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Gableman, Kutz, Norine take oaths Installation of Supreme Court Justice, Burnett County Judge and District Attorney

Fifth Polk County traffic fatality

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One killed in one-vehicle rollover PAGE 2

Difficulties with chronic Lyme disease Currents feature

Siren Summerfest Frederic Cub Scout Robert Harrison III, learns about knife safety from a camp counselor while at the Kiwanis Cub Scout Camp at Marine on St. Croix, Minn., recently. More photos on page 7. — Photo by Rob Harrison

Keith Kennedy Wisconsin Celebration provides a time of laughter and fun Currents

OU TDOO RS Youth in the Outdoors coming to Coyland Creek

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by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Linda Kennedy greeted volunteers coming to the Crex Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 2, with smiles, laughter and hugs. This was a celebration, and while tears did come occasionally to their eyes, for the Kennedy family and the volunteers who had searched for Keith, this was a time of joy. It was a time to take a breath, a time to sit and listen to the laughter. As the room filled, volunteers gathered at tables reconnecting with others. They can all feel it now, a forever bond with one another since sharing such a difficult time together in June at Trade Lake Camp. Back then, during the desperate seven-day search to find Keith Kennedy, there was no time to relax and breathe and no laughter was being heard. Lori Peper-Rucks, who brought her search dog, Willie, day after day to look for Keith, was very pleased by the chance the event gave volunteers to sit and talk together since the search. “It’s like we’re a family. We all feel connected. Everyone worked so hard to find Keith and it was such an intense situation at the camp during the search. It’s great to see everyone now just enjoying a happy time.” Celebration coordinator Cindi Throngard expressed her thanks to committee members Ronda Taber, Penny and Bob Nissen, Dawn Larson, Barb Denn, Peggy Hjelseth, Leah Engstrand and Dave and Wilma Volkmann for their help organizing the event. Throngard was also grateful for all the businesses and individuals who came forward to provide food and door prizes for the celebration. Throngard was overwhelmed

Keith Kennedy’s mom, Linda, presented Louise Schallenberger, who volunteered during the search for Kennedy, with a football autographed by the Green Bay Packers at Saturday night’s Wisconsin Celebration for volunteers helping in the rescue of Keith. The football was one of several door prizes donated and given away throughout the evening. — Photo by Priscilla Bauer by the help she received in bringing the event to fruition. “People just stepped up. Eric Melin stood all day and roasted the pig, and then he and Ryan Hanson cut it all up. It was awesome,’ said Throngard, adding another

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Kutz sworn as new Burnett County Judge by Sherill Summer SIREN – Ken Kutz took his oath to become the new circuit court judge, replacing Michael Gableman who won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court this April. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson administered the oath. Kutz is no stranger to Burnett County, having worked in the district attorney’s office since 1983, and he has been Burnett County’s elected district attorney since 1986, making him one of the longer-serving district attorneys in the state. The chief justice pointed out that his experience and longevity will be important in his new office. The chief justice also commended him for his involvement within the community without endangering his impartiality. Despite his experience in the Burnett County courtroom, Abrahamson said that a transformation is needed, to go from the council side of the bench to the judging side. However, a mentoring program is in place for new judges, to help with this transformation. Abrahamson predicted that acting as judge will be “old hat” within a couple of weeks. The Burnett County courtroom was filled for the ceremony and refreshments were provided afterward.

Ken Kutz takes the oath to become the new Burnett County Circuit Court Judge. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson administers the oath.

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Kutz’s wife, Pat, and his three boys help him with his new black robe. Presenting Burnett County’s new circuit court judge, Ken Kutz.

SCF receives grant for new library ST. CROIX FALLS–Mayor Darrell Anderson was contacted Wednesday, Aug. 6, by the state of Wisconsin Department of Commerce informing the him that the city has received a grant in the amount of $340,000 for the new library. “This is just the sort of positive news we needed at this time,” the mayor replied to the Department of Commerce representative. The city and library board have initiated a funding campaign for an 8,000-square-foot new library to be constructed at the site of the former Holiday building in downtown St. Croix Falls. Prior to receiving the $340,000 grant, the community had raised approximately $400,000 in funds and pledges. The total project is expected to cost approximately $1 million. Receipt of the grant means the city is now close to securing the funds needed to begin project construction. The library board hopes to initiate a final fundraising push with the goal of securing the remaining funds sometime this fall. The city is especially grateful to the library board, state Rep. Ann Hraychuck, and the governor’s office for their efforts and support in securing these grant funds as well as to Jim Frymark at the state Department of Commerce. More information on the details of the grant funding will be discussed at the Monday, Aug. 25, city council meeting. The city should be receiving an official letter soon. To contribute to the library’s final push campaign, please make taxdeductible donations to: Library Fund Campaign, 210 North Washington Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. – submitted

The first act Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Ken Kutz performed as a judge was to swear in his replacement. William Norine as been appointed as the new district attorney for Burnett County, and he is shown, (R), taking the oath for his new office. – Photos by Sherill Summer

Fifth fatality on Polk County roads

This year’s fifth fatality in four motor vehicle accidents on Polk County roads occurred in a one-vehicle rollover at 5:35 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, south of CTH G in Milltown. According to a Polk County Sheriff’s report, a SUV driven by Mary Jo Baxter, 40, Milltown, was traveling northbound on West Bone Lake Drive before crossing into the southbound lane and continuing off the west shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle hit an embankment and rolled, ejecting Baxter and trapping her underneath the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene after Milltown Fire/Rescue extricated her from beneath the vehicle. – Photo from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department

Briefly ALMENA – The Northwest Wisconsin Graziers Network invites everyone to a pasture walk focused on grazing horses at the Matt and Gale Gores farm near Almena. The pasture walk will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. The Gores farm is located at 412 14-1/2 Avenue, 1-1/2-miles west of Almena. Turn north off Hwy. 8 onto 4th Street, then travel one-half mile to 14-1/2 Avenue. The farm is located at the corner of 4th Street and 14-1/2 Avenue. Signs will be posted at the site. For more information on the pasture walk, contact UWExtension Ag Agents Tim Jergenson for Barron County at 715-537-6250, Ryan Sterry for Polk County at 715-485-8600, Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow for Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn counties at 715-635-3506, Aliesha Crowe at Rusk County 715-532-2151, or Lynn Johnson of the Graziers Network at 715-268-8778. submitted ••• POLK/ST. CROIX COUNTIES – U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will hold listening sessions in Polk and St. Croix counties on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Feingold has pledged to hold listening sessions in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties each year of his six-year term and this is the senator’s 16th year of holding listening sessions. These sessions will mark the 54th and 55th listening sessions of 2008, and the 1,134th and 1,135th since 1993. If constituents need special accommodations at the listening sessions they should contact Feingold’s Middleton office at 608-828-1200. His Polk County listening session will be held at 8 a.m. at the Milltown Community Center, 301 Second Avenue SW, Milltown. The meeting will last up to an hour. His St. Croix County listening session will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Roberts Park Building, 312 North Park Street, Roberts. The meeting will last up to an hour. - submitted •••


Chief justice impressed with Restorative Justice Program and drug court by Sherill Summer BURNETT COUNTY – Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson continued her tour through Wisconsin’s counties on Monday, Aug. 4, with a stop in Burnett County. The visit to the county served two purposes. She was able to swear in new Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Ken Kutz and she heard about how justice-related programs are working in Burnett County. Lisa Johnson from the Restorative Justice Program described the programming offered, especially the active community service program that benefits both the participants and the community. Johnson said that they are trying to match participant’s interests to available jobs, so that rather than being punitive, community service can be an opportunity for participants. Kutz added that restorative justice’s presence in Burnett County has lead to a drop in formal delinquencies in juveniles. Abrahamson felt that this means the program must be doing a great job since you don’t want these young people to have records and get into the system. The chief justice also wanted an update on the Burnett County Drug and Alcohol Court, which combines court supervision, AA meetings and

Whispering Pines director to leave area in September by Nancy Jappe FREDERIC – Greg Louden, director of the Whispering Pines United Methodist Camp on Spirit Lake, and his wife will be leaving the area in mid-September. They will be moving back to Madison, the city they came from six summers ago, and Louden will be retiring from camp ministry. Louden can’t say anything about the future of the camp itself. Because he resigned as of September, the United Methodist Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries has decided not to fill his position immediately. According to Louden, a task force is working on the future of all the camps. The board will meet again in October. By that time, more definite information may be available about the future of all the camps, including Whispering Pines. Louden said that enrollment at Whispering Pines Camp has been steady for the last two or three years, although it hasn’t been as high as they would have liked. “Whispering Pines is a great place for kids to come to. That hasn’t changed for a long time,” he commented. “It has been a beautiful place to be. We are going to miss all the great people we have met up here and through the camp ministry.”

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Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson greets Nana, a therapy dog, working with the Restorative Justice Program in Burnett County.

Chief Justice Abrahamson listens in a round-table discussion about justice-related programs offered in Burnett County. – Photos by Sherill Summer life-skill counseling. So far, Burnett County has had eight graduates from drug court, and so far, no graduate has committed new offenses. Public Defender Martin Jarvis said that the drug court plays a role in teaching participants how to live and be in the community. Jarvis also added that an understanding judge leads to a more humane system. Abrahamson said the county’s drug court was similar to other re-entry programs that help participants as soon as the jail doors open and teach strategies to deal with life. “If programs can get to the underlying problems, it can reduce recidivism.” The chief justice also learned about the success the county is having with the Salvation Army treatment program in Minneapolis. Not only is the program working, it is free to the participants and there is little or no wait to enter the program. During her visit, Abrahamson listed issues her office is working on. She would like to address mental-health problems in the inmate population, believing that jails are currently not set up to handle problems effectively. She is also working to increase the number of prosecutors in counties that are understaffed in the district attorney’s offices.

Two arrested for suspicious activity POLK COUNTY - On Saturday, Aug. 2, at approximately 10:30 p.m. two suspicious men, Derek Schultz, 22, of Maple Grove, Minn., and Jamie Brown, 18, of St. Paul Minn., were arrested. The subjects were sitting in the parking lot of the of the Dalles House bar when a Polk County officer drove by and noticed the two slouching down as the officer approached. The officer then observed the two drive over to and enter the motel parking lot. Schultz entered the motel, and Brown waited in the vehicle. Schultz got back in the vehicle, and he and Brown proceeded to drive southbound on Hwy. 35, and the officer had observed that a reverse light was out on the car. The officer stopped the vehicle and the driver, Schultz, stated he lost his wallet. Later during a search the wallet was found. A check of Schultz record showed a confirmed warrant.

Schultz was placed under arrest and searched. During the search a hammer, flashlight and dark-hooded sweater was found in a dark bag which Shultz admitted ownership. A scale used for weighing marijuana, several small bags of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia were also found. A search of Brown was also conducted. After the officer asked if he had any narcotics or illegal contraband on him or in the area he was sitting in, he said no, he didn’t smoke. Schultz admitted earlier to having marijuana in the vehicle but wasn’t sure what Brown had. In the passenger side door drug paraphernalia for holding marijuana was found, and a pipe was found in Brown’s upper right pants pocket. Brown stated that Schultz forced him to smoke the marijuana. – Marty Seeger with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

West Nile virus found in Polk County POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Polk County on July 23 has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird testing positive for West Nile virus in Polk County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1 of this year. “The positive bird means that residents of Polk County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Gretchen Sampson, RN, MPH health officer/public health director said. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds. “Polk County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Sampson said. “The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.” The Polk County Health Department recommends the following: • Maintain window screens in good repair to decrease indoor contact with mosquitoes. • Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, specifically around dawn and dusk. • Wear light colored protective clothing such as long pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants in socks when outdoors. • When outdoors, consider using an effective mosquito repellant containing an active ingredient registered by the EPA, such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. •Do not provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes – remove containers, old tires and any objects where water can collect and mosquitoes can lay eggs. The majority of people (80 percent) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache or rash. Less than one percent of the people infected with the virus get seriously ill. This mosquito season no humans have been identified with West Nile virus in Wisconsin. Polk County, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. Once two West Nile virus positive birds are identified in the county, testing will be discontinued on a regular basis, but reports of sick or dead crows, blue jays or ravens should still be reported. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay or raven, please call the dead bird reporting hotline at 800-433-1610. – from the Polk County Health Department

Osceola man booked for sexual assault of 6-year-old girl POLK COUNTY – On July 16, the Osceola Police Department was made aware of a complaint of a sexual assault of a 6-year-old child. After a forensic interview of the child was done on July 28, there were indications that the child was sexually assaulted by suspect Kenneth G. Meyer, 38, Osceola. Meyer voluntarily went to the Osceola Police Department for an interview, and during the interview Meyer made conflicting statements and was found to be untruthful according to the Polk County Sheriff’s report. Meyer was booked on July 29. – Marty Seeger with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.





Large turnout for Iver’s Mountain meeting Residents question Mathy about quarry by Gregg Westigard CUSHING – There was standing room only at the Cushing Community Center last Friday, Aug. 1, for the special board meeting of the town of Laketown called to consider issues regarding a quarry planned for the top of Iver’s Mountain. Town residents and concerned people from throughout the county, an estimated 160 in all, gathered to hear a presentation on the Laketown quarry and see what actions the town would take. This was the latest round in a story that has developed since Mathy Construction bought a scenic hill north on CTH B, 377 acres of land, and applied for permits needed to start mining for gravel and sand.

Over 160 people gathered at the Cushing Community Center last Friday to discuss the future of Iver’s Mountain, a scenic hill in Laketown that is the site of a propossed rock quarry. – Photos by Gregg Westigard ing fuel storage, run off, work conditions, and air and water quality tightly monitored. After a long question and answer period, the Mathy crew packed up their equipment and left.

The Laketown board and officials. Left to right are Treasurer Jill Cook, Supervisors Randy Erickson and Donald Swanson, Clerk Patsy Gustafson and Chairman Terry Mattson.

Terry Mattson has been Laketown Chair since 1993. He replaced longtime Chair Iver Jorgenson, the namesake of Iver’s Mountain. The Mathy presentation Mathy Construction is a familyowned firm based in Onalaska, near La Crosse. The 60-year-old company operates in this area through it subsidiaries Monarch Construction and Milestone Materials. Material from the quarry would be used for local road construction among other purposes. Mathy already owns at least 570 acres of property at five other sites in Polk County. Mathy plans to start mining on the 80acre section of land running east/west at the top of the hill. This area is composed of basalt rock. They said they would start their mining at the eastern edge of the section where a ravine divides their property. The mining would start on that face on the hill and

proceed west, creating a large pit. Blasting would be used to break up the rock which would then be processed in an on-site crusher. The crushed rock would be trucked from the site west on Mountain Drive to 200th Street and south to CTH B. Mathy has agreed to widen and pave these town roads. A consulting hydrologist, Dr. John Tinker Jr., said that the mining will have no effect on the water quality of the wells of homes in the surrounding area. He said that the water table below the quarry would be 20 feet below the bottom of the quarry. In addition, the blasting would only affect rock close to the blast and would not alter underground water flow. Tinker said that three springs in the mine area would be eliminated. Mathy said the mining would mainly occur during the construction season from March through November and the mine would normally operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mining on the 187 acres of the actual mine site would continue for many years.

Audience questions and comments The Mathy presentation drew many comments and questions from the audience. Several residents living near the site expressed concern about the water quality of their wells. Concern was expressed about Forsythe Lake, a spring-fed lake at the western edge of the ridge. Mathy officials and their consultant restated that the mining would not change the direction of the groundwater flow and said they would “stand behind” the quality of existing wells. One person expressed concern that widening Mountain Drive would take active farmland out of production. The town replied that the road would not be widened beyond the existing 66-foot right of way. Someone living near the Mathy/Monarch operation on Hwy. 8 in Apple River complained about the noise and dust at that site. The Mathy people stated that this is a highly regulated industry, with all aspects includ-

The town board action With Mathy gone, the three-member town board, Chairman Terry Mattson and Supervisors Donald Swanson and Randy Erickson, and the town residents proceeded with the rest of the agenda. A group of those residents, including Jean Schermer and Jessica King, had been active researching ways to stop or delay the opening of the quarry. Four resolutions were discussed and acted on by the board. First, the board said that its previous agreement with Mathy relating to improving the roads was not given proper public notice. It voted to rescind that agreement. Any action on the roads will need to be resolved at a future meeting. The board then approved two committees, one to look at regulating and preserving historic and significant places in the town, the other to look at writing a nonmetallic mining ordinance. Members were appointed to the committees which will report ideas back to the board for action. Lastly, the board is calling for a moratorium on the quarry development until the town completes its comprehensive plan. “We are buying time right now,” Schermer said. “We need to do things in the legal and proper way. The three members of the board have done a good job, good enough that no one has come to the meetings and complained. Now we need to know as much as we can about what we can do.”

Mathy quarry site in Laketown

A map of the quarry site. The quarry would mine 187 acres of rock and sand in the coming years.

This map shows the 377-acre Mathy quarry site in Laketown. The mine sites are marked A and B. Site A, a hill of basalt, is the proposed first work site. Mountain Drive winds along the north edge of the property.


Rock/mineral cases presented to the schools by Nancy Jappe SIREN – During one of his last functions as judge of the Burnett County Circuit Court, Mike Gableman made a few remarks during the presentation of three solid-maple cases to representatives of the three Burnett County schools. The presentation ceremony of these cases (one filled, the others to be filled) was held in the lobby of the Burnett County Government Center at noon Wednesday, July 30. Vernon Peterson, Siren, the donor of the rocks and minerals that will fill those cases, was on hand, as was Roy Ward, technology education teacher at Webster High School, who supervised the construction of the cases by students in his classes. The project went on throughout the past school year. The students were able to visit Peterson at his home, and talk with him about the gift he is making to benefit current and future generations of students. A video is to be made that will allow Peterson to give a history of the particular specimens he has chosen for each of the cases, and to capture a bit of his life. In the cases, there will be a trilobite, the Wisconsin state fossil; galena, the Wisconsin state mineral; red granite, the state rock; and a Lake Superior agate. Peterson would also like to include a sample of bornite from the Ladysmith mine, the last gold mine to operate within the state. The specimens will all be labeled as to what they are and where they are from. Gableman commented on the value of the items that will be in the cases, not only the monetary value, which is certainly there, but the educational value for

Presentation of three lighted, solid-maple cases to be filled with educational rocks and minerals were made to the Burnett County schools Wednesday, July 30, during a brief ceremony in the lobby of the Burnett County Government Center. On hand for the presentation were (L to R): Rick Abrahamzon from Siren, Greg Stager from Grantsburg, Jim Erickson from Webster, rock/mineral donor Vernon Peterson, case-construction supervisor Roy Ward and former Burnett County Circuit Court Judge, Mike Gableman. – Photo by Nancy Jappe the students. He recognized the public service given by Ward and his students as well as by Peterson. “That kind of partnership, cooperation and public spirit is, I think, what Burnett County is all about, and the best public service is all about.” For Peterson, the gift of his carefully obtained, col-

lected and now given away specimens is the product of a lifetime of love, labor and respect, a gift that will preserve natural history for Burnett County students in the years to come.

Officers crack down on drunk driving STATEWIDE – Drunken driving is all too prevalent and deadly in Wisconsin. According to a federal government survey released in April, our state has the shameful distinction of having the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation with approximately one in four Wisconsin adults admitting to driving while under the influence of alcohol in the past year. Drunken driving is not a victimless crime. Last year, alcoholrelated traffic crashes killed 337 people in Wisconsin and injured 5,552. These numbers don’t tell the whole story. Perhaps you or someone you know has lost a parent, a child, a close friend or a loved one in a terrible traffic crash caused by an alcohol-impaired

driver. Although drunken drivers may not consciously intend to harm anyone, their careless disregard for human life frequently results in tragedy. We can’t calculate the enormous grief of families who buried a loved one or the persistent pain endured by those seriously injured as the result of an alcohol-related crash. To stop drunken drivers and get them off our roads, hundreds of law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will be out in force from Aug. 15 through Labor Day as part of a nationwide crackdown called Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers will be patrolling for longer hours and in greater numbers to

bioBlitz Saturday in SCF ST. CROIX FALLS – A bioBlitz is planned for Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Wert Family Nature Preserve, just north of St. Croix Falls. The bioBlitz is free and has something for all ages. The Wert Family Nature Preserve is over 400 acres of natural area open to the public. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include species identification tag along with a scientist - exploration of the Ice Age Trail, which runs through the property; an educational tent with a variety of hands-on activities such as make-your-own bug catching nets and plant presses; an opportunity for kids to earn a Junior Ranger badge; free lunch; and door prizes. People can come to spend the entire day or just drop in for a

few hours. The event concludes at 4:30 p.m., with a closing ceremony where the bioBlitz teams share what they have found in the preserve during their morning and afternoon hikes through the property. Base camp will be at Lion’s Park. The event is in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of West Wisconsin Land Trust. West Wisconsin Land Trust worked with the city of St. Croix Falls and the DNR to conserve the property. For more information contact: Jane Tappen, Member and Communications Assistant, West Wisconsin Land Trust, 715-235-8850,, or – submitted

Milltown man arrested after “out of control” incident POLK COUNTY - A Polk County officer responded to an “out of control male” later identified as Keven Hougdahl of Milltown on Thursday, July 31, at 1523 200th Avenue. The officer was informed by an unidentified victim that Hougdahl had already fled from the scene on foot. Prior to fleeing, Hougdahl was at a bar and had called the victim to go with him to St. Croix Falls, but she refused. Hougdahl started crying over the phone and sounded intoxicated, so the victim advised him she would pick him up at the bar and bring him home. The victim

traveled to the bar, but Hougdahl traveled to the residence at 1523 200th Ave. Upon arrival, Hougdahl and the victim began arguing and began throwing property about a deck area including a fold-up chair against the victims windshield and broke it. Hougdahl also threw a 20-pound LP tank against the rear window of the victims car and shattered it. Hougdahl fled the scene but was located approximately one-fourth mile from the residence in a small wooded area. – Marty Seeger with information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept.

combat drunken driving. And when officers stop drunken drivers, they will arrest them - no exceptions, no warnings and no second chances. You also can help combat drunken driving by serving as a designated driver and not letting friends drive while impaired. And if you see a drunken driver on the road, call your local law

enforcement agency or dial 911. We need everyone’s help to stop this senseless-and entirely preventable – loss of life caused by drunken driving. – from Frank Busalacchi, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Polk primaries for county clerk, treasurer Sept. 9 election picks Democratic Party candidates by Gregg Westigard POLK COUNTY – There are only two contests on the Polk County primary election ballot Tuesday, Sept. 9. Those races will pick the Democratic Party candidates for county clerk and county treasurer. In the county clerk contest, Lori Lundquist, West Sweden, and Carole T. Wondra, McKinley, are seeking the seat being left open by the retiring Cathy

Albrecht. Since no Republican filed for the open seat, the primary winner will probably be elected county clerk in November. Incumbent county treasurer Amanda Nissen, town of Osceola, is being challenged by David Moore, Balsam Lake Village, in the other Democratic primary. In this case, a Republican, Gerianne Christensen, Clear Lake, is also in the race and will face the primary winner in November. Wisconsin does not have voter registration by party. Any voter can go to the polls on Sept. 9, with the choice of voting in the Democratic primary or writing in a name on the ballot of one of the other parties.

Democratic primary to select candidates for District 73 Assembly race by Gregg Westigard NORTHERN BURNETT COUNTY – Rep. Frank Boyle is retiring from the state Assembly after 22 years in office. The senior Democrat represents District 73, which includes Douglas County and the northern parts of Washburn and Burnett counties. The Burnett County part of the district includes the towns of Sand Lake, Rusk, Union, Oakland, Jackson, Scott, Swiss, Webb Lake and Blaine, basically the part of the county northeast of Webster. Four Democrats are running in the Sept. 9 primary to succeed Boyle. The candidates, all from

Douglas County, are Vern Johnson, Bruce Meyers, Nick Milroy and Mary Tripp. The four are covering the route to Superior with lawn signs and each has a Web site which includes views on the issues facing the district. Voters can find out about the candidates at,, and The primary winner will face Jeffery Monaghan in November. The Independent candidate is developing his Web site, There is no Republican candidate in the race.

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Next steps in quarry development

Future county and town actions

by Gregg Westigard LAKETOWN – There are two scheduled meetings in which action on the Laketown quarry can take place. The Laketown board holds its monthly board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Cushing Community Center. That meeting could take more action on the resolutions passed last Friday, Aug. 1. During the second meeting, action on Mathy’s reclamation plan and permit will be considered by the Polk County Land and Water Committee at a public hearing Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Balsam Lake. Tim Ritten,

land and water resources director said he will try to schedule that meeting for the evening to allow working residents to attend. Laketown does not have zoning regulations, and the approved reclamation plan might be the only permit Mathy Construction is required to obtain before it opens the quarry. Three documents explain the Laketown quarry People wanting to explore the Iver’s Mountain quarry in detail can look at three documents.?The reclamation plan and permit application is an eight-page document filed with the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. It explains all the steps Mathy Construction must follow on the quarry site once mining is completed.

The Laketown Quarry Informational Booklet is a document Mathy presented to the town board members Friday, Aug. 1. The report, 16 pages plus a copy of the permit application, explains aspects of the quarry development and includes many color maps. The booklet is similar to the visual presentation from the Friday meeting, but does not contain details on the blasting process or the names of the company officials and their contact information. Lastly, there is a Laketown quarry hydrology report written by Dr. John Tinker. The 33-page report includes maps showing the location of springs and water tables on the site. It also contains drawings showing where the two mine pits will be and what the view of the mountain might be like in the future.

Balsam Lake Village opts out of funding for county library by Marty Seeger BALSAM LAKE — The Balsam Lake Village Board held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 4, with one of the topics being the village’s desire to opt out of the funding of the county library. Each year the village needs to put forth a motion to the county clerk’s office with the decision to either pay a portion of the library cost to the county or opt out. Villages and cities have the option to opt out according to village President Guy Williams. It was noted in the meeting that village clerk Lori Duncan sent a letter to opt out of the funding last year, but the village was told by the county that a letter had not been received.

“They [county clerk’s office] said they never received it, then it was too late because the year before we got out of it,” Williams said. He noted that the cost last year to fund the library was about $19,000. It was a consensus among the board members that since the township has its own library, and it is used by other townships that help fund it, it was in the best interest of the village to opt out. Plus it was said that it will help to save the village on tax money.

ball court to one half of the tennis court and locating the skateboard park on the basketball court. Trustee Chris Sondrol will be meeting with the community club to discuss how much money has been raised and the construction of the park. There are already plans, a budget, prices for equipment and a possible grant, with the application due by the end of the October, which would help fund the project if it is accepted.

Skateboard park Discussion was held on the progress of a new skateboard park. It was suggested that the park/dam committee consider the possibility of moving the basket-

Other business •While it’s been a busy month for the Balsam Lake Fire Department, with 18 rescues and six fires, village Police Chief Sheryl Gehrman also had lots to report, mostly due to the Fourth of July weekend. “It was a very active, very busy four days,” Gerhman said, and she added that boating on the lake was very heavy as well. For the month of July there were 34 traffic warnings, 16 citations issued and 34 stops made. There were also five arrests made. Overall there were 88 cases actively investigated and 49 miscellaneous complaints. • The monthly activity at the Balsam Lake Public Library shows a busy month with 3,241 items circulated out to patrons, and 260 items interloaned to neighboring libraries. There were also five story times with 77 children participating. Some of the activities included reading with Ruby, the search and rescue dog, Randy Krob gave a presentation on frogs with 31 people in attendance, and Julie Fox from Interstate Park gave a program on butterflies with 18 children attending. Five library board members and library director Patricia Olson visited the Frederic, Luck and Milltown libraries to gather information and ideas for possible future expansion.

Kiwanis Cub Scout Camp

Zach and Dave Peterson, Frederic, practice archery at the at the Kiwanis Cub Scout Camp at Marine on St. Croix, Minn. recently.

Campers gather wood and learn about fire safety and how to build a fire.

Frederic fathers hang out at the cabin between events.

Zach and Dave Peterson, Frederic, practice knife safety using a bar of soap.

Photos by Rob Harrison



Siren Summerfest • 2008 • Praise Service

Crossed Paths, with special guest Sonny Winberg, (second from left) played during the praise service after it was moved to Bethany Lutheran Church.

Tyler Winberg found the rain worth exploring during the praise service held at the Crooked Lake Band Shell during Summerfest in Siren on Sunday, Aug. 3. The praise service was eventually moved to dry ground in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren. Winberg is the nephew on Sonny Winberg who performed at the service and was also the emcee. – Photos by Sherill Summer

Babe Anderson broke up the praise service with a comedy routine.

(L to R) Sonny Winberg and MyaKaye Rivera during the praise service held on Sunday, Aug. 3, in Siren.


L e a d e r F O R U M Letters t o t h e e d i t o r

Produce energy in U.S. Some of the comments of Mr. LaForge are puzzling to say the least. If my memory is correct—and it often isn’t— in the ‘70s we were able to provide over 90 percent of our energy needs through domestic sources. Yet for some reason, we stopped exploring for new supplies of oil, stopped building nuclear power plants, stopped building oil refineries, and started relying on Far East and Middle East countries that want to kill us all. Mr. LaForge’s “we shouldn’t use it if there is a risk involved” approach would probably have led his stone-age ancestors to lobby against the use of the wheel. We have lost people to coal mine explosions and cave-ins, natural gas explosions, and oil well fires for decades but have never lost one person in the U.S. to a problem at a nuclear power plant. Nuclear power is the safest source of power available. While the initial construction costs are immense, once online they produce power very efficiently and safely. The argument that drilling would not yield any oil for 20 years is only believable if we allow people to file lawsuit after lawsuit on behalf of the field mice and meadow moles that might be displaced by a nuclear power plant. What about the field mice and meadow moles displaced by ethanol plants? Were it not for these roadblocks, the technology is in place that would bring oil online in a matter of months. Even the liberal Democrats contend that it might take seven to 10 years—not the 20 years offered by Mr. LaForge. I have no objection at all to the expanded use of solar and wind power alternatives. That’s fine with me. But why is it that –right here in Polk County – the desire to build a cell phone tower brings out people arguing about the terrible price our mother the earth would pay if a single pole cell phone tower was constructed and— God Help us all— if it is within sight of a lake or river? Yet these same people find no problem with acre after acre and mile after mile of huge windmills cluttering up the view and interfering with bird migration and even killing birds that are to stupid to fly around them. Why is it that these

people will protest the construction of an oil refinery funded by private sector dollars, but have expressed no opposition at all to the construction of hundreds of ethanol plants that are subsidized by our tax dollars and take food off of our tables to create a poor quality fuel that requires nearly as much fossil fuels to produce as the process yields and creates a different set of environmental concerns? Mr. LaForge refers to the “climate crisis” as if it is somehow real. Where’s the scientific proof? A Michael Moore film or an Al Gore book? Spare us please. The U.S. does the best job of any country on Earth at attempting to protect the environment. Some scientist are of the opinion that –if global warming ever was a fact—that it ended in 2004 and we may now be entering a time of global cooling, similar to what we experienced in the ‘70s. The safest place to produce energy is here in the U.S. The liberal Democrats are preventing it for political reasons only. Throw them all out. Bob Blake Frederic

Listen to talk radio About noon, Friday, Aug. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives shut off the lights at the demand of house speaker, Nancy Pelosi. This, in turn, shut off the microphones and the press was ordered to leave. Pelosi was trying to stop a vote of our elected representatives on offshore drilling. She knew the public response had been positive from 75 to 80 percent to try to help oil production so as to get fuel and heating costs down. Her democratic, communist support-

ers, namely the Sierra Club and George Soros, are pulling the strings and paying to buy her, and other’s, support. If you wonder why your gas and fuel bills are high, you don’t have to look any further. On watching the news at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 4, there was no mention of this event. Switching to P.B.S. at 6 p.m., there was a vague mention that the house of representatives had shut down. Had I not been a listener to radio I would not have been aware of these occurrences. On Friday, Aug. 1, as I previously noted, our representatives were tying to bring an issue, including offshore drilling, to a vote, but Pelosi’s decision to shut off the lights and the microphones, knowing the vote would not go her way, was stopped. However, the representatives phones and pictures show what happened. Now the major media is under the gun for not showing this. Also, they have not reported the 500 tons of yellowcake uranium that was recently found buried in Iraq. It would have been an inconvenient truth to do so. I listen to talk radio so I am allowed to retrieve all of the worthwhile news the major TV stations are way to socialist to report. Bruce Muehlhauser Cushing

Roundabouts A great deal has been written recently about the construction of roundabouts throughout the state. Some letters to editors have complained that they’re confusing and expensive; others, that they’re easier to navigate and are safer. For the roundabout novice, they take

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some getting used to. But over time, people generally come to understand how they function and embrace them. Some roundabouts can be more costly, some less costly than a standard signalized intersection. It’s really a case-bycase evaluation. But a signalized intersection requires ongoing operational and maintenance support – someone has to pay for the electricity to run the traffic signals and to replace the burned out lights and knock-downs from traffic crashes. Roundabouts, on the other hand, don’t require signalization, and have fewer operational costs, which saves money in the long run. No, not every intersection is suitable for a roundabout. But where they make sense, and the Federal Highway Administration requires that we consider roundabouts as an alternative for all proposed new intersections on federally funded highway projects, WisDOT will recommend their installation. It should be noted that a typical intersection has 32 points of conflict where collisions could occur. A roundabout has only eight. Slower speeds in roundabouts also give people more time to react to other vehicles within the roundabout and, when crashes occur, reduce their severity. Roundabouts have shown to reduce fatal crashes by 90 percent, injury crashes by 76 percent, and pedestrian crashes by 30 to 40 percent. Violent T-bone crashes are virtually eliminated. These staggering safety statistics are difficult to ignore. Things to keep in mind when encountering a roundabout: slow down, yield to pedestrians and traffic already in the roundabout, and then turn right onto your destination street, again, yielding to pedestrians when exiting. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has a helpful Web site ( tm) that can answer many of your questions. I encourage you to visit it and learn about the advantages of modern roundabouts. Frank Busalacchi Secretary Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Gov. Doyle announces sixth-annual Up-North Tour to begin Aug. 10 Governor, first lady, lieutenant governor, cabinet secretaries to bring government to the Northwoods MADISON – Gov. Jim Doyle announced that the six-annual UpNorth Tour will begin on Sunday, Aug.

10, and run through Monday, Aug. 18. During the nine-day tour through the northwoods, Doyle, the first lady, Lt. Gov. Lawton, and members of the governor’s cabinet will promote Wisconsin tourism, outline state initiatives to grow the economy, and bring state government directly to the people. “I’m looking forward to spending more time in the communities of northern Wisconsin, and hearing from residents on their concerns, needs and pri-

orities for the state,” Doyle said. “This tour will be a great chance to promote our northern tourist attractions, discuss our efforts to bring jobs and opportunity up north, and highlight our efforts to invest in our children and families. Most importantly, it will allow us to bring government directly to the people of the northwoods.” During his tour, Doyle will meet with local officials, community and business leaders, tribal leaders, tourism

officials, public health officials and members of the public. Communities the governor and cabinet members will visit include: Ashland, Bayfield, Park Falls, Lac du Flambeau, Hurley, Minocqua, St. Germain, Rhinelander, Woodruff, Eagle River and Three Lakes. A complete schedule of events for Doyle and cabinet members will be released later this week. - submitted

Spooner Health System named 2008 Most Wired Hospital SPOONER — Spooner Health System has been named to the nation’s list of Most Wired Hospitals, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The 100 Most Wired Hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology, according to a new analysis. Marking its 10th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT. Commenting on this award, Dr. Mark VanEtten, chief of staff at SHS said, “This exciting recognition reflects the

commitment SHS has to investing in technology that can assist us in providing high quality care to our patients and residents. It also reflects the hard work of not only those who have implemented the systems, but also those who have had to change the way things are done in order to adapt to and to take advantage of the opportunities our technologies provide. Information technology is constantly changing, and to remain a leader among rural hospitals, we will have to continue to change and adopt the technologies that come tomorrow. Yet, we have to be careful to remember that the technology is not an end in itself, but rather a means to help meet our goal of providing high quality health care to all those who choose Spooner Health System.”

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, businesses processes and workforce issues. “Spooner Health System is honored to receive recognition as one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals in the United States,” said Mike Schafer, chief executive officer of SHS. “It is a reflection of the commitment that we have taken towards assuring that our patients receive the high quality health care they expect. We have taken major steps uti-

lizing the most current technology to improve patient safety, to improve patient outcomes and to computerize our patient medical records. To be honored along with some of the largest and most well-known hospitals in the Upper Midwest and the nation, validates the systematic approach that Spooner Health System has taken towards being a leader in the area of health care technology. The board of directors, medical staff and management staff through a comprehensive strategic planning process identified the technological needs of the facility and invest the necessary funds. The commitment to continue to invest in improving patient safety and outcomes will continue,” said Schafer. — from Spooner Health System


House passes big increase in mileage compensation for veterans WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a bipartisan majority, the House of Representatives approved a package, put together by 7th-District Congressman Dave Obey’s, Appropriations Committee, which increases VA mileage compensation by nearly 50 percent to help veterans who have to drive long distances to receive medical care. Last year, the Congress approved the first VA mileage compensation increase since 1979, and with this increase, has nearly quadrupled the compensation rate over the last two years. “Raising the mileage compensation rate to 41.5 cents per mile may not seem like a lot, but with gas prices what they are, for some veterans – like those in my district that have to drive a long way to see a VA doctor - it’s the difference between being able to afford to get medical care or not,” Obey said. The increase in mileage compensation was included in the FY09 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which must still be considered by the Senate and approved by the president. The bill is intended to “send a clear message to America’s servicemen and women, their families, and our veterans that we all appreciate and respect their service and sacrifice,” Obey said. “While we have a long way to go in the legislative process, this bill builds on the efforts of the last two years, as this Congress has made veterans its No. 1 priority.” Obey noted that in 2007 Congress passed three separate appropriations bills that increased total funding for veterans medical care by $11.8 billion, so that veterans can receive the quality of care they deserve. “The emergency funding bill passed by the House earlier this year continued those efforts with further increases for VA medical care and rewarded those who serve by expanding the GI bill to provide a full, fouryear college benefit to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,” Obey added. “Overall, in this bill we add nearly $3 billion more than the president requested for the VA, providing the resources to allow the department to hire over 2,000 new claims processors to work through the backlog and get veterans into the system faster, and putting an additional $1.6 billion into the Veterans Health Administration to increase access to services, ensure safer facilities and improve treatment for veterans,” Obey said. Building on last year’s historic funding increases, Obey said, if signed into law, the bill will allow the VA

to: • increase enrollment of veterans for VA services; • address the backlog in maintenance at VA medical facilities; • improve access to health care for veterans in areas where the VA does not offer services; • increase availability of new generation prosthetics; • substantially increase funding for research into trauma, mental health and other critical areas to find the best treatments for veterans; and

• provide additional case workers and medical services for homeless veterans. For active duty service members and their families, Obey noted that the bill provides $336 million above the president’s request for quality of life projects that will directly improve living conditions and health-care delivery, including the modernization of training facilities, as well as the building of child care centers, barracks and housing. – from Congressman Obey’s office

Wisconsin police try to cut back on gas use MADISON - The high price of fuel is forcing police and sheriff’s departments Wisconsin to make some changes. In Madison, Dane County deputies have been told not to leave their patrol cars idling during traffic stops. State troopers are being told to watch their speed, and to work in teams, instead of alone, to be more visible and prompt the rest of us to slow down.

In Brookfield, a 10-point cost-saving plan being includes capping the number of miles driven by each patrol shift, and a conscious effort to spend more time on foot, and out of the patrol car. Brookfield hopes to save as much $20,000 before the end of the fiscal year. - Wisconsin Public Radio (Hannah Schtein)

Obey receives Iraq briefing Gen. David Petraeus, right, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, second from right, briefing Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey, D-Wis., the Chairman of the House Appropriations and Committee, Congressman Jack Murtha, D-Pa., the Chairmanof the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, on the situation in Iraq. - Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army / SSG Lorie Jewel

Polk County sheriff’s report Accidents July 15, 2:42 p.m., Luck Twp., Hwy. 35, 30’ S. of 160th Street, Jody R. Schlageter, 48, Eau Claire, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 35 when the vehicle came to a gradual bend in the road. Unit 1 then drove into the left ditch, coming to rest across a concrete culvert. The driver admitted to being tired and missing the curve in the road. She and her passenger, Karen F. Leis, 50, Balsam Lake, sustained injuries (both wearing seat belts/transported by EMS). Schlageter was cited for operating while suspended. July 18, 11:25 a.m., Clear Lake Twp., 30th Ave./CTH A, .33 mi. W. of 30th Street, Iris J. Larson, 79, Clear Lake, was

traveling eastbound on CTH A/30th Avenue. Unit 1 attempted to go around a left-turning vehicle. Unit 1 entered the south ditch and struck a mailbox. Unit 1 driver cited for unsafe passing. July 20, 7:04 p.m., Osceola Twp, CTH F at CTH MM, Daniel L. Terry, 30, New Richmond, was southbound on CTH F and failed to stop at the stop sign. Unit 1 struck a T-intersection sign as it entered a private property south of CTH F and the CTH MM intersection. Driver cited for operating while suspended. July 23, 5:15 p.m., West Sweden Twp., 120th Street, .25 mi. N. of 345th Avenue, Patrick M. Eaton, 17, Frederic, was northbound on 120th Street.

Unit 1 began to fishtail after negotiating a curve. Unit 1 entered the east shoulder and struck a tree. He and his passenger, Dustin L. Taylor, 18, Frederic, sustained injuries (both wearing a seat belt/no medical transport). Driver cited for driving too fast for conditions. July 24, 1:15 a.m., Clam Falls Twp., 115th Street/150’ S. of Clam Falls Drive, Molly B. Myers, 23, Frederic, was southbound on 115th Street, failed to stop at Clam Falls Drive, went into the south ditch, rolled once end-over-end and came to final rest approximately 150’ off the roadway, half submerged. Driver sustained injuries (wearing seat belt/no EMS). July 26, 3:12 a.m., Clear Lake

Twp., 20th Street/CTH P, 1 mi. S. of 25th Avenue, Eduardo A. Cuaguehua, 21, Clear Lake, was traveling northbound when he fell asleep. The unit entered the east ditch, overturned and came to rest on its roof. The driver sustained a minor injury (not wearing seat belt/transported by EMS). Driver cited for operating without a valid driver’s license. July 26, 11:14 p.m., St. Croix Falls Twp., 140th Avenue, 300’ E. of 208th Street, Cody T. Schillinger, 16, Amery, was traveling eastbound on 140th Avenue when he encountered a deer on the roadway. He swerved the vehicle, entered a low ditch, at which time the vehicle overturned (no injuries).

Polk County criminal court Steven C. Berglund, 48, Milltown. Disorderly conduct, domestic abuse. Cash bond set $150. Initial appearance Aug. 4. Randall P. Charles, 49, Balsam Lake. Disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, battery. Cash bond set $150. Adjourned initial appearance Sept. 29. Daniel D. Maker, 17, Lindstrom, Minn. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Cash bond set $100. Final pretrial Oct. 7.

Kari J. Johnson, 35, St. Croix Falls. Disorderly conduct, resisting or obstructing an officer. Cash bond set $400. Notice of hearing Aug. 4, review on Sept. 12. Brady M. Tulgren, 24, Amery. Posssession of THC. Cash bond set $100. Adjourned initial appearance on Sept. 8. Brandon L. Darnell, 22, Cushing. Resisting or obstructing an officer. Cash bond set

Polk County divorces Divorces granted Steven A. Minter and Jessica M. Minter. Married 2007, no minor children. Gary L. Henderson and Molly C. Henderson. Married 2007, no minor children. Larry L. Fasset and Joyce M. Fasset. Married 1992, no minor children. Divorces filed Heather M. Holmberg and Jason D. Holmberg, Dresser.

Married 1998, two minor children. Randy V. Chappelear and Cheryl A. Chappelear, Luck. Married 1971, no minor children. Sonja Niles, and Russell E. Niles, Frederic. Married 2006, one minor child. Jennifer M. Mueller, St. Croix Falls, and Nicholas G. Mueller, Luck. Married 2006, no minor children.

$300. Adjourned initial appearance Sept. 8. Signature bond set $1,000. Kyle C. Darnell, 17, Clayton. Resisting or obstructing an officer. Cash bond set $300. Final pretrial Oct. 30. Mikell A. Fleming, 47, Turtle Lake. Possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia. Cash bond set $200. Final pretrial Oct. 3. Jerry L. McClellan, 52, Luck. Operating while revoked. Initial appearance Aug. 4. Plea no contest, citation filed. Jeremy S. Waalen, 35, St. Croix Falls. OWI. Signature

bond set, $500. Final pretrial Oct. 31. Travis E. Nielsen, 20, New Richmond. Burglary, theft moveable property. Signature bond set, $5,000. Adjourned initial appearance Oct. 28. Alex J. Manor, 23, Holcomb. Burglary, theft moveable property. Signature bond set $5,000. Preliminary hearing Oct. 7. Paul L. Cummings, 50, St. Croix Falls. County disorderly conduct. Cash bond set $350. Andrew J. Nystrom, 23, Centuria. County disorderly conduct. Cash bond set $650.

Polk County deaths Audrey V. Hanson, 87, died July 15, Luck Wallace A. Kaihoi, 90, died July 16, Amery Edith E. Olsen, 97, died July 17, Osceola Christopher J. Cotteleer, 21, died July 20, Dresser

Lynn E. Anderson, 61, died July 21, town of Johnstown Kathlyn F. Sever, 59, died July 21, Luck Donald R. Loude Sr., 77, died July 25, Dresser James L. Martin, 93, died July 25, St. Croix Falls

July 28, 5:49 p.m., Osceola Twp., 200th Street/CTH M, .76 mi. N. of 60th Avenue/CTH K, No. 1 – George W. Wilson, 71, Star Prairie; No. 2 – Dale B. Karis, 60, Osceola. Unit 1 was northbound on 200th Street/CTH M and began a right turn into a driveway. Unit 2 was following unit 1, tried to pass on the right and ran into the side of unit 1. Unit 2 driver was operating a homemade three-wheel motorcycle. He and his passenger, Daniel R. Ulisnik, 17, Hamstead, N.C., received injuries (no safety equipment used) and were transported to the hospital. Driver Karis was cited for unsafe passing on the

right. Other incidents July 28, Dianne M. Berg, RR Amery, reported the theft of gas from two boats located on her property, Lake Wapogasset. July 28, Jaris Johnson, RR Comstock, reported a burglary at his residence. Taken were a laundry basket, Stihl chain saw, collector knives and a Viziobrand TV. July 28, Delores L. Thompson, RR Osceola, reported her mailbox had been vandalized. July 28, Cody R. Gruel, RR Frederic, reported the theft of a Stealth-brand trail camera from his property.

Polk County civil court First National Bank and Trust vs. Curtis Ventures LLC, Jeffrey M. Curtis and Rebecca L. Curtis, Balsam Lake, and Michael J. Curtis, and Beverly Curtis, Mesa Ariz., Warren Smidt and the RiverBank of Osceola and Schanon Mortgage, Inc., Amery. Foreclosure, $43,206.03, $118,966.95, $173,301.36, $48,415.76, and $170,735.69. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Tammy J. Swanson, Milltown vs. Justin W. Jonet, Balsam Lake. Money judgment, $17,134.30. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. vs. Mariette E. Hoefler, and William C. Hoefler. St. Croix Falls. Foreclosure of mortgage, $319,062.33. GE Money Bank vs. Richard Drury, St. Croix Falls. Money judgment, $6,074.54.

Chase Home Finance, L.L.C., vs. Christopher McCalla and Kimberly McCalla, Centuria. Foreclosure of mortgage, $252,477.88. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, vs. Fred H. Jenderny and Sandy M. Jenderny, Centuria and State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Foreclosure of mortgage, $140,250. Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., vs. Brady Utgard and Jean Utgard, Amery d/b/a Utgard Plumbing & Heating. Money judgment, $30,535.88. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC vs. Michele Fehlen, Osceola, and Riverside Finance, Inc. Foreclosure of mortgage, $76,369.27.

Burnett Co. marriage licenses Jerry R. Chatleain, Grantsburg, and Cheryl M. Bruce, Grantsburg, July 30.

Jevin R. Branion, Denver, Colo., and Sarah L. Dornfeld, Denver, Colo., July 30.


Sharing the Spirit of Finland

Three sisters, (L to R) Sherry, Chris and Linda, presented their comic version of growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Their program, Nyt Naura (translated Now Laugh), featured the humor of the Suomalainen Sisters. The national FinnFest 2008, Sharing the Spirit of Finland, was held in Duluth, Minn., this year from July 23-27. The last time FinnFest was in Duluth was in 1992. Next year it will be held as part of an Alaskan cruise. A special feature Friday, July 25, was the appearance of President Tarja Halonen, president of the Republic of Finland, who was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Halonen was the first woman elected as Finland’s president, inaugurated March 1, 2000, and re-elected in 2006.

A showing of some of the 400 authenticated folk costumes in Finland was one of the activities Friday, July 25. Daily events started at 8:30 a.m. and continued into the evening, including music, dancing, lectures, film showings and many other activities.

Tarja Halonen, president of the Republic of Finland, is shown on the left here as she exited the auditorium of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center following an address Friday morning, July 25. Halonen was accompanied by UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin. Halonen’s visit to the United States was part of the FinnFest 2008 celebration that attracted thousands of people from all over the country and the world.

This little girl, dressed in costume, wandered around the room, delighting the audience, during a showing of Finnish folk costumes, part of FinnFest 2008 in Duluth, Minn.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Watching Finnish dancers was one of the many activities available to people who took part in FinnFest 2008 in Duluth, Minn., July 23-27. “Duluth’s Finnish and Scandinavian heritage is second to none in our state and arguably the entire United States,” commented Duluth Mayor Don Ness. “Everywhere you look, you will find examples of a wonderful heritage that is common to many of you.”


Four supreme court justices in county Friday Three justices on hand for the installation of Justice Michael Gableman by Nancy Jappe SIREN – “There is a quorum here from the state supreme court. I promise to do my best to keep them from doing any business, but I won’t keep them quiet,” commented Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen during his remarks at the installation of former Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Mike Gableman as one of those justices. The installation of Gableman took place Friday, Aug. 1, on the front lawn of the Burnett County Government Center. The three justices from the supreme court who were on hand for the ceremony were Justice N. Patrick Crooks, who performed the installation; Justice Patience Roggensack and Justice David Prosser. Pastor Jim Carmon from First Baptist Church, Falun, gave the invocation, acknowledging that he was experiencing great emotion in being there. “Mike Gableman did a great job. We are going to miss him in this little corner of the world. Judge Gableman has done great things,” Carmon said. “Mike Gableman is truly deserving of this honor,” Van Hollen said during his time at the mike. “From the first, I’ve known he was a man of sincerity and integrity. He has a true judicial mind and temperament. I knew someday that he was going to be a good jurist.” Van Hollen said that he told Gableman not to run for election to the state supreme court. Crooks countered, saying he had advised Gableman to take the position. “He got 78 percent of the vote,” Crooks said.

Mike Gableman, dressed in his judicial robe, took the oath of office as a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as administered by Justice N. Patrick Crooks. The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Burnett County Government Center Friday, Aug. 1.

Mike Gableman’s beloved friend and mentor, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, installed Gableman as a fellow justice during a ceremony on the front lawn of the Burnett County Government Center Friday, Aug. 1.

The happy expression on the face of Justice Michael Gableman tells the story, following his installation as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice David Prosser, one of the three other supreme court justices to attend the ceremony, is shown behind Gableman.

Crooks mentioned the establishment of Truancy Court, Drug and Alcohol Court and the Restorative Justice program. “These are significant additions Judge Gableman has brought to Burnett County. I am excited that he will be a colleague for a 10-year term,” he said. Crooks had some tips for the new justice: 1) It is important to draw on the wisdom and experience of colleagues and former colleagues, from the courts to the court of appeals. 2) Use your positive personality and have a good sense of humor. You need a sense of humor in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It makes people comfortable in difficult situations. 3) Keep your balance. There’s a lot of sadness in cases and in dealing with vic-

Music for the installation of Justice Gableman at the Burnett County Government Center Friday, Aug. 1, was provided by (L to R): Todd Anderson, Wendy Wall, Linda Pederson and Heather Jensen, accompanied by Lois Carlson on keyboard.

Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen, a one-time Burnett County district attorney, pointed out that there was a quorum of members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the installation of its newest member (four including Mike Gableman). “I promise to do my best to keep them from doing any business, but I won’t keep them quiet,” Van Hollen said.

Significant people in the life of former Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Mike Gableman are (L to R): his parents, Norbert and Mary Gableman, Eunice Tollander (widow of former Burnett County Board Chairman Charlie Tollander) and rock hound extraordinaire Vernon Peterson. tims, witnesses and their families. 4) Draw comfort from your own family and friends. 5) Take care of yourself. Exercise. Read a mystery now and then. 6) Use your religion. It is a very important help as you take on this job. 7) Follow, whenever possible, precedent, regardless of your personal views. 8) Listen and take time to listen.

There is no unimportant case. 9) Enjoy. It is a great job with satisfaction. You have the chance to really make a difference. Crooks reminded Gableman that his colleagues would give him help and support. “Remember, we are all public servants,” he said, adding, “You have all the tools to be a great justice.”

The honor guard from the St. Croix Tribal Police Department presented and retired the colors during the installation of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman at the Burnett County Government Center Friday, Aug. 1.





Hooked again Blue and gold flecks can still be seen under the dull coat of black and white paint my dad used on an old No. 18 Rapala magnum floater. It was one of the firstMarty ever lures he’d purSeeger chased before we began spending much of our time on The the water chasing muskies. Bottom Line Oftentimes, he’d talk of the expense of chasing the mighty Esox by saying “muskie lures aren’t cheap,” and in order to expand the life of a lure worn to the wood from use, he’d give his full effort to repaint it. He’d even add a little glue where needed, and while he never really used it for fishing after all those years of use, there was always a spot for it in the tackle box. It may have had a totally different look, and was a little less attractive to the fish, but it usually had plenty of wobble left in it, and more importantly, it saved him from having to buy another $10 to $15 lure. I can’t recall if he’d ever caught anything with it, but it was an interesting find as I dug through the cache of lures in a pair of tackle boxes that had been collecting dust over the past decade or more. All of them accounted for, and it seemed they were exactly the way we’d left them. It was a bit like stepping back in time. I can’t remember the last time I had grabbed the musky gear for the purpose of taking it out to the lake for fishing. For many years, the stout rods, and tackle boxes were caught up in moving from one apartment to the next, or from one side of the garage to the other. Muskies, it seems, had all but taken a back seat. But after spending a Thursday and Friday evening catching a respectable mess of bluegill, crappie and bass on one of the local fisheries, I decided it

A nostalgic lure deserving of several fish stories related to the fish of 10,000 casts, whether it catches anything or not. - Photo by Marty Seeger was finally time to rekindle the tradition of chasing muskies again. Before I left for college and before the boat had been stashed in the darkness for several years, my dad and I would make it a point to drive from Prairie Farm to Deer Lake for muskies several times throughout the summer. It was a little over an hour-long drive or more, depending on dad’s speed (he was a slow driver), and we always timed our arrival just as the sun split the horizon. It was a big deal for both of us, and we’d fish till around noon, depending on boat traffic. We'd always leave the lake exhausted, but happy with how the fishing had gone. There were plenty of other lakes to chase musky such as Bone, Big Sand Lake near New Auburn and many others that scattered the area. But Deer Lake, it seemed, was always near the top of the list. Not so much for trophy

fish, as much as for the action it provided. In five or six hours of fishing, we were guaranteed to see at least six, (the magic number) and possibly even hook into one in the process. It was not only fun, but it kept my interest as a young, impatient boy when the fish weren’t willing to chase or bite. Dad was always good at teaching patience, and it didn’t take long for me to latch onto the addiction of musky fishing. But somewhere between then and now, I lost interest. Occasionally I’d land a decent fish off the banks of the Hay River, but it wasn’t the same as pounding a lake with oversized lures and the hopes of catching a true giant. A morning on Deer Lake After living within a short driving distance of Deer Lake for the past two years, I finally left the crawlers in the

fridge for the chance at a musky. Arriving just as the sun split the horizon as we had done so many years before, I noticed the lake and landing looked just as it did then, complete with an August chill and a rising smoke breathing slowly off the water. The first Saturday of the new month offered a refreshing relief from the previous week’s heat. Rekindling the old tradition on Deer Lake was eerily familiar, and it didn’t take long to motor straight to the point we had visited so many times before. It was the spot where at least one fish would always rise from the depths, but after a 30-minute casting session, I moved on to the next spot, feeling a little rusty, and spending much of the time working out the kinks in both the rods and reels. Everything, it seemed, was in need of a good stretch, including myself, who’s been used to casting small tube jigs over the past couple of months. I told my wife the previous evening that I hoped to see just one fish, but the way it had been going for the first two hours, I was beginning to feel doubtful of seeing even that. But then, out from the depths, a small musky that looked to be just-under 35 inches rose to the side of the boat. The fish made a sharp dash to the lure as I worked it into a figure-eight motion, but my sloppiness spooked the fish, and it quickly disappeared. Even still, just seeing that one small fish had me wanting more. For the next few hours, I worked the shores of the lake until the sleeve on my left arm became sopped with lake water from repeated casts. But the day would end with only one sighting, and a broken reel that would need to eventually be replaced. Fortunately, the reel Dad cast a thousand times before was still in working order. Most musky anglers would consider seeing just one fish as a poor day of fishing, yet that one fish has given me another itch to get back on the water. I just hope it doesn’t take another decade or more to get hooked again.

Youth in the Outdoors coming to Coyland Creek Fifth-annual outdoor experience day features Deb Luzinski SIREN – The fifth-annual Youth in the Outdoors Outdoor Experience Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 9, at Coyland Creek near Siren. One of the many highlights of the event includes Minnesota bowhunter Deb Luzinski, who harvested a huge buck in 2006 which scored 222-2/8 inches. It is the second-largest nontypical buck ever harvested in Minnesota. A replica of the giant buck will be on hand for everyone to see, and Luzinski will be speaking to kids at 3 p.m. about why hunting is important to kids. Also new to the show this year is professional lumberjack Geno Cummings who will be doing log rolling demonstraand other Geno Cummings tions

Deb Luzinski will be one of the many highlights at this year’s youth in the outdoors event at Coyland Creek Aug. 9 Luzinski will be speaking about why hunting is important to kids. - Photo by Ron Cormier

events. Other popular activities for the kids include feather painting with Linda Wood, which has been a favorite for kids over the past five years. Bob Housal will have a pack mule on hand to show kids how to pack into a highcountry elk camp. There will be a kids photo contest for kids to bring their favorite nature or outdoors photo, demonstrations on how a hunting video is produced from a tree-stand setup, a dog display with Paw Tuck Away Kennels from 9 a.m. till noon, official scorers from the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club for kids to learn how to measure from the pros, three taxidermists will be sharing their skills and Brad Harlander will be giving fly tying demonstrations. Local support from sporting goods stores includes Great Northern Outdoors, Fur, Fins and Feathers, St. Croix Outdoors and Indianhead Sports, and will again provide the shooting, archery and fishing activities. Burnett County Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and Burnett County 4-H will have booths set up and Lake Country Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will

This little girl is just one of the many kids that enjoy feather painting with the help of the talented Linda Wood. - File photo by Marty Seeger have an elk camp set up for kids to visit. There is free admission, free lunch for the kids, as well as door prizes. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 9. If anyone has an outdoor activity, youth organization or event, and would like to participate, there is still room available. For more information contact Coyland Creek at 715-653-4273. - Marty Seeger with submitted information




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Professional wrestling comes to Grantsburg

Bob Rombach, the evening’s emcee, tried, without success, to make a wrestler’s entrance into the ring. Rombach got lots of laughs from the audience for his comedic performance. The pro wrestling event was held in the Grantsburg High School parking lot Saturday evening. LEFT: Zero Kincaid’s entrance to his match drew boos and questioning looks from fans. Kincaid did not fare so well in the ring, losing his match to Dakota Darsow at Saturday night’s pro-wrestling event at Grantsburg High School.

Extra Points

A chance to see professional wrestling up close and personal brought bleachers full of fans to the Grantsburg High School parking lot Saturday night, Aug. 2. Trade Lake Baptist Church Pastor Andy McDaniel welcomed the crowd saying he was pleased people could come to see a clean and fun night of wrestling, one the whole family could attend and enjoy. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Excited fans applauded as the favorite, Dakota Darsow, wins the match against bad guy Zero Kincaid.

Zero Kincaid gets Dakota Darsow in a head lock as the ref watches for any foul play by Kincaid. While it looked as if Kincaid would have the match, Darsow broke free to later pin Kincaid and win. The two wrestlers were part of an outdoor pro-wrestling event held at Grantsburg High School Saturday evening.

••• MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers games featured on WXCE 1260 can be heard on the following dates: The Aug. 8-11 Washington at Brewers games can be heard at 7 p.m., 6 p.m. 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. The Brewers at San Diego games on Aug. 12 and 13 begin at 9 p.m. both nights. ••• MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins games featured on WLMX 104.9 FM can be heard on the following dates: The Aug. 9-10 Twins at Kansas City games begin at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. The New York Yankees at Twins games on Aug. 11-13 begin at 7 p.m, 7 p.m., and noon respectively. ••• GREEN BAY – The Cincinatti Bengals at Green Bay Packers game featured on WLMX 105.7 FM can be heard on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. ••• MINNEAPOLIS – The Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings game on WLMX 104.9 can be heard on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to go in Extra Points! – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete who will be playing collegiate sports in 2008 and hasn’t been mentioned, send us an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger and Brenda Sommerfeld

SPORTS RESULTS DEADLINES: WEDNESDAY - MONDAY: 1 p.m. the following business day. TUESDAY: 10 p.m. 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 o r b r e n d a l s @ c e n t u r y t e l . n e t














Northwest Passage team wins golf tournament FREDERIC – On Wednesday, July 30, the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual golf tournament. Steve and Vonnie Anderson, owners of Bean’s Country Griddle, organized the tournament on behalf of the chamber. This year’s event was a huge success with 48 golfers playing an 18-hole scramble. The Northwest Passage team won the event with a score of 59, 13 under par. Teams from many local businesses participated as well as donated raffle items. The proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to Friends of the Pool. – submitted Final Net Scores Men Nelson, Ben Anderson, Jon Bazey, Daryl Smith, Thomm Reis, Randy Wisse, Duane Liljiberg, Kyle Cogswell, Chuck O’donovan, Colin Pearson, Jason Bulver, Brad Sorensen, John Moats, Jeff Antonich, Randy Cogswell, Trevor Decorah, Pat

67 68 69 69 70 70 70 71 71 71 72 73 74 75 75 75

The Northwest Passage golf team members that won the Frederic Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament included (L to R) Tim McIntyre, Ben Nelson, Jeff Rashke and Byron Hopke. – Photo submitted Java, Bruce Bazey, Josh Anderson, John Panek, Doug Taylor, Don Madden, John Nelson, Simon

75 77 78 78 78 80 80

Spencer, Charvey Prodger, Jim Koehler, Ken Women Spencer, Joan Taylor, Jean

82 83 85

Player of the Year Points Men Nelson, Ben 25 Anderson, Jon 25 Pearson, Jason 25 Bazey, Daryl 22 Smith, Thomm 22 Cogswell, Chuck 19 Antonich, Randy 17 Liljiberg, Kyle 17 17 Reis, Randy Sorensen, John 17 Wisse, Duane 17 Anderson, John 5 Bulver, Brad 5 Cogswell, Trevor 5 Decorah, Pat 5 Java, Bruce 5 Koehler, Ken 5 Madden, John 5 5 Moats, Jeff Nelson, Simon 5 O’donovan, Colin 5 Panek, Doug 5 Prodger, Jim 5 Spencer, Charvey 5 Taylor, Don 5 Women Spencer, Joan 25 Taylor, Jean 22

86 88

Update on Kalmoe in Beijing BEIJING, CHINA – Friday, Aug. 8, marks the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, and U.S. Olympic rower, Megan Kalmoe is still raving about how beautiful the course Megan Kalmoe is, according to her mother Mary Martin. Rowing events will be taking place at the Shunyi Rowing Park, which is in the northeast suburbs of Beijing, about 45 minutes from downtown. Martin says that the American rowers are not participating in the opening ceremonies because they race the next day. Kalmoe will be racing either two or three times, and the first race (heat) is

on Aug. 9 at either 4:40 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Beijing time. Beijing is 13 hours ahead of the central time zone. The top finishers in the heats will advance directly to the A final at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. The remainder of the boats will race in the “repechage,” loosely translated as second chance,” races at 5:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, for the opportunity to advance to the A final on the Saturday, Aug. 16. The B final will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Thursday, Aug. 14. Based on World Cup results, Martin is optimistic that Kalmoe and Ellen Tomek will make the A finals, and even have a good shot at medaling. The teams to watch in her event will be the Chinese, finishing first in the World Cups in both Munich, Germany, and Lucerne,

ASA National Champions

The Farmington Men’s 23 and Under fast-pitch softball team won the ASA National Championship in Brandon, S.D., the weekend of Aug. 2-3. Don Potting Jr., Cushing, was named MVP. Josh Calleja, New Richmond, and Joby Davidsavor, Amery, were both first team All-Americans. – Photo submitted

Switzerland, this year; the New Zealanders, who were not at Munich or Lucerne because of injuries, but are reputed to be very fast; and the Germans. The U.S. has not medaled in the women’s double sculls since 1990. and have a lot of rowing information, including biographical information about Kalmoe. You can also go to for a nice selection of photos of Kalmoe and Tomek in their Olympic racing gear. A full racing schedule can be found on, and may have a live viewer up and running for the heats, so that people may watch them as they happen. Kalmoe also has a blog that can be found at

Rowing lingo: Rowers who have only one oar each are called sweep rowers. Rowers with two oars each are called scullers. Kalmoe was a sweep rower in college, but switched to sculling two years ago. The pair, the four and the eight are sweep events; the single, the double and the quad are sculling events. Kalmoe’s event is the women’s double sculls (abbreviated W2x). There are also other events including the women’s lightweight doubles (abbreviated LW2x) and the women’s pair (abbreviated W2). – Marty Seeger with information from Mary Martin

Rice Lake Women’s Fast-pitch League ends regular season RICE LAKE – Two games and three forfeits constituted the final week of regular season play in the Rice Lake Women’s Fast-pitch League. The regular-season championship was won by Cameron, winners in all six of their scheduled games. Conseco Insurance posted a 15-5 win over Rice Lake Weighing Systems to record their first victory of the campaign. Missy Anderson was 2 for 2 for Conseco and teammates, Alissa Young and Shannon Rice each 2 for 3, Young with a home run and Rice a double. For Weighing Systems, Sam Walker was 3 for 3, with a double and Daria Kahl had a single and scored two runs. Winning pitcher was Shannon Halverson, the loser, Abby Ring. Kelsey Kraczek was the winning pitcher, and also had four hits in six at bats, including two triples and a double, as Top of the Ladder Construction topped Birchwood 19-7. Missy Candler also had four hits, one of them a double, in six plate appearances for the winners. For Birchwood, Kat Lane was 2 for

4, with a triple, while Saige Van Gilder and Kelsie Byrum each had base hits. Kellee Scott was charged with the pitching defeat. The forfeit winners were Cameron over Amery Warriors, Barron over Unity Eagles and Tire City over Brown’s Soil Testing. Postseason play began Sunday, Aug. 3. – submitted Final standings Team Cameron Tire City Amery Warriors Barron Top of the Ladder Unity Eagles Birchwood Brown’s Soil Testing Conseco Insurance Rice Lake Weighing

Wins 6 5 4 4 4 3 1 1 1 1

Losses 0 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 5














First Firsts ST. CROIX FALLS – Mother Nature eased off on the precipitation for the weekend, and for only the ninth time this summer, Kopellah Speedway managed to put on its full six-division race program on Kids Night, Friday, Aug. 1. While the sun hasn’t been a familiar sight this summer, by night’s end, there were some familiar faces gracing the winner’s circle – along with a few new ones. WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Series feature races were kicked off by the midwest modifieds. Rookie and thirdheat race winner Josh Bazey and Bryan Siercks paced the field to the opening green flag. The lead duo kept their spots and battled tooth and nail for the point. But the battle got too intense on lap three, and the pair tangled in turn four bringing out the first caution of the event. Bazey was charged with the caution and subsequently sent tail end, but that didn’t make Sierck’s job any easier. By lap four, second-heat race winner Tim Siercks and third-heat race winner Jason VandeKamp were on his tail. While Tim Siercks and VandeKamp were working over the leader, another pair of hard chargers were slicing through the 20-car field. Denis Czech and Ronnie Rihn, who started 19th and 17th respectively, had both cracked the Meanwhile top five by lap 12. VandeKamp and Tim Siercks tried myriad lines and strategies to find a path around the No. 78 of Bryan Siercks. The strategy sessions never panned out, however, and Bryan Siercks picked up his first career WISSOTA feature victory with his nephew, Tim, nipping at his heals. The one-two Siercks family finish was followed closely by VandeKamp with Czech and Rihn rounding out the top five. Up next was the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, in which seemingly the entire middle of the field charged to the front. David Goulet and Rob Lowe led

the pack to the green flag, and Josh Amans, giving his new No. 00 Streeter its Kopellah debut, quickly jumped to the point. Amans would stay there until lap four, when Luck pilot Chanda Fjorden Nord would make the pass for the lead. Behind Fjorden Nord, Goulet, Amans, and eighth-starting Clack Swartz would duke it out for runnerup. While that trio battled, Fjorden Nord would maintain a few car-length advantage for the duration of the race. Goulet, unfortunately, charged just a bit too hard on the final lap and smacked the wall very hard at the exit of turn two. The damage to Goulet’s No. 11x was too severe to allow him to finish, as he idled to a stop going down the back stretch while the checkers were waving. Fjorden Nord went on to pick up her second consecutive win, and fourth of the season, ahead of Swartz and Amans. Trisha Nyren turned in her second consecutive strong top-five finish in coming home fourth and Lowe crossed the line a season-best fifth. The night was capped off with yet another dominating performance by Kevin “Buzzy” Adams in the WISSOTA Modified feature. Adams started eighth, but was on the tail of outside row-one starter Jason Gross, in second after just a quarter mile. Gross maintained the position for four laps while using Adams’ preferred high groove, but on lap five, a little slip. Gross had to chase his No. 12 hot rod up the hill ever so slightly exiting turn two, but it was an opening big enough for the Cameron, hot shoe to nab the lead. The event was marred by an extremely hard three-car crash on the front stretch just past the race’s halfway point. Tim VanMeter, Shawn Kelley and Mike Kelley Jr. all came together near the end of the straight away, with only the battered No. 01 of Mike Kelley able to continue, and only for a short while – as all three competitors were unable to finish


Siren Ballpark Women’s League Team Chell Trucking/The Beehive Skol Bar Smith Family Eye Care Wizards Coyland Creek H Town Girls Mauer Construction

Overall 9-0 7-3 6-4 5-4 4-5 1-8 1-8

Scores Monday, Aug. 4 Skol Bar 20, H Town Girls 3 Smith Family Eyecare 11, Maurer Construction 5 Chell Trucking 8, Wizards 1

Falun Church League Team Falun Churches Siren Assembly Calvary Covenant Siren Covenant/Bethany Trade Lake Baptist Webster Baptist West Sweden/Zion Lutheran Living Hope/Grace Faith Lutheran Trade River Free Frederic Free

Overall 10-0 8-2 7-3 7-3 6-4 6-4 2-8 2-8 2-8 2-8 2-8

Scores Thursday, July 31 Siren Assembly 26, Faith Lutheran 6 Trade River Free 7, Faith Lutheran 5 Frederic Free 17, West Sweden/Zion Lutheran 8 Friday, August 1 Siren Assembly 14, Webster Baptist 12 Siren Covenant/Bethany 18, Calvary Covenant 3 Falun Churches 31, Trade Lake Baptist 3

the race. While Adams maintained a comfortable lead, Gross was fending off Scott Splittstoesser, Jim Cimfl and Mike Mueller. With just three laps to go, Cimfl finally broke through and Mueller snuck by with one to go. Adams cruised to his seventh-consecutive feature win with a clean sweep, with Cimfl and Mueller in tow. Gross had to settle for fourth and Dave Siercks rounded out the top five. The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran the quickest race of the night, slowed by a single caution flag. Shane Kisling held the early lead with pole-sitter Andy Grymala providing some early pressure. After starting eighth, Cory Davis took over the fight for Grymala, and by seven, 10th-starting John lap Remington had cracked the top three. The last half of the race saw Remington and Davis searching, unsuccessfully, for a path around Kisling as the top three spots remained unchanged to the finish. Grymala came home fourth and Doug Merrill finished fifth. In the pure stock feature, Danny Richards raised his batting average to .500 as he picked up his third win in six tries this summer. Richards started fifth on the grid and found himself at the point at the end of lap one. Charging even harder was eventual runner-up Will Hargreaves, who took just two laps to move from eighth to second. Pure stock rookie Krysta Swearingen had her best run of the season with a solid thirdplace finish ahead of points-leader Mike Dyrdahl. David Leaf moved up seven positions to come home fifth. You couldn’t ask for a better debut from Doug Summer in the hornet division. Summer, piloting the No. 3XL previously driven by Mark Helene and Damon Stusek, rocketed from fifth to first to win his heat race, and did himself one better in the feature. After starting sixth, Summer slipped past early leader Pamela Lutgen and into the lead on lap two. Current points runner-up Kevin Bradwell charged from seventh to second by the midway point, but could never make the winning pass, as Summer’s night ended with a clean sweep and trophy. Bradwell finished second ahead of Brad Schramel, Doug Fick and Lutgen.

Just three regular season shows remain on the Kopellah Speedway calendar before track champions are crowned on Friday, Aug. 29. The season will wrap up with an invitational in all classes on Labor Day evening, Monday, Sept. 1. A special treat for seniors is on tap for this Friday, Aug. 8, when grandstand admission for folks 55 and older is reduced to just $5. For more details on upcoming events, please visit the track’s Web site at Race Summary: Hornets, feature: Doug Summer, Kevin Bradwell, Brad Schramel, Doug Fick, Pamela Lutgen, Matt Mount, Tyler English, Matt Raboin, Alec Nesbit, Jason Christianson and Greg Johnson Pure stocks, feature: Danny Richards, Will Hargreaves, Krysta Swearingen, Michael Dyrdahl, David Leaf, Rodney Jacobson, Ben Johnson, Steve Baker, Jesse Lutgen, Fabian Jackson, Travis Jehlicka, Sonja Ellingson, Matthew Skipper, Simon Wahlstrom, Kyle Finnegan, Skip Lutgen and Bruce Lutgen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, feature: Bryan Siercks, Tim Siercks, Jason VandeKamp, Denis Czech, Ronnie Rihn, AJ Roschen, John Remington, Josh Bazey, Corey Fogleson, Vince Corbin, Sam Nelson, Michael Haseltine, Vernon Arnt, Sampson Haseltine, Doug Merrill, Kyle Matuska, Jim Schulz, Matheau Osgood, Tim Swanson and Jake Miller WISSOTA Street Stocks, feature: Chanda Fjorden Nord, Clark Swartz, Josh Amans, Trisha Nyren, Robert Lowe, Ryan Asp, Steve Lowe, Kim Korstad, David Goulet, Jeff Heintz, Kyle Howland and Loren Swanson WISSOTA Super Stocks, feature: Shane Kisling, Cory Davis, John Remington, Andy Grymala, Doug Merrill, Dave Flynn, Greg Alling, John Feirn, Luke Strandlund and Marcus Berget WISSOTA Modifieds, feature: Kevin Adams, James Cimfl, Mike Mueller, Jason Gross, Dave Siercks, Scott Splittstoesser, Mike Raboin, Mike Kelley Jr., Doug Gustafson, Shawn Kelley and Tim VanMeter – submitted

Siren Ballpark Men’s League Team Sundown Chell Well Hole in the Wall Church League Team Fur, Fins & Feathers Century 21 Pour House 1 Pour House 2 Gjonnes Construction Da Crew

Overall 12-0 9-3 8-4 6-6 6-6 6-6 6-4 3-8 2-9 0-12

Scores Wednesday, July 30 Gjonnes Construction 32, Da Crew 18 Sundown 19, Chell Well 17 Fur, Fins & Feathers 18, Pour House 2 17 Century 21 16, Church League Team 5 Hole In the Wall 19, Pour House 1 18

Siren Summerfest Tournament 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place

Double Elimination Placings Shane Team Harmony Bar Harris Construction Donkey Punchers Other participating teams

T Bar Bobby’s World Pour House 1 Brad Street Church League Fur, Fins & Feathers Subway Chell Well Hole in the Wall Pour House 2 Glass & Mirrors The Crew Skol Bar Champ’s Brew Crew Ball Deep








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Washburn remains a Mariner by Marty Seeger SEATTLE, Wash. – Of all the trade talks with Webster-native Jarrod Washburn over the past couple of weeks, it seemed very likely that a trade to the Yankees would take place. But Washburn was still a Mariner after the trade deadline on July 31, and pitched the following afternoon on Aug. 1 against the Orioles. Unfortunately, Washburn picked up the loss after going 4.2 innings. He allowed six earned runs on nine hits, with five of the runs coming in the top of the fifth inning. "Just command overall today the whole game was just a little bit off," Washburn told reporter Jesse Baumgartner. "I wasn't missing by much, but I was missing by just DATE August 1

TEAM Baltimore

GS 21

W 5

2007 Mariners 2008 Mariners CAREER TOTALS

32 20 266

10 5 98

Jarrod Washburn enough to either get me behind in counts or get enough of the plate to where they can put a good swing on it. So it just wasn't a good night at all for me." – with information from

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Burnett County sheriff’s report Accidents Town of Webb Lake, July 27: Maggie M. Hallock, 16, Webb Lake, was southbound on CTH H when she swerved to miss a deer, lost control, left the roadway and rolled the vehicle onto the passenger side. There were no reported injuries and moderate damage to the vehicle. Village of Siren, Aug. 1: Douglas A. Peters, 57, Grantsburg, was backing from a parking space on Main Street when he backed into the path of eastbound Barry E. Otterness, 50, Cannon Falls, Minn., There were no reported injuries. Peters received a citation for nonregistration of vehicle. Village of Grantsburg, Aug. 2: Deborah L. Strand, 20, Grantsburg, reported her vehicle hit while at Marketplace Food’s parking lot. The incident is under investigation. Arrests Village of Webster, Julia C. Canales, 31, Webster, was arrested for domestic battery.

Town of Siren, July 30: Robert E. Witzel, 58, Siren, was arrested for driving a truck without consent. He reportedly moved a truck on Herman Johnson Road because it was blocking traffic on the road. Town of Swiss, Aug. 3: Jonathan C. Oiyotte, 29, Webster, was arrested in Danbury on a warrant. Other incidents Town of Oakland, July 26: James R. Kohn, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., reported a water pump, pressure tank and water pipes taken from a cabin. The incident is under investigation. Village of Grantsburg, July 26: James K. Halverson, Grantsburg, reported three vehicles parked in a driveway scratched with a sharp object. The incident is under investigation. Town of Daniels, July 28: Frederick W. Fischer, Eau Claire, reported damaged door on a bunkhouse and a DVD missing. The incident is under

investigation. Town of Oakland, July 28: Argene R. Johnson, Webster, reported a damage to a vehicle after an attempt to steal it. The incident is under investigation. Town of Grantsburg, July 30: Brain P. Olson, reported a vehicle taken from his property. The incident is under investigation. Town of Roosevelt, July 31: Polk-Burnett Electric reported a burglary to a cabin. The owner, John E. Gale, Comstock, checked the cabin for missing items and reported a bottle of brandy missing. The incident is under investigation. Town of Meenon, Aug. 1: A counterfeit bill was passed in the village of Siren and deposited at Community Bank in Siren. The incident is under investigation. Town of Webb Lake, Aug. 4: Mariann L. Erickson, Danbury, reported mail stolen from her mailbox. The incident is under investigation.

Burnett County criminal court Dawna Butler, DOB not given, Dairyland, issue worthless check, $309.00. James L. Trepanier, 38, Hayward, issue worthless check, $157.95 restitution, $249.00. Theresa A. Jones, 38, Grantsburg, issue worthless check, $309.00. Karen D. Spafford, 37, Grantsburg, issue worthless check, $309.00. Robert A. Edwards, 52, Webster, OWI, 300-day jail sentence, must meet all his prior financial obligations. Corey A. Verdoljak, 33, Superior, OWI, license revoked seven months, alcohol assessment, is responsible for any damage or injuries to victims not

covered by defendant’s insurance policy, $740.00. Douglas P. Belland, 59, Eden Prairie, Minn., mandatory sea belt violation, $160.80. Noah R. Tijerina, 31, Siren, failure to dim lights with approaching traffic, $198.60. John F. Haenni, 44, Northfield, Minn., speeding, $186.00. Kristopher J. Deling, 35, Elk Mound, speeding, $194.00. James P. Burton, 24, Siren, speeding, $236.40. Jordan S. Lubich, 18, Webster, speeding, $343.50. Samuel B. Woods, 34, Frederic, speeding, $160.80. Karen M. Washington, 42, Cumberland, speeding, $160.80.

Ernest S. Swanson, 37, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, $186.00. Jellisa A. Reynolds, 19, Shell Lake, open intoxicants in motor vehicle, $186.00; underage drinking, license suspended one year, alcohol assessment, $753.00. Toby T. Thomas, 25, Webster, operating with PAC greater than .08, license revoked seven months, $300.00. Shawn M. Songetay, 34, Siren, OWI – with passenger younger than 16 years old, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment, $866.00.

Siren police report July 19: An officer was dispatched to the Pheasant Inn at 1:31 a.m. because a male and a female were arguing and pushing/shoving outside the sports bar. Aaron Geoffrey Benjamin, 22, Danbury, was taken to Burnett County Jail, where he was cited for disorderly conduct because of the foul language he was using. July 24: At 8:30 p.m., a white vehicle allegedly ran into the rear passenger side of a Dodge truck at the Hwy. 35/70 stoplight following a harassment incident at Clear Lake Park. The vehicle had not been located at the time the report was written.

Aug. 1: Citizen assist was given to an intoxicated man who had passed out along Hwy. 35 just north of Little Mexico around 9:20 p.m. The man’s dog, a large Rottweiler, was with him and had just been hit by a car. The man and dog were taken to Grantsburg Animal Hospital where the dog spent the night. The man was taken to a Siren residence to sober up. The report indicated that the case is being turned over to the district attorney for possible charges of animal neglect caused by the man’s intoxication. Aug. 2: At 6:30 p.m., four 6week-old puppies were found in

a shelter outside and the mother dog inside a dirty, unoccupied trailer at the Siren Trailer Park. The dogs had been without food or water and alone for three to four days. The dogs were seized by the Siren officer for neglect and animal cruelty. The mother dog and three of the puppies are sheltered at the Humane Society of Burnett County. According to the report, the Siren officer kept one of the puppies. Wisconsin State Statute violations and six ordinance violations are out against the owner or renter of the trailer, Tanya C. Thompson, 19, Webster.

Webster municipal court Cassie L. Benjamin, Sandstone, Minn., OWI warrant issued, twice. Austin D. Buchanan, Webster, operate without required, $71.20; disturbance of peace, $109.00; operate without valid license, $109.00. Whitney R. Fisher, Sarona, underage drinking, $172.00; obstructing justice, not guilty plea. Douglas Fontaine, Webster,

unlicensed dog, not guilty plea. Ryan S. Friel, Webster, underage drinking, $172.00. Linda E. Gabel, Deer River, Minn., speeding, $83.80. Kelsey Ree Halberg, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $83.80. Barbara A. Kimker, Minneapolis, Minn., seat belt violations, $58.60, twice. Maureen T. McGrath, Webster, failure to stop at stop sign, not guilty plea.

Dylan J. Rogowski, Rice Lake, obstructing justice, underage smoking, underage drinking, not guilty pleas. Angela L. Steininger, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $83.80. Jeremiah D. Wolf, Mosinee, seat belt violation, $83.80. Corrin K. Zalusky, Rice Lake, obstructing justice, not guilty plea; underage drinking, $172.00.

Burnett County civil court Capital One Bank vs. Pearl M. Burnett, Webster, $3,757.65. Arrow Financial Service LLC vs. Gary A. House Sr., Grantsburg, $2,592.38. Arrow Financial Service LLC vs. Daniel Cutler, Grantsburg, $3,038.05. Arrow Financial Service LLC vs. Joel C. Brenizer, Grantsburg, $1,336.65.

Arrow Financial Service LLC vs. Shannon M. Beaugrand, Webster, $2,875.14. Gary Kaefer vs. Gene Carroll, Gantsburg, $288.88. Midland Funding LLC vs. Tracy Smiley, Danbury, $2,128.68. Capital One Bank vs. Cecil A. Ridley, Webster, $1,334.93.

Asset Acceptance LLC vs. Deborah L. Hubbell, Siren, $1,686.78. Arrow Financial Services LLC vs. Gerald Gille, Danbury, $2,610.06. Currahee Financial LLC vs. Tamara Erickson, Danbury, $750.07.

Burnett County warrants Eric E. Hamer, 21, Shell Lake, arrest warrant – complaint, July 31.

John M. Belland, 30, Grantsburg, failure to pay fines, July 30.

Sarah K. Radke, 20, Shell Lake, failure to pay fines, July 30.

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BBQ fest held at Forts Folle Avoine

Lunker’s Lodge in Danbury earned the first-place trophy during BBQ fest at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park on Saturday, Aug. 2. Shown (L to R): owner Steve Burkinshaw, Laura, Greg, Dave, Brandon and Amy. – Photos by Sherill Summer

This colorful pig spruced up the Cabaret booth at the BBQ fest at Forts Folle Avoine.

Owner Dave Swenson of Hog Wild in Luck and St. Croix Falls earned three trophys at the BBQ fest at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, for beef brisket, first place; chicken, first place; and pulled pork, second place.

Mary Ann Pulzier read palms as Madame Zier during the BBQ fest at Forts Folle Avoine this past Saturday, Aug. 2.

This year’s People’s Choice Award went to the Lumberjack Saloon and Eatery in Webb Lake. CiCi Abbott (R) collects the award from Diane Gravesen, president of the Burnett County Historical Society.

Older Than Dirt Band provided the music at BBQ fest at the Forts.

Syren Area Garden Club hosts garden tour

This old bicycle has been incorporated into the Rolands garden.

A stream bubbles down rocks in this garden viewed during the Syren Area Garden Club’s thirdannual garden tour this past Sunday, Aug. 3.

Petunias take the prime seating in Dean and Shelly Roland’s garden in Siren. The garden was a part of the Syren Area Garden Club’s third-annual garden tour on Sunday, Aug. 3. – Photos by Sherill Summer

Brilliant bee balm sparkles against the white picket fence at Susan Toy’s home in Siren.

A colorful boarder was on display at Mike and LaDonna Kelly’s garden on Lind Road in Siren Township.


Celebration/from page 1 big thank-you needed to also go out to all those who helped in the search. “Bless all their hearts,” said Throngard. Throughout the evening Keith Kennedy wandered among the volunteers, stopping occasionally to look at the slide show with photos of happy family times Keith has enjoyed. Linda, Keith’s mom, said he was the most active the family had seen him in ages, during the evening of celebration. “The Grantsburg party was such fun. Keith enjoyed walking around and even running a bit, eating lots of yummy food and telling folks ‘Hi’ in response to their greeting.” All the Kennedys seemed full of life and laughter Saturday evening. Writing later of Saturday’s event in Keith’s CaringBridge journal, they had this to say of the special celebration, “It was wonderful to see everybody, and a treat to have people see in person how well Keith is doing. What an honor it was to be a part of this amazing gathering of people–humanity at its finest. We are continuously impressed by the genuine goodness of all the fine individuals who have put so much time, energy and heart into caring about our son. We all agreed, amongst hugs and thanks, that Keith’s journey has changed all of our lives. Thank you from the depths of our hearts, thank you from the core of our very being, on behalf of Keith and our family.”

A special cake greeted the nearly 200 volunteers attending the Wisconsin Thank-You Celebration for volunteers who helped find Keith Kennedy. The party, held at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg Saturday, Aug. 2, included dinner, door prizes and a dance.

Linda, Bruce and Keith Kennedy greeted volunteers attending the Kennedy Wisconsin Celebration at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg last Saturday evening. The Kennedys wanted to thank all those who helped in the search to find their son, Keith (center) at this special event.

Roger McGrath and his search dog, Mikey, enjoyed being part of the Kennedy Wisconsin Celebration held Saturday evening at the Crex Convention Center in Grantsburg. McGrath and other search and rescue volunteers and their dogs volunteered many hours in the search for Keith this past June.

Linda Kennedy shares a laugh with Lori Peper-Rucks at the Kennedy Celebration. The event was held to honor and thank volunteers who helped in the search to find Keith, missing from Trade Lake Camp for seven days in June. Peper-Rucks and her search dog, Willie, came each day to search the wooded area for Keith. Peper-Rucks said of the event, “It’s like we’re a family. We all feel connected. Everyone worked so hard to find Keith, and it was such an intense time, it’s great to see everyone now enjoying a happy time.”

Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland talked with Burnett County Supervisor Brent Blomberg, Keith Kennedy’s dad, Bruce, and volunteer Mary Wicklund at the Kennedy Wisconsin Celebration Saturday night at the Crex Convention Center. Bruce Kennedy showed the group a map of the search area covered by volunteers. Keith was missing in a densely wooded area near the Trade Lake Camp for seven days in June. The celebration was held to thank all the volunteers who helped in finding Keith.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

A roasted pork supper was part of the special Kennedy thank-you celebration at the Crex Convention Center Saturday evening. Volunteers were recognized during the event for their help in the search to find Keith Kennedy, who was missing in the woods near the Trade Lake Camp for seven days in June. Door prizes and a dance were also part of the evening’s fun.

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Difficulties with chronic Lyme disease

by Sherill Summer NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - The most common tick-borne disease in Europe and North America is Lyme disease. The disease is caused by an infection from the bacteria strains of Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by infected deer ticks. Some 20,000 cases are reported annually, with the majority of infections occurring in the summer and fall. Many more cases are probably not reported at all. Because Lyme disease is so common, every year the public is warned through the media to be on the lookout for deer ticks and the bull’s-eye rash that is a common and well-known symptom of a Lyme’s infection. Other common symptoms of Lyme disease include fever and other flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle weakness and difficulty sleeping. Usually tips are given on how to prevent tick-bites in the first place, and the public is always told to see a doctor if suspecting an infection, particularly if experiencing any of the many symptoms. A doctor should be seen even if there is no bull’s-eye rash or any known bite from a deer tick, because not everyone develops a rash and deer ticks are so tiny they are easy to overlook. Usually Lyme disease is easily treated if caught early, but left untreated it can progress to some serious health problems. All of this is important to remember, especially in this area, ticks are widespread here, and most people have come across the above information many times. What is not as well known is that there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding Lyme disease in the medical community. Typically, Lime disease is treated with antibiotics. The length that the patient is on antibiotics has grown over the years so that now antibiotics are often taken for about four weeks. Usually this is enough to rid the patient of the infection, but what if the patient did not seek treatment right away, or if the patient still has symptoms after the antibiotics are gone? What if a test for Lyme disease came back negative, but the patient has symptoms that might be Lyme disease? The Center for Disease Control’s Web site advise that a few patients, particularly those diagnosed with later stages of disease, may have persistent or recurrent symptoms, and these patients may benefit from a second four-week course of therapy, but even longer courses of antibiotic treatment have not been shown to be beneficial, and have been linked to serious complications, including death. The Infectious Disease Society of America, IDSA, published guidelines in 2006 that agree with not using long-term antibiotic treatment. On the other hand, Connecticut Attorney General

Harry Bump is shown at his home in Voyager Village. In his lap is information on chronic Lyme disease.

Dr. Vitale is shown in his new office at the Burnett Medical Clinic in Grantsburg. – Photos by Sherill Summer Richard Blumenthal opened an antitrust investigation against the IDSA accusing the above study of conflict of interest. The 1-1/2-yearlong investigation, which ended in May of this year, found IDSA authors guilty of several counts of wrongdoing, such as IDSA authors on the payroll of insurance companies and several IDSA guideline authors holding patents which allow them, their universities, and their companies to profit from Lyme tests, products and the bacterium itself. Authors of health-care guidelines are required to disclose financial and professional interests like these prior to working on health-care treatment or guideline standards. Standing in opposition to IDSA and CDC standards of Lyme disease treatment is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. This group of physicians believes a patient’s clinical response–relief from symptoms, rather than an arbitrary 30 days of treatment, should guide the duration of Lyme disease treatment. They believe, too, that patients must be carefully evaluated for persistent infection before a decision is made to withhold antibiotic therapy. The case was dropped in May of 2008 without formal charges after IDSA agreed to review its Lyme disease guideline. While this disagreement in the medical community might seem far removed from northern Wisconsin, the result is that there are no clear guidelines to follow for treating Lyme disease for area doctors after the initial antibiotics have been prescribed. Further complications are that testing for Lyme disease that can miss a Lyme infection, and once Lyme disease enters the nervous system, it can mimic many other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia among others. The diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease can be tricky. Because the health complications can be severe with later-stage Lyme disease, often called chronic Lyme disease, people suffering from the disease often keep looking for answers and relief. Tom McElfresh and his wife, Sue, who live near Amery, is an example of a family who keep looking for answers and relief. Tom was an active outdoors man growing up and went into the National Guard. His health slowly deteriorated until two years ago. He was confined to a wheelchair because of lack of control of his legs, muscle spasms and problems with balance. McElfresh suffered from intestinal problems, pancreatitis and a severe body rash. He was on life support for weeks following the pancreatitis, and he has had episodes of muscle rigidity so profound that paramedics were able to carry him like a plank to a waiting ambulance without using a stretcher.

His problems were not simply physical. He also had problems remembering things such as how to get to a friend’s house or something he had just read. He couldn’t concentrate. He went to doctors, even eventually to the Mayo Clinic. Doctors at Mayo Clinic couldn’t figure out what he had, although they felt he had something. Sue, wouldn’t accept a “we-don’t-know” answer. After doing her own research, she suspected Tom had Lyme disease even though routine tests had come back negative. Armed with her newly acquired knowledge, Sue persuaded a doctor to try Tom on a short course of antibiotics. Tom’s symptoms improved. After his visible improvement on antibiotics, both Tom and Sue were even more certain Lyme disease was the root cause of Tom’s problems. They went to a Lyme disease support group in Forest Lake, Minn., and learned about other treatment options. He went first to Colorado, then Missouri for specialized chronic Lyme treatment. About a1-1/2 years later, his symptoms have improved dramatically. Before he was sleeping about 18 hours a day, he described it as being almost a vegetable, now he is walking, swimming and gardening. His concentration is improving so that he can read and remember what he has read. Encouraged by his improvement, he is still working hard every day to continue improving with a complicated treatment that includes antibiotics, pro-biotics, vitamins, a high-protein diet and lots of exercise. Of course hindsight is “20/20.” Now McElfresh feels he has had Lyme disease since the 1970s, possibly before the bacteria causing Lyme disease was isolated after an outbreak near Lyme and Old Lyme, Conn., in 1975, and Lyme disease as we know it was discovered. In McElfresh’s case, it is probably understandable why he was not treated for Lyme disease right away. Nonetheless, his story describes how devastating the disease can be if left untreated. McElfresh feels that if his wife didn’t keep looking for causes of the symptoms, he would be dead. There is another story of a long battle with Lyme disease from Polk County. Although she does not feel comfortable to use her name in this article, she was willing to tell her story. She knows exactly when she was infected. Her flulike symptoms in 1997 were diagnosed as Lyme disease. She was placed on antibiotics and improved, but was left with severe headaches. A year later, she was reinfected and again was placed on antibiotics, but again all of her symptoms did not go away. Over time, the symptoms grew worse until she had open oozing sores, nausea to the point of blacking out, neck pain from huge knots in her neck that visibly crawled under observation, and always, the headache. She lost so much weight people believed she was anorexic. She went back to the doctor, changed doctors, went to the Mayo Clinic, and over the next several years, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint disorder, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a severe heart abnormality. Her hair fell out. Her toenails and fingernails fell off. Her fibromyalgia pain was so intense and so unremitting she thought many times she could not endure another day. She insists that through nine years of nearly unendurable symptoms she knew it was Lyme disease because her health problems had followed her bout with the illness, even though further tests had come back negative. “I knew what was wrong but I couldn’t get treatment. Besides,” she said, “the doctors told me, ‘You were already treated for Lyme disease.’“ Finally, with the cooperation of a doctor at a local hospital, her blood was sent to an FDA-approved tickborne disease reference lab in California that uses the Midwest strain of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme bacterium, along with the commonly used strain B-31 strain, which most labs use to check a patient’s blood against. The test came back positive. She underwent treatment for 40 months. Most of her symptoms improved, some of them within weeks. However, some nagging symptoms didn’t improve until she was treated for another tick-borne infection, Babesiosis, which is often transmitted along with Lyme disease. Now she feels she is almost back to her pre-Lyme self. She walks five miles a day, practices yoga and is eager to get her life back in order.

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St. Dominic’s 46th-annual Parish Festival held July 20 FREDERIC – The year was 1963. The current St. Dominic Church had just been completed and dedicated. The church checkbook had a balance of $300, not enough to take it through the winter, and a debt had been incurred for the building of the new church. At a meeting discussing the crisis, Rose D’Jock suggested that a pig roast be held to raise funds, thus the first St. Dominic Parish Festival began (the third

Sunday of July 1963). After the first festival, a grilled chicken dinner with all the fixings became a hallmark of the event. Games for adults and children, raffles, auctions, the country store, and a Mass celebrated with polka music provided a festive spirit to the day’s events. The 46th-annual festival, held July 20, followed the pattern of those in past years. A spirit of cooperation and camaraderie preparing for the event still per-

This goat decided to visit and try and get some food during the St. Dominic’s Parish Festival Sunday, July 20.

meates the parish, from washing potatoes and grilling the chicken to other activities required to host the festival. The parishioners look forward to the preparation time as a time of bonding with fellow members of the parish. Some of the faces have gotten older, there is a new generation handling much of the preparation, and it’s rewarding to see so many of the younger people participating in the preparation for and han-

Father Mullen visited with many as the enjoyed the chicken dinner served during the 46th-annual St. Dominic Parish Festival. The festival is held every year on the third Sunday in July.

Teens and young adults ran the games for younger children to play. – Photos submitted

dling of the activities. Elementary age members are called runners and their job is to help people carry food, or anything else that’s needed; high school and college kids help with the cooking and take charge of the children’s games. – submitted

These children gave a hand to help the dogs during the dog show that was held as part of this year's festival.

People and dogs enjoyed the shade during the festivites on Sunday, July 20.

Children had the chance to search through a mountain of sawdust to find coins.

Lyme's/from page 1 Both of these stories describe dramatic improvement to some serious health problems, but they also underscore the difficulties diagnosing Lyme disease. Both feel there are many more out there that are missdiagnosed, like they were, often with diseases that have few treatment options. Is Lyme disease this tricky to test for and treat? What would a doctor’s response be to these stories? Dr. Blaise Vitale practices at the Burnett Medical Clinic in Grantsburg and has considerable experience treating Lyme disease. He does believe in chronic Lyme disease and treats it about once a year. However, he does feel that the majority of patients who do not respond to the standard treatment do not have Lyme disease, they really have something else, and while he admits that the tests are not perfect, he thinks they are generally adequate screening for the infection. In fact, he thinks that some tests can be too sensitive since the great majority of people have been exposed to something similar, but they still probably don’t have Lyme disease. He does say, however, that if it was neurological Lyme disease, antibiotic pills would miss it and you need to be on intravenous antibiotics for a while. This is what he says he treats about once a year. More often though, symptoms that are not well defined, so they can mimic a lot of things, including chronic Lyme disease, are physical manifestation of stress, burn out or other mental health issues. Vitale explains that patients can get very upset with him when he mentions the mental health, but he still insists that

often that is the most important thing they can be doing for themselves. Instead, he says that patients often go to great lengths to prove him wrong. As for chronic Lyme disease groups and the clinics they advocate, he doesn’t approve of clinics that use tests and treatments that are not scientifically approved, pointing out that insurance companies are trying to close down these types of clinics. If patients are improving in these clinics, it is due to the placebo effect because the patient believes they will get better. He advises the very sickest patients to visit infectious disease specialist for treatment. He thinks there are many excellent specialists nearby that are very familiar with the disease since it is so common in this region, and there is no reason to go to a clinic that does not practice scientific methods. Generally, he believes that the most ill patients or people with axes to grind seek these groups out, and the information passed around at these groups can generate a lot of fear and self-diagnosis. For the most part, Vitale says he sees a lot of Lyme cases and they get better with the standard treatment. “There is nothing about chronic Lyme disease that would make me want to move away.” Harry Bump of Voyager Village in Burnett County would probably disagree that spreading information about chronic Lyme disease can be harmful. Spreading information has become sort of a passion for him. He too claims he endured undiagnosed symptoms for several years until a test handled by a California lab came back positive for Lyme disease.

Bump gives credit to a friend for hinting that undiagnosed symptoms that a doctor felt were probably a result of getting old might be Lyme disease. He is now receiving treatment for Lyme disease in Duluth. Like McElfresh, he too is supplementing antibiotics that are fighting the infection with pro-biotics, vitamins, a high-protein diet and lots of exercise. Although he doesn’t use a computer much, Bump is collecting information on doctors who treat chronic Lyme disease, copies of studies on the disease that are often dozens of pages long, and stories of chronic Lyme disease in the media. He is happy to share the information that he has collected, as long as it is returned. Marina Andrews from east of Luck is also determined to share her experience with the disease. She started what she calls a Lyme action group, devoted to informing the public and fighting what she calls “medical denial” or “medical blindness” surrounding the treatment of Lyme disease, insisting that people really don’t know that their doctor might not treat them or treat them correctly. Her group, Western Wisconsin Lyme Action Group, meets at the Bremer Bank in Amery on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Beginning in October and through April, the group will meet on the first Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the bank. She says to enter on the south side of the building near the ATM machine. Conflicting viewpoints between a local doctor and patients who feel they have chronic Lyme disease? Most definitely, but it probably will not hurt to keep both viewpoints in mind.


The Berry Patch by Alice Ford I was introduced to the strawberry patch at a very young age. My mother didn’t know I was color blind so she had no idea why I sometimes picked green berries instead of red ones. Oh, I didn’t pick all green. I knew a big berry from a small one. We were picking for a man who made his living growing berries and watermelons. I remember reaching for what I thought was a big strawberry and it turned out to be a little green grass snake. My scream could be heard a mile away. I was evicted from the patch and had to sit on the edge and wait for my mother. Time went on, the Depression ended and things started to pick up. At least things were better at our house. The same man was still growing strawberries and would give us five cents a box. We were told to fill them heaping. His customers liked full boxes. That’s when I learned how some Christian men (He was a leader at our church) could cheat little girls. He’d take our heaped boxes and slide some of the berries into an empty box. He’d have four boxes from our three. Smiling, he’d reach into his pocket and give us fifteen cents. We had a raspberry patch next to our house in the years when I was between seven and twelve. I was the picker of the berries. When a raspberry is ripe it will

PoCo Penners The PoCo Penners meet the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the county boardroom in the government center in Balsam Lake. Contact Brenda Mayer at 715-485-3571 or Iris Holm 715294-3174 for more information. - submitted

Writer’s Corner come off easily, so I didn’t pick many green ones by mistake. I didn’t eat them either. I learned that inside those beautiful berries lurked a big, ugly-looking stink bug. Eating one stink bug by mistake teaches you a life-long lesson: “Don’t eat the berries until you check for stink bugs.” Once they’re cooked into jam, I don’t mind them. A beautiful memory remains of my mother’s long rows of raspberry jam and raspberry sauce. Later in the year it was blackberry time. Blackberries don’t grow on the road most traveled. You have to walk up the dirt road, through the fences, and climb to the top of the hill. Looking west they’ll be there, just beyond the spot where you picked them last year. Your fingers itch to start picking. You begin picking from the top and easy to reach first. Those big blackberries fill your pail faster than little raspberries. It’s fun to pick them, and once in a while have a big juicy one to eat. After picking all you can see, it’s time to get down on your knees and take a look. And there, just beyond reach are the biggest and best. Their mother, “Mrs. Berrybush,” has prickles that will leave you well scratched up before you get home. No matter, these beautiful berries beckon you, and in you go. Even though the temperature is 95 and humidity 98, you’ll wear long pants, high shoes, and long sleeves. Hats get in the way, but chances are you will wear one anyway to help keep off the mosquitoes. You need to be alert for bears because they too like berries, and this just might be the place he decided to have lunch. My father told a story about his aunt out picking

berries when she smelled something awful. She looked up to see a bear busily eating berries close by. The story goes that she was so scared she lost all her hair. I have no idea if that’s a true story or not, but in all her pictures she has a big, red handkerchief around her head. When I married, I discovered that my new husband liked picking berries even better than I did. He’d often tie a rope around his middle to hold the pail and go off to pick berries. There is nothing we like better than a fresh blackberry pie: Mix two cups of flour, a cup of yellow Crisco (don’t add salt as it’s already in the Crisco), and water (less than half a cup). Roll out your crust. Once in the pie pan, add a tablespoon of flour and two tablespoons of sugar. Fill the pan with washed berries, adding one-half cup of sugar, two more tablespoons of flour, a tablespoon of lemon juice, pat of butter, and the top crust. Make steam holes in the top crust. Sprinkle sugar on top and bake about an hour or until it’s bubbly and brown. It thickens as it cools. UMMM good. We like to eat the raspberries while they’re fresh. My husband will sit down to a big bowl, adding cream and sugar. Meanwhile, I’m picking up each berry and opening it to make sure there’s not a stink bug in it. Then I’ll pop it into my mouth to enjoy.

Northwest Regional Writers The Northwest Regional Writers meet at 1 p.m. the second Friday of the month either in Frederic or Grantsburg. Each month we have a topic to write about and read to the group. The following writing was read at the last meeting. Call Mary Jacobson at 715-349-2761 for more information about the organization.

Submissions should be typed, double-spaced on one side only of 8 -1/2 x 11 white paper, leaving a minimum of 1-inch margins all around. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Submissions should be no more than 800 words. Submissions may be delivered to The Leader’s offices in Frederic or Siren, mailed to Box 490, Frederic, WI 54837 or e-mailed to We prefer e-mailed copy. If hand-delivered or mailed, please write "Writers’ Corner" somewhere on the front of the envelope. If e-mailed, please use "Writers’ Corner" as the subject and include the submission as body text of the e-mail. No attachments, please. Your submission to Writers’ Corner grants The Leader one-time rights to publish the item in the weekly newspaper. The author retains the copyright and all future publication rights. The Leader may edit submissions for grammar and punctuation, clarity and length. If you have any questions about this new feature, please contact us at or call 715-327-4236. - Editor

Historical Society brings big band sounds to Polk County BALSAM LAKE – Most historians regard the year 1935 as the start of the Big Band Era, although it could be as early as the 1920s. Jazz began its development in New Orleans, with names like Louie Armstrong and King Oliver who were performing in early 1900s. Steamboats using the Mississippi further helped spread the sound of jazz. In 1920, jazz music migrated to a big band format, combining elements of ragtime, black

spiritual, blues and European music. Names like Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Benny Goodman became headliners in the big band world. Dance bands performing in hotels were an important factor in the emergence of the Big Band Era. The Polk County Historical Society will hold its second-annual big band dinner/dance at the Tac Entertainment Center in Amery, Saturday, Aug. 23.

Bandleader Harvey Halpaus and members of the Generation II 12-piece band will entertain you with waltzes, ‘50s rock, old-time music and the big band sounds. Call for more information at 715-485-9269, Polk County Museum, or D. and R. Kittleson, 715-483-3979. - submitted

2008 hazardous waste, electronics and medication collection set NORTHWEST WISCONSIN – The northwest counties of Wisconsin are making it easy for residents to dispose of unwanted or unusable household chemicals. Such items as oil-based paints, solvents, pesticides, hazardous cleaners, fluorescent and high-density light bulbs, oil filters, rechargeable and button batteries, mercury, old gas and antifreeze, cell phones, medications, computers and other electronics will be accepted. Some items collected require a fee, see table below. Event schedule is as follows: Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Siren Highway Shop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Materials may be brought to this collection only during designated open hours. Listed below are some of the items that will have a disposal charge: • 40¢ per bulb 4 foot and under, 60¢ per bulb over 4

foot • 50¢ per oil filter small, $ 1 per oil filter large • $18 per complete comp. system, $16 per monitor • $16 each plastic or wood TV • $6 each VCR or DVD player Preregistration is required for businesses and reasonable charges will be assessed. For information on prices and to register contact Bill Welter at 715-635-2197. Preregistration is also requested from farmers that wish to dispose of hazardous farm chemicals; the service to farmers to dispose of chemicals is free of charge. Businesses with agricultural related hazardous waste may also bring in items at a 50-percent reduction in disposal cost, but must register. Electronic items will also be collected at this event. Call Jen for prices at 715-635-2197.

Items not accepted at this event: appliances, waste oil, asbestos, ammunition, explosives, medical and radioactive wastes, and latex paint (nonhazardous and must be dried out and disposed of with regular garbage). For information on disposal methods for items such as waste oil, automotive batteries, appliances, and tires, please call Jen for locations in Burnett and Washburn counties. For further information or to register (farms and businesses), please contact Bill Welter at 715-6352197. Also, as a reminder, there will be one more collection of hazardous wastes and electronics in our region. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, in Spooner. This event will be held at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., please call Jen for directions at 715-635-2197. - submitted

A Knitting Extravagnza to be held FREDERIC – A Knitting Extravaganza will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frederic Elementary School. Join knitting enthusiasts for a fun-filled day of knitting. There will be displays, demonstrations, workshops, vendors and plenty of knitting time. Special speakers include: • Betty Christiansen, author of the book “Knitting for Peace.” Her book offers stories and patterns for various charities. She will have knitted items from her book on

display and copies of her book. • Loretta Pedersen, owner of Blackberry Hills Farm near Eureka, raises sheep, llamas, alpacas and goats. She will be speaking on the differences in fibers. Pedersen is also a spinner and weaver. • Audrey Anderson, owner of Fibre Functions near Luck, will also be a speaker. She offers classes and has a wide variety of yarns for sale at her shop. Other vendors include Burr Oak Farm from Dresser; Mrs. I’s Yarn Parlor from Osceola; Northwind Book &

Fiber from Spooner; and The Bamboo Needle Knit Shop from Hinckley, Minn. Participants may bring up to five skeins of yarn for a yarn swap. Preregistration is required. A $15 registration fee will include lunch and door prizes. Contact Konnie at 715653-2619 or Lisa at 715-653-2510 by Aug. 30 to register. This event is sponsored by area knitters and Frederic Community Education. - submitted

National farmers market week designated as Aug. 3 - 9 SPOONER – The United States Department of Agriculture has designated Aug. 3 – 9, as National Farmers Market Week. Recognizing the importance of farmers markets and the link that they provide to and between communities, reinforces the importance of supporting sustainable food sources. Purchasing food that has been grown in Northwest Wisconsin provides support for local growers and contributes to a community’s economic stability. The quick turnaround from garden to table also provides food with good nutrient retention.

The Spooner Farmers Market is proud to be a conduit for regional vendors as they present their offerings to local shoppers, cabin owners and visitors to the area. The connection of the growers to the shoppers is often the only direct contact that shoppers have with those who grow and produce their food. With the increased awareness of local food initiatives, including Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin, the public now has more choices when it comes to providing food for their families. The SFM is proud to be one of the more than 4,400

farmers markets throughout the country who strive to supply the freshest and most diverse selection of regional foods for the shopping and eating pleasure of the public. All should salute vendors and shoppers along with the dedicated growers of Northwest Wisconsin who recognize the importance of fresh, affordable food, along with the importance of the economic impact within our communities. - submitted


The Erickson Family of Sterling by Shirley Erickson Simons My parents were Edwin Erickson and Astrid Johnson. They lived in Sterling Township, at the corner of River Road and Evergreen Avenue. The Erickson family emigrated from Sweden in the late 1800s. Edwin Erickson’s folks met here and married; their names were Erick and Anna Erickson. Astrid Johnson was 10 years of age when she came from Sweden in 1911 with her family, her folks names being Oscar and Hulda Johnson. Erick and Anna settled in Sterling Township and Oscar and Hulda lived in Laketown Township. Astrid used to talk about how they were on two different boats coming over, one had sawdust-covered floors and one was really nice and even had movies on it. But what kind of movies I couldn’t tell you. They entered into this continent in Quebec, Canada, and we believe they took a train from there to Michigan. Oscar Johnson had a brother already over here. Astrid said she worked in the potato farms in the Dakotas as a cook before getting married. She said she wouldn’t cook anymore unless they got a door on the building because the flies were so bad. She and Edwin and other young people got together when they went iceskating on Wolf Lake. Astrid remembered how Edwin swam across Bass Lake one time. Edwin Erickson had two sisters; Florence Bergstrom and Gloria Miller, and three brothers, Harold, Emil and Walter. Astrid Johnson had two brothers, Iver and Avid Johnson, and four sisters, Mamie Hedberg, Anna Ramstrom, Esther Gustafson and Ada Breit. They all came from Sweden except for the youngest one. Edwin and Astrid got married in 1922 and had six children, Lawrence (Buddy), Mabel, Mildred, Janette, Harriet and Shirley. Edwin did some smalltime farming until the late 1940s along with other work. Dad would hire Charles Peterson to put crops in for him. Astrid also raised geese for Mrs. Gaul and they had a few milking cows, pigs and chickens. I remember Mom telling me about two horses they had named May and June, and one of them always wanted to bite her. They had a colt and one died from sleeping sickness. (I hope it was the one that wanted to bite.) Edwin and Astrid had about 160 acres

Astrid and Edwin Erickson and Anna Neufeldt take the boat upriver at Nevers Dam.

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Russ Hanson

River Road


Sterling neighbors (L to R): Mabel, Astrid, Shirley Erickson, Hattie Brenizer, Florence Rutsch, Lena Erickson and Anna Neufeldt. – Photo submitted in the section where the Cushing Rifle Club is now. Edwin leased, sold or donated land there to get it started. The clubhouse came from Nevers Dam, where it used to be a bunkhouse. Edwin worked at Northern States Power down at Nevers Dam Landing for about 30 years, until they took the dam out in 1954. He was then transferred to NSP in St. Croix Falls, which is now Xcel Power Co. We had lots of picnics, swimming and boat rides at Nevers Dam when we were young. Dad had this big, wooden boat and we’d go up and down the St. Croix River on weekends. Edwin was on the school board for Bass Lake School and was assessor for around 20 years for Sterling Township. I remember he always had to go out and put up the quarantine signs on the doors when somebody had measles or any contagious disease. He was also a fire warden for many years and an avid hunter and trapper when young. He frequently took his daughters squirrel hunting. Of course trapping and hunting were more necessity than a sport then. I can remember Dad saying that times were tough in those days and you had to make every shell count. In later years Dad and Lloyd Westlund used to have competitions, shooting at coins they threw in the air. I have to admit they were both good shots. I can remember when Dad ran for town chairman and lost by seven or less votes. He said if all his relatives would have voted, he would have been elected! I remember my sisters saying they walked to Bass Lake School with their lunches in a “Karo syrup can.” That was quite a walk from where we lived, as we lived across from what was then the Sterling Town Hall. When Bass Lake School closed, they went to Orr School and then they had a ride from Melvin Brenizer. I, on the other hand, was luckier, I always had a ride to Wolf Creek School from Floyd Harris. He was the school bus driver for the eight years I attended school and was driver before and after that. As we girls graduated, we all went to the Twin City area to live and work, but all moved back here to retire. Only one

sister, Millie, passed away before she got to move back. She had her home picked out and ready to move into when she had a massive heart attack. I (Shirley) came to live up here before retirement. We bought the Corner Store in Cushing, in 1978 from Leona Brekke. We sold it in 1984 to Jim Ewing. Edwin passed away in February 1965 and Astrid in October 1991. There are only Harriet and Shirley still living here in Sterling Township. They both have children here and more coming here in the future. My sister Janette told me before she passed away that Alberta Hanson said we should write something about our parents, as they were longtime residents here. Alberta tells me it was through Edwin they got the place where she and Vivian Hanson lived for years, and Alberta still does live there, along with her apple orchard and the beautiful gardens she grows. One of the nicest persons and neighbors you could ever meet. ••• Stanley Selin, who provides the columns and pictures from the Trade Lake neighborhood, turned 80 this week. He tells me that several of his aunts have lived into their 90s and even over 100, so he is hopeful his genetics will help him make another 20 years too. You can send him a birthday greeting at stanselin @ George Sornson (No. 4) tells me that I had a few mistakes in the story of the Five George Sornson’s of Cushing. He says his son Christian has a son, George I. Sornson, making it six generations of Georges in the family so far. He says his Bass Lake farm has been in the family 100 years as of 2008! I managed to get mixed up and married George W. (No. 2) to Hazel Danielson when I should have had it George R. (No. 3). Margo and I had a great time at the fair with lots of help from other history buffs. We had old scrapbooks on the inside from the county museum (indexed by Judy Wester in a massive winter project) and two fun ones borrowed from Lavern and Doris Jean Larson of Cushing made by his mother, Lily. Mark Johnson managed to get a nice display

of old cars, tractors and scale model tractors lined up from Erling Jensen, Marlin Swanson, James and Donald Anderson, Junior Lindh and others. We had 2000 people visit the Red Schoolhouse. I dropped off 20 copies of Vernon Peterson’s new book, “A Marriage on the Rocks,” at At-Las Antiques in downtown Atlas. The Olson sisters (Marjorie Mattson and Betty Wilson) have agreed to sell them for Vernon, as well as our Cushing history books. If you haven’t been to their store recently, you should stop by. I like to wander around the outside gardens with the old-time flowers. We visited Marjorie, who was making raspberry, strawberry and blueberry jams all from her own large plantings. I didn’t realize how well blueberries grow in this area until I saw her patch. Vernon and I are planning to autograph books on Saturday, Aug. 16, during Cushing Fun Days at the Cushing School – back entrance at the top of the Cushing hill. We will have the Cushing memory room open. Vernon plans to be there about 1:30 to 3 p.m. He was the Watkins man for Sterling, Eureka, Laketown, Anderson, Trade Lake and Luck townships in the old days and is well-known in our area. His book includes a chapter on his Watkins adventures. I will have the Cushing history books. We also hope to be at the Luck Museum and Library Grand Opening Sept. 13, in the afternoon to sign and sell books. We are looking for other local authors to join us at the new museum and hope to have a bookshop to sell books of local interest. The Luck Museum will be open Friday – Sunday each weekend in August as we work on getting exhibits ready for the grand opening. I have volunteered to be there Sundays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. I think we have 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. hours on Friday and Saturday—but look on the museum door to be sure. Cushing Tigers third-annual reunion, Saturday, Aug. 30, 1:30 p.m., at Cushing Community Center! Contact Russ at riverroadrambler

Astrid and Edwin Erickson. – Photos submitted


Pedals and Forks: Country Cafe - Grantsburg

Do you remember ? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago

Shown clockwise are Joel Finch, John Preissing, Jeff Finch and Jeff Evenson at the Country Cafe in Grantsburg. - Photo submitted by John Preissing GRANTSBURG – “Where everyone knows your name...” This tag line came to our minds as we settled into the Country Café in Grantsburg last Saturday morning. After traveling all over the area or to large venues, sitting down at one of Grantsburg’s finest breakfast eateries indeed felt like we were home amongst friends. This was the second of the grand loops that we have done in order to finish up in Grantsburg. This trip provided great biking and great food. Let’s take them in order. For this early weekend in July, we opted for a nice loop to circumnavigate Big Wood Lake. Leaving Grantsburg, we headed east on North Fork Road until reaching the T in the road, which is Williams. Going south on Williams we traveled to Crosstown where we turned left or east. Several times we have traveled on this stretch of Crosstown. Each time we ask ourselves if a certain dog, named Niko, is going to charge us or heed his master’s call. Fate was on our side and we passed by unmolested. We are quite lucky that his owners are nice and bike friendly. We next headed south on CTH M which runs a long undulating path, essentially paralleling the lake. We remarked about the amount of branches that were down speaking of the destructive night of storms which preceded us. This morning, the old axiom was turned on its head – we had a calm after the storm. The big turn on the trip is on CTHs M-Y, a connecting road between the two county trunks. We both agreed that it is one of the shortest but hilliest stretches around. An enthralling site we encountered was the gaggle of loons flying overhead. We counted at least a dozen together. From CTH Y we headed north again and back to Crosstrown to tempt fate one more time with Niko. Again we survived. To return back to Grantsburg we took Crosstown/Hoffman Road back to Russell Road, turning north to cross Hwy. 70. One enjoyable sight is how many people one can encounter in similar enterprises. Such was the case where we ran into Ken Hyatt biking, Ron Wilhelm running and two ladies walking. We felt a bond with those out early in the morning. We also felt a tug to eat so headed off to the Country Café.

Like most popular downtown restaurants, the Country Café, was packed on a Saturday morning. After being greeted by many regulars, we were invited to sit with our two celebrity diners, brothers Joel and Jeff Finch. Linda Marek, the winsome owner of the cafe, waited on us providing water, coffee and tea quickly. We were pleased or perhaps even a bit self-satisfied to learn that Linda had seen our articles. Since just Jeff and I were ordering, we had a great range of plates to choose from without fear of duplicating our requests. In spite of this, I stayed the course and had biscuits and gravy with two eggs over easy. Jeff ordered the special, two eggs over hard, country fries, sausage links and toast. Jeff, mixing review methods, voted his special two thumbs up. After reminding him we were on a five fork scale, he reiterated that he enjoyed the special, that the links were especially good but that the eggs were not quite as hard as he was expecting. And, while the sausage was in small flavorful pieces, a few more would have been better. The gravy was creamy smooth. We both enjoyed that we were given several chances to refill our coffee and tea in spite of Linda being very busy. While we are in the review business for the food, one would remiss not to mention the plethora of knickknacks on the walls. It is stupendous – with an accent on country originals. By the way, has anyone ever tried celery sauce, one of the old-time advertisements? Sounds good, but what is used on? A final testament to the virtues of hometown places occurred when another diner, Rodney Hanson, stopped Jeff to sing the praises of his long-departed greatgrandfather, Oliver Evenson. He was remembered fondly as a master watch and clock repairmen and a gentleman from Falun. As we were leaving, Linda commented that she loved her job and had been the owner for six years, building on the successful tradition of a restaurant founded by John and Collette Hall from nearly 20 years ago. Jeff and I summed up our review with a four out of five forks. We continue to welcome new riders to join us. We meet Saturdays or Sundays in the morning. Just drop a line. See you on the road!

Lions Club to hold eighth-annual Oktoberfest DANBURY – The Danbury Lions Club will be holding their eighth-annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Aug. 16, at a new location, the softball field three blocks south of Main Street, on Second Avenue by town hall. The gates open at 1 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Parking is free. This is a celebration of German heritage, culture and the commemoration of the contribution that German

immigrants have made to America. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Wisconsin. Entertainment will be provided by Bill Koncar of Minneapolis, Minn., the Dan Zimmer Polka Band of Webster and the Bavarian Club and German dancers in full costume. Enjoy pork, bratwurst, wieners, sauerkraut, wine, pop and authentic German beers. - submitted

4-H horse show is a success by Hannah Ince, Polk County 4-H Horse and Pony Project youth reporter POLK COUNTY – The 2008 Polk County Fair Horse Show was a huge success. Seventy-nine horse project members from throughout Polk County showed at the fair. Kim Ziegler, a WSCA and 4-H judge from Chetek, judged the show. The fair show started on Sunday, July 24, with the judged events. Friday was the day 4-H’ers showed gymkhana, or timed events. Saturday and Sunday were the open show days. Upcoming events for the horse and pony project include: • The invitational horse show, which will be held at the fairgrounds in St. Croix Falls on Sunday, Aug. 9. This is a youth show open to all youth, third grade and

older, who are in or are interested in 4-H. • Polk County will host the 14-county Western District Gymkhana Championships on Friday, Aug. 22, in St. Croix Falls. Admission is free, and spectators are welcome. • The pleasure district championship will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 - 24, at the Barron County Fairgrounds. • The state pleasure and gymkhana shows will be held at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis in September. Plans are already under way for the 2008-2009 Polk County Horse and Pony Project. If you would like more information on the project, or on how to join 4H, please call the county extension office at 715-4858600.– submitted

A dance was held at the Lewis Hall sponsored by the Frederic Legion Post. (In later years, the hall burned down.)-Coming to the Frederic Theatre were movies “Tarzan’s Fight for Life” and “The Colossus of New York.”-Movies coming to the D’Lux Theatre in Luck were “The Young Lions” starring Marlon Brando and “Blood of Dracula.”-Central Burnett County Fair ran Aug. 28, 29, 30.-Wood River Town Board planned for water regulations.-Residents were asked, “Do you have a fire number for your place?”The date of a wedding dance was set for Sept. 6 for Mr. and Mrs. Ted Butzler (Laura Grover) at the Indian Creek Hall with music by the Merry Makers.The film “Peter Pan” was coming to the D’Lux Theatre in Luck.-“The Fly” was coming to the Auditorium Theatre, SCF.-Specials at Route’s Super Market included sliced bacon at 59¢ lb., stewing hens at 39¢ lb., potatoes at 10 lbs. for 29¢, coffee at 2 lbs. at $1.49 plus tomato paste at 9¢ for a 6-oz. tin.-The Clam Falls Lutheran Church members planned to celebrate their 75th anniversary on Sept. 21, 1958.-Obituaries included Oscar Johnson, Katherine Phelps and Anne Benson.-The Frederic pea and bean packs were the second largest in history of the Stokely Van Camp plant.

40 Years Ago War veterans may be eligible for benefits at age 65.Specials at the Frederic Co-op Super Market included stewing hens at 35¢ lb., hickory-smoked picnic hams at 35¢ lb., grapes 33¢ lb. lemons at 49¢ dozen and oranges at 79¢ lb.-Specials at Route’s Super Market, Frederic, included bananas at 9¢ lb., ground beef at 2 lbs. for 89¢, cube steaks at 69¢ lb., Land O'Lakes ice cream at $1.19 a gal. and 6 boxes of Jell-O at 49¢.-Miss Wisconsin planned to make an appearance at the Siren Pageant.-Six candidates were seeking positions on Grantsburg School Board including Harold Scheider, Myron Dahl, Jerry McNally, Jon Lysdahl, Wallace McAloney and Gene Gronlund.-Two full pages of this newspaper were devoted to answering the question “How much does it actually cost to educate your child? At the Lewis School there were 48 pupils enrolled and the cost per pupil for a school year was $830.05. At Trade Lake Elementary there were 54 students, per pupil cost was $815.83. There were 25 students at Pleasant Dale Elementary at a cost per pupil of $845.01.-A tent crusade was set up at Mud Hen Lake.- Mr. and Mrs. Walter Helsene bought the old North Star School for $1,000, and turned it into their home.

20 Years Ago Five fire departments responded to a barn fire at the Elmer Taylor farm, Frederic.-A petition addressed farmers concerns over milk pricing.-Mark Biller was a candidate for the office of Polk County District Attorney.-Gov. Thompson promoted federal drought action.-Donald Hansen was after the Polk County Sheriff seat.-The Eye to Eye column highlighted Luella Amundson and her years working in the Frederic School system.-Major Bruce Java flew over Frederic prior to the Appleton Thunderbird Show.-Mikki Morris was crowned Miss Milltown for 1988.-Obituaries included Alfred Nielsen Jr., Helen Garey, Adeline (Witteman) Swaffield and Gustav Berg.-Shirley Randall retired after 45 years in the workforce, with years in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, private secretary, surgical technician and teacher in the elementary, high school and college levels.-Tarra Tomany was the new Miss Webster.-A meeting was set to discuss what to do with Dairyland students.-Bob Becker wrote his column on the subject of defusing the Fourth of July.-Business of the Week concentrated on the Ace Hardware Store in Webster, owned and operated by Bob and Florence Swanson.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi, everybody! Blacky here from Humane Society of Burnett County. I have lots of good news to report this week, beginning with Tulip. Tulip is the smooth-coated collie pup who came to the shelter with a fractured hip. Tulip had her surgery last week, and donations to help pay for it are beginning to come in from nice folks who want to help out. Last week, I failed to put the shelter’s address in my column for people who would like to mail a check, so I’ll list that now. The address is 7347 Midtown Rd., Siren, WI 54872. If any of you readers out there are interested in fostering YAPpenings Tulip until she’s up and at ‘em again, she could use some peace and quiet during her recovery period as well. It can be pretty nutty around the kennels for a dog who is trying to recuperate. The other good news I have is that a few of my friends here have found themselves a new home! Peachy and Freckles’ mom, Appelonia, is going home, and so is Buster the wiggly springer. My friends Mya the shepherd, Coda the Basenji, and Psalms the distinguished German shepherd, are also hopeful they’ll be leaving soon. Goldie said her goodbyes to me last week, so there’ll be one less kitten at the shelter trying to ambush me when I visit. What a pity. I think Twilight, the black Lab, might be packing her bags also. That darn Twilight nearly got me into trouble last week. Here’s why: She can open the gates to the play yard! I didn’t know this and didn’t double-secure them when I went to play with my friends. When I wasn’t looking, she opened up the gates, and the next thing I knew all the female dogs were running off in all directions! Oh boy, I was in a panic! Luckily, no one went too far, and they all came willingly back without me having to chase them around. Actually, I think they were all playing a trick on me. Twilight and Mya sure thought it was funny, but I wasn’t too amused. Girls. Who can figure ‘em out? There is a whole new crew of dogs again this week,




and I, at least, am happy to see that most of them are male. Well, a lot of them act silly too, so I suppose I shouldn’t be so biased. For starters, there’s Rascal. Rascal is a yellow Lab mix who is about 1-1/2 years old and looks like he could use a few extra groceries, poor fella. Next, there are two, yes two, Basset hounds: Darby is just a year-old boy, and then there’s The Nose. Yep, that’s his name. The Nose is 2 years old and is a very nice dog. I can’t help but stare at his feet, though; they are the biggest set of paddles I’ve ever seen! The last of the boys is Jack, who is an aptly named Jack Russell terrier. Jack is just 2, and a little shy when you first meet him, but don’t let that put you off. Jack is a sweetheart once he decides you’re all right. There are two new girls, too, who just arrived at the shelter. Roxy is a very cute black Lab pup. She’s about 6 months old and loves to run around and play. (A word of caution, however, if you like your shoes, I wouldn’t leave them lying around where she can get at them.) Li’l Maizy is a youngster of about 11 months old. Li’l Maizy is a border collie/Lab mix and is just adorable. She and Roxy spend most of their time roaring around their play area. It makes my head spin. Hey, if you happen to be at Gandy Dancer Days in Webster this weekend, look for some of my shelter friends! If things go as planned, you can meet some of the available dogs, and maybe cats, and talk to the folks who take such good care of them. I think they will be on Main Street on Saturday afternoon. Well, that is about all the news I have this week. Besides, I have to go find myself a hiding spot. I’ve been informed, “Blacky, you stink!” so that means another dreaded bath is in my future. Why is it every time I find some good-smelling something to roll in, the shampoo bottle comes out and washes it all away? If I really wanted to smell like petunias, I’d have already flattened the ones in my front yard. I guess you can’t teach an old mom new tricks. Uh-oh, I think I just referred to my mom as “old” - now I really have to go and hide! Be kind, everybody, and I’ll see you here next week! HSBC is saving lives, one at a time., 715-866-4096.


The Siren Summerfest Days always brings so many fun things to see and do as well as a few great bargains. I always enjoy the sidewalk sales, seems others do too, as there were quite a few people out looking for a bargain or two. I find it a great time to stock up on some future birthday gifts as well as a few Christmas ones. The Lions Annual Chicken and Rib Dinner in the park is a great time to visit neighbors or friends or even make a few new ones, and, at the same time, enjoy a great meal. The guys and gals do a lot of hard work getting this event all together. The money earned goes back into our community for many good causes. A special thank-you to all the Siren Lions and Lioness for a job well done. Bill and Bev Jensen of Minot, N.D., along with their 7year-old granddaughter, Carrie Otto, spent Tuesday evening at the home of Art and Bev Beckmark. In the morning they all attended the funeral of Bill and Art’s uncle, LeRoy Beckmark. They returned home to Minot later in the afternoon on Wednesday. Don’t forget Daniels residents, the town board meeting is coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the town hall. At this meeting they will be selecting a committee for the development of the ATV ordinance. Sympathy to the family of Lynn Anderson who passed away July 21. Sympathy to the family of LeRoy Beckmark who passed away July 26. Those of you who have first-time hunters this fall, there will be a hunter education class starting on Monday, Aug. 11, at the South Fork Sporting Club in Lewis. Other dates for classes are Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 12 – 13, Saturday, Aug. 16, and Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 18 and 19, with the last class held on Saturday, Aug. 23. For more info call Tom at 715-653-4253. All classes will start at 6:30 p.m. Congratulations to new grandparents, Niles and Marge Peterson. Daughter Bonnie and husband Chris Foesher have a new son. Aiden Christian Foesher was born July 22. This makes three for Niles and Marge, and one more

Bev Beckmark

for great-grandparents Vernon and Gwen Peterson. Art and Bev Beckmark spent Friday up in Moose Lake, Minn., visiting her brother Bob Martin and his girlfriend, Jan Hobbs, at their camper on Moose Lake. They enjoyed a late afternoon lunch at Gampees Restaurant. Before heading home to Siren, they stopped in at several antique shops to just browse. The 20th-annual quilt auction at Luther Point Bible Camp is set for Sunday, Aug. 10, with a pig roast at noon with quilt auction at 1:15 p.m. For more info contact Luther Point at 715-689-2347. Those of you in Burnett County who have hazardous waste material you need to get rid of, there will be a hazardous waste disposal on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Burnett County shop on Hwy. 70 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Bill Welter at 715-635-2197 if you need more info. Charlotte Flygstad, longtime Siren resident, will be moving to Minnetonka, Minn., at the end of August. Coyland Creek is holding a youth in the outdoors event on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great event for kids to enjoy some outdoor fun, plus, this is a free event. Call Coyland if you need more info, 715-6534275. Coming up at the Siren Methodist Church at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, are the Swedish violinists and fiddlers from Vikarbyn in the province of Dalarna, Sweden. This group is in their middle teens. They will also play at the First Baptist Church in Falun on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken to help defray their tour expenses. Art and Bev Beckmark visited with Peggy Strabel out on Waldora Road on Sunday afternoon.

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Mary Dunn, Lida Nordquist, Nina and Donna Hines, and Karen Mangelsen were guests at the home of Marlene Swearingen Tuesday afternoon. They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. Gerry and Donna Hines met Mary and Rupert Wright at St. Croix Falls for lunch Wednesday. Mary and Rupert are old friends from Bloomington, Minn. Beth Crosby, Judy Albee and Sue Mroszak visited Lawrence and Nina Hines Wednesday evening. Hank and Karen Mangelsen called on Marlene and Bruce Swearingen Thursday afternoon. Ann Srachta, Donna and Gerry Hines, Karen Mangelsen, Judy Albee and Beth Crosby were among a number of people who attended the potluck supper at the Timberland Free Lutheran Church Thursday evening. Afterward, they all listened to the presentation of Christian music and testimony given by Michael Furchert and his parents. They parents had traveled from Germany. Diana Mangelsen, Lida Nordquist and Nina and Donna Hines went to the salad luncheon and bake sale held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner on Friday. Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen took a trip to Superior and Duluth on Friday to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Roger and Sue Mroszak went to St. Paul on Friday. They attended a program of dancing and music from Broadway shows. Their granddaughter, Carli Pederson, was one of the performers. Hank and Karen Mangelsen went to the Bible school program at Evangelical Free Church in Frederic Friday evening. Granddaughter Hannah Mangelsen and greatnephew and niece, Caleb and Hannah Schott, took part in the presentation. Darwyn and Pam Brown hosted Coomer Days at their home Saturday afternoon. Over 70 people attended the potluck meal and then spent the afternoon visiting and reminiscing. Don and Eleanor Grunnes and Jean Marion attended the reunion of the class of 1948 in Shell Lake on Saturday. Twenty-four folks enjoyed the time together. Chuck and Marie Jorgenson, Dick and Phyllis Ehlers, Roger and Karen Route and Bob and Mary Anderson were Saturday guests at the home of Sue and Roger Mroszak. They enjoyed a time of visiting and playing cards. Chuck and Marie stayed overnight there in their camper. Karen and Hank Mangelsen attended Hank’s 50-year class reunion in Siren on Saturday afternoon. Twelve members of the class and their guests were at the get-together held at the lake home of Norman Jensen. Ryan Hanna visited Ronda, Maynard and Amy Mangelsen during the week. Saturday visitors at Ronda and Maynard’s home were Jean, Terry, Justine, Brin, Bria and Bryce Williamson, Ken and Tyann Otis, Jacob Russell, Daya Lawrence and Dylan Longhenry. Judy Albee was a Tuesday evening visitor of Don, Charlene and Charlie Strabel. Beverly Brunclik was a Saturday night supper guest of Judy Albee. Craig Smith joined them later for a visit.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Birth announcements Born at Burnett Medical Center: A girl, Kylie Rose Hansen, born July 30, 2008, to Robert Hansen and Ashley Larson, Grantsburg. Kylie weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and was 19-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Sue Wessels, Grantsburg; Mike Larson, Grantsburg; Ricky and Lisa Goepfert, Grantsburg and Elisa Efterfield, Pierz. Great-grandparents are Ethel Nelson, Grantsburg; Kathy and Dennis Goephert, Grantsburg; John and Sandy Wvnne, Afton, Minn.; James Wessels, St. Paul, Minn.; Doug and Phyllis Larson, Grantsburg; and Bobby and Sandy DeMarre, Grantsburg. •••

Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center: A boy, Morgan Patrick Fehlen, born July 28, 2008, to Jacob and Kelsea Fehlen, Osceola. Morgan weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. ••• A boy, Levi Daniel Grant, born July 15, 2008, to Michelle Amick and Todd Grant, St. Croix Falls/Osceola. Levi weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. ••• A boy, Timothy Wayne Wilson Jr., born July 21, 2008, to Heidi and Timothy Wilson, Balsam Lake. Timothy weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. ••• A girl, Cali Love Pilquist, born July 22, 2008, to Mary Ramaley and Benjamin Pilquist, Taylors Falls. Cali weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz. ••• A boy, Aedin Christian Halligan Foehser, born July 22, 2008, to Bonne and Chris Foehser, Siren. Aedin weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. ••• A girl, Eloise Florence Crowe, born July 24, 2008, to Chris and Becky Crowe, Luck. Eloise weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. ••• A girl, LaRayne Lynn Mastrian, born July 24, 2008, to Sara Boelman and Jeremy Mastrian, St. Croix Falls. LaRayne weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. ••• A girl, Katie May Kimball, born July 25, 2008, to Tabitha Christensen and Nathan Kimball, Centuria. Katie weighed 7 lbs. •••

Born at Amery Regional Medical Center A boy, Landon Michael Mansheim, born July 19, 2008, to Kelly and Basil Mansheim, Amery. Landon weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. ••• A girl, Chloe Ann Jicinsky, born July 29, 2008, to Laura and Daniel Jicinsky, Amery. Chloe weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. ••• A girl, Cassandra Evelyne Tiry, born July 29, 2008, to Angela and Mark Tiry, Amery. Cassandra weighed 8 lbs., 10.5 oz. •••



A big weekend is coming for Lewis beginning Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10. It’s Charles E. Lewis Days and also the third-annual tent revival. Events are scheduled all over town. Lots of music, little Miss and Mr. Lewis drawing, the parade at 2 p.m., the fish pond, food, children’s games, etc. For the full schedule, look at the full-page ad in the Indianhead Advertiser. Birthdays in the Lewis church bunched up this past weekend. Carol Bohn celebrated Saturday with a birthday party at Coon Lake Park and also on Sunday at church on the actual date. Others with birthdays included John Glockzin, the Lenz twins and Ethan Cook. Lots of sweet treats after services. Service helpers included LaVonne Boyer, Robin Peterson, ushers, Linda and Kerry Cook and Ethan and MacKenna Cook. Both the Lewis Band and the Lewis church choir performed. Two white pine trees were removed from the church lawn last week and the stumps will be ground up, hopefully before our big celebration this weekend. Parade marshals have been announced in the Indianhead Advertiser. This year’s Charles E. Lewis Days celebration is dedicated to the memory of Esther Schallenberger. She dearly loved all the events going on, especially the flea market set up on the back church lawn. Her daughter, Barbara Olinger, plans to be here both Saturday and Sunday with her setup of pretty things. Hoping others will sign up too. Rick Abrahamzon celebrated his birthday on Saturday when he and Sheila Staples went to Ashland. The Abrahamzons had lived in three different houses in Ashland and also spent a summer near Sanborn and the Marengo River. The school at Sanborn has been taken down, re-

Savannah is a 4-month-old, female kitten with a tuxedo, mittens and an extraordinary silver and black coat. Her silvery undercoat is subtle under the black ends of each hair. She is very unique in this way. Savannah is a gentle sweetheart of a kitten. She has a loud purr that warms the room. She enjoys attention and can join in the fun and games with all of the other kittens available for adoption. Savannah is our poster child for our kitten season sale. About this time every year, our shelter becomes overwhelmed with the number of kittens that are found in ditches, barns, sheds, fields, under decks and hanging from window screens. They literally seem to come out of the woodwork. The feline breeding season usually begins in January or February and extends through September or early October. A female cat typically has three estrous cycles per breeding season. The first usually occurs between January and early March, the second between April and June, and the third between July and September. Gestation for a cat is approximately nine weeks, or 63 days. When her first litter of kittens is 5 or 6 weeks old, the lactating mother cat will go into heat again and become pregnant for her second cycle of the breeding season. And so on.

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The Harmony H.C.E. Club had a potluck picnic lunch at LaVonne O’Brien’s on Tuesday. Last Tuesday the Mortson sisters had their remembrance lunch with Maxine Stone. On Friday, Charles and Elaine Scott and Edna Greesen had dinner with Ellen Hartshorn at Danbury. Edna Greesen, who has been visiting her sisters in July, returned to her home in Waco, Texas. On Friday, the Iola Rachner family had a picnic for Grace Nelson and children from New York, N.Y. They also

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portedly to make room for a community center. It also has a comparatively new United Methodist Church, a popular café, etc. Rick renewed ties with his favorite trout fishing spot and picked wild raspberries as the bushes were loaded. People don’t pick berries the way they once did. They are missing a really good thing. Sheila Staples, Rick Abrahamzon and Bernice went to the Burnett County Government Center on Wednesday to witness the gift boxes created by Roy Ward and students to hold prized rock collections donated by Vernon Peterson to local schools. It’s a fine display for schools in Burnett County. Vernon is realizing some of his dreams, with a book published and these display boxes dedicated. He still has other plans in mind. The church board had a monthly meeting Wednesday evening at Lewis to plan coming events. The books received from the Siren UMW are now on the shelves in pastor’s study and are ready to be signed out. Please limit yourself to one book at a time to return within 30 days so others may enjoy reading them also. Some very interesting books including one on a falcon named Kara. We were surprised to hear that Mary Fahland had passed away in early July. It goes to show how worthwhile obituaries are in local newspapers. Sympathy is extended. The Northwest Regional Writers will meet this Friday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. in the community room, Big Gust Apts., Grantsburg. The assignment is this: If you had a fairy godmother, what qualities would you want her to have? You are invited to Charles E. Lewis Days and the tent revival this weekend. Activities all over town.

Millions of cats are euthanized each year for a lack of homes. Countless millions die as a result of living outdoors, subject to weather, diseases, vehicles, predators and starvation. This is a result of the feline breeding season. Two cats and their surviving offspring will produce 12 cats in one year, 12,680 cats in five years and 80,399,780 cats in 10 years. Allowing your cat to have one batch of kittens doesn’t seem like much until you understand the results. The responsibility of caring for millions of kitten births each year falls to humane societies across the county as well as Arnell. With kittens in abundance at the Arnell shelter and many more on the waiting list to come to the shelter, Arnell will be offering a kitten season sale. Adopt one cat or kitten at full price and receive the option of a second cat or kitten for free. Buy one get one free. Standard adoption requirements must be honored, but if your home is ready for a house full of feline fun and you want to help Arnell wage the battle against cat over-population, this sale is calling out to you. In addition to Savannah, kittens Breezy, Hopper, Luke, Lane, Wade, Kirby, Casey, Spud, Franklin, Mac and Guthrie and adult cats Oliver and Elf are waiting to kick off this sale by going home with you. All adopted cats must leave the shelter in a carrier, so come prepared or purchase one at the shelter. View our kittens and cats at our Web site listed below: Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin Street East, Amery, 715-268-7387 or

LaVonne O’Brien sang “Happy Birthday” to Barry Rachner and Margel Johnson. Brad Krause is at Boy Scout Camp at Tomahawk this week.


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER 866-4334 Nicki Quernemoen was our sub cook from Monday through Wednesday this week as our site manager/cook Deb Korhonen was vacationing with sister Judy Baker, niece Yvonne Harrington and Carol Berglind. They first attended a Kulas annual family reunion in Moose Lake, Minn., and then drove on to Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to relax and enjoy the sunshine at the Harrington’s summer home on Lake Superior. Tuesday was hat contest day at the center and Lily Gleason and Pete Neubauer won plates of cinnamon rolls made by Nicki. Twenty-three members of the Ravishing Rubies Red Hat Society met for lunch on Tuesday at Zia Louise Restaurant in Webster. Janet Snelson’s granddaughter, Danielle of Pasadena, Calif., was visiting and enjoyed the zany red hatter activities. It was also nice to have Jeanne Wagner join us after being absent for quite some time and even Margel Ruck’s grandson, Logan Smith, of Baldwin. After singing the Red Hat song, birthday greetings were extended to Mert Kisselburg, Marlene Kufalk, Margel Ruck and Marie Van Guilder and each received a red hat birthday gift. Vice Queen Mother Jeanette Olson had a game for everyone to play and numerous stories and jokes were told. The adventures of mascot Ms. Hattie were read by Judi Reese after spending the month of July with her. I forgot to ask Judi what Fred’s opinion of the situation was! Ms. Hattie’s foster mom for August is Gladys Beers, and now I know she really will have some misadventures to report. Door prize winners were Danielle Snelson, Jane Tomnitz and Jeanne Wagner. The next Red Hat luncheon will be on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at JoMama’s Restaurant, lo-

Webster Senior Center cated on the corners of CTH A and H located east of Webster. Fourteen ladies and one young gentleman named Logan played dime Bingo on Wednesday afternoon and Ms. Hattie also showed up with Gladys Beers. Refreshments were furnished by yours truly. Logan also enjoyed a ride on Gene Johnson’s scooter and a treat at North View Drive-in. I asked Logan what he thought of the “crazy ladies” his grandma hangs out with, and he just smiled and said, “They’re pretty nice!” He also got to attend the community dinner at St. John’s Catholic Church on Tuesday evening. He must think that all we ever do is play games, act goofy and eat. Whatever! Deb was back at work on Thursday and she served birthday cake for dessert. Some of our seniors with July birthdays were Ruby Radke, Mercelia Studeman, Violet Fossum, Arvilla Voltattorni, Virgil Beecher, Margel Ruck, Lois Snyder, Virgil Beecher, Don Doriott, Karen Anderson and Betty Kulbeck. We also extend belated birthday wishes to our friends and former Webster residents Joan Berg in York, Pa., and LeRoy Cornelison at the VA Home in King. Theresa Gloege, Gladys Beers, Margel Ruck and I enjoyed a belated birthday dinner for Margel at the Grand Casino Restaurant in Hinckley on Thursday. The regular group of pool and card players were at the center Thursday evening and my memory fails me as to their names, as they didn’t get written down. Some diners this week that haven’t been with us for a while were Lois Snyder, Gloria and Virgil Beecher, Ken Anderson and Larry and Carol Bjorlen.

Cloverton-Markville The July meeting of the East Pine County Wanderers each year is the date for the annual election of officers. Fran Levings and Sandi Drake were re-elected as president and treasurer respectively. Pam Berg and Don Mishler were elected to three-year terms to the board of directors. Darlene Merimonti brought the birthday cake and door prize. Marlene Mishler won the prize for the second month in a row. It was a lovely bear-decorated candleholder. Cheryl Wickham had the only July birthday. The annual Markville reunion will be held at the town hall on Saturday, Aug. 16. It is a potluck event beginning at noon. Pass the word. Charlie Steffen is a friend of Todd Elliott and has been coming up a lot lately from the Cities to prepare food plots in anticipation of the upcoming bear and deer hunting seasons. Mary Moser and Fran Levings attended a meeting in Sandstone with the director of the Arrowhead Transit Com-

pany to discuss plans to set up a bus route for Pine County. Tentative plans call for a 20-passenger bus to come to Cloverton, Markville and Duxbury on Tuesdays to take people either to Sandstone or Pine City and back again. The program will be up and running in January of 2009. Cheryl and Gene Wickham were recently visited by their son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Jenny from Las Vegas. They are both stationed at the airbase there. Ron will shortly be sent to Korea shortly, while Jenny is being deployed to Iraq as a member of the military police. Sandi and Dave Drake went to the Cities last week to be with their daughter, Patty, while she had surgery, then take her home and spend some time with her and her family. It continues to be hay season out here in our little townships. Ed Carlin had help from sons Bill and Dale in putting up square bales. Bill’s wife, Amanda, and Dale’s girlfriend, Jenny, came along to help also.

Mary Klar Don’t forget that our next Dining at Five meal will be served at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, and the menu is roast pork with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, dessert, rolls and milk. Call 866-5300 to sign up. Congratulations and best wishes to newly appointed Wisconsin Federal Judge Michael Gableman, Burnett County Circuit Judge Ken Kutz and District Attorney William Norine as they take over their new positions. Our gratitude is extended to Judy and Marshall Hill for donating freshly picked blueberries; and Margel Ruck – homemade refrigerator sweet pickles. Our get-well wishes and prayers continue go to Antone and Jeremy Gronski. Our sympathy and prayers also go out to the family of Steven Puttbrese, Webster, in his recent tragic death. Robert Cummings was a missionary who suffered a nervous breakdown in 1932. Even therapy and hospitalization didn’t help him and he was placed in a mental institution. For two years he suffered overwhelming emotional agony. One night he knelt down by his bed and begged God for relief. While praying, he felt peace filling his soul, and he was filled with joy and gratitude. Not long afterward, he was released to go home to his family. Someone recently gave me a “spoken” prayer. “I lift false burdens, and remove feelings of heaviness, oppression and depression. I cast them upon the Lord, who sustains. I shall not be moved.” God’s dawn of deliverance often comes when the hour of trial is darkest. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain you.” – Psalm 55:22. See you at the center!

Fran Levings Eleanor and Mel Elliott have been haying every day. Deloris Schirmer’s granddaughter Becky sent tickets to her dad, Don, for car races in Indianapolis awhile back. So Don picked up Becky’s twin, Renee, and the two of them went down. After the races, they all enjoyed a cookout and bonfire at Becky’s home. Becky works for a pharmaceutical company now and plans to be married in October. My husband, Dave Baker, and I picked up my nephew, Alex Wolden, in Superior last weekend and the three of us did some hiking on one of the Superior hiking trails on the North Shore. Last Friday, I took Mary and Ron Moser’s grandchildren, Holden and Brianna, swimming at Tamarack Lake, then brought them to our home for Yahtzee, pizza, a movie and a sleepover. Such good kids. Head for the swimming hole, wherever you are.

Amery Senior Center by Judith Alles, trip coordinator The dog days of August are here, and in fact, they seem to have started a wee bit early, like the end of July. Anyway, it is great having all the wonderful, sunny warm weather to be able to do all the outdoor summer activities like swimming, fishing, cookouts, hiking, biking and watching the corn grow. The Monday farmers market is getting into full swing now, and each week more fruits and vegetables are making their appearance. But if August is already here, can September and fall be far behind? There is so much always going on here at the senior center every day. You wouldn’t believe all the thinking and advance planning and work that goes on to get all these activities and trips off the ground, sometimes three to four months, or more. Thursday,Aug. 7, is our August birthday party to which all are invited to come and help us celebrate our member’s August birthdays. We always have a fun time, and this time along with Amy Johnson checking blood pressures from 11 a.m. to noon, Gloria Bauer, after lunch, will be talking about Partnering with Your Doctor. Be sure and call the office at 268-6605 to get on the list to join us Thursday, at 11:45 a.m., Aug. 7. Our Wii bowlers on Tuesday at 1 p.m. had a great day, with Carl Johnson bowling a record high game of 256 to win the game. Good job, Carl!! Paul Seidel came in second and Mary Fisher, third. Our Monday Bridge players enjoyed themselves with Madeline Michelson taking first place, Sydney Lund second and Bea Gilbertson, third. The Wednesday Bridge group had their share of fun with Shirley Turek coming in first, Sydney Lund, second, Judy Strobush, third, Sandy Thorn, fourth and Pete Hanson, fifth. Congratulations to you all. This week’s pool tournament had 10 players with Val Hansen taking first place, Carl Johnson, second, Mary Fisher, third, and Gayle Knutson, fourth. Our trip to Door County is coming up fast – Sept. 4 thru 7. If you are interested in a wonderful, weekend getaway trip to magical Door County with fun things to do all week-

end, and at a wonderful price. Call now to get more information and sign up to go with us. Don’t get left out, you will certainly regret it. The Branson trip is also coming up fast. This is a fabulous trip is at a bargain price, with a great group of friends and people going Oct. 19 – Oct. 25. Again, don’t miss this one. New friends are always welcome. The Minnesota Twins game with the Kansas City Royals, on Sept. 11, is also coming up fast. It should be a great game and a wonderful chance to see a game in person - so much better being there than just watching TV. Lee Elmer and Friends Reunited will be back at the Center on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. There’s a $1 cover

charge and refreshments available. Come have some fun. Enjoy this wonderful weekend, and stop by and see us.


Frederic Senior Center Spades was played on Monday, July 28, at 1 p.m. The winners were: first place Netha Polson, second place was Vi Luke and third place was Ed Berdal. Tuesday Whist was played along with visiting and enjoying each others company. Just about every morning our pool players have a good game challenging each other. Wednesday, the Pokeno table is kept busy at 1 p.m. They have a lot of fun. Thursday 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. with the following win-

ners: first place was Carmen Marek, second place was Mickey Kilmer, third place was Myrna Weik and fourth place was Ed Berdal. Friday was our monthly meeting with 18 members present. We welcome our new executive board member, David Peterson. Pokeno and Shanghi, refreshments and visiting were enjoyed after the meeting. Saturday was potluck and the August birthdays observed. We counted our members who have observed

Ardyce Knauber their 90th birthday, and there are 10. We have a good coffee group early in the morning. It sets the day out right. Best wishes to Hazel Hoffman who was hospitalized at Marshfield Hospital. We put a box out for the Frederic food shelf, as there is a need in our community. Each day put a little humor in your life and you will soon feel better. Drop by the center and enjoy a cup of coffee with us.

St. Croix Valley Senior Center The birthdays for August are Barb Bolten, Judy Dittrich, Ester Prokop, Charles Zeigler, Connie Gray and Iva Hanson. Wishing you all a very happy birthday. Tuesday afternoon Domino winners were Don Anderson in first place, Ione White in second place and Jean McIntyre in third place. 500 card winners were Pete Schlosser in first place, Cliff Qualle in second place, Bruce Medchill

in third place, Ruth Flostrand in fourth place and Elaine Edlund in fifth place. Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it. Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that

requires effort, thought and concentration. Thursday evening 500 card winners were Olga Young in first place, Cliff Qualle in second place, Darlene Knutson in third place and Carol Van Buskirk in fourth place. Have a great week.

Interstate Park news Naturalist programs at Wisconsin Interstate Park Friday, Aug. 8 2 p.m. – Hike to Horizon Rock. Meet the naturalist at the Horizon Rock Trail sign across from the Pothole Trail for a short hike to Horizon Rock – appropriately named for the incredible view. Saturday, Aug. 9 2 p.m. – Pet A Pelt. Meet naturalist Barb Walker at the Ice Age Center and learn about some Wisconsin wildlife. Did you know that deer hair is hollow?

What makes the fur of a beaver or otter different? Stop by to learn more! 4 p.m. – A Billion Years on the Pothole Trail. Meet the naturalist at the Pothole Trail sign and take a hike back in time to see the wonders created over the last billion years. 7 p.m. – Watchable Wildlife Around Lake O’ the Dalles. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a one-mile scenic hike around Lake O’ the Dalles. Discover what makes the lake unique and watch for signs of wildlife that live there. Meet at the lake side of the Beach House. Wednesday, Aug. 13 10 a.m. – Just For Kids: Dragons versus Damsels.

Learn about Nature’s helicopters! A fun program for elementary-aged children and their parents. Meet on the lake side of the Beach House. Thursday, Aug. 14 10 a.m. – Nature Story Time. Join naturalists Julie Fox or Barb Walker for a story and activity chosen especially for children pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check at the park office upon arrival for program location. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more information call Walker or Fox at 715-483-3747. – submitted

Wisconsin State Patrol Law of the Month Slower traffic keep right STATEWIDE – Drivers must allow faster traffic to pass in the left lane on divided highways. According to a hit-song of the 1970s, “life in the fast lane will surely make you lose your mind.” To protect your sanity as well as your safety, it’s often wise to let faster-moving vehicles just pass you by. This is especially true while driving on interstate highways and other multiple-lane roadways. If you’re traveling slower than other vehicles, you can help traffic move more safely and efficiently by staying in the right lane as much as possible. According to Wisconsin law, any vehicle traveling “at less than the normal speed of traffic” is required to be driven in the right lane (or as close as practicable) except when overtaking or passing another vehicle. A citation for violating this law costs $198.60 with four demerit points assessed on the driver’s license. “Even when you’re driving at the posted speed limit, you should allow faster moving vehicles to pass. Trying to force other drivers to slow down by blocking the left lane does not make our highways safer. Instead, it can lead to more tailgating, road rage and other problems,” says Capt. Douglas Notbohm of the Wisconsin State Patrol Northwest Region. “We hope that drivers will leave enforcement of speed limits to our troopers and other law enforcement officers.” The state patrol advises motorists to follow these guidelines to help maintain a safe flow of traffic on interstates and other divided highways:

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• If you’re not passing another vehicle, use the right lane as much as possible. • If you’re in the right lane, allow other drivers to merge from the left lane into the right lane so that faster traffic can pass in the left lane. In addition, provide space for vehicles to merge into the right lane when they are entering a roadway from an on-ramp. • If you’re in the left lane, don’t tailgate or try to

make a slower vehicle ahead of you move to the right lane. Be patient and courteous. Notbohm says, “When slower moving vehicles use the right lane, traffic flows more smoothly with less congestion and road rage, which certainly helps make our highways safer and more efficient.” - submitted


POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Milltown Public Library Parenting discussion group The Milltown Library hosts a weekly parenting discussion circle that began in Aug. 5. Each week, this group’s discussions will relate to a different chapter from the book “Parenting for Peace and Justice,” by James and Kathleen McGinnis, published in 1990. This secular discussion circle is free and open to all parents. Free, on-site child care will be provided (although the baby sitters may appreciate a small tip). The discussion circle will meet every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight weeks, through Sept. 30. Parents are encouraged to attend as many of the meetings as possible, but not required to attend every week; likewise, reading the book is encouraged but not required. Copies of the book will be available at the Milltown Public Library. Summer reading program Turn in your reading records up until the day of the grand-prize drawing to earn a free T-shirt and more cool prizes. Make plans to attend the Friday, Aug. 29, grand-prize drawing for an iPod touch. Door prizes will be given to those present at the grand prize drawing! Gamers club Play with the new Wii until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. This is only open to high school and middle school teenagers who

have a library card with under $10 in fines. During summer vacation, the Wii will be available from 3:30 until 7 p.m. every Thursday. The card is key Please bring your library card with you to the library. With it, you can log right on at one of our six fast computer stations without having to wait in line at the front desk. Our new computer login system will help us provide better service to everyone at the library. We are wireless Bring your laptops to the Milltown Public Library and enjoy our free, fast, wireless Internet access. No library card necessary! Story hour Milltown Public Library offers story time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. yearround. Story times are free and are designed for children under 6 and their caregivers. Each story time lasts 30 to 45 minutes and includes time to browse and check out books. Hours Library hours are Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sunday.

Amery Public Library Summer reading rolls along with 335 children participating in Catch the Reading Bug. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, we will feature children’s author and storyteller Katy McKy at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome, but come early, for our crowds have been large. Story time On the Road continues on Monday nights at 5 p.m., with Christinia and Kaitlyn doing stories and crafts behind the Twin Pines Apartments on Minneapolis Ave. Everyone is welcome, if you live in the neighborhood or if Monday night is a better time for you than Wednesday morning. Saturday, Aug. 23, is the last day to turn in your stickers for the summer reading program. Please turn them in on that day or before to receive credit for your achievements. The Friends of the Library will be having a book sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23. If you have materials to donate for this sale please bring them not more than a few days before the sale because we have limited storage space. The library accepts books, magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs, and audios in good condition. We do not accept Readers Digest condensed books, old encyclopedias or National Geographic magazines. The Friends of the Library book group will be meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, to

discuss “The Amarantha Stories,” a book written by Amery High School graduate Laurie Otis, nee Nacey. We hope to have Otis attend the book group to help us discuss this novel set in our Wisconsin region. The group meets at 7 p.m. for discussion. In September, the group will discuss “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a part of our Big Read. More information will be appearing in this column in the following weeks. The Teens Read book group will meet on Monday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Johnny Got His Gun,” by Dalton Trumbo, a novel of World War I. Join us if you are a teen. Snacks and drinks will be served. Progress is continuing on the renovation of the new library space. We hope construction will be completed by Sept. 15. The Friends of the Library have a new shipment of library T-shirts including 2X. The shirts say: Amery Area Public Library-The Next Chapter, and sell for $15, part of which is a fundraiser by the Friends. Library hours 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.

Dresser Public Library is located at 117 S. Central Ave., Dresser, WI 54009. Library hours Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Contact the library at 715-755-2944

which is our telephone and fax number or e-mail us at Our Web site, has information about story times, days closed, reference links, library policy and community information.

Clear Lake Public Library Regular library hours Monday: Noon - 7 p.m.; Tuesday: noon - 6 p.m.; Wednesday: 3 - 9 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday: noon 5 p.m.; and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30

p.m. We can be reached by phone at 715263-2802 or by e-mail at

Centuria Public Library Reading Bingo continues The summer fun continues at the Centuria Public Library with many children playing Reading Bingo. There is only one week left to play the game, so hurry on into the library, pick up your Bingo cards, and start reading. The library has many good books to read for all ages. The summer reading prize winners for

week four are Gracie Peterson, Isaac Rau and Zachery Rau. Regular library hours 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.

Polk County Library Federation What are the Friends? What do the Friends do? Recently I was asked, “What exactly do the Friends do?” Here are the main goals of the group and some examples of what they have been doing this past year. The Friends of the Polk County Libraries was formed in 2006 by members of the public concerned about the promotion of the libraries in Polk County and instability of library funding. The goals are fourfold: • Promote community support of libraries through library awareness. The “walking books” is a perfect example of getting the word out about libraries. This group of five animated books most recently took part in the Lucky Days parade. Look for them in the fall parades coming up. The group also was instrumental in getting the library pages as part of the regular news of the InterCounty Leader. They also began sponsorship of the library page found in the annual Polk County Information guide. • Train a core group of volunteers to assist any of the 10 public libraries in Polk County for project work or general library substitute work. This past year the group has volunteered and helped at Frederic, Luck, Milltown, Osceola, Clear Lake and St. Croix Falls. They have also helped at the major six-week project “Between Fences” held at Clear Lake. • Develop a series of education programs to be used in any of the libraries

to promote life-long learning, literacy and general library awareness. The educational programs first start out at the county library and then expand on to the public libraries if the library would like to host the program. • Purchase unique items, too costly for an individual library to purchase, to be shared among all the Polk County libraries. Recently the group purchased an LCD projector for programming at the local libraries. Clear Lake has been using the projector on a monthly basis for their teen movie night and their spring gardening program. Fundraising efforts of the Friends usually consist of book sales. They have been quite successful in the past years for all the libraries. The Friend of the Polk County Libraries has helped libraries with their nonprofit 501(c) 3 status. Those libraries have the nonprofit status or are working on it include Frederic, Osceola, and St. Croix Falls. Other libraries that have Friends include; Amery, Balsam Lake and Clear Lake. If you are looking for a way to help your community and your library consider becoming a Friend. Contact your local library director. For further information, contact the library at 715-485-8680. The director is Colleen Gifford, assistant director/youth services is Molly Kessler, and the library clerk is Stephanie Fansler. The Polk County Library Federation is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Friends of the Polk County libraries work on friendship bracelets for an upcoming sale at the fair. Pictured are Pat Schmidt, Peggy Farmer and Dar Anderson. – Photo submitted

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POLK COUNTY LIBRARY NEWS Luck Public Library Luck Library needs volunteers We are looking for volunteers for several different projects. As most know, we will be moving the library soon and are looking for help with that. We need at least six people who really know the Dewy Decimal system to take books off shelves and put them back up in the new library. We need many people with lots of energy to take items from one library to the next and we need 10 or so people with tools to take things apart and load them into trucks to transport. Our moving date is Saturday, Sept. 6, so far but may be subject to change. We will start at 9 a.m. and work until it is done. If you have a truck, equipment dolly, muscles and the desire to help, we need you. Please sign up for a team at the library so we know ahead of time how many volunteers we have and how to organize them. Please be aware that while we enjoy children at the library and certainly encourage their love of the library, due to liability issues, children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in the library work area while we are moving. Even though I hate to think about it, the school year will soon be starting and we are looking for two or three volunteers to work with preschool aged children during Wednesday’s 10 a.m. preschool story hour times and Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. preschool play and learn group. These programs focus on pro-

moting early literacy and social skills as well as fostering a love of books and learning. Retired reading specialists, early childhood teachers, part-time aides or any energetic person who loves children and libraries – we need you. Please call the library if you are interested, 472-2770. Teens – We need your input. The Luck Library will be starting up a teen advisory group beginning Sept. 11. The purpose of this focus group will be to discuss teen issues, develop strategy to promote teens in the library, and to become a teen help force in the library and the community. All youths 12 and up are invited to join. We need fun creative and energetic people to help us plan our programs. Book club will be reading “St. Croix Notes,” by Noah Adams for the month of August. This gentle book chronicles a year of living in the St. Croix River Valley. Adams delights in the changing of the seasons, the church socials, daily small town gossip, garage sales, basketball games and the dog pound. If you live in this area and appreciate the natural beauty and small town life, you will enjoy this book. Book club meets Monday, Aug. 25, at the new library at 6:30 p.m. Hours Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 1-8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 18 p.m., Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-noon.

Osceola Public Library Book discussion “Fortress of Solitude,” by Jonathan Lethem, will be discussed on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. As Lethem follows the knitting and unraveling of a boyhood friendship, he creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheroes, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty and memory. Summer reading program: Thursday, Aug. 7 – 3 p.m.: Frogs, Toads and Salamanders. Hold them, feed them, listen to them sing. Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 6 p.m.: Family story time: Wormy! With special guest hula-hooper Esther Welsh. Thursday, Aug. 14 – 3 p.m.: Hulahooping performance and workshop. Friday, Aug. 15 – 5 p.m.: Teen Bug video submission due. Hurry up, guys! The final due date is coming up! Turn in your bug video for chances to win cash prizes. Check the library for rules and details.

Lemonade stand Support the library and visit the lemonade stand open for business every Thursday afternoon, 2:30 – 4 p.m., weather permitting, of course! Manned by the charming youth of the community, the stand provides refreshing lemonade and cookies! All proceeds go the the Friends of the Osceola Public Library, a service-based group existing solely to support our library. Preschool story time Preschoolers and an accompanying adult are invited to join in the fun and stories every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Hours, contact Our hours are 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 715-294-2310, and our Web address is

St. Croix Falls Public Library Summer reading 2008 Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. – Minibeasts Fest One in a hundred – Your chance to win two super day passes for the water park and dry rides at Wild Mountain! Buy a ticket for a dollar. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Chances of winning are great. We hope to sell out each month raising $100 for the new library. Gratitude is extended to Wild Mountain for donating the passes. Technology Free wireless is available at the library. Also, visit the library Web site to get information on the building project, programs at the library and much, much more. 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. – 7 p.m. every day except Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed on Sunday, 715-483-1777. Check out the library Web site and explore the links – Go to

Frederic Public Library Where can you? Share favorite books with friends? Read the newspaper? Enjoy a good cup of coffee? Work on a jigsaw puzzle? Play Dominoes with a kid? Catch up on e-mail? Surf the Internet? Locate current medical information? Get directions to the Mall of America? Learn about the best brands of washing machines? Make copies? Find out what’s happening in your community? Choose an armload of audiobooks for your next driving vacation – or your daily work commute? Load up on movies and books and magazines for a lazy weekend? It’s all at your public library – and it’s free to everyone. Stop in and see what it’s all about. Jason the Juggler will visit Aug. 23 Jason the Juggler will perform at the library on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. Jason Huneke has performed since the age of 13, and is a nationally known entertainer, recognized for his comedy style, and original juggling and manipulation routines. Bring the whole family for this amazing program. Reading program ends Aug. 30 The Frederic Library reading program has attracted kids and their families all summer, and we have planned a busy August, right up to when the program officially ends Aug. 30. There is still time for participants to fill out and turn in their activity lists, and those who return eight checklists will get a cool T-shirt. Please mark your calendars for the following programs, and plan to bring a kid to the library. Mondays, Aug. 11 – 25, movie time at 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, Aug. 13 – 27, story time at 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays, Aug. 14 and 28, Tweens book group. Mark your calendars for August events Join us for any or all of the following events planned for August. The Tweens book group will perform several short puppet plays Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. (Please note date change.) The group’s July 24 debut was performed to a

packed house, so come early to get a good seat on Aug. 19. Please register at the library and make plans to attend an evening of rock painting on Monday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. We will learn how to make ordinary rocks look like insects in an event that is open to kids 7 and up. The Tweens book group will meet Thursday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. to make cool greeting cards, in the final summer reading tweens event. What are the book groups reading in August? The Thursday Morning book group will meet Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. to talk about “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter,” by Kim Edwards, the story of the separation of twins at birth and its impact on the family. The Evening book group will meet Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. to discuss “One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd,” by Jim Fergus, historical fiction of the Wild West. Copies of both books are available at the library, and new members are always welcome. Can you Share the Bounty? If you picked up Share the Bounty seeds at the library this spring, or if you planted your own seeds and your garden is now overflowing with a bumper crop, please remember to bring some of your harvest to the library for the local food shelf. We will want to weigh and record your donation, and it will then be distributed at the food pantry. We are looking forward to seeing our first garden tomatoes! Free wireless access available The library offers free wireless Internet access for patrons who bring in their laptops installed with wireless cards - no more waiting to use the public access computers. Hours and information Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak Street West. 715-327-4979, e-mail Regular hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Balsam Lake Public Library Libraries are a great way to stretch your budget –books, DVDs, books on CDs and cassettes, music CDs and magazines are all free to check out. We even have games, puzzles and puppets that can be checked out, all this with just one card. Don’t forget story times and special programs for the whole family and public Internet computers! Come visit. Summer reading program: Catch the Reading Bug Jeremy Williamson will be here Friday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. to educate us on water bugs. All ages welcome. Please join us at the library. Free wireless Internet access – Wi-Fi Bring in your own laptop and find out what you need to know to connect. Story time Please join us for story time at 11 a.m. every Wednesday at the library. All ages are welcome to join us for stories, crafts, music and snacks. New books for August “Damage Control,” by Judith Jance, “Tribute,” by Nora Roberts, “Smoke Screen,” by Sandra Brown, “Devil Bones,” by Kathy Reichs, “Good-Bye and Amen,” by Beth Gutcheon, “Rough Justice,” by Jack Higgins and “Undiscovered Country,” by Lin Enger. Nonfiction: “Best of Covered Wagon Women,” by Kenneth L. Holmes and “Black Wave,”

by John and Jean Silverwood. Book club August selection is “Double Bind” by Chris Bohjalian. When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring ‘20s and the 21st century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet. Book club meets Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Gratitude is extended to everyone who helped with all the many tasks of our summer book sale–it was a huge success. Balsam Lake Public 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:


Benefactor establishes town of Lewis History often has its own humorous highlights. In researching the early history of the Lewis People’s Church, now known as the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, funny little anecdotes turn up which cast a new light on the events of a half- Abrahamzon century ago. These anecdotes do not in any way detract from the memory of the town’s benefactor, Charles E. Lewis. Rather, they tend to make him more real, more human, somehow. Indeed, he must have approved of an article that as printed in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune on Friday, Sept. 3, 1915, for he not only provided a drawing of the church, but a map showing where Lewis was located, as well was a picture of himself. The article was written by Phil I. Stine, a name which raises the interesting speculation whether he was a real journalist or whether it was a tongue-in-cheek play-onwords spelling out a non-believer in culture “Philistine.” The lead headline reads, “Levy is made on friends, by town’s owner, for creedless church in unwelcome village.” A lesser headline declares, “Lewis just grew on land intended for private reserve.” The article goes on to explain, “Mr. Charles E. Lewis became possessed, some years ago, of several thousand acres of land in Wisconsin. When the Soo Shortline to Duluth, Minn., was being constructed, Mr. Lewis’ land was the logical place for a town site. He was feeling exclusive about that time, and protested against a town being located on his property. Later, there was a demand for a railway station and Mr. Lewis reluctantly permitted the Soo to construct a station called Lewis. Then there was a demand for a store, then for another store, a lumber mill, workmen’s cottages, a dance hall, a confectioner’s establishment, a livery stable, a garage and a blacksmith shop. The town of Lewis grew without the consent and in spite of protests of the owner of the Lewis reserve. In a short time, several hundred persons were living in Lewis, and had about everything required for their needs and comfort except a church. A demand arose for a church and an appeal was made to Mr. Lewis.” According to church records, it was Uncle Tom Bjornson, as he was affectionately know, who was among the first to point out to Mr. Lewis that his town surely needed a church. The Tribune article, yellow with age and torn where it has been folded and refolded, goes on to say, “Not only did Mr. Lewis have a great many friends in Minneapolis, but he had a host of friends scattered all over the United States. So when his neighbors told him he needed a church, he decided to head a list with a generous contribution of his own, induced his partners and members of his family to contribute, and then made it his business for several months to keep a subscription list on his desk and to ‘touch’ practically every businessman and friend he met. “The net result of this activity is a church which cost $6,500 and which needs another $1,500 for completion, not counting several thousands for furnishings and a few thousand more for the pastor and parsonage. “Among contributors appear the names of J. Ogden Armour, James A. Patten, the wheat king; the Clam River Lumber Company; A. Pillsbury and C.S. and J.S. Pillsbury, John Washburn, E.E. Cole, D.S. Culver and 100 others, including bankers, businessmen, railroad men, railway porters, domestic servants and persons in all walks of life. “Mr. Lewis, of course acknowledged receipt of these donations personally and by letter and by naming streets in Lewis after the more liberal contributors. He is not at all bashful in announcing that more money is needed, and he served notice that unless other contributors are forthcoming without any dunning on his part, he may be tempted to taint the funds already in hand by taking a plunge in war stocks with the prospect of losing what already has been contributed to make enough profit to put his church in a flush condition.” The article continues, “The next problem, of course, is operation of the church. Mr. Lewis insists it must be nonsectarian and eventually become more of a civic center than a church devoted to the advocacy of any one creed.” “He realized he may have some difficulty in finding a pastor whose ministrations will be satisfactory to all, or to a majority of the population of Lewis, but he hopes that until his town becomes large enough to indulge in dogma dissension, he can supply a meeting place for all classes whose instinctive desire to worship is strong enough to overcome the prejudice of creed.” The article is clever, well written and leaves the reader with the impression that Charles E. Lewis was caught up in the tide of progress and couldn’t help being in a position of becoming a founder and benefactor, much as he valued his own privacy. Lewis, however, is a church not built by Rockefellers.


Behind the Signpost

A letter on file begins this way, “My dear Charley: Yours of the 11th of June just received, and I am delighted hear from you. Especially as I am interested to know you are building a church. That surely was a shock. It is a little out of Mr. Rockefeller’s line to contribute to an enterprise of this sort, but I am very glad to add my own little mite to the fund. I enclose herein my check for $25, which I hope will help some.” Dates June 15, 1915, it is signed ivy L. Leek, which leads the reader to assume it might have been Mr. Rockefeller’s secretary who responded in this manner. This is the house-of-God that millionaires built. The church built by Charles E. Lewis and friends was started in the fall of 1915, and completed sometime for following year. How did the nonsectarian church fare? A telephone visit with Mrs. Anne Sommer and Ruth Johnson of Frederic brought new information for the records. Before the Sommers were married, August Sommer served as a full-time missionary on the Soo Line for a salary of $450 a year, half of which went to travel expenses. He delivered 20 to 30 sermons each month, often walking between stations, although he was sometimes known to hitch a ride on the section crew car. Just out of seminary in Springfiled, Ill., he preached in houses, schools, halls, depots and hotels at Loarin, Siren, Markville, Webster, Danbury, Frederic, Aspen and Lewis. Services were held in English and German. Charles E. Lewis took an interest in the young man, and wrote him a letter offering him the pastorate of the Lewis People’s Church, complete with parsonage and a car bearing the name of the church. In regard to salary, he wrote, “Of course, I don’t expect you to live on wind and blow it yourself.” This was in May, 1918. While Pastor Sommer appreciated the offer, he refused because he was commiteed to the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and consequently, could not accept a nonsectarian, creedless church. When Mr. Lewis died in 1932, Pastor Sommer remembered the man who had befriended him and wrote a letter of sympathy to his widow, expressing his appreciation for the interest taken in him. Mrs. Sommer has a snapshot of the Lewis People’s Church taken in 1916, when it was still a “little brown church in the vale” rather than the sparkling white stucco building of today. As soon as the town of Lewis sprang up, the Methodist preachers came into the area, as they were already active in nearby Clam Falls and Lorain. The Sund brothers were well known. The Lorain Church is the oldest open-country Methodist Church in northwestern Wisconsin, and will celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary in a few years. The Rev. Ernest Barber made the following entry in his journal, “A survey of the community was made, and it was found that the Lutheran denomination predominated. On this showing, the Rev. J.E. Kundert agreed to withdraw his preachers on the understanding that if and when Mr. Lewis’ plans failed, the Methodists should be given a trial with the church building.” In a letter dated Dec. 6, 1915, Pastor Kundert made an impassioned plea, “A though of a Union Church has been suggested. I speak not as a Methodist only, but as one who has observed the workings of such churches, that this would not meet the needs of Lewis, for this arrangement usually tends to confusion and scattered purpose. And you are no doubt aware that there is an organization known as the ‘Federation of Churches,’ its purpose being to prevent the over-churching of any community when any one denomination has already become established, or with prospects of becoming so.” “It has been our experience that whenever effective work has been done in a Union Church by our denomination it has been an invitation to irresponsible religious sects to tear down what we have accomplished. Our churches are always Union in spirit and we do not shut our doors to Evangelical preachers, who are responsible to a denomination. We draw the line on fanatical sects, but welcome ministers who preach the Gospel without railing on other denominations.” There is more, much more to this letter as well as other letters. At any rate, it is abundantly clear that the Lewis People’s Church could just as well have been Lutheran hid it not been for the persistant, dedicated efforts of the Methodist District Superintendent, Rev. J.E. Kundert. Finding pastors of regular services proved a difficult task, and Mr. Lewis relented on his nonsectarian demands, and deeded the property to the Methodists on Feb. 14, 1919, although the church was not formally dedicated until June 8, of the same year when the keys were presented by a nephew, Todd W. Lewis. On that day, Rev. George Hanson of Frederic gave the prayer, with Rev. James Irish of Grantsburg delivering the sermon at the 11 a.m. service. In the afternoon, there was an informal program at 2:30 p.m., with the children singing “Little Soldiers of the Kin” and “God’s Little Sunbeams.” The Girls’ Get Together Society sang; the Sunday school recited the 23rd Psalm; messages were given by visiting ministers. The 8 p.m. service consisted of hymn singing, communion administrated by Rev. J.E. Kundert and the sermon by Rev. E.H. Goodell of Superior. In Rev. Barber’s words, “It was a day of great blessing.” The Lewis Methodist Church observed its 20th anniversary on June 4, 1939, with four ministeres participating in the morning service. Namely, Rev. G.W. Finch, Rev. Obed Asp, Rev. Ernest Barbar and Rev. Wendell Bennetts. At the afternoon service, Rev. Obert Voll offered the

prayer with Rev. John Kundert preaching the sermon. Mrs. Ernest Barber and Mr. Kenneth Larson both sang solos for the occasion. It was fortunate that Rev. and Mrs. Obed Asp were able to be present for the Golden Anniversary, and it must surely have recalled memories for them, too. Willard West of Frederic was present fifty years ago for the dedication service and again for the recent celebration. We wonder it there were others? Mable Griffin of Siren attended the recent anniversary, too and said she was one of the charter members of the church. If there are omissions, they are accidental. It is the fault of incomplete records rather than any deliberate oversight. The importance of keeping good records should be stresses for all organizations. Members of the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church spanned fifty years on Sunday, Sept. 28, when the day was devoted to special services in recognition of the great gift presented to the village on June 8, 1919, when Charles E. Lewis officially turned over the keys of the church to the District Superintendent, Rev. J.E. Kundert. Free, without strings, the edifice became the property of the Methodist Episcopal Church and its membership. Located in a grove of pine trees at the end of Main Street, the church provides full service with Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and church school at 9:30 a.m., each week. The only church in town, it also serves as meeting place and hall, civic center and recreational core. It was completely paid for and furnished by members of the Lewis family, as well as business associates and friends. Subscription lists show that it was built by G. Ogen Armour of Chicago, Ill., the Pillsburys of Minneapolis, Minn., and other early financers. In a letter written to the first Methodist pastor, Rev. Ernest Barber, Mr. Lewis makes it clear that “This list is made up of men and women of most nationalities and colors, Jews and Gentiles and people in all lines of business, from men of big business, down to train porters and servants of all classes, and with the exception of people in my employ, not a cent was solicited from anybody in Lewis or that vicinity.” In 1919, however, the people of Lewis were allowed to contribute with donations going toward a bell for the belfry over the main entrance. Funds were raised by a group known as the Girls Get Together Society. The labor for installation was donated by Eric Norgrant, O.T. and J.H. Chapamn. Former pastors and wives present to share the festivities on Sept. 28, were Rev. and Mrs. Obed Asp, now retired and living in Northfield, Minn., and Rev. and Mrs. James Everson, retired and residing in Madiosn. The Rev. Bervie A. Scott, present minister serving the Grantsburg-Siren-Lewis charge, shared the pulpit with them, inviting special prayers. A surprise feature of the day was the dedication of new hymnals. Mrs. Hannah Serier gave seventy-five hymnals in memory of her husband, Alvah. Mr. Serier’s borther, Lewis, provided the soft cover pulpit hymnal and loseleaf organ hymnal to match. For the first time, members and guests used the new hymnals in their worship. The name of the church is imprinted on each cover. The hymns, however, were the same ones sung fifty years ago at the church dedication service. They were “How Firm a Foundation,” “Lead On, O King Eternal,” “The Church’s One Foundation” ending with “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.” Organist for the day was Sheila Staples, Lewis, with guest organist, Mrs. Bonnie Panek providing a special medley. Miss Beatrice Peterson accompanied the junior choir for the morning anthem “He is Knocking” and the afternoon selection by the cherub choir “Be Careful Little Eyes: and the Sunday school rendition of “Standing on the Promises.” Master of ceremonies for the informal afternoon program was Kenneth Abrahamzon. Humorous historical highlights were presented by his wife, Bernice. Ida Westlund, president of the W.S.C.S. reviewed the activities of the Ladies Aid. Steven Lane presented the Church School and MYF history. Duets were rendered by both Rev. and Mrs. Scott and by guests, Rev. and Mrs. Everson. Mrs. Peale Rackman was in charge of reading of letters from friends. Esther Schallenberger, introduced as the Poet Laureate of Lewis, read a poem written especially for the occasion. The senior choir sang “He Hideth My Soul.” It was a day of great inspiration and joy, with friends from far and near taking time to participate in the morning worship, the noon fellowship dinner and the afternoon program. There was appreciation for the generosity of the town’s benefactor, for those who worked hard in the past and for those who continue to keep the faith. Until next week, Bernice


Vacuous “I’m trying to save the planet.” Oh my God, she couldn’t possibly have said that! If I were a Liberal I would be really upset that the speaker of the house is too busy saving the planet to address energy and food costs that are going through the roof. The one degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature over the last 100 years palls compared to the 100-percent increase in my energy costs in the past year. In the tradition of politicians, they are pandering to a constituency that may not have all the information. They have hooked their wagon to a foolish premise that the earth is being destroyed by human activity. Nancy, Harry and their cohorts believe creating a continuing shortage of existing energy will resolve itself by spending more money promoting unproven and unreliable power sources. They would prefer destroying our economy rather than 3.13 square miles of a desolate Artic desert. They don’t understand that the outer continental shelf is over the horizon and can’t be seen from the shore. They don’t understand that the earth “leaks” more oil than an occasional oil platform spill. They don’t understand that switching energy sources requires time and capital as well as an infrastructure. They don’t care that we are sending our money to foreign countries rather than keeping it here. They don’t understand our security is jeopardized. If wind energy were an option, the majority in the House and Senate could bail us out.

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Last chance to see "Dates with a Nut" ST. CROIX FALLS – The Upper Midwest premiere of “Dates with a Nut” is entering the final weekend of performances at Festival Theatre, located in St. Croix Falls. Just four performances remain of this hilarious comedy that follows the rollercoaster ride of a middle-aged widower who is convinced by coworkers to join an Internet dating service. Starring Patrick O’Brien and Meg Merckens, “Dates with a Nut” is appropriate for all ages. Final performances are Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. (No performance on Friday, Aug. 8.) For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715-483-3387 or 888887-6002. You may also use the the- Meg Merckens as high-powered businesswoman Leonna, and Patrick ater’s Web site O’Brien as William Fox in “Dates with a Nut” at Festival Theatre. – for tickets tos submitted or additional information. - submitted

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James Walker to star in "Sea Marks" ST. CROIX FALLS – Perennial favorite, James Walker, has reported to rehearsal duty for Festival Theatre’s upcoming production of “Sea Marks” by Gardner McKay. Joining Walker in the cast of this award-winning drama is Jean Salo of Minneapolis. “We’ve all been looking forward to this production,” says Danette Olsen, executive director of the professional theater in downtown St. Croix Falls. “Not only is this an amazingly beautiful piece of dramatic literature, but our production team is a Who’s Who of Festival Theatre alumni, which pretty much assures us of high artistic success.” Jason Smith, co-founder of Festival Theatre back in 1990, leads the team as director. Other production artists with long-standing ties to Festival are Ross Jamison who has designed the set, Dane Johnson as lighting designer, Mary Sicora is completing costume design and Marilyn Mays as props master. They are supported by stage manager Stephanie Schmidt and technical director Rod Sietsema. “Sea Marks” is sponsored by Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard. Festival’s professional rehearsal process is quite short when compared to community theater and school productions and due to space restrictions at the historic Vaudeville house, rehearsals are taking place at Franklin Square Mall until the stage is available on Aug. 10. A change of sets and scenery will allow the actors to complete a short tech week on their set for just two days prior to opening the show on Thursday, Aug. 14. The production runs for nine performances

Jean Salo and James Walker star in “Sea Marks” opening Aug. 14 at Festival Theatre. – Photo submitted only, through Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets for “Sea Marks” are $25 for adults and $12.50 for youth. Subscribers get a deep discount through the purchase of Flex Pass packages, which are bundled with either six seats or 10 seats. Packages range in price from $105 to $185. To receive a 2008 season brochure, stop in at Festival Theatre or request one by phone or e-mail. Festival Theatre is located in downtown St. Croix Falls, at 210 North Washington Street. For more information, to order tickets or join the Festival Theatre mailing list, call 715483-3387 or 888-887-6002. You may use the theater’s Web site for tickets or additional information. - submitted

Full-size dinosaur skull to be featured at rock and mineral show RICE LAKE – What animal lived 66 million years ago, weighed 6tons, was nearly 40 feet long, was 12 feet high at the hips, and ate anything it could catch? If you answered a Tyrannosaurus rex, you are correct. For anyone interested in the Earth’s prehistory, dinosaurs, geology, fossils, artifacts, rocks, minerals and gems, gold panning and metal detecting, lapidary and polishing, or flint knapping, here is a great opportunity. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, the Northwest Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society will be holding the group’s annual show and sale at the UW-Barron County Campus in Rice Lake. Admission and parking is free and show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The star of the show will be a full-size skull cast of Stan, a T-Rex discovered in the Badlands of South Dakota in 1987. The skull is on loan from the Field Museum in Chicago. An interesting aspect of this skull is evidence of an attack by another T-Rex, as there is a tooth-size hole in the skull bone. In terms of size,

the skull would fill the back of a pickup truck. This is a rare opportunity to see such an extraordinary specimen close up, without having to drive long distances. In addition to Stan, there will be displays and demonstrations of different kinds of rocks, minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts in various stages of finishing. On display will be raw specimens as they are found in nature, agate slabs, polished specimens, finished display pieces or jewelry and much more. Specimens and equipment will also be for sale. The public is encouraged to bring in specimens and artifacts to be identified by experts. This show is designed to be an enjoyable and educational experience for the whole family, within easy driving distance, and it is free and open to the public. Watch for signs directing you to the event. For more information, call show chairman, Roy Wickman at 715-357-3223 or David Skrupky at 715-986-2547. - submitted

NARFE to meet DRESSER – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold a dinner meeting at noon at the Village Pizzeria in Dresser, Thursday, Aug. 14. All active and retired federal employees

are welcome. Reservations may be made by calling 715-294-3185 by noon on Monday, Aug. 11. - submitted


Village Players cast “The Best Laid Plans”

“The Best Laid Plans,” a two-act comedy by Fred Carmichael, involves a spy who dies in a writer’s beach house in the Caribbean. In this photo (L to R): the dead body (or was he really dead?) played by Leif Harstad, holds out his necktie as Yvonne Thomas, Darlene Hallberg and Pam Quarford check the tie for a code to the plans (what plans?).

The Village Players Community Theatre cast of “The Best Laid Plans, (L to R): Ginna Erickson, Jake Petrangelo, Johnny Thomas (with gun drawn), Leif Harstad, Yvonne Thomas, Pam Quarford and Joe Palkowitsch (other gun drawn) had the technical part of the play down pat as they hunted for “the plan.” This year’s summer production is directed by Kitty Holmquist and produced by Colleen and Lee Johnson, Judy and Dick Tornowske.

Foreign spies, Ginna Erickson and Jake Petrangelo, watch as Joe Palkowitsch and Johnny Thomas drag a body out of the window seat as Pam Quarford (another spy) holds Yvonne Thomas’s arm and Darlene Hallberg brandishes a weapon she has picked up in one of the scenes from “The Best Laid Plans,” this year’s summer production by The Village Players Community Theatre.

Billie Kay Ingalls and A. J. Holmquist dragged the “dead” body of Leif Harstad out of Billie’s grandmother Ada’s beach house. Trouble was – the body kept disappearing and showing up again as part of the action in this comedy/mystery production put on at The Stables, home of the Village Players Community Theatre.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Johnny and Yvonne Thomas, two stars of “The Best Laid Plans,” this summer’s production by The Village Players Community Theatre, talk about what is happening on stage during the Sunday, Aug. 3, production. The comedy started Thursday, July 31, and will continue Aug. 7, 9 and 10.

RIGHT: It seems there were two bodies in Ada Westbrook’s beach house for a while, but the bodies kept appearing and disappearing. In this photo, Jake Petrangelo (L) grimaces as he and Ginna Erickson try to get rid of the “body” of Joe Palkowitsch.

Pam Quarford (R) points a gun at Jake Petrangelo and Ginna Erickson as part of the action in “The Best Laid Plans,” a two-act comedy by Fred Carmichael. Turns out the three of them are spies, who come into Ada Westbrook’s beach house looking for “the plan.” – Photos by Nancy Jappe

With Darlene Hallberg passed out in fright on the chaise, Joe Palkowitsch looked under her to find the gun he was holding just before Hallberg fell over. This photo was taken during one of the scenes in “The Best Laid Plans,” this summer’s. Village Players Community Theatre production.

Yvonne Thomas, playing writer Ada Westbrook in “The Best Laid Plans” by Fred Carmichael, found herself holding the “body” of Leif Harstad after he died in her beach house. Or did he really die? Those who are curious will have to come to see the play to find out. The play, directed by Kitty Holmquist, running at The Stables on CTH A,ends this coming weekend with performances Aug. 7, 9 and 10.


Siren Summerfest • 2008 • Events

Siren Area Lions Club member Buzz Byrne got his share of dunking when he volunteered to man the dunk tank during the chicken and rib fest in Crooked Lake Park during Summerfest Saturday, Aug. 2.

Alice Erickson took advantage of Crazy Days prices to get a haircut on the street from Julie Hall, owner of Mane Attractions, Siren.

Members of the Siren Area Lions Club, shown by the chicken fryers in Crooked Lake Park early Saturday, Aug. 2, included (L to R) front row: Russ Erickson, John Johnson, Gary Kannenberg, Les and Kyle Lindquist. Back row: Tony Nelson, Bob Sullivan and the new club president, John Carlson.

The Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club held its annual coin show at the Siren Senior Center Saturday, Aug. 2, drawing in a steady number of interested coin collectors and enthusiasts.

Dick Ellingsworth, Siren, was one of the coin collectors who were on hand for the annual Fishbowl Wooden Nickel Coin Club coin show at the Siren Senior Center Saturday, Aug. 2.

Sue Johnson, Clam Falls, was in Siren Friday, Aug. 1, to check over the Crazy Days sales put on by various merchants during Summerfest Days.

The Siren Area Lions Club held their chicken and rib fest in Crooked Lake Park Saturday, Aug. 2. This year they included a dunk tank for the pleasure of the crowd. Shown here setting up the tank early in the day were (L to R): Mike Henrickson, Rick Aadalen and Ken Nelson.

Rex Cactus (L), aka Clarion Lane, performed during the chicken and rib fest put on by the Siren Area Lions Club at Crooked Lake Park, Siren, this past Saturday. Kay Mansfield, an employee at Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts, Siren, added batteries to demonstrate the workings of an item that was for sale on the sidewalk outside the store Friday, Aug. 1. Peggy Strabel started her Crazy Days Sale Thursday, July 31, giving her an extra day of selling on the street.

Members of Burnett County Moose Lodge No. 1194, (L to R): Jerry and Anna Marie Bridges, Audrey Barr, Ann Crandall (who was selling chances on a quilt for St. John’s Catholic Church, Webster) and Chuck Barr brought baked goods to sell on Main Street during Summerfest Days, an annual event sponsored by the Siren Area Chamber of Commerce.

– Photos by Nancy Jappe


Siren Summerfest • 2008 • Car Show 1900-1949 1st place 2nd place

Phil Bower, 1948 DeSota Convertible Richard Hagberg, 1923 Ford

1st place 2nd place 1964-1972 1st place 2nd place



1st place 2nd place

Ike Nordrum, 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee Lee Trano, 1967 Pontiac Lemans

Mike Qualle, 1959 Ford Skyliner Mike Krenz, 1950 Ford

1st place 2nd Place

Julie Roy, 1977 Mercury Marquis Glenda Johnson, 1979 Chevrolet Corvette

Ken Erickson, 1964 Pontiac Lemans convertible Brand and Rhonda Hoffman, 1972 Camaro RS/SS

1st place 2nd Place

Dick Weid, 1951 Henry J Dick Meindel, 1930 Chev Coupe

1973-Present Street Rod

The Miss Siren Royalty chose this entry in the Summerfest Car Show, a 1959 Ford Skyliner owned by Mike Qualle, Dresser, as the Queen’s Favorite. For Morry Westphal, Siren, shown here, this car has always been one of his favorites. Westphal owned a car just like it, which he bought for $4,000 new in 1957, and traded for a Ford in 1961. The Ford was blue in color, but Westphal said it should have been yellow because it was a lemon.

Miss Siren, Sarah Howe, and her princesses, Meghan Baasch and Tasha Kosloski, awarded trophies to the winning cars in each class entered in the Summerfest Car Show in Siren this past weekend. They also picked their favorite car, a 1950 Ford Skyliner owned by Mike Qualle, Dresser.

This 1972 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was brought to the Summerfest Car Show in Siren Saturday, Aug. 2, by owners Tom and Aud Richards, Frederic.


1st place 2nd place

Sue Tubbesing, 1964 Chevrolet C-10, and Roger Fontaine, 1934 Ford Dan Murgaw, 1965 Chevy C-10

Custom Special

Wayne and Linda Englund, 1950 Mercury Custom

People's Choice Award

Wayne and Linda Englund, 1950 Mercury Custom

Queen's Choice Award

(Chosen by Miss Siren and Court) Mike Qualle, 1959 Ford Skyliner

This old-timer, entered in the Summerfest Car Show on Main Street, Siren, Saturday, Aug. 2, is a 1923 Ford 350 T-Bucket owned by Richard Hagberg, Danbury.

The People’s Choice in the Summerfest Car Show was this two-door 1950 Mercury Custom car owned by Wayne Englund, Hinckley, Minn., shown here with his wife. Englund said the car is valued at $80,000 and is one of three collector cars he owns.

This amphibian, a 1968 Amphicar, is owned by Squeak Shogen, Webster. Shogen entered it in the Summerfest Car Show in Siren this past weekend.

Dave Peterson, Frederic, is shown with his car, a 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie. Peterson’s car was one of the entries in this year’s Summerfest Car Show in Siren Saturday, Aug. 3.


Burnett Dairy holds Food Plot Day

Pete Krueger, Burnett Dairy agronomist, explains food plots to The popularity of planting wildlife food plots has grown tremendously in the last few John Hennessey. Krueger was available to answer questions from years and has also grown into a big business. The Burnett Dairy has held several food visitors to the Burnett Dairy’s Food Plot Day held Friday at the plot seminars, and last Friday, Aug. 1, sponsored Food Plot Day at the dairy’s on-site model dairy’s on-site food plot. food plot growing just west of the dairy. Representatives from several food plot supply companies were on hand to show hunters and wildlife enthusiasts their products for growing successful wildlife food plots. The dairy’s agronomist was also available to answer questions and provide information to visitors interested in growing food plots.

RIGHT: Jeff Johnson of Amery represented the Whitetail Institute, another company making nutritional products for planting in food plots. Johnson’s son, Jacob, came along to spend the day with his dad at Burnett Dairy’s Food Plot Day last Friday.

Deer Creek Seed Company reps Tim Bauer and Joel Hagen talked with visitors coming to the Burnett Dairy’s Food Plot Day in Alpha last Friday. The Ashland company makes many products for growing wildlife food plots.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Indianhead Chorus is looking for a few good men 50 men on stage for 50-year anniversary show is their goal

Oct. 11, 2008. If you are a man who loves to sing, please join them on Monday night, Aug. 10, at the lower level of the old courthouse on the NE corner of CTH I and Hwy. 46 in Balsam Lake. Note: The second week of August they meet at the Lutheran Church in Luck. Tuesday BALSAM LAKE – The Indianhead Chorus is Aug. 12, their Luck program of singing in the looking for seven more men to make a total of park begins at 6:30 p.m. The fellows will also 50 on stage for their 50th-anniversary show on sing at the Overlook in St. Croix Falls on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The chorus is a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a group of over 30,000 men who love to sing barbershop music. For more information call Ken Mettler at 715-4832902. Please contact any chorus member for tickets if you wish to attend the 50th-Annual Harvest of Harmony extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are going fast and are expected to be sold out for both concerts. submitted Members of the Registered Harmony Quartet shown (L to R) are Steve Swenson, Jon Buss, Kent Muschinske and Karl Wicklund. – Photo submitted

Tony Peterson from Great Northern Outdoors in Frederic, set up an archery supply display at Burnett Dairy’s Food Plot Day last Friday. Peterson had a large assortment of compound bows visitors like Dave Anderson of Fridley, Minn., were anxious to try out.


Wisconsin K-9 Club attends Summerfest

Northwestern Wisconsin K-9 Club had a booth set up at the craft fair and flea market during Siren Summerfest. – Photo submitted SIREN – Northwestern Wisconsin K-9 Club greeted people at the craft fair and flea market during Siren Summerfest. The kids enjoyed talking to Scooby and picked up coloring sheets for the upcoming coloring contest at Bark in the Park. The club serves Barron, Burnett, Polk and Washburn counties. Events for the public and their dogs are held throughout the four-county area. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the club will host Bark in the Park at Memorial Park in Shell Lake starting at 11 a.m. This is an AKC recognized event celebrating Responsible Dog Ownership Day. The

event will include a canine good citizen test, demonstrations by Vador, the Washburn County K-9 officer, United K-9 Search and Rescue, therapy dogs, rally and agility. There will be games for the dogs including bobbing for hot dogs and TicTac-Paw. Contests include best singer, dog owner look-alike, best trick and more. To register for the CGC test call Ann at 715-349-8377. For more information on the club and coming events visit the club Web site at - submitted

Building communites with people power BURNETT/POLK COUNTY – Interested in developing your leadership skills or networking with important people from Burnett and Polk counties? In order to meet community challenges and recognize opportunities, local communities need leaders who show initiative, listen intently, understand the breadth of perspective on issues, assume responsibility and exercise sound decision making. The goal of the innovative Polk Burnett Leadership Academy is to develop leaders to strengthen communities. UW-Extension Burnett and Polk counties developed this program to provide communities, businesses and organizations with leaders; leaders who have a broader vision, an understanding of themselves and their communities, as well as a clearer appreciation of the interdependence of issues that impact it. The fourth year of the program begins in September, and applications are being accepted through Aug. 22. Interested applicants should contact Mike Kornmann at 715-349-2151, Bob Kazmierski at 715485-8500 or visit Participants will meet once a month for nine months. Topics titles are: Under-

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standing Yourself and Others, Civic Engagement and Leadership, Organizational Development, Conflict Resolution, Local Government Finance, Economic Development, Community Development and Planning, and Natural Resources. Each person will also work in a group on a community-service project. Past projects have focused on affordable housing, intergenerational education, exotic species, the arts and many others. Graduate Greg Marsten said, “A person very rarely gets the opportunity to be a member of a program that brings together so many resources, from the county and state level, to facilitate the process of learning about Polk and Burnett counties, how it functions and what roles we might be able to play in its future.” Some past graduates of the program include Dianne Connor, chairman, towns of Jackson and Nexen; Priscilla Bauer, Burnett County Supervisor; Dan Peterson, chairman, town of Daniels; Brian Beseler, chairman, Polk County Board of Supervisors; Peggy Moore, Fishbowl Agency; Tim Gerber, Community Bank; Delene Berger, Farmers Independent Telephone; Shelly Moen, U.S. Bank; and many more. - submitted


Sales, food, street dance, kids activities set for Gandy Dancer Days by Harriet Rice WEBSTER – The Webster Area Chamber of Commerce presents its premier community summer event, Gandy Dancer Days, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9. Food, fun, sales, fireworks and a street dance highlight the two-day celebration. Kicking off the weekend are Friday sidewalk sales up and down Main Street in Webster starting at 8 a.m. Fuel up for the fun at the pie and ice-cream social at Grace United Methodist Church starting at 10 a.m. They’ll be serving sloppy Joes at lunchtime and selling extra pies. The Webster Lionesses are holding a bake sale starting at 8 a.m. with a sandwich sale to follow at 10 a.m. The sidewalk sales and the Lionesses sale continue on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. The Burnett Community Library’s Friends of the Library are selling used books from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For the kids, there’s the Coin and Candy Craze Sawdust Pile at the community center on Main Street at 9 a.m. along with the Burnett County Humane Society’s Pet the Pets. Across the street at the Webster Fire Department, there will be a bike and safety program and tours of the emergency vehicles

starting at 10 a.m. and face painting. The first clue in the Hunt for the Golden Spike will be posted at 10 a.m. at Gandy Dancer Book (Main Street), with a new clue posted every hour until the spike is found. The individual who finds the golden spike will receive a $50 cash prize. From 10 a.m. to noon, meet some very special dogs trained to help people. Therapy Dogs International dogs and their owners will stroll along Main Street. The public is invited to view entries to the fourth-annual faces, places and spaces photo contest at 5 p.m. following the photographers reception at 4 p.m. in the Webster High School Cafetorium. The 2008 Miss Webster and Little Miss Webster Pageant is in the same location at 6 p.m. Tickets to the pageant are $3 at the door (children under 5 admitted free). Capping off Gandy Dancer Days is the street dance, 9 p.m. to midnight, with music by The Dweebs. Fireworks will start the evening off. There’s a $3 cover charge. Local bars, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations will sell beverages and food. For additional information, call 715222-2195.

What is a “Gandy Dancer?” Historical background and origin of the term by Harriet Rice WEBSTER – Local and seasonal residents in the area are very familiar with the 98-mile long Gandy Dancer recreational trail that runs from St. Croix Falls to Superior. But how many know the origin of the term “Gandy Dancer”? A Google search brings up 118,000 references to Gandy Dancer, including a link to the Gandy Dancer Trail Web site. The link to Wikipedia provides the most comprehensive definition, placing the origin of the term in the late 19th century. Some sources say the name derives from the Gandy Shovel Company, a Chicago-based tool manufacturing company, but there is no record of this company’s existence. Railroad tracks were held in place with wooden ties and the mass of rocks underneath them. Every time a train rounded a corner, centrifugal force and

vibration would cause tiny shifts in the tracks. If these shifts accumulated, they could cause derailments, so work crews routinely had to pry the tracks back into place. Railroad hand crews used “gandys” to lever railroad tracks into position. A worker would lift his gandy and force it into the rocks to create leverage, then throw himself sideways with his full weight (making the “huh” sound in the song below) so the gandy would push the rail toward the inside of the curve. A group of workers repeating this process created a rhythm; they sang songs to keep the rhythm going and their morale up: hence the term “gandy dancer.” The songs they sang were later recognized as a major influence on blues music. These are the words to one such song: Pick an’ shovel..huh Am so heavy..huh Heavy as lead..huh Pickin’, shovlin’…huh Pickin’, shovlin’…huh Till I’m dead…huh Till I’m dead…huh

Senior booth at Polk County Fair The senior building was active at the 2008 Polk County Fair. Kristine Brede, a volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers, stands by one of the many exhibits in the building. – Photo by Wayne Anderson


Beekeeper information at Frederic Library and Polk County Fair

Kids, young and old, got the buzz about bees at the Frederic Library last Thursday, July 30, when area beekeepers performed a show-and-tell on the busy insects. Wayne Anderson (L) helps Nicole Nelson, 10, Frederic, put on a beekeeper’s jacket, while Honey Queen Molly Rushfeldt, Amery, looks on in the background. Bees are nature’s best pollinators and are very important to Wisconsin’s agriculture and economy. - Photo by Bonnie Anderson

Fair-goers got the buzz on bees at the Polk-Burnett County Bee Association booth at the Polk County Fair, July 24 – 27. Volunteers (L to R) Lisa Dodge, Clear Lake; Molly Rushfeldt, Amery; Bonnie Anderson, Frederic, explain the importance of bees, while dishing out honey ice cream and pouring honey lemonade. For more information on beekeeping, call 715-327-5525. – Photo by Wayne Anderson

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Take steps now to offset natural gas price hikes BURNETT COUNTY – While the national spotlight focuses on rising gasoline prices at the pump, natural gas prices are also quietly going up, nearly doubling over the last year. Natural gas price hikes will affect not only this winter’s heating bills, but also electricity and fertilizer prices. “We’re all focused on gas prices right now,” says Pat Walsh, co-director of the UW-Extension’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center. “But higher natural gas prices could cause problems for families, businesses, farmers and local governments.” Natural gas is used to produce electricity, and some business and residential customers around the state have already seen their bills jump.

Making energy conservation investments in your home now could pay back immediately, Walsh says. He advises contacting Wisconsin Focus on Energy ( for tips on reducing electricity use and weatherizing your home; for example, by sealing air leaks and fortifying insulation. Focus on Energy offers cash-back rebates to homeowners who make improvements in their homes based on suggestions from energy consultants. Farmers will feel the effects of high natural gas prices in several ways, Walsh notes. Because natural gas is the major feedstock in agricultural fertilizers, fertilizer prices are going up. “High natural gas prices will have a direct impact on farmers who might be

trying to lock in a price for fertilizer,” says Walsh. He suggests farmers take a close look now at fertilizer prices as they plan their spending. Manufacturers who rely on natural gas for some of their production processes will see increased electrical and natural gas bills. And local governments that must operate within predetermined budgets may need to make adjustments for spiraling energy costs. Why is natural gas so expensive? Most years, the price of natural gas declines in late spring and early summer when consumers don’t need energy for heating or air conditioning. But this year, natural gas prices have continued to rise along with other energy sources such as crude oil. Utilities are having to pay high

prices continuously and those costs are passed along to consumers. Others speculate that the natural gas network being out of service for longer than expected this year contributed to the problem. Yet another concern is that utilities may not have stockpiled enough natural gas for the coming months. Some analysts point a finger at speculation by investment banks which buy commodities, including energy. Whatever is driving the price hikes, now is the time to take steps to become more energy-efficient. “Consumers can probably save some money if they think about saving energy now,” says Walsh. For more information on smart energy use, contact the Burnett County UW-Extension office at 715-349-2151. - submitted

New medical center opens Sept. 20 OSCEOLA – Saturday, Sept. 20. That’s the date when the new Osceola Medical Center will open. The change from an August opening will help construction crews complete an addition to the new facility that will house the cafeteria. After construction started, OMC received notice that a piece of equipment – an air handling unit – would not be ready, delaying that portion of the project. “The new medical center will be pretty much complete,” according to Jeff Meyer, OMC CEO. “However, we chose to wait for our cafeteria to be done so that we will be a complete facility when we open.” It was originally thought that the facility would open later this month. Construction on the cafeteria additionis being fast-tracked to meet the new deadline. The extra time also allows OMC staff to better prepare for the new medical center. Teams within all of the departments have been fine-tuning how they will function in the new facility, Meyer

Dale Waters, foreground, and Diane Greaves joined other Osceola Medical Center staff recently to open hundreds of boxes of chairs, equipment and supplies for the new medical center. The facility is set to open Saturday, Sept. 20. Open houses are Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17. – Photo submitted

said. “These teams have developed operations plans that address how we will adapt to our new surroundings. “All departments will be expanding, like our emergency department, which is growing from one room with two beds to an eight-room suite complete with two trauma and additional treatment rooms. The extent of this expansion is impressive, but our teams have been planning for this for more than a year.” The new cafeteria will be worth the wait, Meyer said. It, too, will be expanded into more of a café, which will offer a variety of choices, including a grill, salad bar and “grab-and-go” counter. Primarily focused on serving patients, their families and staff, the cafeteria will also be open to the public. Open houses of the new medical center are Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, noon to 5 p.m. submitted

Quit line expands services for pregnant women who smoke WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) announced Thursday, July 31, expanded services for pregnant women who smoke. This is a critical enhancement of free individualized coaching services since Wisconsin is in the top 20 of all states for smokers in that vulnerable group. “According to new tobacco-treatment guidelines released this spring by the U.S. Public Health Service, counseling can increase a smoker’s chance of quitting by as much as four times versus trying it alone. Individualized counseling is just what the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line provides. On Aug. 1, the quit line will expand its services for pregnant women who currently receive assistance tailored to their needs. The expanded program will provide additional contact, up to 10 phone calls, including two postpartum, to prevent a return to smoking,” said Kate Kobinsky, Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line coordinator. Many quit line users now take four calls. Nearly 14 percent of the pregnant women in Wisconsin smoke, compared to the national average of 10 percent. That puts Wisconsin at 18th in the overall U.S. ranking. Pregnant women who smoke not only compromise their own health, but that of their baby. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of complications, premature delivery, low-birthweight infants and stillbirth. Quit line staff also hope the enhanced services will assist new mothers. “A fair number of women do quit while they are pregnant, but go back to it after they leave the hospital with their newborn. We are hoping,” Kobinsky

said, “that with the quit line coaching extending past the birth of their babies, more women will remain tobacco free. Nursing mothers who smoke pass on nicotine to their babies through breast milk. Plus, secondhand smoke has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome.” Tommi Thompson, finance and operations director with the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation praised the expanded quit line services and discussed her organization’s complementary program, “Through our First Breath

Program, we encourage health care providers to use prenatal and postpartum visits to get women to do something about their tobacco use. The expanded telephone counseling is an added, and beneficial, way to help women quit and stay quit.” First Breath is a statewide initiative with 100 sites that has helped more than 5,000 pregnant smokers since 2001. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line provides free, confidential and nonjudgmental coaching. It is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Mes-

sages left after those hours will be returned within two days. People can also reach the quit line through online. In either instance, a smoker interacts with a trained counselor to get practical and proven-effective advice. Since its inception in 1991, the quit line has helped more than 80,000 Wisconsin residents. The quit line is managed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention and is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. – submitted

Erickson awarded Best of Show at Polk County Fair Jerry Erickson of St. Croix Falls, formerly of Cambridge, Minn., and son of Leif and Delores Erickson, also of Cambridge, was presented the Area Best of Show trophy at the Polk County Fair Tractor Pull event held on July 25. The award was given to Erickson due to his dedication to the fairgrounds and the hard work he puts in to keep it looking like a park. Erickson and his wife, Rose, have been caretakers for the fair for over six years. – Photo submitted


Some nostalgic “St. Croix Tidbits” come in a letter from Pat Olson Crea, of St. Paul, Minn. She writes: “I have a copy of the St. Croix Tales and Trails. Also, I subscribe to the Leader… each week it is my first form of reading. The January issue, Currents with the house haunting of the Earl Palmers, made me think of my growing up years in St. Croix… the Palmer girls, Mary Palmer Rivard and Phyllis Palmer Rivard, are friends of mine. I believe the house owned by Miss Vivian Palmer, next door, may have more ghosts around, as she taught third- and fourth-graders in the 1930s. “The Class of ’48 will hold our 60th class reunion, Saturday, August 16, at the Holiday Inn Express. “We sometimes call ourselves the Depression and World War II kids. We grew up with the CCC boys, War Bonds, Food Stamps, the centennial celebration, Mrs. Fisk, the Winter Carnival, Mr. Sorenson our principal, swimming at Berger’s Lake, river rides on the Mueller boats, Taylors Falls, roller skating. Also the towns around, Centuria dances, Balsam Lake, Cushing, etc. I forgot our street names until you mentioned Kentucky Street. We then referred to streets as: up at White City, the school, Fox's, McKenzie's, Johnson's, Olson's, etc. “I was born in St. Croix Falls on Sept. 30, 1930, Patricia Ann Olson, to Dr. LaVern C. Olson, DDS, and wife, Florence. “In taking a trip around town each year, we always stop at the empty lot, down next to the old Thompson and the 5-and-dime store, sometimes referred to as “the bakery building” or the “empty lot” or “burned out lot still empty.” This building was owned by my father, Dr. Olson, and was purchased in the early ‘30s, housed the bakery, downstairs, run by Don Larson and later the Lotterers. Upstairs, in the front, Dr. Olson started his dental practice, until June 1945, when he passed away of a sudden heart attack. “We lived at 416 Kentucky Street, behind Amerys … Patty, Donald, Eileen, Betty and Jerry. We always say ‘it’s a great place to live.’ ” ••• Another letter, from Jenni Penn, of

Milwaukee, seeks information about the Spengler family. She writes: “I am researching the John Jacob Spengler family for a friend of named Rosemarie mine Andy Spengler. He is a gggVezina grandson of John Spengler, who built the Taylors Falls Library. I spoke to Jack Liljenberg who said Sponsored by you may know of some information the St. Croix such as where any Falls Historical of the family Society might be buried. “I am sending this along with a death record I have for one family member, but I have no idea where this cemetery may be. Have you heard of it? Do you know of any others? Any information you might have would be wonderful.” The death certificate is for James Andrew Spengler, believed to be a son of John Jacob and Theresa Spengler; “a white male farmer,” died at age 35, on May 1, 1862, buried in the Harper Cemetery, Polk County, Wisconsin. Betty Jensen, a historian for the Laketown-Eureka-Sterling Historical Society, points out that the Harper Cemetery is the one now also known as Pleasant Hill Cemetery, north on Hwy. 87. She will be watching for a gravestone of any Spenglers. ••• Hilma Griswold, retired St. Croix Falls music teacher, called after reading the recent Tale about the first woman physician in this area, Dr. Mary Sorensen. One of the schools Griswold taught in was at Cushing, where Sorensen’s granddaughter, Clara, was principal. Griswold recalls many anecdotes about the stern, straight-laced, humorless Clara, who would abide no nonsense – such as a cake at a birthday anniversary – that would cut into the reading, writing and arithmetic curriculum.


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Festival Theatre presents... ST. CROIX FALLS – James Walker has worn nearly every hat possible in the world of theater art, but few people realize that his 20 plus years as an Equity Actor were preceded by earning a degree in mathematics from M.I.T. “Before theater I was a math nerd,” said Walker. “I enjoyed math, graduating from high school early, and received an invitation to apply to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I was accepted, and graduated with a B.S. in mathematics. I received a Master’s in Education from the University of St. Thomas.” Walker currently teaches mathematics at the St. Paul Preparatory School where he also coaches the mathematics team. This makes it possible for Festival Theatre audiences to enjoy Walker’s talents during the summer months. Walker’s first appearance at Festival Theatre was in 1992, when he joined the acting company for roles in “The Liar,” “Green Stockings,” and as the lead in “The Miser.” Walker worked for many years at Festival, performing, directing, writing plays and eventually working as artistic director of the company. While serving as artistic director, Festival was given an award by a Stage Directions magazine (a national publication) as one of 10 theatres in the country that makes a difference. Under Walker’s leadership, Festival presented the North American premieres of “Market Eve” and “Swedenhielms” and he helped oversee the company’s return to St. Croix Falls in 1996. A fascinating journey is sandwiched between Walker’s math degree at M.I.T. and arriving at Festival Theatre in 1992. After attending the Webber-Douglas Academy of Drama in London, England, Walker’s first professional acting work was as an intern with the Theatre at Monmouth, Maine, performing summer Shakespeare repertory. He worked at the Theatre at Monmouth for 10 years, rising from spear-carrier and Murderer Number Two to roles such as Iago in “Othello” and Shylock in “Merchant of Venice.” Over the course of Walker’s career, he has performed in all but two or three of Shakespeare’s works. Walker’s first Actor’s Equity production was “Monday After the Miracle” at

James Walker the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass., and he also appeared in many other plays including “Pack of Lies,” “A Christmas Carol,” “God’s Country” and “Twelfth Night.” For a dozen years or so, Walker performed at the Lyric Stage Company in Boston, playing leading and supporting roles, including a small role in the first professional production of William Gibson’s “Goodly Creatures,” a play about the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s. While at the Lyric, Walker also appeared in a number of American premieres of British author Alan Ayckbourn’s works, his favorite being “Taking Steps.” Acting allowed Walker to travel to other locations as well – he worked at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, at theaters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and for two or three years at the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Now, acting in the summers for Festival Theatre brings Walker to places through his roles: for “A Walk in the Woods” he was in Geneva; “Barefoot in the Park” brought him to New York City; and directing “Moonlight and Magnolias” immersed him in Hollywood circa 1940. Next it’s off to a remote Irish island with a trip to Liverpool in his role as Colm Primose in “Sea Marks” which opens at Festival Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 14.


New United Methodist pastor feeling like she's come home by Priscilla Bauer GRANTSBURG – Carolyn Saunders, the new pastor for Atlas and Grantsburg United Methodist churches, may be new to her congregations, but northwestern Wisconsin, the area she has come to serve, is not new to Saunders. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Saunders came to the Midwest to attend the University of Minnesota. After graduating, Saunders took a position in Rice Lake teaching high school German and French. While teaching there, Saunders’ mother died of cancer. Her students, hearing about the death, began asking Saunders questions. A dialog on life issues evolved between the teacher and her students, eventually leading Saunders down another path. “Every day, kids would have some life issue they wanted to talk about and it became apparent I should be teaching life skills.” Saunders talked with her pastor, and he asked if she had ever considered the ministry. “My response at the time (the 1970s) was that women were not in the ministry.” But Saunders’ pastor did not give up. “He kept opening doors; making it more visible to me women could and did have a presence in the ministry.” Saunders feels it was God working through him, and by 1978 she had entered the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, graduating in 1981. Saunders’ first appointment brought her right back to this area. “Since my first appointment was to serve at United Methodist churches in Osceola and Dresser, coming to Atlas and Grantsburg feels like coming home.” Saunders appointment to Osceola and Dresser was for six years. She then left the area to serve in southern Wisconsin for seven years, followed by an appointment at Christ United Methodist and Wildwood Chapel in Merrill, for 14 years. So how did Saunders get back to what she considers her home territory? Saunders explained how United Methodist Church pastors are appointed to serve by the bishop based on the needs and mission a church has and the “gifts and graces” pastors have to offer. Saunders came to talk with a committee from Atlas and Grantsburg United Methodist churches several months ago and was appointed July 1. Saunders says she is still learning about her new congregations, having only been here four weeks. And while she’s still in the planning stage of what programs

Carolyn Saunders, the new pastor for Atlas and Grantsburg United Methodist churches. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer she will offer for her new church family, she does see her role as one of helping the congregations move forward. “These congregations have been treading water since being without a permanent pastor for some time. That can be tiring for congregations. We are going to start swimming again.” “My ministry is based on relationships. People are what are important. It is an awesome experience establishing those relationships. And it is a true blessing when people accept you as their pastor and let you into their lives,” Saunders says of her pastoral role. Saunders said she also intends to be of service within

the community. “Pastors are not just appointed to serve in their churches. Because churches are in communities, pastors are also called to serve those communities.” In the future Saunders would like to work on two causes she is very committed to, domestic abuse and Habitat for Humanity. Saunders also loves to sing, and joining Grantsburg’s community chorus may also be another way she can serve in the community. For now Saunders is settling in with her three cats, definitely happy to be back in the area. “It has been so fun reconnecting to the area and good friends in Osceola, Webster and Solon Springs. And meeting the people in this community has been wonderful. I went to the Grantsburg Historical Society ice-cream social and everyone was so friendly and welcoming.” Saunders says the typical appointment for a pastor is six to eight years, giving her plenty of time to really make this home again.


CHURCH NEWS Soaking up God's word

The robins and other birds that come to my backyard birdbath, splash and sing and hop up and down as if it’s the most fun in the world, and they get clean in the process. But, the shallow level of water won’t allow them to soak it up like the frogs and toads do. Most of us like to soak in a tub, too. It allows us to rid our bodies of grime, sweat, and dead skin while we rest and relax and think and dream. While in prayer re- Perspectives cently, I pictured a waterfall flowing over me while I sat in the pool beneath. Layer by layer, the water started soaking off some of my bad habits. I could feel my pride peel off…and my lack of love…my critical spirit…my independent nature…my lack of discipline. Such spiritual bathing should be ongoing, like the natural bathing process. And if we strive to follow God’s will, we should look forward to future soakings. But sometimes we avoid his cleansing. Our fleshly desires pull us away from him. One day when Jesus taught at the home of Lazarus, his sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to his words. She soaked them up like a sponge because she knew that his words contained life. Too often, we rely only on the words of a pastor, teacher, prophet, TV evangelist, books, or devotional writings. There’s nothing wrong with the truth spoken or written by others. But to spend soaking time listening to and consulting with Jesus personally will give us a new depth of wisdom and understanding about him and about ourselves. The Old Testament ark of the covenant contained the holy of holies, the place where God dwelt. Only the high priest could enter. The outer court was the place of preparation—cleansing and sacrifice for sin. We followers of Christ now belong to the priesthood of believers and can enter the Holy of Holies. It is a soaking place—a place of simply being in his presence and in his rest. Most Israelites were restricted—but content—to stay where they worked to make themselves presentable to God. We could stay in the outer court, too. But then we wouldn’t be aware of God’s presence. We wouldn’t see his glory or hear his voice as we would in the Holy of Holies. Lord, we want to soak in your presence as Mary did. Keep us from first seeking other things and other people to learn what your will and your ways are for us. Give us the desire to sit at your feet to learn of you. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Mrs. Bair may be reached at or

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An Astonishing Choice

“Now at the feast the governor was wont to release unto the multitude one prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:15-17). I don’t know where the “custom” originated that allowed the Jews to select some prisoner for release, but likely it had to do Preacher’s with Rome’s attempt to appease the Jews by granting liberty to some political prisoner. After all, Israel was almost at constant odds with Rome politically. Little did Pilate imagine that this Jewish mob would, when given the choice, prefer a cold-blooded killer over a man Who went about doing good, and against Whom no charge of wrong could be levied. Oh yes, Barabbas was a “notable” prisoner. No doubt a seditionist, a zealot who hated Rome and Rome’s occupation of the Promised Land. Somewhere in the recesses of the not-too-distant past this man had taken someone’s life. Arrested, tried, and convicted he was confined to a prison in Jerusalem to await his execution by crucifixion. Here was a murderer, a seditionist, deserving of the death that awaited him along with the two thieves who would eventually be crucified with Christ. Little did Barabbas imagine that in the early hours of the very day of his scheduled execution he would be granted not only a stay of execution, but a full release from prison. In an attempt to appease the angry mob, Pilate offered the Jews a choice. Knowing the Jews had delivered up Jesus out of jealousy, he asked, “Who shall I release to you? Jesus, or Barabbas.” It is rather ironic that the name “Barabbas” means “son of father” (“Bar” meaning “son of,” and “abba” meaning “father”). That dark night in Jerusalem, Israel was given the choice between two men as to whom they would accept, and whom they would reject. Jesus was the Son of the Father of all men; Barabbas the son of some unnamed man. Was Barabbas’ earthly father still alive? Did he live in Jerusalem? Was he aware of the fate of his son, and the turn of events that would set this man free? No information is provided. But this we know about the “father” of each of these men. The father of one,

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if alive, or even aware of his son’s life, must have hung his head in shame. The Father of the Other was “well pleased” with the love and obedience demonstrated by His short thirty-three year earthly tenor. The governor must have been shocked to hear that the people preferred this vile, wicked murderer to Jesus. But that is the choice they made. And their choice echoes through the halls of history revealing the extreme to which men will go when they are determined to rid their lives of Jesus. The atheist selects Barabbas over Jesus when he rejects the abundant evidence of the existence of God and deity of Jesus. He plays the fool (Psalms 14:1) and willfully closes his eyes to the abundant “proofs” that declare the glory of God and shows His wonderful handiwork (Psalms 19:1). In exchange he offers nothing to the world but a bleak outlook on life and an eternity filled with hopeless non-existence. Cowardly church leaders who choose to appease rebellious members rather than have the whole counsel of God preached, have likewise selected Barabbas over Jesus. The religious leaders and foolish followers who perpetrate, perpetuate, or participate in religious error have selected Barabbas over Jesus. The child of God that turns back to the filth of the world has made a bad choice. Every lukewarm, indifferent, undedicated, uncommitted child of God who allows pleasure to come between them and their God, have selected Barabbas over Jesus. Yes, the choice those Jews made on that fateful day has been repeated by untold millions. When men choose a person, philosophy or policy over Christ, have they not called for the release of Barabbas over the Christ? “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Whether in person, principle, or way of life, when men choose to “crucify” Christ afresh they are asking for Barabbas over Christ. Every time someone rejects the authority of Christ for tradition, family religion, or a immoral life style contrary to the teaching of the New Testament, they have asked for Barabbas over Jesus. When we turn away from Christ and give in to anger, selfishness, envy, jealousy, hatred, evil speaking, we have chosen Barabbas instead of Jesus. Dear friend, what choice will you make? Barabbas or Jesus? (Taken from an article written by Tom Wacaster) If readers have questions or simply wish to know more about the Church of Christ, we would like to invite them to call 715-866-7157 or stop by the church building at 7425 W. Birch St. 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.

News from the Pews at Pilgrim Lutheran FREDERIC – Steve and Rhoda Jensen’s grandson, Charley Brett Jensen, was baptized during worship services this past Sunday, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. Shown in the picture is Pastor Catherine Burnette administering the sacrament of Holy Baptism to Charley. His parents are Todd and Lisa and his sponsors were Scott Domagala, Oscar Nelson, Elizabeth Phernetton and Rebbekkah Phernetton. The congregation welcomed Charley into God’s family. Special guest singer was Penny Bistram who sang two songs and one of the songs was entitled “How Beautiful.” They appreciate it whenever Penny comes to share her beautiful voice with them. Mark your calendar to join Pilgrim for their secondannual harvest dinner which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a freewill donation. The committee is hard at work making plans to serve a tasty meal of roast pork loin, good old-fashioned mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh buttered corn, coleslaw, tomatoes and cucumbers, assorted pickles, a dinner roll and Shown in the picture is Pastor Catherine Burnette administering the sacrament of Holy Baptism to Charley. His parents are Todd and Lisa and his sponsors were Scott Domagala, Oscar Nelson, Elizabeth Phernetton and Rebbekkah Phernetton. homemade pie. The menu last year was such a success that it will be repeated again this year. Pilgrim sends out a special invitation to everyone to join them for Sunday morning worship services at 9 a.m., but on Aug. 17, the Danville Singers will be performing their special music. Parents Tim and Kathy Danielson and their daughter, Casey, and son, Joe, are from Cadot, and they have a long history of performing together over the past 25 years. For more information, call the church office at 715-327-8012 or go to their newly updated Web site at - submitted



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Tylor C. Burtt, 88 of Balsam Lake, died Aug. 4, 2008 at the Amery Regional Medical Center. Tylor was born on May 3, 1920 in Brockton, Ma., to Dr. Percy and Edith (Grant) Burtt. He attended school in Brockton, Ma., and graduated from high school in Brockton in 1938. In 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp suntil he was honorably discharged in 1946 as a tech sergeant. After the Army Air Corps until 1951 he worked a civilian career. On April 5, 1946, Tylor married Oceil Stoen in Centuria. To this union a son Philip was born. In 1951, Tylor enlisted in the United States Air Force where he made a 20-year career, retiring in 1971 as senior master sergeant. After his Air Force retirement, Tylor and Oceil made their home in rural Balsam Lake until 1979 when they moved to the village of Balsam Lake to their present home. When the couple moved to the Balsam Lake area, Tylor worked as a school bus driver and also for the United States Postal Service as a rural postal carrier until he retired in 1985. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake, where he was active with the men’s breakfast group, church council and various other activities in the church. He was a member of the Buffalo Card Club in Balsam Lake, and a past member of the Balsam Lake Village Board where he held various positions. He had been active on the Balsam Lake Library Board, regional library board, Federated Library Board, the Balsam Lake American Legion and the VFW of Milltown. Tylor is survived by his wife, Oceil Burtt, of Balsam Lake; son, Philip Burtt and his wife, Thera, of Eagan, Minn.; sister, Ann Ward, of New Port Beach, Calif.; brother, Stewart Douglas of La Mesa, Calif.; and other close relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. The Rev. Diane P. Norstad will officiate. Karen Paulsen will provide the music and Tylor’s daughter-in-law, Thera, will be the vocalist. Visitation will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Friday, Aug. 8, from 4-7 p.m., and will continue on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Tylor will be laid to rest at the Bunyan Union Cemetery in rural Balsam Lake following the funeral service. Full military honors will be rendered at the cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the church following the cemetery services. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria is entrusted with arrangements.

Kathryn Anne (Nelson) Robers, of Dairyland, died July 28, 2008, at the age of 61, after a short, but intense battle with cancer. Kathryn was born June 28, 1947, in Superior; and spent her early years in the Nelson’s family farmhouse in Kingsdale, Minn. Following a fire, the family moved to the old Stevens School building in Dairyland, when she was 14. Kathryn attended Webster High School, where she participated in forensics and drama, as well as many other activities. She was named a National Merit Scholar in 1965. She attended Macalester College for two years. Shortly thereafter, she suffered a tragic head injury that left her comatose for weeks. She finally awoke, and after months of difficult rehabilitation was released into the world, bright and cheerful and with a great sense of humor, but one with some physical challenges. She spent some time working with the staff of the DCCA in Superior, before deciding to attend Southwest Minnesota State University, where she studied for another two years. Kathy married Bernard Robers. She was a homemaker, expert Scrabble player and a member of the Dairyland Homemaker’s Club. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996; father, Russell Nelson; and older brother, Charles Nelson. She is survived by her sons, Michael Robers and Tony Nelson; two grandchildren, Marcus and Chelsea Nelson; mother, Helen Nelson; one sister, Wendy Schmidt; and three brothers, John (Auring), Carl (Debbie) and Robert (Diane), as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home with Chaplin Ron Henely officiating. Honorary casket bearers were Carl Nelson, Robert Nelson, Marcus Nelson, John Nelson, Anthony Nelson and Michael Robers. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Evelyn Catherine Swaab, 89, Superior, died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Superior. Evelyn was born on Aug. 10, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Alexander and Emmerance (Morin) Cummings. Evelyn graduated from St. Catherine’s College in Minneapolis, with a degree in registered nursing in 1941. She began her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Twin Cities later that year, where she met her beloved husband, Frank (Francis) Swaab. “Ev” as she was affectionately called by Frank, quickly became his favorite nurse and continued in that capacity for the next 39 years. They were married in 1942 and shortly thereafter moved to Superior. Ev continued her nursing career in Superior as the afternoon ER nurse and supervisor. After St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals combined, she became the nursing director at St. Joseph’s. When Superior Memorial Hospital opened, Evelyn became the director of nursing services there until her retirement. She held many fond memories of her co-workers and was always quick to share them. Evelyn moved to St. Ann’s Assisted Living Facility in Duluth in 2003 and then to the Golden Living Center in Superior in September of 2006, which she affectionately called her home until her death. Evelyn is survived by her children, Bernardine Kolstad of Superior, Laurence (Julianne) Swaab of Neenah, Paul (Susan) Swaab of West Allis, James (Joan) Swaab of Olewein, Iowa, David Swaab of Otsego, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Sandra Swaab of Green Bay; grandchildren, John (Lori), Tom (Reenie) Kolstad of Centuria, Sharon (John), Julie (Shawn), Megan, Gary (Kim), Lynn (Andy), Laura, Pat (Jess), Sara (John), Chris, Ryan, Erin, Michael and Keely; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Marion) Cummings of Lakeland, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Helen Cummings of Superior. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Swaab; son, Thomas Swaab, son, Joseph in infancy; son-in-law, Eugene “Peno” Kolstad; daughter-in-law, Patricia Swaab; and brother, Laurence E. Cummings. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in East End Superior on Monday, Aug. 4. Father James Tobolski officiated the Mass. Evelyn will be laid to rest next to her husband, Frank, at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery following the Mass. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and grandchildren’s spouses. The family would prefer memorials to the Alzheimers Unit at the Golden Living Center in Superior. The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Leonard Oscar Moline

Leonard Oscar Moline, 62, of Eureka Center, died July 27, 2008, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He was born to Thorsten and Agnes Moline on Nov. 19, 1945 in Frederic. He was baptized and confirmed at West Sweden Lutheran Church. On Oct. 21, 1972, he was united in marriage to Belva Larson at Milltown Lutheran Church. From this union, they had one son, Charlie Moline. Leonard worked at UFE in Dresser for over 30 years. Then, he delivered the morning paper for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, retiring from that job in 2008. Leonard volunteered for the ambulance service in St. Croix Falls prior to moving to Eureka Center. He enjoyed farming and visiting with people. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary; and brothers, Alfred and Carl. He is survived by his wife, Belva of Eureka Center; son, Charlie of Eureka Center; brothers, Thorsten (Joan) Jr., Harold (Bonnie) of Mary Jo Baxter, resident of Milltown, died Saturday, Maryland, Wally (Sandy) of Arkansas and Fred of St. Aug. 2, 2008, at the age of 40. Croix Falls; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is survived by her husband, Troy; children, ZachThe Edling Funeral Home, St. Croix Falls, was enery, Mackinze, Dakota and Chevy; mother, Diane; trusted with arrangements. brothers and sisters, Leonard Olson, Jeanne Byl, Curtis Olson, Larry Olson, and Jerry Olson Jr.; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, at 11 Margel L. Gulden, 73, a resident of Danbury, died a.m. at Milltown Lutheran Church in Milltown. July 29, 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the serv- Aug. 23, at Danbury United Methodist Church at 11 ice at the church. a.m. The Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, was entrusted with A full obituary will be published in a later edition. funeral arrangements. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was

Mary Jo Baxter

Margel L. Gulden

entrusted with arrangements.


Vernon Jens Bille Vernon Jens Bille died Aug. 2, 2008, at the age of 92 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck. He was born in 1915 in Mercer, N.D. In 1939, he moved with his family to Luck, and worked for Thorvald Sorensen as a farm hand. It was at this time he was drafted into the Army, and he served from 19401946 during World War II. While stationed at Fort Bening, Ga., he was married to Virginia Patton from Kannapolis, N.C., on Feb. 22, 1945. He served with occupation forces in Japan and in 1946 was discharged from the military. Upon returning to Luck they purchased a farm, which he worked for 49 years until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons, Byron and Baynard; sister, Clara Diede of Marshfield; brother, Paul Bille and wife, Joyce, of Luck; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, North Luck, with Pastor Mark Hall officiating. Full military honors were provided by the Spooner Honors Group at the Luck Village Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 255. The Rowe Funeral Home of Luck was entrusted with


OBITUARIES LeRoy A. Beckmark

Steven J. Puttbrese Jr.

Evelyn P. Hill

LeRoy A. Beckmark, 92, a resident of Siren died July 26, 2008, at Indianhead Medical Center. LeRoy was born on Nov. 10, 1915, in Atlas, to Arthur and Lily Beckmark. In later years, they moved to West Sweden where LeRoy finished grade school, graduating from Frederic High School. He then took a butter making course at the University of Minnesota and became a butter maker. He served at three creameries, West Sweden, Siren and Benoit. Due to health problems, he left the butter making and went into plumbing with Rex Johnson Plumbing and Heating. He then became the head custodian for the Siren School District until he retired. On June 26, 1943, LeRoy married Violet Blom and they were the first couple to be married at the old Bethany Lutheran Church. LeRoy and Violet opened their home to Red Anderson who lived with them while LeRoy worked at the creamery. They later had Ruth and Charlotte Dennis live with them until they graduated from high school. LeRoy and Violet then adopted three daughters, Meraye, JeRay and Shannon. LeRoy was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and served on the church council many times. He also was a member of the Siren Ag Club, Masonic Lodge and the Siren Fire Dept. He was also part of the first Burnett County Ambulance crew. He was an avid sportsman, loving bow hunting and rifle hunting until he was in his 90s. LeRoy was preceded in death by Ruth Dennis, Meraye, JeRay and Shannon; his parents; two brothers; four sisters; two nieces and one nephew. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; grandchildren, Benjamin, Greg Carlson, Charlotte (Don) Jensen, Eric (Debbie) and Paul Nystrom; Eldora Brown and family; Elrose Beckmark and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, at Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor John Clasen, Pastor Diane Blahauvietz and Pastor Kenneth Lahners officiating. Music was provided by the Bethany Bell Choir, Harmonic Balance, Galen Brown and Fran McBroom. Interment followed at Lewis Cemetery. LeRoy’s nephews were the casketbearers, Bennie Johnson, Bill Jensen, Arthur Beckmark, Merideth Beckmark, Craig Johnson and Chris Johnson. Honorary casketbearers were Arlyn Brown, John Maslek, Jerry Nelson, Clifford Potter, Galen Brown, Dave Kopecky, Red Anderson, Erick Nyrstrom, Paul Nystrom and the Siren Fire Department. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Steven J. Puttbrese Jr., age 15, of Webster, died July 20, 2008. Steven was born on Aug. 21, 1992, in Hibbing, Minn. Steven enjoyed hunting and fishing. Steven also loved to play football, basketball, golf, baseball and running track. His passion was spending time with his family. Steven was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Albert. Steven is survived by his father, Steven (Jerri) Puttbrese Sr.; mother, Jessica (Sean) Holwell of Webster; sisters, Tiffany, Danielle, Courtney, Nicole and Arrianna; brothers, Kaleb, Nathan and Andrew; maternal grandmother, Barb (Ron) Pederson; maternal grandfather, Larry Westrum; paternal grandmother, Ruby Torgerson; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Rose Lutheran Church in Roseau, Minn., with Pastors Todd Erickson and Shawn Brandon officiating. Interment followed at the Rose (Moe-Rose) Cemetery in Roseau. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Evelyn P. Hill, 81, of Milltown, died on Aug. 3, 2008, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her son, Allen Hill, of Comstock; daughters, Lynn Hanson of St. Croix Falls and Susan Hill of Elk Mound; nine grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren; special friend, Arthur Hanson; and sonin-law David Hanson. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; son, Ronald; and daughter, Robyn. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m., at the Edling Funeral Home in St. Croix Falls with Pastor Lori Ward officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg. The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted with arrangements.

June H. Frandsen June H. Frandsen, resident of Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Amery, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at the age of 91. A burial will be held at Milltown Cemetery on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Orlin Collins Orlin Collins died Aug. 5, 2008. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church, Webster. The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Charles “Charlie” Russell Peper Charles “Charlie” Russell Peper, age 69, of rural Balsam Lake died at St. Croix Regional Medical Center on July 28, 2008. He was born at his family’s home in Wanderoos, to Russell and Charlotte (Haug) Peper on March 24, 1939. As a youth, he loved playing sports, which included basketball, football and baseball. He worked on the family farm until he graduated from Amery High School in 1957. He then attended UW-River Falls from 19571958. Following his time in River Falls, he relocated to St. Paul, Minn., where he held various jobs including driving delivery trucks for Taystee Bread Co. In 1962 he returned to farming in the Wanderoos area. On Oct. 6, 1962, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Maypark at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington, and in January of 1965, Brian Charles was born. In April of the following year they moved to the Fox Creek area in Georgetown Township. Three more children joined the family - Kimberly Jo in 1967, Bradley John in 1970 and Bruce Gary in 1971. Charlie was truly an outdoorsman; hunting and fishing were his favorite. He shared this passion graciously with friends and family. Good old country music and a polka also made him smile. Most of all he loved driving tractor and working the soil. Even after he sold the milking herd in 1996, he continued to plant and harvest crops. As he farmed, he was also a seed corn dealer for various companies and a Vigortone Ag Products dealer. In the last several years, the Indianhead Chorus became a big part of Charlie’s life. He was fortunate enough to sing with them at seven churches and the Polk County Fair the day before he passed away. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; children Brian (Denise Schroeder) Peper, Kimberly (Stephen) Hill, Bradley Peper, and Bruce (Julie) Peper; grandchildren Angela, Tiffany, Skyler, Lance, Mackenzie, and Mikayla Peper, Matthew and Amanda Hill; sisters Berdean Shinnan, Marlene (Norm) Bohn, and Debbie Monzel; brother Gary (Mardelle) Peper; sister-in-law Lois Peper; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 1, Trinity Lutheran Church in McKinley Township with Pastor Neal Weltzin officiating. Music was provided by Sherry Doornink and the Indianhead Chorus. Casket bearers were: Ronnie Rixmann, Lance Peper, Nathan Rixmann, Joey Peper, David Peper, Mark Peper and Craig Peper. Honorary casket bearers were: Greg Stokes, Fred Norlund, Pat Murphy, Chad Sells, Matthew Hill, Marvin Johnson, Tom Hallberg, Chuck Polfus, Ronelle Rixmann, Andrew Rixmann, Jerry Tyler, John Alme, Dan Waalen and Marlyn Bottolfson. Interment followed at the Georgetown Lutheran Church Cemetery. The Williamson-White Funeral Home, Amery, was entrusted with arrangements.




CHURCH NEWS Children can struggle with depression, too Q: Our school psychologist said she thinks our son is suffering from childhood depression. My goodness! The kid is only 9 years old. Is it reasonable that this could be his problem? DR. DOBSON: We used to believe that depression was exclusively an adult problem, but that understanding is changing. Now we're seeing signs of serious despondency in children as young as 5 years old. Symptoms of depression in an elementary school child may include general lethargy, a lack of interest in things that used to excite him or her, sleep disturbances, chewed finger nails, loss of appetite and violent emotional outbursts. Other common reactions are stomach complaints and low tolerance to frustration of any kind. If depression is a problem for your child, it is only symptomatic of something else that is bothering him. Help him or her verbalize feelings. Try to anticipate the explanation for sadness and lead the youngster into conversations that provide an opportunity to ventilate. Make yourself available to listen, without judging or belittling the feelings expressed. Simply being understood is soothing for children and adults, alike. If the symptoms are severe or if they last more than two weeks, I urge you to take the advice of the school psychologist or seek professional help for your son. Prolonged depression can be destructive for human beings of any age and is especially dangerous to children. ••• Q: As an advocate of spankings as a disciplinary tool, don't you worry about the possibility that you

might be contributing to the incidence of child abuse in this country? DR. DOBSON: Yes, I do worry about that. One of my frustrations in teaching parents has been the difficulty in achieving a balance between permissiveness and oppression. The tendency is to drift toward one extreme or another. Let it never be said that I favor harshness of any kind with children. It can wound the spirit and inflict permanent scars on the psyche. No subject distresses me more than the phenomenon of child abuse which is so prevalent in North America today. There are millions of families out there in which crimes against children are being committed day after day. It is hard to believe just how cruel some mothers and fathers can be to defenseless, wide-eyed kids who don't understand why they are hated. I remember the terrible father who regularly wrapped his small son's head in the sheet that the boy had wet the night before. Then he crammed the tot upside down into the toilet bowl for punishment. I also think of the disturbed mother who cut out her child's eyes with a razor blade. That little girl will be blind throughout her life, knowing that her own mother deprived her of sight! Unthinkable acts like these are occurring every day in cities and towns around us. In fact, it is highly probable that a youngster living within a mile or two of your house is experiencing abuse in one manner or an-

Dr. James

Dobson Focus on the Family

other. Brian G. Fraser, attorney for the National Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, has written: "Child abuse ... once thought to be primarily a problem of the poor and downtrodden ... occurs in every segment of society and may be the country's leading cause of death in children." Let me say with the strongest emphasis that aggressive, hard nosed, "Mommie Dearest" kinds of discipline are destructive to kids and must not be tolerated. Given the scope of the tragedy we are facing, the last thing I want to do is to provide a rationalization and justification for it. I don't believe in harsh discipline, even when it is well intentioned. Children must be given room to breathe and grow and love. But there are also harmful circumstances at the permissive end of the spectrum, and many parents fall into one trap in an earnest attempt to avoid the other. ••• Dr. Dobson is founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995( Questions and answers are excerpted f rom "Solid Answers" and "Bringing Up Boys," both published by Tyndale House. ••• COPYRIGHT 2008 JAMES DOBSON INC., DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932 6600.

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Fundraiser dance held for WWII veterans trip

Sara Jensen from Indian Creek, whose passion is studying World War II history, showed a scrapbook of information on the period she has put together to Lyle The Nuto Band from the Spooner/Shell Lake area, led by Bruce King, formerly from Frederic, played music for Johnson, commander of the Lund-Brown American Legion Post No. 132, Siren, dur- dancing and listening by the sparse crowd that attended a fundraiser dance at the Lakeview Event Center, Siren, Sating the WWII veterans benefit at the Lake- urday, Aug. 2. The event was set up to raise some of the money that will pay for a group of World War II veterans (including a spouse or daughter) from Polk and Burnett counties to go to Washington, D. C., for Armistice Day in early view Event Center Saturday, Aug. 2. November. - Photos by Nancy Jappe

The photos for this World War II photo display at the Lakeview Event Center, Siren, belong to WWII veterans Wally Nelson, Gene Olson and Dick Macho, who will be going on the expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in November. Other WWII veterans who will be making the trip are Carl Erickson, Laurie Mustonen and Harlan Pygman. All of these veterans were on hand for the benefit Saturday, Aug. 2.

Kids Day held at Atlas Park This single horse was available from J & L Ranch to give children rides around the park throughout the day.

The J & L Ranch gave rides to any child who wanted to go in the carriage pulled by miniature horses during the fourth-annual Kids Day at the Park in Atlas held on Saturday, Aug. 2. – Photos by Brenda Sommerfeld RIGHT: Children ages 11–17 searched for the medallion that was hidden within the park grounds. Many different companies were responsible for making donations in order for the Atlas Kids Day to take place. Free food and beverages were given to everyone under the age of 17 during the event. LEFT: There were two sawdust piles for different age groups to search for money. Ages 5 and under got one pile and ages 6 to 10 got to search through the other. There were also door prizes drawn for each of the children to have a chance to win something.




• Birthday party at the senior center, 11:45 a.m. Call 715-268-6605 to reserve a spot. • Lee Elmer & Friends Reunite at the senior center, 7 p.m.

Coming events

Frederic • 75th-anniversary potluck picnic for InterCounty Co-op at Coon Lake, noon, 715-3274236.

Grantsburg • 20th-annual Luther Point Bible Camp Quilt Auction, 10 a.m., 715-689-2347.

Jackson • 3rd-annual pancake breakfast sponsored by fire department 2nd Alarm at the fire hall, 8 a.m.noon.

Balsam Lake • Kinship Foundation Luau Fundraiser at Paradise Landing, 6 p.m., 715-268-7980.

Turtle Lake


• 11th-annual Car in the Park & craft show at the village park, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Support group for people with bipolar disorder and depression at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. Call 715-327-4436 for more info.

MONDAY/11 Frederic

• Spades played at the senior center, 1 p.m.


St. Croix Falls

• Ice Age Trail work day at the Sand Creek segment, meet at the trailhead on CTH E, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Dean at 715-472-2248 for more info.

• Art Group at the senior center, 9:30 a.m.noon.


• Regional Hospice volunteer training class begins, 715-635-9077. • Hunters education begins at South Fork Sporting Club, 715-653-4253.

St. Croix Falls • Exercise, 10-11 a.m.; Skipbo, 11 a.m.-noon; 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center.


Voyager Village


• Together for the Cure Golf Event at the golf course, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start, 715-259-7773, 715-259-3275. • “The Best Laid Plans” at Voyager Village stables, 7 p.m., 715-259-7876.

• Music in the Park at Centennial Pavilion, Indianhead Chorus Barbershop Harmony, 6:30 p.m.

FRI. & SAT./8 & 9

• Exercise, 10-11 a.m.; Skipbo, 11 a.m.-noon; 500 cards & Dominos, 12:30 p.m. at the senior center.

St. Croix Falls


• 8th-annual Balloon Rally at the high school. 920-833-6688 or

Webster • Gandy Dancer Days, street dance, sidewalk sales, arts & crafts, bake sale & hot beef sandwiches, demo derby & garage sales, sponsored by chamber. Sat. 6 p.m., queen pageant. 715866-4856.

FRI. - SUN./8 - 10 Lewis

• Charles E. Lewis Days. Revival, flea market, parade, car show, 800-222-7655.

FRIDAY/8 Amery

• Bingo at the senior center, 1 p.m.

Frederic • FHS Class of 1943 65th-year reunion at the Countryside Inn, 12:30 p.m., 715-653-2364.

Grantsburg • Northwest Regional Writers meeting at Big Gust Apts., 1 p.m. Assignment: If you had a fairy godmother, what qualities would you want her to have?

St. Croix Falls • Indianhead Chorus & Women’s Quartet on the Overlook, 6-7:30 p.m., 715-483-3580.

SAT. - SUN./9 - 10 Voyager Village

• “The Best Laid Plans” at Voyager Village stables, Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 715-259-7876.

This peaceful setting, spending the day fishing, caught the eye of this reporter. – Photo by Gregg Westigard


rade at 11 a.m., 920-833-6688 or

• Northwest Wisconsin Graziers Network horse pasture walk at the Gores farm, 10 a.m., 715-485-8600, 715-635-3506.



Amery • An Evening of Chamber Music at The Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Clear Lake • Tractor & diesel pickup pull, 6 p.m., 715263-2844.

• Youth in the Outdoors at Coyland Creek, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-222-5000 or 715-653-4273. • Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild at the senior center, 9 a.m., call Betty at 715-472-4117. • Lion & Lioness yard sale drop-off day, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-349-2400. • Northwest Cleansweep at County Highway Shop on Hwy. 70, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 715-6352197.


Trade Lake

• Fellowship, cards & Bingo at the senior center, noon.

• Monthly scrap metal drop-off day on Pine Lake Road, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-488-2600.


Webb Lake

• Fire department corn feed, 2-8 p.m. • LHS Class of 1978 reunion at Hog Wild, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

• Men’s Club Carnival dunk tank, midway concessions, chidren games, teen events, turkey shoot, at the fire department, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.



• Fundraiser for Susan B. Komen 3-day breast cancer walk at Hack’s Pub, 6:30 p.m.-?

• Used book sale at the Burnett Community Library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

St. Croix Falls


• bioBlitz 2008 nature walk for all ages at Lions Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



• Blessing Trio at Skonewood Christian Retreat Center, 7 p.m., Ann Bell on piano at 6:45 p.m.

• 20th-annual Burger Fest, downtown, with pa-

Siren • Health & Fitness Hour at the Anytime Fitness, 7-8 p.m. Meet personal trainer Kim Campion, 715-259-3325. • Barack Obama Burnett Kickoff at the Burnett County Democratic Party meeting, Siren Village Hall, 7 p.m., 715-635-3428.

WEDNESDAY/13 Frederic

• Pokeno at the senior center, 1 p.m.

Grantsburg • Neighborhood Mass, potluck meal at Dave and Darlene Rudolph residence, 6 p.m., 715327-8119.

THURSDAY/14 Centuria

• Polk-Burnett Retired Educators Association meets at Fristad Lutheran Church, noon, 715-472-2512.

Frederic • 500 cards at the senior center, 6:30 p.m. • Support group for people with bipolar disorder and depression at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. Call 715-327-4436 for more info.

St. Croix Falls • Exercise, 10-11 a.m.; 500 cards, 6:30 p.m. at the senior center. • SCFHS Class of 1950 Reunion at Pizzeria in Dresser, 4:30 p.m.-? Call Don Stelten at 715294-3487 or Doris Thompson at 715-483-9903.

Crex Meadows Nature Photography Contest held Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center volunteer Gretchen Johnson hangs Crex Meadows Nature Photography Contest entries up for display. The contest, which featured photos taken on Crex Meadows, was open to amateur photographers. Visitors to the center voted on the best photo in four categories: birds, other wildlife, wildflowers and landscapes. Professional photographers were also invited to submit their photos for an exhibition during the nature photography weekend held at the center this past weekend, Aug. 2-3. Also featured in the weekend’s events were nature photography seminars for adults and youths by award-winning and noted wildlife photographers. A highlight of the weekend was a Sunday sunrise photo shoot at Phantom Lake on Crex Meadows. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Cliff and Joyce Carlson of St. Paul, Minn., who stopped on the way to their Round Lake cabin to check out the Crex Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, were delighted to find the center’s nature photography contest photos on display. The contest, open to amateur photographers, featured photos in four categories: birds, other wildlife, wildflowers and landscapes taken on Crex Meadows. Visitors to the center were asked to cast their votes for the best photos in each category, which the Carlsons said proved to be no easy task, since all the photos were so good.

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