that Luck has consistently scored above the state average in reading, but has come in below the state average in math. This, noted the school superintendent and principals, is why the district has been changing its math curriculum. Future report cards VKRXOGUHĂ HFWWKHVHFKDQJHV Schultz then told the board that he has been meeting with Dean Rousch and Lori Denny to discuss switching to a paidtime-off structure rather than the current accrual of sick, personal and holiday leave. The change, he said, could help draw and retain quality teachers and at the same time promote honesty and integrity, VLQFHVWDIIZRXOGKDYHPRUHĂ H[LELOLW\LQ using their days off. Absences could be better scheduled and substitutes better planned for. ´:H KDYH WR Ă&#x20AC;QG D ZD\ WR DIIRUG LWÂľ he added, noting that the change would come with a price tag.  %RDUGHPDLOV Board members will each soon have an email account designated for school district business, allowing them to keep these emails separate from their personal or work emails. Schultz told the board that Aaron Arjes, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information technology per-

son, has been creating a â&#x20AC;&#x153;quick guideâ&#x20AC;? to help the board use their gmail accounts, which will be created later this week. Schultz noted that it is unlikely that any board member will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;subject to unreasonable scrutiny.â&#x20AC;? He said that it would be a good idea to have personal emails protected in the event of a legal request for district-related emails. Another advantage, he pointed out, is that board members would have access to Arjesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expertise should any technical problem arise.  2WKHUEXVLQHVV â&#x20AC;˘ High school Principal Brad Werner and counselor Rachel Berg have been looking at ways to better take advantage of the ITV network that allows students from a variety of locations to learn, via television monitors, from an instructor located off-site. Â&#x2021; 7KH GLVWULFW ZDV QRWLĂ&#x20AC;HG WKDW LW KDV EHHQDZDUGHGDTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG]RQH academy bond for the upcoming renovations and upgrades. This QZAB loan is interest free, which could save the district an estimated $80,000 or more, said Schultz. The district needs to come up with a 10-percent ($50,000) in-kind match. â&#x20AC;˘ Schultz presented the board with information on a growing shortage of teachers across the state, saying that at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year there ZHUHXQĂ&#x20AC;OOHGRSHQLQJVLQ:LVFRQsin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is some problem getting and retaining quality teachers,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to get harder for everybody in the very near future.â&#x20AC;?

Burnett Medical Center hosts Diabetes Education Night

GRANTSBURG - Burnett Medical Center hosted their third-annual Diabetes Education Night last Thursday, Nov. 12. With over 10 percent of the local population over age 20 diagnosed with diabetes, the event was held in honor of American

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(Nov.  18,  25,  Dec.  2) 597  215th  Avenue PLACE: In   the   Lobby   of   the   Luck,  WI  54853 STATE  OF  WISCONSIN Polk   County   Justice   Center,   Defendant(s). CIRCUIT  COURT located   at   1005   West   Main   POLK  COUNTY Small  Claims  Publication   Street,   Balsam   Lake,   Summons  And  Notice IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   Wisconsin,  54810. 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THE  VILLAGE  OF  LUCK   RESOLUTION  NO.  11-­2015 TO  APPROPIATE  FUNDS  FOR  THE  FISCAL  YEAR   BEGINNING  JANUARY  1,  2016  AND  TO  AUTHORIZE  THE   LEVY  OF  A  SUFFICIENT  TAX  UPON  THE  TAXABLE   PROPERTY  WITHIN  THE  VILLAGE  OF  LUCK WHEREAS,   the   Village   Board   held   a   public   hearing   on   November  11,  2015,  on  the  annual  budget  prepared  according   to  WI  Stat.  65.90. NOW,   THEREFORE,   BE   IT   RESOLVED,   by   the   Village   Board  of  the  Village  of  Luck  to  make  the  following  2016  budget   appropriations  for  the  following  objects  and  purposes: GENERAL  FUND: General  Government: $ 171,184 Public  Safety: $ 248,588 Public  Works: $ 222,360 Health  and  Human  Services: $ 1,050 Culture,  Recreation  and  Education: $ 11,740 Conservation  and  Development: $ 5,788 Capital  Outlay: $ 39,000 Total  Expenditures:

$ 699,710

BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED  that  there  be  levied  a  total  of   $556,083.00   upon   the   taxable   property   of   the   Village   of   Luck   as  returned  by  the  Assessor  in  the  year  2015,  for  the  use  and   purposes  set  forth  in  the  budget.  That  the  Village  Clerk-­Deputy   Treasurer  is  hereby  authorized  and  directed  to  spread  the  tax   upon  the  current  roll  of  said  Village  of  Luck. I  hereby  certify  that  the  foregoing  Resolution  was  adopted  by   the   Luck   Village   Board   at   a   legal   meeting   on   the   11th   day   of   November,  2015. BY  THE  LUCK  VILLAGE  CLERK LORI  PARDUN 3>5(?37

NOTICE  OF  SPRING  ELECTION April  5,  2016 NOTICE  IS  HEREBY  GIVEN  that  at  an  election  to  be  held  in   the   Village   of   LUCK,   on   Tuesday,   April   5,   2016,   the   following   offices   are   to   be   elected   to   succeed   the   present   incumbents   listed.   The   term   for   Village   Trustees   will   begin   on   April   21,   2016.  All  terms  are  for  two  years  unless  otherwise  indicated. Office Incumbent Village  Trustee Rebecca  Rowe Village  Trustee Alan  Tomlinson Village  Trustee Ross  Anderson NOTICE   IS   FURTHER   GIVEN   that   a   village   caucus   for   the   purpose   of   nominating   candidates   to   appear   on   the   Spring   Election   ballot   for   the   above   listed   offices   will   be   scheduled   during   the   month   of   December.   The   caucus   will   be   held   on   a   date   not   sooner   than   January   2,   2016,   and   not   later   than   January  21,  2016.  Notice  of  the  scheduled  date  of  the  caucus   will  be  given  at  least  five  days  before  the  caucus. Done  in  the  Village  of  LUCK,  on   November  18,  2015 3 >5(?37 Lori  Pardun,  Luck  Village  Clerk

NOTICE  OF  PENDING  APPLICATION  FOR   PROPOSED  FORD  CROSSING Mark   Gossman,   P.O.   Box   51,   Webster,   WI   54893-­0051   has   applied  to  the  Department  of  Natural  Resources  for  a  permit  to   construct  a  ford  crossing  on  the  North  Fork  of  the  Clam  River. The   option   selected   is   to   build   a   permanent   ford   crossing.   Culverts  are  not  practical  and  the  river  width  is  wider  than  can   be   practically   crossed   with   a   clean   span   bridge.   Using   tem-­ porary  crossing  structures  under  the  new  Forestry  BMPs  were   considered,  but  the  length  of  time  needed  to  use  this  crossing   exceeds  the  temporary  structure  timeline,  as  the  DNR  plans  to   manage  the  extensive  timber  stands  for  many  years. The  project  is  located  in  the  SE1/4  of  the  NE1/4  of  Section  10,   Township   37   North,   Range   14   West,   Town   of   Roosevelt,   Burnett  County. The  Department  will  review  the  proposal  provided  by  the  appli-­ cant   and   any   information   from   public   comments   and   a   public   informational  hearing,  if  requested.  The  Department  will  deter-­ mine   whether   the   proposal   complies   with   ss.   1.11   and   30.12(3m),   Stats.,   and   ch.   NR   150,   Wis.   Adm.   Code,   and   ensure   that   the   required   mitigation   meets   the   standards   in   s.   281.36(3r),  Stats.  if  the  project  impacts  wetlands. The  Department  has  made  a  tentative  determination  that  it  will   issue  the  permit  or  contract  for  the  proposed  activity. If  you  would  like  to  know  more  about  this  project  or  would  like   to  see  the  application  and  plans,  please  visit  the  Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   permit   tracking   website   at   https://permits.dnr.wi.gov/water/ SitePages/Permit%20Search.aspx. Reasonable   accommodation,   including   the   provision   of   infor-­ mational   material   in   an   alternative   format,   will   be   provided   for   qualified  individuals  with  disabilities  upon  request.   Any  person  may  submit  comments  and/or  request  a  public  infor-­ mational   hearing   by   emailing   Dan.Harrington@wisconsin.gov   or  writing  to  Dan  Harrington,  810  West  Maple  Street,  Spooner,   WI   54801,   by   U.S.   mail.   If   you   are   submitting   general   com-­ ments   on   the   proposal,   they   must   be   emailed   or   postmarked   within   30   days   after   the   date   this   notice   is   published   on   the   Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   website.   If   you   are   requesting   a   public   infor-­ mational   hearing,   the   request   must   be   emailed   or   postmarked   within   20   days   after   the   date   this   notice   is   published   on   the   Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   website.   A   request   for   hearing   must   include   the   docket   number   or   applicant   name   and   specify   the   issues   that   the  party  desires  to  be  addressed  at  the  informational  hearing. If  no  hearing  is  requested,  the  Department  may  issue  its  deci-­ sion  without  a  hearing.  If  a  public  informational  hearing  is  held,   comments  must  be  postmarked  no  later  than  10  days  following   the  date  on  which  the  hearing  is  completed. The  final  decision  may  be  appealed  as  indicated  in  the  decision   document. Docket  Number:  IP-­NO-­2015-­7-­04238 WISCONSIN  DEPARTMENT  OF  NATURAL  RESOURCES For  the  Secretary 3W>5(?37 Dan  Harrington Water  Management  Specialist Date:  11/12/15

NOTICE  -­  TOWN  OF  LAKETOWN  PROPOSED   BUDGET  HEARING  2016  &  SPECIAL  TOWN  MEETING Notice  is  hereby  given  that  on  Tuesday,  November  24,  2015,   at  7  p.m.,  at  the  Cushing  Community  Center,  a  Public  Hearing   on  the  2016  proposed  Budget  for  the  Town  of  Laketown,  Polk   County,  will  be  held.  The  2016  proposed  budget  is  available  by   calling  the  clerk  for  an  appointment,  715-­648-­5569.

NOTICE  OF  SPECIAL  TOWN  MEETING Notice  is  hereby  given  that  immediately  following  the  budget   meeting,   a   special   meeting   of   the   electors   called   pursuant   to   Sec.  60.12(1)(c)  of  Wis.  Stats.  for  the  following  purposes  will  be   held: 1. To  approve  the  total  2016  highway  expenditures  pursuant   to  Sec.  81.01(3)  of  Wis.  Stats. 2. To   adopt   the   2015   Town   Tax   Levy   to   be   paid   in   2016   pursuant  to  Sec.  60.10(1)(a)  of  Wis.  Stats. Dated  this  10th  day  of  November,  2015. 7H[Z`.\Z[HMZVU;V^U*SLYR 3>5(?37

PUBLIC  NOTICE  TOWN  OF  MCKINLEY Notice  is  hereby  given  that  at  4:30  p.m.  a  PUBLIC  HEARING   on   the   PROPOSED   2016   BUDGET   of   the   Town   of   McKinley   will  be  held.  The  proposed  budget  will  be  posted.  Immediately   following   completion   of   the   Public   Hearing   on   the   proposed   2016  budget,  a  special  town  meeting  will  be  called  pursuant  to   section   60.12   (1)(c)   of   Wisconsin   Statutes   by   the   town   board   for  the  following  purposes: 1. To  approve  the  total  2016  highway  expenditures  pursuant   to  Section  81.01  (3)  of  Wisconsin  Statutes. 2. To  adopt  the  2015  Town  Levy  to  be  paid  in  2016  pursuant   to  Section  60.10  (1)(c)  of  Wisconsin  Statutes. Town  of  McKinley,  Anna  M.  Weaver,  Clerk 3>5(?37

NOTICE  OF  SCHOOL  BOARD  ELECTION Webster  School  District April  5,  2016 NOTICE  IS  HEREBY  GIVEN,  that  at  an  election  to  be  held  in   the  School  District  of  Webster,  on  Tuesday,  April  5,  2016,  the   following   offices   are   to   be   elected   to   succeed   the   present   incumbents  listed.  The  term  of  office  for  school  board  members   is  three  years  beginning  on  Monday,  April  25,  2016. Office Incumbents Director  at  Large Mark  Elliott Director  at  Large Rick  Estridge NOTICE  IS  FURTHER  GIVEN,  that  a  Campaign  Registration   Statement   and   a   Declaration   of   Candidacy,   must   be   filed   no   later  than  5  p.m.,  on  Tuesday,  January  5,  2016,  in  the  office  of   the  school  district  clerk. NOTICE  IS  FURTHER  GIVEN,  that  if  a  primary  is  necessary,   the  primary  will  be  held  on  Tuesday,  February  16,  2016.   A   description   of   the   school   district   boundaries   can   be   obtained  from  the  school  district  office. Done  in  Webster  on  November  10,  2015. Wendy  Larson 638047 14L WNAXLP

NOTICE  OF  SCHOOL  BOARD  ELECTION Unity  School  District April  5,  2016 NOTICE   IS   HEREBY   GIVEN,   that   at   an   election   to   be   held   in   the  School  District  of  Unity,  on  Tuesday,  April  5,  2016,  the  follow-­ ing   offices   are   to   be   elected   to   succeed   the   present   incumbents   listed.  The  term  of  office  for  a  school  board  member  is  three  years   beginning  on  Monday,  April  25,  2016.   Office Incumbent Vice  President James  Beistle Treasurer David  Moore Board  Clerk Patricia  Kastens NOTICE   IS   FURTHER   GIVEN,   that   a   Campaign   Registration   Statement  and  a  Declaration  of  Candidacy,  must  be  filed  no  later   than   5   p.m.,   on   Tuesday,   January   5,   2016,   in   the   office   of   the   school  district  clerk.   NOTICE   IS   FURTHER   GIVEN,   that   if   a   primary   is   necessary,   the  primary  will  be  held  on  Tuesday,  February  15,  2016. A   description   of   the   school   district   boundaries   can   be   obtained   from  the  school  district  office. Dated  this  17th  Day  of  November,  2015. Patricia  Kastens,  Clerk Unity  School  District 3>5(?37

NOTICE OF HEARING

The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. The Board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view sites and reconvene at 12:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, WI. At that time, the applicant will inform the Board of their request. (The applicant must appear at 12:30 p.m. when the Board reconvenes at the Government Center.) NORD FAMILY TRUSTrequests a special exception to Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning ordinance to have a tourist rooming house. Property affected is: 2174 West Pipe Lake Ln., Lot 1, CSM #408, part of Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. lots 5 and 6, Section 15/T35N/R15W, Town of Johnstown, Pipe Lake (Class 1), parcel #028-00340-0000. MICHAEL & CHRISTINE HEMENWAYrequest a variance to Article 11C Table 1 and 11E1 and 4 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance for a dwelling less than 75â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the ordinary high-water mark, less than 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from side lot line, less than 110â&#x20AC;&#x2122;/50â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from centerline/R-O-W of a U.S. hwy. and less than 35â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from centerline of a private road. Property affected is: Part of Govâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. lot 1, Section 32/T34N/R178W, Town of Balsam Lake, Deer Lake, parcel #006-009589-0000 (tabled from 11/3/15). STEVEN & AMBER POPPOVICH request a variance to Section IVE of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance for a garage less than 63â&#x20AC;&#x2122; from centerline of a town road. Property affected is: 1752 40th Ave., Lot 1, CSM #3616, part of NE1/4 of the NW1/4, Section 18/T32N/R17W, Town of Alden, parcel #002-00450-0000.   3>5(?37


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Matthew Peterson crafts wooden ballot boxes to complete his journey to rank of Eagle Scout Mary Stirrat | Staff writer MILLTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Unity senior Matthew Peterson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 563, presented the Milltown Village Board with four wooden ballot boxes for use at the village hall. The boxes, which are Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagle Scout project, are laser engraved with the state seal and the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donated to the Village of Milltown, Eagle Scout Project created by: Matthew Peterson.â&#x20AC;? Peterson told the board that the pieces were cut, glued together and laser engraved at the Unity School shop with other members of his troop working under his direction. He did the sanding, hardware and polyurethane at his home. Peterson has now completed his project and the 13 required merit badges to advance to Eagle Scout, and just QHHGVWRĂ&#x20AC;OORXWWKHSDSHUZRUN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful you guys gave me this opportunity to advance,â&#x20AC;? he told the board. Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Stacy Peterson, is scoutmaster for Troop 563 and attended the Wednesday, Nov. 11, meeting of the Milltown Village Board to present the ballot boxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done well in everything heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endeavored to do,â&#x20AC;? he said about his son.

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What? Turkey dumplings (pot stickers) for Thanksgiving? Well, why not? by Peter Kwong Pot stickers are most popular during Chinese holiday celebrations. Now that Thanksgiving is coming, why not try celebrating Thanksgiving with something that is not only tasty and fun to eat, but is also a good omen. The shape of pot stickers looks like a bursting purse. And who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a â&#x20AC;&#x153;loadedâ&#x20AC;? wallet? Forget about the name â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wor Teh (dumplings that stick to the pot)! Rumor is that during the Sung dynasty, a cook forgot that he was boiling dumplings for his guests and let the water boil out. The dumplings were UXLQHG<HWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHGLHGGRZQDQG while the water boiled out, the dumplings were browned and turned crispy. The cook took a chance and served the guests his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crispy Dumplingsâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;stick to the pot.â&#x20AC;? His guests loved them. Hence, the legend began. For less than a dollar, you can buy a package of 24 wrappers at an Oriental grocery store. So, save your troubles, purchase the wrappers and follow this simple recipe for some real fun! You can use any meat for the ingredient. But this is Thanksgiving, and we will stick with tradition. So, turkey it is.

Under the cover of darkness t reads like a well-planned covert I operation - â&#x20AC;&#x153;kept details secret until the last minute,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;few realized what

happened,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;confusion ... about what the bills did and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;created in the dark, brought forward at the last minuteâ&#x20AC;? - but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your state government at work. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary sessionâ&#x20AC;? of the state Senate on a recent Friday night is a gripping tale with an unhappy ending if you believe in open, transparent government. Vinehout, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll recall, was a candidate for governor back in 2010 when she lost out to Tom Barrett in the Democratic primary. So hers is not necessarily an objective rendering of the facts, but few would dispute the particulars: the Republican-controlled Senate met for what amounted to an overnight session on a Friday night/Saturday morning when they knew few would be watching to make some wholesale changes in the way campaigns are funded and eliminate the nonpartisan agency tasked with overseeing elections in Wisconsin. It was the third time in the recent past that Republican legislators had used the cloak-and-dagger approach to try to push through changes they knew would be controversial if they saw the light of day. During the budget process this past summer, Rep. Adam Jarchow, working in tandem with Sen. Tom Tiffany, added language to the budget bill that wiped out local control of lakeshore zoning without allowing time for public comment. During that same budget debate, Republicans attempted to repeal portions of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open record laws without prior announcement, but backed off in the face of an unexpected

5DQGRP ODQGVOLGH Carter Hidle boosted post. Did you know that you can use Facebook as another online shopping website? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, now you can purchase an abundance of strange (or normal) things on this social media site. It seemed like a good idea at the time to take a look at these garage-sale-type sites, so I did. Tons of people are using online garage sales to buy and sell. For example, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;FOR SALE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;? page has 7,742 members! The strangest thing I saw was a bouquet of wooden roses. You can buy or sell just about anything on Facebook. I even found kittens, couches and cars - oh my!

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7KHYLHZ IURPKHUH Steve Pearson public outcry. This time, they used an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary sessionâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinaryâ&#x20AC;? because the fall legislative session had already concluded) of the state Senate to abolish the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board and to make sweeping changes to Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHODZV7KHVHVVLRQZDV´H[traordinaryâ&#x20AC;? in more ways than one. As recounted by Vinehout, Democrats didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive the details of these bills until 5 p.m. Friday night, and the media hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen them yet either. A mere two hours later, debate began ZLWKĂ&#x20AC;QDOSDVVDJHRIWKHWZRELOOVRFFXUring in the wee hours of Saturday morning. As Vinehout reported, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Wisconsinites did not hear the debate or see the vote. No TV news cameras observed the Senate. Most reporters had gone home. Senate galleries were mostly empty. Few realized what happened, and Senate Republican leaders wanted it that way.â&#x20AC;? The Government Accountability Board was created back in 2006 with ELSDUWLVDQFRRSHUDWLRQDIWHUĂ&#x20AC;YHWRS Democratic and Republican legislative leaders were criminally charged with felony and misdemeanor misconduct ZKLOHLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FH5HSXEOLFDQVLQFOXGLQJ Senate minority leader Scott Fitzgerald, worked with Democrats and Gov. Jim Doyle to create the board. It was to have both the funding and authority â&#x20AC;&#x153;to investigate and prosecute violations of the

My parents have a business page for Angel Hands Thrift Shop which they update almost every day. I decided to Ă&#x20AC;QGRXWLIWKHUHVWRI)UHGHULFLVXSWR date with Facebook. While searching on Facebook, I discovered that there are about 25 pages from organizations and businesses in Frederic. I tried and IDLOHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGWKH)DFHERRNSDJHVIRUWKH banks, gas stations and nursing homes. I was happy to see that the Frederic Public Library posts almost every day good job! I was surprised that the last time the Northwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery CafĂŠ updated/ posted was March 9, 2014! Like a judge on a talent show, I decided to weed out the best of the best. Here are the results: The award for most likes goes to (drum roll) the InterCounty Leader with 5,674 likes (no, I was not paid to say this). Tied for most useful information is Angel Hands Thrift Shop and Inter-County Leader. On their page, Angel Hands included their phone number, website link, location and hours. The Inter-County

Leader incorporates their phone number, email, location and website link. I think that the Leader should post their business hours and more frequent updates. Our last award is for the most post responses (for the past week). The winner of this award goes to the Frederic School District. For all of the businesses of Frederic that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a Facebook account, I challenge you to set one up today. For the businesses that already have a Facebook page, I have a different challenge for you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; update every day. Learn from these tips taken from blog.wishpond. com: 1. Post more pictures to get 120 percent more engagement than text. 2. Keep text under 250 words for 60 percent more responses. 3. Post on Thursdays and Fridays for 18 percent more success. 4. Question posts get double the results! Your customers are using Facebook, why arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you?

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public trust,â&#x20AC;? according to Doyle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, I think this is a great day in a bipartisan effort right off the bat,â&#x20AC;? said Sen. Fitzgerald at the time. Less than a decade later, he would lead the Ă&#x20AC;JKWWRDEROLVKWKHDJHQF\LQDKLJKO\ partisan way after the agency contributed to an investigation of the fundraising activities of aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker both during his time as Milwaukee County executive and governor. The initial investigation resulted in six convictions that ranged IURPPLVFRQGXFWLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHWRVWHDOLQJ from a veterans fund. Walker himself was never indicted although, according to a June 19, 2014, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, prosecutors believed the governor was â&#x20AC;&#x153;at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators facing recall elections during 2011 and 2012.â&#x20AC;? The State Supreme Court shut it all down in July of this year before the investigation could be completed, much to the relief of then-presidential candidate Walker. While the governor emerged Scottfree (pun intended), Republicans pursued a vendetta against the GAB for its role in the investigation. At 2 a.m. on that recent Saturday morning, they made their move, but not before Sen. Mark Miller addressed the billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author: â&#x20AC;&#x153;GAB rose out of the ashes of one of the greatest political scandals our state has faced, created in an equally bipartisan bill. But this bill was created in the dark, brought forth at the last minute. How can we be sure this legislation has the interest of the public at heart?â&#x20AC;? His words fell on deaf ears, and after the legislation that effectively dismantled it passed, one-time supporter Fitzger-

ald called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;failed experimentâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;partisan agendas.â&#x20AC;? Once the Assembly SDVVHVWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOELOOZKLFKLVDOOEXW guaranteed, it will be replaced by a new partisan agency appointed by the governor. That same long night saw the passage of a bill that will make major changes LQWKHZD\FDPSDLJQVDUHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHGLQ Wisconsin. Donors who give more than $100 will no longer have to name their employer despite Republican assurances earlier in the day that this would be preserved. Candidates will be able to coordinate their campaigns with anonymous third-party donors where a Ă&#x20AC;UHZDOOSUHYLRXVO\H[LVWHG$QGWKHUH will no longer be limits on donations to political parties and the campaign committees controlled by legislative leaders. Sen. Janet Bewley called it a bill to EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WFDPSDLJQVDWWKHH[SHQVHRIDQ informed electorate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear a single word about what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do to help a voter cast a more informed vote,â&#x20AC;? said Bewley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, instead, they (voters) are going to be buffeted E\DĂ&#x20AC;UHKRVHRIEDGLQIRUPDWLRQWRR many campaign ads, mail, phone calls. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no limit. This is madness. And it has nothing to do with voters.â&#x20AC;? By early Saturday morning, Vinehout and the rest of the legislators were exhausted after the all-nighter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the press had gone home,â&#x20AC;? she recounted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All who remained were a political news service and a single reporter from the local college newspaper. When you do not want the world to pay attention to legislation that is not in the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest, you pass it in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Speed and secrecy: that was the game plan Friday night in Madison.â&#x20AC;?

About the writer: Peter H. Kwong and his wife, Colleen, recently moved to St. Croix Falls so they can be closer to their granddaughter. Peter has retired from a career of being a chef, a culinary professor, a restaurant consultant, and a musician. He loves singing with his wife (he also sings with the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus), and loves sharing the art of cooking with other folks. Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Carousel, a revolving menagerie of pieces for your enjoyment, is created by participants in Carolyn Wedinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Write Right Now, WITC Community Education classes in Frederic and Luck.


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Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/intercountyleader Give something that means something â&#x20AC;&#x201C; give blood or host a blood drive POLK COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive. Blood donations often decline from now to New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. Seasonal illnesses, VXFKDVFROGVDQGWKHĂ XFDQDOVRKDYHD serious impact on blood donations In addition, there are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays. Severe winter weather may also cause scheduled blood drives to be canceled. Despite the busy holiday season and threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for blood remains steady. Organizations can help by hosting a blood drive

during the winter months, and eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood. Upcoming opportunities to give blood in Polk County are in St. Croix Falls on Monday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. at St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 235 State St.; or in Balsam Lake on Monday, Dec. 14, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 507 Main St. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross blood donor app from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Donors can use the blood donor app to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from American Red Cross

Blood donation opportunity in Balsam Lake BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Georgetown Lutheran Church will be hosting a blood drive Monday, Nov. 23, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. The church is located at 877 19th Ave./CTH G. To schedule an appointment, please

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Polk County FSA Committee election to begin BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Polk County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Aaron Moore announced this week that FSA mailed ballots to eligible voters for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9. Producers must return ballots to the Polk &RXQW\)6$RIĂ&#x20AC;FHE\'HFWRHQVXUHWKDWWKHLUYRWH is counted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;County committee members play an important role in their communities and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA,â&#x20AC;? said Moore. The election is being held in LAA No. 3, which includes the Towns of Osceola, St. Croix Falls, Balsam /DNH*DUĂ&#x20AC;HOG)DUPLQJWRQDQG$OGHQ Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve )6$RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVQDWLRQZLGH(DFKFRPPLWWHHKDVWKUHHWR HOHFWHGPHPEHUVZKRVHUYHWKUHH\HDUWHUPVRIRIĂ&#x20AC;FH One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility. Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA

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Medicaid claims majority of new state spending during 2015-17 ticipation has declined steadily over the past 20 years. Two other areas generated much debate this spring: transportation and the UW System. Wisconsin funds roads and highways primarily with gas taxes and vehiMADISONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;State general fund spending will in- cle registration fees. However, those have increased less crease $1.1 billion over the next two years, with Medic- than 10 percent since 2008, while road costs continue to aid and K-12 education accounting for 86 percent of the rise. With increases in transportation taxes and fees off total. General fund spending will total $31.9 billion over the table, the major stumbling block was the amount of two years. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers transportation borrowing. The Legislature reduced the Alliance, 2015-17 Budget Recapped, is a citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1.3 billion request to $850 million, with $350 to the new 2015-17 state budget that details revenues, million of that requiring approval by the Joint Commitspending and major policy shifts included in Act 55. tee on Finance, which recently occurred. Borrowing Medicaid, a state-federal partnership that provides costs will now claim about 21 percent of transportation health insurance for the poor and disabled, has grown fund revenues, up from 10.3 percent in 2007. VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\IDVWHUWKDQRWKHUVWDWHSURJUDPVRYHUWKH There was also disagreement over autonomy for the last decade or more. During 2005-15, general fund UW System proposed by Gov. Walker. The governor spending on the program has raised an average of 4.2 proposed autonomy for the UW System but reduced percent per year, while GPR spending on all other pro- state funding by $300 million over two years. The Leggrams increased an average of just 2.4 percent annually. islature rejected the autonomy proposal and reduced The new state budget continues that trend as Medicaid the cut to $250 million. Several statutory changes were spending climbs an average of 7.5 percent per year, com- DOVRVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW7HQXUHODQJXDJHLQVWDWHODZZDVGHpared to just 1.4 percent for the remainder. Spending by leted, while involvement of faculty, staff and students the Department of Health Services, which oversees the LQVKDUHGJRYHUQDQFHZDVPRGLĂ&#x20AC;HG Medicaid program, will claim $658 million of the $1.1 WISTAX researchers also looked ahead. As apbillion in new spending. proved, the ending balance of the two-year budget was The Department of Public Instruction claims much just $131.4 million, or 0.8 percent of 2017 spending. A of the remaining new spending, $289 million. The vast Ă&#x20AC;QDO DFFRXQWLQJ RI  Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHV UDLVHG WKDW DPRXQW majority of the new spending is additional aid to K-12 to $267 million, or 1.6 percent of spending. However, schools, primarily in 2016-17. State aid to schools will many budget experts recommend cushions of at least increase less than 1 percent this year, but 3.8 percent 2 percent. While the $267 million is relatively large by next year. :LVFRQVLQ KLVWRULFDO VWDQGDUGV LW PD\ EH LQVXIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW The new budget also changed some of the educational VKRXOGWD[HVODJ3UHGLFWLQJWD[FROOHFWLRQVLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW options available to K-12 students. Caps on Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a 2-percent error rate is not unusual. statewide private school choice program were changed. A free copy of The Wisconsin Taxpayer magazine, In 2014-15, participation was limited to 1,000 students 2015-17 Budget Recapped, is available by visiting wistatewide. That cap was replaced with district caps of stax.org; emailing wistax@wistax.org; calling 608-2411 percent of prior-year enrollment, with that percentage 9789; or writing WISTAX at 401 North Lawn Ave., rising one percentage point annually until it is elimi- Madison, WI 53704-5033. nated in 2026-27. In addition, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desegregation program, Chapter 220, will be phased out. Program par-

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This past weekend, Burnett County 4-H members came together for Fall Project Day. For this event, youth and adult volunteers led educational sessions on science, cake decorating, origami, watercolor painting, acting and many more interesting topics. This seasonal event allows 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers to share the projects they are passionate about through hands-on learning. Each session also helped members gain team-building and creative-thinking skills. In 4-H, we believe in learning by doing and you can too. Connect yourself to the clover today and try something new.

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50 years ago Among the Polk County inductees into the armed forces for the month were John Adams, Luck; Richard Peterson, St. Croix Falls, and Gary Gjonnes, Frederic.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Diane Corrine Alden and Leslie Edward Fischer were married at Milltown Lutheran Church on Oct. 30.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;An on-the-job training program was being started at St. John Company, Dresser. Eleven people would be trained as sheet metal workers. They would be recruited, tested and referred by the Wisconsin State Employment Service.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The congregation of Trade River Evangelical Free Church gave their pastor, Gordon Langlie, a new car on the third anniversary of his ministry at their church.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Due to current world situations, the U.S. Air Force was offering a special enlistment program for ex-servicemen. They were especially looking for veterans with certain technical specialties.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The 1965 St. Croix Valley All-Conference football team included Byron Ogilvie, Larry Tretsven, Arlen Dombrock and Gary Loudenback, St. Croix Falls; Joe Anderson, Jim Krey, Curt Swanson, Danny Rowe and Bruce Everts, Luck; Ron Haug and Dennis Marschall, Amery; Galen Sederlund and Bob Grindell, Frederic; Roger Wicklund, Dave Olson and Jon Christian, Grantsburg; Ronald Neuman, Terry Ruhsam and Tom Rogers, Osceola; Larry Lind and Dennis Chartrand, Unity; and Argene Johnson, Webster.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Luck football team won the St. Croix Valley Conference championship.

40 years ago The Polk County Homemakers Holiday Fair at Unity School featured displays of ethnic craftsmanship, a style show of traditional costumes of many countries, mostly Scandinavian and European; music from the Dominant Seven, a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing group from Balsam Lake; and Danish dancing by the Little Butternut 4-H Club.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Births at the Frederic Municipal Hospital were Heather Ann, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Petersen, Webster, on Nov. 1, and Jennifer Marie, born to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mattson, Luck, on Nov. 2.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Frederic Citizens Advisory Committee re-elected Dr. Nils Sondergaard as their president and Earl Hansen as vice president. Kathy Hicks was elected secretary after Joan Funne declined nomination for further service.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Wayne Lundeen had two close calls in one day. He was driving Buzz Callowayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk truck run and was returning with an empty tank with rain and snow falling. A car stopped in front of him and he pulled to the right to avoid hitting it. The shoulder gave way and the truck rolled. The truck was righted by Frederic Auto Co. Marlyn Wedin, owner of the truck, who was standing with Lundeen by the side of the road when another car lost control on the slippery road and hit the truck, coming within inches of the two men.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;The barn on the Dorothy Gow property in Trade Lake, which was being used by Keith Louis, burned down on Nov. 16, killing 16 head of cattle.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new head wrestling coach was Bob Peterson, an instructor at FHS and a former wrestler for UW-River Falls.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Winners of the drawings at the Siren Auto Supply grand opening were Brian Sundby, Grantsburg, an Instamatic camera; Hugh Parker, Siren, electric clock; and Elsie Polansky, Siren, a set of silverware.

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2%,78$5,(6$1'&+85&+1(:6 Charlene A. Ridley-Bergstrom (Hunter) Hyslop Charlene A. Hyslop, 78, of Siren, Wis., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Sacred Heart Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Charlene was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Charles and Myrtle Ridley. She was adopted as a young child by Carl and Ruth Bergstrom of Comstock, Wis., where she was raised. She attended the Comstock grade school until 1952, then attended Cumberland High School where she graduated in 1955. Charlene married John Hunter in 1956 and together they had four children, Ted, Valerie, Marilyn and Daniel. They later divorced, and she married Robert Hyslop, of Webster, in 1978, and they enjoyed many years together. Charlene spent her life caring for others. She started her career as a nursing assistant in the Siren Hospital. She worked for many years at the Capeside Cove nursing home, and later in life did home care for many elderly people in the surrounding communities. Charlene also had a passion for helping sick or injured animals. Anyone who came across an animal in need knew they could bring it to Charlene to nurse it back to health. Charlene enjoyed many things in life including her love for bowling, genealogy and belonging to the Siren Lioness Club. She was so honored to have been the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club for her many years of devotion and service to her community. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Myrtle Ridley; adopted parents, Carl and Ruth Bergstrom; sisters, Cynthia and Celia; brother, Charles; grandson, Bradley; husband, Robert Hyslop; and special friend, Eugene Fischer. She is survived by her children, Ted (Tammy) Hunter, Valerie Hunter, Marilyn (Tim) Grefsrud and Daniel (Linda) Hunter; grandchildren, Chelsea, T.A, Erica, Melissa, Rebecca, Stacy, Emily, Cassie, Whitney, Randi, D.J and their spouses; and several great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friend, Mary Ellen Betzel, and dear friend Mary Jo Bierman. A Celebration of Life will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m., officiated by Pastor Tom Cook. You are invited to sign an online guest book at rowefh. com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-3274475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, Wis., 715-825-5550.

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Philip Engelhardt, 86, passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis., with family at his side. Phil was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis., the youngest of three siblings. He served his country as a pilot in the United States Air Force during the .RUHDQ FRQĂ LFW DQG ODWHU LQ WKH $LU National Guard. A service career that spanned almost 20 years. He married Dorothy Apel in 1952. Together they had two children, a girl, (Gail) and a son, (Mark). Their marriage lasted 57 years until Dorothy passed away in 2009. Philip worked for Wisconsin Electric in Milwaukee. After retiring, he and Dorothy moved to the Luck area to be closer to family, and became members of the Milltown Lutheran Church. Phil had many hobbies. He enjoyed woodworking, N Scale Model trains, stamp collecting, and clock making to name a few. He is survived by his daughter, Gail (John) Chartrand; son, Mark (Merlyn) Engelhardt; and a sister, Vivian Rohde. Grandchildren include Bradley (Polly) Chartrand, Andrew (Sarah) Chartrand, Carol Kervina, Eric (Christine) Kervina, Lara Wood, Roshelle Pearson, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Rose Engelhardt; brother, Carlton Engelhardt; and wife, Dorothy. A memorial service will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 23, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 DPZLWKWKH5HY0DJJLH,VDDFVRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ)XOOPLOLtary honors will be presented at the church following the service. An online guestbook is available at rowefh.com and wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

Brian G. Rogers was born Feb. 2, 1947, in Frederic, Wis. He passed away Nov. 15, 2015. Brian, 68, graduated from Frederic High School in 1966. Because of his disability, he became a lifelong advocate of education and civil rights. He earned degrees in WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F PDQDJHPHQW DQG WUDQVSRUWDtion, Bachelor of Science in vocational rehabilitation and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin. Brianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional career was highlighted by: Director of the Center for Independent Living at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, Wis., director of Summit Independent Living Center, Missoula, Mont., and director of the Denver Center for Independent Living, Denver, Colo. During his career in 1986, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Americans with Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio, by President Ronald Reagan. During his semiretirement, Brian was elected to two terms on the Frederic Village Board of Trustees. He served 16 years on the Frederic Public Library Board. He was a charter member of the Frederic Historical Society and was honored as Fredericâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer of the Year in 1990. He was awarded three presidential citations for outstanding public service because of his innovative advocacy for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45 million citizens with disabilities. Brian had great joy and pride in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;farmâ&#x20AC;? where he built a barrier free home on 26 acres in 1993. Brian valued his family and his friends, he was always there for them. He was an amateur historian on the Kennedy assassinaWLRQ+HHQMR\HGSODQWLQJĂ RZHUVDQGWUHHV+HZDVDQ outspoken advocate on civil rights. Brian is survived by his devoted sister, Rebecca of Boyceville, Wis.; his former wife, Carol, of Reno, Nev.; and son, Justin of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Helen Rogers. For those of us that loved him and rejoice that he is free of his disability, we will honor his last wishes; there will be no funeral or memorial service. His remains will be returned to his beloved â&#x20AC;&#x153;farm.â&#x20AC;? Memorials may be made to the Frederic Public Library where he enjoyed many hours with friends and wonderful staff. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475.

Ethan J. Michaelson Ethan James Michaelson, 15, of Milltown, Wis., passed away unexpectedly Nov. 16, 2015. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at East Balsam Baptist Church at 1 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. A full obituary will follow. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444.

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Lavonne Lucille Engelhart Lavonne Lucille Engelhart, 78, a resident of Frederic, Wis, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2015, surrounded by her family at Frederic Nursing and Rehab. Lavonne was born Jan. 1, 1937, to Leonard and Lucille Siverling in Cornell, Wis. Lavonne graduated from Cornell High School and attended college in Eau Claire where she met the love of her life, James. They married Aug. 27, 1955, in Bloomer, Wis., - celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this summer. Lavonne held many jobs during her life. In 1975 she started working as bookkeeper at the Frederic Farmers Union and was promoted to manager in 1978. She kept books for Pilgrim Lutheran Church and was the clerk for the Town of Daniels for 24 years. Lavonne worked 26 years at Yellow River Supply until her retirement. But the job she loved the most was being a grandmother. Lavonne will be sadly missed by her loving husband, James; son, Greg (Barb) Engelhart; daughters, Tammy (Bruce) Chell and Jackie (John) Kurkowski; sisters-inlaw, Judy Siverling, Ruth (Roger) Young, Jean (Joe) Pellegrino and Fern Brunclik; and brothers-in-law, Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oleâ&#x20AC;? Engelhart and Bruce Tromberg; grandchildren, Joseph Engelhart, Josh (Heidi) Chell, Amanda (William) Shafer, Melissa (Vince) Hull, Jeremy Chell (friend Jennifer), Ashley (Jayce) den Hoed, and Austin Kurkowski; great-grandchildren, Mason Chell, Brennan, Skyler and Brayden Shafer, McKenna and Declan Hull, and Samantha and Dylan Oman; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Lucille Siverling; brother, Lloyd Siverling; in-laws, Joe and Viola Engelhart; sisters-in-law, Betty Tromberg, Diane Engelhart and Joan Chelmo; and brother-in-law, Tom Chelmo. A memorial service was held at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic on Saturday, Nov. 14, with the Rev. 3DXO3HWHUVRQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ0XVLFZDVSURYLGHGE\RUJDQLVW0DU\/RX'DHIĂ HUDQGYRFDOLVW%LOO-DYD+RQRUDU\ pallbearers were her grandsons, Josh Chell, Jeremy Chell, Joe Engelhart, Austin Kurkowski, William Shafer, Vince Hull and Jayce den Hoed. An online guestbook is available at rowefh.com or wicremationcenter.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

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Gardner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raymondâ&#x20AC;? Giles was born in Siren, Wis., on April 4, 1923. He passed away on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUVRIKLVOLIHZHUHVSHQW on the Giles family farm named Spruce Springs in the Town of LaFollette near Coomer, Wis. Before the military, Raymond worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. From July 1942 until December 1942 Raymond worked for the Butler Shipyard in Superior, Wis., and on Jan. 27, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was sent to Memphis, Tenn., and trained as an aviation radioman second-class USNR. In the Navy he was nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gunsâ&#x20AC;? because he held the position as an aircraft gunner. He was based in San 'LHJR&DOLI+HVHUYHGLQWKH3DFLĂ&#x20AC;FDQGZDVKRQRUDEO\ discharged from the United States Navy on Dec. 7, 1945. Raymond went to work for the Civil Aeronautics Board, today known as the FAA, and was stationed in Hawaii testing and repairing airport radio operations. He bought KLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRXVHLQ+DZDLLDWDJH:KHQKLVZRUNZDV completed in Hawaii, the CAB sent Raymond from airport to airport in the United States testing their radio operations. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Helen Marie Evans, who worked at the CantonAkron Airport in East Sparta, Ohio, as a ticket agent for Capital Airlines. Married on Oct. 17, 1953, Helen and Ray moved to Los Angeles, Calif. After starting a family RayPRQGHQWHUHGWKHUHDOHVWDWHEXVLQHVVRZQLQJDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FH in Anaheim, Calif., with his partner, Ray Parge. He sold his part of the business to his partner, and left to start in WKHFRQVWUXFWLRQWUDGHEXLOGLQJDQGVHOOLQJKRPHVĂ&#x20AC;UVW in the Los Angeles area and later in Loomis, Calif. In the state of California, Raymond owned his own contractor business named Western Craftsman. He was a meticulous builder, a perfectionist, and loved his work. He worked well in to his 80s. He always helped out and gave a hand to any family member or friend who needed it. Raymond was the most kind, wonderful, patient father, husband and human being his family has ever known. He adored his wife and they were a team from the start. He loved to tease, laugh and sing. Helen and Ray loved watching â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lawrence Welk Showâ&#x20AC;? and visited the Branson, Mo., location when Raymond turned 75. He enjoyed singing with his son-in-law, Allan, all the old tunes. He was a humble and religious man, respectful of others. Raymond (Gardner) was preceded in death by his sisters, Mrs. Leslie Tjader (Alesi) and Miss Faith Giles; and brother, Robert Giles. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 62 years; daughters, Ms. Raleen Giles and Mrs. Brenda Espeseth; son-in-law, Allan Howard Espeseth; sisters, Mrs. Carol (Karl) Johnson and husband, Don, Mrs. June Klein and Mrs. Marlys Karl; and brother, Emory Giles; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed, but will remain in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., at Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, Calif., with a Celebration of Life to follow. Please join the family by signing the online guestbook DWODPEHUWIXQHUDOFRP,QOLHXRIĂ RZHUVSOHDVHPDNHD donation in honor of Raymond to one of the following: Alpha K-9 Service Program at alphak9.org or 916-4004337, Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org or 904-296-7347, or The American Legion at legionsupport.org or 888-991-1131.

Phyllis Faye, 78, of Webster, Wis., passed away peacefully Nov. 9, 2015, at the Continuing Care Center in Grantsburg, Wis. Phyllis was born March 6, 1937, to parents Larry and Gladys â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tootsâ&#x20AC;? (Anderson) Swanson, in Minneapolis. She spent the early years of her life growing up and attending school in Minneapolis where she graduated in 1955 from Washburn High School. Phyllis was united in marriage to Richard Faye on Jan. 18, 1957, in Hudson, Wis. The family lived in many places inFOXGLQJ5LFKĂ&#x20AC;HOG0LQQ0LQQHDSROLVDQG%ORRPLQJWRQ Minn. Together Richard and Phyllis had two boys, whom Phyllis loved unconditionally. In 1968, Phyllis and Richard started their own business called Promotional Sports. As a family, Phyllis, Richard and the boys would work shows and promote the business together. In 1991, Richard and Phyllis moved to Webster to live out their retired years together. In life, Phyllis enjoyed gardening, snowshoeing, sewing, traveling and the sunshine. But above all else, Phyllis loved being the best mother and grandma to her sons and grandchildren. Phyllis will be remembered for her vivacious spirit and the love she always had for her family and friends. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Toots Swanson; parents-in-law, Kermit and Bernice Faye; and sister-in-law, Sandra Faye. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Richard Faye; sons, Rick (Marla) Faye and Ron (Pamela) Faye; grandchildren, Danny, Lucy, Veronica, Samantha, Hunter, Dan and Ben; brother, Wayne Swenson; and a long, long list of special friends. A graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 14, at Clam Lake Cemetery in Webster, with Pastor Paul Peterson presiding. Memorials may be made, in memory of Phyllis, to the Shrine Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.

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Frances F. Frokjer (Eggers) of Forest Lake, Minn., a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2015. She was preceded in death by husband, Vernon; and son, Steven. She is survived by son, Garland; GDXJKWHULQODZ'LDQHĂ&#x20AC;YHJUDQGchildren; s e v e n greatgrandchildren; other relatives and friends. Sat., Nov. 28 A memorial service will 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. be held at 11 a.m. on SatOur Lady Of The urday, Nov. 21, at Roberts Family Life Celebration Lakes Church Home, 555 SW Centennial Balsam Lake Bake Sale & Lunch Served Drive, Forest Lake, with visitation one hour prior. Come join the fun! Memorials preferred to the KW3W Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association.

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Donald Wayne Hanson Donald Wayne Hanson of Osceola, Wis., died Nov. 11, 2015, at Christian Community Home at the age of 92. He was born on Oct. 23, 1923, in St. Croix Falls, Wis., to Herman and Barbara Hanson and was raised at the family farm in Dresser, Wis. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1941. He married and through this union had three children, Wayne (Jody) Hanson, Barbara Hanson, Lori (Dale) Getschel. While raising his children alone, Don attended school and graduated as a journeyman plumber. He married Joyce Kastens on June 3, 1965, blending his family with Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children, Linda (Bill) Henck and Richard (Barbara) Kastens. In his younger years, Don was a key player of the Osceola Braves enjoying many friendships and memories of this time throughout his life. He was an avid sportsman enMR\LQJKXQWLQJĂ&#x20AC;VKLQJDQGVSHQGLQJWLPHZLWKKLVIDPily. He loved the numerous trips to the cabin in Webster as well as casino runs with family members. Don was always quick with a joke, and his storytelling will be a legacy. He enjoyed seeing people smile and laugh and was sincerely interested in the lives of all he met. It was important to always have the birds and squirrels fed, so he could watch them as well. He was a wonderful caretaker for his wife, Joyce, for many years until she passed. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Barbara Hanson; sister, Joan Anderson; his wife, Joyce; son, Richard Kastens; and grandson, Shawn Cottor. He is survived by children, Linda (Bill) Henck of Milltown, Wis., Wayne (Jody) Hanson of Hudson, Barbara Hanson of Dresser and Lori (Dale) Getschel of Osceola; daughter-in-law, Barb Kastens of Orono, Minn.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Wittrock; and brother, Gary Hanson. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Osceola. Arrangements by Grandstrand Funeral Home. grandstrandfh.com.

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Timothy C. Gray, 52, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at his home in the Town of Eureka. Tim was born Aug. 7, 1963, at Chisago Lakes Hospital to James and Betty Gray. He attended and played football at St. Croix Falls High School. Tim was preceded in death by his father, James, last January. He is survived by his mother, Betty; brothers, James (Joye) Gray and Jon (Becky) Gray; nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery, grandstrandfh.com.


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off the dinner table, Johnny should be taught to comply. If your neighbor prefers that visitors remove their shoes before coming inside, you ought to honor Q: How can I teach my children good his wishes. Ultimately, it all comes down manners? This is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m de- WRFDULQJIRUDQGSXWWLQJRWKHUVĂ&#x20AC;UVW How do you teach your kids to impletermined to instill in my kids, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy. How do I teach them to treat ment these principles in everyday life? people respectfully when the rest of the The answer is simple: You model this culture seems to care less and less for kind of behavior yourself. Kindness, the feelings, sensibilities and rights of good manners and respectful treatment of others are best instilled in young others? Jim: Manners and etiquette are often minds through consistent example. They conceived of in terms of conformity to a are caught more so than taught. Keep in VHWRIVRFLDOPRUHVRUFXOWXUDOO\GHĂ&#x20AC;QHG mind that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin too early, and standards of â&#x20AC;&#x153;correctâ&#x20AC;? behavior (think that the best place to start is at home. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Emily Post or Miss Manners). From this Q: Are kids happier when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re point of view, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an aspect of manmade custom and tradition. For people closer in age, or is it better to plan them of faith, however, good manners should further apart? My husband and I are spring from something deeper such as discussing having another baby, but the Golden Rule and the Great Com- we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing for mandment: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just as you want men to do our 1-year-old son and the dynamics of to you, you also do to them likewise,â&#x20AC;? our family. Greg Smalley, vice president, Family and â&#x20AC;&#x153;You shall love your neighbor as Ministries: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to know that your yourself.â&#x20AC;? What does this love look like in action? parenting experience has apparently 3UDFWLFDOO\VSHDNLQJLWFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGH[SUHV- been positive to where you want to add sion in any number of ways. Everything to the blessing of your family. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fandepends on the situation, attitude and tastic! As for your question, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid there expectation of the person on the receiving end. If Grandma expects Johnny to UHDOO\LVQ¡WDVLPSOHDQVZHU7KHVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;keep his napkin in his lap and his elbows cance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;age spacingâ&#x20AC;? and its impact

greater than these.â&#x20AC;? (Mark 12:29-31) What does it mean to love God with all our heart, the core of our very being? It means we love him from the depths of our being, more than our life. This is a tall order. But when we are upright and true-hearted rather than divided in our affections, our relationship with God will not suffer. Our soul is our emotional nature. We love God with our whole soul when we love with warmth and feelings of closeness. We cry with those who hurt, we laugh with those who are happy. How can we love God with our mind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; our intellectual nature? By interacting with him in prayer, study and meditation, we show him how much we love him.

Is it possible to love God with all our strength? Not muscle strength but strength of character, the willingness to do what he asks and be who he wants us to be. When we love him intensely, to the utmost degree with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, we prove our love for him. Then he makes it possible for us to love othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the second greatest commandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the same way. Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die for us. Cause us to put everything possible into our love for you so we can love others in the same way, as you have commanded. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@ gmail.com.

shoulders. A child in this position needs to be encouraged to play and allowed to be a kid. In the end, there may be more important reasons for planning a baby at a particular time than the ages of the existLQJFKLOGUHQ2IIDUJUHDWHUVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFH Jim Daly is Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, the desire for another on sibling relationships will vary from FKLOG SRVVLEO\ Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO FRQVLGHUDWLRQV family to family. Nevertheless, there are and the stability of the marriage. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ some things to consider. Jim Daly is a husband and father, an auChildren of the same sex born within two years of each other are more likely thor, president of Focus on the Family and to develop close bonds and enjoy mutual host of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus on the Familyâ&#x20AC;? radio procompanionship than those spaced fur- gram. Catch up with him at jimdalyblog.com ther apart. But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also have more op- or at facebook.com/DalyFocus. Copyright SRUWXQLW\IRUFRQĂ LFWDQGFRPSHWLWLRQ$ 2014 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, great deal of good can come out of close CO 80995. International copyright secured. sibling relationships of this nature pro- All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal vided Mom and Dad are involved and Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not manage the details wisely. Kids born four or more years apart be reproduced or distributed electronically, in will probably experience less camarade- print or otherwise, without written permisrie growing up. This may translate into a sion of Focus on the Family. more peaceful household, but the challenges can also simply assume a different character. For example, if the older and bigger child displays aggressive behavBrought to you by: ior, then ensuring safety for the younger child will be a priority. If, however, the older child is mature and cooperative, Frederic Mom and Dad may be tempted to place too many adult responsibilities on his

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NOVEMBER

NOWTHRUNOVĆ Ĺ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x2019; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Fall Salon art exhibition at artZ Gallery, earthartswi.org.

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;Ĺ&#x203A; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo at the VFW post, 6:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ The Remember Project, play 2 of 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riding the Wavesâ&#x20AC;? at Unity School, 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Autism support group at the government center, 7 p.m.

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 6:30-8 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

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St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ 'RFXPHQWDU\Ă&#x20AC;OPVKRZLQJ at the library, 10:30 a.m., 715-483-1777.

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x161;&Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x203A; St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x161; Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Art, craft & bake sale at Our Lady of the Lakes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Siren

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â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas tree lighting at Veterans Park, 5 p.m., visitsiren.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Lighting of Lions Christmas displays at Crooked Lake Park, dusk, visitsiren.com.

Statewide

Luck

â&#x20AC;˘ Small Business Saturday.

â&#x20AC;˘ Historical society annual meeting at the museum, 7-9 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ American Legion & Auxiliary meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky at Festival Theatre, 10-11 a.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

DECEMBER

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Fiber arts group, work on projects at the library, 13 p.m., 715-825-2313.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;

St. Croix Falls

Amery

â&#x20AC;˘ The Remember Project, play 3 of 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? at the medical center, 2:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Diabetes support group at the medical center, 68 p.m., 715-483-0431. â&#x20AC;˘ Turkey supper at the senior center, 5:30 p.m., 715-4831901.

â&#x20AC;˘ Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291. â&#x20AC;˘ RSVP deadline for Christmas party at the community center on Dec. 3, 11 a.m., 715-268-6605.

Clam Falls

Webster

â&#x20AC;˘ Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ Second Harvest food distribution at Connections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-866-8151.

Osceola â&#x20AC;˘ Military family support group meeting at the community center, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-557-0557.

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WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Bake sale DW2DNODQG6WRUHWREHQHĂ&#x20AC;WEDFNSDFNSURgram, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Early-stage Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group at the senior center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2019;

Dresser

Balsam Lake

â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 12:30-2 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

â&#x20AC;˘ Flu shots at the health department, 9 a.m.-noon, 715485-8500, polkcountyhealthdept.org. â&#x20AC;˘ Unity 1st-grade program, 2:30 p.m., unity.k12.wi.us.

Frederic

Cushing & Grantsburg

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ RSVP deadline for American Swedish Institute/MN Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum/Como Zoo trip with community ed on Dec. 5, 715-327-4868, ext. 1117.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Cookie-making day at the senior center, 10 a.m.-?, 715463-2940.

Falun

Webster

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Medicare workshop at the library, 2 p.m., 715-2942510.

Grantsburg

THURSĆ Ć&#x201A;FRIĆ &SUNĆ / Ĺ&#x2022;Ć&#x201A;Ĺ&#x2013;&Ĺ&#x2DC;

â&#x20AC;˘ Crex Bird Club meeting at Crex Meadows, 8-10 a.m., 715-463-2739, crexmeadows.org.

Siren

St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ VFW spaghetti dinner & silent auction at the VFW hall, 4-7:30 p.m., visitsiren.com.

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Thurs. & Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-483-3387, festivaltheatre.org.

St. Croix Falls

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x2022;

â&#x20AC;˘ Customer appreciation chili, dessert & bake sale at Central Bank, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 715-483-9800.

Taylors Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Lions turkey & ham Bingo at the community center, 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201C; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bazaar and bake sale at the community center, 9 a.m.2 p.m., 715-268-6605.

Cushing â&#x20AC;˘ Chili supper at Wolf Creek Methodist Church, 4-8 p.m.

Danbury â&#x20AC;˘ Hunters supper at the Swiss Town Hall, 4 p.m.

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MONDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2022; Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Adoption support group, Unity High School band room, 7:15 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive at the Georgetown Lutheran Church, 12:306:30 p.m., 800-733-2767.

Luck

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday bazaar & lunch at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ St. Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bazaar, 8 a.m.-noon. Santa 9:30-11 a.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Brian Fenimore, Prepare Series, at Wilderness Fellowship Ministries, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. RSVP to 715-327-8564. â&#x20AC;˘ Craft & bake sale at the senior center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ Polk County genealogy meeting at the museum, 1 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ RSVP deadline for Thanksgiving Day dinner at Bone Lake Lutheran Church on Thursday, noon, 715-472-2535.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Ham dinner at the Moose Lodge, 4-8 p.m., visitsiren. com.

St. Croix Falls

Luck

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2014; Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 12:30-2 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2DC; Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Thanksgiving feast at the community center, noon3 p.m., 715-825-3495. â&#x20AC;˘ Fireworks at the VFW, 7 p.m.

Siren/Alpha/Grantsburg

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2013;Ĺ&#x2018; MONDAY/JANĆ Ĺ&#x2013;

â&#x20AC;˘ Free Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center, noon2 p.m., 715-349-7810, visitsiren.com.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Border battle party at the senior center, bring snacks, 2:30 p.m., 715-866-4517.

MONĆ Ĺ&#x2018;FRIĆ / NOVĆ Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2022;Ĺ&#x2018;DECĆ Ĺ&#x2122; Centuria â&#x20AC;˘ Polk-Burnett Elec. toy & gift drive drop-off at their &HQWXULDRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDPSP

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St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ The Big Bundle Up winter items drop-off at the Lodge, visitsiren.com.

â&#x20AC;˘ Free Thanksgiving dinner at United Methodist Church, 4-6 p.m., 651-428-5374.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2013;

FRIĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2122;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x203A;

Amery

Luck

â&#x20AC;˘ Parade of Lights & Light Up The Town, 6 p.m., Soo Line Park.

â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday art sale at Cafe Wren. Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., cafewren.com.

Balsam Lake

Taylors Falls, Minn.

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pixels,â&#x20AC;? PG-13, at 10:30 a.m. and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Max,â&#x20AC;? PG, at 1 p.m. at the library, 715-485-3215.

â&#x20AC;˘ Lighting Festival, Fri. exhibits, parade 6 p.m.; Sat. VDOHVYHVSHUV6XQERQĂ&#x20AC;UH4 p.m., fallschamber.org.

Luck

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;˘ Service with soup supper at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. 5:30 supper, 6:30 service.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ 4K - 1st-grade holiday program at the elementary school, 6:30 p.m., frederic.k12.wi.us.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Open Arms hosted by Alliance Church of the Valley. Meal & fellowship, 5-6:30 p.m., 715-483-1100.

â&#x20AC;˘ Better Way Imports presentation 5 p.m. & sale 4-8 p.m. at the senior center, betterwayimports.com, 715-472-4246

SUNDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x201D;

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life Christian Community, 6:30-8 p.m., griefshare.org, 715-5771431.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Burnett County Republican Party meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-349-2859.

â&#x20AC;˘ Bone Lake Lutheran Church craft/bake sale, etc., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus 12:30-2:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Ladies Day Out, visitsiren.com.

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

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ K- to 3rd-grade holiday concert at the school, 7 p.m., 715-472-2152, lucksd.k12.

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

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

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

FRIĆ &SATĆ /Ĺ&#x2013;&Ĺ&#x2014; Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas in Frederic. live nativity Fri. & Sat. craft sale & Santa Sat.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Luck Holiday Experience. Fri. tree lighting; Sat. crafts & book sales, Santa & crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides.

Shell Lake â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree Lotâ&#x20AC;? at Theatre in the Woods, titw.org, 715468-4387.

FRIĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x2013;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x2DC; Luck â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday art sale at Cafe Wren. Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., cafewren.com

FRIĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x2013;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x2122;

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

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Rivertown Holiday, fallschamber.org.

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Leader | Nov 18 | 2015