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Supervisors scolded

Polk County administrative coordinator admonishes county board PAGE 16

Two men charged with kidnapping Mock crash attempts to prevent real thing Schools, agencies join in disaster driil Currents

Vigil honors child abuse victims Currents, page 2

F e n c e- l i n e fa n s

Alleged victim called for help from inside car trunk PAGE 3

Serious impact

Proposed budget may cut $124,000 from county’s health and community services department PAGE 3

Department consolidations fail to stay on agenda Bremer withdraws name for District 12 seat PAGE 3

Webster Schools act on revenue shortfall Declining enrollment forces layoffs, reductions PAGE 6

It’s all about the dance Purity in Motion recital

Currents section

Family waits for Purple Heart recipient to return home PAGE 40

Baseball is known as America’s favorite pastime, and these boys show their interest in the sport. They climbed on the fence during a high school baseball game in order to get a closer look. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Teen writers invited to NYC Ice-cream social fundraiser scheduled for April 27

Judd to coach best of best in All-Star game See Sports front page

SIREN – Three Siren Middle School students have been invited to attend the Scholastic Writing awards ceremony at famed Carnegie Hall in New York City the first week of June. To congratulate the writers and raise funds for the trip, the public is invited to an ice-cream social from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in the school commons. Recently Scholastic announced that all three students won national prizes for their writing. Each completed this year in Jodi McLain’s English classroom. Eighth-graders Elizabeth Brown and Cassandra Mercer won silver medals for poetry. Seventh-grader Lucas Stiemann won a gold medal for journalism. It’s impressive that Siren took three prizes: Most of the 140,000 entries nationwide come from large, metropolitan, or arts-based schools. Only 1,000 are recognized at the national

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Siren Middle School students (L to R) Elizabeth Brown, Cassandra Mercer and Lucas Stiemann will travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City to accept medals for their national-award-winning writing. A fundraiser on Monday, April 27, will help cover travel costs. – Photo submitted

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Airport expansion is a go, really, this time by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - Considering the stop-and-go nature of the expansion plans for the Burnett County Airport, it is not unreasonable that some may take airport manager Jeremy Sickler’s assurance that the airport’s runway project will begin by July 1 with a grain of salt. Even last month, Sickler had to report to the infrastructure committee that the bidding process was delayed because the DNR has not given final concurrence. But that was last month. In the meantime, the county received the needed DNR approval, and everything is in order to start the bidding process. It is anticipated that the bids will be opened late May, and the starting date to begin the project must be on or before July 1. Sickler said that the estimated costs of $1.77 million is $500,000 more than the 2006 estimated costs, mostly because of increases in the price of asphalt - but the actual price tag will depend on the actual bids. There is just one more change to report. The runway will be built 60 feet further away from the intersection of Hwys. 35/70 than was once planned. The increased distance between the intersection and runway will ensure that the intersection is not an obstruction. The supervisors also learned that if a roundabout is built in the same location as the current intersection, it would also not be an runway obstruction, as long as any lighting was less than 14.4 feet in height, Burnett County Highway Commissioner Bob Morehouse commented later that standard highway lighting is 18 feet, but there may be some alternative ways to light any improvements to the intersection. Widely anticipated that the DOT will improvement the intersection with a roundabout, Morehouse hopes to see some plans from the DOT within the next six months or so.

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Marijuana bust

MILLTOWN – Daniel Thone, 55, Milltown, was arrested and charged with the manufacture of marijuana on Thursday, April 16. A Polk County police officer executed a search warrant at Thone’s address that day and found marijuana plants in a closet under a large hydride light. The closet was wrapped in tinfoil. There were at least five large plants with 75 seedlings in a planter in the closet. Elsewhere in the apartment, dried marijuana was found, as well as packaging material and a digital scale. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Certain success Lori Peper-Rucks of Sunshine Kennels of Luck, bred and trained Certain as a narcotics K9 for Chief Vold of Independence. Certain and Vold did their training at Sunshine Kennels together in December 2008 and have been working together for four months now. Together, they’ve worked to put many in jail, and take drugs off the streets. PeperRucks said she’s proud of Certain and Chief Vold finding meth on this Escalade, allowing them to seize the Escalade and $65,000 in cash. She called two days later after hearing about the find, to congratulate Vold and found out the next day they made another vehicle stop and found marijuana and again seized another vehicle. – Special photo

Two air ambulances summoned to Hwy. 35 and 46

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Alice Ziegler, 68, of Star Prairie, was driving south on Hwy. 35 north of Milltown on April 15 at about 6:30 p.m. in her Chevrolet Lumina. Ziegler slowed or stopped to wait for a vehicle coming north on Hwy. 35 to pass so that she could turn left onto Hwy. 46. William Mueller, 58, of St. Croix Falls, apparently failed to notice that she had stopped and rearended her at highway speed. He was driving a Dodge Ram pickup. — Photos and information from the Polk County Sheriff’s


Two men charged with kidnapping

by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department first learned there was something amiss during the early-morning hours of Saturday, April 4, when 30-year-old Jason J. Kenowski, called from the trunk of a car on his cell phone to say that he had been beaten and was being driven somewhere. That somewhere turned out to be a trail in the woods off of Gaslyn Creek Road in Rusk Township where Kenowski was taken from the vehicle’s trunk, beaten again, threatened with death, and his cell phone, driver’s license, debit card and pants were taken from him before he was left in the woods. After the attackers had driven off, Kenowski walked to Gaslyn Creek

Road and was picked up by a passing motorist, still without pants, bleeding from the head. He was taken to the hospital in Spooner by the passing motorist. Jonathan Oiyotte He suffered a broken nose, a fracture to the right side of his face, broken ribs and possible internal bleeding from the beating. The sheriff’s department learned more about the incident when they were called to a Rusk Township residence from where Kenowski was taken from. The alleged attackers were identified as Bradley Belisle, 31, Hertel, and Jonathon

C. Oiyotte, 30, Webster. Officers learned that Kenowski and the attackers had been drinking together, first at a Lewis bar and then at the Rusk Township resBradley Belisle idence. Reportedly Kenowski got tired and went to his car to sleep, and it was from his car that he was violently awoken, punched and placed into the truck of the vehicle that Belisle and Oiyotte were driving. The Kenowski vehicle was still parked at the Rusk County residence. Oiyotte and Belisle were arrested on unrelated warrants later that morning at the Log Cabin Store in Danbury. A .22-

caliber handgun was found in the car they were in. Oiyotte had scratches on his forearms and what appeared to be dried blood on his boots, pants and shirt. A cell phone in Oiyotte’s possession matched the description of Kenowski’s phone. Both men are charged with kidnapping, robbery with use of force and substantial battery. Belisle, a convicted felon, is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. The kidnapping charge alone, a class C felony, could bring a $100,000 fine and/or a 40-year prison term. Both are released on bond. Their initial appearance in the Burnett County Courtroom will be on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m.

Department consolidations fail to stay on county agenda

Duana Bremer withdraws name for District 12 seat

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — The Polk County Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening voted not to allow discussion and voting on three items added to the original agenda after it was published. A new agenda with the added items was distributed April 17, in compliance with the rules about amending an agenda, but it failed to get the needed twothirds majority in order to keep them on the agenda. The three items were heavy topics, said Supervisor Larry Voelker. One was a resolution to merge the highway department and the lime quarry and another was a resolution to consolidate

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level. The national contest office contacted McLain to compliment her on the quality coming from as small a town as Siren. “Siren students bring uniqueness to their writing,” McLain said. “Our location and community dynamics make Siren different from many communities, even others in Northwest Wisconsin. The kids communicate these experiences viscerally in their writing. That’s what sets it apart.” Ten of McLain’s students won regional prizes from Scholastic, a new record for the school. The three national winners from Siren set yet another record for the school. Each national winner is now trying to raise around $1,500 to send her/himself and a parent to New York. “Everybody likes pie and ice cream, so we’re hoping for a great turnout at the social,” McLain added.

all accounting and fiscal functions of the county into the department of administration. The third was a resolution to change some language in the county policy on staffing, budget planning and position administration. “I know I need more notice to think about it,” said Voelker, after concerns were first raised by Supervisor Robert Dueholm Eleven of the 20 supervisors present voted in favor of amending the agenda, with nine opposed, falling short of the required two-thirds majority.

The meeting proceeded with the original agenda.

No supervisor in District 12 Listed on the April 21 county board agenda was the appointment and swearing-in of Duana Bremer as successor for the seat of supervisory District 12, but Bremer withdrew her name as a candidate. County board Chairman Bryan Beseler was set to appoint her to the seat vacated in February with the resignation of Pat Messicci.

Mining in Polk County topic of meeting HUDSON - The St. Croix Valley Group of the Sierra Club will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Hudson Municipal Building. This month’s program will feature presentations on local community efforts to stop two nonmetallic mining operations in Polk County, which threaten nearby wetlands and rivers.

The Hudson Municipal Building is located at 911 4th Street, Hudson. After the program, a brief meeting will be conducted providing updates on various river issues. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim at 651-436-1965 or - from SCVSC

Vigil at Luck on child abuse

Services set LAKE MINOQUA, Wis. - Services will be held Sunday, April 26, for Harley C. “Putter” Petersen, 83, who passed away at his home on Lake Minocqua Monday April 20. Putter was born in Luck on June 10, 1925, to John and Dora Petersen. He was one of the five original “flying game wardens” for the Wisconsin Conservation Department. He retired in January 1982 as chief district pilot for the DNR. On June 6, 1948, Putter married Donna Mae Lawson in Luck. They were married for 60 years. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Leader.

This mother and daughter took part in the candlelight vigil in Luck to honor victims of child abuse. Story and more photos on page 2, of the Currents section. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

“Thursday evening she contacted me to state she wanted to be withdrawn from the process,” said Beseler. He said he hoped to have an appointment in May. Later in the meeting, during reports by supervisors, Voelker spoke in favor of appointing Craig Moriak to the seat. Voelker said he had petitions with signatures of people supporting the appointment.

Serious impact

Proposed budget may cut $124,000 from county’s health and community services department by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY - Burnett County Health and Human Resource Director Katherine Peterson is estimating that Gov. Doyle’s proposed budget could cut $124,000 in annual funding from the county’s health and community services department The cuts would come in the children and families unit, out of an annual budget of $1.6 million. The cuts come from a 1-percent cut on all appropriations and would mean the elimination of some community aids programs and federal prevention dollars that counties have been receiving for the last several years. Not only will there be cuts, Peterson explained, but the county will have to pay more for services such as corrections and state mental health institutes services. This comes at a time that the demand for these services are rising, so much so that Peterson said the number of people coming into the county for these services is “amazing.” If approved, the cuts will go into effect in July 2009. Peterson said that the department managers are looking at the various programs and may have to cut back or eliminate some program for 2010 because cutting $124,000 from a county the size of Burnett will have a serious impact. The county operates several nonmandated programs that the state does not require it to have, and Peterson acknowledged after the meeting that she could eliminate some of those programs. But she also pointed out that because of the preventative nature of many of the non-mandated programs, dropping them could very well mean higher costs over the long term.





Communication towers to be funded by sales tax by Nancy Jappe SIREN – At its April 21 meeting, the Burnett County Board of Supervisors approved a half-percent increase in its sales and use tax. If approved by Wisconsin legislators, this will bring the county’s sales tax up to 6 percent for the period of time it takes for the county to pay the cost of the federally mandated Public Safety Radio Infrastructure Project. In short, to pay for upgrading the county’s communication towers to meet specifications set by the Federal Communications Commission. In 1995, the Federal Communications Commission set the requirement that anyone using radio spectrum below 512 megahertz would have to narrowband their channels and that all wideband equipment that was not capable of narrowband operation would have to be replaced by 2012. Burnett County will not be compliant unless these changes are made. The cost to comply with the federal mandate amounts to $3.5 million. The county is looking at all options available to offset this cost. This includes the possibility of getting some of the $3,345,000 federal stimulus monies in which it is understand Congressman Dave Obey is involved. County board Chairman Phil Lindeman explained that three steps could be used to pay for the communications changes that must be made: 1) Through a bonding program. This is currently being investigated, but it would cost the taxpayers. 2) Through the federal stimulus package mentioned above. 3) Through an increase in sales tax, which could bring between $800,000 and $900,000 into the county in a year. “What happens if we get additional sales tax and then we get the money to cover the cost of the towers (elsewhere)?” Supervisor Gene Olson asked. The resolution that came before the board states that if other funding avails itself to the county, the $3.5 million liability will be reduced to a lesser amount and that the additional sales and use tax will sunset (end) when the cost of the project is satisfied.

Liz Otto (L), current alternate youth member from Siren High School to the Burnett County Board of Supervisors and representative next year talked with Webster High School youth representative Brittany Flatten prior to the start of the county board meeting Tuesday, April 21. “This is the fairest way we can do a project that we must do,” said Supervisor Chris Sybers, referring to the sales-tax increase. “We have no choice. It doesn’t put an adverse effect on taxpayers. Tourism is our bread and butter. They use this (communication) system, ambulance, fire, cops, first responders, the medical examiner. They need this system if they are here or traveling through here. It’s the fairest way I can see.” “With this, property taxes won’t go up,” commented Supervisor Norm Bickford. The supervisors were assured that the money generated by the temporary increase in sales tax will go just for funding the mandated communication towers and not for any other purpose, including future maintenance of the towers. Support from Sen. Bob Jauch is already on record. A commitment from Sen. Sheila Harsdorf is needed, and the supervisors were encouraged by county administrator Candace Fitzgerald to call Sen. Harsdorf regarding the benefits of raising the sales tax to pay for the com-

munication towers. “There will be a wider tax jurisdiction shared by many more taxpayers than those who live in the community,” she said. Supervisor Gerry Pardun pointed out the need to let the public know why the county board is taking this drastic step. By roll-call vote, the 20 supervisors at the meeting approved the sales-tax increase, as did the three youth representatives whose votes are recorded but not counted in determining the outcome. The county board approved a proclamation declaring the month of April as “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to underage drinking” month. This proclamation requests the county to discourage the use of alcohol by those under the legal age of consumption and exhort all residents to refuse to provide alcoholic beverages to underage youth. The board heard from airport manager Jeremy Sickler that, on March 27, the DNR approved the county’s airport expansion plan, which is now set to go ahead, with planned completion by the beginning of October.

Joann Phernetton, director of the Community Referral Agency in Milltown (dealing with domestic and sexual abuse), introduced her program to members of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors at their April 21 meeting. Phernetton joined the CRA staff in August 2008. Her agency’s goal is to step up prevention and outreach education from kindergarten through grade 12. She expressed appreciation to the county board for the support of $4,000 a year given to CRA. The number to call for information on CRA is 715825-4414. – Photos by Nancy Jappe A zoning change recommendation for property owned by Robert J. Emer to separate a home from his business in the town of Meenon was approved as was some housekeeping-type amendments to the county’s private sewage system ordinance. Denied was a petition from H. Robert Chappa for a zoning change on his property in the town of Scott. Carl Heidel was appointed to the board of Burnett Community Library, Herb Josephson to a five-year term on the Burnett County Housing Authority and Dan Brown to a three-year term on the Gandy Dancer Trail Commission. Candace Fitzgerald warned the board that the Aging Programs budget for transportation was over by $65,000, and changes would be looked at for next year. She told the board that the county ended 2008 with $500,000 to the good. “Good financial management on your part,” she told the board.

Parents and police join forces to prevent teen drinking

BURNETT COUNTY – “Parents who host, lose the most.” This is a phrase that Burnett County parents will be hearing a lot now that Burnett County Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition has joined 54 other communities statewide in a campaign that aims to warn parents of the legal consequences of hosting underage drinking in homes, warn of the dangers of underage drinking and to show ways of hosting safe, alcohol-free events for youth. The complete campaign slogan is “Parents who host, lose the most: don’t be a party to underage drinking,” and it

has the Burnett County Sheriff collaborating with the effort. “The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department takes underage drinking and the adults who sell or serve alcohol to youth very seriously,” said Sheriff Dean Roland. “Individuals who purchase, provide or pour alcohol for anyone under age 21, except their own child, is breaking the law and will be charged under state or municipal law,” he warned. A campaign Web site spells out the risks further by pointing out that being a cool parent could cost you your house, car, boat and your retirement savings,

since if you purchase, provide or pour alcohol for underage drinkers, anyone they injure can sue you and homeowners insurance doesn’t cover illegal activities. Rob Rudiger, director of behavioral health in Burnett County and AODA coalition member, describes some of the dangers of underage drinking. “Too many people think underage drinking is harmless or worse - acceptable if parents take cars keys away from youth,” Rudiger said. “Every year we hear about teens dying from alcohol poisoning or alcohol-related poisonings and drownings that occur after adults

provide alcohol to youth. Underage drinking is illegal, has long-term health consequences and is a factor in all five of the leading causes of death among youth.” Rudiger sums it up by saying, “We want this to be a happy prom and commencement season, underage drinking isn’t part of that picture.” If you have any questions about the campaign, or would like more information or materials, please feel free to contact Rudiger at 715-349-7600, or Roland at 715-349-2121 droland@burnettcounty. org .- with submitted information

National Drug Court Month to be celebrated in Burnett County

Commencement ceremony to be shown on Web cast at Siren, May 15

BURNETT COUNTY - In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court will be holding a breakfast and video coverage of the commencement ceremony held in Miami-Dade County, Fla.. The celebration will be on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 a.m., in Room 165 at the Burnett County Government Center in Siren. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the Web cast immediately following. Community members are welcome to

join in the drug court program’s efforts to decrease chemical use and illegal activity while improving the lives of local community members. Please come and meet the Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court team members and see what drug courts have done to help individuals like Thelma “CeCe” Mitchell accomplish. Mitchell states, “This program saved my life. I wanted to make a change and the program helped me do it.” She is the first graduate from the Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court and recently joined the Drug Court Team. National Drug Court Month is coordinated on a national level by the National Association of Drug Court

Professionals which was established in 1994 to assist the planning, implementation and operation of drug courts. This year marks a historic milestone in the drug court movement reflected in May’s National Drug Court Month theme: “Celebrating 20 years of Drug Court: Restoring Lives, Reuniting Families and Making Communities Safer.” What started in a Florida courtroom 20 years ago has become the nation’s most successful strategy for dealing with substance abusing offenders. Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court started in 2006 and has had 23 participants, of which 13 have graduated and eight are currently actively par-

ticipating in drug court. The program provides counseling services, educational support, vocational rehabilitation, monitoring and supervision, family education and community-service opportunities for its participants and their families. The goal is to help individuals find sobriety and serenity in order to avoid further legal, social, employment, financial, health and relationship issues. If you plan on attending this ceremony please RSVP by May 1 to Tessa Anderson, Drug Court coordinator at 715-349-7600 ext. 1256 or - submitted





New home care supervisor starts at Polk County

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — This past February, after 32 years with the home care program at the Polk County Health Department, Leslie Larsen retired from her post as home care supervisor. Last week Caralynn Hodgson, formerly with Pierce County Public Health, took the helm. Before coming to Polk County, Hodgson was manager of the Pierce County home care program since 1993. Over her years there, she served as interim health officer in addition to her role as home care manager. Finally, in 2005, her position was changed to director of public health/health officer/home care manager. “I’m excited about being back in home care 100 percent of the time,” said Hodgson, on her first day at Polk County April 15. “Home care has always been my passion — keeping people in their homes as long as possible.” People want to stay in their homes, she said, and helping them to do so is very rewarding. Not only that, it’s cheaper than assisted living or nursinghome care. Although Hodgson’s career with Pierce County began in 1993, her career in home care goes back another decade. Going through her college nursing program in the early 1980s, Hodgson had a rotation in home care. “My eyes were opened, and I’ve been in home care ever since,” she said. As her degree required, Hodgson spent one year in a hospital, but then began her life’s work at Visiting Nurses Association, the more than 100-year-old original home care agency. Prior to moving to Pierce County, Hodgson also worked as Medicare

Caralynn Hodgson, (L), is the new home care supervisor with the Polk County Health Department. She started April 15 in the position from which Leslie Larsen, (R), retired in February. intermediary for home care in Milwaukee County, dealing with billings and insurances. Her experience there came in helpful at Pierce County — when she left Pierce County April 3, the home care program was $150,000 to the good. “That’s why I knew I could leave,” she said. “It was a difficult decision, but it’s a strong program with a strong new leader.” Polk County has an awesome home care program, Hodgson feels. The program here utilizes home monitoring, which was not used in Pierce County, and charting is 100-percent computerized, which is not the case in other places, she said. In addition, Hodgson has known both Larsen and public health director Gretchen Sampson for a long period of time, interacting and sharing informa-

tion at regional and state meetings. Coming to Polk County, she said, “almost felt like coming home.” “When Caralynn first expressed interest, then applied and was hired,” said Larson, “I knew I was turning the program over to someone who is extremely knowledgeable, and who has a passion for it as I did. “After so many years you’re vested in the program,” Larsen added. “It makes it easier if you know you’re turning it over to someone very knowledgeable and competent.” In her 32 years with the program, she said, she has met “many wonderful people with interesting backgrounds.” Larsen said she felt fortunate to be able to work with the generation who remembers the Spanish flu of 1917-18 or the World Wars, and she will miss the relationships she has formed. Sampson, director of public health, sees the home care program growing in the coming years. Hospital stays are shorter, and care needed upon leaving the hospital is greater. She said that Hospitals Homecare will be phasing out its services which, combined with an aging population, means that Polk County home care will be more in demand than ever. Currently, Sampson said, there are anywhere between 120 and 140 home care clients at a given time. Hodgson will be supervising a force of seven registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, seven home health aides, plus physical, speech and occupational therapists. The staff of the 42-year-old program is very stable, said Larsen, lending a vast amount of experience in providing care at home. “We have a staff that is very expert at

providing home care,” she said. The range of issues that the home care staff treats, Larsen said, is wide and varied, and the cross-section of knowledge and experience is very important. “We also have an excellent support staff,” Larsen added, “that keeps the paperwork flow going — the medical records and financial people. They free us up so we nurses can go out and do what we do, which is provide nursing services.” Last fall at budget time, as in other years, the home care program came into question. The finance committee eliminated it from the budget, but the county board voted to keep it funded. Hodgson said she experienced similar scenarios at Pierce County. Each year, she said, from 1993 to 2004, the program came under fire. In 2004, however, the board decided once and for all to keep it. “I really feel county agencies need to stay in home care for the aging population and for the kinds of care they provide,” Hodgson said. County home care agencies take all clients, whether medical assistance, Medicare or Medicaid, or private pay. Many private agencies will not take clients at the lower end of the pay scale, she said. Larsen will be working with Hodgson for two weeks to help her learn the ropes. Diane Mares, a registered nurse with the home care program, has been serving as interim supervisor and has done “a wonderful job,” said Larsen, but is not interested in taking the permanent position. Hodgson’s husband of 25 years, Kevin, is a power plant operator for the state of Wisconsin. They have a 21-yearold son, who is a music major at a college in New York.

Polk County identifies projects for $2.4 million highway budget by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE – Included in the 2009 Polk County Highway Department budget was more than $2.4 million for road projects, and Tuesday evening the county board of supervisors approved the projects for which those funds will be used. Three big-ticket items are ditching, culverts and paving on a segment of CTH H, at $491,300, pulverizing, overlay and shoulders on CTH X, at $487,000 and pulverizing, overlay and culverts on CTH P. Chip sealing on CTHs B, C, CC and PP, totaling $298,500, is included in the list, along with ultra-thin overlays of CTH I and CTH T, at $161,300 and $125,800 respectively.

Milling and overlay of CTH A, at $83,000 and right-of-way purchase along CTH Y, at $70,000, are also included. The final item on the list is preliminary work for 2010 projects, at $230,000. According to Marvin Caspersen, chair of the highway committee, bids on the projects have come in a little higher than anticipated in the 2009 budget. Items that cannot be completed within the budget, he said, will be cut from this year’s schedule but kept within the fiveyear plan. Other business • The board voted to grant and easement to Polk-Burnett Electric to install underground lines within D.D.

Kennedy County Park to replace and retire the overhead line and to provide better service to customers in that area. There is no cost to the county, and the easement will be returned to its natural state, assured parks committee Chair Michael Larsen. • The board approved a resolution authorizing application for funding from the Department of Natural Resources to help fund an outdoor recreation project. The Nordic Ski Club of Amery, said parks committee Chair Michael Larsen, is working with others to put lighting in along a trail. The project will require no county funding or labor. • The board voted to reduce from $45 to $25 the daily rate for housing Huber

(work-release) inmates from other counties. Sheriff Tim Moore told the board that the decrease will make Polk County more competitive in its efforts to house out-of-county inmates. “We’re pricing ourselves out of the market,” he said. • On a voice vote with two or three opposed, the Inter-County Leader was selected as the county’s legal newspaper. The Tri-County Advertiser, published by the Leader, was named the secondary newspaper. County clerk Carole Wondra said that the selection of the Leader was based on a combination of pricing and coverage.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month POLK COUNTY – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout the nation and, more notably, throughout Polk County. In order to raise awareness, citizens of Polk County need to know that violence against children and families does happen here. We are not immune to violence, simply because we live in the Midwest, a rural area, or a small town. According to 2008 statistics, gathered by Polk County Child Protective Services, 886 reports were made to their agency regarding child abuse or neglect. Of those reports, 243 reports were investigated and 133 were offered services. In 2008, Polk County Child Protective Services averaged 3.4 new abuse/neglect reports per day. That is one new abuse/neglect report every 2.5 hours. To further clarify these statistics, 211 physical abuse allegations, 411 neglect (physical/medical) allegations, 174 sexual abuse allegations, 56 emotional abuse allegations, and 11 unborn abuse/neglect allegations. There are many ways for citizens to

do their part to break the cycle of violence. Everyone can step up by volunteering to baby-sit for a stressed out mom giving her some free time to cool off, as well as by calling law enforcement or social services as soon as you are aware of any violence in a home. All Polk County citizens are encouraged to take time to reflect on what we are doing as a community to support children and families. Children don’t come with an instruction booklet and too many parents face the challenges of raising their children without the knowledge and support they need and deserve. We all have opportunities to reach out to parents in our own families, neighborhoods, places of worship, and places of employment. Throughout the month of April, the Polk County Child Advocacy Referral Interagency Network Group will be promoting a countywide Blue Ribbon Campaign through various activities. You may notice blue ribbon yard signs and parenting information throughout the communities; hear information over

the radio; see articles in the paper; pick up a blue ribbon to wear at locations across the county; and talk to your kids about what they heard at school. Every week in April there are Child Abuse Prevention Blue Ribbon Campaign events that are open to the public: Friday, April 24 - Wear Blue Day;

Monday, April 27 - Dedication service for Zachary Wolfe – 5:30 p.m. at Bering Park in Milltown. For more information or how you can get involved call Community Referral Agency at 715-8254414. Together, we can make sure it doesn’t hurt to be a child. – submitted

Dinner will help meet medical expenses FREDERIC – The local organizations, community, family and friends are helping to give a fundraising supper to help meet medical expenses incurred during the sickness of the late Marilyn Sederlund. Sederlund, a member of the Frederic Board of Education and village clerktreasurer, died Feb. 26 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Gary. The fundraiser will be a spaghetti dinner to be held Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Frederic High

School. Tickets are $5 with drawings for prizes of $100, $75 and $50, along with other prizes. A bake sale will also be held. Donations will be accepted at Bremer Bank, where a fund has been established. Other businesses in the Frederic area will accept donations, also. Prizes for the raffle will be accepted at the Frederic Village Hall. Thrivent Financial of Polk and Burnett counties will match funds raised at the event. – with submitted information





Webster Schools act on revenue shortfall

Declining enrollment forces layoffs, reductions

by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - When the budget projections for the Webster School District’s 2009-2010 year were complete, it was painfully obvious that cuts would have to be made somewhere. And by the time the board of education had finished its meeting Monday night, there were budget reductions and staff layoffs. Declining enrollment was cited as the major factor in the forecast of a $198,298 budget deficit for the schools next year. According to Superintendent Jim Erickson, the population of the student body would have to increase by an additional 25 students to erase that deficit. But instead of that increase, he expects a drop in the pupil count from a total of 756 students this year to an anticipated total of 723 next year. If the population were to increase by an additional 25 students, that increase could generate an additional $225,000 in revenues. Working through the budget figures line by line, Erickson pointed out the impact of the expected decline in enrollment. Although revenues could increase overall by about $224,714 next year, T h i r d g r a d e teacher Kari R o p p e asked the board to retain Dawn Schultz’s position as art teacher.

Webster Schools Superintendent Jim Erickson explained the anticipated 2009-2010 budget deficit and its consequences to the school board and the audience at Monday night’s board meeting. anticipated reductions will limit the actual increase to around $166,737. And that reduction comes at a time when rising costs will increase expenditures by about $365,000. Erickson noted that this situation is “sadly, too common” in small, rural school districts. “This is not very pleasant,” he said. And it’s only going to get worse. Reading down a column of grade-level student counts Erickson showed that next year’s expected loss of 74 graduating students will be replaced by an incoming kindergarten population of only 37 students. He commented that a graduating class of 50-55 would be normal in an area like Webster’s, but over the next decade that class size is expected to dip well below those numbers, down into the 30s and 40s. By the time the board moved into executive session to consider staff cuts, it had already trimmed $50,600 from

Scott Treichel, outgoing Webster School Board secretary (far left), administered the oath of office to newly elected board members (L to R): Chuck Macke (incumbent), Brenda Rachner and Wendy Larsen. – Photos by Carl Heidel the budget through cuts in administrative costs. Further work with Title I monies reduced the deficit by about another $67,000. Then came the hard part, the staff cuts. Audience members had spoken in support of retaining the three-quarter position of art teacher Dawn Schultz, but the board voted to eliminate that position. They also cut the position of elementary instructional aide Lynn Stubbe, reduced the FACE position by 12.5 percent, and moved a grades 5-6 teacher into a fourth-grade position opened with stimulus money. When all changes were complete, the expected deficit was nearly closed. “Now we take it one day at a time,” said Erickson. At the end of the meeting consideration shifted from the budget to outgoing board members Brenda Bentley and Scott Treichel. The other board members recognized them for their years of service. Said board President Mark Elliott, “They brought a lot to the board. They have been thoughtful and dedicated board members.” Speaking to the incoming new members, Bentley said, “You will have to

make hard decisions that will not always be popular or pleasing. Remember that you are responsible to the students, the parents and the taxpayers.” She reminded them that they are members of a board and cannot take any unilateral actions nor promise specific outcomes to people. And she urged them to honor the “chain of command” and not to “micromanage” any of the parts of the school system. In other business: • elected board members Chuck Macke (incumbent), Wendy Larson and Brenda Rachner were sworn into office by outgoing board secretary Scott Treichel; • staff resignations from Sarah Pickering (as junior high track coach, as she moved into the position of senior high assistant track coach), Amy Monicken (part-time cook) and Clare Wright (school nurse) were accepted; • Jodi Elmgren was approved as junior high track coach; • and policies on health and nursing services and Indian policy and procedure were approved.

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District looks at energy savings, new budget by Gregg Westigard FREDERIC – The Frederic School District will lose 109 years of service this spring when four longtime members of the educational staff retire. The announcement of those retirements was one of the items discussed at the monthly meeting of the school board Monday, April 20. The board also took its first look at the proposed budget for next year, heard a report on energy-savings projects, had a report on the pool demolition and listened to the story of the successful band/choir trip. The coming retirees are Nancy Jacobson, a first-grade teacher with 12 years of service, elementary aide Myrna Magnuson (28 years), library aide Dianna Edling (34 years), and Pattie Johnson (formerly Pattie Dill, 35 years). Administrator Gerald Tischer said this is the first time in years that retirees have announced their retirements before the end of the school year. He added that the district can now celebrate their service and recognize their work for the students. Related to the retirements is the call back from layoff of elementary teacher Michelle Manz. The district is taking steps to turn its commitment to energy savings into actions. Warren Peterson, buildings and grounds director, reported on a proposal to replace one of the 1992 boilers at the high school with a unit that could increase efficiency from 65 to 88 percent. The energy savings would pay for the new boiler in five years and produce an estimated additional $293,000 in energy savings over the following 15 years. Tischer and Peterson said this and other improvements might be paid for in Focus on Energy grants. Peterson added that the equipment is working well now and there is no emergency, but this planning is a good thing for the environment and the community. The final approval of the 2009-2010 budget is six months off, but the school board had its first look at the budget for the next year. The figures at this time are very preliminary. Tischer told the board that both the revenue and expense numbers will be changing. The starting numbers project revenues of $5,425,200 and expenses of $6,266,542, a shortfall of $841,342. Instructional costs are up $159,000. That includes a 3.8-percent increase in wages and benefits. One elementary position will be eliminated due to declining enrollment. The cost of special education programs serving children with special needs is up $100,000. That includes an expense increase of $50,000 and a

decrease in state aids of another $50,000. The cost of tuition payments to other districts to cover the loss of students through open enrollment is up $106,000. Tischer said that number may be reduced if the new virtual education program attracts students. Federal stimulus programs may also generate more revenue. The budget will be under adjustment at each coming meeting. “The school band and choir trip to Disney World was unbelievable,” choir director Greg Heine reported. “It could not have gone better. The students gave good performances. Disney staff and staff at the hotel praised our students for their politeness. This experience prepares them for giving a world-class music presentation.” Band director Patti Burns said the students prepared well for the performances each group gave. The band and choir students worked under the directions of professional talent coordinators. Burns added that the students worked hard to raise much of the money to cover the expenses of the trip and lower the amount that parents needed to pay. Two busloads of students left Frederic on a Friday, arrived in Florida on Saturday, performed on Sunday, had time to spend at the beach and visit other sites in the area. After several busy days, they arrived home Wednesday evening. Other items • Tischer reported that tests for lead paint and asbestos for the pool have been completed and preparation for demolition of the 50-year-old pool will start soon. The school district and Frederic village are discussing issues regarding the operation of a new pool. Board President Scott Nelson said more information on funding is coming, and it is too early to make any commitments. • Elementary students are now having recess before lunch, rather than after, elementary Principal Kelly Steen reported. As a result, the kids are eating more, there is less waste, and they are calmer and ready to study when they return to class. • Steen and Tischer said they are looking at more models of alternative education besides virtual school programs. Steen said there are alternative models of education that could work well for the elementary students and help the district as it works with home-schooling parents. High school Principal Ray Draxler said many teachers are now getting masters degrees online and the district needs to look at all ways to reach kids not in the classroom now. • School board members Shari Matz and Troy Engen, elected to new threeyear terms on April 7, took their oaths of office. The board will hold a special meeting April 27 to elect officers for the coming year. 483332 35L


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F O R U M Embracing the concept

What does movie star Russell Crowe have in common with the author of one of our letters to the editor last week? They’re both feeling some heat this week for not having their numbers right when speculating what would happen if the U.S. government provided each of us - all 300 million citizens - a million dollars. Giving $1 million to each man, woman and child in the U.S. would cost $300 trillion, not $300 billion, as suggested by Crowe on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and in a letter to the editor by Leon Moe. And Mr. Moe’s mistake is shared by this editor, who rarely uses a calculator - but needs to. (Irony factor: In the 2001 film, “A Beautiful Mind,” Crowe played John Forbes Nash, a mathematical genius and Nobel Laureate in Economics). Our hats off to those who noticed the error in the letter published last week and who wrote letters in response. Our regrets we couldn’t print them all. And at the risk of prompting more letters, we’ll defend the spirit - if not the numbers - of the proposals by Mr. Crowe and Mr. Moe. What will $300 or $400 billion get you in the way of a citizen bailout these days? How about giving each of the 138 million taxpayers in the U.S. $2,500 each? Or each of the 70 million households about $4,000 to $5,000 each? Not exactly $1 million, but most of us would cash the check. And please don’t write us about the math, if it’s wrong. Just daydream a bit - and embrace the concept ...

Earth Day

Those of us who have been to the Apostle Islands or traveled down the Namekagon River by canoe or kayak, know the feeling that the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, must have felt. That would be the inspiration that prompted Nelson to use his political position to help preserve those places. As a young senator from Clear Lake, he lobbied to get President John Kennedy to visit the Apostles, which Kennedy did - via a helicopter tour - two months before he was assassinated. His appearance at Ashland that September - and at points west across the nation - was meant to highlight issues of natural resources conservation at the urging of Nelson. Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970, a movement which some say has yet to hit its zenith, 39 years later and four years after Nelson’s death. But Nelson himself was satisfied with what he witnessed while alive. “Earth Day achieved what I had hoped for,” he said. “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently into the political arena.” His daughter, Tia, now executive secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, has lobbied for environmental causes, including the expansion of the state’s Stewardship Fund. “The greatest gift my father ever gave me was the belief that you could care about something and work with integrity,” she said. “Papa often talked about the importance of raising the next generation with environmental ethics so they make informed decisions about the use of our natural resources. Imagine a robust and equitable economy with clean and abundant energy resources, sustainably managed farms and forests, where innovation and green jobs give us healthy choices that can lead us to a better future.” How inspiring to see the late senator’s legacy live on - not only through the millions he inspired - but also through his daughter.

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President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Governor Jim Doyle P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707

Congressman David Obey (7th District) 2462 Rayburn Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 or Federal Building, Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-5606 Rep. Nick Milroy (73rd District) Room 221 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison 53708 E-mail:

Rep. Ann Hraychuck (28th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 8942 Madison, WI 53708 Phone: 608-267-2365 • Toll free: 888-529-0028 In-district: 715-485-3362 rep.hraychuck@ Rep. Mary Hubler (75th District) Room 7 North, State Capitol P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708 or 1966 21-7/8 St., Rice Lake 54868 (715) 234-7421• (608) 266-2519 U.S. Senator Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 19 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 788, Madison, WI 53707 E-mail: Senator Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 (608) 266-7745 • (715) 232-1390 Toll-free - 1-800-862-1092 U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold SDB 40, Rm. 1, Washington, D.C. 20510 or 1600 Aspen Commons Middleton, WI 53562-4716 (608) 828-1200

It’s always a pleasure when political representation works like it’s supposed to. And that’s when legislators take steps to poll their constiuents and take action on an issue while it’s still current. State Rep. Ann Hraychuck and state Sen. Jim Holperin did just that recently by holding hearings around the state on the status of the state’s deer population and methods to control it. Their action came as a result of voiced concerns by constituents. As a result, the two legislators have recommended to DNR Secretary Matt Frank that the Earn-A-Buck population control method - where hunters must kill a doe before shooting a buck - be suspended indefinitely, except in chronic wasting disease deer management units. They also came up with other recommendations regarding how the DNR calculates deer numbers - ideas that will be considered and possibly adopted by the Conservation congress. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau has applauded the DNR for reducing deer numbers in one breath but cautioned the agency in the next: “We recognize that deer hunters are needed to keep the deer herd in check, but a balance is needed between having a successful hunt and having farmers being overrun by deer in certain areas of the state,” their news release noted. A good point. One might add highway safety to that statement. Hraychuck and Holperin spearheaded what appears to be a shining example of how government is supposed to work. Three cheers.

Hard Times series

Today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (4/22) offers a look at the Leader as part of MJS’s “Working Through Hard Times” series, a look at how people throughout Wisconsin are dealing with the tough economy. Reporter Bill Glauber and photographer Mark Harmon did a great job in conveying our story - which isn’t so different than stories of other companies fighting to stay alive in today’s economic climate. Even the Journal-Sentinel has enacted measures - including pay cuts - to keep the news flowing on to paper and the Internet - due to the economy and in light of the fast changing landscape for larger newspapers nationwide. Since the printed version of MJS isn’t readily available in our area, you can read the story at the link below or go to and look for the story on their electronic front page. Let us know what you think of the story by e-mailing us at Story link: All editorials are by editor Gary King

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I would like to apologize to the editor of the Leader and to the readers for my horrendous failing grade in my previous letter to the editor regarding the “bailout.” I certainly do not have any issues with admitting that I got a D- in math only because I committed to not taking the class again. Perhaps the only thing left is for me is to run for public office! Leon Moe Cottage Grove, Minn. Editor’s note: I apologize for not correcting the math error in Mr. Moe’s letter that was published last week, which stated that $300 million times $1 million equaled $300 billion. In fact, it equals $300 trillion.

12 zeros I simply must answer the letter to the editor from Leon Moe from last week. You also deserve a failing grade in math. The numbers you quote do not add up. Three hundred million people times $1 million is not $300 billion, it is $300 trillion. Three hundred and 12 zeros, not nine. Please rethink your comments. This is 30 times our current national debt. David Nelson Amery

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I wish to comment on Mark Pettis’ recent complaint about the very large increase in the state budget during Gov. Doyle’s stewardship these past six years. If he would correct his figures for inflation, he would find that the real cost of government has gone up less than 5 percent during those years. I wonder if the increase was any less during Gov. Thompson’s reign. The real problem is that the top 1 percent of income earners have doubled their share of the nation’s wealth in the last two decades while their contribution to paying for government has decreased. Meanwhile, the middle class has suffered a slight decline in their share and therefore find it difficult to pay for any increase. May I also correct the math in the letter from Leon Moe of Cottage Grove. He claims that $1 million multiplied by 300 million Americans equals $300 billion or about one-third of the stimulus package. When I learned my math more than 70 years ago, the correct answer was $300 trillion. Eiler Ravnholt Luck

Web site feedback The following comment was posted on the Leader’s Web site in response to story of a van fire which occurred last week in St. Croix Falls. “I think this story is very well-reported and the video was awesome. I really would like to know who was talking in the background about how long it takes for the fire trucks to get there. Maybe this man should join a fire department and see what it is all about. What about those of us that work a full-time job and have wonderful employers that allow us to leave work to fight a fire or get out of bed at two in the morning and drive to the fire station and then to the scene. I am very disappointed in this man’s comment and think us volunteers deserve a little respect.”

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What they didn’t tell you Last week a listening session was held concerning the closing of Whispering Pines Camp. Nancy Deaner, head of Camping Ministries, and Pastor Cathy Hamblin, representing the board, were there to speak and answer questions. Nancy began with a timeline that had brought the board to the decision to close the camp. She pointed out the Whispering Pines has declined in campers and is financially operating at a loss. What she didn’t say is the Pine Lake and Lucerne camps have also declined in campers and operate at a financial loss. Whispering Pines has what is probably the most valuable property of the camps, with it’s lengthy and pristine lakeshore and I believe the board’s desire to close and then sell it comes from its need to use that money to sustain the other camps. She spoke of a report from a consulting firm and the board’s commitment in 2002 to put money and efforts into keeping all of the camps open. What she didn’t say was that the board spent the first several years concerned only with building new facilities at the other camps. No new facility was built at WP. When asked about specific ways the board has helped Whispering Pines, they talked about the refurbishing of the cabins, a rework of the camp Web site and additional publicity. What she didn’t say: the refurbishing of the cabins was done largely by volunteers with little labor expense and was not completed until 2007. The Web site wasn’t reworked until 2007 and the additional publicity consisted of a few flyers distributed to churches in Minnesota and did not take place until 2007-2008. I believe that the board is using the resignation of a good director as an excuse to not allow the time necessary for those efforts to work and is not taking advantage of the great people of this area who are willing to put their time and talents into making Whispering Pines viable. The board won’t look for other solutions. I also heard it said that emotions should be put aside and facts looked at. Aren’t you supposed to be emotional about your faith? Your emotions are what allow you to believe in and trust a God that you cannot see. That emotional faith is what should be passed along to the children. I also heard it said that they were praying for another solution. Praying without a willingness to take action is like setting in a boat in the middle of a lake, praying to get to shore without a willingness to use the oars God gave you to row. I understand that the final vote comes at the annual conference assembly in June. The only way Whispering Pines Camp will survive is if the pastors and laypeople representing the churches of northern Wisconsin stand up and fight for it. Row, people, row. Connie Knauber Long-time staff member at WP Frederic

Child abuse, too As I was out and about this past weekend, I noticed a good amount of signs in people’s yards and driveways with the slogan “stop child abuse” printed on them. I am sure most of us think of the cruel physical abuses we hear of from the news media, but I wonder how many of us consider the abuse children take from the words out of our own mouths or just from our own selfish lifestyles. There are a good number of people out there whose command of the English language leaves much to be desired. They seem unable to get a complete sentence out without a cuss word in it, which in turn, leads them to speak to their children in the same way; they doom their children to unspeakable things with their words. There is a child I know of who will confide in me the things often said to him. It ranges the entire gamut of words from: you’re a stupid idiot to you are a dumb ___ or ___ hole. I imagine the first thought of people

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er’s 80th birthday my four siblings and I threw her a surprise party. After two months of planning, I felt a tremendous relief when my emcee duties were completed and I could finally sit back and enjoy. Grabbing a glass of old fashioned punch that the 70- and 80-years-olds were downing like kids at a Kool Aid stand, I made a beeline for the table where several of my aunts, all of them in their 80s and 90s, were sitting. I settled in among them and began listening. My favorite story from that day is now tucked away in my “Aunt Edna collection.” She told of the hot summer evening when she and some friends went swimming at the lake, decided to peel off their swimsuits and the ensuing hilarity when some boys happened by. Her eyes shining like those of that long-ago 16-year-old, Aunt Edna exclaimed, “It’s really hard to put on a wet swimsuit while in the water hanging onto a raft!” In the end, I would judge my mom’s party a great success. The guests arrived despite the snowstorm. The Irish fiddler added a festive flare, and the birthday cake with 80 blazing candles made it to mom’s table intact. So, why over the ensuing weeks did I have such a sense of melancholy whenever I thought of my mom’s party. An explanation started to come when a radio program that I had heard months before seeped into my consciousness. It had been an interview with Roseanne Cash during which she talked about the recent losses her family had endured; the death of a beloved aunt and the death of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. With raw emotion cutting her voice, Cash who say such things to their children is the old adage of sticks and stones. But let me tell them, you do unspeakable damage to kids emotionally. Or how about when you are so wrapped up in yourself that supper or naps or perhaps even bath time has to wait until you get around to it, because what you are doing for you will always come first. Child abuse is way more than just the physical, as horrible as that is. You wanted these children, that means you need to be grown up enough to put yourself aside and them first. It also means grasping a command of the English language and building the children up, not tearing them down with the filth that comes from your mouth. I would like to encourage all parents to be more mindful of who we put first in our lives and the words that come from our mouths that have the power to build up or tear down. Concerned for all our kids, Marjean Legler Trade Lake

Obama and CBS

When is President Barack Obama and CBS News going to stop their outright lying about guns in Mexico? Again on CBS News this evening, they made the statement that 90 percent of all guns used by the Mexican drug cartels are purchased legally in the United States. Two weeks ago, Fox News did some research into these absolute erroneous statements. What they found was that only 17 percent of the guns were purchased in the United States. The remaining weapons came from China, Russia, Brazil, India and Korea. Our president is ignorant of the laws within the U.S. It is illegal to own any fully automatic weapon in the U.S. It is also illegal to manufacture automatic weapons in the U.S. with the exception of those manufactured for the military. There is an exception to the law that requires a thorough background search, fingerprinting, a photo I.D., and

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Community Voices Laura Tiede remarked that her generation was quickly becoming the elders of the family. At the time, I understood Cash’s statement to mainly be a commentary on her own mortality, but now I have come to understand her statement in a different context. I realized that the sadness I felt after my mom’s party had to do with the tremendous pleasure I derived listening to and being with my aunts. I know keenly what a finite luxury this is. Already, more and more family gatherings are taking place at the funerals of my mom’s 10 siblings and their spouses. My melancholy resulted from the knowledge that, suddenly, Uncle Mel’s voice will no longer be here to regale me with colorful accounts of working in the CCC camps, that Uncle Etheral and I can no longer laugh about our water-balloon fights at family reunions and that Aunt Charlotte will one day no longer tell me about my grandparents and our extensive genealogy. Much as only children can provide such an all-out display of unbridled delight, energy and freshness of view, elders also play a unique role in the web of human experience. They possess something that is exclusively theirs to give, and because of this, my life will be less rich once they are gone. ••• Laura Tiede is an artist who lives with her family in rural Burnett County. Her artwork can be viewed at only after several months of background search, you may be issued a permit to own an automatic weapon after you pay a $200 permit fee.The reason that Obama and CBS News lie about this issue is simple: The Democratic Party agenda is to make it illegal for anyone in the U.S. to own any type of gun. I hope this newspaper has the intestinal fortitude to publish this letter and the truth. The outright lies of the president are absurd. He should have studied harder at Harvard so he would know the law. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Ask for a list I was surprised and saddened to hear that Austin Lake Greenhouse has had to lay off employees due to the loss of business resulting from the actions of our local funeral home director in steering people towards purchasing their funeral floral arrangements from his own-family owned business, Siren Floral. I had assumed that when I ordered flowers for my own brother’s funeral service that they would come from Austin Lake Greenhouse, but that was not the case. So that means that the floral shops from the surrounding towns are also losing business when people from their area die and the families make arrangements through Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, because they have made the same assumption when Mr. Taylor said he would take care of ordering their floral arrangements. I believe that when people are grieving and under stress of their loved one’s dying, they need to have a written and visible list of all the greenhouses and floral shops available to them so that they can make their own informed choices. Mary Klar Webster

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Public input wanted on access to high-speed Internet Are

you frustrated with your current Internet connection? Is your Internet connection slow or does it not work at all? If this sounds like a similar situation, then voice your comments and concerns with the Public Service Commission. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin wants input from Wisconsin residents and businesses on their current Broadband Internet connection. PSC wants to ensure that high-speed Internet access is an option for as many Wisconsin residents as possible. There is a quick and easy survey at that consumers can fill out in order to help the PSC identify areas in the state where the needs for broadband Internet are being unserved or underserved. The broadband survey is under the Hot Topics tab on the PSC Web site. The PSC Chairperson Eric Callisto stated that “There are parts of Wisconsin that need broadband improvements and our intent with this

survey is to add to our knowledge of where these areas are and what customer needs are not being met.” This survey will help the PSC gain valuable knowledge and become a strong source to data to evaluate Ann health of Hraychuck the Wisconsin’s current broadband 28th District connections. Assembly As your state representative, I want to make sure that broadband high-speed Internet access is an option for the residents in my district. The only way that we can assure this is if consumers complete the survey so we can improve the accessibility and availability of broadband throughout Wisconsin. Please help the PSC gain important information about the broadband needs of Wisconsin. If you have questions or other legislative concerns, please feel free to contact me toll-free at 888-529-0028 or by e-mailing me at

Editor’s note: Due to a production error last week, the following column by Rep. Hraychuck was omitted. We apologize for the error.

Tax credits to make our homes more energy efficient Spring is here! Not only is it the season for April showers and May flowers but also home improvement projects! Federal tax credits are now available to consumers and homeowners who choose to purchase Energy Star products for their upcoming home improvement projects. Eligible projects can include: windows and doors; roofing; insulation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and water heaters. Most of the tax credits are available at 30 percent of the cost of the product, up to $1,500 in 2009 and 2010 for existing homes. This credit will put $450 back into your pocket. Some of the Energy Star products may cost a little more up front than competitors but these improvements will save you money on your heating/cooling bill and will make your home more energy efficient. To qualify for the tax credit, the home

improvements must be made between Jan.1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. Tax credits are also available at 30 percent of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 if your home improvement projects include geothermal heat pumps, solar panels, solar water heaters, small wind-energy systems, and fuel cells. These federal tax credits further extend to cars that are hybrid gasoline-electric, battery-electric or run on alternative fuels. There are further special tax credits available for homebuilders and commercial buildings as well. The link to the Energy Star Web site: oducts.pr_tax_credits is a great resource. It can help you search for Energy Star products and give you information on vendors in your area with the product available that you are looking for. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions and there is a tab to help kids learn how they can be energy efficient as well. If you would like more information about the federal tax credits for energy efficiency or have other legislative concerns, please feel free to contact me tollfree at 888-529-0028 or by e-mailing me:

Letters t o t h e e d i t o r Thank you, Siren I’d like to thank the people of Siren for making our community a great place to live, work and play! It’s been a privilege to represent you and serve as a member of the Siren village board for the past two terms. Tom Anderson will now capably fill my trustee seat. During the past four years, the village has experienced many positive successes for its residents and visitors, including the Main Street improvement project, a new skatepark, the tennis and basketball court expansion at the Siren Ballpark and new sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks on Highway 35/70, just to name a few. I’ve come to appreciate and respect the many hard-working village employees and fellow board members responsible for these projects, including our Administrator Randy Surbaugh, former and present village clerks, Doris Kosloski and Ann Peterson, Police Chief Chris Sybers, full-time officers Bill Shafer and Aaron Bentley, and police department assistant, Tania McKnight, Public Works Director Mike Bentley, and village crew

members, Virgil Maslow and Jim Jaskolka, village board President Jan Hunter and village board members Dave Alden, Rudy Mothes, Luanne Swanson, David Doty and Josh Henry, along with former board members Paul Reimer, Herb Howe and Rick Engstrom. These individuals are our neighbors and friends; they work to the highest standards and do so while being responsible stewards of our tax dollars year after year. It’s been a pleasure to serve with them. I’m proud of our Siren community. We have a bright future. Joan O’Fallon Retiring Siren Village Board Member Siren

Key ingredient A few weeks ago I wrote concerning integrity being a necessary ingredient of a republican form of government and the seven fundamental principles of history. It is quite clear that there is a lack of integrity in our country and it shows in many areas of life. Scams on the Internet,

25 pages of legalese and 10 lawyers instead of a handshake, and the ex-governor of Illinois, just to name a few of those indicators. The Bible declares that the end times will be like the days of Noah. Obvious in that statement is the fact life will continue with eating, drinking and marrying without thought of the coming rain. Implied in the statement is God’s anger at man’s behavior which has spiraled downward since Noah’s family disembarked. Rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines and pestilence complete a scenario the Bible indicates as a beginning of the end. The secular world simply labels this phenomenon as climate change. Naïve and dangerous for individuals. If I remember correctly, I was told that at one time glaciers covered Wisconsin and more. If that is true, then global warming has already occurred and it wasn’t caused by man. I read these phenomena as a warning to get things in order spiritually; a return to the spiritual from the material. In the 1790s America and other nations were paying ransom (called tribute) to the

Barbary pirates and Americans were crying, “millions for defense, but not one penny for tribute.” President Jefferson unilaterally decided to challenge the pirates. Tripoli sued for peace, but piracy continued until Decatur and the finally awakened Europeans ended all tribute. We led then and apparently need to do so again. Déjà vu. It seems now the worldwide cry is, “millions for ransom, but not one penny for defense.” Are we dying on the vine for lack of will? Are we now as Europe was and still seems to be? It would seem so. One of the seven fundamental principles of history is, “a nation falls from within rather than from outside pressure.” Our day in the sun appears to be ending fast and there are several reasons, some of which have not been addressed in this letter. Stan Miller Luck

Doyle, Obey announce $361,000 for public safety in NW Wisconsin CHIPPEWA FALLS – Gov.Jim Doyle and Congressman Dave Obey this week announced $360,949 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for Northwestern Wisconsin law enforcement to protect public safety, avoid cuts to police service and reduce future corrections costs. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds will be used to target youthful offenders, fight drug abuse and trafficking, and reduce the number of offenders entering the corrections system. “Public safety is a top priority and an essential element of economic recovery,” said Gov. Doyle. “Through my budget and investments of Recovery Act funds, Wisconsin will continue to be one of the safest places to raise a family and do business. I want to thank Congressman Obey for his leadership with the Recovery Act.” “Even in the best of times, keeping our communities safe is a fundamental necessity for economic growth; and these are anything but the best of times,” Obey added. “That’s why we made sure that Recovery Act funds could be used to keep cops on the street and provide the equipment and training they need to do their jobs. It also has the virtue of providing additional jobs in

the economy.” Law enforcement agencies in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties will receive a total of $125,281 in ARRA funding to purchase equipment critical to officer and community safety. The Chippewa Falls Police Department plans to use $10,000 of their $15,427 share towards the purchase of a new patrol vehicle, ensuring that the department continues a regular replacement cycle despite recent budget cuts. The Eau Claire Police Department will use $82,989 of the $109,854 allocated to Eau Claire County to purchase software to transfer suspect information – including mug shots – to officers in the field and to accelerate the department’s conversation of evidence to digital format. Other counties receiving direct law enforcement assistance through the ARRA are: Ashland County: $41,494 Barron County: $10,640 Douglas County: $52,932 Bayfield County: $25,269 Burnett County: $17,023 Polk County: $32,717 Price County: $14,364 Rusk County: $16,491 Washburn County: $14,098 Lincoln County: 10,640

• Gov.Doyle and Obey also announced that $18.8 million in statedirected ARRA funds will be used to fight methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drug abuse, improve law enforcement technology and reduce future corrections costs. The investments include: • $3.85 million for programs targeting youthful offenders, including truancy, drug and alcohol abuse and violence and gang reduction programs. • $3.43 million for treatment and diversion programs for nonviolent offenders, in support of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. • $3 million awarded competitively to multijurisdictional drug task forces to protect at-risk investigator and prosecutor positions, increase information sharing and target pharmaceutical abuse. • $2.7 million for the Department of Corrections to increase offender community supervision and re-entry programs. • $2.2 million in technology investments to improve communications and information sharing among emergency responders and fingerprint and crime lab technology at the Department of Justice. • $800,000 for local law enforcement

agencies to purchase equipment and fund innovative community safety programs. • $850,000 to fund a minority student internship program and other racial disparity reduction programs. • $800,000 for data collection and program evaluation to achieve accountability and measure the impact of Recovery Act funded programs. • $300,000 (annually) to monitor and administer programs to meet ARRA guidelines. Through the governor’s budget and with the ARRA investments, the most serious offenders will remain incarcerated while nonviolent and lower-risk offenders receive increased community supervision. Additional re-entry, treatment and diversion programs will help to reduce the number of offenders entering the corrections system and curb the state’s rising corrections costs. Local investments in law enforcement technology will have a long-term public safety impact and will help to boost local, state and the national economy. For more information on the Byrne/JAG program, visit the Office of Justice Assistance Web site, - submitted





Hauler starts taking tires from pile in Milltown

by Mary Stirrat MILLTOWN — A truckload of more than 1,200 tires went out from the Don Lee Company tire pile in Milltown Tuesday, April 21. First State Tire Recycling of East Bethel, Minn., pulled into the lot at 8:45 Tuesday morning and left with a full load by midafternoon. Tire Experts paid the bill of $1,431 for the disposal. According to Ted Michaelson, son of owner Don Michaelson, a load of tires will be removed each month, possibly with two loads during the late summer and fall months, so that hauling doesn’t have to take place in midwinter. GreenMan Technologies, headquartered in Savage, Minn., estimated that there were about 16,000 tires on the lot before that first load was moved out. Hopefully, said Michaelson, the action will put to rest rumors that the pile won’t be taken care of or that it won’t be done within the time frame laid out in an agreement between Don Lee Trucking and the state. The pile, and the Michaelsons, have come under fire from the county because of the risk of diseases carried by mosquitoes hatched in the water sitting in the tires. Don Michaelson is owner of both Don Lee Company and Tire Experts, which are two separate companies, said Ted Michaelson. The tire pile is owned by Don Lee Company which, after an unplanned but permanent shutdown in 2003, has been unable to cover the cost of removing it. The shutdown also meant a significant financial downturn for Tire Experts, said Michaelson. Tire Experts is again gaining ground, he said, and is now in a position to begin removing the tires, even though it is not legally bound to do so. Michaelson provided a brief history of the chain of events leading up to the accumulation and, now, the removal of the tires. In 2002, he said, Don Lee Company was doing $12 million annually in the wholesale tire business. As part of the business, it regularly brought in old tires, then hauled them out when a truckload had accumulated. Thousands of tires were handled each week, and the facility was licensed as a waste disposal site by the DNR. “We picked them up, hauled them in and disposed of them,” he said. Literally overnight, Michaelson said, in a move that was out of his father’s hands, the wholesale business shutdown. “We weren’t downsizing,” he said. “We were literally shut down overnight. The shutting down of that place left us with 16 trucks to sell. Meanwhile, the accountant didn’t get the (sales) taxes done on time. This was his job, and he didn’t get his job done. We had 10 months of unpaid sales tax.” Overnight, the business went from $12 million annually to nothing. Because Tire Experts utilized Don Lee Company extensively, revenue at Tire Experts dropped from $1.2 million in 2002 to $405,000 in 2004.

First State Tire Recycling of East Bethel, Minn., loaded 1,226 tires from the Don Lee Company property in Milltown into a semitrailer and hauled them away Tuesday. There are approximately 16,000 tires on the property which will be hauled away, in compliance with a state order, by April 2010, said Ted Michaelson, son of owner Don – Michaelson. Photos by Mary Stirrat On top of that, Don Lee Company had payments to make on the property, the 16 trucks, its employees and more. Michaelson’s home went into foreclosure as he tried to pay business expenses. Rather than just turn the truck and building keys over to the bank and walk away, said Michaelson, he and his father made every truck payment. With zero income from Don Lee and a two-thirds loss at Tire Experts, he said, there just wasn’t the money to take care of the tires or the taxes. It has taken a couple of years, said Michaelson, but Tire Experts has been growing stronger. From $1.2 million in 2002, down to $425,000 in 2004, the business was up to $851,000 in 2008. Revenue from January through March of this year, he said, is more than for that same period last year. With business up, back taxes are being paid at $1,500 per month, and there is now some money to take care of the tires. “We’re finally getting back to the point where we’ve got the money to take care of that,” Michaelson said. All along, he said, the intent has been to get rid of the tires, the junk cars, barrels and other items that have accumulated at the site. With or without the court order, said Michaelson, this is the time when the removal of the tires would have started, because now there is some money available. The Michaelsons were the ones who first contacted the DNR regarding the pile, according to Ted Michaelson. “We went to the DNR long before any of this happened,” he said. “We went to them three or four years ago.” At that time, the Michaelsons proposed doing all the hauling if the DNR could front the money for the actu-

County employee receives state award R e b e c c a Fredrickson, staff support specialist/data manager for the Polk County Land and Water R e s o u r c e s Department, accepts the 2009 Wisconsin Association of Land conservation Employees award from the department director, Tim Ritten. — Photo by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Rebecca Fredrickson of the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department was presented the 2009 Wisconsin Association of Land Conservation Employees award at the April 21 meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors. The award was presented by Tim Ritten, director of the land and water resources department. Each year, land conservation departments in Wisconsin’s 72 counties select an employee that has exhibited exceptional service in the performance of their duties, dedication to the protection of natural resources and public service. “The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department staff was very happy to hear that Rebecca, as our staff support specialist/data manager, received the award,” said Ritten, “because we know how hard she works and the great job she does. She truly deserves it.” — Mary Stirrat

al disposal, with the condition that the Michaelsons would repay the money with interest. The DNR told the Michaelsons that they didn’t have any funds to help but instead would take care of the tires at a cost five times more than the Michaelson’s proposal. “Ideally, anyway,” said Michaelson, “we would rather be able to handle it on our own, without anybody’s help.” As the DNR and the Michaelsons were working out a plan to get rid of the tires, an order was issued that no additional tires be added to the pile. When Don Lee Company closed down in 2003, Tire Experts was adding its junk tires to the pile, and Michaelson acknowledges that Tire Experts just about doubled the original amount of tires. In June 2007, the DNR and Tire Experts agreed that no more tires would be added to the pile. That order has been and will continue to be followed. The court order issued by the state in February is also being followed, he said, with the first load of tires going out before the end of the month. “There was a chain of events out of our control,” Michaelson said, “that got us where we’re at. We do care about it, and we’re doing what we’re supposed to do. “We will take care of it. We’re not trying to pass it off,” said Michaelson. “When it’s all done, we’d like to say we did it on our own, as planned all along, and we did it in compliance with the judgment. “I give my dad the credit. Without him I don’t know if we would have kept on. I think I would have thrown in the towel.”

Unity’s Debbie Petzel awarded Kohl Fellowship BALSAM LAKE — The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2009 Fellowship Award was presented to Debbie Petzel, Unity Elementary third-grade teacher, at a recognition luncheon hosted by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl on March 22. The Herb Kohl Fellowship recognizes teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in their students, have motivated others, and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom. Each year, the Herb Kohl Foundation awards 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin with $1,000 Fellowships, and an additional $1,000 grant is awarded to each Fellow’s school for use in innovative educational projects. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has Unity third-grade teacher Debbie Petzel awarded $6.8 million to Wisconsin students, teachers received the Herb Kohl Fellowship at a March 22 and schools. At Unity, Petzel has asked that the $1,000 grant to luncheon. Presenting the award was Sen. Herb Kohl, shown with Petzel. — Photo submitted the school be used to purchase books. — submitted

Bremer supports Scouts Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 128 for the last eight years, Rick Penberthy, added another year on the Bremer Bank sponsorship plaque. Glenn Meier of Bremer Bank holds the plaque. Bremer Bank has been sponsoring the troop for 10-plus years. The bank purchases a subscription to Boys Life magazine (value of $10 each) for each member of the troop. This year there are 10 members in the troop. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld


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St. Croix Falls Rotary presents international celebration

ST. CROIX FALLS– The St. Croix Falls Rotary will be holding an international event at the Chateau St. Croix Winery on Hwy. 87, north of St. Croix Falls on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. The celebration features the group-study exchange team from India as well as foreign exchange students from the area.

All Rotarians, spouses and friends and the public are invited. RSVP is required and people may purchase tickets online at An array of international appetizers is being planned, and this event will be attended by Rotarians from around the world. Cost: $15 per person or $25 per couple at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10 per person or $20 per couple. Student/youth tickets at a reduced cost: $7. Questions can be directed to Terry at 715-483-5565. For more information on Rotary, please visit: or – with submitted information

Spring Art Tour in Polk County

POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Earth Artists Studio Tour continues to grow. On Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, art lovers can visit 19 studios and nearly 40 artists throughout Polk County. Held on the first weekend of May each year, this tour features seasoned, as well as newer, artists. Tourists will enjoy sculpture, painting, pottery, glass, wood, handmade furniture, stitchery, jewelry, metal art and photography, along with locally produced food and wine. Visit for more information and a map. Brochures with a map included can also be obtained from the Polk County Information Center, located at the corner of Hwys. 8 and 35 in St. Croix Falls, or by calling their toll-free number, 800-222-POLK. The brochure includes the studio locations and artists information with corresponding numbers on the map. Along the tour itself, large art tour signs in red letters will direct visitors to the studios. For those art tourists making a weekend of it, various lodging and dining options throughout Polk County are included in the brochure and on the map. The information center ( can also

help travelers with ideas. Spanning all of Polk County, the Earth Arts tour offers one of the most scenic drives. Visitors can begin the tour at any studio location, but if one is coming from the Twin Cities area, your first stop is Lindstrom, Minn., for Balanced Body Balanced Life garden art and sculpture. As you head east on Hwy. 8, you will find Dela Rose Gallery in the charming town of Taylors Falls, cross the beautiful St. Croix River into Wisconsin, and if you don’t have an art tour map, you can get one at the information center, it’s just minutes to downtown St. Croix Falls, where Gallery 135 is located. Tourists can then travel the rolling hills along Hwy. 87 north to the Chateau St. Croix Winery, as well as Lakeside Studio, and Hayfields, Bratach Stitch Studio, near Cushing. Going east, you will find Ann Fawver’s studio on CTH N. On Hwy. 35, north of Luck, stop by the Café Wren, for lunch, coffee and art. This year, there are three studios in Frederic: Winterboo Pottery, Red Iron Studio, and Wildwood Fine Art. Then, it’s south to Balsam Lake Pottery, stops that pottery lovers will not want to miss. Traveling south to Amery, tourists will encounter

the Riverside Studio, located on the Apple River, as well as Kolar Arts and Art on Broadway in the downtown area. From Amery go east on CTH F to C, and you will find Mike Hanson’s wood-fired pottery. Continue on to CTH M east of Osceola, where two new studios, Ducknest Photography and Tiffany Paige Glass Studio, are open this year. The last stop is the new Rivertown Artworks, located in downtown Osceola. Earth Arts is an organization that brings together artists and growers for the purposes of mutual support, networking, organizing and promoting special events. Earth Arts is an open forum and welcomes all interested parties working in all artistic media, as well as producers from nurseries, orchards and farms in the area. Earth Arts believes all good things come from the Earth: inspiration, artistic materials and sustenance. For more information about Earth Arts, its members and the Spring Art Tour, visit submitted

Councils send letter to Xcel Energy


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Energy in 2007, and the cities now are wondering why the steering committee meetings were not reinstated. The city of St. Croix Falls appointed Councilman Arnie Carlson to be a special steering committee liaison for the council and will look at establishing a steering committee in a future meeting. The appointment of Carlson was made during the city’s annual meeting and appointment of elected officials to committees, commissions and boards. Taylors Falls held a special meeting to approve the joint letter drafted by their zoning Administrator Larry Phillips. Both cities signed the letter and it will go too Xcel Energy’s Mike Dunham, senior project manager. The letter lists the cities concerns including, “The steering committee (number three in the agreement) was never consulted during the permitting process. The duties of the steering committee are outlined in the agreement. Prior to and during the permitting process of the route permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Xcel Energy failed to notify the steering committee of information regarding documents to be submitted to regulatory and governmental authorities in order to securer approval for construction of the line. We feel re-engaging the steering committee will ensure effective communication between all parties and would be instrumental in addressing any disputes that may arise.” The second concern listed states: “The configuration of the lines (number seven in the agreement) within the St. Croix River Valley has been a topic of utmost importance to both cities as well as the integrity of the St. Croix Scenic Riverway. The lines going above the ground between Minnesota State Highway 95 and the St. Croix River is sensitive issue for both communities. The configuration of the lines as permitted by the MPUC conflicts with the configuration established in the agreement and what was presented to the MPUC in the certificate of need.” A third concern listed was, “In your letter dated March 26, 2009, you mentioned several governmental agencies met to discuss this issue and it was agreed at that meeting that the environmental disturbance to the area in order to underground the line would be more of a problem than installing the line overhead. As effected governmental bodies, as based on our past relationship, we were disappointed that we were not

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invited to this meeting. The route permit application to the MPUC stated the city of Taylors Falls supported the proposed project as presented in the application; this was a misrepresentation. We have been in contact with the representatives who attended the meeting from the governmental agencies mentioned in your letter and discovered these agencies have not conducted an environmental review or analysis of the subject area.” The letter states that the environmental destruction is a concern to both cities, but that Xcel Energy must abide by the agreement. “If Xcel Energy makes a change, then the burden of proof is on the company to show why the change was made. Furthermore, justification must be provided explaining why Xcel did not propose or advocate to MPUC to bury the lines east of Minnesota State Highway 95.” The letter indicates that the agreement states undergrounding in Minnesota would start west of County Road 20, yet the undergrounding in the March 26, 2009, letter indicates undergrounding starts east of County Road 20, which is contrary to the agreement. “The three-pole transition system will have a large impact on Cherry Hill Park, which is located immediately south, the city of Taylors Falls has great concern about this impact. This is precisely the reason why the agreement states the lines are to be buried west of County Road 20; this was thoroughly understood at the time during mediation.” Another concern is that Xcel’s legal representation is indicating that no amendment of the agreement was required to do the MPUC permit designating a different line configuration. The cities contend the settled upon agreement from 2002 is still in place and that it would be in Xcel’s best interest to continue discussion with the cities and re-engage the steering committee. The letter concludes asking Xcel to provide a threedimensional model of lines from the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides within the St. Croix River Valley, including transition structures and the St. Croix Falls substation to help the parties visualize impacts to the River Valley. The cities are also requesting detailed engineering plans for the buried portions of the lines and record drawings after construction. “We sincerely hope that all parties can honor and adhere to the agreement and to continue to work together throughout the duration of the Chisago Transmission Project.”




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by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS/TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The cities of St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls councils met April 21 to approve a joint letter to send to Xcel Energy regarding the Chisago Project and the mediated settlement agreement from 2002. The cities learned that Xcel had been meeting on the Minnesota side with some government entities proposing a change in the route, citing environmental issues as the reason. However, the settlement agreement between Xcel Energy, city of Taylors Falls, city of St. Croix Falls and Dairyland Power Company, indicates that any changes to the route or the agreement for the powerline need to be approved by all four parties before a change can be made. The concern Taylors Falls expressed last week at their council meeting was that Xcel Energy met in 2007 to “change” the route, and did not invite the other parties in the agreement to the meeting. The other issue Taylors Falls has with the company is that there has been no evidence to support the environmental issues cited to date. Taylors Falls Mayor Michael Buchite indicated the city asked for an environmental impact study to evaluate the route and environmental concerns in specified areas. He stated that Xcel has reported they have done a study, but Taylors Falls has yet to see it and has asked for it three times. In St. Croix Falls, concerns about Xcel Energy placing the underground line on school property instead of the proposed Blanding Woods Road developed when Xcel approached the school on the matter and indicated that the route may be “amended” to allow for overhead lines through the industrial park, which is contrary to the mediated agreement. Both cities feel that Xcel has violated the settlement agreement by looking at changing routes without involving all parties of the steering committee. The steering committee is made up of members of Xcel Energy, Dairyland Power Company, city of St. Croix Falls (two representatives) and city of Taylors Falls (two representatives). When the agreement was finalized in 2002, Xcel Energy was waiting for their Minnesota permits. At that time, it was determined by the steering committee members that there was no need to hold regular committee meetings until the permitting had been completed. The permits for Minnesota were granted to Xcel


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by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS–The swearing-in for two aldermen took place at the city of St. Croix Falls annual city council meeting April 21. Brian Blesi and Arnie Carlson were re-elected to the council for another term in the April 7 election. The council designated council com-




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mittee, commission and board appointments that evening as well. Blesi was elected to serve as the city council president. Carlson was elected to serve as the city council vice president. Debra Kravig was elected to serve as the council representative on the city’s planning commission.

Arnie Carlson is sworn in for another term on the St. Croix Falls City Council at the April 21 annual meeting. Carlson was elected by the council to serve as vice president for the coming year. – Photos by Tammi Milberg

Brian Blesi gets ready to sign his oath of office for St. Croix Falls City Council. Blesi was re-elected to the council April 7. Blesi was also elected by the council to serve as council president for the coming year.

Other board and committee appointments for councilman include: Library board: Paul Kuhlman, arts advisory council: Kravig, historic preservation committee: Kravig, Wert Nature Preserve: Kuhlman, park and rec.: Kuhlman, cemetery board: Kuhlman and Kravig, administrative review

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by Gregg Westigard BALSAM LAKE – “I hope the board will buy in on our ideas,” county board Chair Bryan Beseler said at the start of the Polk County Executive Committee Thursday, April 16. “The department heads are ready to move forward. The county needs to find $3 million. It is no longer business as usual. Difficult policy decisions are needed. We oversee the policies. Lets move forward with good ideas.” This was the first meeting of the executive committee since May of last year. The committee, composed of the county board chair and the chairs of the 10 committees and board, is required by county policy to meet by April 20 of each year to issue staffing and programming guidance for the coming budget process. Beseler called the meeting to consider an agenda that included the consolidation of departments and consolidation of services. Eight of the 10 committee chairs were present for the meeting. In addition, six other county board members were present. Also attending were the heads of most of the

county departments. The committee approved motions consolidating all accounting and financial functions into one office, merging the health, aging, and human services departments, consolidating the lime quarry with the highway department, and giving the executive committee power to issue directives rather than guidance. None of the items received unanimous approval. The financial consolidation issue was considered first. Finance Chair Gary Bergstrom said that the accounting functions of the county were now spread out over many departments. He said that a centralization of the functions would offer better utilization of staff and allow the county to better identify areas for cost savings. Bergstrom said other counties have done this and it makes sense. Issues raised during a long discussion included the special accounting requirements of some departments and the question of where the accounting staff persons would do their work after the change. The committee approved a motion calling for the consolidation of the accounting functions, with the administrative coordinator directing the process. Beseler was authorized to write

the resolution for action at the April county board meeting. The motion passed by a vote of 8 to 1, with Bob Dueholm voting against. The next item considered was the consolidation of the three departments, health, human services, and aging, into one department. Beseler said this is the opportunity to discuss the idea since the head of the Human Services Department, Richard Kammerud, is retiring and that position will be vacant. A motion was made to consolidate the departments. Beseler emphasized that the motion was to carry out the merger, not to study the issue. Under the motion, he would work out the details together with the chairs of the human services, health, finance, and personnel committees. This motion was passed by a split voice vote with Beseler ruling that it had passed. The vote was not recorded. This issue will go to the county board in May. A separate motion suspended the hiring process for a human services director until the merger issue is acted upon. The county has a policy that requires the executive committee to issue “guidance” to the county departments and committees at the start of the budget process. A change was proposed that would change “guidance” to “direc-

tives.” “This will put some teeth into the policy,” Beseler said. “With this the executive committee will say this is how we will direct our budget.” That motion was also passed, with Dueholm voting no, and sent to the April board meeting. Supervisor Ken Sample offered some comments at the end of the 2-1/2-hour meeting. “Herschel Brown and I met with Bryan (Beseler),” Sample said. “We presented an alternate process. It was not received well at all. Things have gone too far down the road, too fast. Some things today were decided before you came to the table. We are being shut out. We need to look at who is being involved in the process, who is on the bus. We have heard through Beseler what the department heads said. We need a common format where we all come together in the process. We had a training retreat. We did not learn what we needed from that training. I am disappointed.” Follow-up Three items, the consolidation of accounting functions, the merger of lime with highway and giving the executive committee the power to issue directives, were added to an amended April 21 county board agenda. The county board did not approve the amended agenda and those items were not considered. The merger of health, human services, and aging is still in the process of coming to the county board.


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Despite change of speaker, Friends of the Library fundraiser goes on without a hitch by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG - The Fifth-Annual Spring Gala for the Grantsburg Library had a bit of glitch when Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, set to speak at the fundraiser, had to step aside due to the restrictions of his current appointment. Those attending the April 18 event held at the Crex Convention Center listened as Bruce Erickson, representing the gala committee and the library, read a brief statement to the guests explaining why Gableman would not be speaking as planned. The statement indicated Gableman and the committee had been informed justices are prohibited from speaking at fundraising events when their appearance has been previously publicized. The statement went on to express regrets from both Gableman and the library for any miscommunication. Gableman, who did attend the gala,

Bruce Erickson, representing the Friends of the Library gala committee, welcomed guests to the FifthAnnual Friends of the Library Gala. The fundraiser event included a silent auction, a social hour and dinner followed by a keynote speaker. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer




Gala glitch not a problem

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and Mary Hinrichs enjoyed some lighthearted remarks poking fun at him from the evening’s speaker, Hamline law professor Carol Swanson. Swanson, who stepped in for as the Gableman evening’s speaker was the justice’s former teacher. Swanson was also the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin State Assembly during the investiture ceremony for Gableman last October.

brought with him a replacement. Gableman was able to persuade his former teacher and friend, Hamline University law professor Carol Swanson, to step in for him and give the keynote address. Swanson, a published author of

numerous Law Review articles, who has been teaching business law courses at Hamline since 1989, had the audience laughing from the start. Swanson began her talk on the current economic situation with some lighthearted remarks poking fun at her for-

Leah Engstrand, Peter Magnuson and Kim Hinrichs joked about bidding on one of the silent auction items, an antique butter churn, during the Grantsburg Library Gala held last Saturday evening at the Crex Convention Center.

The evening’s speaker, Hamline law professor Carol Swanson gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the current global economic situation. Her friend and former student, State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, asked Swanson to step in for him as speaker. Gableman was set to give the evening’s address but had to excuse himself due to restrictions set for justices with regard to speaking at fundraisers. mer student. Swanson, showing a picture of a pickle, stated the problem quite simply was that, “We’re in a pickle!” She followed that declaration by showing another slide with pictures of Bush, Obama and Gableman and laughingly remarked “And who’s to blame?” Those attending found Swanson a delightful replacement whose speech, outlining the history of the global economic crisis evolution, was both informative and entertaining. At the end of her presentation, Swanson said she was pleased she was able to attend the gala to help her friend and also wanted to make note of a personal connection she feels to libraries. Swanson took a moment to recognize her father, whose support of libraries was illustrated by his 20 years of service as a library board member for the Rodman Public Library in Alliance, Ohio. Swanson concluded her presentation by raising her glass in a toast to her father, to her friend Gableman, and to the Grantsburg Library and its supporters.

Taxed Enough Already get-together

Girl Scouts donated to food shelf

Sid Sherstad invited fellow businesspeople to attend a Taxed Enough Already get-together at Siren Telephone Company on tax day, Wednesday, April 15. “This was not a protest and it is not political,” Sherstad said. “We are good Americans. We all pay our taxes on time. We’re not delinquent, but we are making a statement that we are taxed enough already.” Fourteen people had already responded by the halfway point in the allotted time, and (L to R) Dave Thoreson, Sherstad, Tom Anderson and Rick Engstrom are shown as they went into the building to talk. The get-together was Sherstad’s idea, in light of other TEA meetings going on at national capitols. “Ingenuity will get us through. At the age of 53, I am worried about my children bearing the burden for taxes,” he said. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

Members of the Siren /Webster Girl Scout troops worked at the concession stand during the Home Sweet Home Show held at Webster High School on March 14 and 15. All proceeds were used to purchase food and paper products for the Indianhead Community Action Agency food shelf located in Webster. A total of $592.46 was raised, which was used to purchase 420 pounds of groceries. They would like to extend gratitude to the Webster High School Athletic Association, Bremer Bank Siren and Terri McDowell for their donations in support of this project. - submitted





Polk County administrative coordinator scolds board

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — At the end of a county board meeting that included a 21/2-hour discussion on applying for a grant, Polk County board Chair Byran Beseler put on his hat as administrative coordinator and told his supervisors they had a choice. That choice, he said, was either to continue to nit pick, or “to get some things done. “We need to go home and ask ourselves — we really need to think about why we’re here and what is our role,” he said. Following a planning retreat the board and department heads took part in at the end of last month, said Chair Bryan Beseler, he was excited about his role as administrative coordinator. Department heads were excited to hear the board might begin doing some things differently. “I hope tonight’s meeting doesn’t take the wind out of their sails,” he said.

Supervisor Gerald Newville The board will need to be prepared to make difficult decisions in order to make long-term change, said Beseler. If things remain as is, he said, it looks like the board will need to find $3 million somewhere to balance the 2010 budget. “Let’s make those difficult decisions,” he said. “We can plot the future of Polk County.” He then added what he called his perception as administrative coordinator. “The county board isn’t ready to make changes.” He encouraged the supervisors to work together, to trust each other and to trust the department heads. He said that supervisors must be willing to ask the tough questions so needed information can be provided in order to make decisions. “We’re all here for Polk County,” Beseler said. Golden Age Manor The bulk of Tuesday’s meeting focused on Golden Age Manor, the county-owned nursing home in Amery, particularly capital improvements such as roof, windows and carpet. Discussion began with a resolution authorizing the early repayment of a $73,000 loan from Bremer Bank. The note was taken out for repair of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Golden Age Manor, with a balloon repayment due in 2015. The resolution failed on an 11 to 11 tie vote. Those in favor of the early repayment,

Duana Bremer explains a community development block grant for which she will apply on the county’s behalf. including all five members of the finance committee, said that when the proposed capital improvements are undertaken it is likely that money will need to be borrowed. If the current note is paid off, there will only be one outstanding note. At this time, said Supervisor Herschel Brown, Golden Age Manor is operating with a profit. This doesn’t happen often, he said, adding that he supports repayment of the loan now. Those opposed argued that Medicaid is paying 75 percent of the payments on the loan, along with 75 percent of the interest. Each year, said Supervisor Gerald Newville, the county pays $8,000 on the loan, then receives $6,000 in reimbursement from Medicaid. Repaying the loan, he said, “is not the highest and best use” of county dollars and does not best serve taxpayers. Gary Taxdahl, administrator at GAM, agreed, saying “it makes no sense” to use county dollars to repay the loan when Medicaid will pay 75 percent of it. When Supervisor Ken Sample suggested that the finance committee and the GAM board get together to come up with a joint recommendation, board Beseler responded, “I tell you right now, you will not get a unified decision from those two committees.” Sample later told Beseler he took issue with Beseler’s “negativity.” Sample’s motion to postpone a vote on the repayment until finance and GAM could come to a joint decision was defeated nine to 13. A motion was then made to approve the early repayment, but the motion failed on an 11 to 11 tie vote. Voting in favor of early repayment were supervisors Joan Peterson, Patricia Schmidt, Brown, Kathryn Kienholz, Jim Edgell, Brian Masters, Michael Larsen, Kim O’Connell, Gary Bergstrom, Neil Johnson and Beseler. Opposed were Robert Dueholm, Dean Johansen, Marvin Caspersen, Keith Rediske, Sample, Russ Arcand, Jay Luke, Diane Stoneking, Larry Jepsen, Larry Voelker and Newville. The seat for District 12 is vacant, following the resignation of Pat Messicci. Grant, loan for GAM What started out as a resolution to spend $200,000 to replace windows and carpet at Golden Age Manor turned into

SCF American Legion Auxiliary to distribute poppies ST. CROIX FALLS – Gov. Doyle has signed a proclamation declaring May as Poppy Month in Wisconsin. Therefore American Legion Auxiliary from St. Croix Falls will distribute poppies on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. The St. Croix Falls second-grade class has colored poppy pictures for display downtown. - submitted

Gary Taxdahl, administrator at Golden Age Manor.

Finance committee Chair Gary Bergstrom.

what amounts to authorization to apply for a grant for windows and roofing and to purchase flooring out of GAM’s 2008 revenue surplus. The long and convoluted discussion included 12 motions, consisting of four amendments that were passed, one that wasn’t, three motions to table or postpone a vote, one motion to reconsider postponement, one motion to change the length of the postponement, a vote on whether the supervisors were ready to vote and final approval of the amended resolution. Early in the discussion Schmidt, a member of the GAM board, stated that the board had learned Monday of a grant possibility that could cover some of the capitol improvement costs. Duana Bremer of Amery had spoken to the group, she said, about a community-development block grant that might be available for projects related to energy efficiency. “From her perspective,” said Schmidt about Bremer, “we are very likely to get this grant.” Bremer was in the audience and was given the opportunity to speak about the grant, which is part of President Obama’s stimulus package. The application will go online May 1, she said, and training sessions will be held the second or third week in May. Application deadline will be around June 1, with notification by the end of June. The maximum grant amount is $250,000, and no matching funds are required. There followed some discussion on whether approving the original resolution would give the impression that the county had allocated money for the projects, thereby indicating that grant funding was not really necessary. On the other hand, supervisors noted, it was necessary that the grant application

make it clear that the county board supports the projects. After much discussion, the board voted 19 to three to change the wording of the resolution from its original authorization to acquire windows and carpeting to authorization to apply for a grant for new windows and insulated roofing. The existing windows are 50 years old, single-pane and inefficient, states the resolution. Authorization to acquire a bathing system, which was also in the original resolution, was taken out early on because the GAM board has the authority to purchase one without county board approval and had already done so. Another change was made allowing the GAM board to acquire flooring from 2008 revenue surplus. The original resolution stated that carpet would be acquired, but the change allowed more flexibility. The carpeting in the facility is 11 years old, according to the resolution. Golden Age Manor celebrates 50 years this year, said Newville, and the existing carpet is in bad shape. “It’s highly embarrassing to me that we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary with 12-year-old carpet,” he said. Newville said that, because the community-development block grant will be funded by stimulus dollars, the county will have a better chance if all the pieces are in place, “shovel ready.” Including the roof along with the windows, said Rediske, “would make us caulk ready and tar paper ready.” Because of the possibility of grant funding, the board also voted unanimously to table a vote on a resolution to borrow up to $315,000 from the state trust fund for windows, carpet and a countywide timekeeping system.

Nancy Hunter receives Kohl Fellowship LUCK — The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s 2009 Fellowship Award was presented to Nancy Hunter, business education teacher at Luck Schools, at a recognition luncheon hosted by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl on March 22. The Herb Kohl Fellowship recognizes teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in the students, have motivated others and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom. Each year the Herb Kohl Foundation awards 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin with $1,000 fellowships. An additional $1,000 grant is awarded to each Fellow’s school for use in innovative educational projects. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $6.8 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools. — submitted by Luck Schools.





Passport to your future

Fitting theme for Grantsburg High’s first Career Day by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Students clutched their “passports” as they traveled the hallways of Grantsburg High School last week, knowing this was no ordinary school day. They were not off to their usual classrooms or study halls; their classrooms and instructors had been transformed. They had become time portals of sorts complete with guides to the students futures. Some of the students found themselves in uncharted territory realizing they had no sense of direction as to where they wanted their lives to go. While others knew exactly where they were headed and only needed few signs of reassurance showing them they were on the right path. The idea for this journey came from Suzie Retzer, Grantsburg School’s Transition Coordinator. Retzer helps students connect their academic skills to the workplace. Retzer has set up job shadowing for her students with local Grantsburg businesses such as McNally Industries and Burnett Medical Center, and part of Retzer’s job is also to get more career awareness into the school. Retzer wanted to bring more people with a variety of occupations into the school to share their career knowledge and skills and so students could ask them questions about their jobs. When the school’s transition/careers committee, of which Retzer is a part, met and decided to present the April 16 Career Day, Retzer got busy lining up presenters.

Two-time Olympic medalist Karen Bye was one of the featured speakers at Grantsburg High School’s April 16 career day. Showing off her gold medal, Bye told students she knew as early as age 7 she wanted to play hockey and held on to her dream. “Have a dream,” Bye told students. “I was so lucky to have one at such a young age and to have it come true.” As the approximately 80 presenters began filing in the high school’s commons area looked much like an airport terminal. Close to 380 students from grades 8-12 stood ready to get their passports. Students and presenters alike waited to “take off” to their designations. Volunteers were ready with maps and showed presenters the way to the hospitality room before finding their presentation areas. But before students left to hear what the presenters had to say, they first heard from the day’s keynote speaker, Brad Gingras, youth service manager for the Concentrated Employment Program Inc. Gingras gave students some good news and some bad news as to what lies ahead for future job opportunities. The good news is there will be plenty of jobs, but according to Gingras, the

Brad Gingras, keynote speaker at Grantsburg High School’s Career Day, gave students some good news and some bad news as to what lies ahead for future job opportunities. Gingras stressed to students the importance of graduating high school and then seeking further training or education. bad news is statistically speaking students today are not as smart or prepared for a job or career as their parents or grandparents were. Today, the U.S. ranks 19th in graduation rates of industrialized countries, and out of 21 countries, ranked 16 out of 21 in 12th-grade science testing and 19 out of 21 in math test scores. Gingras warned students that while technology has given them many opportunities, it has created a “nasty habit” with young people. Gingras warned against the constant and easy way many of us now communicate, using acronyms instead of with words. “Other countries are learning to read, write and speak English better than we are,” said Gingras. “If you continue to use language as a convenience, this is the reality, GLKAJ, good luck keeping a job!” Gingras stressed students must graduate from high school and then go on to get some further training or certification. “To be successful you should always try to make a good impression. Give someone a firm handshake,” Gingras advised students. “We are all being judged all the time so smile, smile, smile.” Students seemed anxious to begin

Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis, one of 80 presenters at Grantsburg High School’s April 16 Career Day checks in with volunteer Ruby Lindquist as state patrol officer Jorge Dimas waits his turn to register. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Grantsburg Animal Hospital vet technician Tanya Petersen brought along Tre as her own show-and-tell for students interested in a career working with animals.

navigating between the rooms of speakers and the gym which was filled with as many as 20 representatives from area colleges, universities and tech schools as well as the Air Force, Army and Navy. Students heard from presenters with jobs and careers in architecture and art, health and human services, law and law enforcement, marketing and manufacturing, plumbing and public service

St. Croix Falls artist Jim Shoop talked to students about his career as a sculptor and also his job with DC Comic, creating comic book action figures.

Steve McNally, owner of Burnett Plumbing Company in Grantsburg, showed students something about working as a plumber. Plumbing is one of the skilled trades with good opportunities in the future.

tourism and transportation just to name a few. Josh Watt, another of the event’s organizers said the day went very well. “This is the first Career Day we have had of this magnitude, and it was a valuable experience for students to make real-life connections.” “For many students this was the first time they’ve had a chance to talk to people with jobs they were planning to go into,” said Watt. Watt said there had been lots of good feedback from both students and presenters. Watt credited the presenters for the success of the event. “It was unbelievable how they were able to coordinate their time so they could volunteer and share their expertise.” Two-time Olympic champion, Karen Bye, finished the day with an inspiring speech. Bye, who won Olympic medals in both 1998 and 2002, told students about her career in women’s ice hockey. Bye said she knew as early as age 7 she wanted to play hockey and held on to her dream. “Have a dream,” Bye told students. “I was so lucky to have one at such a young age and to have it come true.” Setting goals, asking questions and learning from your mistakes are all important in being successful, Bye told the students. As students returned from where this Career Day had taken them, many said they had a better understanding of what and where they want to be in the future. Their passports stamped, students boarded their buses for home, realizing that what Gingras had said earlier that day was true, success is in their hands.


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Luck’s prom royalty, front (L to R): Senior Prom Queen Hannah Melin and Senior Prom King Nick Morgan. Middle row: junior prom queen candidates: Bailee Swenson, Taryn Pilz, Dani Gehrke and Tiffany Oft. Back row: junior prom king candidates, Taylor Horsager, Jason Nelson, Derek Buck and Jordan Lundmark. – Photo submitted

Grantsburg High School is proud to announce the 2009 prom court. Back row (L to R): Austin Eskola, Annie Palmquist, Allen Lindus and Jamie Robb. Front row: Lindsey Fallstrom, Michelle Lund, Cara Downard, Carinna Coy and Bryan Bennett. Missing from the photo are Michael Boykin, Lauren Romanowski and Matt Emerson. – Photo submitted



The Frederic High School prom court has been selected. The court includes back row (L to R): Gus Neumann, Cody Hallanger, Ethan Cook and Will Primm. Front row: Haley Kurkowski, Alex Lonetti and Chrissy Chenal. Missing from photo, Marissa Nelson. The prom is being held this Saturday, April 25, with the grand march at 7:30 p.m. The king and queen will be chosen right after the grand march. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Members of the Webster High School prom court took time out from their preparations to pose for the camera. The prom is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 25, from 8 p.m. until midnight. Pictured (L to R) front row: Ellie Isaacson, Toni Zappa and Jud Mosher. Second row: Sarah Walsh, Ashley Robinson, Andrea Yezek, Rachel Larson and Nicole Steiner. Back row: Dan Erickson, Ryan Brickle, Jesse Jansen, Chaz Heinz, Kyler Liljenberg and Jim Erickson. - Photo submitted.

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The Frederic Girl Scouts held their annual Court of Awards on Monday, April 20. The Girl Scouts received various recognition for their accomplishments made throughout the year. – Photo submitted

Police meet with Girl Scouts

The Frederic Girl Scout Daisies were recently visited by members of the Frederic Police Department. They discussed what it means to respect authority, which is one part of the Girl Scout Law. – Photo submitted




Judd heading up WBCA All-Star team

Olson, Bonneville chosen for Division 3 North team by Marty Seeger GRANTSBURG – A lot of basketball talent will be converging on Grantsburg in mid-June. That’s because Pirates boys basketball coach Danny Judd was selected to coach this year’s Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game. Grantsburg assistant coach Nick Hallberg will assist Judd, along with Colfax coach Vince Ross. The coaches will get the opportunity to coach a group of 10 graduated seniors that are considered by the WBCA as the best talent from Division 3 schools in northern Wisconsin. After finding out that he was nominated to be the head coach of the Division 3 North Danny Judd team, Judd made a few phone calls to coaches who had done it in the past. “They said picture the best kid you’ve ever coached, both talent-wise and just as a person on and off the floor,” Judd said. “Now you’ll have 10 of those. They said it will be the greatest experience you’ll ever have.” Senior rivals Brennan Olson of Luck and Trent Bonneville of Grantsburg will be among the 10 players from the north selected to play. Other members of the team come from areas such as Brillion, Thorp, Owen Withee, Colby and Oshkosh Lourdes, just to name a few. Both Olson and Derek Semenas of Laconia were the top two scorers among all Division 3 schools in the state. “The kids are all very talented, but just the character of the kid is one of the things that goes into the process of being selected, so I know they are all great athletes, great basketball players. Most will move on to play at the college level,” said Judd, who has also been part of the selection process in several of his past eight years coaching in Grantsburg. The selection process begins in Madison on the Saturday morning of the state basketball tournament, and committees are made up of coaches from around the state. Judd said at least one person on the committee is at the meeting to represent the athlete nominated and has watched them play throughout the season. “There’s typically not a lot of kids that are even nominated because there’s just not that many kids that fall into that category,” Judd said. Judd will get just one week to work with the athletes when they first arrive in Grantsburg on Sunday, June 14. The team will get acclimated with each other, then have practices each day, along with several other fun activities that are being planned. The team will also scrimmage the Division 2 North team, which is being coached by Osceola boys basketball coach John Walsh. After less than a week of practice, the team will leave Grantsburg and head to Madison to play at the

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Luck senior Brennan Olson and Grantsburg senior Trent Bonneville were selected to the 2009 WBCA Boys All-Star basketball team. The former rivals will be teammates when they play the Division 3 South team at the Fieldhouse in Madison on Saturday, June 20. – Photo by Sue Tolan Fieldhouse against the Division 3 South team. The game is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, beginning at 12:30 p.m., and along with a large banquet the night before, the team will scrimmage other south teams they don’t get to play. Judd said games will be played a little differently with four, 10-minute quarters, no press, and teams may only play man-to-man defense. Athletes aren’t allowed to double-team anyone either. “There’s a little premium on the entertainment value of the offense. I think everybody is there to put on a show,” Judd said. He also added, however, that a big part of the game is used to raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, which is part of the WBCA fundraiser. “All the athletes are trying to raise money to fight childhood cancer, so it’s

definitely a worthwhile cause,” Judd said. Athletes will also get the opportunity to visit a local hospital to greet young patients who are fighting cancer. “It puts it all in perspective for them,” said Judd. This year marks the 31st-annual Boys All-Star game, and since it began the WBCA has raised over $1.7 million for the MACC fund. Each player is being asked to raise $400 to support the charity. Those considering donations may write a check of any amount payable to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Donations can either be mailed or delivered in person to the Luck or Grantsburg High School, but must be in by May 1.

••• MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Molly Kalmoe (SCF 2007) is rowing in the bow seat of the University of Minnesota's second varsity eight (2V8) this year. Kalmoe and the Gophers will host the University of Kansas on Saturday, April 25, at Lake Phalen in St. Paul. For more information, go to The Gophers travel to Ohio for the Big Molly Kalmoe Ten Championships on May 2. Molly’s sister, Megan Kalmoe, has been busy racing this spring in Princeton, N.J. You can find out more about her on a blog at – with submitted information ••• OSCEOLA – Osceola 2007 graduate, Clay Hendricks, was a member of the Michigan Technological University SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team, which took silver at the recent competition. Hendricks is the son of Kathy and Colin Hendricks. The Michigan Tech team competed in the internal combustion category. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and challenges colleges from across North America to reduce emissions and sound levels on snowmobiles while maintaining or improving their performance. In addition to second place the team won awards for the quietest snowmobile and lowest in-service emissions. They also won the BlueRibbon Coalition Award for Most Practical Solution, given to the team with the best balance of cost and measured noise and emissions levels. – submitted ••• WINONA, Minn. – Winona State’s Mollie Bjelland batted 1 for 3 against Upper Iowa as the team’s split wins in a doubleheader played Saturday, April 18. The Warriors are ranked ninth and are currently 35-9 overall. ••• RIVER FALLS – Former St. Croix Falls athlete Jessica Lundgren scored twice and had one hit in three at bats in the Falcons 11-1 win over UWPlatville. The River Falls softball team posts a record of 17-13 and 5-7 in the WIAC conference. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2009 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

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Cards come back, prevail over Saints runs, giving them a 2-0 lead right away. The Pirates were taken from the plate pretty quickly in the next three innings but scored another two runs in the fifth. Wald went 2-3, scoring two runs. Annie Palmquist also went 2-3 at the plate. Michelle Lund, Palmquist, Heather Davison and Ingrid Ames each had an RBI against Frederic. Chrissy Chenal scored Frederic’s one run in the fourth. Chenal was brought home by a sacrifice fly to right field by Vanessa Neumann. Lund pitched all seven innings for the Pirates. She had 14 strikeouts and walked only one batter. Chenal took the mound all seven for Frederic, striking out eight and also only walking one.

Pilz has big night at the plate Luck 9, St. Croix Falls 6 by Marty Seeger LUCK – Taryn Pilz smacked a ground rule, two-RBI double that nearly cleared the left field fence in the first inning of Tuesday night’s conference game against St. Croix Falls. Ali Lehmann hit an RBI single in the first inning to help the Cardinals to a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals were able to retire the first six batters in the Saints lineup, which included a double play in the first inning off a caught fly ball and put out to second base, but the Saints didn’t let it get them down. Jamie Rohm led the top of the third with a lead-off single, and Luck’s Melissa Jenssen walked a pair of batters to load the bases. Abby Swenson got an RBI after getting hit by a pitch and a costly error on Luck got Megan Yunker on base while driving in a run. The Saints pitcher connected with a solid RBI single and Heather Gilbert hit into a fielder’s choice but drove in the fifth run of the third inning for the Saints. In the bottom of the third, Pilz smashed another one to left field, only this time it cleared the fence for a solo

Sarah Wald was safe after a hard run to first on Tuesday night against the Vikings. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Luck’s Taryn Pilz (R) slaps hands with teammate, and sister, Tabitha Pilz after she crushed a home run over the left field fence in the third inning Tuesday night against the Saints. – Photo by Marty Seeger home run. The Saints got another run in the fifth to make it a 6-4 game, but Jenssen redeemed herself in the top of the fifth by striking out three Saints in a row. Luck came back in the sixth inning when Pilz led the inning off with another key hit, this time a double. The Cardinals drew three walks in a row before Jade Schrock helped knock in two RBIs. In the end, the Cards scored five runs in the sixth to edge the Saints. “Good job Taryn Pilz for hitting some whoppers for us,” said Luck coach Aimie Jorgenson. “Good job to the whole team for forgetting the mistakes and finishing well. We had a great team effort and some decent pitching from Melissa Jenssen.”

They also ended it strong, in an 8-4 win. Marisa Hacker, Becca Milligan and Brittany Thomfohrda were the first three batters up for Unity. All three had single base hits and brought in runs, giving them a lead of 3-0. Scoring five more runs in six more innings took the win for the Eagles. Hacker ended the game going 2-5 with two RBIs. Milligan and Thomfohrda also finished 2-5 and Crystal Donahue went 2-4. Webster/Siren went scoreless for the first two innings but scored in the third on a run by Ally Rydel. Siiri Larson, Rose Kopecky and Rydel crossed home plate in the fifth inning for the team’s other three runs. Nikki Steiner had two RBIs.

Unity 8, Webster/Siren 4

Grantsburg 4, Frederic 1 FREDERIC – The Grantsburg Pirates took a conference win over the Frederic Vikings, 4-1, on Tuesday, April 21. Grantsburg’s first two batters, Tiffany Meyer and Sarah Wald, equaled two

by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – The Unity Eagles started their game strong against Webster/Siren on Tuesday, April 21.

Unity shortstop Marisa Hacker launches the ball to first against Siren/Webster Tuesday. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Luck wins, Pirates beat Braham Grantsburg 10, Braham, Minn., 1 by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – After losses to Prescott and Ellsworth over the weekend, the Grantsburg Pirates took a big 10-1 win over Braham, Minn., on Tuesday, April 21. Pirate freshman Nolan Hanson started the game pitching. Hanson gave up only one hit and one run during his four innings pitching. “Nolan did a nice job on the mound tonight,” coach Pete Johnson commented. Jimmy Nelson and Trent Bonneville each also took their turn on the mound, Nelson for two innings and Bonneville for one. Neither gave up a single hit. At the plate, the Pirates had a good night. “We only struck out once and that’s a huge improvement,” Johnson said.

Thane Larson was the biggest hitter. He went 3-3 and scored four of the 10 runs. “Thane busted out at the plate,” Johnson stated. Bonneville went 2-3 and Jake Ryan 22 at the plate. Unity 15, Clear Lake 8 CLEAR LAKE – The Eagles scored a pile of runs Tueday night in Clear Lake. Brady Turner had three RBIs and two hits, and Justin McKenzie led the team batting 5 for 6 with three RBIs – Marty Seeger Luck 13, St. Croix Central 8 LUCK – The Cardinals had a strong outing against St. Croix Central Tuesday night. Junior Mitchell Larson slugged a grand slam and Derek Letch also homered in the game. – Marty Seeger

Mitchell Larson is mobbed by teammates after his grand slam against St. Croix Central Tuesday evening. – Photo by Sue Tolan








Chenal K’s 17 against Solon Springs Frederic 3, Solon Springs 2 by Marty Seeger FREDERIC – Despite a couple of errors that led to a pair of runs from Solon Springs in the first inning, the Vikings softball team held onto a nice win last Friday evening with a lot of help from Chrissy Chenal. The junior kept Solon Springs in check as she fanned 17 of 25 hitters and walked two. “Chrissy is a solid pitcher; she rarely walks too many people, and if she does it’s a good hitter that she’s really working hard not to give them a strike, so I have a lot of confidence in her,” said coach Erin Hansford, who was missing two key players, Krysta Laqua and Alex Lonetti, who normally catches. Vanessa Neumann filled in for the catchers, and Hansford was pleased with her efforts. She was also pleased with how much the team improved despite the entire group being gone for a school trip to Florida. On top of that, five starters are newcomers, including four freshmen and a sophomore who hadn’t played softball before. “We started off a little rocky with St. Croix, but we had a new team, but they did a good job of coming together in the last week,” Hansford said. Frederic was able to retaliate after giving up two runs in the first inning, by scoring two runs of their own. Lauren Domagala was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot and Corissa Schmidt moved her to second on a groundout to the pitcher. A throwing error on Solon Springs moved Domagala to third and Neumann hit an RBI single. Chenal eventually scored on a dropped ball from the Solon Springs catcher. It was all Frederic would get in the next two innings, but in the bottom of the fourth inning Allie Lundblade drew a lead-off walk. Frankie Knuf reached base on a fielder’s choice, and with two outs, Domagala put Knuf on third, setting Schmidt up for a key RBI single for the go-ahead run. The Vikings struggled to get another run but managed to hold onto the win with the help of Chenal’s

Chrissy Chenal had 17 strikeouts against Solon Springs last week. – Photo by Marty Seeger solid pitching. Hansford hopes the bats will be soon to follow. “It’s definitely helpful to have a great pitcher, but I always tell the girls that you can’t win ballgames zero to zero; the pitcher cannot do it herself,” said Hansford. Unity 18, Shell Lake 13 SHELL LAKE – The Eagles softball team won for the second time this season over Shell Lake on Friday, April 17. The Eagles 18 runs came from 12 hits, and the team moved runners on at least

six passed balls on the Lakers, while the Eagles racked up at least eight stolen bases. St. Croix Falls 7, Unity 6 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints won by a run against the Eagles during a tournament held in St. Croix Falls last Saturday, April 18. Unity was held scoreless until the second inning when three walks and an error on the Saints led to the Eagles first run of the game. Unity’s Marisa Hacker led the fifth inning off with a double. Brittany Peters singled and Jessica Kutina doubled to help the Eagles get two runs in the fifth. Peters, Kutina and Brooke Gillespie each singled in the seventh inning to help bring in two runs, but the game ended with a one run win for the Saints. Amanda Larson pitched all seven innings and had nine strikeouts, six walks allowed four earned runs. St. Croix Falls 19, Clear Lake 16 ST. CROIX FALLS – It was a night bombarded with runs for both Clear Lake and the Saints last Friday evening, but in the end the Saints came out on top. A six run inning in the fourth and another six runs scored in the top of the seventh were deciding factors. Clear Lake scored four in the bottom of the seventh but the Saints held on. The Saints had 12 hits in the game, including three doubles.

Saints senior Amanda Larson connects with a double she hit Tuesday night. The Saints lost to Luck, but have won their two previous games – Photo by Marty Seeger

TL/Clayton 3, Luck 2 TURTLE LAKE – The Cardinals softball team was held scoreless for the first five innings last Thursday, April 16. It was enough to tie the game as TL/Clayton scored once in the first and again in the second inning. Krystal Stage led the sixth inning with a walk and Ali Lehmann knocked her home with an RBI double. Taryn Pilz hit a fielder’s choice to score Stage, but TL/Clayton doubled in the bottom of the sixth for the go ahead run and the one-run win. “We must have left our bats in the

Siren/Webster’s Rose Kopecky looks to toss the ball to the infield. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld shed because we hardly did a thing,” said Luck coach Aimie Jorgenson. Shell Lake 13, Luck 5 SHELL LAKE – It was a chilly night for softball according to those in attendance at Shell Lake on Monday. According to Cardinals coach Aimie Jorgenson: “It was cold.” The Cards had a tough night offensively scoring two runs in the first and three in the third. Shell Lake scored five in the first and scattered another two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Frederic 14, Clear Lake 2 CLEAR LAKE – The Vikings softball team had a great outing against Clear Lake on Thursday, April 16. Chrissy Chenal pitched a solid four innings, allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts in 14 batters faced. Each of Clear Lake’s two runs were unearned. Alex Lonetti, Corissa Schmidt and Chrissy Chenal each scored three times and Schmidt led in hits with three hits and three RBIs. Vanessa Neumann led the team in RBIs with four on two hits. The team out-hit the Warriors 11-1 and had just one error. Schmidt also pitched one inning and allowed no hits and struck out a pair. Cumberland 14, Webster/Siren 0 CUMBERLAND – Webster/Siren faced another shutout on Friday, April 17. They visited Cumberland, where they lost, 14-0. During 15 at bats, the Webster/Siren team had nine strikeouts and no runs or hits. The Cumberland Beavers scored five in the first, one in each the second and third innings and seven in the fourth. Siiri Larsen served at the mound for the Webster/Siren team. – Brenda Sommerfeld








Pirates and Eagles clash in pitchers dual Grantsburg hangs on by a run Grantsburg 2, Unity 1 by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – It was a low-scoring affair last Thursday evening for the Eagles and Pirates, as both pitchers Thane Larson and Luke Nelson pitched complete games. Both were at a slight disadvantage according to their coaches. Larson wasn’t feeling well and Nelson hadn’t pitched for over a week. “I really didn’t think he was going to throw the whole game, but he toughed it out, and I’m real happy with that,” said Pirates coach Pete Johnson on Larson’s performance. Both pitchers allowed five hits and Larson pitched four scoreless innings, while Nelson pitched three. It was evident from the start that any run would be important in deciding the winner. Nelson was the first to get Unity on the bases in the bottom of the second inning with a one-out double, but a fielder’s choice and lineout to short quickly ended the inning. Grantsburg’s first run of the game came in the fourth when Trent Bonneville reached on an error and with two outs, Larson smacked an RBI double. Jake Ryan also singled in the inning but one run was all the Pirates would get. “The first half we were just hitting fly balls … we started hitting them on the ground and good things usually happen if you get them on the ground,” Johnson said. Grantsburg ended the fifth inning without a run despite a single from Ben Larson, and in the bottom of the fifth inning Unity tied the game back up at one. Drew Walker led the bottom of the fifth with a single, and Jason Vlasnik moved Walker with a sacrifice bunt. Then with two outs, Brady Flaherty hit an RBI single to tie it up. Grantsburg tried setting up a run in the sixth inning after Trent Bonneville reached first on an infield single. After reaching third on a stolen base and a passed ball, Johnson called for a suicide squeeze play with Thane Larson up to

Drew Walker had a nice bunt down the third base line in the bottom of the seventh to move Sam Florer into scoring position. Walker was called out at first on a close play. – Photo by Marty Seeger

Grantsburg’s Trent Bonneville aims to throw out Unity’s Derek Campbell from the shortstop position last Thursday. – Photo by Marty Seeger bat. It was a tough ball to hit as Thane Larson stretched for the ball and missed, while Flaherty tagged out Bonneville as he reached home for the inning-ending double play. In the top of the seventh the Pirates got Austin Eskola on base with a walk, and Jamie Robb went in as a substitute for Jim Nelson. Robb hit an infield single despite feeling ill for most of the game. “Jamie was sick, so he didn’t start,” said Johnson. Brent Myers singled to right field in the Pirates next at bat to load the bases. With just one out, Ben Larson hit a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run heading

into the bottom of the seventh. But Unity wouldn’t go away quietly. “I was just thinking during about the seventh inning that we play these guys the same way every year here,” said Eagles coach Matt Humpal. “We played em’ tough down to the last out.” Sam Florer led the inning with a walk and Walker hit a perfect bunt to move Florer into scoring position. Jason Vlasnik drew a walk as well and Dennis McKinney moved both runners into scoring position with a ground out to second base. With two outs, Flaherty had a chance to tie or possibly end the game with an Eagles win with a base hit, but grounded out to short to end the

game. “We talk a lot about the process and it worked out pretty well, we just didn’t score any runs,” Humpal said, adding that the team gave up 31 runs in the past two games. He was also pleased with how Nelson performed on the mound, having not pitched for over a week. “For him to do what he did was, I thought, really impressive,” Humpal said. Both teams showed marked improvements from previous games and both coaches are aware that it will be a dogfight to the top of the conference. “I think there’s going to be a lot in the mix, four teams in the mix,” Johnson said. Although he felt the Pirates are still trying to piece their team together, he and coach Humpal seemed to be pleased with the efforts of their teams. “I think we were pretty evenly matched so I was real happy with the win,” Johnson said.

Another 13 runs scored on Vikings Siren/Webster falls hard to Turtle Lake/Clayton Solon Springs 13, Frederic 2 by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – The Vikings baseball team lost to Luck 13-1 on Thursday and Solon Springs defeated Frederic, 13-2, on Friday, April 17. Frederic had the upper hand after the second inning where they scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Joe Draxler and Ethan Cook each scored a run. While the Vikings couldn’t get more than one player on base during a single inning, Solon Springs scored run after run. In the third they scored three, and they scored 10 in the fifth to end the game. Turtle Lake/Clayton 20, Siren/Webster 5

SIREN – Turtle Lake/Clayton scored 20 runs against Siren/Webster during the 20-5 loss on Friday, April 17. Siren/Webster scored five runs with six hits against Turtle Lake/Clayton. Four of the runs were scored in the fifth and

Siren/Webster shortstop Shane Rossow looks to throw the ball to first. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld final inning. Evan Oachs scored two of the runs, Shane Rossow, Christian Hall and Taylor Renberg each had one. Hall and Ben Roedl had two RBIs and Rossow one.

A Frederic runner tries to beat out a throw from a Turtle Lake/Clayton player last Friday evening.








Three teams play weekend baseball tournaments Unity 14, Amery 13 by Marty Seeger AMERY – The Unity boys grabbed a wild win over Amery last Saturday in a tournament held in Amery with at least five players clubbing one or more hits. Dennis McKinney, Derek Jorgenson and D.J. Larson each had three hits in the game, with Larson and Jorgenson each with three RBIs. “We talked a lot about limiting our strikeouts throughout that week and it all came together on Saturday,” said coach Matt Humpal. “We made great approaches at the plate and scored twice as many runs in that game as we had all year.” Jason Vlasnik hit a lead off double in the first inning that led to three runs early. McKinney doubled in the third inning and Brady Flaherty hit an RBI triple. Flaherty allowed seven hits and six earned runs in the first four innings but got help from a seven run fifth inning, McKinney, Luke Nelson and Larson each doubled in the inning, and hit a triple. Amery brought it to a tie when they scored two runs in the seventh, but the Eagles held onto the win with the help of Flaherty. “Brady Flaherty came through with a

Grantsburg second baseman, Austin Eskola looks to scoop up a ground ball.

Unity’s D.J. Larsen goes after a grounder at shortstop. – Photos by Marty Seeger unless otherwise noted one out double in the bottom of the seventh to win the game,” Humpal said Unity 11, Cumberland 6 AMERY – In the second game of the Amery baseball tournament last Saturday, the Eagles managed to score in five of the seven innings played to hold on to an 11-6 victory over Cumberland. “I was a little nervous that we would lose focus after playing a seven-inning game but we came right back and scored in the first inning,” said Eagles coach Matt Humpal. “After that we played with the confidence that we have been working on for the last month.“ Brady Flaherty came through again in the second game of the day going 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Drew Walker took to the mound allowing four earned runs on five hits. Walker pitched the first two scoreless innings before Cumberland put three runs on the board in the third inning. “Hopefully we can carry these wins over to our conference schedule in the next week,” Humpal said.

Grantsburg’s Ben Larson gives the ball a ride in an earlier game this season. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Ellsworth 8, Grantsburg 5 PRESCOTT – The Pirates got two games in last Saturday, April 18, at a tournament in Prescott. The Pirates got

off to a great start in the first inning scoring all five runs, but went quiet in the next six frames. “We did a good job hitting the ball on the ground the first inning,” said coach Pete Johnson. Good things usually happen when we keep the ball down. Unfortunately, we came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.” Prescott 6, Grantsburg 3 PRESCOTT – The Pirates lost their second game played last Saturday at the Prescott tournament. Grantsburg went four scoreless innings before scoring three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Ben Larson and Nolan Hanson each had a pair of hits in the game and despite the loss, and an unsure lineup, Pirates coach Pete Johnson says the had a turning point. “We started this game about like we finished the first one … gutless,” Johnson said. But we turned a double play in the fourth and something seemed to kick in. I’d like to think we turned the corner on the season in the middle of the game.” Johnson was also pleased with the pitching of Jim Nelson, who pitched three scoreless innings. St. Croix Falls 11, Ashland 0 Osceola 11, St. Croix Falls 1 OSCEOLA– The Saints split wins with Ashland and Osceola in a tournament last Saturday held in Osceola. No game stats were available at press time for a complete roundup.

Cardinals victorious in first conference matchup

by Brenda Sommerfeld Luck 13, Frederic 1

FREDERIC – The Luck Cardinals started out with a smashing at bat during their 13-1 win over Frederic on Thursday, April 16. Luck started their first inning bringing in eight runs, which led to the team’s first conference win of the season. Of the 13 Cardinal batters in the first inning, seven crossed home plate to score runs and one made the trip twice. Jamison Gross hit a single-base hit both times at the plate. He had one RBI. Bryson Clemenson and Derek Letch each had single hits. Clemenson had one RBI and Letch two. Frederic ended Luck’s first batting with two pop-fly catches at second base

and one from pitcher to first baseman. The Vikings were out in three during the bottom of the first. They were not able to score until the fifth inning, with Joe Draxler stealing home plate for a run. Luck scored five more runs throughout the five-inning game. Cardinal leadoff hitter, Gross, finished the game going 4-4 and scoring three runs. Harry Severson-Dickinson went 2-2 and Derek Letch 2-3. Matt Norston and Trae Gehl made Frederic’s two hits

David Harlander is tagged out by Derek Letch Thursday. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld








Grantsburg defeats Division 1 Superior team and eight hits. Cumberland 14, Webster/Siren 0 CUMBERLAND – Webster/Siren faced another shutout on Friday, April 17. They visited Cumberland, where they lost, 14-0. During 15 at bats, the Webster/Siren team had nine strikeouts and no runs or hits. The Cumberland Beavers scored five in the first, one in each the second and third innings and seven in the fourth. Siiri Larsen served at the mound for the Webster/Siren team.

Webster/Siren runless in two Grantsburg 2, Superior 0 by Brenda Sommerfeld SUPERIOR – The Division 1 Superior Spartans traveled to Grantsburg Thursday, April 16, to face the Grantsburg Pirates. The Spartans, like all Grantsburg opponents, fell victim to the Pirates. The Pirates scored two runs in the first inning to win the game, 2-0. A pitch hit Sarah Wald in order to put her on first. Michelle Lund was next up. Lund hit a double, bringing Wald sliding home. Lund was the other run to come in for the Pirates. While at bat, Lund went 2-3. She was the only Pirate to get any hits off of the Superior pitcher. Lund pitched all seven innings for Grantsburg. Superior got three hits off of her but couldn’t bring a run in.

Pirate sparkplug Sarah Wald touches home just under the tag of Superior's Cassie O'Neil for one of two runs scored by Grantsburg in a nonconference 2-0 win against Division 1 Superior. – Photo by Scott Hoffman Grantsburg 3, Amery 0 Grantsburg 6, Amery 5 GRANTSBURG – Saturday, the Amery Warriors made an appearance in Grantsburg to play two games against the Pirates. Grantsburg pulled past them, 3-0, in the first game and barely squeezed by in the second for a 6-5 victory. Michelle Lund pitched the first game for the Pirates. She completed 14 strikeouts, while allowing only one hit. Tiffany Meyer started the batting for Grantsburg and scored the first run her first time out. Hitting a home run in the sixth inning, Annie Palmquist brought Lund home for the team’s three runs. In the second game of the day, Amery was up 5-0 after five innings. It wasn’t until the sixth that the Pirates started hitting. Once they started, they scored six runs in order to win the game. Sarah Wald had one hit and scored two runs, Lund had two hits and two runs, and Nicole MacKenzie and Jessica Hoffman each scored runs after walking to first base.

Grantsburg’s Michelle Lund slides into home against Amery. Lund scored one of the Pirates three runs in their first game against Amery on Saturday, April 18. – Photo by Scott Hoffman

Northwood 11, Webster/Siren 0 MINONG – Siiri Larsen was the only Webster/Siren softball player to make contact with the ball for a hit during the Webster/Siren 11-0 loss to Northwood on Thursday, April 16. Larsen had the hit during the fourth inning. Nothing came of it when Northwood took out the next three batters. Audrey Mulliner pitched all five for the Webster/Siren team. Mulliner had two strikeouts. She gave up six walks

Webster/Siren’s Sam Will snags a pop fly in right field during a game. – File photo by Brenda Sommerfeld

Luck boys split nonconference games Luck 11, Shell Lake 1 by Marty Seeger LUCK – The Cardinals had a great showing against Shell Lake last Friday evening with the help of a seven run fifth inning. Pitcher Harry SeversonDickinson had a solid effort as well with eight strikeouts in five innings and one walk. The win came just four days after a great outing against Solon Springs, where Severson-Dickinson pitched four innings and allowed no hits and had six strikeouts. Both Severson-Dickinson and Derek Letch had three hits against Shell Lake, while Logan Hacker had two hits and two RBIs and Bryson Clemenson had a pair of hits as well.

Northwood 5, Luck 4 NORTHWOOD – It was a tough loss for the Cardinals Monday night as they dropped a close one to Northwood in a nonconference game. Luck held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. A walk, hit batter and a sacrifice along with a pair of passed balls eventually tied the game back up at 4-4. According to coach Wayne Dickinson the last batter hit a pop-fly with two outs to shallow center, as Mitch Larsen came in for the catch. “Mitch Larsen dove and caught the ball while sliding, only to have it come out when he rolled over. It was a good effort by Mitch,” Dickinson said. RIGHT: Luck’s Bryson Clemensen slides safely into second base after a double he hit against Northwood on Monday. – Photo by Sue Tolan






Spooner Track Invitational (4-16-09) Girls Team Results Place Team Points 1st Frederic 187.0 2nd Unity 101.5 3rd Spooner 92.5 4th Grantsburg 80.0 5th Drummond 77.5 6th Cumberland 44.0 7th Cameron 27.0 8th Barron 25.5

Spooner Track Invitational (4-16-09) Boys Team Results Place Team Points 1st Spooner 185.5 2nd Unity 118.0 3rd Frederic 93.0 4th Drummond 66.0 5th Barron 58.5 6th Cumberland 45.0 7th Cameron 43.0 8th Grantsburg 30.0

Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 13.3; 2. Candace Buck, F, 13.9; 6. Nikki Ticknor, G, 14.2; 7. Haley St. Amand, U, 14.2; 8. Tanesha Carlson, F, 14.3. 200-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 27.4; 3. Sam Ince, U, 28.9; 4. Amanda Blok, F, 29.2; 5. Nikki Ticknor, G, 29.4. 400-meter dash - 1. Calla Karl, F, 1:04.3; 2. Karly Larson, G, 1:07.1; 5. Ashley Johnson, U, 1:11.4; 6. Sara Underwood, F, 1:13.9; 7. Annie Kackman, F, 1:15.3; 8. April Johnson, U, 1:17.3. 800-meter run - 1. Calla Karl, F, 2:39.8; 4. Megan Anderson, F, 2:44.5; 5. Sarah Knauber, F, 2:44.6; 6. Angela Gaffney, G, 2:49.6. 1,600-meter run - 2. Megan Anderson, F, 5:59; 3. Sarah Knauber, F, 6:00; 4. Katherine Ebensperger, U, 6:04; 5. Angela Gaffney, G, 6:12; 7. Leah Engebretson, F, 6:20.9; 3,200-meter run - 1. Sam Nelson, F, 12:22.5; 2. Anglea Gaffney, G, 13:10.8; 8. Becca Anderson, F, 15:50.4. High hurdles - 2. Steph Kothlow, U, 19.3; 3. Jade Johnson, F, 19.4; 6. Hayla Bader, U, 21.9; 7. Karry Simpson, F, 22.4. 300-meter hurdles - 2. Sam Nelson, F, 50.1; 3. Megan Finch, G, 55.3; 5. Steph Kothlow, U, 59.4; 6. Kathryn Zahler, U, 1:00.4; 7. Karry Simpson, F, 1:01.2. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Frederic, 53.7; 2. Unity, 58.1; 3. Grantsburg, 58.2. 4x200-meter relay - 2. Frederic, 2:01.7; 2. Unity, 2:02.8. 4x400-meter relay - 3. Unity, 4:43.2; 4. Frederic, 4:55.4. 4x800-meter relay - 1. Frederic, 10:34.4; 4. Unity, 12:23.2. High jump - 1. Megan Finch, G, 5-0; 2. Kortney Morrin, G, 5-0; 3. Amanda Blok, F, 48; 5. Steph Kothlow, U, 4-6; 6. Ashley Johnson, U, 4-6; 7. Calla Karl, F, 4-4; 8. Jenna Christensen, U, 4-4. Long jump - 1. Ashley Johnson, U, 16-05.25; 2. Candace Buck, F, 14-08.5; 3. Jade Johnson, F, 14-07.75; 7. Sam Ince, U, 13-07.25; 8. Jenna Christensen, U, 13-06. Triple jump - 1. Jade Johnson, F, 30-03.75; 2. Candace Buck, F, 29-11; 5. Jenna Christensen, U, 26-07.75; 6. Megan Anderson, F, 26-07.25; 7. Cassie Sturgul, U, 25-00.75. Shot put - 1. Allison Anderson, F, 27-07.75; 2. Carissa Skifstad, G, 26-09.75; 6. Sam Hill, U, 25-00.75; 7. Cathryn McConnell, F, 23-10.25; 8. Ashley Griffith, G, 23-06.5. Discus - 1. Amanda Kuske, U, 82-05; 4. Allison Anderson, F, 77-11; 5. Cathryn McConnell, F, 71-07; 6. Ashley Griffith, G, 6204.

Individual Results (Top area performers) 100-meter dash - 2. Tyler Christensen, U, 11.9; 6. Tyler Calabria, F, 12.2. 200-meter dash - 3. Tyler Christensen, U, 24.4; 5. Ben Ackerley, F, 25.5; 6. Rush Hickethier, U, 25.5; 7. James Slate, U, 25.6; 8. Derek Bertlson, G, 25.6. 400-meter dash - 3. Rush Hickethier, U, 56.1; 4. Tyler Calabria, F, 56.8; 5. Jason Jensen, G, 56.9; 6. Zach Cardot, U, 57.4; 8. Ben Ackerley, F, 59.5. 800-meter run - 5. Joel Anderson, F, 2:15.7; 8T. Steve Anderson, U, 2:33.7; 8T. Dan Gaffney, G, 2:33.7. 1,600-meter run - 3. Steve Olson, U, 5:09; 4. Josiah Lund, F, 5:16.8. 3,200-meter run - 2. Steve Olson, U, 11:27.1; 5. Josiah Lund, F, 12:21.2. High hurdles - 1. Zach Anderson, F, 16.4; 3. Zavier Foeller, U, 17.5; 6. Alec Carlson, U, 19.2. 300-meter hurdles - 2. Zach Anderson, F, 45.3; 6. Xavier Foeller, U, 47.5. 4x100-meter relay - 3. Unity, 49.6; 5. Frederic, 52.8. 4x200-meter relay - 2. Unity, 1:41.9; 5. Frederic, 1:52.8. 4x400-meter relay - 2. Unity, 3:48.6; 3. Grantsburg, 3:50.9; 5. Frederic, 4:04.6. 4x800-meter relay - 2. Frederic, 9:52.1; 6. Unity, 10:06.8. High jump - 2. Tony Larson, G, 6-0; 3. Zach Anderson, F, 5-08; 5. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 5-06. Long jump - 4. Rush Hickethier, U, 18-01.5; 6. James Slate, U, 17-08.75; 8. Jason Jensen, G, 1706. Triple jump - 1. Zach Anderson, F, 38-06.5; 4. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 35-01.25. Shot put - 2. Joe Swanson, U, 41-11.25; 5. Cody Gruel, F, 40-08.75; 5. Kevin Berry, 36-11; 7. John Chelmo, F, 35-03.5; 8. Zach Cardot, U, 34-10. Discus - 1. Joe Swanson, U, 124-04; 3. Cody Gruel, F, 99-07; 6. Kevin Berry, 97-04; 7. Jason Jensen, G, 94-07.

Shell Lake Track Invitational (4-20-09) Girls Team Results Place Team Points 1st Hayward 111.0 2nd Flambeau 105.5 3rd Webster 79.5 4th Turtle Lake/Clayton 76.0 5th Shell Lake 58.0 6th Bruce 57.0 7th Prairie Farm 50.0 8th Cameron 34.5 9th Unity 31.0 10th Lake Holcombe 30.0 11th Boyceville 22.0 12th New Auburn 13.0 Individual Results (Top area athletes) 100-meter dash - 5. Melissa Gustavson, W, 13.86. 200-meter dash - 2. Melissa Gustavson, W, 29.53. 400-meter dash - 7. Chris Stoll, W, 1:13.66. 800-meter run - 6. April Johnson, U, 3:15.74; 8. Ashley Robinson, W, 3:21.08. 1,600-meter run - 8. Sarah Walsh, W, 7:14.37. 3,200-meter run - Sarah Walsh, W, 15:27.87. 100-meter hurdles - 4. Michelle Gibbs, W, 18:54; 8. Steph Kothlow, U, 21.26. 300-meter hurdles - 8. Danielle Dyson, W, 1:16.61. 4x100-meter relay - 3. Unity, 59.82; 8. Webster, 1:05.59. 4x200-meter relay - 4. Unity, 2:10.70; 6. Webster, 2:17.56. 4x400-meter relay - 4. Webster, 5:12.46. 4x800-meter relay - 6. Unity, 13:31.55; 7. Webster, 14:08.87 High jump - 3T. Michelle Gibbs, W, 4-02. Long jump - 1. Ashley Johnson, U, 15-04.75; 3. Jenna Christensen, U, 13-04.5. Triple jump - 1. Michelle Gibbs, W, 29-05. Pole vault - 4. Brittany Bernier, U, 6-06. Shot put - 6. Mary Johnson, W, 28-08.5; 7. Chelsea Larson, W, 28-06. Discus - 2. Reba Smallwood, W, 103-03; 3. Mary Johnson, W, 78-11; 7. Amanda Kuske, U, 71-09.

Shell Lake Track Invitational (4-20-09) Boys Team Results Place Team Points 1st Webster 147.0 2nd Unity 109.0 3rd Cameron 87.0 4th Hayward 86.0 5th Turtle Lake/Clayton 74.0 6th Shell Lake 63.0 7th Flambeau 62.0 8th Bruce 26.0 9th New Auburn 21.0 10th Boyceville 14.0 11th Lake Holcombe 7.0 12th Prairie Farm 0.0 Individual Results (Top area athletes) 100-meter dash - 2. Dustin McKinney, U, 11.65; 5. Dan Pope, W, 12:02; 6. Dustin Bazille, U, 12.28; 8. Mike Johnson, U, 12:05. 200-meter dash - 1. Dustin McKinney, U, 24.34; 3. Dan Pope, W, 24.60. 400-meter dash - 2. Kyle Godfrey, W, 55.82. 800-meter run - 2. Bryan Krause, W, 2:19.56; 3. Quentin Johnson, W, 2:19.81; 6. Devin Green, W, 2:18.72. 1,600-meter run - 5. Bryan Krause, W, 5:17.93; 6. Quentin Johnson, W, 5:19.77; 7. Steven Olson, U, 5:29.22. 3,200-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, W, 11:11.32; 4. Nick Krinkie, W, 12:09.01; 5. Joey Erickson, W, 12:14.36. 110-meter high hurdles - 1. Xavier Foeller, U, 17.68; 3. Nolan Kriegel, W, 17.91; 5. Ryan Brickle, W, 19.03; 7. Alec Carlson, U, 19.76. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Ryan Brickle, W, 48.84; 3. Nolan Driegel, W, 49.54; 6. Xavier Foeller, U, 53.23. 4x100-meter relay - 2. Unity, 48.60; 5. Webster, 51.41. 4x200-meter relay - 3. Unity, 1:47.58; 5. Webster, 1:49.23. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Webster, 3:48.87; 4. Unity, 4:19.33. 4x800-meter relay - 2. Webster, 9:14.48. High jump - 4T. Steven Krueger, 5-00; 4T. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 5-00. Long jump - 1. Kyle Godfrey, W, 19-06; 2. Dustin Bazille, U, 18-00.75; 6. Rush Hickethier, U, 16-10. Triple jump - 4. Nolan Kriegel, W, 35-05.5; 5. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 35-04.5. Pole vault - 2. Seth Pardun, W, 10-06; 3. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 10-06; 4. Dylan Hendrickson, U, 9-00; 7. Ben Jensen, W, 8-06. Shot put - 2. Joe Swanson, U, 44-10; 5. Jesse Janssen, W, 40-01. Discus - 3. Joe Swanson, U, 134-02; 6. Kyle Lijenberg, W, 121-01; 7. Ben Shives, W, 119-03.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th


Unity Track Meet (4-21-09) Girls Team Results Team Points Frederic 135.0 Unity 70.0 Grantsburg 37.0 Cumberland 29.0

Individual Results 100-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 13.88; 2. Candace Buck, F, 14.58; 3. Nikki Ticknor, G, 14.65; 4. Haley St. Amand, U, 14.92; 5. Tanesha Carlson, F, 15.07; 6. Annie Kackman, F, 15.46; 7. Haley Burkhardt, G, 16.07; 8. Cathryn McConnel, F, 16.56. 200-meter dash - 1. Sage Karl, F, 28.18; 2. Sam Ince, U, 29.66; 3. Amanda Blok, F, 30.14; 6. Brianna Petersin, U, 31.93; 7. Kendra Wells, 32.79; 8. Haley Burkhardt, G, 32.80. 400-meter dash - 1. Calla Karl, F, 1:07.47; 2. Sara Underwood, F, 1:14.17; 3. April Johnson, U, 1:14.21; 4. Ashley Johnson, U, 1:15.30; 5. Annie Kackman, F, 1:15.47. 800-meter run - 1. Calla Karl, F, 2:47.84; 2. Megan Anderson, F, 2:51.27; 3. Leah Engebretson, F, 2:54.78; 4. Angela Gaffney, G, 2:58.55; 6. April Johnson, U, 3:16.27. 1,600-meter run - 1. Sarah Knauber, F; 2. Megan Anderson, F; 3. Angela Gaffney, G; 4. Leah Engebretson, F; 5. Katherine Ebensperger, U; 7. Kaelah Maslow, G. 3,200-meter run - 1. Sam Nelson, F, 12:24.06; 2. Sarah Knauber, F, 12:51.11; 3. Angela Gaffney, G, 14:17.85; 4. Megan Anderson, F, 16:21.55; 5. Jessica Raboin, U, 16:26.09. 100-meter hurdles - 2. Jade Johnson, F, 20.37; 4. Steph Kothlow, U, 20.88; 6. Adrianna Otte, F, 21.68; 7. Hayla Bader, U, 21.74; 8. Karry Simpson, F, 22.49. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Sam Nelson, F, 53.87; 2. Jade Johnson, F, 57.03; 3. Adrianna Otte, F, 1:00.03; 5. Karry Simpson, F, 1:01.59; 6. Katheryn Zahler, U, 1:01.99; 7. Steph Kothlow, U, 1:02.58. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Frederic, 54.56; 2. Grantsburg, 57.76; 3. Unity, 58.89. 4x200-meter relay - 1. Unity, 2:01.90; 2. Frederic, 2:04.73; 3. Grantsburg, 2:07.56. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Unity, 4:49.27; 2. Frederic, 4:54.17. 4x800-meter relay - 1. Frederic, 11:10.46; 2. Unity, 12:49.03. High jump - 1T. Kortney Morrin, G, 5-00; 1T. Megan Finch, G, 5-00; 3. Amanda Blok, F, 4-08; 4. Steph Kothlow, U, 4-06; 5. Calla Karl, F, 404. Long jump - 1. Jade Johnson, F, 15-06; 3. Jenna Christensen, U, 14-08; 4. Haley Larson, G, 1406.5; 5. Candace Buck, F, 13-08; 6. Haley St. Amand, U, 13-02; 7. Carly Larson, 13-00; 8. Annie Kackman, F, 12-10. Triple jump - 1. Jade Johnson, F, 30-08.5; 2. Candace Buck, F, 30-04.5; 3. Hayla Bader, U, 29-03.5; 4. Jenna Christensen, U, 27-10.75; 6. Adrianna Otte, F, 27-04; 7. Megan Anderson, 27-02.25. Pole vault - 1. Kortney Morrin, G, 7-00; 4. Karry Simpson, F, 5-06. Shot put - 1. Sam Hill, U, 31-05; 3. Amanda Kuske, U, 29-08; 4. Carissa Skifstad, G, 28-03; 5. Stephanie Lobert, U, 28-03; 6. Brianna Petersin, U, 27-03; 7. Allison Anderson, F, 2610; 8. Kendra Wells, F, 26-08. Discus - 1. Amanda Kuske, U, 86-07; 2. Allison Anderson, F, 85-09; 4. Cathryn McConnell, F, 73-05; 6. Stephanie Lobert, U, 68-07; 8. Carissa Skifstad, G, 61-08.

Flambeau Track Invitational (4-16-09) Girls Team Results Place Team Points 1st Flambeau 170.0 2nd Webster 117.0 3rd Shell Lake 98.5 4th Lake Holcombe 57.0 5th Weyerhaeuser 56.0 6th Cornell 54.5 7th Winter 26.0 8th Prairie Farm 14.0 9th New Auburn 8.0 Individual Webster Results 100-meter dash - 8. Melissa Gustavson, 14.44. 200-meter dash - 4. Kendra Spurgeon, 30.12; 12. Katlyn Payson, 33.36; 15. Ashley Robinson, 36.26. 400-meter dash - 5. Chris Stoll, 1:09.61; 6. Alyssa Main, 1:09.80. 3,200-meter run - 2. Sarah Walsh. 100-meter hurdles - 3. Michelle Gibbs, 19.28; 4. Jayme Mitchell, 22.55. 300-meter hurdles - 3. Michelle Gibbs, 56.61; 6. Danielle Dyson, 1:06.42. 4x100-meter relay - 3. Webster, 1:03.46. 4x200-meter relay - 2. Webster, 2:08.58. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Webster, 4:48.99. High jump - 7. Jayme Mitchell, 3-10; 7. Mackenzie Koelz, 3-10. Pole vault - Shaina Pardun, 7-06. Long jump - 5. Kendra Spurgeon, 12-10.25; 10. Katlyn Payson, 10-11. Triple jump - 1. Michelle Gibbs, 30-02; 7. Tami Petersen, 25-04. Shot put - 1. Mary Johnson, 29-08.5; 3. Chelsea Larson, 28-02.5; 6. Reba Smallwood, 27-00. Discus - 2. Reba Smallwood, 96-03; 3. Mary Johnson, 80-03; 6. Kendra Spurgeon, 76-04.

P O R T S Place 1st 2nd 3rdT 3rdT

Unity Track Meet (4-21-09) Boys Team Results Team Points Unity 107.0 Frederic 55.0 Grantsburg 52.0 Cumberland 52.0

Individual Results 100-meter dash - 1. Tyler Christensen, U, 12.09; 2. Dustin McKinney, U, 12.43; 4. Tyler Calabria, F, 12.69; 5. Dustin Bazille, U, 12.93; 6. Rush Hickethier, U, 12.94; 8. Ben Ackerley, F, 13.33. 200-meter dash - 1. Dustin McKinney, U, 24.75; 2. Rush Hickethier, U, 25.18; 3. Tyler Calabria, F, 25.25; 4. Mike Johnson, U, 25.89; 5. Will Geiger, G, 27.11; 8. Cody Benedict, G, 29.5. 400-meter dash - 1. Tyler Christensen, U, 57.22; 2. Jason Jensen, G, 57.83; 3. Dustin Bazille, U, 59.64; 4. Patrick Eaton, F, 1:02.31; 5. Matt Emerson, G, 1:02.98. 800-meter run - 1. Joel Anderson, F, 2:26.21; 3. Steve Anderson, U, 2:29.70; 4. Daniel Gaffney, G, 2:34.02; 5. Doug Bengston, U, 2:34.26; 7. Matt Schultz, U, 2:41.24; 8. Ben Dorff, G, 2:47.42. 1,600-meter run - 1. Matt Emerson, G; 2. Josiah Lund, F; 5. Andy Falk, G; 6. Mickey Muller, U; 7. Manual Silva, F; 8. Steven Olson, U. 3,200-meter run - 1. Steven Olson, U, 11:42.12; 2. Josiah Lund, F, 12:18.77; 3. Steven Krueger, U, 12:31.30. 110-meter high hurdles - 2. Zach Anderson, F, 16.87; 3. Alec Carlson, U, 19.63; 5. Xavier Foeller, U, 20.51; 7. Mitchell Galle, U, 21.93. 300-meter hurdles - 2. Zach Anderson, F, 44.20; 3. Alec Carlson, U, 47.13; 4. Mitchell Galle, U, 52.90; 6. Devon Mogel, G, 54.16. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Frederic, 47.12; 2. Grantsburg, 48.94; 3. Unity, 48.95. 4x400-meter relay - 2. Grantsburg, 3:53.37; 3. Frederic, 4:03.38; 4. Unity, 4:07.28. 4x800-meter relay - 2. Frederic, 10:08.10; 3. Grantsburg, 10:15.50; 4. Unity, 10:49.39. High jump - 1. Tony Larson, G, 5-10; 2. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 5-06; 3. Steven Krueger, U, 504; 4. Nick Lindgren, G, 5-00. Long jump - 1. Dustin Bazille, U, 18-11.5; 2. Rush Hickethier, U, 18-10.5; 3. Dustin McKinney, U, 18-10; 4. Casey Swosinski, G, 17-08; 5. Jason Jensen, G, 17-04.5; 7. Ben Ackerley, F, 16-01. Triple jump - 1. Zach Anderson, F, 40-03.5; 2. Rush Hickethier, U, 36-08.75; 4. Dylan Hendricks, U, 34-00.5; 5. Alec Carlson, U, 3310.25; 6. Patrick Eaton, F, 32-00.5. Pole vault - 1. Luke Hilleshiem, U, 10-06; 2T. Tony Larson, G, 9-00; 2T. Dylan Hendricks, U, 9-00; 2T. Jared Peper, U, 9-00; 5. Nick Lindgren, G, 7-06; 6. Alec Carlson, U, 7-06; 7. Cody Hallanger, F, 7-00. Shot put - 1. Joe Swanson, U, 41-0; 2. Cody Gruel, 40-09; 3. Mitchell Evenson, G, 38-0; 4. Kevin Berry, G, 36-04; 5. Tyler Christensen, U, 36-01; 7. Derek Bertelsen, G, 32-07; 8. Discus - 1. Joe Swanson, U, 141-05; 2. Cody Gruel, F, 127-05; 3. Mitchell Evenson, G, 10602; 4. Jason Jensen, G, 100-10; 6. Kevin Berry, G, 83-06; 7. Andy Falk, G, 83-01; 8. Jared Peper, U, 82-1.

Flambeau Track Invitational (4-16-09) Boys Team Results Place Team Points 1st Webster 209.0 2nd Cornell 99.0 3rd Flambeau 95.0 4th Shell Lake 72.5 5th Lake Holcombe 53.5 6th Weyerhaeuser 37.0 7th Winter 30.0 8th New Auburn 28.0 9th Prairie Farm 2.0 Individual Webster Results 100-meter dash - 2. Dan Pope, 11.98. 200-meter dash - 2. Dan Pope, 24.62; 12. Dan Dochniak, 27.55. 400-meter dash - 3. Kyle Godfrey, 54.12; 6. James Wethern, 57.51. 800-meter run - 1. Quentin Johnson, 2:10.65; 2. Bryan Krause, 2:11.04; 10. JT Elmgren, 2:25.05. 1,600-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, 4:46.29; 3. Nick Krinkie, 4:53.82; 5. Devin Greene, 5:05.35; 6. Bryan Krause, 5:08.59. 3,200-meter run - 1. Jack Taylor, 10:21; 3. Joey Erickson, 11:02; 4. Nick Krinkie, 11:02. 110-meter hurdles - 1. Nolan Kriegel, 18.38; 3. Ryan Brickle, 19.82. 300-meter hurdles - 1. Ryan Brickley, 46.92; 2. Nolan Kriegel, 47.59. 4x100-meter relay - 2. Webster, 49.82. 4x200-meter relay - 2. Webster, 1:45.12. 4x400-meter relay - 1. Webster, 3:43.12. 4x800-meter relay - 2. Webster, 9:13.80. High jump - 3. Taylor Heinz, 5-02; 6. Nick Koelz, 4-10. Pole vault - 2. Mason Kriegel, 11-00; 3. Seth Pardun, 10-00. Long jump - 1. Kyle Godfrey, 19-01; 7. Cody Isaacson, 16-04.5. Triple jump - 5. Nolan Kriegel, 36-01; 10. Tim Sundstrom, 34-06. Shot put - 2. Kyler Liljenburg, 39-04; 4. Garrett Eichman, 38-05. Discus - 1. Dan Pope, 124-09; 2. Kyler Liljenburg, 123-06; 4. Ben Shives, 105-00.








WIAA winter team tournament Sportsmanship Awards announced STEVENS POINT – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has selected the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2009 winter state tournaments. The winners of the prestigious award are Benton in boys basketball, Siren in girls basketball, Rice Lake in boys ice hockey, River Falls in girls ice hockey, Stoughton in wrestling and Southwestern/Cuba City in gymnastics. Division 4 champion Benton topped the list of schools and communities qualifying for the award at the boys state basketball tournament. The Zephyrs displayed outstanding sportsmanship, enthusiasm and community pride in their 61-49 semifinal victory over Blair-Taylor and in their 55-43 win over Assumption in the championship final. It is the school’s first Sportsmanship Award. Receiving honorable mention were Aquinas, Assumption, Blair-Taylor, Eau Claire North, Fall Creek, Madison Memorial, Oshkosh North, Roncalli and Xavier. Siren was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner in girls basketball. The Dragons were ousted from title contention in the Division 4 semifinals with a 49-34 loss to eventual champion St. Mary Central. It’s the first WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award presented to Siren. Black Hawk, Cuba City, Durand, Fall Creek, Middleton, Monroe and Oostburg received honorable mention. Stoughton receives its first Sportsmanship Award in wrestling following its display of sportsmanship at the state team wrestling tournament. The Vikings also received the honor in girls basketball in 1998. They defeated DeForest, 36-33, in the Division 1 quarterfinals before falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 57-11. Ellsworth, Franklin, Lodi, Muskego, Pewaukee, Random Webster Golf Invitational (4-21-09) Voyager Village Team Scores Place Team Score 1st Unity 167 2nd Grantsburg 172 3rd Luck 183 4th St. Croix Falls 185 5th Webster 186 6th Siren 188 7th Frederic 226 Individual Scores Name Score School Derek Sando 38 Grantsburg Dylan Fultz 39 Luck Brandon Stencil 39 Unity Luke Bollant 40 Siren Jake Bengston 40 Unity Reed Sorenson 41 Unity Rhett Warner 42 St. Croix Falls Kyle Johnson 44 Grantsburg Carson Giller 44 Luck John Mikl 44 St. Croix Falls Brad Berner 45 Grantsburg Justin Decorah 45 Siren Tony Folk 45 Grantsburg Mitchell Elliott 46 Webster Scott Stromberg 46 Webster Ben Bengston 47 Unity Dan Erickson 47 Webster Blake Yunker 47 St. Croix Falls Alex Clemmons 47 Webster Sam Bengston 47 Unity Christian McCabe 49 Luck Jordan Sargent 51 Siren Roger Steen 51 Luck Karl Weber 51 Webster Kevin Niedenfuer 52 Siren Connar Goetz 52 Grantsburg Josh Yunker 52 St. Croix Falls Chris Hopp 56 Frederic Chris Aldrich 56 Luck Brent Crandell 56 Frederic Ian Anderson 57 Frederic Alex Mikl 57 St. Croix Falls William Primm 57 Frederic Dayton Rivera 64 Frederic

The Siren Dragon girls basketball team was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner in girls basketball by the WIAA for the 2009 winter state tournaments. – File photo by Marty Seeger Lake and Wausau West received honorable mention for the award. Southwestern/Cuba City receives the Sportsmanship Award in gymnastics for the fourth time. The co-op program also received the recognition in 2003, 2004 and 2006. The program placed seventh in Division 2 at the WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in March. The schools and communities receiving honorable mention include Antigo, Ashland, Eau Claire Memorial/North, La Crosse Logan/Central, Sheboygan South/North, Viroqua/Cashton/De Soto/North Crawford and West Bend West. Rice Lake was chosen as the winner of the boys hockey Sportsmanship Award for its exemplary sportsmanship at the state hockey tournament. It is the first sportsmanship honor presented to the Pine City, Minn., Golf Scramble (4-16-09) Team Scores School Team 1 Team 2 Total Pine City Green 66 65 131 Rush City 66 80 146 Mora 73 74 147 Pine City White 77 73 150 Siren 85 74 159 East Central 74 85 159 Columbia Heights 75 84 159 Braham 71 92 163 Isle 69 69 Onamia 86 86 Siren Team Scores Team 1 Players Front 9 Back 9 Ben Clausen Mike Hunter Kevin Neidenfuer 43 42 Team 2 Players Front 9 Back 9 Luke Bollant Justin Decorah Jordan Sargent 36 38

2009 Golf All-Conference Points Standing Individual Points Name Points School Derek Sando 30 Grantsburg Dylan Fultz 28 Luck Brandon Stencil 28 Unity Luke Bollant 24 Siren Jake Bengston 24 Unity Reed Sorenson 20 Unity Rhett Warner 18 St. Croix Falls Kyle Johnson 16 Grantsburg Carson Giller 16 Luck John Mikl 16 St. Croix Falls Justin Decorah 10 Siren Tony Folk 10 Grantsburg Brad Berner 10 Grantsburg Mitchell Elliott 4 Webster Scott Stromberg 4 Webster

Warriors. This year, they edged Verona, 1-0, in the quarterfinals before losing to Fond du Lac, 4-2, in the semifinals. Honorable mention went to Stevens Point and Superior. The River Falls co-op, which includes Baldwin-Woodville, Elmwood, Glenwood City, St. Croix Central and Spring Valley won the state title and its first Sportsmanship Award this winter in girls hockey. The Fusion defeated the Mosinee co-op, 2-1, in double overtime in the semifinals and the Fond du Lac co-op, 10-4, in the championship final. The WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school and community in each of the state team tournaments. The award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by athletes, coaches, cheer and support

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Siren Track Meet (4-16-09) Girls Team Results Team Points Clear Lake 73.0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 71.5 Siren 62.5 Luck 3.0

Individual Results 100-meter dash - 3. Daphne Hubbell, S, 14.30; 5. Kristen Sexton, S, 14.80; 7. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 15.60; 9. Danielle Keller, S, 16.00. 200-meter dash - 4. Kayla Asmus, S, 30.80; 7. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 32.00; 8. Katie Gutzmer, L, 32.10; 12. Danielle Keller, S, 32.90. 400-meter dash - 4. Diana Kufalk, L, 1:11.70; 5. Kayla Asmus, S, 1:12.70; 6. Katie Gutzmer, L, 1:15.00. 1,600-meter run - 1. Sarah Howe, S, 5:54.60. 4x100-meter relay - 2. Siren, 1:07.40. 4x200-meter relay - 3. Siren, 2:15.10. High jump - 2. Deanna Phernetton, S, 4-02. Long jump - 1. Daphne Hubbell, S, 14-08; 4. Kristen Sexton, S, 13-02; 5. Ashley Bjornstad, L, 12-06; 7. Marnie Rozumalski, L, 12-03; 8. Danielle Keller, S, 12-01; 9. Katie Gutzmer, L, 11-06.5; 10. Diana Kufalk, L, 11-06. Triple jump - 3. Kristen Sexton, S, 26-10; 5. Ashley Bjornstad, S, 22-09.5. Shot put - 1. Daphne Hubbell, S, 31-03.75; 2. Ashley Guevara, S, 30-06.25; 3. Kendra Jones, S, 27-03.25; 5. Brittany Danielson, L, 25-11.25; 6. Amber Hall, S, 25-05; 12. Liz Otto, S, 15-03. Discus - 1. Ashley Guevara, S, 101-00; 2. Kendra Jones, S, 99-00; 3. Daphne Hubbell, S, 93-02; 5. Amber Hall, S, 69-02; 8. Brittany Danielson, L, 65-00; 9. Nicole Rullman, S, 5910; 16. Liz Otto, S, 36-09.

groups, mascots, bands and spectators. Additional consideration is given for the effort of school administrators and chaperones to ensure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld. Award winners receive a plaque and banner in recognition of the honor. Schools receiving honorable mention are acknowledged with a certificate of recognition. The selection process includes contributions and evaluations from contest officials, tournament management, police and security personnel, crowd control and ushers, WIAA staff members, area hotels and restaurants. – Todd Clark of WIAA

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Siren Track Meet (4-16-09) Boys Team Results Team Points Clear Lake 73.0 Luck 69.0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 65.0 Siren 30.0

Individual Results 100-meter dash - 1. Arnold Gorr, L, 12.20; 4. Nick Morgan, L, 12.51; 5. Damion Hubbell, S, 12.60; 13. Coty Reh, S, 14.40; 15. Jordan Buffalo, S, 14.60. 200-meter dash - 1. Arnold Gorr, L, 24.00; 3. Nick Morgan, L, 24.50; 4. Landon Strilzuk, L, 24.60; 7. Murdock Smith, S, 28.10; 8. Andrew Brown, S, 28.20; 10. Jordan Buffalo, S, 29.30. 400-meter dash - 1. Nick Morgan, L, 54.00; 2. Landon Strilzuk, L, 54.10; 7. AJ WalshBrenizer, L, 1:01.70; 8. JP Richey, L, 1:03.50; 12. Ross Peterson, L, 1:07.90. 800-meter run - 4. JP Richey, L, 2:48.00; 5. Jacob Stiemann, S, 2:51.20; 6. Nate Larson, S, 2:51.80. 1,600-meter run - 3. Jacob Stiemann, S, 5:57.00; 4. Nate Larson, S, 6:00.00; 6. Dakota Krout, L, 8:10.00. 4x100-meter relay - 1. Siren, 48.70. 4x200-meter relay - 3. Siren, 1:52.30. 4x400-meter relay - 3. Siren, 4:16.70. High jump - 3T. Adam Anderson, L, 5-02; 3T. Arnold Gorr, L, 5-02; 8T. Andrew Brown, S, 408; 8T. Murdock Smith, S, 4-08. Long jump - 1. Landon Strilzuk, L, 19-05.75; 3. Isaac Wegner, S, 17-05; 5. Adam Anderson, L, 16-03; 8. Jeremy Wikstrom, S, 15-04. Triple jump - 1. Landon Strilzuk, L, 39-02.50; 3. Issac Wegner, S, 37-04. Shot put - 1. James Longhenry, L, 42-03.50; 2. Seth Stoner, S, 38-08; 3. Roger Steen, L, 38-00; 4. Charlie Brown, S, 37-07; 6. AJ Walsh-Brenizer, L, 33-11.25; 7. Andrew Brown, S, 33-05; 8. Max Musial, L, 33-03.75; 12. Matt Pennington, L, 2600.75. Discus - 1. James Longhenry, L, 120-10; 3. Max Musial, L, 102-09; 4. Roger Steen, L, 101-05; 5. Aaron Engstrand, S, 99-05; 6. Adam Anderson, L, 97.09; 7. Collin Tewalt, S, 95-00; 10. Nate Larson, S, 87-11; 11. Ross Peterson, L, 81-08; 12. Charlie Brown, S, 79-04; 13. AJ Walsh-Brenizer, L, 77-02; 14. Seth Stoner, S, 7700; 17. Matt Pennington, L, 55-00.




GRANTSBURG/WEBSTER – The No. 1 youth soccer company in the United States, Canada and Australia, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their nationwide British Soccer training camps in Grantsburg and Webster. Upper St. Croix Netters Soccer has teamed up to host the weeklong British Soccer camp during the week of June 812 at two locations, the Grantsburg and Webster soccer fields. The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s British coaching staff flown to the U.S.A. exclusively to work on these programs. This camp is just one of over 2,200 that Challenger Sports are running through-



Team Grantsburg Luck Unity Frederic St. Croix Falls Siren/Webster

Conf. 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0


Overall 3-4 3-2 2-2 0-4 1-2 0-3

out the United States and Canada for a record breaking 100,000 boys and girls of all ages. Challenger has become the largest soccer camp provider in North America by combining consistently high quality, age-specific soccer instruction, along with equally important elements of character, cultural, and nutritional education. Each day the children will practice and master new individual skills and understand small group and team tactics through Challenger’s innovative camp curriculum. Campers will also scrimmage each day in the always popular Camp World Cup! The Challenger coaching staff believes that teaching silky soccer skills is only a part of the process of educating young athletes. The coaches will also take time


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Luck Unity Frederic Webster/Siren

Conf. 2-0 2-1 2-0 1-2 0-2 0-2


Thursday, April 16 Luck 13, Frederic 1 Grantsburg 2, Unity 1 Friday, April 17 Luck 11, Shell Lake 1 Turtle Lake/Clayton 20, Siren/Webster 5 Solon Springs 13, Frederic 2 Saturday, April 18 Unity 14, Amery 13 Unity 11, Cumberland 6 St. Croix Falls 11, Ashland 0 Osceola 11, St. Croix Falls 1 Ellsworth 8, Grantsburg 5 Prescott 6, Grantsburg 3 Monday, April 20 Northwood 5, Luck 4 Tuesday, April 21 St. Croix Central at Luck Grantsburg 10, Braham, Minn. 1 Glenwood City at St. Croix Falls

Thursday, April 16 Grantsburg 2, Superior 0 Turtle Lake/Clayton 3, Luck 2 Northwood 11, Webster/Siren 0 Frederic 14, Clear Lake 2 Friday, April 17 Cumberland 14, Webster/Siren 0 St. Croix Falls 19, Clear Lake 16 Unity 18, Shell Lake 13 Frederic 3, Solon Springs 2 Saturday, April 18 St. Croix Falls 7, Unity 6 Grantsburg 3, Amery 0 Grantsburg 6, Amery 5 Monday, April 19 Shell Lake 13, Luck 5 Tuesday, April 20 Luck 9, St. Croix Falls 6 Unity 8, Webster/Siren 4 Grantsburg 4, Frederic 1

Thursday, April 23 5 p.m. Unity at Luck Siren/Webster at Grantsburg Frederic at St. Croix Falls Friday, April 24 5 p.m. Prairie Farm at Luck Unity at Cameron Siren/Webster at Spooner Monday, April 27 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Luck Unity at Siren/Webster Grantsburg at Frederic Tuesday, April 28 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Bruce 5 p.m. Somerset at Luck Osceola at Unity

Thursday, April 23 5 p.m. Luck at Grantsburg Webster/Siren at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Unity Friday, April 24 5 p.m. Luck at Northwood Webster/Siren at Turtle Lake Unity at Cameron Frederic at Bruce Grantsburg at Pine City, Minn. St. Croix Falls at Somerset Monday, April 27 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Shell Lake 4:45 p.m. Frederic at Rush City, Minn. Tuesday, April 28 5 p.m. Luck at Webster/Siren Frederic at Unity Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls


TRACK & FIELD Upcoming

Thursday, April 23 4:30 p.m. All area teams at Frederic Monday, April 27 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Webster Grantsburg at Webster St. Croix Falls at Webster Tuesday, April 28 3 p.m. Siren at Winter 4 p.m. Luck at Clear Lake Frederic at Clear Lake

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed (4/19/09) Standings: Chippewa Checks 67, Hot Shots 61, Mark’s Girls 59, Gold Rush 58, Hole in the Wall Casino 50, Sandbaggers 47, Spare-Us 44, The Gutter Busters 34. Women’s games: Lori Linke (GB) 193, Gail Linke (MG) 171, Cheryl Matrious (CC) 169. Women’s series: Gail Linke (MG) 490, Lori Linke (GB) 473, Dorothy Barfknecht (HS) 472. Men’s games: Scott Morrison (GF) 223, Rick Benjamin (CC) 180, Chuck Moyer (SB) and Mark Loomis (MG) 179. Men’s series: Scott Morrison (GR) 608, Rick Benjamin (CC) 524, Chuck Moyer (SB) 511. Team games: Gold Rush 789, Sandbaggers 784, Chippewa Checks


The British are coming

LEADER S P O R T S SCOREBOARD West Lakeland Conference Standings






Monday, April 27 4 p.m. All area teams at Frederic Tuesday, April 28 4 p.m. All area teams at St. Croix Falls

Overall 6-0 3-1 2-3 2-2 2-2 0-5

out of the busy weekly schedule to teach lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership and discuss how these core values relate to soccer, family and school. Challenger has also teamed up with national restaurant chain Mr. Goodcents® Subs and Pastas to introduce a new and much-needed element to the young athletes on health and nutrition. Challenger has created a fun and interactive way to help the campers learn how important it is to eat a balanced diet. Campers will get to design and draw their own healthy sandwich, selecting a balance of ingredients from each of the food groups. The most popular part of each camp is the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags, dress up and learn as much as they can about the country they represent. Upper St. Croix Netters Soccer is






Washburn reaches 100-win milestone, off to 3-0 start by Marty Seeger SEATTLE, Wash. – Webster native Jarrod Washburn reached his 100th career win on Wednesday, April 15 against the Angels. To do so he pitched a solid six innings and allowed four hits, two runs, had four strikeouts and walked none. Although the milestone was somewhat overshadowed by Ken Griffey Jr. and his 400th career home run, and Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,085th profesDATE April, 21

TEAM Tampa Bay

2008 Mariners 2009 Mariners CAREER TOTALS

B O W L I N G 783. Team series: Sandbaggers 2283, Gold Rush 2255, Hot Shots 2247. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: 4 Seasons Wood Products 43, Larsen Auto Center 35, Lewis Silo 31, A-1 Machine 29, Skol Bar 29, Pioneer Bar 26, Cummings Lumber 26, Parker 21. Individual games: Lydell Larson (CL) 255, Curt Phelps (4S) 228, Brett Daeffler (LA) 226. Individual series: Lydell Larson 647, Mark Bohn (SB) 621, Scott Morrison (4S) 600. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Products 950, A-1 Machine 939, Lewis Silo 916. Team series: A-1 Machine 2713, 4 Seasons Wood Products 2687, Lewis Silo 2644.


NAME: Chrissy Chenal SCHOOL: Frederic YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: Pitcher Chrissy Chenal had an outstanding week on the mound for the Vikings beginning April 16, against Clear Lake, where she pitched four innings, allowing one hit with no walks with one strikeout. Chrissy Chenal With Solon Springs on Friday, April 17, she pitched seven innings with 17 strikeouts, walked two, allowed one hit and no earned runs. – Marty Seeger


offering British Soccer camp sessions for the following ages at both locations: First kicks, ages 3-4, 9 – 10 a.m.; minisoccer, ages 5-6, 10:30 a.m. – noon; player development, ages 7-9, 3 – 5 p.m.; player development, ages 10-14 and 1519, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt, soccer ball, player evaluation and end-of-camp gift. In addition, any child who signs up online at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine British Soccer replica jersey. To sign up for the camp either visit or contact Kris VanTatenhove at 715-463-5083 or email In addition to coaching youth players throughout the country, Challenger also provides year-round club trainers, runs European soccer tours, holds soccer tournaments and now manufactures and sells their own brand of soccer apparel. To find out more about Challenger Sports visit their Web site – submitted

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NAME: Dan Pope SCHOOL: Webster YEAR: Junior COMMENTS: During the invitational held in Flambeau Thursday, April 16, Dan Pope was voted MVP by his team. Pope took first place in both discus (124-09) and with his team in the 4x400 relay (3:43.12). He finished Dan Pope second in the 100-meter (11.98) and 200-meter (24.62) dashes. He also finished in the top of the events during the Shell Lake Invite on Monday. – Brenda Sommerfeld


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sional hit, Washburn was business as usual against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, April 21. “We have a good thing going and it’s a lot of fun coming to the park Jarrod Washburn e v e r y d a y, ” Washburn told reporter Jim Street. Washburn had nine strikeouts and helped himself to a 3-0 start with a 1.71 ERA. The Mariners are on top in the American League West with a 9-0 record. – Marty Seeger with information from

JARROD WASHBURN STATS: L ERA IP H 0 1.71 7.0 5 8 4.50 0 0.00 100 4.10


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R E S U L T S Thursday Early Men’s (April 16) Standings: K-Wood 68, Grindell Law Offices 65.5, Full Timers 65, Fab Four 53.5, Frontier Trails 51, Wikstrom Construction 50.5, Hell Raisers 45, Bye 17.5. Individual games: Brian McBroom (FuT) 257, Mike Sullivan (WC) 247, Edward Bitler (KW) 244. Individual series: Edward Bitler (KW) 675, Mike Sullivan (WC) 628, Joshua Henry (FuT) 624. Team games: (Handicap scores) Full Timers 626, Fab Four 623, Wikstrom Construction 591. Team series: (Handicap scores) Full Timers 1718, Fab Four 1623, Wikstrom Construction 1614. Consecutive strikes (5 or more): Ed Bitler 6x=244, Brian McBroom 5x=257, Mike Sullivan 5x=247.

Games 50 or more above average: Brian McBroom +59, Simon Nelson +61. Splits converted: 4-7-9: Don McKinney; 3-10: Jeremy Ones. Thursday Late Standings: Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 36, Stotz & Company 35, Bazey Racing 30, Hansen Farms Inc. 28, Johnson Upholstery 27, Fisk Trucking 24. Individual games: Dale Frandsen 246, Stump Anderson 228, Jon Anderson 225. Individual series: Dale Frandsen 255, Dave Gabrielson 246, Stump Anderson 242. Team games: Bazey Racing 923, Stotz & Company 892, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 843. Team series: Bazey Racing 2561, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 1031, Stotz & Company 1017.




Early does it

Eager anglers have all but skipped the notion of getting pumped up for the statewide fishing opener on Saturday, May 2. Instead, they’ve decided that Marty some of the best fishing can be had just Seeger after the ice finally recedes or when the weather is just too The to waste good Bottom indoors. Such was the Line case last Friday afternoon as anglers lined the banks near the bridge between Little and Big Trade Lakes, where warmer temperatures had reasonably sized bluegills and crappies congregating in the warmer water. One of the anglers ambitious to catch those bluegills and crappies was Rose Rud, who drove all the way from Baldwin to get in on the action. “I only keep the big ones,” she said warmly, tossing back another smallish bluegill and wasting no time getting her chartreuse tube jig back in the water. Moments later, another bite slowly drowned her bobber. This time it was a nice thick crappie that went straight into a bucket of water, along with another crappie no doubt headed for the fillet board that evening. At least 12 other anglers lined the banks while a canoe with another pair of fishermen inched their way toward the bridge. A phone call earlier in the day from an Inter-County Leader reader exclaimed that it had been the most they’ve seen fishing the area since 1986, when they moved to their home near the lake. Anglers of all ages seemed to be enjoying their time near the water. A father and son were nearby, throwing their share of bluegills in a bucket, while another couple was seen in the background slipping another fish on the stringer. It was a perfect day to be fishing, and obviously that the fish

“I only keep the big ones,” said Rose Rud, who drove all the way from Baldwin to fish the Trade lakes on Friday, April 17. Here she holds one of two crappies fit for a bucket of water, and then the frying pan. – Photos by Marty Seeger were biting. Every angler seemed content in their own world, while at the same time managing to keep their lines tangle free. But then again, who wouldn’t be friendly and content on a day like last Friday? It was mid-day, no one was at work and the temperatures were creeping toward 70 degrees. It was something worth skipping work for … at least for them anyway. “They seemed to be biting even better yesterday,” Rud said, throwing back yet another bluegill and chatting small talk about everything fishing. She’s been traveling to Trade Lake each spring for the past six years along with her friend Marvin, who hails from Dresser. Just about every year, Rud says, the fishing is good, and it’s likely she won’t miss next year’s bite either. Despite a relatively dry spring, and low waters in some area fisheries, biologist Larry Damman out of Spooner says the yearly spawning cycle for fish of all different species seems to be right on schedule.

“It’s not as early as it has been in some years,” Damman said. The bluegills and crappies were in the shallower water on Trade Lake, but contrary to what some people might believe, those fish aren’t in to spawn just yet. Damman says crappies usually spawn right around Memorial Day weekend and tend to school up near the warmest areas in the lake, not long after ice-out. Just a couple of degrees in temperature can make a difference in where they can be found. Panfish are similar in that they tend to concentrate on northern shorelines because they are sunnier, and the water gets warmer in those areas. Walleye, on the other hand, are already starting to wind down according to Damman, but some of the coldest lakes could mean the walleye are currently at their peak. By the time the opener rolls around however, Damman says the walleyes will be completely done, and can still be found in areas such as mud flats and shallower water.

An unidentified angler is heading home after a successful day of fishing off a bridge near Big and Little Trade lakes Friday, April 17. A resident, who’s lived on the lake since 1986 says it’s the most people he’s ever seen fishing at one time in the area. “I’m thinking things should work pretty well this year for the spring spawners,” said Damman. For the early-spring anglers, it’s been a good year for them too, and many have been able to thwart off the wait for opening day by taking home some nice panfish. Even for the diehard walleye angler, the wait can sometimes be avoided by hitting the river systems but for those who desire the toothier variety such as pike they will have to wait another week or so. For the musky angler, well, you’ll need to wait a bit longer for that season to come around.

Rep. Hraychuck’s statement on deer hearing MADISON – Rep. Ann Hraychuck, DBalsam Lake, released the following statement regarding the Joint Informational Hearing held April 15 by the Assembly Fish and Wildlife Committee and the Senate Transportation, Tourism, Forestry and Natural Resources Committee: “As Chair of the Assembly Fish and Wildlife Committee, I am very pleased with the number of people that traveled from across the state to attend the hearing today. There were 63 people that spoke and 247 that registered their com-

ments—and there were hundreds more sportsmen and women in the two overflow rooms. “My goal for this hearing—as well as the one that I held in Spooner last month—was to make sure that hunters had an opportunity to have their voices heard regarding how the DNR manages Wisconsin’s deer population. I appreciate that hunters took advantage of this forum to express their concerns.” – from the office of Rep. Hraychuck

Great Northern Outdoors Archery League final standings A League First place: JM Electric, Jake J. and John M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Second place: Kill Em, Doug A. and Sheri B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Third place: Team C & Z, Zach M and Cole D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 B League First place: Stupid Fox, Scott D. and John A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Second place: Johnson & Johnson, W. Johnson and Dale J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Third place: GNO, Bruce R. and Adam O. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 C League First place: He Said, Brad S. and Zach S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Second place: B & E Ammo, Becky A. and Emily A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Third place: Team B, Jeff B. and Beau B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

It was standing room only at the legislative hearing chaired by Rep. Hraychuck regarding the DNR’s management of Wisconsin’s deer population. The hearing was held at the state Capitol on April 15. – Photo submitted





Obey brings good news about “terrible” earmarks to Grantsburg

by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG - Seventh District Congressman Obey was making no apologies about earmarks when he met with the Grantsburg School Board finance committee last week. “I make no apologies for these earmarks,” said Obey, who made the stop at the Grantsburg School District office to bring good news about earmarks for area schools. “This is one of those ‘terrible’ earmarks as some in Congress call them,” said Obey speaking of the designation of $476,000 in funds for after-school programs in several area school districts including Grantsburg. “Earmarks do not add one dime to the federal budget. It’s not adding to the pot,” said Obey, explaining that when a budget resolution is passed it dictates a ceiling, and the Appropriations Committee, which he chairs, gets an amount which the committee can’t go over and then through the allocation process the money is given out. The money for the after-school programming will be administered through the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 11 and will provide for an afterschool consortium in northern Wisconsin which will enable schools to enhance student achievement through after-school activities. CESA has the list of eligible school

districts and will be meeting with administrators and after-school coordinators as to how the money will be administered. “It’s a good process,” said Connie Erickson, CESA’s director of Instructional Services. “We bring people together regionally and they learn how to best use funds. It’s been a good model,” noted Erickson. Research shows when students have an alternative place to go after school where they can study and be supervised by an adult, not only are they less likely to get into trouble, but they also have a better education experience. Obey said he even though it’s not a large amount, it can mean a lot more to a small town than in an urban area where there are a lot more services available. Previous to the new after-school funding, the Grantsburg School District had Obey’s help in obtaining a three-year grant for the district’s after-school program. That grant ran out last year forcing the district to scale back the program this year. Students had to pay tuition for classes, which had been free under the grant, and busing for the program was also eliminated. Burgin told Obey the dollars received for after-school programming are being well spent. “We are seeing good results and want to communicate that to the

Vern Peterson visits Grantsburg school Vernon Peterson, rock collector extraordinaire from Siren, finished equipping the last of the display cases in Burnett County schools Thursday, April 16. Peterson is shown here with Greg Stager, Grantsburg School District technology support specialist and meteorology teacher, arranging rocks and name labels in the lighted case in the middle school library. Similar cases were made for the schools in Siren and Webster, each equipped with representative rocks from Peterson’s collection. – Photo by Nancy Jappe

GHS food drive

Grantsburg School District Superintendent Joni Burgin thanked Congressman David Obey for taking time to personally bring good news about funding for the district’s after-school program. Burgin also recognized Obey for his past help in getting funding for district’s after-school program. Obey met with Burgin and the school board finance committee last week to inform them Grantsburg is one of several area school districts set to receive funding for their after-school programs. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer community,” said Burgin. School board President Dave Ahlquist agreed, saying, “This program fills a need and our parents really appreciate it.” Burgin went on to say the district has

served 100 students a year in the afterschool program and this would not have been possible without Obey’s help.

Grantsburg historical fifiggures

Members of the Grantsburg Historical Society took on the personae of Grantsburg historical figures at the Grantsburg Historical Walking Tour presentation held at the Crex Meadows Visitors Center on Thursday, April 16. Presenters, and the Grantsburg historical figures they played, were back row (L to R): Jerry McNally (Christian Anderson, murderer), Dave Ahlquist (prisoner arrested for disorderly conduct), Roger Norenberg (railroad maintenance worker), Greg Peer (Big Gust), Gus Johnson (Carl Hedlund), Jay Odegaard (Charley Saunders) and Cindi Throngard (Hannah Saunders). Front row: Gail Potvin (Olivia Frestad) Berdella Johnson – moderater, Gracia Solie (Tilly Trozell, teacher), Jo Louise McNally (Anne Carlsen), Merlin Johnson (Dr. C.O. Lindberg), and Kathy Palmquist (Caroline Wedin). Walking tour booklets for self-guided tours of Grantsburg’s historical sites are available at the museum in Grantsburg. A tea at Emma’s (next door to the museum) is planned for the afternoon of Friday, June 5, during the Grantsburg’s Big Gust Days celebration. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer


Grantsburg High School seniors Tyler Myers and Mitch Evenson give each other a “high five” to promote the food drive being organized by the Grantsburg High School Student Council. The food drive is being held in conjunction with the school’s High Five Day celebration in order to “Give a high five back to thecommunity.” Students that are able, were asked to donate five nonperishable food items or $5 by Wednesday, April 22, for the Grantsburg Food Pantry. The pantry is currently in great need and is very eager to accept donations. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

Larry Petersen won the Most Authentic Unit award at the 2009 Frederic Sleigh Parade with this original Portland Cutter made by J. S. Morris of Waupun. He is wearing a horsehair coat made for his grandfather in 1920. Liz and Larry Petersen organize the annual sleigh rally in their home town of Frederic. – Photo by Robert Mischka


National Eagle Center representative visits Luck Schools

Watching pensively as Angle eats a snack are (L to R) Johanna Mlenek, Grace Jensen, and Theressa Morales, from Mrs. Denny’s kindergarten class.

Bridget Befort of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn., brought a bald eagle to Luck School Tuesday. Befort did a program for both the high school and the elementary school students. Befort holds Angel, a 10-pound, 10-year-old bald eagle. The eagle’s wingspan is about 6.5 to 7 feet, she said. Angel is one of four permanently injured eagles that live at the center. – Photos by Mary Stirrat

County disallows claim of Rice Partnership BALSAM LAKE — Tuesday evening, April 21, the Polk County Board of Supervisors voted to disallow a $232,673 claim filed against the county for breach of contract. Rice Partnership and Golden Health Care and Rehabilitation filed the claim stating that Polk County breached its

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contractual agreement to sell Golden Age Manor. In January 2008 the county board voted 12 to 11 to sell the nursing home to Rice Partnership and Golden Health Care, but the courts late ruled that the county had no authority to sell the facility. According to the resolution to disal-

low the claim, the court has determined that the purchase agreement for the sale of the county-owned nursing home is null and void. “Do we have a pretty good leg to stand on?” supervisor Brian Masters asked as the board considered the resolution to disallow the claim.

“In my opinion, yes,” said corporation counsel Jeff Fuge. “The contract is void, and you can’t seek damages on a void contract.” Rice Partnership and Golden Health Care have six months in which to pursue further action. — Mary Stirrat

Tax Day Tea Party

Leadership honors were awarded to registered nurses Brenna Joachim and Leann Johnson. OSCEOLA – Osceola Medical Center obstetrics nurse Brenna Joachim, RN, (R) and surgery nurse Leann Johnson, RN, were selected to join a leadership cohort sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Honored for their leadership potential, Joachim and Johnson joined nurses from around the state to foster nursing leadership skills. The attendees share a common dedication to the practice of nursing and the continued improvement of their own health care facilities, according to Sue Irle, RN, OMC’s director of patient care services. – submitted

More than 10,000 people took part in a Tax Day Tea Party effort, designed to provide advocates of individual liberty and the free-market system a forum to protest “out-of-control spending” by the federal government, according to organizers, which hope to hold two to three more such events. “Some legislators had asked the organizers to address the crowd and were turned down,” said Leon Moe. “They were told this part was indeed for ‘We the People.’ It was impressive! Peaceful, no problems. And there were more than 600 of these taking place around the country!” - Photo by Leon Moe




New insight on Grantsburg’s virtual school overdue audit by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg school auditor, Larry Stotz, was just back from Phoenix when he appeared before at the school board’s April 20 meeting to give the district’s 2007-2008-audit report. Stotz flew to Phoenix to meet with Justin Iske, corporate director of finance and financial projects for the Apollo Group, Inc. (University of Phoenix), Insight’s parent company at their corporate headquarters to review Insight School of Wisconsin’s the financial records. “My purpose in making the trip was to make sure the money the Grantsburg district received from open enrollment students, which must pass through Insight, was spent in the same allowable ways the district would have spent it if students were here, said Stotz. “I can now say I am confident the money you sent there was spent appropriately,” added Stotz. Stotz, who did not do a formal audit, said he would be available later in the evening when the board met in closed session with Insight personnel and the district’s attorney to discuss the situation with Insight’s overdue audit, which is yet to be completed. Superintendent Burgin said Stotz has been approached by Insight personnel as to the possibility he could complete the audit for ISWI. “We are hopeful that this will take place,” said Burgin. “Larry Stotz is a good auditor.”

William J. Spangler of Weld, Riley and Prenn and Ricci, attorney for the Grantsburg School District, Insight Principal Billy Beesley and Insight executive director, Dr. Clifford L. Green, were present at the school board’s April 20 meeting The Insight representatives and the district’s attorney met in closed session with the board to discuss the overdue audit from Insight School of Wisconsin. Stotz then proceeded with the district’s 2008-2009 audit report stating to the board that in the current auditing environment he was only giving an opinion on information given to him by the district’s administration personnel. Stotz went on to explain he could not do the audit and then give an opinion on his own work. “Some districts in the future may have to hire one auditor to do the audit and another to grant an opinion,” said Stotz, noting this would not be the case with the Grantsburg district because of the high degree of expertise by its staff. “The Grantsburg staff creates an environment that makes it a pleasure to work in,” added Stotz, who also commented on the school board’s high level of knowledge with regard to the budget and audit process. In other board business: The board heard from a group of parents and students who came before the board with comments on the recent decision to eliminate the multiage (grades 1-3) Spanish classroom and the board’s decision to not grant teacher Peggy Preissing a leave request. Several parents offered comments of support and

Grantsburg School Board President David Ahlquist presented outgoing board member Jason Burkman with a plaque for his years of service to the district. Board members also thanked Burkman for his contributions while on the board the past two years. Parents and students came before the Grantsburg School board with comments on the recent decision to eliminate the multiage (grades 1-3) Spanish classroom. The group also praised one of the classroom’s teachers, Peggy Preissing. — Photos by Priscilla Bauer praise for Preissing, citing examples as to how Preissing had helped their children grow as individuals and at their own pace. One of the parents, Janelle Hermann, spoke on behalf of the group with comments on the decisions telling the board how important having a teacher of Pressing’s caliber and a classroom such as the multiaged Spanish room was to the district and its students. Preissing later met with the board in closed session and the two parties reached a compromise. Preissing would be given the opportunity for the first available open position upon her return and her retirement would then pick up where it left off. The board approved a budget spend-down of this year’s remaining funds instead of designating those funds for next year. It is estimated that $250,000-300,000 will be available for spend-down by June 30, 2009. The finance committee reviewed why these estimated funds are available at their April 15 meeting. Most of the savings are due to lower than anticipated gas and energy costs and unanticipated grants and rebates. The strategy behind spending down the budget is that tax levy projections for fall show a jump in the mill rate, due to Grantsburg’s severe enrollment decline on the official counts. The state budget formula is also a factor. By spending

down as much of the 2009-2010 budget as possible, the district will recoop 68 percent state aid on all these expenditures next fall. The more state aid the district receives translates to a lower the tax levy. After approving the spend-down request the board discussed several projects for which the money would be used. Superintendent Burgin recommended setting aside $50,000 of the remaining funds for what she called a “rainy day fund.” Burgin also had a detailed wish list of equipment and projects from the school’s principals. The board was in agreement the administrative staff would prioritize the expenditures and then act accordingly. The board heard from Jim Pearson of Fahrner Asphalt Sealers as to the current condition of the district’s parking lots. Pearson recommended, due to the age of the lots, in lieu of maintenance, the lots should all be repaved. While Pearson said repaving would be costly, this was a much better plan than putting any more money into maintenance. After a lengthy discussion the board moved to get bids for the middle school bus loop and the elementary school overlay which will then go to the building and grounds committee for a recommendation. Patty Bonneville was sworn in as the board’s newest member and will take her seat at the next meeting on May 11. Insight School was given approval to revise its calendar by adding two days to the school’s spring break. The board approved the CESA No. 11 Shared Service Contract for 2009-2010 with one change of reduction in time from 100 percent to 50 percent for the speech therapist.

Two Osceola accidents result in OWI arrests

OSCEOLA – Steven Pippenger, 41, Osceola, was arrested at the Osceola Medical Center for OWI on April 18. He was located there after a Polk County police officer was called to an apparent motorcycle accident near 10th Avenue a half mile west of CTH M. There was a black Yamaha in the ditch there, on rocks, and had fresh blood on it. The motorcycle was registered to Pippenger. An Osceola police officer found Pippenger at the OMC. Pippenger said he had been on an ATV when he had the accident causing the injuries he was being treated for, but later admitted he was on the motorcycle. He was given a blood alcohol test which read .11. Pippenger had a previous OWI in California in 2001. Pippenger was taken to the Polk County Jail after being cleared medically.

In a separate incident, also on April 18, Kaitlin Reed, 24, Osceola, was charged with OWI – second offense after a one-vehicle accident near the 1700 block of 100th Street. Someone who lived nearby heard the accident and called it in to the police. A Polk County officer found Reed there, who admitted she had been drinking and probably driving too fast. She was taken by ambulance to the St. Croix hospital. She was arrested and charged at the hospital. After being treated for her injuries, she was taken to the Polk County Jail. Polk County police officers made two other OWI – second offense arrests this week: arrested were Mark Perry, 52, Amery; and Kelly Latvala, 44, of Minneapolis. — with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Osceola crash sends mother and two children to hospital A one-vehicle crash that occurred on the morning of Wednesday, April 15, sent three people to the hospital. Jenny Jasperson, 28, of Star Prairie, was driving her Chevy Cavalier east on 35th Avenue. The vehicle gradually left the road to the right. As the left side tires were about to enter the ditch, the vehicle vaulted off a field drive. After landing, the vehicle struck several small trees, a fence, and the ditch embankment, causing the car to spin. Two passengers, children, were ejected. One child has been released from the Osceola Medical Center. Jasperson and one child were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. — Photos and information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.


Why support the American Cancer Society Run/Walk FREDERIC – There are many reasons to take up the fight against cancer. Cancer strikes one out of two men and one out of three women. You or someone you know or love will fight cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society Run/Walk provides funds for research, education, advocacy and services in the fight against cancer. The walk is being held in Frederic on Saturday, May 9. There is still time to register as an individual, form a team, make a contribution to a walker or purchase a tribute flag in honor or memory of someone who has had cancer. Money raised by the walk is carefully spent. Funds raised are used for cancer research, education, advocacy and serv-

ices. Since 1946, the ACS has invested $3 billion in cancer research. The research has improved treatment and survival rates. Sixty-five percent of cancer patients survive this disease, as opposed to one in five in 1939 and one in four in 1949. An estimated 11-million-plus Americans alive today have a history of cancer. This is encouraging news! ACS-funded researchers have developed many methods of detecting cancer such as Pap and PSA tests and mammography to screen for breast cancer. Numerous techniques for treating cancer were discovered by ACS researchers. Researchers funded by ACS have won 42 Nobel Prizes. An important new cancer drug called

Snip and Tuck spay and neuter program offered AMERY – Arnell Memorial Humane Society is offering low-cost spay and neuter services to low-income households in the Polk County area. “Our goal is to combat pet overpopulation and euthanasia of healthy pets, by helping those households who need it most,” says Mary Bruckner, Arnell Shelter manager. “Preventing litters is the most humane and cost-effective method of animal control, eliminating the need for euthanasia of unwanted pets in our area.” Snip and Tuck spay and neuter program will be offered to low-income households. These households enjoy the love and bonding of a pet, but are often unable to afford the surgery necessary to prevent unwanted litters. Applicants will qualify for the Snip and Tuck program by providing proof of low-income status. Applications are available at the Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin Street East, Amery. The focus of the Snip and Tuck program is spay and neuter. Only dogs and cats will be accepted. Participants will receive a presurgery exam, sterilization surgery and rabies vaccinations.

The surgeries will be offered at a lowcost rate to qualified applicants with a limit of three pets per household. Free postoperative exams will be offered by Snip and Tuck-participating local veterinary clinics. All other medical concerns regarding pet health will be referred to full service veterinary clinics. “Arnell is looking forward to offering this progressive program to meet the need for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries in our area,” says Bruckner, “We need to do more than find new homes for unwanted pets; we need to stop pet overpopulation before it begins.” It is estimated that 90 million cats are in homes across the United States; 70 million are wandering the streets. Six to 8 million pets enter animal shelters each year. Three to four million are euthanized for lack of loving homes. Information about and applications for the Snip and Tuck spay neuter program are available at Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery 715-268-7387 (PETS) or e-mail: - submitted

Gleevec has been a tremendous breakthrough treatment for people with chronic myeloid leukemia. Gleevec was developed through ACS cancer research grants. The Hope Lodge in Marshfield has been open for six years and is available to cancer-treatment patients who must travel for treatment in Marshfield. The Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility designed to offer no-cost housing, emotional and practical support and referral services free to any cancer patient receiving outpatient oncology treatment. There is also Hope Lodge near the University of Minnesota hospitals that may be used by cancer patient families from the local area. The ACS is working to educate Americans about the importance of living healthy lifestyles in order to lower the risk of certain cancers. Proper diet,

maintaining a normal weight, exercising on a regular basis, not using tobacco products, staying out of the sun, using sunscreens, not using tanning beds and having regular checkups and screening tests are some of the ways we can reduce our risk for cancer. The ACS is dedicated to continuing the fight until cancer is no longer a health problem. Join in this fight by participating in the Frederic Run/Walk Finish Line on Saturday, May 9. Registration can be made online at ricwalkrun. Paper registration forms are available at U.S. and Bremer banks, the Medicine Shoppe, Curves and Larsen Auto Center. For more information on how to form a team, be an individual walker or make a contribution, call Elvira Schmidt at Frederic, 715-6532684. - submitted

Rollover injures two

A Wednesday afternoon rollover, April 15, at the intersection of CTH C and Bushey Road in Oakland Township, injured two. A witness to the accident reported that Michelle A. McPhillips, 47, Danbury, was westbound on Bushey Road, traveling at a high rate of speed and did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Bushy Road and CTH C. McPhillips lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, severely damaging the vehicle. A 36-year-old Webster woman was an occupant. Both the driver and the occupant were described as having nonincapacitating injuries. One citation for failure to stop at a stop sign was issued to the driver. – with information from Burnett County Sheriff’s Department

Burnett County criminal court Robert J. Weigel, 48, Farmington, Minn., fish without a license, $192.20. Brian C. Pinska, 29, Somersset, careless operation of snowmobile, $186.00. Jennifer McAbee, 36, Grantsburg, speedometer violations, $160.80. Jonathan D. Hicks, 73, Siren, speedometer violations, $135.00.

Bobbie J. Wakefield, 30, Siren, speedometer violations, $135.00. Christopher N. Sanford, 21, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $211.20. Brad A. Jones, 37, Grantsburg, speeding, $186.00. Timothy D. Chaffin, 44, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $160.80. Franklin J. Tirrel, 50,

Burnett Co. sheriff’s report Accidents April 14: a hit and run accident was reported on Birch Haven Road in Sand Lake Township. Apparently a eastbound vehicle entered the ditch and hit a utility pole. Tracks show that the vehicle then backed up and drove from the scene of the accident. A piece of a plastic bumper was found at the scene. The incident is under investigation. April 16: Chad E. Chenal, 16, Frederic, was southbound on Cranberry Marsh Road when a deer crossed the roadway. The driver lost control and struck a tree, moderately damaging the vehicle. No citations were issued, and no injuries were reported. April 18: Susan L. Heinecke, 70, Rice Lake, was eastbound on CTH D in Wood River, following Duane V. Johnson, 69, Grantsburg, when Johnson made a left turn into a driveway without using turn signals just as Heinecke was attempting to

pass him on his left. Both vehicles were moderately damamged. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. Arrests and citations April 19: Jodee J. Lafave, 32, Stone Lake, was arrested for operating while revoked, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. April 19: Bradley R. Reinhardt, 29, Webster, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant. Other incidents April 17: John F. Erdrich, Little Falls, Minn., reported his cabin entered through a northside window. A garbage can, clothes hamper and flexible lighter were reported missing. The incident is under investigation. April 18: Brian W. Hegge, Webster, reported his mailbox damaged. The incident is under investigation.

Grantsburg, operating with PAC greater than .08, $250.00. Amy L. Parker, 23, Siren, issue worthless check, $248.00. Mary L. Crosby, 50, Stacy, Minn., $151.00 restitution, $309.00. Nancy A. Matrious, 54, Danbury, issue worthless check, $309.00. Malinda S. McMahon, no date of birth given, Siren, issue worthless check, $309.00. Alycia K Hunter, no date of birth given, Siren, issue worthless check, $216.60 restitution, $309.00. Jon D. Songetay, 21, Danbury, operate without a valid license, $186.00.

Elijah Benjamin, 31, Sandstone, Minn., disorderly conduct, $309.00. Dorothy M. Matrious, 41, Danbury, criminal damage to property, one-year probation, $247.75 restitution, prohibited from establishment that serve alcohol as their primary source of business, alcohol assessment, $130.81. Brandon C. Hugger, 34, Forest Lake, Minn., drive or operate vehicle without consent, two-year probation, restitution to be determined, alcohol treatment, no consumption of alcohol or controlled substances, $113.00. Brian L. Sternquist, 36,

Burnett County deaths Gerald M. Durand Sr., 69, Grantsburg Township, April 4. Lewis C. Ewert, 97, Grantsburg, Village, March 24.

Joseph M. Taylor, 77, La Follette Township, April 10. Carol A. Yerke, 66, Grantsburg Village, April 4.

Burnett Co. civil court Capital One Bank vs. Keith W. Oiyotte, Webster, $752.36. Capital One Bank vs. Brandon Staples, Grantsburg, $1,334.47. Town of Dewey vs. Tom Brown, Shell Lake, $504.59. Discover Bank vs. Mary Potempa, Siren, $1,786.57. Voyager Village vs. Joseph Kleschult, et al,$1,099.00. County Comfort vs. Carole Quinn, St. Paul, Minn., $511.31.

Voyager Village vs. Investments in the Past, Inc., Hudson, $2,304.04. Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company vs. Karen M. Marazzo, Webster, $1,231.25. Anderson Automotive vs. Taryn Griffith, Grantsburg, $503.31. Cynthia C. Peterson vs. Amie Simon, Webster, $4,937.00.

Webster, operate after revocation, 10-day jail sentence, $88.00. Brian D. Kult, 40, Siren, substantial battery - intend bodily harm, six-month jail sentence, Huber release granted, no contact with victim, pay DNA sample, submit to random urine analysis, obtain GED or HSED, $10,273.34 restitution, alcohol assessment,$1,390.33. Joseph R. McGeshick, 24, Siren, substantial battery intend bodily harm as a party to a crime, 10-month-and 15 day jail sentence, Huger release granted granted for child care or homemaker duties if accommodated by jail and employment, no consumption of alcohol, restricted from bars or liquor stores, no consumption or possession of illegal drugs, alcohol assessment, $18,195.87 restitution, $363.00. Craig A. Stevens, 36, Danbury, criminal damage to property, restitution to be determined, no contact with victim, $88.00; disorderly conduct,

three-year probation, restitution to be determined, no contact with victim, $88.00; disorderly conduct, restitution to be determined, no contact with victim, $88.00. Frank W. Bachman, Anoka, Minn., OWI, $1,209.00, 40-day jail sentence, Huber release granted if employed, license revoked 14 months, alcohol assessment. Michael D. Hegge, 46, New Richmond, OWI, $1,432.00, 21/2-year prison sentence followed by three years’ extended supervision, alcohol treatment, no contact with bars or taverns or liquor stores, no operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, must maintain full-time employment during extended supervision. Jeffrey L. Young, 48, Superior, OWI, $1,119.45, sentence after probation revocation, two-year prison sentence followed by two years’ extended supervision, alcohol assessment.

Burnett County warrants Shaun J. Belisle, 22, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, April 13. Lynn M. Bryden, 47, Minneapolis, Minn., failure to pay fines, April 17. Christopher G. Evenson, no date of birth given, Balsam Lake, April 13. Levi N. Hogner, 43, Cumberland, warrant - failure to appear, April 13.

John Lee, no date of birth given, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, April 15. Jamie M. Magnuson, no date of birth given, Frederic, warrant - failure to appear, April 13. Eric A. Pavlicek, 37, Siren, warrant - failure to appear, April 13.


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Keith L. Boyd, 39, Siren, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Ellis Avenue at 11:15 a.m. Gregory D. Klein, 70, Hayward, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Ellis Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Vicky L. Emerson, 33, Siren, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Ellis Avenue at 3:40 p.m. April 19: Michael Barry Stipe, 38, North Branch, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Hanson Avenue at 6:10 p.m.

(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff vs. NICHOLAS B. HESTER and CAROL A. HESTER, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 61 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 18, 2009, in the amount of $100,972.86, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis., on: Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The Southeasterly 75 feet of Outlot 49 of the Outlot Plat of the Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 165-00411-0000. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 6th day of April, 2009. /s/ Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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April 16: Sarah E. Maurer, 27, Siren, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35 at 11:45 a.m. April 18: Angelika M. KimbroShafer, Webster, was cited for failing to stop at the stop sign at the junction of Hwys. 35 and 70 at 2:20 a.m. Joseph C. Hubbell, 18, Siren, faces a charge of battery following an incident at Kris’ Pheasant Inn at 2:30 a.m. Magan M. Martinson, 22, Webster, and Robin L. Parsons, 22, Siren, were cited for battery against other people at a Siren residence at 4:30 a.m. Derek T. Spafford, 20, Siren, was cited for speeding at Hwy.70 and Ellis Avenue at 10:45 a.m.


March 13: This week’s report included a March 13 case of theft in which two juveniles allegedly took candy from the Holiday Station at 1:15 p.m. The case has been referred to Restorative Justice. April 12: The officer on duty was called at 1:40 a.m. to assist with an 18-year-old at the Siren trailer court until an ambulance arrived. The 18-year-old was having trouble breathing after allegedly being at an underage drinking party. April 15: A Siren School student was charged with truancy, second offense, and fined $75. A court date was set for April 29. William Ervin Puckett, 63, Minneapolis, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 at Ellis Avenue at 5:57 p.m.

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The meeting is open to the public. Lloyd Nelson, Clerk

(March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIBANK, NA as Trustee for WaMu, Series 2007-HE2 Trust, Plaintiff, vs. JOSHUA MALEITZKE and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Joshua Maleitzke, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-352 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 30, 2008, in the amount of $402,529.47, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 5, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Ta x. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The Northerly 100 feet of the Southerly 200 feet of that part of Government Lot Six (6) of Section Seventeen (17), and of Government Lot Four (4) of Section Eighteen (18), both in Township Thirty-five (35) North of Range Sixteen (16) West, Polk County, Wisconsin, lying between Bone Lake and the North and South Highway running through said Government Lot 4. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2100 Bone Lake Drive W, Town of Georgetown. TAX KEY NO.: 026-00707-0000. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, Vs MICHAEL SMITH, et al Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 437 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 29, 2008, in the amount of $240,794.64 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: June 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of the sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal leins and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3337, filed April 16, 2001, in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps, page 104, as Document No. 610977, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. Also described as: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 3337, filed April 16, 2001, in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps, page 104, as Document No. 610977, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 35, Town 34 North, Range 17 West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with a 66 foot wide access easement for the benefit of Parcel 1 as designated by Surveyor of Certified Survey Map No. 3337. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1225 135th St., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 006-01076-0100. Dated this 10th day of April 2009. /S/ Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J. Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (148884)

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(Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY U.S. Bank National Association ND, Plaintiff, vs. David B. Holmdahl and Teresa M. Holmdahl f/k/a Teresa M. Johnson, Defendants. Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 07 CV 666 Hon. Robert H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on the 14th day of April 2008, the Sheriff of Polk County will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: April 30, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects. PLACE: Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: EXHIBIT A Parcel 1: The Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 19 West. Parcel 2: The Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 27, Township 36 North, Range 19 West, except the following parcels: a. The South 10 rods of the East 5 rods thereof, b. Parcel described as commencing at the Southeast corner of said SW 1/4 of SW 1/4, thence West along the South line of said forty a distance of 783 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel of land herein conveyed, thence continuing along the said South line a distance of 210 feet, thence North at right angles a distance of 210 feet, thence East at right angles a distance of 210 feet, thence South at right angles a distance of 210 feet to the point of beginning, and c. The South 280 feet of the East 589 feet of said SW 1/4 of SW 1/4, except the East 5 rods of the South 10 rods thereof, Parcel 3: The Southeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 28, Township 36 North, Range 19 West. (FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY: Plaintiff believes that the property address is 2717 250th Ave., Cushing, WI). WARNING: There are encumbrances upon the subject property which have priority over the foreclosed mortgage. The property will be sold subject to such encumbrances. Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Stein & Moore, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff 332 Minnesota St., Ste. W-1650 St. Paul, MN 55101 480603 WNAXLP 651-224-9683

(April 8, 15, 22) WI006329 STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY RESURGENCE FINANCIAL, LLC, an Illinois Limited Liability Company Plaintiff, vs. DONALD L KLINGER 120 3RD AVENUE APT. 17 CLEAR LAKE, WI 54005 Defendant(s). PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 09 CV 120 Case Code: 30301 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to the said defendant(s) : You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit against you. The Complaint, which is attached hereto, stated the nature and basis of the legal action. Within forty (40) days of 4/7/ 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The Court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: P.O. Box 549, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810-0549 and the Legal Department of Resurgence Financial, LLC, whose address is 6980 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 204, Milwaukee, WI 53217. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the Complaint or provide a written demand for said Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant a judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: March 31, 2009 Resurgence Financial, LLC By One of Plaintiff’s Staff Attorneys Robert L. Kaplan State Bar No. 1005652 Resurgence Financial, LLC Legal Department 6980 N. Port Washington Rd. Suite 204 Milwaukee, WI 53217 877-694-7500

Mildred L. Hanson, 88, April 6, 2009, St. Croix Falls Eleanor A. Kjosa, 83, April 7, 2009, Amery Joyce C. Penkert, 86, April 7, 2009, Amery Magnus A. Stensvold, 78, April 7, 2009, Deer Park


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(April 22, 29, May 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. Plaintiff, Vs. MARIETTE E. HOEFLER, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 531 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on Sept. 11, 2008, in the amount of $334,773.42 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 21, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% of successful bid must be paid to Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified Check. Balance to be paid upon confirmation. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 4351, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 132, as Document No. 674078, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 19 West, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wis. Together with an undivided 1/5 interest in Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 4351, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 132, as Document No. 674078, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 19 West, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Parcel 1: Lot 5 of Certified Survey Map No. 4351, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 132, as Document No. 674078, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 19 West, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: An undivided 1/5 interest in Lot 4 of Certified Survey Map No. 4351, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 132, as Document No. 674078, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 12, Township 35 North, Range 19 West, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2434 225th Ave., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 TAX KEY NO.: 020-01102-0150 Dated this 14th day of April 2009 /S/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (145818)

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(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY C.U. Mortgage Services, Inc. 500 Main Street, Suite 100 New Brighton, MN 55112, Plaintiff, vs. Christopher W. Cobb Annadale R. Cobb 538 Roundlake Lane Osceola, WI 54020 and, J. Doe I-V and XY2 Company I-V, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE UNDER JUDGMENT AND DECREE OF FORECLOSURE Case No. 08-CV-481 Honorable Robert H. Rasmussen Foreclosure of Mortgage 30404 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure made in the above-entitled action on October 8, 2008, in the amount of $269,811.27, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: Pursuant to said judgment, 10% of the successful bid must be paid to the sheriff at the sale in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds, payable to the clerk of courts (personal checks cannot and will not be accepted). The balance of the successful bid must be paid to the clerk of courts in cash, cashier’s check or certified funds no later than ten days after the court’s confirmation of the sale or else the 10% down payment is forfeited to the plaintiff. The property is sold “as is” and subject to all liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 505 recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 234 as Document No. 385464, located in the West one-half of the Southeast Quarter (W 2 of the SE 3), Section One (1), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 538 Roundlake Lane, Osceola, WI 54020. Dated this 19th day of March, 2009. Peterson Fram & Bergman, P.A. By /s/Steven H. Bruns Attorneys for Plaintiff 55 E. 5th Street, Suite 800 St. Paul, MN 55101 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. 482192 WNAXLP

The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Assn. will hold its annual meeting on Mon., May 11, at 7 p.m., at the home of Jerry & Carol Streed, 1271 State Road 35, St. Croix Falls. Cemetery families are welcome.

(April 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In the matter of the Change of Name: Of: Pearl Lee Mishler To: Shea Lee Mishler File No. 08CV772 NOTICE OF HEARING Name Change 30708 NOTICE IS HEREWITH GIVEN, that at a regular term of the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin, on the 11th day of May 2009, at 10 o’clock or as soon thereafter as can be heard, there will be heard and considered the application of: Pearl Lee Mishler for permission to change his/her legal name and designation to: Shea Lee Mishler and for consideration of any and all further matters pertaining thereto. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 5th day of Nov., 2008. BY THE COURT: R.H. Rasmussen Circuit Judge Petitioner’s Address: 2896A 90th St. Frederic, WI 54837 Telephone 715-472-4038

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Doris J. Brown, 68, April 4, 2009, Osceola Norman P. Skow, 88, April 4, 2009, Luck

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Case No. 09 PR 16 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was August 26, 1931, and date of death was March 21, 2009. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 244 East Connecticut Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before July 7, 2009. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 30, 2009 Steven J. Swanson Personal Representative/ Attorney P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 482252


The Town of Oakland is accepting bids for the upcoming road work for 2009. For bids specs., contact Chairman Harm Weber, 715-866-4784 or Bids will be opened at the regular meeting on May 14, 2009. 483108 Deanna Krause, Clerk 24a 35L

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Cory A. Hall, 72, March 28, 2009, Dresser Kevin D. Adams, 39, March 29, 2009, Amery

(April 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF AGNES J. LEE Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration)

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The Town of Bone Lake is seeking bids for the pulverizing of 1.25 miles of existing blacktop, including the prep work for blacktopping, and 2-1/2 inches of hot mix blacktop, compressed to 2 inches, with a 22-ft. top, for 80th Street, from 280 Avenue South to County O. Bids are due by Thurs., May 14, 2009. Contact Chairman Wayne Shirley at 715-472-2974. 482722 34-35L

Darrell Frandsen, Clerk

NURSING: RNs & LPNs Full-time days and and part-time reserve hours available. Scale for experience in place with benefits, health insurance, dental, life, 401(k) with company match. Please call for specific hours and shifts available.

Frederic Nursing & Rehabilitation Community 205 United Way, Frederic, WI 54837

Phone 715-327-4297 • Fax 715-327-4950


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 7:15 p.m., at City Hall, 710 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, to consider a Conditional Use Permit for a Planned Unit Development for multiple 4-plex apartment units at the northeast corner of Polk Pkwy. and Greentree Dr. Requested by Gary Verhasselt. The property is currently zoned M1 Industrial, but there has been a request submitted for rezoning to M2 Industrial which has a provision for PUD as a Conditional Use. Persons wishing to appear at the hearing may do so in person or by attorney. Written statements may be filed with the City Plan Commission, 710 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, until 5 p.m., on April 28, 2009. Signed: Bonita Leggitt, Clerk Dated: April 3, 2009 Published: April 22, 2009 483202 35L WNAXLP


Blacktop: Grind & repave - 190th Street, north 1 mile from 230th Ave. to 240th Ave. Various areas of wedging, overlay, chip sealing and crack sealing. For specifications, contact Chairman Gene Krull at 715-483-9488. Bids will be considered at the monthly board meeting on May 14, 2009, beginning at 7 p.m., at Eureka Town Hall. Bidder must supply W9 and Certificate of Insurance. 482797 34-35L Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. NOTICE TOWN OF LORAIN BOARD MEETING Thursday, May 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m. Lorain Town Hall, 252 345th Ave., Cty. Rd. E. Agenda: Call meeting to order; roll call/verification of meeting notice; approve the minutes of the last meeting; approve the treasury report; motion to pay the bills; motion to appoint fire chief for one-year term; motion to set a date for the Board of Review to convene and adjourn; set a road review date. Reports: Road, fire dept., ambulance, cemetery, comprehensive plan commission; additional meeting items for future agendas; motion to adjourn; adjournment. Susan Hughes, Clerk 483400 35L

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VILLAGE OF SIREN, WISCONSIN To whom it may concern: Public notice is hereby given to all persons in the Village of Siren, Wisconsin, that a public hearing will be held before the Plan Commission at 10 a.m. on April 29, 2009, at the Village Hall, 24049 First Avenue, Village of Siren, Wisconsin, relative to an application for a Conditional Use Permit per the terms of the Village of Siren Land Use Ordinance as follows: To allow use of the existing two family dwelling unit at 77187720 Lilac Lane (PID 07-181-2-38-16-08-5 15-659-080000) as a three-family dwelling unit in an R-2 Multiple Family Residence District. All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard. Information on the proposal is available at the Village Office at 24049 First Avenue, Siren. Randy Surbaugh 483282 35L WNAXLP Administrator/Engineer

(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff, vs. MILO T. MANNINO, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 524 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 20, 2009, in the amount of $180,429.39, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Front Entrance to the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4382, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 163, as Document No. 675941, located in the Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, in the Town of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1966 Dwight Lane, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 042-00588-0200. Dated this 1st day of April, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Attorney for Plaintiff 13700 W. Greenfield Avenue Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. (146846)

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(April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY As Trustee for Long Beach Mortgage Loan Trust 2004-4 Plaintiff vs. CHRISTINE A. ANDERSON, et al Defendants Case No. 08 CV 175 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 25, 2008, in the amount of $163,739.64, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: May 7, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and applicable real estate transfer taxes. PLACE: In the foyer o the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 4019, recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 49, as Document No. 652912. ADDRESS: 1553 230th Avenue, Milltown, WI 54858 TAX KEY NO.: 040-00111-0000 Dated this 30th day of March, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Assoc., LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION BANK MUTUAL, Plaintiff, vs. DONALD E. BURKE; KATHERINE L. GLOMB, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-672 Branch No. 2 Foreclosure of Mortgage/30404 NOTICE OF REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on November 21, 2008, in the amount of $206,716.19, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction in the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on June 16, 2009, at 10 a.m., the following real estate and mortgaged premises directed by said Judgment to be sold, to-wit: Legal description: Lot 8, First Addition to Oak Meadows, being part of Outlot 67 and part of Outlot 68 of the Assessors Plat to the Village of Clayton, located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 24, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Village of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. (TAX KEY NO. 112-00370-0800.) Address of Property: 105 Oak Dr., Clayton WI 54004. Terms of Sale: 10% down in cash or certified funds (no personal checks) at sale, the balance due within 10 days of confirmation. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation of the Court. Said real estate is sold as is and subject to all liens and encumbrances. Tim Moore Polk County Sheriff STUPAR, SCHUSTER & COOPER, S.C. By: Jeffrey S. Schuster Attorneys for Plaintiff 633 West Wisconsin Avenue Suite 1800 Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 271-8833


(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff vs. GERALD R. WONDRA JR. and ROYAL CREDIT UNION, Defendants. Case No. 08 CV 422 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on November 25, 2008, in the amount of $67,839.07, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The East 67 feet of Lot 3, Block B, Peterson’s Addition to the City of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 201-00503-0000. Street Address: 218 South Street, Amery, Wisconsin. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 31st day of March, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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(April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting through Rural Housing Service (RHS), successor in interest to the Farmers Home Administration 4949 Kirschling Court Stevens Point, WI 54481, Plaintiff, -vsALISHA MCDERMOTT, 2009 W. Church Road Star Prairie, WI 54026, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No. 08 CV 679 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virture of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above action on February 17, 2009, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction, Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m., at the front lobby of the Sheriff’s Department at the Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, State of Wisconsin, the following described premises: The South 50 feet of the East Half of Lot W, Block 16, First Addition to the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, Tax Key No. 12800232-0000. TERMS: Cash; subject to all unpaid property taxes, special assessments, penalties and interest. Buyer to pay transfer fee and costs of sheriff’s sale. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by certified check. BALANCE DUE: Within ten (10) days of confirmation of sale. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 407 Lake Avenue, Frederic, WI 54837. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on March 26, 2009. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Wm. Jost Jost Law Office P.O. Box 54 Chetek, WI 54728

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(March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. RANDY TRUCKEY, and STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BUREAU OF CHILD SUPPORT, Defendants. Case No. 08 CV 251 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on July 22, 2008, I will sell at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on: Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 10 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot Five (5) of Certified Survey Map No. 3977, recorded in Volume 18 of Certified Survey Maps, page 7, Document No. 649189, being a division of Lot Four (4) of Certified Survey Map No. 3434, recorded in Volume 15 of Certified Survey Maps, page 201, Document No. 616147, located in the Northwest Quarter of Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of NW 1/4), Section Twenty-eight (28), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 004-00751-0450. STREET ADDRESS: 1399 98th Street, Amery, WI 54001. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of March, 2009. Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law No. 1003029 P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

BIDS WANTED GRADING OF GRAVEL ROADS - TOWN OF SIREN The Town of Siren is seeking sealed bids for the grading of the township gravel roads for the summer season with a road grader. Must have certificate of insurance. The township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids will be opened on May 14, 2009, at 7 at the Siren Town Hall. Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Road 482869 35-37L Siren, WI 54872


The following applicants for liquor licenses will be presented to the City of St. Croix Falls Common Council for approval at the regular meeting to be held on Monday, April 27, 2009, at City Hall. Class A Beer, Off Premises: Indianhead Oil Co., Holiday Station Store #192, Ricky Wiemer, agent, 202 S. Washington St. Jor-Gas, Lorna Jorgenson, agent, 510 S. Washington St. Class A Liquor and Class A Beer, Off Premises: Wal-Mart, Patricia Spendler, agent, 2212 Glacier Dr. Temporary Class “B” License Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls & Taylors Falls: for Wannigan Days, July 17 & 18, 2009 483072 35L WNAXLP


The Town of Siren, Burnett County, is accepting bids for the reassessment of the township for 2010. Statistics are as follows: Residential 1121 Undeveloped 334 Improvements 849 Ag Forest 25 Commercial 76 Forest 443 Improvements 46 Other 14 Agricultural 93 Improvements 14 We have lakefront property and also a Mobile Home Park. Please include the following with your bid: Proof of State of Wisconsin certification, proof of insurance and references The Town of Siren reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Sealed bids will be opened on June 11, 2009, at 7:15 p.m. at the Siren Town Hall. Please mail bids to: Mary Hunter, Clerk 23340 Soderberg Road Siren, WI 54872 482870 35L 715-349-5119


The Town of Blaine is requesting bids for blacktopping the following road: Big McGraw Road: 1 mile. The road will be blacktopped 22’x2-1/2”. Hot mix only. Bids will be opened on May 12, 2009, at 7 p.m., at the Northland Community Center. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Questions and bids can be directed to: Dan Dyson, Chairman, 3240 Big McGraw Road, Danbury, WI 54830, 715483166 35L 244-3722.

NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING Monday, April 27, 2009, 5:30 p.m. Frederic 7 - 12 School, Room 107

1. Call to order. 2. Opening ceremonies A. Approve agenda B. Welcoming remarks C. Audience to visitors and delegations 3. Organizational meeting 4. New Business A. Resignations B. Policy updates 1. Virtual Education 2. Position descriptions 3. Early admission for 4K 5. Board planning 6. Adjourn

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The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold public hearings on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 8 a.m. in the Government Center (1st floor, County Boardroom), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The Committee will recess at 8:30 a.m. to view sites and will reconvene again at 12:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following and other agenda items: Central States Tower Holdings request two Conditional Use Permits for wireless telecommunication facilities (monopole towers, within the 200’ maximum height allowance), with one to be located at the Dwight & James Pederson property: 1875 West Church Rd., Pt. of NW 1/4, NW 1/4, Sec. 24/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden; and the other at the Glen & Debbriel Brown property: 1955 60th St., Pt. of NE 1/4, NE 1/4, Sec. 25/T35N/R16W, Town of Georgetown. AT&T/Dale & Teressa Jensen, land owners, request a Conditional Use Permit for a wireless telecommunication facility (monopole tower, within the 200’ maximum height allowance) at the following described property: 1308 80th St./Cty. Rd. E, Pt. of SE 1/4, SW 1/4, Sec. 26/T34N/R16W, Town of Apple River. AT&T/Polk County, land owners, request a Conditional Use Permit for a wireless telecommunication co-location at the following described property: 80 240th Ave., Lot 1, CSM #4997, Vol. 22/Pg. 104, Pt. of NW 1/4, NW 1/4, Sec. 1/T35N/R15W, Town of Johnstown. 483434 35-36L 25a,d

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE VILLAGE OF SIREN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Village of Siren, Burnett County, shall hold its first meeting on the 11th day of May 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Siren Village Hall. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under sub. (3) (a), that person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under §73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under §19.35(1). The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. Respectfully Submitted, Village of Siren Ann L. Peterson, Clerk 482872 35L WNAXLP

Notices/Employment TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS

SPRING CLEANUP Scheduled for April 25 & 26, 2009, and May 2 & 3, 2009

Spring cleanup of roads and ditches located in the Town of St. Croix Falls is scheduled for the weekends of April 25 and 26, 2009, and May 2 and 3, 2009. Residents of the town can pick up garbage bags at the Town Hall located at 1305 200th Street and Highway 8. Please be sure to check in at the Town Hall and sign the volunteer list. We would like to recognize those who help keep our town clean and attractive in both the next newsletter and on our Web site. All garbage picked up from the ditches of town roads can be left on the shoulder of the road for pick up Monday, April 27, 2009, and May 4, 2009, or brought to the Town Hall. Many thanks go to all who volunteer as well as those who clean up the roadsides year-round. 483382 35-36L Janet Krueger, Town Clerk


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a Public Meeting on the Polk County Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Government Center (2nd floor, West Conference Room), Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting is held to obtain public input on the nine elements required by state law of: Issues and Opportunities, Housing, Transportation, Utilities and Community Facilities, Agricultural, Natural, and Cultural Resources, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Coop-eration, Land Use, and Implementation. This meeting is the third meeting to update the 2003 Polk County Land Use Plan to meet the Comprehensive Planning Law of the State of Wisconsin by using the 2003 Polk County Land Use Plan, local level comprehensive plans, survey results and public meeting input. More information on Polk County Comprehensive Planning efforts can be seen at or http:// A quorum of County 483482 35L 25a,d Board may be in attendance. (MAR. 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CENTRAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. DAVID M. DORMAN, a single person; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR WINSTAR MORTGAGE PARTNERS, INC.; and HIGHLAND BANK, Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-659 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE (Foreclosure of Mortgage30404) By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of said Circuit Court in the above-entitled action which was entered on December 9, 2008, in the amount of $212,658.00, I shall expose for sale and sell at public auction in the Foyer of the Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 W. Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 5th day of May, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., the following described premises or so much thereof as may be sufficient as to raise the amount due to the plaintiff for principal, interest and costs, together with the disbursements of sale and solicitors’ fees, to-wit: Parcel I: Lot 13 of the Certified Survey Map #1007 filed on November 16, 1983, in the Polk County Register of Deeds office in Volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 254, being a part of the South 1/2 of Northwest 1/4, of Section 27, Township 32 North, Range 17 West. Parcel II: An undivided 1/7 interest in fee simple to the access roadway described in the Certified Survey Map #279, recorded in the Polk Register of Deeds office in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps on page 8, as Document #367505, being located in said Southwest 1/4 of Northwest 1/4. This property is to be used for roadway purpose only and is to be used in common with the other owners of lots which abut the roadway. Subject to

an easement reserved to the grantor in that certain Warranty Deed dated June 18, 1987, recorded June 22, 1987, in Volume 507, page 835, Document #452628. Said easement which has been reserved to the grantor and owner of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, his successors and assigns, a future nonexclusive perpetual easement for ingress and egress across the above roadway to said Northwest 1/4 of Southwest 1/4 for no more than 8 residential lots which may be located therein. Parcel III: Together with an easement located in the Northeast 100 feet of Lot 12 of the Certified Survey Map #1007 filed on November 16, 1983, in the Polk County Register of Deeds office in Volume 4 of Certified Survey Maps on page 254, said easement being for the purpose of access from the Northwest portion of Lot 13 to the Southeast portion of Lot 13 and to be limited to an area which is 30 feet wide and abuts on the Southeast edge of said swamp as is shown on the Certified Survey Map, Polk County, Wisconsin. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00694-0000 TERMS OF SALE: 10% DOWN CASH, MONEY ORDER OR CERTIFIED CHECK. BALANCE DUE WITHIN TEN DAYS OF CONFIRMATION OF SALE. THIS PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD AS IS AND SUBJECT TO ALL LIENS AND ENCUMBRANCES. /s/Timothy G. Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Hersh Law Offices, LLC 10555 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53092 (262) 241-9339 State Bar No. 1016890 Velnetske The above property is located at 162 147th Street, Deer Park, Wisconsin. Hersh Law Offices, LLC, is a law firm representing a creditor in the collection of a debt owed to such creditor, and any such information obtained will be used for that purpose. 481076 WNAXLP


RN House Supervisor - .75 FTE, straight nights with premium pay. 8to 12-hour shifts and every third weekend. Must have 2 yrs.’ acute care exper., able to work independently in ER, able to manage departments and staff. Occupational Therapist - Half time, days. Need experience with outpatient hand therapy and splint making. Must have Wis. OT license. Physical Therapist - Casual, days, to cover vacations & leaves. Experience in hand therapy and wound care. Will need Wis. PT license. Call for more information, or check Web site. Apply Directly To SCRMC: 715-483-0286 • Fax: 715-483-0508 235 State Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Burnett County is currently accepting applications for the position of Social Worker in the Health/Human Services Department located in Siren, Wisconsin. This position determines client needs, performs assessments, collects and records information, conducts studies and carries out programs with primarily a children and families caseload. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Master preferred) in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Counseling and be currently licensed as a Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin or Minnesota or be qualified to obtain a Wisconsin Social Work License. Must also have a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and access to a vehicle for daily use on the job. Starting Salary is $42,458 plus excellent fringe benefits. For further information and application material contact the Burnett County Administration/Human Resources Office, Burnett County Government Center – Room #190, 7410 County Road K, #116, Siren, WI 54872 ( or, Phone: 715/ 349-2181, Fax: 715/349-2180). Applications accepted until 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2009. 483297 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 35-36L 25a,b,c

NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR THE TOWN OF SIREN Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Siren of Burnett County will be held on Monday, May 11, 2009, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Siren Town Hall, 7240 South Long Lake Road. For appointments call 800-721-4157. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The municipality or County shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) if Wis. Statutes. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone. Mary Hunter, Clerk Town of Siren 482871 35-37L WNALXP


(Apr. 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY GREENTREE SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS J. WALTON, ANNA M. WALTON, CAPITAL ONE BANK, Defendants. Case No.: 08 CV 755 Case Code: 30404 Case Type: Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on the 12th day of December, 2008, I will sell at public auction in the front lobby/ foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, in the City of Balsam Lake, County of Polk, Wis., on June 23, 2009, at 10 a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: Lot Thirty-five (35) of the Plat of Pixie Acres Mobile Home Second Addition to the Village of Milltown, being part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 of SW 1/ 4), Section 8, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, WI. Tax Parcel No.: 151-00427-0000 Address: 623 Milltown Ave. Milltown, WI TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% down of amount bid in cash or certified check at the time of sale made payable to Clerk of Courts; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. SALE SUBJECT TO: Property to be sold as a whole “AS IS” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances, real estate taxes, accrued and accruing special assessments, if any, penalties and interest. Purchaser to pay all recording fees, Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax and cost of title evidence. 482283 WNAXLP

Dated this 14th day of April, 2009. Tim Moore Polk County Sheriff Attorney Sam Kaufman 201 S. Marr Street Fond du Lac, WI 54936

(April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BURNETT COUNTY EVERHOME MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. FRANK R. FLEISCHHACHER and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Frank R. Fleischhacher; and PATRICIA A. OMUNDSON and JOHN DOE, unknown spouse of Patricia A. Omundson a/k/a Patricia A. Osmundson; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants; and BURNETT DAIRY COOPERATIVE; and LARRY’S L.P., INC., Defendants. Case No. 08-CV-296 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000 Code No. 30405 Other Real Estate NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 18, 2008, in the amount of $85,343.17, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 26, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Burnett County Government Center, located at 7410 County Road K, Siren, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 Of Certified Survey Map Survey Map No. 3312, Volume 16, Pages 58 And 59, A Part Of The Northwest 1/4, Southeast 1/4 Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West, Burnett County, Wisconsin; Together With A Nonexclusive Easement For Ingress And Egress Over And Across The Following Described Parcels Of Land: Parcel 1) A Parcel Of Land Located In The South-

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Must have excellent people skills and be detail oriented. Retail experience preferred but not required. Flexible schedule and benefits available. Addl. $2.50/ hour for weekend hours. Apply In Person At:


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Please take notice that the governing body of the Village of Siren, Wisconsin, has declared its intention to exercise its police power in accordance with §66.0703 Stats, to levy special assessments upon property within the following described assessment district for benefits conferred upon such property by the improvement of the following streets, curb & gutter, driveway aprons, and placement of sewer and water services to buildable lots that are presently not served. ASSESSMENT DISTRICT A. All property fronting upon both sides of Anderson Street from its intersection with Hwy. 35 to its intersection with 4th Avenue; B. All property fronting on both sides of Capes Street from its intersection with Hwy. 35 to its terminus 135 ft. east of the intersection with Fourth Avenue; C. All property fronting on both sides of 4th Avenue from 30 ft. north of its intersection with Anderson Street to its intersection with James Street; D. All property fronting on Third Avenue from 30 ft. north of its intersection with Anderson Street to 30 ft. south of its intersection with Capes Street; E. All property fronting on both sides of James Street from its intersection with Third Avenue to its intersection with Fourth Avenue. A report showing the proposed plans and specifications, estimated cost of improvements and proposed assessments is on file in the municipal clerk’s office and may be inspected there during any business day between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 p.m. You are further notified that the Roads, Streets and Utilities Committee of the Village Board of the Village of Siren, Wisconsin, will hear all interested persons, or their agents or attorneys, concerning matters contained in the preliminary resolution authorizing the assessments and in the above described report at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Village Office at 24049 First Avenue, Siren. All objections will be considered at this hearing and thereafter the amount of the assessments will be finally determined. Ann Peterson, Village Clerk 483280 35L WNAXLP April 22, 2009



The Village of Milltown is taking bids for a 85x24’ concrete slab for skate park. For specifications, contact the Village Hall at 715-825-3258 or stop in at 89 Main Street W. Bids will be considered at the monthly board meeting on May 11, 2009, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Milltown Village Hall, 89 Main St. W. Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. 483470 35-36L VILLAGE OF FREDERIC - BOARD PROCEEDINGS

President Phil Knuf called for a moment of silence to remember Marilyn Sederlund, Village Clerk, who recently passed while battling cancer. The regular meeting of the Village Board was held on March 9, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. Knuf called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Present: Brad Harlander, Kerry Brendel, Maria Ammend, John Boyer, William Johnson IV, Jamie Worthington and Phil Knuf. Amended Agenda: Motion by Johnson to adopt the amended agenda, seconded by Brendel and motion carried. Minutes: Brendel made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 9, 2009, meeting, seconded by Johnson and motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: Motion to approve February financials as presented by Johnson, seconded by Boyer and motion carried. Starwire Technologies Contract: Brendel made the motion to table the contract approval until discussed changes are addressed, seconded by Worthington and motion carried. Committee and Department Head Reports: Public Works - Ken Hackett was present and reported that the crew had traveled up to Poplar last week to tour their sewer plant facility and see firsthand how the pond covers were working. Hackett stated that Poplar has been using the covers for the past 10 years without any problems. Park Board - William Johnson IV reported that the Park Board will be updating the 5-year Outdoor Recreation Plan this year. Johnson stated that the Historical Society will be promoting the Depot by advertising in the National Trains magazine. The 2009 Polk Co. guide book is finished and Johnson provided copies of the new book for the public. Johnson will be attending the St. Croix Valley Municipal Assoc. meeting and will be addressing the speed limit on 35 south of the Village. Library - Christine Byely was present and discussed a reading program that the Library has been working on with Northwest Passage that has recently gained recognition because of its success. Chris stated that every other week she meets with the “P3” girls to read books and as part of the program the girls volunteer services at the library. Appointment - Library committee: Library board is recommending the appointment of Deborah Sundby to fill the position vacated by Jan Palmerseim. Johnson made the motion to approve the appointment of Sundby, seconded by Ammend and motion carried. Law Enforcement - RJ Severude presented the Combined Summary report for February. Severude is currently working with Mrs. Steen from the school district and will be conducting programs regarding online users. Severude announced that the Police Dept. will be serving a pancake breakfast on March 17 to the community for a $1 per person at the Senior Center. Finance Committee - Kerry Brendel stated that the Finance Committee will be meeting in the next week or two to discuss organizational structure. Village Administrator - Brendel reported in Dave Wondra’s absence. According to the timeline provided by MSA for the removal of the Feed Mill, bids will be opened by the end of this month and the project should be complete by June 1. Brendel addressed the letter from Brian Hobbs. Adjourn: Motion to adjourn by Johnson and seconded by Worthington. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. 483402 35L Kristi Swanson, Treasurer/Deputy Clerk

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Expo 2009


Peggy Strabel from Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts had a variety of items on display during the Expo held Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. – Photos by Raelynn Hunter

Rich Bistram, representative from Fur, Fins and Feathers Sporting Goods of Siren, was busy with cusRIGHT: Herb Howe, tomers during the Expo 2009 held at the Siren Lodge from Herb’s Tee to Center Arena on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. Green Golf, had a large display of clubs, bags and other golfing items available for purchase during Expo 2009.

LEFT: Tony Oliva autographs a bat for one of the many visitors on Saturday at Expo 2009. Oliva signed baseball cards for all who visited his booth.

First Patron Award presented SIREN – The Burnett Area Arts Group is proud to announce the newly formed 2009 Patron Arts Award that was presented to Kathy Swingle after her mixed-media painting “Leaf Meeting” was recently chosen from the exhibit now on display in the North Wind Arts Gallery. This award is a significant part of a new patron membership category for the Burnett Area Arts Group. When a business wishes to join B.A.A.G. as a patron of the arts member for $50, they are presented with a framed print of “Leaf Meeting.” Each year a new award is given, and that year’s selected print is presented to business members. Several B.A.A.G. goals will be met with this venture. It encourages the growth of an already-sizeable art economy in Burnett County, art awareness is delivered to the people who live and The 2009 Patron Arts Award from the visit Burnett County by having fine art Burnett Area Arts Group that presented displayed thoughout the area and final- to Kathy Swingle after her mixed-media ly, local artists receive recognition for painting “Leaf Meeting.” excellence. The membership also supports B.A.A.G.’s goals to facilitate the needs of local and regional artists and craftspersons and to support youthrelated visual arts activities. If your business is interested in supporting the arts, a patron membership to B.A.A.G. is an easy and enjoyable way to do it. Anyone interested in more information may contact Sherill Summer at or North Wind Arts at 715-349-8448. – submitted 483198 35L


Family waits for Purple Heart recipient to come home

by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Cowan James Bruss, a private first class gunner in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq, was injured when an IED hit the Humvee he was riding in Oct. 14, 2008. His family recently learned that Bruss has been given a Purple Heart for being injured while on active duty. “We are really proud of him,” his mother, Sharrie Roper, said Pfc Bruss of her only child. Sharing in that pride is Bruss’s wife, the former Amanda Shipley, a Siren High School graduate, who will be in Texas when her husband returns to the base in early June. Bruss’ only child, a daughter, Rylee, was born on Halloween 2008, her father’s favorite holiday. He has never seen her. Their first meeting in June is another highly anticipated event. Cowan Bruss grew up in Webster with the dream of being an Army man. He graduated from Webster High School in May 2007 and left for basic training shortly after that. He is stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas. He and Amanda got married Jan. 2, 2008, and he was deployed to Iraq in June of that

year. Their contact since that time has been through telephone calls, with little information shared about where he is or what is going on there. Roper said she was crying and praying Bruss was safe when she answered a phone call from the military, telling her about her son’s injury. Roper then called Amanda, who to that point had not heard that her husband had been injured. According to Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia, IED stands for Improvised Explosive Device, a bomb that is constructed for use in unconventional warfare. IEDs are often placed along roads where they are set off by passing vehicles. Bruss, a gunner in a passing Humvee, took a lot of falling shrapnel into his helmet, causing him to have a slight concussion. He suffers now from severe headaches and a loss of hearing in one ear. Not having an open wound, according to his family, he was able to take off the riddled helmet and continue with active duty. “We are going to get him checked out good when he gets home,” Roper commented, adding, “He was a perfectly healthy kid.” Bruss has one more year to serve when his unit gets back from Iraq. Following that, he hoped to go to a police academy. “Why would he pick another dangerous job?” his mother is

A proud family waits eagerly for Pfc Cowan Bruss, recipient of a Purple Heart for injury while on active military duty, to return from Iraq in early June. (L to R) Sharrie Roper, Charles Robinson and Amanda Bruss, holding Rylee Bruss, shared the story of Bruss’s injury from an IED explosion and that he has never seen his first-born child, Rylee, who arrived last Halloween, after her father had been deployed to Iraq. – Photo by Nancy Jappe asking. “He’ll be done after a year, unless I

decide to let him (go on),” Amanda said. “I’m not going through that anymore.”

Painting on windows is a newly discovered skill by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Along with learning skills to help him graduate from high school in 2010, Dillon Mattson, during his days at the Alternative Learning Center in Siren, has discovered a hidden talent. Mattson is skilled at painting scenes on the center’s highway-side windows. “I was amazed. I didn’t know he had so much talent,” commented ALC

Director Jason Hinze. “It is good for him to have the opportunity to be able to show that to people. I don’t think he knew himself what he could do.” Many young artists show that side of themselves at a young age, drawing, coloring, painting. Mattson didn’t get his first chance at artwork until he volunteered to paint a scene on the ALC windows last September.

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Since then his work has included pictures for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Siren School basketball, Valentines Day, Easter and now a promo for the start of the fishing season. No doubt there will be more before the school year ends. This is Mattson’s first year at ALC. He comes from the Grantsburg School District and now lives in Danbury. He attends classes in the morning at ALC, then works on a farm in the afternoon. Mattson works alone on the paintings, using special window paint; however, someone else does the ALC lettering. He is provided with a copy of a picture to follow. He said it takes him about an hour to complete each window. After graduation, Mattson plans to go into the Air Force on a 15-year stint. Building on education he will receive while in the service, he wants to start an educational group for disabled persons. Will art figure somewhere into that future? “I don’t know,” Mattson indi-

A long winter spent dreaming, dancing and drumming has culminated in a dynamic two-hour presentation premiering on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls. Tribal Spirits of the Sun presents “The Spirits of Dance - A Global Celebration,” with special guests Anna Ferguson from Duluth, Minn., and Ms. Zuza from Minneapolis. Tribal Spirits of the Sun is a collective troupe of dancers, drummers, musicians, poets, healers, creative artists, seamstresses, storytellers and visionaries - all from the local St. Croix River Valley. Members represent various backgrounds, ages and ethnicity, with a common bond of desiring to share meaningful dance and musical experiences. With choreography and costumes designed by members of the troupe, this show is a magic carpet ride of dances from around the globe and across time, from Africa to Polynesia, from the ancient silk road to the roaring ‘20s to today. All this added to an emphasis on tribal fusion belly dance. A Community Drum Circle at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Lions Park, is being planned as a prelude for the evening performance where members of Tribal Spirits will facilitate an outdoor drum jam for families and community members. The park is located about one mile north of Festival Theatre on Hwy. 87. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Tickets for “The Spirits of Dance - A Global Celebration” are on sale now, $15 each either online or at the Festival Theatre box office, located in historic downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington Street. For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715-483-3387 or 888-8876002 or go to the Web at - Photo by Mandy Hathaway

It usually takes Dillon Mattson about an hour to decorate the windows at the ALC Center in Siren. He works from a printed picture, and he pointed out the amount of detail in this rendition of a bass jumping for the bait. – Photos by Nancy Jappe

Dillon Mattson, a Grantsburg youth who will graduate in 2010, is the person responsible for the paintings on the windows at the Alternative Learning Center on Hwy. 35/70 in Siren. His is a previously undiscovered talent, one at which he shows great promise. He has painted many scenes since school started last September and will probably do a few more before the school year ends.


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Burnett Dairy’s award-winning cheesemakers are Wisconsin Master certified by Priscilla Bauer ALPHA – Two of the best cheesemakers in the nation are co-workers at Burnett Dairy Cooperative. Steve Tollers and Bruce Willis are award-winning cheesemakers, known nationally and worldwide for their skills in creating some of the world’s best cheeses. Both men are certificated as a Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The certification represents the nation’s only advanced training program for cheesemakers. Developed from a European tradition, and introduced in Wisconsin in 1994, it is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research and is funded by Wisconsin dairy producers. According to the 2007 Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Directory, the program “embodies the skill and passion for cheese making that is Wisconsin’s greatest heritage.” The program requires cheesemakers must have been making the cheese variety for which they seek certification for at least five years. The cheesemaker must also be working in a plant participating in the Quality Assurance Program. Each cheese plant sets up its own quality-control program for their products. Burnett Dairy developed and uses a quality-control program called the Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points for the products it produces. The curriculum for the master’s program includes a three-year master’s apprenticeship, completion of five required and three elective courses. Cheesemakers are evaluated as to how they demonstrate their mastery in making a particular cheese variety. The cheesemaker must submit samples of the cheese they wish certification in for evaluation each year for three years to a committee whose job it is to ensure cheese excellence. Steve Tollers Steve Tollers has come a long way from the young man who thought he’d be doing something with mechanics when he grew up. He’s about to receive his second master cheesemaker certification. Tollers’ family owned a marina, and he always liked helping his dad work on motors and other equipment. “We were always tinkering around with something,” said Tollers, who added he still enjoys working on motors in his spare time and that his background in mechanics has served him

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Tollers earned his first certification as a master for mozzarella and provolone cheeses, two varieties that comprise a majority of the cheese produced at Burnett Dairy. Tollers and two other masters have just competed their second master cheesemaker certification and will be recognized at the 2009 U.S. Cheese Championship awards ceremony in La Crosse on April 22 and 23. As a returning master cheesmaker, this time for colby and cheddar cheeses, Tollers now has a total of four cheeses in the master cheesemaker certification. “It’s quite an honor,” he said of being only one of 44 cheesemakers in Wisconsin to achieve master certification. “And out of 44 in the state two of us are right here in Alpha at Burnett Dairy.”

Burnett Dairy’s Master Cheesemakers Bruce Willis and Steve Tollers show their master medals. Willis became a master in 2006 and Tollers in 2005. Tollers will receive his second master certification next week at the U.S. cheese championship awards ceremony in La Crosse. Willis is currently working on his second certification, which he will be completing in 2010. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer LEFT :A glass-enc l o s e d shadow box holds Burnett Dairy cheesemaker Steve Tollers’ prestigious master cheesemaker medals. Master cheesemakers also received a ribboned medal for each cheese, a lapel pin and a souvenir ring.

well in his job at Burnett Dairy Cooperative in Alpha. The thought of making cheese back then, as a career path, never entered his mind. “What I knew of cheese was that you got it in the grocery store,” said Tollers, smiling. But in 1977, after a stint in the Marine Corps, Tollers found himself working at the Salemville Cheese Factory in Wisconsin’s Green Lake County. It was at the Salemville plant that Tollers found his love of cheese making and his own love. While attending a Southern Wisconsin Cheesmakers Association annual meeting, he met his wife, Kathy, who herself came from a cheesemaking family. When Tollers came to work at Burnett

Dairy eight years ago, not only did he bring his years of experience in cheese making, but he also brought the desire to continue honing his craft. “There is always more to learn about cheese making. There’s never a point where you know it all,” said Tollers, who is still intrigued with the process. “It is the cause-and-effect process in cheese making that really interests me.” Tollers enrolled in Wisconsin’s Master Cheesemaker program and earned his first master cheesemaker certification in 2005. “It’s quite an intensive program,” says Tollers of the requirements for master cheesemaker certification. “You have to be an active, licensed cheesemaker with at least 10 years’ experience to even be considered for the master’s program.”

Bruce Willis Bruce Willis also received his master certification in 2006 for cheddar and colby cheeses. Willis’ expertise in cheese making comes from his 35 years, experience working at Burnett Dairy. Like Tollers, he came to his cheesemaking career by chance. When Willis took an after-school job at Burnett Dairy back in 1971, little did he know he would hold the title of master cheesemaker and be well on his way to completing a second certification in 2010. Willis said he was attending a cheeseconference at UW-Madison when one of the professors on the Masters board approached him about getting into the masters program. “I had already taken a number of the required courses, and when I saw other cheesemakers getting their awards, I thought it was quite an honor. I thought it would be a great asset to me and to the dairy,” said Willis. And while Tollers showed no early interests leading him towards a cheese making career, Willis says he always enjoyed cooking. “As a kid I was always experimenting in the kitchen with different recipes.” That love to experiment with spices and other ingredients stuck with him. So far he has developed six to eight cheeses with what he calls an artesan twist. Willis smiles with pride as he recalls his first creation, Alpha Morning Sun, which sells in the cheese store just next door from the plant where he’s currently working on several new creations. Even after 36 years of cheese making, Willis says there’s still a lot to learn and enjoy about his job. “There is always something new coming up.” “There’s a lot of science in cheese making and a lot of art, too. Taking the science of blending cultures, enzymes and mixing them with different flavors to create something new, it’s an art. That’s

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Vigil at Luck honors child abuse victims

Mother of Zach Wolfe, killed by his father, speaks out by Mary Stirrat LUCK — The pain of losing her little boy, at the hand of the father who was supposed to love and nurture him, was evident in the words and on the face of Melissa Horky as she spoke to a group gathered for a Blue Ribbon candlelight vigil in Luck. Two years ago, 7-year-old Zachary Wolfe was abducted by his father, taken to a Richfield, Minn., hotel room and given lethal doses of antifreeze and insulin. Zach’s father, Jeffrey Wagner, also killed himself. The week before Zach was abducted, Horky had obtained a restraining order against Wagner, because he had threatened to take the child out of the state. The restraining order had not yet been served on Wagner. Amber Alert, a system of notifying the public that a child is missing, was not implemented, because authorities did not feel Zach was in danger. In addition, Wagner had visitation rights, although he took Zach at an unauthorized time without Horky’s permission. “He did this only to hurt me,” said Horky at the April 15 vigil, one of eight held in Polk County that evening as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. “I hope someday I’m strong enough to make a ‘Zachy Law,’” she said, “one to educate the law enforcement and judicial system and fine tune the Amber Alert.” With eyes filled with tears, Horky said, “In the end, I blame no one for the ignorance of a psychopathic and crazy man. “He played everyone well. I blame him. He was the monster in the closet and under Zach’s bed.” Horky addressed the 40 or so people taking part in the vigil as they stopped at a tree by Big Butternut Lake. The tree was planted in memory of Zachary and was located at the last of 68 ribbons that silent walkers passed on their vigil. The 68 ribbons represented the 68 children in the Luck School District who were reported victims of child abuse in 2007. There were a total of 886 reported cases in Polk County that year. “It is alarming,” said Jen White of Community Referral Agency in Milltown, “but it is preventable.” Raising awareness and promoting education regarding child abuse and neglect is one of the key ways to prevent abuse and is the goal of Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to a history of Child Abuse Prevention Month read by Kelly Fitzgerald of Luck and Nicole Johnson of Grantsburg, Child Abuse Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign inspired by a grandmother in Norfolk, Va.

The silent candlight vigil at Luck took participants along Big Butternut Lake. Pastors Mark Hall and Linda Rozumalski led the walk, ringing a bell by each of the 68 ribbons along the route. Each ribbon signified a victim of child abuse in the Luck School District in 2007. - Photos by Mary Stirrat In 1989, Bonnie Finney tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna in memory of her late grandson. The blue ribbon, she said, was to be a reminder of the bruises suffered by her grandson and other abused grandchildren. Local businesses, organizations, churches and schools soon joined in displaying blue ribbons in the name of child abuse prevention and soon it spread to the rest of the state and the entire nation. “The blue ribbon serves as a constant reminder to fight for the protection of children,” she explained in the history. “We must protect our most precious gift of all — our children. Even if we just change one child’s life, it would be worth it.” Wearing a blue ribbon or placing one on a car, she said, could lead someone to ask what it means. “You could save a life,” Finney said. Pastors Mark Hall of Luck Lutheran and Linda Rozumalski of West Denmark led the vigil past the 68 ribbons to Zach’s tree and back into the school building. At each of the flags Rozumalski rang a bell to honor the victim. Community Referral Agency is hosting another event to honor the life of Zach Wolfe, which will take place at Bering Park in Milltown Monday, April 27. Last fall a tree was planted at the park in his memory, and now the village has built and donated a bench next to the tree. On April 27 at 5:30 p.m., the bench will be revealed and a plaque placed on it, and it will be dedicated to Zach’s memory.

Melissa Horky, (L) reads a statement about the death of her son, Zachary, who was killed by his father in 2007. With Horky is Joanne Lipoff.

RIGHT: The history of the Blue Ribbon Campaign and Child Abuse Prevention Month was read by Kelly Fitzgerald, (L), of Luck, and Nicole Johnson of Grantsburg. FAR RIGHT: Jen Smith of Community Referral Agency with the 68 flags representing the number of reported child abuse cases in the Luck School District in 2007.

Masters/from page 1 what I like, being able to experiment and create something new and different.” The awards Tollers and Willis have both received other awards for their cheeses as have other Burnett Dairy cheesemakers. At the 2008 World Cheese Championship Contest, Toller’s provolone was judged best in class from among products from all around the world. And at this year’s contest, Tollers will be receiving a third-place award for aged provolone. Willis will receive fifth place in the new flavor for his hot and spicy cheddar and has previously had three other cheeses in the top 10 and first-place honors for colby and string cheeses in past championships. Rob Stellrecht, another dairy cheesemaker, will accept his first-place award for best of class for pepper other than American style for pepper string cheese at this year’s championship awards ceremony.

Burnett Dairy cheese is distributed nationwide with a large supply going to the foodservice sector. Pizza chains continue to take a big chunk in the growing demand for the award-winning mozzarella, and the dairy’s cheese retail store does a brisk business in Alpha. Tollers says having the master’s mark on their products is very valuable. “It sends a message about quality and helps convey a handcrafted image. It impresses customers to know a cheese has been made by a master cheesemaker.” Tollers says he feels honored to be a part of the elite group of master cheesemakers and it shows on his face as he speaks of wearing his master cheesemaker ring and how fellow masters use them to greet each other. “When members of our group meet we touch our rings together as if in a master handshake. It’s like the Super Bowl of cheese,” beamed Tollers.

Rob Stellrecht, another of Burnett Dairy’s cheesemakers, and master cheesemaker Steve Tollers hold their award-winning cheeses at Burnett Dairy’s cheese plant in Alpha. Stellrecht and Tollers will be picking up their awards at the U.S. championship awards ceremony in La Crosse on April 23. Stellrecht won first place for best of class in pepper other than American for his pepper string cheese, and Tollers won third place for his aged provolone. Tollers, who recently completed his second master certification, will also be recognized at this year’s ceremony as a returning master cheesemaker for two more cheeses, colby and cheddar. Photo by Priscilla Bauer


No school problems in the old days by Alberta Hanson My mother, Nettie Carnes Hanson, lived two months shy of 101 years, living her last eight years at our farm. During her years on our farm, she had me write down the experiences she had when she taught school back in the 1900s. The following story is hers: I was 20 years old when I started teaching school in Iowa in 1907. I taught all eight grades in a one-room school, three years in Iowa and 10 years in Wisconsin. School day opened each morning with a Bible story, which all the students were interested in, and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. There were no discipline problems in school; the children were obedient and learned their three R’s. The children took turns carrying the water and wood for the school. I built all the fires to heat the classroom and did the janitor work. I always had some time to spend with the children for games at recess time. School lasted eight months each year,

Writer’s Corner so the children were free to help at home with farm chores and harvest. My salary was $25 a month, and there never were any teachers strikes. One school election and citizens meeting was held in the schoolhouse. The next day when I came to school, the floor and desks were all covered with tobacco juice. I sent the children home so I could clean up the mess. I carried water from a nearby spring about a block away and spent all day cleaning. The school board said nothing, and I was paid the same. At times I had to get tough with the school board for the few school supplies I needed. In Barron County in the 1920s I had to wait three months before I could get a new school broom. For many years I rode horseback to school and later bought my first car, a 1919 Model T Ford. When my brother and I were children at home, we discussed “the horseless carriage.” We wondered how it could be possible for a car to travel on the road without the

“thills” (two poles that hooked up to the horse) jabbing into the ground. My second car was a 1921 “Baby Saxon.” This car had motorcycle tires and was a peppy little car. Near the end of my first school year, several girls asked, “Are you going to have a last-day-of-school picnic?” “Of course I will.” I said, although I had no idea what it was, as I had not attended a country school before. But I was all for it! When the picnic day arrived, the women brought the lunches and the men arranged the games. All were happy, and I enjoyed my first school picnic! The good old days? A neighbor invited us over Sunday afternoon for homemade ice cream. We were delighted, but when we arrived everyone was out looking for the cows. The cows could not be found in the wild pasture

Northwest Regional Writers The Northwest Regional Writers meet at 1 p.m. the second Friday of the month either in Frederic or Grantsburg. Call Mary Jacobson at 715-349-2761 for more information about the organization.

and thick woodland. No milk! So no one had ice cream that day! I enjoyed going for car rides with my grandchildren when they were younger. I’d point out old sites and tell them, “There’s where the old Wolf Creek Methodist Church stood in 1940, and over there where the Wolf Creek Post Office was located when I was postmaster and operated a grocery store. Yes, there’s where Never’s Dam was located on the St. Croix River. The Evergreen School still stands, and there’s a Sunrise Ferry site. The old Sterling Bush Church stood on that cemetery hill near that large clump of lilacs.” It was fun to reminisce with my grandchildren about the old days and marvel at the return of modern log homes, reminding me of my childhood.

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the county boardroom in the government center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715-485-3571 or Iris Holm 715-294-3174 for more information. - submitted

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ENCORE is Monday at Siren SIREN - The Siren High School will be presenting their annual ENCORE evening on Monday, April 27. Student works from art, FACE and Tech. Ed classes will be displayed in the commons area and are open for viewing at 6 p.m. There will be a demonstration of the Rube Goldberg machine created in the principles of engineering class at 6:50 p.m.

At 7 p.m., students will perform works from play production class, vocal and instrument solo and ensemble pieces and Forensics selections in the auditorium. This is free and open to the public and a great way to see and hear what students are achieving. “You will be amazed by the quality and workmanship,” said one ENCORE organizer. “We hope you will join us in

celebrating the excellence of student work in the Siren High School.” In conjunction with ENCORE, there will be an ice-cream social from 6 to 7 p.m. in the commons, to raise money for the national winners of the Scholastic writing awards. – with submitted information

Spring for SIDS Day ALPHA – Burnett Dairy again will be the local sponsor of Spring for SIDS Day. This is Burnett Dairy’s fifth year as the local sponsor of this event. This is a SIDS awareness and fundraising event being held on Friday, April 24, to benefit the American SIDS Institute. “We are proud to be a part of this nationwide event again this year,” explains Kathy Larson spokesperson for Burnett Dairy. SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the name given to a mysterious baby killer that takes the lives of between 2,000 and 3,000 infants each year in the United States. It is the number one cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. SIDS is sudden and unexpected and even after an autopsy no cause of death is found. In a typical situation, parents check on their infant they think is sleeping only to find their baby dead. There is no greater tragedy. Spring for SIDS is especially important to Burnett Dairy. Two of their employees, Jessica Lapierre and Earl Wilson, lost their baby and granddaughter, Anna Ruby Lapierre, to SIDS in December 2002. Every day, unfortunate parents all over the world experience this heartbreak. Dr. McEntire, with the Americans SIDS Institute, has worked with SIDS since 1976.

“We have seen a tremendous decline in the incidence of SIDS since I began,” she explained. “However, we still cannot tell parents why their infant died. They are left with no closure. “We don’t know the exact cause of SIDS, and there is no way to guarantee an infant will not die,” says McEntire. “However,” she explains, “there are proven ways to reduce the risk of an infant dying of SIDS.” “Don’t’ smoke during pregnancy and don’t let anyone smoke around your baby. Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back in a bare crib. Keep the crib close to the parents bed. Instead of using covers, put enough clothing on the baby to keep him/her warm but not too warm.” For a

full list see Spring for SIDS Day will be held on April 24. For a $5 donation you will be given a SIDS information card and decorative sticker. Burnett Dairy again this year has generously offered to match employee contributions. To make a donation, stop by Burnett Dairy and talk to Larson or make an online donation at, click on donations. Be sure to put that it is for the team Burnett Dairy. They realize that this is not the best financial year for a lot of people and that it may be difficult to donate, but SIDS does not stop for anyone or anything. SIDS does not care if money is tight – it is going to keep stealing babies from this Earth until someone can find some answers. Not one more baby should die too soon. Not one more parent should have to suffer. The hardest part about losing a baby to SIDS is the lack of answers. No one can tell parents or grandparents why they lost their sweet baby. Please take time to support this cause. For further information contact Betty McEntire, PhD, executive director, American SIDS Institute of Mariette, GA, 800232-7437 or Mary Wilson, 715-327-8781. – submitted

Feinstein Foundation sponsoring Giveaway to Fight Hunger FREDERIC – The Feinstein Foundation is sponsoring their 12th-annual Giveaway to Fight Hunger. Donations of money and food will be reported. All food will be weighed and counted. The food shelves have until April 30 to participate. The Luck food shelf Loaves and

Fishes and the Frederic Food Shelf are both collecting, so now is a good time to give as it will be matched. Items needed are cereal, box meals, fruits, vegetables, soups, bread, eggs and bath tissues. For information contact the Frederic coordinators, LaVonne Boyer or Anita Peter-

son, at the Frederic Food Shelf on Thursdays from 2 – 6 p.m. or Vivian Brahmer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Loaves and Fishes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - submitted

Frederic Chamber to sponsor communitywide garage sale FREDERIC - On Saturday, May 9, the Frederic Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its fifth-annual communitywide garage sale. The chamber takes out a full-page ad in the Indianhead Advertiser promoting and advertising this event. If, as a business, you are interested in placing an ad on this page, the cost is $25. If you are having a garage sale and you want to place an ad on this page, the cost is $10. Bring your ad to Carol at Affordable Quality Appliances in downtown Frederic by Thursday, April 23 or call her at 715-327-4271 for more information. The American Cancer Society Walk/Run Event will be held on that day also, so it will be the perfect time for a garage sale, since there will be lots of people in town. - submitted

The Grantsburg Recycling Site has changed hours GRANTSBURG – Effective Saturday, May 2, the Grantsburg Recycling Site will change their hours of operation to: Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Thursdays 1 – 3 p.m. The Grantsburg Recycling Site is located off of West Benson, north of town (some may know it better as the old dump site). Recycling Control Commission accepts residential recycling and cardboard only, no business-generated recycling accepted. The recycling site accepts: newspaper, glass, cans (aluminum and tin), No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, magazines, phone books, and mixed paper. There is a separate dumpster for cardboard, please break down all boxes. Any questions regarding recycling, or to report illegal dumping, please call Jen at 715-635-2197, or e-mail her at - submitted


Norman Anderson selected for Maple Hall of Fame by Russell Hanson Norman Anderson of Cumberland, has been selected to be in the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame. His induction will be in Croghan, N.Y., on May 16. This is an international award, both Canadians and Americans are in the hall of fame. It is at the American Maple Museum – see the Web site at Norman’s son Steven wrote this tribute to his father: “My father, Norman Anderson, and Grandfather Paul, started Anderson’s Sugar Bush way before the beginning of time, about 1930! Norman Anderson was raised in rural Cumberland. His parents, Paul and Clara Anderson, who had moved to Minneapolis, Minn., for a few years in the early 1920s, moved back to rural Wisconsin just after Norman was born in 1928. Sapping was one of Paul’s passions from his early days in rural Cumberland and when they returned he immediately started tapping his trees. This passion was quickly passed on to Norman. By the time Norman was old enough to be helpful they were putting out close to 500 taps. In search of more taps, Paul and Norman partnered with a cousin who had more land. This brought the tap total to around 3,000 in 1940. This growth was good, but in 1946, Paul and Norman decided it was time to expand again and purchase a commercial evaporator for $600. The cousins were out. “Too much money,” they said. Norman and Paul were on their own. The pair continued to tap trees and sell their syrup to local stores throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 1953 they suffered a small setback. A Tornado destroyed 4,000 taps and forced them into another purchase, an 80-acre plot of land about four miles from home. This brought their total taps

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Ramblings up to 5,000. In 1953, Paul and Norman agreed to become equipment dealers for the Leader Evaporator Company. Up until this time they had been managing a dairy herd as well. In 1957, they sold the cattle and turned solely to the maple syrup industry to provide for their family. In 1960, more land was rented to bring the total taps up to 12,000 with two boiling locations, one 40 miles away in Minnesota and one at home in Wisconsin. In 1963, Norman married Janice Carlson and took over control of the company. Paul remained very active for many years after. In 1973 another 100 acres was purchased about 25 miles from home and that brought Norman to his peak production of almost 18,000 taps (all on buckets). Norman ran at this capacity for about 10 years until an aging uncle who had been running the Minnesota operation was no longer able to help. Tapping was then cut back to around 10,000 and Norman only cooked at the home location. Over the next 10 years production was cut more and more, as the syrup sales business grew larger and larger. In the best year Norman was only making 15 to 25 percent of what he was actually selling. The emphasis of the business was moving to packaging and distributing maple syrup, now all those producers that Norman and Paul had help set up over the years were relied upon to provide most of the product that was needed to fulfill the large market that Norman and Paul had created and maintained. Norman has been a member of both the Minnesota and Wisconsin Maple Norman Anderson cooking sap near Cumberland a few decades ago. At his peak he had 18,000 maple taps and buckets in the woods!

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Steve and Norman Anderson and their spouses. Norman is being honored for a lifetime of maple syruping by being elected to the Maple Hall of Fame. – Photos submitted Syrup Producers Associations for many years. He was also one of the early members/directors of the IMSI and Anderson’s Maple Syrup still holds a director’s position today. Norman served as a director of the WMSPA for several years and currently serves on the state fair committee (1995 to present). Norman has been the head maple syrup judge at the Minnesota State Fair for the past 8 years as well as serving as judge at local county fairs. Norman and his wife, Janice, were given the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer of the Year award in 1993 and also hosted the WMSPA fall tour that year. Anderson’s Maple Syrup, Inc. was also home to the annual first tree tapping in 1992 and 2003. Norman takes every chance he can to promote maple syrup. He loves to invite groups, especially from Sweden (as he is Swedish), to feed them pure maple syrup over waffles and tell them about how maple syrup is produced. In 2008 Norman and Janice Anderson were among the first to be given the Lifetime Membership Award by the WMSPA for their service in the maple industry. Norman built up Anderson’s Sugar Bush and in 1994 incorporated and changed the name to Anderson’s Maple Syrup, Inc. to reflect the company’s true purpose: “providing the best maple syrup possible to our customers.” Norman continued to run the business until 1997 when I, Steven Anderson, took over. Norman is still an important part of the business today and I rely on his experience and guidance daily. Anderson’s Maple Syrup, Inc. is now one of the largest packagers of pure maple syrup in the Midwest and among the top equipment dealers in the region. This is all thanks to the hard work and determination of Norman Anderson and his father, Paul. I only hope that I can follow in this rich tradition of quality and integrity. Thank you Dad!

When I think about my father and the friends and relationships he has created over his years in this industry, I know it is due to integrity and devotion to them and the industry. I don’t think you would ever find a person that my father has dealt with, that would say anything negative. He always treated everyone as a friend, with respect and fairness. I hear on the phone almost daily, ‘How is your dad doing?’ then followed by ‘I sure enjoy your father, please tell him hi.’ This is only proof to me of his impact on our customers and the industry.” ••• Notes from the Rambler From the 1950s on, Dad got his sap supplies from Norman Anderson. He started by buying 100 3-gallon metal cherry pails and 100 used metal spiles. Our annual visit to get maple supplies was a real treat for us kids—to see a real maple syruping business in action! We congratulate Norman on his well-deserved selection to be featured in the American Maple Museum! Norman told me this spring that he reads the River Road Ramblings columns in the Leader and that he likes most of them, but occasionally there is one that isn’t so good. I didn’t dare ask him which ones he didn’t like. We pulled up the maple sap buckets on April 14. That is earlier than usual, but warmer and earlier springs seem to be the norm nowadays. Normally Orr Lake has been ice free about April 15. This year it was two weeks early. Three springs ago it opened at the end of March. Reports in Wisconsin are that this was a very good year with some producers getting double their normal yields. We did better than normal, however, for the third year in a row, the trees on the steep west hillsides did not run much. The bottom and tops of the hills were great. Our actual sap production all came within a 16-day period starting March 21 and ending April 13. During that time, some individual tap holes yielded 5 gallons of sap in 24 hours. We have final processing left; filtering, cooking to 66 percent sugar and bottling. We have about 70 gallons of syrup left to process. Every batch of syrup was very good quality and flavor this year. When syrup production numbers come in for North America, we will find out if the price will stay up or drop. It is good right now—so Steve Anderson says bring that surplus over to him. He prefers locally produced syrup.


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The spoilers Lately I’ve been thinking about my early school days in rural Oconomowoc. It wasn’t a little white schoolhouse with all eight grades in one room. It was a two-story stucco building with three big classrooms, a manual training shop for boys in the basement, a small home ec room for girls and separate restrooms for boys Abrahamzon and girls, with chemical toilets. Seventh and eighth grades were located on the top floor plus a large music room with a piano. Sometimes a stage was built there for Christmas programs or plays. An easel was set up in one area where we took turns painting our own masterpieces. I dreaded my turn at the easel as I soon found out that I was not an artist. One of my classmates was very talented. Her name was Friedeborg Mummbrauer and she was born in Africa to German parents. We were forever friends and she was my maid of honor at my wedding. I have dozens of her watercolors. Some landscapes, but her favorite subjects were birds and flowers, trees and small animals. She is gone now but I have a wealth of paintings. I was never jealous of her. We just knew she was our school artist. One year we put on an operetta and I was given the role of Spring. I wore a long green organdy gown and my father made me a little crown of spring flowers. I had a song to sing and I still remember the words: “I sing and I dance As I wend my way I sing and I dance Thru all the day. For life is my song It is life that I bring Life and a song That will go with spring.” The wooden stage was put together and set up in the music room and we rehearsed many days. But one day it was all spoiled when the mother of another student (we were called pupils in those days) said to another mother, “The only reason she got the part is because she’s got curly hair.” It was very hurtful and I went home and cried and told my mother, “I don’t event want that old part.” My mother said, “Don’t pay any attention to what she said. Just do your best.” But it was very hard. The joy had gone out of it. I never was a great athlete but acting was something I thought I could do. In high school, my best friend Marjorie and I were both in the play “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” I liked going to school and I liked my teachers and the classes. When I was a high school junior I was selected as a member of the


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National Honor Society. I thought my friends would be happy for me, but they were only angry (perhaps jealous). Marjorie was grounded and had to study the minute she got home. No more riding our bikes together or walking in the woods or playing tennis on a nearby court. I never wore the gold pin given to me. Nor did I wear my Quill and Scroll pin for journalism. I had learned that friends resent any awards that come your way. Marjorie took harder courses than I did with science and math. I took the required courses but I took mostly English and foreign languages. I even enjoyed Latin. Years later when I was grown up, I told Marjorie’s parents, “That was a terrible thing to do to us. Separate us so we were forever in competition.” We attended the same college in Milwaukee but lived in different dorms. Later we became friends again, and doubled-dated, and I introduced her to the man she married. When Marjorie died, I stood at her grave and wept for her and wept for us together and wept for myself without her. Both Friedeborg and Marjorie had moved to California and letters kept us connected. Why do we remember the hurtful things said in a lifetime? We should let them go. I had just introduced my husband to a so-called college friend. I was so happy and said afterward, “Isn’t he something?” She replied, “I wonder how you ever got him.” We were standing outside and I was so surprised, I couldn’t even think of an answer. Since then, I’ve thought of dozens of answers but the opportunity was gone. I remember what my mother said, “Just put it out of your mind. Overlook it.” Easier said than done. I guess most of us have experience with the spoilers in our lives. Perhaps such hurts help develop character but it is very hard. I am still vulnerable today, but who isn’t? Perhaps it’s part of being human. Good thought Count your garden by the flowers, Not the leaves that fall, Count your days by the golden hours, Don’t remember clouds at all. Until next week, Bernice

Music in the Park on schedule SIREN – Music in the Park in the band shell at Crooked Lake Park is on the schedule for every Thursday night in the summer, starting July 9 and ending Aug. 27. The hours are approximately 7-9 p.m. Various musicians from the area have already signed up for specific nights, starting with Brad Alden’s band, Cross Paths, in the spotlight Thursday, July 9. In addition to the music, there is an opportunity for nonprofit groups, churches, etc. to provide food and beverages for purchase at the band shell, which is located at the north end of Crooked Lake Park along Hwy. 35/70. Interested groups can contact Chris Moeller, chamber administrator, at the village hall. Building of the band shell turned into a four-year project for the Siren/Webster Rotary Club. The club presented the band shell to the village of Siren in a ceremony July 4, 2008. Music performances during the balance of the summer season were scheduled on an individual basis by renting the band shell from the village. Siren is already noted for its various arts programs

and is home to the Burnett Area Arts Group, better known as B.A.A.G. A regularly scheduled music program featuring noted area musicians will further enhance this image. Music in the Park will provide a family entertainment opportunity for Siren area residents and tourists, who will hopefully come into the village for extended weekends during the summer. The master schedule for each week is being coordinated by the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce. Musicians who have already accepted the opportunity to perform on Thursday nights include: Kevin McMullin from Sarona, Doug Crane, Intensive Care, Rex Cactus from Luck, the Bill Bittner Memorial Dixieland Band and the Indianhead Chorus Quartet. Addition concerts on the schedule at the band shell thus far include performances by the North Winds British Brass Band on June 23, the O’Brien Brothers from Hudson on June 28 and the Community Band just before the fireworks at the park July 4. – with submitted information

Organize a team for Luck Area ACS Run/Walk LUCK – Now is the time to get teams organized for the 14th-annual Luck Area American Cancer Society 1-, 3-, or 5-mile run/walk to be held Saturday, May 9, at Luck High School. There are no set numbers to have a team. If you need help setting up a team or have questions, contact Patti Mattson at 715-472-2654. Registration and pledge forms are available at Rural American Bank and Wayne’s Foods Plus. Preregistration is $5 and should be sent to Jaime Anderson, 1512 Lake Ave., Luck, WI 54853, or dropped off at Rural American Bank before May 4. You may also register on the day of the run/walk for $10 from 8 - 9 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., honorary chairpersons Beth Cunningham and Amy Fossum will lead the way. Each participant who brings in $25 or more in donations will receive a free round of golf at the Frederic Golf Course with one paid round, and if $60 or more is

raised, will receive a T-shirt the day of the event. Prizes for top fundraisers will be awarded. Many businesses in the area have “Foot A Buck” footprints available for $1. Consider purchasing one when you are in town. Tribute flags may be purchased for a $10 minimum donation. Send donations to Marcia Anderson, 1512 Lake Ave., Luck, WI 54853 or call her at 715-472-6478. These flags will line the beginning of the run/walk route with the name of the cancer victim or survivor. More than 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. With the communities support for this event, the ACS continues to fund research to discover new and better treatments, provide those battling cancer with access to information, and assist with cancer prevention and early detection. - submitted

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50 Years Ago Special at Glockzin’s Restaurant, Frederic, was onehalf fried chicken on Sunday, April 12, for $1. Also served was steak, shrimp, and the chow mein was delicious according to the ad.–Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included pork steak at 43¢ lb., pork roast at 35¢ lb., Gerber’s baby food at 10 for 87¢, and Campbell’s vegetable soup at two cans for 25¢.–Classified ads in the Leader were 20 words for 50¢.–The circulation of the Leader was 5,600.–It was Demonstration Day on April 9 at Milltown Cooperative Services of gas and electric ranges. Free coffee was served and there were door prizes.–Ken Java had fruit trees for $2.50 and readers were invited to order now. Raspberry and strawberry plants were also available.-Activities were in full swing at Bohn Sand and Gravel, north of Frederic.–Mrs. Christine Hammerstrom of Luck was looking forward to turning 100 on April 28 with open house at the Atlas Community Church. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Alm, Luck.–Bennie Ryss, 40, died April 13. He was employed at the Frederic Auto Co.–A Civil Defense Alert was observed on Friday, April 17, 1959.–Obituaries included Carrie Sherrard and Mae Maxwell.–Harry Skriver, Lewis was elected chairman of Polk County Board.

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William Proxmire spoke on “Governmental Problems and Issues” at the Bean Feed held Saturday, April 12, at the Amery Elementary School.–The film “The Paper Lion” was playing at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck.–A wedding dance was held April 12 at the Indian Creek Dance Hall sponsored by Irene Nelson and Ed Manosky.–There were more traffic accidents in the early days of spring.–A vacant barn on the Irwin Martens property south of Frederic was seriously damaged. The owner resided in Milwaukee and the place was rented by the Robert Coens who did not use the outbuildings or fields.–The Frederic Country Club discussed building plans.–Music students of Mrs. Karl Benson had a recital on April 17 at the Trade Lake Lutheran Church.–Les’s Store in South Siren had specials on boots, shoes, hip waders and chest waders, all new stock.–Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included spare ribs at 33¢ lb., sliced bacon at 45¢ lb., oranges at two dozen for 89¢ and cauliflower at 39¢ each.–Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included oranges at 30 for 97¢, ground chuck at 69¢ lbs., Colby cheese at 69¢ lbs., cake mixes at 4 for $1.–The new Ford Maverick was announced by Don Schwartz Ford, Inc., Luck.

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Obituaries included Dr. Charles Lindfield, Harry Schaar, Ernest Bauer, Roy Anderson and Elsie Christopherson.–The Frederic School sponsored a Read-In.–Fern Thompson celebrated 40 years as a Leader employee on March 20.–The film “Rain Man” was held over at the Auditorium Theatre, St. Croix Falls, with the last day on March 30.–The Frederic Bakery needed a baker’s assistant.–The junior high baseball program was approved at Luck.–The Youth Ministry was allowed to visit at the Webster School.–Orlin Anderson would gain the superintendent position at Webster according to an article written by Nancy Wardell.–Goods valued in the thousands was missing from the James McCain residence in Sand Lake.–Danbury Hardware served the area more than 50 years.–Wild horses were available for adoption.–A stock split was approved for Milltown Phone Company.–Siren, Webster and Danbury Girl Scouts celebrated the 77th birthday of the Girl Scouts on March 11.–Chad Lalor, a Webster student, had the rare experience of seeing his government in action in Washington, D.C.–Cushing residents questioned the priorities in state roadwork.–There was no approval yet for Cushing sewer.–An Eye-to-Eye story focused on Pat Jacobs: Career with EMS rewarding.–Frederic students were surveyed on drug and alcohol use.



866-4334 Rod and Millie Hopkins arrived home on Monday after spending the winter months in Mission, Texas. With them was Millie’s sister, Vera Tromberg, who was spending a few days visiting before returning to her home in Virginia, Minn., on Sunday. Their sister, Marion Peterson, came and spent a few days visiting before returning to Brent, S.D., where her husband, Don, is in a nursing home after having a third stroke. I was informed that attendance at Tuesday’s evening meal was fantastic and everyone enjoyed Nicky’s roast turkey dinner with salad bar and cheesecake for dessert. I wasn’t able to be there because of illness, but dear friend Margel Ruck brought my meal home for me and I ate it in bits and pieces over the next several days. I am grateful that God has blessed me with such wonderful friends. The player count at dime Bingo was down on Wednesday with only eight ladies playing, but they still had a good time and they enjoyed the refreshments furnished by Theresa Gloege. The Webster Lioness Club met for their Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. Well, the reports are in, and from what I’m told our spaghetti dinner fundraiser was a big hit. A lot of folks turned out for dinner, and the show ran smoothy, thanks to all the helping hands. Two young ladies, in particular, worked circles around the shelter staff and volunteers; Laurel Kannenberg and Keisha Roy were said to be “like two bumblebees” going from table to table serving food and drinks, cleaning up, and making sure everyone had what they needed. They stopped only long enough to pose for a picture, and I’d like to share it with you this week. Thanks, girls, for doing such a wonderful job; and also to the Moose members for doing all the cooking. Heyyyyyy... wait just a minute here. How come a dog isn’t allowed in the kitchen, but they can have moose standing in there cooking spaghetti? That sounds dangerous! Boy, that just doesn’t seem fair at all, or else I’ve got a lot to learn. You know what else isn’t fair? I didn’t even get a doggie bag brought home to me with any leftovers. I think my mom must have eaten everything because, the next day, she bent over to tie her shoes and ripped the whole hind end out of her pants! I didn’t want to laugh in front of her and draw any scorn, so I scratched at the door to be let out, and then I laughed my hackles off outside. Way to go, Mom. I guess you need to walk me some more this week. Ha! Anyway, I’m glad to know so many people came to help out my friends. That was nice. You know what I think? I think next year they should add a Michael Vick dunk tank to the fundraiser. I bet that would net us enough money to build another wing onto the shelter, and he’ll be out of the penalty box by then, too! (Hey, I didn’t get to be your shelter correspondent by thinking small.) The shelter staff would also like me to mention this week how grateful they are to the caring folks at the Siren Senior Center for their donations of supplies and for helping to raise money for the dogs and cats. They brought a load of food, laundry stuff, and other supplies, and they like to spend time with my furry pals. Do they allow dogs at the senior center? My eldest brother wants to know if he can come and have lunch and hang out. He says I and my other brother are a couple of rammy goofballs, and he’d like to spend an afternoon not worrying about being accidently whacked in the head with a stick. (Did I do that?) Speaking of being whacked with sticks, I got a letter from former shelter resident puppy Gatekeeper. He was a tiny pup who was left, overnight, tied to the shelter’s front gate during a bad snowstorm. That’s how he got his name. Anyhow, he’s been gone just about a year now and has been raised into a handsome young lad who now tips the scales at 74 pounds! He changed his name to Kodiak, and said his favorite pastime is finding the biggest stick he can get his chops around, and then whacking people in the legs with it as he runs past them. I think we must be somehow related! Letters like that just tickle me, and if you come and look at the shelter’s bulletin board of “Happy Tails,” you will see all kinds of newsy letters from adopted pets, as well as lots of pictures of dogs and cats reclining on their furniture at home. It pleases me to know I’m not the only dog with dibs on a favorite couch.

monthly dinner, on Thursday evening at the Webster Community Center. Which was catered by Marilyn Meyer of Emily’s, American Legion Auxiliary President June Dopkins made a presentation on Wisconsin Badger Girls State and the decision was made for the Lioness Club to sponsor one Webster High School junior class girl with a $325 scholarship. The Siren Lioness Club will be holding a Wisconsin Lioness District 27-E1 officer training on Saturday, June 6, at the Siren Senior Center. Harold Peterson, Ken Hayes, Dave Wardean, Pat O’Brien and Earl Boelter were happy to have Rod Hopkins back home again to play pool with them on Thursday evening. Due to the absence of several of the ladies attending the Lioness meeting and others being ill, evening cards was cancelled. Gladys Beers was happy to have daughter Darlene and Roy Rogers of Menasha visiting her throughout the week. They also all took a trip up to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our get-well wishes and prayers go out to Don Peterson, Theresa Gloege, Bernie Boelter, Olive Gehrke and others who are ill or reHere are a couple of newcomers who are looking for a couch to sleep on themselves: Abby was a stray brought in from the Wood Lake area. She is a fox terrier and estimated to be around 3 years old. She is very, very cute and has nice eyes, like me. I think if her owners don’t find her, she already has someone wants to take her YAPpenings who home. Raven is a s h e p h e r d mix, young, who was a surrender. She was still getting the once-over when I was at the shelter, so I didn’t get to see much of her. I will have to tell you a little more about her next week. One of the three big-dog hombres went home this week - Hamlet; and so did pint-sized Vinny ... well, maybe Vinny is Regardless, George and quart-sized. Cooper are still waiting; and keeshond-mix puppy Truman is busy trying to squeeze himself through the gates when he sees someone who just might pet him. He’s a cutie pie, about 5 or 6 months old, and real fuzzy. I still have cat pals waiting, too. Amy, Tynan and Noah have been waiting such a long time; and even though Scamper is a recent addition, he is pining away for a loving home himself. That boy sticks to humans like glue! If you missed out on the spaghetti dinner, or even if you didn’t, you can still make plans to attend another fundraiser that is taking place Saturday, May 30. The shelter’s second-annual wine and cheese tasting event will be held again at Trade River Winery, near Grantsburg. Locally made wine, and cheese from Burnett Dairy ... mmmm! Since it will be held outdoors, I am not barred from attending this one. I don’t drink wine, but, oh, do I love cheese! I’m a Wisconsin dog, after all. I will tell you all you need to know, and more, in the weeks to come. For now, I have to run - someone’s putting their shoes on and grumbling, so it looks as though I’m in for a long walk. Look out, tree rats, here I come! Make way for spring, everybody, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time. 715-866-4096.

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covering from surgery. Everyone loves a secret. Do you remember saying as a child “I know something that you don’t know!” in an effort to tease a brother or sister, or a playmate? Many cults use the lure of secrets to charm the unwary into their web of lies. In Biblical days “mystery religions” were sprouting up all over. People outside of these cliques didn’t have a clue what went on inside; and people on the inside believed they knew the secrets of the universe. Apostle Paul says in Colossians 2:2 “My purpose is … that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ.” When Paul writes about mystery, he is not talking about an Agatha Christie-style mystery where God is


sitting up there spinning a tale to confuse us. What he is saying is, “Look, do you really want to understand how the universe is put together? Do you really want to know the mystery of God? Then come to Christ. Christ is the mystery of God; Christ is the one who unveils God.” Commit yourself to Christ, and you’ll begin to understand what you never understood before – who God really is. I know my Savior liveth, for I feel him in my soul. “All things bright and beautiful, all things great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” – Alexander. See you at the center!

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Jan, Caleb and Hannah Schott were Friday night and Saturday visitors of Don and Lida Nordquist. Chad Harrison came to visit Nina and Lawrence Hines Saturday. Dave, April, Patty and Mandy Close and Don and Melba Denotter visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen on Saturday. A number of Otis and Mangelsen relatives from this area attended the benefit for Ann (Otis) Briese held at The Tac Saturday. Ann is

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the daughter of Lyle Otis. Saturday visitors of Donna and Gerry Hines were Brian and Justin Hines, Barry, Josh and Olivia Hines, and Ervin and Rod Moser. Marlene Swearingen visited there on Sunday. Several from this area attended the fundraiser at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church Saturday evening. Congratulations to Lawrence and Nina Hines who won a quilt in a raffle drawing there.

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Spades was played at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 13, with the following winners: Willis Williams in first place, Arnie Borchert in second place, Marlyce Borchert in third place and Roger Greenly in fourth place. Tuesday is Whist day. All week the pool table keeps busy in the morning. The coffeepot is on for early morning coffee gathering. A good way to start the day. Wednesday is Pokeno. A good group of gals enjoy playing together. Other cards also being played and coffee time enjoyed by all. Thursday 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. with the following winners: Nina Vold in first place, Ed Berdal in second place, Shirley Sandquist in third place and Marlyce Borchert in fourth place. Pokeno group meets at 7 p.m. on Friday and they always have a good time.

Saturday food and fellowship with a rib buffet dinner. Cards and coffee refreshment time. Executive board meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Get-well recovery wishes to Clareece Marek who fell at her apartment Thursday. Monday, April 20, at 3 p.m. coffee time, we celebrated Frances Kurskowski’s 87th birthday. Frances volunteers many hours at our center. Saturday food and fellowship is an activity that she works hard at to make our Saturdays an enjoyable time for our seniors. Frances also volunteers and is active in many community organizations. What soup is to body, laughter is to soul. Come to our center and join with us to enjoy good times. Good food and good company make a happy situation.

Burnett Community Library The new afternoon craft group will begin on Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. on the lower level of the library. They are eagerly looking for new crafters to join the group. Bring your own project to work on and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of crafting and conversation! Oscar Taylor Unit 96 American Legion Auxiliary generously donated $100 to the library for special children’s programming. The staff plans to put this donation toward starting an early literacy program (birth - two years.) Please call Patti at 715-866-7697 if you and your child would like to get involved in this. The library celebrated National Library Week on April 12-18. The highlight of the week was greeting the kindergarten through second-grade students as they toured the library and listened to a good story. Michael Perry will be speaking at the Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association annual spring conference at the Lodge in Siren on Saturday morning, May 2, at 9:45 a.m. The cost at the door is $12 but admission can be purchased in advance for $10 from Carolyn Marquardt at 715-349-8005. Students cost is $5. There were plans to close the library on both Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29, for inventory. Now it looks like it might be done in one day (April 28). Preschool story time is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. - everyone welcome. A summer reading program for school children is being planned, to last all summer.

New books for children

Blacky’s a big fan of Laurel Kannenberg (L) and Keisha Roy (R). – Photo submitted

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“Hurry Up and Slow Down,” by Layn Marlow; “Junie B. Jones (Books 1-25),” by Barbara Park; “Warrior’s Super Edition: Firestar’s Quest,” “Warriors: Into the Wild No. 1,” “Warriors: Fire and Ice No. 2,” “Warriors: Forest of Secrets No. 3,” “Warriors: Rising Storms No. 4,” “Warriors; A Dangerous Path No. 5,” and “Warriors: The Darkest Hour No. 6,” by Erin Hunter; “The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Twenty-Third Psalm,” by Gennadii Spirin.

New books for adults

“First Family,” by David Baldacci; “Just Take My Heart,” by Mary Higgins Clark; “Loitering with Intent,” by Stuart Woods; “The Last Indian War; The Nez Perce Story,” by Elliott West; “Old City Hall,” by Robert Rotenberg; “Malice,” by Lisa Jackson; “Execution Dock,” by Anne Perry; “Pretty Birds,” by Scott Simon; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee; “Secret,” by Beverly Lewis; “From Dead to Worse,” by Charlaine Harris; “Rebel Waltz,” by Kay Hooper; “Inheritance,” by Tamera Alexander; “Love to Last Forever,“ by Tracie Peterson; “A Promise to Believe In,” by Tracie Peterson; “Don’t Look Twice,” by Andrew Gross; “The Apothecary’s Daughter,” by Julie Klassen; “Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It and Why It Matters,” by Charles Colson; “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson; “The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror,” by Beverly Gage; “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” by Jeff Guinn; “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee,” by Allen Barra; “Galway Bay,” by Mary Pat Kelly; “Irish Tweed,” by Andrew M. Greeley. Milltown, WI



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653-4281 The United Methodist Men united on Sunday to conduct the entire service loosely referred to as “Hour of Hilarity” with a few jokes, Scripture reading, hymn singing and a serious message by John Glockzin. It is amazing how the church men have come out of themselves and feel at home up front in the sanctuary, in the church kitchen, and serving in the fellowship hall. Good for them. They recently donated a sizable amount to the Marilyn Sederlund benefit coming up and the Frederic Food Shelf, too. Visitors at church are often surprised by the number of men in the church choir. In the past

Sunday’s service the men sang without the ladies. The UMW did help bake sweets for the coffee time following Sunday’s service. The UMM received more than their share of applause on Sunday. Two of the men, John Boyer and Scott Nelson, have received gold pins as being active, faithful United Methodists, and many more men deserve the honor. Donations are being accepted for an allchurch rummage sale on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. both days, at the Lewis church. Wanted are clean clothes in good shape, books, jewelry and

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miscellaneous items. (Please, no large appliances or TVs or electronics.) Church helpers are welcome to volunteer. For information contact Bernice Abrahamzon. Anyone wanting to help, please come Wednesday morning, April 29, to set up. Tables need to be set up. Help may also be needed on Thursday, April 30. It is always fun to set up, with impromptu style shows, sharing of snacks and lots of good fellowship. As if the week isn’t already full enough, there will be a Jam Session on Saturday, May 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Lewis church. Good

Cloverton-Markville The fire training meeting held in Duxbury, Minn., last week brought out four ClovertonMarkville volunteers, Darren Heidbreder, Don Mishler, Al Wolf and Dave Baker. Chief Mike McCullen led the group in undergoing a controlled burn and practicing drafting from Crooked Creek. Newcomers to the department who attended were Patrice Winfield, Glen Williamson and Jerry Danielson. Business meeting at Duxbury Store at 7 p.m. Other than that, a flurry of Easter activities dominates the news out here in our little townships. Marlene and Don Mishler hosted all of Don’s children and their families. The meal was a wonderful potluck affair with loads of delicious dishes supplementing the traditional ham. A special treat for Marlene was receiving a lovely tulip plant from Brian and Robin Mishler. Last Thursday, the Mishlers joined other Otis is a 1-1/2year-old, neutered male yellow Lab waiting for his forever home at Arnell Humane Society. He has been waiting patiently for seven weeks, going for walks with Ed the Dog Walker, chasing toys in the exercise pen and looking forward to his evening biscuit, blanket and stuffed Kong. Otis isn’t one to complain, but enough is enough. The shelter is a temporary fix to his bigger problem. Otis needs a home. If you are looking for a yellow Lab with energy and drive in a handsome package, Otis is the dog for you. He came to the

friends for a surprise birthday party at Jan and Gary’s Cafe in Sandstone, Minn., for Grace Johnson. Grace was a high school classmate of Don’s. Other party-goers at this event were Peg and Clint Coveau, Elaine and Don Kelch, and Evelyn Johnson. Elaine is the daughter of former Cloverton resident Dorothy Dumas. Everyone had a really nice time. Sandi and Dave Drake spent Easter Sunday at the home of their daughter, Patty, in Anoka, Minn. Everyone in the family was there except for grandson Josh who is still attending Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. Shirley and Jerry Blokzyl went to the Easter Breakfast at the senior center in Siren on Good Friday. Then on Easter Day, his son Mike and wife, Shelley, came up from Lindstrom, Minn., for a wonderful family meal and get-together. After that, the Blokzyl’s spent four days in

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shelter as a stray with some training under his collar. With his drive and focus, Otis would make a good hunting dog or a family dog with a yardful of varmints to keep tabs

Winona visiting his sister Arlene Olson. Pam, Pete and Tom Ellwein swooped Clara Lilly up on Easter Sunday and took her to Sandstone, Minn., where they all had an enjoyable day at the home of Pam’s daughter, Jessie Clennon, and her family. A special treat was watching the kids hunt for Easter eggs. Deloris Schirmer was pleasantly surprised when she took her little laptop computer in to CyBert PC in Askov, Minn., and they fixed it on the spot. It had been running quite slowly. Take note that two cemetery cleanup days have been scheduled. Cloverton has set Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m., while Arna’s will be on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 9 a.m. Dave and I enjoyed a quiet Easter at home. I cooked a ham dinner with all of the trimmings and he cooked maple syrup (not as part of the meal, however). Start working the soil, wherever you are. on. Otis needs something to do and finding a new home is his chance to get on with it. Stray dogs have filled the dog kennel. The lucky ones were reclaimed by their owners but many have been left behind to find new homes. Rupert is a chocolate Lab/rott mix. He is a big, and I mean big, sweet hunk of a dog. Rupert is just under one year and loves attention. He is a big baby with a big heart. Captain is an older black and white springer spaniel. He, too, is a gentle, sweet dog. Captain is dreaming of taking you on walks you wouldn’t have taken before, in a field near you. Buck is a smart, neutered male black Lab, possibly a mix. He walks well on leash and has the youthful energy of a pup to play and run. Though Buck is young, he has the calm reserve of a thoughtful friend. We all like

vocal and instrumental groups and individuals. Come and have fun and enjoy good music. We’re not finished yet, as Confirmation Sunday will be observed Sunday, May 3, at the Lewis church. Siren has several confirmands, and Lewis has a very special girl, McKenna Cook, daughter of Kerry and Linda Cook. Happy for her. Other young people in church, Ethan Cook and Kaylene Johnson, have already been confirmed and joined the Lewis church. That same weekend of May 1 and 2 is the date of the state spring writers conference at the Lodge, Siren. Local writers are happy to draw the WRWA this far “up north.” For information, contact Denis Simonsen. Local residents are waiting for rain so the landscape will “green up” and inspire the garden lover’s soul. Yard sales are beginning to pop up in the area. Skonewood had a big sale over the past weekend. Did you miss that one? Be alert now and consult the Indianhead shopper or Inter-County Leader. Map out your itinerary with yellow shopper in hand. Congratulations to Pastor Tom Cook and his wife, Jane, on the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Open house will be held at the Siren United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. Members of the Lewis UM Church are assisting. Remember, too, the benefit for Marilyn Sederlund on Sunday, April 26, from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Frederic High School. Some members of the Lewis church are on the planning committee and many are assisting with food, etc.

Buck a lot. Tippy is a wonderful, generous, sensitive, loving border collie-collie mix. I can’t say enough good things about Tippy. She is a great dog. Tippy is good with kids, cats and other dogs. She is super-sweet. At 4 years of age, she is past her puppy tantrums and ready to settle in to a home with plenty of love to give and get in return. Also available is Tiny the rottweiler, Santana the cocker, Stella the heeler, Jackson the retriever, Edmund the beagle, Gus the chow mix and Cola the black pup. In the cat room, Star, Sylvia and Simon, all mitted classic orange tabbies, and Boone, the threelegged gentleman, anxiously await your visit. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) and online:

Siren Senior Center I want to apologize. I did give credit where credit was due, but there were a lot more people involved, when I had mentioned that Jane Wilcox had donated a utility cart for use in the kitchen and was informed that she was just the messenger and that I should have thanked the Siren Lioness’ for the donation. Gratitude is extended to these ladies - you have been so generous to our senior center and we appreciate it. While I am thanking people, Judy Peterson and an anonymous donor contributed two bags full of books for our library. Thank you, and remember that we are still looking for any Westerns that you have lying around. We have a donation sheet now, so please sign it and mentioned what you have donated so we can thank you properly. The good news at the center is that Don Brand has misplaced his walker and is now cruising around with a cane. It won’t be long and he will be jogging in the parking lot. Keep up the good work Don. The Dining at Five dinner will be held on Thursday, May 7. This dinner will be honoring all of the volunteers for the past year. Just from the Siren area alone, our home delivery

drivers contributed 20,206 miles, and our volunteers, 278.5 hours of their time. I guess it is only appropriate that CeCe would have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, thanking all of the drivers and volunteers. She is serving roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad bar, cranberries, vegetable and dessert and of course coffee and milk. The signup sheet is out so please stop in and reserve your spot or call 715-349-7810 or 715349-2845.

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All of our activities have had good attendance this past week, due to the weather and the homecoming of all our snowbirds. Thirty people turned out for 500 on Wednesday. The winners were Dick Kleptka, Ron Yourchuck, Dean Elkin, Dorothy Cronquist and Flo Antiel. We had 23 playing Spades on Friday and the winners were Inez Pearson, Ron Yourchuck, Arvid Pearson, Clara Palomaki and Sue Newberger. A reminder that we play Dime Bingo on

Tuesday, 500 on Wednesday and Spades on Friday and all of these activities begin at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun. Also the pool table is available every morning. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. Stay healthy and stop in and have a cup of coffee with us.

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Fran Krause LaVonne O’Brien met her cousin, Virginia, for lunch in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Later they enjoyed the flower show at Macys. Sunday afternoon visitors with Jack and LaVonne were Tom and Becky O’Brien. HCE members of the Odds and Ends and Harmony clubs hosted an international dinner and program at the government center Thursday evening for the foreign exchange

students and their host families in the Webster School District. Reeny Neinstadt and Sharon Panek were in Rice Lake on Thursday. Bud and Natalie Flagstad, and children Brianna and Brendon, enjoyed the Jose Cole Circus at Webster Sunday afternoon. The Brad Peterson family entertained family and friends for dinner Thursday evening

to celebrate Spencer’s 17th birthday. Spencer bagged a turkey over the weekend. Several ladies for Orange attended the salad luncheon and trunk show from Peggy’s Fashion Rack at the Moose on Wednesday.

SCF Senior Center Last week was very busy at the senior center. Tuesday there were 29 players for 500 cards with the winners: Don Benson, Roger Greely, Jeannie Tomforda, Jim Anderson and Ken Johnson. Mary Lou and Jack Lund won the 9 bid. Domino winners were: Donna Schlosser, George and Ion Meixner. Thursday was our monthly meeting with potluck lunch. Our speaker was Linda

Shurden, R.N., the program director of the Wound Healing Center in Amery. Thursday 500 card winners were: Rick Hustand, Irvin Bird, Brenel Ward, Shirley Sims and Deloy Olson. Lloyd Knutson and Irvin Bird were the 9-bid winners. Friday was Bingo with Gladys Weikert winning the coverall. May birthdays of members are: Clarence Johnson, Darryl Nelson, Har-

riet Peterson, Lloyd Knutson, Marcella Frokjer, Emma Klawitter, James Lunde, John Brown and Marian Edler. Our thoughts are with Carol VanBuskirk and Cliff Qualle. Stop in for coffee and treats, and get a schedule of the activities for the next month. We are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spring is finally here. Time to enjoy the weather after a long winter.


Thank you to the local fire department and volunteers who helped to put out our grass fire on Gabrielson Lake Road on Sat., April 11. Thank you for your quick response: First Responders, Frederic, Grantsburg, Luck, Cushing & DNR. 483170 35LP

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Birth announcements Grant (formerly of Frederic) and Dawn Norman of New York are the proud parents of a daughter, Sofie Rose, born April 12, 2009. Sofie weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 19-1/2 inches long. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Dallas James Johnson, born April 7, 2009, to Belinda LacQuay and Dallas Johnson, Centuria. Dallas weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Jasmine Lynn Belland, born April 8, 2009, to John and Jessica Belland, Grantsburg. Jasmine weighed 4 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Brennan James Shafer, born April 8, 2009, to William and Amanda Shafer, Siren. Brennan weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. •••

A boy, Anthony Olivier Joseph Burns, born April 13, 2009, to Bernadette and William Burns, Luck. Anthony weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz. •••

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A boy, Ashtin Edward Roy, born April 14, 2009, to Jeannie Jaeger and Troy Roy of Danbury. Ashtin weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Ashtin’s siblings include Callie, Taylor, Tevin, Reign and Ayden. Grandparents are Kay Jaeger of Siren and Linda and Bob Roy of Racine. ••• A girl, Rowan Lyn Jones, born April 17, 2009, to Jessica Jones, Webster. Rowan weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. •••

Luck Senior Center by Kathy Mueller

It’s been a quiet week at the center except for Friday, when the old and restless were particularly restless. We had a large group for lunch, and they were a little noisy. They were having a lot of fun. There was a lot of laughing, and I don’t even remember what was so funny. There was some discussion about Silpa and Marlene’s celebration of their birthdays. I understand they painted the village of Siren red – no, purple – last Wednesday evening. Well, a belated Happy Birthday to Silpa and Marlene. Marlys Pedersen also has an April birthday, so the same for Marlys. We have our crafts get-together this coming Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. We have our crafts gathering every second and fourth Thursday at 1p.m. Bring whatever you are

working on and show it off. Then have a cup of coffee, cookie and enjoy the visiting. TOPS meets at the center every Tuesday evening. The rock club meets every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The next meeting for the rock club will be Monday, May 4. We have foot care by Trudy every second Wednesday of the month. Call for an appointment. We are planning a special event for June. We will have a men’s breakfast on Saturday, June 20, at 9 a.m. Save the date. Any men are welcome to attend, but we will need people to sign up in advance. We will be asking for a donation. Our own Marlene, I call her a master cook, will be planning and cooking the meal, so it will be good.

Interstate Park news Moss walk The Friends of Interstate Park are hosting a moss walk on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., beginning at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Meet local plant ecologist and botanist Barb Delaney for an easy walk at a snail’s pace. Absorb yourself in the miniature world of mosses and lichens. Look for liverworts and spikemoss, too. Learn how they grow, how they survive and reproduce. Recognize common species that occur in the forest. The walk will take place rain or shine! Preregistration is required and attendance is limited to 12 people. The fee is $5/nonmembers, $3/Friends members. A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required to enter the park. “Birds in Flight” program at Wisconsin Interstate Park The Friends of Interstate Park invite you to their annual Spring Gathering of Friends Tuesday evening, April 28, at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. This spring the Friends are offering area children, parents and other adults an opportunity to learn about birds in flight from renowned birder and author Carrol Henderson. Every day we see birds in flight – crows, bluejays, chickadees, hummingbirds, and even bald eagles. While we enjoy the birds, we don’t often take time to think about how birds flap, glide, soar and hover. The principles of physics that we may have found boring in school come to life in this presentation by nongame wildlife Program supervisor and wildlife biologist Carrol Henderson, who shares his photos of birds taken around the world. With photos of albatrosses, condors, hummingbirds, raptors from Africa, and loons from Minnesota, he will share his fascination with flight and the secrets of flight that allow the birds to fly. Carrol Henderson has been the nongame wildlife program supervisor in

the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1977. He and his wife Ethelle have led birding tours around the world since 1987, visiting New Zealand, Africa, and countries throughout Central and South America. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m., when the children are invited to a special half hour of show-and-tell as Henderson shows bird wings and tells how birds are able to fly. At 7 p.m., there will be free refreshments provided by the Friends of Interstate Park. The “Birds in Flight” program with Henderson’s photos of birds from around the world will begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The Friends of Interstate Park is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation of the human and natural history of Interstate Park by enhancing the park’s interpretive program. Morning bird walks Migrant songbirds are returning to northern Wisconsin and Interstate Park. Many species of birds will remain here while others are passing through on their way further north. Don’t miss the opportunity to view and listen to these messengers of spring. Join Robin Maercklein of the National Park Service for a two-hour morning bird walk on Silverbrook Trail from 7-9 a.m. Saturdays, May 2, 9 and 16. Meet at the Pines Group Camp at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Annual passes for 2009 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for nonresidents. To preregister or for more information contact Julie Fox, Interstate Park naturalist, at 715-483-3747. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35, just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8.

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The elusive black bear or bears in my backyard made another appearance during the night last Thursday. Even though the dirt was too dry to see any of the paw prints, the bear did leave its marks on the patio door glass with its paws and nose. You don’t suppose it’s trying to do the same as I am, trying to get a glimpse of the people who built a house in its neck of the woods? I would like to know for sure if this is my little peewee I caught glimpses of during the last summer months. If it is, is it a female and was she big enough to have a cub? Congratulations to elementary student Nathaniel Wakefield-Dougherty, middleschooler Elizabeth Brown and high schooler Kristen Saxton for being chosen Siren school’s students of the week. The Siren Methodist Church men’s group met last Saturday, April 18, for their monthly meeting/breakfast. They finalized the menu for the food and friends community dinner they will be serving on Tuesday, April 28, and the upcoming Swedish breakfast in May. The

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church yard work was left for another day. Sympathy to the family of Roger Reid, who passed away March 24. There is a benefit/raffle with music coming up this Saturday, April 25, at The Tap in Webster for Denni Doriot-Brown starting at 4 p.m. This event will help with Denni’s medical bills. If you are planning a first-time vegetable garden project this year or are an old hand at the game, there will be a seminar on vegetable gardening at the Wood River Garden Store west of Alpha on Hwy. 70, Saturday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m. Come and learn the newest ideas and tricks to gardening or give those who are starting out this year your tried-and-true ideas. Gardening is a great way to supplement your family’s groceries and get exercise at the same time. There was a good crowd at the Burnett County Moose Lodge last Saturday night for the Burnett County Humane Society spaghetti feed.

Webster/Siren Comm. Education AARP Safe Driving. Friday, May 1, 1 – 5:30 p.m. at the Burnett County Government Center. Fee: $14/$12 AARP members. For more information call 715-349-7070. Design Your Own Web Site. WITC #42103-482. Class # 25614. Five classes, Thursday, May 7 to June 4, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Siren High School. Fee: $28.26/$4 Sr. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of MS Word. Preregistration required. Call 715-349-7070. Investing: Women and Investing (also Charitable Giving). Monday, May 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Siren High School. Fee: Free. Preregistration required. Call 715-349-7070. Responsible Beverage Service. WITC #47-311-400. Class # 24331. Monday, May 11, 6 – 10 p.m., at the Siren High School. Fee: $20/$10.29 Sr. Preregistration required. Call 715-349-7070. Photoshop Elements. WITC #42-103-493. Class # 25625. Four classes, May 12 to June 2, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Siren High School Fee: $23.41/$4 Sr. Preregistration required. Call

715-349-7070. First Aid/CRP: Certification or Refreshers. Two classes, Wednesday, May 14 – May 20, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Siren High School. Fee: $40. This course includes pediatric and adult first aid and CPR. Intended for people expected to respond to emergencies in the workplace & required to obtain/renew certification. Preregistration required. Call 715349-7070. Family Directed Home Funerals. Monday, May 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Siren High School. Fee: Free. Preregistration required. Call 715-349-7070. Healthcare Provider CPR Certifications/Refreshers. Thursday, May 28, 6 – 9 p.m. (First certifications), 6 – 8 p.m. (refresher). Fee: $30/first certifications/$20 refresher. This refresher training is for healthcare providers expected to obtain/renew their certification. Preregistration required. Call 715-349-7070.

Exchange students become teachers at HCE event

Having a good time Thursday evening at the international dinner before teaching their hosts of the Burnett County Home and Community Education clubs were (L to R): Pare Seepheung, Chiara Colalelli, Jan Lapple, Punatnon Kitzanayothin, Angelica Perez and Niels VanVliet. - Photo submitted WEBSTER - Six Webster High School students from Germany, Colombia, Thailand, Italy and Chile became teachers Thursday evening at the Second-Annual International Dinner, sponsored by Burnett County Home and Community Education. After a dinner of foods from their homelands, as prepared by HCE dinner hosts, the students told of their homelands and hometowns, including photos and graphic illustrations. They added understanding to their presentations by contrasting their home experiences with what they have encountered in the United States. The students are living with Websterarea families. Punnatnon Kitsanayothin, from Thailand, is sharing her U.S. experience with Dean and Chris Phernetton. Pare Seephueng, also Thai, is with his

host family, Dr. John and Tammy Ingalls. Niels VanVliet, from Belgium, is with the Roger Leef family. Chiara Colalelli, from Italy, is spending her school year with Shawn and Brenda Rachner and family. Jan Lapple, from Germany, is living with Aaron and Julie Strang. Angelica Perez, a Colombian, is living with host parents Allen and Julie Steiner. - submitted


Pioneer Memoirs This is another installment of a publication of memoirs written in 1947 by Frederic pioneer Alice Dahlin Lund. - Editor by Alice Dahlin Lund

In the year 1876, a young man named John Carlson rented the living room of a farmhouse and started the first store in West Sweden. He bought most of his goods from a firm in Minneapolis, Minn., on credit. He was called Trader Carlson, as he seldom paid cash for his merchandise. Once he was badly in debt. He promised the concern he would pay the bill in full if given a little time. Carlson traded with the Indians, and now as his credit was becoming bad, he packed some beads, bright prints, shawls, blankets and other things of interest to the Indians. He made his home with them for a while, trapping with them, learning their language and gaining their friendship. He traded for highpriced furs and in a short time brought them to Minneapolis, making about $2,000 on them. He paid his old bill and bought a new shipment. The room in the farmhouse became too small for his business, so he built a large store in Trade Lake and lived there for many years. He always remained a king in the eyes of the Indians, who came from far and near to trade with him, as he could speak their language. He was so well liked by them, he could take advantage of them and make them go home well satisfied. One day when I was in the store, he ran into a little trouble with two of his lady customers. He had sold identical pans to them, but had not charged the same price. The one having paid more for her pan came back and in loud words told him how he had overcharged her. “My dear lady,” he said smoothly, “I am so sorry, I will give you this pan free. I make such bad mistakes.” He refunded the money, winking at me as much as to say, “I will get that back another way.”

Once he came to visit my husband and me. Dad, who was a worrying type, was sort of complaining that things were not going so well. Carlson said, “I tell you, Willie, if you feel yourself sliding backward, just bite your teeth together and spit on your hands, and take a better hold. A man that gives up, is bound to slide back, a determined man will always get there.” (Bara holl i a dra du so gar da) The next store was set up by Gust and Charles Hedwall, in 1889. They carried everything from pins to farm equipment. They bought syrup, molasses, flour, sugar and apples by the barrel. When we wanted to buy either syrup or molasses, we brought our own pail. When the weather was cold, it would take almost half an hour to get a gallon pail full of syrup drawn from the barrel. In the summertime it would often ferment and foam would run all over the floor. We bought it anyway, for it was sold cheaper and it could be used for cookies and gingerbread. A farmer bought a whole barrel of syrup with a faucet attached. One evening he sent one of his sons down the cellar to draw enough syrup for breakfast. The syrup was running slowly, so the boy hung the pail on the faucet and did something else. He forgot all about it, so the syrup was left running all night. The next morning his father went down the cellar for something and stepped into the sticky mess. The barrel was empty, the floor was sticky, the man was cross and I will wager the boy was plenty scared. Before we had a store, the post office was in a farmhouse. We only got our mail once a week, and it was our amusement after a week of hard work to walk

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three miles to get the mail on Saturdays, as we met many young folks from all four directions. During the summer months we would all get together in a nice spot along the road and build a bonfire, sitting around on stumps and windfalls, singing songs and telling stories. Some of the boys would bring harmonicas or accordions and play for us. In the winter, two bachelors were very kind and would let us come to their homes and dance and play games free of charge. They seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. Often the old folks would grumble a little because we did not come right home with the paper, so they could read the story before they went to bed. Sunday morning we all had to go to church, so there was little chance to read the paper until Sunday afternoon or evening. After some time, the Hedwall Store was bought by our friend, Carl W. Peterson, who enlarged the store little by little. He is still running the store, having a good business. He does not have the post office, as mail is now delivered by rural mail carriers, and missing is the old heating stove and the men who gathered around it. It is wonderful how much as been accomplished in a span of 75 years. Most of the farmers are quite prosperous, and have modern homes and barns. In one corner of our township there is an incorporated village with churches, a grade school, a union-free high school, a hospital, three good doctors, a good dentist, a beautiful theater, a recreation room, a cannery, a creamery, pickle factory, a nice bakery, several nice restaurants and service stations. There are stores of all types to accommodate the public. It is a lovely little village, and is noted for being a little city in a small town. Lovely people have made it so. I am all alone in my hotel apartment this evening. In fact, I think I am alone in the building. I am listening to the “Revival Hour” on the radio and writing my memoirs. The minister is preaching on the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation. They just finished singing

“Sweet Hour of Prayer.” It is one of my favorite songs. I like the words and I think it has a soothing melody. The sun is just sinking down behind the treetops. Children are playing in the yards and some men are enjoying a game of tennis. They have a court near my apartment. Seventy-one years ago only wild animals roamed in the wild woods in this very spot. The Indians did not even put their tents right here, for they always chose a place close to a lake or stream for their wigwams. I lived in this same township when I was a child, and raised my family only four miles northwest of here, so I know the country well. The lady who lives in the apartment below mine visited me this afternoon and we talked about old times while drinking our coffee. My mother and her mother-in-law came from Varmland, Sweden, so we had much to talk about. As I sit here looking back on the early days, I realized how much courage it really took to leave comfortable homes, friends and relatives and come here to settle on a piece of land full of Indians and wild animals. I marvel at the progress since then, as I sit here listening to my radio and am able to hear news from some of the towns where these settlers where born and spent their childhood. Seventy-five years ago it took two months to get mail from Sweden to our homes. Somehow, this evening reminds me of an evening on the old homestead when I was a small child. The same sun was then, as now, trying to spread its last rays on the treetops before setting for the night. We children were playing in our rather small yard. We dared not stray far away or the great trees would swallow us from sight. With the exception of our close neighbors, we seldom saw white people. We were more used to the Indians than we were the white settlers. – with information submitted by Brian Johnson’s family. – From Betty Fenton, director of public relations, Frederic Area Historical Society.

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library “The Rose Variations,” by Marisha Chamberlain

Beginning in 1975, Rose MacGregor arrives in St. Paul, Minn. She has been hired to teach music temporarily at a midwestern college. Bringing only her music, her cello and a few books, she embarks on a new life. She is the only woman in the music department, and her male counterparts call her “the girl composer.” She is focused on making music but also on finding relationships. Rose becomes involved with Alan, but their relationship is plagued with complications. Along the way, Rose gets tangled up in the troubled marriage of her friends and neighbors, a self-made stone mason, a lesbian cellist, and the struggles of her wayward, free-spirited younger sister. Chamberlain has crafted a fascinating read about a talented musician who hits a lot of wrong notes in her personal life.

Library notes

Story time kids enjoyed Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Bounce last week for National Library Week. Story time is held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories.

Friends of the Library give a nursery rhyme book to the first baby born during National Library Week at the Amery Regional Medical Center. This year the baby is a little girl, Hailey Anderson, whose parents are Amanda Goetz and Andrew Anderson of Centuria. Congratulations to you all. Otaku Club meets every Tuesday for kids who love manga, anime and gaming at 5 p.m. Teens Read meets on April 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith. Pick up a book at the circulation desk and join us if you are a teen for a snack and book talk. Still available at the Amery Area Public Library are Ameryopoly games, Amery Area Public Library T-shirts and Friends of the Library book bags. If you are looking for a gift with an Amery feel to it, stop in and check out these items which help fund the library expansion. If your class is having a reunion this summer, check with us to see about selling some of the games at your reunion.

Library hours

Hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Balsam Lake Library Story time Story time is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday, here at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. Draw a picture and win prizes – now through the April 18, pick up your coloring sheet at our library.

Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. –8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site http://www.balsamlake

Luck Library Go Green at your library

April 22 is Earth Day. The first 100 checkouts at the Luck Library on April 22 get a free green bag. Reuse it at the grocery store, the co-op, the hardware store and of course all your local public libraries. The library will be giving free tutorials Sunday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. Russ Hanson will be helping people learn how to search on If you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogical research, come to the library Sunday afternoons. Russ is the expert.

Free movie at the library

In an effort to shorten the hold list on new release DVDs, each month the library will hold a public showing of a new release film. Friday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., the library will be showing “Doubt” with Meryl Streep. This is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for children under 13 without a parent. The May selection will be “Last Chance Harvey” and will be shown on Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.

as well. It is also rated PG-13. We hope to see everyone. It’s the library’s economic stimulus package.

Toddler music and movement class

Toddler music and movement class will begin Wednesday, April 29, from 2:30-3:15 p.m., at the Luck Library. This is a free class for children ages 18 months through 3 years old and parents of all ages. There will be three sessions: April 29, May 6 and May 13. Come to one or come to all of them. Please register at the library. Space is limited. This class is offered by Purity In Motion Dance Studio. If you have questions, please call Angie Chivers at 715-554-2357.


Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, tutorial only from noon – 4 p.m. Library is closed to checkouts and browsers.

Polk County Library Hours Osceola Public Library Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 715-2942310, and our Web address is

Clear Lake Library Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 - 8 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715-263-2802 or by e-mail at

Polk County Library Federation The director is Colleen Gifford, assistant library/clerk in Tina Riley. Please call the Polk County Library Federation for more information, 715-485-8680. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Centuria Public Library Monday: Noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 7 p.m.; Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday: noon - 7 p.m.; Friday: closed; and Saturday: 10 a.m. - noon.

Dresser Public Library Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday noon–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Milltown Public Library The library hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sunday closed.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Poetry, Passion … and Problems

Plan on Poetry, Passion … and Problems – a presentation of poetry, by Carolyn Wedin, on Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., here in the library. This is a free concert. Wedin will take participants through A. E. Housman’s argument for poetry’s power in “Terence, This is Stupid Stuff,” and move on through poems of love, despair, death and hope. These include: Amy Lowell’s “A Decade” – “When you came, you were like red wine and honey;” Hamlet’s despairing contemplation of suicide in “To be or not to be;” and Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death/He kindly stopped for me.” Participants will be invited to share poems that are meaningful to them, including those that take the form in which we usually hear poetry today – as song. The poems Wedin discusses will be distributed as a handout.

April is National Poetry Month.

What is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month is a monthlong, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media— to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. They hope to increase the visibility

and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated. Shouldn’t we celebrate poetry all year round, not just in April? By all means, yes! The yearround, lifelong reading of poetry is encouraged. National Poetry Month is just one of the many programs of the Academy of American Poets.

One-in-a-hundred drawing

Here’s chance to win a gift certificate for a massage from Lori at Wind Song Retreat here in St. Croix Falls. Purchase your ticket at the circulation desk – $1 per chance, only 100 tickets sold. Brought to you by the Friends of the Library.

Story hour

Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Hours, contact

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Sunday. 715-4831777. E-mail: Online:

Frederic Public Library Fresh paint

June 3 will mark five years since the library moved into its current location, and many changes have been made to the surroundings in order to better serve customers over the years. It’s time to patch nicks and dings and repaint the library, so please note the temporary change in library hours through May 1. The library will be closed Saturday, April 25; the library will be open April 27 – May 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. only. If you want to pick up hold-shelf items after 2 p.m. next week, please contact the library. Apologies for the inconvenience, but the library will have a fresh, new look when it returns to regular open hours the week of May 4.

Support your food shelf in April

During the month of April, be sure to bring some nonperishable food items when you visit the library, and the weight of your items will count toward receiving a larger monetary donation from the Feinstein Foundation, a group dedicated to alleviating hunger.

Check yourself out

The next time you’re at the library, try the new self-checkout machine, available near the circulation desk. It’s easy, and you will be able to check out or renew items and be on your way in no time.

Book groups to meet

The Thursday morning book group will meet May 21, at 10 a.m., to talk about “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” by Malcolm Gladwell. The evening book group will meet May 21, at 7 p.m., to discuss James Baldwin’s novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Copies of both titles are available at the library, and new members are always welcome.

Hours and information

Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., except changes noted above. Story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Polk County Library Federation Fourth-annual Library Road Trip

In honor of National Library Week, April 12 - 18, local libraries are hosting the third-annual Polk County Library Road Trip, April 1 - 30. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the libraries and the outstanding library service in Polk County. Here is how the road trip will work: 1. Cut out your Polk County Library Road Trip car. 2. Make plans and visit each of the 10 municipal libraries in Polk County during the time period of April 1-30. This will be a great opportunity to visit marvelous local communities in Polk County! Check the times and days each library is open in the Polk County Library News pages in the Inter-County Leader, Northern Currents section. 3. While visiting each library, be sure to get your Polk County Library Road Trip car stamped. 4. After visiting each of the 10 municipal libraries in Polk County and obtaining a stamp from each library by Thursday, April 30, turn in your stamped road trip car to your local librarian. There are three winner categories – child, teen and adult.

Osceola Public Library

As you have read in the Inter-County Leader, there is thorough and wide-reaching library service in Polk County, in each of the 10 municipalities as well as the countywide library support and assistance of the Polk County Library Federation. The third-annual Polk County Library Road Trip is an opportunity to become more familiar with the various local libraries while taking the time to see more of wonderful Polk County. Questions? Call Colleen Gifford, director, at the Polk County Library Federation - 715485-8680 or any of your local librarians. See you at the library. The director of the Polk County Library Federation is Colleen Gifford, and the assistant librarian/ clerk is Tina Riley. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Poetry contest/open mike night

Attention teen poets, April is National Poetry Month. Poetry contest night and open mike night will be held Tuesday, April 28, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Luck Public Library. Ask a librarian at your local library or call the Polk County Library Federation, 715485-8680.

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Grants to stregthen nonprofit organizations HUDSON - The St. Croix Valley Community Foundation announced the next round of Nonprofit Management Assistance Grants – a grant program to help nonprofit organizations focus their vision, deal with change or improve their operations. Funds are available for eligible nonprofit organizations in Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Chisago and Washington counties. “Nonprofits propose a range of projects that will specifically enhance their management or governing capacity,” noted Jill Shannon, director of community partnerships. “Last year, several nonprofit leaders used these funds to conduct strategic plans, to enhance their fundraising or marketing programs and to restructure their boards, among others.” Grants range to $2,500 and proposals are due Monday, May 4, at the foundation offices. Grant guidelines and application forms are available online at or by contacting Jill Shannon at the foundation. The Nonprofit Management Assistance grant program is just one way the foundation works to support the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley. It also helps individuals and families accomplish their own charitable interests. For more information contact the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation at 715-386-9490 or visit the foundation’s Web site at - from SCVCF

Graduation Graduation is not far away for the local senior classes. In the spring of my second senior year, I was thinking about what I would do after graduation. Actually, I had spent my senior year after work and on weekends being trained as an inhalation therapist (respiratory therapist). There were four of us selected for the pilot program by our counselor and the local hospital, If I hadn’t been selected I probably would have been a game warden. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do other than cruise around in my ’52 Olds, date girls, fish or hunt; not necessarily in that order. There was pressure to go to college, but I didn’t enjoy school. I just wanted to get a job so I could buy a faster car.

Sound familiar? That was only 49 years ago. I have a granddaughter who knows what she wants to do and is a junior at the University of Minnesota. If you have the desire and financial wherewithal to go to college, that’s what you should pursue. If you prefer attending a technical school, that’s what you should do. If your parents have $40,000 lying around, have them put it in mutual funds for you and you

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will probably have $2 million at age 65. Have a plan that spans beyond the next weekend. You may have to leave home to get a better job. Work hard for your employer, you will be rewarded either financially or by the experience; you are establishing a resume for your next job. Work on your vocabulary, it fools a lot of people. During job interviews don’t use the word “like” out of context; like you may not like get the job. If you have joined the military, I can’t tell you how much I respect you. Your decision is allowing the rest of us to do what we want, while you protect us.

Free health seminar talks about summer safety OSCEOLA – Lyme disease, heat exhaustion, skin cancer; it’s all out there, waiting. The next free health seminar at Osceola Medical Center will explore some of the hazards of summer. Join Rob Dybvig, MD, chief medical officer; Keith Velaski, RN, emergency department; and Krista Hall, CMA, clinic assistant, as they present information about these hazards and tips on how to avoid them. Safety: Exploring Summer Safety will be presented May 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in OMC’s Cascade Room. All seminars are open to the public. Registration is recommended by calling 715-294-4936. This is the seventh in a series of free health seminars sponsored by OMC. Upcoming seminars include Aging: Starting When You’re Young June 2; and Clinic Practices: Physicals and the Flu Aug. 4. - submitted

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Area Quiz Bowl teams compete LUCK – Teams from 3 area schools have been competing against one another in a Quiz Bowl Tournament to answer questions such as: 1) What are bird nairs? 2) What is the tank volume of a tank that is 20 feet in diameter and 4 feet deep? and 3) Who was the legendary American heroine who reputedly defied the Confederate troops under Stonewall Jackson as they advanced through Frederick, Md., by waving the Stars and Stripes from an upper window of her home? These teams have competed at Unity and Luck and will complete the tournament with a final match at St. Croix Falls on Wednesday, April 22. During each match, four students from each school attempt to answer 21 general and bonus

Unity’s Quiz Bowl team, front (L to R): Drew Walker, Brady Peterson, Katie Petzel and Madeline Anderson. Back: Mitch Johnston, Luke Peterson, Ashley Elfers and Jennifer Gorre.

Luck Quiz Bowl team members Marnie Rozumalski, Melissa Jenssen, Dakota Krout and Megan Panek, and Tyler Nelson, Zack Rintoul, Nathan Barry, Tyler Nelson and Daniel Nelson of St. Croix Falls work to solve a math question during the match at Luck. – Photos by Lori Nelson

questions. This is followed by a brief intermission when the makeup of each school’s actual competing team may change and then a second round of 21 general and ‘bonus’ questions. Students have 10 seconds to answer most questions; however, an additional 30 seconds is allowed for answering questions involving math. After two rounds of competition, the teams from Unity and St. Croix Falls have a record of 1-3 and the team from Luck has a record of 2-2. For those who are interested, the answers to the questions listed above follow. Answers – 1) bird nostrils; 2) 1,256 cubic feet; and 3) Barbara Fritchie. – submitted

St. Croix Falls Quiz Bowl team, front (L to R): Paul Manoppo, Zack Nelson, Ryan Jaremczuk and Mirielle Francis. Back: Zack Rintoul, Nathan Barry, Daniel Nelson and Tyler Nelson.

Luck’s Quiz Bowl team, front (L to R): Nick Morgan, Aushleana Branville, Mary MaidenMueller and Peter Langeness. Back: Dakota Krout, Marnie Rozumalski, Megan Panek, Melissa Jenssen, Justin Virkus, Jimmy Mellon, Christine Franzel and Brett Larson. Missing: Coach Matt Dunlap.

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Blue Ribbon Week at Unity

Candlelights at Unity reminded those attending the Child Abuse Awareness Blue Ribbon program of the types of abuse that youth can be faced with. Speakers spoke about their experiences of abuse and how they are handling life situations now. Also, speakers told facts about the numbers of abuse incidents in our area. – Photos submitted

Ringing a bell at Unity, for every reported abuse victim, occurred as youth followed the footsteps representing the abuse victims reported in their school district. Among those attending the Blue Ribbon Walk at Unity were the students of the Alternative Diploma Program and youth from the Milltown Lutheran Church Confirmation classes.

Blue Ribbon and Child Safety Event at St. Croix Falls school All ages walked at Unity during the Child Abuse Blue Ribbon Walk Wednesday, April 15. Over 40 people participated in the walk, walking in silence for the cause.

St. Croix Falls School held a Blue Ribbon and Child Safety Event. The evening consisted of the development of child IDs for families in attendance with young children. Therefore, Police Chief Jack Rydeen was fingerprinting children. The fire department and a fire and rescue vehicle was also present. Additional entertainment included face painting. The candlelight vigil consisted of speakers, a singer and several poems written and/or recited by elementary- and middle-school children.

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The day the circus came to town WEBSTER - The circus came to town Sunday — to Webster, that is, sponsored by Webster-Siren Softball. Jose Cole Circus, with aerial, animal and clown acts, performed at the high school, drawing hundreds of children and families for an afternoon of fun. — Mary Stirrat

Elmo the Clown and his pony, Snickers, did arithmetic problems posed by audience members.

Dangling from the ceiling of the Webster High School gym, this couple from Spain awed the crowd with aerial acrobatics.

Tristen Simonsen, 2, Webster, intently watches the aerial acrobatics.

This 13-year-old performer balanced on stacks of glasses on top of a tube. His older brother was nearby in case help was needed, but the boy kept his balance and thrilled the crowd.

People don’t often get a chance to ride an elephant, so children at the circus in Webster, Sunday, took advantage of the opportunity.

Photos by Mary Stirrat

Elmo the Clown gets a little mixed up about who really needs a haircut.

Playing with a circus balloon nearly half his size is Ryan Gramer, almost 2 years old, Danbury.

Anna Louise, the glittering dancing elephant, did some fancy steps for the audience.

An acrobatic family from Brazil did several acts, including the one pictured here, with a young girl balancing on her father’s hands, with the hula hoop spinning around her ankles.


Mock crash attempts to prevent real thing Burnett County schools and agencies join in disaster drill

the cost and effort. According to Pearson, some of the cost of the exercise was paid for from grant money raised by the Siren students of AODA. The students themselves wrote a grant application for the project and received $1,000 in a minigrant. A broad spectrum of Burnett County agencies and residents participated in the demonstration. Participants, in addition to the Webster and Siren schools, were Siren and Webster fire departments, both towns police departments, the county sheriff’s department, North Memorial Ambulance, the county jail, the county Restorative Justice program, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Kutz, attorneys William Norine and John Grindell, the Swedburg-Taylor Funeral Home, and cars were donated by Baxter’s in Hertel. In addition, several students and their parents were participants. The attention of the presentation will shift to a court scene in Siren on Friday when Kutz will preside at the “trial” of the two student “drivers” who were arrested and “charged” with two counts of homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. “Trial” and “sentencing” date is April 24.

by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - It was not a pretty scene in the parking lot of Webster High School Monday afternoon. One student lay “dead” in a pool of blood, another was “dead” in one of the two “crashed” automobiles and other “injured” students waited for “rescue.” Fortunately, the tragic “accident” was only a pretense of the real thing, a mock accident staged to dramatize for students of the Webster and Siren high schools the tragic possibilities involved in drinking and driving. According to Kelly Pearson, social worker at Siren High School and advisor of the school’s chapter of Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness, the goal was to prevent a real tragedy from occurring. “The high school proms are coming up,” Pearson said, “and we hope this will help students make smart, safe choices.” She commented that if the staged accident prevented one student death, it would be worth

Rescue workers cut through the body of one of the cars in the “accident” to free the trapped inhabitants.

Siren Police Officer Eric Van Guilder handcuffs a distraught Brittney Flatten whose “driving under the influence of alcohol” led to the “accident.”

County chaplain, Lucy Basler (L), comforts the mother of one of the students “killed” in the “car accident.”

A fireman protects “injured” students as other rescue workers break away the rear window of one of the cars involved in the “accident.”

Jessica Tills, a Siren High School student, looks back at the “accident scene” before Webster Police Officer Bridget Getz, arrests her for “homicide by Rescue workers remove one of the students “inthe intoxicated use of a motor vehicle” in the mock jured” in the “car crash” at Webster High School. crash.

Pat Taylor (center) of the Swedburg-Taylor Funeral Home gets help from rescue workers as he closes the body bag on one of the “dead” students.

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Paramedics from North Memorial Ambulance load one of the “injured” students onto the medical helicopter, so she can be airlifted for treatment.

A student “injured” in the “crash” waits for rescue workers to free her from the car she is trapped in.


Purity in Motion recital LUCK - The Purity in Motion dance studio presented a recital last Saturday at the Luck School, under the direction of instructor Angie Chivers. A total of 82 girls, ages 3 to 17 and 15 men performed at the recital, which had the theme of “Sports Superstars.” - submitted

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Three-year-old Zulema Rosendahl took her dancing seriously during last Saturday’s Purity in Motion recital.

Five-year-old Scout Dodds of Frederic performs during Saturday’s recital.

Eric and Britta Dueholm performed together as part of a dads and daughters presentation at the Purity in Motion recital last Saturday in Luck.

ABOVE: The soccer team ends their dance number with a pose. LEFT: Olivia Walters, 4, was pretty in pink. BELOW: Laura Bartylla, Isabelle Jensen and Harli Kelton take the lead in a dance number.

LEFT: Kinzie Matz was a member of the “Sporty Stompers.”

“The Foreigner” presented at Grantsburg GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg High School students gave several performances of their spring production of Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner” last weekend at the Grantsburg High School auditorium. – Priscilla Bauer

Charlie (Mitch Evenson) and Betty (Alexa-Jo Maslow) engage in a humorous game of charades. Betty drew laughs from the audience when she announced her special communications connection with the foreigner, then proceeded to totally misinterpret his actions.

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The Rev. David Lee, played by Tyler Myers, tries to calm girlfriend has Catherine Simms, played by Lydia Benge Briggs, as she is about to confront the “foreigner” Charlie (Mitch Evenson) who she thinks has been listening to the private and revealing conversation she was having with her beau.


Public invited to bring rare books to historical presentation POLK COUNTY – Noted rare book collector Dr. Allen Hanson of rural Centuria will be the featured speaker in what promises to be a fascinating and potentially profitable presentation on rare and valuable books. His rare book presentation takes place on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the media conference center at the Polk County Justice Center in Balsam Lake. Hanson has collected books for approximately half a century, and has gained a world of knowledge in the field. He will concentrate on how to collect books, what to look for when developing a collection, and especially on how to protect the books you may already have, with hints and guidelines on a hand-out sheet available to use for future reference. “Everyone has a special interest,” he said, noting that his specialties include nonfiction, but that he also focuses on Wisconsin history and books about Norwegian resistance during World War II. “But I’m always really fascinated by what other people collect,” he added. Hanson said there are a number of reasons the market for rare books has dropped off dramatically in recent years, ranging from the Internet and video games, to the fact that people in general

just don’t read as much. Regardless of recent market changes, collectible books are still a fascinating and “potentially profitable venture,” and sometimes goes against the grain. “In spite of what you might think, the age (of a book) doesn’t really mean anything,” he emphasized. “Condition, however, is very important, and it’s got to be desirable.” Hanson says even Internet bookstores are on the decrease. “And while a lot of people are using eBay, it’s really not a very good place to buy. People don’t know how to describe what they have.” Age is not always the primary value factor. Sometimes, he said, it is a recent book of a limited printing that later became popular that can steal a show, even better if the author left his or her mark. “Autographs are important, and definitely increase the value,” he added. As for keeping valuable books intact and valuable, he has some simple rules: “You want to keep them in cool temperatures, away from sunlight and all UV rays. Ultraviolet light fades the reds, greens and purples.” But sunlight and temperature are little threat compared to mold or mildew. “The reality is that no collector wants

Webster Forensics

The Webster High School Forensics team went to state competition in Madison. Shown front row (L to R): Rose Kopecky and Brittany Flatten. Back row: Kelsey Tretsven, Catie Mahlen, Olivia Main and Niels VanVliet. Kopecky, Flatten, Main and VanVliet performed the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “Hamlet” and received a first at state. Mahlen performed a prose piece that consisted of country songs about love, and she received a silver at state. – Photo submitted

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also give people a chance to bring their own books of potential value for Dr. Hanson to review and evaluate. He will get to as many as possible, and said he was “excited to see what people bring!” There is no fee to attend, and all are welcome. The feature is sponsored by the Polk County Historical Society. - from PCHS

Habitat kicks it in gear for two builds this summer SIREN/AMERY – Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that they have selected a family for their build in Burnett County this year. Jennifer Lee and her 10-year-old son Tanner, of Siren, will be working with them to build their new home this summer. “We were very impressed with Jennifer’s stability, and her dedication to Tanner,” said Pastor Cindy Glocke, who is a member of the family selection committee. WRHFH has also just acquired a lot in Siren for the build, Lot 26 on Shady Lane in the Lofty Pines subdivision. Lee was hoping for a build site in Siren so that Tanner could stay in Siren Schools. On learning WRHFH was able to get a lot in Siren, she said, “I’m so excited, I’m going to cry.” Jeff Butler, who has been the construction manager for WRHFH for the last 5 years, announced at the Habitat board meeting Thursday, April 16, that he has other commitments this year. Butler said he will still participate in the build and that it was tough to leave the position. WRHFH President Jim Dale thanked Butler for his “excellent work, for going above and beyond, and for being a good friend.” Jerry Livingston, of Centuria, has stepped forward to take on the duties of construction manager. Livingston is a WRHFH board member and works at K-Wood Truss Rafters, Inc., in Grantsburg. He has been an able and knowledgeable volunteer with Habitat on their last five builds. “I’m sad to see Jeff step down, but I’m excited about taking on the position,” said Livingston. WRHFH is very grateful to both men for their dedication and hard work. The Polk County chapter of WRHFH has been moving quickly to get in position for their first build. They will hold their first groundbreaking ceremony at

Jeff Butler (right), of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, stands at the spot where the front porch of the next Burnett County Habitat home will be. Butler is talking with Brian Hegge, of Lakeview Landwork, who has removed stumps and filled many of the Habitat lots. Watch for future updates as the home grows. — Photo submitted their build site in Amery on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m., at the corner of Minneapolis and Broadway. All are welcome at this joyous event. If you would like to participate in this important work of building homes with families in need, there are many ways to do that. They can use help with the build, and will be looking for lunches and snacks for their workers, and other help. E-mail or call 715-349-7477 to volunteer. Donations of any size are welcome and may be sent directly to WRHFH, PO Box 263, Siren, 54872. If you have clean fill to donate for their lots in Webster, they would love to hear from you. Remember, when you donate a car to Cars for Homes™, it is “recycled” to help families in our area build homes. To find out more, call 1-877-277-4344 or go online to – submittted


Regional Hospice wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers. We are honored to be able to work with all of you! Danbury: Sandra Fisher, Kathy Hansen, Mary Heenan, Marcella Kaspers, Jan Myers, Ardis Sawyer. Frederic: Karen Carpenter, Rebecca Schaar. Gordon: Jerry Van Domelen. Grantsburg: Kate and Larry Bakke, Norma Fiedler, Eldon and JoAnn Freese, Laura Hane, Carol Mielke, Robin Olson. Luck: Nancy Cummings. Sarona: Karen Kaufman, Mary Lundel, Carol Wolf. Shell Lake: Sharon Brown, Maija Liisa Phernetton, Kay Rand. Siren: Brad Alden, David Debbins, Jeanette Laqua. Spooner: Marcy Dodge, Gail Franklin, Harry Franklin, Mary Lou Gabriel, Mary Herrick, Tim Kern, Janet McInroy, Dede Myers, Judy Rasmussen, Joan Snell, Carole Sorenson, Tom Twining, Harriet Yeazle. Springbrook: Marjorie Peterson, Mary Ann Raehsler, Diane Shellenberger. Stone Lake: Rita Jarvis, Jenny Metcalf, Elaine Nyberg. Trego: Jackie Callander, Therese Canfield, Judy Hodell, Pat Hruby. Webb Lake: Dotty Busby. Webster: Pat Basler, Shirley Burgess, Val Ralph, Nancy Rogers, Steve Rogers. Interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer? We will be training this fall.

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a musty collection,” he said. “And the mildew can spread.” Dr. Allen Hanson is a doctor for the Marshfield Clinic in Ladysmith, where he works in the ER, so he does not rely on book sales for his living. “No, I wish I could!” he said with a laugh. “But I have a real job, sixty hours a week, to pay the bills!” The Book Rarities presentation will

Girl Scouts to hold spring dog wash


Luck N.H.S. members organize food collection for area food pantry LUCK – Attendees at Luck’s “The Show” had an opportunity not just to enjoy uniquely original comedy; they also had the chance to give back to their community and many did just that. National Honor Society members Megan

Panek and Melissa Jenssen organized a food drive which was held in conjunction with “The Show.” As a result of the community’s generosity, over 200 pounds of food were collected and then donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Luck National Honor Society m e m b e r s Melissa Jenssen and Megan Panek pose with some of the donated items during “The Show” for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. – Photo by Lori Nelson

Shelf in Luck. Panek declared, “We were thrilled to see so much support!” Jenssen added, “We would like to thank everyone who donated food at ‘The Show.’ We would also like to thank Ms. Judy Wicklund who gave us the idea for this project and our National Honor Society Adviser Renee Gavinski and Community Ed Director Amy Aguado, who helped in the execution of our project!” - submitted

SIREN – The Girl Scouts are having a dog wash on Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at The Pet and Tack Store in Siren, to help raise funds for a trip to Europe to meet other Girl Scouts and learn how they do things. The Scouts would like to visit Germany, France and England. The dog wash is sponsored by The Pet and Tack Store of Siren. The cost of the dog wash will vary depending on the size and the length of the hair of the dog, from $10 to $25. All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccine before entering the store. To reserve a spot, please call 715-349-5446. - submitted

Moberg to address TF Historical Society TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The Taylors Falls Historical Society invites the public to attend its next program meeting, Thursday, May 7, at the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center. Prior to the meeting, people will be able to meet and greet the new site manager/caretaker for the W.H.C. Folsom House, Ann Perszyk. Punch will be served by TFHS Board Members. The program begins at 7 p.m. The

speaker is Ward Moberg of Osceola, who will entertain everyone with his unique homegrown story titled, “Both Sides of the River: Uncle Elwood’s Story.” There will also be a photo display of Model T cars. Refreshments and cake served after the meeting. Don’t miss it! For more information, contact Sally Barott at 651257-4773 or e-mail: from TFHS

Grantsburg High School Honor Roll A Honor roll Grade 9 Daniel Bjorn, Benjamin Davis, Rachel Diffee, Breanna Fickbohm, Kall Fleischauer, Lucas Henneman, Daniel Larsen, Paul Lewis, Amanda Lindus, Kaelah Maslow, Nicole McKenzie, David Ohnstad, Carl Palmquist, Isaac Peterson, Damien Rasmussen, Kyle Roberts, Hannah Rod, Nicole Ticknor, Matthew VanDeusen and Gabrielle Witzany. Grade 10 Emily Cole, Andrew Falk, Lauren Finch, Noah Gausman, Steven LaFond, William Lauer, Gavin Meyer, Tiffany Meyer, Laissa Miller, Brent Myers, Cory Niles, Dianna Olson, McKenzie Ryan, Carissa Skifstad, Erin Stavne, Emily Swenson, Cherissa Volen-

dorf and Tabitha Wanless. Grade 11 Jessica Banks, Michael Boykin, Carinna Coy, Cody Crawford, Lindsey Fallstrom, Kelsey Lien, John Schneider Jr., Kallie Thoreson, Bailey Volgren, Sarah Wald, Emma Walker, Michelle Wilde and Larissa Wilhelm. Grade 12 Lydia Benge Briggs, Michael Corty, Nicole Davis, Justine Diffee, Steven Hanson, David Larsen, Thane Larson, Jennifer Lisiecki, Keegan Marek, Nathan McConnell, Tyler Myers, Abbey Vaksdal and Tina Zimmermann. B Honor roll Grade 9 Anika Ames, Zackery Arnold, Cody Benedict, Haley Burkhardt, April Campana, Ben-

jamin Dorff, Joseph Engelhart, Nolan Hanson, Alexander Jones, Jeffrey Konz, Thomas Labatt, Nicholas Lindgren, Devin McDaniel, Shelby Morgan, Kaitlyn Muellner, Cora Olson, Samantha Scribner, Mathew Swenson and Craig Vollendorf. Grade 10 Derek Bertelsen, Lisa Gaffney, Marika Grundtner, Chelsea Hane, Jessica Hoffman, Lauren Jewell, Haley Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Rosalle LaMere, Alyssa Landsberger, Christina Larson, Jacob Lee, Steven McKinley, Kortney Morrin, James Nelson, Seth Odegard, Christine Peterson, Lydia Pfluger, Jonathan Radtke, Dylan Roberts, Tyler Sanvig, Jordan Shearer, Alison Warren and Cole White. Grade 11 Michael Bearhart, Jenna Brust, Casey

Crawford, Heather Davison, Cara Downard, Mitchell Frommader, Daniel Gaffney, David Gaffney, Jessika Ilgen, Steven Labatt, Cerenity Louis, Michelle Lund, Christopher Olson, Anne Palmquist, Joshua Phillipps, Ethan Prazak, Michael Roper, Lauren Shoebroek, Cody Tromberg and Matthew Wood. Grade 12 Nathan Anderson, Kevin Berry, Trent Bonneville, Misty Bruzek, Benjamin Cole, Jonathan DeRocker, Bobbie Durand,Mitchell Evenson, Megan Finch, Taylor Finch, Connar Goetz, Gretchen Hedlund, Sarah Kline, Benjamin Larson, Lauren Leonard, Jessica Moyer, Samantha Oman, Kathleen Preissing, Darryl Richter, Jake Ryan, Lauren Stavne, Erika Syverson, Devin Trantanella and Kristin Zastrow.



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BREAKFAST Hot pocket, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Italian dunkers with sauce, corn OR chicken taco salad.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Pizza, raw veggies, cottage cheese OR beef taco salad.

BREAKFAST Cinnamon roll, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Taco max snax, assorted toppings, raw veggies OR ham salad. EARLY RELEASE DAY

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH Chicken chow mein, rice or chow mein noodles, mixed vegetables OR turkey salad.

BREAKFAST Apple turnover, cereal, juice, milk. LUNCH BBQ pork on a bun, sweet potatoes, baked beans OR Oriental salad.

LUNCH Pizza dippers, marinara sauce, baked rice, corn, pineapple tidbits, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, sliced pears, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Cheese ravioli, marinara sauce, lettuce salad, mini carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Creamed turkey, biscuits, peas, cranberries, vanilla pudding, apples, oranges, bread basket.

LUNCH Hot ham & cheese wrap, oven potatoes, broccoli, bananas, oranges, apples, bread basket.


BREAKFAST Cereal/bagel. LUNCH Meatballs & gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit sauce. Alt.: Hot dog, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/French toast. LUNCH Mozzarella pizza dippers, dipping sauce, corn, fruit sauce. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/long john. LUNCH Barbecues, french fries, baked beans, fresh fruit. Alt.: Hot dog, 712.

BREAKFAST Cereal/breakfast pizza. LUNCH Baked ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, fruit sauce. Alt.: Turkey wrap, 7-12.

BREAKFAST Cereal/cinnamon roll. LUNCH Italian dunkers, dipping sauce, peas & carrots, fresh fruit. Alt.: Chicken patty, 7-12.


BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with juice and milk. LUNCH Chicken patty, wedges, coleslaw, green beans, mixed fruit. Alt. Meatball sub.

BREAKFAST Waffles, juice and milk. LUNCH Spaghetti hotdish, garlic bread, lettuce salad, peas, peaches. Alt.: Stromboli.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with juice and milk. LUNCH Sloppy joes, Tostitos, shredded lettuce, beans, pears. Alt.: Grilled cheese sandwich.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza, juice and milk. LUNCH Pizza, white rice, corn, veggies, pineapple tidbits. Alt.: Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Assorted cereal, toast served with juice and milk. LUNCH Peanut butter & jelly, yogurt, carrots & celery, peas and applesauce. Alt.: Cook’s choice.


BREAKFAST Apple cinnamon bakes. LUNCH California burger, bun, french fries, baked beans, apple crisp. Alt.: Pizza dippers.

BREAKFAST Oatmeal with assorted toppings. LUNCH Chicken nuggets, scalloped potatoes, peas & carrots, peaches. Alt.: Egg salad sandwich, chicken noodle soup.

BREAKFAST Egg & cheese muffin. LUNCH Tacos - hard & soft shells, lettuce & fixings, corn, pears, cinnamon rolls. Alt.: PBJ & choice of yogurt or cheese stick.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Lasagna, garlic toast, carrots, mixed fruit. Alt.: Cheeseburger/bun, french fries.

BREAKFAST Breakfast pizza. LUNCH Cheese dogs w/toppings, MENU NOT AVAILABLEbaked chips, cinnamon applesauce baked beans. Alt.: Veggie beef barley, turkey sandwich.


BREAKFAST Oatmeal and toast. LUNCH Barbecues and hash browns.

BREAKFAST French toast. LUNCH Cook’s choice.

BREAKFAST Yogurt parfaits. LUNCH Beef stew, dinner rolls and ice cream.

BREAKFAST Belgian waffles with toppings. LUNCH Sub sandwich, chips and cottage cheese.

BREAKFAST Breakfast bites. LUNCH Chicken patty and broccoli/cauliflower/cheese.


LUNCH Blueberry pancakes, sausage, hash browns, banana, blueberry muffin.

LUNCH Chicken fajita, salsa, salad OR buffalo stew, bread stick, salad, peaches, cranberries.

LUNCH Pizza patty, potatoes, carrots OR baked fish, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit cocktail, applesauce.

LUNCH Wild rice soup with prairie chicken & veggies, sandwich, pears, peaches, cornbread, honey butter.

LUNCH Fry bread taco, chips, salsa, fresh veggies, fresh fruit.

FREDERIC GRANTSBURG Each building will have their own breakfast menu.


Frederic High School Honor Roll Grade 7 Benjamin Kurkowski, Claire Coddington, Rachel Thomas, Lexi Domagala, Abigail Pickard, Zachary Kuechenmeister, Carly Gustafson, Destiney Wetzel-Peterson, Sawyer Tietz, Alyssa Backlin, Jazalyn Anthony, Tylyn O’Brien, Rachael Poirier, Abagail Brightbill, Jaryd Braden, Elise Coddington and Jack Tricker-King. Grade 8 Charles Lindberg, McKenna Rognrud, Emily Wells, Natalie Phernetton, Paige Burton, Vince Nelson, Kendra Mossey, Matthew Elrod, Ian Lexen, McKenna Cook.

Grade 9 April Halverson, Christopher Hopp, Seneca Lundeen Brooks, Erik Stoner, Lauren Domagala, Megan Amundson, Corissa Schmidt, Leah Engebretson, Sara Underwood, Nicholas Rognrud, Waylon Buck, Nicole Coulter, Alexandra Lundblade, Autumn Schmidt, Alexander Miller, Dayton Rivera, Jordyn Siebenthal, Allison Martin, Michael Tesch, Michelle Jensen, Kristina Marcyan, Brittani Hughes, Danielle Swanson, Sheldon Thayer, Jamie Taft, Maria Miller, Ray Kurkowski, Bradley Knauber, Ashley Wendelboe and Bryce Williamson. Grade 10 Allison Anderson, Tanesha Carlson, Daniel Halverson, Sarah Knauber, Isabel Lexen,

Samantha Nelson, Anthony Peterson, Sage Karl, Jade Johnson, Jimmy Richter, Josiah Lund, Calla Karl, Kayla Nelson, Waranyoo Saengthaweep, Krysta Laqua, Joseph Draxler, Vanessa Neumann, Jesse Chouinard, Ashley Bergeron, Amanda Blok, Trae Gehl, Tara Anderson, Ryan Phernetton, Brady McWilliam and Ben Ackerley. Grade 11 Joel Anderson, Kendra Wells, Adam Hardenbergh, William Primm, Cathryn McConnell, Haley Kurkowski, Marissa Nelson, Joel Knauber, Terri McKinney, Ethan Cook, Alexsandra Lonetti, Cody Hallanger, Bradley Thomas, Amanda Runnels, Christine Chenal, Danielle Pearce, Deniz Mirioglu, Michael Elrod, Nicole Root, Gregory Puetz, Zachary

Petersen, Anthony Thayer, Danielle Peterson, Thomas Thompson and Justin Pyke. Grade 12 Adrianna Otte, Bobbi Jo O’Brien, Megan Anderson, Rebecca Anderson, Stephanie Tido, Chelsey Chute, Sarah Lexen, Kelly Daeffler, Christopher Nanez, Benjamin Knauber, Orianna Tesch, Peter Draxler, Ana Miller, Brett Williamson, David Harlander, Brittany Mortensen, Andrew Kurkowski, Brent Crandell, Amy Jones, Rhaya Larson, Zachary Anderson, Amanda McKinney, Corrie Pearce, Candace Buck, Bryan Meyer, Patrick Eaton, Kaylyn Ball, Travis Lysdahl, Aaron Hedlund, Manuel Silva and Christina Dahling.

Unity Middle School Honor Roll Honor roll Fifth grade Roen Aronson, Logan Bader, Leann Claude, Gabrielle Foeller, Cole Garvey, Joshua Gorne, Nathan Heimstead, Olivia Jensen, Brandon Koethe, Karlie Moening, Emma Moore, Brett Nelson, Gaven Ouellette, Kyle Paulson, Erik Peterson, Matthew Peterson, Breanna Prouty, Markell Ramich, Whitney Rock, Phillip Sorensen, Wyatt Stenberg, Freyja Van Der Paardt, Matthew Volgren, Elijah Vos Benkowski and Evan Schlechter. Sixth grade Tevin Anderson, William Anderson, Hunter Fjorden, Tatum Kline, Jordan Lowe, Paige Lunsmann, Eryn Mares, Hannah Matteson, Olivia Nelson, Nicole Paulzine, Hope Peterson, Kyle Priest, Dylan Ruck and Ben Traynor.

Luepke, Evan Lunda, Justin Moore, Shay Nelson, Hailey Olson, Marissa Paulzine, Jacob Ruck, Ethan St. Amand, Megan Volgren, Benjamin Zahler and Kaina Zygowicz.

Seventh grade Therese Anderson, Kayla Bramsen, Alex Burton, Morgan Camper, Riley Carnes, Olivia Coen, Courtney Galle, Rebecca Garvey, Caleb Hacker, Cash Hickethier, Carly Holin, Carly Ince, Zachary Johnson, Reese Johnston, Alex Juleen, Neil Kline, Mitchell Krueger, Lillian Lenk, Ella Luepke, Danielle Mares, Sophie Peterson, Oliver Raboin, Madeline Ramich, Jade Rau, Valerie Schultz, Sierra Thomfohrda, Desiree Walton and Dakota Ward.

Honorable mention Fifth grade Danielle Ahlm, Jarett Davison, Heather Eames, Allison Gross, Derek Johnson, Walter Lenk, Markus Linski, Shanna Lowe, Ryhley Mattison, Mitchell Morse, Marcus Qualle, Emerson Rollings-DeHaven, Santiago Sanchez, Raelin Sorensen, Kyler Turner and Jesse Vlasnik.

Eighth grade Alisha Aronson, Justin Aronson, Sarah Bader, Emily Bethke, Elaine Butala, Kourtney Collins, Anna Ebensperger, Taylor Heathman, Kasey Heimstead, Janet Hunter, Kayla Johnson, Kelsy Johnson, Megan Jones, Shauna Jorgenson, Jessica Kalenda, Mercedes Kobs, Aaron Koshatka, Brittany Kruse, Anna

Sixth grade Mikayla Allison, Tanner Amrhien, James Butala, Briana Colbert, Breana Collins, Shallena Davison, Emily Ferguson, Joshua Grams, Ashlee Hoffman, Brandon Jensen, Beth Johnson, Destinie Kobs, Kali Langer, Ashley Monn, Collin Nelson, Desiree Rohlf, Evan Schlechter, Spencer Schultz, Bailey

Soper, Danielle Tonnar, Zoe Vondrasek, Brittany Weinzirl and Lucas Wood. Seventh grade Tanner Bjornson, Nicole Bystrom, Kaitlyn Collins, Derek Dahlin, Emily Gross, Cassandra Hanson, Damian Johnson, Samantha Langermann, Angela Larson, Heidi McCurdy, Rayven Merrill, Jamie Moe, Kennedy Olson, Tucker Olson, Josephine Owen, Mia Phillips, Kelly Radke, Skyler Ricketson, Mercedes Swanson, Coleman Thill, Kelly Tourville and Hunter Ward. Eighth grade Scott Bever, Billie Bracht, Mitchell Egge, Morgan Hoehne, Katie Jensen, Mollie Jepsen, Anthony Kreft, Elizabeth Krizak, Jonathan Larsen, Andrew Lieske-Daniels, Elijah Marek, Dawn Michaelson, Justin Mooney, Austin Petersin, Morgan Peterson, Colton Sorensen, Stephanie Stivers and Zakary Turner.

Webster Jr. - Sr. High School Honor Roll A Honor roll Grade 5 Daniel Okes, Cassidy Formanek, Annika Hendrickson, Tate Fohrenkamm, Samantha Culver, Grant Preston, Alec Ralph and Nicole Hursh. Grade 6 William Cooper, Zachary Koelz, Madison Main, Carrie Rosenthal, Ashley Davis, Marissa Elmblad, Ellora Schaaf, Ryan Curtis, Brett Richison, Alyssia Benjamin, Katrina Matrious-Staples, Mallory Daniels, Sean Martinez, Dade McCarthy, Nathanael Gatten, Ciarra Lechman, Andrew Schrooten, Alexis Frazee, Megan Tyson and Marissa Bambery. Grade 7 Brian Billings, Amysue Greiff, Mikayla Hatfield, Alexandria Holmstrom, Megan Hophan, Jess Petersen, Kristine Watral, Paige Young, Erik Larson, Evon Maxwell, Roxanne Songetay, Harley Berthiaume, Aleah Heinz, Ashley Dietmeier, Jalicia Larson, Logan Rutledge, Jack Ralph, Lance Preston, Marissa Elliott, Sydney Stellrecht, Tamera Quatmann, Ashley Starks, Steven Stoll and Janie Waltzing. Grade 8 Amber Davis, Nikkita Emberson, Danielle Formanek, Jacob Hunter, Chelsey McIntyre, Kaleiah Schiller, Darren Deal, Alyxandria Hatfield, Samantha Perius, Brianna Phernetton,

Matthew Smith, Charles Mahlen, Brenna Nutt, Danielle Curtis, Tianna Stewart, Tessa Schiller, Savana Arcand, Emma Kelby, Cailea Dochniak, Brooke Bird, Lori Benjamin. Grade 9 MacKenzie Koelz, Olivia Kopecky, Audrey Mulliner, Katlyn Payson, Melissa Gustavson, Matthew Hophan, Shauna Rein, Miranda Burger, Chelsea Larson, Joseph Erickson, Austin Bork, Tanya Johnson, Leslea Wiggins, Danielle Dyson and Brittany Maxwell. Grade 10 Bryana Andren, Michael Billings, Devin Greene, Mason Kriegel, Shaina Pardun, Christine Stoll, Breeanna Watral, Samantha Kopecky, Siiri Larsen, Jenna Anderson, Kayce Rachner, Michelle Gibbs, Greg McIntyre, Mary Johnson, Connor Pierce, Elise Windbiel, Kayla Duclon and Jayme Mitchell. Grade 11 Nick Doriott, Nicholas Koelz, Bryan Krause, Nolan Kriegel, Allison Leef, Thitiwan “Pare” Seephueng, Benjamin Shives, Ashley Robinson-Madsen, Chaz Heinz, Ellie Isaacson, Bethany Nutt, Phillip Preston, Loreto Stange, Violet Wilkie, Nicole Steiner, Trevor Fontaine, Rachel Larson, Joseph Cook, Mackenzie Nordstrom, Andrea Yezek, Kyler Liljenberg, Amanda Dupre and Christina Becker.

Grade 12 Kelsey Tretsven, Catie Mahlen, Ryan Clemmons, Brittany Flatten, Dakota Gardner, Bradley Nutt, Eric Plath, Niels Van Vliet, Rose Kopecky, Olivia Main, Kara Gall, Quentin Johnson, Adam Rinnman, Ashley Clay, Kaci Deering, Kyle Godfrey, Ryan Estridge and Trisha Simon. B Honor roll Grade 5 Max Norman, Jonathan Rein, Nicole Moretter, Toni Petersen, Kaela Lundeen, Taylor Espeseth and Emma Olsen. Grade 6 Daniel Formanek, Kendel Mitchell, Alec Gustafson, Raelyn Tretsven, Brandon Johnson, Taylor Elmblad, Madeline Snow, Kenna Gall, Alexandria Spears, Christina Weis, Summer Bjork, Bailey Weeks, Vincent Larson, Kimberly Thielman, Kelly Waltzing, Julia Saraceno and Richard Bell. Grade 7 Alex Spafford, Cabrina Hopkins, Lindsay Schilling, William Arnold III, Robert Cook, Cassandra Kilgore, Michael Johnson, Cybil Mulroy, Cullan Hopkins, Max Sperry, Alexander Hopkins and Sarah Thielke. Grade 8 Gabriella Schiller, Nathan Puttbrese, Victo-

ria Pope, Cassandra Heller, James Pijanowski Jr., Jacob Sargent, Rebecca Saraceno, Katherine Liljenberg, Carl Rachner and Mark Packard. Grade 9 Bradley Krause, Carenna Berrisford, Sharon Zabel, Matthew Elmgren, Alyce Deblase, Benjamin Leef, Mary Arnold, Felicia Paulzine, Alison Becvar, Aaron Clay, Sarah Fleischhacker and Taylor Heinz. Grade 10 Alyssa Main, Chiara Colalelli, Annie Kelby, Allison Rydel, Jack Taylor, Daniel Dochniak, Billie Ingalls, Cody Petersen and Tiffani Demarre. Grade 11 James Erickson, Judson Mosher, Daniel Erickson, John Elmgren, Daniel Pope, Adam Eichman, Chad French, Danielle Stanton, Seth Pardun, Ryan Brickle, James Heidenreich and Kevin Packard. Grade 12 Anthony McCain, Nicholas Krinkie, Abigail Ingalls, Donald Holmes, Jordan Werdier, Rebecca Smallwood, Chelsey Robinson, Scott Stromberg, Cassandra Anderson, Charles Bentley, Mitchell Elliott, Jake Holmes and Travis Hughes.


The Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin appoints the members of the District 11 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. This committee investigates and reports on attorney conduct to ensure the ethical and competent practice of law by Wisconsin attorneys. I am honored to have been selected chairman of that committee. I have successfully handled injury and death cases since 1977. Home, hospital and office appointments are available. Cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, such that if there is no recovery, there is no fee. When you, a relative or a friend, need an attorney, you should contact John Grindell at Grindell Law Offices, S.C., Box 585, Frederic, WI 54837. Telephone: 715-327-5561. 406435 8Ltfc 50atfc

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CHURCH NEWS Friendship with God

Throughout my life, I’ve had a variety of close friends. A few of them have moved away—as I have—but they will always remain good friends. And I intend to make new friends as long as I live. We may have many casual friends, but probably can count on five fingers those we consider “best friends.” Such closeness may come through shared work, hobbies, or interests. Even people mismatched in personality, interests, or backgrounds can bond together because of a shared empathy such as wid- Perspectives owhood or physical limitations. Perhaps the unifying factor in friendship is trust— being a good listener, making ourselves available in times of stress or trouble, keeping quiet about shared information. In fact, many friends become dearer than our sisters or brothers. And when friendship is shared among Christians, we value it even more. Greater still is our friendship with God. “I have called you friends,” Jesus told his disciples, “for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) As Jesus’ disciples—his followers—we, too can be friends with God. We can share our deepest feelings with him about things we can tell no other. We can spend as much time as we want with him. We can question him, complain about our circumstances, and praise him for his faithfulness. We can listen to his voice and feel his presence. When we read his Word, it can be like reading a love letter meant for us personally. How can we not be thankful for his friendship when we meditate on his ultimate sacrifice of friendship—his death on the cross—and his glorious resurrection? “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Imagine! Jesus loved his disciples—and us—enough to die for us that we may be saved from sin and eternal death. The least we can do for him is to be his friend, following his example of loving God and neighbor. Lord, thank you for being my best friend—for listening to me and speaking words of love to me. You are closer to me than my closest loved one. Help me be a faithful friend to you and to others. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at

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Pastor Rau receives certificate from Gov. Doyle CENTURIA – Pastor Mel Rau of Fristad Lutheran Church, Hwy. 35 in Centuria, received a certificate from Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. The certificate congratulates the Fristad congregation on its centennial celebration, which it will observe this weekend, April 25 and 26. Festivities begin with a hymn sing at 2 p.m. on Saturday and confirmation roll call. Sunday events Pastor Mel Rau include a worship service at 9:30 a.m. with Bishop Duane J. Pederson, ELCA NW Synod of Wisconsin delivering the sermon. An afternoon program at 2 p.m. will feature a portrayal of Martin Luther by David Dudash of Dresser. A freewill offering will be received to help area food pantries. The lives of departed loved ones will be remembered in a special tribute at the Sunday afternoon service. The day will conclude with the dedication of the church’s newly-constructed bell tower and rededication of the bell first rung in 1911. The public is invited to Fristad’s Centennial Celebration festivities. Questions may be directed to the church office at 715-646-2357 or their e-mail at – submitted

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Faith, love and hope

In the last verse of that great 13th chapter of I Corinthians, the apostle Paul gives us a very pointed message about three very important subjects in Christianity: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” How many lessons have we had about faith, about hope, about love? We have defined them and analyzed them. We have emphasized how important they are. And, they are indeed fundamental to Christian doctrine and Christian conduct. But, if we want to see best how faith and hope and love all work together to motivate and sustain our Christian life, then I Thessalonians 1:3 is a verse that provides great insights. Paul writes to the young church at Thessalonica that he is “constantly bearing in mind” their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope” (I Thess. 1:3). Note the way Paul pairs each of the three virtues, faith and love and hope, with a practical necessity of daily Christian living: work and labor and steadfastness. Let us look at the important connections between faith and work, love and labor, and hope and steadfastness. Faith and work: The first connection Paul makes in verse three is between work and faith. What does Paul mean “work of faith”? He means a work that proceeds from, or results from, faith. Paul commends their faith: “… Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything” (I Thess. 1:8). And, in the next verse, Paul tells us how that faith had made changes in what they did in their lives. Paul says they “… turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (I Thess. 1:9). Do you see here how their faith changed what they were doing in their lives? Their work had been the worship and service of idols. They served those idols because that is what they had faith in. But, when Paul preached the gospel to them, their faith changed—it changed to a faith in God. When their faith changed, their work changed. Where you put your faith determines what you do. Remember those words of James, who says: “… I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Faith is not

merely belief; it is something that changes you. So, you can look at what you are doing and tell where your faith really is. Is God’s work the focus of your life? Then your faith is in God. Is the work of the world the focus of your life? Then your faith is in idols. That is the important connection that Paul makes between faith and work. Love and labor: The second connection Paul makes in verse three is between love and labor. We have defined the “work” that refers to here as the tasks to Preacher’s Paul be done. The “labor” then is the effort we put into that task. The word “labor” means “to work arduously, to toil, to work to the point of exhaustion.” It is the attitude we have toward our work that determines the intensity with which we do the work. It should be our love that produces that intensity. A person, or a church, that does not love will not labor. They may know what to do. They may have a faith that properly defines the work that they should be doing. But, if they do not have true love (not just affection, but true Biblical love), they simply will not do the work. The Thessalonian church had the love—and it showed in the intensity of their work for the Lord. How important is love? Love is the thing that moves you in the direction that your faith points you. If you don’t see any motion in your life, it is because you do not love, or do not love enough. (Please return next week for part 2 of this article) If readers have questions you would like answered in this weekly column or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, you are invited to call 715866-7157, visit the Web site at or stop by the church building at 7425 West Birch Street in Webster. Sunday Bible class begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. We also meet Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. - noon.

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Baptism at Bethany Lutheran Church On Sunday, April 19, Kennedy Elizabeth Rand was welcomed into God’s family through Holy Baptism. Kennedy is the daughter of Cary and Melissa Rand of Webster. Her sponsors are Theresa Haag and Nick Fiddle. Kennedy’s big brother is Jackson Rand. – Photo submitted

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We Are Pleased To Announce The Installation Of Our New Pastor, Dorothy Sandahl, Sunday, April 26.

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Thirteen children celebrated their First Communion on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week at Bone Lake Lutheran Church. Front row (L to R): Tanner Buck, Trent Kuechenmeister, Brooklyn Petersen, Nate Bifulk and Sierra Fjorden. Middle row: Austin Ayde, Tanner Van Meter, Jeramiah Sanford, Laura Munson and Brittany Sanford. Back row: Cody Ince, Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, Brady Lunsmann and Nick Aguado. They invite you and your family to worship with them at 10:30 a.m, on Sunday mornings. Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. for ages 3 through adult. Coffee fellowship is at 10 a.m. Check out the church Web site at - Photo submitted


OBITUARIES/CHURCH NEWS Be a B.A.B.E! FREDERIC – Every woman can be a B.A.B.E. (Be A Blessing Every Day). Discover how to become aware of being a blessing to others and be blessed in return. Frederic Evangelical Free Church invites you to choose from two opportunities to learn from musician/author/speaker Marette Jorgenson how to be a B.A.B.E. – spreading smiles and joy wherever you go: Thursday evening, April 30, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. or Friday morning, May 1, from 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. Bring a friend, share Christian fellowship and enjoy refreshments for body and soul. Child care will be provided. – Submitted

Ruth A. Grunke

Fred Willard Jepsen

Ruth A. Grunke, resident of Frederic Nursing and Rehab in Frederic, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at the age of 93. She is survived by her sisters, Ruby Malinovsky, Joan Anderson, Helen Montain and Norma Helmeke. Funeral services will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic, on Friday, April 24. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Fred Willard Jepsen, 81, Bone Lake, died April 13, 2009, at the Amery Regional Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 12, 1927, at his parents home in Johnstown Township of Polk County. He was the son of Willard and Maisie Jepsen. He was raised on the family farm and attended rural school. He farmed with his family for many years eventually owning the farm himself. He was united in marriage to Eleanor Lucille Peters on July 27, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bone Lake, and together they had six children. Fred was very dedicated to his dairy farm, but enjoyed time spent with family. The past few months have seen some difficult times with his health, and he spent the past month at Golden Age Manor. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Jepsen; and sister, Doris. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children, Neal (Judi) Jepsen, Laurie (Barry) Anderson, Judy (Ron) Kappers, Roy (Lorna) Jepsen and Dale (Lori) Jepsen; brother, Harry (Betty) Jepsen; 13 grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren as well as other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held at the Bone Lake Lutheran Church on April 16, 2009, with Pastor Mary Ann Bowman officiating. Organist was Margie Nelson. His cremains were interred at the Bone Lake Cemetery. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Robert Behling Robert Behling, 78, of Cumberland, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at the Cumberland Extended Care Unit after a lengthy illness. For the past year, he had resided at Dove Health Center in Eau Claire. He was born on March 31, 1931, in Cumberland, the son of Stasia and Ellis Behling. Robert married Shirley Jensen on June 11, 1955. He took over the small dairy farm while he was a young teenager and grew the business into a well-known registered Holstein herd with international contributions. Through genetics and longevity his herd was the first in the country to breed two generations of 10,000 pounds of butterfat producers. Robert was past president of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, president and director of the Polk-Burnett County Dairy Herd Development Association and board member for the dairy herdmanship program at WITC. Their Larigan Lake Holstein herd received numerous production, classification and show awards. He was a member of the Cumberland School Board, the St. Anthony Church Board and Knights of Columbus. He received the first Jaycees Distinguished Farmer Award for the Cumberland area and was named a Wisconsin Holstein Association Distinguished Dairyman Award recipient. Robert was also a Director on the PolkBurnett Rural Electric Cooperative Board. He was an avid hunter, including trips to the Arctic, Africa and Mexico for large game. However, locally his passion for the woods around McKinley with his children and grandchildren will always be regarded as favorite memories. He resided his entire life on the shores of Larigan Lake and it was here you would see him fly one of his two planes from the field road to ice landings during the winter. He was also a member of the Flying Farmers of America. He loaned these skills to the Department of Natural Resources and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for special aerial searches and projects. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, of 53 years; their children, Mary (John) Mayer of Hammond, Jim (Corrine) Behling of Cumberland, Kay (Joe) Potter of Eden Prairie, Minn., Ann (Duane) Wolf of Northfield, Minn., Barbara of Madison and John (Tabitha) Behling of Eau Claire, and four grandchildren including Ryan, Jason, Sara and Madeline Behling. He is preceded in death in by his parents, his infant siblings; his first grandchild, Jared Robert Behling; and son-in-law John Afdahl. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Frederic, with Father David Mullen and Father Andrew Ricci officiating. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery in McKinley. Pallbearers are Bruce Carlson, Charles Carlson, Dennis Johnson, Irven Peterson, Harold Weaver and Brad Johnson. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, and one hour prior to service on Thursday at the church. Funeral arrangements were handled by Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland.


OBITUARIES Elaine L. Nelsen

John J. Wright “Junior”

Elaine L. Nelsen, Turtle Lake, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at her rural Turtle Lake residence. Elaine was born and grew up in Mooreland, Okla., where she married Hans P. Nelsen on Feb. 3, 1943. Hans and Elaine moved to rural St. Croix Falls and raised their family of six children on a small dairy farm. Elaine was well-known at the St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital, where she worked in the business office until her retirement in 1978. Elaine enjoyed quilting, crocheting, painting, reading, and providing loving support and nurture to all of her family. Her unconditional love and warm acceptance touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Hans, of 57 years; an infant daughter, Theresa Ann; and a sister, Rose Dorothy Sullens. She is survived by a sister, Miriam Schnoebelen; brothers, Ben (Bertha) Schnoebelen, Claude (Wanda) Schnoebelen, Al Schnoebelen, and Joe (Judy) Schnoebelen. She is also survived by children Eileen Nelsen, Mary Jensen, James Nelsen, Kathy (Greg) Moyer, Joseph (Kathy) Nelsen, Leanne (Russ) Charlton; grandchildren, Dennis Hacken, Linda (Mike) Rademacher, Jenalisa Pluff, Teresa (Jim) Kruizenga, John (Rhonda) Jensen, Michelle (Scott) Petee, Patricia Ziegler, Matthew Nelsen, Ben (Tracy) Moyer, Shiela Moyer, Sam (Stephanie) Moyer, Andy (Kristen) Nelsen, Adam Nelsen, Ben Charlton; and 21 great-grandchildren. There was a celebration of Elaine’s life at the Apple River Community Church at Amery on Wednesday, April 8, 2009. The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

John J. Wright, 79, Clayton Lake, died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Comfort House in McAllen, Texas. John was born on April 28, 1929, in Vance Creek Township, the son of John Thomas and Johanna Elizabeth (Zorn) Wright. He grew up in the Reeve area and attended Vance Creek School. During this time, he helped on the family farm and enjoyed playing football, baseball and softball. In 1946 he received FFA Chapter Farmer and State Farmer awards, and graduated from the Clear Lake High School in 1947. After high school, John took over the family dairy farm and later bought it from his father. He continued to farm there until he retired. On Oct. 25, 1958, he was married to Mary L. Sias and together they were blessed with four children, Penny, Pearl, Timothy and Terry. John was also active in his community, serving on the Vance Creek Town Board and as an active member of the Clear Lake Masonic Lodge. He was a Master Mason for 53 years and served as Worshipful Master for several years. On Oct. 12, 1994, John also became a member of the Eastern Star in Clear Lake. He enjoyed carpentry, building his recent home and his brother’s barn. John also loved hunting, fishing, playing cribbage and pool. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Johanna Wright; and his brother, Robert “Bob” Wright. He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Wright of Clayton; children, Penny Hager of Hudson, Pearl Marik of Cameron, John “Tim” Wright of Hudson and Terry (Wendy) Wright of Clear Lake; seven grandchildren, John (Jessica) Hager, Tiffany Hager, Jessica Wink, Nathan Marik, Aaron Wright, Morgan Wright and Rob Kjelstad-Wright; four great-grandchildren, Jalissa Hager, John Hager Jr., Jared Hager and Jacob Hager; sisters and brother, Lillian (Larry) Nilssen of Clear Lake, Helen (Wally) Ellefson of Dallas and Kenneth (Beverly) Wright of Clayton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Saturday, April 18, at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church, with the Rev. Irving Case and the Rev. Todd Groat officiating. Organist was Nancy Bergmann and vocalists were Wayne and Iris Larson. Honorary pall bearers were Dale Cuper, Myron Johnson, Keith Grant, Larry Nilssen, Frank Hickey, Steve Polta, Andy Hornick and Marvin Sias. Masonic services were provided by the Clear Lake Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. The Scheuermann - Hammer Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Clear Lake were entrusted with arrangements.

Boyd H. Junkans, 80, of Clear Lake, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the Golden Age Manor nursing home in Amery. Boyd Henry Junkans was born on Nov. 8, 1928, in Forest Township, the son of Henry and Vida (Martin) Junkans. He grew up in the Clear Lake area and attended Clear Lake High School. Boyd was married to Delores J. Engebretson on June 16, 1949, and together raised five children, Sandy, Jimmy, Jeffrey, Henry and Julie. Boyd lived in Montana for a short time, where he worked as a sheepherder, before returning to the Clear Lake area. He held a number of jobs, farming, driving truck for Fairway Foods, Ed Spurlock, Pat Wilson, Dick Junkans and Becker Trucking. Boyd was also a heavy equipment operator for George Johnson and a selftaught mechanic. He worked for a number of years for Clear Lake Township and served on the Polk County Board of Supervisors. He loved working with horses and enjoyed shoeing, driving and breaking them. Boyd was a member of the Reeve Evangelical Church. He had been a resident of the Golden Age Manor in Amery for the past few months. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Vida Junkans; sister, Jean Junkans; brother-in-law, Doug Krueger; and nephew, Mark Krueger. He is survived by wife, Delores Junkans of Amery; sons and daughters, Sandy (Sam) Iverson of Cabool, Mo., Jimmy Junkans of Clear Lake, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Junkans of Almena, Henry (Laurie Nelson) Junkans of Prairie Farm, Julie (Arvin) Stecker of Forest City, Iowa; grandchildren, Amy (Richard) Johnson, Brandon Junkans, Amanda Junkans, Joshua (Laura) Ludke, Angela (Tim) Hite, Ben (Lauren) Bolupue, Jessie DeGross, Tess Junkans, Sydney Junkans, Lindsey (Brian Ennen) Stecker, Sterling Stecker and Chandler Stecker; greatgrandchildren, Kristen, Alexis and Nathan Johnson, Aria and Avianna Hite, Mikaela, Aiden, Brennen and Cohen Bolopue; sister, Joanne Krueger of New Richmond; niece and great-nephew, Mary Jo (Scott) Hansen of New Richmond and Cole Hansen; many other family and friends. Funeral service was held at Reeve Evangelical Free Church of Reeve on Monday, April 20, with the Rev. Todd Groat officiating. Organist was Nancy Bermann and vocalists were Alger and Lorraine Monson. Casket bearers were Al Engebretson, Tom Engebretson, Chad Johnson, Troy Johnson, Cole Hansen and Brandon Junkans. The Scheuermann - Hammer Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Clear Lake were entrusted with arrangements.

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David F. “Rebel” Myers David F. “Rebel” Myers, 46, of Vance Creek Township, died unexpectedly early on Thursday morning, April 16, 2009. David Franklin Myers was born on May 26, 1962, in Alexandria, Va., the son of John and Marie (Messick) Myers. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Alexandria, moving to Warrenton, Va., where he graduated from Fauquier High School in 1980. David attended Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas, Va., and also attended farrier school in Sperry, Okla. While living in Virginia, he became friends with Dr. Eric Maybach and his family, who owned a farm in Clear Lake. David worked on the farm in the summers, and in the early 1980s made the Clear Lake area his home. In addition to taking care of the farm, he also worked various jobs in and around Clear Lake, eventually working at Pixall/Oxbo, where he remained for the next 18 years. David was married to Tonya Dix in 1986 and later divorced. On Dec. 31, 1996, David was married to Bonnie Ostlund at West Akers Lutheran Church. David delighted in his newly acquired family of Shannon, Amanda, Kirsten and Matthew. In Dec. 1998, David and Bonnie were blessed with the addition of twins, Olivia and Jacob. Together they made their home in Vance Creek Township. He was a devoted and loving father to all of his children. David loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and camping, but also enjoyed reading and learning. He had been employed at Cardinal Glass in Amery for the past six years. David greatly valued family and friendships and was always willing to help others in any way he could without hesitation. His warm smile and enthusiasm brightened many lives. David will be deeply missed by his family and many close friends. David is survived by his wife, Bonnie S. Myers; and twin children, Olivia and Jacob of Vance Creek Township; his daughters, Shannon (Ben) Cox of Milltown, Amanda (Todd Wagner) Ostlund of Milltown and Kirsten (Eddie Marsh) Ostlund of Cameron; his son, Matthew Ostlund of Osceola; and his grandson, Noah Benjamin Cox. He is also survived by his parents, John F. and Marie M. Myers of Warrenton, Va.; his brother, Eric (Amber) Myers, Charlottesville, Va.; his nieces and nephew, Annelise, Peter and Anneka Myers; and uncle, R. Ray Messick (wife Lee Armstrong) of McConnellsburg, Pa.; cousin, Molly Messick of Laramie, Wyo.; and an aunt, Mary Frances (David) Gerhardt of Mineral, Va. He was preceded in death are his grandparents, John F. and Lennie J. Myers and Albert Ray and Nora E. Messick of Virginia. The family would like to compile a memory book of personal stories of David’s life. Please send any reminiscence to Eric and Amber Myers, 3455 Preddy Creek Rd, Charlottesville, Va.; 22911, or by e-mail to: Memorial Services were held at West Akers Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm on Tuesday, April 21, with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Karen Karlstad was the organist. The Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home and Cremation Service was entrusted with arrangements.

Rose Marie Schwan Rose Marie Schwan of Osceola, formerly of the Horse Creek area, died Saturday at Regions Hospital at the age of 86. Rose Marie was the older of two children of Albert and Gladys Schwan. She was born Jan. 11, 1923. Her parents were longtime licensed cheese makers in Horse Creek. She attended Alden Elementary School and Osceola High School. She then graduated from Stout Institute with a home economics degree. Rose’s professional career consisted of teaching home economics at the junior high level. She taught in various schools in Menominee, Appleton and Minneapolis. Retiring in 1980, she spent winters with her sister, Marie and her husband John McCall in Long Beach, Calif., the balance of the year she spent in her family home in Horse Creek. Rose led a full life and had many friends and family members to visit and trip with. She also spent much time sewing and crossstitching for church bazaars, her friends and herself. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday April 25, at 11 a.m., at Assumption Catholic Church in Farmington. There will be visitation one hour before the service at the church. Private interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery in Farmington. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.


OBITUARIES Charlotte R. Probst

Harold Adrian Peterson

Charlotte R. Probst, 60, a resident of Siren, died April 18, 2009. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. Visitation will be prior to services from 10 -11 a.m. A full obituary will be published in an upcoming edition. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with arrangements.

Harold Peterson, 63 of Fox Creek, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls. Harold was born on Sept. 16, 1945, in Amery, to Alfred and Edith (Swanson) Peterson. He was raised in Fox Creek and attended Bunyan School and Unity High School. He graduated in 1963, the first class to graduate from the new Unity High School. In 1964, Harold enlisted in the United States Army. He was in the 9th Infantry Division. He successfully completed the cooks training course at Fort Knox, Ky. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1967. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Fox Creek where he ran the family farm when his father passed away. Harold was then employed by the Unity School District beginning in May of 1975 as a mechanic and moved to the transportation director position in July of 1985. He retired at the end of the 2002-2003 school year. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs, Shadow and Oscar, camping and fishing and loved fixing just about anything. Harold is survived by his mother, Edith Peterson of Balsam Lake; children, Heidi (Troy) Long of Pensacola, Fla., Ryan (Diana) of Balsam Lake and Cami (Jeff) Kuschel of Star Prairie; grandchildren, Briana and Zachary Peterson and Cole Kuschel; brothers, Donnie (Debbie) Peterson of Balsam Lake and David (Carolyn) Peterson; sister, Mary (Keith) Ward of Cushing; brother-in-law, Paul Bailey of Danbury; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and “the boys” Oscar and Shadow. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred; two sisters, Doris Peterson in infancy and Irene Bailey; nephews, Zach Ward and Adam Peterson. Funeral service was held at the Georgetown Lutheran Church on April 22. Harold was laid to rest at the Georgetown Township Cemetery with full military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry W. Kesler Jerry W. Kesler, 60, a resident of Siren, died April 15, 2009. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 23, from 4 - 7 p.m., at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A full obituary will be published in an upcoming edition. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with arrangements.

James Conrad Engstrom James Conrad Engstrom, 62, died April 3, 2009, in his home in Texas. Jim graduated from Webster High School in 1965. He served four years in the Navy (Vietnam veteran). After his military service, he married Sherry Nelson of St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 7, 1969. They had two sons, Todd and Mike. Jim worked for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad for 37 years. He moved his family to Texas in 1986 and retired in 2008. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Muriel and daughter, Connie Flannery. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, Mansfield Texas; sons, Todd, Mansfield and Mike (Addie), Keller, Texas; grandchildren, Grant, Maya and Josh; brother, Rick (Judy) Siren; sisters, Joretta (Scott) Fenner, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Lori (Steve) Werscher, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Michael E. “Mickey” McClelland Michael E. “Mickey” McClelland, 70, of Webster, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., on April 12, 2009. He was born in Duluth, Minn., to Earl and Effie (Pihlaja) McClelland July 19, 1938. Mickey graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minn., where he excelled in four sports and is a member of Denfeld High School Hall of Fame. He attended the U of M, where he played freshman football, and then attended UMD and UW-Superior. He was in the Minnesota Air National Guard, 148th Fighter Group, for seven years. He will be remembered by many as their favorite bartender in Duluth, Superior and most recently The Hole-In-The-Wall Casino from Danbury. Mickey is survived by companion, Teddie Hirsch and family; special stepdaughter, Jamie East; stepgranddaughter, Jackie McKay; “son” Matt Swenson; cousin, Molly Wright of California; and many other cousins of the Pihlaja, Pary and Jacobson families and many friends. By Mickey’s request no service will be held. A celebration of Life will be held at The Tap in Webster on Saturday, May 9, 2 p.m. - ? Mickey bequeathed his body to the Mayo Foundation to assist in medical education.

Wendell Huro Wendell Huro, 73, of Cushing, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at the home of his daughter in the Milltown Township. Funeral Services for Wendell will be held at the Wolf Creek Methodist Church. Times and dates are pending at the time of publication. Please call the Edling Funeral Home in St. Croix Falls for updated information. A full obituary will be published in an upcoming edition. The Edling Funeral Home of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Norman Palmer Skow, Luck, died April 4, 2009, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, at the age of 88 years. Norman was born in Luck on Dec. 26, 1920, to Peter Christian Skow and Meta Johansen Skow. Norman was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at North Luck. Norman attended Spring Brook School through the eighth grade. He then worked on various farms until he entered the United States Army in 1942 where he served in campaigns in Central Europe and the Rhineland. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 at the conclusion of World War II. Norman was a member of the Luck American Legion for over 60 years. After returning from World War II, he returned to working the family dairy farm in Luck, initially leasing and then purchasing the farm, where he resided until, due to health reasons, he moved to the United Pioneer Home in Luck in 2005. He loved to garden and provide produce to many family members and friends throughout the years. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard and Alvin; sister, Ina Gavin; nephews, William Gavin, LeRoy and Gary Skow; and niece Cheryl Skow. He is survived by his sisters, Irma DeGidio and Thelma Hendricks; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Luck on Friday April 24, at 11 a.m. The family will greet visitors on Thursday, April 23, at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria from 4 – 7 p.m., and then again at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service. Norman will be laid to rest next to his parents at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in North Luck with full military honors. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home, Centuria, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Richard Hart Richard “Esiban” Hart, a resident of Georgetown Township–Luck, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his adopted daughter, Michelle; granddaughter, Kyra; brothers, Eugene Nichols and Betty, Robert Nichols and Jackie, and Gary Nichols and Pam; sister-in-law, Betty Mosay Nichols; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Round Lake Community Center in Johnstown Township – Luck, beginning Tuesday, April 21, and continued until the time of service on Wednesday, April 22, with David Merrill officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Merrill, Jerry Rogers, Doug Merrill, C.J. Nichols, Steve Benjamin and Russell Merrill Sr. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck was entrusted with funeral arrangements.



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113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9 a.m. Prayer & Praise Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:40 a.m. Worship Service




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 483-1357 and 755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.


309 5th Street, 715-640-1450 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Saturday 6 p.m.




1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Pastor Matt Faarem Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 8:30 a.m. Wed. LOGOS 3:20 p.m.


Gene E. Jahnke, Pastor, 715-635-7672, Hm. 715-354-7787, Hwy. 70 at 53, Spooner Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School & Bible Classes For All - 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Jay Ticknor, 715-463-5746 3 miles So. of Grantsburg on Hwy. 87 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Pastor John Clasen; Pastoral Serv. 349-5280 Sunday Worship - 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Mark Richardson, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sun. Contemp. Serv. 8:15 a.m.; Gospel Wor., Adult Ed. & Sun. Schl. 9:30; Trad. Serv. 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; 472-8153, Office/Kit. - 472-2535 Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 9:15 a.m.; Fellowship 10 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pipe Lake CTH G & T, 715-822-3096 Sun. Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. during school year; Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sunday Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:40 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & last Sundays


Pastor Arthur Bruning, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.


5561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. & Youth 9:45 a.m.; Adult Learning 10 a.m.; Contemp. Wor. 11 a.m.


Pastors Julie Brenden & Nanette Hagen Hinck; 648-5323 or 648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:15 a.m.


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pastor John Siedschlag, Phone 866-5406; Church Phone 866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m; Sun. Wors. - 10 a.m.; Adult Bible Study 9 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 E-mail: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Bob Sinclair Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:40 a.m.; Confirmation Wed. 6 p.m.; HS Youth Wed. 6 p.m.

PILGRIM LUTHERAN - FREDERIC (ELCA) Pastor Catherine Burnette 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m.; Sun. School - 9 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


(Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Gene DeVries 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:30 a.m.

(Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 3rd Sun.


CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791Roger Pittman, Pastor Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 10 a.m. Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays




Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.

CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST - GRANTSBURG Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sun. School - 10:30 a.m.


Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m.


Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m.

Pastor: Rev. Dennis M. Mullen, 715-327-8119 Sat.: 4:30 p.m. St. Dominic; Sun.: 8:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception; 10:30 a.m. St. Dominic Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times


Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. Sacrament of Penance Sun. 8 a.m.


Pastor Father Daniel Bodin, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 a.m.


Pastor Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10:45 a.m., Wed. 5:45 p.m. (SeptMay), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer) Sat. 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 1



404 Wis. Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation Sat., 3:30 p.m. or by appt.


ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 1606 165th Ave., Centuria Paul Foulke, Pastor, 715-485-3363 Sun. Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m.


Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-294-2243 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola Masses: Sun. 10:30 a.m., Tues. 5 p.m. Thurs. at 10 a.m. at Osc. Nursing Home



Pastor Marty Nolet Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Pastor Bruce Stunkard Sun. Wor. 11 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday



10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 857-5580, Parsonage 822-3001, TR Office - 822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday


Pastor John Siedschlag Home 715-866-5405; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)


290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m.

WOLF CREEK UNITED METHODIST Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT


Hwy. 70 East, 689-2271 Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday



Pastor Dave Guertin 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren, 715-349-5601 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School (ages 4 thru 12th grade), Fellowship, Adult Bible Class at 9:15 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Worship - 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship after service.


1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastor Ray Reinholtzen, Douglas Olson and Roger Kampstra Services begin at 9:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 5 mi. E. of Frederic on W, 2 mi. south on I; Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

Pastor Scott Sagel, 715-689-2541 Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome



Pastor Gary Tonn Praise Time 8 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:20 a.m. CATHOLIC


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Friday 9 a.m.; Sacrament of Penance Sat. 3:30 p.m.


Pastor - Father Daniel Bodin 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7345 Sat. Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tues. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m.


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Wed. 5 p.m. (Summer), Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sunday

Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.




Pastor David Almlie, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays

Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8:15 a.m., Thurs. 11:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.

Pastor Doug McConnell Youth Pastor Chris Radtke At Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5794 Sun. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.


Pastor Andy McDaniel, 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Wed. 6:30 p.m. Bible Study; Nursery provided.;



Minister Garret Derouin, 866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.



Dairyland - Rev. Jack Martiny 715-244-3649 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.







Pastor Dale VanDeusen, 715-488-2296 or 715-488-2653 20296 Hwy. 87, Grantsburg Morn. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services

140 Madison St. South, St. Croix Falls Pastor Mark K. Schoen Sun. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun.School - 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 327-4436 Early Wor. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. 10 a.m. Souper service Wed. 5:15 p.m.

716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore David Ahlquist, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.

Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Wor. 10:30 a.m.




Pastor Don Wiltshire, 715-640-6400 Centuria - Phone 715-646-2172 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.


Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship Service - 10 a.m. Sun. School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available

Pastor Kevin Millen Associate Pastor Jim Carmon Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Andrew Bollant Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Morn. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Supervised Nursery; Wed. Evening - Worship Serv. 6:30 p.m.

1614 CTH, North Luck; Mark E. Hall, Pastor Office Phone 472-2605 Dial-A-Devotion 472-2345 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m.






Rev. Bruce Brooks - 715-483-3550 719 Nevada St. , (between Simonson & Tower Roads) , St. Croix Falls Worship - 10 a.m. (Nursery provided) Sun. Schl. - Child.- 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - Adults - 8:45 a.m.; Communion 1st Sunday



Phone 327-4340, 327-8384, 327-8090 Pastor David Almlie Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays



350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Wor. - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:15 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


PRESBYTERIAN 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Alan J. Hagstrom, 715-294-3195 Adult Class - 9 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday

ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 646-2357 Mel Rau, Pastor Sunday Worship & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:40 a.m. Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 857-5580, Parsonage - 822-3001, TR Office - 822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month


Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 Mtg. @ Osceola Elementary School Sun. Service - 9:45 a.m.





Pastor Bruce Tanner, 715-268-2176 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.


Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m.; Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services BAPTIST


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor David Sollitt 715-857-5411 or 715-268-2651 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl.-10:15 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Interim Pastor, 715-483-9464 Sun. Schl. - 10 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 11 a.m.


Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m.


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223; Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor Sun.: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.; 10 - 11:15 a.m. Sun. Schl. for Pre-K to 5th 10 a.m.; Sun. Schl. for middle schl. 8:30 a.m. at teen center; Sun. Schl. for high schl. 10 a.m. at teen center. Nursery avail. only during second serv.


Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Wor. 11 a.m., 7 p.m.


“The Cure for the Common Church” 722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. Schl. 10:45 a.m.


231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions



1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Morn. Wor. 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.



523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Sat. Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sun. Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN Fr. Robert McMeekin, pastor 715-220-5111/ Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.



CALVARY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Pastor Lori Ward, 715-483-3696 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:45 a.m. & Wed. 6:30 p.m.


7535 Peet St., Danbury, 715-656-4010 Reverend R.A. Luebke Adult Bible Service 9 a.m.; Services: Sun. 10 a.m.; Sunday School during church service.



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

Pastor Dick Enerson, 715-294-1833, Meeting at SCF High Schl. Main entrance 740 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship 10 - 11:15 a.m.

NEW LIFE COMMUNITY - AMERY Pastor Timothy Barnes Sat. 7 p.m. prayer; Sun. Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church to 6th Grade


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Michael Brand, 715-417-2468 Sun. Schl. 8:45 a.m.; Adult Class 9 a.m.; Worship Serv. 9:45 a.m.; Nursery available


Located across from elemen. school on West St., Pastor, Dr. Kevin Schumann; 651-465-7171 Sun. Morn. - Sun. Schl. for all ages - 9 a.m. Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.

715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.


1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls 715-483-5378 Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen Asst. Pastor Ken Janes Sun. School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.

Church Phone 715-866-4111; Rev. Merrill Olson - Pastor Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Wor. - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)




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CHURCH NEWS Children must be allowed to learn through busy exploration Q: Should I punish my strong-willed son for every little thing he does wrong? I would be on his back every minute of the day. DR. DOBSON: I am not suggesting that you be oppressive in dealing with everyday behavior. The issues that should get your attention are those that deal with respect for you as his mother. When he is defiant, sassy and disobedient, you should confidently and firmly step in and lead. This disobedient behavior is distinctly different, however, from that which is natural and necessary for learning and development. Let me explain. Toddlers most often get in trouble for simply exploring and investigating their world. That is a great mistake. Preschoolers learn by poking their fingers into things that adults think they should leave alone. But this busy exploration is extremely important to intellectual stimulation. Whereas you and I will look at a crystal trinket, and obtain whatever information we seek from that visual inspection, a toddler will expose that pretty object to all of her senses. She will pick it up, taste it, smell it, wave it in the air, pound it on the wall, throw it across the room, and listen to the pretty sound that it makes when shattering. By that process she learns a bit about gravity, rough versus smooth surfaces, the brittle nature of glass, and some startling things about Mother’s anger. I am not suggesting that your child be allowed to destroy your home and all of its contents. Neither is it

right to expect him to keep his hands to himself. Parents should remove those items that are fragile or dangerous, and then strew the child’s path with fascinating objects of all types. Permit him to explore everything possible and do not ever punish him for touching something that he did not know was off limits, regardless of its value. With respect to dangerous items, such as electric plugs and stoves, as well as a few untouchable objects, such as the controls on the television set, it is possible and necessary to teach and enforce the command, “Don’t touch!” If the child refuses to obey even after you have made your expectations clear, a mild slap on the hands while saying no will usually discourage repeat episodes. I would, however, recommend patience and tolerance for all those other everyday episodes that involve neither defiance nor safety. ••• Q: I have to fight with my 9-year-old daughter to get her to do anything she doesn’t want to do. It’s so unpleasant that I’ve about decided not to take her on. Why should I try to force her to work and help around the house? What’s the downside of my just going with the flow and letting her off the hook? DR. DOBSON: It’s typical for 9-year-olds not to want to work, of course, but they still need to become acquainted with it. If you permit a pattern of irresponsibility to prevail in your child’s formative years, she

may fall behind in her developmental timetable leading toward the full responsibilities of adult living. As a 10-year-old, she won’t be able to do anything unpleasant since she has never been required to stay with a task until it is completed. She won’t know how to give to anyone else because she’s only thought of herself. She’ll find it hard to make decisions or control her own impulses. A few years from now, she will steamroll into adolescence and then adulthood completely unprepared for the freedom and obligations she will find there. Your daughter will have had precious little training for those pressing responsibilities of maturity. Obviously, I’ve painted a worst-case scenario with regard to your daughter. You still have plenty of opportunity to help her avoid it. I just hope your desire for harmony doesn’t lead you to do what will be harmful to her in later years. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman emeritus of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80995 ( Questions and answers are excerpted from “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” and “Bringing Up Boys,” both published by Tyndale House.

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Æbleskiver Fever May 2 at West Denmark Church Hall LUCK – It would not be spring without West Denmark Lutheran Church’s annual Æbleskiver supper. For over 60 years, church members have served the traditional Æbleskiver meal to neighbors and friends from an ever-widening circle. At the peak of the dinner rush, as many as 16 bakers can be seen turning batter into perfectly round Æbleskivers, the Danish version of a pancake, to go with the Medisterpølse, traditional Dan-

ish sausage and Sødsuppe, fruit soup. The meal finishes with dessert and lots of coffee. The 2009 West Denmark Æbleskiver dinner will be held Saturday, May 2, from 3:30 - 7 p.m., at the West Denmark Church Hall. Cost for the dinner is $7 for adults, $3 for youth 6-12, and children 5 and under free with paid adult. The hall is 1.2 miles west of Luck off CTH N toward Cushing. Turn South at 170th Street.

The day will also include a bake sale and a raffle. This year’s raffle includes a quilted wall hanging by Donna Pedersen, a birdhouse trellis by Roger Petersen, framed art work by Hannah Fawver Roode and a gallon of pure maple syrup. For more information call 715-4722383. - submitted

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Help raise funds to defray some medical expenses Marilyn encountered while fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2 - 6 p.m. Frederic High School Spaghetti Dinner $ 5 & chance to win:


Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

(PG-13) Fri.: 4:30, 6:45, 9:00; Sat. - Sun.: 2:00, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00; Mon. -Thur.: 4:30, 6:45





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Phone 715-268-2004

Fri.: 5:00, 7:00; Sat. - Sun.: 2:30, 5:00, 7:00; Mon. - Thur.: 5:00

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$100.00 First Prize • $75.00 Second Prize • $50.00 Third Prize BAKED GOODS SALE • SILENT AUCTION • RAFFLES Matching Funds by Polk/Burnett Thrivent Given by various local organizations, community, family & friends.


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Cris A. Moore, FICF, FIC Senior Financial Consultant

Joel L. Morgan, FIC

Assistant Financial Associate 201 Main St. S. Luck, WI 54853

715-472-8107 office 1-800-500-2936 toll-free 22854A N1-07

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• Commercial Printing • Office Supplies • Daily UPS Pickup • Fax & Copy Service

• Frederic, 715-327-4236 • Siren, 715-349-2560


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OPTOMETRIST 119 Arlington Drive Amery, Wis.

304 1st St. So., Luck, Wis.



All Stadium/Digital 715-483-1471

Dr. T.L. Christopherson

Family Eye Clinic


WE HAVE PARTS for tractors, combines, machinery, hay equipment and more. Used, new, rebuilt, aftermarket. Downing Tractor Parts, Downing, Wis., 877-5301010. www. asapagparts. com 32Ltfc



Dr. Daniel C. Satterlund



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AT THE LODGE 24226 1st Ave. No. Siren, WI Local Movie Line 715-349-8888 SHOW TIMES FOR FRI., APRIL 24 THRU THURS., APRIL 30

Freewill Offering Proceeds to benefit Polk Co. Interfaith Caregivers & Wycliffe Bible Translators. Located between Atlas & Cushing on 220th St. Access ramp available. Supplemental funds provided by Polk/Burnett Chapter of Thrivent Financial.



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Laketown Lutheran Church

483325 35L, 25a,d

DONATE VEHICLE Receive $1,000 grocery coupon. Noah’s Arc Support NO KILL Shelters, Research To Advance Veterinary Treatments. Free Towing, Tax Deductible, Non-Runners Accepted 1866-912-GIVE. (CNOW)

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Saturday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. Milltown Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

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ABSOLUTE LOGGING EQUIPMENT AUCTION. Selling for the bank, Late Model Logging/Construction Equipment. 80+ pieces. May 14, 10 a.m. Rockingham, NC. Iron Horse Auction, NCAL3936, 800-997-2248, www.iron (CNOW)


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Friday, April 24 5 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy A Hot Dog Or Brat While You Wait! Proceeds go to Frederic baseball team.

At G r e a t N o r t h e r n Outdoors S a t u r d ay, M ay 2 From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Jami Siebenthal has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Terry and Tara Siebenthal. Jami is a kind and responsible student. Her favorite subject is science. She enjoys playing volleyball, basketball and softball. Jami also enjoys shopping and swimming.

Mike Runnels has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Pete Runnels. Mike is a good student who is always trying to do his best. He is very involved in school and local activities, energetic and shows good work ethic. Mike is involved in football, track and basketball. He enjoys hunting, fishing wood craft and being outdoors. His future plans include college.

Jade Johnson has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Larry Johnson and Tara Siebenthal. Jade does well academically and has good attendance. She is a good citizen, outgoing, athletic and hardworking. Jade works at Bean’s Country Griddle and is involved in volleyball, basketball and track. Her future plans include going to college.

Faith Fiedler has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Kraig and April Fiedler. Faith is a very hard worker. She is always kind to everyone. Her favorite things about school are reading and math. Faith is interested in reading and playing outside.

Reilly Giller has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Terrie and Gary Giller. Reilly is a friend to everyone. She is helpful and offers her assistance to staff and students alike. Reilly is involved in singing, dance, piano, church activities, volleyball, basketball, golf, softball and baby-sitting. She enjoys shopping, outdoor activities, hunting, swimming, fishing and playing with her nephews.

Bryson Clemenson has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of Rick and Jenna Clemenson. Bryson has many talents, but his biggest interest lies in videos. He is a self-taught video producer and makes videos for assignments and fun. He has a great sense of humor and is fun in the classroom. Bryson is involved in school plays, baseball and works at the school store. He enjoys four-wheeling and hunting. Bryson plans on going to college.

Sean Schaber has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in second grade and the son of Jerry and Pam Schaber. Sean enjoys phy ed and recess. He is a regular visitor to the library. At home Sean likes playing with his Lego toys, soccer and football. He also enjoys going on vacation and just recently visited Duluth, Minn. Sean is fun to be with.

Jade Taylor has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is in seventh grade and the daughter of Mike and Dawn Taylor. Jade has a positive can-do attitude. Her favorite color is blue, her favorite subjects are science and math and her favorite number is eight. Jade currently plans on becoming a teacher some day.

Nathan Larson has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. He is a hardworking, kind, respectful student who adds a subtle air of humor to his classes. Nathan is involved in football, hockey and track. He is consistently on the honor role and is involved in many aspects of high school. Nathan is looking to attend UW-Madison, exploring opportunities in the engineering fields.

Sidney Simon has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Jolly and Amber Simon. Sidney has perfect attendance, continues to do her best each day and has a contagious love for learning. She is a bright young lady with a very creative imagination. Sidney enjoys playing outside with her friends and brother, Trevor. She is becoming a great writer.

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Rashad Kelash has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman. Rashad enjoys snowboarding, running, video games and basketball. He is involved in basketball, cross country and track.

Christina Weis has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. She is in sixth grade and the daughter of Charlie and Susan Weis. Christina is an enjoyable student to have in class. She is willing to help others and asks for help when she needs it. Christina has a good sense of humor, is a kind and friendly student and works hard in class. She is involved in athletics.

Chris Stoll has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Shari Stoll. Chris works very hard in class and is a high achiever who has accomplished alot so far in her life. She has a positive attitude. Chris is involved in basketball, volleyball, track and the play “Lion King.” She enjoys basketball, music and singing. Her future plans are to go to UW-Eau Claire and major in psychology.


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Brett Kuenkel has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of Aaron and Kristie Kuenkel. Brett has two brothers and a cat and dog. His favorite pastimes are playing outside, watching baseball and hockey and TV. Brett’s favorite subject is social studies. He is involved in track and hockey. Brett is a happy, energetic student who gets along well with his peers.



Abby Kosloski has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in third grade and the daughter of Rick and Kristin Kosloski. Abby is a sweet and good-natured girl who is focused on her studies. She places a priority on working hard and doing her best. Abby is always willing to assist other students. She is a good friend, a good student and a good person.

Sarah Wald has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. She is a junior. Sarah does well academically. She loves to learn and is a hard worker. Sarah always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is involved in AODA, volleyball, fast pitch, basketball and is vice president of her class. Sarah enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends. She plans of going to college.



Steven Holdt has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Kevin and Janet Holdt. Steven is well-liked by his peers and teachers. He plays hockey with the Burnett Blizzards. Steven also plans to play football for Luck. He is a good student, and involved in many extracurricular activities.

Sammi Schuldt has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Wayne Schuldt. Sammi likes math, science and gym. She shows great leadership skills and is an important member of the student council. Sammi never misses a meeting and is always willing and able to work hard on any project. She enjoys hanging out with friends.

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Chloe McCalla has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Chris and Kim McCalla. Chloe has demonstrated exceptional qualities in academic performance, effort, behavior, positive attitude, citizenship, cooperation with teachers and leadership. She is outstanding all around. She has an infectious spirit that brings out the positive side in everyone.

Aaron Koshatka has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Mike and Deverah Koshatka. Aaron is hardworking and polite to students and teachers. He is involved in many activities both in school and outside of school. He is a class leader and shows respect to others.

Aubrie Jerhoff has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a senior and the daughter of Pam and Dewey Strilzuk and Pat Jerhoff. Aubrie is truly a class leader. She works at Nail Time and enjoys hanging out with friends. Aubrie plans on going to cosmetology school.




• Stamping and scrapbooking at the senior center, 9:30 a.m., 715-268-6605.


• 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Spring program, kindergarten circus, at the school, 7 p.m.

Coming events



• St. Croix Valley Group of the Sierra Club meeting at the municipal building, 7 p.m., 651436-1965.


• Poetry contest night and open mike night at the library, 5-7 p.m., 715-485-8680.


• Give Me Some Credit class at North Valley Lutheran Church, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-553-0707 or


• Free live Web broadcast of a town hall-style meeting with Dave Ramsey at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 7-8:30 p.m., 715-463-5746.

• The Parent Resource Group for parents of children with special needs will meet at the Burnett County Family Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., call Jenny at 715-463-4941. • Food and Friends Community Dinner at Siren United Methodist Church, 5-6 p.m. • Burnett County Republican Party will meet in Room 162 in the Government Center, 7 p.m.


• Public informational meeting on Straight Lake State Park draft master plan and environmental assessment at the DBS Hall, 6-8 p.m., 715-463-2897. • Historical society meeting, with presentation by camera expert Jim McKeown at the Luck Library/Museum, 7 p.m., 715-472-4378.


• Commercial Wine Grape Establishment meeting at the Ag Research Station, 6-8 p.m., 715-635-3735.

St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls

• Health seminar at the senior center, 1 p.m.


• King’s Clubhouse play group at the Alliance Church of the Valley, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 715-4831100. • Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • 500 cards and Dominos at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. • Friends of Interstate Park’s Spring Gathering of Friends. Birds in Flight program at Interstate Park, 6:30 p.m., 715-483-3747.



FRI. & SAT./24 & 25 Osceola

• “Sanders Family Christmas,” a play at St. Croix ArtBarn, 7:30 p.m., 715-294-2787.

FRIDAY/24 • Pancake supper at Laketown Lutheran Church, 5-7 p.m.


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.



• Free public showing of the movie “Doubt,” rated PG-13, at the public library, 6:30 p.m.



• 5th-annual rummage sale at the senior center.

• Wear blue day.


St. Croix Falls

• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m. • Solar seminar at Lamar Community Center, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 715-825-2101 ext. 1560. • Earth Day Event at the Polk County Recycling Center, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-483-1088.

SAT. & SUN./25 & 26

A drake mallard shows off brilliant colors as it takes flight from a local pond. – Photo by John Reed

• Spring concert, grades 4-6, 7 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • How to be a B.A.B.E. at the Free Church, 6:30-8 p.m.

Rice Lake

• Fristad Lutheran Church’s Centennial Celebration, Sat. begins at 2 p.m., Sun. begins at 9:30 a.m., 715-646-2357,

• NWHC bear field trial. Registration 9 a.m., start 10 a.m., 715-234-2595.

St. Croix Falls

• Career Exploration and Financial Aid Workshop at Barron County Job Center, 1-3 p.m., 888-858-5632.

• Botanist-led moss walk at Interstate Park, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 715-483-3747.


• Thrift sale fundraiser for American Cancer Society Walk/Run at the clinic, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-472-2177.



• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Historical Society, World War II vet Owen Mobley, at the city hall, 7 p.m.


• 12th-Annual Friends Show at ArtBarn Gallery, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 715-294-2787.

St. Croix Falls


Shell Lake

• 11th-annual St. Croix Valley Home & Sport Show at the fairgrounds, 715-483-2610.

• 2nd-annual Earth Day Event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-635-2197,


St. Croix Falls


• Vegetable gardening seminar at Wood River Garden Store, 1:30 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Remember Arbor Day. BLHA members, get your free Balsam seedling at Hardware Hank, 9-11 a.m.

Clam Falls

• Breast cancer fundraiser at Clam Falls Bar & Grill, noon-?, 715-653-2518.


• Any lake panfish tourney. Sign up at Dugout Bar & Grill before April 25, 715-648-5275. • Amanda Loughlin Neff benefit at the community center, 5-8 p.m., 715-472-8788 after 6 p.m.


• Food, fellowship & games at the senior center, noon. • Breast Cancer Three-Day fundraiser at the golf course, 5:30 p.m. registration. • Scouting for Food bags picked up.


• Spades at the senior center, 1 p.m.


St. Croix Falls


• Raising Financially Successful Kids class at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-553-0707 or

FRI. & SAT./1 & 2


• Zion Lutheran Church sale, Fri. 8 a.m.3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon.

St. Croix Falls

• Rummage sale at Lewis United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


• “Sanders Family Christmas,” a play at St. Croix ArtBarn, 7:30 p.m. both nights and 2 p.m Saturday, 715-294-2787.


• Writers Conference sponsored by NWRWA at The Lodge. 608-432-3229,


• Polk County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity monthly meeting at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.

• American Legion Auxiliary rummage and bake sale at the community center. Fri. 8 a.m.4 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon, 715-866-4678.

Shell Lake

• Presentation on rare books by Dr. Allen Hanson in the media conference center at the Polk County Justice Center, sponsored by the historical society, 7 p.m.

• All-you-can-eat taco feed at the high school, 4:30-7 p.m. Donkey ball at 7 p.m.

Taylors Falls, Minn.

• B-I-N-G-O fundraiser at the community center, 7 p.m., 651-465-5265. • Smelt fry at the fire hall, 4-7:30 p.m.

Trade Lake

• Rummage and bake sale at Trade Lake Baptist Church, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


• Fundraiser/benefit for Denni Doriott-Brown at The Tap, 4 p.m.-?.

SUNDAY/26 • Fundraising spaghetti dinner to help meet medical expenses incurred by the late Marilyn Sederlund at the high school, 2-6 p.m. • Ali Leckel benefit at the community center, noon-6 p.m., 715-635-2712.

• Dedication Service for Zachary Wolfe at Bering Park, 5:30 p.m., 715-825-4414. • Genealogy meeting at the senior center, 7 p.m., 715-646-2033. • ENCORE at the high school, 6 p.m. start. • Ice-cream social fundraiser for students going to N.Y., 6-7 p.m., at the high school.


Balsam Lake

Bone Lake Lewis




FRI.-SUN./1-3 Milltown

• Unity Lions plant sale at Milltown park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Polk County Easter egg hunt

The Polk County Deputy Sheriff’s Association expresses gratitude to everyone involved in their first Easter egg hunt. Specifically, they want to extend gratitude to The RiverBank, Sterling Bank and MarketPlace for their donations and to the Polk County Fairgrounds Board for allowing them to host the event at the fairgrounds. It was a great success, and they look forward to making it even better next year. – Photos submitted

Leader|april 22|2009