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),5675($' SIREN – Aubrey LaRay Williamson, infant daughter of Ashley LaFollette and William Williamson of the Webb Lake area, was delivered Thursday, Nov. 19, by the Webster EMTs near the stoplights in Siren. LaFollette went to the Burnett Medical Center at 8 a.m. that day to have her doctor induce labor. When nothing was happening by 3 p.m., she was sent home. As she was preparing her lunch, her water broke. She and Williamson decided to return to the hospital soon after. When they reached the intersection of CTH A and Hwy. 35 north of Webster, LaFollette knew the baby was coming. They stopped at the Webster Fire Hall and banged on the door, hoping someone could help. LaFollette was being transported by ambulance on the way to Burnett Medical Center. When they reached Siren, LaFollette told the EMTs to pull over. She remembers seeing the stoplights through the ambulance window. The EMTs delivered a healthy, 7-pound, 13ounce baby girl and proceeded to the hospital. The mother and baby are doing well. The place of birth has not yet been determined for the birth FHUWLÀFDWH– with information from Ashley Williamson ••• SIREN – Burnett County wants to partner with local organizations to grow tourism. With the adoption of the 2016 budget, a new local tourism grant fund has been created. Over $15,000 will be awarded to local QRQSURÀWVWRSURPRWHORFDOHYHQWVDQGFUHDWHGHVWLQDWLRQ marketing materials. Two informational sessions have already been held and two more are scheduled. Sessions will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Burnett County Government Center. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 162-3. On Friday, Dec. 4, the informational session will begin at 9 a.m. at the Webster Library meeting room. At the session the process will be explained and potential JUDQWDSSOLFDQWVFDQDVNTXHVWLRQVWRR7KHÀUVWGHDGOLQH for the grant application is Feb. 1, 2016, and the second June 1. For more information contact Mike Kornmann at 715-349-2979. The local tourism industry accounts for about one-third of all jobs in the county. - with information from UW-Extension

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)UHH)LUVW)ULGD\)OLFNIHDWXUHV |%DEHWWHV)HDVW} LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Friday, Dec. 4, Free First Friday Flick at the Luck Museum will feature a big-screen showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast,â&#x20AC;? starting at 7 p.m. The movie is set in a remote 19th-century Danish village, where two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village; one could have married D\RXQJDUP\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUDQGWKH other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later, their father now deceased, they take in French refugee Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast,â&#x20AC;? directed by Gabariel Axel and story by Karen Blixen, was released Aug. 28, 1987, in Denmark. The cast includes Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Bibi Andersson, Ghita Nørby and Asta Esper Hagen. It won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the London Film Criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circle Award for Actor of the Year and BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; submitted

8:6XSHULRURQOLQHUDQNHGDPRQJ|PRVW DIIRUGDEOH} SUPERIOR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The University of Wisconsin - Superior was ranked 23rd overall in the Top 50 College Choice rankings of 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees. UW-Superior was the only school in the Twin Ports that achieved a ranking. Only one other higher education school in Wisconsin or Minnesota was listed by College Choice in this report. UW-Superior also ranked in the top 25 in 2015 and is the only UW System university that was recognized over that same two-year period. College Choice, collegechoice.net, has published its second-annual ranking of most affordable online colleges for bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees. The ranking can be viewed on their website. Katie Amondson, associate editor for College Choice said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding the most affordable online bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree programs can be a challenge. To help cut through the confusion, College Choice has compiled this ranking to help prospective students discern which online programs are most affordable.â&#x20AC;? All UHJLRQDOO\DFFUHGLWHGVFKRROVZLWKDWOHDVWĂ&#x20AC;YHRQOLQHEDFKelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree programs were considered and the total cost of each program was calculated. Often the actual cost of an RQOLQHHGXFDWLRQLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRGHWHUPLQHDVPDQ\VFKRROVLQcorporate fees not directly tied to tuition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With our ranking of most affordable colleges for bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree programs, we aimed to cut through some of the fog involved in determining the true cost of an online education,â&#x20AC;? said Jeremy Alder, managing editor of College Choice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UW-Superiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online program allows me to balance my small business and education, while going at my own pace,â&#x20AC;? said online student Jenn Johnson. To learn more about the UW-Superior online program or to apply online go to uwsuper.edu/distancelearning. - from UW-Superior

|7KH/DQG:LWK-HUU\$SSV}VWDUWV'HF STATEWIDE - This December, celebrated Wisconsin author and historian Jerry Apps returns to Wisconsin Public Television for an all-new special, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Land With Jerry Apps.â&#x20AC;? The program premieres 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, on WPT. Encore presentations will be broadcast 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. The full program is also available to watch online now at video.wpt.org/ video/2365600489/. In the new special, viewers will join Apps at his central Wisconsin farm for a walk through the seasons with -HUU\$SSV his grandsons, as he passes along lessons that can be gleaned from listening to the land. With a wit and wisdom inherited from his father as they worked the land together, Apps recalls stories that unite the generations by informing a shared appreciation for the world around us. A companion to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memoir,â&#x20AC;? Appsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Land â&#x20AC;&#x153; follows two popular WPT productions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerry Apps: A Farm Storyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps.â&#x20AC;? Funding for the program is provided inpart by Holiday Vacations, Ron & Colleen Weyer, the Stanley J. Cottrill Fund, Carol Gainer, the Wisconsin History Fund (supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television. WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin - Extension. Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE - TV, Green Bay; WHRM - TV, Wausau; WLEF - TV, Park Falls; WHLA - TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie - Eau Claire. - from WPT

=DFKDULDV1DWLRQDO+RUVH7UDLQHURIWKH<HDU MILLTOWN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Horse trainers get in the business for a variety of different reasons. For some itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a personal therapy. For others itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a soft spot in their heart for the animals or their owner that drives them to work with horses. Greatmats wishes to honor those trainers that are in it to make a positive difference in the lives of the horses and their owners through integrity, outstanding customer service and quality training. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it created the National Horse Trainer of the Year contest. The following horse trainers have been nominated by their peers, clients and community due to their commitment to these values: Sid Zacharias, Rockin Z Ranch, Spooner; Maria Borell, Beacon Hill Farm/Borell Racing, Lexington, Ky.; Jessie Baillargeon, Victory 6LG=DFKDULDV Farms, Amery; Andrea Datz, Integrative Horsemanship, Fruita, Colo.; and Andrea Fappani, Fappani Performance Horses, Scottsdale, Ariz.Voting is taking place on Greatmatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Facebook page, facebook.com/Greatmats/, now through Monday, Nov. 30. The winner will be announced Jan. 4, 2016. The National Horse Trainer of the Year contest is one of four simultaneous contests honoring instructors and trainers from various industries for their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of their students, clients and community. *UHDWPDWVLVDQDWLRQDOKRUVHVWDOOEDUQDQGVSHFLDOW\Ă RRUing industry leader based in Milltown since 1999. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5 percent of LWV DQQXDO SURĂ&#x20AC;WV WR ORFDO QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W RUJDQL]DWLRQV ,W DOVR supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources. Brett Hart|Special to the Leader

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Supervisors target funds for economic development, early intervention E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer SIREN - Burnett County Administrator Nathan Ehalt recently presented to the board of supervisors a detailed statement of revenues and expenditures identifying a small pool of undesignated funds that could be utilized to stimulate economic development in Burnett County villages and to enhance early-intervention efforts in the department of health and human services. Years ago the county established a fund for the purchase of development rights as a means to preserve farmland from residential and other development pressures. The fund was established back in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;boom daysâ&#x20AC;? prior to the Great Recession. There is a total of $108,457 in the fund account. ´+RZ FDQ ZH XVH WKHVH IXQGV WR Ă&#x20AC;OO gaps to stimulate economic development in our local communities?â&#x20AC;? Ehalt asked board members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can these funds be utilized for job creation and increase value in our communities?â&#x20AC;? Ehalt suggested the funds could be used as â&#x20AC;&#x153;seed moneyâ&#x20AC;? to stimulate economic development in local communities. Examples cited include the Kozak prop-

Sheriff: Minong manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting death was not result of hunting or criminal foul play Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - A Minong man lost his life after being shot in the chest in his garage on Saturday, Nov. 21. According to news release from Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden, the call came in at approximately 11:23 a.m. that Charles Kroeze, 45, had been shot in the chest. Kroezeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and father rendered aid to Kroeze until the ambulance arrived. Kroeze was then taken by ambulance to the Spooner Hospital where an air ambulance was waiting, but he died in transport to the Spooner Hospital. Preliminary investigation into the incident revealed it was not a hunting accident. Additional investigation revealed that the gunshot wound to Kroezeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest was from a .357-caliber revolver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not believe a criminal act was committed causing the death of Charles. However, we continue our investigation and will await some results from the autopsy. We ask that all remember the Kroeze family and their friends during this time of sorrow and loss,â&#x20AC;? said Dryden in the prepared news release. Wisconsin DNR wardens, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Minong Ambulance also responded to the scene. - with information from Washburn County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department

The board authorized Ehalt to develop an appropriate structure for distribution and use of the funds, and how communities could apply. Ehalt stated he would bring something back to the board for action â&#x20AC;&#x153;relatively soon.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is a good idea,â&#x20AC;? Gronski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Economic development is something we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t targeted in a number of years.â&#x20AC;? Gronski noted the funds are currently not being utilized for their original intent and should be made available for a productive purpose to increase equalized value and alleviate the tax burden.

3UHYHQWLRQDQGHDUO\LQWHUYHQWLRQ The board authorized $20,000 to be provided to the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance existing proerty in Grantsburg, which is an old lum- grams that focus on prevention and early beryard located along the banks of the St. intervention. The funds are to come from Croix River. The village of Grantsburg a reserve fund account established by the has obtained the site and has approved board. funds for demolition of long-abandoned â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much need coming through buildings. A community redevelopment the door,â&#x20AC;? said Katherine Peterson, diâ&#x20AC;&#x153;visioning processâ&#x20AC;? for the site has also rector of Burnett County Department of taken place. Health and Human Services. Peterson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could we utilize these funds to aid suggested the funds could be utilized to Grantsburg in cleaning up the Kozak target early-intervention efforts for chilproperty to stimulate redevelopment by dren age 3 to 9. making it pad site ready?â&#x20AC;? Ehalt asked. District 5 Supervisor Dorothy Richard, Another example cited is the old school who is the only woman of the 21 members building in Webster. The St. Croix Re- who serve on the board of supervisors, gional Medical Center is interested in was quick to rise in support of Peterson opening a new clinic at the site. Funds and her intention to target the funds at could be used to remove the old school- early intervention. house and aid in redevelopment of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think of all the children that are insite. volved. If we can help even one or two The projects were cited as examples of children to grow out of their poverty and suggested use of funds. Both projects are into responsible adults the $20,000 spent already proceeding and it is uncertain if is a small number,â&#x20AC;? Richard said. the county could act in time for funds to District 12 Supervisor Christopher SybEH UHOHDVHG WR WKHVH VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F SURMHFWV RU ers, who is also the police chief in Siren, even if such projects would be eligible. spoke strongly in favor of the early-inSupervisor Chuck Awe moved to close tervention approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a positive out the original intent of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;purchase thing for our county to try. We have to of development rightsâ&#x20AC;? program and to do something to stop these issues that are set up an appropriate structure as to how coming at us with sixfold increases.â&#x20AC;? Sybsuch funds could be utilized â&#x20AC;&#x153;for targeted ers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many programs economic development.â&#x20AC;? The motion was that we have that are working well with seconded by Supervisor Jeremy Gronski three or four programs that need a little and was approved by the board of super- boost to keep them solvent and increase visors which met in special session as a the service level. These funds will make committee of the whole on Thursday, what is working well to working great. Nov. 19. %XUQHWW&RXQW\$GPLQLVWUDWRU1DWKDQ(KDOW 3KRWRE\(5R\DO(PHUVRQ

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We have to do something to stop the climb of need in our community.â&#x20AC;? District 7 Supervisor Gene Olson stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prevention is a good use of funding. Human services is a very good department that is under good management and addressing needs in a positive way.â&#x20AC;? The supervisors endorsed forwarding $20,000 to HHS to enhance its early-intervention programs.

3XEOLFZRUNVILQDQFLQJ In other business the board endorsed the solicitation of bids from local banks WR Ă&#x20AC;QDQFH WKH  PLOOLRQ KLJKZD\ IDFLOity project. They agreed to limit borrowing for the project to a 10-year period. Keeping borrowing to 10 years will save $700,000 in interest payments if a 15-year term was secured and $1.2 million if a 20year borrowing term was pursued. The actual commitment to the project will be presented to the board of supervisors over the coming months.

Burnett County man arrested, charged with setting fires POLK COUNTY - A 50-year-old rural Grantsburg man has been arrested and charged with arson and theft in a case that involved the VHWWLQJRIWZRĂ&#x20AC;UHV at a Lewis residence on Friday, Nov. 13. Eugene Ferguson was taken into custody last week. He is charged with breaking into a coworkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and (XJHQH)HUJXVRQ starting her detached garage on Ă&#x20AC;UHDQGODWHUWKDWQLJKWVWDUWLQJWKHGHFN RIWKHZRPDQ¡VKRPHRQĂ&#x20AC;UH Ferguson has denied any involvement LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UHVDFFRUGLQJWRDXWKRULWLHV A criminal complaint says that a Polk County investigator went to Burnett Dairy, where both the alleged victim and Ferguson work, and observed a 5-gallon kerosene container for sale in the retail store, which had an identical label of the container located at the arson scene. A piece of the label off the kerosene can found at the arson scene was also located on the grounds of the area where Ferguson works at Burnett Dairy. Other information gathered in the investigation related to the relationship between Ferguson and the alleged victim. Ferguson faces two charges of arson, Ă&#x20AC;UVWGHJUHHUHFNOHVVO\HQGDQJHULQJVDIHW\ burglary of a building or dwelling and criminal damage to property. - Gary King


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Eight of nine Stop-a-Sec stores sold LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The successful closing on the sale of eight stores owned by Ed and Jody Seck of Luck took place last month, with WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDOHFORVLQJRQ2FW Operating as Holiday franchised stores, the stores sold are those in Balsam Lake, Cushing, Grantsburg, Luck, Osceola, Minong, Webster and Woodville. New owner of the eight stores is TravelCenters of America. Stop-a-Sec, Inc., was founded by the Secks in 1989 with the Luck store. They grew the business through new builds and acquisitions. They are retaining their Woodville location and continue to manage other busiQHVVHQWHUSULVHVWKURXJKWKHLU/XFNRIĂ&#x20AC;FH TravelCenters of America is rebranding each of the eight stores to Minit Mart, and new signage is in the works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased that TA will be retaining our existing employees,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Seck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Along with our daughters, Shannon and Jennifer, we have operated our stores as a family business for 26 years and will truly miss the convenience store industry. It was not an easy decision to sell, howHYHUZHDUHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWWKDWRXUHPSOR\HHV and customers are in good hands and look forward to seeing positive changes for them all.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mary Stirrat with information provided by Ed and Jody Seck

Siren helps Wisconsin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bundle Upâ&#x20AC;? this winter season

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New CJCC aims to improve communication between law enforcement agencies and reduce recidivism Supervisors authorize expansion of treatment alternatives and diversion program

Kutz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why do the same bodies keep coming through the system?â&#x20AC;? Once the problem and its causes are LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HG DOWHUQDWLYHV FDQ EH H[SORUHG that will reduce recidivism, Kutz said, identifying â&#x20AC;&#x153;low-risk/low-need offendersâ&#x20AC;? as good candidates for â&#x20AC;&#x153;treatment as an alternative to incarceration.â&#x20AC;? E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer Having a CJCC in place is also an esSIREN - The Burnett County Board of sential element toward receiving future Supervisors, meeting in special session as grant dollars through the treatment ala committee of the whole, gave their nod ternatives and diversion program that of approval to formation of a Criminal currently funds the county drug court, Justice Coordinating Council to identify problem issues within the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crimi- an effective treatment alternative to innal justice system and explore creative so- carceration already in place. 7KHUHLVDOVRDJUHDWEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQVLPSO\ lutions to solving them. bringing the various entities together on The council could be used as an effective tool in resolving communication a regular basis, Kutz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we can afford not to do problems between the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s departthese things,â&#x20AC;? said District 17 Supervisor ment and local law enforcement, accordPhil Lindeman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of our criminal jusing to Burnett County Circuit Court Judge tice issues are related to drug and alcohol Kenneth L. Kutz, who gave an overview presentation of the coordinating council addiction which leads to recidivism. We to the supervisors at their special meeting have to do these things. The drug court is very successful. It (CJCC) will be an held on Thursday, Nov. 19. The CJCC would bring together dis- additional element to these efforts. Why parate elements of the existing criminal would we not do this?â&#x20AC;? District 20 Supervisor Gerald Pardun justice system such as circuit court, the agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are seeing the same people district attorney and public defender ofcoming back time after time, being inĂ&#x20AC;FHV WKH VKHULII¡V GHSDUWPHQW DQG ORFDO carcerated over and over again, this aplaw enforcement from the villages and St. proach could prove an effective tool in Croix Tribe and the department of health not only identifying the problems with and human services, to identify problems within the system, their root causes and recidivism but could also relieve pressure RQWKHGLVWULFWDWWRUQH\¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGRQWKH explore methods to solving them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One area we could look at is jail over- courts.â&#x20AC;? District 14 Supervisor Emmett Byrne crowding and the issue of recidivism,â&#x20AC;?

SCF man faces felony DUI charges Greg Marsten | Staff writer The trooper noted multiple BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Wisclues to support Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alconsin State Patrol arrested a leged intoxication, although Polk County man with a long he refused to take a preliminary breath test and was taken KLVWRU\RIDOFRKROUHODWHGWUDIĂ&#x20AC;F into custody. offense after he was caught behind the wheel and apparently Johnson has several open XQGHUWKHLQĂ XHQFHRQFHDJDLQ felony cases, and has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;noAccording to a probable drinkâ&#x20AC;? provision in his bond FDXVHUHSRUWĂ&#x20AC;OHGZLWKWKH3RON leading to two charges of bail County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, jumping, on top of a felony Michael Arvid Johnson, 73, St. DUI, seventh, eight or ninth Croix Falls, was arrested on susoffense for his DUI. 0LFKDHO$UYLG picion of driving while intoxi&KDUJHVKDGQRWEHHQĂ&#x20AC;OHG -RKQVRQ cated after he was seen driving by press time, and Johnson is a Buick erratically and slowly on Hwy. believed to be in custody until an initial 35 near Osceola on the afternoon of Mon- appearance. day, Nov. 9.

pointed out issues of drug and alcohol problems and recidivism are â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a problem just with Burnett County. These are statewide and national issues. And they are not going away,â&#x20AC;? Byrne said. There have been a few meetings already held between the various agencies and they have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a resolution ready to goâ&#x20AC;? that could be presented to the board of supervisors as early as its December meeting to formally adopt the CJCC, Kutz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see in the resolution is establishment of some method to evaluate program effectiveness,â&#x20AC;? said Donald Taylor, chair of the board of supervisors. The creation of the CJCC would have a minimal cost impact as it is bringing together existing staff. Its formation is critical to securing additional grant dollars, District 4 Supervisor Jeremy Gronski pointed out. The county board is expected to formally endorse the creation of the coordinating council at its regular meeting in December.

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The Lodge at Crooked Lake serves as collection site for Wisconsin Department of Tourismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity drive SIREN - The Siren Chamber of Commerce is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Big Bundle Up campaign. The Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running Nov. 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 3, 2016. Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection location is the Siren Tourism Information Center, within The Lodge at Crooked Lake. 7KLVLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDURIWKH%LJ%XQGOH Up. To date, the program has collected more than 49,300 winter items to help families in need. In addition to The Lodge at Crooked Lake, other collection sites, including Travel Wisconsin welcome centers, are located throughout the state. Visit TravelWisconsin. com for a full listing of donation sites. With the spirit of the holiday season upon us, donating winter items is the perfect way to give to families in need across the state. A box will be located in the Siren Tourism Information Center, inside The Lodge at Crooked Lake, for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County. For more information about why Siren and the Siren Chamber of Commerce are participating in the Big Bundle Up, please contact Christine Moeller, executive director, at 715-349-8399 or chamber@visitsiren. com. - from Siren Chamber of Commerce

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Filing for the spring elections starts now

County board, school district, city candidates use December nominating papers

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tuesday, Dec. 1, is the start of the spring  HOHFWLRQV 7KDW LV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW GD\ FDQdidates can start circulating nomination papers for many positions on the April ballot. That includes county board candidates, seats on every school board, candidates for city mayor and council and some village boards, and a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The spring nonpartisan election will be held April 5. All county board seats are up in 2016. A third of the seats on every school board are open each year. The cities of Amery and St. Croix Falls elect their mayors and half their council members in 2016. &DQGLGDWHVIRUDOOWKHVHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXVHQRPLnating papers to get on the ballot. In addition, the villages of Clear Lake, Dresser, Osceola and Turtle Lake use nominating papers for ballot access while all other villages nominate candidates at caucuses in January. Nominating papers must be submitted by Jan. 5. Nominations for a number of judicial positions will also be made in December. The Supreme Court seat is the position formerly held by Patrick Crooks. He died last month after announcing that he would not run for re-election. Several candidates are seeking the position, including Rebecca Bradley who was appointed E\*RY6FRWW:DONHUWRĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHYDFDQF\ Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hruz is

seeking a full term. The incumbent municipal judges whose seats are open this year include Jerome Wittstock, Amery and Clear Lake, Dennis Zemke, Turtle Lake, Brian Sears, Webster, and David Danielson, St. Croix Falls. The process for using nominating paSHUV VWDUWV ZLWK WKH FDQGLGDWHV Ă&#x20AC;OOLQJ D Campaign Registration Statement, form GAB-1, with the clerk for the local election. That clerk is the county clerk, the village or city clerk, or a designated person DW HDFK VFKRRO GLVWULFW RIĂ&#x20AC;FH )RU VFKRRO board candidates, the only additional step is completing one more form, the Declaration of Candidacy, form GAB-162. The FDQGLGDWHVIRURWKHURIĂ&#x20AC;FHVPXVWFROOHFW signatures on their nomination petitions before completing the process. All nomination papers must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. December and January are the months when citizens decide who will be on the April ballot. This is the period to review WKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXSIRUHOHFWLRQDQGWKHSHUIRUPDQFHRIWKRVHZKRKROGWKRVHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV All incumbents must register if they are seeking re-election. Incumbents who are UHWLULQJPXVWĂ&#x20AC;OOD'HFODUDWLRQRI1RQFDQdidacy by Dec. 25. The spring election is Tuesday, April 5. ,IPRUHWKDQWZRSHRSOHĂ&#x20AC;OHIRUDQ\RSHQ seat, a primary election Feb. 16 will narURZWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG

&RXQW\ERDUGV Every county board seat is open for a two-year term. Candidates register with the county clerk. 6FKRROERDUGV School board terms are for three years with a third of the seats up for election

each year. In addition, board members DSSRLQWHGWRĂ&#x20AC;OOYDFDQFLHVPXVWUXQIRU the remainder of that term in the next HOHFWLRQ6FKRROERDUGFDQGLGDWHVĂ&#x20AC;OHIRU RIĂ&#x20AC;FHDWWKHVFKRROGLVWULFWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGGR not need to gather signatures to get on the ballot. These are the incumbents for the 2016 open school board seats in 15 districts serving Burnett and Polk counties.

%XUQHWW&RXQW\ Grantsburg (three seats plus one short term) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Russ Erickson, David Dahlberg, Dan Ohnstad and Josh Prusinsky (appointed) Shell Lake (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stuart Olson and Steven Naglosky Siren (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Duane Emery and Rhonda Highstrom Spooner (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Robert Hoellen and Kyle Pierce Webster (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mark Elliott and Rick Estridge Cumberland (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kristin Olson and Eric Stone 3RON&RXQW\ Amery (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dale Johnson and Chelsea Whitley Clayton (one seat) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Terri Olson Clear Lake (one seat) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thomas Levendowski Cumberland (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kristin Olson and Eric Stone Frederic (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Scott Nelson and Becky Amundsen Luck (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LeRoy Buck and Kurt Stonesifer Osceola (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Timm Johnson and Peter Kammerud St. Croix falls (two seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sheri Norgard and Steven Bont

Turtle Lake (one seat) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Scott Westlund Unity (three seats) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; James Beistle, David Moore and Patricia Kastens

0XQLFLSDOHOHFWLRQV The two cities in Polk County elect a mayor and half the seats on the city council in 2016. Half the seats on the village councils are open in 2016. The cities and a few villages use nominating paper while most villages nominate their candidates at caucuses in January. Candidates where nominating papers are used register with the municipal clerk before they start collecting signatures on their nomination papers. Listed are the cities and villages where candidates are nominated in December, the positions open in 2016, and the inFXPEHQW RIĂ&#x20AC;FHKROGHUV ZKRVH WHUPV DUH up next April. City of Amery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mayor: Kay Erickson, alderperson 1: Rick Van Blaricom, alderperson 2: Tim Strohbusch, alderperson at large: Kristen Vicker City of St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mayor: Brian Blesi, alderperson 1: Jerry Berger, alderperson 2: Jeff Huenink Village of Clear Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees Lori Martin, Vern Engebretson and Marie Bannink Village of Dresser â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trustees James Rochford Jr., Darron Nelson and Elina Kuusisto Village of Osceola â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rodney Turner, Deb Rose and Roger Kumlien Village of Turtle Lake â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ruth Morton, Jeff Outcalt and Patrick McCready 7KH/HDGHUZLOOPRQLWRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;OLQJVDQG retirements during the coming month, and list all nominees in early January. The paper will also list the caucus dates and remaining open seats in late December.

Milltown man appears on child torture charges Virgil Hansen makes initial appearance

Hansen faces a potential sentence of over 200 years in prison if convicted on all seven felony charges: repeated sexual DVVDXOW RI D FKLOG WUDIĂ&#x20AC;FNLQJ RI D FKLOG child sexual exploitation; child enticement; soliciting a child for prostitution; Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk County Cir- causing mental harm to a child and child cuit Court Judge Molly GaleWyrick set a abuse - recklessly causing harm. The criminal complaints account al$50,000 signature bond for Virgil Hansen, 65, Milltown, to stay out of jail during leged details of tortuous â&#x20AC;&#x153;slavery games,â&#x20AC;? with Hansen allegedly tying up and ascourt proceedings. Hansen appeared before the judge on saulting a young male over a series of dif0RQGD\ 1RY  IRU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH WR ferent scenarios and locations on his rural DGGUHVV FKDUJHV Ă&#x20AC;OHG HDUOLHU WKLV PRQWK Milltown farm. He is alleged to have strung the vicinvolving allegations that Hansen had tim up by his feet into the rafters of an tortured a teen boy over 100 times at his outbuilding, and also forced him to take rural Milltown farm. He will also have no contact with any- scalding hot showers while he taunted one under age 17, unless supervised, in- and assaulted him, as well as incidents of being blindfolded, tied to a bed, work cluded his own relatives. The Polk County District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bench and even outdoors, while Hansen 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHĂ&#x20AC;OHGVHYHQIHORQ\FKDUJHVDJDLQVW sexually assaulted or humiliated the child. Further allegations emerged that HanHansen several weeks ago after a lengthy investigation by the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sen routinely paid the victim off to mainDepartment. The seven charges cover al- tain his silence, and alleges that incidents leged acts from August 2013 to March of abuse may have occurred over 100 2015, and detail multiple incidents of tor- times, all at the farm, both indoors and turous child sex assault over the period outdoors and in the home and garage. 7KH\DOVRGHWDLOĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJGHOHWHGWH[WPHVagainst the same teenage victim.

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sages between the victim and Hansen, supporting the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims. Denying many of the allegations, Hansen alleges that he thought it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;... a mutual game that they were playing,â&#x20AC;? and insisted the victim was always able to get free, if he wanted. He also noted the victim warning he would turn him in, with Hansen saying he â&#x20AC;&#x153;... couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why he was coming up with stories like this,â&#x20AC;? and referencing how much money was being requested, apparently to keep his silence. Hansen is well known locally, not just as an accountant and tax preparer, but also as the Town of Milltown clerk, and the person behind softball tournaments and other events. He is an emergency medical technician and a long-time member of the Milltown Rural Fire Association, currently listed as their secretary/ treasurer. Hansen was charged by criminal complaint, meaning he was not physically arrested but was instead served by mail. At press time he was not in custody.

Donating to a food drive? Keep quality, food safety in mind SPOONER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This is the time of year when local community groups often KRVWIRRGGULYHVWRĂ&#x20AC;OOORFDOIRRGSDQWU\ shelves. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember that donated food is most helpful if it is both safe and high quality,â&#x20AC;? says Barbara Ingham, food safety specialist with the University of Wisconsin - Extension. Make sure to check the dates on packages of foods that you donate, advises Ingham. â&#x20AC;˘ Quality or pack dates are often designated on packages by the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better if used by ...â&#x20AC;? and a date. Look for these dates on packaged mixes, cold cereals, peanut butter, and increasingly, on canned items like fruits and vegetables. These dates mean that after the quality GDWHWKHIRRGZLOOEHJLQWRORVHLWVĂ DYRU DQGPD\HYHQGHYHORSDQRIIĂ DYRU'Rnate only foods that are well within the quality dates marked on the package.

â&#x20AC;˘ Expiration dates include information such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expires 2/15/13â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not use after 7/9/13.â&#x20AC;? Look for these dates on vitamins, yeast, baking powder and cake mixes. Do not donate foods that are past their expiration date. â&#x20AC;˘ Pull dates. Example: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sell by May 16.â&#x20AC;? Look for these dates on perishable, refrigerated foods such as milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, eggs, lunch meat and packaged salad mixes. Perishable foods, with the exception of garden produce, are usually not included in a food drive. If they are, choose foods that are well within the pull date. Besides looking for a date, be sure to check the integrity of the package. To ensure that the food has not been contaminated, donate only foods from unopened packages. Avoid foods with packaging that shows signs of leakage or damage. Ingham urges consumers not to donate home-canned items, or canned items that have broken seams or large dents. Your donation only makes a difference in the

life of someone in need if the product donated is within the date marked and of good quality. If you question the integrity of the product or wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feed it to your family, it is probably best not to donate it.

Examples of foods to consider donating are: â&#x20AC;˘ Canned vegetables, especially those without added salt. â&#x20AC;˘ Fruits canned in juice, unsweetened applesauce, 100-percent fruit juice and dried fruit such as raisins or craisins. â&#x20AC;˘ Canned meats and fish, such as chicken, ham, beef, tuna and salmon. Do not donate meat canned at home. â&#x20AC;˘ Peanuts and peanut butter. â&#x20AC;˘ Whole grain, low-sugar cereals such as plain instant oatmeal, whole grain Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, DQGEUDQĂ DNHV â&#x20AC;˘ Whole grain or enriched pasta and instant riceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;either brown or enriched. Boxed noodle and rice dishes can be an easy starting point for a one-dish meal.

â&#x20AC;˘ Whole grain crackers (especially reduced-sodium) and popcorn. â&#x20AC;˘ Spaghetti sauce, salsa and canned beans, including baked beans. â&#x20AC;˘ Reduced-sodium broth and soups. â&#x20AC;˘ Low-fat salad dressings or spreads, and condiments such as ketchup or mustard. â&#x20AC;˘ Baby food is a very welcome donation. Just be sure to donate well within the date marked on the containers. Consider donating cash to food pantries. Pantries can often get more for their dollars, address shortages and focus on high-quality products with some extra Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDODVVLVWDQFH&DVKGRQDWLRQVKHOS food pantries offer the widest possible array of products to the individuals that they serve. To learn more, contact Jeanne Walsh, Washburn County UW-Extension family living educator, at 715-635-4444 or jeanne. walsh@ces.uwex.edu. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from UWEX


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Santa is stopping in Grantsburg GRANTSBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Santa is scheduled to make a stop at the Grantsburg Library on Saturday, Dec. 5. Santa and some of his elves will greet children and their families in the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new addition from 9-11:30 a.m. Children can sit on Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lap and tell him their Christmas wish list, then have their photos taken with jolly old St. Nick. A photo button may be purchased for $3, cash only. A free 4 x 6 photo will be printed for each picture taken of a child or group and will be available with the buttons for pickup by Saturday, Dec. 12,

at the library. All proceeds from the photo fees (after expenses) will be donated to the Grantsburg Library. Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elves will make sure each child JHWVDWUHDWEDJĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKJRRGLHVIURP local businesses and organizations. The library staff will have a special Santa letter-writing corner, and Christmas and holiday books and videos will be available for checkout. Be sure to sign up for the prize drawing at the desk, too. This year the library will also welcome DQXPEHURIQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WJURXSVVHWWLQJXS

displays and having fun activities for the kids, adding to the Santa Day festivities. The Burnett County Family Resource Center will invite kids to do some cookie decorating, members of the 4-H Youth and Family Development will have a display with treats, Grantsburg Schools will host a Scholastic book fair, Mothers of Preschoolers will be selling chocolatedipped pretzels, Grantsburg Community Education will be selling Pirate wear and Crex Meadows wildlife conservation educator Kristi Pupak will be showing kids how to make nature crafts.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book author Scott McNally will also be at the library signing and selling his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoot-Hoot, Goodnight.â&#x20AC;? Santa Claus is coming to town on Dec. 5. Come to the Grantsburg Library and look for signs and the elves to show you the way to Santa. After visiting Santa, be sure to stop in at the community center to shop the Grantsburg Legion Auxiliaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th-annual craft and gift sale and enjoy a noon lunch and goodies. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

St. Croix Valley Orchestra presents winter concerts ST. CROIX VALLEY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Croix Valley Orchestra, under the direction of Adam Bever, will present several winter FRQFHUWVLQWKHDUHDWKLVVHDVRQ7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVW concert is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29,

at the Methodist church in Taylors Falls, Minn., at 3 p.m. Other concerts will be held at Point Pleasant Heights in Chisago City, Minn., Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.; Faith Lutheran Church in Grantsburg

Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; and Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom, Minn., Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, check the St. Croix Valley Orchestra website at

scvorchestra.org or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/scvo2. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

Luck FFA members develop leadership and personal skills LUCK - Luck FFA members Marissa Lundquist, Julianna Thompson, Derek Rennicke and Nicole Dittbrenner were among the more than 800 students and advisors from FFA chapters across Wisconsin who attended the 212 Degrees and 360 Degrees Leadership Conferences on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1314, in Stevens Point. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA Organization and are made possible by company sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The 212 Degrees Leadership Conference, also the temperature at which water boils, focused on taking students to the boiling point of personal leadership. At 211 degrees, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets it, and us, to the next level. The two-day 212 Degrees Leadership Conference focused on student development and helped FFA members become aware of all aspects of personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on mental, emotional, physical and social growth and were challenged to push the limits in their leadership. Sophomore Marissa Lundquist and freshman Juliana Thompson left this experience with a personal plan for self-improvement. The 360 Degrees Leadership Confer-

critical decisions and collaborating with others while being deliberate with our actions in agriculture and the FFA. During the last session we learned how we, as leaders, can change and improve our chapter and community,â&#x20AC;? declared Dittbrenner. She added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My team, The 50 Shades of Better FFA Co-op and CopyULJKW ZRQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VHVVLRQ DQG WKH ODVW session, and we all had fun during the dance and games on Friday night when all the kids could interact with each other.â&#x20AC;? The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and careersuccess training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the -XOLDQD7KRPSVRQ1LFROH'LWWEUHQQHU0DULVVD/XQGTXLVWDQG'HUHN5HQQLFNHDWWHQGHGWKH Virgin Islands. The Wisconsin Association VWDWH))$'HJUHHVDQG'HJUHHV/HDGHUVKLS&RQIHUHQFHVLQ6WHYHQV3RLQW)ULGD\DQG of FFA is comprised of 250 local FFA chap6DWXUGD\1RYz3KRWRVXEPLWWHG ters with over 19,000 members statewide. Syngenta is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading ence took students full circle in terms of FRQIHUHQFH ZDV ,QĂ XHQFH  6HQLRUV 1L- companies with more than 28,000 emchapter leadership. This two-day confer- cole Dittbrenner and Derek Rennicke left ployees in over 90 countries dedicated to HQFHIRFXVHGRQWKHLPSRUWDQFHRILQĂ X- this conference with the necessary un- their purpose: Bringing plant potential to HQFH DQG KRZ WR EHFRPH DQ LQĂ XHQWLDO derstanding and skills to be an agent of life. Through world-class science, global leader. The conference covered every change in their chapters and communities. reach and commitment to their customâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We learned how to improve ourselves ers, they help to increase crop productivangle for developing action plans for their chapters and communities. This to be better leaders through understand- ity, protect the environment and improve conference focused on chapter and com- ing the importance of building healthy health and quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted munity development. The theme for this relationships, being trustworthy, making

Smoking is down statewide, but new numbers show tobacco affects some more than others STATEWIDE - According to new data from the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Health Services, overall smoking in Wisconsin sits at an all-time low of 17 percent. However, the same data show Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable populations smoking at alarming rates. The departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reports that the following groups smoke at rates nearly double the state average of 17 percent: â&#x20AC;˘ Individuals earning an income of less than $24,000. â&#x20AC;˘ Individuals with less than a high

school degree. â&#x20AC;˘ African Americans. â&#x20AC;˘ Individuals enrolled in Medicaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With all the work that has been done and strides that have been made in tobacco prevention it is heartbreaking to see that there are still such big differences in smoking rates in these populations.â&#x20AC;? said Elizabeth Hagen, health educator. In addition to the groups listed above, adults that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are as much as 40 percent more likely to smoke than the general public. Also, nearly a third of Wisconsin adults diagnosed with depres-

sion currently smoke. The Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living Coalition is taking steps to address tobacco-related disparities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to work to educate people on the risks of smoking, especially those populations with the most need, however, we also need to ensure that people do not start using these products. With the help of our local retailers sales WRPLQRUVLVGRZQVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\WKLV\HDU and we hope this trend continues. Reducing access to tobacco products is just one way we can bring the rates of use down,â&#x20AC;? said Hagen.

For more information on other ways to keep tobacco out of the hands of our youth visit smokecheck.org and wiwins. org. The 2014 BRFSS report can be found at dhs.wisconsin.gov/publication/p43073. pdf. For more on local tobacco prevention control efforts visit W3TFL.org and/or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/ W3TFL. - from Polk County Health Department

Co-op hosts 10th-annual holiday gift drive CENTURIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will host a gift drive again this holiday season, with all donations going to local children. Co-op members and the public are invited to bring new, unwrapped gift donations to Polk-Burnett RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVLQ6LUHQDQG&HQWXULDGXULQJUHJXODU RIĂ&#x20AC;FH KRXUV *LIWV ZLOO EH FROOHFWHG through Dec. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polk-Burnett is pleased to host its 10th-annual holiday gift drive; the event Ă&#x20AC;WV RXU FRRSHUDWLYH PLVVLRQ WR LPSURYH the quality of life in our community,â&#x20AC;? said Joan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon, Polk-Burnett communications director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite you to join us. Together we can make the season bright for local children.â&#x20AC;? Polk-Burnett in Centuria, 1001 Hwy. 35, is collecting gifts for Operation Christmas

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Jail time in snowstorm DUI death Sentence includes week-long incarceration on event anniversary Greg Marsten | Staff writer BALSAM LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Polk County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Anderson imposed a unique sentence on Jeanne Fisher, 34, Frederic, the woman convicted of seconddegree reckless endangerment and drivLQJZKLOHLQWR[LFDWHG Ă&#x20AC;UVW DIWHUD-DQ 2014, crash during a blizzard that killed 34-year-old Chad Hansen of Milltown, who was walking home on State Hwy. 35 between Milltown and Luck. Fisher originally faced two charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, but avoided a trial by pleading guilty to the lesser reckless endangerment charge last June. The sentencing hearing on Monday, Nov. 23 included tearful statements from many friends and family of Hansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, including his widow, Kendra, who sobbed while she told the court about how her late husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death has impacted their children and her life since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had forgotten how to love, until I met Chad,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always told me, Âś.HQGUDZH¡OOEHRNZH¡OOĂ&#x20AC;JXUHLWRXW¡¾ Other impact statements pointed to the ancillary effects of depression, suicidal thoughts, anger. Kendra said his memory made staying in the family home â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost impossible,â&#x20AC;? forcing her to close her home day care, and move to Cushing. She also noted how their children would forever be without him, and how they still have nightmares, and how simple things like a door knock can trigger bad memories of the night Hansen was killed. But she also said she carried guilt for the incident, how they had argued that night, leading to his decision to walk home from Luck, ironically where Fisher and Hansen had both been. Fisher faced the potential of up to 10 \HDUVRISULVRQZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVLQFDUFHUDWHG DQG Ă&#x20AC;YH PRUH RQ H[WHQGHG VXSHUvision, but Anderson crafted a unique

-HDQQH)LVKHUDSSHDUHGIRUKHUVHQWHQFLQJKHDULQJRQ0RQGD\1RY3KRWRE\*UHJ0DUVWHQ sentence for her that will include six PRQWKVRIFRXQW\MDLOWLPHZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDU withheld sentence that means she will be on probation for half a decade, but added that she will also have to serve a week in jail around that Jan. 26 date, every year IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVRIKHUSUREDWLRQ She will also need to serve 100 hours of community service during each year of her probation, with a penalty of similar jail time if not completed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a loss of life, and we need to send a message,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe it will serve as a substantial memory of what has occurred.â&#x20AC;?

According to the criminal complaint, the incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 26, on Hwy. 35, between Luck and 0LOOWRZQDERXWRQHĂ&#x20AC;IWKRIDPLOHQRUWK of 240th Avenue. In the complaint narrative, it is alleged that Fisher was driving south toward Milltown, on her way to a local bar/grill after leaving a downtown Luck tavern during a heavy snowstorm. The investigatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report notes that Fisher said she was going between 40 and PSKZKHQVKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVDZIRRWWUDFNVLQ the snow, but nothing else. In her statements, she claimed to have suddenly seen DĂ&#x20AC;JXUHLQEODFNWKURXJKWKHVQRZDQG attempted to swerve to miss him, but instead struck Hansen from behind, send%DFNJURXQG &KDUJHVDJDLQVW)LVKHUZHUHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ&#x20AC;OHG ing him through the windshield of her in June 2014, nearly half a year after the car. A motorist came upon the scene moincident that claimed the life of 34-yearments later, and saw Hansenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body on old Chad Hansen of Milltown. Fisher originally faced two felony the hood of the car, with Fisher screamcharges, including homicide by intoxi- ing to call 911, stating that she had struck cated use of a vehicle and homicide by someone walking down the road. EMS personnel arrived on-scene a short use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration over .10 percent BAC time later and pulled Hansen from the (blood alcohol content). Each charge windshield, but they said he could not be carried a possible sentence of up to 25 revived and was likely deceased shortly years in prison and up to or including a after the impact, if not immediately. During initial interviews with Fisher, a Ă&#x20AC;QH

sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy noted a mild odor of intoxicants and said she admitted she was at a Luck tavern just prior to the crash. She told police she had four mixed drinks and a shot of liquor shortly before leaving, stating she was on her way to another tavern when she saw Hansen in the roadway, but could not swerve far enough out of the way or stop fast enough to miss him. $Ă&#x20AC;HOGVREULHW\WHVWRQ)LVKHU\LHOGHG a .136 percent BAC, above the legal limit of .08 percent BAC. A later blood draw at a local hospital returned an even higher BAC level of .143 percent. Chad Hansen was a Milltown village employee and was also a longtime member of the Milltown Fire Department, serving as deputy chief at the time of his death. He left a wife and children behind.

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Luck Lions serve the community LUCK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The motto of the Lions Clubs worldwide is We Serve. The Luck Lions saw needs in the community and recently gave $500 to the local food shelf and $525 to the Luck Public Library for large-print books. One of the big Lions projects statewide is Stuff the Bus. Lions and community members collect school supplies for the children at the local schools. They contacted Brenda Giller, secretary at Luck Elementary School, and she graciously agreed to ask the teachHUVZKDWQHHGVWKH\VDZWKDWZRXOGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWKHVWXGHQWV5HFHLYLQJWKHOLVWWKH/LRQV members collected hundreds of items, from fasteners and zipper bags to earbuds and calculators. At a recent meeting, the Lions district governor presented Scot Langness with a Melvin Jones Award, one of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest awards, given in honor of Melvin Jones, who founded Lions International in Chicago in 1917. The award recipient is chosen by the local Lions club. If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact Randy Petersen at Luck Lumber. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted /XFN /LRQV 3UHVLGHQW 5DQG\ 3HWHUVHQ SUHV HQWVDFKHFNWR-LOO*ORYHURIWKH/XFN3XE OLF/LEUDU\IRUODUJHSULQWERRNV /()76FRW/DQJHQHVVOHIWUHFHLYHVWKH0HO YLQ-RQHV$ZDUGIURP/LRQV'LVWULFW*RY/DUU\ %UDGOH\ /DQJHQHVV ZDV FKRVHQ E\ WKH /XFN /LRQV&OXEWRUHFHLYHWKLVKLJKKRQRU

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3URYHVWKHQHHG On Friday someone came onto my property and stole my Black Lives Matter yard sign. The thief hates black people so much that he or she was willing to break the law and violate my constitutional right to free speech to stop the message that Black Lives Matter from being expressed. The attempt to silence me has only proven the need for the sign and the movement. Beth Greiff Rural Webster

6WDWHUHSUHVHQWDWLYH UHVSRQGVRQ$% I would like to address claims made in two letters to the editor in this paper on Wednesday, Nov. 11. One letter stated that I introduced DELOO´GHVLJQHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QHODQGRZQHUV who ask trespassing hunters to leave their land.â&#x20AC;? This is 100-percent false. Recently, I introduced a bill called the Right to Hunt Act, Assembly Bill 433. I encourage everyone to read $%DQG\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKDWLWGRHV nothing of the sort. This bill enhances the existing hunter harassment law and provides penalties for people who harass legal hunters. There is a group of people that set out into the woods with the sole purpose of harassing hunters, mainly bear hunters. According to law enforcement and DNR, the current hunter harassPHQWODZLVGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRHQIRUFH$% EHWWHUGHĂ&#x20AC;QHVKXQWHUKDUDVVPHQW making it easier for law enforcement to take action against extremists trying to interfere with legal hunting in northwestern Wisconsin.

Trespassing is illegal and will remain illegal if AB 433 passes. This bill will have no impact one way or the other on the ability of a landowner to kick a trespasser off his/ her land, report said trespasser or otherwise attempt to stop illegal trespassing. As a property rights advocate, I would never introduce or support a bill that interfered with property owners rights to keep trespassers off their land. Readers, please feel free to reach RXWWRP\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHDWDQ\WLPHLIWKLVLV still unclear. Rep. Adam Jarchow 28th Assembly District Madison

/LTXRUOLFHQVH /HJLRQVVLGHRIVWRU\ Once again this paper and its reporter did a poor job in reporting the story of the Milltown Legion and the liquor license issue with the village. The village board met one week prior to publication of the Wednesday, Nov. 18, issue. You would think that would have been enough time to contact me, acting comPDQGHUDQGFXUUHQWĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHU to inquire about the licensing issue. I contacted the Department of Revenue also and inquired about the licenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s validity. I was assured our Class B license is valid and in good standing. $VĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHU,FDQDVVXUH\RX the Legion is current with any billing we have received from the village. If they say we are not, I would need proof of our delinquency. If we are given a bill, the Legion pays. The Legion conferred with a municipal law lawyer. He pointed out

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the license cannot be altered without the consent of the recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent. That was not done. The license limits are spelled out in the original license. The Legion was not, nor has it been, involved in any planning, as is stated in the lease, for many years. The village representative is unwilling or unable to accommodate the lease (contract) agreement of an active building committee. That building committee wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve resolved the issue before it got to this point. The Legion is only trying to protect its primary source of income, the community center bar. There is more to the story, but you only get one side in the local papers. Dan Olson Town of Eureka

,WVJUHHG Thanks to Jeff Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter last week questioning the rationale for an electricity bill increase. Greed is likely the rationale. I was hoping for a rate decrease for those that stuggle with bills. I have three separate services through Xcel Energy on properties I own. The combination of the three Xcel bills are less than the one Polk-Burnett bill here! Ridiculous! As members of this â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooperativeâ&#x20AC;? the CEO salaries should be public information. Wayne Jensen Grantsburg

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Burnett County Democrats lock horns with reporter over issue of transparency

E. Royal Emerson | Staff writer WEBSTER - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rutting time just days before the opening of the deer gun season and the Burnett County Democrats are gathering at the Whitetail Wilderness bar and grill north of Webster for their monthly membership meeting and anQXDOHOHFWLRQRIRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV The Whitetail is a North Woods resort hidden back in the woods off of Hwy. 35 with a nine-hole â&#x20AC;&#x153;executiveâ&#x20AC;? golf course and RV park. Located along the Yellow 5LYHU´LWLVMXVWDĂ RDWLQDSRQWRRQWR<HOlow Lake,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m informed by the 18-yearold waitress. The Whitetail has been family owned and operated since 1994. The bathroom doors have hand painted sketches of deer with one door marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bucksâ&#x20AC;? and the other marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does.â&#x20AC;? I have time to kill and sit down at the bar to watch the evening news. Four days earlier the slaughter in Paris and the news is full of paranoia and war. French President Francois Hollande promises a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pitiless warâ&#x20AC;? over images of jet aircraft dropping bombs down upon somebody. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing but ugly days ahead,â&#x20AC;? I say to the waitress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be long now,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could snow any day.â&#x20AC;? There are no deer mounts hanging on any of the walls of the Whitetail. I mention this to the proprietor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all hanging up inside the house,â&#x20AC;? she says. Slowly the democrats trickle in until a group of 16 gather in a side room off from the bar. It is mostly gray-hairs, with the men outnumbered two to one. I introduce myself as a reporter. Later, I take out my camera and snap a photo of the assembled Burnett County Democrats, all gathered together around a large table eating

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fried shrimp and burgers and other assorted bar food. An older woman, who I believe to be a retired schoolteacher, walks up and informs me that she absolutely does not want her picture to be in the newspaper. She reinforces the request two other times during the course of the evening, explaining that she holds another position in the community that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonpartisan.â&#x20AC;?

,WVDOODERXWWKHPRQH\ The highlight of the meeting is a report on â&#x20AC;&#x153;7th Congressional District Regional Strategy Planâ&#x20AC;? by guest speaker Paul Johnson, from Washburn County, who is regional co-chair of the 7th Congressional District Democrats. Johnson is a big guy with an imposing manner whose accent speaks of Chicago. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;7th CDâ&#x20AC;? is being split up into four strategic regions, Johnson explains. The battle plan is to focus effort and resources on targeted districts and selected races. They are currently in the process of recruiting candidates for the April primary and November 2016 general election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some districts, some seats, that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even bother recruiting candidates, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too solidly Republican. We FDQ¡WWDNHWKHFXUUHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FHKROGHUGRZQ We are picking and choosing who we can go after,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to run for Assembly you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a job,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You basically have to commit six months of your OLIHWRUXQQLQJIRURIĂ&#x20AC;FH(YHU\QLJKW\RX have a meeting. Every night itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something going on. And when you are not at meetings itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dialing for dollars.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; You have to raise so much support. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t secure enough money to be viable, the party will just write you off. This is the problem with money in politics.â&#x20AC;? An older man interjects, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the money disadvantage we have in this district it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to get

any better.â&#x20AC;? He cites the current account fund balance in the Burnett Democrats checking account â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an amount made public with the earlier treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. Johnson tells a story about a Democratic candidate in the district who was â&#x20AC;&#x153;targetedâ&#x20AC;? in the last election by the ReSXEOLFDQV´7KH\Ă RRGHGWKHGLVWULFWZLWK three quarters of a million dollars in the last week to bury her. They bused people in to do a door knocking. If they want to come in and take you down, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take you down,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the money,â&#x20AC;? a white-haired woman in a beautiful handknit sweater says, shifting uncomfortably.

(OHFWLRQRIRIILFHUV The party re-elected Emily Nehring as chairperson with Larry Blahauvietz, who served as mayor of Siren during the tornado, elected as vice chair. The woman who did not want her picture in the paper was elected treasurer, and Dorothy Richard was elected as secretary. It is opening night for the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool league and the cacophony of clacking pool balls, clanging glasses and boisterous conversation makes holding a meeting in the side room near impossible. I strain to catch the lyrics of a country song blasting from the bar. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure but it sounds like a Hank Williams wannabe singing the refrain: â&#x20AC;&#x153;my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a working manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drunk â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? The meeting adjourns. 7UDQVSDUHQF\LVVXHVRYHUPRQH\ I linger to secure a photo of the new chair and vice chair. I explain to the chairman that my approach for the story is to outline their targeted battle plan and the challenges they face given their limited war chest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want you putting in the paper how much money we have in our checking account,â&#x20AC;? she said.

number of minor crimes on the books and how those convicted are treated. Treatment for drug addiction could be less exSoaring prison and correction costs pensive than putting a person in prison have been pinching other budget priwhere the average annual cost comes RULWLHV LQ :LVFRQVLQ FUHDWLQJ GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW close to $30,000. FKRLFHVIRUJRYHUQPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV Another concern is the rules and pro)LJXUHV IRU D GHFDGH VKRZ LQĂ DWLRQ cedures for those who are on parole. A adjusted spending is up 7 percent for the VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW SHUFHQWDJH RI LQPDWHV LQ WKH 0DWW3RPPHU corrections system. Meanwhile, state supprison system are those returned for vioport for elementary and secondary edulating parole rather than committing a is in the Wisconsin system. cation is down 14 percent and taxpayer The political winds may be changing. new crime. Texas has adopted non-prison support for the University of Wisconsin The Koch family, which has supported sanctions for violations of technical rules. System is down 21 percent. Both numbers conservative politicians including Gov. The state also has added more education DOVRLQFOXGHWKHLPSDFWRILQĂ DWLRQ opportunities to help parolees have job 7KHĂ&#x20AC;JXUHVFRPHIURPDUHSRUWRIWKH Scott Walker, is backing efforts to re- skills, according to the report. non-partisan Wisconsin Budget Project form incarceration practices in America. Parole violations might include unauwhich is supported by the Council on Federal and state governments are im- thorized use of cell phones and cameras, plementing changes aimed at reducing Children and Families. borrowing money, or crossing county Wisconsin governments spend $259 populations of those convicted of non- lines. Some might suggest adding more violent crimes. per citizen on corrections which is higher As a legislator in the 1990s Walker was parole agents who could work more than neighboring states. In Minnesota the a driving force in the enactment of the closely with fewer parolees by reducing Ă&#x20AC;JXUH LV  SHU FLWL]HQ ,OOLQRLV  mandatory minimum sentences. Those overall caseloads, leading to fewer parole Iowa $152, and Michigan $252. revocations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; particularly those that occur The report also notes that on the list of laws reduced discretion for trial judges soon after release. states with the highest percentage of male DQG SDUROH RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV 6RPH PD\ DUJXH â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state has taken some baby steps black adults in their corrections systems, mandatory minimums increased the in this direction already, but this area is Wisconsin at the top. One out of every power of prosecutors in plea deals. Major concerns have arisen over the ripe for widespread reform,â&#x20AC;? the Budget eight black males of working age (18-64) Report said.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you mean?â&#x20AC;? I asked incredulously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of public record. You provided it as part of your treasurer report. This is a public meeting.â&#x20AC;? Nehring called over the newly-elected treasurer, the woman who does not want her picture in the paper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No,â&#x20AC;? the treasurer said, shaking her head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You cannot publish what is in our checking account.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What? Come on,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the opposition wanted the information itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy HQRXJKWRREWDLQ,PHDQ\RXKDYHWRĂ&#x20AC;OH regular reports. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a secret.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. No. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want you to put how much money we have into your newspaper.â&#x20AC;? I looked to the treasurer. She was shaking her head back and forth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, no,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But what about transparency? Open government?â&#x20AC;? I asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We support transparency,â&#x20AC;? the newly elected treasurer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But not when it comes to how much money we have in our checking account.â&#x20AC;?

,QWKHUXW Driving home, in the dark, in the throes of the deer rut, the whole scene at the Whitetail has put me in a funk. It is not just locking horns with the Democrats over the transparency of their checking account â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pitiless warâ&#x20AC;? about to be fought and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;clash of civilizationsâ&#x20AC;? and how next week is Thanksgiving and how the 18-year-old Whitetail waitress cannot remember a time when we were not at war and I wonder if she will ever know a Thanksgiving when we are at peace. And it could snow any day. Next week itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off to cover the Burnett County Republicans. I wonder how much money they have in their â&#x20AC;&#x153;war chestâ&#x20AC;? checking account?

Alas, it is easier politically to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;tough on crimeâ&#x20AC;? than to be for reforms in dealing with those convicted of crimes. Often the victims of crime like the concept of minimum mandatory sentences which assure time behind bars. The question of who pays for â&#x20AC;&#x153;tough on crimeâ&#x20AC;? positions can impact the number of people sent to prison. When local governments are forced to pay for incarceration for a variety of non-violent offenses, the public enthusiasm recedes for being tough on crime. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened in Minnesota. Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 adult male prisons are scattered across the state, often being the major employer in smaller towns. During the 1980s the state had rented space in prisons in other states. The building boom which followed was sold as bringing prison jobs back to Wisconsin. -REVFRQWLQXHWREHDVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWSROLWLFDOLQĂ XHQFHRQFRUUHFWLRQVSROLF\HVSHcially in smaller cities.

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ranked 15th, the lowest theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been since tax collections were depressed during the 2007-09 recession. If various government fees are added to taxes, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rank was even lower at 18th. WISTAX found that the Badger state ranked lower than new federal data initially suggested. According to census figures, Wisconsin taxes claimed 11.3 percent of income and ranked 11th highMADISONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Badger taxpayers have est, up one notch from 2012. However, some good news this holiday season, ac- VLQFH DW OHDVW  IHGHUDO RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV KDG cording to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Al- been double-counting some property tax OLDQFH ,Q DQDO\]LQJ 86 &HQVXV Ă&#x20AC;JXUHV credits. Correcting for the technical error, just released for 2013, these data always WISTAX found the state ranked 15th in lag two years, the nonpartisan research 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not 11th. The only individual tax affected was the organization found state-local taxes property tax, which the census thought here claimed 10.9 percent of income and

claimed 4.4 percent of income and placed seventh, which would have been the highest ranking in over a decade. In reality, after the WISTAX correction, the burden was actually 3.9 percent of income, and 10th among the states. Besides the property tax, Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other high-ranking tax is the individual income tax, which claimed 3.0-percent of income and also ranked 10th. Both taxes were about 18 percent to 22 percent above national averages. The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other two major taxes are on retail sales and corporate income. The sales tax burden was 2 percent of income and 34th highest. The corporate income tax claimed 0.4 percent and ranked 16th. In its new Focus newsletter, New Cen-

sus Tax Figures: Wisconsin Tax Rank Lower Than Thought, WISTAX points out that this imbalance in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach WRĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJSXEOLFVHUYLFHVH[SODLQVKLJK income and property taxes. Not only are sales taxes below average, the state also ranks relatively low in receipt of federal aid, 36th, and user fees, 26th, which puts added pressure on the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two main taxes. A copy of the report, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Census Tax Figures: Wisconsin Tax Rank Lower Than 7KRXJKWÂľ LV DYDLODEOH DW ZLVWD[RUJ RU E\ HPDLOLQJZLVWD[#ZLVWD[RUJFDOOLQJ RUZULWLQJ:,67$;DW1RUWK/DZQ $YH0DGLVRQ:,IURP:7$

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Charter school dissolved Danielle Danford | Staff writer SPOONER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A time line of events since the Spooner Area School District became aware that the SAVE Academy charter school was not following charter school laws and Spooner School District policies was shared with the Spooner School Board during their discussion on a resolution for the dissolution plan of the SAVE Academy charter school at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. For background, the SAVE Academy was a charter school that entered a Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUFRQWUDFWRUFKDUWHUZLWKWKH Spooner Area School District in 2013. The Wisconsin Department of Public ,QVWUXFWLRQ GHĂ&#x20AC;QHV FKDUWHU VFKRROV DV public, nonsectarian schools created through a businesslike contract or charter between the charter governance board and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority. The Wisconsin charter school law gives charter schools freedom from most state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability for results. The charter

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(Nov.  25,  Dec.  2,  9) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY HSBC  Mortgage  Services  Inc.,   Plaintiff, vs. DALE  NIENHAUS, KATHLEEN  NIENHAUS, DISCOVER  BANK, HARVEST  CREDIT   MANAGEMENT  VII,  LCC, Defendants Case  No.  15  CV  104 Foreclosure  of  Mortgage  30404 NOTICE  OF  FORECLOSURE   SALE PLEASE   TAKE   NOTICE   that   by   virtue   of   a   judgment   of   fore-­ closure   in   the   amount   of   $147,302.07   entered   by   the   court   on   June   15,   2015,   the   undersigned   Sheriff   of   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   will   sell   the   following  described  real  estate. Lot   52,   First   Addition   to   Montriol   Estates,   City   of   St.   Croix   Falls,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin. TAX  KEY  NO.:  281-­01361-­0000. STREET   ADDRESS:   811   Ore-­ gon   Street,   Saint   Croix   Falls,   WI  54024. PLACE  OF  SALE:  Front  lobby  of   the   Polk   County   Justice   Cen-­ ter,   1005   W.   Main   St,   Balsam   Lake,  WI. DATE   &   TIME   OF   SALE:   December   22,   2015,   at   10:00   a.m. TERMS  OF  SALE: 1.   Property   is   sold   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   isâ&#x20AC;?   and   subject   to   all   legal   liens   and   encumbrances,  including  but  not   limited   unpaid   and   accrued   real   estate   taxes,   special   assess-­ ments,   and   other   governmental   charges,   plus   interest   and   pen-­ alties,  if  any. 2.   A   bid   deposit   of   not   less   than   ten   percent   (10%)   of   the   bid   amount   shall   be   due   in   the   form  of  cash,  cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  check,  or   certified   funds   at   the   time   of   sale. 3.  Successful  bidder  to  pay  the   entire   unpaid   balance   of   bid   within   ten   (10)   days   following   confirmation   of   the   sale   by   the   court   plus   buyer   to   pay   for   buy-­ erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   title   insurance,   document   recording   fees   and   Wisconsin   Real  Estate  Transfer  Tax. 4.   Failure   to   make   timely   pay-­ ment   following   confirmation   of   sale  will  result  in  forfeiture  of  bid   deposit.   Date:  November  5,  2015. Peter  M.  Johnson,  Sheriff Polk  County Law  Offices  of  James  E.   Huismann,  S.C.   N14  W23777  Stone  Ridge  Dr. Suite  120 Waukesha,  Wisconsin  53188 262-­523-­6400 >5(?37

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(Nov.  18,  25,  Dec.  2) STATE  OF  WISCONSIN CIRCUIT  COURT POLK  COUNTY IN  THE  MATTER  OF  THE   ESTATE  OF Alice  M.  Velander DOB:  July  20,  1915 Notice  to  Creditors (Informal  Administration) Case  No.  15-­PR-­88 PLEASE  TAKE  NOTICE: 1.   An   application   for   informal   administration  was  filed. 2.   The   decedent,   with   date   of   birth   July   29,   1915,   and   date   of   death  September  18,  2015,  was   domiciled   in   Polk   County,   State   of   Wisconsin,   with   a   mailing   address   of   105   East   Oak   St.,   Frederic,  WI. 3.   All   interested   persons   waived  notice. 4.   The   deadline   for   filing   a   claim   against   the   decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   estate  is  February  17,  2016. 5.   A   claim   may   be   filed   at   the   Polk   County   Courthouse,   Bal-­ sam  Lake,  Wis.,  Room  500. Jenell  L. Anderson Probate  Registrar November  5,  2015 David  L.  Grindell GRINDELL  LAW  OFFICES,  S.C. P.O.  Box  585 Frederic,  WI  54837 715-­327-­5561  Bar  No.:  1002628 >5(?37

for the SAVE board if it did not agree to the terms imposed by the district. SAVE stated that the contents of the letter were shared with SAVE stakeholders and parents. Due to the response to the letter SAVE Academy polled its stakeholders about their intentions for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Of the 63 students enrolled in SAVE at the time, 49 reported they would not attend SAVE Academy in 2015-2016, leaving SAVE with 10-14 possible students. As a result of the poll, the SAVE Academy board unanimously passed a resolution of dissolution on Monday, June 8. According to Schwab several parts of the plan did not align with SASD policy so the Spooner School Board, under the advisement of their attorney, authorized a cease and desist order to halt any further action by SAVE Academy. At Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting John Hedlund, Spooner School Board chair, stated that SAVE was going through a DPI audit that was initiated independent of SASD and unknown to SASD until August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went into it (negotiations) hoping WKDWWKHUHZDVVRPHWKLQJZHFRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QG some common ground on but there was nothing to negotiate at that point. They had gone through their DPI audit, by the end of their audit what the state told them â&#x20AC;Ś there was only going to be 12 kids left in SAVE just because of what the state said they had to change, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how much was wrong with SAVE to start with. There was nothing left of it so they said we have to dissolve thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only going to be 12 students,â&#x20AC;? said Hedlund. Schwab told the board that from June through August the district conducted an investigation of SAVE emails, bank statements and credit card statements. The results of the investigation were brought to the Spooner School Board which then met with the SAVE board and with both partiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorneys present, they reached a resolution on the SAVE dissolution plan. That resolution, which was approved in August, was to be signed by both the SAVE board and the SASD board to make it a binding resolution. The plan was for the Spooner School Board to sign after the SAVE board but the Spooner School Board didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a signed agreement until Monday, Nov. 16. A week prior, Christina Martin, board clerk, sent SAVE a public records request to get SAVE board meeting PLQXWHVWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWZKDWZDVJRLQJRQ with the dissolution plan. Documents obtained from that request revealed SAVE had paid out $65,487 in sever-

ance funds to former SAVE staff, an agreed-upon part of the dissolution plan but a move that was only supposed to happen after the SAVE board and the Spooner School Board had both signed the dissolution plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I agree that it is unfortunate how this unfolded but through the legal counsel, from both sides, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come up with this resolution and I think we need to move forward with it and get this taken care of and move on,â&#x20AC;? said Clay Halverson, board member. According to a news release from the SASD the district has incurred $17,086.50 in legal expenses since August 2014. The resolution was approved on a majority voice vote. Board member Robert Hoellen stated he â&#x20AC;&#x153;symbolically opposed itâ&#x20AC;? because the board was â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavy-handedâ&#x20AC;? in their negotiation style with SAVE. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Register reached out to former SAVE Administrator Katie McKinney for comment about the plan but, as of press time, the Register was not contacted. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;QH GHWDLOV RI WKH GLVVROXWLRQ plan include: â&#x20AC;˘ SASD will retain all district supply account funds that have not yet been distributed to SAVE, in total approximately $33,000. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD will retain all technology equipment purchased by SAVE. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD will retain all consumable supplies and activity equipment. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD agrees that SAVE may distribute through instructional curriculum materials to the families that were enrolled in SAVE. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD agrees to not dispute severance packages and release the claims that are planned for SAVE staff totaling around $61,000. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD agrees that $20,000 from SAVE funds may be kept in escrow until Dec. 1, 2015, to cover potential liability associated with SAVE and/or its board members. â&#x20AC;˘ On Dec. 2 the remaining balance will be transferred to the SASD provided that there are no legal actions pending. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD will receive any remaining balance for SAVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney retainer fee of $20,000 upon its dissolution and closing of escrow account. â&#x20AC;˘ SASD will receive any remaining balance of the community bank account after the staff payouts and the GLVVROXWLRQSURFHVVLVĂ&#x20AC;QDOL]HG â&#x20AC;˘ SAVE agrees that it will not distribute any funds to outside organizations other than paying any outstanding accounts to its service providers.

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granddaughter, Jennifer (Michael) Gade; his sisters, Lorrie Almos, Kathryn Shelton and Jeannie Drazkowski; brother Jon; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many good friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 14, at Lakeside Community Lutheran Church, Webster, with Pastor Bill 6FKURHGHU RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ  ,QWHUPHQW ZDV held at Rauha Cemetery in Palo, Minn. Pallbearers were Joel Drahos, Michael Gade, Earl Koste, Aaron Lehto, Allan Niemi Jr. and Allan Niemi III. Arrangements were entrusted to SwedbergTaylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at swedbergtaylor.com


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Celebrating Community Education Day LUCK - Luck Schools celebrated the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Community Education Day Wednesday, Nov. 18, coinciding with American Education Week. A variety of displays and demonstrations were set up for student browsing and conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With so many different interests and talents in our area, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to interest all ages and lifelong learners at this event,â&#x20AC;? said Amy Aguado, organizer of the event. A separate Career Day is being scheduled in February for grades 7-12. Businesses and individuals who would like to share their background and work experience are encouraged to contact Aguado at 715-472-2152, ext. 103, or amya@lucksd.k12.wi.us. submitted

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All-Leader Volleyball F R EFDR E E DREIRCI Câ&#x20AC;˘ Gâ&#x20AC;˘ R GARNAT NS T SBBUUR RG G â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ L LUUCC K K â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ S T S T. . C CRROOII X X FFAAL LLSL S â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘S ISRIERNE â&#x20AC;˘N Uâ&#x20AC;˘ NUI N T YI Tâ&#x20AC;˘Y Wâ&#x20AC;˘ EW B SETBESRT E R Marty Seeger|Staff writer LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In the nearly 10 years this reporter has spent behind the sports desk at the Inter-County /HDGHU QR IRRWEDOO WHDP KDV UHDFKHG D VWDWH VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDO until this year. The Grantsburg Pirates did something few teams have been able to do in that window of time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been even longer, 37 years, since a Pirates football team KDVEHHQDVIDUDVWKHVWDWHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRJHWWLQJWRZKHUH the Pirates did this season was no easy task. Hats off to them for what amounted to a memorable season, and more to come under a stellar Grantsburg coaching staff led by coach Adam Hale. The Unity football team also had a memorable year, getting to Level 3 against Grantsburg, which was the furthest theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever been in school

history. It sets up a fun future rivalry between the teams, as both are young, and under a great coaching staff. This ZDV(DJOHFRDFK&RU\1HOVRQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUDWWKHKHOP And although the Leader hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t covered the Osceola Chieftains sports scene since the old St. Croix Valley Conference dissolved years ago, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly space available for a congratulatory nod to their football team in winning the state football title over Lodi 28-0 on Thursday, Nov. 19. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 31 years since the Osceola football SURJUDPODVWYLVLWHGWKHVWDWHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVZKHUHWKH\HDUQHGD state championship trophy with a 42-6 win over Marshall. This is the Chieftains second state title. The West Lakeland Conference volleyball teams continue to battle and with each passing year, the competi-

tion rises. Grantsburg re-established their dominance as top dog in the West Lakeland in 2015 and will hope to repeat in 2016, but there will be teams that stand in their way, and will be eager to challenge, particularly St. Croix Falls and Luck. Luck volleyball also had a solid year under new head coach Chelsey Foeller. With not a single senior on the team in 2015 the Luck Cardinals will be bringing some serious talent back next year. The Webster Tigers will also bring back some strong talent along with Unity, Frederic and Siren, who will hope to continue their recent winning traditions.

All-Leader volleyball first-team athletes

Olivia Tucker Senior / Grantsburg

Cassidy Lee Junior / Grantsburg

Rhiana Pochman Junior / Grantsburg

Delia Labatt Senior / Grantsburg

Briena Jensen Senior / Grantsburg

Elizabeth Stanford Senior/ Siren

Ashlee Rightman Senior / Siren

Emma Wondra Senior / St. Croix Falls

Paige Runnels Junior / Luck

Morgan Pfaff Junior / Luck

All-Leader volleyball second-team athletes

Hannah Peltier Senior / St. Croix Falls

Addie McCurdy Sophomore / St. Croix Falls

Raelin Sorensen Senior / Unity

Ciara DeLozier Sophomore / Unity

Taylor Howe Sophomore / Webster

Kaitlyn Moser Senior / Webster

Ann Chenal Senior / Frederic

Lindsay Mattson Sophomore / Luck

Adrienne Stoffel Junior / St. Croix Falls

Isabelle Jensen Sophomore / Luck

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All-Leader 11-player football team

Mason McEvers Senior Grantsburg

Chase Covey Senior Grantsburg

John Chenal Sophomore Grantsburg

Dakota Schultz Junior Grantsburg

Avery Fagerberg Junior Grantsburg

Austin Bowman Junior Grantsburg

Jaeger Staeven Senior Grantsburg

Leo Chenal Freshman Grantsburg

Jesse Vlasnik Senior Unity

Logan Bader Senior Unity

Erik Peterson Senior Unity

Cole Garvey Senior Unity

Tony Carlson Sophomore Unity

Phillip Sorensen Senior Unity

Josh Dahlberg Senior Unity

Austin Donahue Junior Unity

Chris Swanson Senior St. Croix Falls

Alex Johnson Junior St. Croix Falls

Tyler Henk Junior St. Croix Falls

Caleb Gearhart Sophomore St. Croix Falls

Dalton Langer Senior St. Croix Falls

Luke Clark Sophomore St. Croix Falls

John Petherbridge Senior St. Croix Falls

Frank DeBlase Junior Webster

Grant Preston Senior Webster

Roman Poirier Senior Frederic

Austin Ennis Senior Frederic

Blake Thompson Senior Frederic

All-Leader eight-player football team

Chris Pouliot Senior Luck

Noah Mortel Senior Luck

Jared Hunter Senior Luck

Parker Steen Senior Luck

Jordan Jones Senior Luck

Austin Hamack Junior Luck

Preston Lane Junior Luck

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Josiah Wegner Senior Siren

Keenan Cook Senior Siren

Neil Oustigoff Senior Siren

Brady Mangen Junior Siren

Dolan Highstrom Sophomore Siren

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Frederic Golf Course welcomes new owner Course sold after long history of being owned by private shareholders Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frederic Golf Course is entering a new era of ownership in its nearly 60-year history. On Wednesday, 1RYWKHFRXUVHZDVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\VROGWR Tim Vasatka, of Webster, ending a long history of being owned privately by shareholders. After going through the purchasLQJSURFHVVIRUDERXWWKHODVWĂ&#x20AC;YHPRQWKV Vasatkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream of someday owning a JROIFRXUVHKDVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\FRPHWUXH â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to own a golf course when I was young. Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too serious about it but always thought itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be fun to own a golf course,â&#x20AC;? Vasatka said. With WKH SXUFKDVH QRZ Ă&#x20AC;QDO 9DVDWND LV KRSing to make a few improvements over the winter but said the name of the course wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change and neither will the main staff members, including superintendent Ray Amundson and clubhouse manager Joan Spencer. Melissa Runnels also works in the clubhouse and has 25 years of experience in the golf industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Ray, Mel and I, we have 60 years of experience to help â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;train Tim inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the golf side of business. I am extremely excited for the 2016 season to get started. I feel that Tim is just what FGC needed and will bring a fresh new outlook on things. It will still be the same great course, same great service, but it will just keep getting better and better!â&#x20AC;? said Spencer. Vasatka certainly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unfamiliar with the Frederic Golf Course as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a member and shareholder for many years as well as a recent board member. An avid golfer, Vasatka says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spent a lot of time at the Frederic Golf Course, VRPHWLPHVĂ&#x20AC;YHGD\VDZHHNRUDWRQHRI the many tournament fundraisers held each year. He says he golfs a total 80-100 rounds each year with family and friends even with an already hectic schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m single with no kids. Never been married. So I have plenty of time to golf as long as my work is done,â&#x20AC;? Vasatka said. Vasatka will be turning 46 in February and has spent nearly his entire adult life in the area. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and is the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. His family moved to Shoreview, Minn., when he was 3. His dad RZQHGDĂ RUDOVKRSLQ6W3DXODQGODWHU worked for Bachmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for 30 years. His mom was a stay-at-home mom for awhile

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before working 30 years at Abbot Northwest Hospital in telecommunications. Vasatka dropped out of high school to work in landscaping but eventually earned a GED and went into the car busiQHVVVHOOLQJFDUVDQGGRLQJĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLQJLQ the Twin Cities. He lived in Toronto and New York each for a year in the advertising business and at the age of 22, went to work for his brother, Mike, in Siren in the transportation business. Both are freight brokers, which is their main career today, but Vasatka has owned the Black and Orange bowling alley in Webster since 2003. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I moved up here I worked with my brother for 10 years, 50 hours a week, MXVWKLPDQG,LQDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHLQ6LUHQ$V, got my own accounts I went off on my own. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still together, but obviously I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be there,â&#x20AC;? Vasatka said, so he PRYHGKLVGLVSDWFKRIĂ&#x20AC;FHXSWR:HEVWHU Things will get busier for Vasatka now with his purchase of the golf course. His brother Mike, who lives in Siren with a wife and three children, also partnered with Vasatka on the purchase of the course along with his brother John, who lives in Anguilla, U.S. Virgin Islands, with his wife and two kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited, but my brother John is really excited, and I know my brother Mike is too,â&#x20AC;? Vasatka said. He also has a retired brother Ted who loves to golf and hopes to help out at the golf course as well. Vasatka, too, hopes to spend as much time as he can at the course, doing whatever needs to be done, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscaping or cooking in the kitchen. Even with golf now closed for the season, Vasatka is excited to get to work. He plans on making some new updates to the clubhouse and keeping it open during the winter months as opposed to seeing it closed during the winter as it has in the past. He hopes to add some new things to the menu including specials and make it more of a social stop, not just a place to golf, while maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere. Another change he hopes to make is the addition of a golf simulator, which is a popular way to play golf during the winter months. Golfers can join leagues like they do during the summer, but players hit into a screen indoors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take some work, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part 3 of one of the big things I HJK3 wanna do, to have done for

next winter,â&#x20AC;? said Vasatka. He has no immediate plans to change the actual course, which started out as a nine-hole course before shareholders voted to add another nine holes in 1998. The back-nine opened in 2000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The golf course is in awesome shape, it is a great golf course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playable for everybody,â&#x20AC;? Vasatka said. Throughout the process of buying the Frederic Golf Course, Vasatka has been overwhelmed by support from the community. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to continue to provide the area with a place to golf, host events and have a place where kids can play golf, be outside and be active. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had nothing but good, positive feedback. From everybody at the course to just random people, to people who are going to golf there but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t before,â&#x20AC;? said Vasatka. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community support. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everything up here. You work hard and put money back into a business and community, and people appreciate that.â&#x20AC;?

*ROIKLVWRU\VQDSVKRW 'XULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDURIWKHFRXUVH¡VH[LVtence, local resident Tom Funne, who was groundskeeper at the time, spent every night during the summer on the course with his growing family. At around 10 p.m. he would move the courseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sprinkler system pipes as the sprinklers could only reach three to four greens at one time. According to a 2007 article in the Leader, the sprinkler pipes fed from two water wells on the course. His wife, Joan, and 3-year-old child would come along so she could have the car headlights lighting up his work on the course. The village of Frederic eventually

helped the watering issues by connecting the course with their water source. From there, the village contributed immensely for the course to get under way, as did many volunteers who helped work on it. Shareholders would then help cover the cost. ´:KHQZHZHUHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEXLOGLQJLWZHKDG many people, sometimes 30, 40, 50 people, to pick rocks,â&#x20AC;? Funne told the Leader in 2007. The late Clifford Erickson of Frederic had the vision to start the golf course in town, where he purchased land in 1954. The land was developed in 1956 and 1957. Gordon Emerson designed the original nine holes of the course. Volunteers would go door-to-door to Ă&#x20AC;QG SRWHQWLDO VKDUHKROGHUV IRU IXQGLQJ the course, and it was privately owned by shareholders until Vasatka purchased it in 2015. In 1958, the course opened to the public and the village showcased it during Frederic Fun Days in July of that summer. LuFLOH)LVKHUUDQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFOXEKRXVHDWWKH course in a house near the course. The current clubhouse went up in the early 1970s and opened in 1973, the last year Erickson served as president of the course. Dr. H.E. Witte became the next president of the course and Gordon Johnson also served as president during the courseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Bruce Rowe of Frederic was the courseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent president, and will be known as the last to serve among many others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the way it went, all the stockholders were very pleased with everything. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting time for the Frederic Golf Course,â&#x20AC;? Rowe said.

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All-conference volleyball players Marty Seeger|Staff writer CUMBERLAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Along with an allstate honorable mention for Grantsburg senior Olivia Tucker, several local athletes also earned spots on the West Lakeland All-Conference team. With Tucker leading the way for Grantsburg, seniors Briena Jensen and Delia Labatt, juniors Cassidy Lee and Rhiana Pochman were also all-conference team members. For Luck it was juniors Morgan Pfaff and Paige Runnels on the all-conferene team, while sophomores Isabelle Jensen and Lindsay Mattson earned honorable mentions. St. Croix Falls featured three girls including seniors Hannah Peltier and Emma Wondra, and sophomore Addie McCurdy. Saints junior Adi Stoffel was also named as an honorable mention. The Siren Dragons had two all-conference members including seniors Ashlee Rightman and Elizabeth Stanford. For Unity it was senior Raelin Sorensen and sophomore Ciara DeLozier as allconference players, and senior Whitney Rock as honorable mention. Webster senior Kaitlyn Moser and sophomore Taylor Howe made all-conference, and junior Sophie Phernetton was an honorable mention. Both junior Maddie Ammend of Frederic and Frederic senior Ann Chenal earned an honorable mention.

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All conference boys football team announced Marty Seeger|Staff writer FREDERIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Unity senior Jesse Vlasnik and Grantsburg senior Mason McEvers earned top honors in the area for their performances on the footEDOO Ă&#x20AC;HOG 9ODVQLN ZDV named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State team as an honorable mention all-purpose player, and earned a spot on the WFCA All-Region team as a utility player. TeamJesse Vlasnik mate and Unity senior Logan Bader was named to the WFCA all-region team as a tight end and fullback. McEvers made the all-region team for his play on the offensive line. Two Luck athletes earned spots on the Mason McEvers eight-man football allstate team, seniors Noah Mortel and Chris Pouliot. Receiving an honorable mention for Luck was senior Jared Hunter. Only seven players total were chosen for the eight-man all-state team and three honorable mentions. Several football players were named to the West Lakeland All-Conference foot-

ball team, including eight Grantsburg players, seven Unity players, six St. Croix Falls athletes and three from Webster. Grantsburg sophomore John Chenal HDUQHG Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP RIIHQVH DQG Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP defensive player as a running back and OLQHEDFNHU0F(YHUVZDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPRIIHQVLYHOLQHPDQDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPLQVLGHOLQHEDFNHU&KDVH&RYH\HDUQHGDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDP offensive lineman position, and Avery )DJHUEHUJ HDUQHG Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP NLFNHU DQG second-team mention for quarterback. $XVWLQ %RZPDQ HDUQHG D VSRW DV Ă&#x20AC;UVW team defensive lineman, and Dakota 6FKXOW]LVQDPHGRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPGHIHQVH as an outside linebacker. Freshman Leo Chenal earned a spot on the second-team defense as outside linebacker, and Jaeger Staeven is a second-team defensive back. )RU8QLW\9ODVQLNZDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPUXQQLQJEDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPGHIHQVLYHEDFN %DGHUZDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPWLJKWHQGDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVW team outside linebacker. Erik Peterson HDUQHGDVSRWDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPRIIHQVLYHOLQHPDQ DQG Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP GHIHQVLYH OLQHPDQ &ROH *DUYH\ HDUQHG VSRWV DV Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP RIIHQVLYH OLQHPDQ DQG Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP GHIHQsive lineman. Sophomore Tony Carlson earned spots as a second-team running back and second-team inside linebacker. 3KLOOLS6RUHQVHQZDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPGHIHQsive back, and Josh Dahlberg was chosen as second-team defensive lineman. The St. Croix Falls all-conference play-

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â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ SHELL LAKE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Coach Mark Lehnherrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation as the head coach of the Shell Lake football program was accepted by the school board at the regular held Monday, Nov. 16. Lehnherr has been the head coach for Shell Lake for the past 10 years. He was the defensive coach for the 2004 state championship team and started at the head coaching position the following year when he replaced Matt Cleary, who left to coach the Forest Lake, Minn., team and has been the head coach since. In his letter to the board, Lehnherr gave no reason for stepping down, stating that there were so many great years and many great memories. Superintendent David Bridenhagen said the selection process to replace Lehnherr will begin in January and should wrap up in February. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Larry Samson â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Luck at Frederic girls basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is being broadcast on 104.9 FM, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Somerset boys basketball game is on 1260 AM starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. All high school games listed above are livestreamed from msbnsports.net. The Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers game Thursday, Nov. 26 is on 105.7 FM, beginning at 7: 30 p.m. The Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons football game is on Sunday, Nov. 29, starting at noon on 104.9 FM. The Wisconsin Badgers at Minnesota Gophers college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, can be heard on 1260 AM beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Wisconsin at Oklahoma menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 29, can be heard on 1260 AM, beginning at 1:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2015 who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been mentioned, send us an email or call and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it from there. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marty Seeger â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ LEADER LAND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Local sports tidbits to share? 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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convenience stores were being patronized by hunters who just happened to have their truck tailgates open. Congratulations to all successful hunters. And remember to call 844-426-3734 (or 844 deer reg). 6RPHFDOOLW´à \LQJULEH\HÂľ Local bird-watchers were impressed by seemingly endless streams of migrating sandhill cranes which were observed (and KHDUG Ă \LQJRYHU/HDGHU/DQGLQWKHSDVW few days. In this neck of the woods, anyone 40 years of age and older remembers a world without sandhill cranes. Today they Ă \DZD\LQĂ RFNVWKDWPDGHRQH YHU\ ROG timer wax nostalgic about the now-extinct passenger pigeon which once existed in such numbers that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;darkened the sky.â&#x20AC;? Will there ever be a day when Wisconsinites have the opportunity to harvest sandhill crane? The majestic birds are hunted in a number of states and are purported to make remarkable table fare. In Wisconsin, crane boosters are concerned that a gunner might mistake an endangered whooping crane for a sandhill. Wildlife watch And how about those fishers? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another animal that was unheard of in these parts in the not-too-distant past. This autumn, deer hunters have reported

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that compensation authorized pursuant to Resolution 43-15 shall continue until the above resolution becomes effective, the first day of the 2016-18 term, commencing in April 19, 2016. Funding source: N/A. Funding amount: N/A. Committee Recommendion as to Appropriation: N/A. Effective date: April 19, 2016 Date Submitted to County Board: November 10, 2015. Submitted on Recommendation of the Committee of the Whole: Larry Jepsen. Reviewed by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its annual business meeting held on November 10, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 46-15: Resolution To Fix Compensation Of County Board Supervisors And Citizen Committee Members, Commencing April 2016 Term, as follows: Adopted by a vote of 10 in favor and 5 against. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Chairman Johnson called to the floor, Resolution 46-15, Resolution To Fix Compensation Of County Board Supervisors And Citizen Committee Members, Commending April 2016 Term. Motion (Jepsen/Moriak) to approve Resolution 46-15. Corporation Counsel addressed the resolution. Motion (Sample/Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell) to amend Resolution 46-15 as follows: Strike lines 13-25 of Resolution 46-15 and replace with: The Supervisor holding the office of Chairperson shall be compensated with a salary in the annual amount of Five Thousand One Hundred ($5,100) Dollars, paid at the rate of $425 per month. The Supervisor elected as Chair of the Health and Human Services Board shall also serve as County Board Vice Chair and receive an annual salary of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500), paid at the rate of $125 per month. Each Supervisor shall be compensated $100 per diem for each County Board meeting, Committee of the Whole meeting or Health and Human Services Board meeting. Each Supervisor shall be compensated $75 per diem for each standing committee attended. Each Supervisor shall be compensated $60 per diem for each ad-hoc committee attended and an addition $15 for each meeting that exceeds 3.5 hours in duration. In addition, each Supervisor shall be paid a One Hundred Dollar ($100) per diem each day he or she attends any authorized meeting, convention or seminar other than a standing or ad-hoc committee which are compensated at their designated rates. In addition, each supervisor shall be paid 1/2 per diem for travel for the day prior to the meeting, when said meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. or earlier and where travel to said meeting is 150 miles one way, at the direction or with the approval of the County Board Chairperson, provided adequate funds are available.

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NOVEMBER 10, 2015 - 6 p.m.

Chairman Johnson called the regular November 10, 2015, meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 p.m. Chairman Johnson recognized the County Clerk for purposes of receiving evidence of proper notice. The County Clerk stated that the notice of meeting, was properly posted in three public buildings, published in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal newspaper in accordance with Wisconsin Statute Section 985.02 and posted on the county website the week of November 2, 2015. In addition, the Office of the County Clerk distributed on October 30, 2015, copies of such notice of meeting and proposed resolutions to supervisors in accordance with Article 3, Section 2 of the County Board Rules of Order. The County Board received the verbal opinion of Corporation Counsel that the initial advance written meeting notice, posted and published, as described by the County Clerk satisfied the applicable provisions of Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Chairman Johnson recognized the County Clerk for purposes of taking roll call. Roll call was taken with all 15 members present. Chairman Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was held during Time of Reflection in honor of Veterans Day. Chairman Johnson called for a motion to approve all points identified in the Consent Agenda, including November 10, 2015, Agenda and Minutes of October 16, 2015, County Board meeting. Motion (Bonneprise/Jepsen) to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried unanimous by voice vote. Gretchen Sampson presented Dr. Marty Rimestad with the 2nd-Annual Friend of Public Health Award. Time was given for public comment. None offered. Time was given for Receipt and Discussion of Committee Reports. Supervisor Russ Arcand requested the following be made a part of the published County Board meeting minutes: On Nov. 10, 2015, the General Government Committee approved the transfer of funds from the Polk County Contingency Fund to: District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 Budget for the purchase of additional professional services needed for upcoming trial, up to the amount of $8,000 in Other Professional Services at the year-end 2015 should the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual expenditures exceed revenues. In accordance with Wisconsin Statute 65.90(5)(b). Chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report was received as presented by Chairman Johnson. Chairman Johnson requested a motion to confirm the County Administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment. Motion (Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell/Schmidt) to confirm the Administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment of Gretchen Sampson as Interim Human Services Director. Motion to confirm appointment, carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson recognized Administrator Frey for the purposes of receiving the Administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report and presentation on the Operating and Capital Budget for 2016. Chairman Johnson declared open the Public Hearing on the proposed Operating and Capital Budget for Calendar Year 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Chairman Johnson offered a time for public testimony regarding the 2016 budget. None offered. Chairman Johnson declared the Public Hearing closed. 7:05 p.m.

Strike lines 34-44 of Resolution No. 46-15 and replace with: Each citizen member shall be compensated $100 for each Health and Human Services Board meeting attended. Each citizen member shall be compensated $75 for each standing committee attended. Each citizen member shall be compensated $60 for each adhoc committee attended. In addition, each citizen shall be paid a One Hundred Dollar ($100) per diem each day he or she attends any authorized meeting, convention or seminar other than a standing or ad-hoc committee which are compensated at their designated rates. In addition, each citizen shall be paid 1/2 per diem for travel for the day prior to the meeting, when said meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. or earlier and where travel to said meeting is 150 or more miles one way, at the direction or with approval of the County Board Chairperson, provided adequate funds are available. Chairman Johnson called for a vote on the amendment to Resolution 46-15. A ballot vote was requested. Motion to amend Resolution 46-15 as presented, failed by a ballot vote of 5 Yes, 10 No. Voting Yes: Supvrs. Johansen, Hallberg, Sample, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;'Connell and Arcand. Voting No: Supvrs. Johnson, Schmidt, Moriak, Caspersen, Edgell, Jepsen, Luke, Nelson, Bonneprise and Demulling. Motion to approve Resolution 46-15, carried by a ballot vote of 10 Yes, 5 No. Voting Yes: Supvrs. Johnson, Schmidt, Moriak, Caspersen, Edgell, Jepsen, Luke, Nelson, Bonneprise and Demulling. Voting No: Supvrs. Johansen, Hallberg, Sample, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell and Arcand. Resolution Adopted.

RESOLUTION 46-15

RESOLUTION TO FIX COMPENSATION OF COUNTY BOARD SUPERVISORS AND CITIZEN COMMITTEE MEMBERS, COMMENCING APRIL 2016 TERM TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the compensation of the members to be next elected at the annual meeting in accordance with the Polk County Self-Organized County Ordinance; and WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the County to review and to set the compensation of citizens members appointed to the various County standing committees and administrative boards at the time in which the Polk County Board of Supervisors acts to fix the compensation of members to be next elected. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that, pursuant to Polk County Ordinance No. 48-13, the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the compensation for the Supervisors to the Polk County Board of Supervisors for all services of the County, including service on standing committees, as follows: 1. The Supervisor holding the office of Chairperson shall be compensated with a salary in the annual amount of Six Thousand ($6,000.00) Dollars, paid at the rate of $500.00 per month. 2. Each of the Supervisors holding the office of Vice Chairperson shall be compensated with an annual salary of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars, paid at the rate of $83.33 per month. 3. Each Supervisor shall be compensated $100 per diem for each County Board Meeting, Committee of the Whole meeting and for each Standing Committee meeting attended. 4. In addition, each Supervisor, the County Board Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons shall be paid a per diem of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars each day he or she attends a special committee meeting, an ad-hoc committee meeting, any convention, seminar or meeting attended, and also be paid 1/2 per diem for travel for the day prior to the meeting, when said meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. or earlier and where travel to said meeting is 150 or more miles one way, at the direction or with the approval of the County Board Chairperson, provided there are adequate funds available. 5. Each Supervisor shall receive mileage and travel expense reimbursement in accordance with Polk County Policy 512, County Business Travel and Expense Reimbursement Policy. 6. Notwithstanding the mileage provisions of Policy 512, the County Board Chairperson and the Vice Chairpersons shall receive mileage reimbursement at the IRS rate per mile for any travel needed to carry out the duties and functions of the County Board Chairperson. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Sections 59.10(3)(g) and 59.22(3), the Polk County Board of Supervisors fixes the compensation for each citizen member of an administrative board, standing committee, special committee and ad hoc committee, as follows: 7. Each citizen member of an administrative board and/or standing committee shall be paid a per diem of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars for each day he or she attends one scheduled meeting of a standing committee or administrative board of which he or she is a member. 8. Each citizen member of an administrative board, standing committee or ad hoc committee shall be paid a per diem of One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars each day he or she attends a special committee meeting, an ad hoc committee meeting, any second or subsequent scheduled committee meeting or any convention, seminar or meeting attended and also be paid 1/2 per diem for travel for the day prior to the meeting, when said meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. or earlier and where travel to said meeting is 150 or more miles one way, at the direction or with the approval of the County Board Chairperson, provided there are adequate funds available. 9. Each citizen member of an administrative board, standing committee, special committee and/or ad hoc committee shall receive mileage and travel expense reimbursement in accordance with Polk County Policy 512, County Business Travel and Expense Reimbursement Policy.

RESOLUTION 47-15

RESOLUTION TO SET LIBRARY SERVICE RATES FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2016 (§ 43.12, WIS. STATS.)

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TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, Ladies and Gentlemen: WHEREAS, pursuant to and in accordance with §43.12, Wis. Stats. Polk County provides annual funding for library services to public libraries in Polk County and to each public library in an adjacent county in amounts set forth in said statute; and WHEREAS, on August 20, 2013, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopted a Plan for Library Service that sets forth, amongst things, the funding for library services, at a minimum, consistent with Wisconsin Statute §43.12(1), as follows: By March 1 of each year, the County shall pay to each municipal library in the County an amount that is equal to at least 70% of the amount computed by multiplying the number of loans reported under Wisconsin Statute Section 43.12 (2) by the amount that results from dividing the total operational expenditures of the library during the calendar year for which the number of loans are reported, not including capital expenditures or expenditures of federal funds, by the total number of loans of material made by the library during the calendar year for which the loans are reported. WHEREAS, the specific amount of such funding will be determined by the Polk County Board of Supervisors as part of the Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget for 2016; and WHEREAS, pursuant to s. 70.62(1), Wis. Stats., the Polk County Board of Supervisors shall determine by resolution the amount of taxes to be levied in Polk County for the year; and WHEREAS, pursuant to s. 43.64(1), such amount of taxes to be levied in Polk County shall include any amount of tax to provide for funding of public library service; and WHEREAS, pursuant to s. 43.64(2)(b), a municipality that has a public library may upon written application to the county board be exempted the County tax levy, if the municipality levies a local tax for library services in an amount that is equal to what the County would have provided; and WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the County to establish funding of library services at a rate higher than the minimum rate established in the Plan for Library Services as set forth in this resolution; and WHEREAS, at its meeting on November 10, 2015, the General Government Committee recommended that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorize an increase in county levy funding for municipal libraries and establish a review of the increase once implemented as set forth in this resolution. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to s. 43.12(1), Wis. Stats., the Polk County Board of Supervisors sets the rate of county library levy funding (reimbursement rates) for municipal libraries located in Polk County at Ninety (90%) Percent of 1997 Wisconsin Act 150 Funding. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to s. 43.12, Wis. Stats., the Polk County Board of Supervisors sets the rate of county library levy funding (reimbursement rates) for municipal libraries located in counties adjacent to Polk County at Seventy (70%) Percent of 1997 Wisconsin Act 150 Funding.


129(0%(5,17(5&2817</($'(51(:66(&7,21$3$*( BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to ss. 43.64(1) and 70.62(1), Wis. Stats., the Polk County Board of Supervisors shall by separate resolution levy for the calendar year 2016 an amount of tax sufficient to provide funds for such library service consistent with the rates set by this resolution and shall include any amount of such tax in the amount of taxes determined to be levied. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 43.12(4) the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs the Department of Administration and the County Clerk to conduct a financial analysis of the increase of reimbursement rate authorized herein; that such analysis shall request public libraries to provide the county access to all books and records used to determine amounts paid on the computed reimbursement rates as authorized herein; and provide the County Board a report of said financial analysis prior to the time the County Board may set such reimbursement rates and levy appropriate taxes for calendar year 2017. Date Reviewed as to Appropriations: November 10, 2015 Effective date: Upon Passage. Date Submitted to County Board: November 10, 2015. Submitted and sponsored by: Larry Jepsen. Reviewed by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its annual business meeting held on November 10, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 47-15: Resolution To Set Library Service Rates For Calendar year 2016 (§ 43.12, Wis. Stats.), as follows: Defeated by a vote of 4 in favor and 11 against. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk. Chairman Johnson called to the floor, Resolution 47-15, Resolution To Set Library Service Rates For Calendar Year 2016 (§ 43.12, Wis. Stats.). Motion (Caspersen/Arcand) to approve Resolution 47-15. Supervisor Arcand addressed the resolution noting that on Line 35 of Resolution 47-15 the General Government Committee made no recommendation to increase the county levy, as stated in the resolution. Chairman Johnson recognized the change to the resolution by general consent of the County Board Supervisors. Time was given and offered for public comment on the proposed resolution. Motion (Sample/Luke) to amend Resolution 47-15 as follows: Lines 38-41 would be amended to limit the opportunity for an increase in funding until the 2017 Budget. Chairman Johnson called for a vote on the amendment. A ballot vote was requested. Motion to amend Resolution 4715 failed by a ballot vote of 7 Yes /8 no. Voting Yes: Supvrs. Johnson, Schmidt, Johansen, Sample, Caspersen, Jepsen and Luke. Voting No: Supvrs. Hallberg, Moriak, Edgell, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, Nelson, Arcand, Bonneprise and Demulling. Chairman Johnson called for the vote on Resolution 47-15. Motion to approve Resolution 47-15, failed by a roll call vote of 4 Yes, 11 No. Voting Yes: Supvrs. Caspersen, Jepsen, Nelson and Johnson. Voting No: Supvrs. Schmidt, Johansen, Hallberg, Moriak, Sample, Edgell, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, Luke, Arcand, Bonneprise and Demulling.

A. County Levy: 1. General County Operations: 2. Debt Levy: Total 2016 County Levy

B. State Required Levy on Behalf of Other Agencies 3. Town Bridge Construction: $ 2,159 4. Library Support - Act 150: $ 671,388 Total 2016 Levy, All Purposes: $ 22,141,565

RESOLUTION 48-15

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE POLK COUNTY OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2016 AND TO SET THE 2016 TAX LEVY TO THE HONORABLE CHAIRPERSON AND MEMBERS OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Ladies and Gentlemen: WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to adopt a budget for the operation and fiscal management of the County of Polk for the year commencing January 1, 2016; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.18(5) and Policy 880, Budget Preparation and Execution, the County Administrator did prepare, submit and offer for review proposed 2016 budget by the County Board at its meeting of September 15, 2015; and WHEREAS, as part of the proposed 2016 budget, the County Administrator did submit a staffing plan with respect to each county department in accordance with Polk County Policy No. 881, Staffing and Position Administration; and WHEREAS, each county board standing committee has reviewed the proposed budget for every department and forwarded that budget with any recommendations to the General Government Committee; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Board of Supervisors did consider amendments to the budget at its meeting of October 16, 2015; and WHEREAS, on October 21, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors did publish for public review a summary of the proposed 2016 budget and did notice and conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget in confmmity with the laws of the State of Wisconsin; and WHEREAS the Wisconsin Department of Revenue delivers the Statistical Report on Equalized Value of Polk County for 2016 and the Polk County Board of Supervisors accepted the report on November 10, 2015, which sets the Equalized Value of Polk County for taxing purposes at $4,073,722,200 exclusive of value in Tax Increment Districts; and WHEREAS, for purposes of satisfying the requirements of the state-imposed county tax levy rate limit formula, the budget for 2016 is in compliance with Wisconsin Statute Sections 59.605 and 66.0602; and WHEREAS, the Polk County Budget for the Calendar Year 2016 is a financial plan for the operational needs of the County and was developed in accordance with the Uniform Chart of Accounts for Wisconsin Municipalities and the pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB); and WHEREAS, this resolution constitutes Polk County Operating and Capital Budget for the Calendar Year 2016 and is defined as the County Budget pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 65.90. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Wisconsin Statute Section 65.90, the Polk County Board of Supervisors does hereby adopt the 2016 Operating and Capital Budget of the County of Polk, in the amount of $58,710,373 including departmental appropriations and revenues and use of fund balance as amended following the public hearing as set forth in the attached document entitled Adopted 2016 Operating and Capital Budget of the County of Polk, incorporated herein. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors does authorize and appropriate such revenues and expenditures for calendar year 2016 as designated in the Operating and Capital Budget for calendar year 2016. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors directs that all appropriations for 2015 shall lapse to the general fund as undesignated fund balance at the end of calendar year 2015 and that any other fund balance determined to exist at the end of 2015 shall be transferred to general fund balance to the extent said appropriation has not been expended or appropriation or other fund balance been determined by the County Administrator to be nonspendable, restricted, committed or assigned as defined by GASB Rule 54. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors affirms the existence of the committed or assigned fund balances in the attached documentation. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that notwithstanding any other policy to the contrary, the Polk County Board of Supervisors adopts the submitted departmental staffing plans and authorizes for calendar year 2016 those positions and the corresponding expenditures identified in said staffing plans and that any position not so identified will be considered eliminated from the 2016 department budget. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2016 fee schedule as incorporated in the 2016 budget is hereby adopted, including rentals for the use of countyowned property. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Wisconsin State taxes, in conformity with and as provided in Wisconsin Statute Section 70.58, be levied in the amount of $717,808 for State Forestation on taxable property of Polk County. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Polk County Board of Supervisors levies against all real property within Polk County for 2016, as follows:

$ 18,180,866 $ 3,287,152 $ 21,468,018

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Administrator is authorized to make any technical corrections to the budget that are necessary for the County Budget to comply with all state law and regulations. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a portion of the unassigned fund balance as of December 31, 2015, be allocated as follows: 1. $20,000 assigned to Redaction Fees BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the department heads of the various county departments are authorized to enter into and to execute on behalf of the respective County department intracounty cooperative agreements and service agreements that are authorized and necessary under federal and state programs to provide services to other County departments and to secure and to account for reimbursements for those expenses that incurred by other County departments in the performance of services required by those cooperative agreements or service agreements. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that notwithstanding any policy to the contrary, with the adoption of this resolution the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes departments to apply for and accept any grant incorporated in this budget and identified on the grant schedule attached hereto and incorporated herein or any revenue incorporated in this budget and to accept, with the concurrence of the County Administrator, any contract with the State of Wisconsin whose revenues and expenditures are incorporated in this budget. The complete grant schedule is available for viewing in the Polk County Clerk office. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Parks, Buildings and Solid Waste Director to act on its behalf to submit an application to the Department of Natural Resources for financial assistance under Wisconsin Statutes Sec. 287.23 and Wisconsin Administrative Code chapters NR 542, 544 and 549, to sign necessary documents and to submit a final report. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Parks, Buildings and Solid Waste Director or her/his designee to act on behalf of the County of Polk to submit an application to the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for any financial aid that may be available and incorporated in this budget, to submit reimbursement claims along with necessary supporting documentation within six months of project completion date, to submit necessary signed documents and to take necessary action to undertake, direct and complete the approved project. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County of Polk will comply with state or federal rules for the programs to the general public during reasonable hours consistent with the type of facility; and will obtain from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or the National Park Service, as appropriate, approval in writing before any change is made in the use of the project site. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes and directs the Director of Polk County Land and Water Resources Department to act on behalf of the County to submit requests and applications for grants funding or financial assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with respect to the specific grant and or financial assistance program, as follows: 1. The Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant Program; 2. The Lake Management Grant Program; and 3. The Lake Protection and Classification Grant Program. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors approves and authorizes on behalf of the County of Polk an application for grant funding or financial assistance under each respective identified program. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Director of the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department to act on behalf of the County of Polk as grant administrator to sign and submit an application to the State of Wisconsin for financial aid for aquatic invasive species control purposes, lake planning purposes and lake protection purposes; to sign a grant agreement between the county and the DNR as well as other necessary documents; to take necessary action to undertake, direct and complete an approved aquatic invasive species control grant, an approved lake planning grant and an approved lake protection grant; to submit quarterly and/or final reports to the DNR to satisfy the grant agreement; and to submit reimbursement claims along with necessary supporting documentation within six months of project completion date. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors affirms that Polk County will meet the obligations under any aquatic invasive species control grant, lake planning grant and lake protection grant including timely publication of the results, compliance with state rules for the program, and will meet the financial obligations under the grant including the prompt payment of the required County's commitment to the project costs of 25 to 33 percent depending on the program. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department desires to receive grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) - Target Runoff Management (TRM) program pursuant to ss. 281.65 or 281.66, Wis. Stats., and chs. NR151, 153 and 155, Wis. Adm. Code, for the purpose of implementing measures to control nonpoint source water pollution and the Landowner agrees to contribute the local share (also called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;matchâ&#x20AC;?) needed for projects that are ultimately grant-funded by the WDNR. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Polk County Conservationist to submit a signed grant application to the WDNR; to submit a signed Environmental Hazard Assessment form to the WDNR, if applicable; to sign a grant agreement between Polk County and the WDNR; to submit signed quarterly and final report forms to the WDNR; and to submit signed grant reimbursement requests to the WDNR. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes and delegates the discretion to the Golden Age Manor Administrator to, after consultation with the County Administrator, to provide for and to implement a compensation increase or bonus for 2015, should projections indicate that the ending balance, after receipts of all state aid, exceeds $50,000. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that effective December 1, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors renames the Polk County Human Services Department the Polk County Department of Children and Families. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that effective December 1, 2015, pursuant to Sections 46.23(3), 59.03 and 59.51, the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the Community Services Division for the purpose of delivering on a coordinated and integrated basis those services and programs administered in the county departments of Polk County Department of Children and Families, the Polk County Health Department and the Office of Medical Examiner. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that effective December 1, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the county office of Community Services Division Director, which office shall perform those duties and responsibilities of the Human Services Director as enumerated in statute, administrative regulation or county ordinance and resolution; and those duties and responsibilities of Public Health Director, with exception of those duties and responsibilities transferred to the Polk County Health Officer, as established herein below. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Community Services Division Director shall also have the authority to oversee the functions administered in the county departments within the Community Services Division; to exercise the powers of the County Administrator, enumerated in Section 59.18(2)(b), upon delegation and transfer of such powers by the County Administrator, with respect to those appointive positions of departments within the Community Services Division; and to administer the appropriations, allocations and authorized expenditures and staff of the departments within the division so as to effect this consolidation.


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NOTICE  TO  THE  ELECTORS  OF  THE  TOWN  OF   WEST  SWEDEN

NOTICE  IS  HERBY  GIVEN  that  Electors  of    the  Town  of  West     Sweden,  at  duly  called  special  meeting,  noticed,  held  and  con-­ ducted  on  17  of  November,  2015,  adopted  the  resolution  to  ex-­ ceed  the  levy  limit. WHEREAS,   the   State   of   Wisconsin   has   imposed   levy   limits   under  s.  66.0602  of  the  Wis.  Statutes  for  the  tax  levies  in  2015   and  thereafter;Íž  and WHEREAS,   s.   66.0602   (5)   of   Wis.   Statutes   allows   the   town   electors  in  towns  under  3,000  in  population  to  exceed  the  maxi-­ mum  allowable  levy  limit  by  adoption  of  a  resolution  at  a  town   meeting  of  the  electors;Íž  and WHEREAS,  the  town  board  has  adopted  a  resolution  support-­ ing   an   increase   in   the   town   tax   levy   which   would   exceed   the   maximum   allowable   state   levy   limit   for   the   Town   of   West   Sweden;Íž  and WHEREAS,   this   Special   Town   Meeting   of   the   electors   has   been  called  and  noticed  to  consider  the  adoption  of  a  resolution   to  endorse  the  town  boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  resolution  to  exceed  the  state  levy   limits;Íž  specifically  by  increasing  the  allowable  town  tax  levy  for   2015  (collected  in  2016)  by    four  percent;Íž   NOW,  THEREFORE,  the  special  town  meeting  of  the  Town  of   West   Sweden,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   by   a   majority   vote   of   the  eligible  electors  voting  on  this  17th  day  of  November,  2015,   duly  assembled  and  voting  resolves  and  orders  as  follows: BE   IT   RESOLVED,   the   town   electors   of   the   Town   of   West   Sweden,   Polk   County,   Wisconsin,   endorse   the   town   board resolution   to   increase   the   town   tax   levy   for   2015   (collected in  2016)  by  four  percent  over  the  allowable  2015  levy,  which  is   an   increase   of   $4,475.00   over   the   allowable   2015   town   tax levy.     The   town   clerk   shall   properly   post   this   resolution   in   3   pla-­ ces  or  publish  this  resolution  once  in  a  newspaper  as  required   by  law  under  s.  60.80  of  Wis.  Statutes  within  30  days  of  adop-­ tion. Adopted  this  17th  day  of  November,  2015,  at  a  Special  Town   Meeting. Number  of  town  electors  voting  aye  6 Number  of  town  electors  voting  nay  0 Dated  this  17th  of  November,  2015 3>5(?37 Phyllis  Wilder,  Clerk

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TOWN  OF  ST.  CROIX  FALLS Polk  County,  Wis. www.townofstcroixfalls.org PLAN  COMMISSION  NOTICE  OF  HEARING December  9,  2015

The  Town   of   St.   Croix   Falls   Plan   Commission   will   hold   a   public  hearing  at  6:00  p.m.  on  Wednesday,  December  9,  2015,   at  the  Town  Hall  at  1305  200th  Street  &  U.S.  Hwy.  8,  St.  Croix   Falls,   Wisconsin.   Written   evidence,   testimony   or   comments,   if   any,  must  be  delivered  in  person  or  by  mail  to  the  Town  Hall. Rhett  Werner  and  John  Werner  request  a  rezone.  The  parcel   identification   number   is   044-­00618-­0000   and   it   is   located   in   section  25.  The  property  is  currently  zoned  transitional  with  the   request  to  change  it  to  residential. Jim  Alt,  Zoning  Administrator 3>5(?37

SCHOOL  DISTRICT  OF  LUCK NOTICE  OF  SCHOOL  BOARD  ELECTION Notice  is  hereby  given  to  qualified  electors  of  the  Luck  School   District   that   a   School   Board   Election   will   be   held   Tuesday,   April  5,  2016,  to  fill  the  following  School  Board  Positions:    Two   at  large,  3-­year  positions. Office: Incumbents:   School  Board LeRoy  Buck School  Board Kurt  Stonesifer An   elector   desiring   to   be   a   candidate   for   a   position   on   the   School   Board   must   file   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campaign   Registration   Statement   and   a   Declaration   of   Candidacyâ&#x20AC;?   at   the   Luck   School   District   Office   located   at   810   South   7th   Street,   between   the   hours   of 8   a.m.   and   4   p.m.,   Monday   through   Friday,   or   mailed   to   the   address  noted  above,  or  filed  personally  with  the  School  Dis-­ trict   Clerk,   LeRoy   Buck,   prior   to   5   p.m.,   Tuesday,   January   5,   2016. Notice   is   further   given,   that   if   a   primary   is   necessary,   the   primary  will  be  held  on  Tuesday,  February  16,  2016. Dated  this  19th  day  of  November,  2015 3>5(?37 LeRoy  Buck,  District  Clerk

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors acknowledges that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 251.04(9), the County Administrator has assumed the powers and duties enumerated in Section 251.04, Wisconsin Statutes of the Health and Human Services Board and that the County Administrator has delegated such powers and duties to the Community Services Division Director. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors restructures the county office of Public Health Director/Health Officer into two separate county offices, the Community Services Division Director, as established above, and the county office of Polk County Health Officer, which such office shall be established, effective December 1, 2015, possess the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of a Level III local health officer as provided in Wisconsin Statute Section 251.06(1) and (3) and county ordinance and resolution, and be appointed and supervised by the Community Services Division Director pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 251.04. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the following appointed offices within the Community Services Division, reporting to the Community Services Director and superseding any and all interim appointments by the County Administrator or the Human Services Director, to be implemented at the discretion of the Community Services Director: 1. Children and Family Services Director 2. Business and Operations Manager 3. Economic Support Manager 4. Behavioral Health Department Director BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Community Services Director to reallocate any appropriation and authorized expenditure to effect this restructuring, provided that the overall budget amount and authorized staffing level for the Department of Human Services, Public Health Department and Medical Examiner for 2016 is not exceeded. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the appointed county office of Deputy County Administrator. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Deputy County Administrator shall carry out those duties and responsibilities of the County Administrator during such times in which the incumbent County Administrator assigns to the Deputy County Administrator said responsibilities or in the event that the County Administrator is, due to incapacity, unable to perform the duties of such office. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 59.52(1)(b), the Polk County Board of Supervisors establishes the appointed county office of Director of Department of Administration. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Director of the Department of Administration will have the responsibility to administer all of the functions assigned to the Depmiment of Administration and carry out those duties and responsibilities previously assigned to the Finance Manager, including, but not limited to, those of the County Auditor, as enumerated in Wisconsin Statute Section 59.47 and respective county policy and to specifically oversee all financial practices in all departments or agencies, including reporting and software, not otherwise prescribed by Wisconsin Statutes. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the complete budget, as adopted, be placed on file in the office of the County Clerk and County Administrator. Funding source and amount: As Provided in Submitted, Received and Amended 2016 Budget Proposal of Polk County. Date General Government Committee Advised: November 20, 2015. Effective date: Upon Passage Unless Specified Herein. Date Submitted to County Board: November 10, 2015. Submitted Upon Recommendation by the County Administrator: Dana Frey. Reviewed and recommended by: Dana Frey, County Administrator. Reviewed, recommended and approved as to form by: Jeffrey B. Fuge, Corporation Counsel. At its annual business meeting held on November 10, 2015, the Polk County Board of Supervisors considered and acted on the above resolution, Resolution 48-15: Resolution To Adopt The Polk County Operating And Capital Budget For The Calendar Year 2016 And To Set The 2016 Tax Levy, as follows: By a unanimous voice vote. William Johnson IV, County Board Chairperson. Attest: Carole Wondra, Polk County Clerk.

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ATTACHMENT 1 GENERAL FUND RESTRICTED OR ASSIGNED FUNDS BUDGETED IN 2016 Restricted Assigned Register of Deeds Redaction Fees 70,000 Law Enforcement Federal Forfeiture 25,000 Land Information Internet Services 20,000 Administration - Employee Recognition 10,000 Buildings, Parks, Recycling - Conservation Project 10,463 Chairman Johnson called to the floor, Resolution 48-15, Resolution To Adopt The Polk County Operating And Capital Budget For The Calendar Year 2016 And To Set The 2016 Tax Levy. Motion (Jepsen/Schmidt) to approve Resolution 48-15. Administrator Frey addressed the resolution. Motion (Sample/Demulling) to amend Resolution 48-15 as follows: Technical Amendment 1. Adjustments to handout: 2016 Operating and Capital Budget Nov. 10, 2016.

Motion to approve Amendment No. 1. carried, by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Demulling/Bonneprise) to further amend Resolution 48-15 by adding resolved clauses to effectuate the name change and creation of county office as proposed at page 5, Lines 9-11 and Lines 18-24, referenced as: Technical Amendment No. 2, as follows: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that within this resolution and is incorporated documents, including, but not limited to, the departmental budget, departmental staffing plan and fee schedule, that any reference to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polk County Department of Human Servicesâ&#x20AC;? be changed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polk County Department of Children and Families.â&#x20AC;? BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that within this resolution and its incorporated documents that any reference, authorization and directive charged to or upon the county office of Polk County Human Services Director be changed to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Services Division Directorâ&#x20AC;? and be conferred upon the county office of Community Services Division Director. Motion to approve Technical Amendment No. 2 carried, by unanimous voice vote. Motion (Arcand/Sample) to further amend Resolution 48-15 to adjust pay for citizen members appointed to Inland Lake District Boards. Chairman Johnson declared that said motion was withdrawn on the consensus of the County Board. Motion withdrawn. Chairman Johnson called for the vote on Resolution 48-15, as amended. Motion to approve Resolution 48-15 as amended, carried by unanimous voice vote. Resolution adopted. Supervisor reports were received. Motion (Luke/Schmidt) to adjourn. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote. Chairman Johnson declared meeting adjourned 9:05 p.m. STATE OF WISCONSIN COUNTY OF POLK

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Danielle Danford | Staff writer SHELL LAKE - In an effort to increase public awareness and safety, the Washburn County Register, the Inter-County Leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister paper, has been following an increasing trend of methamphetamine charges in Washburn County. In an effort to understand the full extent of the problem, both Polk and Burnett &RXQW\VKHULIIVZHUHFRQWDFWHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXW if they were seeing a similar trend. The following is a breakdown of data from the %XUQHWWDQG3RON&RXQW\VKHULII¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV and the Wisconsin Circuit Court System. According to Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson, methamphetamine use has been an ongoing and increasing trend in the county since 2012. Data collected shows that meth possession charges in Polk County jumped from 11 in 2011 to 36 in 2012, over triple the number of cases. ,QWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHFKDUJHGDWRWDORI meth possession citations and as of Oct. 27, the Polk County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department has presented 37 possession of meth cases to the district attorney. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about 66 percent of the total possession of meth cases the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department handled in 2014, and that data is three weeks behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We (Polk County) had a lot of meth manufacturing here in the early and mid2000s, but that died off when they cracked down on the pseudoephedrine sales,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. About mid-2012 the Polk &RXQW\6KHULII¡V2IĂ&#x20AC;FHVWDUWHGVHHLQJDQ LQFUHDVHLQPHWKFDVHVZKLFKLVUHĂ HFWHG in the data. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only difference is that it appears to be coming primarily out of Mexico now,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. Without the substances needed to make the illegal drug, law enforcement are aware that drug cartels are now responsible for a majority of the meth found in Northwest Wisconsin and into the Twin Cities area. Since the cartel has taken over, local meth labs have become a thing of the past, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the danger has. Meth is also a major problem in Burnett County, according to Sheriff Ron Wilhelm. Data shows that meth possession

Polk County had 80 drug possession FDVHVĂ&#x20AC;OHGLQE\WKDWQXPEHU doubled to 165. Johnson explained the increase, for Polk &RXQW\LVDUHĂ HFWLRQRIWZRGLIIHUHQWIDFtors. One being that when local meth labs were unable to make more product law enforcement saw a reduction in methrelated cases. By 2011 drug cartels had taken over the supply of meth and methrelated cases increased. The second factor is the assigning by the sheriff of a drug investigator to the Polk County drug unit, who was and is very aggressive in building cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is responsible for a large percentage of those numbers. The fact that he was so active, also motivated the patrol deputies to stay active. When we are actively pursuing leads and investigations, the numbers will usually go up,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. Referencing the same chart, Burnett County had a total of 33 drug possesVLRQFKDUJHVĂ&#x20AC;OHGLQ%\LWKDG increased more than twice that amount to 74. All of the deputies at the Burnett &RXQW\6KHULII¡V2IĂ&#x20AC;FHLQYHVWLJDWHGUXJ offenses but they do have one deputy 5HSRUWVRIDQLQFUHDVHLQPHWKUHODWHGFDVHVIURP%XUQHWW3RONDQG:DVKEXUQ&RXQW\VKHU LIIVRIILFHVLVUHIOHFWHGLQIRXU\HDUVRIGDWDIURPWKH:LVFRQVLQ&LUFXLW&RXUW6\VWHP7KHVH who is usually designated to drug cases. The costs of substance abuse problems GDWDSRLQWVDUHWKHFRPELQHGIHORQ\DQGPLVGHPHDQRUGUXJSRVVHVVLRQFDVHVIRUHDFKFRXQW\ are far-reaching and complex, more than E\\HDU6SHFLDOJUDSKLF a single news article could account for, charges in Burnett County went from type,â&#x20AC;? explained Johnson. Looking at but it is important to remember there are seven in 2012 to 14 by October of this the data in 2011, the Polk County logged options. Just because a person is using or abusyear, doubling in under three years. seven manufacture/deliver meth charges. %RWK FRXQW\ VKHULII¡V RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV DUH DOVR In 2014 that number had risen to 39. As of ing an illegal substance, like meth, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tracking an increase in citations for the the end of this October the county has had mean their only option is incarceration. The best-case scenario is to get help manufacture/delivery of meth. Johnson 16 manufacture/deliver charges. said most of Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cases are the The Burnett County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Depart- through treatment before altercations delivery of meth, not its manufacture. ment made one manufacture/deliver with the law happen. 5HVLGHQWVRI3RON&RXQW\FDQĂ&#x20AC;QGKHOS He added that the cases they have cat- charge in 2012. By the end of 2013 the ofegorized in this charge may not represent Ă&#x20AC;FH KDG PDGH Ă&#x20AC;YH $V RI 2FWREHU  with substance abuse by calling the Polk all offenses charged in a year because the Burnett County has made four such County Human Services Department at 715-485-8402. department is only allowed to report one charges. %XUQHWW&RXQW\UHVLGHQWVFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGKHOS charge per case and so report the most seThe increasing trend of meth-related vere charge. FLWDWLRQV LV DOVR UHĂ HFWHG LQ DQ LQFUHDV- with substance abuse by calling the Burâ&#x20AC;&#x153;So if the possession or delivery were ing trend in drug possessions since 2011. nett County Human Services Department coupled with something more serious, it Referencing data obtained from the Wis- at 715-349-7600. may not be included in this list, but listed consin Circuit Court System in the chart under the most severe or important crime labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall drug possession trends,â&#x20AC;?

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Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack celebrates 30 years on Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street Becky Strabel | Staff writer SIREN - May 1, 1985, marked the day Peggy Strabel opened the doors of her new business, Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack, in Siren. Thirty years later she is still there, but just as fashions have changed, so has her store. In the beginning she provided clothing basics in what is now Burnett Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restorative Justice Center on Hwy. 35/70. Strabel quickly outgrew the location, and just shy of 18 months, moved next door to Al and Pat Blumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country General Store on Main Street. The building was a collection of small kiosks, selling a variety of gifts, antiques, candy and other novelties. Blume asked Strabel if her store could be an anchor to their building. Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack moved to its current clothing location in October of 1986. Four years later, Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expanded into the General Store portion, as the small individual store fronts closed. Strabel sold antiques and crafts on consignment starting in 1990. As she gained momentum, she converted from consignment to selling gifts like one would see in her store today. In 2001, Peggy added â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upstairs,â&#x20AC;? ZKHUHWX[HGRUHQWDOVDQGVSHFLDORFFDVLRQGUHVVHVDUHĂ&#x20AC;Wted in the restored rooms that were once apartments.

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*LYLQJEDFN Strabel is no stranger to giving back 6WLOOH[FLWLQJ to the community where she raised her As she travels down memory lane family. paging through a scrapbook that conAs part of the Siren Chamber of Comtains memorabilia from the first 20 merce, she chaired the Fourth of July bed years in business, one can see on Pegraces. When asked when she started to gyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face her pride and excitement isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t chair the event, she snickered a bit and fading. quipped, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run anyBoxes of advertisements over the more.â&#x20AC;? years showcase Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity in As president of the chamber she DGYHUWLVLQJ )RU H[DPSOH KHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW  looked to make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good town betterâ&#x20AC;? a.m. sale that was held prior to movand became a strong promoter of the ing to the Main Street location was not area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;? featured billed as an Early Bird sale but rather Siren and Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack in its as an Early Duck sale since it landed on 1996-97 season. WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW GD\ RI GXFN KXQWLQJ VHDVRQ Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsored Siren youth softball For her 50th birthday, Peggy hosted a teams and hosted fashion shows featurmorning tea from 7 to 9, where meming local individuals as models for funbers of seven Red Hat Society chapters GUDLVHUVEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQJ&DSHVLGH&RYH*RRG descended upon the store. They held a Samaritan Center, Siren Lioness and the REDutation where Peggy was initiated Burnett County Home and Consumer from being a Pink Hatter to a Red HatEducation clubs. ter. While some sales or contests would She later converted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;trunk shows,â&#x20AC;? not be considered politically correct by which featured new fashion trends todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards, Peggy knows what without models. She currently helps the works for her store. Her ad layouts and women of the Catholic churches in Webthemes are consistent from year to year ster and Danbury raise funds by sponlike her signature red Swiss Dot wrapsoring the Fall Festival Luncheon and ping paper or red and white ChristTrunk Show each August. 3HJJ\V)DVKLRQ5DFNDQG*LIWVLVRQWKHFRUQHURI0DLQ6WUHHWDQG)LUVW$YHQXH7KHEXLOGLQJLV Her work on the Siren Chamber of RQHRIDIHZRIWKHROGHUEXLOGLQJVWKDWUHPDLQLQWDFWIROORZLQJWKHWRUQDGR7KH&RXQWU\*HQHUDO mas boxes. Most people will recognize her elves this holiday season when she Commerce included designing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6WRUHSDLQWHGRQWKHVLGHJLYHVKRPDJHWRWKHEXLOGLQJVHDUOLHUEHJLQQLQJV advertises whether it be in the paper, inStill a Great Place to Liveâ&#x20AC;? tornado re-store or via social media. Peggy has almembrance T-shirts. The money raised ways been willing to accept technology. dress, do so locally and with the service we provide.â&#x20AC;? from the sale went to the chamber and to help Burnett Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s can hook you up with swimwear year-round, She has had an online presence for nearly 20 years. Youth Hockey Association rebuild the rink that the was From time to time, people have found her online and too. So, if you forget your suit while here on vacation or destroyed. Helping others is a favorite part of owning a business if you need a new suit in the middle of winter for your have asked her to mail particular dresses to them. She can be found online at peggysfashionrack.com or on and selling clothes to people is rewarding as well, she warm weather retreat, they have you covered. Facebook under Peggyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Rack & Gifts. noted. Whether in person or online, Strabel and her store conâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy helping people feel good about themselves 3DFNHUPHUFKDQGLVH Strabel isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy when it comes to supporting her fa- tinue to be a part of the fabric of the community and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DQGEHLQJDEOHWRKHOSWKHPJHWDQRXWĂ&#x20AC;WIRUDVSHFLDORFcasion. Customers are relieved to be able to check a task vorite NFL team. Her store is the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest source offered her a chance to meet thousands of people, cusRII WKHLU OLVW VXFK DV Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ WKHLU PRWKHURIWKHEULGH of NFL-endorsed green and gold merchandise. About 20 6HH3HJJ\¡VSDJH

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Seventh-day Adventist Church School â&#x20AC;&#x153;will not be enrolling students in the 2015-2016 school year, as we are taking one year to refocus our mission and ask for the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance in how to best continue offering a quality, affordable, Christian education for students of the Frederic area.â&#x20AC;? Now there are no cars in the parking lot, no parents picking up their children. Not a sound escapes the schoolhouse. I was a student there from third to sixth grade. We went on some of the PRVWH[WUDRUGLQDU\Ă&#x20AC;HOGWULSVHYHU0\ personal favorite was when the whole school went to the aquarium at Mall of America and went snorkeling with sharks! Our most common activities included canoeing, hiking and skiing. We would visit two nursing homes every month and sing, perform a puppet show, or just visit with the residents. I enjoyed seeing the elderly people so happy to talk with all of the students.

5DQGRP ODQGVOLGH Carter Hilde In addition to other fun things the school did, we had some plays in store for the students that liked theater/ drama. Every child would be given a role in the play. Students who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a speaking part helped with the scenery instead. My favorite character to play was Mr. Jones because his costume included a mustache. Yes, I joined the mustache craze of 2013. This school was not like most. Unlike public schools, this was a one-room schoolhouse. Each grade was taught in the same room â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we did not have separate classrooms for each grade. Grades one through eight were educated at the Christian school. The Frederic SDA School didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have lockers to store backpacks, coats, etc. Each student was given a hook and a shelf to put his/her

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each question below. Ready? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get started. 1) Terrorism has been in the news this past week, with many of us feeling a sense of fear and vulnerability after the recent attacks in Paris. Which statement is most accurate? a) You are more likely to be killed by a terrorist than you are to be crushed by your television or other furniture. b) You are more likely to be killed by a terrorist than by someone with a gun. c) You are more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to drown in your bathtub. d) You are more likely to be shot by a toddler than a terrorist. The correct answer is (d) - so far this year in the U.S., 13 toddlers have killed themselves with a gun, 18 have injured themselves, 10 have injured others and two have killed another person. Meanwhile, your chances of being crushed to death by your television or a piece of furniture are about equal to your chances of being killed by a terrorist, according to a 2011 report from the National Counterterrorism Center; gun deaths in this country over the last decade outpace death at the hands of terrorists by a factor of 10,000 (over 280,000 gun deaths in the U.S. in the past 10 years); and, in case you were wondering, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 20-plus times more likely to drown in your bathtub than to be killed by a terrorist using statistics compiled by the CDC from 2008-2013. 2) In response to the ISIS attack on Paris, several presidential candidates (Bush,Carson, Rubio, Kasich, Graham, Huckabee and Santorum) have spoken in favor of sending combat troops back

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belongings. Although there was only one classroom, the schoolhouse did include a basement that we frequently used as a gymnasium. There was also a playground that included a basketball court, slides, a swing set, and more. It was very enjoyable to spin on the merry-goURXQG:HDOVRKDGDEDVHEDOOĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQG backstop. It was fun to play kickball and baseball during recess. 2QHRIPDQ\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIEHLQJLQD one-room schoolhouse is that I grew smarter from paying attention to the higher-grade classes. I recall doing my fourth-grade math lesson one day while also looking at the chalkboard and reading the eighth-grade lesson. When I started learning about negative numbers, decimals and interest, I already had an idea of what each of those was. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for me to get the hang of negative numbers. I loved reading the eighth-grade lessons. I thought the education was great; however, there were drawbacks. One year, I was not able to make more than eight friends because there were not more than eight students enrolled.

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who nearly caused a head-on collision before being charged with OWI for the fourth time. Another involved the Polk County district attorney, who was speeding in a county car and blew a .11 when he was stopped in Fond du Lac County. Which of the following is not true? a) First-time drunk drivers in Wisconsin are not charged with a crime. b) In a recent survey, one in four Wisconsin adults admitted to driving drunk in the previous year. F $ERXWLQIDWDOWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FDFFLGHQWV in Wisconsin are alcohol-related. d) Deaths from heroin overdose exceeded alcohol-related deaths nationZLGHIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQ The correct answer is (d) - noticing a pattern yet? For the year 2013 (the last year for which statistics were available), 8,260 people died of a heroin overdose while there were nearly 88,000 alcoholrelated deaths in the U.S. In case you were wondering, tobacco is still king with over 480,000 deaths per year attributed to its use. Answer (a) is true, making Wisconsin unique among the 50 states; answer (b) is true - yes, many of us do drive drunk, a sort of Russianroulette on the roads; answer (c) is also correct - sounds like a public policy crisis to me. In what other sector of life would that kind of death-dealing be tolerated?  $QGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\&KULVWPDVVKRSSLQJ may be on your mind this week with Black Friday approaching. OK, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit I rarely give it a thought until that last week before Christmas, but my daughter just called to say sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHUVKRSSLQJIRUWKH\HDU Lucky her. How about you? Test your knowledge of the upcoming shopping season by picking the one true statement below. a) Black Friday, the day after Thanks-

The Christian school required a penmanship class. A lot of schools have stopped teaching penmanship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just another advantage of going to the Frederic SDA School. Now I will be able to read and write in cursive. That will come in handy when I read things my mom wrote â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she never prints. The Christian Science Monitor notes that the Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the second largest Christian school in the world. Here in this corner of Wisconsin, Christian schools are closing more than opening. In addition to Frederic, the Rice Lake and Clear Lake SDA schools have closed recently. Other school systems are suffering, too. According to Christianity Today, the Association of Christian Schools International has about 150-200 schools closing each year across the nation. When you drive by the small oneroom schoolhouse on 140th Street, take notice of how deserted it looks. There is a sense of loneliness. Rural Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in Christian education seems to be decreasing. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that sad?

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is a bit different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives me a chance to broaden my approach a little,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of being strictly a woman of 1803, I still tell historic tales but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not strictly limited to the time period of 1803.â&#x20AC;? Her stories, mostly Native American, are geared to the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest, and some can include items she passes around. As she explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;these include furs, twigs, plants or other small objects that are something tactile to embellish certain stories. I aim for at least 5-10 minutes, but if an audience is really into it Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got stories that can run a half KRXU,QVWHDGRIDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F&KULVWPDV focus, the themes are geared along the lines of winter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weather, the solstice, winter animals, stuff like that. So the stories are typical of those told back in fur trade times, but in fact could be centuries older than that. Telling a story â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;liveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same as reading one; you can change exact details sometimes; a lot depends on how your imagination is Ă RZLQJZKLOHVWD\LQJWUXHWRWKHRULJLnal story.â&#x20AC;? 6HOHFWLQJVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FVWRULHVLVDWDG

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Winter orchestra concert part of Lighting Festival TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - The annual Taylors Falls /LJKWLQJ)HVWLYDOZLOORIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\FORVHZLWKDSPZLQter concert presented by the St. Croix Valley Orchestra on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29, at the 1861 United Methodist Church, known to have outstanding acoustics. The church is located at 290 W. Government St., next to the Folsom House Historic Site which is open 1 to 4 p.m. A freewill donation will be taken at the concert.

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Patty Close earns Wisconsin 4-H Key Award SIREN - Patty Close, daughter of Dave and April Close of Siren, has been selected as the Burnett County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winner for this year. The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually. The youth receiving this award are those who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community. According to Beth Rank, Burnett County 4-H youth and family development educator, Close is a delightful young person with a bright future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am happy to have the opportunity to be her 4-H agent and see her continue to develop her skills. Patty is a very thoughtful person who can inspire younger 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers through her authentic and calm personality,â&#x20AC;? noted Rank. Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company sponsor the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award program. They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of :LVFRQVLQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHVW\RXWK7KH%XUQHWW&RXQW\+SURgram also sponsored a 4-H keepsake box to hold many of the well-deserved pins and medallions Close has earned during her 4-H career. - submitted

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Becky Strabel | Staff writer WEBSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Outside the weather might have been crisp, but inside In a New Light Gallery it was warm and inviting. A new collection of photographs representing art, nature and empowerment were on display at the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revealing on Thursday, Nov. 19. The gallery is a part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;constellation of strength-based therapeutic programsâ&#x20AC;? for students in residential treatment at Northwest Passage. The students successfully use their talents that may be masked by the stigma associated with mental illness or behavioral issues. In a New Light gives the residents an outlet for showing the community and themselves that they are worth investing in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The photo is only half of the story,â&#x20AC;? stated Ian Karl, Northwest Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experimental programming coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The residents are learning a tangible skill with photography. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an all-around positive program.â&#x20AC;? One recent graduate of the program received a new camera as a gift. These cameras are cherished. In a New Light is conducted in partnership with National Park Services and funded through a grant from the National Park Foundation. The building was made possible by a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The exhibit will be displayed for six months. In A New Light Gallery is located just south of Webster on the corner of Hwy. 35 and North Bass Lake Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.

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Salvation Army seeks bell ringers tion Army volunteers and a group of fantastic volunteers POLK COUNTY - Every year the Salvafrom First tion Army begins searching for volunteers Lutheran to help ring the bell for the Red Kettle Church in Campaign. Amery will The time of year when you begin to hear be getting the bells stationed at storefronts is nearly together to upon us, and every year the Salvation host this Army asks for the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in collectfun event ing funds to help individuals in need. In at the First Polk County, the funds that are placed in Lutheran a red kettle are used to help individuals in need of emergency assistance like rent Church in Amery. This is a change in assistance, utilities, medication and more. location from last year. The Breakfast Polk Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs have been increasing with Santa will begin at 9 a.m. and will as income levels are not matching the rise go through 11 a.m. As in years past, the in cost for services. Your help is needed day will include breakfast, pictures with Santa, crafts and much more. Plan to atthis year more than ever before. The Salvation Army in Polk County tend this event. Every year it is such a not only helps individuals in need of great time for the kids in the community emergency dollars for rent but also helps DQGRIFRXUVHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV7KH6DOYDWLRQ$UP\ families who are homeless. Serenity Home in Polk County. Also, this year, the Polk County SalvaShelter in Balsam Lake is operated by the Salvation Army and works all year round tion Army will be hosting an open house to help families in need of shelter. The event at Serenity Home on Sunday, Dec. facility and staff work toward helping 6, right at Serenity Home Shelter. The families re-establish themselves in the shelter is located at 200 Polk County FRPPXQLW\E\KHOSLQJWKHPWRĂ&#x20AC;QGHP- Plaza in Balsam Lake. The open house will be from noon until 3 p.m. The Salployment and housing for their family. The Salvation Army cannot do all of this vation Army is encouraging everyone in alone. Help is needed by volunteers, and the community to stop in and learn more one of the ways a volunteer can help is by about the shelter and the other programs ringing the bell at Christmastime. This going on through Salvation Army. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. great way to see what they are all about 12 and it will go all the way through Dec. and how your donations and volunteering 31. Your two hours at the kettle will truly time impact lives of those less fortunate in make an impact on individuals living our community. Help ringing the bell this season is right here in Polk County. To sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, you needed. Please consider giving your time simply log onto ringbells.org and click on to those in need. Two hours really does your county, then click the location you change a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and can truly impact ZRXOGOLNHWRULQJDWSLFN\RXUWLPHĂ&#x20AC;OO families in need in our neighborhoods. If you would like more information on how out the form and you are all set to go. This year the Polk County Salvation the Salvation Army is working in your Army will also be hosting a couple of community, visit them on Facebook at events as a part of its annual Christmas Polk County Salvation Army or log onto FDPSDLJQ  7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW LV %UHDNIDVW ZLWK SAserenityhome.org or call the shelter at Santa coming Saturday, Dec. 5. The Salva- 715-485-1221. - from Salvation Army

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CENTURIA - The community is invited to join their voices at a free and familyfriendly Christmas carol sing-along event at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Selections will include traditional sacred songs of the season such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joy to the Worldâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Night,â&#x20AC;? as well as familiar secular favorites like

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa Claus is Coming to Townâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.â&#x20AC;? The Faith Lutheran handbell choir and Serenade, a small womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barbershop group, will add to the festivities. Milk, coffee and cookies will be served after the sing-along. The church is located on CTH I between Centuria and Balsam Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; submitted

Bell ringers needed for Burnett County BURNETT COUNTY - Every year the Salvation Army begins searching for volunteers to help ring the bell for the Red Kettle Campaign. The time of year when you begin to hear the bells stationed at storefronts is upon us. This year the Red Kettle Campaign began Saturday, Nov. 14, and will go through Thursday, Dec. 31. This year it has been a real struggle to Ă&#x20AC;QGYROXQWHHUVZLOOLQJWREHDEHOOULQJHU for just a two-hour shift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Volunteer bell ringers are the single-most important part of our Red Kettle Campaign,â&#x20AC;? says the Salvation Army fundraising manager, Angela Moulton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without a volunteer standing by our kettles, we do not get donations. Those donations can be life changing for many.â&#x20AC;? The funds raised from The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign are used help people ZKR Ă&#x20AC;QG WKHPVHOYHV LQ DQ HPHUJHQF\ situation. Moulton says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many times we (The Salvation Army) are the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last hope for help.â&#x20AC;? The Red Kettle dollars go toward helping to keep people housed and warm and to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless in Burnett County. This last year there has been an increase in demand for services, as income levels are not keeping up with the rising

cost of utilities, rental costs or medical costs. Moulton says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many families are having to decide between buying an important medication or keeping the heat on.â&#x20AC;? This season, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is so important in helping families in need. A total of 89 percent of every dollar raised in Burnett County will stay in Burnett County to help people living in the county. The Salvation Army in Burnett County has set a goal of $32,500 to be used in 2016 to help individuals and families in need. If you can help ring the bell for the Salvation Army this season, your help is needed! To sign up to ring, you can go online to ringbells.org and click on Burnett County. It will list a calendar and time slots available all around the county. Or you can call 715-497-4438 to sign up too. Moulton says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever help you can give this season will be so appreciated throughout the upcoming year.â&#x20AC;? If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ring or would like to make a donation locally, please send your donations to Faith House, P.O. Box 67, Siren, WI 54872. You can also follow the organization locally on their Facebook page at Burnett County Salvation Army. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the Salvation Army

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Isabel Stevonek, 99, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls, Wis. A bouncing baby girl was born to John I. and Marie (Nelson) Brandjord on May 21, 1919. They named her Esther Isabel Brandjord. She was the second child born to them. Six more came through the years. At that time they lived in Conrad, Mont. (VWKHUQHYHUOLNHGKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDPH6KHFKRVHWREHFDOOHG Isabel. After a time the family moved to North Dakota. In June of 1943, Isabel would marry Bill Stevonek. Early in their marriage they lived in the Twin Cities. Later they moved to a farm just outside of Milltown, Wis., where they would live until their later years. When Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Isabel made the giant step to get her driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. After getting her license, she also got a job selling Avon. They made the decision to sell the farm and moved to an apartment in Luck, Wis. Bill passed away shortly after that move in June 1993. After BIllâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing, Isabel made a car purchase of a Buick Park Avenue which she was very proud of. After a time, Isabel met a wonderful friend at the Milltown meal site. His name was Harold Smith. In January of 2000, Harold passed away very suddenly, leaving Isabel alone once more. After Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing, Isabel moved to an apartment on Tower Street in St. Croix Falls. Then, in 2005, she, too, would be diagnosed with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls where her sister was already living. She remained there until her passing. Though Isabel and Bill were never blessed to have children of their own, they had many nieces and nephews which they could enjoy and spoil. They loved children. ,VDEHOZDVSUHFHGHGLQGHDWKE\KHUSDUHQWVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH of her seven siblings; her husband, Bill Stevonek; and her special friend, Harold Smith. She is survived by one brother and one sister and many nieces and nephews and their families. Arrangements have been handled by the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, Wis. A time to view pictures and have a light luncheon will be at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck.

Mark W. Gustafson of Osceola, Wis., died suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Regions Hospital at the age of 60. Mark was born Oct. 4, 1955, in Frederic, Wis., to John and Adeline Gustafson. He graduated from Frederic High School in 1974. On Sept. 27, 1986, he married his wife, Lois, at Milltown Lutheran Church. Mark has been working for over 32 years at Northwire in the shipping and receiving departPHQW,QKLVIUHHWLPHKHHQMR\HGĂ&#x20AC;VKing, watching Westerns and war movies, gardening and casino gaming. Mark was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack; and sister, Carole Conlon. He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters, LaRae Gustafson of New Richmond, Wis., and Sarah Gustafson of New Richmond; siblings, David Gustafson, Daniel Gustafson, Dianne (Dave) Schroeder, Duane Gustafson; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 23, at Zion Lutheran Church. Private interment will be in Zion Bone Lake Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home, grandstrandfh.com

(WKDQ-DPHV0LFKDHOVRQ Ethan James Michaelson, 15, of Milltown, Wis., passed away Nov. 16, 2015. Ethan was born on June 26, 2000, to Ted Michaelson and Sarah Broome. Ethan was born a natural leader. He was hardworking and enjoyed helping others. With his high intellect, Ethan excelled in the world of computers and technology. Ethan also had a profound appreciation of music. This time of year was a special time for Ethan. He loved spending time at the hunting cabin with his dad, and looked forward to snowfall; because that meant snowmobiling. Ethan also enjoyed riding four-wheeler. Ethan had a big heart, loved his family and was a loyal friend. He was an incredible teacher and friend to his EURWKHU*ULIĂ&#x20AC;Q Ethan was preceded in death by his grandpa, Don Michaelson, and great-great-grandmother, Helen Bruns. Left to cherish his memory are his loving parents, Ted DQG 6DUDK KLV DGRULQJ EURWKHU *ULIĂ&#x20AC;Q JUDQGSDUHQWV Sue Michaelson, Candi and Steve Steiger, and Jim and Tomma Broome; great-grandparents, Jim and Elizabeth Broome; uncle, Tim Michaelson; aunts, Michelle (James) Coen, Jennifer (Mark) Mangelsen, Racheal (Seth) Broome, Callie (Adan) Broome; cousins, Kyle, Kelsey, Karlie, Taylor, Sullivan, Vera, Kaden, Lauryn, Amelia, Aveah, Olivia, Jocelyn and Scarlett. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at East Balsam Baptist Church with the Rev. Gabe Brennan ofĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ3LDQLVWZDV9LFNLH3HWHUVRQ(WKDQZDVODLGWR rest at Milltown Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers were Justin Smith, Cody Smith, Gage Paulzine, Kyle Jensen, Jake Farah, Tim Michaelson and Trey Tisdale. Honorary pallbearers were Karlie Moening and Kaden Mangelsen. An online guest book is available at rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.

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Ellis Edward Erickson, 92, Frederic, Wis., passed away Nov. 20, 2015, at Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born Jan. 12, 1923, to Edward and Anna Erickson. After attending eight years of grade school, he worked on the family farm in the Town of Lorain with four brothers. He also logged and hauled ZRRGWR&XPEHUODQG:LVDQGĂ&#x20AC;OOHG silos with his brothers for many years. He married Lorna Lorraine Ferrian on Feb. 21, 1948 and to this union, two children, a girl, Jeanne, and a boy, Michael, were born. Eventually, Ellis bought the farm and he, Lorna and Michael ran the farm until Lorna and Ellis retired in the early 1990s when Michael and Diana took over. Ellis enjoyed hunting and dancing for many years. Also, any kinds of card games and spending time at the casino. He enjoyed dinners with family and friends. He and Lorna traveled to Hawaii, Arkansas, Las Vegas, South Dakota and Branson, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothHUV9HUQRQ/OR\G/HVWHUDQG:LOEXUDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHVLVWHUV Dorothy, Gladys and Tressa, with two infants dying in childbirth. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorna; and his FKLOGUHQ-HDQQH 'DOH DQG0LFKDHO 'LDQD Ă&#x20AC;YHJUDQGchildren, Lesa (Mark Locken), Tracie (Buck Hanson), Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sidâ&#x20AC;? Briggs, 91, of Danbury, Wis., passed Brooke (David Mott), Selena (Jason Frenette) and Hilaway Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, 2015. ary (Jacob Ridgeway); six great-grandchildren, Tanner Sid was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Jacksonville, Fla., a son Locken, Kamryn and Logan Mott, Madison Frenette, of the late Lucius C. and Leona M. (Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Herrin) Briggs. Hailey and Carter Ridgeway. He also had four stepHe moved with his family to Dangrandchildren, Mollie and Cole Hanson, and Sara Cox bury during the Great Depression and Brittany Locken. years. He received his elementary and Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 7 middle school education from public p.m.at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic and the fuschools in Jacksonville and Danbury, neral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation and he was a 1942 graduate of Webone hour prior at St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Church in ster High School. Frederic with lunch and burial to follow. Sid served in the U.S. Army during An online guestbook is available at rowefh.com . ArWorld War II, from March 13, 1943, rangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in and was honorably discharged on Jan. Frederic, 715-327-4475. 12, 1946. He was assigned primarily with the 606th Coast Artillery Battery in Hawaii. Following his discharge, Sid returned to Danbury. Sid was employed for the U.S. Postal Service for many years, initially as a rural mail carrier and retired as the postMichele Rae Deering, age 58, of Siren, Wis., passed PDVWHUIRUWKH'DQEXU\3RVW2IĂ&#x20AC;FH+HSUHYLRXVO\KDG away unexpectedly on Friday morning, Nov. 20, 2015. worked as a land surveyor for the state of Wisconsin and A memorial service is being planned for Michele Deerfor Taconite Engineering in Minnesota. Sid loved being outdoors taking care of his property, ing and will be published at a later date. Arrangements WHQGLQJKLVĂ RZHUVJDUGHQVPDNLQJWUDLOVWKURXJKWKH have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral woods and snowshoeing in the winter. He was a so- Home and Cremation Services, Siren. Online condolences cial person and enjoyed visiting with friends at the Log may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com. Cabin. Sid enjoyed reading and was very knowledgeable about current events, politics and foreign affairs. Sid was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph Briggs, John Briggs and James Briggs; and sisters, Agnes (Earl) Aronson and Dorothy (Eugene) MonteRalph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gusâ&#x20AC;? Johansen, 69, Luck, Wis., passed away verde. Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at the Veterans Administration He is survived by a sister, June Papanek; sister-in-law, Hospital in Minneapolis with his loving family at his side. Linda Briggs; and many nieces and nephews and their Services were being arranged at the time of publicafamilies. tion. Please visit kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com for upA graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 23, at dated information or call Kolstad Family Funeral Home, 'DQEXU\&HPHWHU\ZLWK3DVWRU(GGLH&ULVHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDWLQJ Centuria, 715-646-2200. Full military honors concluded the service. Arrangements have been entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.

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That knowledge, in turn, is rooted in your love for and commitment to your mother. Out of that commitment and your day-to-day interactions with her Q: Can you tell me what it means to will grow an awareness of practical ways â&#x20AC;&#x153;honorâ&#x20AC;? a parent who has become in- you can serve her and care for her imcreasingly cranky, feisty, disagreeable mediate needs. This might mean sharing and demanding as a result of Alzheim- \RXU KRPH DQG RIIHULQJ Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO VXSerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and the aging process? My port. It could also involve seeking supmom was once a sweet, caring and soft- SRUW VHUYLFHV Ă&#x20AC;OOLQJ RXW HQGOHVV KHDOWK spoken woman, but all that has changed insurance forms, providing transportation and communicating with doctors. dramatically over the past few years. Finally, remember that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too Jim: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt about it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; caring IRUDQDJLQJORYHGRQHLQYROYHVVDFULĂ&#x20AC;FH late â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or too soon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to love and honor and self-discipline, especially in situa- your elders. As you seek to honor your mother, your love for her will grow and tions like yours. :H VKRXOG EHJLQ WKHQ E\ GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJ your relationship with her will be enâ&#x20AC;&#x153;honor.â&#x20AC;? Honor implies choosing to give riched. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ great respect and care to our elders - not Q: My 13-year-old son loves music grudgingly, but from a principle of love and out of genuine concern for their and hopes to turn this passion into a vineeds. True honor is placing the highest able career someday. As you can imagvalue on our loved ones, regardless of ine, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constantly checking out new bands and artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; videos. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all for whether they deserve it or not. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made this choice, the key him increasing his artistic knowledge issue is knowing how to carry it out. The and developing his craft, but I worry biblical commandment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor your that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being exposed to a lot of risfather and motherâ&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention spe- que images and nudity. Do I have reaFLĂ&#x20AC;FV,WKDVQRWKLQJWRVD\DERXWQXUVLQJ son for concern? Bob Waliszewski, director, Plugged-In: homes, pensions or Medicare. Nor does it obligate you to take aging parents into Sadly, the challenges parents face from the entertainment industry and popular your home. Instead, the art of honoring a cranky culture donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ease up or take a day off. A elder is based on intuitive knowledge. recent discussion on Fox Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four-

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miles each day or working out so many hours a week. Paul is an ideal model for Christians who strive to become champions for Christ. With the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we too can dedicate ourselves to succeed in our faith. With his help, we too can set goals and use the needed discipline to use the gifts he has given us for his glory. Lord, thank you for your power and presence that helps us run our race of faith toward the imperishable crown of eternal life with you. Like those malamute pups, help us run with joy and single-mindedness. In Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at sallybair@ gmail.com.

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NOVEMBER

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

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

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Polk-Burnett Elec. toy & gift drive drop-off at their 6LUHQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHDPSP

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â&#x20AC;˘ Love Light Tree & Remembrance ceremony at the medical center, 4 p.m., scrmc.org.

Webster â&#x20AC;˘ Lions & Lioness food distribution at Connections, DPSP

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, 715

NOW THRU MONDAY/JANĆ Ĺ&#x2013;

FRIĆ Ĺ&#x2018;SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x2013;Ĺ&#x2018;Ĺ&#x2DC; Luck

Siren

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.

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

St. Croix Falls

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2DC;

â&#x20AC;˘ Rivertown Holiday, food, crafts, Santa, shows, etc., fallschamber.org.

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Thanksgiving feast at the community center, noonSP â&#x20AC;˘ Fireworks at the VFW, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x2013;

Siren

â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice DW7ULQLW\/XWKHUDQ&KXUFKDP

Falun

â&#x20AC;˘ Free Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center, noonSPYLVLWVLUHQFRP

Luck

St. Croix Falls

â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feastâ&#x20AC;? movie at the museum, 7 p.m.

â&#x20AC;˘ Free Thanksgiving dinner at United Methodist Church, SP

â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Day DW(QGHDYRUVSP

Milltown Webster

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Tourism grant fund info meeting at the library, 9 a.m., 715-349-2979.

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.

SATĆ &SUNĆ /Ĺ&#x2014;&Ĺ&#x2DC;

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Danbury

â&#x20AC;˘ Lighting Festival, Fri. exhibits, parade 6 p.m.; Sat. VDOHVYHVSHUV6DW´$&KULVWPDV4XLOWÂľ6XQERQĂ&#x20AC;UH 4 p.m., fallschamber.org.

â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas at the Forts at Forts Folle Avoine, Sat. 11 a.m.6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday bake sale 11 a.m. XQWLOJRQHWKHIRUWVRUJ

Siren

FRIDAY/Ĺ&#x201D;Ĺ&#x2122; Falun â&#x20AC;˘ Free bread distribution, every Friday until further notice DW7ULQLW\/XWKHUDQ&KXUFKDP

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ 'RFXPHQWDU\Ă&#x20AC;OPVKRZLQJDWWKHOLEUDU\DP 

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Webster

Dresser

â&#x20AC;˘ Medicare workshop at the library, 2 p.m., 715-294

â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life ChrisWLDQ &RPPXQLW\  SP JULHIVKDUHRUJ  1431.

THURSĆ Ć&#x201A;FRIĆ &SUNĆ / Ĺ&#x2022;Ć&#x201A;Ĺ&#x2013;&Ĺ&#x2DC; St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? at Festival Theatre. Thurs. & Fri. SP6XQSPIHVWLYDOWKHDWUHRUJ

Balsam Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Art, craft & bake sale at Our Lady of the Lakes, DPSP

Siren

THURSDAY/Ĺ&#x2022; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Bingo DWWKH9):SRVWSP

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.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ 4K - 1st-grade holiday program at the elementary VFKRROSPIUHGHULFNZLXV

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., 

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Chronic pain support group at the medical center, SP

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Statewide â&#x20AC;˘ Small Business Saturday.

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ The Spirit of the Drum with Don Karsky at Festival 7KHDWUHDPIHVWLYDOWKHDWUHRUJ

DECEMBER

â&#x20AC;˘ Community choir concert at Bethany Lutheran. Sat. SP6XQSPYLVLWVLUHQFRP

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday boutique DW'DQFLQJ'UDJRQĂ \DPSP 'DQFLQJ'UDJRQĂ \:LQHU\FRP

SATURDAY/Ĺ&#x2014; Atlas â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas coffee, craft & bake sale at Atlas Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Danbury â&#x20AC;˘ Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry DWWKHWRZQPDLQWHQDQFHVKRSGRQDWLRQ2SHQDPGLVWULEXWLRQDP

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas cookie walk, DPRUXQWLOJRQHDQG craft sale at St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Methodist Church, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas craft & gift sale at the Legion hall, 715-463 â&#x20AC;˘ Santa DWWKHOLEUDU\DP

Lewis â&#x20AC;˘ Craft and bake sale at Lewis Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Gospel music at Lewis Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

Luck â&#x20AC;˘ West Denmark Dane School Christmas sale and cookie walk, DPSP

Milltown â&#x20AC;˘ Holiday expo/craft fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa photos 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the community center.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x201C;

Siren

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m.,  â&#x20AC;˘ RSVP deadline for Christmas party at the community FHQWHURQ'HFDP

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

Osceola

â&#x20AC;˘ Lioness Santa Day at the school, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., visitsiren.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Santa Skate DWWKHULQNSPYLVLWVLUHQFRP

St. Croix Falls â&#x20AC;˘ Ring of Kerry Irish Christmas & St. Paul Irish Dancers DW)HVWLYDO7KHDWUHSPIHVWLYDOWKHDWUHRUJ  â&#x20AC;˘ Pictures with Santa at Edina Realty, noon-2 p.m.

MONDAY/Ĺ&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;˘ Military family support group meeting at the commuQLW\FHQWHUSP

WEDNESDAY/Ĺ&#x201D; Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Early-stage Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group at the senior FHQWHUDP

Dresser â&#x20AC;˘ GriefShare support group meeting at New Life ChrisWLDQ&RPPXQLW\SPJULHIVKDUHRUJ 1431.

Frederic

Clear Lake â&#x20AC;˘ Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715-263-2739.

Frederic â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd- & 3rd-grade holiday program at the elementary VFKRROSPIUHGHULFNZLXV

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Tree-lighting ceremony DWWKHOLEUDU\SP 463-2244.

St. Croix Falls

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

Grantsburg â&#x20AC;˘ Cookie-making day DWWKHVHQLRUFHQWHUDP" 

â&#x20AC;˘ Blood drive DWWKHPHGLFDOFHQWHUDPSP 733-2767, redcrossblood.org.

TUESDAY/Ĺ&#x161;

Lewis â&#x20AC;˘ Gospel music at Lewis Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

Siren â&#x20AC;˘ Tourism grant fund info meeting at the government center, Room 162-3, 5 p.m., 715-349-2979.

Amery â&#x20AC;˘ Cancer support group at Our Saviorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church, SPRU

Rice Lake 6QRZWKDWIHOOLQWKHDUHD7KXUVGD\1RYOHQWEHDXW\WRWKHEDUHWUHHEUDQFKHV3KRWRE\ â&#x20AC;˘ Start Here - Finish Here open house at UWBC for adult 1DWDOLH0HOWRQ VWXGHQWVSPH[W

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