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• Laketown votes to save Iver’s Mountain • Siren referendum defeated • Coin toss to settle tie in Webster PAGES 2 - 6

Curves delivers a ton of food Page 17

Burnett County kidnapping Cell phone call tips sheriff, results in charges PAGE 3

Local teen interviewed for “Good Morning America” Page 2

Spring Sports preview Inside this section

Hess release blocked

Protective placement and guardianship to be petitioned PAGE 2

Weighing in on lead poisoning in wildlife PAGE 31

Josh Moretter, looking like a Normal Rockwell painting, at the Siren area Moms for Kids 20th-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival held this Saturday, April 4, at the Siren School. More photos in the Currents section. — Photo by Sherill Summer

Write-in elected village president at Luck

LUCK – Nancy Webster-Smith, a write-in candidate for the seat of village president at Luck, unseated incumbent Rich Callister by a wide margin in yesterday’s vote. Unofficial results show that a total of 191 votes were cast for president, with 119 for Webster-Smith and 72 for Callister. Callister has been village president since 2003. There was no race for the three trustee seats up for election. Incumbent Steven Nielsen received 155 votes. Newcomer Jen Nelson received 145 votes, and newcomer

Peter Demydowich received 113. They will take the seats of Marilyn Berg and Jack Holdt, who each decided not to seek another term on the board. Holdt received one write-in vote for trustee, as did Callister. According to village clerk Kathy Hanson, this is the first time in 18 years that a writein candidate took the president seat. The last time was in 1991 when write-in Debra Cardenas defeated Larry Butterbrodt, a trustee seeking the position of president. – Mary Stirrat

Abrahamson and Evers carry counties and state

by Greg Westigard BURNETT AND POLK COUNTIES – Polk and Burnett counties joined the statewide voters in the re-election of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and the election of Tony Evers as the new state superintendent of Public Instruction. Statewide, Abrahamson received 59 percent of the votes while challenger Judge Randy Koschnick had 41 percent with most precincts reporting. In the race to replace retiring education head Elizabeth Burmaster, her present deputy took 57 per-

cent of the votes, while Rose Fernandez took 43 percent. The area vote: Supreme Court Abrahamson Koschnick

Polk 2,913 2,275

Burnett 1,736 1,434

Public Instruction Evers Fernandez

2,750 2,225

1,548 1,444

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Judge blocks Kutz wins by more than 2-to-1 release of Hess BURNETT COUNTY - Adam Hess, 23, formerly of Grantsburg, has completed his 80-month commitment at the Mendota Mental Health Institute and was scheduled to be Adam Hess released this week. However, on Wednesday, April 1, Judge James Babbitt blocked this release and order the county’s corporate counsel to petition for Chapter 51 and / or Chapter 55, protective placement and guardianship for Hess. Hess was placed in Mendota Mental Health Institute after Judge Gableman accepted Hess’ plea of not guilty for reasons of insanity after he exposed himself to a girl in the public bathroom at Crooked Lake Park in 2002. Without a Chapter 51 and / or 55 placement, Hess would have been released into the community without supervision and professional support services. - by Sherill Summer

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Judge Kutz was appointed to the bench by Gov. Doyle last year after Judge Michael Gableman won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Kutz had served in the Burnett County District Attorney’s office for 25 years.

Local teen interviewed for “Good Morning, America” by Gary King ST. PAUL - Molly White, daughter of Milo White and Jane Austin of rural St. Croix Falls, was interviewed by “GMA” earlier this week for a program that aired Saturday morning, April 4. Molly, 16, was one of three patients interviewed by “GMA” at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, regarding alternative, natural treatments, including accupuncture. In Molly’s case, she had been suffering from chronic pain related to a nervous-system disorder. Once finally diagnosed, her mother noted,

they chose treatments such as accupuncture, meditation and natural alternatives Austin said she and her daughter had short notice to be down at Children’s Hospital for the taping, but ended up having a good time. “We had so much fun,” she said. “And they taped a lot - including myself - but I’m just hoping Molly’s segment gets to air. Producers told us that unless a national story took precedence over the piece, the segment would air Saturday.”

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Luck School settles 2007-09 contract Negotiations for 2009-11 to begin soon by Mary Stirrat LUCK — The Luck School Board of Education Tuesday evening ratified the 2007-09 teacher contract, after nearly a year of negotiations. Teachers have been receiving pay at the 2006-07 level, and retroactive salary increases will be paid in two lump sums, the board voted, one for 2007-08 and on for 2008-09. Pay increases in the contract are per cell, which are categories defining the experience and education of each teacher. The increases are 2 percent per cell for 2007-2008, and 3.5 percent per cell for 2008-09. The total package, including insurance and retirement, increases 4.11 percent in the first year and 4.45 in the second.

The average salary increase for the first year of the contract is $1,357 per teacher, with an additional $2,078 for the second year. With benefits, the increases come to $2,949 and $3,326. The total retroactive salary amount is $165,738, which has been included in the budgets for 2007-09. Rather than salaries, however, the main reason the contract took so long to settle was language changes, particularly regarding retirement, said district Administrator Rick Palmer. The district has long coordinated retirement benefits with Medicare, said Palmer, but the details have never been included in the contract. Putting past practice into language acceptable to both the union and the school board and administration took a long time, he said. Payout for accumulated sick time was another item that took time to hammer out, according to Palmer. Past practice was a one-time buyout of $1,000 to a retiring teacher who had accumulated

100 days of sick time. Under the new contract, the buyout would start at $800 for 80 days of accumulated sick time, with an additional $19.55 per day for any accumulated days above the 80, to a total of 115 days. An addition to the salary schedule is the position of noon hour supervision, said Palmer. Teachers are entitled to a half-hour duty-free lunch, but under the new contract can choose lunch hour supervision at a rate of 5 percent of the teacher’s base salary. Supervision responsibilities would be every school day. The contract that has been negotiated, said Palmer and board President Robert Clifton, is very comparable to other districts in the area. “Our salary package is very comparable to other districts,” said Palmer. In 2006-07, the average salary for teachers at Luck was $43,625. Salary and benefits, on average, came to $71,758 per teacher. The 2007-08 aver-

age salary was $44,981 and, with benefits, the average package per teacher was $74,707. For 2008-09, average salary was $47,060, and the average wage and benefit package was $78,033 per teacher. The salary range at Luck for the 200809 school years is $31,719 for a bachelor’s degree with no experience to $52,199 for a master degree with 14 years of experience. After 14 years of experience, teachers receive an annual longevity payment of $350 to $450, depending on the number of years. The 2007-09 contract must still be approved by Northwest United Educators, which is expected to take place April 22. It extends until the first in-service day at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year late this August. Negotiations for the 2009-11 contract will begin as soon as possible, said Palmer.

Foreclosures up, sales down in Luck

by Mary Stirrat LUCK — An unprecedented number of foreclosures in Luck made 2008 what village assessor Robert Clifton called a “very unusual year.” Clifton was speaking to the Luck Village Board at its April 1 meeting at the request of village Administrator Kristina Handt. Handt had asked him to “share a little about how the assessment process works and the impact foreclosures and distressed sales have on a property’s value.” The number of foreclosures in 2008 was initially put at 12, but Clifton later said that only a very cursory review of the numbers had been done, and the number may not be exact. He said he felt comfortable in saying that there

were a number of foreclosures. Clifton has been village assessor for 45 years, he said, and in that time there were years when he saw one foreclosure. Other years had no foreclosures. “I would say this was an unusual year due to the economy,” he added. Year to date figures for 2009 were not available. While the number of foreclosures in 2008 was unusually high, the total number of sales — 26 — was not as high as many other years. “There were many what I would call ‘short sale,’” Clifton said, referring to sales made at a price lower than the assessed value of the property. Short sales are often made to avoid foreclosure, he said. Clifton said that foreclosures, short

Frederic Community Watch meeting Tuesday

FREDERIC - A meeting of the Frederic Community Watch program will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Frederic Senior Center. Drugs will be the topic of the meeting and a representative of the Polk County

Sheriff’s Department is scheduled to be speaking. Anyone needing transportation to the meeting should call Eleanore Carlson at 327-4717. - with submitted information

Sheriff’s department applies for stimulus grants

BURNETT COUNTY - The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department intends to apply for three separate stimulus grants available from the U.S. Department of Justice. If awarded, grant monies will be used in a variety of areas in an

attempt to reduce crime within the county. Public opinion regarding the application and/or use of such grants is welcome and can be communicated directly to the sheriff’s department. submitted

April child safety evening

ST. CROIX FALLS – April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and the St. Croix Falls Elementary School will be hosting a child safety event. This evening will consist of families creating a child ID card with the assistance of the local police department, health care professionals and other volunteers. The St. Croix Falls Fire Department will also be on hand to educate families about the importance of

fire safety. Fire trucks will also be a part of the fun activities. The Countywide Blue Ribbon Candlelight Vigil will be Wednesday, April 15, from 5 until 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls students will be sharing poems and songs, and a community member will share a personal account. The evening will end with the lighting of candles. For questions, call Maria Gjovig at 715-483-9823 ext. 2-172. – submitted

sales, and sales made at a reduced price to family members are not included in determining what the state calls the assessment ratio. The assessment ratio is the assessed value divided by the sales price for properties sold in a given year. The state requires that at least one year in five the assessment ratio be within 10 percent of sales price. Last year, said Clifton, the assessment ratio was at 83 percent, which means that properties that sold in 2008 were assessed at 83 percent of their sale price. Now, he said, the assessment ratio is up to 90 percent. “We are in compliance now,” Clifton said, “for the next four or five years.” The last time the village was reassessed, he said, was in 1997. Clifton said he is often asked how he

comes up with assessed values for property. Square footage and age of the home are major factors, along with the type of construction and whether there is a finished basement. The number of bathrooms, the presence of a pool, a garage and the location of the lot are also factors. He said that people have commented to him that, due to the economy, their property is no longer worth as much and their assessed value should be decreased. He explained that he has to keep comparable properties assessed in a comparable amount. A complete reassessment is expensive, and is not necessary at this time because the assessment ratio is within 10 percent. Clifton encouraged anyone with questions to contact him.

Cell phone tips sheriff’s department about kidnapping Charges pending BURNETT COUNTY - On April 4 at approximately 5:20 a.m., the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department received a cellular telephone call from a subject stating he had been beaten and thrown in the trunk of a vehicle. With information from the brief cell phone contact and cell tower coordinates, officers were able to make contact with

involved parties. The victim had been transported by a passerby to the Spooner Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries. Suspects have been arrested on outstanding warrants; however, this case continues to be investigated. Additional information will be released when available. – with information from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department

Attorney general’s roundtable held in Balsam Lake

Rep. Ann Hraychuck and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf hosted the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Roundtable with Attorney General Van Hollen held Tuesday, March 31, in Balsam Lake. – Photos submitted

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by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – Several incumbents were defeated in Polk County races. The following are the results of the contested races. * winner (I) incumbent (WI) write-in Osceola School Board / one seat *Mary P. Cotch 568 Rosanne A. Anderson (I) 483 POLK TOWNS Apple River Chair *Rick Scoglio 117 Daniel Carlson (I) 79 Beaver Referendum/ appoint clerk and treasurer? Yes 24 *No 50







Black Brook Chair *Charlie Barney (I) 136 Bruce Gehrman 55 Clam Falls Supervisors *Robert Carlson (I) 95 *Brad Olson 64 Guy Foltz (I) 46 Clerk *Betty Knutson (I) 69 Patty Fredericks 44

Eureka Supervisors *Kyle A. Swanson 177 *Jose Trejo (I) 109 Roger W. Johnson (I) 102 Jane Meinz (WI) 18 Clerk *Michelle Tonnar 177 Rob Lubben 50

the 93 O’Connell gathered as a write-in. Four persons were seeking the three trustee seats on the village council. Two incumbents were re-elected: Kenneth Janes with 208 votes and Purnal Tracy with 202. Newcomer W. J. “Wally” Piszczek received 205 votes to defeat incumbent O’Connell for the third seat. She received 197 votes.

Nine votes deciding factor in West Sweden

by Brenda Sommerfeld TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN – Incumbent Chairman Dennis O’Donnell was challenged by Simon Nelson for a

position on the town board. O’Donnell passed by Nelson by nine votes during Tuesday’s election. O’Donnell received a total of 50 votes, while Nelson got 41.

Frederic village incumbents remain

by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – All three of the Frederic Village Trustee incumbents were voted back on the board during the Tuesday, April 7, election. John Boyer and Maria Ammend tied for the top number of votes, each receiving 85. William Johnson

IV remains on the board with 79 votes, while challenger John Glockzin received 46. Phil Knuf remains Frederic Village president running unopposed in the election.

No surprises at Balsam Lake

BALSAM LAKE — There were no real surprises at Balsam Lake, since there was only one candidate for each seat up for election on the village board. Incumbent village president Guy Williams was the only person seeking that position, and he received 81 votes. There were four write-in votes, including two for Matthew McKenzie. Trustee Dave Evans chose not to seek

re-election to the board, and Dave Knutson was the only candidate for that seat. He received 54 votes. Incumbents Eugene D’Agostino and Mike Voltz both ran for another term, and D’Agostino received 81 votes while Voltz received 84. A total of 21 write-in votes were cast for trustee seats. Six of them were scattered, with one vote per person, and 15 were for Carl Holmgren. — Mary Stirrat

New face of SCF school board

One incumbent returned

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – Three candidates were on the ballot for school board in St. Croix Falls. District voters elected two persons to the three-year board terms Tuesday night. Elected to the board were Brent McCurdy, with 569 votes, and Mona Schmidt with 430 votes. McCurdy will be a new face to the






Polk County election results

O’Connell loses two races

by Gregg Westigard OSCEOLA – Carrie O’Connell’s race to be elected Osceola Village President as a write-in led to her defeat for re-election as a village trustee as well as losing the write-in contest. Kathy Demulling was the only village president candidate on the ballot to succeed retiring President Gary Beckman. She received 219 votes to


board. Schmidt was an incumbent and will serve another term. Defeated in the election was incumbent Bruce Paulsen who served for nine years on the board. Other business The board held a brief meeting last Thursday to hire Darci Krueger as the new district financial advisor to replace Carolie Gubasta, who will be retiring at

the end of the school year.

Laketown Supervisors *Monte Tretsven (I) 184 *Bruce Paulsen 144 Mathew Mattson 86 Matthew Larson 78 Clerk *Patsy Gustafson (I) 168 Jackie Thompson 93 Referendum Oppose the quarry 151 Negotiate with Mathy 115 Luck Supervisors *Gregory Marsten 43 *Larry Wright (I) 42 Don Langel (I) 31

VILLAGES Village of Luck Rich Callister (I) 72 *Nancy Webster-Smith (WI) 119 West Sweden Chair *Dennis O’Donnell (I) 50 Simon Nelson 41





Village of Clayton President *Jennifer Bergmann-Mortel 68 Robert Carlson 36 [Carlson was acting president and continues as a trustee] Trustees *Corey Berghammer 96 *Dennis Heiken (I) 66 *Marlin Klatt (I) 50 Craig Benware 49 Village of Turtle Lake Trustees *Dennis Becker (I) 61 *Andy Koenig (WI) 44 *William Itzin 41 [Only two persons filed for three seats. Koenig ran as a registered write-in] Village of Clear Lake Only two person filed for the three trustee positions and no one ran as a registered write-in. Two persons tied for the position as unregistered write-ins. The village clerk does not know if either will take the position. The spot remains open for

White re-elected, McKenzie to join Wheeler and Brooks MILLTOWN — Incumbent Milltown Village President LuAnn White was reelected by a 31-vote margin, according to unofficial results of yesterday’s election. White took 93 votes, with challenger Lester Sloper receiving 62 votes. Two of the three trustees seeking reelection were returned to the board. Benjamin Wheeler received 118 votes and

Paul Brooks took 88. The third incumbent, Sam Owen, was defeated by challenger Jason McKenzie, with McKenzie taking 66 votes to Owen’s 53. Challengers Harley Lund and Don Michaelson received 53 votes and 44 votes respectively. — Mary Stirrat

Bakke president by one vote in Centuria

by Marty Seeger CENTURIA – Wayne Bakke edged out Dave Markert by one vote in Tuesday’s election, 58, to 57, to become the new Centuria Village Board president. Two new trustees were added to the village board, including Eric Priebe with 76 votes, and Steve Sylvester with 73 votes. Incumbent Michael Koshatka received 64

votes and will remain on the village board for another two-year term. Peter Englund received 50 votes and Gene Tourville had 36 votes. The village board of Centuria now includes President Bakke, and Trustees Priebe, Sylvester, Koshatka, Rod Peterson, Dave Schultz and LaVerne McKenzie.

City council incumbents returned

by Tammi Milberg ST. CROIX FALLS – The city of St. Croix Falls voters re-elected the incumbents to the city council Tuesday. Incumbent Brian Blesi was returned to the council with 116 votes. He was running unopposed. The city had only 262 voters turn out for the election.

Incumbent Arnie Carlson was returned to the council with 78 votes. He was challenged for the seat by Lee Uhrhammer, who received 43 votes. Blesi and Carlson will maintain their posts on the council. – unofficial results

Ron Ogren wins chair for town of Georgetown

by Marty Seeger GEORGETOWN – Incumbent Ron Ogren was the winner for chairman of the

town of Georgetown with 73 votes over challenger Justin Duncan, who received 39 votes. The other seats ran unopposed.

Dueholm, Bazey in at Luck School

LUCK - Amy Dueholm and incumbent Daryl Bazey ran unopposed for two seats up for election on the Luck School Board. Unofficial results give Dueholm 472 votes

and Bazey 440 votes. Dueholm will take the seat of Jody Seck, who chose not to seek another term on the board. — Mary Stirrat






by Greg Westigard BURNETT COUNTY – Every Burnett County town elected a chair and two supervisors. Most towns also elected a clerk and a treasurer. There were some very close races and a number of incumbents were defeated. Some highlights: In Lincoln, two incumbent supervisors were defeated. Meenon voters defeated the town chair and one supervisor. In Roosevelt, present Supervisor Greg Odden ran as a write-in and defeated Chair Bradley Wickman 24 to 22. Odden was also re-elected as supervisor. That seat will now be vacant until the board appoints a new supervisor. The town clerk survived a write-in challenge by a vote of 226 to 22. In Scott, write-in candidate Mick Peterson defeated incumbent Supervisor Shirley Muller by one vote, 74 to 73. In Siren, Supervisor Bert Lund Jr. lost reelection by three votes. Swiss clerk Deborah Pohlkamp lost to Judy Dykstra by one vote, 66 to 65. Webb Lake had a big turnover. The chair was defeated and one supervisor finished last in a field of four. (See separate story) Burnett County towns - unofficial election results Contested races only * winner (I) incumbent (WI) write-in














Burnett County election results BURNETT TOWNS Anderson Supervisor seat No. 1 *Gerald Johnson (I) 58 James Ulmaniec 37 Supervisor seat No. 2 *Timothy Harmon 52 Gregory Swenson 45 Blaine Supervisors *Donald Carlson 41 *Martin Pearson (I) 30 Merle Meyer 25 Dewey Supervisors *James C. Toll (I) 58 *Phil Scheu 55 Joyce Jacobs 32 Jackson Supervisors *Nancy Growe (I) 188 *Roger L. Larson 167 Tom Auer 89 Dan Campion 81 LaFollette Supervisors *Douglas Coyour (I) 80 *Robert Stage 62 John Larson Jr. 58

Lincoln Chair *Christ N. Olson (I) 42 John R. Spafford 37 Supervisors *Julia A. Steiner 49 *Joe Peterson 39 Steve Washkuhn (I) 37 Bryan Bjorklund (I) 28

Meenon Chair *Christopher Sybers 111 Larry Johnson (I) 92 Bob Sullivan 2 Supervisors *Randy Strese (I) 136 *Shawn Rachner 132 Mary Poretti (I) 82 Roosevelt Chair *Greg Odden (WI) 24 Bradley Wickman (I) 22 Clerk *Karla Mortensen (I) 26 Judy DuFrain (WI) 22 Rusk Supervisors *Robert Brede (I) 52 *David Olson (I) 48 Carol Johnson 29




Sand Lake Clerk *Carrie Hunter (I) 49 Lynn Blahnik 45 Scott Supervisors *Gary Lundberg (I) 91 *Mick Peterson (WI) 74 Shirley Muller (I) 73 Bob Heideman 60 Siren Supervisors *Philip Stiemann (I) 119 *Jeff Howe 110 Bert Lund Jr. (I) 107 Swiss Clerk *Judy Dykstra 66 Deborah Pohlkamp (I) 65 Webb Lake Chair *Harry Patneaude 129 Clifford (Larry) Main (I) 108 Supervisors *Greg Main (I) 153 *John Kielkucki 103 David Johnson 88 Pat Pockrandt (I) 86

Siren referendum is defeated Newcomer gets highest vote count in Siren School Board

by Nancy Jappe SIREN - By an unofficial count of 418 against and 234 in favor, the Siren referendum on the April 7 ballot was defeated. The referendum would have provided a recurring amount of $150,000 to take care of maintenance and upkeep of the 54,000square-foot addition put on the school 10 years ago. This was the second time this year that the school district had put a referendum on the ballot. A referendum for continuance of

$250,000 for another five years ($125,000 for maintenance and upkeep of the building addition, $125,000 for curriculum and other improvements) was defeated in the February primary by a slim margin. “I think the people have spoken,” commented district Administrator Scott Johnson. “A great, large turnout of voters showed up at the polls. They are telling us which way they would like us to go with the district. We will make do. We will go from here.”

Bonneville upsets Burkman for Grantsburg School While Incumbent Chris Erickson is returned for sixth term

by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Patty Bonneville will be coming to the April 20 Grantsburg School Board meeting no longer as an interested candidate but as a board member. Bonneville won a seat on the board with a total of 601 votes beating incumbent Jason Burkman who received 447

votes and challenger Jason Jensen with 305 votes. Bonneville, who lives in the village of Grantsburg, has two children attending school in the Grantsburg District. Bonneville is employed by Aurora Community Counseling as office manager of their Siren office. Incumbent Chris Erickson received 633 votes and will return to the board for a sixth term. Erickson, who has served on the board for the past 15 years, resides in Trade Lake Township and is the branch manager at U.S. Bank in Grantsburg.

Webster Village president vote ends in a tie

Coin toss will determine who is president

by Sherill Summer WEBSTER VILLAGE - Incumbent village President Jeff Roberts and challenger Tom Stusek were tied after Tuesday’s election. Both had 82 votes. Now they

will need some luck on Wednesday night, April 8. A coin toss at the regular April meeting will determine who will be the village president. All three incumbent village trustees will return to the village board. Tim Maloney received the most votes with 114, followed by Kelly Gunderson with 105 votes and Bill Rock with 85 votes. Challengers Mary Klar received 72 votes and Paul Cymes recieved 63 votes.

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by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Newcomer Molly Bentley was the top vote-getter in the race for three available seats on the Siren School Board. In the unofficial first count, Bentley received 416 votes, followed by David McGrane with 394 votes and Dayton Daniels with 390 votes. Bert “Fudd”

Lund Jr. came in fourth with 369 votes. Incumbents McGrane and Daniels will be returning to the board. Bentley will begin her first year on the board, replacing Doug Coyour who, after serving 15 years as a board member, decided not to run for re-election.

Webster returns Macke to school board

Rachner and Larson gain open seats

by Carl Heidel WEBSTER - Unofficial returns in the Webster School District indicate that voters have returned incumbent Chuck Macke for another term on the school board. Macke showed a total of 933 votes

after the polls closed Tuesday night. Challengers Brenda Rachner and Wendy Larson picked up the two open positions being vacated by Brenda Bentley and Scott Treichel. The unofficial tally shows Rachner with 930 votes and Larson with 843. Challenger and former board member Doug Quenzer finished last with 654 votes.

Webb Lake will have new chair and new supervisor

WEBB LAKE - Webb Lake Township will have a new town chair after Tuesday’s election. Harry Patneaude defeated current Chair Larry Main by a vote of 129 to 108. Main’s brother, Greg

Main, faired better. He will return to the board as a supervisor. Challenger John Kielkucki will also have a supervisor’s seat. Incumbent Pat Pockrandt came in fourth. - Sherill Summer

Tie for council seat

Josephson joins village board

by Gregg Westigard GRANTSBURG – Two incumbent village trustees are tied in their race to be reelected to the Grantsburg Village Board. Glenn Rolloff and Tim Tessman each received 155 votes Tuesday. After the votes are certified, the village clerk will determine how to break the tie. New

members will fill the other two open seats on the council. They are Dean Josephson with 189 votes and Mark Dahlberg with 185 votes. Dale Dresel, with 137 votes, and Earl Mosley, with 73 votes, lost their bids for election. Roger Panek will be the new village president after receiving 122 votes. He replaces Mark Dahlberg who served as president for 14 years. Dahlberg now is taking the council seat Panek gave up to serve as president.


Former village president questions ethics of trustee by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Former village President Laura McKenzie will be pursuing an inquiry into whether or not Balsam Lake Trustee Eugene D’Agostino inappropriately discussed what occurred in a March 24 closed session of the village board. McKenzie attended the April 6 meeting of the board and, during the public comment portion of the meeting, asked whether board members were allowed to discuss closed-session issues once the closed session was over. Village President Guy Williams responded to McKenzie, saying that closed-session issues are not to be discussed after the meeting. Addressing D’Agostino, McKenzie directly asked him if, on Wednesday morning, March 25, he discussed the closed session of the previous evening with the patrons in his establishment, Angler’s Inn. D’Agostino said he did not discuss the closed session. If he had been asked about it, he said, he would possibly have said that action had been taken but that he could not discuss it. McKenzie then said she had been told by the wife of someone who had been in Angler’s that Wednesday morning that he had “heard over coffee” what had been discussed in the closed session. The contract for police Chief Sheryl Gehrman was the topic of the closed session meeting, and Gehrman turned in a verbal resignation the next day. McKenzie had spoken in Gehrman’s defense at a special meeting of the board held March 9. “I will be turning in a request for an inquiry,” McKenzie told the board,

as it is, with a 3-percent raise. • Police officer Jennifer Hanson has been a seasonal officer for Balsam Lake, and she has been called in to provide police coverage for the village. The

public protection committee will be meeting with Hanson April 13 to discuss seeking permanent law enforcement for the village.

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Laketown says save the Mountain

Officer Jennifer Hanson, who has been a seasonal officer for the village of Balsam Lake, has been called in to provide police protection. — Photo by Mary Stirrat adding that she didn’t think the issue was being handled properly. “I do believe this village board has to follow the rules,” McKenzie concluded. Other business • D’Agostino, chair of the public protection committee, said that the committee had met and formally accepted Gehrman’s resignation. President Guy Williams said that the homeowners’ association was very satisfied with Gehrman’s performance with lake patrol and boat safety, and that the association would like to see the programs continued. • Labor committee Chair Mike Voltz said the committee met March 9 and voted to leave the police chief contract

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Paulsen joins town board

by Gregg Westigard LAKETOWN – “Halt Mathy.” That was the message from the voters in Laketown yesterday. There was an advisory referendum with two options – continue working to halt Mathy Construction from opening a quarry on the ridge known as Iver’s Mountain or working out an agreement with Mathy. The first choice was the favorite, gathering 151 votes to 115 votes for negotiations. Voters re-elected all incumbents to office and picked Bruce Paulsen to fill a

vacant supervisor seat. He will join two incumbents, Chair Daniel King and Supervisor Monte Tretsven, on the three-member town board. Incumbent clerk Patsy Gustafson was re-elected in the only other contest. The votes Chair *Daniel King (I) 246 Supervisors *Monte Tretsven (I) 184 *Bruce Paulsen 144 Mathew Mattson 86 Mathew Larson 78 Clerk *Patsy Gustafson (I) 168 Jackie Thompson 93 Treasurer *Jill Cook (I) 252

Tilton defeats Lund at Unity

BALSAM LAKE — Unofficial results of Tuesday’s election put challenger Joe Tilton on the Unity School Board, joining incumbents Sheryl Holmgren and Kelly Kamish-Bakke. Tilton defeated longtime board member Harley Lund for the seat.

With votes being canvassed at press time, unofficial results of the Unity School Board elections are 516 votes for Holmgrean, 505 for Kamish-Bakke, 469 for Tilton, and 411 for Lund. — Mary Stirrat

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Brewskies applies for liquor license using a different law

by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Since last September, Barb Geissinger of Balsam Lake has been trying to get a liquor license for her establishment, Brewskies. Each month Geissinger asks the board to review her application for a license, and each month she is told that none are available. Monday night, however, Geissinger came to the village board meeting with a new state statute she believes will allow her to obtain the license. “I’m here once again,” she told the board, “and I want my liquor license.” Providing a copy of state statute 125.51 (5)(h), along with a letter requesting consideration, Geissinger said, “This is the way to get my liquor license.” The statute says that, by a threefourths vote of the village board, the village may issue a liquor license to any restaurant existing Aug. 7, 1977. The restaurant must have a museum in the building, with permanent exhibition space that is open to the public and that is at least three times as big as the restaurant. The museum does not need to have existed in 1977. Anderson Drug Store was located in the building where Brewskies is now,

said Geissinger, and in 1977 Anderson’s had a restaurant license to serve ice cream and other foods. Regarding the museum space, she said, plans are in the works to be implemented when the go-ahead is given for the liquor license. “I’m dead seriously going to get it this time,” Geissinger told the board. She said that she felt the board has not dealt with her fairly, not providing comments either verbally or in writing, with village President Guy Williams refusing to make eye contact with her at the meetings. Williams said he did not make eye contact because the answer is always the same — there is no license available. According to Geissinger, Tac Two in Amery received its liquor license nine years ago using this statute. She provided the board with a number to contact the city offices. In her letter to the board, Geissinger said that nine years ago the police chief at Amery went to Tac Two to measure the square footage and verify the restaurant area. “I look forward to your vote,” she wrote to the board, “as this will expand and enhance another business in Balsam Lake.”

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PLOVER - The Wisconsin Rural Water Association recently held its annual Technical Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where nearly 1,200 water system and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits. At the WRWA conference, Roger Giller, of the Luck Municipal Water Utility, received the Association’s prestigious 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented each year to individuals that have demon-

strated a lifetime of excellence in the field of waterworks operations. “The role of operators has become increasingly difficult as state and federal agencies have imposed tougher standards for water utilities,” said Ken M. Blomberg, WRWA executive director. “Roger has been recognized by his peers as deserving of WRWA’s highest award for his many years of dedication and service. The village of Luck can be proud of Roger’s accomplishments.” submitted

FREDERIC – There will be a fundraiser at the Frederic Golf Course on Saturday, April 25, to benefit the Breast Cancer Three Day, all money made will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The event is a

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament that begins at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a best chili contest with cash prize for the best chili. - submitted

FREDERIC – On Saturday, May 9, the chamber will be sponsoring its fifthannual communitywide garage sale. The chamber takes out a full-page ad in the Leader 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 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. The award banquet for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year as well as the Business of the Year celebration will take place in May so watch future issues of the Leader for more information. Get your nominations in to Carol at Affordable Quality Appliances as the

committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at the public library to go over the nominations and make their selection. On Saturday, June 13, Frederic will have their yearly bicycling classic and you can call Roxanne White at 715-3274892 for specific details and more information. Frederic Family Days Celebration will be June 19 through 21, with many events sponsored by the chamber of commerce. For more information about the events that weekend, call Rebecca Harlander at 327-4836. The contestants for the Miss Frederic Queen Pageant have been busy rehearsing and getting ready for the big event on Saturday, June 20. If helping with the queen pageant is something you would like to do, call Terri Stoner at 715-653-2249 to discuss it with her. For more information about the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce, call Rebecca at 715-327-4836. - submitted

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Fundraiser to be held at Frederic Golf Course

Frederic Chamber to sponsor communitywide garage sale

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What do you think about the latest tobacco tax increase? 1. Terrific, we need to raise money 2. Awful, now I have to quit 3. Don’t smoke, don’t care 4. Smoke, but support it 5. Fine, I’ll grow my own To take part in our poll, go to and scroll down to the lower left portion of the screen

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Armed robbery in Superior

SUPERIOR - Superior police are searching for two men involved in an armed robbery at Payday USA Friday. The two suspects entered the business at 1805 Tower Ave. around 11:15 a.m. Friday morning, displayed a handgun and ordered the clerk to the ground, according to a Superior Police Department news release. An undetermined amount of money was taken. Following the robbery the suspects are believed to have stolen the clerk’s car. It was located a short time later abandoned within the city of Superior. The victim was not injured during the robbery. The suspects are described as two African-American men in their 20s. Both were described as being of average height. One was wearing a light-colored tan hooded sweatshirt with a checkered pattern and blue jeans. The other man was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The incident is still under investigation. — Superior Telegram

Rollover accident

BEROUN - A rollover accident, Monday, on I-35 north of Beroun, left one woman hospitalized. The Minnesota State Patrol is handling the investigation. The name of the woman is not yet available. Trooper Mike Hagen said the woman was taken to the Sandstone Medical Center with minor injuries. The car rolled over five to six times. —

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BARRON – Jury trial dates have been set for two Barron men accused of beating another man to death earlier this year. Bradley S. Tiegs, 41, and David M. Makowski, 36, are scheduled to go before jurors Sept. 14-18 for consideration of felony first-degree reckless homicide and aggravated battery charges in connection with the death of Daniel Grindheim. In addition to the weeklong jury trial, the defendants also have April 27 plea dates and Aug. 6 motion hearing dates scheduled. The fatal incident took place in the morning of Jan. 31 in Makowski’s home, located on Cty. Hwy. T next to the 16th Street intersection. Several people were at the residence at the time, including Makowski’s wife and 16-year-old son. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department first received a call about it that morning from a caller who said that someone had fallen and was bleeding. Dispatchers reported that this initial caller sounded intoxicated and was either unable or unwilling to give more

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information, including the caller’s name. The sheriff’s department then received another call from Sandra Makowski, who said that her husband was the other caller and was lying. She said that an ambulance was needed at the Makowski residence because someone had been badly beaten. When deputies arrived, Grindheim was laying face down in the snow with his head near the bottom step to the home. The unresponsive victim’s skin was a gray/blue in color and there was blood pooling beneath his face. Authorities also observed that the victim had suffered severe trauma to his head. Emergency personnel were able to revive Grindheim, and he was transported to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire in critical condition. The victim’s brain activity stopped at 3:05 p.m. Feb. 1, and he was pronounced dead the next day. – Barron NewsShield

Woman finds baby in diaper bag

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee police say an abandoned infant found in a diaper bag appears to be healthy. WTMJ-TV reports a local man found the bag on his car Monday morning and assumed it held clothes. He gave the bag to his wife about 6 a.m., but she didn’t open it for an hour. Investigators are still trying to figure out who left the baby. Police planned to release a photo of the infant in the hope someone can help identify her. Wisconsin has a Safe Harbor law, which grants anonymity and immunity to parents who leave unwanted newborns at hospitals. State Sen. Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee co-authored the bill, which passed in 2001. The Democrat says he hopes Monday’s incident will remind parents that the law will protect them if they do the right thing.— from

Seat belt use high; traffic deaths low

A government report shows seat belt use across the nation is at an alltime high, while traffic deaths reached a record low. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says seat belt use reached 83 percent in 2008. More than 37,000 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2008, and that’s the lowest figure since 1961. Increased seat belt use is one reason why there was such a dramatic drop in traffic deaths in 2008. Wisconsin ranks the eighth worst in seat belt use at 74 percent.— from

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Letters t o t h e e d i t o r No more silence

When Dick Morris wrote that Congress has “an evolved form of slavery in mind” it hit me like a ton of bricks. This is because I had just read this quote from Lincoln: “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some, the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor ...” – Abraham Lincoln, April 18, 1864, Baltimore, Md. (Address at a Sanitary Fair). Is there any doubt which of these two meanings of liberty is adhered to by Soros and the Left? It is up to us to maintain our liberties in our good old U.S.A. It wasn’t long ago that Bill Clinton said, “The days of big government are over.” Sorry, Bill, but they are back! Plus, it is projected that because of the immense debt we now have, in a few short years the U.S. Treasury notes will be in junk bond status. No matter what your political leanings, please write your representatives and tell them how you feel about what they are doing to our country. As for me, I’m done being silent about our loss of liberty. How about you? Ken Mettler St. Croix Falls

Buy local In these trying financial times, I would like to encourage everyone in our area to come together to help our local communities weather the storm. We need to buy locally, whenever possible. We also need the local businesses to lower their prices as much as they can without sacrificing quality, to make this possible. This will help keep jobs in our area. We have put our money where our mouths are … we recently bought a preowned vehicle from Larsen Auto. The price was good, and the service we received was exemplary. Why leave our area to buy a car, when we have good deals right here? When our old wheelbarrow needed replacing, instead of running the distance to a serve-yourself mart, we agreed that it would be better to buy one from our local Ace Hardware. The quality of our new wheelbarrow and the time and money saved in gas to go a long distance, reinforced that we made the right decision. Buy local … save our area’s economy. Eli and Barbara Fuller Danbury

Boston Tea Party On Wednesday, April 15, citizens from all across Wisconsin are going to gather on the steps of the Capitol in Madison to protest the tax and spend policies of our state government. Politicians need to hear from us, the people, that their outof-control taxing and spending ways have to stop now. The burden of government is crushing the economy and destroying free enterprise. The event is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, and information for the event can be found at Register to attend and sign up to ride a bus to Madison. It’s our day to make history and change the direction of Wisconsin. In a down economy, the private sector cuts back to survive. What does the government do? Raise taxes and fees! We need to stand together to stop the madness. We (you and I, the people) need to be

heard. Government policy, laws and regulations impact our lives and jobs on a daily basis. Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option. Together we can send a strong message to our political leaders just like the original Boston Tea Party did in 1773. Annie Davison Grantsburg

Stop the bullies I am a friend of several people who have children in local schools in Burnett County. It has come to my attention that several students in these schools are being bullied, either by students in their own classes or by older students. If your child, or child you know of being bullied, now is the time to put a stop to it before that child becomes so depressed that it could end tragically. If your child, or you know of a child, who is a bully, it’s time to put a stop to that too. It has become more than just teasing, pranks or name calling such as “sissy” or “chicken.” The names have become so filthy and disgusting they can’t be printed here. They are being sent over computers and cell phone text messages and include threats of violence. The old saying “words can never hurt me” is a lie, and these children and young adults are suffering from the cruel treatment from others. By the time the bully has progressed to the violence itself, they have added more people to their “group” so the child is all alone against a group of kids and is afraid to fight back. These kids are being terrorized at school, and most of them won’t tell their parents or any other adult for fear of retaliation. And believe me, it happens. The schools do not seem to want to confront the situation, so it’s left up to you, the parent, to find out what is going on with your kids. You think you can leave your child in good hands and in the protection of the school system, well that’s not exactly true. In the hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and sometimes later for sports, you have absolutely no idea what is happening to that child. Do you know what your kids are sending and receiving on their computers and cell phones? I bet not. Do you notice a difference in their behavior since starting school? Are their grades slipping? Do they act afraid or are they making excuses to get out of school? Have they quit certain activities that would keep them at school? Start asking the hard questions before your seemingly well-adjusted child turns to drugs or alcohol for comfort or something worse that could quickly turn into a tragedy. Remember, your children are no better than anyone else, But they are just as good as anybody. Tell them to hold their head up and smile when they walk down the halls at school and don’t be afraid to look anyone square in the eye. If they act scared, it gets worse and the bully thinks it’s amusing. Tell them to inform you or another adult if they are being bullied. And you bullies, think about what your actions are doing to others. Your own children might be on the receiving end some day. Treat others with respect and teach that to your kids. You’ll be surprised how many more friends you will have. Don’t let the bully situation get out of hand. Don’t assume that this is all a part of growing up, it’s not. High school is the last thing our children can enjoy before going out into a very harsh world of reality, and they will remember those years forever. Stop the bullying before your child suffers. Vicki Koenen, Danbury

Dr. John W. Ingalls, MD, attended the University of Wisconsin medical school graduating in 1989. Following graduation he attended a University of Wisconsin Family Practice Residency program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1992, he joined Grantsburg Clinic in Grantsburg, as an employee of Allina Health System based out of Minneapolis. In 2001, he and his wife, Tammy Ingalls, RN, purchased a satellite clinic from Allina, based in Webster. They have operated this clinic independently since 2001 under the name of Ingalls Family Medicine Clinic. He and his wife have four daughters, two of them now married and entering into health-related careers. They enjoy traveling and many outdoor recreational activities.

Green before green was cool It is now politically correct to be “green.” It has been popularized by many politicians, famous individuals and leading thinkers in our culture. It’s now the way to think and live. We recycle our cell phones, drive hybrid cars, refill our water bottles and buy our blue jeans with holes already in them so they look recycled. Congratulations. I remember being green before green was cool. I remember long ago when grocery items used to come in glass. My grandmother would get milk delivered to her door in glass bottles that were used, washed and returned for reuse. Beverages were sold in glass bottles designed to be reused. I remember searching for discarded pop bottles in vacant lots and alleys so we could return them for a deposit and get some money for candy or a popsicle on a summer day. Back then popsicles were 7¢ and a bottle of pop was 10¢. (Yes I know it was a while ago). Water was free. We didn’t buy it in extremely overpriced plastic bottles. As kids, much of the time we drank it from a hose in the backyard. Our garden was the primary source of our food for years. It was so big that when the sun came up on the east end it was still dark on the other end of the garden. The kids weren’t allowed to do much of the planting because the rows would be crooked and you wouldn’t be sure what was planted. Everyone had to participate with weeding, watering and harvest time. There were so many green beans and peas at picking time. It seemed that we spent hours cutting beans and shucking peas, but I am sure it was much less than I remember. A lot of the food was canned including vegetables and venison. We stopped putting dates on the jar lids because it was harder to give away food when the date on the lid was a few years past. We had two types of clothes; school clothes and old clothes. If you went to church, the school clothes did double duty. The old clothes were just school clothes with patches. When the patches started needing patches then were ripped apart and used for cleaning rags or patches for the next generation of old clothes. Nobody really thought much about recycling because we were reusing anything that had residual value. Food scraps were composted or fed to the animals; paper scraps were fed to the wood stove to heat the house. We had a small house, one bathroom and one car. If we wanted to go somewhere, we walked, rode our bicycles

Community Voices Dr. John Ingalls or shared a ride. Our central air was a box fan in the middle of the room. We thought a carbon footprint was the dirt we left on the rug from our muddy shoes. We lived cheaply and sensibly and never felt like we were suffering or deprived of anything good. We consumed less, a lot less than the average family today. Consumption is really the key. Today the average family consumes more goods and services than at any time in the past. We are living far beyond our means, both financially and culturally. Our wants and desires have been redefined as needs. The average size of single-family home has risen dramatically. In 1950 the average home was 983 sq. ft., in 1973 it had risen to 1,500 sq. ft. and in 2008 it was 2,495 sq. ft. What was once a luxury is now a necessity. We need three bathrooms, a telephone in every room, cell phones for every family member, a four-car garage, three cars and a boat. We buy water in plastic bottles, eat more processed food than natural food and snack continuously in front of 60-inch plasma screen televisions while watching infomercials on how to lose weight. I was born at a unique time in the history of our country. The world was rapidly modernizing. “Plastic” was the word, according to Dustin Hoffman in the “The Graduate.” It was a tumultuous time, a time of unrest and questioning of authority. Some of us had long hair, subscribed to Mother Earth News and listened to Arlo Guthrie. After a tour of duty in the military, my wife and I purchased a small farm that had belonged to my great-grandfather. We raised chickens, pigs, cows and had a large garden. We heated our home completely with firewood cut from our property. I devised a solar water heater that heated water for an outdoor shower we used in the summer. Even the three-hole outhouse was called into duty. It was a simpler time and a good time, but often it was difficult. There was a passionate sense among many that living a simpler life was the right thing to do, even if it wasn’t popular in the general population at the time. Living green is more than throwing your water bottles in a recycling bin. It is more than driving a $45,000 new hybrid car. It is more than just being politically correct. It is viewing ourselves not as consumers and owners of the land but as stewards of the land. It doesn’t really belong to us. We are given the privilege of using it for a generation but at our passing it is left to the next generation to do the same. It is being responsible for the small piece of the earth we have control over. It is living an examined life where you take a serious and honest look at your lifestyle and decide to live with less. It is having a long-term perspective with all of your decisions; spiritual, financial, social and political. It isn’t just “living green” but “living right.” Our lives depend on it.

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Polk County has first drug court graduates

“If I can change, anyone can”

by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – Polk County had its first drug court graduation last Friday in the courtroom of Judge Molly GaleWyrick. The courtroom was full of friends and family of the four who completed an intense year of treatment, mentoring, help, and love. It was a moving event. Three of the four offered to meet and tell their stories. In each case, the reporter sat, listened, took pages of notes. They talked. Each opened themselves up with very personal stories of their addictions. They had different backgrounds, different histories, different addictions. But each is now sober and in the community, not in prison. These are their stories, in their own words. These are three Polk County men who are making a new life. They had long addiction histories and were called the worst of the worst in court. They want to share their stories. Their message is “If I can change, anyone can.” Note: Their real names have not been used. They are real people, but they also represent many in the community. Next week: Part two tells the story of the court and the people who put hours of time into the program. ••• John: “Drugs were my whole life” I was a farm kid. I had no problems in school, but I didn’t want to stay on the farm. After graduating from high school, I joined the Air Force and found out how big the world was. I was stationed in Guam and got into drugs. Pot was in common use. I started smoking day to day and could not kick the habit. I kept smoking after I got out of the service. I was high for 30 years. My first trouble was a couple of years later. I was arrested for having a controlled substance and was sentenced to a year and a day. I had some treatment and was sent to a halfway house. Once that was over, I was right back to my old ways. Drugs were my whole life. I was in front of Rasmussen five or six times over 20 years. Marijuana ruled my life. It came before work, family, anything. I got married and had two boys. Drugs were a part of my divorce. Good timing was first in my life. I was not there for my family. I was not a parent. I thought I could hide the addiction, thought I was suave. But I was arrested many times and in the paper each time. I gave trouble to my parents. I was hurting my mom with every step I took, letting her down in every chance I had. I labeled myself the black sheep of the family, but my mom never did. She has always loved me. She is the queen mom. My life was about protecting my addiction. I would not listen. I did not want help. I was powerless over the drug. My life was unmanageable. I was running around acting under my age. I was an embarrassment to myself and others. I felt everything was OK but nothing was OK. There was a cloud over me and no light would shine through. I missed opportunities but said to myself “I’m stoned, I don’t care.” The drug court program started and I got into it. It was what I needed. I found quality in my life. Gary and Judge Molly are a Godsend. I wanted to make the program work. I wanted to show Judge Molly I could make the change and be successful. They saw a chance for success with me. That meant a lot to me. I don’t want to let them down. I am 379 days sober. I am rebuilding trust with the family I had devastated. I can be a grandfather. I can do things with my sons. People trust me now. It is

nice to be trusted. I can be part of the community, not a burden on the community. When I was using, I had no time for my loved ones. It was all me-me-me. Now I see God’s will, do for others. That has made the difference. The old thinking was a reward right away. Now the reward is a smile. I never got it before, now I get it. The whole world is open for me.

His son’s story: I’m glad he got caught. I’m glad he is finally changing. He gives a darn. He cares about his grand-daughter. He is not looking over his shoulder. He is now a person in society. It is good to see him happy. Grandma says he looks good for the first time. I never spent much time with him as a kid. I knew he was into drugs, and he knew that I knew. He was never there. Being able to talk to him is real important. Before, you didn’t know what you were going to get when you called him. He never remembered. Before, he called and asked if I wanted to go fishing. I got up early and stood waiting for him. I got my hopes up and he never came. He did not even remember that he had made plans. I can have a conversation with him now. He does not run off on all topics, does not talk a mile a minute. In the past, he was not reliable. In the past, he had no memory. He wasn’t there. Now I can plan on him being there. Now he shares with me. Now I can do things with him. This has definitely been a positive for everybody. He takes pride in himself. He looks nice. It has been a change in a totally positive way. I’m glad he is finally doing it. ••• Tim: Good to be back in the family I had a great childhood, no wants, no needs. I had a great family. My folks ran a tavern. I never applied myself in high school. I was an underachiever. I was drunk when I took my college tests but passed them. I was accepted by several schools. I chose a university in Montana. It was there I got into drugs. Weed, drugs were common there. The school had a top drop-out rate. My parents got divorced. I dropped out of school and started following the Greatfull Dead. This was the start of my heavy drug use. I was burying my pain. Cocaine, weed, LSD. No needles, my dad was a diabetic. I lived to be the life of the party. I got into meth at 22. It became my top drug. The least input, the maximum enjoyment. I never had to pay. I was selling to my friends. I met a girl and helped her raise her son. I became attached to them, but she became sick of my drug use after four years, of the people who came around. She was concerned about the kids. She wanted to separate. I understand now, I didn’t then. It was back to my old drug ways. Trouble started. I was caught for burglary and sentenced to 30 days plus two years’ probation in Polk County. I played the system. I was never tested for drugs because I was convicted for burglary. If you are being tested, you can get clean from speed in three to four days. It takes a month to get clean from weed. I played the loopholes. There were more charges, including possession of a firearm while on probation. In Minnesota court, I had a slap on the wrist and released on probation. Charges in Wisconsin were put off for two years. There were more arrests, and I was sent to prison in Faribault. Faribault was like college with a barbed-wire fence. I became the prison newspaper editor. There were drugs available there, but I refused them by choice. At that point, I wanted to change my life. I learned lots in prison I didn’t

want to know. I got out of prison. My mom picked me up. I had full intentions of not going back to my old ways. But there was no support network, no treatment of needs. I drifted back to Wisconsin, my old friends, drugs. I blew off my parole. I went back to jail in Minnesota, Lino Lakes. It was a more real sentence than Faribault. No prison job, no Bible, no treatment. Out again and back to Polk County again. I stayed sober for less than a month. This was the final morning. I woke up and wanted to get high. A first friend had weed and meth. A second had coke. Back to the first friend for a night out at the bars. Closing time and I blacked out in his car. I came to with the sound of loud police calls. The car was stopped and my friend was not in the driver’s seat. I slid over behind the wheel and fled. I lost the Frederic officer. They tried to set up roadblocks. I took back roads south of Frederic and headed north on 35 at over 100 mph. I came over the hill and saw a 90 degree turn ahead. I crashed. I don’t know how I survived. I was in the hospital and I was happy because I knew it was finally over. The accident opened my eyes. My day in court was March 19, 2008. I was looking at eight years. I was ready to go in. I had found God, my higher power. In court, Lois Hoff said to Judge Molly “He qualifies for drug court”. I walked into court ready for prison. I walked out three hours later starting a new life. It has been a year of programs, treatment, service, work. It has been a year of new people. I have been so busy I don’t have time for those people that were dragging me down. If they are not supportive, they are not a part of my life. I have found a new network of people who really do care. I don’t need the old group. There is a difference with my family. I had been all but written off. I was not invited to family things. Now my picture is back on the piano. It is really meaningful to be back in the family. I was a high school athlete and was in the newspapers. Then I was in the papers for my drug stuff. Now I want to be in the papers to help. I want to be an example. If I can do this turnaround …

His mother’s story He is extremely proud, and I am proud of him. He says he was the worst of the worst and now wants to be the best of the best. It hurt so bad to watch him. I could not take anymore hurt. When someone is addicted, you can’t get them committed. You can only support them. The behavior, the arrests, it was one thing after another. Going into court with him was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I would rather have been anywhere else on Earth. In the beginning, he was an honor student. We were an average family. There may have been signals of his problem but they were so subtle. Suspicions start for a parent, but you don’t know where to begin, what to do. He detached himself from the family. He didn’t know he was doing it. He was invited to things and made promises but he didn’t follow up. Now he is back. The family is all quite proud of him. It warms my heart that people really cared about him. The team works with him, doesn’t baby him, doesn’t make excuses for him, but makes it work. He is not demoralized now. This was done in the only way that it could have worked for him. I have seen the stress drain from his face and body. He is extremely proud. •••

Dennis: A new life of helping I started smoking pot when I was about 8. I grew up in a hippy setting in California. I was diagnosed with ADHD but my parents took my drug. I did lousy in school. We moved around a lot. We ended in Chicago. I moved out at 15. Later, I went to visit my mom and found they had moved away to the Ozarks. After that they came to get me but later bought me a one-way ticket back to Chicago. I was not 18 at the time. I ended in California and got married at 19. She was 32, educated, had an executive job. I was using pot. I was trying meth but she found it and flushed it. We were living in Nevada. I won $10,000 one night, moved back to California, and left her. I started getting into meth again. I found my mom was in Wisconsin and drove there. I had not seen her in seven years. I got a job at the casino in Turtle Lake. Later I got a job in the Twin Cities. All the guys there took coke. Coke made me sweat. I was smoking a lot of pot. I was laid off and moved in with a girl who had two teenage sons. I really like to work on trucks. I got a job in a welding shop, repairing trucks. I also got a job doing security at the King of Diamonds (strip club). I was also dealing meth. I was earning several thousand a week dealing, including selling to the bar manager at the club. I was more addicted to money than to meth. I was not smoking meth at the time. I was putting my money into tools for working on trucks. I rented a shop in Polk County to store my tools and trucks. I was living in Minnesota but moved to northern Wisconsin. I was fixing trucks in Wisconsin while I was dealing coke, weed, meth in the city. I was not selling in Wisconsin. A girlfriend was my runner. She got busted in Wisconsin on the way from the city. She called me from jail, though I didn’t know it, and asked me for more. She came to my shop with a friend. The friend was a cop, and I was charged with selling a controlled substance. My shop was raided. I had wanted to get out of dealing and work on trucks at the time. I went to jail, was bailed out, and went back to dealing. I was trying to run a legal business in Polk County while dealing in Minnesota. I was hassled by the village cops left and right, could not get licensed, could not get hooked up to natural gas. I was working with people in Wisconsin who had no idea what I was doing in Minnesota. I was using meth, dealing in Minnesota, trying to do truck work in Polk County even though I had lost my shop. But my charges were coming up and I faced 27 years in prison. I was offered drug court. I was told it was a strict program but something I could learn from. Drug court has overwhelmed me with things to do. Every minute is occupied. I got married 28 days after I got out of jail and into the drug court. Two months later, a car pulls out in front of me and I rolled my vehicle to avoid hitting a motorcycle coming the other direction. I hurt my back which made it difficult to set up my business. Work takes longer with a hurt back. But I never miss a drug court meeting. I had an aggressive attitude at the beginning. I was argumentative. I did not respect Gary. Now I do. He is a good pain in the backside. I have a shop now. I am mentoring other people in the drug program. Prison doesn’t rehabilitate drug use. This program helps people live respectfully. If a person is honest, this program gives what is needed to be successful. Anybody can be addicted.






Water tower, street bids accepted at Balsam Lake Both projects come in below estimates by Mary Stirrat BALSAM LAKE — Bids on two big projects slated for this year in Balsam Lake have come in significantly below estimates, the village board learned Monday night, April 6. “You’re not going to get better bids than this,” said project manager David Simons of Short Elliott Hendrickson, regarding the cost of reconditioning the historic water tower and improvements to Tuttle Street, 3rd Avenue, and 2nd Avenue. “I think we bid at the right time of year,” he said. Combined, the two projects will cost about $115,000 less than anticipated. The board accepted the low bid for each project, after the bids were reviewed with Simons. Five bids were received for the water tower project, ranging from $203,400 to $476,500. The estimated cost was $300,000. Simons said that he was surprised at the range of the bids. He checked into the qualifications and references of the low bidder, Central Tank Coatings, Inc.,

Dave Evans, a 14-year veteran of the Balsam Lake Village Board, took part in his last board meeting Monday evening. Evans chose not to seek re-election, and will be replaced by Dave Knutson. — Photo by Mary Stirrat

evidence that “there are a lot of hungry people.” “From what we can tell,” said Simons, “the bid is a qualified bid. The overall cost is much lower than we estimated. It’s a good bid for the village. “I don’t see how we could not take the low bid.” The board discussed the cost of a flag pole and lighting on the water tower, for which Central Tank bid $16,200, combined. The board felt it was high, and that these aspects of the project could possibly be done cheaper or in-house. Trustees voted to award the bid, but directed public works director Darryl Ince to negotiate for the pole and lighting. The project should begin in late April and be substantially complete by the end of June, before Freedom Festival. Three bids were received for the street project, and the award went to R.M. Schlosser Excavating of Durand. Schlosser’s low bid of $150,360 was nearly $15,000 below initial estimates of $165,000. The range of bids was much tighter, noted Simons, with the highest of the three at $157,049.

of Elgin, Ill., and talked with the owners to make sure they were still comfortable with the bid. Regarding the references, said Simons, “We had nothing but good comments.” Trustee Mike Voltz saw the low bid as

Other business • Following the meeting, board mem-

bers viewed a 15-minute video on board ethics presented by the League of Municipalities. Because all board members were present and watched the video, the village will receive $115 off its insurance premium. • At the request of Tom Poirier, the board voted to abandon an undeveloped alley that extends between two parcels of land that the Poiriers own, between Hwy. 46 and the old school. • The boiler in the village hall needs replacement, and the board discussed the possibility of installing a geothermal or solar panel system rather than a conventional system. “I really think it’s a good time to look at this,” said Trustee Mike Voltz. “We’ve got time to look at other options.” • The board voted to spend $2,500 for a certified survey map of the 40-acre Elvin property now owned by the village on both sides of Hwy. 46. • In response to a letter from Community Referral Agency, the board voted not to contribute to the shelter for abused women in Milltown. • The board is exploring ways to better invest its resources, and will be holding a special meeting with RiverBank to determine what is in the best interest of the village.

Indianhead Chorus competes STILLWATER, Minn. – On March 28, the Indianhead Chorus participated in the Land-O-Lakes 10,000 Lakes Division Barbershop Chorus Contest in Stillwater. The chorus came in third in the division and earned enough points to compete at the district level in Rochester in October. The chorus sang “There Goes My Heart” and “How I Love You.” The group is under the direction of Steve Swenson of St. Croix Falls. Coming up Oct. 10 is the Indianhead Chorus Annual Show at Unity High School, with Storm Front and Vocality quartets performing. Ken Mettler, marketing and public relations director, says it is not too early to put this date on your calendar. For more information about the chorus, call Mettler at 715483-9202 or check out the Web site at – submitted

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RICE LAKE – WITC Rice Lake Continuing Education is offering the Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider course. The 16hour class, which is designed to teach the beginner or experienced rider safe techniques in riding a motorcycle, consists of six hours of classroom and 10 hours on-cycle instruction. Passing the Basic Rider Course waives the driving test when applying for a Class M license at the DMV. Preregistration is required. For more information on these classes, call WITC Rice Lake at 715-234-7082, ext. 5257. - submitted


When? April 13-16, 2009 - 7-9 a.m. Where? The New Lobby (entrance located off of Hwy. 70) Cost? Still Just $20! (cash or check only, please) What’s Included? Fasting Glucose, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol, cardiac risk factor, blood pressure and a bone density screen. Please come fasting – no food for at least 12 hours and no alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to testing.

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To everyone who attended our 30thAnnual Smelt Fry. Special thanks to the Luck Fire Department for the use of their hall. Also thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who donated items or money. We had another successful year and could not have done it without all of our dedicated crew members.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF ST. CROIX FALLS WASTEWATER FACILITIES PLAN Public Notice is hereby given that the City of St. Croix Falls will hold a public hearing at St. Croix Falls City Hall, 710 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024, on Monday, April 27, 2009, at 6 p.m., to consider a Wastewater Facilities Plan. A Wastewater Facilities Plan addressing needs at the City of St. Croix Falls wastewater treatment facility will be presented at the public hearing. The public hearing will include a discussion of the wastewater facility planning process, the recommended improvements, and the financial impact of the proposed improvements to the community. At this hearing, questions regarding the Facility Plan will be addressed and public comments will be accepted for consideration and submission to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A copy of the Wastewater Facilities Plan report will be available for public review at the St. Croix Falls City Hall, 710 Highway 35 South, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Copies of the report may be obtained from MSA Professional Services, Inc., 1230 South Boulevard, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913, for a fee of $50 each. Written comments regarding the Wastewater Facility Plan will be accepted by MSA Professional Services, Inc., 1230 South Boulevard, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913, until May 15, 2009. Dated this 7th day of April 2009. Bonita Leggitt, City Clerk 482311 33-34L WNAXLP



The School District of Webster is currently taking applications for a School Nurse. Duties will include maintenance of medical information, equipment and supplies, assistance in establishing policies and procedures for nursing services and coordinating services with community health agencies. Current state license as an RN is preferred, however, an LPN will be considered. Salary is $20.28 per hour, 20 hours per week. Please direct applications to Jim Erickson, Superintendent. Applications are available at the Administration Office or 481650 32-33L Deadline is Friday, April 17, 2009.


Northland Municipal Ambulance Quarterly Board Meeting Wednesday, April 22 - 7 p.m. Frederic Fire Hall Annual Meeting To Follow

Monthly Board Meeting Monday, April 13, 2009 At 7 p.m. Kristi Swanson 482066 Deputy Clerk 33L

(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

Follow the Leader. (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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Agenda: Discussion regarding Adoption of Village Powers, Comprehensive Plan Discussion, Treasurer’s Financial Report March 2009, Treasurer’s Annual Financial Report 2008, Clerk’s Annual Financial Report 2008, Newspaper Advertising, Sale of Miscellaneous Items, Road Levy, Bounties, Cemetery Care, Salaries and Public Discussion. Respectfully Submitted, Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk 481239 32-33L 22-23a



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The Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall

(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.



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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

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(April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY TARGET NATIONAL BANK 3701 WAYZATA BLVD. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55416 Plaintiff, vs. DONNELLA L. JOHNSON 990 MINNEAPOLIS ST. AMERY, WI 54001 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV95 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 572364 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, to each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after 4/3/2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the 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 1005 W. MAIN STREET, SUITE 600, BALSAM LAKE, WI 54810 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. 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 the 40-day period, the court may grant 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 11, 2009. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street, Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: (888) 302-4011 481549



(April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DISCOVER BANK 6500 NEW ALBANY ROAD NEW ALBANY, OH 43054 Plaintiff, vs. TERESA K. HANNAH 1770 U.S. HWY. 8, UNIT B ST. CROIX FALLS, WI 540247506 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV158 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 514655 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after April 17, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the 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 1005 W. MAIN STREET, SUITE 600, BALSAM LAKE, WI 54810 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. 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 the 40-day period, the court may grant 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 19, 2009. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street, Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011


The Taylors Falls Heritage Preservation Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Taylors Falls City Hall, 637 First Street, in Council Chambers, beginning at 7:05 p.m., for the purpose of hearing public comment for the proposed heritage preservation designation of 431 Bench Street. The property is legally described as Lot 49, Block 10, City of Taylors Falls, Chisago County, MN. All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and be heard on this matter or submit written testimony on this matter. Dated: March 26, 2009 481462 32-33L /s/ Larry Phillips, Zoning Administrator-Coordinator WNAXLP


The School District of St. Croix Falls is conducting an early childhood developmental screening for children who reside in the district. If you have a child with a birthday between 9-1-05 and 8-31-06, and you have not already received a letter, please call the Early Childhood Program at 715-483-9823, Ext. 141 for more information. Thank You, 482078 33-34L John Gyllen, School Psychologist


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Looking for dependable, reliable and disciplined people for nights and weekends. Must have 6 months’ cash handling and/or retail sales experience. Must have excellent people skills and be detail-oriented.

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CITY OF ST. CROIX FALLS ZONING HEARING APRIL 28, 2009, 7 P.M. PLAN COMMISSION MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission on Tues., April 28, 2009, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 710 Hwy. 35 South, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, to consider rezoning the following property: Lot 8, CSM 3382, located on the northeast corner of Polk Pkwy. and Greentree Dr. This property is currently Zoned M1, Industrial; Verhasselt Construction has requested that this property be rezoned as M2, Light Industrial. 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 9, 2009 April 16, 2009 482095 33-34L WNAXLP


The Milltown Public Library is seeking a full-time Director. The applicant selected will be responsible for all management tasks related to the operation of a busy rural library and must be eligible for Grade 3 library certification in the State of Wisconsin. The ideal candidate will have experience in a library setting using an automated system; knowledge of preparing and implementing a budget; ability to supervise a small staff; enjoy developing new programs for residents of all ages and be dependable and flexible. A complete job description is available on the library’s Web site at Salary depends on experience and qualifications. The selected applicant will receive a generous benefits package including health insurance, Wisconsin retirement contributions and paid vacation. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and references via e-mail to Milltown Public Library Board of Trustees, Applications sent via traditional mail or delivered by hand to the library will not be considered. Applications will 482228 33-34L be accepted until 4 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2009.

NOTICE TOWN OF LAKETOWN The Annual Meeting Will Be Held Tuesday, April 14, 2009, At 7:45 p.m., At The Cushing Community Center

Agenda: Roll call, 2008 Annual Meeting minutes, treasurer’s annual report, road levy, machine fund levy, Luck Fire levy, Cushing Fire levy, ambulance levy, gopher bounty, charitable fund, salt/sand storage shed, new business, adjourn.

The Monthly Board Meeting Will Precede The Annual Meeting At 6:30 p.m.

Agenda: Roll call, clerk’s report, treasurer’s report, open forum, Planning Commission report, Blanket Policy, bridge resolution for 200th Street, road repair, increase in HRA, Community Referral Agency donation, closed session, open session, zoning presentation, training, mileage rate, set next meeting date, pay bills, adjourn. Patsy Gustafson, Town Clerk 482268 33L

POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT **Golden Age Manor** Registered Nurse $24.43 - $25.44 DOQ Full Time plus $1.00/hr. for CN 2:30 - 10:45 p.m. shift Deadline to apply: Open until filled YOU MUST COMPLETE A POLK CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For application, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Employment Opportunities, or in person at Golden Age Manor, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI 54001, 715268-7107 or 100 Polk Co. Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, 715-485-9175. AA/EEOC 482335 33L

BONE LAKE MANAGEMENT SPRING MEETING Saturday, April 18, 2009, 9 a.m. Georgetown Hall

Agenda: Call To Order; Minutes; Treasurer’s Report; Discussion On Communication Committee; Report From Cheryl Clemens; Discussion And Approval Of Lake Management Plan; Discuss No West Tributary Testing; Review And 482244 33-34L Approve Outstanding Invoices; Adjourn.


The School District of Webster is accepting bids for parking lot maintenance to include: • Crack Sealing • Seal Coating • Line Painting Work to be done summer of 2009. All bids are to be sealed and submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009, to the School District of Webster, P.O. Box 9, Webster, WI 54893. Please direct all questions, clarifications or bid specifications to Brian Sears at 715-866-4281 or

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The annual meeting for the Town of Balsam Lake will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 8 p.m., at the Town Hall and Shop. The monthly meeting will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting. Agenda includes public comment, approval of secondhand dealer license, Jonathan Pennington from Family Pathways, payment of bills, various road and equipment maintenance. Dump weekend will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 2009, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Town Shop. Brush and leaves will be accepted, but no tires or appliances will be accepted. 482245 33L 23d Tammy Nelson, Clerk


Job Title Fifth-Grade Teacher Job Description 100% FTE Qualifications Appropriate Wisconsin Certification: Elementary Education Requirements Elementary experience preferred. Individual should have the skills to teach in an active, hands-on and student-centered approach. Background of teaching with guided reading, using a balanced literacy approach desired. Having the knowledge to differentiate instruction is a must. Ability to work as a team is desired. How to Apply Send letter of application, resume, credentials (three current letters of recommendation and transcripts) and a copy of license by April 15, 2009. Contact Brad Jones, Principal Grantsburg Middle School 500 East James Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-2455 The School District of Grantsburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, 481672 32-33L color, national origin, sex, religion or handicap.


The Annual Road Inspection for the Town of Siren will be held on Fri., April 10, 2009. The meeting will be called to order at 7:30 a.m. at the Siren Town Hall. The Board will go on-site to inspect the roads and will adjourn back at the Siren Town Hall. Mary Hunter, Clerk 481644 32-33L WNAXLP


The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold public hearings on Wednesday, April 14, 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 at 11 a.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, to consider the following and other agenda items: DAVID NORDQUIST requests a Special Exception from Section VIB2 & VIB12 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to operate a contractor’s storage yard and a salvage yard/recycling center for mobile homes. Property affected is: 323 Barbo Lake Rd., Pt. of NE 1/4, NE 1/4, Sec. 28/T33N/R15W, Town of Clayton. ROBERT J. & SUSAN HUGHES request a Special Exception from Article 8D1(a) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to operate a Tourist Rooming House. Property affected is: 1338 Hungerford Point Rd., Pt. of Lot 9, Bakers Subd. Hungerford Point, Desc. V474/13, 150’, Sec. 25/T34N/R18W, Town of St. Croix Falls, Deer Lake. 481238 32-33L 22a,d WNAXLP

PARAMEDIC PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR Applications are presently being accepted from qualified candidates for the position of Paramedic Program Instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Campus location to be determined upon hire. Travel required. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree, two years’ occupational experience and current certification. Deadline to apply: April 24, 2009.


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 2009 Trunk Water Main Improvements Taylors Falls, Minnesota SEH No. A-TFALL9901.01

Notice is hereby given that sealed Bids will be received by the City of Taylors Falls until 10 a.m., Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Taylors Falls City Hall, 637 First Street, Taylors Falls, Minn. 55084-1144, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud, for the furnishing of all labor and material for the construction of 2009 Trunk Water Main Improvements. Major quantities for the work include: Est. Quantity Unit Item Description 1,800 LF 12-inch Trunk Water Main 4 Each Furnish and Install Hydrant Bids shall be on the form provided for that purpose and according to the Bidding Requirements prepared by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., dated March 23, 2009. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the issuing office of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. located at: 3535 Vadnais Center Drive St. Paul, MN 55110-5196 651-490-2000 Digital copies of the Bidding Documents are available at for a fee of $20. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the BIDDING DOCUMENTS link and by entering eBidDoc™ Number 853435 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952-233-1632 or Paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from Docunet Corp. located at 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763-475-9600) for a fee of $25.00. Bid security in the amount of 5 percent of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids shall be directed to the City Clerk/Treasurer, securely sealed and endorsed upon the outside wrapper, “BID FOR 2009 TRUNK WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENTS.” The City of Taylors Falls reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and to award the Contract in the best interests of the City. Jo Everson City Clerk/Treasurer 481465 32-34L WNAXLP City of Taylors Falls, Minnesota


Polk County sheriff’s report

Investigation revealed that a student had worn a sweatshirt to school the day before, a shirt the student said he had found in the basement of his home. In a pocket of that shirt, the student found rolled-up marijuana. As a way of getting rid of it, the student put it in the heater vent. March 28: The police department was notified of the theft of a small dark-green bike trailer

traveling eastbound on CTH B. Unit 1 went left of center into the north ditch and collided into the driveway at 2039 CTH B. Driver cited for OMVWI, sustained a minor injury (no EMS/wearing seat belt). March 26, 1:42 a.m., West

Siren police report that was taken from James Darby’s garage. March 31: Isaac L. Jewell, 17, Siren, was cited for operating without a valid driver’s license and resisting/obstructing an officer by telling the officer he did have a driver’s license. Loren J. Jewell, 44, Siren, was cited for nonregistration of a motor vehicle. The traffic stop occurred at Main Street and

Third Avenue at noon. April 1: The officer on duty was dispatched at 10:44 p.m. to assist the county with a possible verbal domestic. April 4: Noah S. Emery, 27, Minneapolis, Minn., was cited for speeding at 7:50 p.m. on Hwy. 70 and Hanson Avenue.

Polk County deaths Roger W. West, 70, March 10, 2009, Amery Dorothy M. Brown, 55, March 12, 2009, Milltown Ardyce M. Haworth, 78,

March 15, 2009, St. Croix Falls Albert W. Will, 77, March 19, 2009, Osceola Stuart D. Bottolfson, 75, March 20, 2009, Osceola

Dennis C. Goossen, 66, March 20, 2009, Star Prairie Norman K. Kephart, 80, March 20, 2009, Comstock Agnes J. Lee, 77, March 21,

2009, St. Croix Falls Ruth M. Prose, 85, March 22, 2009, Milltown

Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents April 3: James E. Drost, 65, Rice Lake, was westbound on Old Hwy. 70 in the town of Dewey when he reported not to

see an upcoming curve and drove the vehicle off of the road. Three occupants reported injuries. One citation was issued to the driver for failure to

Arlu L. Ames, 53, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, March 31.

Brian J. Ames, 55, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, March 31.

report an accident. Arrests and citations April 1: Reid J. Hopkins, 35, Siren, was arrested for a probation violation.

April 4: Brian L. Alden, 40, Webster was arrested for drinking on a no-drink probation.

Burnett County warrants

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Jason W. Belisle, 32, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, April 3.

John A. Bergstrom, 19, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, April 3. William Buechner, 29, Webster, failure to pay fines, April 2. Crystal Holland, no date of birth given, Centuria, warrant failure to appear, March 30. Eric P. Knapp, 38, Rhinelander, warrant - failure to appear, April 1. Nancy A. Matrious, 54, Danbury, warrant - failure to appear, April 3. Heather A. Olson, 33, Webster, warrant - failure to appear, March 31. Carmen L. Taylor, 23, Webster, warrant – failure to appear, March 31.

Burnett Co. deaths Lillaan K. Larson, Grantsburg, March 23. Wallace E. Early, Daniels, March 24. Edward J. Weglarz, Maple Grove, Minn., March

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Sweden Twp., Hwy. 35, .5 mile south of 345th Avenue, SHANNA M. SHOQUIST, 27, Frederic, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 35, left the road and struck a group of trees, causing frontend damage. Driver complained of being injured and showed signs of being intoxicated. Driver was arrested for OMVWI. Driver sustained a minor injury (not wearing seat belt/transported by EMS). Other incidents March 22, ANTHONY CARDARELLI, White Bear Lake,

Hillsdale man Tasered by Polk County Sheriff’s Department POLK COUNTY - A Hillsdale man was Tasered three times by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department before he was arrested for allegedly criminal tresspassing and disorderly conduct. Polk County Sheriff’s Department was called to Johnstown Township because Berwin K. Badhorse was consuming alcohol at a residence where he was unwanted. Just prior to the police arriving at the residence, Badhorse fled the scene, but was tracked to a hiding place near Loveless Lake. When he resisted attempts to take him into custody, he received three Taser shots. Badhorse faces two charges of bail jumping, resisting or obstructing an officer, criminal trespass to a dwelling and disorderly conduct. - with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

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Minn., reported the theft of his ice-fishing house (Ice Castle brand) from a location in rural Osceola. He is also missing an auger, a fish locater and an RCA TV/DVD player. March 27, ANTHONY S. OLSON, RR Cushing, reported the theft of his 2003 white Chev Cavalier from his residence sometime during the evening. March 26 – March 29, several mailboxes between 190th and 200th Avenues, rural Centuria, were vandalized by a shotgun.

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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



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The Annual Meeting of the Town of Trade Lake will be held on Thurs., April 16, 2009, immediately following the April Monthly Town Board Meeting which begins at 7 p.m. Please see postings for agenda for the Monthly Meeting. Trade Lake Town Hall Deborah L. Christian, Clerk

(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

(April 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILSHIRE CREDIT CORPORATION, AS SERVICER FOR CITIBANK N.A. TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2007-HE2 Plaintiff vs. JASON P MAKI, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 432 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 17, 2008, in the amount of $143,564.71, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 7, 2009, at 10:00 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, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11, Plat of Del Mar Addition, Village of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 504 Delmar Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 165-00811-0000 Dated this 31st day of March, 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. (147439)

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Monthly Board Meeting Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall Virgil Hansen, Clerk


The Annual Meeting for the Town of Siren will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Siren Town Hall. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. The agenda will be posted at the Siren Town Hall, U.S. Bank, O’Reilly Auto Parts and 23340 Soderberg Road. Mary Hunter, Clerk 481247 32-33L

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TOWN OF LINCOLN (Note Change Of Day)

The Monthly Board Meeting will be held Monday, April 13, 2009, 7 p.m., at the Lincoln Town Hall Agenda: Review minutes from last month’s Regular Meeting; monthly Treasurer’s Report; Road Maintenance Report; discussion of old business; Comprehensive Plan discussion; discussion of new business; correspondence looked over; payment of bills and any other business property brought before the town board. Respectfully Submitted Patrice Bjorklund, Clerk 481839 33L 23a

(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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vision when using prescription medications, write an apology to victim, $88.00. David M. Meizo, 52, Andover, Minn., OWI, $967.00, five-day jail sentence, license revoked 14 months, alcohol assessment. Bryan L. Belisle, 23, Webster, OWI, $1,219.00, 110day jail sentence, license revoked 27 months, alcohol assessment. Daniel B. Songetay, 30, Danbury, OWI, 225-day jail sentence, Huber release for outpatient treatment and / or employment. Mellissa R. Sunderland, 26, Grasston, Minn., fourth-degree sexual assault, nine-month jail sentence, sentence may be served in Pine County, Minn., Huber release granted for employment, $338.00; fourthdegree sexual assault, restitution to be determined, alcohol treatment, no contact with victim unless modified by the court, undergo sex offender evaluation, $88.00.

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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


(March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. STEVEN R. MCLEOD, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 08 CV 586 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on October 16, 2008, in the amount of $287,366.65, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 23, 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. 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 St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 4416, recorded in Volume 19 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 197, as Document No. 677402, located in part of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 29, Township 32 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Black Brook, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 169 100th Street, Deer Park, WI 54007 TAX KEY NO.: 010-00731-0300 Dated this 23rd day of February, 2009 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. (144010)

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probation, achieve an HSED or GED, alcohol assessment, $88.00. Christopher M. McLain, 21, Siren, criminal damage to property, one-year probation, $305.00 restitution, complete GED during term of probation, no contact with Burnett County Authority, alcohol assessment, $107.65. Jessica R. Bildeau, 19, Siren, criminal damage to property, 30-day jail sentence, sentence may be served in Forest County, Huber-homemaker privileges granted, restitution to be determined, obtain HSED or GED, no consumption of alcohol or controlled substances, restricted from businesses where their primary business is alcohol, alcohol assessment, $88.00. Jose L. Chavarria, 18, Siren, theft of movable property, oneyear probation, $201.00 joint restitution, $201.00, obtain HSED or GED during term of probation, may apply for expunction, $108.10. Allen J. Mosay, 18, Webster, theft of movable property, $201.00 joint restitution, 30-day jail sentence, $102.45. Michael L. Nelson, 30, Grantsburg, theft of movable property, one-year probation, restitution to be determined, no contact with victim, $88.00. Glen P. Taylor Jr., 32, Grantsburg, credit card theft by acquisition, two-year probation, $361.75 restitution, fraudulent financial transaction with card, $124.18. Cassandra J. Gramer, 22, Almena, possession of controlled substance, one-year probation, license suspended six months, restitution to be determined, alcohol treatment, super-

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Kenneth G. Hopkins, 61, Siren, fail to display vehicle license plates, $135.60; fail to maintain vehicle backup lights, $160.80; cracked damaged vehicle windshield, $160.80; fail to maintain hazard lamp wiring, $160.80. Carmen L. Taylor, 23, Webster, nonregistration of auto, $160.80. Lynett L. Heyer, 41, Webster, unsafe lane deviation, $160.80. Paul D. Thomas, 40, Andover, Minn., operating with PAC greater than .08, license revoked six months, $250.00. Kevin W. Christenson, 46, Grantsburg, OWI, $677.00, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment. John E. Pierce, 40, Cambridge, Minn., issue worthless check, $324.98 restitution, $309.00. Joseph C. Hubbell, 28, Siren, issue worthless check, $122.33 restitution, $186.00; operating while revoked, license revoked six months, $224.00. Sherry Benjamin, 29, Webster, two counts of issue worthless check, $1,649.69 restitution, $340.97. Greg H. Schwartzbauer, 21, Grantsburg, bail jumping, sixmonth jail sentence; sex with child age 16 or older, ninemonth jail sentence consecutive with other sentence, Huber release, good time and community service granted. George P. Felix, 37, Danbury, disorderly conduct, $309.00. Sandra K. Fossum, 48, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $309.00. Sarah E. E May, 28, Minneapolis, Minn., resisting or obstructing an officer, one-year

(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 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)

(April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JOHN C. CLARK and DARLEYNE L. CLARK, Trustees of John C. and Darleyne L. Clark Living Trust Dated December 10, 1997 Plaintiff, vs. WADE L. GRANGRUTH Defendants. SUMMONS Case No. 09 CV 150 Case Classification No. 30404 Foreclosure of Land Contract TO: Wade L. Grangruth 1276 198th Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty (40) days after April 1, 2009, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is: Clerk of Court Polk County Justice Center 1005 West Main Street Suite 300 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is: Steven J. Swanson 105 Washington Street South P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within forty (40) days after April 1, 2009, the Court may grant 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 the 30th day of March, 2009. Steven J. Swanson/#1003029 Attorney for Plaintiff 105 Washington Street South P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

(April 1, 8, 15, 2009) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Cincinnati Insurance Company and East Suburban Resources, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Shane O. Warner Defendant. SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby notified that the Plaintiffs named above have filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is attached, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 45 days of receiving this summons, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the 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 Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court, Polk County Justice Center, Suite 300, 1005 West Main Street, P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Steven J. Pfefferle, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is Terhaar, Archibald, Pfefferle & Griebel, LLP, 100 North Sixth Street, Suite 600A, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 45 days, the court may grant 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 20, 2009. TERHAAR, ARCHIBALD, PFEFFERLE & GRIEBEL, LLP Steven J. Pfefferle #1010754 Butler Square Building 100 North Sixth Street Suite 600A Minneapolis, MN 55403 612-573-3000 Attorney for Plaintiffs


The monthly Board meeting for the Town of McKinley will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall. Agenda will be posted at the Town Hall. NOTICE IS HEREBY ALSO GIVEN that the Annual Town Meeting will be held immediately following the 481828 33L Board meeting. Deborah Grover, Clerk


The April Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held On Mon., April 13, 2009, At 7 p.m., At The Town Hall Full agenda posted on April 10, 2009, at the Town Hall, Town Office and Crow Bar. Town board officers elected on April 7, 2009, will be sworn in at this meeting. For the Town Board 481837 Lorraine Radke, Clerk 33L 23a (April 1, 8, 15, 2009) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WORLDWIDE ASSET PURCHASING II, LLC Assignee of Bank of 101 CONVENTION CNTR, #850, LAS VEGAS, NV 89101 Plaintiff, vs. BARBARA A. SCHUETT 315 JOHNSON ST. AMERY, WI 54001-1516 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV117 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 653988 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after April 9, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the 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 1005 West Main Street, Suite 600, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. 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 the 40-day period, the court may grant 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 11, 2009. /s/Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK, LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011


(March 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Estate Of Charles William Plaster DOD: 8/14/2007 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 09 PR 15 An application has been filed for informal administration of the estate of the decedent, whose date of birth was 2/11/1926, and date of death was 8/14/ 2007. The decedent died domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a post office address of: 805 Maple Leaf Court St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 All interested persons have waived notice. Creditors’ claims must be filed with the probate registrar on or before June 30, 2009 Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar March 16, 2009 Katherine M. Stewart P.O. Box 364 Spooner, WI 54801 715-635-9081

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(April 1, 8, 15, 2009) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Citibank (South Dakota) N A 701 E. 60th St. North Sioux Falls, SD 57117 Plaintiff, vs. Edward T. Griese 2379 150th St. Luck, WI 54853-7001 Defendant(s). Case No. 09CV89 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 654872 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after April 7, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the 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 1005 West Main Street, Suite 600, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. 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 the 40-day period, the court may grant 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 9, 2009. /s/Brandon E. Bowlin RAUSCH, STURM, ISRAEL, ENERSON & HORNIK, LLC ATTORNEYS IN THE PRACTICE OF DEBT COLLECTION 2448 S. 102nd Street Suite 210 Milwaukee, WI 53227 Toll-Free: 888-302-4011

(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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(March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM F. BOKENYI and SHERRI D. BOKENYI, husband and wife; and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE, unknown tenants, DEFENDANTS. Case No. 08-CV-608 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 17, 2008, in the amount of $199,967.55, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 21, 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” & subject to all legal liens & encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot 32 Of First Addition To Montriol Estates. Said Land Being In The City Of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 684 South Moody Road, St. Croix Falls. TAX KEY NO.: 281-1341-0000 Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County, Wis. O’DESS & 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.


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No burning is allowed until after 6 p.m. on the east side of River Road, per the Town of Sterling fire ordinance. This ordinance is in effect from April 1 through June 1, 2009. West of River Road a DNR burning permit is required.

Application for Retail Class B License to sell intoxicating liquors and fermented malt beverages. To the town board of the Town of Jackson, Burnett County, Wis. The undersigned: Mark J. Linscheid of Mark J. Linscheid Enterprises, Inc. hereby makes application for Retail Class B Intoxicating Liquors and Fermented Malt Beverages License for Crow Bar, located at 5046 County Road A, Webster, WI 54893. S1/ 2-SE1/4-Section 20-T.40NR.15W for a period of July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. Lorrain Radke, Clerk 482065 33L Town of Jackson WNAXLP

(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) 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

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Georgetown, in the County of Polk, State of Wis., for transaction of business as is by law required or permitted to be transacted at such meeting, will be held at the town hall in said town on April 14, 2009, at 8 p.m. Dated this 22nd day of March, 2009. 481490 Kristine Lindgren, Clerk 22a,d 33L

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Burning is allowed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. only from April 1, 2009 to June 1, 2009. Patsy Gustafson 481646 Town Clerk 32-36L


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The Town of Jackson Annual Meeting will be held at the Town Hall, 4599 County Road A, on Sat., April 18, 2009, at 10 a.m.



Notice is hereby given to electors of the Town of Luck, in Polk County, Wisconsin, that the Annual Town Meeting of said town will be held on second Tuesday of April 2009, at 8 p.m., at the Luck Town Hall, following the regular monthly town meeting for the transaction of such business as shall come lawfully before it. Dated April 5, 2009. 482199 Lloyd Nelson, Town Clerk 33L



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Curves delivers a ton of food WEBSTER – It took almost an army of volunteers to deliver Curves’ ton of food donated to the local food shelf on April 1. Four vehicles loaded with groceries pulled up to the Indianhead Community Action Agency in Webster and the unloading began. “Curves members and the community rallied to meet this year’s Curves food drive goal: 2009 pounds in 2009,” said Janet Swenson, owner/manager of the Webster Curves fitness center on Lakeland Avenue. “I think it’s a record for us!” Twenty new and returning members took advantage of the Curves March special. They brought in 20 or more pounds of groceries for the food drive so the service fee of $149 was waived

when they signed up for a year. As an additional incentive, the first 30 members to bring in 20 or more pounds received a reusable Curves grocery bag. Everyone who brought in groceries was also entered into a drawing for food drive T-shirts. “This year, I placed some Curves grocery bags in local businesses,” said Swenson. “That idea proved very effective. Customers were generous, and they helped us reach our goal.” The Curves bags were placed at businesses in Webster and Siren, including the Chattering Squirrel, Adventures, Best Western, New Beginnings, Head Start, Radio Shack, Wayne’s, Ingalls Family Clinic and the Yellow River Pharmacy. Indianhead Agency’s Kenny Breedon and Curves owner Janet Swenson unload some of the groceries delivered to Webster’s Indianhead Community Action Agency on April 1. During the March Curves food drive, the Webster Curves collected a ton of food donated by members and residents for the local ICAA food shelf. – Photos by H. Rice

At the Indianhead Agency, outreach specialist Mary Andrea, who oversees the food shelf, was happy and grateful as she watched the unloading process. “This means happiness for the community and helps so many people,” she said as grocery bags filled up the back room outside her office. Speaking of the 150 to 200 families that come to the food shelf every month for assistance, Andrea said, “It feels good when you see the relief on their faces; they really appreciate the food


and what Curves does for the community.” This was the 11th-annual Curves Food Drive, sponsored by Curves corporate headquarters. Over the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food have been distributed to local communities all over the world through this program. – submitted

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FREE FREE MONEY MONEY SMART CLASSES SMART CLASSES Presented by the United Way of Polk County With funding from AnchorBanks

Monday, April 13 - Creating Your Own Stimulus Plan

This class helps participants understand what they do control in their financial lives and how they can create a more stable and secure financial future for themselves and their family. Held at Fristad Lutheran Church, 501 State Hwy. 35 in Centuria.

Wednesday, April 15 - Creating Your Own Stimulus Plan (See description above.) Held at Amery Senior Center, 608 Harriman Avenue South in Amery.

Thursday, April 16 - Taking Charge Of Your Money

Webster Curves members and staff gathered to deliver a ton of food collected during the Curves March food drive. The groceries were donated to the Webster Indianhead Community Action Agency on April 1.

It’s not about how much you make; it’s about what you do with what you’ve got. In this class we get back to basics – just a solid foundation for any financial plan including tips to creating a successful spending plan and sticking to it, traditional expense guidelines, how to leverage your own strengths and weaknesses and involve the entire family. Held at 1st Lutheran Church, 2385 County Rd. N in Cushing.

Monday, April 20 - Creating Your Own Stimulus Plan

(See description above.) Held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 1101 - 255th Ave. located east of Luck.

Tuesday, April 21 - Taking Charge Of Your Money

(See description above.) Held at Osceola Methodist Church - 306 River Street in Osceola.

Monday, April 27 - Raising Financially Successful Kids

This class will give parents a better understanding of what they can do to teach their children about money. We share fun exercises for you to use with your child as they develop an understanding of money. Content covers birth through teen years. We’ll also look at opportunities to make kids Money Smart through allowances, healthy money management habits including saving and credit awareness. Held at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 1101 - 255th Ave. located east of Luck.

Tuesday, April 28 - Give Me Some Credit

In these days, credit reports are used to determine worthiness of jobs, insurance, credit and even dating services. In this course, we’ll discuss different types of credit, credit reporting and credit scores, collection activities, protecting your credit, repairing your credit, monitoring your credit and credit repair scams. Held at North Valley Lutheran Church, 1988 County Rd. G located west of Milltown

Webster Curves members and staff form a “bucket brigade,” passing grocery bags to be loaded up and delivered to the Webster Indianhead Community Action Agency’s food shelf on April 1. During the March Curves food drive, the Webster Curves collected a ton of food donated by members and residents for the ICAA food shelf.

Classes are taught by a representative from Family Means, a nonprofit serving Polk County with Financial Counseling and Education Services.

For more information, please contact the United Way of Polk County at 715-553-0707 or

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Grantsburg School Board awaits Insight School audit

Required independent audit of 2007-2008 school year financial records due last fall yet to be completed

by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg School Board member David Dahlberg asked the agenda item to approve 2009-2010 open enrollment requests of Insight School of Wisconsin be considered after the board reconvened from closed session. “I’d just like to get more information on the audit before I vote on the enrollment approval,” stated Dahlberg. Dahlberg’s request and approval for a change in the agenda order came at the board’s Monday, April 6, meeting, with the board also considering approval for 2009-2010 open enrollment requests for Grantsburg K-12 students. After reconvening from the closed session, the board did vote to approve the open enrollment applications for Insight School. A total of 1,371 new students applied to attend Insight next fall, and of those, the school board approved 1,166 to enroll and denied 205. According to Grantsburg Superintendent Joni Burgin a few more students may also be approved by the April 10 deadline if Insight records come in from their resident school districts in time. As to the overdue Insight audit, Burgin said the board received information on the status of the audit but took no action at this time. “Attorneys on both sides have been busy working out the problems,” said Burgin. “Hopefully, Insight Schools will soon complete the required independent audit of their financial records for the 2007-2008 school year.” Burgin went on to explain that once the audit is completed, the school district auditor, Larry Stotz, will incorporate their independent audit into the school district audit which Stoz will present to the board at their April 20 meeting. Burgin shares Dahlberg concerns about the audit delay but said she was hopeful the deadline would be met. “I am hopeful that this deadline will be met so we can move forward to expand Insight School enrollment to 800 students for next fall,” said Burgin. Insight enrollment is currently at approximately 300 students. “We are excited about the growth of the school. The Insight staff has worked

Former Grantsburg Elementary Principal Clayton Jorgenson presented the school board with a large map which shows the history of Burnett County roads. Jorgenson, a local expert on the history of county roads, made the map with help from the county surveyor and mapmaker. “I made the map as a historical teaching tool,” Jorgenson told the board. Jorgenson has also presented a copy of the map to the Siren and Webster school districts. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer

very hard to recruit these students statewide. We want to see it become a reality for these kids,” said Burgin. According to Burgin, the reason given for the audit delay comes from a disagreement in the scope of the audit with regard to interpretation of the state audit manual. “We would seek advice from the school district attorney on the best way to deal with the breach of the management service agreement with our school district,” said Burgin, when asked what will happen if the Insight audit is not presented in the time required. Insight School is presently without an executive director since the departure of Jeff Bush in March. Burgin said interviews for a new director are in progress, and she will be scheduling interviews for the final candidates in the next few weeks. Burgin said operations manager John Jacobs and Principal Billy Beesley, who are currently in charge at Insight, are not involved in the audit situation. “They are doing a good job running the school,” said Burgin, adding she is confident in their leadership. The board also voted to approve open

enrollment requests for Grantsburg K12 with a total of 35 incoming students and 25 outgoing students. In other board business Former Grantsburg Elementary Principal Clayton Jorgenson presented the board with a large map, which shows the history of Burnett County roads. Jorgenson, a local expert on the history of county roads, made the map with help from the county surveyor and mapmaker. “I made the map as a historical teaching tool,” Jorgenson told the board, who has also presented a copy of the map to the Siren and Webster School Districts. The board awarded the bid for the Grantsburg High School auditorium lighting booth construction to Daniel Shadis of Dan’s Repair. The board approved a professional contract for Kyle Perrault as school psychologist and accepted resignations with thanks to retiring teachers, Cynthia Johnson, Janice Teigen and Barb Hoefler. The board also accepted the resignation of Lesley Bush. School principals gave good News In Our Schools reports.

Elementary Principal Katie Coppenbarger highlighted the successful reading week events and family math night. Middle school Principal Brad Jones reported on students attending the Knights of Columbus state finals and the Grantsburg Middle School choir receiving a first rating at a Wisconsin State Music Association large group festival in St. Croix Falls. The GMS swing choir performed at the jazz and swing competition and also received a first rating. High school Principal Stan Marczak reported on the success of the Mad City Money personal finance simulation GHS juniors and seniors participated in, sponsored by Indianhead Credit Union. Marczak said he plans to make the workshop an annual event. Marczak also reported the first National History Day Showcase was a great success with five entries headed to the state competition. Eleven forensics members will be going to Madison for the state competition on April 17 and 18. Billy Beesley from Insight School reported on the school’s upcoming prom with 60-80 students planning to come to the student-organized event. Beesley said one of the Insight students has won a state competition in robotics and will be traveling to Atlanta, Ga., for a national competition. Beesley says graduation will be held on May 31 in Madison with 40-52 set to graduate this year up from nine students last year. Reports were presented to the full board from the health advisory and building and grounds committees. The health advisory committee met with a WEA insurance representative to discuss programs available. “The committee’s next step will be to talk about where we want to go,” said committee member David Dahlberg. Jason Burkman reported the building and grounds committee met with Craig Selander, the architect who presented a feasibility report on options for lifting mechanisms and possible locations in the building. The committee tabled any action until after they received information on district finances after the finance committee meets. The finance committee told the board they will meet in May to discuss spend downs remaining in the current budget and will meet again to present next year’s budget. The next board meeting will be on April 20 when board reorganization (election of officers) is scheduled.

Siren Area Chamber welcomes From the Grind Up Members of the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed From the Grind Up, the new coffee-and-more shop in the Southwinds Plaza, to the business community in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, April 4. On hand were (L to R) assistant manager Melanie Connor, manager Aubri Emery, Jay Emery representing St. Croix Tribal Enterprises, owner of the business, and chamber members Shelly Roland (holding the gift plant from the chamber), Nick Haessley and Sara McLain. – Photo by Nancy Jappe



Leader Land area spring sport coaches

Troy Schmidt Frederic baseball

Pete Johnson Grantsburg baseball

Wayne Dickinson Luck baseball

Paul Randolf SCF baseball

Jon Ruud Siren/Webster baseball

Matt Humpal Unity baseball

Kelly Steen Frederic golf

Bruce Teigen Grantsburg golf

Rick Giller Luck golf

Todd Voss SCF golf

Brian Webster Siren golf

Larry Stencil Unity golf

Jeromie Voeltz Webster golf

Erin Hansford Frederic softball

Don Bjelland Grantsburg softball

Aimie Jorgenson Luck softball

Stacie Hoff SCF softball

Craig Miles Unity softball

Scott Hoefs Webster/Siren softball

Troy Wink Frederic boys track

Bill Morrin Grantsburg boys track

Jeff Brenizer Luck boys & girls track

Sam Malm SCF boys track

Mike Morris Unity boys track

Jeff Postler Webster boys track

Jeff Larcom Frederic girls track

Heidi Jensen Grantsburg girls track

Mike Bielmeier Unity girls track

Roy Ward Webster girls track

Steph Belisle SCF girls track

Wayne Koball Siren boys & girls track

SPORTS RESULTS DEADLINES: WEDNESDAY - MONDAY: 1 p.m. the following business day. TUESDAY: 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Missed deadlines mean no coverage that week! S P O R T S N E W S O R S C O R E S T O R E P O R T ? • P H O N E : 7 1 5 - 3 2 7 - 4 2 3 6 • FA X : 7 1 5 - 3 2 7 - 4 1 1 7 • E - M A I L : m s e e g e r @ c e n t u r y t e l . n e t


Original schedules. Check Leader sports for changes or rescheduled events.

Thursday, April 9 Baseball

4:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Siren Cumberland at Frederic 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Turtle Lake/Clayton

Wednesday, April 22 9 a.m.


4:30 p.m. Northwestern at Siren 5 p.m. Rush City at Grantsburg

Monday, April 13 Baseball

1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Hayward at Grantsburg Northwood at Siren

Tuesday, April 14 Track & Field

4 p.m.

Luck at Baldwin/Woodville Grantsburg at Cumberland 4:30 p.m. Siren at Webster Unity at Webster Frederic at Webster St. Croix Falls at Webster


5 p.m.

Cumberland at Luck Clayton at Unity Northwood at Frederic Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls


5 p.m.

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

Thursday, April 23 Track & Field

4:30 p.m. Siren at Frederic Unity at Frederic Webster at Frederic Luck at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Frederic Grantsburg at Frederic 5 p.m.

5 p.m.

Unity at Osceola St. Croix Falls at Osceola

Thursday, April 16


Meet at Siren Grantsburg at Spooner 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Spooner Luck at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Siren Grantsburg at Unity


5 p.m.

Luck at Turtle Lake/Clayton Webster/Siren at Northwood Frederic at Clear Lake

11 a.m.


5 p.m.



Shell Lake at Luck Clayton at Webster Solon Springs at Frederic


5 p.m.


1:30 p.m. Unity at St. Croix Falls Tourney

Monday, April 20

4 p.m.

Track & Field

Siren at Grantsburg Frederic at Grantsburg Luck at Grantsburg 4:30 p.m. Webster at Shell Lake


5 p.m.

Luck at Northwood

5 p.m.

Luck at Shell Lake Unity at Webster

4 p.m.

Unity at St. Croix Falls Frederic at St. Croix Falls Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls Luck at Webster Siren at Webster

Tuesday, April 21 Track & Field

3:45 p.m. Siren at Hinckley-Finlayson 4:30 p.m.. Frederic at Unity Grantsburg at Unity St. Croix Falls at Osceola 5 p.m.

5 p.m.

4 p.m.


St. Croix Central at Luck Grantsburg at Braham Glenwood City at St. Croix Falls


St. Croix Falls at Luck Unity at Siren Grantsburg at Frederic


Grantsburg at Webster Unity at Webster Frederic at Webster

Luck at Northwood Webster/Siren at Turtle Lake Unity at Cameron Frederic at Bruce Grantsburg at Pine City, St. Croix Falls at Somerset


St. Croix Falls at Luck Unity at Siren Grantsburg at Frederic

4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Shell Lake 4:45 p.m. Frederic at Rush City, Minn. 5 p.m. Frederic at Unity 4 p.m.

Monday, May 4 Track & Field Baseball

5 p.m.

Luck at Siren Frederic at Unity Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls


4 p.m.


Unity at Frederic Luck at Frederic Siren at Frederic Webster at Frederic Grantsburg at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Frederic

4 p.m.

5 p.m.

4 p.m.


4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Bruce 5 p.m. Somerset at Luck Osceola at Unity 5 p.m.

4 p.m.


Luck at Siren Frederic at Unity Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls

9:30 a.m. Webster at Siren Tourney

Thursday, May 7 Track & Field

4:15 p.m. Unity at Clear Lake Webster at Clear Lake 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake

Thursday, April 30

Siren/Webster at St. Croix Falls Unity at Grantsburg

5 p.m.

Luck at St. Croix Falls Webster/Siren at Unity

5 p.m.

5 p.m.



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

3:45 p.m. Siren at Hinckley-Finalyson Unity at New Richmond



Friday, May 1

Frederic at Luck

5 p.m.

Frederic at Grantsburg

11 a.m.

9 a.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m.


Unity at Hayward Luck at Hayward Frederic at Hayward Grantsburg at Hayward St. Croix Falls at Hayward

TBA Tourney at Siren 9 a.m. Frederic at Shell Lake Tourney 10 a.m. Tourney at Grantsburg 10:30 a.m.Bruce at St. Croix Falls


Unity at Telemark Luck at Telemark Frederic at Telemark Grantsburg at Telemark St. Croix Falls at Telemark

Monday, May 11 5 p.m.

5 p.m.

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


5 p.m.

Grantsburg at Luck Frederic at Webster Unity at St. Croix Falls


Luck at Unity Grantsburg at Siren St. Croix Falls at Frederic


Luck at Frederic Grantsburg at Unity

Saturday, May 23

Unity at Rice Lake Luck at Rice Lake Frederic at Rice Lake St. Croix Falls at Rice Lake

Friday, May 15 Track & Field

4 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Siren 4 p.m. Luck at Siren 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Turtle Lake 5 p.m.


Turtle Lake at Unity Cameron at St. Croix Falls

St. Croix Falls at Cameron

3 p.m.

Regionals Regionals Regionals Regionals

5 p.m.

Bruce at Luck St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg




Regionals at Osceola Regionals at Frederic

Tuesday, May 26

Saturday, May 16 St. Croix Falls at Cumberland Luck at Amery


St. Croix Falls at Amery Tourney

4 p.m.


Grantsburg at Unity Frederic at Unity Luck at Unity Siren at Unity Webster at Unity St. Croix Falls at Unity

Track & Field

Conference at Frederic

5 p.m.

Friday, May 29 Track & Field




Tuesday, June 2 Baseball




Sectionals at Luck




Wednesday, June 3 Baseball

Thursday, June 4 Softball



Friday, June 5


Webster/Siren at Luck Unity at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Turtle Lake at Unity


4:30 p.m. Unity at Luck Frederic at Luck Siren at Luck Webster at Luck Grantsburg at Luck St. Croix Falls at Luck

Thursday, May 21 Track & Field

4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Glenwood City Grantsburg at Glenwood City

Track & Field

11 a.m.

State at LaCrosse

11 a.m.

State at LaCrosse


State at Madison

Saturday, June 6 Track & Field

Sunday, June 7



Monday, June 8 Golf

State at Madison

Tuesday, June 9 Baseball




State at Madison




Thursday, June 11


St. Croix Central at Unity Siren/Webster at Lake Holcombe Turtle Lake/Clayton at Frederic 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Rush City, Minn. 5 p.m.



Sectionals at Colfax Sectionals at Medford


Cameron at Luck Unity at Frederic

Tuesday, May 19 TBA


3 p.m.


Grantsburg at Luck Frederic at Siren Unity at St. Croix Falls

Frederic Osceola Somerset Hayward




Monday, May 18

at at at at



9 a.m. 10 a.m.

5 p.m.

Track & Field

Thursday, May 28


9:30 a.m. Siren at Birchwood

5 p.m.


5 p.m.


9 a.m.


Frederic at Shell Lake Tourney Unity at Bruce St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg Siren/Webster at Plum City Somerset at Grantsburg


4:30 p.m. Luck at Cameron 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Bruce


5 p.m.



9 a.m.

Unity at Siren Luck at Siren Frederic at Siren Webster at Siren Grantsburg at Siren St. Croix Falls at Siren

Thursday, May 14

Saturday, May 9

Track & Field

3 p.m. Frederic at Chisago Lakes 3:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Chisago Lakes 4:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Somerset


5 p.m.

Friday, May 22


4 p.m.

Track & Field


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


Friday, May 8

Track & Field

4:30 p.m. Luck at St. Croix Falls Siren at St. Croix Falls Unity at St. Croix Falls Webster at St. Croix Falls


5 p.m.


Unity at St. Croix Falls Luck at St. Croix Falls Siren at St. Croix Falls Frederic at St. Croix Falls Webster at St. Croix Falls Grantsburg at St. Croix Falls

4:30 p.m. Birchwood at Luck 5 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Siren Frederic at Turtle Lake Grantsburg at Unity




Wednesday, May 6 Golf

9:30 a.m. Conference at Rice Lake

4:30 p.m. Birchwood at Luck 5 p.m. Grantsburg at Pine City, Minn. St. Croix Falls at Siren


Unity at Grantsburg Luck at Grantsburg Siren at Grantsburg Frederic at Grantsburg Webster at Grantsburg St. Croix Falls at Grantsburg

Track & Field





Unity at Luck Grantsburg at Siren St. Croix Falls at Frederic

4:30 p.m. River Falls at St. Croix Falls 5 p.m. Siren/Webster at Luck Unity at Frederic

Luck at Colfax Unity at Siren Grantsburg at Siren Webster at Siren Frederic at Siren 4:15 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Baldwin

Track & Field

Frederic at Amery Grantsburg at Amery 4:15 p.m. Luck at Amery Webster at Amery

Track & Field

3 p.m. Siren at Winter Senior High 4 p.m. Luck at Clear Lake 4:30 p.m. Frederic at Clear Lake

Unity at Luck Siren at Luck Frederic at Luck Webster at Luck Grantsburg at Luck St. Croix Falls at Luck

4 p.m.


Unity at Frederic Luck at Frederic Webster at Frederic Grantsburg at Frederic St. Croix Falls at Frederic

Tuesday, May 12

Tuesday, May 5

Tuesday, April 28

Softball Golf




4 p.m.

Tournament at Luck

4:30 p.m. Webster at Unity Frederic at Unity St. Croix Falls at Unity


Prairie Farm at Luck Unity at Cameron Siren/Webster at Spooner

4:30 p.m. Frederic at Webster St. Croix Falls at Webster Grantsburg at Webster

Saturday, April 18

Unity at Amery Tournament St. Croix Falls at Osceola Grantsburg at Prescott


Track & Field

4:30 p.m. Webster/Siren at Cumberland St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake 5 p.m. Unity at Shell Lake Solon Springs at Frederic


Saturday, May 2 9 a.m.


4 p.m.



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

Monday, April 27

Siren at Pine City, Minn.

Friday, April 17

Webster/Siren at Shell Lake Clear Lake at Grantsburg Chetek at St. Croix Falls


5 p.m.


5 p.m.

5 p.m.

Friday, April 24

Track & Field

4 p.m.


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

Somerset at Unity Osceola at Grantsburg Chetek at St. Croix Falls



4 p.m.

5 p.m.



Unity at Barron Invite Luck at Barron Invite Grantsburg at Barron Invite Webster at Barron Invite St. Croix Falls at Barron


5 p.m.


Friday, June 12 Softball





Saturday, June 13 Softball

Tuesday, June 16 Baseball







Wednesday, June 17 Baseball

Thursday, June 18 Baseball









Frederic Vikings baseball, golf, softball, track Baseball by Brenda Sommerfeld FREDERIC – Coming into his second season, Viking baseball coach Troy Schmidt does not have a win to his record. His team was winless, 0-12, last year. This season is looking up for him and his team. They have 10 upperclassmen, including a few new faces. According to Schmidt, gaining a few upperclassmen has helped everyone work harder in order to gain spots in the starting lineup. “Our biggest weakness is we are a young group of athletes without a lot of playing time at the varsity level,” Schmidt said. All last year’s starters return, except the two who graduated. Schmidt is looking to Ethan Cook as their strongest pitching candidate. He also feels Trae Gehl and Joe Draxler will be anchors for the team in the middle infield. “I hope to win a few conference games along the line,” Schmidt commented. “I think Grantsburg and Luck will be right up there towards the top of the conference.”

Golf FREDERIC – The Frederic golf team was last the in conference last season, but coach Kelly Steen is expecting some very good play out of the returning players and some freshmen. Brent Crandell, Will Primm, Ian Anderson and Cody Hallanger all return as letter winners from last season. David Harlander will not be out. He is trying baseball for his senior year. With 16 on the roster, the Vikings

should have a good chance at Steen’s hopes of five consistent scores in the 40s or low 50s. “It is hard to tell at this point because I do have a mix of returning golfers, a couple who have played a lot of golf, some brand-new golfers and a lot of excitement for the season,” Steen said. “I hope we can get outside earlier this year so we can have some rounds under our belt before the season starts this spring,” Steen commented.

Softball FREDERIC – Last year, Frederic softball head coach Erin Hansford, along with assistant Brad Schmidt, helped their team take second in the conference, losing only three games all season. They also won a regional championship last year. This season, four starters have graduated, leaving open the positions of pitcher, catcher, shortstop and center fielder. Juniors Chrissy Chenal and Alex Lonetti are filling the starting pitching and catching positions. Freshman Cori Schmidt will trade shortstop and pitcher positions with Chenal. “Looks to be a whole new ball game,” Hansford said. “I’m looking forward to our freshmen, who have some big shoes to fill, and are both eager and able to do

that.” The Viking team is made up of 11 players. There are no seniors this year, only juniors, sophomores and freshmen. “We have gained some speed with our freshmen that will also come in handy on the bases,” Hansford commented. “We are striving for consistent, effective batters that will manufacture runs together.”

Boys track FREDERIC – Coach Troy Wink returns with the Viking boys track team for his fifth year as head coach. Last season his team finished second, behind Webster, at the conference, regional and sectional meets. Nine individual track athletes made it to state for Frederic last season. Of those nine, all but Zach Anderson and Tyler Calabria graduated. Anderson went to state in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300meter hurdles and the triple jump. Calabria made the trip to compete in the 4x100 relay. “Both of whom I expect to be very successful again this year,” Wink commented. Cody Gruel and Patrick Eaton are the other seniors this season. Gruel is another returning from last season. The team also includes 10 sophomores, two jun-

iors and one freshman. “We are battling numbers and will need to get most of our athletes to do three to four events for our team to have a shot at competing for the top spot in conference, regionals and sectionals.”

Girls track FREDERIC – The Frederic girls track team was first at conference, first at regionals and fourth at sectionals last season with step-in coach Bob Pyke. Jeff Larcom returns this year, after being out with medical issues last year, for his fourth year as Frederic’s head coach. Four individual athletes made the trip to state from the Frederic girls team. Two graduated but two, Sage and Calla Karl, return. Candace Buck, the Karl sisters, Megan Anderson and Sam Nelson are the returning Vikings who were the top five point-getters last year. “I feel that these girls, along with a slew of others, will be just as strong, if not stronger, this year,” Larcom commented. “I personally feel our girls are the team to beat in conference. I know it won’t be easy, because our conference is full of well-coached teams with good athletes on each team,” Larcom said.

Frederic Vikings

Ethan Cook, 11 Baseball

Peter Draxler, 12 Baseball

Claire Erickson, 11 Baseball

David Harlander, 12 Baseball

Kris Hicks, 12 Baseball

Andrew Kurkowski, 12 Baseball

Bryan Meyer, 12 Baseball

Deniz Mirioglu, 12 Baseball

Matt Norston, 12 Baseball

Tom Thompson, 11 Baseball

Ian Anderson, 11 Golf

Brent Crandell, 12 Golf

Adam Hardenbergh, 11 Golf

Aaron Hedlund, 12 Golf

Travis Love, 11 Golf

Ben Nelson, 12 Golf

Gus Neumann, 11 Golf

Zach Petersen, 11 Golf

William Primm, 11 Golf

Justin Pyke, 11 Golf

Chrissy Chenal, 11 Softball

Alex Lonetti, 11 Softball

Terri McKinney, 11 Softball

Joel Anderson, 11 Boys track

Zach Anderson, 12 Boys track

Tyler Calabria, 12 Boys track

Patrick Eaton, 12 Boys track

Cody Gruel, 12 Boys track

Cody Hallanger, 11 Boys track

Greg Puetz, 11 Boys track

Manuel Silva, 12 Boys track

Becca Anderson, 12 Girls track

Megan Anderson, 12 Girls track

Candace Buck, 12 Girls track

Annie Kackman, 11 Girls track

Cathryn McConnel, 11 Girls track

Adrianna Otte, 12 Girls track








Grantsburg Pirates baseball, golf, softball, track Baseball by Brenda Sommerfeld GRANTSBURG – The Pirate baseball team numbers are up, with almost 40 players. That is up 10 more than the usual starting number and has coach Pete Johnson looking for C-squad games so everyone gets time on the diamond. “The big numbers on this year’s team is a testament to all the parents and youth coaches who have put in time from T-ball through sixth grade,” Johnson commented. The Pirates return many varsity players – Jake Ryan, Ben Larson, Thane Larson, Trent Bonneville, Austin Eskola, Dylan Marohn and Jamie Robb – from last year. The team had finished their season with a 14-3 record. “I’m very fortunate to have three great assistants, Ted Gerber, Mike Trapp and Adam Olson,” Johnson said. “These guys split a single salary and are responsible for most of our success.” Johnson believes that this year’s West Lakeland Conference will be stronger than last year’s.

Golf GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Pirate golf team took third in conference last season behind Luck and St. Croix Falls. They also placed second during the regional meet and fifth at the sectional meet. Bruce Teigen comes into his fourth year as the Grantsburg golf head coach. Teigen believes Luck, as defending conference champions, and St. Croix Falls, as second in conference, will both once again be tough teams.

Teigen and his Pirate golf team lost one, Tony LaMere, to graduation, but return four starters, Brad Berner, Connar Goetz, Derek Sando and Tony Folk. Three of the four returning Pirates, Berner, Goetz and Sando, were named to the all-conference team in 2008. For the fifth open spot, there are six different athletes that are looking and will try hard to fill it. Even with so many returning, Teigen still feels his team may have a weakness. “We need to play more consistently as a team,” Teigen commented.

Softball GRANTSBURG – Last year’s conference and regionals champions, the Grantsburg Pirates, come into the season with smaller numbers than usual. Head coach Don Bjelland has 14 on his roster this year, leaving him without a JV team. With five starters graduated, several positions were left open to fill. Bjelland is not sure how his team will be defensively, losing so many, but is looking forward to the new season. “It’ll be interesting,” Bjelland said. “They all can play. There are lots of new faces.” Six players – Tiffany Meyer, Annie Palmquist, Ingrid Ames, Michelle Lund,

Sarah Wald and Heather Davison – return with varsity experience from last season. Lund will once again pitch for the Pirates, but Davison will not be here backup, with Jessica Hoffman taking her place. “We expect the conference to be quite balanced this year,” assistant coach Steve Johnson commented. “It means that each week should be a good game.”

Boys track GRANTSBURG – Pirate boys track team head coach Bill Morrin has around 20 athletes competing for the team this season. Last year’s state-goer Shawn Pavlik will be missed this season. Pavlik was the only Grantsburg boys track athlete to make the trip to the state competition in La Crosse. He competed in the high jump event, but didn’t place while there. Another senior athlete that will be missed is Lukas Olson, who competed in the 200-meter dash. The Pirate team took fifth in conference in 2008, behind Webster, Frederic, Unity and Clear Lake. This year the Pirates have four seniors returning to compete, Jason Jensen, Tony Larson, Kevin Berry and Mitchell Evenson. Five juniors make up part of the team and the rest of the athletes are

sophomores and freshmen who will be looked to step up and fill spots in meets.

Girls track GRANTSBURG – Heidi Jensen has been coaching the Pirate girls track team for four years, two years as an assistant and now two years as head coach. “We have more depth this year than we have had in the past,” Jensen explains. “We are a young team, so we’re looking to gain more experience.” Megan Finch, Kortney Morrin, Angela Gaffney and Carissa Skifstad are the returning, experienced track and field athletes who will be around to show the younger competitors the way. Finch returns to compete at high jump, Morrin at high jump and pole vault, Gaffney at 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and Skifstad at both the shot and disc throws. “We have a pretty solid team coming into this year,” Jensen said. “A solid group of freshmen and sophomores and a new student to round out our events.” Jensen hopes to make a better placement overall as a team this season.

Grantsburg Pirates

Trent Bonneville, 12 Baseball

Ben Cole, 12 Baseball

Austin Eskola, 11 Baseball

Ben Larson, 12 Baseball

Thane Larson, 12 Baseball

Dylan Marohn, 11 Baseball

Chris Olson, 11 Baseball

Ethan Prazak, 11 Baseball

Travis Rikkola, 12 Baseball

Jamie Robb, 11 Baseball

Jake Ryan, 12 Baseball

John Schneider, 11 Baseball

Matt Wood, 11 Baseball

Brad Berner, 12 Golf

Tony Folk, 11 Golf

Connar Goetz, 12 Golf

Matt Hintz, 11 Golf

Sean Johnson, 12 Golf

Derek Sando, 11 Golf

Ingrid Ames, 12 Softball

Cody Crawford, 11 Softball

Heather Davison, 11 Softball

Michelle Lund, 11 Softball

Annie Palmquist, 11 Softball

Lauren Romanowski, 11 Softball

Sarah Wald, 11 Softball

Kevin Berry, 12 Boys track

Mitchell Evenson, 11 Boys track

David Gaffney, 11 Boys track

Jordan Heinecke, 11 Boys track

Jason Jensen, 12 Boys track

Ryan Ladlie, 11 Boys track

Tony Larson, 12 Boys track

Derek Stevens, 11 Boys track

Casey Swosinski, 11 Boys track

Megan Finch, 12 Girls track

Ashley Griffith, 12 Girls track








Luck Cardinals baseball, golf, softball, track Baseball by Marty Seeger LUCK – The Cardinals captured the regional championship last year and finished second in the conference behind Grantsburg with an 8-2 record. Despite losing a handful of talented seniors to graduation such as Jordan Gross, Casey Hatten, Mitchell Klatt and Cody Richert, to name a few, Luck is deep in the pitching department and veteran talent. Pitching includes seniors Harry Severson-Dickinson and Derek Letch, and junior Collin Svoboda and sophomore Logan Hacker. Seniors Jamison Gross and SeversonDickinson are two of Luck’s top hitters back again this year, and second-year coach Wayne Dickinson is looking forward to several others to be stepping it up this spring. “I am looking forward to this year, we lost a lot of very good players, but we have another good group coming up,” Dickinson said.

Golf LUCK – The Cardinals had a great season last year, but fell just short of their goal to make it to the state tournament by finishing third at sectionals. It will be a different season for the Cards without

their two top golfers, Travis Close and Kody Erickson, as well as Noah Thatcher, who moved away. Thatcher was one stroke away from making state as an individual. “We would have been pretty solid with him,” said coach Rick Giller, but added that they still have solid golfers in Dylan Fultz and Carson Giller, who were all-conference the past two seasons. Rick Giller said the season will hinge on those two golfers every night, and consistency is a must. Senior Christian McCabe will be another key to the team’s success this season. Last year, McCabe golfed a few varsity matches and Giller said it was a dog-fight for the fifth spot on the team. Although it’s a smaller than usual team this year, with nine total, Giller has four freshmen that could fill a role. “I’ve got four freshmen, that I think will have to fight for the five spot,” said Giller.

Softball LUCK – The Cardinals softball team finished just a hair under .500 last year, but have several players returning that could give them a winning season this spring. Melissa Jenssen pitched several games as a junior and will be back again as the team’s starter. Backing up Jenssen will likely be senior Hannah Melin, Gena Pearson or freshman Maia Lehmann. “She’s got a nice pitch right now, so hopefully that can continue to develop,” said coach Aimie Jorgenson.

The team will be without leading hitter and catcher Britta Giller after her graduation, as well as two veteran first and third basemen. Despite having lower than usual numbers, third year coach Aimie Jorgenson is optimistic. “If we just go out and play our game and not let it get to your head anything’s possible … I think we’ll be a competitive team in the conference for sure,” Jorgenson said. Junior Taryn Pilz is a returning hitter that was a good at bat for the Cardinals last season, but right now Jorgenson is unsure of where hitting will be. Much of the season is yet to be determined, but she says they already work well as a team, which could bode well for a strong conference finish. “I think we’ll be a competitive team in the conference for sure,” Jorgenson said.

Boys track LUCK – The Cardinal boys track team is up in numbers this season, and according to eight-year head coach Jeff Brenizer, the team will likely excel in the sprinting events. “We’re going to be pretty good in sprints,” Brenizer said, adding that it will be difficult to fill the distance competitions, including the 800-meter, mile and 2-mile events. “That’s going to be a weakness,” Brenizer said. Back again this year is senior Nick Morgan, who qualified for state in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Sophomore Landen Strilzuk made it to sectionals

last year in the long jump, and Brenizer said Strilzuk will also be strong in the triple jump. Senior James Longhenry will be competing mostly in the shot and disc events, and Brenizer is hopeful that he can have a breakout season. The Cardinal boys have several other athletes capable of doing well in events including exchange student Arnold Gorr. The Cards finished fifth at the regional meet last year at Colfax.

Girls track LUCK – The Luck girls track team finished ninth overall last year at the track regional meet against several other tough Division 3 teams, but numbers are a key factor for any track team. This year will be no different according to coach Jeff Brenizer, who’ll be working with about five athletes. “We’re really thin,” Brenizer said. Brittney Danielson is one senior who could make an impact in the conference this season in the discus and shot events. Brenizer said she has a good chance of placing high in the conference and even making a run at sectionals and state. Sophomore Morgan Denny was the only girl last year to qualify for first place in the 100-meter hurdles at regionals in Colfax.

Luck Cardinals

Bryson Clemenson, 11 Baseball

Gary Ekholm, 11 Baseball

Jamison Gross, 12 Baseball

Taylor Horsager, 11 Baseball

Mitchell Larsen, 11 Baseball

Derek Letch, 12 Baseball

Jacob Meyer, 12 Baseball

Harry Severson-Dickinson, 12, Baseball

Collin Svoboda, 11 Baseball

Andy Wortman, 12 Baseball

Dylan Fultz, 12 Golf

Carson Giller, 11 Golf

Christian McCabe, 12 Golf

Melissa Jenssen, 12 Softball

Ali Lehmann, 12 Softball

Hannah Melin, 12 Softball

Taryn Pilz, 11 Softball

Krystal Stage, 12 Softball

Adam Anderson, 12 Boys track

Arnold Gorr, 11 Boys track

Jeff Holmes, 12 Boys track

Dakota Krout, 12 Boys track

James Longhenry, 12 Boys track

Jordan Lundmark, 11 Boys track

Nick Morgan, 12 Boys track

Ross Petersen, 12 Boys track

Brittney Danielson, 12 Girls track

Katie Gutzmer, 11 Girls track

Aleah Lemieux, 11 Girls track

Elie Lewis, 11 Girls track

Maren Rozumalski, 12 Girls track








SCF Saints baseball, golf, softball, track Baseball


by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS – In his fifth year coaching the Saints baseball team, Paul Randolph posts a 31-47 career record. Randolph could go above that .500 mark with the core of players he has coming back this year. The team lost a solid pitcher to graduation last year, but returns a great group of juniors that have seen considerable playing time on varsity. Last year the Saints finished 11-9 overall, and it’s been quite some time since they’ve been able to get past the first round in the playoffs. “We think if we play to our expectations we should contend for the conference championship,” said Randolph, who will likely see heavy competition from Luck and Grantsburg, as well as a handful of other challenging conference and nonconference teams. So far the catching and first-base positions are up for grabs, but several underclassmen and upperclassmen will be competing for their chance to start. It could be a very exciting year for the St. Croix Falls baseball team. “We look forward to the challenge ahead of us in 2009,” Randolph said. Ben Anderson, 12

ST. CROIX FALLS – Todd Voss has been coaching Saints golfers for around 20 years, and has a great season to look forward to this year. Last year the team finished one stroke away from qualifying for sectionals, but return junior Blake Yunker, qualified for the Division 2 sectional last year as an individual competitor. Other top golfers returning include the team’s only senior, Josh Yunker, and juniors Kyle Christensen and John Mikl. “We basically have everyone back from last year; they are a great group of kids … very dedicated to the sport,” said Voss. He added that the team should shoot consistently in the high 70s and low 80s for 18 holes, but is looking for a fifth and sixth golfer that can break 90 to take pressure off the top four golfers. Voss says there are about four underclassmen competing for the job at this time. “I feel this year we can compete like last year for the conference title,” Voss said.

Softball ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints softball team will look for guidance from new head coach Stacie Hoff, who coached junior varsity basketball elsewhere for

the past six years. The Saints made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, yet ended the conference with just one win, and 2-9 overall. The Saints get the bulk of their roster back from last season including pitcher Amanda Larson and catcher Abby Swenson. Both are this year’s team captains. Megan Yunker will likely be back at shortstop after a shoulder injury and Alicia Chelberg is also expected to be a key contributor to the team. Hoff says Chelberg is a solid baserunner and hopes to have her steeling a lot of bases this spring. “I think overall as a team we have good speed, smart athletes and a hardworking bunch of girls,” Hoff said. “We are hoping to be good contenders this year and finish toward the top of the conference.”

Boys track ST. CROIX FALLS – Fifth year coach Sam Malm has a lot of athletes to work with this season and hopes those numbers will fill each event this spring. The team graduated three key athletes last year including David Lund, who was the team’s only sectional qualifier in the shot and discus. Malm expects each one of his top athletes to place high at each meet and has goals that put the team near the top of the conference. “We think we can be the top three in the conference,” said Malm.

Several underclassmen are on the roster this season, including 12 freshmen and nine juniors, and Malm believes this depth will help them along. All of the athletes he says, are key to their success. “All of them are key athletes. We have big numbers that will allow us to fill out all the entries in all events at all the meets,” Malm said.

Girls track ST. CROIX FALLS – Steph Belisle is in her first year as the varsity and junior high girls track coach teams this year. “We have a dedicated group of young ladies who are enthusiastic about the season,” Belisle said. The Saints girls did not qualify any member of the team to the sectional meet last year, and finished ninth overall at the regional meet. Only one senior, Alex Radinzel, has since graduated, leaving a lot of openings for other athletes on the team, which is comprised mostly of juniors and seniors. “We do have some talented athletes who I hope to see competing in the conference. I share the girls enthusiasm and am optimistic about a successful spring,” Belisle said. She also added that numbers of players will play a big role in how the team does at each event, and will be the key to their overall success.


Todd Ball, 11 Baseball

Will Ball, 12 Baseball

Tyler Craven, 12 Baseball

Cory Gebhard, 11 Baseball

Gus Koecher, 11 Baseball

Mike Kralewski, 12 Baseball

Josh Larcom, 11 Baseball

Tim Lusk, 12 Baseball

Matt Rydeen, 11 Baseball

Sam Schmidt, 12 Baseball

Matt Vold, 11 Baseball

Austin Whittenberger, 11 Baseball

Kyle Christensen, 11 Golf

John Mikl, 11 Golf

CJ Stenberg, 11 Golf

Rhett Werner, 11 Golf

Blake Yunker, 11 Golf

Josh Yunker, 12 Golf

Brittany Brenholt, 12 Softball

Vicky Houliston, 12 Softball

Jasmine Jones, 12 Softball

Amanda Larson, 12 Softball

Jamie Rohm, 11 Softball

Abby Swenson, 12 Softball

Laura Swenson, 12 Softball

Megan Yunker, 11 Softball

Justin Ahlstrand, 11 Boys track

Joe Carpenter, 11 Boys track

Ryan Larson, 11 Boys track

Zac Rintoul, 11 Boys track

Brandyn Rudolph, 12 Boys track

Zach Zelinski, 12 Boys track

Kayla Bixler, 11 Girls track

Sam Grange, 11 Girls track

Alicha Greenlee, 11 Girls track

Paige Marek, 12 Girls track

Gabby Nuckles, 11 Girls track

Brittany Rudolph, 11 Girls track

Meghan Smith, 12 Girls track

Meg Wilmar, 11 Girls track







Siren Dragons golf and track Golf by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN – Brian Webster has been coaching the Siren golf team for 15 years. He feels a strength for his team this season is the fact that they have a team. Three seniors, Ben Clasen, Mike Hunter and Kevin Niedenfuer and two freshmen, Justin Decorah and Jordan Sargent, make up the Siren golf team. “As a team, we would like to finish,” Webster said of his conference outlook. Not losing anyone from last season is a plus for the team, but not having much experience playing at the varsity level may be a weakness. Clasen and Niedenfuer were the two athletes who competed in varsity for the

Siren Dragon golf team last season. These two, along with coach Webster, will have to show their three teammates the ropes.

Boys track

letes coming out this season should make up for the lost leadership. Koball thinks anything can happen in the conference and does not wish to predict. “Over my 20 years of coaching, making predictions is a dangerous thing,” Koball said. “So much can happen and fools are made of promises that can’t be kept. We will all do our best.”

SIREN – “The best thing about the concept of a team is that we all work together to overcome our individual weaknesses,” Siren boys and girls track coach Wayne Koball said. Koball feels that each of the athletes on his team contributes. “Each athlete comes to the team with their own gifts and talents,” Koball commented. “We are all a part of the team and all of our athletes are key.” Last year’s seniors, Travis Freese, Jace Carter and Tom Chosa, will be missed during the coming year, but the 21 ath-

SIREN – Wayne Koball has been coaching the Siren track and field athletes for the past 19 years. He starts his 20th year for this 2009 season. “We are a good group of young and experienced athletes,” Koball said of both the boys and girls teams. “We

Girls track

aren’t afraid of hard work and promise to always respect our opponents and teammates.” Two individuals, Sarah Howe and Kendra Jones, made the trip to state for the Siren girls track team last year. Howe competed in the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs and Jones threw disc. Both return for another season in hopes of making it that far once again. Last year’s seniors, Kelly Wampfler and Lynette Renberg, will be missed this year. “We always miss our seniors,” Koball said. “They all contributed greatly to our program here in Siren and we will miss their leadership.”

Ben Clasen, 12 Golf

Mike Hunter, 12 Golf

Kevin Niedenfuer, 12 Golf

Charlie Brown, 12 Boys track

Aaron Engstrand, 12 Boys track

Damian Hubbell, 12 Boys track

Tyler Johnson, 12 Boys track

Matt Piper, 12 Boys track

Collin Tewalt, 12 Boys track

Kayla Asmus, 11 Girls track

Sarah Howe, 11 Girls track

Kendra Jones, 11 Girls track

Deanna Phernetton, 11 Girls track

Myia Schroeder, 12 Girls track

Jessica Tills, 12 Girls track

Jenna Wambolt, 12 Girls track

Siren/Webster baseball and Webster/Siren softball Baseball by Brenda Sommerfeld SIREN/WEBSTER – The second year of the Siren/Webster co-op baseball team brings in new coaches. The school board approved Siren teacher and boys basketball coach Jon Ruud as head coach. Webster teacher and girls basketball coach Jeff Roberts signed on as assistant coach. Ruud says it is still early in the seaChristian Hall, 11 son to make any Baseball predictions for his

team, but he is looking forward to being a part of the co-op baseball team. With almost 20 athletes playing this season, the depth of the co-op team is still going to be one of their strengths, as it was last year. Six seniors and two juniors make up the upperclassmen. Those eight individuals will probably be looked to in order to help show the several underclassmen the way to play at the varsity level. Last years six seniors will be missed, including pitcher Cameron Hughes and catcher Adam Daniels.

Softball WEBSTER/SIREN – In their first year as a co-op team last year, the Webster/Siren softball team finished the season 6-10. Scott Hoefs returns as head coach for the team, his second year at the We b s t e r/ Si re n co-op. He coached two years for Webster prior to the teams co-oping. Hoefs has a big number of girls this season, but not many of them have

much varsity experience. Rose Kopecky, Megan Baasch and Brittany Burrow are the returning starters. Many of the other experienced players graduated last spring, besides Michelle Gibbs who chose to run track this year. Several of the athletes on the Webster/Siren roster this season are underclassmen or are students who have not played much softball before, but want to give it a shot this year. Hoefs is unsure which of the athletes will be starting and where they’ll be playing in their first game.

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Donny Holmes, 12 Baseball

Jacoby Mosher, 12 Baseball

Spencer Peterson, 12 Baseball

Brandon Pierce, 12 Baseball

Ben Roedl, 12 Baseball

Shane Rossow, 11 Baseball

Meghan Baasch, 11 Softball

Ellie Isaacson, 11 Softball

Amanda Kleidon, 11 Softball

Rose Kopecky, 12 Softball

Angelica Perez, 12 Softball

Pare Seephueng, 11 Softball

Loreto Stange, 11 Softball

Nikki Steiner, 11 Softball

Sam Will, 11 Softball








Unity Eagles baseball, golf, softball, track by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles baseball team finished 9-8 last season, and will hope to replace a large chunk of the top of their order, which has since graduated. Those include Ryan Flaherty, Justin Bader, Aaron Schmidt and Cory Tunheim. According to second-year coach Matt Humpal, the team strengths will center on depth. Humpal is working with close to 30 athletes and hopes a good number will be able to pitch. “Our pitching will be very deep. We should be able to put a number of guys on the mound that will contribute,” Humpal said. At least five of the team starters are back from last year, including four seniors, but a younger group is gearing up to find their spot in the lineup this season. “We may struggle to score runs after graduating much of the top of our order. Hopefully with another year under their belt, these young kids will hit their stride.” Humpal said.

Golf BALSAM LAKE – Head coach Larry Stencil is looking forward to his first year with the Unity boys golf team this spring. Over 15 golfers are out for the team this year and everyone who golfed last year is back this season. The Eagles ended the season near the bottom half of the conference, and were unable to get anyone past the regional tournament. “Our strengths will be our varsity experience and team cohesiveness,” Stencil said. Senior Sam

Bengtson is back again this year and has been on varsity for the past three seasons, while junior Tyler Hall has two years of varsity experience. Sophomore Jake Bengtson rose up to be No. 2 golfer on the team. There are also some newcomers who could prove to be assets on the varsity team as well. “Sophomore Brandon Stencil and freshman Reed Sorenson had excellent performances during last summer’s junior tournaments,” Stencil said.

Softball BALSAM LAKE – Craig Miles is returning in his second year as Unity’s head softball coach, but isn’t unfamiliar with coaching duties, as he’s been in the coaching game for around 29 years. This year Miles is working with lower numbers but has two all-conference players, including seniors Becca Milligan at catcher and utility/pitcher Cailin Turner. All-conference honorable mention and second baseman Jordyn Christensen is back again this season as well. Senior Brittney Peters, juniors Kristen Norlund Laura Krueger, and sophomores Crystal Donahue and Marisa Hacker will all be contributing factors in the team’s success, and are all returning letter winners. Miles says the team’s strength will be the team’s commitment to becoming the best softball players and people that they can be. “We are looking at improving each

game and being competitive,” Miles said. The Eagles were defeated, 7-0, in the first round of the playoffs last year by Glenwood City, and finished the season under .500, but only graduated three seniors and one player that moved.

Boys track BALSAM LAKE – Coach Mike Morris is celebrating his 30th year as the Unity boys track coach, and with 30 boys out for track this season, the Eagles should be competitive in the conference. Last year the team placed third in the conference behind Webster and Frederic, and four athletes made it to the sectional meet. Dylan Hendricks is the only returning qualifier from the pole vault event. Chad Strilzuk was the team’s only state qualifier in the long jump, but he has since graduated. “As young as we are, it remains to be seen where our strengths and weaknesses are,” said Morris. With only two seniors on the team, Dustin Bazille and James Slate, Morris hopes they will be able to provide leadership to the underclassmen. Luke Hilleshiem, Dustin McKinney, Jared Peper and Alec Carlson will be contributing juniors, while the rest of the underclassmen will be expected to fill in key roles on the team. “We are hoping to be in the top half at the conference meet, but a lot depends

on how our young kids develop,” Morris said.

Girls track BALSAM LAKE – The Unity girls track team showed great success over the past four years, including a trip to state. Last year they graduated 11 seniors who had contributed to the team’s success, as well as losing assistant coach Dennis Anderson, who decided to step down from coaching track with current head coach Mike Bielmeier, who has been at Unity since 1998. “He will be missed by the girls and myself,” said Bielmeier of Anderson’s departure. Anderson is being replaced by Shaun Fisher, who is the current boys basketball coach as well. This year Bielmeier expects his girls to pick up where last year’s team left off. He also expects all of the events to be filled, but a lack of experience could be a factor early in the season. Even still, Bielmeier expects to be right in the middle of the competition. Last year his team finished third in the West Lakeland Conference. “Nice to be outside so early and hopefully we can be competitive at all meets … looking forward to a great season,” Bielmeier said.

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Zach Cherry, 11 Baseball

Sam Florer, 12 Baseball

Eric Goulet, 12 Baseball

Steven Gustafson, 11 Baseball

Logan Hilleshiem, 11 Baseball

Derek Jorgenson, 11 Baseball

DJ Larson, 12 Baseball

Seth McKenzie, 12 Baseball

Dennis McKinney, 12 Baseball

Jake Thomfohrda, 11 Baseball

Drew Walker, 11 Baseball

Tyler Anderson, 11 Golf

Sam Bengtson, 12 Golf

Morgan Gordon, 11 Golf

Tyler Hall, 11 Golf

Tim Hallin, 11 Golf

Jared Mork, 11 Golf

Esther Bielau, 11 Softball

Jordyn Christensen, 12 Softball

Annie Confer, 12 Softball

Brooke Gillespie, 11 Softball

Laura Krueger, 11 Softball

Becca Milligan, 12 Softball

Kristen Norlund, 11 Softball

Brittney Peters, 12 Softball

Cailin Turner, 12 Softball

Dustin Bazille, 12 Boys track

Alec Carlson, 11 Boys track

Luke Hilleshiem, 11 Boys track

Mike Johnson, 11 Boys track

Dustin McKinney, 11 Boys track

Jared Peper, 11 Boys track

James Slate, 12 Boys track

Sam Hill, 12 Girls track

Sam Ince, 11 Girls track

Steph Kothlow, 12 Girls track

Steph Lobert, 12 Girls track

Becca Pollock, 12 Girls track





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Webster Tigers golf and track Golf by Brenda Sommerfeld WEBSTER – Last year, coach Jeromie Voeltz and his Webster golf team made it to sectionals. This year should be much the same. The team returns four or five golfers that played most of the season on varsity last year. “I fully expect our squad to be pretty well-rounded,” Voeltz commented. “We don’t have that one dominant golfer that is going to always shoot high 30s, but we do have a lot of golfers that can consistently shoot low to mid-40s.” The team has a roster of 14 golfers so far. Voeltz expects the team’s athletes to be more consistent this season and he hopes for a couple of them to make allconference in the end. “I think the one big weakness that we had last year was consistency,” Voeltz said. “We need to continue to stay

focused for an entire round, minimize the mistakes and manage the golf course a little better.”

Boys track WEBSTER – “Last year was a season to remember,” coach Jeff Postler said. “We won all seven meets and took second at state.” Postler has been a Webster track coach for 31 years. He had several athletes from last year graduate, but he expects several athletes to step up this season. Distance races, hurdles, springing, shot put and discus are some of the events Postler is pretty confident that his athletes will do well. “There are a lot of guys that are going to have to step up to the plate and at this time. It’s just too early to speculate,” Postler commented. “Overall, I am hoping to get some ath-

letes and relay teams to the state meet again this year,” Postler said. “There is a lot of potential that has to be developed in the next eight to nine weeks, but there could be some young guys who could surprise a few people if they put their heart into training.”

Girls track WEBSTER – Girls track coach Roy Ward starts his 11th year coaching. Ward and boys coach Jeff Postler have the help of two other coaches, Jim Muus and Sarah Pickering and three volunteer coaches, Doug Quenzer, Steve Ward and Deanna Krause. Last season, the coaches took 11 girls to sectionals and one girl, Kathryn Krause, to the state competition. Krause and several sectional qualifiers graduated last season, but Kayce Rachner, Alyssa Main and Shaina

Pardun return in hopes of returning to sectionals and maybe going on to state. Rachner competed in the 4x800 relay, Main in the 4x400 relay and Pardun in both the 4x400 relay and pole vault. Abby Ingalls and Reba Smallwood are the only seniors to compete on the Webster girls track team, along with five juniors and 19 underclassmen. With big numbers, the Tiger team should have a good chance of placing in the top of several meets.

Alex Clemmons, 12 Golf

Joe Cook, 11 Golf

Mitchell Elliott, 12 Golf

Dan Erickson, 11 Golf

Dakota Gardner, 12 Golf

Jud Mosher, 11 Golf

Bryan Otero, 12 Golf

Scott Stromberg, 12 Golf

Karl Weber, 11 Golf

Ryan Brickle, 11 Boys track

JT Elmgren, 11 Boys track

Jim Erickson, 11 Boys track

Trevor Fontaine, 11 Boys track

Kyle Godfrey, 12 Boys track

Chaz Heinz, 11 Boys track

Jessie Janseen, 11 Boys track

Quentin Johnson, 12 Boys track

Derek King, 11 Boys track

Nick Koelz, 11 Boys track

Bryan Krause, 11 Boys track

Nick Krinkie, 12 Boys track

Jake Lubich, 11 Boys track

Seth Pardun, 11 Boys track

Dan Pope, 11 Boys track

Philip Preston, 11 Boys track

Adam Rinnman, 12 Boys track

Tim Sundstrom, 11 Boys track

Abby Ingalls, 12 Girls track

Shadiyah Knutson, 11 Girls track

Veronica Otero, 11 Girls track

Ashley Robinson, 11 Girls track

Reba Smallwood, 12 Girls track

Kendra Spurgeon, 11 Girls track

Sarah Walsh, 11 Girls track

New coaches join spring sports crew

Jon Ruud, Siren/Webster baseball SIREN/WEBSTER – Jon Ruud started his 11th year of teaching physical education at the Siren school in 2008. Along with starting his first year as boys basketball coach, he also took the head baseball coach position for the Siren/Webster co-op baseball team this year. “I have a lot of baseball background, so I knew that once our kids were a little older that I wanted to coach it,” Ruud said. Ruud played baseball in high school and at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He also coached baseball during his high school, college years and after. He says that his three years as assistant coach to Mark Fuller, Cumberland’s baseball coach, was where he learned the most about coaching baseball.

Stacie Hoff, SCF softball ST. CROIX FALLS – Stacie Hoff has three firsts in St. Croix Falls this year. It’s her first year teaching in St. Croix Falls, teaching 4-year-old kindergarten and coaching softball. “I like softball,” Hoff said. “I play all summer, so when the position came available I took it.” Hoff played softball at Clayton High School, but didn’t have the time in college because she was playing basketball. She does, however, currently play during the summer on leagues to keep her skills in tact. Hoff coached junior high basketball for the past six years while teaching at different schools, but is now just focusing on the St. Croix Falls varsity softball team. – Brenda Sommerfeld

Steph Belisle, SCF girls track ST. CROIX FALLS – Steph Belisle has been teaching physical education at the St. Croix Falls Elementary School for nine years. She starts coaching girls varsity track this year. Belisle attended Osceola High School and North Dakota State University where she competed in track. “I decided to coach track because it has always been a passion of mine,” Belisle said. “I’m excited about the upcoming season.” Belisle took a few years off from coaching to spend more time with her children, but prior to her hiatus she coached middle school volleyball, basketball and track. She also had volunteered time to helping her dad coach the Osceola varsity track team.

Larry Stencil, Unity golf BALSAM LAKE – Larry Stencil is in his 28th year of teaching physical education and driver’s education at the Unity Schools. He starts his first year of coaching golf this season and he looks forward to seeing how the matches work. “I truly enjoy the sport,” Stencil said. “It’s combing two of my passions, golf and coaching. I’ve done this sport all my life.” Stencil didn’t have the chance to play golf for a high school team at his small school, but he received a set of clubs from his parents as a graduation present and has never put them down. Stencil also currently coaches the JV boys basketball team and had coached girls basketball and track at Wausau West in prior years.








Pirates raid the dome in Stillwater Lund hurls no-no over Rails Grantsburg 23, Spooner 0 by Marty Seeger STILLWATER – The Pirates softball team took the Stillwater Dome by storm last Friday in each of their two opening games, with one of their wins coming handily over Spooner. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Grantsburg capped off a 10-run second inning and scored another nine runs in the fourth for the easy win. Michelle Lund led the way with a nohitter, going through four total innings with 12 strikeouts. Jessica Hoffman finished off inning five with three strikeouts and just one walk.

Pirates assistant coach Steve Johnson speaks with players during Grantsburg’s playing time at the Stillwater Dome on Friday, April 3. The Pirates won the two games they played, one against Spooner and one against Shell Lake. – Photos by Scott Hoffman Annie Palmquist led the Pirates at the plate, going 3 for 5 with three RBIs. It was an all-out hitting effort as the team piled on 17 hits, with Tiffany Meyer, Emily Cole, Lauren Romanowski and Sarah Wald each with two hits.

The Grantsburg Pirates softball team lined up for the national anthem during their first home game against Barron on Tuesday, April 7. The Pirates defeated the Barron team 4-3.

Grantsburg 18, Shell Lake 3 STILLWATER – Grantsburg looked sharp against Shell Lake at the Stillwater Dome and Michelle Lund pitched four innings, allowing one run on two hits with nine strikeouts. The Pirates led the first inning with 12 runs and held the Lakers scoreless until the third inning when they got one run in. The Pirates had six errors in the game. Annie Palmquist and Lund had three RBIs, while Tiffany Meyer led with four RBIs.

Grantsburg 4, Barron 3 GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg softball team made a comeback against Barron on Tuesday night, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh for the one-run win. Cody Crawford led the bottom of the seventh off with a single and Ingrid Ames reached first on a high pop-up that was ruled an error. With runners on first and second, Tiffany Meyer, singled and scored one run. Sarah Wald executed a nice bunt, putting runners in scoring position and the winning run at second base. Michelle Lund knocked in the winning run on a hit to center. The Pirates got three hits and two RBIs from Meyer and Lund had her two RBIs on her hit in the seventh. The game was tied heading into the sixth inning before Barron knocked in two runs, but the Pirates held onto a wild win. Hayward 11, Siren/Webster 1 HAYWARD – The Siren/Webster softball team traveled to Hayward Tuesday afternoon for their spring opener, but fell in five innings. A scoreless first inning for both teams eventually led to a six-run second inning for Hayward. Siren/Webster scored in the fifth inning with the help of a lead-off single from Sam Will. It was her only hit in the game, while Samantha Kopecky and Megan Baasch each had one hit.

Unity shelled by Baldwin-Woodville Baldwin-Woodville 15, Unity 5 by Marty Seeger BALDWIN – The Eagles got off to a rocky start against Baldwin-Woodville last Friday in their first game of the season. Baldwin-Woodville scored nine runs in the first two innings and had taken an 11-0 lead before Unity managed to get five runs in the fifth inning. With two

outs Luke Nelson drew a walk, and Derek Jorgenson was hit by a pitch. A triple by Brady Flaherty helped the Eagles get on the board, but the inning quickly ended. Nelson took his first loss of the season after pitching three innings, allowing nine hits and 10 runs, with seven earned runs. He also had four strikeouts.

St. Croix Falls 12, Somerset 8 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Saints got a win in their first game of the season against Somerset on Tuesday afternoon. “We certainly hit the ball well, with 16 hits,” said coach Paul Randolph. Nick Johnson and Cory Gebhard each had three hits and Matt Vold had two hits with three RBIs. The Saints had a 21 lead heading into the third inning before Somerset retook the lead, 4-2.

“Our pitching was pretty good at times, with the exception of the bump in the road during the third inning,” Randolph said. Vold started on the mound, pitching three innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs and had two strikeouts with two walks. Will Ball pitched the final four innings with four strikeouts, one walk and gave up three earned runs.

Harlander plays in Senior Tourney

Bulldogs place at state

Frederic senior and Blizzard hockey player David Harlander (pictured back row, far left), competed with the Section 1 team during the Wisconsin Senior Class Tournament March 27-29. The Section 1 team roster held seniors from Superior to River Falls. The tournament was held in Waupun at the community center. Harlander and his Section 1 team defeated the Section 4 team, 4-3, on Saturday and then lost to the Section 3 team, 5-3 later that day. On Sunday, the Section 1 beat Section 5, 9-3, in order to take third in the tournament. Harlander totaled three points with three assists as a defenseman for the team. – Photo submitted

Six Burnett County Bulldog youth wrestlers made the trip to the state wrestling tournament in Madison, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. Tony Britton (right), sixth grade, placed fourth in the 95-lb. weight class at state. It was his second appearance at the state tournament. Last year he placed second. Tristan Brewer, sixth grade, placed second in the 88-lb. weight class for his fourth appearance at state. He has taken two second places and one third place in previous years. Other Bulldog participants were: Collin Jeske, Elliot Swenson, Josh Glover and Dakota Schultz. It was Josh and Dakota’s second appearances at the state tournament. – Photo submitted





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Luck faculty defeats Cardinal seniors Faculty/spouses team Name Points Mr. Paul Denny 10 Mr. Chad Eley 2 Mrs. Renee Gavinski 2 Mr. Josh Hetfeld 14 Mr. Brent Olson 5 Mr. Ron Steen 2 0 Mr. Al Tomlinson Mr. Adam Wallin 17 Totals 54

Fouls 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Seniors team Name Points Brittney Danielson 2 5 Dylan Fjorden Dylan Fultz 0 Jamison Gross 4 2 Melissa Jenssen 0 Ali Lehmann Derek Letch 6 James Longhenry 0 Christian McCabe 3 Jake Meyer 0 Marnie Rozumalski 0 Harry Severson-Dickinson 7 Krystal Stage 0 Totals 29

Fouls 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 6

Senior Dylan Fultz brings the ball up the court followed by classmate/teammate Melissa Jenssen.

A R E A Hacker’s Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Chippewa Checks 65, Mark’s Girls 57, Hot Shots 56, Gold Rush 53, Hole in the Wall 48, Sandbaggers 42, Spare-Us 41, The Gutter Busters 30. Women’s games: Gail Linke (MG) 218, Julie Chalupsky (HWC) 198, Barb Loomis (SU) 182. Women’s series: Gail Linke (MG) 616, Julie Chalupsky (HWC) 525, Cheryl Matrious (CC) 516. Men’s games: Jim Loomis (SU) 201, Scott Morrison (GR) 201, Bert Meyer (GR) 192. Men’s series: Scott Morrison (GR) 570, Bert Meyer (GR) 548, Rick Benjamin (CC) 543. Team games: Gold Rush 858, Hole in the Wall 845, Spare-Us 842. Team series: Hole in the Wall 2458, Gold Rush 2408, Mark’s Girls 2403. Games 50 or more above average: Julie Chalupsky (+56). Splits converted: 5-7-9: Cheryl Matrioius, Dorothy Barfknecht. 6-7-10: Mark Loomis. 4-9: Gail Linke. 4-5-10: Melinda Linke. 3-10: Bea Moyer, Gary Barfknecht, Julie Chalupsky. 5-7: Melissa Burgraff, Gail Linke. Monday Night Ladies Standings: AnchorBank 76, House of Wood 66, Mane Attractions 63, The Bottle Shop 56.5, Thrivent Financial 54, Miller’s Chicks 45, Hacker’s Lanes 41.5, Bye 11. Individual games: Janet Brewster (MA) 191, Nancy Anderson (HL) 190, Linda Giller (AB) 187. Individual series: Barb Morgan (TF)

The seniors basketball team was made up of front row (L to R): Jamison Gross and James Longhenry. Second row: Christian McCabe, Ali Lehmann, Krystal Stage, Dylan Fjorden and Marnie Rozumalski. Back row: Jake Meyer, Dylan Fultz, Harry Severson-Dickinson, Derek Letch, Brittney Danielson and Melissa Jenssen. – Photos by Lori Nelson

Derek Buck was the winner of the 3-point shooting contest.

Middle School basketball coach tries to steal the ball as senior Harry Severson-Dickinson drives up the court.

Senior Derek Letch plays defense as Mr. Ron Steen prepares to throw the ball to his teammate.

Senior Jamison Gross tries to steal the ball from Coach Chad Eley.

B O W L I N G 523, Heidi Skow (MC) 510, Rhonda Bazey (HW) 479. Team games: Miller Chicks 636, Hacker’s Lanes 616, Mane Attractions 598. Team series: Miller Chicks 1786, Mane Attractions 1756, Hacker’s Lanes 1745. Wednesday Night Early Men’s Standings: 4 Seasons Wood Products 39, Larsen Auto Center 34, A-1 Machine 26, Lewis Silo 25, Pioneer Bar 22, Skol Bar 22, Cummings Lumber 20, Parker 20. Individual games: Don Hughes (4S) 256 and 247, Gene Ackland (4S) 244. Individual series: Don Hughes 699, Gene Ackland 663, Duane Doolittle (LS) 648. Team games: 4 Seasons Wood Products 1008, 1002, and 958. Team series: 4 Seasons Wood Products 2968, Skol Bar 2685, Lewis Silo and Larsen Auto Center 2666. Thursday Late Standings: Stotz & Company 33, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 30, Bazey Racing 26, Hansen Farms Inc. 23, Johnson Upholstery 23, Fisk Trucking 21. Individual games: Dale Frandsen 236, Jon Anderson 234, Gene Wynn Jr. 223. Individual series: Jon Anderson 633, Dale Frandsen 624, Gene Wynn Jr. 622. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 1010, Bazey Racing 937, Stotz & Company 875. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2789, Bazey Racing 2656, Stotz & Company 2526. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Hole in the Wall 76, Junque

Art 62.5, Meyer’s Plus 54, Frederic Design & Promotion 53, The Leader 51, The Dozers 49.5, Pioneer Bar 42, Skol Bar 32. Individual games: Sandy King 232, Karen Carlson 223, Gail Linke 218. Individual series: Karen Carlson 580, Sandy King 564, Gail Linke 534. Team games: The Leader 683, Meyers Plus 634, Skol Bar 642. Team series: Skol Bar 1845, Meyers Plus 1833, The Leader 1830. Games 50 or more above average: Gail Linke, Sandy King, Karen Carlson, Carrie Lindahl.

McKenzie Lanes

Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lemon Heads 84.5, Jim’s Flooring 73.5, Lane Crashers 73.5, Wild Boys 70.5, Kluge 59.5, Mom’s Boys 58.5. Women’s games: Sasha Garbow 163,

R E S U L T S Brenda Lehmann 157, Darlene Prose 141. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 430, Sasha Garbow 429, Darlene Prose 376. Men’s games: Cory Crowell 258, Jim Lammert 233, Jeff Lehmann 229. Men’s series: Glen Minnick 663, Cory Crowell 576, Jim Lammert 573. Team games: Jim’s Flooring 548. Team series: Jim’s Flooring 1525. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Steve’s Appliance 72.5, Dream Lawn 66.5, McKenzie Lanes 64, Glass Bar 62.5, Greatland Transportation 61, The Dugout 57, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 49.5, Hack’s Pub 47. Individual games: Bob Rettler 279, Steve Clark and John Gerhman 255, Rick Fox 246. Individual series: Bob Rettler 748, Rick Fox and John Gerhman 695, Darren McKenzie 682. Team games: (Handicap scores) Nel-LoHill Farm 1263 Team series: (Handicap scores) Nel-LoHill Farm 3575. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Dalles Electricity 27, Edina Realty 26, McKenzie Lanes 24, Davy’s Construction 23, Tiger Express 22, Reed’s Marina 16, Harvest Moon 14, Hanjo Farms 8. Individual games: Daryn Sylvester 278, Mark Kamish 258, Sam Leggitt 257. Individual series: Dick Wallis 699, Daryn Sylvester 681, Mark Kamish 674. Team games: (Handicap scores) Edina Realty 1129, Tiger Express 1056. Team series: (Handicap scores) Edina Realty 3230, Tiger Express 3099.

Black & Orange

TNT Standings: Larry’s LP 36-20, Flower Power 33-23, Cashco 30-26, Wild Bill’s 13-43. Individual games: Cheryl Hansen (C) 187, Jennifer Kern (L) and Connie Bushey (L) 181, Sue Eytcheson (FP) and Vicki Tollander (C) 158. Individual series: Cheryl Hansen (C) 520, Jennifer Kern (L) 519, Connie Bushey (L) 467. Team games: Larry’s LP 880, Cashco 866, Flower Power 851. Team series: Larry’s LP 2542, Flower Power 2512, Cashco 2421. Games 50 or more above average: Connie Bushey 181 (+55). Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Lip’s 40-8, Check Services 27.5-20.5, Pour House 15.5-32.5, Ben Ott Construction 13-35. Individual games: Angie Olson (CS) 199, Jackie Churchill (L) 193, Nikki Cadotte and Vicki Sjoholm 153. Individual series: Jackie Churchill (L) 514, Angie Olson (CS) 473, Becky Reynolds (L) 434 Team games: Lip’s 681, Check Services 665, Ben Ott Construction 657. Team series: Lip’s 1996, Ben Ott Construction 1937, Check Services 1916.








Raygor takes first in folkstyle tournament by Marty Seeger ST. CROIX FALLS– St. Croix Falls state champion wrestler Joe Raygor isn’t done wrestling and likely won’t stop wrestling until football begins next fall. The junior 171-pounder represented the Wisconsin Victory School of Wrestling in Cedar Falls, Iowa, recently at the Folkstyle Wrestling National Tournament. Raygor went 6-0 at the tournament in a 40-man bracket. “This is the first time that I can remember that anyone from this area has ever won this tournament,” said Saints wrestling coach Dan Clark. “This is a very impressive accomplishment since all of the best wrestlers from all

over the country come to Iowa to try to win this tournament.” Raygor defeated Tom Davies of South Dakota in the championship match by a 3-1 decision.

RIGHT: Joe Raygor defeated Chesten Kesselhon in the finals to become the 2009 Division 2 champion at 171 pounds. Raygor will be going for his second-straight title during his senior year at St. Croix Falls next winter. – File Photo by Megan Carlson

Frederic student takes fourth Local girls compete in at state free-throw contest New York hockey tourney

Taylor Alseth, Frederic student, placed third at the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest held in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, April 4. There were 157 10-year-old girls statewide who competed. State Advocate Tim Guski presented Alseth with her third-place award. – Photo submitted


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Grantsburg St. Croix Falls Frederic Luck Siren Unity Webster

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


Thursday, April 9 4:30 p.m. Shell Lake at Siren 5 p.m. Cumberland at Frederic Grantsburg at Turtle Lake/Clayton Monday, April 13 1 p.m. Hayward at Grantsburg 5 p.m. Northwood at Siren Tuesday, April 14 5 p.m. Cumberland at Luck Clayton at Unity Northwood at Frederic Shell Lake at St. Croix Falls



Tuesday, April 14 4 p.m. Unity at Osceola St. Croix Falls at Osceola

Overall 3-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Kassie Lien of Grantsburg and Sam O’Brien of Cushing competed in a hockey tournament held at Lake Placid, N.Y., April 2 through April 5. Their team took second place in the tournament, and their relay team took first place. The team consisted of girls from all around Wisconsin and Minnesota. – Photo submitted

1989 Frederic graduate wrestles to first


West Lakeland Conference Standings

Team Frederic Grantsburg Luck St. Croix Falls Siren Unity Webster

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


Overall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Thursday, April 9 4:30 p.m. Northwestern at Siren 5 p.m. Rush City, Minn. at Grantsburg Tuesday, April 14 5 p.m. Luck at Unity Webster/Siren at Grantsburg Frederic at St. Croix Falls

TRACK & FIELD Upcoming

Tuesday, April 14 4 p.m. Luck at Baldwin/Woodville Grantsburg at Cumberland 4:30 p.m. Siren at Webster Unity at Webster Frederic at Webster St. Croix Falls at Webster

Ralph Britton, Frederic graduate, 1989, traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, with the Burnett County Bulldog wrestling team on Sunday, April 5. Britton took first place after pinning his first-match opponent in 41 seconds and pinning his second-match opponent in 49 seconds. Britton’s son, Tony, also wrestled at state, placing fourth. – Photo submitted




Weighing in on lead poisoning in wildlife Nontoxic sinkers, ammunition sees growing interest from sportsmen by Marty Seeger FREDERIC – Thoughts of the openwater-fishing season are already on the minds of sportsmen and women across the state of Wisconsin, and some are already braving the cold on various river systems waiting for the prespawn walleye bite. What is probably not on the minds of most anglers are the issues of lead poisoning and the problems it can cause with wildlife, especially in waterfowl. Just one lead sinker is capable of poisoning an adult loon, and several trumpeter swans have died over the winter near Hudson as a result of ingesting lead fishing tackle and lead shot from firearms. Several studies have shown lead to be toxic to wildlife, prompting at least six states to pass bans on lead sinkers weighing in at a half-ounce or less, as well as certain lead jigs. Other countries, including Canada, are also getting on board with a ban on various kinds of lead fishing. “I think Canada is probably going to be first and Minnesota is probably going to be right behind them,” says Jay Groth, a tackle buyer for Joe’s Sporting Goods in St. Paul, Minn. Groth says there’s been a growing interest for nontoxic lead from anglers over the past few years, mostly because Joe’s has been part of a Get the Lead Out Day each year to give anglers the opportunity to trade lead sinkers and jigs for a nontoxic variety. Groth said they averaged over 50 pounds of lead each year turned in by anglers, which he feels shows a growing interest. This year Groth said they won’t be doing the lead tackle exchange, but will offer a kit with nontoxic tackle instead, which will cost about $15. He says The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and a nonprofit organization called Recycled Fish help to promote the tackle and keep the cost down. One of the issues with nontoxicfishing tackle is the cost. “To make ‘em cheap enough they have to use tin, and it’s twice the size, where if they use tungsten or something like that they can keep ‘em smaller,” Groth said, but added that the cost is still pretty high. One Web site lists a pack of four three-eighth-ounce bell sinkers costs $4.71. Finding sinkers such as these, except for the several sites on the Internet, can be difficult to stock, according to Groth. Tackle sales repre-

LEFT: The X ray on the left shows over 60 lead BB’s ingested by a trumpeter swan found on Deerprint Lake near Solon Springs last winter. At right, an X ray of a loon shows a large sinker in its stomach. – Photos Courtesey of Raptor Education Group Inc. sentatives aren’t pushing nontoxic either. “It’s very hard to find, and even for us to find and buy it is very difficult,” Groth said, but he still feels a nontoxic way of fishing is coming, and most anglers will like it as long as they get the weights close and the cost comes down. “I think everyone is planning for it … who knows how long it’ll be, but I think they all see it coming,” Groth said. He added too, that it isn’t just the fishing that sees change coming, but several of the metro gun clubs in the Twin Cities now require nontoxic shot at the range. The debate on lead ammunition and its affects on wildlife through general shooting and hunting, particularly waterfowl, is an entirely different debate altogether. But the fact that it can poison wildlife remains similar, and one reason why lead shot was banned for waterfowl hunting in the early-‘90s. Lead ammo and eagles Dr. Luis Cruz-Martinez, a resident at the University of Minnesota’s College of

Veterinary Medicine, is currently carrying out research on incidents of lead poisoning in eagles from spent ammunition. Cruz-Martinez says there are four parameters indicating that lead bullets from the hunting season are the source of eagles getting lead poisoning. The first part of his research focuses on what Dr. Patrick Redig, former director of the Raptor Center and current professor of veterinary medicine at U of M, and others began in the mid-1970s. CruzMartinez said there’s a seasonal pattern that shows eagles with lead poisoning turn up most frequently during the hunting seasons. He says eagles ingest lead fragments from hunter-killed deer while feasting on gut piles left behind. “We get about 100 bald eagles during the year, but the ones with lead poisoning, they peak during November and December,” said Cruz-Martinez, adding that out of those 100 or so eagles, 30 percent have lead poisoning. During the coldest days with heavy snow cover, the number of eagles turning up with lead poisoning decrease, but as snow thaws,

exposing gut piles, lead poisoning in eagles becomes prevalent again. A second part of the research, going back as far as 12 years, focuses on geography. Cruz-Martinez said eagles found with lead poisoning are more prevalent in areas where rifles are used as opposed to areas where only slugs are used. “When you look at the fragmentation pattern of those bullets, there is far more fragmentation that occurs with the rifle bullets as that of the shotgun slugs,” he said. Two more complicated studies, including a lead isotope ratio analysis, and copper bullet fragments, are being done. Cruz-Martinez said the ratio analysis involves sending blood samples with lead poisoning to the University of California, and comparing metal fragments found in the gastrointestinal tract of some birds. In the end, they’ve found very similar isotope ratios with eagles and ammunition. Since copper-jacketed bullets are commonly used in hunting, Cruz-Martinez has researched and found eagles with lead poisoning have a higher copper concentration in their kidneys. Finding traces of copper, along with the toxic lead in an eagles system, further strengthens their hypothesis. “It just make a stronger case in support of the hypothesis that spent lead from ammunition are present in the gut piles and carcasses of deer,” CruzMartinez said. But he’s also quick to point out, that these findings are not antihunting. They are simply trying to show people the results of their research, and that lead is a problem that can be solved. He also understands that it may take a while, but nontoxic hunting bullets are available. Cruz-Martinez also points out that the research being done is not isolated, but has been implicated throughout the entire United States and in Germany and Japan. “What we want to try to do is a smooth transition towards the nontoxic type of bullet, we are not going into a legislature right away and say we need to ban lead bullets,” Cruz-Martinez said, adding that the market couldn’t support such a drastic change and that change must come smoothly, which will also be the case for lead fishing tackle. The Wisconsin DNR has been getting more involved each year with issues in lead poisoning and wildlife, but Minnesota, Michigan and Canada seem to be pushing the issue further. The Minnesota Pollution Control Web site has tons of information on lead poisoning, and lists at least 30 different retailers offering nontoxic fishing tackle at kers.cfm.

Conservation Congress annual county meetings April 13 Polk, Burnett and Washburn counties meet April 13 BALSAM LAKE – Wisconsin residents will be able to nominate and elect local representatives to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and express support or nonsupport for a range of advisory questions on conservation and

natural resources management issues at the Congress’ spring meetings held in every county on Monday, April 13, starting at 7 p.m. The county meeting is held jointly with the Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings. For those unfamiliar with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, it is a statutorily established advisory group to the state Natural Resources Board on all natural resource issues.

“In Polk County, the joint DNR and Conservation Congress annual meeting will be held at the Unity High School Gymnasium, in Balsam Lake,” said Wally Trudeau, chair of the Polk County delegation. At the meetings, citizens will have the opportunity to comment and register their support or nonsupport for congress proposals that someday could become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor

recreation activities in Wisconsin. They may also submit resolutions addressing conservation needs or concerns they observe. Results of the public’s input on these proposals will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in May 2009. If there is significant support for a proposal, the advisory question could become a DNR rule change proposal in follow-

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Whereabouts of cougar remains a mystery

SPOONER — It has been a month since Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials tried unsuccessfully to place a radio collar on a cougar or mountain lion in western Washburn County. The current location of the large cat is unknown and is Wisconsin’s second verified cougar sighting in 14 months. “The cougar appeared in good health and we wanted to keep him that way,” said DNR wildlife biologist Ken Jonas. “After several days of tracking him, field conditions had deteriorated to the point that we were unable to locate him again.” Had they been able to get close enough the biologists would have darted the cougar with an immobilizing agent and put a tracking collar on it. That was on March 5 and shortly after, most of northern Wisconsin’s snow melted. It is easier to find an animal and trail it when there is snow on the ground, according to Jonas. Jonas requests people in the area report any sightings to the department. A few people have called but the reported sightings could not be verified by field staff. Should the opportunity present itself wildlife crews would once again like to try and capture the cat. “We would like to get a radio collar on it to learn more about this animal, including localized and long distance movements, habitat use and selection,”

This cougar was just the second verified sighting in 14 months. The whereabouts are still unknown. – Photo submitted Jonas said. “But we will do so only if it can be accomplished without harm to the animal.” By following the animal, biologists would know if it stayed in Wisconsin or moved into an adjacent state. Should it stay, Jonas and his crews

would like to know how the cougar deals with residential areas, farms and highways. Would this cougar lead us to other cougars, Jonas wonders. “Getting the animal radio-collared would be a major step in learning about what is happening with cougars in

Wisconsin and get us away from mere speculations to hard science,” he said. The wildlife biologists gave up the chase near the Burnett-Washburn county line north of Hwy. 70, a densely wooded area with few people. This is quite different from Wisconsin’s first verified cougar that was found in Rock County over a year ago. That cat was eventually shot and killed by police officers in a Chicago suburb. “We are not sure where the Washburn County cat came from,” Jonas said, “but with cougar populations expanding in South Dakota and Canada, we suspect it could have come from either of those two places. A young male cougar, like this one, can travel long distances looking for new territory or a mate.” Anyone sighting a cougar should report it to their nearest DNR office. Jonas advises to observe it at a distance and try of get a photo of it. If it leaves footprints in the mud or sand, Jonas said to cover the track with a can or box to maintain its shape and prevent weathering. “Cougar tracks are hard to distinguish from the front paw print of a bear,” the wildlife biologist explained. People wanting more information about cougars or mountain lions can check out the department’s Web site at: ugar/index.htm. – submitted

Containment key in preventing aquatic invasive species, experts say PARK FALLS – Internationally renowned experts speaking at the recent Wisconsin Lakes Conference had a few words of advice regarding aquatic invasive species: “prevent their spread by containing them to waters known to be infested.” Cleaning boats and equipment coming from infested waters is more cost-effective than monitoring landings where lakes do not have invasives, the experts agreed. “Essentially, the speakers at this year’s conference said containment can consist of educating boaters leaving these lakes and ensuring that they do not transmit the aquatic invaders via their boats, equipment and the water contained in their boats,” said Jim Hansen, aquatic invasives and lakes coordinator for the DNR’s 18-county Northern Region. He added that this approach may require a change in thinking from the common model of people organizing to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasives into their own lake, (the “shield” approach), which is not yet infested. The infested lakes are often without such concentrated efforts because the species of concern is already there. Without protection on these infested lakes, their neighboring lakes are vulnerable to a new introduction from boaters who share their landings, the speakers said.

The 31st-annual Wisconsin Lakes Conference was held in late March in Green Bay by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, a consortium of Wisconsin DNR, University of Wisconsin – Extension, and the Wisconsin Association of Lakes. The central theme of this meeting was aquatic invasive species and featured presentations from experts including Dr. David Lodge, director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame, who discussed preventing the spread of invasive species by commercial vessels in the Great Lakes, and by recreational boats among inland lakes, Dr. Anthony Ricciardi, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Dr. Jake Vander Zanden an associate professor of zoology and limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference was attended by more than 350 people from in and outside of Wisconsin; and the toll invasive species are taking in Wisconsin – and fear of new introductions – seemed to dominate conversation during, before and after presentations. Aquatic invasive species have been estimated by researchers to cost government, taxpayers and industry in the Great Lakes region $200 million annually, in addition to the toll they take on native species and ecosystems. Because these aquatic invaders are

foreign to the ecosystems they enter and thus have no natural predators, they out-compete the native species for food and/or habitat. The lakes coordinator said the Great Lakes, because of international shipping, has and remains a source pool for many invasives entering inland waters. For example, he said, some well-known aquatic invasive species include the sea lamprey which nearly collapsed the lake trout populations in the Great Lakes, the alewife, zebra mussels and quagga mussels that caused millions of dollars to control their impact, and Eurasian water milfoil an invasive from Scandinavia which has clogged waterways and cost millions of dollars in control costs. “The message delivered at the convention was loud and clear: By stopping


• A variety of proposals to enhance youth participation in outdoor recreation activities; and • Numerous statewide and local suggestions for enhancing fishing opportunities on Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers.

the ones that do begin their journey to become a rule, policy or legislative change in the subsequent years,” Harvey said. “It is a true grassroots process that empowers the citizens of this state to shape natural resources policy.” Anyone submitting resolutions must submit two copies of their resolution typed or neatly printed on 8 1/2- by 12inch white paper. In addition to the Congress advisory questions, the county meeting is also reserved for the election of delegates to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. To vote for Congress delegates, people must be 18 years old and provide identification along with proof of residency in the county.

ing years. This year the Conservation Congress will seek public input on 35 advisory questions on a range of topics, some of which include: • Numerous proposals to address hunter’s concerns over Earn-a-Buck regulations; • Proposals to modify the muzzleloader season, and allow magnifying scopes on muzzleloaders during the muzzleloader deer season; • Regulations regarding the placement of tree stands for hunting on state owned lands; • Various proposed modifications to trapping regulations;

“Conservation Congress advisory questions originate from citizens with good ideas.” said Ed Harvey, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. “If resolutions presented at the county level meetings are supported, the resolution is advanced to one of the Congress’ study committees and the Congress Executive Council for consideration. “Each year, there are over 200 resolutions submitted locally, not all pass, but

these plants, fish, and animals at their sources, we can prevent their spread to other waters,” Hansen said. He said the best ways to do this is to inspect your boat, trailer and equipment and remove visible aquatic plants, animals and mud. Drain water from your boat, motor, bilge, live wells and bait containers. Dispose of unwanted leftover bait in the trash, not in the water or on land. Buy your minnows from licensed Wisconsin bait dealers. Never move live fish from one water to another unless they are leftover minnows bought from Wisconsin and you have not added any lake or river water or fish into their container. Wash your boat and equipment with high pressure or hot water, or let it dry for five days. – from the DNR

Great Northern Outdoors Archery League week 11 A League JM Electric: 48 Team C&Z: 48 Kill em: 47 TNT: 40 Shockers: 37 Terrible Twosome: 36 Whiz Kids: 34 James Gang: 30 Damage Inc.: 24 Off Constantly: 18 Breezy Tee: 18 H&H Performance: 16

B League Stupid Fox: 48 Jail Bait: 46 Johnson & Johnson: 46 Beauty & Beast: 45 GNO: 45 Crash: 43 Merry Men: 36 Broken Arrow: 31 Challenged: 26 Meyer: 18 Silver Slingers: 16 Men in Tights: 6

C League He Said: 58 B&E Ammo: 50 Team B: 46 Browning Blasters: 35 She Said: 32 Robin's Hoodz: 32 Swamp Busters: 22 The Cripplers: 20 Litter Runts: 12 Animal Lovers: 11

“There will be two seats up for election, in Polk County in 2009,” stated Trudeau. “Any citizen of the county, who is a Wisconsin resident and is at least 18 years of age may be nominated to the congress for a two- or three-year term. Nominees must be willing to volunteer their time and represent their local citizens on natural resource issues.” The Burnett County meeting is being held at the Burnett County Government Center, Room 165, 7410 CTH K, Siren, and the Washburn County meeting is being held at the Ag Research Station, W6646 Hwy. 70, Spooner. For more information contact Trudeau at 715-2682304. – submitted


The Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk

(March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT Branch 1 POLK COUNTY WESTconsin Credit Union 444 South Broadway Menomonie, WI 54751 Plaintiff vs. Joel T. Hetzel 2912 Hemingway Drive Chaska, MN 55318, and Martha E. Hetzel 2912 Hemingway Drive Chaska, MN 55318,and USA, acting through the Rural Housing Service US Department of Agriculture c/o Attorney General Western District of Wisconsin P.O. Box 7857 Madison, WI 53702 Defendants Code: 30404 Case No.: 08 CV 778 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on February 2, 2009, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam lake, Wisconsin, in said County, on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4) of Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section Thirty-six (36), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Seventeen (17) West in the Township of Lincoln, described as follows: Commencing at a point 25 feet East of the Northeast corner of Lot 13, Block 1, Deronda; thence running direct East 125 feet; thence due South and parallel with said Lot 13, Block 1 to the highway limits; thence following said highway limits to within a point 25 feet East of the Southeast corner of said Lot 13, Block 1; thence running due North parallel with said Lot 13 to a place of beginning, Polk County, Wisconsin. The above property is located at 1285 65th Avenue (CTH F), Amery, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. 6. The sale of this property will be subject to the USA’s right of redemption during the twelve months subsequent to this sale. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 18th day of February, 2009. Tim Moore, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Office, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 715-235-3939

Virgil Hansen, Clerk

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(March 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, as Trustee, in trust for the registered holders of Ameriquest Mortgage Securities, Inc., Asset-Baked Pass - Through Certificates, Series 2005-R11, c/o American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. 2727 North Harwood Dallas, TX 75201-1515, Plaintiff, vs. JOHN N. DUXBURY and SHARON RONNENBERG, husband and wife, 121 Main Street Milltown, WI 54858, and JOHN DOE and/or JANE DOE, unknown tenants, 121 Main Street Milltown, WI 54858, Defendants Case No. 09-CV-109 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 FORTY DAY SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, TO: SHARON RONNENBERG, 121 Main Street Milltown, WI 54858; 312 Maple Street South Turtle Lake, WI 54889 You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after March 25, 2009, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the 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: Clerk of Circuit Court Polk County Courthouse 1005 West Main Street P.O. Box 549 Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to O’Dess and Associates, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is: O’Dess and Associates, S.C. 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant 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. O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: M. ABIGAL O’DESS Bar Code No. 1017869 POST OFFICE ADDRESS: 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.

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(April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6) STATE OF WISCONSIN POLK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT WELLS FARGO BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee, for First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust 2004FFH3, Plaintiff vs. TROY D. CHRISTENSEN and JENNIFER S. CHRISTENSEN, husband and wife, and JANE DOE and/or JOHN DOE unknown tenants; and POLK COUNTY and DAVID HOLMDAHL; and DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF WISCONSIN, SC, and CHEMMASTER INC.; and RYAN M. BENSON and THE RIVERBANK; and LVNV FUNDING LLC, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants, and STATE OF WISCONSIN, Added Defendant. Case No. 08-CV-630 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 12, 2008, in the amount of $181,270.08, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: May 19, 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: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The East 515 Feet of the North 729 Feet of the Southeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of NE 1/4), Section Twenty-nine (29), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wis., except the East 295 Feet of the North 362 Feet thereof, and except highway right of way. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1965 160th Street, Town of Milltown TAX KEY NO.: 40-969-0 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.

Case No. 08-CV-867 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage/ Contract NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 11, 2009, in the amount of $775,686.30, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 29, 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: In the foyer area of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the city of Balsam Lake, Polk County. DESCRIPTION: LOT ONE (1) OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAP NO. 1688, RECORDED IN VOLUME 8 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAPS ON PAGE 36 AS DOCUMENT NO. 517828, LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4) OF SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT (28), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-FOUR (34), NORTH OF RANGE EIGH-TEEN (18) WEST, CITY OF ST. CROIX FALLS, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN; AND THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (SW 1/4 OF THE NW 1/4) OF SECTION THREE (3), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-SIX (36) NORTH OF RANGE SEVENTEEN (17) WEST, TOWN OF LUCK, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN, EXCEPT: VOLUME 194 DEEDS, PAGE 28, DOCUMENT NO. 281079; VOLUME 498 RECORDS, PAGE 935, DOCUMENT NO. 447064; VOLUME 787 RECORDS, PAGE 47, DOCUMENT NO. 586082. PROPERTY ADDRESSES: 2149 U.S. Highway 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, 54024 and 2964 150th Street, Frederic, Wis., 54837. Timothy G. Moore Polk County Sheriff MURNANE BRANDT Attorneys for Plaintiff 30 E. 7th Street, Suite 3200 St. Paul, MN 55101-4919 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. 480189 WNAXLP

The April meeting of the Village Board of Siren will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Village Hall. Agenda posted. Ann Peterson 482068 Clerk-Treasurer 33L

Mon., April 20, 2009, 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall

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Board Meeting Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m. Town Hall Agenda: 1. Reading of minutes. 2. Treasurer’s report. 3. Review and pay bills. 4. Patrolman’s report. Any additional agenda will be posted in the Luck Town Hall and Clerk’s office. Lloyd Nelson Clerk 482198 33L



NOTICE Town of Luck

The RiverBank 304 Cascade Street P.O. Box 188 Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 Plaintiff, vs. LJSP, LLC 2149 U.S. Highway 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024; and LJPP, LLC 2149 U.S. Highway 8 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024, Defendants.






(Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005AB5 C/O COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. Plaintiff, vs. COLLIN J. BETTS, et al. Defendants. Case Number: 07 CV 739 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 9, 2008, in the amount of $160,798.98, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: April 23, 2009, at 10:00 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 St., Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: Part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 ), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the SW 1/ 4 of the NE 1/4 , Section 3-3219; thence proceeding North along the centerline of Highway 35 as now laid out and traveled a distance of 652 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said parcel, a distance of 265 feet to point of beginning; thence South parallel to the East line of said 40acre parcel, a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said 40-acre parcel, a distance 265 feet; thence North parallel to East line of said 40 acre parcel a distance of 322 feet; thence East to the point of beginning, Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Three (3), Township Thirty-two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, described as follows: Commencing at the Northeast corner of real estate described in Volume 202 of Deeds, page 270 in the office of the Register of Deeds for said County; thence North along the center of STH 35 at a distance of 322 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty, 265 feet; thence South parallel to center of said STH 35 to the North line of the land described in Volume 202 Deeds, page 270 aforesaid; thence East parallel to the South line of said forty to the place of beginning; Farmington Township in Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 559 St. Rd. 35, Osceola, WI 54020 TAX KEY NO.: 22-70-0 Dated this 26th day of February, 2009. /s/Timothy G. Moore Sheriff of Polk County Deborah A. Blommer State Bar #1000749 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. (143819)

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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




The Open Book for the Village of Siren will be held on Monday, April 20, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Siren Village Hall. The assessor will be available at this time to hear any and all complaints from the taxpayers. Please contact Village Hall at 715-349-2273 to schedule an appointment. Board of Review will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. Notice is hereby given this 8th day of April, 2009, by Ann L. Peterson, Clerk 482069 33L WNAXLP

The Open Book for the Town of Siren will be held on Mon., April 20, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Siren Town Hall, 7240 South Long Lake Road. The assessor will be available at this time to hear any and all concerns pertaining to your property located in the Town of Siren. Please schedule an appointment by calling Associated Appraisal at 800-721-4157. Notice is hereby given this 27th day of March, 2009, by Mary Hunter, Clerk. 481645 32-34L WNAXLP



STATE OF WISCONSIN Town of Meenon, Burnett County An ordinance designating all-terrain vehicle (ATV) routes and regulating the operation of ATVs. SECTION 1 - INTENT The Town of Meenon of Burnett County adopts the following all-terrain vehicle ordinance/route for the operation of allterrain vehicles upon the roadways listed in Section III. Following due consideration of the recreational value to connect trail opportunities and weighted against possible dangers, public health, liability aspects, terrain involved, traffic density and history of automobile traffic, this ordinance has been created. SECTION II - STATUTORY AUTHORITY The route is created pursuant to Town of Meenon authority under Section 1.1.01 as authorized by 23.33 (8) (b), Wis. Stats. SECTION III - ROUTES The following roads are designated as routes: 1. Old 35 - from the south town line (Airport Road) to County Road FF 2. Fairgrounds Road - from Village of Webster town line to Helsene Road SECTION IV - CONDITIONS 1. All ATV operators shall obey posted route speed limits. 2. All ATV operators shall ride in single file on right-hand side of hard portion of roadway. 3. Operators between the ages of 12 to 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. 4. All ATV operators born after January 1, 1988, must have a valid safety certificate. 5. Hours of operation for ATVs shall be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all routes within the Town of Meenon. 6. Operators of ATVs must slow to 10 MPH within 150 feet of a dwelling or business. 7. Operators are required to wear a helmet while riding ATVs in the Town of Meenon. Passengers are also required to wear a helmet. 8. Routes must be signed in accordance with NR 64.12 & NR 64.12 (7) c, (Provided by ATV Club). 9. MAXIMUM speed limit allowed on routes is 20 MPH. 10. Turf and Tundra (local ATV club) must maintain a $3,000.00 fund for any law enforcement that may be needed or any repairs to roads damaged by ATVs. 11. When Red Flags are present (for fire danger) no ATVs will be allowed to travel the road of Meenon Township. SECTION V - ENFORCEMENT This ordinance shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer of the Village of Webster, State of Wisconsin or Burnett County, Wisconsin. SECTION VI - PENALTIES Wisconsin State all-terrain vehicle penalties as found in s. 23.33 (13) (a) Wis. Stats. are adopted by reference. 66.0113 Citations for certain ordinance violations. SECTION VII - SEVERABILITY The provision of this ordinance shall be deemed severable and it is expressly declared that the Town of Meenon would have passed the other provisions of this ordinance irrespective of whether or not one or more provisions may be declared invalid. If any provision(s) of this ordinance or the application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the ordinance and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be deemed affected. The Town of Meenon has the right to rescind this ordinance at any time. SECTION VIII - EFFECTIVE DATE Passed this 9th day of February, 2009. Suzanna M. Eytcheson Meenon Town Clerk

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Job Title: H.R. Contact: Contact Phone: Job Description: Qualifications:

Elementary Teacher Kathleen Coppenbarger 715-463-2320 100% FTE Elementary Classroom Teacher Appropriate Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Certification required. Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience with differentiation, Everyday Math and Guided Reading. Desire to work in a team of collaborative progressive thinking educators focused on the development of the whole child. Candidate must have the ability to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students. Technology literacy is also desired. How to Apply: Send letter of application, resume, credentials, including three letters of recommendation, transcripts and a copy of license by April 20, 2009. Employer: Grantsburg School District 475 E. James Ave. Grantsburg, WI 54840 Job Address: Same as the employer address. Web Site: Description: Grantsburg School District is a K-12 School System of 1,000 students that is located in NW Wisconsin. It is located just over an hour from the Twin Cities Metro area. Grantsburg is located on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and is the home of Crex Meadows Wildlife Center. The School District of Grantsburg does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap.

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(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-

west 1/4, Northeast 1/4, Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West, Town Of Sand Lake, County Of Burnett, State Of Wisconsin And More Particularly Described As Follows: Commencing At The Southwest Corner Of The Southwest 1/4, Northeast 1/4 Of Section 17; Thence South 89° 29’ 16” East 910.44 Feet Along The South Line Of The Southwest 1/4, Northeast 1/4 To The Point Of Beginning; Thence Continuing South 89° 27’ 16” East 24.11 Feet Along Said South Line; Thence North 33° 23’ 14” West 33.45 Feet To A Point On The Southerly Right-Of-Way Line Of Whistler Road; Thence Southwesterly Along Said Right-Of-Way Line 20.07 Feet On The Arc Of A Circle Concave To The Northwest Whose Radius Is 199.75 Feet The Chord Of Said Arc Bearing South 61° 07’ 53” West 20.06 Feet; Thence South 33° 23’ 14” East 21.57 Feet To The Point Of Beginning; Parcel 2) Beginning At The Easternmost Point Of Lot 1 Of Certified Survey Map No. 3312, Volume 16, Page 58 And 59; Thence North 55° 26’ 24” West 10 Feet To A Point; Thence North 33° 23’ 14” West To The North Line Of The Northwest 1/4, Southeast 1/4, Of Section 17, Township 39 North, Range 15 West; Thence Westerly Along Said Line To The Northeast Corner Of Said Certified Survey Map; Thence South 33° 23’ 14” East 110.26 Feet To The Point Of Beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 26232 WHISTLER ROAD, Town of Sand Lake. TAX KEY NO.: 07-026-2-39-1517-4-02-000-013000. LEGACY PIN: 026-3217-03-210. Dean Roland Sheriff of Burnett 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.

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The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wsconsin. The Board will recess at 11:15 a.m. to view the site and will reconvene at noon at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time the applicant will inform the Board of their request. The Board may go into closed session under Wisconsin State Statutes, s. 19.85(1)(a)(g), deliberating concerning a case which was the subject of any judicial or quasijudicial trial or hearing before that governmental body. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT NOON WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) DOUG HEFFNER requests a variance from Article 11E3, 11C, Table 1 & 11F2(b)(1)+(2) of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance to attach an existing garage to the dwelling which the garage had the Board’s approval to be built no closer than 35’ from centerline of a town road on September 9, 2006; to add an addition onto existing dwelling which the proposed attachment of the garage and addition will exceed an 1,100-sq.-ft. footprint and go off to the side; also, to build a patio closer than 75’ from the ordinary high-water mark. Property affected is: 1748 Leeland Ct., Pt. of Lot 13, Prospect Point, Govt. Lot 4, described in CSM Vol. 1/Pg. 134, Sec. 1/T34N/R17W, Town of Balsam Lake, Balsam 482169 33-34L 23a,d WNAXLP Lake - class 1.


The Apple River Town Board authorized the Plan Commission to prepare a comprehensive plan pursuant to state statutes. The Plan Commission has prepared a comprehensive plan following a public planning process. The Town Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 11, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Hall at 612 U.S.H. 8, Amery, Wisconsin, to hear public comment on the plan, to consider the recommendation of the plan by the Plan Commission and to take action on the recommended plan. Following a short presentation, the Town Board will open the hearing to accept public input. You are encouraged to attend the public hearing and to offer your comments. Copies of the proposed Comprehensive Plan will be available for public review beginning April 10 at the following locations during normal hours of operation: 1. Amery Public Library located at 801 Keller Avenue South, Amery, Wis. 2. Balsam Lake Public Library located at 404 Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. 3. Following the link: 4. Apple River Town Hall, 612 U.S.H. 8, Amery, Wis. The recommended plan consists of written text, tables, figures and maps. Areas covered in the plan include the following general areas: Issues and Opportunities; Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources Housing; Transportation; Land Use; Economic Development; Community Facilities Utilities; Implementation and Intergovernmental Cooperation. The plan also includes goals, objectives and programs and policies relating to these areas. The Wisconsin Comprehensive Plan, law provided under Sec. 66.1001 Wis. Stats., requires that effective January 1, 2010, all municipalities that wish to engage in land use actions such as official mapping, local subdivision regulation or zoning regulation must have adopted a comprehensive plan. All such land use actions taken by the Town will be required to be consistent with the adopted comprehensive plan. Individuals wishing to attend the public hear who may need special assistance or accommodations should contact the Steve Arduser, Plan Commission Chair at 715-2686647. Written comments may be sent to Steve Arduser, Plan Commission Chair, 1607 80th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, by 4 p.m., May 8, 2009. Dated: April 3, 2009 Published: April 9, 2009 482184 33L 23d Ken Sample, Town Clerk (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


Preparations are in place for state writer’s conference in Siren

“Stories from Home,” a presentation by Wisconsin writer Michael Perry, will be open to the public during the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association Spring Conference at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren, Saturday, May 2. The presentation will be from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at a cost of $5 for students, $10 advance adult registration, $12 at the door. Other presentations during the conference are available only to registered conference attendees. – Photos submitted

Michael Perry’s first presentation is open to the public Michael Perry is a humorist and author, along with being a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He was raised on a small dairy farm, and still lives in rural Wisconsin. He compares his writing career to cleaning calf pens. “You just keep s h o v e l i n g . Eventually you’ve got a pile so big,

someone will notice,” Perry said. He wrote a m e m o i r , “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time,” and a humorous essay collection, “Off Main Street.” He has written for Esquire, The New York Times M a g a z i n e , O u t s i d e , Backpacker, Orion, Beverly Larsen, speech and is a munications professor at UWcontributing editor River Falls, will speak on to Men’s Health. “Poetry is Significant” during His essays have the afternoon session of the been heard on Wisconsin Regional Writer’s NPR’s “All Things Association Spring Conference in Siren Saturday, May 2. Considered.” Perry worked for five summers on a ranch in Wyoming. He is said to hold the record for being the only cowboy in all of Wyoming who simultaneously attended nursing school, giving the graduation address in a hairdo combining mousse spikes on top, a mullet in back and a moustache up front. He has had a variety of different occupations; can say “I don’t understand” in French, Greek and Norwegian; has never been bucked off a horse; and is unable to polka.

More information about Perry can be found online at Perry’s first presentation, “Stories From Home,” is open to the public from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 2. His second presentation, open to conference attendees only, is titled “Freelancing, Publishing and the Writing Process,” and is on the schedule from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Michael Norman Michael Norman is a writer, former UW-River Falls journalism professor and dean of the School of Journalism who lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region. He co-authored, with the late Beth Scott, the “Haunted America” series of ghost stories. The latest of which, published in 2006, is “Haunted Homeland.” He is the author, with Carol Roecklein, of two vocabulary books for ages 12 and up. He has written several plays, including “Entering the Circle: The Lives of Pioneer Farm Women,” and “Nye and Riley Tonight!,” based on the works of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley and humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye. Norman is on the schedule from 1-1:45 p.m. His talk is titled “How to Gather and Organize Material for Your Writing.” Beverly Larsen Beverly Larsen teaches speech communications at UW-River Falls. She has written and published poetry for many years, and is the author of two children’s books. She lives on a small farm near Hudson, where she enjoys horses. Larsen will be presenting “Poetry is Significant,” on the program from 2:15-3 p.m.

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by Nancy Jappe SIREN – Writers, poets and would-be writers take note: Preparations are in place for the May 1 and 2 Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association Spring Conference to be held this year at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren. Advance registration for the conference is $15 for students, $40 for WRWA members and $50 for nonmember adults. The cost for lunch Saturday, May 2, is an additional $10. When registering at the door, add $10 to the registration fee. The spring conference is held for the first time in a partnership between the WRWA (Boyd Sutton, service region ambassador); Northwest Regional Writers, the host club; and other clubs in the region, i.e. the Northern Lakes Writers’ Guild in Amery. The conference begins Friday, May 1, with separate ses- Michael Norman, author of sions for prose and the “Haunted America” poetry running from series, will be one of the after6:30-9:30 p.m. noon speakers Saturday, May Registration is 2, during the Wisconsin between 8 and 9 a.m. Regional Writer’s Association Saturday, May 2, Spring Conference at The with the closing Lodge at Crooked Lake, remarks coming Siren. between 4:15 and 4:20 p.m. Book sales and signings are included among the day’s events. Registration information can be found online at or by calling registration Chair David Aehl at 608-643-3229. Several performances by local writers have been scheduled, including a one-act play by Allan Ansorge, a poem set to music by LaMoine MacLaughlin, a performance piece by writer Tom King from Solon Springs and a display of literary and visual arts. Prizes will be awarded in a contest for young writers in the area (grades 7-12) in the fields of poetry, article/essay and short story. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category for first, second and third place. Winners will be notified by Friday, April 24, if they are in the winners’ circle, but will not know how they placed until the announcement is made during the Saturday afternoon session. According to its President Denis Simonsen, the host club, Northwest Regional Writers, is placing a lot of emphasis on developing writers among area youth and also in getting the community involved in writing. “Younger people are very good writers,” Simonsen said. “We are trying to pull some of the younger writers out. We see them as versatile, but not coming out in writing memoirs and poetry. We need to think outside of the box. “As writers, we need to widen our horizons, and bring our writing into the community,” Simonsen continued. He mentioned that N o r t h w e s t Regional Writers contribute to the Leader’s writer’s column as a way of sharing what they have experienced.


Seven foreign exchange students attending Webster schools by Sherill Summer WEBSTER – Webster High School has seven foreign exchange students attending school during this year. Punnatnon Kitsanayothin Punnatnon Kitsanayothin is a 16-year-old from Thailand. He is attending Webster High School while living with host parents Dean and Chris Phernetton. Kitsanayothin really likes American big cities. He visited Chicago while here and says that the skyscrapers are not something found in the city he lives in while at school, Chiang Mai, even though Chieng Mai is the second-largest city in Thailand and is about the size of the Twin Cities. Chieng Mai has mountains and is in the northern part of Thailand. It gets cold, but not nearly as cold as it is in Webster. Kitsanayothin has firmly decided that he doesn’t like the cold. Kitsanayothin has also found the American culture less formal than the culture in Thailand, and explains that in Thailand you have to bow to people to show repect. He doesn’t have to study as much in his American school. In Thailand he doesn’t have a choice of classes like American students do. Kitsanayothin is has host sisters here in America. This is something new, as in Thailand he only has two brothers, one older and one younger. He explains that he sees his younger brother only on weekends, because he lives about four hours away. He misses his family, spicy rice and noodles, school and friends back home. Pare Seephueng Pare Seephueng is 16 years old and from Thailand. She is attending Webster High School while living with host parents John and Tammy Ingalls. Seephueng is happy to be here and says she has met a lot of nice people, so much so, that Webster and Wisconsin are like her second home. Seephueng says that the Ingalls are very nice and give her advice, but also the independence to do things that she wants. This is a bit different then at home in Thailand, because her mother rarely lets her just “hang out” with friends. Seephueng is finding that she studied more in her Thailand school than in Webster, and in America, extracurricular sports are much more important. The American culture as a whole is also more relaxed than Thailand and Seephueng has learned to feel comfortable in it. She also likes the food here in America and says that the Ingalls are very good cooks. At home, Seephueng’s family is very proud and happy that she is in Webster, but do miss her. She talks to her family in Thailand every month by phone, and sometimes Seephueng e-mails her family. Her family consists of a younger sister and brother and a mother and an aunt. Her mother is a college teacher and her aunt has a home business. The family is very close and talk about everything, so there are no secrets in the family. As much as she likes America, she missed the food, her cats, family and friends from Thailand. Niels Van Vliet Niels Van Vliet is a 19-year-old from Duffel, Belgium. He is attending Webster High School while living with his host parent Roger Leef. He has a brother and sister. As Van Vliet only has one brother in Belgium, having a host sister is something new.

He thinks that the people in America are nice and has most enjoyed the sports, Mountain Dew and BBQ sauce. Van Vliet has found that everything as a whole is bigger, from the size of shopping malls to the size of milk cartons. He also finds the culture very new compared to the ancient culture of Belguim. He finds school easier here. It is not so much that one has to study more in Belgium, but it is harder to get A’s and it is not as easy to pass a class. Duffel is a town of about 15,000, with several larger towns nearby, and Van Vliet likes to go to the Twin Cities to get back into a city again. Belgium is officially trilingual and Van Vliet is not only fluent in his native Dutch and English, but French and German, too, and can understand Spanish. He didn’t start learning English until he was 15, but has picked up some English in movies. He misses chocolate, friends, Belgian food and public transportation. Chiara Colalelli Chiara Colalelli is a 16-year-old from Italy. She is attending Webster High School while living with host parents Shawn and Brenda Rachner. never Colalelli thought she would become an exchange student, but when she had the opportunity to come to America, she told herself to, “just do it” even if it seemed a little scary. At home, she has a mother and a brother waiting for her. Her family, especially her mom, supported her decision to become a foreign exchange student and saw this chance to stay in America as a wonderful opportunity. This is not to say that they don’t miss her. She talks to her mother an hour each month, she says they talk about everything - even boys, and her mom is counting the days until she comes home. She fights with her brother, Gustion, but she also loves him very much. She also misses her grandma, Moke, her cats and dog. Colalelli finds Webster School different from her school in Italy because it is the teachers that move from class to class in Italy, instead of the students that move, like high school here in Webster. She also only has five hours of school in Italy. Although Colalelli misses the food in Italy, she has found one new food in America that she really likes, Subway sandwiches. She does wonder why Subway is not in Italy. Otherwise she describes the food here like a big buffet, since Coke and meat and vegetables are mixed together. She finds that her life is really scheduled here, and the host family is very busy with sports or other afterschool programs. Colalelli wants to thank her host family for taking care of her, and to tell them and all of the friends she has met here that she will never forget them. Angélica Pérez Angélica Pérez is 18 years old and from Colombia. She is attending Webster High School while living with host parents Allen and Julie Steiner. Her family was excited that she has this opportunity to come to Webster and see another culture and speak another language. They want to come see here in Webster. The family already has experience with sending children to live in a different county, as her brothers were exchange students too. Alejandro went to French-speaking Canada and Carlos also was in the U.S. Back home, her father is a lawyer and her mother owns two stores. She finds her host family very strict, with different ways of enjoying life than her family at home. She is happy with her experience in Webster and finds herself studying less here in America than back home. In Colombia she has to be at school by 6 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. without a lunch. And she has different classes each day, too.

She really likes spending time with her host family and friends. She likes meeting new people and the music in America, especially country music, as there is no country music in Colombia. She loves so much that Americans can be very friendly, that she doesn’t want to leave. She also loves the changing seasons since in Colombia it is always very warm. Jan Läpple Jan Läpple is a 17-year-old from Berlin, Germany. He is attending Webster High School while living with host parents Aaron and Julie Strang. Webster School is different than the German schools. There are three different kinds of high schools in Germany, and the student’s grades determine which high school is attended. German students must take a test that determines which school the student is in after the sixth grade. Generally, only the top high school students go to college. German high school students can’t pick their classes, and each day they have different classes. Sports are more important in American schools and school spirit doesn’t really exist in Germany. He has found Americans to be the friendliest of people, and they are more open to new people than Germans. Patriotism doesn’t really exist in Germany either. In fact, Läpple cannot sing the German national anthem, and he feels he knows “The Star-Spangled Banner” better. Morality is not a focus of German politics and Germans are more liberal. While in Webster, he has a host brother. His host parents are married and are Christians who attend church each week. All of this is different from the family he left behind in Germany. His parents are divorced, he has a halfsister and his parents are atheists. One thing that he misses about home is a Turkish dish called Döner, that he finds very delicious, and wishes could be found in the U.S. Loreto Stange Loreto Stange is 17-year-old from Chile. She is attending Webster High School while living with host parents Terry and Brenda Larsen. Stange says that the Larsens are really nice and Stange has found the sister she never had, host-sister Siiri. Stange decided to become an exchange student in eighth grade, and now that she is here in America, she finds the culture very different. She says that in Chile the people are more friendly, and it is very normal to give hugs to friends all the time. Here in America that doesn’t happen as much. Things that Stange likes best about America are all of the friends she has met here and playing many sports. In Chile you can only play one sport. Stange played volleyball in Chile and has had a wonderful time with the Webster volleyball team. Now she is playing both softball for Webster and with a traveling team. Another difference is in the schools. All students in Chile wear uniforms and have no choice in what classes they take. In Chile a student must take 13 classes each year, and each day brings different classes. She goes to a private school in Chile and each year she is assigned a classroom. Teachers there move to each classroom, rather than students changing rooms – as they do in Webster. Each day at school she had an hour-and-a-half lunch break. She goes home and eats with her family. Stange’s family in Chile is missing her while she is away, especially her mother, but the family is excited about this opportunity for Stange. Stange says that her mom in Chile is very nice and patient with her children and her dad tries to give his family his best effort. Stange has two brothers in Chile. Matias is 19 years old and Stange’s best friend, and Oscar is 23 years old, and is a really good brother too. Some things Stange misses from home is Chilean food and her friends and family.


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Artist creates paintings, even as rare disease deters her by Priscilla Bauer FALUN – It was an emotional moment for Ruth Johnson, and also for her fellow members at First Baptist of Falun Church, when the congregation gave Johnson a standing ovation during their March 29 service. Johnson was honored during the unveiling of the painting she was commissioned to do of the church as part of the church’s ongoing 100th-anniversary celebration this year. “At first Mom didn’t know if she wanted to come because she knew how very emotional it was going to be,” said Johnson’s daughter, Sheila Robinson, who along with her two sisters and families, sat with pride as Pastor Jeff Miller spoke of their mother’s faith and dedication to the church. “We are so glad you are here, Ruth,” Miller told Johnson, who sat in her wheelchair, tears in her eyes. Johnson was diagnosed several years ago with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disease that is marked by a combination of symptoms affecting movement, blood pressure and other body functions. According to the American Autonomic Society, MSA is a sporadic, progressive, adult-onset disorder characterized by

Ruth Johnson smiles as her three daughters, Sheila Robinson, Brenda Holmquist and Deb Peterson, hold the painting Johnson did of the First Baptist of Falun Church. Johnson’s painting was unveiled during the Sunday, March 29, worship service. A special fellowship time and lunch honoring Johnson followed with many friends and family stopping at Johnson’s table to thank her for the painting, and for being such an inspiration to others. autonomic dysfunction, Parkinsonism and ataxia (a failure of muscular coordination) in any combination. The disease has left Johnson unable to

Pastor Jeff Miller shared his memories of having Ruth Johnson for his first Sunday school teacher during the unveiling of Johnson’s oil painting of the church. It was an emotional moment for Johnson, as Miller told the congregation, “I knew Ruth should be the one, the only one to do this painting. If Ruth didn’t do it, we wouldn’t have one.” Johnson told Miller she would try to do the painting even though she suffers from a rare disease, which has left her wheelchair-bound and continues to attack her muscles. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

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walk, as well as taking away many other physical capabilities, but it has not taken away Johnson’s spirit or faith. Miller told the congregation as they were about to unveil Johnson’s painting that even though he was well aware of Johnson’s condition when he got the idea to have a painting done of the church for the 100th anniversary, he thought of Ruth. Johnson is a lifelong First Baptist member and is well known in the congregation for her beautiful oil paintings, so Miller thought, “What better person to have do the painting?” Bending down next to Johnson, Miller recalled his determination to get her to do the painting. “I told Ruth she was the one who should do the painting and if she didn’t do it wouldn’t be happening,” said Miller. “I even thought I could use telling her she was my favorite Sunday school teacher, which she was, to get her to say yes.” Whether it was Miller persuasive arguments or Johnson’s love for her church, she agreed to try to paint the picture. The effects of MSA eventually made it necessary for Johnson to move to the Continuing Care Unit at Burnett Medical Center. Friends stopping in for a visit would comment on the church painting’s progress, and were taken by Johnson’s ability to just be able to pick up a brush, let alone to paint so well. “Mom has her ups and downs and when she was painting the church, she was probably not doing very well,” said her daughter Deb Peterson. “During that time she wasn’t very strong, but she kept plugging away with it until she finished it.”

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Rhonda Postler and a group of First Baptist of Falun youth provided special music dedicated to Ruth Johnson at the church’s March 29 service. Postler and other members spoke of the many contributions Johnson has made as a lifelong member of First Baptist of Falun.


Luck Area ACS Run/Walk kickoff breakfast held at Oakwood Inn LUCK – The 14th-annual Luck Area American Cancer Society Run/Walk Finish Line Kickoff Breakfast was held Friday, March 20, at Oakwood Inn. Local businesses, schools and organizations received team packets, other information and materials for this year’s event to be held Saturday, May 9, at Luck High School. Preregistration is $5 or $10 if registering the day of the event. Patti Mattson started the breakfast by announcing this year’s corporate sponsors: Amery Regional Medical Center – Luck Medical Clinic, St. Croix Valley Hardwoods and Larsen Auto Centers. Donna Erickson introduced sisters Amy Fossum and Beth Cunningham as honorary co-chairmen for this year. Both of them are Hodgkins survivors and spoke of their symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. The American Cancer Society provided them with many helpful resources. Cheryl Langness told about Foot-ABuck feet that will be available to purchase for $1 at local businesses. Last year this project brought in over $700. Tribute Flags are available again his year for a $10 minimum donation. In memory of or in honor of flags will line the beginning of the run/walk route. Send donations to Marcia Anderson at 1512 Lake Ave., Luck, WI 54853. Margie Nelson will be making caramel

Patti Mattson headed the breakfast meeting held at Oakwood Inn on Friday, March 20. rolls and selling them for $10 a dozen. Orders can be placed at Rural American Bank and are delivered there by 9 a.m. daily. She raised $2,250 last year. Joan Spencer, Frederic Golf Course will be offering buy one, get one free golf passes for a $25 minimum donation. Door prizes were given. They were donated by Wilkin’s Bone Lake Bar & Resort, Flowers Forever, Nails by Cathi/Edina Reality, Hog Wild, New

Luck Area ACS Run/Walk honorary chairs, Beth Cunningham and Amy Fossum, pose with their mother, Sandy Lundquist. Lundquist was the representative of the event’s corporate sponsor, Amery Regional Medical Center. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld York Life and Margie Nelson. You can also find this run/walk on the Internet by visiting get involved. Click on the link for our event under Community Fundraising.

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Johnson/from page 1 Johnson’s work on the painting took over two months to complete and when it was done, Miller said Johnson talked to him about the finished work. “My hands shake and it’s hard to do straight lines,” she told Miller. “It’s certainly not my best painting.” Miller’s reaction to Johnson’s critique of her painting was immediate. “Ruth, I think this is your finest painting. It is a testimony to you and to who you are and how you have handled what life has dealt you. Ruth you are courageously living for the Lord.” Again and again during the unveiling, Miller and other members of the congregation spoke of Johnson’s commitment to First Baptist and her lasting faith. Miller, who himself has been a First Baptist member since infancy, said he remembers Johnson always being part of the church community. “For as long as I’ve had an awareness of the people in this church, Ruth Johnson has always been a constant. “You’d go to church at Falun and you’d see Ruth.” “I appreciated her as my first Sunday school teacher who showed her love for me,” Miller recalled. Miller went on to say that Johnson continued to be part of the First Baptist family even after her MSA diagnosis. “Ruth Johnson is one of the memorable people I know. She is an example to us all as to how you respond to what life hands you.” In the face of a debilitating illness Ruth hasn’t lost her joy or her

faith. Her old friends have remained constant and she has made new friends, too, on this journey.” Over the past 20 years, the mostly selftaught artist has produced many beautiful oil paintings for family and friends, several of which now adorn the walls outside Johnson’s CCC room. Johnson’s close friends, including Ilene McAlpine, were amazed at her desire to continue painting even after having to relocate to the CCU. “When Ruth expressed an interest, we got her to the store for supplies and she has been painting ever since,” said McAlpine. McAlpine said even after Johnson’s right hand became too weak and they worried she would be forced to quit painting, Johnson didn’t give up. “She started painting with her left hand and has continued to create gorgeous paintings.” Johnson’s deep faith in God has seen her through, says McAlpine. “Ruth believes God is helping her continue painting. It’s a gift from God,” commented McAlpine of Johnson’s ability to now paint left-handed. The joy of seeing her painting unveiled and being able to spend this special day with her own family, church family and close friends, could be seen in Johnson’s face. “I was really glad to do it,” said a humble and beaming Johnson. Johnson, who members say has given so many years of service to the church, has also not lost her sense of humor. When asked how long she had been a

Members of First Baptist of Falun and guests gave fellow member Ruth Johnson a standing ovation during the unveiling of Johnson’s oil painting of First Baptist Church at the congregation’s March 29 service. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

It took Ruth Johnson over two months to complete this beautiful oil painting of her home church, First Baptist of Falun. Johnson’s daughter, Deb Peterson, said her mother was often weak during the time she worked on the painting. “But she kept plugging away at it until she finished it,” said Peterson. Despite the suffering Johnson struggles with each day from the rare and debilitating disease she was diagnosed with several years ago, she continues to paint. Johnson, a self-taught artist, says the painting is not her best work but her pastor, Jeff Miller, disagrees. “I told her the painting was her finest work,” said Miller. “Ruth, this is a testament to your faith and how well you have handled what life handed you. You are living courageously for the Lord.” member of First Baptist of Falun Johnson remarked, “I’ve been here for 100 years, well, only 59 actually.” Norma Fiedler, another of Johnson’s good friends who wanted to be there for the unveiling of Johnson’s painting, visits Johnson regularly at CCC and says Johnson’s attitude has been an inspiration to her. “She a dear friend and she’s my idol,” said Fiedler “If I were in her circumstances, I don’t think I’d be very fun to visit, but Ruthie is such a fine example. It has been very difficult for her but she’s kept her faith and sense of humor.” Fiedler recalled how Johnson came to the Fiedler home during her family’s own difficult time. “There were many cars parked all the way to the house and Ruth had started having trouble walking but she still came all the way up the long drive to bring us a cake she baked. “She is just that kind of person, the kind who

would do anything for you.” Johnson told Fiedler that prayer goes into everything she paints. A lover of flowers and gardening, Johnson recently completed a painting (using her left hand) of a bright, yellow hibiscus, saying she couldn’t have done it without God’s help.” “Without God I couldn’t do this,” said Johnson of her painting. Johnson’s faith and determination to keep doing what she loves, despite what her disease throws at her, has made those around her more aware and appreciative of what they have. A fellowship luncheon was held after Sunday’s service for Johnson, and as the many friends and relatives stopped by her table to thank her for the painting and for being such an inspiration, Johnson’s face brightened just as her beautiful painting of First Baptist now brightens her church.


Grandpappy’s Gift by Michael Veith Mamie Pritchard came to Grandpappy’s vegetable stand every year for as long as I can remember. After examining the produce, she would buy two ears of corn, one potato, and three eggs. She paid a quarter for the corn, ten cents for the potato, and a nickel for the eggs. Grandpappy should have charged her more but I figured he was just being nice to a little old lady. I was 15 when I saw it happen. Mamie stopped by for her usual purchase, with her big brown purse over her shoulder. She fished around her bag and produced a quarter, a dime, and a nickel. She turned to leave and I saw Grandpappy reach out and touch her purse. I wasn’t sure what had happened, but the next day I saw it again. After that I watched carefully until I figured it out. When Mamie came down the street, Grandpappy reached into the money box and took out three coins. As Mamie paid her money and turned to leave, Grandpappy reached out and put the coins right back where they came from. Grandpappy caught me looking and flashed me a crooked grin. “Think you can do it, son?” “I think so, Grandpappy,” I said. “I sure bet I can.” The next day Grandpappy let me have the chair when Mamie came by. I

Writer’s Corner picked out the three coins and waited for the right moment. When Mamie paid and turned to leave, I saw my chance and dropped the money into her purse without a sound. For three summers Grandpappy and I swapped coins with Mamie. We never got caught and apparently it never occurred to Mamie that at one point she must have had about a million coins in that big old purse. I was in my second year of college when Mamie died. I know Grandpappy missed her more than he ever let on. I finished college and started a business selling farm supplies, 200 miles from home. The pressures of running a business began to take a heavy toll on me. I had trouble collecting past-due accounts from some of my customers. It was a constant source of annoyance. I drove a fair bargain and gave the best deal I could, but they just wouldn’t pay their bills. Polite phone calls, angry letters, demands for payment, nothing worked. In December, just when it seemed that things couldn’t get any worse, I received a phone call. Grandpappy had passed away. With a heavy heart I made the long drive home for the fu-

neral. As a testament to Grandpappy’s character, almost 1,000 people came to pay their respects. In the afternoon I sat in Mom and Dad’s living room and talked with my family. We talked about Grandpappy’s war stories, about the farm he loved so much, and about the vegetable stand. Dad excused himself and went upstairs. He returned a minute later and placed a shoe box in my lap. “He wanted you to have this, son.” I opened it and saw a small tackle box. Grandpappy’s cash register. With trembling hands I worked the tiny latch and inside I found forty cents. My family laughed about Grandpappy’s generous bequest, but somehow I knew there was something more. Late in the evening I left for home. I had a business to run, after all. Early in the morning, unable to sleep I found myself in my office. Without even knowing why, I pulled out the file marked “Past Due Accounts” and laid them out in front of me. Eleven in all. I saw the little cash box on the corner of

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my desk and suddenly I knew what Grandpappy was telling me. With firm resolve I took my stamp and marked every one of those invoices “Paid In Full.” I tucked each bill into a Christmas card and marched down the street to the mailbox. As I reached for the handle, I suddenly felt 15 years old again. I wasn’t holding envelopes, I was holding three coins between my fingers. I wasn’t reaching for a mailbox, I was reaching for Mamie Pritchard’s purse. I let go of those envelopes and in an instant I was free! All of the resentment and anger that they represented vanished forever. For a few moments, all I could do was stand and stare at that stupid mailbox, and I realized that I was laughing out loud. As I turned and walked back toward my store I knew that Grandpappy had given me the Christmas gift of a lifetime. I still have that dented old cash box. Every time I notice it, I see Grandpappy’s crooked grin and I hear him ask, “Think you can do it, son?” I think so Grandpappy. I sure bet I can.

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.

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Strong libraries valuable to Wisconsin by state Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster STATEWIDE – It is in times of hardship that it is most important to find ways to connect with others. This year’s National Library Week theme, Worlds Connect at Your Library, reminds us that libraries are a destination for exploring and uniting within our communities and beyond. From story time, to conquering the first chapter book, to cramming for high school and college exams, to job searches and retirement planning, libraries are vital resources for lifelong learning and strong communities. Wisconsin residents checked out 60 million items last year from public libraries and made more than 33 million library visits. Wisconsin residents made more than 4 million reference requests, and an increasing number of those came through the AskAway

virtual reference service. Internet-based library services through BadgerLink, the state’s on-line library, are seeing growth as well. Over the past two years, residents conducted more than 18 million searches of the service’s full text resources annually, an increase of more than 3 million searches from previous years. The American Library Association and libraries across the nation sponsor National Library Week each April. It is a time to recognize and celebrate libraries and library workers for the services they provide their communities. The committee that developed National Library Week strived to encourage people to read in their leisure time and to support strong and happy family lives. These goals were noble for the first National Library Week in 1958, and they are still great aspirations for today.

Trained library professionals in our school and public libraries know how to search for answers online or in library collections, but they do so much more for their communities. In light of the current economic situation, libraries across the state are setting up career centers for their patrons in cooperation with job centers and technical colleges. Wisconsin public librarians are joining forces with educators in a five-year statewide project focused on serving our teens. The Adolescent Literacy Initiative supports efforts to improve student achievement. Libraries are an integral part of increasing reading skills in our middle and high school students. Greater achievements come from greater reading skills. A study of public library use in Wisconsin has shown that usage continues to increase as libraries offer more technology and services for their patrons.

OSCEOLA – In April 2009, St. Croix ArtBarn, Osceola, will begin its 15th year of programming planned around the theme of “Cre-art-ivity,” designed to bring citizens from all over the St. Croix Valley together with art and inspiration to positively impact lives. The season will open Wednesday, April 22, with an Earth Day celebration co-sponsored with the Osceola High School B.O.W.L. Club, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will open at 5 p.m., with a carry-in and carry-out potluck, with all participants bringing a dish to pass including their own dishes and silverware to reduce garbage. At 5:45 p.m., the film “Landfill,” a new documentary about the garbage industry, will be viewed. At 6 p.m., ArtBarn will host the first of several 2009 “Rise Up Singing” community group sing-alongs with regional song leader Bret Hesla. Hesla, a musician committed to the simple idea of getting ordinary people together to sing, has been performing, leading, collecting and writing music on issues of peace,

justice and sustainable living for group singing for over 25 years. On Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2, ArtBarn Theatre will present the bluegrass, gospel musical adventure, “Sanders Family Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m., with a special 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 2. It is Christmas Eve, 1941, in this sequel of the popular “Smoke on the Mountain” series. The Sanders Family returns to Mount Pleasant church to get the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys are shipped off to World War II. Eighteen St. Croix Valley musicians and actors will present over two dozen songs and hilarious stories to keep audiences laughing and singing. ArtBarn is located at 1040 Oak Ridge Drive, one block east of Hwy. 35, next to the Osceola Middle and High Schools. General admission tickets are $8 for students, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults; call 715-294-2787 for reservations. On April 25 and 26, the 12th-annual “Friends Show” will feature jewelers

Dina and Leo Lisovskis, weaver Emily McGuire and painter James Wilcox Dimmers in the ArtBarn Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule of 2009 ArtBarn programming through November, including upcoming play auditions and dates, art camps, special events and festivals, visit submitted

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Scouting for Food FREDERIC – The Frederic Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be handing out bags to help the local food shelf, between April 18 and 21 in Frederic. The Scouts ask that you set your filled bag out on your doorstep on Saturday, April 25, by 10 a.m. to be picked up. Gratitude is extended for your help. – from the Frederic Scouts

Wisconsin libraries contribute more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to the state economy annually, as well as returning a benefit of over $4 to taxpayers for each dollar spent. Strong libraries are valuable to Wisconsin. The reluctant reader can find a mentor in a friendly librarian and perhaps spark a passion for lifelong learning. Teachers may gather supportive or supplementary material for their classroom, allowing lessons to come alive and ignite student interest. Parenting resources can provide insights for families, and entrepreneurs have access to a vast array of business planning materials through the library. No matter your interest or need, libraries remain a great well of resources for users. In honor of National Library Week, April 12 to 18, all citizens are encouraged to visit their local library and find out how Worlds Connect at Your Library.

Traffificc safety for point reduction class RICE LAKE – WITC Rice Lake Continuing Education will offer a Traffic Safety for Point Reduction class. This 12-hour class is designed for persons concerned about safe, defensive driving as well as those persons in need of point reduction. Upon successful completion of this course, a person can have a three-point reduction in any point total accumulated against his/her WI driving record, if they have not used this option in the past three years. Preregistration is required. Weeknight and Saturday classes are available. For more information, call WITC Rice Lake at 715-234-7082, ext. 5257. - submitted


Making Maple Syrup by Russ Hanson It is 3 a.m. Sunday morning, April 5, and Margo has just come back from stoking the maple sap cooker firebox and topping off the sap cooking pan. She made some noise when she tripped on the steps to the cabin sleeping loft and woke me up (if she turned on the lights she might wake me up too) so I am writing this column now. The sap started running seriously about a week ago and we have been collecting, cooking and finishing syrup around the clock since – a good sap run. Margo does the night firing as she is a light sleeper anyway. This season already looks like it will be better than the past three years for Orr Lake Sugarbush. Our son, Scott, finished working the ski season in Colorado and is back to help with the maple syrup this year— a big help! Syrup producers define their season by the number and length of the “runs” of sap. Most of the time during the four to six weeks of sap season (mid-March to mid-April) we collect a little from each tree—maybe an inch or two in the pail each day. Most of the sap comes during the several day runs each season. When the conditions are perfect, the trees put out as much as five gallons of sap per tap each day. As I write this we have had a strong four-day run followed by several more better-than-average days. A sap run keeps us on the run too, keeping up with the collecting and cooking. We have about 400 buckets out so far this year. The trees on the tops and bottoms of the ridges tend to run two weeks earlier than those on the west hillsides. The hillsides are easier to do when the snow is gone and the soil firmed up a little, and have just started to drip this week. If we drill and set the taps too early, they may have dried out by the time the sap runs. A tap hole is a wound in the tree where the sap bleeds out. Natural processes begin to close the wound as the tree heals so most years a tap works for no more than six weeks. This year we tapped the first trees about March 12 and they didn’t run for the first 2 weeks—so we have “wasted” two of the six weeks of hole viability already on those trees. We put one or two buckets per maple tree spread over about 35 acres of mixed hardwood forest along the west shore of Orr Lake. In a good season, we make one quart of syrup from each tap. If we get behind cooking the sap, larger producers Dave Richter, near Luck, Duane Lindh, near Frederic, and Allen Hustad, east of Cumberland, are willing to purchase the sap at a good price or on shares and turn it to syrup. They have reverse-osmosis filters that concentrate the sap, highly efficient large-capacity evaporators, and pressure syrup filters to handle huge quantities of sap. We bottle some of our syrup and sell it directly to the public and sell some wholesale. Steve Anderson of Anderson Maple Syrup, who is sponsoring this column for March and April, buys syrup from local producers and bottles it and retails it in stores across the Midwest. By producing syrup as part of our farming operation, we do it as a business and are able to deduct the costs;

Collected by

Russ Hanson

River Road


For Margo’s 37th anniversary, Russ extravagantly spent two figures (when you include postage) on eBay for a 1964 oil paint-by-numbers painting done by Irene Fickwiler titled “Maple Syrup Time.” Paint by numbers are showing up on the “Antiques Roadshow” as a great investment lately, I told Margo! – Photo submitted and to classify the 35 acres of maple woods into agricultural status where the property taxes are lower. We stopped at Anderson Maple Syrup to buy some pretty bottles for our syrup and some other supplies. Steve Anderson said with the higher prices for syrup and lower fuel prices this year Wisconsin producers are increasing their production and efficiency. Usually that starts with converting from using a flatpan boiling system to a maple sap evaporator. An evaporator is a modified cooking pan with baffles, bends, shaped to take more advantage from the heating source. The evaporator is a continuous-flow system where sap comes in and passes through the maze of heating baffles in the pan wandering here and there, back and forth and eventually coming out as syrup at the other end. Sap is fed in and syrup comes out. We still have the flat-pan system that Clayton’s Hardware in St. Croix Falls folded and riveted from metal back in the 1950s for Dad. It is 8 feet long, 2 feet wide and about 6 inches deep. It sits over the wood fire box, a 7-foot cattle watering tank that is at least 50 years old, with a barrel stove kit door on one end and the stovepipe adapter on the other end. We build a wood fire 6 feet long under the pan and boil it as hard as we can. Last year I depended on dead elm tops cut about 6 feet long, dried in the tree (cut after the year that you find the morel mushrooms around the base). A year ago I bought a 10-full-cord load of white pine slabs from Cummings Sawmill in Frederic. They are dry now and the pitch in them makes them burn fast and hot. They are mostly 8 feet long. I cut them in half and Margo feeds the stove every 30 minutes or so. Since Margo doesn’t like to get up every 30 minutes overnight, I have some dry 2-foot oak and ash chunks to load it up at 10:30 p.m., (bedtime). Then at 3 a.m., I pull the covers off of Margo so she gently wakes up as she gets colder (the cabin is completely heated by wood, and we let it die out overnight

in the spring weather). She pulls on her warm clothes and walks the 200 yards to the sap shed and fills the firebox and adds another 40 gallons of sap to replace that cooked down. We are not automated, so it means dipping 5-gallon pails of sap from the storage tank (an old stainless steel milk bulk tank). It takes about a half hour to feed it. I do the next feeding at 7 a.m. (letting her sleep late) and prepare the wood for the day of cooking and return to the house for breakfast. Final processing means bringing the once-filtered syrup to a boil and boiling it more until scientific measurements show it is exactly 66 percent sugar. We have a floating hydrometer, which is pretty accurate. We also use a digital thermometer and when the boiling syrup measures exactly seven degrees F above the boiling point of water at the same time (water boiling temperature varies from 212 F with the air pressure each day) it is right. Although both of these methods are right, an experienced syrup producer can judge the concentration by when the syrup “sheets” off of a cold spoon rather than runs in drips. So why haven’t we moved our sap operation to evaporators and tubing? If we were younger and Margo’s back weren’t so iffy, and we had more maple trees, we probably would have done it. We have about 600 huge mature maples from the old cow pasture that are gradually dying off—probably will last long enough for our needs, but not much more. We also have thousands of young maples that are 20 years away from tapping, grown up since Dad’s cows made that permanent trip to South St. Paul. Pipelines running through the woods connected to vacuum pumps and tanks feeding directly to reverse-osmosis filters, then to huge oil/gas-fired evaporators, pressure filters and bottling machines are the future for many producers who need to make a living from maple syrup production—just as 1,000cow dairies have replaced the 25-cow operations of my father. We get a gov-

ernment subsidy (Social Security) so we don’t have to make all our money from syrup! I like to think that our organic sap, dripped from a tree and exposed to the fresh spring air, cooked over a wood fire in a pan in batches, each batch having a unique flavor and color; syrup filtered by gravity through felt, letting a small amount of natural mineral sediments come through and carefully boiled on the kitchen stove and processed into fruit jars just like Grandma canning her vegetables adds character to the syrup that is hard to beat! Anderson Maple Syrup is sponsoring this column for the month of April. Dad used to buy his equipment from Steve’s dad, who ran a large sugarbush and sold supplies too. Steve took over the business and three years ago built a brand-new bottling building, warehouse and maple store where we get our supplies. As a kid, I rode along with Dad and watched Steve’s father cooking syrup in his huge wood-fired evaporators fed by 4-foot maple poles thinned from the maple woods. Opening the firebox door, the flames roared out; the scene best described by the revivalist who came through each summer preaching brimstone and hellfire, to scare us sinners into repenting or facing the flames of eternal damnation and hell. ••• The April 23 meeting of the Luck Historical Society, 7 p.m., at the Museum, will feature the History of Photography. We are very lucky to have found the foremost expert on camera collecting “In the Whole World” living in our neighborhood. We are fortunate to have Jim McKeown present an overview of the history of photography and cameras. Jim has been a photographer all of his life and for over 35 years has been the editor of the world’s leading guide on antique cameras. Now in its 12th edition, the book weighs in at over 6 pounds and includes 1,200 pages of information. Don’t worry, you won’t be required to read it. Jim will present a concise and interesting story about the history of photography and cameras. If you have any old cameras at home, you are invited to bring them to the meeting to show and tell, and to learn about the history and value of your classic cameras. As one of the world’s leading camera experts, Jim has been a consultant to various camera manufacturers in the USA and abroad. On several occasions, he has given presentations to the prestigious Photographic Historical Society in Rochester, N.Y., home city of Kodak, Xerox, Wollensak and many other photographic companies. Locally he is more recognized for his wildlife photography, and is currently working on a documentary film about bald eagles, but that is another story. Plan to join us for this free event. If you have an old camera and would like to find out its value, please bring it along and Jim will evaluate it. Maybe you will have one of those “Antiques Roadshow” moments right here in Luck! ••• For this month the RRR column is sponsored by Anderson’s Maple Syrup. Steve has everything a maple syrup producer needs as well as everything a maple syrup producer could want! If you have a good year and extra syrup, he will buy it from you at a good price in quantities from a gallon to a semi load.


Finding Spring This is the time of year when I get very lonesome for my childhood home in rural Oconomowoc. I could find spring anytime I wanted, at the end of the sidewalk, where the three long greenhouses stretched out into the gardens. I’d open the door of the potting shed; breathe in the warm, moist, fragrant air and step Abrahamzon into paradise. It was where my father reigned as king of his own growing, blooming realm. As I grew up, he’d often tell me, “Go out to the greenhouses and shut the ventilators. The sun is going down.” I’d go into all three greenhouses. The one on the south held an orange tree in a huge tub. Every year it bloomed and the white orange blossoms held a wonderful fragrance. It bore fruit but the oranges were pale, not as orange as the ones we buy in the store. My father had many flats of seedlings just beginning to sprout in that house. The middle greenhouse was like two, in one long building. Real glass, not plastic. The center bed was all calla lilies, white with yellow pistils. A nearby bed held blue forget-me-nots and overhead were cattleya orchidacae in wire baskets filled with spagnum moss. Beautiful blooms. Carnations, snapdragons, zinnias, flowers for cutting. My father could cut them, box them, put them on the morning electric interurban and they’d be picked up by the family chauffeur within the hour in Milwaukee. My father also had tropical fish in the middle greenhouse, rainbows of color as angelfish swam back and forth. Some tropical fish cannot be in the same aquarium as they eat each other. Guppies multiplied very fast. One of my aunts was driven to the extremity of flushing some of the guppies down the toilet. The north greenhouse held begonias, gloxinias, cinerarias, amaryllis, etc. My father always wanted to develop a pure white amaryllis with not even a streak of red. If he were living today he’d be surprised at all the hybrids and many colors. This past Saturday, one of my sons bought an Easter lily. It may not open for Easter. The leaves are different too. My son said the flowers will be purple.


Behind the Signpost

“Purple? I’ve never seen a purple Easter lily.” I am a traditionalist and like white Easter lilies with a heavy fragrance. We already have many red amaryllis in bloom in our house. Another son keeps bringing them up from the basement as they show signs of green. I can visit my father’s greenhouses any time I want, recalling every small detail. It’s a good thing, too, as the greenhouses are gone. The potting shed opens on the one-time gardens. Gone are the rows of current bushes, both white and red. Gone are the raspberries, the strawberries, the gooseberries with the prickles on their fruit. What happened? Time. The years rolled on. Perhaps tornadoes, changes in caretakers through the years. Different interests of new generations. Someone smoked in the hayloft and, poof, gone are the barn the dairy, the garage, some of the chicken house units, the feed room, oat bin, gone. Gone, too, the old scale. We loved to stand on it and add round weights, trying to get our own correct weight. A brand-new stables stands there now. A sidewalk I had watched my father and another worker lay is gone too. I agree with Thomas Wolfe, “You can’t go home again,” except in your mind. Or if you do, it will break your heart. In our early days in Lewis, I often stopped in at the Frederic greenhouses. I’d ask Lew Lawson if I could take a quick walk through. The stephanotis was an old friend and its blossoms were often clipped for wedding bouquets, so fragrant it could transport me home in a minute. My husband’s Aunt May used to send calla lilies to Ken’s mom every Easter. They arrived in good condition except a little brown around the edges of the flower. Mother paid no never mind, she trimmed the edges with a scissors. They looked just fine in church on Easter Sunday. I wish I could make you visualize the old-time greenhouses. If you come across a few tears you can understand that I’m just plain homesick for a place that used to be and is now gone forever. Until next week, Bernice

Spring yard work and chores POLK COUNTY – Erma, age 91, called Interfaith Caregivers last spring. She needed a little help with cleaning up her small yard. A local 4-H group went to help. Do you know someone who needs help with outside spring chores? Maybe you need help if you are elderly or an adult living with disabilities in Polk County? Contact Interfaith Caregivers to sign up for free help this spring. Interfaith Caregivers provides volunteers to assist seniors and adults living with disabilities to maintain their independence in their homes. This will be the fourth year Interfaith will be sponsoring its annual spring yard work and chores project. The project will be part of the national Join Hands Day, whose purpose is to bring youth and adults together. May 2 is the actual date this year, but our spring yard projects will depend on weather and volunteer availability. Call Interfaith to sign up for one to two hours of

spring yard help at 715-485-9500. Just give your name, phone, address, and chore(s) you need done. Only nonhazardous, outside jobs will be accepted. Chores like leaf raking, bagging, stick pickup, moving outdoor furniture, pruning and garden prep will depend on the volunteer group. The services are provided at no charge for seniors and adults living with disabilities in Polk County. Donations to Interfaith Caregivers to continue providing future services are appreciated. Tax-deductible gifts may be mailed to PO Box 426, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. More volunteers are needed to help in all communities in Polk County. Interfaith Caregivers welcomes help from families, individuals, local congregations, organizations and youth groups. Times are flexible, based on your schedules. “A neighbor’s independence depends on you,” so contact Interfaith Caregivers to sign up to help. Call 715-485-9500 or e-mail submitted

Polk-Burnett announces prebuy prices CENTURIA – Chuck Melberg, manager of Polk-Burnett’s Propane Services, announced prebuy prices for the 2009-2010 heating season. The contract price for the first 200 gallons of Polk-Burnett propane is set at $1.25 through May 15; additional gallons will cost $1.45 through Aug. 15. Prebuy contract customers must purchase 500 gallons or more. Each year, Polk-Burnett gives customers the opportunity to prebuy propane with an annual contract option, said Melberg. Contract pricing offers stability and easy payment options for Polk-Burnett customers.

More important, prebuy contracts guarantee Polk-Burnett’s lowest rate on propane for the upcoming winter season, regardless of market fluctuations. Prebuy contracts are effective through March 31, 2010. Customers must buy a minimum of 500 gallons, and payments can be made in four monthly installments via credit card, debit card, cash or check. Prebuy propane contracts will be mailed to current customers Wednesday, April 15. For more information or to learn how you can prebuy propane from PolkBurnett, call 800-421-0283. - submitted

Follow the Leader.

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago Merle Brown of Siren received a safety award.Dairy support prices would stay at 1958 levels.-A 4H music and drama festival was held in Siren on March 21.-Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Conroy celebrated their silver wedding anniversary, March 15, with open house at their home.-Burnett Audubon Society met Friday, March 27.- Burnett County Heart Fund drive netted $628.80.-Wisconsin ports were called “gateway to profits.”-Walt Disney’s “Tonka” was playing at the D’Lux Theatre, Luck.-The film “Tom Thumb” was playing at the Auditorium Theatre, St. Croix Falls.-Frederic business places were closed on Good Friday morning.-A troupe of 35 Tamburizans appeared at Frederic, March 30 at the Frederic High School.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included hams at 49¢ lb., cake mixes at 4 for 95¢, bananas at 2 lbs. for 23¢ and lettuce at 19¢ head.-John Wicklund, 66, of Webster, passed away at the Fort Snelling veterans hospital.-A fire threatened the Falun lumberyard.-A portable corn sheller at Milltown Cooperative Services made corn shelling services.-Obituaries included Addie Keith and Otto Thornhaug.-Pages of auctions.-The grand opening at Dresser Sales took place April 2.-Business was good at A & B Floor Covering, Taylors Falls, Minn.

40 Years Ago Irwin Crownhart retired from the Navy.-The Salvation Army exceeded quota in fund drive.-At Route’s Super Market, Easter hams were 49¢ lb., cake mixes were 3 for 89¢, bananas were 9¢ lb., and bacon was 43¢ lb., sliced.-Specials at the Frederic Co-op Store included fresh, ripe tomatoes at 6 for 47¢, pork shoulder roast at 35¢ lb., peanut butter at 59¢ for a 1-lb., 2-oz. jar, Vet’s dog food at 11 cans for 98¢.-Gerald Anderson was the one candidate for president in Siren Village.-The Arrow Building Centers in this area had a special on Royal Aire aluminum windows.-Oak Grove had a fish fry every Friday for only $1.50, fillet of walleye.-Paul’s Sport Shop, Danbury, had a photo day on March 27, pictures for lovely, lasting gifts.-The Tin Man, St. Croix Falls, had ads on pump repair and well drilling.-The Milltown library planned to hold open house on April 23.-Last rights were held for Frank D. Witucki.-Mr. and Mrs. Lens Hinks of South Siren celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with open house at their home.-The nation mourned the death of former President Eisenhower.-Maple almond ice cream was $1.09 half gallon.-The April special at Carlson Hardware, Our Own Hardware, Frederic, was an ironing board pad and cover for 73¢.

20 Years Ago An estimated 8,000 spectators watched the 15th-annual Waterskip held at the Clam Lake Narrows north of Siren.-The Town of Daniels eliminated the constable position.-Bob Becker, Spooner, wrote his column about tree farmers.-There were 44 dog teams that competed in the Amnicon Challenge at Amnicon Lake in February.-Obituaries included Oscar Enstrom, Melvin “Pat” Packer and Russell Simonson.Universal Telephone was sold for $90 million.-The latest defense contract was a step forward for McNally Industries, Grantsburg.-Wilderness Fellowship trailer burned during a storm.-Jim Auchue is the new director of Diversified Services in Siren.-An emergency management conference was held at Siren.Better club snowmobile trails were wanted.-A marriage license was given to David McConnell, Burnett County, and Carrie Williamson, Polk County.-A danger to groundwater was cited from pesticide use.Unemployment climbed in January.-Cows were spooked by a helicopter.-Weight limits would be posted on Polk County roads.-1988 highway death rate was lowest in history.-A feature article highlighted Wallace Early’s 90th birthday.-Congratulations were offered to the Frederic gymnastics team, second in conference, first in sectionals and fourth in state meet.



866-4334 Nicky’s liver and onions meal on Monday was fork-tender. We rarely have anyone asking for a liver substitute, which is a good sign. Organ meat or not, I will eat liver until it’s my time to leave this world. Besides, other health problems will most likely get me before anything brought on by what little liver I consume does! Harold Peterson was the winner of homemade goodies on Tuesday for National Nutrition Month. All the names entered during the month of March were saved for the grand drawing. Mary Poretti and I attended the Aging and Disability Resource Center meeting in Balsam Lake on Tuesday morning with newly hired director Laura Neve presiding over her first official board meeting. Both ADRC centers for Polk and Burnett counties, together with Crystal Peterson for the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe at Hertel, are open for business. The snowstorm we received later in the day was nature’s April fool’s joke on us. Twelve ladies of the Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society met for lunch on Tuesday at Yellow Lake Lodge. Because Queen Mother Mary Klar was at the meeting with Mary Poretti, Vice Queen Mother Jeanette Olson presided over the group. And then…because Mary and I were late and not wearing our red hats, we had to take turns wearing the red silk panties on our heads! You would have thought they would have cut their Queen Mum a little slack. Oh well, it was all in fun and it was rather cute, if not stylish. Lucy Hansen brought Gayle Naegeli, who decided she likes our kind of fun and became a new member. A lot of hilarious jokes were told and a fun University of Norway exam was taken of which Jeanine Bickford and Jane Tomnitz were team winners. Mary Lou Peterfeso won Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. Well, tax day approaches, I’m told. I could care less; I have no pockets for money, nor a Social Security number, even if I did have some. I work for food, remember ... and ear scratches and treats. If you are looking for a last-minute deduction, or simply just have a big heart for animals, you can slide some money towards the humane society’s kitty for veterinary expenses, aka Star’s Fund. That fund is earmarked for dogs and cats who come to the shelter in need of a bigger helping hand than most that arrive in our care. I look back at all the animals that the fund helped get back on their feet, sometimes literally, and I’m thankful for all the generosity that people have shown. Right now, though, I have more money in rawhides buried in my backyard than there is money in Star’s Fund. I asked my mom if I could donate my secret stash, but she said that, granted they may now be tender, they are still not legal tender. I don’t know exactly what that means, but apparently you can’t take rawhides to the bank. What kind of world is this? They’re valuable, or I wouldn’t have buried them! Anyway, if you would like to help out, please send your check, not made out on cowskin, to HSBC, 7347 Midtown Rd., Siren, WI 54872. Thank you. I have two new friends to tell you about this week. First there’s Vinny. Vinny is a 9year-old rat terrier/Chihuahua mix. Oh, you should see the stand-up ears on this fella. I think I may have ear envy! Vinny was surrendered because his owner had to move away, and he had some subsequent accidents in the house because he didn’t know how to deal with it. Vinny is a sweet guy who would like a lap to lay on. I’m like that too, only I tend to crush people when I try to do that. I’m getting better, though; now I just throw my head into people’s laps, and they just say, “Oof,” and pet me. Vinnny told me he isn’t fond of small children, really. He doesn’t like to be handled roughly and doesn’t like them whizzing around him like a bunch of goofballs. Some of us are just not cut out for children, and that’s OK, I suppose. Like my mom, for example. She says children make her break out in hives, but she’s otherwise alright, mostly. The other newcomer to the shelter this week is Phillip. Phillip is also a surrender, made to leave by an edict from his owner’s landlord. Phillip is a handsome schnauzer mix, and is only about a year old. His interactions with humans have been not so great, so you have to earn his trust before he decides he’s going to get close to you. Tales like his make me a sad pooch. Thankfully, he is young and has a good chance at a better future. Currently, he is being schooled in Crate Training 101 and

the door prize. VQM Jeanette read us a number of Red Skelton tips for a long and happy marriage. Happy Birthday was sung to Marty Janey for her March birthday, and then everyone sang to Bob Burford who was there with his brothers Terry and George, and friend John Urness, and celebrating his 88th birthday. Birthday Bob also got his picture taken with the red hatters. Happy Birthday Bob! VQ Jeanette and Jean have made plans for a Red Hat bus trip to Turtle Lake on Tuesday, April 28. The bus will leave the Webster Senior Center promptly at 11 a.m., and stop to pick up riders at Four Winds Grocery Store, Siren, at 11:15 a.m. Bingo will be played on the bus after the last pickup stop. Five dollars will be given to each lady, and the buffet meal is a two for one with proof of a player’s card and an ID or driver’s license. You can call Jean at 866-7151 or Jeanette at 349-5241 for more information and to sign up. We had a good turnout for Nicky’s lasagna on Wednesday. Afterward, 16 ladies had a great time playing dime Bingo. Everyone enjoyed the refreshments furnished by Gladys Beers. All of our ladies are such good cooks that it is no wonder that it not only sticks to our ribs but on our hips. I most certainly am not fat, I’m just fluffy! Bill Rock joined Dave Wardean, Pat O’Brien, Ken Hayes, Harold Peterson, Earl Boelter and Gene Johnson in playing pool on Thursday evening, and seemed to have a good time. Maybe he will get hooked and become one of the regulars. Theresa Gloege, Nancy O’Brien, Bernie Boelter, Jane Wardean, Gladys Beers and I had lots of laughs and fits of giggling while playing cards. Even our more than just occasional bouts of forgetfulness were cause for more laughter. We had lots of munchies, too. The ladies home ec. Errr ... I think I got my notes mixed up on that last part. Crate training, for sure. But I think I’m in the one in need of a home ec class, so I can find some kind of food that will calm down my hyperactive brother. Holy cats, a two-hour walk plus a bowlful of macaroni didn’t cool his jets the other night - and he’s almost twice my age! The walk did it for YAPpenings me. I was out cold. My eldest brother? He fell asleep on his Rules of the Road handbook, and drooled all over it. The other one, however, just didn’t quit. Not for long, anyway. A micro-nap, and then it was, “I gotta go out, I wanna come in, I gotta go out, I wanna come in,” and blah, blah, blah, until midnight. I think, perhaps, I should just sit on him. Lastly, in the new-pet department, I don’t recollect if I told you about Scamper, the cat who came to the shelter a week or so ago. He is a surrendered cat whose owner simply didn’t want him anymore. Those are not typically the ground rules for surrendering a cat, but the shelter folks made an exception. Scamper is about 5 to 6 years old, mediumlength hair, and black with white markings. Scamper is an affectionate cat who adores being handled on a regular basis. Who’d want to give that up? I don’t know. I’m just a big, dumb dog, but I discovered a new trick! I can walk on a downed tree like it’s a tightrope! I was doing well until I looked at my mom and said, “Look what I can do!” Then I fell off. Tell me, if a dog falls off a tree in the forest, how far away can you hear someone laugh? And why did all those small birds flock from the surrounding trees when I hit the ground? If you want to flock somewhere yourself, how about the Second-annual Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, April 18? It’s at the Moose Lodge on Hwy. 70 east, between Webster and Siren, and it will be a real good time. There will be dinner and desserts, raffle and silent auction items, and a lot of nice folks who like animals and want to help them out. Also, our big-ticket raffle prize for a weekend getaway will be announced as well. Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., and I think you should come out. Well, that’s about all the news I have for you this time around. I’m going to tiptoe off to bed. That’s easier than falling off a log ... Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time.

Blacky Shelter

also took down and stored all of the decorations from March so that the Easter decorations could be put out. Harold Peterson’s great-granddaughter, Ashley, joined Maxine and Harold for lunch on Friday. After enjoying Nicky’s meal of salmon patties with creamed peas and potatoes, Bernie Boelter, Margel Ruck, Theresa Gloege, Gladys Beers and I decorated the center for Easter with Ashley eagerly helping us while her “Poppa” played pool with Gene, Ken and Earl. There is still time to sign up (866-5300) for the 5 p.m. Dining at Five evening meal on Tuesday, April 14. Nicky will be serving roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, scalloped corn, salad bar, cheesecake, rolls and milk. Treat someone to a home-cooked meal for just a $5 donation and make their day! Margel Ruck and her mother, Olive Gehrke, Theresa Gloege, Dorothy Behringer and I were among the 100-plus crowd that attended the wonderful old-time gospel and bluegrass music jam at the Lewis Methodist Church on Saturday night. The evening started out with Charlie Shell of Spooner on guitar with 14-year-old granddaughter Julie playing the violin, Al Hershey on guitar and Jerry Hershey on bass fiddle, and singing and playing old favorites like “Mama’s Family Bible” and “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.” Vern and Edith Daniels both played guitars while Edith sang “I just Steal Away and Pray.’ Glory Train Band with Jerry Baxter, Joe Lener, Gloria Chell, Starr and Carl Warndahl played and sang ‘Don’t You Want to Go” and “Life’s Railway to Heaven” with Choo Choo Marz and his train whistle. Ninety-two year old George Morette of Haugen played his fiddle and sang “I’ll Be a Methodist Until I Die.” He even played and called a square dance song. George throughout his life has won many awards for his fiddle playing. His wife Ruth Morette and Kathy Krug of Rice Lake played and sang “There’ll Be No Detours In Heaven.” Nancy Jorgenson of Luck played the guitar and sang ‘You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Something To Say.’ Charlie Shell sang “Nail Scarred Hands and his granddaughter sang “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love.” Phil and Sylvia Schaetzel of Frederic sang “Nothing But The Blood” and “What A Glad Reunion Day.” Brad Alden and Steve Bell of Crossed Paths sang “Where Those Young Faces Go,” “Which Way Will You Choose,” and Steve sang “On The Wings of a Snow White Dove.” John and Sherrie Everson of Luck sang “Do Lord” and “Victory in Jesus.” There were many more wonderful uplifting songs too numerous to


Mary Klar mention and I’m sorry to be missing names for some of the musicians. Glory Train has a CD out and you can call Jerry Baxter at 3278663 if you’re interested in obtaining one. They will be meeting again on Saturday, May 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments are served throughout the evening, so you can get up and stretch your legs. Special thanks go to Dan and Melanie Johnson for donating eggs to the center; Sandy Wohlitz – assorted greeting cards; Geri Fisher – craft items; Joanne Miehle – books; Bernie Boelter – Easter decorations; Chanda Elliott of Wayne’s Foods Plus – cookies; and John Satak – a new box of professional pool balls. We are still in need of a kitchen aide and if there is anyone interested in applying, please call Joanne Jacobson for details at Experience Works, Inc., Spooner 715-635-2298. Congratulations to Eileen and Jack Crotty who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roger Johnson, Bud Lentz and his son, Joe Lentz, and Antone Peterson. Our prayers also go out to the family of Mercelia Studeman in her recent passing. Mercelia was a regular at our center and she was a kind-hearted, generous and loving lady and she will be missed. Our prayers also go out to Bud Lentz and his daughter Vicky Lewis, and families, in the recent death of their son and brother, Dale Lentz, of Andover, Minn. People all over the world are constantly looking for bargains, whether it’s digging through piles of clothes at a garage sale, searching through boxes of things at an auction, picking over fruit in a market or shopping for closeout sales. We compare prices and quantities, and finally make a choice on what we believe is the best buy. The book of Proverbs is full of comparisons that point us in the right direction. A number of verses state “This is better than that.” In Proverbs 16:16 we read that it is better to get wisdom than gold or silver; it is better to be humble among the poor than to be proud among the wealthy (v.19); it is better to control our temper than to rule a city (v.32). Some people have the ability to be both wise and wealthy. But when faced with a choice between the two, Proverbs says wisdom is the better alternative. When God’s word shapes our thinking and guides our choices, we’ll discover that his way is best. “Not what we have, but what we use, not what we see, but what we choose; these are the things that mar or bless, the sum of human happiness.” – Anon. See you at the center!

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Barry Hines came to visit Donna and Gerry Hines Tuesday and stayed overnight. Lida Nordquist, Karen Mangelsen and Marlene Swearingen took Ann Srachta and Lorri McQuade out for lunch Wednesday to help them celebrate their birthdays. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Ray and Marj Bestler Wednesday evening. Garry and Beth Crosby spent the weekend in Branson, Mo. Weekend visitors of Karen and Hank Mangelsen were Larry, Celie and Baxter Mangelsen, Dave, Patty and Mandy Close and Don Denotter. Chad, Ashley and Chase Crosby came for the weekend to visit Doug and Laura Coyour and other relatives. Saturday visitors of Gerry and Donna Hines were Brian and Bryton Hines. In the after-

Karen Mangelsen

noon, they all called on Don and Lida Nordquist. Saturday evening, Hank, Karen, Baxter, Celie and Larry Mangelsen went to visit Grace, Hannah, Holly and Jake Mangelsen at their home. Mandy, Patty, Dave and April Close were there also. The children enjoyed a time of coloring cooked eggs. April’s birthday was celebrated too. Nina and Lawrence Hines returned home Sunday after spending some time in Arizona. Nancy and Steve Hagen and Lawrence and Nina Hines visited Donna and Gerry Hines Sunday afternoon. There will be a benefit for Nettis Otis Saturday, April 11, at Madden’s Steakhouse in Siren. The spaghetti dinner and silent auction will run from 4 – 7 p.m. The proceeds will help Nettie with medical expenses.

Frederic Senior Center by Ardyce Knauber

Spades was played at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, with the following winners: Ed Berdal in first place, Shirley Sandquist in second place, Lola Hinschberger in third place and Carmen Marek in fourth place. Tuesday is Whist day. The pool table is busy in the morning and our early morning coffee is a good way to get the day started. Wednesday Pokeno, 1 p.m., always such a good group enjoying their game. Thursday 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. with the following winners: Nona Severson in first place, Eleanor Bonneville in second place, Bill Ihrig in third place and Nina Vold in fourth place. Friday was the monthly meeting and Pokeno was played and at 3 p.m., the group en-

joyed a lunch. Shirley Sandquist, our president, had special treats for us. Saturday potluck and birthday of the month was celebrated. Several members attended Dorothy LaDoucer’s funeral. Blessed be the memory of Dorothy. April 9 is Clareese Marek’s birthday and she will celebrate her 98th. Happy birthday, Clareese. The nutrition center will be closed on Good Friday. We will have a meal at our center. Everyone is welcome. Our Saturday food and fellowship will featured a Easter ham dinner. “Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept. Like what is given and make it over your way.” We wish everyone a blessed Easter.



653-4281 The jam session held at the Lewis church Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. was another big drawing card with over 150 there. Lots of good music and sociability. More sessions are being planned. Good turnout, too, on Palm Sunday, with the children passing out palm branches to those in church. Also Communion Sunday and the choir sang a special number. Sylvia and Phil Scheitzel served hot cross buns after Sunday’s church service. Another busy church schedule with choir rehearsal, meetings, UMW meeting Wednesday plus D.O.G.s. Maundy Thursday will be observed at 1 p.m. at the Lewis church and at 7 p.m. at the Siren UM Church. Open to all. If you plan to have Easter lilies, or other plants or flowers in church on Easter Sunday, please bring them in early Saturday so they can be arranged with the others. Robin Peterson is in charge of ordering and arranging. Sympathy is extended to the family of Dorothy LaDoucer. Her service was held at the Siren UM church on Saturday.

The Northwest Regional Writers will meet Friday, April 10, at 1 p.m., at the Espresso Cabin. It is located on Hwy. 70 near the Catholic Church, Grantsburg, on the same side of the highway. The May 2 – 3 WRWA spring conference at the Lodge, Siren, will be discussed. Also, the writers contest sponsored by the writers club in area schools. The assignment for the April 10 meeting is to write something on “Go Fly a Kite.” LaVonne Boyer and other Frederic Lioness members spent Saturday in Rice Lake attending a special Lioness doings there. Once the sap begins to run, it really flows. Keeps workers busy keeping up with all the boiling off and boiling down. It’s a sweet harvest obvious even in the smoke rising above the pans. The season is short and sweet. Easter brings school vacations on Good Friday and again on Easter Monday. Goodies will be served after services at Lewis on Easter Sunday. It is hoped worshippers will linger for a few moments for a quick cup and fellowship. Son Rise services will be held at the Siren

UM Church followed by Easter breakfast at the Siren church. Many gathered on Saturday at St. Luke’s UM Church to say goodbye at the Eugene Early services. He was a Frederic businessman, a community leader, family man and friend to many. The entries in a writing contest sponsored by the NW Regional Writers are now in the hands of judges. Students in grade seven through senior high school were eligible to enter and welcome to do so. Unfortunately not all schools chose to participate. The Peterson boys raked, mowed and cleaned the church yard this past weekend. They have a wonderful line of machinery to do it. Others were expected but there was some confusion over the date. Gratitude to Ronald, Rick and Randy. Looks very good. The white pines produced a bumper crop of pinecones this past year. As you celebrate Easter, remember the Frederic food shelf and its ongoing needs. Bernice Abrahamzon is promoting donations to scholarships, as she attended college

Bernice Abrahamzon through scholarships back in the ‘40s. She shared her experiences and also campus jobs to help with financial costs including classifying plants in the botany lab, working at the curative workshop with speech problems, volunteering at a social center in South. Milwaukee, waiting on tables in a dormitory, taking care of children for child psychology classes, ushering at the Pabst and Davidson Theaters for plays and concerts. (All you needed was a basic black dress and high heels.) The management provided the flashlights. The editor will use the info for an issue of Lawrence Today (Appleton, Wis.). For students considering going to university, there are campus jobs available even in hard times. Sometimes no one applies for available scholarships. Look into opportunities. Meanwhile, happy Easter to all.

SCRMC Employee of the Month

Cloverton-Markville The eight members of the East Pine County Wanderers who were able to attend the annual convention of the Seven-County Senior Federation in Onamia last week all agree that it was an informative and enjoyable event. Fran Levings was re-elected to the office of second vice president and will remain as the chair of the Pine County delegation. Marlene Mishler is one of the two delegates who represent Pine County at the federation monthly meetings. Marilyn Jokela, Sandstone, is the other delegate from Pine County. The program at the convention was two men who sang both gospel and country western music. Everyone sang along and made requests for songs. Door prize winners from our group included Don Mishler, Cheryl and Gene Wickham, and Fran Levings. None of us won a money prize this year. Other attendees from the Wanderers were Patrice Winfield, Evelyn Johnson and Dave Baker. Lambs are being born right and left on the farm of Jan and Ed Proffit. As of this article, 50 had already arrived. Due to the cold, snowy weather, Jan and Ed have been getting up throughout the night to care for the

lambs. One of the lambs is polka-dotted. Beverly and Ed Carlin had a houseful last weekend when daughter Angie Steele, her husband Brian, and sons Cole and Devin, came from Milton for a stay. Then son Dale and his girlfriend, Jenny Jorgensen, arrived, as did son Bill and his family from Sandstone. They all enjoyed lots of good food and good visiting. A highlight of the weekend was when the dog got hold of a skunk on the hill by the pig barn. Another creature happening occurred when Shirley Blokzyl was driving home from Sandstone recently and a big turkey came up from a ditch. She couldn’t brake in time and it hit and demolished her headlight. A few mornings later, while lying in bed, Shirley heard a rapping sound from somewhere. Knowing that Jerry was up and about, she assumed it was either him or he would find out what was causing the noise. She finally had to get up to look, and discovered another turkey, pounding on the glass of their sliding door. Such turkey excitement. Don Mishler’s brother, Wayne, has moved from Two Harbors to Cumberland, so he

Sasha is a 10month-old spayed female Norwegian elkhound. She is a stout, medium-sized dog with a thick, coarse coat and a tail with a tight curl. Elkhounds are good family pets who like being outdoors, brisk walks and playtime. Sasha is a surrendered pet. She was raised as a “barn dog” who learned to chase “barn cats” for fun. She will need supervision in a home

manages to stop over quite often to visit. A few days after a recent stop, the three of them accepted an invitation to dinner at the home of Sharon and Doug Panek in the Frederic area. They had a wonderful time. Deloris Schirmer is waiting for decent driving conditions so she can make another trip to Superior. Pam Ellwein goes to the senior center in Sandstone every other week to pick up food from the Meals on Wheels program for Clara Lilly. Sandi and Dave Drake took Clara to breakfast at the Hay Creek Outpost on Sunday, and then the three of them went to visit Eleanor Elliott at Pine Medical Center in Sandstone. They said Eleanor looks really good and they were so glad to see her. My husband, Dave Baker, spent Tuesday morning at his art club meeting at the home of Marty Pearson in Cozy Corner. He and his three pals had a really nice time. Can spring be far behind wherever you are?

with cats. She is very gentle and should be able to learn new rules without much trouble. Sasha is a sweet dog looking for a second chance to become the devoted companion she is meant to be. While it is rare for a human to have octuplets; dogs and cats have them on a regular basis. Every year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized for lack of enough responsible homes needing a pet. Spaying and neutering is the No. 1 preventative solution available to end the euthanasia of healthy pets. Arnell is proud to be able to offer the Arnell Spay Neuter Program to low-income households in the Polk County area. The Ar-

Arnell Humane Society Happy Tails


St. Croix Regional Medical Center congratulates Jennifer Kirchberg, who has been chosen employee of the month for January 2009. Kirchberg is an appointment scheduler at SCRMC. – Photo submitted nell Memorial Humane Society is taking this proactive step toward solving pet overpopulation before it happens. Working together, we can reduce, and one day, eliminate, euthanasia of healthy pets. Pet surgeries will be performed at the shelter in Amery. Applicants must qualify as low income in order to participate in the program. All pets will be required to have a rabies vaccine and urged to have up-to-date annual vaccinations. Spay-neuter surgeries at Arnell will be offered at an affordable price to qualifying households. Applications are available at Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E, Amery 715 268-7387

Siren Senior Center A reminder that this coming Friday the center is hosting its 14th-annual Good Friday breakfast. We will be serving scrambled eggs, ham, cheesy potatoes, biscuits/sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, toast, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee and milk. The tickets for adults will be $5 and children under 12 will cost $3. The breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday we had 30 diners for liver and onions and quite a few stayed and spent the afternoon playing dime Bingo. Our snowbirds are slowly flying home; we welcomed Tom and Doris Knopik and Shirley Doriott back to join us for 500 cards on Wednesday. The winner of the grand prize for our March Nutrition Month was Marjorie Nyberg. That made her a two-time winner, some people are luckier than others. Congratulations Marge. Our Dining at Five dinner had 30 people enjoying what I liked to call our comfort food dinner; the only complaint that I heard was that there was too much food. CeCe served two hotdishes, her salad bar and strawberry shortcake. The next Dining at Five dinner will be held on May 7, and I believe that the nutrition volunteers for the center will be recognized. Make your reservations early by calling 715-349-2845 or 715-349-7810.

A new addition to the center is a utility cart purchased for the crew to use for bussing dishes at the fundraisers. We have needed one for a long time, so that it will be very welcomed this coming Friday. Also the nutrition people have a donation can displayed that you are encouraged to put your loose change. This money will be used to purchase any necessary items that are needed in the kitchen that the county doesn’t have funds to purchase. So let’s keep our girls in the kitchen happy by contributing a little, as they do such a good job keeping us happy in the dining room. A happy 96th birthday party for Millie

Hartshorn was celebrated by quite a few of her relatives at dinner on Friday. They furnished two large cakes, which the diners also enjoyed, and the Spade players finished off in the afternoon. Millie said she was really going to have a big shindig in four more years so be sure to mark that on your calendar. Winners at 500 last week were, Dorothy Cronquist, Gerry Vogel, Arvid Pearson, Marjorie Nyberg and Anke Olesen. Spade winners were Candace Doriott, Marlys Borchert, Darlene Groves, Arvid Pearson and Marjorie Nyberg. The reservation sheet is out for our Feet

Barb Munger First clinic so call the center for an appointment for Monday, April 20. The senior monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, and we will be celebrating our monthly birthdays afterward. Our donation box is still out looking for donations for the Humane Society, so keep our furry friends in mind and remember them when you are shopping. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, dime Bingo on Tuesday, 500 cards on Wednesday and Spades on Friday. All activities begin promptly at 1 p.m. Hope to see you at the center.

SCF Senior Center Is spring here yet? The bright, sunny days we are having are encouraging, along with tulips, daffodils and crocuses that are poking though, but why does that wind continue to persist? Many of our snowbirds have returned to the valley and to our senior center. Welcome back, folks. Tuesday, 24 card players saw the following winners; Brenel Ward, Elaine Edlund, Lonnie Jones, Alice Darral and Don Benson. Domino

winners were Ione Meixner, Don Anderson and George Meixner. Thursday night card winners were Ray Nelson, Brenel Ward, Jeanne Olson, Eanne Thomfhorda, Elaine Edlund and Kim Rosen. Rita Boyle won the coverall for Bingo on Friday. Please take a little time and read the letter from police Chief, Jack Rydeen that is on the bulletin board. And take heed.

Our thoughts this week are with Jim Anderson who recently had surgery. This month’s issue of senior news has much interesting and useful information on social security. There are copies on the front table. Feel free to take one. I hope that everyone has a very enjoyable Eater holiday. Until next week, stay happy.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Luck Senior Center by Kathy Mueller

Well, happy spring! One of the best things about this time of year is seeing all those buckets and plastic tubes on the maple trees. One of my favorite foods is maple syrup. We’ve had several busy days at the center. Lots of folks are stopping for lunch and visiting with friends. We were closed on Wednesday as I mentioned last week – maybe we were a little busier on our three open days because of that. We will still need to be closed the first and fourth Wednesdays of the month – just for now. We will be open on the second and third Wednesdays of the month. We will have crafts on Thursday, April 9. (Crafts on the second and fourth Thursdays

at 1 p.m.). Bring any craft you are working on, but this Thursday we will also be making paper butterflies. We will have all materials for the butterflies. They are fun and inexpensive. I will make a few for Easter baskets this year. Trudy’s Foot Care is at the center on the second Wednesday. The Indianhead Rock and Mineral Society meets at the senior center the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Those Rock meetings are really kind of fun and interesting even if you know nothing about rocks (like me). Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. The TOPS organization also meets at the senior center every Tuesday evening.

Birth announcements John and Norah Anderson and son Carson, Frederic, wish to announce the birth of their son and brother, Royce David, born April 1, at Burnett Medical Center. Royce weighed 9 lbs., 1.5 oz. and was 21-3/4 inches long. Grandparents are Dave and Donna Grindell, Siren, Jill and Greg Norman, Danbury, and Rick and Pam Anderson, Frederic. •••

Born at Amery Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Ethan Walter Wojcik, born March 9, 2009, to Risa and Allen Wohcik, Frederic. Ethan weighed 8 lbs., 8.5 oz. ••• A boy, Chase Julio Benitez, born March 17, 2009, to Nicole Stone and Dennis Benitez, Amery. Chase weigheD 7 lbs., 3/4 oz. ••• A son, Kieran Jon Britz, born March 27, 2009, to Jill and Andrew Britz, Osceola. Kieran weighed 9 lbs., 15. Oz. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A girl, Eva Cecilia Katherine Andrus, born March 15, 2009, to Joseph and Sarah Andrus, Balsam Lake. Eva weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. ••• A boy, Chase Arthur Steffen, born March 23, 2009, to Michael and Jamie Steffen, St. Croix Falls. Chase weighed 9 lbs. ••• A boy, Cole Ronald Pardun, born March 23, 2009, to Ann and Brent Pardun, Webster. Cole weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A boy, Avery Michael Quintin Qualle, born March 23, 2009, to Michelle and Jeffrey Qualle, Osceola. Avery weighed 6 lbs. •••

A Waiting Child Constance Sept. 24, 1996

Constance is a beautiful, intelligent young girl. She enjoys engaging in conversation and laughter. This expressive young lady loves a good debate, especially if it allows for her to present her viewpoint on things. Constance is also a social butterfly, who thrives off interactions with peers. She loves playing Rock Band and is quite the video gamer. Constance also loves animals and would enjoy caring for them with forever-family members. Currently, Constance attends middle school. She is superexcited to finally have her own locker. Constance needs reassurance, guidance and positive role models to help her excel. Constance strives to please others and often helps out with laundry and chores. For more information about Constance or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414-475-1246 or 800-7628063 or visit the Web site at

A girl, Larissa Faye Chapman, born March 24, 2009, to Amber and Justin Chapman, St. Croix Falls. Larissa weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A boy, David Robert Pressley II, born March 24, 2009, to Jessica Pressley, Osceola. David weighed 6 lbs., 15.5 oz. ••• A girl, Aunia Jean Mattson, born March 26, 2009, to Nichole Mattson, St. Croix Falls. Aunia weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A girl, Audrey Olivia Greene, born March 27, 2009, to Travis and Laura Greene, Lindstrom, Minn. Audrey weighed 6 lbs., 4 oz. ••• A boy, Charles Luther Larson, born March 27, 2009, to Sarah and Rhett Larson, Balsam Lake. Charles weighed 9 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Carlos Jose Pouliot, born March 28, 2009, to Rebecca Baker and Jake Pouliot, Milltown. Carlos weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Aidan Elias Nagel, born March 31, 2009, to Kirk and Ashley Nagel, Centuria. Aidan weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz.

News from the Service SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Army National Guard Pvt. Nicholas T. Ward has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studies the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Ward is a 2007 graduate of St. Croix Falls High School. - submitted

Orange Fran Krause


Bev Beckmark

Spring still seems to be hanging in the wings, maybe just waiting to see if Old Man Winter is going to try to sneak back, blanketing everything in white again. Soon we will celebrate Easter, one of the most celebrated holidays of our country, one of hope and renewal. I hope you all get to celebrate the day with your families or friends. Don’t forget to stop in at the Siren Senior Center this Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 a.m., and enjoy one of the best and biggest breakfasts in the area. You will definitely come away stuffed. Adults just $5 and kids under 12 just $3. The Siren Assembly of God Church will be performing “Three Days to Glory” at their church Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. This performance is free for all to come and enjoy. There will be refreshments available after the performance. For those of you who knit or crochet the hats, mittens, scarves and kids slippers for the Siren Lionesses mitten tree in the Siren U.S. Bank, the Lioness have a good supply of skeins in the bank for those projects, so stop in and pick some up. Winter will be back in the area before we know it, and these items will be needed again. Sympathy to the family of Dorothy LaDoucer, who passed away March 30. Encore is coming to the Siren Schools on Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. Encore is a showcase of Siren students and their talents in home economics, shop, music and art. There will be exhibits in skits, solos and group pieces to see. So come and enjoy, this is a great time and event for you to see just what the school kids can do. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and the admission is free to all. There will be a spaghetti dinner/silent auction/bake sale this Saturday, April 11, for Nettie Otis at Madden’s Steakhouse in Siren. The monies collected will go to help with her medical bills. The Burnett County Moose Lodge will be holding their annual Easter egg hunt for kids 10 and under this Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. Congratulations to elementary student Bayzhia Taylor, middler schooler Lisa Moylan and high schooler Jessica Lysdahl for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week.

Wedding announcement

Johnson Weise/ Masters Lori Lee Johnson Wiese and Brian Richard Masters were united in marriage March 16, in a private seaside ceremony attended by immediate family on Bonita Beach, Bonita Springs, Fla. Immediately following was a reception at The Bay House, Naples, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Gladys and Roger Roux of Rice Lake, and Fred and Debbie Johnson, Wyoming, Minn. The groom is the son of Jerry and Janis Masters, Bonita Springs, Fla. The couple resides in Balsam Lake, where Brian serves as county board supervisor and Lori is employed as marketing coordinator for Durex Products. A local reception and dance is being held in May. – Photo submitted

Engagement announcement Anderson/Amsden The parents of Carly Anderson and Travis Amsden are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming nuptials of their children. The couple will exchange vows on June 27, 2009, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. A reception will follow at the Lodge at Crooked Lake. Carly, daughter of Bonnie and the late Keith Anderson, earned a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University. She is currently employed with the Kelliher School District 95, as a school/home interventionist. Travis, son of Steve and Jackie Amsden, is currently employed by the Bemidji Police Department as a police officer. The couple plans to reside in the Bemidji area. – Photo submitted

LaVonne O’Brien

Sympathy is extended to the family of Marcelia Studeman whose funeral is on Wednesday. Natalie Flagstad and children had supper with John and Reeny Neinstadt Saturday night. On Sunday, they were Duluth shoppers. Mike Shanke returned on Thursday to help Brad Peterson process their maple syrup. Jack and Jeri Witzany spent a week at the Chris Witzany home at Grantsburg with their grandchildren while Chris and Melody vacationed at Cancun. Jack Witzany attended the Webster Lions Club State Bowling Tournament at Chippewa Falls last weekend. Wednesday night he attended the men’s bowling banquet at the Tenth Hole. Mark and Deanna Krause attended a track meet at UWRF on Saturday. Kathryn Krause ran in the meet. On Saturday, Ethel Daniels and Fran Krause attended the WELCA Spring Day of Renewal at the Balsam Lutheran Church in rural Amery.


Interstate Park news Wisconsin salamanders ST. CROIX FALLS – The Friends of Interstate Park are hosting a program on the state’s seven salamanders on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park. Participants will learn about blue-spotted, tiger and other salamanders through a presentation by Randy Korb of St. Croix Falls. Randy will bring live salamanders and frogs for children to hold and feed. Participants will venture outside after the indoor program to check live traps set in ponds as part of the Wisconsin Salamander Survey. Preregistration is required and attendance is limited to 60 people. Although this program is free of charge, a Wisconsin State park sticker is required to enter the park. Moss walk

The Friends of Interstate Park are hosting a moss walk on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 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 for nonmembers, $3 for Friends members. 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 1/2-mile south of Hwy. 8.


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

My brother-in-law knew the habits of the Indians. He was short of caps, so he went to a grave, opened the little door and immediately found the ammunition. He took out a box of caps, saying, “This old fellow does not need them anyway.” It was not quite dark enough for the hunt, so they lay down on the grass and tried to rest awhile. They were almost asleep when they heard an awful screech right over their heads. They sat up and listened, but heard nothing more, so they settled down for another rest. Again, they heard a screech, worse than the first one. That ended their sleep. My brother-in-law said, “I believe the old fellow’s ghost is hunting me. Well, he can have his caps.” He returned the caps to the little house on the grave. By that time it was time to light the fire, and they later discovered that the noise was that of a whippoorwill, whose peace had been disturbed. However, my brother-in-law solemnly resolved not to rob another Indian grave of its ammunition. Just to give you an idea how plentiful the birds were, I will tell you about a visit from a young bachelor who lived about three miles from our place. He came over to our house to borrow a slate, as he was studying English and thought it took too much paper for practice writing. On his way over he killed twenty pheasants. He gave them to my mother, saying he would get plenty for himself on the way back. Eventually Anders’ sister came here from Sweden. The young bachelor met her and though it may not have been love at first sight, they became good friends and later decided to marry and make a home together. This time there was a real wedding. There was dancing, too. They had old-time fiddlers with plenty of rhythm. Their music was lively and well accented. One did not have to stand around and wonder what kind of dance was being played. The people were really graceful on the dance floor. The ladies dressed in long dresses and the men wore tailcoats and stiffbosom shirts and white cuffs. They would glide across the floor gracefully and now and then the man would click

his heels together vigorously as the music became more and more lively. They seldom play those dances now. One dance that I liked especially well was called Skanning, Du Skanning. It was a Swedish tune. My husband and I could dance well together. In the middle of a polka he would sweep me off my feet! At first I would lose my step, but after a little practice, I could fall in step with ease. The wedding was a success, and John and his bride built a home and lived a happy life. Can you believe it, John’s niece was the schoolteacher who married my first son. About five years after this wedding, John and our friend Anders sold their farms and moved to Idaho. Anders and his wife had adopted one of my sisters when my mother died, so she went with them. I missed her and Emil very much. About a year after they settled on a farm in Idaho, Emil, my dear, old playmate, became sick and died, and not long after that his mother was found drowned in an open well. Anders married a young woman and they had two sons and a daughter. Life was not so pleasant for Anders as he got older. Ten years passed, and he committed suicide. He had walked 10 miles from his home. The son by his first marriage raised his two half brothers, and the young wife left the farm, taking her young daughter with her. My sister, who was their foster daughter, married and had four children, but died when her youngest child was only two weeks old. Another sister of mine, who had lived in Bellingham, Wash., at this time had no children of her own, so she and her husband adopted this little baby. Years passed, and this child grew up, married, and now has a nice family of three children living in Anacortes, Wash. Her husband was in WWI and his oldest son is now serving in the Armed Forces. I have often wished I could see Emil’s brother, Albert, for old times’ sake. He is the only one that is left of that dear family. I recall when we were in our early teens, the boys had made a raft and

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were playing with it on a small lake on our land. They rode on the lake, across the back. They never asked the girls to go with them. But one day they were especially nice and invited my cousin and me to take a ride with them. We started out nicely, but as we got out in deep water, the raft started to sink, as we were too many onboard, and they did not have power enough to paddle it back to the shore. My cousin was a good swimmer, so she jumped overboard and the boys did the same. We were in water over our knees, but after the load lightened this raft came to the surface. But, oh dear, I was afraid of bloodsuckers! As the raft started to float along, I was going to make myself comfortable, wet as I was. I looked down on the logs; there were bloodsuckers and one was stuck on my leg. Emil took it off, but the blood streamed down my leg. I screamed and wanted to run, but I had no choice in the middle of the lake on a raft. Soon we got to the shore and found the others there ahead of us. Their clothes were drenched with water. Albert was angry and said he would never take girls on a raft again if they had to be scared and scream because of bloodsuckers. Emil was sympathetic, saying, ”She could not help that she was frightened.” On this same old farm we had an ugly ram that would go after us and butt us if we got within his sight and were on the same side of the fence as he was. One day the boys got a bright idea. They found a big, decayed birch tree and cut off a large piece of bark that rolled up tightly as a scroll of paper. Each of the four boys held a corner of this bark, pulling it out full length. The rest of us ran around and tried to get the ram to run under this bark. He got under the bark and was busy stamping his feet thinking how hard he was going to butt one of us, when the boys stooped down and let go of the bark. It curled right around the ram’s back and even his head. We laughed merrily to see the ram go through all sorts of motions trying to get the bark off his back. He did not ever bother us again, from that day on. One fall, after the threshing was finished, we climbed the straw stack and jumped or slid down. We had been told not to go there, but the temptation was too great for us. We all hurried to the stacks and I was the first to reach the top, but I was not going to jump or slide. I told the rest I was going to fly. I tried to

fly, but had a crash landing. I spread out my arms and sailed through the air – landed on my nose, running a straw into it and causing a nosebleed. Some of the children cried, thinking I was badly hurt, but though I was afraid of bloodsuckers, I was as brave as a little Indian. I considered myself lucky that I was not punished for disobedience that day. After my mother died, father hired a housekeeper, but that did not go so well. She was not used to children. She stayed about a year, and my aunt and uncle came to live on our farm for a while. They were two dear people. I was seldom home, for I was usually taking care of babies somewhere. Early one morning, the lady with whom I was staying sent me on an errand. It seemed that I was always in a hurry, my hair flying in the wind. I delivered my message to the lady of the house, who had just finished milking the cows, and did not take time to wash her hands. She insisted that I accept a generous slice of bread covered with syrup and some milk that she poured into an unwashed cup. I felt that I had to be polite and accepted the bread, telling her I would eat it on the way home, and that I did not care for the milk. “You are a strange child, not to like milk,” she said, not realizing that I might feel that it was not fit to be eaten. When I was on my way home, I threw the bread, but could not rest well until I confessed to Mrs. Johnson what I had done. She told me not to worry about it, as there were birds and wild animals that would eat the bread and that I had not sinned as it was not really wasted. Mrs. Johnson was always kind to me and I was never cold or hungry while I stayed there. From there I went to stay with a lady who was alone most of the time. I would sneak out and do a little fishing early in the morning, as they lived beside a lake. I brought fish home for breakfast. One evening another girl and I were going fishing. As we pushed the boat out, I saw a big snake, but did not see it in time to keep from stepping on it. I jumped over the end of the boat and fell in headfirst. My friend was a step behind, so she went back to shore. We became too nervous to do any fishing that time. – With information submitted by Brian Johnson’s family. – From Betty Fenton, director of public relations, Frederic Area Historical Society.

Burnett Community Library Tax forms are available on the lower level. Weekly happenings Preschool story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Craft group is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. Bring your favorite craft to work on. Adult book club is held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. On April 28, they will discuss “Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill,” by N.M. Kelby. The library is trying to start an afternoon or evening crafting session. If you are interested in this type of activity, please call Patti at 715866-7697. The library will be closed all day on Friday, April 10, in observance of Good Friday. Food for Fines The library will offer a Food for Fines Amnesty Program from April 12 – 18 to mark National Library Week. Have you, or someone you know, been avoiding the library because of overdue fines? We would love to have you back. Bring in some nonperishable food items during this period and we’ll waive your fines. A contribution of one nonperishable item is equivalent to $1 worth of overdue fines. Bring in those really overdue books hiding at home and we’ll waive those fines as well. All food collected during the amnesty will be donated to the Indianhead Thrift Store Food Pantry. We encourage all residents to visit the library during National Library Week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available and to thank the volunteer workers for making information accessible to all who walk through the library’s doors. A warm welcome to our new volunteer, Mariann Erickson. The library received a Picturing America

Grant this week from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We will receive 40 reproductions of American art – a unique and engaging way for children and adults alike to experience American history and culture. New books for young adults By Stephanie Meyer: “Twilight,” “Eclipse,” “Breaking Dawn,” “New Moon,” and “City of Glass,” by Cassandra Clare New books for adults “Borderline” by Nevada Barr, “Fatally Flaky” by Diane Davidson, “Lost Quilter” by Jen Chiaverini, “The Shanghai Moon” and “Bronz Noir” by S. J. Rozan, “A Foreign Affair” and “A Dangerous Affair” by Caro Peacock, “Indian Mounds of Wisconsin” and “Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town” by Robert Birmingham, “Along the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail” by David Obey and “On the Hunt” by Robert Willging. New DVDs “Secret Life of Bees,” “Australia,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Dark Knight.” New books for children “Magic Tree House #41: Moonlight on the Magic Flute,” “Watch Me Throw the Ball,” “Cam Jansen Mystery: Summer Camp Mysteries,” “Charlie & Lola: But I Am an Alligator,” “Curious George: Lost and Found,” “Dora and Diego: Bay Sea Turtles,” “Froggy Rides a Bike,” “Tale of Despereaux: Hero’s Quest,” “Built to Last Series: Castles, Mosques, Pyramids, Temples,” “Extreme Weather Series: Blizzards, Droughts, Hurricanes, Ice Storms, Tornadoes, Tsunamis,” “Military Machines Series: A-10 Thunderbolts, AV-8B Harrier

Jump Jets, F-117A Nighthawks, F-14 Tomcats, F-15 Eagles, F-22 Raptors, HH-60 Pave Hawk, Helicopters, Nimitz Aircraft Carriers,” “Our World Series: Coral Reefs, Lakes, Prairies, Rivers, Tundra, Wetlands, Glaciers, Oceans, Rainforests,” “Learning About Earth Series: Coral Reefs, Ponds, Tide Pools, Tundra,” “Mighty Machines Series: Airplanes, Fire Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Graders, Helicopters, Ships, Snowplows, Tractors, Trains, Trucks,” “Dumps Trucks and Other Big Ma-

chines,” “Monster Trucks,” “My First Look at Planets Series: Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, Venus.” New magazines Wisconsin Natural Resources; Prevention. Hours Monday through Thursday open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grantsburg Public Library National Library Week

As we celebrate National Library Week you’re invited to your library to see what services we have to offer. Six public computers, wireless service, faxing capabilities, copy machine, after-school reading program, Wednesday morning story hour, DVDs, audio books, book club and thousands of volumes for your reading pleasure, all available with your Merlin library card. Have a question or comment? Contact us at Everything is free @ your library.

Photographic art sale

Starting Monday, April 13, a photographic art sale benefiting the library will be held in the history room. Local photographer Walter Fluegel donated the prints for this event. Combing his creativity with computer and camera along with his artistic eye Fluegel creates brightly colored prints of still life, abstract and geometric designs based on nature, and outdoor subjects. Gray-tone prints

are included in the sale. All prints are matted, ready for hanging or framing. See ad in this paper.

Foods for Fines

During National Library Week, bring in two nonperishable food items and we’ll waive fines on your late books. Lost and damaged items not included.

New exhibit

Walter Fluegel, using Photoshop Elements 3.0, has taken captured images from his camera and converted them into designs based upon repeating parts of the photograph. "Repeated Patterns" is now on display.


Regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. The library will be closed Friday, April 10.


POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Amery Public Library “Scat,” by Carl Hiaasen Florida newspaperman Carl Hiaasen has written a series of comic novels which have delighted adult readers in recent years. He has penned three young adult novels, of which “Scat” is the third. Earlier novels were called “Hoot” and “Flush.” Hiaasen’s novels are always filled with humor and concerned with the environment, a perfect read as Earth Day approaches. In this new novel, Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher in Florida, disappears in Black Vine Swamp while on a class outing. She headed into the swamp to retrieve an inhaler one of her students had misplaced, and when a wildfire starts, the class heads back without her. Nick, one of Ms. Starch’s students, has a lot on his mind. He hasn’t heard from his dad, who is in Iraq, for days, and to take his mind off his dad, he and his friend Marta decide to start a search for Ms. Starch and try to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Carl Hiaasen has crafted a lighthearted ecological romp, which will be enjoyed by teens, tweens and adults alike.

fossils, a cave bear skeletal hand, fossilized dinosaur excrement and even a fossilized dinosaur egg, which is for sale for $125, proceeds to benefit the library. Stop in a check out this amazing display here for the month of April. Story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Everyone is welcome for songs and stories. The tax forms are still available at the Amery Area Public Library if you have procrastinated. Forms available are Wisconsin, Minnesota and federal forms. Friends of the Library meet on Monday, April 20, at 4:45 p.m. Board members, friends or anyone who is interested in the Friends is welcome. Friends of the Library book group meets at 7 p.m. on April 20, to discuss “Miss Willie,” by Janice Holt Giles. Pick up a book at the library desk and join us. Teens Read meets on Monday, 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 copy and join us if you are a teen for a snack and exciting book talk.

Library notes At story time, we enjoyed reading about dinosaurs last week and scoped out the new exhibit in our display cases. The exhibit, loaned by a local collector, is a fascinating look at dinosaur bones, ancient shark teeth,

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.

Clear Lake Public Library Celebrate National Library Week April 1218 at the Clear Lake Public Library, with the following events: Book sale Monday-Saturday in the library. Prices will be 25¢ for paperbacks; 50¢ for hardcovers; 10¢ for magazines; 50¢ for videos and DVDs – any five items for $1. Money raised will help us pay for our summer reading program. There will also be free giveaways. Gardening workshop A gardening workshop will be held Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m., with a presentation by

Master Gardener Fritz Coulter featuring asparagus, blueberries, edible weeds and flowers. There will be a freewill offering taken for the Lifeline Food Pantry. You can give a monetary donation or any nonperishable food item. Regular library hours 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 email at

Balsam Lake Library National Library Week is April 12-18, and to celebrate we will be featuring a movie, “Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease,” shown in conjunction with the Western Wisconsin Lyme Action Group, Wednesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m., we will host a gardening presentation by local gardener Colleen Forster, with door prizes to help start your garden. 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. Book club Our selection for April is “The Dog Says How” by Kevin Kling. In this wonderfully original collection of autobiographical stories,

popular storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling deftly weaves pitch-perfect scenes of childhood antics and adulthood absurdities with themes of overcoming tragedy, forging lifelong friendships, and living with disabilities in a complex world. Book club will meet at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, April 15. We will be having a potluck after book club to celebrate National Library Week and also to be ready to view the movie “Under Our Skin” at 6:30 p.m. 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 Movie Night Friday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. is movie night at the Luck Library. In an effort to reduce holds on newly release DVDs the Luck Library will be showing one new-release movie a month. We will be showing the Academy Award nominated film, “Doubt” with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis at the library at 6:30 p.m. says of the movie: “Even in the cluttered battlefield of Academy Award-sniffing dramas, “Doubt” registers as something exceptional. There’s certainly enough dramatic meat to chew on for days after viewing, but the picture is made extraordinary by the performances, which all contain reverberating, harrowing depictions of the title burden. “Doubt” is a magnificent experience all around, but the

acting, the gale-force wind of top-shelf performance, will leave you slack-jawed and hungry for more. This movie is rated PG-13 for thematic material. The library closes at 5 p.m. Fridays and will reopen again on the April 24 at 6 p.m. for the movie. So be sure to come early to get a good seat. Next month’s movie will be “Last Chance Harvey” with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson Rated PG-13, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. Go green at the Luck Library. April 22 is Earth Day. Hours Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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. 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 great 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: Holiday hours: The library will be closed Saturday, April 11.

Frederic Public Library The library will be closed Saturday, April 11.

library to pick up your application.

Celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18 Visit us during National Library Week to learn about the many services the library offers to enrich your life. Refreshments will be served all week, and be sure to register for door prizes. Help us celebrate America’s public libraries!

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.

Support your food shelf in April During 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. Calling all teen poets The Polk County Library Federation is sponsoring its fifth-annual poetry contest for students in grades 6 – 12. Entry forms and rules are available at the Frederic Library, and entries must be submitted to the library by Monday, April 20. Awards will be given in two categories, and the winners will be announced at an open mike night at the Luck Library Tuesday, April 28. Please contact the

Book groups to meet The Thursday morning book group will meet April 16, at 10 a.m., to talk about “Broken for You,” by Stephanie Kallos, a story of a reclusive woman whose life changes dramatically when a young boarder turns up on her doorstep. The evening book group will meet April 16, at 7 p.m., to discuss Jose Saramago’s “Blindness,” a harrowing tale of a city hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. 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.

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 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.

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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.

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Jamming in downtown Grantsburg GRANTSBURG - Downtown Grantsburg is the place to be for music lovers of all kinds on Saturday, April 11. Seventeen bands are scheduled to perform at the 10th-annual Pinko Jam happening from 2 p.m. to closing at the Rendezvous Bar, the Grantsburg Legion Hall and Denny’s Downtown Lanes. The exciting lineup of musical talent will include bands performing country, blues, rock, jazz and more. Pinko Jam was started in 1999 by local musicians as fundraiser for special education and has become a popular annual event. “The jam was always and still remains today a fundraiser for special education kids,” said former Rendezvous Bar owner Joe Paquette, who was happy to host the first Pinko Jam. “John Hesson came to me with this idea they [he and other local band members] had for a fundraiser and asked me if they could hold it at the Rendezvous. John had his own band and knew a lot of musicians, and he got the whole thing organized.” The rest is history as they say, with people now coming from all over the area each year for the jam. The annual event became so popular over the years more space was needed to accommodate the growing crowds, so the Grantsburg American Legion and Denny’s Downtown Lanes joined with Hummer’s Rendezvous as jam venues. “People can walk back and forth between the establishments, listening to different bands do what they do – jam,” said Hesson. “Schedules are available to inform people when and where the different bands are performing.” Pinko Jam to date has raised thousands of dollars for the area schools special education students and young adults. The money, which goes into a savings account, is distributed as requests come in. In addition to helping buy much-needed equipment and supplies, students and young adults have also had the opportunity to experience

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field trips, including ballgames and theater performances, trips which otherwise would not have been possible. The well-known and popular Twin Cities group Gel is set to perform again this year, as well as other local and regional groups. And there are also groups only getting together to play once a year at Pinko Jam. But all have something in common above and beyond their love of music, the willingness to donate their time for this worthy cause. In addition to the generous bands, according to Pinko organizers, the jam would not be possible without the tremendous help from the many people working behind the scenes, and the generous donations from local and regional businesses, who donate for the ongoing raffle drawings throughout the afternoon and evening. Pinko Jam begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with bands playing continuously through the day and evening. - submitted

Donate prom dresses to Interfaith Caregivers BURNETT COUNTY – After prom this year, think about donating your prom dress so someone who can not afford to buy one, will have one for next year. Dresses can be so expensive, and we hope used dresses can be reused next year. We can not accept anything that is torn or otherwise damaged. If you have dresses used in weddings, we can accept those too. Interfaith Caregivers will store them until next year. We can also accept shoes, hair ornaments and jewelry you will never wear again. All of these items are to be taken to school and Interfaith Caregivers will pick them up. They will be distributed by Interfaith Caregivers before prom 2010. - submitted


Vacation 2010 Last month we bought a new electric car from the dealer just south and a little left of The Wren, in Luck. It cost a little more than the Mercedes S450, but the savings will offset that. It has two seats and is powered by a 400-pound lithium ion battery pack and a small gasoline backup engine to extend its range. We decided not to fill the 2-gallon gas tank because gas is $2.89 per gallon and we don’t want to increase our carbon footprint. Every day we drove to either Luck or Siren, which are both about 22 miles round trip. It was kind of fun sneaking up on people at the crosswalks. This thing is really quiet. The air conditioning works well but the owners manual says “Driving uphill or into the wind or over 40 mph and extended use of air conditioning, heater, radio, wipers, turn signals, brake lights, windows or horn will cut mileage and shorten the life of the battery pack.” We decided we can drive with the windows down. When returning home the battery indicator would usually read about 33 percent full, so I would plug into our Frederic Area Wind Turbine Co-op outlet. The charge up usually only takes 16 hours so we were ready to go the next day. After a month of trial runs we decided to go to Turtle Lake Casino to celebrate our gas savings. About two miles west of Turtle Lake a computer-generated voice said “This vehicle will stop in 500 feet. You must plug into a Green Power Source for at least 24 hours to proceed.” Not a problem, I drove off to the right side of the road and called AAA. About an hour later the tow truck showed up. The guy took our AAA card and filled out a form. He said “What kind of car is this?”

“Goretech Lightening” “My grandma in Florida has one of these. She had an accident with it the other day” “Oh, I hope she wasn’t hurt.” “Nah, it’s so quiet she didn’t know it was running and she ran it into the senior center. It has so many air bags that when the cops came they had trouble finding her” He said “Where do you want me to tow you?” “Does the casino have plug-ins?” “Yah.” “Let’s go there.” At 10 a.m., we checked into the hotel, went to the buffet and only lost $30 at the nickel machines. The next day, after brunch at 10 a.m., we unplugged the Lightning and headed home. We knew we couldn’t make it all the way screaming along at 40 mph, so I held it at a comfortable 20 mph. Somewhere between CTHs H and I there were a couple of rednecks who honked and flipped us the bird as they roared by at 55 mph in their monster F150s. When we got home, Judy was writing the bills when she asked, “Is our FAWTC bill always $550?” “What!” “Oh, here’s a notice from Goretech that says the lithium ion batteries are only good for 240 charges, with a discount coupon for a new pack for only $3,600.” “What!”

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Solar seminar at Lamar celebrates Earth Day ST. CROIX FALLS – An all-day seminar on radiant solar heating at Lamar Community Center on Friday, April 24, celebrates Earth Day and offers people a chance to learn about this cost-effective and efficient type of renewable energy. In addition, the 2009 federal stimulus package is directed in part to renewable energy systems, making it a particularly good year for homeowners, businesses and local governments to consider renewable energy systems. This is the fifth seminar at Lamar on radiant solar systems. This year’s seminar focuses on system design for a variety of applications including solar domestic hot water, solar in-floor heating and solar high mass heating. The seminar covers everything from site assessment to sizing to the components used in a solar installation. Instructor Kris Schmid will walk participants through the elements common to each design and support participants in creating individual system designs. Participants will also tour two working systems. The class is geared to homeowners, business owners, local government officials and tradespeople. Lamar, a 1905 school on the National Register of Historic Places, installed a 10-panel high mass solar water and space heating system in 2004 concurrent with foundation renovation of the building. The project was funded in part by Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy. Since that time, Lamar has been the site of solar seminars every year. Schmid considers renewable energy systems an investment in the future: “People who install these systems are insulating themselves against the steeply rising energy costs of natural gas, propane and electricity. When people get these systems they automatically

Kris Schmid describes the radiant and photovoltaic solar panels on the array at Lamar Community Center. – Photo submitted become more aware of their use of energy.” Schmid, who has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, worked as an engineer for seven years before starting Legacy Solar based out of Frederic, six years ago. Schmid has taught classes for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Lamar. In addition to teaching on radiant solar systems, he also teaches classes on photovoltaic systems and is currently completing his certification with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Says Schmid, “Making your

own energy with the sun is very empowering and exciting. I don’t ever see people get that excited about watching their LP burner come on.” Continuing education credits are available for journeyman and master plumbers (two hours), UDCHVAC inspectors (1 hour), and UDC-plumbing inspectors (two hours). “We want to make this knowledge widely available to both the general public and to the tradespeople who will be doing the work,” says Kathleen Melin, director of Lamar. “The state accreditation offers this in a local setting.” Solar energy is one of the places still showing growth potential in spite of the struggling economy. “It’s a good time to get education in the field,” says Schmid. “I think there will be a lot of people looking to have systems put in, particularly with the federal tax incentives and the state rewards through Focus on Energy.” Although energy independence and cost savings are important motivations for people installing these systems, there’s more. “Keeping the air clean is something we do for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” says Schmid. Lamar Community Center, a nonprofit organization since 2000, promotes community vitality with programming in history, the arts and sustainable living. The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at Lamar Community Center which is located in the country between St. Croix Falls and Centuria at 1488 200th Street, St. Croix Falls. Cost for the seminar is $23.41 payable to WITC. Register with Tanna Worrell at Unity Community Education, 715-825-2101, ext. 1560. - submitted

Big Gust is coming back to Grantsburg GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Area Historical Society has been notified of an impending visit from Big Gust. Mr. Anderson will make an appearance at the annual meeting of the society, bringing with some friends from Grantsburg’s earlier days. Dr. Lindberg, Charlie and Hannah Saunders, Carl Hedlund, Gust Wedin, Olive Fremstad and Anne Carlson will be joined by several unsavory characters incarcerated in the 1876 jail. The public is invited to join the historical walking tour the easy way: come to the meeting and let the former citizens walk to you, telling how their lives shaped the Grantsburg community, Thursday evening, April 16, 7 p.m., at the Crex Meadows Education Center, CTH D and F. submitted

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Wormy and Squirmy in Vietman by Wayne Anderson “It’s hard to believe America fought a war here,” said Wormy peacefully, admiring the great white Buddha in the park, where a light smell of incense hovered. “This country of Vietnam and its people seem so friendly.” “Yes they do, my peace-loving friend. It is hard to believe there was a war here,” Squirmy agreed. “The Vietnam War was a long time ago. So much has happened in the 34 years since. It seems we make better friends than enemies.” The people of Vietnam, some 86 million, are a friendly lot. But too often bad things happen to good people, like the Vietnamese. And sometimes unfortunate things cause wars. Unfortunately, Vietnam has suffered its share of wars over the centuries. Americans went to war in Vietnam after the country split in two. The Communists, who lived in the north, wanted all Vietnam to be under their rule. But the people in the south did not want that. They wanted to be free. “I read about a Buddhist monk who lit himself on fire,” Wormy recalled, with a horrified look. “He burned to death right on the sidewalk.” “Yeah, everyone just watched in disbelief,” Squirmy said in disbelief. “I read he did it to protest the war and all the evil going on.” The beautiful country of Vietnam is shaped like a long “S.” It’s just a tad larger than New Mexico. All along the “S” is 2,140 miles of gorgeous coastline, where people come to play on beautiful beaches, bright and fluffy with calm waters. Most Viets, that’s what Vietnam people are called, live inland and are farmers. Lots of these farmers live in Southern Vietnam where the fertile Mekong River flows. This muddy, mighty river feeds a rich, vast area called the delta. “Boy can you grow rice in Vietnam!” Wormy exclaimed, sliding through all the rice paddies. “You need lots of water to grow rice,” replied Squirmy, washing the clumps of

Two young girls pass by in the school courtyard on their way home.

mud from his elongated body. “No problem here. It looks like it rains a lot here.” In fact, it rains 5 months a year in Vietnam. Everyone has an umbrella. B e s i d e s Wayne M. starchy-white Anderson rice, Viet farmers till the soil The for bananas, coconuts and paAnderson paya. It’s a Report Southeast Asian smorgasbord. “I hear a cracking noise,” Wormy said, standing straight up in alarm and if he had ears, they would be standing up too. “It sounds like something’s on the prowl out there in the thick woods.” “Keep you eyes pealed,” Squirmy said, shivering with fright. “And get ready to burrow and hide in this soft dirt.” In the dense, humid jungles of Vietnam, any number of ferocious animals can be seen lurking, like leopards and tigers and bears. “That, whatever it is … sounds big!” Wormy said, heading under the earth to hide. “It could be some kind of monster,” he said in a muffled voice, with his head in the spongy dirt. “Wormy, get up here. Look. It’s an elephant!” Squirmy said with excitement and caution, as elephants can easily squash a couple of worms. “What else is out there,” muffled Wormy from his safety lair. “Crocodiles?” Oh yes, Vietnam has lots of crocs and snakes and lizards crawling around. And overhead a canopy of exotic birds fills the sky. Vietnam even has animals no one knew were alive. The sao la, which looks like a cow, was recently discovered by humans and worms. Of course the sao la needs no discovering—it always knew it lived in Vietnam. “Wormy, will you please get up here?

A couple of teen boys play and practice their martial arts. – Illustrations: Jeremy Tomczak and Kaylynn Anderson, Grantsburg High School. Photos: Wayne Anderson Let’s head for the beach,” Squirmy said, looking towards the coast. “It’s a bright, warm day.” “I don’t think so,” Wormy replied, still half burrowed in the wet, cool dirt. “I’m scared. Next thing you’ll tell me is to look out for pirates.” Looking out for pirates is good advice. Every smart family who lives on the ocean heeds it, like the Smith family. They were in the port of Nah Trang getting supplies and visiting friends in Vietnam. “Do you guys really live on the ocean and look out for pirates?” Wormy asked, sitting on the deck of the Smith’s boat. “I’ve heard of people working on ships,” Squirmy added. “But I’ve never heard of families living at sea.” “Yes, the sea is our home,” said Mrs. Smith laughing. “I know it may seem a little unusual. Some people live on flat lands, or up in the mountains, or down in deserts. These are land homes. We’re water people.” Unknown to most, there is a small community of people who actually live on the ocean. They live on sailing boats and float and voyage around the world. Five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Smith sold their house and all of their land belongings and bought a 40-foot sailboat.

Two older women, riding in a bike rickshaw, wear protective clothing to guard against the sun and car fumes.

Now they and their two kids live on the ocean and “home school” while adventuring around the world. They, and hundreds of others like them, are a community at sea. “Squirmy, I am amazed again. Once again, we came to a new place and found the unexpected,” Wormy said, a little puzzled. “Yeah, I think I know what you mean,” Squirmy replied with his arm around his travel buddy. “I didn’t expect to hear about war and peace and pirates in Vietnam. But I guess we should expect the unexpected.” The worms understand that the thing about traveling around the world or around town is that travel is learning about life and people. And with the great variety of people on our planet, that story is always unexpected. The unexpected never ends. Things to remember: 1. America fought a war to help the South Vietnam people. 2. A Buddhist monk burned himself up to protest the evils of war. 3. The “sea” community people visit Vietnam often for fun and supplies. 4. Travel is about learning of life. And life is about people. Keep an open mind.

The great white statue of Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda, a temple area.

SCF Easter egg hunt H a i l e y Marciniak, 2, Amery, is not sure what to make of the E a s t e r Bunny after meeting him on Saturday.

The St. Croix Falls annual Easter egg hunt was held at the Chateau St. Croix Winery on April 4. Several youngsters came for the 1,500 eggs with goodies that were scattered about the winery grounds. Pictured are the children, ages 6 and up, looking for eggs.

These girls are picking out a treat from the Easter Bunny’s basket before the Easter egg hunt began in St. Croix Falls Saturday afternoon, April 4. – Photos by Tammi Milberg


Actors keep the audience laughing by Carl Heidel LUCK - A strange thing happened at the annual Luck High School Spring play this past weekend. All the student actors and actresses disappeared. In their places stood a rag-tag troupe of fake pirates, looney genies, a variety of creeps, an out-ofcontrol anger control class, the obnoxious Dorky family, crazies thinking they had ringworm or checking others for ringworm, a looming leprechaun, an unhelpful person with helpful hints, a violinist with a malfunctioning violin, a blazing light dance in the dark, and Rambo run amok ... and on and on. Pure madness. And not a student in sight. The entire cast had managed not just to act, but to transform themselves into the very characters they were portraying. And the audience loved it. Another triumph for the Luck High School thespians and their intrepid leader, Judy Wicklund.

Luck play is smash hit

Peter Langeness, leader of a session of anger management therapy, finds he can’t manage his own anger.

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Financially strapped businessmen, not wanting a government bailout, pose as pirates to steal a leprechaun’s gold. The are (L to R): James Longhenry, Alex Smith, Jordan Hall, Taylor Horsager and Carson Giller. The anger management therapy session goes out of control when Katie Gutzmer (back, second from right) decides to strangle Jordan Hall. Joining in to offer suggestions or to try to intervene are Michael Jensen (front left), and back (L to R): Jake Hamack, Peter Langeness and Taylor Horsager

An elderly genie, Ashlyn Petersen (right), helps an unhelpful briefcase genie, Nick Morgan (left) get over a hacking cough.

Chimney creeps (L to R): Ashley Valentine, Brittney Danielson and Ellie Lewis (L to R): threaten the audience.

Nick Morgan (left) and Roger Steen (right), both members of the obnoxious Dorky family, assault Taylor Horsager (center) with yet another piece of family lore.

Open the door and there they are, briefcase genies looking for food and a place to offer useless suggestions. Front row (L to R): are Ashley Valentine, Katie Gutzmer and Maia Lehmann, and back row are Jake Hamack, Ellie Lewis and Alex Smith.

Street creeps are on the move. They are (L to R): Jamison Gross, Sarah Elert, Michael Jensen, Katie Gutzmer, Roger Steen, Jordan Hall, Maia Lehmann, Ashlyn Petersen and Ellie Lewis.


Indian Creek Easter Egg Hunt

All children ages 0-4 stayed inside the building to collect their candy and eggs.

The Indian Creek Tavern and Indian Creek American Legion sponsored an Easter egg hunt for children ages 0-12 on Saturday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m., at the Indian Creek Tavern. Besides the candy and eggs each child collected, they also received a goodie bag and a toy of their choice for participating.

Age groups 5-8 and 9-12 were brought outside to find their eggs and candy to take home. During the Easter egg hunt held at the Indian Creek Tavern Saturday, April 4, three lucky children took home bikes as prizes. Pictured (L to R): Mandy Trenter, ages 5-8 group; Brock Freer, ages 0-4 group and Bradley Erickson, ages 9-12 group. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld

Spirit of Education shuttle visits Unity Schools BALSAM LAKE – The Spirit of Education, piloted by Barry Brubaker, was at the Unity School in Balsam Lake on April 1 and 2. The shuttle, the Spirit of Education, travels to schools throughout the Midwest from its launch pad in Spencer. Its mission is to motivate children in the elementary grades to learn. There are three major areas of investigation on the shuttle. The first area is a gathering place in which three groups, each consisting of two or three students, all work on the same activity. The first is a constellation activity wherein the students learn about constellations and then create their own. The second activity is a lesson about the International Space Station. It is designed to help students learn about the space station, and then use that knowledge to design their own stations. The third area of study on the shuttle consists of eight workstations, where the students experiment to learn about space, space travel, and living and work-

ing in space. The eight workstations are: Station 1: A study of the Earth’s seasons, and the reasons for them. Station 2: Making a model in order to understand a lunar eclipse. Station 3: Using spectrometry to identify gases. Station 4: Viewing space through the lens of a microscope. Station 5: Space repairs - much more difficult than look. Station 6: Working with a robot - practice and teamwork. Station 7: Understanding microgravity. Station 8: Optional activities, like observing ant activity in space and heating with solar panels. –submitted

Petzel’s class poses in front of Dream Flight USA.

Lucy operating a remote arm. – Photos submitted

Curves food drive The members of Curves in Frederic collected 740 pounds of food and $200 in cash donations throughout the month of March. All is donated to the Frederic food shelf. Pictured back row (L to R): Curves members Kathryn Jones, Tami Colgan, Pennie Wicklund, Janelle Miller, Dee Williams and Sylvia Hansen. Front row: Food shelf worker LaVonne Boyer, Curves members Abbie Larsen and Deborah LuceyMartin. – Photo by Brenda Sommerfeld


Rainbow of Fun

(L to R): Marissa, 4, Siren, and Shannon, 5, Maple Grove, Minn., have the same sparkly crowns and are both very proud of the stars they made at the sand table.

Chef Ro at the Rainbow of Fun Carnival with his lively special, duck soup - maybe a bit too lively!

Jessica and Lisa sport matching green hair, two examples of many colorful hairstyles found at the Rainbow of Fun Carnival.

Grantsburg dance recital

Zoe Allen concentrates as she pours purple sand into her sand art ice-cream cone last Saturday, April 4, at the 20th-annual Rainbow of Fun Carnival held at the Siren School.

The Grantsburg Community Education after-school dance class performed the “Friendship Theme” along with “The Penguin Dance.” This was the preschool class. – Photos submitted LEFT - The Grantsburg Community Education after-school dance class had their recital on Saturday, April 4, in the Grantsburg Fine Arts Auditorium at the high school. Here the second- to fifthgraders performed to the song “ I Don’t Dance” from “High School Musical II.”

The kindergartners and first-graders who took part in the Grantsburg Community Education’s after-school dance class performed “Move It” and “Gabriel’s Oboe.”


Luck's District Solo and Ensemble results FREDERIC – Luck students who participated in the Solo and Ensemble Contest at Frederic on March 31 received the following ratings: State Solo & Ensemble qualifier, Class A 1*

Julie Franzel – vocal solo Geoffrey MaidenMueller – bassoon solo Brett Larson – baritone saxophone solo Alecia Ouellette, Samantha Fenning and Peter Langeness – saxophone trio Jordan Hall – euphonium solo David Franzel – alto saxophone solo Katelyn Dinnies – vocal solo, named Best In Site Morgan Denny, Ashley Valentine and Kenny Sanford – piano Trio Mary Faye Maiden Mueller – flute solo Ashley Valentine – vocal solo, named Best In Site James Longhenry and Derek Letch – vocal duet Megan Panek, Ashley Overby, Grace Jenson, Ali Lehmann, Ashley Valentine, and Brittney Danielson – vocal

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Class A – first place

Neal Mellon – vocal solo Grace Jenson – vocal solo Ashley Valentine – clarinet solo Kylie Rich – alto saxophone solo Jordan Hall – vocal solo Christine Franzel – flute solo David Franzel, Grace Jenson and Kassi Ingram – saxophone trio Tiffany Oft – vocal solo Kristine Wortman – clarinet solo

Class A – second place

Ashley Valentine – musical theatre Grace Jenson – musical theatre Julie Franzel – musical theatre Julie Franzel and Nick Emerson – vocal duet Ashley Valentine and Grace Jenson – vocal duet Jerod Buck, Curt Donald, Jordan Hall and Nick Emerson – barbershop quartet Tiffany Oft and Sam Fenning – vocal duet. - submitted

Luck’s State Solo and Ensemble Contest participants – Front row (L to R): Kassi Ingram, Ashley Valentine, Ashley Overby, Brittney Danielson and Ali Lehmann. Second row: Brett Larson, Mary Maiden Mueller, Morgan Denny, Megan Panek and Katelyn Dinnies. Back row: Peter Langeness, Derek Letch, James Longhenry, Jordan Hall and Geoffrey Maiden Mueller. Missing: Julie Franzel, Alecia Ouellette, Samantha Fenning, David Franzel, Kenny Sanford and Grace Jenson. – Photo submitted

Blood drive at Luck schools LUCK – The Luck High School Student Council organized and held a blood drive at the school on April 1. During the course of the day, 67 students and adults volunteered to give blood. While seven were deferred and three resulted in only partial completions, a total of 57 individuals successfully donated a pint of blood on that day. Approximately half of those donors were first-time donors. The student Sophomore Rebecca Hutton patiently waits for her chance to council is advised by Mr. Matt Dunlap. - submitted give blood during the blood drive, which was recently held at Luck High School.

S e n i o r Steven Leisch gives a thumbs up while donating blood during Luck High School’s recent blood drive. – Photos submitted



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Grantsburg Legion Auxiliary 25th Annual Spring Craft Sale

Debut concert by Ryan Osterbauer ST. CROIX FALLS – Singer-songwriter Ryan Osterbauer will headline a debut concert at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. “Ryan has actually played a few tunes on our stage as a guest with Destnd Furthr in 2007,” said Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival Theatre. “He’s a very talented man and we’ve been looking for an opportunity for him to perform within an entire concert event, ever since we heard him nearly two years ago.” Osterbauer grew up in Stillwater, Minn., and now lives in New Richmond. His songwriting comes from trying to making sense out of life. Several times in Osterbauer’s life, it has been music that has brought him through difficult times. His musical journey, however, began when he was just 4 years old and captivated his own family with a performance of “Rhinestone Cowboy.” It wasn’t long before his grandfather purchased a guitar for young Osterbauer and the voyage was under way. Osterbauer’s concert will include guest performances by an old friend, ATOM, who also grew up in Stillwater and by Danny Viper, who Osterbauer met about a year ago. These three musicians are ready to get their audience fired up with foot-stompin’ and handclappin’ originals and covers. Osterbauer’s influences include Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Jack White. ATOM has been hugely influenced by the Beatles and his recent two-year stay in Bisby, Ariz., during which he acquired a new Tex-Mex flavor to his rock sound. Danny Viper is a 20-year veteran of the Twin Cities music scene, a virtuoso status guitar player, and Oster-

bauer claims that Danny “makes guys like Eric Clapton sound really boring.” “Our New Doors program has a high degree of focus on artists who live and produce their work in or near the St. Croix River Valley,” says Olsen. “It is our intention to showcase the amazing array of original work being created in our region and to help audiences find and learn about new music, plays and other works. Proceeds are reinvested in the program to help it grow.” In the fall of 2005, the concept was hatched for Festival Theatre’s New Doors program. Under this banner, programming includes an eclectic variety of high-quality performing arts events that don’t fit neatly into Festival’s Theatre or Music Series. Sometimes New Doors features new or emerging artists, while other events showcase artists with a long track record who are haven’t performed in valley. Still other types of programs are more casual events by locals who want to celebrate or share a special area of interest. Festival is also interested in presenting film, dance, stand-up comedy and multimedia. Performing artists interested in performing in a New Doors event should send an introductory cover letter and samples of their work to the program committee at Festival Theatre. Tickets for the Osterbauer concert are on sale now with advance seating at $8.50 or $11 at the door. Festival Theatre is 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 site at www.festivaltheatre. org. - submitted

Joan Worth came from Frederic to sell her custommade costume and therapeutic magnetic jewelry at the Legion Auxiliary’s craft annual sale last Saturday, April 4.

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Carol DeMarre was one of the craft sale shoppers who couldn’t resist Nancy Weiler’s table full of beautiful handmade confections. Weiler came to the Grantsburg Legion Auxiliary spring event with lots of cookies and candies, just in time for those looking for gifts to fill their bunny baskets.


American Legion baseball fundraiser GRANTSBURG – Steaks were sizzling Saturday night for the Grantsburg Legion’s kickoff fundraiser for Legion baseball. Those enjoying the steak dinner could also purchase tickets on raffles held throughout the evening. Funds raised at the event help sponsor the Legion high school and seventh- to eighthgrade baseball teams. - Priscilla Bauer

Legion baseball team members Matthew Wood, Kyle Roberts and Matt VanDeusen were happy to help serve diners at the Grantsburg Legion Hall last Saturday night. Funds raised from the steak dinner will go to help support their team this season.

About to take bites of their steaks, smiling brothers Mitchell and Corey Sandberg enjoyed dinner with family and friends at the Grantsburg Legion’s steak dinner fundraiser for Legion baseball Saturday night, April 4.

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Harley Meyer was the guy at the grill at the Grantsburg American Legion’s steak dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 4. The annual event raises money to sponsor the Grantsburg Legion baseball teams. — Photos by Priscilla Bauer

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Fristad Lutheran Church to celebrate centennial CENTURIA – Fristad Lutheran Church will observe their centennial celebration on April 25-26. The opening kickoff festivities, hymn sing, guest greetings and confirmation roll call will begin Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m., sub sandwiches, birthday cake, ice cream and beverages will be served. On Sunday, April 26, there will be a 9:30 a.m. anniversary worship service with Bishop Duane Pederson, NW Synod of Wisconsin, giving the message. There will be a noon meal and a panoramic photo will be taken at 1 p.m. The portrayal of Martin Luther by David Dudash will be presented at 2 p.m., along with a food pantries offering, guest greetings, and a tribute to departed loved ones. The dedication of the bell tower and a rededication of bell with close out the day. A mass choir will sing a number at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. All who enjoy singing the songs of faith are invited to participate by being a member of the choir. A bell tower has recently been constructed to hold the original bell, first hoisted into place at the original church in June 1911 by men of the congregation and help from villagers of Centuria. Dedication of the new bell tower and rededication of the bell will be held at the Sunday, 2 p.m., closing service. Fristad Lutheran congregation began its early organizing in 1900, when it built a small chapel in the Lamar area.

Fristad Lutheran Church will observe their centennial celebration on April 25-26. – Photo submitted Bethesda Lutheran, Sand Lake, shared a pastor with the group, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants from Sweden. When the railroad was built through Centuria it was evident that the village location would be more of a growing community than Lamar and the decision was made to build the church within the village. On April 29, 1909, under the guidance of Pastor Gustav Rast, the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran

Church was organized and given the name “Fristad” (Place of Refuge). The name came from Pastor Rast’s home parish in Alvsborg Lan, Vastergotland, Sweden. Work began on the brick church in the spring of 1910 and was enclosed by fall of 1910. In 1914 the church was completed and a formal dedication service held. Cost of the building was $4,222.33. In 2000, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

of Centuria became available. This was a six-year-old building. The offer included the church building with kitchen appliances, land, rectory, and bell tower. The bid was accepted and in 2002 the move was made, with dedication service held on May 5. Major additions have been the purchase of stained glass windows, pew cushions, sound system upgrades, roof reshingled, purchase of new hymnals, as well as other improvements. Fristad church history booklets, records, photographs from past years, and a DVD of historical events and activities will be displayed for viewing and purchase. Anniversary mementos, DVD, plus tickets on a quilt will be available throughout the weekend festivities. Congregational members have been sharing centennial thoughts through poetry, which will be displayed in a scrapbook. Visitors who have remembrances while a member of the church are invited to write their additions, either in poetry or as comments. Returning pastors who have indicated they plan to attend are: Pastor Earnest Pihl (1958-‘61), Pastor Antti Lepisto (1966-‘69, and Pastor Paul Sorensen (1983-‘88). Pastor Mel Rau assumed pastoral duties at Fristad in 1998 to the present. Kathy Glunz is serving as congregational president. The public is cordially invited to join the Fristad members in celebrating this historic milestone in the life of their congregation. - submitted

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church spring sale LUCK – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding their annual spring sale on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1:30 p.m. A lunch is being served which includes BBQs, German spaetzel, homemade baked beans, pies and ice cream. Many items will be for sale including baked goods ranging from Danish pas-

tries, kolaches, Swedish coffee cakes, cookies, made-from-scratch white and wheat bread and pies. Many craft items will be available including a variety of gift items, bird feeders, birdhouses, tableware items, embroidered dishtowels, quilts and much more. Their next-tonew shop will open with many treasures for all.

Volunteers wanted POLK COUNTY – Interfaith Caregivers is in immediate need of volunteers in Polk County! A dialysis patient needs rides from Horse Creek to Amery on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. and home again at 2:45 p.m. Another patient needs a ride home from St. Croix Falls dialysis to Centuria at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. We need more drivers in the St. Croix Falls and Centuria areas for several clients to access local groceries, food pantry and medical appointments. One opening is for shopping on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

An elderly lady needs rides back and forth from Balsam Lake to the Amery clinic at 8:45 a.m. It’s spring! Elderly and adults with disabilities need help with outdoor spring yard chores, like raking, picking up sticks and garden work. Volunteers, especially youth and families, are needed now. Please call Interfaith Caregivers at 715485-9500 if you can help. Our volunteers donate their time and mileage to help their neighbors. Freewill donations to support our program are appreciated.

Raffle tickets will be available to buy, to win one of three prizes, which are: a queen-sized tied quilt, a crocheted afghan and a bargain-buster food cart. In addition, at the sale, a theme basket raffle will be held to allow everyone a chance to win one of the many baskets that are filled with all kinds of surprises. There will be a special drawing just for

children where they have an opportunity to win a large teddy bear or a big snowman. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Hwy. 35 and CTH B, north of Luck. Watch for the signs. – submitted

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CHURCH NEWS Room with a View

The Lord's Church

Guest columnist

Sally Bair Eternal

Herb set up two chairs and invited me to have our morning cup of coffee in the “new” house addition. This 16x30 foot combination room (living/bedroom) faces east and is Perspectives well lit by morning light. There is a large window to the south to take in the view of darting birds and prancing deer, and the French door to the east displays the full view of a field and tall pines on the edge of our wooded ravine. There is no limit of natural beauty to please the eyes and flavor a morning cup of coffee. Lent seats us at God’s window and opens the curtain to reveal Jesus’ journey to the cross. This view becomes disarming, for we see ourselves in the players of this fastpaced story. Inner questions grip us. Do we fall asleep when prayer is called for? What is our price to betray Jesus? Or deny him? Or wash our hands of tough situations? Or flee in fear? Or yell for blood with the crowd? The drama of the cross opens a window into which we may explore our hearts and more clearly recognize our need for redemption. Yes, Lent exposes an inner and outer landscape that is not pretty. And this drama becomes even more tragic, for it is God’s beloved son who becomes the victim. But gentle reader, do not lose heart. God is not held down by death. In fact, He used a dead-end Earthly tragedy to rip the curtain once and for all so all may have a full-blown view of eternal hope in Jesus. The window is wide open. May we hear the Lenten invitation to find rest by God’s window and seek refreshment in the cross of Christ. God accepted the price of his son to transform our hearts and flavor our lives with great grace and unconditional love. Say “yes” to redemption and know Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

“Who is this Man, Jesus?” to be presented

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday Worship Sunrise

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Garret Derouin The Pen

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran

ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Christian Community Choir will present “Who is this Man, Jesus?” on Friday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in St. Croix Falls and also Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 7 p.m., at the Association Retreat Center in Osceola. All performances are open to the public. Evening performances will be followed by a time of fellowship. A freewill donation will be accepted. – submitted

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“The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). Only those who are saved according to God’s instructions are in the Lord’s church. But how many churches does the Lord have? Jesus says in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build My church.” The word “My“ shows possession and that the church belongs to Jesus. The word church is singular not plural. The Lord only promised to build His one church. In Ephesians 4:4-6 we read, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.” Just as there is only one God, there is only one body. What is this one body? In Ephesians 1:21-22 we find out what this one body is, “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body.” Here we see that the Bible says the church is the body. So the one body is the one church which belongs to the Lord. One might as well believe in more than one God as to believe that the Lord has more than one church. Today we hear the sincere but mistaken plea to “attend the church of your choice.” Why not attend the church of God’s choice, the only one that Jesus “purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). Christ did not shed His blood to purchase any denomination. The one church that Christ purchased with His own blood belongs to Him and the name it wears must honor Him. (Does the place in which you worship wear a scriptural name?) We read in Ephesians 5:23, “Christ is the head of the church, and he is the savior of the body.” Christ is only the savior of His one body, His one church. The Lord only adds the saved to His church (Acts 2:47). In the Lord’s scheme of redemption, He has only planned to have one church. He is only going to save His one true church. Misunderstandings about things like the “Lord’s church” is one of many reasons Why We Must Study God’s Word. Just as we eat three meals a day to sustain our physical bodies, we must also feast on God’s word daily to sustain our souls. If we don’t we are in danger of losing our souls. God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” People will be lost because they did not care enough to read

1947 110th Ave., Dresser, Wis., 715-755-2562 Pastor Mark Richardson

FREDERIC – On Palm Sunday the little children entered the church waving their palms followed by the sanctuary choir singing the opening hymn. The waving of the palms or olive branches is a Jewish expression of joy. The reading of “The Passion of Our Lord according to Matthew” was read by the confirmation students and various choir members. The children’s choir delighted the congregation with their special music. The sanctuary choir performed a powerful number titled “Hosanna! We Sing” under the direction of Joshua Rau and accompanied on the piano by Mary Lou Daeffler. Holy Week has begun, with services on Maundy Thursday, which is Thursday, April 9, at 6:30; the ecumenical services for Good Friday are on April 10, at 7 p.m., at Pilgrim, and on Easter Sunday, April 12, worship is at 10 a.m. and Easter breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall of the church beginning at 8:30 a.m. Two weeks ago Bibles were presented to Mara Erickson, Sophie Fredericks and Brennan Koball, and Sydney Domagala was not there, but someone from the Christian education committee will make sure

Sydney gets her Bible. On Sunday, April 26, the Sunday school students will be making May baskets as part of their curriculum of giving to others and bringing joy to others. On Sunday morning, May 3, the students will go to Comforts of Home to give out the May baskets to all of the residents and then they will sing a song or two for them. On Sunday afternoon of April 19, many members of Pilgrim will be going to St. Paul, Minn., to attend the incredible Easter production of “The Thorn” at North Heights Lutheran Church. Pilgrim Lutheran invites everyone to attend Sunday morning worship at 10 a.m. and Sunday school at 9 a.m. and all children from pre-K through sixth grade are welcome to come. On the second Sunday of the month worship is a more contemporary service, which has been well received by the congregation. Check out their Web site or call the church office at 715-327-8012 for more information. - submitted

Bible Bee date set GRANTSBURG – The Shelby Kennedy Foundation will introduce the first-annual National Bible Bee, a motivating Bible memory competition for children and youth from ages 7-18. The goal is to build godly character in young people by calling them to the discipline of Scripture memorization. All questions are multiple choice and the information that will be used for the test will be available May 1. All local Bible Bee contests will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12. One hundred finalists from each age category will advance to the National Bible Bee for a two-day, world-class competition that will be held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5-6. The local contest will be on Sept. 12 at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Interested contestants and their families may find out more about the Bible Bee competition by visiting the Bible Bee Web site: Information about the Shelby Kennedy Foundation may be found there also. Enrollment deadline: April 30. In order to learn more about this local contest, contestants and their families may inquire using the following contact information: or Julie Pemble-Peterson at 715-488-2625. Before enrolling online you must contact Pemble-

Peterson to receive an event ID number required when completing online contestant enrollment. An associated enrollment fee of $20 is collected by the national office, which helps to cover administrative costs. There is a modified scale for families with more than one child participating. For more information call Pemble-Peterson or attend an informational meeting on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m., at Espresso Cabin in Grantsburg. - submitted

Rock’n Into SPRING Grace Lutheran Church of West Sweden Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Steve Wilson & The House Band Featuring “Classic” Inspirational Rock Music Serving Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu: French Toast Bake, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit Compote, Bacon/Sausage, Muffins

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Proceeds to Special “Local” Missions and Grace Fuel Fund Applying for Supplemental Funds through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

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My writer-friend, Alice Ellis, has given me permission to print this inspiring devotional which is so appropriate to the Easter season. As you meditate on it, you’ll find yourself identifying with Jesus’ disciples as they watched their beloved, innocent Lord die on the cross.

and study God’s instruction book on how to go to Heaven. Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 that people will be lost “because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Satan wants to distract us with the cares and deceits of this world. He does not want us to read and study our Bibles every day. He knows that we become weak and vulnerable when we fail to study. Our strongest defense is a shield of faith. How do we obtain that of faith to protect us? RoPreacher’s shield mans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” The more we study the word of God the stronger our faith will be. If we want to protect ourselves against Satan we must have a strong faith. But what happens when we fail to study God’s word, and become spiritually starved? 2 Peter 3:16 says that those who are “untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures.” We cannot understand God’s word unless we study it. And because of this Jesus says in Matthew 15:14, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” To keep from wandering around in spiritual darkness, let’s study God’s word so that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105). Let’s not endanger our souls by a lack of study of God’s word. Let’s take time to study it daily. (Written by Ron Boatwright) If readers have questions you would like answered in this weekly column or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, we would like to invite you to call 715-866-7157, visit our 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.



Jean Rowe McFarland

Easter church schedules set

Lois Heffner, 77, died March 28, 2009, after a lengthy struggle with complications of Parkinson’s disease. Formerly of Frederic and Webster, her death occurred in Wickenburg, Ariz., where she and husband Roland Canfield had recently taken up residence. Lois is also survived by daughter, Robin Day, of Siren and her children, David, Michael, Katie and Kristie; daughter, Patty Thibaut of Hawaii, mother of Christopher, Robbie and Angela; son, Billie Heffner of West Virginia, father of Nicholas and Cody; son, David Heffner in California, father of Joshua and Addison; and by Anna, John and Ashley, the children of deceased daughter Paula. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren and a brother, Larry Boetcher in California. Lois was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Heffner, in 2003 and by her daughter, Paula Heffner in 2008. A memorial service is being planned for Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the Siren United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Ward officiating.

Jean Rowe McFarland, Scottsdale, Ariz., died Sunday, March 29, 2009. She was 64 years old. Jean was diagnosed with a rare cancer on March 6, 2009, and declined rapidly. Prior to diagnosis, she led a vibrant life in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband Jim, her church and her professional work. Jean was born June 14, 1944 – Flag Day – in Menomonie, to parents, Weldon and Lila Rowe. When she was 2 years old, she contracted polio and spent 22 months in the Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. For the rest of her life, she focused on exercise to optimize the injured muscles and endured three corrective surgeries, never complaining though it caused her difficulty and pain. Jean married Jim McFarland on Nov. 1, 1975. With their three children and the beloved family dogs, Jean and Jim created a rich, memorable life of weekends and holidays at the cabin on Balsam Lake, and an abundance of love and laughter. Jean began her education in a one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin. Always striving to learn and grow, the world became her schoolhouse as she traveled to over 50 countries and worked strenuously to earn master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. Jean’s professional passion was improving workplace cultures and productivity — whether it was through coaching expatriots and their global employers or identifying and eradicating bullying behavior. Indeed, interest in Jean’s “Bad Apples in the Workplace” lectures spurred her on to publish a book in 2008: “Bullies Among Us – What To Do When Work’s No Fun.” Jean’s personal passion was being outside, hiking, watching wildlife and studying flowers. She and Jim drove all over the western United States photographing nature; and she equally enjoyed every moment she was in her own backyard with the quail and hummingbirds. Jean was preceded in death by parents; brother, James Rowe; sister, Ruby Rowe Simmons; and brotherin-law, Ray Simmons. Jean is survived by her husband, James McFarland of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three children, Jill McFarland Inglis of Tacoma, Wash., Tricia Nordby Hamrin of Minneapolis, Minn. and Chad Nordby of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren; niece Michele Simmons Heininger of Hugo, Minn.; and many, many friends. Burial and graveside service was at the Reeve Cemetery on CTH A in Reeve, on Friday April 3. The memorial service was held at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday April 7. In lieu of flowers, Jean’s family requests that you consider a donation in Jean’s honor to one of the following charities: For their outstanding community work: The Salvation Army, 2707 R. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, Attn: Deb Oberhamer. For their gentleness and competence in time of great distress: Hospice of the Valley, Fund Development, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656. And in celebration of Jean’s friend Drucker, and for all her past best friends: Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000, 435-644-2001 ext. 4801.

Yellow Lake Lutheran Church DANBURY – Good Friday services at 1:30 p.m. Easter Sunday services are at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a .m.

Mildred Loretta Hanson Mildred Loretta Hanson died April 6, 2009, at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls. She was 88 years old. Mildred was born July 22, 1920, to Arthur and Alma Swanson in Cushing. She attended Bass Lake School and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School. She worked as a telephone operator in Milltown and as a nurse’s aide at Midway Hospital. Mildred married Goodwin Hanson on Oct. 5, 1945. They purchased a farm near Manitou Lake, where they raised their family. After Goodwin’s passing on May 11, 2002, Mildred continued to live on the farm until shortly before her death. She was an active member of the Eureka Baptist Church where she served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher and in the ladies ministry, Awana and youth ministries. Mildred loved cooking and baking for her family. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, housework and watching ballgames. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her stepmother; one sister and two brothers. She is survived by her sister, Bernice Jensen; stepsister, Alice (Curtis) Kabeary; daughters, Sandra Berglund of Grantsburg and Linda (Daniel) Thill of Webster; sons, Larry (Valerie) of Shafer, Minn. and Wayne of St. Croix Falls; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at the Eureka Baptist Church. Visitation will be at Edling Funeral Home in St. Croix Falls, on Friday, April 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Norman P. Skow Norman P. Skow, 88, resident of Luck, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. Funeral service for Norman will be held on Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North Luck. The family will greet visitors at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, on Thursday, April 23, from 4 - 7 p.m., and then again at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria was entrusted with arrangements.

Gerald M. Durand Sr. Gerald M. Durand Sr., 69, Grantsburg, died April 4, 2009. Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 8, at Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Elmo, Minn. A local visitation will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor, Siren Chapel. A full obituary will follow at a later date. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with the arrangements.

Steven Simonson Steven Simonson, 61, a resident of Webster, died April 6, 2009. Services are pending at this time. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Carol Yerke Carol Yerke, 66, Grantsburg, died April 4, 2009, at the Burnett Medical Center CCC in Grantsburg. She is survived by her children, Beth Brown and Bob Yerke. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 10, at 11 a.m., at the Edling Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. The Edling Funeral Home of Grantsburg was entrusted with the arrangements.

Faith Lutheran Church BALSAM LAKE – Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. East Balsam Baptist Church BALSAM LAKE – Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. Easter Cantata is on Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Fristad Lutheran Church CENTURIA – Maundy Thursday at Fristad Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday worship service at North Valley, 5 p.m.. Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service at 7 a.m.; breakfast, 8-9:15 a.m.; worship at 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – Holy Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass with Adoration to follow until midnight; Good Friday, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil; 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church FRANCONIA, Minn. – Holy Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass, Adoration to follow until 10 p.m.; Good Friday, 7 p.m. service; Holy Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil; Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. Mass. Bone Lake Lutheran Church LUCK – Maundy Thursday, meal at 6 p.m., and worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday worship, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 6:30 a.m.; breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; worship at 10 a.m. Pilgrim Lutheran Church FREDERIC – Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday Ecumenical service at 7 p.m.; Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and Easter service at 10 a.m. Milltown Lutheran Church MILTOWN – Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday worship service at 4 p.m.; Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter breakfast with 10 a.m. Easter worship service. Siren Covenant Church SIREN – Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.; Good Friday at 7 p.m., Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with worship at 10 a.m. St. Peter’s Community Church DRESSER – Potluck Easter breakfast on Sunday, at 8:45 a.m., followed by an Easter service at 10 a.m. Luck and St. Peter’s Lutheran churches LUCK – Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at Luck Lutheran Church; Good Friday, 5 p.m. at Luck Lutheran Church; Easter Sunday, 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Luck Lutheran Church and 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. West Denmark Lutheran Church WEST DENMARK – Maundy Thursday meal at 6 p.m., with service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday meal at 6 p.m., with service at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday at 8 a.m., with breakfast after the service. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church ST. CROIX FALLS – Holy Thursday worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday service at 7 p.m.; Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m.; breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and Easter festival service at 9 a.m. First Baptist Church WEBSTER – Good Friday joint service at Siren High School at 7 p.m.; Easter breakfast at 9 a.m. with celebration service at 10:45 a.m. Trade Lake Baptist Church TRADE LAKE – Good Friday combined community churches at Trade River Evangelical Free Church, Grantsburg, at 7 p.m.; Easter breakfast at 9:15 a.m. with service at 10 a.m. Bethesda Lutheran Church SAND LAKE – Easter Sunday worship: at 6:30 a.m.; Easter breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m.; contemporary service at 8:30 a.m.; HeartSong Gospel service at 10 a.m. Osceola United Methodist Church OSCEOLA – Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday service at 7 p.m.; Easter sunrise service at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; Easter egg hunt and fellowship time at 9:30 a.m.; worship with communion at 10 a.m. Holy Trinity United Methodist Church BALSAM LAKE – Easter service at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. and service at 9 a.m. Frederic Evangelical Free Church FREDERIC – Easter breakfast from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Easter musical “In the Presence of Jehovah” to follow. Wilderness Fellowship Ministries FREDERIC – Outdoor Easter service at 6:30 a.m. at 21897 Spirit Lake Road. For more information, call 715-327-8564.


OBITUARIES Aloha Lee (Starzl) Schuur

Dorothy Mae LaDoucer

Geraldine “Geri” L. Brule

Aloha Lee (Starzl) Schuur, 66 of Centuria, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Aloha was born on March 15, 1943, in Worthington, Minn., to Francis N. and Evelyn T. Starzl. She lived in Minnesota and South Dakota until 1953, when the family moved to New Richmond. She attended grade school in New Richmond until 1957, when the family moved to rural Deer Park. Aloha graduated from Amery High School in 1961. After graduating, she returned to Worthington to stay with and care for her grandmother, Thelma Huerkamp, where she met Jake Schuur. They married on Aug. 25, 1962. They lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin until they returned to Wisconsin permanently and have lived in Centuria for the last 15 years. She was employed by Premier Marine in Wyoming, Minn., where she had been a devoted employee for 161/2 years as an industrial sewing machine operator. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed crocheting. She loved to read. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Evelyn Starzl; one brother, Everett (Sheila) Starzl; and one nephew, Daniel Viellieux. She is survived by her husband of 46-1/2 years, Jake Schuur of Centuria; three daughters, LeAnn Johnson, Melissa (Clay) Ryberg and Katherine Schuur; son, Jake (Vickie) Schuur; nine grandchildren, Christina, Michael, Rose, Richard, Angela, Jessica, Jayden, Jaimeson and Cameron; one great-grandson, Tyler; two sisters, Rozella Davidson and Joyce Starzl; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2 p.m., at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taylors Falls, Minn., with Pastor Mark Woeltge officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 8, 5 to 8 p.m. at the St. Croix Valley Funeral Home. Interment will be at Wagon Landing Cemetery in Star Prairie. The St. Croix Valley Funeral Home and Polk County Cremation Society, St. Croix Falls, was entrusted with arrangements.

Dorothy Mae LaDoucer, age 84, a resident of Frederic, died March 30, 2009, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Dorothy was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Casper, Wyo., to John and Wilma McCune. Dorothy’s grandparents and great-grandparents were the Longshore and Hamilton families from the Black Brook area of Webster. Along with her brother, mother and grandmother, she spent the Depression years in the Webster area eventually migrating to Oregon to find work. The family returned to Wisconsin and Dorothy married Charles LaDoucer in 1943. The family lived in the Yellow Lake vicinity for several years and moved to Frederic in 1961. She worked at the Duncan Yo-Yo factory in Luck and as a CNA in health care facilities in Frederic, Centuria and Grantsburg and also did home health care. She was a member of the senior center in Frederic and the Siren United Methodist Church. Dorothy was an avid and accomplished gardener; enjoyed quilting and canning. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and son-in-law, Mahealani (Lani) Ah Sam. Dorothy is survived by her children, John (Nancy) LaDoucer, Jerold (Dee) LaDoucer, Peggy Starkite and Laureen (Bunny) Ah Sam; daughter-in-law, Nora Asper; grandchildren, Jacki, Jari, Sharlyne, Christine, Coralene, Ryan, Jerry, Jr., Leilani, Lindsey and Audrey; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her beloved brother, John McCune (Alice Ramsdell) of Grantsburg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special and close friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 4, at Siren United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Cook officiating. Music was provided by organist Fran McBroom and Kim Simon. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Webster. Pallbearers were Cameron Knight, Kevin McCune, Tracy Christensen, Brian Kilian, Brittany Christensen and Hanz Everson. Jerold LaDoucer was honorary pallbearer. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Geraldine “Geri” L. Brule, 59, of Lindstrom, Minn., died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix Falls. Geri was the daughter of Gerald and Shirley (Johnson) Brule, born Feb. 16, 1950, in Hibbing, Minn. She is survived by her partner, Barrette Hanson; daughters, Tonya (Brian) Qualley, Katie Jo (Marcellus) Williams, Brigette Bruley and Dan Weiss; son, Michael Mealey; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and faithful companion Precious; many other relatives and friends. Service were held at the Abundant Life Church of North Branch, Minn., on Tuesday, April 7, with Pastor Kevin Haseltine officiating. The Polk County Cremation Society of St. Croix Falls was entrusted with arrangements.

Doris “Jean” Brown

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Doris “Jean” Brown, 68, Osceola, died April 4, 2009, at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jean was born Aug. 9, 1940, to James and Julia Kamish. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Centuria. She graduated from Unity High School in 1958. She spent most of her life as a homemaker and enjoyed being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne (Gordy) Tellinghusen of Maplewood, Minn.; son, James (Maki) Brown of Somerset; stepson, David Brown of Hastings, Minn.; sisters, Beverly (Joe) Hashmi of St. Paul, Minn., Eleanor (John) Bleyle of Osceola; Donna (Gordon) Best of St. Paul, Minn.; brother, Donald (Nancy) of Milltown; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Kamish; sister, Betty Erickson; parents, James and Julia Kamish and baby boy Kamish. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 8, at St. John’s Cemetery in Centuria, with Pastor E. DeVries officiating. The St. Croix Valley and Polk County Cremation Society was entrusted with arrangements.

Lois Elaine Hinck, 71, Turtle Lake died March 28, 2009, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. She was born March 29, 1937, in Coleridge, Neb., to William and Lillie (Jones) Hinrichs. Lois was raised in Laurel, Neb., and worked as a teller in a bank in Sioux City, Iowa. She was married in South Sioux City, Neb., on April 30, 1960, to Bernie Hinck. They moved to Turtle Lake in 1972 and Lois worked at Hartzell Manufacturing for over 20 years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Lois loved raising flowers. She is survived by her husband, Bernie, Turtle Lake; sons William (Kim) Hinck, Vadnais Heights, Minn., John (Sharon) Hinck, Lake Elmo, Minn., and Brent Hinck, Hammond; daughters, Dr. Glori Hinck, Minneapolis, Minn., and Melinda (Jim) Sorensen, Balsam Lake; seven grandchildren; brothers George (Audrey) Hinrichs, Laurel, Neb., and Jim Hinrichs, Chillicothe, Mo.; sisters Doris Hanson and Phyllis Graverholt, both of Norfolk, Neb., Norma Hansen and Mary Ann (Wayne) Seibert, both of Wayne, Neb., and Shirley (Mike) Bruce, Universal City, Texas. Funeral services were held April 4 at Zion Lutheran Church, Turtle Lake, with the Rev. David Emmons officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Turtle Lake. Pallbearers were Dave Hinck, Dave Dittfach, Chris Krueger, Dallas Hansen, Bryce Hinck and Randy Hinck. The Skinner Funeral Home, Turtle Lake, was entrusted with arrangements.

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609 Benson Road. Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m.



ALLIANCE CHURCH OF THE VALLEY Senior Pastor Bob Morton 1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m.


Pastors Julie Brenden & Nanette Hagen Hinck Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


510 Foster Ave. E.; Mark E. Hall, Pastor Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Worship Service 10:30 a.m.



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’s good values must be taught through discipline Q: Last week you said Dr. Woodward’s philosophy of child-rearing was rather typical of the advice given to parents a generation ago. Apart from the specific example you cited, how do your views differ? What is the basic distinction between your perspective and those of more permissive advice-givers? DR. DOBSON: I never met the man, but I would think from his writings that Woodward and I perceive human nature very differently. He apparently believed in the “innate goodness” of children, which means they will turn out fine if adults will simply leave them alone. Most of Woodward’s contemporaries believed just that. It is my conviction, by contrast, that boys and girls learn (and become) what they are taught. Thus, it is our task as parents to “civilize” them – to introduce them to manners and morals and proper behavior. If it is desirable for children to be kind, appreciative and pleasant, those qualities should be instilled in them – not simply hoped for. If we want to see honesty, truthfulness and unselfishness in our offspring, then these characteristics should be the conscious objectives of our early instructional process. If it is important to produce respectful, responsible young citizens then we should teach them first to respect us as their parents. In short, heredity does not equip a child with proper attitudes; we must build the foundations of character ourselves. If that assumption is doubted, take a good look at adults whose parents did not do their home-

work – those who were raised on the streets with very little parental instruction. A large percentage of them have prison records today. ••• Q: My 6-year-old son has always been an energetic child with some of the symptoms of hyperactivity. He has a short attention span and flits from one activity to another. I took him to his pediatrician, who said he did not have attention deficit disorder. However, he’s beginning to have learning problems in school because he can’t stay in his seat and concentrate on his lessons. What should I do? DR. DOBSON: It sounds like your son is immature in comparison with his age-mates and could profit from being retained in the first grade next year. If his birthday is late in the school’s eligibility-entrance date, I would ask the school psychologist to evaluate his readiness to learn. Retaining an immature boy during his early school career (kindergarten or first grade) can give him a social and academic advantage throughout the remaining years of elementary school. However, it is very important to help him “save face” with his peers. If possible, he should change schools for at least a year to avoid embarrassing questions and ridicule from his former classmates. You have very little to lose by holding back an immature boy, since males tend to be about six months behind females in development at that time. The age of a child

is the worst criterion on which to base a decision regarding when to begin a school career. That determination should be made according to specific neurological, psychosocial and pediatric variables. Let me add one other suggestion that you might consider. Your son appears to be a good candidate for home schooling. Keep him in the safety of your care until he matures a bit, and then if you choose, place him in school one year behind where he would have been otherwise. He will not suffer academically and will be more secure for the experience. Home schooling is especially helpful for the immature child – usually a boy – who is just not ready for the social competition and rejection often experienced within large groups. It is also beneficial to children who do not have this problem, if the parent is committed to it. That’s why home schooling is the fastest growing educational movement in the United States today. ••• 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.

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

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Good Friday Drama at Siren Covenant Church A special Good Friday drama will be presented at the Siren Covenant Church on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Two shorter skits will set the stage for “Pall of Dark-

ness,” presented by a small group of Covenant Players. This group is not directly connected to the Evangelical Covenant Church but is an international repertory the-

ater company. The public is invited to join them as they reflect on what Good Friday is all about. A freewill offering will be taken. – submitted

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Corey T. Arnold, Agent Frederic, Wis. Phone 715-327-8076

BEAN’S COUNTRY GRIDDLE Hwys. 35 & 48 Downtown Frederic Phone 715-327-5513

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Government Inspected Slaughtering and Processing, Sausage making • Ham and Bacon Cured and Smoked Sides and Quarters of Beef and Pork Available Old-fashioned Fresh Meat Counter Tim Van Meter and Ross Anderson, Owners Luck, WI 54853 Plant 715-472-2141







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Your Full-Service Drugstore Siren, Wis. Phone 715-349-2221


• Complete Line of Building Supplies & Lumber • Cabot’s Stains Grantsburg, Wis. 715-488-2471 or 715-327-8766

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Feed Mill - Grain Dept. Cushing, Wis. 715-648-5215


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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Devyn Ellefson has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Devlyn and Holly Ellefson. Devyn is a great student who takes his school work seriously. Outside of school, Devyn loves to hunt and fish. He is a true team player in school and in all athletic activities. Devyn is a great role model to follow.

Brandon Clausen has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Christine Clausen. Brandon is a hard worker and tries his best on his work. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games. The greatest influence in his life is his teacher, Mrs. Schebo.

Diana Kufalk has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Tim and Melissa Kufalk. Diana is always positive, has a good, but not overriding, sense of play and humor. Her work is done well and on time. Diana has good manners and rises to new challenges. She is in FCCLA, forensics and is on the newspaper staff. Diana enjoys playing with her animals and running. Her future plans are to go to CVTC to become an ultrasound technician.

Susan Roberts has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in second grade and the daughter of David and Colleen Roberts. Susan is a very hard worker. She enjoys helping others and her teacher. She is very kind to everyone. Susan’s favorite classes are math and art. She enjoys playing with her dog, walking to grandma’s and dancing.

Matt Goepfert has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Charles Goepfert and Edith Rodriguez. Matt has been working very hard this year on improving his reading and math skills. He comes to class prepared and is self-motivated. Matt’s favorite class is reading, and he enjoys activities such as dodgeball and football. He likes to spend time outdoors.

Steve Haupt has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Tammy and Theodor Haupt. Steve is very polite and respectful to others and is always willing to help in archery class. He is involved in golf and enjoys working on cars. Steve’s future plans are to attend college and eventually own his own auto shop.


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Leopold Chenal has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of David and Brenda Chenal. Leopold is a cooperative and hardworking student. He is an excellent reader. Leopold enjoys playing with his friends and baby sister. He also likes to play with Legos and listen to music.

Declan Greenquist has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in first grade and the son of Tory and Trinity Greenquist. Declan enjoys learning in school. He is interested in animals, especially fish. He likes fishing year-round and even watches fishing shows on TV. Declan enjoys phy. ed. He enjoys drawing and doing tricks on his 4-wheeler. Declan has a rock collection. He is very enthusiastic.

Taylor Orton has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Kris and Greg Orton. Taylor is a wonderful student and person who is great to have in the classroom. Her favorite subject is math. Taylor’s hobbies and extracurricular activities are basketball, soccer, volleyball, track and 4-H. She has one sister and two dogs.

Sarah Petznick has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a freshman. Sarah is involved in Kinship, band, concert choir, clowns, student council, volleyball, basketball and track. She enjoys sports, reading, shopping, singing/music, playing with little kids, hanging with friends and spending time with her family.


Owen Washburn has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Jarrod and Kerrie Washburn. Owen comes to school with a bright smile and enthusiasm for the day. He is an attentive learner and his positive, caring personality makes him a class leader. Owen enjoys baseball, books and his friends.

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Derek King has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Tim and Maya King. Derek is hardworking and always on task. He is busy in a good way. Derek communicates well, asking questions when needed. Derek is always respectful and very trustworthy in class. He is involved in Boy Scouts, track and the National Guard. Derek enjoys snowmobiling, working on vehicles and playing video games. He plans to get AIT training for the Army.


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Lance Preston has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in seventh grade and the son of Missy Preston. Lance participates well in class. When he gets his work done, he finds something else to work on or he reads. Lance is helpful, polite, responsible and always kind to others. He is involved in Boy Scouts and church youth group. Lance enjoys football, basketball, 4-wheeling, hunting and mudding.

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Lauren Frojker has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. She is a very kind girl who loves to help others. Her smile is contagious and her sense of humor makes people happy. Lauren has extraordinary logical thinking skills. It helps her solve problems in math and everyday life.

Wyatt Stenberg has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in fifth grade and the son of Chad and Heidi Stenberg. Wyatt shows great effort in his class. He is involved and asks great questions. Wyatt is often a leader when working in a group.

Lucas Hetfeld has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. He is a sophomore and the son of Pam Murphy and Carl Hetfeld. Lucas is truly stepping up to the line. He is involved in football and basketball. Lucas enjoys hunting and sports. His future plans are to become a land surveyor.




• National Active and Retired Federal Emplyees Chapter 1581 dinner meeting at The Tac, noon, 715-268-8618.

Balsam Lake

• Red Cross class for infant/child review at the Red Cross office, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 715-4853025 or

Coming events

• Blood pressure taken at the senior center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • General Meeting. (potluck) at the senior center, 12:30 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./17 & 18 Spooner

• 23rd-annual Indianhead Rifle & Pistol Club gun show at the elementary school. Fri. 6-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-635-7134, 715635-2319.



St. Croix Falls

• A basketball 3-on-3 tournament at the high school, 6 p.m., 715-637-1515,

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


• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.



• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.



• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

• Fish Fry at the United V.F.W. Post 6856, 4:30 p.m.


• Northwest Regional Writers to meet at Espresso Cabin on Hwy. 70 near Catholic Church. Assignment: Write on “Go Fly a Kite.” Food available there. 1 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m. • Bingo at the senior center, 1 p.m.

SAT. & SUN./18 & 19


• Good Friday breakfast at the senior center, 7-11 a.m., 715-349-7810. • Covenant Players to perform at Covenant Church, 7 p.m., 715-349-5601.


• Healthy Heart 5K & Kids Run at the high school. Registration 7 a.m., race 8:30 a.m. Wellness Fair at the gym, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-2942127, ext. 407, 715-294-5736,

St. Croix Falls

• Bridge at the senior center, 10 a.m. • “Who is this man, Jesus?” presented by the St. Croix Christian Community Choir, 1:30 p.m., at the United Methodist Church.


• Expo 2009, at the Lodge Center Ice Arena, Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 888629-7575,


• Tax assistance for seniors and people with low incomes at the senior center, 1-4 p.m., 715-866-5300.

SAT. & FRI./11 & 12 Osceola

• “Who is this man, Jesus?” presented by The St. Croix Christian Community Choir, 7 p.m., at The Association Retreat Center.

SATURDAY/11 Balsam Lake

• Easter egg hunt at the fairgrounds, 10 a.m.


• Benefit for Randy Schmidt at Legion Barracks, 3-7 p.m., 715-653-2519.


• Food, fellowship & games at the senior center, noon.


• 10th-annual Pinko Jam downtown, 2 p.m.2 a.m., 715-463-4377.


• “Canoe from my Back Door,” presentation by Jim Kurtz. Indianhead Ice Age Trail meeting to follow at Café Wren 10 a.m. • Follow the Flags Hike at 130th St. and 270th Ave. at 2 p.m.,715-472-2248.


• Spaghetti dinner/silent auction at Madden’s Steakhouse, benefit for Nettie Otis, 4-7 p.m. • “Three Days To Glory,” Easter Cantata at Siren Assembly of God, 7 p.m., 715-349-5750.

St. Croix Falls

• Presentation on Wisconsin salamanders at Interstate Park, 10 a.m.-noon, 715-483-3747. • Easter egg hunt at the fairgrounds, 10 a.m.

Turtle Lake

• Smelt fry at the Legion, 4-8:30 p.m., 715-9864631.

MONDAY/13 Balsam Lake

• Conservation annual county meeting at the Unity High School, 7 p.m., 715-268-2304.

This aerial view of the St. Croix Falls hydroelectric dam was taken by area pilot Woody Minar of St. Croix Falls last Thursday, April 2. - Photo submitted


• Creating Your Own Stimulus Plan class at Fristad Lutheran Church, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-5530707 or


• Spades at the senior center, 1 p.m. • 7 Secrets to Health & Better Healing workshop at Marek Chiropractic, 6 p.m., 715-3274253.


• Conservation annual county meeting at the government center, 7 p.m., 715-268-2304.


• Conservation annual county meeting at the Ag Research Station, 7 p.m., 715-268-2304. • Burnett County Family Resource Center play group, 10 a.m., 715-349-2922.

TUESDAY/14 Frederic

• Community Watch program meeting at the senior center, 7 p.m., 715-327-4717. • Women Taking Action Seminar at the Methodist church, 8-10:30 a.m., 715-349-2191.


• Whispering Pines listening session at the Methodist church, 7-8:30 p.m.


• Polk County Cancer Cluster Study & Mapping will be having an informational meeting at The Wren at 1 p.m., 715-483-3466.


• Tax aides at the village hall, 1-4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• 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.


• Creating Your Own Stimulus Plan class at the senior center, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-553-0707 or

Balsam Lake

• The film “Under Our Skin, The Untold Story of Lyme Disease” will be shown at the library, 6:30 p.m.


• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

St. Croix Falls

• Dan Chouinard & Friends Earth Day concerts at Festival Theatre, Saturday 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., 715-483-3387,

SATURDAY/18 Balsam Lake

• Gardening presentation by local gardener Colleen Forster at the library, 10 a.m. • The Ladies Annual Spring Salad Luncheon “A High Tea” at Our Lady Of The Lakes Catholic Church, at 11 a.m., 715-646-2005, 715825-4214. • 2009 UHS Variety Show in the Unity auditorium, 7 p.m., 715-825-2131 ext. 1300.

Clam Falls


• Spaghetti supper at the Lutheran church, 4-7 p.m.

Polk County

• 9th-annual Cushing Spring Bash fundraiser at/for the community center. Supper 4-7 p.m., Bingo 4:30-6:30 p.m., auction 7 p.m. 715-4882467.

• Blue Ribbon Candlelight Vigil at the Luck school, 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Countywide Blue Ribbon Candlelight Vigil 8 locations, 6:30 p.m., 715-825-4144.

THURSDAY/16 Cushing

• Taking Charge Of Your Money class at First Lutheran Church, 6:30-8 p.m., 715-553-0707 or


• Frederic American Cancer Society Run/Walk committee meeting in the Upper Fireside Room at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 5:30 p.m. • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m.


• Historical society meeting and visit by former citizens at Crex Meadows, 7 p.m.


• Program at Burnett County Government Center presented by area foreign-exchange students on their native lands, 7 p.m., 715-8664529.

St. Croix Falls

• Exercise at the senior center, 10-11 a.m.



• Spaghetti Fundraiser at the fire hall, 4-7 p.m. Freewill donation.


• Food, fellowship & games at the senior center, noon.


• Friends of the Library 5th-Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser at the Crex Convention Center, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner, 715-4632495, 715-463-2939.

Frederic royalty clothing drive The Frederic royalty, Miss Frederic Candace Buck, (left) and First Princess Anna Tesch, Miss Congeniality Bobbi Jo O’Brien and Second Princess Kelly Daeffler,(right) recently organized a clothing drive. The hundreds of items of teen clothing collected from high school students will be donated to Northwest Passage. – Photo submitted


• Spring Fling sale at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 3rd-annual camp fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-472-2535. • Grab Sale at the Natural Alternative Food Coop, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-857-5659 or 715-6485318. • Earth Day Sustainability Fair at the Natural Alternative Food Co-op, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 715857-5659 or 715-648-5318. • Spring sale at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Leader|april 8|2009  
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