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Republicans keep control of Senate by winning four of the six statewide recall contests by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer FREDERIC – Republican state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf swept to victory in the recall election Tuesday, Aug. 9, gaining 58 percent of the votes while defeating her Democratic challenger, Shelly Moore. Statewide, Republican senators won four of the six recall challenges and kept control

of the Senate with a one-vote majority. The recall season, which started at the end of February, ends next Tuesday when two Democratic senators face recall elections Harsdorf’s victory was decisive. She received 37,099 votes to Moore’s 27,250 according to the

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“Mattress” enters final two weeks ST. CROIX FALLS - Since Festival Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” opened in June, it has delighted theatergoers with its strong musicality, high energy, sassiness, humor and just plain good storytelling. The production now moves into its final two weeks of performances and closes Sunday, Aug. 21, in downtown St. Croix Falls. “There is something so magical about this story” says Danette Olsen, executive director at Festival Theatre. “When we selected this show, we had no way of knowing that a real royal wedding would be going on across the pond, so it’s an added bonus to have a castle of our own on stage!” Despite “Mattress” having been first produced over 50 years ago, it continues to tell the universal story of people in love through three different sets of eyes. Lady Larkin (Kimberly Braun) and Prince Harry (Neil Powell) are the traditional love story with all-too-real misunderstandings and unexpected consequences. Queen Aggravain (Jaclyn Johnson) and King Sextimus (Andrew Bosworth) are the dysfunctional married couple who, as directed by Mark Baer, find a way to reconcile their love for each other. And of course, there are Princess Winnifred (Kathryn Cesarz) and Prince Dauntless (Jonathan Nadolny) who are running an uphill race toward marriage against parental opposition and reversed male-female role expectations. The final performances of this American musical favorite include 7:30 p.m. shows on Aug. 11, 13, 18 and 20, as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 11, 14 and 21. First-time theatergoers should ask for the first-timer discount. For additional information see the theater’s Web site at or call 715-483-3387. Shown above: Kathryn Cesarz as Princess Winnifred tries to ignore the crazed singing of the nightingale, played by Allyce Torres. - with submitted information

Wheels & Wings coming Sept. 10 OSCEOLA - Osceola rolls out its giant, end-of-summer-festival, Wheels and Wings, on Saturday, Sept. 10. Wheels & Wings showcases a classic car show at the L.O. Simenstad Municipal Airport in addition to an airplane fly-in and aircraft on display. New at the airport will be a speed test on the runway. Other events on Saturday include a craft fair in Mill Pond Park in Osceola and the 17thannual ArtBarn ArtExplosion which features a family hands-on art experience with live music and food from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A flea market will also be held along Third Avenue and the Community Fair, complete with carnival rides and tractor pulls, takes place throughout the weekend of Sept. 9-11 at Oakey Park. For more information and a schedule of events online go to or contact Osceola’s Main Street and chamber director, Courtney Sprecher at 715-755-3300, e-mail - with submitted information


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On the afternoon of July 25, Jackie Moser and her 2-year-old daughter, Tianna, were going to make a trip to the town of Webster from their home. Moser drove approximately one-fourth mile down the road, on CTH A, when a doe and two fawns came into the pathway of her vehicle. She swerved to miss the deer when the back tires of the pickup truck she was driving hit the gravel, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Her vehicle went into the ditch from one side of the road to the opposite side, where it rolled two times. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Jackie had to exit out from the passenger-side window, after unstrapping her daughter from her car seat. Tianna did not receive any bruising or scratches. But Mom ended up with bruises from exiting out of the vehicle. Jackie had successfully child passenger safety education program, St. Croix Tribal Ride Safe. This is also where she purchased Tianna’s car seat. - submitted by St. Croix Tribal Health Department – Photo submitted

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More schools, less money for sparsity aid by Brian Bull Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE – More school districts have qualified for sparsity aid this year, money to help smaller, rural districts provide services across sparsely populated – and often poor – communities. But, the need is up at a time when funding is being whittled down. For the 2011-12 school year, 130 districts qualified for sparsity aid, seven more than the previous year. Some of the newly qualified districts became eligible after enrollment declined, while others saw their poverty levels increase. But John Johnson of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction says while more schools have qualified for sparsity aid, the new biennial state budget cuts it by 10 percent, which means less money for eligible schools. “This aid program really is important to help districts that struggle with declining enrollment, that have highly variable property values, that may have a low median of income in their areas,” says Johnson. “And because they are large geographically, they have higher transportation costs. In an era of revenue caps – which have been around for 18 years, it’s becoming more and more difficult for school districts to basically meet their bills.” Larry Ouimette is superintendent of the Lac du Flambeau School District which is getting $117,000 in sparsity aid this year. He says that money will help, but it’s $20,000 dollars less for transportation expenses, compared to their last award from the state. “That was a big shock to our system,” says Ouimette. “Almost all of our students ride the bus. Our school district is located right on Hwy. 47 which is a very busy highway and a hazardous highway. Students have to cross that to get to our school district, so that’s a fixed cost, there’s just no way around it, we have to pay for bus transportation.” Ouimette says district officials will look into private and federal grants to help cover costs. They’re also still seeing how an $800 million statewide cut to education will play out.

Wisconsin aids farming in Afghanistan by Gilman Halsted Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE – The Wisconsin National Guard is teaming up with University of Wisconsin agricultural experts to help farmers in northeastern Afghanistan. The 58 members of the Wisconsin Guard’s Agricultural Development Team will head to Kunar province next spring. Their training includes classes taught by professors at the UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Col. Darryl Feucht from Monona heads the team of 33 combat soldiers and 25 other soldiers with degrees in everything from agricultural marketing to hydrology. Feucht says once they’re deployed they’ll have Internet access to experts back in Madison. Sarah Bammel of Cottage Grove, Minn., will be the hydrologist helping with a drip irrigation system. This is her second deployment to Afghanistan and she says her gender may actually be an asset rather than an obstacle. The Wisconsin Ag Development unit will be replacing one from Illinois. The two teams have been in daily contact via the Internet so Wisconsin soldiers can pick up where the Illinois team leaves off.


St. Croix tribal elections Saturday Repeat of voided June election by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer HERTEL – Members of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe will go to the polls again Saturday, Aug. 13, to elect the five members of the Tribal Council. This is a repeat of the June 11 election that was voided by a tribal court. Voting will take place in each of the four tribal communities, Big Sand Lake, Danbury, Big Round Lake and Maple Plain. The polls are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The election appears to be a contest between some of the incumbents who are running for re-election and a number of tribal members who are calling for change in the tribal government. Unofficial results of the June election showed the defeat of two incumbents, with the opposition candidates winning three of the five seats. Tribal Chair Lewis Taylor and incumbent David “Maabin” Merrill, identified as part of the council majority, were re-elected while Beverly

(Songetay) Benjamin and Jeanne Awonohopay, also of the council majority, were defeated. Incumbent Elmer “Jay” Emery Jr., backed by the opposition group, was re-elected along with Nancy Matrious and Stuart Bearheart. Campaign issues include tribal finances and openness of government. Taylor, Benjamin, and Awonohopay, in the election issue of the tribe’s newspaper, The Vision, state that the years 2007 to 2009 were a disastrous time and it has taken the past two years for them to start restoring the St. Croix finances. They claim the qualified experience to lead the tribe for the coming years. The opposition slate also claim to have the skills to lead the tribe forward economically and pledge to have more open government. Some of the candidates have served many terms on the council. Of the incumbents, Taylor is completing his ninth term, Merrill his seventh, Benjamin her sixth, Emery his fourth, and Awonohopay her second. Challenger Phyllis Lowe has served three terms in the past. While the candidates on the ballot have not changed, some

candidates have apparently dropped out of the race and thrown their support to others. Five candidates, Emery, Matrious, Bearheart, Francis Songetay and Phyllis Lowe, are being backed by a group Take Back Our Tribe 2011. These five either were victorious in June or finished second. The Take Back group is calling for the replacement of Taylor, Merrill, Benjamin and Awonohopay. Eugene Hart, who finished second in Maple Plain, has asked that his supporters vote for Stuart Bearheart, according to three sources. It has been reported that at least six others have withdrawn and now support the opposition slate. One tribal member who has been working for change said the June election is being looked at as a primary. St. Croix Tribal Council elections are held as a single round with the candidates with the most votes winning election with a plurality of the votes even though they did not receive a majority or half the votes. All of the five leaders in the canceled June election received less than 40 percent of the votes. Some of the opposition leaders have said

they think a gathering of the opposition votes behind a single candidate will bring them more victories. The candidates, by community, in the order of their unofficial finish in June (I) = incumbent Big Sand Lake, two seats Elmer “Jay” Emery Jr. (I), Lewis Taylor (I), Francis Songetay, Leo Butler, Mary Jane Frog, Neil Oustigoff, Bennie Rogers, Laura Moose, Michael Lapointe and Christine Morrison. Danbury Nancy Matrious, Beverly (Songetay) Benjamin (I), Gary Bearhart Jr., Delores Staples and Tracy Taylor. Big Round Lake David “Maabin” Merrill (I), Phyllis Lowe, Georgia Cobenais, Travis Lowe, Pat Fowler Sr., Sanford Mosay and Kelly Lowe Sr. Maple Plain Stuart Bearheart, Eugene Hart, Jeanne Awonohopay (I), LeAnn Hogner and Valerie Hogner.

State relinquishes, keeps DMV service centers open Luck and Amery to keep DMV, Balsam Lake not needed; Siren likely to expand by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – After mounting pressure and apparent complaints, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has changed their plans, deciding not to consolidate several current Department of Motor Vehicle service centers after all, choosing instead to expand hours and add staff at current locations, to meet both demand and recent legal requirements. The announcement means the current Luck and Amery DMV service centers will remain open, with no new center added in Balsam Lake, as was announced last month. “We listened to the concerns of legislators and others impacted by the potential changes. We will continue service in all existing locations and establish four new DMV sites,” WisDOT Secretary

Mark Gottlieb stated. The 2011-13 budget included a provision that each county have at least 20 hours per week of driver’s license, skills testing and ID card services available, in a costeffective manner. WisDOT previously released a list of sites being considered for consolidation to minimize the use of travel teams serving multiple sites and simplify schedules. Luck, Amery and New Richmond made up nearly a third of that list. “This is good news for our customers. It will make it easier for those needing a driver’s license or ID card to obtain service,” Gottlieb added. Voter ID requirements and subsequent DMV service center hours and staff expansion are expected to cost the state about $4 million a year, with an additional $2 million in start-up costs the first year, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Weekly service increases around the state will expand by more than 620 hours – equating to more than 32,000 hours of increased DMV services annually. The service expansion includes four new loca-

tions across the state, none locally. Currently, the Amery DMV center operates from 8:45 a.m - 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Amery Senior Center. The Luck DMV service center operates at the Luck Lions DBS Hall from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. However, both Polk County DMV centers combined are open just over a dozen hours a month - considerably less than the 20 hours monthly the state has required. Details on Luck and Amery service expansions are still to be determined. Burnett County’s DMV center at the Siren Village Hall is expected to more than triple their current 5.5-hour monthly operation, beyond just the second Wednesdays, to meet the 20-hour monthly quotient. New Richmond is currently open the second Tuesday, but that county also has a full-time center in Hudson, meaning the New Richmond hours are undetermined, and may remain as is or expand, as well.

To provide the expanded customer service by early 2012, the department needs to hire staff, as well as lease, equip and furnish new permanent office locations, starting in late January 2012. The DMV pays approximately $60 per day to lease space in the Siren Village Hall, according to village officials. Expanded hours at the Siren location could mean over $2,000 in additional revenue to the village annually for location rental. The DMV hours expansion at smaller centers is likely to alleviate pressure on current facilities in Rice Lake and Hudson, which are both known to have severalhour-long waits. Driver’s license and ID products are good for eight years, minimizing the need to travel to a customer service location. They can be renewed up to one year in advance. In addition, ID cards can now be renewed once without visiting the DMV – by mail, or online beginning in 2012. Plate renewals can often be done at county government centers or other locations.

TF pursues bond refinancing by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. – The city of Taylors Falls continued its course of action to refinance the general obligation bonds of $940,000 to reduce the debt service on city hall. The matter first came up last month. The refinancing would save the city $173,566 over time. The refinancing would pay off the lease to the RiverBank, and the city would have a reduced annual payment through 2028 for city hall. A public hearing was held at the Tues-

day, Aug. 8, council meeting. Carolyn Drude, Ehlers & Associates, was on hand to explain the refinancing process during the public hearing. Drude explained that along with the refinancing, the city needs to have a capital improvements plan that is a five-year plan. This is required by the state statutes for Minnesota and relates to capital improvement financing including city and town halls. The state requires a document to anticipate a capital improvements expenditure and schedule over a five-year period

to have the improvements purchased in the most efficient and cost effective method possible. The city’s five-year plan would be 2011-2015. The council passed a resolution providing for the sale of general obligation bonds of $940,000. The sale of bonds is scheduled for Sept. 12. The resolution also included $575,000 in tax abatement dollars that would be used to finance construction and infrastructure for the proposed business park. These funds are paid through tax abatement, and no public tax

dollars are included. The council approved the plans and specifications for the business park that was submitted by the city engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. The council also approved the solicitation of bids for the construction of the business park to be done by Bolton & Menk, Inc. The bid will be put out Thursday, Aug. 11; bid opening will be Sept. 8; bid award would be Sept. 12; and the construction would be the beginning of October.

Local governments considering if guns should be allowed on public propety by James Kust Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Cities and counties around the state have a few months to decide whether guns should be allowed on public property in light of Wisconsin’s new concealed-carry law. The law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker last month, allows citizens to conceal personal firearms wherever they go, with some exceptions – like courthouses,

schools, and police stations. Some public properties, like government buildings and city parks – are not specifically exempt from the law but can be gun-free if the city posts a notice. The city of Eau Claire is deciding whether or not guns should belong on public property. City Manager Mike Huggins says he can already safely rule out some areas for concealed carry, like city hall.

“The notion that we’re going to allow concealed carry in city hall and public meetings is ridiculous. We’re not going to do that.” Across the state, there is no general consensus as to how municipalities will react to the law. John Reinemann, legislative director for the Wisconsin Counties Association, says although the guidelines have been sparse, counties are forming plans for

how to adapt. “There’s beginning to be more awareness on the part of county boards and county executives about what sorts of policies and exclusions they can opt for as concealed carry becomes law.” Cities and counties will both have until Nov. 1 to formally publish exclusions.


Special prosecutor to review on Supreme Court fracas

by Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism MADISON - Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced that he is asking that a special prosecutor be named to review a report prepared by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office into a June 13 altercation between two state Supreme Court justices. “I take this action not because I feel this office wouldn’t be fair, but so that any decision can be free from accusations” of bias or political motivation, Ozanne said in a statement. He will ask William Foust, the chief judge of Dane County Circuit Court, to appoint a special prosecutor. It is not the first time that the case has been treated as a hot potato. The Capitol police and Dane County sheriff have also acted to avoid the appearance of a conflict. Ozanne’s statement noted the district attorney’s office’s “prominent role in the litigation connected to this incident.” The alleged altercation between Justices David Prosser and Ann Walsh Bradley grew out of an argument over the timing of the release of the court’s decision in a ruling that upheld the state’s collective bargaining law. Ozanne had filed the case. Ozanne, in an interview, confirmed that he recently re-

ceived the report from the sheriff’s office. He declined to describe it, other than to say that it came to his office “in a binder.” He believes at least two sheriff’s deputies were involved in the investigation. The report, said Ozanne, arrived without any arrest or recommendation for prosecution. Ozanne says reports from law enforcement agencies commonly do make such requests but he has received other reports that didn’t. He says no conclusions should be drawn from this about whether the case has prosecutorial merit. Accounts differ as to what transpired during the incident, first reported on June 25 by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Prosser “put his hands around my neck in anger in a choke hold.” Prosser, in a statement, said the claims against him “will be proven false.” The Journal Sentinel cited unnamed sources who alleged that he was reacting in selfdefense as Bradley charged at him. The sheriff’s office launched its probe on June 27, at the request of state Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs. This was also done “to avoid any potential conflict of interest,” according to Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney. He said Capitol police felt there was tension between

their duty to provide for the safety and security of the Supreme Court and the need to ask “pointed questions” inherent in “investigating alleged criminal conduct on the part of a Supreme Court justice.” Mahoney was also accused of having a conflict in the case, since he supported Prosser’s challenger in the spring election. He announced that he would have no role in the investigation. The center’s partner, Wisconsin Public Radio, has produced a news story on these developments, available in both audio and text form. Bill Lueders is president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and is the Money and Politics Project director at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The project, a partnership of the center and MapLight, is supported by the Open Society Institute. The nonprofit and nonpartisan center ( collaborates with Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and other news media. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.

Grantsburg village approves new fire hall plan by split vote Construction could start in 2013 by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg Village Board approved moving ahead with a plan to build a new fire hall for the Grantsburg Fire Association at its monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 8. But the board was deeply split on approving the revised plan for a smaller and less expensive hall, voting to approve by a vote of four to three. The vote means that four of the six municipalities in the GFA are reported to approve the plan. Construction of the new fire hall would start in the spring of 2013 under the proposal. Village President Roger Panek and Trustees Dale Dresel, Val Johnson and Glenn Rolloff voted in favor of the plan. Trustees Mark Dahlberg, Dean Josephson and Jim Nelson were opposed. While there was discussion about details of the plan, none of those who voted against the plan stated the reasons for their votes. The village now joins the towns of Anderson, West

Marshland and Wood River in moving ahead in support of the project. Decisions from the towns of Grantsburg and Trade Lake are expected later this month. Wood River had questioned the plan in the past and mentioned the possibility of switching the town’s fire coverage to Siren. However, Dale Halverson, the Wood River representative on the GFA board, told the association at its July 18 meeting that Wood River would back the new proposal. “Anderson does not want to spend the money but we have no other option,” Jeremy Gronski, Anderson town chairperson, told the council. “We must have an option plan ready to go in two years or we will be putting sixfigure expenses into the present hall. We must end the rumor that there will be no action. We have hesitated building a new hall for 15 to 20 years.” Gronski added that the cap of $1.6 is real. He said a $2.1 million project would not be in the Anderson budget. Gronski also said that he wants all the municipalities and residents to be informed about the project. While the municipalities are approving the plan now, funding would not be secured until the fall of 2012. The

details on the bonding are still being discussed. A fire association has the power to borrow money under Wisconsin statutes. There is a desire to assure that the agreement between the six municipalities requires all of them to pay their portion of the debt until it is paid off. Property taxes on a $100,000 home would increase $26 per year, from the current $49 paid annually for fire protection to $75, according to figures prepared by the town of Anderson. The plan in its current form is for a 12,000-square-foot hall with a projected cost of $1.1 to $1.5 million with a construction cap of $1.6 million. This is scaled down from an initial design for a 17,000-square-foot hall and an interim design for a 14,000–square-foot hall. The hall would be built on the vacant lot north of the village hall and library which the GFA purchased late last year. Discussion of a new fire hall for the GFA goes back to at least 1996. Among the problems with the present hall is the height of the doors. They are lower than the height of most newer fire trucks, making it more difficult to purchase replacement equipment.

Siren approves submission of CDBG grant application by Nancy Jappe Leader staff reporter SIREN - John Stroshine from Northwest Regional Planning Commission was on hand for the Thursday, Aug. 4, Siren Village Board meeting. During a public hearing before the meeting, Stroshine went through an explanation of the public facilities Community Development Block Grant program, including its goals, objectives, application process, funding available, etc. The village is looking at a CDBG to finance improvements in the industrial park. The injection molding plant, which is under construction in the park, plans to hire 25 full-time employees within the next three years. In action taken during the meeting, the board approved submission of a CDBG application, with the understanding that the board needs to review the application before it goes into the state. The funding, if received, would be used within the industrial park, for paving on First Street and for putting in storm sewers, curb and gutter. In other action taken during the meeting, the board approved a recommendation to refinance the existing debt of state trust fund loans and sewer/water revenue bonds with Bremer Bank; to recommend a 2012 contract with a 3-percent wage increase for clerk/treasurer Ann Peterson; use the remaining balance in the tree fund to pay for removal of dead, damaged and problem trees in Crooked

At a recent board meeting, Siren Village President Jan Hunter held up the village’s 10th-anniversary tornadocommemoration medallion for board members to see. A medallion was given out June 18 to the village and each of the towns through which the 2001 tornado passed. The medallions were worn that day by bikers who rode the tornado path from the Town of Wood River to the Town of Bashaw in Washburn County as one of the anniversary-day activities. Larry Blahauvietz, village president at the time of the tornado, rode on behalf of the village. - Photo by Nancy Jappe

Lake and Clear Lake parks; update the village’s hazardmitigation plan (to include fire-hazard dangers and flooding within the village); and issue and authorize the sale of $565,000 in general obligation refinancing bonds. Village Administrator Martin Shutt reported that two lots are for sale, the lots on Main Street between Meister Tax and Accounting and Starwire Technologies. The price is $25,000 for both lots. Village committee upcoming meetings are as follows: Public safety Monday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. Building, grounds and parks - Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. Streets and utilities Thursday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. Personnel and finance Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.

No deer hunting on village property, watercross a success by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – While a new fire station was the main topic of discussion at the Grantsburg Village Board Monday night, Aug. 8, there were other issues on the agenda. There will be no deer hunting on village property this fall. The board voted down the special hunt by a vote of

three to four. Voting to allow the hunt were Roger Panek, Mark Dahlberg and Dean Josephson. Opposed were Dale Dresel, Jim Nelson, Val Johnson and Glenn Rolloff. The watercross was a success again this year, Duke Tucker told the board. The event raised about $25,000 for local groups in addition to funds to support the local hockey program. Tucker said there was good attendance, lots of volunteer help and few problems. He said that the

Rendezvous Bar was an active sponsor, helping pay for extra security and more. Tucker is retiring after heading the watercross event for five years. The village may be adopting a plan to buy some existing houses within the downtown commercial district if they come up for sale. The plan would be to secure more property for future commercial development.

Geese in Siren park Geese leave messes in Siren park by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN - “We are trying to work on the problem with geese who have decided they like our park. They are leaving lovely deposits on the beach and playground areas,” said Siren Village President Jan Hunter in a recent phone conversation.

Hunter was referring to a new problem that has cropped up in Crooked Lake Park in the areas most frequented by local and summer visitors. At first the problem centered around the beach area, but has now moved up into the children’s playground. The village has been in touch with the DNR, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a way to effectively deal with the problem. For one thing, the geese are migrating birds that are protected under federal regulations. The USDA has notified the village that they can apply

next spring for a permit to do nest and egg removal in an attempt to keep goose feces to a minimum on the beach area. If that is not successful, the USDA could come in and do a goose round-up before the goslings are able to fly. A resident called Hunter recently, complaining that the village should be out there aggressively removing the goose leavings. That’s hard to do, Hunter acknowledged. “If you had horses or something like that ... ,” she commented.


Election results/from page 1 River Falls and Menomonie, two wards in Hudson, and four towns and villages including Milltown. Statewide, Republican Sens. Robert Cowles, Alberta Darling, and Luther Olsen joined Harsdorf in keeping their seats. Two Democratic Party challengers were victorious. Jessica King defeated Sen.Randy Hopper in the Fond du Lac / Oshkosh area, and Jennifer Shilling defeated Dan Kapanke in the La Crosse area. The recall season started in late February and early March when petition drives were started to recall all 16 senators elected in 2008, eight from each party. The petition drives resulted in recall election challenges for six of the eight Republicans and three of the eight Democrats. As of now, four of the six Republicans have kept their seats as well as one of the Democrats, Dave Hansen. Next week, the challenges to Democrats Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch will end the recalls.

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Harsdorf issues statement: Ready to “get back to work” RIVER FALLS - State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf issued the following statement after winning the Aug. 9 recall election. “Today, we proved that leaders can do what the people elected them to do – get our fiscal house in order and reform government – and win with the strong support of the silent majority that yearns for strong leadership," Harsdorf said. "As the whole nation watched, Western Wisconsin did not back down. I am so proud of the people that selflessly gave their time, energy, and resources to stand up to this recall campaign. It is an honor to be in the state Senate, and I look forward to getting back to work, working with my colleagues, and most importantly, to do what the citizens of Western Wisconsin expect and deserve.” Republicans, by keeping a majority in the Senate, will retain their monopoly on state government because they also hold the Assembly and governor’s office. Tuesday's elections narrowed their majority from 19-14 to 1716, but they may be able to gain back some or all of the losses next week when two Democrats face recall elections. - Gary King with information from Friends of Harsdorf, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Voter turnout in 10th District exceeds that of fall election Absentee voting reaches “critical mass” NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - The voter turnout in the 10th Senate District Tuesday, Aug. 9, more than 64,000 votes - exceeded that of the race for governor last fall. It was the only contest among the six recall races Tuesday to do that, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. There were large get-out-the-vote efforts by both Republicans and Democrats and massive spending by independent groups which broke records for spending in a state Senate race. The total spent is estimated to be more than $35 million - and possibly approaching $40 million. The Twin Cities television companies benefitted substantially from air time purchased on behalf of both the Harsdorf and Moore camps. The previous record for spending in a state Senate race was $3 million according to the government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Now, that record has been crushed by five of Wisconsin's nine recall elections. The spending on the nine races dwarfs the

$19.3 million spent in last year's 115 legislative races, and approaches the $37.4 million spent in the race for governor. Five of Wisconsin's recall elections have broken records for spending in a state Senate race. The total spent so far is pushing $30 million.

Absentee voting

In Polk County, Clerk Carole Wondra says absentee voting reached a critical mass. She says, "Absentee ballot requests overall were up far beyond anyone's expectations. So, we ran out." She suspects that many of those voting absentee (on Tuesday) could have voted in person and says there are higher risks for those casting early ballots. Wondra says, "If they make a mistake when they're absentee voting it isn't going to count, but if they're at the polls they get three chances." Clerks involved in the Republican state Senate recalls say that more absentee ballots means more expense and that the recall elections are costing their offices between $20,000 and $100,000. Gary King with information from Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

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Party this weekend at Lake Wapogasset

Lake Wapogasset activists invite the public to their 100th-anniversary party this Saturday, Aug. 13. Standing (L to R) are Ed Gullickson, Don Mork, George Stroebel, Ray Stanley, Steve Christenson, Jerry Tessman, Lee Rickard, Dave Nelson and Gail Tessman. Seated: Vi Nelson, JoAnn Hallquist, Mary Lou Stanley and Joyce Gullickson. The group includes the Garfield Town Board, the Wapogasset Park committee, and past and present presidents of the lake association. - Photos by Gregg Westigard

Lake association 100 years old by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GARFIELD – There is going to be a big party this weekend at Wapogasset Park and everyone is invited. The Lake Wapogasset / Bear Trap Improvement Association is 100 years old, and the residents are inviting the public to a celebration, complete with music, hot dogs, ice cream and activities for the kids. The park is in Garfield on CTH F at the southwest corner of the lake. Activities start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The kids who come will get to enjoy the new playground equipment donated by area businesses. The rest can enjoy the shaded lakeside grounds, the docks and benches overlooking the lake and dam, and the picnic shelters. A new anniversary book, just off the press, will recount the days since August 1911 when 18 property owners came together to protect and im-

Reader’s Digest, while at the family’s cabin on the lake. The party will be a celebration but also a forum for sharing ideas on lake and watershed issues, a way to learn how all our area water spots can be preserved for the next century and beyond. prove their lake. One of those pioneers was Dr. James Wallace, president of Macalester College. His son, DeWitt, started planning a new magazine,

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Other business • The board approved payment of $11,000 to Springlake Contracting for modifications at the wastewater-treatment plant, and $124,764 to Insituform Technologies for the sanitary sewer lining project. Ken Hackett, director of public works, said the sewer-line project is now complete, and the wastewater-treatment project should be finished within the next week. • Johnson reported that the estate of Deborah Lucey-Martin has funds designated for the park board to continue work on the trail around Coon Lake. Trustee Maria Ammend commented on the park’s Facebook page, noting that it has been a good tool for sharing information about the parks, and asked if the village as a whole should consider a page. • Chris Byerly, director of the Frederic Public Library, reported on the library’s 75th anniversary event last Friday, Aug. 6, when 145 hot dogs were served to local residents and business owners. She also informed the board of a photo history project compiled by Don McClure that brings more than 200 historic Frederic photos into a book that is at the library (see separate story). “He did a very nice job,” added Johnson. • A public meeting was set for Tuesday, Aug. 30, to gather input on the reorganization of the police department. Details will be provided at a future date. • Patrol Officer Dale Johnson reported that there were only two OWI citations issued last month, and both of these were for second offenses. He said he believed the difficult economy has had the effect of decreasing the level of drinking and driving in the community. In related police news, village Administrator Dave Wondra reported that the police department was able to use grant funding to purchase $4,600 in mobile radios, and that the department is on track regarding the budget.




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by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — Early this year longtime assessor Robert Clifton, who served as assessor for the villages of Luck and Frederic as well as the Town of Laketown, announced that he would be retiring this fall. Discussions soon began regarding the hiring of a joint assessor to serve all three municipalities, and at the Monday, Aug. 8, meeting of the Frederic Village Board a decision was made regarding Clifton’s replacement. A request for proposals brought three bids, said village Administrator Dave Wondra, all of which met the 21 points of work outlined in the request. With the village of Luck expected to act on the proposal Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, the Frederic board voted to go with low-bidder Associated Appraisal of Appleton for a three-year contract. “I think they’re a pretty good company,” said Wondra. “They’ve been around 50 years.” Frederic’s share of the contract will be $3,150 per year, with another $6,600 to complete a state-required conversion to computerization. The three-year total for the contract will be $16,050. The board also voted to immediately extend the contract for another three years, at a guaranteed cost of $3,200 per year. Other bidders were Chimney Rock of Chippewa Falls, with a three-year contract of $18,000 including conversion, and William Koepp of Cameron with a threeyear contract of $24,600 including conversion. “It will make budgeting a whole lot easier,” commented village President William Johnson IV during the discussion on contracting for the additional three years. With all board members in attendance at the meeting, the vote was unanimous to contract with Associated Appraisal for two three-year terms. Wondra also brought up the possibility of a complete appraisal of the village in the future, which could be necessary in light of the changing economy. Associated Appraisal gave a cost estimate of $24,500 for


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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is doing a lot of heavy lifting for the GOP these days as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He’s taken the lead in a proposal that would cut and privatize Social Security and dismantle, or at least revamp, Medicare. There is plenty of evidence to support his proposal for anyone just looking at the bottom lines. Something will need to be done fairly soon to address red ink in both programs, economists say - and whether there’s room for compromise in Ryan’s proposal is yet to be seen. But some are wondering out loud why Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future” seems to be suggesting we take the first off-ramp to the biggest attractions. No scenic tours of the budget that might produce some lasting scrapbook memories of logical and meaningful cost cutting such as the one in June, when the Senate finally began to reject the billions of dollars in annual ethanol subsidies ... with one simple no vote. And others claim a tweaking of Social Security would suffice - doing away with the earnings cap, for example, would let the wealthy pay their fair share into the program and make it solvent for decades to come. Some may recall the wealthy individuals interviewed on “”60 Minutes” several years ago, who said they were embarassed to receive the monthy dividend. They tried to give their SS checks back to the government - only to be politely rejected. Ryan has been portrayed as being at odds with himself lately, getting scrutinized in a lengthy profile in WI Magazine, which noted how he has already benefitted from Social Security in the form of survivor benefits following his father’s untimely death. From the age of 16 to 18, he received SS payments, which according to the article, he put away for college. You could say his ascent to the top spot on the federal budget committee began with his Social Security-funded college education. And recently an “unhinged liberal economist” (words from a conservative blog), dining out with her husband to mark her birthday at an upscale Washington, D.C., restaurant, spied Ryan at the same restaurant, drinking wine with two other men. The economist noticed the two bottles of wine, priced them on the menu at $350 a bottle ... did the math and realized the wine cost more than a family on minimum wage earns in a week. She confronted Ryan and asked him how he could live with himself, drinking expensive wine while contemplating budget cuts to programs for seniors and the poor. The grapes produced some wrath, you might say, and the fallout on the Internet included arguments - albeit missing the point - that Ryan was actually helping the economy. That award-winning wine was produced by hardworking vineyard owners and workers in France ... wait. Well, the sellers here in America were benefitting, putting that money back into the economy. That’s sort of the theory Ryan had when he supported investing portions of everyone’s Social Security funds in Wall Street - a proposal that probably wasn’t popular earlier this week - but who knows by now. Politics seems to thrive on contradictions anyway. And how can we fault Ryan for dining at D.C.’s finest when many of our millionaire politicians on both sides of the aisle do it all the time, either as hosts or guests. A more legitimate issue some have with the congressman is that he’s done a lousy job in explaining his budget-cutting proposal and making the people understand it. The media may share some blame in that. And some don’t understand why he’s not going after billions in other, obviously questionable spending. After all, he’s got to know that bringing a sharp knife to entitlement (a word at issue, also) programs is going to produce some serious indigestion.

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• Where to write • President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin State Capitol Madison, WI 53707 Congressman Sean Duffy (7th District) 1208 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-225-3365 U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl 330 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 715-832-8492


Rep. Erik Severson (28th District) Room 6 North State Capitol Madison, WI 53708 608-267-2365 • 888-529-0028 FAX: 608-282-3628 Rep. Roger RIvard (75th District) State Capitol Room 307 North P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 608-266-2519 • 888-534-0075 U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 2 Russell Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5323

Sen. Robert Jauch (25th District) Room 415 South, State Capitol P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th District) State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 608-266-7745 • 715-232-1390 Toll-free - 800-862-1092

Our state news story of the week could serve as a break from the crazy and unrelenting political news lately - and remind us you can have family fun, challenge yourself, and help humanity, all at the same time. Joe Bodewes of Hazelhurst and his three sons, 14-year-old Will, 12-year-old Luke and 10-year-old Noah, recently completed a 72-day, 1,600-mile journey by kayak around Lake Superior. They began their journey in May from Black River Harbor in Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula and returned this past Monday, Aug. 8, about two weeks ahead of schedule. They paddled in three kayaks, traveling about 20 to 25 miles per day, staying close to the shore of the lake, which touches Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada. Joe told the Daily Globe in Ironwood, Mich., that his 10-year-old son, Noah, had developed the physique of a bodybuilder by the end of the trip. The group struggled somewhat along Minnesota, in part because they found relatively few camping spots along the shore. "It was cold in June and the water was around 38 degrees,” Joe said. “Around the Fourth of July in Canada, it turned warmer, but then the bugs came out." Joe is a veterinarian. His wife, Molly, and their two daughters, Lana and Kristina, were part of a welcoming party of about a dozen people at the harbor. "There come my boys," Lana said as people along the beach applauded the kayakers. Money raised by the trip will go to help HIV-positive children in Tanzania. Inspirational.

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• Letters to the editor • Commonsense conservatives Now that Obama has finished his debt deal, he’s vowed to tackle jobs again. Well that’s after his fundraising birthday bash is over with anyways. Here’s the problem with that. There are dozens, even hundreds of ways to bring jobs back, but there aren’t any that go along with his ultraliberal left-wing agenda. In fact, the only things he’s willing to try are the ones that actually kill jobs by the thousands. I have been carefully watching, with great interest, the effect that Scott Walker and Sheila Harsdorf’s, along with the other Republican representatives, policies are having in our great state of Wisconsin. Walker declared Wisconsin as “open for business” and is offering incentives to businesses who move or start here. These include tort reform, regulatory relief and a reduced tax burden. In other words, you can rest assured that if you were to move your business to Wisconsin, the government will, for the most part, stay out of your hair. You will be allowed to do your work, so you can grow and hire more workers. Included with these incentives is a measure of certainty for small-business owners. They know that they won’t be hit with burdensome regulatory controls or high taxes so they are confident that they can expand and hire. So how is that working for Walker? In June, according to an interview on Fox and Friends with Walker, there were 9,500 jobs created in Wisconsin. Let’s not forget that over the last six months Wisconsin has brought in over 39,000 jobs, 14,100 of them in manufacturing, all while translating a $3.6 billion deficit into a budget surplus. The fact is that Obama says he is going to refocus on jobs, but he really has no interest in doing that. If he did, he would follow the tried and true methods used by the Wisconsin government, and many others in the past. Most of what Walker is doing isn’t anything new. These policies have been proven and used time and time again to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Still, Obama sticks with failed policies that have never worked in the past. He even knows that they don’t work. You see, he wants people jobless, helpless and dependent on government. Those who happily depend on the government for food and housing represent a majority of his voters. If he made it so they could get a job, they might become productive members of society. Then they would come to realize that government is the problem, not the solution, and vote for his opponent. Obama could create hundreds of thousands of jobs immediately with just a few

changes: Lift the moratorium on drilling for oil in the gulf. Issue permits to drill in Alaska and many other parts of the U.S. Allow drilling close to shore, where it’s much easier than in miles-deep water a hundred miles off shore. Make the Bush tax cuts permanent and offer incentives for small business to hire. Call a cease-fire on efforts to raise taxes on small business. Taking money out of the private sector can never cause it to grow, it’s mathematically impossible. Stop Obamacare. Businesses are much less likely to hire when they have no idea what to expect as far as health insurance is concerned in the future. Put an end to illegal immigration and secure our borders. These are just a handful of policy changes out of many that would vastly reduce unemployment and make incredible headway toward solving our budget issues. Unfortunately, these things will never happen under the current administration, but if we open our eyes and vote in commonsense conservatives like Walker and Harsdorf, we’ll finally have a chance to turn things around. Jay Calhoun Luck

Harsdorf's leadership I want to take this opportunity to extend gratitude to state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf for her leadership on issues important to rural Wisconsin and the citizens of the 10th Senate District. We serve the customers and communities in Sen. Harsdorf’s district, and I know how critical her leadership has been in defending the interests of rural telecommunications providers like Lakeland Communications. Harsdorf’s role in the development and passage of what became 2011 Wisconsin Act 22 is a great example of her willingness to stand up for the customers and companies serving rural Wisconsin. Without her strong advocacy, it is likely that the telecommunications reforms in Act 22 would have hurt rural Wisconsin’s customers and companies. With Harsdorf’s leadership, this legislation passed with broad bipartisan support in both the state Senate and Assembly. It gives us confidence to continue investing in our rural service area to improve broadband and other services. It is important to note that Wisconsin ranks in the top 10 nationally in a recent national study on broadband and Internet usage. The February 2011 National Telecommunications and Information Administration report titled “Digital Nation: Expanding Internet Usage” shows Wisconsin as eighth in the nation for the percentage of people who use the Internet. The NTIA study also shows Wisconsin as

ninth in the nation for the percentage of people with access to broadband Internet. Leaders in Madison like Harsdorf have made these top 10 rankings possible and she will help Wisconsin and NW Wisconsin improve its national standing on important issues like access to broadband and Internet usage. Harsdorf has demonstrated her interest and support for rural telecommunications and broadband for Northwest Wisconsin and I know Sen. Harsdorf is fighting for rural Wisconsin in Madison. John Klatt President - CEO Lakeland Communications Milltown

Great response Crowds showed up even in the pouring rain; thousands of pounds of hazardous wastes, appliances, medications and electronic waste were collected last Saturday, Aug. 6. Burnett County residents showed how much care they put into properly disposing of potentially harmful substances. Ninety-two vehicles filtered through the event last Saturday morning in Siren. Pharmacist Jere Fetter of Stillwater, Minn., and Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Julie Mead volunteered their time for this important event and their services were truly appreciated. Jason Doskocil and Hank Java of H & J Scrap in Grantsburg collected appliances at the event for free. If you missed the event in Siren last Saturday, there will be one more similar collection in Spooner on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the household hazardous waste storage site. Please call Jen for more information or for any questions related to any of the above mentioned materials at 715-635-2197 or jbarton Jen Barton Environmental specialist, NW Regional Planning Commission Spooner

The right seed It won’t be long before we start to look forward to our season of Thanksgiving but when we look out at the farm fields (at least in our area), we can’t help but give thanks for the blessings we keep getting on a daily basis. I spent the first 20 years of my life as a farmer, but have spent the last 65 years as a farm boy that never lost his love for farming. I think that it is a lot easier having grown up on the farm, depending on the Lord to provide the rain, sunshine and all of our daily needs, answering our

prayers when adversity came our way, than it is for you who, by the grace of God, received these same gifts and blessing yet became strong Christians. As farmers or former farmers, we know that what you sow, so shall you reap. Plant good seed and the harvest will respond likewise. We also know that if you don’t plant any seed at all, nothing will grow but weeds. My whole point comes down to this: The fields are out there, as Christians, we have our instructions, the word of God is our seed, the demand is great, the return on investment is awesome and the pure (not scientifically altered) seed is free. Now is the time to sow that seed and watch it sprout, grow and multiply into a bountiful harvest. As we see the results of our efforts, our hearts will jump for joy. So you see, we can all be farmers of a sort, even if it’s only in our hearts. God bless you and praise God from whom all blessings flow. Don Benson Taylors Falls, Minn.

Appreciation Much appreciation goes out to all who assisted for the recent Howard Antique Aircraft Fly-In at Burnett County Airport in Siren. The Siren Hangar Owners Association, along with Jeremy Sickler and other members of the airport administration, were wonderful hosts. They provided meals, music and were especially generous to give hangar space for the Howard Aircraft antiques when the weather threatened. On behalf of the Howard Aircraft Foundation, we couldn’t have been treated better. Al Lund Hayward

Who should pay? I am writing this letter before the outcome of the election. I don’t want anyone thinking, “Oh, it’s just an unhappy voter.” That said, here is my gripe. Being this is a recall election, I think instead of all the taxpayers footing the bill, just those who signed the recall petition should pay. I didn’t want it! I didn’t need it! It was not necessary! Did we not just have a general election? Can Wisconsin afford it? Oh well, that’s off my chest. Ronald Potvin Siren

Duffy issues statement on credit rating downgrade

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, 7th District, a member of the House committee on financial services and the joint economic committee, has released the following statement regarding the announcement from Standard and Poor’s over the weekend that they were downgrading the country’s credit rating to

AA-plus: “Since neither political party is blameless in this mess, pointing fingers at one another serves little purpose. “Still, it’s hard to deny that the spending policies of the past few years have done anything but accelerate problems that already existed. Unemployment, massive

Wisconsin sees growth while Eric national economy lags Severson The Department of Workforce Development has announced the June unemployment and job numbers for Wisconsin. Preliminary estimates show that in the month of June, Wisconsin saw a net increase of 9,500 new jobs. Conversely, only 18,000 new jobs were created nationally

28th District during the same time period, meaning Wisconsin accounted for more than half of the new job growth in the entire country. “Several states have been forced to cut

debt, increased regulations, and new government mandates like the health care law create an environment of economic uncertainty that greatly hinders private sector job creation. “I hope this downgrade serves as a wake-up call to all of us entrusted as stewards of the people’s money. We are staring jobs while here in Wisconsin we continue to expand and create new jobs by passing business friendly legislation,” said Severson. “The policies enacted by Assembly Republicans are working, and people are optimistic about finding employment.” The creation of 9,500 new jobs is the largest one-month gain since September 2003. The manufacturing sector alone created 800 jobs in June. The rate of job growth in nonfarm job growth, privatesector job growth and manufacturing job

Veteran unemployment rate remains high by Shamane Mills Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE – Nationally and in Wisconsin, the unemployment rate for veterans is higher than the general population. And more soldiers could be returning home looking for jobs as 10,000 troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The jobless rate for all military vets has been on the rise. In June it was over 13 per-

cent. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics says for the youngest vets, it’s even higher, at 28 percent or three times the general unemployment rate. Wisconsin shows similar trends, especially among vets age 18 to 24, says Ken Grant, director of veterans services for the state Department of Workforce Development. “With the younger generation, if you don’t have a college degree or that addi-

tional education, it is much tougher in today’s world for employers to consider you,” says Grant. “Now veterans do bring back a lot of skills … team work, being put under pressure.” Grant says many veterans are going back to school under Wisconsin’s GI Bill. For those looking for employment, he says local job centers can help prepare applicants. “Many of them don’t know how to pre-

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growth for Wisconsin is nearly double the national rate in all three categories. “While these numbers continue to be encouraging, we still have a lot of work to do. We have made the difficult decisions in order to jump-start the state economy, and we have to continue to move forward with legislation that promotes growth,” said Severson. “I am committed to seeing Wisconsin become the place to do business in the Midwest.”

pare a resume so we have skilled individuals that are trained in that. We can also provide mock interviews which are also a challenge for vets.” The state has held nine of 14 job fairs for veterans this year. Grant says Wisconsin is also the first state in the Midwest to start an apprentice program for vets to learn welding. If they complete the 20-week program, they’re guaranteed a job somewhere in the U.S.



City will solicit RFP’s for movie theater building

Officer’s actions praised by Tammi Milberg Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The city of St. Croix Falls council met Monday, Aug. 8, and after discussion about the plans for the former Falls Five movie theater building downtown, the council agreed to solicit or advertise for request for proposals for redevelopment of the property. Councilman Brian Blesi presented a draft of a request for proposal to the council. He stated the proposals should be for a vibrant building in the downtown arts district. The RFP included several items the city would require to be included with proposals such as a detailed description of the redevelopment and proposed use of building, concept drawings with the façade to be even with or to the east of the Festival Theatre building, an assessment plan that would integrate geothermal to be shared with Festival Theatre, a legal arrangement with the city for purchase or lease, terms and lengths of the agreement, total funds contributed toward the redevelopment and their origin, project start and end date, and expected number of employees anticipated. The RFP would also include the language that the city reserves the right to refuse any request for proposals that are not in the best interest of the city or that do not meet all the requirements. The council seemed to be in agreement with Blesi’s presentation. They also discussed with the new city administrator, Joel Peck, ideas about incentives to potential parties that the city should look into and include in the RFP advertisement before it would go out. The council agreed to keep the momentum going with the redevelopment of the corner downtown, and the next step would be to look at possible incentives that would make the project attractive to developers.

In other business, during the reports of officials portion of the meeting, Police Chief Jack Rydeen stated that over Wannigan Days weekend the actions of officers prevented a suicide attempt from becoming a reality. Rydeen stated a woman had been sitting on the edge of the railing by the river around 2 or 3 a.m., and had a note and was serious about jumping off the bridge. He stated one officer talked with the woman, and Officer Barb Swank rushed behind the woman and pulled her back from the railing. “It’s unfortunate that when we have circumstances like this, the officer never hears a thank-you from the person’s family, and most times the officer’s effort goes unnoticed.” Mayor Darrell Anderson praised the quick actions of the officers on duty that night and especially Swank. He stated that he did not want to publicize the issue immediately after Wannigan Days because of the fear of someone doing a copy-cat attempt. He did say that he was very thankful for the police force and realizes the officers do a good job that many times does go unnoticed by the public. During public comments, Maureen Yunker addressed the council regarding the farmers market. She stated that she wanted to sell syrup at the market on Saturday and was told that she would need to pay dues, and the dues for the season have already been collected. She was told she could pay a $25 fee for that Saturday if she wanted to sell and to join the farmers market next year. She respectfully declined. She further stated she was told that because there is a syrup vendor, she was discouraged from selling due to competition. The person she spoke to was selling syrup, and she questioned the validity of the no-compete statement and brought that to the council’s attention. Yunker stated that she would be willing to join the farmers market next year and pay the $75 annual fee, but $25 for one day was high. She stated she set up her own stand to sell syrup and some persons in the farmers market asked her to leave and threatened to call the police. She said she didn’t feel she was taking away from the market

and wanted to talk to the council. “I don’t want to do anything that gets me into trouble,” said Yunker. The council stated they felt it was not right for the vendor to tell her she could not sell syrup because someone was already selling it, since there are more than one vendors for certain vegetables. “The city council should be aware of the rules and regulations the farmers market have set up since it is being held on city grounds,” said Councilman Paul Kuhlman. The council could not take any action on the matter since it was not on the agenda. They suggested taking it up at the Monday, Aug. 29, council meeting which will be held at the fire hall. The council approved $80,000 to be paid to the Army Corps of Engineers for engineering work on the wastewater treatment plant. Blesi filled the council in on a meeting recently held with the Corps, MSA and other city personnel. “We flushed out the details of the design,” Blesi said with no pun intended. “The reason for this complex process is to reduce the final cost to the city. As the meeting wrapped up, I felt much better about where we were with the project to date. We have expended less money for the engineering than what I had originally thought, which also made me feel more comfortable.” Blesi stated he would be comfortable with approving the $80,000 to continue the work. It would mean the city would need to take out a bridge loan to keep the project going until the money comes in. Anderson stated that this is common, and he talked with the local banks, and they are all willing to work with the city on the bridge loan. Anderson said it would be a matter of which bank gave the best interest rate that would determine which bank the city would go with for the bridge loan. The motion to authorize a payment of $80,000 to the Corps carried. The council approved the deer archery hunt for the city (excluding Wert Property) for the following dates: Sept. 17-Nov. 17 and Nov. 28-Jan. 8.

Increasing costs, decreasing revenue affect budget talks at Unity by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Using what district Administrator Brandon Robinson calls “very preliminary” figures, the Unity School Board of Education took a look Tuesday night, Aug. 9, at the 2011-12 budget estimations. With several key variables still up in the air, the school board and administration have already identified $1.3 million in reductions and offsetting revenues to balance the preliminary budget. The state has reduced the amount of revenue the district can take in by $623,000, said Robinson at the Aug. 9 meeting of the board. In addition, more than $500,000 in increased expenses have been identified, including insurances of all types, open enrollment, personnel, utilities and debt service. Among the variables not yet nailed down are the actual equalized valuation of property in the district, enrollment numbers and the amount of state aid Unity will receive. Property values determine the tax mill rate, and enrollment affects state aid as well as staffing. Again cautioning that the numbers are very tentative, Robinson said that state aid is expected to decrease by 13.4 percent, or $280,000, property values are projected to decrease by 5 percent, and projected enrollment is down 10 students to 1,104. At this time, said Robinson, the tax levy is projected to be $10,403, 847, down nearly $300,000 from last year. Due to the expected decrease in property values, however, the taxing mill rate is anticipated to be at $10.48 per $1,000 in equalized property valuation, up from $10.24 last year. The $1.3 million in budget adjustments under consideration to balance the budget include staffing reductions of about $350,000. This includes a middle/high school art teacher, a half-time high school English teacher, a Title 1 teacher, a facilities services support staff, and 2.5 support staff positions in educational services. Districtwide reductions of $223,000 under considera-

tion include $30,000 from the bus replacement budget, $25,000 from athletics position and budget, $53,000 from retirement savings and $28,000 in certified staff salary reductions. Another $10,000 will possibly be reduced from each the field trip budget, the reading supply budget and the extra-day contracts, with $15,000 each from the custodial supply and the building supply budgets. Offsetting revenue of nearly $600,000 that has been identified includes $97,000 in employee contributions for insurance, $86,000 in employee contributions for retirement, $10,000 in athletic participation fees, $75,000 in carryover aid for the small classroom sizes and a $58,000 federal grant. Also included in the offsetting revenue is $267,000 from the education jobs fund, a federal stimulus program that must be expended in the 2011-12 school year. It is currently slated to be used to fund three elementary teachers, a half-time elementary physical education teacher, a halftime elementary educational assistant and a full-time custodial/maintenance position. As a final measure to balance the budget, the board is looking at using $200,000 from the undesignated fund. Since 2006, noted Robinson, Unity’s state aid has declined by 53 percent. Open house A districtwide open house is set for Thursday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. During that time, students and parents can meet teachers, find classrooms, bring supplies and organize supplies. Cahill Photography will be in the cafeteria to take preK to eighth grade student photos from 3:30 to 7 p.m. (additional dates are set for October). A Unity Eagle apparel and equipment giveaway will be held that day from 4 to 8 p.m. Shoes, sports equipment such as ball gloves, wrestling headgear and tennis rackets, and Unity apparel like T-shirts, sweatshirts, singlets, and jackets should be dropped off in the high school office

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Aug. 16, 18, 22 or 24. Other business • In conjunction with 4R Processors of Ladysmith, the school will be hosting a recyling event Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old and obsolete household electronics will be accepted, including computers, monitors, laptops, printers, televisions, cell phones and more. There will be a charge for large household appliances and units containing Freon. Fluorescent lightbulbs will not be accepted. • The district garage sale will be Friday, Aug. 26. Information will be on the district Web site, and sale items include a floor scrubber, fitness equipment, furniture and physical education equipment. • The board approved hiring of custodian/bus drivers Sharon Erickson and Charles Turner, and bus drivers Jerry Wood and Nancy Bradwell. No action was taken on hiring a teacher, a physical education teacher and a secretary at the elementary school, and a groundskeeper/ maintenance/bus driver. • Revisions to the discrimination policy and the dispensing medication in school policy were approved. The district’s response to intervention policy and district employee handbook were also approved.

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Co-op reports storm damage to system, asks for help with cleanup CENTURIA - Personnel from Polk-Burnett and 11 Wisconsin electric cooperatives put their plans aside for the Fourth of July holiday to answer the call from members when a devastating storm ripped through Northwest Wisconsin Friday, July 1. The co-op’s northern territory sustained significant storm damage and widespread power outages. Hardest hit were the areas of Grantsburg, Siren, Webster, Danbury and the towns of Oakland, Jackson and Scott in Burnett County. At the peak of the interruption, almost 12,000 Polk-Burnett members were without electric service. By Thursday, July 7 – just six days after the storm – power was restored at all locations that were accessible and did not require repairs by an electrician on the member’s side of the meter. “We were proud to have the lights back on for members quickly and safely,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Bill Schmidt. Cooperative spirit Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative received assistance from Zielie’s Tree Service, who provided five bucket trucks and tree-clearing crews to pave the way for our linemen. PUSH Construction also assisted the restoration by building underground power lines in areas too devastated for overhead lines. And 11 Wisconsin electric co-ops responded by sending linemen, trucks and equipment. They were Adams-Columbia, Barron, Chippewa Valley, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Oakdale, Pierce, Pepin, Price, Riverland and St. Croix electric cooperatives.

Information kept members out of the dark Polk-Burnett also responded to the storm by providing ongoing communications to members, the media and Tree crews are still working to remove debris from utility rights of way. Co-op members are asked to use caution when cleanpublic. Daily outage updates were posted on the co-op’s ing up after the storm. Call Diggers Hotline when removing stumps and do not push brush piles into the right of way. This causes Web site, Twitter page and phone-messaging system. fire and safety hazards and additional storm cleanup costs. ~ Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative Electronic newsletter subscribers also received timely, convenient updates in their e-mail inbox each day. widespread area that year. “Restoring power quickly and keeping members in- Storm costs Polk-Burnett expects storm recovery costs to be about formed are priorities that demonstrate the cooperative difference at Polk-Burnett,” said Joan O’Fallon, co-op $1.5 million. This includes a commitment to clear utility Storm cleanup rights of way to minimize future outages and safety hazPolk-Burnett linemen are asking co-op members to use communications director. ards. caution when clearing storm debris, especially around Schmidt reported to the board that the co-op’s finan- power lines and transformer boxes. By the numbers “Always remember to call Diggers Hotline, 800-242Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett operations and engineer- cial outlook is stable and Polk-Burnett should be able to ing manager, reported that the July 1 storm caused con- cover storm costs without a reduction in services or an 8511, to locate underground utilities before removing stumps,” said Rick Kosloski, rights-of-way manager for siderable damage to co-op facilities and infrastructure. increase in rates. The co-op has requested financial assistance from the the cooperative. The co-op also said brush and debris He shared the following statistics with Polk-Burnett’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; however, cannot be pushed into the utility right of way. This creates board of directors last week: • Co-op members affected initially: 11,878 • Co-op Bobbi Sichta, Burnett County Emergency Management, fire and safety hazards for co-op crews and neighbors, as members affected after substations restored: 6,000 • Co- reported to the co-op board that FEMA funds are not well as additional costs for the co-op membership for op substations affected: 7 • Three-phase circuits dam- available to assist with storm costs based on damage as- storm cleanup. “We appreciate your cooperation in keepaged: 12 (In comparison, the Siren tornado damaged six sessments throughout the county. Neither damage to tim- ing the rights of way clear,” said Kosloski. “This will help three-phase circuits) • Poles replaced: 195 (In compari- ber nor damage to second homes qualify in calculating minimize outages and cleanup costs for co-op members.” If co-op members are still having trouble with electric son, the Siren tornado damaged 100 poles) • Transform- storm costs for FEMA, and the cost to remove debris from ers damaged: 45 • Miles of overhead line converted to roads, plus damage to uninsured private property, must service following the storm, please contact Polk-Burnett underground: 6.6 • Outside workers called in to help: 87 be significantly higher to be eligible for FEMA assistance, at 800-421-0283. Isolated locations may need additional (35 underground installation contractors, 33 lineworkers she reported. According to the county, even the Siren tor- work due to significant damage. “We are committed to a from other co-ops, 15 tree removal workers and 4 electri- nado, which had about $6 million in public infrastructure complete recovery,” said Schmidt. - from PBEC cal contractors) • Days to restore outages: 6 • Estimated damages, might not have qualified for FEMA if costs were not combined with flood damage from a more storm cost to the co-op: $1.5 million

Two animals die from mosquito-borne illness MADISON – Two alpacas have died in Dunn County and a horse has been sickened by Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, a mosquito-borne illness caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system. Although humans may also contract EEE, no human cases have appeared in Wisconsin. “Horse owners who have not already had their animals vaccinated this year for EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases should take this as a warning, and those who have vaccinated should check with their veterinarians to see whether a booster is indicated,” said state veterinarian Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt. There is no approved vaccine for alpacas. Alpaca owners should consult their veterinarians about preventive measures, he said. Blood samples were sent to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory July 9. Initial positive results there were confirmed by the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System, which reported final positive results. EEE may be transmitted by mosquito bite to horses, birds and humans. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for alpacas and other mammals to be infected. The virus is not transmitted between animals or between animals and humans. Symptoms in horses include depression, loss of appetite, drooping eyelids and lower lip, aimless wandering and circling, blindness and sometimes paralysis. There is no cure; the disease must run its course and has a mortality rate of 90 percent or higher. Wisconsin experienced a major outbreak of EEE in 2001, with 69 confirmed or presumptive positive cases, mostly in northwestern Wisconsin. Since then, sporadic cases have occurred. Because EEE follows mosquito populations, it normally occurs beginning in mid- to late summer and remains a threat until the first killing frost. Horses that have never been vaccinated will need two doses two to four weeks apart, and the vaccine will take at least two weeks to build up enough antibodies to protect them. A booster would normally be only one dose and would take about four days to be effective. Vaccines will not protect horses that have already been infected when they receive the injections. Vaccines are available that protect against other strains of equine encephalitis

along with EEE, and a separate West Nile virus vaccine is also available. “Northern Wisconsin has good mosquito habitat, and that has been where we’ve seen most cases of EEE over the years,” Ehlenfeldt said. “It’s been a wet summer up north, and mosquito populations are really high. If we get a good long fall, we could see a lot more cases.” In addition to vaccination, owners can take steps to reduce their animals exposure to mosquitoes. They should eliminate standing water by removing objects like old tires, or even the folds in tarps where water collects, and frequently changing water in water troughs, birdbaths and similar containers. Owners should also keep their animals insides barns if possible from dusk through dawn,

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Middle school children from five school districts meet in Luck

LUCK — Sixty-five middle school children from five northern Wisconsin rural school districts recently learned that there is far more to Luck than its proud heritage of being the first home to the Duncan Toys Company yo-yo factory. In addition to the Luck School District, youth from Birchwood, Shell Lake, New Auburn and the Northwood School participated in this project. Under the auspices of New Paradigm Partners, a nonprofit consortium of rural schools, they spent a day in Luck as a part of Sobercruizin, a Project Northland initiative funded by the Department of Education, aiming to, among other things, curb underage drinking. It is all too easy to focus on the negatives, for example the particularly high rates of incidents of underage drinking, driving while intoxicated and binge drinking in our northern Wisconsin rural communities. New Paradigm Partners, however, chose instead to study statistical evidence

to learn how to best address negative trends early on. Through Project Northland a middle school curriculum used in the five school districts mentioned above, students learn to recognize risk behaviors and to make wise choices when confronted with them. They also get to know other children who have had the same training. Together it is easier to resist negative trends. According to NPP’s Sherry Timmerman-Goodpaster, parental involvement and education are key to successful results. “Research shows that if you go through three or more years with our curriculum, which includes — in addition to the classroom component — a parent and an after-school component, you can teach children to recognize risk behavior and to greatly delay or prevent the onset of that behavior,” she said. The fun day in Luck was a part of Sobercruizin, the after-school component of the Project Northland curriculum. It included a visit to the driving range at the

Luck Golf Course, where a golf pro patiently helped middle-graders learn to hit. Four community volunteers then took the youth for a tour of the historical museum. They also got to see the downtown library, play volleyball at the sandpit, and enjoy a picnic at the Lions shelter. “These activities expand the students’ horizons and help them discover the assets in rural communities,” said Renee Gavinski, NPP project leader coordinator from the Luck School District. “It gives them more choices. A lot of the time they may not even realize they are learning things.” “This is the biggest group of children we’ve ever had,” said Timmerman-Goodpaster. “It’s a great way to build connections across the communities. Usually kids only see each other in competitive sports. Here they learn to be cooperative.” Timmerman-Goodpaster praises the community of Luck, which so wholeheartedly supported the project and supplied volunteers for the children’s activities.

These middle schoolers have already enjoyed a number of fun activities since the Luck Sobercruizin kickoff. Other Sobercruizin summer activities include: strawberry picking and Paul’s Food Pantry service work in Rice Lake – a service project for which Mommsen’s Strawberry Patch donated all strawberries – swimming in Birchwood, fishing and pontoon excursions, a visit to the Spooner Ag Station and swimming in Shell Lake, a visit to the interpretative center in New Auburn, then swimming and canoeing in a neighboring lake, tour of Jack Links, a trip to the Barron Market and lessons in life-skills cooking with local produce, tour of Blue Hills Alpaca Farm with a cookout, and a fly-in in Cumberland. For more information about New Paradigm Partners, contact Sherry Timmermann-Goodpaster, 715-354-3391, or visit our Web site — from NPP

Photo project preserves Frederic's history Public invited to share their early Frederic pictures by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer FREDERIC — The early history of Frederic is being lost at an alarming rate but, by allowing your historic photos to be used for an ongoing project, you can help preserve the community’s disappearing heritage. The project had its start when local resident Don McClure began collecting photos in order to build a model railroad, complete with buildings based on those in Frederic during its early years. The project grew to the point where McClure had compiled copies of more than 200 photos of early Frederic, and he knew he needed to share this “history in photos” with the community. He recently donated copies of “Frederic in Photos: The Early Years” to both the Frederic Public Library and the Frederic Historical Society. But the project is not yet complete. “As I found more photos,” McClure said, “I realized that many more were in danger of being lost.” To preserve those photos for future generations, McClure continues to gather, scan and compile these images of Frederic’s early years for what he calls Phase II of his project. “If you have access to any photos related to the early years of Frederic, particularly before 1930,” he said, “I would be delighted to add them to the collection.” Once scanned, McClure noted, all photos are returned to the original owner. Because McClure’s main purpose is to build an accurate railroad model of early

Don McClure presents a copy of his “Frederic in Photos: The Early Years” to Roxanne White, president of the Frederic Historical Society. The project was spurred by McClure’s desire to build a model railroad with buildings based on Frederic’s early years. Frederic, he is selecting photos that have some connection to trains. A table of contents categorizes the photos into maps, street scenes, commercial buildings, schools and churches, homes, mill scenes

This July 1907 photo shows a crowd gathered at the intersection of Oak Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The original brick building still exists under the white and black facade of the Family Pathways/Curves building.

and trains. “My goal was model building,” he said, “specifically models related to the railroad. Thus I include photos of buildings and trains. I added the map section to help orient the photos to their locations in town. “I have not sought nor do I seek photos

of people without some connection to buildings or trains.” The first phase of the project, consisting of about 200 photos, has been enthusiastically received by the library, museum and village. “This is an amazing job,” said village President Dave Wondra at the Monday, Aug. 8, meeting of the Frederic Village Board. “It’s a fascinating project.” Both Roxanne White, president of the Frederic Historical Society, and Chris Byerly, director of the Frederic Public Library, commented on the important work McClure’s project represents in preserving the community’s past. “This collection of historic Frederic photos has already generated a lot of interest,” said Byerly, “and is a welcome addition to the Frederic Public Library’s local history collection.” “Frederic in Photos: The Early Years” will be available for loan, said Byerly, along with other local history titles such as the books published for Frederic’s anniversaries. The photo project complements these history books, notes White, and provides a visual of the village’s early years. When Frederic was founded in 1901, it was little more than a few logging camps. “The arrival of the railroad coincided with the founding of what soon became a thriving town,” said McClure. Compiling the photos into a book, he felt, would make them and the history they portray more accessible and interesting. Anyone with photos of early Frederic that could be included in the next phase of this project can contact McClure at, or call 715-689-2902. All photos will be returned to the owner. You can view the completed Phase I books at either the Frederic Library or Frederic Historical Museum.

In 1905, Grimh’s Flour Mill stood where the Inter-County Leader office is now located. The two-story mill produced 100 barrels of flour each day.

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Special Olympics athlete sets milestone at Lambeau Crystal Fougner goes over the edge to help raise money for Special Olympics by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer GREEN BAY – Local Special Olympics athlete Crystal Fougner did what many people wouldn’t do last Wednesday, Aug. 3, when she took the Ultimate Lambeau Leap. Fougner rappelled down one of the 140-foot walls at Lambeau Field to help benefit the Special Olympics of Wisconsin in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Fougner was also the youngest, and only, Special Olympics athlete to do so. “I told her that the hardest part was probably going to be her going backwards,” said Crystal’s mom, Carol, who explained to Crystal beforehand that it would be similar to going down the side of their 70-foot silo that stands outside their home. “She looked at me and her lip quivered,” said Carol with a laugh. “And, then we got there and it was twice that high.” But in the end Crystal proved courageous enough to take on the whiteknuckle experience, and even provided motivation for others while waiting for her turn at the top of Lambeau Field. Even though Carol had to watch her daughter from ground level, many of those who were with Crystal at the top said she was the motivator despite having a little fear. Carol was able to view a video clip of Crystal just before going over the edge, and said she had a tentative look on her face, but still managed to give a wave, thumbs-up and even let go of the rope with both hands for a moment.

Crystal Fougner (left) poses with her rappelling instructor after completing the Ultimate Lambeau Leap in Green Bay. Fougner rappelled down a 140-foot wall outside Lambeau Field. – Photos submitted Carol admits that an activity such as this beforehand about their daughter having isn’t easy for someone with special needs, special needs, they were told Crystal and was naturally concerned about Crys- couldn’t go. tal’s safety. “Sometimes when you’re honest and “In fact, it’s amazing that they would you say they have special needs, that’s a even let her do it, because in other times deterrent right there, and without even when we’ve wanted to have Crystal do seeing them or knowing them, they’ll say things with us as a family, some groups no,” Carol said. But Crystal has been haven’t let us,” Carol said. given many opportunities and proven Just a few years ago they tried booking people wrong on more than one occasion, a white-water rafting trip for the entire due in part to the dedication of her mom family, but after talking with the owners Carol, who adopted Crystal when she was just 10 years old. “At 10 years old she looked me in the eye and said, ‘Do you want me?’ “Carol said, recalling a time when Crystal was an unwanted child, getting bounced around the state to different foster homes. Carol said she couldn’t bear the possibility of it happening again, and decided to take Crystal under her wing. Her first goal was to get Crystal involved with sports – something Crystal was never allowed to participate in. “And, of course being a sports person myself, the first thing I did was put her in sports,” Carol said. Now, at the age of 23, Crystal has proven she can do just about anything. She snowshoes, goes bowling and competes in track and basketball. “She’s just like a little tiger on the basketball court,” Carol said. Crystal has also been zip-lining, parasailing, and competed at the national level of Special Olympics last year, earning three gold medals and a silver. She also went to nationals in 2006, and won two gold medals. And to top it all off, Crystal did what no other Special Olympian did last Wednesday, when she took the Ultimate Lambeau Leap to help benefit the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. “She did it, and I’m proud of her,” Carol said. For more information, or to donate to Crystal online visit Each The photo at left gives a bit of perspective to how high 140-feet goes into the sky. At right, participant is asked to raise $2,500 for Special Olympics athlete Crystal Fougner takes it nice and slow during her descent down the their cause, and Crystal is very near her goal, raising $1,900 to date. wall at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

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••• FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Osceola High School’s Casey Danielson is entering her junior year with the Chieftains golf team this fall, and shows signs of making a run at a third consecutive title. Danielson won the state Division 2 championship during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and finished third overall last week during the 36th Junior PGA Championship. Danielson was the overall leader after the first round at the Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., a course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The overall winner was Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand with a score of 273, followed by Maria Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga., with a 283. Danielson shot a 291. – Marty Seeger with information from ••• BLAINE, Minn. – USA Hockey announced the 79 players selected to participate in the 2011 USA Hockey Women's National Festival on Aug. 1020 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The festival is a selection camp for the 2011 U.S. Women's Select Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Eight Nations Tournament in Vierumäki, Finland, Aug. 24-31. Among this year's attendees are 19 of the 21 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. In addition, 14 of the players were on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which includes Siren native Molly Engstrom. – from ••• OSCEOLA – Those itching to watch some great baseball can do so this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at Osceola’s Oakey Park for the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Osceola Braves are scheduled to play the first game on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m., against the Haugen Knights. The winner of that game will play Sunday at noon. The Grantsburg Honkers are playing the Whitehall Wolves on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will play Sunday at 3 p.m., for a chance to go to the state tournament. ••• SARONA – Green Bay Packer greats Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson are coming to the Whitetail Ridge Campground/RV Park and Backwoods Saloon this Saturday, Aug. 13, in Sarona to help benefit The Gilbert Brown Foundation. The main event includes Gilbert’s Games, which invites people to participate in fun versions of popular TV game shows. Contestants could win many prizes including Packer game tickets, NASCAR merchandise, autographed items from former and current Packer players and more. The Gilbert Brown Foundation teams up each year with the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners to help support over 144 different children’s charities in Wisconsin, and all money raised stays in Wisconsin. Visit w w w . for more information or the WACO Web site at – Marty Seeger with submitted information

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








New faces visit Victory Lane by Terry Lehnertz St. Croix Valley Raceway reporter/announcer ST. CROIX FALLS – Hot and sticky weather greeted fans and drivers to the second week of racing at St. Croix Valley Raceway, and in three of the four divisions a new winner collected the winner’s trophy. Ryan Olson was the only repeat winner at the track as the Future IVs, Pure Stocks and Sprints all saw new winners while the Pro Stocks made their 2011 debut on Saturday, Aug. 5. The first of five racing divisions to hit the track for their feature event was the Future IVs, with Kris Kaphing and Greg Hallin sharing the front row. At the drop of the green flag, it didn’t take long for Ben Kaphing to shoot from his secondrow starting spot and into the lead. At the same time there was a caution for Dylan Roberts’ broken steering, Hallin was involved in a rollover at the exit of turn three. Track officials took a few minutes to extricate Hallin from his ride, but when he did emerge from the wreckage he appeared unhurt. After racing resumed, Kaphing throttled his No. 88 Ford virtually unchallenged to the checkers, notching his first victory of the season. Behind Kaphing, the rest of the top five were Steve Sutton, Kris Kaphing, last week’s winner Damon Roberts and Chris Rick. The Pure Stock feature was similar in that once the early leader got to the front, no serious challenges were posed. Heat race winners Josh Bach and Brandon Davis redrew the front row for the feature but is was third-starting Lance Halverson who scored the top spot after lap one. Lap two, however, saw the trio of Krysta Swearingen, Tony DuBois and Davis take over the top three spots. Once in the lead, Swearingen ran clean and smooth to the end, besting Bach and last week’s winner, DuBois, who had to settle for second and third respectively. Steve Baker and Jon

away the top spot. Steffen made an effort, but slowly lost ground to the new leader. Behind the top duo, the racing was exceptional. A veritable beehive of activity formed the battle for third place. Tony Schill, Vince Corbin, Mike Mueller and Ryan Johnson all used myriad racing grooves and strategies to gain position, racing oftentimes three and sometimes four wide on the quarter-mile bullring. After a midrace caution, Schill emerged from the frenzy and claimed the runnerup position, relegating Steffen to the beehive battle for third. At the checkers, it was Olson claiming his second trophy in as many weeks in front of Schill, Corbin, Mueller and Johnson.

Krysta Swearingen holds the checkered flag after her win during the Pure Stocks feature at the St. Croix Valley Raceway last weekend, Saturday, Aug. 5. – Photo submitted Wigchers rounded out the top five. The Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series Traditional Sprints took to the track next, with the five-car exhibition win going to Tommy Kamrath. The 3M Graphic Film/Reactor Racing pilot shot to the lead from the front row and commanded the entire race. Action was slowed for a hard crash near the midway point as second running Jack Clark jumped his right rear tire over the cushion and slammed into the implement tires protecting the concrete wall at the track exit in turn one. The rubber served its intended purposed as the lightweight car bounced off the wall with only minor damage. With Clark unable to continue, Kamrath’s teammate, Johnny Parsons III, inherited the runner spot. Kevin Bradwell pulled off early in the event, leaving last week’s winner, Rab Caho, as the final finisher for the Traditionals. Making their first appearance at the

raceway in nearly two years, the Pro Stocks were 10 cars strong for their 2011 debut. Second heat race winner Shawn Kammerud started on the pole alongside Centuria chauffer Denny Stordahl. By the end of lap one, second heat race winner and track veteran Cory Davis had bolted from fourth place to second, behind Kammerrud. Through a number of restarts, Kammerud was continually able to maintain control of the coveted top spot, generally stretching his lead on long green flag runs. Davis maintained a strong grip on second throughout, beating Cody Campeau, Stordahl and Marcus Simonson to the stripe at the checkers. High-car-count honors went to a stout field of Pro Modifieds with all 21 of the cars who checked in appearing for the night’s final race. Kyle Steffen led the first lap from his outside front row starting spot. But by the end of lap two, last week’s victor, Ryan Olson, had wrestled

Race summary (unofficial): Future IVs, feature: Ben Kaphing, Steve Sutton, Kris Kaphing, Damon Roberts, Chris Rick, Stephanie Lebeis, Dan Strobach, Greg Hallin and Dylan Roberts. Pure Stocks, Feature: Krysta Swearingen, Josh Bach, Tony DuBois, Steve Baker, Jon Wigchers, Mike Olson, Kyle Hallin, Lance Halverson, Brandon Davis and Justin Rick. UMSS Traditional Sprints, feature: Tommy Kamrath, Johnny Parsons, Rob Caho, Jack Clark and Kevin Bradwell. Pro Stocks, feature: Shawn Kammerud, Cory Davis, Cody Campeau, Denny Stordahl, Marcus Simonson, Eric Berg, Ed Markel, Jeff Heintz, Marcus Berget and Miles Meidlinger. Pro Modifieds, feature: Ryan Olson, Tony Schill, Vince Corbin, Mike Mueller, Ryan Johnson, Kyle Steffen, Dave Siercks, Mike Kyllonen, Lucas Milz, Greg Arnt, Brent Swanson, Tim Siercks, Doug Toepper, Doug Merrill, Corey Fogleson, Zach Stewart, Kevin Marlett, Mike Brenny, Myles McEvers, Tom Smart and Shawn Carlson.

Third-annual Jane Wisse Open Area football scrimmages set golf tourney Sunday, Aug. 14 for this Saturday FREDERIC – The third-annual Jane Wisse Open Scholarship Fund Golf Scramble has been set for Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Frederic Golf Course. The four-person golf scramble will have a shotgun start at 11 a.m., followed by a memory celebration reception/dinner at 4 p.m. Participants can attend all events or just the reception/dinner. Proceeds will benefit the Jane Wisse Frederic High School Scholarship and individual projects Wisse embraced related to health, youth programs, etc. This year’s $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Trae Gehl. Wisse taught physical education and health at both Frederic and Siren schools, coached the Frederic gymnastics team and was an avid golfer who lost a 15-month battle with uterine cancer in March 2006. According to her daughter, Jennifer

Greenquist, Wisse’s friends and family created a fun event that encourages golfers and nongolfers alike to get together and raise money for several causes. “It’s been great to get many foursomes back every year and have additional friends attend the dinner or donate. We’re investigating new ways to use the proceeds that my mom would have appreciated, while having a great time in her memory,” says Greenquist. To register for the Jane Wisse Open, reception/dinner or make a donation, contact Jennifer Greenquist at 651-260-4770,, Duane Wisse at 715-327-4848, Edina Realty, Frederic, or go to Registration forms can also be picked up at the Frederic Golf Course. – submitted

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer LEADER LAND – Fans of the gridiron will get their first taste of the upcoming football season as area teams are traveling or hosting scrimmages this Saturday, Aug. 13. The Frederic Vikings are traveling to Clayton on Saturday, along with three other teams including Clear Lake, Plum City and Boyceville. Those scrimmages begin at 10 a.m. Webster and Grantsburg football teams will be traveling to Shell Lake this Saturday, as will Northwood and Prairie Farm. Those scrimmages are set to start at 10 a.m. as well. The Unity Eagles football team will be traveling to Barron along with the Colfax Vikings. The scrimmage pairings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., with Barron

Frederic football coach Ken Belanger readies his Vikings for battle during a practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9. – Photo by Marty Seeger and Unity going head-to-head in round one. St. Croix Falls is heading to BaldwinWoodville High School along with Chetek, Glenwood City and Spooner. The varsity scrimmages are scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Luck football hosts youth camp

Luck football coaches and varsity players hosted a youth football camp for grades 4-8 this past week. All athletes practiced offensive and defensive skills and drills. The camp was attended by 30 young athletes. – Photos submitted








Rasslin’ and Racin’ event to benefit Special Olympics Unique show combines racing and wrestling at St. Croix Valley Raceway this Saturday by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Valley Raceway in St. Croix Falls is bringing a unique mix of wrestling and racing to the track this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 13, with hopes of benefiting the Special Olympics. The American Wrestling Federation, which is viewed by 75,000 households on KSTC 45 every Saturday night, harkens back to the wrestling days of legendary wrestler Verne Gagne. “It’s very clean, and it’s very old school. It’s where the good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad,” said AWF founder, Tony Denucci, who has been a professional wrestler for 23 years, and has been running the league for the past six years. The AWF has been running on KSTC and another station for three years now.

Denucci said this is the first time they’ve done a show during a racing event, and wrestling fans and race fans will be treated to two action-packed shows going on at one time. “It is a Verne Gagne style of show, but it does have a lot of high flying, and lot of great athletes, but we keep it very clean, because all ages show,” Denucci said. Saturday’s event is going to be taped for TV and will be broadcast in the following weeks after the event. Many of the AWF events are hosted at high schools and taped live for TV, with many of the proceeds going right back to the schools. Other shows such as the event on Saturday go to benefit the Special Olympics. There’s even a show coming to the Northwoods Convention Center in Siren on Jan. 21, 2012, with proceeds going to the Special Olympics as well. Denucci is booked through to May 2012, and his events are popular among all ages, which might be due in part to their mission statement, which is to provide, fun, positive and entertaining Christ-centered high-energy wrestling that the entire family can enjoy. “What a lot parents are telling me is that it reminds them of the old days and they’re not afraid of what they’re going to

see because it’s a lot of fun and it’s a good show,” said Denucci, but also to help out a great cause in the Special Olympics. “I’m very drawn to the Special Olympics because I think those kids are so ambitious and full of life. I always tell kids to be thankful for what you have, not with what you don’t have and every breath is a gift and it’s not a given … and I see these (Special Olympics) kids and they motivate me to be more like them, because they’re so thankful for everything they have.”

Clay “The Wildman” Gallagher will also be performing one of his patented, hair-raising stunts, and the opening bell for the wrestling starts at 7 p.m., with racing and stunts to follow. Pro Stocks and Pro Modifieds have the night off, but Future IVs, Pure Stocks and UMSS Traditional Sprints are scheduled to race as well as vintage racers. For more information visit the AWF Web site at

Siren Ballpark hosts Summerfest softball tournament

Tournament director Reno Mothes (far right) presents CJ’s Bar and Grill from Chisago Lakes, Minn., with a check for winning the championship during the Siren Summerfest softball tournament Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7, held at the Siren Ballpark. – Photos submitted

A check for second place was presented to the Warriors from Red Wing, Minn. The American Wrestling Federation, which is viewed by 75,000 households on KSTC 45 every Saturday night, is coming to the St. Croix Valley Raceway this Saturday, Aug. 13, to help benefit the Special Olympics. – Photo submitted


Falun Church League Team Record Siren Assembly 10-0 Calvary Covenant 9-1 Trade Lake Baptist 6-4 Faith Lutheran 6-4 Webster Baptist 6-4 New Hope Lutheran 5-5 W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 4-6 Trade River Free 4-6 Siren Covenant/Bethany 2-8 Falun Churches 2-8 Frederic Free 0-10 Scores Thursday, August 4 Webster Baptist 30, New Hope Lutheran 2 Siren Assembly 17, W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 11 Faith Lutheran 19, Falun Churches 1 Friday, August 5 Trade Lake Baptist 6, Siren Covenant/Bethany 5 Calvary Covenant 19, Trade River Free 1 Upcoming Tournament Thursday, August 11 7 p.m. Siren Covenant/Bethany vs. Falun Churches 8 p.m. Trade River Free vs. Frederic Free Friday, August 12 6 p.m. Siren Assembly vs. Winner of 7 p.m. game Faith Lutheran vs. New Hope Lutheran 7 p.m. 8 p.m. Calvary Covenant vs. Winner of 8 p.m. game Trade Lake Baptist vs. W.Sweden/Zion Lutheran 9 p.m. Women’s Slow-Pitch Monday League Team Record Beehive 9-1 Coyland Creek 9-2 Smith Family Eye Care 8-3 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 6-5 Maurer Construction 3-8 The Rumors 3-8 Big Butz BBQ 0-11

Scores Monday, August 8 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 14, Smith Family Eye Care 10 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 16, Maurer Construction 4 Coyland Creek 25, Big Butz BBQ 5 Beehive 22, The Rumors 14 Men’s Slow-Pitch Wednesday League Team Record Bon Ton 9-1 Pour House 8-2 Century 21 7-3 Chell Well 7-3 Sundowners 7-3 Wayne’s 5-5 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 4-6 True Quality Auto Body 2-8 Lake Lena 1-9 JCS 0-10 Scores Wednesday, August 3 Sundowners 11, Century 21 10 Bon Ton 12, Lake Lena 5 Pour House 17, JCS 2 Chell Well 19, True Quality Auto Body 4 Kris’ Pheasant Inn 11, Wayne’s 8

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Harris Construction out of Hastings, Minn., was the third-place finisher during the Siren Summerfest softball tournament held last weekend.

Taking fourth place during the Summerfest softball tournament in Siren was CCJ - Johnnies Bar, Clydes Corner Bar and Grill Century Saloon.


Summer League 2011 Standings: Don’s Boys 69, Cutting Edge Pro 63, Denny’s Downtown Lanes 55.5, McKenzie Lanes 51, Ta-Da 50, Lane

Brains 45, MMCO 44, Pee Wee’s Gals 30.5. Women’s games: Kelly Oryan 234, 209 & 194. Women’s series: Kelly Oryan 637, Rhonda Bazey 506, Kathy

McKenzie 478. Men’s games: Gene Ackland 255 & 254, Ed Bitler 237. Men’s series: Gene Ackland 728, Ed Bitler 635, Dale Frandsen 616.



I N T E R! C O U N T Y L E A D E R

ATVs • BIRDING • BOATING • CAMPING • FISHING • HIKING • HUNTING • RECREATIONAL VEHICLES an unmistakable tug on his line, no doubt signaling a bite. After giving the fish a bit of time to digest the lure, the hook was set and a nervous wait took over. More than 10 minutes later, bubbles popped on the surface, and we eventually caught our first glimpse of the giant fish, which measured just under 35 inches, and weighed roughly 20 pounds. It was perhaps Olson’s largest fish ever caught in the state of Wisconsin, and by far the largest catfish I’d ever hoisted. We took photos of us both with the fish, before measuring it and letting it go, and unfortunately had to call it a night earlier than expected, as our suckers all perished. But it won’t likely be our last trip on the St. Croix River, as there’s still time before the bite slows, and much cooler fall weather slips in.

Hooked on cats

The root-beer-colored water swelled by the boat as my 9.9 Evinrude chugged up the St. Croix River, making the vessel seem much too small to be navigating water that reached depths of well over 100 Marty feet. It was an unnatural feeling for someone Seeger like me who tinkers around on shallow, weed-filled lakes and The targets dinky bluegill Bottom on most fishing trips. The walls of rock on Line both sides of the river added even more of a sensory overload, but in a very good way. The St. Croix itself is mysterious, ancient and even a bit scary, especially on this particular outing, which was sure to end at some point during the midnight hour. Along with Valley Wire publisher Garth Olson we were on a mission to haul in huge flathead catfish. It was my second outing of the summer in search of catfish, with my first being on Lake Wissota, near Chippewa Falls. On that particular trip, my father-in-law and another friend boated a dozen channel cats in about three hours, with one fish weighing roughly 12 pounds, and measuring 31 inches. I was lucky enough to catch that particular fish, mostly because it nearly pulled my pole into the water, and because it was the lightest of tackle in the boat with its medium action and 8pound test line. After about a 10-minute fight, the fish finally appeared from the murky depths of the lake, spewing large bubbles before reaching the surface. Seeing those bubbles is a good thing, as it usually means the angler has won. We kept that fish, and five other cats that day and, after getting a crash course in how to properly fillet them from my father-in-law, I can safely say that I’d take a catfish fillet over walleye any day of the week. It was, by far, some of the best-tasting fish I’d ever fried, and there‘s no question I‘ll be eating another batch of catfish in the very near future. On my latest outing, however, we weren’t after fine table fare. Olson and I were after something a lot bigger below the hydroelectric dam in St. Croix Falls, which harbors some mean-looking flathead cats. The flathead is quite common in the St. Croix River and can be found almost anywhere below the dam in St. Croix Falls.

The author’s father-in-law, Dennis Hill, and friend Bruce Kahl eye an average-sized channel catfish caught on Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls. – Photos by Marty Seeger You won’t find flatheads above the dam, just channel cats, and there’s a significant difference between the two fish, not only in looks and potential size, but in what they prefer to eat. As much as I’d hoped to toss out a thick circle hook globbed with fresh chunks of chicken liver, (a popular channel-cat lure) Olson exclaimed that we needed huge live suckers, measuring between 15 and 20 inches. It’s an expensive treat for such an ugly fish, but worth the fight if you’re lucky enough to land one. The weather was mild, considering the recent humidity, but water levels remained up, just as they’ve been all summer. Catfish don’t seem as affected by this as other fish. Unlike the overrated walleye, the catfish loves it when the weather turns hot and humid, and the nighttime is a great time to target the really big ones. Fishing at night requires a bit of planning, however, and should be taken seriously due to the conditions of the river. Even in a large craft, (which we weren’t using) movements are limited, and balance can be an issue. Add to that the need for lively sucker minnows, large muskie rods, tackle boxes, lanterns, a net and complete darkness, and you’ve got a recipe for a mess if you’re not careful.

Fortunately, we arrived on the St. Croix in plenty of time before it got dark, loaded the boat at the landing in Interstate Park, and eventually anchored in about 30 feet of water – not too far from a pool nearly 80 feet deep. The really big cats are in deep during the day, but come up from the depths at night to feed. We didn’t have any problems that night, but nearly ran out of bait before the sun went down. We were unsuccessful in finding the truly large sucker minnows, and had to settle for bait measuring roughly 7 to 8 inches. My tackle of choice was too fancy for the bait we were using, as I had prepared with my 7-foot muskie rod and large quick-strike rig. The rod of choice turned out to be my 7-foot baitcasting rod that I use for bass, which had 17-pound test mono, a sturdy leader. I simply hooked a large enough treble hook behind the dorsal fin of the sucker, and let the 1-ounce bell sinker take it to the bottom. On the first cast, I boated a smallish 5to 6-pound flathead while Olson spent much of his time trying to catch bait. It wasn’t until about an hour after dark, that he used up our last lively sucker minnow in the cooler to try one more crack at landing another catfish. After only a half-hour wait, Olson had

A 35-inch flathead catfish estimated at around 20 pounds is displayed by the author. The fish was caught by Garth Olson on a recent night on the St. Croix River. – Photo by Garth Olson

Blue-green algae a threat to hunting dogs MADISON – The estimated 50,000 or more Wisconsin waterfowl hunters whose favorite hunting partner has four legs, a tail, and doesn’t mind swimming in cold water may want to take some precautions against their friend coming down with serious illness from ingesting water containing potentially toxic blue-green algae. “Working together with dogs is part of a long and rich tradition for many waterfowl hunters,” said Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist. “Sometimes, care of these furry hunting companions requires extra awareness. While not widespread, potential toxicity from bluegreen algae is still a concern for waterfowl hunting dogs.” Recent cases included three Wisconsin dog deaths from blue-green algae poisoning reported in 2008, two in 2009, and thankfully none in 2010. With about 80,000 waterfowl hunters, Wisconsin has the third highest number of

waterfowl hunters in the country. About 60 percent of Wisconsin waterfowl hunters use dogs to retrieve their harvested ducks and geese. What is commonly referred to as bluegreen algae are actually cyanobacteria, microscopic organisms that are true bacteria. They are present in all lakes, marshes, ponds and ditches across Wisconsin but live unrecognized except for when the right conditions develop and the cyanobacteria grow quickly, creating “blooms” across the water surface that look like paint, thick scum or “pea soup.” When blooms occur, cyanobacteria can release toxins that can cause illness and even death in many animals ingesting them, including dogs and humans. While blooms of blue-green algae occur most frequently in summer, blooms have been observed in Wisconsin in fall and winter. During the fall waterfowl hunting season, toxic bloom conditions can de-

velop on warm fall days or on lakes that are in fall turnover. Cyanobacteria “bloom densities” can develop in surface waters with high concentrations of nutrients, particularly phosphorus. Blooms tend to grow when there is a lot of sunlight, the temperature is warm, the water is shallow and there is little wind. Sometimes when the wind kicks up, blue-green algae will pile up on the windward side of the lake. Hunters should be on the lookout for the following conditions in the field: a green “pea soup” appearance, surface water blooms that are green, blue, red or brown in color, or foamy scum layers, mats or blobs. Hunters should adhere to the following advice of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association to help protect their dogs health: • Provide a good supply of clean fresh

water for your dog to drink while hunting. • Don’t let dogs submerse themselves in water that has a bloom. • If your dog does get in water with a bloom, wash your dog thoroughly before it starts to groom or lick itself. • Be sure to wear gloves when you wash your dog and avoid direct contact with any “algae” present. After potential exposure, watch your dog for signs of lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or even seizures. If your animal shows any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately. More information on blue-green algae in Wisconsin can be found on the Blue-Green Algae In Wisconsin Waters page of the DNR Web site and [blue-green algae page of the Department of Health Web site. – from the DNR


Lynyrd Skynyrd a no-show in Clear Lake Fire Fest questions on costs to taxpayers by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CLEAR LAKE – A planned event called Fire Fest in Clear Lake Saturday, Aug. 6, went ahead, in spite of not having their headlining band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, due to an apparent medical emergency for the lead singer Johnny Van Zant. The Southern rock band The Outlaws went on in their absence for an extra set, but several questions remained. Up to 12,000 people were expected at the event, which was organized at a location just west of the village of Clear Lake at 378 60th St. Even with the no-show by the headlining band, the event drew approximately 4,000 people, but also left some fans and patrons upset, as evidenced by numerous comments on the

band’s official Web site, chastising them for short notice. Some attendees also wondered if tickets were still sold after the medical issue, in spite of the headliner’s absence. The event also left some people wondering about the cost to the county or the municipality for things like security and emergencies, as Polk County Sheriff’s Department deputies were on the scene for the entire event. Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson gave a detailed outline of the costs, all of which have since been submitted to the Clear Lake Police Department for reimbursement, apparently for payment from the event organizers. Johnson said the $3,652 bill covers the cost of 57 hours of deputy time, using a typical formula used for similar events. That breakdown includes a $100/hour charge for the first hour meant to cover squad and equipment costs, with every subsequent hour billed at $65 per deputy.

“That’s what it cost to send our guys out there,” Johnson said, “and trust me, we didn’t pull anybody off the road for this.” The event was relatively trouble free, according to Johnson, possibly due to the headlining act’s no-show and thus a smaller crowd. The Clear Lake Fire Department was not the organizing entity, in spite of the name. The department’s involvement was reportedly limited to a food stand on the grounds. According to band representatives, Van Zant was hospitalized on the day of the show due to complications from a previous surgery. He was admitted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 6, with a surgical-infected cellulitis, requiring hospitalization. They also said Van Zant has a severe infection and multiple symptoms related to a previous infection. He was ordered to remain out of work and recover for at least one week or until cleared by his

primary doctor. The band also canceled or rescheduled shows this week in Michigan and South Dakota. The band’s site also noted that “For refunds, ticket holders should go back to point of purchase. Rescheduled shows will honor previously printed tickets.” The same site also said that Lynyrd Skynyrd plans to resume their regular tour schedule on Friday, Aug. 12, in Sedalia, Mo., or as doctors advise. They also listed a new Clear Lake date as Sept. 10. However, that supposed rescheduled date was hardly set in stone. But in a recorded message from Fire Fest organizers, they apologized for the band’s not showing up due to the medical emergency, and said they were “in talks with the band for a rescheduled date,” and will post that information once it is available. Fire Fest organizers could not be reached for comment prior to press time.

Milltown on board for spirit parade Unity football coach goes before board on homecoming proposal by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer MILLTOWN – Unity High School football coach Dave Anderson went before the Milltown Village Board during their regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 9, asking for their input and approval on a proposal to have rotating homecoming parades in the three neighboring villages in the school district in the coming years. The parades would be on a Friday afternoon prior to their Saturday activities over the next coming years, with Milltown taking either the 2012 or 2013 rotation. “Our goal is to get the homecoming parades back into the towns,” Anderson said, while presenting a letter outlining some of the proposal. The plan for Milltown would be to go down Main Street, much like the Fishermen’s Party parade, and to do it on that Friday afternoon, with local involvement as well, in the form of parade units. Anderson outlined other activities, such as each school class being responsible for downtown storefront decorations, and having school retirees on a special float, possibly even having the school dance

line and class floats in the mix, as well. “It’s kind of trial and error right now,” he said. But it seemed like a sure thing, as Milltown village President LuAnn White offered her support. Dave Anderson “Great idea, Dave,” she said, “and we’re on board.” Anderson said the idea could cost about $1 per student for things like transportation and other ancillary costs, much of it already covered by the Unity Booster Club, WINGS and other organizations. “We’ve still got to figure out ways to raise some money,” Anderson added. Anderson recently went before the Balsam Lake Village Board, for approval of this fall’s parade, and also went before the Centuria Village Board with a similar proposal for either 2012 or 2013, with the parades rotating between the three villages.

In other board action: • In an effort to allow the village to purchase a side-by-side utility vehicle, the

board approved the sale of the Milltown Police Department’s used Polaris ATV for $3,000, per a proposal by Police Chief Andy Anderson. The sale is the first part of a fund that will be used to cover the projected $10,000 cost of a utility vehicle for the public works department. Anderson also asked for approval to waive the purchase or lease of a new squad car for an additional year, relinquishing the $5,000 from his budget to apply for the purchase, also. That freed up the board to entertain a proposal from the village public works department for a new UTV, with several proposals in hand. The range in prices was within several thousand dollars for nearly identical machines, with a low of $9,975 from Frontier Ag & Turf for a John Deere Gator model. “As long as this is an absolute, applesto-apples comparison,” said trustee Henry Studtmann Jr. After a long debate, the board approved the purchase, with the purchase of salvaged utility scrap to cover the approximately $2,000 difference between the squad fund and ATV sale. The final purchase includes a $0-down, one-year plan with no interest, if paid in full, with a municipal discount. • There was some discussion on the current burning permits and fire issues, stemming from several recent interactions with village residents on fire pits, rubbish or

brush-pile fires, some of which were so large they prompted 911 calls. The fire department reminded that burning permits are good for one year only, and that the village will offer to place a village dump truck near someone’s home if they have a large brush pile to burn, keeping fire calls down. • White and Anderson expressed their disgust at recent vandalism issues involving a tree and dedicated bench for a young child who died tragically several years ago. The issue led to discussion on strict curfew enforcement, and Anderson outlined that there is a reward offered for information on whomever damaged the dedicated bench. “I’m very mad about it,” White said sternly, “and I will find that person!” White and the board were in agreement that the police will issue curfew violation tickets, and that problems with afterhours teens will not be handled lightly. • The board approved bids and plans for sidewalk repairs downtown, totaling $7,204, with the projects to get under way in the next two weeks. • Anderson is soliciting donations for the upcoming Kids Night Out set for Aug. 23. The board approved a donation of $300, encouraging other businesses to do what they can to donate, as well.


EVERY MON. Amery Senior Center



• Wii golf, 9 a.m.

Frederic Senior Center • Spades, 1 p.m. Luck Senior Center Siren Senior Center 715-349-7810

St. Croix Falls Senior Center




Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-6605 • Pokeno, 1 p.m.

• 500, 6:30 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dime Bingo, 1 p.m. • Monthly Senior Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Exercise, 10-11 a.m. • Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500 Cards & Dominoes, 12:30-4 p.m.

• Cribbage, a.m. • 500 Cards, 1 p.m.,

• Dining at 5, Every 1st Thursday

• Spades, 1 p.m.,

•!Exercise, 10-11 a.m. •!Skip-Bo, 11 a.m.-Noon • 500, 6:30-10 p.m.

• Bridge, 10 a.m.-Noon • Bingo, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1-3 p.m.

Webster Senior Center

• AA Meeting, 7 p.m.

• Senior Monthly Meeting, 3rd Tues. • Men’s Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Dime Bingo, 12:30 p.m. • Mixed Wii Bowling, 9:30 a.m.

• Cards & Pool, 7-9 p.m.

Food Shelf

• Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • SCF, 1-4 p.m., 715-483-2920

• Frederic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-327-4425 • SCF, 9 a.m.-Noon

• SCF, Noon-6 p.m. •!Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Frederic, 2-6 p.m. • SCF, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Siren VFW Aux., 2nd Wed., the hall, 7:30 p.m.

• Frederic Legion Aux. 249 Every 3rd Thurs., Golden Oaks, 7 p.m.

•!Pokeno, 1 p.m.


VFW Aux./Legion Aux.


• Good Sam, St. Croix Falls, 5:45 p.m., 715-483-3666

Meat Raffles

• Webster Lioness At Last Call, 6 p.m.


• Webster Chamber At The Tap, 5:30 p.m. • Frederic Lions At Aspen Leaf, 6 p.m.

EVERY MON. Farmers Market

• Grantsburg Village Hall, noon-2 p.m.

EVERY MON. •!First Baptist Church, Webster, 9:30 a.m., 715-349-2332

EVERY TUES. •!Luck Senior Center, 5:30 p.m., 715-472-2341 • Balsam Lake Municipal Building, 3:45 p.m., 715-485-3002

EVERY TUES. • Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, 8:30 a.m., 715-755-3123

•!Ruby’s, Siren, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

EVERY WED. •!Comforts of Home, Frederic, 5:30 p.m.





• Cushing Legion At Suzy Q’s, 6:30 p.m. • Siren Lions At Midtown Tavern, 5 p.m. • Danbury Fire & Lions Club, Yellow River Saloon, 5:30 p.m. • Blizzard Hockey At Zia Louisa, 6 p.m.

• Fishbowl Sportsmen’s Club At Sweeny’s Bar, 5 p.m. • Snowciables At Thirsty Otter, 6 p.m. • Grantsburg Legion, 6:30 p.m. • Sportsmen’s Club, Yellow River Saloon, 5 p.m. • Hockey Assoc. At Dreamers, 6:30 p.m.

• Siren Lions At Jed’s Laker Lounge, 5 p.m. • Lake Country Riders At The Pour House, 5:30 p.m. • Webster Lions At Gandy Dancer Saloon, 4:30 p.m. • S.N.O.W.S., West Sweden Skol Haus, 7 p.m.

• YLRA At Yellow Lake Lodge, Webster, 3-5 p.m. • Siren Lions At Howl’n Saloon, 4 p.m. • Wild About Education At Wild Waters, Danbury, 3:30 p.m.


EVERY THURS. • Alpha, Burnett Dairy Co-op parking lot, 3-5 p.m.


EVERY FRI. • Eureka Farmers Market, 2:30-6:30 p.m.


• Frederic, 9 a.m.-Noon

EVERY THURS. •!Overeaters Anonymous, Amery Senior Center, 6:30 p.m., 715-268-6605

EVERY SUN. • Wonderland At Yellow Lake Golf Course, 4 p.m.


• Frederic Farmers Market, Inter-County • Milltown, Cheese & More lot, 3rd Sat., Leader parking lot, 8 a.m.-noon 8 a.m.-2 p.m. • Siren Farmers Market, senior citizens center parking lot, 1-3 p.m. • St. Croix Falls Farmers Market, library plaza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Tangled Webs

Centuria fireworks over Web issues by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer CENTURIA – Tempers came to a boil during an extended, more than 45-minutes, discussion on several Web-related issues at the Monday, Aug. 8, meeting of the Centuria Village Board. Old wounds and unresolved issues resurfaced during discussions on committee recommendations for choosing the official village Web site. Trustee Phil Nehring outlined committee recommendations regarding future Web site servicing and a proposal from the former village webmaster, JJSBS, which snowballed into a large disagreement on several issues. Some of the issues went back over two years on previous disagreements about Web services, costs, committee definitions, employee involvement and site updates, meeting postings, employee salary information on the Web, and possible conflict of interest for an employee to be on the committee. In the end, the issue was tabled so the Web committee can better review their options and address several outstanding concerns, while the village president will pursue additional advice from counsel. The background and the issues in a (long) nutshell For several years, the village had been paying for Web services from JJSBS Web services of Balsam Lake - located at domain. About two years ago, several trustees raised concerns about paying for a Web site that contained little pertinent municipal information, such as committee and board agendas, meeting minutes, policies or ordinances, upcoming events or industrial park availability information. Those trustees were wary about having to pay to have JJSBS do such updates, when they were already paying village employees to do similar tasks. They did not want to pay village employees for transcribing information, then pay to have them send that info to JJSBS, who would also charge for entering the minutes on the “official” village site. At about the same time, part-time webmaster Kelly Bakke - spouse of former village President Wayne Bakke - started and maintained an alternate site for the village - - as a volunteer. Her site was originally crafted as an educational tool for Web development, but quickly became the preferred site for many residents, since it had much of the municipal information the official site did not contain. Discussion on that issue opened the door to the village developing an ad hoc Web committee, originally made up of three trustees, two of whom are no longer on the board. At the same time, there were allegations that the Bakke site went too far, and contained not just village information like agendas and minutes, but also contained detailed information on employee wages and benefits. The Web committee reviewed various Web service options, which led to an extensive and contentious series of debates on the issue over a year ago. Then, after much discussion, the Web committee - and ultimately the village board - chose to go with the Bakke site,, mainly as a cost-saving tool, letting the village’s contract with JJSBS expire. After the elections last spring, the ad hoc Web committee appointments were unclear under new village President Dave Markert, who sought to fill vacancies after only two trustees volunteered. However, a village employee also volunteered to serve on the Web committee, which led to contentious discussions on whether that

This is the most recent “official” village Web site, originally started as a sort of educational tool by a volunteer, but later chosen as the official village Web site last year in a cost-saving move. Now that issue has come back into question, and led to a major debate on Monday, Aug. 8. – Photos by Greg Marsten might be a conflict of interest. Several people - including several former trustees - raised concerns that the Web committee decisions may or may not make policy decisions that might affect employee duties, beyond decisions on whether the site contained information on benefits, wages and the like. Eventually, Trustee Rod Peterson agreed to fill a fourth seat on the committee, with the employee remaining on the committee, as well. But the basic issue of whether an employee should serve on a policy-making committee was never resolved, and led to part of the disagreement at Monday’s full board meeting. While Bakke’s site remains as the new official site of the village, at no cost, she recently submitted a contract that included several potential charges for extra services, if required. Under that agreement, she would effectively own the domain and do all site updates, and the charges were for her own protection, she stated, so the village would not take advantage of the free service with extra requests. According to some village officials, that Bakke document/contract is apparently what led to the webmaster issue again being addressed by the Web committee. The committee then planned a recent meeting where that issue was a primary action item. That is also where JJSBS came back into play, as they submitted another proposal for the village’s webmaster duties, but Bakke was not included. She alleged on Monday that she did not receive notice on the latest Web committee meeting agenda, in spite of her duties as the tender of the official site of the village. That agenda reportedly included a request for webmaster proposals, which is why she neither noticed the meeting on the official village site nor attended the committee meeting to submit a proposal or answer questions on the contract. Bakke alleges she was left out of the loop due to her being the spouse of the former village president, which may or may not have led to friction within the committee and may or may not have been the impetus behind her not receiving that agenda. There were also allegations that previous Web committee debate on the webmaster issue was cut short, due to time restraints, and that the official minutes did not reflect that shortened debate. Also, it was revealed that three unnamed citizens had apparently made anonymous donations on the village’s behalf to JJSBS to renew that original site - - as the new official village Web site. That issue was only briefly addressed. As the Web committee issue came up on Monday, the comments from trustees, audience members, citizens and employees grew loud, boisterous and occasionally out of control as the issue reached critical mass, and lasted for the better part of an hour. Ultimately, Markert said he would consult with the village attorney on whether the employee on a committee is

This is the former “official” village Web site, located at centuria-wi-org. Anonymous donors have offered up cash to renew the site, in spite of board action. a potential conflict-of-interest issue, and the Web committee decided to table any action on the webmaster decision. “We got a bit off track here,” stated Peterson as the evening wound down. That was the only issue where everyone seemed to be in agreement.

In other board action: • The board approved a five-year contract with Holdt’s Disposal as the official village refuse, trash and recycling hauler, upon a recommendation by the village water and sewer committee. The contract includes refuse bags and 18-gallon, duel-stream recycling bins, using the Polk County Recycling Center, as specified. “We had two bids,” stated Trustee Ryan Davison. “and Holdt’s was 50 cents cheaper per bag.” Davison also said the contract had assurances of no fuel surcharges, and would allow residents to work with Holdt’s for garbage bins, if desired. However, upon further review, the contract did have a stipulation allowing Holdt’s to approach the board if diesel fuel costs rise above $4.75/gallon, but makes no assurance the board has to adjust rates. • After much discussion, the board agreed to pay half of an $850 labor and materials bill from Dalles Electric for special service connections in several locations, such as near McKenzie Lanes, downtown and near the Gandy Dancer Trail. The service connections were used for the Memory Days carnival, live music downtown and for campers and vendors. However, it was unclear who actually made those service requests. The village electric commission agreed to pay the other half of the bill, which is considered a one-time charge, and the $200 power usage bill will be sent to the park board. Peterson also volunteered to be on the park board, to assure trustee updates. • Police Chief Van Burch gave an update on departmental involvement, including an outstanding mutualaid bill for security assistance at the state Capitol last spring, during the infamous budget protests. Burch also said the department provided mutual aid to the village of Balsam Lake in transitional coverage and security in July, as their department “was getting back on their feet” with a new chief and reorganization. • The board approved a change to their agenda posting wording, in regards to including a phrase about other trustees possibly being in attendance, meaning there may be a quorum of the village board. However, there was some confusion over the need for the wording, and what would happen if a trustee was in attendance at a meeting that did not have the quorum warning. In a discussion with Markert after the meeting, he implied they might look into the issue further.

Hockey team circa 1950s Gordon Lehman of Grantsburg dropped this photo off at the Leader office this week, seeking names of some of the hockey players shown in this photo, taken sometime in the 1950s at Frederic. Community hockey leagues were popular back then, and Frederic had a rink on the edge of town, across from the former Stokely’s operation. Lehman identified some of the players (L to R): Gordon Anderson, Harry Anderson, unknown, Gordon Johnson, Jim Ryan, Bill Soderberg(?), George Welk, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown and Edward Erickson. If you happen to know any of the missing names, please e-mail us at - Photo submitted


Polk County circuit court Shasta R. Antonette, Milltown, child safety restraint, $150.10. Kelly A. Appel, Frederic, speeding, $175.30. Gayla J. Bartelt, Kilkenny, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Patrick J. Baumann, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding $200.50. Elliot J. Bell, Somerset, speeding, $175.30. Robert J. Biedler, Luck, disorderly conduct w/motor vehicle, $263.50. Marilyn Bodeen Reiten, Balsam Lake, speeding, $175.30. Tari L. Boelman, Centuria, barking dogs, not guilty plea. Jared L. Brandenburg, Independence, speeding, $200.50. Richard Butler, Houston, Texas, speeding, $200.50. Derek R. Campbell, Centuria, speeding, $200.50. Brock A. Cash, Centuria, criminal damage, $269.50; disorderly conduct, $269.50.

David L. Christensen, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. William F. Curran, Milltown, damage to property, $269.50; disorderly conduct, $269.50. Mariko Dodson, Los Angeles, Calif., speeding, $225.70. James W. Drabek, Centuria, nonregistration of auto, not guilty plea. Robert M. Dueholm, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Peter J. Englund, Centuria, keeping of poultry, more than 5 chickens, not guilty plea. Michael W. Ersland, New Richmond, OWI, $817.50; 6 months license revocation, assessment and compliance, ignition interlock device. Bryan C. Frischmann, Rochester, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Patrick J. Giordana, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Shayla C. Goss, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. Antonia M. Hauser, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea.

Burnett County deaths Violet Louise Fossum, 77, Grantsburg, died July 15, 2011. Ronald Richard Hokanson, 64, Grantsburg, died July 20, 2011.

David Arthur Knott Sr., 51, Town of Lincoln, died July 17, 2011.

Siren police report July 16: Keith T. Gillis, 51, Spooner, was cited for operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration during a traffic stop on Hwy. 35/70 and North Shore Drive at 3:06 p.m. July 21: Kasey D. Weber, 25, Webster, was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and Elizabeth Street at 11:43 p.m. July 27: Adam M. Evans, 22, Webster, was cited for failing to wear a seat belt during a traffic stop at 8:45 p.m. on Fourth Avenue and Works Progress Street. Terry R. Fish, 19, Webster, was cited for operating after revocation during a stop on Hwy. 35 and Clear Lake Street at 11:24 p.m. July 28: Amanda A. Coen, 21, Siren, was cited for speeding during a stop on Elllis Avenue and Dahlberg Street at 5:29 p.m. July 29: Wendy S. Nelson, 43, Coon Rapids, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 35/70 and South Shore Drive at 5:52 p.m.

July 30: Michael V. Marsh, 28, Siren, was cited for operating after suspension during a traffic stop on Hwy. 35/70 and Parks West Street at 6:02 p.m. Aug. 5: John L. Thompson, 63, Minneapolis, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Railroad Street at 8:49 a.m. Michelle L. Dirtzu, 33, Cottage Grove, Minn., was cited for speeding on Hwy. 70 and Railroad Street at 9:41 a.m. Trent D. Sutherland, 18, Grantsburg, was cited for failing to wear a seat belt in a traffic stop on Hwy. 70 and Ellis Avenue at 9:54 a.m. Aug. 9: At 9 p.m., the Siren officer on duty was called to assist the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department with a leaking tanker belonging to Terry Leckel Trucking, Spooner. The tanker pulled into the Polk-Burnett Electric Company lot on Hwy. 70 east of Siren. Ten gallons of gas pooled on the pavement. The Webster Fire Department helped with the cleanup. Dean Barrett, Trego, was identified as the driver of the tanker.

Burnett County arrest record July 29: Nicole Bearheart, 40, Hertel, operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle Brian Tinkle, 30, Siren, probation violation George Gokey, 46, Hayward, operating while revoked July 30: Timothy Anderson, 38, Siren, OWI Paul Carlson, 29, Grantsburg, battery July 31: Amy Kerbel, 29, Hinckley, Minn., OWI, probation violation, possession of narcotic drugs Sheena Lowell, 26, Webster, disorderly conduct Aug. 1: Richard Hegquist, 35, Ham Lake, Minn., warrant for failure to appear Aug. 2: Daniel Olson, 21, Spooner, probation violation Aug. 3: Ernest Swanson, 40, Pine City, Minn., failure to report to jail and warrant for failure to appear Kara Tomaszewski, 33, Danbury, warrant for failure to pay Aug. 4: Sara Nefs, 19, Webster, contempt of court

Samantha Hogle, 20, Webster, disorderly conduct, underage drinking Alyssa Main, 18, Danbury, disorderly conduct, underage drinking Shelby Benjamin, 19, Hertel, bail jumping (felony) Aug. 5: Jessica Spencer, 43, Spooner, warrant for failure to pay Aug. 6: Marvin Staples, 28, Danbury, Ashland County warrant for failure to pay Karl Matrious, 17, Danbury, bail jumping, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, carrying a concealed weapon Brittany Deering, 21, Siren, domestic battery Danielle Albrecht, 26, Eagan, Minn., battery Aug. 7: Jamie Deering, 31, Frederic, OWI, possession of open intoxicant in vehicle Dustin Gramer, 21, Danbury, OWI Ricky Grabow, 22, Siren, domestic disorderly conduct Natasha Engstrand, 26, Siren, disorderly conduct Jay Anderson, 17, Webster, battery Stay connected to your community.

John L. Hibbard, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Darlene R. Hoppe, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Roberta M. Horning, Milltown, unkept yard, public nuisance, $187.90. Corey Y. Iseri, Dayton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Mitch S. Jensen, Milltown, operate motor vehicle by permittee w/o instructor, $200.50. Gail A. King, So. St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Samuel J. Klande, Osceola, possession of marijuana, first offence, $200.50. Ryan L. Klink, Deer Park, nonregistration of auto, $175.30 Warren L. Koehn, Almena, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Maria Lam Le, Eagan, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Courtney A. Landowski, Port Edwards, speeding, $225.70. Taylor C. Laurich, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $175.30.

Aaron T. Lehman, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Andrew R. Leininger, Woodbury, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Anna C. Lemke, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Luke J. Liesch, Luck, disorderly conduct, $269.50. Mark J. Liska, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Amanda J. Madison, Rice Lake, speeding, $200.50. Ryan D. Malueg, Hales Corners, speeding, $200.50 Robin E. Matthys-Arnold, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Marc M. Milanowski, Chicago, Ill., speeding, $225.70. Shawn G. Monson, Clear Lake, disorderly conduct w/motor vehicle, $175.30. Maxwell M. Musial, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Daniel E. Nelson, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30. Donovan D. Nickell, Clear Lake, unsafe cutting in while passing, $232.00; reckless driving, endanger safety, $389.50;

disorderly conduct, $200.50. Marie T. Niesen, Clayton, speeding, $200.50. Anthony M. Ninke, Deer Park, disorderly conduct, $200.50. Allen Obyrne, Northfield, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Marc A. Olivo, Haugen, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jared J. Padgett, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. Kevin W. Perry, Ramsey, Minn., speeding, $200.50. John A. Peterson, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Mitchel C. Potvin, Balsam Lake, disorderly conduct; failure to obey officer, not guilty plea. John W. Powell, St. Louis Park, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Iva J. Rogers, Luck, operate while suspended, $200.50. Donna L. Rutledge, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Drew W. Smith, Centuria, operate while suspended, $200.50. Patricia L. Smith, Rice Lake, speeding, $225.70.

Dan J. Stanke, Phillips, seat belt violation, $10.00. Daryl K. Struck Jr., St. Croix Falls, disorderly conduct, $269.50. Lori A. Thaemert, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Ronald C. Theese, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Steven D. Trei, Barron, speeding, $200.50. Robert M. Unger, Frederic, operate w/o carrying license; seat belt violation; possess open intoxicants in motor vehicle; operate while revoked, not guilty plea. Natasha Vance, Tulsa, Okla., speeding, $200.50. Angela J. Vokaty, Phillips, speeding, not guilty plea. Michael A. Wagner, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Bailey T. Wheeler, Clayton, speeding, $200.50.

Area news at a glance Chisago City man among Navy SEALS killed in crash

CHISAGO CITY, Minn. - A family friend told KSTP a Minnesota Navy SEAL was among the 30 Americans killed over the weekend when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. Nick Spehar was from Chisago City, about nine miles northeast of Forest Lake, Minn. U.S. officials say the team was in a Chinook helicopter rushing to the aid of a U.S. Army Ranger who was under fire when the chopper was hit, presumably by a rocket-propelled grenade. “Their loss is a stark reminder of the risks that our men and women in uniform take every single day on behalf of their country,” says President Obama. - from

Flooding hits Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY - For the second time in less than a month, county Chair Doug Finn last week declared a state of emergency in Douglas County. It’s a declaration he had never made before in his 30 years in county government. The first, following a tornado that touched down in Solon Springs and straight-line winds that tore through southern Douglas County on July 1, happened almost two weeks ago, and the second came Tuesday, Aug. 2, after 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in western Douglas County leaving state, county and town roads impassable. Hwy. 35 and several county roads in western Douglas County south of Superior closed that day due to flooding. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Douglas County Highway Department diverted traffic eastward at CTHs C and T. Chief Deputy Charlie Law, who traveled through the affected area near the Black River, said while the road was still passable at 9 a.m., by 1 p.m. county and town emergency vehicles could no longer pass through the area as water continued to rise during the day. About 130 residences were in the affected areas. Volunteers with fire departments in Superior, Summit and Dairyland — the area primarily affected by the flooding — contacted people in their towns to notify them of the shelter and assess the need, Schanen said. - Superior Telegram

Charges filed against attorney

PINE CITY, Minn. - Charges have now been filed against Michael Bjerke, the prosecuting attorney in both Pine City and Hinckley, for an incident which allegedly occurred back on May 15 at America’s Best Value Inn, a hotel in Hinckley. The criminal complaint states that a woman who was staying at the hotel was approached by a man outside her hotel room window; a man who identified himself as a prosecuting attorney in the area. The woman told police that the man made inappropriate comments, and then grabbed at her. Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole wouldn’t answer any direct questions about this situation, but did say he had contacted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension over the arrest of Bjerke. Cole said he hasn’t seen a signed complaint against Bjerke, but confirmed that he knows a prosecuting attorney from outside Pine County will handle the case against Bjerke. The Pine City Pioneer reports that Judge Krista Martin has recused herself from the case because Bjerke regularly practices law in her courtroom. Bjerke faces fifth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and fifth-degree assault, and the Pioneer reports that Pete Orput, an attorney from Washington County will handle the case against Bjerke. -

Birkie founder skier dies in car-bicycle accident

STONE LAKE - Hayward native David Landgraf, 62, of Bloomer, one of the Birkebeiner “Founder” skiers, died Monday, Aug. 8, of injuries sustained when his bicycle was hit by a motorist on Hwy. 27 north of Sand Lake Friday, Aug. 6. Sawyer County Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke said Landgraf was bicycling on Hwy. 27 near Boylan Road at 6:50 p.m. when he was struck by a blue Mitsubishi Gallant driven southbound by Anna Amparo,

24, of Hayward. She turned around in her seat to speak to her two children. When she turned back around to face forward, Landgraf was traveling in her path. Amparo attempted to swerve to avoid striking the cyclist, but was unsuccessful and struck the bike. Landgraf was thrown from his bike and landed in the ditch. Landgraf sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by Stone Lake ambulance and then transferred to a Duluth hospital by helicopter. - Sawyer County Record

New route proposed

RICE LAKE - A proposed new route for Hwy. 8 from the Hay River to Hwy. 53 was presented by the state Department of Transportation last week. The public information meeting was at the Barron County government center on Wednesday, Aug. 3. About 50 people turned out. The meeting was one of a series of meetings over several years addressing improving Hwy. 8 from St. Croix Falls to Cameron. The route presented on Thursday was a refinement of earlier plans. Long-term plans are to expand Hwy. 8 to four lanes from St. Croix Falls to Cameron. DOT project manager Marc Bowker said the Hay River to Hwy. 53 segment will be built as a freeway rather than an expressway. A freeway does not have at-grade crossings. Cost of the Hay River to Hwy. 53 segment is estimated at about $100 million. The next step for the 40-mile segment will be a public hearing next year. The DOT is currently focusing on designing a route so that the corridor can be preserved and rights of way can be recorded on property deeds. No land acquisition is planned in the immediate future, and construction is at least a decade away, said Bowker. Last week’s meeting followed a meeting in May at Turtle Lake. At that meeting, a Hwy. 8 bypass to the north around Turtle Lake was recommended. It was also noted at May’s meeting that the DOT is planning a roundabout on the existing Hwy. 8 at the St. Croix Casino. Construction of the roundabout is planned in 2014 and is not related to the realignment of Hwy. 8. The Hwy. 8 plan generally relocates the highway to the south from Eighth Street in Barron County eastward to Hwy. 53. There are nonaccess overpasses at 12th Street and 16th Street. Bowker said the project will likely be done in segments rather than all at one time. The project began in the early 1990s with the formation of the local Hwy. 8 Improvement Coalition. Early speculation was that the project could go before the state projects committee in 2006 with construction to begin as early as 2012. - Rice Lake Chronotype

Man kept mother’s corpse on couch

HAYWARD - Washburn County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Austin Parenteau has confirmed that Michael J. Egan, 67, now deceased, had kept the corpse of his mother, Elizabeth Egan, on the couch in his home long after her death. She is estimated to have died sometime in 2008, at an approximate age of 97. According to Sawyer County probate records, Michael and Elizabeth lived at N6183 Lake Road, Stone Lake. Michael Egan himself died at the residence in early June, but his body wasn’t found until approximately two weeks later when officials removed it from the floor of a bedroom. Parenteau said that a postal worker later became concerned when he saw mail still accumulating at the residence, addressed to Elizabeth, even though Michael had died. Officials then began looking for her in nearby nursing homes, but when they could not locate her, they got a search warrant and brought in cadaver dogs to find the body on June 24. “I was going with the freezer or the woods,” Parenteau said in regards to where he thought they might find the body of Elizabeth Egan. Investigators, however, found the corpse on the sofa, covered with clothing and a sleeping bag. Parenteau said there was no odor and very little decay of the body; it appeared that towels dipped in some kind of solution had preserved it. There were mouse pellets on the sofa to keep the mice away, Parenteau said. Elizabeth Egan would be 100 years old this year. - Sawyer County Record


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Bridget M. Fenton, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Timothy M. Fetters, Machesney Park, Ill., operate boat w/o valid cert. number, $200.50. William L. Foussard, St. Crloix Falls, operate boat w/o valid cert. number, $200.50. Trea R. Freer, Hudson, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00 Matthew J. Friedel, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Erica A. Gallentine, Luck, unsafe passing on right, $232.00.

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Samantha L. Gerber, Hugo, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Joseph L. Goeltl, Osceola, OWI, not guilty plea. Aaron T. Gominsky, Lake Elmo, Minn., inattentive driving, $195.90. Faye A. Gordon, Irma, speeding, $175.30. Taylor J. Greene, Vadnais Heights, Minn., cliff jumping, $150.10. Eugene L. Gross, St. Croix Falls, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Tyler D. Halverson, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Ryan J. Hanna, Princeton, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Donna M. Hanson, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Tiffani J. Harding, Red Wing, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Neil J. Harm, Buffalo City, Minn., seat belt violation, twice, $10.00 each; speeding, $200.50. Thako A. Harris, Minneapolis, Minn., violate child safety restraint, $150.10; speeding, $200.50. Michael K. Harvey, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Luke G. Heinsch, Kissimmee, Fla., fish w/o license, $206.70. Gerald J. Hensel, Champlin, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Emery L. Herbert, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $295.00. Andrew J. Herkert, Belleville, speeding, $225.70; operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Donna R. Hoff, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Ronald W. Hoff, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Cora Holland Koller, Andover, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Rebecca L. Holt, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Chad A. Hutchens, Star Prairie, fail/carry boat floation device, $162.70.



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Fred J. Leblanc, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Craig J. Lee, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. Daniel W. Lee, Shell Lake, speeding, $200.50. Gabriel R. Lee, Star Prairie, littering, $200.50. Kyle J. Lehmann, Centuria, display unauthorized vehicle registration plate, not guilty plea. James B. Leseman, Kansas City, Mo., fail/carry boat floatation devices, $162.70. Keri L. Lonergan, Deer Park, operate off-road utility vehicle on highway, $200.50. Patrick W. Lorentz, River Falls, operate motorcycle w/o valid license, $200.50. Ruth A. Lorentzen, Seattle, Wash., speeding, $225.70. Rachael A. Lorenzen, Durham, N.C., speeding, $200.50. Connie A. Loukinen, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Shirley R. Lyon, Amery, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Fred J. Macalus, Gem Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Shelley L. Mackenzie, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Breanna N. Madison, Turtle Lake, operate after rev./susp. of registration, $175.30; operate while suspended (second) $200.50. Christopher D. Madison, Milltown, operate while revoked, $200.50. John H. Mahler, Cumberland, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $263.50. Timothy J. Mannie, Balsam Lake, speeding, $225.70. Hannah E. Martine, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Angela M. Mazaika, Amery, speeding, $200.50. Jeffrey M. McGrane, Hammond, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Robert E McMurray, Luck, speeding, $175.30. Timothy B. Meissner Sr., Balsam Lake, speeding, $200.00. Samuel A. Mike, St. Croix Falls, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Kari J. Milberg, Centuria, speeding, $175.30. Deborah C. Miller, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Shirley A. Miller, Osseo, speeding, $225.70. Brice S. Moltzer, Amery, operate while suspended, $175.30; nonregistration of auto, $175.30. Rita D. Moose, Dresser, possession of illegal-size fish, $222.90, Alexander J. Morawiecki, Cincinatti, Ohio, speeding, $200.50. Ashley L. Mork, Dresser, speeding, $175.30. Woodie D. Morley, Dresser, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Tanya K. Mortel, Osceola, speeding, not guilty plea. Shelly K. Mulvihill, Big Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50; operate w/o valid license, $200.50. Scott R. Myers, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Philip J. Nardi, Grantsburg, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Sandra A. Nastrom, North Port, Fla., speeding, $225.70. Alva J. Nelson, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50 Anthony M.B. Nelson, speeding, $175.30. Timothy M. Nelson, Oakdale, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Timothy J. Nikunen, Jordan, Minn., possession of illegal-size fish, $249.15. Garen G. Nitzschke, Fridley, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Justin P. Nowicki, No. St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Sean L. Obrien, Rice Lake, speeding, $200.50. William C. Odean, Shoreview, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Daniel P. Olsen, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Hayley I. Olson, Amery, speeding, $175.30.

Heather R. Olson, N. Mankato, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00; speeding, $225.70. Susan F. Ostenso, Hopkins, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Lane M. Paolocci, Hudson, operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Sunshine N’Awlins Parker, Stacy, Minn., cliff jumping, $150.10. Daniel P. Parnell, River Falls, speeding, $225.70. Lacy B. Pederson, Osceola, hit and run, property adjacent to highway, not guilty plea. Nolan K. Pehrson, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joshua J. Perry, Lindstrom, Minn., litter/deposit debris on state property, $200.50. Dean E. Peterson, Ham Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Ryan T. Potvin, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Benjamin M. Quaal, Ramsey, Minn., speeding, $250.90. Steven L. Robb, Hammond, speeding, not guilty plea. Michael L. Roe, Osceola, speeding, not guilty plea. Harold J. Rohan, Superior, speeding, $175.30. Peter F. Rondoni, Plymouth, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea; operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, not guilty plea. Kyle J. Scharhag, Shell Lake, speeding, not guilty plea. Kevin M. Schmidt, Forest Lake, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Andrew W. Schueller, Lino Lakes, Minn., fish w/o license, $192.70. Vernon D. Schuessler, White Bear Lake, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Robert P. Schweiger, Apple Valley, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Katie M. Scott, Amery, operate while revoked, not guilty plea. Derek R. Sheetz, New Richmond, seat belt violation, $10.00. Kelly L. Shelquist, Minnetonka, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Deborah L. Shroyer, Stacy, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Nicola A. Sirdevan, Jacksonville, Fla., speeding, $175.30. Lonnie J. Six, Faribault, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jason M. Skoby, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Kristin A. Skoog, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Cedryk S. Smith, Turtle Lake, speeding, $200.50; operate while suspended, $200.50. David L. Smith, Sartell, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Maurice R. Smith, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. William I. Sommerfeldt, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Lisa R. Stang, Waite Park, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Adam S. Stanius, St. Anthony, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Joshua J. Staples, Grantsburg, nonregistration of vehicle <=10,000 lbs., $175.30. Mark A. Stencel, Dresser, speeding, $200.50. Angela C. Sullivan, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $263.50. Casey R. Tice, Lino Lakes, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Tracy S. Tomb, Roseville, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Taina M. Trevis, W. St. Paul, Minn., possession of marijuana, $263.50. Lue Vue, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30; operate motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Luke J. Walter, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Edward W. Weidner, Star Prairie, speeding, $225.70. Alicia M. Weippert, New Brighton, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Jeffrey P. Westgard, New Brighton, Minn., operate boat w/o valid cert. number, $200.50. Paul E. Wilson, Eden Prairie, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Anthony J. Wishard, Somerset, speeding, $175.30. Kathryn L. Woods, North Branch, speeding, $200.50. Steve W. Wykoski Jr., Three Lakes, speeding, $200.50. Bryce L. Young, River Falls, speeding, $225.70.


Notices/Employment Opportunities

TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN This is a Local Road Improvement Project The Town of West Sweden is seeking bids for Milling and 2 inches of compacted Hot Mix on 170th Street for 830’. Starting 900’ north of CTH W. The town will add 4” of extra gravel after it is milled and also add gravel to the shoulders. The town crew has already dug out the soft spots in the road. Bids are due by Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by 6:30 p.m. for the town monthly meeting. The Board has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Contact Chairman Simon Nelson at 715-653-2305 or Kevin at 715-371-1002. Andrea Lundquist, Town Clerk 542693 50-51L WNAXLP


PUBIC NOTICE is given to all persons in the Village of Frederic that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. to solicit comments on proposed floodplain (zoning ordinance and/or map) revisions that are required by state and federal law. These revisions govern development in mapped floodplain areas. The proposed (ordinance/map) revisions are on file in the office of the Village Clerk. The proposed regulations are intended to protect life, health and property in floodplain areas and will govern uses permitted in mapped floodplains. Activities such as dredging, filling, excavating and construction of buildings are generally allowed, but may be restricted according to which flood zone the property is in. A copy of the proposed ordinance will be on file and open for public inspection in the office of the Village Clerk for a period of two weeks prior to this public hearing. All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Village of Frederic Planning & Zoning Commission, 542802 51-52L WNAXLP William Johnson, IV, Chair



Notice is hereby given that the following application has been received by the Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis., for a beer and/or liquor license for the ensuing year ending June 30, 2012. ST. CROIX MOTOR SPORTS, LLC, a partnership, dba St. Croix Valley Raceway, Judy L. Strohbeen, agent, for a “Class B” beer license, NE 1/4 Section 15, 2014 160th Avenue, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Notice is further given that the above license application will be acted upon at the regular Town Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 6 p.m., at the Town Hall. Janet Krueger, Town Clerk TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin 542648 50-51L WNAXLP


The Polk County Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The board will call the public hearing to order at 8:30 a.m., recess at 8:45 a.m. to view each site and will reconvene at 1 p.m. at the Government Center in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. At that time each applicant will inform the Board of their request. (THE APPLICANT MUST APPEAR AT 10:00 A.M. WHEN THE BOARD RECONVENES AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.) DAVID NORDGAARD requests a Special Exception from Article 8D7 of the Polk County Shoreland Protection Zoning Ordinance and Sec. VIA3 of the Polk County Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance to expand existing travel trailer park which will add 23 travel trailer units and 6 yurt rental sites. This is a continuation from July 5, 2011, hearing date. Property affected is: 1977A Polk-Barron St., Pt. of Gov’t. Lot 1+ 2, Sec. 25/T35N/R15W, Town of Johnstown, Staples Lake 543147 51-52L 41a,d WNAXLP (class 3).

(July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. NANCY JOHNSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 936 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on March 10, 2011, in the amount of $105,175.37, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 13, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The South 54 feet of Lot 6, Block 15, Third Addition to Lawson City in the Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 311 S. Main St., Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 146-00181-0000. Dated this 19th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274735

(Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DEBORAH JOHNSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 137 CORRECTED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 16, 2011, in the amount of $142,136.23, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 21, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 11, Plat of Hasta La Vista, Village of Milltown, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 106 Ranger Court, Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 151-00367-1100. Dated this 21st day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Benjamin J. Pliskie State Bar #1037985 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274646


Be part of one of the premiere child and adolescent mental health systems in the state. NWCGC is a mental health agency that provides comprehensive, therapeutic day treatment, crisis and emergency mental health services, and outpatient mental health services in a variety of locations and school districts throughout the state. NWCGC is currently seeking a Billing Office Supervisor. The Billing Office Supervisor reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for oversight of the billing process and supervision of billing office staff, as well as troubleshooting and assisting with processing of claims and accounts receivable. This person will also be responsible for various other billing department responsibilities such as contracting with third-party payers, credentialing clinicians, analyzing and troubleshooting reimbursements, authorizations and claims processes, and setting up new billing practices when needed. This person will play a key role as the company continually grows and adapts to industry changes. As the Billing Office Supervisor, you will also handle collection calls on past due accounts, assist with special projects as assigned by the CFO, including, but not limited to audit tasks, budgeting, and preparing reports for senior management. Successful applicants will have: • Excellent troubleshooting and creative problem-solving skills. • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills to interact with team members, senior personnel, outside entities and customers. • Ability to work both independently with initiative and as a part of a team. • Ability to work with multiple priorities and adapt to frequent change. • Exceptional organizational skills and an attention to detail. • Effective management and supervisory skills. • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback. Education/Experience • All applicants must have insurance billing experience with medical claims supervisory experience. • Preference will be given to applicants with mental health billing experience. • Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in accounting and/or medical billing. • Knowledge and/or working experience with Microsoft Office, Excel and medical billing software. (NWCGC uses Allscripts.) At NWCGC, we value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and benefits package, including paid time off, medical, dental, life and 401(k) benefits and future growth opportunities within the organization. To learn more about our company, please visit: Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to Nick Kalambokidis, NWCGC Chief Financial Officer: Fax: 715-327-8447. E-mail: 542633 50-51L 40-41a NWCGC is an equal opportunity employer.

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH I POLK COUNTY Acuity, a Mutual Insurance Company 2800 South Taylor Drive Sheboygan, WI 53081, Plaintiff, vs. Kyle M. Hawkins 2252 160th Avenue St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Defendant. Case No. 11 CV 435 AMENDED SUMMONS Money Judgment: 30301 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as a defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 45 days after August 3, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Court, whose address is Clerk of Court, Polk County Judicial Center, 1005 West Main Street, #300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Thrasher, Pelish & Franti, Ltd., plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 31, 13 East Eau Claire Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 45 days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: July 21, 2011. THRASHER, PELISH & FRANTI, LTD. James A. Pelish State Bar #1014596 Attorney for Plaintiff Thirteen East Eau Claire Street P.O. Box 31 Rice Lake, WI 54868 715-234-8105

(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WILSHIRE CREDIT CORPORATION, AS SERVICER FOR U.S. BANK, NA, AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, NA, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK, NA, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2006-RM4 Plaintiff vs. CHRISTINE A. SIMONSON, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 09 CV 946 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on February 18, 2010, in the amount of $185,761.73, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 1, 2011. at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 25, Croixwood, in the City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Lot 25, Croixwood, “A Planned Unit Development,” City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1326 East Aspen Drive, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-01380-2500 Dated this 7th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 273954

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIZENS COMMUNITY FEDERAL, Plaintiff, vs. TRACY L. BRABEC, JASON A. BRABEC, ANCHORBANK, f/k/a S&C Bank Defendants. Case No. 11CV336 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on July 22, 2011, in the amount of $165,099.65, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 29th day of September, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 2 of CSM 14-15, Map No. 2993, a part of the SE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Section 36, Township 33 North, Range 16 West (in the Township of Lincoln). PROPERTY ADDRESS: 613 65th Street, Clear Lake, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale, balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 1st day of August, 2011. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


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(Aug. 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GWENDOLYN ALDEN Notice Setting Time to Hear Application and Deadline for Filing Claims (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 56 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth July 24, 1923, and date of death October 29, 2010, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 509 Benson Road, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. The application will be heard at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500, before Jenell L. Anderson, Register in Probate, on September 7, 2011, at 9 a.m. You do not need to appear unless you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is November 10, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. 6. This publication is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859238 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. Please check with person named below for exact time and date. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar August 2, 2011 Adam C. Benson Attorney at Law BENSON LAW OFFICE LLC P.O. Box 370 Siren, WI 54872 715-349-5215 Bar No.: 1032855

Carol M. Anderson, 71, Osceola, July 24, 2011. Matthew L. Coon, 25, Johnstown Township, July 24, 2011. Edna M. Smith, 101, Amery, July 24, 2011.


Ellaina Y. Kuhn, 1, Clear Lake, died July 11, 2011. Dolores W. Meredith, 91, Taylors Falls, Minn., July 13, 2011. Clarence Johnson, 77, St. Croix Falls, July 17, 2011. Muriel K. Petersen, 96, Dresser, July 19, 2011. Bonnie M. Turner, 70, Amery, July 23, 2011.

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Money Judgment: 30301 Our File: 1294603 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To each person named above as Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after August 4, 2011, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court whose address is 1005 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake WI 54810-4410 and to Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is shown below. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer to the complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40-day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: July 8, 2011. /s/ Brandon E. Bowlin Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik LLC Attorneys in the Practice of Debt Collection 250 N. Sunnyslope Rd. Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 Toll-Free: (877) 667-8010 Attorney for the Plaintiff

(July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS CWMBS, 2004-12 Plaintiff vs. INPONG LUANGRATH, et al. Defendant(s) AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 237 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on May 7, 2010, in the amount of $256,916.08, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 31, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 1753 recorded in Volume 8 of Certified Survey Maps on Page 101 as Document No. 523410, being a part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest (SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4) of Section Twenty-Two (22), Township Thirty-Two (32) North of Range Nineteen (19) West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 272 270th St., Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO.: 022-00533-0100 Dated this 14th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274422

(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS, CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-18CB MORTGAGE-PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-18CB Plaintiff vs. RONALD JAMES SANOSKI JR., et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 08 CV 687 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2009, in the amount of $253,098.32, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 31, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The South Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (S1/2 of NW1/4 of NW1/4), Section 24, Township 33 North, Range 18 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 882 190th St., Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 024-00853-0100 Dated this 7th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 273899



(July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DANIEL R. JOHNSON, et al Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 403 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 21, 2010, in the amount of $99,977.47, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 13, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Southeast 1/4 of Southwest 1/4, Section 28, Township 35 North, Range 18 West, described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of the Southeast 1/4 of Southwest 1/4, Section 28-3518, thence North along the forty line 300 feet; thence West parallel to the South line of said forty 500 feet; thence South parallel to the East line of said forty to the South line of said forty; thence East to the point of beginning, in the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2155 190th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. TAX KEY NO.: 020-00721-0000. Dated this 10th day of May, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Marie M. Flannery State Bar #1045309 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 270718

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(July 27, Aug. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Anna Elaine Kreutzian a/k/a Jensen Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 46 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth December 11, 1922, and date of death October 3, 2008, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin with a mailing address of 835 300th Ave., CTH W, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 31, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar July 20, 2011 David L. Grindell GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54837 715-327-5561 Bar No. 1002628

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY M. MONSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 55 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth November 21, 1926, and date of death March 26, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 472 95th St., Clear Lake, WI 54005. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is November 4, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar July 25, 2011 Robert J. Richardson Bakke Norman, S.C. 990 Main St., Suite 200 Box 54 Baldwin, WI 54002 715-684-4545 Bar No. 1010382

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CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) N.A. 701 E. 60TH ST. NORTH SIOUX FALLS, SD 57117 Plaintiff, vs. LINDA WELCH 175 230TH AVE. COMSTOCK, WI 54826-6421 Defendant(s).

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(July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the action of Jackson County Bank v. Tracy L. Songetay et al, Polk County Case No. 10CV511, I will sell at public auction in the foyer area Polk Co. Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. the following described premises, located in Polk County, Wisconsin: Lot 6, Block 2, Bretl Addition, City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Property Address: 406 North Day Road, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. Notice is further given that the successful purchaser will be responsible for the lien of real estate taxes, for the municipal charges, if any, the Wisconsin real estate transfer fee and is responsible for obtaining possession of the property, which is sold “as is.” TERMS OF SALE: Cash with 10% to be paid at time of sale. /s/ Sheriff Peter M. Johnson Polk County, Wisconsin James Flory Wiley Law, S.C. P.O. Box 629 Eau Claire, WI 54702-0629 Phone: (715) 835-6171

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(Aug. 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL DIVISION POLK COUNTY State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company One State Farm Plaza Bloomington, IL 61701 Plaintiff, vs. Charles D. Bloom 1882 220th St. Centuria, WI 54824 Donald A. Carlson 800 8th St. Centuria, WI 54824, Defendants. Case No.: 11-CV-376 Case Code: 30201 Publication Summons THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO: Each person named above as a defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the above named plaintiff has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within forty-five (45) days after August 11, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Ste. 300, PO Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, and to Deutch & Weiss, LLC., attorneys for plaintiff, whose address is: 7670 North Port Washington Road, Suite 200, Glendale, Wisconsin 53217. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty five (45) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you now own or may own in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated this 3rd day of August, 2011. Deutch & Weiss, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Monte E. Weiss State Bar No. 1003816 Charles W. Kramer State Bar No.: 1021504 P.O. Address: Deutch & Weiss, LLC 7670 N. Port Washington Road Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 247-9958 - Telephone (414) 247-9959 - Facsimile

(July 27, Aug. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RAYMOND E. JENSON Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 53 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 2, 1915, and date of death December 18, 2005, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 2356 210th Street, Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 31, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar July 21, 2011 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 542118 WNAXLP Bar No. 1003029

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Case Number: 10 CV 354 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on September 30, 2010, in the amount of $191,817.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed on May 19, 2004, in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. ALSO DESCRIBED AS: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 26, Township 36 North, Range 17 West, Town of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as Lots 1 and 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 4468 filed in Volume 20, Page 20, as Document No. 680274. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1382 and 1382-A State Rd. 48, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: 036-00614-0100 & 036-00614-0200 Dated this 21st day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274840

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. LEON E. MEWHORTER, et al. Defendant(s)

(July 27, Aug. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ALBERT B. CHAUSSEE Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 51 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth June 21, 1943, and date of death June 29, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 312 Dairyland Avenue, Milltown, WI 54858. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 31, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar July 22, 2011 Steven J. Swanson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787 Bar No. 1003029

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Zachary S. Lowe Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 11 PR 52 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth 7/11/1988 and date of death 6/13/2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 577 216th Ave., Luck, WI 54853. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is October 25, 2011. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar July 15, 2011 Scott Lowe 2147 Circle Drive Luck, WI 54853 542423 715-857-5099 WNAXLP


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2006-OC10, MORTGAGE PASS-THOUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006OC10 Plaintiff Vs CHRISTOPHER HEINN, et al Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 09 CV 442 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 25, 2009, in the amount of $438,473.58, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: Lot Four (4) of certified survey map No. 2677 recorded in Volume Twelve (12), of certified survey maps, Page One Hundred Sixty-Four (164), Document No. 581439, located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (NW 1/4 SW 1/4), Section Twenty-Seven (27), Township Thirty-Two (32) North, Range Seventeen (17) West together with easements located in the South Half of the Northwest Quarter (S 1/2 NW 1/4), Section TwentySeven (27), Township ThirtyTwo (32) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, as described in Volume 518 of records, Page 211, Document No. 459339, Polk County, Wisconsin, the above property is situated in Polk County, State of Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 152 147th Street, Deer Park, WI 54007. TAX KEY NO.: 002-007050400. Dated this 14th day of July, 2011. 541493 WNAXLP

Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274388

ANASTASI & ASSOCIATES, P.A. Garth G. Gavenda, #1079588 David C. Anastasi, #1027144 14985 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 Telephone: 651-439-2951 Attorneys for Plaintiff #15726

(July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT BRIGGS, and ANCHORBANK, fsb., Defendants Case No. 10 CV 974 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 14, 2011, in the amount of $125,899.16, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin on: Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 10 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot Two (2) of Certified Survey Map No. 5264 recorded in Volume 23 of Certified Survey Maps, page 171 as Document No. 721566, located in part of Government Lot Seven (7) and part of Government Lot Eight (8), Section Thirty-five (35), Township Thirty-five (35) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. A perpetual nonexclusive easement for the purposes of ingress and egress over the existing roadway that lies between the Northerly boundary of the property being conveyed as Parcel 1b and 1c, and the pond, and runs in a Westerly and Northerly direction, between two ponds, and on across the roadway as described in Certified Survey Map No. 486 recorded in Volume 2 of Certified Survey Maps, page 215. PIN: 040-01289-0000. Property Address: 1385 Kemah Drive, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 18th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

TOWN OF WEST SWEDEN Notice Is Hereby Given That The Regular Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held On Tuesday, August 16, At 6:30 p.m. At The Town Hall Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order 2. Clerk and Treas. Reports 3. Any corrections on the printed agenda in the newspaper. 4. Public input 5. Old Business A. Sand/Salt Building Discussion B. Insurance Quotes 6. Employee/Hwy. Report 7. Correspondence 8. New Business A. Snowplow/Truck discussion B. Bids for 170th Street 9. Review Bills/Vouchers 10. Set next meeting date 11. Move to adjourn Andrea Lundquist, Clerk

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(Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Bremer Bank, N.A., a national banking association, 8555 Eagle Point Boulevard P.O. Box 1000 Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042, Plaintiff, vs. Debbie K. Nahkala 307 Woodlawn Avenue Frederic, Wisconsin 54837, Defendant. Case Type: 30301 Case No.: 11CV427 PUBLICATION SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO DEFENDANT, DEBBIE K. NAHKALA: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Plaintiff above-named has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. WITHIN forty (40) days after August 3, 2011, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the Polk County Clerk of Court, Polk County Justice Center, whose address is 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, and to Plaintiff’s attorneys, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., whose address is 14985 60th Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the Complaint within forty (40) days, the Court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or may in the future and may also be enforced or garnishment or seizure of property. We, the undersigned, Anastasi & Associates, P.A., on behalf of Plaintiff, Bremer Bank, N.A., a national banking association, are attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained from you will be used for purposes of collecting that debt. If you notify Anastasi & Associates, P.A. within thirty (30) days that you dispute the validity of this debt or any portion of it, we will obtain verification of the debt and send it to you. If you do not contact us, we will assume the debt to be valid in its entirety. In addition, if requested by you within the thirty (30) day period, we will provide you with the name and address of the original creditor, if different from the current creditor. Federal law does not require us to wait until the end of the thirty (30) day period before suing you to collect this debt. However, if you request proof of the debt or the name and address of the original creditor within the thirty (30) day period that begins with your receipt of this Summons, Federal law requires us to suspend our efforts under this legal action to collect the debt until we mail the requested information to you. Dated: July 21, 2011.


(July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY AnchorBank, fsb, Plaintiff, vs. Kipp A. Peckman, Victoria J. Peckman, Wesley Duane Hendrickson, Capital One Bank USA, Duane Gurtner, Marilyn Gurtner and Unknown Tenants, Defendants, The RiverBank, Added Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Case No: 10 CV 729 Case Code: 30404 Judge: R.H. Rasmussen PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure entered March 1, 2011, in the amount of $403,230.62, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the described property at public auction as follows: TIME: Sept. 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. PLACE: Foyer Area, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Suite 900, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TERMS: 10% of successful bid must be paid to the Sheriff at sale in cash or by certified check. Balance due within 10 days of court approval. Purchaser is responsible for payment of all transfer taxes and recording fees. Sale is AS IS in all respects and subject to all liens and encumbrances. DESCRIPTIONS: Lot 7, Plat of Oak Hills Estates, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. Lot 8, Plat of Oak Hills Estates, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. Lot 15, Plat of Oak Hills Estates, Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESSES: 107 Vadnais Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. 111 Vadnais Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 120 Vadnais Lane, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. /s/ Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose. If you are currently in bankruptcy or have been discharged in bankruptcy, this letter is not an attempt to collect the debt from you personally. This letter serves only as notice of the commencement of a legal proceeding as required by the loan documents, state law and/ or federal law. ECKBERG, LAMMERS, BRIGGS, WOLFF & VIERLING, P.L.L.P. Nicholas J. Vivian (#1047165) 430 Second Street Hudson, WI 54016 (715) 386-3733 Attorneys for Plaintiff

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(July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff Vs JUDITH AAMOLD, et al Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 09 CV 256 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 1, 2009, in the amount of $135,172.36, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Sept. 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The following described real property situate in the County of Polk, and State of Wisconsin, to wit: Part of the Southwest One-Quarter of the Northwest One-Quarter (SW 1/4 NW 1/4), Section Thirty (30), Township Thirty Five (35) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Commencing at the West One-Quarter corner of said Section 30, thence East along the South line of said SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 115.40 feet; thence leaving said South line North 01 Degrees 41’ 22” West along the Southerly extension of the Easterly right of way of State Highway No. 87 and along said Easterly right of way a distance of 898.89 feet to the point of beginning, thence leaving said right of way South 89 degrees 32’ 41” east 425.41 feet, thence North 00 degree 38’ 07” East, 401.9 feet, more or less, to the North line of said SW 1/4 of NW 1/4, thence Westerly along said North line 441.73 feet, more or less to said Easterly right of way of STATE Highway No. 87, thence South 01 degree 41’ 22” East along said Easterly right of way 402.2 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning, containing four acres, more or less, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1976 State Road 87, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 020-007570001. Dated this 14th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 274397

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Monthly Board Meeting Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall


Virgil Hansen, Clerk


(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HARRIS N.A., f/k/a COMMUNITY BANK GROUP, f/k/a FORTRESS BANK, Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS J. NEWBERG, TERRY J. NEWBERGHACKETT, JANE DOE SPOUSE, Unknown spouse of DOUGLAS J. NEWBERG and BONE LAKE OWNERS ASSOCIATION Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SHERIFF SALE Case No. 11-CV-104 Case Code 30404 By virtue of and pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure made in the above-entitled action, and the order of the court dated on the 24th day of May, 2011, I will sell at public auction in the foyer of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on the 30th day of August, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., all of the following described premises, to-wit: Lot Three (3) of the Polk County Plat of Bone Lake Acres recorded at the Office of the Polk County Register of Deeds on March 16, 2005, in Envelope 306A of Plats as Document No. 695822. Said Plat being located in Government Lot Three (3) and the Northeast One-quarter (1/4) of the Northeast One-quarter (1/4) of Section Thirty-one (31) and the Southeast One-quarter (1/4) of the Southeast Onequarter (1/4) and the Southwest One-quarter (1/4) of the Southeast One-quarter (1/4) of Section Thirty (30), Township Thirty-six (36) North, Range Sixteen (16) West, Town of Bone Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: Vacant Land. PARCEL ID#: 012 00767 0300. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: 10% of amount bid by cash or certified check. Balance of purchase price must be paid within ten (10) days after confirmation of the sale. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 7th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County This property is sold “as is” subject to all legal encumbrances and any outstanding and accruing real estate taxes, special assessments, and penalties and interest, if any. Purchaser will be required to pay all transfer and recording fees and, if desired, the cost of title evidence. Prepared by: Matthew J. Krawczyk SBN 1064349 Krawczyk, Duginski & Rohr, S.C. 16650 West Bluemound Road, Suite 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 827-5800 Krawczyk, Duginski & Rohr, S.C., is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a discharge in bankruptcy of the underlying debt, this communication should not be construed as an attempt to hold you personally liable for the debt.


Apply In Person Only

Mon., Aug. 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Milltown Fire Hall



Plan Committee Meeting

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Front Desk

Notice is hereby given; that a Special Town Meeting of the Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wis., will be held at the Eureka Town Hall on Aug. 23, 2011, at 6 p.m., for the purpose of information on possible uses of Town funds, possible decision of equipment purchase, or purchase of New Town Hall. 542782 51-52L 41-42a,d

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Notices/Employment Opportunities

(Aug. 10, 17, 24) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE NAME CHANGE OF ELIZABETH BRETT COLLINS By: (Petitioner) Elizabeth Brett Collins Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Elizabeth Brett Collins To: Elizabeth Brett CollinsHansen Birth Certificate: Elizabeth Brett Collins IT IS ORDERED THAT: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin, Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, September 7, 2011, 4 p.m. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge August 2, 2011


Notices/Employment Opportunities

PUBLIC NOTICE is given to all persons in the Village of Luck that the Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on August 22, 2011, at 6 p.m., at the Luck Village Hall, 401 Main St., to solicit comments on proposed floodplain (zoning ordinance and/or map) revisions that are required by state and federal law. These revisions govern development in mapped fllodplain areas. The proposed (ordinance/map) revisions are on file in the office of the Village Administrator. The proposed regulations are intended to protect life, health and property in flloodplain areas and will govern uses permitted in mapped floodplains. Activities such as dredging, filling, excavation and construction of buildings are generally allowed, but may be restricted according to which flood zone the property is in. A copy of the proposed ordinance will be on file and open for public inspection in the office of the Village Administrator for a period of two weeks prior to this public hearing. All persons interested are invited to attend this hearing and be heard. Written comments may be submitted to: Zoning Administrator, P.O. Box 315, Luck, WI 54853. 542552 50-51L WNAXLP

STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS A. NEIDERMIRE and LORI A. NEIDERMIRE, husband and wife and THE RIVERBANK Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-445 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 20, 2010, in the amount of $297,109.97, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 28, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A Parcel of Land in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township ThirtyThree (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, in Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Southeast Quarter; thence South along the West Line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 OF SW1/4), 345.0 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence

due South 165.0 feet; thence due West 264.0 feet to the said West Line of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 OF SW1/4); thence North along said West Line 165.0 feet to the Point of Beginning, Excepting the right of way of the Town Road Extending along the said West Line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); AND A Parcel of Land in the SouthEast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), TownShip Thirty-Three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of said Southeast Quarter thence South along West Line of said Southeast Quarter 510 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence due South approximately 30 feet to the Border of Private Road as it is presently travelled; thence West along North Border of said Road 264.0 feet to the West Line of Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); thence North along said West Line to the Point of Beginning; Excepting the right of way of the Town Road Extending along said West Line of said SouthEast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); being approximately 0.18 acres. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 916 248th St., Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01029-0000 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

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(Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14)

POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 9 a.m. Shoreview Apartments, Balsam Lake

Agenda: I. Call to Order. II. Minutes. III. Financial Reports. IV. Operations Report. V. Unfinished Business: A. CDBG. 542779 51L VI. New Business. VII. Adjourn




Agenda: Clerk’s minutes, treasurer’s report, update on town leases, discuss del. tax/license nonrenewal ordinance, citizen concerns, Board discuss/decision regarding town forest proposals, Board vote on closing Main Street Sat., Aug. 20, for Cushing Fun Days, Board discuss/decision regarding annual Class A & Class B beer license fees, approve operator licenses, road maintenance report, discuss employee cell phone use policy, set September agenda, pay bills and adjournment. Julie Peterson, Clerk 543060 51L 41a

(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff vs. DAVID L. DRINKWINE, BRENDA L. DRINKWINE, Defendants. Case No. 11CV38 Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a Judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on June 30, 2011, in the amount of $277,437.08, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 7th day of September, 2011, at 10 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of CSM #3324, recorded in Volume 15 of CSM, on page 91, as Document #610025 located in part of the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 26, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin, except land deeded to Polk County, Wisconsin, in Volume 217 of records on page 344 as Document #293053. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 707 130th Street, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 7th day of July, 2011. /s/ Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

HELP WANTED Cushing Now Hiring Part-Time Sales Associate

This position includes afternoons, evenings and weekends. Must 543081 51Ltfc 41atfc be 18, apply in person at the store. EOE


The responsibility of this position is to manage and supervise the Burnett County Health/Human Services Department Unit which provides a broad range of mental health, alcohol and other drug, and community support services to children, adolescents and adults. Requires Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in County Human Services and a minimum of 3 years’ supervisory experience preferred. Mental Health crisis intervention experience preferred. Eligible to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin in one of the following: LCSW, LMFT, CSW. Valid driver’s license and access to private transportation for work related purposes. Salary Range: $27.14 - $31.02 per hour plus excellent fringe benefits. For further information and application material contact the Burnett County Administration/Human Resources Office, Burnett County Government Center - Room #190, 7410 County Road K, #116, Siren, WI 54872 ( or Phone: 715-349-2181, Fax: 715-349-2180). Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2011. 542636 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 50-51L 40a,b,c


• Line Cook • Prep Cook • Deli Staff • Beverage Bar Wait Staff • Beverage Manager • Valet Staff • Hotel Desk Clerk

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The Monthly Town Board Meeting Will Be Held Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, At The Cushing Community Center, At 7 p.m.

(August 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Osceola Villas I Croix Management P.O. Box 236 412 Bench Street Taylors Falls, MN 55084 Plaintiff vs. Wanda Olson 292 Zindaus Street #10 Osceola, WI 54020 Defendant Small Claims Publication Summons And Notice Case No. 11 SC 574 Publication Summons And Notice Of Filing TO THE PERSON(S) NAMED ABOVE AS DEFENDANT(S): You are being sued by the person(s) named above as Plaintiff(s). A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. The lawsuit will be heard in the following Small Claims Court: Polk County Justice Center, 715-485-9299, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, Balsam Lake, WI 54810, on the following date and time: August 29, 2011, 1:30 p.m. If you do not attend the hearing, the court may enter a judgment against you in favor of the person(s) suing you. A copy of the claim has been sent to you at your address as stated in the caption above. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. You may have the option to answer without appearing in court on the court date by filing a written answer with the clerk of court before the court date. You must send a copy of your answer to the plaintiff(s) named above at their address. You may contact the clerk of court at the telephone number above to determine if there are other methods to answer a Small Claims complaint in that county. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call 715-485-9299. Jackie K. Campbell Plaintiff/Attorney 651-465-6841 July 25, 2011



(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. AS SERVICER FOR DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006HE6, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-HE6 Plaintiff vs. MELISSA C. KRUGER, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 46 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 28, 2010, in the amount of $125,407.82, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: August 31, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 12 of Block 2 of Horsmann’s First Addition to Village of Dresser, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 379 Horsmann Avenue South, Dresser, WI 54009. TAX KEY NO.: 116-00241-0000. Dated this 7th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Christina E. Demakopoulos State Bar #1066197 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 273940


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that during its regular business meeting on August 11, 2011, 7 p.m. the Town Board will hold a hearing on the proposed Amendment to ATV Ordinance #10 for additional ATV routes as per Town of Luck ATV route map and/or DNR-approved signage. Lloyd Nelson, Clerk 542691 50-51L 40a WNAXLP

(July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, L.P. Plaintiff vs. MARC R. COCHERELL, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 10 CV 63 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on April 26, 2010, in the amount of $121,427.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: September 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map No. 1186, recorded in Volume 6 of Certified Survey Maps, on Page 2, as Document No. 449416, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 22, Township 35 North, Range 17 West, Town of Milltown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2036 150th Street, Milltown, WI 54858. TAX KEY NO.: 040-00596-0000. Dated this 7th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Chaz M. Rodriguez State Bar #1063071 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 273936

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Luck Town Board Notice Public Hearing Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Saturday, August 13, 2011, 9 a.m. Wilkins Resort, Bone Lake

Agenda: 1. Call meeting to order and introductions of commissioners and guests. - Robert E. Murphy, Chairman 2. Reading and approval of minutes - Wayne Liepke, Secretary 3. Treasurer’s Report - Phil Foster, Treasurer 4. Election of Commissioners a. Report of Nominating Committee - Tim Laughlin b. Appointment of Tellers - Chairman c. Election by ballot 5. Committee Reports - Comprehensive Lake Management Plan - Phil Foster Chair/Cheryl Clemens - Consultant a. SUB-Committee Reports 1. Waterfront Runoff - Alex Chorewycz 2. Fisheries - Wayne Liepke 3. Wildlife and Natural Beauty - Karen Engelbretson 4. Evaluation and Studies - Bob Boyd 5. Water Shed - Ann Miller b. Aquatic Plant Management Plan - Bob Boyd, Chair c. Boat Safety and Buoys - Dick Boss, Chair d. Communications Committee - Newsletter & Web site - Bob Boyd, Chair e. Social Committee - Boat Parade & Social Functions Sue Schnarr, Chair f. Fireworks - Bob Boyd, Chair 6. Recognition of Volunteers 7. Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012 8. Bone Lake Township - Wayne Shirley 9. Georgetown Township - Ron Ogren 10. Polk County - Brian Masters 11. Audit of Books 2011 - Frank Schlick 12. Old Business 13. New Business 14. Adjournment *Commissioners meeting following adjournment of annual 542695 50-51L meeting to elect officers for the upcoming year.*


NOTICE OF FREDERIC SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING Monday, August 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Frederic 6 - 12 School, Library

1. Call to order 2. Opening ceremonies A. Approve agenda B. Welcoming remarks C. Audience to visitors and delegations 3. Reports of officers A. Minutes from previous meetings B. Invoices and receipts C. 2010 - 11 budget D. Board member reports/Governance 4. Reports of the administration A. Superintendent B. High School Principal C. Elementary Principal D. Buildings and Grounds E. Food Service 5. Unfinished Business A. Budget 2011 - 12 B. Resolution for the chiller: updated 6. New Business A. Personnel B. Contracts C. Resolution to Establish a Public Depository D. Resolution to Establish Short-term Borrowing E. School Forest F. Act 10 Grievance Procedure Review G. Hepatitis B Control Plan H. Employee Policy Book 7. Closed Session: Wisconsin statutes: 19.85 (1) (c)(f)(i): Personnel contracts 8. Business as a result of closed session 9. Adjourn 543180 51L

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Polk County Government Center 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake, WI County Boardroom Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:30 p.m. Regular Business Meeting

Pursuant to s.70.45, Wis. Stats., the assessment roll for the 2011 assessment year will be open for examination at the following time: Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Cushing Community Center.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Sterling of Polk County shall hold its first meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: - No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. - After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. - No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. - When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate. - No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. - The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone. Respectfully submitted, 543058 51L 41a Town of Sterling - Julie Peterson, Clerk

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Call to Order Evidence of Proper Notice Roll Call Consent Agenda: • Adoption of the Noticed Agenda • Confirmation of the Accuracy of the Minutes of the July 19, 2011, County Board Meeting • Approval of Minutes from the Special Session held August 2, 2011 Prayer: Supvr. Luke Pledge of Allegiance Public Comments Presentations: • Information Technology Demonstration, Todd Demers, Director Chairman’s Report - Notice of Public Hearing for Final Supervisory Plan Administrator’s Report Committee/Board Reports • Highway - Supvr. Caspersen • Finance - Supvr. Bergstrom • Personnel - Supvr. Arcand • Property, Forestry & Recreation - Supvr. Jepsen • Extension, Land & Water, Lime - Supvr. D. Johansen • Public Protection - Supvr. Luke • Land Information - Supvr. O’Connell • Human Services Board - Supvr. Stroebel • Boards of Health & Aging - Supvr. Schmidt • GAM Board, Renewable Energy/Energy Independence Team - Supvr. Kienholz • Organization - Supvr. Brown • Transition - Supvr. Hartung Resolutions/Ordinances: A. Resolution to Repeal and Recreate the Polk County Floodplain Zoning Ordinance B. Resolution to Add Ordinances to Polk County’s Uniform Citation Ordinance C. Ordinance to Limit Amount Allowed for Claims for Damages by Dogs to Certain Domestic Animals (Wisconsin Statute 174.11(5) D. Resolution to Authorize Autopsy Services Contract between Polk County Medical Examiner and Anoka County (MN) Medical Examiner E. Resolution to Authorize Purchase of Clinical Documentation Software for Polk County Health Department F. Resolution to Adopt Master Fee Schedule for 2012 Budget Proposal Supervisor’s Reports Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public according to Wisconsin State Statute 19.83. Persons with disabilities wishing to attend and/or participate are asked to notify the County Clerk’s office (715-485-9226) at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time so all reasonable accommodations can be made. 543101 51L 41a,d

There is an immediate opening for a varsity high school assistant football coach. This is a paid position. Football practice has begun and we are looking to fill this position immediately. Interested parties please contact Scott Johnson, 24022 Fourth Avenue, Siren, WI 54872, 715-349-2277 extension 400, or e-mail: 543099 51L


LPN - Part Time (.6) Benefit qualifying position 10:30 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. Deadline to apply: Aug. 12, 2011 CNAs - Part Time 6:30 - 2:30 a.m. 2:30 - 9/10:30 p.m. Deadline to apply: Aug. 25, 2011 Laundry Aide - Limited Part time With casual housekeeping Deadline to apply: Aug. 29, 2011

$19.89/hr. plus $1 shift differential

$12.92/hr. $13.32/hr. $11.02/hr.

YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete job description & qualifications, please visit our Web site at, Employee Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk County Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI, 715-485-9176 or GAM, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI, 715-268-7107. AA/EEOC 543122 51L (July 27, Aug. 3, 10) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Ashley Raquel Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 477 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Ashley Raquel Hankel To: Ashley Katrina Hankel Birth Certificate: Ashley Raquel Hankel In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Brittany Marie Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 478 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Brittany Marie Hankel To: Brittany Faith Hankel Birth Certificate: Brittany Marie Hankel In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Alysa May Hankel By Petitioner: Todd Daryl Hankel By Co-Petitioner: Mary Louise Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 479 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Alysa May Hankel To: Alysa Kristina Hankel Birth Certificate: Alysa May Hankel In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Joshua Anthony Hankel By Petitioner: Todd Daryl Hankel By Co-Petitioner: Mary Louise Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 480 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Joshua Anthony Hankel To: Joshua Todd Hankel Birth Certificate: Joshua Anthony Hankel

In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Megan Rose Hankel By Petitioner: Todd Daryl Hankel By Co-Petitioner: Mary Louise Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 481 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Megan Rose Hankel To: Megan Sue Hankel Birth Certificate: Megan Rose Hankel In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Heather Lynn Hankel By Petitioner: Todd Daryl Hankel By Co-Petitioner: Mary Louise Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 482 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Heather Lynn Hankel To: Heather Louise Hankel Birth Certificate: Heather Lynn Hankel In The Matter Of The Name Change Of: Jenna Lynn Hankel By Petitioner: Todd Daryl Hankel By Co-Petitioner: Mary Louise Hankel Notice and Order For Name Change Hearing Case No. 11 CV 483 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Jenna Lynn Hankel To: Jenna Louise Hankel Birth Certificate: Jenna Lynn Hankel IT IS ORDERED THAT: These petitions will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wis.: Judge Molly E. GaleWyrick, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Sept. 2, 2011, 3:30 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4589299 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Molly E. GaleWyrick Circuit Court Judge July 19, 2011





Notices/Employment Opportunities


Notices/Employment Opportunities


School District of Siren

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that there will be a public informational meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room, Polk County Justice Center, 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., to discuss natural hazard mitigation efforts. Polk County is in the process of updating the County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan which is a prerequisite for certain FEMA grant funding. As part of the plan development process, the County is seeking input regarding the use of various activities to reduce or eliminate natural hazard risks to residents and property. A copy of the draft plan is available for review at the County Emergency Management Office at 1005 W. Main Street in Balsam Lake. County residents are encourage to attend. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Kathy Poirier, Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator at 715-485-9280. Notice is hereby given that members of the County Board may be present at the foregoing meeting to gather information about a subject over which they have decision-making responsibility. This may constitute a meeting of the County Board, pursuant to State ex. rel. Badke v. Greendale Village Bd., 173 Wis. 2d.553, 494 N.W. 2d408 (1993), and must be noticed as such, although these governmental bodies will not take any formal action at this meeting. Kathy Poirier 543014 51-52L Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator


Native American Home School Coordinator (Part-time .65 FTE) Interim Position 2011 - 2012 School Year Only START DATE: August 31, 2011 SALARY: $15.00/hour HOURS: To be determined by District Administrator RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as a liaison for Native American students between the school and home for the purpose of increasing the educational opportunities and accountability for all Native American students. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of high school diploma with preference given to candidates with postsecondary education and/or relevant professional experience. Serve as an advocate for Native American students to promote good attendance and academic success in accordance with the Title VII grant. TO APPLY: Send a letter and resume with three letters of recommendation to: Scott Johnson, District Administrator, School District of Siren, 24022 4th Avenue, Siren, WI 54872. This position will be filled as quickly as 543181 51-52L possible.


The School District of Luck today announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The school district office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free and reduced price meals. FAMILY SIZE INCOME SCALE For Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals Or Milk Family

(Household) Size


Must be at or below figure listed

1 $14,157 2 19,123 3 24,089 4 29,055 5 34,021 6 38,987 7 43,953 8 48,919 For each additional household member, add +4,968

Must be at or between figures listed

$14,157.01 & 19,123.01 & 24,089.01 & 29,055.01 & 34,021.01 & 38,987.01 & 43,953.01 & 48,919.01 &


Must be at or below figure listed

Must be at or between figures listed

$20,147 27,214 34,281 41,348 48,415 55,482 62,549 69,616

$1,180 1,594 2,008 2,422 2,836 3,249 3,663 4,077

$1,180.01 & 1,594.01 & 2,008.01 & 2,422.01 & 2,836.01 & 3,249.01 & 3,663.01 & 4,077.01 &

$1,679 2,268 2,857 3,446 4,035 4,624 5,213 5,802

+4,968 & +7,067


+414 &


Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school (unless notified at the start of the school year that children are eligible through direct certification). Additional copies are available at the office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by agency or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. To obtain free or reduced price meals for children in a household where one or more household members receive FoodShare, FDPIR or Wisconsin Works (W-2) cash benefits, list the household member and the FoodShare, FDPIR or W-2 case number, list the names of all schoolchildren, sign the application and return it to the school office. For the school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals of households not receiving FoodShare, FDPIR or W-2 cash benefits, the household must provide the following information requested on the application: names of all household members and the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application. In lieu of a Social Security number, the household may indicate that the signer does not possess a Social Security number. Also, the income received by each household member must be provided by amount and source (wages, welfare, child support, etc.). Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, Junellyn Anderson will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If the parent/guardian wishes to make a formal appeal, he/she may make a request either orally or in writing to: Rick Palmer, District Administrator, 715-472-2151, Ext. 106. If a hearing is needed to appeal the decision, the policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for reduced price meals or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, and they may reapply at that time. Children formally placed in foster care are also eligible for free meal benefits. Foster children may be certified as eligible without a household application. Households with foster children and nonfoster children may choose to include the foster child as a household member, as well as any personal income available to the foster child, on the same application that includes their nonfoster children. The information provided by the household on the application is confidential. Public Law 103448 limits the release of student free and reduced price school meal eligibility status to persons directly connected with the administration and enforcement of federal or state educational programs. Consent of the parent/guardian is needed for other purposes such as waiver of textbook fees. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free 888-632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 542781 51L WNAXLP Any questions regarding the application should be directed to the determining official.


.82 F.T.E. to Full-Time 5-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher

The following .82 to full-time elementary position is available in the Shell Lake School District: 5-year-old Kindergarten - Shell Lake Elementary School Start Date: 2011-12 school year. This .82 F.T.E. to full-time elementary team-teaching position will start with the 2011/2012 school year. Applicant must hold a prekindergarten to grade-3 license (083) or a prekindergarten to grade-6 license (086) and preferably an early childhood license. Successful applicants will have a dynamic personality with excellent classroom leadership and instructional skills. Applicants will also have excellent classroom management skills and experience with behavioral modification techniques. To apply: Applicants must send the following: • Letter of application • Resume • WI D.P.I. license • Three letters of recommendation • Copy of official transcripts Successful applicant must pass a criminal background check, drug screen and required medical exam. Start Date: August 26, 2011. Application Deadline: August 12, 2011. Submit application materials to: Mr. Jim Connell, District Administrator School District of Shell Lake 542218 271 Hwy. 63 S. 39-40b 50-51r,L Shell Lake, WI 54871 The Shell Lake School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE POLK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Minutes from Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Polk County Government Center County Boardroom Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Chairman Johnson called the special meeting of the Polk County Board of Supervisors to order at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken by the Clerk, with 20 members present. Absent from the meeting were: Supvrs. Rattel, Bergstrom and Christensen. Chairman Johnson declared the presence of a quorum. County Clerk informed the chair that notice of the amended agenda was posted to the county Web site and posted in three public buildings. It did not allow for publishing in the county’s legal paper due to the time constraints of the specially called meeting. Corporation Counsel advised that the amended agenda was posted in conformance with the time provisions of the open meetings law in that the initial agenda was posted more than 24 hours before the meeting and that the amended agenda was posted more than 2 hours before the meeting. Chairman asked for consent to the use of the amended agenda. Corporation Counsel informed the board that because the meeting was a special meeting called pursuant to Section 59.11, the provision of the County Board Rules that requires 10-day advance notice for regular meetings was not applicable, that it was not necessary to suspend the rules in order to accept the amended agenda and that the amended agenda could be adopted as posted. Chairman Johnson identified the added subject matters on the amended agenda as: The Pledge of Allegiance, Approval of Amended Agenda and Public Com-ments. Chairman Johnson declared that the amended agenda was accepted by the consent of the Board. Chairman Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Motion (Sample/Masters) to suspend County Board Rules of Order, Article 4, Rules of Order on Debate, and Article 10, General Item 5, incorporating Roberts Rules of Order, for the purpose to conduct the special meeting, under Article 2, Meetings, which calls for the County Board Chairperson to preserve order and decorum and decide questions of order subject to appeal. Motion to suspend the rules carried by unanimous voice vote. Review and Discussion of Current Debt Load Relative to County Levy. Supvr. Sample addressed the matter and opened it up for discussion. Chairman called for a 12-minute recess at 7:33 p.m. Break. Reconvene at 7:45 p.m. Review and discussion of the Just Completed Audit. Supvr. Masters addressed the matter and opened it up for discussion. Review and Discussion of the Annual Report of the Condition of the County. Supvr. Hartung thanked Administrator Frey for his work on the report and opened the matter up for discussion. Review and Discussion of County Board Priorities. Supvr. Edgell addressed the matter and opened it up for discussion. Time was given for public comments. Items to be included on Future County Board agendas. Consideration of development of a policy for the handling of County Debt was committed to the Finance Committee. Other concerns of reorganizing or consolidating of outside agencies and boards to be addressed by the governing committees which they currently fall under. Motion (Nelson/Voelker) to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned 9:35 p.m. I hereby certify that the attached minutes are a true and correct copy of the County Board Proceedings of the Polk County Board of Supervisor’s Session held on August 2, 2011. 543005 51L Signed: Carole T. Wondra, Polk County Clerk

(Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 BREMER BANK N.A. 855 Eagle Point Blvd. P.O. Box 1000 Lake Elmo, MN 55042, Plaintiff, vs. Patrick T. Rose 313 10th Avenue Clear Lake, WI 54005, and Rebecca C. Tyler-Rose 313 10th Avenue Clear Lake, WI 54005, Defendants. Case No. 09 CV 999 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Code: 30404 By virtue of an pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on March 4, 2010, I will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center in the Village of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, in said Polk County, on September 29, 2011, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., all of the following described mortgaged premises, to-wit: That part of the South Half (S1/2) of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of Section Twenty-eight (28), Township Thirty-two (32), North, Range Fifteen (15) West, described as follows: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 3522 recorded in Volume 16, of CSM, page 35, Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. The above property is located at 313 10th Avenue, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. 4. Property is being sold on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any kind. 5. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of property. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 24th day of July, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin SCHOFIELD, HIGLEY & MAYER, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Bay View Offices, Suite #100 700 Wolske Bay Road Menomonie, WI 54751 715-235-3939

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Area tourism promotion about to get much, much bigger

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - Promoting Northwest Wisconsin is being taken to a whole new level. Local businesses and organizations are invited to take a close-up look at the new Mobile Travel Information Center, coming to 25 towns and cities in the area starting Tuesday, Aug. 16. The information center is an opportunity offered by the Northwest Wisconsin Destination Marketing Organization, which got its start in January 2008, when a group of like-minded tourism promoters and small-business owners met at the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in Spooner. Over the past 3-1/2 years, the group has been responsible for major marketing campaigns promoting Northwest Wisconsin. From monthly event posters to fullpage newspaper advertisements in dozens of newspapers, the NW WI DMO has told the region’s travel story to millions of potential customers. Some area businesses and chambers of commerce use regional sports and travel shows to promote tourism. Greg Vreeland, general manager of the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad says, “These shows during the off-season allow us to have face-to-face contact with tens of thousands of potential customers each winter. They allow us to instantly answer questions and to refine our destination story for each customer. At each show I try to go through all of the booths, which sometimes number over a thousand, to see what types of displays are working, and who from our area is promoting.” By observing potential customer response to the displays of others, he came

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad General Manager and Northwest Wisconsin tourism promoter Greg Vreeland shows a mock-up of the outside graphics for the 2012 NW WI Mobile Travel Information Center. – Photos submitted up with an idea for a massive, joint promotional project. This venture allows local business owners to join together with other local businesses this season to tell residents of the Upper Midwest why they should visit Northwest Wisconsin. This joint venture consists of a full-size semitrailer Mobile Travel Information Center, filled top to bottom with activity panels, displays, visitors guide, attractions map and an online coupon opportunity, all geared to promoting tourism in Northwest Wisconsin. It will travel to regional vacation/sport shows, plus highly attended events throughout the Upper Midwest. The trailer will be at shows in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indi-

anapolis, Fargo, N.D.; and Des Moines, Iowa. Although the details are still being

worked out for a summertime tour, they are planning to attend busy summertime events such as the state fair and Summerfest in Milwaukee, as well as some local festivals. The MoTIC will be making a tour of the area beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to share the opportunity with organizations and small businesses. During the tour, the trailer will be in selected towns and cities for one to two hours with representatives on hand to answer questions regarding this exciting joint marketing project. See schedule below for dates, times and specific locations. Complete information regarding the program is available on the NW WI DMO Web site at or by calling or e-mailing NW WI DMO coordinator, Nancy Herman, at 218-426-0964 or - submitted

Northwest Wisconsin Destination Marketing Organization coordinator Nancy Herman shares the details of the MoTIC project and how it can benefit area businesses and destinations to an audience of over 40 at the kickoff meeting June 23 aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.

Mobile Travel Information Center tour schedule

Greg Vreeland, MoTIC creator, explains the layout of the MoTIC to meeting attendees at the Luck Golf Course on July 28.

Mud fun

Date Tuesday, Aug. 16 Tuesday, Aug. 16 Tuesday, Aug. 16 Tuesday, Aug. 16 Tuesday, Aug. 16

City Cable Iron River Herbster Bayfield Ashland

Time Location 8 – 9 a.m. Cable Community Center 10 – 10:45 a.m. Iron River Community Center 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Herbster Log Gym 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bodin Fisheries 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Wednesday, Aug. 17 Wednesday, Aug. 17 Wednesday, Aug. 17 Wednesday, Aug. 17 Wednesday, Aug. 17

Mellen Hurley Mercer Park Falls Phillips

8 – 9 a.m. 10 – 11 a.m. Noon – 1 p.m. 2 – 3:30 p.m. 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Mellen Community Center Rest area Great Northern Motel American Legion Hall Elk Lake/Lionite Park

Thursday, Aug. 18 Thursday, Aug. 18 Thursday, Aug. 18 Thursday, Aug. 18 Thursday, Aug. 18

Ladysmith Chetek Rice Lake Turtle Lake Amery

8 – 9 a.m. 10:30 – Noon 1 – 3 p.m. 4 – 6 p.m. 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Rusk County Visitor Center Kirkwood’s Market Turtleback Golf Course Northwoods Gifts Soo Line Park

Friday, Aug. 19

St. Croix Falls

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 19 Friday, Aug. 19 Friday, Aug. 19 Friday, Aug. 19

Frederic Grantsburg Siren Danbury

10:15 – 11 a.m. Noon – 1 p.m. 2 – 3:30 p.m. 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Polk County Information Center Soo Line Depot/Museum Crex Convention Center Crooked Lake Park Log Cabin Store & Eatery

Wednesday, Aug. 24 Winter

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24 Hayward Wednesday, Aug. 24 Minong Wednesday, Aug. 24 Solon Springs

Noon – 2 p.m. 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. 4 – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Recent rains didn’t end the outside fun for these youngsters, who took advantage of the mud to create some cool fun. Shown (L to R) are Lucas, Wyatt and Joseph D’Jock. - Photo by Angela D’Jock

Superior 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. DMO Meeting

Winter High School back parking lot Hayward Information Center Stony’s Bar & Grill Solon Springs Mercantile Barker’s Island Marina Ship Store

The MoTIC was on display at the July DMO meeting at the Luck Golf Course on July 28.


Former Mexican exchange student fulfi fillls his dream of coming back to Siren

by Nancy Jappe Leader staff writer SIREN – “It was one of the best years in my life,” Heberto Martinez said when he recalled the year, 1977-1978, that he spent as a Mexican exchange student in Siren. Martinez lived with Laura Olson (now Coyour) and her family for the first month he was here, then spent the rest of the year with Bob and Marge Lee and their family. “I love winter, snow, all the things that go with it,” Martinez continued. He had a chance to go snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, fishing and drilling a hole through the ice to catch fish. “After winter, I saw how everything changed. It was incredible,” he said. One winter day that year wasn’t so easily accepted. The temperature outside in December or January registered a minus 52 degrees. “I didn’t like it,” Martinez said, firmly. “We stayed in the house all day.” “The people I stayed with were very nice. I loved school. All my friends treated me very well,” Martinez went on to say. He mentioned his four closest friends - his best friend Sim Lee, Troy Lidel (the quarterback of the football team), Todd Highstrom and Arthur Beckmark. Beckmark went back to Mexico with Martinez when the school year ended, staying there a month. The two have kept in touch since that time. One special thing Martinez remembers was the jazz band that won the regional championship that year. Three of his friends played in the band and, even though he had never played an instrument before, they gave him one to use. He can describe that instrument but doesn’t remember what it was called. For the past 10 years, Martinez has been talking about his dream of coming back to Siren. He retired two months ago from his construction job, and now was that time. The family flew to Chicago, rented a car and drove to Siren, arriving Sunday, Aug. 7. They will leave Wednesday, Aug. 10, going back to Chicago for four days before

Heberto Martinez and his family, shown on the right - Martinez, his wife Martha Acosta and their children Gisela, 9, and Heberto, 7, along with extended family member/godmother Lorena Villa and her daughter Andrea, 10, made use of rented lake equipment during their four-day visit to Siren this week. Martinez, from Monterrey, Mexico, was an exchange student in 197778. He graduated with the Siren High School Class of 1978, and lived with Bob and Marge Lee and their family on Clear Lake. - Photo by Nancy Jappe heading back to Monterrey. In Chicago, daughter Gisela plans to make good on a promise her parents made to her. If she got good grades in school, she would be able to visit the American Girl doll store in Chicago. Gisela already has one American Girl doll and plans to buy another one in addition

to some accessories. Brother Heberto has no special wishes - he just seemed happy to be along on the trip. Martinez’s wife, Martha Acosta, runs an embroidery business in Monterrey. She and her husband travel frequently to McAllen, Texas, to buy supplies. Martha’s favorite stops in the U.S., because of the

business, are in Hobby Lobby stores. Now that he is retired, Martinez plans to spend time helping her grow the business. The family needed to get a U.\S. visa for the visit in addition to having a Mexican passport. There’s no problem using a Mexican driver’s license. Martinez drives frequently across the border to McAllen, and said he loves to drive in this country. On the family’s first day in Siren, they set out to find Bob and Marge Lee’s house, and were glad to see that they were still in the same house. The visitors spent time that day with the Lees, and went to dinner at a Lee family cabin Tuesday night. On Monday, they spent time swimming and playing at Crooked Lake Park and in the pool at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, the motel at which they stayed. They drove around to take in all of the town, and ate at Adventures Restaurant. When asked what he found different during this revisit, Martinez mentioned the change in population for the town, as shown on the town sign. “The population was 634 at the time I was here in 1978,” he recalled. “I also see a lot more women in town, two hotels now and lots of movement.” He didn’t get lost during the driving around. “I rented a car with a GPS,” he said, smiling. “We are happy to be here,” he said in summarizing the visit. The family asked at the hotel for a place to rent boating equipment, and was referred to Stoffel’s Shady Oaks Resort, which is where this interview took place. “They are very nice people who treated us very nicely. We were happy to find them,” Martinez commented. “I feel like I have known you other than just meeting you yesterday,” Sharon Stoffel told the family, adding, “I wish you lived here. I am impressed with your language skills.” “Next time we will be renting snowmobiles,” Martinez told her. No rental promise was forthcoming there. “We will be in Mesa (Arizona),” Stoffel responded. • Connect to your community

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Providing the basics Luck grad brings sanitation, and secret money, to the poorest of the poor by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer LUCK – It is a stunning summer day, and Luck High Class of 2002 grad Chase Nelson is sitting in the Cafe Wren coffee shop, just north of his former hometown. His older sister, Aleah, is seated beside him, drinking in the surroundings of a shop they both used to work at as teens. In fact, their parents, Rocky and Carla Nelson, once owned the little coffeehouse, called Blarney & Beans, back then. The Nelson siblings are taking in the revised surroundings with the newness of returning visitors, commenting on subtle changes in layout, trim and even the expanded kitchen, menu and rest rooms. “This place looks amazing!” Chase said with raised eyebrows, noting the artwork and improvements since he last sat down as a customer. Aleah Nelson, herself an accomplished wildlife biologist in remote Alaska, is excited to get a tour and a fresh shot of java, while Chase tells of his adventures since graduating from Luck almost a decade ago. His are no ordinary adventures - as they involve charity, engineering, skills, patience, language and cultural barriers, and yes, sneaking money through customs to make it all happen. Chase drinks the hot Wren-blend java with the delicate touch of someone drinking a rare wine. Like the little coffee shop on Hwy. 35, much of what we take for granted here in rural Wisconsin has become a sort of novelty for the former Cardinal siblings in their digs of remote Alaska. Since graduating from Michigan Tech in 2007, Chase now works for Dowl Engineering outside Anchorage, building and designing water and sewer systems in

Siblings Chase and Aleah Nelson may now reside in remote Alaska, but they still appreciate a sunny Wisconsin day ... and a little Third World improvement. – Photo by Greg Marsten some of the most remote, truly rural parts of North America - fighting with a brutally cold environment, general distrust of outsiders and a lack of funding to bring America’s last state into the modern world of infrastructure. While that challenge is interesting enough, the once quiet Luck grad has not only made a career in environmental engineering in some of the most punishing environments of rural Alaska, he has decided to take his talents to some of the most impoverished areas of South America and Africa, bringing them kicking and screaming into the 20th century. And he does that for fun, on his own

Chase Nelson is pictured with Banze, one of his co-workers in Guatemala. Banze is from Kenya, and the two have worked together on various projects in both Central America and in Africa.

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time and dime. “There’s definitely some overlap,” he admitted with a nod, noting how there are “lots of similarities” between a remote Alaskan village and impoverished, Third World settlements. He said that parts of Alaska are “at least 30 to 40 years behind” when it comes to infrastructure. Between permafrost, extreme climate and “a lack of ownership” in some of the projects, the challenges seem to dovetail between “The Last Frontier” of Alaska and the harsh and overburdened environments in Haiti,

Guatemala or Malawi, where he has spent as much as nine weeks a year helping to create safe drinking water, septic systems and more. Chase has been involved with an organization called the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, doing engineering work in Haiti, Bolivia and mainly in remote Guatemala, where he spent well over a year shortly after graduating from Michigan Tech. He was mainly doing design and developmental work on everything from water and sewer development to road and energy work, where they constructed water treatment facilities and an innovative biodigester, meant to convert animal waste into natural gas for cooking. His work with AIDG follows a solid mission, that the basics of poverty generally come down to the reality that one in three people on Earth, or roughly 2 billion people, don’t have the most basic services like electricity, sanitation or clean drinking water. AIDG is hoping to help overcome that brutal reality, helping to break the cycle of poverty in developing countries. “Funding is always a struggle,” Chase said. “Oftentimes, the clients have great plans, but can’t come up with the money,” he said of the projects, which have not only tested his talents, work ethic and will, but frankly, his stomach. “The reality is that if you do this kind of work, you will end up getting sick,” he said with a laugh - gingerly taking a bite of his pastry. Nelson’s older sister, Aleah, concurred, telling of a “working vacation” she took to visit her brother in Guatemala, and how illness becomes a reality of the region and also shows the importance of the work they do. “I made sure to put her to work!” Chase said, with Aleah laughing and then gri-

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Chase Nelson is seen here on a construction site in La Florida, Guatemala. The Engineers Without Borders team he works with is constructing a biodigestor for the conversion of animal waste into natural gas for cooking. – Photos submitted unless otherwise noted


Sanitation/from page 1 macing slightly from some of the Guatemalan memories. The type of work Chase does runs the gamut from designing water and sewer treatment systems to making concrete, coordinating with local contractors, even making sure that local residents have “ownership” in a project by not only understanding how it works, but by knowing how to fix it, maintain it and ultimately, maybe teaching and repeating that knowledge to their neighbors or kids. But most recently, Chase has been involved with the group Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit, donation-based, worldwide organization with over 13,000 members, meant to bring modern sanitation to the most remote and often unsanitary parts of the world. He has been working on a two-yearlong, massive drinking water project in Malawi, in southeastern Africa, known as literally one of the least developed nations on Earth. Chase has been front and center on a project at the Malawi Children’s Village, where they are using modern engineering to convert the raw, tainted waters of Lake Malawi into 50,000 liters of potable water daily - enough for 500 kids. “About 60 to 70 percent of the kids have diarrhea, almost all the time,” he said, noting how the MCV residents try to boil their water, but that overpopulation has led to massive deforestation, which means no fuel for fires, which means stinky, tainted water and a lifetime of diseases, shortened life expectancies and infant mortality issues, and eventually, a general vulnerability to violence, political uprising, regional instability and more. “There’s definitely a diplomacy aspect to this,” he admitted. “They don’t have much experience with Americans, so like it or not, you’re a diplomat for the West!” While he admits to being in some of the most unsavory and unstable parts of the world, he said the media often overplays general Third World dangers, and said it is not unusual to walk through notorious areas at night with no problem. He even waxes on the charms of Malawi and East Africa, admitting that while the land is taxed beyond capacity, the region is incredibly beautiful. “I’ll admit it, I don’t go to places there isn’t some sort of social benefit!” he joked, noting that when family or friends visit, they rarely take off on tours or safaris. “Naw, like I said with Aleah, I put ‘em to work!” He is used to the hard work of the EWB and must know every aspects of a project, where he is often the planner, contractor, teacher and more. “I’ve mixed a lot of concrete!” he joked, noting that while Westerners often look at the Third World as untalented and hopeless, they are often just the opposite: knowing, willing and wishing they could do all the projects themselves, but that reality strikes in weird, seemingly unfair ways. He said locals often try to stretch what few dollars they have to the point

Without a water treatment system, kids at the Malawi Children’s Village can expect to spend over half their lives with water-borne illnesses, including diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders. that they end up with unstable, vulnerable systems. From experience, he tells of being in some of the most devastated parts of the world, like in Haiti, Guatemala and Malawi, where natural disasters like earthquakes, drought, storms and landslides have routinely tested what little infrastructure that already existed. And he thinks much of the damage “was totally avoidable.” “It’s all about cheap concrete,” he said confidently, sitting up straight and draining the steaming Highlander Grog. “Concrete mix is expensive, so they try to stretch it and dilute it, making it about one-tenth as strong as needed.” Over the years, he has made a point of sharing techniques for making their concrete stronger, while using as little of the materials as possible. Money issues ring through all EWB projects and are truly striking home at the MCV project, where the $85,000 water filtration system is likely to stop short of completion this fall, unless they somehow come up with another $25,000 in funds. While he is wary about finding the money to finish the water system, he is admittedly excited about seeing it to fruition. “It really is awesome to see it all come together!” he shined, getting a coffee refill and telling of his next trip back to East Africa in September and October, if his employer grants him leave. “They’ve been really good about it so far.” Besides the obvious lack of cash, some of the other major obstacles of infrastructure advancement in some parts of the

Chase Nelson (right) is seen here in front of the Malawi Children’s Village sign this past April. The water treatment project he is now working on is at MCV. Once finished, the treatment system will provide clean drinking water to roughly 500 kids, over 50,000 liters of treated water per day. Pictured (L to R) are: construction foreman Raphael Gwara, MCV Administrator Felix Chirombo and Nelson. He is one of the four engineers on the project.

Third World are basic, and related to cultural and language barriers. He is fairly confident that almost any communication barrier can be overcome with a simple phrase in any tongue: “Just learn to say ‘How do you say this?’ in their language and you’re on the way.” Since he began his Third World adventures, Chase has learned some Creole, is now fluent in Spanish and is getting confident in Chichewa, the common language in Malawi. “It’s been one of my biggest struggles, period,” he admitted. But language barriers are also matched by occasional cultural barriers and a lack of general research or understanding of previous projects, as well as the local history. He told of engineers from Duke University in North Carolina designing and building an amazing, bicycle-powered clothes-washing machine. “It was actually some really cool technology,” he said, noting how the engineering students were rightfully very proud of the devices and turned them over to a local African village as part of an EWB project. “Within a month, the bike-powered washers were all bashed and destroyed,” he said, noting how the women of the village “had rebelled against the machines,” as it took away a favorite social aspect of their lives: visiting with their neighbors at the lake while they washed clothes. “Cultural sensitivity can be the hardest part for some people. It sometimes doesn’t enter an engineer’s mind!” he said with a sigh.

Similar issues can arise with water treatment, as certain ultrareligious tribes refuse to drink water treated with chlorine, even if the untreated water is killing their tribe or making them deathly ill. “You have to understand the project around you and the history of where you are,” he said with a nod. “It’s pretty basic.” While Chase has been involved in all aspects of Third World engineering and diplomacy, it seems, he also had to hone his ability to be as stealthy and discreet as possible, at times. He has had to be a middleman of sorts, sometimes being the person who literally brings funds from the EWB branches in America to remote, often penniless locations. Yes, he often has to sneak money into countries and is not afraid to admit it. He tells of being in muggy, 95-degree junglelike conditions, going through foreign customs patrols and agents while wearing a wraparound, wool “chest wallet” of sorts, often with earmarked payment money, up to $10,000 in U.S. dollars, which is the maximum without a legal declaration. “You don’t dare take the thing off,” he said quietly, as though a foreign agent may be listening. “Everyone has underwear with money pockets.” The reason for the discreet cash is simple: Extreme poverty breeds temptation, even among the most ethical officials, meaning if one person knows of your stash, “they all know about it.” It is a risk he takes carefully, admitting to “getting ripped off” on occasion in negotiations, but never being held up, mugged or assaulted. “Besides, he’s a giant down there!” his sister Aleah pipes in, noting that while her brother is a seemingly normal-sized fella in Wisconsin, he is fully a foot taller than many of the Third World residents he works beside overseas. Chase does a quick Godzilla impression, standing up and pretending to stomp on tiny buildings on the floor of the Cafe Wre, before busting into a chortle. “I’m not that tall!“ he jokes with his sister, finishing the last bite of his pastry. “But yeah, it is kind of cool towering over them.” Maybe he only seems a lot taller now. ••• In a correspondence just hours before press time, Chase Nelson noted the recent economic turmoil in world markets, as well as political unrest in East Africa, that have left the Malawi Children’s Village water treatment effort in true jeopardy. He asked desperately for donations of all sizes to complete the EWB project. “It leaves us in a tight spot, with about a $25,000 budget shortfall,” he said, noting that the easiest way to donate would be write a check to EWB-SCA [Engineers Without Borders - South Central Alaska Chapter] and mail to: EWB-SCA, c/o Chase Nelson, P.O. Box 242104, Anchorage, AK 99524.

These are several of the water tank towers at the Malawi Children’s Village. – Photos submitted


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Pie at the Soo Line Depot, Aug. 20 FREDERIC – The Frederic Area Historical Society will be serving pie and refreshments at the 1901 Frederic Soo Line Depot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. The pie social is an annual fundraiser to help with the operation of the Frederic Area Museum. Frederic’s 1901 Soo Line Depot is the last one remaining on the railroad route that stretched from Dresser Junction to Superior. Also on display are railroad tools and memorabilia from a bygone era. Soo Line wide-vision caboose number 137, built in the 1970s, is on display. The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in the fall and has many items on display connected to the history of the Frederic area and the railroad that developed Northwest Wisconsin at the start of the last century. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted. For more information on the Frederic Area Historical Society, how to become a member or volunteer a little time to preserving the history of the area call 715-3274271 or 715-327-4892 or check out the historical society or depot link at - submitted

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Polk County Veterans Service Officer Rick Gates presents Birdie Johnson of Centuria with a long overdue Purple Heart Medal in honor of her late husband, John O. Johnson, for service in World War II. First Lt. Johnson, a B-17 navigator, was downed over Germany, April 11, 1944. John was a German prisoner of war for 14 months. The presentation was made at Adolph Timm American Legion Post 346 in Centuria. – Photo submitted

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of the unfortunate farmer who was persecuted by the troublesome black bear and also by the law. It John W. Ingalls seems that this very large bear was dining on his calves and the farmer took offense at that. The farmer ended the bear’s dinner plans and the DNR took offense at that. I understand both sides of the issue and I sympathize with him. I am not advocating taking the law into our own hands but I suspect I may have probably taken similar action. I have a great respect for the law and those entrusted with the responsibility to enforce the law. I have been involved with a recent issue where I have had an intimate discussion with law enforcement. I explained that I am generally trusting of people and in health care as in many other areas of our lives, a working relationship has to be built on trust and truth. I was somewhat surprised at the response. Contrary to my approach, this individual voiced a clear lack of trust toward anyone. I know of two individuals who, when confronted by angry and intrusive wildlife, took the law into their own hands and attempted to solve the problems at hand. It seems that a squirrel with the skills of a burglar had entered into a screen porch by cutting his way through the screen. Inside he frolicked with reck-

This past weekend was my family reunion. We have one every other year. My mother’s remaining siblings and their children and grandchildren and now (yikes!) greatCarrie Classon grandchildren all assemble to eat a variety of salads involving mayonnaise and drink very weak coffee. On Sunday we go to the church my mother attended as a girl, with the photos of every confirmation class from the past 141 years neatly assembled on the wall. Then we go to the farm. The farm is where my mother grew up with her 10 sisters and brothers. It is the only farm where I have spent any amount of time, which means that every book I have ever read that was set at “the farm” takes place in my mind at this dairy farm. There is the chicken coop and the barn with a haymow filled with hay. Beyond the barn is the Mullin Grove, where the mullins grow, where I read in the tall grass all summer afternoon. My two skinny cousins, boys close to me in age, make forts among the bales and we occasionally find the amputated foot of a chicken the cats have dragged up to devour. The farm has a double-hole outhouse, an apple orchard and a smokehouse made from an old refrigerator. The mud porch is filled with muddy barn boots and galvanized buckets with holes in them, lined with straw, that have been converted into egg-picking baskets. The pantry is filled with flour bins and the kitchen smells of fresh cinnamon rolls laced with cardamon. Grandpa mows between the trees of the orchard and one day he killed a rat with the mower. He told me to go bring it in to show my grandma and I told him I mustn’t touch it because it had germs. But Grandpa said there were no germs on a rat’s tail, so I carefully carried the mutilated rat by the tail into the

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kitchen to show Grandma and my aunts. I can see Grandpa, smiling in the apple orchard, as he listened to the screams coming from the kitchen. All of this is very clear in my mind when I think of “the farm,” and so it is remarkable that none of it is there now. My two skinny boy cousins are now middle-aged men. This past Sunday we went walking down the Mullin Grove, where I always thought the “mullins” grew. It turns out it was a road to the old Mullin farm, now long gone. The 50 dairy cows are gone as well. The barn that held them was burned so as not to create a hazard. The foundation was so thoroughly removed that I could not even locate exactly where it once stood. There are no more chickens. There is no more coop. The apple orchard consists of two remaining trees. There has not been an outhouse for decades and the refrigerator-turned-smokehouse disappeared about the same time, shortly after my grandfather died, when I was still a child. The mud porch was converted into a more spacious kitchen and the pantry became a second bathroom. There are no more flour bins as there is a lot less baking done since my grandmother died, more than 30 years ago. I am filled with a bit of melancholy. But as I walk with my now not-quite-so-skinny cousins, we can still see the barn standing. It remains huge and mysterious. The kitchen still smells like cardamon, the coop is filled with cantankerous chickens and the Mullin Grove is filled with red, sweet mullins. Till next time, —Carrie

Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair, Aug. 18-21 GRANTSBURG – The 134th Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21, in Grantsburg. Thursday is entry day. Entries will be taken starting at 9 a.m. and are to be in place by 6 p.m. All entries need to be preregistered, so pick up your tags and let the fair begin. The horse show, featuring many local riders, will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the horse arena. Horse and riders will partake in games of skill and fun. Come out and cheer on your favorites. Friday is judging day. Judging will take place in all departments, with the exception of dairy, beef and goat showing. Animal judging will start at 8 a.m. and fairhouse judging at 9 a.m. The horse judging will also start at 9 a.m. in the horse arena. All animal showmen are encouraged to check out their judging times, since they will need to be present for the judging process. Friday night the grandstand will play host to the first of two demolition derbies. The crash-‘em-up action of the derby will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday brings the final day of judging. The dairy and beef show will start at 9 a.m., followed by the goat judging at 1 p.m. A tractor show will be held out in the grandstand area. The featured tractor of the show will be the John Deere, but other-colored tractors are invited too. Come out and cheer on your favorite tractors in the annual tractor games. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to check out the tractor display. A concession stand will be open in the area of the tractor show. Also on Saturday, there will be chain saw competition starting at 11 a.m. This is a free to watch and enter comless abandon until he was done vandalizing the property and then decided to move on. Overcome with riotous living, he was disoriented and unable to retrace his steps to freedom. The MD homeowner decided to take the law into his own hands and dispatched the squirrel rather than calling the DNR at great taxpayer expense. I am well acquainted with another homeowner who likewise waged war on these scampering hairballs. As each squirrel met an abrupt end, he would leave them in the snow as a lesson to the others. By spring, numerous squirrels had learned their lessons, or rather failed to learn their lessons. Thinking about squirrels and bears reminds me of an incident that nearly resulted in my taking the law into my own hands. It was a gorgeous fall day a few years ago. I enjoy bow hunting for deer and so I was doing my best imitation of a squirrel as I perched comfortably in a large oak tree near my uncle’s home. Shortly after getting settled, a young buck in a mild state of agitation trotted past. A crashing noise in the woods behind him soon followed. Anticipating the arrival of a trophy, I was surprised to witness a large mother bear and her two rollicking cubs. I enjoyed my view of the animals as they wrestled with each other not 40 feet away. One of the cubs detached himself from the scuffle and walked to my tree. He cautiously sniffed at the

petition. Need time to sit down and enjoy some local talent? The talent show will start at 2 p.m., under the big tent. Come early to get a great seat. The evening grandstand show will feature the tractor and truck pull. The pull is part of a six-county competition. The show will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, the final day of the fair, starts out with the fair parade. The parade starts at the Memory Lake Park area and makes its way to the fairgrounds. The parade will start at 1:30 p.m. For kids, 12 years old and younger, there will be sawdust pile games. The event starts after the parade, then make sure to make your way through the fair house and animal barns because at 4 p.m., everything goes home. The final grandstand show, Sunday evening, features the demolition derby. The derby starts at 6 p.m. K & M Rides and Amusements will provide the entertainment on the midway. There will be two wristband specials, Thursday night 6 until 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Remember, the fair is a free gate and free parking fair; including handicapped spots, so come often and enjoy the last days of summer at the fair in Grantsburg. Hope to see you there. Stay connected to your community.

steps and stretched himself higher. Curiosity got the best of him and he started up the tree. Just 10 feet separated us and I realized that I needed to take action. I decided in my mind that if I was going to frighten him away I needed to do it in a determined manner. I gave my best imitation of a war cry to send the little bear and his mother scampering into the bushes. I failed to take into account that the bear was already one step off of the ground. Little bears, when frightened, tend to climb straight up and that is what he did. Soon we were shaking hands 12 feet off the ground. Unfortunately for me it wasn’t just my hands that were shaking. His mother, the big bear, whirled around and decided to join the fracas. With one bear near my elbow and another threatening to rip my leg off I inched out on a limb. We continued to exchange words. I yelled and she snapped and growled. I could smell her breath as the spit from the snapping jaws flew at me. I threatened her verbally. I couldn’t let go of the tree branch to shoot with my bow and I didn’t think kicking her in the nose with my boot would help especially with my foot still in the boot. Finally when I threatened to call the DNR and have her live trapped, she backed down and headed off through the trees with two rambunctious cubs in tow. The laws were made to protect us and for good reason but maybe in some cases we need understanding, compassion and common sense. None of us are perfect and under the law we are all guilty of something. If we live our lives under the letter of the law it becomes unbearable.


By the time you read this, the recall election should be over, barring recounts, and the endless commercials on Twin Cities television concerning Moore and Harsdorf over. Normally those of us here in Polk and Burnett counties are bombarded with TV advertisements for Minnesota politicians and left in the dark as to whether Wisconsin politicians are terrible or wonderful, and have to make up our own minds. I think it is wonderful that, for a change, Minnesotans are hearing about Wisconsin politicians. I hope they appreciate it as much as Wisconsinites do hearing about Minnesota politics Did you get included in the phone calls plugging candidates? Sometimes I wonder if they slant the calls a little. “Hello Mr. Hanson, I am calling to ask you a question about the election. When you vote next Tuesday are you going to choose the hardworking incumbent who supports balancing the budget or you are going to vote for the challenger, a stooge of the unions who wants to give illegal immigrants free drugs while she takes away your Social Security and guns?” Margo had a great day of syrup sales at the Eureka Farmers Market with her syrup bottle showing off all the Polk County Fair ribbons. She even sold a couple of the local history and local BStory books too, showing the Rambler’s grand champion on his stories. Nothing like a fancy ribbon to encourage sales. We are going to miss selling the next three Fridays – headed to Seattle for a summer vacation. Doc Squirt Harley-Davidson Day in Cushing, last Saturday, was fun. We had our local history books for sale, including the Doc Squirt and Cushing history books, and even managed to convince a few of the Harlerians to buy one or more. I was a little disappointed as I was hoping for a chain fight, or at least a knifing, but everyone was mellow even when the two bursts of rain dampened the outdoor activities. We had plastered downtown with old Cushing posters, of what the town looked like when Doc opened his Harley dealership in 1911. It was nice that Suzy Q’s added a historic touch to their fifth anniversary. If you really want to see something exciting, attend Cushing Fun Days, Saturday, Aug. 20, for the adult soapbox derby. Checkout the scene on facebook at or just search for Cushing soapbox derby on the Internet. I write this column on Sunday and send it to the Leader, so it is never quite up to date. Margo and I are likely halfway to Seattle by the time you read this. We planned to take off on Monday and meander our way out following Hwy. 14 through southern Minnesota, the Laura Ingalls Wilder road. Back when son Scott was 9, we read the Little House books to him over the winter and decided to take our ‘79 Chevrolet

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The heavy money was on the U.S. Bank entry into the 2010 Cushing Adult Soap Box Derby on Fun Days. This year, the third-annual race likely will have a couple dozen entries. It will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, in downtown Cushing, probably the most thrilling and fun summer event in all of the reading area! – Photo from the Cushing Derby Facebook page truck and pickup camper and follow the trail from the Lake Pepin area (“Little House in the Big Woods”) to DeSmet, S.D., (“Little Town on the Prairie”). We stopped at all the tourist stops and had a great time seeing Plum Creek, Walnut Grove and other places mentioned in the books. Most of the stories are along the Hwy. 14 route. At that time, we didn’t know that my own great-great-grandfather lived and was buried a town or so past Walnut Grove on Hwy. 14, Balaton, Minn. Another great-great-grandpa lived near the Wisconsin house in the big woods, so in taking the trip again this year, we have more of a personal connection. The books are about places my own relatives lived at about the same time, and so the experiences are probably quite similar. Balaton is on a large lake out on the prairie and is made quite wonderful by the presence of pelicans. In looking over a trunk of old family letters, I found my great-great-grandma’s recipe for stewed pelican with dumplings: Shoot and dress a pelican, boil him in a large kettle adding vegetables and dumplings, salt to taste. Hope to try it on the trip. Great-great-grandpa is buried on another lake a little south of Balaton, out on the prairie at the Syllerud Lutheran Church on Current Lake. We stop and put a few flowers on his grave whenever we pass through and try another search for his oldest son, Hans Henry, who we think must have lived in the area. Cousin Sally, in Seattle, is gone for a week, so we are house-sitting and then visiting when she returns. She and I share a great-great-grandfather, Olaus Hanson, the fellow buried out on the prairie, and so we are fourth cousins. We met at the Millenium Hanson Family Reunion in 1999. The Hanson family over the last few hundred years has gotten

pretty slack about doing family reunions, but we do try to get one set up every 100 years just to keep in touch. We are thinking about going for every 50 years, as there are some Hansons, born in the early part of a century, that die before the reunion comes along and never get to go to one. A week ago, Stanley Selin and I sold a dozen plus one of our new “Second Book of Stories of the Trade River Valley” at the Trade Lake Mission Church service on behalf of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society financing the books. We gave $2 per book sale to Robert Anderson of Trade Lake who is heading up the project to put a new roof on the church. They need to raise $7,000 to tear off the old roof, put in roof vents and new, better shingles. The church was filled with pictures and information on local history, and as befits a summer service at a mission church, we heard a sermon encouraging us to get right with God. The rains have nearly washed us off the hillside here on the lake. We have had 5 inches in the past week, with several very narrow bands of storms all managing to hit us hard. The few small pumpkins and squash set so far in our garden are sitting in mud most of the time. The scars that first looked like rabbit nibbles on the side turned out to be rudimentary gills as they rapidly evolve to their new climate. Chuck, the fellow across the lake who rents Mom’s and my fields, says some of the sand corn is 10 feet tall, and the soybeans 4 feet, threatening to tip over with their wet feet and the strong winds we have been having. Crops seem headed for record yields.

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sugar maples, crashed over in the backwoods. We are leaving them to the mosquitoes and ticks until the cooler fall weather comes along. Brother Marv had several 125-year-old (yep, I counted the rings) oaks down in his yard, including one poking out a window and damaging the soffet area on his big farmhouse. Brother Everett had many down in the earlier storm up by Grantsburg, so we all have lots of firewood to cut up this fall. After the big wind last Thursday, I noticed the next morning that two of my Hwy. 87 neighbors had each lost a Harsdorf sign, likely taken into the heavens by the storm. Another neighbor with a Moore sign damaged wondered if it was vandalism rather than storms. “Must be a moderate Republican though, as it was only partially torn,” she said. Three neighbors close to each other each had a sign up, the first was just “NO,” the next neighbor had “Moore” and the third had “Harsdorf.” Clever! Hopefully, recall elections will catch on, especially in the summer when just reruns are on TV it spices things up to have politicians attacking each other every five minutes. I cut a few chunks of maple and ironwood from the down trees to take along to Cousin Sally. She is an accomplished wood turner and promises to make Margo a wooden butter mold with a pineapple imprint so Margo’s butter will be glamorous enough to beat the rest of the Hansons at the county fair next year. Sally likes wood with character; burls, odd grains, bird’s-eye maple and such. The odd grains are from adversity; from overcoming disease and disaster and other hardships. Interesting people often come about for the same reasons. Don’t forget to get ready for the River Road Hwy. 87 ramble coming Saturday, Sept. 24. Save garage sales for that weekend and join the sixth-annual fall celebration of the oldest road in Polk and Burnett counties. Mom’s apples are looking good, the pumpkins and squash will need a late fall to get ready, and we are thinking of a garage sale too this year over on Evergreen Avenue. You can contact us at riverroadrambler @ 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round if we happened to turn on our computer and read our e-mail. The trip will be blogged at so you can give advice to Margo if Aunt Lou’s ‘91 Oldsmobile should need some work. After replacing the Olds’ main computer control unit with the new one running Android, the ‘91 car thinks it is 20 years newer!

"Songs for Soldiers" on the program for Saturday's Rockie Lynne concert and foster homes, he was adopted by a couple in North Carolina. After high school, he joined the Army. While stationed at Fort Bragg, he was often found entertaining his fellow servicemen with his acoustic guitar and warm voice during slow times in the mailroom where he was a supervisor. His personal story is said to be one of triumph and the overcoming of hardship.

GRANTSBURG - A special concert will be on stage starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at T-Dawgs Bar & Grill, Grantsburg. Rockie Lynne, a guitarist since the age of 12, will be playing a tribute to soldiers and the troops he visited during a tour of overseas military bases. A cover charge of $10 will apply. Lynne created a special musical album, “Songs For Soldiers.” The decision was made to release the record commercially as a benefit for troop charities. A third of the profits from album sales go directly to help military men and women in need. Lynne was abandoned as an infant, thus the origin of his musical talent is unknown. After several years in orphanages

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Rockie Lynne, a guitarist since the age of 12, will be playing a tribute to soldiers and the troops Saturday, Aug. 13, at T-Dawgs Bar & Grill, Grantsburg. – Photo by Nancy Jappe


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In the year 1998, I published a book called ���Ladies of the Ladies Aid,” introduced during Charles E. Lewis Days, the second weekend in August. Each chapter bears a lady’s name, such as Ida, Ina, Augusta, Hannah, Estelle, etc. When we moved here in the 1950s, I was really taken by those wonderful ladies of the church. They were part of an amazing group. We met twice a month in private homes and the pastor and wife attended, often singing duets with accompaniment, if there was a piano in the house or else a capella. Ida Westlund brought songbooks to every meeting and we sang old-time hymns like “Throw Out the Lifeline” or “Onward Christian Soldiers” or “Shall We Gather at the River?” My own mother died when I was in my early 20s and I think I adopted all of these women as someone special in my life; I felt welcome and accepted. Through the years, we had many projects to bring in a little income. We sold vanilla, dishrags, paring knives and greeting cards. We had apron sales because in those days, women still wore aprons and house dresses. We had a study book and the ladies took turns presenting the lesson. We served lunches at auctions and funerals and on election day at the town hall, located in the reception hall (also a dance hall on occasion or party place). The young people were allowed to play basketball there until it burned down. Allan Staples taught me to drive a car and then turned around and sold me a good used car for $300. Unbelievable. When needed, I picked up Carrie or Emma (or both) and perhaps Hannah, after her Alvan passed away and she needed a ride to church. My mother-in-law, Ina, was the dearest of them all. The books sold fast, as some took six at a time. I included stories of happenings in the church too, and I hope you enjoy the following taken from the book. My Mother’s Dishes After my mother died, my father gave me her best dishes, and I brought them home to Lewis. They made me feel sad, so I stacked them away in a cupboard and never used them. This, in spite of the fact that they are sunny yellow with orange and yellow flowers around the edge. One day, I decided to take them down to the church kitchen. Everyone donated odd cups or extra plates to be used for church suppers. These dishes became real conversation pieces. “Oh, I remember these dishes. They used to come in boxes of Mother’s Oats,” a diner would say, tracing the old-time rural scene with her fingertip. “I used to have plates like this with bluebirds,” says another. “My mother had these white ones with a gold rim,” adds another. “How heavy these old white plates are!” Diners were well-entertained as they sat at tables, waiting for the waitresses to place the serving bowls on the table. Meals were sit-down affairs in those days. No standing in line at a buffet table or counter. Time passed, and one day I was drying dishes in the church kitchen after one of our annual turkey suppers in the fall. I think that was the year I stuffed and baked three 20-pound turkeys; one at home in the electric oven; one in my electric Nesco and one in the gas oven at church. I was getting tired, as were all the other ladies of the Lewis Ladies Aid. As I dried the plate, I looked at its bright yellow surface, and I thought, “My mother’s dish! What are my mother’s dishes doing here?” It’s as if I woke up out of a trance. I thought about that during the night. There was only one thing to do. I had to get those dishes back. So I went through my own kitchen cupboards and picked out dishes that made no emotional impact on me. They would replace the ones I intended to rescue. So I went down to church. We trust each other and every family has a church key, so we are free to come and go. After all, if we can’t trust each other, who can? Carefully and methodically, I set stacks of dishes on the counter and sorted through them. Every time I came across one of Mother’s yellow dishes, I felt a little surge of joy. There! I retrieved all of them. I thought, “I’m sorry, Lord. Please forgive me. I know I gave them, but now I need them back.” After all, I was giving even better dishes to take their place. Mother’s dishes are once again back where they belong. They no longer bring tears. When I cut a piece of pie and lay it on a dessert plate, I smile at it even though it’s showing its age, with checking under the glaze. There’s a lesson here. Anyone in grief should not rush into disposing of family things, however insignificant. Take time to heal. Then carefully consider which articles are dispensable and which ones are not. That was a long time ago. All the hodgepodge dishes are now gone from the church kitchen, sold at one of our many church rummage sales. The Ladies Aid members voted to buy matching china in order to set uniform tables. The round oak tables were sold to an antique dealer. All the dining room tables are the same now, looking much more professional. But sometimes I miss Ina Abrahamzon’s peach lusterware dishes and matching cups, or those carnival glass dessert plates with scalloped edges (once given as premiums at the grocery store) or serving bowls with cabbage roses on iridescent background. My, but they were unique, and they could really initiate reminiscing.

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon A Chance Encounter One day when I was baking cookies in my farm kitchen, I got the message, “Go down to the church right now!” It wasn’t spoken or written. It was simply a very strong urge I tried to resist. “Later,” I told myself. “I’ll go down later.” “Right now,” something told me. “Oh, all right,” and I turned off the oven, still not understanding what this was all about. When I got down to the church, I unlocked the door and looked around. Everything seemed to be ok. Almost immediately, the outside church door opened. “Hello,” someone said. He introduced himself as Jack Hendry, whose grandparents had once lived in Lewis, in the same house where my in-laws now lived. He said, “Oh, I’m glad the church is open. We’re just passing through on our way to Lorain.” He and his wife were interested in the building and I showed them through, upstairs and downstairs, explaining our plans and hopes, pointing out several things that needed repair. We chatted for an hour or so, and said goodbye. It was a pleasant interlude. Before he left, he opened his billfold and counted out several bills in a large denomination. “I want to make a donation,” he said. On behalf of the church members, I thanked him and said, “I’ll put this in an envelope and lay it in the collection plate in your name Sunday morning.” We had reminisced about the house where his grandparents once lived. Pieces of furniture were left when they moved out, and my in-laws, Ina and Karl, used the big, leather overstuffed chair, the Morris chair and other things. We had established a rapport to last a lifetime. He told me that his grandfather was a retired railroad man and every afternoon when the train went through Lewis, he’d go out on the front porch and check his watch to see if the train was on schedule. We shook hands and left the church and I went home to finish baking cookies. Sometimes, when God nudges us, we pay attention. Bats In the Belfry and Elsewhere All old churches have bats in their belfries and sometimes inside the buildings as well. Those little creatures can squeeze through the smallest of holes or cracks. One time I was in the church alone, and opened the door to the downstairs Sunday school room. A bat swooped about the room. I slammed the door shut and went home to find someone to help me. A son came with me and promptly dispatched the bat. I think he opened a basement window so it could fly out. Another time, I stopped to pick up what I thought was an old cleaning rag on the dining room floor. Ugh! It wasn’t! It was, instead, a dead bat, and I got a broom and dustpan and scooped him up and took him outside in back of the church. In those days, we called it “the rough,” as it was never mowed. In those early days, two outside biffies were located there. They were eventually sold or given away when rest rooms were installed in what was once the old coal bin. But the worst experience with church bats happened during a Sunday morning service. I had gone down early to unlock the door, turn on the lights and perhaps sweep the snow off the outside steps. (I can’t remember which.) However, I do remember when I glanced up at the ceiling in the sanctuary and saw something moving inside the big, glass-domed light fixture. I kept looking up, hoping the bat would fly out, and soon others in the congregation were looking too. We watched in horror as it became apparent that a bat was trapped inside and couldn’t get out. It became frantic in its efforts to escape as the bulb got hot. Pastor Ed Zager was well into his sermon and must have wondered why we were all looking heavenward. Was it the power of his message? He couldn’t see what we were seeing. The bat became more and more agitated in his glass prison. I didn’t know what to do. Should I go out in the hall and flick the light switch? While I hesitated, the creature stopped batting himself against the globe and lay quiet, now dead or dying. I was horrified at the overhead drama. Later that week, Sheila Staples volunteered to get one of her students at Siren High School to set up a long ladder and remove the deceased. He wasn’t crazy about climbing that high, but he did it. Sheila has a way of persuading people to volunteer their help. Until next week, Bernice P.S., Remember President Calvin Coolidge slept here at Seven Pines Lodge and fished Knapp Creek in August, 1928.

Do you remember? Compiled by Bernice Abrahamzon

50 Years Ago The annual meeting of Siren Consolidated Schools was held Monday, July 24-The annual meeting of the Frederic School District was held Monday, July 24.The Kiessling-Nelson wedding picture and story were published.-Specials at Route’s, Frederic, included fruit cocktail at five 16-oz. cans for $1, coffee at 2 lbs. for $1.19, wieners at 43¢ per lb., minced ham at 39¢ per lb.-Frederic’s 60th anniversary was coming this year.-The three-day Grantsburg Fair was expected to attract many.-Frederic schools were open on Sept. 5, with faculty roster complete.-A dance was held at the Frederic Recreation with music by Mike Waggoner and the Bops, with Bill Diehl as a special guest and master of ceremonies. The date was July 28 and it was hoped it would attract teenagers.-Beans from Frederic cannery were rushed to Fairmont, Minn., for freezing.-Polk County recorded the fourth traffic fatality of the year so far.-A White Bear firm was low bidder for curb and gutter project in Frederic.-The month of July was warm and dry.-The Public Service Commission authorized an increase in telephone rates.-Remember Paulson Funeral Home and its downtown location?-Coast To Coast Store, operated by Carl and Myrtle Wallin of Frederic, advertised Hoover vacuum cleaners as the best at the best prices.-Peaches were $1.99 a crate at the Co-op Store in Frederic.

40 Years Ago Specials at the Frederic Co-op Super Market included toilet tissue at 12 rolls for $1, cantaloupe at 3 for 88¢, tomato soup at 10¢ a can, dog food nuggets for $2.59 for 25 lbs., and round steak at 89¢ lb.-Many notices of review published for various townships.-A half gallon of assorted flavors sherbet was 89¢ at Gustafson’s-A free aluminum folding chair was given to a customer when he or she banked at Farmers State Bank.-Fidelity State Bank held a 50th reunion at Luck.-The old West Sweden Store, a pioneer business place and post office, burned. It was located where the home of the late Edith Anderson is now located. Only the old chimney still stood.-Bids were opened for the water-sewer project in the village of Frederic.-Ray Rowe was a new associate at Edling Funeral Home.-Kronlund Motors Inc., Spooner, wanted late model used cars from 1966-1970.-Drag races of championship snowmobiles were held at Crooked Mile Snowmobile Track on Sunday, July 18.Specials at Route’s in Frederic included bacon at 39¢ lb., potatoes at six 16-oz. tins for 89¢, whole watermelon was 89¢ and bananas were 10¢ lb.-Specials at the Co-op Store in Frederic, included two dozen large eggs for 78¢, cucumbers or green peppers were 11¢ each, bleach was 39¢ gal., Colby cheese was 88¢ lb., and pancake mix was 49¢ for 3-1/2 lbs.

20 Years Ago The Luck Medical Clinic was closed for the week of July 1 – 7 for staff vacations.-A cook was wanted at Calderwood Lodge, Luck.-Dr. Catherine Miller ran a Human Resources Clinic in Luck.-Robyn Glaim was crowned Miss Milltown.-The River Valley Medical Center at St. Croix Falls took part in an ongoing Lyme study.-Faith Baptist Church had a new building on Hwy. 35 and CTH N in Luck.-Congressman Dave Obey testified in support of two-tier dairy plan.-“The Lion in Winter” was at Festival Theatre.A compost field day was held at the Spooner Experimental Station.-The annual Bone Lake school reunion was held Sunday, July 7 at the Lions Park.Obituaries included Rose Biederman, Smith Champlin, Louise Gwynn, Patricia Lumsden, Lavina Johnson and Kenneth Erickson.-Dave Obey received the Family Leadership Award.-Open house was held for the 50th wedding anniversary of Max and Georgia Carpenter in the Adventist School basement, south of the Carpenters residence, Frederic, on July 7, 1991.-The 50th wedding anniversary of Clarence and Margie Moline was held on June 29, with an open house at their home. Also, Grandpa’s 80th birthday was observed.-A forum on health care was held in Frederic.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hello everyone, Sadie here, and back for another week of YAPpenings! Hope everyone had a great week and didn’t have any flooding from all that rain on Saturday! Maya is funny, she doesn’t much like the wet grass so she’s on her tippytoes when she’s out to go potty. I guess she’ll get used to it, I can’t remember every having that problem. Eli didn’t do too well during the storm, he is still afraid of thunder and now associates rain with it. Mom has to put on her rain slicker and go outside with him. All the puppies have now found homes, as well as Mocha and Paco, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed on the possibility for Muffin. Some nice people adopted some of the kitties too, with Ping and Pong going home on Tuesday, and last week the kittens Eliana and Isaly, went home, as did Shabastin. Isn’t that just great that people are adopting a shelter animal? I’m a shelter animal too and we make great additions to your family. We got five stray dogs, yes I said five, in one day. That was just after the last big storm. Fortunately, three were picked up by the owners and it looks like someone recognized the picture of one of the others so keeping my paws crossed. It’s always so nice when the owners come and claim their pets. I don’t know if anyone remembers beautiful Jessica, but she is back with us. Jessica was returned to us because the owner felt they could not supply

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Arnell Humane Society of Polk County Mandy is a 4-year-old retired ballerina. In her youth, Mandy was known for spins and aerial acrobatics with her dazzling dark silhouette and large expressive eyes that drew the audience in with her intensity. Today, declawed and spayed, Mandy prefers to watch from the sidelines, offering words of encouragement to the young kittens in our care, that they too can perfect their form. She enjoys a quiet perch during all the hoopla of the day and takes the floor when things are quiet. She slowly executes her graceful dance moves, which incorporate jingle balls and catnip toys into her performance. Mandy is waiting for someone who wants a quiet, loving companion with stories to tell. She is a good listener. The East Immanuel Lutheran Church community service group, Hands of Faith, recently donated

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urday, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m. The show is by donation with the proceeds going to the shelter. My human friends are so thoughtful and generous. Mark your calendar as on Saturday, Sept. 10, we will be having another wine-tasting fundraiser at Clover Meadow Winery. So much fun was had the last time, we thought it would be fun to do it again so please join us! Also, Saturday, Sept. 24, is our annual Walk for the Animals in Siren, this is the weekend of Siren’s Harvestfest! I’ll keep you posted as this year we hope to add a 5K run. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France Have a great week everyone! Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time. 715866-4096. License No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too!

time and gardening talents to Arnell Humane Society. They relocated the shelter’s existing overgrown daylily flower beds and replaced them with ornamental shrubs. This simple change has been on the shelter wish list for several years. The project will help animals find new homes by making the shelter an inviting place to visit. Their Hands of Faith made a difference in our community. Four adoptable dogs made the trip to Tractor Supply Co. in St. Croix Falls on Saturday in celebration of their Pet Appreciation Week. Angie, Margo, Lulu and Wendy reveled in the excitement and attention. It was like a day at the circus for them. They met other adoptable pets and plenty of potential adopters. Angie found her new home with a woman and a basset hound. They say opposites attract and to see a compact, chubby pug with a long, drawn-out-droopy basset hound was quite a sight. We wish them the best. Gratitude is extended to pet handlers Linda Menne, Janet Burhop and Kathryn Keinholz. Everyone had a good time. The Arnell Humane Society Walk for the Animals will be Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Seven Lakes Trail in Amery. Pledge sheets are available at the shelter,

local veterinarian clinics and businesses displaying the shelter hike poster. This annual event is a m a j o r fundraiser for our shelter and is a fun day with your dog Mandy for a good cause. Collect $25 or more in pledges and you will receive a shelter hike T-shirt. Door prizes will be given to the top four pledge earners. In addition to the walk, brats, music and sunshine, you will have a chance to create art with your dog. All proceeds from the walk help the animals at the Arnell animal shelter and raise awareness of animals in need. Mark your calendars and join us at the hike. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 715-268-7387 or online:

Lewis Each town holds its own celebration each summer, with a whole slate of events. Those activities make the little town come alive, drawing people into town, adding fun, and yes, a little revenue to the coffers. Lewis is no exception. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is ours. Our town is smaller than it was a few years ago as businesses disappeared. But as the poem goes, “We’re here, we’re here, we’re here.” The Indianhead Advertiser has a full page listing the events. Please save that page and note what activities are included. Comparatively new, the tent revival has been added to Charles E. Lewis Days, with lots of music, singing by groups and individuals, plus speakers. We’ve been searching for a new word instead of revival, as it’s not fire and brimstone, altar call or exhortation. It is, however, often thoughtful, inspirational, moving and very enjoyable. We hope you will come to Lewis to enjoy what we have to offer. The flea market in the back church yard, the silent auction of special items, children’s games, including digging for coins in sawdust and all the entertainment under the tent. Food, of course, and all good things as we await the Little Mr. and Miss Lewis, the parade, and what we hope will be a pleasant, sunny summer day. Do you remember when Bob Nelson had the parade unit of a manure spreader with the sign “We don’t stand behind this product.”



the exercise that she needed and thought it was unfair to her. Jessica would love long walks but also loves to just lie around. She is a shepherd/Lab mix, is about 5 years old and loves other dogs. I have included a picture of her for you to see what a great dog she is! For a cat, Jacob is an awesome young fellow with his good looks and wonderful personality. He is definitely a keeper, so if you’re looking for a great cat, then Jacob’s your guy! He’s a light ginger color and has a pretty good motor! I want to give a big shout-out to Steve at the Yellow River Saloon in Webster. He is kindly donating proceeds from his Friday night meat raffle to our shelter. Thanks Steve, we all appreciate your kindness and to the folks out there, please go visit and participate in the meat drawings. The money is going to a great cause! Another shout-out to Linda Rosen who, with the help of her friend Judy at the Timbers Theater, will be showing a movie called “The Quiet Man” on Sat-

Do you remember when a chicken was obviously pulling a small wagon, but the wagon was motorized and the chicken wasn’t actually pulling anything? It was deceptive. Viewers got upset because it was cruelty to that chicken to make her pull something like that. Do you remember the Elbow Lake kazoo band? We miss them now. From the veterans at the beginning of the parade, to the fire engines at the end, if was fun. Especially if there was a queen float or a band. Everyone loves a parade! When it was too small, it made up for it by going around twice! This year’s parade marshal is Juanita Berg and we’re looking forward to that. She has lived in Lewis for a long time. Pastor Tom Cook has been on a short vacation to Ohio for his wife’s school reunion, etc., but will be here for this weekend’s big events. In his absence, lay speaker Kara Alden gave the message at both Lewis and Siren on Sunday morning. She has completed two years of classes to become a lay preacher. The choir sang a beautiful number. Coffee, juice and cookies were enjoyed after the service. This year’s Charles E. Lewis Days buttons are red and selling fast. This is a project of the whole town. Some nice gifts are on the list, including

Bernice Abrahamzon money. Ethel Lane underwent a second surgery, and after a short stay in the hospital, is now back at the Frederic Nursing and Rehabilitation to recover. Best wishes to her. Carol Bohn found out what she thought was a speck of black dirt on her arm, was actually a wood tick. She is receiving medication to treat Lymes disease. Wishing her well. Dave Goranson’s two cataract surgeries turned out well and he doesn’t have to wear glasses unless he wants to. Good news! Local gardeners are hoping it’s a long, pleasant fall so vegetables will reach maturity, especially root crops. The NW Regional writers have been invited to the home of Stanley Miller of Luck this Friday Aug. 12, for a noon potluck picnic and meeting. Carpool at the Leader office parking lot at 11:30 a.m. in Frederic. Directions are in July minutes. The postal strike in Canada is over and mail can now be delivered there. Shiela Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Olson, Heather and friend, Aaron, spent Friday and Saturday in Hayward and Bayfield, helping Erica Olson celebrate her birthday. Sherry Nelson had the group for birthday cake at her Bayfield home on Saturday afternoon.

Birth announcements Born at St. Croix Regional Medical Center:

A boy, Henry Lee Buberl, born July 20, 2011, to Jessica and Jeremy Buberl, Osceola. Henry weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A boy, Lucas Scott Boesel, born July 20, 2011, to Scott and Jacquelin Boesel, Center City, Minn. Lucas weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. ••• A girl, Aubrey Elizabeth Gartner, born July 21, 2011, to Carolyn Lambert and Louis Gartner, Luck.

Aubrey weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. ••• A boy, Noah Michael Byl, born July 22, 2011, to Sara Byl, Cushing. Noah weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. ••• A boy, Skyler Bruce Shafer, born July 22, 2011, to Amanda and William Shafer, Shell Lake. Skyler weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. ••• A boy, Preston Riley Keopple, born July 24, 2011, to Robert and Amanda Keopple, Dresser. Preston

weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Born at Osceola Medical Center:

A boy, Samuel Scott Henningsgard, born Aug. 2, 2011, to Scott and Shanin Henningsgard, Osceola. Samuel weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. •••

Tuesday was another busy day. It started out with our exercise session at 10 a.m., followed by Skip-Bo. In the afternoon, games were played. Winners in Dominos were Donna Schlosser, Martha Lundstrom and Don Anderson. Winners in 500 cards were Bruce Medchill, Ray Nelson, Bren Nel Ward and DeAnn Richardson. Winners in Hand and Foot were Dottie Adams and Rita Boyle. Thursday, we held our exercise session followed by Skip-Bo. In the evening, 500 cards were played. The winners were Charles Mevissen, Ray Nelson and Chuck Magnison. Friday, Bridge was played in the morning and Bingo in the afternoon. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, we will have our monthly meeting at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. In the afternoon, games will be played as usual. Stop in for a full day by beginning with our exercise at 10 a.m.

Frederic Senior Center Hazel Hoffman

Hi! Here we are meeting with you again this week, hoping everyone had a good healthy week. I suppose I could wish everyone a good “wealthy” week but I think I am further ahead wishing a healthy week. Our monthly meeting was held on Friday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m., with 14 members present. After the meeting we enjoyed an afternoon playing Pokeno. It is really a fun game. It is very easy to learn and we are all willing to teach you. So everyone is welcome to join us for a real fun afternoon. Our weekly schedule is: Spades, Mondays at 1 p.m.; Pokeno, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.; 500, Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.; pool is played on most days in the morning until noon. Last week winners in Spades were first place Arnie Borchert, second place Marlyce Borchert, third place Lorna Erickson and fourth place Norma Nelson. In 500 first place was Larry Anderson, second place Arnie Borchert, third place Mildred Ihrig and fourth place Willis Williams. The good Lord willing, I will join you again next week.

Nature story time at the park ST. CROIX FALLS – Thursday, Aug. 25, is the final week of summer nature story time. Join naturalists Julie Fox and Barb Walker at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for children pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check at the park office upon arrival for the program location within the park. After a fall break, the popular program will resume again in winter from January through March 2012. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. Nature story time is free of charge, but a state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information call Fox or Walker at 715-483-3747. - submitted

Moonlight hike at Straight Lake State Park LUCK – A moonlight hike will be offered at Straight Lake State Park which is located east of Luck. This hike will start at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Come and enjoy a two-mile segment of the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail, where the moon shining on Straight Lake and a chance at a good view of the Perseid Meteor Shower is likely. Meet at the 280th Ice Age Trail parking lot. Take Hwy. 35 north and a right on 280th Ave. The parking lot is on your right just before you get to a left turn on to 130th Street. Shuttles will be available. Contact Wanda Brown 715-483-9469 with questions. - submitted



Williams/Paakkonen Chelsea Williams and Jamie Paakkonen, both of Andover, Minn., are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on Aug. 20 in Carlton, Minn. Chelsea is the daughter of Brian Williams and Christine Williams of Webster. She has attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College and currently is employed at Allina Hospitals/Clinics. Jamie is the son of Howard and Cheryl Paakkonen of Nashwauk, Minn. He has attended Lake Superior College and is currently employed with Agropur, Inc. The couple is planning a reception at Black Bear Casino and plan to honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. submitted

Dewey LaFollette Karen Mangelsen Patty and Mandy Close were guests of their grandparents, Karen and Hank Mangelsen, Sunday through Thursday. Hannah and Grace Mangelsen also stayed Wednesday night. That evening, Karen and Hank and the four girls visited Wayne and Marie Romsos at the Romsos farm. Joleen, Richard and Randi Funk and Nina Hines were supper guests of Lida and Don Nordquist Tuesday. Joleen’s birthday was celebrated. Clam River Tuesday Club met Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the home of Patty Haglin. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Sandy Redding. Hank and Karen Mangelsen visited Nick and Esther Mangelsen Friday at their home in Circle Pines, Minn. They helped Nick celebrate his birthday. On their way home, Karen and Hank called on Doris and Steve Schmidt in Pine City, Minn. Congratulations to Don and Melba Denotter who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday. Chad, Aubrey and Ashley Harrison were weekend guests of Nina and Lawrence Hines. Donna Hines and Don and Lida Nordquist joined other graduates from the Class of 1956 of Siren High School for a mini reunion at the Pour House Saturday evening. Later they went to Frederic for a birthday celebration for their nephew, Jim Pearson, who turned 60. Lawrence and Nina Hines went to the birthday party also. There will be a Doran reunion at the Siren Park on Saturday, Aug. 20, at noon. Beverages, plates, napkins and eating utensils will be provided. Bring a dish to pass and come and enjoy the afternoon.



The bucks come regularly to the salt licks here in bear country. Some are now sporting nice racks, while others have rather odd-looking ones this year. One such buck has a large 6- to 8-inch spike on one side while the other side has four or five points. Could it be something to do with the strange weather we have; one never knows. Hubby has been on the warpath for over a week now. Seems a little red tree rat continues to give him the slip. Hubby doesn’t like those varmints and so he says they must go. This little bugger will sit high in the oaks and chatter at him, then it takes off up the tallest oak in the front yard, chattering at him all the way, and slips into a hole in the tree, leaving the hubby frustrated. Seems he enjoys this game of hide-and-seek more than my hubby does as he repeats the game several times a week. Several Siren classes held their class reunions during this year’s Summerfest. The class of 1956 celebrated their 55-year class reunion at the Pour House over dinner and cocktails, last Saturday evening. Many recalled things they did back in the day. For those of you who knit or crochet for the Siren Lioness/U.S. Bank’s mitten tree, there is a good supply of yarn at the bank to make mittens, hats, slippers or scarves. Stop in and help us decorate the tree. Remember the 134th Burnett County Agriculture Fair is coming up on Thursday, Aug. 18, through

Red Cross bloodmobile coming to area

GRANTSBURG/SIREN - The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the area again starting in Grantsburg Monday, Aug. 22. The bloodmobile will be parked at the village community center from noon to 6 p.m. that day. The next day, Tuesday, Aug. 23, the bloodmobile will move to Siren Covenant Church, setting up for blood collection from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or to get more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood-donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in gen-

Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Grantsburg fairgrounds. Come enjoy the judging and don’t forget the demolition derby on Friday and Sunday and the tractor and truck pull, which is on Saturday, Aug. 20. While there, check on all the 4-H exhibits; the kids do a great job with lots of hard work to get their projects ready for the fair. 4-H gives kids a backbone for things to come, later on in their lives; a great club for all kids. Last Sunday evening, the Siren Methodist Church again enjoyed the music of the Swedish fiddlers, with many from the area attending the concert. Art and Bev Beckmark enjoyed hosting Amanda Berg Knecht and Amanda Cham. Shirley Bloom had Christin Gudmundsson and Helena Skeri at her home, while Miriam Smith enjoyed the director, Margaretha Mattsson, in her home. Emma Kolander hosted Linnea Green, Mimoza Mollakuse and Elina. Two other families on Dunham Lake hosted the other four kids. This group has returned numerous times and enjoyed many happy memories in our a r e a . The memories are because of the great couple, Rudy and Pat Solomson, who open their home and beach for these kids to enjoy. We have had kids three times and each and every time they come knowing of the famous bonfires at the Solomsons home. Rudy, you and Pat have given these kids American memories to last their lifetime. Thank you from them and us.

Borderline news Jan Streiff returned from England where she met up with two friends from Canada and Ireland. They hired a car to take them around, and spent most of their time in the village of Walton on Thames (Julie Andrews’ hometown) exploring this charming place and staying at the Oatlands Park Hotel and the Mitre, a 600-year-old hotel next to Hampton Court, the palace of Henry the VIII. They also had a wonderful stay at a B&B, run by of all things, two Minnesotans. The place is totally organic and the woman a master gourmet chef who uses eggs from free-roaming chickens and veggies and herbs from the kitchen garden. One day they had lunch at the Dorchester Hotel with the famous Brian Sibley of the BBC. That evening they went to the West End to the Garrick Theatre to see the play “Pygmalion,” staring Rupert Everrett and Dame Diana Rigg. They joined other friends to visit Windsor Castle, and then went to Runnymede, the site of the Magna Carta. Jan always wanted to visit the birthplace of modern democracy. Jan celebrated her 68th birthday dining on the banks of the Thames River, after taking a cruise down the river to Kingston. They all decided they should do this again for Jan’s 70th birthday. Fran and Dave Baker spent an enjoyable afternoon at a cabin in Shell Lake recently, where they were guests of Tom Attridge and Katie Carringan from St. Paul. It was a good opportunity for Dave to see many of his former art school classmates. The weather was perfect, the picnic scrumptious, and the conversation lively. Don Schirmer’s commute to work via Hwy. 35 and Marj Braun’s commute via Pine County 32 were both hampered this week due to high water. On July 30, Ron and Sharon Proffit of Blaine picked up Dave and Mary Smedegard from their summer home at Webb Lake. Dave grew up in Blaine at the home that is now Bud Haas’ residence. They traveled to Hayward to celebrate the 50th anniversary of former residents of Danbury, Harry and Marlene Chipman. Harry’s parents owned a grocery store and 17-acre animal farm on what is now the St. Croix Casino land, which was purchased in the late 1970s. They enjoyed pictures of the old store

erally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience. The Red Cross recommends: Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a good breakfast or lunch. Drink extra water and fluids to help replace the volume of blood donated. Avoid caffeinated beverages. Eat iron-rich foods to boost the iron level. - submitted


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and were pleased to see Harry’s mom, Nancy Chipman, now in her 90s, and living in Hayward. Harry’s dad, Marvis, passed away in 2005. On Monday, Aug. 1, Candra Baer returned home to Dairyland after spending five weeks in Montana on a mission project at the Blackfoot Indian Reservation. She stayed on a bison farm. Due to the mountains she went five weeks without a cell phone, the Internet, TV and so forth. She only sent messages when she went into Browning. On Wednesday the Webster football players went to a three-day football camp at Leisure Lake. Besides learning new plays it helped the players bond as a team. Josh Baer and Lance Preston of Dairyland attended. Beth Baer was home from Eau Claire on Friday and Saturday, and helped get things ready for the community vacation Bible school that starts Monday night. Saturday was a workday at the Wesleyan Church to finish clearing the trees that were blown down earlier. They didn’t get much done because they were rained out. Hwy. 35 and several side roads were closed from Dairyland to Superior from Tuesday through Wednesday due to heavy rains that washed out or flooded the roads. Going out to the mailbox this week, I nearly ran over two muskrats swimming down the driveway. We probably have had enough rain.

Stage/Olson Jeff and Joni Stage, Cushing, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Briana Stage, to Jared Olson, son of Scott and Cheryl Olson, Cushing. Their wedding is planned for Sept. 10, 2011, at North Valley Lutheran Church, Milltown. Reception and dance will follow the ceremony at Northwoods Crossing Event Center, Siren. – Photo submitted

News from the Service SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Air Force Airman James R. Mellon graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Trudi Mellon of Luck. Mellon graduated in 2009 from Luck High School. - submitted

Orange Last week the Harmony HCE club had their annual potluck picnic at LaVonne O’Brien’s home on Tuesday. Bob Burford’s daughter, Kathie, from Iowa and Sue and husband from California are visiting their dad. Thursday evening LaVonne O’Brien, Anita, Sharon, Kathleen, Diane Medaglia and Fran Krause enjoyed the Village Players in “Don’t Mention My Name.” Teresa and Amy Childers and LaVonne O’Brien were among those attending a baby shower for Rachel O’Brien at Bob O’Brien’s home on Saturday afternoon. All of the Mark Freeborn family spent the week-


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Molten Lava and Melted Ice, 3 p.m., at the Pothole Trail sign. Join naturalist Barb Walker for a relaxing hike around the Pothole Trail and learn about the “gee-whiz geology” of Interstate Park.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Get outdoors! Family play day, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ice Age Center. Join us for another play day event of fun-filled activities including Tracks, Tracks and More Tracks; nature building; eco-scavenger hunt; and wildcard games. Fun for the entire family! Hike to Horizon Rock, 4:30 p.m. at the Horizon Rock Trail sign near the Ice Age Center. Meet Walker for a short hike to the stone shelter at Horizon Rock – appropriately named because of the incredible view. Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night, 7 p.m., at the Ice Age Center. Owls are among the most successful predators of the night because of their wonderful adaptations. Learn all about them with Naturalist Walker and enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with Aztec, a beautiful South American spectacled owl.

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ralist for a hike up to the peak. Learn the secrets of the peak and see a beautiful view of the St. Croix River Valley. LUCK – Visit the Luck Library ThursIf the River Could Talk... 1:30 p.m., at the Summit Rock Trail sign. Hear some of the fascinating history day, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., and meet the Hartof the St. Croix River Valley on this scenic hike to the less Murderers. This group of four funny mystery writers have been together six summit with Walker. years and sold seven books. Jessie Chandler, Joan Murphy Pride, Brian Landon Monday, Aug. 15 Watchable Wildlife Around Lake O’ the Dalles, 9 and Dennis Anderson will talk about why a.m., at the lake side of the beach house. Join nat- they’ve chosen laughs to go along with uralist Julie Fox for a one-mile hike around Lake O’ crime, what the life of a writer is like and the Dalles. Discover what makes the lake unique what makes a group like Hartless Murderers work. If you’ve got questions, they’ll and watch for signs of the animals that live there. probably talk about that too. Jessie Chandler, granddaughter of the Thursday, Aug. 18 Nature story time, 10 a.m. Join Fox or Walker for late Chris Rasmussen of Luck, grew up in a story and activity chosen especially for children Siren. She published her first book, “Bingo pre-K through kindergarten and their parents. Check Barge Murder,” in May 2011 and less than at the park office upon arrival for the program loca- three months after it was released, it has tion within the park. The final summer nature story sold over 3,000 copies. The 228-page time will be Thursday, Aug. 25. thriller, with a high-energy plot, centers on Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls on Hwy. lesbian character Shay O’Hanlon, who 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy. 8. For more infor- finds herself in humorous capers solving mation call Fox or Walker at 715-483-3747. Visit the a murder mystery while tangling with a Web site at and junkyard dog and bumbling mafioso char“Like” us on Facebook for information and upcoming acters. Chandler’s favorite reads as a child events. were “Nancy Drew” and “The Hardy Boys.” As a preteen she read mystery/adventures, “The Three Investigators” series and “Encyclopedia Brown.” Her mother, June, who kept her wellstocked in adventure novels, was a librarian in the Robbinsdale School District. They later moved to Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Jessie graduated from RobOne of the new programs developed by Johnson is FTCYP, the Festival Theatre binsdale/Cooper High School in 1986. Conservatory for Young Performers. In its After graduating from St. Cloud State, she first year, the program was very success- worked many colorful jobs – from Bingo ful in meeting arts education goals and hall manager to bookseller. In 2006 she enhas helped Festival’s interns learn about tered an Internet writing contest and was what it means to be a mentoring artist challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in while participating youth worked side by one month. She liked writing so much, she side with extraordinary college students. began taking classes at the Loft in MinTo learn more about how charitable giv- neapolis. Her teacher and mentor, Ellen ing supports arts education and the devel- Hart, convinced her to submit her manuopment of programs that build script to publishers. Four years after startcommunity in the central St. Croix Valley, ing “Bingo Barge” and after much contact Festival Theatre at 715-483-3387. - self-editing, Chandler had a contract in hand. Her second book has gone to the from Festival Theatre printers and she is currently working on the third in her Shay O’Hanlon series. Brian Landon, editor of “Why Did Santa Leave a Body?” and author of “The Case of the Unnecessary Sequel” and “A Grand Ol’ Murder,” was born in Minneapolis and soon after moved to Ramsey, Minn. He has always enjoyed writing and in grade school, he circulated his own handwritten newspaper complete with hand-

Bont Chiropractic makes gift to Festival Theatre ST. CROIX FALLS - Festival Theatre received a $1,000 gift from Bont Chiropractic following the Wannigan Days fundraising effort. “We are so blessed to have the enthusiastic commitment from Bont Chiropractic and the whole Bont family,” says Executive Director Danette Olsen. “Our associate artistic director, Jackie Johnson, and our summer artistic company have worked so hard and have done wonderful work. I know that Steve and Anita Bont are big fans of the performances being created by the young professionals on our stage.”

drawn crossword puzzles and cartoons. In that paper, he wrote quite a few articles and short stories that, as it turns out, he claims, were “pretty bad.” But he kept working on it and by High School, he knew he wanted to be a writer. Landon says, “I spent most of college trying to figure out what kind of writer I wanted to be. My first major project was a screenplay called ‘A Rock & Roll Fantasy’ about a scientist who develops a radio so powerful it rips a hole through the space/time continuum, sending him to an ancient jungle full of mythical creatures. The scientist introduces the natives to the music of Styx, Journey, Rush, Black Sabbath, and so on. The music from the radio influences the native beings so strongly, to the point of causing war, meanwhile the scientist simply tries to find his way home. I’m still waiting for the Weinsteins to buy up the screenplay.” Around the same time, David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell burst into popularity, and Landon fell in love with the idea of putting creative twists on small topics in everyday life. While interested in many genres, crime fiction has fascinated him enough to give the modern mystery a try. After reading “Fletch” by Gregory McDonald and then watching the Chevy Chase film, his initial reaction was, “I really like this,” which soon developed into, “I think I can do this,” which quickly became, “I think I can do even better.” He noted the fast pacing, sharp dialogue, numerous twists and turns. “I knew I could take all of those elements and add my own twist. I wanted to create a series that had an element of pop culture. Thus, Doyle Malloy, Specialist in Celebrity Cases, was born.” Landon says, “’A Grand Ol’ Murder’ is Doyle’s first adventure, and I can tell you with certainty that he has many more to come. I really hope you enjoy the first book and take the journey with him.” Joan Murphy Pride is a Minnesota mystery author whose life is a mystery. She is the author of “Double Cross Country, It’s Murder At The Birkebeiner” and co-author of “Not So Fast: A European Grand Tour at a Mid-life Pace.” We can’t find any other information on her or Dennis Anderson, so come to the author talk at the Luck Library on Thursday, Aug. 18, to get the rest of the story. - submitted

Annual twilight garden tour Tuesday, Aug. 23

Jaclyn Johnson, Festival Theatre’s associate artistic director, in celebrating a major gift from Bont Chiropractic. Seated (L to R): Alysse Lensing, Sarah Coppenbarger and Fiona Nieve. Standing: Brita Gallagher, Olivia Main, Marty Craft, Jonathan Nadolny, Sydney Norcross, Bryn Soland, Anna Luepke, Kim Bruan, Noah Neault, Hunter Teasley, Allyce Torres, Anna Lewein, Gabby Khazraeinazmpour and Jaclyn Johnson. - Photo submitted

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SPOONER – The public is invited to attend the annual twilight garden tour at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. until dusk. There will be speakers, demonstration and displays on a wide range of horticulture and gardening topics. UW-Extension plant pathologist Brian Hudelson and UW-Extension fruit and vegetable specialist Brian Smith are invited guests. These specialists along with Kevin Schoessow, Area agriculture agent, and local UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers, will be on hand to lead discussions and answer questions. There will be an introduction of guests and speakers at 5 p.m., followed by short presentations by Hudelson and Smith. Visitors can see over 350 plant selections in the garden this year, both annual and perennial. Favorites include the coldhardy wine and table grapes, heirloom tomatoes, garlic and of course the All American Selections display featuring award-winning annual flowers and vegetables from 2006-2011.


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American Legion District 12 Commander Bob Buhr congratulates the newly elected Burnett County American Legion Council. Adjutant/Finance Officer Mike Martin, Post 185, Grantsburg; Chaplain Harry Patneaude, Post 403, Webb Lake; Sgt. at Arms Charles Lehman, Post 96 Webster; Vice Commander Keith Scherf, Post 403, Webb Lake; and Commander Cora Sower, Post 132, Siren. The purpose of the county council is to foster a spirit of cooperation, communication and support for the area American Legion posts and better serve the county’s veterans. Meetings are held on a quarterly rotational location basis. – Photo submitted

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Participants can also see the “off the grid” drip irrigation system and a hoop house. The demonstration garden is a joint effort between the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, UW-Extension and North Country Master Gardeners Association. The garden is located one-half mile north of Hwy. 70 on Orchard Lane, across from the Sheep Research Facilities at the Spooner Ag Research Station. The research station is located one mile east of Spooner on Hwy. 70. Watch for garden meeting signs. There is no cost to attend this event, however participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, to support local food shelves. Check the station’s Web site for more information and a map: Programs.php or contact Kevin Schoessow at the Spooner Area UW Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914. submitted


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Mussels, pancakes, tea and more Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park will be wrapping up its summer season with a series of events – educational and social (which support the educational purposes) – this month and continuing into the fall season, so this gnome will try and decipher what’s going on there. On Sunday, Aug. 14, the park will host another in a series of special presentations focusing on topics of interest to residents and visitors to the area alike. Titled “Mussels: Hidden Treasures of the St. Croix Riverway,” the program is set to run from 1-2:30 p.m. at the park’s visitors center. As an added bonus, the site will be hosting a pancake breakfast that morning, with serving available from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m., so visitors can satisfy their appetites at the wild rice pancake feed in the morning, then hang around or return for the mussels presentation Sunday afternoon. The mussels (clams) program will be hosted by National Park Service naturalist Joan Jacobowski. As she explains, “Mussels are amazing. I couldn’t believe how important and fascinating they were when I first researched them for the program.” That program will feature more than 40 species which are found within the Upper St. Croix River Valley. Musing on her approach, Jacobowski observes that, “I call it the ‘Secret’ Life of Clams,” noting that “They really do have an amazing life cycle.” Rather than use a lecture format, she describes her presentation as “a series of games. I developed it to answer the question, ‘Why can’t we touch the mussels?’ We start with a true/false relay. Then I ask for a volunteer to dress up and ‘make a mussel.’ Then if there’s time and/or interest, we might even make mussel puppets. I also have a little activity called Name That Mussel, as they have interesting names. This especially works well with a small group.” The free program promises to be an intriguing

look into the secret life of an environmental species we (well, you humans anyway) take for granted. As Woodswhimsy Jacobowski the gnome adds, “Can you pass the mussel test?” Meanwhile, the Forts annual Garden Tea event will be taking place from 1-3 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 25. This is an affair featuring fine foods and beverages ranging from lemonade to cookies and shortbreads, chilled summer soup and of course, tea and more. Along the lines of gastronomic delights, word is that the Forts is also planning a chicken barbecue feed late in August. These special programs all raise needed funds to support the ongoing educational endeavors of the park – tours, special events and activities that reflect the original fur trade site known as Forts Folle Avoine. Another of these programs will be the Beaver Club celebration coming up on Sunday, Oct. 9. Further info on all programs is available by calling 715-8668890 or visiting By the bye, for those dying to know (all three of you), Woodswhimsy the gnome (me!) has no official affiliation with the Forts, I’m just an interested outsider with a considerable amount of curiosity about what goes on there; hence this biweekly lookabout at goings-on there. Being as I’m also 325 years old, I happen to possess considerable knowledge about the fur trade era and try and touch on aspects of it as well,

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The Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Visitors Center will host several events this month. On Sunday, Aug. 14, a morning pancake breakfast will be followed by an afternoon presentation focusing on mussels (clams) of the St. Croix River area. Later in the month activities include a garden tea and chicken barbecue. being as the whole point of the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is, and remains, educational in nature. Being a gnome, though, I try to blend my historical insights into a conversational tone. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park’s regular programs include guided, interactive tours, available daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with the site closed Mondays and Tuesdays, of an 1802-05 era fur trading post site as well as an adjacent Ojibwe Indian camp. Combined with a museum at the site’s visitors center, 21st century people receive an insightful view into the interactions of fur traders, voyageur/canoemen, and native tribes of 200 years ago. The park is located on CTH U, three miles west of the Hwy. 35/CTH U intersection north of Webster in Burnett County’s Yellow Lakes region. Signed, Woodswhimsy

SCRMC receives support from United Way and Bernick's Foundation to begin Success By 6 program ST. CROIX FALLS – United Way St. Croix Valley Board President Steve Snell of Osceola said, “We are very pleased that a $10,000 grant from the Bernick’s Family Foundation and a partnership with St. Croix Regional Medical Center will bring the Success By 6 initiative to communities in Polk County.” United Way launched the initiative in St. Croix County in 2005 to help ensure that every child enters school ready to succeed. The early childhood development program involves hospitals, schools, nonprofit and government agencies and the business community. “The Bernick family is honored to uphold our tradition of supporting the communities that we serve. The Success By 6 initiative plays an important role in supporting early childhood development throughout the St. Croix Valley,” stated Jason Bernick, director of corporate affairs. There are two key elements of the new hospital partnership. A trained parent educator from Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley will meet with parents at prenatal classes and at the hospital following the birth. The same staff member will lead Baby and Me parent-child play groups throughout the year at SCRMC. “Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is thrilled to be a partner in this project connecting families with that support,” said Executive Director Patty Draxler. “St. Croix Regional Medical Center is very grateful for the funds to be able to offer this program to the many patients and families we serve,” said Laura Jensen, vice president of patient care. United Way St. Croix Valley is convinced that the best way to bring about long-term positive change for communities is to make sure that every child enters school ready to learn and graduates from high school,” said Executive Director John Coughlin. “Our partnership with the St. Croix Regional Medical Center and Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley means that families will be supported right from the start,” he continued. Communities can have the most positive impact on their future by investing in the early childhood years.

St. Croix Regional Medical Center received a check from United Way and Bernick’s Family Foundation to begin Success By 6 programming in partnership with the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. Pictured (L to R): Kathy Johnson, SCRMC obstetrics director; Margaret Escabi, FRCSCV marketing and fund development; Laura Jensen, SCRMC vice president of patient care; John Coughlin, United Way St. Croix Valley; Jason Englebretson, Bernick’s; Jason Bernick, Bernick’s Family Foundation; Betsy Byker, FRCSCV parent educator/program coordinator; and Patty Draxler, executive director, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. – Photo submitted Arthur Rolnick, retired senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, has studied the issue and concluded that any community economic development plan should have early childhood development at the top of the list. Rolnick has said, “The return on investment for high-quality, well-funded early childhood development programs is extraordinary, resulting in better working public schools, more educated workers and less crime. The 12 percent or more annual return on investment far exceeds the return on most projects that are currently funded as economic development.” Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley was founded in 1998 to offer free early childhood development, family support and parent education resources. All of FRCSCV’s services are free and available to any family with children from birth to age 6 in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties.



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Balsam Lake Public Library Summer reading

Summer reading program is almost over – many books were read and lots of prizes won. Grand prize will be a DVD/CD player drawn on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at noon.

Computer classes

Open lab from 2 to 3:30 p.m., instructor available to answer questions and give one-to-one instructions, next class will be Tuesday, Aug 16, at 2 p.m.

New books in August

“Northwest Angle,” by Wm Kent Krueger, “Buddha in the Attic,” by Julie Otsuka, ”Back of Beyond,” by C.J. Box, “Betrayal of Trust,” by J.A. Nance, “Cold Vengeance,” by Douglas, and Lincoln Preston, ”Flash and Bones,“ by Kathy Reichs, “Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars,” by Carl Corey, “10 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd,” by Connie Podesta.

Story time

Wednesday at 11 a.m. Stories, crafts and snacks, all ages welcome to join our lively group.

Book club

“Undiscovered Country” by Lin Enger. While hunt-

ing in the cold northern Minnesota woods, 17-yearold Jesse Matson’s life is forever changed when he discovers his father, dead by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If so, why? And just where was Jesse’s uncle Clay – always jealous of Harold, and a bit too friendly with Jesse’s mother – that cold afternoon? Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse searches deeper into the secrets his family holds, and must decide what he will and will not take into his own hands. Written with a simple elegance, “Uundiscovered Country” is a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge and the possibilities of forgiveness – and the riveting portrait of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down. Book club meets Wednesday Aug. 17, at 3 p.m., everyone welcome.


Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site 715-485-3215.

St. Croix Falls Public Library Summer reading - One World, Many Stories

Under a Big Blue Sky – Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. Professional storyteller Tracy Chipman will tell an engaging collection of tales from both near and far that tie sweetly into One World, Many Stories. Great kids and family programs this summer at the St. Croix Falls Public Library. Sign up for our summer reading program. Earn incentives and participate in great programs all for free (ages birth – 18 years). Find out what’s happening at the SCFPL and in your community this summer. Check out the Web site for more info at

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a free screening of “Green Fire,” the first full-length, high-definition documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. “Green Fire” shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire current projects across the country and around the world. Learn more about the film at:

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Bring your own blanket, bug spray and enjoy a free family-friendly movie under the night sky. The next film will be shown Friday, Aug. 12, at dusk at the Half Moon Lake beach/landing. More details at the Library or at Inclement weather date Saturday, Aug. 13.

Out and about

Visit the library table and activities during the Lakeland open house, Aug. 19, and Kids Night Out, Aug. 23.

Youth summer reading program

Local youths (birth - 18) are invited to participate in the 2011 youth summer reading program. There are cool incentives, awesome programs, plus the benefit of honing your amazing reading skills. There is still time to earn that fun T-shirt. Also, don’t forget to check out the bonus challenges for daring youth. Completed challenges can earn you an extra raffle pass for the grand-prize iPod.

P.M. story time

Story time is in the evenings at Milltown Public Library. Jump into your pajamas, grab a guardian (you’ll need them for the ride anyway), and join us for a half hour of fun, stories and a small craft every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Pack in some fun before

Animals in the library (and we don’t mean children)

Everyone is invited to join us for the last special summer reading event on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Naturalist Barb Walker from Interstate Park will talk about Wisconsin animals and she may even bring some friends with her.

Fear and loathing of computers

Your computer questions and concerns are resolved Tuesdays, 9 – 10 a.m., in comfortable, dropin sessions. If you have questions about terminology, the Internet, e-mail, Facebook, or anything else computer-related, register at the library for a space. Laptop users are encouraged to bring in their computers for the classes.

The summer reading journey is nearly over

Frederic Library kids and their families have taken a whirlwind trip around the world this summer, and the tour will end August 20. Children are encouraged to continue to fill out their weekly slips because each completed slip will provide a ticket to exchange for a small prize or place in the buckets for a chance at grand prizes. Programs are available each day at 3 p.m.: Mondays, family movies; Tuesdays, crafts; Wednesdays, free activity; Thursdays, making snacks; Fridays, games. Join your friends and be part of the fun!

August books for discussion

The Thursday morning book group will meet Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., to discuss “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” by Oliver Sacks. Neurologist Sacks presents a series of clinical tales drawn from

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fascinating and unusual cases encountered during his years of medical practice. The evening book group will also meet Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about “Case Histories,” by Kate Atkinson, the first of a series of mysteries featuring private detective Jackson Brodie. Copies can be borrowed from the library and new members are always welcome at the book discussions.

Totes and tees at the library

The Friends of the Frederic Library are offering sturdy canvas library totes and comfy cotton T-shirts with the new library design celebrating the 75th ann i v e r s a r y . Totes and shirts are available at the library, so stop in soon for the best choice of colors. Your purchases support the programs of the library.

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 need to wait to use the public access computers.

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Frederic Public Library, 127 Oak St. West. 715327-4979, e-mail Regular open hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Story time for preschoolers is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Web site: Facebook: Frederic Public Library.

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Free wireless and eight public computers are available at the library. Plus, seven laptops are available for use in the library, but you must have a valid MORE library card in good standing.


The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715483-1777. E-mail: Online:

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Computer basics lab

The Milltown Public Library offers free computer basic lab every Wednesday at 1, 2, and 6 p.m. During this time, we help novice users create an e-mail account, draft and edit documents like resumes and cover letters, and help with the general comfort and navigation of this sometimes intimidating technology. Space is limited, so call in advance to reserve a spot.

The library hot dog was flanked by mustard and ketchup, (L to R) are: Nicole Nelson, Marlene Nelson and Kendra Erickson, as they welcomed the community to a free hot dog lunch at the Community Pride shelter on July 29. The event was hosted by the Frederic Library in honor of its 75th anniversary and because July is National Hot Dog Month. – Photos submitted

Teen book group members Kendra Erickson (ketchup) and Nicole Nelson (mustard) delivered lunches to the businesses in town as the Frederic Library celebrated its 75th anniversary and National Hot Dog Month on July 29 by offering free hot dog lunches to the community.

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Besides the myriad of books in all genres and reading levels, the library also has oodles of movies, books on audio, and even eBooks and eAudiobooks. Check out our upcoming programming and wares anytime at or stop in and browse the collections. You can also find the Milltown Public Library on Facebook.

Hours and information, 715-825-2313. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or e-mail Fresh coffee and fast Wi-Fi are served up every day.

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Luck Lions President Tom Levi presents a check for $500 to Jill Glover, Luck library director, for largeprint books. – Photo submitted


Luther Point Quilt Auction Quilts of many colors auctioned at Luther Point Bible Camp by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer BIG WOOD LAKE – Quilt lovers came to see and buy the many colorful, handmade quilts on display for Luther Point Bible Camp’s quilt auction fundraiser and summer celebration held on Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Visitors were invited to cast their votes for quilts in several categories including most colorful, best craftsmanship, most creative, best traditional pattern and best of show. The annual summer celebration also included a pig roast dinner, ice cream social, silent auction and shopping at a farmers market. Ninety quilts were auctioned at the event raising $12,200 for the ministries of the Bible camp.

Carol Nelson of Taylors Falls, Minn., and Beulah Lindberg of Siren looked over the handmade quilts on display at Luther Point Bible Camp before they were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Ninety colorful quilts were on display at the annual Luther Point Bible Camp Quilt Auction. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Nick Pilarski of Hudson, enjoyed entertaining visitors to the annual Luther Point Bible Camp. “I love it here. It’s an awesome time, “ said Pilarski, who has been coming to camp at Luther Point since he was 8 years old.

Josh Cotts, 4-1/2, enjoyed having lunch at Luther Point last Sunday. Josh and his parents came from Ann Arbor, Mich., for a visit at his grandparent’s cabin on Big Wood Lake.

A farmers market was set up at Luther Point’s summer celebration with produce grown in the Luther Point Camp garden for sale.

Going once, going twice … Glenn Meier of Bremer Bank raised his hand to show bidders it was their last chance to bid on the handmade quilt displayed by Luther Point staffers during the Luther Point Quilt Auction last Sunday. Tom Rusk, who volunteered his auctioneering talent for the event, told the crowd this event marked his 2,010th auction.

Over 150 people attended the annual quilt auction and pig roast dinner at Luther Point Bible Camp last Sunday.


Summerfest 2011


Trevor Stanford (L) and Breck Mangen went up and down Main Street, Siren, Saturday, Aug. 6, advertising the food stand their church, Bethany Lutheran, had set up on the west end of the street. A book sale and pie social was held at Bethany Lutheran Church Friday, Aug. 5, as part of the Siren Summerfest celebration. Ready with slices of pie for sale that afternoon were church members (L to R) Marge Skinner, Myrna Leef, Helen Ellingsworth and Wanda Flanigan.

Photos by Nancy Jappe

Nancy Schuneman (L) was out on Main Street handling the sale of T-shirts and other merchandise for the Siren Auction Barn. Peggy’s Fashion Rack and Gifts and Jenneman’s Hardware also had specially priced merchandise on the street for sale.

Holly and Jake Mangelsen, owners of the Chattering Squirrel, compared notes before the beginning of the Summerfest pie-eating contest, which was pulled indoors rather than its customary parking-lot location.

According to Arlie Johnson, Danbury, a coin show has been held in Siren over Summerfest weekend for the past 20 years, with familiar faces showing up every year to enjoy the variety of coins and assorted paraphernalia that are offered for sale or trade. ABOVE: The Siren Lions Club prepared lots of grilled chicken and ribs for their Summerfest Chicken and Rib Fest Saturday, Aug. 6. Showing some of the chicken in the cooker just before the event started were (L to R) Walt Thurber, Don Carlson, Gary Kannenberg, Perry Staples and Joe Durand. According to a couple of the members, Lion Zeke was unable to attend this year’s festivities. RIGHT: Members of the Siren Lioness Club, (L to R) Lori Maurer, Lori Dake, Evie Weber, Kathy Johnson, Pat Dotseth, Marilyn Lemieux, Jane Wilcox, Joan Jendro, Nancy Tamminga, CeCe Olive and Diane Hillyard, were on hand at Crooked Lake Park to serve the other foods that were part of the Lions Chicken and Rib Fest. Unfortunately, torrential rain soaked everything, even the people standing under the park shelters, and the fest had to be canceled early.


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Defending champion Kyle Hunter won the pie-eating competition in the 16 and up category at Saturday’s Summerfest competition in Siren. Hunter’s pie last year fell onto the blacktop, but he got down to finish up all the crumbs. This year’s race was close, but Hunter won again.

Luke Becker, LaMoille, Ill., like his younger brother, Brady, was one of the winners in the Summerfest pieeating contest. Luke won the 1115 competition, against five other youths.

Brady Becker, LaMoille, Ill., was the winner of the 10 and under Summerfest pieeating contest. Brady was visiting his grandma, Jan Becker, at her cabin on Clam Lake.

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Holiday Station in Siren celebrated 45 years of business in the community this past weekend. Standing by their 45-year sign for this photo were Assistant Manager Brent Peters (L) and Store Manager Petra McCarthy. McCathy praised the community and Holiday customers for keeping the business going for so long. “We are hoping for another 45 years. We are the heartbeat of Siren,” she commented.

A small ceramic statue of a dog making use of a truck tire added a humorous note to the display of Dan Murgaw's, Danbury, 1994 Dodge short-bed truck on hand for the Summerfest car show in Siren.

Ro Endresen was one of the people who brought items for sale at the Summerfest flea market. Endresen was offering one of the show’s eye-catchers a sit-in steam bath which had been used by his now deceased wife, Maggie.

The antique car on the left is a 1928 Ford Roadster belonging to Don Roveny, Milltown. The hobbyist car on the right is a 1923 Ford belonging to Richard Hagberg, Danbury. Cars entered in the Summerfest car show this year came from Hinckley, Pine City, Andover, Stanchfield, Shoreview and Wyoming in Minnesota, along with Dairyland, Clear Lake, Milltown, Siren, Danbury, St. Croix Falls and Frederic. The threat of rain stopped a number of cars from coming to the show, and rain caused the show to cancel at noon. People’s Choice winner was M. Steinberger, Andover, Minn. First place went to Mike Stewart, Siren, for his 1968 Roadrunner; second place to Nick and Judy Olson, St. Croix Falls, on their 1966 Mustang convertible; and third place to Roger Fontaine, Webb Lake, for his 1934 Ford pickup.


Pink and Blue Clad Golfers hit course for cure by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer DANBURY – Clad in pink and blue, 71 golfers took to the course Thursday, Aug. 4, for the 11th-annual Together For A Cure cancer fundraiser tourney at Village Village Golf Course. Women golfers wore pink in support of a cure for breast cancer while men wore blue supporting a prostate cancer cure. This year’s event also included a putting contest, raffles of 17 prize baskets and a dinner. The 22 hole sponsors for the event also helped raise $9,025 for cancer research, exceeding last year’s total by more than

$700. The money raised will go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center with one half designated for breast cancer research and one half toward prostate cancer research. “Together For A Cure wouldn’t be such a success without the generous support of Voyage Village community members, the Voyager Village staff, our business sponsors, the many volunteers, and individual donors contributing their time and funds,” said the event’s Co-chair Kathy Nelson.

Mother and daughter golfers Bonnie Torgersen and Deb Rose posed for a photo after finishing a hole at the Together for a Cure golf tournament. Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Cancer survivor B r e n d a W e i s e proudly wore pink at the Voyager Village Together for a Cure cancer fundraiser along with her husband Dave. “He wore the pink for me,” said Weise.

Fellow putting contest finalists Lou Pappas and Mike Maloney watched as Deb Rose tried to make her putt. After several sudden-death rounds, Maloney came up the winner of the competition.

Golfers had 17 prize baskets of merchandise and services donated by businesses, groups and individuals to pick from for this year’s Together for a Cure raffle.

Some of the 71 golfers participating in this year’s Together for a Cure cancer golf tournament watched the putting contest from the deck of the Voyager Village Clubhouse.


Grant program enhances reading skills at county jail

Books Between Bars

by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE — Reading skills play an important role in all aspects of daily life. Whether we are in school, on the job, or any of a hundred daily tasks, we use our reading skills not only to gain and share information, but also to evaluate choices and make decisions. Often we think of the need to develop reading skills when it relates to school children, but there is another important segment of society that benefits from improved skills. That population is our jail inmates. Statistics from last year show that more than 30 percent of inmates at the Polk County Jail have not completed high school, and that poor reading skills may have contributed to incompletion. Nationally, 40 percent of inmates are functionally illiterate. To address this problem in Polk County, the county library federation and the criminal justice collaborating council have joined together to establish Books Between Bars. Books Between Bars focuses on, but is not limited to, improving literacy and increasing reading comprehension. It also uses books to build critical thinking and observational skills, helping to develop the connection between actions and consequences. Thanks to a grant from the federally funded Library Services and Technology Act, the Polk County Library Federation has been able to hire a limited-term, part-time person to administer the Books Between Bars program. Tiffany Meyer started her Books Between Bars position about a month ago, and funding for the position will continue through December. During that time she plans to Tiffany Meyer is the face behind Books Between Bars, a establish several programs that will be basically self-sustaining and will improve reading and comprehension grant-funded program to increase literacy at the Polk County Jail. – Photo by Mary Stirrat skills of jail inmates. “The goal,” said Meyer, “is to increase the education of the incarcerated community.” Working with the Polk County Literacy Council to take advantage of their expertise, Meyer has begun a book club that meets about twice a month. Fiction that has some type of ethical conflict will be incorporated, which will help develop critical thinking skills by providing opportunities to look at decision making, choices and conFor those friends whose addresses sequences. have escaped us, please accept this invitation to our wedding reception: An incentive program encourages inmates to read a variety of genres, said Meyer. Participants who read, for Biller Residence example, a piece of fiction, nonfiction and a classic will 840 Park Drive, Balsam Lake, WI receive a new dictionary. Sat., Aug. 20, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m. A newsletter for inmates will also be produced, with Joyce Monson & Mark Biller each issue focusing on a different idea that would be of interest to the jail population. The topics, said Meyer, will

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include job resources and skills, literacy and mental health. In addition, a portion of the $23,000 grant will be used to purchase 225 books focusing on literacy and self-help. Last year, when the Polk County Library Federation applied for the LSTA grant to start the Books Between Bars program, the average age of Polk County inmates was 30 years. The average stay was 56 days, with the shortest stay being one day and the longest being 253 days. Throughout 2010 the jail housed about 6,000 inmates, and the library circulated 600 books there. This average of six books per inmate is up from about one book per inmate in 2001. “This service,” said former Sheriff Tim Moore at the time of the grant application, “is a benefit to both our staff and the inmates themselves as we’ve seen a decrease in disruptive behaviors and an increase in productivity on the part of the inmates.” Current Sheriff Peter Johnson agrees that the ongoing relationship with Polk County Library Federation provides an important service to the jail and the inmates. “These people that are in jail have an awful lot of time on their hands,” he said. “If they’re not doing something to benefit themselves the time is lost.” Books Between Bars, Johnson said, is one more tool in the toolbox to help inmates make better choices in the future. Meyer has a background in program development, an area of work that she greatly enjoys. She has already developed and implemented literacy programs that have been well-received in the communities in which she worked. Through Books Between Bars she has the opportunity to develop literacy programming for a new segment of the population, and she said she is glad for that opportunity. “It’s a very interesting project,” she said. “It has some challenges, but it has so much potential.”

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BCDA business plan contest winner SIREN – Lean on Me Home Care was selected as the winner of the 2011 BCDA business plan contest on Aug. 4, 2011, at the Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren. The business is owned by Nancy Longhenry and Beth Ryan. Lean on Me Home Care is a compassionate organization that is focused on providing exceptional care to members of the community that enables them to continue living independently in their homes. Burnett County Development Association treasurer Chuck Govin said the competition was very good this year, with five plans entered in the contest. The businesses competing this year in-

cluded: Gregg’s Welding (Gregg Scott), Lean on Me Home Care, Grantsburg Fitness Center (Dr. Bont), Fresh Start Coffee Roasters (Zac Benson), and Essential Wellness (Dee LaFroth and Lynn LaFroth). The 2011 contest was the fifth business plan contest and is sponsored by the Burnett County Development Association, UW Extension Burnett County, UWEX Small Business Development Center, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Bremer Bank and Community Bank. - submitted

Lean on Me Home care was awarded a cash award of $2,500 and a no-interest loan from either Bremer Bank or Community Bank of up to $10,000. Northwest Regional Planning Commission will split the loan amount through its revolving loan program. All five businesses will receive one free year of advertising on w w w. b u r n e t t c o u n t y. com including ad setup, a $300 value. - Photo submitted

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Poco Penners to meet

BALSAM LAKE - The Poco Penners will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at the library building, under the red water tower in Balsam Lake. All writers interested in writing of any genre invited to join them. For information please call 715-483-9738. submitted

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LUCK - Members and guests of the Polk County Genealogy Society will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Luck Area Historical Museum on Main Street. The agenda will include the finalizing of the 2011-12 program schedule, a review of the Society’s fair exhibits, followed by refreshments. - with submitted information

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Polk County Tavern League President Curt (Hagar) Liljenberg presents a check for $1,000 to representatives Charlie Ganley and Karen Bader of the Polk County Special Olympics. Tavern League members Ron Revere, Carol McQuillan, Keven Cassellius, Sonya Fry, Sue Eklof, Kathy Cross and Chris Sellman participated in the presentation. The Tavern League Foundation of Wisconsin will match up to $1,000. – Photo submitted


CHURCH NEWS Alliance Church hosts Beth Moore's Living Proof Live on Sept. 10

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Only God satisfies

As our resident hummingbirds gear up for their long trip south, their appetites become gigantic. More and more often, we must refill their feeders. The best food for the hummers, however, is the nectar produced by flowers. They flit from flower to flower for the best stuff and yet keep returning to our feeders. Processed sugar isn’t as good for them as naturally made nectar. If that were all they had available, they wouldn’t be as healthy as those that also eat from the nectar of flowers. Sometimes I wonder if they’re thinking, “This sugar water is great stuff.” That’s the way with us humans, too. We eat more of the second-best stuff and think it’s great, when in truth our bodies crave the best foods. The irony is that the less we eat of the best, the more we go for the second best. The need for self-satisfaction is evident in other areas of our lives, too. The more money we make, the more we crave psychologically. The more we drink and use drugs, the more we crave physically. At one time in my life, I sought out the so-called pleasures of alcohol and partying. The day came, however, when I realized that none of it satisfied my soul. On that life-changing day, I finally realized that only God can fill my deep, spiritual need. On that day his peace and joy overwhelmed me. We all experience the need for God’s love and forgiveness, his peace and joy. God has put eternity in our hearts, we’re told in Ecclesiastes 3:11. In other words, he has purposely designed us with a deep, spiritual longing that can be met only through a relationship with Christ. That place in our heart is reserved for Christ alone. When we realize that nothing can satisfy except Christ, it becomes easy to surrender everything we own and desire to him. Jesus invites us to empty ourselves so he can fill every part of us with his cleansing, unfailing love. The key words here are “every part.” If we hang onto the least bit of our bad habits, desires, and pride, we won’t experience the peace and joy he desires for us. And like the hummers, we’ll be satisfied with the second best. Lord, reveal through your Holy Spirit anything that keeps us from being satisfied with anything less than you. Give us the strength and will to surrender to you everything we think, speak and do so we can be wholly satisfied in you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mrs. Bair may be reached at

Service for EMS personnel and families scheduled BURNETT COUNTY - A special recognition-blessing service for Burnett County emergency service providers is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. on the fairgrounds in Webster. All firefighters and first responders, law enforcement, ambulance, and DNR personnel and their families in the county have been invited. The service will recognize their gifts of service that help to make our communities safe. It will include a special blessing of them and their equipment. “This blessing service has its origins following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in New York City and Washington, D.C. It is called a Blue Mass and is celebrated annually in many communities throughout our nation. Our attempt is to be a representative of our county by making it an ecumenical service that includes our Native American community,” said Arne Enslin, spokesperson for the Danbury churches sponsoring this event. “Our intent is to recognize and show our appreciation for the volunteers and employees of our county who place their lives on the line, if needed, for our protection and safety. We will offer our thanks to them and their families and a blessing to protect them and their equipment. The service will be held in the fair grandstand and will be followed by a potluck picnic at the senior center and on the fairground for all who attend. The public is invited to share in this special service of appreciation and blessing. Bring a dish to pass. For further information, contact Enslin 715-656-7217 or Father Michael Tupa 715866-7321. - submitted

ST. CROIX FALLS – Area women are invited to a live simulcast day of worship and teaching presented by LifeWay and Bible teacher Beth Moore on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the event takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Last year, more than 100,000 women representing 8,400 churches participated in the Living Proof Live simulcast event. This year’s event offers a new message to challenge and encourage both veterans and first-time participants to dig deeper into a more intimate relationship with God. Moore’s books and studies, including “David: Seeking a Heart Like His,” and “Breaking Free,” have been read by millions around the world, and she is known for her ability to apply biblical scripture to everyday life. Here’s what some church leaders had to say about last year’s simulcast: “ O u r women were encouraged, built up, challenged and generally experienced a wonderful day in the Lord.” “This event helped respark a fire in our church. God planted seeds

Beth Moore will present a live simulcast day of worship and teaching on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls. – Photos submitted

that will see benefits for years to come! God brought a revival to us.” Tickets for the St. Croix Falls event are $20; $26 with a boxed lunch. To purchase tickets, call Pam at the Alliance Church at 715-483-1100 or send checks payable to Alliance Church of the Valley by Sept. 2, to Alliance Church of the Valley, 1259 Hwy. 35, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. For more information, visit or visit ACV Women’s Ministry on Facebook. To learn more about LifeWay women’s events, visit - submitted

Pastor Ralph welcomed at Luck Lutheran Church LUCK – Luck Lutheran Church, ELC, has welcomed a new pastor to their congregation. Pastor Ralph Thompson with his wife, Carol, came from Holy Cross Lutheran in Glenwood City, and they are very excited to accept a mission to emphasize youth and worship at Luck Lutheran. Thompson is a gifted singer and has directed a large bell choir in Glenwood City. He currently serves on the board of Luther Point Bible Camp and is the NW Synod of Wisconsin coordinator for the ELCA National Pastor Ralph and Cindy Thompson were welcomed at the Luck Youth Gathering. Lutheran Church recently. – Photo submitted Carol is a retired

schoolteacher from the Boyceville Schools. They have three children, two who reside in the Minneapolis area and another in the Chicago area. Pastor Ralph replaced Pastor Mark Hall and wife Naomi, who took a new call to Ezekial Lutheran in River Falls. An additional Sunday service at 8 a.m., to supplement their main 10:30 a.m. service, has been added to worship times beginning Sunday, Sept. 18. All are welcome to join the members of Luck Lutheran on Rally Sunday, Sept. 11, for a kick off to the new church year. – submitted

Yodeler sings for Christ at New Hope Last year, Joe Lener of Grantsburg visited the Lutheran Good Samaritan Society nursing home in St. Croix Falls. It was there that he met Margie. He told her he loved to yodel and one day he wanted to write a yodel song for Jesus. She immediately prayed for Lener to praise the Lord in yodel. Shortly after, the song “For Margie” poured from his heart like flowing waters. Lener played that tune for Jesus and for Margie in heaven last Sunday, Aug. 7, at New Hope Lutheran in Grantsburg to the delight, foot tapping and swaying of the congregation. – Photo by Wayne Anderson.


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Carol Lindholm Wychor Graveside services for Carol Lindholm Wychor will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m., at Oak Grove Cemetery in Webster. Carol grew up and attended school in Webster. Many in the area knew and remember her. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Jim; sons, Jim John, Matthew and Larry; eight grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; brother, Dr. Eugene (Dorothy) Lindholm of Osceola; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by daughter, Susan Wychor Schneck; parents, Enoch and Mary Lindholm; and sister Shirley Lindholm.

Myrtle L. Snow Myrtle L. Snow, 87, died Aug. 7, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care Center. Visitation will be Friday, Aug.12, from 5-8 p.m., at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster. Funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. (visitation 10-11 a.m.) at Bethany Lutheran Church, Siren. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lawrence “Don” Powers Lawrence “Don” Powers, 85, Webster, passed away on Aug. 2, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Lawrence and Katherine Powers on Sept. 2, 1925. Don served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Marjorie Adkins. Don was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will be very sadly missed. His family will forever honor his strength, wisdom and most of all his love until they meet again. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Katherine; and sister, Agnes. He is survived by wife, Marjorie, of 60 years; children, Julie (Phil), Patrick, Ricky (Kathy), Martin (Olga), Lynne (Dale) and Victoria (Steve); 14 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; sister, Shirley; and his best buddy, Molly. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at The Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster assisted the family with arrangements.

OBITUARIES Thomas “Tom” N. Bulau

Lee F. Lundmark

Thomas “Tom” N. Bulau “GeeMewanZeeba,” 48, a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., died July 31, 2011, at North Memorial Hospital. Tom was born on July 10, 1963, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Raymond and Elizabeth (Matrious) Bulau. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elizabeth (Matrious) Bulau; grandfather, Thomas Matrious; grandmother, Maggie Peterson Squirrel; uncle, Lawrence Matrious; aunt, Nancy Matrious; and cousin, Curtis Matrious. Tom is survived by his special friend, Patty Thompson; children, Elizabeth, Kurt, Cierra, Angela and Erika; three grandchildren; sisters, Melodee (Mark) Osteen and Robin (Nelson) Fredericks; brother, Anthony (Jan) Bulau; nieces and nephews, Christopher (Dorothy), Jason (Dallas), Jackie Doll, Ricky Ray Bulau, Chad and Joey Bulau and Josephine Losh; first cousins, Brian, Lauren and Bonnie Matrious; along with other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 4, at Lake Lena Community Center with Melvin Eagle as officiant. Interment followed at the Lake Lena Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ricky Bulau, Jason Doll, Christopher Doll, Darrin Matrious, Sage Robertson, David Robertson, Justin Smith and Zachary Grinnel. Honorary casket bearers were Tom Link, Mark Osteen, Emerson Meyers and Howie Waboose. The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

Lee F. Lundmark, 85, of McKinley, died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2011, at the Cumberland Extended Care Unit. He was born on March 5, 1926, in McKinley to Frank and Naomi Lundmark. On Oct. 7, 1950, he married Ann Douglas of Cumberland. To this union three children were born, Terry, Tim and Nancy. They made their home on the family dairy farm in McKinley. In 1973 they started Lundmark Camper Sales, where he worked until his retirement. He was active in the Luck School Board, Polk County Sportsmen’s Club, the creamery board and Kiwanis. Lee was an avid outdoorsman. His favorite seasons were spring for fishing and fall for hunting. He enjoyed numerous hunting and fishing trips in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Canada. Many of these trips included his children and grandchildren. After retirement, Lee and Ann spent many winters in Arizona where he enjoyed playing softball and golfing. Lee is survived by his wife, Ann of Cumberland; two sons, Terry (Dona), Cumberland and Tim (Peggy) of Cumberland; one daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Randall of Osceola; nine grandchildren, Tara (Adam) Kuenkel, Stephanie (Mike) Anderson, Dustin Lundmark, Jordan Lundmark, Chad (Staci) Lundmark, Traci Lundmark, Kelly Lundmark, Eric Randall and Dana Randall; six great-grandchildren, Braden Kuenkel, Peyton Anderson, Jack Anderson, Jared Lundmark, Ryan Lundmark and Blake Lundmark; one brother, Paul (Audrey) Lundmark of Chetek; one sister, Ardys VanValkenburg of Palm Desert, Calif. Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McKinley, with the Rev. Neal Weltzin officiating. Burial of cremains was in McKinley Cemetery. Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.

Amy (Melin) Johnson

Amy Louisa (Melin) Johnson, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Red Wing, Minn. She was preceded in death by husband, Roger; and brothers, Leslie and Irvin Melin. She is survived by brothers, Warren and Glenn; daughter, Beth; sons, David (Joanne) and Jay (Sue); and seven grandchildren. She grew up in Trade Lake on her family farm. She enjoyed the lake, played softball and farmed with horses. She graduated from Grantsburg High School and started college at Gustavus Adolphus but she received a teaching degree from River Falls University at 39 years old. Her college career was interrupted with getting married to Roger Johnson, the Korean War and having children. They moved to Red Wing, Minn., in 1960, where Roger taught algebra in high school. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Ellsworth School District at Prairie View School for 17 years until 1985. She enjoyed seeing her students graduate and go on to interesting things. She taught a total of 23 years, with one assignment being in a one-room schoolhouse in Wilson. After the early death of Eleanore M. Measner, 93, Osceola, died on Friday, Aug. her husband, Roger, in 1991, and finishing teaching, she 5, 2011, at the St. Croix Healthcare traveled and was a “grandma” at the Red Wing Reform Center in New Richmond. School. She lived alone on her farm for many years. She Eleanore was born on June 7, 1918, believed that anyone is able to accomplish anything they at Luck. She was baptized and conset out to do. She taught herself to play multiple musical firmed at West Denmark Lutheran instruments. She enjoyed traveling, being with friends Church. She was the eldest of eight and family and being a jokester. children to Nels J.W. and Ellen Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 6, at United (Hansen) Nielsen. She graduated Lutheran Church with the Rev. Lynne Rigg officiating. from the Milltown High School in Burial was Monday, Aug. 8, at Ft. Snelling National 1938. In 1939, she was married to Cemetery. Memorial preferred to the church. George Callin of Cushing, until his The Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn passing in 1945. To this union one son was born. From Chapel, Red Wing, was entrusted with arrangements. 1946 to 1953, she worked at the sewing factory in St. Croix Falls. On June 6, 1953, she married Milo Measner of Osceola. To this union one daughter was born. Eleanore helped Milo manage his livestock trucking business. Milo died in 1996. In addition for 25 years, Eleanore Alyce Lampe, 97, Grantsburg, died Saturday, Aug. 6, at catered many weddings in the area. She was a member Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care. of Circle 6 and Ladies Aid from Zion Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m., Eleanore is survived by her son, Duane (Sandy) Callin at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grantsof Osceola; and her daughter, Jeanine (Tom) Kopel of burg. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Stillwater, Minn.; grandchildren, Randy (Ruth) Callin, the church. Interment will follow the service at Riverside Rhonda (Greg) Reding, Rochelle (Tim) Schwederske, Re- Cemetery in Grantsburg. A full obituary will be pubbecca (Brent) Bune, Christopher (Alanna) Kopel and lished at a later date. Colleen Kopel; 10 great-grandchildren and one greatThe Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted great-grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings, with arrangements. Alvin (Janet) Nelsen of Minneapolis, Minn., Mildred (Wayne) Lundquist of Frederic, Helen McKenzie of Vadnais Heights, Minn., and Florence (George) Weigang of Amery. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Marion Doolittle, 70, Grantsburg, died Saturday, Aug. Aug. 11, at Zion Lutheran Church at East Farmington 6, 2011, at Burnett Medical Center Continuing Care. with the Rev. C.G. Sengbusch officiating. Music will be Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Grace provided by Laurie Newmann. Visitation will be held Baptist Church in Grantsburg. A full obituary will follow from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grandstrand Funeral Home at a later date. in Osceola and one hour prior to the service at church on The Edling Funeral Home, Grantsburg, was entrusted Thursday. Interment will follow the service at Oak Grove with arrangements. Cemetery at East Farmington. Serving as casket bearers are Christopher Kopel, Randy Callin, Dennis Measner, Brent Bune, Greg Reding and Jim Schwederske. The Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola, was entrusted with arrangements.

Eleanore M. Measner

Alyce Lampe

Marion Doolittle

Kathy (Nielsen) Weigel Kathy Weigel (formerly Nielsen), 60, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 at her home. Kathy, a native of Luck, graduated from Luck High School in 1968. She spent most of her adult life in Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in child development from the UW-Madison. She later earned a master’s in instructional technology from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She made her home in Greenville in 1998, where she taught reading recovery for Pitt County Schools with much of her service at Sadie Salter and most recently at H. B. Sugg Elementary in Farmville, N.C. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She is survived by daughters, Tammie (Joe) Knights of Baltimore, Md., and Jennifer Weigel of the home; granddaughter, Parker Knights; sister, Susan Bach of Osceola; brothers, Wayne Nielsen of Milltown and Alan Nielsen of Vancouver, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held at Rowe Funeral Home, 206 2nd Avenue East, Luck, on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Friends of Gilda, GGCF, P.O. Box 20154, Greenville, NC 27858.

Florence Mary Karczynski Florence Mary Karczynski, 93, St. Croix Falls, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She was born on March 15, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., as one of eight children to John and Mary (Brozoza) Szymanski. Florence grew up in the Chicago area. She was united in marriage to Joseph Karczynski on July 6, 1946, in Chicago, where they raised two children. They lived in Chicago until 1972 when they moved to Hayward, then moved back to Chicago and eventually made their home back in Wisconsin. Florence resided at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Croix Falls for the past 12 years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and was a great cook. Florence liked listening to music, especially classical, and was a part of a chime band at the Good Samaritan Center. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Karczynski; and son, Robert Karczynski; six sisters, Bernice, Marge, Josie, Helen, Regina and Delores; and one brother, Eddie. She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn (Ray) Doornbos; five grandchildren, Lisa, Eric, Jesse, Melissa and Craig; and two great-grandchildren, Payton and Joseph. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Our Lady of The Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. Pallbearers were Ray Doornbos, Eric Doornbos, Neil Larson, Lisa Larson, Payton Larson and Joe Larson. Friends may leave online condolences, sign a guest book and view a video tribute at The Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery was entrusted with arrangements.

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Lack of communication source of marital trouble QUESTION: My wife has moved out and our communication is strained. Can you give me advice on how I can try to reconcile with her? Juli: It is difficult to give specific advice without knowing some background about your situation. However, here are some basic principles to consider if you are serious about wanting to win your wife back. Ask her to clearly communicate what has caused her to leave. She probably feels like she has told you 100 times what the issue is, but have you ever really listened? You will naturally want to be defensive and explain why her complaint is no big deal and how she has done hurtful things to you, too. Now is not the time for that. Don’t respond other than to ask clarifying questions. Take home the information she has given you to think and pray about, and perhaps sort through it with a counselor. Take responsibility for your part in the split. Remember that even if your intention was not to hurt her, you have. The next step is to let her know you are committed for the long haul. Your wife

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will be skeptical if you make big gestures and commitments to her that don’t stand the test of time. If you want to win her back, show her love consistently, even if she doesn’t respond right away. If she sets boundaries regarding how much she wants to communicate, respect those. Even so, let her know that you are willing to wait. A strong marriage is made up of not just the good parts of sharing love, but patience and unrelenting love when a crisis like yours hits. ••• QUESTION: Our son is very athletic, but I’m afraid he may be overdoing it. He goes out for soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring, and also plays in various summer leagues. He’s only a sophomore, but he’s already experienced broken arms and numerous sprains. Should we ask him to tone it down? Jim: I had my share of youthful sports

Webster/Siren Area Christian Women to meet

WEBSTER – The Webster/Siren Area Christian Women’s Club After 5 invites all women to attend a dinner meeting on Monday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church located on Hwy. 35 in Webster. With the theme Uniquely Changed, there will be a special feature by Kim Olson, Hermantown, Minn., showing and demonstrating Miche Bags. The speaker

will be Jean Burton, St. James, Minn., and she will provide special music along with a friend, Tammy Manwarren, also from St. James. In her talk Burton will share how life can change in a moment. Tickets will be sold at the door, but reservations are needed - please call Jane at 715-566-0081. Invite a friend. Casual dress for summer. After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. - submitted

injuries, and I have the scars to prove it. When I was 13, I played a game of catch with an extended family member who also happened to pitch for the California Angels farm team. One of his fastballs “went wild,” as they say, and impacted squarely with the left side of my face. I spent two weeks in the hospital with a broken nose, cheekbone, eye socket and jaw, and a fractured skull. To this day, the left side of my face is numb as a result of reconstructive surgery. By the time I was a senior in high school, football had become my primary passion. But my dreams of gridiron glory ended with a broken collarbone. A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that young people are facing more serious sports injuries than ever before: torn ligaments, dislocated shoulders, neck and knee injuries, and strained muscles and joints. We’re not talking about the NFL or major league baseball here ... this is all from high school sports! I’m not slamming youth sports. It would be a shame to prohibit your son from participating in athletic activities that he enjoys and in which he clearly excels. But you might encourage him to find a balance between sports and other less physically demanding activities.

Rather than being involved in sports year-round, perhaps he can be persuaded to take a season off to pursue the debate team. Remind him that most teens his age feel indestructible. But even though they’re young and energetic, teens bodies need time to rest and recuperate. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2010 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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Children of Living Hope Church raise one-half ton of pennies

GRANTSBURG – The children of Living Hope Church in Grantsburg sailed on the “Ultimate Voyage” at their vacation Bible school, July 31 – Aug. 4. They learned about the prophet Jonah and the Savior Jesus Christ. The offering was given in pennies, boys against girls to

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see who could bring in the most. They collected 1,261 pounds of pennies, which totaled $1,800.25. A $1,000 match was given to bring the grand total to $2,800.25. The money is being sent to missionaries in Syria and Dagestan. - submitted


Church listings sponsored by the following area businesses: BREMER BANK, N.A. Full-Service Banking Member FDIC Frederic - Danbury - Siren

DAEFFLER’S QUALITY MEATS, INC. Wholesale & Retail Meats Custom Butchering & Processing Phone 715-327-4456


“Your Electric Servant” Serving Polk & Burnett Counties “Use Energy Wisely”


Frederic, Wis. 715-327-4475 Duane Lindh



• Gravel • Sand • Rock • Top Soil • Trackhoe 715-472-2717 Mobile 715-491-1861 1065 290th Ave. Frederic, Wis.

Frederic, Wis. - 715-327-4236 Shell Lake, Wis. - 715-468-2314 Siren, Wis. - 715-349-2560 St. Croix Falls, Wis. - 715-483-9008

• Gravel • Sand • Rock • Topsoil • Track Hoe 715-554-0526 Frederic, Wis.

Printers & Publishers Office Supplies


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

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



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







Complete Lumber & Building Supplies

Phone 715-866-4238 Hwy. 35 N. Webster, Wis. Tom & Becky O’Brien, Owners


Sand, Gravel, Ready-Mix, Concrete, Black Dirt, Dozer Work, Landscaping & Septic Tanks Installed

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

BURNETT DAIRY CO-OP 1988 World Champion Cheesemaker Earl Wilson, Cheese Plant Mgr. Dan Dowling, Ag. Supply Mgr. for Feed, Propane & Fertilizer Alpha, Wis. 715-689-2468 715-689-2467

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

WILD RIVER FLAGS Jerry & Pat Willits 2815 285th Ave. Sterling Township St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-488-2729

Hwy. 35 North Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-4157 M.P.R.S. #03059

SWEDBERG-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME Webster, Wis. Phone 715-866-7131


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

D & L FINANCIAL SERVICES 10022 Elbow Lake Road Siren, Wis. 54872 715-689-2539

Any area business wishing to help sponsor the church listings should contact the Leader at 715-327-4236.




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



Senior Pastor Bob Morton 1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship: 9 & 11 a.m.




Meeting in homes. Elders: Cliff Bjork, Jon Zens, 715-483-1357 and 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN



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


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

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


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Keith Radiske Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. School 8:15 a.m.; Sun. Worship - 9:30 a.m.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sun. Contemporary Serv. 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Traditional Service 10 a.m.; July 31 & Aug. 28: One Service, 10 a.m. Only

BONE LAKE LUTHERAN Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, Adult Bible Study 8:30; Worship 9:30 a.m.; Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays CHRIST LUTHERAN (LCMS)

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


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

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


Pastor Victor St. George, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.


561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 June - Aug. Sun. Worship: Traditional 8:30 a.m.; Comtemporary 10:30 a.m. Sun., Aug. 21: One Worship Serv. 10 a.m. followed by annual meeting


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.


ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Wor. & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:40 a.m.


Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month


Phone 715-327-4340, 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


(Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sun.

LAKESIDE COMMUNITY LUTH. - ELCA CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Roger Pittman, Pastor Sat. Serv. 7 p.m.; Sun. Serv. 9 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m.


510 Foster Ave. E. Pastor Ralph Thompson Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Mon. Wor. 6:30 p.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Danny G. Wheeler 9:15 a.m. Worship ; 10 a.m. Sunday School


Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Wed. Wor. 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Courtney Young Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:35 a.m.


Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 9 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


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




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


Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.


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


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

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.


Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour

LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.


Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Worship 11 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday


350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m. 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday





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


Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10 a.m., Wed. 5:30 p.m. (Sept-May), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer)


1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 8 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m.


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


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


Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 Mtg. @ St. Croix Art Barn; Sun. Serv. - 9 a.m. Nursery and children church


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




1614 CTH B, North Luck, Pastor Rob Lubben Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Contact Leslie Valentine, 715-646-2390; E-mail:

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

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



Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.


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


10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday


Pastor Gerald Heinecke Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays



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

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


Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m. COVENANT



Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday

Pastor Scott Sagle, 715-689-2541 Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome



300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Summer, 9 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Wor. 10 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastors Douglas Olson, Roger Kampstra and Myron Carlson Services begin at 9:30 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday


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

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Thursday Worship 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Worship 8 & 10 a.m.


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


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-327-8090 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays




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

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

UNITED COVENANT - CLEAR LAKE Pastor Gary Tonn Sunday School 9:00 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. CATHOLIC


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


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


Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, Frederic Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m.; Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services Sat. Worship - 6 p.m., Luck Senior Center

HOPE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided


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



715-857-5411 Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sun. School - 10 a.m.; Wor. Service - 11 a.m.


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


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available


Pastor Steve Ward Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.


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


Pastor Merrill Olson, Interim Pastor 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;




Minister Garret Derouin, 715-866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. - noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. WESLEYAN



Dairyland - Rev. Andrea Wittwer 715-244-3649 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.




Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

HOPE FELLOWSHIP OF SOMERSET 231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.




1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions



HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX 523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Saturday Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sunday Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago Lakes, MN, Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE



510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Pastor Tom Reaume, 715-483-3696 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:45 a.m. & Wed. 6:30 p.m.


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



CENTERPOINT CHURCH “Come as you are”

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


28313 CTH H, A&H Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


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

Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade




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

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


Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8 a.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.


Pastor: Rev. Dennis M. Mullen, 715-327-8119 St. Dominic: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception: Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times


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


Church Phone 715-866-4111; Interim Pastor Ken Hyatt; Youth Pastor Jerry Scheumann Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

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


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

Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sun. Wor. 9:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastors Randy and Pam Stone Sunday 10 a.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m.

NORTHERN PINES FRIENDS WOR. GROUP 715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

ST. PETER’S COMMUNITY CHURCH “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-483-2911 Pastor’s res./office Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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“Don't Mention My Name”

Voyager Village

Prepare to do lots of laughing during Village Players production by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer DANBURY - Audiences attending the Village Players Community Theatre summer production, “Don’t Mention My Name,” were kept laughing at the mayhem ensuing between the characters of Fred Carmichael’s mystery/comedy. The play, which opened last weekend at the Stables, is the story of an amnesiac, who after stumbling into a bed-and-breakfast, is mistaken for not one but several other people, bringing surprising and comical consequences. As the plot unravels it becomes clear all the guests arriving at the B&B have something to hide but all are on the same mission. The mystery revealed at the play’s end comes with an unexpected and humorous twist that gives the audience a final funny in this very entertaining and enjoyable production. The play runs one more weekend beginning on Thursday, Aug. 11 and running through Sunday, Aug. 14. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. with the Sunday matinee starting at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information go to www.villageplayerscommunitytheatre. com. Tickets are also available at the door (if not sold out).

Verla Perkins, played by Angie Souza, wanted to make it very clear to guest Jane Ridgely, played by Nicole Moretter, she was not only the bed-and-breakfast’s housekeeper but also the town’s sheriff. Judd Mosher played an amnesiac man who arrives at a New England bed-and-breakfast in the middle of the night who tries in vain to remember his name and how he got a big bump on his head.

Photos by Priscilla Bauer

The amnesiac, Judd Mosher; the actress Kitty Carson, played by Bunny Day; and Jane Ridgely, Nicole Moretter; are discovered in their closet hiding place by Dexter Chandler, played by Jason Peterson.

Alec Gustafson, the production’s youngest cast member, played Paul Miles, a man running around hiding his true identity.

The play’s resident amnesiac (Judd Mosher), along with Dexter Chandler (Jason Peterson) and Paul Miles (Alec Gustafson), tried to figure out just who was the prime suspect in the murder that occurred at the New England B&B where they were staying.

Kitty Holmquist played the flirtatious Wilma Chandler, the mistrustful wife of Dexter Chandler, who was out to catch her husband in the act with his secretary.

As Jane Ridgely (Nicole Moretter) and her amnesiac friend (Judd Mosher) gaze into each other’s eyes they discover their pretense of being an item isn’t so far-fetched after all.

As the characters gather around a final clue revealing who is really the guilty party, the audience is left laughing at the humorous and unexpected twist ending.


Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities

Coming events AUGUST


• The Compassionate Friends Chapter of the Northwoods meet at Milltown Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 715663-1152, • Balloon release at Bering Park in memory of children who have died, 7 p.m., 715-553-1152.

THURS.-SUN./11-14 Voyager Village

• “Don’t Mention My Name,” at The Stables,, Thurs.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.,

WEDNESDAY/17 Dresser


• Champion Aircraft Reunion at the Village Pizzeria, noon, 715-294-4424.



• Polk-Burnett Retired Educators to meet at Fristad Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m. Call 715-268-6578 to register for meal.

• Parkinson support group at Burnett Medical Center, 2 p.m., 715-689-2163.


THURS. & FRI./18 & 19

• Interstate Park naturalist will talk about Wisconsin animals, at the library, 7 p.m., 715-327-4979.



• Rummage sale in Centennial Hall. Thurs. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-268-6605.

• Broadway comes to Siren/West Sweden at the band shell, 6:30 p.m.


St. Croix Falls


• “Once Upon a Mattress” at Festival Theatre, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 715-483-3387.

• Burnett County Ag Fair. Horse show Thurs., Demo Fri. & Sun., tractor & truck pull Sat., animals & crafts, 715488-2472.

FRI. & SAT./12 & 13



• Gandy Dancer Days, sales, food, music; pancake breakfast & bike rodeo Sat.,


A butterfly that appears to be the Canadian tiger swallowtail displays its beauty on an August day. – Photo by John Reed

Almelund, Minn.

• Threshing show, 715-825-4237.


• Charles E. Lewis Days, music, food; horseshoe tournament Sat., parade Sun., 800-222-7655.


• 100th anniversary of lake association party, food, activies at Lake Wapogasset Park, 12:30 p.m.


• Apple River Conference WELCA summer retreat at Luther Point, 715-648-5817.


Balsam Lake

• Poco Penners meeting at the library, 2 p.m., 715-4839738.


• 2nd Alarm pancake breakfast at the fire hall, 8 a.m.noon.


• Moonlight hike at Straight Lake Park, 8:30 p.m. Meet at 280th Ave. and 180th St. 715-483-9469. • NW Regional Writers meeting and potluck at Stan Miller’s at noon. Meet at Leader parking lot in Frederic at 11:30 a.m.

• Northwestern Wisconsin Car Club car show at Sundown Saloon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


• Trip to Forts Folle Avoine through Family Resource Center. RSVP, 715-349-2922.

St. Croix Falls

• Hingepoint meeting for men battling sexual addictions, at River Valley Christian Church, 9 a.m.-noon, 715483-5378.

• Fish fry and buffet at Burnett County Moose Lodge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 715-349-5923. • Music on the Overlook, Country Music Night, 6:30 p.m.


MONDAY/15 Balsam Lake

• Polk County HCE potluck meeting at the government center, 1 p.m., 715-488-2729. • Polk County free legal clinic at the justice center, 715684-4545.

St. Croix Falls

• Diabetes support group at the medical center, 6-8 p.m., 715-483-0431.


• Christian Women’s After 5 Club meets at First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-566-0081.

Webb Lake


Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176. Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360.


SAT. & SUN./13 & 14


• Sjoland Lodge 5-635, Sons of Norway will meet at First Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

• Golf “Fun”d Tournament at the golf course, 715-2687606,, for tee times. Dinner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Sun., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Skonewood Christian Retreat Center - Lindley Creek, 6:30 p.m.

Rice Lake

• Wild rice pancake breakfast at the Fort, 8 a.m.-noon, 715-866-8890. • Hear about “Mussels, Hidden Treasures of the St. Croix Riverway” at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 12:30 p.m., 715-866-8890.

• Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society’s show and sale at UW-Barron County, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 715-3573223.

St. Croix Falls

• “Once Upon a Mattress” at Festival Theatre. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.,


• Ruby’s Pantry at Congregational Church. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Distribution 9 a.m., 715-268-7390.



• Lindley Creek at Birchwood Beach Resort, 10 a.m. • Jane Wisse Open Scholarship Golf Scramble at the golf course. Shotgun start, 11 a.m., 715-327-4848.


• Head injury support group at Siren Covenant Church, 1-2:30 p.m., 715-349-8985.


Every Day, AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-268-8431.

Balsam Lake

• Pioneer School for first- through sixth-graders at Lanesdale School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 715-485-9269 to enroll.

• Men’s Club carnival at the fire department, 11 a.m.3 p.m.


St. Croix Falls


• Pie and ice-cream social at Grace United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.




• Danish Brotherhood meeting at the library/museum, 5:30 p.m. • Blood drive at the medical center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Croix Falls


• Howard Mayberry will perform at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. • American Legion & Auxiliary 255 meeting at the village hall, 7 p.m. • Mystery writers, the Hartless Murderers, appear at the library, 7 p.m., 715-472-2770. • Citizen Patrol meeting at the government center, 7 p.m. • Bill Bittner Memorial Dixieland Band at the band shell, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


• Luck Fire Department corn feed at the fire hall, 2-8 p.m.

Balsam Lake

• Beekeepers meeting in community room at Justice Center, 8 p.m., 715-327-5525.


Every Monday

Every Tuesday


Bingo - Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault support group, Polk Co., 800-261-7233, 6-7:30 p.m. Anger management group at Amery Regional Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-268-4094.


Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321.

Clam Falls

• Coffee hour at Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. • Stonecroft Christian Women’s Club speaker Jean Bruton, at the senior center, 9-10:30 a.m., 715-463-3414. • Women’s league pink ball golf tournament at the golf course. 3:30 p.m. check-in, 4 p.m. tee time, 715-463-2300. • Ruby’s Pantry at the bus garage. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Distribution noon-1 p.m.,, 715472-2535. • Music in the Park - Dixie Land Band at Triangle Park, 6:30 p.m. • Habitat for Humanity golf scramble at the golf course. 1 p.m. shotgun start, 715-483-2700.

Every Thursday

Every Friday

Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 8:15 a.m., 715-268-5408.

Every Saturday through Labor Day

Milltown History Center Will Be Open, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Every Sunday through Labor Day

Breakfast, at East Balsam Baptist Church, 7:30 a.m., 715857-5411.

Luck Class of 1951holds 60th reunion

Paul and Betty Frandsen hosted the Luck High School Class of 1951 reunion at their home in Spring Valley on Saturday, July 16. Pictured front row, (L to R) Wayne Shirley, Eugene Hansen, Neil Tollander, Jerry Holmbeck, Lloyd Nelson, Charles Norling, Ardyce (Bockorny) Sorensen, Mary Askov, Nona (Jacobsen) Eliason, Delores (Fahlin) Hermstad, Marguerite Johnson, Phyllis (Sandstrom) Peterson, Jacquie (Walsten) Nordby and Sherwin Gronlund. Back row: Paul Frandsen, Connie (Yira) Anderson, Eleanor (Peters) Jepsen, Katherine (Petersen) Eichman, Betty (Ford) Pagh, Lila (Clausen) Larson, Bill Peterson, Clarice (Schroder) Threlkeld and Goldie (Mohnsen) Sorensen. – Photo submitted

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